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First Look: Production photographs: Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

 Marianne Elliott directs Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone in Stephen Sondheim & George Furth’s ‘Company’

Patti Lupone,CREDIT:Axel Dupeux for The Wall Street Journal

As Elliott & Harper Productions is about to begin performances of its first West End show, Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty PrincipleMarianne Elliott announced today (Friday 22 September 2017) that she will be directing a new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Tony award-winning musical, Company.  For the first time ever, the lead role of Bobby will be re-imagined as a woman.  Company will run at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from 26 September 2018 for a strictly limited season, with public booking opening today.

It was also announced today that Rosalie Craig will play Bobbi and Tony and Olivier award-winning Patti LuPone will play Joanne.

At Bobbi’s 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why she isn’t married; why she can’t find the right man and why she hasn’t settled down to have a family.  The multi-award winning musical comedy about life, love and marriage includes Stephen Sondheim’s iconic songs, The Ladies who LunchBeing Alive and Side by Side.

Marianne Elliott said:  ‘I feel so lucky to be directing this wonderful musical.  I’ve loved it for years.  I really want to make this production contemporary, to explore what it feels like to be a 35 year old sexually confident woman managing friendships and searching for love.  Stephen Sondheim and I have talked a great deal about how this new interpretation might best be executed and I can’t wait to share it with audiences.  I also get to work with the beautiful and talented Rosalie Craig, as well as a hero of mine, Patti LuPone.’

 Patti LuPone added:  ‘I saw War Horse in New York and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in London.   I came out of both productions blown away by Ms Elliott’s vision. So naturally I am thrilled beyond words that she wants me to be a part of Company. I’m a lucky girl. Marianne, Steve, London. I thought I’d sworn off musicals, but working with Marianne was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.’

Rosalie Craig’s extensive theatre credits include:  Marianne Elliott’s production of The Light Princess, for which she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for an Olivier Award, Rosalind in As You Like It, The Threepenny Opera and London Road – all for the National Theatre.  Other theatre includes: City of Angels for the Donmar, Lady Macduff in Macbeth for Manchester International Festival, directed by Kenneth Branagh, Sylvia in the musical Finding Neverland and the title role in Miss Julie at Chichester Festival Theatre.  Her film and TV credits include: London Road, Spooks, and Casanova.

Patti LuPone returns to London to make her first appearance in a West End musical for over 25 years Patti is currently starring on Broadway in War Paint.  Her  previous London theatre credits include originating the role of Fantine in Les Misérables for the RSC and Cameron Mackintosh, an Olivier-award winning role in The Cradle will Rock and creating the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.  Her numerous Broadway credits  include: originating the role of Eva Peron in Evita, Gypsy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous BreakdownSweeney ToddAnything GoesNoises OffThe Old Neighborhood and Master Class.  Her many screen credits include:  Cliffs of FreedomThe Comedian, Union SquareParkerCity by the SeaHeistState and MainJust LookingSummer of SamThe 24 Hour WomanFamily PrayersDriving Miss Daisy and Witness.  Her television work includes:  Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Penny DreadfulGirls, American Horror Story: Coven, Glee30 RockThe Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Grammy Award), Ugly BettyWill & Grace (as herself), Frasier (1998 Emmy nomination) and Law & Order.  LuPone, who is a graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company, is the author of the The New York Times bestseller Patti LuPone: A Memoir.

Marianne Elliott, is Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she recently founded with producer Chris Harper.  Elliott is the first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director. Marianne’s ground- breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received 7 Olivier Awards in London, including Best New Play and Best Director and 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director for its run on Broadway.  Her production of Saint Joan earned her the Olivier Award for Best Revival and Pillars of the Community earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director.  War Horse, which she co-directed, and has been seen by over 7 million people world-wide, has just begun its second UK tour.  Marianne’s recent highly acclaimed production of Angels in America at the National Theatre will transfer to Broadway in March 2018.

Elliott & Harper Productions will co-produce a new production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Catherine Schreiber and West Yorkshire Playhouse at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in November 2017 and will co-produce the 2018 Broadway transfer of Angels in America.

Joining Marianne Elliott on the creative team for Company are:  designer Bunny Christie and musical director Joel Fram.  Further casting will be announced.

The producers for Company at the Gielgud Theatre are: Elliott & Harper Productions,Catherine Schreiber, Grove Entertainment, Jujamcyn Theaters, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Aged in Wood Productions/Ricardo Hornos, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, Bruno Wang Productions/Salman Al-Rashid, Across the Pond Theatricals/ Trio Theatricals and Ramin Sabi/Christopher Ketner.

Music by Nils Frahm to soundtrack Marianne Elliott’s new production of Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at the Wyndham’s Theatre

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle
Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Recordings by acclaimed composer, producer and pianist, Nils Frahm will form the soundtrack for Elliott & Harper Productions’ first West End show, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle which begins rehearsals this week.  Directed by the Olivier and Tony award-winning Marianne Elliott and written by Olivier and Tony award-winning writer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Simon Stephens, it runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London from 3 October 2017 to 6 January 2018, with a press night on Monday 9 October 2017.

Nils Frahm is one of the most talked-about musicians of his generation, blending classical composition with elements of electronica.  Frahm’s albums include: Felt (2011) Screws (2012) and Spaces (2013).  His first film score release, Music for the Motion Picture Victoria, won the German Film prize for Best Soundtrack.  In 2015 he launched Piano Day, an official holiday celebrating the piano via various concerts and piano-related projects around the world.  Frahm presented a memorable performance at the Royal Albert Hall curated by BBC 6 Music radio presenter Mary Anne Hobbs, and curated a Weekend Festival at London’s Barbican Centre last year.  After spending much of 2017 in his Berlin studio, 2018 sees Frahm embark on his first live tour since 2015. The 2018 All Melody world tour includes UK concerts at the Barbican Centre, Bristol, Glasgow and Gateshead.

Director Marianne Elliott said: ‘Simon Stephens’ play, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is full of beauty, wonder and surprise. I can’t think of a composer whose music better combines these elements than Nils Frahm. I have been an admirer of Nils for a long time and I am thrilled to have his glorious music as the soundtrack for my production.’

Julie Blake, General Manager of Erased Tapes added:  ‘It’s an incredible honour to be involved with this production, and Nils Frahm’s music perfectly underscores the emotional themes within the script. Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle  is tender, deep and wonderfully honest in its exploration of how we all connect.’

Tony and Olivier-Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is a surprising and life-affirming new play inspired by one of  the most famous ideas in quantum physics, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle and stars Anne-Marie Duff as Georgie and Kenneth Cranham as Alex.

In this uncertain world, who can predict what brings people together?  When two strangers meet by chance amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, their lives are changed forever. 

 The creative team for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle also includes many of the team Elliott worked with on her record- breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time including designer Bunny Christie, lighting designer Paule Constable, movement director Steven Hoggett and sound designer Ian Dickinson.

Marianne Elliott, artistic director of Elliott & Harper Productions, was an associate director of the National Theatre for 10 years and directed its current sell-out production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. The first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director, Marianne’s ground- breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received 7 Olivier Awards in London, including Best New Play and Best Director and 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director for its run on Broadway.  Her production of Saint Joan earned her the Olivier Award for Best Revival and Pillars of the Community earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director.

 Anne-Marie Duff played the title role in Marianne’s production of Saint Joan for the NT, a role which earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in 2007, and more recently in the highly-acclaimed NT/Royal Exchange Theatre production of Husbands and Sons, also directed by Elliott.  Anne-Marie Duff’s many screen roles include Fiona Gallagher in Shameless for Channel 4 and Queen Elizabeth in the BBC’s The Virgin QueenKenneth Cranham, who has been a star of stage and screen for over 50 years gave what many consider the performance of his career so far in The Father last year; a role which earned him the Olivier Award for Best Actor. His many TV and film credits include: Shine on Harvey Moon, Layer Cake, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie, Maleficent and he has just completed filming ITV’s dramatization of the £25m Hatton Garden safety deposit raid.  His latest film: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool with Jamie Bell, and Annette Bening will be released in October 2017.

Simon Stephens’ other plays include Port and Harper Regan (both directed by Marianne Elliott), Punk Rock and new English language versions of Chekhov, Ibsen, Brecht and von Horvath. His version of Ibsen’s The Doll’s House transferred to the West End in 2013 and played at the Brooklyn Academy in 2014. His most recent plays include Fatherland for the Manchester International Festival and a new adaptation of The Seagull for the Lyric Hammersmith. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre.

The producers for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at the Wyndham’s Theatre are: Elliott & Harper Productions, Catherine Schreiber, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Ramin Sabi/Christopher Ketner, Bruno Wang.

Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle is one of the most famous ideas in physics. It was first articulated in 1927 by the German physicist Werner Heisenberg. It states that it is impossible to know simultaneously the exact position and momentum of a particle. The more exactly the position is determined, the less known the momentum, and vice-versa.

Elliott & Harper Productions is a new partnership between director Marianne Elliott and producer, Chris Harper.  Other EHP productions include a co-production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Catherine Schreiber Productions and West Yorkshire Playhouse opening in Leeds at the Quarry Theatre, WHP on 29 November 2017.

 

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First Look: Marianne Elliott’s Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at The Wyndham’s Theatre

Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield star in the National Theatre production of Tony Kushner’s landmark play “Angels in America” on Broadway

New York, NY – Producers Tim Levy (Director, NT America) and Jordan Roth (President, Jujamcyn Theaters) announced today that the National Theatre Production of Tony Kushner’s epic and seminal masterwork, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, will return to Broadway for the first time since its now-legendary original production opened in 1993.  This spectacular new staging of Part One of Angels in America, Millennium Approaches, and of Part Two, Perestroika, had its world premiere earlier this year in a sold-out run at the National Theatre, where it became the fastest selling show in the organization’s history.

 This strictly limited, 18-week engagement will begin performances at The Neil Simon Theatre on Friday, February 23, 2018, with an official opening on Wednesday, March 21.  Starring two-time Tony Award® winner Nathan Lane and Academy Award® and Tony Award nominee Andrew Garfield, the cast of Angels in America will feature fellow original National Theatre cast members Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, James McArdle, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.  (Additional casting will be announced shortly.)  Two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) directs.  Elliott & Harper, the new production company set up by Marianne Elliott and Chris Harper, joins as a producer on the show.

In a joint statement, Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, Mr. Levy, and Mr. Roth said, “With Angels in America, Tony Kushner created one of the most indelible literary works of our age.  It has been twenty-five years since its original Broadway production, and it is now time for an entirely new generation to be mesmerized, stirred, and astonished by its humor, poetry, and power at a time that feels more relevant than ever.

“We are delighted that American audiences will have the chance to experience the astonishing performances of our original cast members and the singular dynamism of Marianne’s production.

“Producing the original UK and Broadway productions of Angels in America in London and in New York remain defining achievements in the history of the National Theatre and Jujamcyn Theaters.  We couldn’t be happier that our two organizations will be working together to bring this new National Theatre production of Tony’s masterwork back to Broadway.”

A quarter-century after stunning the theater world, one of the greatest theatrical journeys of our time returns to Broadway in an acclaimed new production from the National Theatre.  As politically incendiary as any play in the American canon, Angels in America also manages to be, at turns, hilariously irreverent and heartbreakingly humane.  It is also astonishingly relevant, speaking every bit as urgently to our anxious times as it did when it first premiered.  Tackling Reaganism, McCarthyism, immigration, religion, climate change, and AIDS against the backdrop of New York City in the mid-1980’s, no contemporary drama has succeeded so indisputably with so ambitious a scope.

When it first premiered, Angels in America won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, seven Tony Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play.   HBO’s 2003 screen adaptation won both the Emmy® and the Golden Globe® Awards for Best Miniseries.

The design team includes Tony Award winner Ian MacNeil (Scenic Design), Tony Award nominee Nicky Gillibrand (Costume Design), Tony Award winner Paule Constable (Lighting Design), Drama Desk Award winner Adrian Sutton (Music), Tony Award nominee Ian Dickinson (Sound Design), Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell (Puppetry Designers), Finn Caldwell (Puppetry Director and Movement), Robby Graham (Movement), and Chris Fisher (Illusions).

Tickets may be purchased online at www.angelsbroadway.com.

American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public on Friday, October 6 by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or calling 877.250.2929.

 

First Look: Rehearsal Images: War Horse

Rehearsals begin for the new War Horse UK Touring Company

War Horse Tour 2017

War Horse Tour 2017

War Horse Tour 2017


Rehearsals began this week for the 34-strong cast of a major tour UK tour of the National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of War Horse, which begins performances on 15 September 2017 (with press night on 3 October) at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and continues on a 15 city tour until February 2019.

Thomas Dennis, fresh from playing Christopher Boone in the National Theatre’s West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will play the central role of Albert Narracott with fellow Curious cast member Jo Castleton as his mother Rose Narracott. Celebrated folk musician, Bob Fox, returns as Song Man.  They are joined by:  Marcus Adolphy (Carter), Adam Barlow (Greig/Schweyk/Sergeant Fine), Peter Becker(Friedrich), Joelle Brabban (Emilie), Lucas Button (Joey Hind), Jasper William Cartwright (Billy/Heine/Klebb),Chris Charles (Joey/Topthorn Heart), Jonathan Charles (Bone/Vet Martin), Sebastian Charles (Topthorn Heart),Anna Chessher (Joey/Topthorn Head), Nicky Cross (Joey/Topthorn Hind), Max Gallagher (Geordie), Chris Garner (Allan/Manfred), Andrew Hodges (Sergeant Thunder), Lewis Howard (Joey Heart), William Ilkley (Arthur Narracott), Ben Ingles (Lt Nicholls), Billy Irving (Goose/Schnabel), Elan James (Topthorn Hind), Kiran Landa(Annie Gilbert), Gwilym Lloyd (Ted Narracott), Jack Lord (Klausen), Stephen Love (Topthorn Head), Toyin Omari-Kinch (David), Samuel Parker (Joey/Topthorn Hind), Tom Quinn (Joey/Topthorn Head), Domonic Ramsden (Joey/Topthorn Heart), Arinder Sadhra (Paulette), Tom Stacy (Joey Head), Elizabeth Stretton (Matron Callaghan), Simon Victor (Stewart/Heine/Ludwig).

War Horse is rehearsing in London in a 470 square meter rehearsal space, custom built by MDM Props, to accommodate the large company.

War Horse, which has been seen by over seven million people worldwide, completed its record-breaking eight year London run at the New London Theatre on 12 March 2016.  It has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway.  Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom MorrisNick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship, about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey,  set against the backdrop of the First World War is the most successful play in the National Theatre’s history.  It features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to live on stage.

War Horse received its world premiere on 9 October 2007 at the National Theatre, where it played for two seasons before opening at the New London Theatre in March 2009.  Since then, War Horse has been seen in 97 cities in 10 countries, including productions on Broadway, in Toronto and Berlin, with touring productions in the UK and Ireland, North America, the Netherlands, Belgium and China.

Michael Morpurgo said:  ‘After a few months rest, out at pasture, Joey, the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre, will be touring the UK again, from 2017 through to 2019 and the centenary of the end of the First World War, taking their show all over the country, to towns and cities, many of them places War Horse has not been seen before.  I am so pleased this is happening; that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event. Steady boy, steady Joey. Trot on!’

War Horse is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, designed by Rae Smith, with puppet direction, design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmerfor 59 Productions, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Katie Henry is the revival director and Craig Leo is the associate puppetry director.  They are joined by resident puppetry director, Matthew Forbes and resident director, Charlotte Peters.

The tour of War Horse coincides with the Centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War and follows the production’s sold-out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2013-2014.

War Horse is produced on tour by the National Theatre.

War Horse Tour Dates

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury                                   15 September – 14 October 2017

Bristol Hippodrome                                                   18 October – 11 November 2017

Empire Theatre, Liverpool                                        15 November – 2 December 2017

New Theatre Oxford                                                  13 December 2017 – 6 January 2018

Brighton Centre                                                         25 January – 10 February 2018

Bradford Alhambra Theatre                                      14 February – 10 March 2018

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall                                14 March – 7 April 2018

Edinburgh Festival Theatre                                       18 April – 12 May 2018

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton                            16 May – 9 June 2018

The Lowry, Salford                                                    13 – 30 June 2018

Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff                                4 – 28 July 2018

New Victoria Theatre, Woking                                   1 – 18 August 2018

Plymouth Theatre Royal                                           29 August – 15 September 2018

Milton Keynes Theatre                                              19 September – 6 October 2018

Glasgow SEC                                                            15 January 2019 – 2 February 2019.

www.warhorseonstage.co.uk

Tonic celebrates Harriet Walter, Marianne Elliot and Nina Steiger in the fourth panel event from Tonic Theatre

Tonic Celebrates

Tonic Celebrates

Tonic Celebrates


Tonic Theatre  has announced the full panel for their fourth Tonic Celebrates, which will take place at the Soho Theatre Upstairs on the 31st July. Tonic Theatre’s Director Lucy Kerbel will chair the conversation between acclaimed actress and writer Dame Harriet Walter, award-winning director Marianne Elliott and dramaturg Nina Steiger.

Tonic Celebrates is a series of events foregrounding the achievements of inspirational women in theatre. Each event brings together a group of remarkable women, all of whom are leaders in their field, to discuss their careers, work, and successes, before the floor is opened to the audience for questions.

Dame Harriet Walter’s most recent theatre credits include the Shakespeare Trilogy at the Donmar Warehouse, which, amongst universal acclaim, received a Tonic Award. Her performance in Mary Stuart, also for the Donmar Warehouse, was awarded an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress. Her other theatre credits include Boa (Trafalgar Studios); Death of a Salesman (RSC/West End); Dinner, Life Times Three, The Children’s Hour, Arcadia (National Theatre); Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline and Three Sisters (RSC), for which she won an Olivier Award. Her extensive screen credits include The Crown (Netflix), London Spy (BBC), Downton Abbey (ITV), The Sense of an Ending, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Little Dorrit (BBC), Atonement, Babel and Bright Young Things. She is the author of three books: Other People’s Shoes, which explores her thoughts on acting; Facing It, reflections on images of older women and Brutus and Other Heroines, about performing Shakespeare’s roles for women.

Also joining the panel is Nina Steiger, the first member of a literary department to take part in a Tonic Celebrates. Nina is Senior Dramaturg at the National Theatre. Previously, Nina worked as a writer and director in New York, before becoming Associate Director at Soho Theatre, where she commissioned and developed work with new playwrights and theatre-makers. Nina has also worked as a consultant, working with artists and organisations on narrative development, audience engagement, strategy and creative directions. She teaches regularly at some of London and the UK’s leading writing programmes and is a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme and a graduate of McGill University.

Harriet Walter and Nina Steiger join previously announced panellist, Olivier and Tony-award winning director Marianne Elliott. Marianne is the Artistic Director of the newly founded Elliott & Harper Productions, established with producer Chris Harper. Their first production, Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 3 October, and stars Kenneth Cranham and Anne-Marie Duff. Most recently, Marianne has directed the sell-out production of Angels in America at the National Theatre, starring Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane and Denise Gough. Her other theatre credits include Husbands and Sons, The Light Princess and Rules for Living, also at the National Theatre, where she was an Associate Director. Her productions of War Horse and A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time with the NT have transferred to the West End, Broadway and toured extensively. She has won two Tony awards for Best Direction of a Play and an Olivier Award for Best Director. She was an Associate Director at the Royal Court and previously she was Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre.

The fourth Tonic Celebrates follows previous successful events at the Ambassador’s Theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre. Previous
panelists have included Globe Artistic Director Emma Rice, writers Moira Buffini, Tanika Gupta and Jessica Swale, lighting designer Paule Constable, designer Vicki Mortimer, Tricycle Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham, NT’s Director of Producing and Planning Sacha Milroy, and leading fight directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown.

Tickets are available through Soho Theatre box office.

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COMPETITION: Win 2 x NT LIVE Broadcast tickets to Angels in America parts 1 & 2

Angels in America

Attention: win 2 x tickets to NT Live Broadcast of Angels in America Part One: Millenium Approaches (July 20)
& Part 2: Perestroika (July 27)

Every day’s an adventure here at mrcarlwoodward.com. *thumbs up emoji*

Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Russell Tovey and Nathan Lane star in Marianne Elliott’s sublime production, is currently enjoying a sold out run at the National Theatre.

To win: email [email protected] and state in under 100 words
a) Why you should win?
b) Your top 3 locations you’d watch it at.

Closing date is end of the day Friday (July 14).

You’re welcome!

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is at the National Theatre, London, until 19 August.

N.B. 1 x winner – 2 x tickets to both screenings at a venue of your choice, subject to availability.

 Tonic Theatre announces fourth Tonic Celebrates Event featuring award-winning director Marianne Elliott

Tonic Theatre has announced their fourth Tonic Celebrates event, featuring Olivier and Tony award-winning director Marianne Elliott, in conversation at the Soho Theatre Upstairs on Monday 31 July.

Tonic Celebrates is a series of events foregrounding the achievements of inspirational women in theatre. Each event brings together a group of remarkable women, all of whom are leaders in their field, to discuss their careers, work, and successes. The first half of the evening is chaired by Tonic Theatre’s Director Lucy Kerbel, before the floor is opened to the audience for questions.

Marianne is the Artistic Director of the newly founded Elliott & Harper Productions, established with producer Chris Harper. Their first production, Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 3 October, and stars Kenneth Cranham and Anne-Marie Duff. Most recently, Marianne has directed the sell-out production of Angels in America at the National Theatre, starring Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane and Denise Gough. Her other theatre credits include Husbands and Sons, The Light Princess and Rules for Living, also at the National Theatre, where she was an Associate Director. Her productions of War Horse and A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time with the NT have transferred to the West End, Broadway and toured extensively. She has won two Tony awards for Best Direction of a Play and an Olivier Award for Best Director. She was an Associate Director at the Royal Court, where her productions include Stoning Mary, Notes on Falling Leaves, The Sugar Syndrome and Local. Previously she was an Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre where she directed Port, Design for Living, Les Blancs, As You Like It, A Woman of No Importance, Nude with Violin, Fast Food, Martin Yesterday, Deep Blue Sea, Mad for It, Poor Superman and I Have Been Here Before.

The fourth Tonic Celebrates follows previous successful events at the Ambassador’s Theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre. Previous panelists have included Globe Artistic Director Emma Rice, writers Moira Buffini, Tanika Gupta and Jessica Swale, lighting designer Paule Constable, designer Vicki Mortimer, Tricycle Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham, NT’s Director of Producing and Planning Sacha Milroy, and leading fight directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown.

Further guests for the Soho Theatre Upstairs event will be announced shortly, and tickets are available through Soho Theatre box office.