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

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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

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.

Elliott & Harper Productions:

 Website:                   ElliottandHarper.com

Facebook:                facebook.com/elliottandharper

Instagram:               @ElliottAndHarper

Twitter:                     _ElliottHarper

 Marianne Elliott directs Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone in Stephen Sondheim & George Furth’s ‘Company’

Patti Lupone,CREDIT:Axel Dupeux for The Wall Street Journal

As Elliott & Harper Productions is about to begin performances of its first West End show, Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty PrincipleMarianne Elliott announced today (Friday 22 September 2017) that she will be directing a new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Tony award-winning musical, Company.  For the first time ever, the lead role of Bobby will be re-imagined as a woman.  Company will run at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from 26 September 2018 for a strictly limited season, with public booking opening today.

It was also announced today that Rosalie Craig will play Bobbi and Tony and Olivier award-winning Patti LuPone will play Joanne.

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 LunchBeing Alive and Side by Side.

Marianne Elliott said:  ‘I feel so lucky to be directing this wonderful musical.  I’ve loved it for years.  I really want to make this production contemporary, to explore what it feels like to be a 35 year old sexually confident woman managing friendships and searching for love.  Stephen Sondheim and I have talked a great deal about how this new interpretation might best be executed and I can’t wait to share it with audiences.  I also get to work with the beautiful and talented Rosalie Craig, as well as a hero of mine, Patti LuPone.’

 Patti LuPone added:  ‘I saw War Horse in New York and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in London.   I came out of both productions blown away by Ms Elliott’s vision. So naturally I am thrilled beyond words that she wants me to be a part of Company. I’m a lucky girl. Marianne, Steve, London. I thought I’d sworn off musicals, but working with Marianne was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.’

Rosalie Craig’s extensive 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 returns to London to make her first appearance in a West End musical for over 25 years Patti is currently starring on Broadway in War Paint.  Her  previous London theatre credits include originating the role of Fantine in Les Misérables for the RSC and Cameron Mackintosh, 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, Women on the Verge of a Nervous BreakdownSweeney ToddAnything GoesNoises OffThe Old Neighborhood and Master Class.  Her many screen credits include:  Cliffs of FreedomThe Comedian, Union SquareParkerCity by the SeaHeistState and MainJust LookingSummer of SamThe 24 Hour WomanFamily PrayersDriving Miss Daisy and Witness.  Her television work includes:  Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Penny DreadfulGirls, American Horror Story: Coven, Glee30 RockThe Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Grammy Award), Ugly 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 Times bestseller Patti LuPone: A Memoir.

Marianne Elliott, is Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she recently founded with producer Chris Harper.  Elliott is the first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director. 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, has just begun its second UK tour.  Marianne’s recent highly acclaimed production of Angels in America at the National Theatre will transfer to Broadway in March 2018.

Elliott & Harper Productions will co-produce a new production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Catherine Schreiber and West Yorkshire Playhouse at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in November 2017 and will co-produce the 2018 Broadway transfer of Angels in America.

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

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.

Music by Nils Frahm to soundtrack Marianne Elliott’s new production of Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at the Wyndham’s Theatre

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle
Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Recordings by acclaimed composer, producer and pianist, Nils Frahm will form the soundtrack for Elliott & Harper Productions’ first West End show, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle which begins rehearsals this week.  Directed by the Olivier and Tony award-winning Marianne Elliott and written by Olivier and Tony award-winning writer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Simon Stephens, it runs at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London from 3 October 2017 to 6 January 2018, with a press night on Monday 9 October 2017.

Nils Frahm is one of the most talked-about musicians of his generation, blending classical composition with elements of electronica.  Frahm’s albums include: Felt (2011) Screws (2012) and Spaces (2013).  His first film score release, Music for the Motion Picture Victoria, won the German Film prize for Best Soundtrack.  In 2015 he launched Piano Day, an official holiday celebrating the piano via various concerts and piano-related projects around the world.  Frahm presented a memorable performance at the Royal Albert Hall curated by BBC 6 Music radio presenter Mary Anne Hobbs, and curated a Weekend Festival at London’s Barbican Centre last year.  After spending much of 2017 in his Berlin studio, 2018 sees Frahm embark on his first live tour since 2015. The 2018 All Melody world tour includes UK concerts at the Barbican Centre, Bristol, Glasgow and Gateshead.

Director Marianne Elliott said: ‘Simon Stephens’ play, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is full of beauty, wonder and surprise. I can’t think of a composer whose music better combines these elements than Nils Frahm. I have been an admirer of Nils for a long time and I am thrilled to have his glorious music as the soundtrack for my production.’

Julie Blake, General Manager of Erased Tapes added:  ‘It’s an incredible honour to be involved with this production, and Nils Frahm’s music perfectly underscores the emotional themes within the script. Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle  is tender, deep and wonderfully honest in its exploration of how we all connect.’

Tony and Olivier-Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is a surprising and life-affirming new play inspired by one of  the most famous ideas in quantum physics, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle and stars Anne-Marie Duff as Georgie and Kenneth Cranham as Alex.

In this uncertain world, who can predict what brings people together?  When two strangers meet by chance amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, their lives are changed forever. 

 The creative team for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle also includes many of the team Elliott worked with on her record- breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time including designer Bunny Christie, lighting designer Paule Constable, movement director Steven Hoggett and sound designer Ian Dickinson.

Marianne Elliott, artistic director of Elliott & Harper Productions, was an associate director of the National Theatre for 10 years and directed its current sell-out production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. The first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director, 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.

 Anne-Marie Duff played the title role in Marianne’s production of Saint Joan for the NT, a role which earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in 2007, and more recently in the highly-acclaimed NT/Royal Exchange Theatre production of Husbands and Sons, also directed by Elliott.  Anne-Marie Duff’s many screen roles include Fiona Gallagher in Shameless for Channel 4 and Queen Elizabeth in the BBC’s The Virgin QueenKenneth Cranham, who has been a star of stage and screen for over 50 years gave what many consider the performance of his career so far in The Father last year; a role which earned him the Olivier Award for Best Actor. His many TV and film credits include: Shine on Harvey Moon, Layer Cake, Hot Fuzz, Valkyrie, Maleficent and he has just completed filming ITV’s dramatization of the £25m Hatton Garden safety deposit raid.  His latest film: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool with Jamie Bell, and Annette Bening will be released in October 2017.

Simon Stephens’ other plays include Port and Harper Regan (both directed by Marianne Elliott), Punk Rock and new English language versions of Chekhov, Ibsen, Brecht and von Horvath. His version of Ibsen’s The Doll’s House transferred to the West End in 2013 and played at the Brooklyn Academy in 2014. His most recent plays include Fatherland for the Manchester International Festival and a new adaptation of The Seagull for the Lyric Hammersmith. Simon is an Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith and the Royal Court Theatre.

The producers for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at the Wyndham’s Theatre are: Elliott & Harper Productions, Catherine Schreiber, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Ramin Sabi/Christopher Ketner, Bruno Wang.

Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle is one of the most famous ideas in physics. It was first articulated in 1927 by the German physicist Werner Heisenberg. It states that it is impossible to know simultaneously the exact position and momentum of a particle. The more exactly the position is determined, the less known the momentum, and vice-versa.

Elliott & Harper Productions is a new partnership between director Marianne Elliott and producer, Chris Harper.  Other EHP productions include a co-production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Catherine Schreiber Productions and West Yorkshire Playhouse opening in Leeds at the Quarry Theatre, WHP on 29 November 2017.