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Cast Announced for Ain’t Misbehavin’! A Made in Colchester Production

Mercury Theatre Colchester and Paul Taylor-Mills in association with Tamasha Theatre Company have announced casting for their brand-new production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ – the first London revival in almost 25 years – playing at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 19 April to Saturday 1 June, following its premiere at Mercury Theatre Colchester from Friday 15 – Saturday 30 March. Tickets are on sale now.

The cast will feature Adrian Hansel as André, Renée Lamb as Armelia, Carly Mercedes-Dyer as Charlaine, Landi Oshinowo as Nell and Wayne Robinson as Ken.

Adrian Hansel originated the role of Seaweed in the West End production of Hairspray, with other credits including Five Guys Named Moe at Marble Arch Theatre. Renée Lamb played Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Catherine of Aragon in the original London cast of Six at the Arts Theatre. Carly Mercedes-Dyer was recently seen in Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, with other credits including The Lorax at The Old Vic and Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Landi Oshinowo recently appeared in Big Fish at The Other Palace, with West End credits including Shrek the Musical and Sister Act. Wayne Robinson returns to Southwark Playhouse having played Benny in In The Heights. He was most recently seen as Jagwire in Bat Out of Hell. Click here for a first look at the cast in rehearsal

The full creative team is also announced today. Joining previously announced director Tyrone Huntley and choreographer Oti Mabuse are designer Takis, lighting designer James Whiteside, sound designer Dan Samson and associate choreographer James Bennett. There will be new orchestrations by Mark Dickman, and casting is by Will Burton CDG.

Several roles on the production are supported by the Sustained Theatre Fund in association with Tamasha Theatre Company. The aim of the Sustained Theatre Fund is to support the development of established and emerging Black and minority ethnic theatre makers and to increase the representation of Black and minority ethnic theatre makers across the wider theatre sector in England. Associate Producer Dilek Latif is on a producer placement at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester supported by the Sustained Theatre Fund and will work as associate producer on Ain’t Misbehavin’ as part of this placement. Dilek has also been able to offer a bursary

to the Associate Lighting Designer Kiaran-Lee Kesby as part of the Tamasha Developing Artists fund.

Finn Kennedy, Artistic Director of Tamasha said: “It is incredibly rewarding to see the results of the scheme – and our Associate Producers’ hard work – come to the stage. Each producer has achieved a huge amount – mentored, supported and given every opportunity to learn and develop by their venue and Tamasha. They have proved themselves beyond any expectations and I am proud that Tamasha has been able to propel them in their careers, and – I hope – provide role models for other BAME producers and practitioners to break into the industry.

Celebrating the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and his energetic, exuberant and effervescent music, Ain’t Misbehavin’ steps back into the 1920’s and the raunchy nightclubs of Manhattan. Join an extraordinary group of performers on a journey through a defining period of American musical history, the Harlem Renaissance – where musicians were free to experiment with new styles, and joints were jumpin’ with talented dancers, singers and instrumentalists jamming to a new beat known as swing.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ will mark Tyrone Huntley’s directorial debut. Tyrone is best known for his acclaimed performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, for which he won the Evening Standard Theatre Award and received an Olivier Award nomination. Tyrone is soon to appear in Leave to Remain at the Lyric Hammersmith with other performing crediting including Angry (Southwark Playhouse) and Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre).

Oti Mabuse also makes her debut as a theatre choreographer. Best known as a professional dancer on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing since 2015, Oti is also an 8-time South African Latin American Champion and one of the most successful South African dancers in the world. Oti is currently a Dance Captain and Mentor on BBC One’s new Saturday night dance and entertainment show The Greatest Dancer.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ first premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1978 and transferred to Broadway the same year, where it won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The original West End production opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1979, and was followed by a revival at the Tricycle Theatre and Lyric Theatre in 1995. This new production will mark the first London revival in almost 25 years.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ is based on an idea by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr, with orchestrations and arrangements by Luther Henderson, vocal and musical concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon and vocal arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon and William Elliott. It is produced by Paul Taylor Mills and Mercury Theatre Colchester in association with Tamasha Theatre Company, with support from Arts Council England.

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Ain’t Misbehavin’ The Fats Waller Musical at Mercury Theatre Colchester from Friday 15 To Saturday 30 March 2019

Ain't Misbehavin

 

Paul Taylor-Mills and Mercury Theatre Colchester in association with Tamasha Theatre Company have announces a brand-new production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ – the first London revival in almost 25 years – playing at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 19 April to Saturday 1 June, following its premiere at Mercury Theatre Colchester from Friday 15 – Saturday 30 March. Tickets are on sale now.

Celebrating the legendary jazz musician Fats Waller and his energetic, exuberant and effervescent music, Ain’t Misbehavin’ steps back into the 1920’s and the raunchy nightclubs of Manhattan. Join an extraordinary group of performers on a journey through a defining period of American musical history, the Harlem Renaissance – where musicians were free to experiment with new styles, and joints were jumpin’ with talented dancers, singers and instrumentalists jamming to a new beat known as swing.

 Ain’t Misbehavin’ will be directed by Tyrone Huntley, making his directorial debut. Tyrone is best known for his acclaimed performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, for which he won the Evening Standard Theatre Award and received an Olivier Award nomination. Tyrone is soon to appear in Leave to Remain at the Lyric Hammersmith with other performing crediting including Angry (Southwark Playhouse) and Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre).

Ain’t Misbehavin’ will be choreographed by Oti Mabuse, making her debut as a theatre choreographer. Best known as a professional dancer on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing since 2015, Oti is also an 8-time South African Latin American Champion and one of the most successful South African dancers in the world. Oti is currently a Dance Captain and Mentor on BBC One’s new Saturday night dance and entertainment show The Greatest Dancer.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ first premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1978 and transferred to Broadway the same year, where it won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The original West End production opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1979, and was followed by a revival at the Tricycle Theatre and Lyric Theatre in 1995. This new production will mark the first London revival in almost 25 years.

 Ain’t Misbehavin’ is based on an idea by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr, with original orchestrations and arrangements by Luther Henderson, vocal and musical concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon and vocal arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon and William Elliott.

 Dilek Latif is the Mercury Theatre’s lead producer for the co-production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ and is attached through IGNITE, a collection of productions and projects curated by the Sustained Theatre Regional Associate Producer Programme (STRAPP). Supported by Arts Council England’s Sustained Theatre funding, the programme is led by Tamasha with seven regional theatres including Mercury Theatre.

 Casting and further creative team details are to be announced.

 

 

Southwark Playhouse 2019 season – shows announced

Southwark Playhouse
  • Transfer of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Aspects of Love from the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle
  • Twelfth Night, the annual Shakespeare for Schools production, directed by Anna Girvan
  • The first London revival since 1979 of Bodies by James Saunders, directed by Tricia Thorns
  • The world premiere of All in a Row, a new play about autism, by Alex Oates
  • New one-man musical Stay Awake, Jake in its first full-length run
  • The first London revival of The Rubenstein Kiss by James Phillips, directed by Joe Harmston
  • Revival of American play Other People’s Money by Jerry Sterner, directed by Katharine Farmer
  • World premiere of new musical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, written and directed by Jethro Compton with music and lyrics by Darren Clark

Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre present
ASPECTS OF LOVE

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart. Based on the novel by David Garnett.
Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle. Musical direction by Richard Bates. Choreography by Sam Spencer-Lane. Design by Jason Denvir. Lighting Design by Aaron J Dootson. Sound Design by James Nicholson. Casting by Jane Deitch.
7 January 2019 – 9 February 2019
Press night: Friday, 11 January 2019 at 7.30pm (The Large)
Following an acclaimed season at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester this summer, Aspects of Love, transfers to Southwark Playhouse at the beginning of 2019. It premiered at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1989, has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart and is based on the novel by David Garnett. The musical is set in France in 1947 and features the iconic songs Love Changes Everything, Seeing Is Believing and First Man You Remember. While English student Alex Dillingham is travelling through France before his call up, he falls in love with the alluring actress Rose Vibert. Rose joins Alex at his uncle’s villa. As the pair embark on a passionate affair, the unexpected arrival of Uncle George changes their lives forever. From the cobbled streets of Paris to the mountains of the Pyrenees, Aspects of Love is a heart-breaking love story spanning twenty years.

Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Hair and Pippin) this new, intimately reimagined production will star most of those who appeared in the production at the Hope Mill Theatre, including Kelly Price as Rose Vibert, Felix Mosse as Alex Dillingham, Jerome Pradon as George Dillingham, Minal Patel as Marcel Richard and Eleanor Walsh as Jenny Dillingham. Also in the cast will be Julia J Nagle, Jason Kajdi and Jack Churms. Further casting is to be announced.

Online link: https://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/aspects-of-love/

Social media: #AspectsofLove @swkplay

Southwark Playhouse presents
TWELFTH NIGHT
By William Shakespeare. Directed by Anna Girvan. Designed by Anna Reid.

17 January 2019 – 9 February 2019
Press night: Friday, 18 January 2019 at 8pm (The Little)
‘If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it!’

Orsino loves Olivia. Olivia loves Viola. Viola loves Orsino. Malvolio loves himself and Sir Toby loves a drink.

Whilst searching for her lost brother at a music festival in Illyria, Viola stumbles upon love instead.

In the melting pot of the festival, anyone can be who they want to be – but in reality, no one is really sure who is who, or what secrets they might be hiding

When it all comes out, there’s going to be one hell of a hangover.
Casting is to be announced.

This production is part of our Shakespeare For Schools programme. Our annual Shakespeare for Schools production is the most ambitious element of our Youth and Community Programme, reaching over 1500 young people every year in Southwark and Lambeth at special matinee performances.

The project aims to enable more young people to engage with Shakespeare and have the opportunity to see live theatre that is exciting, innovative and contemporary, when they might not otherwise have the chance to do so. For more information: https://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/get-involved/working-with-schools/

Online link: https://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/twelfth-night/

Social media: #TwelfthNight @swkplay

Two’s Company and Karl Sydow in association with Master Media present
BODIES
By James Saunders. Directed by Tricia Thorns.

13 February 2019 – 9 March 2019
Press night: Friday, 15 February 2019 at 8pm (The Little)
Two’s Company return to Southwark Playhouse with the first production in 40 years of James Saunders’ mesmerising comedy.

Why do people fall in love? Or get married? Why do things fall apart? And what happens next? Bodies is a startling portrait of sexual and marital relations in the 1960’s and 70’s and delves into these questions with bitter humour. One of a string of successes written by James Saunders, this marks its first staging since 1979.

Previous Two’s Company productions include A Day by the Sea, What The Women Did, The Cutting of the Cloth and The Fifth Column.

‘Bodies is a play which, when we have laughed at its wit, been held in the grip of its drama and revelled in the colours and layers of its language, still raises echo after echo in our minds and hearts.’ Bernard Levin, Sunday Times

Casting is to be announced.

Online link: https://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/bodies

 

Southwark Playhouse announces plans for 2019 and beyond

Southwark Playhouse - the new venue at Elephant
Southwark Playhouse - the new venue at Elephant

Southwark Playhouse – the new venue at Elephant

Since it was established 25 years ago Southwark Playhouse has occupied a series of temporary venues and has been campaigning extensively for a secure home. Today the theatre announces plans to finally set down permanent roots in the borough of Southwark.

The ambitious and inspiring new plans will give the theatre the opportunity to operate without the threat of being evicted from its premises for the first time in its history. As a result, it will continue its wide-ranging programme of new writing, classic plays and musicals and – crucially – its vital free-at-source youth, community and development programmes including its thriving Young Company, Elders Company and schools projects.

The plans will include moving to two new venues by the end of 2019: a flagship venue in Elephant and Castle and a satellite venue back within the arches of London Bridge Station as part of the new station redevelopment. Both venues will operate at the same time under the name Southwark Playhouse and will be run by the current Southwark Playhouse team, led by Artistic Director Chris Smyrnios.

Southwark Playhouse – Elephant will be Southwark Playhouse’s brand new flagship venue on Newington Butts in Elephant and Castle – 5 minutes from its current home on Newington Causeway, with a 125-year lease. Part of a new mixed-use development designed by Rogers, Stirk Harbour and Partners, it will have a 300-seat flexible theatre space dedicated to high profile plays and musicals. As well as the main space there will be a secondary studio space specifically for youth, community and development work. Despite operating a hugely successful youth and community programme since 1993 it will be the first time there has been a space dedicated solely to this crucial strand of the theatre’s work. The initial plans for Southwark Playhouse – Elephant were designed by Foster Wilson Architects and the fit-out is scheduled to take place over the next year, with an opening date in 2019. At a cost of £3m, approximately a third of the funds have already been raised with the remainder being actively sought over the next year to complete this ambitious project, which will secure the future of Southwark Playhouse for generations to come. To help with this, the theatre have launched an innovative crowd-generated artwork called The Two Million Pound Wall, in order to allow the public to play a part in making the permanent home of the Playhouse a reality [info in Notes to Editors section] and are also talking with major and smaller donors about supporting the theatre’s future.

Southwark Playhouse – London Bridge will be Southwark Playhouse’s satellite venue as part of the new London Bridge station redevelopment. It will be located at 10 Bermondsey Street in arches on the site of the former Southwark Playhouse on the corner of Tooley St. and Bermondsey St. The new theatre space will occupy five arches and have two flexible performance spaces with 200 and 150 seats respectively. It will be used to nurture and promote work by new and emerging practitioners and will have a dedicated rehearsal space. The London Bridge home is also due to open in 2019 and is part of a Section 106 agreement with Network Rail, which came about after the theatre’s successful 2012 campaign backed by Stephen Fry and Andy Serkis to retain a home within the new station. Southwark Playhouse – London Bridge is being designed by Tim Greatrex Architects and Hellicar Studio, whose recent projects include the award-winning House of Vans London project at Waterloo.

Southwark Playhouse – London Bridge and Southwark Playhouse – Elephant are the outcome of the theatre being included in two separate Section 106 planning agreements. As well as 3 performance spaces, a community studio and rehearsal space across the two venues, both sites also include large street-level front of house spaces for commercial bar and café operations. Southwark Playhouse’s current venue at Newington Causeway will continue operating throughout 2019 with a leaving date TBC. It is scheduled to be turned into flats in the next couple of years.

Why two venues?

Southwark Playhouse aims to do two things: nurture creativity and social cohesion through drama; and help support and develop new and emerging theatre talent. Despite not ever having a permanent home, Southwark Playhouse has – for the past 25 years – been able to offer affordable, well-resourced and supported space for thousands of new and emerging theatre practitioners. From the original 70 seat space on Southwark Bridge Road; to the inspirational arch spaces beneath London Bridge train station; to the current warehouse chic of its premises on Newington Causeway, Southwark Playhouse has managed to grow and thrive, supporting more and more people to develop and showcase their creativity.

The new plans increase the theatres total capacity from 350 across two spaces to 650-700 across three spaces and its physical space from 1,250m2 to 2,560m2.

The new spaces will provide affordable, well-resourced and supported space for the next generation of theatre practitioners and offer a dedicated Youth, Community and Development Space, which will serve as a base for in-house community theatre companies.  Additionally, there will be two welcoming front of house spaces with bars and cafes for patrons and visitors.

 Chris Smyrnios, Artistic Director of Southwark Playhouse says: “I’m so excited to finally announce our future plans. The decision to have two Southwark Playhouses from 2019 onwards came about as a series of twists and turns in our bid to find a permanent home and over the past two years, it has become increasingly clear that this development is an absolutely necessary one for our organisation. It means we can continue our good work but also significantly increase the opportunities we can offer to local Southwark residents and new and emerging theatre artists. There’s a lot to do but I genuinely can’t wait to welcome everyone into our new homes from – funding pending – next year!’”

Chair of Southwark Playhouse Board of Trustees, Tim Wood says: ‘What an exhilarating time in the history of this organisation and an amazing opportunity to finally set down roots in Southwark after 25 years of being theatrical nomads. The welcome return to the London Bridge arches and a permanent, flagship venue at Newington Butts in Elephant and Castle, which is, rather fascinatingly, on the same site as the old Newington Butts Playhouse where a young man called William Shakespeare tried out some of his early plays in June of 1594.  There is a sense of the theatre coming back after over 400 years that is very thrilling in the refreshing charge of an intrepid and daring team led by invincible Artistic Director Chris Smyrnios.’

Patron Andy Serkis says ‘I was absolutely floored when I saw the new place at Elephant. There’s so much space and it’s going to be such an incredible venue. The team at Southwark Playhouse are amazing and I know they’re going to create a vital and important hub for the whole SE1 community when they open their doors next year.’

Care workers offered free tickets to see James Fritz’s The Fall at Southwark Playhouse

National Youth Theatre's The Fall
National Youth Theatre's The Fall

National Youth Theatre’s The Fall

  • Over 100 free tickets for carers to recognise the unsung work in the care profession
  • Production explores the prospect of ageing in a country undergoing a care crisis
  • New survey shows 76% of young people are worried they won’t be financially comfortable in old age, and over 80% feel they will be priced out of city living by then

Following a recent nationwide survey revealing fears around the ageing process, a new ticket initiative is today announced offering free tickets to care workers for Bruntwood Prize winner and Olivier Award nominee James Fritz’s topical new play The Fall, which explores the prospect of ageing in a country in the midst of a crisis of care. Carers will be given free tickets to the production through Carers UK, a charity supporting people caring unpaid for older and disabled people, and Southwark Carers. There will also be a Q&A panel to discuss the themes of the play on Thursday 10 May, with panellists including Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark and Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK. The production will run at Southwark Playhouse until 19 May. Tickets can be reserved by carers by emailing [email protected].

A recent survey of 414 people conducted by the National Youth Theatre (NYT), examined views on the themes of the play including loneliness, ageing and housing. The results showed that 80% of respondents thought loneliness impacted older people the most, with 87% of respondents having experienced loneliness themselves. 76% of those surveyed were worried that they wouldn’t be financially comfortable in their old age or would be a burden to family and friends. Fewer than 20% did not have any worries about being financially comfortable. Only 14% of the 414 respondents had a private pension scheme. Of the 382 respondents aged 30 and under, 86% were worried about being priced out of city living in the next 10 years, while over 1/3 thought they would never be able to afford their own home.

NYT Alumni James Fritz’s (Parliament SquareFour Minutes Twelve Seconds) The Fall will be directed by Matt Harrison and marks NYT’s debut production at Southwark Playhouse. The play takes a candid look at young people’s relationships with older people and confronts the frightening prospect of ageing in a country undergoing a crisis of care.

Paul Roseby, Artistic Director and CEO of The National Youth Theatre said: ‘This vital production tackles the urgent crises in social care and housing with 10 talented young actors from all over the UK, all under the age of 25. It draws a line between the struggle faced by young people today and the precipice society stands on in terms of adult social care, imagining what life will be like for them in 60 years time. It’s a play with heart, humour and fire in its belly that bridges the empathy gap between young and old.

The research process for The Fall involved writer James Fritz talking with experts across the fields of social care, finance and government, as well as working closely with the NYT members themselves to honestly examine both their own experiences with older people and their thoughts, hopes and fears about what the world might be like for them when they reach old age.

The resulting play examines three interlocking subjects: the dangerous gulf that the modern world has allowed to develop between young people and the realities of being old; their potential near futures as struggling carers for their ailing parents; and, finally, what the world might be like for them when they themselves reach old age.

The cast includes Josie CharlesJesse BatesonJamie AnkrahJamie FoulkesJoshua WilliamsLucy HavardMadeline CharlemangeNiyi AkinSophie Couch and Troy Richards.

Listings

The Fall
By James Fritz
Directed by Matt Harrison

Southwark Playhouse
Saturday 28 April – Saturday 19 May
Press performance: Thursday 3 May
Evening Performances: 28, 30 April, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 May
Matinee Performances:  12, 19 May
Website: www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/the-fall/
Box Office: 020 7407 0234

Biographies

James Fritz is an award-winning playwright known for Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Hampstead Theatre and West End), his first full length play which was nominated for the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre and won him the Most Promising Playwright prize at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards the following year. Other works include the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe hit Ross & Rachel and the Bruntwood Prize-winning Parliament Square (Manchester Royal Exchange). Last year, his radio play Comment is Freewon the Imison and Tinniswood Awards at the BBC Audio Drama Awards, marking the first time a single writer has won both awards in the same year.

Matt Harrison is a director, devisor and theatre maker and was the recipient of the NYT REP Bryan Forbes Directors Bursary in 2014. Direction includes Snowbird (Tristan Bates Theatre), Tales from the Bad Years (Landor Theatre), Futures (Lost Theatre), Please Wait Patiently (National Theatre Temporary Theatre) and The Pirates of Penzance (Tabard Theatre – Nominated for ‘Best Musical Production’ & ‘Best Ensemble’ in the 2013 Off West End Awards). Assistant Director credits include Kneehigh award-winning The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk and the recent West End production of Lady Windermere’s Fan directed by Kathy Burke.

Submissions now open for Aria Entertainment’s 2018 From Page To Stage Festival of new musical theatre

From Page To Stage
From Page To Stage

From Page To Stage

Aria Entertainment’s thriving new musical theatre festival, From Page To Stage returns for its 6th year, with submissions now open. This year’s festival will take place in September at Southwark Playhouse, and follows the hugely successful 2017 festival, which took place at The Other Palace, and received over 300 submissions from across the UK and internationally.

From Page To Stage 2018 will showcase each step of how an original musical is developed, from a song-writing showcase, to full staged readings of new musicals. There will also be a showcase evening, which will feature sections of at least four different shows in development with a repertory cast.

Alongside the 2018 Festival at Southwark Playhouse, FPTS will launch a new venture, From Page To Stage North West in partnership with Aria Entertainment’s northern home, the Hope Mill Theatre, which was founded by Joseph Houston and William WheltonFrom Page To Stage North West is an exciting and unique opportunity offering one writing team a full writing commission of an original musical.

The writing team selected at the end of this process will be fully commissioned and receive a workshop of the new musical in 2019, with the intention to stage the piece fully in 2020 at the Hope Mill Theatre. The team will be selected through a series of pitching days.

Producer Katy Lipson from Aria Entertainment says: “I have always believed that the future of musical theatre in this country can only be brought about by investing regularly in new musicals and new writers and so I am proud to be presenting the 6th year of the From Page To Stage Festival of new musicals. In just 6 years we have given a platform to over 100 new musicals from over 15 countries with some shows going on to have full productions, more development workshops and even publishing deals. Contrary to other showcases, we invite both industry and the public in to take part in the early stage development of these works, which is important in helping to mould audiences’ expectations of what the genre can actually deliver. We are delighted to be presenting work at London’s Southwark Playhouse this year and know their incredible record as a receiving house for Musical Theatre means they have a large receptive audience ready to receive this exciting new work.

Our expansion into From Page To Stage North West further cements our commitment to developing, commissioning and staging new musicals in the UK. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with Joe and Will at the Hope Mill Theatre to find new musicals for us to actually bring from page to stage by 2020.”

Joseph Houston, co-artistic director of the Hope Mill Theatre adds: “We are so thrilled to announce our musical commission as part of Katy’s From Page To Stage season. When Will, Katy and I formed our collaboration it was always our aim to champion new musical theatre and to date we have been so fortunate to be able to stage many premieres, but creating new work was always our ambition and this commission is hopefully the first of many grass roots projects to come from Hope Mill Theatre. It is such an exciting time for Manchester to have From Page To Stage branch out to the North West and we cannot wait to see how we can continue to champion and develop new musicals regionally.”

Young producer and founder of Aria Entertainment, Katy Lipson launched the From Page To Stage Festival in 2013. The festival has gone from strength to strength, and Katy has now produced five seasons, which have showcased over 8 new musicals each year. The project was supported by Grant For The Arts in 2014, ‘15, ‘16, and ‘17, and the 2017 season took place at Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s recently acquired theatre, The Other Palace.

So far, Aria Entertainment and the Hope Mill Theatre have had 2 years working together, making it into The Stage’s 100 Most Influential Figures 2018, and producing over 8 in-house productions and this has developed to 3 London transfers. Many of these shows were UK, Northern or World premieres of new musicals.

Entrants for the From Page To Stage 2018 Festival need to include their show title, lyricist/composer/book writer, a short synopsis and three record tracks and scenes from the show. Each submission of a new musical will be fully assessed by the From Page To Stage expert literary team. In July 2018, it will be announced which musicals have been selected for this years festival.

Writing teams interested in From Page To Stage North West will need to sign up on the From Page To Stage website and register their interest. Writing teams will then be invited to a pitching day in August 2018.

Submissions for FPTS 2018 are open until 25 June 2018.

For full details and more information about submitting a musical, go to the From Page To Stage website: www.frompage2stage.com.

 

Johnnie Fiori joins the UK Première of Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage at Southwark Playhouse

Johnnie Fiori
Johnnie Fiori

Johnnie Fiori

Antic Face today announced that Johnnie Fiori will play Betty 4 alongside Sara Stewart (Betty 1), Lucy McCormick (Betty 2), Beatriz Romilly (Betty 3) and Genesis Lynea (Betty 5) in the UK première of Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage. Nina Wadia has had to regretfully withdraw from the production due to scheduling conflicts. The production opens in the Large at Southwark Playhouse on 29 January, with previews from 24 January and runs until 17 February.

COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BETTIES

*IN ESSENCE, A QUEER AND OCCASIONALLY HAZARDOUS EXPLORATION; DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND YOU READ ABOUT SHACKLETON AND HOW HE EXPLORED THE ANTARCTIC?; IMAGINE THE ANTARCTIC AS A PUSSY AND IT’S SORT OF LIKE THAT.

Betty is rich; Betty is lonely; Betty’s busy working on her truck; Betty wants to talk about love, but Betty needs to hit something. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from…what’s it called again? Summer’s Midnight Dream?

 In Collective Rage the lives of five very different New York women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex and “theat-ah”. As they meet, fall in love, rehearse, revel and rage, they realise that they’ve been stuck reading the same scripts for far too long. Strongly influenced by cabaret and female drag, this outrageous comedy exquisitely rejects shame and stereotype. It will punch you in the gut, break your heart and then take you dancing.

 Jen Silverman’s theatre work includes The Moors (Yale Repertory Theatre, Susan Blackburn Smith Award Finalist), The Roommate (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb), The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane (InterAct Theatre – Barrymore Award),Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties (Woolly Mammoth and The Theater @ Boston Court), and All the Road Home (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park).

Johnnie Fiori plays Betty 4. Her theatre credits include originating the role of Motormouth Mabel in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Also at the Shaftesbury Theatre credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie and 125th Street. Other theatre credits include The Sunshine Boys (Savoy Theatre), Vernon God Little (Young Vic) and The Exonerated (Riverside Studios). For television, her work includes Episodes and Lost in London; and for film, Powder Room. In addition to acting, Fiori has also had an extensive singing career.

Antic Face and Nik Holttum Productions presents

The UK première of

COLLECTIVE RAGE
A PLAY IN FIVE BETTIES

By Jen Silverman

Directed by Charlie Parham; Designer: Anna Reid; Lighting Designer: Zoe Spurr

Sound Designer: Hollie Buhagiar; Choreographer: Nichola Treherne

24 January – 17 February 2018

Press night: 29 January 7:30pm

Southwark Playhouse, Large

 

Listings

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD

24 January – 17 February 2018

Press night: 29 January 7:30pm

 

Box office: 020 7407 0234

www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

@swkplay

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Twitter: @anticface @CollectiveRage

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Performance times:

Monday – Saturday – 7:30pm

Tuesday and Saturday – 3:00pm

 

Ticket prices: £12 previews, £20 standard, £16 concession

Olivier Award Nominee, Tyrone Huntley confirmed for Philip Ridley show at Southwark Playhouse

Tyrone Huntley
Tyrone Huntley

Tyrone Huntley

Chronicles Of Narnia Star, Georgie Henley, Olivier award nominee Tyrone Huntley will star in the world premiere of Philip Ridley’s new monologues, Angry, next February at Southwark Playhouse.

Henley and Huntley will perform the series of five gender-neutral monologues on subjects as diverse as refugees, millennial anger, and interstellar travel. All five monologues will be performed by each actor over the course of the run, but which actor performs each individual monologue will alternate night-to-night.

A spaceship hurtles towards a black hole. A book-loving couple flee a burning city. A bloodshot eye conjures up kisses and wild animals.  Angry is a menacing, magical, and darkly comedic collection of stories that vibrate with the lingering unease of our times.

Philip Ridley developed Angry over a four-year period in a close partnership with director Max Lindsay.
“Phil and I started exploring things that made us, well angry, and the play sort of grew out of that.” says Lindsay, “We were drawn to this idea of what it means to be a man and to be a woman in the modern world, and where the differences are. Having the same words said by both a man and a woman over the course of the run will give the audiences the chance to see the how the same events can have a very different impact.

“What’s incredible is how relevant Angry feels today. Phil wrote it before President Trump, Weinstein and #MeToo but it feels like it could have been a direct response to current events. He’s always a dozen steps ahead of the rest of us, it’s part of his genius.”

Georgie Henley shot to worldwide fame aged eight when she was cast as the lead, Lucy Pevensie, in the Oscar-winning Chronicles of Narnia series. She took time out of acting to study English at Cambridge before returning to star opposite Ella Purnell in indie film Access All Areas.

Tyrone Huntley most recently reprised his critically acclaimed role as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regents Park Open Air Theatre for which he received an Olivier Award nomination and was featured by ES Magazine as one of 10 of London’s hottest new talents to watch in 2016. He also won the Evening Standard Award for Emerging Talent at last year’s Awards.

The show is being produced by Tramp, whose Offie-nominated production of Tennessee Williams’ Confessional broke Southwark Playhouse’s box office record last year for their studio space, The Little.
Jack Silver, Artistic Director of Tramp, said:

“It’s amazing to be back at Southwark Playhouse with such an incredible piece of writing. When I first read it I was just blown away, but it wasn’t until we started auditions that I realised quite how incredible Phil’s writing is. Seeing so many actors give their take on the monologues was mesmerising. It gives the actors a blank canvas and yet there’s a magnetic rhythm to the words.”

Full Casting Announced on Glenn Waldron’s The Here and This and Now at Southwark Playhouse

Simon Stokes directs Simon Darven as Niall, Becci Gemmell as Helen, Tala Gouveia as Gemma and Andy Rush as Robby in Glenn Waldron’s dark and enigmatic comedy The Here and This and Now at Southwark Playhouse.  The play takes an intriguing and intelligent look at the medical industry and asks in these politically uncertain times, how high is the price of progress?

An office away-day. A newly recruited sales team for a pharmaceutical company learns the ropes.  But does their work really make a difference? What exactly is the drug they are selling? Change is swiftly coming and they asking all the wrong questions…

Science and civilisation collide in Glenn Waldron’s darkly funny play. Fiendishly original, The Here and This and Now interrogates office workplace culture and the cataclysmic consequences of antibiotic resistance.

A former journalist and editor of i-D magazine, Waldron’s first play Forever House was also commissioned by Theatre Royal Plymouth and premiered at the Drum in 2013. Waldron’s Natives opened to great acclaim at Southwark Playhouse last year.

 Simon Darwen’s theatre credit’s include Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint/Toronto/Tour), Flare Path (Tour), Lizzie Siddal (Arcola), Catch 22(Northern Stage/Birmingham Rep/National Tour), Virgin (Watford Palace), King Lear (Theatre Royal Bath), Mad About The Boy (Young Vic), Love, Love, Love(Paines Plough/Drum Theatre /National Tour), Unrestless (Old Vic Tunnels), Accolade (Original Revival Cast) (Finborough Theatre),Ramshackle Heart (Public Theatre New York) Arse, Shove (Theatre 503), The Merchant of VeniceThe Tragedy of a Thomas HobbesThe Taming of the ShrewA Midsummer Night’s Dream(RSC), 1 in 5 (Hampstead Theatre), Fanny & Faggot (Trafalgar Studios). His television credits include Call the MidwifeSilent WitnessThe Bletchley Circle and The Bill.

Andy Rush’s theatre credits include Love Lies and Taxidermy (Paines Plough/Clwyd Theatre Cymru/Sherman Cymru), Growth (Paines Plough), Tipping The Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith), Twelfth Night (The Lamb Players), Jumpers For Goalposts (Paines Plough), and The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre). His television credits include Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This, CasualtyWaterloo Road, and Wizards Vs Aliens; for film, ID2: Shadwell Army and Here and Now

Becci Gemmell’s theatre credits include Noises Off (Nottingham and Tour), Forever House (Plymouth Drum), Walking The Tightrope (Offstage Theatre), Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe), Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange), Taming of The Shrew (International Tour and Shakespeare’s Globe). Her television credits include CasualtyDoctorsCall the MidwifeCode of a Killer and Land Girls (Series 1-3); for film, Red Lights.

Tala Gouveia’s theatre credits include The Mountaintop (New Vic Theatre), Husbands & Sons (National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Orange Tree), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeares’s Globe) and White Tuesday (Arcola Theatre).  Television credits include Plebs (ITV), The Tracey Ullmann Show (BBC), Love Sick(Channel 4).  Film credits include Before We Grow OldThe Revenger: An Unromantic ComedyScream Street, Thunderbirds Are Go

Directed by Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Artistic Director Simon Stokes, who is recognised as one of the country’s leading pioneers of new writing and experiment in British Theatre.  He was an Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in the 70’s and 80’s and since then has directed in the West End, elsewhere in the UK, in Europe and in America.  Since he has been Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Plymouth has won, or been nominated for, over 30 major awards for producing new plays. A maverick director of ground-breaking, bold innovative new work, Stokes has consistently surprised audiences with his many ambitious collaborations.

As well as a wide commissioning programme for local and national writers, the Drum has long-standing co-production relationships with companies ranging from Frantic Assembly and Paines Plough to Told by an Idiot and Belgian radicals, Ontroerend Goed.

LISTING AND BOOKING INFORMATION

Venue

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD

Performances

The Here and This and Now and The War Has Not Yet Started will be performed in rep at the venue.  Please see the website for the performance schedule.

Nearest Tube: Borough / Elephant and Castle

Box Office

Online www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

24 HOURS/NO BOOKING FEES

By Telephone:  020 7407 0234

NO BOOKING FEES

Ticket Prices

Previews £12

£20, £16 (concs)

Concessions

Students, Under 16’s, Unwaged, Registered disabled, Over 65’s

Registered disabled patrons can bring one companion free of charge.

 

 

 Pippin musical transfers to Southwark Playhouse

Pippin
Pippin

Pippin

Vaudeville, magic, comedy, romance – life is an adventure and Pippin has it all.

Jonathan O’Boyle’s acclaimed production of the multi-Tony Award-winning musical Pippin by Grammy and Academy Award recipient Stephen Schwartz (composer of the global smash hit Wicked) will transfer to Southwark Playhouse’s Large space in spring 2018.

A soul-searching exploration of one man’s journey to find himself, his place and purpose in life, Pippin is a musical about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey. Featuring a stunning score including classics Magic to Do and Corner of the Sky, Pippin was originally directed by the great Bob Fosse and recently completed a hugely successful Broadway revival. This new production spreads a darkness over the innocent tale of the exciting life and adventures of young Prince Pippin, told by a mysterious troupe of Victorian Vaudeville players who promise the audience ‘a finale you will remember for the rest of your lives…’

Stephen Schwartz says: “I am so pleased that such a successful and well-received production of Pippin has finally happened in the UK, and I’m incredibly excited to be sharing it with a London audience.” 

Pippin will be the third production from Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre to transfer to London’s Off-West End in under a year. The team’s production of Hair has just opened at The Vaults.

The Press on director Jonathan O’Boyle:
★★★★★ ‘An excellent production from Jonathan O’Boyle…beautifully calibrated.’ Miriam Gillinson, Time Out on Sense of an Ending

★★★★ ‘Jonathan O’Boyle’s production left me walking on air.’ Mark Shenton, The Stage on Hair

★★★★ ‘Incandescent with feeling…O’Boyle’s production is so intense, so contained.’ Sam Marlowe, The Times on Made in Britain

Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre and Guy James Theatrical present

PIPPIN
by Roger O. Hirson. Composed by Stephen Schwartz. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle.
Musical direction by Zach Flis. Designed by Maeve Black.
Choreographed by William Whelton. Lighting design by Aaron J Dootson.

Press performance: Wednesday, 28 February at 7.30pm
Run: Friday 23 February – Saturday 24 March 2018

Listings Information

 

Venue

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD

 

Nearest Tube: Borough / Elephant and Castle

Performances

PIPPIN

Friday 23 February – Saturday 24 March 2018

Monday to Saturdays at 7.30pm
Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm (no matinee on 24 February)
See website for full schedule

Box Office

Online

www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

24 HOURS/NO BOOKING FEES
Show website: www.pippinlondon.com

By Telephone

020 7407 0234

NO BOOKING FEES

Ticket Prices

Preview 23, 24, 26, 27 February – all tickets £14
From 28 February: £25, £20 (conc.)

Concessions

Students, Under 16’s, Unwaged, Registered disabled, Over 65’s

Registered disabled patrons can bring one companion free of charge.

Keep up to date on Twitter

@swkplay @PippinLDN