Rowan Atkinson in Quartermaine’s Terms at Wyndham’s Theatre

Quartermaine’s Terms is a play by Simon Gray which won The Cheltenham Prize in 1982.

Set in the 1960s in an English language school for foreigners, this tragicomic play is a humourous but ultimately moving account of several years in the lives of seven teachers.

At the heart of the group is St. John Quartermaine (Rowan Atkinson) – kind, pleasant and agreeable, but utterly hopeless as a teacher. An almost permanent feature in the staff room, he’s always available to listen to the problems of his self-obsessed colleagues. But when a new Principal is appointed, Quartermaine’s future looks precarious…

This quintessentially British drama is written by Simon Gray with his characteristic sparkling wit.

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David Seidler’s The King’s Speech at Wyndham’s Theatre from 22 March to 21 July 2012

When King Edward VIII abdicates for the love of Wallis Simpson, his terrified younger brother Bertie is thrust into the spotlight and crowned King George VI. In a room at 146 Harley Street, Bertie and his wife Elizabeth (the future Queen Mother) meet Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue.

Breaking all royal protocol the reluctant King and the maverick Logue embark together on a remarkable journey to correct the King’s debilitating stammer and help him deliver the radio address that will inspire his country on the brink of World War II.
 
Directed by Adrian Noble and designed by Anthony Ward, the cast includes Charles Edwards as King George VI, Jonathan Hyde as Lionel Logue, Emma Fielding as Queen Elizabeth, Ian McNeice as Winston Churchill, Michael Feast as Cosmo Lang, and Joss Ackland as King George V. Further casting includes Charlotte Randle as Myrtle Logue, David Killick as Stanley Baldwin, and Daniel Betts as King Edward VIII.

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Christmas with the Rat Pack at Wyndhams Theatre

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. 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..

The show has wowed audiences around the globe and is the perfect production to get you in the mood for the festive season with seasonal classics including Silent Night, Merry Little Christmas, Baby It’s Cold Outside and White Christmas.

Christmas with the Rat Pack – don’t miss the coolest Christmas party in town.

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Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in Driving Miss Daisy at Wyndham’s Theatre

For 12 weeks only, the Wyndham’s Theatre will light up with the extraordinary talents of the legendary Oscar and Tony Award-winner Vanessa Redgrave and the incomparable, Tony Award-winning and Oscar-nominated James Earl Jones.

David Esbjornson’s acclaimed, smash-hit production has dazzled audiences and critics alike on Broadway.

Inspiration for the much-loved Oscar-winning smash-hit movie, Driving Miss Daisy is the charming, poignant and utterly compelling tale of the unlikely, long-lasting friendship that blossoms between a prickly, elderly Southern matriarch and her kind-hearted chauffeur, Hoke.

As the wheels turn and the decades roll by against a backdrop of prejudice, inequality and civil unrest, the pair slowly transcend their differences and ultimately grow to rely on each other far more than either of them ever expected.

Sparklingly funny, irresistibly heart-warming and with an unmissable stellar cast, Driving Miss Daisy is the must-see show of 2011 so book your tickets for this extremely limited season now!

Don’t miss this year’s hottest theatre tickets as two of the world’s greatest living actors arrive in London to perform Alfred Uhry’s timeless Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Driving Miss Daisy, in a strictly limited season.

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Reviews Round-up: Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndhams Theatre

This summer, David Tennant and Catherine Tate appear together on stage for the first time in a brand new production of William Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing.

Two young lovers, Claudio and Hero, are to be married imminently but the devious scheming of a resentful Prince looks set to thwart the nuptials. Meanwhile, marriage seems inconceivable for reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick whose endless witty sparring threatens to keep them apart forever.

Directed by Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s great plays and reminds us all of the failings and triumphs of the human condition in our never ending search for perfect love.

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“The chemistry Tennant and Tate established in Dr Who survives in their performances as the disputatious lovers. Tennant, an old hand at Shakespeare, brings a fine mixture of wit, cynicism and sudden love-struck wonder to Benedick, speaks the language with Scottish-accented clarity, and proves highly sympathetic but never ingratiating.”

Charles Spencer
Daily Telegraph
[Rating:4.0/5]

“Tate gives an excellent account of Beatrice as the kind of larky, high-spirited woman who uses her wisecracking gifts as a defence against emotional engagement: significantly, while Benedick turns up at Leonato’s party in female attire, she comes dressed as a man. I’d only beg Tate to resist a textual change made, presumably, out of political correctness. In the gulling scene Shakespeare’s Beatrice says of Benedick: “I will requite thee, Taming my wild heart to thy loving hand.” Tate substitutes “with” for “to” to soften the note of submission: totally unnecessary since there’s no danger of this sparky couple ever being anything other than sexual equals.”

Michael Billington
Guardian
[Rating:4.0/5]

“It would be hard to conceive of a more gloriously engaging portrayal of Benedick than the one David Tennant is now offering in Josie Rourke’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, a staging that transforms Shakespeare’s demobbed soldiers into white uniformed naval officers on shore leave in Gibraltar during the 1980s.”

Paul Taylor
The Independent
[Rating:3.0/5]

“There are disco lights, strippers, brilliantly pastichey pop tunes by Michael Bruce, allusions to the 1981 royal wedding, a sex doll and – a personal highlight – some hopeless noodling with one of those cheap little Casio keyboards I coveted as a nine-year-old.”

Henry Hitchings
The Evening Standard
[Rating:4.0/5]

“Shakespeare’s lovely romance is set, here, in the Eighties, in what seems to be Majorca or Ibiza. Benedick (Mr Tennant) and his brother officers are rigged up in the white uniforms of naval types fresh back on shore. Benedick’s non-girlfriend Beatrice (Catherine Tate) is slouchy in the modern way: slack-hipped, sunglasses in her hair, a packet of Camel cigarettes in hand. She is far from likeable.”

Quentin Letts
The Daily Mail
[Rating:3.0/5]

“Whichever way you slice it, Much Ado has to be charming and beautiful – it’s neither at the Wyndham’s, in this brash and noisy eighties, heavily cut version directed by Josie Rourke, accommodating the warring Benedick and Beatrice of David Tennant and Catherine Tate.”

Michael Coveney
The Stage

“The scene in the church, where Benedick declares his love for her is a fundamental turning point in the play. Tennant’s “I do love nothing in the world as well as you, is that not strange” is spoken like a giant sigh, but Tate’s protestations of love are masked by a succession of funny voices – it’s like hearing a love scene spoken by Dick Emery.”

Maxwell Cooter
Whatsonstage.com
[Rating:3.0/5]

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Avenue Q is closing at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 30 Oct 2010

Avenue Q Posts West End Closing Notices for 30 Oct 2010, after a 4 and half years run in the London West End.

Avenue Q is still London’s funniest show by far, AVENUE Q is is the mischievous, badly behaved but irresistibly charming musical about the lovably hopeless characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues: love, work, relationships and, above all, just how are you supposed to pay the bills with a BA in English?

Hilarious and uproariously entertaining, with a terrific batch of songs performed by a cast of hugely talented performers and puppets, Avenue Q is the musical like no other that will have you in stitches for days afterwards. So don’t let your life suck – book your tickets today at the Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London.

Tickets now on sale for Avenue Q at Wyndham’s Theatre

With a tranche of five star reviews and continuing box office success, Avenue Q has recently announced its extension into 2010.

Booking into its 4th year in London, the cult hit show Avenue Q has been playing to hugely enthusiastic crowds and standing ovations, proving highly addictive with its legion of fans coming back to see it over and over!

Avenue Q will transfer to the Wyndhams Theatre on the 19th March and tickets are now on sale for the contagious, fun-filled, frolic-fueled adventure that has captured the hearts of theatre-goers everywhere.

Described as “Witty, catchy and darn charming,” Avenue Q ingeniously combines a cast of humans and puppets who tackle subjects such as dating, racism, internet porn, being gay and finding your purpose in life. The show has enjoyed enormous success, both on Broadway and in London, proving to be the perfect musical for our time. The combination of accessible prices and a hilarious night out has proved to be the perfect recipe for an audience hungry for escapism.

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Avenue Q to move from Gielgud Theatre to Wyndham’s Theatre

Smash Hit musical Avenue Q is moving to Wyndham’s Theatre from The Gielgud Theatre, London for its fifth year run. Avenue Q continues the contagious, fun-filled, frolic-fueled adventure that has captured the hearts of theatre-goers everywhere.

Avenue Q is not the most upmarket of New York streets, and is about as far away from Park Avenue as you can get, but it is home to some lively and off the wall characters performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets!

Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate, has just moved to this neighbourhood as he desperately tries to follow his dreams and discover his ever-elusive purpose in life.

A tiny bank balance, the distraction of a busty blonde and a variety of weird and wonderful friends and neighbours lead Princeton on a hilarious story of self-discovery. Life may suck on Avenue Q but being jobless, homeless, politically incorrect, having sex (whether hetero, homo or porno… and that’s just the puppets) are just some of the topics featured in the terrific songs of this show.

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.

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Inspector Calls to move at The Wyndham’s Theatre

Stephen Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls, which returned to the West End in September for a limited run at the Novello theatre, is to move at the Wyndham’s theatre from 3 December 2009.

From the Oscar nominated Director of The Reader, The Hours and one of Britain’s best-loved films Billy Elliot – now an Olivier Award-winning musical – comes the magnificent West End and Broadway production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller, An Inspector Calls.

Hailed as the theatrical event of our generation winning more awards than any other play in history, this landmark production has thrilled audiences across the world with its epic and wildly imaginative staging, raw emotion, evocative score, lashing rain and chilling suspense.

When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences.

“A thrilling piece of theatre which must be seen… Don’t dare miss it” Daily Mail.

“A thrilling, magisterial production” Sunday Times.

“Outstanding. A work of great directorial daring, breathtaking visual invention and passionate moral urgency”
Daily Telegraph.