Simon Callow in The Mystery of Charles Dickens

In a celebration of London’s finest storyteller, Simon Callow tells the stories as Dickens, seamlessly interweaving the autobiographical elements with bringing his most memorable and intriguing characters back to life painting an unforgettable portrait of Dickens.

Famed for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, A Room with a View and Amadeus the critically acclaimed actor in both the UK and USA Simon Callow makes a much anticipated return to the West End stage in The Mystery of Charles Dickens, an exhilarating one man show following the hugely successful Being Shakespeare where Callow had “presence, relish and vocal command” (The Times) and his performance was “steeped in scholarship and love” (The Guardian).

49 of Dickens’s best loved characters are brought to life from his incredible array of stories, with highlights including Fagin from Oliver Twist, Scrooge from A Christmas Carol, Miss Haversham  from Great Expectations and David Copperfield from David Copperfield.

Written by the world renowned historian and biographer, Peter Ackroyd CBE, The Mystery of Charles Dickens is a sensational insight into the life, times and mind of this storyteller whose characters are everlasting in the English imagination.

Simon Callow is the author of the Dickens biography Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World. Given his enthusiasm for Dickens, Callow gives a commanding performance that mesmerizes audiences.

2012 is proving to be London’s Year and with the bicentenary of Charles Dickens there is no better opportunity to commemorate the genius of one of the greatest writers of all time.

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Chicago The Musical closing after 15 years in London’s West End

West End’s long running musical Chicago which is runing at Garrick Theatre London is to close after 15 years.

Chicago The Musical is based in the roaring 1920’s. Justice is on trial for the husband killing bad girls of shady Chicago. A chorus girl murders her lover but manages to get off through a strange assortment of allies. She forms an unusual nightclub act with another murderess with the hopes of keeping them both out of trouble.with lots of hot jazz – and cold-blooded killers!… songs include ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Funny Honey’, ‘Mr Cellophane’, ‘Nowadays’ and ‘Razzle Dazzle’.

The Broadway production won 6 1997 Tony Awards including ‘Best Revival of a Musical’, ‘Best Lighting Design’, ‘Best Choreography’ and ‘Best Direction of a Musical’.

Having snatched the crown of the longest running American musical from A Chorus Line, the London production of Chicago is at its new home, the Garrick Theatre.

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.

Last chance to see this hit musical, book now!

Royal Court’s Constellations at Duke of Yorks Theatre!

Following the recent success of Jerusalem and Clybourne Park, Constellations, sold out at the Royal Court with unprecedented demand for tickets, marks the final play in the triumphant West End season, following Posh by Laura Wade and Jumpy by April de Angelis starring Tamsin Greig.

The intimate Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court will be transported into the heart of the West End this autumn with the third in the set of razor sharp sell-out plays, the magical Constellations.

Starring two of the most exciting stars in current British theatre, Sally Hawkins (Jane Eyre, Made in Dagenham and Golden Globe winner for Best Actress in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky) and Rafe Spall (Donmar’s One Day When We Were Young, Channel 4’s Pete Versus Life and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus) in an explosive new play about free will and friendship.

One relationship. Infinite possibilities. A story of love, honey, and a quantum multiverse. Moment by moment, can everything you’ve ever and never done exist in the same vortex of reality? Elegant and playful yet profoundly moving, Constellations blends the everyday and the ethereal, the actual and the imaginable, revealing that every outcome may only be the first link in a chain of cosmic consequences.

‘The town’s new hot ticket’  New York Times

‘A pitch-perfect production’  The Daily Telegraph

‘Funny, tender, and startlingly original’  Time Out

‘I would bet that before long it will join the ranks of Arcadia and Copenhagen as a classic.’  New Scientist

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Rob Brydon, Nigel Harman & Ashley Jensen in A Chorus Of Disapproval

Making his West End theatre debut, Rob Brydon stars alongside Nigel Harman (Shrek, EastEnders) and Ashley Jensen (Extras, Ugly Betty) in Alan Ayckbourn’s riotous comedy A Chorus of Disapproval, directed by Olivier and Tony award-winner Trevor Nunn.

The Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society’s production of The Beggar’s Opera is going off the rails, that is until a handsome but shy young widower Guy (Harman) joins the group. An instant hit with the company’s ferociously zealous director Dafydd (Brydon) and the show’s leading ladies, including Dafydd’s wife Hannah (Jensen), Guy soon gets more than he bargained for as he discovers that all the best action happens off-stage. Classic songs fill the air as the drama on stage is mirrored by the romantic rivalry and small town squabbles causing a stir in the wings of this ambitious local show.

Not seen in London since the A Chorus of Disapproval’s hit production over 25 years ago A Chorus of Disapproval aims to steal the limelight once more in the West End this Autumn.

Joining the trio on stage will be Teresa Banham, Daisy Beaumont, Georgia Brown, Rob Compton, Matthew Cottle and Steven Edis, with further casting to be announced shortly.

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Spice Girls Viva Forever Musical Now on Sale!

From the award-winning writer and comedienne Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous, French & Saunders), and Judy Craymer, producer of the worldwide smash-hit musical Mamma Mia!, comes Viva Forever!, a wonderfully joyous contemporary musical about the value of friendship in the face of fame and fortune!

As one girl follows her dreams, Viva Forever! charts her journey into the world of overnight celebrity and its impact on her mother, and the friends she thought she’d have forever. From London to Spain and back again, as the world judges you, it’s all about who you really are and who you want to be, whatever the cost.

Spice up your life with this exhilarating and irresistibly funny tale of love, loyalty and romance. An original story of our times, inspired by the songs of The Spice Girls, Viva Forever! hits all the high notes for a fabulous feel-good night out.

The Spice Girls are the biggest girl band of the last 20 years and have given their full backing to the show. It’s going to be HUGE, so book now and – Say You’ll be There!

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Rowan Atkinson in Quartermaine’s Terms at Wyndham’s Theatre

Quartermaine’s Terms is a play by Simon Gray which won The Cheltenham Prize in 1982.

Set in the 1960s in an English language school for foreigners, this tragicomic play is a humourous but ultimately moving account of several years in the lives of seven teachers.

At the heart of the group is St. John Quartermaine (Rowan Atkinson) – kind, pleasant and agreeable, but utterly hopeless as a teacher. An almost permanent feature in the staff room, he’s always available to listen to the problems of his self-obsessed colleagues. But when a new Principal is appointed, Quartermaine’s future looks precarious…

This quintessentially British drama is written by Simon Gray with his characteristic sparkling wit.

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Priority Fan-Sale: The Book of Mormon at Prince of Wales Theatre

It has been confirmed that a London production of The Book of Mormon will begin preview performances in the West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 25 February 2013 with tickets released for general sale on 13 September 2012. 

Nine 2011 Tony Awards say it’s the Best Musical of the Year.  Vogue says, “It’s the funniest musical of all time.”  And The New York Times says, “It’s the best musical of this century.”  It’s The Book of Mormon, the Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez.  Time Out New York calls it “Musical comedy heaven. The most exuberantly entertaining Broadway musical.”

The Book of Mormon will be produced in the West End by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman Productions.

Producers are offering excited fans the opportunity to book tickets for the preview period in February and March 2013. 

Click here to sign-up NOW: http://bookofmormonlondon.com

Rock of Ages extension to 17 Feb 2013 at Shaftesbury Theatre

ROCK OF AGES, starring Justin Lee Collins and Shayne Ward, is the ‘insanely fun’ (New York Time Out) worldwide smash hit that features a raucous mix of 28 eyebrow-scorching tunes including Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Wanted Dead or Alive, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight This Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is is not talking booking until 17 Feb 2013 at Shaftesbury Theatre.

Set in LA’s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, ROCK OF AGES tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit, and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in LA to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. ROCK OF AGES takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This five-time Tony Award nominated musical, now being made into a movie starring Tom Cruise, opens at the the Shaftesbury Theatre in September. Be sure to book now to be one of the first to experience all the fun of London’s hilarious new musical! Contains strobe lighting and adult themes. Parental Guidance recommended.

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Michael Frayn’s Gripping Play Democracy at The Old Vic

The Old Vic is delighted to bring the critically acclaimed Sheffield Theatres’ production of Michael Frayn’s gripping cold-war spy thriller Democracy to London for a very limited 4 week run from the 15 June.

Frayn’s sharply witty and intriguing play is about the ambitions of an inspirational politician and the forces in play around him, exploring the nature of coalition government. West German Chancellor Willy Brandt – one of the most charismatic leaders in post-war politics – makes history as he starts to reunite Europe; but he discovers things aren’t as straightforward as they seem when a spy is uncovered in his office and his plans are thrown into chaos.

Democracy received its premiere at the National Theatre in 2003 winning the Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Best Play awards.

Associate Director of Sheffield Theatres Paul Miller directs a brilliant ensemble of actors – Andrew Bridgmont, David Cann, Patrick Drury, Richard Hope, William Hoyland, Ed Hughes, David Mallinson, Aidan McArdle, James Quinn and Rupert Vansittart.

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The Bodyguard Launch – Live Performance from Heather Headley

Don’t miss THE BODYGUARD as it premieres in London’s West End this autumn starring HEATHER HEADLEY & LLOYD OWEN. Based on the legendary smash-hit film, this breathtaking romantic thriller features a whole host of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits, including the legendary I Will Always Love You.