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Following two acclaimed West End seasons, the unforgettable theatrical tour-de-force, The Kite Runner, returns to The REP from 13 – 24 March.

The Kite Runner 2018 - 1 RAJ GHATAK (Amir) and JO BEN AYED (Hassan) Photo Betty Zapata
The Kite Runner 2018 - 1 RAJ GHATAK (Amir) and JO BEN AYED (Hassan) Photo Betty Zapata

The Kite Runner 2018 – 1 RAJ GHATAK (Amir) and JO BEN AYED (Hassan) Photo Betty Zapata

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, this haunting and powerful story has been adapted into a stunning stage production by Matthew Spangler. This tale of friendship spans cultures and continents, following one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.

Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither Hassan nor Amir can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever.

The Kite Runner, published in 2003, was Khaled Hosseini’s first novel. It became an instant bestseller across the globe and has since been published in 70 countries, selling 31.5 million copies in 60 languages. Hosseini was working as a doctor in California when he wrote The Kite Runner, never imaging that after its publication in 2003 it would sell more than 20 million copies – helped, of course, by no greater a champion than Oprah Winfrey as well as the success of the 2007 film adaptation. Coming out after the 9/11 attacks, the story resonated with readers who weren’t necessarily familiar with Afghanistan and the Taliban before the Twin Towers fell.

Playwright Matthew Spangler says of the stage adaptation:
“The play covers many universal themes: A father and son relationship, friendship, love, global politics, refugees, forgiveness and redemption. A more conventional play might just choose one of those themes, but in The Kite Runner all the themes kind of swim around each other. There’s always something new happening on stage and something new to think about.”

The playwright hopes audiences will be moved by it. “It’s a very sad but hopeful and moving story,” he says. “Maybe people will leave with a greater understanding of the themes and it’s great if they do, but at the very basic level it’s a piece of storytelling and emotion.”

 The cast features Raj Ghatak in the central role as the show’s narrator, Amir. Raj, whose previous credits include Bombay Dreams in the West End and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Sheffield Crucible, admits that being on stage for more than two hours is a challenge:

 “I narrate the show then go into the scenes as I remember and recount the story so there are points where I speak in an American accent, then I become a ten-year-old boy speaking Dari, then I’m American again. At various points I range between age ten up to late-30s so I have to negotiate that along with Amir’s emotional journey.”

 Raj will be joined by Jo Ben Ayed as Hassan and Hanif Khan, who will be playing live music onstage throughout the production. The cast also includes Gary Pillai, Sorosh Lavasin, Ravi Aujla, Amiera Darwish, Oliver Gyani, Rez Kabir, Umar Pasha, Jay Sajji, Karl Seth and Danielle Woodnutt.

 The Kite Runner is directed by Giles Croft. It was originally produced by Nottingham Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.

MURDER, SHE DIDN’T WRITE: THE IMPROVISED MURDER MYSTERY West End Debut Leicester Square Theatre

MURDER, SHE DIDN’T WRITE: THE IMPROVISED MURDER MYSTERY
MURDER, SHE DIDN’T WRITE: THE IMPROVISED MURDER MYSTERY

MURDER, SHE DIDN’T WRITE: THE IMPROVISED MURDER MYSTERY Photo Credit: Jamie Corbin

“These are exciting times for the noble art of making it up as you go along.”

The FT on Bristol Improv Theatre – Home to Degrees of Error

“This is a fascinating take on the classic murder mystery genre that keeps all of the intrigue while adding humour and farce” ««««« The Student Newspaper

 “Outstanding performances delivered by a seriously talented cast” ««««« ThreeWeeks

“Sleuth! – an improvisation style mystery play that totally hits the spot!” «««««Theatre Bubble

“A hilarious and incredibly take on the classic murder mystery”««««« Voice Magazine

“An incredibly impressive feat. A funny and outrageous show”««««« Fringe Explosion

Fresh from a sell out season at the Edinburgh Fringe, Degrees of Error bring their hilarious and innovative Murder, She Didn’t Write to the Leicester Square Theatre on the last Sunday of every month during February, March and April. In this riotous show, the audience becomes both author and sleuth as they are invited to help to create their very own Agatha Christie-inspired masterpiece – and to watch it unfold on stage.

 Every night, the extraordinarily talented company create a unique space where audiences can unleash their literary prowess and create an original and extremely comical improvised murder-mystery. Miss Crimson poisoned in the parlour? Mr Gold exploded by cannon in Sainsbury’s? You decide! But will you guess whodunit?

Using audience suggestions, evidence and ideas, the team create a bespoke world – and one lucky audience member gets to play god, choosing both the murderer and victim.

Founded in 2010, Degrees of Error have recently been appointed as the first resident theatre company at the brand new Bristol Improv Theatre – the first theatre in Britain dedicated to the art of improv – where they rehearse and perform regularly. Their improvised murder mystery play Murder, She Didn’t Write has toured the UK and enjoyed sell-out runs at the Fringe since 2013.

 Degrees of Error invite audiences to take up their magnifying glasses, and don their deerstalkers for a never-before-seen (and never-to-be-seen-again), unscripted murder-mystery, which promises to dazzle, enthral and delight.

A unique format and an even more unique experience that will thrill all lovers of both classic crime fiction and top level on-the-hoof comedy.

“The combination of clever comedy and suspense keeps the audience excited, satisfied and

guessing until the end.” «««« The Skinny

 “Everything a fringe comedy should be: original, professional, and very, very funny”
«««« Ed Fringe Review

“Unrestrained bursts of joy.” ««««« Bristol Theatre Review

Remarkably intricate and engaging… the incredibly sharp company spin out the intrigue

over an hour with wit and skill.” «««« Broadway Baby

“Full of surprises for both audience and cast members…most definitely worth seeing more than once.”

«««« Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“A live action game of Cluedo, but with far more laughs…” «««« Fringe Guru

Show: Murder She Didn’t Write

Venue: Leicester Square Theatre

Address: 6 Leicester Place, London. WC2H 7BX
Dates: Sun 25 Feb // Sun 25 Mar // Sun 29 Apr

Time: 4pm

Book online: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873583281

Booking Line: 020 7734 2222

The Wipers Times will tour the UK in 2018 before returning to the West End

The Wiper Times
The Wiper Times

The Wiper Times

Following sold-out UK tours in 2016 and 2017, and a critically acclaimed hit run at the Arts Theatre in the West End in 2017, The Wipers Times will once again tour the UK this Autumn.  It opens at Nottingham Theatre Royal  on 28 August 2018, and visits Oxford, Exeter, Malvern, Leicester, Eastbourne and Birmingham before returning to the Arts Theatre in London for a 7 week season. Full tour dates at www.wiperstimesplay.co.uk with casting to be announced.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times – a stage adaptation of their award-winning BBC film – tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme, interspersed with comic sketches and spoofs from the vivid imagination of those on the front line.

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman said:

The Wipers Times is on manoeuvres again around Britain. We look forward to sharing the remarkable trench humour of the Wipers Times with new theatre-goers around the country. We are delighted it is not Journey’s End but the tour will all be over by Christmas. “

In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mispronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a somber journal about life in the trenches they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the frontline.

Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.

The production originally launched one hundred years after the Battle of the Somme and publication of The Wipers Times. This current run coincides with the commemoration of the end of WW1.

 The Wipers Times is directed by Caroline Leslie, designed by Dora Schweitzer, with lighting design by James Smith, sound design by Steve Mayo. The composer is Nick Green, and Musical Director Paul Herbert. It is produced by Bob Benton & David Parfitt.

THE WIPERS TIMES – FULL TOUR DATES AND LISTINGS INFORMATION

Tuesday 28 August – Saturday 1 September                                                Nottingham Theatre Royal

Monday 3 – Saturday 8 September                                                                Oxford Playhouse

Monday 10 – Saturday 15 September                                                           Exeter Northcott Theatre

Monday 17 – Saturday 22 September                                                           Malvern Festival Theatre

Monday 24 – Saturday 29 September                                                           Leicester Curve

Monday 1 – Saturday 6 October                                                                     Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Monday 8 – Saturday 13 October                                                                   Birmingham Rep

w/c 15 October – Saturday 1 December                                                       Arts Theatre, London

 

Press from 18 October 2018

Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke & Cassidy Janson announced to star in West End return of Chess

Alexandra Burke

Michael Ball

The first West End production of Chess since 1986 is to star Michael BallAlexandra Burke, Murray HeadTim Howar and Cassidy Janson. This epic musical love story will open at the London Coliseum on Thursday 26 April 2018 (Press night on Tuesday 1 May 2018) for a strictly limited 5 week season.

This is the fourth production in collaboration with English National Opera by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade, who brought Sunset BoulevardCarousel and Sweeney Todd to the London Coliseum, the home of ENO. Michael Linnit and Michael Grade also produced 42nd Street, currently playing at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Michael Ball, Britain’s leading musical theatre star, will perform the role of Anatoly. For 30 years Michael has been starring in musical theatre productions in the West End and on Broadway winning critical acclaim and awards for his stage work and recording career. He is a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist and radio and TV presenter.  Michael made his West End debut as Marius in the original London cast of Les Misérableshe starred in the West End production ofThe Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love in the West End and on Broadway, in the London production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion and as Caractacus Potts in the West End musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  In 2005 he returned to Broadway as Count Fosco in The Woman in White, which transferred from London’s West End and, in the same year, made his New York City Opera debut as Reginald Bunthorne in Gilbert and Sullivan‘s Patience.   In 2007 he made his debut with English National Opera as Haj/The Poet in Kismet. In 2008 Michael made box office history with his Olivier Award winning performance as Edna Turnblad in the smash hit musical Hairspray which he then took on tour across the UK.  In 2013 Michael won his second Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his critically acclaimed lead role in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In 2015, Michael starred as Mack Sennett in Mack and Mabel at Chichester Festival Theatre which then went on to tour the UK.

Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke

In 2016 Michael recorded a new album with Alfie Boe, titled ‘Together’, which was released through Decca Records in November. The album went Platinum in just over 5 weeks, was 2016’s Christmas Number 1, has now sold over 600,000 copies and was the biggest selling album release of the year.Following the release, ITV commissioned a one off special,Ball & Boe: One Night Only, which was broadcast on ITV1 in December.  Michael and Alfie also entertained more than 80,000 fans on a sold out 29 date tour of the UK. In 2017 a successful tour of Australia was closely followed by a second ITV special, Ball & Boe: Back Together.  Michael went back into the studio with Alfie Boe to record a second album, ‘Together Again’ which was released through Decca Records in October.  Together Again went straight in at number 1. Combined sales of both albums are now in excess of 1 million copies and a sold out 11 date arena tour of the UK followed.

Alexandra Burke is Svetlana. Alexandra rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008, and currently stands as one of the most successful winners of the show selling well over 4 million records in the UK alone. Alexandra released the winners single ‘Hallelujah’, which became the current European record holder for single sales over a period of 24 hours, selling 105,000 in one day. The song also became the top-selling single of 2008 within the UK and became the UK’s Christmas number one. By January 2009, the single had sold over 1 million copies across the UK, a first for a British female soloist. Her follow up album, ‘Overcome’, debuted at number one in the UK Album Charts achieving four number one singles on the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Chart. ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Bad Boys’, ‘All Night Long’ and ‘Start Without You’ went on to sell 780,000 copies in the UK and became a Platinum selling single, along with three BRIT Award nominations from tracks she released as singles, making ‘Overcome’ one of the UK’s most successful albums of that year. In 2014 she made her West End debut playing the lead role of Rachel Marron in the much acclaimed musical, The Bodyguard . A UK tour followed. In August 2016, Alexandra starred as Deloris Van Cartier in the musical Sister Act, a new production directed by Craig Revel Horwood which toured the UK. In September 2017, Alexandra joined the cast of Strictly Come Dancing, reaching the final and then performed in the 4-week Strictly Come Dancing UK arena tour. 2018 saw Alexandra sign a new album deal with Universal / Decca. The album entitled ‘The Truth Is’ is released in March 2018 with a headline tour in September 18.

English actor and recording artist Murray Head is most recognised for his international hits Superstar (from Jesus Christ Superstar) and One Night in Bangkok from CHESS. He performed the role of world chess champion Frederick “Freddie” Trumper in the original London West End stage production of Chess that premiered on 14 May 1986. The show ran in London until 8 April 1989. He has also performed in Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair in the West End. He will take on the role of The Arbiter.

Tim Howar

Tim Howar

Singer Tim Howar is best known as the lead vocalist with Mike + the Mechanics. He made his West End debut as the male lead in Peggy Sue Got Married. He has also appeared in West End productions of Rent and Rock of Ages. In his native Canada he starred in Broadway productions of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour DreamcoatMiss SaigonTommyThe House of Martin Guerre and Les Misérables. He will perform the role of Freddie.

Cassidy Janson

Cassidy Janson

Cassidy Janson is Florence. Her most recent project was the LEADING LADIES trio along with Amber Riley and Beverley Knight. Previous to this Cassidy played Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Other theatre credits include Ruth in Dessa Rose at the Trafalgar Studios opposite Cynthia Erivo, Tick Tick Boom for the Menier Chocolate Factory starring alongside Neil Patrick Harris. Blood Wedding at the Courtyard Theatre, Rooms:  A Rock Romance at the Finborough, Lend Me a Tenor at the Gielgud Theatre playing the principle role of Maggie, Company at the Southwark Playhouse and Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q at the Wyndhams Theatre.  Janson was a member of the original London cast of Wicked and played standby Elphaba On film her credits include The Hike, Tail’s End, Day Trip to LondonFull Circle and Coma.  Janson recently guested with The Jive Aces performing at Glastonbury and Ronnie Scott’s and also doing a tour of New York City and Florida with them.  She was a soloist at The Royal Albert Hall for Magic FM’s Magic Of The Musicals last May and she duetted with Carole King in Hyde Park last Summer for 65,000 people. Her television appearances include Casualty.

CHESS was written in 1984 by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion KingEvita), and the original London production starred Elaine Paige, Murray Head and Tommy Korberg. That production, which ran for three years at the Prince Edward Theatre, followed a highly successful recording featuring the same stars, and included the international hit singles I Know Him So Well and One Night In Bangkok. Other well-known songs from the score include Anthem, Someone Else’s Story, Heaven Help my Heart and Pity The Child.

CHESS tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, in which superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends. Two of the world’s greatest chess masters, one American, one Russian, are in danger of becoming the pawns of their governments as their battle for the world title gets under way. Simultaneously their lives are thrown into further confusion by a Hungarian refugee, a remarkable woman who becomes the centre of their emotional triangle. This mirrors the heightened passions of the political struggles that threaten to destroy lives and loves.

Featuring English National Opera’s award-winning Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by John Rigby with choreography by Stephen Mear, this new West End production will be directed by Laurence Connor, whose recent credits include School of Rock and Miss Saigon on Broadway and in the West End, Les Misérables on Broadway, and the international Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour. This is the fourth production in collaboration with ENO by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade.

The show’s reputation has never been higher; there have been countless versions produced all over the world. The return of the sensational score to the London stage is an important and exciting musical theatre landmark.

 CHESS is presented by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade in collaboration with English National Opera, by arrangement with Three Knights Limited, The Shubert Organisation Inc & Robert Fox Limited. 

www.chessthemusical.com

Twitter: @chessthemusical

Motown the Musical announces new West End cast

Final West End performance and Broadway transfer announced for The Ferryman

The Ferryman
The Ferryman

The Ferryman – Artwork Design by Dewynters. Photo by Johan Persson

  • Final performance announced for the West End production of The Ferryman
  • More than 350,000 people will have seen the production during its year long run of 410 performances, with over 14,000 tickets sold at £12.50 or under
  • The award-winning hit play has received 24 five star reviews and will run at London’s Gielgud Theatre until 19 May 2018
  • Broadway production of Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman announced for October 2018, directed by Sam Mendes

Sonia Friedman Productions, Neal Street Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions today confirm the final performance for the West End run of Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, directed by Sam Mendes, will take place at the Gielgud Theatre on 19 May 2018 prior to its Broadway transfer.

The production won widespread critical acclaim when it opened at the Royal Court and was the fastest selling show in the theatre’s history.  This phenomenal success has continued at the Gielgud Theatre where it has been playing to sold-out houses. Jez Butterworth was recently recognised for Best New Play at the prestigious UK Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards and last year received four nominations at the annual London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, winning three honours for Best Play (Jez Butterworth), Best Director (Sam Mendes) and the Emerging Talent Award (Tom Glynn-Carney).

Due to overwhelming demand, the production extended its run for to 19 May 2018 and the current company includes Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, The Threepenny Opera, The Light Princess and London Road, National Theatre) in the role of Caitlin Carney, Owen McDonnell(Single-Handed, RTÉ/ ITV; Paula, BBC) playing Quinn Carney and Justin Edwards (The Thick of It, BBC; The Man Who Invented Christmas; The Death Of Stalin) as Tom Kettle.

Further new cast members include Stella McCusker as Aunt Maggie Far Away, Siân Thomas as Aunt Pat, Declan Conlon as Muldoon, Dean Ashton as Frank Magennis, Terence Keeley as Diarmaid Corcoran, Sean Delaney as Michael Carney, Francis Mezza as Shane Corcoran, Kevin Creedon as JJ Carney, Laurie Kynaston as Oisin Carney and Saoirse-Monica Jackson as Shena Carney.

Catherine McCormack continues in her role as Mary Carney, along with Charles Dale as Father Horrigan, Mark Lambert as Uncle Pat and Glenn Speers as Lawrence Malone.  As previously the full company comprises 37 performers: 17 main adults, 7 covers, 12 children on rota and 1 baby.

The Ferryman in the West End is directed by Sam Mendes, designed by Rob Howell, lighting by Peter Mumford, sound and original music by Nick Powell, with the current cast directed by Tim Hoare.

Sonia Friedman Productions and Neal Street Productions will transfer The Ferryman to Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W 45th St, New York) opening in October 2018.

Tickets for the Broadway production of The Ferryman will go on-sale on Monday 5 March through Telecharge.com.

Full production schedule, the 30-plus member cast and full creative team for The Ferryman on Broadway will be announced at a later date.

 

Jason Robert Brown comes to London’s Palladium in April for one-off West End concert with Radio 2 and BBC Concert Orchestra

Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown

Jason Robert Brown

Three-time Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown announces a one-off West End concert at London’s Palladium, as part of BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’, accompanied by the 60-piece BBC Concert Orchestra

Special guests to be announced
This April, three-time Tony Award winning composer, conductor and pianist Jason Robert Brown is coming to London for one night only for a special concert with the 60-piece BBC Concert Orchestra.

An Evening with Jason Robert Brown will feature music from his dazzling musicals including the Tony Award winning productions of The Bridges of Madison County and Parade, his debut song cycle Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years and Honeymoon in Vegas.

Joined by a host of yet to be announced special guests from London’s West End, theevening will include his most popular songs and introduce new work that has never been heard this side of the Atlantic. Conducted by Broadway maestro Larry Blank, it’s a chance to catch one of the giants of contemporary musical theatre at the iconic London Palladium with a 60-piece live orchestra.

 Jason Robert Brown says: “My general feeling about musicians is ‘the more the merrier’, and particularly so when it’s a group of musicians as versatile, as sensitive, and as spectacularly virtuosic as the members of the BBC Concert Orchestra. I can’t wait to share the music I’ve written with these brilliant musicians, these glorious singers, and the wonderful audience at the Palladium and on the air!”

 Jason Robert Brown is a composer, conductor and pianist. His musicals include The Bridge of Madison County (Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, Broadway), Parade (Vivian Beaumont Theater, Broadway), Honeymoon in Vegas (Nederlander Theater, Broadway), 13 (Bernard B Jacobs Theater, Broadway) and The Last Five Years (Chicago  and Off-Broadway) which was adapted into a feature film in 2015 starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. He has won three Tony Awards (Best Original Score for Parade and The Bridges of Madison County and Best Orchestrations for The Bridges of Madison County), four Drama Desk Awards (for Outstanding Music for ParadeThe Last Five Years and The Bridges of Madison County and Outstanding Lyrics for The Last Five Years), an Outer Critics’ Circle Award (Outstanding New Score for The Bridges of Madison County) and a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award (Best Musical for Parade). He has previously played sold out London concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, Garrick Theatre, Apollo Theatre and Charing Cross Theatre.

BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night is the world’s longest-running live orchestral music programme on radio, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra and broadcast from locations throughout the UK. BBC Radio 2 is the UK’s most popular radio station, with a weekly audience of 15.36m

Conductor Larry Blank is a composer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor who has worked in theatre, films, television and concerts. He has been nominated for three Tony Awards, for his orchestrations of Catch Me If You CanWhite Christmas, andThe Drowsy Chaperone. In 2012 his orchestrations were performed in Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre in London.

Over 100,000 New Tickets Released For West End Production Of Tina

Tina Turner
Tina Turner

Tina Turner

Stage Entertainment have confirmed that due to exceptional public demand over 100,000 new tickets will go on sale today (Friday 26 January 2018) at 12noon GMT for TINA, a new musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner.  Officially opening at the Aldwych Theatre on 17 April 2018, with previews beginning on 21 March 2018, the show is now booking to 20 October 2018.

Also today, the Producers release the first of three short films charting the development of this world premiere.  Phyllida Lloyd, Director of TINA, visits Tina Turner to talk about life, music and the stage. From the Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire and Searching for Sugarman), the shorts, produced by Lightbox, will be available to watch exclusively on the official TINA website and social media channels.

Written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, choreography is by Anthony van Laast, with set and costume designs by Mark Thompson, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound byNevin Steinberg, projection design by Jeff Sugg and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.

 The cast comprises Adrienne Warren, who plays the title role, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike Turner, Madeline Appiah as Tina’s mother Zelma Bullock, Jenny Fitzpatrick as the alternate Tina, Lorna Gayle as Tina’s Grandmother GG,Tom Godwin as Record Producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten, Francesca Jackson as Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Aisha Jawando as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, Natey Jones as Tina’s father Richard Bullock and Tina’s first love Raymond Hill, Gerard McCarthy as record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach and Ryan O’Donnell as Tina’s Manager Roger Davies. They are joined by ensemble members Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Keisher Downie, Kit Esuruoso who also plays Tina’s son Craig Hill, Jammy Kasongo, Sia Kiwa, Jason Langley, Kayleigh McKnight, Baker Mukasa andTanisha Spring and swings Derek Aidoo, Gavin Alex, Edward Bourne, Candace Furbert, Hannah Jay-Allan and Rodney Vubya.  Children’s casting will be announced in due course.

 From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race. 

 Adrienne Warren will make her West End stage debut as Tina.  Her most recent theatre credit was in Shuffle Along at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, for which she received a Tony nomination.  Her other US theatre credits include Bring It On The Musical at St. James Theater, Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theater, which was followed by a National Tour, and The Wiz at Encores City Center.  She has toured and recorded with the multi-platinum selling Trans Siberian Orchestra for which she received her first Platinum and Gold records.  Her television credits include the Amazon Pilot Point of HonorOrange is the New BlackBlue BloodsRoyal PainsPeople in New JerseyIrreversible and Black Box.  In March this year, she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops.

 Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was last on stage playing Laertes in Hamlet at the Barbican alongside Benedict Cumberbatch.  His previous theatre credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Edward IIAntigone and Death and the King’s Horseman for the National Theatre, The Low Road for the Royal Court, FeastJoe Turner’s Come and Gone and The Changeling for the Young Vic, Love’s Labour’s Lost for Shakespeare’s Globe and Detaining JusticeSeize the Day and Fabulation for the Tricycle Theatre.  His television credits include The Split, Wagstaffe, Class,CapitalCrackanoryWorricker TrilogyThe Last Panthers and Midsomer Murders.  Holdbrook-Smith’s film work includes Paddington 2, The Commuter, Justice League, Doctor Strange, The Double and Roadkill and the forthcoming Mary Poppins Returns and Ghost Stories.

 Katori Hall is a writer and performer from Memphis, Tennessee.  In 2016, her play Children of Killers was performed as part of the National Theatre’s Connections Festival.  Her play The Mountaintop, premiering at Theatre503 in 2009, received a transfer to Trafalgar Studios and became the winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play, and following the West End run the play opened on Broadway in October 2011 starring Samuel L Jackson and Angela Bassett.  Hall’s other writing includes the award-winning Hurt Village currently in development for a feature film, Hoodoo LoveRemembranceSaturdayNight/Sunday MorningWHADDABLOODCLOT!!!Our Lady of KibehoPussy Valley and The Blood Quilt.  Earlier this month Hall was named Artistic Director of the Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis.

 Phyllida Lloyd returns to the West End where she has previously directed the world premiere of MAMMA MIA!, currently still running in London after 18 years.  Her production subsequently opened on Broadway and worldwide becoming a global phenomenon before she directed a film version for Universal Pictures.  More recently she has directed a Shakespeare Trilogy for the Donmar at King’s Cross – Henry IVJulius Caesar and The Tempest, all of which were also seen in New York where she has previously directed Taming of the Shrew at the Public Theatre and Josephine and I at Joe’s Pub at The Public, a transfer from The Bush.  Previously for the Donmar Warehouse she directed Mary Stuart which transferred to the Apollo Theatre and then Broadway, The Threepenny Opera and Boston Marriage.  She directed Six Degrees of Separation, Hysteriaand Wild East all for the Royal Court, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with Fiona Shaw at the Old Vic Tunnels, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Epidaurus, The Way of the World, Pericles, What the Butler Saw, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie andThe Duchess of Malfi all for the National Theatre, Artists and Admirers and The Virtuoso for the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Her other film credits include The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep in the role of Margaret Thatcher, and Gloriana.  Lloyd has directed many productions for the Royal Opera House and English National Opera and as well as winning multiple awards for her work, in 2012 she was awarded a CBE.

 TINA is produced by Stage EntertainmentJoop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Tina Turner. 

 Adrienne Warren is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

West End Production of Hamilton extends booking to December 2018

Jeffrey Seller and Cameron Mackintosh announce today (25 January 2018) that a new booking period for the London production of HAMILTON will go on sale on Monday 29 January 2018 at 12 noon GMT. Tickets will be available to be purchased for performances from 30 July – 15 December 2018 via official HAMILTON ticketing channels.  Last month HAMILTON reopened the spectacularly renovated Victoria Palace Theatre.

 HAMILTON has book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehlerand musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire and is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton. HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe.

 The West End cast comprises Christine Allado (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton), Tarinn Callender(Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Michael Jibson (King George), Rachel John (Angelica Schuyler), Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Cleve September (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton), Giles Terera (Aaron Burr), Obioma Ugoala (George Washington) and Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton). At certain performances, the role of Alexander Hamilton will be played by Ash Hunter.

They are joined by Aaron Lee Lambert, Jade Albertsen, Curtis Angus, Johnny Bishop, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Jack Butterworth, Jon-Scott Clark, Kelly Downing, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Lia Given, Gregory Haney*, Leah Hill, Barney Hudson, Waylon Jacobs,Miriam-Teak LeePhoebe Liberty, Sifiso Mazibuko, Gabriel Mokake, Alexzandra Sarmiento, Marsha Songcome, Christopher Tendai and Lindsey Tierney.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the very foundations of the America we know today. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.

Full ticketing information can be found on the official website at hamiltonthemusical.co.uk which includes details of the HAMILTON West End £10 daily Lottery.  In addition, Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels for news of late release seats which may become available at short notice.

 The producers of HAMILTON are working to combat the unauthorised profiteering of third party resellers and ticket touts.  Delfont Mackintosh Theatres has pioneered for the West End a paperless ticket system for this production – HAMILTON Paperless Ticketing, powered by Ticketmaster.

HAMILTON is produced in London by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill FurmanThe Public Theater and Cameron Mackintosh.

* Gregory Haney is appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

 

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