Gray O’Brien, Tessa Peake-Jones, Josefina Gabrielle and Daniel Weyman star in Park Avenue Cat at Arts Theatre

Coronation Street star Gray O’Brien is joined by Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools and Horses), Josefina Gabrielle (Sweet Charity) and Daniel Weyman (Comedy Of Errors – Regent’s Park Theatre), in the world premiere of Los Angeles comedy Park Avenue Cat.

This triangle has four corners.  One beautiful woman, two Alpha males and a very confused LA therapist presiding over a love triangle in couples’ therapy.  In the privacy of the psychotherapist’s consultation room, the first rule is that you tell your therapist everything.  Or do you? Park Avenue Cat tells what happens when something crucial is held back.  A slinky, sexy comedy that will make you purr.

Gray O’Brien is best known for his portrayal of the villainous Weatherfield businessman Tony Gordon in Coronation Street for which he won the coveted Villain Of The Year in the 2009 British Soap Awards. Tessa Peake-Jones is known to many for her role as Del Boy’s long-suffering wife Raquel in Only Fools and Horses.  Double Olivier Award nominated Josefina Gabrielle has starred in numerous West End musicals including Oklahoma and most recently Sweet Charity.  Daniel Weyman’s recent successes include the title role in the Chichester Theatre production of Nicholas Nickelby (nominated Best Performance in a Play at the TMA Awards) and The Comedy of Errors (Regent’s Park – nominated best Shakespearian Production What’sonstage Awards).

Park Avenue Cat is directed by Glen Walford, whose most recent West End production was Shirley Valentine with Meera Syall at the Trafalgar Studios.  Walford is an internationally acclaimed director who has previously served as Artistic Director at the Ludlow Festival, Everyman Theatre Liverpool and Bubble Theatre Company (which she founded).  She has directed major productions all over the world, including regularly working in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and even Siberia.
 
A writer of plays, screenplays and novels, Strausser’s first produced play The Powder Room starred Academy Award Best Actress nominee Sally Kirkland.  His second play The Split premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002 and is currently in development with Tony-nominated director Wilson Milam.  A film adaptation of his novel Plastic is in development with Australian director Kate Woods.  Park Avenue Cat is also being adapted for film.  He studied theatrical writing with the late Milton Katselas in his ‘Master Class’ at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.  An American with an English mother, Strausser makes his London debut with Park Avenue Cat.

PARK AVENUE CAT is written by Frank Strausser, directed by Glen Walford with Gray O’Brien, Josefina Gabrielle, Tessa Peake-Jones and Daniel Weyman will run at Arts Theatre from Friday 1st July to Saturday 20th August 2011.

For more information, visit: www.artstheatrewestend.com

Woody Sez at The Arts Theatre from 13 Jan 2011

Mary Cossette Productions and Hartshorn – Hook Productions present WOODY SEZ – The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie which is written by David M. Lutken with Nick Corley and directed by Nick Corley.

In January 2009 at the inauguration of Barack Obama, Pete Seeger joyfully led a crowd of hundreds of thousands in singing “This Land Is Your Land”.  The spirit of that song’s writer, American Folk legend Woody Guthrie is celebrated in the new musical, Woody Sez which blasts onto the stage of the Arts Theatre this January.  Guthrie’s music lives on and continues to inspire.  The hundreds of musicians who acknowledge their debt to the man who performed with the slogan “This machine kills fascists” emblazoned on his guitar include the mighty Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and our own Billy Bragg.
   
Weaving together Guthrie’s enduring words and songs, Woody Sez paints a powerful portrait of this revered cult figure’s fascinating and often tragic life. Considered the Godfather of American folk music, Guthrie was an altogether original protest singer, fighting for and lifting up the spirits of people beaten down by the hardships of The Great Depression.
   
Playing the lead role, British trained Broadway veteran David Lutken is joined by singer/songwriter and fiery fiddler Darcie Deaville, multi-instrumentalist Helen Russell and Andy Teirstein, himself a classical composer (and former circus performer!). Directed by Nick Corley, also a Broadway regular who collaborated with Lutken on the book, the musical was first brought to life in 2007 at the Edinburgh Fringe. Since that time, with Mary Cossette Productions, the show has grown through festival productions in Belfast, Brighton (Argus Angel Award), Recklinghausen’s Ruhrfestspiele, and back in the US in Woody’s home state of Oklahoma, where it was voted “Musical of the Year” (2009).
   
Woody Sez is a story of survival, passionate belief, timeless music, and the flawed and fated trail of a singular and determined American poet.

Venue: The Arts Theatre – 6/7 Great Newport Street London WC2H 7JB

Dates: 13th January – 2nd April 2011

Cast includes: David M. Lutken, Andy Teirstein, Darcie Deaville, Helen J Russell 

For more information about show and tickets, please visit: www.woodysez.co.uk

The Music of the Blues Brothers – A Tribute at Arts Theatre from 12 October Until 6 November 2010

Hook Productions presents The Music of the Blues Brothers – A Tribute, the most electric rock’n’roll party of the year. After taking the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by storm this summer with a month of sell out shows and 5-star reviews, Jake and Elwood Blues are now rolling into the heart of London’s Theatreland with their raucous live music show.

Directed by the award winning Patrick Wilde and backed by one of the tightest rhythm and blues bands in the city, the men in black are still on a mission from God and will be tearing through the best in American Blues, Soul and Rock and Roll classics including, Gimme Some Lovin, Think, Minnie the Moocher, Sweet Home Chicago, and Jailhouse Rock.

So dig out your sunglasses and get ready to shake your tail feather because this supercharged high-octane production is about to take London by storm.

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

A Guide To Sexual Misery at Arts Theatre

A Guide To Sexual Misery at Arts Theatre from 10th September to 13th November.

YOU, NATURALLY, HAVE A GREAT SEX LIFE

– CONGRATULATIONS!

Everyone else in the audience including your friends, partners & boss does not. Find out why, as Wolfgang Weinberger delivers a hysterically funny romp through the minefield of sexual relations.

 How often should I have sex?

 What do woman really want?

 And is it the size of the ship, or the motion of the ocean?

 You’re going to get the answers to all of these questions from Wolfgang and indeed from your peers in the audience!

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Lilies on the Land at Arts Theatre for Limited Run

Lilies on the Land is a truly remarkable and sparkling piece of theatre which celebrates an extraordinary episode in Britain’s history – the Women’s Land Army of World War II.

These gripping but charming tales chart the personal journeys of four women who sign up to become Land Girls, determined to work endless, backbreaking hours on farms across the country in a bid to do their best for the War Effort.

But how will these women, hailing from all different walks of life, torn from their families and bereft of all basic home comforts, deal not only with the hardships of farming life and the pressures of war, but also with being outsiders in new surroundings? Maybe work clothes full of mice and toilet rolls falling from the skies are just what it takes for these girls to get through…

Based on hundreds of letters from and interviews with the original Land Girls along with songs from the period, Lilies on the Land is a revealing, funny, wonderfully moving and utterly captivating portrait of some of Britain’s pluckiest, unsung heroes. Simply unmissable, this is theatre at its most memorable.

Currently booking for London run from 08 June 2010 to 17 July 2010 at Arts Theatre London.

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Tiny Tim Productions presents ‘Puss In Boots’ at Arts Theatre this Christmas!

After the massive success of A Christmas Carol last year, Tiny Tim Productions presents this years must see Christmas Show “Puss In Boots” at Arts Theatre from 18th November 2010 to 16th January 2011.

When the Miller dies, his youngest son is disappointed to hear that all he got is a cat. But he soon discovers that this is no ordinary cat but a cat who can talk and who makes up the most amazing stories and lies.

The Arts Theatre is a small club theatre in Great Newport Street, Central London, which seats 347 in a two-tier basement auditorium. The theatre was opened on 20 April 1927 as a club for the production of unlicensed plays, for members only, thus avoiding theatre censorship by the Lord Chamberlain’s office. It was one of a small number of committed, independent theatre companies, including the Hampstead Everyman, the Gate Theatre Studio and the Q Theatre, which took risks by producing a diverse range of new and experimental plays, or plays that were thought to be commercially unviable on the West-End stage. The theatrical producer Norman Marshall referred to these as ‘The Other Theatre’ in his 1947 book of the same name.

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Tickets on Sale for Wet Weather Cover at Arts Theatre

Rain. Spain. An epic movie on location. Two actors, two egos. One leaking trailer.
 
Brad (Michael Brandon – Dempsey and Makepeace, Jerry Springer The Opera) and Stuart (Steve Furst – Lenny Beige, Little Britain)  are two actors from very different backgrounds, one American, one English, with seemingly very little in common.   Trapped together in a small leaking trailer on a film set, unable to work because of torrential rain, tensions mount.  Secrets will be uncovered and resolutions undone in this critically acclaimed hilarious and explosive battle of wills.

Oliver Cotton’s new play transfers in for a limited season after a sold out run at The Kings Head.

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Naked Boys Singing will play until 5 September 2010

Naked Boys Singing! is a musical comedy revue featuring an original score of 16 songs celebrating the splendours of male nudity is currently playing at Arts Theatre until Sunday, 5 September 2010.

This perfectly proportioned 70 minute review features 7 good-looking and talented male actors celebrating the glories of the naked make body through a series of catchy, pithy cabaret numbers, both funny and poignant. 

The long running New York production is equally popular with gay and straight audiences and its famous fans include Ricki Lake, Harvey Fierstein,  Deborah Gibson, Betty Buckley, Bernadette Peters…and 55 members of the New York Police Department!

Please Note: Contains full male nudity. Age recommendation 16 years +

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Oliver Cotton’s Wet Weather Cover transfers to West End

Wet Weather Cover by Oliver Cotton which is directed by Kate Fahy and designed by Tanya McCallin, which had a limited run at the King’s Head Theatre from 20 Jan 2010 to 21 Feb 2010, will be transfering to the Arts Theatre from 6 April 2010 until 5 June 2010.

Michael Brandon (Dempsey and Makepeace, Jerry Springer The Opera) and Steve Furst (Lenny Beige, Little Britain) star in this hilarious and explosive battle of wills.

Press Reviews:

**** TIME OUT CRITICS’ CHOICE

“COTTON’S SCRIPT IS BEAUTIFULLY NUANCED….INTOXICATING” (Time Out)

“MICHAEL BRANDON AND STEVE FURST ARE TERRIFIC” (Time Out)

“BEAUTIFULLY ACTED” (The Times)

“A TRIO OF OUTSIZE, ROARING-BOY PERFORMANCES THAT THREATEN CONSTANTLY TO SPLIT THE SEAMS OF THIS COMPACT VENUE” (The Arts Desk)

***** “A THOROUGHLY ENGAGING EVENING’S ENTERTAINMENT” (Remote Goat)

“MICHAEL BRANDON IS INSPIRED CASTING…. PEPE BALDERRAMA STRUTS AND FRETS WITH APLOMB” (The Stage)

“BRANDON AND FURST BOTH TURN IN SKILLED COMIC PERFORMANCES” (whatsonstage.com)