Friday, 21 December 2012
I liked it so much that I decided to make hospitality my career and rose up the ranks until I eventually became Head Concierge where I instilled into all of my staff that the personal touch and understanding our clients needs at all times were of paramount importance and our main objective at all times.
As time has gone on though the business has now changed beyond all recognition and in my opinion not at all for the better. As the world has moved on into the globalised corporate monster that we see today the big companies have become giant companies and the small up and companies aspire to become the giant companies of the future all implementing their 'mission statements' through one size fits all templates that are drawn up by faceless middle managers sitting in a head office usually nowhere near where the action is actually going on.
The role of a concierge has always been ambiguous. The fact the we are there to assist the clients with any request that comes our way makes the job impossible to fit into any parameter that the management can put onto a job description and that has become a huge problem for them in this new clinical and politically correct corporate world. This has left them with two choices. Option one is that they can just let us get on with the job and give us a free role to service our clients and give them what they want. Option two is that they can attempt to fit our square peg into one of their round holes by filing away at the edges and attempting to control what we do which looks very impressive on paper in their fancy offices but in reality sticks us in a straight jacket and unable to do the job properly.
Hotel managements clinical overview of the role of the hotel concierge coupled with a more and more common culture of attempting to capitalise on what have always been the perks of the job by forcing our suppliers to pay commissions from London theatre tickets, sightseeing tours and attractions directly to them so that they not only have full control over all transactions but also take a cut has led to concierges moving on every couple of years desperately looking for hotels that will allow them to actually do the job that their employers falsely claim that they want them to do yet by shackling them with corporate red tape and rules and regulations in fact make it near enough impossible to achieve!
With a handful of exceptions it is now unusual for a concierge to stay in one hotel for his or her whole career which used to be the norm. Our whole strength was the unique product knowledge we had of both the hotel we worked in and the local surrounding area. We forged long standing relationships of trust with all the local businesses ensuring our clients always got the best deal possible when they visited them. We were the face of the hotel, the human touch, the person that the customers trusted to be straight and honest with them. We were the mediators between the guests and the management and the people who sorted out all the problems that arose when our customers were dissatisfied for whatever reason during their stay.
Of course no hotel manager will ever admit to this and they all claim to want professional people working for them who are skilled in all of the above however the reality of the situation is that no provision is now given to staff to network with our colleagues and suppliers in the industry any more. We are now just expected to 'know' everything and everyone yet the way that we used to actually achieve this by attending functions and socialising with the powers that be in the capital and making these valuable contacts is now frowned on leaving any decent concierge in a real Catch 22 situation and insecure in his or her position.
The human touch seems to have gone from hotels now with everyone reading from a corporate script giving them a distinctly McDonalds feel about them. When I walk into hotels now I don't feel welcome, I feel intimidated with staff badgering me from the second I step through the door and the posher the hotel the worse it seems to be as the minimum wage staff on strict instruction from the ever watching management seem incapable of allowing customers to relax, enjoy the surroundings and get a feel of the place.
The demise of the traditional role of the concierge seems to be the final nail in the coffin for traditional hotel culture. The industry seems to have lost its soul which will eventually see a backlash from the paying public. As the new budget chains gain momentum and market share the entire business across the board will be diluted. The 4 and 5 star properties are desperately trying to justify their high end rates by getting even more clinical and corporate which of course isn't what the customers want but as the people who make the decisions are nowhere to be seen and the managers on site are only there for a short time before they attempt to move on up the corporate ladder then it is unlikely that this new trend will end anytime soon as no one seems to care about the 'job' anymore, they just care about how far and how fast they can advance.
The concierge was always the one person that the customers could rely on to give it to them straight. Unfortunately this too now seems to be coming to an end which will leave the hotels as nothing more than empty shells and mere bricks and mortar and if that's the case I think I'd rather save my cash and stay in a Travelodge!
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
With magnificent sets and direction from Academy Award winner Sam Mendes this is set to be next summer's biggest family stage show and tickets to Charlie And The Chocolate Factory are set to be hot property.
Don't miss next summer's dazzling west end experience and secure your tickets to this sure fire hite show now!
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory tickets are available to purchase secure through Theatre Tickets London along with all other west end show tickets.
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
The show charts the Beatles meteoric rise to megastardom and becoming the most successful pop band in history all the way from there humble beginnings in Liverpool being the resident band in the (now famous) Cavern Club up to their later studio materpieces that sold tens of millions of copies worldwide.
So what did the critics make of it?.........
…after two glorious hours I left the show feeling as high as a kite…Let It Be is essentially a concert with a brilliant covers band offering a non-stop parade of hits…Some of the wigs and false moustaches sported by the cast may be a touch dodgy, but the music is almost spookily faithful to the originals…Reuven Gershon is especially good as Lennon, capturing the haunting, other-worldly quality of his voice, if not his famously sarky manner. Emanuele Angeletti lets rip to great effect as McCartney on "Hey Jude" while Stephen Hill as George Harrison delivers a thrilling solo during "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". For those who love the Beatles, this show is as about as good as it gets.
Let It Be is not so much a musical as a concert…a missed opportunity…The playful visuals notwithstanding, there’s nothing here that could be described as a story…Reuven Gershon the standout as John Lennon…As for the interpretation of the songs, it’s vigorous and well-rehearsed. You can’t fault the essential fidelity of execution. But if fidelity is what you are after, the original recordings are surely what you need…Yes, the music is great. Yet we don’t have to go to the theatre to be reminded of that. The Beatles song this show calls to mind may not be "Help!" – but neither is it "Got to get you into my life".
There is a good musical to be written about the Beatles, covering their artistic achievements as well as the internal friction that led to their breakup. Unfortunately, this is not it…The whole evening is an exercise in faintly necrophiliac nostalgia. For some, this may be enough. But I craved much more…The show also misses a trick in its use of two screens, shaped like 1960s TV sets, on either side of the proscenium arch…In short, this is just another tribute show. It is well performed and, from a rotating company, the team I saw was impressive…But I go to the theatre hoping to be surprised, challenged or given a new perspective on reality. What I don't want is to see the musical, of all forms, turned into a gaudy museum.
…Just songs, more or less in order, each period staged in the familiar costumes, every move scrupulous…The imitation is artful: as the seven years roll by, hair and ’taches grow, lava-lamps play, Sgt. Pepper epaulettes sprout then become peacenik safari jackets and John’s white suit…Two bands will alternate, but the ones I saw were remarkable lookalikes (John Brosnan a particularly striking George) and stylistically scrupulous. But we know the recordings too well not to miss the open plaintive voice of young McCartney or the brown depths of Harrison…Is it theatre, though? Oddly, yes. The very lack of “story”, accompanied by the brilliance of the songbook, creates a mental space…When the whole house at last sang "Let it Be", cynicism was not an option.
Let It Be tickets are currently on sale and can be bought securely online through Theatre Tickets London so why not make your own mind up?
Monday, 24 September 2012
This hilarious show has a storyline that focuses on a pair of teenage Mormons who are sent on a mission to a dangerous part of Uganda to spread the Mormon word to the natives. What follows is an absolute riot of song and dance numbers mixed with profanity, mayhem and outrage!
One of the most talked about U.S stage shows in recent times The Book Of Mormon is now set to get the west end buzzing. Not suitable for kids or if you're easily offended but if not and you like a mixture of music, comedy and mayhem then this show could be the one you've been waiting for!
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Friday, 14 September 2012
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Based on the 1992 movie of the same name starring Christian Bale and Bill Pullman, the stage show centres on the exploits of a small group of newspaper boys in 1900s New York, featuring music by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a book by Harvey Fierstein.
Newsies was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Book, Best Actor and Best Direction of a Musical, winning two - Best Score and Best Choreography.
A production in the west end wouldn't be likely to open until late next year or early 2014, depending on finding a suitable venue but it could be a new big hit in the capital should the deal go through.
Other Broadwayshow imports that could be on their way over to this side of the pond include 'Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark' and 'Peter And The Starcatcher'. Watch this space for more details or for more information on west end theatre shows and tickets please visit http://www.theatretickets-london.co.uk/
Friday, 24 August 2012
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Taking place less than a week after the long running show moves from the Prince of Wales theatre where it has been playing for over 13 years, the gala performance will include special guest appearances by BBC Radio 2 presenters Anneka Rice, Vanessa Feltz, and Penny Smith, alongside a celebrity audience.
Judy Craymer’s popular stage show features songs by legendary Swedish pop group ABBA and tells the story of 20 year old Sophie who attempts to find out the true identity of her father before she gets married.
Mamma Mia is the Greek island set-family story features classic songs including Dancing Queen, Knowing Me, Knowing You, S.O.S and Take A Chance On Me, and currently stars Sally Ann Triplett as Sophie’s mother Donna, who finds herself in a rather complicated situation when three of her former boyfriends unexpectedly turn up on the island at the same time
For more news and gossip on this and other west end shows please visit http://www.theatretickets-london.co.uk/
Monday, 20 August 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Some productions have scheduled extra shows on other days before and after the ceremony but the only shows which still have performances that evening are The 39 Steps, The Hurly Burly Show, The Complete World Of Sports (Abridged) and We Will Rock You, with Chariots Of Fire putting on a matinee at 3pm and Spamalot having a performance at 5pm.
For more news on theatre productions in the West End during the Olympic period please visit www.theatretickets-london.co.uk
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
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Saturday, 30 June 2012
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Wednesday, 27 June 2012
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Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Trevor Nunn, who directed Smith last year in Flare Path for which she won her second Olivier Award, joins her directing Cole Porter’s award winning musical Kiss Me, Kate.
Hedda Gabler will be directed by Anna Mackmin, and will play from September 5th to November. 10th. The tale of a general’s daughter who marries a man that she despises and becomes driven by both fear and loathing, Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece about the conflicting requirements of society and the individual explores into Hedda Gabler’s corrosive descent into a treacherous void between expectation and harsh reality.
Smith, who wowed musical fans and critics alike with her Olivier Award-winning performance as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical, will star in the title role alongside Buffy Davis, star of Betty Blue Eyes’ Adrian Scarborough and Fenella Woolgar, who appeared in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing.
Trevor Nunn’s production of Kiss Me, Kate, which will play at the Chichester Festival Theatre in June before opening at the Old Vic on November 20th and playing until to March 2nd 2013, is an exuberant show within a show, bringing together the worlds of gangsters, sparring actors and original characters ofThe Taming Of The Shrew.
The cast of Kiss Me, Kate includes musical theatre stars Alex Bourne (We Will Rock You, Chicago The Musical), David Burt (Les Miserables ), Adam Garcia (Wicked), Hannah Waddingham (Wizard Of Oz, Spamalot) and Clive Rowe (Chicago The Musical).
Artistic Director of the Old Vic, Kevin Spacey commented: “It’s going to be an incredible summer in London and I am delighted to announce these new productions. Trevor Nunn is a much-loved member of the Old Vic family and I'm thrilled to welcome him back with Kiss Me, Kate, a wonderful production which I know London audiences will embrace warmly.
"I am particularly pleased to unveil our production of Hedda Gabler, such an iconic and impactful play, with Sheridan Smith in the lead. Sheridan is a wonderful actress who has rightly received acclaim for her recent work and I am sure audiences will be intrigued to see her tackle this role.”
Hedda Gabler will showcase the Old Vic’s autumn season following Michael Frayn’s Democracy, which has extended its run to July 28th.
Tickets to all productions of the summer season at the Old Vic are available to book securely through both Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge.
Friday, 8 June 2012
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
· We're delighted to have contracted a new venue! Kew the Music is a music venue situated in Kew Gardens that will be hosting many popular musicians and bands between the 3rd and 8th of July.
Status Quo, The Straits, James Morrison, Tim Minchin and Will Young are just some of the acts set to put on an incredible summer performance.
We're yet to go live with ticket sales but we'll be sure to keep you updated as this will undoubtedly be very popular!
· Mack & Mabel will be opening at the Southwark Playhouse on the 05/07/2012.
Set in 1920s Hollywood, Mack Sennett "King of Comedy" and creator of the Keystone Kops, discovers a waitress called Mabel Normand and turns her into a star. It's a heart-wrenching love story directed by Thom Southerland.
Tickets for it will go on sale starting next week - with top price tickets priced at £28.50.
SPECIAL Discount Ticket RATES
· Long Day's Journey Into Night will be operating a two day week-end Flash Sale!
Top price seats will come down from £53.50 to £33.50. The offer is valid for performances on Mondays to Thursdays only between the 11/06/2012 and 16/08/2012.
The sale on Friday will go live on 8th June 10.30am and come off sale Monday 11th June 10.30am.
· Shrek The Musical 'Show of the Month' rates are now valid until the 15/07/2012. Our customers can save £25.50 on top price tickets, which have been reduced down from £65.00 to £39.50, with even greater discounts available on lower category seats!
· The discount offer is even greater for Sweeney Todd, with top price seats at £39.50 as well - but this time reduced from £67.50, saving £27.50 per ticket!
Well that's it for this time but for a full breakdown of all of the fantastic west end offers available online please visit one of our websites BmyConcierge Theatre Tickets London or Discount Theatre tickets
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Ryan will play the starring role of Sally Bowles, first made famous by Liza Minnelli in the 1972 Oscar-winning movie adaptation of Kander and Ebb’s musical, which was originally based on John van Druten’s play I Am A Camera and author Christopher Isherwood’s semi-biographical story.
Cabaret is set in Berlin in 1931 in the infamous and fantastically sleazy Kit Kat Club – where Will Young will play the flamboyant Emcee. The show centres on the relationship between the 19-year-old English cabaret star Bowles and young American writer Cliff Bradshaw, and is set against a changing and dangerous political backdrop in Germany with the Nazis rising to power.
Ryan first caught the public eye with her role as Zoe Slater in TV soap opera EastEnders. After leaving the drama the actress moved accross the pond and found success in Hollywood, winning the lead role in the remake of U.S TV series The Bionic Woman.
Since returning to the UK, Ryan has appeared on British TV in Mansfield Park, Doctor Who, Miss Marple, and in the films Cleanskin and Huge.
After making her 2005 stage debut in the King’s Head theatre’s Who’s The Daddy, Ryan will make her west end premiere musical performance in a show featuring a host of iconic songs including Money Makes The World Go Round, Cabaret, Two Ladies, and Maybe This Time.
Theatre tickets in London to all performances and productions at the Savoy Theatre can be purchased securely online through Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
British entertainment icon and legend Des O'Connor is set to follow the route down the yellow brick road all the way to the west end at the London Palladium, to the Wizard Of Oz where he will star in the role currently held by Russell Grant.
The star of both stage and TV, who has actually made over 1,200 solo appearances at the historic west end theatre, steps into the Wizard's famous emerald costume from May 22nd, leading the cast for what is being whispered to be the London show's ‘final season'.
Despite Des O'Connor's many appearances at the venue, this be the first time that the British crooner has starred in a musical at the Palladium. He joins a cast that also includes Television talent show Over The Rainbow runner up Sophie Evans who plays Dorothy, Edward Baker-Duly, Martin Callaghan, Paul Keating, and Marianne Benedict.
O'Connor recently celebrated his 80th birthday and has vast experience selling more than 16 million albums over the years, and has had no less than 117 weeks in the top 10 of the UK charts. He is currently probably best known as a TV presenter with his most recent hit series being Today With Des And Mel.
O'Connor will become the third performer to play the Wizard of the Palladium's Emerald City, following Russell Grant and original West End Wizard Michael Crawford, who led the show when it opened in March 2011.
Theatre tickets in London for all performances at the London Palladium for The Wizard Of Oz are available to book securely through our websites Discount Theatre Tickets, BmyConcierge and Theatre Tickets London.
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Friday, 30 March 2012
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Monday, 19 March 2012
Friday, 16 March 2012
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Monday, 12 March 2012
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Saturday, 10 March 2012
Friday, 9 March 2012
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
This is Merton’s first stand-up show since 1999, and will play in London from 1st to 20th October, and finds the comedian giving audiences a night of sketches, music, magic and variety that includes his improvisational comedy pals Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster.
Merton, who is best known for his weekly sparring session with Ian Hislop on the topical comedy quiz show on BBC2 as well as for hosting a series of documentaries about British comedy, first found fame as a stand-up comedian in the 1980s before joining the Comedy Store troupe The Comedy Store Players, with whom he still performs.
Paul Merton: Out Of My Head, which will tour the UK before opening in west end, runs at the Vaudeville Theatre following the summer season of What The Butler Saw, which stars another stand-up comedian, Omid Djalili.
The Vaudeville on the Strand is currently the home of the Broadway transfer Master Class, in which Tyne Daly (Cagney and Lacey) plays the iconic operatic diva Maria Callas.
Theatre tickets in London to all west end stage shows, plays and musicals can be purchased securely through both Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge.
Friday, 2 March 2012
Thursday, 1 March 2012
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
From March 7th 2012, all Wednesday performances of the family musical will start at 19:00, so children can be see the show and still be tucked up in bed at a more school night-friendly time. Shrek The Musical has now also introduced a new family ticket package for Wednesday and Thursday evening performances with prices starting at £99, helping to make it even more affordable for families to see the show.
On May 16th Shrek will play a special relaxed performance for children with sensory and communication needs with free tickets for children and only a £5 charge for adults. This performance aims to allow families with children with special needs to enjoy the show in a more open and laid-back environment.
This initiative is presented by theatre educational charity Mousetrap Theatre Projects, and supported by ICAP as well as the show’s producer DreamWorks Theatricals, and the companies are also working together to produce a special educational resource pack which will be made available online from April this year. The educational pack has been created to help support both teachers and parents and introduce all relevant elements of the stage show including characters, story line and settings to children prior to watching the performance.
Shrek The Musical tells the story of the lovable swamp-dwelling ogre who finds himself on a life-changing journey to save Princess Fiona along with a wise-cracking donkey by his side. Original cast members Nigel Lindsay and Nigel Harman took to the stage for the last time in the show yesterday which sees Dean Chisnall stepping into Shrek’s smelly shoes and Neil McDermott taking over as the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad from tomorrow February 29th.
Tickets to Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London can be purchased securely online from Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge.
Monday, 27 February 2012
Sunday, 26 February 2012
Friday, 24 February 2012
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Thursday, 16 February 2012
The valid performance dates for the super sale are Mon-Thurs performances from 24th February to 30th March and then from 23rd April to 27th May Tues-Thurs and Sunday performances.
This will be the first of several flash sales through our website so make sure that you take advantage of this incredible discount ticket offer and log onto Theatre Tickets London.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Les Miserables, the smash hit long running west end stage show musical will have no less than 3 leading men playing Jean Valjean in 2012, as Ramin Karimloo extends his run in the show, David Shannon will then play a short season and Géronimo Rauch joins the long-running musical.
Karimloo, who was a nominee at the 2011 Olivier Awards with MasterCard for his performance as the Phantom in Love Never Dies, will star in the role in Les Miserables of the former convict who strives to make a better life until 31st March 2012.
Following that the outgoing star Karimloo will be replaced by the returning revolutionary David Shannon who has also previously played the lead role in the long-running musical. Like Karimloo, he is a former Olivier Award nominee, receiving a nomination for his performance in The Beautiful Game, and a former Phantom, and will star in the hit show from 3rd April to the 16th June.
Geronimo Rauch, is the new boy who begins a year's contract with the musical on 18th June, and may be a fresh face to the West End, but is certainly no Les Miserables newcomer, having played Valjean in both Barcelona and his native Argentina.
The cast of the West End favourite also includes Hadley Fraser, Caroline Sheen, Alexia Khadime, Cameron Blakely, Katy Secombe, Liam Tamne Lisa-Anne Wood and Craig Mather.
Les Miserables, which features a classic musical score including I Dreamed A Dream, On My Own and Bring Him Home, is currently in the running for the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award along with no less than 15 other long-running London hits. The coveted prize is the only Olivier Award that is voted for by members of the actual theatregoing public.
Theatre tickets in London to Les Miserables and all west end stage shows plays and musicals are available to book securely online through both BmyConcierge and Theatre Tickets London.
Monday, 13 February 2012
Friday, 10 February 2012
Monday, 6 February 2012
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Noel Sullivan, the former Hear'Say singer is to join the cast of of hit west end musical We Will Rock You next month at the Dominion Theatre, playing the role of Galileo replacing Alex Gaumond.
Sullivan who rose to fame in Television talent show Pop Stars, has already played the role more than 300times with the national tour of the popular stage show based on the songs of rock supergroup Queen, but will take to the stage of the Dominion Theatre for the first time when he steps into Gaumond's shoes on 20th February.
Though his first taste of stardom came as part of a manufactured pop band, Sullivan has since built a musical theatre career for himself, performing in stage productions including Flashdance, Fame and Grease.
Sullivan joins a cast including other TV talent show contestants Lauren Samuels and Brenda Edwards, and will stay with the production until October, leading it through its 10th birthday on 14th May and through the Olympic period during which the show has confirmed that it will perform its normal schedule.
We Will Rock You, tells the story of a futuristic world where rock music is banned is set to a score by British rock band Queen, and has now been seen by nearly six million people in London at the Dominion theatre and more than 13 million worldwide.
Theatre tickets in London to all performances of We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre can be purchased at cheap and discount prices securely through Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge.
Monday, 30 January 2012
Abigail's Party, will see Joe Absolom, Andy Nyman, Natalie Casey and Susannah Harker joining Jill Halfpenny Mike Leigh's classic comedy play.
Abigail's Party, which will open on March 8th, centres on Beverly, played by Jill Halfpenny and her husband Laurence (Andy Nyman) who host a party for their neighbours. With plenty of booze on offer as well as an array of savoury nibbles, and Demis Roussos on the record player, but as the evening progresses, prejudices are unmasked and tempers flare with the night heading in one direction.....disaster!
Nyman returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory after his recent stint in Terrible Advice. The Ghost Stories creator also boasts credits that include Moonlight And Magnoliasm and Lust at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, but Nyman is perhaps best known for his work for co-creating and writing stage and screen shows for magician Derren Brown.
Casey who plays the role of Angela in the play also returns to the London Bridge venue following her appearance in The Invisible Man. The actress, who first found fame on TV programmes Hollyoaks and Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps, is currently starring as Pauline in Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy Theatre, the role that Jill Halfpenny originated in the Olivier Award-winning musical.
Ex- EastEnder Joe Absolom will make his west end stage debut in the play as Tony. Best known for his long-running role as Matthew Rose in the BBC soap opera, he has also appeared on the small screen in in Doc Martin, New Tricks and Ashes To Ashes.
Pride And Prejudice actress Susannah Harker returns to the London stage after appearing in last year's Little Platoons at the Bush theatre. The BAFTA-nominated actress is best known for her screen work such as House Of Cards, Young James Herriot and Perfect Parents.
Abigail's Party begins its run at the Menier Chocolate Factory on March 8th after the current production Pippin closes on 25th February.
Theatre tickets in London to all performances and productions at the Menier Chocolate Factory are available to book securely through both Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge.
Friday, 27 January 2012
The Leisure Society starring supermodel Agyness Deyn has announced that it will extend its London west end run at Trafalgar Studios Two due to the overwhelming interest from the public.
The supermodel will star alongside Ed Stoppard in the comedy play, which arrives in the West End at Trafalgar Studios Two at the end of next month.
The Leisure Society was written by the award-winning Montreal playwright François Archambault, and is a play about a self-obsessed yuppie couple whose luxurious lives suddenly spiral out of control when a dinner party transforms into a complete drunken night of debauchery.
Deyn will make her London stage debut as a promiscuous free spirit alongside Melanie Gray, John Schwab and Stoppard who is returning to the west end stage having previously starred in Hamlet, Arcadia and The Glass Menagerie.
The Leisure Society was due to play until 24th March, but will now run until 31st March 2012.
Theatre tickets in London to all performances and productions at Trafalgar Studios are available to book securely through both Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge.
Abigail's Party is set in quiet suburbia in the 1970's where Beverly and her husband Laurence are hosting a small drinks party for their neighbours. There is plenty of booze, an array of nibbles, cheese-pineapple savoury bites and olives, and Demis Roussos on the record player. But as the drink flows, prejudices are unmasked, tempers flare and the evening seems to be heading for disaster.....
Mike Leigh's classic comedy Abigail's Party will be directed by Lindsay Posner, who recently directed Noises Off at the Old Vic. Her other credits include: Butley, A View from the Bridge, and Fiddler on the Roof. The role of the infamous Beverly in this new production will be played by Jill Halfpenny, who won an Olivier Award in 2011 for her role as in Legally Blonde as Paulette. Jill is also well known for her TV roles on EastEnders, Waterloo Road and Blue Murder
Theatre tickets in London to all performances and productions at the Menier chocolate factory are available to book securely through both Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge
Thursday, 26 January 2012
West end stage show Legally Blonde will finish it's fantastic three year run at the Savoy Theatre in London on April 7th 2012.
Legally Blonde The Musical turned the Savoy Theatre into a pink haven to host the stage adaptation of the 2001 movie, following a successful run on Broadway. The west end production of the stage show opened to 4 star reviews in January 2010 with Paul Taylor of the Independent declaring: "I had thought snootily that the stage show of Legally Blonde might put the "ugh" in "euuuugh!" But omigod was I like totally blown away."
The show is set in the prestigious halls of Harvard Law School and the colourful rooms of the equally colourful Elle Woods's sorority house, Legally Blonde The Musical follows Elle as she pledges to lay down her credit cards and hit the law books in order to win back the heart of her ex-boyfriend Warner.
The stage show production has a musical score and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin with catchy songs including Omigod You Guys, So Much Better and Whipped Into Shape.
Sheridan Smith, who originated the lead role of Elle Woods, won widespread critical acclaim for her portrayal of the fluffy, scatty but gutsy blonde, winning the much lauded Musical Olivier award for Best Actress.
Current stars of the show at the Savoy, Carley Stenson, Stephen Ashfield and Ben Freeman, as well as original cast member Peter Davison, will continue in their roles until the musical finishes its west end run in April.
Fans of Legally Blonde will be delighted to hear that the show will continue its national tour and plans are in place for an Australian production which should open in Sydney later this year.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein triumphed in two categories, with War Horse, Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch, soon to star in The Hobbit named Best Actor and Mark Tildesley crowned Best Designer.
Cumberbatch’s win sees the actor following up his success at the ES Theatre Awards, where he was named Best Actor alongside Jonny Lee Miller, his Frankenstein co-star with whom he shared the roles of Dr Frankenstein and his creation.
The awards saw Richard Bean, (winner, Best New Play for One Man, Two Guvnors), Sheridan Smith, (winner, Best Actress for Flare Path) and Mike Leigh, (winner, Best Director for Grief), also left the ceremony today at the Prince of Wales theatre having continued an award-winning run which began at last years Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Completing the National Theatre's quintet of awards, Alecky Blythe's production, London Road about the Ipswich murders, was also named Best Musical.
The Critics’ Circle’s Most Promising categories saw The Kitchen Sink playwright Tom Wells named Most Promising Playwright, with director Blanche McIntyre winning the Most Promising Newcomer award for her productions of Accolade and Foxfinder at the Finborough Theatre.
Previous Most Promising Newcomer winner Eddie Redmayne continued his ascent to the higher eschelons of the acting community by picking up the Best Shakespearean Performance Award for Richard II at the Donmar Warehouse.
Theatre tickets in London to all west end plays, musicals and stage shows can be purchased securely through either Theatre Tickets London or BmConcierge
Give someone a treat this Valentines Day with one of our great value dinner and show packages for top west end shows Chicago The Musical & Thriller - Live
Chicago The Musical - Combine a two course meal from the pre theatre menu at Salvador & Amanda with a Stalls or Dress Circle ticket for Chicago at the Garrick Theatre on Valentine's Day.
Package Availability: Valid on Valentine's Day (Tuesday 14th February 2012)
Ticket Only usually: £66.00
Package Price: £66.00
Thriller - Live - Combine a two course meal from the pre theatre menu at Grace with a top price ticket for Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre on Valentine's Day.
Package Availability: Valid on Valentine's Day (Tuesday 14th February 2012)
Ticket Only usually: £59.50
Package Price: £59.50
Monday, 23 January 2012
The Wizard Of Oz will welcome Russell Grant, on February 14th at the London Palladium as he takes over from Michael Crawford in the hit west end stage show. Grant, who actually began his career as an actor before making his name as the king of horoscopes, and was thrust back into the TV limelight when he partnered Flavia Cacace on the BBC's dance show, winning the hearts of the public with his enthusiastic dance routines.
"I am thrilled to be back where I'm at my happiest - in showbiz!" Grant commented. "I want to thank the great British public for their kindness in supporting me in Strictly: without them, I wouldn't be back in the West End again."
Also departing from The Wizard Of Oz to return to the real world in February is the current Dorothy, the Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope who will be replaced by the runner-up in the BBC talent show and current alternate Dorothy Sophie Evans.
Russell Grant will play both the Wizard Of Oz and Professor Marvel for a limited run of 12-weeks at the London Palladium ,and joins a cast that also includes Edward Baker-Duly, Martin Callaghan, Paul Keating, Emily Tierney and Marianne Benedict.
The famous stage show based on one of the most successful and famous movies of all time tells the story of the young farm girl from Kansas, Dorothy who is swept up in a tornado, and finds herself in a magical world where her only means of escape home is to seek the help of the wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is much easier said than done when you are being stalked by an evil, green-skinned witch looking for revenge for the death of her sister!
This new stage production of The Wizard Of Oz opened at the London Palladium back in March 2011 and features the original much-loved classic musical score along with some brand new tracks written specially by Andrew Lloyd-Webber.
Theatre tickets in London to The Wizard Of Oz and all productions and performances at the London Palladium can be purchased securely through both Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge
Friday, 20 January 2012
Tickets have now gone on sale to the new musical version of the classic Dickens story A Tale Of Two Cities which will play at the Charing Cross Theatre in London from April 5th 2012.
A Tale Of Two Cities comes to the Charing Cross Theatre in London in celebration of the bicentenary of Charles Dickens, PNPF and in association with Ovation. Based on the much loved Dickens story, this classic story depicts one man's ultimate sacrifice for love.
A Tale Of Two Cities is set amongst the brutal conflicts between the rebels and aristocracy during the French revolution and its parallel world in London society in the 19th Century. With well over 200 million copies sold of the book, A Tale of Two Cities ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature.
With a musical score by David Pomeranz and Book by Steven David Horwich and David Soames, John Cameron's (Les Miserables) moving musical arrangements underscore Horwich's compelling lyrics. The show is dramatically staged by the multi-talented Paul Nicholas. Charles Dickens's classic tale of love and sacrifice is now to life on the west end stage in this stunning new musical.
Theatre tickets in London to all west end stage shows, musicals and plays can be purchased securely through both Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
British theatre impressario Andrew Lloyd Webber is to return to our TV screens as he attempts to unearth a new star performer to lead the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar.
But the man behind spectacular stage shows including The Phantom Of The Opera, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Love Never Dies and Cats has now parted company with the BBC and will showcase his new search for a star via rival television channel ITV.
The TV show will be titled Superstar and will audition both professional and amateur performers from all across the UK in the hope of finding an actor to lead the cast of a brand new arena tour of the now legendary rock opera stage show Jesus Christ Superstar.
Theatre owner, composer and producer Andrew Lloyd-Webber commented on the project: "Presenting a new, 2012 version of Jesus Christ Superstar for arenas is truly exciting. Some of the best performances of this show have been in rock venues and I'm thrilled to see the show return to its roots. ITV is providing the perfect platform for us to find a new, British Superstar."
Superstar will be the fifth time that Andrew Lloyd Webber has made the public part of his casting process, following the success of his previous TV shows How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, Any Dream Will Do, I'd Do Anything and Over The Rainbow which has now made household names of Connie Fisher, Lee Mead, Jodie Prenger and Danielle Hope, who is currently starring at the London Palladium in The Wizard Of Oz and helped feed the buzz and interest around the whole of West End theatre.
Previous TV judges, working alongside the theatrical Lloyd-Webber , have included Sheila Hancock, Denise Van Outen and John Barrowman. No new judges names have as yet been confirmed for Superstar, however Lloyd Webber will once more be aided by a panel which, as with fellow ITV talent shows Britain's Got Talent and X Factor, will judge all auditionees performing on stage before a live and lively audience.
Director of Entertainment & Comedy at ITV Elaine Bedell, said: "We are asking ITV viewers to help us find a new superstar in every sense of the word. We're looking for the kind of performer who can fill arenas and produce a rocking performance to match."
So if you could fancy your chances of being a new west end stage show superstar please visit www.itv.com/superstar
Theatre tickets in London to all west end stage shows, plays and musicals can be purchased securely through this both Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge.
Saturday, 14 January 2012
Friday, 13 January 2012
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Eve Myles of BBC Torchwood fame is to take to the West End stage this spring. She will join Zach Braff and Susannah Fielding in comedy All New People at the Duke Of York's Theatre in London.
The comedy play, which is also written by Braff, will play at the Duke of York's theatre from February and focuses on a 35-year-old man trying to hide away from the world on his birthday. The west end production of the play is directed in the west end production by Peter DuBois.
All New People will mark Eve Myles's return to the London stage after having seen her profile rise since taking the role of Gwen in the BBC Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood in 2006. Before her TV sci-fi fame, Myles had performed with the RSC, winning plaudits for her 2003 performances in Titus Andronicus and The Taming Of The Shrew, and at the National Theatre, where she starred opposite Matthew Macfadyen and Michael Gambon in Henry IV Pt I and II.
Speaking about her role in the play, Myles said: "I'm delighted to have been cast as the character of Emma in such a well anticipated and funny play. Having concentrated on TV work recently I'm excited to be returning to the stage and I'm very much looking forward to working with Zach."
Fielding, like Myles, has also previously worked with both the RSC and the National Theatre, as well as appearing in TV show Doctor Who.
Zach Braff, best known for his role as doctor JD in hit American TV comedy Scrubs, and plays the lead role in his own play in which the depressing birthday, which he wishes to be spent in complete solitude, is interrupted by a parade of misfits who somehow all find themselves entangled at a beach house.
Theatre tickets in London to all west end plays, musicals and stage shows can be purchased securely through both Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge.
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Monday, 9 January 2012
Abigail's Party, when the new production opens this March at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London from Lindsay Posner will star Jill Halfpenny.
Abigail's Party could be described as Oscar-winner Mike Leigh's most-loved play, and will feature at the Menier Chocolate Factory from March 2nd. The play, set in suburbia in the1970's, premiered in 1977 at the Hampstead theatre to huge critical acclaim with the original cast, which included Alison Steadman, who later starred in the BBC's hugely-successful TV adaptation.
A comedy of manners with more than a large slice of black humour, Abigail's Party centres on Beverly and her husband Laurence who are hosting a drinks party for their neighbours. There is plenty of booze, an array of cheese-pineapple savoury bites, olives and even a Demis Roussos LP on the record player. But as prejudices begin to unmask and tempers flare, the evening starts to resemble a train wreck which can only end one way....in disaster!
Jill Halfpenny is best known for her long-running role in BBC soap EastEnders and, more recently Waterloo Road, but earned her west end stripes for her recent role in Legally Blonde The Musical which saw her take home the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical.
When she left the Eastenders, Halfpenny joined the cast of Chicago The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre before starring in the West End run of the play Calendar Girls. The actress's other screen credits include Shameless, Wild At Heart, and Coronation Street.
Posner proved his west end comedy directing credentials this Christmas with his critically-acclaimed production of Noises Off at the Old Vic with his other credits including Butley at the Duchess Theatre, An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville as well as A View From The Bridge at the Duke of York's.
Theatre tickets in London to all productions at the Menier Chocolate Factory are available to book securely online through both BmyConcierge and Theatre Tickets London
Saturday, 7 January 2012
Rumours are rife in theatreland that the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Book of Mormon could be winging its way to the West End. The gossip started almost as soon as the hit show opened on Broadway in New York early last year and producer Sonia Friedman will reportedly bring the show to London in 2013.
The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye wrote today (January 6th) that show could be pegged for a home at the Prince of Wales Theatre, and suggests that its anticipated opening date could be the start of 2013, long after current residents Mamma Mia! moves to the Novello Theatre on 1st September 2012 which also allows for another production to have a limited run at the theatre before The Book of Mormon arrives.
A show created by South Park's Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Avenue Q's Robert Lopez, The Book of Mormon centres on two young Mormon missionaries who are dispatched to convert an African village and satirises everything from religion to The Lion King.
The musical opened at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24th 2011 and is still one of the hardest to get tickets in New York.
It was announced in October 2011 that long-runner Mamma Mia! would make its second West End move, playing its final performance at the Prince of Wales on 1st September 2012. The musical, penned by former members of ABBA Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, will reopen at the Novello Theatre on September 6th 2012.
Theatre tickets in London to all west end stage shows, plays and musicals can be purchased securely through both Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge.
Singin' In The Rain is based on the 1952 MGM film of the same name, starring Gene Kelly, and is set in Hollywood at the end of the silent movie era.
Don Lockwood is a movie star with all the fame and adulation he could want, as well as a high profile romance with his co-star. But rumours are rife of a new kind of motion picture where the actors actually talk... and sing and dance are emerging and Hollywood is about to change forever.
Singin' In The Rain has a musical score, by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, features classic numbers including Make ‘Em Laugh, Moses Supposes and of course the title song Singin' In The Rain.
Theatre tickets in London to Singin' In The Rain at the Palace Theatre are available to book securely through Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge at cheap and discount prices starting at just £19.00.
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