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More celebrity recordings for The Grinning Man! Score of new British musical wows stars

The Grinning Man
The Grinning Man

The Grinning Man

Hot on the heels of last week’s celebrity recordings announcement, more stars have jumped on board to perform their own versions of songs from the West End’s newest British musical, The Grinning Man. Matt Lucas, Kelsey Grammer and Hannah Waddingham have now joined Harry Enfield, Alexander Armstrong and Louise Dearman in a star-studded line-up of celebrities releasing unique versions of their favourite tracks from The Grinning Man.

Directed by Tom Morris, The Grinning Man is now showing at Trafalgar Studios following a hugely successful 2016 premiere at the Bristol Old Vic. This visually stunning production, “powered by an outstanding score” (Sunday Times) composed by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, has entranced audiences and critics alike. Now, unleashed on the West End, the sheer quality of each carefully-considered element of this award-winning musical – from the story, to the set, to the music – has inspired some of the most well-known names in TV, comedy, musical theatre and beyond to make the music of The Grinning Man their own.

The latest songs to be released are now available on YouTube. They are: I Have Never Seen a Face, a stunning duet performed by comedian Matt Lucas and musical theatre star Hannah Waddingham and Stars in the Sky by Frasier actor Kelsey Grammer.

These tracks follow the recordings of Stars in the Sky, by actor Alexander Armstrong, Laughter is the Best Medicine by comedian Harry Enfield, and Born Broken by musical theatre star Louise Dearman. There may be more to come – watch this space!

The critically acclaimed production of The Grinning Man, is based on the classic Victor Hugo (Les Misérables) novel, The Man Who Laughs, and directed by Tony award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse).  A romantic gothic musical love story, set in a fantastical world with a dark heart, which is brought to life by Kneehigh writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase). The cast is led by Louis Maskell, in the title role of Grinpayne, and Julian Bleach, who plays Barkilphedro, a vengeful clown with a heart of lead. Macabre, magical and visually astonishing, this ultimately elating love story is a distinctive delight that barges through the gateway carved by the Nineties cult hit Shockheaded Peter with the full-blooded emotion of Les Misérables.

The Grinning Man reunites Tom Morris with two puppeteers who began their careers inside Joey and Topthorn in the original production of War Horse – Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié – now leading their own brilliant puppetry company Gyre & Gimble.

The Grinning Man is produced by Bristol Old Vic, Trafalgar Entertainment Group, Eilene Davidson, Richard O’Brien, KHAM Inc., David Adkin, Neil Laidlaw Productions and Pieter Toerien.

All tracks can now be enjoyed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFC-8E5PQjc&list=PL7ER5L51ctdHVtFTCZkUOCxMYSE9feHZr

 LISTINGS INFORMATION

Previews:                     From Wednesday 6 December

Press night:                 Monday 18 December at 7.00pm

Performances:                        Monday – Saturday7:30pmThursday & Saturday matinees: 2:30pm
Box Office:                  
www.atgtickets.com/trafalgarstudios/ 0844 871 7632

Ticket Prices:               From £15.00

Website:                      TheGrinningManMusical.com

Twitter:                                   @GrinningManLDN

 

The producers of The Grinning Man are delighted to continue Bristol Old Vic’s commitment to ensuring that tickets for the highest quality productions remain affordable and accessible, particularly to younger audience members, by offering the following special rate:

£25 UNDER 25 RATE: A general under 25 rate of £25 (redeemable for any standard-priced seat, subject to availability at time of booking) will be available throughout the run for every performance Monday – Thursday inclusive.  Meaning that anybody under 25 will be able to see the show during the week at this special accessible rate. This rate will be available through ATG Tickets, the principal ticketing provider for Trafalgar Studios.

Celebrities line up to record tracks from The Grinning Man

The Grinning Man
The Grinning Man

The Grinning Man

Celebrities including Harry Enfield, Alexander Armstrong, Louise Dearman, have been so entranced by the music of the new, award-winning musical The Grinning Man, that they have recorded unique versions of their favourite tracks from the show. Opening at Trafalgar Studios from 6 December, and “powered by an outstanding score” (Sunday Times), the soundtrack of this fantastical musical has inspired an unprecedented range of stars to make The Grinning Man their own.

Throughout December, songs from The Grinning Man will be available on YouTube, performed by some of the most well-known names in comedy, entertainment, musical theatre and beyond. First to be released are tracks by actor Alexander Armstrong, comedian Harry Enfield, and musical theatre star Louise Dearman. The stars were drawn to different songs within the musical. Alexander selected the powerful Stars in the Sky, while Harry delighted in the challenge of Laughter is the Best Medicine and Louise was seemingly born to sing Born Broken.

These celebrity recordings join songs performed by the stars of The Grinning Man: Sean Kingsley singing Stars in the Sky and Louis Maskell who sings Labyrinth. In addition to the existing line-up, other well known faces have also signed on as fans of the music and will be recording soon. More to be announced!

Described by What’s On Stage as “the best British score in years”, the music is composed by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler. The songs wowed critics and audiences alike during its 2016 premiere at Bristol Old Vic and now they are about unleashed on the West End.

The critically acclaimed production of The Grinning Man, is based on the classic Victor Hugo (Les Misérables) novel, The Man Who Laughs, and directed by Tony award-winning Tom Morris (War Horse).  A romantic gothic musical love story, set in a fantastical world with a dark heart, which is brought to life by Kneehigh writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase). The cast is led by Louis Maskell, in the title role of Grinpayne, and Julian Bleach, who plays Barkilphedro, a vengeful clown with a heart of lead. Macabre, magical and visually astonishing, this ultimately elating love story is a distinctive delight that barges through the gateway carved by the Nineties cult hit Shockheaded Peter with the full-blooded emotion of Les Misérables.

The Grinning Man reunites Tom Morris with two puppeteers who began their careers inside Joey and Topthorn in the original production of War Horse – Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié – now leading their own brilliant puppetry company Gyre & Gimble.

The Grinning Man is produced by Bristol Old Vic, Trafalgar Entertainment Group, Eilene Davidson, Richard O’Brien, David Adkin and Neil Laidlaw.

The first three tracks: Alexander Armstrong singing Stars in the Sky, Louise Dearman singing Born Broken, and Harry Enfield singing Laughter is the Best Medicine,can be enjoyed here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7ER5L51ctdHVtFTCZkUOCxMYSE9feHZr

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Previews:                          From Wednesday 6 December

Press night:                      Monday 18 December at 7.00pm

Performances:                 Monday – Saturday at 7:30pmThursday and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm
Box Office:                          www.atgtickets.com/trafalgarstudios / 0844 871 7632

Ticket Prices:                    From £15.00

Website:                           TheGrinningManMusical.com

Twitter:                             @GrinningManLDN

 

The producers of The Grinning Man are delighted to continue Bristol Old Vic’s commitment to ensuring that tickets to the highest quality productions remain affordable and accessible, particularly to younger audience members, by offering the following special rate:

£25 UNDER 25 RATE: A general under 25 rate of £25 (redeemable for any standard-priced seat, subject to availability at time of booking) will be available throughout the run for every performance Monday – Thursday inclusive.  Meaning that anybody under 25 will be able to see the show during the week at this special accessible rate. This rate will be available through ATG Tickets, the principal ticketing provider for Trafalgar Studios.

Full casting and US dates for Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Full casting and U.S. dates for Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night are announced today. Jessica Regan will return to the role of Cathleen, having played her in the 2016 Bristol Old Vic production. Matthew Beard and Rory Keenan will join the company as Edmund Tyrone and James Tyrone Jr alongside the previously announced Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, who will play James and Mary Tyrone in Richard Eyre’s acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production.

Considered one of the most powerful American plays of the 20th century, the production will play a strictly limited 10 week West End season atWyndham’s Theatre from 27 January to 7 April before transferring to Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Harvey Theater (8-27 May) and the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Los Angeles (8 June – 1 July).

The Tyrones’ summer home, August 1912. Haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present, the Tyrones and their two sons test the bonds of a family caught in the cycle of love and resentment. As day turns to night and the family indulge in their vices, the truth unravels leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives.

Matthew Beard will play Edmund Tyrone. With credits across stage and screen, Matthew is best known for his work in film, including the roles of Guy Bellingfield in The Riot Club, Peter Hilton in The Imitation Game, Howard Raymond in The Look of Love and a young Blake Morrison in And When Did You Last See Your Father? Other screen credits include One Day, Chatroom, Acid Burn, An Education, Panic Buddyand Singularity. Matthew made his stage debut as Edward in Skylight (Wyndham’s Theatre) starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award when the production transferred to Broadway.

Jeremy Irons plays James Tyrone. A Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate, he began his professional career on the Bristol Old Vic stage in 1969. After years of success in the West End, Irons made his Broadway debut in 1984 opposite Glenn Close in The Real Thing, which won him a Tony Award. An internationally renowned actor, he is well known not only for films such as The French Lieutenant’s WomanThe Mission, Being JuliaLolita and Reversal of Fortune for which he won an Oscar, but also for the variety of his work – everything from The Lion King to The Borgias. He is one of only a handful of actors to have won an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy for his body of work.

Rory Keenan will play James Tyrone Jr. Keenan has a rich list of television credits, best known for the role of Bilibin in the latest BBC adaption of War and Peace, Simon in Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and Donal in Peaky Blinders. Other screen credits include PrimevalBirdsongThe Clinic, AristocratsDear Dilemma, a leading role in two series of On Home GroundIntermissionElla EnchantedReign Of FireClose, Gunand Benedict Arnold. As well as his extensive credits in film and television, Rory has starred in a variety of stage shows including Welcome Home Captain Fox directed by Blanche McIntyre (Donmar Warehouse), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me directed by Michael Attenborough and Liola directed by Richard Eyre (National Theatre).

Lesley Manville plays Mary Tyrone. An award-winning actress, she is a frequent collaborator with director Mike Leigh, winning the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Actress of the Year for her work in both his 2002 film All or Nothing and his 2010 film Another Year, for which she also won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress. Manville’s extensive stage career includes roles in Top Girls (Royal Court 1990), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (RSC 1986), His Dark Materials (National Theatre 2005), Pillars of the Community (National Theatre 2005) and Six Degrees of Separation (Old Vic 2010). In 2012, she was nominated for an Olivier Award for her role in Leigh’s play Grief (National Theatre 2011), before going on to win the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role in the revival of Ghosts (Almeida 2013) directed by Richard Eyre.

Jessica Regan will reprise the role as Cathleen from the 2016 Bristol Old Vic production. Until recently, Jessica played regular Niamh Donoghue in Doctors for the BBC, for which she has won Best Newcomer at the British Soap Awards. Other theatre credits include Henry V(Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Liola for the National Theatre (directed by Richard Eyre), Stars In The Morning Sky for Belgrade Coventry; The Kitchen, The Cherry Orchard and Blood And Gifts, all at the National Theatre, and The Flags at the Royal Court Liverpool.

Director Richard Eyre is widely considered to be the UK’s greatest living director. Eyre was director of the National Theatre between 1987 and 1997. His most noted theatre productions include Hamlet (twice), with Jonathan Pryce at the Royal Court in 1980 and Daniel Day-Lewis in 1989; Richard III with Ian McKellen; King Lear with Ian Holm; Henrik Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman with Paul Scofield, Vanessa Redgrave and Eileen Atkins; and numerous new plays by David Hare, Tom Stoppard, Trevor Griffiths, Howard Brenton, Alan Bennett, Christopher Hampton and Nicholas Wright. He also directed the musical Mary Poppins in London and on Broadway. He has been the recipient of numerous directing awards including five Olivier Awards, including an Olivier Lifetime Achievement Award, and awards from The Directors’ Guild of Great Britain, the South Bank Show, the Evening Standard and the Critics’ Circle. In November 2013, he once again won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director for Ibsen’s Ghosts starring Lesley Manville at the Almeida Theatre. This production transferred to the West End and to Broadway.

Richard Eyre is joined by set and costume designer Rob Howell who has designed sets and costumes for numerous plays and musicals in the UK, in London and on Broadway over a 20-year period. Howell has won three Olivier Awards for Best Set Design. The most recent of these was for his work on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.

International Lighting Designer Peter Mumford has been working in theatre for over 40 years. He is a two-time Olivier Award winner, with work in the West End including Top Hat, Much Ado About Nothing, An Ideal Husband, The Lion in Winter and Absent Friends. He has recently worked with Chichester, Sheffield Crucible, Royal Court, Almeida and the Peter Hall Company.

Sound Designer John Leonard ran the sound department at Bristol Old Vic from 1970 to 1976. He went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company and in 1984 he was made the company’s first head of sound and an associate artist of the company. He works regularly for the Almeida Theatre in London, for whom he is Sound Associate, as well as the National Theatre and in the West End.

LONDON LISTINGS

LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
by Eugene O’Neill

Director Richard Eyre
Set and Costume Designer Rob Howell
Lighting Design Peter Mumford
Sound Design John Leonard

Wyndham’s Theatre
Charing Cross Rd,
London WC2H 0DA

27 January – 7 April 2018
Opening night – 6 February

Tuesday to Saturday evening performances at 7.30pm
Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2pm

There will be no matinee performance on Saturday 27 January
There will be an additional matinee performance on Wednesday 4 April.

Wyndham’s Theatre Box Office: 0844 482 5120
www.LongDaysThePlay.com

Tickets from £12.50

Facebook: LongDaysThePlay
Twitter: @LongDaysThePlay
U.S. LISTINGS

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
Harvey Theater
651 Fulton St
Brooklyn
NY 11217

8 – 27 May 2018
www.bam.org

Facebook: @BAMstage 
Twitter: @BAM_Brooklyn
Instagram: @BAM_Brooklyn

The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills
CA 90210

8 June – 1 July 2018
TheWallis.org/LongDays

Facebook: @TheWallisBH
Twitter: @TheWallisBH
Instagram: @TheWallisBH

Bristol Old Vic announce 2018: Year of Change

Year Of Change
Year Of Change

Year Of Change

Tom Morris and Emma Stenning today outlined the 2018 programme of work from Bristol Old Vic, under the banner Year of Change, which was suggested as a theme for 2018 by Roger Griffith of Bristol Old Vic Associate Company, Ujima Radio.

Bristol Old Vic’s aim for 2018 is not just to reopen a brand new Front of House and Studio theatre, thereby completing its multi-million pound redevelopment project, but also to renew its own relationship with the city, both as a place of entertainment and as a place where the most important concerns of the day can be explored, contested, discussed and understood.

A PROGRAMME OF TRANSFORMATION

Tom Morris today revealed Change as the governing theme for the year, pointing to a context of unprecedented political, social, economic and environmental changes in our world. Exploring some of these ideas, he announced a series of major productions which will play at Bristol Old Vic across the year.

This will include:

  • A brand new translation of The Cherry Orchard from Rory Mullarkey in March. Directed by Michael Boyd, celebrated former Artistic Director of the RSC, for the first time directing a play by the literary love of his life: Anton Chekhov. This mournful comedy, Chekhov’s final masterpiece, reels from farce to heartbreak as it maps an insecure world on the brink of seismic change. Written by an artist at the height of his powers and nearing the end of his life, it bridges the divide between the longing to hold onto what is familiar, and the irresistible lure of the new. It will be produced in co-production with the Royal Exchange Theatre, and designer Tom Piper will reconfigure Bristol’s 250 year-old auditorium into an ‘in-the-round’ space. On general sale 17 Nov. The production will transfer to Manchester in Spring 2018.
  • The return of Mayfest, curated by Bristol Old Vic Associates MAYK, brings the change of innovation to a city which thrives on it. This year, Mayfest will once again take over the city with some of the best and brightest theatre from around the world. Bristol Old Vic is delighted to host the festival’s flagship production in the theatre where Mayfest began back in 2002.
  • In May, we present the first stage adaptation of Patrick Ness’ transformative insight into love, loss and hope, A Monster Calls. Commissioned by Matthew Warchus (alumnus of Bristol Old Vic) this production forms part of the 200th anniversary of our ‘mother’ theatre company, The Old Vic, London. This brand-new production is created by Bristol Old Vic Associate Artist Sally Cookson, whose successes with Peter Pan and Jane Eyre (both of which originated at Bristol Old Vic) have won her a global reputation.
  • The ongoing partnership with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the summer will be further developed into a three-way collaboration with our new Associate Company, Diverse City. As the theatre industry changes to reflect the diversity of its performers and audiences, the Theatre School’s graduating class of 2018 will create a new, professionally integrated production with Diverse City. Speaking at the launch, Emma Stenning said: “Over the last two years we have been thrilled by the reinvigoration of the relationship between Bristol Old Vic and its sister company the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. To be now in a position to develop this further by working with the incredible Diverse City is very special. Their brilliant and enlightening work with us so far has helped us to change the way we think about accessibility and integration on stage and off.”
  • In September, Bristol Old Vic will throw open the doors of its brand-new Front of House redevelopment with Tom Morris directing the first stage adaptation of Joe Simpson’s memoir Touching the Void, an international bestseller and BAFTA-winning film sensation, looking at personal change in its most vivid and catastrophic form. The heart of the story is Joe Simpson’s mental battle as he teeters on the very brink of death and despair in a crevasse from which he can’t possibly climb to safety. Also unforgettable in the story is the appalling dilemma of Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, battered by freezing winds and desperate to rescue the injured Simpson, who hangs from a rope below him. Knowing that they will both ultimately fall into the void, he makes the critical decision to cut the rope, forever changing the lives of both of them. Tom Morris directs a Bristol Old Vic, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Royal & Derngate Northampton and Fuel co-production which also brings award-winning writer David Greig back to Bristol for the first time since his college days. On general sale 17 Nov.
  • In October, Bristol Old Vic will present the joyous Shakespearean comedy, Twelfth Night. This brand new production will be co-produced with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and directed by The Lyceum’s Associate Director Wils Wilson (The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart). Wilson’s bold and playful style will bring a fresh energy to Shakespeare’s mischievous story of identity, gender and love in all its forms. On general sale 17 Nov.
  • And what better way to finish the year off, than with the greatest comedy of change in English literature, A Christmas Carol, depicting the archetypal story of a wicked man who looks at his wasted and cruel life and resolves, successfully, to change everything about it! (Creative team to be announced in January). On general sale 17 Nov.
  • And as our theatre itself reveals a changed entrance and a changed welcome to the city, 2018 will also see Bristol Old Vic opening a new Studio theatre, dedicated to new and emerging work. It will be Bristol Old Vic’s telescope into the future of theatre, providing a new home to Bristol Ferment (which has been supporting artists of Bristol and the region for almost a decade) and a space for young people to make and watch inspiring work, both through the award-winning Bristol Old Vic Young Company and the Engagement team’s city-wide collaborations.  A full Studio programme will be announced in Spring 2018.
THE POWER OF CHANGE

When Roger Griffith first suggested 2018 as a Year of Change, he was inspired by the anniversaries of some significant and powerful advocates for change; by the 50thanniversaries of the assassination of Martin Luther King and the Black Power salute and the 70th anniversary of the voyage of the Windrush, to which we add the centenary of women’s suffrage and the bicentenary of the birth of the abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

As Bristol Old Vic looks to its future, we are also re-examining our relationship with our past and, alongside many others in the city, resolving to look afresh at Bristol’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, which made it so wealthy and contributed so strongly to many of its most beautiful buildings, including our theatre.

Bristol Old Vic’s ambition as a theatre is to be a place where the city can hold itself, its history and its future to account, and where those histories can be re-understood, so we are pleased that our Year of Change can also accommodate this powerful and important conversation.
We are therefore also announcing a major new play about the slave trade, The Meaning of Zong, by Giles Terera, jointly commissioned by the National Theatre and presented and developed with partner theatres in Liverpool, Glasgow and London. It will be presented in workshop form in October 2018 and fully staged in 2019.

These performances will sit alongside a series of conversations curated in collaboration with Bristol’s Festival of Ideas, and will be introduced by a series of City Conversations, jointly organised by The Bristol Post, Ujima Radio and Bristol Old Vic. These conversations will be on topics related to the city’s commemoration of, and attitude towards, the transatlantic slave trade. The first conversations will happen in venues across the city with the final conversation held in the theatre.

Speaking at the launch today, Tom Morris said: 
“Liberal-minded Bristolian folk like me are often reluctant to talk about the slave trade. When drawn into conversation we tend to bemoan its atrocity and condemn it as an outright wrong, but we moderate our moral judgment by saying that people thought differently in the eighteenth century, that the transatlantic slave trade was a fact of life at that time, that we should be careful not to judge the past by today’s standards, because our eighteenth century forbears simply didn’t see it as wrong.

“In the research for Giles Terera’s play The Meaning of Zong, I have discovered that this opinion is startlingly false. A close reading of the primary sources shows that many of those directly involved in the trade knew very well that it was wrong, but found it too difficult politically, economically, and socially to stop.

“So part of the conversation we are going to have connects at root with the role which Emma and I hope our theatre can have in the future in this city. If we are brave enough to judge the people who were involved in the transatlantic slave trade in this city by our own standards, then it becomes possible to judge ourselves by their standards too. It allows us to look at ourselves and our role in the world and ask: what are the things we are doing which we know to be wrong, but which we keep doing, because it is socially, politically and economically difficult to stop doing them? Then we can work out together how we can generate and share the courage and the vision, TO MAKE THOSE THE THINGS WHICH WE START TO CHANGE IN 2018.”

New Inspiring Visitors announced this week for Spring 2018: Gecko, simple8, Frantic Assembly and Freckle Productions

Bristol Old Vic today announced the inspiring visitors that will head to the Theatre in Spring 2018. Priority booking will open on Tuesday 10 October, with tickets available to the general public on Wednesday 11 October.

Combining movement, imagery and provocative narratives in Gecko’s trademark style, The Wedding is inspired by the complexities of human nature; the struggle between love and anger, creation and destruction, community and isolation.

Multi award-winning ensemble simple8 join forces with director Simon Dormandy(Julius Caesar) to transport us to Imperial India, conjuring up the elephants and caves, courthouses and temples with the simplest and boldest means. Full of humour and rich humanity, but with vast philosophical and political scope, A Passage To India is one of the great novels of the 20th century and simple8’s thrilling new adaptation reimagines it for contemporary Britain.

Featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, Things I Know To Be True is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank. As beautifully touching as it is funny and bold, it tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations. Co-produced with State Theatre Company South Australia, Andrew Bovell’s play is directed by Scott Graham and Geordie Brookman.

Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, terrific tales from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters in Tidder and Other Terrific Tales, “a masterpiece” (Broadway Baby) suitable for all the family. Funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed from Freckle Productions, the team behind smash-hits Stick Man and The Gruffalo! Snap up your tickets, it’s sure to sell-out.

Listings

The Wedding
Presented by Gecko
17-20 Jan
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat mat)
£24-£12
Tickets: www.bristololdvic.org.uk / 0117 987 7877

A Passage To India
Presented by Royal & Derngate, Northampton and simple8 Theatre Company
30 Jan – 3 Feb
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat mat)
£29-£10
Tickets: www.bristololdvic.org.uk / 0117 987 7877

Things I Know To Be True
Presented by Frantic Assembly
6-10 Feb
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
7.30pm, 2.30pm (Sat mat)
£29-£10
Tickets: www.bristololdvic.org.uk / 0117 987 7877

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales
Presented by Freckle Productions
15-18 Feb
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
4.30pm (15-18 Feb)
10.30am and 1.30pm (17-18 Feb)
£12.50, £45 family ticket
Tickets: www.bristololdvic.org.uk / 0117 987 7877
 

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Bristol Old Vic confirms groundbreaking musical The Grinning Man will transfer to West End!

Doing the Triple: Bristol Old Vic up for Three prestigious UK Theatre Awards

The Grinning Man, nominated for two UK Theatre Awards, Lucy Briggs-Owen nominated for The Rivals
The Grinning Man, nominated for two UK Theatre Awards, Lucy Briggs-Owen nominated for The Rivals

The Grinning Man, nominated for two UK Theatre Awards, Lucy Briggs-Owen nominated for The Rivals

Bristol Old Vic is today celebrating three nominations in the UK Theatre Awards 2017. The phenomenal new musical The Grinning Man from director Tom Morris, picks up two nominations, with Best Performance in a Musical for lead Louis Maskell and a Best Design nomination for Jon Bausor. While the sparkling co-production The Rivals (Bristol Old Vic, Citizens Theatre and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse) also receives a nomination for best supporting performance for Lucy Briggs-Owen.

Speaking today, Executive Producer Chloe Elwood said:

The Grinning Man was by far the most ambitious and creatively daring production of our 250th anniversary season. It perfectly encapsulated the creative ethos of Bristol Old Vic and featured a constellation of talents. We’re delighted that the phenomenal Louis Maskell has been recognised for his work in creating the role of Grinpayne, and that the visionary Jon Bausor is similarly acknowledged for leading the design team who created the world he inhabited.”

“Lucy Briggs-Owen completely transformed the way in which you viewed the character of Lydia Languish in the brilliant revival of The Rivals from director Dominic Hill. Lucy is an actress of fierce talent and creativity and her performance opened up this 18th-century play to a whole new generation of theatre goers. It goes without saying, she was also hysterically funny and a joy to watch.”

Chloe Elwood continued: “We are thrilled whenever the work we create here in Bristol is recognised on a national level. These nominations are a lovely acknowledgement of the extraordinary 250th anniversary year we had in 2016 which was shared by so many people in Bristol.  We’re proud to be flying the flag for the city”.

The UK Theatre Awards celebrate regional theatre achievements both on and off stage in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They are recognised as the regional equivalent to the Olivier Awards for productions that take place outside London. Winners will be announced on the 15 October at an awards ceremony taking place at Guildhall in central London.

Bristol wins big at Edinburgh Fringe – Bristol Old Vic Ferment supported shows triumphant at iconic festival

Bristol Old Vic is heralding a bumper year of success for Bristol and South West artists who have each been supported by the theatre’s Ferment initiative – a year round quest to find, support and nurture local talent. Ferment provides local artists with an opportunity to explore their theatrical ideas in an ongoing dialogue with audiences and recent projects have proved a triumph with critics and audiences north of the border at the iconic Edinburgh Fringe festival.
Ferment supported successes this year include:
  • A Fringe First and The Stage Edinburgh Awards for Made in Bristol success story The  Wardrobe Ensemble with Education, Education, Education, which returns to Bristol Old Vic in November
  • Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas’ Palmyra wins Total Theatre Award while their second piece, Eurohouse is labelled a must-see
  • Viki Browne’s Help! tackles mental health at the Fringe and heralded a 4-star hit.
  • Idiot Child’s What if the plane falls out of the sky? reviewed as “a wee gem of a show”
  • Christopher Harrisson’s The North! The North! scores a flurry of brilliant reviews and described as “intelligent, exhilarating and strikingly original and moving”

Each of the shows has been supported in bespoke ways by Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment initiative – whether though financial support, free rehearsal space, creative feedback or a professional platform during the highly respected and often imitated Ferment Fortnights which occur each January and July at Bristol Old Vic. These nights allow work at various stages of development to be presented in front of an audience for feedback before being taken to the next stage.

By inviting artists whose work spans genre and form to experiment, play and make the theatre of tomorrow, Ferment continues to develop these vital local voices by offering tailored advice to creatives both emerging and established, and works closely with them through the development process.

Emma Bettridge, Ferment Producer said: “I insufferably bang on about the importance of supporting an artists’ process. For an artist to be given the space around an idea to let it breathe, and for Ferment to be able to properly support that process, the idea really does become the very best it can be. I’m so, so thrilled with the work we’ve backed this year. These works are proudly shining in a sea of over 3000 other shows A DAY. This is epic. It is proof that the recipe works; discover the idea, flesh it out, give it space and support and time and belief and there you have it – work of exceptional quality standing tall amongst the very best out there.

Bristol audiences can see The Wardrobe Ensemble’s award-winning Education, Education, Education at Bristol Old Vic this November.

Education, Education, Education runs from 1-4 November at Bristol Old Vic Theatre.
Tickets £15-£10. 7.30pm 

www.bristololdvic.org.uk / 0117 987 7877

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What the critics said…
PALMYRA
Total Theatre Award WinnerInnovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form.
“Smashing fable about power, ego and war” 4 stars, The Guardian – Lyn Gardner
“Sublime” 4 stars, Whatsonstage.com
“Weird, wonderful” 4 stars, The StageEDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION
The Wardrobe Ensemble won The Stage Edinburgh Award for the second year running.
Fringe First award for Education, Education Education. 
“something special” 4 stars, Time Out – Andrzej Lukowski
“Smartly entertaining” 4 stars, The Guardian- Lyn Gardner
“slick, polished and highly entertaining” The Stage, 4 stars- Natasha Tripney

WHAT IF THE PLANE FALLS OUT OF THE SKY?
“a wee gem of a show” The List, 4 stars
“endearing” The Stage, 3 stars
“Hilariously absurd” Exeunt

HELP!
“do yourself a favour and get down to see Help!” 4 stars, Broadway Baby
“a brave and refreshing production” 4 stars, To Do List

EUROHOUSE
wonderfully playful, intimate and ultimately moving show” 4 stars, The Guardian – Lyn Gardner
timely and refreshing” 4 stars, The Reviews Hub

THE NORTH! THE NORTH!
intelligent, exhilarating, strikingly original and moving, I cannot recommend this play enough” 4 stars, Edfest Magazine
It’s a darkly twisted version of a revenge story… with enough mythical aspects and a good dollop of humour to lift it far above the pack” 5 stars, British Theatre Guide

Full cast announced as rehearsals begin for blistering new production of The Caretaker this Autumn

Cast of The Caretaker
Cast of The Caretaker

Cast of The Caretaker

Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate, Northampton announce the full cast for The Caretaker which will begin rehearsals today.

Patrice Naiambana, previously announced in the iconic role of Davies, is joined by dynamic young actors David Judge and Jonathan Livingstone, bringing this radical revival of Pinter’s classic to life for a new generation. The vulnerability and aggression in the homeless Davies and the bitter wrangling between the brothers who offer him a kind of asylum rings out of the play with startling clarity for the present-day social tensions between those who feel they “belong” and those who do not.

Jonathan Livingstone will play Aston. Since graduating from RADA in 2008, Jonathan has made a name for himself on stage, working with director Daniel Kramer as Benvolio in the Shakespeare Globe production of Romeo and Juliet, in the Young Vic’s Now We Are Here (director Ian Rickson)the National Theatre’s Our Country’s Good, the RSC’s Taming of the Shrew and Cheek by Jowl’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. He was also part of the National Theatre/West End production of War Horse and is best known on screen for the role of Boy Tracy in E4’s Chewing Gum.

David Judge will play Mick. A graduate of the E17 acting school and the National Youth Theatre, David went on to be a regular in the Channel 4 series Hollyoaks in the role of Danny Valentine. His film and TV work includes the UK series Prey and the film 28 Weeks Later. Stage work includes Fatherland and Scuttlers (both Manchester Royal Exchange), Eleventh Capital (Royal Court) and A Taste of Honey (Sheffield Crucible).

Patrice Naiambana has most recently starred in the sell-out National Theatre production Barber Shop Chronicles. Describing himself as an “African performing artist from Sierra Leone”, his previous work includes the title role in Kathryn Hunter’s Othello, Warwick the Kingmaker in Michael Boyd’s Olivier Award-winning Histories Cycle Ensemble, and Aslan in Adrian Noble’s The Lion,The Witch and The Wardrobe, all for the RSC. He has played in Steven Berkoff’s Coriolanus and Marcello Magni’s Tell Them I am Young and Beautiful.  Patrice is also the founder and facilitator of Tribal Soul Arts, an organisation which creates innovative and functional arts in collaboration with citizens and communities to bring about positive social transformation.

The production will be directed by Christopher Haydon, his first major production since his celebrated tenure at London’s Gate Theatre (Grounded, Image of An Unknown Young Woman, The Convert). Christopher’s previous credits include Twelve Angry Men at Birmingham Rep and in the West End, and Grounded (Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Studio Theatre Washington DC, national and international tour) which won a Fringe First and Best Production in the Off West End Awards. He reunites with Designer Oliver Townsend for The Caretaker, after previously collaborating on Grounded (Best Set Design, Off West End Awards).

The Caretaker will open at Bristol Old Vic running from 9 – 30 September with Press Night on Thursday 14 September. It then tours to Nuffield Southampton Theatres (10-14 Oct) before a run at Royal & Derngate, Northampton from 17 – 28 October.

Listings information:

The Caretaker
a Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate, Northampton co-production
Writer Harold Pinter
Director Christopher Haydon
Designer Oliver Townsend
Cast: David Judge (Mick), Jonathan Livingstone (Aston) and Patrice Naiambana (Davies).

9-30 Sep
NATIONAL PRESS NIGHT: THURSDAY 14 SEP AT 7PM

Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED
7.30pm2.30pm (selected Thu & Sat mats)
£31.50 – £7.50*
Box Office: 0117 987 7877 or online www.bristololdvic.org.uk
* from 17 July 2017,  Bristol Old Vic will no longer apply booking fees

10-14 Oct
Nuffield Southampton Theatres, NST Campus, University Road, Southampton SO17 1TR
7.30pm2.30pm (Sat mat)
Tickets starting at £27, £22, £17, £10
Book tickets: 023 8067 1771 or online www.nstheatres.co.uk

17-28 Oct
PRESS NIGHT: Wed 18 Oct at 7pm
Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP
7.45pm2.30pm (Thu & Sat mats)
£10 to £30**
Box Office:  01604 624811 or online www.royalandderngate.co.uk
** A charge of £3 applies for all transactions over £15.
Does not apply to Groups, Friends or Disabled Patrons, and is per transaction, not per ticket.

West End transfer announced for acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production Long Day’s Journey into Night

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville 

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville 

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville 


Following its sold out run as part of Bristol Old Vic’s 250th Anniversary season, Jeremy Ironsand Lesley Manville will reprise their roles in Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Considered one of the most powerful American plays of the 20th century, the production will play a strictly limited 10 week West End season at Wyndham’s Theatre from 27 January to 8 April 2018.

The Tyrones’ summer home, August 1912. Haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present, the Tyrones and their two sons test the bonds of a family caught in the cycle of love and resentment. As day turns to night and the family indulge in their vices, the truth unravels leaving behind a quartet of ruined lives. 

Jeremy Irons said “Over forty years ago I saw Laurence Olivier play James Tyrone. I never dreamed I would one day be given the opportunity to play him myself. I am so glad I have the chance to work again with Richard Eyre and Lesley Manville on this, one of America’s greatest plays.”

Lesley Manville said “Shortly after Richard Eyre and I worked together on Ghosts he asked me if I’d be interested in doing Long Day’s Journey Into Night with him at Bristol. Ghosts is a big, emotional and epic play but not even that prepared me for the challenge of O’Neill’s masterpiece which is, by far, the hardest play I have ever done. But at the same time thrilling. I cannot wait to play those scenes again to a wider audience. O’Neill is a genius and Richard Eyre’s production gives nothing but credit to this classic American family saga.”

Richard Eyre said “I’m excited that I’m having the opportunity to revive a production that I loved. We had a wonderful time doing this play in Bristol and it’s marvellous to be able to share the production with audiences in the West End.”

Jeremy Irons plays James Tyrone. A Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate, he began his professional career on the Bristol Old Vic stage in 1969. After years of success in the West End, Irons made his Broadway debut in 1984 opposite Glenn Close in The Real Thing, which won him a Tony Award. An internationally renowned actor, he is well known not only for films such as The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Mission, Reversal of Fortune, Being Julia and Lolita, but also for the variety of his work – everything from The Lion King to The Borgias. He is one of only a handful of actors to have won an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy for his work.

Lesley Manville plays Mary Tyrone. An award-winning actress, she is a frequent collaborator with director Mike Leigh, winning the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Actress of the Year for her work in both his 2002 film All or Nothing and his 2010 film Another Year, for which she also won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress. Manville’s extensive stage career includes roles in Top Girls (Royal Court 1990), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (RSC 1986), His Dark Materials (National Theatre 2005), Pillars of the Community (National Theatre 2005). and Six Degrees of Separation (Old Vic 2010). In 2012, she was nominated for an Olivier Award for her role in Leigh’s play Grief (National Theatre 2011), before going on to win the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role in the revival of Ghosts (Almeida 2013) directed by Richard Eyre.

Director Richard Eyre is widely considered to be the UK’s greatest living director. Eyre was director of the National Theatre between 1987 and 1997. His most noted theatre productions include Hamlet (twice), with Jonathan Pryce at the Royal Court in 1980 and Daniel Day-Lewis in 1989; Richard III with Ian McKellen; King Lear with Ian Holm; Henrik Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman with Paul Scofield, Vanessa Redgrave and Eileen Atkins; and numerous new plays by David Hare, Tom Stoppard, Trevor Griffiths, Howard Brenton, Alan Bennett, Christopher Hampton and Nicholas Wright. He also directed the musical Mary Poppins in London and on Broadway. He has been the recipient of numerous directing awards including five Olivier Awards, including an Olivier Lifetime Achievement Award, and awards from The Directors’ Guild of Great Britain, the South Bank Show, the Evening Standard and the Critics’ Circle. In November 2013, he once again won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director for Ibsen’s Ghosts starring Lesley Manville at the Almeida Theatre. This production transferred to the West End and to Broadway.

Richard Eyre is joined by set designer Rob Howell who has designed sets and costumes for numerous plays and musicals in the UK, in London and on Broadway over a 20-year period. Howell has won three Olivier Awards for Best Set Design. The most recent of these was for his work on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.

International Lighting Designer Peter Mumford has been working in theatre for over 40 years. He is a two-time Olivier Award winner, with work in the West End including Top Hat, Much Ado About Nothing, An Ideal Husband, The Lion in Winter and Absent Friends. He has recently worked with Chichester, Sheffield Crucible, Royal Court, Almeida and the Peter Hall Company.

Sound Designer John Leonard ran the sound department at Bristol Old Vic from 1970 to 1976. He went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company and in 1984 he was made the company’s first head of sound and an associate artist of the company. He works regularly for the Almeida Theatre in London, for whom he is Sound Associate, as well as the National Theatre and in the West End.

LISTINGS
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
by Eugene O’Neill
Director Richard Eyre
Designer Rob Howell
Lighting Design Peter Mumford
Sound Design John Leonard
Wyndham’s Theatre
Charing Cross Rd,
London WC2H 0DA

27 January – 8 April 2018
Opening night – 6 February

There will be no matinee performance on Saturday 27 January

Tuesday to Saturday evening performances at 7.30pm
Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2pm
Wyndham’s Theatre Box Office: 0844 482 5120
www.LongDaysThePlay.com
Tickets from £12.50
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