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Casting announced for the West End return of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Joshua Jenkins and Toby. Photo Alex Rumford
Joshua Jenkins and Toby. Photo Alex Rumford

Joshua Jenkins and Toby. Photo Alex Rumford

  • Casting announced for the West End return of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as rehearsals begin today.
  • Joshua Jenkins makes his West End debut as Christopher Boone having played the role on the UK and international tour.
  • Multi-award-winning production opens 29 November 2018 at the      Piccadilly Theatre for a strictly limited season until 27 April 2019.
  • Christopher (Joshua Jenkins) visits Piccadilly Circus for the first time with Toby, his pet rat .

The full cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been announced this morning as rehearsals begin for its return to the West End.  The Olivier and Tony Award® -winning show begins previews at the Piccadilly Theatre on Thursday 29               November, with a media night on Tuesday 11 December.  The strictly limited season ends on 27 April 2019.

Curious Incident is adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon, and            directed by Marianne Elliott (War HorseAngels in America,Company).

 Playing the central role of Christopher Boone and making his West End debut is Joshua   Jenkins who played the role on the recent UK and international tour, performing alongside Julie Hale (Siobhan), Stuart Laing (Ed), Emma Beattie (Judy), Sean McKenzie (Reverend Peters), Eliza Collings (Mrs Shears), Lucas Hare (Mr Shears), Gemma Knight Jones (Punk Girl), Lynette Clark (Mrs Alexander), Craig Stein (Mr Thompson).  Sam Newton will play           Christopher at certain performances and the understudies are: Kieran GarlandEmma-Jane GoodwinRose Riley and Joe Rising.

Curious Incident has now been seen by more than three million people worldwide. It is the winner of seven Olivier Awards including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.  Following its New York premiere in September 2014, it became the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, winning five Tony Awards® including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off Broadway Play.

Joshua Jenkins played Christopher on the production’s first 31 date tour of the UK and Ireland ending in September 2017 and then on international tour visiting Amsterdam, Toronto, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Perth from 2017– 18. The show recently completed a 30-date tour of the USA and a schools tour, taking a specially staged in-the-round 90 minute version of the play into 60 schools around the country continuing until December 2018.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Piccadilly Theatre is a co-            production with the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Simon Stephens said: ‘I am stunned and inspired by the return of Curious Incident to the West End. It is a story that means the world to me. Mark Haddon’s exquisite imagination twisted into shape and infused with life by Marianne Elliott and her incredible team. After travelling the country and seeing the world Christopher Boone is coming back home. I’m mainly thrilled because I get to see it again.’

The show tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is fifteen years old. He stands besides Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting designer Paule Constable, and video design by Finn Ross. Movement is by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was published in 2003 and was the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including prizes in the US, Japan, Holland and Italy, as well as the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year Award in the UK in 2004. The novel has been translated into 44 languages and sold more than 5.5 million      copies world-wide.

Marianne Elliott, who was recently awarded an OBE for her services to theatre, is the       Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she recently set up with producer Chris Harper. Their latest production is Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical   comedy, Company, which opened at the Gielgud Theatre, London in September.    Directed by Marianne Elliott and designed by Bunny Christie, the cast includes Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah and Jonathan Bailey as Jamie. On 29 November War Horse returns to the NT and in doing so becomes the third production directed by Marianne playing in London.

Marianne was an Associate Director of the National Theatre for 10 years, where her work included Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (which transferred to Broadway in February 2018 and won three Tony® Awards including Best Revival of a Play), War Horse (Tony® Award for best director, alongside co-director Tom Morris), Rules for LivingThe Light      PrincessPortSeason’s GreetingsAll’s Well that Ends WellHarper ReganSaint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award for Theatre) and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award for Best Director).  Marianne was consultant director on The Elephantom for the NT and directed Sweet Bird of Youth for the Old Vic with Kim Cattrall.  Elliott & Harper’s previous productions are: Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, co-producer of Angels in America in New York and The Lion the Witch at the Wardrobe (directed by Sally Cookson) at Leeds Playhouse.

Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for   children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. His    latest book is The Pier Falls, a collection of stories. He lives in Oxford.

Simon Stephens’ plays for the NT include a new translation of The Threepenny OperaPort (originally produced at the Royal Exchange and directed by Marianne Elliott), Harper Regan (which was also produced at Canadian Stage) and On the Shore of the Wide World (co-production with Royal Exchange, Manchester: Olivier Award for Best New Play).  His many other plays include Carmen DisruptionHeisenberg: The Uncertainty     Principle (Broadway and West End), BirdlandBlindsidedThree KingdomsWastwaterPunk RockSeawallPornographyCountry MusicChristmasHerons and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge), an adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind and Motortown.  His version of A Doll’s House for the Young Vic transferred to the West End and then New York in 2014. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre. Simon’s book – Simon Stephens, A   Working Diary was published in 2016.

Emma Beattie (Judy) Emma trained at ALRA and was winner of the 1998 Lilian Baylis Award.  Her theatre credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK and International Tour), Medea (The Gate Theatre), The Distance (Orange Tree Theatre), The Odyssey (Derby Playhouse), The Last of the Haussmans (NT), Death of a Cyclist (Soho Theatre), Four for Jericho (Pleasance Courtyard), Great Expectations   (Watermill Theatre), The Song of Deborah (Lowry Theatre), The Potting Shed (Finborough Theatre), Ivanov (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Ruffian on the Stair (Orange Tree Theatre),John        Gabriel Borkman (Donmar Warehouse), The Cut (Donmar Warehouse), King Lear      (Pendley Shakespeare Festival) and Hysteria (UK Tour).  Emma’s screen credits include: Doctors (BBC), The Wives Did it (Discovery); Mr Selfridge (BBC) and Legacy (Feature).

Lynette Clark (Mrs Alexander) trained at Mountview Theatre School and The Anna Scher Theatre in North London.  She won an OFFIE Award – Off West End Theatre Award – for Best Supporting Female 2017 for her performance in Karagula by Philip Ridley, for Soho Theatre, DEM Productions and Pig Dog Associates.  Other theatre credits include; Sense Of An Ending (DEM Productions/Theatre 503); Boi Boi Is Dead (Tiata Fahodzi, West Yorkshire Playhouse & Watford Palace Theatre); The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The     Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland); The Crucible (Royal Shakespeare Company);     Anansi (Southwark Playhouse); Stand By Your Van and Elephants in Nairobi (Menagerie Theatre Company), Stepping OutThe Wizard Of OzArabian NightsDick Whittington and Cinderella (The Everyman, Cheltenham), One Dark Night (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff & tour), Horrible Histories – The Terrible Tudors and The Vile Victorians (Birmingham Stage       Company & tour) and To Kill A MockingbirdStepping Out and Treasure Island (Pitlochry Festival Theatre). Films and Television credits include; TopboyHarley Street and Play Days BBC 1.

Eliza Collings (Mrs Shears) trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  Her theatre credits include: The Other Place (Park Theatre and Theatre by the Lake);Great Expectations    (Malvern Theatres/UK Tour); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (NT UK Tour); The One That Got Away (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath); The Miser (Watermill Theatre); Lady Windermere’s FanThe Country Wife (Manchester Royal Exchange); A      Midsummer Night’s Dream (Unicorn Theatre); Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes,  Vaudevillains SideshowThe Ceremony (Les Enfants Terrible); News Revue(Canal Cafe Theatre); Hobsons ChoiceThe Taming Of The Shrew (RADA Enterprises); On This Site (Roustabout). Television includes Doc Martin. Film includes Sink and Lambeth (short film) and radio includes Penmaric (BBC),

Kieran Garland’s theatre work includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK, International and Schools tour) for the NT; RIFT’s Macbeth at Balfron Tower, Poplar; Lysistrata (UK tour), for Actors of Dionysus; Macbeth for Vienna’s English Theatre, Austria; and 10,000 Several Doors (Duchess of Malfi) for Prodigal Theatre at The          Nightingale, Brighton.  His TV appearances include Locked Up Abroad for National           Geographic/Raw TV.

Emma-Jane Goodwin trained at East 15 Acting School. Her theatre appearances include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time – UK, Ireland and International Tour       (NT), Sandra after Birthday (Round Pebble Theatre Company), Her Big Chance (Round Pebble Theatre Company), Someone’s Out There (Sglodion Fawr Theatre), Love Steals us from Loneliness (Chippy Lane Productions), Matchmakers (Three Muses Productions) and Yolk (Three Muses Productions)  On television she has appeared in Stella (Sky) and on    radio in Bert & Dave’s Big Break (Wireless Theatre Company).

Julie Hale (Siobhan) has just returned from touring internationally with Curious Incident and is delighted to now be in the West End. Her theatre work includes Whisky Galore (in Gaelic)  with National Theatre Scotland , Cured by Stef Smith as part of the Glasgay Festival at the Arches, Glasgow,  Old Timesand Love in the Title with London Classic Theatre,  LovechildCeausescu’s Ear and Pericles, all with Gerry Stembridge, Sunshine Boys at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, Exiles by James Joyce at The Friends of the Italian Opera Theatre, Berlin, an Irish national tour of Canaries,  Abigail’s Party and The Gingerman at The New Theatre, Dublin. The Gingerman then transferred to the Irish Arts Centre, New York where she was then cast and performed in the New York premier of Red Roses and Petrol directed by Neil Jones.  Her film and television work includes ShetlandGarrow’s LawCrashMy Left FootAsh WednesdayW.C., TroublesBlack and WhiteWhen Brendan met TrudyFlickBlack Day at BlackrockBobbie’s Girl & Bloom.  Julie had an ongoing role as Terry Deegan in the Irish soap-opera Fair City for 8 years and was D.I. Amanda Rook in the Scottish soap-opera River City.

Lucas Hare (Roger) trained at LAMDA. His theatre credits include The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (NT UK & Ireland tour), Children Of The SunScenes From An Execution, The Last Of The Haussmans, Season’s Greetings (all NT), A Match Made In Heaven (Frinton Summer Theatre), The Mentor (Vaudeville    Theatre), The Real Thing (Theatre Royal Bath & tour), The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (Chichester and Duchess   Theatre), Bedroom Farce (Duke Of York’s Theatre), Spider’s Web (Agatha Christie Theatre Company), The Tempest (Shared Experience), A Taste Of Honey (Brave New World), Thark (Watermill Theatre), The Moon Is Halfway To Heaven (Sally Humphreys Productions), The Doctor’s Dilemma (Almeida), Twelfth Night(Sheffield Crucible), Romeo And Juliet (Hull Truck), Death And The Maiden (Harold Pinter Theatre).  His television appearances include The Crown, Friday Night Dinner, Broadchurch, EastEnders, Casualty, Manhunt, The Rook, Learners, U Be Dead, Law and Order UK, Dream Team Retro, Hearts and Bones, Touching Evil, The Bill and films include Die Another Day and The Engagement

Joshua Jenkins (Christopher) trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. His work in theatre includes The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on tour for the NT; A Soldier in Every SonKing JohnRichard III and Dunsinane (with National Theatre of Scotland) for the RSC; Unrestlessin the Old Vic Tunnels; and The World Turned Upside Down for Òran Mór. TV includes Holby CityBaker BoysDoctors, One Night in EmergencyGarrow’s LawHeartbeatBelonging and Stopping Distance. Film includes Plots with a View.

Gemma Knight Jones (Punk Girl) trained at Identity Drama School.  Her theatre credits     include: Punk Girl in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Gielgud Theatre);    Sarabi in The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); Tina & u/s Deloris in Sister Act (UK Tour);      Lorraine/ Dynamite & u/s Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray (UK Tour); u/s Yvonne in Been So Long (Young Vic/ETT); u/s Joanne in Rent (Broadway Theatre); Sarah in Ragtime    (Kenneth More Theatre).  Her film and TV credits include: Been So Long (Film Four/    Greenacre Productions); Behind Every Great Day (Dreams Beds commercial);Johnson and Johnson Baby Global (commercial).

Stuart Laing (Ed) trained at Drama Centre, London. His work in theatre includes The         Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on tour for the NT;  title role in Macbeth at the Mercury Theatre Colchester; Peckham: The Soap Opera for the Royal Court; Dolls House at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry;Hundreds and ThousandsBilly & The Crab Lady and Food For Thought at Soho Theatre; Neil la Bute trilogy on UK tour, Seasons Greetings at Liverpool Playhouse, Indian Country at Chapter Theatre, Hushabye Mountain at Hampstead Theatre , A Streetcar Named Desire at Theatr Clywd, Bad Company at the Bush Theatre; Blowing Whistles at Leicester Square Theatre; Drowning on Dry Land at Salisbury          Playhouse; Kiss of the Spider Woman & Over Here at Leicester     Haymarket and Loot at Thorndike Theatre.  TV includes Casualty, Silent Witness, Vincent, Spooks, Father Brown, How TV Ruined Your Life, In a Land of Plenty, Everytime You Look At Me, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Poirot, Strikeforce, Sex and Lies, The Bill, Berkley Square, Blood & Peaches, Bob Martin, Burn It, Cambridge Spies, Devil’s Advocate, Eastenders and Wire in the Blood.     Animator, In Your Dreams, Kavannagh QC, Holby City, Doctors. Film includes South West Nine, The Lawless Heart, Butterfly Man, Gaston’s War, Lie Still, Nine Songs, Strong Language, The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael, Three Steps to Heaven and The Truth Game.

Sean McKenzie (Reverend Peters) trained at RADA.  His theatre credits include: Landlord, Moth, Old Man, Mr.Iger, Roy, Fred in Two by Jim Cartwright (Derby Theatre); Joe, Fred, Jim, Patrick, Kevin, Barry in Ladies Day (Wolverhampton Grand Theatre); Ken in the world     premiere of Ali Taylor’s Goth Weekend; Ray Say in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and  various roles in Alan Ayckbourn’s 60th Anniversary Gala; A Brief History of Plays (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Nurse Tabatha Trott in Sleeping Beauty/ Widow Twankey in Aladdin (Theatr Clwyd); Rev Peters/Station Policeman/ Uncle Terry/Ensemble in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Frantic Assembly/  NT production in the West End); Sgt Thunder in War Horse (NT, UK and international tour – MTA Winner); Sgt. Lugg in The Magistrate (NT); The Village Bike (Sheffield Crucible); Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van (Hull Truck / No.1 UK tour); Scobie in The Glee Club (Hull Truck/UK tour); Toad in The Wind in the Willows; Bey the Reindeer in The Snow Queen (for Derby LIVE at Derby Theatre); Ladies Day (Lichfield Garrick); Abigail’s Party (Northcott   Theatre,Exeter); Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!; Up ‘n’ UnderTime of My LifeOn The Piste (Derby Playhouse); Time and the Conways (Theatre Royal Bath/UK tour); Puck and Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Adrian Noble (RSC – Stratford, London and world tour); Ugly Sister in Cinderella (York Theatre Royal); Trinculo in The Tempest (Theatr Clwyd, Nottingham Playhouse and world tour); Alistair in Two Weeks With The Queen, directed by Alan Ayckbourn (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and NT – TMA Winner); Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Government Inspector (Harrogate Theatre).Also workshops with Stephen Daldry, Lyndsey Turner, Patrick Marber, Lucy Bailey, Michael Buffong, Melly Still at NT Studio. Television credits include: EmmerdaleBillionaire BoyTruckers, VeraBirdsong,TrolliedDownton AbbeyShamelessJohn AdamsMrs InbetweenyMiss FlorenceCity of ViceHonestWild WestCoogan’s RunLost TimeDalziel and PascoeThe Golden HourHolby CityEastEndersCasualtyRed CapThe Peterloo MassacreThe RoyalA Line in the SandCrime and Punishment,Sword of HonourCity Central, The Bill, HeartbeatLondon’s Burning and Jackanory. Film credits include: Send Her VictoriousDeano Small in Girl Shaped Love Drug24 Hour Party PeopleOld Borrowed BlueJude and Go Now, directed by Michael Winterbottom, Poor Wee MeStill CrazyLucky BreakVanity Fair, and A Martial Kind of Man.

Sam Newton (alternate Christopher) is originally from Birmingham and graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has just finished playing Nigel in Toast at the Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and made his professional debut in the UK & World Tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time playing           Christopher Boone (alternate) with the NT and is delighted to be joining the show in the West End. Other theatre training includes: A Serious Case of the Fuckits (CSSD); The Heresy of Love (CSSD); Slot Together (MAC Birmingham); Americana workshop (Stratford East Theatre); The Leeds Tealights (Sketch Comedy Tour), Cambridge Footlights and Friends (ADC Theatre).

Rose Riley is an Actor, Theatre Maker and Core Committee Member & Activist for Equal Representation for Actresses (ERA 50:50). Theatre credits include:Grafting at The Streatham Arts Space, LOADED at The Birmingham Old Rep, Sisterbound co-written by Rose for the Camden Fringe Festival 2017 & RADA Festival 2016, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It for Watch Your Head at the Savill Gardens & Windsor Castle;  ReHome at The Yard Theatre;  One Minute for Delirium Theatre at The Vaults and Tiger Country written & directed by Nina Raine at The Hampstead Theatre. Recent screen credits include: award-winning short film ELI produced by 7 COLLI Productions, Feature Film 90 Minutes produced by Vertigo Films and the lead role of Sarah in short film Home directed by Hannah Lees, due for release in late 2018.

 Joe Rising trained at Motherwell College.  His theatre credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (NT) and Common Man (National Theatre Scotland).  His film credits include Blindsided.

Craig Stein (Mr Thompson) has recently finished working with Frantic Assembly in Fatherland at the Lyric Hammersmith as well as filming Lake Placid: Legacy for Sony/Syfy.  Other theatre credits include: Wig Out (NT), Doctor Faustus (Duke of Yorks/ATG), Neighbors (High Tide/Nuffield Theatre),Ghost (Piccadilly Theatre), 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court Theatre-Rough Cuts), FELA! (NT), Harder They Come (Nottingham Playhouse/UK Tour), Nation (NT), Wig Out (Royal Court Theatre), Rent (Duke of York’s Theatre), Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre). Craig’s film and TV credits include; Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney), Soft Lad (Brown Boy Productions/Peccadillo Films), Doctors (BBC), Song for Jenny (BBC), Law and Order (Kudos/ITV), Love Matters: Aphrodite Fry (Ruby Films/Sky Living), Holby City (BBC), Down To Earth (BBC), The Biz! (BBC) and Casualty (BBC).  Voiceovers include: Fuse in Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV Studios/Pukeko Pictures) and various roles in The     Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network Studios Europe).

TALKS AND EVENTS

Adrian Sutton’s Music at the NT

Wed 21 November, 6 – 7pm, Cottesloe Room (National Theatre), £7/£5

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/adrian-suttons-music-nt

COMPANY is exciting, fresh and relevant

Further proof, if it were needed, there’s not a single theatre format that can’t be improved by the presence of Marianne Elliott. See: Angels in America / War Horse / Curious IncidentElliott & Harper’s gender-switch reinvention of Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy COMPANY, will go down in West End folklore.

Knocked flat by this wonderful musical, I saw stars at the interval, five of them.

People are trying to work out why COMPANY is proving so insanely popular. Theories have ranged from Patti LuPone’s scene-stealing, Mel Giedroyc’s playful comic bravado, to Richard Fleeshman in tiny blue pants, without considering a more obvious possibility. All of the above.

The musical – ambitious book by George Furth, skilful music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – is all about marriage and single life. But fifty years on from its Broadway debut – Elliot’s entertaining gender-switch reinvention enables a forensic and meaningful account of the pressures on modern women and female agency. Everything builds to an intriguing investigation of commitment, sexual desire and modern relationships.

Deeply brilliant Rosalie Craig absolutely nails the hardest role of reinventing Bobbie: a thirty-five-year-old, New York singleton. Craig’s performance is an unqualified success. Truly. She displays all the quick-fire shrewd observations to perfection and, like all great performers, can melt your heart in a flash. And she’s tailored in her vocal powers to the size of the Gieguld Theatre and the ascending glories of her two solo first act belters: ‘Someone Is Waiting’ and ‘Marry Me A Little.’

Patti LuPone – a Broadway legend of undiminished vitality and comic charm – plays cynical friend Joanne with mega-star sass. LuPone’s entrance at ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ is full of smack and billion-dollar relish. Her performance is out and out astounding and her jaded but larger-than-life persona is truly delicious. A dazzle to watch.

Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone

Elsewhere, Bunny Christie’s chic set is sensational. Lit in it in blue and red neon shades and Alice in Wonderland inspired, it all looks sleek. It’s all the more hypnotising, because clever casting and pure stagecraft is combined with an ability to tug at the heartstrings. This only serves as a reminder of what a great and distinctively talented team is behind this.

In a uniformly strong cast, Richard Fleeshman is hilarious (‘Barcelona’ = joyful) playing chiselled, nice-but-dim flight attendant Andy and Gavin Spokes delivers stirring pathos as Harry – when he sings ‘Sorry Grateful’ I burst into tears, it was kind of shattering. I love theatre that makes me burst into tears. As arrogant hipster PJ, George Blagden is alluring when he sings ‘Another Hundred People’, against a backdrop of two bleak carriages of commuters amid break-out moments of gorgeous movement. Moments later he is wheeled off on a park bench. Fun.

Liam Steel’s choreography is full of precision and shimmer – especially the storming Vaudevillian party game bat-shit craziness of ‘Side by Side’ – the full cast perform this with military precision and it is 100% excellent.

One of the things the show does very, very well – and often with a wry comic touch – is magic. Actual magic; the illusions, by magician Chris Fisher, are executed cunningly, drawing on sleight of hand – it is utterly theatrical. At one point, the female cleric (divine Daisy Maywood), pops up from the floor in a pink neon box, vanishes behind a door, moments later disappears into a fridge.

In ‘Getting Married Today’, originally a bride-to-be (Amy) delivers a nerve-jangling ode to second thoughts and is here invigorated by one frantic half of gay couple Jonathan Bailey. He is the twitchy gay groom Jamie (embodying monotone hysteria). Bailey’s lines are spat out at machine-gun momentum and with bullseye precision – this whole sequence is ingenious and it nearly stops the show.

Marianne Elliott’s superlatively reworked COMPANY never once lets the pace drop. And the results are vibrant; go, just go.

COMPANY is at the Gieguld Theatre until March 30 2019.

Click here to book your tickets for Company

The National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will return to the West End

National Theatre

The National Theatre announced today that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon, and directed by Marianne Elliott (War HorseAngels in AmericaCompany) will return to the West End in November 2018 for a limited season. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time begins previews at the Piccadilly Theatre on 29 November, with an opening night on 11 December.

Tickets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Piccadilly Theatre go on sale to the general public on Friday 21 September at 9.30am. Casting to be announced.

Curious Incident, which has now been seen by more than three million people worldwide, transferred to London’s West End following a sold-out run at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012. It is the recipient of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design – more Olivier’s than any other play in the history of London’s West End at that time.

Following its New York premiere in September 2014, Curious Incident became the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, winning five Tony Awards® including Best Play, six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off Broadway Play.

The show recently completed a 30 date tour of the USA, and a second 25 city tour of the UK and Ireland ended in September 2017. An international tour visited Amsterdam, Toronto, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Perth from 2017 – 18. A schools tour, taking a specially staged in-the-round 90 minute version of the play into 60 schools around the country runs until December.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Piccadilly Theatre is a co-production with the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Simon Stephens said: “I am stunned and inspired by the return of Curious Incident to the West End. It is a story that means the world to me. Mark Haddon’s exquisite imagination twisted into shape and infused with life by Marianne Elliott and her incredible team. After travelling the country and seeing the world Christopher Boone is coming back home. I’m mainly thrilled because I get to see it again.”

Lisa Burger, National Theatre Executive Director said: “We always felt that there were many more performances of Curious Incident in the West End left to give, and many more audiences who were yet to connect with Christopher Boone and his extraordinary story. We’re absolutely thrilled to be joining with ATG to bring Curious Incident – with its stellar creative team – back to the West End and we can’t wait to share this beautiful and inventive show with a new generation of audiences.”

The show tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is fifteen years old. He stands besides Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting designer Paule Constable, and video design by Finn Ross.  Movement is by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was published in 2003 and was the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including prizes in the US, Japan, Holland and Italy, as well as the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year Award in the UK in 2004. The novel has been translated into 44 languages and sold more than 5.5 million copies world-wide.

Marianne Elliott, who was recently awarded an OBE for her services to theatre, is the Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she recently set up with producer Chris Harper. Their latest production is Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical comedy, Company, which opens at The Gielgud Theatre in London on 26 September 2018.  Directed by Marianne Elliott and designed by Bunny Christie, the cast includes Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah and Jonathan Bailey as Jamie.

Marianne was an Associate Director of the National Theatre for 10 years, where her work includes Tony Kushner’s Angels in America(which transferred to Broadway in February 2018 and won three Tony® Awards including Best Revival of a Play), War Horse  (Tony®  Award for best director, alongside co-director Tom Morris), Rules for LivingThe Light PrincessPort, Season’s Greetings, All’s Well that Ends Well, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award for Theatre), and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Award for Best Director).  Marianne was consultant director on The Elephantom for the National Theatre and directed Sweet Bird of Youth for the Old Vic with Kim Cattrall.  Elliott & Harper;s previous productions are: Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, co-producer of Angels in America in New York and The Lion the Witch at the Wardrobe (directed by Sally Cookson) at Leeds Playhouse.

Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. His poetry collection, The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, was published by Picador in 2005, and his last novel, The Red House, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. His latest book is The Pier Falls, a collection of stories. He lives in Oxford.

Simon Stephens’ plays for the National Theatre include  a new translation of The Threepenny OperaPort (originally produced at the Royal Exchange and directed by Marianne Elliott), Harper Regan (which was also produced at Canadian Stage) and On the Shore of the Wide World (co-production with Royal Exchange, Manchester: Olivier Award for Best New Play).  His many other plays include Carmen Disruption, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle (Broadway and West End), BirdlandBlindsided,

Three Kingdoms, Wastwater, Punk Rock, Seawall, Pornography, Country Music, Christmas,  Herons, and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (co-written with Robert Holman and David Eldridge), an adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind and Motortown.  His version of A Doll’s House for the Young Vic transferred to the West End and then New York in 2014. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric, Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre. Simon’s book – Simon Stephens, A working Diary was published in 2016.

 

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First Look: Rehearsal Images: Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical COMPANY directed by Marianne Elliott

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time schools tour to visit 60 secondary schools across the UK

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

A specially staged production of the National Theatre’s award-winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will begin a 12-week tour to 60 schools across the UK in September 2018.

The production will visit five selected secondary schools each week across London and the UK, touring to the National Theatre’s six Theatre Nation partner areas: Outer East London in partnership with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch; Wakefield, in partnership with the Theatre Royal; Doncaster, in partnership with Cast; Sunderland in partnership with Sunderland Empire and Sunderland Culture; Wolverhampton, in partnership with the Grand Theatre; and the Greater Manchester area in partnership with The Lowry, Salford.

The schools tour is a 90-minute version of the play performed in the round and will be followed by a Q&A session for students with the company. The tour is accompanied by a learning programme which includes professional development for teachers led by the NT and Curious Incident movement directors Frantic Assembly, as well as curriculum-based resources and workshops.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award®‑winning director Marianne Elliott. The novel has won more than 17 literary awards and is widely studied in schools. Simon Stephens’ adaptation is a set text for GCSE English Literature.

The play tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is fifteen years old.  He stands besides Mrs Shears’ dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington.  He has an extraordinary brain, and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.  He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Speaking about the schools tour Simon Stephens said: “It means the world to me that Curious Incident will be touring schools around the country. I worked as a schoolteacher teaching kids in Dagenham in Essex 20 years ago. I loved it. I still think of myself as a teacher. I have seen firsthand how inspiring drama is to young people in schools. I believe the arts to be fundamental to our society. We can’t afford to lose them from our education system. I am delighted that our play will play its part in introducing young people to the theatre. I always hoped that Curious Incident was a play that could be performed anywhere, by anyone. The play is designed to provoke and inspire imagination and interpretation in its staging and inspiration in its audience. The tour will, I hope, provide the same kind of imagination and inspiration throughout the country.”

Alice King-Farlow, Director of Learning at the National Theatre said, “At the National Theatre we believe that all young people should have the opportunity to experience and participate in drama no matter where they are in the UK. We’re delighted to be touring this award-winning play to schools, and via our Theatre Nation Partnerships, we hope that bringing Simon Stephen’s brilliant Curious Incident to young audiences across the country will help to spark imaginations and encourage participation in theatre”.

The production is designed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Bunny Christie and Tony Award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable. Movement is by Scott Graham and Olivier Award-winning Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton (who also composed music for War Horse) and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.  The Associate Director is Anna Marsland. Casting to be announced.

The National Theatre’s Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Schools Touring is supported by: The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust, Jill and David Leuw, Mulberry Trust and The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

Complete casting announced for Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical Company directed by Marianne Elliott

Jonathan Bailey and Alex Gaumond (Alex Rumford)
Jonathan Bailey and Alex Gaumond (Alex Rumford)

Jonathan Bailey and Alex Gaumond (Alex Rumford)

The complete cast was announced today for Marianne Elliott’s highly anticipated new production of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY which opens at the Gielgud Theatre from 26 September 2018.

JONATHAN BAILEY will play Jamie (originally written as the female character, Amy) and ALEX GAUMOND will play his devoted fiancée – Paul.

Stephen Sondheim and Marianne Elliott have been working closely together on the script and have re-imagined these two characters as a gay couple for the very first time.  Director Marianne Elliott said: I could not be more thrilled that Stephen Sondheim agreed to turn Amy into Jamie. I hope it makes this production feel very, very now.  We are keeping the existing dialogue, and not changing the famous scene in which the character gets cold feet about their impending marriage and sings the iconic “I’m not getting married today.’  The characters of Jamie and Paul feel like a lot of the contemporary gay male friends I know.’

Jonathan Bailey’s recent television work includes: Broadchurch, WIA, Chewing Gum and Doctor Who.  His theatre credits includeThe York Realist, King Lear with Ian McKellen for the Chichester Festival Theatre, American Psycho at the Almeida and Othello at the National Theatre.  His films credits include The Mercy, Christ the Lord, Testament of Youth and St Trinians.

Alex Gaumond’s West End musical credits include Miss Trunchbull in the RSC’s Matilda, We Will Rock You, and Legally Blonde – The Musical.  Other theatre credits include ENO’s Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson, Taming of the Shrew at the Globe,Caroline or Change at the Chichester Festival Theatre and A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic.  His films include The Hustle andHampstead.

Also announced today is DAISY MAYWOOD as Susan.  Daisy’s theatre credits include The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk at Wilton’s Music Hall and on tour, Promises Promises at Southwark Playhouse, Wonder.Land  and Carrie Cracknell’s Medea for the National Theatre and A Chorus Line at the London Palladium.  She also appeared in Rufus Norris’ film London Road.

The complete cast for COMPANY is:  Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah, Jonathan Bailey as Jamie, George Blagden as PJ, Ashley Campbell as Peter, Richard Fleeshman as Andy, Alex Gaumond as Paul,Richard Henders as David, Ben Lewis as Larry, Daisy Maywood as Susan, Jennifer Saayeng as Jenny, Matthew Seadon-Young as Theo and Gavin Spokes as Harry.  Joining them are:  Michael Colbourne, Francesca Ellis, Ewan Gillies, Grant Nealand Jaimie Pruden.

At Bobbie’s 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why she isn’t married; why she can’t find the right man and why she hasn’t settled down to have a family. The multi-award winning musical comedy about life, love and marriage includes Stephen Sondheim’s iconic songs, The Ladies who Lunch, Being Alive, Side by Side and You Could Drive a Person Crazy.

Marianne Elliott, Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she founded in 2016 with producer Chris Harper,was awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List for her services to theatre. Elliott is the first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director and her recent Broadway transfer of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America received the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.  Angels in America at the National Theatre also received the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play. Marianne’s ground-breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received 7 Olivier Awards in London, including Best New Play and Best Director and 5 Tony Awards for its run on Broadway, including Best Play and Best Director and continues to tour internationally. Her production of Saint Joan earned her the Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play and Pillars of the Community earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director.  War Horse, which she co-directed, and has been seen by over 7 million people world-wide, and is on its second UK tour.

Joining director Marianne Elliott on the creative team for Company are:  choreographer Liam Steel, designer, musical supervisor and conductor Joel FramBunny Christie, lighting designer Neil Austin, sound designer Ian Dickinson (for Autograph Sound), illusions designer Chris Fisher, orchestrator David Cullen, dance arranger Sam Davis and casting directors Alastair Coomer CDG and Charlotte Sutton CDG.

The producers for Company at the Gielgud Theatre are: Elliott & Harper ProductionsCatherine Schreiber, Grove Entertainment, Jujamcyn Theaters, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Aged in Wood Productions/Ricardo Hornos, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, Bruno Wang Productions/Salman Al-Rashid, Across the Pond Theatricals/ Trio Theatricals and Greek Street Productions/Christopher Ketner.

The Official Launch Of Stephen Sondheim & George Furth’s musical COMPANY

Patti LuPone, Rosalie Craig, Marianne Elliott, Mel Giedroyc_03

Tony and Olivier award-winning director Marianne Elliott was joined by Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone and Mel Giedroyc at Joe Allen American Restaurant in Covent Garden today (Tuesday 10 April) to officially launch the West End’s highly anticipated new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s award-winning musical comedy set in New York.  Elliott & Harper Productions’ Company opens at the Gielgud Theatre for a limited run on 26 September 2018 and is directed by Marianne Elliott.

David Benedict, Stephen Sondheim’s official biographer hosted a discussion with Rosalie Craig who will play the re-gendered lead role of Bobbi, Tony and Olivier Award-winning Broadway star Patti LuPone who will play Joanne and star of TV and stage Mel Giedroyc who will play Sarah alongside  Marianne  Elliott. 

Marianne Elliott, Artistic Director and co-founder of Elliott & Harper Productions, recently returned to the  UK following the hugely successful Broadway transfer of her Olivier-winning production of Angels in America by Tony Kushner.  Her other work includes the internationally successful productions of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse.

The launch included an exclusive first performance of Being Alive from Company  sung by Rosalie Craig .

At Bobbi’s 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why she isn’t married; why she can’t find the right man and why she hasn’t settled down to have a family.  The multi-award winning musical comedy about life, love and marriage includes Stephen Sondheim’s iconic songs, The Ladies who Lunch, Being Alive and Side by Side.

The producers for Company at the Gielgud Theatre are: Elliott & Harper Productions, Catherine Schreiber, Grove Entertainment, Jujamcyn Theaters, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Aged in Wood Productions/Ricardo Hornos, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, Bruno Wang Productions/Salman Al-Rashid, Across the Pond Theatricals/ Trio Theatricals and Ramin Sabi/Christopher Ketner.

Box Office information:

Address:                              Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Dates:                                   26 September – 22 December 2018

Performances:                   Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Ticket prices from             £25

Gielgud Theatre Box Office – Booking 0844 482 5130

Online from www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk

 

Marianne Elliott, is Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she founded with producer Chris Harper.  Elliott is the first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director and is currently directing the Broadway transfer of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.  Marianne’s ground-breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received 7 Olivier Awards in London, including Best New Play and Best Director and 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director for its run on Broadway.  Her production of Saint Joan earned her the Olivier Award for Best Revival and Pillars of the Community earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director.  War Horse, which she co-directed, and has been seen by over 7 million people world-wide, and is on its second UK tour.

Rosalie Craig is currently performing in Jez Butterworth’s award-winning play, The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre.   Other theatre credits include:  Marianne Elliott’s production of The Light Princess, for which she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for an Olivier Award, Rosalind in As You Like It, The Threepenny Opera and London Road – all for the National Theatre.  Other theatre includes: City of Angels for the Donmar, Lady Macduff in Macbeth for Manchester International Festival, directed by Kenneth Branagh, Sylvia in the musical Finding Neverland and the title role in Miss Julie at Chichester Festival Theatre.  Her film and TV credits include: London Road, Spooks, and Casanova.

Patti LuPone, who recently performed Don’t Cry for me Argentina at the Grammy’s returns to London to make her first appearance in a West End musical for over 25 years with this production of Company.  Her previous London theatre credits include originating the role of Fantine in Les Misérables, an Olivier-award winning role in The Cradle will Rock and creating the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.  Her numerous Broadway credits  include: originating the role of Eva Peron in Evita, Gypsy,  Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, and Master Class.  Her many films include: Heist, Driving Miss Daisy and Witness.  TV includes: American Horror Story, Glee, Ugly Betty, Will & Grace (as herself), Frasier (1998 Emmy nomination) and Law & Order.  LuPone, who is a graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company, is the author of The New York Times bestseller Patti LuPone: A Memoir.

Mel Giedroyc recently co-presented The Great British Bake Off for the BBC alongside her long-time comic partner Sue Perkins, co-presented Let It Shine with Graham Norton and Gary Barlow and commentates for the BBC at Eurovision.  Other TV credits include: The Sound of Music Live, Would I Lie to You?, Big Fat Quiz of the Year, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Richard Ayaode’s Travel Man.  Mel will soon be playing Beatrice in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.  Other theatre credits include: Luce at Southwark Playhouse, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Playhouse), Eurobeat (Novello), and New Boys.

 

Mel Giedroyc joins Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone in Company

It was announced today (Friday 2 February 2018) that Mel Giedroyc will join the cast of Elliott & Harper’s highly anticipated new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Tony award-winning musical, Company, directed by Marianne Elliott.  It will run at the Gielgud Theatre from 26 September 2018 for a limited run.

Mel Giedroyc, one of the UK’s most loved performers, will play Sarah, and joins Rosalie Craig as Bobbi, a role re-imagined for the first time as a woman, and Broadway star Patti LuPone as Joanne.

Mel Giedroyc said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to be playing Sarah in Marianne Elliott’s upcoming production of Sondheim’s Company in the West End.  It’s been an ambition of mine to be in a Sondheim show, and to be working alongside Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone and to be directed by the genius director that is Marianne Elliott is just the icing on the cake.’

Marianne Elliott added: ‘I am so pleased that Mel is going to join our Company to play Sarah.  She has all the qualities I was looking for in the role of Sarah. She is a unique and gifted comic actress and another amazing and talented woman to add to the cast. I can’t believe my luck – we are going to have so much fun.’

 Mel Giedroyc recently co-presented The Great British Bake Off for the BBC alongside her long-time comic partner Sue Perkins, co-presented Let It Shine with Graham Norton and Gary Barlow and commentates for the BBC at Eurovision.  Other TV credits include: The Sound of Music LiveWould I Lie to You?, Big Fat Quiz of the Year8 Out of 10 Cats and Richard Ayaode’s Travel Man.  Mel will soon be playing Beatrice in Shakespeare’sMuch Ado about Nothing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.  Other theatre credits include: Luce at Southwark Playhouse, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Playhouse), Eurobeat (Novello), and New Boys.

Rosalie Craig

Rosalie Craig

Rosalie Craig is currently performing in Jez Butterworth’s award-winning play, The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre.   Other theatre credits include:  Marianne Elliott’s production of The Light Princess, for which she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for an Olivier Award, Rosalind inAs You Like It, The Threepenny Opera and London Road – all for the National Theatre.  Other theatre includes:City of Angels for the Donmar, Lady Macduff in Macbeth for Manchester International Festival, directed by Kenneth Branagh, Sylvia in the musical Finding Neverland and the title role in Miss Julie at Chichester Festival Theatre.  Her film and TV credits include: London Road, Spooks, and Casanova.

Patti Lupone, shot at the Lincoln Center Theatre, on July 16th 2015. CREDIT:Axel Dupeux for The Wall Street Journal Slug: Weekend Confidential – Patti Lupone

Patti LuPone, who this week performed Don’t Cry for me Argentina at the Grammy’s returns to London to make her first appearance in a West End musical for over 25 years with this production of Company.  Her previous London theatre credits include originating the role of Fantine in Les Misérables, an Olivier-award winning role in The Cradle will Rock and creating the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.  Her numerous Broadway credits  include: originating the role of Eva Peron in Evita, Gypsy,  Sweeney ToddAnything Goes, and Master Class.  Her many films include: HeistDriving Miss Daisy and Witness.  TV includes: American Horror Story, GleeUgly BettyWill & Grace (as herself), Frasier (1998 Emmy nomination) and Law & Order.  LuPone, who is a graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company, is the author of the The New York Timesbestseller Patti LuPone: A Memoir.

At Bobbi’s 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why she isn’t married; why she can’t find the right man and why she hasn’t settled down to have a family.  The multi-award winning musical comedy about life, love and marriage includes Stephen Sondheim’s iconic songs, The Ladies who Lunch, Being Alive and Side by Side.

Marianne Elliott, is Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she founded with producer Chris Harper.  Elliott is the first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director and is currently directing the Broadway transfer of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.  Marianne’s ground-breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received 7 Olivier Awards in London, including Best New Play and Best Director and 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director for its run on Broadway.  Her production of Saint Joan earned her the Olivier Award for Best Revival and Pillars of the Community earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director.  War Horse, which she co-directed, and has been seen by over 7 million people world-wide, and is on its second UK tour.

Joining Marianne Elliott on the creative team for Company are:  designer Bunny Christie, musical director Joel Fram and choreographer Liam Steel.  Further casting will be announced.

  The producers for Company at the Gielgud Theatre are: Elliott & Harper ProductionsCatherine Schreiber, Grove Entertainment, Jujamcyn Theaters, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Aged in Wood Productions/Ricardo Hornos, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, Bruno Wang Productions/Salman Al-Rashid, Across the Pond Theatricals/ Trio Theatricals and Ramin Sabi/Christopher Ketner.

Company

Box Office information:

Address:                Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Dates:                    26 September – 22 December 2018

Performances:       Monday to Saturday at 7.30pmThursday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Ticket prices from £25

Gielgud Theatre Box Office – Booking 0844 482 5130

Online from www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk

Angels in America on Broadway

Elliott & Harper is co-producing the transfer of the National Theatre’s production of Angels in America, directed by Marianne Elliott to Broadway, opening in March 2018.

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