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James Graham’s Sketching to open at Wilton’s this autumn

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James Graham

James Graham

Oliver Award-winning playwright James Graham and director Thomas Hescott are seeking new and undiscovered writers to collaborate on a uniquely multi-authored play this autumn.

 James Graham’s SKETCHING will be staged at Wilton’s Music Hall from Wednesday 26 September – Saturday 27 October, with a press night on Tuesday 2 October.

Taking inspiration from Sketches by Boz, Charles Dickens’ first novel which chronicled all walks of Victorian London Life, Graham and Hescott want to hear from emerging talents – particularly those currently underrepresented in the industry – with exciting and innovative story and character ideas. Successful applicants will receive £1,000 for their story, as well as expenses to attend a masterclass week with professional artists and writers.

James Graham said, “We’re all aware of the growing deficit of opportunities for emerging artists from working class, regional backgrounds. We know there are far too few writers finding stages who are women or people of colour, a mix of nationalities and faiths. We’re looking for a team of writers to contribute strands, to help us work together to interweave them, and collaborate on generating more, together.”

Thomas Hescott said, “You don’t have to have read or seen any Charles Dickens. What you may know, though, is that he wrote BIG STORIES. Life and death. Heroes and villains. High stakes, wants and needs. Who are the modern day pickpockets, money-lenders, street-sellers and Christmas Ghosts? You don’t have to know the entire plot yet. We just want an exciting ‘proposition’.”

The deadline for submissions is 1 JUNE 2018 with further information here www.sketchingtheplay.com

Sketches by Boz (1836) was Charles Dickens’ first novel (published under the pen-name ‘Boz’). The book is a richly varied collection of observations and fantasies about London and the people who inhabited it in the 19th Centuryin honest and visionary descriptions of everyday life and people

James Graham has enjoyed huge critical success as a playwright and writer for TV and film. Following a sold out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, his most recent play,QUIZ, a provocative new play about Charles Ingram, the man convicted of cheating on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, is now running at the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre. In 2017, his play Ink opened to critical acclaim at the Almeida and transferred to the West End in September 2017, where it played in the theatre next door to another of his plays Labour of Love – creating theatre history.

 Director Thomas Hescott has previously collaborated with James Graham on Tory Boyzin the West End. He is the co-author of Outings, which toured nationally. He co-wrote and directed The Act for Ovalhouse, which subsequently transferred to the West End. His production of Wolves at the Window transferred from the Arcola Theatre, to 59E59, Off Broadway, and he was named on the BBC’s Hot List of New Talent. He is Executive Director of Stage Directors UK.

Further details and casting to be announced.

Tickets for James Graham’s SKETCHING go on general sale at 10am on Friday 17 May, and can be purchased at www.wiltons.org.uk

Last chance to see James Graham’s This House at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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James Graham

James Graham © Johan Persson

There are just six performances remaining for This House, James Graham’s smash-hit political drama examining the 1974 hung parliament, playing at Birmingham Repertory Theatre until Saturday 21 April.

James Graham’s critically acclaimed and prescient political drama takes on a new importance in the current political climate. Are we in the midst of a political revolution? Can the country stay united? Roll back to 1974… The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and back biting as Britain’s political parties’ battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes.

 In an era of chaos, both hilarious and shocking, when votes are won or lost by one, there are fist fights in the parliamentary bars, high-stakes tricks and games are played, and sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their crucial votes as the government hangs by a thread. This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes; the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

James Graham said, ‘It’s long been an ambition to take This House to all of the places that get named in the play. It’s always felt like a national play. Even though we set in in the corridors of Westminster, it feels like a cross-section of regions, people and classes across the country who converge in this building every week and represent their constituencies. And this was the watershed parliament, leading up to 1979 when everything – for better or for worse, depending on your politics! – changed forever, no matter where you’re from…’

Jeremy Herrin said, ‘It’s brilliant to be able to tour This House around the UK, as it’s a national story with people from all across the country, with a range of accents and classes at the heart of it. The comedy in This House gives a unique experience to each city and audience it visits. We were lucky enough to connect with some of the audiences we’ll be visiting with our NT Live broadcast of This House, so 5 years on, it’s a delight now to share the production on stage’.

The cast – who play a colourful host of MPs and Whips – is Ian Barritt (Batley & Morley/Woolwich West/Belfast North/Western Isles & Ensemble), William Chubb (Humphrey Atkins), Giles Cooper (Fred Silvester), Stephen Critchlow (Bromsgrove/Abingdon/Liverpool Edge Hill/Paisley/Fermanagh & Ensemble), James Gaddas (Walter Harrison), Natalie Grady (Ann Taylor), Ian Houghton (Armagh, Ambulance Man, Ensemble), David Hounslow (Joe Harper), Marcus Hutton (Ensemble), Harry Kershaw (Paddington South/Chelmsford/South Ayrshire/Henley/Marioneth /Coventry North West/Rushcliffe/Perry Barr & Ensemble), Louise Ludgate (Rochester & Chatham/Welwyn & Hatfield/Coventry South West/Ilford North/Lady Batley & Ensemble), Geoffrey Lumb (Clockmaker/Peebles/Redditch/Stirlingshire West/Clerk & Ensemble), Nicholas Lumley (Oxshott/Belfast West/St Helens & Ensemble), Martin Marquez (Bob Mellish), Matthew Pidgeon (Jack Weatherill), Miles Richardson (Speaker Act I/Mansfield/Sergeant at Arms Act II/West Lothian & Ensemble), Tony Turner (Michael Cocks), Orlando Wells (Walsall North/Plymouth Sutton/Serjeant at Arms Act I/Speaker Act II/Caernarfon/Clerk & Ensemble) and Charlotte Worthing (Ensemble). Ian Houghton, David Hounslow, Matthew Pidgeon, Tony Turner and Orlando Wells return to This House having previously appeared in the West End production.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin with Jonathan O’Boyle, the production is designed by Rae Smith with lighting design by Paule Constable and Ben Pickersgill on tour, music by Stephen Warbeck, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Ian Dickinson.

This House is produced on tour by Jonathan Church Productions and Headlong.

James Graham is also taking part in The Big Arts and Education Debate, a symposium for teachers, practitioners, educators and young people to debate the urgent issue of creative arts provision in schools on Friday 20 April at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Joining James on the panel will be Ammo Talwar MBE, CEO of Punch Records, Christine Quinn, West Midlands Regional Schools Commissioner, Cassie Chadderton, Head of UK Theatre, Indu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre (formerly the Tricycle Theatre), Pauline Tambling CBE, CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills, Sam Cairns, Co-Director of Cultural Learning Alliance and Tim Boyes CEO of Birmingham Education Partnership. The Big Arts and Education Debate will be chaired by Steve Ball, Associate Director at The REP, and theatre practitioner, Carl Woodward. Book online birmingham-rep.co.uk or call the box office 0121 236 4455.

UK Theatre and Education Industries Debate Urgent Issue of Creative Arts Provision – Friday 20 April, Birmingham

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Roxana Silbert

Roxana Silbert

The full line up for the Big Arts and Education Debate has been confirmed. On Friday 20 April, leading figures from the worlds of theatre and education will meet to debate the urgent issue regarding the reduction in creative arts provision in schools across the UK.

The Big Arts and Education Debate will welcome teachers, practitioners, educators and young people and will be opened by Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director, Roxana Silbert.

Representing the arts will be Olivier Award-winning playwright, James Graham; Head of UK Theatre, Cassie Chadderton, Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham and Punch Record’s CEO, Ammo Talwar. Representatives from the education sector include Pauline Tamblin, Chief Executive of Creative and Cultural Skills, Christine Quinn, West Midlands Regional Schools Commissioner, Sam Cairns, Cultural Learning Alliance and Tim Boyes, CEO of Birmingham Education Partnership.   Chairing the debate will be Steve Ball, Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, alongside Carl Woodward, Media and Learning Specialist.

As part of the debate, Marilyn Rice, Producer of Education, Lyric Hammersmith and Romana Flello from the Royal Court Theatre will present the findings of the London Theatre Consortium Education symposium held earlier this year.

Steve Ball, Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre said:

“We’re looking forward to bringing together the worlds of theatre and education to discuss the issues surrounding creative arts provision in schools.  Since 2010 there has been a 28% drop in the number of children taking creative GCSEs, with a similar drop in the number of creative arts teachers being trained. These diminishing opportunities for children and young people are a real concern and we hope that by the end of the debate to have established some recommendations for improvement.”

Carl Woodward also said:

“To deprive state educated children the opportunities to pursue a career in the arts is nothing short of perverse. The Big Arts and Education Debate is a prophetic and practical opportunity to come together to address this very serious situation. We very much look forward to seeing what recommendations and solutions that we can achieve together.”

The Big Arts and Education Debate takes place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Friday 20 April, 2pm – 5pm.  Tickets £10 / £5 concessions are available from birmingham-rep.co.uk / 0121 236 4455.

 Olivier Awards 2018 Winners Announced

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Olivier Awards

Olivier Awards

  • Hamilton Wins 7 awards including Best New Musical with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Orchestrator Alex Lacamoire winning Outstanding Achievement In Music and Giles Terera and Michael Jibson winning Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively
  • The Ferryman wins 3 awards including Best New Play with Sam Mendes winning Best Director and Laura Donnelly winning Best Actress
  • The National Theatre celebrates 5 Awards including Best Revival for Angels In America and Best Musical Revival for Follies with Bryan Cranston winning Best Actor for his role in Network and Denise Gough winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Angels In America
  • Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim win Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively for Girl From The North Country
  • Bertie Carvel wins Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ink written by James Graham, who wins best Best New Comedy For Labour Of Love

The winners of the Olivier Awards 2018 with Mastercard, the UK’s most prestigious stage honours, were announced tonight (Sunday 8 April 2018) at London’s Royal Albert Hall hosted by Catherine Tate.  The full list of winners is available below and online at OlivierAwards.com.

This year’s ceremony will be broadcast on ITV tonight at 22:20. It will also broadcast worldwide at the same time, outside the UK, on the Olivier Awards Facebook page.  The Oliviers will broadcast in China via iQiyi on Tuesday 10 April.

New American musical Hamilton collected seven Olivier Awards including Best New Musical with composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire winning Outstanding Achievement in Music.  Giles Terera, who plays the part of Aaron Burr, was named Best Actor in a Musical, with Michael Jibson winning Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his portrayal of King George III.  The musical, about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, also went on to win Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, and Best Theatre Choreographer.

The Ferryman collected three Olivier Awards including Best New Play.  Stage and film director, Sam Mendes, won Best Director with Laura Donnelly winning Best Actress for her role in the Northern Irish drama set during The Troubles.

The National Theatre celebrate five Awards including Best Revival for Angels In America and Best Musical Revival for Follies.  Bryan Cranston won Best Actor for his role in Network and Denise Gough won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Angels In America.  The production is currently playing in New York to great acclaim.

Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim won Best Actress in a Musical and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively for Girl From The North Country, Conor McPherson’s musical based on the work of Bob Dylan.

Bertie Carvel was named Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ink, written by James Graham who won Best New Comedy for Labour Of Love.

The Royal Court’s production of Killology won Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre and Dick Whittington won Best Entertainment and Family.

In the dance categories, Best New Dance Production went to Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite for The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House.  Francesca Velicu won Outstanding Achievement in Dance for her performance in English National Ballet’s production of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps at Sadler’s Wells.

The Royal Opera House won Best New Opera for Semiramide and Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona won Outstanding Achievement in Opera for their performances in Semiramide.

David Lan was this year’s recipient of the Special Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution in leading the Young Vic since 2000, his work within the local community around the theatre, and his commitment to internationalism and diversity.

Performances on the night included American musical theatre legend Chita Rivera performing the iconic West Side Story track Somewhere with Andy Karl (Olivier Award 2017 winner for his performance in Groundhog Day), Adam J. Bernard (Olivier Award 2017 winner for his performance in Dreamgirls), and the Arts Educational Schools London Choir, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the production debuting in London.  There was also a unique moment to honour the 50th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic musical Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with past stars including Jason Donovan and Linzi Hateley, Lee Mead and Preeya Kalidas, and Joe McElderry and Danielle Hope. There were also performances from nominated musicals including: HamiltonEverybody’s Talking About Jamie; Girl From The North Country, Young Frankenstein, Follies and 42nd Street.

Presenters this year included Alexandra Burke, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Anne-Marie Duff,  Beverley Knight, Chita Rivera, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Frank DiLella, Juliet Stevenson, Meera Syal, Mel Giedroyc, Michael Sheen, Ophelia Lovibond, Patti LuPone, Pearl Mackie and Sergei Polunin.

FULL LIST FOR THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2018 WITH MASTERCARD

AMERICAN AIRLINES BEST NEW PLAY

The Ferryman at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre

BEST NEW COMEDY

Labour Of Love at Noël Coward Theatre

BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION

Flight Pattern by Crystal Pite for The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE

Francesca Velicu for her performance in English National Ballet’s production of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps at Sadler’s Wells

BEST ENTERTAINMENT AND FAMILY

Dick Whittington at London Palladium

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Vicki Mortimer for Follies at National Theatre – Olivier

DELTA LIVE AWARD FOR BEST SOUND DESIGN

Nevin Steinberg for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Bertie Carvel for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Denise Gough for Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AFFILIATE THEATRE

Killology at Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre, a co-production with Sherman Theatre Cardiff

BLUE-I THEATRE TECHNOLOGY AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGN

Bob Crowley and 59 Productions for An American In Paris at Dominion Theatre

WHITE LIGHT AWARD FOR BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Howell Binkley for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST ACTOR

Bryan Cranston for Network at National Theatre – Lyttelton

BEST ACTRESS

Laura Donnelly for The Ferryman at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre

BEST DIRECTOR

Sam Mendes for The Ferryman at Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre and Gielgud Theatre

BEST NEW OPERA PRODUCTION

Semiramide at Royal Opera House

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN OPERA

Joyce DiDonato and Daniela Barcellona for their performances in Semiramide at Royal Opera House

BEST REVIVAL

Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC

Hamilton – Composer-Lyricist: Lin-Manuel Miranda; Orchestrator: Alex Lacamoire at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER

Andy Blankenbuehler for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

MAGIC RADIO BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL

Follies at National Theatre – Olivier

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Michael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL

Sheila Atim for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic and the Noël Coward Theatre

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Shirley Henderson for Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic and the Noël Coward Theatre

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Giles Terera for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

MASTERCARD BEST NEW MUSICAL

Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

SPECIAL AWARD

David Lan

Casting announced for James Graham’s critically acclaimed play Quiz, on stage seating across the run at just £15 for all preview performances

Quiz by James Graham

Quiz by James Graham

Quiz by James Graham

Casting is announced today for James Graham’s ‘sparkling new play’, Quiz, which transfers to the Noël Coward Theatre. Following the success of Ink and Labour of LoveQuiz completes a hat-trick of productions in the West End for Graham in less than a year. Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, Daniel Evans, directs Keir CharlesGreg HaisteMark MeadowsHenry PettigrewGavin SpokesStephanie StreetJay VilliersLizzie Winkler and Sarah Woodward who reprise their roles from the run at Chichester Festival Theatre. They are joined by Sharon Ballard.

Also announced today, there will be a limited number of on stage seats across the run. For the previews, these will be priced at just £15.

A provocative re-examination of the case against Charles Ingram, the ‘coughing Major’, for cheating on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?Quiz ‘highlights the dangerous blending of entertainment, politics and justice today’ (Sunday Times). Quiz opens on 10 April 2018, with previews from 31 March, and runs for a strictly limited London season until 16 June.

James Graham’s theatre work includes Labour of Love (Noël Coward Theatre), Ink (Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre – nominated for Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards), This House (National Theatre – Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play, and Garrick Theatre – Olivier Award nomination for Best Revival), Monster Raving Loony (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Soho Theatre), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse, broadcast live on More4 on election night and nominated for Best Live Event at the BAFTA TV awards), The Angry Brigade (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Paines Plough), the Broadway musical Finding Neverland, written with Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, Privacy (Donmar Warehouse), The Man (Finborough Theatre and on tour), The Whisky Taster (Bush Theatre) and Tory Boyz (Soho Theatre). As Writer in Residence at the Finborough Theatre his plays include Albert’s Boy, Eden’s Empire and Sons of York. His television writing includes political drama Coalition(Channel 4), Prisoner’s Wives (BBC1) and Caught in a Trap (ITV1). His first feature film X+Y was released in 2015 after being selected at the Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival, winner of the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Debut Screenplay. His forthcoming work includesThe Culture – A Farce in Two Acts (Hull Truck as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017), and the film Gypsy Boy.

Sharon Ballard’s theatre work includes Sleeping Beauty (Hackney Empire), All Bob’s Women (Arts Theatre) and Godspell (UK tour). For television, her work includes Good Omens, Trauma, Sherlock and The Royals; and for film, Me Before You.

 Keir Charles plays Chris Tarrant. For theatre, his work includes The Lottery of Love (Orange Tree Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Noël Coward Theatre), Arden of Faversham, The Roaring Girl, The White Devil, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes (RSC), Mydidae (Trafalgar Studios and Soho Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Sheffield Theatres) and Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court Theatre). For television, his work includes The Moorside, HG Wells War With the World, Green Wing, Peep Show and Attachments; and for film, Kursk and Love Actually.

 Greg Haiste’s theatre work includes Peter and the Starcatcher (Royal and Derngate), Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe and Apollo Theatre),Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rose Theatre Kingston). For television, his work includes Home Fires, Touch Me I’m Karen Taylor, Jane Hall and See How They Run; and for film, The Current War, The Time of Their Lives and Starfish.

 Mark Meadows theatre work includes 5/11, King Lear, Six Pictures of Lee Miller (Chichester Festival Theatre, Tartuffe (Tobacco Factory),Flowers for Mrs Harris, High Society (Sheffield Theatres) and Urinetown (St James Theatre and Apollo Theatre). For television, his work includes Kiri; and for film Letters from Baghdad, Nicholas Nickleby and High Heels and Low Lifes.

 Henry Pettigrew’s theatre work includes The Effect, Straight (Sheffield Theatres), Pitcairn (Chichester Festival Theatre/ Shakespeare’s Globe/Out of Joint), The Master and Margarita (Complicité), Anna Christie (Donmar Warehouse), Hamlet (Donmar West End), Beautiful Burnout(Frantic Assembly), Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland) and Troilus and Cressida (RSC). For television, his work includes Death in Paradise, Taboo, The Crown, Shetland, Silent Witness and Line of Duty; and for film The Aftermath and The Danish Girl.

 Gavin Spokes plays Charles Ingram. His theatre work includes Against (Almeida Theatre), Carousel (ENO), Guys and Dolls (Phoenix Theatre – Olivier Award nomination), One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre, West End and UK tour), 1984 (Almeida Theatre, Playhouse Theatre and UK tour) and The Wind in the Willows (Royal and Derngate). For television his work includes Man Down, Will, Utopia and Obsession.

 Stephanie Street plays Diana Ingram. Her theatre credits include Behind the Beautiful Forevers, King James Bible: Gospel According to John, Nightwatchmen (National Theatre), Constellations (Singapore Repertory Theatre), Shades (Royal Court Theatre), The Big Fellah, Mixed Up North (Out of Joint) and Sisters which she also wrote (Sheffield Theatres). For television, her work includes Hank Zipzer, Silk, DCI Banks, Hensand Primeval; and for film, Attack the Block.

 Jay Villiers theatre work includes Arcadia, The Admiral Crichton, Mansfield Park (Chichester Festival Theatre), Skylight (Theatr Clwyd), The Winslow Boy (The Old Vic), In Praise of Love (Royal and Derngate), Betrayal (Bristol Old Vic), Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It(Renaissance); and Ting Tang Mine, Fathers and Sons and Six Characters in Search of an Author (National Theatre). For television, his work includes Outlander, New Blood, War and Peace, Mr Selfridge, Extras, The Government inspector, Absolute Power and Lipstick on Your Collar; and for film, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, The Last Photograph, Birds Like Us, The Sea, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Lady, The International, Before the Rain and Henry V.

Lizzie Winkler’s theatre work includes Hobson’s Choice (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Suicide, Frankenstein, The Power of Yes, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Major Barbara, A Matter of Life and Death, The Man of Mode (National Theatre), Rebecca (Kneehigh), Boeing-Boeing(Sheffield Theatres) and The County Wife (Royal Exchange Manchester). For television, her work includes Upstart Crow; and for film, Stratton, Induction and The Second Hearing.

Sarah Woodward’s work for Chichester Festival Theatre includes London Assurance and This House (also West End). Her other theatre work includes Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe and Apollo Theatre), Richard II, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre), Bracken Moor (Tricycle Theatre),Love and Information, Jumpy, Presence, Built on Sand (Royal Court Theatre), The Cherry Orchard, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Present Laughter, Wild Oats, The Sea (National Theatre), Judgement Day, Rape of Lucrece (Almeida Theatre), Rookery Nook (Menier Chocolate Factory), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Playhouse Theatre), The Real Thing (Donmar Warehouse, West End and Broadway – Tony Award nomination) and Tom and Clem (Aldwych Theatre – Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor). For television, her work includes New Blood, The Politician’s Husband, Hear the Silence, Final Demand and The Two of Us; and for film, Bright Young Things and I Capture the Castle.

Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre Daniel Evans directs. His work for the company includes Forty Years On and Fiddler on the Roof. He was previously Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, where he directed Flowers for Mrs HarrisShow Boat (also West End), The EffectAnything Goes (also UK tour), The Sheffield Mysteries, Oliver! (Best Musical Production, WhatsOnStage Awards 2015), This Is My Family (UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Production – also on tour), The Full Monty (UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production – also national tour and West End), My Fair Lady (Best Musical ProductionWhatsOnStage Awards 2014), Macbeth, OthelloRacing Demon as part of The David Hare Season, and An Enemy of the People – the opening production of his inaugural season. He also recently directed American Buffalo in the West End. As an actor, his work for Sheffield Theatres includes Company, The Pride, Cloud Nine and The Tempest. As an award-winning actor, Evans’ work includes Sunday in the Park with George (Menier Chocolate Factory, Wyndham’s Theatre and Broadway) – a role for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical (his second Olivier Award, the first being for Merrily We Roll Along in 2001) and a Tony Award nomination.  His extensive credits include work with the Donmar Warehouse, RSC, Royal Court Theatre and National Theatre.  Evans is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Quiz is a fictional imagination based on real events which took place in 2001 following an episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? It is not in any way connected with the makers of the programme or any of the individuals portrayed.

Quiz                                                                                                                                                          LISTINGS

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Press night: 10 April at 7pm

Performance times:

Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (from 7 April)

Wednesday matinees at 2.30pm (from 4 April, except 11 April)

Thursday matinee at 2:30pm on 12 April only

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Casting announced for the UK tour of James Graham’s This House

James Graham
THIS HOUSE by James Graham,

THIS HOUSE by James Graham, Chichester Festival Theatre, 2016, Credit: Johan Persson/

Rehearsals began today for the first UK tour of This House, which opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse on 23 February(national press night 28 February). The cast – who play a colourful host of MPs and Whips – is Ian Barritt (Batley & Morley/Woolwich West/Belfast North/Western Isles & Ensemble), William Chubb (Humphrey Atkins), Giles Cooper (Fred Silvester), Stephen Critchlow (Bromsgrove/Abingdon/Liverpool Edge Hill/Paisley/Fermanagh & Ensemble), James Gaddas (Walter Harrison), Natalie Grady (Ann Taylor), Ian Houghton (Armagh, Ambulance Man, Ensemble), David Hounslow (Joe Harper), Marcus Hutton (Ensemble), Harry Kershaw (Paddington South/Chelmsford/South Ayrshire/Henley/Marioneth /Coventry North West/Rushcliffe/Perry Barr & Ensemble), Louise Ludgate (Rochester & Chatham/Welwyn & Hatfield/Coventry South West/Ilford North/Lady Batley & Ensemble), Geoffrey Lumb (Clockmaker/Peebles/Redditch/Stirlingshire West/Clerk & Ensemble), Nicholas Lumley (Oxshott/Belfast West/St Helens & Ensemble), Martin Marquez (Bob Mellish), Matthew Pidgeon (Jack Weatherill), Miles Richardson (Speaker Act I/Mansfield/Sergeant at Arms Act II/West Lothian & Ensemble), Tony Turner (Michael Cocks), Orlando Wells (Walsall North/Plymouth Sutton/Serjeant at Arms Act I/Speaker Act II/Caernarfon/Clerk & Ensemble) and Charlotte Worthing (Ensemble). Ian Houghton, David Hounslow, Matthew Pidgeon, Tony Turner and Orlando Wells return to This House having previously appeared in the West End production.

James Graham’s critically acclaimed and prescient political drama takes on a new importance in the current political climate. Are we in the midst of a political revolution? Can the country stay united? Roll back to 1974… The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and back biting as Britain’s political parties’ battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes.

In an era of chaos, both hilarious and shocking, when votes are won or lost by one, there are fist fights in the parliamentary bars, high-stakes tricks and games are played, and sick MPs are carried through the lobby to register their crucial votes as the government hangs by a thread. This House strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes; the whips who roll up their sleeves and on occasion bend the rules to shepherd and coerce a diverse chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin with Jonathan O’Boyle, the production is designed by Rae Smith with lighting design by Paule Constable and Ben Pickersgill on tour, music by Stephen Warbeck, choreography by Scott Ambler and sound by Ian Dickinson.

This House is produced on tour by Jonathan Church Productions and Headlong.

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James Graham’s critically acclaimed play Quiz transfers to the West End

QUIZ by Graham, , Writer – James Graham, Director – Daniel Evans, Credit: Johan Persson

With Labour of Love and Ink currently running in the West End, James Graham achieves a hat trick as his sell-out ‘major coughing hit’, Quiz, transfers to the Noël Coward Theatre. A provocative re-examination of the conviction of Charles Ingram for cheating on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?Quiz ‘highlights the dangerous blending of entertainment, politics and justice today.’ (Sunday Times). Quiz opens on 10 April 2018, with previews from 31 March, and runs for a strictly limited London season until 16 June.

Daniel Evans’ production marks the second London transfer for Chichester Festival Theatre – and the first to the West End – under the tenure of Daniel Evans as Artistic Director and Rachel Tackley as Executive Director.

James Graham commented, “Being given the chance to share Quiz with more people – and with the opportunity to develop and push our gameshow-meets-theatre concept even further – is beyond exciting for all of us.

“I would never have imagined years ago I’d get a chance to put any of my new plays into the West End. So to be able to return so quickly to the Noël Coward – which has been the happiest of homes for Labour of Love – feels surprising, and properly humbling to have the trust, belief, and support in the show from our producers, the amazing Daniel Evans, and the team of actors and creators who help me tell this gobsmacking story of the so-called Coughing Major and the most successful game show of all time.”

Daniel Evans said today, “It’s been an enormous privilege to have presented James Graham’s Quiz as part of our inaugural season at Chichester.  James is an exceptional writer with a knack for examining our recent history through an alternative lens. We’re thrilled to be able to revisit the production for the West End, and share Chichester’s work with a wider audience.”

James Graham’s theatre work includes Labour of Love (Noël Coward Theatre), Ink (Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s Theatre – nominated for Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards), This House (National Theatre – Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play, and Garrick Theatre – Olivier Award nomination for Best Revival),Monster Raving Loony (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Soho Theatre), The Vote (Donmar Warehouse, broadcast live on More4 on election night and nominated for Best Live Event at the BAFTA TV awards), The Angry Brigade (Theatre Royal Plymouth and Paines Plough), the Broadway musical Finding Neverland, written with Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, Privacy (Donmar Warehouse), The Man (Finborough Theatre and on tour), The Whisky Taster (Bush Theatre) and Tory Boyz (Soho Theatre). As Writer in Residence at the Finborough Theatre his plays include Albert’s Boy, Eden’s Empire and Sons of York. His television writing includes political drama Coalition (Channel 4), Prisoner’s Wives (BBC1) and Caught in a Trap (ITV1). His first feature film X+Y was released in 2015 after being selected at the Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival, winner of the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Debut Screenplay. His forthcoming work includes The Culture – A Farce in Two Acts (Hull Truck as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017), and the film Gypsy Boy.

Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre Daniel Evans directs. His work for the company includes Forty Years On and Fiddler on the Roof. He was previously Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, where he directed Flowers for Mrs Harris,  Show Boat (also West End), The EffectAnything Goes (also UK tour), The Sheffield Mysteries, Oliver! (Best Musical Production, WhatsOnStage Awards 2015), This Is My Family (UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Production – also on tour), The Full Monty (UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production – also national tour and West End), My Fair Lady (Best Musical ProductionWhatsOnStage Awards 2014),Macbeth, OthelloRacing Demon as part of The David Hare Season, and An Enemy of the People – the opening production of his inaugural season. He also recently directed American Buffalo in the West End. As an actor, his work for Sheffield Theatres includes Company, The Pride, Cloud Nine and The Tempest. An award-winning actor and director, Evans’ work includes Sunday in the Park with George (Menier Chocolate Factory, Wyndham’s Theatre and Broadway) – a role for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical (his second Olivier Award, the first being for Merrily We Roll Along in 2001) and a Tony Award nomination.  His extensive credits include work with the Donmar Warehouse, RSC, Royal Court Theatre and National Theatre.  Evans is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Quiz is a fictional imagination based on real events which took place in 2001 following an episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? It is not in any way connected with the makers of the programme or any of the individuals portrayed.

Quiz                                                                                                                                                          LISTINGS

Noël Coward Theatre

St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9LX

www.quiztheplay.com 

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31 March – 16 June

Press night: 10 April at 7pm

Performance times:

Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (from 7 April)

Wednesday matinees at 2.30pm (from 4 April, except 11 April)

Thursday matinee at 2:30pm on 12 April only

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£15, £27.50, £42.50 & £67.50 with £95 Premium (no booking fee when booked via DMT)

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