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Peter Rabbit hops into the West End with Griff Rhys Jones and Miriam Margolyes

Peter Rabbit

Hop onto your seats and immerse yourself in the magical world of Beatrix Potter. Watch with delight as your favourite stories and most beloved characters are brought to life on the stage in this theatrical spectacular, with beautifully handcrafted puppets, enchanting original songs and a sprinkle of magic. Look out for the ferocious Mr. McGregor, reach heady heights with Jemima Puddle-Duck, do the laundry with Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and of course, fall in love with the mischievous Peter Rabbit.

Opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 3 April, the London season of Where is Peter Rabbit™follows the hugely popular runs at the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-On-Windermere which premiered in June 2016 and has enthralled audiences and garnered rave reviews ever since.

Prick up your ears to the delectable voices of Olivier Award-winning actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones and BAFTA Award-winning actor and national treasure Miriam Margoyles. Marvel at the delightful dancing and entrancing set and shake your tail to the 14 joyful songs, with lyrics by one of Britain’s most beloved playwrights, Sir Alan Ayckbourn and music by Steven Edis.

Handed down from generation to generation, these classic stories hold a special place in our hearts, so whether a warm hug of nostalgia, or the perfect introduction to Beatrix Potter’s Tales, this is a truly charming production for the whole family to cherish and enjoy together. Devised by Roger Glossop, and directed and choreographed by Sheila Carter, this innovative show combines live performance, projection and recording in a thoroughly interactive brand-new magical musical, entirely based on the original Tales by Beatrix Potter.

Griff Rhys Jones said: “The characters and the strange life of animals are so well observed by Beatrix Potter and not just in her beautiful illustrations. I don’t think we cherish things quite as much as we do children’s books, handed down like golden gems; and it’s remarkable to think that these stories are still so loved.”

Miriam Margoyles said: “The characters leap into your heart. There is a directness and a freshness that comes through the text and they will live for all time. It’s a window back into childhood.”

 Thomas Merrington, Creative Consultant on behalf of Frederick Warne & Co said “We are so thrilled that this production of Where is Peter Rabbit? will be making it’s West End debut this Easter. Fans of all ages will fall in love with this beautiful production – it really brings the characters to life in the most charming way”.

LISTINGS  INFORMATION

THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET LONDON

Opening Performance: 3 April 2019, 11:00am

Press Performance: 9 April 2019, 1:00pm

Tickets: From £15

Box Office: 020 7930 8800

 To book tickets please visit: PeterRabbitLive.com

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About Peter Rabbit™ and Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is one of the world’s best-loved children’s books and was created by author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter in 1902.  The story has never been out of print since it was first published by Frederick Warne & Co. (today an imprint of Penguin Random House) and has sold in excess of 45 million copies globally.  Beatrix Potter personally oversaw the launch of subsequent products, making Peter Rabbit the oldest licensed character in history.  Today over 2 million of her ‘little books’ are sold globally every year, whilst Peter Rabbit has appeared in books and products in more than 110 countries throughout the world. 

Penguin Ventures (part of the Penguin Random House Group) is committed to growing and protecting The Peter Rabbit™ brand and manages The World of Beatrix Potter™, one of the world’s longest running and largest international literature-based licensing programmes.

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PETER RABBIT™ © Frederick Warne & Co. 2018. PETER RABBIT and BEATRIX POTTER are trademarks of Frederick Warne & Co., a Penguin Random House Company.  All rights reserved.

 

Last chance to see major West End revival of The Miser starring Griff Rhys Jones, Lee Mack and Matthew Horne

Griff Rhys Jones as Harpagon in The Miser.

Griff Rhys Jones as Harpagon in The Miser. Credit Helen Maybanks.

Audiences have four weeks left to see a major West End revival of Molière’s classic comedy The Miser. The cast brings together two time Olivier Award-winner Griff Rhys Jones, who returns to the West End stage after a five year absence, British Comedy Award-winning Lee Mack who makes his West End debut and Mathew Horne. The play, newly adapted by Sean Foley and Phil Porter, opened at London’s Garrick Theatre in March and now enters the final weeks of a strictly limited season which must end on Saturday 3rd June 2017.

The full West End cast includes: Griff Rhys Jones, Lee Mack, Mathew Horne, Saikat Ahamed, Ryan Gage, Simon Holmes, Andi Osho, Michael Webber, Ellie White and Katy Wix.

Griff Rhys Jones is a two-time Olivier award-winning actor, writer, presenter and comedian. On stage, he has appeared as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! (West End), the title role in Charley’s Aunt (West End) and in Feydeau’s An Absolute Turkey (The Globe). In a long-lasting comedy partnership with Mel Smith, his television credits include Not the Nine O’ClockNews (BBC), Alas Smith and Jones (BBC), The World According to Smith and Jones (ITV), Smith and Jones in Small Doses (BBC) and Smith and Jones (BBC).

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Best known for television and stand-up work, Lee Mack is widely recognised as one of the country’s favourite comedians and has won multiple awards. He is the writer and star of hit BBC One comedy, Not Going Out, which has run for seven series and holds the accolade of being the BBC’s longest running sitcom.  He is a team captain on popular BBC panel show Would I Lie to You, the host of Duck Quacks Don’t Echo on Sky One and a regular guest on panel shows, including Have I Got News for You, Nevermind the Buzzcocks and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Lee has also toured the country with multiple sell-out stand up shows.

Mathew Horne has worked extensively in television where his credits include Are You Being Served?, Agatha Raisin, Worried About the Boy, Nan, Bad Education, Gavin & Stacey, Teachers and The Catherine Tate Show. His stage work includes Pride (Trafalgar Studios/ tour), Charley’s Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory/ Theatre Royal Bath) and Entertaining Mr.Sloane (Trafalgar Studios).

Saikat Ahamed’s recent theatre credits include Peter Pan (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich), Strictly Balti (UK tour), 101 Dalmatians (Bristol Tobacco Factory) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic). Television credits include Nadeem, Trollied, Being Human and Afterlife. Film work includes This Must be the Place and East is East.  

Ryan Gage’s television and film credits include King Louis XIII in BBC One and BBC America drama The Musketeers as well as the feature film series The Hobbit and the film Serial Thriller: Angel in Decay. His stage credits include Ghost Stories (Lyric/ West End), The Lawes of War (Royal Court) and numerous credits with the RSC.

Simon Holmes’ recent theatre credits include Ghost Stories (West End), Yes Prime Minister (Chichester Festival Theatre/ UK tour), Romeo & Juliet (Menier Chocolate Factory) and The Cherry Orchard (Manchester Lowry). Film work includes V for Vendetta and Private Moments. Television credits include Doctors, Casualty, Silent Witness and Bad Blood.

Andi Osho has worked across stage, stand-up comedy, television and feature film. Her theatre credits include Breakfast with Mugabe (Theatre Royal Bath) and Yellowman (Theatre Royal Liverpool/ UK tour). She has performed on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Stand Up For The Week and Live At The Apollo. Recent television work includes Finding Carter, Psychoville, Life of Riley and The Andi O Show. Film credits include Swinging with the Finkels and Lights Out.

Michael Webber’s theatre credits include Cyrano (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Cause Celebre (Old Vic). His extensive film credits include Hysteria, Sherlock Holmes 2, The Scouting Book for Boys, Children of Men and Stormbreaker. Television work includes Black Mirror ‘The Waldo Moment’, What Remains, Little Dorrit, Wire in the Blood and Hustle.

Ellie White recently appeared in The Windsors on Channel 4. Other television credits include Carters Get Rich, Class Dismissed, Murder in Successville and House of Fools. Humans, her debut solo show, ran at Edinburgh Festival with the Invisible Dot. She also works on ITV 2’s current affairs comedy show @ELEVNISH and has filmed a comedy sketch pilot for BBC3.

Katy Wix is best known for her television work and has appeared regularly alongside Lee Mack in Not Going Out as Daisy. Her other television work includes Decline and Fall, Sherlock, Agatha Raisin, Miranda all for the BBC, Anna and Katy and The Windsors for Channel 4. She has also appeared on panel shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Would I Lie to You. Her previous stage work includes Holes (The Invisible Dot) and Psister Psycho (Edinburgh Fringe). Her writing credits include Anna and Katy for Channel 4 and Bird Island for the BBC.

Sean Foley is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He co-founded The Right Size, creating over 10 original comedies for the theatre including the Olivier Award-winning and Tony-nominated production of The Play What I Wrote (Best Comedy 2002), Do You Come Here Often? (Best Entertainment 1999), and Ducktastic! (Albery Theatre – Best Entertainment nomination 2006). As director his work includes The Dresser, The Painkiller, Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Best New Comedy 2014), The Walworth Farce (The Olympia Theatre, Dublin), the multi Olivier-nominated The Ladykillers (Liverpool Everyman, Gielgud Theatre, UK tour), A Mad World My Masters (Royal Shakespeare Company & Barbican), What The Butler Saw (Vaudeville Theatre), The Painkiller (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Arturo Brachetti – Change (Garrick – Best Entertainment nomination 2010) , The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Armstrong and Miller Show Live (UK tour) and I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium). Foley’s first film Mindhorn is released this month.

Mark Goucher has previously collaborated with Sean Foley, most recently on The Dresser at the Duke of York’s Theatre, as well as on the hugely successful production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense which played in the West End and on tour and is currently under option for a Broadway season.

The Miser is produced with long term producing partner Mark Rubinstein Ltd, and Gavin Kalin Productions.

Mathew Horne will join Griff Rhys Jones and Lee Mack in The Miser in London’s West End

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Full casting has today been announced for a major West End revival of Molière’s classic comedy The Miser. The full cast, which includes Mathew Horne, join previously announced Griff Rhys Jones who returns to the West End stage after a five year absence and Lee Mack who makes his West End debut. The play has been newly adapted by Sean Foley and Phil Porter, and will be presented at Bath Theatre Royal and Richmond Theatre, prior to opening at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End on Wednesday 1st March 2017, with an opening night on Monday 13th March 2017.

The full West End cast includes: Griff Rhys Jones, Lee Mack, Mathew Horne, Saikat Ahamed, Ryan Gage, Simon Holmes, Andi Osho, Michael Webber, Ellie White and Katy Wix.

Griff Rhys Jones is a two-time Olivier award-winning actor, writer, presenter and comedian. On stage, he has appeared as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! (West End), the title role in Charley’s Aunt (West End) and in Feydeau’s An Absolute Turkey (The Globe). In a long-lasting comedy partnership with Mel Smith, his television credits include Not the Nine O’Clock News (BBC), Alas Smith and Jones (BBC), The World According to Smith and Jones (ITV), Smith and Jones in Small Doses (BBC) and Smith and Jones (BBC).

Best known for television and stand-up work, Lee Mack is widely recognised as one of the country’s favourite comedians and has won multiple awards. He is the writer and star of hit BBC One comedy, Not Going Out, which has run for seven series and holds the accolade of being the BBC’s longest running sitcom.  He is a team captain on popular BBC panel show Would I Lie to You, the host of Duck Quacks Don’t Echo on Sky One and a regular guest on panel shows, including Have I Got News for You, Nevermind the Buzzcocks and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Lee has also toured the country with multiple sell-out stand up shows.

Mathew Horne has worked extensively in television where his credits include Are You Being Served?, Agatha Raisin, Worried About the Boy, Nan, Bad Education, Gavin & Stacey, Teachers and The Catherine Tate Show. His stage work includes Pride (Trafalgar Studios/ tour), Charley’s Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory/ Theatre Royal Bath) and Entertaining Mr.Sloane /Trafalgar Studios).

Saikat Ahamed’s recent theatre credits include Peter Pan (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich), Strictly Balti (UK tour), 101 Dalmatians (Bristol Tobacco Factory) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic). Television credits include Nadeem, Trollied, Being Human and Afterlife. Film work includes This Must be the Place and East is East.  

Ryan Gage’s television and film credits include King Louis XIII in BBC One and BBC America drama The Musketeers as well as the feature film series The Hobbit and the film Serial Thriller: Angel in Decay. His stage credits include Ghost Stories (Lyric/ West End), The Lawes of War (Royal Court) and numerous credits with the RSC.

Simon Holmes’ recent theatre credits include Ghost Stories (West End), Yes Prime Minister (Chichester Festival Theatre/ UK tour), Romeo & Juliet(Chocolate Factory) and The Cherry Orchard (Manchester Lowry). Film work includes V for Vendetta and Private Moments. Television credits include Doctors, Casualty, Silent Witness and Bad Blood.

Andi Osho has worked across stage, stand-up comedy, television and feature film. Her theatre credits include Breakfast with Mugabe (Theatre Royal Bath) and Yellowman (Theatre Royal Liverpool/ UK tour). She has performed on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy RoadshowStand Up For The Weekand Live At The Apollo. Recent television work includes Finding Carter, Psychoville, Life of Riley and The Andi O Show. Film credits include Swinging with the Finkels and Lights Out.

Michael Webber’s theatre credits include Cyrano (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Cause Celebre (Old Vic). His extensive film credits include Hysteria, Sherlock Holmes 2, The Scouting Book for Boys, Children of Men and Stormbreaker. Television work includes Black Mirror ‘The Waldo Moment’, What Remains, Little Dorrit, Wire in the Blood and Hustle.

Ellie White recently appeared in The Windsors on Channel 4. Other television credits include Carters Get Rich, Class DismissedMurder in Successville and House of Fools. Humans, her debut solo show, ran at Edinburgh Festival with the Invisible Dot. She also works on ITV 2’s current affairs comedy show @ELEVNISH and has filmed a comedy sketch pilot for BBC3.

Katy Wix is best known for her television work and has appeared regularly alongside Lee Mack in Not Going Out as Daisy. Her other television work includes Decline and Fall, Sherlock, Agatha Raisin, Miranda all for the BBC, Anna and Katy and The Windsors for Channel 4. She has also appeared on panel shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Would I Lie to You. Her previous stage work includes Holes (The Invisible Dot) and Psister Psycho (Edinburgh Fringe). Her writing credits include Anna and Katy for Channel 4 and Bird Island for the BBC.

Sean Foley is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He co-founded The Right Size, creating over 10 original comedies for the theatre including the Olivier Award-winning and Tony-nominated production of The Play What I Wrote (Best Comedy 2002), Do You Come Here Often? (Best Entertainment 1999), and Ducktastic! (Albery Theatre – Best Entertainment nomination 2006). As director his work includes The Dresser, The PainkillerJeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Best New Comedy 2014), The Walworth Farce (The Olympia Theatre, Dublin), the multi Olivier-nominated The Ladykillers (Liverpool Everyman, Gielgud Theatre, UK Tour), A Mad World My Masters (Royal Shakespeare Company & Barbican), What The Butler Saw (Vaudeville Theatre), The Painkiller (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Arturo Brachetti – Change (Garrick – Best Entertainment nomination 2010) , The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Armstrong and Miller Show Live UK Tour and I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium). Foley’s first film Mindhorn was released this autumn.

Mark Goucher has previously collaborated with Sean Foley, most recently on The Dresser at the Duke of York’s Theatre, as well as on the hugely successful production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense which played in the West End and on tour and is currently under option for a Broadway season.

The Miser will be produced with long term producing partner Mark Rubinstein Ltd.

Lee Mack will make his West End Debut in the Miser alongside previously announced Griff Rhys Jones

Producer Mark Goucher today announced that BAFTA winning comedian Lee Mack will make his West End debut in a major revival of Molière’s classic comedy The Miser in early 2017. Mack joins Griff Rhys Jones who is returning to the London stage after five years to lead the ensemble cast. The play, newly adapted by Sean Foley and Phil Porter, will be presented at Bath Theatre Royal and Richmond Theatre, prior to opening at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End on Wednesday 1st March 2017, with an opening night on Monday 13th March 2017.

Best known for television and stand-up work, Mack is widely recognised as one of the country’s favourite comedians and has won multiple awards. He is the writer and star of hit BBC One comedy, Not Going Out, which has run for seven series and holds the accolade of being the BBC’s longest running sitcom.  He is a team captain on popular BBC panel show Would I Lie to You, the host of Duck Quacks Don’t Echo on Sky One and a regular guest on panel shows, including Have I Got News for You, Nevermind the Buzzcocks and 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Lee has also toured the country with multiple sell-out stand up shows.

Griff Rhys Jones is a two-time Olivier award-winning actor, writer, presenter and comedian. On stage, he has appeared as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! (West End), the title role in Charley’s Aunt (West End) and in Feydeau’s An Absolute Turkey (The Globe). In a long-lasting comedy partnership with Mel Smith, his television credits include Not the Nine O’Clock News (BBC), Alas Smith and Jones (BBC), The World According to Smith and Jones (ITV), Smith and Jones in Small Doses (BBC) and Smith and Jones (BBC).

Sean Foley is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He co-founded The Right Size, creating over 10 original comedies for the theatre including the Olivier Award-winning and Tony-nominated production of The Play What I Wrote (Best Comedy 2002), Do You Come Here Often? (Best Entertainment 1999), and Ducktastic! (Albery Theatre – Best Entertainment nomination 2006). As director his work includes The Dresser, The PainkillerJeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Best New Comedy 2014), The Walworth Farce (The Olympia Theatre, Dublin), the multi Olivier-nominated The Ladykillers (Liverpool Everyman, Gielgud Theatre, UK Tour), A Mad World My Masters (Royal Shakespeare Company & Barbican), What The Butler Saw (Vaudeville Theatre), The Painkiller (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Arturo Brachetti – Change (Garrick – Best Entertainment nomination 2010) , The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Armstrong and Miller Show Live UK Tour and I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium). Foley’s first film Mindhorn was released this autumn.

Mark Goucher has previously collaborated with Sean Foley on the hugely successful production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense which played in the West End and on tour and is currently under option for a Broadway season.

The Miser will be produced with long term producing partner Mark Rubinstein Ltd.

Listings information

The Miser

Bath Theatre Royal, Wed 8 – Sat 18 Feb  www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Richmond Theatre, Tue 21 – Sat 25 Feb www.atgtickets.com/richmond

Followed by
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0HH
First preview: Wednesday 1st March 2017
Opening night: Monday 13th March 2017
Final performance: Saturday 10th June 2017
Box Office: 0330 333 4811
TheMiserThePlay.com
Tickets from: £25, with £10 off all price bands during preview performances

Sean Foley to direct new West End productions of Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser and Molière’s The Miser, produced by Mark Goucher

Director Sean Foley who has recently enjoyed sell out success adapting and directing The Painkiller in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season of Plays at the Garrick will, starting this autumn, under producer Mark Goucher, direct two new productions in the West End.

Ken Stott. Photo: Vincenzo Photography

Ken Stott. Photo: Vincenzo Photography

First will be a revival of Ronald Harwood’s much loved play The Dresser. Starring Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith, the play tells the heart-breaking story of an ageing actor-manager and his long-suffering dresser as they struggle to keep the show on the road against the backdrop of a down-at-heel regional theatre in wartime. First performed in 1980 in the West End and on Broadway, the play was in 1983 made into a multi award-winning film starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay. This new production of The Dresser will play at The Duke of York’s Theatre previewing from 5th October with a press night on Wednesday 12th October following performances in Richmond, Brighton and Cheltenham.

In early 2017,  Griff Rhys Jones will return to the London stage to lead an ensemble cast in a revival of Molière’s classic play The Miser which has been newly adapted by Sean Foley and Phil Porter. Best known for his television work, Rhys Jones is making his return to the London stage after five years where he is widely recognised as one of the country’s great comedic performers. The Miser will be presented at Bath Theatre Royal and Richmond Theatre, prior to opening at the Garrick Theatre on Wednesday 1st March 2017, with an opening night on Monday 13th March 2017.

Sean Foley is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He co-founded The Right Size, creating over 10 original comedies for the theatre including the Olivier Award-winning and Tony-nominated production of The Play What I Wrote (Best Comedy 2002), Do You Come Here Often? (Best Entertainment 1999), and Ducktastic! (Albery Theatre – Best Entertainment nomination 2006). As director his work includes The PainkillerJeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Best New Comedy 2014), The Walworth Farce (The Olympia Theatre, Dublin), the multi Olivier-nominated The Ladykillers (Liverpool Everyman, Gielgud Theatre, UK Tour), A Mad World My Masters (Royal Shakespeare Company & Barbican), What The Butler Saw (Vaudeville Theatre), The Painkiller (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Arturo Brachetti – Change (Garrick – Best Entertainment nomination 2010) , The Critic/The Real Inspector Hound (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Armstrong and Miller Show Live UK Tour and I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium). Foley’s first film Mindhorn will be released this autumn.

Mark Goucher has previously collaborated with Sean Foley on the hugely successful production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense which played in the West End and on tour and is currently under option for a Broadway season.

The Dresser is to be co-produced with Mark Rubinstein Ltd and Jonathan Church Productions in the first production for Church’s new company after leaving Chichester Festival Theatre.

The Miser will be produced with long term producing partner Mark Rubinstein Ltd.