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The National Theater Wales today announced appointment of Lorne Campbell to the role of Artistic Director

Clive Jones, Chair of NTW, today announced the new Artistic Director of a penodiad to succeed Kully Thiarai. Lorne Campbell, WHO Director of sub Currently Artistic Northern Stage, will take up the role in Spring 2020.

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Casting announced for the Made at Curve production of West Side Story, running in Leicester this Christmas

Casting has been announced for the Made at Curve production of West Side Story, running in Leicester this Christmas 23 Nov 2019 – 11 Jan 2020.

The musical will be directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, responsible for Curve’s recent hit productions of White Christmas (also at the Dominion Theatre, London), Grease (currently on tour in the UK) and Scrooge, with new choreography from Ellen Kane (Cats, Universal/WorkingTitle film directed by Tom Hooper and Worldwide Associate Choreography on Matilda the Musical, RSC).

Adriana Ivelisse and Carly Mercedes-Dyer will play trailblazing women Maria and Anita, who arrive in the United States from Puerto Rico looking for a new life. Adriana, a Puerto Rican native and 2019 Spotlight Prize Finalist, will make her professional UK debut as Maria while Carly will play Anita, Maria’s closest friend.

 Jamie Muscato (Bend it Like Beckham, Phoenix Theatre, Lazarus, Kings Cross Theatre, Heathers, Theatre Royal Haymarket and The Light Princess, National Theatre) will play Maria’s lover Tony.

Jonathan Hermosa-Lopez (Grease, UK and Ireland tour) and Ronan Burns (Kiss Me Kate, Sheffield Crucible Theatre) will play rival gang leaders Bernardo and Riff.

Darren Bennett, who has appeared in numerous Made at Curve productions including Grease as Vince Fontaine (2016 and 2019 UK and Ireland tour), Scrooge the Musical (2017) as Mr Fezziwig and cover for Scrooge, will play Police Detective Lieutenant Schrank.

The cast also includes Ryan Anderson (Grease, UK and Ireland tour) as A-Rab, Damian Buhagiar (Grease, UK and Ireland tour) as Chino, Thea Bunting (Grease, UK and Ireland tour) as Graziella, Alex Christian (Oklahoma!, Chichester Festival Theatre) as Baby John, Abigail Climer (Grease, UK and Ireland tour) as Consuelo, Isaac Gryn (Oklahoma!, Chichester Festival Theatre) as Action, Beth Hinton-Lever (Hadestown, National Theatre) as Anybodys, Katie Lee (Matilda, Royal Shakespeare Company) as Velma, Mireia Mambo (Evita, Regents Park Open Air Theatre) as Rosalia, Michael O’Reilly (Dirty Dancing, UK and Ireland tour) as Diesel, Dominic Sibanda (Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre) as Indio, Dale White (Grease, UK and Ireland tour) as Big Deal and Christopher Wright (The Ladykillers, Oldham Coliseum) as Officer Krupke and Doc.

Speaking about the cast, Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:

“West side story really is one of the greatest musicals ever written theatre. To bring to life any piece of theatre you need an astonishing group of collaborators and we are proud to have assembled such a talented, imaginative and quintessentially 21st century group of actors, who will celebrate the heritage of this play, whilst rediscovering it for an entirely new generation. Adriana, Carly, Jamie, Jonathan and Ronan lead an outstanding company of actors, who all recognise how important the musical’s message of love and acceptance is in 2019.”

New York City, West Side, 1957. In the midst of gang rivalry and racial tensions, love at first sight strikes between Tony, a founding member of the White-American Jets and Maria, the sister of Bernardo, leader of the Puerto Rican Sharks. In the face of danger, the two young lovers continue to meet in secret – but the Jets and the Sharks have one last rumble to fight out.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet and with a timeless score including ‘Tonight’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’, West Side Story represents one of the greatest musicals of all time, filled with romance, charm, aggression and heartbreak.

West Side Story is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

Tickets for West Side Story at Curve are available to book now. To find out more and purchase seats, visit www.curveonline.co.uk, call Curve’s Box Office on 0116 242 3595 or visit the theatre in person.

 Production Team

Director Nikolai Foster
Choreographer Ellen Kane

Set Designer Michael Taylor
Costume Designer Edd Lindley
Musical Supervisor Sarah Travis

Musical Director – George Dyer
Lighting Designer – Guy Hoare
Sound Designer – Tom Marshall
Casting Director Kay Magson CDG

 

WEST SIDE STORY

Based on a conception of JEROME ROBBINS

Book by ARTHUR LAURENTS  Music by LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM

Entire Original Production Directed and Choreographed by

JEROME ROBBINS

 Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince

by arrangement with Roger L. Stevens

Performed by arrangement with

Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

Ivor Novello award-winning composer, Will Gregory joins RSC Winter Season

RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that singer-songwriter Will Gregory will compose the music for a new production of William Shakespeare’s rarely performed tale of a nation in turmoil, King John, directed by Eleanor Rhode.

Will Gregory formed electronic pop group Goldfrapp in 1999 alongside bandmate Alison Goldfrapp. Together they have released seven albums, most recently ‘Silver Eye’ in 2017, and scored a string of hits including ‘Strict Machine’‘Ooh La La’‘Lovely Head’ and ‘A&E’.

The multi-platinum selling band have been nominated for the Mercury Prize, multiple Grammy Awards and won an Ivor Novello for ‘Strict Machine’Goldfrapp have also scored the soundtracks to the films ‘My Summer of Love‘ and ‘Nowhere Boy‘ and wrote the music for Carrie Cracknell’s acclaimed production ofMedea for The National Theatre.

Outside of Goldfrapp, Will Gregory has performed with artists including Tears for FearsPeter GabrielThe CurePortishead and Michael Nyman. His first opera; ‘Picard in Space’ premiered at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2011 and in 2014 he was commissioned to produce a piece for orchestra and Moog, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Gregory also wrote part of the score for the National Theatre of Scotland’s ‘James III’ trilogy in 2016 which was subsequently performed nationally. Gregory is currently scoring the TV series ‘Serengeti‘ executive produced by Simon Fuller as well as the ‘The Nature Of Why’ with the British Paraorchestra at the Bristol Old Vic.

His other passion is “The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble“, a ten-piece orchestra of Mono Synths that is touring this year including dates at the Barbican in London, and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

Will Gregory said; ‘I think Shakespeare is still one of the most important voices across all of the arts. His work has a musical dimension for me. His poetry manages to condense meaning in a super charged way that sits outside reality and we understand it with some part of our eternal self that has nothing to do with the everyday. Personally, I love the challenge of writing music for the stage. Hopefully, the score will add a fourth dimension to the audience’s experience of watching King John… like an extra cast member that Shakespeare might have added, had he been familiar with a synthesiser!’

Bruce O’Neil, RSC Head of Music, said; ‘We commission new music for every production at the Royal Shakespeare Company, from some of the best composers in the business, and perform the music live. Shakespeare’s plays are full of music, and its importance as part of the theatrical experience in Stratford is reflected in a fine tradition of composing talent that goes back to the opening of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1879. Will is a unique composing talent – and I’m very much looking forward to hearing his music for King John.’

King John is directed by Eleanor Rhode in her debut at the RSC. Eleanor’s recent work includes Rustfor The Bush/Hightide, the UK premiere of Blue Door for Theatre Royal Bath, Boudica by Tristan Bernays for the Globe Theatre and Wendy and Peter Pan for the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

The production is designed by Max Johns Lighting by Lizzie Powell, Music by Will Gregory, Sound byDavid Gregory, Movement by Tom Jackson Greaves and Fights by Rachel-Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown.

King John will be filmed for later broadcast to cinemas as part of our Live From Stratford-upon-Avonseries.

Miranda Curtis – Season Supporter, Swan Theatre Winter 2019

King John is supported by RSC Production Circle member Marcia Whitaker

Live From Stratford-upon-Avon is generously supported by Virgin Media as part of its commitment to make good things happen through digital

Live From Stratford-upon-Avon is generously supported by the Sidney E. Frank Foundatio

NOTES TO EDITORS

King John by William Shakespeare

 

Directed by Eleanor Rhode

Thurs 19 September 2019 – Sat 21 March 2020

Press night: Thurs 26 Sept 2019, 7pm

#RSCKingJohn

‘Mad world! mad kings! mad composition!’

Richard the Lionheart is dead. His brother John is King of England. Threatened from all sides by Europe, the English noblemen and even his own family, King John will stop at nothing to keep hold of his crown.

Shakespeare’s rarely performed tale of a nation in turmoil vibrates with modern resonance in this vivid new production by director Eleanor Rhode in her debut at the RSC.

King John will be filmed for later broadcast to cinemas as part of our Live From Stratford-upon-Avon series.

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Full Company announced for Blues In The Night

Blues in the Night

As rehearsals begin for Blues in Night, Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham announced the full company. Joining the previously announced Sharon D Clarke (The Lady), Debbie Kurup (The Woman), Clive Rowe (The Man) and Gemma Sutton (The Girl) are Aston New (The Hustler) and Joseph Poulton (The Barman) to complete the company for the first major London revival in 30 years. Susie McKenna’s 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.

GALA PERFORMANCE

5 September 2019, 7pm

To celebrate a year to the day since the Kiln Theatre came into being, the company are hosting a Gala Performance of Blues in the Night on 5 September 2019, 7pm.

Every ticket includes a glass of sparkling wine or a specially conceived Blues in the Night cocktail upon arrival, plus a signed programme. All proceeds from the evening are in aid of Kiln Theatre.

www.KilnTheatre.com

Twitter: @KilnTheatre / @KilnCinema

KILN SEASON AT A GLANCE

WIFE

Until 6 July

Audio Described: 4 July

 

BLUES IN THE NIGHT

18 July – 7 September 2019

Press night: 24 July at 7pm

Captioned performance: 22 August

Audio Described performance: 8 August

A FRIENDLY SOCIETY (WORKING TITLE)

26 – 29 September 2019

 

WHEN THE CROWS VISIT

23 October – 30 November 2019

Press night: 29 October at 7pm

Captioned performance: 21 November

Audio Described performance: 14 November

SNOWFLAKE

10 December 2019 – 18 January 2020

Press night: 16 December at 7pm

For full schedule over Christmas, please see the website

Captioned performance: 9 January

Audio Described performance: 14 January

Priority Booking onsale: 24 June 10am

Public Booking onsale: 25 June 10a

 

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The Royal Theatrical Support Trust and Curve invite entries for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award 2019, in partnership with Rose Theatre Kingston and English Touring Theatre

Sir Peter Hall
Sir Peter Hall

Sir Peter Hall

The Royal Theatrical Support Trust (RTST) and Leicester’s Curve theatre have announced that the 2019 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award Scheme is now open for entries.

Now in its fourth year, the award – which honours the memory of RTST co-founder, Sir Peter Hall – will be made to an up-and-coming director who demonstrates exceptional directing skills and a passion for regional theatre in a rigorous competitive process.

The winner will get the opportunity to direct a full-scale, fully funded production of a classic or modern play, which may be an existing play or a new adaptation of a novel or film. The production will open in 2020 at Curve, as a Made at Curve co-production between Curve, Rose Theatre Kingston and English Touring Theatre (ETT), then tour across the UK. The RTST will make a grant of £50,000 to Curve to be applied towards the costs of the winner’s production.

The scheme promotes the RTST’s charitable objectives by nurturing up-and-coming talent in the theatre and supporting British regional theatres. It is also intended to appeal to a wide range of candidates and to play a part in promoting diversity in the theatre, onstage, offstage and among audiences.

The winning director will be chosen by a selection panel comprising Nikolai Foster (Artistic Director of Curve) as chair, and judges Jerry Gunn (Executive Producer at Rose Theatre Kingston), Carol Leeming (Poet and Playwright), Richard Twyman (Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre), Lindsay Posner (Director), Grace Smart (Designer), Cathy Tyson (Actor), Erica Whyman (Deputy Artistic Director, Royal Shakespeare Company).

Previous award winners and official runners-up of the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award include Kate Hewitt and Rebecca Frecknall (2016); Chelsea Walker and Tinuke Craig (2017) and Nancy Medina and Josh Seymour (2018).

Chair of the RTST, Sir Geoffrey Cass, said:

“We’re delighted that Curve is collaborating with us on the 2019 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award and will be co-producing the winner’s production with Rose Theatre Kingston (of which Sir Peter Hall was the Founder) and English Touring Theatre. We’re proud that our Award will again be the catalyst for a national tour that will launch a director into mid-scale regional theatre. We’ve seen past Award winners and official runners-up having tremendous success, which bodes well for the winner of this year’s award.”

Chris Stafford, Chief Executive and Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director of Curve said:

“It is truly an honour for us to be associated with such an important director scheme and especially one that bears the name of an individual who has done so much for theatre in this country. The RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award has enjoyed great success over the years, offering proper career progression for directors making the transition from smaller stages into larger-scale productions. We are looking forward to working with a talented director to help them take this next career development step and create a thrilling production for us here in Leicester and at Rose Theatre Kingston, as well as in venues across the country thanks to our friends at English Touring Theatre.

“Theatre is all about collaboration and we are thrilled to be working alongside Mark Hawes at RTST, Jerry Gunn and his Rose team and Richard Twyman at ETT, who will ensure this production is seen across the UK.”

Entries for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award Scheme 2019 are now open. To enter, and for further details of the award, please visit the RTST’s website: www.rtst.org.uk. The closing date for entries is 6pm on Monday 1, July 2019.

Cast Announced for Adrian Mole in the West End

Rehearsals begin today for Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ – The Musical, which will open at the Ambassadors Theatre for a limited season from 15 June until 12 October 2019, with a Gala Night on Tuesday 2 July. The musical has book and lyrics by Jake Brunger, music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary and direction by Luke Sheppard.

The adult cast includes Rosemary Ashe (Felicia Gabriel in The Witches of Eastwick for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, Carlotta in the original cast of The Phantom of the Opera, Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables, Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act UK tour, Kate Hoey MP in Committeeat Donmar Warehouse) as Grandma, Lara Denning (Mrs Wormwood and Miss Honey in Matilda, West End, Ruthless The Musical at Arts Theatre, Mrs Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal Drury Lane) as Miss Elf/Doreen Slater, John Hopkins (Sir Francis Basset in Poldark, BBC, Endeavour, ITV, regular character Sergeant Dan Scott in Midsomer Murders, ITV, The Boys in the Band at Park Theatre/ Vaudeville, Much Ado About Nothing at Rose Theatre Kingston) as Mr Lucas/Mr Scruton, Andrew Langtree (Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day at The Old Vic which earned him an Olivier Award nomination,  Troilus & Cressida for the RSC, Imperium for the RSC, Gielgud Theatre, Justin Gallagher in Emmerdale from 2010 – 2012) as George, Amy Ellen Richardson (Ursula March in Sweet Charity at Donmar Warehouse, Kiss Me Kate at Sheffield Crucible, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical UK Tour, Merrily We Roll Along, Menier Chocolate Factory/Harold Pinter, Les Misérables, Queens Theatre) as Pauline, and Ian Talbot OBE(Artistic and Managing Director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until 2008, Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray at Shaftesbury Theatre, the Fool in King Lear, Hortensio in The Taming Of The Shrew and Trinculo in The Tempest, all for the RSC, Harry Trevor in Kiss Me Kate for BBC Proms, Geoffrey in Alphabetical Order at Bath Theatre Royal/ UK Tour) as Bert Baxtor. Also in the cast are Holly Ashton (1st cover Donna in Mamma Mia!, International tour, A Little Night Music, Frinton Summer Theatre) and Mathew Craig (Narrator in Blood Brothers, UK Tour, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾, Menier Chocolate Factory, Rebel Leader in We Will Rock You, UK Tour and Dominion Theatre). The children’s cast is to be announced.

Set in 1980s Leicester, this adaptation of Sue Townsend‘s best-selling book is a timeless tale of teenage angst, family struggles and unrequited love, told through the eyes of tortured poet and misunderstood intellectual Adrian Mole. One of the most enduring comedy characters of all time, he is the hapless, hilarious, spotty teenager who captured the zeitgeist of 1980s Britain, and this critically acclaimed production brings Adrian’s story to life for a new generation of theatregoers.

“Honestly. My family just don’t understand me. Perhaps when I am famous and my diary is discovered people will understand the torment of being a 13¾ year-old intellectual” Adrian Mole.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ was Townsend’s first novel and was originally published in 1982 by Methuen, but is now published by Penguin Books. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, been translated into 30 languages, and spawned seven sequel Adrian Mole novels. The novels have previously been adapted for the stage, radio and television.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ – The Musical has choreography by Rebecca Howell, set and costume design by Tom Rogers, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Gregory Clarke, musical direction by Mark Collins, musical supervision & orchestrations by Paul Herbert, children’s casting by Jo Hawes CDG and additional casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG.

This production is produced by Anthony Clare, Ramin Sabi, Knickerbockerglory, Mark Puddle/Vicky Graham and Curve.

Originally commissioned by Curve and Royal and Derngate, Northampton.

Website: www.adrianmolethemusical.com

Facebook: adrianmolethemusical

Twitter: @adrianmoleuk

Instagram: AdrianMoleUK

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ – The Musical

 15 June – 12 October 2019

Ambassadors Theatre

West Street

London

WC2H 9ND

Ticket Prices: Previews from £15

Performance Times:

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm*

Matinees – Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Additional matinee Tuesday 23 July

*7pm start on Tuesday 2 July

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)

Box Office: 0843 904 0061*

*Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s usual access charge

www.atgtickets.com

Summer season at Live At Zédel announcement

Live at Zedel

Live At Zédel, Soho’s unique live entertainment concept at Crazy Coqs, announces their new 2019 summer season produced in partnership with Fane Productions.

Andy Hornby, Head of Events says: “Crazy Coqs continues to establish itself as London’s art deco gem for international cabaret and live music. The season outlined below reflects the quality of shows that are both returning to Crazy Coqs and artists that are making their debut, and it is rewarding that more and more see Crazy Coqs as a platform to showcase their material. Our audience too continues to grow and become more diverse – a reflection of the density and breadth of the programme. This season, we are particularly proud to support the National Autistic Society in partnership with West End Wilma and some world-class guests, as well as supporting Pride In London with a incredible selection of LGBTQ-themed shows.”

Featuring over 200 shows, highlights of the 2019 summer season include a new partnership with West End Wilma that features a monthly afternoon chat show with the West End’s biggest names. The season starts in June with guests including Beverley Knight, Emma HattonRachel Tucker and Luke Bayer. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions and all profits raised from the series will be donated to the National Autistic Society, to help stage more Relaxed Performances of theatre shows.  The Crazy Coqs Presents… series with new solo shows just announced from Broadway’s Telly Leung (Glee, Aladdin) and West End stars Sophie Isaacs and Claudia Kariuki. Olivier Award nominated writers of SixToby Marlow and Lucy Moss will come to the venue forAn Evening with Marlow & Moss (LOL), in which they’re joined by the Queens from the hit show, currently running at Arts Theatre. New solo shows include Tony and Grammy Award winner John Lloyd Young, TV magician Ben HartHeathers’ T’Shan Williams, The Overtones’ Lockie Chapman, and the highly-anticipated return of cabaret royalty, Kit & McConnel.

Joe Stilgoe continues his annual weeklong residency this May with guests including Jason ManfordMeow MeowHarry Hill, Hadley Fraser, Liane Carroll andThe Mash Report’s Rachel Parris. London’s leading cabaret experts Black Cat return with ‘Salon des Artistes’ most Saturdays at 9.15pm and The Crazy Coqs Presents… curated by Mark Petty tackles a new music theme every last Sunday of the month. Other residencies include Bounder & Cad, Flo & Joan, Harold Sanditen’s Open Mic Party, Marcel Lucont’s Cabaret Fantastique, Flanders & Swann, and Jay Rayner with his QuartetAlong with the continuation of the free of charge ‘Round Midnight events every Friday and Saturday, other musical acts coming this season include contemporary swing group Jack Pack, classical vocal crossover group Per Voi with special guest Lucy Kay, string quartet Bowjangles and classical artists Laura Wright and Piano Brothers.

 From across the pond, American female impersonator extraordinaire Randy Roberts is back by popular demand in June for a run of five shows of Randy Roberts Live! Tony nominee Charles Busch hosts an evening featuring the songs of Michael Legrand and Stephen Sondheim, and performer and daughter of Judy Garland, Lorna Luft returns to the venue for an extended run following a series of sold-out performances earlier this year. From further afield, Australian theatre star Michael Griffiths returns in August with his popular cabaret shows celebrating the music of Madonna, Kylie and Annie Lennox.

 From July, Crazy Coqs will host the return of The Big Smoke Festival which includes Mum’s The Word, a new honest and entertaining cabaret about the journey into motherhood by West End stars Lorna WantVivien Carter and Joanna Woodward. Other leading performers include Emma LindarsNick HayesGenevieve Nicole and Declan Egan each with their own solo cabarets.

Also in July, the venue celebrates Pride in London with shows from living fashion doll Clementine with Clementine’s Liberty Special: A Star-Spangled Rainbow, Crazy Coqs’ favourite La Voix, and Mark Farrelly’s acclaimed one-man play Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope.

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Joanna Riding to host West End Gala of the 13th Annual Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and The 12th Annual Stiles + Drewe Prize

Joanna Riding

The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments today announced the West End gala of the 13th annual Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year (SSSSPOTY) and the 12th anniversary of The Stiles + Drewe Prize. The 2019 competition is being staged at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on Sunday 9 June, hosted by two-time Olivier Award winner and star of the current revival of Follies at the National Theatre, Joanna RidingChris Hocking returns to direct the gala, with musical direction by Nigel Lilley, and a guest performance by 2018 SSSSPOTY winner Alex Cardall.

This annual competition, co-produced by The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments, sees twelve of the top student performers from musical theatre and drama schools across the UK each perform a song by Stephen Sondheim, and a new musical theatre song written by members of Mercury Musical Developments. The performers are competing for the top prize of £1,000, judged by writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson, with Julia McKenzie (six-time Olivier Award nominee and two-time winner, and Tony Award nominee), and Peter Polycarpou (currently starring in Man of La Mancha).

The Stiles + Drewe Prize supports and develops new musical theatre writing, recognising an outstanding song from a new musical, and is supported by The Entertainment Business, who said: “We’re delighted to be co-sponsoring the Best New Song prize for the third year running and to continue to support new musical writing”. The winner of Best New Song receives £1,000 to put towards developing their work. Judging the Best New Song entries with Stiles and Drewe will be Nkeki Obi-Melekwe (currently starring as Tina in Tina The Musical).

Olivier Award-winning song-writing duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe today said We’ve had the biggest crop ever of entries for our Best New Song Prize this year.  Thank you to all the writers who submitted a phenomenal 177 entries and congratulations to our 12 fabulous finalists. Together with MMD, we’re passionate about showcasing emerging Musical Theatre writing talent and we’re delighted to see material full of flair and panache.”

Craig Glenday, Chair of The Stephen Sondheim Society, also said “Stephen Sondheim has said that teaching is a sacred profession, so it’s a privilege to be able to honour this sentiment by supporting these talented students. SSSSPOTY gives these bright lights the chance to sing on a West End stage – and to work with an established Director and Musical Director – and it gives the audience the chance to say ‘We were there!’ when they first heard these stars of the future perform. Good luck to everyone involved!”

Listings

Theatre Royal Haymarket

18 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HT

Box Office: 0207 930 8800

https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-haymarket/

https://trh.co.uk/whatson/the-stephen-sondheim-society-student-performer-of-the-year/

 Twitter: @stilesanddrewe

@mercurymusicals

@Sondheimsociety

#sssspoty

Ticket prices: £17.40-£47.50

Running time: 2 hours

 

Maria Friedman and Anita Dobson join Trevor Nunn’s critically acclaimed production of Fiddler On The Roof

Maria Friedman
Maria Friedman

Maria Friedman

Director Trevor Nunn; Choreographers Jerome Robbins & Matt Cole; Set Designer Robert Jones Costume Designer Jonathan Lipman; Lighting Designer Tim Lutkin; Sound Designer Gregory Clarke Hair and Wig Designer Richard Mawbey; Orchestrations Jason Carr; Musical Supervisor Paul Bogaev

Anita Dobson

Anita Dobson

Maria Friedman and Anita Dobson join the company of Trevor Nunn’s critically acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof, which is currently running at the reconfigured Playhouse Theatre until 28 September. Friedman plays Golde, and Dobson plays Yente from 18 June, taking over from Judy Kuhn and Louise Gold respectively. They join Andy Nyman (Tevye), Nicola Brown (Chava), Harriet Bunton (Hodel), Dermot Canavan (Lazar Wolf), Stewart Clarke (Perchik), Joshua Gannon (Motel), Matthew Hawksley (Fyedka), and Molly Osborne (Tzeitel), as well as Miles BarrowSofia BennettPhilip BertioliLottie CasserleyElena Cervesi, Lia CohenTalia EtheringtonShoshana EzequielIsabella Foat, Fenton GrayJames Hameed,  Adam LinsteadAdam MargilewskiRobert MaskellBenny MaslovRobyn McIntyre, Gaynor MilesEllie MullaneTania NewtonCraig PinderValentina Theodoulou and Ed Wade.

★★★★★

‘Musically, geopolitically, emotionally, this Fiddler raises the roof.’

The Guardian

Direct from its sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Tony and Olivier award-winning director Trevor Nunn’s ‘exuberant revival’ (Daily Telegraph) of the classic Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof transfers to the West End for a strictly limited run. The Playhouse Theatre has been specially transformed into an intimate space for this ‘shiveringly intimate chamber musical about family’ (The Times).

★★★★★

‘An evening to be celebrated as a spikily poignant reminder of what it is to be human in politically dark times. Both whirlingly energetic and achingly moving, it marks itself out straight away as one of the most uplifting nights possible to be had in the West End right now.’
The Arts Desk

Old traditions and young love collide in this joyous and timely celebration of life. Tevye’s daughters’ unexpected choice of husbands opens his heart to new possibilities, as his close-knit community also feel winds of change blowing through their tiny village.

Featuring the iconic score including ‘Tradition’, ‘Matchmaker, Matchmaker’, ‘Sunrise, Sunset’ and ‘If I Were a Rich Man’, and featuring original choreography from Tony Award-winning Jerome Robbins alongside new choreography by Matt Cole, Fiddler on the Roof ‘bursts from the stage’ (Financial Times), bringing new life to one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

Olivier Award-winning Maria Freidman plays Golde. The recipient of three Olivier Awards for Maria Friedman By Special Arrangement at the Donmar Warehouse (1995), Best Actress in a Musical for her performance of Fosca in the West End production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion (1996), and for Ragtime (2003). Her other theatre credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Blues in the Night, Chicago, The Witches of Eastwick, Anna in The King and I at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Lady in the Dark. In 2004 she originated the role of Marian Halcombe in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, The Woman in White, both in the West End and on Broadway. She is regularly associated with the work of Stephen Sondheim, having performed principle roles in Merrily We Roll Along, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, and as Mrs Lovett in concert performances of Sweeney Todd (Barbican). She also appeared in New York, Washington and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, in celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday. She has performed her critically acclaimed one woman shows – Maria Friedman – By Special Arrangement and Maria Friedman – By Extra Special Arrangement in venues around the UK and in New York including several seasons at Café Carlyle, and has most recently performed her new solo show From the Heart to sell-out audiences at Crazy Coqs. She has featured on many cast recordings and released several solo albums including Maria Friedman, Maria Friedman Live, Now and Then, and Maria Friedman Celebrates The Great British Songbook. On screen, her roles include Elaine Peacock in EastEnders, Trish Baynes in CasualtyRed Dwarf, the Narrator in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (DVD), and Mother Abbas on ITV’s Sound of Music Live. In 2013, she made her directorial debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory with Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. The production opened to critical acclaim, winning the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical and Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, transferring to the West End and Boston. Her other directing credits include High Society (The Old Vic) and the world première of the new musical Dusty (Theatre Royal Bath).

Anita Dobson plays Yente. Her extensive theatre credits include Annie (UK tour), 3Women (Trafalgar Studios), The Shadow Factory (Nuffield Southampton Theatres), The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC), Budgie (Cambridge Theatre), The Three Sisters (Royal Court Theatre), Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (National Theatre), Kvetch (Garrick Theatre), Lovely Shayna Maidel (Ambassador’s Theatre), Charley’s Aunt (Aldwych Theatre), The Vagina Monologues (Arts Theatre/UK tour), Frozen (National Theatre / Olivier Award nomination), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Milly(Shaftesbury Theatre), Hello Dolly! (Theatre Royal Lincoln/ UK tour), Calendar Girls (Noël Coward Theatre), Bette and Joan (Arts Theatre) and Wicked(Apollo Theatre). For television her extensive work includes EastEnders (as series regular Angie Watts), Leave Him To HeavenNannySplit EndsThe World Of Eddie WearyRed DwarfSmokescreenI’ll Be Watching YouDangerfieldThe Famous FiveHighlanderGet Well SoonJunkSunburnThe StretchHearts and BonesUrban GothicThe Last Detective, Gigglebiz, Hotel BabylonMoving OnPompidouArmadaCall The Midwife and The Rebel; and for film, Seaview KnightsBeyond BedlamThe Tichborne ClaimantThe Revengers’ ComediesDarkness FallsCharlie, SolitaryThe Rise Of The KraysThe Fall Of The KraysLondon Road and The Fight.

Listings                                                                                                                         Fiddler on the Roof

Playhouse Theatre

Northumberland Ave, London WC2N 5DE

 Box Office: 0844 871 7631

Tickets from £20

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 Twitter: @FiddlerWestEnd

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 Performances:

Tuesday to Saturday (matinees on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) until 31 August

From 2 September, Monday to Saturday, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday

Please check the website for full details of performance schedule.

Groups Bookings: 020 7206 1174

Access Bookings: 0800 912 6971

Captioned performance: Wednesday 8 May

Audio Described: Wednesday 15 May

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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.