Nigel Lindsay joins Sarah Ridgeway in Hightide’s production of Al Smith’s debut play Harrogate and full touring dates announced

Let’s see how this goes shall we:

Casting is today announced for the HighTide production of Al Smith’s debut play Harrogate. Nigel Lindsay joins Sarah Ridgeway, who starred in the original production at HighTide Festival 2015, for the London premiere at the Royal Court Theatre from 20 – 29 October and UK Tour. Richard Twyman, the newly appointed Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre, returns to direct Harrogate, which had an acclaimed sell-out run at the influential annual HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

Nick Sidi and Sarah Ridgeway in the 2015 production of Harrogate at HighTide Festiva

Nick Sidi and Sarah Ridgeway in the 2015 production of Harrogate at HighTide Festiva

“I dream about you young. When I’m asleep you’re as young as the girl I met.”

Time passes. Roles Change. People become different versions of themselves.
From lover, to father, to husband, one man craves the past but knows his desire for it will destroy his family.

“Each one of us is gonna sit down one day and not be able to stand up, like we’ve disappeared to ourselves.”

Harrogate is Al Smith’s debut professional production. His other credits for theatre include: Diary of a Madman (Traverse, Gate Theatre); EnolaRadioThe Bird (Underbelly); The Astronaut Wives Club (Soho Theatre). He is currently under commission to the Royal Court Theatre and the Traverse Theatre. Writing for television includes: Shakespeare Live!The CoronerFather BrownThe Cut;AfricaHolby CityEastEnders. Writing for radio includes: LifeLinesDuchamp’s UrinalEveryday Time MachinesLife in the FreezerThe Postman of Good HopeRadio. Al was awarded the BFI / Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize for Halflife, and was a recipient of the Pearson Playwriting Bursary at the Finborough Theatre.

Nigel Lindsay plays Him. Theatre credits include: Guys and Dolls (Phoenix, West End); Bull (Young Vic); Speed-the-Plow (Playhouse); A Small Family Business; The Pillowman; London CuckoldsBlue Remembered Hills; Dealer’s Choice (also Vaudeville) (National Theatre); Richard II (RSC); The Same Deep Water as Me; The Real Thing (also Albery and Broadway); Morphic Resonance (Donmar Warehouse); Shrek the Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Olivier and WhatsOnStage nomination for Best Actor in a Musical); Broken Glass (WhatsOnStage award for Best Supporting Actor); Anna Karenina (Tricycle Theatre); Sucker PunchThe Woman Before; Push Up; King Lear (Royal Court);Under the Blue Sky (Duke of Yorks); The Homecoming; Awake and SingThe Earthly Paradise;RomanceThe Tower (Almeida); Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly); World MusicHamlet (Sheffield Crucible); The Tempest (Old Vic); Bedroom Farce (Aldwych); Katerina (Lyric Hammersmith). Nigel’s film credits include: Alan Partridge: Alpha PapaFour Lions (nomination for Best British Comedy Performance in Film); Scoop (directed by Woody Allen); Rogue Trader; and his television credits include: VictoriaYou, Me and the ApocalypsePoirotThe Tunnel; Rome; Spooks; I’m Alan Partridge; Waking the Dead. Future productions include: White Gold (BBC); Innocent; Unforgotten II (ITV).

Sarah Ridgeway plays Her. Sarah’s TV credits include: Miss Marple (ITV); The Crimson Petal and The White (BBC); The Suspicions of Mister Whicher (ITV); Call The Midwife; Making of a Lady; Holby City. Theatre credits include: The Acrington Pals; You Can’t Take it With You (Royal Exchange);Sucker Punch (The Royal Court) Days of Significance; Titus Andronicus; A Mad World My Masters;Candide (RSC), The Cherry Orchard; (Young Vic); Forget Me Not (HighTide, Bush Theatre); Fury(Soho Theatre).

Richard Twyman has been appointed Artistic Director for English Touring Theatre, where he will start in November 2016. Previously, Richard was Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court Theatre from 2013 – 2016, where his directing work includes Torn, You For Me For You;Fireworks; The Djinns of Eidgah and PIIGS. His other theatre credits include Harrogate (HighTide), The Djinns of Eidgah (Rage, Mumbai/Writers’ Bloc Festival), Henry IV Pt II (RSC), Ditch (Old Vic Tunnels/HighTide), Dr Marigold & Mr Chops (Theatre Royal Bath & UK Tour), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre) and Give Me Your Hand (Irish Rep, New York – nomination for the Drama Desk Award 2012 for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience). Between 2003 and 2008 he worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was Associate Director to Michael Boyd on the multi-award winning Histories Cycle for which he directed Henry IV Pt II.  The production, alongside the Histories, was honoured with three Olivier Awards (2009 Best Revival, Best Ensemble, Best Costume), the Evening Standard Editor’s Choice Award, and named by Michael Billington as his productions of the decade 2000-2010. Richard also works as a dance dramaturg, where his credits include Bayadère-The Ninth Life (Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Linbury ROH), Please be Seated (New Movement Collective, Royal Festival Hall), Nest (New Movement Collective, Stone Nest) and Who Killed Bambi (Renaud Wiser Dance Company).

Full cast announced for Theatre Royal Stratford East’s annual Pantomime – Sinbad The Sailor

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kerry Michael today announces the cast for the company’s annual pantomime –  Sinbad the Sailor by Paul Sirett. He directs Johnny Amobi (Nurse), Michael Bertenshaw (Prince Naw-Ze Uzz), Julian Capolei (Sinbad), Rina Fatania (Green Genie Uzz), Ben Goffe(Sultan), Alim Jayda (Captain Greenbeard), Josephine Melville (Clanker), Marianna Neofitou (Princess),Gemma Salter (Funky) and Gabby Wong (Sinbadda). The production runs from 28 November, until 21 January, with press performances on 8, 9,10 December.

With a tradition of featuring original music, hilarious audience participation and comedy for all ages, it’s no surprise that a Theatre Royal Stratford East pantomime is one of the best in London.

With heaps of surprises along the way, join Sinbad and his friends on a voyage to mysterious places as they strive to successfully complete their perilous quest.

Paul Sirett is an Olivier-nominated, award-winning playwright, dramaturg and musician. Sirett has a long association with the Theatre Royal Stratford East where many of his plays have been produced including hit musical The Big Life which subsequently transferred to the West End. He has also worked extensively as a dramaturg for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Soho Theatre, Royal Court, National Theatre and for West End and Broadway producers. He is currently Associate Dramaturg of the Ambassador Theatre Group. Sirett is also an Associate Artist of Soho Theatre, an Associate Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and an Associate Fellow at the University of Warwick.

 Johnny Amobi plays Nurse. His theatre credits include Starlight ExpressMiss SaigonJoseph, Five Guy’s Named Mo, Notre Dame de Paris, Once On This Island and Dancing In The Streets (All West End). Alongside his West End credits Amobi has achieved success as a composer and featured artist. He also collaborated with producer George Martin on a concept album for the BBC.

Michael Bertenshaw plays Prince Naw-Ze Uzz. For Theatre Royal Stratford East, Bertenshaw has performed in various pantomimes including Robin Hood and Dick Wittington as well as the forthcoming The Hotel Cerise. Other theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well, Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII (Shakespeare’s Globe). For television his credits include The Crown, Miliband, Criminal Justice, Murderland, The Worst Christmas of My Life, Messiah III, William and Mary and The Brief; and for film,The Da Vinci Code, Flyboys, Bust, Another Life, Intimate Relations, Giving Tongue and Paper Mash.

Julian Capolei plays Sinbad. This production marks his professional acting debut.

Rina Fatania plays Green Genie Uzz. Her theatre credits include Love N Stuff (Theatre Royal Stratford East),Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh Theatre Company UK & international tour), The Empress (RSC, The Swan Theatre), Dick Whittington and Cinderella (Hackney Empire), Wah! Wah! Girls (Sadler’s Wells/ UK Tour), The House of Bilquis Bibi (Hampstead Theatre & UK tour), Britain’s Got Bhangra, It Aint All Bollywood, Meri Christmas and The Deranged Marriage (Rifco Arts), Wuthering Heights, A Fine Balance, The Child of Divide andStrictly Dandia (Tamasha), Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria) and Arabian Nights (Midland Arts Centre); and for film, Raabta, Mumbai Charlie and The Travel Londoner.

Ben Goffe plays Sultan. His theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Beauty and the Beast(New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich), The Threepenny Opera (Nottingham Playhouse /Graeae/ West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Arts Theatre), Aladdin (New Victoria, Woking), Peter Pan (Liverpool Empire) and Dick Whittington (New Wimbledon Theatre); and for film, AmStarDam and Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. In addition to this he portrayed the Michael Jackson character Mekill Hacksaw in the bandBeatfreakz. They released two singles, Somebody’s Watching Me and Superfreak.

Alim Jayda plays Captain Greenbeard. His theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Annie The Musical (UK Tour), Britain’s Got Bhangra, Break The Floorboards and Mummyji Presents(Rifco Arts), Blockbuster (UK tour), Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Jack and the Beanstalk and Puss in Boots(Greenwich Theatre). His television credits include The Last Leg Takeover and Bremner, Bird And Fortune; and for film, Kismet Diner.

Josephine Melville plays Clanker. For Theatre Royal Stratford East her credits include Moon Over A Rainbow Shawl, Party Girls, Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, Blaggers and Funny Black Women on the Edge. Other theatre credits include, Dick Whittington (Greenwich Theatre), Hair (Theatre Clywd), O Babylon and Unfinished Business(Talawa Theatre Company), Fruit Salad (Greenwich Theatre / Hackney Empire), Forty and Aladdin (Hackney Empire) and The Coup (National Theatre). Her television credits include L8R Youngers, Rapping at the Royal,Prime Suspects 2 and Downtown Lagos.

Marianna Neofitou plays Princess. Her theatre credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West End), We Will Rock You (European tour), The Waterbabies (Curve), Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre), Smurfs Live(International tour) and Peter Pan (Hazlitt theatre).

Gemma Salter plays Funky. For Theatre Royal Stratford East her credits include Come Dancing, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. Other theatre credits include Dreamboats and Petticoats (Playhouse Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End), Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre, West End), The Taming of the Shrew (New Wimbledon Theatre); and for television, Rock and Chips and Call the Midwife.

Gabby Wong plays Sinbadda. For Theatre Royal Stratford East her credits include Takeaway.Other theatre credits include Doctor Faustus (Duke of Yorks Theatre), Volpone, Jew Of Malta andLove’s Sacrifice (RSC), Numbers Of Memory/ Venuse Flytrap (Tamasha), Beat My Time Machine Skipped (Soho Theatre) and Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Kerry Michael directs. Michael has been Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East for 12 years. Under him the theatre has been nominated for numerous Olivier Awards and his production of Cinderella was the first pantomime ever nominated in the award’s history. Other nominations included You Me Bum Bum Train and the remount of Oh What A Lovely War. TRSE have also won Oliviers for its hip-hop production of Boy Blue’s Pied Piper in association with the Barbican and for Cora Bissett’s immersive theatre experience Roadkill. Michael has pioneered many unique and diverse projects including IFEA, an international artists exchange, where 30 countries participated in sending over to London a few of their most aspiring young artistes to work together and create new work. Kerry’s most recent directing credits include I Was Looking At the Ceiling, Then I Saw the Sky,Battle of Green Lanes, The Great Extension, The Harder They Come (Barbican/Playhouse Theatre & North America tour), Come Dancing, Takeaway, Robin Hood and Love N Stuff.

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents
Book and Lyrics by Paul Sirett
Music and Lyrics by Wayne Nunes and Perry Melius
Director: Kerry Michael; Designers: Jenny Tiramani & Harriet Barsby;
Musical Director: Robert Hyman; Lighting Designer: David Plater; Sound Designer: Andrew Johnson Special Effects: Scott Penrose
28 November21 January
Press performances: 8, 9 or 10 December 7pm

Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN
Box Office: 020 8534 0310
Facebook: theatreroyalstratfordeast
Twitter: @stratfordeast #SinbadTheSailor
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Signed: Sat 7 Jan 2pm
Audio-description: Sat 14 Jan 2pm
Captioned: Fri 6 Jan 7pm
Performance times
28 November21 January
Press performances: 8, 9 or 10 December 7pm
Ticket prices
Newham Discount Night £2.50
Mon – Sat £10 – £25.50
Concessions from £8
Season at a glance:
Ballet Black
6 October – 8 October
Press night: 6 October 8pm
The Hotel Cerise
20 October – 12 November
Press night: 25 October 7pm
Sinbad the Sailor
28 November21 January
Press performances: 8, 9 or 10 December 7pm
Sinbad the Sailor is sponsored by Galliard Homes
The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
1 February – 11 March
Press night: 8 February 7pm

REHEARSAL IMAGES: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures

Previews from 18 October 2016 ( Press night: 24 October )

Hampstead Theatre presents the UK premiere of Pulitzer prize winning Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, directed by Olivier award winning Michael Boyd. Shot through with characteristic wit and searing passion, Tony Kushner’s latest play is the story of a family grappling to find meaning in a landscape they no longer recognise and an epic exploration of humanity’s compulsive search for Utopias, both personal and political.

New York, 2007. Gus Marcantonio, retired longshoreman, former trade union organiser, renaissance man, feels that the world has turned its back on everything he has fought for in life. With his sister, he summons his three children home, trailing the appendages of their chaotic lives, to their Brooklyn brownstone for the last and most unusual family reunion yet…

‘The best thing I ever did was the worst thing I ever did. And it all came to nothing. It makes no sense

to anyone, what we did, it’s written in a language no one reads anymore, it’s… incredible’

Hampstead Theatre presents the UK premiere of Pulitzer prize winning Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, directed by Olivier award winning Michael Boyd. Tamsin Greig will play the role of Empty having last been seen at Hampstead Theatre in William Boyd’s Longing.

The cast also includes David Calder, Richard Clothier, Daniel Flynn, Sara Kestelman, Katie Leung, Luke Newberry, Sirine Saba, Lex Shrapnel, Katy Stephens and Rhashan Stone.

Shot through with characteristic wit and searing passion, Tony Kushner’s latest play is the story of a family grappling to find meaning in a landscape they no longer recognise and an epic exploration of humanity’s compulsive search for Utopias, both personal and political. This newly revised draft of the play is the result of last autumn’s development workshop at Hampstead, led by Kushner and Boyd.

Tamsin Greig plays Empty. Tamsin received critical acclaim and an Olivier nomination for her
performance as Pepe in the musical of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Hilary in Jumpy
which transferred from The Royal Court Theatre to The Duke of York’s. Other theatre credits include Longing by William Boyd (Hampstead Theatre),The Little Dog Laughed for which she received an Olivier nomination, David Hare’s Gethsemane for The National Theatre, God of Carnage, opposite Ralph Fiennes at The Gielgud. She won both an Olivier and The Critics Choice for Best Shakespearean Performance for Beatrice in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing and also played Constance in King John. She received both the Royal Television Society’s Award for Green Wing and BAFTA nominations for Episodes, Green Wing and Black Books. Other notable televisions performances include, Miss Bates in Emma, Edith Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Beth in White Heat, the ground breaking People Like Us, Happiness, Love Soup and most recently Guilty, a 3 part series for ITV, and Friday Night Dinner. The film of Tamara Drewe directed by Stephen Frears, was an out of competition hit at Cannes, and gained Tamsin a British Independent Film nomination for her performance as Beth. And she recently had a cameo in The Second Best Marigold Hotel directed by John Madden and played opposite Kelsey Grammar in Breaking the Bank directed Vadim Jean.

David Calder plays Gus. Recent theatre credits include The Audience (Apollo), The Nether (Duke of York’s), The Doctor’s Dilemma, Hamlet (National Theatre), King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Drawer Boy (Abbey, Dublin and Galway Arts Festival), The Tempest, Twelfth Night, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice (RSC), Five Gold Rings (Almeida Theatre), The Price, Othello (Young Vic). Recent television credits include The Moonstone, Emerald City, Cuckoo, Utopia, Houdini, The Wrong Mans, Titanic. Film credits include The Hatton Garden Job, Lady in the Van, and Bond – The World is Not Enough.

Richard Clothier plays Pill. Recent theatre credits include King Lear (National Theatre), The Way of the World (Chichester Festival Theatre), Enlightenment (Hampstead Theatre), The Promise (Orange Tree Theatre), Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice (Propeller UK and International Tour), And Then There Were None (Gielgud Theatre). Television credits include New Tricks, Henry V, Law & Order, Spooks, Kingdom, Foyle’s War, Midsummer Murders and film credits include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Hippy Hippy Shake, and Bye Bye Columbus.

Daniel Flynn plays Adam. Daniel returns to Hampstead Theatre following his appearance in 55 Days in 2012. Other recent Theatre credits include The Father (Duke of York’s), Stephen Ward (Aldwych), Richard II (Donmar Warehouse), Light Shining In Buckinghamshire, 3 Winters, The White Guard (National Theatre). Television and film credits include Lewis, Father Brown, The Last Days of Anne Boleyn, Vera, The Bill and Biggles. Sara Kestelman plays Clio. Her theatre credits include Cabaret (Donmar), Girls (UK Tour), 4000 Miles (Bath Theatre Royal), Torchsong Trilogy (Menier Chocolate Factory), Making Noise Quietly, Nine, Hamlet, Love for Love, As You Like It, The Double Dealer, The Threepenny Opera and The American Clock (National Theatre), Macbeth, Custom of the Country (RSC), King Lear (RSC/Barbican), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC/New York), Lettice & Lovage (Gielgud), Fiddler on the Roof (Palladium). Her television and film credits include Zardoz, Lisztomania, Lady Jane, Anna Karenina, The Last Spark of Sundown, Rome, The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, The Last Romantics, and In the

Katie Leung plays Sooze. Theatre credits include You For Me For You (Royal Court), The World of Extreme Happiness (National Theatre), and Wild Swans (Young Vic). Television credits include One Child, Run, Poirot and Father Brown, and film credits include The Foreigner, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a role she subsequently reprised for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts I & II).

Luke Newberry plays Eli. His theatre credits include Teddy Ferrara (Donmar Warehouse), Antigone (National Theatre), A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal, Bath), The Secret Garden (Aldwych) and The Aliens (Trafalgar Studios). Television credits include To Walk Invisible, Lightfields, From Darkness,Banana and In the Flesh, and Film credits include Dusty and Me, The Legend of Hercules, Quartet and Anna Karenina.

Sirine Saba plays Maeve. Recent theatre credits include Another World (National Theatre), The Crossing Plays, Fireworks (Royal Court), Next Fall (Southwark Playhouse), Holy Warriors, Antony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Winter’s Tale (Regent’s Park Open Air). Television credits include Unforgotten – Series 2 Doctors, Silent Witness, and film credits include The Black Forest, Exhibition and I Am Slave.

Lex Shrapnel plays V. His theatre credits include A Number (Young Vic and The Nuffield Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Royal & Derngate), The Deep Blue Sea (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Death of A Salesman (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Serious Money (Birmingham Rep), Richard II (RSC), Henry IV Part 1 (RSC), Henry V (RSC), Henry VI Parts 1-3 (RSC), Richard III (RSC), Hamlet (Birmingham Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Chichester Festival) and King Lear (Almeida). His television and film credits include Medici: Masters of Florence, Grimsby, Sons of Liberty, Strange Weather, A.D. The Bible Continues, Seal Team Eight, The Assets, Hunted, Captain America: The First Avenger, Minder, Flyboys,Thunderbirds and K-19: The Widowmaker. Katy Stephens plays Shelle. Her theatre credits include The Histories Cycle, As you like it, King Lear,Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, Taming of the Shew, Candide (RSC), The Oresteia, Julius Caesar, Thomas Tallis, Antony and Cleopatra (the complete walk) (Shakespeare’s Globe), Midsummer
Nights Dream (Theatre Royal Bath), The King’s Speech, Forests (Birmingham Rep), Tamburlaine
(Bristol Old Vic/ Barbican), Mine (Shared Experience). Television and film credits include Prick Thy Neighbour and Ellington.

Rhashan Stone plays Paul. Theatre credits include Our Town (Almeida), Love and Information (Royal Court), Southwark Fair, The Red Balloon (National Theatre), Henry VI parts 1, 2 & 3, Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet and Camino Real (RSC). Recent television credits include Apple Tree Yard, The A Word, Boomers, Ballot Monkeys, 24 – Live Another Day, Strikeback and film credits include Three and Out and Wondrous Oblivion.

Tony Kushner makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead following Slavs! in 1994. His other plays include the inimitable Angels in America, A Bright Room Called Day,Slavs!, Homebody/Kabul; the musical Caroline, or Change and the opera A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck. His screenplays include the Oscar nominated Lincoln and Munich. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, among other honours. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack

Michael Boyd’s recent directing credits include Right Now (Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Theatre Royal Bath and Bush Theatre London), Eugene Onegin (Garsington Opera), Tamburlaine (Broadway) which received Obie, Drama Desk, and Drama League Awards; and Orfeo (Royal Opera House/Roundhouse) which was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. His work has won many UK and international awards, including four Oliviers, and he was knighted for services to drama in 2012. Michael was the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2002-12 and the Artistic Director of the Tron Theatre in Glasgow from 1985-96.

Countdown to Ticket Sale! Tim Peake’s Experiments in Space lands at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival, in partnership with European Space Agency and UK Space Agency, presents Experiments in Space, an evening with astronauts Tim Peake and Tim Kopra at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on 17 October at 6pm. Tickets for this once in a lifetime event go on sale on the Science Festival and Usher Hall websites on Monday, 3 October at 10am

Edinburgh International Science Festival’s mission is to inspire people of all ages to discover more about the world and beyond and aims to achieve it through producing not only one of the world’s biggest science festivals but also quality educational and accessible events throughout the year.

First blood draw. Tim Peake and Tim Kopra onboard the International Space Station.

First blood draw. Tim Peake and Tim Kopra onboard the International Space Station. Credits: ESA/NASA

Simon Gage, the Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival said: “I am thrilled to be welcoming Tim Peake and his NASA colleague Tim Kopra to Edinburgh and excited that the Edinburgh International Science Festival will be presenting their event in partnership with the European Space Agency and UK Space Agency at The Usher Hall. Our aim across all the work we do is to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds with the wonders of science and technology. We are delighted to support the UK Space Agency’s education and outreach programme that has made the Principia mission so captivating and so accessible to the British public.”

Experiments in Space is part of a UK-wide tour which sees Tim Peake visiting all four UK national capitals along with Leicester, Manchester and Glasgow with his crewmate Tim Kopra joining Tim for the visits to Edinburgh, Belfast and London.

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko is unable to join the tour due to recent delay to the upcoming Soyuz launch and his role as crew trainer for the Russian cosmonauts.

Tim Peake is the first British European Space Agency astronaut, he spent over 6 months on board the International Space Station as part of the Principia mission after launching from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 15 December 2015 – an event watched by over 15,000 people in the UK.

The UK public followed the Principia mission with a lot of interest visible on not only on the mission’s website but also on social media – Tim now has over 1M followers on Twitter, making him the most followed ESA astronaut! As part of the Principia mission, the UK Space Agency invested over £3M in the biggest education and outreach initiative ever undertaken for an ESA astronaut with over a million young people having already taken part.

Apart from the UK tour, Tim Peake will also be appearing at the University of Portsmouth on 2 November and the University of York on 5 November for public talks as part of the UK Space Agency’s Schools Conferences.

Tim Peake said: “I’ve been extremely touched by the support of the British public before, during and after my mission to the ISS and I hope that my post-flight tour will allow me to thank as many of those people as possible.

“I received the footage of the launch parties that were held in the four capitals a couple of days after I arrived in space so now I will be able to attend in person to join in with the celebrations.”

Rebecca Evernden, Director of Policy at the UK Space Agency said: “The Principia mission has been a huge success and the British public have followed it all the way. We’re delighted that Tim, along with his NASA colleague Tim Kopra, will be touring the UK giving their own perspective on their time on the ISS.

“We hope that the tour builds on the fantastic educational and outreach programme that the UK Space Agency has made part of his mission.”

Robert Delamere is appointed Chair of the Board of English Touring Theatre

Today English Touring Theatre announces Robert Delamere as its new Chair of the Board.  He begins the role with immediate effect and takes over from Greg Parston who steps down after five years as Chair.

Robert Delamere

Robert Delamere

On accepting the role, Robert Delamere said, “It’s a privilege to take over as chairman of English Touring Theatre at such an exciting time for the company. With the appointment of Richard Twyman the company has an Artistic Director of exceptional talent and capacity, whose work in the theatre has become a hallmark of innovation and internationalism. His vision for ETT is both an intelligent continuity and a brilliant step into the future. I look forward to working with him and building on the exemplary work of both Rachel Tackley and former chairman, Greg Parston who have left the company in such good health.’

Richard Twyman, Artistic Director of ETT, said today ‘I am thrilled that Robert Delamere has been appointed Chair of English Touring Theatre. Robert is an exceptional creative leader – a true innovator whose work across multiple arts disciplines has been defined by his dynamic energy, artistic vision and grace. We are extremely lucky to have someone with Robert’s extensive experience of the cultural and social landscape of the UK as Chair and I look forward to working alongside him to shape the future of ETT.’

Outgoing Chairman Greg Parston commented, ‘Robert Delamere takes over as chair of English Touring Theatre as it moves on to a new chapter in its own life. The timing could not be better with the recent appointment of Richard Twyman as Artistic Director, after eight years of Rachel Tackley’s creative direction. Robert brings great knowledge of the industry – both traditional and pioneering – and strong commitment to good governance. ETT will continue to grow as the nation’s leading touring company under the direction of this new leadership duo.’

 Robert Delamere currently works with Slams Films as an Executive Producer developing projects across film and television. In May 2016 he was announced by Creative Review as one of the UK’s top 50 Creative Leaders. He is also the co-founder of Digital Theatre and Digital Theatre Plus, respectively the world’s leading performing arts and arts education platforms, for which he has directed all 30 of their live captures of theatre and opera productions, including The Old Vic’s The Crucible, the Almeida’s Ghosts, David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Much Ado About Nothing, Glasgow Citizens/Tricycle Theatre production of Sam Shepard’s True Westand most recently Sherman Theatre’s Iphigenia In Splott. He continues to work as a consultant Creative Director for Digital Theatre and serves on the board.

As a critically acclaimed theatre, television director and opera director, Delamere has directed over 40 productions including Accidental Death of an Anarchist and In A Little World of Our Own (Donmar Warehouse), The Force of Change (Royal Court), In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Hampstead Theatre), Shoot The Crow (Trafalgar Studios) and A Russian in the Woods (RSC).

Delamere was formerly Creative Director of Amnesty International where he oversaw all their media output and cultural events including the 60th UNDHR anniversary project, where 30 of the world’s leading writers were commissioned to produce short stories based on the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, subsequently published under the title ‘Freedom’. He is a patron of the National Youth Arts Trust.


English Touring Theatre is one of the UK’s most successful and exciting production companies, widely regarded as England’s national theatre of touring. The company works with leading artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences throughout the UK and overseas; theatre that is thrilling, popular and, above all, entertaining. Current productions include Terence Rattigan’s French without Tears, a co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre, and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, a co-production with Sheffield Theatres, which both tour from September.  Next year, they produce the first tour of Jessica Swale’s Olivier Award winning play Nell Gwynn, starring Laura Pitt-Pulford, and the world première of Sandi Toksvig’s comedy Silver Lining.

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Rafe Spall joins the cast of “Hedda Gabler” alongside Kyle Soller and with Ruth Wilson in the title role

Rafe Spall joins the cast of “Hedda Gabler” alongside Kyle Soller and with Ruth Wilson in the title role.

Tickets go on public sale today for the National Theatre’s September – February season.

Ivo van Hove, one of the world’s most exciting directors, makes his National Theatre debut with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.  Hedda Gabler previews from 5 December in the Lyttelton Theatre.  Press night is 12 December.  The production will continue in repertoire with additional performances to be announced.

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler © Lea Nielson

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

In this vital new version by Patrick Marber (Three Days in the CountryThe Red Lion), Ruth Wilson (LutherThe Affair) returns to the NT to play the title role alongside a cast which includes Rafe Spall (Constellations) Chukwudi Iwuji, currently playing Hamlet for the Public Theater in New York, Kate Duchêne, Éva Magyar, Sinéad Matthews and Kyle Soller, who is currently appearing as Francis in the BBC’s Poldark.   The production will have set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons.

Hedda Gabler will be broadcast by NT Live to cinemas around the world on 9 March with encore performances from 23 March.

Hedda Gabler is supported by the Williams Charitable Trust.

JERSEY BOYS to close in London 26 March 2017

One of London’s best loved musicals, JERSEY BOYS, will close at the Piccadilly Theatre on Sunday 26 March 2017 following nine amazing years in London.  JERSEY BOYS is currently the sixth longest musical running in the West End.  The producers are very proud that London has taken the show to its heart and they are equally delighted to announce that a second national tour of JERSEY BOYS will open in December 2017.

JERSEY BOYS  London Cast 2016

London Cast 2016

Producer Michael David said, “When we brought JERSEY BOYS here nine years ago, we hoped it was a good idea and that West End audiences would embrace it, but you never imagine it’ll multiply and resonate as much as it has.  We couldn’t be more proud of the cast and crew who gave their all every night, and are profoundly grateful to the audiences who returned that energy without fail.  Our time in London has been extraordinary, and we hope audiences around the UK will continue to embrace JERSEY BOYS as we bring the show to their hometowns.”

JERSEY BOYS first opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 18 March 2008 and moved to the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2014.  The first UK and Irish Tour of JERSEY BOYS was a record-breaking success and ran for 18 months, from 4 September 2014 to 5 March 2016. The second national tour will open at the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham in December 2017.

The London cast of JERSEY BOYS is led by Matt Corner as Frankie Valli, Simon Bailey as Tommy DeVito, Declan Egan as Bob Gaudio and Matt Hunt as Nick Massi.  Dayle Hodge plays the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances.  Also in the cast are Nicola Brazil, Stuart Dawes, Willemijn de Vries, Mark Dugdale, Leanne Garretty, Lucinda Gill, Nicky Griffiths, Will Haswell, Mark Heenehan, Mark Isherwood, Ben Jennings, Joe Maxwell, Nathaniel Morrison, Dan O’Brien, Chris Stoddart, Helen Ternent and Ben Wheeler.

JERSEY BOYS is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks.  These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30.  The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’SherryWalk Like A ManDecember, 1963 (Oh What a Night)Big Girls Don’t CryMy Eyes Adored YouLet’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got)Bye Bye BabyCan’t Take My Eyes Off YouWorking My Way Back to YouFallen AngelRag Doll and Who Loves You.

Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, JERSEY BOYS is the winner of 57 major awards worldwide and has been seen by over 23 million people worldwide.  As well as still running on Broadway and in the West End, JERSEY BOYS can be seen across the United States on its US National Tour and has just completed a record-breaking run in Las Vegas.

JERSEY BOYS is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.  The London production is staged by the entire original Broadway creative team, led by director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, with scenic design by Klara Zieglerova, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and projection design by Michael Clark.  The orchestrations are by Steve Orich and the music supervision and vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose.

JERSEY BOYS is produced in London by the Dodgers, with Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, in association with Latitude Link, Rick Steiner, and a small clutch of UK colleagues.



Piccadilly Theatre

16 Denman Street

London W1D 7DY


Booking until Sunday 26 March 2017


Performances:  Tuesdays – Saturdays at 7.30pmTuesday & Saturday matinees at 3.00pm, Sundays at 5.00pm




Monday 19 December             No Performance

Tuesday 20 December            3.00pm & 7.30pm

Wednesday 21 December       7.30pm

Thursday 22 December           7.30pm

Friday 23 December                7.30pm

Saturday 24 December            3.00pm

Sunday 25 December              No performance

Monday 26 December             No performance

Tuesday 27 December            3.00pm & 7.30pm

Wednesday 28 December       3.00pm & 7.30pm

Thursday 29 December           3.00pm & 7.30pm

Friday 30 December                7.30pm

Saturday 31 December            3.00pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 1 January                    5.00pm


Tickets from £24.50


Box Office:  0844 871 7630





ice&fire announces full cast for World premiere of The Island Nation

ice&fire today announces the full company for the world première of The Island Nation, written by its Artistic Director Christine Bacon.  Ria Parry directs Claire DargoAyesha DharkerBally GillClive HaywardNikki Patel and Neran Persaud in the production which opens at the Arcola Theatre on 28 October, with previews from the 26 October, and runs until 19 November 2016.

The Island Nation

The Island Nation

‘The world does not care. The world doesn’t even know. There are European tourists sipping cocktails right now on the beaches in the south, who have no idea what’s happening in the north.’

Sri Lanka, 2009. A 26-year civil war between the government and the Tamil Tigers is coming to an end. The United Nations, the media and all independent witnesses are banned from entering the war zone.

Nila, a young Tamil woman, is trapped in rebel-held territory. Rebecca, a British aid worker, is desperate to get her out. Erik, a Norwegian politician, thinks he has a plan for peace. But nothing is certain – and nobody is safe.

Be transported to the heart of Sri Lanka to discover the shocking truths, and the extraordinary human sides, of the biggest unreported war story of our time.

Christine Bacon joined ice&fire in 2006 and in 2010 she was appointed as Artistic Director. Under her direction ice&fire was shortlisted for the prestigious Liberty (Arts) Award for its contribution to building a human rights culture in the UK. In 2006 she founded Actors for Human Rights, which has brought together more than 700 professional actors united together in activism and inspired a similar network in Germany. Her other works include Rendition Monologues, The Illegals, Even if We Lose Our Lives and On The Record, the latter of which she co-wrote with Noah Birksted-Breen and which was directed by Michael Longhurst at the Arcola in 2011. She is a leading proponent of the collection and presentation of first hand testimony of human rights stories and her work has been seen at venues such as Southbank Centre, Soho Theatre and Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney.

Claire Dargo plays Rebecca. Her theatre credits include Horizontal Collaboration and Zorro (Traverse Theatre), The Life of Stuff (Theatre503), Crackers (Belgrade Theatre), Iron (Scottish tour), The Duchess of Malfi (Royal & Derngate), Crush (Tron Theatre), She Stoops To Conquer, Wild Honey and Outlying Islands(Pitlochry Festival Theatre) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Royal Bath). For television her credits include ShetlandCatastrophe and Phil’s Ill.

 Ayesha Dharker plays Chandrika/Jenny. Her theatre credits include Arabian Nights, OthelloA Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Anita and Me (Birmingham Rep and Theatre Royal Stratford East), Dr Faustus (Bristol Old Vic), Bombay Dreams (West End and Broadway) and The Ramayana (National Theatre/Birmingham REP).  For television her credits include Indian Summers, Critical, The Indian Doctor, Little Crackers, Coronation Street (as series regular Tara Mandal), Doctor Who, Bodies, Waking the Dead, Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee and A Mouthful of Sky; and for film, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the ClonesAnita and MeArabian NightsRed Alert: The War Within, Mad Sad & Bad, Loins of Punjab Presents, Outsourced, Colour Me Kubrick, The Mistress of Spices.

Bally Gill plays Nick/Sanath. His theatre credits include Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Foot Soldier and Always Orange (The Other Place), Dinner with Saddam (Menier Chocolate Factory) and A Local Boy (UK tour).  For television his credits include NW.

Clive Hayward plays Erik. His theatre credits include Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre), Ducktastic! (Albery Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham’s Theatre), Yes Prime Minister (Trafalgar Studios), FrogsOh! What A Lovely WarEarthquakes in London (National Theatre), Dr Heart, Cyrano De Bergerac, Private Lives(Manchester Royal Exchange), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory) and Twelfth Night(Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). For television, his credits include The Windsors, Utopia, Law and Order, Prime Suspect, Afterlife and Silent Witness; and for film, Melody and Private Peaceful.

Nikki Patel plays Nila. Her theatre credits include Future Conditional (The Old Vic) and Romeo and Juliet(Garrick Theatre).  For television, her credits include series regular Amber in Coronation Street and The Five.

 Neran Persaud plays Balasingham/KP. His theatre credits include Dr Blighty (Brighton Festival), Made in England (Birmingham Rep), Papa Was a Bus Conductor (Oval Theatre), Bad Company (Theatre Mayfest Glasgow), Kings, Curse of the Dead Dog, How’s your Skull, Does it Fit? (Harrow Arts Centre) and The Fighting Kite (Theatre Royal Stratford East). For television his credits include Waking the Dead; and for film, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Three Kings, The Wisdom of Crocodiles and Wild West. 

Ria Parry is Joint Director of Iron Shoes. Her directing credits include Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern (Out of Joint, national tour), Bike (Salisbury Playhouse), Albion (Bush Theatre), The Girl Who Never Looked Up(National Theatre), On Golden Pond (Salisbury Playhouse), The Winter’s Tale Reimagined (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Dr Korczak’s Example (Unicorn Theatre), Tales of Winter (Southbank Centre) and Fen by Caryl Churchill (Finborough Theatre). In association with Iron Shoes, Parry directed the sell-out UK tour of the critically acclaimed Mad About The Boy by Gbolahan Obisesan and the Scotsman Fringe First award-winningCrush by Paul Charlton. She was also awarded the Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Directors in 2010, becoming Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio.

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Director: Ria Parry; Designer: James Button

Video Design: Louise Rhoades-Brown; Lighting: Katy Morison; Sound: Harry Blake

 Arcola Theatre                                                                                                                                          Listings

24 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL

Box Office: 020 7503 1646

Twitter: @arcolatheatre

Performance times:

Mondays – Saturdays at 8pm

Saturday matinees at 3:30pm

Standard price: £17

Concessions: £14

Opening performances (26/27 October): £12

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport

TRAILER RELEASED – Paines Plough – Broken Biscuits // 5-22 October Live Theatre, Newcastle and UK Tour

The trailer for Paines Plough’s forthcoming UK Tour of ‘Broken Biscuits’ by Tom Wells– billed as “A funny and heart-warming coming-of-age story about three teenagers who decide to form a band.” – is now on internet and it’s a suitably lively affair.
Here’s the trailer (there’s a good bit where someone yells “Losers!”)

A funny and heart-warming coming-of-age story about three teenagers who decide to form a band, the production begins at Live Theatre, Newcastle before embarking on a UK tour visiting Plymouth, Hull, Scarborough, Sheffield, Bristol and Birmingham. Faye ChristallGrace Hogg-Robinson and Andrew Reed will star in the production; Paines Plough held nationwide open auditions and cast Faye and Andrew from their search and Grace will be making her professional stage debut.

You can read about Broken Biscuits’ casting  HERE

Aladdin at Lyric Hammersmith Announce Full Cast

The Lyric Hammersmith today announces full casting for its Christmas show, Aladdin. The Lyric’s annual panto returns when Aladdin flies into Hammersmith on his magic carpet for some festive fun in true Lyric style. Fresh for 2016, the show will be full of colourful characters, live music, lots of laughs and of course the magical Genie.

Award-winning comedian, Vikki Stone will play Abanazer joining Karl Queensborough who returns to the Lyric stage as Aladdin after playing the Prince in last year’s Lyric panto, Cinderella. The Lyric will also continue its commitment to nurturing young talent with a six strong young ensemble.

Karl Queensborough as Aladdin and Vicky Stone as Abanazar

Karl Queensborough as Aladdin and Vicky Stone as Abanazar © Jay Brooks

Joel Horwood will pick up the reins again to write this year’s panto and Ellen McDougall, newly appointed as Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre also returns to direct, alongside other members of last year’s creative team, Oliver Townsend (Set Design), Corin Buckeridge (Musical Composition) and Lainie Baird (Choreography).

As part of the Lyric’s commitment to the local community, they will provide 2,000 free tickets to Aladdin for Hammersmith & Fulham schools. They will also provide a relaxed performance for the first time for panto after the success of the one they presented for Bugsy Malone.

Allyson Ava-Brown plays Jasmine
Theatre credits include: The Quiet House (Birmingham Rep/Park Theatre); Etienne Sisters, Beauty & The Beast, Crowning Glory, Jack & The Beanstalk, Martina Cole’s Dangerous Lady (Theatre Royal Stratford East); In Bed (London Theatre Workshop); Snakes And Ladders (UK Tour); Puss In Boots (Hackney Empire); Les Miserables (Queens Theatre); The Swallowing Dark (Liverpool Playhouse/Theatre503) The Wiz (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Television credits include: Doctors, Casualty, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Bear Behaving Badly, The Wrong Door, Basil Brush Show, Eastenders, Sea Of Souls, Kerching! and Holby City.
Allyson has recently been nominated for Best Performance for Etienne Sisters in the UK Theatre Awards.

James Doherty plays Widow Twankey
Theatre credits include: London Road, NT:50 (National Theatre); Eventide (Arcola); Beyond Caring, (UK/European Tour); Chicago (Garrick); Marguerite (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Les Miserables (Palace Theatre); Kiss Me Kate (Royal Albert Hall); God Of Carnage (Northampton Theatre Royal); Teenage Kicks (Edinburgh Festival); Teechers (Haymarket); House & Garden (Harrogate Theatre); Gangster No 1, Harlequinade and Separate Tables (King’s Head).
Film and television credits include: London Road, In The Loop, The Forgotten, Backbeat. Veep, The Thick Of It, Him & Her The Wedding, Rev, Miranda, Delicious, From The Cradle To The Grave, The Job Lot, Top Coppers, Endeavour, Ambassadors, Boomers, The IT Crowd, Phoneshop, Count Arthur Strong, A Touch Of Cloth, Mongrels, Katy Brand Show, Todd Margaret, Watson & Oliver, Small Potatoes, The Jury, The Royal, Peak Practice, Footballers Wives, Is Harry on The Boat, Eastenders, Coronation Street, Waterloo Road, Casualty, Holby City, Doctors and The Bill.

Arthur McBain plays Wishy Washy
Theatre credits include: Dunsinane (RSC/National Theatre of Scotland/US Tour), Elexion, Victory, The State We’re In (Theatre503) and Life On A Plum (Soho Theatre).
Film and television credits include: Warlords, Blue Eyes and The Dog Thrower.
Arthur is also a children’s book author.

Malinda Parris plays Genie
Theatre credits include: The Light Princess, Caroline, Or Change (National Theatre); Robin Hood (Mayflower); Little Shop Of Horrors (Wolsey Theatre); Anansi Trades Places (Talawa Theatre); Parade (Donmar Warehouse) and Footloose (UK Tour).
Film credits include: Caught In A Trap.

Karl Queensborough plays Aladdin
For the Lyric: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brisbane Festival/Dublin Theatre Festival), Cinderella (2015), Morning (also Traverse), Depth Charge (with Gecko) Identity Crisis, The First Thing That Ever Ever Happened (with Peepolykus) Jack and the Beanstalk (2009), Dick Whittington (2010).
Other theatre credits include: A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre); The Machine Stops (York Theatre Royal/UK Tour); Only The Brave (The Musical) (Wales Millennium Centre); Igniting, Out Of Reach (Frantic Assembly) and 365 (National Theatre Of Scotland).
Film and television credits include: Casualty, Sniggers With Attitude, Wednesday’s Child and Sex, Lies & DVD’s.
Karl trained at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and was runner-up for the Carleton Hobbs Bursary 2015.

Dale Rapley plays Emperor
For the Lyric: A Christmas Carol
Other theatre credits include: King John (Rose Theatre Kingston); Richard III (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse); Wicked (UK Tour); Larisa & The Merchants, Professor Bernhardi (Arcola); Hello Dolly! (Leicester Curve); The Merchant of Venice & Holding Fire (Shakespeare’s Globe); Heartbreak House (Palace, Watford); Mamma Mia! (Novello); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, High Society (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC) and Six Characters Looking for an Author (Young Vic).
Film & television credits include: Silent Witness, Poirot, Spooks, Doctors, Aquila, EastEnders, Casualty; Mein Prinz, Mein König and Paper Mask.

Vikki Stone plays Abanazer
Television credits include: Uncle, The John Bishop Show, The Funny Thing About…, Ten Pieces, Safe Word and Titch and Ted.
Radio credits include: Proms Unplucked, The Now Show, Essential Classics.
Vikki is a multi-award-winning comedian, actress and musician. Vikki trained at The Royal Academy of Music.

Cast: Allyson Ava-Brown (Jasmine), James Doherty (Widow Twankey), Arthur McBain (Wishy Washy), Malinda Parris (Genie), Karl Queensborough (Aladdin), Dale Rapley (Emperor) and Vikki Stone (Abanazer).

Young Ensemble: Cyrus Barghchi, Madeline Charlemagne, Amber Edwards, David Fieller, Isabella Shaw and Violet Vincent

Joel Horwood
For the Lyric: Secret Theatre:A Stab in the Dark, A Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts, Cinderella (co-written with Morgan Lloyd Malcolm 2012) and Dick Whittington (co-written with Morgan Lloyd Malcolm 2010).

Other theatre credits include: I Want My Hat Back (National Theatre); The Little Mermaid (Bristol Old Vic Theatre); The Planet And Stuff (Polka Theatre); I Heart Peterborough (Soho Theatre); The Count Of Monte Cristo (West Yorkshire Playhouse); I Caught Crabs In Walberswick (The Pleasance/UK Tour/The Bush); Is Everyone OK? (Latitude Festival/UK Tour); Stoopud Fucken Animals (Traverse Theatre); Food (Traverse Theatre) and Mikey the Pikey (The Pleasance/UK tour).

Ellen McDougall
For the Lyric: Cinderella (2015), Secret Theatre: GlitterlandOther theatre credits include: The Remains of Maisie Duggan (The Abbey Theatre); The Rolling Stone (Manchester Royal Exchange/ Orange Tree Theatre); The Glass Menagerie (West Yorkshire Playhouse/UK Tour); Anna Karenina, Idomeneus (Gate Theatre); Spring Awakening (RWCMD); Henry the Fifth, Nutcracker, Not Now Bernard, Antigone/Philoctetes (Unicorn Theatre); Telling Tales (Almeida Theatre); Ivan and the Dogs nominated for an Olivier Award 2011 (ATC/Soho Theatre/Rustaveli Theatre); A Kind of Alaska JMK Award Runner Up (BAC).
Ellen has recently been named Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre. She was formerly Associate Director at the Gate Theatre (2012-13) and Associate Artist at ATC (2009-11). She trained as an assistant to Katie Mitchell, Marianne Elliott and Bijan Sheibani and was Director in Residence at the NT Studio. She received an Arts Council International Development Award 2012 and the Runner Up Prize for the JMK Award 2008.

Written by                                               Joel Horwood

Directed by                                              Ellen McDougall

Set Design                                               Oliver Townsend

Costume Design                                     Jean Chan

Lighting                                                   Tim Deiling

Composed & arranged by                    Corin Buckeridge

Sound                                                       Andy Graham

Choreography                                         Lainie Baird

Musical Direction                                  Benjamin Holder

Casting                                                     Will Burton CDG