TINA now previewing at the Aldwych Theatre

Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner. Photo by Manuel Harlan
Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner. Photo by Manuel Harlan

Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner. Photo by Manuel Harlan

TINA, a new musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner is now previewing at the Aldwych Theatre with the official opening on 17 April 2018.  The show is currently booking to 20 October 2018.

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, choreography is by Anthony van Laast, with set and costume designs by Mark Thompson, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Jeff Sugg and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.

The cast comprises Adrienne Warren, who plays the title role, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike Turner, Madeline Appiah as Tina’s mother Zelma Bullock, Jenny Fitzpatrick as the alternate Tina, Lorna Gayle as Tina’s Grandmother GG, Tom Godwin as Record Producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten, Francesca Jackson as Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Aisha Jawando as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, Natey Jones as Tina’s father Richard Bullock and Tina’s first love Raymond Hill, Gerard McCarthy as record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach and Ryan O’Donnellas Tina’s Manager Roger Davies.

They are joined by ensemble members Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Keisher Downie, Kit Esuruoso who also plays Tina’s son Craig Hill, Jammy Kasongo, Sia Kiwa, Jason Langley, Kayleigh McKnight, Baker Mukasa and Tanisha Spring and swings Derek Aidoo, Gavin Alex, Edward Bourne, Candace Furbert, Hannah Jay-Allan and Rodney Vubya.

The children cast are Reya-Nyomi Brown, ten years old from Greenwich, Claudia Elie, ten years old from Brent, Serena Mukuna, 10 years old from Camden, who will play the role of Young Anna Mae;  Athea Andi, nine years old from Richmond, Nicole Dube, thirteen years old from Essex,Arianna Duffus, twelve years old from Harrow, who will play the role of Young Alline; Rohan Beckford, nine years old from Enfield, Caelan Edie, 8 years old from Lewisham, and Khylan St Paul Mark, seven years old from Brent, who will play the role of Young Craig.

From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race. 

 TINA is produced by Stage EntertainmentJoop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Tina Turner.  Adrienne Warren is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Theatre:                           Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF

Dates:                              currently booking to 20 October 2018

Press Night:                       17 April 2018 at 7pm

Performances:                   Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm

                                      Nb first midweek matinee 12 April 2018

Box Office:                         0845 200 7981

Website:                           www.tinathemusical.com

Facebook:                         TinaTheMusical

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Nadia Fall announces inaugural season as Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East

Nadia Fall
Nadia Fall

Nadia Fall

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall, today announced her inaugural season, beginning this September.

The season opens with The Village, a new adaptation of Lope de Vega’s masterpiece Fuenteovejuna by April de Angelis. A powerful play about community and solidarity, Fall directs the production in homage to Joan Littlewood, who staged the production at Theatre Royal Stratford East under the title The Sheepwell in 1955. Transported to contemporary India and with a renewed poignancy, Fall’s first production opens on 13 September.

October sees the return of Cassa Pancho’s hugely popular Ballet Black, who as part of their partnership with the theatre return for their third consecutive year with a new double bill.

This is followed by the European première of Sarah DeLappe’s award-winning debut play The Wolves which premièred in 2016 in the US. Directed by Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, Ellen McDougallThe Wolves opens on 30 October.

Matthew Xia returns to Theatre Royal Stratford East, having previously directed here as well as being a member of the theatre’s young company, to direct the much-loved annual pantomime opening in December. Staying true to its critically acclaimed tradition, Sleeping Beauty, with the Book by Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton with Music and Lyrics by Robert Hyman will also feature original songs.
In the new year, Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth’s production of The Unreturning has its London première when it comes to Stratford as part of the show’s UK tour. Written by Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting winner Anna Jordan and directed by Frantic Assembly Associate Director Neil Bettles, the production celebrates the 10th anniversary of Frantic Assembly’s Ignition training programme, of which Theatre Royal Stratford East has been a partner.

Following on is a co-production of Peter Shaffer’s classic play Equus with English Touring Theatre. Directed by Ned Bennett, this bold new revival will open at Theatre Royal Stratford East in February ahead of a UK tour.

Opening in May 2019, Fall directs August Wilson’s King Hedley II in the first production of Wilson’s work staged at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Set against the backdrop of Reagan-era America, this touching and angry play will make up the penultimate production of the season.

The season concludes with an ambitious production with large-scale community and school participation to be directed by Lyndsey Turner. Further details will be announced shortly.

Theatre Royal Stratford East will also be participating in this year’s Fun Palaces campaign on the weekend of 6-7 Oct 2018, an idea conceived by Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price in the early 1960s focusing on bringing the local community together through an inclusive and open environment.

In addition, at every performance of every show over half of the tickets are priced under £25, with £10 tickets available for those aged under 26.

 The VillageThe WolvesBallet Black and Sleeping Beauty are on sale from 22 March and all other productions will be on sale from May 2018.

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall, said today, ‘’I’m excited to kick start my first Season as Artistic Director with The Village, in a new adaptation by April de Angelis of Fuenteovejuna, a story that our founding mother, the great Joan Littlewood first brought to Stratford East in 1955. For me the play is ultimately about the power of community and a warning shot to authority. I especially love that it’s the story’s heroine that leads the way in ‘sticking it to the man,’ as we transport the play to contemporary India. I can’t contain my excitement about Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, which captures the voices of young women in the most authentic way. Instead of the usual bubble-gum clichés of teenage girls; here we discover a competitive high-school football team during their pre-match warm ups. I’m thrilled that the talented Ellen McDougall is directing, as she’s a theatre maker whose work manages to regularly reduce me to tears- in a good way. The start of our season has a strong feminist gesture but I’m equally passionate about welcoming Frantic Assembly’s The Unreturning which explores the experiences of young men, as well as mounting King Hedley ll, by the African-American powerhouse that is August Wilson, this play is a lament to the viscous cycle of prison and absent fathers set in 1980s Pittsburgh. The enfant terrible of British theatre, the young auteur Ned Bennett will be directing Shaffer’s notorious modern classic Equus, in a co- production with ETT that promises to be the play as you’ve never seen it before. We welcome back the hugely popular and elegant Ballet Black with a new double-bill this autumn and of course our world-famous Panto. Sleeping Beauty will see the return of our brilliant Stratford East alumni Matthew Xia, who is also directing the Alfred Fagon award winning play Shebeen by Mufaro Makubika this summer. We will end our season with a large scale community and schools led production, directed by the outstanding Lyndsey Turner. This season was built for all of us who love a good story, told from the mouths of everyday characters. There are no kings or queens here, just people like us.’’

Nadia Fall trained at Goldsmiths College (MA Directing) and on the NT Studio’s Directors programme. Her directing credits include The SuicideOur Country’s GoodDaraChewing Gum DreamsHomeHymnThe Doctor’s Dilemma (National Theatre), HirDisgraced (Bush Theatre), R and D (Hampstead Theatre), Way Upstream (Chichester Festival Theatre), Hobson’s Choice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), How Was It For You? (Unicorn Theatre), Sticks & Stones (Polka Theatre), The Maids (Lyric Hammersmith), Miss Julie (Croydon Warehouse Theatre) and Wild Turkey (Site Specific). As Associate Director, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre), CollaboratorsThe Habit of Art (National Theatre); and as Staff Director, Rocket to the MoonReally Old, Like Forty FivePhèdre and Much Ado About Nothing(National Theatre). Fall has directed at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Unicorn Theatre and led participation initiatives with partners such as the Young Vic, Clean Break, Soho Theatre and the Royal Court. She is also an acting coach, supporting professional actors for film and stage.

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents

The world première of

THE VILLAGE

After Fuenteovejuna by Lope de Vega in a new adaptation by April de Angelis

7 September – 6 October 2018

Press night: 13 September 7pm

Director: Nadia Fall, Designer: Joanna Scotcher, Lighting Designer: Paul Pyant;

Sound Designer: Helen Atkinson

Kicking off Nadia Fall’s season is a new adaptation of Lope de Vega’s Spanish Golden Age play Fuenteovejuna from April de Angelis. Transported to contemporary India, The Village is a powerful story of community, solidarity and the lengths each of us are willing to go to protect ourselves from tyranny. Directed by Fall, Vega’s masterpiece is given renewed urgency and was previously performed by Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop in 1955.

Village life for Joythi is simple: the people work hard, sing and live off the earth. She would much rather devour a delicious meal than think about a suitable partner. But when the Inspector and his men arrive back in town, things quickly begin to sour. The Inspector’s reign of terror sees him commit unspeakable acts against the village with young Joythi in his sights, pushing everyone to breaking point. Will she dare scorn his advances?

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Lope de Vega (1562 – 1635) was a Spanish playwright, poet and novelist. In addition to Fuenteovejuna, notable works include The Dog in the Manger and Punishment Without Revenge.

April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes After ElectraRuneGastronautsJumpy, an adaptation of Wuthering HeightsA Laughing Matter, A Warwickshire TestimonyThe Positive HourPlayhouse Creatures and The Life and Times of Fanny Hill. She’s currently under commission to the Royal Exchange, Manchester and the National Theatre. De Angelis has also written the libretto for Flight, music by Jonathan Dove, for Glyndebourne Opera and The Silent Twins libretto, which was set to music by Errollyn Wallen. Her work for radio includes an adaptation of Life in the Tomb, a serialisation of Peyton Place, Visitants and The Outlander which won the Writer’s Guild Award in 1992. For television her work includes Aristophanes.

BALLET BLACK: DOUBLE BILL 2018
10 – 13 October 2018

Press night: 10 October

Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black celebrates dancers of black and Asian descent. As part of their latest double bill, renowned British choreographer Cathy Marston choreographs a new ballet based on Can Themba’s moving fable The Suit. This is followed by Arthur Pita’s Olivier nominated A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents

The European première of 

THE WOLVES

By Sarah DeLappe
Director Ellen McDougall

24 October – 17 November 2018

Press night: 30 October 2018

Stretch, squat, lunge, kick, the girls are warming up, a pack of teenage warriors ready for battle and out to score some goals.

From their plot of astro turf in the heartland of middle America the girls gossip, joke and wrestle with the big and small questions of our times, whilst trying to remain unbeaten in their high school soccer league.

Sarah DeLappe’s award-winning debut play receives its European Première at Theatre Royal Stratford East in a new production directed by Ellen McDougall.

Sarah DeLappe’s is a writer and studied at MFA, Brooklyn College. Her debut play The Wolves (Pulitzer Prize finalist; Relentless Award) premiered at The Playwrights Realm, following an engagement with New York Stage & Film, and development with Clubbed Thumb.

Ellen McDougall is Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre. She previously directed Idomeneus for the company in 2014. Her credits include a critically acclaimed production of Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe earlier this year, the Lyric’s annual pantomime – Aladdin by Joel Horwood (2016) and Cinderella by Tom Wells (2015), The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange), The Remains of Maisie Duggan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), The Glass Menagerie (Headlong), Anna Karenina (Manchester Royal Exchange), Henry the Fifth, Not Now BernardThe NutcrackerAntigonePhiloctetes (Unicorn Theatre), Glitterland

(Secret Theatre/Lyric Hammersmith) and Ivan and the Dogs (Actors Touring Company/Soho Theatre – nominated for an Olivier Award). McDougall was formerly part of the Secret Theatre Company at the Lyric Hammersmith, Associate Director at the Gate and an Associate Artist at ATC. She trained as an assistant to Katie Mitchell and Marianne Elliott. She was awarded an International Artists’ Development Award (ACE/British Council) in 2012.


Theatre Royal Stratford East presents
SLEEPING BEAUTY
Book by Sarah A NixonMark Chatterton; Music and Lyrics by Robert Hyman
Director: Matthew Xia
1 December 2018 – 12 January 2019

Press night: 8 December 2018

Theatre Royal Stratford goes Far East for a brand new festive adventure!

Sleeping Beauty has been in a deep sleep for a hundred years… but wakes to find herself in a strange city with a cruel fairy hot on her heels…

Expect our much-loved mix of original songs, cracking jokes and a (huge) sprinkling of magic in London’s must-see pantomime.

Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton are Pantomime writers. They are the writing team behind the Liverpool Everyman Theatre’s perennial hit The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto. Their many pantomime writing credits include Little Red Riding HoodCinderella! Mop In The Name Of Love!Dick Whittington! Great Balls Of Fur!, Sleeping Cutie! Wake Up Little Snoozy! and Mother Goose! Shake, Waddle And Roll!The Twee Musketeers! A Rock & Roll Caper! and the upcoming Rapunzel! Hairway To Heaven! (Everyman Theatre).

Robert Hyman has worked extensively at Theatre Royal Stratford East for the last 17 years both as a Composer and Musical Director. That body of work includes music and lyrics for RapunzelCinderella (Olivier Award nominated), Pinocchio, AladdinRed Riding Hood and Dick Whittington (with Trish Cooke), as well as songs for The Snow Queen and Hansel and Gretel, and scores for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Make Some Noise. He was also Musical Director for the hit musicals Tommy (Ramps on the Moon), The Big Life (Including West End), Come Dancing and Takeaway (all Theatre Royal Stratford East) as well as all Theatre Royal Stratford East pantomimes since 1998. Other projects include conducting a choir of 5000 at the O2; Musical Director for World Children’s Ensemble (Royal Albert Hall) and Reasons to be Cheerful (UK tour).

Matthew Xia directs. Xia will return to Theatre Royal Stratford East after directing the upcoming, Shebeen (Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal Stratford East). He was Associate Artistic Director at Manchester’s Royal Exchange where he directed BrinkInto The Woods and The Bruntwood Award Winning Wish List (Royal Court Co-Production). Other credits include Blue/OrangeThe Sound of YellowSizwe Banzi Is Dead (Young Vic), Dublin Carol (The Sherman Theatre) and Frankenstein (Royal Exchange).

Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth present
THE UNRETURNING
Written by Anna Jordan 

Directed by Frantic Assembly Associate Director Neil Bettles

16 January 2019 – 2 February 2019

Press night: 17 January 7pm

I want to return to my home.

 A British Northern coastal town. Three young men are coming home from war. Their stories, set at different times over the last 100 years, are beautifully interwoven in this compelling new play by Anna Jordan (Yen – Royal Court Theatre, Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013).

Directed by Neil Bettles and featuring Frantic’s celebrated physicality, The Unreturning explores the profound effect that war has on young lives, and asks – what does coming home really mean?

The production celebrates 10 years of Ignition, a project that Theatre Royal Stratford East and Frantic Assembly have partnered on for many years.

Anna Jordan won the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for her play Yen after having been twice longlisted for her plays Marianne and Chicken ShopYen has had productions at Manchester Royal Exchange, the Royal Court and MCC New York as well as several international productions. It was also shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2015-2016. Other theatre writing includes We Anchor In Hope, (Royal Court Theatre – Beyond the Court), A Serious Case of the Fuckits, (CSSD), Chicken Shop (Park Theatre) and Freak (Theatre503 / Assembly Studios). Writing for TV includes Succession and a pilot of her own drama series on addiction Cluck. She directed Jonathan Harvey’s play Tomorrow I’ll Be Happy at The National Theatre Shed as part of National Theatre Connections.

Neil Bettles is Associate Director for Frantic Assembly, most recently co-directing No Way Back for the company. Credits include, as Movement Director, The James Plays (Edinburgh International Festival/NT), Blood WeddingThe Bacchae (Royal & Derngate), Much Ado About Wenlock, (Vamos), Platform (Old Vic Tunnels), Henry IV: Part One (Drum, Plymouth) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Secret Cinema). As Associate Movement Director, The Light Princess, (National Theatre), The Full Monty(Sheffield Theatres). As Director, Chalk Farm, The Static, Blackout, Boy Magnet and White Noise (ThickSkin), Playlist (Belgrade Theatre Coventry) and Brave (Battersea Arts Centre) and as Associate Director, Beautiful Burnout and Lovesong (Frantic Assembly); and as Assistant Director, Dirty Wonderland (Frantic Assembly).

Award winning theatre company Frantic Assembly’s method of devising theatre has been impacting theatrical practice and unlocking the creative potential of future theatre-makers for up to 22 years. One of the most exciting theatre companies in the UK, Frantic Assembly is led by Artistic Director and co-founder Scott Graham, and has toured extensively across Great Britain, and worked in 40 countries internationally collaborating with some of today’s most inspiring artists. Frantic Assembly productions include OthelloBeautiful Burnout (UK, Australia, New Zealand and New York), Lovesong, (Stockholm, UK and Australia), The BelieversThings I Know To Be True (UK and Australia), Fatherland (Manchester International Festival 2017 and Lyric Hammersmith 25 May23 June 2018). They are also the Movement Directors on the award-winning National Theatre of Great Britain productionThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (West End, Broadway, International Tour, UK & Ireland Tour). Television credits include Movement Direction on BAFTA winning British – American series Humans.

Frantic Assembly is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

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Theatre Royal Plymouth specialises in the production of new plays alongside the presentation of a broad range of theatre – including classic and contemporary drama, musicals, opera, ballet and dance. Theatre Royal Plymouth have three performance spaces – The Lyric (1300 seat proscenium arch), The Drum (175 capacity flexible studio) and The Lab (50 capacity development studio). Our work with young people and communities is extensive and radical, taking place across all our venues and beyond. Recent credits include 49 Donkeys HangedClockwork Canaries, The Here and This and Now, The War Has Not Yet Started, Monster Raving Loony, The Man With The Hammer, The Whipping Man, After Electra, Grand Guignol and Horse Piss for Blood, Merit, Another Place, Chekhov in Hell, The Astronaut’s ChairSolid Air and MAD MAN.

Theatre Royal Plymouth have regularly co-produced with Ontroerend Goed (£YE$, World Without UsAre We Not Drawn Onward To New EraA History of Everything,SirensFight Night) Paines Plough (The Angry Brigade, Love Love Love), Frantic Assembly (OthelloThe Believers, Lovesong) and Told By An Idiot (My Perfect MindAnd The Horse You Rode In OnHeads Will RollNapoleon Disrobed). South West based theatre company The Wrong Crowd are the first resident company at the theatre. They have also co-produced with Complicite (The Master and MargaritaA Disappearing Number), Hofesh Shechter (SunPolitical Mother), Graeae (The Solid Life of Sugar Water) and David Pugh, Dafydd Rogers, Kneehigh Theatre (Rebecca) and Jamie Hendry (Wind in the Willows, London Palladium).

Theatre Royal Stratford East and English Touring Theatre present

EQUUS

By Peter Shaffer
Directed by Ned Bennett

15 February – 23 March 2019

Press night: TBC

Award winning director Ned Bennett brings Peter Shaffer’s psychological thriller Equus to the stage in a bold new production of the critically-acclaimed classic.

When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses, psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.

Sir Peter Shaffer’s (1926 – 2016) plays include The Salt Land, The Prodigal Father, Balance of Terror, Five Finger Exercise (Evening Standard Drama Award), The Private Ear, The Public EyeThe Royal Hunt of the SunBlack ComedyWhite Lies, The Battle of Shrivings, Yonadab, The Gift of the Gorgon, Lettice and Lovageand Amadeus (Evening Standard Drama Award and Tony Award for Best Play)His plays adapted for film include Five Finger ExerciseThe Royal Hunt of the Sun, Equusand Amadeus (Academy Award for Best Picture), for television The Salt Land and Balance of Terror, and for radio The Prodigal Father and Whom Do I Have the Honour of Addressing?. In 1994, Shaffer was Visiting Professor of Contemporary Drama at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. He was awarded the CBE in 1987 and was knighted in 2001.

Ned Bennett directs Equus. He is an award-winning theatre director, who trained at the Royal Court, the National Theatre and LAMDA. His work includes the Evening Standard Award-winning An Octoroon, which opened at the Orange Tree Theatre in Spring 2017 and will transfer to the Dorfman in Summer 2018, and Buggy Baby which opened at the Yard Theatre in March of this year. He directed the Bruntwood Prize-winning Yen at the Manchester Royal Exchange which transferred to the Royal Court in 2016, and Pomona which was commissioned by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and transferred to the Orange Tree, and then to the National Theatre. Pomonaand Yen won Bennett the UKT Best Director award 2015. Pomona won four Off-West End awards: Best Director, Best Production, Best New Play and Best Lighting Design.

English Touring Theatre is one of the UK’s leading touring companies, winning the UK Theatre Awards Best Touring Production in 2014, 2015 and 2016. ETT works with exciting artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences throughout the UK and overseas; theatre that is thrilling, popular and engaged in the contemporary world. At the heart of everything ETT does is the passionately held belief that everyone, wherever they are in the country, deserves to have access to world class theatre. In 2017 ETT toured to 40 venues throughout the UK, with productions including Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, Richard Twyman’s critically acclaimed production of Othello and the 20th anniversary tour of The Weir, which finished its nationwide tour this year, winning the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Visiting Production. 2018 sees the company celebrate its 25th anniversary.​

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 Theatre Royal Stratford East Presents

KING HEDLEY II

By August Wilson

Directed by Nadia Fall

Opening in May 2019

1980s Pittsburgh, against the backdrop of Reagan-era America, King an ex-con is trying time rebuild his life and start a family.

Touching and angry, August Wilson’s King Hedley II is a quest for redemption for one man and a whole community.

August Wilson (1945–2005) was an American playwright. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his play Fences and earned a second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson. His other notable works include Seven Guitars, Gem of the Ocean, Jitney and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Theatre Royal Stratford East                                                                                                                       Listings

Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

Box Office: 020 8534 0310

www.stratfordeast.com

Since 1884, Theatre Royal Stratford, the historic producing house in the heart of London’s East End has spearheaded diverse work, and championed often marginalised stories on its stage. Many leading actors and directors have been part of the Theatre Royal Stratford East family including Meera Syal, Barbara Windsor, Don Warrington, Indhu Rubasingham, Tanika Gupta, Roy Williams and Cynthia Erivo to name but a few. Now with Artistic Director Nadia Fall at the helm, Theatre Royal Stratford East will deliver a bold programme of reimagined classics, timely revivals and ground-breaking new work.

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Tickets: From £10

Newham Discount Night: All preview performances will have a limited number of £5 tickets on sale.  These are available for first-time visitors who live or work in Newham (proof of address required) and there’s a maximum of two per person. Only available to book in person or over the phone.

SEASON AT A GLANCE:

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents

THE VILLAGE

7 September – 6 October 2018

Press night: 13 September 2018

Access performances:

BSL – Thursday 4 October 7.30pm

Captioned – Friday 5 October 7.30pm

Audio – Saturday 6 October 2.30pm

BALLET BLACK
10 – 13 October 2018
Press night: 10 October

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents

THE WOLVES

24 October – 17 November 2018

Press night: 30 October 2018

Access performance:

BSL – Thursday 15 November 7.30pm

Captioned – Friday 16 November 7.30pm

Audio – Saturday 17 November 2.30pm

 

Theatre Royal Stratford East presents
SLEEPING BEAUTY
1 December 2018 – 12 January 2019

Press night: 8 December 2018

Access performance:

Audio described: Saturday 22 Dec 2pm

Captioned: Friday 4 Jan 7pm

BSL: Saturday 5 Jan 2pm

Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth present
THE UNRETURNING

Press night: 17 January 7pm

16 January 2019 – 2 February 2019

Access performance TBC

Theatre Royal Stratford East and English Touring Theatre present

EQUUS

15 February – 23 March 2019

Press night: TBC

Access performances:

BSL – Thursday 21 March 7.30pm

Captioned – Friday 22 March 7.30pm

Audio – Saturday 23 March 2.30pm

Theatre Royal Stratford East Presents

KING HEDLEY II

By August Wilson

Directed by Nadia Fall

Opening in May 2019

Access performance TBC

 

 

The Grinning Man extends for three final weeks at Trafalgar Studios

The Grinning Man
The Grinning Man

The Grinning Man

London’s critically acclaimed new British musical The Grinning Man, now playing at the Trafalgar Studios, has today announced a final extended three week booking period until 5 May.  This is the very last chance for West End audiences to see this adored, award-winning production set in a fantastical world with a dark heart.  Directed by Tony-award winning Tom Morris (War Horse) The Grinning Man has enchanted audiences again and again, receiving wildly enthusiastic standing ovations at every performance.

The Grinning Man transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in December last year, following a hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic, and has become an instant hit across the board – with a wealth of critics, bloggers and audiences raving about The Grinning Man’s London incarnation. As with the Bristol run, critics have heaped praise on the show, with a wealth of glowing reviews for the London production. The Times said “the cast are outstanding”, adding that “it’s a triumph”.  The Observer hailed the production as “miraculous” and the Daily Telegraph raved about the “spectacular puppetry”. The Sunday Express called it a “brilliant production” and praised the “awe-inspiring” puppetry. What’s On Stage sums it up: “It is a remarkable, entrancing achievement and a treat for anyone who likes their storytelling with plenty of dark magic thrown in.”

As well as critics and the general public, celebrities and creative minds have also heaped praise on the show. Graham Norton exclaimed: “What a magical, moving, funny treat of a show it is!” Harry Enfield said “the whole thing is amazing”, while Hannah Waddingham was “overwhelmed” by the production and Mel Giedroyc applauded the “beautiful score” which is “clever and haunting”, declaring ‘’I want to see it again”. Simon Callow said the show is “spectacular, theatrical and exciting,” while Ciarán Hinds declared: “There’s a speed of energy that’s going through everybody, the cast is phenomenal, the humour is brilliant.”

The Grinning Man, directed by Tom Morris, features an “outstanding” cast (The Times) led by Louis Maskell in the title role of Grinpayne, and Sanne den Besten as Dea, with Julian Bleach as vengeful clown Barkilphedro.  Also starring are Sean Kingsley, Julie Atherton, Amanda Wilkin and Mark Anderson.

Based on the classic Victor Hugo (Les Misérables) novel The Man Who Laughs, this romantic gothic musical love story, is brought to life by Kneehigh writer Carl Grose (Dead Dog in a Suitcase) and “powered by an outstanding score” (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler. The Grinning Manreunites Tom Morris with two puppeteers who began their careers inside Joey and Topthorn in the original production of War Horse – Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié – now leading their own puppetry company Gyre & Gimble.

The Grinning Man joins several other recent Bristol Old Vic hit shows transferring to the London stage, including Swallows & Amazons at the Vaudeville, Peter Pan and Jane Eyre at the National Theatre and Long Day’s Journey Into Night starring Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville at the Wyndham’s.

The Grinning Man is produced by Bristol Old Vic, Trafalgar Entertainment Group, Eilene Davidson, Richard O’Brien, KHAM Inc., David Adkin, Neil Laidlaw Productions and Pieter Toerien.


CREATIVE TEAM

Tom Morris is Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic and was previously Artistic Director at BAC where he met many of the creative team behind this show.  Previous productions at Bristol Old Vic include: A Midsummer Night’s DreamKing LearThe CrucibleSwallows & AmazonsJuliet & Her Romeo, and Messiah (Bristol Proms). Tom has been Associate Director of the National Theatre since 2004 and was co-director of War Horse, widely considered to be amongst the most successful theatre productions of all time.

Tim Phillips is a Canadian composer who has written music for many screen productions, including HBO’s Entourage, the ITV serial Talk To Me and (with Murray Gold) the Channel 4 series Shameless.  He honed his theatrical craft at BAC through Filter Theatre. Marc Teitler is a composer whose work spans musicals, opera, film soundtracks and albums and has had music featured in Game of Thrones. His current commissions for original musicals include The Ghost Map (dir. Bijan Sheibani).  In collaboration, Marc and Tim have composed music and lyrics for The Circle (National Theatre).

Writer Carl Grose has worked extensively with Kneehigh theatre as writer and actor. His writing for the Cornish-based company includes The Tin Drum,Dead Dog in a SuitcaseThe Wild Bride and Tristan & Yseult. Other recent writing credits include Grand Guignol (Southwark Playhouse) andOedipussy (Spymonkey).

Puppetry was created by Gyre & Gimble, founded in 2014 by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié having met whilst performing in the original production ofWar Horse. Their work has appeared in productions as varied as The Hartlepool Monkey (Stratford Circus and Touring), The Lorax (Old Vic), The Light Princess (NT), Running Wild (Regents Park), Elephantom (NT and West End) and Shrek: The Musical (West End).

The creative team is completed by award-winning designer Jon Bausor (London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, Bat Out of Hell – West End), Costume Designer Jean Chan (Lionboy – Complicite), Music Supervisor Tom Deering (Wonder.Land – National Theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar – Regents Park), Lighting Designer Rob Casey (Up Next – National Theatre) and award-winning Sound Designer Simon Baker (Matilda The Musical – Olivier for Best Sound, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare’s Globe and The Caretaker – Old Vic).

 

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7:30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm
Box Office: www.atgtickets.com/trafalgarstudios  0844 871 7632

Ticket Prices: From £22.50

Website: TheGrinningManMusical.com

Twitter: @GrinningManLDN

Casting announced for debbie tucker green’s random & generations at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre

Random/Generations
Random/Generations

Random/Generations

Casting has been announced for debbie tucker green’s random and generations, running at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre from 4 May – 2 June, directed by Tinuke Craig.

Petra Letang – best known for EastEnders and Holby City, and whose many theatre credits include debbie tucker green’s truth and reconciliation at the Royal Court – makes her Chichester debut, playing the solo role of ‘Sister’ in random.

In generations, Laurietta Essien, Derek Ezenagu, Okon Jones, Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo, Wela Mbusi, Kudzai Sitima and Cleo Sylvestre are joined by the South African Cultural Choir (Maneli Hawley, Luyanda Lennox Jezile, Prudence Dineo Jezile, Sibusiso Mhlanga, Thandolwenkosi Ngwenya, Nickson Nkomo, Nokulunga N. Zikhali and Jabulile Zulu).

Fierce, warm and funny, these two short and haunting dramas examine love, life and loss through the lives of two families on two continents.

random          

‘never trouble trouble til trouble trouble you’. But trouble does arrive. And changes everything.

This blistering play, told through the eyes of a young woman, explores the unbearable sense of loss felt by a family faced with a catastrophic and random act.

 generations  

In the cradle of their South African family, Boyfriend and Girlfriend are beginning their lives together, just as Mama and Dad, and Grandad and Nana, did before them. Until, one by one, family members start to disappear.

A playwright, screenwriter and director, debbie tucker green is one of theatre’s most original and internationally acclaimed voices. She won the Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2004 for born bad, and the 2012 BAFTA Award for Best Single Drama for the television version of random.

Both plays are directed by Tinuke Craig, making her Chichester debut. Winner of the 2014 Genesis Future Director Award and Associate Director at the Gate Theatre 2015-2016, her credits include debbie tucker green’s dirty butterfly at the Young Vic.

 random and generations will be designed by Alex Lowde, with lighting by Joshua Drualus Pharo, sound by Emma Laxton and movement by Morgann Runacre Temple; the choir leader will be Luyanda Lennox Jezile.

random / generations is sponsored by Bishops Printers.

EVENTS

Pre-Show Talk with Tinuke Craig               Wednesday 9 May, 6pm

Free but booking essential.

 Post-Show Talk                                             Wednesday 23 May

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

The Art of Trouble                                        Saturday 26 May, 11am

A screening of work inspired by themes from random / generations. These visual poems are the culmination of a film project devised, written, directed, produced and performed by local young people with trouble on their minds. Free.

BOOKING INFORMATION

Box Office 01243 781312

Online cft.org.uk

 Tickets from £20. Prologue tickets for 16 – 25 year olds for £5.

Press night: Thursday 10 May

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First Look: Tim Crouch’s Beginners at the Unicorn Theatre

The Backpack Ensemble at National Student Drama Festival

The Search for a Black-browed Albatross
The Search for a Black-browed Albatross

The Search for a Black-browed Albatross

The Backpack Ensemble are heading to Leicester for the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) through support from New Diorama Theatre, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and a successful crowdfunding campaign.

The Backpack Ensemble were able to enter through New Diorama Theatre’s Pickles Fund and have been further supported financially by the venue and East Midlands based Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. Artistic Director of Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Craig Morrow said that the company’s “commitment to professional development from the start, combined with their astute engagement with the arts industry, taking the time to build their profile and adopt sustainable touring models, stands them in good stead to grow into a successful contemporary theatre company”. Company producer, James Ashfield said that “this support early on in the company’s life is essential for future sustainability and the company are grateful for this support prior to appearing at the festival”.

Their show, The Search for a Black-browed Albatross has appeared at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and was selected for Camden Peoples Theatre’s flagship festival Sprint where it received a brilliant response. The show centralises around Charlie; a university graduate who sets out to find one last bird missing from her father’s old bird watching lifelist. The company use a mixture of shadow puppetry, narration and live music in order to tell this story.

This year’s festival features the likes of The Backpack Ensemble, Poltergeist Theatre and Colla Voce Theatre Company with workshops being led by Middle Child, Chris Thorpe, Milk Presents and many more. Past alumni includes the likes of Walrus Theatre, RashDash and Selina Thompson.

National Student Drama Festival
Saturday 24 March – Friday 30 March
Leicester Curve, De Montfort University and The Venue.

The Backpack Ensemble – The Search for a Black-browed Albatross

Date: Mon 26 March

Times: 12.00 or 16.00

Location: The Venue, 101 Gwendolen Rd, Leicester LE5 5FL

Show Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-search-for-a-black-browed-albatross-tickets-43839098925

Price: £5.82 for individual tickets

The Traverse Theatre announces the full Traverse 1 programme for Festival 2018

Traverse Theatre
Traverse Theatre

Traverse Theatre

The Traverse Theatre has announced the full programme for Traverse 1 during Traverse Festival 2018. A collection of five vibrant, compelling and deeply human works, taking in a teenage girl’s coming-of-age tale from schoolgirl to indie rock star (What Girls Are Made Of); a childhood remembered through taste and smell (Nigel Slater’s ‘Toast); a fearless exploration of race relations (Underground Railroad Game); the state and future of the NHS (Check Up: Our NHS at 70); and a haunting vision of ruthless state control (Meek). Appetite suitable whetted? Read on…

What Girls Are Made Of

World Premiere. A Traverse Theatre Company and Raw Material co-production

Actor, musician and theatre director Cora Bissett (director of the award-winning Adam, part of Traverse Festival 2017, and star of the acclaimedMidsummer) takes audiences back to 1992 to tell the autobiographical story of her rollercoaster journey from Fife schoolgirl to indie rock star. A co-production between Traverse Theatre Company and fledgling company Raw Material, written and performed by Bissett with live backing band, What Girls Are Made Of celebrates the euphoric highs (touring with Radiohead, partying with Blur) and epic shitstorms (untrustworthy managers, £40,000 debt) of her young lifeNow a mother herself, Bissett’s writing draws from her own teenage diaries to question what wisdom we should pass on to the next generation, and which glorious mistakes we should let them make for themselves. Directed by Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin. Part of Made in Scotland Showcase 2018.

Nigel Slater’s ‘Toast’

Scottish Premiere. PW Productions present The Lowry production of…

Based on food writer, journalist and broadcaster Nigel Slater’s bestselling memoir, ‘Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger’ (winner of six awards, and adapted into a BBC radio production and a film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore), the all-new stage version is a vivid recreation of the story of Slater’s childhood. It takes audiences on a journey through the foods and smells he grew up with – including the humble slice of toast, which his mother could be relied upon to burn ‘…as surely as the sun rises each morning’. From making the perfect sherry trifle, waging war over cakes, through to the playground politics of sweets and the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and… toast.Adapted by Henry Filloux-Bennett and directed by Jonnie Riordan. Originally produced by The Lowry for its annual Week 53 arts festival.

Underground Railroad Game

UK premiere. Soho Theatre presents the Ars Nova production of…

2017 OBIE Award Winner for Best New American Theatre Work, Underground Railroad Game is a fourth-wall-breaking, unfiltered examination of one America’s most toxic legacies. Created and performed by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard, it uses Sheppard’s real-life fifth-grade lesson on the United States Civil War as a jumping off point. This bold and fearless comedy starts as a standard teaching exercise about the Underground Railroad and quickly spirals into social and political commentary on race relations in contemporary America. The deft creative duo dismantles the tropes of American history, revealing the underbelly of its race, sex and power politics. Developed and produced by adventurous New York theatre company Ars Nova. Directed by Taibi Magar.

Check Up: Our NHS at 70

World premiere. Mark Thomas and Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd present…

Just about as busy a man as you get in theatre… Since last August, Mark Thomas has toured his 2017 sell-out Fringe show A Show that Gambles on the Future, before devising and touring a whole new show – Showtime from the Frontline – which appeared at the Traverse Theatre to a string of five-star reviews. In the short time since, Thomas has turned his attention to our very own National Health Service, with Check Up: Our NHS at 70 sparked by the realisation that, if he, now aged 54, makes it to 84, then the NHS will be 100. What will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS, residencies in hospitals and surgeries, and with theatre director Nicolas Kent, Thomas uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in – what’s going wrong in our NHS, how can we fix it, and what might the future hold for us all. Directed by Nicolas Kent.

 Meek

World premiere. Headlong in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre present

Playwright Penelope Skinner (The Village Bike and Linda at the Royal Court) marks her return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe following the tour of her first play, Fucked, back in 2008. An unflinching and mysterious new work presented by the ever-innovative Headlong, Meek is an urgent reflection of our own fraught times, examining state control and self-control in an unknown theocratic society. With freedom of expression prohibited, and private lives interpreted as political, central character Irene finds herself imprisoned for something seemingly harmless. As tales of her incarceration spread and her growing exposure becomes a threat, she is forced to make a brutal, but brave decision, in this haunting vision of ruthless authoritarianism, tense friendships and one woman’s determination not to be broken by the impossible situation she finds herself in. Directed by Headlong’s Associate Director Amy Hodge.

Orla O’Loughlin, Traverse Artistic Director, says:

“I am thrilled to be making this first announcement about the line-up for our Traverse Festival 2018 programme in Traverse 1.This year we’ll be introducing some brand new companies to our festival audience, as well as welcoming back some firm Traverse favourites. And we are delighted to present three world premieres, one UK premiere and one Scottish premiere.

 The programme includes some of the most exciting artists working in the UK and internationally and it’s an honour to invite them to blaze a trail on our main stage this August. I look forward to revealing the rest of our line-up come May. We have plenty more brilliant shows, events and experiences up our sleeve that I can’t wait to share.

LISTINGS:

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Tickets go on sale Thursday 22 March via 0131 228 1404 and online at www.traverse.co.uk

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The National Theatre and The Wardrobe Ensemble present out of this world family show The Star Seekers

The Star Seekers
The Star Seekers

The Star Seekers

Have you ever dreamt of flying to the moon? Meeting an alien? Becoming an astronaut? Join star seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo on a journey through space where you take the steering wheel.

Inspired by our childhood wonder of the universe, this unique theatrical experience explores the limitless majesty of galaxies, the solar system, shooting stars and planets through songs, silliness and anti-gravity antics. We need Waterloo’s Star Seekers to help us complete our mission and answer one of the greatest unanswered questions of the universe: What do astronauts really have in their packed lunch boxes?!

After the success of previous family shows Eliza & The Wild Swans and Edgar & The Land Of Lost, as well as international hit productions Riot(performed in The Shed at the NT) and 33, The Wardrobe Ensemble originally created this show for young audiences in collaboration with The Wardrobe Theatre.

Directed by Helena Middleton, the cast includes Jesse Meadows, Ben Vardy and Jack Drewry with Musical Director Jack Drewry.

The Star Seekers will be accompanied by creative workshops and activities for families. Visit the NT space station 1 hour before every performance to take part in free family activities, or book in for a family workshop to take your space adventure out of this world.

Invent intergalactic stories at a devising workshop, create space-tastic songs and made-up melodies in a music making workshop or hear from the star seeking cast in a special post-show Q&A.

Strap yourself in and lift off into an exciting universe of theatre-making.

Praise for The Star Seekers:

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Boasts as much improvisational elan as Showstoppers! and more genuine interaction with the audience than most shows on the fringe.”

The Stage ★★★★

“Appeals to a child’s wide-eyed wonder and hunger for exploration… It’s silly, sparkling stuff.”

Bristol 24/7

“Children aged between three and seven with even a modicum of interest in the great unknown up above our heads will get pulled into the irresistible gravitational field of this beautifully wide-eyed, enthusiastic and good-humoured show. They’ll also take away the satisfaction of having helped to shape its journey across constellations of possibility.”

Weston-Super-Mum

“a stellar example of everything that is good about family theatre.”

8 August – 1 September 2018

Dorfman Theatre

Ages 3-8

Headlong announce new Penelope Skinner show MEEK at the Traverse as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Meek
Meek

Meek

Amy Hodge directs Penelope Skinner’s elegantly mysterious new play Meek, an unflinching vision which examines state control and self-control in an unknown theocratic society. Meek will open at the Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before embarking on a UK tour.   Full tour dates to be announced shortly.

In a society where private lives become political and freedom of expression is not an option, Irene finds herself imprisoned.  As tales of her incarceration spread overseas and her growing exposure becomes a threat, she is forced to make a brutal decision. 

Skinner’s urgent play for Headlong in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, is a searing evocation of fraught times; a haunting vision of ruthless authoritarianism, tense friendships and one woman’s determination not to be broken.

Penelope Skinner is an award-winning writer and recognised as one of the UK’s leading voices in contemporary theatre.  Her theatre credits include LindaThe Big Idea: Age and The Village Bike (Royal Court), The Promise (Donmar Warehouse at Trafalgar Studios), Fred’s Diner (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Sound of Heavy Rain (Paines Plough), Greenland(National Theatre), Eigengrau (Bush) and Fucked (Old Red Lion/Assembly).  Film credits include Mary Queen of Scots and How I Live Now.  Television credits include Fresh Meat(Channel 4).  For radio her credits include Planet B, The Man in Black: The Old Road (BBC Radio 7); Scratch (BBC Radio 3); and Murder in the Toilet (Cookham FM). Penelope is Winner of the 2011 George Devine Award, the Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright Award at the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. She was also nominated for the 2012 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.

Amy Hodge is Associate Director for Headlong. For Headlong she directed Boys will Be Boys (Bush Hall- part of the Bush Breaks Out season). Other credits include Boat (BAC/Company 3), 7-75 (The Place), Am I Dead Yet? (Traverse and Bush Theatre), Our Big Land (Romany Theatre Company), The Rover (Hampton Court Palace), Romeo and Juliet (Theatre Uz, Uzbekistan for the British Council), ClytemnestraThe SangerLight ArrestedMeasure For MeasureA Christmas CarolSmall Change (Sherman Cymru, while Associate Director 2008-2011), Cloak Room (Sherman and Washington DC), Playing The Game (Tricycle), Mules (Young Vic), The Ethics of Progress (Unlimited Theatre), The TempestKick for Touch (Orange Tree Theatre). Amy was Studio Associate at the National Theatre (2013-14) and was recipient of Jerwood Directors Award 2007.

Full casting to be announced shortly.

Octagon Theatre Bolton to stage exciting new site-specific production of 1960’s musical film SUMMER HOLIDAY – 31 May- 23 June 2018

Octagon Theatre Bolton Summer Holiday

Ben and Elizabeth

Ben and Elizabeth

Octagon Theatre Bolton set to take audiences on a magical journey with a spectacular site-specific staging of 1960’s musical film Summer Holiday.

This May, the Octagon Theatre Bolton continue their 50th Anniversary season with their first off-site production of 2018 – a not to be missed site-specific staging of the much-loved 1960’s musical film Summer Holiday. The production will be co-directed by Octagon Theatre’s Artistic Director Elizabeth Newman and associate director Ben Occhipinti.

During a miserable wet British summer, Don arrives with a borrowed double-decker bus ready to take his friends on a journey to sunny Athens. Join us as we tell the story of their summer adventure beginning in Bolton’s new interchange before we take you on a musical bus journey to the beautifully renovated Albert Halls to see the conclusion of Don’s fun-filled summer escapade across Europe.

Featuring songs such as Bachelor BoyLiving DollThe Young Ones and, of course, the title track Summer Holiday, this retelling of the classic musical film featuring Cliff Richard will be brought to life as never seen before in an exciting new site-specific staging by a talented cast of actors-musicians.

The site-specific production will see audiences meeting at the Bolton Interchange bus station where a short scene will take place. They will then embark onto 6 double decker buses along with actors on each bus where there will be a song along the way as audiences are driven onto Victoria Square next to Bolton Town Hall. Audiences will then disembark from the buses to witness the “mini crash” scene outside of the hall – before entering the Albert Halls to watch the remainder of the performance.

The production will be co-directed by Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director at the Octagon Theatre and Ben Occhipinti (A Christmas Carol,Octagon Theatre). It will be designed by Amanda Stoodley (The Effect, Sheffield Crucible) with musical direction by Richard Reeday (Singin’ in the Rain, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Salisbury Playhouse and New Vic Theatre Newcastle-under-Lyme Production).

The production’s cast of actors/musicians will be announced in the coming weeks

Elizabeth Newman, Artistic Director at the Octagon Theatre, said:

“As the Octagon building closes for our important redevelopment, we are heading on our adventures as we produce shows out of the building. We wanted to offer our audiences some exciting and fun experiences and since producing Singin’ in the Rain we’ve been keen to create another joyous musical – so Summer Holiday is the perfect show to begin our adventures! It will be an ambitious staging of the musical, with talented actor-musicians singing, dancing and playing musical instruments in locations across Bolton. This will be a version of Summer Holiday never seen before and I can’t wait to share it with audiences.”

The film version of Summer Holiday premiered in 1963 and featured in its cast Cliff Richard, Melvyn Hayes, Una Stubbs, Ron Moody and The Shadows. The film was directed by Peter Yates with an original screenplay written by Peter Myers and Ronald Cass (who also wrote most of the song numbers and lyrics).

Summer Holiday will be playing at Bolton Travel Interchange and Albert Halls, Bolton between Thursday 31 May – Saturday 23 June. Ticket prices from £27.50 – £18.50.

For more information visit https://octagonbolton.co.uk/whats-on/theatre/summer-holiday/

 

Octagon Theatre Bolton present an exciting new site-specific staging of the 1960s musical film

 SUMMER HOLIDAY

Stage Adaptation by Michael Gyngell & Mark Haddigan

Based upon the film Summer Holiday, directed by Peter Yates

Screenplay by Ronald Cass and Peter Myers

And by special arrangement with StudioCanal

Orchestrations by Keith Strachan

Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) on behalf of Josey Weinberger Limited

Directed by Elizabeth Newman and Ben Occhipinti

Designed by Amanda Stoodley

Music directed by Richard Reeday

Venues: Bolton Travel Interchange and Albert Halls, Bolton
Dates: Thursday 31 May – Saturday 23 June 2018

Press performance: Monday 4 June 2018 at 7.30pm.