Sharon Gless: A Round Heeled Woman at Aldwych Theatre

Take a feisty, funny unforgettable journey of love, sex, heartache and laughter with multi-award-winning actress Sharon Gless (Cagney & Lacey, Queer as Folk, Burn Notice) in A ROUND HEELED WOMAN, the sparkling adaptation of Jane Juska’s best-selling novel chronicling the real-life adventures she experienced after placing a rather unusual ad in the New York Review of Books:

“Before I turn 67 – next March – I would like to have a lot of sex with a man I like. If you want to talk first, Trollope works for me.”

A sassy, poignant and hilarious account of Jane’s remarkable encounters with men between the ages of 32 and 84 – including her first orgasm with a man in 30 years! – this critically acclaimed production transfers to the West End’s Aldwych Theatre for 8 weeks only between 24th November to 14th January 2012.

Sharon Gless is an American character actress of stage, film and television, who is best known for her roles as Maggie Philbin on Switch (1975–1978), as Sgt. Christine Cagney in the police procedural drama series Cagney & Lacey (1982–1988) and as Debbie Novotny in the Showtime cable television series Queer as Folk (2000–2005). She is an Emmy Award winner currently playing Madeline Westen on Burn Notice.

TOP HAT West End Transfer to the Aldwych Theatre with Tom Chambers & Summer Strallen

Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre from 19 April 2012, music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin and based on RKO’s Motion Picture adapted for the stage by Matthew White & Howard Jacques.

It’s time to ‘put on your top hat and brush off your tails’

Seventy-seven years after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers lit up Hollywood’s silver screen with one of the greatest dance musicals of all time, RKO Pictures’ TOP HAT is coming to the West End’s Aldwych Theatre. Judging by the sensational reviews, standing ovations and sold out theatres around the country on its pre-London tour, it has been well worth the wait.

Tom Chambers (Holby City heartthrob and Strictly Come Dancing winner) plays the irrepressible Broadway sensation Jerry Travers who dances his way across Europe to win the heart of society model Dale Tremont, played by triple Olivier Award nominee Summer Strallen (Love Never Dies, The Sound of Music, The Drowsy Chaperone). Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits, such as Let’s Face the Music and Dance, Cheek to Cheek and Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, stunning tap, romantic ballroom and a little bit of Busby Berkeley thrown in for good measure, TOP HAT is a giddy, glorious celebration of 1930s song and dance, featuring magnificent sets, over 200 costumes and a love story that will set the pulses racing!

‘AN ENORMOUS EXPLOSION OF SHEET ESCAPISM’ Whatsonstage.com, September 2011

‘A DELIGHT FROM FIRST TO LAST. YOU SIMPLY COULDN’T ASK FOR MORE’ Chichester Observer, September 2011

‘THE STANDING OVATION SAID IT ALL. FABULOUS’ Birmingham Post, September 2011

Phantom Of The Opera – Now booking until October 2012

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF ‘THE BRILLIANT ORIGINAL’ NOW BOOKING UNTIL OCTOBER 2012

Fresh from celebrating its 25th Anniversary with three sell-out performances at the Royal Albert Hall, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA continues to captivate audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, after more than 10,000 performances.

Now booking until October 2012, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerizing score along with jaw dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life each night.

John Owen Jones will leave the London Phantom company on Saturday 10 December 2011. Earl Carpenter will take over on Monday 12 December through until 17 Saturday March 2012.

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Sweeney Todd coming to West End with Michael Ball (Sweeney Todd)

THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF A MUSICAL MASTERPIECE!

Starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, this ‘wickedly funny’ (Guardian) production of Stephen Sondheim’s ‘magnificent masterpiece’ (Evening Standard) is set to thrill West End audiences from March 2012.

A five star, sell-out smash hit at Chichester Festival Theatre with standing ovations every night, audiences and critics agree – this ‘mesmerising and enticing’ (Financial Times) musical is unmissable.

Laced with dark humour, dazzling wit and an infectious score, it tells of Sweeney Todd’s return to London after years of false imprisonment, and his savage quest for justice and retribution. Aided and abetted by pie-shop owner, Mrs Lovett, he sets out to avenge the wrongs done to him and his family many years before..

Directed by Jonathan Kent and designed by Anthony Ward, Sweeney Todd comes to London for a strictly limited season. Don’t miss MICHAEL BALL giving ‘the performance of his life’ (Daily Mail) with the ‘show stopping’ IMELDA STAUNTON (Mail on Sunday) in what promises to be the theatrical event of the year.

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Terrence McNally’s Master Class confirms West End transfer at Vaudeville Theatre

Theatre and Opera director Stephen Wadsworth’s new production of Terrence McNally’s Master Class starring Tyne Daly as the legendary opera soprano Maria Callas is to transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre following its critically acclaimed, sell-out run on Broadway.

Master Class is an extraordinary insight into the life and loves of Maria Callas, the iconic opera singer whose turbulent private life and fiery temperament were as astonishing as her formidable talents. Inspired by her master classes of the early 70s, this is a riveting, hilarious and intensely moving portrayal of the sacrifice and heartache behind the artist, the diva and the legend.

With an electrifying performance from Tony Award and six-time Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey) as the troubled and infamous Maria Callas, Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play Master Class was a smash-hit on Broadway and now arrives in the West End for a strictly limited season.

Terrence McNally’s Master Class received its world premiere at the John Golden Theatre in 1995, wining the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play.  Stephen Wadsworth’s Manhattan Theatre Club production opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre earlier this year.  Tyne Daly first appeared in Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Master Class at the Kennedy Center.

Multi award-winning Tyne Daly plays Maria Callas. She is best known on television for her portrayal of Detective Mary Beth Lacey in Cagney and Lacey, for which she received four Emmy Awards. For her roles as Maxine Gray in Judging Amy and Alice Henderson in Christy she received two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama.  For the former she also won Golden Globe Award.  Her many Broadway credits include Rose in Gypsy for which she won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Mme. Arkadina in The Seagull and Rabbit Hole. Daley’s film credits include The Enforcer, Dirty Harry, John and Mary and Telefon.

Writer Terrence McNally has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Ragtime.   More recent Broadway revivals of his plays include The Ritz and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.  His other plays include A Perfect Ganesh, Corpus Christi, Lips Together and Its Only a Play.  His most recent play, Golden Age, was featured in the Kennedy Center celebration of his work year.  For the musical theatre other his librettos include Catch Me if You Can, The Full Monty, The Rink, The Visit, A Man of No Importance and the opera Dead Man Walking.  McNally has also written a number of television scripts including Andre’s Mother for which he won an Emmy Award.

Theatre and Opera director Stephen Wadsworth has worked for Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Edinburgh Festival, Nederlandse Opera, Seattle Opera and in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto and Santa Fe.  Wadsworth is the Head of Dramatic Studies at the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, the James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow and Director of Opera Studies at The Juilliard School, an artist in residence at the Aspen Institute, and a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

The Menier Chocolate Factory presents Pippin from 22nd Nov 2011 – 25th Feb 2012

The Menier Chocolate Factory presents Pippin, in a vivid and bold re-imagining of this darkly enjoyable musical…

In this coming-of-age story, Pippin, heir to the throne of Charlemagne, ventures on a quest of self-discovery, but in doing so our hero must face the uncertain worlds of warfare, love, politics and religion.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (composer of Wicked and Godspell ) and book by Roger O. Hirson, The Menier Chocolate Factory’s new version has been completely re-conceived, directed and choreographed, incorporating Bob Fosse’s original Tony Award-winning routines, by Mitch Sebastian.

Harry Hepple (The 25th Annual Puttman Country Spelling Bee at the Donmar) will be playing the title role, Pippin. Ian Kelsey (best known for his television roles in Blue Murder, Where the Heart Is, Down to Earth, Casualty and Emmerdale) will be playing Charlemagne. Olivier nominated Matt Rawle (title role in Zorro at the Garrick and Che in Evita at the Adelphi) will be playing the Leading Player. Tony Award-winner Frances Ruffelle plays Fastrada (best known for creating the role of Eponine in Les Miserables). The cast also includes Carly Bawden, (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg – Gielgud Theatre). Stuart Neal, (La Cage Aux Folles – Playhouse Theatre, Piaf – Donmar and The Lord of the Rings – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); and David Page, (Chicago – Cambridge Theatre). Also in the cast are Ben Bunce, Bob Harms, Holly James, Anabel Kutay, David McMullan and Kate Tydman. 

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Playful and Sonia Friedman Productions: Hay Fever at the Noel Coward Theatre from 10 Feb 2012

Hay Fever, which is Noël Coward’s classic comedy of bad manners will open at The Noel Coward Theatre from 10 Feb 2012 to 2 June 2012. The play is directed by Howard Davies, produced by Playful Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions.

For the first time since its renaming and refurbishment, one of Noël Coward’s most well known plays will be performed at the Noël Coward Theatre. Howard Davies is to direct Lindsay Duncan in Coward’s Hay Fever, reuniting the director and actor who together received seven major international theatre awards for their 2001 collaboration on Coward’s Private Lives. Duncan is joined by Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally and Olivia Coleman in Coward’s sublime comedy of bad manners.

Cast includes: Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally, Olivia Colman.

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Les Miserables extended until 27 Oct 2012

The Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Miserables has extended its booking period until 27 Oct 2012 at the Queen’s Theatre, London.

Les Miserables has indisputably become the world’s most popular musical, having been seen by over 55 million people worldwide, in 40 countries and in 21 languages and is approaching it’s 25th year. From its celebrated opening in London in October 1985, this adaptation immediately captured the imagination and enthusiasm of the theatre-going public. Set in 19th century France, the dramatic score includes the songs ‘On My Own’, ‘One Day More’ and ‘Do You Hear The People Sing?’.

There have been 31 cast recordings of Les Miserables, including the multi-platinum London cast album and the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums. The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold well over one million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos in the UK. 

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Mamma Mia! moves to the Novello Theatre in September 2012

The smash hit musical Mamma Mia! will transfer from Prince of Wales Theatre to the Novello Theatre in September 2012.

Judy Craymer producer of this show said: “I am delighted that the original production of Mamma Mia! will move to the stage of the beautiful Novello Theatre. It is a perfect space for the musical. The Novello is a gem of a theatre that perfectly suits the creative needs of Mamma Mia!, and provides a comfortable and friendly experience for audiences in the heart of Theatreland.”

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?

Cool Hand Luke to close early at Aldwych Theatre

Cool Hand Luke posts early closing notices for 19th of Nov 2011 at the Aldwych Theatre London, the play was originally taking bookings until 7th Jan 2012.

Beneath a scorching Florida sun, Boss Godfrey watches the chain gang. Keeps his eye on Cool Hand Luke. War hero, trouble-maker, inspiration to his fellow inmates. And just the man Boss wants to crush…

Starring Marc Warren (Hustle, Mad Dogs) as the charismatic rebel, Cool Hand Luke is the hard-hitting story of a true original. He’ll play it real cool in the face of brutality. He’ll always get back up after a beating. He’ll eat fifty eggs in an hour, to win a bet. A man who won’t conform no matter what it costs.

In a powerful new adaptation for the stage by Emma Reeves, based on Donn Pearce’s acclaimed novel, and directed by Andrew Loudon Cool Hand Luke is the raw, uncompromising tale of sticking it to ‘The Man’.