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Interview with the X factor heartthrobs performing at The X Factor Live Tour 2017, Bournemouth International Centre on 6th March

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The top eight acts taking to the stage on this year’s live arena tour are: 5 After Midnight, Emily Middlemas, Four of Diamonds, Matt Terry, Ryan Lawrie, Saara Aalto, Sam Lavery and Honey G!

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Matt Terry

How did you find your experience appearing on The X Factor?

My experience on this show, has been the best of my entire life. It’s something I have always wanted to do ever since I can remember but I never felt ready for it until now. I’m so glad I was brave enough to go ahead and audition.. my entire world has changed!!

What was the best piece of advice given to you whilst doing the show/What have you learnt?

Nicole and my vocal coach Iain both taught me so much when it comes to music. I learnt how to feel and mean what I was singing about. Singing is fun and makes you feel incredible but I’ve learnt it’s so much more than that. I’ve have learnt how to tell a story through music.

Do you miss your mentor/have you been in touch with them?

I really miss Nicole, she’s my big sis! We speak often and I can’t wait to be reunited with her!!

What have you been up to since the show finished?

I have been spending time with my friends and family and … I can’t believe I’m saying this.. WRITING MY ALBUM!

What are you looking forward to most about The X Factor Live Tour?

Definitely being reunited with my X Factor family, we all grew very close over our journey together, I know we are in for a whole lot of fun!!!

What can fans expect to see from you on the tour?

All of the stand out performances from all of us! It’s gonna be a brilliant show!

What will you be doing once the tour has finished?

Studio studio studio!

 

Saara Alto

How did you find your experience appearing on The X Factor?

I loved the X Factor so much. I was able to do shows I had wanted to do my whole life. The whole team were the best in the world and I was honoured to work with them. I felt like I could really show who I was as a performer and I enjoyed the big production numbers. It was also life changing in other ways, I moved to Britain, learnt about British culture and also I immediately felt like this was my home. I’m so grateful I was brave enough to take a chance and audition for the X Factor.

What was the best piece of advice given to you whilst doing the show/What have you learnt?

The best advice was from Sharon Osbourne “Don’t be polite on stage” .I was also told from the music team “You have to always show everything you have inside of you, don’t be only half of what you are, be what you truly are”

Do you miss your mentor/have you been in touch with them?

I’ve been sending some text messages with Sharon and she has asked me how I’ve been doing after the show. She also sent me a beautiful “Happy New Year” e-card 😀

What have you been up to since the show finished?

I’ve been super busy and haven’t had a day off! I went to Finland for Christmas and had so many concerts, interviews and meetings there. The whole of Finland watched the X Factor and everybody wanted to see me after the show which was amazing. I’ve now moved to London and I’m in the studio writing songs and also performing all over the country.

What are you looking forward to most about The X Factor Live Tour?

I can’t wait to do big shows again and perform in front of thousands of people! It’s going to be so much fun to sing without the fear of leaving the show!  I can just be together with the other contestants and enjoy performing.

What can fans expect to see from you on the tour?

They are definitely going to see a lot from me! Big performances but also stripped down ballads. There will be amazing outfits and good energy.

What will you be doing once the tour has finished?

After the tour has finished I’m concentrating on my own arena concert in Finland in April. It’s already sold out with 13,000 people attending! It’s going to be so exciting and needs lots of work and planning! After this I will be back in the studio working on new songs 🙂

 

5 After Midnight

How did you find your experience appearing on The X Factor?

Kieran – It was incredible! Such a big learning curve for me and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to do it!

Nathan – Unlike anything I’ve ever done before, it was intense work but immensely fun!

Jordan – It was a crazy but amazing experience – it made me especially happy knowing that I was making my family proud

What was the best piece of advice given to you whilst doing the show/What have you learnt?

Kieran – Be true to who you are! That was the best piece of advice given to me because so many people in the world will try to be something they’re not.

Nathan – I think the best advice was to always “be yourself” and to “have fun” with every performance.

Jordan – I’ve learnt that not everyone can do everything in a group; you all have different qualities about you that come together and make the group what it is.

Do you miss your mentor/have you been in touch with them?

Kieran – Yes I had so many jokes with Louis I miss that, I’ve spoken to him a few times over the holiday 🙂

Nathan – Yeah I definitely miss Louis, there’s no one like him – we’ve been messaging here and there for sure.

Jordan – Yeah 100 percent miss my mentor! I have been in touch with him, he told me he’s living the life in Dublin!!

What have you been up to since the show finished?

Kieran – I’ve been getting tour ready… I’ve been going to the gym, working on vocals, dance moves and tricks! And seeing family too.

Nathan – Catching up with friends & family, and working on some new music!

Jordan – We’ve been signed to Syco and been performing gigs around the UK!

What are you looking forward to most about The X Factor Live Tour?

Kieran – Just going around the country seeing everyone that has supported through the show and proving why they were right to support us.

Nathan – Performing live & catching up with all the other contestants.

Jordan – Just seeing everyone, being with them again and doing what I love to do best – sing, dance and perform

What can fans expect to see from you on the tour?

Kieran – They will see what we were on the show but enhanced so fun, upbeat and smiles x2

Nathan – Well, not giving too much away…but all the venues are arenas so we’ve got a lot of space to work with. We’re gunna do something huge.

Jordan – We will be giving it our heart and soul – they can expect to see a unique group made with passion for what we do.  They’ll be dancing, singing and maybe some explosions too!

What will you be doing once the tour has finished?

Kieran – Working on getting into the music industry properly and dropping our first single.

Nathan – Focus on our recently announced forthcoming album!

Jordan – Working hard with 5 After Midnight and the label, focusing on our debut single/album.

 

Emily Middlemass

How did you find your experience appearing on The X Factor?

It was crazy. It’s everything you could ever imagine and more. Looking back on it all is just so surreal. I still question myself like, did I actually do that? Has this all just happened? My head is STILL in the clouds….The first day I moved into The X Factor house was my 18th birthday and it’s a birthday I will never forget. I will be honest, it was hard at some points, I really had to put my absolute everything into it and work harder than I had ever worked in my life. But, anything blood sweat and tears was worth it, the outcome of performing on that stage every Saturday night is honestly THE BEST feeling I have ever experienced. There is nothing that beats the feeling of being on a stage and performing to people. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone some weeks and then discovering things I didn’t know I was capable of. I found myself.

 

What was the best piece of advice given to you whilst doing the show/What have you learnt?

The best, yet the most simple piece of advice I had was from my dad. He wrote it on a little bit of paper I put up in my room and he told me this every single day and it is to ‘never give up’. 3 simple but the most effective words. DO NOT give up on your dreams.

 

Do you miss your mentor/have you been in touch with them?

I actually do miss Simon. We had this bond that was special- I think it’s because we think so alike. Simon said I can give him a call anytime I like, in my own time.

What have you been up to since the show finished?

I have been writing lots and been in the studio recording some of my music. I have been rehearsing for the tour lots, its going to be an amazing show, I am super super excited about it.

What are you looking forward to most about The X Factor Live Tour?

It has got to be performing in front of and meeting the people who voted for me and made my dreams come true. I can’t wait to see everyone personally and thank them for supporting me throughout this crazy journey.

What can fans expect to see from you on the tour?

 

There is going to be lots of surprises on the tour. I can’t give too many clues away BUT I am super excited for especially one of them! I will have more of a chance to connect and talk to the audience more. I love getting to know the crowd and getting them all on their feet to sing along. I LOVE live performances, they give me goosebumps listening to the crowd!

What will you be doing once the tour has finished?

I am hoping to be releasing a single after tour. I want my single to be something that people can connect with. And then an album following with lots of different types of songs with lots of personal experiences in them, just to let the people who support me get to know me better.

 

Ryan Lawrie

How did you find your experience appearing on The X Factor?

I found my experience on The X Factor special. It was exciting, nerve wracking, stressful, but overall fun. One of the best experiences of my life.

What was the best piece of advice given to you whilst doing the show/What have you learnt? 

The best thing I’ve learned from my experience is to take risks. To do things that are out of your comfort zone.

Do you miss your mentor/have you been in touch with them?

Nicole was a great mentor, she looked after me on the show. I’m sure we will cross paths again.

What have you been up to since the show finished?

Since the show has finished I have been in the studio a lot writing as that is what I am focused on at the moment.

What are you looking forward to most about The X Factor Live Tour?

The thing I am looking forward to most about the tour is getting to perform to thousands of people in the best music venues in the UK.

What can fans expect to see from you on the tour?

Fans can expect amazing lights, crazy moves, possibly some hair flicks! Just lots of rocking out and having fun!

What will you be doing once the tour has finished?

When the tour is over I will return to the studio to write as usual. Song writing is my priority.

 

Honey G

How did you find your experience appearing on The X Factor?

Completely life changing and amazing. I loved every minute of it and now feel like I was born to perform as a Rapper.

What was the best piece of advice given to you whilst doing the show/What have you learnt?

“nothing is impossible”. I proved this by coming back as a wild card in the competition and then going through to the live shows and coming 5th in the competition.

Do you miss your mentor/have you been in touch with them?

Sharon Osbourne and I are very good friends, yes I do miss her a lot. We text each other frequently and I just think she’s an incredible woman. If it wasn’t for her I would not be where I am now.

What have you been up to since the show finished?

I’ve been very busy touring the UK and Ireland doing loads of gigs which are going really well, they love me everywhere I go I’ve had a very encouraging reception. I’ve also released my own single, The Honey G show which I’ve also been promoting. I’ve also been to a couple of premieres.

 What are you looking forward to most about The X Factor Live Tour?

I really can’t wait to get up on those stages and perform in front of thousands of people. I’m in my element when I’m up there.

 What can fans expect to see from you on the tour?

A mega production and Honey G growing as a real Global Rap Star performing some big numbers.

What will you be doing once the tour has finished?

I’ll be continuing to perform and tour the UK and Ireland. I’m hoping to do some high profile performances at festivals in the summer. I’m hoping to take Honey G global ASAP. Then hopefully release an album and hopefully sell millions of records!!!

 

Sam Lavery

How did you find your experience appearing on The X Factor?

Appearing on The X Factor has always been a massive dream of mine and the fact I got to experience the incredible journey was amazing. The X Factor is such a life changing experience, whilst getting to meet and work with the most incredible team who help you grow as an individual artist.

What was the best piece of advice given to you whilst doing the show/What have you learnt? 

Straight away I learnt with the show to always be yourself. Don’t be afraid to show the real you and always makes sure you are happy and confident with the choices being made around you. The whole team you work with want to hear your opinions and want you to enjoy every second of the experience.

Do you miss your mentor/have you been in touch with them?

Having Simon as a mentor was incredible as he really made me feel confident and spent a lot of time with us over the whole period. He made sure we were comfortable and confident and over all happy with everything going on. I am now working and using all the comments and advice he gave to me to keep building myself as an artist.

What have you been up to since the show finished?

Since the show has finished for me it’s being a whirlwind. I’ve done so many shows and performed all over the country, I performed at my hometown arena alongside John Legend, James Arthur, Craig David etc… I’ve done shows with Ronan Keating, special guest on the Matt Goss tour, Fleur East.

Some of these artists whilst I was on the X Factor show came and gave me advice.

I’ve been practically living in the studio writing and recording original songs with some incredible writers and producers to prepare songs that have my exact sound and style for everyone to hear soon.

What are you looking forward to most about The X Factor Live Tour?

For me I’m so looking forward to reuniting with the other contestants and travelling together performing in arenas all over the country.

I haven’t visited some of the places the tour goes to so it’ll be incredible that the first time I’m going is to perform at their home town arena. I am so excited for the Newcastle Date on the tour as it’s my home town arena and I know all my family and friends will be in the crowd, plus i can show the other contestants around Newcastle before the show!

What can fans expect to see from you on the tour?

I am so excited to perform my songs on tour and I’m going to have fun with it and enjoy every second. I want to involve the audience as much as possible and just have the most incredible time with everyone! I can’t wait to see everyone who has supported me and hopefully I’ll get to say hi to them especially in the meet and greets.

What will you be doing once the tour has finished?

When I come off the show I’m straight away back to performing at shows and festivals whilst also working with more writers and producers in the studio co-writing original songs.

Four of Diamonds

How did you find your experience appearing on The X Factor?

We found our experience on the Xfactor truly amazing! It was so fun, everything was non-stop! The experience really helped us grow together as band and our bond has become much stronger! It was an experience we’ll never forget.

What was the best piece of advice given to you whilst doing the show/What have you learnt?

The best piece of advice that we were given on the show was actually from Simon Cowell himself, he sat us down after week 3 and said “Girls, this is such a big opportunity for you, you have the talent, so make sure you make bold decisions about everything you do, from the way you dress to the song you sing”.

Do you miss your mentor/have you been in touch with them?

We really miss Lou Lou and his bear hugs. He used to give us the best advice and was always totally honest with us. We’ve exchanged a few texts since the end of the show, he’s always so lovely!

What have you been up to since the show finished?

We have really enjoyed doing lots of gigs since the show finished, its been amazing meeting lots of people who supported us whilst on the show. We have also been resting and spending time with our families before all the tour madness starts!

What are you looking forward to most about The X Factor Live Tour?

We’re looking forward to being back with all the other Xfactor contestants, of course! But also looking forward to performing on such massive stages all over the UK! We feel like since the show we’ve improved our performance skills loads through gigging and we’ve learnt how to make the most of being up there and enjoy every minute, so bring it on!

What can fans expect to see from you on the tour?

More than anything we’re going to enjoy every moment of being on stage and want all our fans to just have loads of fun with us!

What will you be doing once the tour has finished?

After the tour, we’re looking forward to getting in the studio together and working on our own material. We’re so excited for the future of Four Of Diamonds.

 

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Sign up to win tickets to The X Factor Live Tour 2017, Bournemouth International Centre, 6th March

THIS CONTEST IS OVER 

You’ve joined them on their journey from the judges’ room auditions to the arena, been on the edge of your sofa during the dramatic six-chair challenge and Bootcamp, travelled to Judges’ Houses, tuned in to see the starlets transform in the live studio shows…and now is your chance to see your favourite acts live in person as they embark on The X Factor 2017 Live Tour.  We’re giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see the show at Bournemouth International Centre. Winner will be announced on 2 March 18:00 Hrs GMT.

Sign up to be part of the luck draw for 2 tickets to The X Factor 2017 Live Tour performance at Bournemouth International Centre on 6th March’17

The top eight acts taking to the stage on this year’s live arena tour are: 5 After Midnight, Emily Middlemas, Four of Diamonds, Matt Terry, Ryan Lawrie, Saara Aalto, Sam Lavery and Honey G!

The X Factor Live Tour 2017

The X Factor Live Tour 2017

Beginning in Nottingham on February 23, The X Factor Live Tour 2017 will travel to Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Newcastle, Leeds, Belfast, Dublin and Brighton, with contestants performing classic hits and viewers’ favourites from the TV series this year.

Attended by more than three million people so far, The X Factor Live Tour has been one of the most successful annual arena tours in the UK for the last 12 years. Tickets are on sale now. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this year’s stars live in an arena near you.

For more information to go www.itv.com/xfactor

Ts and Cs

1.The prize is non-transferable, no whole/part cash alternatives.

2. Regretfully, in the event that the event/concert is cancelled by the artist/promoter, tickets for alternative events/concerts, will not be provided to the winners.

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Winner of Curtain Call lucky draw Michael Simkins: “The book captures better than any previous book – the rackety, temporary and yet deeply tribal world of theatre life behind the curtain.”

Michael Simkins

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in our “Sign up to win a copy of CURTAIN CALL: A YEAR BACKSTAGE IN LONDON THEATRE” lucky draw. The winner of our competition is Mr Michael Simkins . He is a theatre actor and  based out of London.

Keeping in with our tradition (of interviewing the winners of contests/lucky draw on our website), here’s our Q&A with Mr Michael Simkins

Michael Simkins

Michael Simkins

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I like its eclectic nature. The photos are of course sublime, the interviews are often unexpected, both in their subject matter and scope, and you can often pick up some hot leads on forthcoming productions – always useful in this brutal business where a  few hours can make all the difference to getting seen or not.  I liked the piece on preparing for pantomime in Bournemouth last Christmas.

 Curtain Call: A Year Backstage In London Theatre is exquisite and exceptional
The book captures better than any previous book  – the rackety,  temporary and yet deeply tribal world of theatre life behind the curtain. There’s nothing stagey or luvvie-esque about the images, instead they reflect perfectly the odd life of the actor when they’re not onstage – indeed, often the individuals in the photos look pre-occupied, bored or just staring into space – as of course is the case, theatre life being a microcosm of life outside. But the photos also capture perfectly the glamour, the excitement, the wonderful camraderie – and the sheer love – of doing the job, for those lucky enough to have the chance to do so. In other words its a 360 degree portrait of the life of the average – and not so average actor.

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR COPY OF Curtain Call: A Year Backstage in London Theatre (Great offer on right now) 

What I feel strongly about when it comes to British Theatre industry…
As if life wasn’t tough enough already, the theatre industry is changing before our eyes. It’s younger, more challenging, quirky, and with far less clearly defined career path.  New ways of acting, of writing, of designing, casting and directing. Thus I often hear actors of my vintage – 50 plus , let’s say, complaining about how it’s all going to the dogs – but in fact it’s exactly how the theatre industry should be. Theatre must constantly evolve if it’s to survive, and the trick for actors of all generations is to adapt, to roll with the changes, and to celebrate the unpredictability and evolving trends. Note to self really – stop droning on about the good old days and realise that we’re still living in them – we just cant always see it that way…

Though, having said that –  there’s one hobby horse of mine that I detest and hate, one which is much more prevalent nowadays. I speak of directors / casting directors / producers etc  NOT bothering to put you out of your misery when you haven’t been chosen. Has  this trend been imported, like so much else, from hollywood and Broadway? This lack of consideration happens so much now, and it only adds unnecessarily to the brutality of the business. There’s no excuse for it – 7 digits on a  phone pad and a one word ‘I’m sorry, your client didn’t get it’ to your agent, and with this simple act of kindness  you set us FREE from worrying about whether we’re still ‘in the mix’ or not. !! Yet nowadays it so often happens that actors, having put so much effort into learning words, attending multiple recalls etc etc, are dispensed with without even this 30 second courtesy. It’s the one aspect of the business that has undoubtedly degenerated in recent years. And it does nobody any credit.

Whats weighing on my mind right now
Like many, I am profoundly unsettled by Brexit, which I think might be completely calamitous for the UK – indeed, possible its death-knell. And I worry deeply about a man so apparently lacking in human kindness as Donald Trump being in the White House. But we have to all remember that climate change and environmental degradation is a far more terrifying prospect than anything offered up by current political realignments , and its already on the horizon. As I write this even London, where I live,  is suffering a smog alert , and if the climate indeed alters as experts predict, it will make our current concerns – Brexit, Syria, international trade deals – look like a kids tea party.  Someone, somewhere , has to push this to the job of the agenda, and make all countries realise that if the worst occurs, we’re all done for – east, west, rich , poor, capitalist or socialist.

Cheers!

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FIRST LOOK – Rehearsal Photos for Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical, THE GIRLS

Photo Credit -Matt Crockett

Starring Debbie Chazen (Topsy-Turvy, Smoking Room, Psychoville), Sophie-Louise Dann (Bend It Like Beckham, Made in Dagenham, Lend me a Tenor in the West End), Michele Dotrice (Nell Gwynn, The Importance of Being Earnest and When We Are Married in the West End and BBC1’s Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em), Claire Machin (My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes and Memphis), Claire Moore (Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and London Road) and Olivier Award-winner Joanna Riding (Carousel, My Fair Lady).

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS FOR THE GIRLS

THE GIRLS is based on the inspiring true story about a group of ladies who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands – they have to date raised almost £5million for Bloodwise. Directed by Tim Firth, with musical staging by Lizzi Gee, comedy staging by Jos Houben, design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster and musical direction and orchestrations by Richard Beadle, the musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary.

THE GIRLS is produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and The Shubert Organization.

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Spectacular, best-selling production of Wicked to tour ten UK and Ireland cities from February 2018

Wicked

Wicked. Click on the image to book your tickets for Wicked.

WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has confirmed that its spectacular, multi record-breaking and critically acclaimed touring production will return to the UK & Ireland in 2018. Acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail), “a wicked and wonderful vision of Oz” (London Evening Standard) and “one of the West End’s true modern classics” (Metro), WICKED is already the 17th longest running show in London theatre history and recently celebrated a decade of performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it continues an open-ended run. Around the world, WICKED has now been seen by over 50 million people in 15 countries, and won over 100 major awards (including 3 Tony Awards and 6 Drama Desk Awards on Broadway; 2 Olivier Audience Awards, 9 WhatsOnStage Awards and an Evening Standard Theatre Award in London; 6 Helpmann Awards in Australia and a Grammy Award).

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 WICKED played a fifteen-city tour of the UK & Ireland from September 2013 – July 2015, winning five-star rave reviews at every venue. The production, acclaimed by the Northern Echo as “the ultimate Broadway experience for theatre audiences all over the UK”, resumed touring in July 2016, playing a sold out engagement at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford and is currently playing in Hong Kong and opens at The Theatre at Solaire in Manila on 2 February. Prior to returning to the UK & Ireland, WICKED will also play engagements in Shanghai and Beijing.

Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Prepare to be spellbound by spectacular costumes, thrilling technical wizardry

and a phenomenal score, all wrapped up in a topical tale.”

Metro

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS FOR WICKED AT APOLLO VICTORIA THEATRE

WICKED has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell and Disney’s PocahontasThe Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted) and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

WICKED is produced around the world by Marc PlattUniversal Stage ProductionsThe Araca GroupJon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK/International Tour) Michael McCabe.

Wicked will the touring the following ten cities:

BRISTOL Hippodrome, Tuesday 5 February – Saturday 3 March 2018

Tickets on sale Wednesday 1 February 2017 at 10am (Theatre Card holders 25 January, Groups 10+ 30 January 2017)

LIVERPOOL Empire, Wednesday 7 – Saturday 31 March 2018

Tickets on sale Wednesday 1 February 2017 at 10am (Theatre Card holders 25 January, Groups 10+ 30 January 2017)

BIRMINGHAM Hippodrome, Wednesday 4 – Sunday 29 April 2018

Tickets on sale Tuesday 21 March (Friends 7 March, Groups 10+ 14 March 2017)

EDINBURGH Playhouse, Tuesday 8 May – Saturday 9 June 2018

Tickets on sale Wednesday 8 February at 10am (Groups 10+ 6 February 2017)

LEEDS Grand Theatre, Wednesday 13 June – Saturday 7 July 2018

Tickets on sale Friday 3 February (Friends 27 January, Groups 10+ 30 January 2017)

DUBLIN Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Tuesday 17 July – Sunday 26 August 2018

Tickets on sale Friday 30 June at 10am

SUNDERLAND Empire, Tuesday 4 – Saturday 29 September 2018

Tickets on sale Wednesday 1 February 2017 at 10am (Theatre Card holders 25 January, Groups 10+ 30 January 2017)

SOUTHAMPTON Mayflower Theatre, Wednesday 3 – Saturday 27 October 2018

Tickets on sale September 2017

CARDIFF Wales Millennium Centre, Wednesday 31 October – Saturday 24 November 2018

Tickets on sale Monday 27 March (Promise members 27 February, Groups 10+ 20 March 2017)

MANCHESTER Palace Theatre, Tuesday 4 December 2018 – Saturday 5 January 2019

Tickets on sale Wednesday 1 February 2017 at 10am (Theatre Card holders 25 January, Groups 10+ 30 January 2017)

 

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Sign up to win a copy of CURTAIN CALL: A YEAR BACKSTAGE IN LONDON THEATRE

In this beautiful and groundbreaking book the reader is invited to go backstage with photographer Matt Humphrey and actor John Schwab as they present a side to London theatre that’s never before been portrayed. It is – quite frankly – truly remarkable to get a peek behind the scenes at some of our greatest performers doing their thing at our most treasured venues.

Here’s your chance to win a copy of this exquisite book. Sign up in the form below to take part in our lucky draw to choose the winner. Winner announcement on 25 January 2017

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“It’s genuinely the most captivating photography of theatre as an art form I have even seen.” – Huffington Post, UK.

“Any theatre lover, anybody that goes to the theatre would love to have this book.” – David Suchet CBE, Actor

“These photographs capture the life of a show much more than pictures of the show itself.” Juliet Stevenson, Actress

“You really get a sense of theatre in all its beauty, glamour – but all its hard work.” Noma Dumezweni, Actress

Containing exclusive photography of Nicole Kidman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Imelda Staunton, Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Strong and many more stars of the West End stage. There are numerous exclusive features of shows including interviews, such as Billy Elliot the MusicalHamletCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryGypsyA View From The Bridge and other award-winning productions.

With unparalleled access throughout the year, take a journey behind the scenes via Humphrey’s striking reportage-style imagery and Schwab’s revealing, insightful interviews. A visually stunning celebration of almost sixty productions, from innovative new works to time-tested family favourites, Curtain Call’s inaugural book presents a vivid record of an extraordinary year in London theatre.

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Winner of Gypsy DVD lucky draw DeeDee Doke “I’ve loved “Gypsy” since I was a little girl. It’s all about ambition and reaching for the stars — in any way you can.”

We ran “Win a Gypsy DVD” contest on the website in  November. The Gypsy DVD – courtesy of Universal Pictures. We are absolutely delighted with the level of response that the contest generated both  on the website and on our twitter handle. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who signed up to participate in the lucky draw.

DeeDee Doke

DeeDee Doke

In our effort to look at our theatre audiences beyond the “theatre audience” we put a few questions to our winners.  Having readers’ perspective about theatre and their love for theatre is both  enlightening and inspiring. Needless to say DeeDee did not disappoint. We hadn’t imagined our GYPSY DVD lucky draw would throw up someone so completely immersed, captivated and in love with British Theatre in general and Gypsy to boot.

Here’s how the Q&A  with her went…

Carl’s website 
Sophisticated, aesthetically pleasing site; I particularly like the use of images and how they’re played, and the images themselves. The content is crisp, not too dense or ‘luvvie’. I look forward to its further growth and  development.

Theatre, musicals and more 
I was introduced to theatre and musicals as a toddler, and nothing excites me as much as the opening of an onstage curtain – I love the enhanced reality, the storytelling, and with my favourite musicals, songs that I both love to hear and sing. My favourite form of entertainment — theatre, whether ‘straight plays’ or musicals. I love being in the audience; I also love performing.

Why Gypsy and what about Gypsy  
I’ve loved “Gypsy” since I was a little girl. It’s all about ambition and reaching for the stars — in any way you can. I loved the power, the style, the glamour and the amazing human story of thwarted and vicarious ambition. Every single song is so strong. And omigod, what an overture! I love the vehemence of “Rose’s Turn” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, and the wistfulness of “Little Lamb”. What characters — Rose of course, Herbie, Miss Mazeppa the Stripper, and Gypsy/Louise herself. When Louise is transformed into Gypsy, there’s such a sense that Louise has finally found her destiny, and she’s helpless to stop it — even if she wanted to, which I don’t think she does.

Favourite song from Gypsy
My favourite “Gypsy” soundtrack: I thought nothing could ever overtake the original Ethel Merman soundtrack, but the latest featuring Imelda Staunton is just staggering. I think her interpretations of Rose’s songs are my favourite but I love Sandra Church’s rendition of “Little Lamb”.

Me and British Theatre  
I can hardly put it into words. I love British theatre, revel in every production I see — whether it’s effective or not — and believe it is giving rise to some of the world’s most imaginative and revelatory productions of plays old and new. I feel so lucky to get to experience it first-hand. It’s truly one of the finest gifts we offer the world.

 

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