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A catch up with Cat from The Lieutenant of Inishmore: ‘It could have really gone tits up.’

Due to popular demand I caught up with Cat in between rehearsals for The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

The revival of Martin McDonagh’s play opens in the West End next month. It stars Poldark’s Aidan Turner and is directed by Michael Grandage.

Originally performed by the RSC in 2001, McDonagh’s black comedy is set in Ireland in the early 1990s, and satirises nationalism and terrorism in the modern day

Here is what happened.

Hello again. How are you?

I’m doing well. This weather is quite tedious; I find a quiet place in between rehearsals to cool – hot on the top, cold at the bottom, you know how it is.

Let’s not discuss our private lives. How are the rehearsals for The Lieutenant of Inishhmore going?

It is going very well. I have to confess I was pretty bruised that I did not feature in any of the rehearsal shots. I mean I would have liked some for my portfolio but the PR is wary of me, she’s threatened, she’s trying to ruin my moment. A bit petty in my opinion but what can you do.

The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Noel Coward Theatre

The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Noel Coward Theatre

The last time we spoke you mentioned that you thought that your co-star Aidan Turner may have allergies. Turner recently confessed that he is, in fact, allergic to cats. How has this impacted your working relationship?

It could have really gone tits up… Luckily, it has been fine. I adore Aidan, he spills over with emotion, continually taking the company in unexpected directions. His accent is exuberant and it helps that he is pretty buff and it has been a joy to take him to the theatre as my guest.

Interesting. I know that you are close to Nick Hytner; have you been to The Bridge?

I saw Nightfall recently; the whole thing seemed like a lot of effort for not much reward. It wasn’t my cup of tea, to be honest. I think the two Nicks are trying to find their War Horse or Curious Incident; I’m not sure anything else in the current programme really fits the bill. I have a feeling that in a few years we’ll probably look back on the first ten years as the Nicks finding their feet, and it’ll be the second decade that really make the most sense. If it isn’t a Pret a Manger by then.

Have you seen Orlando Bloom in in ‘Killer Joe’?

I know Katy Perry very well so we attended the dress rehearsal together. I am usually wary of star vehicles and stunt casting. Mind you, I think it can be a good thing for theatre because it so often brings new audiences through the door who may have never been to that theatre before. Sometimes, though, all I crave to see is a really good actor. But I thought that Bloom was quite good, so critics are invited to sit the fuck down.

What most drives you to be brilliant – fear of failure or thirst for success?

I try not to take this industry too seriously. I constantly want to outdo the last thing I’ve done.

With Harvey Weinstein being arrested and the #MeToo movement finally having its Hurricane Katrina moment. How widespread is abuse and bullying in theatre?

The thing is, most of the people in power who work in this industry are total bell-ends. I am currently working on an initiative: #MiaowToo – It is important that cats are afforded the same watershed moment to expose theatre-land thugs; I was at an audition recently. I was picked up, stroked and dropped on the *concrete* floor without consent. Anyway, it is mostly men in power abusing that power, habitually and with the belief that they will never be revealed. This careless grooming has to stop.

Do you lead or follow?

I definitely lead.

Is it hard work doing all that leading? It must be a lot easier to just sit around copying people.

No, it’s not hard work, it’s part of who I am. I love to strive to do things differently. That’s part of why I love what I do.

Are you in this for the long run?

I’ve just done an interview with The Guardian with a ‘fresh new voice’ that has replaced Lyn Gardner. Don’t get me started… I’m still furious about it. Anyway, ‘How long do you think you’ll do it?” asked the fresh new voice; I can’t remember her name, I think they used to be a stand-up comic. “A year?” Maybe I’ll stretch it to two, I purred.

Finally, is there anything that you’d like to add?

I’d like to say that The UK’s theatre exports are pretty much restricted to Sonia Friedman, James Graham, Michael Grandage and Caryl Churchill. I am currently looking at a KickStarter to supply emergency subsidies to any theatre company developing half-decent UK theatre talent. Also, please come and see The Lieutenant of Inishmore; it boasts an outstanding cast. It is superbly cast, written and acted with ruthless and icy force. There are no weak links. Martin McDonagh squeezes every gorgeous horrible drop out of the violence. Cheers!

The Lieutenant of Inishmore runs at the Noel Coward Theatre 23 June – 8 September 2018

Read the first interview with Cat from ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ HERE

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 First Look: West End production of Killer Joe

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First Look: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child new West End cast character portraits 

The Granger-Weasleys, l-r Nicola Alexis (Hermione Granger), Helen Aluko (Rose Granger-Weasley) and Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley), Photo by Charlie Gray
The Potters, l-r Susie Trayling (Ginny Potter), Joe Idris-Roberts (Albus Potter) and Jamie Ballard (Harry Potter), Photo by Charlie Gray

The Potters, l-r Susie Trayling (Ginny Potter), Joe Idris-Roberts (Albus Potter) and Jamie Ballard (Harry Potter), Photo by Charlie Gray

Ahead of the new cast’s first performance at London’s Palace Theatre on Wednesday (23 May 2018), the Producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child release a first-look set of portraits by Charlie Gray.

Seen in character for the first time are Jamie Ballard as Harry Potter, Susie Trayling as Ginny Potter, Nicola Alexis as Hermione Granger, Joe Idris-Roberts as Albus Potter and Jonathan Case as Scorpius Malfoy.  They are joined by Thomas Aldridge as Ron Weasley, Helen Aluko as Rose Granger-Weasley and James Howard as Draco Malfoy.

The Granger-Weasleys, l-r Nicola Alexis (Hermione Granger), Helen Aluko (Rose Granger-Weasley) and Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley), Photo by Charlie Gray

The Granger-Weasleys, l-r Nicola Alexis (Hermione Granger), Helen Aluko (Rose Granger-Weasley) and Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley), Photo by Charlie Gray

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John TiffanyHarry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe and casting by Julia Horan CDG.\

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.  The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in June 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London.

The Malfoys, l-r James Howard (Draco Malfoy) and Jonathan Case (Scorpius Malfoy), photo by Charlie Gray

The Malfoys, l-r James Howard (Draco Malfoy) and Jonathan Case (Scorpius Malfoy), photo by Charlie Gray

Since its premiere, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won twenty-four major British theatre awards including the Evening Standard Best Play Award as well as a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards – including Best New Play and Best Director – the most awarded production in the history of the Oliviers. The Broadway production officially opened to equal critical acclaim at the Lyric Theatre last month and has subsequently received numerous Broadway accolades, including ten Tony Award nominations, eight Drama Desk Award nominations, three Drama League Award nominations and is the winner of six Outer Critics Circle awards.  In early 2019 the Australian production will open at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.

 

 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman ProductionsColin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

West End transfer for THE INHERITANCE by Matthew Lopez, directed by Stephen Daldry

THE INHERITANCE
THE INHERITANCE

THE INHERITANCE

  • West End transfer announced for Matthew Lopez’s major new two-part play, The Inheritance, following its world premiere, sold-out run at The Young Vic
  • Stephen Daldry directs a large ensemble cast, including John Benjamin Hickey, Andrew Burnap, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Kyle Soller and Vanessa Redgrave.
  • 30,000 Tickets are available at £25 or under throughout the run
  • The Inheritance Parts 1 & 2 will preview from 21 september 2018 at The NöEl Coward Theatre in London’s West End, with tickets on general sale from Friday 18 May

Producers, Sonia Friedman and Nattering Way  today announced the West End transfer of the Young Vic production of The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez. Directed by multi Olivier Award winner Stephen Daldry, Lopez’s major two-part world premiere will play a strictly limited season at the Nöel Coward Theatre, beginning previews on 21st September with an official opening performance on Saturday 13th October.

The Inheritance will finish its sold out run at the Young Vic Theatre on Saturday 19th May, where it opened to huge acclaim. Critics recognised Matthew Lopez’s play as a modern classic, and one of the most important plays for many years.

A generation after the peak of the AIDs crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York? How many words are there now for pain and for love? Matthew Lopez’s major new two-part play explores profound themes through the turbulent and often hilarious experiences of a group of young, ambitious New Yorkers.  What is the legacy left to them by previous generations? What do they owe the future and each other?

Spanning generations and many interlinking livesThe Inheritance brilliantly transposes EM Forster’s novel ‘Howards End’ to 21st century New York.

Playing across two parts, which can be seen either in one day or across two evenings, Matthew Lopez’s epic new play is directed by Stephen Daldry with set and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti & Chris Reid, music by Paul Englishby, UK Casting by Julia Horan CDG and US Casting by Jordan Thaler CSA & Heidi Griffiths CSA.

David Lan, who programmed the original production as Artistic Director of the Young Vic, joins as Executive Producer for the West End production.

The majority of the original Young Vic cast will transfer with the production, including: Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Andrew Burnap, Hubert Burton, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Syrus Lowe,  Michael Marcus,  Vanessa Redgrave,  Kyle Soller and Michael Walters.

Andrew Burnap, John Benjamin Hickey and Samuel H. Levine are appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange programme between American Equity and UK Equity.

LISTINGS

Tom Kirdahy, Sonia Friedman Productions, Hunter Arnold,
1001 Nights Productions, Bruce Cohen, Elizabeth Dewberry, Rupert Gavin, Robert Greenblatt, Ali Ahmet Kocabiyik, Mark Lee, Peter May, Scott Rudin, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Bruno Wang, Richard Winkler
present
the Young Vic production of

THE INHERITANCE
By Matthew Lopez
Director Stephen Daldry
Design Bob Crowley
Lighting Jon Clark
Sound Paul Arditti & Chris Reid
Music Paul Englishby
UK Casting Julia Horan CDG
US Casting Jordan Thaler CSA & Heidi Griffiths CSA

Executive Producer David Lan

Nöel Coward Theatre
St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4AP

First performance: Friday 21st September 2018
Opening Night: Saturday 13th October 2018
Final Performance: Saturday 5th January 2019

Monday to Saturday at 7.15pm
Wednesday & Saturday matinee performances at 1.15pm

For full Part 1 and Part 2 performance schedule see HERE

Audio Described Performance:
Part 1: 22nd November 2018
Part 2: 23rd November 2018      

Captioned Performance:
Part 1: 8th November 2018
Part 2: 9th November 2018      

Website: InheritancePlay.com
Box Office: 0844 482 5140 Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge
Group Bookings: 0844 482 5100
Access Bookings: 0844 482 5165

Prices from £15

InheritancePlay.com | @InheritancePlay

Buckland Theatre Company makes West End debut with Two For The Seesaw at Trafalgar Studios

TWO FOR THE SEESAW
TWO FOR THE SEESAW

TWO FOR THE SEESAW

  • Buckland Theatre Company makes West End debut at Trafalgar Studios
  • Charles Dorfman and Elsie Bennet will star as Jerry and Gittel from 12 July until 4 August
  • Gary Condes will Direct William Gibson’s 1950s New York comedy-drama about two broken souls embarking on a bittersweet love affair

New York City. The late 1950s.
Two broken souls reach out to each other in an attempt to stick themselves back together again.

Two For The Seesaw will mark Buckland Theatre Company’s first West End production, following previous sold-out shows at the Park Theatre. Directed by Gary Condes, William Gibson’s play will open at Trafalgar Studios on 12 July for a strictly limited run until 4 August.

Charles Dorfman will star as Jerry, the brooding Nebraska lawyer who has relocated to New York City to escape an unhappy marriage, opposite Elsie Bennet as beatnik dancer from the Bronx, Gittel, whose life is drifting after a number of failed relationships in William Gibson’s timeless comedy drama.

Despite their very different backgrounds and personalities, this unlikely couple embark on a bittersweet and tempestuous love affair which forces them to confront, with heartfelt honesty, the very nature of who they are and want they want from love and life.

Two For The Seesaw played more than 750 performances when it opened on Broadway 1962, starring Henry Fonda and Anne Bancroft, who made her New York stage debut in the role. The play was later adapted into a Hollywood film starring Shirley McClain and Robert Mitchum.

Charles Dorfman will play Jerry. Charles studied Theatre at Trinity College Dublin and the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles. Recent theatre includes The Ugly OneLUVSome Girl(s) (all Park Theatre) and Miss Julie (Etcetera Theatre) for Buckland Theatre Company. Other stage work includes Taking Steps, Dangerous Corner, and Wuthering Heights (Manor Pavilion Sidmouth). Film credits include MyrtleThe Show and Present.

Elsie Bennet will play Gittel. Previous theatre credits include Luv (Park Theatre) for Buckland Theatre Company, Progress (Red Rose Theatre) and Pirates of Penzance(Tabard Theatre). Elsie has also had television roles in The Last Czars (Netflix), Birds of a Feather (BBC One) and Little Crackers (Sky 1) as well as the films Why Hide and Passing By.

LISTINGS
TWO FOR THE SEESAW
Trafalgar Studios 2
14 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2DY

Previews from: Wednesday 12 July
Press performance: Tuesday 17 July
Final performance: Saturday 4 August

Monday – Saturday evenings at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

Box Office number: 0844 871 7615
www.bucklandtheatreco.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bucklandtheatreco
Twitter: twitter.com/BucklandTheatre
Instagram: instagram.com/bucklandtheatreco

BIOGRAPHIES

GARY CONDES – Director

Gary has spent over 20 years working as a professional actor with an extensive career in Film, TV and Theatre. Career highlights include working alongside: Sam Rockwell (Moon), Helena Bonham Carter (Wings Of The Dove), Ray Winstone (Five Seconds To Spare) and Colin Firth (Fever Pitch).

The last 10 years has seen him develop into an acclaimed acting teacher and coach, running specialist acting courses in London and all over Europe and privately coaching clients for roles on various high profile productions including: Nymphomaniac (Lars Von Triers); Youth (Paolo Sorrentino); Breath (Andy Serkis) Fantastic Beasts 2 (Warner Bros);  Game Of Thrones (HBO); Peaky Blinders (BBC); Outlander (Sony Pictures); Fortitude (Sky Atlantic); 24 Live Another Day (Sky1); Medici(Netflix); Harlots (ITV); The Three Musketeers (BBC);  Siren (Freeform); The Great Wave (National Theatre);  The Lady From The Sea (Donmar Theatre); Hamlet(The Young Vic);  The Arrest Of Ai Wei Wei (Hampstead Theatre); and Troilus & Cressida (The Globe Theatre).

For Buckland: Some Girls (Park Theatre – Nominated for OffWestEnd OFFIE awards for Best Director & Best Production); Luv (Park Theatre); Miss Julie (ETC Theatre)

MAX DOREY – Designer

Max was nominated for ‘Best Set Design’ for the 2016 UK Theatre Awards for And Then Come The Nightjars. He is also 8 time nominated for ‘Best Set Design’ in The Offies (The Off West End Awards).

Credits include: Teddy (Vaults Theatre); Julius Caesar: First Encounters (Royal Shakespeare Company); Talk Radio (Old Red Lion); Tryst (Tabard Theatre); The End of Hope (Soho Theatre); Insignificance (Arcola Theatre); Abigail (Bunker Theatre); Luv (Park Theatre); The Collector (The Vaults); Cargo (Arcola Theatre); Last of the Boys (Southwark Playhouse); After Independence (Arcola Theatre/ Papatango); P’Yongyang (Finborough Theatre); No Villain (Trafalgar Studios); All The Little Lights (Fifth Word); And Then Come The Nightjars (Theatre503/ Bristol Old Vic/UK tour); Orson’s Shadow, Teddy (Southwark Playhouse); Lardo, Marching On Together (Old Red Lion); Coolatully (Finborough Theatre); Sleight and Hand (Edinburgh Fringe); I Can Hear You, This Is Not An Exit (The Place at the Courtyard, RSC/Royal Court Upstairs); Count Ory (Blackheath Halls); Black Jesus (Finborough Theatre); The Duke In darkness, Marguerite (Tabard Theatre); Disco Pigs(Tristan Bates);

CHRISTOPHER NAIRNE – Lighting Designer

Christopher was awarded the Off West End Awards’ ‘Best Lighting Designer’ prize in 2016 for Teddy at Southwark Playhouse.

Previously for Buckland Theatre Company, he lit Luv at the Park Theatre.

Credits include: Teddy, Great Odds and Judith: A Parting from the Body (UK tours); Jerusalem (Watermill Theatre); Mayfly and Little Light (Orange Tree Theatre); Suzy Storck (Gate Theatre); This Beautiful Future (The Yard Theatre); Gin for Breakfast (Tristan Bates Theatre); Cargo and After Independence (Arcola Theatre); Chinglish and The Buskers Opera (Park Theatre); Speech & Debate and BU21 (Trafalgar Studios); Home Chat and Coolatully (Finborough Theatre); Last of the Boys, This Will End Badly and Johnny Got His Gun (Southwark Playhouse); and Lionboy (Complicite international tour).

Opera credit includes: L’Agrippina (Barber Opera); Madame Butterfly, Jephtha, La Bohème and Macbeth (Iford Arts); Albert Herring (Hampstead Garden Opera); Belshazzar (Trinity Laban Conservatoire); Vivienne (Linbury Studio, ROH); and La Bohème (OperaUpClose, 2011 Olivier award winner).

MAX PAPPENHEIM – Sound Designer

Credits include:  The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse); The Children (Royal Court/Manhattan Theatre Club); Humble Boy, The Lottery of Love, Sheppey, Blue/Heart, Little Light, The Distance (Orange Tree); Dry Powder, Sex with Strangers, Labyrinth (Hampstead); Ophelias Zimmer (Schaubühne, Berlin/Royal Court); Miss Julie (Theatre by the Lake/Jermyn Street); The Gaul (Hull Truck); Cookies (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Teddy, Fabric, Invincible (National Tours); Toast (Park Theatre/59E59 Theaters, New York); Jane Wenham (Out of Joint); Waiting for Godot (Sheffield Crucible); My Eyes Went Dark (Traverse, Edinburgh); Cargo (Arcola); CommonWealth (Almeida); Creve Coeur (Print Room); Wink (Theatre503); Spamalot, The Glass Menagerie (English Theatre, Frankfurt); The Cardinal, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Fiji Land (Southwark Playhouse); Mrs Lowry and Son (Trafalgar Studios); Martine, Black Jesus, Somersaults (Finborough); The Hotel Plays(Langham Hotel).

Opera includes: Miranda (Opéra Comique, Paris); Vixen (Vaults/International Tour); Carmen:Remastered (ROH/Barbican).

Radio includes: Home Front (BBC Radio 4); Associate Artist of The Faction and Silent Opera

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The Prince Edward is first theatre in the West End to receive a National Autistic Society Award

Prince Edward Theatre Team
Prince Edward Theatre Team

Prince Edward Theatre Team

Disney’s hit musical Aladdin has announced that the Prince Edward Theatre, which is owned by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, is the first theatre in the West End to receive an award from The National Autistic Society celebrating its achievements in welcoming autistic guests and their families through training, staff awareness and initiatives such as the hit show’s Autism-Friendly Performances.

Disney works with The National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families, to deliver the specially staged performances every year which are designed to make the show more accessible for those affected by autism.

The dedicated Autism-Friendly Performances of Aladdin include modifications to the booking process, performance and the theatre environment, including:

  • The theatre’s foyer includes designated quiet and activity areas; staffed by experts in autism throughout the performance should anyone need to leave their seats.
  • Slight adjustments are made to the performance itself, including the reduction of jarring sounds or strobe lighting that face the audience.
  • The cast of Aladdin along with Prince Edward Theatre box office and front of house staff have been given training to understand the needs of an audience made up of adults and children who are autistic.
  • A specific website has been set up for this performance, linking to a dedicated booking page. The website includes a downloadable ‘visual story’ to help people with autism understand the process of a visit to the theatre, thus aiding their comprehension of the experience and reducing anxiety by explaining each step from arriving in the foyer to the final curtain call.

The next dedicated Autism-Friendly Performance of Aladdin will take place at 1.30pm on Tuesday 28 August 2018Audience members can find out more information and purchase tickets at www.aladdinthemusical/autismfriendlyTickets are sold at a specially reduced rate and can be selected on a virtual map of the auditorium.

Nancy Shakerley, Education and Outreach Manager for Disney Theatrical Group, said: “We are extremely proud to have worked closely with our colleagues at the Prince Edward Theatre to achieve the Autism Friendly Award. We are excited to be holding another Autism-Friendly performance again this summer – Autistic guests and their families are, of course, welcome at any performance but we understand that this more relaxed environment is preferable for some guests.”

Chris Pike, Autism Access Specialist at the National Autistic Society, said: “We are delighted that the Prince Edward Theatre is the first theatre in the West End to receive our prestigious Autism Friendly Award. It’s very well deserved.

“There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK, and many struggle to cope with unfamiliar places and everyday sights and sounds which others are able to filter out, such as artificial lighting, background music or traffic noise.

“Autistic people and their families tell us that they would love to visit the theatre, but because of sensory issues and anxiety in unfamiliar surroundings, they are prevented from doing so. Aladdin’s production team have taken great care in adapting the show, including having a ‘visual story’ online which can help autistic people prepare for their visit in advance.  This means that for some of the audience on 28 August, this will be the very first time that they are able to experience the thrill of a live performance.” 

Graham Bradbury, General Manager of the Prince Edward Theatre, said: “I am delighted on behalf of the team here at the Prince Edward Theatre to receive this award. The award reflects the hard work, dedication and commitment to staff training that everybody undertakes to ensure that the Prince Edward Theatre is an all-inclusive venue offering the very best 5-star customer service possible.”

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK. Although everyone on the autism spectrum is different, people may be under or oversensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours, which can make everyday life extremely challenging. They can also find social situations and unexpected changes a challenge, which can sometimes lead to extreme levels of anxiety.

Aladdin features the timeless songs from the 1992 animated film as well as new music written by Tony®, Olivier© and eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop Of Horrors). With lyrics from Olivier Award and two-time Oscar® winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid), three-time Tony and Olivier Award, three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (EvitaAida), and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), and a book by Beguelin,Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).

Now in its fifth record-breaking year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Aladdin’s global presence has grown to six productions on four continents, seen by  more than 7.2 million people to date. The show opened at Tokyo’s Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in May 2015, had its European premiere in December 2015 at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora, Hamburg, began performances in August 2016 in Australia and launched its North American tour in Chicago in April 2017.

LISTINGS

Disney’s Aladdin – an Autism-Friendly Performance
Tuesday 28 August at 1.30pm
Tickets on sale
www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk/autismfriendly/

Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton St
London W1D 4HS

Box Office number: 0844 482 5152
www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk

Facebook: Aladdin London
Twitter: @AladdinLondon
Instagram: @AladdinLondon
#AladdinLondon

Mindgame by Anthony Horowitz returns to the West End

Mindgame by Anthony Horowitz
Mindgame by Anthony Horowitz

Mindgame by Anthony Horowitz

“A CRACKING THRILLER WITH HINTS AND AMBIGUITIES, TWISTS AND TURNS FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER…GO OUT AND SEE IT.” Nottingham Post

Following a critically acclaimed UK Tour Anthony Horowitz’s mind-bending psychological thriller comes to the Ambassadors theatre this May. Horowitz is well-known as the creator of Foyles War, the BBC’s New Blood, Alex Rider, the Sherlock Holmes novels House of Silk and Moriarty and the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis. His new James Bond novel, Forever and a Day, will be published on 31st May.

“THE GUESSING GAME IS STILL ON AS THE FINAL CURTAIN FALLS, MAKING THIS COMPELLING PLAY INTRIGUING AND CHILLING.” Derbyshire Times

When Mark Styler, a writer of glossy ‘true crime’ paperbacks, tries to get an interview with Easterman, a notorious serial killer, he has no idea what he’s walking into. First he has to get past Dr Farquhar, the quixotic head of Fairfields – the asylum where Easterman is kept.

But soon he discovers that nothing is what it seems. Who is the mysterious Borson? Where did he get the meat in the fridge? And why isn’t the skeleton in the closet?

“ANTHONY HOROWITZ’S DARK MASTERPIECE, DEFTLY DIRECTED BY KAREN HENSON, NOT ONLY QUESTIONS THE NATURE OF INSANITY BUT ALSO CHALLENGES THE NOTION OF REALITY ITSELF.” Worcester News

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK – and is unique for working across so many media; juggling writing books, TV series, films, plays and journalism.

Anthony has written over 40 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, which he adapted into a movie. The Alex Rider series is estimated to have sold 19 million copies worldwide. Anthony is also an acclaimed writer for adults and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels (The House of Silk and Moriarty). Most recently he was commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis. His latest works are The Word is Murder and Never Say Die (the latest in the Alex Rider series).

Anthony is also responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most beloved and successful television series, including Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War. Anthony is on the board of the Old Vic Theatre and regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines on subjects ranging from politics to education. He has been a patron to East Anglia Children’s Hospices and the anti-bullying charity, Kidscape, since 2008.

Anthony was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in January 2014.

www.angelabrowneltd.co.uk

West End performer Peter Caulfield will join Joan VáZquez in Paquito Forever – A New Musical at London’s Live at Zédel 

Paquito Forever
Peter Caulfield

Peter Caulfield

Peter Caulfield, who starred as King Herod in the multi award-winning production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, will join Joan Vázquez in the London presentation of  PAQUITO FOREVER, the one-man musical of this season in Barcelona.

PAQUITO FOREVER is a new musical written by Fran Arráez and Gerard Alonso and directed by Victor AlvaroPAQUITO FOREVER will make its London premiere at Live at Zédel on Wednesday2nd May 20187.00pm. The show will be performed in English.

Meet Paquito Alonso, flamenco dancer, comedian, transvestite… artist! From his childhood in post-war Spain –wandering the Paralelo cabarets wishing to be a Star– to a career in the States getting to perform at the best venues in New York and Vegas, the true story of Paquito Alonso is one of relentless determination, in a quest to find a place in the world where he could be who he truly was in times of repression.

Vázquez –accompanied on the piano by Gerard Alonso, and joined by West End performer Peter Caulfield– brings an evening of stand-up comedy, flamenco, blues, jazz, dancing and a tiny little bit of cross-dressing. Don’t miss the chance to meet the endearing Paquito and discover this awesome true story of big dreams and courage. Cabaret at its best.

Regarding the opening of PAQUITO FOREVER in London Joan says: ‘Paco passed away shortly after I was cast in the role of Paquito in the revival of FLOR DE NIT. He had created that role in the 90s and the news came as a shock right in the middle of rehearsals. I began enquiring about his life and, to my surprise, he had had an amazing artistic career audiences didn’t know about. His story had to be told. I had to do a show about him.
I can’t believe we’re taking the show to London right after our Barcelona run! We have been getting such good feedback for the show and we feel very grateful for that. People are feeling very moved by the story of Paco. I can’t wait for Londoners to see it
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PAQUITO FOREVER has received nominations for Barcelona Critic’s Awards for Best MusicalSpain Music Theatre Awards for Best Actor(Joan Vázquez) and Spain Max Theatre Awards for Best Musical.

Joan’s credits include Claude in Hair, Frank in Merrily We Roll Along, Sky in Mamma Mia! and Lockwood in The History Boys, in the recent Barcelona and Madrid productions. Other credits include Abdullah in the world première of Bagdad Café directed by Percy Adlon, My Fair Lady, and the first Spanish production of Rent, directed by Abby Epstein and Michael Greif.
Joan has regularly worked with repertory companies in Barcelona such as Gataro, The Zombie Company, La Barni or El Musical Més Petit, in revues, cabaret and fringe productions such as Flor de Nit, Le Llaman Copla and Off- Broadway. His writing credits include Se Fue En Un Barco (The Ship that got away), a play about Spanish post-war refugees.

Peter Caulfield trained at LIPA in Liverpool and since graduating he has worked across the board in Theatre, TV, Film, Animation and Radio. Peter’s TV credits include ‘Cucumber’ (Channel 4), ‘Banana’ (E4), ‘Doctor Who’ (BBC) and the international Nordic crime thriller ‘Modus’ where he played opposite Kim Cattrall. He is also well known for various West End Theatre performances including smash hit’s such as ‘Enron’, ‘Obamaology’, and ‘One Man Two Guvnors’.
Peter is an accomplished vocalist, starring as King Herod in the multi award-winning production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Regent’s Park Open Air theatre and in a number of Stephen Sondheim productions including: ‘Into The Woods’ (Royal Opera House), ‘Follies’ and ‘A ‘Funny Thing Happened on The Way To the Forum’ (National Theatre). Peter most recently starred as Mr Tumnus in the Sally Cookson reimagining of ‘Lion Witch and the Wardrobe’.
This year he will also see the release of British feature film ‘Strangeways Here We Come’, set on a Salford high rise estate starring Michele Keegan and BAFTA winner Chan Cresswell. Peter plays an American Morman, called Charlie. In the summer he will also be appearing as Edgar Alan Poe at the the Royal Festival Hall in the Tiger Lillies new show ‘Edgar Alan Poe and the Haunted Palace’.

The Original Cast Recording of PAQUITO FOREVER is available digitally on iTunes and Spotify.

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 Final Casting announced for West End transfer of Consent

Consent

Today (16 April 2018), rehearsals begin for the West End production of Nina Raine’s Consent which will begin previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 18 May with its opening night on 29 May 2018.  Directed by Roger Michell and originally co-produced and commissioned by Out of Joint, this strictly limited 12-week run is booking through to 11 August 2018 following the 2017 critically acclaimed sell-out run at the National Theatre.  A series of accompanying pre-show talks and discussions exploring ideas of justice, consent, marriage and modern parenthood will be announced at a later date.

Clare Foster, Lee Ingleby and Thusitha Jayasundera join the previously announced cast comprising Claudie Blakley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Heather Craney and Adam James.  Consent has set by Hildegard Bechtler, costumes by Dinah Collin, lighting by Rick Fisher, music by Kate Whitley, sound by John Leonard and Sarah Weltman with casting by Amy Ball CDG.

Why is Justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered?  Friends take opposing briefs in a contentious legal case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged.  This ‘tense, entertaining modern-day tragi-comedy’ (Daily Telegraph) takes a searing look at the law whilst putting modern relationships into the dock.

Claudie Blakley’s (Kitty) theatre credits include Once in a Lifetime for the Young Vic, The Painkiller at the Garrick Theatre, Chimerica for the Almeida Theatre and the Harold Pinter Theatre, Rules for Living, The Cherry Orchard, Comedy of ErrorsAttempts on Her Life and Rosencrantz & Guildernstern are Dead for the National Theatre, Macbeth and Lear for the Sheffield Crucible, Di and Viv and Rose and The Good Samaritan for the Hampstead Theatre, Love and Money for the Young Vic and Royal Exchange, All’s Well That Ends Well for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Kosher Harry for the Royal Court, The Lady from the Sea for the Almeida Theatre and Billy & the Crab for Soho Theatre. Her television credits includeGrantchester, Silent WitnessThe Driver, What Remains, The Night Watch, New Tricks, Nativity, Blue GeraniumLark Rise to Candleford, Cranford Chronicles, Fallen Angel, Fear of Fanny, Vital Signs, Dirty Filthy Love and Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Her film credits include Bright StarLondon to Brighton, SeverancePride and PrejudiceGosford Park and The Cat’s Meow.

Stephen Campbell Moore’s (Edward) theatre credits include Photograph 51 at the Noël Coward Theatre, Chimerica for the Almeida and the Harold Pinter Theatre, Berenice for the Donmar Warehouse, Clybourne Park in the Wyndham’s Theatre, All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre, The History Boysfor the National Theatre and on Broadway, Much Ado About Nothing and Antony and Cleopatra both for the Royal Shakespeare Company, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Albery, Richard II and Coriolanus for the Almeida Theatre. His film credits include Goodbye Christopher RobinHow To Talk To Girls At PartiesThe Lady in the VanThe Ones BelowBurntMoonwalkersMan UpComplicitJohnny English RebornSeason of the Witch,Sea WolfThe ChildrenThe Bank JobAmazing GraceThe History BoysA Good Woman and Bright Young Things. His television credits include The Child in Time, The Last PostStag, The Wrong Mans, The Go Between, Our ZooHunted, Just Henry, Titanic, Sleepyhead, Pulse, Ben Hur, Lark Rise to Candleford, A Short Stay in SwitzerlandAshes to Ashes, Rough Crossings, Hustle, Wallis and Edward, He Knew He Was Right and Byron.

Heather Craney (Gayle and Laura) originated the roles of Gayle and Laura in Consent for the National Theatre. Her other theatre credits includeThe Vote and Passion Play both for the Donmar Warehouse, Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre, HandbaggedPink and You Me & Wii all for the Tricycle Theatre, I Like Mine with a Kiss at the Bush Theatre, Joe Guy at Soho Theatre, Sugar Mummies and Stoning Mary both for the Royal Court. For film, her recent credits include Child 44Dangerous ParkingMark of Cain and Vera Drake which earned her a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. On television her credits include Line of DutyLife of RileyTorchwoodIn the DarkAhead of the ClassHolby CityDoctorsSilent Witness and Eastenders.

Clare Foster’s (Zara) theatre credits include Travesties at Menier Chocolate Factory and Apollo Theatre, Guys & Dolls, Master and Margarita and Out of This World all for Chichester Festival Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along at Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatre, Separation, Duet for One, Love On The Dole and A Streetcar Named Desire all at Bolton Octagon Theatre, Crazy for You at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Novello Theatre, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Avenue Q at the Noel Coward Theatre, The Far Pavilions at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Sweet Charity at Sheffield Crucible and We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre.  Her recent film and television credits includeHolmes and Watson, Les Miserables, Black Forest, Dark Heart, Sherlock, Taboo, Galavant, Ripper Street and The Crown.

Lee Ingleby’s (Tim) theatre credits include Our Class and The Pillowman both at the National Theatre, Furnace Four and Shoreditch Madonna both at Soho Theatre, Cressida at the Almeida Theatre, Drink, Dance, Laugh and Lie at the Bush Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Albery,Dreaming at the Royal Exchange and About the Boy at The Royal Court. His extensive work in television includes The A Word, Line of Duty, Inspector George Gently, Nature Boy, White Heat, The Street, Luther, Our Zoo and The Five as well as the ITV series Innocent and Netflix mini-series adaptation of Watership Down. His work in film includes Master and Commander, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Ever After: A Cinderella Story.

Adam James (Jake) is an award-winning actor who has worked extensively on stage and screen. Most recently seen in Girl from the North Country at the Noël Coward Theatre, Adam originated the role of Jake in Consent for the National Theatre, where his previous credits have included 13, Gethsemane and Blood and Gifts. He is recognisable on screen for his roles in Dr Foster, King Charles III, The Crimson Field, Hustle and Extrasamongst others. Other theatre credits include An Enemy of the People for Chichester Festival Theatre, Bull for the Young Vic, Now or Later and My Child both for the Royal Court and King Charles III at the Almeida Theatre. His film credits include The Kill Team, Johnny English IIIHunter KillerA Little Chaos, Last Chance Harvey, Mother of Tears and Road To Guantanamo. His more recent television credits include Home From Home, Eric, Ernie and Me, Endeavour, Grantchester and Coalition.

Thusitha Jayasundera (Rachel) was most recently seen in The Divide at The Old Vic and King’s Theatre Edinburgh, and has previously appeared in Nina Raine’s Tiger Country at Hampstead Theatre. Her other theatre credits include My Eyes Went Dark at Finborough and Traverse Theatre, Behind the Beautiful ForeversCrime and PunishmentWar Horse and The Caucasian Chalk Circle for the National Theatre, The Vertical Hour for the Park Theatre and The Comedy of ErrorsCainPeer Gynt and Pentecost for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her extensive work in television includesMidsomer Murders, Doctor Foster, Humans, The Foreigner, Broadchurch, The C Word and Lewis.

 Nina Raine’s other plays include Tiger Country, Rabbit and Tribes as well as an adaptation of The Drunks by the Durnenkov Brothers.  She was shortlisted for the 2004 Verity Bargate Award and awarded the 2006 Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright for her debut play Rabbit.  Tribes won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play and has been performed in eighteen different countries. Nina was nominated for a Susan Blackburn Smith Award for Consent.

Roger Michell’s many productions include WasteLandscape with Weapon, Honour, Blue/Orange, Under Milk WoodThe Homecoming and The Coupall for the National Theatre, Farewell to the Theatre and Some Sunny Day both for Hampstead Theatre, Rope for the Almeida Theatre, Tribes andBirthday both for the Royal Court, Betrayal, Old Times and My Night with Reg for the Donmar Warehouse, the latter transferring to the Apollo Theatre in the West End. Michell’s film credits include My Cousin Rachel, Le Week-End, Hyde Park on Hudson, Morning Glory, Venus, Enduring Love, The Mother, Changing Lanes, Persuasion, My Night With Reg, Titanic Town and Notting Hill.  On television his credits include The Buddha of Suburbia, Downtown Lagos, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, Birthday, Ready When You Are, Mr Patel and Michael Redgrave – My Father.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Theatre:                           Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN

Dates:                              18 May – 11 August 2018

Press Night:                       29 May 2018 at 7pm

Running time:                    Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval

Box Office:                         ATG Tickets 0844 871 7622

National Theatre 020 7452 3000

Performances:                    Monday – Saturday at 7.30pmWednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Age Guidance:                    15+

Prices:                              From £15

Website:                           www.consentwestend.com

Twitter:                           @consentwestend

Facebook:                         @consentwestend

‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ The Award-Winning West End Hit Musical to be Broadcast Live to Cinemas by More2Screen on 5th July

Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

More2Screen has been appointed by Producer Nica Burns and Nimax Theatres to broadcast the award-winning 5-star hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie live by satellite from the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End to cinemas across the UK, Ireland and selected European territories on Thursday 5 July 2018, followed by a worldwide recorded roll-out in the autumn.

Inspired by a true story, Winner of 3 WhatsOnStage Awards including Best New Musical, 3 UK Theatre Awards including Best New Musical and nominated for 5 Olivier Awards, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been thrilling audiences and critics alike since it opened at the Sheffield Crucible in 2017, before transferring to Shaftesbury Avenue’s Apollo Theatre. Fresh and contemporary with an extraordinary mother and son relationship at its centre, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie celebrates acceptance and belonging, and how good life is when everybody is the best they can be.

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation.  Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

John McCreaJosie WalkerTamsin CarrollLucie Shorthouse and Phil Nichol lead a twenty-four strong company and an eight-piece band that will ‘sweep you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance’ (Financial Times). With ‘songs that have the wow factor’ (The Times) by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling,Dan Gillespie Sells, and ‘hilarious’ book and lyrics ‘with delightful punch’ (Whatsonstage), by writer Tom MacRae, the musical is directed by Jonathan Butterellwho was inspired to create Everybody’s Talking About Jamie after watching the Firecracker documentary film about the true and remarkable story of Jamie Campbell and his mother Margaret.

Christine Costello, CEO, More2Screen comments: “We are very proud to be appointed by Nica Burns and Nimax Theatres to bring this fabulously successful West End production to musical theatre fans around the UK and Ireland, and then to a global audience. Although there have been an ever-increasing number of successful theatre events at the cinema, the live broadcast of a commercial West End musical production remains a rare occurrence. The enthusiastic response from our cinema partners, and rush to programme the live broadcast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, demonstrates what a hot ticket this is for cinema audiences.”

Nica Burns, Producer and CEO Nimax Theatres, comments: “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is an uplifting, contemporary musical for everyone.  Fantastic songs, a story that tugs at your heartstrings whilst being fun, funny and ultimately fabulous. Thank you to our audiences and the critics whose enthusiasm took us from Sheffield to the West End and continue to cheer us on every night. So come to your local cinema to join our live audiences for a great night out and to share “a little bit of glitter in the grey”. And of course – a round of applause to the wonderful More2Screen for partnering us to bring Jamie’s story to hundreds of screens nationally.”

Cinema tickets on sale from Thursday 12 April 2018 at www.jamieincinemas.com

 Broadcast live Thursday 5 July 7.20pm | Running time 165 minutes (approx) | BBFC Cert TBC

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