Sunny afternoon extends to October 2016

Tickets on sale now for Olivier Award-winning show’s extra dates

Show will celebrate two years in the West End in October

Fifty tickets at £19.66 for every show in July, celebrating fifty years since ‘Sunny Afternoon’ topped the charts and England won the World Cup

Due to public demand, the multi-Olivier award-winning hit British musical SUNNY AFTERNOON has announced another extension to its West End run, until 29 October 2016. The extension will take the show’s West End run past the two year mark.
This summer will also see the 50th anniversary of the release of The Kinks’ hit single Sunny Afternoon, which was released on 3 June 1966 and reached Number One on 7 July 1966 – just as England were winning the football World Cup.
To mark this anniversary, 50 top price tickets for every performance in July will be on sale for £19.66.

Sunny Afternoon

Danny Hoare, Tom Whitelock, Damien Walsh abd Oliver Hoare in Sunny Afternoon


The critically-acclaimed new musical tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks. It has established itself as a firm favourite with audiences and critics alike since it opened at the Harold Pinter Theatre in October 2014, and it begins a UK tour at the Opera House, Manchester, on 19 August 2016.
Ray Davies said: “I am delighted that Sunny Afternoon is extending in the West End and starting the national tour, playing many of the same venues The Kinks played on the road. Every time I visit the West End show I see people discovering it for the first time with the performances going from strength to strength.”
Danny Horn (Doctor Who; The Dead Dogs) plays Ray Davies, with Oliver Hoare (Antony and Cleopatra, Chichester) as Dave Davies, Tom Whitelock (Times Square Angel, Union) as bassist Pete Quaife and Damien Walsh (Dreamboats and Petticoats) as drummer Mick Avory. At certain performances, the role of Ray Davies will be played by Ryan O’Donnell (Romeo and Juliet, RSC; Quadrophenia).
Full cast: Jason Baughan, Niamh Bracken, Christopher Brandon, Harriet Bunton, Alice Cardy, Oliver Hoare, Danny Horn, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Megan Leigh Mason, Jay Marsh, Ryan O’Donnell, Stephen Pallister, Charlie Tighe, Gabriel Vick, Damien Walsh and Tom Whitelock. Understudies: Alice Cardy, Lia Given, Lloyd Gorman, Vicki Manser, Kay Milbourne, Nick Sayce, Robert Took, Alex Tosh, Robbie White.
Sunny Afternoon was the best performing show at the 2015 Olivier Awards, winning four awards.  The production won Best New Musical, Ray Davies won for Outstanding Achievement in Music, John Dagleish won Best Actor in a Musical and George Maguire won Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.
Fifty years ago this year, The Kinks were sitting at Number One in the UK charts with their single ‘Sunny Afternoon’. The band’s popularity has not faded since the 1960s, with crowds of all ages filling the Harold Pinter Theatre night after night.
Featuring some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, including You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset and Lola, Sunny Afternoon shows the music of The Kinks is still as popular as ever, more than 50 years since the band’s rise to fame.
Following a sold-out run at Hampstead Theatre, this world premiere production, with music and lyrics by Ray Davies, new book by Joe Penhall, original story by Ray Davies, direction by Edward Hall, design by Miriam Buether and choreography by Adam Cooper, opened at the Harold Pinter theatre on 28 October 2014. Lighting is by Rick Fisher, sound by Matt McKenzie and the Musical Supervisor and Musical Director is Elliott Ware.
The official cast recording album, produced by Ray Davies at his Konk studios, is released on BMG Chrysalis and is available to buy at
Sonia Friedman Productions commissioned Joe Penhall in 2011 to write the book based on Ray Davies’s original story. The company developed the production over the next four years, assembling the creative team and cast that presented Sunny Afternoon in 2014 at Hampstead Theatre under the direction of Edward Hall, and now at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Ray Davies is an influential and prolific rock musician and was co-founder and lead singer and songwriter for rock band The Kinks, and later a solo artist. He has an outstanding catalogue of hits from the earliest 1960s to the present day with estimated record sales in excess of 50 million. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television.
Joe Penhall is an award winning playwright and screenwriter. Plays include Some Voices (Royal Court), Blue/Orange (National Theatre and West End), winner of Best New Play at the Evening Standard Awards, Olivier Awards and at the Critics Circle, and Dumb Show, Haunted Child and Birthday (all Royal Court). Screenplays include Enduring Love and The Road.
As Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre, Edward Hall’s productions include Wonderland, Sunny Afternoon, Raving, Chariots of Fire, No Naughty Bits, Loyalty and Enlightenment. As Artistic Director of Propeller, his work has toured worldwide, played the West End and Broadway and has won numerous awards both in the UK and overseas. Other theatre work includes A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (National Theatre), Edmond with Kenneth Branagh (National Theatre), Macbeth with Sean Bean (Albery), The Constant Wife (Apollo), Julius Caesar (RSC), Henry V (RSC) and The Deep Blue Sea (Vaudeville). Television work includes Downton Abbey, Spooks and Kingdom.  Edward is an Associate of the National Theatre and the Old Vic.

Buckland Theatre Company announce casting for Some Girl(s) at Park Theatre


Following their debut production Miss Julie, Buckland Theatre Company has today announced casting for Some Girl(s). Written by multi Tony Award nominated Neil LaBute, Some Girl(s) will be Buckland’s first play in PARK90 at the Park Theatre, London which will be the company’s home in 2016. Some Girl(s) will play 14 July – 6 August with a press night on 19 July.
Charles Dorfman (Guy) will star alongside Elly Condron (Sam), Carley Stenson (Bobbi) and Roxanne Pallett (Tyler) with casting for Lindsay to be announced in due course. Some Girl(s) will be directed Gary Condes with set and costume by PJ McEvoy, lighting design by Joe Price, Sound Design by Andy Hinton and casting by Anne Vosser. Tickets are on sale now at
Guy is desperate to clear his conscience before he gets married to his beautiful bride to be. So he sets off on a psychological and physical journey across America, to make amends with four old flames. With a blend of honesty, humour and heart, this riveting, and ultimately liberating, dark comedy is a perfect parable of modern relationships.
Elly Condron will play Sam. Elly trained at Drama Centre London and graduated in 2013, her subsequent theatre credits include Jane Eyre (National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic), Spokesong (Finborough Theatre), Titus Andronicus (Smooth Faced Gentlemen, Greenwich Theatre) and Macbeth (Rift Theatre, site-specific). On screen, Elly has appeared in Wasp for which she won best actress at the Filmout San Diego film festival and in Eastenders.
Charles Dorfman will play Guy. Charles studied Theatre at Trinity College Dublin and the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles, Theatre Credits include Miss Julie (Etcetera Theatre), Taking Steps, Dangerous Corner, and Wuthering Heights (all Manor Pavilion Sidmouth). On screen Charles has appeared in Myrtle (dir. James Alexandrou), The Show (dir. James Alexandrou) and Present (dir. Joe Ballerini).
Roxanne Pallett will play Tyler. Roxanne’s previous stage credits include Rock Around The Clock (UK Tour), The Vagina Monologues, Ladies Day (both Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool), Satin ‘n’ Steel (Oldham Coliseum), The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour) and On The Piste (UK Tour). Roxanne played Jo Stiles in ITV1’s Emmerdale and her further TV credits include Waterloo Road, Casualty, and Crime Stories. Roxanne has also appeared in films such as It’s A Lot, Devil’s Tower, The Violators, Wrong Turn 6 and Habit.
Carley Stenson will play Bobbi. Carley’s previous theatre credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (UK Tour), Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre), Shrek The Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), [Title of Show] (Edinburgh Assembly), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre), Aida (Opera House, Manchester), Grease (Palace Theatre, Manchester) and Remembering Diana (Her Majesty’s Theatre). Carley is also well-known for her long running role as Steph Cunningham in Hollyoaks and has also appeared in Holby City and Suspects.
In advance of Some Girl(s), Buckland Theatre Company will also hold a series of free readings examining the compelling work of Neil LaBute. Beginning with Reasons To Be Pretty on 13 June at Henry Wood House, Buckland will also present The Shape of Things, Fat Pig and This Is How It Goes.
Buckland Theatre Company was founded by Artistic Director Charles Dorfman. Miss Julie at Etcetera Theatre was the company’s debut production in their 2016 season of classic and modern texts. Following Some Girl(s) in Park90 at the Park Theatre, Buckland Theatre Company will stage LUV by Murray Schisgal which will run from 8 December until 7 January.

Rehearsal images released for the Westend premiere of Disney’s new musical Aladdin

Ahead of its West End premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre, rehearsal images for Aladdin have been released today. From the producer of The Lion King, the new West End musical from Disney will debut at the Prince Edward Theatre on Wednesday 15 June 2016, with previews from Friday 27 May. Tickets are on general sale for performances up to and including 1 October 2016. For further details please visit

Dean John-Wilson plays the role of Aladdin alongside Jade Ewen as Jasmine in the new musical based on the classic Academy Award®-winning animated film. Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas makes his London stage debut as Genie and is joined by Don Gallagher as Jafar, Peter Howe as Iago, Irvine Iqbal as the Sultan, Nathan Amzi as Babkak, Stephen Rahman-Hughes as Kassim and Rachid Sabitri as Omar.

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

Now in its third record-breaking year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, where it has been seen by more than 1.5 million people, Aladdin opened at Tokyo’s Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in May 2015 and had its European premiere in December 2015 at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora, Hamburg. Aladdin will open in Sydney, Australia in August 2016.

Previous Disney stage productions in London have included Shakespeare in Love and the Olivier-winning productions of Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and The Lion King, which is now playing its 17th record-breaking year in the West End.

Aladdin is designed by seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, five-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, Olivier and two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis. Casting is by Jill Green CDG.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.


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Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella, Fortitude) will reprise his role as Jay Jackson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world, in the Bush Theatre’s revival of its critically acclaimed play, The Royale

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Nicholas Pinnock (Marcella, Fortitude) will reprise his role as Jay Jackson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world, in the Bush Theatre’s revival of its critically acclaimed play, The Royale, running from 3 to 26 November at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill.

Further casting to be announced.

Bush Theatre

Bush Theatre

Written by award-winning American writer Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy, Orange is the New Black), The Royale returns following the UK premiere and sell-out run in spring 2015 and will again be directed by the Bush Theatre’s Artistic Director Madani Younis.

Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. But it’s 1905 and, in the racially segregated world of boxing, his chances are as good as knocked out.

Told in six rounds and set in a boxing ring, The Royale is inspired by the often overlooked story of Jack Johnson, a boxer who – at the height of the Jim Crow era – became the most famous and the most notorious black man on Earth.

Through the sights and sounds of the early 20th century boxing circuit, The Royale examines society’s relationship with our present-day cultural heroes and the responsibilities that are thrust upon them when they find themselves outside of the ropes.

The Royale is loosely based on the real-life story of Jack Johnson, whose story is one of great talent and triumph, but also racism and injustice. Despite Johnson being one of the greatest fighters who had ever lived, one newspaper wrote at the time of his first title fight: “If the black man wins, thousands and thousands of his ignorant brothers will misinterpret his victory as justifying claims to much more than mere physical equality with their white neighbors.”

The Royale will be staged at The Tabernacle as the Bush Theatre undergoes a major redevelopment of its building. The venue, a former church, swinging sixties hang-out, community centre and, more recently, a training ground for young boxers, continues to host amateur boxing matches to this day.

Nicholas Pinnock is a British theatre, television and film actor who has recently appeared in programmes such as ITV’s Marcella and Sky’s Fortitude. He has also appeared in Channel 4′s award-winning drama, Top Boy, he played Dr Evan Farleigh in ITV’s The Ice Cream Girls and starred in the sequel to Monsters, in Monsters: Dark Continent.

Madani Younis took over as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2012. In 2013 he won the Groucho Club Maverick Award for the theatre, following the most successful season in the theatre’s history which played to 99% capacity. Also for the Bush Theatre he has directed Perseverance Drive and Chalet Lines. Prior to his appointment at the Bush Theatre, he was Artistic Director of Freedom Studios in Bradford, Yorkshire where his work included the site-specific work, The Mill – City of Dreams. He has also worked nationally and internationally as a theatre director, writer and practitioner. Whilst at Freedom Studios he collaborated with the Bush Theatre through workshops culminating in Freedom’s two week residency in 2010 at the theatre. He was previously Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Asian Theatre School. He originally trained in film, and his debut short film Ellabellapumpanella, commissioned by the UK Film Council, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007. He was the recipient of the Decibel Award at the South Bank Awards show in 2006.


New Cast Announced for Third Westend Run of 1984

An entirely new cast has started rehearsals for Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of 1984. The cast for the hit West End production of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece will be: Rosie Ede, Andrew Gower, Joshua Higgott, Richard Katz, Anthony O’Donnell, Daniel Rabin, Catrin Stewart and Angus Wright alongside Eve Benioff Salama, Cleopatra Dickens, Amber Fernee and India Fowler who will alternate the role of Child. Also making up the company, as understudies: Ingrid Schiller, Gerard Gilroy and Thom Petty.

Previous company of 1984 at Playhouse Theatre. Credit Manuel Harlan.

Previous company of 1984 at Playhouse Theatre. Credit Manuel Harlan.

Following a sell-out international tour, the critically and publicly acclaimed production of 1984 will return to the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End this summer. George Orwell’s canonical work, adapted by Olivier Award-winner Robert Icke and Olivier Award-nominee Duncan Macmillan, will preview from 14 June 2016, with the press night on 28 June 2016.

Now seen by over a quarter of a million people, this Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre production premiered at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013. Since opening, 1984 has played to packed houses at the Almeida Theatre, as well as throughout its two West End runs and in performances across the globe during national and international tours.

April, 1984.13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.

The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.

1984 is directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan with Daniel Raggett, set and costume is designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting designed by Natasha Chivers, sound designed by Tom Gibbons and video designed by Tim Reid.

George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, is one of the most influential novels in recent history, with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind-control.  Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality.

Rosie Ede (Mrs Parsons) previously appeared in When We Are Married and Side by Side by Sondheim (both Bristol Old Vic), Crime At Blossoms (Brewhouse Theatre Taunton), Aladdin (Greenwich Theatre), The Bacchae and Blood Wedding (both for Royal & Derngate Northampton). Ede’s television and film credits include Doc Martin (Sky), My Family (BBC), Peak Practice (Carlton), Call The Midwife (BBC) and Finding Neverland (Miramax).

Andrew Gower (Winston) will make his West End debut in 1984, his previous stage work includes The Conquest of the South Pole (Rose Kingston) and Terror Tales (Hampstead Theatre). Gower is best known for his roles as Dr Andrew Mullery in Monroe, Gilbert in The Village and further on screen appearances in Outlander and Capital.

Joshua Higgott (Syme) has previously been directed by Robert Icke in Oresteia (Almeida/ West End), The Alchemist (Liverpool Everyman) and Romeo and Juliet (ADC Theatre). Higgott’s other theatre work includes Shakespeare in Love (West End), Regeneration (Royal & Derngate Theatre), Birdsong (UK Tour), Twelfth Night (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona (US Tour/ ADC Theatre) and Julius Caesar (European Tour/ ADC Theatre). His film credits include The Machine (Red & Black Films), which won Best UK Feature at the Raindance Film Festival in 2013.

Richard Katz (Charrington) has been an integral member of both the Royal Shakespeare Company and Complicité. He has performed in and devised many shows for these companies including Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors and The Winter’s Tale, and The Master and Margarita, Measure for Measure and The Noise of Time respectively. Katz’s other numerous theatre credits include Richard II and Nell Gwynn (both Shakespeare’s Globe), War Horse (National Theatre), Faustus (Royal & Derngate Northampton) and The Hanging Man (Improbable). His work for television includes The Honourable Woman, Privates, Blessed (all BBC), The Passion (BBC/HBO) and Black Books (both Channel4).

Anthony O’Donnell’s (Parsons) rich career boasts an impressive range of work at the National Theatre includes The Captain of Kopenick, The Shaughraun, Bartholomew Fair, Ghetto, The Miser, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Under the Milk Wood, The Way of the World, The London Cuckolds and President of an Empty Room. He has also worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Donmar Warehouse.

Daniel Rabin (Martin) has worked extensively with Shakespeare’s Globe, appearing in Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, King John, Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Anthony and Cleopatra and Holy Warriors. Other stage work includes Oedipus (Nottingham Playhouse/Spoleto Festival), Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre) and Blue Remembered Hills (Chichester Festival Theatre).  His television credits include Game of Thrones (HBO), The Royals (E!) and Holby City (BBC).

Catrin Stewart (Julia) returns to work with Headlong, having played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (UK Tour), directed by Robert Icke. Recent stage credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Clywd Theatre Cymru), The Jew of Malta and Love’s Sacrifice (both Royal Shakespeare Company), The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic) and Mametz (National Theatre Wales). On screen Stewart is known for the recurrent role of Jenny Flint in Doctor Who (BBC), Emma Morris in Stella (Sky) and appearing in Misfits (Channel 4).

Angus Wright (O’Brien) previously worked with Robert Icke in Oresteia (Almeida/ West End). Wright’s vast body of theatre work includes The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic), in Twelfth Night/ Richard III (Globe Theatre/ West End/ Broadway), Privates on Parade (West End), The Master and Margarita (Old Vic), The Cat in the Hat (Young Vic/ National Theatre) and The Seagull, A Dream Play and Three Sisters (all National Theatre).  For television, he recently played Angus in Peep Show (Channel4) and further credits include Jekyll and Hyde (ITV), and Being Human, Waking the Dead and Hotel Babylon (BBC). His film credits include Jack Ryan (Paramount), Maleficent (Disney) and The Iron Lady (Pathé/ Film4).

Balletboyz launches Moovbank, a bespoke digital platform helping teachers deliver dance to students aged 7-18.

The internationally celebrated dance company BalletBoyz have launched MoovBank, a brand new site housing filmed lessons, interviews and rehearsal footage to support dance teachers. These teachers both specialist and nonspecialist will deliver dance at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 to students aged 7 – 18.  The free and premium content has been specifically created to aid the teaching of dance as part of the national curriculum. It ranges  from lesson inspiration to full lesson plans for PE teachers required to deliver dance with little experience or background in the genre. The bespoke content is also available for teachers delivering BTEC, GCSE and A Level Dance. MoovBank will launch in July, ready for use in schools from September 2016.

Marc Galvez in BalletBoyz

Marc Galvez in BalletBoyz Life Fiction

The digital lessons have been filmed in class with dancers form the Company. These lessons will enable teachers to deliver a selection of creative and choreographic tasks to their groups with a focus on Creativity at KS2, Contact Work at KS3 and Choreography at KS4. Lessons offer clear, detailed breakdowns of each movement task plus demos, teaching tips and inspiration clips. Each filmed lesson is also accompanied by a detailed lesson plan with learning outcomes, cross curricula links and suggestions for differentiation. All of this is designed to make planning and delivery simple and straight forward.

BalletBoyz Life Fiction

BalletBoyz Life Fiction

The lessons are designed to increase physical activity and creativity. They also help pupils build trust, work together as a team and problem solve through movement. Teachers and pupils will be able to watch demonstrations performed by the Company, alongside inspirational clips of their stage performances . At the same time they will also gain access to behind the scenes rehearsal footage and interviews with choreographers. Lessons will be accompanied by a selection of contextual videos that introduce the Company dancers and BalletBoyz Artistic Directors, Michael Nunn OBE and William Trevitt OBE. MoovBank will also feature a regular schedule of live streamed events from the Company’s studio in Kingston. These events will include masterclasses with the dancers, studio rehearsals and teacher Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities.

The provision for dance at Allerton High school was quite poor as we are lacking specialist dance teachers. Moovbank has enabled non-specialists to deliver a high quality scheme of work with confidence’ Janet Sammon, Allerton High School Leeds

“My year 9 drama students absolutely loved the lesson and produced some really brilliant stuff… It knocked my socks off how good they were and how enthusiastic and confident they were with the moves” Karen Lambert, Isca College Exeter

The Key Stage 2 resource features 5 filmed lessons that guide teachers and students through a selection of creative tasks to generate new and unique movement. These movements can then be assembled to form a short piece.  These lessons are themed, based on the City, technology, the sea, jungle and desert with cross-curricula links to geography and technology.  The fun, engaging lessons have been tested with a class of year 8 and 9 year olds with successful results.

The Key Stage 3 resource focuses on Contact work and guides teachers and students through a series of tasks to develop contact work with the floor and a partner.  Tasks include lifting, counterbalance and travelling floor based movement with clear links to and examples of the Company’s repertoire. Students also have the opportunity to assemble tasks learned to create their own short piece of choreography. This resource develops team work, trust, problem solving, the ability to work independently and in pairs and promotes healthy and safe physical contact between both male and female pupils.

The Key Stage 4 resource focuses on the development of dancers and artists at BTEC, GCSE, A level and even first year undergraduate students.  Lessons guide students through a wide range of choreographic and improvisation based tasks and techniques to help generate, develop and structure movement. BalletBoyz repertoire and insightful interviews with leading choreographers are referenced for context and advice.

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The cast for Anthony Neilson’s new play Unreachable announced.

Cast of Unreachable

The cast for Anthony Neilson’s new play Unreachable will include Amanda Drew, Tamara Lawrance, Jonjo O’Neill, Richard Pyros and Matt Smith. Rehearsals start on 16 May the production runs from 2 July 2016 to 6 August 2016 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Press night is on Friday 8 July, 7pm.

Writer and director Anthony Neilson returns to the Royal Court with a new play that will be created in the rehearsal room.

With Set Design by Royal Court Associate Designer Chloe Lamford, Costume Design by Fly Davis, Lighting Design by Chahine Yavroyan, Composition and Sound Design by Nick Powell

A film director on an obsessive quest to capture the perfect light.

Throughout rehearsals, online content based on ideas the company are experimenting with will be posted on  This will help build a collection of references that will offer audiences an insight into the process of devising work. As well as expose audiences to the themes and images that will shape the finished production. The first trailer has now been released. This is the first of a series of films created in collaboration with director Michael Hewson. Audiences are encouraged to check the site regularly or sign up to the Royal Court’s mailing list to receive updates.

Unreachable will be accompanied by a post-show conversation with writer and director Anthony Neilson and the cast to take place on 20 July as part of the Big Idea.

Educational Insight Workshops will be available for any schools attending this production.

Press Night:

Friday 08 July, 7pmUnreachable by Anthony NeilsonJerwood Theatre Downstairs

The Big Idea is a strand of work offering audiences radical thinking and provocative discussion inspired by the work on stage. The Big Idea seeks to foster debate and collaboration, bringing together leading thinkers and artists from all walks of life to engage with the big ideas of our times through a series of debates and events.





Further casting announce for Dreamgirls starring Amber Riley

Savoy Theatre, London
Performances from 19 November

  • Amber Riley will star in the role of ‘Effie White’ for 7 performances per week. Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will rotate performances on Wednesday evenings.
  • Singer/songwriters Ruth Brown and Karen Mav have been cast to support star Amber Riley playing the role of ‘Effie White’ for one performance per week between them.
  • Further casting for the production is still to be announced.

Sonia Friedman Productions announce today that Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will support  Amber Riley in the role of soulful singer ‘Effie White’ in Dreamgirls when the previously confirmed Ms Riley is not scheduled to perform (Wednesday evenings). Amber will star in the role for seven performances per week when the Tony Award-winning musical has its UK premiere at the Savoy Theatre with preview performances from 19 November and Opening Night on Wednesday 14 December 2016.

American actress and singer Amber Riley is best known for her role as ‘Mercedes Jones’ in the Golden Globe Award-winning musical comedy, Glee. Additional television appearances include playing ‘Addaperle, the Good Witch of the North’ in the NBC live performance of the musical, The Wiz and competing in Dancing with the Stars, which she won in 2013. Riley’s numerous theatre credits include Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods and Mystery on the Docks with the Los Angeles Opera. In November 2012, she made her New York stage debut to rave reviews in New York City Center’s Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club Parade.

Ruth Brown found fame in the first series of BBC’s The Voice, reaching the semi-finals under the mentorship of Sir Tom Jones. She has since gone on to release her first UK single ‘P.O.P.’ and is soon to debut her new album, Letters of Truth.

Karen Mav was recently a contestant on the 2015 series of ITV’s The X Factor where she wowed TV audiences and judges with her take on Etta James’s ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ and the Whitney Houston version of the classic ‘I Will Always Love You’.

Sonia Friedman, Producer “This is fantastic news for the production. Casting Amber Riley is of course thrilling as she is the most extraordinary talent to star in our show, but now to be able to announce that Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will be joining the show, to cover Amber and share performances on the night that Amber will not be on is just fantastic.”

Full information on performance schedules will be updated on the official website

As previously announced, Dreamgirls will be Directed and Choreographed by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Disney’s Aladdin and Something Rotten!), with Set Design by Tim Hatley, Costume Design by Gregg Barnes, Lighting Design by Hugh Vanstone, Sound Design by Richard Brooker and Hair Design by Josh Marquette. The Musical Supervisor will be Nick Finlow, the Orchestrator will be Harold Wheeler, with Additional Material by Willie Reale.

Dreamgirls transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history. Dreamgirls charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous, and features the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘Listen’ and ‘One Night Only’ .

With Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen and Music by Henry Krieger, the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett opened in 1981 and subsequently won six Tony Awards®. The original cast recording won two Grammy awards for Best Musical Album and Best Vocal Performance for Jennifer Holliday’s ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.’ In 2006 it was adapted into an Oscar winning motion picture starring Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx.


Royal Court theatre announces British and Argentinian Falklands war veterans for minefield by Lola Arias


minefield promo

Throughout June 2016 the Royal Court Theatre is partnering with LIFT as part of their biennial international festival to present a series of works exploring real experiences which have been developed in collaboration with international communities.

Lola Arias’ new work MINEFIELDabout the Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas, is being developed with and performed by Argentinian and British veterans of the conflict. In a production that is political, playful and highly personal, Arias brings together soldiers who fought on opposite sides, giving them an opportunity to share with us and each other their first hand experiences on a battlefield 8000 miles from London.

Merging film, re-enactment and documentary theatre MINEFIELD blurs the lines between truth and fiction to give a fascinating insight into how and what people remember, and how war continues to cast a long shadow over the lives of its protagonists.
The performers include Lou Armour, David Jackson, Rubén Otero, Sukrim Rai, Gabriel Sagastume and Marcelo Vallejo.
Lou Armour was on the cover of every newspaper when the Argentines took him prisoner on 2 April 1982 and is now a special needs teacher. Rubén Otero survived the sinking of ARA General Belgrano and is now in a Beatles tribute band. David Jackson spent his time at war listening and transcribing radio codes and now listens to other veterans in his psychology practice. Gabriel Sagastume was a soldier who never wanted to shoot and is now a criminal attorney. Sukrim Rai was a Ghurka who knew how to use his knife and currently works as a security guard. Marcelo Vallejo was an aimer for mortar and is now a triathlon champion.
In a film set turned time machine, those who fought are transported into the past to reconstruct their war and aftermath memories in acclaimed Argentinian artist Lola Arias’ latest show. Confronting different versions of war, MINEFIELD brings together old enemies to tell one single story.

With design by Mariana Tirantte, lighting by David Seldes and music by Ulises Conti. MINEFIELD has a London premiere at the Royal Court 2 June as part of the LIFT Festival 2016 and transfers to Theaterformen Festival, Braunschweig Germany (15 – 16 June).

Commenting on the project, director Lola Arias said;

“I’m interested in investigating what happens with time. In fact, this piece needed time. It needed 34 years. War doesn’t interest me, post-war interests me. What matters to me is what happens to a person who went through that experience. What matters to me is what memory has done, what it has erased, what it has transformed. Some have become professional storytellers and my work was and is to undo this in order to know what happened to them.”

This is a Royal Court / LIFT co-production with Brighton Festival and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Theaterformen, hTc – CDN de Montpellier and Le Quai Angers.

 Lola Arias is a writer, director, actress and songwriter and a leading voice in Argentinian theatre. Her productions play with the overlap between realist and fiction and have seen her work with actors, non-actors, and animals. She took part in the Royal Court International Residency in 2003.

 Lou Armour joined the Royal Marine Commandos in 1974, specialising as an infantry weapons instructor, helicopter abseil despatcher and military parachutist (land and sea jumps). Lou has served in Malta, Cyprus, Turkey, Italy, Sardinia, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Norway, USA and the West Indies. In 1979 he saw active service in Northern Ireland with 40 Commando RM.  Three years later, on 2 April 1982, Lou was fighting on the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, taken prisoner, and returned to England, only to return with 42 Commando RM (21 May –  14 June) to fight again. After leaving the marines in 1986, Lou enrolled at Lancaster University where he read for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Art History, following which he wrote a PhD on the philosophy of colour. He has published on the logical grammar of colour concepts.

As a Royal Marine David Jackson served in Northern Ireland and the Falklands war. Today he is a leading expert in the social and cultural difficulties faced by war veterans and families within society, multi modal research and alternative representations of narratives. He is an honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, Director of Veteran to Veteran CIC, a successful psychotherapist who works with war veterans and their families and is also a writer and a musician. He was an academic advisor to Lord Ashcroft’s Veteran transition report and advises many small veteran charities throughout the UK.  He studied psychology with the Open University and in 2002 completed his Masters in counselling studies. In 2010 he completed his Doctor of Education at the University of Bristol submitting a multi modal thesis about his experience of war and its aftermath. This was the first doctoral thesis of this kind internationally.

 Rubén Otero graduated from technical college in 1980. During his military service in 1981 he was appointed to the General Belgrano Cruiser. On 2 May 1982 during the Malvinas War the cruiser was sunk and Rubén was rescued after spending 41 hours in a raft in the middle of the South Atlantic. In 1987 he started his own print shop and in 1992 he got married. They had 2 children. In 1997 he joined the Beatles Tribute band Get Back Trio playing the drums. In 2004 Get Back Trio was awarded with the Best Latin American Beatle Band Prize and in 2005 they played in The Cavern Liverpool. Today, Get Back Trio celebrates 19 years of work.

 Sukrim Rai joined the British Army in 1976 and did his Recruit Training in Hong Kong. After 9 months he joined the 7th Gurkha Rifle Battalion in Brunei where he focused on jungle training. He later became a Company Recce Platoon member. He continued his training in Hong Kong, Brunei, Malaysia and UK and became a fully qualified NCO. In 1982 he fought in the Falklands War. He left the army in 1994 and joined the Gurkha Reserve Unit in Brunei where he worked until 2004. From 2004 until 2009 he worked as private security for Kroll Security in Iraq and then at Brooks University. He then took a superintendent position in a gold mine in Ghana until 2012. From 2013-2015 he was employed by Octavian Security Company.

 Gabriel Sagastume was a conscript soldier of the Regiment 7 La Plata during the Malvinas/Falklands War (1982). He fought in the battle of Wireless Ridge. He studied law after the war and entered the judiciary of the province of Buenos Aires (1985) where he became an oral trial attorney. He participated in Malvinas veterans organisations helping fellow veterans with social, economic and work difficulties. He also lectures in schools and universities about war. He wrote two books about his experiences and his voyages to Malvinas Islands, La lluvia curó las heridas (2008) and El rock de las Malvinas (2012). He is married and he has a daughter.

 Marcelo Vallejo was a conscript soldier from Regiment 6 and fought as a 120mm mortar man in Mount Williams. When he came back from the Malvinas he had lost his job. He worked in a tyre repair shop and later sold newspapers with his uncle. In 1985 he started working at Ford. 18 years later he lost the job due to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a result he spent 4 months at a psychiatric hospital. Marcelo learnt how to swim at the age of 40, then he started running and then cycling. He has now participated in 5 triathlon world series.

MINEFIELD will be accompanied by a Big Idea event. Lola Arias and members of the company will be in conversation with LIFT Artistic Director, Mark Ball post show on 3 June. The event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

First look at Kenneth Branagh in The Entertainer – Tickets now on sale for the live cinema broadcast on 27 October 2016

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, has confirmed that the date of the final Branagh Theatre Live cinema broadcast of this season will be The Entertainer at 19:00 on Thursday 27 October 2016. Tickets for the broadcast of The Entertainer and details of participating cinemas can be found at

Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an examination of public masks and private torment. The Entertainer will play at the Garrick Theatre from Saturday 20 August until Saturday 12 November, with press night on Tuesday 30 August.

John Hurt will return to the London stage for the first time in a decade as patriarch Billy Rice opposite Kenneth Branagh, who as previously announced, will play Archie Rice in Rob Ashford’s production. Also joining the company will be Phil Dunster (Graham), Jonah Hauer-King (Frank Rice), Pip Jordan (dancer), Crispin Letts (Brother Bill), Sophie McShera (Jean Rice), Greta Scacchi (Phoebe Rice) and Kate Tydman(dancer).

Tickets are also now on sale for the next Branagh Theatre Live broadcast, Romeo and Juliet on 7 July 2016. Directors Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh have reunited the stars of the celebrated film CinderellaRichard Madden and Lily James, in Shakespeareʼs heartbreaking tale of forbidden love, with Derek Jacobias Mercutio and Meera Syal as The Nurse. Romeo and Juliet will play at the Garrick from 12 May to 13 August 2016.

The cinema broadcasts of The Winter’s TaleRomeo and Juliet and The Entertainer are directed by Benjamin Caron, who has also recently collaborated with Kenneth Branagh on the forthcoming series of Wallander which is due to be broadcast on the BBC in Summer 2016.

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s award-winning production of The Winter’s Tale topped the UK cinema box office when it was broadcast in the UK on 26 November 2015. It was broadcast to over 500 cinemas across the country live from the Garrick, beating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 to claim the top spot. Worldwide, The Winter’s Tale was broadcast to more than 1000 cinemas, with strong audiences from Australia, USA and across Europe including Finland, Sweden and Germany. Encore screenings took place across the festive period and throughout January 2016, giving even more people the opportunity to see The Winter’s Tale.

The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade / All On Her Own, Red Velvet, The PainkillerRomeo and Juliet and The Entertainer make up the Plays at the Garrick season for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. For more information and to buy theatre tickets for these productions please see