ZORRO – The Action Packed New Musical!

Crackling with action and adventure, this new multi-million pound musical brings to life the legend of the masked Spanish hero, ZORRO, featuring music by The Gipsy Kings.

An ideal show for a great groups night out, this “furiously percussive and visually ravishing spectacle, all haughty head-tossing, hand-clapping, skirt-flailing and heel-stamping” has “plenty of swinging around on ropes, some excellent sword fights, real flames and a couple of jaw-dropping stage illusions” giving you “a tequila slammer of a musical. Viva el Zorro!” Sunday Times

“The Gipsy Kings flamenco inspired music powers the whole show with rhythm and passion” Daily Telegraph, making ZORRO an evening of highly charged, swashbuckling entertainment.

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Early London Closure – Girl with A Pearl Earring!

Girl With A Pearl Earring has been the West End Premiere of the stage adaptation of Tracy Chevalier’s best selling novel, later an acclaimed film.

Johannes Vermeer is the greatest painter of his time. When he hires a young girl Griet to help in his house, it is not long before she becomes more than a servant – she starts to help him in his studio, learning the art of painting by watching the master. And then, secretly, Vermeer begins to paint her and Griet becomes model and muse for his greatest masterpiece Girl With A Pearl Earring.

Girl with A Pearl Earring is now booking until 18th October 2008.

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English National Ballet Christmas Season

A huge success when it was last performed in 2005, The Sleeping Beauty returns to reawaken the magic of the world’s favourite fairy tale in an enchanted world of castles and curses, forests and fairies.

“What a triumph. Millions of steps, hundreds of costumes, dozens of dancers and a symphony orchestra” Sunday Express

Join English National Ballet’s Company of 67 dancers and full symphony orchestra for a thrilling and magical season of ballet at the London Coliseum.

London Coliseum 3 – 14 December

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An Evening with Connie Fisher

Sunday 9th November 2008 Great Fosters, Egham, Surrey

She is the girl the nation voted for in their millions as their favourite Maria, and now she’d like to share a few of her favourite things with a small, select audience of just 150 guests – of which you could be one!

Come and dine beneath the vaulted oak beams of the 14th century Tithe Barn at the historic Great Fosters, while Connie delights you with songs from the shows and popular classics.

Best known for her critically-acclaimed performance as Maria in The Sound of Music, Connie has just recorded her second compilation ‘From Connie with Love’ – an array of popular songs that truly shows off her versatility and impressive range. This is an occasion to enjoy a sneak preview before release in January 2009.

Following a champagne reception in the Painted Hall, we’ll call you into the breathtaking Tithe Barn for a sumptuous three-course black tie dinner. In between courses, Connie will sing for you, duet with ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ star Glyn Kerslake and share her backstage secrets.

And in January we’ll send you a signed copy of ‘From Connie With Love’ – then it’s time to say, “So Long, Farewell”.

Why not finish off your evening in style by staying overnight at this Grade I listed location? Ask for details.

Call Alan or Ian on 01442 879000 to secure your place!

Your black tie evening of gastronomy and live performances will include:

    * Champagne reception
    * Three course dinner with wine and coffee
    * Between courses entertainment from Connie Fisher, including songs from her new compilation and duets with Glyn Kerslake
    * Parkinson style interview with Connie
    * A souvenir signed copy of Connie’s new compilation – to be forwarded on to you
    * Event Managers to ensure you have a wonderful time
Connie’s ‘My Favourite Things’ will also be available on the night

The Price
£169 + vat per person – dinner and entertainment as above
£254 + vat per person – including overnight stay and English breakfast at Great Fosters on the Saturday or Sunday night (based on 2 people sharing). Extra nights are available at £170 + vat per room – on a shared basis.

Prestige Promotions
107 High Street, Berkhamsted
Herts HP4 2DG
Tel: 01442 879000
Fax: 01442 870999

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham reveals government-backed free ticket scheme

(BBC NEWS) Up to 95 publicly-funded theatres across England are to offer free tickets to young adults as part of a £2.5m government-funded scheme.

From next year until 2011, the theatres will offer free tickets – at least one day each week – to 18 to 26-year-olds on a first-come, first-served basis.

Theatres including London’s National Theatre and the Birmingham Rep will be eligible to apply for the scheme.

Culture secretary Andy Burnham denied the scheme was a “gimmick”.

The scheme follows recommendations made in a recent government review about engaging young people.

The Supporting Excellence in the Arts report, by former Edinburgh International Festival director Sir Brian McMaster, recommended a “free week” to engage young audiences by opening up publicly-funded arts organisations.

Arts and culture have the ability to enhance and change people’s lives. Government is committed to increasing access to the arts for everyone
DCMS spokeswoman

Would free tickets make you go to the theatre?

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said that, after consulting with venues, the idea had been translated into “a long-term and sustainable opportunity to engage young people and build a new audience over a period of time”.

A spokeswoman said: “Arts and culture have the ability to enhance and change people’s lives.

“Government is committed to increasing access to the arts for everyone.

“Free theatre follows on from free access to museums and, more recently, free swimming.”

During a visit to the Lowry arts centre in Salford on Wednesday, culture secretary Andy Burnham denied the scheme was “a gimmick”.

He said theatre “can change people’s lives, it can give them new insights, it can broaden their minds and help them achieve their potential”.

He added: “I think it’s entirely right the government should make all these good things available.”

His comments were supported by actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, who said theatre was “the greatest art form”.

“I think the magic of live theatre goes straight into the bloodstream,” he told the BBC News channel.

“Once you expose young people to it, you have to make sure they’re attracted to it again.”

Arts Council England has given its support to the scheme, calling it “an exciting new step”.

“We want young people to grow up with a strong sense of the possibilities the arts give them,” said its chief executive, Alan Davey.

“In order to have that happen, we must make it easy for young people to get access to excellent, inspiring art.”

Never Forget cancelled its transfer from Savoy to Lyric

Never Forget the musical based has cancelled its planned transfer from Savoy to the Lyric theatre and will now end its London run when it closes at the Savoy on 15 November.

Bursting with life, laughs and great songs, this brand new musical , with an original story written by BAFTA nominated Danny Brocklehurst (BAFTA winning Shameless and Clocking Off), Guy Jones and Ed Curtis, boasts a sensational soundtrackod classic Take That hits combined with a hilarious and heart warming story.

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LA CLIQUE – The Worldwide Hit Arrives in London!

Impossible to define and impossible to resist, LA CLIQUE is an ever-changing collection of some of the most outrageous, hilarious, beautiful and downright bizarre acts you will ever see. With its edgy fusion of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary vaudeville, LA CLIQUE offers London the kind of entertainment it has not seen for 40 years.

With a cast of spectacular performers from across the globe, LA CLIQUE is finally arriving in London’s West End following 19 sell-out seasons, including Sydney, Melbourne, Montreal, Dublin, New York and Edinburgh. The show has assumed cult status and is the most sought-after ticket in any town. Like nothing you have ever experienced before, LA CLIQUE is a seductive, funny, dangerous and above all, heart-warming sensation.

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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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