2018 cast recording of Marianne Elliott’s musical of Company available for downloading from midnight tonight


WARNER CLASSICS and ELLIOTT & HARPER PRODUCTIONS announce the digital download and streaming release of COMPANY – 2018 London Cast Recording  – Friday, 12.01 am, 1st February 2019.

Marianne Elliott directs Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s legendary musical comedy about life, love and marriage, with performances at the West End’s Gielgud Theatre until 30th March 2019.  The critically acclaimed hit musical of 2018 begins at Bobbie’s (Rosalie Craig) 35th birthday party with all her friends wondering why she isn’t married, why she can’t find the right man and why she can’t settle down and have a family. The multi-award-winning musical comedy includes Stephen Sondheim’s iconic songs, CompanyYou Could Drive a Person CrazyThe Ladies Who LunchSide by Side and Being Alive.

The winner of two Evening Standard Theatre Awards and two Critics Circle Awards, Marianne Elliott, in close collaboration with Stephen Sondheim, has re-invented Company for a 21st century audience with a female lead.

‘A sublime cocktail of an entertainment you’d be mad to miss.’ The Telegraph *****

‘It’s glorious.’ Evening Standard *****

This is more than a revival: it’s a remaking.’  The Observer *****

Marianne Elliott, said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled that we are able to share our production of Company with audiences with this brand-new cast recording.  We had the absolute pleasure of having Stephen Sondheim in the studio making sure it is the very best it can be.  As we near the end of our run in the West End, it is a joy to have this permanent record of a show that has meant so much to all of us.’

Rosalie Craig who plays Bobbie, added: “I am so thrilled that this wonderful and very special production of Company has been recorded for everyone to listen to for years to come – to be the first ever female Bobbie on stage and for that to be captured on a cast recording is a huge honour.

COMPANY – 2018 London Cast Recording was recorded at RAK Studios in London, November 2018, with world-renowned producer Nigel Wright and conducted and co-produced by, award-winning, Joel Fram.

Starring alongside Rosalie Craig is an all-star cast including, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah, Jonathan Bailey as Jamie, George Blagden as PJ, Ashley Campbell as Peter, Richard Fleeshman as Andy, Alex Gaumond as Paul, Richard Henders as David, Ben Lewis as Larry, Daisy Maywood as Susan, Jennifer Saayeng as Jenny, Matthew Seadon-Young as Theo and Gavin Spokes as Harry.

“I wanted to record this album from the moment I heard about Marianne Elliott’s vision for Bobbie’s gender role change and very current narrative coming to life in this new production.  There are so many favourite songs for Sondheim fans that take on new meaning and a wonderful freshness on this cast recording, and we’re very proud to be releasing it for the world to enjoy,” stated Kevin Gore, President of Arts Music for Warner Music Group.

COMPANY Track Listing

  1. Overture
  2. Company
  3. The Little Things You Do Together
  4. Sorry-Grateful
  5. You Could Drive A Person Crazy
  6. Have I Got A Guy For You
  7. Someone Is Waiting
  8. Another Hundred People
  9. Getting Married Today
  10. Marry Me A Little
  11. Entr’acte
  12. Side By Side By Side
  13. Poor Baby
  14. Tick Tock
  15. Barcelona
  16. Into Nightclub
  17. The Ladies Who Lunch
  18. Being Alive
  19. Curtain Call Music
  20. Exit Music

COMPANY – 2018 London Cast Recording is available across digital download and streaming accounts now. CD pre-orders will be available soon.

Winner of two Evening Standard Theatre Awards for Best Musical Performance and Best Director, and two Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Design, COMPANY runs until March 30th at the Gielgud Theatre. You can buy tickets from £25 HERE.

Carrie Reiner, Director of Fundraising at The Albert Kennedy Trust: ‘It’s fantastic to see so many West End productions embracing diversity both on stage and off.’

The Albert Kennedy Trust: Special Fundraising Performance, 12 Feb

Attention: There’s a special fundraising performance thing of COMPANY on Tuesday 12 February to raise funds for the literally amazing charity the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people. I decided it would be a good idea to have a chat with Carrie Reiner, Director of Fundraising at AKT, about Sondheim, their 2019 plans & more.

The partnership with Elliott & Harper’s COMPANY is great. How did it come about?
Jonathan Bailey has supported AKT for awhile.  He has gotten to know our work and young people over that last couple of years and he wanted to help promote AKT’s work in a broader way.  Elliott & Harper were very supportive of the idea of a  Benefit Performance and helped to us to create a great evening for our supporters.

Have you noticed how rates of LGBTQ+ homelessness vary region to region?
As you might imagine, large population centres see the highest rates of LGBTQ+ homelessness. With service centres in Newcastle, Manchester and London, The Albert Kennedy Trust supports a large number of young people in those large cities – particularly London. We provided intensive levels of support to over 500 young people through our three service centres last year.  Also, over 1,300 young people accessed digital services from AKT. 34% came from London, and 24% from the South East.



 What is AKT’s biggest priority for 2019 – considering that 1/4 (24 per cent) of LGBTQ+ young people are at-risk of or experiencing homelessness and what with Brexit etc, etc.
Our biggest priority must be the wellbeing of vulnerable young LGBTQ+ people and ensuring they have access to the support and opportunities they deserve. The impact of homelessness on LGBTQ+ young people’s health, wellbeing, safety and life chances (education, employment) is often much greater than their peers. We believe the key issues facing LGBTQ+ youth at risk of homelessness are a lack of understanding amongst mainstream service providers who are just not equipped to deal with LGBTQ+-specific issues and in particular those of the trans community. Young LGBTQ+ people are often trapped in poor quality, possibly abusive accommodation and/or have low-paid jobs and can’t save up for a deposit. Welfare reform has also greatly impacted on LGBTQ+ people – in particular access to housing benefit.

What role can West End theatre play in society?
It’s a great platform to inform, educate, as well as entertain;  and also to see that diversity reflected in the subject matter.

What do you enjoy doing that has nothing to do with your career?
I am approaching a significant birthday so I’ve convinced myself that a regular gym routine is fun – even early in the morning.  I also enjoy travel, theatre and spending time with my family and dog.

COMPANY feels like a natural show for you to collaborate with – what can audiences expect from attending this Benefit performance? 
Company has been one of Sondheim’s best known and loved musicals.  But, the gender switch of roles in this production – and in particular the addition of a same-sex couple preparing to be married – make it something special.    Plus Patti LuPone’s return to the West End should not be missed by any lover of musical theatre.  The cast have really gotten behind our work and the evening’s performance in particular.  We have two prices of tickets available and the top tier provides a special drinks party with the cast.  They are really looking forward to sharing the evening with our supporters. Check out their brilliant videos on our social media channels.

What are the biggest challenges that AKT face in 2019 – and more broadly – charities in general?
In our 30th Anniversary year, our work continues to evolve.  Young people needing our help now come from increasingly diverse communities so our work has adapted to fit the need present.  We know that there are young LGBT people facing homelessness outside of our the physical bases so we must find ways to grow our digital services, and our research shows that the problem is on the rise as young people from more diverse communities choose to come out at younger ages than  past generations.   We also face competition from other charities, and with the post-Brexit economy looming ever nearer we may see some of our corporate and individual support lessen over the next few years.

What other exciting things does The Albert Kennedy Trust have in store in 2019?
2019 will see AKT mark it’s 30th anniversary, and we’ll be celebrating that throughout the year with special events in Newcastle, London, and our hometown of Manchester. We can’t give the details yet, but we’re currently working on a film and exhibition marking our anniversary. Our National Youth Conference and Gala Dinner will also be bigger and better than ever this year. Also, keep an eye out for our brand new brand identity in 2019!

Is there anything that you’d like to add?
If you are looking for a night out and want to avoid the Valentine’s Day hype, please do book tickets for this special evening.  It will be an evening to remember and it won’t be repeated!

Winner of the 2019 Stage Award For Best Fringe Theatre The Barn Theatre Cirencester announces exciting new season for 2019

Fringe Theatre of the Year 2019

Fringe Theatre of the Year 2019

Winner of Best Fringe Theatre in the 2019 Stage Awards, The Barn Theatre is presents its its line-up of five in-house productions for the upcoming 2019 Season, including one of Michael Morpurgo’s finest works, The Butterfly Lion, William Shakespeare’s classic history, Henry V, a brand new production of the comic thriller, The 39 Steps, the award-winning musical Daddy Long Legs and a reimagining of Charles Dickens’ festive masterpiece, A Christmas Carol.

Following an amazingly successful inaugural year when Artistic Director, Iwan Lewis, was nominated for the 2018 Stage Debut Award before the theatre’s win for Best Fringe Theatre Award, The Barn is looking to build on that success by once again providing its audience with a mix of challenging, entertaining and topical themes.

Iwan Lewis

Iwan Lewis

Iwan Lewis, Artistic Director said, “We have been absolutely thrilled by the audience response to our inaugural year and our Built By Barn productions. We did not expect to have had such positive industry recognition so soon after opening our doors to the public. It was humbling to have been nominated as Best Director at the Stage Debut Awards but winning The Stage Award for Best Fringe Theatre is truly unbelievable and has made all the hard work worthwhile. This is still the start of our journey and we are determined to use these achievements to catapult us into our 2019 season.

Our mission to produce challenging and inspiring professional theatre of the highest standards has been clear from the start and our 2019 programme will again reflect that commitment and provide a theatre that sits at the heart of our community sharing all the thrills and gifts that live entertainment can bring. Our new ticketing strategy mirrors this desire for inclusion and with prices starting from as little as £8 per ticket, The Barn really is a Theatre For All.”

Opening the new season in April is The Butterfly Lion by the acclaimed writer and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, Private Peaceful, Running Wild). This heart-warming yet bittersweet story of faithfulness, destiny and love tells the tale of a lonely boy in South Africa who adopts an orphaned white lion cub.

Iwan Lewis with Jamie Chapman Dixon, Producer and Programmer at Barn Theatre

Iwan Lewis with Jamie Chapman Dixon, Producer and Programmer at Barn Theatre

In May, The Barn Theatre takes on a Shakespeare classic, Henry V. Set in modern surroundings, this timeless tale is cleverly brought up to date and explores the conflict between tradition and modernity in Britain through the lens of a nation at war.

A cast of four deftly take on a Hitchcock classic, The 39 Steps, in a wonderfully inventive comic thriller parody adaptation of John Buchan‘s 1915 novel for their Summer production in July. 139 roles are played out in a fast-paced, fun and thrilling action hitting show full of British gung-ho characters and dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.

The Autumn season opens with the theatre’s first stage musical for 2019, the award winning Daddy Long Legs. The show is based on the classic novel by Jean Webster that inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire. The musical, with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and a book by John Caird, is set in turn-of-the-century New England and tells the story of orphan Jerusha Abbott and her mysterious benefactor who agrees to send her to college, who she dubs ‘Daddy Long Legs’ after seeing his elongated shadow.

A Christmas Carol, closes the year with a magical new interpretation of Dickens’ timeless classic by Alan Pollock that will get everyone, including Scrooge, in the festive mood. Set to an original score, the familiar tale is reworked into a spellbinding tale that stays true to the general moral thread of the original story.

Right next door to the theatre, through an archway behind Ingleside House you will find the new, highly acclaimed 60-seat restaurant and piano bar, Téatro. With a car park just across the road, dinner and a show never got easier.

On-Sale: Tickets are on sale to the Barn Theatre’s Circle of Friends from 28 January.

General on sale for the 2019 season will be from 5 February.

Theatre For All: In conjunction with the launch of the 2019 season, The Barn will also be launching a new ticketing initiative as part of their Theatre For All strategy. This initiative provides an all-inclusive strategy that enables everyone in the community to experience high-quality productions at an affordable price.  #TheatreForAll

General Ticket Prices: From £8-£32

Concessions: Available to children under 16, over 65, and members of the Uniformed Public Services.

Season Tickets: From £32-£128

20% off the general ticket pricing, offering audiences five shows for the price of four

Family Tickets: From £24-£96 (4 tickets – 2 adults x 2 children)

Group Tickets: From £10-£12

Save up to 33% on the standard ticket price – tickets only available for Rows Q-S

School Groups: School bookings for performances are available by contacting the Box Office.

Cashback: Available predominantly for charities, or any groups and organisations looking to raise much needed funds. Individuals buy tickets at face value and the Barn Theatre agrees to make a 20% donation of the total purchase back to the charity or group that have visited the theatre under the scheme.

Box Office (Phone): 01285 648 255 (10am-5.30pm, Mon to Sat)

Box Office (Online): [email protected]

Téatro Bar & Restaurant: Téatro is open from 5.30pm to late, Wed – Sat

Book A Table: 01285 648 238 or [email protected]

Website: barntheatre.org.uk

Twitter: @thebarntheatre

Facebook: @thebarntheatrecirencester

Instagram: @thebarntheatrecirencester


The Butterfly Lion

Tuesday 2 April – Saturday 4 May 2019

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Adapted by Daniel Buckroyd

Directed by Jessica Daniels

Press Night: Thursday 4 April at 18:30

Performance Times: 14:30 / 19:30


Henry V

Wednesday 22 May – Saturday 22 June 2019

Written by William Shakespeare

Press Night: Friday 24 May at 18:30

Performance Times: 14:30 / 19:30


The 39 Steps

Wednesday 10 July – Saturday 10 August 2019

Written by John Buchan

Adapted by Patrick Barlow

Press Night: Friday 12 July at 18:30

Performance Times: 14:30 / 19:30


Daddy Long Legs – The Musical

Wednesday 2 October – Saturday 2 November 2019

Book by John Caird

Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon

Directed by Kirstie Davies

Press Night: Friday 4 October at 18:30

Performance Times: 14:30 / 19:30


A Christmas Carol

Wednesday 27 November – Saturday 4 January 2020

Written by Charles Dickens

Adapted by Alan Pollock

Directed by Iwan Lewis

Press Night: Wednesday 29 November at 18:30

Performance Times: 10.30/13.00/14.30/17.30/ (see full Christmas schedule for variety of performance times)


Rebecca Trehearn to star in Stephen Schwartz musical RAGS

Rebecca Trehearn
Rebecca Trehearn

Rebecca Trehearn

Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment and Joseph Houston and William Whelton of Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester have announced that  Olivier Award-winning actress Rebecca Trehearn will star as Rebecca in the UK premiere of a new version of the Stephen Schwartz musical RAGS from 2 March – 6 April, with a national press night on 5 March.

Rebecca Trehearn most recently played Charity in Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse) and Julie LaVerne in Showboat (Sheffield Crucible and West End), for which she won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Her other notable credits include Oolie/Donna in City of Angels(Donmar Warehouse) opposite Katherine Kelly and Samantha Barks, Molly in Ghost (UK tour, cover Molly at Piccadilly Theatre), Fantine in Les Misérables(Pimlico Opera), 1st cover Killer Queen and Meat in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Marcy in Dogfight and Charlotte Goetze in Diary of a Teenage Girl (Southwark Playhouse).

Also in the cast are Valda Aviks as Rachel, Gavin James as Bronfman, Sam Peggs as Ben, Jane Quinn as Anna, Michael S. Siegel as Avram, Robert Tripolino as Sal, Tim Walton as Jacob (Jack) and Lydia White as Bella. Sharing the role of David are Lochlan White and George Varley. Completing the cast are James Dangerfield, Emma Fraser, James Hastings and Hanna Khogali.

RAGS is a heart-warming and powerful musical with book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof), lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and music by Charles Strouse (Annie), which tells the story of Russian immigrant Rebecca, who, with her son David, travels to America in search of a better life. Rebecca must decide what matters more to her – staying true to her roots or adopting a new cultural identity in an attempt to ‘fit in’.

RAGS will be directed by Bronagh Lagan with musical direction and new orchestrations by Nick Barstow, choreography by Grant Murphy, set design by Gregor Donnelly, costume design by Maggie Harwood, lighting design by Derek Anderson, sound design by James Nicholson and casting by Jane Deitch. RAGS is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre in association with Knockhardy Productions and is presented by arrangement with MTI Europe.



2 March – 6 April 2019

Press Night: 5 March 2019

Hope Mill Theatre

Hope Mill
113 Pollard Street
M4 7JA

Box Office:  0333 012 4963

Tickets: £18 – £28 (Previews £16) Premium tickets available

Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Sun 3pm



@hopemilltheatr1 / @HopeAria2019


Lesley Joseph to play ‘Miss Hannigan’ in ANNIE

ANNIE. Lesley Joseph 'Miss Hannigan'. Photo by Paul Coltas (2)
ANNIE. Lesley Joseph 'Miss Hannigan'. Photo by Paul Coltas (2)

ANNIE. Lesley Joseph ‘Miss Hannigan’. Photo by Paul Coltas

Michael Harrison and David Ian have announced that Lesley Joseph will star as ‘Miss Hannigan’ in their smash hit production of the musical “ANNIE”at His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen (24 – 28 September 2019), Edinburgh Playhouse (30 September – 5 October 2019), Sunderland Empire (7 – 12 October 2019), Marlowe Theatre Canterbury (14 – 19 October 2019), The Hawth Crawley (22 – 26 October 2019) Grand Opera House Belfast (29 October – 2 November 2019), Ipswich Regent’s Theatre (4 – 9 November 2019) New Wimbledon Theatre (11 – 16 November 2019) and Regent’s Theatre Stoke on Trent (18 – 23 November 2019).

 Lesley joins Alex Bourne as ‘Oliver Warbucks’, Richard Meek as ‘Rooster’, Jenny Gayner as ‘Lily’ and Carolyn Maitland as ‘Grace Farrell’. The title role of ‘Annie’ is shared by Faye KatsandeAva Smith and Freya Yates. They are joined by three teams of young performers who play the girls in Miss Hannigan’s orphanage.

Completing the cast will be Michael Anderson, Thomas Audibert, Andy Barke, Caroline Bateson, Daisy Boyles, Blaise Colangelo, Gary Davis, Ashleigh Graham, George Rae, Anne Smith, India Thornton, Matt Trevorrow, Amy West and Samuel Wilson Freeman.

This production recently ran for an extended season in the West End following a sell-out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2015/16 as well as a recent sell-out season in Toronto.

Lesley Joseph returns to role of ‘Miss Hannigan’ having played the part in this production in 2015/16. Lesley is best known for playing ‘Dorien Green’ in the hugely successful sitcom “Birds of a Feather” alongside Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson. They recorded over 100 episodes over a period of nine years and returned to our screens in 2014 for a further three series. Lesley most recently appeared as ‘Frau Blucher’ in the West End production of the Mel Brooks musical “Young Frankenstein” for which she received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Her other theatre credits include ‘Miss Hannigan’ in “Annie” at the West End’s Victoria Palace and also on national tour as well as the touring productions of “Calendar Girls” and “Thoroughly Modern Mille”.

Alex Bourne reprises his performance as ‘Oliver Warbucks’ after playing the role in this  production of “Annie” in the West End, Toronto and on the 2015/16 tour. His many other West End credits include ‘Danny’ in “Grease”, ‘The Beast’ in “Beauty and the Beast”, ‘Billy Flynn’ in “Chicago”, ‘Khashoggi’ in “We Will Rock You” and ‘Fred/Petruchio’ in “Kiss Me, Kate” for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. His other credits include ‘Daryl Van Horne’ in “The Witches of Eastwick” and the Watermill Theatre, for which he received a TMA nomination for Best Actor, ‘Sam Michael’ in the national tour of “Mamma Mia!” and ‘Lex Hogan’ in “Eugenius!” at the Other Palace.

 Richard Meek’s many credits include ‘Trevor Graydon’ in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, ‘Brad’, ‘Eddie’ and ‘Dr Scott’ in “The Rocky Horror Show” and ‘Sir Galahad’ in “Spamalot”, all on national tour. He has also appeared as ‘Leo Bloom’ in the international tour of “The Producers” as well as ‘Dustin’ and ‘Greaseball’ in the 25th anniversary cast of “Starlight Express” in Bochum, Germany.

Jenny Gayner’s West End credits include ‘Miss Wilson’ in the original cast of “The Girls” at the Phoenix Theatre, ‘Hunyak’ in “Chicago” at the Adelphi, Cambridge and Garrick theatres and “Spamalot” at the Palace Theatre. Jenny has also appeared as ‘Lina Lamont’ in “Singin’ in the Rain” and ‘Brooke Windham’ in “Legally Blonde”, both at Kilworth House.

Carolyn Maitland reprises her performance as ‘Grace Farrell’ after playing the role in this production of “Annie” in Toronto. Her West End credits include ‘Ellen’ in “Miss Saigon” at the Prince Edward Theatre, ‘Marian’ in “The Woman in White” at the Charing Cross Theatre and “Groundhog Day” and “Kiss Me, Kate”, both at the Old Vic. Her other credits include ‘Molly’ in the national tour of “Ghost” and ‘Kathy Seldon’ in “Singin’ in the Rain” at Kilworth House.

Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Determined to find her real parents, her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search…

With its award-winning book and score, this stunning new production includes the unforgettable songs ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’, ‘Easy Street’, ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You’ and ‘Tomorrow’.

“ANNIE” has Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin and a Book by Thomas Meehan. “ANNIE” is directed by Nikolai Foster with set and costume design by Colin Richmond, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Richard Brooker. “ANNIE” is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.

Full Casting announced on Richard III directed by John Haidar

Richard III

What do I fear? Myself?’

Headlong today announced full casting for John Haidar’s production of Richard III with Stefan AdegbolaDerbhle CrottyHeledd GwynnTom KanjiMichael MatusLeila MimmackEileen NicholasCaleb Roberts and John Sackville joining the previously announced Tom Mothersdale in the title role as Shakespeare’s most notorious and complex villain.

After decades of civil war, the nation hangs in the balance. Enter Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to change the course of history.  Richard was not born to be a king, but he’s set his sights on the crown. So begins his campaign of deceit, manipulation and violence – and he’s killing it. 

Yet, behind his ambition lies a murderous desire to be loved.

Richard III is a co-production between HeadlongAlexandra Palace and Bristol Old Vic, with Royal & Derngate Northampton and Oxford Playhouse.  It will open at the recently redeveloped Bristol Old Vic before transferring to London’s newly restored Alexandra Palace Theatre. It will then return to Bristol for a further two full playing weeks before travelling to Cambridge Arts Theatre, HOME in Manchester and Oxford Playhouse before finishing at Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

John Haidar is an Associate Artist at Headlong.  His theatre credits include Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios and Irish Repertory Theatre, New York); Mercury Fur, Saved(Guildhall); Last of the Boys (Southwark Playhouse); The Little Match Girl (Birmingham REP/UK Tour); The New Electric Ballroom (RADA); The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Skull in Connemara, The Lonesome West (CAM FM); Macbeth (Cambridge American Stage Tour); The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Glass Menagerie (Corpus Playroom); Romeo and Juliet, The Alchemist (ADC Theatre).

As associate or assistant director, his credits include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Harold Pinter Theatre); Common, The Plough and the Stars (National Theatre); I See You (Royal Court); Photograph 51 (Noël Coward Theatre); The Changeling, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Tom Mothersdale (Richard)

Tom’s previous credits for Headlong include The Glass Menagerie (UK Tour), Romeo and Juliet (UK Tour) and Boys (UK Tour).

Other stage credits include Dealing With Clair (Orange Tree); The Woods (Royal Court Theatre); John, Cleansed (National Theatre); Oil (Almeida); Crave, 4.48 Psychosis(Crucible, Sheffield); The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic – Awarded second prize in the Ian Charleson Award 2014); In Lambeth (Southwark Playhouse); King Lear (BAM, NYC, Chichester Festival Theatre); Thursday (Adelaide International Festival); The Revenger’s Tragedy (Independent Productions); Iphigenia, Pride & Prejudice (Theatre Royal, Bath); An Ideal Husband (West End); The Comedy of Errors (Globe) and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (Lyric, Hammersmith).  Film includes Overlord, Unseen, The Rain Collector and Actress.  Television includes Hanna, Philip K Dick’s Electric DreamsThe Hood MakerDoc MartinKing Charles IIIEndeavour and Peaky Blinders.

Stefan Adegbola (Buckingham)

Stefan’s stage credits include Titus Andronicus (RSC); The Convert (Gate); After Independence (Arcola); The Christians (Gate/Traverse); The Merchant of Venice (Globe/UK Tour); Widower’s House (Orange Tree); The Comedy of Errors (Globe); The Epic Adventures of Nhamo (Tricycle) and Othello (Riverside Studios).  Film credits include The Mire.  Television credits include Doctor Who and The Enterprise.

Derbhle Crotty (Elizabeth)

Derbhle’s theatre credits include The Approach (Edinburgh Festival and Tour); Hamlet (Almeida); Afterplay, Juno and The Paycock (Gate, Dublin); Anna Karenina, Sive, Marble (Abbey); The Seagull (Corn Exchange); Druid Shakespeare, The Silver Tassie (Druid); Hecuba, Macbeth (RSC); The Events (ATC) and The Beauty Queen of Leenane(Young Vic). Film credits include Rosie, Citizen Lane, The Merchant of Venice and Notes on a Scandal.  Television credits include Come Home, Paula and The Clinic.

Heledd Gwynn (Hastings/Ratcliffe)

Heledd’s stage credits Henry V (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); Ice Road (Raucous); The Lightning Path (Small World); Windsongs of the Blessed Bay (Theatr Cadair); TI.ME. (Cwmni Pluen & Sherman Cymru); Y Fenyw Ddaeth O’r Mor (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru); A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Wales Theatre Company) and Land of the Dragon (Puppet Soup at the Edinburgh Fringe). Television credits include Holby City, Ordinary Lies, Enid a Lucy, 35 Diwrnod, Amser Maith Yn Ol and Gwaith/Cartef.

Tom Kanji (Clarence/Catesby)

Tom’s theatre credits include The Box of Delights (Wilton’s Music Hall); Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Doctor Scroggy’s War, Eternal Love (Globe); The Country Wife (Chichester Festival Theatre); Taming of the Shrew (US Tour); Fiddler on the Roof, Romeo and Juliet, The Story Giant, The Sum(Liverpool Everyman) and Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing (Barbican). Television credits include Tyrant, Silent Witness, Hustle, Midnight Man and Saddam’s Tribe.

Michael Matus (Edward/Stanley)

Michael’s stage credits include King Lear (Duke of York’s), Broken Glass (Watford Palace), The Wizard of Oz, The Comedy of Errors (Sheffield Crucible), The Frogs (Jermyn Street), The Roman ActorThe Malcontent (RSC/West End) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe). Television credits include Endeavour, A Prince Among Men, EastEnders and Then.  Film credits include The Crying Game and A Muppet Christmas Carol.

Leila Mimmack (Anne/Norfolk)

Leila’s stage credits include The Winter’s Tale (Bolton Octagon), To Kill A Mockingbird (Bolton Octagon), Debris (Southwark Playhouse), A View from The Bridge (Royal Exchange Manchester) and

That Face (Sheffield Theatre).  Television credits include Love, Lies and Records (BBC), Home Fires (ITV), Silent Witness (BBC).  Film credits include Level UpHigh Rise, and Son of God.

Eileen Nicholas (Duchess of York)

Eileen’s stage credits include Midsummer (National Theatre of Scotland); Mary Stuart (Almeida/West End); Del Gesu’s Viola, It’s Only Words (Oran Mor); Every One (BAC); I Didn’t Always Live Here (Finborough); All About My Mother (Old Vic); Buried Child (Gatehouse) and Endgame (Donmar). Film credits include Dead In A Week, The Quiet Ones, Blackwood, Trainspotting, The Bomber and Regeneration.

Caleb Roberts (Richmond/Messenger)

Caleb’s theatre credits include King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End).  Television credits include A Very English Scandal

John Sackville (Henry)

John’s theatre credits include Absolute Hell (National Theatre); An Inspector Calls (UK Tour/National Theatre); OthelloVolpone (RSC); William Wordsworth (English Touring Theatre); The Winslow Boy (Rose, Kingston) and Plunder (Watermill). Television credits include The CrownGeniusEinsteinRoyal Wives at WarHouse of AnubisDark MattersCasualty and The Secret of Crickley Hall. Film credits include MisbehaviourInto the Mirror, The Lost City of Z, The Hoarder, Fossil and The Wedding Date.


Friday 1 March to Saturday 9 March 2019

Bristol Old Vic Theatre


Wednesday 13 March to Sunday 31 March 2019

Alexandra Palace Theatre



Tuesday 2 April to Saturday 13 April 2019

Bristol Old Vic Theatre


Wednesday 24 April to Saturday 27 April 2019

Cambridge Arts Theatre


Tuesday 30 April to Saturday 4 May 2019

HOME Manchester


Tuesday 7 May to Saturday 11 May 2019

Oxford Playhouse


Tuesday 14 May to Saturday 25 May 2019

Royal & Derngate, Northampton


RSC announces 2019 Winter Season

Royal Shakespeare Company

Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, today announced the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) Winter 2019 season which includes the world stage premiere of a new musical adaptation of The Boy in the Dress, based on the best-selling novel by David Walliams with songs by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers. The new musical, directed by Gregory Doran, plays for eighteen weeks in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from November 2019 to March 2020.

David Walliams said: “I’m delighted to be working with the Royal Shakespeare Company to bring this, my first children’s novel, to the stage. It’s now 10 years since The Boy in the Dresswas first published and we’ve come a long way in that time. Ultimately, I wanted to write a story that encouraged people to recognise that difference can be celebrated, that it’s ok to be yourself. I’ve always loved musicals and, somehow, I’d always imagined this book to be made into a musical so to be working with the RSC, Mark Ravenhill and song-writing partners Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers on this new production feels like a dream collaboration.”

Mark Ravenhill said: “I first came across The Boy in the Dress when I was Playwright in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company back in 2012. I remember thinking that it was such a gripping, entertaining and life-affirming story with all the ingredients of a great stage show. The Royal Shakespeare Company has a fantastic track record of producing family shows so when David suggested making his novel into a musical, I thought, let’s go for it! Creating and commissioning new work is very much at the heart of the RSC’s mission, and a musical collaboration of this kind is the perfect celebration of all of that energy, talent and generosity coming together to create, what will hopefully be a really fantastic theatre experience for audiences of all ages.”

 Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers added; “We’re beyond excited to be working with the RSC on our first musical theatre collaboration. We are both big fans of David’s books, so when he approached us about writing the soundtrack to a new musical version of The Boy in the Dressfor the RSC, we were genuinely delighted. There’s a real freshness, cheekiness and heart to David’s writing which we’ve worked really hard to capture in the music. It’s been a really exciting and rewarding journey and we can’t wait to share the show with audiences when it premieres in Stratford-upon-Avon this winter”.

In the Swan Theatre

Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, will curate a new season of work in the Swan Theatre including King John, directed by Eleanor Rhode; A Museum in Baghdad by Hannah Khalil, directed by Erica Whyman in a co-commission with Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre; andThe Whip by Juliet Gilkes Romero which will be directed by Kimberley Sykes.

Gregory Doran said “Continuing our commitment to producing theatre that is relevant to everyone, this season brings together perhaps Shakespeare’s most contemporary of history plays and three new works, each of which – in their own way – channel Shakespeare’s spirit through beautifully crafted storytelling, richness of character and looking in the eye the biggest questions of our time.

 “Building on a successful tradition of new work created by the RSC for Christmas, we open our season with our new musical production of The Boy in the Dress, adapted by Mark Ravenhill, which I will direct. Based on the much-loved children’s novel, this funny and life-affirming storyhas been over six years in the making and features the coming-together of some of the UK’s best-loved creative talent: comic writer and performer, David Walliams, and chart-topping songwriters Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers. It’s a beautifully crafted story about football and fashion, and a passionate celebration of individuality.

 “We are now two thirds of the way through our project to stage every Shakespeare play in the First Folio. For our 25th Shakespeare production in the canon, we welcome emerging talent Eleanor Rhode in her RSC debut directing King John in the Swan Theatre. When I directed this fascinating play in 2001, it was only the fourth time the play had been produced by the RSC in its entire history. Since then, it has been explored much more frequently which surely attests to a growing interest in how the play speaks to our world today.

 “The cross-fertilisation of the classics and new writing has always been part of the RSC and Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman will curate a new season of plays to accompany King John in the Swan Theatre. Together, these plays shine a spotlight on two fascinating – if overlooked – moments in British imperial history: the founding of the nation-state of Iraq and the government bail-out of British slave-owners to secure the Abolition of Slavery Act in 1833. As with all great history plays, Hannah Khalil’s A Museum in Baghdad directed by Erica Whyman and Juliet Gilkes Romero’s The Whip directed by Kimberley Sykes demonstrate a deep respect for telling untold stories, exploring issues of power, responsibility and identity through the lens of a group of remarkable human beings, navigating their own place within a changing world.”

 Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman added;

“As we approach 2019, there’s no way of escaping the fact that we, as a nation, are looking long and hard at our position within the wider world, which is why it feels like an appropriate moment to reflect, not only upon the state of our own nation, but also upon what nationhood means to us today. Like Shakespeare’s King JohnA Museum in Baghdad and The Whip are plays which aren’t afraid to confront big issues and ideas. What does it mean to be a post-imperial nation? Black-British? Middle Eastern British? Fundamentally, this is a season about what it means to be ‘British’ and what responsibility must we take for our past as we embark on an uncertain future.

 “It’s particularly thrilling to have two ambitious, historical works by women performed alongside the epic yet intimate King John in the Swan Theatre. In doing so we are helping to ensure that new writing remains central to what we do and that we continue to channel the inquiring spirit of Shakespeare’s own age through the interrogation of our own history and place in the wider world, in all of its complexity and contradiction”.

 First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

 Building on the success of the 2018 production of The Comedy of Errors, the RSC First Encounters with Shakespeare series continues with a new production of The Merchant of Venice directed and edited by Robin Belfield. The production will open at local schools followed by a week of performances in the Swan Theatre. The production will then embark upon a seven-week tour of schools and regional theatres across England. Adobe will co-present the 2019 tour which, for the first time, will include a digital learning experience through Adobe Spark and Creative Cloud.

For over a decade the RSC has been taking First Encounters productions – edited versions of the plays performed using Shakespeare’s original language – on the road into the heart of communities and they have been enjoyed by over 100,000 people to date.

In collaboration with our Regional Theatre Partners and Associate Schools, this production also sees 24 young actors from the RSC’s Next Generation Company take on the parts of Jessica and Lorenzo, the two young people caught up in a clash between family, money and culture. Next Generation ACT is made up of young people under the age of 18 who show a talent for performance but otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to develop it. Next Generation ACT is a national company with young people drawn from each of the English regions meaning that wherever the production plays, the roles of Jessica and Lorenzo will be taken by young people from that area.

 Live at The RSC: Stand up Comedy

The RSC, in association with Underbelly, brings together some of the biggest names in UK stand-up comedy this Autumn as part of a fortnight of live performance on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.

Underbelly last visited the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 2015 with Comedy Hullabaloo, a five-day festival which saw over 5,000 visitors watch 25 of the UK’s best comedians in iconic and intimate settings across Stratford-upon-Avon.

The programme, which runs from Thurs 12 to Sat 21 September, forms part of Live at the RSC, which offers audiences the best in new music and comedy.

Past events have seen Al Murray, David Baddiel, Jenny Eclair and Russell Kane all taking to the RSC stages.

Further details of acts will be announced in February 2019.



The Boy in the Dress

From the Novel by David Walliams

Book by Mark Ravenhill

Music & Lyrics by Robbie Williams & Guy Chambers

Director Gregory Doran

Designer Robert Jones

Choreographer Aletta Collins

Lighting Mark Henderson

Sound Paul Groothuis

Fri 8 November 2019 – Sun 8 March 2020*

Press night: Wed 27 November 2019, 7pm**


‘I think I might be different. I might not be the same’.

Dennis is twelve years old and his school football team’s star striker.  But when Mum leaves home, life is tough. The only reminder Dennis has of Mum is a photo of her in a beautiful yellow dress.  A dress rather like the one on the cover of Vogue on sale at Raj’s newsagents.  And also a bit like the one that Lisa James, the coolest girl in the school, is sketching in her note book. What do you do if you like both football and dresses?  And what will Mr Hawtrey the headteacher do when he discovers that his strict uniform code has been broken by a boy in a dress?

David Walliams’ heart-warming comedy is brought to the stage for the first time in a musical with all new songs from Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers, book by former RSC playwright in residence Mark Ravenhill and in a production for all the family directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, who will also direct Measure for Measure in Summer 2019.

The Boy in the Dress is supported by RSC Production Circle members Elizabeth Boissevain and Andrew Jeffreys, Charles Holloway and Kathleen J. Yoh.

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams with illustrations by Quentin Blake is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

A relaxed performance of The Boy in the Dress will take place on Thurs 13 February when the ambience of the auditorium and theatre ‘rules’ are relaxed. These performances are ideal for people with learning disabilities or autism, or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. A semi-Integrated BSL Interpreted performance of The Boy in the Dress will take place on Fri 24 January

**Reviews for The Boy in the Dress embargoed until 11.30pm on Thurs 28 November 2019

Live at The RSC: Stand Up Comedy

Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Underbelly

Thurs 12 – Sat 21 September

The RSC, in association with Underbelly, bring together some of the biggest names in UK stand-up comedy in a festival of live performance on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.

Underbelly is a UK based, live entertainment company. Their events and festivals division operates one of the largest operations at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe selling over 291,000 tickets for over 150 shows over 25 days in 2017. This year marks the tenth year of Underbelly on the Southbank with Udderbelly and London Wonderground festivals – already two of the biggest multi-arts offerings in London – joining forces for Underbelly Festival Southbank.

Full programme details to be announced in Spring 2019.


King John by William Shakespeare

Director Eleanor Rhode

Designer Max Johns

Thurs 19 September 2019 – Sat 21 March 2020

Press night: Thurs 26 Sept 2019, 7pm


‘Mad world! mad kings! mad composition!’

Richard the Lionheart is dead. His brother John is King of England. Threatened from all sides by Europe, the English noblemen and even his own family, King John will stop at nothing to keep hold of his crown.

Shakespeare’s rarely performed tale of a nation in turmoil vibrates with modern resonance in this vivid new production by director Eleanor Rhode in her debut at the RSC.

King John will be filmed for later broadcast to cinemas as part of our Live From Stratford-upon-Avon series.

A Museum in Baghdad by Hannah Khalil

Director Erica Whyman

Designer Tom Piper

Lighting Charles Balfour

Music Oguz Kaplangi

Fri 11 October 2019 – Sat 25 January 2020

Press night: Tues 22 October, 7pm


A story of treasured history, desperate choices and the remarkable Gertrude Bell.

In 1926, the nation of Iraq is in its infancy, and British archaeologist Gertrude Bell is founding a museum in Baghdad. In 2006, Ghalia Hussein is attempting to reopen the museum despite the looting during the war.

Collapsing the decades that separate them, these two women seek the same prize: to create a fresh sense of unity and nationhood, to make the world anew through the museum and its treasures. But in such unstable times, questions remain. Who is the museum for? What rights do we have to try and shape someone else’s history? And why does that matter when people are dying? Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman (Romeo and Juliet and Miss Littlewood, 2018) directs this imaginative new play.

A Museum in Bagdad was co-commissioned by the RSC and the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

 The Whip by Juliet Gilkes Romero

 Director Kimberley Sykes

Sat 1 February – Sat 21 March 2020

Press night: Tues 11 February 2020, 7pm


As the 19th Century dawns in London, politicians of all parties come together to abolish the slave trade once and for all. But the price of freedom turns out to be a multi-billion pound bailout for slave owners rather than those enslaved.

As morality and cunning compete amongst men thirsty for power, two women navigate their way to the true seat of political influence, challenging members of parliament who dare deny them their say.

In this provocative new play, directed by Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage, 2017; As You Like It, 2019) the personal collides with the political to ask what is the right thing to do and how much must it cost?
The work of Juliet Gilkes Romero was supported through our collaboration with the University of Birmingham

 First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

 Directed and Edited by Robin Belfield

Mon 30 September – Sat 5 October 2019

Press performance: Thurs 26 September. Time tbc*

The RSC’s First Encounters with Shakespeare production of The Merchant of Venicecontinues the company’s commitment to creating live theatre for young people right in the heart of local communities.

The production, directed and edited by Robin Belfield, will visit the Swan Theatre from Monday 30 September to Saturday 5 October, before touring to schools, regional theatres and local communities with full details to be announced shortly.

*The Merchant of Venice will have its press performance during the afternoon of Thursday 26 September in a Midlands school, giving critics the chance to see it before the evening press performance of King John in the Swan Theatre.

George Perrin and James Grieve announce that they are stepping down as Artistic Directors of Paines Plough

Paines Plough

Ahead of launching their 10th annual programme of new plays on tour, George Perrin and James Grieve have announced that they are stepping down as Artistic Directors of Paines Plough. Since 2010, the pair have produced 45 World Premieres by writers such as Mike Bartlett, Penelope Skinner, James Graham, Sabrina Mahfouz and Vinay Patel, touring them to hundreds of villages, towns and cities across the UK and around the world.

Their playwright development initiative THE BIG ROOM, has launched the careers of a new generation of playwrights including Tom Wells, Kate Tempest and Zia Ahmed.

The pair revitalised small-scale touring whilst at the organisation and launched celebrated initiatives like Open Auditions to ensure that Paines Plough meets actors from all backgrounds across the whole of the UK.

In 2014, Perrin and Grieve built their own pop-up theatre ROUNDABOUT for Paines Plough to reach those communities least engaged with the arts, a pop-up space which is now recognised as a fixture of touring theatre across the country.

George Perrin and James Grieve said: “We are honoured to have been the custodians of this essential organisation and are proud to now pass it on to a new generation of artists and producers. It’s been a joy to travel the country and traverse the globe bringing the best new British plays to the doorsteps of our audiences. We’ll leave as we arrived: die-hard fans of the best new writing touring company in the world.”

Kim Grant, Chair of the Paines Plough Board of Trustees, said: “George and James have led Paines Plough through nine years of outstanding achievement, unrelenting progress and unforgettable theatre experiences for audiences across the UK. Throughout their stewardship the company has remained true to its roots as the leading national touring theatre company for new plays and with ROUNDABOUT now firmly established as a unique and sophisticated flexible  pop-up theatre space, they leave us and their successors a wonderful legacy.”

Programme 2019 will be announced later this week. James and George will leave Paines Plough in the summer to pursue new projects.

The board of Paines Plough will begin their search for new artistic leadership in February.

World Premiere of David Mamet’s Bitter Wheat to open in June in West End starring John Malkovich

The multi award-winning John Malkovich returns to the West End stage after nearly 30 years to play Barney Fein, a top dog Hollywood producer in Bitter Wheata new play by the legendary author, director and playwright David Mamet.  It will preview at the Garrick Theatre on Friday 7 June 2019 with a press night on Wednesday 19 June 2019 and will be directed by Mamet.

Malkovich, one of the world’s most revered actors, is best known for his many films including Dangerous LiaisonsBeing John MalkovichCon Air andMulholland Drive. He recently received widespread critical acclaim playing Hercule Poirot in a new BBC TV Agatha Christie adaptation.

The Pulitzer prize winning David Mamet has written some of the most iconic plays of the last 50 years including Sexual Perversity in Chicago, American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, and Oleanna.

 Doon Mackichan, who is well known for her extensive TV work which includes creating and starring in the hit comedy series Smack the Pony for Channel 4, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, Plebs for ITV2 and Two Doors Down for the BBC, will play Barney Fein’s assistant, Sondra.

Ioanna Kimbook will make her debut theatre performance in Bitter Wheat as Yung Kim Li. Further casting is to be announced.

 Hollywood is a hell hole.

Everything in Hollywood is for sale except the awards, which are for rent.

Bitter Wheat is a play about a depraved Hollywood mogul. It rips the pashmina off the suppurating wound which is show business, and leaves us better human beings, and fitter to once more confront the horror of life.

 Our hero, Barney Fein, is a bloated monster- a studio head, who, like his predecessor, the minotaur, devours the young he has lured to his cave.

 His fall from power to shame is a mythic journey which has been compared to The Odyssey by people who claim to have read that book.

 A new play starring John Malkovich, written and directed by David Mamet in a good mood.

 Funnier than The Iceman Cometh, more chaos than Richard III, and without all the stupid, so-called ‘poetry’.

Money, sex, power, you only need one of them to see Bitter Wheat – at the Garrick.

Joining Mamet on the creative team are designer Christopher Oram and lighting designer Neil Austin.

Bitter Wheat is produced by Jeffrey Richards and Smith & Brant Theatricals.

Casting update for Sheffield Theatres’ 2019 season

Robert Hastie

Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie today announced the full casts for the debbie tucker green’s hang; and the world première of his production of the new musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge with music and lyrics by Richard Hawley and book by Chris Bush.

For hangTaio Lawson directs Diveen Henry (Three), Marianne Oldham (One) and Sid Sagar (Two). The production opens on 26 February, with previews from 21 February, and runs until 9 March.

For Standing at the Sky’s EdgeRobert Hastie directs Darragh CowleyNicole DeonLouis GauntAdam HugillRobert LonsdaleFela LufadejuMaimuna MemonJohanne MurdockDamian MyerscoughAlastair NatkielFaith OmoleDeborah TraceyRachael Wooding and Alex Young.          The production opens on 20 March, with previews from 15 March, and runs until 6 April.


A Sheffield Theatres Production


By debbie tucker green

 21 February – 9 March 2019

Press night: 26 February, 7.45pm

Cast: Diveen Henry (Three), Marianne Oldham (One) and Sid Sagar (Two)

Director: Taio Lawson; Designer: Rosanna Vize; Movement Director: Jenny Ogilvie; Lighting Director: Andy Purves; Sound Designer: Dan Balfour; Casting Director:Karishma Balani

‘You want to know my decision’

Nearly now; in a Britain with a radically altered legal system, a woman has made her choice. As the victim of a serious crime, she is in control of the perpetrator’s fate.

Searing and darkly humorous, hang explores morality and a sense of justice through the lens of one victim’s decision.

 debbie tucker green is a writer-director and works across theatre, television and film. Her theatre credits include a profoundly affectionate passionate devotion to someone (-noun)hangtruth and reconciliation and random (Royal Court), nut (National Theatre) and generations (Young Vic). The film version of random, which she adapted from her stage play and directed for Channel 4, won the BAFTA for Best Single Drama in 2012. Debbie’s first feature film Second Coming won the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015 Big Screen Award and was BAFTA nominated. She has written and directed several radio plays including an adaptation of Assata Shakur’s biography Assata Shakur – the FBI’s Most Wanted Woman, as well as original work including lament – winner of a gold ARIAS award, gone and freefall.

Diveen Henry plays Three. Her theatre work includes Hamlet (Barbican), Cape (Unicorn Theatre), Helen (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night(RSC), Guts, Sunburn, Out of It, Trying It On, The Carnival King, Stories of War, Get Away from Me (Royal Court Theatre) and The Darker Face of Earth (National Theatre). For television, her work includes Temple, Death in Paradise, Bliss, No Offence, Apple Tree Yard, From the Cradle to the Grave, Dumping Ground, Count Arthur Strong, Coming Up, Misfits and Luther; and for film, Dreams of a Life, London River, Hell’s Pavement and Grown Your Own.

 Marianne Oldham plays One. Her theatre work includes A Monster Calls, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (The Old Vic), The Argument (Hampstead Theatre),The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Chichester Festival Theatre), Sons Without Fathers (Arcola Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry), You Can Still Make a Killing(Southwark Playhouse) and The Real Thing (ETT). For television, her work includes A Very English Scandal, The Living and The Dead, Life in Squares, Obsession, The Musketeers and The Crimson Field; and for film, Finding Your Feet, Absolutely Anything, Silent Girl and Titus.

Sid Sagar plays Two. His theatre credits include White Teeth, The Invisible Hand (Kiln Theatre), Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre), Queen Anne (RSC/Theatre Royal Haymarket), The TempestCymbelineThe OresteiaThe Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), Treasure (Finborough Theatre), The History Boys (UK tour), True Brits(HighTide/Edinburgh/Bush Theatre), and Eternal Love  (Shakespeare’s Globe & English Touring Theatre). His television work includes Press, Strike: Career of Evil, The Hollow Crown and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies; and for film, Eaten By Troll, Murder on the Orient Express, Karma Magnet.

Taio Lawson directs. He is Resident Assistant Director at Sheffield Theatres (part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme). For Sheffield Theatres, Assistant Director credits include Love and Information, Frost/Nixon, The Wizard of Oz and Desire Under The Elms. As Director credits include How To Make Love To A Muslim Without Freaking Out (Rehearsed Reading, Bush Theatre), Face in a Jar (St Paul’s Furzedown Church/Rhoda McGaw Theatre), What We Are, 90’s Kid (ETC Theatre), Gutted ‘n’ Battered(UK/International Tour) and Sexy Buff Ting (Cockpit Theatre). As Assistant Director credits include Life of Galileo, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead (Young Vic), OIL, They Drink It in the Congo (Almeida Theatre), Octagon (Arcola Theatre) and Perseverance Drive (Bush Theatre). Lawson is also a patron for COMMON which is a non-profit arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and make theatre more accessible to the working-class; whether they be artists, audiences or communities.


A Sheffield Theatres Production

World Première


Music and Lyrics by Richard Hawley

Book by Chris Bush

15 March – 6 April

Press night: 20 March, 7pm

Cast: Darragh CowleyNicole DeonLouis GauntAdam HugillRobert LonsdaleFela LufadejuMaimuna MemonJohanne MurdockDamian MyerscoughAlastair NatkielFaith OmoleDeborah TraceyRachael Wooding, and Alex Young.

Director: Robert Hastie; Designer: Ben Stones; Choreographer: Lynne Page

Musical Supervisor: Tom Deering; Musical Director: Will Stuart; Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson

Sound Designer: Simon Baker; Casting Director: Stuart Burt CDG

“Tonight the streets are ours”

Park Hill. To the dreamers who designed it, it’s a streets-in-the-sky paradise for the workers of a great city. To successive governments, it’s a symbol of everything they’d rather ignore. To the people who live there, it’s home. With a soaring score combining new and classic songs by Richard Hawley, Standing at the Sky’s Edge tells the story of three families through 60 turbulent years in a heart-swelling, heart-breaking love song to Park Hill, Sheffield’s concrete utopia, where there’s ‘hope hung on every washing line’.

Richard Hawley is synonymous with his native city of Sheffield. He has released eight studio albums over the last 16 years with two being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. He is also a Brit nominee and received a South Bank award in 2007. Over the years Richard has become as well known for his guitar playing as his singing and has dueted with Tom Jones, Nancy Sinatra and Shirley Bassey, and also having played with Arctic Monkeys, Elbow, Paul Weller, Manic Street Preachers and Pulp, the band he played guitar with for a number of years. Best known for his mix of classic songwriting, soothing vocals and northern grit realism, Richard is something of a unique artist in British popular music; being able to cross boundaries from one musical style to another whilst keeping intact his own strong identity.

Chris Bush is a Sheffield-born playwright, lyricist and theatre-maker. For Sheffield Theatres, her credits include Steel, What We Wished For, A Dream and The Sheffield Mysteries. Other work includes Pericles (National Theatre) and The Changing Room (NT Connections 2018) The Assassination of Katie Hopkins (Theatre Clwyd – Best Musical UK Theatre Awards), A Declaration from the People (National Theatre), Larksong (New Vic Theatre), Cards on the Table (Royal Exchange Manchester), ODD (Royal & Derngate concert performance), Sleight & Hand (Summerhall and BBC Arts), TONY! The Blair Musical (York Theatre Royal and UK tour), Poking the Bear (Theatre503) andWolf (National Theatre Studio reading).

Darragh Cowley plays Gary. Cowley graduated from Guildford School of Acting in 2018. His theatre credits include Spring Awakening (Hope Mill Theatre) and Snow White(London Palladium).

 Nicole Deon plays Connie. Her theatre work includes Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre), The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium and UK tour) and Mack and Mabel (Chichester Festival Theatre and UK tour).

 Louis Gaunt returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Kevin  – he previously appeared in Kiss Me, Kate. His theatre work includes Oklahoma! (Grange Park Opera – The Stage Debut Award for Best Actor in a Musical), Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse) and Dick Whittington (London Palladium). For television, his work includes Strictly Come Dancing and The Entire Universe.


Adam Hugill plays Jimmy. He recently graduated from LAMDA and this marks his professional stage debut. His television work includes Pennyworth and World on Fire; and for film, How To Stop a Recurring Dream and The Banishing.


Robert Lonsdale plays Harry. For theatre his credits include A Lie of the Mind (Southwark Playhouse), Plaques and Tangles, Open Court: Piigs and Brilliant Adventures (Royal Court Theatre), Another Place (Plymouth Theatre Royal), From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), A Life (Finborough Theatre), Anna Christie (Donmar Warehouse), Finding Neverland (Curve, Leicester), La Bete (Harold Pinter Theatre) and The Indian Wants the Bronx (Young Vic). For television his credits include Vera, Chewing Gum, Love Sick, The Interceptor, Lost Christmas, A Passionate Woman, Plus One and Decisions; and for film, The Glass House.


Fela Lufadeju plays George. His theatre work includes Guys and Dolls (Manchester Royal Exchange), Room (Theatre Royal Stratford East and Abbey Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Birmingham Rep and Curve Leicester), Beautiful (Aldwych Theatre) and Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios).

 Maimuna Memon plays Nikki. Her theatre work includes Into the Woods (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Busker’s Opera (Park Theatre), Lazarus (King’s Cross Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and The Assassination of Katie Hopkins (Theatr Clywd). Most recently she performed in, and composed the score and lyrics for, Electrolyte (Edinburgh Fringe and forthcoming UK tour).

 Johanne Murdock plays Vivienne. For theatre, her credits include Leave to Remain (Lyric Hammersmith), King Lear (Duke Of York’s Theatre), Toy Boy Diaries (Hope Mill Theatre), Duffy Beats The Devil (Acorn Theatre, Penzance), The Other Shakespeare (Anne Hathaway’s House and Oxford), Julius Caesar, Wind In The Willows, Taming Of The Shrew, Macbeth, Long Live, Richard III, Merry Wives Of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet (Guildford Shakespeare Company) and The Comedy Of Errors (The Globe on Tour). For television, her work includes Hollyoaks, Holby City, EastEnders and Obsession Dark Desires; and for film, My Mother, Postcards From London, Being and Kayleigh’s Love Story.

 Damian Myerscough plays Charles, Trevor, Seb, Workman. For theatre, his work includes Romeo and Juliet (HOME Manchester), A Bunch of Amateurs (The Watermill Theatre), Mamma Mia! (international tour), A View From the Bridge (Bolton Octagon), The Play What I Wrote, Arsenic and Old Lace (UK tours), Driving Miss Daisy (Oldham Coliseum) and Night Swimming, A Christmas Carol, Oedipus, Treasure Island, The Tempest, Abigail’s Party and The Count of Monte Cristo (Nuffield Southampton Theatres). For television, his work includes PhoneShop, Missing, Gunpowder Plot, Ivanhoe and Out of the Blue; and for film, Charlotte Gray, Jeremiah and The Man Who Knew Too Little.

 Alastair Natkiel plays Marcus. For theatre, his work includes Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre), Strangers on a Train (Gielgud Theatre),Shrek the Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Go Between (Trafalgar Studios), After the Blue (Jermyn Street Theatre), and Closer than Ever, Early Birds and Our Boys(Edinburgh Fringe). For television, his work includes Line of Duty and The Marchioness Disaster; and for film, Mad to be Normal and The Innocent.

 Faith Omole plays Joy. Her theatre work includes An Ideal Husband (Classic Spring Theatre Company at the Vaudeville Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith), Bushmeat (HighTide), Twelfth Night (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange) and Walk in the Light (National Theatre). For television, her work includes Endeavour; and for film, Dumpee and He Loves Me.

 Deborah Tracey plays Grace.  Her theatre work includes Red5, Alice’s Adventures Underground (Les Enfants Terribles), Fever (Birmingham Rep), A Mad World My Masters(RSC), The Last Women (Belgrade Theatre Coventry), as well as writing and performing in her own work Death of a Beauty Saleswoman and Fades, Braids and Keeping It Real. Her television work includes Obsession and Fee Fi Fo… Yum; and for film, Absolutely Fabulous and Patient Zero.

Rachael Wooding returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Rose – she previously appeared in A Chorus Line and My Father’s Son. For theatre her work includes Fat Friends the Musical, Wonderland, Evita, Footloose (UK tours), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Street of Dreams (Manchester Arena), Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre), Bright Lights, Big City (Hoxton Hall), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre), Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Theatre) and Fame (Aldwych Theatre). For television, her work includesGirlfriends; and she was a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent in 2016.

Alex Young returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Poppy – she previously appeared in Show Boat (also New London Theatre) and Anything Goes (also UK tour). Her other theatre work includes Me and My Girl (Chichester Festival Theatre), Follies (National Theatre), Carousel (ENO), Promises Promises (Southwark Playhouse), Bette Midler and Me (The Gilded Balloon), I Can’t Sing (London Palladium) and High Society (UK tour).

Robert Hastie’s recent productions as Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The York Realist (co-production with the Donmar Warehouse – Evening Standard Theatre Award nomination for Best Director), The Wizard of OzOf Kith and Kin (co-production with Bush Theatre) and Julius Caesar. Previous directing credits include Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe), Breaking the Code (Royal Exchange Manchester), Henry V (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof(Theatr Clwyd). As an Associate Director of the Donmar Warehouse, his work includes My Night with Reg by Kevin Elyot (Donmar Warehouse/West End – Best Newcomer nomination at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, and Best Revival nomination at the Olivier Awards) and Splendour by Abi Morgan. His other directing credits include Carthage and Events While Guarding The Bofors Gun (Finborough Theatre), Sunburst (Holborn Grange Hotel), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre) and A Breakfast of Eels (Print Room).