I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical

The X Factor Musical – I Can’t Sing! is the hilarious new musical which goes behind the microphones and under the judges’ desks at the biggest show on earth and reveals the (not necessarily accurate) tale of heartache and laughter which keeps millions of us glued to The X Factor, week-after-week.

Written by BAFTA Award-winning comedian Harry Hill (3 BAFTAs, 7 British Comedy Awards and a Golden Rose of Montreux) with music and lyrics by Steve Brown (Spend, Spend, Spend, Spitting Image, Laura Mvula, TV Burp), I Can’t Sing! is co-produced by the patron saint of fame himself, Mr Simon Cowell.

Irreverent, anarchic and yet strangely touching, this spectacular musical comedy features a host of new and deliriously funny songs that will delight both fans and sceptics of The X Factor in equal measure.

Directed by Sean Foley (co-founder of The Right Size; The Play What I Wrote; The Ladykillers; What The Butler Saw) with choreography by Kate Prince (Founder of Zoonation; Into The Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop) and set design by Es Devlin (Creative Director for Take That, Kanye West and Pet Shop Boys stadium tours; designer for London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony), the worlds of theatrical and television entertainment have come together to create an incredible musical spectacular in the West End’s most renowned theatre, the London Palladium.

Book tickets for The X Factor Musical at London Palladium

Adrian Lester in Othello at the National Theatre

Adrian Lester, last seen at the National Theatre as Henry V, takes the title role, playing opposite Rory Kinnear (Iago), whose recent appearances at the National Theatre include Hamlet and The Last of the Haussmans.

Othello, newly married to Desdemona who is half his age, is appointed leader of a military operation to defend Cyprus from the Turks. Iago, his ensign, passed over for promotion in favour of young Cassio, persuades Othello that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair.

Booking Period 12 July – 18 August 2013

Access Performances – Captioned performances: 14 & 23 July

Book tickets for Othello at the National Theatre (Olivier Theatre)

Once The Musical Releases West End Trailer

Once Musical have now released the very first trailer featuring the West End Cast, giving an exclusive look into the 5-Star London production.

The smash-hit Broadway sensation and winner of 8 Tony® Awards is now playing at the Phoenix Theatre, London. Based on the much-loved Oscar®-winning film, Once is an extraordinary, original and irresistibly joyous celebration of love, friendship and music.

Once is based on the 2006 Irish musical film of the same name, written and directed by John Carney. It has been brillliantly adapted from stage to screen by Enda Walsh and retains much of the films original grammy nominated soundtrack written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, including the hit song ‘Falling Slowly’, which recieved a 2007 Accademy Award for Best Original Song.

Website: http://oncemusical.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oncemusicallondon
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OnceMusicalLDN

Viva Forever Spice Girls Musical To Close Early

Producer Judy Craymer has confirmed that The New Spice Girls musical Viva Forever! is to close early at the end of June after just six months in London’s West End.

Judy Craymer said: “The show has evolved since we first opened and is now brighter, lighter and funnier, but despite the wonderful audiences and extremely positive feedback we just can’t make it work.

“I’m so proud of everyone involved in this production. Viva Forever! may be taking its leave for now in the West End but the legacy of Spice Girls will never fade.”

VIVA FOREVER! has exploded on to the stage at London’s Piccadilly Theatre and is wowing audiences with its clever mix of classic SPICE GIRLS hits combined with JENNIFER SAUNDERS’ irresistibly funny story.

Bringing some much needed spice to the West End, the show charts the journey of a girl and the people around her she loves, as she’s propelled into the superficial world of ‘Starmaker’, a TV talent show that offers the fame and fortune she thinks she craves. But life in the spotlight isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be, for the contestants, their families or even those who have the deciding votes!

Including the hit songs Stop, Say You’ll Be There, 2 Become 1 and many more, VIVA FOREVER! hits all the high notes for a fabulous feel-good night out. So spice up your life with this exhilarating new musical that celebrates love, friendship and just being who you really, really wanna be…!

The UK Trailer for Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

The brand new UK trailer for Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING has now been released. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is released across the UK and Ireland by Kaleidoscope Entertainment on 14 June 2013.

In the late summer of 2011, Joss Whedon completed principal photography on Marvel’s AVENGERS ASSEMBLE. Upon his return to Los Angeles Joss was contractually obligated to take a week off before beginning his director’s cut of the film. Rather than travel to an exotic location, or disconnect from the world and unwind, Joss chose to make a completely different kind of film. A film that would be shot almost entirely in his home, a film that would be shot in just under 12 days, a film that would be made with close friends, and a film made with a sincere love for the text, a film that would be MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that we call love.  A Special Presentation at Toronto International Film Festival 2012 and the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING was also selected as the Closing Night film for the Glasgow Film Festival 2013.

Leonato (Clark Gregg – AVENGERS ASSEMBLE; IRON MAN), the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro (Reed Diamond – MONEYBALL; GOOD NIGHT & GOOD LUCK), who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John (Sean Maher – SERENITY; TV’s FIREFLY). Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick (Alexis Denisof – AVENGERS ASSEMBLE; TV’s ANGEL) and Claudio (Fran Kranz – DIARY OF A WIMPY KID; TV’s DOLLHOUSE).  While in Messina, Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter Hero (newcomer Jillian Morgese), and Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice (Amy Acker – THE CABIN IN THE WOODS; TV’s ANGEL; DOLLHOUSE), the governor’s niece. The budding love between Claudio and Hero prompts Don Pedro to arrange, with Leonato, their marriage.

In the days leading up to the ceremony, Don Pedro, with the help of Leonato, Claudio and Hero, attempts to sport with Benedick and Beatrice in an effort to trick the two into falling in love. Meanwhile, the villainous Don John, with the help of his allies Conrade (Riki Lindhome – MILLION DOLLAR BABY) and Borachio (Spencer Treat Clark – MYSTIC RIVER), plots against the happy couple, using his own form of trickery to try to destroy the marriage before it begins.  A series of comic and tragic events may continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail.

AND IN THE END: The Death and Life of John Lennon

Marshall + Cole Theatricals Ltd presents AND IN THE END: The Death and Life of John Lennon which is written and directed by Alexander Marshall, Lighting & Design by Andy Grange, Art Direction by Shannon MacDonald, Sound Design by Phil Lee and Incidental Music by Jon Gordon. Starring Valentine Pelka as John Lennon with Martin Bendel, Helen Phillips and Spencer Cowan from 7 May to 1 June at Jermyn Street Theatre.

December 8, 1980, 10.52pm New York City, The Dakota Apartments. Five gunshots ring out and one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century lies in a pool of blood struggling for life. Time stops. Fighting to stay alive, John Lennon finds himself caught in a limbo between life and death. As his former years flash before him, Gatekeepers of his past help him confront the five stages of death – Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.

Written by Emmy Award-winner Alexander Marshall and starring Valentine Pelka, And In The End is a searching, uplifting and humorous insight into the death and life of one of the most influential rock musicians of all time.

Former RSC member Valentine Pelka’s performance as John Lennon was critically acclaimed both at The Edinburgh Fringe and in Australia. His recent credits include Churchill’s POW, a new drama documentary for Channel 4 and the role of Charles Pearce in Howard Brenton’s Epsom Downs for Salisbury Playhouse. On TV, he is perhaps best known for his roles of Kronos in The Highlander and as Colonel Luis Montoya in The Queen of Swords. Film work includes Roman Polanski’s The Piano and Disney’s Under the Tuscan Sun.

Alexander Marshall’s previous directing credits include Fooling Buddha, American Gypsy, and Jadoo. He is the US end of the Anglo-American production team Marshall + Cole Theatricals Ltd. Giles Cole is the UK end of the team. Their work has included the sold out and acclaimed stage biography of Terence Rattigan The Art of Concealment by Giles Cole (also at Jermyn Street Theatre), Short Guys With Glasses and Seeing With the Mind’s Eye in Chicago and Max Maven Thinking In Person Off- Broadway. Marshall is a two-time Emmy Award-winner and in 2011 he won the Benjamin Franklin Award for his biography Beating A Dead Horse: The Life and Times of Jay Marshall. And In The End follows Jermyn Street Theatre’s Artistic Director Anthony Biggs’ production of Frederick Lonsdale’s On Approval.

Box office 0207 287 2875 and online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

Derren Brown announces West End run for INFAMOUS

The multi-award winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion returns to the West End stage with his new one-man show DERREN BROWN: INFAMOUS. Following a sell-out 81-date national tour, the dark manipulator brings his unique brand of magic and mind control to the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, from June 24 to August 17.

INFAMOUS, a more ‘personal’ show, sees Derren re-united with his close collaborator and friend actor, writer Andy Nyman. He says:   “We abandoned the template that had won us a couple of Oliviers over the years for a very different feel. It’s important to us that the shows feel like something you can’t find anywhere else in theatre or entertainment: not even my own previous efforts. I’m really excited by the result. The show is a secret so I’m not giving away what’s in it, but it’s a psychological roller-coaster based around audience participation. And it’s got a real heart to it. The response on tour has been incredible, it’s all such a treat.”

INFAMOUS is Derren’s 6th show since 2003 and sees him return to the Palace Theatre, nine years after his debut West End show, ‘Derren Brown Live’, in 2004. Since then he has toured every year and been watched by an estimated audience of over one million people. He has won two prestigious Olivier Awards, for SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (2006) and SVENGALI (2012), and confesses that touring is still his favourite thing to do.

INFAMOUS is produced by Michael Vine, Andrew O’Connor & Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent Management. Directed by Andy Nyman, written by Derren Brown & Andy Nyman. Set Design by Simon Higlett, Lighting Design by Tim Cascall, Sound Design by Colin Pink. Video Design by Duncan MacLean

LISTINGS

Derren Brown: Infamous
Palace Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue, London
W1D 5AY
June 24 to Aug 17 2013 6 shows per week

Phone Booking:  0844 874 0789

Performance times:  Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm

Online address: www.nimaxtheatres.com

Director: Andy Nyman   Designer: Simon Higlett

Writers: Derren Brown & Andy Nyman

This show is not suitable for children under 12.

 

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

Mark Thomas, Omid Djalili, Phill Jupitus, Isy Suttie and Imran Yusef – A Benefit Night For Belarus Free Theatre

Political activist and comedian, Mark Thomas, is bringing together an excellent line-up of comics for yet another great cause. Mark will be joined by Omid Djalili, Phill Jupitus, Isy Suttie and Imran Yusef at London’s Comedy Store on the Spring bank holiday, Monday 27th May, for a benefit to help raise funds for Belarus Free Theatre.

Belarus has the last remaining dictatorship in Europe and the Belarus Free Theatre was founded in March 2005 by Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin. Their performances are often done in secret and are subject to targeting and censorship by the authorities. They sought political asylum in the UK in 2011 and created a new part of the company in London. They continue their work with the permanent ensemble left behind in Minsk, who perform and tour around the world as Belarus Free Theatre. The funds raised from this evening will help the company in their work.

Belarus Free Theatre creates unique theatre because of its innovative approach to urgent and challenging social and political issues. It is impossible for any other company to perform the plays devised and produced by the company as the essence of their work is born out of their personal experiences and research. They have performed in over 42 countries around the world and is recognised for its unique role in theatre as well as for its denial of the narrow options offered to it by a contemporary world. Its trustees include Michael Attenborough, Jude Law and Samuel West.

VENUE: The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EE
DATE: Monday 27th May
TIME: 8pm
BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 7699 / www.thecomedystore.co.uk

Pleasance Theatre Listings for April to May 2013

Pleasance Theatre Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales has annouced their listings for April to May 2013.

LAMDA Presents Summerfolk by Maxim Gorky
Tuesday 2nd April – Friday 26th April, 2pm & 7:30pm

At the turn of the 20th Century a group of Russian friends retreat for their annual summer holiday in the countryside. United by their place in history as an emergent Russian middle class, but disparate in their political views and private lives, their friendship will never be the same again come autumn.

Maxim Gorky’s naturalistic masterpiece depicts Russia as it teeters on the edge of social upheaval – exploring the dreams, fears and vanities of one group of friends as they question their value in a transient society.

 

LAMDA Presents Earthquakes in London
Wednesday 3rd  April – Friday 26th April, 2pm & 7:30pm

How can you live in a state of constant impending catastrophe? Is hope possible, responsible even, when scientists and politicians are predicting an environmental apocalypse? Earthquakes in London tracks the tremors of hedonism, terror and activism through the lives of three sisters and their estranged, misanthropic father.

Written by award-winning Mike Bartlett (Love Love Love), the play premiered at the National Theatre in 2010.

 

Angelos Epithemious and Friends
Thursday 4th April & Thursday 18th April, 8pm

The star of C4’s ‘The Angelos Epithemiou Show’ and ‘Shooting Stars’ and Dave’s ‘One Night Stand’, tries out some new material.

“Come and see me do my show called angelos epithemiou and friends, I don’t know who my friends are yet coz I’ve never met them but they’ll be good friends by the time we do the show. It’ll be jokes and stuff like that dragged out for an hour I think. Come along.”

 

Shaun Keaveny: Live and Languorous
Monday 8th April, 7:30pm

AN UNMISSABLE PRIAPIC PLATE-SPINNING PANOPLY OF LIVE ENTERTAINMENT..YOU WANT THE BIGGEST NAMES IN COMEDY?? YOU WANT FAB GEAR MUSIC GUESTS TOO?? YOU WANT STAND-UP SATIRE AND SASSY CHAT SHOW MOVES FROM THE NATION’S MOST BELOVED RADIO PRESENTER (SIC)??

Join BBC Radio 6 presenter Shaun Keaveny for a comedy chat show with some fantastic special guests.

Line Up:

Tom Stade (Live at The Apollo)

Joe Lycett (8 out of 10 cats)

Sarah-Louise Young (Cabaret Whore)

Kerry Godliman (Derek)

 

The Boy at the Edge of the Room
Tuesday 9th April – Friday 12th April, 7:30pm

The Boy at the Edge of the Room is a gothic fairy tale for adults which has been inspired by a Victorian story by Lucy Clifford entitled Wooden Tony.

The play focuses on a character who displays many of the classic traits of those on the autistic spectrum. Using puppetry, animation and live music Forest Forge will bring this extraordinary story to life.

It is a beautiful and moving examination of difference and acceptance, love and expectations.

‘This is not a show you leave in the theatre. It continues in your thoughts for some time.’ The Stage

 

Mike Wozniak & Josh Widicombe: Work in Progress
Wednesday 10th April, 7:30pm 

Mike Wozniak – Take the Hit

Time Out New Act of 2008

Edinburgh Comedy Newcomer Award Nominee 2008

“Off-beat imaginings, clever one-liners” The Observer

“Just could be the new comedy hero” **** Time Out

“High quality silliness… underrated, but not for long” **** Metro

Star of Live at the Apollo, Stand up for the Week and 8 out of 10 Cats Josh Widicombe performs his work in progress in preparation for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

 

Islington Community Theatre – The Centre
Monday 15th April – Wednesday 17th April, 7:30pm

A housing estate on the edge of Paris. Once a bold vision for a utopian future, now broken by years of neglect, home to a lost generation of young people with no hope for the future.

Until a new president arrives in a blaze of publicity and promises a brighter tomorrow: a landmark new shopping centre designed by the finest architects, boasting designer shops, cinemas and a bowling alley; offering apprenticeships, jobs and opportunity.

Islington Community Theatre creates new plays through a unique collaborative process in which young people and professional theatre-makers experiment, work together and learn from each other.

 

The Pin and Liam Williams: Work in Progress
Friday 19th  April, 8pm

The Pin are a 3 man sketch act. Their debut Edinburgh show last year was a total sell-out, and now they’re working on material for this year’s show.
“Perfect, cripplingly funny” The List
“Heavily tipped for future stardom” The Guardian
“Innovative, enjoyable, inventive” Time Out

Liam Williams is one third of critically acclaimed sketch group ‘Sheeps.’ He reached the final of Amused Moose and So You Think You’re Funny in 2010 and regularly plays The Boat Show, Monday Club, Invisible Dot and Up The Creek.
“Great voice, smart gags” Chortle
“The quality is maintained throughout… fast, innovative, polished” Three Weeks

 

Voices in Your Head: The Phill Jupitus Experiment
Friday 19th April & Sunday 26th May, 8pm

Deborah Frances-White’s fringe hit returns to London, but this time with only one special guest performer taking to the stage.

Phill Jupitus goes head to head with a disembodied Voice on a microphone who will interrogate, provoke and cajole him to create dark-hearted comedy mayhem. See the hidden depths of the human unconscious pushed to their illogical conclusions in this unforgettable, unmissable, electrifying and hilarious show. Voices in Your Head just got even freakier.

“Inventive, funny and wildly ambitious – you’ll never see anything quite like it.”’
* * * * * The Skinny

Join Rob as he tries out material in advance of a major new UK tour. Watch it evolve in front of your very eyes!

“I am completely in awe of Robert Newman. Of his talent, his passion, his intelligence, and the way he turns them to comedy with real firepower. If this world could be saved by a Superhero whose Superpower was Comedy, that hero would be Robert Newman.” Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

 

Joe Lycett Celebrity Juice & 8 out of 10 Cats):

Join award-winning sparky stand up Joe Lycett as he workshops material for his second hour show. Expect it to be rough round the edges, interactive, potentially slightly awkward, but most of all bloody good fun. Last year’s show got nominated for Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer so it can’t be all bad.

Eleanor Thom (Lady Garden, Absolutely Fabulous & Live At The Electric)

“The BBC said to me, ‘Bev, you need a vehicle’, so I’ve got one. Inclusive of drinks trolley. Get onboard.”

‘Britain’s funniest woman’ Sunday Telegraph

 

Alan Davies: Work in Progress
Friday 26th April – Sunday 19th May, 8pm

Alan Davies returns to the Stagespace where, in 2011, he spent several evenings developing his last stand-up show. Life Is Pain toured throughout the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and will be out on DVD in time for the PGP (Prime Gifting Period or Xmas).

It’s now time to see whether there is any new material coming along that may be worth taking out of the borough in 2014…

 

The Joy of Sketch
Tuesday 30th April, 7:30pm

The glitzy sketch comedy extravaganza is back! Following a West End blow-out, two Udderbelly shows, the Bloomsbury and a bunch of Edinburgh gigs, The Joy of Sketch comes back to The Pleasance London. The finest sketch acts in the country come together for a one-off skit-heavy spectacular.

Line Up:

Brian Gittins | WitTank | Oram & Meeten | Will Franken | Robin & Partridge

So On and So Forth | Lou Sanders & Grainne Maguire | Dan Cook

 

The London Cuckolds
Wednesday 1st May – Sunday 12th May, 4pm & 7:45pm

Let Them Call It Mischief present

The London Cuckolds by Edward Ravenscroft

The London Cuckolds tells the story of three City boys, their bored housewives and two frisky young cads, all intertwined in a caper filled with sex and intrigue.

Calamitous and bawdy, this is a rarely performed gem from the restoration era transported to the sparkle and glamour of 1920s London.

 

Adam Kay and Enemies
Friday 10th May, 7:30pm

Amateur Transplants frontman Adam Kay is delighted to bring his brand new monthly residency to The Pleasance. Alongside his uniquely depraved pop music re-imaginings, Adam is joined on stage by special guests he doesn’t particularly get on with, but are funnier than him. He’ll probably do the London Underground Song.

This month’s guests are comedy superstar Ardal O’Hanlon and the supremely talented Adam Hess. 

Bracingly intelligent… enormous fun.” * * * *  Times
This made me very, very happy” Stephen Fry

 

Murray Lachlan Young – The Incomers
Monday 13th May – Saturday 18th May, 7:30pm

It’s Gordon and Celia’s wedding anniversary.  They’ve asked their oldest and dearest friends Zach and Jane down from London.  The only problem is that Zach and Jane aren’t Zach and Jane anymore.  Jane has gone and Julia, the twenty five year old, French burlesque dancer, has taken her place.

Written entirely in his characteristic verse by BBC 6 Music poet in residence Murray Lachlan Young it will have you gasping and roaring with laughter in equal measures!

 

Finding Libby
Tuesday 14th May, 7:45pm

At the heart of Finding Libby is one of the many heartbreaking stories of young women for whom the 1960s were less swinging than swingeing – a hidden pregnancy, a premature birth, the death of a tiny scrap never referred to again and a life stalled. Pauline is now in her early sixties and has been persuaded by her neighbour to take her first holiday, on a canal boat. We follow her from worrying whether anyone will meet her at the station, to the unexpected turn in the journey that forces her to face her past and to finding that it is never too late for a fresh start.

 

Rehearsed Reading of Making News
Wednesday 15th May, 7:45pm

Rehearsed reading of Making News the new play by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky.

It’s the start of a 24-hour news cycle and Rachel Clarke has been promoted as the BBC’s newest Head of News. When a crisis erupts, she has to confront rivals from within and without, and decide how to report on a story that could bring down the Corporation itself.

A fast-moving satire about the BBC starring Suki Webster, Hal Cruttenden, Sara Pascoe, Liam Williams, Dan Starkey and Phill Jupitus as the Director-General.

 

The Trench
Tuesday 28th May – Thursday 30th May, 7:30pm
After a sell-out five star run at the Edinburgh Festival Les Enfants Terribles tour the UK with their new award-winning show, The Trench. From the team behind The Terrible Infants, Ernest and the Pale Moon and The Vaudevillains, comes a new play inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed in a tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems as he starts to discover a new, strange world beneath the mud and death. Setting off on an epic journey of salvation, the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur as he questions what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters?

‘The overall vision stays with you like a strange, significant dream.’ Times

 

Voices In Your Head
Friday 31st May, 8pm
Deborah Frances-White’s fringe hit returns to London as a cast of comedic performers go head to head with a disembodied Voice who will interrogate, provoke and cajole them to create comedy mayhem. Previous guests have included Phill Jupitus, Hannibal Buress, Russell Tovey, Mike McShane, Sara Pascoe, Humphrey Ker among many others.

This time the line-up includes Miles Jupp (star of Rev, The Thick Of It & Have I Got News For You) and Thom Tuck (Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee & star of Radio 4’s The Penny Dreadfuls) plus special guests.

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For more information, please use the following  contact details:

Pleasance Islington, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London, N7 9EF Box Office 020 7609 1800
www.pleasance.co.uk
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