Menier Chocolate Factory announces the UK première of Gerard Alessandrini’s Spamilton



With Kiss of the Spider Woman running at the Menier, the UK première of Jordi Galceran’s The Grönholm Method in rehearsals, the critically acclaimed Travestie srecently opened on Broadway and The Color Purple on tour in the US, the Menier Chocolate Factory today announces the UK première of Gerard Alessandrini’s Spamilton which opens at the theatre on 24 July, with previews from 12 July and runs until 8 September. The production renews Alessandrini’s collaboration with the Menier following Forbidden Broadway which ran both at the theatre and in the West End.

Hamilton – Olivier, Tony, Pulitzer and Grammy Award-winning musical. Very few tickets available.                                                                      

Spamilton – Hamilton and much more. With tickets available…*

Gerard Alessandrini brings his singular wit to the all-conquering musical Hamilton – in the words of its creator Lin Manuel Miranda, “I laughed my brains out”. Following the success of Forbidden Broadway, Alessandrini returns to the Menier to lampoon the multi-award-winning Hamilton, with Spamilton, which not only takes target at Broadway’s biggest export, but a host of the theatre world’s biggest names and musicals.

Described by the New York Times as “smart, silly and convulsively funny”, Spamilton makes its UK debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory, where unlike the Victoria Palace, there are tickets available** – at a fraction of the price.

*Tickets technically not available until public booking opens on 16 May

**Unless of course you are a supporter of the Menier, in which case you book a week earlier. However if the supporters buy all the tickets, the above* won’t apply. Perhaps become a supporter?!

 Gerard Alessandrini is best known for creating and writing all 25 editions of Forbidden Broadway in New York, Los Angeles, London and around the world. He features in the original 1982 cast of Forbidden Broadway, and can be heard on four of the show’s twelve cast albums. He also sings on the soundtracks of the Disney classics Aladdinand Pocahontas. Television credits include writing comedy specials for Bob Hope, Angela Lansbury, and Carol Burnett. Directing credits include Maury Yeston’s musical In the Beginning, and a revue focusing on Yeston’s songs Anything Can Happen (In the Theatre). Recent musicals which he co-wrote and/or directed include Madame X (NYMF 2011) and The Nutcracker and I (a complete Tchaikovsky score with all new lyrics by Alessandrini). He is the recipient of an Obie Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drama League, and seven Drama Desk Awards – including two for Best Lyrics, and two Special Lifetime Awards. He was also awarded an Honorary Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre.

Listings Information                                                                                                                          Spamilton

Venue:                                Menier Chocolate Factory

Address:                             53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

Press performance:         24 July at 8pm

Dates:                                 12 July – 8 September

Times:                                Tue – Sat 8pm, matinees Sat and Sun 3.30pm

Box Office:                         020 7378 1713 (£2.50 transaction fee per booking)

Website:               (£1.50 transaction fee per booking)

Tickets:                               Prices vary, as below from discounted preview tickets to premier seats. With the emphasis on ‘the sooner you book, the better the price’:

                                             Prices from £19.50

A meal deal ticket includes a 2-course meal from the pre-theatre menu in the Menier Restaurant as well as the theatre ticket.

Twitter: @MenChocFactory


New writing takes centre stage at Mercury Theatre Colchester in major new industry partnership

Mercury Theatre Colchester

With the 2017 winner of the Mercury Playwriting Prize, Europe After The Rain, beginning rehearsals today, the Mercury Theatre Colchester announced its latest major initiative in support of new plays and new playwrights for 2018. Mercury Theatre Colchester & Josef Weinberger Ltd are joining forces to discover the very best and most diverse new British theatre writing talent from across the UK, via a new national playwriting competition, launching this year. The Mercury / Weinberger Playwriting Prize will be looking for previously unperformed plays that have the ambition, appeal and theatricality to fill larger theatres, with the desire of getting the very best new work published and into production over the next few years.

The winning entry will pick up a cash prize of £5,000, a publishing deal with Josef Weinberger Ltd and the possibility of a full production at the Mercury Theatre. A panel of high profile industry judges will be announced in September.

The online portal for entries will open on 25 May 2018, the closing date is 20 July 2018 and winners will be announced week commencing 5 November 2018. The portal will be accessible on

In addition, a secondary strand to the award is The Mercury / Weinberger Future Voice Award which has been designed to specifically recognise young talent between the ages of 16-25 years. The winner receives £500 and a rehearsed reading of their play.

Daniel Buckroyd

Daniel Buckroyd

Daniel Buckroyd, Mercury Artistic Director, stated today, ‘’The Mercury is committed to originating new work and supporting the development of emerging talent – in fact our 2018 programme is built around this focus, with two newly commissioned adaptations, a brand new British musical, and the premiere of Europe After The Rain by Oliver Bennett, the winner of last year’s Mercury Playwriting Prize – so this partnership with such an established champion of new work as Josef Weinberger Ltd is incredibly exciting, as we seek to include the very best new work in our programme in Colchester and on tour.’’

James Cawood, Head of Plays at Josef Weinberger, said today ‘‘Josef Weinberger has always been a proud home to the work of some of the finest playwrights of the last century. We are honoured to look after the stage rights of Bergman, Miller, Steinbeck and many others whose work entertains, engages and inspires theatre goers and practitioners across the globe. Whilst our history is a vital part of our identity we also look to the future and have over the years unearthed many exciting new voices. I want Josef Weinberger to be a name synonymous with new writing, a home where new writers are supported and developed and where their careers can flourish. To show our commitment to this we are guaranteeing representation and publication of the winning play whilst also being excited to be introduced to a pool of new writers and unique stories.

To partner with the Mercury Theatre offers us the opportunity to work with one of the country’s most exciting theatres and combine the passions of two organisations, committed to securing an exhilarating future for British theatre.’’


The Mercury Theatre Colchester is the most active producing theatre in East Anglia and is a vital centre of excellence in the East’s growing creative economy. The Mercury exists to put theatre at the heart of the community it serves and to make work in Colchester that reaches audiences and generates critical attention regionally and nationally. The Mercury is a champion of regional arts, both as an active co-producer with other venues and companies and also touring our own productions to audiences across the UK. On-site production and workshop facilities create sets, props and costumes for both for in-house productions and touring companies, including the National Theatre.



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Submissions now open for Aria Entertainment’s 2018 From Page To Stage Festival of new musical theatre

From Page To Stage
From Page To Stage

From Page To Stage

Aria Entertainment’s thriving new musical theatre festival, From Page To Stage returns for its 6th year, with submissions now open. This year’s festival will take place in September at Southwark Playhouse, and follows the hugely successful 2017 festival, which took place at The Other Palace, and received over 300 submissions from across the UK and internationally.

From Page To Stage 2018 will showcase each step of how an original musical is developed, from a song-writing showcase, to full staged readings of new musicals. There will also be a showcase evening, which will feature sections of at least four different shows in development with a repertory cast.

Alongside the 2018 Festival at Southwark Playhouse, FPTS will launch a new venture, From Page To Stage North West in partnership with Aria Entertainment’s northern home, the Hope Mill Theatre, which was founded by Joseph Houston and William WheltonFrom Page To Stage North West is an exciting and unique opportunity offering one writing team a full writing commission of an original musical.

The writing team selected at the end of this process will be fully commissioned and receive a workshop of the new musical in 2019, with the intention to stage the piece fully in 2020 at the Hope Mill Theatre. The team will be selected through a series of pitching days.

Producer Katy Lipson from Aria Entertainment says: “I have always believed that the future of musical theatre in this country can only be brought about by investing regularly in new musicals and new writers and so I am proud to be presenting the 6th year of the From Page To Stage Festival of new musicals. In just 6 years we have given a platform to over 100 new musicals from over 15 countries with some shows going on to have full productions, more development workshops and even publishing deals. Contrary to other showcases, we invite both industry and the public in to take part in the early stage development of these works, which is important in helping to mould audiences’ expectations of what the genre can actually deliver. We are delighted to be presenting work at London’s Southwark Playhouse this year and know their incredible record as a receiving house for Musical Theatre means they have a large receptive audience ready to receive this exciting new work.

Our expansion into From Page To Stage North West further cements our commitment to developing, commissioning and staging new musicals in the UK. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with Joe and Will at the Hope Mill Theatre to find new musicals for us to actually bring from page to stage by 2020.”

Joseph Houston, co-artistic director of the Hope Mill Theatre adds: “We are so thrilled to announce our musical commission as part of Katy’s From Page To Stage season. When Will, Katy and I formed our collaboration it was always our aim to champion new musical theatre and to date we have been so fortunate to be able to stage many premieres, but creating new work was always our ambition and this commission is hopefully the first of many grass roots projects to come from Hope Mill Theatre. It is such an exciting time for Manchester to have From Page To Stage branch out to the North West and we cannot wait to see how we can continue to champion and develop new musicals regionally.”

Young producer and founder of Aria Entertainment, Katy Lipson launched the From Page To Stage Festival in 2013. The festival has gone from strength to strength, and Katy has now produced five seasons, which have showcased over 8 new musicals each year. The project was supported by Grant For The Arts in 2014, ‘15, ‘16, and ‘17, and the 2017 season took place at Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s recently acquired theatre, The Other Palace.

So far, Aria Entertainment and the Hope Mill Theatre have had 2 years working together, making it into The Stage’s 100 Most Influential Figures 2018, and producing over 8 in-house productions and this has developed to 3 London transfers. Many of these shows were UK, Northern or World premieres of new musicals.

Entrants for the From Page To Stage 2018 Festival need to include their show title, lyricist/composer/book writer, a short synopsis and three record tracks and scenes from the show. Each submission of a new musical will be fully assessed by the From Page To Stage expert literary team. In July 2018, it will be announced which musicals have been selected for this years festival.

Writing teams interested in From Page To Stage North West will need to sign up on the From Page To Stage website and register their interest. Writing teams will then be invited to a pitching day in August 2018.

Submissions for FPTS 2018 are open until 25 June 2018.

For full details and more information about submitting a musical, go to the From Page To Stage website:


Retracing Our Footsteps at Royal Court Theatre – three nights of British/South Asian play readings

Retracing Our Footsteps
Retracing Our Footsteps

Retracing Our Footsteps

Bhuchar Boulevard in association with the Royal Court Theatre present Retracing Our Footsteps, three nights of play readings of classic works by British/South Asian writers, celebrating a rich canon of work that is rarely seen on stage.

Curated by Bhuchar Boulevard Associate Suman Bhuchar, this retrospective, features plays originally performed at the Royal Court Theatre, from India to the UK, with subjects exploring child prostitution, corruption, partition, vengeance, love, and integration. The readings will be presented 7.30pm Wednesday 30 May – Friday 1 June 2018 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.

The readings will be directed by Kristine Landon-Smith, Kully Thiarai and Iqbal Khan and followed by panel discussions.

Retracing Our Footsteps is an initiative by Bhuchar Boulevard to accelerate the development of an Asian theatre playwriting archive.

In 1912 the Royal Court Theatre hosted the first-ever play by Indian artists in England, but it was the English Stage Company under William Gaskill, that in 1967 produced the first play from India, A Touch Of Brightness by, the then upcoming writer, Partap Sharma.

Vicky Featherstone- Artistic director of The Royal Court says;
“In order to build future voices we need to understand the legacy of the past which is why we are so thrilled this project is happening here at the Court.”

Sudha Bhuchar- Artistic director Bhuchar Boulevard says.
‘As an artist of colour, I have always seen ‘who I am’ as essential to my work. I now see younger artists looking to find their voice and identity through exploration of subjects that connect them to their history and heritage. They often have no knowledge of the works that already exist. It is urgent not only for them but for wider society to have access to this invisible canon and hopefully generate new interest in these works, and for mainstream theatres to see diverse voices as essential in making British theatre vital and relevant to all”

“This is a unique opportunity for audiences to engage with our diverse stories and offer an insight into a less known British Asian theatre heritage. Revisiting these plays offers a visceral comment on contemporary life.”

With thanks to Professor Colin Chambers, Tara Arts, Phizzical Productions, V&A and University of Warwick for their support of Bhuchar Boulevard’s Asian playwriting archive project.

A Touch Of Brightness (1967)
By Partap Sharma
Directed by Kristine Landon-Smith

7.30pm, Wednesday 30 May 2018
Royal Court Theatre, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

“What? Is it troubling you that Benarsi sold you? Child, the fact that I paid so much only shows how much I value you.

When Prema/​Rukh​mini is sold to a brothel in Mumbai, Pidku, a street urchin tries desperately to rescue her from prostitution.

Banned in India, this play exposes the underbelly of Indian society and the humanity within it.  The original cast included Saeed Jaffrey, Zora Sehgal and Roshan Seth. Later, it was adapted for Radio 4 and featured Judi Dench as Rukhmini and music by Ravi Shankar.

Banned in India, this play exposes the underbelly of Indian society and the humanity within it.  The original cast included Saeed Jaffrey, Zora Sehgal and Roshan Seth. Later, it was adapted for Radio 4 and featured Judi Dench as Rukhmini and music by Ravi Shankar.

Panel Discussion
Setting the Stage:
 Representation, Authenticity & Identity

A Touch Of Brightness was dubbed by the Indian censors as damaging to the ‘image’ of India whilst acknowledging the existence of the social reality depicted. Are today’s artists burdened by the need to be ‘authentic’ and who is the judge of ‘truthful’ representation?

Chaired by Sudha Bhuchar with panellists including Kristine Landon-Smith, Jatinder Verma, Kully Thiarai, and Satinder Chohan.

Borderline (1981)
By Hanif Kureishi
Directed by Kully Thiarai
 Thursday 31 May 2018
Royal Court Theatre, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

“Amjad, we have made mistakes.”
“What mistakes?”
“We never realised how English she would become.”

Drawn from workshops with the Asian community of Southall in the aftermath of the Southall Riots in 1979, Borderline explores the complexity of Asian immigrant life in Britain through Haroon and Amina, two teenagers whose aspirations place them in direct conflict with their parents’ dreams for their children. The original production was by Joint Stock Theatre Company

Hanif Kureishi CBE is a prolific playwright, screen writer and novelist with credits including My Beautiful Laundrette, The Buddha of Suburbia and Le Weekend.

Panel Discussion
The ‘ubiquitous immigrant’ as inspiration?

Hanif Kureishi talked of the issues of race, immigration, integration, and the colonial legacy as ‘cracks in the wall’ through which to view landscapesIs the immigrant still a modern Everyman, representing the aspirations of millions?

Chair: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown with a panel including playwrights Hanif Kureishi, and Yasmin Whittaker-Khan.

Blood (1989)
By Harwant Bains
Directed by Iqbal Khan
7.30pm, Friday 1 June 2018
Royal Court Theatre, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

“Why will I only ever speak in whispers? I’ll be loyal. Yes. Forever. But where will I find the dreams we had?”

Two brothers, one adopted by his uncle, journey from the Punjab to West London to carve out a new life while remaining loyal to their land and people. Blood explores how the Partition of India shaped the lives of first generation immigrants.

The original production featured the late Paul Bhattacharjee as Balbir and Meera Syal as Surinder.

Panel Discussion:

Can we talk about it?-Telling Our Story

Rooted within the world of Punjabi Sikhs, Harwant Bains talked of the desire to open a dialogue with the previous generation with their proud and bloody history. When trying to capture truths of people that you are part of, can playwrights ever feel completely free?

Chaired by Sudha Bhuchar with a panel including playwrights Harwant Bains, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and Iqbal Khan.

Bhuchar Boulevard
in association with
Royal Court Theatre

Snow White at The London Palladium

Snow White at The London Palladium
Snow White at The London Palladium

Snow White at The London Palladium

Qdos Entertainment today (27 April 2018) announces that they will return to the West End for a third year with Snow White at the London Palladium for a strictly limited 5 week run.  Performances will begin at the iconic pantomime venue on Saturday 8 December 2018 running untilSunday 13 January 2019.  Directed by Michael Harrison, public booking opens on Friday 4 May 2018.

Produced by the Olivier Award-winning team behind last year’s Dick Whittington, Snow White at the London Palladium will star Dawn French as The Wicked Queen and sees the return of Julian Clary as The Man in The Mirror, Paul Zerdin as Muddles, Nigel Havers as The Understudy andGary Wilmot as Mrs Crumble.  Joining them are Vincent and Flavia as The King and The Queen and Josh BennettSimeon DyerCraig Garner,Ben GoffeJamie JohnBlake Lisle and Andrew Martin as The Magnificent Seven.  Final casting for the role of the Prince and title role of Snow White as well as members of the ensemble will be announced at a later date.

A third brand-new production created especially for the London Palladium will again have scenery designed by Ian Westbrook, with costumes designed by Hugh Durrant, visual special effects by The Twins FX, lighting by Ben Cracknell and original music by Gary Hind.

Actor, writer and comedian Dawn French, who is making her pantomime debut as The Wicked Queen, is an original member of The Comic Strip and one half of the comedy duo French and Saunders.   She was last on the West End stage in October 2016 in her critically acclaimed one woman show30 Million Minutes at the Vaudeville Theatre.  Her previous stage credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, An Evening with French and Saunders, French and Saunders Live, French and Saunders Still Alive, Le Fille du Regiment, Side by Side by Sondheim, Silly Cow, When I was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout and Smaller.  Her extensive television credits include Delicious, Little Big Shots, The Wrong Mans, Roger and Val Have Just Got In, Girls on Top, Jam and Jerusalem, Lark Rise to Candleford, Let Them Eat Cake and the multi award-winning BBC comedy The Vicar of Dibley.  Her film credits include Coraline, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Maybe Baby and Milk.  Her best-selling books include Dear Fatty, A Tiny Bit Marvellous, Oh Dear Silvia, According To Yes and Me. You. A Diary.

Julian Clary returns to the London Palladium for the third year following his triumphant successes as The Spirit of the Bells in Dick Whittington and Dandini in Cinderella.  His television debut came in 1989 with ITV quiz show Trick or Treat and Channel 4’s Sticky Moments.  Clary is a best-selling author, a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute and in 2016 toured with his one man show The Joy of Mincing and in 2017 was seen in Le Grand Mort at the Trafalgar Studios.

Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin took the US by storm when he won America’s Got Talent, which was swiftly followed by his own residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.  In the UK, Zerdin has appeared on The Royal Variety Performance, was seen on Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show and has previously appeared at the Palladium as Idle Jack in Dick Whittington and as Buttons in Cinderella.

 Nigel Havers’ film credits include Chariots of Fire, Passage to India and Empire of The Sun. His many television credits include Coronation Street, Downton Abbey, The Life of Rock and Benidorm and his numerous West End appearances include ArtThe Importance of Being Earnest touring productions of Rebecca, Single Spies and Basket Case.  Havers played Captain Nigel in Dick Whittington and Lord Chamberlain in Cinderella, both at the London Palladium.

 Gary Wilmot’s multiple theatre credits include last year’s Palladium pantomime Dick WhittingtonThe Wind in the Willows also at the London Palladium, Big The Musical for the Theatre Royal Plymouth, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre and on UK tour, The Pajama Game at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, Copacabana at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Carmen Jones at the Old Vic,Pirates of Penzance for Regent’s Park Theatre and Me and My Girl at the Aldephi Theatre.

 Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace-Mistry are one of the country’s most successful Ballroom, Latin American and Argentine Tango performers and choreographers.  After competing successfully together for many years, they gained a strong following after joining BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2005.  Since leaving the show, they have starred in and co-choreographed productions including Midnight Tango, Dance ’til Dawn and The Last Tango.

 Snow White at the London Palladium is produced by Nick Thomas and Michael Harrison for Qdos Entertainment. Nick Thomas is the founder and Chairman of Qdos Entertainment Group, one of the largest entertainment companies in Europe and is the UK’s second largest regional theatre and concert hall operator.  Michael Harrison has previously produced over 100 pantomimes for Qdos Entertainment where he is also Managing Director.  As a producer in the West End his credits include Gypsy, The BodyguardAnnie and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein.

As the world’s biggest pantomime producer, over the past 36 years Qdos Entertainment has established itself as one of the largest entertainment companies in Europe. Over the past three decades the pantomime giant has staged 719 pantomimes.

Disney’ Aladdin launches new video library to accompany its education programme

ALADDIN Credit: Johan Persson

Disney’s hit West End musical Aladdin has launched a brand new video library to accompany its education programme. Nine short films have been made in consultation with teachers in order to help pupils prepare for their theatre experience as well as deepen their knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in theatre making.

Aladdin’s curriculum-linked education resources are created for Key Stage 2, 3 and BTEC pupils, with workshops for pupils aged 7+ also available.


  • Hosted by Angellica Bell (The One Show, CBBC) the videos feature exclusive new footage of rehearsals and interviews with both the show’s original creative team and the London cast and crew, which have been filmed in both London and New York.
  • The video library will give teachers and students a new insight into Aladdin’s costumes, scenic design, music, charactisation, backstage crew, the ensemble, and more.
  • To further enrich these resources all episodes feature end card questions to spark debate and encourage further learning. Production notes and a practitioner profile for Bob Crowley, Aladdin’s scenic designer who is also a prescribed practitioner on the AQA Theatre Studies A-Level specification, are also available.

The new films will link to the curriculum in the following ways;

  • Performing Arts: Pupils gain knowledge of direction, concept, artistic vision and how meaning is communicated, collaborative working as well as what jobs and roles are in the theatre industry.
  • English: Pupils will use Standard English formal and informal contexts, including classroom and structured discussions
  • Art and Design: Pupils will learn how source inspire design, ways in which meanings, ideas and intentions can be communicated through design & analyse theatre using the language of design.


  • Aladdin’s education programme has been designed to maximise the learning potential of a trip to see the production. Prior to the theatre visit, pre-show resources can be freely accessed on the shows education website, these include session ideas, background to the show, including synopsis, journey to the stage, insight into what inspired the show as well as information on preparing a group for their theatre trip.
  • The primary school resources consist of creative session ideas that can inspire cross- curricular learning in English, art and design, music, PSHE as well as producing an assembly.
  • For secondary schools there are sessions ideas in subject areas English, Dance and PSHE which teachers can adapt to suit their schemes of work.


  • Schools can choose from 4 practical workshops: Introductory Movement and MusicSpotlight on ActingSpotlight on Singingand Spotlight on Dance. Each workshop is adapted to the specific needs and level of expertise of the group.
  • Disney Theatrical Teaching artists lead the group through 90 minutes of singing, dancing and acting. All workshops give students the rare opportunity to explore the world of the production and learn content from the show they are about to see.

Theatre tickets are now available for education groups of 10+ with prices beginning at £19.50 and education workshops are £12.50 per pupil. For booking information please visit

Aladdin features the timeless songs from the 1992 animated film as well as new music written by Tony®, Olivier© and eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop Of Horrors). With lyrics from Olivier Award and two-time Oscar® winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid), three-time Tony and Olivier Award, three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (EvitaAida), and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), and a book by Beguelin,Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).

Now in its fifth record-breaking year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Aladdin’s global presence has grown to six productions on four continents, seen by  more than 7.2 million people to date. The show opened at Tokyo’s Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in May 2015, had its European premiere in December 2015 at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora, Hamburg, began performances in August 2016 in Australia and launched its North American tour in Chicago in April 2017.

Aladdin is designed by Olivier and seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, six-time Tony-winning lighting designerNatasha Katz, Olivier and two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis. Casting is by Jill Green CDG.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.

Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton St
London W1D 4HS

Box Office number: 0844 482 5151

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Disney Groups booking: 020 7845 0949
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Almeida Theatre: Full cast announced for Machinal

Emily Berrington photographed by Clara Giaminardi
Emily Berrington photographed by Clara Giaminardi

Emily Berrington photographed by Clara Giaminardi

“Your skin oughtn’t to curl – ought it – when he just comes near you – ought it? That’s wrong, ain’t it? You don’t get over that, do you – ever, do you or do you?”

 The city. A woman is restless. A woman is suffocating. A woman is silenced.

The woman revolts.

The cast includes Nathalie ArminEmily BerringtonKhali BestDenise Black, Demetri GoritsasAndrew LewisJonathan LivingstoneJohn MackayAlan MorrisseyKirsty RiderAugustina Seymour and Dwane Walcott.

Natalie Abrahami directs a visceral production of Sophie Treadwell’s masterpiece.

Sophie Treadwell (1885 – 1970) was a playwright and journalist. She was the author of 39 plays including Machinal (most recently revived in London at the National Theatre in 1993), GringoO NightingaleLadies LeaveLone ValleyPlumes in the Dust and Hope for a Harvest.

 Natalie Abrahami directs. She was previously Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre from 2007-2012 and Associate Director at the Young Vic from 2013-2016. Her credits include WingsAh, Wilderness!Happy Days and After Miss Julie at the Young Vic; Queen Anne for the RSC and at the Theatre Royal Haymarket;Hitchcock Blonde at Hull Truck Theatre; YermaHow To Be An Other WomanThe Kreutzer SonataVanyaUnbrokenWomen in Love and The Internationalistat the Gate Theatre; Pericles at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Headlong.


 Nathalie Armin plays various parts. Her theatre credits include Limehouse at the Donmar Warehouse; Another World: Losing Our Daughters to Islamic State,The Motherf**ker with the HatDara and Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the National Theatre; Arabian Nights and Othello at the RSC and Crazyblackmuthaf**kin’self at the Royal Court. For television her recent credits include MarcellaPhilip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams; Unforgotten and Humans.  Her film work includes Final Score; Denial and Grow Your Own.

 Emily Berrington plays Young Woman. She returns to the Almeida having appeared in Children’s Children.  Her other theatre credits include Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre.  For television, her work includes HumansThe MiniaturistSons of Liberty24Outnumbered and The White Queen.  For film, she has appeared in The HippopotamusThe Inbetweeners 2The Last Showing and The Look of Love.

 Khali Best plays various parts. His theatre credits include Choir Boy at the Royal Court.  His television work includes Eastenders (as series regular Dexter) and for film, his credits include Show Dogs.

Denise Black plays Mother. Her theatre credits include The Cherry Orchard at Sherman Theatre; Winter Hill at Bolton Octagon; Pack at Finborough Theatre; a UK tour of Sister Act; a UK tour of Calendar GirlsSisters at Sheffield Crucible; Aristo at Chichester Festival Theatre; Roots at Royal Exchange Manchester and The Seagull at the Royal Court. Her television work includes series regular roles in Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

 Demetri Goritsas plays various parts. He returns to the Almeida having appeared in Mr Burns. His other theatre credits include Last of the Boys at Southwark Playhouse; The Sweetest Thing in Baseball and Boy Gets Girl at the Royal Court; His Girl FridayA Prayer for Owen Meany and Finding the Sun at the National Theatre. His recent television work includes ModusBlack MirrorA Poet in New YorkNixon’s The OneEpisodes and Twenty Twelve. His recent film credits include The Catcher Was a SpyBorg McEnroePapillonThe Darkest HourSnowdenEverest and Rush.

Andrew Lewis plays various parts. His theatre credits include Network, Deep Blue Sea and Salome at the National Theatre; Henry VI Parts I, II and III and Richard III for the RSC; Buried Child at Trafalgar Studios; Miss Julie at Theatre Royal Haymarket. For television, his work includes Holby City (series regular) and his film credits include The Man with the Iron Heart.

Jonathan Livingstone plays George H Jones. His theatre credits include The Caretaker at the Bristol Old Vic; Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe; Now We Are Here at the Young Vic; Our Country’s GoodTreasure Island and War Horse at the National Theatre; Tis Pity She’s A Whore for Cheek by Jowl andTaming of the Shrew for the RSC. His work for television includes Chewing Gum and his film credits include Still Life.

John Mackay plays various parts. He returns to the Almeida having appeared in Oresteia. His other theatre credits include The Sewing Group at the Royal Court; Wild, Drawing the Line and 55 Days at Hampstead Theatre; Measure for Measure at the Young Vic; Richard III for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Little EaglesAnthony and CleopatraKing LearThe Winter’s TaleJulius Caesar and The Grainstore for the RSC. His television work includes Hollow Crown II and The Honourable Woman.

 Alan Morrissey plays various parts. His theatre credits include Beautiful at Aldwych Theatre; I Can’t Sing at the Palladium; Boiling Frogs at Southwark Playhouse; Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe and on European tour; The Seagull Project at Hampstead Theatre; James and the Giant Peach at Bolton Octagon and SolsticeTwelfth Night and As You Like It for the RSC. For film, he appeared in The League of Gentleman’s Apocalypse.

Kirsty Rider plays various parts. Her theatre credits include The Great Wave and St George and the Dragon at the National Theatre and Pride and Prejudiceat Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and on UK tour. Her television work includes Space Pirates.

Augustina Seymour plays various parts. Her theatre credits include Playing for Time at Sheffield Crucible; Hitchcock Blonde at Hull Truck Theatre; The Nutcracker at Nuffield Southampton Theatres and A Doll’s House at Theatre by the Lake.

 Dwane Walcott plays Dick Roe. His theatre credits include One Night in Miami and Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse; Henry V at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; The Iphigenia Quartet at the Gate Theatre; Hamlet for Sonia Friedman Productions; The Twits at the Royal Court; Titus AndronicusA Mad World, My Masters and Candide for the RSC and Damned by Despair at the National Theatre. His television work includes Into the Badlands and Our Girl. For film, his credits include Mindhorn.

Warwick Davis and Kevin Wood announce return of EUGENIUS! at The Other Palace



After a triumphant run at The Other Palace at the beginning of the year, Warwick Davis and Kevin Wood have announced the return of the original British musical EUGENIUS! at The Other Palace from 1 September to 7 October. Further details and casting to be announced.

After rave audience responses and huge public demand – particularly on social media – the producers are delighted that the show will return to its home, The Other Palace for another run.

Warwick Davis said ‘The clamouring for Eugenius! to return has been so great, it can be heard in another galaxy! We have listened and brought it back. If you missed it last time, this is your chance to see what the buzz is all about. And for our Super Fans out there, we’ll be adding dedicated Sundayperformances – exclusively for you! The show returns with our amazing creative team and of course the 80s inspired soundtrack which had audiences on their feet every evening’.

Written by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins, “EUGENIUS!  tells the story of Eugene, a teenage boy whose nightly dreams of a distant world of heroes and villains may just be the ticket to him creating his very own comic book movie in Hollywood.  Joined by his best friends ‘Janey’ and ‘Feris’, our comic writing genius must discover the true meaning of growing up, finding the superhero within, saving the world from both earthbound villains and possibly those from distant galaxies, and along the way, falling in love. The production will continue to play all of the iconic songs including, Go Eugenius!, Comic Book Kind Of Love, Don’t Shoot for the Stars, Future is Bright and Hollywood.

The book, music and lyrics for ‘EUGENIUS! are written by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins. Award winning Ian Talbot will direct. Ian was previously the Artistic Director at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre for 20 years, for which he received an OBE. He has directed ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ and ‘Lend Me A Tenor’. The creative team is completed by Aaron Renfree who will choreograph, sound design by Gareth Owen, lighting by Andrew Ellis, musical supervision by Stuart Morley and musical direction by Darren Lord. Set and costume design will be by Hannah Wolfe and the show’s design features specially commissioned comic book artwork by Marvel artist, Simon Williams (Transformers, Spider Man, Marvel Heroes, The lncredible Hulk).