Confessions of Honour

‘Confessions of Honour’ is a superbly crafted, witty and very moving new play, written and directed by Gerry Hinks, which is set in Whittington Barracks, Near Lichfield and tells the story of Frederick Salisbury V.C. who, on a special celebratory day, is to give his medal to the regiment in which he served in WW2. On this very special day, a German, Herr Wolfgang Meissler also attends and it is very soon clear that there is an ulterior motive to his presence! Did Frederick actually do what he thought he did to win his medal? Why is Herr Meissler so interested in his story? And what revelations will come out when the two men finally open up old wounds and reveal the truth?  This touchingly emotive and very funny play works on many levels and all that have seen it have left feeling uplifted and extremely moved as its story twists and turns and leaves the audience wanting to know more!

The professional premier of this wonderful piece took place in Autumn 2007 at the Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford to great acclaim and toured the Staffordshire region. This Autumn OPUS are now taking the play on a much larger tour starting which started at Great Bridgeford, nr Stafford on the the 12th of September and venues booked so far for the Autumn are:-

The Garrick Studio Theatre, Lichfield 17th, 19th and 20th September
The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton-upon-Trent, 27th September
The Dovehouse Theatre, Solihull, 2nd October
The Ridware Theatre, Pipe Ridware, Staffs, 4th October.
The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster, 9th October
Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 10th October.
Prince of Wales Centre, Cannock, 19th October.
Birmingham Library Theatre, 25th October.
Jermyn Street Theatre, London’s West End 27th October -1st November
Mumford Theatre Cambridge, 12th November
Bollington Arts Centre, Bollington, Macclesfield, 14th November.
Kaliedocsope Theatre, nr Shifnall 15th November.

OPUS are one of only two professional theatre companies in Staffordshire and our growing reputation for quality is being matched by the reviews and audience reaction that we are receiving at every venue to date.

Tickets cost 17.00 with concessions at 13.00 pounds.

Box office for Jermyn Street is:  020 7287 2875

More info including ALL dates for the tour can be found at www.opustheatrecompany.com

La Cage Aux Folles Strictly Limited 12 Weeks Season

The sell-out Menier Chocolate Factory production is transferring to the Playhouse Theatre for a strictly limited season, starring Douglas Hodge and Denis Lawson.

The idyllic existence of Georges and the dazzling drag artiste Albin, star of the La Cage aux Folles club, is threatened when Georges’ son announces his engagement to the daughter of a right-wing politician, who wants to close down the local colourful nightlife! With a visit from the prospective in-laws imminent, they all decide to take drastic action to hide their lifestyle…but can they keep it up?

Jerry Herman’s (Hello, Dolly!, Mack and Mabel and Mame) fabulous score includes I Am What I Am, The Best of Times and Song on the Sand.

La Cage aux Folles is a timeless and deliciously funny tale of family values, unconditional love, and above all, the need to be proud of who we are.

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PIAF – The most acclaimed performance of the year!

In this new production of Pam Gem’s classic 1978 play, the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest singers is retold, vividly capturing the glamour and squalor, the rise and fall of this complex, fragile and enigmatic performer.

Elena Roger (Olivier Award nominated for Evita) plays “The Little Sparrow” Edith Piaf, giving a breathtaking performance that has stunned audiences and critics alike, receiving unanimous critical acclaim.

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GREASE has now extended bookings through to 31 October 2009

The smash-hit musical GREASE has now extended bookings through to 31 October 2009. GREASE features all the unforgettable hit songs from the movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy and Greased Lightnin’.

Featuring JIMMY OSMOND as Teen Angel 19 January – 14 March.

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Grease – The Long Hair Jimmy Osmond From Liverpool Joins the Team

Legendary singer Jimmy Osmond will be swapping ‘Long Haired Lover from Liverpool‘ for ‘Beauty School Drop Out‘ when he joins the cast of the smash-hit musical GREASE early next year.

Making his West End debut, Jimmy will play ‘Teen Angel‘ for a limited season from 19 January to 14 March at The Piccadilly Theatre.

Having won British audience’s hearts all over again when he appeared in the popular ITV show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Jimmy recently completed a hugely successful tour of Britain with his family.

Producer David Ian says, “Jimmy Osmond is truly a worldwide star and to have him starring in Grease, the UK’s Number 1 musical, is as exciting as it gets for London’s Theatre fans!”

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Free Tickets for Credit Crunch Bankers!

Andrew Lloyd Webber is offering free tickets to two of his West End musicals
to bankers who have become unemployed in the credit crunch.

“Free tickets might offer some respite for some of those people who have sadly
lost their jobs.”

Former bank employees can claim a pair of free tickets to The Sound of Music and
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat until 15 October.

However, they will have to present a P45 issued after 1 September.

Tickets are also only available between Monday and Thursday and are subject to
availability.

All claims must be made in person at the appropriate box office, according to a
release issued by the Really Useful Company.

Lord Lloyd-Webber said he hoped his “feel-good shows” would cheer up those
affected by the current financial downtown, “albeit for a couple of hours”.

The Sound of Music is on at the London Palladium while Joseph continues at the
Adelphi Theatre.

The 39 Steps is now booking until 6 September 2009

The 39 Steps, which was opened at the Criterion theatre two years ago, now celebrates its birthday by announcing a further extension to its run and a new cast member. On 13 October Tessa Churchard takes over from Josefina Gabrielle to play the three female roles in this play, The 39 Steps is now booking until 6 September 2009.

JOHN BUCHAN’S gripping whodunnit – memorably filmed by ALFRED HITCHCOCK in 1935 – has at last been THRILLINGLY ADAPTED for the stage with just FOUR heroic actors playing more than 39 classic roles.

GUARANTEED to contain not only COMEDY AND THRILLS GALORE this brand new production is packed with cads and sirens as well as those legendary scenes. Gasp, laugh and be amazed at the Chase on the Flying Scotsman, the Escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical Bi-Plane Crash ever staged and the sensational death-defying finale in the London Palladium and not forgetting the memorable and controversial ‘stockings and suspenders’ scene* and MANY MORE!

This spectacular production of Britain’s most spellbinding thriller which promises to be the most astonishing theatrical tour de force of the year.

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West End going Green!

The Mayor of London’s ‘Green Theatre: Taking Action on Climate Change’ plan was launched today (Tuesday, 9th September) in partnership with industry leaders at the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) annual conference.

‘Green Theatre’, an action plan for the theatre industry, outlines the most practical and effective measures that can be taken to reduce energy use in buildings while also saving money in energy bills. The plan identifies how London’s theatre industry creates 50,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year – the equivalent of emissions from 9,000 homes. It concludes that if all actions recommended in the plan were taken, the industry could reduce carbon emissions by almost 60 per cent by 2025 – the equivalent of converting over 5,000 London homes to zero-carbon.

Climate change is one of the Mayor’s key priorities and today’s announcement builds on his commitment to reducing London’s carbon emission by 60 per cent by 2025. The Plan, compiled in close collaboration with a range of key stakeholders, offers practical advice to the industry on how emissions can be cut and includes a carbon calculator that can be used to identify areas of production that create the largest amount of emissions. Advice outlined in the plan includes identifying where changes need to be made, designating ‘green’ responsibilities to staff, and writing ‘green’ policies into contracts to ensure that suppliers are also helping to cut emissions.

The Plan also details a number of successful case studies such as a battery recycling scheme launched by the Mayor in partnership with WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), which helps London’s theatres start recycling their waste batteries.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “London’s theatres make a vital contribution to the capital’s economy and its productions and venues are renowned worldwide. The power of the theatre industry to set an example in the fight against climate change is immense. I have been impressed with the genuine leadership and commitment shown by the industry bodies we have worked with in developing this Plan. I am fully committed to reducing the capital’s emissions by 60 per cent by 2025 and forward-thinking contributions such as ‘Green Theatre’ will inspire many industries to help us meet this target together.”

Mhora Samuel, Director, The Theatres Trust said: “I’m delighted to be supporting the launch of the Mayor’s Green Theatre Programme at PLASA08. As the national advisory public body for theatres, The Theatres Trust is playing its part by helping to disseminate the report’s recommendations and raise awareness of the actions that theatres can take to reduce their carbon footprint. This report represents a major milestone for the theatre sector in London and demonstrates how much is possible through theatres, suppliers and manufacturers all working together to address climate change and reduce energy use.

“For their support in working with us to make the Launch a truly special event, I’d like to extend my special thanks to PLASA, the Sponsors of the Green Theatre Exhibition – Arup, ETC, Martin Professional, Philips, PixelRange and White Light, and all the Seminar contributors including ABTT, Ambassador Theatre Group, Arcola, the National Theatre, and Selecon.”

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director, Arts Council England said: “Arts Council England is delighted to be a partner in the Greening London’s Theatres initiative, recognising the importance of this work in helping theatres to increase the efficiency of their business processes thereby reducing the industry’s carbon footprint while saving money and continuing to attract artists and audiences.

“A programme such as this demonstrates that the arts in England can lead internationally in responding to the pressures of climate change, moving beyond a duty of compliance with issues such as energy management, to a role of inspiration and influence much greater than that due to the industry’s size alone. That this leadership should emerge from London is of great encouragement to those artists and audiences that are drawn to this world city for its ability to innovate.”

Nica Burns, Chief Executive of Nimax Theatres and President of the Society of London Theatre said: “As a high-profile and economically important British industry, London theatre is determined to lead from the front in minimizing our environmental impact. That’s why we support the Green Theatres initiative.” (www.london.gov.uk)

Cameron Mackintosh congratulates Jodie Prenger

Cameron Mackintosh congratulates Jodie Prenger on winning the role of Nancy in BBC One’s I’d Do Anything and announces further casting for his production of Oliver!

 ‘I’m thrilled for Jodie: she deserves this part and is clearly the people’s Nancy. She’s an exceptional talent with a fabulous voice and is an unusually warm woman – smart, thoughtful and extremely motivated. She will go from strength to strength and be a terrific success in the role of a lifetime when the show opens in January.”

Jodie will join a distinguished company of over 75 actors.
As already announced Rowan Atkinson will play Fagin; Burn Gorman from BBC’s Torchwood and Bleak House will be Bill Sikes; Veteran stage and screen actress Rosemary Leech is Mrs Bedwin, RSC actor Julian Bleach is Mr Sowerberry, and of course the three Olivers are Gwion, Harry and Laurence.

 Cameron Mackintosh will present Lionel Bart’s musical masterpiece Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with performances commencing from 12th December 2008 and press night on 14th January 2009.

Evening performances will be Monday – Saturdays at 7.30pm, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm. (www.oliverthemusical.com)

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Jersey Boys Exclusive Midnight Matinee

TheatreMAD is thrilled to announce that the company of Jersey Boys will be presenting a special one-off Midnight Matinee at 11.30pm on Thursday 25th September 2008 at the Prince Edward Theatre.

All proceeds from this exclusive show go to TheatreMAD, which draws upon the talents, resources and generosity of the British theatre community and its audiences through exciting events to raise money for those affected by HIV, AIDS and other critical illnesses.

Jersey Boys, The Story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four boys working their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of international pop-stardom.

‘This is an utterly wonderful show full of vitality, pace and power. The audience rose as one at the end of this true-life mega hit story of The Four Seasons.’ (Daily Express) The critics are united in their praise hailing ‘The phenomenal Jersey Boys’ (D.Telegraph) ‘a triumph of style, substance, heart and soul – A definite must-see!’ (London Lite)

David Pendlebury, Chairman of TheatreMAD, commented that, ‘Jersey Boys is such a fantastic show and we’re so pleased that the company has kindly agreed to give us this special Midnight – or MADnight – Matinee. We rely heavily on the support of people working in the theatre, particularly in London, and are so grateful for the time, energy and commitment that performers, producers, theatre staff and backstage crews give to us.’ (www.jerseyboyslondon.com)

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