The Bodyguard – A New Musical: Tickets are on Sale Now!

The Bodyguard – A New Musica opens in London’s West End this autumn starring Heather Headley & Lloyd Owen.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer (Lloyd Owen), is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron (Heather Headley) from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a whole host of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits, including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, How Will I Know, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

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Ghost the Musical Covers Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know”

To celebrate the amazing success of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, Ghost the Musical leads Siobhan Dillon and Mark Evans teamed up to for this amazing cover.

The pair recorded their own version of Australian musician Gotye’s massively popular hit, which held the UK’s number one spot for four weeks earlier this year.

Evans and Dillon joined the cast of Ghost The Musical back in January, replacing original leads Richard Fleeshman and Cassie Levy as the unfortunate lovers at the centre of the stage adaptation of the much-loved movie. 

Find out more on the production on the Ghost the Musical website: www.ghostthemusical.com

The Way I See It by Alan Sugar

Alan Sugar is back, and this time he’s taking on the world in this entertaining, opinionated and funny new book The Way I See It, released on 26th April. 

Everyone knows that Lord Sugar has strong opinions and is not afraid to share them – no matter how controversial they may be. 

The Way I See It takes readers into the world of Alan Sugar: entrepreneur, Twitter addict, television star, keen cyclist, peer of the realm and bemused grandfather. With topics ranging from reality TV to the dangers of playing tennis, Sugar presents his views on the world with his acerbic wit ever at the fore. 

Lord Sugar’s first book What You See is What You Get went to No 1 in paperback and spent three months in the Sunday Times Top Ten. It  is the bestselling non-fiction eBook from Pan Macmillan to date.

Book Details
Imprint: Pan
ISBN: 9781447205395
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 26/04/2012

The Folk Contraption at the Priceless London Wonderground

The Folk Contraption: A beautifully ramshackle night filled with storytellers, folk-musicians and city lore at the Priceless London Wonderground on 26 May 2012.

Join Rogues’ Gallery for storytelling, folk music and mythological mayhem. Part play, part gig and part magical-mystery tour, The Folk Contraption has something for everyone. In the heart of London’s South Bank, the Folk Contraption offers up some new myths for an ancient city, exposing the magic underneath the mundane, a machine of performers that ‘takes forgotten stories and turns them into sound’. After runaway sell-out success at the Heritage Arts Company’s VAULT Festival, join us for a brand new show in an incredible Spiegeltent setting; the perfect Saturday outing with a difference.

“We wish they were doing a longer run so that the whole of London could see…this gem of a show. You won’t regret it.” – Itchy City, The Folk Contraption at the Heritage Arts Company’s VAULT Festival.

The Folk Contraption was launched at the Heritage Arts Company’s VAULT Festival in London to sell-out audiences, heralding the start of collaboration between some of the most exciting emerging playwrights and folk artists to create an evening of vignettes teeming with the city’s stories. Taking its cue from the UK’s ever-burgeoning folk revival, the Folk Contraption goes to the heart of its unique location or setting to bring artists and audiences together in song and tale.

“This innovative and distinctive theatre company grab, chew and spew big ideas with imagination, passion and – that rare thing these days – warmth. Go see. Leave invigorated.” – Hugh Bonneville on The Boy I Love Is Up in the Gallery

Featuring Sam Lee ; Gwendolen Chatfield ; Rachel Rose Reid ; Ella Hickson ; Aruhan Galieva ; Willie Singerman ; Joseph Strouzer ; Andrew Hanratty ; Eva Tausig ; Anna Wheatley and more.
Directed by Oliver Rose, Artistic Director of Rogues’ Gallery.
Musical Director Tristan Parkes.

For more information, please visit: www.priceslesslondonwonderground.co.uk

Tim FitzHigham at the Udderbelly!

Clown, adventurer and Guinness World Record holder Tim FitzHigham brings his critically acclaimed Edinburgh 2012 show Gambler to the E4 Udderbelly at Southbank Centre this summer.

At a time when the UK is reeling in the effects of some of the riskiest gambles ever made, Tim seeks to explore how and why we are all gamblers at heart. Inspired by bets from previous centuries recorded in the betting books of the most revered gentlemen’s clubs, Tim celebrates the nation’s love of gambling by attempting ten wagers, including: 

  • Riding to Dover before Alex Horne can draw a million dots on a piece of paper. Tim and Alex discovered their shared awe for this legendary bet and recreated it – to unbelievable lengths  – in April
  • Standing on one leg for twelve hours, against a bet from Neil Morrisey
  • Pushing a wheelbarrow from Hertfordshire to Shoreditch in 11 hours, against a bet by Richard Hammond (as first attempted by the brilliantly named Goliath Shadbolt in 1789)
  • Racing a racehorse over 100 yards
  • Walking backwards for 30 miles

Tim is famed for his imaginative and foolhardy missions, including crossing the channel in a bathtub, ‘endurance’ Morris Dancing from London to Norwich, and rowing 160 miles down the River Thames in a paper boat (all World Record breaking stunts). On starting out in comedy, he was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Best Newcomer award and has since been made a Freeman of London and a Freeman of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames, has had a toilet named after him, is the Commodore of Sudbury Quay, the Pittance of Selby Town and Waterman to the Mayor and Unitary Authority of Swindon!

PRESS ON ‘GAMBLER’ EDINBURGH 2012

★★★★★ “you can’t help but be swept up in the delights of his adventure CHORTLE

★★★★★ “A rip-roaring show and FitzHigham is a gripping entertainer BRITISH COMEDY GUIDE

★★★★★ “Don’t let this show go to waste in the last week of the FringeDAILY DUST

★★★★ Charming, inspirational and mad as a bag of weasels”BROADWAYBABY.COM

★★★★“You won’t stake a safer £12 at the Fringe” FEST

★★★★“One the most animated and eccentric comedians in the Fringe. So, go and see it!” ONE4REVIEW.CO.UK

“The perfect British Eccentric” DARA O’BRIAIN

“FitzHigham is completely unhinged, completely without hinges” EDDIE IZZARD.

For more information, please visit: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/udderbelly

London Road at Olivier Theatre

London Road documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.

Adam Cork’s music uses the melodic speech patterns captured on Alecky Blythe’s recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create this extraordinary work.

BEST MUSICAL – Critics’ Circle Award 2011

‘Captivating… A startling, magically original success.’ Evening Standard

‘Genuinely groundbreaking. Something very new for the musical form; raw humanity captured in music.’ Time Out

‘A quietly stunning achievement… The creative daring and needling intelligence of London Road returns the complex texture of human life to musical theatre.’ Sunday Times

Following a sell-out run in the Cottesloe last year, the award-winning production returns, this time to the Olivier Theatre.

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Chariots of Fire at Gielgud Theatre from 22-Jun-2012

Celebrate one of this country’s most thrilling and greatest ever sporting achievements this Summer, as Chariots of Fire lights up the West End at the Gielgud Theatre.

Adapted from the legendary Oscar-winning movie, this spectacular and ingenious retelling of Eric Liddell’s and Harold Abrahams’ quest to become the fastest men on earth is an electrifying and immensely moving tale of two men’s rivalry, and their unwavering determination to conquer the world in the face of prejudice, immovable beliefs and overwhelming odds.

Adapted for the stage by award-winning writer Mike Bartlett and featuring the original, hugely iconic Vangelis score and a magnificent ensemble cast under the direction of Edward Hall, Chariots of Fire brings alive the incredible true story of two British athletes whose honour, sacrifice and courage brought them glory and immortality on the greatest sporting stage of all.

In an extraordinary Summer, this is one theatrical event that will leave you breathless with excitement.

For country, for honour, forever.

Julie Walters in The Last of the Haussmans

The Last of the Haussmans a new play by Stephen Beresford, starring Julie Walters from 22 June at Lyttelton Theatre.

Anarchic, feisty but growing old, high society drop-out Judy Haussman (Julie Walters) remains in spirit with the Ashrams of the 1960s while holding court in her dilapidated Art Deco house on the Devon coast. After an operation, she’s joined by wayward offspring Nick and Libby, sharp-eyed granddaughter Summer, local doctor Peter, and Daniel, a troubled teenager who makes use of the family’s crumbling swimming pool. Together they share a few sweltering months as they alternately cling to and flee this louche and chaotic world of all-day drinking, infatuations, long-held resentments, free love and failure.

Stephen Beresford’s The Last of the Haussmans examines the fate of the revolutionary generation and offers a funny, touching and at times savage portrait of a family full of longing that’s losing its grip.

Julie Walters is an English actress and novelist. She came to international prominence in 1983 for Educating Rita, performing in the title role opposite Michael Caine. It was a role she had created on the West End stage and it won her BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for Best Actress. She is best known internationally for her on-screen characterisation of Molly Weasley in seven of the eight Harry Potter films. In 2006, she came fourth in ITV’s poll of the public’s 50 Greatest Stars in the UK. She is also well-known for her collaborations with Victoria Wood, such as appearing in and co-writing with her the award-winning sitcoms Victoria Wood As Seen On TV and Dinnerladies.

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Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein

Menier Chocolate Factory has announced that booking is now open for the first major London revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Tony award-winning comedy-drama, Torch Song Trilogy, directed by Douglas Hodge.

Torch Song Trilogy tells the poignant story of an outsider’s search for love and acceptance. Drag queen Arnold encounters passion, thrills, love and loss. This intimate and powerful play is bursting with courage and sharp wit, as Arnold fights for his place in the world and his right to happiness.

Douglas Hodge returns to the Chocolate Factory in a directorial role after last appearing in his Olivier and Tony award-winning role of Albin in the Chocolate Factory’s production of La Cage aux Folles, which was also written by Harvey Fierstein.

The role of Arnold will be played by David Bedella.  David was last seen at the Chocolate Factory in the European premiere of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show.  His performance as Satan in Jerry Springer the Opera won him an Olivier award.  Other theatre credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago (Garrick) and Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show (West End and UK tour).

The role of Arnold’s mother, Mrs Beckoff, will be played by Sara Kestelman.  Sara has worked extensively in theatre, TV and film.  She is currently appearing in the Donmar Warehouse production of Making Noise Quietly.  Sara’s other theatre credits include Copenhagen (National Theatre and Duchess), Nine (Donmar) and Cabaret (Donmar) for which she won an Olivier award for her performance as Fraulein Schneider.

For more information, please visit: MCF

The Phantom of the Opera, New Booking Period on Sale

The new booking period for The Phantom of the Opera will be on sale and tis will cover performances from the 29th October 2012 to April 2013.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece The Phantom of The Opera, continues its unprecendented West End run.

Based on a classic French thriller about a terrifying and legendary figure who emerges from the depths of The Paris Opera House and manifests the mythic opera ghost in terrifying reality. With some of the most lavish sets, costumes and special effects ever to have been created for the stage, The Phantom of the Opera is a musical phenomenon.

It received its world premiere at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London on 9th October 1986 and has since played over 9,500 performances in London. Worldwide it has been seen in 90 cities and has won more than 50 major theatre awards.