Thriller Live Extension until 25 Sep 2011 at Lyric Theatre London

Thriller Live is a spectacular high octane show celebrating the career of  Michael Jackson has extended its booking period until Sunday 25 Sep 2011 at the Lyric Theatre.

Moonwalking into the West End after three acclaimed UK tours and standing ovations across Europe, THRILLER – LIVE opens at the Lyric Theatre on 2 January 2009.

To bring to life on stage the sensational dancing and distinctive sound of the Jackson’s greatest hits, THRILLER – LIVE includes eye-popping multi-media effects and dazzling choreography by the shows award-winning director Gary Lloyd (who has previously worked with artists including Leona Lewis, Will Young, Robbie Williams, Kelly Clarkson and Girls Aloud), plus additional choreography by 5 time MTV award-winning LaVelle Smith Jnr.

In a career spanning 40 years, Michael Jackson has sold an unparalleled 750 million records worldwide with the Thriller album still the world’s best-selling recording of all time. THRILLER – LIVE includes over two-hours of non-stop hit songs in a show that boasts the world-class spectacle that marked their legendary live performances.

Expect your favourite Jackson songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and live band, including the smash hits: I Want You Back, I’ll BeThere, Show You The Way To Go, Can You Feel It, Rock With You, She’s Out Of My Life, Beat It, Billie Jean, Earth Song and Thriller plus many more!

Book tickets for Thriller Live at Lyric Theatre!

The Merchant of Venice Coming to London?

The Merchant of Venice is rumored to be in the works to come to London West End next year.  Hollywood legend Al Pacino is understood to be in negotiations to bring his acclaimed performance as Shylock to the West End.  The production, first seen in Central Park in Summer 2010, is currently running at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre.  According to the Daily Mail, Pacino and the producers are presently in talks with British producers Duncan C Weldon and Paul Elliot over a possible London run.  No further details have yet to be disclosed.

Tickets are on Sale for Ghost The Musical at Piccadilly Theatre London

The dazzling new musical GHOST The Musical, based on the phenomenal Oscar winning Paramount Pictures film, opens at the Piccadilly Theatre in June 2011 and public booking opens from today.

A timeless fantasy about the power of love in which Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic, in the hope of saving her from his murderer. Ghost features stunning new music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winning legends Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (writer of Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror), and also includes the unforgettable ‘Unchained Melody’.

Directed by the multi-award-winning Matthew Warchus, designed by Rob Howell and with extraordinary and stunning stage effects by Paul Kieve (illusionist for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), GHOST promises to be a magical night out that will send spirits soaring .

Buy tickets for Ghost The Musical at Piccadilly Theatre!

Gleekfest, Inspired by TV’s Glee at Arts Theatre London

Two evenings showcasing some of the UK’s finest Show Choirs inspired by the global phenomenon and success that is Glee.  Taking place at London’s ARTS THEATRE on Sunday 10th & 17th at 7.00pm this festival promises to celebrate this phenomenon and showcase some of our home grown Glee clubs.

On Sunday 10th October, Gleekfest presents TONEACITY performing their very own GLEEKSHOW!  Following their appearance on Channel Five’s Don’t Stop Believing and recent sold out show at the Albany Theatre real life glee club ToneAcity celebrate all things gleeky with a night of singing and dancing featuring an exciting mix of famous songs, forgotten gems and a mash up or two!   This spectacular performance is simply a must see for all you gleeks!

On Sunday 17th October, Gleekfest will present SHOW CHOIR SUNDAY showcasing three of London’s finest adult show choirs.  DDGLEE, STARLING ARTS & CITY ACADEMY CHOIR will present an evening full of high energy singing and dancing, each performing their own musical extravaganza.  With over seventy performers taking to the Arts Theatre stage performing some of your all time favourite tunes this concert promises to be an evening full of entertainment, fun and laughter. 

For Further information, visit www.gleekfestwestend.com

Tickets are on sale for Lynda Carter At Last at Garrick Theatre!

Following dates in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and New Jersey, screen legend Lynda Carter, best known for playing the iconic role of Wonder Woman in the hit TV series, returns to the West End for her first solo appearance in 30 years for two nights only on 17 and 18 September 2010 at the Garrick Theatre, to celebrate her solo album, At Last.

Lynda Carter: At Last is a rare musical evening with a living legend. Join Lynda as she infuses some of her favourite music with her own inimitable passion and style. In a true homage to her musical heroes, this critically lauded singer, whose successful sell-out concerts throughout America are second only to her global status as part of a true TV phenomenon, is backed by a live band on stage, showcasing her vocal talent at its very best.

Arriving in the West End ahead of any other international dates, Lynda Carter: At Last will be seen for the first time outside of America, offering Londoners a truly special experience.

Lynda Carter is an American actress best known internationally for playing the title character in the 1970s TV series Wonder Woman. She first came to the fore as a singer in the late 1970s when she released her first album Portrait, and sang two of its songs in the 1979 Wonder Woman episode, ‘Amazon Hot Wax’. She released her second solo album At Last thirty years later and has recently toured the US playing venues including Feinstein’s at Loews Regency and Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

Book Tickets for Lynda Carter At Last at Garrick Theatre!

Barclays Live on the search for London’s hottest dance acts!

Barclays is celebrating the investment across its Branch Network by hosting a popular new competition designed to find the country’s hottest dance acts, and it’s coming to Leicester Square, London on Saturday 31 July.  

The competition is open to anyone who thinks they’ve got what it takes to become Britain’s next dancing superstar, be it as an individual, duo, group or troupe. 

The top ten entries will be put through to the live auditions, which will take place on Saturday 31 July on a stage at Leicester Square. These contestants will perform in front of a celebrity panel of judges that includes Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole, as well as an audience made up of the great people of London!  

The top five acts will then be subject to a public vote to decide the winner via the Barclays Live website www.barclayslive.co.uk.

The winning act will be waltzing away with a pair of VIP tickets to see Brendan Cole in action as well as dancing all the way to the bank with a cool £1,000!

The Barclays Live auditions will form part of a day-long programme of events, including a dance master class by Brendan Cole and performances by a variety of fantastic dance acts.

The branch at Piccadilly Circus is packed full of ideas developed to make banking faster, easier and more enjoyable – including spacious new premier lounges, and innovative technology, including Microsoft’s Surface technology, which enables users to interact with digital content through natural hand gestures and touch.

Brendan Cole says “The Barclays Live competition is a great opportunity for talented dancers in London and I am really looking forward to experiencing some fabulous performances. If you haven’t entered the competition already, make it the very next thing you do, and I’d like to invite anyone in the area on Saturday 31st July to pop down to Leicester Square to join me for a whole host of dancing fun.”

Brendan Cole, 33, is a champion ballroom dancer, specialising in Latin American dancing.  He is one of only a handful of professional dancers to compete in all seven series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing as well as judging four series of Dancing With The Stars in his native New Zealand.

Earlier this year, Brendan enjoyed great success and critical acclaim during his first nationwide solo tour, Live and Unjudged.

Children under the age or 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information please go and visit the following websites:

www.barclayslive.co.uk
www.facebook.com/barclayslive
www.twitter.com/barclayslive

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.

The British Military Tournament at Earls Court, London

The British Military Tournament will be presented by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and will bring together all the best elements of the world famous Royal Tournament, incorporating them into a new show for the 21st century.

Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter announced a new military tournament to be presented at Earls Court, London -4th and 5th December 2010.

The British Military Tournament will be presented by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and will bring together all the best elements of the world famous Royal Tournament, incorporating them into a new show for the 21st century. The Tournament will take place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December with two performances on each day. All proceeds from the event will go to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Narrated live by Anthony Andrews, with pre-recorded contributions from Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench, The British Military Tournament will re-enact key events from the history of the British Army – from the English Civil War to the present day conflict in Afghanistan – within the epic arena of Earls Court. The event is written and directed by Christopher Joll and produced by IMG.

The show will feature 500 troops, more than 145 horses, the world famous Field Gun Run over the walls and chasms of an obstacle course, massed bands, Chelsea Pensioners and Gurkha veterans. The British Military Tournament 2010 will celebrate the 350th Anniversary of the formation of the Household Cavalry and the 150th Anniversaries of the Army Physical Training Corps and the Cadet movement.

We are also delighted to announce that HRH The Prince of Wales has kindly consented to being the Royal Patron of The British Military Tournament.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity began as the Army Benevolent Fund in 1944. The demobilisation of soldiers after the two World Wars had put an enormous strain on Regimental and Corps charitable funds and highlighted the need for a national charity to give practical help to our soldiers and veterans.

The charity currently raises £7 million per year and helps over 4,000 injured servicemen and women and their families. In recent years they have seen a 30% year on year increase in soldiers, former soldiers and their dependents seeking help.

Hundreds of soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq with many more injured both mentally and physically. The human costs of these conflicts are still to be realised. Psychological injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can take up to 13 years to manifest themselves. By 2015 ABF The Soldiers’ Charity estimate they will need to raise £14 million a year to continue its vital work.

Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter said “This will be a fantastic show for the public to enjoy and by attending they will also be providing invaluable support for the work we do helping injured servicemen and women and their families.” Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter is Chief Exec utive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

For information about venue and tickets, please visit: www.britishmilitarytournament.com

For further information about ABF The Soldiers Charity go to www.soldierscharity.org

Ray Quinn to run workshop for aspiring actors in London

On Saturday 13 March RAY QUINN will lead a workshop for current Celebrity Talent Academy students as support for their development.  Ray 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 Ray Quinn will be giving the young students a wealth of information and advice, drawing on the experience from his hugely successful career, Ray will help the youngsters to develop their craft, whilst having the opportunity to work alongside a popular UK star.

Ray Quinn actor, singer, and dancer, was nine when he started acting and twelve when he appeared as Anthony Murray in Brookside for which he won the award for Best Dramatic Performance at the British Soap Awards 2002.  In 2006, Ray took part in the third series of UK talent show The X Factor narrowly finishing as runner up to Leona Lewis.

After The X Factor, he was signed by Sony BMG and recorded a swing album the self-titled debut album “Ray Quinn: Doing It My Way” released in 2007, the album went straight to number one in the UK charts and   also went Gold in the first week.
 
Ray won the fourth series of TV contest Dancing On Ice 2009. He topped the leader board virtually every week and in his sixth week he scored the maximum 30. Quinn was announced winner of Dancing on Ice 2009 after receiving a perfect score of 60/60. He joined the other contestants and toured the country on the Dancing On Ice Tour. It has been confirmed that Ray will also take part in the Dancing On Ice tour 2010
 
In 2008, Ray starred as Doody in the West End musical Grease.

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.

Ray’s workshop at the Academy follows on from   Disney stars David Henrie  (The Wizards of Waverly Place) and Adrian R’Mante  (The Suite Life of Zak and Cody) master acting classes with students earlier in the year.

Stomp has been extened until 19 Dec 2010

Stomp London has been extended until 19th of December, 2010 at New Ambassadors Theatre London.

Celebrating its 7th sensational year in London, STOMP is now FRESHER, FASTER AND FUNNIER than ever before, with new routines, new choreography and new music.

This multi-award winning show has a universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance. Eight performers use everything from Zippo lighters, plastic bags, bin lids and even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel good rhythm.

Book Tickets for Stomp at New Ambassadors Theatre!