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The Exorcist to be unleashed onto the West End stage for the very first time

The Exorcist
The Exorcist

The Exorcist

“I’m telling you that ‘thing’ upstairs isn’t my daughter…”

Forty-five years after William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel terrified an entire generation, The Exorcist will be unleashed onto the West End stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by Sean Mathias and adapted for the stage by John Pielmeier.

The Exorcist will play a strictly limited run at the Phoenix Theatre from 20 October 2017 to 10 March 2018. Tickets will go on general sale at 4pm on Friday 11 August.

Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973. Winner of two Academy Awards, William Friedkin’s masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.

“Oh please, Mother, make it stop! It’s hurting.”

When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan’s strange symptoms her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what’s before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl’s soul…

Sean Mathias has worked at the Royal National Theatre and many times in the West End and on Broadway, as well as extensively internationally. In 2009/2010 Sean’s production of Waiting For Godotplayed two seasons at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and toured the UK and internationally. In 2013 Godotplayed Broadway along with his production of Pinter’s No Man’s Land, the latter transferring to Wyndham’s Theatre in October 2017 starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and won Best Revival at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016.

The Exorcist is designed by Olivier Award-winning Designer Anna Fleischle (Hangmen) with lighting byTim Mitchell (RSC/Guys and Dolls), composition and sound design by Adam Cork (London Road) and illusion design is by Ben Hart (Impossible).

LISTINGS

Bill Kenwright presents
THE EXORCIST

A play by John Pielmeier.
Adapted from the novel by William Peter Blatty.
Directed by Sean Mathias.

By Special Arrangement with Ben Sprecher and Stuart Snyder
In Association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Rd
London
WC2H 0JP

PLEASE NOTE this production contains material which may shock and offend. Recommended age guidance 18+.

First Performance: 20 October 2017
Booking to 10 March 2018

Monday – Thursday 8pm
Friday is Fright-Night’ 6pm evening and ‘Fright Night late show’ 9pm
Saturday 4pm and 8pm

http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-exorcist/phoenix-theatre/
0844 871 7629

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West End production of School Of Rock extends booking to 2019 as show welcomes new kids

A scene from School Of Rock
A scene from School Of Rock

A scene from School Of Rock @ New London Theatre.
©Tristram Kenton

Later this month (26 August 2017) Andrew Lloyd Webber will welcome a new group of kids to his Olivier award-winning production of School of Rock – The Musical at the New London Theatre.  Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the record breaking West End production of School of Rock – The Musical opened to rave reviews and in April this year the show’s ‘kids’ cast, who play live music on stage at each performance,were the recipients of the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

For the fourth time since its West End premiere, today 4 August 2017, School of Rock – The Musical announces a further extension to its West End run, now booking to 13 January 2019.  In New York, the Broadway production now in its second year, continues to play to packed houses at the Winter Garden Theater.

Continuing the countrywide search for the opportunity to ‘join the band’, further kids open auditions will take place in the Autumn on 23 September in Liverpool and 20 and 22 November in London.  If you’re between 8 – 12 years old and play the drums, keys or the electric or bass guitar, registration and further details can be found at www.schoolofrockthemusical.co.uk/opencall or by contacting Jessica Ronane Casting [email protected]

From 26 August 2017 the ‘kids’ cast comprises Jacob Swann, twelve years old from London, Annabel Gracey, twelve years old from Bradford and Siam Elvidge, ten years old from West Yorkshire who play Freddy; Santiago Cerchione, twelve years old from London, Phoenix Taylor, eleven years old from York and Jack Goodacre, twelve years old from Norfolk, will play Zack; Eliza Cowdery, eleven years old from Hampshire, Imogen Bowden, eleven years old from London and Audrey Newman, ten years old from London who play Katie; Cole Lam, ten years old from Surrey, Milano Preston, twelve years old from Hertfordshire and Johnny Evans-Hutchison, fourteen years old from London who play Lawrence; Joseph Black, ten years old from London, Harry Vallance, twelve years old from Essex and Archie Lewis, twelve years old from Surrey who play Billy; Aaliyah Monk, eleven years old from Suffolk, Stella Haden, eleven years old from Birmingham and Caoimhe Judd, thirteen years old from Essex, will play Summer; Tia Figgetteleven years old from East Sussex, Jasmine Sakyiama, eleven years old from Milton Keynes and NerysObeng, ten years old from London, will play Tomika; Nathan Reeve twelve years old from West Sussex,Stanley Jarvis twelve years old from London and Josh White, eleven years old from Worcestershire, will play James; Alex Stuckey ten years old from Essex, Charlie Vyacheslavov eleven years old from Berkshire andDylan Miles-Davis, thirteen years old from Bradford, will play Matthew; Ellie Wilcox ten years old from London, Romanie Jija-Wakeham nine years old from London and Grace Wood eleven years old from Surrey who play Marcy; Cody Molko eleven years old from London, Austin Kindler eleven years old from London and Nicolas Ong twelve years old from Buckinghamshire who play Mason; Saffron Pennycooke eleven years old from London, Aaylia Rose nine years old from London and Miami Holness, ten years old also from London, will play Shonelle; Teri Ofon eleven years old from Surrey, Navaeah Hoath ten years old from London and Darcy Dennis, ten years old from Kent, will play Sophie.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Theatre:                  New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW

Dates:                    now booking to 13 January 2019

Running time:          approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including interval

Box Office:                0844 811 0052

Performances:          MondayWednesdayThursdayFriday and Saturday at 7.30pm,Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm, Sundays at 3pm

Please check website for Christmas schedule

Prices:                    from £15.00 – £75.00

Student rush tickets for £10 on Wednesday evening

All ticket prices include a £1.50 restoration levy.  No booking fee via official box office channels

Website:                 www.SchoolOfRockTheMusical.co.uk

Twitter & Instagram: @SchoolofRockuk

Facebook:               facebook.com/schoolofrockmusical

 The three teams of thirteen kids who make up Dewey’s band are joined by the adult cast comprising Gary Trainor as Dewey Finn with Florence Andrews as Rosalie Mullins, Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly andPreeya Kalidas as Patty Di Marco.  They are joined on stage at each performance by one of three teams of thirteen young performers who make up Dewey’s band.  The ‘grown up’ cast is completed by Stephen Leaskas the alternate Dewey with ensemble members Jonathan Bourne, Nadeem Crowe, Michelle Francis, Rosanna Hyland, Cassandra McCowan, Joel Montague, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Andrew Spillett, Alex Tomkins and Lucy Vandi and swings, Charlotte Bradford, Jason Denton, Cellen Chugg Jones, Alfie Parker and Tasha Sheridan.

Based on the iconic hit movie and with a rocking new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock – The Musical follows slacker and wannabe rock star Dewey Finn turn a class of straight-A 10 year old students into an ear popping, riff scorching, all conquering rock band!  Dewey poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet, and when he discovers his fifth graders’ musical talents, he enlists his class to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. As Dewey falls for the beautiful headmistress, can he and his students keep this special assignment secret as they learn to fully embrace the power of rock?

Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock features music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian FellowesSchool of Rock – The Musical is directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, set and costume designs by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter, music supervision by John Rigby with Matt Smith as musical director.

Produced by Paramount Pictures, the 2003 hit film School of Rock was directed by Richard Linklater and starred Jack Black in a career-defining performance.

School of Rock — The Musical is produced in the West End by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group and Warner Music Group & Access Industries with Madeleine Lloyd Webber as Executive Producer.

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First Look: Rehearsal Photos: I LOVED LUCY at London’s Arts Theatre

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As much fun as a classic episode of Lucille Ball’s TV show “I Love Lucy”, judging by these fabulous rehearsal photos by Alessia Chinazzo.

Showered with rave reviews and following two sold-out London runs in 2016, Lee Tannen’s incredibly personal, funny, bitter-sweet play “I Loved Lucy”, directed by Anthony Biggs, about Lee’s 10-year relationship with TV comedy legend Lucille Ball is to transfer to London’s Arts Theatre for a strictly limited 7-week season from Wednesday 19 July.

Critically acclaimed Sandra Dickinson returns as Lucy.

Broadway leading man Matthew Scott (“An American in Paris”) makes his London debut as Lee.

“I Loved Lucy” is a personal portrait of an iconic comedic entertainer whose public face is all too well known. But what was Lucille Ball really like? And how did she choose to live at the end of her life? Out of the spotlight. Based on his best selling memoir, Lee Tannen’s funny, bitter-sweet play reveals the real-life Lucy and what is was like being her friend to the end. Most people who have written about Lucy never even met her. They have relied on others to fill in the blanks. Lee relied solely on Lucy. And he paints a rich personal portrait that can only add to our love of a Hollywood legend. Lee Tannen first met Lucille Ball as a child but cemented their close and enduring friendship as an adult. During the last 10 years of Lucy’s life – years mostly spent out of the spotlight, and much of it around a backgammon table – Lee became Lucy’s confidante, spending time in her Beverly Hills and Palm Springs homes, travelling with her and entertaining her on his turf in New York City.

LISTINGS INFO

I LOVED LUCY
by Lee Tannen

Arts Theatre
Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JB

Box office: 020 7836 8463
www.artstheatrewestend.co.uk

Wednesday 19 July – Saturday 2 September

Performances:

Wednesday 19 July 7:30pm
Thursday 20 July 2:30pm
Thursday 20 July 7:30pm
Friday 21 July 7:30pm
Saturday 22 July 2:30pm
Saturday 22 July 7:30pm
Sunday 23 July at 3pm

Monday 24 July 7.00pm
PRESS NIGHT

Please note: there is no show
Tuesday 25 July

Then:
Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm,
Thursday & Saturday
Matinees 2.30pm
Sunday 3.00pm

Ticket Prices:
£15.00 Slips
£26.50 £33.50 £39.50
£55.00 premiums
Previews:
£20.00 £25.00 £29.00

Social:
Twitter: @ILovedLucyUK
Facebook: ILOVEDLUCY

Running Time:
2 hours (including interval)

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Alright, theatre needs a kick up the arse

Wind In The Willows

Most of the West End and supporting media is populated by the manliest men with manliest tastes, who only produce or consider the existence of theatre because they need to tick boxes and make what they perceive to be easy cash.

No wonder so much theatre is so joyless. It got me thinking…

You see the size of the task dear old Stiles and Drewe set themselves when producer Jamie Hendry decided it would be a good idea to put one of the best loved children’s stories of all time on the biggest stage in London and they should write the music. Naturally, they wrote 20 songs.

The good news, though, is that this is a brand new British musical. (An exotic bird in the woods of the West End). The bad is that, in line with the tide of right-on idiocy that is overwhelming British Theatre, (see: Freddie Flintoff cast in Fat Friends The Musical/ Louise Redknapp in Cabaret & John Partridge in La Cage Aux Folles, I could go on) someone thought that Julian Fellowes would be a good candidate to white-wash and straight-wash The Wind in the Willows.

It’s all too easy, however, to get side-tracked by the visual assault of Rachel Kavanaugh’s production when you’re watching this stage version of Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 children’s novel slowly, slowly unfold with a ‘celebrity’ cast that is going through the motions. Cringe-making embarrassment, though, isn’t restricted to Hound and co.

The whole thing is a mess.

There is no cohesive vision in The Wind in the Willows; it lacks depth that would give it savour. ‘Property is theft!’ is blathered at some point. You won’t be singing or dancing your way out of the building – that’s for sure.

I can’t remember much else to be honest.

I don’t need to labour my contempt for it too much, however, as the merchandise for that matter, says it all.

As horrendous as it all may sound for you reading this online – shows like this are actually a lot less appealing in the flesh. Worse still, the show includes veiled attacks on the poor, clumsy class politics, a 3 hour running time and a woozy design.

Anyway, I propose that:
1.Theatre like this is not pandered to.
2.Shows like this are *largely* ignored.
3.Commercial junk written and produced and performed by a largely all-white cast are left to get on with it in private, away from the West End and hard-up families.

Basically, theatre needs to work harder. I don’t care if it’s a new musical. There needs to be a rethink – audiences deserve much better when they are paying these kinds of prices.

Just think of my manifesto as having builders in. A lengthy stretch of hellish with (mostly) white men you don’t know making a lot of noise as they destroy everything you once held dear. But then, when it’s all over, you’re all set up to have a massive dinner party.

Naturally I will be here throughout the whole fiasco, and continue to find the good bits of theatre — whether they’re fashionable or not.

Making its West End debut at Trafalgar Studios Stage Traffic Productions presents Late Company by award-winning Canadian Playwright Jordan Tannahill

Late Company

‘Enthralling. A terrific play. Go!.’  The Times ★★★★

 Late Company weighs heavily on your mind in the days following the performance. This is theatre in its purest form.’ The Independent ★★★★

 ‘Powerful new drama about the devastating aftershocks of cyber bullying. Superb.’

Time Out ★★★★

Late Company

Late Company

Following its critically acclaimed and sold-out European premiere at Finborough Theatre in April/May 2017, Stage Traffic’s production of Late Company, by the award-winning playwright Jordan Tannahill, will transfer for its West End debut at Trafalgar Studios 2 for a strictly limited run from 21 August – 16 September 2017, with press night on Thursday 24 August.

 A successful middle-class couple’s lives are irrevocably changed after their teenage son is mercilessly bullied for being gay. In an attempt to “move on” they invite his chief tormentor, and his parents, to a dinner party.

 Far from finding the peace they seek, the dinner strips bare their good intentions to reveal layers of parental, sexual, and political hypocrisy.

 Written with sensitivity and humour, Late Company explores restorative justice, cyber bullying, and the ever-changing complexities of parenthood in the 21st century.

 Jordan Tannahill, playwright said, “I wrote Late Company in the wake of an incident in my hometown of Ottawa, Canada that touched me deeply as a gay youth in my early twenties. It was a piece I intended to share with my group of friends; a means of venting anger and seeking some kind of reckoning. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would make its way to West End. It is an honour to share this production with London audiences.”

Proudly in support of the new production CEO of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), Simon Gunning explains, “Late Company is a powerful play that centres around the highly difficult themes of bullying, suicide, sexuality, and family dynamics. These themes are insightfully handled; there is a sensitivity and awareness that does not shy away from a harsh reality. CALM is proud to support a show that starts the conversation of stigma surrounding mental health, as well as the dark side of social media and high-school hierarchy. Suicide is the biggest killer of young men in the UK, and those who are bereaved by suicide face a brutal journey. This confrontational play is beautifully cast, acted, and directed; and will certainly help to spread the word about the devastation of suicide.”

 The production is directed by Michael Yale, with set and costumes by Zahra Mansouri, lighting by Nic Farman and sound by Chris Prosho. The full and original cast for Late Company will be reprising their roles in the production including Todd Boyce (Michael), David Leopold (Curtis), Alex Lowe (Bill), Lucy Robinson (Debora) and Lisa Stevenson (Tamara).

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

Todd Boyce’s (Michael Shaun-Hastings) theatre credits includes The Exorcist (Birmingham Rep), The Last of the Boys (Southwark Playhouse), Hamlet (The Young Vic), The Women of Lockerbie (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Glyn and It (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford), Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf (South Australian Theatre Company), The Normal Heart (Sydney Theatre Company), Limited Edition (Sydney Dance Company), Lovers from Hell (Ovalhouse), Dr Faustus (Sydney Theatre Company) and The Exonerated (Riverside Studios). His TV credits include Mr Selfridge, Sherlock, The Crown, In Clear Sight, Coronation Street, Spooks, Beaver Falls, Hollyoaks, Adventures Inc, Broken News, Comfort Zone and The Restless Years. His film work includes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, In Clear Sight, Kick Ass 2, The Gatekeeper, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Everest, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Spygame, Jefferson in Paris, The Punisher, Blue Ice, Penelope and The Delinquents.

David Leopold’s (Curtis Dermot) theatre credits include Muted (Bunker Theatre), Burnt Part Boys (Park Theatre), Soho Young Playwrights (Soho Theatre), Little Sure Shot (Theatre Royal Bath), Uncle Vanya (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Polar Bears (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Alex Lowe’s (Bill Dermot) theatre work includes Fatal Attraction (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Changeling (Young Vic), The Girlfriend Experience (Royal Court Theatre/Young Vic), Blue Orange (Watford Palace Theatre), The Missing Hancocks (The Assembly Rooms Edinburgh), The New Power Generation (Live Nation), The Trial of Dennis the Menace (Purcell Rooms), The Barry from Watford Show (Watford Palace Theatre), The Tempest (Stafford Castle) and Uncle Vanya (Renaissance Theatre Company). His TV work includes Open All Hours, Unforgotten, Cheap Cheap Cheap, The Job Lot, Pompidou, Barry’s Bucket List, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, The IT Crowd, Casualty, Peep Show, Peter Kay Project, Lead Balloon, French and Saunders, Bremner Bird and Fortune, Saxondale, The Thick of It, Documental, New Tricks. His film work includes The Devil Outside, Grimsby, My Week with Marilyn, Haunted, Much Ado About Nothing and Peter’s Friends. Alex’s radio work includes Barry’s Lunch Club, Before They Were Famous, Clare in the Community, Trapped and The Brothers.

Lucy Robinson’s (Debora Shaun-Hastings) theatre work includes Waste (National Theatre), The Hard Problem (National Theatre), Handbagged (Vaudeville Theatre), Sweet Bird of Youth (The Old Vic), In the Next Room (Theatre Royal Bath), Cause Celebre (The Old Vic), Blithe Spirit (Nottingham Playhouse), Happy Now? (Gate Theatre), Macbeth (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), An Ideal Husband (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Top Girls (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), The Hypochondriac (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Miser (Chichester Festival Theatre). Her film credits include Highway to Dhampus, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason and The Biographer. Her television work includes Cold Feet, The Hollow Crown, Call the Midwife, Being Human, Missing, Doctor Who, New Tricks, The IT Crowd, Holby City, Coronation Street, Doc Martin. Rosemary and Thyme, Casualty, The Royal and Lewis.

Lisa Stevenson’s (Tamara Dermot) theatre includes Warhorse (National Theatre), Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company), Richard III (RoyalShakespeare Company), A Streetcar Named Desire (The Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet (Globe Theatre), Henry V (Globe Theatre), Autumn and Winter (Globe Theatre), The Mikado (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Boston Marriage (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Comfort Me With Apples (Hampstead Theatre), Hayfever (Oxford Stage Company), Factors Unforeseen (Orange tree Theatre, Richmond), Comedy of Errors (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Rita Sue and Bob Too (Out of Joint), Explicit Polaroids (Out of Joint) and King Lear (Bristol Old Vic). Her television work includes Dixi, Obsession: Dark Desire, EastEnders, Doctors, Holby City, Murder in Mind, The Message, Casualty, The Bill, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, John Judge Deed, Keen Eddie and Heartbeat. Her film credits include Dead House Six and The Football Factory and radio work includes Listening to the Dead: Ruby’s Shoes/Tuesday’s Child, Being Brave and Listen to the Words.

 

James Graham’s smash-hit political drama ‘This House’ will tour the UK in 2018

THIS HOUSE by Graham, , Writer - James Graham, Director - Jeremy Herrin, Designer - Rae Smith, Lighting - Paule Constable, Chichester Festival Theatre, 2016, Credit: Johan Persson/

THIS HOUSE by Graham, , Writer – James Graham, Director – Jeremy Herrin, Designer – Rae Smith, Lighting – Paule Constable, Chichester Festival Theatre, 2016, Credit: Johan Persson/

James Graham’s critically acclaimed and prescient political drama THIS HOUSE which played to sold-out houses at the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End will begin its first ever national tour at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 22 February – 10 March 2018 (press night tbc) before visiting Cambridge Arts Theatre (12 – 17 March), Theatre Royal Bath (19 – 24 March), Edinburgh Festival Theatre (27 – 31 March), Nottingham Theatre Royal (10 – 14 April), Birmingham Repertory Theatre (16 – 21 April), The Lowry, Salford (24 – 28 April), Theatre Royal Plymouth (1 – 5 May), NorwichTheatre Royal (7 – 12 May), Malvern Theatres (14 – 19 May), Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (21 – 26 May) and Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (29 May – 2 June).  The tour is supported by the Arts Council of England Grants for the Arts.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the production is designed by Rae Smith with lighting design by Paule Constable, music by Stephen Warbeck, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Ian Dickinson.  Cast to be announced.

1974.  The UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament.  In a culture hostile to cooperation, it’s a period when votes are won or lost by one, when there are fist fights in the bars and when sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their vote.  It’s a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and the building creaks under idiosyncrasies and arcane traditions.

Set in the engine rooms of Westminster, This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes; the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

James Graham won the Pearson Playwriting Bursary in 2006 and went on to win the Catherine Johnson Award for Best Play of 2007 for Eden’s Empire.  His recent plays include Ink (Almeida), Monster Raving Loony (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse), Finding Neverland (American Repertory Theater), The Angry Brigade (Theatre Royal, Plymouth and The Bush) and Privacy (Donmar Warehouse).  He has two new plays opening this year Quiz (Chichester) and Labour of Love (West End).

Jeremy Herrin is Artistic Director of Headlong, for which he has directed Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic/Theatr Clwyd/Rose Theatre Kingston), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (UK Tour), The Absence of War (UK Tour) and The Nether (at the Royal Court and in the West End).  For the National Theatre his directing credits include Common (A co-production with Headlong), The Plough and the Stars(co-directed with Howard Davies), People, Places & Things (A co-production with Headlong which transferred to the West End, begins a major UK tour in September and opens at St Ann’s Warehouse, New York in October), This House (Olivier nomination for Best Director), which transferred to Chichester Festival Theatre and the West End in a co-production with Headlong, and Statement of Regret.  For the RSC he directed the world premiere of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which transferred to the West End in May 2014 and Broadway in March 2015 and for which he won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director and was nominated for an Olivier and Tony Award.

Jeremy will direct James Graham’s new play Labour of Love, a Headlong and Michael Grandage Company co-production, opening in the West End in September.

THIS HOUSE is produced on tour by Jonathan Church Productions and Headlong.

Last chance to see Stepping Out starring Amanda Holden in the West End

Amanda Holden in Stepping Out
Amanda Holden in Stepping Out

Amanda Holden in Stepping Out

Last chance to see Amanda Holden, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Natalie Casey, Nicola Stephenson and Josefina Gabrielle in heart-warming comedy Stepping Out which ends its limited run at the Vaudelville Theatre on Saturday 17 June.

Directed by Maria Friedman, this brand new staging of Richard Harris‘s award-winning play also features Judith Barker, Jessica-Alice McCluskey, Sandra Marvin and Dominic Rowan with Janet Behan, Suzy Bloom, Emma Hook, Marcia Mantack, Katie Verner and Nick Warnford.

Stepping Out charts the lives of seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class. Initially all thumbs and left feet, the group is just getting to grips with the basics when they are asked to take part in a charity gala. Over the course of several months we meet the group, and all of them have a story to tell. There’s perfectionist Vera, mouthy Maxine and uptight Andy, bubbly Sylvia and shy Dorothy, eager Lynne and cheerful Rose, and, of course, Geoffrey. At the piano is the dour Mrs Fraser and spurring them all on, the ever-patient Mavis.

This uplifting comedy originally premiered in the West End in 1984 starring Barbara Ferris and Marcia Warren, winning the prestigious Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and enjoying extended runs both in the West End and on Broadway. Stepping Out has also been made into a musical, which became a film in 1991, starring Julie Walters, Liza Minnelli and Shelley Winters.

Presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions and the James Grant Group, Stepping Out is directed by Maria Friedman, designed by Robert Jones and choreographed by Tim Jackson with lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound design by Gregory Clarke and orchestrations by Christopher Walker.

 

LISTINGS

VAUDEVILLE THEATRE, LONDON

404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH

Website: www.steppingoutplay.com

Twitter: @steppingout
Facebook: stepping out
Instagram: @steppingoutplay

Box Office: 0330 333 4814

Groups: 0330 333 4817

Access: 0330 333 4815

Ticket prices from £20

Purple Rain, a spectacular new theatrical event celebrating the music of one of the world’s greatest pop artists, Prince, touring the UK in 2018

Purple Rain
Purple Rain

Purple Rain

Purple Rain is a spectacular new theatrical event celebrating the music of one of the world’s greatest pop artists, Prince. Directed by Gary Lloyd, director of hit production Thriller Live, Purple Rain will feature stunning choreography and will be an exhilarating journey through Prince’s entire career.  Presented by West End producers, Adam Spiegel and Mark Goucher, with Claire-Bridget Kenwright, Purple Rain will tour the UK from February 2018.

Prince revolutionised the music world with his inimitable funk and soul driven style. He exploded the boundaries of music and created some of the most iconic songs of the 20th century including Raspberry Beret, Kiss, When Doves Cry, Little Red Corvette, 1999, Purple Rain, Alphabet Street, U Got The Look and many more!

A 26-strong group of supremely talented musicians, singers and dancers will bring Prince’s music to life for an unforgettable evening that showcases his songwriting genius and pays homage to his imagination and showmanship. Purple Rain is a fitting, fresh and vibrant night of pure celebration.

Director Gary Lloyd said ‘Prince’s music and constant reinvention is legendary, so to get the opportunity to bring that and all his colourful characters to the theatrical stage is a dream. There is also a real appetite for live music shows that showcase the musicians as part of the performance. Prince was all about this. Prince was a consummate, theatrical artist, but in our show his music is the star. There will be so much for audiences to enjoy whether they’re fans of musical theatre, Prince, or both. Purple Rain is a fast-paced, music lover’s night out that will tease, surprise and excite audiences in the same way he did.’

Multi award-winning director and choreographer Gary Lloyd has earned critical acclaim for his many and varied productions including Thriller Live, Carrie – The Musical, 20th Century Boy – The Story of Marc Bolan, The Genius of Ray Charles, Flashmoband many more.

Casting, including star guests, and further tour dates will be announced in due course.

UK TOUR LISTINGS

1 – 10 February 2018
Churchill Theatre, Bromley
High St, Bromley BR1 1HA
Box Office: 020 3285 6000
https://churchilltheatre.co.uk
*Will go on sale on 5 June 2017 – check website for details

12 – 17 February 2018
Manchester Opera House
3 Quay St, Manchester, M3 3HP
Box Office: 0844 871 3018
www.atgtickets.com/manchester
*Will go on sale on 9 June 2017 – check website for details

19 – 24 February 2018
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR
Box Office: 01752 267222
www.theatreroyal.com
ON SALE SOON – check website for details

26 February – 3 March 2018
Everyman Theatre Cheltenham
7 – 10 Regent St, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Cheltenham GL50 1HQ
Box office: 01242 572573
www.everymantheatre.org.uk
*Will go on sale on w/c 3 July 2017 – check website for details

27 – 31 March
Birmingham Hippodrome
Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
Box Office: 0844 338 5000
www.birminghamhippodrome.com
ON SALE SOON

16 – 21 April 2018
Winter Gardens Blackpool
97 Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HL
Box office: 0844 856 1111
www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk
*Will go on sale on 8 June 2017 – check website for details

23 – 28 April 2018
Edinburgh Playhouse
18-22 Greenside Ln, Edinburgh EH1 3AA
Box office: 0844 871 3014
http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/edinburgh-playhouse/
*Will go on sale on 14 June 2017 – check website for details

7 – 12 May 2018
New Wimbledon Theatre
93 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG
Box office: 0844 871 7646
http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/
ON SALE SOON

14 – 19 May 2018
Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru \ Wales Millennium Centre
Bute Pl, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL
Box office: 029 2063 6464
www.wmc.org.uk
*Will go on sale on 7 August 2017 – check website for details

21 – 26 May 2018
Grand Opera House, Belfast
2-4 Great Victoria St, Belfast BT2 7HR
www.goh.co.uk
ON SALE SOON

11 – 16 June 2018
Hull New Theatre
Kingston Square, Hull HU1 3HF
Box office: 01482 300 306
www.hulltheatres.co.uk
*Will go on sale on 9 June 2017 – check website for details

16 – 21 July 2018
Regent Theatre Ipswich
3 St. Helen’s St, Ipswich IP4 1HE
Box office: 01473 433100
www.ipswichregent.com
ON SALE SOON – check website for details

FURTHER TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED.

MORE INFO HERE: purplerainonstage.com

Extra Performances Added to Coliseum Season of BAT OUT OF HELL

Bat Out Of Hell
Bat Out Of Hell

Bat Out Of Hell

Before the world premiere of the long-awaited Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical has even opened in London’s West End, the producers have extended its season at the London Coliseum, due to overwhelming public demand.  The musical will open on Tuesday 20 June 2017, following previews from 5 June, for a limited season, now extended from 22 July to 5 August 2017.  Tickets for the extra performances are now on sale.

As with many great works of art, the genesis of the Bat Out Of Hell album occurred across a number of years.  One of the songs was written while Steinman was an undergraduate at Amherst College in the late 1960s.  In the 1970s, Steinman wrote a theatrical musical that was presented in workshop in Washington D.C. in 1974 and featured many of the songs that would ultimately appear on the Bat Out Of Hell album, which was released in 1977.

Bat Out Of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide.  16 years later, Steinman scored again with Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which contained the massive hit I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).

For the stage musical, the legendary and award-winning Jim Steinman has incorporated iconic songs from the Bat Out Of Hell albums, including You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Bat Out Of Hell, I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, as well as two previously unreleased songs, What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love.

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland.  Strat, the forever young leader of The Lost, has fallen for Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical, ruler of Obsidian.

Jim Steinman’s previous musicals include his collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Whistle Down the Wind, including the hit single released by Boyzone, No Matter What, and the musical Tanz der Vampire, which has been running for 20 years and has been presented in Vienna, Stuttgart, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Budapest, Warsaw, St Petersburg and Tokyo.

Directed by award-winning theatre and opera director Jay Scheib, the cast of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is led by newcomer Andrew Polec as Strat and Christina Bennington as Raven, with Rob Fowler as Falco and Sharon Sexton as Sloane.  Also starring are Aran MacRae as Tink, Danielle Steers as Zahara, Dom Hartley-Harris as Jagwire, Giovanni Spano as Ledoux and Patrick Sullivan as Blake.  Also in the cast will be Jemma Alexander, Emily Benjamin, Stuart Boother, Georgia Carling, Natalie Chua, Jonathan Cordin, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Jordan Lee Davies, Olly Dobson, Hannah Ducharme, Isaac Edwards, Phoebe Hart, Linus Henriksson, Rosalind James, Kalene Jeans, Michael Naylor, Eve Norris, Tim Oxbrow, Andrew Patrick-Walker, Benjamin Purkiss, Anthony Selwyn, Courtney Stapleton and Ruben Van keer.

Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical has book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman, direction by Jay Scheib, choreography by Emma Portner, with musical arrangements and supervision by Michael Reed, set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Meentje Nielsen and Jon Bausor, video design by Finn Ross, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestration by Steve Sidwell, casting by David Grindrod Associates and musical direction by Robert Emery.

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox, Tony Smith.

Website:  www.BatOutOfHellMusical.com

Twitter & Facebook:  @BatTheMusical

LISTINGS INFORMATION

5 June – 5 August 2017

London Coliseum

St Martin’s Lane

London

WC2N 4ES

Performances:  Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm (7pm on Tue 20 June)

Tickets:  from £15.00

Box Office:  020 7845 9300