Journey’s End at Duke of York’s Theatre

David Grindley’s international multi-award winning production of R.C. Sherriff’s masterpiece Journey’s End at Duke of York’s Theatre from 19-Jul-2011 to 03-Sep-2011.

Based on the author’s own experience in the trenches, this gripping tale about ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances celebrates humour and courage, engaging audiences with a compelling insight of how in the face of adversity, the human spirit will always triumph. Set in St Quentin in 1917, eighteen-year-old 2nd Lieutenant Raleigh is the new arrival in the company commanded by his former schoolboy friend, Captain Stanhope. There’s only three years between them, but a lifetime of experience separates the pair as Raleigh discovers that the man in army greens is much changed from the boy he left behind in cricketing whites.

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Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in Driving Miss Daisy at Wyndham’s Theatre

For 12 weeks only, the Wyndham’s Theatre will light up with the extraordinary talents of the legendary Oscar and Tony Award-winner Vanessa Redgrave and the incomparable, Tony Award-winning and Oscar-nominated James Earl Jones.

David Esbjornson’s acclaimed, smash-hit production has dazzled audiences and critics alike on Broadway.

Inspiration for the much-loved Oscar-winning smash-hit movie, Driving Miss Daisy is the charming, poignant and utterly compelling tale of the unlikely, long-lasting friendship that blossoms between a prickly, elderly Southern matriarch and her kind-hearted chauffeur, Hoke.

As the wheels turn and the decades roll by against a backdrop of prejudice, inequality and civil unrest, the pair slowly transcend their differences and ultimately grow to rely on each other far more than either of them ever expected.

Sparklingly funny, irresistibly heart-warming and with an unmissable stellar cast, Driving Miss Daisy is the must-see show of 2011 so book your tickets for this extremely limited season now!

Don’t miss this year’s hottest theatre tickets as two of the world’s greatest living actors arrive in London to perform Alfred Uhry’s timeless Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Driving Miss Daisy, in a strictly limited season.

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Global Theatrical Hit Slava’s Snow Show arrives in London this Christmas

The multi award winning international sensation, Slava’s Snowshow has delighted and thrilled audiences in over 80 cities around the globe including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow. 

This Christmas experience a joyous dream-like world which will touch both your heart and funny bone, culminating in a breathtaking blizzard leaving you literally knee deep in snow!

‘Dazzling! Guaranteed to make even the glum thaw in happiness.’ (The Observer)

‘Simply thrilling – an unmissable comedy masterpiece.’ (The Independent)

‘Utterly breathtaking! The audience is transported with delight.’ (Daily Mail)

‘Pure magic. Truly an evening of enchantment and fun.’ (Daily Express)

Slava’s Snow Show at Royal Festival Hall from 17 Dec 2011 – 8 Jan 2011.

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Review: Shrek The Musical – Be prepared to be swept Far Far Away

Shrek The Musical is currently playing at Theatre Royal Drury Lane until February 2012.  Previews ran from 6th May to 14th June.  From 20th June, evening performances are at 7.30pm Mondays and Wednesdays to Saturdays; matinee performances are at 3pm on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Tuesdays, Shrek and Fiona will be taking a well-deserved mud bath.

Having been to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane before, the beauty of the décor was a pleasure to see again.  The seats in the Stalls were comfortable with moderate leg room.  As usual, theatre staff were quite helpful and friendly.

I’ll try not to say too much to spoil all the fun surprises.  It was one of the most fun times I’ve had at a show.  It’s a different kind of fun than say Mamma Mia or Jersey Boys, for example.  It’s something that can be enjoyed by the whole family.  It’s one of the few West End shows which are suitable for children.  There were only two mild swear words used (by Donkey, bad boy).  Any minor adult-related humour is done in such a way that it is hopefully missed by children.

Everything you might think couldn’t possibly be transformed from film to stage… think again.  It has it all from the dragon to the talking gingerbread man and everything in between including every childhood fairytale character you can think of.

Nigel Lindsay played a BIGGER than life Shrek and quite well!  Richard Blackwood played the incorrigible yet endearing Donkey – sidekick extraordinaire.  Princess Fiona was played by the lovely and talented Amanda Holden.  While very capable in her performance, I’m afraid she wasn’t believable as a 27 year old.  The character who seemed to have stolen the show though was Lord Farquaad played by Nigel Harman.  Though small in stature, he was large in presence.  He played the whole show unbelievably on his knees.  The costume was amazingly concealing.  All of the costumes were very well done and the scenery top-notch… interesting and ingenious at times (walking across the bridge as it was rising into place, manoeuvring the huge dragon on stage, the exploding bird, the shelter in the woods – to name a few).  The entire cast were very energetic.  Well done!

The finale was huge and had everyone on their feet.  I don’t know if it was the show or just the crowd on the evening but the show went over very well.  I myself enjoyed it very much.  It had quite a few surprises and was quite interactive with the audience.  And for those in the Stalls, be ready for an unexpected surprise.  Everyone will be in for a surprise during the wedding scene.  Alas, go and make up your own mind if it makes yours a ‘Big Bright Beautiful Word’!  I know that ‘I’m a believer!’

by Ann Kamran (stagetalk.co.uk)

[Rating:4.0/5]

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Marc Warren in Cool Hand Luke at Aldwych Theatre

“Wherever you go and what ever you do, always play a real cool hand”

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”.

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The Ladykillers at Gielgud Theatre from 26 Nov 2011

The celebrated Ealing comedy, The Ladykillers, comes to life on stage this Autumn in a hilarious and thrilling new adaption by Graham Linehan (Father Ted) and directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote).

Featuring a stellar cast of some of the finest stage and screen comedy actors including BAFTA winner Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) as Professor Marcus alongside James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley), Ben Miller (The Armstrong and Miller Show), Stephen Wight (Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer) and Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe, with Marcia Warren as the sweetly innocent Mrs Wilberforce.

The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing…

Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus’ brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs W. is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?

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War Horse extension at New London Theatre

The award-winning smash hit War Horse is now booking until 27 October 2012 at the New London Theatre. War Horse is a thrilling and spectacular production based on the celebrated novel by Michael Morpurgo.

The First World War is the backdrop for this tale of bravery, loyalty, and the extraordinary bond between a young recruit and his horse. Actors, working with astonishing life-sized puppets by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company, take audiences on an unforgettable journey through history.

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X Factor’s Shayne Ward to star in Rock of Ages

Shayne Ward has been confirmed to cast in a West End production of Rock of Ages. He is a pop singer who rose to fame as the winner of second series of The X Factor. He has sold over 3 million records worldwide and has had number one albums and singles in 9 countries.

Shayne Ward said in a press statement: “I cannot wait to take to the stage for Rock of Ages. It’s an absolute thrill to have been chosen for this part and can’t wait to show a new side to my voice.”

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. It’s ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of JOURNEY, NIGHT RANGER, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, WHITESNAKE and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!

ROCK OF AGES is opening in London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in September 2011. Rock of Ages tickets and more information to follow.

Billy Elliot extension at Victoria Palace Theatre

Billy Elliot The Musical has extended its booking period until next year, tickets now on sale to 15 December 2012 at Victoria Palace Theatre.

Billy Elliot The Musical is a funny, heart-warming and feel-good celebration of one young boy’s dream in a gripping tale of triumph over adversity. This original story captured the hearts and minds of the world when the movie was released in October 2000. Nominated for 3 Oscars and 13 Bafta awards this poignant film broke box office records across the world.

This brilliant new staging is an adaptation of one of the most adored British films of the last decade. The extraordinary movie written by Lee Hall, directed by Stephen Daldry and choreographed by Peter Darling, has been developed for the stage by the same multi-award winning creative team. The score has been composed by music legend Elton John, the most celebrated UK singer songwriter of the last 30 years.

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Sylvester Stallone Producing Rocky The Musical

Sylvester Stallone, the Italian Stallion, is working with songwriters to produce Rocky for Broadway.  A musical version of Rocky, Stallone’s Academy Award-winning 1976 hit, is in the works.

Stallone is a producer on the project.  The musical is being developed by songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and writer Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray).  Meehan told the New York Times he was uncertain in the beginning – until he realized the story was perfectly suited for the stage.  Meehan told the paper that at first he thought that that was all the world needed… a Rocky musical.  Then he looked at the film and saw the beautiful way it was put together along with the high emotion making it a natural musical.

Meehan said, “There is a David and Goliath story, a Cinderella story, a love story between two outcasts. It’s less about boxing than about finding self-respect and finding your soul mate.”

 Apparently a successful reading of the work-in-progress was held in New York City last month and producers are hoping to premiere the show in Germany in 2012.
 
Meehan said that it had come to be a work that they’re really proud of.  Despite the worries early on about being able to make a musical out of a boxing picture with a singing and dancing Rocky, it is believed it’s possible.  People were very impressed at the reading and things are moving forward.
 
As long as all goes well with the initial German production, producers are hoping to bring Rocky to Broadway in the Spring of 2013.
 
Yo, Rocky!  What about West End??

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