Today sees the launch of the first ever Family Arts Festival, happening this autumn, from 18 October to 3 November, at arts venues across the country. Richmond Theatre will be joining leading arts venues and institutions programming events to entertain family audiences.
The UK’s largest theatre owner and operator, the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), will pilot a groundbreaking technical apprenticeship programme in its theatres for the first time this year.
Creative Entrepreneur , Howard Panter, the co-founder, Joint CEO and Creative Director of the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) has received a Knighthood in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2013 for services to theatre.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the National Osteoporosis Society will attend a special gala performance of Strictly Confidential, the exciting new show written and directed by fellow charity Patron Craig Revel Horwood.
Rory Bremner is starring in Theatre Royal Bath’s new production of Noël Coward’s Relative Values, coming to Richmond Theatre in July. Ahead of his visit, Vicky Smith asked him a few questions about his rehearsal experiences so far.
In September this year, multi award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight will join the cast of the hit West End musical, The Bodyguard, to play the leading role of Oscar-nominated superstar Rachel Marron. Also joining the cast will be Tristan Gemmill who will play Rachel’s bodyguard, Frank Farmer.
A team of biking enthusiasts from the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) are set to take part in the Moonriders London to Brighton cycle challenge on Friday 12 July 2013 - a unique 100km night-time charity bike ride.
La Buvette has established itself as Richmond's premier, independent French restaurant.
Forty years after it first lit up our TV screens, Rising Damp is back where it started... on stage. Andy Plaice talks to its creator Eric Chappell about Rigsby and Rossiter
Jenny Seagrove is branching out again to play a governess in a forgotten play, as she tells Steve Pratt.
Last night New Wimbledon Theatre played host to their one year anniversary for Musical Theatre Open Mic. Over 60 guests attended this sold out event celebrating the anniversary in a night filled with more entertainment, more glitz and more glamour than ever before! All tickets included a complimentary glass of our exclusive and delicious prosecco as guests were entertained by a fantastic line up of singers in our sumptuous Piano Bar.
On Monday 24 June, young male and female dancers from around Wimbledon and Surrey will have the opportunity of a lifetime - to audition for roles in a sensational production of The Nutcracker at New Wimbledon Theatre.
Three Phantoms comes to New Wimbledon Theatre for two performances only in June. In advance of its arrival, some of the team headed to opening night in Dartford to see what audiences have in store.
Film and TV stalwart Warwick Davis will be coming down to Woking’s Jubilee Square on Saturday 8 June to mark the official launch of LinkAble (formerly known as Link Leisure).
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s extraordinary record-breaking, smash-hit miaow-sical, Cats returns to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking for two weeks from Tue 9 - Sat 20 July. One of the longest running shows in the West End and Broadway history, this classic musical is adapted from TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
The classic ITV hit comedy of the 70s, Rising Damp is brought vividly to life on stage in a brand new production written by Eric Chappell and directed by original cast member Don Warrington coming to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Mon 1 - Sat 6 July.
Get set to don those suspenders, fish nets and high heels as Richard O’Brien’s saucy classic The Rocky Horror Show time warps to Woking from Mon 24 - Sat 29 June with an all new 40th anniversary party production!
From the writers, producers, creators and directors of the hugely successful show Dreamboats and Petticoats, Save the Last Dance for Me will take you back to the golden era of the early 60s - full of all the classic Rock ‘n’ Roll hits of the time, at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking for one week only from Mon 17 - Sat 22 June.
The world’s greatest detective comes to Woking prior to the West End in Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret at the New Victoria Theatre from Tue 11 - Sat 15 June.
Come and join us for Churchill Theatre Bromley's next Business Club event on Monday 10 June 2013. Pre-show networking reception from 6pm in the studio function room followed by the epic tale of love and war, Birdsong.
Is Shaolin Warriors a family show?
Shaolin Warriors is most definitely a family show for all ages. In particular there’s a teaching sequence with children from the audience who experience being taught Kung-Fu live on stage! So far this show has entertained over 600,000 people overseas of all ages. This year we’ve looked to recreate the show especially for the UK audience, thus making it more interactive, more attractive and ultimately, more exciting.
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), the UK’s largest theatre owner/operator and a multi award winning theatre production group, has through its subsidiary, Lyric Theatre LLC, acquired The Foxwoods Theatre from Live Nation Entertainment.
The Liverpool Empire and First Family Entertainment are seeking enthusiastic and talented young people to take part in this year pantomime Peter Pan at the Liverpool Empire Theatre (13 Dec – 5 Jan).
Carrie Cracknell’s critically acclaimed Young Vic production of A Doll’s House will transfer to the West End for a strictly limited 12 week run beginning 8 August 2013, with Hattie Morahan reprising her award-winning role of Nora Helmer and Dominic Rowan playing Torvald.
We’ve all experienced being seven, but can we really remember how it felt? What games did you love to play? Who was your best friend? What did you want to be when you grow up? To prepare for their roles playing seven year olds in Northern Stage’s new production of Dennis Potter’s classic Blue Remembered Hills, the cast have been learning first hand by visiting Class 3Y at Hotspur Primary School.
If you’re as excited as we are to meet The Gruffalo’s Child at Richmond Theatre this July, then like us, you’re looking for some activities to get you in the mood before the show! Download and print the PDFs below for some colouring in fun, or make a mask or a puppet to act out the story at home.
BAFTA award-winning Cbeebies superstar Justin Fletcher will star in the spectacular and magical fairytale pantomime, Cinderella at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking this Christmas alongside beautiful TV presenter Zoe Salmon and hilarious comedian Hal Cruttenden.
If you have a tax return to complete or need financial advice or book-keeping support, either as an Individual, Partnership or Limited Liability Company, contact MHR Consultancy Ltd for a free initial consultation
Richmond Theatre is pleased to offer a fantastic opportunity for theatregoers attending the performance of Chekhov's The Seagull on the evening of Wednesday 29 May.
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) has today announced that Conrad Lynch is joining ATG’s producing team.
‘I could watch it again, funny and heartbreaking, it's brilliantly done’
Wicked, the record-breaking hit West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has added an additional summer matinee on Thursday 22 August at 2.30pm. Tickets are now on sale.
Inspired by the life and times of Ike and Tina Turner, brand new musical Soul Sister comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Tue 28 May - Sat 1 June.
An original theatrical thriller full of murder, intrigue and danger arrives on stage this summer. Sherlock Holmes, the World’s Greatest Detective embarks on a gripping new case Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret. Taking on the role of the renowned Sherlock Holmes is Jason Durr with Andrew Hall beside him as the ever trusted Watson. Adrian Lukis plays Sherlock’s methodical brother Mycroft while Tanya Franks takes on the role of the alluring Irene Adler with Victor McGuire as Inspector LeStrade. The legendary occupant of 221b Baker Street faces his greatest challenge ever in a mystery spiked with such an emotional charge that Sherlock’s faith in logic seems lost to an impenetrable world of magic.
The award winning tribute show, Bohemian Rhapsody, celebrates all the hits of Freddie Mercury and Queen at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Tue 21 – Sat 25 May.
The boldest bash of them all, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show, is returning to Richmond Theatre for one week only (Mon 6 - Sat 11 May). This cult classic is full of fun, frolics and frivolity and still has audiences dancing in the aisles after 40 years. To celebrate we’re teaming up with our partner John Lewis Kingston to offer one lucky audience member the chance to win £100 worth of luxury lingerie.
Time & Leisure Magazine’s Marlee Brown interviewed Oliver Thornton about his role as Frank N Furter in the 40th Anniversary Party Production of Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show.
***** ‘Seeing it once is definitely not enough… I will be seeing it again and again. Unmissable’
Wicked, the record-breaking hit West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, proudly welcomes back Harriet Thorpe to the role of Madame Morrible from Monday 22 April until Saturday 16 November 2013. Louise Plowright has withdrawn from the role due to ill health and the entire company wish her a full and speedy recovery.
We are thrilled to announce the Liverpool Empire Youth Ballet project, where young dancers aged between 11-21 years are able to audition for the chance to be a part of a full scale ballet production to be performed at the Liverpool Empire Theatre this October.
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is ranked at no. 6 on The Sunday Times PwC Profit Track 100 list, published today in the Business section of The Sunday Times. The 100 firms are ranked by their profit growth over a three-year period.
Attention! Your Attention please... The Blues Brothers are back in town and Churchill Theatre Bromley is offering one lucky winner the chance to appear on stage and perform with the cast at the opening night performance.
‘Two mesmerising hours’
How was it to come together again and write? Did it take a while to get into the swing of things, or was it like you’d never stopped?
JL: It was as if we had never stopped. We had never lost touch, and we’d seen each other pretty often over the intervening years – my wife and I frequently went down to Somerset to visit Tony and Jill when we were in England – so it was just a question of whether we would still find it easy to write together.
Carolyn de la Drapière specialises in designing and making clothes for curvaceous women sizes 12 - 28. Beautiful, shapely, flattering pieces made in top quality fabrics - silks, wools, linens - that have a touch of flamboyance and are original in their design.
Richmond is to host a major theatrical event later this year: a brand-new, all-professional production of the Gilbert & Sullivan classic HMS Pinafore. This is being staged in the idyllic setting of Orleans Gardens, on a specially-built stage with the Thames as background.
The University of Roehampton is presenting a season of drama, dance and literature events in May to the local community. The cultural events, many of which are free to attend, will take place on one of the University campuses in SW15. Highlights include Hopkins Celebrated with former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion. Find out more.
John Heffernan (Lush), Harry Melling (Lamb), Clive Rowe (Tubb), Christopher Timothy (Lobb) and Indira Varma (Miss Cutts) will join the previously announced Simon Russell Beale (Roote) and John Simm (Gibbs) to complete the cast for The Hothouse, Jamie Lloyd Productions’ second show for Trafalgar Studios.
Come and join us for Churchill Theatre Bromley's next Business Club event on Tuesday 7 May 2013.
Pre-show networking reception from 6.00pm in the studio function room followed by the award-winning West End comedy The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
10 April sees millionth ticket sold. £40,000,000 taken at the box office.
The New Victoria Theatre, Woking is delighted to announce the new season packed full of top quality productions to fill your diary over the next few months. The new season brochure is available and boasts an incredible array of shows with, quite literally something for everyone.
David Ian Productions and the Ambassador Theatre Group are delighted to announce further dates for the UK tour of the international smash hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert and are delighted to announce that Jason Donovan will star as Tick when the show comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Mon 16 - Sat 21 September.
This spring, the fastest selling West End show in history arrives at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking. The spectacular musical theatre event Dirty Dancing comes alive on stage for three weeks from Tuesday 30 April - Saturday 18 May.
Direct from the USA comes the international smash hit show New Jersey Nights at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Tue 23 – Sat 27 April.
Wicked, the record-breaking hit West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, proudly welcomed its 5 millionth theatregoer to London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre on Saturday 30 March 2013. Stewart Lyons, together with his partner Cristina Kane, from Kirkcaldy in Fife, attended the sold out matinee performance and were invited backstage to meet the cast after the show. Asked how it felt to be the 5 millionth theatregoer, Mr Lyons said 'It feels fantastic. We loved the show and even though it is our first visit to Wicked, it won’t be our last.'
For those interested in accessibility at The Ambassadors Theatre and Cinemas, the venue is hosting an Access Consultation Group meeting on Thursday 25 April where there will be an opportunity to meet staff and discuss access requirements and opportunities. The meeting will take place from 2pm to 3pm in the Lounge area, which is situated on the stalls level of the New Victoria Theatre and has level access from the Gloucester Square entrance. The meeting is open to representatives from disability groups, voluntary organisations and interested individuals.
English National Ballet present My First Cinderella, a beautifully adapted version for young audiences from Saturday 13 & Sun 14 April. Especially created for the whole family, My First Cinderella tells everyone’s favourite rags-to-riches story.
Hold onto your hats as the Olivier and Tony award winning comedy, The 39 Steps comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Monday 15 – Saturday 20 April.
This spring brings the highly awaited return of China’s greatest circus the Chinese State Circus with their brand new show Yin Yang – at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking for just three performances from Mon 8 & Tue 9 April.
Disney today announced that its award-winning production of The Lion King will play the Liverpool Empire from Friday 16 May 2014. Disney’s The Lion King will play for seven weeks in Liverpool, as part of the show's record-breaking UK tour, giving audiences the opportunity to experience the global phenomenon in their local theatre.
Looking for something to do during the half term holidays? Why not join us at the Liverpool Empire for one of our exciting activities linked to the fabulous show Hairspray!
The Bingham restaurant with rooms is a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse that sits on the banks of the River Thames in the heart of Richmond. The elegant lounge bar is open throughout the day serving morning coffee, light snacks and delicious cocktails.
Actor and film-maker, Alex Dower, currently understudying Rufus Sewell in Old Times at the Harold Pinter Theatre, is to premiere a short film called The Duel at the London venue on Thursday 28 March at 3pm.
Come and join us for Churchill Theatre Bromley's next business club event on Tuesday 2 April 2013: pre-show networking reception from 6.00pm in the studio function room followed by the international hit show New Jersey Nights.
***** 'Thorne has long been a writer to watch, and with Mydidae he takes his place at the top table. Superb.'
We regret to announce that we are unable to present our planned UK tour with Tony and Emmy Award winning star Kristin Chenoweth and that the tour has therefore been cancelled.
Ambassador Theatre Group is joining thousands of businesses across the globe to support WWF’s Earth Hour, a unique annual phenomenon that focuses the world’s attention on our amazing planet, and how we need to protect it.
Join us for this exclusive behind the scenes backstage tour and workshop where you will have the opportunity to visit the wardrobe and wigs department of this epic show, enjoy a Q&A session with the production’s Company and Stage Manager, watch the stage be set up for the evening performance and watch the entire cast in their dance and vocal warm ups.
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) successfully completed ACAS negotiations with BECTU yesterday, resulting in a resolution on all disputed issues including the move to monthly pay.
Stage Experience is an exciting two week project which takes place in the summer. It gives all budding actors, singers and dancers the chance to experience what it is like to work on a professionally run production. The cast / crew have just two weeks to create the production - rehearsing everyday, building the set, sourcing the props and making the costumes! All stage experience applicants will work with a professional production team and get to perform on the famous Palace Theatre stage in front of an audience.
Pizzeria Rustica is one of the few independent Italian restaurants in Richmond and is situated a minute’s walk from the railway and underground station and five minutes from Richmond Theatre.
Such has been the impact of her play, Maurice’s Jubilee, that writer- and actor- Nichola McAuliffe must have been pinching herself for fear that it would turn out to be a dream. We know Nichola best, perhaps, for her role as the formidable Sheila Sabatini - a surgeon with a tongue as sharp as her scalpel-in the long-running comedy, Surgical Spirit but she is also a published author and a performed playwright several times over.
Your latest play is called Surprises, tell us about it.
I’ve described it as a play with its head in the future, but with its heart in the past.
What can people expect if they come to see Fences?
They can expect to see a family drama with a hint of melodrama which will move you, you’ll shed a few tears, you’re going to laugh but it will hopefully resonate to your core.
To celebrate Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show coming to Richmond Theatre in May 2013 we have teamed up with the Richmond 13.1 Half Marathon for best dressed Rocky Horror Show costume.
Richard Alston Dance Company makes an eagerly awaited return to the New Victoria Theatre for one night only on Thursday 21 March.
In Concert is the zesty new show from the Syd Lawrence Orchestra which comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking for just one performance on Tuesday 19 March.
The critically acclaimed production of Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale, Goodnight Mister Tom comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Tue 5 - Sat 9 March.
The Osmonds, Gareth Gates, Louisa Lytton, Andy Abraham, Chico and Shane Richie Junior take to the stage as Boogie Nights - The 70s Musical in Concert comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking on Friday 1 March.
Following the acclaimed run at London’s Gielgud Theatre in the West End, the writer of Father Ted, Graham Linehan, brings the classic black comedy The Ladykillers gloriously to life on stage at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Tue 12 – Sat 16 March.
Direct from a residency in Chicago and a national tour of the USA, the only show officially approved by Dan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi, The Blues Brothers Approved comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Tue 26 - Wed 27 February bringing the classic hits and capers of Jake and Elwood Blues to life on stage.
BB Promotion in collaboration with Sundance Productions Inc., NY and Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group are delighted to announce the return of the international sell out hit West Side Story, which will be heading to New Wimbledon Theatre for 2 weeks only from 19 November.
ATG’s Joint CEO Rosemary Squire has been chosen as one of the 100 women on the inaugural BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List.
The Rocky Horror Show - 40th Anniversary Party Production comes to the Liverpool Empire from 11 - 16 February! The theatre’s own cafe, Autograph has a special pre-show menu to celebrate the classic rock ‘n’ roll musical’s return...
From 18 February 2013 television and West End star Jennifer Ellison will join Adam Cooper in the award-winning hit revival of Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre. Ellison joins the cast to play silent movie screen siren, and owner of a voice never meant for the ‘talkies’, Lina Lamont.
It's been a bumper weekend for Old Times reviews! We've rounded them up for you here.
Aged between 11 & 21? Why not audition to take part in the Stage Experience project for 2013... a full scale production of Grease the Musical!?
Enter our competition to win a VIP family ticket to Disney On Ice presents Let’s Party. And there’s more, the children from the winning family will be able to join the characters on the ice in a giant cake, as part of the Mad Hatter’s merry un-birthday celebrations!
All tickets for Macbeth are £15 on Mondays. Please see below for the list of on-sale dates.
Richmond Theatre is pleased to be hosting the brand spankin’ new musical comedy 9 to 5: The Musical. Now you can join in the fun and be in with a chance to win a copy of the original soundtrack signed by Dolly Parton herself.
Why not make your trip to 9 to 5 The Musical extra special and spoil yourself with the luxury of your very own private room away from the crowds. Whether you want to enjoy a private Valentines Day treat with your loved one, or would like to add that extra bit of sparkle to your girl’s night out, we have something to suit you.
Make your night at 9 To 5: The Musical a real treat by adding a pre-show meal at Pizza Express.
9 to 5: The Musical has achieved some brilliant quotes from National and regional press alike.
Adam Speers, the producer for 9 to 5: The Musical will be giving a post show Q&A on Mon 11 January.
Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 To 5: The Musical, coming to Richmond Theatre for one week only from 11 February, is all about teaming up and taking care of business. And that’s why we’ve teamed up with John Lewis to get you all dolled up.
Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 To 5: The Musical, coming to Richmond Theatre for one week only from 11 February, is all about teaming up and taking care of business. And that’s why we’ve teamed up with Beauchamp Beauty to find your workplace’s Unsung Hero.
The Producers of the eight time Tony award-winning musical Once today announce that Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić will lead the cast as Guy and Girl respectively in John Tiffany’s West End production of the Broadway hit musical opening at the Phoenix Theatre in Spring 2013.
Helen & Douglas House has made the decision to merge the music night of their annual show Childish Things, in with the two comedy nights on February 5 and 6.
We have been advised that there will be refurbishment work taking place at Trenchard Car Park, located behind The Bristol Hippodrome, commencing on Monday 21 January for approximately 9 months. The car park will remain open throughout he duration with as little disruption and reduction to capacity as is possible.
ATG’s ticketing operation is selling tickets on behalf of the producers of shows bringing their shows to our venues. All, or the vast majority, of the sales income from the ticket goes to the producer, hence the need to charge for ticketing operations separately.
This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn some of the choreography from the show by somebody currently performing in professional musical theatre productions! In addition to the workshop you will also get a ticket to see the matinee performance on the same day at 2.30pm.
Who are you, and who do you play?
HC: My name is Henry Calcutt, I’m 12 and I play Oliver.
JM: Hi, I’m Joshua Medcalf, I’m 11 years old and I play The Artful Dodger.
In any profession, networking is part of the culture and for actors in particular it is important to be seen in the right places and at the right time. An enjoyable visit to the theatre, especially on First Nights, may have unexpected consequences, as Julian Glover can attest.
We are an intimate, charming and informal Bistrot, in the centre of Richmond, serving guests since 2004.
In anticipation of 9 to 5’s visit to Richmond in November, Office Intern Alice Morris went to see the show during its run at Wimbledon Theatre.
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick today announced further casting for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25 June 2013, directed by Sam Mendes.
Join us for Churchill Theatre Bromley's first Business Club event of the year on Monday 25 February 2013: Pre-show reception at 6.30pm in the studio function room followed by the hilarious play Yes, Prime Minister.
ATG’s Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire have topped the The Stage 100 for a fourth consecutive year. The exclusive list, compiled annually by the industry’s leading newspaper, ranks the powerhouses of British theatre.
After just one series, Call the Midwife, based on the real-life memoirs of Poplar midwife Jennifer Worth, became the BBC’s most popular new drama ever.
The Home of London pantomime plays host to the star studded production Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs which has won rave reviews from celebs, audiences and critics alike!
The King's Theatre Box Office will be closed for one day only on Tuesday 18 December.
Box Office opening times for December and the festive period.
If you are searching for an ethical Christmas tree this year why not try London's favourite Christmas treetailer The Christmas Forest? Supporting Tree Aid since 2006 with the sale of their sustainably sourced and hand picked trees, for every one sold they donate to plant a tree in Africa.
Pizza Express is changing. We started here in Richmond. Inspired by the spirit of the first ever Pizza Express which opened in Soho in 1965. Try our funky booths with iPod stations where you can play your own music. We also have creative kids area to help keep children happy and quiet.
As if battling panto villains and ridding London’s streets of those pesky rats as the adventurous Dick Whittington in this year’s spectacular panto at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking wasn’t enough, our hero Michael Pickering has set himself a totally different challenge throughout the month of December.
This weekend the famous faces weren’t reserved for the stage as David Walliams came along with his family for some Panto fun on Sunday.
BAFTA winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy (The Last King of Scotland, Atonement, X-Men) will star in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Jamie Lloyd’s (Donmar’s Passion, Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac, the Old Vic's The Duchess of Malfi, Royal Court’s The Pride) inaugural production in a season of work for Trafalgar Transformed.
Richmond Theatre has started a blog for the duration of its pantomime Aladdin, starring Suzanne Shaw and Tim Vine. The blog is entitled Abanazar’s Anecdotes and will provide insight backstage from the perspective of Jonathan D Ellis, who plays Abanazar.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the previously advertised Free Panto Family Fun Day at the Liverpool Empire Theatre will not now take place on 8 December. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
In 2012, Churchill Theatre Bromley launched a new service, working with local restaurants to enable them to showcase their products and services to our customers. This is intended to give you, our theatre-going audience, a choice of local restaurants to visit for pre or post show meals and also the chance to benefit from special offers just for you. Please see below this month’s featured restaurants and special offers:
X Factor finalist Christopher Maloney is returning to Liverpool on Tuesday 4 December for a special performance at the Empire Theatre! The event, being filmed for TV, will be hosted by Radio City 96.7’s Rossie and Pete Price, who’ll be joined by Christopher’s mentor Gary Barlow, as Christopher performs songs from the show.
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), the UK’s largest theatre owner/operator and producing group, has today announced that Tim McFarlane has agreed to join ATG in the newly created role of CEO for ATG Asia/Pacific.
We’re pleased as punch to have reached a huge milestone: this month we surpassed 10,000 fans on Facebook. We’d like to say thank you to everyone who has liked this page, looked at our pictures, taken part in discussions, entered competitions and been involved in everything that’s happened on the way to 10k.
Through our business development programme, we have set up a series of networking events to provide local business people the opportunity to connect in a cultural and social environment. Richmond Theatre Business Connect meets every couple of months to enjoy a show, and fine food and wine provided by a corporate member. There will also be a chance to meet some of the people who run this beautiful theatre.
To celebrate the opening of Goodnight Mister Tom for its limited London season we are running a competition to win 2 tickets and an overnight stay at Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels in London.
With only a matter of weeks before the panto season begins at the New Victoria Theatre, our wonderful stars of Dick Whittington, Ashleigh & Pudsey shone at The Royal Variety Performance on Monday which celebrated its 100th anniversary. The talented duo performed a James Bond inspired dance routine in honour of 50 years of the classic spy films.
World class opera returns to the Liverpool Empire from 20 - 24 November from Welsh National Opera!
John Lewis Kingston would like to invite Richmond Theatre patrons to an exclusive Christmas Shopping Evening on December 5 from 6pm-9pm.
Unfortunately, the Neville Southall event previously advertised for 7 December at the Liverpool Empire will not now be taking place due to unforeseen circumstances.
There’s only one week to go before Goodnight Mister Tom opens at The Phoenix Theatre and – see our cast in action at rehearsals.
ATG announce the casting for the 2012 pantomime at the Bristol Hippodrome, which includes English street dance sensation Flawless!
Amadora restaurant is one of the very few owner run and authentic Italian restaurants in Richmond. We are situated in a stunning grade 2 listed building in Paved Court just off Richmond Green, and only a couple of minutes walk from Richmond Theatre.
This year Richmond Theatre is welcoming back one of its most popular pantomime stars of recent times as comedian Tim Vine returns to star in Aladdin, alongside pop star turned actor, Suzanne Shaw.
After starting out as a pop star in reality TV band Hear’Say, Suzanne Shaw has carved out a successful career as an actor appearing in numerous stage musicals and enjoying a stint in Emmerdale. Now she’s heading to Richmond Theatre to star as the Genie in Aladdin and she spoke to Will Gore ahead of the panto’s opening night.
When were you first inspired to get involved with live theatre and performing?
My mum forced me to join a weekend theatre school when I was fourteen...
Following a hugely acclaimed and record-breaking sell out run at Hampstead Theatre, Neil Armfield’s production of David Hare’s The Judas Kiss will transfer to the West End. Previewing from 9 January, the production will have a press night on 17 January at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
To mark Remembrance Sunday, and the 30th Anniversary of the publication of the novel, The Sunday Telegraph is to give away copies of Michelle Magorian's modern classic Goodnight Mister Tom. Sunday Telegraph readers can claim their free copy of Goodnight Mister Tom from Waitrose by showing their copy of the 11 November’s Sunday Telegraph promotion.
Wicked, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will begin a major tour of the UK and Ireland at the Palace Theatre in Manchester on 12 September 2013.
Joining Helen Mirren as The Queen in the world premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience will be Haydn Gwynne who will play Margaret Thatcher, Robert Hardy as Winston Churchill and Paul Ritter as John Major. Stephen Daldry’s production will preview at the Gielgud Theatre from 15 February 2013, with press night on 5 March 2013 and is currently booking to 15 June 2013. Designs are by Bob Crowley, lighting by Rick Fisher and sound is by Paul Arditti and video by Ian William Galloway. Further casting will be announced shortly.
Alistair McGowan, EastEnders’ Tameka Empson and former Coronation Street star Wendi Peters will join Madness frontman Suggs in the 10th anniversary West End celebration concert of the musical Our House at the Savoy Theatre in aid of Help for Heroes on Sunday 11 November.
After 24 years in the West End, Blood Brothers will finally close on 10 November 2012.
Wicked, the record-breaking West End musical now in its 7th smash hit year at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, is pleased to release the first pictures of Louise Dearman as Elphaba, who will play her first performance tonight (29 October 2012).
Stephen Tompkinson will make his West End musical debut starring in the lead role of King Arthur, when Monty Python’s Spamalot continues its West End run at The Playhouse Theatre from Wednesday 14 November (press night 20 November). As one of the country’s most popular actors for over 20 years, Stephen has appeared on stage in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Arsenic and Old Lace, Rattle of a Simple Man, Art and The Revengers Tragedy, while his TV roles have included Drop The Dead Donkey, Ballykissangel, Wild at Heart and DCI Banks (currently on ITV1).
The six boys sharing the roles of Zach and William in the critically acclaimed production of Goodnight Mister Tom have now been cast. They met at The Phoenix Theatre for the first time on Saturday. The boys will share the stage alongside Olivier Award winning actor Oliver Ford Davies in this uplifting tale for all the family, which begins for a limited 9 week season on 22 November.
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) has today announced details of a relaxed performance pilot scheme for the 2012/2013 pantomime season.
The Churchill Theatre Bromley will be the first ATG venue to trial the scheme with a relaxed performance of Peter Pan starring Jennifer Ellison, Ace Bhatti, Andrew Agnew and Gemma Hunt on 5 December 2012. This will be followed by the Grimsby Auditorium and a performance of Cinderella with Kim Woodburn on 19 December 2012. In the New Year, Richmond Theatre in Surrey will present a relaxed performance of Aladdin starring Tim Vine and Suzanne Shaw on 7 January 2013.
The Liverpool Empire Theatre Creative Learning Dept is taking part in this year’s Liverpool Echo Wish Campaign! This campaign gives not for profit groups a chance to win a share of £25000.
It is with regret that we must announce that due to personal injury, Immodesty Blaize has been forced to withdraw from The Venus Tour in December which accordingly is cancelled.
For over 50 years, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been the longest running show of any kind in the world. To celebrate its 60th anniversary this legendary thriller embarks on its first ever UK tour, coming to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Mon 12 – Sat 17 November.
The wait is almost over... The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part Two is released in cinemas from 16 November and there’s no better way to build up to it than the one day exclusive presentation of The Complete Twilight Saga!
25% off selected drinks and food October, November and December at Revolution Richmond.
With such ground-breaking plays as Earthquakes in London, Love Love Love and 13 under his belt, there can be no doubt that Mike Bartlett is one of the best and boldest of the emerging generation of playwrights. Never one to shirk a challenge, Mike has adapted the Greek classic Medea, but a Medea that promises to be unlike any other production of the play we have seen.
9 to 5: The Musical, a brand spankin’ new show from country and western queen Dolly Patron clocks in to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Mon 5 – Sat 10 November starring Ben Richards, Bonnie Langford, Natalie Casey, Amy Lennox and Jackie Clune .
Dance lovers shall be treated to an enchantingly magical production, as the renowned dance company Northern Ballet return with their breathtaking adaptation of Beauty & the Beast from Tue 30 October – Sat 3 November.
Don’t miss Rob Brydon’s critically acclaimed performance in 'Alan Ayckbourn’s brilliantly intricate comedy' (Guardian) A Chorus of Disapproval, which opened to brilliant reviews last week at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Rob Brydon, makes his West End debut playing Dafydd ap Llewellyn, alongside Nigel Harman (Shrek the Musical, EastEnders) and Ashley Jensen (Extras, Ugly Betty), and directed by Olivier and Tony award-winner Trevor Nunn in a hilarious tale of romantic rivalry and small town drama.
Simon Callow CBE will make a special guest appearance at this year’s EducationLive event for teachers, on Monday, 12 November 2012, 5.30 – 8.45pm at the Lyceum Theatre in the heart of London’s West End. Bookings are open now at www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/EdLive/ (limited places available).
Singer John Leyton has withdrawn from the Marty Wilde's ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Party UK tour on medical grounds.
Since the launch of the nationwide ATG Theatre Card Scheme, Richmond Theatre’s membership numbers have steadily risen and this month they marked a new milestone as they reached their 5000th Theatre Card Member. To mark the occasion Richmond’s Marketing Team decided to present their 5000th member with a special gift to say thank you
Following last month’s Meet the Technical Team at Richmond Theatre news feature, we decided to continue. This month we were lucky enough to catch Adam Norenberg Stage Manager at Richmond Theatre and ask him some questions about his job. This is what unfolded...
When Blue/Orange was first staged at the National Theatre in 2000, it caused a sensation. Written by Joe Penhall and performed by a stellar cast comprising Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, this incisive and darkly funny exploration of psychiatry and race won a West End transfer and numerous awards, including an Olivier for best new play.
Moomba Restaurant & Bar offers an all-day British dining menu in the heart of Richmond. Within an emphasis on quality and fresh ingredients, the menu delivers something for everyone throughout the day, starting with Moomba’s famous breakfasts (served til 4pm) – the Full English, Eggs Benedict, and Pancakes with maple syrup being particular favourites, washed down with superb quality coffees, and fabulous smoothies and fresh juices.
Although Rachael Stirling confesses that the prospect of playing Medea fills her with 'utter fear and terror', she's still full of an infectious gaiety during a lunchtime break from the demanding rehearsals of this co production between the renowned Headlong Theatre, Watford Palace and Citizen’s Theatre Glasgow. Nor does she seem especially daunted by the fact that she's playing a role in which her mother, the redoubtable Dame Diana Rigg, excelled in a revival of the Euripides classic in the 1990s. Nevertheless she recognises the fact that Medea presents the actress playing her with a particular set of challenges.
The Judas Kiss explores two pivotal moments in Oscar Wilde’s life – how did you choose those two incidents?
I knew that I didn’t want to write a broad biographical play. I felt I could go deeper by going less wide. So I concentrated on two decisions which seemed to me both quite mysterious and very unexplored.
Producer Judy Craymer has announced the cast of Viva Forever!, the new musical written by one of Britain’s most brilliant comediennes and BAFTA winning writers Jennifer Saunders, (Absolutely Fabulous, French & Saunders) and featuring the multi-million-selling songs of The Spice Girls.
Great Expectations comes to the stage in this lavish production, with an exciting and historic collaboration between the celebrated author Charles Dickens and Charles Frederick Worth, the world’s first official couturier and contemporary of our greatest wordsmith.
'Callow breathes the life and soul of Dickens'
What’s On Stage
The Duke of York's Theatre and the Ambassador Theatre Group are pleased to invite you to join us for a hot drink and cake!
Robert Bathurst, who stars in this new touring production of Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange, has nothing but unstinting praise for the quality drama.
'It was the best script I had read for ages,' he enthuses.
Enter our competition to win a VIP family ticket to Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure at the Birmingham NIA on 2 November. And there’s more, the children from the winning family will be able to join the characters on ice by taking a voyage under the sea in Goofy’s Submarine!
A thrilling psychological play, Blue/Orange was instantly recognised as a landmark event, winning every major award for Best New Play.
This fresh production from Theatre Royal Brighton Productions has been brought to you by Artistic Director Christopher Luscombe (The Madness of George III, Dandy Dick and Spamalot in the West End) and stars Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey, Wild at Heart and Cold Feet).
**** ‘A fascinating window into the life of a great literary figure. Burke gives a pitch-perfect performance as Zelda.’
Barbershopera: Cabaret Sauvignon
'A rich performance, full of charm and talent and wit … it’s all executed so well and with so much likeability.'
Celebrity Night at Café Red
‘Lily Bevan's script is genius, the jokes do not stop coming. A minute didn't go by without an audience member bursting into fits of uncontrollable laughter.’
West End Frame
New Victoria Theatre is proud to present the biggest and brightest adventure of them all with Dick Whittington, heading to Woking from Friday 7 December 2012 to Sunday 6 January 2013.
The New Victoria Theatre, Woking is proud to be one of just seven regional venues at which Glyndebourne Tour will perform this Autumn. Opera lovers can delight in a glorious week of sublime opera from Tue 23 – Sat 27 October when Glyndebourne Tour will present two spectacular productions; Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Dvořák’s Rusalka.
Prepare for a gripping, funny and provocative evening out as the thrilling psychological play, Blue/Orange comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking for just one week from Tue 16 – Sat 20 October.
A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin – can only mean one thing, the international award-winning musical Chicago is set to bring some razzle dazzle to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Mon 1 – Sat 6 October.
Breezes restaurant is pleased to announce an exclusive £10 meal deal when seeing Me and My Girl at the Princess Theatre, Torquay.
There are excellent seats available for the extra 2.30pm matinee performance on Thursday 27 September. To book your tickets, click here.
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) has today announced details of how it is investing £15 million into capital projects which includes a major overhaul of the company’s Front of House areas, bars and toilets, in order to improve facilities for customers.
New Wimbledon Theatre and First Family Entertainment follow in their tradition of ground-breaking pantomime casting by announcing the biggest and most exciting line-up to date for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
We are pleased to be able to offer you an amazing meal deal for two plays coming to the Churchill Theatre Bromley in October.
Since its first appearance at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, The Rocky Horror Show has become the world’s favourite Rock 'n’ Roll musical. It has been performed worldwide for nearly 40 years in over 20 countries and has been translated into more than 10 languages. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, a fresh new production is back for a year-long UK National adventure starting at Brighton’s Theatre Royal on 17 December 2012.
Congratulations to Catherine Parry-Richards for winning our Ghost Story Competition. Here is her story. Enjoy!
This Christmas, panto is returning to the Liverpool Empire in star studded style and to celebrate, Celebrity Big Brother’s Coleen Nolan is granting your Christmas wish early and hosting a day that offers free fun for all the family.
Geordie singer to perform in Dirty Dancing at the Sunderland Empire at a special gala performance on 25 September in aid of Teenage Caner Trust.
Blue/Orange is causing quite a stir as it hits the press. Click the links below to see what the cast think.
We are a local family-run business specialising in the design, print and postage of direct mail advertising established in 1987. We work across a variety of sectors, and have many years’ experience working with the Arts, Charity and small to medium sized businesses throughout the UK.
We asked Gary Pell, Head of Technical at Richmond Theatre and Peter Coxall, Chief Electrician at Richmond Theatre some questions about their jobs, and this is how they responded:
Timothy West Interview
by Nick Smurthwaite
The last time Timothy West appeared in a work by Ronald Harwood it was as Mikhail Gorbachev in a TV drama-documentary, Breakthrough at Reykjavik, about the 1986 arms control summit in which the US president Ronald Reagan squared up to the then Russian president.
This time, in the title role of Harwood’s The Handyman, the much-respected British character actor takes on the guise of Romka, an elderly Ukranian-born odd job man living modestly in the Home Counties who appears to have led a blameless life. It soon becomes evident, however, that he has an extremely murky past.
This new improved (and even sillier) production of Eric Idle’s hilarious musical scored a hit this summer in London’s West End. As the world sang along with Eric to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life at the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony, audiences of all ages packed the Harold Pinter Theatre to watch Bonnie Langford, Todd Carty, Marcus Brigstocke and Jon Culshaw lead a fantastic cast in 2 hours of relentless musical hilarity. Now King Arthur and his Knights of the (very) round table will be continuing their quest to find the Holy Grail a mere coconuts throw across Trafalgar Square at the historic Playhouse Theatre on Embankment (just opposite the South Bank Centre). The show opens on 14 November 2012. Casting to be confirmed.
Free family open day being held on Saturday 8 September
Actress Patricia Hodge helps launch Centenary Season
After months of preparation the UK Tour of Disney's The Lion King opens tonight at The Bristol Hippodrome. Be one of the first to see it!
Seats are available throughout the run but check for availability as some performances are very limited.
Many of the remaining seats are in the theatre's upper circle. Please note these seats offer a full clear view of the stage.
Duet For One is a undoubtedly a modern classic. It first opened at Edinburgh Fringe, then transferred to the West End for a long run, moved on to Broadway and later turned into a movie starring Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow. It is now showing at Churchill Theatre Bromley for the first time.
We spoke with actor William Gaunt about the play.
Using the scripts as a starting point, our professional practitioner will explore the theatrical interpretation for both shows with storytelling, acting techniques and staging skills. These workshops are free and only available for ticket holders. Recommended for aged 12-19.
Following on from our earlier announcement that due to popular demand Tim Vine is making a welcome return to Richmond Theatre in this year’s pantomime, we are now thrilled to say that Suzanne Shaw will be joining Tim in our sparkling production of Aladdin, appearing in the role of the Genie.
Oh yes it is! It's that time of year again when the wonders of Panto come to Woking! The New Victoria Theatre, Woking is proud to present the rags to riches tale of a young man and his cat, with the fantastic production of the classic pantomime Dick Whittington from Friday 7 December 2012 - Sunday 6 January 2013.
Open auditions are being held to find the stars of the Juvenile Chorus for this year’s spectacular panto production of Dick Whittington.
'The singing throughout is excellent…Yvonne Howard's Nettie Flower releasing all the joy and glee of June is Bustin’ Out All Over as well as the anthemic grandeur of You’ll Never Walk Alone… it’s worth saying that the sound balance at the Barbican is perfect, unaffected by the crude amplification that blights so many musical theatre performances these days… A great evening.'
Back on the live stage for the first time in six years, Harry Hill today announced a 40 date tour of the UK for spring 2013. Kicking off in Canterbury on 7 February 2013, Harry’s tour bus will call at Oxford, Liverpool, York, Coventry, Tunbridge Wells, Nottingham, Derby, Southend, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Leicester, Bournemouth, Sheffield, Watford, Northampton, Guildford, Ipswich, Brighton, Cambridge, Newcastle, Bristol, Salford, Glasgow, London and Leeds before finishing up in Edinburgh on 30 March 2013.
Gerard Mccarthy & Oliver Wilson join Robert Bathurst to complete the cast in Theatre Royal Brighton Productions' multi award winning play Blue/Orange written by acclaimed writer Joe Penhall on national tour before transferring to the West End
Gerard McCarthy (Bruce) and Oliver Wilson (Christopher) join the previously announced, Robert Bathurst (Robert), to complete the cast of Blue/Orange. The second show in Theatre Royal Brighton Productions inaugural season, directed by Christopher Luscombe, Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange will tour nationally from 13 September 2012, before transferring to the West End.
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) today announced that it has partnered with acclaimed Director, Jamie Lloyd, to form Jamie Lloyd Productions.
Jamie Lloyd will create bespoke pieces of theatrical work for London, the UK regions and North America, Australia and other territories. Productions of new writing, modern classics and musicals will all be presented by the new company.
Brighton Theatre Royal Productions have confirmed two cast members for Blue Orange - Gerard McCarthy and Oliver Wilson. Gerard McCarthy will be featuring in major TV dramas to be broadcast later in 2012; Blue/Orange is your chance to see him first. He will soon be seen on our TV screens as Ashley Stokes in Titanic: Blood & Steel, a 12 part epic drama series charting the construction of RMS Titanic, with Sir Derek Jacobi, Chris Noth, Joely Richardson & Neve Campbell. Earlier this year he filmed brand new BBC thriller The Fall starring Gillian Anderson and has just finished filming Michael Hirst's epic new TV series Vikings starring Gabriel Byrne. He also played Rory Thompson in Belonging to Laura, a modern day adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 'Lady Windermere's Fan' which received an IFTA nomination for Best Single Drama but he is probably best known as Kris Fisher in Channel 4's Hollyoaks, a role he played for 4 years & which earned him a Best Newcomer nomination at the British Soap Awards. Gerard McCarthy was awarded Sir Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Scholarship in 2000 to train as an actor. In 2010 he made his Shakespearean debut as Fenton in The Merry Wives of Winsor at The Globe in London directed by Christopher Luscombe. Other theatre credits include: Molière's The Miser (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Call Me Lee (New End Theatre, London).
A day in my life is a trial to describe because rarely are two consecutive days the same - unless working. If filming, the start can be gruesomely early. For 'A Closed Book' with Darryl Hannah when I played a blind author, I wore a facial prosthesis so was in the make-up trailer at five am. That meant rising at four to shave and drive to the location. Shooting began at eight and continued until seven pm. Another hour to carefully remove the prosthesis, put stuff on my face to prevent it from bursting into flames, followed by the drive home, made supper around nine-thirty. Important to be in bed by eleven so that I could get five hours of sleep before the rise again at four am. A fairly hefty day. If working in America, the shooting day is not eleven but twelve hours long.
Ben Freeman, Louise Plowright, Sam Lupton, Hayley Gallivan and Lucy Van Gasse to join West End Wicked on 29 October 2012
Original cast member Katie Rowley Jones returns to play 'nessarose'
Wicked, the smash hit musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Louise Plowright (Madame Morrible), Sam Lupton (Boq), Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba) and Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda) will all join the London cast from Monday 29 October 2012, together with Katie Rowley Jones who will return to star as Nessarose, the role she originated in 2006.
They will join the previously announced Louise Dearman, who will rejoin the cast to star as Elphaba having played Glinda to huge acclaim, as well as Gina Beck, Keith Bartlett and Christopher Howell, who will continue in their current starring roles as Glinda, The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond respectively.
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have galloped triumphantly into London's West End with their freshly minted 2012 production of Spamalot and the critics are loving it!
Kings of Comedy, Marcus Brigstocke and Jon Culshaw will share the starring role of King Arthur*, alongside the irrepressible Bonnie Langford as the Lady of the Lake and TV legend Todd Carty as Patsy.
The show features the hilarious songs He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights Of The Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation's Favourite Comedy Song Always Look on The Bright Side Of Life and features Eric Idle himself as God (on screen)*.
One of the West End's best loved and longest running musicals, Blood Brothers, is scheduled to end its current London run at the Phoenix theatre on Saturday 27 October 2012.
Over 10,000 West End performances
Bill Kenwright's production of Willy Russell's Liverpool tale of the Johnstone twins, who are separated at birth and later reunited by a twist of fate, will have played over 10,000 performances in London, making it the third longest running musical ever to play the West End.
Initially, I wanted to do a week’s work experience at Richmond theatre to get an insight into the marketing side of the theatre – expecting to be in an office all week long, at a desk, behind a computer. What I didn’t expect, however, was to be gaining an insight into all aspects of theatre; ushering, preparing props, looking at scripts and helping out at youth theatre!
By Terry Johnson
Theatre Royal Bath
Half of the Richmond Theatre Marketing Department, myself included, made the journey west to the beautiful city of Bath, to watch Hysteria produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions.
Churchill Theatre Bromley is working together with a growing number of local businesses. Whether you’d like to build your brand by sponsoring a show or an area of the theatre, reach our 50,000 theatregoers with your products and services or simply network with like minded business professionals prior to taking in a show, our friendly team will help you to build a tailored and affordable business solution. To learn more, please call Jenni Hutchinson on 020 8290 8229 (email@example.com) or Janice Hinton on 020 8290 8252 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Swinging in from a highly successful run in London’s West End and Berlin and a record breaking sell-out tour in the Netherlands for its first UK tour, is Daddy Cool. Churchill Theatre caught up with leading lady Jane McDonald for a chat.
Wicked, the smash hit West End musical, is proud to announce that Louise Dearman, who played Glinda to huge acclaim from March 2010 to December 2011, will return to star as Elphaba from Monday 29 October 2012. It is the first time that a leading lady will have starred in both roles in the nearly decade-long history of the global musical phenomenon.
The Riot Club is having its final hurrah on Saturday 4 August and Posh will be leaving the Duke of York's Theatre... but wait! Don't hurl your champagne glass against the wall just yet. You can still catch a glimpse of three of our favourite Posh boys in their upcoming projects:
The new West End production of Monty Python's Spamalot opened in July at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Click here to see photos from the Press Night on 31 July 2012!
Headlong and Richmond Theatre have an exciting opportunity for two boys between the ages of 7 and 12 to perform with a professional company in the World Premiere of Medea at Richmond Theatre. The boys will be playing the same character, on alternating days.
Auditions will be held on Tue 7 Aug from 2 – 4pm. The audition will last no more than 20 minutes and the performers will not need to prepare anything.
If you are unable to make this date please do still get in touch to arrange an alternative time. Please email email@example.com if you are interested in auditioning or for more information.
Performance dates: Tue 20 – Sat 24 Nov.
Go behind the scenes with the cast of 9 to 5 the Musical!
Churchill Theatre Bromley is excited to announce the upcoming production of Charles Dickens’ The Haunting from Monday 20 – Saturday 25 August. To celebrate the upcoming thrill-fest, we have launched a short story competition, searching for the next Dickens! The prizes are:
1st prize: Story to be published on the ATG website and four tickets to see any performance of The Haunting.
2nd prize: Two tickets to see The Haunting with drinks and a programme.
3rd prize: £10 book voucher.
To enter, send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stories must be no more than 1,500 words and fit the theme of ‘haunting’. The deadline is midnight, Sunday 12 August.
Enter... if you dare!
Are you aged 7 years or above?
Would you like to appear in this years Princess Theatre pantomime?
New Pantomime Productions are holding childrens dance auditions on Saturday 1 September at All Saints Church Hall, Bampfylde road, Torquay for their production of Cinderella.
Theatre Royal Brighton Productions presents the second show in their debut season, Joe Penhall's multi award winning play, Blue/Orange, directed by Artistic Director Christopher Luscombe (The Madness of George III, Spamalot in the West End) with Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, Wild at Heart, Downton Abbey) in the role of Robert.
Blue/Orange will run from 13 - 22 September at the Theatre Royal Brighton, and then tour to the following venues: The Waterside, Aylesbury from 25-29 September
The Princess Theatre, Torquay from 2 – 6 October, The Grand Opera House, York from 9 – 13 October, The New Victoria, Woking from 16 – 20 October, The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from 23 – 27 October, The Churchill, Bromley from 30 October – 3 November, The Theatre Royal, Glasgow from 6 – 10 November
The Richmond Theatre from 13 – 17 November, The Opera House, Manchester from 20 – 24 November, The Regent Theatre, Stoke-On-Trent from 27 November – 1 December.
Our new brochure for the Autumn season is out now! Packed with shows from now until early 2013, there’s something for everyone. Pick up your copy in one of venues or you can view the online version here.
We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2012 open air cinema season. If you have never experienced a classic film under the stars, you are in for a treat with The Luna Cinema's line up!
The idea of watching a film on a big screen at sunset in the gardens of a castle, palace or in a leafy London park is one that captivates the imagination and forces you to get your picnic hampers at the ready for a cinematic experience like no other. The Luna Cinema offers the best venues imaginable for a film screening - from the gardens of Royal Palaces such as Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace through to Leeds Castle in Kent.
Richmond Theatre corporate partner Armit Wines invites you to a spectacular evening of fine food and delicious Burgundy with Jean-Marc Roulot
Theatre Royal Brighton Productions presents the second show in their debut season, Joe Penhall’s multi award winning play, Blue/Orange, directed by Artistic Director Christopher Luscombe (The Madness of George III, Spamalot in the West End) with Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, Wild at Heart, Downton Abbey) in the role of Robert.
Blue/Orange will visit Richmond Theatre from 13 – 17 November as part of its nationwide tour.
Speckulation Entertainment is delighted to announce that Momentous Musicals at New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 19 July 2012 will feature ten up and coming performers alongside previously announced cast members Gareth Gates (Joseph, Les Misérables); Jonathan Ansell (G4, Whistle Down the Wind); Daniel Boys (Any Dream Will Do, Avenue Q); Emma Williams (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Love Story) and Rachael Wooding (Jersey Boys, Hairspray).
2012 ArtsEd graduates Luke Alexander, Ashley Cooper, Gabriela García, Sinead Kenny, Felicity Kirwin and Sam Lathwood will join young professionals Stef Booth (After the Turn), Matthew John Gregory (Guys and Dolls), Christopher Mitchell (12 Irish Tenors) and Hayley Ellen Scott (High School Musical) as the featured ensemble of this gala concert.
Britain’s best-loved astrologer and Strictly Come Dancing favourite Russell Grant will guest star in the smash hit musical Grease for its limited week run in Wimbledon. He will don the sparkly suit to play the role of Teen Angel and is set leave audiences hopelessly devoted to his charms when Grease rocks into the New Wimbledon Theatre from Monday 15 – Saturday 20 October 2012.
Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and Bob Bartner are delighted to announce principal casting for the first leg of the tour of 9 to 5: The Musical. Opening at the Manchester Opera House on Friday 12 October 2012 the show will star Natalie Casey as Judy Bernly, Jackie Clune as Violet Newstead, Bonnie Langford as Roz Keith, Amy Lennox as Doralee Rhodes and Ben Richards as Franklin Hart.
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It isn't all that often that you hear a character in a West End play singing the praises of McDonald's. In Chicken, you do: one of the main characters eats burgers, and fries, and nuggets, and shakes, pretty much all day long. 'We may,' he says, 'be all fucked up', but 'at least you can count on Macky D's'.
What he doesn't eat is the chicken. The chicken in the title, and also on the stage, in Inner City Productions' new staging of Mike Batistick's powerful play, is still in one piece. It's big. It's strong. It's ready for battle. It's ready, in fact, for the fight of its life, and the fight of its new owners' lives, too. The chicken that's sitting in a box in the middle of the stage, in the middle of the living room of a cramped Bronx apartment; the chicken that's being psyched, drugged and groomed for an illegal cockfight, is the nearest most of the characters get to hope.
Britain’s Got Talent winners, Ashleigh and Pudsey, will make their theatrical debut in the spectacular family pantomime Dick Whittington at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking this Christmas.
Ashleigh plays Dick’s love interest Alice Fitzwarren, with Pudsey at her side. The talented duo, hailed by Simon Cowell as one of his 'favourite ever acts' are sure to delight the audiences with their amazing routines.
The first major revival in forty years of Arthur Wing Pinero’s classic comedy Dandy Dick launches the inaugural season from new production company Theatre Royal Brighton Productions.
The company’s aim is to stage classic plays and comedies and tour to the country’s best playhouses. The first production is the classic British comedy, Dandy Dick which comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Tue 31 July – Sat 4 August.
BBC Breakfast interviews Dolly Parton about 9 to 5
Y’all heard it right...Dolly Parton's brand spankin’ new musical 9 to 5 is coming to the UK. On Broadway, the show earned four Tony Award nominations including best original score.
To mark the launch of the DVD, Momentum Pictures devised an experiment. They invited bloggers and journalists to attend a performance of the play and a film screening fitted with a heart rate monitor to compare the scare factor of the two. I’m sorry to say the experiment didn’t work: the heart rate monitors beeped in the theatre, indicating they’d reached a dangerous heart rate level (around 150bpm), but they did this at a point when the play had not yet reached scary mode — there’s no way our heart rate could have been that high. They failed during the film by generally displaying random-seeming results that did not correspond with the intensity of the screen action, if anything, going down steadily during the tensest moments.
This was unfortunate as the experiment was a good idea. I’m going to do a comparison of the two anyway, bidding farewell to the not-so-fancy technology behind the desired more scientific experiment.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe had a special guest on Friday 15 June when HRH The Duchess of Cambridge came to see the show!
Anna Chancellor and Nicholas Farrell lead the casts in a double bill of The Browning Version, Terence Rattigan's one act masterpiece, and Sir David Hare's companion piece, South Downs at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The plays, which enjoyed a sold out run as part of the Chichester Festival 2011, wowed the critics once again following a transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre, tell two moving stories that examine life in boarding public schools.
On Tuesday 26 June, there will be a post-show debate on stage at the theatre. The topic will be the changing face of education and the panel will include Sir David Hare, author of South Downs; Toby Young, writer, journalist and co-founder of the West London Free School and Melissa Benn, journalist, novelist and campaigner, and author of School Wars: the Battle for Britain's Education. The event will be hosted by the Guardian's education editor Jeevan Vasagar.
New Wimbledon Theatre is excited to announce that our brand new Piano Bar is now open at New Wimbledon Theatre.
Following a fantastic launch on Monday 21 May, the Piano Bar which has been redesigned to capture the grandeur of our beautiful Edwardian building with an elegant, modern twist has received fantastic feedback from those who attended the launch and been extremely popular with customers since the opening on Friday 11 May. The bar provides a luxurious and relaxing setting where you can indulge in speciality cocktails (including Apple Martinis, Bellinis and Cosmopolitans), wines and champagnes from our new exclusive menu, with live music to compliment the relaxing and welcoming ambience of the Piano Bar. We have an exclusive guest list, where you can book tables for yourself and friends by contacting Wimbledon Stage Door.
For one night only, the finest voices of the West End stage perform Momentous Musicals, a brand new concert celebration showcasing soaring ballads and fondly remembered songs from the most significant musicals of our generation.
Gareth Gates leads this sophisticated homage to musical theatre, featuring the songs, Empty Chairs At Empty Tables (Les Misérables), For Good (Wicked), Why God, Why? (Miss Saigon), Seasons of Love (Rent) and many more. Gareth is joined by a cast of West End stars including Jonathan Ansell, Daniel Boys, Emma Williams and Rachael Wooding.
Gareth Gates and Jennifer Ellison are to join the cast of the international award-winning hit Legally Blonde the Musical as Warner and Paulette at the New Wimbledon Theatre from Tuesday 25 September to Saturday 6 October.
Faye Brooks (Grease in the West End) stars in the role of Elle and Iwan Lewis (Fame in the West End, Passion at The Donmar Warehouse) plays Emmett. Further casting will be announced.
Her first stage tour, Peppa Pig’s Party, was one of the top-selling children’s theatre shows in 2010 and 2011. Now hot on its heels comes a second stage production, Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt that sets out on the road from 13 October this autumn with tour dates through until July 2012.
West End stars Dave Willetts (Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Cats, Ragtime, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) and Marti Webb (Blood Brothers, Tell Me On a Sunday, Evita, Cats) will join forces to headline the legendary Broadway musical 42nd Street as it heads to New Wimbledon Theatre from Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 September.
Friendship, Gossip, Poison, Murder? These Girls Have All the Fun!
Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and Bob Bartner are delighted to announce that 9 to 5 the Musical will be heading to New Wimbledon Theatre from Monday 22 October till Saturday 27 October 2012.
Dolly Parton said: 'I am so excited that 9 to 5 the Musical is coming to Wimbledon. I'm hoping you have as much fun watching it as I had writing the music for it. 9 to 5 the Musical is perfect for anyone that's ever wanted to string up their boss, which is almost all of us. So come join the fun!'
Direct from a sold out season at London’s Barbican, the most acclaimed production ever of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s classic South Pacific comes to Woking for just two weeks from Tue 10 – Sat 21 July.
Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, directed by Metropolitan Opera Director and Winner of Tony Award for Best Director, Bartlett Sher, this sublime reinvention has received rave reviews in London and on tour, receiving three nominations including Best Musical Revival in this year’s Olivier Awards. The production is headed up by a stellar cast which includes Samantha Womack, Alex Ferns, Daniel Koek, Michael Cammelle and Jodi Kimura.
Don’t forget your towel as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live! speeds its way to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking for just two nights from Tuesday 26 – Wednesday 27 June with the original cast reuniting live on stage together with special guest Clive Anderson as The Voice of the Book.
Following their hit shows Bronte, Jane Eyre and War and Peace, the internationally acclaimed Shared Experience returns to London bringing to life the extraordinary tale of Mary Shelley – and how she came to write one of the greatest stories ever told, aged just 19.
MHR Consultancy Ltd, based in Whitton, Twickenham supports small and medium sized businesses and charities in both Greater London and beyond. Our diverse services extend beyond just providing ‘year end’ accounts. We can offer customised accounting services depending on your needs. Our capacity encompasses ‘on site’ accounting services, potential for remote access, as well as the opportunity for cost effective financial out sourcing.
Richmond Theatre are delighted to announce that due to popular demand, Richmond favourite Tim Vine will be making a welcome return to pantomime in this year’s sparkling production of Aladdin, which promises to be pure panto genie-us…
As horses and their jockeys thunder past the winning post just below us, the actors field questions from the assembled press pack. We’re at Brighton Race Course, perched high above the sea on the South Downs, for the launch of Theatre Royal Brighton Productions’ inaugural production of Dandy Dick, playing at Richmond Theatre from Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 July. The actors in question are Nicholas Le Prevost and Patricia Hodge, two of our most distinguished and erstwhile stars: Le Prevost’s many stage credits include an Olivier-nominated turn in My Fair Lady at the National Theatre, and a recent appearance alongside Keira Knightley in The Misanthrope in the West End. Patricia Hodge’s glittering career spans television, theatre, and film, including her unforgettable portrayal of middle-aged, middle-class motherhood in the recent hit sitcom Miranda.
The Ripple Effect by Ursula Rani Sarma
Ambassador Theatre Group: New Writing, New Play, New Opportunity.
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is hosting one of the most ambitious, nationwide, new writing projects seen in recent years to form an integral part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.
The first thing you notice about the actor, director and producer Danny DeVito is that, as has been exhaustively documented, getting on for a zillion times, he's short (five foot nothing) and round, like a human Teletubby. Albeit a 67-year-old Teletubby, with white wisps of hair around his ears, which he pulls at constantly.
The second thing you notice is how animated and expressive he is. It's not a cartoon version of DeVito's native Italian-American, but it's at the turbo end of vibrant. In the rehearsal space where we meet, he's constantly shrugging, gesturing with his hands, laughing so that his glasses fall off his forehead over his eyes; at one point, he even pulls me into an impromptu dance, more of which mortification anon.
Photographs taken over two days backstage at the Opera House Manchester during the 2011 pantomime season are on display until June 30 as part of Chorlton Arts Festival.
The rarely-seen, off-stage world of pantomime is captured in a new photography exhibition.
Professional photographer Phil Tragen spent two days backstage at the Opera House, Manchester during last December’s run of Cinderella, taking a set of stunning candid shots, which are on display now until the end of June as part of Chorlton Arts Festival.
An incredible partnership comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking stage on Thu 28 – Fri 29 June for just three performances, as World Dance Champions Flawless team up with English National Ballet in their brand new show Against Time.
A fusion of streetdance, acrobatics and ballet, Against Time showcases the talents and skills of ten Flawless dancers alongside ten English National Ballet ballerinas, celebrating all that is great about dance.
Connie Fisher, Michael Xavier and Lucy Van Gasse star in the multi-award winning musical comedy Wonderful Town at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Tue 19 – Sat 23 June.
Brought to you by the producers of hit musical Top Hat, this major new production performed by a terrific cast and orchestra of over 40, bursts onto stage with fantastic choreography, stunning costumes and a sensational score. The show recreates the bright lights of 1930s New York City with the rich sound of Leonard Bernstein’s magnificent music.
2012 marks the 20th anniversary for the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) which was co-founded by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire. Over the past 20 years ATG has grown to become the largest owner / operator of theatres in the UK with 39 venues, an internationally recognised theatre producer and a leader in theatre ticketing services through ATG Tickets. As the very first regional venue, The Ambassadors, Woking comprising of the New Victoria Theatre, Rhoda McGaw Theatre and award-winning cinema complex, The Ambassadors Cinemas joins in the celebration.
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) today announced changes within its Casting Department, based at the company’s Charing Cross Road offices.
Bill Kenwright presents
Rufus Norris’s acclaimed production of Kander and Ebb's musical masterpiece
Rufus Norris’s much anticipated re-imagining of his double Olivier-award winning production of Cabaret is to star internationally renowned singer/songwriter Will Young in his musical theatre debut as the enigmatic Emcee. The production will play The Savoy Theatre in London’s West End from 3 October, following an exclusive four week tour.
Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre presents...
Les Misérables School Edition
Performed entirely by students
Robin Sebastian from Volcano has answered these questions exclusively for Richmond Theatre!
I am thrilled to be part of a little known Coward piece. This is a more reflective play but it is still packed with very witty lines. If only we could find another couple of Oscar Wilde plays as well, then I could die happy!
Actress Isla Blair, who plays M'Lynn, the mother of Shelby in this production of Steel Magnolias, comes to this engagement with a close association, at least in her imagination, with the character.
'I remember seeing the film of Steel Magnolias in which M'Lynn was played, marvellously, by Sally Field. I remember thinking what a wonderful part that is. I should like to play it one day. It was that character I felt most drawn to. She's a doting mother -and I'm a doting grandmother - and I can't conceive of going through what M'Lynn has to endure.'
Child stars are not supposed to grow old, and god forbid they do so gracefully. So it’s hugely refreshing to meet Hayley Mills, still going strong and working harder than ever as she takes the lead in the stage premiere of Ladies in Lavender.
Adapted from the popular period film starring Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, the play is set in a remote Cornish village where the lives of two sisters are turned upside down by the arrival of a young Polish violinist. For most actors, it’s the script that decides them on a job. For Mills, it was the music, taken from the original film score by Nigel Hess and performed by virtuoso Joshua Bell.
Star of Benidorm and I’m a Celebrity, Crissy Rock is searching for the region’s top speciality acts to star alongside her at the Liverpool Empire this October in Tonight’s the Night.
The Ambassador Theatre Group is giving young children throughout the country the chance to star in the most acclaimed production ever of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s lavish musical South Pacific, currently on a nationwide tour.
The roles needing to be played by local children on tour are Ngana and Jerome, the illegitimate children of Emile de Becque. Ngana (female) and Jerome (male) would need to be of a playing age between 7 and 11 years, black, mixed-raced Caucasian/black or similar dark skin tone, with some singing and movement skills. The producers also need to find a female child to play Bloody Mary’s native helper, who would have the same skills and appearance as, and understudy both the roles of, Ngana and Jerome.
David Suchet will provide the voice of Aslan in Threesixty Entertainment's major new production of C.S. Lewis’s classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which opens in the historic grounds of Kensington Gardens on 29 May with previews from 8 May. The production stars Sally Dexter, Forbes Masson and Brian Protheroe in the roles of the White Witch, Mr Tumnus and the Professor respectively and Carly Bawden, Rebecca Benson, Philip Labey and Jonny Weldon as the legendary Pevensie siblings.
Churchill Theatre Bromley celebrates the launch of Spamalot by working with top local restaurant Ferrari’s in order to recreate the famous Monty Python Spam sketch. This was set in the Green Midget Cafe in Bromley.
Stars of the show Bonnie Langford, Marcus Brigstocke and Todd Carty paid a visit to Ferrari’s Restaurant where a ‘spamtastic’ menu has been created especially to mark the occasion.
The stage at Churchill Theatre Bromley will be hotting up from Monday 30 July – Saturday 4 August, when Noel Coward’s recently discovered play Volcano comes to town. We caught up with starring actress, Jenny Seagrove.
We are celebrating the arrival in Bromley of the hilarious West End production of Bette and Joan by giving the first night a Hollywood theme throughout the theatre. Come dressed to impress for a red carpet experience to remember!
Earlier this year, Churchill Theatre Bromley launched a new service, working with local restaurants to enable them to showcase their products and services to our customers. This is intended to give you, our theatre-going audience, a choice of local restaurants to visit for pre or post show meals and also the chance to benefit from special offers just for you. Please see below this month’s featured restaurants and special offers:
Calling all dance groups, artists and dance enthusiasts from Bromley!
Be a part of the Big Dance in Bromley – one of London’s most exciting celebrations of dance this summer!
2012 is the centenary year of the tragic sinking of the world famous RMS Titanic and remembrance ceremonies are moving full steam ahead across the UK. As part of Liverpool's Titanic 1912-2012 programme of events West Kirby Light Opera Society are raising one of their most successful productions from the deep to commemorate this very special occasion. The multi award-winning Broadway production Titanic - The Musical, returns to the Liverpool Empire from Tue 5 – Sat 9 June 2012 for 5 performances only.
Originally scheduled for Saturday 14 July 2012, Momentous Musicals starring Gareth Gates (Joseph, Les Misérables) and Rachael Wooding (Jersey Boys, Hairspray) will now take place at New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 19 July 2012 to allow Gareth to join the cast of Loserville at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, which runs through to Saturday 14 July 2012.
The Liverpool Empire Theatre is thrilled that the Sea Odyssey will be passing the venue down Lime Street on 20 and 21 of April.
If you are coming to see I Dreamed a Dream – The Susan Boyle Musical on either Friday evening or Saturday Matinee please bear in mind the following important information:
The internationally renowned company Danza Contemporanea de Cuba make their first ever visit to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking with just two performances on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 May.
Following overwhelming acclaim for their first ever major UK tour in 2010, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba bring a fresh, joyous and passionate programme of work which includes a rare opportunity to see the stand-out hit of 2010’s programme, George Céspedes’s Mambo 3XX1, a new piece, Sombrisa, by award-winning choreographer Itzik Galili and Carmen?! choreographed by the Director of Helsinki Dance Company, Kenneth Kvarnström.
Artistic Director Christopher Luscombe and Howard Panter of the Ambassador Theatre Group have announced that Theatre Royal Brighton Productions’ inaugural season will begin with the first major revival for forty years of Dandy Dick. Starring Patricia Hodge and Nicholas le Prevost, and directed by Christopher Luscombe, the show will be opening at the new company’s home in Brighton before embarking on a UK tour, and Richmond will be the first stop on that tour.
After a Howlin’ sensation on the launch of our brand new comedy club at New Wimbledon Studio, Howlin’ Comedy Club are pleased to announce the line up for the next show at the studio on Monday 30 April at 7.30pm.
Comedians this evening include Kevin McCarthy who is considered the godfather of modern British stand-up, Eric Potts who has played parts in Coronation Street and Brookside, and recently starred, wrote and directed Dick Whittington here at New Wimbledon Theatre, Kerry Godliman, who was a finalist of the 2003 Babycham Funny Women competition and was one of the stars of the 2005 Channel 4 sketch show Spoons and Andrew Bird, who has appeared in TV shows The Sack Race and Have I got News For You. After receiving rave reviews on the launch of the new comedy club, Howlin’ Comedy will be at New Wimbledon Studio on the last Monday of every month, showcasing some of the finest comedians in the UK.
Audiences are in for something very special as Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace return to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking with their breathtaking show, Midnight Tango from Tue 1 – Sat 5 May.
Woking audiences were first treated to this dazzling evening of dance as the popular pair visited the venue with their brand new show last year in May. The show was a complete sell out prompting the producers to add additional performances due to the phenomenal demand, and it is clear their popularity has not waned as the show is set to do the same this year, enjoying tremendous ticket sales with only limited amount of tickets remaining!
Following three triumphant years at the Savoy Theatre in the West End, Legally Blonde the Musical closes its case for the very last time this April. But do not fear as Elle, Bruiser and her sorority girlfriends will be coming to Woking for just two weeks, as the multi-award winning production continues its triumphant UK tour at the New Victoria Theatre from Mon 7 – Sat 19 May.
Following the success of last year’s course, the Creative Learning Department will be running a Creative Summer School for 12-16 year olds again this August. The week-long course is designed to give aspiring theatre-makers the opportunity to get involved in and inspired by the whole production process from conception to performance. Participants will work with professional theatre practitioners to devise, design, direct and produce an exciting piece of theatre, which they will then perform on the final day of the course.
Join top London stylist Ali Quinn, who has appeared on ITV's This Morning and Fiona Sanderson, owner of designer boutique feather & stitch for a complimentary style consultation. Refresh your wardrobe for spring/summer with clothes from renowned designers like By Malene Birger, Paige and American Vintage as well as exclusive labels from France and Scandinavia. Bring a girlfriend and have some fun! We'll pour you a glass of bubbly and give you 10% off a purchase of your choice.
‘Getting to Know You – Getting to Know Us’
From the Liverpool Empire Theatre in conjunction with classic musical The King and I
One of the greatest family musicals of all time, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, visits Liverpool Empire from 3-7 April. To get to know our audiences a little better (and vice versa), we’re delighted to announce two exciting activities in conjunction with this spectacular show.
Dinner and a show for £35 – That’s Spamtastic!
Don't miss the most infectiously funny musical of the millennium!
Monty Python's Spamalot is coming to Richmond Theatre from 2 - 7 April and we've teamed up with The Duke Public House and Dining Room to create the ultimate theatre experience.
Ambassador Theatre Group’s Creative Learning Department in the West End has teamed up with the University of the Third Age (U3A), a lifelong learning co-operative for those aged 60+, to present a day of workshops at the Piccadilly Theatre in London.
On 12 March, 101 senior citizen theatre enthusiasts travelled from all over the country to the West End to find out how live theatre works and to meet professionals in the field as well as their fellow learners. Attendees also enjoyed an evening performance of the Olivier Award nominated Ghost the Musical, where the show’s production team were also on hand to share their knowledge and expertise.
Richmond Theatre Comedy Master Class
Saturday 7 April, 10am-12pm
£10, book via Box Office on 0844 871 7651
A rip-roaring look at what it takes to write and perform comedy, taking inspiration from Monty Python and other comedy greats. In this session, you’ll explore how to write your own comedic material, improvise amusing scenes, and maximise comedic potential from a script in a performance. Perfect for those who enjoy performing and want to develop their skills.
At the beginning of this year Churchill Theatre Bromley invited local restaurants to showcase their products and services to our customers. This is intended to give you, our theatre-going audience, a choice of local restaurants to visit for pre or post show meals and also the chance to benefit from special offers just for you. This month we are thrilled to announce that Cote Brasserie is joining this list.
I feel incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to experience the marketing internship scheme at Richmond Theatre. I am soon to finish my three month placement, which has taught me an incredible amount about arts marketing and I feel much more confident in embarking on the next steps of my career.
For over five decades The Osmond Brothers have been entertaining sold out crowds throughout the world and 2012 marks the year of their biggest ever UK Tour, coming to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking for one night only on Sunday 15 April.
The tour will take fans on a journey through their many unforgettable hits – from classics such as One Bad Apple, Down By the Lazy River, Let Me In and Love Me For a Reason to Crazy Horses and Long Haired Lover From Liverpool – the 1972 number one from Jimmy, who has recently appeared in London’s West End in Grease and Chicago.
Prepare yourselves for a show that’s truly horrible – as the Birmingham Stage Company bring those Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians to the New Victoria Theatre with Horrible Histories Live on Stage from Wed 11 – Sat 14 April.
These two astounding shows use actors and amazing Bogglevision 3D effects to help transport the audience back in time and experience what it was really like to live in Tudor and Victorian times in Britain and showing that history is far from boring!
The highly awaited and internationally acclaimed production of ShangHi by Cirque du Ciel comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking for just two performances from Sun 8 – Mon 9 April. Returning due to overwhelming demand to the UK , the must see circus extravaganza contains the finest acrobats representing the vibrancy and excitement of modern China.
The producers of Monkee Business the Musical said today: 'We are all deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Davy Jones. He was a wonderfully talented musician and his songs brought happiness to millions of people around the world. We hope that Monkee Business the Musical will be seen as it was always intended, a loving tribute to all of The Monkees and a celebration of their lives and careers. Our thoughts and prayers are with Davy's family and friends at this sad time.
'The Manchester run will be dedicated to Davy, his talent, work and music and the laughter and fun they created for the youngsters of the time, and subsequent generations who have discovered and loved them too.'
The Edinburgh Playhouse are currently accepting applications for their 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme. A 74 seat intimate studio space will be created within the Overtures Suite located in the Playhouse for the month of August. Following on from the successful inaugural year of The Playhouse on the Fringe we are looking for an eclectic mix of productions and all genres will be considered. Performance slots are available from 10am until 6pm. Limited run applications (1-5 performance dates) will be considered but priority will be given to productions who are applying for the full run (1 – 27 Aug).
Sat 31 March 10.30am
'What happens in the Prompt Corner?'
'Who Switches the lights on?'
'Where would the Queen sit if she came to the theatre?'
'...and is there a theatre ghost?'
Join us to take a peek behind the scenes and learn about the secrets of Richmond Theatre. In this fun and informative tour we’ll explore the building together, starting in the auditorium before moving backstage to see where and how the magic happens. During the tours we’ll also tell you all of the terrible truths about going to the theatre in Victorian times, and we encourage questions as we go along, so inquisitive young minds will certainly be satisfied!
This Easter, keep your little ones entertained with a range of workshops and activities for children aged 4-18
Sat 7 Apr, 10am-12pm
A rip-roaring look at what it takes to write and perform comedy, taking inspiration from Monty Python and other comedy greats.
£10, book via Box Office
Playful Puppets Project
Mon 2 – Tue 3 Apr, 10am-4pm daily
Join us for a fun-packed 2 days where you will make your own puppets, bring them to life create a story, write your own songs and put it all together to create a fantastic whirlwind puppet show!
£40, book via Box Office
Sat, 7 Apr, 10.30am-12pm
Fun, free, family arts and crafts and storytelling along a different theme every month.
Suitable for children aged 4+ and their families
Twickenham Operatic Society (TOpS) return in March for their annual visit to Richmond Theatre, following Guys and Dolls last year, with the perennial favourite Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
Director, Gill Wade, shares a brief history of the show:
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! was originally entitled Away We Go, but expectations for the show to succeed were low as Hammerstein's last six shows had been flops and there were no well known names in the leading roles. Even the producer Mike Todd had walked out after Act One during the tryout in New Haven, but Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were confident they had a hit on their hands and soon the New Haven audiences were as enthusiastic as they were and it became the hottest ticket in town.
The producers of Hair are sorry to announce that unfortunately the forthcoming UK tour will not be going ahead. Despite the best efforts of all involved to keep the production moving forward, it has become apparent that certain criteria could not be met and regrettably the show will not now open in Liverpool as originally planned. The producers would like to apologise to the many fans of this iconic show who had been greatly excited by its planned revival.
Now in its seventh thrilling year, The Agatha Christie Theatre Company presents a stylish new production of the queen of crime’s classic thriller Murder on the Nile, which will tour the UK with an all star cast in 2012 and appearing at New Wimbledon Theatre from Monday 2 April – Saturday 7 April.
Murder on the Nile stars Kate O'Mara, prolific stage actress and star of television hits including Dynasty and Bad Girls, Denis Lill, whose extensive TV career most recently includes ITV’s hit drama The Royal and Doctor Who, Susie Amy, star of 71 Degrees North and Footballers’ Wives, Chloe Newsome Coronation Street’s Vicky McDonald, Ben Nealon, fondly remembered as Capt Jeremy Forsythe from the long running ITV drama Soldier Soldier and 60s pop idol, Mark Wynter.
The dead of winter, Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Charlie (Zach Braff), has hit rock bottom. Away from the rest of the world, this perfect escape is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans. A hired beauty (Susannah FIelding), a fireman (Paul Hilton), and an eccentric British real estate agent (Eve Myles) desperately trying to stay in the country all suddenly find themselves tangled together in a beach house where the mood is anything but sunny.
Currently showing at the Duke of York's Theatre in London for 10 weeks only.
This is the hottest ticket for 2012. Don't miss it!
Student mid week matinee rate £20
On 25 February, Sword Swallowers around the world will celebrate World Sword Swallowers' Day by doing what they do best -- Swallowing swords!
Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) President Dan Meyer announced the 6th annual World Sword Swallowers' Day to raise awareness of sword swallowers around the world. Founded by SSAI and co-sponsored by Ripley's Believe It or Not, World Sword Swallowers' Day is set for 25 February in conjunction with February as National Swallowing Disorders Month.
Special offer for Dreamboats & Petticoats, 2 courses for £10 from the menu below.
A hearty bowl of home-made soup of the day served a with warm, freshly baked baguette and butter
Chicken liver pate served with a salad garnish, mixed crackers and a cranberry dressing.
A bowl of nachos, served with sour cream and salsa and topped with melted cheese
Battered cod served with garden peas & french fries and garnished with a wedge of lemon and optional tartare sauce.
A classic homemade lasagne served with garlic bread and a salad garnish
Rich and creamy mushroom stroganoff served with wild basmati rice
Grilled chicken breast, wrapped in bacon and served with barbeque sauce, chips and a salad garnish
Home-made rhubarb crumble.
Tangy fresh rhubarb topped with an all-butter crumble and served with Devonshire clotted cream.
Home-made apple pie served with custard
A choice of 3 scoops of ice-cream. Choose from honeycombe, chocolate mint or clotted cream vanilla.
Please note the offer is valid for either a starter and main course or main course and dessert during Dreamboats & Petticoats.
The girls are back! Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph, the three leading ladies of BBC TVs most popular and fondly remembered sitcom, Birds of a Feather, come together to star in an all new stage production of the iconic show at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Mon 26 – Sat 31 March.
Birds of a Feather ran for nearly 10 years throughout the 1990s and chronicled the misadventures of the original Essex girl’s, sisters Sharon Theodopolopoudos and Tracy Stubbs (Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson) and their man-eating neighbour Dorien Green (Lesley Joseph). With three strong female characters as the leads, Birds of a Feather was one of the first of its kind and went on to become a massive hit with up to 27 million viewers – firmly placing itself in the classic comedy hall of fame.
The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia present two iconic classical ballets, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty when they visit the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Thu 22 – Sat 24 March.
Formed in 1981, The Russian State Ballet of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb, and never fail to delight audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes.
The company perform two ballets whilst in Woking, Swan Lake, often thought of the greatest romantic ballet of all on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 March at 7.30pm and the favourite fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty on Saturday 24 March at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
At Churchill Theatre Bromley we have already had two hugely successful national premieres this year, following this trend we are thrilled to be hosting the national premiere of classic British comedy, Doctor in the House on Tuesday 20 March. Prior to this, we will be giving our customers the rare opportunity to grill the cast and director! Joe Pasquale and Robert Powell alongside renowned director Ian Talbot will be in the hot seats, whilst the exclusive audience will be able to ask whatever they wish.
The event will take place on Thursday 1 March and Wednesday 7 March.
For further information please contact ticket services on 0844 871 7620.
Send your colouring entry to us before 20 March and be in with a chance of winning...
First Prize: Bob the Builder twin figure set & library of books
Second Prize: Bob the Builder vehicle and programme
All entries will be displayed in the foyer during the show.
Send your entries to Marketing Dept, New Theatre, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AG.
Bob the Builder will be showing at the New Theatre Oxford on Sunday 25 March – book now!
Critically acclaimed, Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! returns to New Wimbledon Theatre on 13th March to celebrate its 20th anniversary for one week only. It is renowned for being one of the most popular dance productions ever staged in the UK and, after an extremely successful run at Sadler's Wells, this spectacular production is back with a fantastic cast, Tchaikovsky's glorious score, Antony Ward's dazzling sets and costumes combined with sizzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the traditional favourite.
Samantha Womack now confirmed for the role of Nellie Forbush on the nationwide tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific at New Wimbledon 20-31 March 2012
The most acclaimed production ever of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific followed a sold out London season with a record-breaking national tour, which continues to thrill audiences around the UK, is coming to New Wimbledon Theatre on 20 March.
The producers are now delighted to announce that, Samantha Womack confirmed she will continue to play, Nellie Forbush the naive American nurse that falls for plantation owner Emile de Becque. Samantha's most famous for her role as Ronnie in EastEnders and her previous theatre credits include Harold Pinter's Betrayal, the Donmar Warehouse production in the West End of Guys and Dolls (as Adelaide) and Sandy in Grease at the Dominion Theatre.
Dirty Dancing, the smash hit musical, continues its record-breaking success with an extension of its first ever national tour... Now coming to New Victoria Theatre, Woking, for three weeks only from April 2013.
The producers of the first ever national tour of Dirty Dancing are delighted to announce five new cities, now booking through to the summer of 2013. Dirty Dancing will appear at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking for three weeks only, from Tuesday 30 April – Saturday 18 May 2013.
Since the UK tour opened in Bristol on 1 September 2011, demand for tickets has been phenomenal, smashing box office records across the country and playing to packed houses in every city it visits.
'Samantha Womack gives the best performance of her career'
Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail
***** 'That’s some enchanted evening! Faultless!'
**** 'A musical masterpiece. It’s a revelation'
Mail on Sunday
'No lover of musical theatre should miss it'
The most acclaimed production ever of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific follows a sold out London season with a record-breaking national tour, which continues to thrill audiences around the UK. The producers are now delighted to announce that Samantha Womack has confirmed she will be playing Nellie Forbush for additional dates on the tour, coming to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking, for two weeks from Tue 10 – Sat 21 July. Samantha will be starring as Nellie in Wimbledon, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Aylesbury, Nottingham, Leeds, Woking and Dublin, as well as the previously announced Southampton, Birmingham and Liverpool.
There is now limited availability for the remaining performances of Noises Off at The Old Vic.
Please check online or call our Ticket Centre on 0844 871 7628 from 10am on Mon 6 Feb.
You can still book for the West End transfer of Noises Off at the Novello Theatre
We're sorry but we're currently undertaking essential maintenance to the Duchess of Malfi online booking process.
You can still book by calling 0844 871 7628.
We're currently undertaking essential maintenance to The Old Vic Tunnels booking process.
We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Playful Productions, Neal Street and Robert Fox Ltd present
The Chichester Festival Theatre Production of
By David Hare
Director Jeremy Herrin
The Browning Version
By Terence Rattigan
Director Angus Jackson
• The hit Chichester Festival Theatre production transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre from 19 April 2012
• Anna Chancellor and Nicholas Farrell reprise their roles in this double bill
• Tickets go on sale today, Friday 3 February
Zach Braff recently sat down with ShortList Magazine to discuss All New People, why he loves England and more...
There are some celebrities that you genuinely believe could be your friend. After watching Garden State and all nine seasons of Scrubs, we were pretty much convinced that Zach Braff would make a pretty good start to our (still in progress) wolf pack.
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are continuing their quest for the Holy Grail at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Monday 6 – Saturday 11 February.
In honour of their arrival, the New Victoria Theatre thought that Woking’s very own knights in shining hi-vis vests - the hard working McLaughlin & Harvey builders deserved a treat fit for a King!
So they took a short break from transforming Woking’s town centre to tuck into a very special round of sandwiches...or should we say Spamwiches!
Stage Experience presents...
Now in its seventh year, and following in the footsteps of critically acclaimed productions including Oliver!, High School Musical, Fame and last year’s phenomenon, The Glee Club Experience, the Edinburgh Playhouse Stage Experience is looking for 120 of the city’s most talented performers for its production of Footloose this Summer.
Thea Sharrock is to direct Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths as the ageing vaudevillian team Willie Clark and Al Lewis in Neil Simon’s award-wining comedy, The Sunshine Boys. Previewing from 27 April with press night on 17 May, The Sunshine Boys is booking at the Savoy Theatre for a strictly limited run until 28 July 2012. The Sunshine Boys has designs by Hildegard Bechtler with lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. Further casting will be announced shortly.
Kings of comedy, Willie Clark (Danny DeVito) and Al Lewis (Richard Griffiths) aka The Sunshine Boys haven’t spoken to each other in years. When CBS call for the vaudevillian greats to be re-united for a nostalgic History of Comedy, past grudges resurface as they take centre stage once more. Ageing ailments aside, can this legendary double-act overcome their differences for one last show? Old rivalry and vintage hilarity abound in Neil Simon’s classic comedy of showbiz and friendship.
Step back in time to Bromley, Autumn 1940, and experience the courage and kindness of young children during the Blitz.
Little Bessie Smiley and her sisters are inspired to do ‘war work’ and secretly set about helping people who have lost everything during the Blitz. However, their ‘Secret Operation’ brings 4-year-old Bessie face to face with the scariest man in town, the ‘Grumpy old Grandad’, played by TV actor Brian Murphy.
Blitz & Bananas is a feature-length drama based on true wartime memories from the Bromley/SE London area, created by local filmmaker and family historian, Anna Littler.
Churchill Theatre Bromley is pleased to announce that it will be inviting local restaurants to showcase their products and services to our customers. This is intended to give you, our theatre-going audience, a choice of local restaurants to visit for pre or post show meals and also the chance to benefit from special offers just for you.
Please see below this month’s restaurants and special offers:
There are three reasons why Ferrari's in Bromley has succeeded and continues to excel; great Italian chefs, using only terrific ingredients and staff that genuinely care about every guest.
'Great food, great service. Well done Ferrari’s. I’ll be back!'
Matt Warren (Features Editor, Daily Mail)
Ed's is a unique independent steakhouse with two big passions: Top quality rare breed, 28 day aged beef for our critically acclaimed steaks and burgers and our Josper indoor bbq oven. They source the highest quality, locally-sourced ingredients to ensure your dining experience is a cut above the rest. Find out more, see what's new and book online at www.edswoodfirgrill.co.uk.
Dizzy’s Diner: 20% off food offer:
The legendary Dizzy’s Diner has been serving up great food, cocktails and entertainment in Beckenham for over 30 years. Dizzy’s is famous for its wholesome, American-style, mouth-watering food, huge cocktail menu, and for providing a unique place to celebrate a special occasion. Present your ATG Theatre Card and you will be entitled to 20% off food Sunday - Friday. Call 0208 650 6010 to book your table.
After almost 1000 West End manicures, perms and make-overs, Legally Blonde the Musical will have its final performance at the Savoy Theatre on Saturday 7 April 2012, when principal contracts end. The production now in its third year has transformed the Savoy Theatre into a pink haven for Elle and her sorority girlfriends. Legally Blonde the Musical opened in December 2009 to rave reviews and the show went on to win seven theatre awards including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical. Legally Blonde the Musical continues its tour of the UK and plans are in place for an Australian production to open in Sydney later this year.
Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, one of the most popular dance productions ever staged in the UK, comes to Woking direct from London’s Sadler’s Wells for one week only from Tues 31 Jan – Sat 4 Feb.
The 20th Anniversary production is a feast for the senses – danced to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and with Matthew Bourne’s wit, pathos and magical fantasy in abundance this is a fresh and imaginative interpretation of the traditional favourite.
Matthew Bourne has been delighting audiences at the New Victoria Theatre for years with his witty and imaginative ballets including Swan Lake, with the all male chorus, Play Without Words, Edward Scissorhands, Dorian Gray and last year’s sell-out success Cinderella. Known for his masterful story-telling and inventive re-working of classic stories, Bourne’s interpretation of the wonderful tale of the Nutcracker! is a story for all the family.
Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a hilariously bleak night at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage for waifs and strays, through a shimmering, ice-skating, winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland.
Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Olivier award-winning designer, Anthony Ward’s unforgettable sets and costumes combine with sizzling choreography to create a fresh, hip and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the traditional favourite that will delight all!
You can book tickets by calling the Box Office 0844 871 7645 (fees apply), Groups Booking Line 0844 871 7601 or online at www.atgtickets.com/woking.
Richmond Theatre Young Company has been set up to give young people aged 17 to 25 the opportunity to take an active role in the planning and creation of a theatre performance.
Over the next few weeks, our budding theatre-makers will be taking part in a series of skills workshops, aiming to equip them with the tools that they will need to create a piece of theatre from scratch. The workshops not only cover acting, which is familiar to most of our participants, they are also opening up new avenues for them to explore. This week, the group will be exploring the process from the other side of the rehearsal room; the director’s chair. Richmond Theatre’s Course Director, Mhairi Grealis, herself a classically trained theatre director, will be introducing them to the principals of directing, and how to realise their vision for a production. Following that, we’ll be looking at writing for the stage, technical theatre and design, before the company go off to decide what form their first performance will take.
The programme for the Young Company over the next few months will see regular rehearsal sessions taking place alongside inspirational masterclasses and theatre visits of the group’s choosing. Ultimately, the Young Company will work together as an ensemble to conceive, create, rehearse, design and produce an exciting piece of theatre, which they will truly be able to call their own. The company will present their finished work in July, onstage at the theatre as part of the Creative Learning Festival.
Regular workshops take place at the theatre on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in finding out more, or joining the Young Company, e-mail Gaby Lewis at email@example.com.
Following the success of last year’s production of West Side Story, we are delighted to announce that the Liverpool Empire Stage Experience project for 2012 is...Annie
The Liverpool Empire Theatre is searching for a talented cast of 120 young people to stage the full scale musical production of Annie!
Set in New York during the depression, the show tells the story of a feisty little girl named Annie. Despite being abandoned by her parents on the doorstep of a New York orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan, Annie remains optimistic that one day soon everything is going to turn out just fine... and that day might just be 'Tomorrow'! With the help of her friends, Annie escapes the clutches of Miss Hannigan and sets off out to find her parents. Her infectious nature soon finds her with a new four-legged best friend called Sandy, an offer of adoption from billionaire Oliver Warbucks and even a meeting with President FD Roosevelt! However Miss Hannigan and her scheming brother, Rooster, are soon back on her trail, determined to take her back to the orphanage.
Featuring the unforgettable songs It’s a Hard Knock Life, Easy Street and Tomorrow, this musical is an all-time classic rags to riches tale.
Celebrating 8 years of fantastic productions and following the success of last year's production of Fame The Musical, Manchester will once again open its doors to the city's young performers, with another exciting Stage Experience! This year’s production will be Annie!
Annie is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Van Morrison, a legendary artist with one of the most enduring and consistently impressive careers in musical history, returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse for one night only on 31 March 2012.
His own distinctive blend of R&B, soul and Celtic influences has earned him many awards, including six Grammys, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
Fans old and new should not miss this opportunity to see his welcome return to the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Tickets are priced £46 and £66 (front three rows £76) and go on sale Friday 20 January 2012 at 9am.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the booking line on 0844 871 3014 or from www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh
Marti Pellow, one of Britain’s great music icons, is to join the UK tour of Willy Russell’s smash hit musical Blood Brothers for two weeks only! Marti Pellow will play the role of the Narrator, alongside Maureen Nolan as Mrs Johnstone, exclusively at the Sunderland Empire from Tuesday 31 January until Saturday 11 February.
Brit and Ivor Novello Award winning singer songwriter Marti Pellow joins the touring cast of Blood Brothers direct from the West End production. Most recently he toured the UK for eight months playing the title roles in the hit musical Jekyll and Hyde. Having worked closely with some of the world’s most important musical composers such as Sir Tim Rice and Leslie Bricusse, Marti has built a highly successful theatre career starring in the West End, on Broadway and on National Tour in the smash-hit musicals Chicago and The Witches of Eastwick, and co-starring with Josh Groban in the TV and film special Chess in Concert. He also starred alongside Russell Brand, Morwenna Banks and Miranda Hart in the TV show The Abbey and was also very proud to have worked with Gil Cates at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Marti first came to the attention of the British public as the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, one of the most successful and highly acclaimed bands in British pop history. As both a solo artist and with Wet Wet Wet, Marti has had consistent chart-topping multi-platinum albums, with over 25 chart hits and three of the UK’s biggest number one singles, including Love is All Around which continues to be one of the top five highest selling singles and most played songs of all time in the UK. Marti’s latest solo album Love to Love, recorded for his own label, has become one of the biggest selling independent records of 2011.
Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time, Blood Brothers has triumphed across the globe. Scooping up no less than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, Blood Brothers is simply unmissable and unbeatable. This epic tale of Liverpool life has been running in London’s West End, since July 1988 and touring the UK since 1995.
Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited, by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret. The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.
Blood Brothers is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright with designs by Andy Walmsley. Mark Howett is the lighting designer; Ben Harrison is the sound designer. Rod Edwards is the musical supervisor and Kelvin Towse is the production musical director.
Blood Brothers is at the Sunderland Empire from Tuesday 31 January – Saturday 11 February.
Monday 27 February – Music Night
Featuring Jamie Cullum, KT Tunstall, Eliza Doolittle, Beardyman and internationally renowned flamenco guitarist Rafael, have confirmed they will perform in the first ever Childish Things music night on Monday 27 February. They will be joined by Pete Lawrie, Oxford musician Theo Jackson and Douglas House guest and Childish Things regular, Ally Craig, for an evening of varied musical entertainment.
Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 February – Comedy Nights
The full line-up for the two comedy nights has yet to be finalised, but the cast so far for Tuesday 28 February includes Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr, Jason Byrne and the Comedy Store Players. Jo Caulfield, Jason Manford, Andi Oshi and Issy Suttie are confirmed for Wednesday 29 February and Out of the Blue, Marcel Lucont and local rising star Matt Richardson will be appearing on both nights. Other amazing acts are yet to be confirmed.
As always the audience will have a great night of comedy and music, at the same time as supporting the children and families that visit Helen & Douglas House hospice.
Comedy Store Players
Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue
Today (13 January 2012) Siobhan Dillon and Mark Evans join the cast of Ghost the Musical to play Molly and Sam in Matthew Warchus’s stage musical version of the Academy Award® winning film. Ghost the Musical opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End in June last year where it has subsequently been playing to packed houses. Siobhan Dillon and Mark Evans join Sharon D Clarke as Oda Mae Brown and Andrew Langtree as Carl who continue in the roles they originated on stage when the production premiered. Matthew Warchus’s stage production based on the Oscar® winning film is currently booking in at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End to October 2012.
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) today announced a co-producing partnership with West End and Broadway Producer, Tali Pelman.
From 16 January 2012, Tali will begin working with ATG as a Co-Producer with the objective of developing and producing productions for presentation within ATG venues.
Tali previously spent four years at ATG as in-house Producer where her production credits included The Mountaintop by Katori Hall (West End and on Broadway starring Samuel L Jackson and Angela Bassett), Keira Knightley and Damian Lewis starring in The Misanthrope by Martin Crimp, Kris Marshall, Joanna Page, and Robert Webb starring in Fat Pig written and directed by Neil LaBute, Felicity Kendal starring in The Last Cigarette by Simon Gray and Hugh Whitemore, John Hannah and Paul Hilton starring in Riflemind by Andrew Upton and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Richard Coyle, Gina McKee, Timothy West and Charlie Cox starring in The Lover/The Collection by Harold Pinter and as Associate Producer for ATG, with Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon starring in Exit the King by Eugène Ionesco (Broadway).
Sean Foley’s production of Graham Linehan’s adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy has entered the record books at the Gielgud Theatre by taking just under £400,000 in a single week. The record was set between Monday 26 December and Sunday 1 January and confirms the show as one of London’s top hit shows.
The Ladykillers tells the story of the eccentric little old lady Mrs Wilberforce who lives alone with her parrots in a strange lopsided house in King’s Cross. Her life is turned upside down by the arrival of Professor Marcus and his four friends, who between them make up the most unlikely group of criminals. Planning the heist of a security van, they decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover and involve her unwittingly in the plot. Things do not go well and the Professor’s plan starts to unravel in spectacular and hilarious fashion.
This stage production of The Ladykillers has been adapted by Graham Linehan who is best known for his work on the TV comedy series Father Ted and The IT Crowd. In partnership with Arthur Mathews, Linehan has also written for Harry Enfield, Smith and Jones, Alexei Sayle, The Fast Show and Steve Coogan. Linehan’s solo writing credits include work with Chris Morris on Brass Eye, Blue Jam and Jam and co-writing the first series of Black Books with Dylan Moran.
Director Sean Foley is a multi award winning stage director whose work in the West End includes Do You Come Here Often, Play What I Wrote, Ducktastic, Pinter’s People and Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress. Foley has also adapted and will direct The Painkiller which will star Kenneth Brannagh and Rob Brydon at the Lyric Belfast later this year.
The cast for The Ladykillers includes the BAFTA winning Peter Capaldi who is best known for his role as Malcolm Tucker in the television series The Thick of It. He has appeared in over forty television series and films including most recently the ITV series The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.
Playing the role of Major Courtney is James Fleet who is most famous for his role as Tom in Four Weddings and a Funeral and Hugo Horton in The Vicar of Dibley. He has also appeared in numerous stage productions including most recently Richard Bean’s The Heretic at the Royal Court.
The part of Louis is played by Ben Miller, who is best known as one half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller, which has had more than ten television series since they formed in the late 1990s. Miller has also appeared in a variety of other TV series and films including Primeval (ITV), and The Parole Officer (with Steve Coogan) and Johnny English (with Rowan Atkinson).
Clive Rowe plays One Round. A hugely accomplished stage actor, Rowe is also well known for his role as Duke in the BBC Children’s drama The Story of Tracy Beaker. His stage roles include Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, and Feste in Twelfth Night at the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park. Clive has also become renowned for his pantomime dames as part of Hackney Empire’s celebrated Christmas pantos.
The part of Harry is played by Stephen Wight. Stephen won the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer in the Evening Standard Awards for his performances in Don Juan in Soho at the Donmar Warehouse, he also appeared in Dealer’s Choice both at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End and made his National Theatre debut in 2004 in Sing Yer Heart Out For the Lads.
Finally the role of Mrs Wilberforce is played by Marcia Warren who has won two Olivier Awards for roles in Stepping Out and Humble Boy. She has multiple stage and screen credits including most recently the TV drama Hattie.
Simon Callow Is Back
By Jonathan Bate
Directed By Tom Cairns
At Trafalgar Studios 1 In London's West End
From 7 to 31 March for Only 30 Performances
Ahead of Performances in New York and Chicago
Simon Callow will be returning to London's Trafalgar Studios 1 this March to reprise his highly acclaimed show Being Shakespeare for a strictly limited season from 7 to 31 March, before heading across the seas to appear at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and then at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at the Broadway Playhouse. In Being Shakespeare, Simon brings to life Shakespeare's unforgettable characters as well as the real man behind the legend. The play had a record-breaking run in the West End last summer, following a hugely successful tour and staging at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010.
The Magnificent Music Hall
Produced by Paper Moon Theatre
Returns for fifth annual appearance at New Wimbledon Theatre (with special guest Don MacLean)
Wednesday 18 January at 2:30pm
'A little of what you fancy does you good', as the song goes, and Music Hall star Marie Lloyd was right. The Magnificent Music Hall, produced by Jan Hunt of Paper Moon Theatre, returns for a fifth year – it is always so successful that we fancied a little more!
Jan Hunt, also the director and a performer, stages a spectacular feast of song, dance, music, magic and comic monologues, featuring artistes who were regulars on BBC TV’s long-running show The Good Old Days including Jan Hunt herself and Chairman Johnny Dennis, who helms this show. 'Music Hall has always been about involving the audience' says Johnny Dennis, praised for 'dispensing genial Pickwickian humour' (The Times). Johnny is an announcer at the Lord’s Cricket Grounds, and an authority on this game.
The Magnificent Music Hall will also feature as an opening sequence 'a real London Cockney opening' promises Jan, choreographed by Lucy Spencer with young performers from Laine Arts College in Epson. 'And I’ll always come up with one or two surprises' adds Jan.
Artistes on the bill include banjoist/violinst Andy Eastwood; soprano Marilyn Hill Smith who played the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and Romany, the Diva of Magic (and the only British performer to ever win the World Magic Seminar Gold Lion Award, Las Vegas 2011). Also in this show is Delia Del Sol, contortionist and aerial acrobatics, and Richard Gauntlet, master of comedy and comic escapology. In addition, special guest star Don MacLean, a star of BBC TV’s longest running children’s series Crackerjack, adds to the merriment.
'Jan Hunt’s brisk production, complete with traditional audience singalongs, mixes sentimental ballads with earthy humour'
Jan Hunt is a well-known voice in the world of British Music Hall. In addition to producing, directing and performing in Paper Moon’s Magnificent Music Hall productions across Greater London, she also produces, stages and performs in shows for The Players’ Theatre Club, who just celebrated their 75th Anniversary of recreating Victorian Music Hall this past November. This gala was followed in December by the Players’ sold-out fundraiser for Wilton’s, the UK’s oldest surviving music hall. Jan staged both these shows and earned high praise:
'The most original entertainment in London'
'The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing have the megawattage, no doubt; but the older generation has the guile.'
This is a show with definite appeal to an older audience who fondly recall Music Hall. Younger newcomers experiencing the joys of this jovial genre for the first time will be in for a treat: 'They just come and have jolly good singsong and a lovely afternoon' says Jan.
Jan has been affiliated with New Wimbledon Theatre ever since she first performed there at the age of eleven as a Graham and Nelson juvenile in the pantomime Robinson Crusoe. Jan more recently staged a segment of the Gala Centennial for New Wimbledon Theatre. Her son Damian, who worked there, met his wife Lucy in a show there, and Jan says the New Wimbledon Theatre has always felt like a second home to her. She lives in nearby Kingston.
An expert in the history and spirit of Music Hall -- particularly the life of Marie Lloyd -- Jan is often interviewed. She has been featured in an episode of Blighty’s How Britain Was Built, singing and dancing with David Dimbleby on the gorgeous stage of Thornton’s Music Hall in Leeds, and Jan was interviewed in a BBC series about Wilton’s Music Hall (full Jan Hunt bio available).
She knows how to bring this traditional British entertainment to life, for audiences who always enjoy it.
Fancy an afternoon of Music Hall? It’ll do you good!
Award winning actress Eve Myles and Royal Shakespeare Company actress Susannah Fielding are confirmed to star alongside American actor Zach Braff (Scrubs and Garden State) in his UK stage acting debut of the new comedy, All New People. This witty play, written by Braff, will be directed by award-winning Peter DuBois.
Eve Myles is best known for her role as Gwyn in the BBC1 series Torchwood and has also appeared in Doctor Who, Belonging, Merlin and EastEnders. 'I'm delighted to have been cast as the character of Emma in such a well anticipated and funny play,' says Eve. '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 and Peter.'
Having made her name on stage as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, Susannah Fielding has recently been seen in TV shows including Wallander, Doctor Who and Pete Versus Life. 'I am very excited to be appearing on the West End stage in All New People,' says Susannah. 'With such a witty script and some fabulous lines, I am really looking forward to getting my teeth into playing the role of Kim.'
All New People will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 22 February 2012. Before arriving in London for 10 weeks, audiences in Manchester and Glasgow will get the chance to enjoy the play when it is staged at the Manchester Opera House, between 8 – 11 February and the King’s Theatre, Glasgow, between 14 – 18 February.
A contemporary comedy, All New People debuted at New York’s award-winning Second Stage Theatre packed out nightly in the 2011 season.
In the dead of winter, at his wealthy friends’ luxury Long Beach Island apartment, Charlie (Zach Braff) has hit rock bottom on his 35th birthday. Away from the rest of the world, this perfect escape is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans. A hired beauty, a fireman, and an eccentric British real estate agent desperately trying to stay in the country all suddenly find themselves tangled together in a beach house where the mood is anything but sunny, while Charlie just wishes they’d leave and let him get on with it.
Best known for the smash-hit TV comedy Scrubs – nominated for 17 Emmy Awards and watched by over 22 million people worldwide – writer, director and star of the award-winning Garden State, Zach Braff is a three time Golden Globe nominee and Grammy Award winner. Peter DuBois is the Artistic Director of Boston’s Huntington Theatre, and was awarded the Callaway Award for Excellence in Directing from the Society of Stage Directors, and recently won the Elliot Norton Award for Best Production from the Boston Theatre Critics Association. DuBois was resident director and former associate producer at New York's acclaimed Public Theater, and former artistic director of Alaska's innovative Perseverance Theatre Company. DuBois made his UK directorial debut in 2011 with Becky Shaw at the Almeida Theatre, which was nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award.
'Zach Braff scores with All New People, a morbidly funny play about the trendy new existential condition of being young, adorable and miserable.'
Marilyn Stasio, Variety
'Sensationally funny! The jokes are delivered with the precision of ace dart throwers in this slick and lively comedy.'
Charles Isherwood, NY Times
'All New People is a hipper, edgier take on the bantering comedies that were once the domain of playwrights like Neil Simon.'
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Christmas has been and gone, it’s time to take down the decorations, but that doesn’t mean the festive spirit has left Richmond just yet. It’s been a fantastic panto run this year with Cinderella and although there’s only a week left you still have plenty of time to see the show if you happen to have missed it! Those of you who have already come along are sure to have noticed our sparkling set (with that much glitter it would’ve been hard to miss!) but you might not have thought about how it all gets put together. So, as a belated Christmas present for you, we’ve created a time lapse video of our technical crew putting it up. This is a rare chance to see how our stage is transformed over two days, thanks to our very hardworking crew, and we’ve squeezed it all into an exciting 3 minute video which you can view on our YouTube page. And for anyone who hasn’t seen the show yet but has booked tickets, this is a sneaky peek at what you have in store this week!
At St Mary’s University College, Twickenham we’re fully committed to providing opportunities for lifelong learning. We offer a range of postgraduate programmes including MA and MSc taught degrees, MPhil and PhD research degrees, as well as our strong teacher training programmes.
Whether you’re interested in developing your career prospects or studying a course for personal, cultural or intellectual reasons, you’ll benefit from our research active academic staff who’ll support you and encourage you to succeed.
We’re holding open events for people interested in postgraduate study at St Mary’s on Wednesday 1 February and Wednesday 16 May. At these events there’ll be the opportunity to meet academic staff who’ll be happy to tell you more about our programmes and answer any questions you may have. You’ll also have the chance to see our campus, as well as the facilities and resources that we offer.
So why not come along to one of these events and see for yourself how you can benefit from joining our vibrant postgraduate community?
Please see www.smuc.ac.uk/open-events for more information and to book a place.
Pe-ppa Pig, Oink, Oink!
Hardly a day goes by that I don’t sing the Peppa Pig theme tune to myself. At 27 I’m hardly the target market for Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt but the cute little characters and fun-to-snort theme tune have infected me as much as they have my 3 year-old niece and 5 year-old nephew.
If you have children of your own, or like me can borrow someone else’s, then you can use them as the perfect excuse to see Peppa’s new show at Richmond Theatre. On from Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 January, it’s all clever puppetry and cute as a button sing-a-long songs, following Peppa and her friends on an adventure to follow the clues and find their treasure.
With a running time of 1 hour 20 minutes (including interval) the show whizzes by, but leaves quite an impression! See what fun previous audiences have had and hear from the team behind the show, or just oink along with some of Peppa’s fans.
As well as seeing Peppa’s show you can also play some fun games on Peppa’s very own website and enter Richmond Theatre’s Peppa Pig competition to win one of three fantastic prizes: a Plush toy (George’s Dinosaur), a copy of Peppa's Noisy Boat Trip Sound Book or Nintendo DS Peppa Pig: The Game.
For the chance to win one of these oink-tastic prizes simply post your answer to the following question on our Facebook wall:
When does Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt come to Richmond Theatre? Oh, and don’t forget to tell us which of the three prizes you would most like to win.
We will contact three lucky winners through Facebook on Friday 20 January at 12pm.
After much consideration we have decided to not produce a Stage Experience this summer. The summer weeks have been identified as the only available time in our 2012 calendar for the theatre to carry out refurbishment work of the circle auditorium, and unfortunately we cannot run a full scale Stage Experience at the same time.
We will look into producing a Stage Experience again in 2013 and beyond. If you are interested in learning more about either the theatre improvements or the Stage Experience please check our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
Extra date added on Thursday 8th March at the New Oxford Theatre.
Following 2010’s 150 date sell out tour of the UK & Ireland and best selling DVD This is the Show, Irish funnyman Dara O Briain hits the road again with a brand new show for 2012. Dara is one of the most recognisable faces of British TV, hosting Mock The Week, The Apprentice - You're Fired, Stargazing Live and starring in 3 Men in a Boat.
The Stage Newspaper has today published The Stage 100 – the industry bible’s annual guide to the 100 most influential people in UK theatre, now in its 16th year.
Theatre’s power couple, husband and wife team Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire, Joint Chief Executives and co-founders of Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) have topped the list for the third consecutive year.
ATG is the British commercial theatre success story. Performing to more customers than any other theatre company in the UK, selling some 11 million tickets this year, and with co-productions also in New York, across North America, Europe and in Australasia. Bucking current retail trends, ATG continues to achieve steady year on year growth, and boasts the UK’s largest theatre membership scheme, ATG TheatreCard, with 100,000 paid up members, and the UK’s most visited theatre website (Hitwise), with 114 million page views, 19 million unique visits per annum.
ATG has recently launched two major new production company initiatives. With Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, Jerry Mitchell Productions will develop, create and produce new productions for London, New York and around the world; and under the Artistic Direction of Chris Luscombe, with Associate Directors Maria Aitken and Philip Franks, Theatre Royal Brighton Productions will present classic and new drama both on tour in the UK and in the West End.
ATG co-production highlights for the year included the European premiere of the multi award-winning Lincoln Center production of South Pacific at the Barbican, London, the world premiere of Ghost the Musical, Samuel L Jackson and Angela Bassett starring in The Mountaintop on Broadway, Legally Blonde the Musical winning 3 Olivier Awards (including Best Musical), Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! at Sadler’s Wells, London, The Rocky Horror Show in Europe and hit pantomimes starring the likes of David Hasselhoff and Dame Edna Everage.
A full list of ATG 2011 Highlights can be found below.
2012 is also set to be a landmark year as ATG celebrates its 20th Anniversary, new productions include All New People starring Zach Braff and the new ‘Austin Powers’ style musical Monkee Business (both of which premiere in Manchester prior to London), Ghost the Musical opens on Broadway in March, Legally Blonde the Musical debuts in Sydney in October and ATG welcomes the London 2012 Olympics.
Speaking about the opportunities that the Olympics will bring, Howard Panter said, 'The West End has a dedicated home-grown audience and London theatre will be very much open for business during the Olympics. Theatregoers from Greater London and around the UK will still be able to see a show in the Capital during 2012. There is also a great opportunity for us to showcase the West End to the world and to welcome potential new audiences that will be visiting London during the Games.'
Rosemary Squire added, 'ATG will be working closely with the Society of London Theatre and other theatre owners to continue to make ourselves accessible to everyone and we’ll be looking for support from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to help us reach London’s new visitors. We very much look forward to welcoming visitors to the Capital during 2012 and anticipate business being more buoyant than ever.'
Co-founded by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire in 1992, the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) is the largest owner/operator of theatres in the UK with 39 venues, an internationally recognised theatre producer and a leader in theatre ticketing services through ATG Tickets.
Current and recent ATG co-productions include Ghost the Musical, South Pacific, All New People, Monkee Business, Matthew Bourne's The Nutcracker!, Legally Blonde the Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Misanthrope, West Side Story, Elling, Guys and Dolls, Sweeney Todd, Company, Exit the King and The Rocky Horror Show.
Following a record breaking West End season at the Garrick Theatre where it was nominated for Best New West End Musical 2010 by What's On Stage, David Essex stars in All the Fun of the Fair; his own musical set in a world of an authentic East End fun fair at Milton Keynes Theatre 7th – 11th February.
Legendary singer, actor, composer and lyricist David Essex and Boogie Nights creator Jon Conway invite you to their rolle rcoaster ride of a musical, underscored by a helter-skelter of David Essex hits such as Winter’s Tale, Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You a Star, Me and My Girl – Nightclubbing, Silver Dream Machine and Rock On with many new compositions written specially for the show.
Inspired by David’s album All The Fun of the Fair, the original storyline is a heart-warming tale about an East End fairground family with David playing fun fair owner Levi Lee, recently widowed and father of a rebellious teenage son, Jack. Dodgems and motorbikes, crafty cons and candy floss, fairground horses and fights, along with romance and rock and roll mean you’re sure to go on a roller coaster of a ride, but beware… all is not always fun at the fair!
Many of the West End cast return to the show, including Louise English (Me and My Girl) as Rosa, Tim Newman (Nominated Best Supporting Actor in a Musical 2010) as Jonny and Susan Hallam Wright as Mary. Together with exciting newcomer Rob Compton as Jack, they are directed by Nikolai Foster, acclaimed West End director of Flashdance and Associate Director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, with musical staging by star of BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance, Drew McOnie.
Roll on up, see the main attraction, get your money ready, let's take a ride...
Book your tickets at Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office
Call 0844 8717652 or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes
The Bingham is one of Richmond's chicest places to meet your friends pre-theatre. Its bar serves a great range of cocktails and bar meals, with panoramic views of the landscaped gardens and the River Thames.
The Bingham has 15 elegant bedrooms, all en suite, and individually designed. They feature bespoke art deco inspired furniture, luxurious furnishings and modern comforts, including flat screen digital TVs with DVD players, complimentary WIFI and built-in music systems with a dedicated music library, digital radio and ipod dock, in-bath rain dance power shower and toiletries from 'L'Occitane en Provence'
With The Tea Guild's Award of Excellence to its credit, and a host of other accolades, The Bingham's Afternoon Tea is the perfect light meal to enjoy before a stroll through town to the theatre. Served from 3.30 till 5.30 p.m. Monday to Saturday (and 4-7 p.m. Sundays).
Christmas is over, if all you have as a reminder is an unwanted, wobbly tummy, you should book into our Zumba Classes! For all you old and new to Zumba, skip, hop and dance your way to the classes to join the party!
Zumba is a dance fitness classes that fuses fabulous Latin based music with easy to follow movements. You’ll be doing movements you didn’t know your body could do! It’s exercise in disguise!
Every Wednesday at 6pm. Contact Maria to reserve your dancing spot on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07984 643 379.
Don’t forget your water, a towel and a smile!
Following the gigantic of feel-good 60s musical Dreamboats and Petticoats, Churchill Theatre are proud to host the world premiere of Save the Last Dance For Me.
In preparation for this sure-fire smash hit, Churchill Theatre will host a 60s-themed first night. All audiences members will be invited to dress in 60s attire, with the best dressed person to receive a fantastic prize!
All of the Front of House staff will be joining in, bringing the play to life. Get out your retro threads, your blue suede shoes and jive on down to the Churchill Theatre on Friday 13 January.
Fame - The Musical
Music by Steven Margoshes
Lyrics by Jacques Levy
Book by Jose Fernandez
Based on a concept by David DeSilva
(Title song Fame written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore)
By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. On behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.
We are now looking for budding performers and theatre technicians aged between 9 and 25 years old to take part in next year's project (please note technical team applicants must be aged 14+).
Stage Experience is an intensive two week theatre summer school giving young people from across the region the opportunity to train and perform on the north east's biggest stage. Under the guidance of a professional Director, Musical Director, Choreographer and Technical Team, 2 weeks of training and rehearsals, beginning on Mon 23 July, culminate in 4 performances on the Sunderland Empire stage (3 & 4 Aug).
Waltzing to Woking in the New Year is the stunning Johann Strauss Gala for one performance only on Sunday 22 January.
Raymond Gubbay presents a Gala that will transport you back in time to the age of the glittering ballrooms of 19th Century Vienna, combining an enchanting mix of music, song and dance.
The show features dances to exquisite Strauss favourites including; Tritsch Tratsch Polka, The Blue Danube Waltz, Die Fledermaus Overture, Radetzky March, Wiener Blut, Thunder and Lightning Polka, Pizzicato Polka, Perpetuum Mobile and The Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus.
The acclaimed Johann Strauss Dancers and Johann Strauss Orchestra embark on a brand new show for 2012 - with the stage set for the magic of the Viennese Ball. The Orchestra is directed in the traditional Viennese manner from the violin, by David Juritz, arias and songs performed by sparkling soprano Amy Freston and with the dancers dressed in exquisite period costumes - you are in for ball of an afternoon!
We are delighted to announce that Aylesbury Waterside Theatre's pantomime extravaganza next year is the swashbuckling Peter Pan, flying on to the stage Sat 8 - Sun 30 Dec 2012.
Get ready to fly away on a spectacular journey of wonder and excitement into the magical world of Neverland. Join Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys in their thrilling adventure to save Tinkerbell from the villainous Captain Hook and his crew of dastardly pirates. With stunning special effects (including amazing flying!), sumptuous costumes, superb sets and a good helping of fairydust, Peter Pan will be the perfect treat for the whole family!
Tickets are on sale now and early bookers can take advantage of our special Early Bird offer. To snap up your tickets up or for more information call the Box Office 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury (bkg fee). Don't forget this year's Christmas cracker Dick Whittington starring Jonathan Wilkes and Gillian Wright is still on sale for those who can't wait until next year!
Oo-ah me hearties, the New Victoria Theatre, Woking was a buzz with excitement on Monday 12 December as the New Victoria Theatre staff alongside some special guests celebrated the press night and opening of the show and with the cast and company of Peter Pan.
Steve McFadden, Harry Derbidge, Andy Collins, Amy Bird and all the company of Peter Pan were joined by friends and family to enjoy a well deserved drink (and a mince pie or two) after the show. There was a very special guest in the audience as the nation's sweetheart, Barbara Windsor, came along to show her support to her on-screen son, Steve McFadden. Barbara, who is no stranger to Panto, starring as Fairy BowBells in Bristol last year was cheering and booing with the rest of us and joined the cast and company for some celebratory drinks after the show.
You will have to forgive me if this review seems more than usually inarticulate.
I have just emerged from Michael Frayn's comic masterpiece Noises Off and every few seconds I remember some incident from his inspired farce about a farce and start laughing uncontrollably all over again.
Indeed the taxi driver who drove me from the Old Vic to the Garrick Club where I am now attempting to write this notice kept giving me worried looks in his rear-view mirror as I cackled uncontrollably for no apparent reason. I half expected him to call a doctor and have his lunatic passenger sectioned.
It isn't the storybook bling of the Bow-Bells set, nor the saucy giant sausage, nor even the free 3-D glasses which, to shrieks and gasps, bring five minutes’ dazzling underwater projection of fish overhead. It isn't the lavishly hilarious costumes and dancing, even the amazing, commanding, breakdancing dwarf (Ben Goffe). It is not even the burping puppet turtle or the classic Twelve-days-of-Christmas chaos involving water-pistols and rubber chickens.
Fancy treating yourself or a loved one to a different Christmas gift this year?
Sunderland Empire is offering three extra special tours of the theatre on 22nd, 29th and 30th of December; a must have for all theatre lovers. This one off experience will include...
On Tuesday 20th December at 11am, our Snow White AKA Sarah Lark from BBC1's I'd Do Anything along with panto Friends will be making a very special guest appearance at McDonald's Restaurant in Bromley's Market Square.
Siobhan Dillon and Mark Evans are to join the cast of Ghost The Musical to play Molly and Sam in Matthew Warchus' stage musical version of the Academy Award® winning film. Ghost The Musical opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End in June this year where it has subsequently been playing to packed houses. Siobhan Dillon and Mark Evans join Sharon D Clarke as Oda Mae Brown and Andrew Langtree as Carl who continue in the roles they originated on stage when the production premiered. Ghost The Musical is currently booking until 13 October 2012.
Jeremy Herrin will direct David Armand, Elizabeth Berrington, Katherine Parkinson, Steffan Rhodri, Reece Shearsmith and Kara Tointon in Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy of manners and social embarrassment Absent Friends, previewing at the Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly the Comedy Theatre) from 26 January 2012. With press night on 9 February Absent Friends, produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions and Bob Bartner, is currently booking until 14 April. Designs are by Tom Scutt with lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.
Claire Sweeney joins Les Dennis, and Ray Quinn to star in the international award-winning hit Legally Blonde The Musical at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from 31 Jan – 4 Feb 2012.
We are pleased to announce that the Rizzle Kicks are coming to the Leas Cliff Hall on Monday 7 May 2012.
The Edinburgh Playhouse and the producers of the smash hit Queen & Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You Queen have teamed up with Edinburgh’s Hard Rock Cafe to offer a fantastic theatre ticket and meal package.
Fresh from sell-out European arena tours, the international smash hit production of 60s musical Hair is set to tour the UK for the very first time. Starring Gareth Gates, Zoe Birkett and Amy Diamond, Hair will be appearing at the Churchill Theatre Bromley from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 April.
We have been advised by the producers of Dreamboats and Petticoats that their tour dates for Bristol Hippodrome are being brought forward from 26th - 31st March to 30th January - 4th February.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre celebrated its First Birthday Party on Thu 24 Nov with nine excited contestants and an audience of keen party goers all gripped to see who would win a special one off part in this year’s sparkling family pantomime Dick Whittington, starring Jonathan Wilkes and Gillian Wright.