David Suchet in Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Apollo Theatre

Following his critically acclaimed performance in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre in 2010, David Suchet returns in Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey into Night.

Set in 1912, the story is a compelling family drama between James Tyrone (David Suchet), Mary Tyrone and their sons, Jamie and Edmund during a long summer’s day. This multi-award winning play is one of the greatest American plays written in the twentieth century.

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Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem returns to West End for a season at the Apollo Theatre!

SONIA FRIEDMAN PRODUCTIONS & ROYAL COURT THEATRE production of JERUSALEM which returns for a season at the Apollo Theatre starring Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook.

Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook lead the cast in the West End transfer of the Royal Court Theatre’s sell-out production of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, directed by Ian Rickson. Jerusalem, which received its world premiere at the Royal Court in July and for which Rylance in particular received outstanding reviews.

Jerusalem is a comic, contemporary vision of life in our green and pleasant land. On St George’s Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron, local waster and modern day Pied Piper is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his children want their dad to take them to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

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Julie Atherton, Daniel Boys & Richard Fleeshman at the Apollo Theatre on Sunday 26th June

Star of the international YouTube sensation ‘Portrait of a Princess’ Julie Atherton will perform her biggest solo concert yet for one night only at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue on Sunday 26th June 2011. She will be joined by fellow West End stars Daniel Boys and Richard Fleeshman.

Performing tracks from her album No Space for Air alongside songs from the shows that have shaped her illustrious career to date, Julie and her guests will be accompanied by a live ten-piece band and on-stage choir. Emmy Award winning composer Lance Horne will make a guest appearance to accompany Julie for two of his songs, and Brit composer Michael Bruce will helm a performance of ‘Portrait of a Princess’, which he wrote to showcase Julie’s innate comedic talent.

For Atherton aficionados, the concert will feature songs from Avenue Q, The Last 5 Years and Ordinary Days, and some totally unexpected numbers will receive the unique Atherton treatment.

Best known for creating the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q, and her role as Cathy in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years, Julie is one of the most prolific and successful young musical theatre stars in the West End, having previously played Sophie in smash hit Mamma Mia! and Serena in Fame. She is also an experienced concert artist, having headlined numerous musical engagements at venues as diverse as the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Albert Hall.

Julie launched her second solo album, No Space for Air, at the Delfont Room at the Prince of Wales Theatre in June 2010, following which she made her North West solo debut at Manchester’s infamous Band on the Wall. Prior to the Apollo, she will be performing two exclusive acoustic sessions of an unplugged reworking of her album at The Pheasantry on the Kings Road in Chelsea.

Daniel Boys is an award-winning performer whose career encompasses TV, West End musicals, national tours, and numerous concerts and recordings. His appearance on the hugely successful BBC TV talent show Any Dream Will Do in 2007 firmly established him as one of the UK’s brightest emerging musical talents. He is currently performing in Australia at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Richard Fleeshman first came to public attention in the cast of Coronation Street at the age of 12. In 2006, he won ITV’s Soapstar Superstar, increasing his profile as a singer, since which he has played the lead role of Warner in Legally Blonde in the West End, and appeared in the BBC series All The Small Things. He will soon return to the West End in the highly anticipated world première production of Ghost the Musical, which has just completed a successful run in Manchester.

Julie Atherton: No Space for Air is produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment.

For more information, visit: www.nospaceforair.com

Yes, Prime Minister at Apollo Theatre from 6 July 2011

Thirty years ago the first episode of Yes, Minister was broadcast and went on to become television’s most successful political comedy ever. It and the equally successful sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, captured a niche in the political consciousness of the nation.

The original writers of these classic series have reunited for this anniversary production and now the Prime Minister Jim Hacker, his Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and his Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley are all back, in a brand new play.

The world, of course, has turned meanwhile. Spin has become an art form and the BlackBerry is the must-have accessory. Dossiers have been ‘sexed up’, the ‘special relationship’ put to the test and countless MPs have stood down to ‘spend more time with their families’.

But great institutions have a way of riding punches and bouncing back unscathed for the next round.

Will it prove so for Jim Hacker and his coterie of close advisors? Especially with the country on the brink of financial meltdown and the Government’s only apparent salvation coming from an unlikely quarter – a morally dubious deal with the Foreign Minister of Kumranistan.

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My Trip Down The Pink Carpet at Apollo Theatre

My Trip Down The Pink Carpet which is directed by David Galligan, author by Leslie Jordan and also performing by Leslie Jordan has been confirmed for Apollo Theatre from 24 Jan 2011 to 19 Feb 2011.

Leslie Jordan, that small man and giant scene stealer, is one of the funniest men in America. He has created an outrageous tell-all that weaves together a hilarious collection of true life stories (which are also the basis for his popular memoir, My Trip Down The Pink Carpet, recently published by Simon & Schuster).

From small-town USA to the pink carpet of Hollywood – My Trip Down The Pink Carpet tells the unlikely tale of one of America’s true comic icons. With $1,200 sewn into his underpants, Leslie — who describes himself as “the gayest man I know” — boarded a Greyhound bus bound for L.A. and never looked back.

Filled with comically overwrought childhood agonies, dangerous temptations, and revealing celebrity encounters — from Boy George to George Clooney — My Trip Down The Pink Carpet delivers a laugh-out-loud take on Hollywood, fame, addiction, gay culture, and learning to love oneself.

Blithe Spirit, Playing at Apollo 2 Mar 2011, Announces Cast Update

Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, produced by Theatre Royal Bath, is scheduled to open at the Apollo Theatre on 9 March 2011 (following previews from 2 March) booking until 18 June 2011.  Blithe Spirit is directed by Thea Sharrock and designed by Hildegard Bechtler with lighting by Mark Henderson.

Joining previously mentioned Alison Steadman who will be playing Madame Arcati are Hermione Norris who will play Ruth Condomine and Robert Bathurst who will play Charles Condomine.  An interesting story… Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by someone from the past when an eccentric medium (Madame Arcati) manages to conjure up the ghost of Elvira, Charles’ neurotic first wife.  Ruth and Charles assumed that Madame Arcati was just a fraud who would simply entertain them and their dinner guests with a ‘séance’ and at the same time supply Charles with material for his forthcoming novel.  But Elvira appears, of course visible only to Charles, and is determined to sabotage his current marriage thereby causing life (and the afterlife) to get complicated.

Hermione Norris co-stars in ITV’s 2010 remake of 70’s classic ‘Bouquet of Barbed Wire’.  She recently played Ros Myers in the BBC series ‘Spooks’ and has also starred in ITV’s ‘Kingdom’, ‘Wire in the Blood’, ‘Lucky Jim’ and C4’s film ‘Falling Apart’.  She is still celebrated as the redoubtable Karen Marsden in ‘Cold Feet’.

Robert Bathurst made a professional stage debut in 1983 in Michael Frayn’s Noises Off.  In the 1980s, television roles included appearing in comedies such as ‘The Lenny Henry Show’ and the first episode of ‘Red Dwarf’.  His first major television role was in Steven Moffat’s semi-autobiographical BBC sitcom ‘Joking Apart’, after which he was cast in the ITV comedy drama ‘Cold Feet’ which ran for five series from 1998 to 2003.  After ‘Cold Feet’, Bathurst played a fictional prime minister in the BBC sitcom ‘My Dad’s the Prime Minister’, Mark Thatcher in the fact-based drama ‘Coup!’, and a man whose daughter goes missing in the ITV thriller ‘The Stepfather’.

Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove in Clifford Odets The Country Girl

Critically-acclaimed director Rufus Norris leads two of the nation’s best-loved and most respected actors in Clifford Odets’ glamorous masterpiece THE COUNTRY GIRL, an insight into the turbulent lives of a married couple whose relationship is tested to the limit when a shot at stardom exposes their deep-rooted flaws.

Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove are reunited in the roles played by Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand on Broadway in 2008, and by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in the multi-Oscar winning 1954 film.

Martin Shaw’s most recent stage appearance was in the West End triumph A Man for All Seasons. Best known for his starring roles in George Gently and the BAFTA award winning Judge John Deed, he will be joined by his co-star from that hugely popular series, Jenny Seagrove. Seagrove’s extensive theatre credits have seen her play lead roles in almost every West End playhouse; her most recent West End performance was in Peter Hall’s critically-acclaimed production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce, which followed her appearance in A Daughter’s A Daughter.

Debbie Reynolds will perform at Apollo Theatre

Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds will perform at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from 28th of Apr 2010 to 9th of May 2010.

MGM legend and star of Singing in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Thats Entertainment, The Bodyguard, and Will and Grace, Debbie Reynolds celebrates 50 years of show business in this award winning one woman show.

Winner of The American Comedy Award, Nominated for two Golden Globes and an Academy Award, Debbie Reynolds comes to the Apollo Theatre direct from America, where she has become a national institution. A bundle of energy, charm and beauty, Debbie Reynolds is a genuine film star. This unique presentation features actual MGM film footage as she talks about her glittering career, her many husbands and her incredible life of song and dance.

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Camille The Dark Angel at Apollo Theatre Shaftsbury Avenue

After devastating performances on ‘Later…with Jools Holland’ and five star sell-out shows at The Roundhouse, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Edinburgh Fringe, Camille O’Sullivan brings her acclaimed show to the West End.

She will be performing new versions of songs by Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, David Bowie and more. Camille has recently performed sell out seasons in Ireland, New York, Australia (Sydney Opera House) and been a special guest star of the Broadway hit show La Clique.

Camille will be joined onstage by an international cast of musicians.

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The Gruffalo will play at the Apollo Theatre this Christmas

This big scary monster is back in London’s West End again this Christmas for the fourth year running in its new home at the Apollo Theatre from 25 November to 10 January.

Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. (‘A modern classic’ Observer)

Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged three and up, and their adults…

“Children love this big scary monster of a show” The Independent

“A spirited and imaginative play” The Guardian 

“A theatrical treat for the under-nines” The Sunday Express 

“Tall Stories have transformed a well-loved story into an exuberant, funny show” Time Out

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