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Rehearsal image of ‘Betrayal’ featuring Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox

Betrayal cast triptych. Images by Charlie Gray
Betrayal cast triptych. Images by Charlie Gray

Betrayal cast triptych. Images by Charlie Gray

 Ashton and Cox star alongside Tom Hiddleston in Jamie Lloyd’s production of Betrayal by Harold Pinter

–   The Jamie Lloyd Company production will run for a strictly limited season from 5 March at the Harold Pinter Theatre, in the West End

Rehearsals began this week for The Jamie Lloyd Company production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal which runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5 March 2019 for a strictly limited season ending on 1 June.  Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the production stars Golden Globe, Olivier and Evening Standard Award winner Tom HiddlestonZawe Ashtonand Charlie Cox.

 To mark the event, a new triptych of cast images by photographer Charlie Gray has been released.

 With poetic precision, rich humour and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. The complexities of the human heart are explored in this, “the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter’s plays” (The Daily Telegraph).

Tom Hiddleston returns to the London stage as Robert following his acclaimed Hamlet directed by Kenneth Branagh and his Evening Standard Award-winning performance in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014. 

 His theatre credits include: Hamlet, Coriolanus, Ivanov, Othello, Cymbeline, The Changeling. His film credits include: Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Kong: Skull Island, I Saw The Light, High-Rise, Crimson Peak, Thor: The Dark World, Exhibition, Only Lovers Left Alive, Avengers, War Horse, The Deep Blue Sea, Thor, Archipelago, Unrelated. His television credits include: The Night Manager, The Hollow Crown (Henry IV Parts I & II, Henry V), Wallander, Miss Austen Regrets, The Gathering Storm.

 Zawe Ashton will play Emma. Like Pinter, Ashton was born in Hackney, London. Known for her roles in television sitcom Fresh Meat, the comedy series Not Safe for Work, Wanderlust and the forthcoming Velvet Buzzsaw, Zawe starred in The Jamie Lloyd Company production of Jean Genet’s The Maids at Trafalgar Studios and played the title role in Lloyd’s production of Salomé for Headlong.

 Charlie Cox, who plays Jerry, is best known for the leading role in Daredevil for Marvel, Tristan Thorn in Stardust, Jonathan Hellyer Jones in The Theory of Everything and Owen Sleater in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. On stage, he appeared in the 2008 production of The Lover & The Collection, directed by Jamie Lloyd at the Comedy (now Harold Pinter) Theatre, the title role in The Prince of Homburg at the Donmar Warehouse and Nick Payne’s Incognito in New York.

 Betrayal is presented by The Jamie Lloyd Company, Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Ben Lowy Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions and Glass Half Full Productions.

 Harold Pinter was born in Hackney, London in 1930. He lived with Antonia Fraser from 1975 until his death on Christmas Eve 2008.

 Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pinter was lauded throughout his life as one of the greatest living playwrights, who had a revolutionary impact on how theatre was written and performed, and who it represented on stage. An establishment agitator who challenged injustice, he became as famous for his political interventions as for his writing later in his life.

 His genius was recognised within his lifetime as a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005, the Companion of Honour for services to Literature, the Legion D’Honneur, the European Theatre Prize, the Laurence Olivier Award and the Moliere D’Honneur for lifetime achievement. In 1999 he was made a Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature, in addition to 18 other honorary degrees.

 

After working as an actor under the stage name David Baron, Pinter went on to be a theatrical playwright, director, screenwriter and actor.

 He wrote his first play The Room in 1957 and from there 29 plays, including The Birthday Party, The Hothouse, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, Old Times, No Man’s Land, and Betrayal.  Sketches include The Black and White, Request Stop, That’s your Trouble, Night, and Precisely.

 Pinter directed 27 theatre productions, including James Joyce’s Exiles, David Mamet’s Oleanna, seven plays by Simon Gray and scores of his own plays including his last,Celebration, paired with his first, The Room, at The Almeida Theatre, London in the spring of 2000.

In film he wrote 21 screenplays including The Pumpkin Eater, The Servant, The Go-Between, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Sleuth.

 He continued to act under his own name, on stage and screen. He last acted two years before his death in 2006, when he appeared in Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Ian Rickson.

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FIRST LOOK: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie New West End Cast (Shane Richie, Layton Williams, Hayley Tamaddon)

Final casting announced for the return of SIX to the West End – the most acclaimed new British musical in years!

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  • Tracks from the studio cast recording have hit 40,000 streams a day, reaching over 3.5 million in total
  • Winner Best Ensemble in a Play or Musical in the 2018 Broadway World Awards
  • Nominated for SIX Whatsonstage Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Cast Recording, Best Choreography, Best Lighting & Best Costumes
  • Nominated for SIX Off West End Awards, including Best New Musical, Best Musical Production and Best Ensemble
  • Nominated Best UK Cast Recording in The Curtain Up Show Album of The Year Awards 2018

Final casting is announced today for the return of SIX, the hit musical by recent Cambridge grads Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. SIX returns to the Arts Theatre in the West End, where it ran for a short, sold out season in 2018.

50,000 seats are on sale for a 16-week season from Thursday 17th January – Sunday 5 May 2019, with many dates already sold out.

The full, original West End cast will make their triumphant, royal return after being named the Best Ensemble in a Play or Musical at the 2018 BroadwayWorld Awards:

Jarneia Richard-Noel (Catherine of Aragon) The Color Purple in Concert (Cadogan Hall).

Millie O’Connell (Anne Boleyn) Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK tour) and 42nd Street (was understudy Peggy Sawyer – Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris).

Natalie Paris (Jane Seymour) Sunday in the Park with George (Louise – Menier Chocolate Factory).

Alexia McIntosh (Anna of Cleves) Godiva Rocks (Rosa – Belgrade Theatre).

Aimie Atkinson (Katherine Howard) In The Heights (Daniela – Kings Cross Theatre) and Zorro the Musical (originating the lead role of Luisa – UK tour).

SIX marked the professional debuts of Maiya Quansah-Breed (Catherine Parr) and Grace Mouat (alternate Jane Seymour/Katherine Howard and Dance Captain), who both graduated from Guildford School of Acting last summer.

From January the cast will be joined by two additional alternates.

Vicki Manser (alternate Anne Boleyn & Anna of Cleves) Bat Out of Hell (West End) and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (2nd Cover Carole – West End).

Courtney Stapleton (alternate Catherine of Aragon & Catherine Parr) Bat Out of Hell (Dance Captain – West End), Les Misérables (Cover Eponine – West End) and Mamma Mia! (Cover Ali – West End).

SIX – the concert-style show with a phenomenal all-female band: the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, these Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red!

Directed by Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage. Choreographer Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. Set Designer: Emma Bailey. Costume Designer: Gabriella Slade. Lighting Designer: Tim Deiling. Sound Designer: Paul Gatehouse. Musical Orchestrator: Tom Curran. Musical Supervisor: Joe Beighton. Associate Choreographer: Freya Sands. Musical Director: Katy Richardson.  Associate Musical Director: Arlene McNaught.

SIX is produced by Kenny Wax, Global Musicals and George Stiles.

Toby Marlow (Writer) and Lucy Moss (Writer and Co-Director)

Toby and Lucy met at university, where they spent three years making theatre together and dancing aggressively to Jason Derulo at every opportunity. In January 2017, they made their first foray into writing as a duo with the musical, SIX. Following the show’s initial success as a student production in Edinburgh, it returned in 2018 as one of the main shows in the Underbelly’s Udderbelly Cow venue. Here it was one of the biggest hits of the festival, selling more than 10,000 seats and adding extra shows due to overwhelming public demand. SIX transferred to the West End where it sold out, night after night at the Arts Theatre. Toby and Lucy, along with Zak Ghazi-Torbati, also make up the award-winning theatre company Hot Gay Time Machine, whose show, Hot Gay Time Machine – winner of the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence – is in the West End for a Christmas season at Trafalgar Studios, following a critically acclaimed, 100% sold-out, five-star run at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe.

Kenny Wax Ltd – Producer

Kenny Wax Ltd produced the multi-award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, currently in the West End, on Broadway and on a US tour. Peter Pan Goes Wrong played twice in the West End and is now touring Australia and New Zealand. Kenny’s third show with Mischief Theatre, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, is currently in its third year at the Criterion Theatre, with Mischief Movie Night – the improvised movie on stage – gaining Mischief their fourth consecutive Olivier nomination. Last year Kenny produced Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Francesco Fellini’s Oscar winning masterpiece La Strada, which ran at The Other Palace following a regional tour. Kenny presented the world première of Top Hat, winning three Olivier Awards from its seven nominations, including ‘Best New Musical’. Once on This Island also won the Olivier for Best New Musical in 1995. Kenny is renowned for producing some of the best family theatre including We’re Going On A Bear Hunt; Tall Stories’ The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom; plus the stage adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather. Christmas 2018 sees the opening of a new stage adaptation of Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch, co-produced by Northampton Royal & Derngate. Kenny was nominated as ‘Producer of the Year’ at the 2017 Stage Newspaper Awards and is the President of the Society of London Theatre.

Global Musicals Ltd – Producer

Andy and Wendy Barnes have been independent producers for almost 12 years. They are also the founders of Perfect Pitch, a non-profit company dedicated to the creation, development and production of new British musical theatre which continues to be part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of funded arts organisations. In 2017, they created a new commercial production company, Global Musicals, to produce and general manage new musicals in the West End and internationally. The UK tour of SIX marks the inaugural production for ‘Global’ but previous productions Andy and Wendy have produced include: The Wiz at Hackney Empire, starring Sharon D. Clarke; several productions of Departure Lounge in Edinburgh, New York, Chicago and in London, which starred Chris Fountain and was nominated for ‘Best New Musical’ in the Whatsonstage.com Awards; Dr. Foster at the Menier Chocolate Factory; Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York; UK tour of Dreams Come Out to Play in a co-production with Birmingham Rep. They are extremely proud to have developed The Go-Between which successfully toured the UK and for which the production was nominated for a Whatsonstage Award for ‘Best New Musical’ and winning the UK Theatre Award for Best Musical. They were Associate Producers on the West End transfer in 2016, starring Michael Crawford. Global is currently producing another new musical Club Mex at the Hope Mill Theatre in January 2019.

George Stiles – Producer

Although best known as the composing half of the Olivier Award-winning writing team Stiles + Drewe, George is delighted to be making his producing debut, helping to nurture these two extraordinary British writing talents.

LISTINGS INFO

SIX
by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss

ARTS THEATRE
6-7 Great Newport Street
London
WC2H 7JB

Thursday 17th January –
Sunday 5th May 2019

www.artstheatrewestend.co.uk
Box office:020 7836 8463

Performances:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8.00pm
Sunday at 7.00pm
Thursday at 6:30pm and 9.00pm
(from 31 January 2019)
Saturday and Sunday at 4.00pm

Running time:
75 mins (no interval)

Tickets: from £8.00
(plus £1.50 per ticket booking fee for online and telephone sales)

Social media:

Facebook: sixthemusical

Twitter: @sixthemusical

Instagram: @sixthemusical

www.sixthemusical.com

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First Look: Production photos of West End hit Caroline, Or Change

West End Production of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child opens booking to September 2019

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

As footage of the internationally award-winning production is released , new tickets for the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child go on sale today (4 December 2018) at 11am GMT for performances at the Palace Theatre until 29 September 2019. Tickets are priced from £15 per part and for every performance there are over 300 tickets at £20 or less per part.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, one play presented in two parts, 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 July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London.  It is also now playing at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway, with an Australian production beginning performances at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on 16 January 2019.  A further North American production will open at San Francisco’s Curran in Autumn 2019 and, in spring 2020, a German language version of the play – marking its first non-English language production – will open at the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt in Hamburg, Germany.

Details of all productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can be found at www.HarryPotterthePlay.com

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 has subsequently won twenty-five major Broadway accolades, including five Drama Desk awards, six Outer Critics Circle awards and six Tony awards, also including Best Play and Best Director.

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.

The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, an album of music from the internationally acclaimed stage production, is now available in stores as well as digitally.  The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is written, composed, performed and recorded by Grammy and Ivor Novello Award-winner Imogen Heap It is presented as four contemporary musical suites, each showcasing one of the play’s theatrical acts.  This unique new album format from Imogen Heap chronologically features the music heard in the stage production, further reworked to transport listeners on a sonic journey through the world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  The album is released by Sony Music Masterworks.

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

The regular performance schedule is as follows – Monday – no performance, Tuesday – no performance, Wednesday – 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two, Thursday – 7.30pm Part One, Friday – 7.30pm Part Two, Saturday – 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two, Sunday – 1pm Part One & 6.30pm Part Two.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has partnered with TodayTix for The Friday Forty, the production’s Lottery for Patrons to apply for some of the very best seats in the theatre priced at £40 (£20 per part) which will secure a seat for both Part One and Part Two on consecutive performances.  Patrons can now enter at any time from 12.01am every Monday, through to 1pm that Friday, when entries will close. Winners will be notified between 1pm and 5pm that day, and have the opportunity to purchase up to two tickets for both Part One and Part Two on consecutive performances the following week.  For further details and to enter The Friday Forty, visit the official website https://www.harrypottertheplay.com/uk/the-friday-forty/ or download the TodayTix for iOS or Android. The Friday Forty is operated by TodayTix on the West End and Broadway.

Returned and other late-release tickets may also become available at short notice. These are not guaranteed, but any tickets that do become available will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, online or in person at the Palace Theatre box office at full price.

Details of any other ticket releases will continue to be listed on the official Harry Potter and the Cursed Child website, social media channels and the official newsletter.

Box Office – 0330 333 4813

www.HarryPotterthePlay.com

@HPPlayLDN, facebook.com/HPPlayLDN

instagram.com/hpplayldn

www.pottermore.com

Award-winning play THE INHERITANCE holds special performance at the Noel Coward Theatre with Terrence Higgins Trust on World AIDS Day

THE INHERITANCE

The Inheritance, the 2018 Evening Standard Theatre Award-winning ‘Best Play’ by Matthew Lopez, must end its strictly limited engagement at the Noël Coward Theatre on Saturday 19th January. Sonia Friedman, Tom Kirdahy and Hunter Arnold  present the Young Vic production which opened in the West End on Saturday 13th October to widespread critical acclaim, with reviews recognising it as a modern classic, and one of the most important plays for many years.

Directed by multi Olivier and Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry, this landmark production held its world premiere at the Young Vic Theatre earlier this year where it ran for a sold out engagement.

The large ensemble cast of The Inheritance at the Noël Coward Theatre includes: Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, Andrew Burnap, Hubert Burton, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Syrus Lowe, Michael Marcus, Jack Riddiford, Kyle SollerMichael Walters and Vanessa Redgrave.

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 lives, The Inheritance brilliantly transposes EM Forster’s novel ‘Howards End’ to 21st century New York.

On 1st December 2018, The Inheritance held a special performance for World AIDS Day with guests helping to raise awareness for Terrence Higgins Trust and their campaign to reach ‘zero HIV’ by ending new transmissions and eliminating HIV-related stigma.

Guests who attended on the day to show support for the charity included Stephen Fry, Stephen K. Amos, Colin Morgan, Bisi Alimi, Zoe Wanamaker, Gawn Grainger, Paris Lees, Tom Hollander, John Partridge, Laura Carmichael, SuRie, Jerry Mitchell, Freida Slaves, Andre de Shields and Michael Cashman.

On Friday 30th November, to mark both World AIDS Day and National Tree-Planting Week, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and cast from The Inheritance, along with representatives from Terrence Higgins Trust and London’s Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Shirley Rodrigues, planted a tree in Potters Field. The ‘Tilia Cordata’ tree, planted outside City Hall and with a stunning view of London Bridge, in remembrance to all the lives lost to AIDS in the past 30 years.

Photography from both events can be downloaded HERE

Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity offering support, information and advice services for those living with and affected by HIV or poor sexual health.

Ian Green, chief executive at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: 

The Inheritance is a truly beautiful piece of theatre and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. World AIDS Day is always a special and emotional day as we wear our red ribbons in remembrance of all the lives lost far too soon since the start of the HIV epidemic. But seeing The Inheritance made it even more special. This important play not only reminds us of how far weve come in the fight against HIV, but also how much more there still is to do  and all the trauma along the way.

Were honoured to have worked in partnership with The Inheritance to mark the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Money raised will help support our ambitious but achievable aim of getting to zero new HIV transmissions in the UK and, as importantly, the work we do across the country to eradicate the stigma and misinformation that still surrounds this virus.”

Sonia Friedman, Producer of The Inheritance, said:

“A huge thank you to Matthew Lopez, Stephen Daldry and to the astonishing cast and company of The Inheritance – the play, production, and audience reached new heights of emotion and intensity on World AIDS Day and it will be a day that every one of us in that theatre will cherish forever.

In the 1980s I was a young stage manager working at The National Theatre; all around me, in our industry, people were dying and struggling. I just felt it was wrong and that I had to do something, so I went to the Terrence Higgins Trust, and asked if I could do something, if I could help.

The voluntary work I did with them and other HIV charities formed who I am and it helped make me a Producer and therefore it is a privilege to be working with them again, 30 years later, for this very special performance. It was a day of remembrance, pain, hope and a day of connection.”

Guests who attended the special performance of The Inheritance on World AIDS Day took to social media in support, including:

Too choked with emotion last night to tweet my astonishment at @inheritanceplay – the most magnificent theatrical experience I can remember. It broke my heart and mended it again: I left the theatre believing in theatre again. I don’t have enough praise. See it!
Stephen Fry

This play, this cast, this production astound and embrace and uplift in ways before unimaginable.
Lord Cashman

I’m honoured to have been in the audience for the World AIDS Day performance of @inheritanceplay at the Noël Coward Theatre, let alone invited on stage. Never seen such rapturous applause. Go see it and please support @THTorguk‘s great work to help end HIV.
Paris Lees

Saw @inheritanceplay on Saturday, Parts 1 & 2. A thoroughly engaging, original piece of theatre. Phenomenal cast, brilliant production. So relevant. See it.
Stephen K. Amos

Matthew Lopez’s new play is directed by Stephen Daldry with set and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Arditti & Christopher 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, is Executive Producer for the West End production.

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.

Disney’s The Lion King releases new video trailer ahead of the musical’s 20th anniversary in the West End

The Lion King

As Disney’s THE LION KING prepares to enter its 20th anniversary in the West End in 2019, a brand-new video trailer has been released showcasing the enormity, vibrancy and beauty of Julie Taymor’s outstanding design and direction.

Disney’s THE LION KING at the Lyceum Theatre is now booking until 1 June 2019 for individuals and 29 September 2019 for Groups.

Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING is now in its 19th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 15 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. It is currently the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

After 20 landmark years on Broadway, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by more than 95 million people.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING has made theatrical history with six productions worldwide running 15 or more years.  Performed in eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Scheveningen; Singapore; and on tour across North America and Japan, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Disney’s THE LION KING
Lyceum Theatre
21 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7RQ

Box Office number: 0844 871 3000
www.thelionking.co.uk

Booking until 29 September 2019

THE LION KING plays Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinee performances on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm.  There is no performance on a Monday evening.

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE starts rehearsals and offers unique ticket scheme

Sharon D. Clarke in Caroline, Or Change Credit Marc Brenner
Sharon D. Clarke in Caroline, Or Change Credit Marc Brenner

Sharon D. Clarke in Caroline, Or Change Credit Marc Brenner

It is announced today that the highly anticipated West End production Caroline, Or Change will extend its booking period due to popular demand and will now run in the West End at the Playhouse Theatre from 20 November 2018 to 6 April 2019. Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed production also enjoyed a sell-out engagement at Hampstead Theatre, and has been nominated today for Best Musical and Best Musical Performance for Sharon D. Clarke in this year’s Evening Standard Awards.

The celebrated musical is written by Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America and recent recipient of the Arthur Miller Foundation Humanitarian Award. The soaring score is by Tony Award-winning Fun Home composer, Jeanine Tesori.

A truly welcoming and joyous musical, Caroline, Or Change opens its doors to new audiences with two unique ticketing initiatives:

Chichester Festival Theatre’s highly successful Prologue scheme, which enables 16-25 year olds to purchase £5 tickets across all productions in the theatre’s Festival season has now also been applied to Caroline, Or Change in the West End. The limited number of £5 Prologue tickets can be purchased by 16-25 year olds, on the day of performance and in person from the Playhouse Theatre Box Office, where proof of age ID will be required.

‘Carolines Go Free’ is an exclusive offer to anyone named Caroline. Carolines will receive a complimentary ticket when purchasing one or more accompanying tickets. The 2 for 1 initiative will be available in person at the box office or via the telephone on 0844 871 7631.

Rehearsals are now underway for the company which is led by Olivier Award-winning actress Sharon D. Clarke in a critically acclaimed virtuoso performance as Caroline Thibodeaux. The full cast will include Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Keisha Amponsa Banson, Alastair Brookshaw, Me’sha Bryan, Angela Caesar, Dujonna Gift-Simms, Sue Kelvin, Teddy Kempner, Ako Mitchell, Abiona Omonua, Vincent Pirillo, Tanisha Spring and Lauren Ward with Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, Zalika Henry, Laura Medforth, Timothy Quinlan and Teddy Wills.

Nine young performers have been cast in the roles of Noah, Jackie and Joe. Isaac Forward, Aaron Gelkoff and Jack Meredith will alternate the role of Noah, Mark MwangiKenya Sandy and Jeremiah Waysome will alternate the role of Jackie and the role of Joe will be alternated byJosiah ChotoDavid Dube and Raphael Higgins-Hume.

Directed by Michael Longhurst, this five-star production received phenomenal critical praise when it opened with sold out engagements at Chichester Festival Theatre and again at the Hampstead Theatre.

Louisiana, 1963. Revolution is in the air, though not so much for Caroline, the poorly paid maid toiling endlessly in the sweltering basement of the Gellman household. It’s a fantastical, magical place amidst the piles of laundry and singing washing machines, especially for eight-year-old Noah Gellman who sneaks downstairs to see her whenever he can. Yet a simple gesture to leave more money in Caroline’s pocket is about to test who and how far the winds of change can ever really reach…

Winner of the 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Caroline, Or Change is a playful, funny, and deeply moving portrait of America at a time of momentous social upheaval, set to an uplifting and profound score of soul, blues, classical and traditional Jewish folk music.

Chichester Festival Theatre is committed to providing affordable tickets to world-class theatre, and particularly in reaching and growing younger audiences with the aim of encouraging independent theatregoing and kick-starting a life-long love of theatre in young people. Under the leadership of Daniel Evans (Artistic Director) and Rachel Tackley (Executive Director), the price of Prologue tickets for 16 to 25 year olds has been brought down to £5 with tickets made available for all productions in the Festival season including talks with casts and creatives, late night cabarets and other social events for young theatregoers. For further information and to sign up to the Prologue scheme, visit the Chichester Festival Theatre website.

Ambassador Theatre Group, Gavin Kalin Productions, Glass Half Full Productions and Rupert Gavin, in association with Hampstead Theatre, present the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Caroline, Or ChangeBook and lyrics by Tony Kushner, music by Jeanine Tesori and is directed by Michael Longhurst, with designs by Fly Davis, choreography by Ann Yee, musical direction by Nigel Lilley, lighting byJack Knowles, sound by Paul Arditti, casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG and children’s casting by Debbie O’Brien.

Neal Street Productions Announce West End Transfer of Its Co-Production with National Theatre, THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

The Lehman Trilogy
The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy

Neal Street Productions has confirmed the West End transfer of its co-production with the National Theatre of The Lehman Trilogy. Sam Mendes’s acclaimed production of Ben Power’s adaptation of Stefano Massini’s text about the rise and fall of the Lehman family’s extraordinary empire will play at the Piccadilly Theatre from May 11th 2019 for a 12 week season. Tickets for the West End season go on sale to the general public from November 2nd. Prior to appearing at the Piccadilly Theatre, The Lehman Trilogy will play a limited season from March 22nd – April 20th 2019 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York following its sell-out run at the Lyttelton Theatre.

Neal Street Productions’ theatre department is producing consistently on both sides of the Atlantic. The Ferryman, its co-production with Sonia Friedman Productions, is now in previews on Broadway ahead of its official opening on October 21st. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is breaking records on its first US national tour and  Shrek The Musical continues its second enormously successful UK tour with Laura Main (Call the Midwife) playing Princess Fiona.

Looking to the future, Caro Newling is co-producing a new musical theatre adaptation of Local Hero which will begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh in March 2019 ahead of a season at London’s Old Vic. Other adapted and original stage productions are in planning and further details will be announced soon.

On TV, Call The Midwife Season 8 is currently filming and Season 9 already commissioned. Informer, a new drama starring Paddy Considine, who is also currently appearing in The Ferryman on Broadway,  will begin on BBC 1 on October 16th and Series 2 of Jez Butterworth’s Britannia is currently in production.

Neal Street Productions’ theatre department works closely with its TV and film colleagues in developing strong relationships with acting and creative talent who then regularly work in different media under the Neal Street banner.

Caro Newling, who collected an OBE for Services to the Arts on October 11th, said: “I have a note in my diary from 28 February 2015 scribbled after chatting with Sam: 1. Find a literal translator for an Italian play 2. About Lehman banking family by Stefano Massini 3. We should all read ASAP. Two months later we had a translation, an adaptor in Ben Power with whom we had worked on two series of The Hollow Crown, and two producing partners in Pierre Audi and Rufus Norris. The generosity of spirit from our colleagues, who grasped and supported the same vision, has been beyond price. “

Waitress to have UK premiere in spring 2019

The Original Broadway Production of Waitress Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
The Original Broadway Production of Waitress Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The Original Broadway Production of Waitress Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

  • Opening at London’s Adelphi Theatre spring 2019
  • Waitress serves up the first all-female creative team on a West End musical
  • Tickets will go on sale this autumn please visit waitressthemusical.co.uk for more information

It is announced today that the Tony Award-nominated smash hit musical Waitress will have its official UK premiere in the West End next spring. Currently playing its third year on Broadway, the show will bring with it an all-female creative team – a West End musical first – when it begins performances at the Adelphi Theatre in February 2019. The London cast, along with full booking information, will be announced in due course.

Waitress opened on 24 April 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theater. Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne ShellyWaitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. The production is currently touring the US and has also recently announced it will have its Australian premiere in 2020 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

Sara Bareilles said: “I cannot contain my excitement that we will be bringing Waitress to the West End!! This is a dream come true! And I must say, to be hosted in a theatre co-owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Nederlander Group makes this very sweet moment even sweeter. We are so proud of this beautiful show, and can’t wait to share the story of Jenna with a whole new audience and welcome them into the world of Waitress with open arms and plenty of pie.”

Diane Paulus said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Waitress is coming to the beautiful Adelphi Theatre! It is a dream come true to share this musical with London audiences.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber, who co-owns the Adelphi Theatre with the Nederlander Group, said: “I am a massive fan of Sara Bareilles both as a writer and a performer.  I’m thrilled that she has earned an Emmy nomination for her performance as Mary Magdalene in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live earlier this year and absolutely delighted that Waitress is to be seen in the West End.”

On its Broadway opening, Waitress was nominated for four Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical; two Drama League Award Nominations, including Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical; six Drama Desk Nominations, including Outstanding Musical; and four Tony Award Nominations, including Best Musical.

Waitress is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.

LISTINGS
WAITRESS
The Adelphi Theatre
The Strand,
London WC2R 0NS

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Twitter: @WaitressLondon