Trevor Ashley to Make West End Debut in Liza (on an E) at the Vaudeville Theatre

Following several sell-out seasons and an acclaimed tour of Australia, Trevor Ashley, one of the foremost musical theatre stars from Down Under, will make his West End debut as the irrepressible, incomparable and infamously iconic Liza Minnelli in LIZA (on an E) at the Vaudeville Theatre from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th May, in a strictly limited six show season.

From her marriage to Australia’s song-and-dance darling, Peter Allen, to her notorious pill-popping and ubiquitous showbiz family, ‘Liza’ will dish the dirt on her extraordinary life like you’ve never seen her before, accompanied by a live on stage band, as she raises the rafters and brings the entire house down with power-packed performances of all her greatest hits.

The critically acclaimed and (at least a little bit) controversial Liza (on an E) is an evening that will have you laughing, crying and screaming for more as the supremely talented Ashley channels Liza (and her alter egos), with guest appearances by her mother. Raucous, ruinous and just the right (or wrong) side of risqué, it’s a rollercoaster ride of riotous proportions.

Commenting on his first performances in London, Trevor says: “I am so completely and utterly thrilled to be coming to make my debut in the West End. This show and its music are such a genuine thrill to perform and I can’t wait to tear up the Vaudeville, surely one of the most beautiful theatres in London. As Liza herself would say, ‘It’s gonna be TCHERRIFFFIC!'”

Liza (on an E) will play in the West End for one week only and is sure to be the talk of the town. So, “come taste the wine, come hear the band…” and don’t miss the opportunity to see an international hit show like no other. It’s a fond and loving tribute to a living legend.

Well known in his native Australia as a musical theatre star, Trevor Ashley created the role of Miss Understanding in the original Australian cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical, racking up well over 600 performances in the part, following which he appeared in Gale Edwards’ hit production of Jerry Springer – The Opera at Sydney Opera House. He played the cross-dressing role of Edna Turnblad in the smash hit musical Hairspray in both Melbourne and Sydney, and played Franz Leibkind in the Australian production of The Producers in Melbourne.

Trevor’s work as a solo artist has taken him all over the world, with performances in New York, London, Asia and Australia, in shows as both himself and a dazzling array of characters. Liza (on an E) has previously sold out two seasons in Sydney, and toured to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, receiving rave reviews. He also created a bespoke piece for Sydney Opera House entitled I’m Every Woman, in which he channeled twelve famous females in all their glory.

LIZA (on an E) is produced by Neil Eckersley for Speckulation Entertainment and written by Trevor Ashley and Dean Bryant, with direction by Dean Bryant.

LIZA (ON AN E)
Vaudeville Theatre
Strand, London
WC2R 0NH

Box Office: 0844 412 4663 (24 hrs) www.lizaonane.com

Dickens’ Great Expectations comes to the Vaudeville Theatre

From 1 February, Graham McLaren’s ‘outstanding’, ‘haunting’ and ‘stunning’ production of Great Expectations comes to the West End for the first time with the beautiful Estella, the terrifying Magwitch, the manipulative Jaggers, the tragic and mysterious Miss Havisham and Pip looking back on his past – a boy with ‘great expectations’.

‘A classic tale, thrillingly re-told for the stage’ GREAT EXPECTATIONS

chronicles the life of an orphan named Pip following his encounter with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch.

As part of the international Charles Dickens bicentenary celebrations, GREAT EXPECTATIONS comes to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre for the first time in February 2013.

The popular novel has been repeatedly adapted since its publication 150 years  – the most recent film version starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes – but has never been presented as a full length play in London’s West End or on Broadway.

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Terrence McNally’s Master Class confirms West End transfer at Vaudeville Theatre

Theatre and Opera director Stephen Wadsworth’s new production of Terrence McNally’s Master Class starring Tyne Daly as the legendary opera soprano Maria Callas is to transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre following its critically acclaimed, sell-out run on Broadway.

Master Class is an extraordinary insight into the life and loves of Maria Callas, the iconic opera singer whose turbulent private life and fiery temperament were as astonishing as her formidable talents. Inspired by her master classes of the early 70s, this is a riveting, hilarious and intensely moving portrayal of the sacrifice and heartache behind the artist, the diva and the legend.

With an electrifying performance from Tony Award and six-time Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey) as the troubled and infamous Maria Callas, Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play Master Class was a smash-hit on Broadway and now arrives in the West End for a strictly limited season.

Terrence McNally’s Master Class received its world premiere at the John Golden Theatre in 1995, wining the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play.  Stephen Wadsworth’s Manhattan Theatre Club production opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre earlier this year.  Tyne Daly first appeared in Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Master Class at the Kennedy Center.

Multi award-winning Tyne Daly plays Maria Callas. She is best known on television for her portrayal of Detective Mary Beth Lacey in Cagney and Lacey, for which she received four Emmy Awards. For her roles as Maxine Gray in Judging Amy and Alice Henderson in Christy she received two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama.  For the former she also won Golden Globe Award.  Her many Broadway credits include Rose in Gypsy for which she won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Mme. Arkadina in The Seagull and Rabbit Hole. Daley’s film credits include The Enforcer, Dirty Harry, John and Mary and Telefon.

Writer Terrence McNally has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Ragtime.   More recent Broadway revivals of his plays include The Ritz and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.  His other plays include A Perfect Ganesh, Corpus Christi, Lips Together and Its Only a Play.  His most recent play, Golden Age, was featured in the Kennedy Center celebration of his work year.  For the musical theatre other his librettos include Catch Me if You Can, The Full Monty, The Rink, The Visit, A Man of No Importance and the opera Dead Man Walking.  McNally has also written a number of television scripts including Andre’s Mother for which he won an Emmy Award.

Theatre and Opera director Stephen Wadsworth has worked for Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Edinburgh Festival, Nederlandse Opera, Seattle Opera and in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto and Santa Fe.  Wadsworth is the Head of Dramatic Studies at the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, the James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow and Director of Opera Studies at The Juilliard School, an artist in residence at the Aspen Institute, and a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass at Vaudeville Theatre from 14-Sep-2011

Antony Sher will reprise his performance in Arthur Miller’s BROKEN GLASS, when it is revived at the Tricycle theatre before transferring to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre.

He will be joined in the production, which performs at The Vaudeville from 14 September to 10 December, by Tara Fitzgerald.

Broken Glass, Miller’s Olivier award-winning drama, tells the story of Phillip and Sylvia Gellburg, a New York couple living in Brooklyn in 1938.

Phillip, obsessed with work and his own desire to assimilate, has little time for his wife, but when Sylvia suddenly becomes paralysed after reading newspaper reports of Kristallnacht in Germany, Dr. Harry Hyman is called in. As he gets closer to the source of Sylvia’s affliction, a relationship develops that could have devastating consequences on the family, and themes of guilt, personal tragedy and love start to unfold.

Miller’s Broken Glass follows a Jewish couple living in New York, whose lives are shaken by the anti-Semitic events of Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany. When Phillip (Sher) asks a psychiatrist to help his wife Sylvia (Fitzgerald) recover from the trauma, the subsequent conversations reveal other problems in the couple’s relationship.

Sher starred in Broken Glass when it was staged at the Tricycle, directed by Iqbal Khan, in the autumn of 2010. Most recently seen on television in BBC2 drama The Shadow Line, the multi award-winning South Africa-born actor boasts London credits including Richard III, Kean, Primo, Stanley and Torch Song Trilogy.

Fitzgerald may be best known for playing Dr Eve Lockhart in recently cancelled BBC crime drama Waking The Dead, from which she will be given her own spin-off series, The Body Farm. The star of films including Sirens and Brassed Off was last seen in the West End starring opposite Keira Knightley in The Misanthrope.

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The Flying Karamazov Brothers at Vaudeville Theatre for limited run

Take four entertainers who are musicians, comedians, acrobats, dancers, jugglers and philosophers. Add kilts, moustaches, musical instruments, two thousand cardboard boxes, tutus, topical satire and the ability to juggle anything.

Who are they? The Flying Karamazov Brothers. They don’t fly, they’re not Russian and they’re not brothers. But they are the funniest, most thought-provoking, kilt-wearing, clever idiots in town.

Direct from Broadway, this multi-faceted, mischievous and marvellous show at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End from June 9th, their first visit to London for 17 years.

For a strictly limited run you’ll be entranced by the wit, comedy and the virtuoso skills of these world renowned maverick masters of new-vaudeville in their new London home.

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An Ideal Husband at Vaudeville Theatre extended until 26 February 2011

An Ideal Husband which is currently playing at Vaudeville Theatre has extended its London booking period until 26 February 2011.

“Sooner or later, we shall all have to pay for what we do…No one should be entirely judged by their past.”

Oscar Wilde’s brilliant An Ideal Husband is a story of morality, blackmail and political corruption. Characterized by Wilde’s biting wit and sparkling humour, the play is also a tender hearted portrait of a marriage.

Sir Robert Chiltern (Alexander Hanson), a highly successful government minister, finds his reputation, career and marriage to the loving but idealistic Lady Chiltern (Rachael Stirling) threatened by the arrival of the mysterious Mrs Cheveley (Samantha Bond). Confronted with a damning secret from his past, Sir Robert turns for help to his friend, Lord Goring (Elliot Cowan) an apparently idle philanderer, who himself has a history with Mrs Cheveley. Can this dandified philosopher save his friend from ruin? And will Lady Chiltern be able to reconcile the man she loves with her expectations of An Ideal Husband?

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CBBC’s Dan and Jeff starring in Potted Panto at Vaudeville Theatre

The great British festive tradition returns to the West End, in a whistle-stop tour for all the family starring CBBC presenters Dan and Jeff.

Hot on the heels of their smash hit Potted Potter, this is their most extravagant production yet – now in amazing 3D!

In a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from panto, our dastardly double act dash from rubbing Aladdin’s lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington’s London.

Searching for Cinderella’s lost slipper, they try to wake Sleeping Beauty before the giant climbs down Jack’s beanstalk to squash Snow White’s seven dwarves.

It’s all unmissable fun, whether you’re six or 106.

‘Funny, frequently silly and generates a true pantomime feel.’ Four Stars The Scotsman

‘Enormous fun – oh yes it is!’ Four Stars Whatsonstage.com

‘For a very funny show that the whole family will enjoy, you won’t find better than this.’ Five Stars Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

‘For a glorious dose of silliness, you can always rely on Dan and Jeff. There’s a very real danger of children wetting themselves with laughter.’ The Guardian

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde at Vaudeville Theatre

“Sooner or later, we shall all have to pay for what we do…No one should be entirely judged by their past.”

Oscar Wilde’s brilliant An Ideal Husband is a story of morality, blackmail and political corruption. Characterized by Wilde’s biting wit and sparkling humour, the play is also a tender hearted portrait of a marriage.

Sir Robert Chiltern (Alexander Hanson), a highly successful government minister, finds his reputation, career and marriage to the loving but idealistic Lady Chiltern (Rachael Stirling) threatened by the arrival of the mysterious Mrs Cheveley (Samantha Bond). Confronted with a damning secret from his past, Sir Robert turns for help to his friend, Lord Goring (Elliot Cowan) an apparently idle philanderer, who himself has a history with Mrs Cheveley. Can this dandified philosopher save his friend from ruin? And will Lady Chiltern be able to reconcile the man she loves with her expectations of An Ideal Husband?

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Jeff Goldblum Stars in Prisoner of Second Avenue at the Vaudeville Theatre!

Hollywood star Jeff Goldblum makes a hotly-anticipated return to the London stage in Neil Simon’s brilliantly observed, award-winning comedy, The Prisoner of Second Avenue. Academy Award-winner Mercedes Ruehl also stars in this bittersweet, comic masterpiece about a man at breaking point. The play runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from 30 June – 11 September and is directed by Terry Johnson.

Mel Edison (Jeff Goldblum) can’t sleep. In the heat of a New York City summer his air-conditioning has broken, his neighbours won’t shut-up, his job is hanging by a thread and there are a gang of burglars on the prowl. As things go from bad to worse, Mel heads for a meltdown and his loyal wife Edna (Mercedes Ruehl) is left to pick up the pieces.

Tony and Pulitzer prize winning writer Neil Simon is best known this side of the Atlantic for his plays The Odd Couple, Barefoot in Park and Lost in Yonkers. He has also written the books for many musicals including Promises, Promises and Sweet Charity.

Terry Johnson is a multi-award winning playwright and director. His recent shows include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Rain Man and La Cage aux Folles, the current Broadway production of which has received 11 Tony Nominations.

Jeff Goldblum’s numerous film credits include The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day and The Tall Guy. His Broadway credits include The Pillowman for which he won an Outer Critics’ Circle Award.

Mercedes Ruehl won an Oscar for her performance in The Fisher King and multiple awards including a Tony for her Broadway performance in Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers, alongside Old Vic Artistic Director Kevin Spacey.

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The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice is now on Sale at Vaudeville Theatre

The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice is now on sale at Vaudeville Theatre until 30-Jan-2010.

Lesley Sharp, Marc Warren and Diana Vickers are to star in the first major West End revival of Jim Cartwright’s multi award-winning play, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

Mari sees Ray Say as her last chance. Ray Say sees Little Voice as his ticket to the big time. Little Voice just wants a normal life and to be loved.

Painfully shy, Little Voice spends her days in the sanctuary of her bedroom impersonating the divas from her late, adored father’s record collection. Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Cilla Black – LV can do them all. Downstairs her frustrated, out of control mother fantasises of a better life. When she meets small time club agent Ray Say she thinks it’s her way out. When Ray Say hears Little Voice sing, he thinks it’s his ticket to the big time. Little Voice just wants a normal life and to be loved.

‘It’s private’ cried Little Voice as Ray Say whispers, ‘You’re a star.’

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by multi-award winning playwright Jim Cartwright and is directed by Terry Johnson (La Cage aux Folles, Rain Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest). It won both the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Comedy in 1992.

Diana Vickers: Her talent came to light when she entered the “X Factor” in 2008 and her journey saw her survive nine weeks of live shows. Diana is taking a short break from recording her debut album to take the role in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

Lesley Sharp: Lesley is one of Britain’s best loved and respected actresses with an extensive career in theatre, television and film. She has won numerous best actress awards as well as being nominated for two Baftas, two Oliviers and the Evening Standard Best Actress Award.

Marc Warren: Marc has enjoyed a distinguished 20-year career in television, best known as Danny Blue in four series of the BBC1 drama, “Hustle”.

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