Full Casting Announced for James Graham’s Ink – Duke of York’s Theatre

INK Full Cast
INK Full Cast

INK Full Cast

Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida Theatre today announced full casting for the West End transfer of Ink, written by James Graham (This House), which will play a limited season at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 9 September, following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre.

Directed by Rupert Goold (King Charles III), the returning cast includes Oliver Birch, Rachel Caffrey, Bertie Carvel, Pearl Chanda, Richard Coyle, Geoffrey Freshwater, Jack Holden, Justin Salinger, Sophie Stanton, Tim Steed, Tony Turner and Rene Zagger, with Jonathan Coy joining the company to play the role of Hugh Cudlipp. They will be joined on stage by Natalie Law, Andrew McDonald, Jonny McPherson, Owen Oldroyd and Joel Samuels who form the ensemble.  Ink is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Neil Austin.

Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. A young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asks the impossible and launches The Sun’s first editor’s quest: to give the people what they want. No matter the cost.


‘A play for today. The blazingly talented James Graham has penned a super, soaraway smash.’

The Daily Telegraph

Ink is James Graham’s Almeida Theatre debut.  His work for theatre, television and film includes This House, which had two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, and a run at the Garrick Theatre in the West End, was broadcast to cinemas internationally by NT Live and will tour the UK early 2018; Finding Neverland (book) on Broadway; Privacy and The Vote (broadcast live on television on election night 2015) at the Donmar Warehouse; Coalition for Channel 4; Monster Raving Loony for Theatre Royal Plymouth and Soho Theatre, and The Whisky Taster at the Bush Theatre. He remains the writer in residence at the Finborough Theatre. His first feature film X+Y for BBC Films was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival before an international cinema release in Spring 2015.  James has been commissioned to write a TV drama set around the events of the 2016 Referendum and a film adaptation of 1984.

Rupert Goold is the Almeida Theatre’s Artistic Director, he will direct the forthcoming production of Albion by Mike Bartlett this Autumn. His previous productions for the Almeida Theatre include Richard III, which was broadcast live to cinemas around the world in July 2016, Medea, The Merchant of Venice, King Charles III and American Psycho, which opened on Broadway in April 2016. He was Artistic Director of Headlong from 2005 until 2013 where his work included The Effect, ENRON, Earthquakes in London and Decade.  Other theatre credits include Made in Dagenham in the West End; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida; Macbeth at Chichester Festival Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway; and No Man’s Land at The Gate, Dublin and in the West End. He has twice been the recipient of the Laurence Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Director.  He was Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2009 to 2012 and was Artistic Director of Northampton Theatres from 2002 to 2005. On film he directed the BAFTA nominated Richard II, part of The Hollow Crown, and Macbeth for the BBC, feature True Story, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, and an adaptation of his production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III for BBC Two.  Rupert was awarded a CBE for services to drama in the 2017 New Year’s Honours.

Ink, a new play by James Graham

Duke of York’s Theatre

Saturday 9 September 2017 – Saturday 6 January 2018

Opening night: Tuesday 19 September, 7pm

Cast: Oliver Birch, Rachel Caffrey, Bertie Carvel, Pearl Chanda, Jonathan Coy, Richard Coyle, Geoffrey Freshwater, Jack Holden, Justin Salinger, Sophie Stanton, Tim Steed, Tony Turner and Rene Zagger. With Natalie Law, Andrew McDonald, Jonny McPherson, Owen Oldroyd and Joel Samuels.

Writer James Graham
Director Rupert Goold
Design Bunny Christie
Lighting Neil Austin
Sound & Composition Adam Cork
Video Jon Driscoll
Choreography & Movement Direction Lynne Page
Casting Anne McNulty CDG.


Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida Theatre

in association with Tulchin Bartner Productions, Lee Dean, Scott M. Delman, Rupert Gavin and

Playful Productions


The Almeida Theatre production of


 A New Play by James Graham

Duke of York’s Theatre

St Martin’s Lane

London WC2N 4BG

Box office number: 0844 871 7623


Dates: Saturday 9 September 2017 – Saturday 6 January 2018

Opening Night: Tuesday 19 September, 7pm

Performance Times: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Ticket Prices: £10 – £65

Preview ticket prices: £10 – £55




Charlotte Wakefield to play ‘Polly’ in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre’s acclaimed production of “CRAZY FOR YOU”.

Charlotte Wakefield
Charlotte Wakefield

Charlotte Wakefield

Jamie Wilson and Gavin Kalin have announced that Charlotte Wakefield will play ‘Polly’ in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre’s acclaimed production of “CRAZY FOR YOU”. Charlotte joins the previously announced Tom Chambersas ‘Bobby’ and Caroline Flack as ‘Irene’. ”CRAZY FOR YOU” opens at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on 17 August 2017.

Charlotte Wakefield made her West End debut as Wendla in “Spring Awakening”, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award. She played ‘Maria’ in the critically acclaimed production of “The Sound of Music” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre receiving nominations for Best Actress in a Musical at both the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards. Her other theatre credits include Sophie in “Mamma Mia!” in the West End, Truly Scrumptious in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and Laurey in “Oklahoma!”, both on national tour.

Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers created the role of Jerry Travers in the West End musical “Top Hat”, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. In 2008 he won the 6th season of “Strictly Come Dancing”. He can currently be seen in the hit BBC drama “Casualty” and his other TV credits include “Holby City” and “Waterloo Road”. His recent stage credits include “Private Lives” and “White Christmas” in the West End.

Caroline Flack

Caroline Flack

 Caroline Flack won the 12th season of “Strictly Come Dancing” in 2014. She currently presents  ITV’s “Love Island” and her previous presenting credits include “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here NOW!” and “The Xtra Factor”. She has also presented “The X Factor”. Prior to presenting, Caroline trained in musical theatre.

The cast is completed by Arthur Boan, Daniel Bolton, Hollie Cassar, Neil Ditt, Kate-Anne Fenton, Cristopher Fry, Stacey Ghent, Matthew James Hinchcliffe,  Kieran Kuypers,  Kate Milner-Evans, Emma Jane Morton, Kate Robson-Stuart, Ned Rudkins-Stow, Seren Sandham-Davies and Mark Sangster.

High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, “CRAZY FOR YOU” is the ultimate feel-good musical with a fabulous score from the Gershwin brothers’ songbook. Mistaken identities, plot twists, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable tunes, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You, all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals.

 “CRAZY FOR YOU” is directed by The Watermill’s Artistic Director, Paul Hart, with musical arrangements by Catherine Jayes (The Color Purple, Broadway)It is choreographed by Nathan M. Wright (High Society, Old Vic) and is designed by Diego Pitarch (The Addams Family). Lighting design is by Howard Hudson (In the Heights) with sound design by Tom Marshall (Legally Blonde).

“CRAZY FOR YOU” has Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, Book by Ken Ludwig, co-conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent. It is inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan. “CRAZY FOR YOU” was originally produced on Broadway by Roger Horchow and Elizabeth Williams. Original Broadway Choreography by Susan Stroman.

Improbable announces its most accessible Devoted & Disgruntled Ever, in London from 20-22 January 2018

Devoted And Disgruntled

Devoted And Disgruntled

Devoted And Disgruntled

Improbable’s 13th annual unconventional convention for arts people, Devoted & Disgruntled gets under way in January 2018. With significant funding via Royal & Derngate’s Arts Council supported Changemaker programme and additional support from New Diorama Theatre, D&D 13 will be able to offer Access support in a wide variety of ways to D/deaf, disabled, BAME & Learning Disabled participants, bringing more marginalised issues into the mainstream conversation than ever before.

D&D is an opportunity for arts people at every point in their careers, from audiences to artists, CEOs to FOH staff, grassroots groups to seasoned professionals, to come together and focus on the question WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THEATRE AND THE PERFORMING ARTS?

D&D uses Open Space, which means everyone attending sets the agenda as anyone can call a session and bring the issues and topics they want to discuss to the floor. This year’s event is presented in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and The Core at Corby Cube, and in partnership with the New Diorama Theatre.

The most accessible ever D&D – For its 13th annual event, Devoted & Disgruntled is held this year in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and The Core at Corby Cube. Significant additional funding means Improbable will be working with a dedicated Access consultant to bring in more support staff than ever before to provide BSL interpretation and lip-speakers, to investigate and supply state-of-the-art Access technology and to really make this an event for everyone. Additional bursaries and support will also be available for participants with Access needs from across the UK.

Martin Sutherland Chief Executive & Andrew Miller Executive Associate, Royal & Derngate Northampton say: “Having participated in Devoted & Disgruntled a number of times before, we are delighted to be able to make this vital event even more accessible for all of our colleagues this year. We constantly seek opportunities to ensure that the arts are for, by and with all and very much look forward to another weekend of fun, lively, provocative and reflective debate and discussion.” 

Back in London – Following two years taking this annual event to Birmingham and Bristol, D&D 13 is to be hosted by New Diorama Theatre who have a unique venue available in the form of ND2 – a beautiful circular space that is perfect for Open Space and is fully Accessible throughout. With a reputation for access, NDT are the perfect partners for D&D13. As well as providing the venue, New Diorama is funding grants for up to 150 artists of colour to attend from across the UK.

David Byrne, New Diorama Theatre’s Artistic & Executive Director says: “Hosting D&D 13 is a huge honour. NDT work with hundreds of diverse artists and groups and, through providing 150 paid-for places, we will ensure that anyone who wants to attend can afford to be in the room. We can’t wait to greet attendees from all across the country – many visiting NDT for the very first time. I promise that our welcome and hospitality will be second to none. Roll on January!

Phelim McDermott, Improbable Co-Artistic Director, says: “D&D is…a slow but persistent revolution of meaningful dialogue and emergent action for our arts and culture…for whatever you want to make happen – and D&D is the first step.”


Devoted & Disgruntled 13

Floor 1, 1 Triton Square, Regents Place, NW1 3HG
Saturday 20 January – Monday 22 January 2018
Ticket prices and bookings TBC

Theatre Royal Stratford East offer free tickets to people named Summer for world première of Rikki Beadle-Blair’s Summer In London

Summer In London

Summer In London

Summer In London

Theatre Royal Stratford East today invite anyone who shares the name of the production’s title role, Summer to attend the world première of Rikki Beadle-Blair’s new rom-com Summer in London for free. Summer in London, opens at Theatre Royal Stratford East today and runs until 29 July.

Anyone named Summer will be entitled to one free ticket to the show on a date of their choice (subject to availability). Please note that to claim free ticket photo ID will be required.

Come and celebrate the first play in mainstream British theatre led by an all trans cast, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and LGBTQ activist Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE.

Four friends court the same woman on a budget of nothing while the sun shines. A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Generation Rent in a city that still hides a bit of magic, if you know where to look.

As the sun sets and the drinks flow things get complicated, and we discover nothing is as it first appears.

A love letter to London and a story of friendship, love and finding yourself. Don’t miss this funny, sexy and life-affirming night out!

Theatre Royal Stratford East                                                                                                                       Listings

Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN

Box Office: 020 8534 0310

Facebook: theatreroyalstratfordeast

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8 July – 29 July

Press night: 13 July 7pm

 Ticket prices

Newham Discount Night £2.50

8-12 Jul previews £12-£15

Mon-Thu until 20 Jul £12-£22

Tue-Thu from 25-27 Jul £12-£25

Fri-Sat £12-£25

Concessions from £8

Access performances

Signed Fri 28 Jul 7.30pm

Audio Described Sat 29 Jul 2.30pm

Captioned Wed 26 Jul 7.30pm


The Almeida Theatre announces a new season including two World Premieres, a Tennessee Williams classic and the launch of the second series of digital films in The Figures Of Speech Project

Rupert Goold

Rupert Goold

Rupert Goold – Artistic Director, Almeida Theatre

The Almeida Theatre announces a new season includng two world premieres, a Tennessee Williams’ classic and the launch of the second series of digital films in The Figures Of Speech Project:

  • Albion, a new play by Mike Bartlett, directed by Rupert Goold
    Albion marks their first collaboration since the Olivier award-winning King Charles III. The cast will feature Victoria Hamilton
  • The world premiere ofThe Twilight Zone, based on stories from the classic 1960s CBS television series, adapted by Anne Washburn, directed by Richard Jones
  • A revival ofTennessee Williams’ classic Summer and Smoke, directed by Rebecca Frecknall
  • Figures of Speech, a provocative anthology of digital films exploring the voices behind visionary leadership, continues with a second series, to be released later this summer, directed by Anthony Almeida
  • Ink, by James Graham and directed by Rupert Goold, will transfer to the Duke of York’s theatre, in the West End from 9 September 2017
  • Mary Stuart, by Friedrich Schiller, adapted and directed by Robert Icke, will transfer to the Duke of York’s theatre, in the West End from 13 January 2018
  • The Almeida Young Company’s From The Ground Up visits the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer
  • Almeida participation partner with Arsenal in the community on a new project, Against All Odds,a response to Christopher Shinn’s Against, led by writer Charlotte Josephine

Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold said: “We are thrilled to present three major new productions at the Almeida, including two world premieres and one rare revival. Spanning the Atlantic and beyond, this season is a timely and limitless interrogation into contemporary cultural anxieties and the power we have over our own lives.

“What do we truly desire? What is it that scares us the most? Is it more dangerous to live in the past or only in dreams? Are we looking to belong – or to escape?

 “Here at the Almeida we are committed to ongoing relationships with artists and for that reason, following on from his extraordinary work on King Charles III and Game, we are excited to welcome back Mike Bartlett with Albion. Equally, Anne Washburn’s work with us on the mind-bending Mr Burns was one of the most controversial and formally exhilarating texts we have presented – and we are thrilled to produce a brand new play with Anne’s unique take on The Twilight Zone. Finally, we are delighted to present an exciting new director to the Almeida stage, Rebecca Frecknall, with Tennessee Williams’ rarely performed Summer and Smoke. Rebecca has been part of our Resident Director scheme which aims to support emerging directors. 

“Opening the season, Albion interrogates the political state of England through the lens of tangled family politics. The Twilight Zone looks back at American nightmares made during the Cold War which speak as powerfully to the current political moment and the ongoing power of the imagination today. And to complete the season, Summer and Smoke explores the spiritual and sexual sacrifices we can make on the journey to self-discovery. 

 “Each play challenges the preoccupations of daily life in search of something more meaningful. The answers might lie close to home – the earth beneath our feet, the complexity of family, or national identity. They might already exist in our bodies and souls without our knowing – love, sickness, belonging. Or they might be found beyond our physical existence, in alternate universes, technology… and dreams.

 “Our Figures of Speech digital project continues with a new slate of filmed speeches, featuring Derek Jacobi, Noma Dumezweni, Russell Tovey, Pearl Mackie, John Heffernan and responses by our young leaders, challenging British politics, rediscovering the power of rhetoric and questioning the art of leadership.  

“In the West End, Ink by James Graham will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre in September, Robert Icke’s production of Hamlet featuring Andrew Scott runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre until September, and Mary Stuart with Lia Williams and Juliet Stevenson, opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre in January.

 “The ground-breaking work of Participation continues in multiple projects across the rest of the year, including From the Ground Up at the Edinburgh Festival and a new project in partnership with Arsenal in the Community and supported by The Arsenal Foundation, following the success of Play On.”


Stella Gonet to star in the first London revival in 10 years of John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt, A Parable”

Stella Gonet Photo Paul Nicholas Dyke

Stella Gonet Photo Paul Nicholas Dyke

Stella Gonet Photo Paul Nicholas Dyke

Stella Gonet is to star in Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley one of the most acclaimed plays in recent memory.
Playing Sister Aloysius Beauvier, a conservative head nun and school principal who questions a priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, Stella said: “I was so excited to read this play. It is an amazing, page turning, perfectly paced thriller, with brilliantly written roles. The chance to pull out the complex strands of Sister Aloysius and examine them, that certainty of hers, the shaking of that certainty, it’s the sort of challenge you hope to get at least once in your career.”

Stella is a hugely experienced stage and screen actress with many starring roles at the National Theatre (Skylight, Racing Demon and Ophelia in Hamlet opposite Daniel Day-Lewis), the RSC and West End (most recently she played Mrs Thatcher in the Olivier Award-winning Handbagged), who became a household name for her lead role in the BBC1 fashion drama The House of Elliott, that ran three years and was watched by 12million people.

Doubt, A Parable, directed by Ché Walker, is to get it’s first London revival in 10 years at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday 6 September to Saturday 30 September.

Press night is Friday 8 September at 7.30pm.

Winning 4 Tony Awards including Best Play, named Best Play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Best New Play (Drama Desk Awards) and Outstanding Play (Lucille Lortel Awards). Doubt, A Parable won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The subsequent Hollywood film starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, received 4 Oscar and 3 BAFTA nominations.

Doubt, A Parable is produced by Making Productions & Graffiti Productions in association with MBL Productions and ProdUse Theatre.


“What do you do when you’re not sure?” asks Father Flynn, the progressive and beloved priest at the St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, in his sermon. It’s 1964, and things are changing, to the chagrin of rigid principal Sister Aloysius. However, when an unconscionable accusation is levelled against the Father, Sister Aloysius realises that the only way to get justice is to create it herself. And as for the truth of the matter? As Father Flynn says, “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.” In stunning prose, John Patrick Shanley delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, his characters always balancing on the thin line between truth and consequences.

Doubt, A Parable is an exquisite, potent drama that raises questions and answer none, leaving the audience to grapple with the discomfort of their uncertainties.


Stella Gonet (Sister Aloysius Beauvier)
Trained at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Theatre includes: Ladi Hasi in In The Depths of Dead Love (The Print Room), Nancy in Human Animals and Hilary in Hope (Royal Court Theatre), T in Handbagged (West End and Tricycle Theatre), Blanche in Before the Party (Almeida Theatre), Women, Power and Politics (Tricycle Theatre), Charlotte in A Further Education and Lemarchand in Hilda (Hampstead Theatre), Mary in Memory of Water (Vaudeville), Charlotte in For Services Rendered and Isabella Bird/Joyce/Mrs Kidd in Top Girls
(Chichester Festival Theatre), Kyra in Skylight (National Theatre & West End), Isabella in Measure for Measure, Greta in After Easter,
Hippolita/Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Angelique/Louise in Divine Gossip, Iraena in Three Sisters, Castiza in The Revenger’s Tragedy, Bellamira in The Jew of Malta, Liz in Fashion, Birdie in Heresies and Irena in The Archbishop’s Ceiling (RSC), Frances in Racing Demon, Arte I’neal in The Shaughraun, Alice in The Voysey Inheritance, Ophelia in Hamlet, Phil in True Dare Kiss and Command or Promise (National Theatre), Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac (Haymarket Theatre), Platinum Sue in Trafford Tanzi (Mermaid Theatre) and Bernardette in Slab Boy Trilogy (Traverse Theatre & Royal Court). TV includes: Man Down, The Crown, Humans, Siblings, Father Brown, Hacks, Lewis, Mo Mowlem, Holby City, Rebus, Roman Mysteries, Persuasion, Dalziel and Pascoe, Mysterious Murders, Murder in Suburbia, Taggart, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, The Secret, Verdict, Supply & Demand, The Crow Road, Trip Trap (RTS Best Actress Award), The House of Eliott, The Common Pursuit, Heading Home, Down Where the Buffalo Go, and The Shutter Falls. Film includes: How I Live Now, Dirty Bomb, Nicholas Nickleby, Stalin and For Queen and Country.

Clare Latham (Sister James)
Clare trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York (New York University – Tisch School of the Arts) and Drama Centre.
London theatre includes: Danny And The Deep Blue Sea (Southwark Playhouse – Off West End Award Nomination Best Female), the world premiere of Don’t Smoke In Bed and UK premiere of Blue Surge (Finborough Theatre), the UK premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Green Eyes – The Hotel Plays (Defibrillator at The Grange Hotel), Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, The Talented Mr Ripley, Joan Of Arc, Mörder, Strindberg’s Apartment (The Faction Theatre Co.), The Ones (Arts Theatre), Intelligence (Arcola Theatre), Bradley/Chelsea/Nameless (Theatre503), Crave, A Doll’s House Revisited, and At The Broken Places (Savio(u)r Theatre Company), The Skin Of Our Teeth and The Typists (LOST Theatre).
Film and TV includes: Suspicion (Discovery),The Films I Hate and Pan Fried. New York theatre includes: Richard III (Orb Theatre), and directing and producing Been So Long by Ché Walker. Clare is a core ensemble member of The Faction Theatre Company.

Jo Martin (Mrs Muller )
Theatre credits include: Trade (The Young Vic) The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree), The Westbridge (Royal Court), Everything Must Go (Soho Theatre), Family Man, Ready or Not, Funny Black Women on the Edge and Eldarado (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Frontline
(Shakespeare’s Globe), Noughts and Crosses, Don Carlos and Oronooko (RSC), Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Dende Collective/ Lyric  Hammersmith), and Coyote on a Fence (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Duchess Theatre). TV credits include:  Johnathan Creek, Our Ex Wife, Still Open all Hours, Together, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Casualty, Top Boy, Wizards vs. Aliens, Holby City, The Culshaw and Stephenson Show, Katy Brand Big Arse Show and The Crouches. Film credits include: NW, A Hundred Streets, Dragonfly, Chalet Girls, 4 3 2 1, Batman Begins and Jolly Boys Last Stand.

Jonathan Chambers (Father Brendan Flynn)
Jonathan trained at the Arts Educational Schools and The Royal Academy of Music. Theatre Includes: Chigger Foot Boys (Tara Arts), Jeremy Corbyn, The Motorcycle Diaries (Waterloo East), Going Up (Dublin LGBT Theatre Festival), Make and Model (Bush Theatre), Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Atheist (St James Theatre Studio & The Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Southwark Playhouse), The Ballad of Benny Junior (Riverside Studios), The Legend of Bella Rosa (Tristan Bates Theatre), Living Under One Roof (Nottingham Concert Hall), Incendiary (Oval House). Film Includes: Throw of a Dice (CVS Films).

John Patrick Shanley  (Playwright)
John Patrick Shanley is from The Bronx. His plays include Prodigal Son, Outside Mullingar (Tony nomination), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, Italian-American Reconciliation, Welcome to the Moon, Four Dogs and a Bone, Dirty Story, Defiance, and Beggars in the House of Plenty. His theatrical work is performed extensively across the United States and around the world. For his play, Doubt, he received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the arena of screenwriting, he has nine films to his credit, most recently Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis; Doubt, directed by Mr. Shanley, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay. Other films include Five Corners (Special Jury Prize, Barcelona Film Festival), Alive, Joe Versus the Volcano (which he also directed), and Live From Baghdad for HBO (Emmy nomination). For his script of Moonstruck he received both the Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for best original screenplay. In 2009, The Writers Guild of America awarded
Mr. Shanley the Lifetime Achievement In Writing.

Ché Walker  (Director)
Ché Walker (Director) studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy in London (1989-1992) graduating with Distinction and at WAC (1998), and has worked with Edward Bond, Dennis Potter, Philip Ridley, Mark Ravenhill and Ricky Gervais, among others. His first play, Been So Long, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1998 and was runner-up for both the Meyer-Whitworth and the John Whitting Award before being translated and performed in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. His play, Flesh Wound, premiered at the Royal Court in 2003 and won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. Ché won the Peter Brook Award (Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award) for his plays Crazy Love and Burnt Up Love. Ché’s musical version of Been So Long was a nominee for The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009. He was Associate Artist, BushTheatre 2012-2014.  Directing includes: His Greatness, Fog, Blue Surge, Etta Jenks (Finborough Theatre),  Danny And The Deep Blue Sea (Southwark Playhouse), Little Baby Jesus, Estate Walls, Oval House. Lovesong (ETT Tours), Been So Long The Musical (Young Vic/ English Touring Theatre),  Glory Of Living (Battersea Arts Centre). Films include: Been So Long (Shimmer Productions/ UK Film Council), Blaz Gettin Paid (Norma Heyman Films) Love Is Blindness, (Julia Ormond producing for Indicam Production). Writing includes The Lightning Child, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The 8th in collaboration with Paul Heaton, Manchester International Festival, Barbican Centre, UK Tour 2012. Lovesong, Pleasance Dome, Crucible Sheffield, Manchester Royal Exchange, Albany Empire (nominated for Best Book, Music Matters 2010) Been So Long The Musical, Young Vic June (Winner Music Matters Judge’s Award, nominated Evening Standard Best Musical, Best New Musical 2009) The Frontline, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Crazy Love, Paines Plough/Oran Mor. Flesh Wound, Royal Court Theatre (Winner of the 2003 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, Winner Arts Council Promising Young Writer Award 2003) Been So Long, Royal Court Theatre, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Minnesota. Car Thieves (Translation) National Theatre Studio/ Birmingham.

Making Productions  (Producer)
Making Productions produced the critically acclaimed Shutters (Park Theatre) followed by the hugely successful Strindberg play The Father (Trafalgar Studios, co produced with Jagged Fence), Disaster! (Charing Cross Theatre), Bug (Found111, Associate Producer), and West End Bares  (Novello Theatre). Current work also includes the 35th anniversary production of Coming Clean, Kevin Elyot’s first play and Outlaws to In-laws, written by 7 writers to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, both at the King’s Head Theatre.

Graffiti Productions (Producer)
Graffiti Productions produced the critically acclaimed Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, also by JPS and directed by Che Walker at Southwark Playhouse in 2011.  In 2012 and 2013, Graffiti produced The Atheist, by Ronan Noone, directed by Hugh Ross at the Old Red Lion and the St James Studio.

MBL Productions  (Associate Producer)
Mary J. Davis and MBL Productions, Inc. New York productions: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; Disaster! by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick (on and off Broadway, concert in London); Pressing Matters by Jennifer Jasper; Jackob Hoffman’s PERSISTENT MEMORY; COAL (confessions of a liar) by David Brian Colbert; James Wesley’s UNBROKEN CIRCLE; Susan Charlotte’s WHEN TRUTH IS NOT ENOUGH (also in Philadelphia); SHE’S OF A CERTAIN AGE (directed by Antony Marsellis); New York premiere of Tennessee William’s THE PRETTY TRAP; THE SHOEMAKER (starring Danny Aiello). Co-producer: James Wesley’s ART & SCIENCE (Uptown Theater, Dallas). Upcoming Productions: M. BUTTERFLY with Clive Owens on Broadway Fall 2017.

ProdUse Theatre (Associate Producer)
“Inspiring the world to change itself.” ProdUse was born out of the desire of two artists to be creative enablers, to become an ideas network for imaginative people who dare to think differently; telling the untold stories, igniting our innate humanity. ProdUse intends to challenge current systems and look towards a more sustainable, empathic, efficient way of creating inclusive, nourishing dynamic networks for change and playful experience. While theatre is community, it is also communion. It is our policy to have a social-political element to each piece and an appropriate reciprocal engagement with our environment. We dU it differently.


by John Patrick Shanley
Wednesday 6 September to Saturday 30 September.
Press night 
Friday 8 September at 7.30pm

77-85 Newington Causeway

Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinees Tuesday & Saturday at 3.00pm
Running Time 85 mins without interval

£20  £16 concessions
£12 preview performances

Concession prices are available Mon-Thu
and for all matinee performances.

USA Premiere – Dates and Casting announced for Matthew Bourne’s Production of THE RED SHOES

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

New Adventures are delighted to announce North American tour dates and casting for Matthew Bourne’sdouble OLIVIER AWARD winning production of THE RED SHOES. The production will make its American debut as part of a World Premiere tour, starting at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles on Friday 15 September 2017; and continuing to the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; Blumenthal Performing Arts, Charlotte andNew York City Center. Full tour dates are below.

The World Premiere tour of THE RED SHOES opened at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in November 2016 ahead of a sold-out eight-week Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells, where it opened to rave reviews. The performances at Sadler’s Wells were the fastest selling in New Adventures history. There are just two venues left on the UK tour. Due to popular demand, following sold out dates earlier this year the show is returning to The Lowry, Salford (11 July – 15 July) and Birmingham Hippodrome (18 July – 22 July).

The original award-winning cast returns to recreate their critically acclaimed performances in these iconic roles.

The role of “Victoria Page”, the girl who dreams of being a great dancer, immortalised on screen by Moira Shearer, was created by New Adventures leading lady, Ashley Shaw, in a career defining performance. New Adventures rising star, Cordelia Braithwaite, who has also received great praise for her interpretation will return for the USA Tour. For the run at New York City Center only, New York City Ballet star, Sara Mearns, will also play the role of “Victoria Page” making her New Adventures debut.

Sam Archer who created the title role of Edward Scissorhands in 2005 and who has starred in CinderellaThe Car Man and Play Without Words returned to the company to create the iconic role of Svengali-like Impresario “Boris Lermontov” Having recently made his debut in the role, Jack Jones will also play Lermontov at some performances.

The role of “Julian Craster”, was created by one of New Adventures most popular dancers, Dominic North, who was last year nominated for his second National Dance Award. Joining him, we are delighted to welcome back American Ballet Theatre star, Marcelo Gomes, who will be making his debut as Julian at all venues during the USA Tour. Marcelo was last seen with New Adventures in The Car Man at Sadler’s Wells in 2015 having previously danced “The Swan” in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in Tokyo in 2014.

Completing the principal cast are the leading dancers of the Lermentov Company. Prima Ballerina, “Irina Boronskaja” is played by Michela Meazza, who returns to New Adventures where she has danced and created many leading roles (Los Angeles and New York only). She is joined by Company favourites Anjali Mehra, most recently seen as both “The Queen” and “The Girlfriend” in Swan Lake and Nicole Kabera, who most recently played “Queen Eleanor” in Sleeping Beauty.

“Ivan Boleslawsky” the role made famous by Robert Helpmann has been created by one of New Adventures finest young dancers, Liam Mower (the original West End Billy Elliot but now taking on his seventh principal role with New Adventures). Also playing Ivan is popular company dancer, Danny Reubens, who scored a great personal success recently as “Jack” in Lord Of The Flies and rising star, Will Bozier.

Lermontov Company choreographer and ‘character dancer’ “Grischa Ljubov”, has been created by veteran company dancer, Glenn Graham, who as well as playing “The Swan” in Swan Lake has recently been seen as “King Benedict” in Sleeping Beauty. Also playing the role of “Grischa” will be Leon Moran recently seen inSleeping Beauty, The Car Man and as “Jim” in Edward Scissorhands.

Completing the New Adventures cast as the leading dancers and creative team behind the Ballet Lermentov areSteph Billers (cover “Irina Boronskaia”), Jackson Fisch, Joshua Harriette, Daisy May Kemp, Phil King(cover “Julian Craster”), Dominic Lamb (cover “Grischa Ljubov”), Katrina Lyndon (who also plays “Victoria Page”) Kate Lyons, Andrew Monaghan (who also plays “Julian Craster”) Joe WalklingKatie Webb (cover “Victoria Page”) and Seren Williams.

Long time company dancer Chris Trenfield, who co-created the roles of “Julian Craster” and “Boris Lermontov” will be retiring from New Adventures at the end of the UK Tour. His final performance will be at the matinee at The Birmingham Hippodrome on Saturday 22nd July.

A beloved fairy-tale and Academy Award-winning movie, THE RED SHOES has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

Matthew Bourne’s magical new adaptation of the legendary Powell and Pressburger film reunites him with his regular collaborators and New Adventures Associate Artists and the team that brought you the world wide hit, Sleeping BeautyLez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis(sound).

This World Premiere is set to a new score arranged by New Adventures Associate Artist, Terry Davies using the mesmerizing music of golden-age Hollywood composer, Bernard Herrmann (most famous for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and Martin Scorsese), whose work ranges from the witty and playfully robust to the achingly romantic and bittersweet.

An intoxicating drama where life imitates art with fateful consequences; THE RED SHOES will dazzle your senses and break your heart.

THE RED SHOES is supported using public funds by Arts Council England.

The North American tour dates will be supported across the continent with a program of workshops; curtain raisers and masterclasses for young people and emerging artists led by Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of New Adventures.




















Kneehigh announce full casting on Carl Grose’s adaptation of Günter Grass’s masterpiece The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum
The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum

One of the defining novels of the 20th Century, Günter Grass’ dazzling tour de force, The Tin Drum will be brought to thrilling theatrical life by Kneehigh in a touring co-production with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse. It will open to press at Liverpool Everyman and then transfer to West Yorkshire Playhouse before travelling to Bristol, Cornwall and finishing in London’s Shoreditch Town Hall.

On Oskar’s third birthday he rails against the adult world and decides to remain a child forever. Armed with a heart full of rage, a singing voice that shatters glass, and a seemingly indestructible tin drum, Oskar sets about to reveal the world for what it truly is.  However, the world has other plans for our hero…

 A folktale for troubled times: The Tin Drum is a dark, burlesque comic extravaganza, which is at once daringly provocative, political and profound.

 The full ensemble cast is Nandi Bhebhe, Les Bubb, Dom Coyote, Damon Daunno, Rina Fatania, Angela Hardie, Bettrys Jones, Patrycja Kujawska, Beverly Rudd and Sarah Wright.  The musicians are Ross Hughes, Alex Lupo and Ruth Wall.

The production reunites Kneehigh regulars Nandi Bhebhe, Dom Coyote, Rina Fatania, Patrycja Kujawska, Beverly Rudd and Sarah Wright, who have variously appeared in Tristan and YseultBrief EncounterDead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) and946. The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.

Directed by Mike Shepherd, The Tin Drum is written by Kneehigh Artistic Associate Carl Grose with music by renowned composer Charles Hazlewood, who is also a Kneehigh Associate Artist.

Kneehigh’s Artistic Director Mike Shepherd said ‘I am thrilled to have reassembled the creative team behind Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) to make a new version of Günter Grass’ extraordinary novel The Tin Drum. Our iconic anti-hero, Oskar, will lead us through a world as delicate as moth’s wings and as incandescent as a blazing saw mill. A grand musical satire, it promises to be furious, funny and fiercely full of hope – a story very much for now’

Often hailed as one of the greatest novels ever written, Günter Grass’ surreal post-war masterpiece has never been more prescient. Kneehigh will retell this extraordinary story of love, war and fizz powder as a startling musical satire. Part Baroque opera, part psychedelic white-out, part epic poem: a burlesque, a blitzkrieg, a tsunami.  Prepare to dance to the beat of a different drum!

Kneehigh, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse presents


Based on the novel by Gunter Grass

Written by Carl Grose

Composer and Music Direction by Charles Hazlewood

Directed by Mike Shepherd

Designed by Naomi Dawson with lighting by Malcolm Rippeth and sound by Ian Davies.

Choreography by Etta Murfitt and Puppet direction by Sarah Wright

 Thursday 28 September to Saturday 14 October 2017 (Liverpool Everyman)



Tuesday 17 October to Saturday 28 October 2017 (West Yorkshire Playhouse)



The Tin Drum

Thursday 28 September to Saturday 14 October 2017

Liverpool Everyman

Tickets: 0151 709 4776

17 October to Saturday 28 October 2017

West Yorkshire Playhouse

Tickets: 0113 213 7700

 Tuesday 7 to Saturday 18 November 2017

Bristol Old Vic

Tickets: 0117 987 7877

Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 November 2017

Hall for Cornwall

Tickets: 01872 262466

Tuesday 5 to Saturday 23 December 2017

Shoreditch Town Hall

Tickets: 020 7739 6176



Mayflower Theatre launch new Digital Archive

On Saturday 24 June, Mayflower Theatre will be launching a new digital archive as the culmination of its My Story Archive Project. The project has been running since June 2016 and now members of the public and theatregoers will be able to access the new archive through digital interactive access points in the theatre initially and then on the theatre’s website.

The project which was generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund involved the theatre reaching out to customers to share their experiences, putting together a team of young people to capture these memories and creating a film.

Sara Scott, Head of Creative Learning said “We have been working with a team of young people since September to film and interview members of the public who shared their stories about their memories and experiences at the theatre. We have also had 14  volunteers working each week on a sample of materials from our archive, sorting and creating a digital record of programmes, leaflets and memories. I am delighted to celebrate and share this work in our new digital archive and look forward to adding to and developing the archive of our theatre’s heritage over the coming years.“

In addition to our archive and film work, we have also been able to visit local community groups and projects, such as Southampton Dementia Café’s and Southampton Pride of Place project, to share our history, and encourage the local community to share their stories.

Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre Chief Executive added, “I am thrilled that we have created a living history of our wonderful theatre which is accessible to all through the website and at the theatre. Mayflower Theatre is at the heart of our community and this project has enabled us to record and celebrate its rich history – very timely with our upcoming celebration of our 90th birthday in 2018”.

The launch event attended by 40 invited guests is this Saturday 24 June from 10.00am –  12.00pm at the theatre in the Empire Suite. If you would like to cover the launch please contact Robin Hancox or Charlotte Nelson 02380 711803 [email protected] [email protected]


BRASS festival meets the West End with BRASS on Broadway!

Kate Graham
Kate Graham

Kate Graham © Michael Wharley

Stars of the West End Kate Graham (Billy Elliot, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Mamma Mia!) and Matt Corner (Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys), return home to the North East and join forces with, the self-proclaimed danciest swing band in the country, the Scottish Swing Orchestra and the BRASS Broadway Chorus to showcase swing versions of great Broadway songs fromAnything Goes, Hairspray, Chicago, West Side Story and many more.

Originally from Seaton Carew in County Durham, Kate Graham studied history at Durham University before moving to London to pursue her dream of becoming a singer. Since then, Kate has had an incredibly successful career, gaining major roles in the Original London casts for The Producers and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory not to mention main roles in the West End productions of Billy Elliot and Mamma Mia! Kate has also recently begun rehearsals to reprise her role as Tanya in Mamma Mia! which opens on the 12th June in the West End’s Novello Theatre.

Kate is very happy to be returning to her home turf:

‘I always jump at the chance to do any work that brings me ‘home’ to the North East, I’ve lived in or near London for 20 years this year and I still call the North East ‘home.’

 We opened the international tour of Mamma Mia in Newcastle a few years ago and that was fantastic but I haven’t performed in Durham since I left the University – the Gala Theatre wasn’t even built then so I can’t wait to see it!

 Really looking forward to singing with the Scottish swing band, it’s the kind of music I was brought up on, my Dad (who is now the chairman of Hartlepool Male Voice Choir) loves it.’

 Matt Corner is also no stranger to the North East having grown up in Darlington before attending the prestigious Arts Educational School musical theatre course in London in 2012. Matt recently finished a run as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys in the West End but is excited to be returning to the North East and performing at the BRASS festival:

 ‘I can’t wait to return back to the North East, having left at the age of eighteen to pursue a career as an actor. I was part of the Durham Gala Theatre Stage School from the age of fourteen where my first part was Marius in ‘Les Miserables’ which was coincidentally my first professional job; playing a student in Tom Hooper’s film version. Over the years, I performed in various other amateur shows on that very stage and it was really the thing that gave me the bug for acting and ultimately helped me to realise that I wanted to become a professional actor. So it feels like I’m coming full circle really as I’m now back at the Gala Theatre. 

 I can’t wait to hear these songs played by a fabulous full brass orchestra – the way all Broadway show songs should sound!’

Kate and Matt will be joined by the incredibly popular Scottish Swing Orchestra and the brand new BRASS Broadway Chorus, made up from local choirs and specially invited guests from Edinburgh and Fife, to perform hits from all the best Broadway shows. Expect classic songs such as Luck be a Lady Tonight (Guys and Dolls); All that Jazz (Chicago); Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes); I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outa my Hair (South Pacific) and many more.

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Sunday 9 July


Gala Theatre, Durham


Part of BRASS 2017