NEW JOINT. SAME JAZZ. Chicago The Musical at Garrick Theatre!

This autumn a new chapter opens in the history of Broadway’s most successful show.

Having snatched the crown of the longest running American musical from A Chorus Line, the London production of Chicago returns to the West End from 7th November at its new home; the Garrick Theatre.

Entering what will be its 15th year in London, this universal tale of fame, fortune and… all that jazz, recounts the kiss-and-tell tale of chorus girl Roxie Hart who kills her lover; her rivalry with glamorous double-murderer Velma Kelly and their slick lawyer, Billy Flynn’s attempts to keep his clients from Death Row.

From the unforgettable first blast of All That Jazz right through to the last note of its sizzling jazz-drenched score and from the sensuous choreography inspired by the legendary Bob Fosse to its sensational performers, Chicago is a musical phenomenon like no other.

‘Still the hottest show in town’ The Independent.

‘A sleek package of sex, murder, great songs and arch wit’ Evening Standard.

‘The sharpest, slickest show on the block!’ The Times

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Strictly Come Dancing 2012 goes on sale 29th September 2011

Strictly Come Dancing will take to the road again in 2012 after its phenomenal success in 2011!

Celebrities from the hugely popular BBC television series past and present will be joined by their world-class professional partners, to perform intricate dance moves and show stopping routines which are sure to dazzle audiences, along with the stunning costumes and fantastic live music. Audiences will be guided by those all important TV judges to vote for the couple that they think deserve the coveted Glitter Ball trophy.

Now is your chance to guarantee tickets to enjoy the glitz and glamour live!

Opera: John Adams Death Of Klinghoffer at Coliseum Theatre

Following highly successful productions of John Adams’s Nixon in China and Doctor Atomic, ENO presents the London stage premiere of the American composer’s controversial ‘docu-opera’ about the killing of a Jewish-American tourist during the hijacking of a Mediterranean cruise liner by Palestinian militants.

Alice Goodman’s eloquently poetic and dispassionately even-handed libretto mixes Biblical and Koranic references with real and imagined accounts of what happened on board. Adams’s intensely expressive score captures the private thoughts and emotions of individuals caught up in the complexities of a political and religious conflict that still defies solution. More of a meditation in the style of a Bach Passion than a conventional operatic drama, the result is an utterly compelling and unique piece of theatre.

Tom Morris, co-director of the National Theatre’s War Horse, makes his opera directing debut, while Baldur Brönnimann, who conducted ENO’s Lost Highway and Le Grand Macabre, applies his contemporary expertise to what many regard as Adams’s finest opera.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadlers Wells Theatre

Birmingham Royal Ballet returns with two contrasting evenings; perennial family favourite, La Fille mal gardée and Autumn Glory, a triple bill of ballets from the heart of Britain’s dance heritage.

Ever popular because of its engaging plot, wonderful wit and charming love story, La Fille mal gardée was choreographed in 1960 by Frederick Ashton. Revolving around a love triangle between country beauty Lise, her true love Colas, and Alain, the son of a rich vineyard owner, this enchanting ballet was an instant hit when it premiered and has remained in the repertoire of the world’s leading ballet companies ever since.

Midnight Tango at Aldwych Theatre from 20 Jan 2012

Midnight Tango has enthralled audiences on a record-breaking UK tour and now, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing bring their breath-taking live show into London’s West End.

Former World Champions, Vincent and Flavia are joined by ten of the finest tango dancers in the world, plus an internationally renowned tango band. Produced by the UK’s acclaimed choreographer and So You Think You Can Dance judge, Arlene Phillips, this sensational production fuses dazzling choreography with intoxicating Tango rhythms.

When the business day is over, the late night bars in the city of Buenos Aires come alive. For one enchanting night, follow the story of a young couple as they meet, dance and fall in love, in this captivating tale of passion and romance.

Creative Team: 

Karen Bruce (Director)

James Whiteside (Lighting Designer )

Gareth Owen (Sound Designer )

Morgan Large (Designer)

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Hairspray Star Leanne Jones Makes Pheasantry Debut

Following sold out performances at London’s prestigious Delfont Room, and the Brockley Jack Theatre, the Oliver Award winning star of Hairspray Leanne Jones makes her Pheasantry debut with her acclaimed solo show Have You Met Miss Jones?, an evening of songs that have shaped her career alongside some of her favourite material, for one night only on Sunday 11th September.

Leanne made her West End debut in the lead role of Tracy in Hairspray, for which she won an Olivier Award. Her other theatre credits include tick, tick… BOOM! at the Union Theatre, Hairspray in Dubai, and the UK tour of the pole dancing play, The Naked Truth. Leanne can next be seen in the UK première of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, opening at the Tabard Theatre in October.

Her West End concert credits include A Spoonful of Stiles & Drewe (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Sing for Your Supper (Ronnie Scotts), West End Exposed (The Pigalle Club), Notes Unleashed! The Music of Lance Horne (Vaudeville Theatre), Michael Bruce (Apollo) and Christmas in New York (Prince of Wales).

Relaunched in 2010, The Pheasantry is a beguiling venue on the Kings Road in the heart of Chelsea, which is fast becoming established as the new London home of contemporary cabaret and intimate concert performances. Since its relaunch, The Pheasantry has played host to the highest echelon of cabaret performers, as well as stars from the West End, Broadway and beyond.

Have You Met Miss Jones? is produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment in association with Samuel Joseph.

For more information, visit: www.speckulationentertainment.com

War Horse Extension at New London Theatre!

War Horse at the New London Theatre has extended its booking period  until 16 Feb 2013 and tickets are now on sale.

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land.

Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. The National’s epic is based on War Horse, the celebrated novel by the Children’s Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo . Actors working with magnificent, life-sized puppets by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company lead us on a gripping journey through history.

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Closing Notice: Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical

The producers of Priscilla Queen of the Desert has posted closing notices for 31 Dec 2011 at Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.

Adapted from the Oscar-winning film PRISCILLA is Australia’s most successful and best-loved musical which has already been seen by over one million people.

PRISCILLA is the heart warming, uplifting adventure of three friends, a glamorous performing trio, who hop aboard a battered old bus (Priscilla) to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. These three larger-than-life characters go searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.

Richard Grieve dons the glitter make up as Tick/Mitzi, joining Don Gallagher (Bernadette), Oliver Thornton (Adam/Felicia) and Mark Moraghan (Bob).  With a dazzling array of spectacular and colourful costumes, this brilliant cast share the limelight with the scene-stealing, performing bus. 

PRISCILLA is the ultimate joyous theatrical experience and features over 20 well-known dance floor classics such as: I Will Survive, Don’t Leave Me This Way, Finally, I Love the Night Life, Colour My World and Shake Your Groove Thing. PRISCILLA will have you laughing, singing and dancing in your seats – so, hop on board!

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David Suchet in Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Apollo Theatre

Following his critically acclaimed performance in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre in 2010, David Suchet returns in Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey into Night.

Set in 1912, the story is a compelling family drama between James Tyrone (David Suchet), Mary Tyrone and their sons, Jamie and Edmund during a long summer’s day. This multi-award winning play is one of the greatest American plays written in the twentieth century.

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Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh in Shrek The Musical

As Amanda Holden shares her wonderful news, Shrek The Musical is delighted to welcome Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh to the swamp! Amanda Holden’s pregnancy, announced today, means that she will perform as Princess Fiona for the final time on Monday 3 October 2011. Kimberley will take over the role of Princess Fiona from Wednesday 5 October 2011, two months earlier than originally planned.

As a member of pop group Girls Aloud, Kimberley has sold 10 million records, released five platinum selling albums, won a Brit award and played sold-out arena tours.

Based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation feature film Shrek, SHREK THE MUSICAL® stars Nigel Lindsay as Shrek, Richard Blackwood as Donkey and Nigel Harman as Lord Farquaad. The production officially opened on June 14, 2011 and has fast become one of London’s favourite musicals, playing to more than 225,000 people at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane since the first preview performance on Friday May 6, 2011.