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

Buddy Booking Extended!


Buddy
– The Buddy Holly Story musical has turned out to be extremely popular with the audience and will also run longer than previously scheduled. Duchess Theatre has announced that Buddy will be on stage till 28th of March 2009.

Buddy
is currently booking until 28th of March 2009 Book Tickets for Buddy

Spamalot – Swedish singing waitress wins role in London production

A singing waitress from Sweden has won the role of “the Lady of the Lake” in the London production of Spamalot.

On Saturday 2nd February, in the live final of the Swedish reality TV series
West End Star, Nina Söderquist went head-to-head with cruise ship entertainer Linda Holmgren and triumphed by taking over 59 percent of the public vote.

She will join the London cast from Monday 11th February 2008, taking over from Broadway Star Marin Mazzie.

The 35-year-old from Hälsingland, Sweden has performed with bands including Toto and the BeeGees and is also a lieutenant in the Swedish army. During the reality TV competition, she sang winning renditions of show tunes “With One Look” from Sunset Boulevard and “Tonight” from West Side Story as well as the “Diva’s Lament” from Spamalot.

Commenting on her victory, Söderquist said: “I am so happy to have won West End Star … Before I entered West End Star, I had never sung a song from a musical. I had only ever seen one musical my life – Cats as a teenager on a school trip to London.”

Over a 1,000 women took part in open auditions during September and October last year in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. Over the past few weeks, the five finalists have been rehearsing in London at the Palace Theatre with the cast and crew of Spamalot, while returning to Sweden once each week to face the judges and the viewing public in a live TV sing-off.Spamalot – sets musical theatre back a thousand years!

A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is the new musical directed by oscar winning Mike Nichols, with a book by the third tallest Python, Eric Idle, and an almost but not entirely new score by Eric Idle (No relation) and John du Prez.

Retelling the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and featuring a number of gratuitously scantily clad showgirls, not to mention the cows, killer rabbits and French people.

Please note that Spamalot may be ‘inappropriate for children aged eight years old or under’.

Spamalot is currently booking until 27th September 2008 Book tickets for Spamalot

The Lion King – New booking period now on sale!

Disney’s The Lion King has opened a new booking period, with bookings now being taken for performances until Sunday 28th September 2008.

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s The Lion King tells the story of the epic adventures of a lion cub. When the young lion prince Simba is born his evil uncle Scar is pushed back to second in line to the throne. Scar plots to kill both Simba and his father, King Mufasa, and proclaim himself king. Simba survives but is led to believe that his father died because of him and he decides to flee the kingdom….

The Lion King is currently booking until 28th September 2008.