THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE Tue 17 March – Sat 19 April 2009

As the Blitz rages in London, four young children are evacuated to a mysterious country house, where they discover an enchanted wardrobe that leads to an adventure in the frozen world of Narnia. Can the children help the great lion Aslan defeat the evil White Witch and break the spell that has held the land locked in winter for a hundred years? Find out in this magical new production of CS Lewis’ enchanting family adventure.

Produced by Antic Disposition, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is directed by Ben Horslen and John Risebero and designed by John Risebero with lighting design by Howard Hudson. It is adapted from the CS Lewis novel by Adrian Mitchell with an original score composed by Shaun Davey and musical direction by Christopher Peake.

The Lion King – The Award-Winning Musical

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi-award winning musical THE LION KING will redefine your expectations of theatre.

A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney’s much-loved film transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

Now celebrating its 10th triumphant year at the Lyceum Theatre, THE LION KING is still the West End’s most unforgettable show.

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West End going Green!

The Mayor of London’s ‘Green Theatre: Taking Action on Climate Change’ plan was launched today (Tuesday, 9th September) in partnership with industry leaders at the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) annual conference.

‘Green Theatre’, an action plan for the theatre industry, outlines the most practical and effective measures that can be taken to reduce energy use in buildings while also saving money in energy bills. The plan identifies how London’s theatre industry creates 50,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year – the equivalent of emissions from 9,000 homes. It concludes that if all actions recommended in the plan were taken, the industry could reduce carbon emissions by almost 60 per cent by 2025 – the equivalent of converting over 5,000 London homes to zero-carbon.

Climate change is one of the Mayor’s key priorities and today’s announcement builds on his commitment to reducing London’s carbon emission by 60 per cent by 2025. The Plan, compiled in close collaboration with a range of key stakeholders, offers practical advice to the industry on how emissions can be cut and includes a carbon calculator that can be used to identify areas of production that create the largest amount of emissions. Advice outlined in the plan includes identifying where changes need to be made, designating ‘green’ responsibilities to staff, and writing ‘green’ policies into contracts to ensure that suppliers are also helping to cut emissions.

The Plan also details a number of successful case studies such as a battery recycling scheme launched by the Mayor in partnership with WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), which helps London’s theatres start recycling their waste batteries.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “London’s theatres make a vital contribution to the capital’s economy and its productions and venues are renowned worldwide. The power of the theatre industry to set an example in the fight against climate change is immense. I have been impressed with the genuine leadership and commitment shown by the industry bodies we have worked with in developing this Plan. I am fully committed to reducing the capital’s emissions by 60 per cent by 2025 and forward-thinking contributions such as ‘Green Theatre’ will inspire many industries to help us meet this target together.”

Mhora Samuel, Director, The Theatres Trust said: “I’m delighted to be supporting the launch of the Mayor’s Green Theatre Programme at PLASA08. As the national advisory public body for theatres, The Theatres Trust is playing its part by helping to disseminate the report’s recommendations and raise awareness of the actions that theatres can take to reduce their carbon footprint. This report represents a major milestone for the theatre sector in London and demonstrates how much is possible through theatres, suppliers and manufacturers all working together to address climate change and reduce energy use.

“For their support in working with us to make the Launch a truly special event, I’d like to extend my special thanks to PLASA, the Sponsors of the Green Theatre Exhibition – Arup, ETC, Martin Professional, Philips, PixelRange and White Light, and all the Seminar contributors including ABTT, Ambassador Theatre Group, Arcola, the National Theatre, and Selecon.”

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director, Arts Council England said: “Arts Council England is delighted to be a partner in the Greening London’s Theatres initiative, recognising the importance of this work in helping theatres to increase the efficiency of their business processes thereby reducing the industry’s carbon footprint while saving money and continuing to attract artists and audiences.

“A programme such as this demonstrates that the arts in England can lead internationally in responding to the pressures of climate change, moving beyond a duty of compliance with issues such as energy management, to a role of inspiration and influence much greater than that due to the industry’s size alone. That this leadership should emerge from London is of great encouragement to those artists and audiences that are drawn to this world city for its ability to innovate.”

Nica Burns, Chief Executive of Nimax Theatres and President of the Society of London Theatre said: “As a high-profile and economically important British industry, London theatre is determined to lead from the front in minimizing our environmental impact. That’s why we support the Green Theatres initiative.” (www.london.gov.uk)

Sound of Music Canada’s Cast is announced

Producers Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian and David Mirvish are delighted to announce the cast for their new production of The Sound of Music. Performances begin on October 3, 2008 at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre, with the opening night set for Wednesday, October 15.

The cast consists of 51 actors, many considered to be among the best musical theatre performers in the country. Representing communities from across Canada — from St. John’s right to Victoria — the cast also features actors making their professional debuts, including 12 youngsters, chosen from thousands that auditioned, who will share the roles of the famous von Trapp family children.

Leading the cast in the role of Maria is Elicia MacKenzie, the winner of the top-rated CBC TV program “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?” Elicia will perform the role six times a week, alternating with Janna Polzin, another popular contestant on the TV program, who is cast as the alternate Maria and will perform the role twice weekly.

Captain von Trapp is played by Broadway star Burke Moses, who won acclaim for originating the role of Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in New York (a role he also performed in London’s West End and in Los Angeles).

Noölla Huet plays the Mother Abbess. A mezzo-soprano with an impressive resume of credits in classical music and opera productions, Noölla has also performed in many theatrical works and toured internationally with the acclaimed Deux Mondes theatre company.

Playing Max is Keith Dinicol, a veteran of 24 seasons at the Stratford Festival, where he has played in productions ranging from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to To Kill A Mockingbird. Keith has also performed across the country in productions such as Guys and Dolls and Amadeus.

Blythe Wilson plays the Baroness. A star of both the Shaw and Stratford festivals, where last season she won raves for her work in Oklahoma!, Blythe has also performed in musical productions across the country, notably playing the lead role in Mamma Mia! at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Liesl, the oldest of the von Trapp children (and the one who sings the iconic song “Sixteen Going On Seventeen”), is played by Megan Nuttall. A recent graduate of the University of Western Ontario, this is Megan’s professional debut.

Playing Rolf, the young man who has caught Liesl’s eye, is Jeff Irving. With several seasons at the Shaw Festival, Jeff was most recently seen in The December Man at Canadian Stage, a work for which he received wide acclaim.

The rest of the von Trapp children, who are double-cast, with each performing four shows per week, consist of (oldest to youngest): Frederich, played by Spencer Walker and Simeon Vivian; Louisa, played by Emily Hawton and Michaela Snoyer; Kurt, played by Michael Murphy and Matthew Tissi; Brigitta, played by Libby Adams and Ana Golja; Marta, played by Camden Angelis and Addison Holley; and Gretl, played by Mia Vanwyck-Smart and Amariah Faulkner.

Jennie Such plays Sister Sophia, Mary-Ellen Mahoney is Sister Margaretta and Jayne Lewis plays Sister Berte. Admiral von Schreiber is played by John Robinson, Frau Zeller by Denise Oucharek, Franz by James Kall, Frau Schweiger by Deborah Overes, Frau Schmidt by Brigitte Robinson and Herr Zeller is played by Warren Kimmel.

The Ensemble is: Marianne Bindig, Josée Boudreau, Patrick Cook, Ian Farthing, Stephen Findlay, Neil Foster, Nigel Hamer, Megan Latham, Doug MacLeod, Janet Martin, Frayne McCarthy, Anwyn Musico, Ann O’Kane, Imali Perera, Louie Rosetti, Ted Simonett, Ashley Taylor, Deborah Tennant, Carrie Wiebe, Denise Williams, Andrea Wingelaar and Seana-Lee Wood.

About this Production

With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp), The Sound of Music is one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

The score for The Sound of Music touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including “My Favorite Things”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Edelweiss”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “Sixteen Going On Seventeen”, “The Lonely Goatherd” and, of course, the glorious title song “The Sound of Music”.

The film adaptation of the original 1959 Broadway production won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture in 1965.

In 2006, producers Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Ian opened a new production of The Sound of Music at the legendary London Palladium. The first major revival in London since the West End premiere in 1961, this lavish new production was hailed by the critics, won major awards, broke box office records and is still playing to packed houses two years later.

The production at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre is the North American premiere of the London smash and is overseen by the same, award-winning creative team — director Jeremy Sams, choreographer Arlene Philips and designer Robert Jones.

Visit the official Canadian website for more information.

New Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music

Simon MacCorkindale will star as Captain Von Trapp opposite Summer Strallen playing Maria in the smash hit West End musical  The Sound of Music at the London Palladium from Monday 25 August. Best known for his starring role as Harry Harper in three series of the hugely popular and successful Casualty on television, his other television credits include Obsessive Love, Falcon’s Gold, Quatermass, Jesus of Nazareth, Gemini and Dynasty. He has starred in films including Juggernaut, Death on the Nil and The Riddle of the Sands. He has directed a number of theatre productions including The Dark Lady of the Sonnets at the Royal National Theatre and Pygmalion at the Albery Theatre.

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