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’.

Robert Lindsey and Joanna Lumley in The Lion in Winter at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Robert Lindsey and Joanna Lumley starring in The Lion in Winter at Theatre Royal Haymarket from 05-Nov-2011 until 28-Jan-2012. 

A family Christmas becomes a family at war. Henry II, not so young as he was, invites his estranged wife Eleanor of Aquitane, and his three sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, to spend the festive season with him, his mistress Princess Alais, and her brother, the young King Philip of France. Will Henry name who is to be his successor as King of England? Their yuletide celebration turns into a combat zone of deceit, betrayal, bitter power games and scabrous wit.

“I am excited to be directing the London premiere of a famous play about a power struggle full of sexual politics and political sex, with two such brilliant actors as Robert Lindsay and Joanna Lumley.” – Trevor Nunn

Book tickets for The Lion in Winter at Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Pajama Men Hit The West End

David Johnson and John Mackay in association with Soho Theatre present The Pajama Men: In the Middle of No One at Charing Cross Theatre from January 9 2012 to March 3 2012.

Following the side-splitting debut of their brand new show In The Middle Of No One at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year and hot on the heels of sell out runs at Soho Theatre and The Edinburgh Festival and a UK tour, The Pajama Men make their West End debut this Winter.

Their unique brand of comedy which requires no more than their pajamas and an endless assembly of voices has consistently wowed audiences and critics wherever The Pajama Men have played over the past few years and has built up an ever growing army of enthusiastic fans.

In The Middle of No One sees a lone explorer leave his wife and child behind in search of things most people have never seen, let alone know about.
 
Meanwhile a dimwitted and affable, genius space-man (who discovered time-travel in a morally confusing way) struggles to make the right decision by doing exactly the wrong thing. You’ll also meet; some vicious housewives, a gigantic sea monster known only as the Ice Beast, an unhelpful robot, a very rare bird and more, as the Pajama Men jump from character to character in the blink of an eye.
 
Over the past seven years the PJs have won numerous comedy awards, critical acclaim and cult-like following across the US, UK and Australia. They’ve amused audiences as well as themselves with runs at The St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, and a sold out season at the Sydney Opera House. In 2010 they broke all previous box office records at London’s Soho Theatre.

“Simply one of the most innovative, original and hilarious comedy acts around.” SARAH CROMPTON – THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
 
“Forget time travel: surely past and future can’t be any funnier than this.” BRIAN LOGAN – THE GUARDIAN
 
“Moment after moment of jaw-dropping comic wonder.” DOMINIC MAXWELL – THE TIMES

Her Majesty The Queen will attend The British Military Tournament

Her Majesty The Queen will attend The British Military Tournament on Friday 2 December at London’s Earls CourtThe British Military Tournament is the largest and most breathtaking performance of military theatre in the world and raises much-needed funds for the three main single service charities: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity in association with The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Taking place at Earls Court from 2 – 4  December, this year’s two hour show will tell the 250-year military history of ‘the special relationship’ between the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The dazzling arena production will feature re-enactments, death-defying stunts, legendary military ceremonial set pieces, storytelling, music and state-of-the-art audiovisual.

This year The British Military Tournament is tri-service and hopes to raise significant funds to help support every generation of our military family.

Million Dollar Quartet – Early Closure

Million Dollar Quartet has posted early closing notices for 14 Jan 2012, at the Noel Coward Theatre, London.

Million Dollar Quarter is a smash hit on Broadway and in Chicago, the Tony Award-winning MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET tells the electrifying story of the night ELVIS PRESLEY, JOHNNY CASH, CARL PERKINS and JERRY LEE LEWIS came together to make music, and ended up making history.

Inspired by the actual event, that took place on 4 December 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis, this ecstatic and engaging musical is a story of fame, friendship, discovery, divided loyalties, professional jealousy and incredible music as four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, made music together for the first and only time in their careers.

The legendary meeting was masterminded by Sun Records’ founder Sam Phillips, who discovered all four of the musicians, and brought Elvis Presley (and his then girlfriend) back to the recording studio that launched him to stardom. Together with Sun Records’ fast-rising new superstar Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, who was still chasing his next big hit after writing and recording Blue Suede Shoes, the fourth member of this impromptu ‘quartet’ was Phillips’ latest signing, Jerry Lee Lewis.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features over 20 classic hits from a golden era of music including: Blue Suede Shoes, Folsom Prison Blues, Fever, Memories Are Made Of This, That’s All Right, Down By The Riverside, Sixteen Tons, (There Will Be) Peace In The Valley, I Walk The Line, I Hear You Knocking, Great Balls Off Fire, Hound Dog, Riders In The Sky, See You Later Alligator and Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.

Gruffalo Live on Stage at Lyric Theatre from 23 Nov 2011

The Gruffalo – A musical adaptation of the award-winning picture which is booked by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, directed by Olivia Jacobs, designed by Isla Shaw and music by Jon Fiber, Olivia Jacobs, Robin Price and Andy Sha at Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from Wednesday 23 November 2011 – Sunday 15 January 2012.

The Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue hosts the return of this energetic 55-minute production from 23 November to  15 January, adapted and directed by Tall Stories duo Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell.

The Gruffalo returns to London‟s West End for an extraordinary fifth consecutive winter run this year.  The production has rapidly become an essential part of the West End‟s Christmas season. 

Since its 2001 premiere, the exuberant adaptation of firm favourite The Gruffalo  has been performed across the globe in countries including Poland, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore,  Dubai and Chile as well as in North America from Broadway  to Alaska and Canada. In the UK The Gruffalo has even been spied on the summer Festival circuit playing in front of 16,000 people at Camp Bestival. In 2012, The Gruffalo will take to the road on an extensive spring / summer UK tour.

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Donaldson‟s original book has sold over 4 million copies in 38 languages, and is the subject of a star-studded BBC animation released in 2009. Follow the quick-thinking Mouse into the deep, dark wood in this magical and musical modern classic. Discover what happens when he comes face to face with  wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl and a maraca-shaking Snake, and, of course the very creature he
imagined…..The Gruffalo! Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their families.

Book tickets for Gruffalo at Lyric Theatre!

We Will Rock You extended to 20 October 2012

A new booking period of We Will Rock You is now on sale – Monday 26 March 2012 to Saturday 20 October 2012. Wednesday matinees continue to play only on the last Wednesday of each month, with additional midweek matinees during school holidays

The performance schedule stays the same as at present: Monday-Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturdays and selected Wednesdays at 2.30pm. The performance on Monday 14 May at 7.30pm will be the 10th Anniversary Performance and is currently off sale.

‘There was wild applause at the climax of the show…and it only got louder’ The Telegraph. 

With standing ovations every night, the phenomenal We Will Rock You continues to go from strength to strength at the Dominion Theatre.

We Will Rock You is set in the future, on a place once called Earth. Globalisation is complete. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes, and thinks the same thoughts. A safe, happy Ga Ga world.

The Company Computers generate the music and the kids download it. All musical instruments are banned. But resistance is growing.

A hero is needed.

Is the one who calls himself Galileo that man, and can he help them Break Free…?

Legendary band Queen, fronted by the dynamic Freddie Mercury before his death in 1991, have been making music together since the 70’s and have now joined forces with writer Ben Elton to bring their unique sound to theatreland…

This mega-musical, seen by over 5 million people, includes 32 of Queen’s classic hits, including Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, and more. One dream… one vision… one smash hit – book today!

Singin’ In The Rain On Sale from Monday 26 September at Palace Theatre!

Following its critically-acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Singin’ in the Rain will be making a big splash at London’s Palace Theatre from 4 February 2012.

It’s the roaring 20’s and silent movie stars are the biggest names in the world. Don Lockwood has it all, a string of hit films and a studio-engineered romance with the most beautiful actress in town. But with the new phenomenon of the talking picture on the way and a chance meeting with a talented young chorus girl set to steal his heart, things are about to change for Don and for Hollywood forever

With all the charm, romance, comedy and tinsel town glamour of one of the world’s best-loved films, Jonathan Church’s brand new production features a glorious score including the classics Good Morning, Make ’em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the legendary Singin’ in the Rain.

Adam Cooper, Daniel Crossley and Scarlett Strallen are a joyous trio, dazzling in the roles made famous by Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. They lead a multi-talented cast which also features Katherine Kingsley as the hilarious blonde bombshell Lina Lamont, Michael Brandon as the highly-strung studio boss trying to win Hollywood’s biggest prize, the first hit ‘talkie’ and Sandra Dickinson as gossip columnist Dora Bailey.

With stylish, soaring choreography from Andrew Wright and Simon Higlett’s sumptuous set design, Singin’ in the Rain will shower you with everything you could ever want in a hit West End musical!

Hailed by critics as the ultimate feel-good show, Singin in the Rain “genuinely makes you feel better about life” (Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph).

“AN EVENING OF PURE JOY.” Daily Telegraph

“A GREAT NIGHT OUT! Five Stars all round” Daily Mail

“Super-duper Adam Cooper, in the Gene Kelly role, makes a terrific splash.  THE ENTIRE CAST TAP-DANCES UP A STORM”. Mail on Sunday

“MAKES A SPLASH IN EVERY SENSE.” Sunday Express

Book tickets for Singin’ In The Rain at Palace Theatre!

Hit Musical Crazy For You at Novello Theatre from 08 October 2011

Hailed by critics as a musical triumph, the Gershwins’ smash hit musical ‘CRAZY FOR YOU’ has received more five star reviews than any other West End musical this year.

Packed full of George and Ira Gershwins’ classic songs including “I Got Rhythm”, “Someone To Watch Over Me”, “Embraceable You” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, CRAZY FOR YOU boasts not only some of the finest songs ever written but some of the most dynamic choreography ever seen on the London stage.

Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) musical at the Novello Theatre and fall crazy in love all over again….

‘SHEER JOY’ Daily Mail

‘GLORIOUS’ Sunday Telegraph

‘JOYOUS’ The Guardian

‘IRRESISTIBLE’ Sunday Times

‘BLISSFUL’ Daily Telegraph

‘PERFECT’ Sunday Express

‘OUTRAGEOULSY FEEL-GOOD…NOTHING SHORT OF SUBLIME’ Metro

‘A GLORIOUS BLAZE OF COLOUR AND EXUBERANCE’ Sunday Telegraph

‘WATCH THIS AND YOU WILL SPEND THREE HOURS WITH A GRIN ON YOUR FACE‘ The Independent

‘PACKED FULL OF BIG NUMBERS WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE?’ Daily Express

‘NOTHING CAN ERASE THE SMILES AT THE END..A ROMCOM PICK-ME-UP’ The Independent on Sunday

‘THE BEST LOOKING CHORUS LINE I’VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME’ The Guardian

‘EVERYTHING YOU COULD WISH FOR’ Variety

Book tickets for Crazy For You at Novello Theatre!