Casting announced for Curve’s all new production of the hit musical comedy SISTER ACT, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood

Sister Act

Jamie Wilson has announced casting for Curve’s all new production of the hit musical comedy SISTER ACT, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. 

Joining the previously announced Alexandra Burke as ‘Deloris Van Cartier’ will be Joanna Francis as ‘Michelle’, Joe Vetch as ‘Eddie’, Karen Mann as ‘Mother Superior’ and Liz Kitchen as ‘Sister Mary Lazarus’. Alexandra Burke will perform the role of ‘Deloris Van Cartier’ at all evening performances. At the matinee performances, the role of ‘Deloris Van Cartier’ will be played by Joanna Francis.

Aaron Lee Lambert will play ‘Curtis’, Sarah Goggin ‘Sister Mary Robert’, Susannah Van Den Berg ‘Sister Mary Patrick’, Allison Harding ‘Sister Mary Theresa’, Ricky Rojas ‘Pablo’, Samuel Morgan-Grahame as ‘Joey’ and Sandy Grigelis as ‘TJ’. The company also includes Nicola Bryan, Lewis Cochrane, Jennifer Douglas, Aiesha Pease, Sally Peerless and Justin Wilman.

Alexandra Burke recently starred as ‘Rachel Marron’ in the national tour of “The Bodyguard”, a part she also played in the West End. She originally rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor. Her debut number one single Hallelujah sold over one million copies in the UK, a first for a British female soloist. Burke’s first album, Overcome saw the release of her subsequent number one singles Bad Boys and Start Without You. In 2011 she embarked on her first solo tour and was invited by Beyoncé to support her I Am… Tour. Her second album, Heartbreak on Hold, was released in June 2012.

Joanna Francis has recently finished performing in the West End production of “The Lion King”. Her other credits include “Carmen Jones” at the Royal Festival Hall, “The Harder They Come” at the Barbican and Stratford East and as ‘Sybil’ in “The Big Life” at the Apollo Theatre.

Joe Vetch’s West End credits include “A Little Night Music” at the Palace Theatre and “Dusty” at the Charing Cross Theatre. His touring credits include “Saturday Night Fever” and “The Threepenny Opera”.

Karen Mann’s extensive theatre credits include ‘Golde’ opposite Paul Michael Glaser in the national tour of “Fiddler on the Roof”, the national tour of “I Dreamed A Dream – the Susan Boyle Story” and “Copacabana”, “Martin Guerre” and “Spend, Spend, Spend”, all at the Watermill Theatre. She most recently appeared in “The Witches”, both at Curve, Leicester and on tour.

Liz Kitchen most recently played ‘Yente’ in the national tour of “Fiddler on the Roof”. As a musician and musical director her credits include “Blood Brothers” in the West End, “Sweeney Todd” at the Liverpool Playhouse and “A Winter’s Tale” at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, SISTER ACT tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

This all new production of SISTER ACT is directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by Tony Award-Winner Sarah Travis. Set and costume design is by Matthew Wright, with lighting design by Richard G Jones and sound design by Richard Brooker.

Craig Revel Horwood is probably best known as a judge on BBC One’s “Strictly Come Dancing”. As a director and choreographer his many credits include the recent all-star concert of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” at the Royal Albert Hall, “Sunset Boulevard” at the Comedy theatre in the West End, the national tours of “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Spend Spend Spend” and “Chess” (also Toronto) and “The Witches of Eastwick”, “Martin Guerre” and “Copacabana”, all at the Watermill Theatre. Craig also wrote and directed a brand new show, “Strictly Confidential” that toured the UK starring familiar faces from Strictly Come Dancing as well as the annual arena tours of “Strictly Come Dancing”.  As a performer his West End Theatre credits include: ‘Munkustrap’ in “Cats” at the New London Theatre, “Miss Saigon” at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and ‘Harry’ in “Crazy for You” at the Prince Edward Theatre. Craig most recently starred as ‘Miss Hannigan’ in the national tour of “Annie”.

SISTER ACT features original music by the 8 time Oscar and Tony Award winner Alan Menken. Alan’s credits include the films and stage musicals of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, “The Little Mermaid” and “Newsies” as well as “Tangled”, “Enchanted”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Pocahontas” and “Hercules” on film.  His other credits include the film and stage production of “Little Shop of Horrors”.

SISTER ACT has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, with a book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture “Sister Act” written by Jacob Howard.

Jamie Wilson Productions was formed in 2008 and has produced over 50 productions in the UK and internationally. These include Bruce Forsyth at the London Palladium, Robin Cousin’s Ice and most recently the critically acclaimed and box office hits Calamity Jane and Tell Me on a Sunday, both with Jodie Prenger. Jamie Wilson Productions is currently working with the Watermill Theatre on Crazy for You with Tom Chambers.

Curve is a spectacular state-of-the-art theatre based in the heart of Leicester’s vibrant Cultural Quarter. Opened in 2008 by Her Majesty The Queen, the award-winning building was designed by acclaimed architect Rafael Viñoly.

Curve is a registered charity providing engaging world-class theatrical experiences for local communities, enabling people of all ages and backgrounds to access, participate in and learn from the arts, nurturing new and emerging talent, and creating world-class theatrical experiences.

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, Curve is developing a reputation for producing, programming and touring a bold and diverse programme of musicals, plays, new work and dance. All of this presented alongside a dynamic mix of community engagement and learning opportunities, which firmly places audiences and communities at the heart of what Curve does. Recent productions and co-productions Made At Curve include: Legally Blonde: The Musical (& Daegu Opera Festival, South Korea), Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s (& Haymarket Theatre, London & national tour), Ishy Din’s Wipers (in collaboration with Belgrade Theatre Coventry & Watford Palace), Roald Dahl’s The Witches (& national tour), Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, Hairspray, Shakespeare’s Richard III, Akram Khan’s Until the Lions, Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical, and  Jonathan Harvey’sBeautiful Thing (& national tour).

The Bristol Hippodrome

Mon 3 – Sat 8 July 2017

Mon – Thu 7.30pm

Fri 5.30pm & 8.30pm

Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets from £15.40

Concessions available at certain performances

www.atgtickets.com/Bristol

Forced Entertainment announces UK tour dates for acclaimed new production, Real Magic

Real Magic

Real Magic

International Ibsen Award-winners Forced Entertainment, who return to London next week to present the UK premiere of Dirty Work (The Late Shift), have today announced UK tour dates for 2017. The company will present their acclaimed new production, Real Magic, at venues across the UK including: Edinburgh International Festival, Cambridge Junction, Platform Theatre, King’s Cross London, mac Birmingham and Manchester’s HOME between August and December 2017.

Real Magic creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, a group of performers take part in an impossible illusion – part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part chaotic game show – in which they endlessly revisit moments of defeat, hope and anticipation. Caught in a world of second-chances and second-guesses, variations and changes, distortions and transformations, Real Magic takes you on a hallucinatory journey, creating a compelling
performance about optimism, individual agency and the desire for change.

Next week from 27 June to 1 July at Battersea Arts Centre the company present Dirty Work (The Late Shift). The show sees us return to our original 1998 piece, Dirty Work, delving deeper into the disturbing and comical world we established 19 years ago. To the sound of a piano on a battered old record player, our two protagonists conjure an extraordinary performance in a collaborative and competitive act of description, co-opting the imaginative capacities of the audience to fill the stage with images, scenes and events in bewildering and unnerving succession. No event is too large and no image unstageable for this compelling performance

Dirty Work (The Late Shift) is a Forced Entertainment production. Co-produced by PACT Zollverein Essen and HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin.

Forced Entertainment have been making ground-breaking work together since 1984, based in Sheffield they present work across the globe.

LISTINGS

DIRTY WORK (THE LATE SHIFT)

Battersea Arts Centre
27 June – 1 July
Press Night: 28 June
www.bac.org.uk / 020 7223 2223

REAL MAGIC

Edinburgh International Festival
The Studio

22 – 27 August
www.eif.co.uk / 0131 473 2000

Cambridge Junction
7 November 2017
www.junction.co.uk  / 01223 511 511

Platform Theatre, King’s Cross, London
Supported by Kings Cross in association with Central St Martins

14 – 18 November
www.forcedentertaintment.com / 0114 279 8977

mac Birmingham
23 – 24 November 2017
www.macbirmingham.co.uk  / 0121 446 3232

HOME, Manchester
29 November – 1st December
www.homemcr.org  / 0161 200 1500

FIRST LOOK – Opening Night Photos from the World Premiere of Jim Steinman’s BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL

Jermyn Street Theatre set to become producing house as Tom Littler’s first season is announced

Miss Julie
Miss  Julie

Miss Julie

In a major shift of artistic policy, Tom Littler today announced the relaunch of Jermyn Street Theatre as a producing theatre as he reveals his first season as artistic director. Having previously operated as a receiving house, producing one or two productions a year over the 23 years of its history, from this autumn the theatre will produce its own work, and collaborate with regional theatres and other companies on co-productions.

Littler’s first season opens with the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s The Blinding Light, a specially commissioned drama about the life of August Strindberg. This will be followed by the world premiere of Judith Burnley’s Anything That Flies, directed by rising star Alice Hamilton. Littler’s production of Miss Julie, in a new version by Brenton, will play in November, following its run at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick. A co-production with the English Theatre Frankfurt of The Hound of the Baskervilles, directed by Lotte Wakeham, plays in December. Throughout the autumn are a number of literary and gala events on Sunday evenings.

Littler is also launching a major fundraising campaign to raise £300,000 over his first year, of which the first £70,000 has been secured.

Littler said:
“Jermyn Street Theatre is an arthouse jewel in the West End’s crown. Over the next few years, our audiences will see outstanding plays and musicals – both revivals and new writing. In this tiny, magical theatre, you can see great actors up-close. Our work will be bolder and more ambitious than ever before. It will be intellectually curious, international, and liberal in outlook: plays to make you think, laugh, and cry.”

Howard Brenton said:
“Jermyn Street Theatre is a tiny furnace of theatrical invention, radiating its influence way beyond its size. It’s a delight to have been commissioned to write the first play of Tom Littler’s first season as Artistic Director. Tom and I share an obsession with the great and still controversial Swedish playwright, August Strindberg – he’s directed versions I’ve made of The Dance of Death and Miss Julie.”

Penny Horner,  Executive Director said
After four brilliant years, we are sad to say goodbye to Anthony Biggs, but excited to welcome Tom Littler as our new Artistic Director. For the past 23 years we have been a home to outstanding plays and musicals in the middle of the West End. We are very excited to be working with Tom as this new chapter begins, and look forward to celebrating our 25th birthday in 2019 as a thriving producing theatre.”

The ESCAPE season explores what it means to run away: to escape from reality; to flee your country; to break the rules; or to let danger roam free.

The season opens with the world premiere of Howard Brenton’s The Blinding Light, a Jermyn Street Theatre commission, opening on 12th September with previews from Wednesday 6th September. The Blinding Light is about Strindberg’s notorious breakdown in Paris in 1896, which he called his ‘Inferno period’. Abandoning theatre, living a life of squalid splendour, Strindberg practices alchemy. In his hotel room he attempts to make gold by finding the philosopher’s stone, the secret of creation. As his grasp of reality weakens his first two wives visit him to bring him to his senses. But their interventions spin out of control. And – are they really his wives at all? Tom Littler directs this Jermyn Street Theatre production.

The world premiere of Anything That Flies, by Judith Burnley, opening on Friday 20th October with previews fromWednesday 18th October, directed by rising star Alice Hamilton, acclaimed for her productions of Barney Norris’s plays. Anything That Flies is set in London in 1991 just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. When a German carer arrives to look after an elderly Jewish emigré, their developing relationship uncovers a past of secrets and lies. Burnley’s play is a powerful exploration of the lives of refugees and those who find themselves ‘citizens of nowhere’. This is a Jermyn Street Theatre production.

The world premiere of Howard Brenton’s version of Strindberg’s Miss Julie opens on Wednesday 15th November, with a preview on Tuesday 14th November. This is the first revival of Miss Julie in the West End since 2000. Tom Littler directs Charlotte Hamblin, James Sheldon, and Izabella Urbanowicz in Strindberg’s drama, set on Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden in 1888. In the kitchen of a country house, Miss Julie, a young aristocrat, embarks on a dangerous game of seduction and power-play with her father’s manservant. This is a co-production between Jermyn Street Theatre and Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, where the production opens on 4th July.

The season concludes with a riotous production of The Hound of the Baskervilles, in an adaptation, originally created for Peepolykus, opening on Friday 8th December with previews from Wednesday 6th December. Just three actors play a host of characters – sometimes at very high speed – to tell Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Sherlock Holmes story. Lotte Wakeham, associate director of the RSC’s Matilda, directs this co-production between Jermyn Street Theatre and English Theatre Frankfurt, the largest English-language theatre in mainland Europe.

Sundays see a range of theatrical and literary events. These include a new one-woman show based on the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, Wife, performed by the Poet Laureate’s daughter, Ella Duffy (29th October), Posting Letters to the Moon featuring Simon Williams and Lucy Fleming reading the letters of Fleming’s parents Celia Johnson and Peter Fleming (Sunday 19th November), readings from Lord Wavell’s iconic 1944 poetry collection Other Men’s Flowers(Sunday 26th November), and a star-studded fundraising gala with the charity Give a Book (Sunday 10th December).


Previews and Ticketing

Subscription pricing is available: patrons booking for all four productions will receive their fourth ticket for free.
Each production will have 100 £10 tickets available for under-30s.
All preview tickets will be priced at £15.
The season goes on sale 1st August.

New Appointments

Littler announced new appointments to the Jermyn Street Theatre team:
·       The two founders of the theatre, Penny Horner and Howard Jameson, continue as Executive Director and Chair of the Board.
·       Stella Powell-Jones, a rising star in the New York theatre scene, where she ran a repertory theatre with Eve Best, joins as Deputy Director, sponsored by the Carne Trust.
·       Julia Mucko joins as Resident Producer.
·       Tom McClane-Williamson joins as Trainee Director on a placement from Birkbeck College.
·       Natasha Rickman, founder of Women at RADA, joins as Artistic Associate.

Casting and Employment

Littler has committed Jermyn Street Theatre to a 50/50 equal representation policy. Across each year of work, women will make up at least 50% of all performers and backstage teams. He has also re-committed the theatre to the Equity Fringe Agreement, which guarantees that all performers will be paid a fair and legal wage

LISTINGS DETAILS
Jermyn Street Theatre

16b Jermyn Street,

London
SW1Y 6ST

Box office
0207 287 2875
and online at
www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk <http://www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk>

The Blinding Light by Howard Brenton
September 6 to October 14
Press night September 12
Shows 7.30 and Saturday mats 3.30pm

Anything That Flies by Judith Burnley
October 18 to November 11
Press night October 20
Shows 7.30 and Saturday mats 3.30pm

Miss Julie by August Strindberg in an adaptation by Howard Brenton
November 14 to December 2
Press night November 14
Shows 7.30 and Saturday mats 3.30pm

The Hound of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle in an adaptation by Peepolykus
December 6 to 20
Gala night December 8
Shows 7.30 and Saturday mats 3.30pm & Sunday 17th Dec Mat 3.30pm

Miss Julie at Theatre by the Lake
30 June – 3 November
Press night Tue 4 July, 7.30pm
Press – Kate Morley – +44 207 299 4300

Sharon Eyal announced as Guest Artistic Director of NYDC

Sharon Eyal
Sharon Eyal

Sharon Eyal

National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), the country’s flagship organisation for young dancers which is run by Sadler’s Wells, will work with renowned choreographer Sharon Eyal as the next Guest Artistic Director of the company. NYDC continues its search for the next intake of 30 young dancers to join the company for 2017-18 and work with Eyal to create a new dance production, with Experience Workshops taking place across England this June and July.

Eyal takes over from the previous Guest Artistic Director of NYDC, Belgian choreographer Damien Jalet. Tarantiseismic, Jalet’s production with the National Youth Dance Company, premiered at Sadler’s Wells earlier this year and performs across England this summer as part of a UK Tour.

One of the most exciting female choreographers working today, Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem and danced with Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 until 2008. She served as Associate Artistic Director of the company from 2003-4 and House Choreographer of the company from 2005-12. In 2013, Eyal launched L-E-V with her long-time collaborator Gai Behar. L-E-V presented the UK Premiere of OCD LOVE at Sadler’s Wells last year and premieres new work Love Chapter 2 at the Montpellier Dance Festival later this summer. L-E-V has toured across the world, visiting cities including New York, Paris and Amsterdam. Her other choreographies include Killer Pig and Corps de Walk for Carte Blanche Dance of Norway, Too Beaucoup for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Plafonafor Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg, Germany, Sara and Salt Womb for Nederland Dance Theater, Half-Life for the Royal Swedish Ballet and Untitled Black for the Goteborg Opera.

Sharon Eyal, NYDC Guest Artistic Director, said:I am so excited and thrilled to work with the National Youth Dance Company as Guest Artistic Director. I am looking forward to discovering what the new group of dancers can do, and cannot wait to create work together. I’m also thrilled to work with Sadler’s Wells again, who have supported my work previously with L-E-V. It is great to continue our cooperation.

Alistair Spalding, Sadler’s Wells’ Artistic Director and Chief Executive, said: “Sharon made a great impression on audiences last year when she debuted in the UK with her dance company L-E-V at Sadler’s Wells. She has a distinct approach to her choreography by working collaboratively with dancers to bring the work to stage, which will be important for collaborating with the National Youth Dance Company and giving members the opportunity to shine. Sharon’s style in her work, such as the use of club music, will tune in to the experiences of the young NYDC dancers, and no doubt produce something very special for audiences to see.

NYDC Experience Workshops take place across England in June and July. Young dancers will take part in a company class, learn repertoire from NYDC productions and take part in creative tasks. Participants will also meet members of the current company, ask questions and get advice on dance training. Experience Workshops are used as an opportunity to be considered for a place in the 2017-18 company. They are open to dancers from all backgrounds and abilities, with experience in any dance style.

In her appointment as NYDC Guest Artistic Director, Eyal follows in the footsteps of Damien Jalet and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists Michael Keegan-Dolan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan and Jasmin Vardimon, who have in turn held the position over the past five years. Through their work with NYDC, these internationally acclaimed artists illustrate their commitment to young artists and highlight the power young dancers have to shape the future of dance.

Now in its sixth year, NYDC has established a reputation for innovative, challenging and influential work, producing open-minded, curious and brave dancers. The company brings together the brightest talent from across England, immersing the members fully in the process of creating, performing and touring new work, giving them a unique insight into the dance profession. NYDC has a track record of putting young people on paths to successful dance careers, with over 80% of all former NYDC dancers now either in further dance studies, in vocational training or working professionally.

NYDC is jointly funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Education through Grant in Aid funds

LISTINGS INFORMATION

2017 UK national tour dates of Tarantiseismic:
Sunday 25 June: Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University
Saturday 1 July: Dance City, Newcastle
Saturday 8 July: The Curve, Leicester
Friday 14 July: Birmingham Hippodrome, as part of UDance 2017
Sunday 16 July: Latitude Festival
Tuesday 18 July: Jerwood Dance House, Dance East, Ipswich
Thursday 20 July: Middleton Hall, Hull

NYDC Experience Workshops for 2017-18 intake:
Sunday 25 June: Peninsula Arts – Plymouth University, Plymouth
Sunday 2 July: Dance City, Newcastle
Saturday 8 July: Curve, Leicester

Final 2-week Extension Announcement for BAT OUT OF HELL

Andrew Polec as Strat & Christina Bennington as Raven in BAT OUT OF HELL credit Specular
Andrew Polec as Strat & Christina Bennington as Raven in BAT OUT OF HELL credit Specular

Andrew Polec as Strat & Christina Bennington as Raven in BAT OUT OF HELL credit Specular

With wonderful reactions from audiences, standing ovations every night and audiences singing their hearts out at the end of each performance, the producers of Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical have announced a further extension to the run at the London Coliseum this summer. The production officially opened in London’s West End last night, and, due to overwhelming public demand, a further two weeks of extra performances have been added.  This will be the final extension – the limited season must end 22 August 2017.

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 Jon Bausor and Meentje Nielsen, 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: [email protected]

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

5 June – 22 August 2017

London Coliseum

St Martin’s Lane

London

WC2N 4ES

Performances:  Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm (extra 2.30pm matinee on Tue 22 August)

Tickets:  from £15.00

Box Office:  020 7845 9300

Full Casting announced & first pictures released for brand new production of the hit West End and Broadway Musical Five Guys Named Moe

Underbelly Productions have today announced full casting for a brand new production of Clarke Peters’ Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe. The production will open on 14 September 2017 in a new temporary theatre in Marble Arch, London.

Edward Baruwa will play Nomax and the ‘Moes’ will be played by: Ian Carlyle (Four-Eyed Moe), Dex Lee (Know Moe), Idriss Kargbo (Little Moe), Timothy Martin (Big Moe) and Emile Ruddock (Eat Moe).

Underbelly have also released the first look at how the inside of the new Marble Arch Theatre will look. Specifically designed for the production will be reminiscent of 1940s New Orleans Jazz clubs, occupying the whole space. There will be cabaret table seating in the centre of the space with a drinks table service.

In addition to the theatre, there will be a connecting foyer designed in the style of a New Orleans courtyard with hanging atmospheric foliage, festoon lighting, a beautiful bespoke bar, a performance area for a jazz trio and concession stands selling popcorn, sweets, snacks and merchandise as well as a cloakroom area.

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Five Guys Named Moe was first seen at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1990, it transferred to the West End and played for four years, subsequently playing on Broadway from 1992. Clarke Peters’ career defining musical features the irresistible hits of trailblazing ‘King of the Jukebox’ Louis Jordan, including Early In The Morning, Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie and Saturday Night Fish Fry.The soundtrack of soul, blues, gospel and early r ‘n’ b is performed on stage by a live band.

The production, which is to be directed by Peters himself,  is currently booking from 29 August to 25 November 2017, with an Opening Night on 14 September.

Five Guys Named Moe will be directed by Clarke Peters (The Wire, Treme, Person of Interest, Porgy and Bess, The Ice Man Cometh) with musical staging and choreography by Andrew Wright (Half a Sixpence, Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls), inspired by Charles Augins’ original choreography, set and costume design by takis (Side Show, In The Heights, Hairspray, The Good Person of Sichuan), lighting design by Philip Gladwell (The James Plays, Cymbeline, Trainspotting, After Miss Julie, Hairspray), sound design by Ben Harrison (Cabaret, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Dancing in the Streets, The King & I, Starlight Express, Blood Brothers, Soul Sister) and musical supervision from Steve Hill (Fame, RENT, The House That Nat Built, Bent, Hair).

Cameron Mackintosh said: I am really thrilled that Underbelly are producing a brand new production of Five Guys Named Moe in London later this year. It’s a show that brought fun and joy to audiences in the West End for many years so it’s great to see its return for its 25th Anniversary. I am particularly excited that this new production is being staged in a Spiegeltent theatre specifically tailored for Five Guys so that Underbelly’s unique style will give audiences and the show a special intimate experience which will definitely make it the best party in town – a party which I’m delighted to support Underbelly in throwing.”

Clarke Peters said: “It’s a rare and wonderful thing to have the chance to direct a show that not only you have created but also performed in. It’s a show that is very close to my heart and soul and is so much of who I am. It’s an honour to return to it on its 25th Anniversary and reimagine the show in this new theatre space; one which is perfect for creating a closeness and dynamic energy between the story and the audience. Further to this it’s a treat to be working with a fantastic creative team and I can’t wait to transport audiences into the magical world of rhythm and blues. This rhythm will lift one and all from their blues!”

Robert Davis, Westminster City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage said: “Westminster City Council is delighted to be working with Underbelly Productions to bring Five Guys Named Moe to Marble Arch in its very own, bespoke theatre. Bringing this internationally acclaimed musical to this world-renowned, iconic space is a truly mouth-watering prospect that will further increase the cultural offer available to residents, businesses and visitors throughout the City of Westminster.  To quote the show itself; ‘Let The Good Times Roll!’”

Edward Baruwa’s (Nomax) theatre credits include: Motown (Shaftesbury Theatre); Peter Pan in Concert (Adelphi Theatre); Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios); Little Shop of Horrors (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); Sister Act (UK Tour); Smokey Joe’s Café (Landor Theatre); Avenue Q, (Noel Coward Theatre & Gielgud Theatre); Les Miserables (Queens Theatre); Porgy and Bess; (Savoy Theatre), Dancing in the Streets; (Cambridge/Aldwych Theatre); Jerry Springer the Opera (Cambridge Theatre); Miss Saigon (Original UK Tour); The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour); and The Wiz (Hackney Empire). Feature Film credits include: Florence Foster Jenkins and London Road.

Ian Carlyle’s (Four-Eyed Moe) recent theatre credits include: Showboat (Sheffield Crucible); Sister Act (National Theatre Dublin); Notre Dame de Paris (International Tour); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK National Arena Tour); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre) Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre); Miss Saigon (UK Tour) and Disney’s The Lion King (Lyceum).

Dex Lee (Know Moe) most recently appeared in The Wild Party (The Other Palace). His theatre credits include: Grease (Curve, Leicester); Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (Royal Court Theatre); In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre and Southwark Playhouse) Hairspray (UK Tour); Carrie (Southwark Playhouse) and The Scottsboro Boys (Garrick Theatre).

Idriss Kargbo’s (Little Moe) credits include Wicked (Apollo Victoria); Shrek The Musical (UK Tour) Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic); Disney’s The Lion King; (Lyceum); Thriller Live! (Lyric Theatre) and Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). Film credits include Been So Long.

Timothy Martin’s (Big Moe) musical credits include: Ragtime (Bologna Opera Theatre); Sister Act (UK Tour); Candide (Florence Opera Theatre); Rent (Trainon Theatre, Naples); The Full Monty (Italian Tour); Lady Day (Italian Tour); Tony, West Side Story (Theatre Argentina) and Treemonisha (New York City Parks). Theatre includes: Moby Dick (Italian Tour); Blue/Orange  (Italian Tour); Guess who’s Coming to Dinner (Italian Tour); The Blacks (Italian Tour) and Driving Miss Daisy (Manzoni Theatre). Television includes: The Amanda Knox Story; Black Butterfly and Bent.

Emile Ruddock’s (Eat Moe) recent theatre credits include: Crazy For You (Watermill Theatre); Kiss Me Kate (UK Tour); The Scottsboro Boys (Garrick Theatre and Young Vic Theatre); Avenue Q (Rugby Theatre); 42nd Street Gala (London Palladium and Dominion Theatre) and 42nd Street (Rugby Theatre). His film and television credits include: The X Factor 2015 (Backing Dancer); The 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and Got to Dance 2013 with ‘The Pulse Collective’.

Clarke Peters has a long-established and wide-ranging career in theatre, television, radio and film. His many stage credits include: King Lear (Shakespeare in the Park), Race, Chicago, The Iceman Cometh (New York), Guys and Dolls, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Mourning Becomes Electra (National Theatre), Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre), Driving Miss Daisy, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Little Shop of Horrors, Blues in the Night and Five Guys Named Moe also written by Clarke.  Films include: Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, Notting Hill, Mona Lisa, Bad Education, Marley and Me, Freedomland, The Benefactor, Endgame, Mandela: The Prison Years and Nativity! Peters is also known for his varied television career including regular appearances in The Wire, Tremé, Jericho, The Divide, Chance and The Corner.

Andrew Wright is a double Olivier Award nominee. He choreographed Half A Sixpence for Cameron Mackintosh (Chichester Festival Theatre, Noel Coward Theatre), Singin’ In The Rain  (Chichester Festival Theatre, Palace Theatre, UK national tour, Japan, Asia, Russia and Australia; winner of Best Choreographer WhatsOnStage Awards 2013 and nominated for Best Choreographer Olivier Awards 2012), Guys and Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Savoy Theatre, UK national Tour; nominated for Best Choreographer Olivier Awards 2016 and Broadway World Awards 2014/16), Barnum  (Theatre in the Park, Chichester, UK national Tour), 42nd Street  (Chichester Festival Theatre, Curve Theatre, Leicester), The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound  (Minerva Theatre), High Society (UK national tour), Wonderful Town (UK national tour), Betty Blue Eyes  (UK national tour), Saturday Night Fever  (UK national tour), A Little Night Music  (Palace Theatre), Follies (Royal Albert Hall), the world premiere of Mrs Henderson Presents (Theatre Royal, Bath ,Noel Coward Theatre, Toronto), The Showgirl Within  (Garrick Theatre) and Almost Like Being In Love  (National Theatre).

The ensemble cast includes: Omari Douglas, Nathaniel Morrison and Mykal Rand.

Let the Good Times Roll!

Around The World In 80 Days Sails Into London’s Cadogan Hall For 5 Weeks Only

Directed by Theresa Heskins; Design by Lis Evans; Movement Direction by Beverley Edmunds; composed by James Atherton; Lighting Design by Alexandra Stafford; Sound Design by James Earls-Davis

Cadogan Hall, London

2 August – 2 September 2017

The New Vic Theatre’s celebrated production of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days adapted by Laura Eason and directed by Theresa Heskins arrives at London’s Cadogan Hall, as part of a major six month tour. The production opens 2 August and runs until 2 September.

Around the World in 80 Days first premièred at the New Vic Theatre in 2013 followed by a successful season at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester in 2014. This production has been nominated for both the UK Theatre Awards’ ‘Best New Production’ and the Manchester Theatre Awards’ ‘Best Show for Children and Families’.

The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock.

An ensemble cast of 8 play over 125 characters in an imaginative and physically inventive high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant!

Theresa Heskins is currently Artistic Director of the New Vic Theatre. Recent directing credits include, The Snow Queen,Peter Pan in Scarlet, Kiss Me Quickstep, Robin Hood & Marian, Dracula, The Borrowers, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Widowers’ Houses, A Christmas Carol, Far from the Madding Crowd and Where Have I Been All My Life? In 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of the Arts for services to theatre and for her cultural contribution to North Staffordshire.

The UK tour of Around the World in 80 Days reunites original cast members Andrew Pollard (Phileas Fogg), Michael Hugo (Passepartout), Dennis Herdman (Inspector Fix), Pushpinder Chandi (Mr Naidu) and Kirsten Foster (Mrs Aouda). They are joined by Matthew Ganley (Colonel Proctor), Simi Egbejumi-David (Captain Speedy) and Joey Parsad (Miss Singh).

Around the World in 80 Days                                                                                                             Cadogan Hall

5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

Box Office: 020 7730 4500 

www.cadoganhall.com

Cadogan Hall, London

2 August – 2 September 2017

Ticket prices

£17.50 – £49.50

Website: www.80dayslive.com

Twitter: @80dayslive

Facebook: 80dayslive

FURTHER CASTING ANNOUNCED The Seagull By Anton Chekhov in a new version by Simon Stephens Directed by Sean Holmes

The Seagull
The Seagull

The Seagull

The Lyric Hammersmith today announced further casting for Simon Stephens’s new version of Anton Chekhov’s highly renowned play, The Seagull, directed by Artistic Director Sean Holmes. Adelayo Adedayo plays Nina, Michele Austin plays Pauline, Paul Higgins plays Hugo Dorn, Cherrelle Skeete plays Marcia, Nicolas Tennant plays Peter Sorin and Brian Vernel plays Konstantin, joining the previously announced Lesley Sharp who plays Irina Arkadina.

Unrequited love. Creative jealousy. Guns. Vodka. And Art.

Chekhov’s celebrated masterpiece is given vibrant new life in this dynamic new version by Olivier- award winning playwright Simon Stephens directed by Sean Holmes.

Switching effortlessly between the ridiculous and the profound The Seagull forensically examines the transcendence and destructiveness of love. The burning need to create Art and how harshly that need can be crushed permeates this classic play.

Cast Includes: Adelayo Adedayo, Michele Austin, Paul Higgins, Lesley Sharp, Cherrelle Skeete, Nicolas Tennant and Brian Vernel.

Adelayo Adedayo plays Nina

Theatre credits include: Cuttin’ It (Young Vic/Royal Court); Klippies (Southwark Playhouse); Rachel (Finborough Theatre) and The Dead Wait (Park Theatre)

Film and TV credits include: Unlocked, Timewaster, Houdini & Doyle, Some Girls, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Law & Order UK, Skins, Gone Too Far, Sket, MI High, Meet The Bandaiis and The Bill.

Michele Austin plays Pauline

Theatre credits include: Medea and The Chain Play (Almeida); Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); The House That Will Not Stand and The Riots (Tricycle); I Know How I Feel About Eve (Hampstead Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird (Regents Park); Six Books (Bush); Wild Child (Rough Cuts); The Lost Mariner, Been So Long and Breath, Boom (Royal Court); Generations (Young Vic); Out In The Open (Hampstead); Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint) and It’s A Great Shame (Stratford East).

Film and TV credits include: The Children Act, What We Did On Our Holidays, Another Year, The Infidel, All Or Nothing, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Second Nature, Secrets & Lies, Eastenders, The Coroner, The Casual Vacancy, Death In Paradise, Harry And Paul, Holby City, Peep Show, Silent Witness, Britannia High, Outnumbered, Never Better, Secret Life, The Bill, The Wife Of Bath, Clare In The Community, Doctors, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Eastenders, The Bill, Babes In The Wood, Kiss Me Kate and The Perfect Blue.

Paul Higgins plays Hugo Dorn

Theatre credits include: Temple, Luise Miller, The Cosmonaut’s Last Message (Donmar); Blackbird, King Lear (Citizens); Hope, Nightsongs, American Bagpipes, The Conquest of the South Pole (Royal Court); Children of the Sun, White Guard, Paul, An Enemy of the People, The Hare Trilogy (National Theatre); Damascus (Traverse/Tricycle/Middle East); The Tempest (Tron); Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland); Macbeth, Conversations After A Burial (Almeida); Measure for Measure (RSC); The Golden Ass, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe).

Film and TV credits include: Line of Duty, Decline and Fall, The Thick of it, New Town, The Last Enemy, Murder, Raised By Wolves, Utopia, Low Winter Sun, Victoria & Abdul, Couple in a Hole, In The Loop, Red Road, Bedrooms and Hallways, Apostle and The Party’s Just Beginning.

Lesley Sharp plays Irina Arkadina

Theatre credits include: A Taste of Honey, Harper Regan, Mother Courage and her Children, Murmuring Judges, Uncle Vanya – Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (National Theatre); Ingredient X, Top Girls and Our Country’s Good (Royal Court); Ghosts (Duchess); Little Voice (Vaudeville); God Of Hell, A Family Affair – Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy Performance (Donmar); Playing With Trains and Mary and Lizzie (RSC) and Summerfolk (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Film and TV credits include: Three Girls, Scott & Bailey, Capital, Starlings, The Shadow Line, Whistle and I’ll Come To You, Cranford, Poirot, Moving On, The Diary of Anne Frank, Dr Who, Afterlife, Planespotting, The Survivors, Carla, Carrie’s War, Bob and Rose Slapper and Me, Inkheart, Vera Drake, Cheeky, From Hell, The Full Monty, Naked, Priest, Close My Eyes, The Rachel Papers, Rita, Sue and Bob Too, The Love Child. Clocking Off, Great Expectations, Playing The Field and Common as Muck.

Cherrelle Skeete plays Marcia

Theatre credits include: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace); Three Days in the Country and Amen Corner (National Theatre); Wind in the Willows (Royal and Derngate, Northampton); And I and Silence (Finborough) and The Lion King (Lyceum).

Film and TV credits include: Silent Witness, Danny and the Human Zoo, The Five, Ordinary Lies and Call the Midwife.

Nicolas Tennant plays Peter Sorin

For the Lyric: Three Kingdoms (also Tallinn/Munich),

Theatre credits include: Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (Apollo); Hamlet, Taming Of The Shrew, King Lear, As You Like It and All’s Well That Ends Well (RSC); The Alchemist and Dr Faustus (Liverpool Playhouse); Tiger Country and Love Me Tonight (Hampstead); The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Liverpool Everyman /Chichester); The Power Of Yes, The Blue Ball and The U.N. Inspector (National Theatre); Roaring Trade and Piranha Heights (Soho); People At Sea (Salisbury Playhouse); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Tour); Under The Black Flag (Shakespeare’s Globe); Members Only (Trafalgar); Dead Funny (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Cloud 9 and Teeth ‘N’ Smiles (Sheffield Theatre) and Bad Company, Sugar, Sugar and Love & Understanding (Bush).

Film and TV credits include: Peaky Blinders, The Bill, The Gift, The Fool, Nice Town, Between the Lines, Breaking The Bank, Oscar & Lucinda, Friday On My Mind, Backbeat and Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic.

Brian Vernel plays Konstantin

Theatre credits include: Barbarians (Young Vic); Future Conditional (The Old Vic); Takin’ Over the Asylum (Royal Lyceum/Citizen’s); Macbeth, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, The Cherry Orchard (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); The Static, Blackout (ThickSkin) and Four Parts Broken (National Theatre Of Scotland/Traverse /Oran Mor).

Film and TV credits include: Dunkirk, Papillon, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Winter Song, Offender, Let Us Prey, Collateral, The Tunnel, Dr Who, The Missing 2, The Last Kingdom, The Casual Vacancy, Grantchester, Prey and The Field of Blood.

Further casting to be announced.

Simon Stephens

Simon is an award-winning playwright. For the Lyric: Fatherland (Manchester International Festival 2017 / Lyric & LIFT Festival 2018) Herons, Morning (also Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Three Kingdoms (also Tallinn/Munich), A Thousand Stars that Explode in the Sky and Punk Rock – winner 2009 Manchester Evening News Award for Best Production (also Manchester Royal Exchange). Other theatre credits include: The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre); Heisenberg (Manhattan Theatre Company); Obsession (Barbican/Toneelgroep Amsterdam); Song From Far Away, The Cherry Orchard, I Am The Wind (Young Vic); Carmen Disruption (Deutsches Schauspielhaus/Almeida Theatre); Nuclear War, Birdland, Wastwater – winner 2011 Theater Heute’s Award, Motortown – winner 2007 Theater Heute’s Award, Country Music, Herons, Bluebird (Royal Court); The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – Winner Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play (National Theatre /Apollo /Gielgud /Barrymore Theatre, Broadway); A Doll’s House (Young Vic/Duke Of York’s); Pornography – winner 2008 Theater Heute’s Award (Deutsches Schauspielhaus/Edinburgh Festival/Birmingham Rep/Tricycle Theatre); Sea Wall (Bush); Harper Regan, Port – winner 2001 Pearson Award for Best Play (Royal Exchange/National Theatre) and On The Shore Of The Wide World – winner 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play (Royal Exchange). Film and television credits include: Dive, Pornography and Cargese. Radio credits include: Five Letters Home to Elizabeth and Digging. Simon is an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith and Associate Playwright at the Royal Court. He was also on the board for Paines Plough between 2009 and 2014, and was a Writers’ Tutor for the Young Writers’ Programme at the Royal Court between 2001 and 2005.

Sean Holmes

Sean is Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith. For the Lyric: Terror, Shopping and F**king, Bugsy Malone, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK Tour/Manchester Royal Exchange/Brisbane Festival/Dublin International Festival), Herons, Secret Theatre Shows 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7, Cinderella, Desire Under the Elms, Morning, Have I None, Saved, Blasted – winner Olivier Award 2011, Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, Ghost Stories (also Duke of York’s/Liverpool Playhouse/Panasonic Theatre, Toronto/Arts Theatre), Three Sisters and Comedians. In 2016 Sean directed The Plough and the Stars at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin (also Irish/US Tour). Sean was an Associate Director of the Oxford Stage Company from 2001 to 2006 and has also worked at the National Theatre, RSC, Tricycle, Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, Chichester Festival Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Written by Anton Chekhov New Version by Simon Stephens Directed by Sean Holmes Design by Hyemi Shin Lighting by Anna Watson Sound by Pete Malkin Casting by Stuart Burt CDG Literal Translation by Helen Rappaport

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Brand new production of ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ by Agatha Christie to open on the South Bank this Autumn

James Prichard Mathew Prichard Lucy Bailey at The Chamber in London County Hall Credit Helen Maybanks

James Prichard, Mathew Prichard, Lucy Bailey at The Chamber in London County Hall Credit Helen Maybanks

Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions today announced  a major new production of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution to open on London’s South Bank this October in a unique court room setting inside County Hall.  Lucy Bailey (Comus, The Graduate, Titus Andronicus) will direct this gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal, with the audience thrillingly placed in the thick of the action in a spectacular location. This will be the first major London production of a play written by Agatha Christie to open since the 1960s.

Witness for the Prosecution will run from 6 October11 March with Press Night on 23 October.  The production will be designed by William Dudley, with lighting by Chris Davey and sound design by Mic Pool.

All tickets during the preview period (6 October – 23 October) will have £10 off.  For the main run, there will be 100 tickets available for every performance at £25 or under.

Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high. Will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony?  Will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?

Witness for the Prosecution was one of Agatha Christie’s favourites of all her works.  In her autobiography, she said: ‘One night at the theatre stands out in my memory especially; the first night of Witness for the Prosecution. I can safely say that that was the only first night I have enjoyed…. It was one of my plays that I like best myself.’

The new production has been developed with the support and involvement of the Christie family. Christie’s Great Grandson and Executive Chair of Agatha Christie Ltd, James Prichard said “It is really exciting to see this innovative approach to one of my great grandmother’s best plays. The amazing setting of County Hall will help raise the production to great heights, and with Lucy Bailey directing it will be a must see theatre event. This show will help demonstrate that Christie’s works are as relevant today as they have ever been, and 21st century London is in for a treat.”

Witness for the Prosecution is part of an exciting new wave of adaptations of Christie’s work on stage and screen that are giving audiences a fresh perspective on her canon. It follows the highly acclaimed BBC One adaptation of the short story which aired last Christmas and starred Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough and Kim Cattrall, as well as the BBC’s And Then There Were None which starred Aidan Turner, Charles Dance and Sam Neill. The BBC has commissioned seven new adaptations with the first of these, Ordeal By Innocence going into production this summer. In November, 20th Century Fox’s feature film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express will be released, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. The all-star cast also includes Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Tom Bateman, Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr, Sergei Polunin and Lucy Boynton.

LISTINGS

Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions present
Witness for the Prosecution
By Agatha Christie
Directed by Lucy Bailey
Designed by William Dudley
Lighting Design by Chris Davey
Sound Design by Mic Pool

London County Hall
The Chamber, County Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB
6 October 2017 – 11 March 2018
Press Night 23 October, 7pm
Box Office: 0844 815 7141

Online: www.witnesscountyhall.com

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Until 22 October: Monday to Saturday, 7.30pm and matinees on Thursday and Saturday, 2.30pm

25 October11 March: Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm and matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm and Sunday at 3pm

See website for performances 24 December9 January

TICKET PRICES
Band A £52.50
Band B £39.50
Band C £25
Band D £10
Premium £75
VIP £95

No booking fees if booked via the official website

Preview Pricing is £10 off all prices above (excluding Band D) up to and including Wednesday 18th October

100 tickets at £25 or under are available for each performance

Our exclusive VIP Jury Ticket will place you in the heart of the courtroom action, with access to a private bar area. Jurors will receive a complimentary programme and 2 complimentary drinks (soft drink, beer or house wine) to be redeemed pre-show or at the interval.

Website: www.witnesscountyhall.com

Twitter: @WitnessPlayLDN

Facebook: /WitnessPlayLDN

BIOGRAPHIES

AGATHA CHRISTIE – PLAYWRIGHT

Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in English with another billion in foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time and, in many languages, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott.

Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was written towards the end of the First World War, in which she served in the VAD. In it she created Hercule Poirot, the little Belgian detective who was destined to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. It was published by Bodley Head in 1920.

In 1926, after averaging a book a year, Agatha Christie wrote her first masterpiece. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was the first of her books to be published by Collins and marked the beginning of an author-publisher relationship that lasted for 50 years and well over 70 books. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was also the first of Agatha Christie’s books to be dramatized –under the title Alibi –and to have a successful run in London’s West End. The Mousetrap, her most successful play of all, opened in 1952 and is the longest-running play in history. She is also the only female playwright to have had three of her works running in the West End simultaneously.

Agatha Christie was made a dame in 1971. She died in 1976.

LUCY BAILEY – DIRECTOR

Recent productions include The Graduate (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Comus (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), and Kenny Morgan (Arcola Theatre).

Lucy was co-founder and co-artistic director of The Print Room (2009 – 2012), a new venue in Notting Hill Gate. Shows she directed include Fabrication, Snake in the Grass, Kingdom of Earth and Uncle Vanya. Lucy was co-artistic director of the gogmagogs (1995 – 2007) a music theatre company comprising seven string players. Lucy studied English at Oxford University where she directed the world premiere of Lessness by Samuel Beckett in consultation with the author. Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, Timon of Athens, As You Like It and The Maid’s Tragedy. Other theatre credits include Great Expectations (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Around the World in 80 Days (St James Theatre), Gaslight (Northampton Royal & Derngate), The Importance of Being Ernest (West End/ UK tour), Fortunes Fool  (Old Vic), King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath), The Winter’s Tale, Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar (RSC/ Roundhouse/ The Armoury, New York), Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Private Lives, Glass Eels, Comfort Me with Apples (Hampstead Theatre), The Night Season (National Theatre/ West End) and Don’t Look Now (Sheffield Crucible/ Lyric Hammersmith).

Opera/Music Theatre credits include Gudrun Fier Sang (Copenhagen Dry Dock), Jenufa (English National Opera), Cheryoumushki 1958 (Lyric Hammersmith), Noyes Fludde, Triptych, Mary of Egypt (Aldeburgh Festival) and Pasolini’s Teorema (Maggio Musicale Florence/ Munich Biennale/ Queen Elizabeth Hall).

WILLIAM DUDLEY – DESIGNER

William Dudley’s distinguished career as a designer of theatre and opera has been recognised with seven Olivier awards and a further seven nominations. He won a BAFTA for Persuasion.  In April 2015 he won the Molière Award for Visual Creation for The Dance of the Vampires in Paris.

He has designed over sixty productions at the National Theatre, including The Mysteries, Coast of Utopia and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. At the Royal Court he designed Hamlet, Kafka’s Dick and Hitchcock Blonde (Oliver Award). Work at the RSC includes Julius Caesar (also New York), Merry Wives of Windsor (Olivier Award), Twelfth Night, Richard II & III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. West End productions include The End of the Rainbow, All My Sons, Woman in White, My Night with Reg and Lenny, with many transfers to the USA.

Recent work includes Comus (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Ross, The Rehearsal and For Services Rendered (Chichester Festival Theatre), Gaslight (Northampton Royal & Derngate), The Importance of Being Earnest (West End/ UK Tours), Fortune’s Fool (Old Vic), Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (Theatre Royal Stratford East).

William designed the sets for Roman Polanski’s musical The Dance of the Vampires (Vienna/ Berlin/ Paris/ Russia), The Ship (European Cultural Capital Glasgow 1990), Peter Pan (Kensington Gardens/ O2/ US Tours), The Last Confession (World Tour) and Sunday in the Park with George (Théâtre du Châtelet).

Operas include productions for Bayreuth, Salzburg, the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne.

CHRIS DAVEY – LIGHTING DESIGNER

Chris has designed extensively for Shared Experience Theatre, Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Exchange Manchester, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Birmingham Rep and Manchester International Festival.

For the National Theatre credits include Or You Could Kiss Me, Beyond the Horizon, Spring Storm, Harper Regan, The Seagull, The Pillars of the Community, A Dream Play, Iphigenia at Aulis, War and Peace, Baby Doll and The Colour of Justice. Work for the RSC includes Titus Andronicus, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Cymbeline, Alice in Wonderland, Night of the Soul, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Everyman (both also in New York) A Month in the Country, Troilus and Cressida, The Comedy of Errors (World Tour), Mysteria and Easter. Recent designs include 42nd Street (Théâtre du Châtelet), Vamos Cuba (Sadler’s Wells), 1984 (Northern Ballet), Great Expectations (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Sweeney Todd (Welsh National Opera/ La Monnaie, Brussels), The Car Man and Lord of the Flies (Matthew Bourne/ Sadler’s Wells/ National and International Tours), Carlos Acosta Classical Farewell (Royal Albert Hall), The Driver’s Seat (National Theatre of Scotland), The Shawshank Redemption, Dial M for Murder, High Society and Wonderful Town (National Tours), Eventual Progress, Salieri Variations (Ekaterinburgh Opera/ Ballet Theatre, Russia). Chris won the TMA Best Lighting Design for Dial M for Murder (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Beyond the Horizon (Northampton Royal & Derngate).

MIC POOL – SOUND DESIGNER

A Tony Award winner (Best Sound Design in a Play) for the Broadway production of The 39 Steps, Mic’s involvement in theatre sound extends over thirty-six years. Mic has been resident at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Royal Court Theatre, Tyne Theatre Company and toured internationally with Ballet Rambert.  He has designed the sound for over 350 productions including more than 250 for West Yorkshire Playhouse where he worked for 23 years as its first head of sound, resident sound designer, associate director and then from 2000 as Director of Creative Technology.  He received a TMA award in 1992 for Best Designer (Sound) for Life Is A Dream and was nominated for both the Lucille Lortel and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Sound Design 2001 for the New York production of The Unexpected Man. Mic was nominated for eight international awards for productions of The 39 Steps worldwide, including the 2007 Olivier Award.

ELEANOR LLOYD PRODUCTIONS – PRODUCER

Current productions include Witness for the Prosecution (London County Hall) and 1984 (Broadway). Eleanor Lloyd Productions is also currently general managing the UK Tours of Fantastic Mr Fox (Nuffield Southampton Theatres/ Leicester Curve/ Lyric Hammersmith) and Death of a Salesman (Northampton Royal & Derngate). Previous West End productions include Nell Gwynn (Olivier Award for Best New Comedy), three seasons of 1984, My Night with Reg (Olivier Nomination for Best Revival), Handbagged (Olivier Nomination for Best New Comedy), Butley, Alex with Robert Bathurst (also International Tour). The company’s West End credits as an Associate Producer include Jeeves & Wooster, Sweeney Todd and Clybourne Park.

Other productions include Handbagged (UK Tour), The Secret Adversary (Watermill Theatre/ UK Tour), Love, Loss & Chianti (Chichester Festival Theatre), This is Ceilidh (Edinburgh Festival/ London Wonderground), Noel Gay’s Radio Times (UK Tour), Angus, Thongs and Even More Snogging (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Hamlet! The Musical (Northampton Royal & Derngate/ Richmond Theatre), At Home with Mrs Moneypenny (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Marine Parade by Simon Stephens & Mark Eitzel (ETT/animalink), Gambling (Soho Theatre), Stewart Lee’s Johnson and Boswell (Traverse Theatre), Elizabeth and Raleigh (Underbelly) and Colin Teevan’s Missing Persons: Four Tragedies And Roy Keane with Greg Hicks (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/ West End).

Eleanor Lloyd has worked for the Royal Court and Gate Theatres, Mark Rubinstein and Jenny Topper. She is the Producer for Peepolykus. Eleanor was awarded a Stage One Producer’s Bursary in 2005, a Start-Up Fund award in 2011 and she was a finalist in the British Council’s Young Performing Arts Entrepreneur Award.  Eleanor sits on the Board of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), Theatre 503 and Oxford Playhouse. www.elproductions.co.uk.

REBECCA STAFFORD PRODUCTIONS – PRODUCER

Rebecca Stafford is an independent theatre producer and general manager. Rebecca’s work has always sought to be on the leading edge of how drama and comedy are presented to the public. Her particular area of expertise is producing site-specific and event theatre inside prestigious heritage sites.

Recent productions include Frankenstein Revelations, Moby Dick, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (York Theatre Royal) and the Regional Tours of Witness for the Prosecution and Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band.

Rebecca was awarded a Stage One Producer’s Bursary in early 2016, supported by the Society of London Theatres (SOLT). Her site-specific productions have been voted one of the ‘Top 12 Regional Productions’ of 2014 and 2015 by The Stage.

Rebecca is credited as being the originating producer for the first ever site-specific staging of Agatha Christie’s Courtroom drama Witness for the Prosecution. www.rebeccastafford.co.uk

AGATHA CHRISTIE LIMITED

Agatha Christie Limited (ACL) has been managing the literary and media rights to Agatha Christie’s works around the world since 1955, working with the best talents in film, television, publishing, stage and on digital platforms to ensure that Christie’s work continues to reach new audiences in innovative ways and to the highest standard. The company is managed by Christie’s great grandson James Prichard.

November 2017 will see the release of 20th Century Fox’s feature film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s acclaimed mystery, Murder on the Orient Express. The film will be directed by five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh, who will also star as Poirot. Branagh helms an all-star cast that includes Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Tom Bateman, Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr, Sergei Polunin and Lucy Boynton.

ACL’s recent television projects include the critically-acclaimed BBC One adaptations of And Then There Were None (Aidan Turner, Charles Dance, Sam Neill) and The Witness for the Prosecution (Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough, Kim Cattrall), both produced by ACL’s production arm Agatha Christie Productions alongside Mammoth Screen, with screenplays from Sarah Phelps (Great Expectations, The Casual Vacancy).  Production begins shortly on Ordeal By Innocence, the first of seven new adaptations for the BBC over the course of the next four years.

Globally, ACL works closely with leading screen production companies to deliver territory-specific adaptations. Notable productions include the popular French series Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie produced by Escazal, and Japanese adaptations of Murder on the Orient Express from Fuji TV (winner of the Tokyo Grand Prix Drama Award) and the forthcoming And Then There Were None from TV Asahi. Further projects are in development in Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America.

In 2016 literary projects included the global publication of the new Hercule Poirot novel Closed Casket, the second continuation novel from bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah, published in more than 30 languages and distributed in over 100 territories. Sophie will shortly begin work on two more Poirot novels for publication in 2018 and 2020.