Folk acts, Seth Lakeman and Wildwood Kin and Nancy Kerr and The Sweet Visitor Band perform live at the RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Seth Lakeman
Seth Lakeman

Seth Lakeman

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) plays host to Seth Lakeman and Nancy Kerr, two of the UK’s most renowned folk singer songwriters, in two separate gigs.  These one-off  performances are part of the Company’s Live at the RSC strand, which seeks to offer audiences the best in new music and comedy.  Past events have seen the likes of Rufus Wainwright, John Grant, Gaz Coombes and Russell Kane all taking to the RSC’s stages.

Although Seth and Nancy will be performing separately at the RSC, they worked together on The Full English tour and album in 2014 (winning two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards), which came out of a project to draw together for the first time British folksongs from the early 20th century.
The west country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman performs with his band in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for one night only on Sunday 23 July, playing tracks from his eighth studio album Ballads of the Broken Few, and live favourites from his back catalogue. Released in September 2016, the album features the single Meet Me in the Twilight which was play-listed soon after on BBC Radio 2. Produced by Ethan Johns, it is a stunning combination of his dynamic songwriting and playing, and the sublime and seamless harmony vocals of emerging young female trio Wildwood Kin, who will appear with Seth as well as opening the concert as support act.

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner’s previous albums include Mercury Prize nominated Kitty Jay(2005), the gold-selling Freedom Fields (2006) – which featured the hit singles Lady of the Sea andThe White HarePoor Man’s Heaven (2009), Hearts & Minds (2010), Tales from the Barrel House(2011) and Word of Mouth (2014). With Ballads of the Broken Few, Seth demonstrates yet again that, far from being complacent, he is constantly exploring new and bold musical paths.

With her music described as “breathtakingly beautiful” by Mark Radcliffe, Nancy Kerr is one of the most celebrated folk musicians of her generation. To date she has won six BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including Folk Singer of the Year 2015.

Since her debut solo album, Sweet Visitor, arrived in late 2014, Nancy has cemented her reputation as one of the UK’s foremost composers of modern folk and social commentary songs. She brings her new show Second Instar to The Other Place Studio Theatre for one night only on Saturday 11 November as part of a national tour.

This live performance will draw mainly from her second album, Instar, which explores, amongst other themes, gender identity and sexuality, struggles for human rights, love and consent, colonialism and the effects of austerity on our culture and ourselves.  Also featuring songs from Sweet Visitor, this is an evening that promises to challenge and inspire, confront and sympathise.

With her Sweet Visitor Band now an established unit, Nancy is joined on stage by bandmates: Tim Yates (Double Bass, Melodeon and Voice), Greg Russell (Guitars and Voice) and Tom Wright (Drums, Guitars and Voice).

LIVE AT THE RSC: SETH LAKEMAN AND WILDWOOD KIN
SUNDAY 23 JULY, 7.30PM
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE THEATRE, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
£25, £22, £15

Box Office 01789 403493
https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/seth-lakeman-live-at-the-rsc

LIVE AT THE RSC: NANCY KERR AND THE SWEET VISITOR BAND

SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM
THE OTHER PLACE, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
£16

Box Office 01789 403493
https://www.rsc.org.uk/nancykerr

Britain’s Got Talent winning actor and dancer George Sampson joins the Madness musical UK Tour From 10th August – 25th November 2017

George Sampson
George Sampson

George Sampson

A full house for OUR HOUSE has been announced, with street dancing sensation George Sampson confirmed to join the UK Tour of the Olivier Award-winning musical. Having won the second season of Britain’s Got Talent with his interpretation of Singing in the Rain, George has gone on to star in major films (Street Dance 2 and Street Dance 3D) and regular roles in Emmerdale (ITV), Waterloo Road (BBC), and Mount Pleasant (Sky). Playing the role of local bad boy Reecey, George joins previously announced cast members Deena Payne (Kath Casey), Jason Kajdi (Joe Casey) and Sophie Matthew (Sarah).

On the night of his 16th birthday, Joe Casey takes the girl of his dreams, Sarah, out on their first date. In an effort to impress her with bravado, Joe breaks into a building site overlooking his home on Casey Street. When the police turn up, a split-second decision forces him to choose between himself and his heart as the story splits in two: one which sees Joe stay to face the music, and the other which sees him flee and leave Sarah to run from the police. As two very different paths unfold before him, the consequences of that choice will change his life forever.

The full cast includes:

 George Sampson as Reecey

Deena Payne as Kath Casey

Jason Kajdi as Joe Casey

Sophie Matthew as Sarah

Callum McArdle as Dad

Billy Roberts as Emmo

Will Haswell as Lewis

Etisyai Philip as Billie

Jessica Niles as Angie

Bobby Windebank as Mr. Pressman/Ensemble

Matthew Mcdonald as Callum/Ensemble

Alex Tranter as On-stage swing

Michael Nelson as On-stage swing

Frances Dee as On-stage swing

Lottie Henshall as Ensemble

George Sampson found his passion for performing by busking on the streets of Manchester at the age of twelve. After being spotted as an exceptional talent and encouraged to audition for Britain’s Got Talent, he rose to fame at the age of fourteen after winning the programme’s second series in 2008 with his interpretation of Singing in the Rain. Following the success of the show, he made his stage debut in the West End hip-hop musical Into the Hoods

George also starred as Eddie in the feature films Street Dance 3D and Street Dance 2, where he found his love for acting. He then went on to star in three series of the award-winning BBC drama Waterloo Road, playing bad boy Kyle Stack. Having discovered a talent for acting work, George began working on Mount Pleasant (Sky) playing the role of Gary, and also in Emmerdale (ITV) as troublemaker, Ryan.

OUR HOUSE was first staged at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End from October 2002 to August 2003 and won the 2003 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. This tour will be directed by Immersion Theatre’s James Tobias and choreographed by the resident choreographer of Matilda The Musical, Fabian Aloise.

Dreamboats and Petticoats coming to The Bristol Hippodrome Monday 24 – Saturday 29 July

Chloe Edwards-Wood & Alastair Norman in the Dreamboats and Petticoats 2017 UK Tour.
Chloe Edwards-Wood & Alastair Norman in the Dreamboats and Petticoats 2017 UK Tour.

Chloe Edwards-Wood & Alastair Norman in the Dreamboats and Petticoats 2017 UK Tour. Photo by Pamela Raith Photography

Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical returns to celebrate 10 years of the multi-million selling albums that inspired the Olivier Award nominated musical. The show opens at Theatre Royal Windsor on 25th January before embarking on a nationwide tour.

Written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the writers behind TV classics ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’, ‘Birds of a Feather’, ‘The New Statesmen’ and ‘Shine On Harvey Moon’, the show features classic tracks from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, and many more. Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield in association with Universal Music. Tickets are now on sale.

Set in 1961, emotions are running high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition – and, more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue! But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock‘n’roll fame beckons.

The dazzling success of the first five albums in the Dreamboats and Petticoats series sent the message loud and clear. With over 4 million copies sold and several weeks at the Number One spot in the compilation charts, the Great British public were saying that they didn’t just want to listen to pure nostalgia: they’d love to see it as well.

Inspired by the smash hit multi-million selling CD albums Dreamboats and Petticoats One, Two, Three, Four and Five, the West End sell-out sensation Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era. These include Let’s Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, Bobby’s Girl, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Runaround Sue, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, Let It Be Me, Great Pretender, C’mon Everybody, Let’s Twist Again and many more hits from music’s golden era!

The full cast includes:

Jimmy Johnston as Phil/Older Bobby

Alistair Higgins as Bobby

Alistair Hill as Norman

Elizabeth Carter as Laura

Laura Darton as Sue

Gracie Johnson as Donna

David Luke as Ray

Henry Alexander as Colin

Jay Osborne as Richard

Rob Gathercole  as Jeremy

Lauren Chinery as Babs

Josh Tye as Derek

Sheridan Lloyd as Andy

Billy Stookes as Barry

Mike Lloyd as Frank/Slugger

Chloe Edwards-Woods as Daisy/Brenda

Alan Howell as Eric

Stephanie Hackett as ASM/Swing

The Creative team includes:

Produced by Bill Kenwright

Directed by Bob Tomson

Choreographed by Carole Todd

Designed by Sean Cavanagh

Sound Designed by Dan Samson

Lighting Designed by Tim Oliver

Executive Producer Brian Berg

First Look: Production images and casting update for Regent Park Open Air Theatre’s ‘On The Town’

THE GIRLS to Tour in 2018, as London Season ends 15 July

The Girls

The Girls

David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers, the producers of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new musical comedy, THE GIRLS, based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls, have announced that the production will return home to Yorkshire and open at the Leeds Grand Theatre on 15 August 2018 and visit 42 theatres across the United Kingdom.

The critically acclaimed and award-winning production will complete its six-month London season at the Phoenix Theatre on Saturday 15 July 2017, and, before that, this musical comedy played sold-out seasons in Leeds and Manchester.

David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers said, “We are so proud and thrilled with this production, and we want to take it to everyone who wants to see it in the country, and at prices they can afford.”  Gary Barlow and Tim Firth added, “We are delighted with the reception our musical has received in Leeds, Manchester and now London, and are thrilled that the show will be visiting towns and cities up and down the country, so that more people can get a chance to see it and, we hope, will also fall in love with THE GIRLS.”

THE GIRLS is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands, and have to date raised almost £5million for Bloodwise.  This musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary.

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth grew up in the same village in the north of England and have been friends for 25 years.  With Take That, Gary has written and co-written 14 number one singles, has sold over 50 million records worldwide and is a six times Ivor Novello Award winner.  Tim has won the Olivier Award and UK Theatre Award for Best New Musical, and the British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Film for Calendar Girls.

THE GIRLS is produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and The Shubert Organization.

Bloodwise, the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity, will receive monies from this production.

Website               www.thegirlsmusical.com

Twitter                 @thegirlsmusical

#TheGirls

Facebook            www.facebook.com/TheGirlsMusical

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Phoenix Theatre

110 Charing Cross Road

London WC2H 0JP

Box Office: 0844 871 7629

Ticket Prices: From £19.50

Performances: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

Booking Period:  Until 15 July 2017

Running Time: 2½ hours including interval

 

 

Bristol Old Vic announces post-show panellists for women-only night of Medea.

(LtoR: Philippa Lowthorpe, Chino Odimba, Dr Naomi Paxton, Cllr Estella Tincknell)
(LtoR: Philippa Lowthorpe, Chino Odimba, Dr Naomi Paxton, Cllr Estella Tincknell)

(LtoR: Philippa Lowthorpe, Chino Odimba, Dr Naomi Paxton, Cllr Estella Tincknell)

On Friday 26 May, Bristol Old Vic is taking the radical step of hosting a performance of its politically charged production, Medea, to an exclusively female audience. Directly after the show, there will be a panel discussion hosted by Bristol Women’s Voice about the issues raised in the production; of what it is to be a woman and a mother today, resisting the loss of identity, and the struggles some women undertake to find retribution in a system that is often unfair.

Bristol Old Vic today announced the panellists who will be taking part in the discussion: film and television director Philippa Lowthorpe, whose recent three part drama “Three Girls” looked at the true stories of victims of grooming and sexual abuse in Rochdale; Bristol-based playwright and writer of Medea Chino Odimba; researcher, writer and performer Dr Naomi Paxton and Bristol Councillor Estella Tincknell. The panel will be chaired by Jane Duffus, trustee of the charity Bristol Women’s Voice since 2015.

BAFTA-winning film and television director Philippa Lowthorpe directed the three-part BBC drama Three Girls which aired on 16-18 May and told the story of three of the children who were victims in the 2012 grooming and sex trafficking case in Rochdale. Her previous credits include Jamaica Inn, Call the Midwife, Five Daughters (2010), Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2006), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2003). In 2013, Philippa became the first woman to be awarded a BAFTA for Best Director: Fiction. She directed the feature film Swallows and Amazons in 2016.

Writer Chino Odimba was born in Nigeria, raised in London and now lives in Bristol. She is the writer of Medea. Past work includes Women Embrace Two (Bristol Old Vic), An Ode to Adam (The Ustinov Theatre) and The Bird Woman of Lewisham (Story Project at Arcola Theatre). She has written for Clean Break and had work performed at the RSC and the National Theatre.  She is a winner of the Channel 4 Playwright Scheme and was a finalist for the Alfred Fagon Award (2014) and the Bruntwood Playwrights Award (2015) for her play Wild is De Wind. Chino is currently under commission for Eclipse Theatre’s Revolution Mix project (Bristol Old Vic), and as the Channel 4 Playwright at Talawa Theatre. She is also working on a modern retelling of Oliver Twist for Theatre Centre London (touring Autumn 2017), and has recently written a new short film Scotch Bonnet for BBC iPlayer. Chino was also writer-on-attachment at Bristol Old Vic in 2014.

Dr Naomi Paxton is a researcher, writer and performer. Her particular research interests include the performative propaganda of the suffrage movement, and the networks and cultural histories of political feminist theatre in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She is also an Associate Artist of the feminist production hub Scary Little Girls. Naomi produced Knickerbocker Glories, a triple bill of Suffrage plays that ran at the Union Theatre in London in June 2010, and co-produced Stage Rights! A Living Literature Walk in  2013 and 2016, and A Particular Theatre: Shakespeare, Suffragists and Soldiers in 2016 with Scary Little Girls. She is one of the BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinkers, and is currently working at Parliament on the Vote 100 project ‘What Difference Did the War Make? World War One and Votes for Women’.

Estella Tincknell is Labour councillor for Lockleaze with special responsibility for Equalities, Culture and Events. She is also Associate Professor in Film and Culture at UWE with particular focus on gender and identity in music, cinema and media, and has published widely in both these areas. She is a member of the Women, Ageing, Media network of researchers, and her evidence contributed to the House of Lords Report on Women in Broadcasting published in 2014.  Until recently she also co-edited The Soundtrack, a journal of film and music.

Jane Duffus is the founder of the all-female brand What The Frock! Comedy, which launched in 2012 to champion women in both comedy and the arts more widely. She has almost two decades of experience as a national newsstand journalist and is particularly interested in the areas of supporting women in the arts.

Chair of Bristol Women’s Voice, Penny Gane said: “There is still a real need for spaces where women are able to come together to share and support one another, especially regarding the kinds of sensitive subjects that are addressed in a performance like Medea. It is very empowering to have this rare opportunity for a woman-only audience to look at the hidden experiences of women such as Medea/Maddy, who are mothers and homemakers and whose stories are so often unheard. This is why it is so important that Bristol Old Vic has agreed to offer this unique evening to the women of Bristol and we are very excited to be a part of this.”

Executive Producer of Bristol Old Vic, Chloe Elwood said: “When we spoke to Bristol Women’s Voice at the Medea press night, they talked to us about the relevance of the play and the value there would be on having one night held exclusively for an audience of women. This supported many of the comments we’d already had from audiences during the previews. It felt important enough to take a leap of faith and provide a place where issues of justice, social balance and voice are shared. Bristol Old Vic created Medea not as a historic Greek tragedy, but as a comment on the world we live in today. Theatre is not merely a place to be entertained with powerful stories. When it gets things right, it is also a place to encourage debate and even instigate change.”

Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans to head new London cast of Wicked from Monday 24 July 2017

Wicked
Wicked

Wicked

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has announce that Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Jack Lansbury (Boq) and Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) will head the new London cast from Monday 24 July 2017, joining current cast members Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).

Alice Fearn (Elphaba) originally joined the London production of WICKED in 2016, as Standby for Elphaba, and will now assume the role. Her previous West End appearances include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek The Musical, Into The Woods, Les Misérables (also the film version) and The Woman in White. Sophie Evans (Glinda) was the acclaimed runner-up in the BBC talent show ‘Over the Rainbow’ and subsequently played ‘Dorothy Gale’ in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium; Bradley Jaden (Fiyero) is currently starring as ‘Fiyero’ on the international tour of WICKED. He previously starred as ‘Enjolras’ in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre; Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible) is currently part of the acclaimed Everyman Company at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre. Her West End roles have included ‘Mrs Phelps’ in the original cast of Matilda, ‘MmeThénardier’ in Les Misérables and ‘Mrs Corry’ in the original cast of Mary Poppins; Andy Hockley (The Wizard) has enjoyed a long association with The Phantom of the Opera, playing ‘Monsieur Firmin’ at London’s Her Majesty’s Theatre as well as on the UK & Ireland Tour for over 1000 performances. He most recently played ‘Grandpa Potts’ in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at West Yorkshire Playhouse and on the UK & Ireland Tour; Jack Lansbury (Boq) is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and will be making his West End debut in WICKED; Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) appeared in The Sound of Music at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, covering and playing ‘Maria von Trapp’. Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose) and Carina Gillespie(Standby for Glinda) all continue in their current roles.

Current cast members Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba), Suzie Mathers (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Mark Curry (The Wizard) and Idriss Kargbo (Boq) will all play their final performances on Saturday 22 July 2017.

From Monday 24 July 2017, the London production will star Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose), Jack Lansbury (Boq), Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba), Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda) and Jennie Abbotts, Ashley Birchall, Nicole Carlisle, Nicholas Corre, Conor Crown, Kerry Enright, Aimée Fisher, Joseph Fletcher, Alexandra Grierson, Katy Hanna, Tom Andrew Hargreaves, Olivia Kate Holding, Claudia Kariuki, Will Lucas, James McHugh, Danny Michaels, Ellie Mitchell, Rosa O’Reilly, Matt Parsons, Alex Pinder, Sam Robinson, Paulo Teixeira, Samantha Thomas, Hannah Toy, Russell Walker, Sasha Wareham and Libby Watts.

Acclaimed as “one of the West End’s true modern classics” (Metro), WICKED is now in its 11th smash hit year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is already the 17th longest running show in West End theatre history. The “hugely popular show” (The Times) is a three-time winner of the theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and a two-time winner of the Olivier Audience Award. The critically acclaimed and multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour returns from 31 January 2018, visiting Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Dublin, Sunderland, Southampton, Cardiff and Manchester.

Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created byL. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

WICKED has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted and, for DreamWorks, The Prince of Egypt) and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life). Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winnerJoe Mantello.

WICKED is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG

Official UK website: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk

 Twitter: @WickedUK  |  Facebook: /WickedUK  |  Instagram: @WickedUK

 

Full casting announced for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Chichester Festival Theatre

Fiddler On The Roof
Fiddler On The Roof

Fiddler On The Roof

The full company is announced today for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, running at Chichester Festival Theatre from 10 July – 26 August, with a press night on Tuesday 18 July. Directed by Daniel Evans, the cast of this new staging of the classic Broadway musical is led by Omid Djalili and Tracy-Ann Oberman.

The full company is: Simbi Akande (Tzeitel), Ryan Anderson, Leo Andrew, Andrew Boyer, Greg Castiglioni, Stephen John Davis, Omid Djalili (Tevye), Nicholas Duncan, Luke Fetherston, Rosie Fletcher, Harry Francis, Victoria Hinde, Chris Jarman (Lazar Wolf), Abigail Jaye, Emma Kingston (Hodel), Lucinda Lawrence, Louis Maskell (Perchik), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Golde), Megan O’Hanlon, Sephora Parish, Pierce Rogan, Liza Sadovy (Yente), Rose Shalloo (Chava), Jos Slovick (Motel), Mia Soteriou (Grandma Tzeitel), Laura Tebbutt (Fruma Sarah) and Matthew Woodyatt.

  1. A small village in Imperial Russia. Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his wife, Golde, are blessed with five witty and beautiful daughters. The matchmaker Yente, who believes any husband is better than no husband, is busy making sensible marriage plans for them all.

But Tevye’s bold daughters have their own ideas about who to marry. And as change and new ideas roll in from the big cities, dissolving the old ways of life, the sisters are not alone in their lust for something new.

This celebrated and much loved musical is packed with show-stopping songs including If I Were A Rich Man, Tradition and Matchmaker. The original record-breaking Broadway production won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical.

This new staging is directed by Chichester’s Artistic Director Daniel Evans, whose hit productions at Sheffield Theatres included Show Boat, My Fair Lady and Flowers for Mrs Harris. His outstanding creative team includes designer Lez Brotherston (Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Sister Act) and choreographer Alistair David (Show Boat, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers).

Omid Djalili makes his Chichester debut playing Tevye. A multi award-winning comedian and actor, his stage credits include Oliver! in the West End and, on film, The Infidel, Shaun the Sheep, Casanova and Disney’s forthcoming The Nutcracker.

Tracy-Ann Oberman plays Golde; her stage credits include Boeing-Boeing and Stepping Out in the West End, while her extensive TV work includes New Tricks, EastEnders and Friday Night Dinner.

The musical supervisor and orchestrator will be David White, the co-orchestrator will be Andy Massey and the musical director,Tom Brady; with lighting by David Hersey, sound by Carolyn Downing and video by Nina Dunn.

Fiddler on the Roof is sponsored by Henry Adams, ITD Consultants, Reynolds Fine Furniture and Seaward Properties. It is performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

There will be a Relaxed Performance of Fiddler on the Roof on 26 July at 2.30pm, especially suitable for individuals, groups and families with children on the autistic spectrum, sensory and communication disorders or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment.

EVENTS

Inua Ellams: An Evening with an Immigrant         Sunday 23 July, 7pm, Minerva Theatre

Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, in 1996 Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England, aged 12. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, An Evening with an Immigrant sees Ellams recount his fantastic, funny, poignant and sometimes ridiculous story. It’s a story that has seen him escape fundamentalist Islam, perform at the National Theatre, and drink wine with the Queen – all the while without a country to belong to, or place to call home. Tickets £12.

Pre-Show Talk with Daniel Evans              Monday 17 July, 5.45pm

Free but booking essential.

Theatre Day                                                   Thursday 27 July, 11am

Join the creative teams and technical crew for 90 minutes of insight, demonstration and discussion on the making of the production. A Theatre Day ticket can be combined with the matinee performance for an immersive day at the Theatre. Tickets £5 (+ optional performance ticket).

Post-Show Talk                                            Monday 21 August

Stay after the performance to ask questions, meet company members and discover more. Free.

Late Night Cabaret               Thursday 24 August, Post Show, Minerva Bar & Grill

Join us after the show as the company of Fiddler on the Roof present a selection of songs and live entertainment. Enjoy a drink with friends and take advantage of our post-show dining. Free.

BOOKING INFORMATION

Box Office 01243 781312

Online cft.org.uk

Tickets from £10. Prologue tickets for 16 – 25 year olds for £5.

Press night: Tuesday 18 July

 

Showbiz legend Bill Kenwright signs Joe McElderry for brand new album of silver screen favourites Saturday Nights At The Movies

Joe McElderry
Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry

Following his performance on ITV1’s Tonight At The Palladium last night, much-loved singer and actor Joe McElderryrevealed that he will be releasing a brand new album this summer on Bill Kenwright’s record label, BK Records.

His first album in five years, Saturday Night At The Movies is inspired by Joe’s love for film and theatre, and will feature newly orchestrated recordings of iconic hits such as ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ from Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii, ‘Time Of My Life’ from Dirty Dancing and the inevitable ‘Any Dream Will Do’ from Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in which Joe is currently starring. The album will also include a bonus track of the hit single ‘Gloria’, written by acclaimed songwriter and 10CC frontman, Graham Goudman.

 Joe says: “My new album is a snapshot of where I am today and I am excited about the opportunity to share some of my favourite music with my fans. I hope people will join me as I continue on this musical journey!”

 Bill Kenwright comments: “Joe McElderry is a fantastic singer, and if I’ve done anything good in my life it has been to support talent.  We are so pleased to welcome Joe to the BKL family.”

 To celebrate the release of his fifth studio album, Joe will embark on a nationwide live tour this summer featuring songs from the new album, from 14th July 2017. Joe will be joined on stage by three special guests who have all starred as Joseph in Bill Kenwright’s production: X Factor’s Lloyd Daniels and Any Dream Will Do runners up Keith Jack and Ben James Ellis.

Hailing from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, Joe was just 18 when he won the sixth series of The X Factor, having been mentored by Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole. Since then, he has captured the nation’s hearts and has gone on to become a platinum selling artist. He soared to No.1 in the UK Singles Charts with his rendition of Miley Cyrus’ ‘The Climb’ and his debut album Wide Awake went straight in at No.3 on the UK Albums Chart. He has since gone on to have two more Top 10 albums.

The most successful male X Factor winner to date, Joe was hailed as the first ever contestant to release a fourth studio album. After his triumphant win, Britain’s favourite singer then went on to win Popstar to Operastar in 2011 and The Jump in 2014. Joe is currently starring in Bill Kenwright’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s hit musical Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with sold-out performances across the land. Joe’s appearance as Joseph has seen ticket sales soar throughout the country.

This album of iconic movie hits, all cooed in Joe’s heartfelt and warming vocals will make listeners fall in love with these all-time classics all over again.

Tracklisting:

Saturday Night At The Movies

1. Daydream Believer (Shrek)

2. Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing (Armageddon)

3. Can’t Help Falling In Love  (Blue Hawaii)

4. No Matter What (Whistle Down the Wind)

5. Saturday Night At The Movies

6. Time Of My Life (Dirty Dancing)

7. If I Loved You (Carousel)

8. Everything I Do, I Do It For You (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)

9. Love Is All Around (Four Wedding and A Funeral)

10. Love Never Dies (Love Never Dies)

11. I’m Into Something Good (The Naked Gun)

12. Show Me Heaven (Days of Thunder)

13. Any Dream Will Do (Close Every Door) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Bonus Track

14. Gloria