Thandie Newton makes her West End debut in Death and the Maiden at the Comedy Theatre

Thandie Newton (Run, Fatboy, Run & Mission Impossible 2) makes her West End debut in Death and the Maiden at the Comedy Theatre from 13th October.

Death and the Maiden is a 1990 play by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman. The world premiere was staged at the Royal Court Theatre in London on 9 July 1991, directed by Lindsay Posner. It had one reading and one workshop production prior to its world premiere.

Paulina Salas is a former political prisoner in an unnamed Latin American country who had been raped by her captors, led by a sadistic doctor whose face she never saw. The rapist doctor played Schubert’s composition Death and the Maiden during the act of rape; hence the play’s title.

Years later, after the (also unnamed) repressive regime has fallen, Paulina lives in an isolated country house with her husband, Gerardo Escobar. When Gerardo comes back from a visit to the president, he gets a flat tire. A stranger named Dr. Miranda stops to assist him. Dr. Miranda drives Gerardo home and later in the night he returns. Paulina recognizes Miranda’s voice and mannerism as that of her rapist, and takes him captive in order to put him on trial and extract a confession from him.

Unconvinced of his guilt, Gerardo acts as Roberto Miranda’s lawyer and attempts to save his life. After hearing the full story of her captivity from Paulina, Gerardo formulates a confession with Roberto to appease Paulina’s madness and set her free from her past.

Paulina records the entire confession and has Roberto write it out and sign it. She sends Gerardo out to get Roberto’s car so he can go home. While they are alone for the last time, Paulina accuses Roberto of being unrepentant and guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Max Stafford-Clark and Caryl Churchill in Top Girls at Trafalgar Studios

Max Stafford-Clark and Caryl Churchill are re-united once again for the smash-hit transfer of Top Girls.  Suranne Jones (Coronation Street) stars in this provocative study of powerful women in Thatcher’s Britain.

The critics are raving that this powerful and brilliant new production substantiates Top Girls as one of the great modern classics.

It’s Thatcher’s England and hard-nosed businesswoman Marlene is hosting a dinner party to celebrate her promotion to MD of the Top Girls Employment Agency. Her guests – all powerful women from myth and history – create an extraordinary gathering. 

A provocative study of powerful women in Thatcher’s Britain, the play examines the compromises made by women in the quest for success, and what happens to those left behind.

Starring Stella Gonet, Suranne Jones, Catherine McCormack, Lucy Briers, Laura Elphinstone, Lisa Kerr and Olivia Poulet.

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The Peacock Theatre will host to the return of The Snowman

The Peacock Theatre will play host to the return of The Snowman from 30th November 2011 to 8th January 2012,

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and naturally, Father Christmas.

Watch spellbound as the Snowman flies through the night sky above, before escaping the clutches of the evil Jack Frost to return home for Christmas morning. Featuring Howard Blake’s beautiful Walking In the Air, performed by a live orchestra, choreographed by Robert North and directed by Bill Alexander, this is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.

The stage show based on Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman and the subsequent film has become a modern classic. Ruari Murchison’s enchanting design combined with Tim Mitchell’s spectacular lighting has been delighting children for over a decade. With its wonderful mix of storytelling, spectacle and magic, The Snowman is back for a record-breaking 14th year.

By arrangement with Snowman Enterprises Limited and Chester Music Limited. The film of The Snowman was directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates. 

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Little Women The Musical at The Lost Theatre, Wandsworth

Samuel Julyan and Skye Crawford present the UK Premiere of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women The Musical at The Lost Theatre, Wandsworth from 12th December 2011 – 7th January 2012, which is book by Peter Layton, music and Lyrics by Lionel Segal and directed by Nicola Samer.

Peter Layton and Lionel Segal’s Little Women is a musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel of the same title. Set in New England during the Civil War, Reverend March is away ministering to the Federal troops. He leaves behind in Concord, Massachusetts matriarch Mrs March (Marmee) with their four daughters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy who through the course of the musical turn from young girls into women.  Jo is headstrong, tomboy like, passionate and an aspiring writer. Despite her protestations she works for her wealthy Aunt March as a lady’s companion bringing in much needed funds for the family. In her spare time she writes stories in the little attic room, dreaming of becoming a famous writer. It is Jo who puts pen to paper and weaves the tale of her sister’s trials and tribulations as they grow up experiencing poverty, love, friendship and the importance of family.

This well loved story is a celebration of women breaking the mold and achieving success both in work and life. The show explores themes of family, ambition, the struggle of poverty, and well before its time this tale fights for women’s rights to work as well as publish books in their own name. This poignant and timeless classic is the perfect Christmas show for all the family.

This is the UK premiere run of Little Women The Musical and this version by Peter Layton and Lionel Segal has only had one previous outing, in the form of a one night concert showcase in 2005 at Covent Garden’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Supported by Sandi Toksvig, featuring Dave Willets and Dillie Keane.

Nicola Samer is currently directing IronBark’s THEATRE ASHES for Latitude 2011 and will be Associate Director on Graham Linehan’s LADYKILLERS (West End).

Filskit’s Theatre Company’s Snow White at The Shaw Theatre

Combining a unique blend of playful ensemble based performance and micro projections, Filskit Theatre Company present a modern and visually stunning twist on this traditional fairytale. With a well known story, combined with Filskit’s own theatre practice, audiences will be immersed in the world of Snow White, created through technology, movement and music.

Filskit are an all female theatre company committed to creating work that ignites the imagination of adults and children alike. They met whilst studying at Rose Bruford College, and were brought together over a shared love of projection and theatre. Since 2008, they have been using micro projection with a dash of light, a sprinkle of movement, a dusting of shadow with some original music thrown into the mix – culminating in their own special ‘Filskit’ blend of show. 

Filskit Theatre presents a loveable adaptation of this well-known children’s tale… inventive and imaginative, utilising projection to engage children and adults alike….Filskit Theatre certainly promises to become an innovative children’s theatre maker. A Younger Theatre

It’s very encouraging to see young actors founding their own company and creating some truly original, fine quality work…Filskit Theatre Company – one to watch The Stage

For more information, visit: www.filskittheatre.com 

The Woman In Black extension at Fortune Theatre

The Woman In Black at Fortune Theatre announced the new booking period covers performances from the 20th December 2011 until the 25th February 2012.

Since 1989, over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most exciting, spooky, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged.

Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best selling novel combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. It is a formula that provides audiences with an evening of unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world.  

‘Don’t go unless you like being scared out of your wits’ Sunday Mirror.
 
‘A marvellous exercise in spine tingling tension, spun from perfectly paced storytelling and stagecraft……it’s a cracker.’ The Independent.

‘A truly nerve-shredding experience’ Daily Mail.

‘The most brilliantly effective spine chiller you will ever encounter…If you haven’t seen this show yet you are missing a treat’ Daily Telegraph. 

 Christmas performances between the 20th December 2011 & 7th January 2012 off sale.

Jersey Boys at Prince Edward theatre extended from Tue 10th April 2012 to Sun 21st October 2012

Jersey Boys has announced its London extension at Prince Edward Theatre from Tue 10th April 2012 to Sun 21st October 2012.

Jersey Boys follows the rags-to-riches tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as they work their way from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom, and features such hits as ‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,’ ‘Oh, What a Night’ and many more.

Directed by Des McAnuff, with a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Bob Crewe and The Four Seasons’ own Bob Gaudio, it has won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical and Best Lighting Design of a Musical. McAnuff is on board for the London version of the show, as are the Broadway creative team: choreographer Sergio Trujillo, production designer Klara Zieglerova, lighting designer Binkley and costume designer Jess Goldstein.

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St Matthew Passion at Olivier Theatre South Bank, London

Jonathan Miller’s staging of Bach’s St Matthew Passion will be performed in collaboration with the Southbank Sinfonia.

Bach’s Passion is presented in two parts and retells the dramatic story of the events leading to Christ’s crucifixion. Part one includes the last supper and the betrayal and arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, while part two depicts His trial, crucifixion and burial.

Jonathan Miller strips away all traditional performance conventions of this sacred work: it is sung, in a new English translation by Paul Goodwin, by soloists and a choir – all casually dressed – who interact with the full orchestra of musicians. The result is a production conveying the full power and overwhelming drama of Bach’s final and most revered Passion.

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Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass at Vaudeville Theatre from 14-Sep-2011

Antony Sher will reprise his performance in Arthur Miller’s BROKEN GLASS, when it is revived at the Tricycle theatre before transferring to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre.

He will be joined in the production, which performs at The Vaudeville from 14 September to 10 December, by Tara Fitzgerald.

Broken Glass, Miller’s Olivier award-winning drama, tells the story of Phillip and Sylvia Gellburg, a New York couple living in Brooklyn in 1938.

Phillip, obsessed with work and his own desire to assimilate, has little time for his wife, but when Sylvia suddenly becomes paralysed after reading newspaper reports of Kristallnacht in Germany, Dr. Harry Hyman is called in. As he gets closer to the source of Sylvia’s affliction, a relationship develops that could have devastating consequences on the family, and themes of guilt, personal tragedy and love start to unfold.

Miller’s Broken Glass follows a Jewish couple living in New York, whose lives are shaken by the anti-Semitic events of Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany. When Phillip (Sher) asks a psychiatrist to help his wife Sylvia (Fitzgerald) recover from the trauma, the subsequent conversations reveal other problems in the couple’s relationship.

Sher starred in Broken Glass when it was staged at the Tricycle, directed by Iqbal Khan, in the autumn of 2010. Most recently seen on television in BBC2 drama The Shadow Line, the multi award-winning South Africa-born actor boasts London credits including Richard III, Kean, Primo, Stanley and Torch Song Trilogy.

Fitzgerald may be best known for playing Dr Eve Lockhart in recently cancelled BBC crime drama Waking The Dead, from which she will be given her own spin-off series, The Body Farm. The star of films including Sirens and Brassed Off was last seen in the West End starring opposite Keira Knightley in The Misanthrope.

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One Man, Two Guvnors Transfers to the West End with James Corden

The National Theatre’s smash-hit production transfers to the Adelphi Theatre in the West End, with the original cast including James Corden, Oliver Chris and Jemima Rooper… previews from 8 November – 19 November 2011 and booking until 25 February 2012.

In Richard Bean’s English version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, sex, food and money are high on the agenda.

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.

‘A proper old-fashioned giggle.’ The Sun

‘One Man, Two Guvnors, one massive hit.’ Independent

‘An evening of riotous delight… I found myself physically incapable with laughter.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Slapstick, satire and gags galore: a classic comedy hilariously updated.’ The Times

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