BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING Musical is coming to the West-End

Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. She fought her way into the record industry as a teenager and sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, when she was just seventeen. By the time she was twenty she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including the Drifters, the Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and the Monkees. But her greatest challenge was to find her own voice and finally step into the spotlight.

BEAUTIFUL is the untold story of Carole King’s journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom.

Along the way, she became one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history, and wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

BOOKING FROM: Tuesday 10th February 2015 until Sat 24 October 2015.

MATILDA – EXTENDED: Tuesday 26 May 2015 to Sunday 20 December 2015

Matilda The Musical has been extended its London run until 20 December 2015 at the Cambridge Theatre, London.

Matilda The Musical premiered at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010, playing to sold-out audiences before transferring to London’s West End. It opened at the Cambridge Theatre in October 2011 and is currently booking until May 2015.

Matilda The Musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by the anarchic Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

In 2011 Matilda The Musical won both The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical at The Critics’ Circle Awards and The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The production has also collected the awards for Best Musical Production and Best Performance in a Musical (Bertie Carvel) at the Theatre Awards UK 2011.

In February 2012 Matilda The Musical picked up four awards at the Whatsonstage.com awards including Best New Musical, Rob Howell for Best Set Designer, Peter Darling for Best Choreographer and Tim Minchin for the London Newcomer of the Year.

The production went on to smash theatreland records when it scooped a total of seven awards at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, securing its place in the Book of Guinness World Records for Most Laurence Olivier award wins. In the process Matilda The Musical stole the title from the 1980 production of Nicholas Nickleby, also a Royal Shakespeare Company production, which had held the record, with six Olivier awards, for more than 20 years.

On 1 May 2012, Matilda The Musical collected the theatre prize in the South Bank Sky Arts Show Awards.

In November 2012, the cast were invited to perform in front of Her Majesty The Queen at the 100th “Royal Variety Performance” for ITV. They performed “When I Grow Up” and “Naughty”. Later that month they appeared with members of Team GB and Paralympics GB for the Regent Street Christmas Lights ceremony.

Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski as Executive Producer and Denise Wood as Lead Producer. This production was developed with the support of Company Dramaturg Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.

In Spring 2013 Matilda The Musical opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre produced by the RSC and the Dodgers, Tony Award®-winning producers of hits like Jersey Boys.

Andrew Lloyd Webbers Cats The Musical Now on Sale!

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats returns to the West End for a strictly limited 12 week run at the London Palladium beginning 6th December 2014.

Adapted from TS Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, with an amazing musical score that includes the timeless “Memory”, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, CATS is a magical musical like no other.

On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, CATS has been seen by over 50 million people and enchanted audiences in over 300 cities around the world – now you too have the chance to experience this legendary musical phenomenon.

CATS is directed by Trevor Nunn, with Gillian Lynne as Associate Director and Choreographer and designs by John Napier. Book is by T. S. Eliot with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Chrissie Cartwright, long term Associate Director of Cats, will work with Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lynne in re-directing the production for the London Palladium.

CATS was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited.

‘PURRFECT – NOT TO BE MISSED’ Metro

‘SHOWS DON’T COME MUCH BETTER THAN THIS – IT’S ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!’ Daily Express

Book tickets for CATS The Musical at London Palladium

Maureen Lipman, Harry Shearer and Oliver Cotton in West End Premiere of Oliver Cotton’s DAYTONA

Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer join Oliver Cotton in the West End transfer of his play, Daytona. Directed by David Grindley, Daytona will begin performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 28 June and will complete its strictly limited 8 week run on 23 August 2014. Press night is on 7 July 2014. Daytona received its world premiere at London’s Park Theatre in 2013 and this production marks the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s first collaboration with an off West End theatre venue.

Gripping, funny, poignant and full of mystery, Daytona is a play with not one but two love stories at its heart. Set in New York in 1986, Joe and Elli share a love of ballroom dancing and are practising their routines for the next big competition. Despite constant bickering, the love they have shared for nearly fifty years is clear. Then one night, out of the blue, Joe’s long-lost brother Billy bursts back into their lives with an extraordinary story to tell.

Making her Theatre Royal Haymarket debut Maureen Lipman reprises her role of Elli. Her extensive theatre credits include When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre, A Little Night Music for the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End, Aladdin at the Old Vic, Old Money and Peggy For You for Hampstead Theatre and Re-Joyce in the West End on national tour and in the US. Her extensive work for the National Theatre includes Oklahoma!, Macbeth, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Jumpers, The Front Page and School for Scandal. On television, her work includes Ladies of Letters, Skins, He Kills Coppers, Sensitive Skin, About Face, All at No. 20, Agony, Cold Enough for Snow and Eskimo Day. Her film credits include Bridge of Lies, Flight of Fancy, The Pianist, Carry on Columbus, Educating Rita and Gumshoe.

Making his West End stage debut and reprising the role of Joe, Harry Shearer has provided character voices for The Simpsons since it began in 1987, most notably as Mr Burns, Principle Skinner and Ned Flanders. He co-created, co-wrote and co-starred as bassist Derek Smalls in the 1984 mockumentary This is Spinal Tap. This was a collaboration with Christopher Guest and friends whom Shearer has also worked with on many other projects including A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration. Previously, as a theatre performer, his credits include Loose Lips, Tinkle Time and Accomplice, all in the US. On television his work includes the series Nixon’s the One which was broadcast on Sky Arts earlier this year and cast member and writer of Saturday Night Live. His other film work includes The Fisher King, Godzilla and The Truman Show. In 2010 Shearer wrote, directed and produced The Big Uneasy, a multi-award winning documentary feature investigating the actual causes of the 2005 flooding of New Orleans. Shearer began his career as a child actor, appearing in The Jack Benny Program, as well as the films Abbott and Costello Go to Mars and The Robe. His radio show Le Show has been broadcast throughout the US on National Public Radio every week for the past thirty years.

Oliver Cotton’s writing credits include Wet Weather Cover at the King’s Head and Arts Theatres, The Incredible Journey of Sir Francis Younghusband and The Enoch Show for the Royal Court, Scrabble for the National Theatre and Man Falling Down for Shakespeare’s Globe. For television, A Touch of Frost and Diamond Geezer and on film Singing for Stalin, Peeping Through, Deadline, Sofa and The English Game. Cotton also has an extensive list of credits as an actor on stage, television and film including Passion Play at the Duke of York’s Theatre, A Flea in her Ear at the Old Vic, The Syndicate and The Grapes of Wrath for Chichester Festival Theatre and Henry IV parts 1 and 2 for Shakespeare’s Globe.

David Grindley’s more recent UK directing credits include Journey’s End, West End, on tour and on Broadway, Kafka’s Dick, Pygmalion, The American Plan and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell all for the Theatre Royal Bath, Outings at the Guilded Balloon, A Steady Rain at the Bath Ustinov Studio, Our Boys at the Duchess Theatre, Copenhagen for Sheffield Theatres and Six Degrees of Separation for the Old Vic. Grindley’s productions have also been seen at Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, on Broadway and on tour both nationally and internationally.

Daytona is produced in the West End by TRH Productions, Lee Dean and Jenny Topper in association with Park Theatre.

Book tickets for DAYTONA!

Broadway’s Tony Award WINNING ‘BEST MUSICAL’ MEMPHIS comes to Shaftesbury – London

Memphis, the WINNER OF THE 2010 TONY AWARD® FOR BEST MUSICAL – is a Broadway musical with heart, soul and energy to burn. She’s a black singer whose career is on the rise, but who can’t break out of segregated clubs of 1950’s Memphis Tennessee. He’s a white radio DJ whose love of music transcends race lines and airwaves. When the two collaborate, her soulful music reaches radio audiences everywhere, and the Golden Era of early rock ‘n’ roll takes flight. But as things start to heat up, whether the world is really ready for their music – or their love – is put to the test.

A thrilling theatrical event that combines Broadway splendor with the roots of rock, Memphis features a Tony Award® winning story by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), a Tony Award® winning original score by David Bryan (Bon Jovi) and Joe DiPietro, direction by Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).

Be ready to experience all the exuberance and the emotion…the beauty and the controversy…of a wondrous, defining time in our history. You’re tuning in to Memphis.

Booking from October 9 2014 to March 28 2015.

Suitable for Ages 11 plus

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes – including the interval

Performance schedule is:
Monday to Saturday @ 7.30pm
Wednesday & Saturday @ 2.30pm

Preview Dates: Thursday 9th October, 2014 until Wednesday 22nd October, 2014.
First midweek Matinee – Wednesday 22nd October, 2014.

Press Night – Thursday 23rd October.

Bakersfield Mist at Duchess Theatre from 10th May 2014

Inspired by true events, this dazzling new comedy by Stephen Sachs asks what makes art and people truly authentic? BAKERSFIELD MIST marks the return to the London stage of Kathleen Turner, for the first time since her award-winning tour-de-force performance in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She will play opposite Olivier and Tony Award winner Ian McDiarmid (Life of Galileo, Faith Healer) directed by Evening Standard award-winner, Polly Teale.

Maude has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock, in fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy, arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, the pair engage in a verbal punch-up and do more than just talk art.

NB Productions Ltd. and Sonia Friedman Productions
In association with Darren Bagert/Martin Massman and Chris & Kelbe Bensinger

Author: Stephen Sachs
Cast: Kathleen Turner, Ian McDiarmid
Director: Polly Teale
Set & Costume Designer: Tom Piper
Lighting: Oliver Fenwick
Sound: Jon Nichols
Press: Jo Allan PR
Marketing: Nimax and JHI
Promotions: Bright Green Promotions Ltd
Date on sale: Friday 24th January 2014 – 10am
Booking Period dates: 10th May 2014 – 30th August 2014
Performance: Monday – Saturday: 7:30pm, Thursday & Saturday: 3pm
First midweek matinee: Thursday 22nd May 2014: 3pm
First weekend matinee: Saturday 17th May 2014: 3pm
Press Night: Tuesday 27th May 2014: 7pm
Running time: 1h 40m
Number of intervals: None

Book tickets for Bakersfield Mist!

Shakespeare in Love coming to London stage this summer!

Plagued by debt, tormented by writer’s block and in desperate need of a new hit, promising new playwright Will Shakespeare finds his muse in the form of passionate young noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love soon draws everyone, including Queen Elizabeth herself, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.

Shakespeare in Love will bring together a prestigious, multi-award winning creative team. Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, The Pitman Painters), the production is directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod. Donnellan and Ormerod are the driving force behind the world-renowned theatre company, Cheek by Jowl, who have built an international reputation for innovative productions of Elizabethan, Jacobean, Restoration and European classics. Shakespeare in Love will be co-produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions.

Featuring a large-scale company of talented actors and musicians, this romantic comedy promises to transport audiences back to Shakespeare’s London, teeming with characters, music and dance. A unique theatre event that revels in the sheer joy of love itself. Oh, and there’s a dog!

Performances from 2 July 2014 at NOËL COWARD THEATRE!

The Return of Miss Saigon – The Prince Edward Theatre‎

Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman.

Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon night club owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as ‘The Engineer’. John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night. That night will change their lives forever.

Tickets on sale to groups on September 2nd 2013, register your interest now for best availability!

Miss Saigon at Prince Edward Theatre!

Spamalot at Playhouse extended until 4th November 2013

The new Spamalot booking period is now on sale, the new period covers Monday 4th November 2013 to Saturday 8th February 2014.

Audiences all around the world have been roaring with laughter since Monty Python’s Spamalot, by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005.

Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch burnings (Cancelled – too expensive) not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people.

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 (Reader’s Digest Poll 2009) Always Look On the Bright Side of Life.

Don’t miss your night with the Knights of The Round Table at the most infectiously funny musical of the millennium. With Les Dennis and Warwick Davis joining Bonnie Langford’s Lady of the Lake in the cast as King Arthur and his hapless stooge Patsy, it promises to be one of the show’s silliest seasons yet.

 

An Evening of Movies and Musicals at Christmas

An Evening of Movies and Musicals has become a sensation since it debuted in early 2012 with a sell out concert at St David’s Hall in Cardiff. Featuring the music of John Williams, Hans Zimmer, James Horner and many more, the show has sold out every date thus far and received glowing acclaim from press and public alike. The likes of Ruthie Henshall, Peter Karrie and Nathan James have all appeared along with a 100 piece orchestra for Cardiff and Edinburgh and with the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra for Dublin. In London our orchestra shall be the LGSO who’s great reputation and professionalism shall engross the audience with smash hit film scores such as Superman, Star Wars and E.T to name a few, under the baton of founding conductor/Producer, Welsh Maestro Matthew J Hampson.

The Edinburgh Evening News described it as “sensational, engrossing, engaging and affecting…the ensemble received a well-deserved standing ovation”.

West End legend John Owen-Jones and current star of Wicked Louise Dearman will be joined by the West End Gospel Choir and Welsh musical theatre actress Sarah Lark (Mamma Mia, Les Mis, Witches of Eastwick), guiding the audience through hits from the best-loved musicals. This show will be the ideal way to begin Christmas celebrations, with a specially themed section for the festive period.

The show will be the ideal way to begin Christmas celebrations, with a specially themed section for the festive period.

Book tickets for An Evening of Movies and Musicals at Apollo Victoria!