Casting announced for the Octagon Theatre Bolton’s site-specific production of Summer Holiday

Octagon Theatre Bolton Summer Holiday
Summer Holiday cast

Summer Holiday cast

Octagon Theatre Bolton has announced full casting for their forthcoming site-specific production of the musical Summer Holiday.

The production’s cast will feature Michael Peavoy (The Fall of The Master BuilderWest Yorkshire Playhouse and Jane Eyre, Octagon Theatre Bolton) as Don; Eleanor Brown (Singin’ in the rain, Bolton Octagon/Salisbury Playhouse/New Vic and The Wipers Times, Watermill Theatre) as Barbara;  Greg Last (Sweet Charity, New Wolsey Theatre) as Jerry; David Heywood (Sleeping Beauty The Rock and Roll Panto, Theatr Clwyd and Mike Leigh’s forthcoming film Peterloo) as Steve; Isobel Bates (Oh What A Lovely War, Oldham Coliseum ) as Mimsie; Luke Thornton (Dusty, Charing Cross Theatre and Footloose UK Tour, Sell A Door ) as Edwin; Sarah Workman (Three Minute Heroes, Belgrade Theatre ) as Angie; Alexander Bean (Teddy, Southwark Playhouse ) as Cyril; and Barbara Hockaday (Singin’ in the rain, Bolton Octagon/Salisbury Playhouse/New Vic and Rebecca, Kneehigh )as Stella. All the cast will play additional roles.

For Summer Holiday, the site-specific production will see audiences meeting at Bolton Interchange 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 being transferred to the Octagon Theatre Bolton to watch the remainder of the performance.

The production will be co-directed by Octagon Theatre’s Artistic Director Elizabeth Newman and Ben Occhipinti.

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 in Bolton and beyond.”

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

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” Just Another Love Story ” a unique concert celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s love songs; featuring a fantastic cast of West End Talent, brought to you by Ray Rackham Theatrical

Just Another Love Story
Just Another Love Story CAST

Just Another Love Story CAST

Ray Rackham Theatrical, in association with London Theatre Workshop, has announced its next show – an evening concert celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s love songs, “Just Another Love Story”.

Production: Just Another Love Story – Love, according to Stephen Sondheim.

Production Dates: 21st – 26th May, 2018.

Press Nights: 22 May, 2018

Time: 20:00

Location: Above the Arts, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB.

Stephen Sondheim has written some of the most evocative and heart-felt love songs within the history of the Musical Theatre form. “Just Another Love Story” celebrates, explores and questions the concept of love; through the songs written by Broadway’s foremost composer lyricist. Including an exciting balance of Sondheim standards and relatively unknown and unheard music from as varied source material as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Follies, Road Show, Assassins, A Little Night Music, film scores and many more; “Just Another Love Story” promises to delight audiences new to the songs as much as the die-hard Sondheim aficionado.

This unique concert features an eight strong, ensemble cast, and is directed by London Theatre Workshop’s Artistic Director, Ray Rackham, with musical direction by Simon Holt. Rackham and Holt were the creative team behind London Theatre Workshop’s first West End transfer, Judy!, in 2017.

The cast includes Anita Louise Combe (Gypsy, Ragtime, Chicago), Christopher Dickins (Phantom of the Opera, War Horse), Belinda Wollaston (Judy!), Michael Vinsen (Follies, Kinky Boots), Jamie Birkett (The Play That Goes Wrong), Oscar Conlon-Morrey (Toxic Avenger), Rebecca Gilliland (The Hired Man), and Ross Barnes (Parade).

Listings Information

Above the Arts, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB

Closest Tube/National Rail: Leicester Square

Dates: 21-26 May, 2018, Time: 20:00 (Saturday matinee at 14:30)

Price: Tickets from £20

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Produced by: Ray Rackham Theatrical in association with London Theatre Workshop

Cast: Anita Louise Combe, Christopher Dickins, Belinda Wollaston, Michael Vinsen, Jamie Birkett, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Rebecca Gilliland, and Ross Barnes.

Full details and cast and creative team announced for Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York

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Alex Vlahos

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  • Details revealed for unique summer of Shakespeare in the historic city of York that will see four of the Bard’s greatest works performed in Europe’s first pop-up replica Shakespearean theatre.
  • Directors Lindsay Posner, Damian Cruden & Juliet Forster to lead two companies of actors performing Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III.
  • Versailles star Alexander Vlahos to play Romeo opposite The Musketeers’ Alexandra Dowling’s Juliet while Requiem’s Dyfan Dwyfor will play Richard III.
  • Yorkshire’s Richard Standing (Coronation Street, Mamma Mia!) to take the role of Macbeth with York’s Leandra Ashton (Coronation Street, Holby City) as Lady Macbeth, while a gender-swapping A Midsummer Night’s Dream will see Antony Bunsee (RSC, Eastenders) play Titania with Amanda Ryan(Shameless) taking the role of Oberon.
  • Visitors can also enjoy FREE ENTRY to Shakespeare’s Village which will offer the best of Yorkshire’s food and drink curated by television chef Brian Turner, as well as ‘wagon’ entertainment, an Elizabethan-style garden and more.

Today, on the birthday of William Shakespeare, full details have been announced for Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre – SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE – which makes its debut in the historic city of York in June.  Preparations are well underway for a ground-breaking ‘Summer of Shakespeare’.

Situated beside the iconic York landmark of Clifford’s Tower, SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE will combine state-of-the-art scaffolding technology, corrugated iron and timber with the historic 13-sided design of a 16th century Shakespearean theatre.  It will house an audience of 950, with 600 seated on three tiered balconies around an open-roofed courtyard and standing room for 350 ‘groundlings’.

Four of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays, across the genres, will be performed in repertory by two companies of actors during the 10-week season, from Monday 25 June until Sunday 2 September 2018:

  • A tragedy – Macbeth
  • A comedy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • A tragic love story – Romeo and Juliet
  • A history – Richard III

The traditional setting will host new interpretations of these famous works, both challenging and entertaining.  Romeo and Juliet and Richard III will be directed by the award-winning Lindsay Posner, while York Theatre Royal’s Olivier Award-winning Artistic Director Damian Cruden will direct Macbeth, and Associate Director Juliet Forster will be putting her stamp on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Making up the York company are Gareth Aled (Lennox/Starveling), Leandra Ashton (Lady Macbeth/Peaseblossom), Antony Bunsee (Siward/Theseus & Titania), Clare Corbett (Witch 3/Puck), Fine Time Fontayne (Duncan/Egeus), Maria Gray (Witch 2/1st Fairy), Paul Hawkyard (Macduff/Bottom), Mark Holgate (Banquo/Demetrius), Emilio Iannucci (Malcolm/Flute), Amy Lennox (Mentieth/Hermia), Rina Mahoney (Lady Macduff/Quince), Olivia Onyehara (Angus/Helena), Jordan Peters (Ross/Lysander), Amanda Ryan (Hecate/Hippolyta & Oberon), Robin Simpson (Witch 1/Snout) and Richard Standing (Macbeth/Snug).

The York company creative team will be led by directors Damian Cruden (Macbeth) and Juliet Forster (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with designer Sara Perks, choreographer Philippa Vafadari, composer Chris Madin, fight director Jonathan Holby, and voice coach Yvonne Morley.

Making up the London company are Emma Darlow (Dorset/Balthazar), Alexandra Dowling (Lady Anne/Juliet), Dyfan Dwyfor (Richard III/Sampson), Gabriel Fleary (Brackenbury/Escalus), David Fleeshman (Stanley/Friar Laurence), Charlyne Francis (Second Murderer/Gregory), Robert Gwilym (Hastings/Capulet), Julie Legrand (Margaret/Nurse), Tom Lorcan (Rivers/Benvolio), Joey Phillips (Lovell/Abram), Shanaya Rafaat (Buckingham/Mercutio), Dale Rapley (Lord Mayor/Lord Montague), Emily Raymond (Queen Elizabeth/Lady Capulet), Edward Sayer (Tyrell/Tybalt), Julia Swift (Duchess of York/Lady Montague), Richard Teverson (Clarence/Paris) and Alexander Vlahos (Catesby/Romeo).

The London company creative team will be led by director Lindsay Posner and associate director Martha Geelan, with choreographer Mike Ashcroft, designer Lee Newby, costume designer Sue Willmington, composer Olly Fox, fight director Kate Waters and voice coach Yvonne Morley.

Casting for SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE is by Ginny Schiller, lighting design by Paul Pyant and sound design by Harry Johnson.

A trial build of the theatre in an off-site location outside York has been completed with work set to begin on the actual structure at the foot of 13th century Clifford’s Tower within York’s ancient city walls at the end of May.

Outside SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE will be ‘Shakespeare’s Village’, and exciting plans for this free-to-enter attraction have been revealed.  Yorkshire-born celebrity chef and food ambassador for the Village, Brian Turner (Ready Steady Cook, Saturday Kitchen, A Taste of Britain), is creating a special street food menu with leading Yorkshire street food vendors, showcasing some of the best fare the county has to offer.  In addition there will be locally-made ice cream and a fully licensed bar, all housed in traditional oak-framed and reed-thatched buildings.

Award-winning Yorkshire garden designer Sally Tierney has been engaged to design and create an Elizabethan garden, with ornate box-edged beds of cottage flowers, roses and herbs.  Ms Tierney is the winner of a Silver-Gilt medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s renowned Chelsea Flower Show, as well as ‘Best in Show’ and numerous gold medals at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

The production team are also busy sourcing performers for the Village.  During Elizabethan times, actors would often travel the country performing plays on farm wagons.  Shakespeare’s Village will feature a regular schedule of ‘wagon entertainment’ with sensational speeches, soulful sonnets and medieval music, as well as juggling jesters.

The original Rose Theatre was built in 1587 on the south bank of the River Thames in London. It was a slightly irregular 14-sided structure made of timber, with plaster exterior and a thatched roof, open in the centre to the elements.  The success of The Rose Theatre paved the way for other theatres to be built in the area, including The Swan in 1595, The Globe Theatre in 1599 and The Fortune in 1600.

Originator of the project and CEO of international theatre production company, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall said “More than 400 years ago, the first audiences for Shakespeare’s plays enjoyed an experience that was as intimate as it was exciting, crowded in close to the actors and the action, in a small theatre in the bustling city of London.

“In SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE an experience every bit as exciting, intimate and immersive will be offered to today’s audiences in a dramatic playhouse setting beside the iconic 13th century Clifford’s Tower in the heart of the historic city of York.

“The unique environment of SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE connects actors and audience together in ways many people will never have encountered before.  While an interactive experience awaits those closest to the stage in the courtyard, no seat in the theatre will be more than 15m from the action, providing plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling, heart-stopping moments!

Mr Cundall explained “One of our key aims is to offer comprehensive support for school groups, to encourage young people to see these plays, in this space.  As well as special schools performances and prices we have established the Rose Bursary Scheme whereby schools with limited resources can apply for free tickets.  I am delighted to say we have had great take-up from schools across the north of England.

“With dramatic sword-fights, bubbling cauldrons, wayward fairies, passionate love scenes, gruesome murders, grand poetry and no shortage of fake blood, audiences will experience the comic heights and tragic depths of Shakespearean theatre in a memorable setting,” said Mr Cundall.

SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE and Shakespeare’s Village will be created and managed by Yorkshire-based Lunchbox Theatrical Productions.

The title sponsor of SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE is Grand Central Rail, an established train operator on the East Coast line linking York to London.  Other sponsors are Fenwick luxury department store; the Grand Hotel and Spa, York’s only five star hotel; the Helmsley Group, a York-based investment company in commercial and residential property; the York Business Improvement District (BID), a business-led partnership that invests in improvements and enhancements to the centre of York and its businesses; Welcome to Yorkshire, the official tourism agency for the county of Yorkshire; and Yorkshire’s daily national newspaper, the Yorkshire Post.

Supporters of SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE include City of York Council, Cross Country Trains, English Heritage, First Group, Historic England, Make it York, University of York, York International Shakespeare Festival and York Museums Trust.

Donors to the Rose Bursary Scheme include The Holbeck Charitable Trust Foundation, Stephanie Overton and John Lindeman, Palace Capital and the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation.


Listing Information

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre

Tower Street, York, YO1 9SA

Monday 25 June – Sunday 2 September 2018.

Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth

Tickets from £12.50 (excluding booking/delivery fees)

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Whatsonstage announce results of survey to find the UK’s favourite Shakespeare play


On William Shakespeare’s birthday, 23 April 2018, leading theatrical website WhatsOnStage announce the results of the company’s survey to find the nation’s favourite Shakespeare play – Hamlet leads the poll with 13% of the vote, narrowly beating Much Ado About Nothing with 12%, and Macbeth with 11%.

A mustplay role for any leading actor, recent productions of Hamlet have seen Benedict Cumberbatch take to the Barbican stage in Lindsay Turner’s production and Andrew Scott in the Almeida Theatre’s recent Olivier Award-nominated West End transfer, and will soon see the new artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Michelle Terry open her inaugural season in the title role. Mel Giedroyc and John Hopkins are currently playing Beatrice and Benedick inMuch Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre in Kingston; and third-placed Macbeth has had two major revivals this year already – Rory Kinnear and Anne Marie Duff in the National Theatre’s production, and opening hot on its heels was Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack in the RSC’s staging.

Chief Operating Officer of WhatsOnStage Sita McIntosh said today, “454 years after the world’s greatest playwright was born, William Shakespeare’s plays are as loved as ever. Theatres around the UK are largely to thank for this, continuing to celebrate the Bard’s work with world-class performances, not least the Almeida’s outstanding, WhatsOnStage Award-winning staging of Hamlet starring Andrew Scott, which surely helped it to claim top spot. Happy birthday William Shakespeare.”

The top 10 in the poll as voted for by the public are:

  1. Hamlet
  2. Much Ado About Nothing
  3. Macbeth
  4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  5. Twelfth Night
  6. Othello
  7. Romeo and Juliet
  8. The Tempest
  9. King Lear
  10. Richard II

The plays voted on in the survey were the 36 plays included in Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Paines Plough announces casting for Roundabout 2018

Roundabout 2018

Roundabout 2018

  • Roundabout 2018 features three world premieres by Georgia Christou, Simon Longman and Vinay Patel in co-production with Theatr Clwyd
  • All three plays will star Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson, directed by Stef O’Driscoll
  • Full Roundabout programme and dates to be announced in May

Artistic Directors of Paines Plough James Grieve and George Perrin today announced casting and creative team for Roundabout, Paines Plough’s award-winning portable in-the-round auditorium. Roundabout will showcase three world premieres across the country, with full dates to be announced in May.

This year all three productions will be directed by former Paines Plough Associate Director, and nabokov Artistic Director, Stef O’Driscoll. For Paines Plough Stef has directed WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest, and BLISTER by Laura Lomas. Balisha Karra will assist Stef. Balisha joins Paines Plough as Trainee Director from Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s REP Foundry artist development programme.

The 2018 programme, which includes World Premieres from Simon Longman, Vinay Patel and Georgia Christou, will be performed in rep by Charlotte O’Leary (UNDER MILK WOODThe WatermillHUSHPaines PloughTHREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY, Richard Burton Theatre Company) Katherine Pearce (THE LAST BALLAD OF LILLIAN BILLOCCA, Hull Truck; LOW LEVEL PANIC, Orange Tree Theatre; HUSBANDS AND SONS, PORT, National Theatre) and Jack Wilkinson (TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare’s Globe; KING LEAR, Northern Broadsides/UK Tour; CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR, Northern Stage/UK tour).

James Grieve and George Perrin said: “We’re thrilled to announce that ROUNDABOUT will tour the UK for the fifth year running. Once again we’re producing three world premieres in rep; ISLAND TOWN is a bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape from George Devine Award Winner Simon Longman. STICKS AND STONES is an incisive satire on the modern condition from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel. Georgia Christou’s HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN is a rip-roaring space odyssey for adventurous young people and older stargazers. Georgia, Simon and Vinay are amongst the most distinctive, observant and entertaining new voices in British theatre and we are thrilled to showcase their work across the UK in our beautiful pop-up ROUNDABOUT.

We can’t wait to see what Stef does with the plays. Since she joined us as Assistant Director on Kate Tempest’s WASTED in 2011 she has directed two shows for Paines Plough including WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK which was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 1xtra. Her work on Monsay Whitney’s BOX CLEVER for nabokov which played ROUNDABOUT in Edinburgh last year was extraordinary.

We’ll be running our Trainee Director scheme for the third year welcoming Balisha Karra from Birmingham Rep’s REP Foundry artist development programme.

All three ROUNDABOUT plays will be performed by an ensemble of superb, shapeshifting actors Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson.

And we’re delighted to be teaming up with Theatr Clwyd again to produce the season which begins in Mold in June.”

Stef O’Driscoll said: “It’s an incredible honour to direct the ROUNDABOUT season this year and be a part of taking the best of the best in new writing around the UK to areas that new plays wouldn’t normally be able to reach. To develop and engage new audiences we need to take stories to people in their communities on their doorsteps.

I am hyped to be working with such an incredible team including some of the nation’s greatest playwrights. The plays are joyous, funny and heart breaking. I can’t wait to share these beautiful stories and see how audiences around the UK vibe with them.”

Roundabout 2018 will open at Theatr Clwyd and tour to The Lowry (Salford), Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal), Lighthouse (Poole), Margate, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Appetite (Stoke-on-Trent) and Luton Culture. Roundabout will also host a programme of visiting companies, comedy, music and local community events.  All performances on the tour will have Closed Captioning available. Plans for Roundabout this summer will be announced on 17 May.

Paines Plough will reunite the creative team from Roundabout 2017 with Lighting Design by Peter Small, Sound Design by Dominic Kennedy and Movement Direction by Jennifer Jackson, this year joined by Movement Associate Simon Jones.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
by Simon Longman

Kate, Sam and Pete are stuck. The town they live in doesn’t have much going on. But they don’t really care about that when they’ve got cheap cider and their whole lives ahead of them.

And they’re going to break away anyway. Someone’s about to get a car. And all roads go somewhere else. Right? 

ISLAND TOWN is bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape.

Simon is a writer from the West Midlands whose play GUNDOG recently premiered at the Royal Court Theatre. Last year, his play WHITE SKY premiered at the Royal Welsh College before transferring to the Gate Theatre. Simon is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and Paines Plough. He was a member of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Group in 2014 he won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
by Vinay Patel

“So we’re clear
You know, right?
You know I’m not that kind of person.”

Sometimes we can’t find the right words. Sometimes the wrong word just slips out. Sometimes the right words become the wrong words. Sometimes that ruins everything.

When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B sets off on a surreal journey looking for answers. In an age when technology multiplies every mistake, can we find a way to understand each other?

A razor sharp satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel.

Vinay’s debut play TRUE BRITS premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and transferred to the Bush’s RADAR Festival and VAULT Festival.  His second, FREE FALL, opened at the Pleasance Islington and was nominated for three Off West End awards. His latest play AN ADVENTURE will premiere at The Bush Theatre in September 2018 and will be directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis. Vinay’s television debut MURDERED BY MY FATHER was commissioned for BBC3 and won 2 Royal Television Society awards including Best Single Drama as well as being nominated for three BAFTAs including Best Single Drama and the Breakthrough Talent Award for Vinay.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
by Georgia Christou

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? 12 year old Jelly and her brother JonjJo have their suspicions.

She won’t let them leave the house. Or ask questions. And she definitely won’t let them in the attic.

Join Jelly and JonJo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers.

Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship.

For space cadets age 5 and up.

Georgia is a previous member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Group. YOUS TWO is her first full-length play which was originally shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 2015. She has also been selected as part of Channel 4’s 4Stories scheme and is writing an original single drama which will shoot in 2018. YOUS TWO is currently playing at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs until 24th February 2018.


Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd present

Full summer dates to be announced in May.

06-09 September Salford with The Lowry
13-16 September Grasmere with Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
19-22 September Margate
26-29 September Lighthouse Poole
04-07 October Lincoln with Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
11-14 October Stoke-on-Trent with Appetite
18-21 October Luton with Luton Culture

Every performance on the Roundabout tour will have Closed Captioning available.


Georgia Christou (Writer)
Georgia is a previous member of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Group. Her first full-length play YOUS TWO, which was originally shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 2015, ran at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs earlier this year. She has also been selected as part of Channel 4’s 4Stories scheme and is writing an original single drama which will shoot this year.

Simon Longman (Writer)
Simon is a writer from the West Midlands whose play GUNDOG recently premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Vicky Featherstone, and for which he was awarded the 49th George Devine award for Most Promising Playwright. Last year, his play WHITE SKY premiered at the Royal Welsh College before transferring to the Gate Theatre in London. Simon was the playwright in residence at Pentabus Theatre Company who toured his play MILKED in 2015 to venues including the Soho Theatre, London and in November 2015 his play SPARKS was on at the Old Red Lion Theatre, directed by Clive Judd. Simon is currently under commission to the Bush Theatre and his play RAILS, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, will receive its world premiere at Theatre By The Lake from 24th May 2018, directed by Clive Judd. He was a member of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Group in 2013 and in 2014 he won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

Vinay Patel (Writer)
Vinay’s debut play, TRUE BRITS, premiered at Edinburgh Fringe 2014, transferred to the Bush Theatre’s RADAR Festival and went on to headline the Vault Festival. His follow-up, FREE FALL, ran at the Pleasance Islington and was nominated for three Off West End Awards. His latest play AN ADVENTURE will premiere at The Bush Theatre in September 2018 and will be directed by Bush Artistic Director, Madani Younis and Associate Director Omar Elerian. Vinay is also currently developing pieces with the National Theatre and Paines Plough and has written for Live Theatre, Theatre 503, and Sphinx Theatre Company.

Vinay’s television debut MURDERED BY MY FATHER was commissioned for BBC3 and starred Adeel Akhtar, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Mawaan Rizwan. It won 2 Royal Television Society awards including Best Single Drama before going on to be nominated for three BAFTAs including Best Single Drama and the Breakthrough Talent Award for Vinay. It won the BAFTA for best Leading Actor (Adeel Akhtar) and Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work on the film.

Vinay is currently developing several projects for the BBC and has written for ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI. He also contributed to the bestselling collection of essays, THE GOOD IMMIGRANT, edited by Nikesh Shukla.

Stef O’Driscoll (Director)
Stef is the Artistic Director of nabokov and previously the Associate Director at Paines Plough and at the Lyric Hammersmith. For Paines Plough she has directed: WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK by Sabrina Mahfouz, HOPELESSLY DEVOTED by Kate Tempest, BLISTER by Laura Lomas, and as Assistant Director: WASTED by Kate Tempest. For nabokov: LAST NIGHT by Benin City (Roundhouse/Latitude) BOX CLEVER by Monsay Whitney (Marlowe Theatre/Roundabout), STORYTELLING ARMY (Brighton Festival) and SLUG by Sabrina Mahfouz (Latitude). For the Lyric, as Co Director: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, as Associate Director: MOGADISHU (Manchester Royal Exchange), as Assistant Director: BLASTED – winner Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2011.

Other Director credits: Yard Gal by Rebecca Prichard – winner Fringe Report Awards for Best Fringe Production 2009 (Oval House) A TALE FROM THE BEDSIT by Paul Cree (Roundhouse/Bestival), FINDING HOME by Cecilia Knapp (Roundhouse), A GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX and WHEN WOMEN WEE (Underbelly/Soho) and as Assistant Director: HENRY IV (Donmar/St Anne’s Warehouse).

Peter Small (Lighting)
Peter studied Lighting Design at RADA. Peter’s recent productions include PLASTIC (Poleroid Theatre, Old Red Lion) ALL OR NOTHING (West End and UK tour), OLD FOOLS (Southwark Playhouse), OUT OF LOVE, BLACK MOUNTAIN, (Offie Nominated) and HOW TO BE A KID (Paines Plough, Theatr Clwyd & Orange Tree), A GIRL IN SCHOOL UNIFORM (WALKS INTO A BAR) (Offie Nominated) (New Diorama), FOX (Old Red Lion), MEMORY OF LEAVES (UK Tour), EAST END BOYS AND WEST END GIRLS (Arcola Theatre and UK tour), ELECTRIC AND POLITRIX (Big House Theatre), TOM & JERRY (EventBox Theatre, Egypt), CINDERELLA (Loughborough) and THE VENUS FACTOR (Bridewell Theatre).

Dominic Kennedy (Sound)
Dominic is a Sound Designer and Music Producer for performance and live events, he has a keen interest in developing new work and implementing sound and music at an early stage in a creative process. Dominic is a graduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he developed specialist skills in collaborative and devised theatre making, music composition and installation practices. His work often fuses found sound, field recordings, music composition and synthesis.

Recent design credits include; RAMONA TELLS JIM (Bush Theatre), AND THE REST OF ME FLOATS (Outbox), I AM A TREE (Jamie Wood), BOX CLEVER (nabokov), SKATE HARD TURN LEFT (Battersea Arts Centre), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2017 (Paines Plough), GAP IN THE LIGHT (Engineer), BROKEN BISCUITS (Paines Plough), ROUNDABOUT SEASON 2016 (Paines Plough), WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK (Paines Plough), THE HUMAN EAR (Paines Plough), THE DEVIL SPEAKS TRUE (Goat and Monkey), RUN (Engineer), ONO (Jamie Wood).

Jennifer Jackson (Movement)
Movement direction includes: BRIGHTON ROCK (Pilot Theatre), PARLIAMENT SQUARE (The Bush & Royal Exchange), OUR TOWN (Royal Exchange), THE MOUNTAINTOP (The Young Vic), OUT OF LOVE / BLACK MOUNTAIN / HOW TO BE A KID (Paines Plough, Orange Tree Theatre/ Theatr Clwyd & Roundabout Tour), KIKA’S BIRTHDAY (Orange Tree Theatre), DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Royal & Derngate), THE UGLY ONE (The Park 90), PHONE HOME (Shoreditch Town Hall), WHY THE WHALES CAME (Southbank Centre), STONE FACE (Finborough Theatre), DEBRIS (Southwark Playhouse/Openworks Theatre), MACBETH (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), SILENT PLANET (Finborough), PERICLES (Berwaldhallen), THE FUTURE (The Yard/ Company Three), OTHER-PLEASE SPECIFY, ATOMS (Company Three).

As a performer she has worked with National Theatre, Bath Theatre Royal, Royal & Derngate, Lyric Hammersmith, Shoreditch Town Hall, Derby Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Southwark Playhouse & The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. She is currently touring Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Brighton Rock.

Simon Jones (Movement Associate)
Simon trained at East 15 Acting School. He is a Theatre Maker, movement director and actor. Movement direction includes: THE ACT (The Yard/Company 3), BEAR AND BUTTERFLY (Dani Parr and Theatre Hullabaloo), SPRING AWAKENING / MARIGOLDS (Brockley Jack/Outfox), THE CYCLE PLAY (East 15), +-HUMAN RESPONSE (Roundhouse), TRICYCLE TAKEOVER / MAPPING BRENT (The Tricycle). Simon has taught movement at Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15 Acting School, and Identity Acting School. As an actor Simon has worked with The RSC, Soho Theatre, The Royal and Derngate, Bath Theatre Royal, Shoreditch Town Hall, Tangled Feet Theatre, Theatre Hullabaloo, Hull Truck, Lyric Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, Oval House. Simon is an associate artist of Angel Exit Theatre, Moving Dust, Tangled Feet, Upstart Theatre. Simon’s Solo show, Marco, will be touring in 2019 with James Blakey and Upstart Theatre.

Balisha Karra (Assistant Director)
Balisha studied at University of Birmingham (BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts). Trainee Assistant Director credits include: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins (Young Vic/ supported by Boris Karloff Foundation). Assistant Director credits: PRESENT LAUGHTER by Noël Coward (Chichester Theatre Festival), FREEMAN by Strictly Arts (Belgrade Theatre Company UK tour, supported by Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme). Director Credits:  BESHARAM Project R&D (Derby Theatre); Tamasha Scratch Night (Writers Group/RichMix) and Foundry director for shows including MR MUSCLE, WEST and CONFETTI (Birmingham REP).


Charlotte O’Leary trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include: UNDER MILK WOOD (The Watermill Theatre), directed by Brendan O’Hea, HUSH (Paines Plough), directed by Hannah Bannister, THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY (Richard Burton Theatre Company), directed by Eleanor Rhode, DYING FOR IT (Richard Burton Theatre Company) directed by Dave Bond, THE TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA (Richard Burton Theatre Company) directed by Caroline Byrne, THREE SISTERS (Richard Burton Theatre Company), directed by Adele Thomas. Radio: TORCHWOOD (Big Finish Productions) directed by Scott Handcock.

Katherine Pearce trained at The Royal Welsh College. Her theatre credits include; THE LAST BALLAD OF LILLIAN BILLOCCA (Hull Truck), LOW LEVEL PANIC (Orange Tree Theatre), HUSBANDS AND SONS, PORT (National Theatre), HUSBANDS AND SONS, OUR PALS (Royal Exchange), EARLY DOORS (Not Too Tame), SECRET THEATRE: STAB IN THE DARK, CHAMBER PIECE, STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, WOYZECK (Lyric Hammersmith). Television credits include; GIRLFRIENDS, VERA (ITV), THREE GIRLS, YOUNG HYACINTH, OUR GIRL (BBC). Film credits include; MY COUSIN RACHEL (Fox Searchlight), ENGLAND IS MINE (Honlodge Productions), THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH (The Works International).

Jack Wilkinson trained at Drama Centre London. His theatre credits include: TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare’s Globe; KING LEAR, Northern Broadsides/UK Tour; CLOSE THE COALHOUSE DOOR, Northern Stage/UK tour; DREAMPLAY, The Vaults/ HighTide; DAVID COPPERFIELD, Oldham Coliseum (Nominated for Best Actor at MTA Awards); ALL OF ME, The Vaults; GRIMMS DITCH, The Print Works; LARISA AND THE MERCHANTS, The Arcola; DEADKIDSONGS, Theatre Royal Bath and THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN, Watford Palace Theatre. Television includes: HOLBY CITY, DOCTORS (BBC) and MARVELLOUS (Tiger Aspect). Film includes: THE LOVE PUNCH (Radar Films).

FIRST LOOK: New British Musical Moonfleet on until 5 May

Moonfleet at Salisbury Playhouse. Credit The Other Richard
Ashley Mercer in Moonfleet. Credit The Other Richard

Ashley Mercer in Moonfleet. Credit The Other Richard

Salisbury Playhouse is premiering a new British musical Moonfleet, based on the novel by J Meade Falkner, which runs from 19 April to 5 May 2018.

Earl Carpenter (Les Miserables; The Phantom of the Opera; Sunset Boulevard) plays Maskew with Ryan Heenan (Grease, UK tour; Sweeney Todd, Derby Theatre) as John, Rebecca Lock (Mamma Mia!; Mary Poppins) as Isabelle and Ashley Mercer (English Touring Opera) as Blackbeard.

The cast also includes Simon Butteriss (My Fair Lady, Théâtre du Châtelet; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ENO), Dom Hartley-Harris (Bat Out of Hell The Musical, London Coliseum; Tiger Bay, Wales Millennium Centre), Rhona McGregor (Oliver!, Watermill Theatre; The Addams Family UK tour), Dan Smith (Worst Wedding Ever & Little Robin Redbreast, Salisbury Playhouse), Ruth Betteridge (Dick Whittington, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham) and Susannah Van Den Berg (Alice in Winterland, Rose Theatre Kingston; Sister Act, UK tour).

Ashley Mercer in Moonfleet. Credit The Other Richard

Ashley Mercer in Moonfleet. Credit The Other Richard

Set amongst the cliffs, caves and downs of 18th century Dorset, Moonfleet is the story of a young man’s search for adventure and fulfilment. Haunted by the ghost of the marauding pirate Blackbeard, Moonfleet is a village of intrigue and drama where shadowy smugglers lurk.  Against this backdrop, young orphan John Trenchard dreams of Blackbeard’s long-lost treasure and the wealth and happiness it could bring.

Original music is by Russell Hepplewhite with book and lyrics by Salisbury Playhouse Artistic Director Gareth Machin who also directs. Set and costume design is by Tom Rogers (Big Fish, The Other Palace; Echo’s End, Salisbury Playhouse), lighting design is by Tim Lutkin (Chimerica, Almeida/West End), sound design is by Yvonne Gilbert (Murder, Margaret and Me, Salisbury Playhouse), movement direction is by Kate Flatt (original musical staging, Les Miserables) and musical direction is by Michael Haslam (Matthew Bourne’s Play Without Words).

Moonfleet runs at Salisbury Playhouse from Thursday 19 April to Saturday 5 May. The production is supported by Salisbury Playhouse’s Commissioning Circle.

Tickets are on sale now and can be booked by calling Ticket Sales on 01722 320333 or by visiting


 TV Star Shobna Gulati to play Ray In Everybody’S Talking About Jamie 

Shobna Gulati
Shobna Gulati

Shobna Gulati

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good new musical sensation, has announced that Shobna Gulati, best known for playing Sunita Alahan in ITV’s Coronation Street and Anita in Dinnerladies, will take on the role of Ray from Monday 7 May 2018.

Shobna joins current cast members, John McCrea (Jamie), Josie Walker (Margaret), Tamsin Carroll (Miss Hedge), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti Pasha), Phil Nichol (Hugo), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Luke Bayer, Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn CharlesKen Christiansen (Jamie’s Dad), Jordan Cunningham (Sayid), Daniel Davids (Levi), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Cherelle Jay, Rebecca McKinnis,Harriet Payne (Bex), Chloe Pole, Shiv Rabheru (Cy), Lauran Rae (Becca) and Kirstie Skivington (Vicki).

Shobna Gulati said:

 “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a wonderful show; it’s truly warm, infectious for the soul and incredibly uplifting. The entire cast and team are so gifted and such energetic storytellers who give us a universal tale for right now. The show is full of the rich diversity that makes my heart sing and what makes Britain great! This musical celebrates life! This incredible production and  ensemble is one I am so proud and so pleased to become a part of.”

Shobna Gulati has become a household name for her role as Anita in Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies and as Sunita in Coronation Street. Theatre credits include Daisy Pulls It Off (The Park), Anita & Me (Birmingham Rep and Touring Consortium), Grease (Leicester Curve Theatre), Mamma Mia! (international tour), April in Paris (Derby Playhouse and UK tour), B!rth, Hunger for Trade, Come Closer, Pretend You Have Big Buildings, Cafe Vesuvio (Royal Exchange, Manchester), The Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse), dinnerladies (UK tour), Romeo and Juliet (Leicester Haymarket) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tara Arts, UK tour). She has also written and directed the critically acclaimed comedy show for young women, The Masala Girls. Film work includes Shadowscan (BAFTA winner), Honey and RazerbladesJunkhearts, Ashes and Finding Fatimah. Other TV includes Moving On, Hold the Sunset, Doctors, Casualty, In the Club, EastEnders, New Street Law, Magnolia, River City, Paranoid, You, Me and Them, Where the Heart Is, Loose Women and Celebrity Masterchef. She currently voices Kari in Cbeebies’ Treasure Champs. Radio includes her own late night show on BBC Radio Manchester, and many plays for BBC Radio 4, including The Break and The Show What You Wrote.

 Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield.

Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.

Jamie is terrified about the future.

Jamie is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. This fabulous, funny, feel good brand new musical sensation hits London with catchy new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae. Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.

Music by Dan Gillespie Sells

Book and Lyrics by Tom MacRae

From an idea by Jonathan Butterell

Directed by Jonathan Butterell

Design by Anna Fleischle

Choreography by Kate Prince

Lighting design by Lucy Carter

Sound design by Paul Groothuis

Musical direction by Theo Jamieson

Casting by Will Burton

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Barn Theatre announces appointment of Jamie Chapman Dixon

Jamie Chapman Dixon

Jamie Chapman Dixon

The Barn Theatre has announced the appointment of Jamie Chapman Dixon, who joins the new 200-seat Cirencester theatre as producer. Jamie, through his production company, Rigmarole productions is currently part of the producing team for the UK tours of Spamalot and Madagascar and was also part of the team behind the hugely successful Hope Mill Theatre production of Pippin at The Southwark Playhouse. Jamie, who has moved to Cirencester to take up his new role will be charged with overseeing all in house productions and outside commercial ventures for the theatre.

Jamie Chapman Dixon says of his appointment: I am incredibly excited to be joining the team in Cirencester. Ian and Iwan have put a huge amount of work into this beautiful space and that is reflected on the full houses and the quality of the inaugural production, The Secret Garden. We have some fantastic shows lined up this year and I’m thrilled to be part of this exciting new theatre’s journey.”

The Barn Theatre is a new, 200-seat theatre and producing house in the heart of the Cotswolds which officially opened on March 19th 2018. The theatre and site benefited from £4.5M of private investment enabling the acquisition and complete renovation of the site and its historic buildings. The development was funded by businessman and local resident, Ian Carling and his wife Chrissie. The aim for the theatre has been to create a destination venue that appeals both to its local community and to the thousands of visitors the town receives, enhancing the cultural tapestry of Cirencester and reinforcing its status as the capital of the Cotswolds. Ian embarked on the renovation of the theatre in 2015 alongside Artistic Director Iwan Lewis, with the joint vision of creating a lasting legacy for accessible professional theatre in the area, alongside a commitment to delivering high quality youth theatre and education, and community outreach programmes.

 The Barn Theatre has received tremendous industry support in the run-up to its opening, with high profile ambassadors including actors James Dreyfus, Matthew Kelly, Heida Reed, Daisy May Cooper and Broadway director Jerry Mitchell lending their support to the project’s ambitious aims.  The theatre building itself which was formerly a WWII Nissen Hut housing community and youth theatre has undergone a complete transformation and is now equipped with a 200 seat air conditioned auditorium space, a new stage and orchestra pit beneath, hydraulic lifts and the latest in lighting, sound and projection technology.

A newly built atrium joins the theatre to the adjacent Ingleside House, providing a contemporary theatre bar and foyer space, and through access for audiences and visitors to the beautiful Ingleside House and gardens. The venue also includes a stunning, new stand-alone restaurant and piano bar (Teatro) with pre-theatre dining options, and a varied programme of live music at the 50-seat restaurant.









Record Breaking Heathers – The musical starring Carrie Hope Fletcher releases extra tickets!

Carrie Hope Fletcher
Carrie Hope Fletcher

Carrie Hope Fletcher

The European premiere of HEATHERS – THE MUSICAL smashed The Other Palace box office records when it went on sale last week becoming the biggest on-sale in the history of The Other Palace. The musical premieres at The Other Palace on 9 June and runs for a limited 8-week season.

Due to the phenomenal demand, an additional performance and 1,000 extra seats are being released at 10am on Friday 20 April across all price bands, starting from £25. Further tickets will be released each Friday, so check social media and The Other Palace website for more details and your chance to snatch a ticket to the most popular musical this summer!

Following a rapturous response to its sell-out 2017 workshop, 80s cult classic HEATHERS – THE MUSICAL is back in class this summer with new songs, new material and new classmates. Produced by Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor Mills, who produced the award winning CARRIE together in 2015.

Paul Taylor Mills said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled that within a year of The Other Palace we have had a project that has gone from a workshop presentation to a fully realised production in the main house. We’re delighted that the appetite for the production has meant we have broken all our previous box office records. We’ve worked really hard to make sure that tickets are available across all price bands and urge people still trying to get tickets to keep an eye on our website and social media channels as we will let everyone know when more allocations of tickets at ALL prices become available.’

Based on one of the greatest teen films of all time, the 1988 classic starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. The award-winning writing team, Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde, Bat Boy) and Kevin Murphy’s (Reefer MadnessDesperate Housewives), hit musical adaptation has enjoyed successful runs in Los Angeles and New York, and finally arrives in the UK for its European Premiere.

Accomplished musical theatre star, Carrie Hope Fletcher, will play Veronica Sawyer in this twisted tale of teen drama, friendship and deadly obsession. Fresh from winning the WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ for her stint as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (UK Tour), Carrie previously played Éponine in Les Misérables in the West End for three years. She has also just released her debut album When the Curtain Falls.

 Greetings, salutations. Welcome to Westerberg High, where popularity is so very a matter of life and death, and Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day.

 But when she’s unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams finally start to come true.

 Until JD turns up, the mysterious teen rebel who teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody, but it’s murder being a somebody…

Heathers – The Musical features a sensational book, music and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe, with brand new material exclusively written for this production whilst the team are in London.  The musical is directed by acclaimed screen and stage director Andy Fickman with electrifying choreography by Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live, Carrie, 20th Century Boy), design by David Shields (Chess, Ice Age Live, End of the Rainbow) Lighting by Ben Cracknell (Young Frankenstein, Annie, La Cage Aux Folles)Sound by Dan Samson (Evita, Cilla, Joseph) and casting by Will Burton (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Matilda, The Wild Party).

Tickets from £25 for more information please visit The Other Palace’s website.


Further cast and creative to be announced in due course.




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Killian Donnelly to play ‘Jean Valjean’ in UK and Ireland Tour of LES MISERABLES

Killian Donnelly 'Jean Valjean'. Photo Matt Crockett
Killian Donnelly 'Jean Valjean'. Photo Matt Crockett

Killian Donnelly ‘Jean Valjean’. Photo Matt Crockett

Cameron Mackintosh has announced that Killian Donnelly will play ‘Jean Valjean’ in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of the Boublil and Schönberg musical “LES MISÉRABLES”.

Further dates for the tour are also announced today. Opening at Curve Leicester for an already sold out season from Saturday 3 – Saturday 24 November 2018 (press night 14 November 2018 ), before playing the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (5 December 2018 – 12 January 2019),Festival Theatre Edinburgh (22 January – 16 February 2019) and Manchester Palace Theatre (19 February – 30 March 2019) the show will also playBirmingham Hippodrome (2 April – 11 May 2019), Milton Keynes Theatre (14 May – 8 June 2019)and Newcastle Theatre Royal (15 August – 5 October 2019). On sale dates and details below with further dates to be announced.

Killian Donnelly is currently playing the role of ‘Jean Valjean’ in the West End production of “Les Misérables”, where his final performance will be Saturday 9 June 2018. Prior to his run in “Les Misérables”, he played the role of ‘Charlie Price’ in “Kinky Boots” on Broadway, a role he originated at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End in 2015, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. His other theatre credits include: ‘Jackie Day’ in “Donegal”, a new play by Frank McGuinness, at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin and ‘Huey’ in the original London cast of “Memphis” at the Shaftesbury Theatre for which he was also nominated for an Olivier Award.  He created the role of ‘Deco’ in “The Commitments” at the Palace Theatre and has also played ‘Tony’ in “Billy Elliot” at the Victoria Palace Theatre as well as’ Raoul’ in “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre. He first joined the company of “Les Misérables” in 2008, going onto play the role of ‘Enjolras’ from 2009 to 2011. In 2010, he played the role of ‘Courfeyrac’ in the “25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables” at The O2 Arena and also played the role of ‘Combeferre’ in the multi-award-winning film of the show, released in 2012.

Cameron Mackintosh said, When I announced the first UK tour of Les Miserables for ten years, I was really delighted that Killian said to me that he would like to continue playing Jean Valjean.  No stranger to the original production, having played both Enjolras and Valjean with enormous success, his passionate take on the role will be even greater in the thrilling staging of my new production which has proved to be a worldwide success all over again. He is the first Irishman to play the role since Colm Wilkinson in the original and I’m delighted that from advance bookings, this new tour looks set to be sold out before we open”.

Since Cameron Mackintosh first conceived this new production of “Les Misérables” to celebrate the shows 25th anniversary in 2009, it has taken the world by storm. Modern audiences have embraced this production as Les Mis for the 21st century as it plays to packed houses all over the world in many languages. It also inspired the hugely successful movie version starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne. This brilliant new staging has scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, and has been seen in North America, South America, Korea, Japan, Canada, Australia, Spain, France, Manila, Singapore, Dubai and Broadway.

Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Boublil and Schönberg’s magnificent score of “LES MISÉRABLES” includes the songs, “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “Stars”, “Bring Him Home”, “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “One Day More”, “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”, “Master Of The House” and many more.  Seen by over 120 million people worldwide in 45 countries and in 22 languages, “LES MISÉRABLES” is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of “LES MISÉRABLES” is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. The original “LES MISÉRABLES” orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke and additional orchestrations by Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker. The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and additional costumes by Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt, projections by Fifty-Nine Productions and music supervision by Stephen Brooker and Graham Hurman.



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ON SALE 21 JUNE 2018



ON SALE 21 JUNE 2018



ON SALE 21 JUNE 2018