Disney Star Adrian R’Mante to run workshop for aspiring young actors

On Friday 5th February, Hollywood actor and Disney Star Adrian R’Mante will run a Master workshop   in London for current Celebrity Talent Academy  students as support for their development.  Adrian, universally known from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody  will lead the workshop at The Celebrity Talent Academy Tileyard Studios, Tileyard Road London N7 9AH.
 
Celebrity Talent Academy will be conducting the full-day event where Adrian R’Mante will teach children and teenagers how to become involved in the entertainment industry. Drawing on the experience from his hugely successful career, Adrian will help the youngsters to develop their craft, whilst enjoying working alongside an international star.

Adrian R’Mante started acting at age 14, but didn’t take it seriously until his senior year when he landed his first full length theatrical production of the high school musical Fame. Adrian can be seen almost everyday on the Disney Channel and ABC, playing the role of Esteban Julio Ricardo Montoya Dela Rosa Ramirez from the mega hit television show The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. The series premiered on Disney Channel  in 2005 with 4 million viewers, making it the most successful premiere for Disney Channel in 2005. The series was nominated for an Emmy Award three times and was nominated for Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards three times.
 
Adrian has recently finished filming the thriller Underground which is due out  in the autumn of  2010.Having been fortunate enough to work with the very best actors on both sides of the Atlantic, Adrian now wants to pass this experience on to aspiring young actors in the UK.

Celebrity Talent Academy (CTA) is one of the most dynamic and innovative Film and Acting schools in the UK.  CTA have been training professional actors and creating celebrities for film, television and stage for over 30 years. Guest tutors include Hollywood stars from Disney and other internationally-renowned TV shows to prestigious actors from the West End.

In October 2009 the Academy were delighted that David Henrie from Disney’s Emmy award winning The Wizards of Waverly Place conducted  a full day master acting class for them and look forward to Adrian R’Mante’s workshop being equally as successful

For further information contact Target-Live

West End shows and Weather Update

As you may be aware London and the South East are experiencing adverse weather conditions which has had a knock-on effect on public transport, airports, national rail and roads. At present all today’s  shows are scheduled to go ahead. Only selected shows are offering the possibility to change today’s bookings to an alternative date if requested by 17h30 today and of course subject to availability. The shows that are presently offering this are:

The Dark Angel
A Christmas Carol
The Misanthrope
39 Steps
We Will Rock You (restricted to performances within 2 weeks)
Morecambe
The Woman in Black
The Phantom of the Opera
The Lion King
Thriller – Live
Priscilla
Sister Act
Grease
Legally Blonde
Hairspray
Little Voice

Note than any such exchanges are only valid for midweek performances.
 
All other shows at present are unable to offer refunds or exchanges. We will keep you posted of major changes.

An Inspector Calls West End season 2009-2010

After completing a sell out season at the Novello Theatre on 14th November, An Inspector Calls will transfer to the Wyndham’s Theatre on 3rd December.

Cast includes: Sandra Duncan, Marianne Oldham, David Roper, Diana Payne Myers, Timothy Watson, Robin Whiting and Nicholas Woodeson.

From the Oscar nominated Director of The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliot comes the multi award-winning West End and Broadway production of J. B. Priestley’s classic thriller An Inspector Calls.

The story begins with the mysterious Inspector Goole arriving unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home. Their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into their involvement in the death of a young woman whom each of them in turn has exploited.

Stephen Daldry’s production of J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls is without doubt one of the most outstanding theatrical events of our generation. Winner of 19 major awards, it opened at the National Theatre in 1992, transferring to the West End for two years before going on an extensive international tour including Australia and New York (Broadway). The last West End production ran for 8 years and the show has enjoyed a number of major UK tours.

Book Tickets for An Inspector Calls at Wyndham’s Theatre

Oshima Noh Theatre of Hiroshima & Theatre Nohgaku Present Kiyotsune & Pagoda

Oshima Noh Theatre of Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, and Theatre Nohgaku, based in Tokyo and New York, present a joint production of classical and contemporary noh theatre: Kiyotsune & Pagoda at Southbank Centre.

From 2nd to 10th December 2009 Kiyotsune & Pagoda, will tour London, Dublin, Oxford and Paris.

Dating back seven centuries, Noh is a classical Japanese performance combining elements of dance, drama, poetry and music. Featuring elaborate costumes and masks, it is a highly aesthetic stage art. 

This is a rare opportunity to watch a performance of Japanese Noh theatre in the UK, in a unique production featuring an extract from the classical warrior play KIYOTSUNE, combined with  the world premiere of PAGODA, a new English-language Noh play that poetically reflects  the emotional nuances of migration, identity and longing.

This will be the first time a strictly English-language noh play has been written by a British playwright and produced in Europe as a complete noh performance.

The production will be performed in London and Oxford as part of the Japan-UK 150 Festival celebrations, and in Dublin and Paris to complete a two-week tour to Europe.

PAGODA, written by Jannette Cheong, with music by Richard Emmert, founder of Theatre Nohgaku, is a multicultural theatre project that brings together a centuries’ old Japanese theatre tradition and a contemporary British – Chinese story to create a powerful performance which shares ideas, explores traditions and investigates the themes of identity and migration. Both the actors and the audiences will experience a classical art form and gain an understanding of how traditions from another age and culture resonate with contemporary issues.

This is an international collaboration that brings together the skills and talents of these two theatre companies for the first time to produce and perform both the classical noh play, and a new English-language noh play. Masanobu OSHIMA, head of the OSHIMA NOHGAKU will play the lead role in KIYOTSUNE. Kinue OSHIMA, the only professional female performer in the Kita School, will play the lead role in PAGODA.

Twenty-six people are involved with the tour, including the mask-maker, the writer, and the Japanese producer.

The tour will also include “Getting to Noh”, a programme of school-based and public workshops, lectures, and other educational activities to introduce the history, structure, dance, music, costumes and masks of noh theatre to a new audience.

Emeritus Professor of Japanese Theatre Studies, Brian Powell said: “Punning on the name ‘noh’ (Getting to Noh) has a distinguished history. In 1916 W.B. Yeats arranged publication of a book of noh translations entitled ‘Certain Noble Plays of Japan.’ To Yeats noh was aristocratic and mysterious. It was aristocratic because for three hundred years in Japan noh had mainly been performed privately before very select audiences, and it was mysterious because its patrons favoured the spirituality imparted to noh by its great pioneer Zeami (1363-1443). But in Zeami’s day, noh companies competed strenuously against each other for popularity and like any other theatre were judged on their ability to move their audiences. Noh is simply theatre with a particular way of engaging its audience and I hope you will find that Jannette Cheong and Rick Emmert have succeeded in combining classical form with compelling content. The dancing, the music, the chanting, the poetry, the mystery are all there in Pagoda, but, as you admire the virtuosity of the performers, you are allowed to shed a tear too for Meilin”.

 For more information, go visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Hair The Musical Now on Sale!

Public Theater Production in Association with Cameron Mackintosh is launching Hair The Musical in West End at Gielgud Theatre from 1st of April 2010.

For the first time in West End history, an entire original Broadway cast transfers to the London stage! Don’t miss this Tony Award winning company currently wowing audiences and critics alike in New York.

A celebration of life, love and freedom, and a passionate cry for hope and change, HAIR features some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage, including ‘Let The Sun Shine In’, ‘I Got Life’, ‘Hair’ and ‘Aquarius’.

HAIR is about a group of young people in New York City’s East Village who band together as a TRIBE. They are a New York contingent of flower children, (a freeform phenomenon that had begun a little earlier in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco and would subsequently spread to Europe & elsewhere). Taking on the feel of an American Indian tribe, they question authority and the society they are living in and the war in Asia. They seek to find a new way. They yearn to change the world. They begin by recreating themselves. They find a potent organic natural esthetic; the most dramatic visible element, all the men grow their hair long. They tune in to Eastern thought & meditation. They turn on and drop out. They hang out in self-made clouds of incense and grass. They laugh and cavort, as they find a new freedom of expression and camaraderie. They live in crash pads, in the parks and on the streets. Unkempt, wild, free, and deep, they are unique, colorful, something genuinely original and beautiful…and so hip (yet in a different style from the earlier hipsters and beatniks). A new word is coined to identify them. They come to be called hippies. They try to live by the philosophy of “Peace and Love.” They are on a trip of liberation. They commune, join hands in protest and in song. Within the context of the play, they struggle for the light, but are forced to fight & die, only to be reborn, again to suffer more, then to rise from the ashes, to glow, to shine…

The authors of HAIR played with the idea that this movement was connected astrologically to the heavens, to the coming of the Age of Aquarius.

Book Tickets for Hair the Musical at Gielgud Theatre!

Richard Wilson to Star in Twelfth Night

RSC London Production of Twelfth Night Opens at The Duke of York’s Theatre on the 19th December until 27th February.
 
Everyone is looking for love – some in impossible places. Some mourn the love they have lost. Some long for love they are refused. In Illyria love aches and madness rules.

RSC Chief Associate Director Gregory Doran directs a company including Richard Wilson, joining the RSC for the first time to play Malvolio. An award-winning actor and director Richard’s recent stage appearances include Whipping It Up, Waiting for Godot and What the Butler Saw. In addition to his role as Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave, Richard’s other TV includes the BBC’s Merlin.

Book Tickets for Twelfth Night at Duke of York’s Theatre

Mamma Mia! has been extended until March 2011

Mamma Mia! at Prince of Wales Theatre London has been extened their run until 26th of March 2011.

A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads.  And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!
 
Over 40 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show!

Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! 

CAST – LONDON, UK

Sophie Sheridan   NIAMH PERRY
 
Ali   JODIE READ

Lisa   LAURA SELWOOD

Tanya   JANE GURNETT

Rosie   KATY SECOMBE

Donna Sheridan   SALLY ANN TRIPLETT

Sky   OLIVER J. HEMBROUGH

Pepper   BEN HEATHCOTE

Eddie   SAM MACKAY

Harry Bright   PAUL RYAN

Bill Austin   CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS

Sam Carmichael   NORMAN BOWMAN

Father Alexander   GERARD LEIGHTON DUFFY

Book Tickets for Mamma Mia! at Prince of Wales Theatre London

Susan Hill’s Woman in Black has been extended until 18 December 2010!

The Woman in Black at Fortune Theatre has been extended until 18th of December, 2010.

This summer The Woman in Black is celebrating its 20th birthday in the West End. Since 1989, over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most exciting, spooky, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged.

Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best selling novel combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. It is a formula that provides audiences with an evening of unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world. Now in its 20th year, over 4 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged…

Book Tickets for Woman in Black at Fortune Theatre London

Into the Hoods will be back in London this Christmas!

Wednesday 16 December 2009 – Sunday 10 January 2010

A fabulous fusion of fairy tales, groovy tunes and wicked dance moves created and performed by the critically acclaimed dance company ZooNation.

Featuring music from Massive Attack to Kanye West, join two runaway kids on their adventures at the ominous Ruff Endz estate. Meet aspiring singer Lil Red under contract to greedy producer Wolf, Prince who is two-timing rapper Rap-en-Zel, and DJ and gold trainer-wearing Spinderella.

A fresh, witty and humorous spin on Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical ‘Into the Woods’, ‘Into the Hoods’ is the award-winning smash-hit of the West End and two Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. ZooNation’s dancers have performed at the Olympic Closing Ceremony in Beijing 2008 and on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ as part of finalist group Flawless.

‘A family-friendly musical full of wicked old skool, R&B and Motown grooves that’ll leave you spinnin’ on your head.’ (Sunday Times)

Book Tckets for Into the Hood at Queen Elizabeth Hall

The Nutcracker will open at Coliseum Theatre

After seven consecutive London Christmases, this is the last season for English National Ballet’s Gerald Scarfe-designed Nutcracker at the London Coliseum.

Don’t miss your last chance to see English National Ballet’s magical production of The Nutcracker this Christmas. This vibrant and eccentric production designed by Gerald Scarfe and choreographed by Christopher Hampson will be performed for the last time, having enchanted London audiences for eight consecutive years.

English National Ballet Poster

The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara, her Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer, and their amazing adventures in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets. It is a spellbinding experience; Clara battles with a Mouse King, dances with snowflakes and falls in love with a handsome Prince.

The eternally popular Tchaikovsky score features the ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ and many other familiar favourites.

Book Ticets for The Nutcracker at Coliseum Theatre