Franz Ferdinand to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2019 with Metronomy and Free Love

Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2018 Midnight Fireworks Ian Rutherford (8)

Scotland’s favourite indie band Franz Ferdinand is set to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, the biggest New Year celebration in the UK, for the first time.

10,000 tickets to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens will go on sale on Monday 3 September at 10.00am at and (+44) 131 510 0395.

One of the standout bands from Scotland’s inimitable musical heritage, Franz Ferdinand burst on to the British music scene in the early noughties in a flurry of jagged riffs, hands-aloft choruses and irresistible hooks.

This is Franz Ferdinand’s first appearance at the world-famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, after its scheduled support of Erasure in 2003/04 was blown off course.

This year their stunning new album Always Ascending is hitting people in the heart and the head, and Franz Ferdinand has found itself on the shortlist for the 2018 SAY Award, winning the popular vote. Forget everything you think you know about Franz Ferdinand, Always Ascending is nothing short of a rebirth. A triumphant recasting of one of our favourite groups, bursting with fresh ideas and vigorous sonic experimentation: the sounds of the Parisian night, the exhilaration of an Italian car racing down the autobahn; a feeling of euphoria so pure it could only exist on a knife’s edge, occasionally gliding into euphoric heartbreak.

With some of the most danceable, chantable indie anthems of the last two decades, Alex Kapranos and co. have built a reputation for truly electrifying live shows.

One of the most idiosyncratic British acts of recent decades, Metronomy is one of those bands that’s impossible to pin down and equally as hard not to fall in love with. Seamlessly intertwining funk, electro and rock elements, the eclectic quartet from Devon have built themselves a legion of fans over 5 albums. Their 2011 breakthrough album The English Rivierawas nominated for a prestigious Mercury Music Prize, and songs like The Bay and Love Letters are dancefloor staples far and wide. The band has performed at festivals all over the world and is a regular on the UK live music circuit, continuing to enamour fans with its own brand of shuffling beats, ear-worm bass lines and whimsical take on pop.

Glasgow based Free Love is the latest manifestation of Scottish duo Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook (FKA Happy Meals) – a continuation and progression of their utopian dance pop experiments released on Night School Records and Optimo, which have seen them nominated for Scottish Album of the Year and performing across the globe. Touring across Europe supporting Liars and The Flaming Lips, and with festival shows as far as Austin, Moscow and Bangalore, the band have become notorious for their sensual live ceremonies. Using a table of all-hardware electronics, Free Love harness a charismatic chaos and unpredictable energy that sets them apart as one of the most exciting artists of 2018.

Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand, said “Hogmanay is the greatest party of the year and there is nowhere in the world like Scotland to celebrate it. Just thinking about bringing in the bells in Edinburgh gets me excited. It’s going to be some night!”

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, directors of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said “We’re super excited with the line-up for the Concert in the Gardens at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. It’s going to quite a party! Franz Ferdinand has had a fantastic year with Always Ascending and, in this, their first appearance at Hogmanay, they’re our top choice to get the crowd going into the midnight moment! Great support too from top Scottish talent Free Love and dance-floor and festival favourites Metronomy. Edinburgh once more proves itself the best place to be for New Year!”

Councillor Donald Wilson, Edinburgh’s Culture and Communities Convener, said: “Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is THE place to be to bring in the bells and with a strong Scottish musical line-up, this is going to be one of our best celebrations yet. Let headliners Franz Ferdinand ‘take you out’ of 2018 and secure your tickets now for our world-famous Concert in the Gardens 2019.”

The full programme for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2019 will be announced soon.

Ticket prices:

Premium tickets: £165 (£160 + £5 booking fee). Premium standing viewing area (hard-standing on top path) with exclusive bar, food and toilet facilities.

Enclosure ticket holders: £75 (£70 + £5 booking fee). Exclusive standing viewing area (hard-standing) in-front of the Concert stage.

Gardens ticket holders: £65 (£60 + £5 booking fee). Standing viewing area (grass) around the Enclosure area.

Tickets available from Monday 3 September at 10.00am at



HOME & Unlimited Theatre co-production in collaboration with RashDash present The World Premiere of Future Bodies at HOME in Manchester

Future Bodies
Future Bodies

Future Bodies

What does it mean to have and to be a body? As we increasingly fuse our biological brains with technology, at what point do we stop being human? Does it even matter?

Together with two of the UK’s most innovative and inspiring theatre companies – Unlimited Theatre and RashDash – HOME’s World Premiere of Future Bodies immerses itself fully into these and other such probing questions, smashing together science fact and fiction,to create a thrilling theatrical exploration of the impact of science on human development.

This visceral and playful production – creatively captioned throughout to allow for full accessibility – fuses spoken word, live original music and movement through a series of humorous and thought-provoking vignettes to delve deep beneath the skin, peel back the layers, and shed a spotlight on consciousness, cutting-edge technology and its very real implications.

Future Bodies imagines a future where anything is possible when it comes to biological enhancement. It also marks the first production HOME has developed specifically for its intimate 150-seat Theatre 2 space.

A fully collaborative production – Future Bodies was born in 2015 when Unlimited’s Artistic Director Jon Spooner was commissioned by the Science Museum to make an interactive performance installation about human enhancement technologies with RashDash’s Abbi Greenland as the main performer.

Future Bodies brings together other leading artists and UK-based scientists and researchers in the fields of brain implants, smart drugs, and biotechnologies to tell these stories, share ideas, and ultimately question the brain’s relationship to the body.

Playing numerous humans and occasionally body parts are a multi-talented and diverse cast of six. They are Manchester actress Yusra Warsama who returns to HOME following her performance in On Corporation Street (ANU Productions/HOME) in 2016. Recent TV appearances include Call The Midwife and Our Girl; RashDash’s Becky Wilkie (also based in Manchester) who has written all the music and songs and was most recently seen in the Royal Exchange’s production of RashDash’s Three SistersAlison Halstead, who also returns to Manchester following her acclaimed performance as La Poncia in Graeae and the Royal Exchange’s production of The House of Bernarda Alba. She was a part of the all-female acrobatics skills ensemble in ENO’s Aida. Later this autumn, Alison will be in Royal Court’s production of Hole, also directed by RashDash.

The remaining cast comprises Lara Steward, who communicates both through speech and sign language, having been deaf since the age of three. Her past credits include Redefining Juliet (Many Rivers Film for BBC Shakespeare Season and Barbican Pit Theatre Open Lab); Kate Maravan, whose numerous TV credits include SafeThe Coroner, New Tricks, Emmerdale, Doctors, Touch of Frost; her theatre credits include One Cold Dark Night (Bush Theatre), Opening Skinner’s Box (Improbable), Four Minutes, Twelve Seconds (Trafalgar Studios and Hampstead Theatre), and Enduring Song (Southwark Playhouse); and Deshaye Gayle, who graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2017. His theatre credits include Sex with Robots and Others Devices (King’s Head Theatre),The Incident (Arcola), and The Words are Coming (Theatre 503).

Future Bodies runs at HOME Friday 28 September – Saturday 13 October 2018, and then tours to Northern Stage, Newcastle (Tuesday 16 – Thursday 18 October), and the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield (Friday 19 October).

Future Bodies is supported by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust, and is also a trailblazer event for the 2018 Manchester Science Festival (Thursday 18 – Sunday 28 Oct 2018).


Created by Clare Duffy, Helen Goalen, Abbi Greenland, Jon Spooner and Becky Wilkie

Written by Clare Duffy and Abbi Greenland

Directed by Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland

Designed by Rhys Jarman

Consultant Scientists: Professor Barbara Sahakian, Dr Tim Constandinou, Dr Anders Sandberg, Professor Paul Freemont 







  • Fri 28 Sept 2018 – 19:45
  • Sat 29 Sept 2018 – 19:45
  • Mon 1 Oct 2018 – 19:45
  • Tue 2 Oct 2018 – 19:45
  • Wed 3 Oct 2018 – 19:45 (press night performance)
  • Thu 4 Oct 2018 – 19:45
  • Fri 5 Oct 2018 – 19:45
  • Sat 6 Oct 2018 – 14:15, 19:45
  • Mon 8 Oct 2018 – 19.45
  • Tue 9 Oct 2018 – 19.45
  • Wed 10 Oct, 2018 – 14.15, 19.45
  • Thurs 11 Oct, 2018 – 19.45
  • Fri 12 Oct, 2018 – 19.45
  • Sat 13 Oct 2018 – 14:15 (Audio-Described performance, preceded by Touch Tour at 13:00), 19:45



£12.50 (concessions £10.50).

Meet the Scientists + Cyborgs – Sat 6 Oct 4.30pm

This is a special opportunity to meet some of the people working at the leading edge of real world human enhancement technologies. As well as scientists leading the field, we’ll be joined by people who have been enhanced/upgraded or had function restored using the most advanced prosthetics and tech. Join us and contribute to the public debate about where the technology is heading and whether we want to go there.



Creative Caption Subtitles with every performance

Audio Described Touch Tour provided by Eleanor Walk, Mind’s Eye Description, Sat 13 Oct, 13:00

Audio Described performance provided by Eleanor Walk, Mind’s Eye Description, Sat 13 Oct, 14:15

Shakespeare by McBean

Shakespeare by McBean
Shakespeare by McBean

Shakespeare by McBean

The celebrated photographer Angus McBean is now best known for his portraits of Vivien Leigh, Audrey Hepburn and The Beatles. However, he always considered that his finest achievement was to record the works of our greatest playwright.

In his forty-year career he captured over 160 different productions of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon or London and, before his death in 1990, he planned that the best of these photographs should be brought together in print from the archives of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

At last his intention is being fulfilled with a magnificent new book, Shakespeare by McBean. This presents a dazzling array of the photographer’s trademark glamorous images when working at the Stratford theatre between 1945-1962, long regarded as a golden era in British acting. The book includes every one of Shakespeare’s 37 plays and all the period’s greatest theatrical names – Olivier, Gielgud, Scofield, Burton, Quayle, Redgrave, Richardson, Ashcroft and Evans – are represented in some of their most famous performances along with actors then starting their careers like Diana Rigg and Peter O’Toole.

Many of the 350 pictures, chosen mostly by McBean himself on his last visit to Stratford with his friend and biographer, Adrian Woodhouse, are previously unpublished and include over 50 of his beautiful and surprising 1950s colour images. To go with the photographs Woodhouse affectionately chronicles McBean’s roller-coaster life and career while also celebrating the craft of acting, costume and theatre design at what is now the Royal Shakespeare Company.

As RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran notes in the book’s introduction, the wealth of theatrical trivia in the “effortlessly knowledgeable” text of Shakespeare by McBean ensures that the larger than life personalities and classical acting talents of Stratford’s post-war decades are brought vividly into focus. The reader is taken, thanks to the camera of one of the country’s greatest theatre photographers, on a remarkable journey through the changing fashions of Shakespeare productions in McBean’s time.

Adrian Woodhouse is a decorative art historian. His first book on Angus McBean came out in 1982 when he was still a Fleet Street gossip columnist and his full-length biography, Angus McBean: Facemaker, was published in 2006.

He has a particular connection to the RSC: it introduced him to McBean’s photographic genius when he first visited the RSC as a nine-year-old in 1961 – to see Geraldine McEwan and Christopher Plummer play Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing – and fell in love with the large framed McBean images which then used to decorate its public spaces. Five years later he was the last boy to play a Shakespearean heroine at his Gloucestershire school when he took the part of Beatrice and wore a costume hired from the RSC originally designed by Spanish artist Mario Andreu for actress Diana Wynyard in John Gielgud’s hugely successful 1949 production of Much Ado. (The costume as worn by Wynyard can be seen in Shakespeare by McBean.)

Shakespeare By McBean –
5 – 6pm, Friday 19 October at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon

Join us for an exclusive conversation to celebrate the publication of the book, which will be available to buy at the event. Speakers include Adrian Woodhouse, who will be signing copies, and RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran.

Tickets are £5 and booking opens for Patrons, Members and Subscribers on Monday 10 September, with public booking opening on Monday 17 September.

To find out more and to book:


Final four weeks of THE KING AND I at the London Palladium



The multiple Tony award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I currently enjoying huge success will end its limited engagement at the London Palladium on Saturday 29 September.

The final four weeks of performances is the very last chance for audiences to see the three original Broadway leading actors reprising their starring roles – Tony Award-winner (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for The King and IKelli O’Hara as Anna, Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe as The King and Tony Award-winner (Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for The King and I) and Ruthie Ann Miles as Lady Thiang.

Directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher, the 16-week season of this unmissable, lavish and majestic production has smashed box office records – including the biggest grossing eight performance week in the London Palladium’s history, taking £1,058,317.50 – played to packed houses and received standing ovations at every performance.  Such has been the demand for tickets, an extra five matinees have been added to the performance schedule.

The critics have heaped praise on “the big glitzy musical of the summer” (Metro) too. The Times awarded the show “Five stars for a sumptuous King and I” declaring it “a hit” and urging its readers to “book now”.  The Daily Telegraph concurred proclaiming the show “looks and sounds ravishing”.  Another five stars from the Sunday Express and huge plaudits for Kelli O’Hara “who gives one of the most deeply felt, gloriously sung performances seen on the musical stage”. The Financial Times agreed, describing O’Hara’s performance as “simply spellbinding”.  Ken Watanabe and his “powerhouse” (The Times) performance as The King was also lauded by the Evening Standard for its “thunderous charisma”.  While the Daily Mail “’left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music”.

Producer Howard Panter says: “The response from London audiences to this multi award-winning production of The King and I has been unprecedented.  Critical plaudits, Box Office records and standing ovations at every show – we have enjoyed them all.  But to have the three original Broadway stars – Kelli, Ken and Ruthie – reprising their roles in the West End in one of the greatest musicals of all time is a very rare treat indeed. The final four weeks throughout September will be the last chance to see this incredible trio of fine actors on stage at the world-famous London Palladium – this really is musical theatre at its very best.”

The Palladium production also stars the multi-award-winning actor, and star of one of Japan’s most popular television series JIN, Takao Osawa as The Kralahome and Dean John-Wilson and Na-Young Jeon as the young lovers, Lun Tha and Tuptim. The role of Lady Thiang is shared between Ruthie Ann Miles and Naoko Mori.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.  With one of the finest scores ever written including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, THE KING AND I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

Following the London season, a film version of the production will be released in cinemas around the world by Trafalgar Releasing. THE KING AND I: FROM THE PALLADIUM,filmed on stage at the Palladium, will open in cinemas for one night only on 29 November.  Tickets are on sale now.


Five stars for a sumptuous King and I.  Book Now.  It’s a hit”


The Times


“The evening belongs to Kelli O’Hara”


Sunday Express


“We left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music – joyous!”


Daily Mail


“Looks and sounds ravishing.  Complete rapture”


Daily Telegraph


“Simply spellbounding!”


Financial Times


“Without doubt the big, glitzy musical of the summer!”



“Fit for a King!”

 Daily Express


Listings Information


Tickets: £15 – £75, Premium Seating available

Box Office: 020 7087 7755


Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm

Extra matinee performances at 2pm on 6, 13, 20, 27 September

No performance on 4, 11, 18 September


On Monday 17 September and Wednesday 26 September (matinee performance) Ms Kelli O’Hara will not be appearing and Ms Annalene Beechey will be playing Anna Leonowens.


On Thursday 6, 13, 20 & 27 September (evening performances) Mr Ken Watanabe will not be appearing and Mr Takao Osawa will be playing The King of Siam. At these performances Mr Kok-Hwa Lie will be playing the Kralahome.





Hashtag: #TheKingandI


Theatre N16 Autumn Season announcement

Theatre N16
Theatre N16

Theatre N16

The summer is over. Gareth Southgate has put away his waistcoat and nobody ever has to hear about Love Island again. It’s nearly time for the X factor and I’m a Celebrity and to put your trees up….

But before then and for those who want to get out and see some theatre, we have a treat of an Autumn for you.

Highlights include the premiere of the totally unofficial Breaking Bad musical SAY MY NAME, written by Rob Gathercole.

The return of Tiny Theatre Company and a full length version of COLD CHIPS, developed after a stellar reaction to a short version in our Spring season.

Our warehouse space gets its first sample of gig theatre with FANS by Nina Berry after it runs at Live Theatre in Newcastle.

Following his critically acclaimed performance in Silk Road in the West End, Josh Barrow stars in NOWHERE ORANGE.

Plus much much more new writing. (Oh, and as usual, with all companies on risk free box office splits)


2nd- 6th September NETHERBARD

3rd- 6th September ROUGH

9th-13th September CENTRAL LINE

16th-17th September WOLAB Showcase


19th- 20th September NOWHERE ORANGE

23rd September 2FIT

24th-27th September COLD CHIPS

24th-27th September BETWEEN US

30th September- 4th October CASTLES PALACES CASTLES

1st-4th October TIMELESS

7th-9th October OUT OF THE SHADOWS

10th October COMING AGAIN

11th October #BESTLIFE

14th October- 2nd November SAY MY NAME (the unauthorised Breaking Bad parody


15th & 17th October CRIPPLED SLUT

16th & 18th October WARRIOR

7th & 8th November FANS

More shows to be announced online


Full cast confirmed for THE INHERITANCE Noel Coward Theatre from 21 September

The Inheritance West End Cast Landscape Credit Johan Persson

Rehearsals are now under way for the highly anticipated West End engagement of The Inheritancethe new play by Matthew Lopez. Sonia Friedman, Tom Kirdahy and Hunter Arnold present the Young Vic production for a strictly limited season in the West End, with previews at the Noël Coward Theatre from Friday 21st September and opening performances on Saturday 13th October.

The Inheritance West End Cast Landscape Credit Johan Persson

The Inheritance West End Cast Landscape Credit Johan Persson

Directed by multi Olivier Award winner Stephen Daldry, this landmark production held its world premiere at the Young Vic Theatre earlier this year where it ran for a sold out engagement and opened to huge acclaim, with critics recognising Matthew Lopez’s play as a modern classic, and one of the most important plays for many years.

The large ensemble cast of The Inheritance at the Noël Coward Theatre is now confirmed and will include: Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Andrew Burnap, Hubert Burton, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Syrus Lowe, Michael Marcus, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Riddiford, Kyle Soller and Michael Walters.

A generation after the peak of the AIDs crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York? How many words are there now for pain and for love? Matthew Lopez’s major new two-part play explores profound themes through the turbulent and often hilarious experiences of a group of young, ambitious New Yorkers.  What is the legacy left to them by previous generations? What do they owe the future and each other?

Spanning generations and many interlinking lives, The Inheritance brilliantly transposes EM Forster’s novel ‘Howards End’ to 21st century New York.

Matthew Lopez’s new play is directed by Stephen Daldry with set and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti & Christopher Reid, music byPaul Englishby, UK Casting by Julia Horan CDG and US Casting by Jordan Thaler CSA & Heidi Griffiths CSA.

David Lan, who programmed the original production as Artistic Director of the Young Vic, is Executive Producer for the West End production.

Andrew Burnap, John Benjamin Hickey and Samuel H. Levine are appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange programme between American Equity and UK Equity.


The Inheritance is produced by Tom Kirdahy, Sonia Friedman Productions and Hunter Arnold

Co-producers: Elizabeth Dewberry and Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik , 1001 Nights Productions, Greg Berlanti, Rupert Gavin, Robert Greenblatt, Marguerite Hoffman, Mark Lee, Peter May, Oliver Roth, Scott Rudin, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Bruno Wang, Richard Winkler, Bruce Cohen/Scott M. Delman.

the Young Vic production of

By Matthew Lopez
Director Stephen Daldry
Design Bob Crowley
Lighting Jon Clark
Sound Paul Arditti & Christopher Reid
Music Paul Englishby
UK Casting Julia Horan CDG
US Casting Jordan Thaler CSA & Heidi Griffiths CSA

Executive Producer David Lan

Noël Coward Theatre
St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4AU

First performance: Friday 21 September 2018
Opening Night: Saturday 13 October 2018

Final Performance: Saturday 19 January 2019

Monday to Saturday at 7.15pm
Wednesday & Saturday matinee performances at 1.15pm

For full Part 1 and Part 2 performance schedule see HERE

Dipika Guha’s Relentless Award-shortlisted The Art of Gaman at Theatre503 from 3 October

Dipika Guha
Dipika Guha

Dipika Guha

Theatre503 and Helen Milne Productions  present Dipika Guha’s The Art of Gaman, shortlisted for the American Playwriting Foundation’s prestigious Relentless Award.
An aching exploration of displacement and loss of cultural identity, The Art of Gaman weaves through seven decades in the life of a Japanese woman in the wake of the Hiroshima bombing. Forced to leave her home, Tomomi must harness the strength to find beauty in her struggle, to carve out a new life in a country that considers her an enemy, and to remain truthful to whom she really is.

Dipika Guha is a British playwright. She was born in Calcutta, has lived India and Russia and is currently based in the USA. As well as reaching the final eight for the American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award, accolades include receiving A Room of Her Own Foundation’s inaugural Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship, being appointed a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, and being included on The Kilroy List (produced by LA playwright/producer collective fighting to achieve gender parity in US theatre). The Art of Gaman is her first play to be produced in the UK.

Dipika Guha, playwright: This play came from a personal place of reflection as I had been thinking deeply about what it means to ‘become’ American; to pledge allegiance to one country instead of another. Tomomi’s journey was inspired by the true story of my partner’s grandmother who married a man she’d never met to avoid Japanese internment in the 1940’s. I was struck by the difficulty of an immigrant woman of that generation to take hold of her own story, to make her own narrative when the world was hell bent on telling it for her.’

Ailin Conant, director: ‘Dipika Guha’s incredible text has provided me with a powerful opportunity to explore and share my own experiences and perspective for the first time on stage. As the daughter of a Japanese-American immigrant, a lesbian who must remain closeted in my mother’s native Japan, and a foreigner living in the tension of a post-Brexit climate, my own connections to the play are deep. Its significance echoes the experiences of so many in this moment and at points throughout history – navigating a world in which we are forced to question our identity, where we belong, and what home really means.’

Lisa Spirling, Artistic Director, Theatre503: ‘There is a scale and ambition to this play that terrifies and excites in equal measure. Dipika is an extraordinary writer who explores with wit and wonder how we become strangers to ourselves and what it is to be able to find ourselves again. Ailin Conant is a director of immense talent who I am thrilled to have directing this play, her connection to the material and her understanding of the theatricality and nuance it deserves makes for a very special collaboration.’

Established in honour of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit for truth in the theatre, The Relentless Award looks for plays which are challenging, fearless, truthful, exude passion, and are not mainstream. Previous finalists include Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s Br’er Cotton, also a finalist for The Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2016 and was produced by Theatre503 in March 2018.


Full casting is announced for Angus Jackson’s RSC production of Don Quixote

Don Quixote RSC
Don Quixote RSC

Don Quixote RSC Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

  • Full casting is announced for Angus Jackson’s RSC production of Don Quixote
  • David Threlfall and Rufus Hound return to reprise their roles as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in James Fenton’s triumphant adaptation of Cervantes’ classic novel. They will be joined by Will Bliss, Raphael Bushay, Farrell Cox, John Cummins, Richard Dempsey, Ruth Everett, Gabriel Fleary, Richard Leeming, Nicholas Lumley, Natasha Magigi, Tom McCall, Joshua McCord, Bathsheba Piepe, Rosa Robson, Timothy Speyer and Eleanor Wyld
  • The RSC’s joyous, music-filled Don Quixote transfers to the West End for a limited season at the Garrick Theatre from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019 with press night on 8 November. Tickets are on sale now.

Full casting is announced today for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Don Quixote, which originally premiered at the RSC’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in spring 2016. The production will play at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019.

After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, one eccentric old man heads off on a rumbustious quest to become a wandering knight accompanied by his faithful and equally ill-suited servant, Sancho Panza.

Taking up a lance and sword, Don Quixote sets out on a hilarious journey across medieval Spain, defending the helpless and vanquishing the wicked. Hopelessly unprepared and increasingly losing his grip on reality, with each calamitous adventure the two hapless heroes experience, the romantic ideal of Quixote’s books seems further away than ever.

Following its sell-out run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’ death, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of this legendary comic novel is told by a company of 20 actors accompanied by a band of live musicians.

Alongside the previously announced David Threlfall and Rufus Hound who return to reprise their roles as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza respectively, the full company comprises Will Bliss, Raphael Bushay, Farrell Cox, John Cummins, Richard Dempsey, Ruth Everett, Gabriel Fleary, Richard Leeming, Nicholas Lumley, Natasha Magigi, Tom McCall, Joshua McCord, Bathsheba Piepe, Rosa Robson, Timothy Speyer and Eleanor Wyld.

David Threlfall is best known for his leading role as Frank Gallagher in Channel 4’s Shameless. His other recent TV work includes Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This, Black Sea, Housewife 49, What Remains and most recently he appeared in the BBC/Netflix series Troy: Fall of a City. His original appearance in the show in Stratford marked a long-awaited return to the RSC for Threlfall, whose last performance there was in his award-winning role of Smike in the iconic adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby in 1980.

Rufus Hound’s recent work includes the Rose Theatre Kingston’s War of the Roses cycle, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors(NT/West End), Wind in the Willows (London Palladium Theatre), What the Butler Saw (Curve Leicester), Present Laughter (Chichester) and the upcoming new musical Dusty (UK tour).

The production is once again directed by RSC Associate Director Angus Jackson who previously worked on the critically acclaimed production Oppenheimer, which transferred to the West End in 2015 after a sell-out run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Last year, he was season director of the ROME MMXVII season of Shakespeare plays (RST and Barbican).

Don Quixote is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, with music composed by Grant Olding, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Fergus O’Hare. The comedy director is Cal McCrystal and fight director is Malcolm Ranson. Movement is by Lucy Cullingford. Puppetry director and designer is Toby Olié. Puppetry co-director is Laura Cubitt.


Don Quixote
Garrick Theatre
2 Charing Cross Road

Saturday 27 October 2018 – Saturday 2 February 2019
Press night: Thursday 8 November 2018 at 7:00pm

Monday – Saturday at 7:30pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm
No matinees between Saturday 27 October and Wednesday 7 November
First matinee will be on Saturday 10 November
A full performance schedule including seasonal adjustments for Christmas and New year can be found here:

Box Office

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Prices from £10 (Prices from £5 for 16-25 year olds only)

Casting update for Martin McDonagh’s A Very Very Very Dark Matter

A Very Very Very Dark Matter
The Company of A Very Very Very Dark Matter. Photo Credit. Eleanor Howarth

The Company of A Very Very Very Dark Matter. Photo Credit. Eleanor Howarth

Rehearsals begin yesterday for the world premiere of Martin McDonagh’s A Very Very Very Dark Matter at the Bridge Theatre.  The cast comprises Johnetta Eula’Mae Ackles, Alistair Benson, Elizabeth Berrington, Paul Bradley, Noah Brignull, Jim Broadbent, Phil Daniels, Regan Garcia, Leo Hart, Graeme Hawley, Audrey Hayhurst, Kundai Kanyama, Lee Knight, Jamie McKie, Ryan Pope, James Roberts, Alice Selwyn, Austin Taylor, Amelia Walter and Annabelle Westenholz-Smith including nine children who will alternate a variety of roles.

The London Theatre Company’s production, directed by Matthew Dunster, designed by Anna Fleischle with lighting by Philip Gladwell, music compositions by James Maloney, sound by George Dennis, special effects by Paul Wanklin and video effects by Finn Ross, will preview at the Bridge Theatre from 12 October with opening night on 24 October 2018 at 7pm.  This 12-week run will conclude on 6 January 2019.

In a townhouse in Copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children’s tales beloved by millions.  But the true source of his stories dwells in his attic upstairs, her existence a dark secret kept from the outside world.  As dangerous, twisted and funny as his National Theatre and Broadway hit The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh’s new play travels deep into the abysses of the imagination.

Johnetta Eula’Mae Ackles, a recent graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, will make her professional stage debut in A Very Very Very Dark Matter

Elizabeth Berrington was last on stage in Rasheeda Speaking at the Trafalgar Studios. Her previous theatre credits include Who Cares and The Low Road for the Royal Court, Holes at the Arcola Theatre, Absent Friends at the Comedy Theatre and Abigail’s Party for Hampstead Theatre.  Her television credits include Patrick Melrose, Stella,Waterloo Road, Vanity Fair, Borderline, Death in Paradise, Little Boy Blue and the forthcoming Good Omens.  Her film credits include Naked, Secrets and Lies, Vera DrakeMr. Turner and Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges.

Jim Broadbent (Hans Christian Andersen) is a BAFTA and Academy award-winning actor. He has previously appeared in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman at the National Theatre where he was also seen in Improbable Theatre’s Theatre of Blood.  Broadbent has worked extensively for the Donmar Warehouse, the Old Vic, the Royal Court and the Royal Shakespeare Company and has most recently been seen on stage in A Christmas Carol at The Noël Coward Theatre.  His many film credits include Iris, for which he won an Academy Award, The Lady in the Van, Paddington, Brooklyn, Iron Lady, Le Weekend, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Moulin Rouge.  His more recent television credits include King Lear, Game of Thrones, War and Peace, London Spy and The Go-Between as well as his BAFTA winning role in Longford.

Phil Daniels recently toured the UK playing the title roles in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde.  His further theatre credits include King Lear for Chichester Festival Theatre, This House at the National Theatre and Garrick Theatre,  Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre and Antony and Cleopatra and Knight of The Burning Pestle for Shakespeare’s Globe. On television his many credits include EndeavourZapped, Poirot, Mooonfleet, EastEnders, Outlaws, Rocks and Chips, Gimme Gimme GimmeMisfits, The Long Firm, Time Gentlemen Please, Holding On and Sex, Chips and Rock n Roll.  On film his credits include Access All Areas, The Hatton Garden Job, Vinyl, Chicken Run, Bad Behaviour, Scum and Quadrophenia.

Martin McDonagh is an award-winning writer and director.  His plays are The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara, The Lonesome West, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Pillowman, A Behanding in Spokane and Hangmen.  As a writer and director for film, his credits are Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges,Six Shooter and most recently, the Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Matthew Dunster directed McDonagh’s Hangmen at the Royal Court which also transferred to New York. His other directing credits include The Seagull and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Love’s Sacrifice for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Liberian Girl at the Royal Court, Love the Sinner for the National Theatre, Doctor Faustus, Imogen, The Frontline and Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare’s Globe, Mametz for the National Theatre of Wales, Before the Party for the Almeida Theatre and Saturday Night and Sunday MorningMacbeth and Mogadishu for the Royal Exchange Theatre.  As a writer his plays include Children’s Children which premiered at the Almeida Theatre and You Can See the Hills which premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre as well as an adaptation of 1984.

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Cast announced for The Watermill Theatre’s Twelfth Night at Wilton’s Music Hall 12 – 22 September

Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Following the success of its run at The Watermill and its UK and international tour last year, The Watermill Ensemble will revive TWELFTH NIGHT at Wilton’s Music Hall from 12 to 22 September. Renowned for its bold, progressive and collaborative approach to Shakespeare, The Watermill Ensemble re-imaginesTWELFTH NIGHT in the hedonistic 1920s, where prohibition is rife. Fused with innovative staging and actor-musicianship, the radical spirit of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald collides with the contemporary influence of Postmodern Jukebox to create a dizzying and beautiful version of Shakespeare’s perfect play.

The Watermill Ensemble includes returning cast members Victoria Blunt (Maria), Peter Dukes (Malvolio), Rebecca Lee (Viola), Emma McDonald (Antonia), Offue Okegbe (Feste),Lauryn Redding (Sir Toby Belch), Jamie Satterthwaite (Orsino) and Mike SladerLillie Flynn (Olivia) and Ned Rudkins-Stow (Sebastian) join the original cast.

TWELFTH NIGHT is directed by Paul Hart and designed by Katie Lias. Sound design is by David Gregory, movement by Tom Jackson Greaves and musical direction by Ned Rudkins-Stow.

Director, Paul Hart: ‘A jazz club seems the perfect setting for TWELFTH NIGHT given the play’s obsession with music, love and excess. Featuring live music performed by our multi-talented company, the soundtrack is 1920’s influenced with a modern twist.’

‘By the time all is resolved with a final glorious jamming session, the audience is begging the brass to ‘play on’ long after the last curtain call.’

**** Whatsonstage

‘A fun and energetic production.’
**** Reviews Hub

The Watermill Theatre has an absolute winner on its hands with its rumbustious production of Twelfth Night…it should not be missed.’

**** British Theatre Guide

Twelfth Night at Wilton’s Music Hall

Weds 12 to Sat 22 September
Tickets £12.50 – £27.50 full price, £10 – £25 concessions

Box office 020 7702 2789