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 Nuffield Southampton Theatres And Curve’s Production Of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, in association with Lyric Hammersmith, returns to London for summer run

Fantastic Mr Fox at Nuffield Southampton Theatres. Greg Barnett (Mr Fox). Photo credit Manuel Harlan

Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Curve and Lyric Hammersmith today announced that, following a successful UK tour, their production of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox will return for a second run at Lyric Hammersmith this summer.  The production, adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft, directed by Maria Aberg with original music by Arthur Darvill, runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from 26 July to 20 August, after it completes its national tour.

Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Sam Hodges said today, “I am very pleased that our hit production of Fantastic Mr Fox is coming back to London, following the last sell-out run. This is a terrific adaptation of a special story and this return to the Lyric marks a well-deserved finale to a successful tour.”

In a joint statement Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said: “We are thrilled that even more families and young people will be able to experience our successful co-production of Fantastic Mr Fox. Audiences across the country and internationally have all had a wonderful time watching this ‘fantastic’ Roald Dahl classic be brought to life live on stage.”

Artistic Director of Lyric Hammersmith, Sean Holmes, said “We are delighted to welcome back Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox after its sell-out success here at the Lyric earlier this year.  A great treat for all the family this summer”

“You know as well as I do: no-one outfoxes a fox!”

Boggis, Bunce and Bean, three greedy, smelly, horrid farmers hate the cunning Mr Fox.

Mr Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but he doesn’t realise how determined the farmers are to get revenge. Can he hatch a plan to save his family and friends? Can they outrun the diggers and outsmart the farmers, and can rabbit shut up long enough not to give the game away?

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship which promises a Dahlicious theatrical feast with live music and songs.

Sam Holcroft’s most recent play, Rules for Living, premièred at the National Theatre in 2015 and a revival, directed by Simon Godwin and co-produced by English Touring Theatre, Rose Theatre Kingston and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, will be touring the UK this autumn. She was the Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre Studio from 2013-14 and was the Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Traverse Theatre in 2009-10. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize for Literature in the Drama category and in 2009 she won the Tom Erhardt Award for up and coming writers. Her other plays include The Wardrobe, Edgar And Annabel, Dancing Bears, While You Lie, Pink, Vanya and Cockroach.  She is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre.

Maria Aberg directs.  Her directing work includes, for the RSC, Dr Faustus (also Barbican), The White Devil, As You Like It, King John, The Gods Weep, Days of Significance; Hotel (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange),The Chairs (Theatre Royal Bath) and Alaska (Royal Court Theatre). She has also directed at Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios.  Forthcoming directing projects include The Winter’s Tale (Romateatern, Sweden).

Arthur Darvill is an actor and composer, best-known for his regular appearances as Rory in BBC TV’s Doctor Who and as Rev. Paul Coates on ITV’s Broadchurch. Darvill’s most recent theatre work as composer includes I Want My Hat Back (National Theatre),I Heart Peterborough (Eastern Angles), The Bacchae (English Touring Theatre), It’s About Time (nabokov/Latitude), and Jack and The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith). He won the Musical Theatre Matters Award for Been So Long (Young Vic/English Touring Theatre).

Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Curve in association with Lyric Hammersmith present

Roald Dahl’s

FANTASTIC MR FOX

Adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft

Directed by Maria Aberg; Designed by Tom Scutt; Music by Arthur Darvill

Lyrics by Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft, Al Muriel and Darren Clark

Sound Designer: Claire Windsor; Lighting Designer: Lee Curran

Movement Director: Ayse Tashkiran; Music Director: Richie Hart; Casting Director: Annelie Powell

Cast includes: Richard Atwill, Greg Barnett, Patrick Burbidge, Jade Croot, Lillie Flynn, Sandy Foster, Gruffudd Glyn, Richie Hart, Thomas Hewitt, Edward Hole, Kelly Jackson, Tanya Shields.

26 July – 20 August

Lyric Hammersmith

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The Royal Shakespeare Company announces Matilda The Musical UK & Ireland Tour

Today, the Royal Shakespeare Company announces that its multi award-winning production of Matilda The Musical will embark on a UK and Ireland tour in 2018-2019.

Winner of 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, the RSC’s touring production of Matilda The Musical will open at Leicester Curve, playing from 5 – 24 March 2018, followed by Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre (4 April – 28 April), Sunderland Empire (8 May – 2 June), Milton Keynes Theatre (5 June – 30 June), Birmingham Hippodrome (3 July – 8 September), Manchester Palace (18 September – 24 November) and Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre (4 December – 12 January 2019).

Tickets for Leicester, Dublin, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Manchester and Cardiff will go on sale to the public on26 April following a priority booking period between 19 and 25 April. Tickets for Birmingham go on sale on 9 May, after a priority booking from 25 April to 8 May. Further dates and venues are to be announced in due course. The West End production continues at the Cambridge Theatre, currently booking until 17 December 2017.

The production will be accompanied in each location by a new education programme to engage young people, inspired by Matilda The Musical. From a travelling library of stories led by Mrs Phelps, to whole school takeovers of Matilda, the RSC aims to reach over 15,000 children, in collaboration with touring theatre partners. Further details to be announced.

Dennis Kelly, (book) said:

“It’s been a long time coming but I’m delighted that we get to take Matilda around the UK and to Ireland. We have some fantastic theatres in this country and in Ireland, supported by smart, engaged audiences and we can’t wait to bring this crazy, messy, anarchic explosion of a show to them.”

Tim Minchin (music and lyrics) said:

“I – like millions of others – feel like Dahl is in my blood, because I grew up with his books. So to have contributed to a piece of work that brings one of his most famous stories to life is one of my life’s great joys. I’m utterly thrilled that audiences in cities all across the UK and Ireland will now share and be part of Matilda’s story.

Catherine Mallyon, RSC Executive Director said:

“We are thrilled our home-grown miracle, which started life after a seven year gestation in Stratford-upon-Avon, has grown into a bit of a global phenomenon. Following Matilda’s successful run on Broadway, our current tours around North America, Australia and New Zealand, and continuing into our sixth year at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End, it is fantastic that we can share Matilda with audiences around the UK and in Ireland. In collaboration with our touring partners we will also deliver a programme of ground-breaking interactive education projects to enable young people to emulate Matilda, sharing the extraordinary power of story-telling and the boundless creativity of their imaginations.”

Now in its sixth year in London’s West End, Matilda The Musical is the longest running production at the Cambridge Theatre where it continues to play to packed houses.

With book by Dennis Kelly, original songs by Tim Minchin and direction by Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musicalis the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Inspired by the incomparable Roald Dahl’s beloved book, Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and premiered at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010, before transferring to London’s West End in October 2011, where it opened to rave reviews.

The New York production of Matilda The Musical opened in April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre and was celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013, including TIME Magazine’s #1 Show of the Year.

Matilda The Musical has been seen by more than 6.5 million people worldwide. Having swept the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards, with a record-breaking seven awards, and winning four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for the four girls sharing the title role on Broadway, Matilda The Musical has now played in 50 cities worldwide and continues to delight audiences in London, Australia and on tour around North America.

After winning a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Musical in 2015, the Australian production played a sold-out season at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. In July 2016, the production broke further records by winning all 13 Helpmann Awards for which it was nominated. The tour continues in Perth and Adelaide and will premiere in New Zealand at The Civic in Auckland in August 2017 for a strictly limited season.

Matilda The Musical is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as Executive Producers. The production was developed with the support of Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.

Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound bySimon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

 World première of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox to open Wednesday 30 November

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox
Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox

Nuffield Southampton Theatres & Curve

in association with Lyric Hammersmith present

FANTASTIC MR FOX

Written by Roald Dahl

Adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft

Music by Arthur Darvill

Lyrics by Al Muriel with Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill & Sam Holcroft

Directed by Maria Aberg; Designed by Tom Scutt

Lighting Design by Lee Curran; Sound Design by Claire Windsor

Movement Direction by Ayse Tashkiran

Musical Direction by Richie Hart

A brand new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic Fantastic Mr Fox receives its world première at NST, Nuffield Southampton Theatres where it opens on 30 November, with previews from 22 November, running until 8 January, before touring the UK in 2017 beginning at Lyric Hammersmith on 25 January.

The play, adapted by Sam Holcroft, directed by Maria Aberg, and featuring original music from Arthur Darvill is a Nuffield Southampton Theatres production with Curve, in association with Lyric Hammersmith.

Greg Barnett plays Mr Fox, with Richard Atwill (Rat/Bean), Raphael Bushay (Badger/Boggis), Jade Croot (Kit), Sandy Foster (Rabbit), Lillie Flynn (Mrs Fox), Gruffudd Glyn (Mole/Bunce), Kelly Jackson (Mouse), and Edward Hole and Tanya Shields completing the ensemble, alongside actor-musicians, Patrick Burbridge, Anna Fordham and Richie Hart.

“You know as well as I do: no-one outfoxes a fox!”

Boggis, Bunce and Bean, three greedy, smelly, horrid farmers hate the cunning Mr Fox.

Mr Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but he doesn’t realise how determined the farmers are to get revenge. Can he hatch a plan to save his family and friends? Can they outrun the diggers and outsmart the farmers, and can rabbit shut up long enough not to give the game away?

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, this flagship production for the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations, promises a dahlicious theatrical feast with live music and songs and gloriumptious designs. A wondercrump treat for the whole family!

Sam Holcroft’s most recent play, Rules For Living, premièred at the National Theatre in 2015. She was the Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre Studio from 2013-14 and was the Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Traverse Theatre in 2009-10. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize for Literature in the Drama category and in 2009 she won the Tom Erhardt Award for up and coming writers. Her other plays include The WardrobeEdgar And AnnabelDancing BearsWhile You LiePinkVanya and Cockroach.  She is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre.

Richard Atwill plays Rat and Bean.  His theatre credits include Macbeth, Eugene Ionesco’s Macbett (RSC), God in Ruins (RSC/Soho Theatre), Potted Potter(Broadway), The Changing Room (Royal Court Theatre), The Adventure (Pleasance/Manchester Royal Exchange/Watford Palace Theatre), Unscorched, Captain Oates’ Left Sock, iWitness, Beating Heart Cadaver (Finborough Theatre), The Roman Bath (Arcola/National Theatre, Bulgaria), Beyond The Pale (Southwark Playhouse) and Roots and The Light of Heart (Theatre Cymru).  For television his work includes Shakespeare Live and Horrible Histories; and for film, Risen and Bill.

 Raphael Bushay plays Badger and Boggis.  He graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2014. His credits include Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

 Greg Barnett plays Mr Fox.  His theatre credits include This Little Life of Mine and Therèse Raquin (Park Theatre), These Trees Are Made of Blood (Southwark Playhouse), Making a Scene (National Theatre), The School for Scandal (Theatre Royal Bath), Swallows and Amazons (Vaudeville Theatre and UK tour), Spend Spend Spend (Watermill and UK tour), Zorro (Garrick Theatre), Peter Pan (Birmingham Rep), Twelfth Night (Royal and Derngate) and Sweeney Todd (UK tour). His work for television includes Fleabag and Undercover; and for film, Hot Property, Bonobo and The Road to Nirvana.

 Jade Croot plays Kit.  Her theatre credits include Doctor Faustus (RSC and Barbican). Her film work includes The Machine.

 Lillie Flynn plays Mrs Fox.  Her theatre credits include Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre, Hampstead Theatre), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), Love Story (Duchess Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre), Quadrophenia (UK tour), The Spirit of Broadway (China tour) and The War Of The Worlds (UK tour).

 Sandy Foster plays Rabbit.  Her theatre credits include Days of SignificanceOppenheimerA Shoemaker’s Holiday (RSC), Desire Under the Elms (Lyric Hammersmith), Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange), A Streetcar Named Desire (Curve) and Twelfth Night (Filter Theatre).  Her television work includes The Dumping GroundThe Kerry and Lu Show and Call the Midwife; and for film, Mr Turner, ToshiMuse of Fire and What You Will.

Gruffudd Glyn plays Mole and Bunce.  His theatre credits include Three Sisters (Young Vic), American TradeThe Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, The Grain Store, Julius Caesar, Young People’s Hamlet (RSC), Brave New World (Royal and Derngate and UK tour) and After the End (Sherman Theatre).  His television work includesDr WhoPoldark, StellaGwaith/Cartref, Hinterland/Y Gwyll; and for film, The MartianThe Theory of Everything and Thor: The Dark World.

Kelly Jackson plays Mouse. Her theatre credits include Sweet Charity (Millennium Performing Arts), RENT (The Obie Theatre), Wildlife (Bloomsbury Theatre) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Paul Holman Associates, The Broadway Theatre).

Maria Aberg directs.  Her directing work includes, for the RSC Dr Faustus (also Barbican), The White Devil, As You Like It, King John, The Gods Weep, Days of SignificanceHotel (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Chairs (Theatre Royal Bath) and Alaska (Royal Court). She has also directed at Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios.  Forthcoming directing projects include The Great Gatsby (Royal & Derngate and Birmingham Rep) and The Winter’s Tale (Romateatern, Sweden).

Arthur Darvill is an actor and composer, best-known for his regular appearances as Rory in BBC TV’s Doctor Who and as Rev. Paul Coates on ITV’s Broadchurch. Darvill’s most recent theatre work as composer includes I Want My Hat Back (National Theatre), I Heart Peterborough (Eastern Angles), The Bacchae (English Touring Theatre), It’s About Time (Nabokov/Latitude), and Jack and The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith). He won the Musical Theatre Matters Award for Been So Long (Young Vic/English Touring Theatre).

Tickets are available from the Box Office 023 8067 1771 or online at nstheatres.co.uk

Nuffield Announces Partnership With Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity

To coincide with the world premiere of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox at Nuffield Theatre in Southampton this Christmas, Nuffield have announced today a new partnership with Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, to support seriously ill children and their families, by donating 25% of donations received from their box office appeal during the Christmas season.

Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox

Nuffield is a registered charity and are committed to offering young and disadvantaged people in the Southampton area the opportunity to attend a performance or participate in an activity free of charge.   Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity helps to make life better for seriously ill children in the UK by providing nurses  to support children with serious illnesses, and their families.

Jane Miles, Chief Executive from Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity is very excited about the launch of the partnership. She says, “The flagship production of Fantastic Mr Fox a brilliant way to celebrate the Roald Dahl centenary. Having the Nuffield support us when they are local to two of our Roald Dahl Nurses in Southampton is truly fantastic. More people in the local community will be able to hear about the amazing work of our nurses.”

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

Nuffield’s new production, Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, is family fun at its finest. It opens on 30 November in Southampton, with previews from 22 November, running until 8 January, before touring the UK in 2017.   A juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, this flagship production for the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations, promises a dahlicious theatrical feast with live music and songs and gloriumptious designs. A wondercrump treat for the whole family!

LISTINGS:

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox

Adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft

Directed by Maria Aberg, Music by Arthur Darvill

Nuffield and Leicester Curve co-production in association with Lyric Hammersmith

Dates: 22 November 2016 – 8 January 2017

www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk Box office: 023 8067 1771

Twitter: @nuffieldtheatre   Facebook: /nuffieldtheatre

Tickets: £10:00, £16:00, £22:00, £25:00

 

Nuffield announces full cast for new production of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox

Director of Nuffield Theatre Sam Hodges today announces the full cast for its brand new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic Fantastic Mr Fox, a co-production with Curve, in association with Lyric Hammersmith.  Greg Barnett plays Mr Fox, with Richard Atwill (Rat/Bean), Raphael Bushay (Badger/Boggis), Jade Croot (Kit), Sandy Foster (Rabbit), Lillie Flynn (Mrs Fox), Gruffudd Glyn (Mole/Bunce), Kelly Jackson (Mouse), and Edward Hole and Tanya Shields completing the ensemble, alongside actor-musicians, Patrick Burbridge,Anna Fordham and Richie Hart.

The play, adapted by Sam Holcroft, directed by Maria Aberg, and featuring original music from Arthur Darvill, receives its world première at Nuffield Theatre where it opens on 30 November, with previews from 22 November, running until 8 January, before touring the UK in 2017 beginning at Lyric Hammersmith on 25 January.

Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox

“You know as well as I do: no-one outfoxes a fox!”

Boggis, Bunce and Bean, three greedy, smelly, horrid farmers hate the cunning Mr Fox.

Mr Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but he doesn’t realise how determined the farmers are to get revenge. Can he hatch a plan to save his family and friends? Can they outrun the diggers and outsmart the farmers, and can rabbit shut up long enough not to give the game away?

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, this flagship production for the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations, promises a dahlicious theatrical feast with live music and songs and gloriumptious designs. A wondercrump treat for the whole family!

Sam Holcroft’s most recent play, Rules For Living, premièred at the National Theatre in 2015. She was the Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre Studio from 2013-14 and was the Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Traverse Theatre in 2009-10. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize for Literature in the Drama category and in 2009 she won the Tom Erhardt Award for up and coming writers. Her other plays include The WardrobeEdgar And AnnabelDancing BearsWhile You LiePinkVanya and Cockroach.  She is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre.

Richard Atwill plays Rat and Bean.  His theatre credits include Macbeth, Eugene Ionesco’s Macbett (RSC), God in Ruins (RSC/Soho Theatre), Potted Potter (Broadway), The Changing Room (Royal Court Theatre), The Adventure (Pleasance/Manchester Royal Exchange/Watford Palace Theatre), Unscorched, Captain Oates’ Left Sock, iWitness, Beating Heart Cadaver (Finborough Theatre), The Roman Bath (Arcola/National Theatre, Bulgaria), Beyond The Pale (Southwark Playhouse) and Roots and The Light of Heart (Theatre Cymru).  For television his work includes Shakespeare Live and Horrible Histories; and for film, Risen and Bill.

Raphael Bushay plays Badger and Boggis.  He graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2014. His credits include Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Greg Barnett plays Mr Fox.  His theatre credits include This Little Life of Mine and Therèse Raquin (Park Theatre), These Trees Are Made of Blood (Southwark Playhouse), Making a Scene (National Theatre), The School for Scandal (Theatre Royal Bath), Swallows and Amazons (Vaudeville Theatre and UK tour), Spend Spend Spend (Watermill and UK tour), Zorro (Garrick Theatre), Peter Pan (Birmingham Rep), Twelfth Night(Royal and Derngate) and Sweeney Todd (UK tour). His work for television includes Fleabag and Undercover; and for film, Hot Property, Bonobo and The Road to Nirvana.

Jade Croot plays Kit.  Her theatre credits include Doctor Faustus (RSC and Barbican). Her film work includes The Machine.

Lillie Flynn plays Mrs Fox.  Her theatre credits include Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre, Hampstead Theatre), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), Love Story (Duchess Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre),Quadrophenia (UK tour), The Spirit of Broadway (China tour) and The War Of The Worlds (UK tour).

Sandy Foster plays Rabbit.  Her theatre credits include Days of SignificanceOppenheimerA Shoemaker’s Holiday (RSC), Desire Under the Elms (Lyric Hammersmith), Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange), A Streetcar Named Desire (Curve) and Twelfth Night (Filter Theatre).  Her television work includesThe Dumping GroundThe Kerry and Lu Show and Call the Midwife; and for film, Mr Turner, ToshiMuse of Fireand What You Will.

Gruffudd Glyn plays Mole and Bunce.  His theatre credits include Three Sisters (Young Vic), American TradeThe Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, The Grain Store, Julius Caesar, Young People’s Hamlet (RSC), Brave New World (Royal and Derngate and UK tour) and After the End (Sherman Theatre).  His television work includes Dr WhoPoldark, StellaGwaith/Cartref, Hinterland/Y Gwyll; and for film, The MartianThe Theory of Everything and Thor: The Dark World.

Kelly Jackson plays Mouse. Her theatre credits include Sweet Charity (Millennium Performing Arts), RENT(The Obie Theatre), Wildlife (Bloomsbury Theatre) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Paul Holman Associates, The Broadway Theatre).

Maria Aberg directs.  Her directing work includes, for the RSC Dr Faustus (also Barbican), The White Devil, As You Like It, King John, The Gods Weep, Days of SignificanceHotel (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Chairs (Theatre Royal Bath) and Alaska (Royal Court). She has also directed at Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios.  Forthcoming directing projects include The Great Gatsby (Royal & Derngate and Birmingham Rep) and The Winter’s Tale (Romateatern, Sweden).

Arthur Darvill is an actor and composer, best-known for his regular appearances as Rory in BBC TV’s Doctor Who and as Rev. Paul Coates on ITV’s Broadchurch. Darvill’s most recent theatre work as composer includes I Want My Hat Back (National Theatre), I Heart Peterborough (Eastern Angles), The Bacchae (English Touring Theatre), It’s About Time (Nabokov/Latitude), and Jack and The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith). He won the Musical Theatre Matters Award for Been So Long (Young Vic/English Touring Theatre).

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Performances:
22/11/16 7:00PM

23/11/16 10:30AM

24/11/16 10:30AM

25/11/16 10:30AM

26/11/16 2:00PM

26/11/16 7:00PM

27/11/16 2:00PM

29/11/16 7:00PM

30/11/16 7:00PM

01/12/16 10:30AM

01/12/16 5:30PM

02/12/16 10:30AM

02/12/16 5:30PM

03/12/16 2:00PM

03/12/16 7:00PM

06/12/16 10:30AM

07/12/16 10:30AM

07/12/16 5:30PM

08/12/16 10:30AM

09/12/16 10:30AM

09/12/16 5:30PM

10/12/16 2:00PM

10/12/16 7:00PM

13/12/16 10:30AM

14/12/16 10:30AM

15/12/16 10:30AM

16/12/16 10:30AM

16/12/16 5:30PM

17/12/16 2:00PM

17/12/16 7:00PM

18/12/16 2:00PM

20/12/16 2:00PM

20/12/16 7:00PM

21/12/16 10:30AM

21/12/16 3:00PM

21/12/16 7:00PM

22/12/16 2:00PM

22/12/16 7:00PM

23/12/16 10:30AM

23/12/16 3:00PM

23/12/16 7:00PM

24/12/16 10:30AM

24/12/16 3:00PM

26/12/16 2:00PM

27/12/16 2:00PM

27/12/16 7:00PM

28/12/16 2:00PM

28/12/16 7:00PM

29/12/16 2:00PM

29/12/16 7:00PM

30/12/16 2:00PM

30/12/16 7:00PM

31/12/16 2:00PM

02/01/17 2:00PM

03/01/17 5:30PM

05/01/17 10:30AM

06/01/17 10:30AM

06/01/17 7:00PM

07/01/17 2:00PM

07/01/17 7:00PM

08/01/17 2:00PM
Tickets:

£10:00, £16:00, £22:00, £25:00

 

TOUR DATES

Lyric Hammersmith

Wednesday 25 January – Sunday 19 February

Box Office: 020 8741 6850

www.lyric.co.uk

New Theatre, Cardiff

Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 February

Box Office: 029 2087 8889

www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Tuesday 28 February – Sunday 5 March

Box Office: 01322 220000

www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

Milton Keynes Theatre

Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 March

Box Office: 0844 871 7652

www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes

 Curve, Leicester

Monday 3 – Sunday 9 April

Box Office: 0116 242 3595

www.curveonline.co.uk

Oxford Playhouse 

Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 April

Box Office: 01865 305305

www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 April

Box Office: 024 7655 3055
www.belgrade.co.uk

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 May

Box Office: 0141 249 6000

www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Monday 15 – Saturday 20 May

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

www.edtheatres.com

Glasgow Theatre Royal

Monday 22 – Saturday 27 May

Box Office: 0844 871 7647

www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

Theatre Royal Bath

Tuesday 30 May – Saturday 2 June

Box Office: 01225 448844

www.theatreroyal.org.uk

Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

Monday 5 – Saturday 10 June

Box Office: 01494 552 000

www.wycombeswan.co.uk

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 June

Box Office: 01752 267222

www.theatreroyal.com

Norwich Theatre Royal

Wednesday 21 – Saturday 24 June

Box Office: 01603 63 00 00

www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Bradford Alhambra Theatre

Tuesday 27 June – Sunday 2 July

Box Office: 01274 432000

www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

The Lowry, Salford Quays

Wednesday 5 – Saturday 9 July

Box Office: 0843 208 6000

www.thelowry.com

Mr and Mrs Twit celebrate London Cocktail Week in their Upside Down Cocktail Cavern

Terrible Trifle at Dinner

This London Cocktail Week, Mr and Mrs Twit invite daring guests to their Upside Down Cocktail Cavern in The Vaults – a horrible haven where the drinks are never served straight. Prepared by gastronomic geniuses Bompas & Parr, and in association with the gloriously gruesome interactive theatrical dining experience, Dinner at the Twits, mischievous mixes will be available to discerning drinkers, from 6pm Tuesday to Saturday.

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During London Cocktail Week and until 29 October, get a foul flavour of Roald Dahl’s The Twits with spirited delights including scotch stirred with sardine and cheese, beer created with a taste of the author himself, squeezes of Hug Tight Glue, and garnishing of nettles and mealworms to name a few.

Mr and Mrs Twits’ Upside Down Cocktail Cavern drinks menu includes:

BIG DEAD TREE & STICKY GLUE BELLINI

Served with a small tube of Hug Tight Glue and garnished with a twig from the big dead tree.

MRS TWIT’S UNUSUAL SPRITZ

Hendrick’s Gin, Aperol, nettle vermouth, prosecco and soda – her favourite afternoon eye-opener

THE TERRIBLE SHRINKS

Vodka soda flavoured with berries and oranges brought from foreign climes by the Roly-Poly Bird, garnished with an aromatic helium balloon.

THE UPSIDE-DOWN MONKEY CIRCUS

From the slushy machine comes a libation comprising juggled bananas, monkey nuts, golden rum, sugar and lime.

DARK & STORMY MUGGLE-WUMP

The Muggle-Wumps’ favourite dark spiced rum with hazelnut, chestnut, almond, tonka bean and vanilla.

MR TWIT’S BEARD OLD FASHIONED

Clingy scraps of sardine, Stilton and cornflakes pulled straight from Mr Twit’s beard, stirred with Scotch.

ROLY-POLY BERRY & CHOCOLATE MARTINI

Exotic Marula berry and raspberry are mixed with chocolate in this creamy treat.

MR TWIT’S DIRTY NEGRONI

Campari, Sweet Vermouth and wormy Mezcal, lovingly stirred with Mr. Twit’s filthy fingers.

MRS TWIT’S SPECIAL MILK

Vodka, coffee liqueur, white chocolate and a dubious source of ‘milk’ mark this cocktail out as something special.

MR TWIT’S MONKEY CAGE OIL & NETTLE WINE

Take pleasure in lubricating your mouth with Mr Twit’s cage oil – a dark mixture of black raspberry and blackcurrant liqueur served with nettle wine.

MR TWIT’S ODIOUS ALE  

Made with oak-smoked wheat malt, and dust, dirt and microbes swabbed from Roald Dahl’s own writing chair: the man himself is immortalised in this drinkable delight.

Dinner at the Twits marks the first adults-only adaptation of one of Dahl’s children’s titles and has proved popular with audiences brave enough to face 90 minutes of entertainment from the most horrid hosts. Those too timid to try their culinary cornucopia are welcome to Mr and Mrs Twits’ Upside Down Cocktail Cavern offering a chance to relax in their topsy turvy turnabout world – with one eye open.

Produced by Les Enfants Terribles and ebp, with delicious gastronomy from Bompas & Parr, in association with Creature of London, directed by Emma Earle, adapted by Oliver Lansley and Anthony Spargo, and designed by Samuel Wyer.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Mr and Mrs Twits’ Upside Down Cocktail Cavern

The Vaults, Waterloo

4 September – 29 October 2016

Free entry and open to the general public

From 6pm – late

Tuesday – Saturday

18+

Dinner at the Twits

The Vaults, Waterloo
4 September – 30 October 2016
Tickets priced at £75-£110 available from
www.twitsdinner.com / 0844 248 1215
90 minutes, no interval
Minimum age 16+. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Some dietary requirements will be catered for if notified in advance, please contact
[email protected]

Prices

Tuesday & Wednesday: Standard: £80 Premium: £100

Thursday: Standard: £85 Premium: £105

Friday & Saturday: Standard: £90 Premium £110

Sunday ‘Drunch’: Standard: £75 Premium: £95

All prices will include a £1.50 booking fee on the website 

Standard tickets: Includes a prickly cocktail aperitif, gruesome hors d’oeuvres, a baroque bird pie banquet and potentially perilous pudding, all served with ½ bottle of wine or non-alcoholic drinks.

Premium ticket: Premium ticket holders will also receive an additional fizz cocktail on arrival, a bar of Mr Twit’s personally smoked chocolate, a cup of Mrs Twit’s home brew and a copy of the limited edition Dinner at the Twits programme, which includes exclusive recipes from Bompas & Parr.

Groups
Discount available for groups of 10 or more. To book call 0844 248 1215.

Exclusive bookings

Exclusivity of the show at Premium rate can be booked for 80 people. Tickets must be booked on 0844 248 1215.

Timings

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday evenings:

6pm, 7.15pm and 8.30pm

Saturday matinees:

12pm, 1.15pm and 2.30pm

Sundays:

12pm, 1.15pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm

Matilda The Musical announces new cast with video of Matildas learning magic tricks with illusionist Paul Kieve

RSC Matilda The Musical

Ahead of celebrations for its fifth birthday in the West End this autumn and Roald Dahl’s centenary on 13 September, the Royal Shakespeare Companys multi award-winning production of Matilda The Musical has announced that Sara Sheen and Abbie Vena will join Zaris-Angel Hator and Clara Read in the title role from 13 September 2016. Tickets for the new booking period, which includes performances at the Cambridge theatre between 30 May and 15 October 2017, will go on sale on the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth, 13 September.

RSC Matilda The Musical

RSC Matilda The Musical. Click on the image to book your tickets right now!

To mark the arrival of the show’s new young actresses, a video has been released today of the four girls taking part in a special magic workshop with Paul Kieve, the theatre illusionist behind Matilda The Musical’s on-stage magic and special effects.

Craige Els continues in the role of Miss Trunchbull, having first stepped into the girdle in September 2014. Also remaining in the company are Michael Begley as Mr Wormwood, Miria Parvin as Miss Honey and Rebecca Thornhill who plays Mrs Wormwood.

The rest of the adult cast comprises Richard AstburyOliver BrooksCollette ColemanMaria GracianoElliot HarperDaniel HopeDaniel IoannouKate KenrickKatie LeeFergal McGoffTom MuggeridgeMatthew RowlandMatthew SerafiniBiancha SzynalLaura Tyrer and Sharlene Whyte.

The young performers who will be joining the London company in the three teams playing the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and the rest of the pupils at Crunchem Hall are as follows: Nicholas Antoniou-Tibbitts, Molly Beech, Hannah Bouhamdi, Max Brophy, Olivia Calladine-Smith, Elena Cervesi, Lydia Coghlan, Anya Evans, Miles Harcombe, Michael Hawkins, Sam Jennings, Harrison Langham, Ben Lewis, Craig Noakes, Tia Palamathanan, Owen Pennington, Charlotte Ross-Gower, Alexander Stuckey, Felix Warren and Scarlett Wennink.

Child cast members Oliver Llewelyn-WilliamsMaxim SamartsevYnez WilliamsMaisy-May Woods-Smeethand Dora Yolland will continue in their current roles.

Winner of over 70 international awards, including 15 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical has been seen by more than five million people worldwide. Having swept the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking seven awards, Matilda The Musical went on to open on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in March 2013. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, the show won four Tony Awards® and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls sharing the title role.

In 2015 the London and Broadway productions were joined by the North American and Australian tours. After opening to rave reviews in Sydney last year, the Australian production recently won a record-breaking 13 Helpmann Awards. Matilda The Musical will play at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre until November 2016 before touring to Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as Executive Producers. The production was developed with the support of Company Dramaturg Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.

Matilda The Musical is written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

Bespoke Beer and further menu details revealed for Dinner at the Twits

Dinner at The Twits - Garden Party Design by Samuel Wyer

The award-winning team behind the Olivier Award-nominated smash hit Alice’s Adventures Underground and The Game’s Afoot, in association with gastronomic wunderkinds Bompas & Parr, are delighted to announce further menu details and casting for Dinner at the Twits, a gloriously gruesome interactive theatrical dining experience from 4 September – 30 October at The Vaults, London.

Bompas & Parr are working with 40FT Brewery to create a bespoke beer for Dinner at the Twits, Mr Twit’s Odious Ale. With the permission of the Roald Dahl Estate, they have taken a swab from Roald Dahl’s writing chair, from which they will culture the native yeast and use it to brew all the beer for the event.

Dinner at The Twits - Garden Party Design by Samuel Wyer

Dinner at The Twits – Garden Party Design by Samuel Wyer

Mr Twit’s Odious Ale will be brewed to the Polish Grätzen style with oak smoked wheat malt – but instead of the original Grätzen yeast, the beer will be fermented with a standard ale yeast followed by a wild yeast recovered from Roald Dahl’s writing chair for a secondary fermentation. A light golden colour with a relatively high carbonation, Grätzen is sometimes known as Polish Champagne.

Harry Parr, of Bompas & Parr, said: “A surprising number of our previous activations have been inspired by Roald Dahl in some way or other – from our chocolate waterfall, to our boat ride on a lake built above Selfridges, to our Artisanal Chewing Gum Store – so it’s been a delight to work directly with the Roald Dahl Estate and, indirectly, one of the best loved storytellers of all time, in his centenary year.

“By incorporating wild yeast cultured from inside Roald Dahl’s writing chair in our beer to accompany Dinner at The Twits, it feels like we are injecting his own dark humour and effervescent sense of fun into the brew.”

Steve Ryan, of 40FT Brewery, said: “We’ve been lifelong fans of Roald Dahl and so it’s an honour to be collaborating with our friends Bompas & Parr to create this beer together.”

Twits Garden Spritz cocktail by Bompas & Parr. Dinner at the Twits

Twits Garden Spritz cocktail by Bompas & Parr. Dinner at the Twits. © Florence Fair-weather

Oliver Lansley, of Les Enfants Terribles, said: “Creating the world of the Twits is a dream come true for me. Roald Dahl is the reason I fell in love with stories as a child and it’s not hard to spot his influence on all of Les Enfants Terribles’ work. We are thrilled to finally be collaborating with real life Willy Wonkas Bompas & Parr, and we can’t wait to invite you all to this deliciously disgusting dinner party.”

Every guest will be treated to 90 minutes of entertainment from the worst hosts ever, as created by Les Enfants Terribles theatre company. Curious canapes and prickly cocktails will be served straight from Mr Twit’s ghastly garden.

The Twits Garden Spritz consists of wild nettle and thistle-infused Aperol, wild strawberry vermouth, prosecco and soda, garnished with nettles and thistles – straw optional! – while The Terrible Shrinks is a Roly Poly Bird berry and orange vodka topped with soda, garnished with a scented helium balloon.

Internationally renowned for creating compelling, inspiring and highly memorable gastronomic experiences, Bompas & Parr have developed a menu to intrigue the adventurous and tantalise the tastebuds. The banquet will include Wormery LIVE, Glowing Hug Tight Glue, Treasures of the Compost Heap, Bird Pie – Your Night of a Thousand Claws and Bloater Paste, all washed down with half a bottle of superb bag-in-box wine from St. John Wines and followed by perilous puddings.

Premium ticket holders will also receive an additional fizz cocktail on arrival prepared by the mixologists at Bompas & Parr, a bar of Mr Twit’s personally smoked chocolate, a cup of Mrs Twit’s home brew in the Muggle-Wumps’ Downside Up Cocktail Cavern and a copy of the limited edition Dinner at the Twits programme, which includes exclusive recipes from Bompas & Parr.

Artisan chocolate bars will be provided by the renowned chocolatiers Rococo Chocolates, who are creating a very special smoky chocolate bar for Mr Twit. Mr Twit’s Beardy Bar will combine Rococo’s scrumptious house blend of milk chocolate with (freshly beard picked) cereal, banana, yoghurt, lapsang souchong tea and honey. Any Twit would love it!

Mr & Mrs Twit will graciously open up the Muggle-Wumps’ Downside Up Cocktail Cavern in The Vaults to those too timid to try their culinary cornucopia. From 6pm, come in and relax in the Muggle-Wumps’ topsy turvy turnabout world with questionable cocktails and tantalising tinctures.

Mr Twit will be played by Chris Barlow. Chris is a highly skilled actor and puppeteer with a wealth of experience across stage and screen. His theatre credits include Flat Stanley (Hull Truck/Polka Theatre), Pirates of Penzance (Illyria) and Robin Hood (Oxford Playhouse). Most recently, Chris puppeteered various characters for Series 3 of the Working Title production Yonderland and some of his work can also be seen in the Warner Bros. feature film, Jack the Giant Killer.

Mrs Twit will be played by Lizzy Dive. Lizzy has previously worked with Les Enfants Terribles on The Fantastical Flying Exploratory Laboratory and Alice’s Adventures Underground. Her other theatre credits include Twelfth Night and The Tempest for Aquila (USA No 1 Tour), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Illyria) and The Pier (Oxford Playhouse).

Les Enfants Terribles’ previous work includes multi-award-winning, international stage shows, including The Trench, The Terrible Infants and The Vaudevillains.

Dinner at the Twits is produced by Les Enfants Terribles and ebp, with delicious gastronomy from Bompas & Parr, in association with Creature of London, directed by Emma Earle, adapted by Oliver Lansley and Anthony Spargo, and designed by Samuel Wyer.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory announce winners of the Imagination Awards

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory today announced the winners of The Imagination Awards, a national competition to encourage and inspire young people to embrace their creativity and the power of the imagination.  Hundreds of budding inventors, aged 5-15, from across the UK, submitted their inventions for a solution to a problem in the world around them, while aspiring theatre designers, aged 13-21, created original set or costume designs for a chance to win a VIP visit and behind-the-scenes experience to the hit West End show.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. © Matt Crockett

The winners:
7 year old Tom William Bauss from North London who invented the Super Float Boat, an unsinkable vessel to help with the current refugee crisis and to stop people getting wet at sea.
10 year old McKenzie Cameron from Loughton, Essex won the judges’ vote with the Memory Maker – an edible sweet wrapper to trigger precious memories for a forgetful grandparent.
13 year old Stephanie Wong from Barking impressed with The Next Level, a device which creates new platforms in any space at the touch of a button.

The Young Theatre Designers Award also received many fascinating, inspiring and creative entries across two age categories, 13-18 and 19-21, for set and costume design. The winners for costume are announced as Kathryn Weaving, 18, of Scotby whose David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix-inspired designs caught the eyes of the judges, and Aidan Biddiscombe, 20, of Swansea, for his Victorian and sixties-fused creations.  The winners of the set design category are Dora Furnival, 17, from Stroud in Gloucestershire for her quirky and shabby chic Bucket Shack model, and 20 year old Sophie Cowdrey from Havant, Hampshire who also created a home for the Buckets, inspired by period cottages and popular culture.  Producer Caro Newling said: “Imagination is at the heart of all of Roald Dahl’s work and none more so than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Through the Imagination Awards we’ve seen inventions and designs that rival Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket’s boundless creations. It’s been a privilege to choose our winners and to be able to engage with a national appetite for the opportunity to connect with creative industries.”  The awards have been supported by renowned educationalist Sir Ken Robinson, who is Patron of the awards, and a stellar judging panel including director Sam Mendes.  Entries came in many different forms including pictures, stories, and even short films for Charlie’s Challenge which invited creations from three age categories, ages 5-7, 8-11 and 12-15. The three winners each receive an Imagination Pack full of prizes to encourage invention and creativity, plus a VIP trip to London to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  As the school that submitted the most entries with nearly 200 submissions, Risdene Academy in Northamptonshire has won a visit and talk from judge and the Science Museum’s Inventor In Residence, Mark Champkins, plus a story-telling workshop.  The Young Theatre Designers Award winners each win a VIP trip to London to meet with the creative team, see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and experience it from backstage, getting an exclusive look at how the world of Roald Dahl’s much loved story is brought to life on the West End stage.  The full winners and shortlist entries are available to view at www.imaginationawards.co.uk

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has quickly become one of the West End’s most popular and successful stage musicals, and has regularly broken records at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it has been seen by over 2 million people since it opened in June 2013. It currently sits in the top three longest-running productions of the last 50 years at the historic venue, one of London’s largest theatres. The show recently celebrated its 1250th performance and received a London Lifestyle Award for Theatre Show of the Year, as voted for by readers of the London Evening Standard. It also won two Olivier awards in April 2014.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory presented its first ‘relaxed performance’ on 19 January 2016. Presented in association with Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the relaxed performance was aimed at families with one or more children with special needs. It was designed to provide an opportunity for people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs, who require a more relaxed environment, to enjoy the show.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by Sam Mendes. Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling.

The Official Cast Recording album is available on Sony Records, on CD and download.

This world premiere musical is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Langley Park Productions.

www.CharlieandtheChocolateFactory.com
Box Office: 0844 858 8877
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5JF
Booking until January 2017

The Imagination Awards – Championing creativity and inspiring the next generation of theatre makers – shortlist announced

The Imagination awards -some of the shortlisted entries

The shortlists have been announced for The Imagination Awards, a new competition launched by the award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to encourage creativity among inventive youngsters and budding theatre designers.

Entries were invited from young inventors aged 5-15, who were asked to invent a solution to a problem in the world around them, and from theatre designers aged 13-21.

The Imagination awards -some of the shortlisted entries

The Imagination awards – some of the shortlisted entries

Shortlisted young inventors include Ludwig Karg, age 6, from London. He invented a teddy bear which would detect whether food contained nuts. He was inspired by his brother who has a severe nut allergy.

Also shortlisted is Thomas Hanlon, age 9, from Sutton Coldfield. He came up with the idea of The Amazing Speech Bubble Glasses for his deaf grandfather, which would automatically translate speech into subtitles on the inside of his glasses.

And Lewis Kilner, age 12, from Sheffield, invented Supreme Robo-Legs, which would allow those who had lost the use of their legs to get about without a wheelchair.

Amber Sinclair, age 9 from Essex, suggested shoes with a GPRS signal which would automatically take you to your chosen destination.

Entries came from all across the UK in many different forms, including pictures, stories, and even short films.

The Young Theatre Designers category (open to ages 13-21) also received many fascinating, inspiring and creative entries.

The full shortlists are available at www.imaginationawards.co.uk

Renowned educationalist Sir Ken Robinson is Patron of the awards with Director Sam Mendes also on the judging panel. The Imagination Awards encourage young inventors and designers to get creative for the chance to win a VIP visit and behind-the-scenes experience to the hit West End show.

The Imagination Awards are divided into two separate awards:

Charlie’s Challenge: a national award for 5-15 year olds (in three age categories, 5-7, 8-11, 12-15), looking for creative inventions and ideas which would benefit a family member.
Judges: Roma Agrawal, James Anderson, Mark Champkins, Emily Mulhall
Prize: The winner will receive an Imagination Pack full of prizes to encourage invention and creativity, plus a VIP trip to London to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The school that submits most entries will receive an Imagination Workshop at their school and a talk from one of the judges.

The Young Theatre Design Award: open to 13-21 year olds across the UK (in two age categories, 13-18 and 19-21) and split into two separate categories: Set Design and Costume Design. Young designers were asked to submit an original set or costume design for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Judges: Sam Mendes, Jess Moore, Caro Newling, Mark Thompson
Prize: The winner from each category will be invited to London to meet with the creative team and watch a matinee performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, before experiencing the production from backstage during the evening performance.

Charlie’s Challenge was designed to be inclusive for all young people. The award encourages creativity in the classroom, and champions invention and imagination as valuable skills for any future career. The production created resources to help unlock the doors to the world of theatre, and showcase the opportunities in the arts that exist for young people interested in the process of theatre making and design.

The Young Theatre Design Award looks for those who have already experimented with set and costume design, and also seeks out aspiring artists and those with relevant skills who have not yet considered a career in the theatre industry.

The winners will be announced on Friday 15th July.

The judging panel for the awards includes:

  • Members of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory creative team including: Sam Mendes, Director; Caro Newling, Producer; Mark Thompson, Set and Costume Designer
  • Jess Moore, Executive Director of Corporate Responsibility, Warner Bros.
  • Roma Agrawal, Structural Engineer, WSP Group
  • James Anderson, 18 year old entrepreneur and founder of Thinkspace
  • Mark Champkins, Inventor in Residence, Science Museum
  • Emily Mulhall, Animator

Since opening in 2013, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has offered teachers numerous ways to explore the show through an educational ‘Page-to-Stage’ resource that includes activities and exercises for students to bring the musical to life in the classroom. January 2016 has seen the launch of the new official Charlie and the Chocolate Factoryschool workshops in the areas of drama, singing, dance, musical theatre and storytelling.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has also provided 15 one-week paid backstage work experience placements and three eight-week paid internships through the Golden Tickets scheme, part of Warner Bros. Creative Talent, a programme of investment in skills and training for the UK creative industries.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory presented its first ‘relaxed performance’ on 19th January 2016. Presented in association with Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the relaxed performance was aimed at families with one or more children with special needs. It was designed to provide an opportunity for people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs, who require a more relaxed environment, to enjoy the show.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has quickly become one of the West End’s most popular and successful stage musicals, and recently celebrated its 1000th performance as well as winning a London Lifestyle Award for Theatre Show of the Year, as voted for by readers of the London Evening Standard. It also won two Olivier awards in April 2014, and has broken records at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it has been seen by over 2 million people since it opened in June 2013. It is currently taking bookings until January 2017.

Click here to book your tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory now!

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by Sam Mendes. Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling.

The Official Cast Recording album is available on Sony Records, on CD and download.

This world premiere musical is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Langley Park Productions.

www.CharlieandtheChocolateFactory.com
Box Office: 0844 858 8877
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5JF
Booking until January 2017