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World Premier of tango show inspired by the music of Astor Piazzolla at The Peacock this Spring

Tango After Dark
Tango After Dark

Tango After Dark

Sadler’s Wells welcomes international tango star Germán Cornejo back to London with his company for the world premiere of his latest productionTango After Dark at The Peacock from Wednesday 28 February – Saturday 17 March, which features some of the best dancers from the tango houses of Buenos Aires.

As the night falls, the music of the great Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player and arranger, Astor Piazzolla, merges with the sophisticated and sensual performance of world-class Argentinean dancers to reveal tango in its most authentic and pure form. Tango superstar Cornejo, who is widely acclaimed by critics and audiences all over the world as one of the most distinguished tango artists working today, leads his outstanding cast of 10 dancers, including his long term dance partner and collaborator Gisela Galeassi in this mesmerising new show. Accompanied by two sensational singers and seven musicians playing tango classics, Tango After Dark keeps the passion of tango burning deep into the night.

Choreographed by Cornejo, Tango After Dark, follows his previous success, Tango Fire, which won Best Theatre Production in the 2015 UK Latin Awards and has been presented to sell-out audiences at The Peacock since 2007.

The Tango Fire Company was conceived in 2005 and received its world premiere in Singapore. In that same year, they performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival receiving critical acclaim, which resulted in the company touring to venues around the world.

The individual couples in the company choreograph their own solos with Cornejo refining the steps, as is traditional in the world of Argentine tango allowing the couples creative freedom to showcase their individual styles. Cornejo and his dance partner, Galeassi, are both World Tango Champions and are widely known for their performances with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Antony. Both dancers feature in the Sadler’s Wells contemporary tango production m¡longa by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, which continues to tour internationally.

Press night: Friday 2 March at 7.30pm

Listing information:

WORLD PREMIERE
Germán Cornejo
Tango After Dark  
The Peacock, WC2A 2HT
Wednesday 28 February – Saturday 17 March
Performances: Tue – Sat at 7.30pm, Sat at 2.30pm & Sun at 4pm (on Sunday 4 March at 2pm & 6pm)
Tickets: £15 – £42
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8222 or www.peacocktheatre.com

Notes to Editors:

Award-winning film Touching The Void to be screened LIVE in a World Premiere, accompanied by 60-piece orchestra with exclusive Q&A

Touching The Void

Touching The Void

The Bafta Award-winning film Touching the Void will return to the big screen on Sunday 18 June for one night only. A world premiere, composer Alex Heffes, a long-time collaborator of director Kevin Macdonald, will bring his brilliant and dramatic score to life in a live presentation of the whole film with a 60-piece orchestra at the Barbican Hall in London.

In an exclusive Q&A before the event, author and legendary climber Joe Simpson, director Kevin Macdonald and composer Alex Heffes will be reunited on stage to discuss the background and making of the film; a unique chance for the audience to hear, directly from the filmmakers, how Simpson’s book was brought to the screen.

In 2003, Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) adapted Joe Simpson’s book into a drama-documentary film, featuring interviews with Simpson and his climbing partner Simon Yates, together with dramatised scenes of the events. Touching the Void won Best British Film at the 2004 Bafta Awards after opening to critical acclaim; critic Roger Ebert described it as “an unforgettable experience… enthralling, fascinating, terrifying” and Time Out proclaimed it to be “a meditation on extreme human endeavour, character, friendship…”

Alex Heffes says: “Its a thrill to be performing my music to Touching the Void live to picture. Its a wonderful chance to bring this amazing film to a new audience and for me to revisit it with my long-time friend and great director Kevin Macdonald.

Joe Simpson says: “It will be great to see the film on the big screen again and thrilling to hear Alex’s score played live, as well as discuss the story and film in front of an audience at the Barbican.

Touching the Void tells the extraordinary story of two British climbers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, who attempt the west face of Siula Grande in Peru. Hampered by snowstorms on their descent, Simpson fell through a hole masked by a snow drift and, still attached to Yates by rope and with a severely broken leg, was hanging in mid-air over a precipice. Yates cut the rope so at least one of them would survive. Simpson, by some miracle, also survived and, despite terrible injuries, crawled to safety. The story, of life-changing decisions and incredible survival against the odds, captivated the world and Simpson’s book on his experience became a best-seller.

This vivid and pulsating film, enhanced by Heffes’ original music played live promises to be a unique presentation of this incredible tale of survival and human endurance.

JOE SIMPSON

Joe Simpson is a mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. He was made famous by his book Touching the Void(winner of the 1988 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature and subsequently made into a movie) in which he described a successful but disastrous and near-fatal attempt by himself and Simon Yates to climb Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. In 1997 he began another career as a motivational speaker, talking at corporate events throughout the world. He has also survived many other major accidents, notably breaking his other leg in the Himalaya while climbing with Mal Duff. His later non-fiction books describe other expeditions including an attempt on the North Face of the Eiger, and his changing feeling towards extreme mountaineering brought on by the many deaths that surround the pursuit. One of his books, The Beckoning Silence was made into a documentary that was released on Channel 4

ALEX HEFFES

Alex Heffes was born in the UK. It was his scores to Kevin Macdonald’s Academy Award-winning films One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland and BAFTA-winning Touching the Void that brought him to international attention. Alongside his long collaboration with Macdonald, he has worked with many of cinema’s other top filmmakers such as Stephen Frears, Mira Nair, Peter Webber and Tim Burton. Alex received his first BAFTA nomination for his score to the HBO drama Tsunami: The Aftermath and has gone on to score across an incredible variety of genres including Charles Ferguson’s Academy Award-winning Inside Job, the horror film The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Hardwicke’s fantasy movie Red Riding Hood, Peter Webber’s World War II drama Emperor and Mikael Hafstrom’s action thrillerEscape Plan starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger for. He collaborated with director Tim Burton on his screen adaptation of Sweeney Todd starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Alex’s score to State of Playstarring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck was widely noted for his collaboration with classic British rock producer Flood.

In 2012 Alex won the Ivor Novello Award for best film score of the year for The First Grader starring Naomie Harris, directed by Chadwick. In 2013, Alex received a Golden Globe award nomination for his score to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which starred Idris Elba.

Alex’s most recent credits include the Hulu Original eight-part event series 11.22.63 starring James Franco and based on the Stephen King best-selling novel, executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk; the event TV series Roots; Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-qiang which premiered at Sundance, the Stephen Frears-directed Lance Armstrong biopic The Program, Disney’s Queen of Katwe starring David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o and directed by Mira Nair and the Idris Elba thriller The Take.

KEVIN MACDONALD

Kevin is one of the most revered storytellers of his generation. He is a hugely awarded filmmaker who has worked across game-changing documentaries through to emotive and inspiring features.  The Last King of Scotland won Forrest Whittaker the Academy Award for Best Actor, along with 3 BAFTAs for Best British Film, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay – and Kevin, the Best Director at the British Independent Film Awards.  Touching The Void won him Best British Film at The Evening Standard British Film Awards and at BAFTA – the first time a documentary / drama has beaten a feature film in the Best Film category.

One Day In September, which explored the tragic events surrounding the Israeli Olympic team hostage-taking at the 1972 Munich Games, won Kevin an Academy Award for Best Documentary, together with an EMMY in the same category.  He was also voted Best New Director at the British Independent Film Awards in the same year.

Life in a Day, the revolutionary 90-minute document of highly personal footage was assembled by Kevin from YouTube videos shot by ordinary people on a single day during the course of a year. It was noted by The Telegraph as ‘a bold new adventure in cinema’ which was then re-appropriated for the multi-award winning Sainsbury’s Christmas campaign in both TVC’s and a 40 minute documentary.

Kevin gained more critical acclaim for his hugely respected biopic Marley, a definitive documentary on the life, legacy and global impact of Bob Marley, one of the 20th centuries most enduring icons.

Recent projects include the thriller Black Sea starring Jude Law and the TV series 11.22.63.

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Raising Martha at Park Theatre – New casting announcement and first look

Animal Rights. Family Secrets. Grave Consequences. 

Raising Martha, a brand new dark comedy by award-winning writer David Spicer, and directed by Michael Fentiman, will have its world premiere at Park Theatre from 12 January 2017, playing until 11 February, with a press night on Tuesday 17 January.

Morgana Robinson has unfortunately had to withdraw from the production due to unforeseen personal reasons, but the producers are happy to announce that Gwyneth Keyworth will join the cast to play ‘Caro’. Keyworth has most recently starred as ‘Alison’ in E4’s cult show Wasted, with other notable screen appearances in Channel 4’s Powder Monkeys, HBO’s Game of Thrones, ITV’s Dr Thorne and E4’s Misfits. Described by The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner as ‘heartbreakingly good’ in the Bristol Old Vic production of The Life and Times of Fanny Hill, she was most recently seen in the Globe’s acclaimed revival of The Heresy of Love.

Julian Bleach, co-creator and MC of Shockheaded Peter (2002 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment), best known for his role as the evil ‘Davros’ in Dr Who, and recently seen in the acclaimed Grinning Man at the Bristol Old Vic, joins the company to play ‘Roger’. Other screen credits include Torchwood, The Sarah-Jane Adventures, Psychoville and The Borgias, whilst his stage credits include Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), The Firework Maker’s Daughter (Sheffield) and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (NT)

Gerry and Roger’s mum has gone missing. Well, most of her has…

 The unwitting victims of animal rights activists campaigning for the freedom of the family frog farm’s slimy inhabitants, the brothers must bring in the hapless Inspector Clout to establish the whereabouts of their long-dead mother. An absurdly funny, dark comedy starring the finest comedy ensemble live on stage, Raising Martha tackles terrorism, animal rights and six-foot frogs!

As previously announced, Tom Bennett (Netflix’s Mascots, E4’s Phone Shop) will play ‘Marc’; Jasper Britton (Richard II, RSC, The Libertine, Theatre Royal Haymarket), will play ‘Gerry’; Joel Fry (ITV’s Plebs, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Sky’s You, Me and the Apocalypse) will play ‘Jago’; and Jeff Rawle, (Channel 4’s Drop the Dead Donkey, Handbagged, Tricycle / West End, Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire) will join the cast to play ‘Inspector Clout’. Stephen Boxer (Doctors, RSC) has also joined the company as ‘Gerry’.

Raising Martha is produced by Michael James Cox and Tom O’Connell, directed by Michael Fentiman, with set and costume design by Rebecca Brower, sound design by Max Pappenheim, lighting design by Eliot Griggs, costume supervision by Ryan Walklett, and casting by Anne Vosser.

Michael James Cox said, “I’m very excited and proud to be producing this hilarious new comedy along with Tom O’Connell Productions. This project has been very close to my heart for a long time and I’m thrilled to be working with such a wonderful theatre.”

Tom O’Connell said, “After our sell-out success with The Boys in the Band, we are thrilled to be working on a brand new piece of theatre with a stellar comedy cast who I know will be electric to watch in the intimate Park Theatre. I can’t wait for audiences to laugh out loud at some of the scenes David Spicer and Michael Fentiman have worked on with one of the finest comedy ensembles you’ll see in London.”

Mayflower Theatre to host World Premiere of Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid in September 2017

Mayflower Theatre in Southampton is to host the World Première of Northern Ballet’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Little Mermaid from 21 – 23 September 2017. Tickets go on sale from 30 November.

Northern Ballet's The Little Mermaid

Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid

Based on the famous fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid tells the story of a young mermaid who is willing to give up everything she knows in a search for love and the desire to gain a human soul. The Little Mermaid will be choreographed by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE whose most recent creations for the Company include Cinderella, The Great Gatsby and Beauty & the Beast. This new production will première in Southampton from 21 – 23 September 2017 before a UK Tour.

David Nixon OBE, Artistic Director at Northern Ballet, said: ‘2017 will be an exemplary example of Northern Ballet’s commitment to continuing to create new work and contributing to the dynamic UK dance scene. With an unprecedented three new full-length ballets in one year, I am delighted that we will be presenting audiences with such a diverse range of new productions. As a company of talented dance actors Northern Ballet is in a privileged position to be able to adapt so many different works and continue to challenge the idea of what stories can be told through dance. The Little Mermaid is an enchanting story and the fantastical underwater world of the mermaids evokes such beautiful imagery that it will be an excellent addition to our repertoire. So many people have grown up with an awareness of this classic tale and so I am looking forward to introducing audiences to the world beyond the waves.’

Tickets for Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid (21 – 23 September 2017) are on sale from 30 November from Mayflower Theatre Box Office tel: 02380 711811 or online at mayflower.org.uk. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833