Sam Bailey and Elaine C Smith to star in the brand new stage musical Fat Friends -The Musical

Sam Bailey
Sam Bailey

Sam Bailey

Number one recording artist Sam Bailey, who rose to fame winning the tenth series of The X Factor, will join the previously announced Jodie Prenger in the original British musical Fat Friends – The Musical. Sam will share the much loved role of Betty, originated on screen by Alison Steadman, with award-winning comedian and actress Elaine C Smith (Two Doors Down, Rab C Nesbitt). Elaine will step into the role during three Scottish dates in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

The award winning TV drama has been adapted for the stage by it’s creator and one of the UK’s most prolific writers, Kay Mellor, whose extensive television credits include hit series of Band of Gold, The Chase, The Syndicate, In the Club and whose stage credits include A Passionate Woman. The award-winning Jodie Prenger will lead the company in the beloved role of Kelly Stevenson with further casting to be announced.

Produced by Joshua Andrews and Adam Spiegel, with original music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber, Fat Friends – The Musical will open at Leeds Grand Theatre in November ahead of an extensive UK tour, visiting Bromley, Newcastle, Hull, Southampton, Sheffield, Southend, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Dartford, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Glasgow, Bradford, Aberdeen and Blackpool.

Jodie Prenger

Jodie Prenger

Sam Bailey shot into the hearts of the nation in 2013, when the former Prison Officer won ITV’s The X Factor and reached Christmas number one with her first single, ‘Skyscraper’. She has gone on to receive public acclaim for her role as Mama Morton in the recent UK tour of Chicago.

Sam Bailey said “I’m absolutely delighted to have been cast as Betty in Fat Friends – The Musical. I loved the show when it was on ITV and I feel so honoured to be working with such a talented group of people. I know I am going to learn so much from Kay and Nicholas and I can’t wait to start rehearsals.

Elaine C Smith said “I’ve always loved Kay Mellor’s writing and work and have been a fan for years – so the chance to work on this musical version based on a TV series that I loved was just too good to miss. Kay’s writing and portrayal of women along with her great ability to tell a cracking story that moves and touches people as well as making them laugh is so good and evident in great series like The Syndicate, In the Cluband the iconic Band of Gold – so her work is what all actors want to be involved in – and with great music too – what’s not to like! I know audiences will love this and I am really looking forward to being involved in such a great production.”

Elaine C Smith

Elaine C Smith

Kay Mellor said “I was absolutely delighted when we announced Jodie Prenger would lead the cast for Fat Friends – The Musical, she’s the perfect fit to bring Kelly to life on stage and I can’t wait to see her in action. It fills me with pride to know that the musical will be seen by audiences across the nation with such a talented cast.

“I watched every episode of The X Factor when Sam was in it, because to me she was an ordinary woman. A mother and a wife who had the voice of an angel and a wonderfully warm personality. It was one of those rare times that I actually picked up the phone and voted. I auditioned Sam for about one minute for Fat Friends the Musical – as soon as she said my words and I looked in her eyes, I knew that she understood the character of Betty. She is an instinctive actress that will bring great depth and warmth to the character.

“I first saw Elaine in Rab C Nesbit and thought she was absolutely hilarious and a genius. I saw her again when she was in the West End with my daughter Gaynor in Calendar Girls and, in fact, she came to my OBE celebration dinner! It was a complete pleasure to finally work with her in my TV series The Syndicate, and now it’s an absolute delight to work with her on stage as she plays our Superslimmer finalist and Mother of the Bride during the Scottish dates of our tour.”

With original music and songs composed by Nicholas Lloyd Webber, designed by Bretta Gerecke, musical supervision, orchestrations and arrangements from Simon Lee, sound design by two time Olivier Award winning Gareth Owen and lighting design from Tony Award nominated Nick Richings, Fat Friends – The Musical, sees the nation’s favourite group of dieters reunited as this new show bursts on to the stage.

The ‘weight’ is over; Packed full of warmth, life and weight loss, this brand new stage show reunites our favourite foodie friends in an original musical bulging with hopes, humour and heart. Join the infamous group of loveable characters as they are put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super Slimmer’s by the lovelorn Lauren whilst Kelly fantasises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams. Fat Friends offers a generous serving of hilarious fun with a sprinkle of romance on top!

Fat Friends hit television screens in October 2000, following the lives of a group of overweight friends as they struggle with the absurdities of modern dieting. Running for five years on ITV, the show starred Alison Steadman, Gaynor Faye and Lisa Riley and launched the careers of James Corden and Ruth Jones. Written by Kay Mellor, the show was nominated for multiple awards including the BAFTA for Best Drama Series.

Online: www.fatfriendsthemusical.com
Twitter: @FatFriendsShow
#FatFriendsOnTour

Biographies

Sam Bailey is an internationally renowned singer who rose to fame when she won the tenth series of The X Factor in 2013. Her debut single ‘Skyscraper’, reached Christmas number one and her debut album The Power of Love stormed to the top of the UK album charts in 2014. She had her West Debut in Sam Bailey: Live in the West End, performing her favourite songs from musicals to a sold out Lyric theatre. Other theatre roles include starring in Dick Whittington(Waterside Theatre) in 2015 playing Fairy Bowbells and playing the major role of Mama Morton in the national UK tour of hit blockbuster Chicago in 2016. Sam is currently enjoying a UK tour of ‘Sing My Heart Out’ following the release of her eponymous album last year.

Elaine C Smith is one of Scotland’s best known entertainers. For over 30 years, as an actress and comedian, she has worked extensively in radio, television, film and theatre. She is perhaps best known for her enduring portrayal of Mary Nesbitt in the ten series of the BBC2 hit sitcom Rab C Nesbitt. More recently, Elaine has starred as Christine in the BBC 2 show Two Doors Down which will return for a third series later in the year and Burdz Eye View for STV which won Elaine an RTS Award for On Screen Personality. Elaine has toured the UK in a large number of hit stage productions , such asAnnie, Calendar Girls and the Susan Boyle musical I Dreamed a Dream, which she co-wrote with Alan McHugh. She recently performed in Chloe Moss’ play This Wide Night directed by David Greig at the Tron Theatre and appeared in Alan Bissetts sellout run of The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant about the referendum at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014.

Elaine has been awarded two Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Dundee and Glasgow and is a passionate charity worker and political campaigner.

Jodie Prenger is currently touring the UK in Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine. Jodie landed the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival production of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane after winning BBC 1’s I’d Do Anything.  She won the 2010 WhatsOnStage Theatregoer’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. She then went on to play The Lady of The Lake in the Spamalot UK tour and in the West End at the Playhouse Theatre, and Dolly in the National Theatre’s production of One Man Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. 2015 saw Jodie star in the title role of Calamity Jane on the UK No. 1 Tour. Christmas 2015 saw Jodie playing Miss Hannigan in Annie at the New Theatre, Oxford and then early 2016 saw her starring in the new UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s one woman show Tell Me On A Sunday. Jodie has recently just finished Les Misérables as Madame Thénardier in Dubai and returned to panto as Fairy Bow Bells in Dick Whittington at Birmingham Hippodrome.

As an actress, television work includes Jamie Johnson for CBBC, Citizen Khan, Casualty, Wizards vs Aliens, Candy Cabs and Waterloo Road, all for BBC1.

As a presenter on TV, Jodie’s work includes Top Dog for BBC Sports Relief, the BBC 1’s Long Live Britain! exploring the effects of Diabetes and the importance of testing, and Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2013 in which she came second! She has had her own regular slot on ITV1’s This Morning. Prior to this she was a guest on ITV2’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here NOW!  Jodie led the search to find a Toto for a gala performance of The Wizard of Oz through BBC1’s Over The Rainbow and she was a regular presenter of The Midweek National Lottery.

Other television appearances include Strictly Come DancingPointless, Justin’s House, Food FactoryThe ChaseDaybreakLorraineBargain Hunt Children In Need Special, Let’s Do Lunch With Gino and Mel, Born to Shine, Sing If You Can, The One Show, Saturday Kitchen, It Takes TwoThe Hairy BikersThe Alan Titchmarsh Show, The Michael Ball ShowThe David Dickinson ShowQVC, BBC’s School Choir of the Year 2010GMTVDaily Cook’s ChallengeLoose WomenChildren In NeedGuesstimationAs Seen On TVAll Star Family FortunesTonight’s the Night and New Year’s Eve Live 2008.

Jodie has guest presented for Elaine Paige and Paul O’Grady on many occassions with BBC Radio 2.  Other BBC Radio 2 appearances include Wogan, co-hosting Going Out With Alan Carr, Chris Evans’ Breakfast ShowThe Olivier Awards 2010 and Children in Need 2009 with Graham Norton.

She toured with John Barrowman on his 2010 and 2011 UK Tours and can be heard singing So Close with him on his self-titled album. Her concert appearances for BBC Radio 2 include Thank You for the MusicThe Friday Night Is Music Night James Bond Special, The Friday is Music Night King’s Lynn Festival Special and The Andrew Lloyd Webber 60th Birthday Party.  Other concerts include The RAF Benevolent Fund Gala, and Bryn Terfel’s annual Faenol Festival in North Wales.  She recorded ‘In The Mood’ for The Very Best of Glenn Miller album.

Readers of TV Times voted Jodie their Favourite Reality TV Star of 2008. Jodie’s weight loss DVD, Jodie’s Fitness Blasts was launched exclusively by QVC on New Year’s Day 2014.

Kay Mellor OBE is a Leeds born and bred Writer, Director and Actress best known for her work on several successful and groundbreaking drama series’ including Fat Friends, Band of Gold, The Syndicate and In The Club. She is also well known for her stage version of A Passionate Woman, which played in the West End and is still touring to this day both nationally and internationally.

Kay attended Bretton Hall College and graduated with a BA Hons degree in 1983.  After finishing her studies, she formed Yorkshire Theatre Company, where she wrote and performed in Paul – Won Best New Play in the National Student Drama Festival – Climbing Out and Mates, and performed in Brecht’s Man is Man. Kay also played Dr Baker in The Practice, PC Kershaw in Albion Market and Mrs Butterworth in All Creatures Great and Small. She then began working for Granada Television, working on their hugely popular soap opera Coronation Street, the most watched programme on the ITV network. In 1989 she also wrote many episodes for the popular Channel 4 soap opera Brookside.

Kay wrote for the anthology drama series Dramarama, before in 1988 co-creating the long running children’s drama Children’s Ward with her Coronation Street colleague Paul Abbott. The series was awarded Best Children’s Drama by the Royal Television Society in 1995, and won Best Children’s Drama in the 1997 BAFTA Awards. She also created the soap opera Families (1990-1993) and wrote and starred in four series’ of the family show Just Us (1990 – 1994) which, amongst other accolades, was awarded Best Children’s TV programme by the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

Since then, Kay has written a host of highly-acclaimed and popular television drama serials including: Two series’ of Band of Gold (1995, Royal Television Society Best Network Programme and ITV Programme Of The Year); Five series’ of Playing the Field (1998, twice BAFTA nominated for Best Drama Series); Four Series’ of Fat Friends (2000, twice BAFTA nominated and James Corden nominated for The Royal Television Society Network Newcomer in 2001, as well as winning various TV industry awards for Best Drama), Between the Sheets (2003), Strictly Confidential (2006), The Chase (2006), A Passionate Woman (2010, nominated for a Royal Television Society Award), The Syndicate (2012-2015, nominated for various Royal Television Society awards) and In The Club (2014-16).

Outside of television, Kay has written a number of feature films including: Girls Night starring Julie Walters, Brenda Blethyn and Kris Kristofferson (1998, won the Audience Prize at the Sundance Film Festival); In 1999 she both wrote and directed the feature film Fanny and Elvis, starring Ray Winstone, which won the Audience Prize at the Dinard British Film Festival, amongst others; and one off drama Some Kind of Life which was BAFTA nominated and won the Prix Niki Award.

In her parallel career as a television actress, Kay has appeared in her own adaptation of Jane Eyre (1997) and in other series such as the comedy drama Stan the Man (2002), A Good Thief (2002) and Gifted (2003). On stage, Kay has acted in Three Girls in Blue and she wrote and starred in the one-woman show Queen at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Kay was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter Award in 1997 for Outstanding Writing for Television. She was appointed an OBE in the 2009 Birthday Honours, and in 2014 she was awarded the Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Contribution to Writing. Kay received a Fellowship for significant contribution to television from the Royal Television Society in November 2016.

Kay most recently wrote and directed Series 2 of In the Club, which aired in Spring 2016, and she is currently writing for various new projects including a lifelong dream of hers to create the musical version of Fat Friends.           

 

Nicholas Lloyd Webber is a composer, songwriter and record producer who has been making music all his life. He has garnered international attention for everything from the release of his own records to scoring for film and television and, in more recent years, theatre. Nicholas has worked alongside James D. Reid to write the music, book and lyrics for the musical spectacular The Little Prince, which premiered at Theatre Calgary followed by a full symphonic version at the Abu Dhabi Festival with the Heritage Orchestra in 2016 to rave reviews. He has also scored music for the Oxford Shakespeare Company’s productions of Twelfth Night, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and Love’s Labour’s Lost. His film and television credits include Mr Invisible (2013), Homecoming (2003) and Mon Amour Mon Parapluie (2001) along with many advertising campaigns.

He is also currently working on writing a series of classical pieces for chamber ensemble to be recorded as an album later in 2017.

Nick has also released records as a solo artist under the name Archangel, played on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6 Music, Channel 4, E4 and NME TV. He is the composer on Kay Mellor’s forthcoming BBC1 drama Love, Lies and Records.
Bretta Gerecke is an international award-winning Set, Lighting and Costume Designer who works in Theatre, Musicals, Circus and Opera. She is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre (Canada) where she creates and tours new work throughout the world.  Bretta designs for companies such as The RSC, Cirque du Soleil, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Edmonton Opera, Vancouver Opera and The National Arts Centre. She is the recipient of over twenty-five awards including a nomination for the Lucille Lortel Award (costume design Off – Broadway) and three times short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize. Last year she represented Canada in Prague at the Scenography Quadrennial and her costume designs were exhibited in Moscow and Beijing.  She is a marathon runner and continues her work as an Archaeological Illustrator.
Simon Lee’s theatre credits includes, as music supervisor and/or orchestrator: The Little Prince (both its theatre premiere in Canada, and its symphonic concert premiere in Abu Dhabi); Grey Gardens; Grand Hotel(Southwark Playhouse); Tell Me on a Sunday (Duchess / Gielgud); Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory); Love Never Dies; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Evita (Adelphi); The Woman in White(Palace and Broadway); The Sound of Music (Palladium); The Beautiful Game (Cambridge); Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway and globally) and Romance Romance (Gielgud). He is also the music supervisor on The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium 2017) and The Braille Legacy (Charing Cross Theatre 2017), for which he is also the orchestrator.

Film, as conductor and music supervisor: the yet to be released Broadway 4DThe Phantom of the Opera (3 Academy Award nominations, including best song, for which Simon composed the orchestration); Bjork: Vespertine Live at the Royal Opera House; Jesus Christ Superstar (International Emmy Award); Cats.

Recording: has conducted around 50 albums ranging from the more classical (Jose Carreras, Sarah Chang), through musical theatre (Elaine Paige, Maria Friedman, Michael Ball), to pop/rock (Primal Scream, Boyzone). Also many soundtracks and cast albums.

Simon has conducted many of the world’s greatest orchestras, from the London Symphony Orchestra to the Tokyo Philharmonic. He conducted Bernstein’s On The TownThe Mikado and Kismet at English National Opera, Porgy and Bess at Regents Park and, most recently, Tosca. Simon also conducts the symphonic Disney, Pixar and Frozen concerts with the CBSO.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Joshua Andrews and Adam Spiegel present
Fat Friends – The Musical
By Kay Mellor
Director: Kay Mellor
Music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber
Musical Supervisor, Orchestrations and Arrangements: Simon Lee
Set and Costume Design: Bretta Gerecke
Sound Design by Gareth Owen
Lighting Design by Nick Richings

Tue 7 Nov – Sat 2 Dec
LEEDS Grand Theatre
0844 848 2700
ON SALE

Tue 16 – Sat 20 Jan
BROMLEY Churchill Theatre
020 3285 6000
ON SALE SOON

Tue 23 – Sat 27 Jan
NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal
0844 811 2121
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Mon 29 Jan – Sat 3 Feb
HULL New Theatre 
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ON SALE 26 MAY

Mon 5 – Sat 10 Feb
SOUTHAMPTON Mayflower Theatre
02380 711811
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Mon 12 – Sat 17 Feb
SHEFFIELD Lyceum
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Mon 19 – Sat 24 Feb
SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
01702 351135
ON SALE 31 MAY

Mon 5 – Sat 10 Mar
MILTON KEYNES Theatre
0844 871 7652
ON SALE 26 MAY

Mon 12 – Sat 17 Mar
NORWICH Theatre Royal
01603 630000
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Mon 19 – Sat 24 Mar
MANCHESTER Opera House 
0844 871 3018
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Mon 26 – Sat 31 Mar
NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal
0115 989 5555
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Tue 3 – Sat 7 Apr
BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre  
0844 871 3011
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Mon 9 – Sat 14 Apr
DARTFORD Orchard Theatre 
01322 220000
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Thu 19 – Sun 21 Apr
EDINBURGH Playhouse
0844 871 3014
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CARDIFF Wales Millennium Centre 
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GLASGOW Kings Theatre 
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BRADFORD Alhambra Theatre 
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Mon 21 – Sat 26 May
ABERDEEN His Majesty’s Theatre
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Full casting for the UK tour of Ira Levin’s Tony-nominated classic thriller Deathtrap, directed by Adam Penford announced

Deathtrap

Full casting for the UK tour of Ira Levin’s Tony-nominated classic thriller Deathtrap includes Sam Phillips (Clifford), Beverly Klein (Helga ten Dorp) and Julien Ball (Porter). They join the previously announced TV stars Paul Bradley (Holby City andEastEnders) as Sidney Bruhl and BAFTA nominee Jessie Wallace (EastEnders and Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be) as Myra Bruhl.

Deathtrap will embark on a 12-week national tour opening at Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre on Tuesday 5 September, with press night at the Theatre Royal Brighton on Thursday 14 September.

Written by the award-winning playwright and author Ira Levin (Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives and Critics Choice),Deathtrap is directed by the newly appointed Artistic Director Designate of Nottingham Playhouse Adam Penford (The Boys in the Band, A Small Family Business and in June 2017, Committee at the Donmar Warehouse), and returns following a limited run at Salisbury Playhouse.

Deathtrap is produced by Mark Puddle in association with Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark for TBO Productions and is a Salisbury Playhouse Production. Costume and set design is by Morgan Large, with lighting by James Whiteside, sound by Ben and Max Ringham, video design by Duncan McLean.

Deathtrap is a truly satisfying spine-chiller that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. One of the most successful plays in its genre, Deathtrap promises an ingenious maze of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Sidney Bruhl (Bradley), a once- successful writer of stage thrillers, is in the grip of chronic writer’s block. Out of the blue, young playwright Clifford Anderson (Phillips) sends Bruhl one of the only two copies of his brilliant new whodunit, Deathtrap.

Desperate to set Broadway alight once more, Sidney spies his chance to invite Clifford to his remote country home. Oh, and to bring the only other copy of Deathtrap with him!

If Bruhl can kill the newcomer and pass the play off as his own, he could once again be the toast of Broadway.

Deathtrap is a masterpiece of seat-gripping suspenseful writing, and continues to hold the record as the longest running thriller in Broadway history. Deathtrap was subsequently made into a smash-hit film starring Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve.

Sam Phillips’ (Clifford) stage credits includes Sweet Bird Of Youth and First Light (Chichester Festival Theatre), Deathtrap(Salisbury Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), Larisa And The Merchants (Arcola Theatre), Elegy(Theatre 503), The Best Of Love Bites (Southwark Playhouse), The Taming Of The Shrew and The Merchant Of Venice (Derby Live), Inherit The Wind (Old Vic), Love Bites (Calders Theatre Bookshop) and The History Boys (National Theatre UK Tour & Wyndhams Theatre). Sam’s screen credits include 6 Wives, Bricks, The Syndicate, In The Flesh, Doctors, Pete Vs Life,EastEnders, I Shouldn’t Be Alive: Blizzard Of Death, Hotel Trubble, Aki Nabalu, Micro Men, My Family, Little Miss Jocelyn, The Bill, Barbara, Starting Out, Hand Of The Creator, Hot Property and Far From The Madding Crowd.

Beverly Klein’s (Helga ten Dorp) stage credits includes After October (Finborough Theatre), Caroline, or Change and Young Chekhov: Ivanov and Platonov (Chichester Festival Theatre), Die Fledermaus (Carl Rosa Opera), Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park With George (Opera du Chatelet, Paris), Equally Divided (Watford Palace), Cornelius (Brits Off Broadway, NY), Me & My Girl (Kilworth House), Ephesus-Schmephesus as part of 66 Books (Bush Theatre), Barnarda Alba (Union Theatre), The Kissing-Dance (Jermyn Street Theatre), Candide (ENO – The Coliseum and Japanese Tour), Fiddler on the Roof  (Savoy Theatre, WOS Nomination), Into The Woods (Linbury Studio, ROH), The Enchanted Pig (The Opera Group, Linbury Studio, and New Victory Theatre NYC), Restoration (Headlong Theatre Company), Jerry Springer, The Opera (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival), The Holy Terror (Duke of York’s Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (Donmar Warehouse), Wedding Day at the Cro Magnons (Soho Theatre), Six Characters Looking For An Author (Young Vic), The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband (Snarling Beasties), Piaf, Piaf  (Nottingham Playhouse/York Theatre Royal, and Oldham Coliseum – Manchester Evening News Best Actress Award), Sweeney Todd (Manchester Evening News nomination)and Arms and the Cow (Opera North), Candide, Romeo and Juliet, Honk, The Ugly Duckling, Summerfolk and The Villains’ Opera (National Theatre), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (TMA nomination) and Six Pictures of Lee Miller (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Pirates of Penzance, Little Buttercup, HMS Pinafore and Die Fledermaus (Carl Rosa Opera), Sarrasine (Gloria Theatre Company), A Judgment in Stone (Lyric, Hammersmith), Night After Night (Royal Court Theatre) and Les Miserables (RSC, Barbican Theatre & Palace Theatre). Beverly’s screen credits include Mr Selfridge, Doctors, Call the Midwife, Ripper Street, Casualty, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Absolutely, Paris, Inspector Morse and Swinging With The Finkels.

Julien Ball’s (Porter Milgrim) stage credits include The Power of Yes, Her Naked Skin, The Duchess of Malfi andInvention of Love (National Theatre), Antony & Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (RSC), Porcelain (Royal Court Upstairs), Another Country (Queen’s Theatre), Somewhere In England (Quarry Theatre, Bedford), Deathtrap (Salisbury Playhouse), Long Live The Mad Parade (Ashcroft Theatre), The Three Musketeers, (Bristol Old Vic), Blithe Spirit (The English Theatre, Frankfurt), Lady Windermere’s Fan (Vienna’s English Theatre), The Hypochondriac (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), The Taming of the Shrew (The Guildford Shakespeare Company), and Casting Shadows, Les Enfants Terribles and Iceberg Right Ahead (Fringe). Julien’s screen credits include Land Girls, WPC 56, Holby City, Little Devil, Casualty, Rough Crossing, Crocodile Shoes, Money For Nothing, EastEnders and Sorry.

Paul Bradley’s (Sidney) stage credits include Dead Sheep (UK Tour), Journey’s End (Comedy Theatre), Noises Off (UK Tour),The Relapse (National Theatre), The Threesome (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pirates Of Penzance and Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing, Bulldog Drummond, Around The Worldin 80 Days (Southampton Nuffield Theatre), Charley’s Aunt (York Theatre Royal), Romeo and Juliet (Young Vic), and rep seasons at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Paul played Professor Elliot Hope for ten years in Holby City and Nigel Bates in EastEnders for six. Paul’s other screen credits include Bradley (his own childrens’ TV show), Bottom, Smith and Jones,Birth Marriages and Deaths, The Kate Robbins Show, Stop That Laughing At The Back, The Young Ones, Murder Most Horrid,Boon, Comic Strip, C.U Byrne (in Irish!), and the role of Yehuda Zsiskind in the multi Academy Award and BAFTA winning film, The Pianist. Paul also sings and plays guitar and sellotape in the twenty-five year old band the hKippers.

Jessie Wallace (Myra) is best known for her role as Kat Moon in EastEnders.  A spin-off series, Redwater, based on the characters of Kat Moon and Alfie Moon – played by Shane Richie, will shortly be on the BBC, in May 2017.

Her other screen credits include The Road To Coronation Street for Granada, Spendingtons and Wild At Heart for Company Pictures/ITV, The Dinner Party and A Class Apart both for the BBC.

Jessie’s stage credits include The Perfect Murder and Chicago, both on UK Tour, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stepping Out on UK Tour, Haunted at The Arts Theatre and Rent at the Duke Of York’s Theatre. Jessie has won numerous awards for her acting, including Best Actress at the TV Quick and Choice Awards, and Best Actress at the Inside Soap Awards. She was also nominated for a BAFTA award for her portrayal of Pat Phoenix on The Road To Coronation Street.

Adam Penford’s (Director) credits for the National Theatre include A Small Family Business (Olivier), Dorfman Opening Gala(Dorfman), Is There Wi-Fi in Heaven (The Shed) and Island (Cottesloe). Adam was also the revival director on One Man Two Guvnors (West End, Broadway, UK and International Tour), associate director on NT 50 Years on Stage and staff director onSeason’s Greetings.

Adam’s other directing credits include Plantinum (Hampstead Theatre), Watership Down (Watermill Theatre), Ghost the Musical(ETF), Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse), The Machine Gunners and Run! (Polka Theatre), The Hostage (Southwark Playhouse), Holes (New Wimbledon Studio Theatre) and Young Woodley, Tea and Sympathy (Finborough Theatre). Most recently Adam directed The Boys in the Band (Park Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre) and Unfaithful (Found 111). Adam will direct Committee (Donmar Warehouse) in June 2017.

Adam’s assistant/associate director credits include Kevin Spacey Gala (Old Vic), The Winter’s Tale (Propeller at the Watermill),The Vagina Monologues (National Tour), 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (Bush), Imagine This (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Dying For It (Almeida) and Charley’s Aunt (Oxford Playhouse).

Adam was made Artistic Director Designate of Nottingham Playhouse in 2016 and takes the helm as Artistic Director later in 2017.

Ira Levin (Author) was twenty-two when he wrote his first novel, the award winning 1953 thriller A Kiss Before Dying. He followed it with his first play, the hit adaptation of Mac Hyman’s No Time for Sergeants. Both were adapted for the screen, launching a career of over fifty years that was characterized by equal success as both a novelist and playwright. Levin’s plays include the comedy hit Critics Choice and Deathtrap – the longest-running thriller in Broadway history. Perhaps his most famous works were Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives, both were novels which were subsequently made into hit films. Ira Levin died in 2007.

Deathtrap is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

LISTINGS

DEATHTRAP

5 SEPTEMBER – 27 NOVEMBER 2017

UK TOUR

Press Night – Thursday 14 September – Theatre Royal Brighton

SHEFFIELD LYCEUM

5 – 9 September 2017

0114 249 6000

BRIGHTON THEATRE ROYAL

12 – 16 September 2017

0844 871 7650

AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE

19 – 23 September 2017

0844 871 7627

SOUTHEND PALACE

26 – 30 September 2017

01702 351 135

GUILDFORD YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE

03 – 07 October 2017

01483 440 000

CARDIFF NEW THEATRE

10 – 14 October 2017

029 2087 8889

CHELTENHAM EVERYMAN THEATRE

17 – 21 October 2017

01242 572 573

COLCHESTER MERCURY THEATRE

31 October – 4 November 2017

01206 573 948

BIRMINGHAM NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE

7 – 11 November 2017

0844 871 3011

RICHMOND THEATRE

14 – 18 November 2017

0844 871 7651

 

First Look: Rehearsal Images – Terror at the Lyric Hammersmith

Ellen McDougall announces inaugural season as artistic director of Gate Theatre

Ellen McDougall Credit Manuel Harlan
Ellen McDougall Credit Manuel Harlan

Ellen McDougall Credit Manuel Harlan

Ellen McDougall has announced her inaugural season as Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, running from June 2017 to June 2018, comprising five full productions, and a one-day takeover of local Notting Hill festival InTRANSIT.

McDougall will direct the first and final productions of the season, opening with The Unknown Island, an adaptation of Portuguese Nobel Prize winner José Saramago’s short story; and concluding with a ground-breaking collaboration for the Gate Theatre with English National Opera – a cabaret show entitled Effigies of Wickedness, featuring a huge range of shockingly prophetic, satirical songs exactly 80 years after they were banned by the Nazis.

Alongside McDougall’s productions, the Gate presents celebrated French-Senegalese director Jean-Pierre Baro with the UK première of Magali Mougel’s play Suzy Storck; a timely revival of Anna Deavere Smith’s verbatim play Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 about the LA riots; and Falk Richter’s Trust, directed by Jude Christian, which sees her returning to the Gate following her production of I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole in 2014.

This summer, the Gate takes over a day at InTRANSIT Festival in Notting Hill on 17 June with free workshops, performances and Cameroonian food, and then on 18 June the theatre throws open its doors to the public in collaboration with Fun Palaces.

Ellen McDougall said today, “I am hugely excited be introducing my first season at the Gate – it features an eclectic and vital range of stories, surprising ideas of how to tell them in our constantly changing space, and most importantly, brilliant, adventurous artists.”

“The season signals a renewed international focus for the Gate: recognising the importance of looking beyond our borders for collaborative relationships and brilliant international work. I am particularly proud of the diverse range of artists making work in this season. At the Gate, we know from experience that diverse teams make for better conversation, better insight and better work.”

“Theatre is always local before it is anything else – it’s about a group of people, coming together and being given space to think, to question, to imagine. For this reason, it is appropriate that our season begins with our Gate Takeover at InTRANSIT Festival, which embodies the three key principles on which I’ve programmed the whole season – a tangible connection with our local community, working with the most exciting artists, and a truly ambitious international spirit.”

“I will direct our first show in the autumn, The Unknown Island, adapted from Nobel Laureate José Saramago’s short story. It is the story of a journey; of the epic distances we can feel between ourselves and each other, and of a need to re-imagine the world. It is an intimate, romantic, hopeful story that will give us the opportunity to use our space in a completely new way.”

I’m absolutely delighted that we are co-producing with two very different companies: the first is Extime Company with whom we are presenting French-Senegalese director Jean-Pierre Baro’s UK debut with new play Suzy Storck. Jean-Pierre’s work has inspired me for nearly ten years and I can’t wait to introduce him to an audience in London.

Suzy Storck is followed by Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Anna Deavere Smith’s astounding verbatim play about the LA riots.  Its depiction of humanity is extraordinarily full and it feels startlingly timely following recent horrific race related violence across the world.

Jude Christian’s production of Falk Richter’s Trust will present a cast of pan-European actors alongside Jude herself. It is a text I have loved for a long time – it seamlessly marries the personal and the political in witty, acerbic piece of writing, and feels more pertinent now than ever.

Finally, our second co-production of the season is with English National Opera, whose Artistic Director Daniel Kramer previously directed groundbreaking productions of Hair and Woyzeck for the Gate. Working together provides another challenge for us to reinvent our space – we will be presenting a cabaret style show of songs from the Weimar Republic’s subversive underground scene, with a live band of musicians drawn from ENO’s Orchestra in our 75-seat theatre! The season will end with a defiant musical celebration of difference, diversity, and freedom of expression.”

World Première

THE UNKNOWN ISLAND

By Ellen McDougall and Clare Slater

After José Saramago

Directed by Ellen McDougall

11 September – 7 October 2017

Press night: 18 September 7pm

 We want to tell you a story

We want to take you on a journey

We want everything to be different

This is an adaptation of José Saramago’s inventive and beautiful short story, The Tale of The Unknown Island. It’s a story about getting stuck, about trying to escape, about shooting for the moon, about going further than the furthest thing. It’s a story about finding something you didn’t think you needed.

José Saramago is a writer and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998. His plays include The Night, What Shall I do with this book? and The Second Life of Francis of Assisi. Other writing includes Blindness (turned into a film in 2008 starring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo), Possible Poems, Probably Joy, From this World and the Other, The Traveller’s Baggage, The Year of 1993, Risen from the Ground, Quasi Object, Baltazar and Blimunda, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, The Stone Raft, The History of the Siege of Lisbon, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, In Nomine Dei, and All the Names. He has also translated works by authors including Colette, Pär Lagerkvist, Jean Cassou, Maupassant, André Bonnard, Tolstoi, Baudelaire, Étienne Balibar, Nikos Poulantzas, Henri Focillon, Jacques Roumain, Hegel and Raymond Bayer.

Ellen McDougall is Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre.  She previously directed Idomeneus for the company in 2014. Her credits include a critically acclaimed production of Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe earlier this year, the Lyric’s annual pantomime – Aladdin by Joel Horwood (2016) and Cinderella by Tom Wells (2015), The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange), The Remains of Maisie Duggan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Glass Menagerie (Headlong), Anna Karenina (Manchester Royal Exchange), Henry the Fifth, Not Now BernardThe NutcrackerAntigone and Philoctetes (Unicorn Theatre), Glitterland (Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith) and Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre – nominated for an Olivier Award).  McDougall was formerly part of the Secret Theatre Company at the Lyric Hammersmith, Associate Director at the Gate, and an Associate Artist at ATC. She trained as an assistant to Katie Mitchell and Marianne Elliott. She was awarded an International Artists’ Development Award (ACE/British Council) in 2012.

Clare Slater is the Literary and Editorial Manager at the Donmar Warehouse and former Executive Director at the Gate where she worked as dramaturg on Ellen McDougall’s production of Idomeneus and wrote a radio play Here’s How It All Began.  At the Donmar, she dramaturgically supports all of the plays, with recent productions including Limehouse by Steve Waters and The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht in a new adaptation by Bruce Norris.  As a freelance adaptor and dramaturg, her recent credits include The Last Mermaid, Man To Man (Wales Millennium Centre), Lotty’s War (UK tour) and We Have Fallen (Theatre 503/Underbelly).  She previously worked as the Assistant Literary Manager at the National Theatre and in television and film development with Rare Day.

Gate Theatre and Extime Company present

The UK première of

SUZY STORCK 

By Magali Mougel,

Translated by Chris Campbell

Directed by Jean-Pierre Baro

26 October – 18 November 2017

Press night: 30 October 7pm

This is how the story starts. It starts here. Something happened here. 

It’s 8:54pm. Suzy Storck sits by the window on this hot and airless night, waiting for her husband to come home. Upstairs she can hear her children, yelling and clamouring at their bedroom doorShe’s locked them in.

Suzy realises for the first time that she never chose any of this. She wonders how she ended up here. She imagines what escaping it might feel like.

After tonight, there might never be a way out.

The Gate Theatre presents the UK debut of director Jean-Pierre Baro – one of the most exciting new artists in French theatre, and the UK première of Magali Mougel’s haunting play.

Magali Mougel’s plays include, Erwin Motor, devotion, La Dernière Battue, Léda, le sourire en bannière, Penthy Sûr La Bande, Je Ne Peux Plus, Guérillères Ordinaires, Elle Pas Princesse Lui Pas Héros, Poudre Noire, Anticorps and La Nuit Où Le Jour S’est Levé, co-written with Sylvain Levey and Catherine Verlaguet. Later this year, her play The Lulu Projekt will run at Editions Espaces 34 and it has been selected for Le Prix Godot 2017 Des Lycéens.

Chris Campbell was Deputy Literary Manager of the National Theatre for six years and is currently Literary Manager of the Royal CourtHe has translated plays by Philippe Minyana, David Lescot, Rémi de Vos, Adeline Picault, Magali Mougel, Launcelot Hamelin, Frédéric Blanchette, Catherine-Anne Toupin and Fabrice Roger-Lacan for the National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Traverse Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Young Vic Theatre among others. His translation of Right Now was co-produced in 2016 by the Traverse, Bush and Ustinov theatres and in 2017, Oberon Books published a collection of his contemporary French translations. In 2014 Chris was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. As an actor, Chris has previously worked at the Gate as well as theatres including National Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. He most recently appeared alongside Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady.

Jean-Pierre Baro is an actor and director. Most recently he has directed an adaptation of the John Maxwell Coetzee novelDisgrâce (CDN Orléans, Théâtre National de la Colline) and the touring production La Ville Ouverte. Other directing credits include La Mort de Danton (Centre Dramatique National d’Aubervillier). Since 2004, he has led Extime theatre company for which his credits include, Woyzeck (CDN Orléans-Loiret-Centre, Sylvia-Monfort), Léonce et Léna/Chantier (Odéon-Ateliers Berthier) and L’Humiliante Histoire de Lucien Petit (Odéon-Ateliers Berthier, Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers) which he also wrote.

TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992

By Anna Deavere Smith

11 January – 3 February 2018

Press night: 15 January 7pm

This is a city at war 

with its own children

When the policemen accused of killing Rodney King were acquitted, deadly riots broke out across LA.

Obie Award-winning writer Anna Deavere Smith interviewed hundreds of people from police commissioners to Rodney King’s family about those devastating few days in the summer of 1992.

These are their words.

The fact of the matter is

whether we like it or not

riot

is the voice of the unheard.

Anna Deavere Smith’s plays include Fires in the Mirror, House Arrest, Let Me Down Easy and The Arizona Project. Her playwriting process involves interviews with scores of individuals, usually on a topic of civic and political interest. She is perhaps best known for acting work particularly playing Nancy McNally in The West Wing and Gloria Akalitus in Nurse Jackie. Smith is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the National Humanities Medal, presented to her by President Obama in 2013. She has been the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award, The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, two Obie Awards and two Tony Award nominations. She was runner up for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Fires In the Mirror. Honorary degrees include those from Yale University, Juilliard, Barnard, the University of Pennsylvania, Radcliffe, Wesleyan, Williams College, Northwestern University as well as many others.

TRUST

By Falk Richter

Translated by Maja Zade

Directed by Jude Christian

22 February – 17 March 2018

Press night: 26 February 7pm 

It’s about me

It’s not about you 

Vodka. Cee Lo Green. Pyjamas. Classic break-up.

Jude Christian returns to the Gate Theatre with this anarchic celebration of broken relationships, complex negotiations, and the tyranny of capitalism. Come and join the party.

Falk Richter is one of the most important German playwrights and directors of his generation. His plays have been translated into more than 25 languages and are produced all over the world. His plays include For the Disconnected Child, Rausch (written with Anouk van Dijk), Play Loud, My Secret Garden (written with Stanislas Nordey), Damaged Youth, State of Emergency, The Disturbance, Seven Seconds (In God We Trust), God Is A DJ. Apart from writing and directing his own plays, Richter has directed Shakespeare, Chekov, Schiller, Brecht, contemporary writers including Caryl Churchill, Harold Pinter, Martin Crimp, Sarah Kane and operas by Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Weber.

Maja Zade is a dramaturg at the Schaubühne Berlin, where she has worked with directors including Thomas Ostermeier, Ivo van Hove, Luk Perceval, Benedict Andrews and Marius von Mayenburg. Her translations into German include works by Lars von Trier, Arnold Wesker and Caryl Churchill, and she has translated into English works by Marius von Mayenburg, Roland Schimmelpfennig, Lars Norén and Falk Richter.

Jude Christian is a director, writer & performer. She previously directed I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole for the Gate Theatre in 2014.  She is Associate Artist at The Yard Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Her directing credits also include The Darkest Corners (Transform), The Path (HighTide Theatre), Lela & Co (Royal Court Theatre). As an Associate Director, her work includes Aladdin and Shopping and Fucking (Lyric Hammersmith) and Carmen Disruption (Almeida Theatre). As well as directing she was Co-Artistic Director of Concert Theatre (2012 – 2016) and in 2016 she wrote and performed in Nanjing (Now ’16 Festival, The Yard Theatre).

Gate Theatre and English National Opera present

The World Première of

EFFIGIES OF WICKEDNESS

Directed by Ellen McDougall

3 May – 2 June 2018

Press night: 14 May 7pm

Goes on sale on 21 September 2017

Welcome to the cabaret of degenerate music!

Where you can be just who you want to be!

In a ground-breaking collaboration between the Gate Theatre and ENO, we are thrilled to present a cabaret of riotous, witty, and shockingly prophetic songs, banned by the Nazis in the 1930s.

As the Nazis identified difference as something to be afraid of, the Weimar cabaret scene danced on with songs that celebrated it. With artists from Brecht and Weill to Schoenberg, this subversive underground scene was bursting at the seams with brilliant, visionary voices.

No surprise then, that they were censored, exiled, and incarcerated shortly after as ‘degenerates’. And their songs have been all but lost since. Until now.

‘complete spiritual insipidness’ – Hans Severus Ziegler, advisor to Adolf Hitler

Ellen McDougall directs.

English National Opera is founded on the belief that opera of the highest quality should be accessible to everyone. ENO is a national company of international standard, forging ground-breaking collaborations across art forms, with world-class productions that inspire, surprise, and captivate. ENO’s work is made accessible by offering a large proportion of tickets at affordable prices, and by distributing it widely on screen and via digital media. ENO nurtures talent across its entire company, whether on-stage, backstage, or in the pit, and provides a platform for young singers to develop global careers. ENO’s autumn and spring seasons of opera productions at their home, the London Coliseum, are supported by a summer season of outside work. During the summer months, the company collaborates with other artistic organisations and venues around London, working in partnership to bring their work to new and wider audiences and presenting opportunities to develop artists, present opera in fresh and interesting ways and work with venues which may not regularly produce opera.

INTRANSIT FESTIVAL: GATE TAKEOVER

17 June, 12-9pm 2017

As part of this year’s InTRANSIT festival, the Gate is taking over the Portobello Pavilion in Powis Square for a day featuring free participatory workshops, food and performance.

InTRANSIT festival is an annual showcase of newly commissioned, site-specific, participatory arts and performance, taking place throughout the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

12-1pm: Future Kitchen – Workshop*

The Gate Theatre’s Young Associates have been writing recipes for a more positive future for our communities.

Twist the top of the bandstand to release the flavour of the music. Encourage those who have not yet found their tune to enter the bandstand and soak up the music.

In this interactive workshop, participants are invited to help cook up new ways to imagine the world.

1.30-4.30pm: Island Life – Workshop*

Participants are invited to write a poem together entitled Island Life. The workshop will be led by a Gate Theatre special guest.

*Spaces for the workshop sessions are limited and to guarantee a place advance booking is advised, however there are also walk up activities on the day if you fancy coming along last minute.

5-6pm: Future Kitchen – Performance

The Gate Theatre’s Young Associates share their recipes for a more positive future. It’s going to be a feast.

7-9pm: Omeros, by Derek Walcott – Performance and evening meal**

Traditional Cameroonian food, cooked by Notting Hill local Sissi le French, accompanied by a performance of extracts from Walcott’s epic poem.

**Please note: capacity at the evening meal is limited and not available to book. Places will be on a first come, first served basis.

THE GATE IS OPEN

18 June, 12-6pm 2017

The Gate is Open is a collaboration with Fun Palaces: welcoming our local community to our theatre for free tea and cake and a chat. Fun Palaces supports local communities across the UK to create their own hands-on arts and science events: putting community at the heart of culture. The Gate is Open is an opportunity for anyone to come and talk to the Gate staff about what they might like to do in the theatre as part of Fun Palaces in the Autumn.

The InTRANSIT festival takeover and The Gate Is Open are part of the Gate’s involvement with The Great Together, a UK wide initiative, taking place from 16-18 June, run by the Jo Cox Foundation to commemorate the anniversary of her death.

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www.gatetheatre.co.uk

Twitter: @gatetheatre

Box Office: 020 7229 0706

SEASON IN BRIEF

The Unknown Island

11 September – 7 October

Press night: 17 September 7pm

Suzy Stork

26 October – 18 November

Press night: 30 October 7pm

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

11 January – 3 February

Press night: 15 January 7pm

Trust

22 February – 17 March

Press night: 26 February 7pm

Effigies of Wickedness

3 May – 2 June

Press night: 14 May 7pm

Performance times:

MondaySaturday at 7.30pm

Saturday matinees at 3pm

Wednesday matinees at 3pm (except during previews and the Wednesday following press night)

Previews and matinees: £10
Full price: £20
Concessions: £15
Under 26’s on selected Young Peoples Night: £7.50

Effigies of Wickedness goes on sale on 21 September 2017.

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES (FOLLOWED BY POST-SHOW GATE DEBATES):

The Unknown Island

Thursday 5th October

Suzy Storck

Thursday 16th November

Twilight: Los Angeles 1992

Thursday 1st February

Trust

Tuesday 6th March

Effigies of Wickedness

Thursday 31st May

YOUNG PEOPLES NIGHT:

The Unknown Island

Friday 29th September

Suzy Storck

Friday 12th November

Twilight: Los Angeles 1992

Friday 26th January

Trust

Friday 9th March

Effigies of Wickedness

Friday 25th May

In person booking and ticket collection is only available on the day of performance from one hour before the performance begins.

The Gate is supported by:

 

 

First Look: Romeo and Juliet presented by Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, directed by Nick Bagnall

Extra Performances Added to Coliseum Season of BAT OUT OF HELL

Bat Out Of Hell
Bat Out Of Hell

Bat Out Of Hell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website:  www.BatOutOfHellMusical.com

Twitter & Facebook:  @BatTheMusical

LISTINGS INFORMATION

5 June – 5 August 2017

London Coliseum

St Martin’s Lane

London

WC2N 4ES

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

Tickets:  from £15.00

Box Office:  020 7845 9300

Shakespeare’s Globe announces ‘The Winter Selection’ in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

The Winter Selection
The Winter Selection

The Winter Selection

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the 2017 winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, entitled The Winter Selection.

The season opens with Romantics Anonymous, a new musical directed by Emma Rice, with book written by Emma Rice, lyrics by Christopher Dimond, and music by Michael Kooman, presented by special arrangement with Radio Mouse Entertainment. This will be followed by The Secret Theatre, a new play by Anders Lustgarten, directed by Matthew Dunster, and Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born, an alternative Christmas show from post-post-modern cabaret sensation Meow Meow.

The new year brings a new production of All’s Well That Ends Well, directed by Caroline Byrne, and The Captive Queen, a reimagining of John Dryden’s Restoration drama Aureng-zebe, directed by Barrie Rutter and co-produced with Northern Broadsides. The winter season closes with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – a reimagining, created by Gyre & Gimble and recomposed by Max Richter, and the return of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, in co-production with Bristol Old Vic.

Emma Rice, Artistic Director, said: “I’ve always seen the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as a little box of treats, encouraging the primal need to tell and hear stories and inviting tales and magic to unfurl beneath the flicker of the candles. For my final season as Artistic Director at the Globe, I knew I wanted to present the most delicious, unique and beautiful box of delights. The Winter Selection will take us to a singing chocolate factory in France, the inner sanctum of Elizabeth I’s court, the dark and dangerous world of All’s Well That Ends Well, the palaces of India, the emotional depths of Vivaldi, and the tender chaos of Meow Meow’s Christmas, before we tumble back down the rabbit hole with the return of The Little Matchgirl.”     

Opening 20 October, Romantics Anonymous is a new musical directed by Emma Rice, with book by Emma Rice, lyrics by Christopher Dimond, and music by Michael Kooman. Adapted from the French-Belgian film Les Émotifs Anonymes written by Jean-Pierre Améris and Philippe Blasband, the musical follows Angélique, a gifted chocolate maker inhibited by social anxiety, and Jean-René, the awkward boss of a struggling chocolate factory, in an unusual and tender love story about finding the courage to be happy. Romantics Anonymouswill be the final new production directed by Emma Rice as Artistic Director of the Globe.  Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman, whose previous musicals include Dani Girl and Judge Jackie and who are currently writing the score for an animated Disney television series, will be making their London professional debut as musical theater writers. Romantics Anonymous is presented by special arrangement with Radio Mouse Entertainment, a Tony Award-winning New York-based theatre and media production company that has been developing the project for the musical stage since 2014.

A new play by Anders Lustgarten, The Secret Theatre, opens 16 November, directed by the Globe’s Associate Director Matthew Dunster. As the nation’s relationship with Europe deteriorates and civil unrest grows, Elizabeth I’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, adopts extreme tactics to keep his queen and country safe. Set in a world of espionage, double-crossing and blackmail, The Secret Theatre asks what we are prepared to sacrifice to ensure our safety.

Anders Lustgarten is an award-winning playwright renowned for his bold approach to social and political questions. A long-standing political activist, he won the inaugural Harold Pinter Playwright’s Award for If You Don’t Let Us Dream We Won’t Let You Sleep (Royal Court). Commissioned as part of Soho Theatre’s Political Party Season, Lampedusa returned to Soho Theatre for a second run, transferred to HighTide Festival and toured in 2016. His latest play, The Seven Acts of Mercy, opened at the RSC to critical acclaim in 2016. Anders is developing original projects for television and radio.

Matthew Dunster is an Olivier Award-nominated director, a writer and actor. His recent directing credits include Imogen at the Globe, Hangmen (Royal Court and West End), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Seagull (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Liberian Girl (Royal Court). This summer his adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities will premiere at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

On 20 December, Meow Meow returns to the Globe for a Christmas show like no other, Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born. Following her appearance in Emma Rice’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream last summer, the post-post-modern cabaret sensation brings her hilarious and heart-wrenching festive extravaganza to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. This untraditional Christmas show will combine moments of hare-brained hijinks with poignant and tender reflections on loneliness, lost dreams and the apocalypse. Conceived, created and performed by Meow Meow (with a little help from her friends), the show was originally commissioned by Southbank Centre. Meow Meow’s career has encompassed sell-out concerts at Lincoln Center New York and the Sydney Opera House.

Following her critically acclaimed The Taming of the Shrew at the Globe in 2016, Caroline Byrne will direct Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, opening 11 January 2018. Caroline was previously Associate Director at the Gate Theatre and her recent credits include Parallel Macbeth (Young Vic), Eclipsed (Gate Theatre) and Macbeth (Chapter Arts). She has also directed shows at the Bush Theatre, Project Theatre Dublin, and RSC Education. This summer she will direct Oliver Twist at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

In a co-production with Northern Broadsides, Barrie Rutter will direct The Captive Queen, a reimagining of John Dryden’s Restoration drama Aureng-zebe (1675). Opening 2 February 2018, The Captive Queen is set in the woollen mills of the North of England in the late 20th century, but retains a flavour of Dryden’s original Mughal Indian setting.

An ageing Emperor and his Governor rage at the loss of their youth and beauty, whilst two fratricidal sons are spurred from victory in war to the warfare of love. All four are besotted with the same captive queen. Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides, Barrie Rutter, will assemble a cast of British Asian actors for this wry exploration of the folly of old age, the allure of power, and the bewildering effects of lust and desire.

Following a career as an actor in the National Theatre and the RSC, Barrie founded Northern Broadsides in 1992. The multi-award-winning touring company is based in the historic Dean Clough Mill in West Yorkshire. The company has built up a formidable reputation, with a repertoire combining Shakespeare, European and English Classic plays, as well as new writing. Productions are noted for their distinctive northern voice, strong musicality and clear narrative journey. In 2003, Barrie won the Sam Wanamaker Award, and in 2015, he received an OBE for services to the arts.

Opening 9 March 2018, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – a reimagining will be created by Gyre & Gimble’s master puppeteers, with Max Richter’s acclaimed musical reworking of the original masterpiece, newly arranged for a quintet of London’s finest musicians. This unprecedented collaboration will explore the crystalline acoustic and candlelit ambience of the playhouse.

Composer Max Richter is an accomplished pianist, producer and collaborator, and indisputably one of the most prolific contemporary musical artists. Gyre & Gimble place puppetry at the heart of storytelling. The company, founded by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié, former associate puppetry directors of War Horse, uses puppetry to create compelling characters and tell fantastical, improbable stories.

The season will come to a close with the return of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, in co-production with Bristol Old Vic. Inspired by Andersen’s beautiful and devastating tale, and incorporating several of his other beloved stories – ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘Thumbelina’, and ‘The Princess and the Pea’ – it is written by the award-winning Joel Horwood (I Caught Crabs in Walberswick, Mikey the Pikey, Food, I Heart Peterborough). After a triumphant run in 2016, the production will open on 27 March 2018.

Romantics Anonymous

Directed by Emma Rice

Book by Emma Rice, Lyrics by Christopher Dimond, Music by Michael Kooman

Based on the film Les Émotifs Anonymes written by Jean-Pierre Améris and Phillippe Blasband

Presented by special arrangement with Radio Mouse Entertainment

20 October 2017 – 6 January 2018

Press Night: Friday 27 October

 

The Secret Theatre

Directed by Matthew Dunster

16 November 2017 – 16 December 2017

Press Night: Wednesday 22 November

 

Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born (This show is recommended for ages 14+)

20 – 31 December 2017

 

All’s Well That Ends Well

Directed by Caroline Byrne

11 January – 3 March 2018

Press Night: Wednesday 17 January

     

The Captive Queen

Co-produced with Northern Broadsides, directed by Barrie Rutter

2 February – 4 March 2018

Press Night: Wednesday 7 February

 

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – a reimagining

Created by Gyre & Gimble

9 March – 21 April 2018

Press Night: Friday 16 March

 

The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales

Co-produced with Bristol Old Vic, directed by Emma Rice

27 March – 21 April 2018

 

Assisted Performances

  • Romantics Anonymous: Relaxed – 2 Dec; Captioned – 5 Dec; AD – 9 Dec
  • The Secret Theatre: Relaxed – 6 Dec; Captioned – 12 Dec; AD – 16 Dec
  • All’s Well That Ends Well: Captioned – 27 Jan and 20 Feb; Relaxed – 15 Feb; AD – 3 March
  • The Captive Queen: Captioned – 28 Feb; AD – 1 March
  • Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – a reimagining: Captioned – 10 April; AD – 15 April; Relaxed – 17 April
  • The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales: AD – 7 April; Relaxed – 14 April; Captioned – 19 April

 

 

Cast announced for The View From Nowhere at Park Theatre

The View From Nowhere
The View From Nowhere

The View From Nowhere

The new PARK90 season opens with the world premiere of a highly topical drama involving a scientific controversy, The View From Nowhere, presented by the same creative team behind the critically acclaimed Warehouse of Dreams at Lion and Unicorn Theatre. Written by Chuck Anderson and directed by Dan Phillips, The View From Nowhere stars Nina Toussaint-White, Mensah Bediako, Math Sams and Emma Mulkern.

Prez is a brilliant biochemist. His experiments show a leading herbicide is carcinogenic. He has an existential fight against entrenched interests on his hands – not helped by the fact that he dresses like David Bowie, and carries a chip on his shoulder as big as the sink estate he grew up on. In his heart he knows he’s right, but can he prove it?

The plot turns on the scientific fact that eight out of ten of us have minute traces of a potentially dangerous herbicide in our urine. This echoes concerns about glyphosate, an ingredient in Roundup, the leading weedkiller marketed by Monsanto, which is vital to worldwide food production. The European Commission is now considering scientific evidence on whether it is a carcinogenic agent. That decision is anticipated before the end of this year.

Nina Toussaint-White plays Rona. Best known for roles in EastEnders, Switch and Emmerdale, Nina’s stage credits include The Libertine (Theatre Royal Bath and Haymarket), The Etienne Sisters (Theatre Royal Stratford East – Nominated for Best Performance in a Musical at the UK Theatre Awards 2016) and Race (Hampstead Theatre). Other television credits include Gameface, Uncle, Holby City and Death in Paradise.

Mensah Bediako plays Prez. A veteran of the stage, his extensive theatre credits include The Bodyguard (UK tour), One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre and UK tour), Fast Cuts and Snap Shots (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Harder They Come(Barbican), Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse) and Tobias and the Angel (Young Vic). Television and film credits includeChasing Shadows, Mr Mzuza, Popular Unrest and The Real Kathy Hayden.

Emma Mulkern plays Sandy Jones. Theatre credits include Rough Music (Pint Sized Plays), Courting Drama (Theatre Renegade) and The Cause (ACS Random). Television credits include American Monster.

Math Sams plays Dr Tom Pennington. Theatre credits include Chimerica (Harold Pinter Theatre), Jane Eyre (Birmingham Old Rep), Being Nice (Derby Studio), Old Bag (Theatre 503), Do Worms Have Hearts? (Old Red Lion), Buried Child (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and The Seagull (Cockpit). Television and film credits include Suicide Platoon, The Truth, Turbulence and For the Fallen

Writer and Producer Chuck Anderson has had his TV plays produced by CBS Television and MGM-TV, Hollywood. In the UK, he has authored fiction and non-fiction books. In 2014, his play, Warehouse of Dreams, about running a UNHCR camp for Syrian refugees, won enthusiastic reviews at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre.

Director Dan Phillips’ credits include the Welsh premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the new musical Something Something Lazarus at The King’s Head Theatre, The Lonely Walk Home in Manchester and April in Paris in Germany.

Set design is by May Jennifer Davies, Costume design is by Dan Street, Lighting design is by Chris Howells and the musical composer is Simon Arrowsmith.

LISTINGS

The View From Nowhere

Venue: Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP

Dates: 27 June – 22 July 2017

Press night: Friday 30 June

Performances: Tue – Sat Evenings 7.45pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 3.15pm

Prices: £14.50 Previews / £18 Full / £16.50 Concessions / £13 Child (under 16) / £10 Young Patrons (27 Jun – 4 Jul) / Groups – 10 tickets and 11th is free

Captioned: Thursday 13 July 7.45pm
Booking: www.parktheatre.co.uk / 020 7870 6876

Telephone booking fee: 10% (capped at £2.50 per ticket)

Lizzy Watts plays ‘Hedda Gabler’ in the National Theatre tour

Hedda Gabler Portrait with title_Photography (Lizzy Watts) by Hugo Glendinning
Hedda Gabler Portrait with title_Photography (Lizzy Watts) by Hugo Glendinning

Hedda Gabler Portrait with title Photography (Lizzy Watts) by Hugo Glendinning

The National Theatre has today announced that Lizzy Watts will take the title role of Hedda Gabler which, following a sold-out run at the National Theatre earlier this year, begins a UK tour on 2 October.  Beginning at Theatre Royal Plymouth, the tour will journey across the UK to Edinburgh, Leicester, Salford, Norwich, Hull, Aberdeen, Northampton, Glasgow, Wolverhampton, Woking, Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, York and Milton Keynes.

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

This vital new version of Ibsen’s masterpiece by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning playwright Patrick Marber (Closer, Three Days in the Country) directed by Ivo van Hove, one of the world’s most exciting directors.  Olivier and Tony Award®-winning van Hove made his National Theatre debut with Hedda Gabler, which opened in December 2016.  His acclaimed production of A View from the Bridge recently played to sold out houses in London and on Broadway and Obsession starring Jude Law is currently playing at The Barbican, London.  Van Hove’s next production for the NT will be the world premiere of Network based on the Oscar-winning film and featuring the UK stage debut of Bryan Cranston.

Lizzy Watts’ theatre credits include Strife at Chichester Festival Theatre, The Angry Brigade and Artefacts at The Bush, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Globe, Blink for Nabokov and Wasted for Paines Plough.  TV includes The Durrells and Midsomer Murders and plays Ivy Layton in BBC Radio 4’s Home Front.

Set and lighting design for Hedda Gabler is by Jan Versweyveld, with costume design by An D’Huys and sound by Tom Gibbons.  The Associate Directors are Jeff James and Rachel Lincoln..

Patrick Marber said:  ‘It has been a huge honour to work with the great Ivo van Hove on this version of Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre. I am thrilled that this tour will enable more people to see his incredible production.’

Further casting will be announced soon.

Hedda Gabler Tour

 

Theatre Royal Plymouth                                           2 – 7 Oct 2017                          

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh                                    17 – 21 Oct 2017

Curve, Leicester                                                        23 – 28 Oct 2017                      

The Lowry Salford                                                     31 Oct – 4 Nov 2017

Norwich Theatre Royal                                             7 – 11 Nov 2017                               

Hull New Theatre                                                       13 – 18 Nov 2017                      

His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen                               21 – 25 Nov 2017

Northampton Royal & Derngate                               28 Nov – 2 Dec 2017                                       .

Glasgow Theatre Royal                                             15- 20 Jan 2018

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton                               23 – 27 Jan 2018                          

New Victoria, Woking                                               29 Jan – 3 Feb 2018

Nottingham Theatre Royal                                        5 – 10 Feb 2018

Newcastle Theatre Royal                                          13 – 17 Feb 2018

Grand Opera House, York                                         20 – 24 Feb 2018                          

Milton Keynes Theatre                                              27 Feb – 3 Mar 2018

 

Please check with individual theatres for box office information.

 

 

 

 

More music names, films and an unrivalled billing of talks and debates announced for Lattitude Festival

Latitude 2017
Latitude 2017

Latitude 2017

Now in its 12th edition, Latitude Festival once again sets the bar high for summer festivals, with a host of new names added to the line up across the Music stages, Music & Film Arena and talks in the Wellcome Trust Arena, the Speakeasy and the Faraway Forest. Latitude Festival takes place on 13th – 16th July in the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk. Tickets are available here.

Public Service Broadcasting will be joining a star-studded line up in the Obelisk Arena alongside this years’ headliners The 1975, Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes. The innovative outfit craft one of the most visually stunning live shows on the festival circuit, taking material from their critically acclaimed back catalogue to intergalactic new heights.

As anticipation builds for their forthcoming debut album, Norway’s Sløtface, who have proved themselves as one of the most exciting new acts of the year will be joining the stellar music line up. Another raucous live act joining the bill is Dead Pretties, who have been wowing crowds across our nation’s capital over the last year. Saint Motel will bring a dreamy-pop performance to the Sunrise Arena, while Suffolk’s own Bessie Turner and 80s influenced jokers Rad Pitt join the Lake Stage line up as part of BBC Introducing.

The Music and Film Arena will play host to one of the brightest MC talents to emerge from the UK’s buzzing grime underground scene in recent years, AJ Tracey, and MC, producer and Best Grime Act MOBO Award nominee, Novelist. Hip-hop DJ and Radio 1 Xtra host DJ Semtex will join them, taking the Latitude party late into the night.  Dutch electronic producer, songwriter and vocalist Chagall will perform Collaboration, and leading variety performer La Voix will dazzle the Latitude audience with a one of a kind performance with actress Harriet Thorpe.

The Music & Film Arena will host a screening of Whitney: Can I Be Me; a documentary unveiling an unparalleled look at the life and ultimately passing of one of the world’s most successful female artists Whitney Houston, through unseen footage and live recordings. Alt.Russia takes you on Placebo’s tour from Krasnoyarsk in Siberia to St Petersburg in the Baltic Sea, investigating the alternative culture in Russia from artists, architects, animators and musicians whilst taking in the raw emotions of Latitude’s Friday BBC Music Stage headliners, Placebo who will introduce the film to the Latitude crowd in person.

The director behind the legendary Jason Bourne action thrillers, Paul Greengrass, and director of 2016’s critically-acclaimed biographical drama A United Kingdom, Amma Asante, will each be in conversation with outspoken and respected UK film critic Mark Kermode in the Music and Film Arena. Mark Kermode will reveal the guilty pleasures of cinema as he brings his lively and wildly popular show In 3D, that explores, critiques and dissects movies past and present with the Latitude audience.

Artist, musician and Turner-Prize winner Martin Creed will present an iconoclastic discussion of art, humour and subversion through his stage show Words and Music, whilst Bruce Parry teams up with Jon Sauven of Greenpeaceto discuss his latest film TAWAI; a voice from the forest where Bruce lives with indigenous people of the world on a quest into the heart of the human conscience. The Music and Film Arena will be compered across the weekend by Maria Ruban, and will also see a performance from up and coming band, Harry Lloyd’s Waiting For Smith.

This year’s timely theme Come the Revolution will continue to be expressed through the most cutting edge scientific research and the words and wit of writers, researchers and scientists from across the UK and beyond.

Tania Harrison, Arts Curator for Latitude Festival said:

“I am delighted to present our Wellcome Trust programme at Latitude 2017. In the past four years we have worked to bring the most rigorous, engaging discussion and research to our audience.  My theme for the festival this year is Come The Revolution, and in the Wellcome Trust programme I have invited scientists, speakers and artists to present discussions and shows that explore the revolutions taking place across scientific disciplines: the breakthroughs in neuroscience that will change our health, wellbeing and technologies. This is reflected in a programme that extends from the Wellcome Trust Arena and literary speakers, to theatre, film, music and pop-up experiences and testing across the site.”

Investigating the theme of wellbeing, Dr Sandy Grant (Cambridge) will be in conversation with award winning writer and photographer Will Storr, looking at individuality in the social-media age in The Age of the Individual: Playing at Being Ourselves. The Psychologist will host Prof Peter Kinderman and Prof Victoria Tischler as they discuss A manifesto for psychological health and wellbeing with Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, whilst Dr Ben Fincham (Sussex) and Dinah Bornat will explore Autonomy, freedom and playing with the rules: the rehabilitation of wellbeing.

Salon London will present two sessions on this topic; Vive le Hedoniste which explores pleasure, reward and collective joy with Prof Wolfram Schultz (Cambridge, recipient of The Brain Prize 2017) and Jules Evans (Queen Mary), and Mindfulness in The Hard Science with Doctor Willem Kukyen from Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

Will Young will lead The Art of Listening, a talk followed by a Q&A, discussing in depth the way people connect and the importance of being heard. The highly respected physical theatre company Gecko will collaborate with Suffolk MIND to explore mindfulness through an interactive workshop, based on work from their acclaimed production, Institute, and The Odditorium present Haunted Moustache: The manipulation of consciousness.

Latitude Festival will present debates and discussion on the scientific knowledge that is revolutionising ideas ofhealth and healthcare. Professor Simon Baron-Cohen (Director, Autism Research Centre) is a world expert on autism, and will be discussing Autism and Neurodiversity with Adam Feinstein (author of A History of Autism). Dr Tony Goldstone and Dr Samantha Scholtz (Imperial) take a look at Gut Hormones in Addiction with comedian, actor and satirist Marcus Brigstocke who discusses his personal experiences with food, drugs and alcohol, andProfessor Daniel M. Davis (Manchester) will be in conversation with Dr Natalie Riddell (Surrey), delving intoImmunity and the Health Revolution, chaired by broadcaster, comedian and actor Robin Ince.

Latitude Festival introduces talks in the Wellcome Trust Arena and The Speakeasy investigating revolutionary technology, a festival highlight of which includes Read Your DNA Live with Salford’s Dr Joe Latimer, Dr Sarah Withers and Dr Ian Goodhead who will bring the latest portable DNA sequencing technology into the festival field for a live sequencing session. Professor Steven D Reicher (St Andrews) and Dr Jon Sutton will look at the timely concept of Crowd action for social change, political rhetoric & mass mobilisation, hosted by The Psychologist.

Salon London will present Gene Editing with Professor Johnjoe McFadden, Dr Alasdair Russell (CRISPR) and Dr Catherine Pendegrass in conversation with Helen Bagnall (Salon London) who will examine the potential of CRISPRs to revolutionise the way we interact with genes and decide, is it exciting or terrifying?

The Technology vs. Human Revolution will see Professor Steve Fuller (Warwick) and Prof Arthur I Miller (UCL) in discussion on the future of AI, chaired by Dr Daniel Glaser (Science Gallery London). Dr Tamar Makin (UCL), Dr Aldo Faisal and Dr Isabel Van De Keere (Immersive Rehab) will examine Revolutions in rehabilitation: body representation, brain organisation and virtual reality, whilst The Odditorium will present Diary of a Cell Farmer’sAbi Aspen Glenncross (Future Farm Lab) on growing meat in the laboratory using stem-cell technology and Level Up Human will record a live podcast episode at the festival with special guests Stuart Goldsmith and Giles Yeo.

Sessions exploring science and space through theatrical performance and innovative pop-ups include, Dr Kimberley Wade (Warwick) and John Higgs with Salon London presenting False Memories of Time & Place:exploring false memory in psychology, neuroscience and Art. Dr Jack Lewis and Lliana Bird will present Geek Chic Live with special guests. How I Hacked My Way Into Space will be presented by Unlimited Theatre at their Space Shed, which will also host talks on the body and medicine in space from Libby Jackson and Beth Healey, and Mark Thompson will perform The Show at the End of the Universe in The SpeakEasy.  Dr James Kilner’s Science in a Vantakes experimental science into the field, recreating behavioural experiments. The Sick of the Fringe will bring selected highlights to the festival, exploring the relationship between the body and the brain including Austerity Cuts, Ageing Disgracefully, FK Alexander: Recovery and Le Gateau Chocolat: Icons.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

READ YOUR DNA LIVE
Dr Joe Latimer, Dr Sarah Withers and Dr Ian Goodhead (Salford)

VIVE LE HEDONISTE – PLEASURE, REWARD AND COLLECTIVE JOY
Salon London present Prof Wolfram Schultz (Cambridge) & Jules Evans (Queen Mary)

AUTISM & NEURODIVERSITY
Prof Simon Baron-Cohen (Director, Autism Research Centre) icw Adam Feinstein (Author, A History of Autism)

GUT HORMONES IN ADDICTION
Dr Tony Goldstone (Imperial) & Dr Samantha Scholtz (Imperial) icw Marcus Brigstocke

CROWD ACTION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, POLITICAL RHETORIC AND MASS MOBILISATION
The Psychologist presents Prof Steven D Reicher (St Andrews) icw Editor Dr Jon Sutton

THE AGE OF THE INDIVIDUAL: PLAYING AT BEING OURSELVES
Dr Sandy Grant (Cambridge) icw Will Storr on individuality in the social-media age

with many more debates, topics and testing delving into the themes of Wellbeing, Health,
Revolutionary Technology and Theatre & Pop Ups across the festival weekend.

TICKET INFORMATION

Adult Weekend tickets £197.50 face value + £8 booking fee per ticket
Accompanied Teen Weekend tickets (13-15 years) £132.50 + £8 booking fee per ticket
Child Weekend tickets – £10

Adult Day tickets £77.50 + £7 booking fee per ticket
Child Day Tickets – £5

Disabled access requirements and PA/carer ticket applications will open on March 31st. Please refer to the website or contact the access team on [email protected] for more information and guidance.

More ticket information / Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/latitude