Winners announced for the 18Th Annual Whatsonstage Awards

  • 42ND Street leads with 4 wins including Best Musical Revival
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie wins 3 awards including Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
  • The Ferryman leads the play categories with 3 wins including Best Play and Best Direction
  • Broadchurch co-stars Olivia Colman and David Tennant win Best Actress and Best Actor in a Play
  • Sonia Friedman wins the Equity Award for services to theatre, with Sfp Productions winning in 8 categories

 At a ceremony tonight at the Prince of Wales Theatre hosted by Trevor Dion Nicholas and Vikki Stone, the winners of the 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards were announced – the only major theatre awards decided entirely by the theatregoers themselves.

With Hamilton having revised its opening night date making it ineligible for this year’s awards, the field was wide open. Leading the pack with four wins was 42nd Street currently running at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane – taking Best Musical Revival, Best Choreography, Best Set Design and Best Costume Design – from a total of eight nominations. Closely behind with three wins was Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s homegrown British hit which began its life at Sheffield Theatres, before a much-deserved West End transfer. It received Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical for John McCrea, and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Lucie Shorthouse. In the musical categories, out of eight nominations, Bat Out of Hell landed one win for Best Lighting Design.

Matching Jamie’s three wins, and leading in the play categories, was The Ferryman – Jez Butterworth’s five star critically acclaimed play which opened at the Royal Court before running at the Gielgud Theatre, ahead of a recently announced Broadway run. Butterworth wins the Award for Best New Play, with Sam Mendes taking Best Direction, and Fra Fee winning Best Supporting Actor in a Play.

In the acting categories, Broadchurch co-stars Olivia Colman and David Tennant triumphed as Best Actress in a Play and Best Actor in a Play for their respective roles in Mosquitoes at the National Theatre, and Don Juan in Soho at the Wyndham’s Theatre. This is a first WhatsOnStage Award win for Colman, but a third for Tennant who has taken home the Best Actor in a Play category twice before for Hamletand Richard II, with a further nomination for Much Ado About Nothing.

Tennant said today “The WhatsOnStage Awards are a wonderful evening celebrating everything that’s good about London theatre and I’m so chuffed to be winning this for Don Juan in Soho, thank you all so much. It was an amazing experience working with the incredible Patrick Marber, the peerless Adrian Scarborough and a fantastic cast of brilliant, talented, enthusiastic, wonderful people so thank you to all of them. It was a real privilege getting to do a play about Soho in Soho and especially over a summer when London sadly suffered terrible attacks, the play itself began to feel like a real celebration of London. And indeed one of the crown jewels of London which is theatreland and the WhatsOnStage Awards are such a glorious celebration of that, so thank you all for voting and thank you all for getting involved.

Best Actress in a Musical was won by Carrie Hope Fletcher for her performance in the touring production of The Addams Family; with Ross Noble winning Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Young Frankenstein. Musicals also triumphed in the Best Off-West End category withHair; the touring production of Sunset Boulevard winning Best Regional Production; and Les Misérables winning Best Original Cast Recording.

The Almeida Theatre’s production of Hamlet led by Andrew Scott won Best Play Revival, with Juliet Stevenson winning Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her performance as Gertrude.

Sonia Friedman won the Equity Award for Services to Theatre, with SFP Productions taking eight wins across the evening in another successful year for the company. As well as awards for The Ferryman, Don Juan in Soho and Hamlet, they were also represented by the West End phenomenon Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which won Best Show Poster and Best West End Show.

WhatsOnStage’s Chief Operating Officer Sita McIntosh said today, “2017 was such a strong year for theatre, and it’s wonderful to see such a broad cross section of work recognised in this year’s awards – many of the nominees were running neck and neck during the voting process due to the strength of talent represented. It’s also great to see new work being recognised across the categories with both Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and The Ferryman winning multiple awards.”

The WhatsOnStage Awards are proud to support Mousetrap Theatre Projects, a charity which takes children and young people who are disadvantaged or have special needs to see London’s outstanding theatre.

Performances at the event included the title track from The Greatest Showman featuring the hosts Trevor Dion Nicholas and Vikki Stone, with Jonny Labey, Matthew Croke, Christine Allado, and Melanie La Barrie; Janie Dee singing “Could I Leave You?” from Follies; “A Very Good Day” from Working performed by Liam Tamne and Siubhan Harrison; the cast of Hair with “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In”; the company of Bat Out of Hell singing a medley from the production; Tyrone Huntley, Alice Fearn and Hannah-Jane Fox performing a selection of songs from current Broadway shows; “Get Into Your Dance” from Clare Halse and the cast of 42nd Street, and the company of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie performing the title song.



  • Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
  • Andrew Scott, Hamlet
  • Bryan Cranston, Network
  • David Tennant, Don Juan in Soho
  • Martin Freeman, Labour of Love


  • Eve Best, Love in Idleness
  • Imelda Staunton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Olivia Colman, Mosquitoes
  • Natalie Dormer, Venus in Fur
  • Tamsin Greig, Labour of Love


  • Andrew Polec, Bat Out of Hell
  • Danny Mac, Sunset Boulevard
  • Hadley Fraser, Young Frankenstein
  • John McCrea, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Tom Lister, 42nd Street


  • Carrie Hope Fletcher, The Addams Family
  • Christina Bennington, Bat Out of Hell
  • Janie Dee, Follies
  • Josie Walker, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Ria Jones, Sunset Boulevard


  • Adrian Scarborough, Don Juan in Soho
  • Fra Fee, The Ferryman
  • Nathan Lane, Angels in America
  • Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Angels in America
  • Peter Polycarpou, Oslo


  • Denise Gough, Angels in America
  • Imogen Poots, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Jessica Brown Findlay, Hamlet
  • Juliet Stevenson, Hamlet
  • Sheila Atim, Girl from the North Country


  • Chris Howell, 42nd Street
  • Dex Lee , Five Guys Named Moe
  • George Sampson, Our House
  • Rob Fowler, Bat Out of Hell
  • Ross Noble, Young Frankenstein


  • Clare Halse, 42nd Street
  • Danielle Steers, Bat Out of Hell
  • Lucie Shorthouse, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • Tracie Bennett, Follies
  • Zoe Rainey, An American in Paris


  • Gloria
  • Ink
  • Labour of Love
  • Oslo
  • The Ferryman


  • Bat Out of Hell
  • Cilla the Musical
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • The Band
  • Young Frankenstein


  • Angels in America
  • Don Juan in Soho
  • Hamlet
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Witness for the Prosecution


  • 42nd Street
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Five Guys Named Moe
  • Follies
  • Hair


  • Dominic Cooke, Follies
  • Jay Scheib, Bat Out of Hell
  • Marianne Elliott                , Angels in America
  • Robert Icke, Hamlet
  • Sam Mendes, The Ferryman


  • Andrew Wright, Five Guys Named Moe
  • Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris
  • Drew McOnie, On the Town
  • Fabian Aloise, Our House
  • Randy Skinner, 42nd Street


  • Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
  • Gary McCann, La Cage Aux Folles
  • Peter McKintosh, On the Town
  • Roger Kirk, 42nd Street
  • Vicki Mortimer, Follies


  • Bob Crowley, An American in Paris
  • Bunny Christie, Ink
  • Douglas W. Schmidt, 42nd Street
  • Jon Bausor, Bat Out of Hell
  • Vicki Mortimer, Follies


  • Natasha Katz, An American in Paris
  • Patrick Woodroffe, Bat Out of Hell
  • Paule Constable, Angels in America
  • Paule Constable, Follies
  • Peter Mumford, 42nd Street


  • 59 Productions, An American in Paris
  • Duncan McLean , Big Fish
  • Duncan McLean , Labour of Love
  • Tal Yarden, Hamlet
  • Tal Yarden, Network


  • Hair
  • La Ronde
  • The Wild Party
  • Working
  • Yank!


  • Our House
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Addams Family
  • The Band
  • The Hypocrite


  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Dreamgirls
  • Girl from the North Country
  • Hamilton
  • Les Misérables


  • Cats
  • Hamilton
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Wicked


  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Kinky Boots
  • Les Misérables
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Wicked


Sonia Friedman


Bat Out of Hell, 42nd St & Everybody’s Talking About Jamie all won at the 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards – The Ferryman won too, obviously.

The winners of the 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards were announced this evening, celebrating the best of UK theatre.

In a move that some people are referring to as a real wake-up call for the industry, oft-ignored award winner Sonia Friedman Productions ‘scooped’ seven ‘gongs’ including Best New Play for The Ferryman (James Graham’s Ink was robbed), Best Direction for Sam Mendes, Best Supporting Actor in a Play went to Fra Fee and Best Play Revival Award went to Robert Icke’s Hamlet. The Harry Potter play: Cursed Child won two awards as well.

Friedman herself walked off with the Equity Award for Services to Theatre Award, which is nice.

Other winners included Lucie Shorthouse who scooped the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Sunset Boulevard won the Best Regional Production Award and Hair which took the Best Off-West End Production Award.

Sadly, The Band didn’t win Best New Musical – that went to Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The awards are the only major theatre prizes to be voted for entirely by the audience, which explains everything.

You can see the full list of winners below if you like

BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY SPONSORED BY RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN                              • David Tennant, Don Juan in Soho

BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY • Olivia Colman, Mosquitoes

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL SPONSORED BY THE UMBRELLA ROOMS                               • John McCrea, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL SPONSORED BY 100 WARDOUR ST                                      • Carrie Hope Fletcher, The Addams Family

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY                                                                                           • Fra Fee, The Ferryman


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL • Ross Noble, Young Frankenstein

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL SPONSORED BY NEWMAN DISPLAYS        • Lucie Shorthouse, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie


BEST NEW MUSICAL SPONSORED BY SHINE CREATIVE SOLUTIONS                                   • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie



BEST DIRECTION • Sam Mendes, The Ferryman

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY • Randy Skinner, 42nd Street

• Patrick Woodroffe, Bat Out of Hell

BEST VIDEO DESIGN SPONSORED BY PRG XL VIDEO • 59 Productions, An American in Paris

• Roger Kirk, 42nd Street




BEST SHOW POSTERHarry Potter and the Cursed Child


Lulu to join cast of 42nd Street in iconic role of Dorothy Brock


Lulu photographer credit Matt Crockett

Lulu returns to the West End after 30 years to join the cast of 42nd Street, the dazzling and romantic homage to the world of musical theatre in the iconic role of ‘Dorothy Brock’ in this five star production.

 Lulu made her acting debut at the age of 16, starring with Sidney Poitier in the unforgettable To Sir With Love – and taking the title song to Number One in the US for five weeks.  Since then she has never been away from the spotlight as an actress, singer, song-writer and businesswoman.  She has worked with some of the greatest musical talents of our time – Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, David Bowie… Lulu’s acting career has been no less stellar – her West End debut was in the Richard Eyre National Theatre production of Guys & Dolls; she starred in Peter Pan, played Tom Courtenay’s wife in Whatever Happened to Harold Smith, performed successfully in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Song & Dance and gained rave reviews for stepping into Julie Walters’ formidable shoes in the much-loved Adrian Mole tv series.  She also recently showcased her comedic skills in the cult comedy film, Absolutely Fabulous.

Lulu’s career highlights are too many to mention but include the unforgettable Shout, her Bowie collaboration The Man Who Sold the World, a Bond theme song and a Number One with Take That.  She is a multi-award winning artist, including Ivor Novello and Grammy nominations for the world wide hit she penned for Tina Turner, I Don’t Wanna Fight, and she is an OBE.  Lulu continues to set new standards and challenges for herself – she has just completed a 44 date, sell-out tour of the UK and in 2017 toured Australia and the US with her band.  Her most recent, self-penned album Making Life Rhyme, garnered the best reviews of her career.

Also joining the cast of 42nd Street is Ashley Day as ‘Billy Lawlor’. Ashley performed the role of ‘Jerry Mulligan’ in the recent West End production of An American in Paris. Other theatrical credits include Kiss Me Kate (Opera North), Oklahoma! (National Tour), The Book of Mormon (West End), The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium), High School Musical (National Tour), On the Town (English National Opera),Evita (West End), Mary Poppins (West End), Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker (Sadler’s Wells) and Oliver! (West End).

The role of ‘Julian Marsh’ will continue to be performed by Tom Lister, who played ‘Carl King’ in Emmerdale for 8 years and had recently starred as ‘Wild Bill Hickok’ in the UK Tour of Calamity Jane.

 Clare Halse, whose performances have been hailed as ‘outstanding’ will continue as ‘Peggy Sawyer’. She most recently appeared in the acclaimed production of Gypsy as ‘Marjorie May’ at the Savoy Theatre.

42nd Street is playing at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The production is directed by the show’s co-author Mark Bramble (whose other hit shows include BarnumTreasure IslandThe Three Musketeers The Grand Tour) and director of many award-winning previous productions of 42nd Street on Broadway and around the world.

42nd STREET is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as ‘We’re In The Money’, ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, ‘Shuffle Off To Buffalo’, ‘Dames’, ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, and ‘42nd Street’.

With an all-singing, high-kicking cast of over 50 on the West End’s largest stage, 42nd Street is the biggest show in town.

The cast also includes:

Jasna Ivir is ‘Maggie Jones’, Graeme Henderson is ‘Andy Lee’, Christopher Howell is ‘Bert Barry’, Bruce Montague is ‘Abner Dillon’, Mark McKerracher is ‘Mac/Doc/Thug’ and Emma Caffrey is ‘Anytime Annie’. Matthew Goodgame joins as ‘Pat Denning’.

The 45 piece ensemble comprises Clare Rickard, Ella Martine, Hannah Amin, Lucy Andic, Sara Bispham, Pamela Blair, Abi Curruthers, Danielle Cato, Lisa Dent, Natasha Ferguson, Madeleine Francis, Maria Garrett,  Maddie Harper, Leah Harris, Rebecca Herszenhorn, Bethany Huckle, Sarah Kacey, Annie Kitchen, Jenny Legg, Hannah–Faith Marram, Billie Kay, Katy Riches, Zoe Rogers, Jessica Stent, Josephina Camble, Gabrielle Cocca, Emma Johnson,  Jasmine Kerr, Lucy Renouf, Christina Shard, Freddie Clements, Martin McCarthy, Zac Watts, Steph Parry, Thomas Audibert, George Beet, Philip Bertioli, Joel Cooper, Matt Cox, Adam Denman, Luke George, Ryan Gover, Alyn Hawke, Tom Partridge, James-Royden Lyley and Liam Wrate.

42nd Street is presented in London by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade together with The Global Group of Companies for Gate Ventures with Executive Producer Johnny Ho

Shakespeare’s Globe Announces Full Casting For Summer 2018 Tour

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the full casting for its 2018 tour, directed by Brendan O’Hea. From 7 May, a company of eight actors will embark on a national and international tour of Twelfth NightThe Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice, beginning and ending at The Globe. In the spirit of Shakespearean tradition, the company will allow the audience to decide which of the three plays they would like to see, with a voting mechanism to be determined over the course of rehearsals.

Michelle Terry commented:

“In the past decade we’ve toured across the world to castles, refugee camps, country houses and theatres. But one thing we never leave behind is the spirit of The Globe – in a shared space with story, storyteller and audience, we celebrate Shakespeare’s work with as many people as possible.

“But we’re keen to push the experiment further, so we asked, what would Shakespeare do? We know Philostrate says to Theseus in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream: “Make choice of which your highness shall see first”; the choice of entertainment falling to the most powerful person of the household. So, following in Shakespearean tradition, our merry band will have three plays up their sleeve, and, for many performances, the responsibility to choose the entertainment will be given back to the most powerful person in our household: the audience. It’s experimental, it’s experiential, it’s Shakespearean, it’s shared, and it’s at the heart of all that we do.”

The cast comprises:

Luke Brady will play Feste (Twelfth Night), Lucentio (The Taming of the Shrew) and Bassanio (The Merchant of Venice). Luke’s previous work includes St George and the Dragon (National Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Chichester, West End), and Vernon God Little (Young Vic). He graduated from RADA in 2016.

Steffan Cennydd will play Viola (Twelfth Night), Hortensio and Pedant (The Taming of the Shrew) and Lorenzo, Old Gobbo and The Duke (The Merchant of Venice). Previous theatre credits include The Melting Pot (Finborough Theatre) and Under Milk Wood (Watermill Theatre).

Cynthia Emeagi will take the roles of Olivia (Twelfth Night), Baptista (The Taming of the Shrew), and Jessica and Morocco (The Merchant of Venice). Cynthia appeared in Party Skills for the End of the World, created by Shunt, as part of Manchester International Festival. She graduated from Manchester School of Theatre last year.

Sarah Finigan will play Andrew Aguecheek (Twelfth Night), Bianca and Grumio (The Taming of the Shrew) and Shylock (The Merchant of Venice). Sarah’s recent theatre work includes Much Ado About Nothing (Bedouin Shakespeare), Deny Deny Deny (Park Theatre), She Stoops to ConquerAll’s Well That Ends Well (Changeling Theatre) and The BFG (Octagon Theatre). TV credits include Upstart CrowCall the MidwifeCuckoo (BBC), The Great Fire and The Edge of Heaven (ITV). Films include OverlordAshes in the Snow and Suffragette.

Colm Gormley will play the roles of Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew) and Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice), returning to the Globe after playing Hortensio in Caroline Byrne’s The Taming of the Shrew in 2016. Other recent theatre credits include The Country Girls(Chichester), War Horse (National Theatre), Twelfth Night (Sheffield Crucible), King Lear (RSC) and Truth & Reconciliation (Royal Court). TV work includes VictoriaTitanic (ITV) and Officially Special(Sky).

Russell Layton is Sir Toby Belch (Twelfth Night), Tranio and Widow (The Taming of the Shrew), and Antonio, Launcelot Gobbo and Prince of Arragon (The Merchant of Venice). Russell’s previous theatre work includes Hurricane Michael (Assembly Edinburgh), Great Expectations (Watermill Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Stafford Open Air Theatre), Katherine Desouza (Birmingham Rep) and A Chaste Maid of Cheapside (Almeida). Television includes Kingdom (ITV) and EastEnders (BBC).

Rhianna McGreevy will play the Duke Orsino (Twelfth Night), Katherina (The Taming of the Shrew) and Nerissa (The Merchant of Venice) having graduated from LAMDA last year. Rhianna’s theatre credits whilst training include Spring AwakeningHamletMerrily We Roll AlongRichard IIIThree Sisters and Medea (LAMDA).

Jacqueline Phillips will play the roles of Maria and Sebastian (Twelfth Night), Gremio and Vincentio (The Taming of the Shrew) and Portia (The Merchant of Venice). Jacqueline’s recent theatre credits include ButterflyDust of the Street’s Shining (Arc Stockton) and The Man and the Donkey (Customs House). Television credits include Inspector George GentlyThe DumpingGround (BBC) and Vera (ITV).

A director, actor, and education practitioner, Brendan O’Hea has previously performed in a number of productions at Shakespeare’s Globe including Cymbeline (2015), Measure for Measure (2015), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2014), and Henry V (2012).

The full cast includes: Luke Brady, Steffan Cennydd, Cynthia Emeagi, Sarah Finigan, Colm Gormley, Russell Layton, Rhianna McGreevy and Jacqueline Phillips.


Twelfth Night 
The Taming of the Shrew
The Merchant of Venice
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Brendan O’Hea
Designed by Andrew D Edwards
Press Night: Friday 18 May, Globe Theatre
Voter’s choice
Globe Theatre
8 – 19 May6 – 9 September
Chilham Castle, Kent
25 – 27 May
Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor
7 – 9 June
Campos Eliseos Theater, Bilbao, Spain
13 – 14 June
Auditorio Niemeyer Avilés, Spain
16 June
Teatros Del Canal, Madrid, Spain
19 – 21 June
Römerstadt Carnuntum, Austria
29 June – 1 July
Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire 
5 – 8 July
Brighton Open Air Theatre
11 –14 July
Oxford Bodleian Library Quad
18 – 29 July
Doddington Hall, Lincoln
7 – 8 August
Alnwick Playhouse
11 – 12 August
Ystad Theater, Sweden
16 – 18 August

Further venues TBA


Theatr Clywyd announce applications are open for The Writer In Residence scheme for Welsh language writers

Theatr Clywyd

This year, Theatr Clwyd renew their collaboration with Paines Plough to co-produce the Roundabout Season. As part of Theatr Clwyd’s TYFU programme and their commitment to becoming a home for writers in Wales, they are inviting three Welsh language writers to work alongside the Roundabout company. Each writer will develop a 10-minute script that will be performed in the Roundabout when the season opens at Theatr Clwyd.

The residency begins with 3 days in London as rehearsals for the Roundabout Season commence, where the writers will meet the acting company, creative team and writers, and experience the first days of work on new scripts.

The writers will then be invited to Theatr Clwyd to observe rehearsals in the Roundabout itself and have time in the main building to start script development in a supportive environment, surrounded by other creators. The residency concludes with the writers having time to work with a welsh director and 3 actors, further developing and rehearsing, finishing with a celebration of the new writing in the Roundabout on Saturday 30 June.

The Theatr Clwyd Roundabout Welsh Residency offers a bursary to cover travel, subsistence and expenses and an additional fee of £500.

Applications are now open. To apply, please email: a CV of both your work as a writer and/or other employment, training and education; a brief description of where you currently are as a writer; a brief description of why you would like to be involved in this project; two pages of a script that you’ve written in the Welsh language; and confirmation of your availability for all dates listed to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 23 March. All applicants will be notified in due course.

Nottingham Playhouse announces casting for Holes featuring soap stars and Playhouse favourites

Chris Ashby

Chris Ashby

  • Award-winning actress Kacey Ainsworth (Little Mo in EastEnders) to play the Warden
  • Playhouse panto favourite John Elkington to play Mr Sir
  • East Midlands-born actor Chris Ashby returns to take lead part of Stanley, following his successful portrayal of Malcom in Wonderland

Following five-star reviews for Wonderland, Adam Penford’s inaugural production as Artistic Director, he and Nottingham Playhouse announced  the full cast of a theatrical version of the multi-award-winning novel Holes by Louis Sachar.

Set in Texas, Stanley Yelnats (Chris Ashby) can’t catch a break. Born into a family cursed with bad luck – thanks to Stanley’s ‘no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather’ – it comes as no surprise when he finds himself accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

Sent to Camp Green Lake (it isn’t green and there is no lake) as punishment, he is made to dig a hole every day – five foot deep, five foot in diameter – in the baked earth to ‘build character’. But the powerful Warden (Kacey Ainsworth) is definitely searching for something.

Will Stanley and his fellow inmates survive the heat and thirst, the deadly yellow-spotted lizards and the Warden’s ambitions? And more importantly, will they discover what they are really digging for before time runs out?

Joining Chris Ashby and Kacey Ainsworth will be Playhouse panto regular John Elkington as Mr Sir.

Showing the Playhouse’s commitment to diversity, Holes has been cast gender-blind, with some of the male inmates being portrayed by female actors.

Taking the role of Stanley’s best friend at Camp Green Lake, Zero, is Pepter Lunkuse. Other inmates at the camp include X-Ray (played by Ammar Duffus), Magnet (played by Safiyya Ingar), Armpit (played by Henry Mettle, marking his debut professional stage performance).

Local actor Elizabeth Twells returns to the Playhouse as ‘Kissing’ Kate Barlow, as well as Stanley’s Mom,MyraSarah and Ms Morengo.

Edward Harrison will play Stanley’s DadMr PendanskiTrout Walker and Elya. Meanwhile Greg Lockett will play Sam and Myra’s father.

This family-friendly adventure story includes live music, puppetry from the Resident Puppetry Director on War Horse (Matthew Forbes), and breath-taking scenery. The show is suitable for adults and children aged eight and up.

Adam Penford said: “Holes is an amazing story of friendship and justice. It has a gripping narrative, enchanting characters and real jeopardy. I wanted a family-friendly production that would appeal to both our pantomime and drama audiences.

“The film and novel are extremely popular with both adults and children, which makes Holes a perfect choice.”

Holes runs from Saturday 31 March through to Sunday 22 April 2018.

Tickets are priced £37.50 – £8.50

For more information about Nottingham Playhouse visit


Praise for Wonderland

“Unmissable” – British Theatre Guide

“*****” – East Midlands Theatre

“This is a fine start for Adam Penford as the Playhouse’s new Artistic Director,” – Nottingham Post


Full cast biographies:

Chris Ashby – Wonderland (Nottingham Playhouse); Unearthed (Folio Theatre); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre)

Kacey Ainsworth – The Worst Witch (BBC), Call the Midwife (BBC) Granchester (ITV), Casualty (BBC), EastEnders (BBC)

Feed the Beast (Birmingham Rep/ New Wolsey Theatre), Laughton (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Calendar Girls (National Theatre Tour)

John Elkington – The Cherry Orchard, Cinderella and lots of pantos (Nottingham Playhouse); Robin Hood The Arrow of Destiny (York Theatre Royal); Noises Off (Nottingham Playhouse/Nuffield Southampton Theatres/Northern Stage)

Pepter Lunkuse – King Lear (Royal Exchange Theatre/Birmingham Rep/Talawa and broadcast on BBC), The Crucible (Royal Exchange Theatre), Twelfth Night (Iris Theatre at St Paul’s Church)

Ammar Duffus – Dolphins & Sharks (Finborough Theatre), The Woman In the Moon (Shakespeare’s Globe) Twelfth Night (National Theatre)

Safiyya Ingar – The Captive Queen (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse); Box of Delights(Wilton’s Music Hall); Growth (UK Tour)

Henry Mettle – Muse of Fire (Shakespeare’s Globe); Not Now Darling; Avenue Q; Pity In History (Drama St Mary’s)

Elizabeth Twells – Harvest (UK Tour); Pot (Ovalhouse Theatre); Darkness, Darkness (Nottingham Playhouse); Pygmalion; The 39 Steps (Vienna͛s English Theatre)

Edward Harrison – Baskerville (Liverpool Playhouse); Constellations (Singapore Rep); Tomcat(Southwark Playhouse)

Greg Lockett – The Boys in the Band (Vaudeville Theatre & Park Theatre), Brave New World (Theatre Royal & Derngate), African Americana (Theatre 503)



Saturday 31 March through to Sunday 22 April 2018

Matinee Saturday 7 AprilSaturday 14 AprilSunday 15 April and Saturday 21 April at 3pm, Tuesday 17,Wednesday 18 AprilThursday 19 April at 1.30pm

Evenings at 7pm

Press night Thursday 5 April at 7pm


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Casting Announced for World Premiere of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN THE MUSICAL

An Officer And A Gentleman

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN. Jonny Fines ‘Zack’ and Emma Williams ‘Paula’. Photo by Jay Brooks

The full cast for the World Premiere of “AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN – THE MUSICAL” is officially announced. Emma Williamswill play ‘Paula Pokrifiki’, Jonny Fines is ‘Zack Mayo’, Ray Shell as ‘Foley’, Ian Macintosh as ‘Sid Worley’ and Jessica Daley as ‘Lynette Pomeroy’. The production will open at Curve on Friday 6 April 2018 with a national press night on Thursday 19 April before playing at theatres across the UK and Ireland until 15 September 2018. Full tour schedule below.

Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director of Curve and Director of ‘An Officer and Gentleman – The Musical’ said today “Douglas Day Stewart wrote An Officer and a Gentleman in response to his time serving in the American Air Force and the challenges he faced during training. It is a visceral, uncompromising and ultimately tender portrait of the these personal experiences and the lives of folk living near the training facility in the early 1980s.

“We are proud to have assembled such an accomplished company of actors, led by Emma, Ray, Jonny, Ian and Jess to create our production and realise this beautiful portrait of working class lives. All of us at Curve are excited to tell this story – set to a fantastic 80s playlist – and to be working with the talented team at Jamie Wilson Productions. Productions like this couldn’t be made without the support of our collaborators and we are thrilled to be working with Jamie and his team. Officer will certainly be a memorable moment in our theatre’s 10th birthday year.”

Four-time Laurence Olivier Award nominated actress Emma Williams will play ‘Paula Pokrifki’. Emma’s previous credits include ‘Truly Scrumptious’ in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Mrs Henderson Presents” and “Love Story”, all in the West End. This year Emma won the What’s On Stage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for playing ‘Helen’ in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of “Half A Sixpence” at the Noel Coward Theatre.

 Jonny Fines will play the iconic role of ‘Zack Mayo’ – the role made famous by Richard Gere in the beloved 80s film. Jonny most recently played the role of ‘Rooster’ in the West End production of “Annie” at The Piccadilly Theatre.  Other theatre credits include the UK Tours of “The Sound of Music” and “Avenue Q”.

Ray Shell will play ‘Foley’. Ray is probably most famous for creating the roles of ‘Rusty’ in “Starlight Express” and ‘Nomax’ in “Five Guys Named Moe”, both in the West End.  His other theatre credits include the iconic productions of “Miss Saigon” and “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

 Ian Macintosh will play ‘Sid Worley’. Ian is an Olivier nominated actor for his role in the West End production of “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”, his other credits include “The Commitments” and “Rock of Ages”.

 Jessica Daley will play ‘Lynette Pomeroy’. Jessica was a finalist on the BBC 1’s “Over The Rainbow” and previous theatre credits include “Mamma Mia!” In the West End and the UK Tour of “The Sound of Music”.

 The cast also includes Keisha Atwell (“Legally Blonde” and “Grease” at Curve, “Annie”) who will play ‘Casey Seegar’, Andy Barke(“Nativity! The Musical” and “Legally Blonde” at Curve) in the role of ‘Louis Perryman’, Darren Bennett (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “The Importance of Being Earnest”, “Grease” and the title role in “Scrooge the Musical” at Curve) in the role of ‘Bryon Mayo’, James Darch in the role of ‘Troy’, Nathaniel Landskroner (“Grease”, “Legally Blonde” and “Scrooge the Musical” at Curve) in the role of ‘Craig’, George Loannides (“Grease” at Curve and “Annie” and “Mamma Mia!”) in the role of  ‘Eduardo Cortez’, Joe Maxwell (“Jersey Boys” and “Scrooge the Musical” at Curve) in the role of ‘Fin Hooper’, Corinna Powlesland in the role of ‘Aunt Bunny’ and Rachel Stanley (“Legally Blonde” and “Scrooge the Musical” at Curve, White Christmas”) will play ‘Esther Pokrifki’.

 Joining them will be David BurrowsVanessa Fisher, Aimee Hodnett, Keiran McGinn and Rhys Whitfield.

 This brand-new musical is based on the 1982 Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere which tells the story of Zack Mayo who is in training to become a US Navy Pilot. When Zack rolls into boot camp with a bit too much of a swagger, drill Sergeant Foley doesn’t make life easy for him. When he falls for local girl Paula Pokrifki and tragedy befalls his friend and fellow candidate, Zack realises the importance of love and friendship and finds the courage to be himself and win the heart of the woman he loves. It’s only then he can truly become both an Officer and a Gentleman.

 The musical includes the hit song from the movie ‘Up Where We Belong’ along, with 80’s classics such as ‘Alone’, ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud’,‘You’re the Voice’, ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’, ‘Heart of Glass’, ‘Toy Soldiers’ and ‘Material Girl’ and features one of the most iconic romantic scenes ever portrayed on screen.

 “AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN” is one of the highest grossing films of all time. The screenplay is by writer and director Douglas Day Stewart which was based on his personal experience as a Naval Officer Candidate. The book is co-written by Douglas andSharleen Cooper Cohen. It is directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster (“Annie”, “What the Butler Saw”, “Calamity Jane” and “Sunset Boulevard”), Choreographed by Kate Prince (Old Vic Associate Artist, “Everyone’s Talking About Jamie”, “Into The Hoods” and ZooNation), has Musical Supervision by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis (Curve Associate Artist, “Sweeney Todd”, “Sister Act”) with Set and Costume design by Olivier Award nominated designer Michael Taylor (“The Winslow Boy”, “Scrooge the Musical” at Curve, “The Dresser”). Orchestrations are by George Dyer, Lighting Design is by Ben Cracknell, Sound Design by Tom Marshall and Video Design by Douglas O’Connell.

Casting announced for world premiere of new musical Lock and Key at VAULT Festival this March

Lock and Key
Lock and Key

Lock and Key

This March the world premiere of a brand new musical from Barlow & Smith starring Tiffany Graves (Chicago, Sweet Charity, West End) and Evelyn Hoskins (Carrie, Southwark Playhouse,Peter and the Starcatcher, Royal & Derngate, Mrs Henderson Presents) comes to VAULT Festival for a strictly limited run directed by Adam Lenson (Superhero, Songs for a New World)

You thought your boss was bad…

It’s late. Jess should really be going – after all, she’s missing her own birthday party. But her demanding boss Samantha has insisted she stay to review the marketing proofs of the publishing firm’s disgustingly cheery children’s title, ‘Giggles The Bear’. And left the keys to her mysterious, red filing cabinet…

Alone in the eerie office, Jess can’t resist the temptation of peering into Samantha’s secret files. After making a grisly discovery, Jess must choose what she is willing to sacrifice to keep her job.

Brimming with twisted dark humour, Lock and Key is a workplace thriller for audiences all too aware of the painful demands of modern career success – and the cost of being a woman determined to succeed.

Tiffany Graves was most recently seen at Shakespeare’s Globe in Apocalypse Meow and as Madeleine True inThe Wild Party (The Other Palace). Other roles include Velma Kelly in Chicago (Adelphi & Cambridge Theatre), Lois in Kiss Me Kate (Opera North), Helene and alternate Charity in Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal Haymarket),We Will Rock You, Marlene Dietrich in Piaf and Sukie Rougemont in The Witches of Eastwick, as well as Sunset Boulevard, A Chorus Line, Tonight’s the Night, Godspell and Cats. She has performed at Grange Park Opera inLa Traviata and Anything Goes, Follies (Royal Festival Hall) and in many concerts: Chess and Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall), West End Heroes (Dominion Theatre), NT: 50 Years on Stage (National Theatre),Wonderful Town with the Halle Orchestra (The Lowry), and Hey, Old Friends! -Stephen Sondheim 85th Birthday Gala (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).

Evelyn Hoskins theatre credits include Mrs Henderson Presents (Toronto), Peter and the Starcatcher (Royal & Derngate), Carrie (Southwark Playhouse), Hero’s Welcome (UK Tour, Off-Broadway), This Is My Family (Sheffield Crucible, UK Tour), The Boy Who Fell Into A Book (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Peter Pan (US Tour), The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep) and Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith, West End).

Director Adam Lenson is a Director and Dramaturg who specialises in developing new British musical theatre.Directing credits include Superhero (Southwark Playhouse), Songs For A New World (St. James Theatre), Whisper House and 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (The Other Palace Theatre), The Sorrows of Satan, The Quentin Dentin Show (Tristan Bates Theatre), Disgraced (English Theatre Frankfurt), Dark Tourism (Park Theatre), See What I Wanna See (Jermyn Street Theatre), Reel Life (Ustinov Theatre Bath and St James Studio), The Goodbye Girl (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), West End Recast (Duke of York’s Theatre, Phoenix Theatre), Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios), Little Fish and Saturn Returns (Finborough Theatre), Come Fly With Me (Salisbury Playhouse), The Dead Guy (English Theatre Frankfurt) and The Family (Old Vic US/UK Exchange, Public Theater, NY). Forthcoming productions include The Rink starring Caroline O’Connor (Southwark Playhouse).

Writers Bella Barlow and A.C. Smith’s (‘Barlow & Smith’) previous work includes Vanya’s (Criterion Theatre New Writing Showcase, support from Old Vic New Voices), Dream Queen (Globe Theatre, London Festival of Cabaret), The Next Step (HighTide), The Game (St James Studio/The Other Palace) and One Night in Chelsea(site-specific, Chelsea Old Church). They have hosted their own cabarets at The Pheasantry and Theatre Royal Stratford East (Musical Theatre Tuesdays) and have appeared as guests of Janie Dee and Kerry Ellis. Barlow & Smith’s original song “Private Delight” was performed at the Queen’s 90thBirthday Celebration Gala. Their debut album of new holiday music ‘Christmas in the City’ was produced by Ian Shaw and is available on iTunes. They are co-founders of the Women’s Musical Theatre Initiative, developed in partnership with London Playwrights’ Workshop.


 Lock and Key | Wednesday, 14 March – Sunday 18 March at 6.15pm. Saturday matinee at 3.15pm

Tickets £18.50 (including booking fee) | Running time: 1hr. Age guidance: 12+
Tickets and information: | Address: The Vaults, Leake St, London SE1 7NN.
Twitter: @VAULTFestival #LockAndKeyMusical @Smith_Barlow

Mousetrap Theatre Projects announces its 21st Anniversary Gala

Mousetrap Theatre Project
Mousetrap Theatre Project

Mousetrap Theatre Project

  • Hosted by Christopher Biggins and Harriet Thorpe
  • Featuring musical excerpts from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Mamma Mia! and Dreamgirls
  • Performances by David Suchet, Patricia Hodge, Michael Xavier, Samantha Spiro, Beau Dermott, Tyrone Huntley and Rachel Tucker

In celebration of Mousetrap Theatre Projects’ (MTP) 21st anniversary, it is today announced Christopher Biggins and Harriet Thorpe will host the charity’s Gala at the Prince of Wales Theatre on Sunday, 18 March at 7.30pm.  MTP is a theatre education charity dedicated to bringing the magic of theatre into the lives of disadvantaged young people and young people with special needs.

The show  will feature performances from cast members of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Mischief Theatre and Dreamgirls.  Special guest performers include David Suchet, Patricia Hodge, Michael Xavier, Samantha Spiro, Beau Dermott, Tyrone Huntley and Rachel Tucker.

Janie Dee and Clive Rowe will perform at the after-show party at the Café de Paris where a silent auction will be held. Silent auction items will be available to bid on from 5th March at

In the last 21 years, nearly 200,000 disadvantaged children and young people have taken part in projects ran by Mousetrap Theatre Projects.  The charity has worked with 76% of mainstream state secondary schools in and 80% of secondary special schools in London.  10,000 families on low-incomes or in other challenging circumstances have participated in its Family First Nights theatregoing programme which will celebrate a 20th anniversary this summer.

MTP also works with a huge range of marginalised young people in youth clubs and community settings offering workshops that develop skills, broaden horizons and raise aspirations.  The remit of the charity is to open the magical world of theatre to young people who would otherwise not have access to it.

Listings                                                                                 Mousetrap Theatre Projects 21st Anniversary Gala

Mousetrap Theatre Projects 21st Anniversary Gala

Princes of Wales Theatre, Coventry St, London W1D 6AS

Sunday 18 March 7.30pm

Tickets from £27.25  Box Office: 0844 482 5115


Full casting announced for Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Theatr Clwyd and English Touring Theatre’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire

A Street Car Named Desire