Never Forget Transfer from the Savoy Theatre to Lyrics

Never Forget Transfer from the Savoy Theatre to Lyrics Theatre. The season will run from Thursday 20th November 2008 to Saturday 25th April 2009 and is now available for bookings.

Never Forget is the story of Ash Sherwood, an aspiring singer-songwriter struggling to make it on the Manchester music scene. Along with Jake Turner – his best friend and brother of Ash’s fiancée, Chloe Turner –Ash auditions for a Take That tribute band, desperate to try anything that might elicit his big break.

At the auditions Ash and Jake meet band manager Ron Freeman. Ron, a budding pop Svengali, is searching for a group of willing and amenable lads so desperate for success he can mould them into his very own version of the ultimate boy band: Take That. Never one to dream small when big will do, Ron not only wants to enter the band into a big competition, he also wants his band to be capable of transcending their humble beginnings and “to change the face of pop”. However, instead of the fame hungry puppets he wanted, our Svengali soon realises that he has instead recruited five creative and original characters – each committed to the group for their own reasons.

There’s Ash, who after years of wasting his talent in dingy bars and clubs is chasing the prize money that might help save his mum’s struggling pub and pay for his wedding to Chloe; Jake ‘The Face’ Turner, a sharp witted, wannabe ladies man hoping the band will get him out of his dead end job; Adrian Banks, an introverted bank manager, hopelessly attempting to win over his adulterous wife; Dirty Harry, a dim yet endearing stripper looking to recover his self respect; and Jose Reize, a wide-eyed and optimistic Spaniard, who has travelled to England to make something of himself – away from the clutches of his overbearing mother.

Having been brought together by Ron with promises of world domination the boys quickly form a genuine bond, practicing long and hard for the competition they hope will launch them towards stardom. However, the arrival of ambitious record executive Annie Borrowman throws those bonds into doubt and tests the loyalty and friendship of all those involved.

Never Forget is a story of dreams, ambition and betrayal: because sometimes you can only really discover who you are by pretending to be someone else…

Never Forget is currently booking until 25th of April 2009 Book Tickets for Never Forget

Josh Hartnett makes his West End debut

Hollywood actor Josh Hartnett makes his West End debut as Charlie Babbitt in this complex, moving and funny stage adaptation of the iconic film Rain Man which opens on Tuesday 9th September at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Josh is joined on stage by Olivier?nominated British actor Adam Godley as his autistic savant brother Raymond.

Writer Dan Gordon has radically re?imagined the multi Oscar Award winning 1988 film for the stage, resetting this timeless story in the present day. The result is touching, surprising and often laugh?out?loud funny. Definitely funny, as Raymond would say.

Charlie Babbitt (Josh Hartnett) is a self?centred Los Angeles?based automobile dealer and hustler, who is at war with his own life. Relationships are not Charlie’s strong suit and love is quite outside his experience. Raymond (Adam Godley) is the elder brother Charlie never knew he had ? an autistic savant who has been hidden away in an institution for most of his adult life. Raymond is dysfunctional in many senses, but – as Charlie is soon to discover – also touched with a kind of stellar genius which Charlie harnesses to save his business. The two brothers embark on a rollercoaster journey together which shows Raymond a world beyond the hospital gates and Charlie the meaning of unconditional love.

Josh Hartnett is well known for a range of films from the small independent to the big Hollywood blockbuster including Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, The Black Dahlia and Lucky Number Slevin.

Adam Godley
is well known to theatregoing audiences for his Olivier nominated roles in Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick (National Theatre) and Mouth to Mouth (Royal Court). Other productions include Private Lives (West End and Broadway), Paul, The Pillowman and Two Thousand Years (NT). His film credits include Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and the upcoming X-Files: I Want To Believe.

Josh Hartnett makes his West End debut
Josh Hartnett

Rain Man is currently booking until20th of December 2008 Book Tickets for Rain Main

Rain Man changes directer

David Grindley, director of the Apollo’s forthcoming production Rain Man, has been forced to pull out of the project due to family reasons and has been replaced by Terry Johnson.

Hollywood screen star Josh Hartnett will make his West End debut in the premiere stage adaptation of the 1988 Oscar-winning film Rain Man, which opens on 9 September 2008 (previews from 28 August) at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, where it’s booking for a limited season to 20 December.

Hartnett will play Charlie Babbitt, the part taken on screen by Tom Cruise, with British stage actor Adam Godley as Raymond, his autistic savant brother, the part for which Dustin Hoffman won a Best Actor at the Oscars. The film also numbered amongst its four Academy Awards the all-important prize of Best Picture.

Rain Main is currently booking until 20-Dec-2008 – Book Tickets for Rain Main

Never Forget Moves to Lyrics

Never Forget is going the transfer from the Savoy Theatre of Never Forget to the Lyric Theatre. The season will run from Thursday 20th November 2008 to Saturday 25th April 2009 and is is now available for bookings.

Please check for more details as the performance schedule has been changed.

Never Forget is currently booking until 25th of April 2009 Book Tickets for Never Forget

Rain Man in Apollo!

Josh Hartnett will appear in a upcoming adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie Rain Man, which will be staged in West End from the end of August 2008.The Hollywood star will take a part of Charlie Babbitt, the role originally played by Tom Cruise in this cult movie from 1988. British actor Adam Godley will be performing Dustin Hofman’s part of Charlie’s autistic brother Raymond.

Raymond is the elder brother Charlie never knew he had, an autistic genius who’s spent most of his life in an institution. When Raymond is released into Charlie’s care, Charlie decides to ruthlessly exploit Raymond’s talent in order to save his flagging business. The story about self-discovery and unconditional love begins when two brothers embark on a journey that will forever change their lives.

Rain Man is currently booking until 20th of December 2009 Book Rain Main Theatre Tickets

Sanjeev Bhaskar will be a new King Arthur!

Sanjeev Bhaskar will be a new King Arthur in a hilarious Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, role that was also performed by Tim Curry, Simon Russell Beale, Peter Davison and Alan Dale. Best known as the host of The Kumars at No. 42 and for his appearances in the award-winning radio and television sketch show Goodness Gracious Me, Sanjeev Bhaskar’s first performance at the Palace Theatre will be on 23 June 2008.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT opened in the West End in October 2006 and after over two years of coconut smashing, fish schlapping and grail searching the show, which has played to audiences including royalty, rock stars, soap stars and supermodels, will head off from the Palace Theatre on Saturday 3 January 2009 in preparation for a UK tour beginning April 2009.

Directed by Mike Nichols, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT is “lovingly ripped-off” from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Book and lyrics are by Eric Idle with a Grammy Award-winning score by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. Other members of the SPAMALOT creative team include Casey Nicholaw (choreography), multiple Olivier Award-winners Tim Hatley (sets and costumes) and Hugh Vanstone (lighting) and Acme Sound Partners.

Spamalot has recently announced another extention of its successful run up to 3rd of January 2009 Book Tickets for Spamalot

AvenueQ Booking Extended!

Hilarious puppet show staged in the Noel Coward Theatre that was named “Sesame Street for grown-ups” has been a great success and therefore management of the theatre has decided to prolong its run.

Avenue Q is not the most upmarket of New York streets, and is about as far away from Park Avenue as you can get, but it is home to some lively and off the wall characters performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets!

Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate, has just moved to this neighbourhood as he desperately tries to follow his dreams and discover his ever-elusive purpose in life.

A tiny bank balance, the distraction of a busty blonde and a variety of weird and wonderful friends and neighbours lead Princeton on a hilarious story of self-discovery. Life may suck on Avenue Q but being jobless, homeless, politically incorrect, having sex (whether hetero, homo or porno… and that’s just the puppets) are just some of the topics featured in the terrific songs of this show.

AvenueQ is currently booking until 25th of April 2009 Book Tickets for Avenue Q

Chicago Will Extend its Booking Period!

Chicago, one of the most popular musical of recent years will run 5 months longer!

This glamorous show about chorus girls turn murderesses is based in the roaring 1920’s. Justice is on trial for the husband killing bad girls of shady Chicago. A chorus girl murders her lover but manages to get off through a strange assortment of allies. She forms an unusual nightclub act with another murderess with the hopes of keeping them both out of trouble.with lots of hot jazz – and cold-blooded killers! Songs include ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Funny Honey’, ‘Mr Cellophane’, ‘Nowadays’ and ‘Razzle Dazzle’.

Chicago is currently booking until1st of August 2009 Book Tickets for Chicago

New Chicago Cast Has Been Announced!

Birgitte Hjort Sorensen has been casted as ‘Roxie Hart’ and Rachel Mc Dowall has taken the part of ‘Velma Kelly’ in the smash hit West End musical Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre from 25 February. Terence Maynard will continue to star as ‘Billy Flynn’ and Paul Ryder as ‘Amos Hart’ with Zee Asha as ‘Mama Morton’ and MM Dugdale as ‘Mary Sunshine’

Birgitte Hjort Sorensen played Roxy Hart in the Copenhagen production of the Chicago last year to great acclaim. She has also played in Danish production of “The Winter’s Tale” and “Cabaret”. Rachel McDowall starred as ‘Ulla’ in the West End production of “The Producers” and will shortly be seen playing ‘Lisa’ in the film of “Mamma Mia”.

Chicago previously played at Adelphi Theatre and transferred to The Cambridge Theatre in April 2006 was the longest show running at this venue. It won Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production as well as the Critics Circle Drama Award for Best Musical.

Chicago which is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Chicago is currently booking until 28th of February 2009 Book Tickets for Chicago

Wicked – Harriet Thorpe To Play Madame Morrible

Harriet Thorpe will replace Susie Blake playing Madame Morrible in musical Wicked that has recently extended its run. Harriet has proved herself very successful actress with her role in The Brittas Empire and also with her recent role in theatre version of Sweeney Todd where she played the part of Mrs. Lovett next to Jason Donovan. She has worked with a number of remarkable names: Richard Eyre, David Hare, Peter Gill, Michael Attenborough to name just a few. She has also appeared in numerous movies, including wonderful Calendar Girls where she was the head of W.I.

Harriet Thorpe will start performing in Wicked from 14th of April.

Wicked
is currently booking until 4th of April 2009 Book Tickets for Wicked