Broadway’s Moulin Rouge releases new block of tickets

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

A new block of tickets is now on sale for Moulin Rouge! The Musical, based on the 2001 Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture by Baz LuhrmannMoulin Rouge! The Musical will begin performances on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on June 28, 2019 ahead of a July 25 opening night.

Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com now through February 2, 2020 for this open-ended run.

The cast from the sold out, record-breaking run at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre this past summer will transfer to Broadway, including Karen Olivo (Tony Award® for West Side StoryIn the Heights), Aaron Tveit (Catch Me If You CanNext to Normal), Danny Burstein (six-time Tony Award®-nominee, Fiddler On the RoofCabaret), Sahr Ngaujah (Tony® and Olivier award-nominee for Fela), Tam Mutu (Doctor Zhivago, Encores!’s Hey, Look Me Over! and The New Yorkers), Ricky Rojas (Burn the Floor) and Robyn Hurder (Nice Work If You Can Get It).

The ensemble and swings will include Amber ArdolinoJacqueline ArnoldOlutayo BosedeKyle Brown, Sam Cahn,Max Clayton, Yurel Echezarreta, Jennifer Florentino, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Bahiyah Hibah, Ericka Hunter, Holly JamesAshley Loren, Reed Luplau, Jeigh Madjus, Morgan MarcellBrandt Martinez, Jodi McFadden, Kevyn Morrow, Fred Odgaard, Dylan PaulKhori Michelle Petinaud and Benjamin Rivera.

Directed by Alex Timbers (Tony Award®-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher)Moulin Rouge! The Musical has a book by John Logan (Tony Award® for Red), choreography by Sonya Tayeh (LucilleLortel Award and Obie Award for Kung Fu, and Emmy winner), and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements byJustin Levine (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).

The design team for Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Tony Award® winner Derek McLane (sets), Tony Award®winner Catherine Zuber (costumes), two-time Tony Award® nominee Justin Townsend (lighting), Tony Award® winnerPeter Hylenski (sound), Drama Desk Award winner David Brian Brown (wig and hair design) and Sarah Cimino (Make-up design). Casting is by Jim Carnahan and Stephen Kopel.

As in the film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical celebrates some of the greatest popular music of the last 50 years. The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the movie and also includes recent hits released since the movie premiered 15 years ago.

Global Creatures (Carmen Pavlovic and Gerry Ryan OAM) serves as Lead Producer and Bill Damaschke is the executive producer. General management is by Foresight Theatrical.

 Additional producers include Aaron LustbaderHunter Arnold, Darren Bagert, Adam Blanshay Productions/NicolasTalar, Erica Lynn Schwartz/Stephanie Rosenberg, Aleri Entertainment, CJ ENM, Harmonia, AF Creative Media/International Theatre Fund, Baz & Co, Gilad-Rogowsky/InStone Productions, IMG Original Content, John Gore Organization, MEHR-BB Entertainment, Spencer Ross, Iris SmithTriptyk Studios, NederlanderPresentations/IPNJennifer FischerPeter May/Sandy Robertson, Carl Daikeler/Sandi Moran, Desantis-Baugh Productions, Candy Spelling/Tulchin Bartner and Jujamcyn Theatres.

Released by 20th Century Fox, “Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!” premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. At the 74thAcademy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two.

The Moulin Rouge of Paris is a dazzling and spectacular universe, the symbol of the Parisian way of celebrating since 1889. Starting life as a popular cabaret and dance hall, the venue became an iconic music hall in the Roaring Twenties, and then a theatre where numerous famous French and international artistes stepped out into the limelight.

Group discounts are available for groups of 12 or more through Group Sales Box Office at Broadway.com by calling 1-800-BROADWAY x2 or online at www.broadway.com/groups.

Revival production of Country Music by Simon Stephens

Country Music
Country Music

Country Music

1983, Gravesend. Jamie has committed a crime. What he doesn’t know it that this event will shape the next 20 years of his life.

Originally presented at the Royal Court in 2004, Country Music is a subtle, yet powerful play by Simon Stephens, whose work includes the multi award winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and On the Shore of The Wide World. The play was developed through visits to various prisons between 2001 and 2003.

It’s a play about protection, atonement, but also about how our experiences and circumstances can define who we are, but not necessarily who we become.

Directed by the 2 times Offie Nominated director Scott Le Crass who previous credits include Elmer (UK and International tour) Sid (UK tour) and Kicked in the Sh**ter (Hope Theatre, Theatre in the Mill, Bradford). He is a working class director who wants these voices represented on stage.

Reviews from Scott Le Crass’s previous productions –

★★★★★ “A masterpiece” – Londontheatre1.com

★★★★★ “This show needs to become a permanent fixture in the West End.” -West End Wilma

(Sid)

★★★★★ “Go see this show!” – Spy In The Stalls

★★★★★ “Tender and funny” – Carn’s Theatre Passion

(Kicked in the Sh**ter)

Cast

Jamie – Cary Crankson

Lynsey – Rebecca Stone

Matty – Yusuf Hofri

Emma – Frances Knight

Creatives

Producer – Freerun Productions

Associate Producer – Kevin Nolan

Writer – Simon Stephens

Director – Scott Le Crass

Lighting Designer – Benny Goodman

Casting Director – Robert Kelly

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About Omnibus Theatre Omnibus Theatre is a multi award-winning independent theatre in Clapham, South London. A recipient of the Peter Brook/Royal Court Theatre Support Award 2016 and Offie winner 2017 and shortlisted Fringe Theatre of the Year 2019 The Stage Awards. The heart of our ambitious programme, inspired by our building’s literary heritage, lies in both classics re-imagined and contemporary storytelling. We provide a platform for new writing and interdisciplinary work, aiming to give voice to the underrepresented and challenge perceptions. Led by Artistic Director Marie McCarthy. Patrons include Dame Judi Dench, Sir Michael Gambon, Matthew Warchus, Sir Richard Eyre and Maggi Hambling. We are a registered charity and receive no core funding.  Omnibus_theatre | @Omnibus_Theatre

Listings information

29 May-23 June

Tue-Fri 7.30pm

Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sun 4pm

 

Tickets £16, £13 concessions (£10 previews)

www.omnibus-clapham.org | 0207 498 4699

Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside, London, SW4 0QW

Social media details

Website countrymusictheplay.co.uk

Twitter @_CountryMusicUK

Insta @CountryMusicThePlay

Facebook /CountryMusicThePlay

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FIRST LOOK: MAMMA MIA! Celebrates 20 Years in London

The Watermill Theatre announces Autumn and Winter season for 2019

Kiss Me Kate
  • Paul Hart directs The Watermill’s summer musical Kiss Me, Kate
  • Bill Buckhurst directs Sondheim’s Assassins in a co-production with Nottingham Playhouse
  • Watermill Young Company presents Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Watermill Ensemble presents a fast-paced A Mini Summer Night’s Dream featuring a cast of three
  • Mark Twain’s classic The Prince and the Pauper reimagined in a new version by Chinonyerem Odimba

 The Watermill Theatre today announced its new season for Autumn/Winter 2019.

In keeping with the theatre’s growing reputation for producing theatrically bold and imaginatively staged musicals performed by actor-musicians, the season highlights will include the multi-award-winning classic Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate, as well as a co-production with Nottingham Playhouse of Stephen Sondheim’s whip-smart and insightful Assassins

 Also featuring is work from the Young Company who will be performing Glyn Maxwell’s adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s epic Cyrano de Bergerac and The Watermill Ensemble return with a hilarious, high-octane version of Shakespeare’s Dream in A Mini Summer Night’s Dream which will tour to schools. Finally, the festive season unwraps with a lively adaptation by Chinonyerem Odimba of Mark Twain’s classic story of confused identities, The Prince and The Pauper for all the family.

Paul Hart, Artistic and Executive Director said ‘I am really excited about bringing this season of work to The Watermill.  Our summer musicals have become must-see shows, and I can’t wait to get working on Kiss Me, Kate in The Watermill’s unique and intimate space – Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, egos raging and gun-toting gangsters, what’s not to love?  This brilliant show-within-a-show set up and Cole Porter’s sublime score will be reimagined with actor-musicians. I am also delighted to be co-producing Assassins with Nottingham Playhouse, one of Sondheim’s most pertinent pieces, continuing our long association with the work of Sondheim. It is thrilling to see work from our fantastically committed Young Company and they will be bringing to life a very funny production of Cyrano De Bergerac. Our ever versatile Watermill Ensemble will be showcasing a fast-paced, joyous ‘Mini Summer Night’s Dream’ with three actors playing all the parts. The show will  tour to schools and run at the theatre. Finally, for the festive season we have a real treat for all the family with Chinonyerem Odimba’s new version of Mark Twain’s classic story The Prince and The Pauper.’

Continuing its commitment to making its work accessible to all, The Watermill will offer £10 tickets for 16 to 25s to all main house productions. It will stage its twelfth integrated signed performance during the run of The Prince and the Pauper on 11 and 14 December, as well as a Relaxed Performance on 7 December. There will also be a Relaxed Performance of A Mini Summer Night’s Dream on 7 November and audio described performances for Kiss Me, Kate, Assassins and The Prince and the Pauper.

The Watermill Theatre presents

KISS ME, KATE

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

Book by Sam and Bella Spewack

Directed by Paul Hart

Designed by Frankie Bradshaw

Choreography by Naomi Said

Sound designed by Tom Marshall

Thursday 25 July to Saturday 21 September

PRESS NIGHT: MONDAY 29 JULY AT 7.30PM

Onstage romance collides with backstage drama in this musical comedy about the highs and lows of working in theatre.

When ego-centric actor-manager Fred Graham and his fiery ex-wife Lilli Vanessi find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, sparks begin to fly. Meanwhile in another corner of Ford’s Theatre, Baltimore, Fred’s current flame and rising star Lois Lane attempts to tame her gambler boyfriend only to be thwarted by the arrival of a couple of gangsters who somehow find themselves centre stage!

Despite chaos reigning on and offstage, the show must go on! Will the cast make it to curtain up or will they literally bring the house down?

Showbiz shenanigans together with Cole Porter’s jazz-inflected score form a sparkling tribute to theatre in all its greasepaint and glory.

Kiss Me, Kate’s iconic music and razor-sharp wit are catapulted into the limelight by a cast of actor-musicians performing showstopping numbers including Too Darn Hot, Another Op’nin’ Another Show, Brush Up Your Shakespeare and So in Love.

 Principal Sponsor, Saica Pack

 

The Watermill Theatre and

Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company present

ASSASSINS

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by John Weidman

ASSASSINS is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert Jr.

Original orchestrations by Michael Starobin

Playwrights Horizons Inc., New York City, produced ASSASSINS off-Broadway in 1990

Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited
Directed by Bill Buckhurst

Musical Supervision and Orchestration by Catherine Jayes

Designed by Simon Kenny

 

Thursday 26 September to Saturday 26 October

PRESS NIGHT: MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER AT 7.30PM

 ‘Murder is a tawdry little crime. But when a president gets killed… he gets assassinated.’

A man sits in a storeroom on the sixth floor of a Book Depository in Texas waiting for John F. Kennedy’s motorcade to pass below. He rests his finger on the trigger, ready to join a line of men and women who have shot their way into the history books.

Assassins is a satirical and stylish look at why individuals reach for a gun when they feel their voice can’t be heard. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to perform harrowing acts. Clever, funny and thought-provoking, this is a musical about the power of the President, the lure of celebrity and the failure of the American Dream.

This multiple Tony award-winning vaudeville style show is a modern classic. Following the success of A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd, The Watermill returns to Sondheim with a multi-talented cast of actor-musicians.

 The Watermill Young Company presents

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Adapted by Glyn Maxwell
From the play by Edmond Rostand

Directed by Seamus Allen

Designed by Cory Shipp

This amateur production is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD a Concord Theatricals Company.

Wednesday 30 October to Saturday 2 November

PRESS NIGHT: THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER AT 7.30PM

 ‘Does it seem strange: a hundred cutthroats against one poor poet?’

Cyrano is the greatest swordsman in all of France whose prowess in battle is only equalled by the beauty of his poetry. Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, the gifted nobleman appears to have it all. If only he could capture the heart of his one true love Roxanne. The Watermill Young Company return with a swashbuckling tale of adventure and romance.

The Sackler Trust, Principal Supporter of The Watermill Young Company

The Watermill Ensemble presents

Shakespeare Unlocked

A MINI SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Danielle Pearson

Directed by Robert Kirby

Monday 4 to Friday 8 November

PRESS NIGHT: TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM

‘If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumbered here. While these visions did appear…’

Three actors unlock Shakespeare’s enchanting play in a fast-paced 75 minute production with live music.

Midsummer’s night. The costume store backstage at a theatre. Things begin to come alive… Sprites, fairies and young lovers collide in Shakespeare’s beguiling comedy of magic and mischief. Over the course of a single night, hearts are broken, vows are made and dreams are chased.

There will be a free post-show Q&A following performances from Tuesday to Friday.

This production will also tour to schools. For more information about the tour call 01635 570927.

The Sackler Trust, Principal Supporter of The Watermill Schools Touring Programme.

 The Watermill Theatre presents

THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER
By Mark Twain

Adaptation and Lyrics by Chinonyerem Odimba

Music and Lyrics by Tarek Merchant

Directed by Abigail Pickard Price

Thursday 14 November to Saturday 4 January 2020

PRESS PERFORMANCES: SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER AT 2.30pm and 7pm.
A magical, musical tale of dreams, ambition and friendship.

Two young dreamers with very different lives long for change. The Prince is bored of royal life, of endless parties and rules and grown-ups. Most of all, he hates the grown-ups and wishes he had friends his own age to play with. Outside the palace walls in the bustling streets of London, a young girl who loves to play music and dance, dreams of escaping her humble life to perform for the finest people in the city.

When their two worlds collide, the Prince and the Pauper embark on a thrilling adventure beyond their wildest imaginations. Switching places to live each other’s lives, will they ever be the same again?

Suitable for age 4+. We regret that we are unable to admit children under 3 or babes in arms into the auditorium except for the Relaxed Performance.

Principal Sponsor, Horsey Lightly Solicitors

One-off events

The Watermill Theatre and Paines Plough present
COME TO WHERE I’M FROM

Saturday 9 November at 6.30pm
This celebrated nationwide project visits Newbury inviting the finest local playwrights to write and perform mini plays about their home towns.

Since 2010, more than 160 writers from across the UK have returned home to pen plays about the places that shaped them. Together these plays make up a theatrical tapestry of the nation – a playwrights’ guide to Great Britain. At theatres from Bristol to Belfast, Cardiff to Coventry and Nottingham to Newcastle, these plays have been performed by the playwrights themselves, coming home to tell their tale.

Now, Come To Where I’m From visits The Watermill for a special evening of new short plays about Newbury performed by the playwrights themselves on the stage of their home town theatre.

Download the Come To Where I’m From app to listen to plays from around the UK for free. Available from the App Store and Google Play.

 LISTINGS INFORMATION

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

Tickets: Online: www.watermill.org.uk
Box Office: 01635 46044

Booking opens on Tuesday 23 April at 10am.
Friends of The Watermill Priority Booking opens Friday 12 April at 10am.

KISS ME, KATE

Dates: Thursday 25 July to Saturday 21 September

Press Night: Monday 29 July, 7.30pm
Times: 
Evening performances at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinées at 2.30pm. Final performances on Saturday 21 September at 1.30pm and 6.30pm.
Audio Described performance on Saturday 17 August at 2.30pm, Touch Tour at 1pm.

Ticket prices: Monday evenings and Thursday matinées: £22 and £18.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings and Saturday matinées: £31, £28, £20.

Friday and Saturday evenings: £33, £30, £22.

ASSASSINS

Dates: Thursday 26 September to Saturday 26 October

Press Night: Monday 30 September, 7.30pm
Times: Evening performances at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinées at 2.30pm. Final performances on Saturday 26 October at 1.30pm and 6.30pm. Audio Described performance on Saturday 26 October at 1.30pm, Touch Tour at 12 noon.

Ticket prices: Monday evenings and Thursday matinées: £22 and £16.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings and Saturday matinées: £31, £28, £16.

Friday and Saturday evenings: £33, £30, £19.

 

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Dates: Wednesday 30 October to Saturday 2 November

Press Night: Thursday 31 October, 7.30pm.

Times: Wednesday to Friday evening performances at 7.30pm, Saturday at 6.30pm.

Ticket prices: £12 and £11.50, concessions £7 and £6.50.

A MINI SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Dates: Monday 4 to Friday 8 November

Press Night: Tuesday 5 November, 7.30pm

Times: Evening performances at 7.30pm. Wednesday and Thursday matinées at 2.30pm. There will be a Relaxed Performance on Thursday 7 November at 2.30pm.

Ticket prices: Monday to Friday evenings: £14 and £13. Wednesday and Thursday matinées: £8 and £7.50.

THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER

Dates: Thursday 14 November to Saturday 4 January. Performance times vary so please go to www.watermill.org.uk

Press Night: Saturday 16 November, 2.30pm and 7pm

Accessible performances:
BSL integrated performances on Wednesday 11 December at 2.30pm and Saturday 14 December at 2.30pm.
Audio Described performance on Saturday 21 December at 2.30pm, Touch Tour at 1pm.
Relaxed Performance on Saturday 7 December at 2.30pm. Tickets for the Relaxed Performance are £20 and £18.
Ticket prices: From Thursday 14 November to Thursday 12 December £23, £17, £12.
From Saturday 14 December to Saturday 4 January £25, £18, £13.
Schools’ tickets are £9. Please call the box office to book on 01635 46044.

 

COME TO WHERE I’M FROM

Date: Saturday 9 November 
Time: 
6.30pm

Ticket prices: £12 and £8.

Broadway’s WEST SIDE STORY to Premiere in Groundbreaking StageAround in Tokyo in Fall 2019

 A new StageAround production of the legendary musical West Side Story will debut at IHI Stage AroundTokyo, Japan in August 2019.

West Side Story, a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, will be directed by David Saint with choreography restaged by Julio Monge, who recently staged an outdoor production of West Side Story in Sydney, Australia.

The team of Broadway designers includes three-time Tony Award Nominee Anna Louizos (sets), Tony Award winner Ken Billington (lighting), Lisa Zinni (costumes), and 59 Productions (projection design).  David Saint also services as a consultant to a new film version of West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg.

Producer Robin de Levita created the StageAround staging concept for the musical phenomenon Soldier of Orange in the Netherlands, which he co-produced with NEW Productions; to date the longest running production in Dutch history, selling out every performance since opening to critical acclaim in 2010.

A London production of Soldier of Orange was recently announced to open in 2020.

StageAround (also known as SceneAround) is a unique staging technology where the audience is seated on a rotating auditorium. The auditorium moves from fully realized set to set while surrounding curved projection screens frame each setting.

Robin de Levita said, “West Side Story is without doubt one of the great masterpieces of musical theater of all time and lends itself extremely well to be re-created in the StageAround staging concept.”

In 2012 Robin de Levita founded Imagine Nation together with Kees Abrahams and in 2013 the construction of a purpose-built theater, Theater Amsterdam. That theater opened with the play ANNE, based on the life of Anne Frank, which is now the longest running play in Dutch history.

In 2013 Tokyo Broadcasting System Television joined forces with Imagine Nation to build a brand new StageAround theater in the heart of Tokyo.  For this venue a completely new StageAround system was engineered and constructed in the Netherlands and delivered to Japan.

West Side Story at IHI Stage Around Tokyo is produced by Tokyo Broadcasting System Television and Imagine Nation.

TBS website (Japanese)

https://www.tbs.co.jp/stagearound/theater/english.html

Imagine Nation website

https://www.imaginenation.nl/

Twitter (Japanese)

https://twitter.com/stage_around

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New season announced at the Finborough Theatre

Blue Print by Julia Pascal
Blue Print by Julia Pascal

Blue Print by Julia Pascal

The Finborough Theatre’s summer season features two world premieres from female playwrights – a new play written and directed by the first woman ever to direct at the National Theatre, and a debut play from a brand new American dramatist – alongside another classic Finborough rediscovery from one of the greatest theatrical figures of the 19th century, unseen in London for over 120 years. We also bring you the eleventh consecutive year of our annual celebration of new writing, Vibrant 2019 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, giving us a chance to share with you just a few of the exceptional writers we have developed, nurtured and championed over the last year.

The season opens with the world premiere of playwright and director Julia Pascal’s award-winning Blueprint Medea, a gripping new drama loosely inspired by Euripides’ Medea, which connects the classical to the contemporary to explore eternal questions of passion, war, cultural identity, women’s freedom, sex, family and love. Blueprint Medea plays 21 May-8 June 2019.

In its first London production in over 120 years, our season continues with After Dark; or, A Drama of London Life by Dion Boucicault, based on Les Oiseaux de Proie by Eugène Grangé and Adolphe d’Ennery. Written in 1868, the year that the Finborough Theatre’s building was constructed, After Dark; or, A Drama of London Life is a classic Victorian melodrama, but is also startlingly contemporary with a thrilling climax on the London Underground, and its sympathetic portrayal of London’s homeless community. It plays 12 June-6 July 2019.

Playing alongside After Dark; or, A Drama of London Life, our annual celebration of new writing Vibrant 2019 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights returns for its the eleventh consecutive year, playing on Sunday and Monday evenings and Thursday matinees between 16 June-4 July 2019. This year’s Vibrant includes the winner of this year’s ETPEP Award in association with the Finborough Theatre which has awarded £8000 to a new playwright who works in another job in theatre, alongside stunning new plays from many Finborough Theatre favourites.

Rounding off our summer season is another world premiere, Lunatic 19’s – A Deportational Road Trip, by a new American playwright, Tegan McLeod, playing 9 July-3 August 2019. With coruscating humour and caustic observation, Lunatic 19’s captures the human stories at the heart of the current debate about migration and refugees.

Finborough Theatre Artistic Director Neil McPherson says: “Our new season features two world premieres alongside another of my rediscoveries from Victorian drama – with a play written in 1868, the very year that the Finborough Theatre building was constructed. And Vibrant 2019 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, our annual festival of new writing, returns for its eleventh consecutive year.

The Finborough Arms, our pub home, was taken over by an entirely new management and extensively refurbished at the end of last year, and now offers a wide menu of traditional pub favourites, all cooked on the premises. We both look forward to welcoming you.”

For full information, please visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk – Neil McPherson, Artistic Director

May to August 2019 | Press Nights and Photocalls

Tuesday, 4 May – Saturday 8 June 2019

The world premiere

BLUEPRINT MEDEA

Written and Directed by Julia Pascal.
Press Nights: Thursday, 23 May 2019 and Friday, 24 May 2019 at 7.30pm.

Photocall: Tuesday, 21 May 2019 at 1.00pm-1.30pm.

Wednesday, 12 June – Saturday, 6 July 2019

The first London production in over 120 years
AFTER DARK; OR, A DRAMA OF LONDON LIFE

by Don Boucicault. Based on Les Oiseaux de Proie by by Eugène Grangé and Adolphe d’Ennery. Directed by Phil Wilmott

Press Nights: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 and Thursday, 20 June 2019 at 7.30pm

Photocall: Tuesday, 9 July 2019 at 1.00pm-1.30pm.

Tuesday, 9 July – Saturday, 3 August 2019

The world premiere

LUNATIC 19’S – A DEPORTATIONAL ROAD TRIP

by Tegan McLeod. Directed by Jonathan Martin.

Press Nights: Thursday, 11 July 2019 and Friday, 12 July 2019 at 7.30pm

Photocall: Tuesday, 9 July 2019 at 1.00pm-1.30pm

Prices for Blueprint Medea

Prices for Week One – Tickets £18, £16 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats. Previews £14 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the first Saturday evening, when booked online only.

Prices for Weeks Two and Three – Tickets £20, £18 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats.

Prices for After Dark; or, A Drama of London Life and Lunatic 19’s – A Deportational Road Trip 

Prices for Weeks One and Two – Tickets £18, £16 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats. Previews for After Dark (11-18 June) £15 all seats. Previews for Lunatic 19’s (9 and 10 July £14 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the first Saturday evening, when booked online only.

Prices for Weeks Three and Four – Tickets £20, £18 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats.

Prices for Vibrant 2019 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Thursday matinees at 3.00pm.

All tickets £5.

Full cast announced for Blues In The Night

Kiln Theatre

With the critically acclaimed The Son currently running at Kiln Theatre, and with Inua Ellams’ The Half God of Rainfall in rehearsals, Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham today announced the full cast for Blues in the Night – Susie McKenna directs Sharon D Clarke (The Lady), Debbie Kurup(The Woman), Clive Rowe (The Man) and Gemma Sutton (The Girl) the first major London revival in 30 years. The production opens on 24 July, with previews from 18 July, and runs until 7 September.

 ‘A man is a two-face, a worrisome thing

Who’ll leave you to sing, the blues in the night.’

Chicago 1939. One man, three women, their lives, memories and the sweet music that gets them through the night.

The Olivier and Tony Award nominated musical is a scorching compilation of 26 hot and torchy blues numbers that frame the lives and loves of four residents of a downtown hotel. Featuring soul-filled songs by blues and jazz icons Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and many more, this will be a sizzling night to remember.

Sharon D Clarke returns to Kiln Theatre to play The Lady – she previously appeared in The Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes. Her theatre work includes:Death of a Salesman (Young Vic), Caroline, or Change (Chichester Festival Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Playhouse Theatre), The Life (Southwark Playhouse), Sleeping Beauty,  Vagina Monologues, Sleeping Beauty, Mother Goose, Puss in Boots Cinderella (Hackney Empire), Pigs and Dogs(Royal Court Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, An Oak Tree, Everyman, Amen Corner, Guys and Dolls (National Theatre), Romeo & Julie (Rose Theatre Kingston), Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air), Ghost, Hairspray, Vagina Monologues, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Disney’s The Lion King, Fame, Rent and Mama I Want to Sing (West End). Her television work includes Holby City – as series regular Lola Griffin, Informer, Doctor Who, The Forge, Unforgotten, Death in Paradise, New Tricks, Psychobitches and The Shadow Line; and for film, Untitled Girls Film, Rocketman, Tau, Sugarhouse, Secret Society, Beautiful People, Broken Glass and Tumble Down.

 Debbie Kurup returns to Kiln Theatre to play The Woman – she previously appeared in Poison. Her theatre work includes Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), Girl From The North Country (The Old Vic/ Noël Coward Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), Anything Goes (Sheffield Theatres/UK Tour), The Bodyguard (Olivier Award nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Adelphi Theatre), Chicago(Cambridge Theatre/ Adelphi Theatre), Sister Act (London Palladium), West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre), Tonight’s The Night (Victoria Palace), Rent (Prince of Wales Theatre/UK tour), Fame (UK tour) and Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Theatres). Her film work includes The Two Wolves, Hollow, Making of a Musical – West Side Story and 28 Weeks Later.

Clive Rowe plays The Man. His theatre work includes The Wind in The Willows (UK tour), Guys and Dolls (Royal Albert Hall), Me and My Girl(Chichester Festival Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk (Wimbledon Theatre), The Light Princess (National Theatre), The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios),The Ladykillers (West End and UK tour), Kiss Me Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre/The Old Vic), No Naughty Bits (Hampstead Theatre), The Wiz (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Company (Donmar Warehouse), The Fantastics (Duchess Theatre); Twelfth Night, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Trolius and Cressida (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), As You Like It (Wyndham’s Theatre), Simply Heavenly (Young Vic/Trafalgar Studio); and for the National Theatre, The Light Princess,  Carousel, Fuente Ovejuna, Caroline or Change, The Villains’ Opera, Money, Candide, Peter Pan, Guys and Dolls, Trackers (Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Guys and Dolls and Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Performance in Carousel). Rowe has returned to the Hackney Empire on numerous occasions to play The Dame in their Christmas pantomime for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre forMother Goose. For television, his work includes Will, So Awkward, Evermoor, The Kennedys, The Fun Police, All the Small Things, Doctor Who, Networked, Bloodrights, Say it with Music, American Voices, Paper Mask, After the War, Snakes and Ladders and Entertaining Angels Aware; and for film, Beauty and the Beast, Manderlay and Crime Strike.

Gemma Sutton plays The Girl. Her theatre work includes Follies (National Theatre), Sweet Charity (The Watermill Theatre), The Rink (Offie Award for Female Performance in a Musical – Southwark Playhouse), A Christmas Carol the Musical (LMTO), Strictly Ballroom (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto), The Go Between (Apollo Theatre), Gypsy (Chichester Festival Theatre/Savoy Theatre), Carousel (Arcola Theatre),Chicago (Leicester Curve)Drunk (Leicester Curve/The Bridewell), Hairspray (UK tour), Me and My Girl (Kilworth House), Legally Blonde – The Musical (Savoy Theatre), Gone with the WindImagine This (New London Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Lady Be GoodThe Boy Friend (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Children Will Listen (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). For television, her work includes West Side Stories, Gypsy: Live at the Savoy Theatre and Cilla.

Susie McKenna directs. She is currently Creative Executive Producer at Hackney Empire with the remit to develop new musical theatre for the venue – having left her role as Creative Director in January 2017. Her credits for Hackney Empire include CinderellaRudy’s Rare Records, , Beau Jest, Sit and ShiverKat and Tameka Show, La Variété, Sing Out, Alter Ego, Once on this Island and Ha Ha Hackney. Other credits include Oranges and Elephants (Hoxton Hall), A Midsummer Night’s Madness (National Black Theatre of Harlem, Hackney Empire Edinburgh Festival), A Christmas Carol (Arts Theatre London) and The Silver Sword (Coventry Belgrade Theatre, UK tour). Acting credits for theatre include Cats (Ambassadors Theatre), Ragtime (Piccadilly Theatre), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), The Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar and In The Midnight Hour (UK tour). For film her credits include Jack and Sarah.

KILN SEASON AT A GLANCE

THE SON

Until 6 April

 

THE HALF GOD OF RAINFALL

25 April – 17 May

Press night: 30 April at 7pm

Audio Described: 16 May

Captioned: 9 May

 

WIFE

30 May – 6 July

Press night: 4 June at 7pm

Audio Described: 4 July

Captioned: 20 June

 

BLUES IN THE NIGHT

18 July – 7 September 2019

Press night: 24 July

Audio Described: 8 August

Captioned: 22 August

A FRIENDLY SOCIETY (WORKING TITLE)

26 – 29 September 2019

 

WHEN THE CROWS VISIT

23 October – 30 November 2019

Press night: 29 October

Audio Described: 14 November

Captioned: 21 November

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English National Opera announces 2019/20 Season

ENO
  • ENO’s 2019/20 season features seven new productions and three revivals, the greatest number of new productions for five years
  • For the first time ever four new productions will present different versions of the same story: the Orpheus myth will be seen in four operas spanning 230 years, interpreted by four directors from radically different theatrical disciplines, all within one transforming set design by world renowned British designer, Lizzie Clachan
  • Internationally renowned choreographer and director Wayne McGregor CBE makes his ENO directorial debut with a new production of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice (1762), with Dame Sarah Connolly and Sarah Tynan in the title roles, and dancers from Company Wayne McGregor
  • Much-loved director Emma Rice makes her ENO debut with Offenbach’s ribald operetta Orpheus in the Underworld (1858) with Sir Willard White as Jupiter and Lucia Lucas making her ENO debut as Public Opinion
  • ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins conducts one of his signature pieces, Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus, more than three decades after its world premiere at ENO in 1986, with extraordinary storytelling and visuals from ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer and fashion couturier Daniel Lismore
  • Acclaimed multi-media director Netia Jones bolsters ENO’s reputation for the music of Philip Glass with a production of Orphée (1991), with parts of the original 1950 Cocteau film forming part of a unique mixed media experience, with Jennifer France making her ENO debut
  • Groundbreaking Czech director Barbora Horáková Joly makes her UK directorial debut with a new production of Verdi’s Luisa Miller, with Elizabeth Llewellyn in the title role and Christine Rice as Federica
  • A new production of The Marriage of Figaro is created by British director Joe Hill-Gibbins, making his ENO main stage debut in a fresh and vital take on one of opera’s mainstays. Kevin John Edusei conducts, Louise Alder makes her ENO debut as Susanna and Sophie Bevan sings her first Countess.
  • Acclaimed German director Tatjana Gürbaca and designer Klaus Grunberg make their ENO debuts with the first new ENO Rusalka in two decades, with Corinne Winters in the title role and David Butt Philip as the Prince
  • Revivals comprise Jonathan Miller’s endlessly delightful The Mikado returning after more than 30 years on stage, Calixto Bieito’s Carmen with Justina Gringytė in the title role, and Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning Madam Butterfly with Natalya Romaniw
  • For the first time more than half the new productions are directed by women in keeping with the season’s theme of the rise of the feminine
  • Joining the award-winning ENO Chorus are the first BAME Chorus Fellows, tenors Satriya Krisna  and James Liu and sopranos Isabelle Peters and Julia Daramy-Williams

Today (3 April 2019) ENO has announced its 2019/20 main stage season, comprising seven new productions and three revivals. The ten productions is an increase from nine in the 18/19 season, and there are more new productions than any time in the last five years.

The season celebrates the rise of the feminine, following last season’s focus on the notion of the patriarch and toxic masculinity. Following aspects of powerful women and the men they inspire, the season explores how opera can move beyond its traditional status as a place for doomed and punished women. For the first time more than half of the new productions are directed by women.

Also for the first time, a single story will form the basis for four of the new productions. The autumn of 2019 will see four different versions of the Orpheus myth as envisioned by very different composers and very different theatrical styles, showing how a single theme of loss, mourning and music can be turned by opera into a kaleidoscope of ideas and responses. Designer Lizzie Clachan provides the linking thread, with her magical, transforming set providing the basis for all four productions.

Artistic Director of ENO Daniel Kramer said:

“I am delighted to present ENO’s 2019/20 artistic season, the second that Music Director Martyn Brabbins and I have curated together. The ten operas we are going to present on our main stage will touch on something very relevant today: the rise of the feminine in the world around us and within ourselves. What is a healthy balance of feminine and masculine energy in our society, our systems and, above all else, within ourselves? If last season questioned what aspects of ourselves and our society we might choose to lay to rest, this season asks what aspects we choose to carry forward together.

Our very exciting Orpheus project shows that a single idea can be imparted in a vast array of different forms. It is difficult to imagine a quartet of directors more different in background than myself, Netia, Wayne and Emma, but we will all be looking at this one tale of Orpheus and his quest to reclaim that which he lost. It’s one of the most universal stories there is and I hope audiences will come to see each one of the four to find something new in each opera, seeing and hearing how these master composers, reflecting our own lives, all share in the human struggle to hold onto that which we hold dear – love.

It is so important that ENO continues to push the boundaries of what is possible on the operatic stage and at the same time keep bringing in new audiences who may not have considered us before. Whether you’re a theatre-lover or a Philip Glass fan, a dance addict or maybe just want a rollicking night out, there’s going to be something for everybody.”

ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins said:

“Our musical forces are as impressive as they ever have been: it is excellent to see the Chorus be nominated for another Olivier Award only three years after winning their last one with the Orchestra. It is extremely important to me that we continue to nurture the talents we have: our Mackerras Fellow Valentina Peleggi will be conducting her first full run with Carmen this season as well as performances of Orpheus in the Underworld alongside my predecessor Sian Edwards. Our brilliant Harewood Artists will sing in no fewer than 23 roles this season, and I am delighted that Nardus Williams and Idunnu Münch will join the programme, singing in Orpheus in the Underworld, Carmen and Rusalka.

I myself will be doing something both familiar, revisiting my friend Harrison Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus, which is one of ENO’s great gifts to the world, and stretching my legs a bit with a Puccini. As ever, the company remains extraordinarily diverse in what it can offer.”

Chief Executive Stuart Murphy said:

Hopefully people can see that ENO has its mojo back, once again curating seasons that are as eclectic as they are risk taking, against a backdrop of financial stability and behind-the-scenes focus. This forthcoming season feels just what ENO should be doing, so huge thanks to Daniel, Martyn and their artistic and musical teams for all their hard work and flair in putting it together.

Embracing new audiences is key to our future, so we are delighted that our initial short-run experiment to give free tickets to Under 18’s in the balcony on Saturdays was met with such enthusiasm, allowing us to give away over 1000 tickets to young people. In 19/20 we will make this initiative a permanent fixture throughout the Coliseum part of our ENO season, and will dramatically increase access by extending Free Tickets for Under 18’s to the balcony for every Friday performance and every Opening Night. We will also reduce our lowest price ticket to ten pounds, with lots of “Tickets for a Tenner” available for every performance, and have kept our top price ticket frozen at £125 where it has stayed for the past four years.

We will be offering more choice at ENO, so will have one “Surtitle Free” night per opera, as well as an “Early Night” performance per opera that will never finish later than 10pm. This is in addition to our first ever “Relaxed Performance”, so that people with learning disabilities and physical impairments can come and see a production, as well as more signed performances than last season.

My first year at ENO has been busy but extremely rewarding. It’s a hugely inspiring place to work, and I want to thank everyone in the organisation for pulling together behind our singular vision to change lives through opera”

 

New productions at the London Coliseum

Orpheus and Eurydice

The Orpheus series and the 2019/20 Season begins with Wayne McGregor’s dance-infused account of Gluck’s great 18th– century masterpiece, in Hector Berlioz’s version. The bridging point between the baroque and the new vivid dramatic works of the classical period, Gluck’s extraordinary melodies helped secure the Orpheus myth as one of the cornerstones of opera for centuries to come.

Double Olivier Award-winner Wayne McGregor CBE makes his ENO directorial debut following one of the most outstanding careers in contemporary international dance, working with collaborators from The White Stripes to The Royal Ballet, where he is Resident Choreographer. His previous work includes choreographing Salome for ENO in 2005.

His cutting-edge multi-disciplinary work has stood testament to his ceaseless curiosity and innovation, with this production an exploration of grief and loss in the human body. 16 dancers from Company Wayne McGregor join the three singers.

Legend of British opera Dame Sarah Connolly returns to ENO for the first time since 2016’s Lulu to sing her first Orpheus in London, while ENO favourite Sarah Tynan sings Eurydice. ENO Harewood Artist Soraya Mafi sings Love, continuing her career as one of Britain’s most exciting young sopranos.

Harry Bicket, Artistic Director of the English Concert and Music Director of Santa Fe Opera, conducts, returning to where he began his career on the ENO music staff. Noted for his classical and baroque work, he brings a fine period sensibility to this piece.

Lizzie Clachan, one of UK theatre’s most acclaimed designers, provides the transformative setsfor all four Orpheus productions. Costume design is by fashion designer Louise Gray, and lighting design is by Jon Clark.

 

Orpheus in the Underworld

Former Globe Theatre Artistic Director Emma Rice makes her ENO directorial debut with a raucous, joyful production of Offenbach’s great operetta, often considered the first of its kind. Known for her wildly popular direction of Kneehigh Theatre, Rice is one of the most distinctive theatrical practitioners at work today, combining wit, humanity and romance with a childlike wonder. She is the Artistic Director of the new company Wise Children.

A multi-talented ensemble cast portray the figures of Greek mythology as they are mercilessly satirised in this comic take on the tragic myth. Ed Lyon and Claudia Boyle sing Orpheus and Eurydice, joined by one of the UK’s most distinguished baritones Sir Willard White as Jupiter. Established ENO stars Alan Oke and Mary Bevan sing John Styx and Diana, while one of the first openly transgender opera singers, female baritone Lucia Lucas, sings Public Opinion. Harewood Artists Idunnu Münch and Alex Otterburn sing Pluto and Venus.

Sian Edwards, former ENO Music Director, returns to conduct, while Mackerras Fellow Valentina Peleggi conducts three performances. Multi-award winning designer Lez Brotherston, famed for his work on Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, provides the costumes. The new English adaptation of the French original text is by Rice and Tom Morris, who collaborated to adapt Kneehigh hits like Nights at the Circus and A Matter of Life and Death. 

The Mask of Orpheus

‘The finest British opera of the last half-century’ (The Guardian) receives only its second major staging, having premiered at ENO in 1986. Harrison Birtwistle’s masterpiece is performed to mark his 85th birthday, with its unique orchestra led by ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins. Noted for his definitive recording of the piece with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, this forms something of a signature piece for this contemporary music specialist.

Joining him in their third collaboration after War Requiem and Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel is ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer. Kramer returns to the composer who launched his career with ENO a decade ago: his Punch and Judy in 2008 won the South Bank Show Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, and this production promises to continue that ‘total theatre’ approach to Birtwistle’s work.

The rich, complex structure and enormously varied music of joy and grief will be accompanied by the costume designs of ‘England’s most eccentric dresser’ (Vogue) Daniel Lismore. After many exhibitions internationally of his work, this is his first opera.

Peter Hoare sings Orpheus the Man while Daniel Norman sings Orpheus the Myth; Marta Fontanals-Simmons makes her ENO debut as Eurydice the Woman while ENO audience favourite Susan Bickley sings Eurydice the Myth. The cast of contemporary music specialists also includes James Cleverton and Robert Hayward.

Orphée

ENO’s record as the ‘House of Glass’ receives a new addition with its first performance of Philip Glass’s Orphée. Based on Jean Cocteau’s cinematic retelling of the Orpheus myth, Netia Jones, ‘the most imaginative director of opera working in Britain today’ (The Observer) will provide one of the most extraordinary multi-media experiences available on the opera stage. Some of Glass’s most melodic music helps tell this timeless setting of the Orpheus myth as a dreamlike meditation on art and the artist.

A show that fuses cinema and opera, projected extracts of Cocteau’s film and a set in constant motion will accompany the live action. This is in the ENO tradition of staging Glass’s operas as all-encompassing theatrical extravaganzas in the vein of Akhnaten and Satyagraha.

Sarah Tynan sings Eurydice in her second take on the role in the season. Jennifer France, ‘living jewel in opera’s crown’ (WhatsOnStage) and winner of the 2018 Emerging Talent Award from the Critics Circle, makes her ENO debut as the Princess. Nicholas Lester sings his first leading role with the company as Orphée, while former ENO Harewood Artists Nicky Spence and Anthony Gregory sing Heurtebise and Cégeste. Contemporary specialist Geoffrey Paterson conducts in his ENO debut.

 

Luisa Miller

Czech director Barbora Horáková Joly makes her UK directorial debut with a new production of Verdi’s great familial tragedy. Winner of the 2018 International Opera Award for Best Newcomer, her contemporary staging will focus on the psychological aspects of the piece, with an examination of how parental expectations can pass on pain across generations. This marks the first time the company has staged this central work of Verdi’s middle period.

In the title role former ENO Harewood Artist Elizabeth Llewellyn returns to the London Coliseum stage, where she debuted as Mimi in La bohème in 2010. She has since sung leading roles across Europe. Leading mezzo-soprano Christine Rice sings Federica in her first role with ENO since 2016’s Elvira in Don Giovanni. Olafur Sigurdarson makes his ENO debut as Miller while James Creswell sings Count Walter. Harewood Artist Nadine Benjamin, acclaimed for her roles in the previous season’s Porgy and Bess and La bohème, sings Laura. Alexander Joel also returns from a successful run ofLa bohème in the 2018/19 season to conduct.

The Marriage of Figaro

One of London’s most daring directors, Joe Hill-Gibbins makes his ENO main stage debut with an electrically charged new production of Mozart’s great comedy. Acclaimed for his uncompromising and surprising takes on classics like Richard II at the Almeida Theatre, he returns to opera after a much-praised 2017 production of Turnage’s Greek at the Edinburgh Festival. Previously for ENO he directedPowder Her Face in 2014.

Multi-award winning former Harewood Artist Sophie Bevan sings her first Countess in an anticipated role debut, while winner of the 2017 Young Singer International Opera Award Louise Alder sings Susanna in her ENO debut. Johnathan McCullough sings the Count and Harewood Artist Božidar Smiljanić marks his third role with the company as Figaro. Hanna Hipp sings Cherubino and Susan Bickley sings Marcellina, while ENO legend Andrew Shore brings his finest buffo to sing Bartolo.

Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra Kevin John Edusei makes his ENO debut in the pit. After successful Mozartian conducting at the Komische Oper Berlin, this marks his UK operatic debut. He has previosuly performed at the Proms conducting the all-BAME Chineke! Orchestra.

Rusalka

Dvořák’s greatest opera receives its first new ENO staging in 20 years in German director Tatjana Gürbaca’s company debut. Touching on themes of alienation and the separation between worlds, this profoundly humanistic fairy tale gives us a water nymph in many ways more human than the people she aspires to be among.

Corinne Winters makes her role debut as Rusalka. Having shot to fame with her ‘tour de force’ (Bachtrack) Violetta in ENO’s La traviata in 2013, she has since garnered an impressive international following. She is joined by David Butt Philip as the Prince. Jointly nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in 2018’s War Requiem, his is one of the fastest-rising careers of any tenor in the UK.

Endlessly versatile mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon sings Ježibaba. Noted for her performances in Partenope and The Gospel According to the Other Mary for ENO, she will also sing the role at Glyndebourne in summer 2019. Claire Rutter sings the Foreign Princess and David Soar sings the Water Spirit.

Dutch conductor Antony Hermus, Principal Guest Conductor of the North Netherlands Orchestra, makes his ENO debut.

Revivals

Three much-loved productions return for revivals in the 2019/20 season.

The Mikadoin Jonathan Miller’s classic seaside town farce, returns having run for more than thirty years at the London Coliseum. The Marx Brothers-inspired Gilbert and Sullivan tomfoolery continues to delight audiences young and old.

Harewood Artist Elgan Llŷr Thomas, ‘the latest discovery in a golden age of British tenors’ (Bachtrack) sings Nanki-Poo in his first main stage lead role for the company after twice singing Johnny Inkslinger in Paul Bunyan.

Fellow Harewood Artist Soraya Mafi sings Yum-Yum, following her 2017 Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. Richard Suart once again sings Ko-Ko and Andrew Shore sings Pooh-Bah, with Sir John Tomlinson appearing as the Mikado in his fiftieth production with the company. Ben McAteer and Yvonne Howard, beloved in 2018’s Iolanthe, also star. The opening night will be a Gala performance in aid of the new Sir John Tomlinson Fellowship.

Calixto Bieito’s sensual production of Carmen set in the dying days of Franco’s Spain has been admired across Europe and now returns to ENO, with Justina Gringytė reprising her title role from 2015: (‘superb’ – The Guardian). Sean Panikkar makes his ENO debut as Don Jose, as does new Harewood Artist Nardus Williams as Micaëla, while in the supporting cast are many ENO returning faces including Ashley Riches, Samantha Price, Matthew Durkan, Keel Watson, Elgan Lŷr Thomas and Alex Otterburn. Mackerras Fellow Valentina Peleggi conducts her first full set of Coliseum performances.

Madam Butterfly sees the return of Anthony Minghella’s ‘breathtakingly beautiful’ (WhatsOnStage) 2006 staging, winner of that year’s Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production. Now in its seventh revival, the extraordinary puppetry of Blind Summit and the sumptuous visuals promise once again to entrance audiences along with Puccini’s heartbreaking score. Natalya Romaniw sings the lead role after ‘touching the heights’ (The Guardian) with her Mimì in La bohème in 2018. Dimitri Pittas sings Pinkerton and Roderick Williams sings Sharpless following his Olivier nomination for War Requiem with ENO. Music Director Martyn Brabbins conducts.

Listings Information: ENO performances at the London Coliseum

Christoph Willibald Gluck – Orpheus and Eurydice

Libretto by Pierre-Louis Moline, Version by Hector Berlioz

New Production

1 October – 19 November 2019

Oct 1, 10, 17, 24, 31 & Nov 14 & 19 at 19.30

Oct 12 at 14.00

8 performances

Conductor: Harry Bicket, Director/Choreographer: Wayne McGregor, Set Designer: Lizzie Clachan, Costume Designer: Louise Gray, Lighting Designer: Jon Clark, Translator: Christopher Cowell

CAST INCLUDES Sarah Connolly (Orpheus) Sarah Tynan (Eurydice) Soraya Mafi (Love) Company Wayne McGregor

In collaboration with Studio Wayne McGregor

#ENOEurydice

 

Jacques Offenbach – Orpheus in the Underworld

Libretto by Hector-Jonathan Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy, after classical mythology

Freely adapted from the original French by Emma Rice and Tom Morris

New Production

5 October – 28 November 2019

Oct 5, 11, 23, 30 & Nov 1, 8, 12, 21, 26 at 19.30

Oct 19 at 14.00, Oct 26 at 13.45, Nov 28 at 19.00

12 performances

Conductor: Sian Edwards/Valentina Peleggi (Nov 1, 26, 28), Director: Emma Rice, Set Designer: Lizzie Clachan, Costume Designer: Lez Brotherston, Lighting Designer: Malcolm Rippeth, Choreographer: Ella Murfitt, English book: Emma Rice, English lyrics: Tom Morris

CAST INCLUDES Ed Lyon (Orpheus) Claudia Boyle (Eurydice) Lucia Lucas (Public Opinion) Willard White/Robert Hayward (Jupiter) Alex Otterburn (Pluto) Alan Oke (John Styx) Keel Watson (Mars) Idunnu Münch (Venus) Mary Bevan (Diana)

In association with Wise Children

#ENOUnderworld

 

Harrison Birtwistle – The Mask of Orpheus

Libretto by Peter Zinovieff

18 October – 13 November 2019

Oct 18, 25 & Nov 7, 13 at 19.00

Oct 29 at 18.00

5 performances

Conductor: Martyn Brabbins, Second Conductor: James Henshaw, Director: Daniel Kramer, Set Designer: Lizzie Clachan, Costume Designer: Daniel Lismore, Lighting/ Video Designer: Peter Mumford

CAST INCLUDES Peter Hoare (Orpheus The Man) Daniel Norman (Orpheus The Myth/Hades) Marta Fontanals-Simmons (Eurydice The Woman) Susan Bickley (Eurydice The Myth/Persephone) James Cleverton (Aristaeus The Man) Simon Bailey (Aristaeus The Myth/Charon)

#ENOMask

 

Gilbert and Sullivan – The Mikado

28 October – 30 November 2019

Oct 28 & Nov 2, 9, 22, 30 at 19.00

Nov 2, 9, 30 at 14.00

Nov 16 at 18.00

Nov 23 at 12.00 – relaxed performance

10 performances

Conductor: Chris Hopkins, Director: Jonathan Miller, Revival Director: Elaine Tyler-Hall, Set Designer: Stefanos Lazaridis, Costume Designer: Sue Blane, Lighting Designer: Davy Cunnigham, Choreographer: Anthony van Laast, Revival Choreographer: Carol Grant

CAST INCLUDES John Tomlinson (The Mikado of Japan) Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Nanki-Poo) Richard Suart (Ko-Ko) Andrew Shore (Pooh-Bah) Ben McAteer (Pish-Tush) Soraya Mafi (Yum-Yum) Sioned Gwen Davies (Pitti-Sing) Yvonne Howard (Katisha)

#ENOMikado

 

Philip Glass – Orphée

Libretto by the composer based on the film by Jean Cocteau, adaption by Philip Glass edited by Robert Brustein

New Production

15 – 29 November 2019

Nov 15, 18, 20, 25, 27, 29 at 19.30

6 performances

Conductor: Geoffrey Paterson, Director/Costume Designer/Video Designer: Netia Jones, Set Designer: Lizzie Clachan, Lighting Designer: Lucy Carter, Translation: Netia Jones and Emma Jenkins

CAST INCLUDES Nicholas Lester (Orphée) Sarah Tynan (Eurydice) Jennifer France (Princess) Nicky Spence (Heurtebise) Anthony Gregory (Cégeste)

#ENOOrphee

 

George Bizet – Carmen

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, after Prosper Mérimée

Revival

29 January – 27 February 2020

Jan 29 & Feb 1, 6, 11, 14, 20, 25, 27 at 19.30

Feb 8 at 14.00, Feb 22 at 18.15

10 Performances

Conductor: Valentina Peleggi, Director: Calixto Bieito, Revival Director: Jamie Manton, Set Designer: Alfons Flores, Costume Designer: Mercè Paloma, Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet, Translator: Christoper Cowell

CAST INCLUDES Justina Gringytė (Carmen) Sean Panikkar/David Butt Philip (José) Ashley Riches (Escamillo) Nardus Williams (Micaëla)

#ENOCarmen

 

Giuseppe Verdi – Luisa Miller

Libretto by Salvatore Cammarano, after Friedrich Schiller

New Production

12 February – 6 March 2020

Feb 12, 19, 21, 28 & Mar 6 at 19.30

Feb 15 at 18.30

6 Performances

Conductor: Alexander Joel, Director: Barbora Horáková Joly, Set Designer: Andrew Lieberman, Costume Designer: Eva-Maria Van Acker, Lighting Designer: Michael Bauer, Choreographer: James Rosenthal

CAST INCLUDES Elizabeth Llewellyn (Luisa) Olafur Sigurdarson (Miller) James Creswell (Count Walter) Christine Rice (Frederica) Soloman Howard (Wurm) Nadine Benjamin (Laura)

#ENOLuisa

 

Giacomo Puccini – Madam Butterfly

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, after Bellasco

Revival

26 February – 17 April 2020

Feb 26 & Mar 5, 11, 13, 20, 27, 30 & Apr 17 at 19.30

Feb 29 & Mar 7 & Apr 4, 7 at 18.30

12 Performances

Conductor: Martyn Brabbins/Martin Fitzpatrick Director: Anthony Minghella, Associate Director/Choreographer: Carolyn Choa, Revival Director: Glen Sheppard, Revival Choreographer: David John, Set Designer: Michael Levine, Costume Designer: Han Feng, Lighting Designer: Peter Mumford, Puppetry: Blind Summit, Translator: David Parry

CAST INCLUDES Natalya Romaniw (Cio-Cio San) Dimitri Pittas/Adam Smith (Pinkerton) Roderick Williams/George von Bergen (Sharpless) Stephanie Windsor-Lewis (Suzuki)

#ENOButterfly

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – The Marriage of Figaro

Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, after Beaumarchais

New Production

14 March – 18 April 2020

Mar 14, 19, 21, 25, 31 & Apr 2, 9, 14, 16 at 19.00

Apr 18 at 18.00

10 Performances

Conductor: Kevin John Edusei /James Henshaw Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins, Set Designer: Johannes Schultz, Costume Designer: Astria Klein, Lighting Designer: Bernd Velder, Choreography: Jenny Ogilvie

CAST INCLUDES Božidar Smiljanić (Figaro) Louise Alder (Susanna) Johnathan McCullough (Count Almaviva) Sophie Bevan (Countess Almaviva) Hanna Hip (Cherubino) Susan Bickley (Marcellina) Andrew Shore (Dr Bartolo) Rowan Pierce (Barbarina)

#ENOFigaro

 

Antonín Dvořák Rusalka

Libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil, after Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué

New Production

28 March – 15 April 2020

Mar 28 & Apr 1, 3, 6, 8, 15 at 19.00

Apr 11 at 18.00

7 Performances

Conductor: Antony Hermus, Director: Tatjana Gürbaca, Set/Lighting Designer: Klaus Grünberg, Associate Set Designer: Anne Kuhn, Costume Designer: Barbara Drosihn

CAST INCLUDES Corinne Winters (Rusalka) David Butt Philip (Prince) David Soar (Water Spirit) Patricia Bardon (Ježibaba) Claire Rutter (Foreign Princess)

#ENORusalka

Casting announced  for the UK Premiere of On Your Feet!

Christie Prades 

Jamie Wilson and Gavin Kalin have announced casting for the UK premiere of ON YOUR FEET! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, which will play a limited season at the London Coliseum from Friday 14 June – Saturday 31 August 2019. Prior to the London run there will be seven performances at Curve, Leicester from 3 – 8 June 2019.

Christie Prades will play ‘Gloria Estefan’, George Ioannides ‘Emilio Estefan’ and at certain performances the role of ‘Gloria Estefan’ will be played by Philippa Stefani. Madalena Albertowill play ‘Gloria Fajardo’, Karen Mann ‘Consuelo’.

Christie Prades played the role of ‘Gloria Estefan’ in “On Your Feet!” on Broadway and can currently be seen in the same role on the US tour of the show. Christie’s other credits include ‘Vanessa’ in “In the Heights”and “West Side Story”.

George Ioannides has appeared in the West End productions of “Annie” and “Mamma Mia!” and was most recently seen as ‘Eduardo Cortez’ in “An Officer and a Gentleman” at Curve, Leicester and on national tour.

Philippa Stefani played ‘Mimi’ in the recent national tour of “Rent”. She has also played ‘Daniela’ in “In The Heights” at King’s Cross Theatre. Her other theatre credits include the original London casts of “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria and “I Can’t Sing” and “Sister Act”, both at the London Palladium. She has also appeared in “High Society at the Old Vic and ”Ghost” at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Madalena Alberto’s West End credits include the title role in “Evita” at the Dominion Theatre and ‘Grizabella’ in “Cats” at the London Palladium. She has also appeared as ‘Fantine’ in the 25th Anniversary tour of “Les Miserables” and was most recently seen as ‘Giulietta’ in “Aspects of Love” at the Southwark Playhouse.

Karen Mann’s many credits include ‘Golde’ in the national tour of “Fiddler on the Roof” opposite Paul Michael Glaser, ‘Marley’ in “Scrooge” at Curve and ‘Mother Superior’ in “Sister Act” also at Curve and on national tour. Her extensive work at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury includes ‘Gladys’ in “Copacabana”, ‘Viv’ in “Spend Spend Spend” and ‘Mrs Lovett in “Sweeney Todd”, which transferred to both the New Ambassadors Theatre and Trafalgar Studios.

Completing the cast will be Hollie Cassar, Francisco Del Solar, Katie Dunsden, Eduardo Enrikez, Laura Friedrich Tejero, Denzel Giskus, Francesca Lara Gordon, Yonly Leyva Desdunes, Elia Lo Tauro, Martin McCarthy, Alicia Mencía, Ciro Lourencio Meulens, Carl Patrick, Clayton Rosa, Julia Ruiz Fernandez, Shanna Michelle Slaap, Dawnita Smith, Frank van Hengel, Despina Violari and Alain Zambrana Borges.

Klaudia Gjergji, Holly McDonagh, Emily Perra will share the role of ‘Little Gloria’ and Santiago Huertas Ruiz, Jonathan Naranjo, Alejandro Puentes Motato will share the role ofNayib/Young Emilio/Jeremy.

 ON YOUR FEET! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom and features some of the most iconic pops songs of the era, including ‘Rhythm is Gonna Get You’, ‘Conga’, ‘Get On Your Feet’, ‘Don’t Want To Lose You’ and ‘1-2-3’.

Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is the most successful Latin crossover performer in the history of pop music.  In addition to her 38 number 1 hits across the Billboard charts, Gloria recorded the Oscar-nominated song ‘Music of My Heart’ and has received numerous honours and awards over the course of her illustrious career. Emilio Estefan is a founding member of the pioneering Miami Sound Machine, who created a brand new Latin crossover sound – fusing infectious Cuban rhythms with American pop and disco. Combined, they have won a staggering 26 Grammy awards.

The Tony Award® nominated show ran on Broadway for two years, playing for over 750 performances. It is currently on a two year US tour, whilst the production in Holland played to sell out business and standing ovations for a season in 2017/18.

 ON YOUR FEET! is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), with choreography by Olivier Award-winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman).

ON YOUR FEET! is produced by Jamie Wilson and Gavin Kalin with Colin Ingram and Peter Kane for InTheatre, Marc David Levine and Curve.

LISTINGS

 ON YOUR FEET! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

 London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ES

Friday 14 June – Saturday 31 August 2019

Box Office: 0207 845 9300

Performances: Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Matinees – Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm, Sundays at 3.00pm

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Curve Leicester, Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

Monday 3 June – Saturday 8 June 2019

Box Office: 0116 242 3595

Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Matinee: Saturday at 2.15pm

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 Public booking opens 8 April for West End Production of Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen

Public booking for the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen opens next week on Monday 8 April 2019 at 10am BST.  The Production will release additional tickets following a sell-out priority booking period.

Dear Evan Hansen will begin previews at the Noël Coward Theatre on Tuesday 29 October 2019 with opening night on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at 7pm.  Casting will be announced at a later date.

The winner of six Tony awards including Best Musical, as well as the 2018 Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre Album, Dear Evan Hansen is directed by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greifand features a book by Tony award-winner Steven Levenson and a score by the Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning composers of The Greatest ShowmanBenj Pasek & Justin Paul.

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in.  Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new musical about life and the way we live it.

 Reuniting the original Broadway creative team for this West End production, Dear Evan Hansen is produced by Stacey Mindich and features scenic design by David Korins, projection design by Peter Nigrini, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, and hair design by David Brian Brown.  Music supervision, orchestrations and additional arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire.  Ben Cohn is the Associate Music Supervisor.  Vocal arrangements and additional arrangements are by Justin PaulDanny Mefford is the choreographer.  Casting by Jill Green CastingSash BischoffAdam Quinn and Danny Sharron are the Associate Directors. Judith Schoenfeld is the Production Supervisor. US General Management 101 Productions, Ltd. Adam Speers is Executive Producer.

Dear Evan Hansen has won the Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical Production and for the off-Broadway production, two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards.  The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen produced by Atlantic Records, was released in February 2017, making an extraordinary debut on the Billboard 200 and entering the chart at #8 – the highest charting debut position for an original cast album since 1961. The album went on to win the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album and recently became only the third cast recording this decade to go gold.  A new deluxe version of the cast recording, including six bonus tracks and a pop cover from Katy Perry of Waving Through a Window is now available digitally.

 Dear Evan Hansen opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre to great critical acclaim on 4 December 2016 where it has broken all box office records and recently celebrated its two-year anniversary.   A record-breaking US national tour launched in October 2018 and is currently touring North America and new production opened in March 2019 at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.

LISTINGS

Theatre                            Noël Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4AU

Dates                               from 29 October 2019

Opening Night                    19 November 2019 at 7pm

Box Office                         0844 482 5151

Performances                    Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Tickets                             from £12.50

£2.50 booking fee applies

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WEBSITE

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