A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare at Globe Theatre from 24th May, 2013

 A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play by William Shakespeare. Believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596, it portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play, categorized as a Comedy, is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves  Demetrius – but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia… When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies.

Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface.

Michelle Terry won the 2011  Olivier Award for her portrayal of  Sylvia in Tribes (Royal Court).  Michelle returns to the Globe having previously played the Princess of France in Love’s Labours Lost (2007).

This production will employ Renaissance costumes and staging.

The Winslow Boy (Starring Kim Cattrall, written by Tennessee Williams)

Lindsay Posner directs Terence Rattigan’s compelling play, The Winslow Boy, based on a true story of a father’s fight to clear his son’s name when he is expelled after being convicted of theft.

First staged in 1946, the battle between personal principles and conscience plus an impenetrable establishment under the media spotlight makes The Winslow Boy as relevant today as it was then.

The Winslow Boy is an English play from 1946 by Terence Rattigan based on an actual incident in the Edwardian era, which took place at the Royal Naval College, Osborne.

The play’s London premiere in 1946 featured Emlyn Williams, Mona Washbourne, Angela Baddeley, Kathleen Harrison, Frank Cellier, Jack Watling and Clive Morton. It was under the direction of Glen Byam Shaw.

The play’s Broadway premiere in 1947 featured Frank Allenby as Sir Robert, Alan Webb as Arthur Winslow, and Valerie White as Catherine Winslow.

The play was later made into a famous 1948 film directed by Anthony Asquith, starring Robert Donat as Sir Robert Morton KC, Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Arthur Winslow, and Margaret Leighton as Catherine Winslow. A 1999 version, directed by David Mamet, starred Nigel Hawthorne as Arthur Winslow, Jeremy Northam as Morton, and Rebecca Pidgeon as Catherine. The play has also been adapted for television, including a 1990 production starring Gordon Jackson as Arthur Winslow, Ian Richardson as Morton, and Emma Thompson as Catherine.

Book your tickets for The Winslow Boy at The Old Vic Theatre!

Much Ado About Nothing (starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave)

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare about two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero.

Mark Rylance directs James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

While young lovers Claudio and Hero threaten to have their imminent nuptials thwarted by the resentful scheming of a Prince, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice (Vanessa Redgrave) and Benedick (James Earl Jones).

Redgrave and Earl Jones take on these roles for the first time. James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave recently starred in Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy both in the West End and on Broadway.

 

Book tickets for Much Ado About Nothing at Old Vic Theatre!

 

 

Dickens’ Great Expectations comes to the Vaudeville Theatre

From 1 February, Graham McLaren’s ‘outstanding’, ‘haunting’ and ‘stunning’ production of Great Expectations comes to the West End for the first time with the beautiful Estella, the terrifying Magwitch, the manipulative Jaggers, the tragic and mysterious Miss Havisham and Pip looking back on his past – a boy with ‘great expectations’.

‘A classic tale, thrillingly re-told for the stage’ GREAT EXPECTATIONS

chronicles the life of an orphan named Pip following his encounter with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch.

As part of the international Charles Dickens bicentenary celebrations, GREAT EXPECTATIONS comes to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre for the first time in February 2013.

The popular novel has been repeatedly adapted since its publication 150 years  – the most recent film version starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes – but has never been presented as a full length play in London’s West End or on Broadway.

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Zoë Wanamaker West End return in Passion Play – Duke of York’s Theatre

Spring 2013 sees multi Oliver Award-winner Zoë Wanamaker make her triumphant return to the West End in Passion Play, Peter Nichols’ celebrated black comedy about love and adultery.

Comfortably married for 25 years, James and Eleanor’s world is upended when James agrees to a secret rendezvous with their recently widowed friend Kate.  Fib by fib, the affair strips the marriage bare and reveals the hidden desires and secret passions that lie beneath our everyday facades.   A glorious meeting of humour, eroticism and duplicity, this triumphant modern classic and winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play makes a much-anticipated return to the West End, reuniting Director David Leveaux (Arcadia, Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline and Through a Glass Darkly starring Carey Mulligan) with Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter, BBC1’s My Family and most recently seen on stage in All My Sons and National Theatres’ The Cherry Orchard) for the first time since their award-winning collaboration in Electra (Donmar Warehouse).

Book tickets for Passion Play at Duke of York’s Theatre!

Novello Theatre – Mamma Mia! Booking Period Extension

Mamma Mia!  The Musical has been extended from Monday 29 April 2013 to Saturday 26 October 2013 at Novello Theatre, London.

Night after night, audiences are having the time of their lives at MAMMA MIA!. Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny story of love, laughter and friendship has been thrilling London audiences for over 10 years. More recently it became the biggest British hit movie of all time when the three women who created the worldwide stage smash hit adapted it for the silver screen.   Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs, from ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Take A Chance On Me’ to ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Thank You For The Music’, MAMMA MIA!’s enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolds on a Greek Island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past to the island they last visited 20 years ago…

Over 40 million people worldwide have been dancing in the aisles to this sensational musical, and London is where it all began back in 1999. So who will you bring to experience the joy and exhilaration of MAMMA MIA! with you?

A Chorus Line is to be revived in the London West End

Auditions are underway for a new Broadway musical. For everyone present, it’s the chance of a lifetime. It’s the one opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed of – to have the chance to dance.

Told through captivating song, riveting drama and stunning choreography, the auditionees describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.

Based on true stories, A Chorus Line revolutionised Broadway, becoming the longest running musical in New York theatre history, breaking records, winning nine Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, the New York Critic’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Now for the first time since its award‐winning London season premiered in 1975, the original creators join forces to bring this legendary musical to the world‐famous London Palladium.

Boasting such classics as ‘One (Singular Sensation)’‘What I Did For Love’ and ‘At The Ballet’, A Chorus Line is an iconic musical masterpiece that should not be missed.

 Directed by Bob Avian

Age Limit 10+

Theatre London Palladium

Creative Team Music by Marvin Hamlisch

Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante

Lyrics by Edward Kleban

Conception, Original Direction and Choreography by Michael Bennett

Direction and Original co‐choreography by Bob Avian

Cast No cast has yet been announced for the show

First Preview Saturday 2nd February 2013 7.45pm

Opening Night Tuesday 19th February 2013 7pm

First Midweek Mat. Wednesday 13th February 2012 3pm

Booking Period Until Saturday 13h July 2013 (23 Weeks)

Running Time 2 hours

Performance Times Monday – Saturday 7.45pm, Wednesday and Saturday 3pm

Book tickets for A Chorus Line at London Palladium

New Top Hat Cast Album available to Facebook fans!

Top Hat the Musical have now released an exclusive stream of the new Cast Album on the official Top Hat Facebook page. Available solely to fans who have liked the page, the stream features samples of all 18 tracks from the sensational production. Alongside this, there is a competition to win 1 of 10 signed copies of the album, and a link to pre-order from Amazon and iTunes before it is officially released on August 27th 2012!

This will give all our followers a fantastic first chance listen to all 18 tracks from the show, featuring the outstanding London cast including Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers and three time Olivier award nominee Summer Strallen. Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits, stunning tap and romantic ballroom, Top Hat is a giddy, glorious celebration of 1930s song and dance that will set the pulse racing.

Top Hat on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TopHatOnStage

Loserville: A new musical by Elliot David and James Bourne

A new musical Loserville which is created by Elliot David and James Bourne at the Garrick Theatre starring Aaron Sidwell, Eliza Hope Bennett, Stewart Clarke, Charlotte Harwood, Richard Lowe, Lil Chris and Daniel Buckley.

Welcome to Loserville! It’s 1971. Michael Dork may be a computer geek but he’s invented something that could change the world.

He’s also discovered GIRLS: a prospect (almost) as exciting as his love of binary.

Holly is THE girl: she has looks and brains and wants to be the first woman in space – well, this is 1971! But will she want Michael?

Eddie wants a fast ride to the top and doesn’t care who gets trampled along the way.

Book tickets for Loserville at Garrick Theatre!

Leia just wants Eddie. Or Eddie’s babies – well, she thinks she does.

Michael, and his sci-fi obsessed, social-misfit friends, Lucas, Francis and Marvin are all set to change the course of history, fashion and dating – in no particular order, but just as soon as possible, especially the dating bit.

Loserville is a new musical written by Elliot Davis and James Bourne (inspired by his Son of Dork album Welcome To Loserville).

Now meet the Class of 1971. This is their story and now it’s a musical.

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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