Tom Cruise Coming to West End??

Tom Cruise spent several hours signing autographs and meeting his fans on 22nd July in Leicester Square while here for the premiere of his film ‘Night & Day’ which opens 6th August .  He commented that he would like to swap the screen for the West End saying that ‘I’d really like to do the stage at some point – we’ll see’.  So, it will keep us hanging until we know if and when.  Should be interesting and certainly many of his fans would love to see him come to the West End!

Shrek The Musical confirmed at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in May 2011

Shrek The Musical will open at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 7 June 2011, following previews in May 2011.  Public booking is scheduled to open 1 October 2010.  Casting, performance dates, and box office details to be released soon.

Shrek The Musical played on Broadway December 2008 to January 2010.  The original creative team have re-assembled to stage the production with additional scenes and new songs.  This production, currently in rehearsal, is scheduled to tour 60 cities in the United States beginning in July 2010.  The West End production will start rehearsals in London in early 2011.

It is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and feature film Shrek.  The Book and Lyrics were written by David Lindsay-Abaire and the musical will feature music by Jeanine Tesori and choreography by Josh Prince.  Shrek The Musical will be directed by West End Avenue Q Director Jason Moore and Rob Ashford who recently directed A Streetcar Named Desire.  Designs & costumes are by Tim Hatley, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, with sound by Peter Hylenski.  It is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.

It tells the story of the swamp-dwelling ogre who, in a kingdom far-far away, embarks on a life-changing adventure in order to reclaim the deed to his land.  He is begrudgingly joined by a wise-cracking donkey who won’t shut up.  Shrek – not the typical handsome prince – is an unlikely hero who fights a fearsome dragon, rescues the feisty Princess Fiona and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales.

Ghost Stories West End transfer Just Announced!

Ghost Stories, which is currently running at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, is going to transfer to Duke of Yorks Theatre from 25 June 2010.

A truly terrifying theatrical experience written and directed by The League of Gentlemen’s master of the macabre, Jeremy Dyson, and Andy Nyman, co-creator and director of Derren Brown’s television and stage shows and star of Dead Set and Severance.

Ghost Stories was produced by the Lyric Hammersmith and Phil McIntyre Entertainment A Lyric Hammersmith and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Production.

Ghost Stories was written by Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman, directed by Jeremy Dyson, Sean Holmes & Andy Nyman, designed by Jon Bausor, lighting by James Farncombe and sound by Nick Manning.



WARNING

Please be advised that Ghost Stories contains moments of extreme shock and tension. The show is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 15. We strongly advise those of a nervous disposition to think very seriously before attending.

A Man Of No Importance Transfers to West End

Regan De Wynter announces the West End transfer of their sell-out production “A Man Of No Importance” from the Union Theatre to The Arts Theatre for a limited season from 10th to 27th of February 2010.

Director by Ben De Wynter, Choreographer Phyllida Crowley-Smith, Musical Director Christopher Peake,  Designer James Turner and starring Laurence Oliver Award Winner Paul Clarkson as Alfie Byrne.

Winner, 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best off-Broadway Musical.

Based on a 1994 independent film starring Albert Finney, A Man Of No Importance is about the journey of self-discovery and acceptance of Alfie Byrne, a Dublin bus conductor who is prone to reciting poetry to the patrons on his bus. He is also the director of the local community theatre, which operates out of a small parish hall in the neighborhood church. Alfie’s passengers are also his performers: amateur thespians that come to see the magic the theatre offers through Alfie’s eyes.

They inhabit the world of working-class Dublin in the 1960s, a world where the budding sexual freedom happening in other places is barely whispered about. Through the beautiful book by Terrence McNally, and the lyrical grace of the score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the team that brought us the magnificent Ragtime The Musical now shine their light on A Man Of No Importance, illuminating the feeling we have all felt at one time or another of being an outsider and our universal need to love and be loved in return, connecting to something larger than ourselves.

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

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!

Last Vegas Rat Pack Return to London’s West End!

Frank, Sammy & Dean – The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas is coming to London West End this autumn, opening at the Adelphi Theatre on 28th of September, 2009.

After numerous critically acclaimed national tours since 2000 and in it’s FOURTH year in London’s West End, the Olivier award nominated Frank, Sammy & Dean – The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas really is the coolest party in town!

Having played over 1000 performances in the West End, all over Europe, to sell out audiences in Canada and standing ovations in Connecticut, a ticket to Frank, Sammy & Dean – The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas is this seasons must have!

This spectacular production celebrates the incredible singing talent of three world famous entertainers and performers and some of the finest music and song that has ever been recorded. Drift back to a glamorous era where the famous rubbed shoulders with the politicians and partied hard, Frank, Sammy & Dean, all singing, all dancing, all round entertainers, injected not only their songs into the 50s and 60s, but a lifestyle that everyone wanted.

Legends of the 20th Century, idols of the music industry, superstars of the movies, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin are above all renowned worldwide for their talented voices. Their unique contribution to 20th Century popular music is second to none. Frank, Sammy & Dean all received critical acclaim quite late in their careers and it wasn’t until the late 50s and early 60s that they stormed the world and stayed at the top. And their recordings still constantly chart high throughout the world.

With a talented cast and 15-piece orchestra, take a trip back to the glamorous, hot, glitzy nights of Las Vegas. Experience Frank, Sammy & Dean’s world famous classic recordings and more in this sensationally staged production that brings the music and lives of these legendary characters together again.

The Lady is a Tramp
Mr Bojangles
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
That’s Amore
For Once In A Lifetime
Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime
New York, New York
My Kinda Town
Fly Me to the Moon
Sway
Volare
Me And My Shadow
My Way
Candyman
Memories Are Made Of This
What Kind of Fool

…are just some of the songs  that will be featured 

Enormously popular in records, film and television, they were pioneer entertainers of Las Vegas. Triumphant in their success, their love was performing live, their favourite venue The Sands. Frank, Sammy & Dean made The Sands famous due to constant appearances as performers, spontaneous and scheduled, their zany banter and jokes pulled on one another on and off stage and at their parties.

When the Rat pack was in town everybody had the best of times and everybody made money! Humphrey Bogart, whom Frank Sinatra adored, formed the Holmby Hills Rat Pack, later know as the Rat Pack and Frank Sinatra was named pack master. This elitist club’s philosophy in life was dedicated to ‘a little hey-hey’, in Rat Pack vocabulary, having ‘a good time’; drinking, socialising, partying. They worked hard, so they played hard and they answered to no one.

They were outspoken on all subjects and were open about their political connections. Jack Kennedy partied with them, and for a short time Frank Sinatra renamed the Rat Pack, the Jack Pack. Las Vegas was their playground and everywhere else was known, in Rat Pack vocabulary, as ‘Dullsville, Ohio’. Frank, Sammy & Dean were a force to be reckoned with, an inexhaustible energy that is as apparent in their music today as it ever was.

If you wish you’d swung with the hardest partying pack in town, now’s your chance!

Duet For One will Open at Vaudeville Theatre

Stephanie Abrahams, a brilliant concert violinist, who seemingly has it all, is forced to re-evaluate her life when struck down by an unforeseen tragedy. Faced with a truth too difficult to comprehend she consults psychiatrist Dr Feldmann and through a series of highly charged encounters is led to examine her deepest emotions and finally to consider a future without music.

Kempinski’s play, premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1980 and enjoyed successful runs in the West End and on Broadway. It was subsequently made into a film with Julie Andrews and Alan Bates. Two of Britain’s finest actors; Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman, perform this gripping and deeply moving psychological drama in its first major revival.

Juliet Stevenson’s stage work includes Rosalind in As You Like It (RSC) and most recently Arkadina in The Seagull (National Theatre). On film she received numerous awards for Truly Madly Deeply and a BAFTA nomination for The Politician’s Wife.

Henry Goodman was last at the Almeida in The Hypochondriac. Other stage work includes his award-winning performance in The Merchant of Venice (National Theatre) and recently in the leading role in Fiddler on the Roof in the West End.

Booking From: Thursday, 7 May 2009

Booking Until: Saturday, 1 August 2009

Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 3pm

Evenings: Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm

Book Tickets for Duet For One at Vaudeville Theatre

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt at Duchess Theatre

An adaptation of Michael Rosen’s best-selling children’s story. Join one happy happy family as they wade through grass, splash through water and squelch through mud on the hunt for a big bear. Are you brave enough to journey with the and discover what scary surprise is waiting for them on the other side of the dark forest?

Don’t miss this swishy swashy, splishy splashy, oozy, squelchy show!

Book Tickets for We’re Going On A Bear Hunt at Duchess Theatre