Round Up – New Years Honours 2019

Sophie Okonedo
Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo

Its that time of the year when The New Year Honours list recognising the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom is announced.

The awards list represents a broad spectrum of service given by people from different backgrounds from all across the UK.

Here’s the round up of key figures who have made it to the Honours list this year:

David Johnson, 73, who began the Oldham Theatre Workshop 50 years ago, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM). He is known for setting many young actors on the path to stardom  and has been recognised for the same in the New Year Honours.

Jim Carter,  the actor, who plays butler Charles Carson in the period drama, has been given the award in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for his services to drama.

Sophies Okonedo, has been made CBE for her services to drama.  Thandie Newton who recently starred in Westworld and Star Wars spin-off Solo, has been  made OBE for services to film and to charity while Twiggy was made Dames Commander for services to fashion, arts and charity.

In literature, Margaret Atwood has  been honoured with the Order of the Companions of Honour. Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials and Grimm Tales was knighted, while children’s author Julia Donaldson, creator of Stick Man and the Gruffalo, was made CBE.

Michael  Palin receives a KCMG for his services to travel, culture and geography.

Vivien Wallace, executive director of development of the Old Vic, and Timothy Yealland, head of education at English Touring Opera were made MBE for their services to theatre, arts education and the community in London.

Richard Alston received a knighthood for services to dance, while choreographer Anthony van Laast was made CBE.

Babette Langford, who oversees Teddington-based musical theatre school The Young Set, was made Medallist of the Order of the British Empire.

Farooq Chaudhry, co-founder and producer of the Akram Khan Company, was made OBE for services to dance and dance production.  Pratap Pawar and  Sujata Banerjee, founder of Sujata Banerjee Dance Company received the MBE  for services to dance, culture and community cohesion.

Director Christopher Nolan was made CBE for his services to film.

UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, has been made a Dame for services to protecting information. Earlier this year, Ms Denham, led an investigation into how the personal data of 50 million Facebook users was harvested and used by Cambridge Analytica.

Saeed Atcha the former Ladybridge High School pupil has become the youngest to be awarded with an MBE at the age of just 22-years-old for services to young people and the community in Greater Manchester. Saeed founded Xplode magazine after the 2011 riots to counter the media image of “feral” teenagers and is now its chief executive and head of a charity that helps young people improve their job prospects.

Hilary Craft, founder and chairwoman of Action Against Cancer, is appointed OBE for leading fundraising to help cutting-edge research into cancer treaments.

The same honour goes Mike Hamilton, founder and chief executive of Commando Joe’s, for providing learning support for teachers and pupils, and Chris Harrop, director of sustainability at Marshalls for his work in tackling modern slavery.

The chairman of the British Muslim Heritage Centre, Nasar Mahmood, is recognised with an OBE for improving community relations in Manchester, as is the chair of the board of trustees at Disability Rights UK. Alan Stevens, from Macclesfield, is honoured for his work helping people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Paula Dunn, 54, Paralympic head coach for UK Athletics, is appointed MBE for services to the sport.

Four officers with Greater Manchester Police who dealt with the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing have all been honoured: Det Ch Insp Robert Gallagher is appointed MBE, Det Ch Insp Teresa Lam and Sgt Jared Simpsonreceive the BEM and Ch Insp Dale Sexton receives the Queen’s Police Medal.

Supt Umer Khan, who worked to repair community relations after the 2001 Oldham riots, is also appointed MBE.

The dean of Manchester Cathedral, the Very Reverend Rogers Govender, Rabbi Warren Elf, 59, and Mufti Helal Mahmood, 37, are all honoured with MBEs for their work promoting inter-faith dialogue and community cohesion.

30 Rock star Jack McBrayer to play Ogie in Waitress

30 ROCK — Season: 5 — Pictured: Jack McBrayer as Kenneth Parcell — Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC

  • Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer – best known as Kenneth in 30 Rock – will make his West End debut as Ogie
  • Also starring Katharine McPhee as Jenna, Waitress will play at London’s Adelphi Theatre from 8 February 2019
  • Tickets are now on sale via

It is announced today that US film and television star Jack McBrayer will make his West End debut in the role of Ogie in Waitress, which will begin preview performances on 8 February ahead of its official opening night on 7 March at London’s Adelphi Theatre.

As previously announced, Katharine McPhee will star as Jenna, having played the role on Broadway earlier this year, alongside Marisha Wallace as Becky, Laura Baldwin as Dawn, Peter Hannah as Earl and with David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter. Currently playing its third year on Broadway,Waitress will bring with it an all-female lead creative team – a West End musical first.

Jack McBrayer was Emmy-nominated for his portrayal of Kenneth Parcell on the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed series 30 Rock for NBC. He is also known for his work on The Jack and Triumph Show for Universal/Adult Swim, Adult Swim’s first half hour comedy straight to series pickup, which Jack executive produced and starred opposite Robert Smigel. He can be seen in Cooties opposite Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson for Lionsgate which premiered at Sundance. Jack also starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall opposite Jason Segel, directed by Nicholas Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow for Universal. His other credits include Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, directed and written by Adam McKay and produced by Judd Apatow for Columbia Pictures; The Campaign opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, directed by Jay Roach for Warner Bros; opposite Bill Hader in The To Do Listfor CBS Films; and They Came Together opposite Paul Rudd and directed by David Wain for Lionsgate.

Jack can also be seen appearing on ABC’s The Middle, Comedy Central’s Drunk History opposite Derek Waters and USA’s Playing House opposite Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. He can be heard voicing the lead role of Fix-It Felix in Wreck-It Ralph, directed Rich Moore and produced by John Lasseter for Disney. His other animated film voice credits include Despicable Me for Universal, The Simpsons on Fox and Archer on FX.

Waitress also recently announced the first of its “Cast Album Karaoke” nights in London, meaning that theatre lovers who have always dreamt of singing on the West End stage will soon be able to make their dream a reality. The first ever karaoke nights will be held post-show on Tuesday 19 February andMonday 18 March 2019. For the chance to sing one minute of any song from the show – live on stage and accompanied by the show’s musical director Katharine Woolley – interested audience members just need to sign up in the theatre before the performance.

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Waitress opened on 24 April 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theater. Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne ShellyWaitress was the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, featuring original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy®nominee Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (PippinFinding Neverland) and choreography by Lorin Latarro. The production is currently touring the US and has also announced it will have its Australian premiere in 2020 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

On its Broadway opening, Waitress was nominated for four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; two Drama League Award Nominations, including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical; six Drama Desk Nominations, including Outstanding Musical; and four Tony Award Nominations, including Best Musical.


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Performances from Friday 8 February
Opening night: Thursday 7 March

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KING KONG Now On Sale Through September 1, 2019

King Kong
King Kong

King Kong

Tickets for King Kong are now on sale through September 1, 2019. The new Broadway musical is playing at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) where it opened on Thursday, November 8 (previews began October 5, 2018).

Tickets to King Kong are on sale through, by phone at 212-239-6200 and online at Tickets for groups of ten or more are available by calling 866-302-0995 or by email at [email protected].

The cast is led by Christiani Pitts, (A Bronx Tale) as Ann Darrow, Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!) as Carl Denham, and Erik Lochtefeld (MiseryMetamorphoses) as Lumpy.

Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) with a score by Marius de Vries (La La Land and Moulin Rouge!) and songs by Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice), King Kong is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (Strictly Ballroom The Musical).

King Kong comes alive through an innovative mix of robotics, puppetry and stagecraft.

Based on the 1932 novel, the stage production of King Kong is a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast. The story follows a young actress, Ann Darrow, and a maverick filmmaker, Carl Denham, as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the world’s greatest wonder. At the center of this 21st-century reimagining: a 20-foot high, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of seamlessly integrated artists and technicians. King Kong is a larger-than-life encounter with a legend that’s always been too big to contain.

The King Kong ensemble includes Ashley Andrews (Broadway Debut), Mike Baerga (Miss Saigon), Rhaamell Burke-Missouri (Broadway Debut, Cinderella National Tour), Nick Rashad Burroughs (Kinky Boots), Chloë Campbell (Tuck Everlasting), Leroy Church (Broadway Debut, The Lion King National Tour), Peter Chursin (On The TownWest Side Story), Jōvan Dansberry (Broadway Debut), Kayla Davion (Waitress), Rory Donovan (NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Finding Neverland), James Retter Duncan(War Horse), Casey Garvin (Miss SaigonDisaster!), Christopher Hampton Grant (Broadway Debut), Jon Hoche (Broadway Debut, War Horse National Tour), Gabriel Hyman (Broadway Debut), Harley Jay (Rent). James T. Lane (The Scottsboro BoysA Chorus Line), Marty Lawson (How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingPromises, Promises), Jonathan Christopher MacMillan (War Horse), Danny Miller (Broadway Debut), Brittany Marcell Monachino (Broadway Debut), Jennifer Noble(Ghost The Musical), Kristen Faith Oei (M. ButterflyThe King and I), Eliza Ohman (Hamilton), Roberto Olvera (Broadway Debut), Jaquez André Sims (Motown The Musical), Khadija Tariyan (Broadway Debut, “The Wiz Live!,”), Jena VanElslander (Broadway Debut), Leigh-Ann Vizer (How To Train Your Dragon), Scott Weber (M. Butterfly), Jacob Williams (Broadway Debut), Lauren Yalango-Grant (Broadway Debut), Warren Yang (Miss Saigon) and David Yijae (Broadway Debut).

King Kong is produced by Carmen Pavlovic (Global Creatures) and Roy Furman.

Jack Thorne (book writer) received the 2018 Tony Award and 2017 Olivier Award for Best Play for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and wrote the critically acclaimed Let the Right One In.

 Director and choreographer Drew McOnie is an Olivier Award winner for the London production of In the Heights and an Olivier Award nominee this year for Jesus Christ Superstar. McOnie directed the U.K. premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, and the recent London productions of The Wild Party and On the Town.

Composer and music producer Marius de Vries (the films La La LandMoulin Rouge, and Romeo + Juliet) is a four-time Grammy nominee. Eddie Perfect (songs) is a Helpmann Award winner and composer and lyricist of the Broadway-bound Beetlejuice and Shane Warne The Musical.

Pioneering creature designer Sonny Tilders developed Kong for the show, bringing together the worlds of animatronics and puppetry to a degree never seen on stage before. Tilders was honored with the Helpmann Award, Australia’s highest theatrical honor, for Outstanding Theatrical Achievement.

King Kong’s design team for Broadway also includes Peter England (Scenic and Projection Design), Roger Kirk (Costume Design), Peter Mumford (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Gavin Robins (Aerial and King Kong Movement Director) and Tom Watson (Hair Design). David Caddick is Music Supervisor and Eldad Guetta is Associate Music Arranger. Casting by Tara Rubin Casting.

 King Kong is authorized by the Merian C. Cooper Estate.

Lyft is an official rideshare sponsor of King Kong.

King Kong offers a digital lottery which is open for all Monday through Friday performances. A limited number of tickets are available for $49 each and are sold the day of the performance. To enter, visit An in-person rush is also available at the Broadway Theatre for all performances, including weekends. Seats may be partial view and are subject to availability.

The King Kong lottery is powered by Shubert Ticketing through the new Telecharge Digital Lottery platform, which provides theatergoers wide access to affordable tickets through multiple social media networks.

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Announces New Broadway Cast Members

Today, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender announced the new Broadway cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, currently in rehearsals to begin performances on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Lyric Theatre (214 West 43rd Street, NYC) following the final performance of the current cast on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

James Snyder will play Harry Potter with Diane Davis as Ginny Potter and Nicholas Podany as their son Albus Potter. Matt Mueller will play Ron Weasley with Jenny Jules as Hermione Granger and Nadia Brown as their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley. Playing Draco Malfoy will be Jonno Roberts with Bubba Weiler as his son Scorpius Malfoy.

They are joined by Aaron BartzWill CarlyonKimberly DodsonPatrick Du LaneySara FarbJonathan GordonSteve HaggardEva KaminskyJack KoenigRachel LeslieSarita Amani NashFiona ReidKatherine ReisKevinMatthew ReyesAntoinette RobinsonStephen SpinellaTom Patrick StephensErica Sweany and Karen Janes Woditsch along with returning cast members Brian Thomas AbrahamOlivia BondStephen BradburyJames Brown IIILauren Nicole CipolettiZoë FeigelsonJack HatcherEdward James HylandJoey LaBrascaLandon MaasJames Romney and Alex Weisman playing a variety of characters.

Ms. Farb and Ms. Reid are appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

The most awarded new play in theatre history, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won 25 major US awards with six Tony Awards including Best Play. It also won 24 major theatre awards in the UK and is the most awarded play in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play.

Based on an original new story by J.K. RowlingJack Thorne and John TiffanyHarry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany. The production is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings, or each part can be seen separately.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London where it continues to play to sold out houses. It officially opened on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre on April 22, 2018. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will premiere in Australia at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in January 2019; on the US West Coast at San Francisco’s Curran in fall of 2019; and, in Germany at Hamburg’s Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt in spring of 2020.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and the father of three school-age children.

 While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe. US Casting by Jim Carnahan, CSA. UK Casting by Julia Horan, CDG.

 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman ProductionsColin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

Paines Plough’s Roundabout’s future secured with project funding from Arts Council England

Paines Plough

Paines Plough’s Roundabout has revolutionised the possibilities of national touring. The ‘venue’ – a pop-up, plug and play structure – provides an environment with a festival feel, open and accessible and has enjoyed successful seasons in urban and rural environments across the UK.

Launched in 2014, Roundabout has a track record in attracting audiences from some of the least engaged communities particularly amongst young people, offering audiences a high-quality technical facility and a showcase of the best new writing the UK has to offer.

With Arts Council funding now secured for phase two of Roundabout’s touring life, these advances will continue to build stronger, better-connected and more dynamic arts ecosystems across the UK. ACE’s continued support is a ringing endorsement for this touring model.

James Grieve and George Perrin said:

“Roundabout is the nation’s local theatre, popping up in local communities and inviting people to pop in and see a show, take part themselves and experience something new. For five years now we have seen audiences grow as local people have taken ownership of Roundabout as their own space with ever more community generated events and activities alongside Paines Plough productions of outstanding new plays. This is touring at its most grassroots, a theatre for local people run by local people. We are thrilled and grateful Arts Council England has recognised the impact and value of Roundabout with a significant investment that secures the project for another three years.”

From 2019, Paines Plough will work closely with partners to grow audiences and participants for Roundabout in places like Mold, Salford, Lincoln, Poole, Stoke-on-Trent and Stratford, continuing to work with the communities that have made Roundabout such a success so far.

Nationally, the shared goal is to build a bigger, more engaged and more diverse audience for new plays; to innovate partnership models and strengthen infrastructure and to extend the reach of new plays on tour. Early indications from the Audience Agency show that the proportion of Roundabout’s audience that come from the least engaged segments has more than doubled since the project began.

Programme details for Roundabout’s 2019 season will be announced in January 2019.

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Edward II and After Edward

Edward II
 Edward II

Edward II

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the full cast for Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, directed by Nick Bagnall, and for Tom Stuart’s new play After Edward, directed by Brendan O’Hea.

Examining ancestral relationships and notions of identity, sexuality and power, Marlowe’s Edward IIsees King Edward recall his lover, Gaveston, from banishment, setting in motion a chain of events that culminate in some of the most shocking scenes in early modern theatre. Tom Stuart’s new play After Edward, written specifically for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in response to Edward II, sees Edward return to the stage alone, bloodied and confused. He has no idea where he is, or how he got here, but he does have an ominous feeling that something is wrong.

Performed by the same cast of actors, Edward II opens in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Thursday 7 February, followed by After Edward on Thursday 21 March.

Tom Stuart, writer of After Edward, will play the titular role in both productions. Tom has appeared as an actor at Shakespeare’s Globe in many productions including The Broken HeartThe Changeling(2015), Romeo & Juliet (2009) and Much Ado About Nothing (2007). He performed in the Battersea Arts Centre’s production of Edward II in 2008. His screen credits include Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyPeople Just Do Nothing (BBC), Psychobitches (Sky Arts), and A Good Year. Tom has been working in film, television and theatre as an actor for 14 years. His first play I Am Not Myself These Days, an adaptation of Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s New York Times bestselling autobiography, was performed by Tom at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2015) and toured the UK in 2016.

Annette Badland will play Mortimer Senior in Edward II and Gertrude Stein in After Edward. Annette returns to the Globe after appearing in The Winter’s Tale and Eyam earlier this year. Previous theatre credits include Stranger At The Table (Pascal Theatre Company), Far Away (Bristol Old Vic), Kin and Hung Over (Royal Court). Television work includes Shakespeare and Hathaway (BBC), EastEnders(BBC), Outlander (Starz) and Father Brown (BBC). Film includes A Quiet PassionThe Girl in a Bubble and Mother’s Milk.

Richard Bremmer is Spencer Senior in Edward II and Leather Man in After Edward, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury in both plays. Previous work at Shakespeare’s Globe includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar. Richard was part of the 2017/18 Everyman Company (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse). His other theatre work includes Shakespeare In Love (Noel Coward) and The Last Days of Troy (Royal Exchange). Television includes The Hollow Crown (BBC) and The Borgias (Netflix). Film includes In FabricSwallows and Amazons and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Richard Cant is Earl of Lancaster in Edward II and Quentin Crisp in After Edward. Richard’s previous theatre work includes Maydays (RSC), Saint Joan (Donmar) and Medea (Almeida). Television work includes Silent Witness (BBC), Taboo (BBC) and Outlander (Starz). Richard appears in the upcoming film Mary, Queen of Scots directed by Josie Rourke.

Polly Frame will play the Earl of Kent in Edward II and Harvey Milk in After Edward. Polly’s recent theatre credits include Thick as Thieves (Clean Break), Jekyll & Hyde (Rose Kingston), A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Hull Truck) and Henry V (Regent’s Park). Television work includes Doctors (BBC), Coronation Street (ITV) and Holby City (BBC). Film includes MacbethHalf Light and Duplicity.

Jonathan Livingstone is Mortimer Junior in Edward II and Edward Alleyn in After Edward. Jonathan returns to the Globe after appearing in Daniel Kramer’s Romeo and Juliet in 2017. Jonathan’s other theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Young Vic), Machinal (Almeida) and The Caretaker (Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate). Television includes Chewing Gum (E4).

Sanchia McCormack is Earl of Warwick in Edward II and Margaret Thatcher in After Edward. Sanchia returns to the Globe after appearing in Caroline Steinbeis’s The Broken Heart in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2015. Sanchia’s other theatre work includes Minotaur (Theater Clwyd/Polka Theatre) and One Night in November (Belgrade Theatre). Television includes The Innocents (Netflix), Silent Witness (BBC) and Catastrophe (Channel 4).

Colin Ryan is Spencer Junior in Edward II and Cowboy in After Edward. Colin returns to the Globe after appearing in Matthew Dunster’s The Secret Theatre in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse last year. Colin’s other theatre credits include Frankenstein (Royal Exchange) and Snow in Midsummer (RSC). Television includes Shakespeare and Hathaway (BBC).

Beru Tessema is Gaveston in both productions. Beru returns to the Globe after appearing in the Globe to Globe festival in 2012 and in several other Globe productions including Matthew Dunster’s The Frontline and Troilus and Cressida (2009) and Dominic Dromgoole’s King Lear (2008). His other theatre credits include Slaves (Theatre 503) and Hanjo (Young Vic Studio).

Katie West is Queen Isabella in Edward II and Dorothy Gale and Maria von Trapp in After Edward. Katie’s other theatre work includes The York Realist (Donmar Warehouse), Uncle VanyaChamaco(Home), Lela & Co (Royal Court) and Carmen Disruption (Almeida).

Full cast includes: Annette Badland, Richard Bremmer, Richard Cant, Polly Frame, Jonathan Livingstone, Sanchia McCormack, Colin Ryan, Tom Stuart, Beru Tessema and Katie West.

Almeida Young Company show Cacophony transfers to Yard Theatre

Almeida Theatre

The Almeida Theatre today announced the transfer of its Young Company Show, Cacophony, after a successful, sold-out run at the Almeida in July.

 The Almeida Young Company returns to present Cacophony at The Yard Theatre in February 2019. The production was created by Molly Taylor and the 18-25 year old company, inspired by ideas in Jon Ronson’s book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.

The production has a limited run of four performances at The Yard Theatre from 19 – 22 February 2019.


By Molly Taylor and the Almeida Young Company (18-25)

Direction: Michael Bryher; Design: Khadija Raza

Sound Design: George Lumkin; Lighting Design: Katie Nicoll

Assistant Director: Germma Orleans-Thompson

Yard Theatre

Tuesday 19 – Friday 22 February 2019

Press Night: Wednesday 20 February 8pm

When public shamings are delivered like remotely administered drone strikes nobody need think about how ferocious our collective power might be. The snowflake never needs to feel responsible for the avalanche.” Jon Ronson

Created by the Almeida Young Company and written by Molly Taylor, Cacophony tells the story of a young woman’s rise to fame after speaking up at a protest outside a controversial rape trial.

Weaving a complex web of fame and shame, Cacophony explores the power social media has to liberate brave new voices and, just as quickly, bring them crashing to earth. Inspired by the ideas in Jon Ronson’s book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.

 Molly Taylor is a playwright and theatre-maker. Recent projects include Shell and Davey at the Start and the End (VAULT Festival), See Me Now (Young Vic), And Yet It Moves (Young Vic Taking Part), The Neighbourhood Project (Bush Theatre). Her one-woman show Love Letters to the Public Transport System was produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and won the Adelaide Critics Circle Award 2018. In August she presented a new piece, Extinguished Things, at Summerhall for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018.

 Michael Bryher is a theatre maker, director and facilitator. He trained at LAMDA and has worked as an actor for companies including Kneehigh, The RSC, and dreamthinkspeak. In 2013 he was a finalist for the JMK award. He also runs Dumbshow, and over the last seven years has toured his work nationally and internationally. His production of Humbug! The Hedgehog Who Couldn’t Sleep is currently running at Nuffield Southampton Theatres. He has recently edited a volume of auditions monologues for young people for Nick Hern Books.

 Performed by members of the original cast.

 Tickets now on sale.

English National Opera launches free tickets for Under 18’s

English National Opera

English National Opera (ENO) today (Tuesday 18 December) announced that anyone aged under 18 will get free tickets to ENO productions on Saturdays. The tickets will be for seats in the Balcony and be available for any or all of the 11 Saturday performances in the Spring 2019 season in the London Coliseum.

This scheme dramatically expands ENO’s audience engagement strategy and forms part of the company’s central mission to ensure the art form is accessible to everyone.

Children under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult. However, as part of the initiative, adults who pay full price for a balcony ticket can bring up to four children under 16 free of charge. Teachers bringing school groups can accompany up to 10 children under 16 and free of charge. Children aged 16 and 17 can be unaccompanied, and can book one ticket to each performance free of charge.

The applicable performances are: Akhnaten (23 Feb, 2 Mar); La bohème (2, 9 & 16 Feb); The Merry Widow (9 Mar, 13 Apr); The Magic Flute (16 & 23 Mar, 6 Apr)andJack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel (30 Mar).

Bookings for free tickets can be made via the ENO Box Office phone line 020 7845 9218.

The balcony is widely regarded as having acoustically the best seats in the house. Additionally, the London Coliseum is unique in that all seats have unrestricted views of the stage.

ENO CEO Stuart Murphy said: “We were founded on the belief that opera is for everyone. We strive to continually stage opera of world class quality and bring it to as many people as possible. Removing cost as a barrier to entry for Under 18’s is a seismic leap forward for ENO and for opera as a whole, and we hope to entice as many Under 18’s as possible, from the musically obsessed, to the just plain curious. ENO is founded on passion and we want young audiences to feel alternately passionate, excited and transfixed. We can’t wait to welcome them to the London Coliseum.”

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: The arts can be transformative for young people and no genre should be deemed too elite or out of reach.

“This scheme is an excellent way to introduce more young people to opera and will ensure that people of all ages and backgrounds can experience world-class performances at the English National Opera.”

Further audience engagement schemes for ENO performances at the London Coliseum are Access All Arias, which offers full time students or anyone aged 16-29 the best seats in the house at affordable prices (£30 in the stalls, £20 in the dress circle and £10 in the upper circle). And first time operagoers of any age can sign up to Opera Undressed, which offers £20 tickets to selected performances and includes a free drink and access to a pre-performance talk.

Final casting announced for the return of SIX to the West End – the most acclaimed new British musical in years!



  • Tracks from the studio cast recording have hit 40,000 streams a day, reaching over 3.5 million in total
  • Winner Best Ensemble in a Play or Musical in the 2018 Broadway World Awards
  • Nominated for SIX Whatsonstage Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Cast Recording, Best Choreography, Best Lighting & Best Costumes
  • Nominated for SIX Off West End Awards, including Best New Musical, Best Musical Production and Best Ensemble
  • Nominated Best UK Cast Recording in The Curtain Up Show Album of The Year Awards 2018

Final casting is announced today for the return of SIX, the hit musical by recent Cambridge grads Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. SIX returns to the Arts Theatre in the West End, where it ran for a short, sold out season in 2018.

50,000 seats are on sale for a 16-week season from Thursday 17th January – Sunday 5 May 2019, with many dates already sold out.

The full, original West End cast will make their triumphant, royal return after being named the Best Ensemble in a Play or Musical at the 2018 BroadwayWorld Awards:

Jarneia Richard-Noel (Catherine of Aragon) The Color Purple in Concert (Cadogan Hall).

Millie O’Connell (Anne Boleyn) Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK tour) and 42nd Street (was understudy Peggy Sawyer – Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris).

Natalie Paris (Jane Seymour) Sunday in the Park with George (Louise – Menier Chocolate Factory).

Alexia McIntosh (Anna of Cleves) Godiva Rocks (Rosa – Belgrade Theatre).

Aimie Atkinson (Katherine Howard) In The Heights (Daniela – Kings Cross Theatre) and Zorro the Musical (originating the lead role of Luisa – UK tour).

SIX marked the professional debuts of Maiya Quansah-Breed (Catherine Parr) and Grace Mouat (alternate Jane Seymour/Katherine Howard and Dance Captain), who both graduated from Guildford School of Acting last summer.

From January the cast will be joined by two additional alternates.

Vicki Manser (alternate Anne Boleyn & Anna of Cleves) Bat Out of Hell (West End) and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (2nd Cover Carole – West End).

Courtney Stapleton (alternate Catherine of Aragon & Catherine Parr) Bat Out of Hell (Dance Captain – West End), Les Misérables (Cover Eponine – West End) and Mamma Mia! (Cover Ali – West End).

SIX – the concert-style show with a phenomenal all-female band: the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, these Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red!

Directed by Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage. Choreographer Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. Set Designer: Emma Bailey. Costume Designer: Gabriella Slade. Lighting Designer: Tim Deiling. Sound Designer: Paul Gatehouse. Musical Orchestrator: Tom Curran. Musical Supervisor: Joe Beighton. Associate Choreographer: Freya Sands. Musical Director: Katy Richardson.  Associate Musical Director: Arlene McNaught.

SIX is produced by Kenny Wax, Global Musicals and George Stiles.

Toby Marlow (Writer) and Lucy Moss (Writer and Co-Director)

Toby and Lucy met at university, where they spent three years making theatre together and dancing aggressively to Jason Derulo at every opportunity. In January 2017, they made their first foray into writing as a duo with the musical, SIX. Following the show’s initial success as a student production in Edinburgh, it returned in 2018 as one of the main shows in the Underbelly’s Udderbelly Cow venue. Here it was one of the biggest hits of the festival, selling more than 10,000 seats and adding extra shows due to overwhelming public demand. SIX transferred to the West End where it sold out, night after night at the Arts Theatre. Toby and Lucy, along with Zak Ghazi-Torbati, also make up the award-winning theatre company Hot Gay Time Machine, whose show, Hot Gay Time Machine – winner of the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence – is in the West End for a Christmas season at Trafalgar Studios, following a critically acclaimed, 100% sold-out, five-star run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe.

Kenny Wax Ltd – Producer

Kenny Wax Ltd produced the multi-award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, currently in the West End, on Broadway and on a US tour. Peter Pan Goes Wrong played twice in the West End and is now touring Australia and New Zealand. Kenny’s third show with Mischief Theatre, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, is currently in its third year at the Criterion Theatre, with Mischief Movie Night – the improvised movie on stage – gaining Mischief their fourth consecutive Olivier nomination. Last year Kenny produced Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Francesco Fellini’s Oscar winning masterpiece La Strada, which ran at The Other Palace following a regional tour. Kenny presented the world première of Top Hat, winning three Olivier Awards from its seven nominations, including ‘Best New Musical’. Once on This Island also won the Olivier for Best New Musical in 1995. Kenny is renowned for producing some of the best family theatre including We’re Going On A Bear Hunt; Tall Stories’ The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom; plus the stage adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather. Christmas 2018 sees the opening of a new stage adaptation of Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch, co-produced by Northampton Royal & Derngate. Kenny was nominated as ‘Producer of the Year’ at the 2017 Stage Newspaper Awards and is the President of the Society of London Theatre.

Global Musicals Ltd – Producer

Andy and Wendy Barnes have been independent producers for almost 12 years. They are also the founders of Perfect Pitch, a non-profit company dedicated to the creation, development and production of new British musical theatre which continues to be part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of funded arts organisations. In 2017, they created a new commercial production company, Global Musicals, to produce and general manage new musicals in the West End and internationally. The UK tour of SIX marks the inaugural production for ‘Global’ but previous productions Andy and Wendy have produced include: The Wiz at Hackney Empire, starring Sharon D. Clarke; several productions of Departure Lounge in Edinburgh, New York, Chicago and in London, which starred Chris Fountain and was nominated for ‘Best New Musical’ in the Awards; Dr. Foster at the Menier Chocolate Factory; Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York; UK tour of Dreams Come Out to Play in a co-production with Birmingham Rep. They are extremely proud to have developed The Go-Between which successfully toured the UK and for which the production was nominated for a Whatsonstage Award for ‘Best New Musical’ and winning the UK Theatre Award for Best Musical. They were Associate Producers on the West End transfer in 2016, starring Michael Crawford. Global is currently producing another new musical Club Mex at the Hope Mill Theatre in January 2019.

George Stiles – Producer

Although best known as the composing half of the Olivier Award-winning writing team Stiles + Drewe, George is delighted to be making his producing debut, helping to nurture these two extraordinary British writing talents.


by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss

6-7 Great Newport Street

Thursday 17th January –
Sunday 5th May 2019
Box office:020 7836 8463

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8.00pm
Sunday at 7.00pm
Thursday at 6:30pm and 9.00pm
(from 31 January 2019)
Saturday and Sunday at 4.00pm

Running time:
75 mins (no interval)

Tickets: from £8.00
(plus £1.50 per ticket booking fee for online and telephone sales)

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