Dance Umbrella announces further line-up for Festival 2019

Dance Umbrella

London’s international festival of contemporary dance takes place across the capital from     8 – 27 October 2019.

 Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella, introduces the programme ‘Dance Umbrella is on the move.  This year we will be reaching audiences right across the capital, travelling to more locations than ever before with performances made by choreographers hailing from Africa, Australia, USA and of course Europe. Imagination is the force that makes change possible, and as creators, inventors, thinkers and dreamers they have things to share with all of us. Roll on October.’

 Oona Doherty (Northern Ireland) is DU19’s Featured Artist. She will be presenting London premieres of two works, curating one of three afternoons of short dance films at the Barbican and creating work with girls as part of DU’s Access Croydon programme.

 Hard to be Soft – London Premiere

Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall: Friday 11 October 8pm

Having picked up awards at Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Oona Doherty makes her London debut at Dance Umbrella with her searing evocation of the city streets of Belfast. Hard to be Soft unfolds over four distinct verses and, in a tender tribute, weaves everyday stories into a tapestry of mesmerising movement, religious iconography and haunting sound by DJ David Holmes.  Doherty’s unpredictable style and unique way of structuring her work, together with her knack for confounding conventions, has made her stand out as a highly original talent whose work is charged with raw physicality and poetic desire.

Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Southbank Centre

 Hope Hunt & The Ascension into Lazarus – London Premiere

The Yard: Monday 14 – Wednesday 16 October 7.30pm

Oona Doherty’s solo performance is bursting with fury, swagger and humanity.  Hope Hunt shatters facades, dismantles stereotypes and finds beauty on the periphery. Doherty adopts multiple personas of disaffected male youth – too often disregarded and stigmatised – and channels aggression, humour, hedonism, joy and despair in quick-fire succession.

Fragmented and meticulously detailed, her intuitive social portrait vibrates with blistering physical and vocal energy. Gestures, words and utterances combine in a wholly distinctive body language, contorting ideas of masculinity and morality. Doherty invites audiences to look behind the mask of ego and affectation.

Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with The Yard

Gregory Maqoma (South Africa)Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero – UK Premiere

Barbican: Thursday 17 –Saturday 19 October 7.45pm

A rousing dance theatre work, Cion transfixes us with choreography of rhythmic dexterity and ecstatic intensity to the sounds of a live South African choir.

Making his third Dance Umbrella appearance since 2015, celebrated dancer and choreographer Gregory Maqoma is Toloki – a paid mourner confronting a world in which greed, power and religious ideology lead so often to the normalisation of needless death and loss. Inspired by the protagonist from South African author Zakes Mda’s stories, this physical lamentation unfolds to the musical motif of Ravel’s Bolero, reinterpreted here through stirring song and percussion by four traditional vocalists joined onstage by eight gifted artists from Vuyani Dance Theatre.

Maqoma, who sees art as a commentary on how we treat others, created this soaring piece as a response to contemporary political events in his own country and globally.

Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with the Barbican

Mythili Prakash (USA) Here and Now – World Premiere


Fairfield Halls: Friday 18 October 7.30pm

Selected by Akram Khan as his ‘choreographer for the future’ as part of DU’s 40th anniversary commissioning initiative Four by Four, LA-based Mythili Prakash presents a world premiere as part of DU’s takeover of Croydon’s gleamingly refurbished Fairfield Halls for a captivating start to the weekend’s events. Classically trained in the Indian dance form Bharata Natyam, Mythili’s first contemporary work features live percussive and vocal accompaniment with lighting by Guy Hoare.

Fairfield Takeover is the latest and largest scale phase of DU’s ongoing relationship with Croydon and the full weekend programme will be announced in May.

Commissioned by Dance Umbrella

Produced and presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Fairfield Halls

Supported by Croydon Council

Philippe Saire (Switzerland) Hocus Pocus – London Premiere

Various London venues 11 – 26 October – see listings for full details.

For DU19’s London Orbital Tour, Lausanne-based choreographer Philippe Saire directs a dreamlike spectacle, with dance, theatre and stage trickery set to music from Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Igniting the imaginations of children aged six+, this international hit features two awesomely dextrous performers, vivid costumes and eerie props. Voyage into the unknown with this bewitching gem of a family show, in which gravity dissolves, bodies bravely contort and optical illusions conjure other worlds.

A Dance Umbrella Orbital Tour in partnership with artsdepot, Fairfield Halls, Stratford Circus Arts Centre, The Albany, The Place and Watermans

Presented at the Barbican Cinema, Dance Umbrella Sunday Shorts brings three mixed bills of choreographically inspired films curated by DU19 featured artist Oona Doherty, Out of the System curator Freddie Opoku-Addaie and Independent Dance Co-Director Gitta Wigro to the big screen.

Dance Umbrella: Sunday Shorts 1 – Oona Doherty

Barbican Cinema: Sunday 13 October 3.30pm                                                         

 Dance Umbrella: Sunday Shorts 2 – Freddie Opoku-Addaie

Barbican Cinema: Sunday 20 October 3.30pm

Dance Umbrella: Sunday Shorts 3 – Gitta Wigro

Barbican Cinema: Sunday 27 October 3.30pm

Curated by Dance Umbrella, presented in partnership with Barbican Cinema

Dance Umbrella Lecture: The Role of the Artist in Cultural Democracy

Francois Matarasso (France) in conversation with Lyn Gardner

National Theatre, Cottesloe Room: Wednesday 9 October 5pm

Community artist, writer and researcher, François Matarasso is a firm believer in the positive outcomes of people’s participation in art and he continues to combine community arts practice with research and consultancy all over the world.  His latest book A Restless Art, How participation won and why it matters, was published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2019;

A Dance Umbrella event in partnership with the National Theatre
Supported by One Dance UK

Previously Announced

 Gisèle Vienne (France) – Crowd – UK Premiere                               

Sadler’s Wells: Tuesday 8 – Wednesday 9 October 7.30pm

Supported by the Institut Français as part of FranceDance UK

Four by Four Commission: Georgia Vardarou (Greece) – Why Should It Be More Desirable… – World Premiere

Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells: Wednesday 23 – Thursday 24 October at 8pm

A Dance Umbrella Commission

Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Sadler’s Wells


Casting announced for Crooked Dances, a new play by Robin French at The RSC’s The Other Place

Royal Shakespeare Company

Casting is announced for the world premiere of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Crooked Dances, a bold new work by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Robin French, directed by Elizabeth Freestone. This compelling new play examines music, time and attention in our modern digital age.

The production will run from Thursday 20 June to Saturday 13 July in the Studio Theatre at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, which, since its re-opening in 2016, has been home to new commissions by some of today’s most exciting theatre-makers.

Journalist Katy is desperate for her big break, and an interview in Paris with world famous concert pianist Silvia de Zingaro looks like just her chance.

 But the odds are against her. After a disastrous interview, Katy feels certain there’s a bigger story there than meets the eye. She hunts for clues, finding Silvia has a collection of mystical books and an apparent fixation with composer Erik Satie. Just as Katy’s hope begins to fade, a mysterious night-time encounter with the pianist may well give her the scoop she’s looking for…

 Making their RSC debuts in the roles of concert pianist, Silvia de Zingaro and the journalist, Katy Porlock, are, respectively, Ruth Lass and Jeany Spark.  Ruth’s credits include Equus (English Touring Theatre), Great Apes (Arcola) and A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Hull Truck). Her TV work includes Silent Witness (BBC) and Houdini and Doyle (ITV). Jeany’s credits include Skylight (Theatr Clywd) and Battleface (Bush Theatre); and on screen Collateral (BBC), Linda Wallander in Wallander(BBC), and Emma Lipsey in Man Down (Channel 4).

 Ben Onwukwe returns to the RSC to play Denis Zann, Silvia’s manager.  Ben’s RSC credits includeDays of Significance, Pericles and The Winter’s Tale.  Other theatre credits include New Nigerians(Arcola), The Treatment (Almeida) and The Shawshank Redemption (Tour).  Television work includes:Safe (Netflix), Marcella (ITV) and EastEnders (BBC).

Olly Mott plays Photographer, Nick Sobers.  His theatre credits include Milked (Soho Theatre), Almost Near (Finborough Theatre) and a season at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.  He has worked for the BBC on EastEnders and DoctorsCrooked Dances is his RSC debut.

Playwright Robin French said “Having felt ready to write a new play, I approached the RSC, knowing that Head of Literary Pippa Hill has an extraordinary talent for unlocking writers. Sure enough, the first inspiration for the play came. I was on a train, listening to a playlist on Spotify. When I heard Erik Satie’s ‘Crooked Dances’ for the first time, I felt a strong intuition that that was where the treasure was buried. The play that evolved melds my fascination with Satie’s music with the preoccupations of our 21st Century digital society. I’m delighted to be working with the brilliant director Elizabeth Freestone on this, my first commission with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and I can’t wait to share it with audiences.”

 Director Elizabeth Freestone added, From reading the first few lines in Robin’s play, I was hooked. He creates a funny, vivid and spell-binding atmosphere as the extraordinary story of Silvia’s life unfolds. Nothing you are told is quite as straightforward as it seems, and nothing you see is quite what you expect. It’s a fantastic challenge to realise the ideas and images Robin is exploring – the power of music, the nature of time, the fragility of real human connection. Directing such a powerful and provocative new play for the RSC’s iconic The Other Place is an exciting prospect. We’ll be using projection, live music and possibly a few surprises to create a full and theatrical experience for the audience.”

Robin French is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His hit sitcom Cuckoo, written with long-term collaborator Kieron Quirke and starring Greg Davies was BBC3’s most-watched comedy launch and went on to gain a repeat run on BBC1 as well as nominations at BAFTA and the British Comedy Awards.

Robin’s first play, Bear Hug, won the Royal Court Young Writer’s Festival and was produced at the Royal Court in 2004, where it earned an extended run. He is a writer in residence for The Birmingham Rep, and under commission to the RSC. His film Crocodile won awards at Cannes, Encounters, and Guanajuato festival in Mexico, and was BIFA nominated for Best British short. Robin is currently writing a feature film about David Bowie and Iggy Pop, as well as developing new drama projects for television.

Elizabeth Freestone is a freelance director whose previous credits include Endless Light(Kali/Southwark Playhouse); The Duchess of Malfi, Dr Faustus, The School for Scandal, Volpone(Greenwich Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Water Harvest (Theatre503) andLeft On Church Street (Bridewell).

Previous productions for the RSC include The Rape of LucreceHere Lies Mary SpindlerThe Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes and The Comedy of Errors. She was the Associate Director for A Caucasian Chalk Circle at the National and was an assistant director at the Royal Court, Soho and Hampstead. Elizabeth was Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre from 2012 to 2017, for whom she directed Slow Dusk by Rory Mullarkey, In This Place by Frances Brett and Lydia Adetunji, This Same England with Lorraine Stanley,Stand Up Diggers All by Phil Porter and The Hay Play by Nell Leyshon.

Crooked Dances is designed by Basia Bińkowska; Lighting by Lauren Watson; Music and Sound by Max Pappenheim; and Dramaturg, Pippa Hill.


More2Screen brings the magic of Shakespeare’s Globe to cinema screens nationwide with the live broadcast of The Merry Wives of Windsor

More2Screen has announced that the Shakespeare’s Globe production of the hilarious The Merry Wives of Windsor will be broadcast live to over 325 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Thursday 20 June 2019 at 7.20pm. The production stars Bryony Hannah as Mistress Ford, best-known from BBC One’s Call the Midwife.

The live broadcast from Shakespeare’s Globe will transport the cinema audience into the ‘Wooden O’, the building for which Shakespeare wrote his plays. It is believed that The Merry Wives of Windsor was written on the request of Elizabeth I, who loved Falstaff in Henry IV so much that she asked Shakespeare to write a play about the disreputable knight falling in love. Directed by Elle While, this new production will be staged with a vibrant background of 1930s and Elizabethan design created by Charlie Cridlan.

Director Elle While said: “Our madcap The Merry Wives of Windsor has everything from mischief and disguises, to lust and love, with lots of hilarity in between. The sumptuous design will include living plants, bringing the natural world into the Globe. We are thrilled to be sharing our uproarious show across the nation this summer, bringing the magic of Shakespeare’s Globe live to cinema screens.”

Bryony Hannah, a familiar face from her role as Cynthia Miller in BBC One’s Call the Midwife, will play Mistress Ford. Bryony’s recent credits include The Children’s Hour (Comedy Theatre), for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, Blurred LinesEarthquakes in London (National Theatre), Unforgotten (ITV), and Cemetery Junction.

Pearce Quigley will play Falstaff. A regular at the Globe since 2011, Pearce has appeared in productions including As You Like It, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His other recent theatre credits include Simon Godwin’s The Beaux’ Stratagem (National Theatre) and The Wolf From the Door (Royal Court).

The full cast includes Hedydd Dylan, Sarah Finigan, Bryony Hannah, Richard Katz, Joshua Lacey, Forbes Masson, Anne Odeke, Jude Owusu, Pearce Quigley, Anita Reynolds, Boadicea Ricketts, Dickon Tyrrell and Zach Wyatt.

Paines Plough announces full tour dates for Zia Ahmed’s debut play I Wanna Be Yours

Paines Plough

Paines Plough and Tamasha have today announced the full UK tour dates for I WANNA BE YOURS. A tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you’ve got, I WANNA BE YOURS is the debut play from London Laureate and Roundhouse Poetry Slam Champion Zia Ahmed. In partnership with Tamasha and directed by former Paines Plough trainee director Anna Himali Howard, the play will tour to Canada Water, Barking, Luton, Whitehaven, Liverpool, Lyme Regis, Ventnor, Brighton, Bracknell, St Albans, Havant, Peterborough, Canterbury, Bordon, Tunbridge Wells, Guildford, Bolton, Middlesbrough, Banbury, Bromsgrove, Derby, Beverley, Doncaster, Maidenhead, Norwich, Lincoln, Manchester, Preston, Washington, Selby, Halifax and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Ella is from Yorkshire. Haseeb is from London. They order a pizza. House red for Ella. Hot chocolate for Haseeb.

“I think I’m falling in love with you.”

People and playlists. Christmas and Eid. Travelcards and Megabuses. London to Leeds. 

Love is more than just a game for two. Especially when there’s an elephant in the room. 

Zia is from North West London. He is a London Laureate, having been shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate for London 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion. Zia was Paines Plough’s Channel 4 Playwright in Residence 2016/2017.

Anna is a director and theatremaker. She was Paines Plough’s Trainee Director in 2016. She is also an Alumni Artist at the Gate Theatre and an alumnus of the Birmingham REP Foundry.

Her work as a Director includes A SMALL PLACE by Jamaica Kincaid (Gate Theatre), ALBATROSS by Isley Lynn for NEW (RWCMD/Paines Plough/Gate Theatre), LIFE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER by Demi Nandhra (Birmingham REP/mac Birmingham), 20B by Jane English (Birmingham REP/CPT).   As a theatremaker work includes MAHABHARAT/A by Anna Himali Howard and Zarina Muhammad (Camden People’s Theatre), THE BEANFIELD by Breach Theatre (New Diorama, National tour 2016).   Anna was Associate Director on FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Drywrite/Soho Theatre international tour) and Assistant Director on OTHELLO, directed by Ellen McDougall (Shakespeare’s Globe) and IN THE NIGHT TIME (Before the Sun Rises) by Nina Segal, directed by Ben Kidd (Gate Theatre).

I WANNA BE YOURS was developed with support from the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.


National Theatre announces new exhibition RONAN MCKENZIE: PHOTOGRAPHS

Ronan McKenzie: Photographs

Inspired by Andrea Levy’s Small Island and Helen Edmundson’s adaption for the National Theatre, photographer Ronan McKenziehas been commissioned by the National Theatre to respond to the post war journeys undertaken by Caribbean men and women between 1948 -1971. Photographed in Leigh-on-Sea on the shores of the Thames estuary, McKenzie’s documentary style images subtly connect ideas of seascapes, water, arrivals and new beginnings to Levy’s Small Island.

Ronan McKenzie said: “For me this series represents the multiplicity and diversity in experiences of Caribbean immigrants, that begun in 1948 with the arrival of the Empire Windrush. Both being islands, The Caribbean and United Kingdom are linked by water, which inspired the artistic direction for the series. Similarly, immigration and personal journeys are sentiments that many people can relate to on a number of levels, and the clusters of people within my images aim to depict the connection between many of these stories.”

Curated by Natasha Bonnelame, the exhibition takes water as a central theme reflected not only in terms of the location but also in the colour of the textiles and the intricate finger waves of the hairstyles. Beautifully crafted shots of individuals are grouped with images of the collective, an important and significant detail in the development of the African Caribbean experience in the UK. The subjects in the photographs are all theatre makers living in or around London today.

Natasha Bonnelame said: “The majority of Windrush images are of young men, but women were there too. They were defiant and purposeful. We see this in Andrea Levy’s Small Island and Ronan McKenzie’s considered and arresting images centre the women in the collective. This is both important and necessary.”

Related Talks and Events

Caribbean Women’s Diaspora: Calling the West Indies Sat 18 May 2019, 2pm

The Stuart Hall Project (film screening) Mon 20 May 2019, 6.30pm

A New Beacon: Caribbean Artists Movement Thu 23 May 2019, 6.30pm

Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical announced as 2019 Liverpool Playhouse Christmas production

Miracle on 34th Street
  • Gemma Bodinetz to direct musical based on the classic Christmas film
  • Runs from 7 December to 4 January 2019
  • Features classic Christmas songs including It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • Tickets are priced at £10-£40 and on sale from 12pm on Monday 29 April

 To mark exactly eight months until Christmas Day, the Playhouse have announced magical musical Miracle on 34th Street as their 2019 festive production.

Directed by Everyman & Playhouse artistic director Gemma Bodinetz, Meredith Willson’s adaptation for the stage is based on the 1947 film written by George Seaton that was re-made for screen in 1994.

Featuring timeless festive songs like It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like ChristmasMiracle on 34th Street: The Musical is a twinkling seasonal treat for the whole family.

In a bustling New York, six-year-old Susan and her mother celebrate a Christmas of common sense. No whispers, no secrets, just cold hard facts wrapped in paper destined for the bin.

As the city’s cash tills ring out their money-making chimes and shoppers join a race that lasts from Thanksgiving until New Year, an old bearded gentleman turns their rational world – and the city’s cut-throat commercial spirit – upside down.

Gemma Bodinetz, artistic director at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, said: “Over my years as artistic director I have really loved directing musicals and we have discovered our audiences really enjoy watching them.

“This year at the Playhouse we are celebrating Christmas with sparkle, song and Santa with the festive favourite Miracle on 34th Street. I can’t wait to bring a little magic to Liverpool with a show that I think will delight the whole family.”

As part of their Christmas celebrations, the Playhouse will be working closely with Radio City and other partners to bring a little magic to the city centre this Christmas.

 Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical runs from 7 December 2019 to 4 January 2020. Tickets are on sale from 12pm on Monday 29 April and prices range from £10 to £40. Discounted tickets for people under 26 are also available via our Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) membership scheme.

 Once again the Playhouse’s Christmas production will have British Sign Language, captioned and audio described performances. The production will also include an autism friendly/relaxed performance.

 For more information visit or call Box Office on 0151 709 4776.


Latest casting for Festival 2019 at Chichester Festival Theatre

Hedda Tesman

Haydn Gwynne will play the title role in Hedda Tesman

 In Plenty, Rory Keenan plays Raymond Brock opposite Rachael Stirling as Susan Traherne, with Anthony Calf and Yolanda Kettle also joining the company

 Bronté Barbé, Isaac Gryn, Emmanuel Kojo and Scott Karim join the company of Oklahoma!

 Denise Black and Matthew Cottle among the full cast confirmed for The Deep Blue Sea

Further casting is announced today for Festival 2019 at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Haydn Gwynne will make her Chichester debut in the title role of HEDDA TESMAN by Cordelia Lynn, after Henrik Ibsen. Holly Race Roughan directs this co-production with Headlong and The Lowry, running at the Minerva Theatre from 30 August – 28 September.

Among Haydn Gwynne’s many notable roles are Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot (West End and Broadway), Margaret Thatcher in The Audience (West End), Mrs Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), Volumnia in Coriolanus (RSC) and Lady Wishfort in The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse), while her innumerable TV series include Peak Practice, Mersey Beat, Dalziel and Pasco, Rome, Drop the Dead Donkey and The Windsors.

Following its Chichester run, Hedda Tesman will play at The Lowry, Salford Quays from 3 – 19 October.

In David Hare’s PLENTYRory Keenan will play Raymond Brock opposite the previously announced Rachael Stirling as Susan Traherne. Kate Hewitt’s new production runs at the Festival Theatre from 7 – 29 June. Last seen at Chichester in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me in 2015, Rory Keenan’s recent work includes Long Day’s Journey Into Night (West End and New York), Saint Joan (Donmar Warehouse) and Liola (National Theatre), while television includes Versailles, Peaky Blinders and War and Peace.

Anthony Calf (as Sir Leonard Darwin) and Yolanda Kettle (Alice Park) both return to Chichester following 2015’s For Services Rendered; also in the Plenty cast are Micah Balfour, Alan Booty, Raphael Desprez, Gemma Dobson, Philippe Edwards, Louise Mai Newberry, Macy Nyman, Nick Sampson, Rupert Young and Ozzie Yue.

In Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!, which Jeremy Sams directs in the Festival Theatre from 15 July – 7 September, the full company has been confirmed to join Josie Lawrence (Aunt Eller), Amara Okereke (Laurey) and Hyoie O’Grady (Curly). Making their Chichester debuts are Bronté Barbé (Beautiful, Over the Rainbow) as Ado Annie, Isaac Gryn (Bugsy Malone) as Will Parker and Emmanuel Kojo (Show Boat, Girl From The North Country) as Jud Fry, while Scott Karim (The Country Wife, Young Marx) returns to play Ali Hakim. The company is completed by Michelle Andrews, Georgie Ashford, Lindsay Atherton, Imogen Bailey, Jeremy Batt, Alex Christian, Nicolas Colicos, Christopher Dickins, Paige Fenlon, Alyn Hawke, Bethany Huckle, Emily Langham, Michael Lin, Rory Shafford, Jak Skelly, Rhys West and Anna Woodside.

Casting is also complete for Terence Rattigan’s THE DEEP BLUE SEA, which Paul Foster directs in the Minerva from 21 June – 27 July. Joining Nancy Carroll, Hadley Fraser and Gerald Kyd are Denise Black as Mrs Elton, Matthew Cottle as Mr Miller, Ralph Davis, Helena Wilson and Laurence Ubong Williams.

Noah Galvin to Join the Broadway Cast of WAITRESS on April 29


The producers of the smash Broadway musical Waitress announced today that Noah Galvin (Dear Evan Hansen, “The Real O’Neals”) will take over the role of Ogie and Cailtin Houlahan (Girl From the North Country) will return to the role of Dawn on Monday, April 29. Eddie Jemison and Lenne Klingaman will play their final performances as Ogie and Dawn respectively on Sunday, April 28.



NOAH GALVIN (Ogie) Film: Booksmart (upcoming-Dir Olivia Wilde), Assassination Nation (Dir Sam Levinson). TV: “The Real O’Neals” (ABC). Broadway: Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen. Off-Broadway: MCC, NYTW, Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard, Signature, Barrow Street, Rattlestick, and more. Regional: Huntington, Bay Street Theatre, Goodspeed, and more. Tours: Les Miserables (3rd National). Audiobooks: “Perks of Being a Wallflower”, “What if it’s Us”, and others. 2019 Audie Award Nominee.



CAITLIN HOULAHAN (Dawn) is back at the diner serving up pies after leaving to sing some Bob Dylan tunes in Girl From the North Country at the Public Theatre downtown. Other recent work: Bridges of Madison County (1st Nat’l), Parade (Lincoln Center), The 25th…Spelling Bee (Bucks Co. Playhouse), The Theory of Relativity (Goodspeed). TV/film: “Peter Pan Live!”, “Girls”. Thanks to the Waitress team for their love and support and part in making dreams come true.

Waitress tells the story of 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 April 24, 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne ShellyWaitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

Waitress currently stars Shoshana BeanCharity Angel DawsonLenne Klingaman, Jeremy Jordan, Ben Thompson, Larry Marshall, Benny Elledge, Eddie Jemison, Melody A. Betts, Tyrone Davis Jr., Andrew Fitch, Molly Hager, Jessie Hooker-Bailey, Arica Jackson, Molly Jobe, Brandon Kalm, Matt Kumangai, Tess Murphy, Everleigh Rotunno, Stephanie Torns and Dan Tracy.

Waitress opened April 24, 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne ShellyWaitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

Waitress is now playing in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre and on a North American tour.

Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929 or online at

West Side Story – Back by Popular Demand in 2020

West Side Story
West Side Story

West Side Story

The Royal Exchange Theatre has announced that their current smash-hit WEST SIDE STORY will return to the stage in 2020 due to unprecedented popular demand. Recognised as one of the world’s most iconic musicals, tickets for Sarah Frankcom’s reimagining of this Broadway classic, with new choreography by Aletta Collins, have been in high demand from the moment the production was originally announced and were close to selling out before the previews had even begun. Opening last week to critical acclaim and loved by Manchester audiences  the Exchange is delighted to confirm that this celebrated production will be back next year running from Saturday 18 April – Saturday 23 May 2020.

Royal Exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom said…

West Side Story was such a radical piece of work when it was first staged and I’m delighted that our new production has caught the imagination of today’s audiences, and that the electricity of it all – the story, the music, the dance – is still so urgent in 2019. The demand for tickets has been incredible so to be able to bring the show back next year and give people another opportunity to see Leonard Bernstein’s masterpiece is fantastic. Our unique in-the-round theatre brings viewers right into the action and to be able to do that all over again with a new audience is really exciting.

Casting for the 2020 production is yet to be confirmed and will be announced in the autumn along with further details of the production and the Spring/Summer season in full. Tickets are on sale to members from today and the public from Tuesday 30 April 2019, it is a stand-alone production and will not form part of the Royal Exchange Spring/Summer 2020 season ticket package.