Bakersfield Mist at Duchess Theatre from 10th May 2014

Inspired by true events, this dazzling new comedy by Stephen Sachs asks what makes art and people truly authentic? BAKERSFIELD MIST marks the return to the London stage of Kathleen Turner, for the first time since her award-winning tour-de-force performance in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She will play opposite Olivier and Tony Award winner Ian McDiarmid (Life of Galileo, Faith Healer) directed by Evening Standard award-winner, Polly Teale.

Maude has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock, in fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy, arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, the pair engage in a verbal punch-up and do more than just talk art.

NB Productions Ltd. and Sonia Friedman Productions
In association with Darren Bagert/Martin Massman and Chris & Kelbe Bensinger

Author: Stephen Sachs
Cast: Kathleen Turner, Ian McDiarmid
Director: Polly Teale
Set & Costume Designer: Tom Piper
Lighting: Oliver Fenwick
Sound: Jon Nichols
Press: Jo Allan PR
Marketing: Nimax and JHI
Promotions: Bright Green Promotions Ltd
Date on sale: Friday 24th January 2014 – 10am
Booking Period dates: 10th May 2014 – 30th August 2014
Performance: Monday – Saturday: 7:30pm, Thursday & Saturday: 3pm
First midweek matinee: Thursday 22nd May 2014: 3pm
First weekend matinee: Saturday 17th May 2014: 3pm
Press Night: Tuesday 27th May 2014: 7pm
Running time: 1h 40m
Number of intervals: None

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Mike Leigh’s Ecstasy at Duchess Theatre

After selling out before opening, and receiving an outstanding critical reception at Hampstead Theatre, Mike Leigh’s new production of his 1979 play Ecstasy will transfer to The Duchess Theatre on April 12 for 50 performances only. If you can’t have a laugh and a drink on a Friday night, when can you? Overview1979. The Winter of Discontent is over and Margaret Thatcher’s regime is about to transform the country. Old friends come together in a Kilburn bed-sit. Loneliness, togetherness, longing, warmth, love… Ecstasy is compassionate, thoughtful and extremely funny. Mike Leigh is, for the first time ever, returning to one of his past plays. He is joined by his regular collaborator and multi award-winning designer Alison Chitty. Leigh is best known for his films, including Happy-Go-Lucky, Vera Drake (winner of the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival), Topsy-Turvy and Secrets & Lies (winner of the Palm d’Or at Cannes Film Festival). His relationship with Hampstead Theatre started with his renowned Abigail’s Party which premiered in 1977, followed by Ecstasy, Goose-Pimples and Smelling a Rat. His most recent play, Two Thousand Years, was a sell-out success at the National Theatre in 2008.

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Dominic West in Simon Gray’s Butley at Duchess Theatre

Rapier-tongued lecturer Ben Butley is having a monumentally bad day. So bad, he’s making sure everyone else has a worse one. His estranged wife has taken up with the most boring man in London. His beloved protege has found a new benefactor (one he is actually sleeping with, to boot). In an unprecedented act of betrayal even the English department’s resident failure has a book deal.

Once a charismatic tutor and an authority on TS Eliot, he now sharpens his mind on his unfortunate colleagues while trying to evade his more persistent students. Withering irony, spite and gleeful trouble-making all feature in his arsenal; inevitably they prove to be the weapons of his own tragic self-destruction.

Starring: Dominic West , Paul McGann , Penny Downie

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Sign of the Times to close early at the Duchess Theatre

Sign of the Times has posted its early closing notices for 2 April 2011 at the Duchess Theatre, which was originally booking to 28 May 2011.

Frank Tollit puts up giant letters on the sides of buildings. From a forty foot ‘IKEA’ to a five foot ‘Comet’, Frank’s been the master for thirty years. But in his heart, he always yearned to work with slightly smaller letters…novels. Spy novels, in fact. Stories of espionage, treachery, unexpected encounters in dangerous places, disasters, explosions and daring rescues. Problem is, they never felt authentic. That is, until the day Frank turned up for work and found all those things starting to happen for real.

A comedy about a fifty-seven year old man of letters learning the greatest lesson in life – how to live happily ever after.

Sign Of The Times is a comedy that has undergone considerable transformation. Previously it was titled Absolutely Frank, and that began as a one act play A Man Of Letters which was commissioned by Alan Ayckbourn and performed at the Stephen Joseph in 1991.

From the writer of the hit show Calendar Girls, Tim Firth’s comedy, Sign Of The Times, stars Matthew Kelly and Gerard Kearns.

Love Story closing early at the Duchess Theatre

West End Theatre Musical Love Story has posted early closure notice at the Duchess Theatre for the 26 February 2011, It was originally taking bookings until Saturday, 30 April 2011.

Michael Ball makes his West End debut as a producer after falling in love with the enchanting new British musical, Love Story.

Inspired by Erich Segal’s best-selling iconic novel and one of the most romantic films of all time, this life-affirming musical is scored by the Emmy and BAFTA award winning composer Howard Goodall with lyrics by Stephen Clarke.

Oliver Barrett IV went to Harvard and Jenny Cavilleri to Radcliffe. He was rich, she was poor. He was sporty, she played music. But they fell in love. This is their story. A celebration of love and life, Love Story will win your heart. And it might just break it.

Michael Ball’s Love Story at Duchess Theatre from 27-Nov-2010

Michael Ball makes his West End debut as a producer after falling in love with the enchanting new British musical, Love Story.

Now following a critically acclaimed sell-out season at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Love Story transfers to the West End for a limited season from 27 November 2010 – 26 February 2011.

Inspired by Erich Segal’s best-selling iconic novel and one of the most romantic films of all time, this life-affirming musical is scored by the Emmy and BAFTA award winning composer Howard Goodall with lyrics by Stephen Clarke.

Oliver Barrett IV went to Harvard and Jenny Cavilleri to Radcliffe. He was rich, she was poor. He was sporty, she played music. But they fell in love. This is their story. A celebration of love and life, Love Story will win your heart. And it might just break it.

‘A delightful, five-star boutique musical – innovative, beautiful and simple’ Daily Mail

‘You’ll fall head over heels for Love Story’ Mail on Sunday

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The Secret Of Sherlock Holmes at Duchess Theatre for eight weeks only!

Peter Egan and Robert Daws will star as Holmes and Watson in “THE SECRET OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” by Jeremy Paul, which will open in London a the Duchess Theatre for a limited eight-week season on Tuesday 20 July, following previews from 15 July.

“THE SECRET OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” takes us on a thrilling journey into the mind of the greatest detective of all time. Following a seemingly deadly encounter with his nemesis, arch criminal Professor Moriarty, at Reichenbach Falls, secrets and betrayal are slowly revealed. Watson finds his loyalty and friendship tested to the very limit. Holmes is forced to turn his unswerving powers of deduction upon himself, and the true relationship between Holmes and Moriarty is finally revealed.

“THE SECRET OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” was first performed in the West End in 1988 by Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwick, reprising their roles as Holmes and Watson from the popular TV series “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”, adapted from the Conan Doyle books by Jeremy Paul. “THE SECRET OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” is an original work by Jeremy Paul and he believes he has the blessing of Conan Doyle himself for writing the play: “When the American actor William Gillette wrote the first stage play about Holmes, he sent a telegram to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, asking: ‘May I marry Holmes?’ Conan Doyle wired back: ‘Marry him or murder him or do what you like with him.’… Many of the words you will hear are Conan Doyle’s own, taken on and fashioned into an original mystery which I hope will intrigue Conan Doyle himself if he’s looking in.”

BAFTA award-winning Peter Egan has been a familiar face on our screens since 1967. On stage, he has appeared in “Hamlet”, “Richard II”, “Journey’s End”, “Art” and “Noises Off”. In 1991, he directed and co-starred as ‘Astrov’ with Richard Briers in “Uncle Vanya”. Robert Daws is best known for his TV roles in “The Royal”, “Roger Roger”, “Outside Edge” and “Jeeves & Wooster”. His most recent West End theatre appearances include “Public Property” at the Trafalgar Studios and “Caught in the Net” at the Vaudeville.

“THE SECRET OF SHERLOCK HOLMES” is directed in the West End by Robin Herford, the original director of the long-running West End hit “Woman in Black”, with design by Simon Higlett, lighting by Matthew Eagland and sound by Matthew Bugg, who has also written the original music.

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The Fantasticks Closing Early at Duchess Theatre!

The Fantasticks has posted notices of an early closure of 26 June 2010 after a short run.

The musical opened on 9 June 2010 at the Duchess Theatre following previews from 24 May 2010.  It was originally booking to 4 September 2010, however, the musical received poor notices from the popular press.

The book, lyrics and music are by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt.  It is directed and choreographed by Amon Miyamoto, designed by Rumi Matsui, lighting by Rick Fisher, and costumes by Nicky Shaw.  The cast includes Lorna Want , Luke Brady, David Burt , Clive Rowe, Edward Petherbridge, Paul Hunter, Hadley Fraser, and Carl Au.  The show is produced by Gorgeous Entertainment / John Gore and Thomas B. McGrath / Nimax Theatres.

It’s loosely based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand and tells a story about two neighboring fathers who put up a wall between their houses to ensure that their children fall in love because they know children always do what their parents forbid.  The children do fall in love but they discover their fathers’ plot so each goes off separately to experience the world.  Finally they return to each other and the love they had, having learned from the world how to recognize their true feelings.

The Fantasticks first played in New York nearly 50 years ago and has since become the longest running show of any kind in the United States and the longest running musical in the world. It has played in over 2000 cities and towns in the US and it has been staged in 67 countries internationally.

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Ghosts at Duchess Closing Early

Ghosts has announced its early closing on 25 March 2010 at the London West End’s Duchess Theatre.

Lesley Sharp, Iain Glen, Harry Treadaway, Jessica Raine and Malcolm Storry unite in Frank McGuinness‘ version of Henrik Ibsen’s gripping, classic tale of hope in the face of infidelity and deceit.

Controversy and hidden pasts are suddenly and painfully exposed as wealthy widow Mrs Alving prepares to open a new orphanage in memory of her seemingly beloved husband. Her treasured son Oswald’s return from Paris and her relationship with old friend Pastor Manders are no longer the source of joy they once were, as secrets are turned into a frightening and desperate reality.

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David Burt and Clive Rowe are to star in The Fantasticks

David Burt and Clive Rowe are to star in a brand new production of the classic musical, The Fantasticks is coming to London, opening in May 2010 at the Duchess Theatre.

Directed by Amon Miyamoto, a new production of this much-loved musical will invigorate and illuminate the show with fresh visual, emotional and musical energy. Designer Rumi Matsui joins Miyamoto on The Fantasticks following their previous collaboration on the Broadway production of Pacific Overtures for which Matsui’s work was Tony Award nominated. Lighting design will be provided by 2009 Tony Award winner Rick Fisher.

The Fantasticks first played in New York nearly fifty years ago and has since become the longest running show of any kind in the United States and the longest running musical in the world. It has played in over 2000 cities and towns in the States, and internationally, it has been staged in 67 countries.

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