Curious Directive announce full casting for Frogman

Traverse Theatre

Full casting has been announced on curious directive’s Frogman which opens at the Traverse Theatre, Codebase, as part of the Edinburgh Festival.  A hugely ambitious, coming-of-age thriller, Frogman is told through live theatre and 360 film in Virtual Reality.

The show will open in Edinburgh before embarking on an 8-date UK tour to Brighton, Plymouth, Cambridge, Oxford, Bath, Warwick, Norwich, and Hull with further dates to be announced.

Tessa Parr plays Meera and will be performing live on stage.  The cast also includes voice work from Sarah Woodward as DCI Fiona Webb, Johnny Flynn as Douglas Clarke, Anna Procter as Cathy Selbourne, Kate Shenton as Jen Philips and Russell Woodhead as Ryan Willis.

The VR cast features four non-professional young actors from schools in Brisbane, Australia.  They are Ava Ryan (aged 11) as Young Meera, Indiah Morris (11) as Lily McCullen, Sol Castanho (11) as Shaun Jacobs and Milla Webb (13) as Ashleigh Richardson.

The Great Barrier Reef, 1995.

Meera is eleven. It’s her first sleepover. Strawberry Dunkaroos, Sega Mega Drive and coral fragment analysis descends into torch-lit storytelling from sleeping bags.

Lights off. In the corner, Meera’s aquarium is beginning to glow. Outside over the reef, the Frogman hovers looking for the traces of a missing child.  The annual coral bloom is due, creating an underwater snowstorm. Time is running out.

Frogman is a multi-sensory show which submerges the audience deep into the Great Barrier Reef and carefree summers of long ago.  Blending youthful nostalgia with a dark sense of haunting unease, the show captures that yearning to return to purer days, real or imagined and the pain at the realisation that those days are gone forever. Nothing can ever be the same again.

Fusing live theatre with 360 film, Frogman blurs the lines between reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.  It will be performed to an audience of 30, who will each be given a VR headset to experience new ways into storytelling in a theatre environment.

Directed by Artistic Director and Founder Jack Lowe, the show has been three years in the making and Lowe has worked alongside specialists in marine biology from Hull’s Deep Aquarium, coral reef scientist Jamie Craggs (Horniman Museum), Sebastian Hennige (Heriot-Watt) and Creative Technologist Ed Greig (Deloitte Digital)

Jack has assembled an exceptional team including Linbury Prize winning designer Camilla Clarke and Tony award-winning sound designer Peter Malkin (The Encounter).

The creation of Frogman has included underwater film shoots in Australia and Indonesia and was made in close collaboration with schools from Hull and Backbone Youth Arts, Brisbane, a leading Australian experimental youth theatre. Together they have created the show exploring themes of childhood, parenthood and the impending coral reef bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef.

Founded in 2008, a Norwich-based company, curious directive is widely recognised for risk taking and genre-pushing theatre.  The company are double Fringe First winners and their previous work includes PioneerThe Kindness of StrangersAfter the RainfallOlfactoryBinaryExoplanets and Your Last Breath.


 4 to 27th August 2017

Traverse Theatre (CodeBase) Edinburgh

Tickets: 0131 228 1404


5 to 9 September 2017

The Old Market Brighton

Tickets: 01273 201 801


19 to 23 September 2017

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Tickets: 01752 267222


27 to 29 September 2017

Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
Tickets: 01223 511 511


2 to 6 October 207

Oxford Playhouse

Tickets: 01865 305305


7 to 11 October 2017

The Egg, Bath

Tickets: 01225 823409

16 to 19 October 2017

Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick

Tickets: 024 7652 4524


22 to 29 October 2017

Norwich Arts Centre

Tickets: 01603 6603352


1 to 11 November 2017

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 – venue to be announced


Further dates to be announced


The Truman Capote Talk Show come to Assembly, Edinburgh from 3-27 August

Truman Capote
Truman Capote

Truman Capote

Bob Kingdom’s portrayal of Truman Capote, the brilliant and tortured, adorable and wicked writer of Breakfast At Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood has spellbound audiences all over the world enjoying a sell-out season in London’s West End and Off-Broadway.

Capote – social butterfly, gossipmonger and faded novelist – is brought back from the dead in Bob Kingdom’s award-winning one-man show, dropping names until those names drop him. Never lapsing into biography or lecture, this piece brings the later middle of the twentieth century into sharp focus through Capote’s slightly jaded eyes.

Elvis, Camus, Frost, Marilyn, Thurber, Gore Vidal; all bit parts in the world Truman Capote moved through. The slightly seedy glamour of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the intelligence of its author shine through the script, bringing out the tragedy threaded through Capote’s humour.

Capturing the man and his times despite the Capote estate forbidding any direct quotation is no easy task, but Kingdom succeeds with ease. His performance is scarily accurate; the wardrobe, the mannerisms, the camp, acerbic humour is precise. But this is so much more than impersonation, bringing a man who faded from view, from the fame he craved, as the world lost interest, back into the spotlight he deserved – or at least needed.

‘I knew Truman and I can only tell you the impersonation is hair-raising… by re-creating the style, elegance and poetic tragedy of Truman Capote, Mr Kingdom, in one of the crowning achievements of the acting profession, has created new poetry of his own.’- New York Observer

For the actor, the occasion is a tour de force; for the audience, much to savour and to reflect upon’ – The New York Times

Venue:                        Assembly (Drawing Room), Mound Place, EH1 2LU

Dates and Times:      3 – 27 August at 11.05am  

Running Time:          65 mins

Tickets:                      £6 on 3 & 4 Aug

£11 (£10) on 5, 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24 Aug

£12 (£11) on 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 Aug

Box Office:      





Cast announced for the world stage premiere of “The Knowledge”

The Knowledge Cast
The Knowledge Cast

The Knowledge Cast

The Knowledge is based on the iconic 1979 TV  comedy. Maureen not only played a leading role in the film, but is also Jack Rosenthal’s widow.

The cast are: Steven Pacey as Mr. Burgess, Celine Abrahams, James Alexandrou, Jenna Augen, Louise Callaghan , Ben Caplan, Michael Chance, Alice Felgate, Fabien Frankel.
Set against the backdrop of the harsh economic times of 1979, the play follows the hilarious struggles of four Londoners as they attempt to better themselves by attempting the fearsome “Knowledge” – the process of becoming a London black cab taxi driver. Standing between them and the coveted Green Badge is the eccentric Mr. Burgess, the examiner. Also known as “The Vampire”, he is on an obsessive mission to maintain standards.

The Knowledge will preview at Charing Cross Theatre from Monday 4 September and run 10 weeks to Saturday 11 November. Press night is Monday 11 September at 7.30pm.

Steven Pacey (Mr. Burgess) was nominated for an Olivier Award as Bertie Wooster in the musical By Jeeves and among his many other West End appearances include Peter in Relative Values, King Arthur in Spamalot, Larkin in Six Degrees of Separation, George in La Cage Aux Folles.

Celine Abrahams (Brenda) played Roxanne in McMafia (BBC), Olga in Three Sisters (Union Theatre), 5 Kinds of Silence (Arcola).

James Alexandrou (Gordon) is best known for playing Martin Fowler in EastEnders from 1996 – 2007. As part of the Shakespeare 450 celebrations, he played Iago in Grassroots Shakespeare London’s production of Othello at Leicester Square Theatre and also performed sonnets at the Guildhall with Damian Lewis. His recent stage roles include Romeo in Romeo & Juliet at The Globe, Milo in Sleuth, Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front.

Jenna Augen (Val) won Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the UK Theatre Awards for her portrayal of Daphna in Bad Jews (St James Theatre/Arts Theatre). Her other roles include Foible in The Way of the World (Chichester Festival Theatre) Ada Kahn in Chicken Soup with Barley (Royal Court).

Louise Callaghan (MIss Staveley) played Sarah Box in Foxfinder (Theatre 503), Lynette in Noughts and Crosses (Royal Shakespeare Company) Lizzie Bains in Holding Fire! (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Ben Caplan (Ted) was series regular PC Peter Noakes in Call the Midwife and Walter “Smokey” Gordon in the 6-part HBO series Band of Brothers. In the West End he played Eddie Kassner in Sunny Afternoon.

Michael Chance (Arab tourist) was most recently in Lettice and Lovage (Menier Chocolate Factory).

Alice Felgate (Janet) was series regular Ellie Mason in You, Me & Them (Gold) and Lila in Plaques & Tangles (Royal Court Theatre).

Fabien Frankel (Chris) recently graduated from LAMDA. He is making his professional debut.

Creative team:
Director Maureen Lipman. Set Design Nicolai Hart-Hansen. Costume Design Jonathan Lipman. Sound Design Andrew Johnson.

The Knowledge is produced by Vaughan Williams and Steven M. Levy.

RADA President Kenneth Branagh to direct Tom Hiddleston in Hamlet

Kenneth Branagh’s Olivier Award-winning theatre company will join forces with RADA for a co-production of Hamlet, to support the transformation of RADA’s Chenies Street site in London, further developing the Academy as a world-leader in dramatic arts training.

The production will feature RADA alumnus Tom Hiddleston in the title role and will play a strictly limited three week run at RADA’s 160-seat Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre from 1-23 September 2017.

All funds raised will support the RADA Attenborough Campaign, which aims to raise £20million, enabling the regeneration of the Academy’s Chenies Street premises.

RADA’s new premises will provide RADA’s first on-site accommodation for students. RADA already supports 70% of students on its core programmes financially, and such new accommodation will further remove financial barriers to training.

The regeneration, which will also include a new library and enhanced archive, will convert the listed Drill Hall to become a flexible, 250 seat public theatre, named the Richard Attenborough Theatre.

The acting company and creative team are made up from members of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company and RADA.  They are Ayesha Antoine (Rosencrantz / Bernarda), Lolita Chakrabarti (Queen Gertrude),Nicholas Farrell (King Claudius), Sean Foley (Polonius / Osric), Tom Hiddleston (Hamlet), Ansu Kabia(King Hamlet / Player King / Gravedigger), Caroline Martin (Horatia), Eleanor de Rohan (Guildastern / Marcella / Priest), Irfan Shamji (Laertes / Player Queen) and Kathryn Wilder (Ophelia). Hamlet will be designed by James Cotterill with lighting design by Paul Pyant (both RADA graduates) and sound design byPaul Arditti and Christopher ReidLucy Bevan and Emily Brockmann are casting directors for the production.

RADA and the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company are also delighted to work with colleagues from many other parts of the industry, as well as current RADA Technical Theatre Arts Students.

To ensure that the ticket release is fair, a ballot will open at midday on 1 August, which can be entered online until 6pm on Sunday 6 August, and by phone from midday on 1 August until 5pm on 5 August (lines are open daily 10am – 5pm). Successful applicants shall be notified by or on 8 August and will then have 48 hours to book their tickets on 9-10 August.

Selected at random, all successful ballot applicants are guaranteed the opportunity to purchase a maximum of two tickets within the allotted 48 hour booking window. Tickets for specific dates however cannot be guaranteed and all dates are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Purchases will be limited to a maximum of two per person across all performances. No tickets to be sold by third parties and resale of tickets is strictly prohibited. To help prevent the chance of resale, customers will only be able to collect their tickets on the day of the performance (60 mins before the show begins). Bookers must bring relevant documentation to collect their tickets, and photo identification will be required for under-25s bookers to gain access to the auditorium.

Additionally, no returns shall be offered for the production. Consequently there will be neither a returns queue, nor day tickets available to purchase for Hamlet at the RADA box office in person or online.

Twenty percent of tickets will be priced at £15 and are only available to audiences aged 25 and under. A further twenty percent will be priced at £45, with the remaining tickets at £95.

As this is a fundraising event, the decision has been taken to offer no free tickets to media. Any journalist wishing to purchase a ticket will be able to enter the ballot. This is in an attempt to create a level playing field and to raise as much money as possible for the RADA Attenborough Campaign.

Edward KempDirector of RADA, said: “We’re thrilled that Kenneth Branagh returns to RADA to work with graduates of the Academy in support of our capital campaign. At RADA our close links with the industry are a vital part of the training, and we’re committed to maintaining these links in an ever-changing industry. This is a wonderful opportunity for actors from our graduating third year, as well as our current technical theatre and stage management students, to work alongside immensely talented professionals – forming a collaboration of artists that brings together a wealth of experience and exuberant young talent.”

Kenneth Branagh said: “I believe Shakespeare and RADA are very good things. This production celebrates both. We bring actors, writers, directors and technicians from last year’s KBTC Garrick season, and team them with RADA graduates past and present, together with artists from the larger creative world to explore Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The play speaks as loudly as ever to our volatile world and we are proud to have Tom Hiddleston lead an exciting group of actors, as he plays the title role for the first time. This work has been in discussion and planning over a period of years. To find its expression at, with, and for RADA, is a privilege.”

Tom Hiddleston said: “Hamlet presents almost limitless possibilities for interpretation. I can’t wait to explore them, with this great cast, at RADA. Kenneth Branagh and I have long talked about working on the play together, and now felt like the right time, at the right place. To be guided through it by him as a director, an expert and a friend, is our great good fortune. The performing arts exist to bring people together, not to break or keep them apart. I hope the funds raised by the production will help RADA continue to provide a wider field of equal opportunity to train actors, stage managers and technical theatre artists, from every background, to a standard of excellence and professionalism. We need to keep the doors open for everyone.”


By William Shakespeare

Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre
Malet Street

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm from 1 – 23 September
Matinees at 2.30pm on 2, 9, 16, 23 September
Box Office (Cambridge Live) 01223 357 851

Tickets £95, £45 and £15 for under-25s
No credit card or booking fees

Accessible seating is available at all performances.

The run will also include accessible performances, details of which will be announced shortly; patrons are encouraged to provide access requirements when registering for the ticket ballot.


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Wicked surpasses the run of Billy Elliot The Musical to become the 16th longest running show in London Theatre History



WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, plays its 4567th performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on 1 August 2017, surpassing the triumphant run of Billy Elliot The Musical to become the 16thlongest running show in London theatre history.

Two extra matinees have been added this Summer, on Thursday 17 August and Thursday 24 August 2017, starting at 2.30pm. Tickets are now on sale.

Acclaimed as “a big-hearted musical extravaganza about the land of Oz (Time Out London), the “hugely popular show” (The Times) is now in its 11th year and has already been seen by over 8 million people in London alone. WICKED 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. While continuing its open-ended London run, the critically acclaimed and multi record-breaking UK & Ireland touring production returns from 31 January 2018, visiting BristolLiverpoolBirminghamEdinburghLeedsDublin,SunderlandSouthamptonCardiff and Manchester.

 WICKED currently stars 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) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).

Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. 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 asGlinda 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 PocahontasThe 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-winner Joe Mantello.

WICKED is produced around the world by Marc PlattUniversal Stage ProductionsThe Araca GroupJon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe.

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

Official UK

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New Cast Announced for THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Terence Wilton

PW Productions have announced that from Tuesday 29 August 2017, Susan Hill’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK at The Fortune Theatre, London will star Terence Wilton as ‘Arthur Kipps’ and James Byng as ‘The Actor’.  

Terence Wilton

Terence Wilton

Terence Wilton’s recent theatre credits include ‘Lord Lonsdale’ in “William Wordsworth” (Theatre By The Lake); “Cat On A Hot In Roof” (Theatre Royal Northampton) and “The Sound of Music” (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). For the RSC he recently played ‘Baptista Minola’ in “The Taming of the Shrew”. His television credits include “Revelations – End Of Days”, “The Crusades: The Crescent and the Cross”; “The Forsyte Saga”; “Inspector Alleyn Mysteries”; “Henry VI part 1”; “Some Distant Shadow”; “Dial M for Murder”; “Vanity Fair” and “Doctor Who”.

James Byng

James Byng

James Byng’s previous theatre credits include ‘Toulouse-Lautrec’ in “Moulin Rouge!” (Secret Cinema); ‘Edgar Rychenkov’ in “Noël” (National Opera House, Ireland); “Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales” (Bargehouse, South Bank); ‘Group Captain Mandrake’ in “Dr Strangelove” (Secret Cinema); ‘Nick Willow’ in “Carries War” (UK Tour); ‘Posner’ in “The History Boys” (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Theatre Royal Bath UK Tour); ‘Frodo’ in “The Lord of the Rings” (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); “Les Misérables” (Palace Theatre); “Oliver!” (London Palladium); “Hey! Mr Producer” (Lyceum).

Now in its 29th year, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel, THE WOMAN IN BLACK tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over his family by the spectre of a ‘Woman in Black’. He engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It begins innocently enough, but as they delve further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The borders between make-believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins creep.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt, lighting by Kevin Sleep and sound by Gareth Owen.