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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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