Bonnie and Clyde in concert

Bonnie and Clyde in Concert

Broadway stars Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan reunite for a one-off performance of the cult hit musical BONNIE AND CLYDE IN CONCERT produced by Fourth Wall Live at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Tuesday 18 January 2022 at 7.30 pm. Ticket presale opens on Wednesday 28 July at 10.00 am, with general on sale Friday 30 July at 10.00 am. 

Presale sign up is available now www.bonnieandclydeconcert.com

A decade on from their Broadway run as the titular pair, Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan reprise their roles for the first time for a one-off concert performance of BONNIE AND CLYDE in the West End’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. This marks the first time Laura and Jeremy have performed together in the capital and Laura’s London debut. 

Tony Award-nominated performer, LAURA OSNES was most recently seen on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical “Bandstand” and on television in the Hallmark Channel’s original movie “One Royal Holiday”, following lead appearances in the network’s “A Homecoming for the Holidays” and “In The Key Of Love”. Her other Broadway credits include Cinderella in “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella”; Bonnie Parker in “Bonnie and Clyde”, Hope Harcourt in the Tony Award-winning revival of “Anything Goes”, Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center Theater’s “South Pacific”; and Sandy in “Grease”. 

JEREMY JORDAN is best known for his Tony and Grammy-nominated portrayal of Jack Kelly in Newsies on Broadway, as well as his many roles on television including series regulars on CW’s “Supergirl”, NBC’s “Smash” and Disney Channel’s “Tangled.” Recently, he starred on Broadway opposite Kerry Washington in the provocative new play, “American Son”, and then reprised his role in the Netflix film adaptation. Additional Broadway credits include starring as Clyde in “Bonnie & Clyde”, Tony in “West Side Story”, and lead roles in “Waitress” and “Rock of Ages”. On television, he has guest-starred on “The Flash,” “Elementary” and “Law and Order: SVU”. 

BONNIE AND CLYDE IN CONCERT have a book by Ivan Menchell (Blended [movie], The Cemetery Club, The Prince and The Pauper Musical), music by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlett Pimpernel), lyrics by Don Black (Tell Me On a Sunday, Sunset Boulevard, Mrs. Henderson Presents) and is directed by Nick Winston (Rock of Ages, Fame, Chess in Concert, Royal Variety Performance) with musical direction by Katy Richardson (SIX, Rent, Jersey Boys). BONNIE AND CLYDE IN CONCERT is produced by Fourth Wall Live and co-produced by DLAP Group, Jason Haigh-Ellery and David Treatman Creative. 

At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes and the Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless, and alluring, Bonnie & Clyde is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country. The show features the songs “Raise A Little Hell”, “This World Will Remember Me” and “Made In America”.

 When Bonnie and Clyde meet, their mutual cravings for excitement and fame immediately set them on a mission to chase their dreams. Their bold and reckless behavior turns the young lovers’ thrilling adventure into a downward spiral, putting themselves and their loved ones in trouble with the law. Forced to stay on the run, the lovers resort to robbery and murder to survive. As the infamous duo’s fame grows bigger, their inevitable end draws nearer.

Fourth Wall Live is an exciting new collaboration between boutique concert producer Club 11 London and theatrical producers DLAP Group. Having previously successfully produced Chita Rivera at Cadogan Hall together, the teams have now combined to bring audiences a plethora of international artists in concert at leading venues. Their most recent production, EUROBEAT – THE PRIDE OF EUROPE was loved by audiences and critics alike during its streamed season in May 2021. 

LAURA OSNES was recently seen starring in Hallmark Channel’s original movie One Royal Holiday, following lead appearances in the network’s A Homecoming for the Holidays and In The Key of Love. 

 She was last seen on Broadway starring in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Bandstand (Drama Desk, Drama League nominations), which was filmed and released in movie theaters nationwide via Fathom Events. Other Broadway credits include Cinderella in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Astaire nominations); Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination); Hope Harcourt in the Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations); Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center Theater’s South Pacific; and Sandy in Grease. Other New York/regional credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel and Crazy For You (Manhattan Concert Productions); The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk Award nomination; Atlantic Theater Company); City Center Encores! productions of The Band Wagon, Randy Newman’s Faust, and Pipe Dream; The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall); On The Town (Boston Pops); Carousel (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Broadway: Three Generations (Kennedy Center). 

 Last summer, Laura associate produced and starred in A Killer Party, a new virtual musical in 9 episodes, written, recorded and filmed entirely during quarantine. Additional television credits include Dynasty (CW), Fosse/Verdon (F/X), Elementary (CBS), Six By Sondheim (HBO), Live From Lincoln Center: Bernstein On Broadway, A Capitol Fourth (PBS), Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year, and the Kennedy Center Honors salutes to Dick Van Dyke (2020), Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012).

JEREMY JORDAN is best known for his Tony and Grammy-nominated portrayal of Jack Kelly in Newsies on Broadway, as well as his many roles on television including series regulars on CW’s “Supergirl”, NBC’s “Smash” and Disney Channel’s “Tangled.” Recently, he starred on Broadway opposite Kerry Washington in the provocative new play, American Son, and then reprised his role in the Netflix film adaptation. Upcoming projects include leading a star-studded cast as the tenacious record industry giant, Neil Bogart, in the revealing new feature film, Spinning Gold, and starring as Seymour in the New York production of the iconic Little Shop of Horrors. Other films include The Last 5 Years opposite Anna Kendrick, Joyful Noise with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, and Newsies on Disney+. Additional Broadway credits include starring as Clyde in Bonnie & Clyde (Theatre World Award), Tony in West Side Story, and lead roles in Waitress and Rock of Ages. On TV, he has guest-starred on “The Flash,” “Elementary” and “Law and Order: SVU.” Jeremy is also a singer-songwriter whose concerts and cabaret shows have won awards and acclaim worldwide. Follow @JeremyMJordan for all updates

Adrienne Warren Returns To TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL For Limited Engagement

Tina-The Tina Turner Musical

Stage EntertainmentJames L. Nederlander and Tali Pelman, in association with Tina Turner, announce that Best Musical Tony Award nominee TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL will star two-time Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren, who will return to the title role for a limited engagement. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL will reopen at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) on Friday, October 8, 2021.

Written by Tony Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees PrinsTINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL is directed by Tony Award nominee Phyllida Lloyd with choreography by Tony Award nominee Anthony van Laast, set and costume designs by Tony Award nominee Mark Thompson, musical supervision, additional music and arrangements by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Tony Award nominee Bruno Poet, sound by Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Tony Award nominee Jeff Sugg, orchestrations by Tony Award nominee Ethan Popp, wigs, hair and makeup design by Drama Desk Award winner Campbell Young Associates, music direction by Alvin Hough Jr. and casting by The Telsey Office. 

Additional casting will be announced shortly.

This new musical reveals a comeback story like no other, of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of racism, sexism and ageism to become the global Queen of Rock n’ Roll. TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL is a celebration of resilience and an inspiration of triumph over adversity. 

This new musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner and presented in association with Tina Turner herself, received its world premiere in April 2018 in London, where it opened to five-star reviews and has broken box office records at the Aldwych Theatre. In March 2019, the German production opened at Stage Operettenhaus in Hamburg, and the Dutch production opened at the Beatrix Theater, Utrecht, in February 2020. A third European production is due to open at the Teatro Coliseum in Madrid, Spain in Fall 2021.

Produced by Stage Entertainment and Ghostlight Records and featuring the original London cast, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical: Original Cast Recording is available worldwide on CD, both online and in stores. The CD features a 20-page booklet, which includes liner notes, synopsis, and production and studio photography. The album was recorded in February 2019 at Angel Studios and RAK Studios, produced by the show’s Music Supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck and Kurt Deutsch, and co-produced by Tom Kelly. To download or stream the album, or order the CD, please visit http://www.ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/riverdeep-tinaturnermusical.

Tina Turner is a 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 as a duo alongside Ike Turner, but has never been inducted in recognition of her solo work.

The Emmy-nominated feature documentary TINA is now available to stream on HBO Max. A revealing and intimate look at the life and career of musical icon Tina TurnerTINA charts her improbable rise to early fame, her personal and professional struggles throughout her life and her even more improbable resurgence as a global phenomenon in the 1980s. The feature documentary is from Academy Award-winning directors Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin and Lightbox, the production company founded by Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn, together with Emmy-nominated producer Diane Becker.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for Broadway’s TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL range from $79.00 – $199.00 and are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com

Recognizing flexibility is key in our guests’ return to Broadway. As a result of COVID-19, Nederlander is implementing an exchange and refund policy for guests of all of its venues in NYC.  This policy will provide flexibility in the event a guest may be unable to attend a show due to illness, travel restrictions, or any other circumstances. Our guests may feel confident purchasing tickets in advance knowing this exchange or refund policy is in effect if they cannot attend the date and time originally purchased. When you request an exchange or a refund, the request will be approved with no questions asked and no additional service fees assessed provided the request meets the terms and conditions outlined herein. For more information on the refund and exchange policy visit www.broadwaydirect.com/exchanges-refunds/.

TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICALandthe Lunt-Fontanne Theatre will follow New York State, New York City and CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of all actors, production staff, theatre employees, and audience members. As public health conditions and the State’s guidance for performing arts and live entertainment changes, the theatre will remain flexible and adapt to applicable health protocols, such as face coverings, health screening, enhanced air filtration and ventilation, and rigorous cleaning and disinfection. 


To learn more about Broadway’s commitment to a safe and responsible return for our audience, visit www.broadwaybrighter.com.

Powered by Broadway Direct, TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICALoffers a digital lottery, making a limited number of $45 tickets available at https://lottery.broadwaydirect.com/show/tina-ny.

The performance schedule for TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL is as follows: Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3PM. There will be no matinee performances on Saturday, October 9, Sunday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 13.

Cast Announcement for tour of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Casting was announced today for the smash-hit Leeds Playhouse production of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, voted the nation’s favourite book in 2019.

It begins a major tour of the UK and Ireland at Curve, Leicester on Tuesday 2 November 2021, travelling to Aylesbury, Southampton, Sunderland, Salford, Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Canterbury, Plymouth, Glasgow, Birmingham, Dublin, Woking and finally completing the tour in Norwich on 9 April 2022. The National Press night is on Thursday 9 December at 7pm at the Lowry in Salford. 

The show broke box office records at Leeds Playhouse in 2017 and played to packed houses and critical acclaim at the Bridge Theatre in London in 2019.

The Pevensie children are:  Ammar Duffus as Peter, Shaka Kalokoh as Edmund, Robyn Sinclair as Susan and Karise Yansen as Lucy.   Aslan is played by Chris Jared, Mr Tumnus by Jez Unwin, Mr Beaver by Sam Buttery and Maugrim by Michael Ahomka-Lindsay.  They are joined by Oliver Bingham (Mr Brinkworth, March Hare and Aslan Puppeteer), Kate Parr (Miss Gumley-Warmley and Phoenix), Grace Wylde (Mrs Pevensie, Robin and Falcon), Johnson Willis (Mr Willis, Professor Kirk, Father Christmas, Wise Owl and Whie Mouse), Rachel Dawson (Miss Chutney, Badger and Spirit of the Moon), Oliver Grant (Mr Wilson, Schrodinger, Red Squirrel and Aslan Puppeteer), Matthew James Hinchliffe (Mr Marsden, Mauve Mole and Professor), Sophie Naglik (on stage Swing), Anthony Starr (on stage Swing), Tash Holway (on stage Swing) and Brad Veitch (on stage Swing). Further cast are yet to be announced.

Step through the wardrobe into the enchanted kingdom of Narnia. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and embark on the most magical of adventures in a frozen, faraway land where they meet a Faun, talking Beavers, Aslan, the noble king of Narnia, and the coldest, most evil White Witch.

This critically acclaimed production is “A theatrical miracle” (The Times).

The tour will be directed by Michael Fentiman, based on the original production by Sally Cookson with original Set and Costume design by Rae Smith.  Michael’s previous productions include the Olivier Award-nominated Amélie (Watermill Theatre/The Other Palace/UK Tour and currently running in the West End), The Windsors: Endgame (also running in the West End), The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre), the 50th anniversary production of Joe Orton’s Loot (Park Theatre/Watermill Theatre), Titus Andronicus and Ahasverus (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Taming of the Shrew (Sherman Theatre/Tron Theatre) and, as director and writer, CinderELLA (Nuffield Southampton) and The Last Days of Anne Boleyn (Tower of London).

Joining Michael Fentiman on the creative team are Set and Costume Designer Tom Paris, Composer Benji Bower with additional composition by Music Supervisor Barnaby Race, Choreographer Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus, Lighting Designer Jack Knowles, Sound Designer Ian Dickinson and Gareth Tucker for Autograph, Puppetry Director Toby Olié, Puppetry Designer Max Humphries, Aerial Director Gwen Hales, Illusionist Chris Fisher, Music Director Toby Higgins , Fight Director Jonathan Holby, Costume Supervisor Joanna Coe, Wigs and Make Up Supervisor Susanna Peretz, Props Supervisor Lizzie Frankl, Dramaturg Adam Peck and Movement Consultant Dan Canham.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is produced on tour by Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber and based on the original Leeds Playhouse production.

Producer Chris Harper said:

“C.S. Lewis wrote “they open a door and enter a world” and this is what every child imagines and dreams about. This is exactly why we’re thrilled to be able to bring this incredible new version of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on a tour of the UK in time for Christmas 2021. Following a record breaking success at the Leeds Playhouse and the Bridge Theatre in London, the Pevensie children will travel from Narnia to venues across the UK and Ireland.

It has been a challenging time for all of us, but we can’t wait for children and adults alike to join us on this truly magical journey through the wardrobe.”

Reviews for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe include:

★★★★★

Sunday Times

“This vision of Narnia will restore your faith in theatre”

★★★★★

DAILY MAIL

“Spectacular new life for Narnia”

★★★★

THE TELEGRAPH

‘An absolutely spellbinding return to Narnia’

Website:   www.lionwitchonstage.com

Social:          Twitter @LionWitchOnTour   Instagram @lionwitchonstage

Full casting announced for Kiln Theatre’s Nw Trilogy by Moira Buffini, Suhayla El-Bushra and Roy Williams

NW Trilogy at Kiln Theatre

With the critically acclaimed The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar currently playing at the theatre, Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham announces the cast for the forthcoming NW Trilogy – three short plays by Moira BuffiniSuhayla El-Bushra and Roy Williams performed together for each performance. For Waking/Walking by Suhayla El-Bushra – Anoushka Chadha (Meera Mehdi), Natasha Jayetileke (Anjali Mehdi), Rina Fatania (Susheela Parekh), Ronny Jhutti (Deepak Mehdi), and Claire Keenan (Niamh O’Connell); for The Dance Floor by Moira Buffini – Claire Keenan (Aoife Gallagher), Emmet Byrne (Sean), Aoife McMahon (Katie O’Driscoll), and Harmony Rose Bremmer (Veronica); and for The Life of Riley by Roy Williams – Harmony Rose Bremmer (Paulette) and Chris Tummings (Riley). NW Trilogy opens on 14 September, with previews from 6 September, and running until 9 October. The trilogy, directed by Kiln Theatre Associate Directors Taio Lawson and Susie McKenna, is now on sale.

Susie McKenna said today, “We’re so excited about the cast we have assembled – some professional debuts and some very experienced veterans of the stage. Every evening they will give audiences a lively celebration of three migrant communities, where we take a journey through Kilburn and Brent and hear the different sounds, music and languages, watch our characters building a future and explore their different stories.”

Taio Lawson added, “As we move through these plays, we also get soundbites and reality checks about the hostile environments that these migrant communities were living amongst, and by doing that, it makes their stories resonate with greater vibrancy because despite that hostile environment they shone, and continue to shine so bright. After the last 18 months, it’s so important to us that we take time to come together to recognise and celebrate our local communities.”

For audience safety and the safety of staff, cast and crew, NW Trilogy will play to a reduced capacity which allows more room between audience members.

For more information https://kilntheatre.com/your-safety/.

Building on the success and resonance of their Kiln Community Appeal which raised over £100,000 to support local initiatives, Kiln Theatre has launched the NW Trilogy Fundraising Appeal. With a target of £25,000, all funds raised will go towards putting these Brent stories on stage, showcasing the vibrancy, activism and brilliance of the borough.

For further information: https://kilntheatre.com/nw-trilogy-appeal/

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WORLD PREMIÈRE

Kiln Theatre presents

NW TRILOGY

by Moira Buffini, Suhayla El-Bushra and Roy Williams

6 September – 9 October

Press night:  14 September at 7pm

Directed by Taio Lawson and Susie McKenna; Design by Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey;

Lighting Design by Richard Howell;Composer and Sound Design by Ben and Max Ringham;

Movement, Fight and Intimacy Director Yarit Dor; Musical Director Abdul Shyllon; Assistant Director Ashen Gupta; Casting Director Briony Barnett CDG

Set amongst the vibrant, intense cacophony of North West London, NW Trilogy is a collection of vivid stories that remember and celebrate people who changed the course of history. The personal is political in these soulful explorations of what it means to be part of one of the most dynamic communities in the world. 

First, we reel to a dance hall in ‘County Kilburn’ in Moira Buffini’s Dance Floor where the Guinness flows, the music never stops and for homesick Aoife, there’s far more at stake than a dance. 

In Roy Williams’ bittersweet Life of Riley, Paulette is on a journey to connect with her estranged father Riley, a reggae musician once part of the influential Trojan Records scene, who can’t seem to let go of the past.

And, Suhayla El-Bushra’s Waking/Walking introduces us to Anjali, a wife, mother and newly arrived migrant following Idi Amin’s expulsion of the Asian minority from Uganda, who is torn between not making a fuss and seizing her moment to take a stand as the Grunwick dispute unfolds.

NW Trilogy is powerful, funny and epic and shows us how we can change the world from our doorstep.

Presented as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture, Brent 2020 with support from Airbnb Community Tourism Programme.

This production is supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation; and the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.

Harmony Rose Bremmer makes her professional stage debut in NW Trilogy having recently graduated from RADA. Her television credits include Logan High.

Emmet Byrne’s theatre credits include The Great Hunger, By the Bog of Cats (Abbey Theatre), Blood Wedding (Salisbury Playhouse), The Misfits (Corn Exchange), Cell Mates (Hampstead Theatre), Angela’s Ashes (Ireland tour), Breaking Dad, Big Maggie (Gaiety Theatre), and Enjoy! (Rough Magic). For television, his work includes Forever in My Heart, Lore, Striking Out, Red Rock and Burning Wishes; and for film, Twice Shy.

Anoushka Chadha’s theatre work includes The Show Must Go On! (MZG Theatre Productions); and for television, Extinct and Unforgotten.  

Rina Fatania returns to Kiln Theatre, having previously appeared in Approaching Empty (also Tamasha). Her previous credits for Tamasha include The House of Bilquis BibiWuthering HeightsA Fine BalanceChild of the Divide and Strictly Dandia. Other theatre credits include The Village, Sinbad the Sailor, Anita and Me, Love N Stuff, Guantanamo Boy (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Tin Drum, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (HOME Manchester), Oliver Twist (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Roller Diner (Soho Theatre), Paradise of the Assassins (Tara Arts), Mummyji Presents (Birmingham Rep), The Empress (RSC), Wah! Wah! Girls (Kneehigh/Sadler’s Wells), Britain’s Got BhangraIt Ain’t All Bollywood, Meri Christmas, The Deranged Marriage (UK tour) and Bombay Dreams (Apollo Victoria). Her television credits include Too Close, Wanderlust and People Just Do Nothing; and for film, Raabta, Mummji PresentsMumbai CharlieCatch That Train and Connection.

Natasha Jayetileke’s theatre credits include Romantics Anonymous (Shakespeare’s Globe), Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre), The Snow Queen (Nuffield, Southampton), Wah! Wah! Girls (Kneehigh/Sadler’s Wells), Britain’s Got Bhangra (UK tour), Takeaway (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Eurobeat (Novello Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Nitin Sawhney’s Mahabharata (Sadler’s Wells) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New London Theatre). For television, her work includes Feel Good, The Kemps – All True, My Name is Lizzie, Bumps, Years and Years, The Most Beautiful Hands of Delhi, The Royals and Hustle; and for film, A Private War.

Ronny Jhutti’s credits include The Game of Love and Chai (Tara Arts), Ciphers (Out of Joint), Rafta Rafta (National Theatre), The People Next Door (Traverse Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Southwark Playhouse), Moonshed (Manchester Royal Exchange), and Balti Kings and Untouchables (Tamasha). For television, his work includes Ripper StreetBreathless, Vexed, Shameless, Survivors, Doctor Who, Banglatown Banquet and Ideal; and for film, Tea, The Surprise, ReconEverywhere and Nowhere, Cash and Curry, Four Brothers and a Funeral and Bollywood Queen.

Recent graduate Claire Keenan’s theatre credits include Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse).

Aoife McMahon’s theatre work includes The Bombing of the Grand (The Cockpit Theatre), Juno and The Paycock(Liverpool Everyman/Bristol Old Vic), The Silver Tassie, Scenes From The Big Picture(National Theatre), Goodnight Mr Tom (Phoenix Theatre), The Tempest (Watermill Theatre), Autumn Fire (Finborough Theatre), Translations (Abbey Theatre), The Oresteia(SummerScape Festival, NY), Henry VIII, Beauty And The Beast(RSC), Pains Of Youth (National Theatre Studio) and Andorra (Young Vic). For television, her work includes The Feed, Broken, The Royals, Partners In CrimeMy Dad’s The Prime Minister, The Clinic, Steel River Blues, Holy Cross and Random Passage (Winner of 2002 Best Actress Gemini Award and Canadian BAFTA).

Chris Tummings’ theatre work includes One Man, Two Guvnors (Black Rat Productions), Trim Palace (2 Heavy Productions), The Firm (Bush Theatre), Race (2 Heavy Productions and Reading Rep), Soul SisterThe Big Life (UK tours), The Harder They Come (UK Arts International, Nottingham Playhouse), Tina, Simply The Best (Hackney Empire), Main Man at Apollo (Strand Theatre) and  Zumbi (Black Theatre Co-op). For television his credits include The Widow, Death in Paradise, Get Up Stand UpHolding On and Full Stretch; and for film, Red Devil, Trendy, Garfield, Runners and Burning an Illusion.

Moira Buffini‘s plays include Handbagged (Kiln Theatre / West End / US), Gabriel (Soho Theatre / UK Tour), wonder.land (MIF / National Theatre), Welcome to Thebes, A Vampire Story (National Theatre), Dying For It, Marianne Dreams (Almeida Theatre), Dinner (RNT Loft / West End / UK tour), Loveplay (Barbican), The Games Room (Soho Theatre) and Blavatsky’s Tower (Machine Room). For telelvison, her work includes Harlots; and for film, The Dig, Jane Eyre and Tamara Drewe.

Suhayla El-Bushra was writer in residence at the National Theatre Studio from April 2015 to August 2016, during which time her adaptation of Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide was staged in the Lyttelton Theatre. Other stage work includes The Kilburn Passion (Kiln Theatre), Pigeons (Royal Court Theatre / UK tour), Cuckoo (Unicorn Theatre) and Arabian Nights (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh). For screen her credits include 2 series of Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge, and a short film for Film4.

Roy Williams is an award-winning playwright. His recent plays include Death of England (National Theatre), 846 (Theatre Royal Stratford East and GDIF), Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Firm, (Hampstead Theatre, Downstairs), Soul: The Untold Story of Marvin Gaye (Royal and Derngate / Hackney Empire), Antigone (Pilot Theatre / UK tour), Wildfire (Hampstead Theatre) Advice for the Young at Heart (Theatre Centre), an adaptation of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Pilot Theatre/ UK Tour), Sucker Punch (Royal Court Theatre, nominated for Olivier Award for Best Play), Kingston ‘14 (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Category B (Kiln Theatre).

Kiln Theatre Associate Director Taio Lawson directs. His work includes adaptations and instillation, including Devil for East-15 and HOME at the Young Vic. He was Resident Director at Sheffield Theatres (part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme), where he directed hang. As Director credits include How To Make Love To A Muslim Without Freaking Out (rehearsed reading, Bush Theatre), What We Are, 90’s Kid (ETC Theatre), Gutted ‘n’ Battered (UK and international tour). For Sheffield Theatres, Assistant Director credits include Love and Information, Frost/Nixon, The Wizard of Oz and Desire Under The Elms. As Assistant Director credits include Life of Galileo (Young Vic), Oil, They Drink It in the Congo (Almeida Theatre).

Kiln Theatre Associate Director Susie McKennadirects and her work for the company includes Blues in the Night (Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre). She was Creative Director of Hackney Empire from 2010 – 2017. As well as writing/directing 21 pantomimes, her directing credits there include Beau JestSit and ShiverKat & Tameka ShowHa Ha Hackney, Martin Smith’s King. Other credits include: As writer/director – The Silver Sword (Belgrade Theatre/UK tour) and A Christmas Carol ( Hackney Empire & Arts Theatre London), as director – Once on This Island (Birmingham Rep/Nottingham Playhouse), Oranges and Elephants (Hoxton Hall), A Midsummer Night’s Madness and Macbeth (National Black Theatre of Harlem/Hackney Empire/Edinburgh Festival Fringe).

Kiln Theatre                                                                                                                                              Listings

269 Kilburn High Road, London, UK, NW6 7JR

Box Office: 020 7328 1000

www.KilnTheatre.com

Tickets from £15

All tickets for first preview £15

6 September – 9 October

Press night:  14 September at 7pm

Audio Described Performance 30 September, 7.30pm

Post Show Q&A 5 October, 7.30pm

Captioned Performance 7 October, 7.30pm

Under 26 – £10 (subject to availability)

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Sam Mendes announces development of theatre artists fund into two-year pilot bursary programme

Theatre Artists Fund

At today’s South Bank Arts Awards, in recognition of his leadership in the creation of the Theatre Artists Fund, Sam Mendes was awarded the Sky Arts Individual Award for Innovation in the Arts During the Pandemic.  Accepting the Award, Mendes announced the development of a two-year pilot bursary scheme offering longer-term support to the cultural workforce. Theatre Artists Fund is working in conjunction with Backstage Trust on this scheme. This new program has a specific goal of empowering theatre workers and freelancers to be part of the next stage of recovery. It aims to create multiple employment opportunities and to include specific involvement and guidance from theatre practitioners across the entire sector. Initially, a two-year pilot scheme will seek to reinforce equality, inclusion and diversity focus and encourage peer support in the freelance community and organizations and skills development. Further details will be announced later this year.

Mendes said: “We want to take what we’ve learned from our work and create a new and permanent way of empowering freelancers for the future…In the coming months, we will be piloting a special bursary program working to make this fund into a foundation in conjunction with the Backstage Trust to ensure our theatre professionals are championed and included in the way they deserve for the benefit of the UK’s entire cultural sector.”

The Theatre Artists Fund, part of the charity Theatre Development Trust and administered by SOLT and UK Theatre has so far given 7,291 emergency grants, having raised just over £7.3million since its inception in July 2020. The financial security of many thousands of vital theatre artists remains in grave peril as the continuing uncertainty created by the pandemic and the Government’s response to it makes finding and keeping work extremely difficult. During his announcement, Mendes cited the extra-ordinary support of the numerous entities and foundations that helped initiate the Theatre Artists Fund and hoped they would continue their support ongoing. The fund continues to provide a lifeline for many and continues to appeal to people’s generosity and support. Donations can be made at https://theatreartists.fund/donate/

National Theatre On Sale: July 2021 – January 2022

– Tickets go on sale for The Normal Heart, Hex, East is East and Manor

– Dino Fetscher is cast as Felix in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart alongside Ben Daniels as Ned Weeks and Liz Carr as Dr. Emma Brookner

– Rosalie Craig, Tamsin Carroll, Kat Ronney and Michael Elcock lead the company of Hex, a new musical by Rufus Norris, Tanya Ronder and Jim Fortune

– The Lyttelton theatre reopens for live performances with Ayub Khan Din’s East is East a co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre

– Shaun Evans joins the cast of Manor, alongside previously announced Nancy Carroll, in Moira Buffini’s dark new comedy

The National Theatre will return to performances with full capacity audiences from later this month. Additional seating will now be available for performances of After Life from 27 July alongside the previously-announced productions Rockets and Blue Lights in the Dorfman theatre and Paradise in the Olivier theatre, with extra tickets going on sale to the public from Monday 19 July. 

Tickets for The Normal Heart, East is East, Manor and Hex on sale to the public from Friday 30 July.

Opening in the Olivier on 23 September is Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, in a co-production with Fictionhouse. Directed by NT Associate Dominic Cooke, Kramer’s largely autobiographical play about the AIDS crisis in 1980 New York has not been performed professionally in London since its European premiere in 1986.

Ben Daniels will perform the role of Ned Weeks, the co-founder of an AIDS advocacy group fighting to change the world around him, with Dino Fetscher as Felix, and Richard Cant joining the previously announced Robert Bowman, Liz Carr, Daniel Krikler, Daniel Monks, Elander Moore, Luke Norris, Henry Nott, Freddie Stabb and Danny Lee Wynter.

Set design is by Vicki Mortimer, costume design by Lisa Duncan, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Carolyn Downing and fight direction by Bret Yount. Production supported by the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.

In December National Theatre Director Rufus Norris directs Hex, a new musical that goes beyond the kiss that woke the Sleeping Beauty and tells the fairy’s tale, with book by Tanya Ronder, music by Jim Fortune and lyrics by Rufus Norris. Based on the 17th-century folk-tale, this darkly thrilling new version also reunites director Rufus Norris with set and costume designer Katrina Lindsay following their 2002 critically acclaimed adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, from which Hex is adapted.

Rosalie Craig, Tamsin Carroll, Kat Ronney and Michael Elcock lead the company, alongside Esme Bacalla-Hayes, Madeline Charlemagne, Tamsin Dowsett, Eleanor Kane and Daisy Maywood.

Orchestrations by Simon Hale, music supervision by Marc Tritschler, music direction by Tarek Merchant, lighting design by Paul Anderson, choreography by Jade Hackett with consultant choreography by Bill Deamer and sound design by Simon Baker. The development of new music theatre is supported by the Genesis Foundation through the Genesis Music Theatre Programme.

Reopening the Lyttleton Theatre on 7 October is the Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of East Is East, by Ayub Khan Din, directed by Iqbal Khan with set design by Bretta Gerecke and costume design by Susan Kulkarni. Set in 1970s Salford, East Is East follows the lives of the Khan children and their battle between the traditional values of their Pakistani father and their own desire to be citizens of modern Britain.

Since its premiere at The Rep in 1996, in a co-production with Tamasha and the Royal Court, East Is East has sold out three London runs, been adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film and become a modern classic of comic-drama. The production is performed at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in September, transferring to the National Theatre in October before being performed at Chichester Festival Theatre in November.

Following East is EastManor, a timely new play by Moira Buffini, directed by Fiona Buffini, will open on 16 November in the Lyttelton theatre. This darkly comic piece sees Nancy Carroll play the owner of a rundown manor house, which shelters an explosive mix of people during a storm including Ted Farrier, a charismatic leader of a far-right organization, played by Shaun Evans. The company will also include Effie Ansah, Michele Austin, Helen Barford, Chris Barritt, Mat Betteridge, Sophie Bradley, Peter Bray, Sophie Cartman, Gillian Dean, Liadán Dunlea, Amy Forrest, Lewis Griffin, David Hargreaves, Edward Judge, Owen McDonnell and Shaniqua Okwok.

Set and costume design by Lez Brotherston, lighting design by Jon Clark, composition and sound design by Jon Nicholls, video design by Nina Dunn, fight direction by Kate Waters.

Full details on audience safety measures at the theatre can be found on the NT website here.

We are grateful to the Garfield Weston Foundation who are supporting the National Theatre through the Weston Culture Fund.

The reopening of the Olivier theatre is generously supported by Areté Foundation / Betsy & Ed Cohen.

& Juliet – the award-winning musical to re-open on Friday 24 September 2021 with new cast announced

New cast members announced to join the company including Olivier Award winners MIRIAM-TEAK LEE, CASSIDY JANSON & DAVID BEDELLA. Booking period extended through to 12 February 2022 at Shaftesbury Theatre, London.
www.andjulietthemusical.co.uk.
This is the moment we’ve waited for…. & JULIET makes a joyous return to London’s West End! The award-winning musical – which had been thrilling audiences before the closure of theatres last March – will return to the Shaftesbury Theatre from Friday 24 September. Miriam-Teak Lee – who was awarded the Olivier Award for Best Actress in 2020 for her performance as Juliet – leads a cast including Cassidy Janson, who also won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Anne Hathaway, Oliver Tompsett as William Shakespeare, David Bedella, who also won an Olivier Award for his performance in the show as Lance, Jordan Luke Gage as Romeo, Melanie La Barrie as Nurse, and Tim Mahendran as Francois. Alex Thomas-Smith will be joining the principal cast in the role of May. The ensemble includes Roshani Abbey, Jocasta Almgill, Josh Baker, Ivan De Freitas, Rhian Duncan, Kieran Lai, Nathan Lorainey-Dineen, Jaye Marshall, Grace Mouat, Antoine Murray-Straughan, Billy Nevers, Kerri Norville, Christopher Parkinson, Kirstie Skivington, Alex Tranter, Sophie Usher and Rhys Wilkinson.As well as the three Olivier Awards, throughout the last year & Juliet also won 6 Whatsonstage Awards – the most of any production in 2020 – and won further awards at The Black Theatre Awards and The Mousetrap Theatre Awards. The show also performed on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing in the coveted slot in ‘Musicals Week’. Romeo who?! With her bags packed and ready to escape Verona, Juliet recovers from heartbreak in the best way possible… by dancing the night away with her best friends by her side! But when the sparkle fades, the confetti falls and reality catches up, it’s clear that Juliet needs to face her past in order to find her future. Can she reclaim a story that has been written in the stars? Is there really life after Romeo… or could he be worth one more try? Come along for the ride as the original Anne Hathaway takes on her husband William Shakespeare to remix his legendary play. As comedy meets tragedy, will Juliet get the ending she truly deserves? And most importantly, can their love survive this battle of wills? Fabulously fresh and riotously funny, & JULIET explodes with dozens of pop anthems you already know and love by legendary songwriter Max Martin, including …Baby One More Time, Since U Been Gone, Roar, It’s My Life, I Want It That Way, and Can’t Stop the Feeling! The show also includes the brand new song One More Try, written especially for the show by Max. Brought to life by an award-winning creative team, this vibrant, colorful and timely musical is directed by Luke Sheppard (In the Heights, Rent) with a story by David West Read (Netflix’s Schitt’s Creek), electrifying choreography from Jennifer Weber and stunning set design from Soutra Gilmour.

Max Martin and Tim Headington present & Juliet, which is produced by Martin Dodd, Tim Headington, Max Martin, Jenny Petersson and Theresa Steele Page. For further information and full biographies, please see www.andjulietthemusical.co.uk& JULIET – PRODUCTION INFORMATION

Music: Max Martin and friends
Book: David West Read
Direction: Luke Sheppard
Choreography: Jennifer Weber
Set Design: Soutra Gilmour
Costume Design: Paloma Young
Musical Supervisor/Orchestrator/Arranger: Bill Sherman
Lighting Design: Howard Hudson
Sound Design: Gareth Owen
Video Design: Andrzej Goulding
Casting Director: Stuart Burt 

THEATRE INFORMATION
The Shaftesbury Theatre
210 Shaftesbury Avenue
London
WC2H 8DP

TICKETS & PERFORMANCES
Box Office
www.andjulietthemusical.co.uk
020 7379 5399 PerformancesMonday – Saturday 7:30pm
Matinees Friday & Saturday 2:30pm.
Please check the website for Christmas Performances Schedule
Booking Period
Individual bookings through to Saturday 12 Feb 2022
Group bookings through to Thursday 24 March 2022 
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Fifty freelancers who will shape the future of creative employment in the capital announced

Fuel Theatre

Fifty freelancers who will shape the future of creative employment in the capital announced

Fifty performing arts freelancers have been appointed to an initiative to improve conditions for Londoners working in the creative sector through a programme funded by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

They join Creative Freelancers: Shaping London’s Recovery, a City Hall research project, supporting the future of freelancing in the capital. It will provide immediate employment for the cohort while they work with partner organisations to help remove the inequalities facing creative freelancers, who have been hugely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March 2020, up to 60% of the city’s freelancers have lost all their income. This loss affected a broad range of roles across the performing arts sector. The appointed freelancers represent this breadth and the diversity of London’s workforce.

The cohort has been appointed following a call out in May and an extensive recruitment process. To further their research and foster links between the freelance community and London’s leading creative and cultural organisations, each freelancer has been matched with a Partner Organisation. Together they will collaborate on how to improve working practices and opportunities.

Supported by the Mayor of London, the programme aims to feed into the work to improve job creation and retention for freelancers, including the development of a new Freelancers’ Charter and take part in advocacy and lobbying.

Championing the programme, Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries said: “London is a world centre for culture and the creative industries and our success is powered by creative freelancers who make up nearly half of the workforce. We know that culture will drive our recovery, so it’s more important than ever that we invest and support freelancers now.  This programme places creatives in the driving seat as we all work to re-set how we value and support freelancers as the country reopens.”

The freelancers and their organisations are:

Seifeidin Abdel Salam            Battersea Arts Centre

Emily Beecher                 Theatre Centre

Shaniqua Benjamin             Boundless Theatre

Laura Caldow                Little Angel Theatre

Jessica Carter                 Vital Xposure

Emma Clark                 Actors Touring Company

Emily Collins                 Old Diorama Arts Centre

Rhys Cook aka Oberon White        The Yard Theatre

Natasha Davis                 Barbican Centre

Stefano Di Renzo             VAULT Festival

Sara Doctors                  WeMakeEvents

Eleesha Drennan              The Place

Carole Edrich                 Paddington Development Trust

Elles Elliott                Raw Material Music and Media

Tanja Erhart                Spare Tyre

Richard Evans                 Tamasha Theatre Company

Sarah Farnsley                Siobhan Davies Dance

Alex Fernandes                Headlong Theatre Limited

Jonathan Glew                Camden People’s Theatre

Fauzia Habib                 Serious

Ali Hunter                 The Old Vic

Tash Hyman                 National Theatre

Caroline Jeyaratnam-Joyner        A New Direction

Chloe Kennedy                  Turtle Key Arts

Anne Langford                 Stratford Circus

Nathalie Alison Layton-McIntosh        Roundhouse

Gael Le Cornec                 LIFT

Del Mak                 Akademi

Sarah Meadows             Parents and Carers in Performing Arts

Cole Morrison                Sound and Music

Olivia Munk                 Turtle Key Arts

Aston New                 Talawa Theatre Company

Seeta Patel                Royal Opera House

Mary Paterson                Serpentine

Joanna Pidcock                 Headlong Theatre Limited

Sarah Poekert                 artsdepot Ltd

Megan Prescott                 Polka Theatre

Nancy May Roberts            Rambert

Cory Shipp                 National Youth Theatre of Great Britain

Lauren Silver                 Young Vic Theatre

Kunal Singhal                 UK Music

Beth Sitek                 Fitzrovia Noir CIC

PJ Stanley                 Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Hannah Tookey                Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

Shamira Turner                Bush Theatre

Eve Veglio-White            Sadler’s Wells

Krista Vuori                 Theatre Royal Stratford East

Beth Watson                 English Touring Opera

George Williamson           Studio Wayne McGregor

Kyley Winfield                 tiata fahodzi

Responding to their appointment, freelance theatre maker, facilitator and clown Lauren Silver said “I am thrilled to be a Cohort member and collaborate with Fuel, the Mayor of London and the team to support our creative community.”

Referring to the ideas she outlined in her application, she added: Due to the detrimental effects of Covid-19, there’s never been a more crucial time to advance proactive and accessible Mental Health support for our creative freelancers, and I am passionate for our industry to be able to make space to focus on just that. 

The Organisations involved are similarly committed and enthused about the huge potential of the programme. Speaking on behalf of #WeMakeEvents, a partner organisation, Simon Prior who is himself a freelance technical director commented:

We’re very excited to be working with such an extraordinary group of people to develop the role of freelance staff in so many aspects of the creative industries. Freelancers carry their skills and experience all around our business, providing fresh inspiration along the way, and they have been sadly neglected during the last eighteen months. It is good to know that the GLA understands their importance and is hoping to provide a more reassuring infrastructure for freelance talent.

Echoing these sentiments from a venue perspective, Head of Theatre and Dance at the Barbican, Toni Racklin added At the Barbican we’re committed to supporting artists and companies who challenge what theatre can be, so we’re thrilled to be part of this important programme to reimagine the industry’s working practices. We’re looking forward to collaborating with our freelancer, seeing and hearing their ideas whilst sharing with them our unique arts centre perspective. We believe that through this new relationship we can positively contribute to the industry’s support and development of our vital freelance ecology.

The Freelance Cohort and Partner Organisations are supported by a freelance Facilitation Team – Jessica Antwi-Boasiako Facilitator, Charlotte Mafham Communication and Administration Coordinator, Marie Wilson Bookkeeper and Miranda Yates Access Manager – as well an Advisory Group of industry experts Jamie Beddard, Lily Einhorn, Lilli Geissendorfer, Ameena Hamid, James Hodgson, Tarek Iskander, Jeanefer Jean-Charles, Jennifer Jackson, Chi-chi Nwanoku and Jo Tyabji.

About the programme: 

Creative freelancers, particularly those in the performing arts, have been hit hard by COVID-19. From the very start of restrictions, up to 60% of freelancers had lost all of their work, and it is estimated that at least 200,000 Londoners have been excluded from any Government support. The pandemic has also highlighted existing inequalities facing creative freelancers – including a lack of security at work, unequal access to freelance opportunities, and a lack of a basic safety net.

This Mayor of London programme will enable this diverse group of freelancers in the culture sector to come together to explore and make recommendations on the future of freelancing. It will support the Mayor’s ambitions to improve working conditions and training, as well as advocating for the statutory changes needed for freelancers.

Creative Freelancers: Shaping London’s Recovery will amplify the voices of the self-employed in the culture sector, giving space for freelancers to shape and demonstrate their role in the recovery of London’s creative and cultural industries, as well as in wider civic spaces.

How will it work?

The Freelance Cohort and their Partner Organisations will develop new plans to improve working conditions and job and training support for freelancers. They will collaborate in focused working groups during this six-month research project, supported by the Facilitation team. The cohort will feed into the work to improve job creation and retention for freelancers, including the development of a new Freelancers’ Charter and take part in advocacy and lobbying.

The programme builds on the first national Freelance Task Force initiated by Fuel as a pilot in April 2020, in which 150 organisations sponsored 169 freelancers across the country. It builds on the evaluation and recommendations by independent evaluators Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, which highlighted the positive impact of the pilot, its promising potential, and suggested that external funding would improve future work in this area.

Programme Aims

This project will empower creative freelancers in the performing arts sector to make recommendations for London’s recovery from COVID-19 in these distinct areas:

  • Improving job conditions, creation and retention for creative freelancers
  • Advocating for an improved statutory position for creative freelancers
  • Establishing skills and training opportunities for creative freelancers

This programme will support the civic role of creative freelancers in London’s recovery from COVID-19, in policymaking and in delivery.

Credits:

Enabled by Fuel.

Funded by LEAP, the London Economic Action Partnership, and supported by the Mayor of London. The LEAP brings entrepreneurs and businesses together with the Mayoralty and London Councils to identify strategic actions to support and lead economic growth and job creation in the capital. 

HAMLET extends its run at Theatre Royal Windsor

Ian McKellen as Hamlet at Theatre Royal Windsor
First look at Ian McKellen as Hamlet at Theatre Royal Windsor
Credit: Mark Brenner
  • Seats released for three extra weeks until September 25th, 2021
  • Cast Includes: Ben Allen, Francesca Annis, Frances Barber, Emmanuella Cole, Llinos Daniel, Alis Wyn Davies, Ashley D Gayle, Alison Halstead, Nick Howard-Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Asif Khan, Lee Knight, Missy Malek, Ian McKellen, Jenny Seagrove
  • Directed by Sean Mathias

Having opened the production under extended social distancing restrictions (now due to end on July 19th), we are thrilled to announce that we have been able to extend our run of Hamlet by three weeks.

All performances thus far, and through to the end of July are sold out, so we urge you to book your tickets now.

The reimagined age, color, and gender-blind production, directed by Sean Mathias, see Ian McKellen lead a permanent company in two plays including Francesca Annis, Frances Barber, Jonathan Hyde, and Jenny Seagrove.

Tickets start at just £25 with discounts available for NHS workers and students. The staging of Hamlet has been designed to offer the unique experience of being up-close and immersed in the performance via Shakespearean wooden bleacher seats on either side of the stage.

Box packages are also available. Choose a Royal or Circle box with a pre-show and interval glass of fizz, and a complimentary program delivered to your private box. Contact Box Office for more details.

Due to the extension of Hamlet, the second production in our Season, The Cherry Orchard will now open three weeks later than planned, from Fri 1st October – Sat 13 November

Listings Information

Hamlet 

Performance Dates: Mon 21 June – Sat 25 September

Show Times: 7.30 PM Mon-Sat

Special matinee performances: 2.30 PM Sat 24 July, Sat 21 August & Sat 11 September (no evening performances on these dates)

The Cherry Orchard 

Performance Dates: Fri 1st October – Sat 13 November

Show Times: 7.30 PM Mon-Sat

2.30 PM Thu & Sat 

Ticket Prices: £25 – £75 

Further ticket released: Tues 13th July, 10.30 am

https://theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk

Box Office: 01753 853 888 

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Sean Mathias is a leading British theatre and film director and writer with numerous awards to his name including the Evening Standard Theatre Award, WhatsOnStage Award, the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award, a Fringe First at Edinburgh, and the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes. In 2009/10 Sean was the Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Haymarket where his legendary production of Waiting for Godot starring Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Simon Callow, played two seasons, as well as touring the UK and internationally. In 2013 Sean directed and co-produced Beckett’s Godot and Pinter’s No Man’s Land in rep on Broadway. His production of No Man’s Land, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, was the highest-grossing play in the history of Wyndham’s Theatre. His association with Bill Kenwright started with his revolutionary production of Design For Living starring Rachel Weisz.

Ian McKellen made his long-overdue debut at Theatre Royal Windsor in 2019 in his acclaimed solo show. He was heralded that year as the most important actor in British theatre. Over the years he has worked with Sean Mathias consistently, most recently in WAITING AND GODOT and NO MAN’S LAND with another friend, Patrick Stewart. Mathias directed him as Uncle Vanya at the National Theatre and is looking forward to a further Chekhov journey. McKellen’s performances in Shakespeare are legendary, from Macbeth with Judi Dench to his film of RICHARD III with Maggie Smith. He played Hamlet on tour and in the West End nearly fifty years ago and is looking forward to the challenge of a return visit.

Bill Kenwright’s estimated 500 productions include West End successes Jessica Lange in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie and Long Day’s Journey Into Night; Judi Dench in Filumena, Hay Fever and The Gift of the Gorgon (all directed by Sir Peter Hall); Rufus Norris’ Festen and Cabaret; The Wizard of Oz (Palladium); Joseph (Adelphi and New London); Evita (Dominion); and the Windrush musical The Big Life (Lyric Theatre). Broadway highlights include: Dancing At Lughnasa, Medea, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, Théâtre de Complicite’s The Chairs (multiple Tony Awards). Blood Brothers, which he also directed, ran for three years on Broadway (Music Box) and 24 years in the West End (Phoenix).

CREATIVE TEAM

Director: Sean Mathias; Set Designer: Lee Newby; Costume Designer: Loren Elstein; Lighting Designer: Zoe Spurr; Composer and Sound Designer: Adam Cork.

Dundee Rep and Eden Court Theatre present a filmed reimagining of Islander.

Dundee Rep in collaboration with Eden Court Highlands presents the filmed reimagining of Islander, the award-winning two-hander folk theatre musical conceived and directed by Amy Draper with music and lyrics by St Andrews-born writer and composer Finn Anderson and book by Stewart Melton.

This reimagined version is filmed both on location and on the stage of Dundee Rep for cinema exhibition and on-demand viewing. It will premiere on 26 August at a red-carpet event at Eden Court in Inverness before becoming available to stream on Rep Studios.

Originally presented as part of Made in Scotland 2019 showcase at Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it was Winner of Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical Award, this environmental show continued its success with an off-West End run and a BBC Radio 4 adaptation. The Rep Studios reimagining of Islander for film stays true to the show’s beautiful folktale storytelling and score.

The film, captured by award-winning Mallard Productions was directed by Amy Draper with lighting design by Simon Wilkinson, produced by Helen Milne.

The cast Kirsty Findlay (Olivier Award Nominated, ‘Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour’) and Bethany Tennick, and creatives Finn Anderson and Amy Draper will attend the premiere in Inverness.

James Mackenzie-Blackman, Chief Executive, Eden Court Highlands said:

“I adored Islander at the Made in Scotland showcase in 2019 and had planned to bring the live show to us in the early part of 2021 but the Winter lockdown bought those plans to an end. I’m thrilled Eden Court has now collaborated with our friends at Dundee Rep to reimagine Islander for the film. I hope this is the beginning of many future partnerships.”

Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director Andrew Panton said: “Islander is an example of the very best Scottish musical theatre. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with the original creative team and our co-producers Eden Court to create this next evolution of a truly magical piece. Musical storytelling sits at the heart of our programming at Dundee Rep and the creation of original musical theatre is a particular passion”