Full cast announced for Webber’s Love Never Dies

The Really Useful Group has announced the full cast for Love Never Dies, Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess to star as ‘The Phantom’ and ‘Christine’ in Adelphi Theatre London.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long awaited new show “LOVE NEVER DIES” will have its World Premiere in London at the Adelphi Theatre on Tuesday 9 March 2010, followed by New York on Thursday 11 November and Australia in 2011.

Ramin Karimloo will create the role of ‘The Phantom’ in “LOVE NEVER DIES”, having already played the role to great acclaim in “The Phantom of the Opera” in London.  Ramin’s other stage credits include starring as ‘Enjolras’ in “Les Misérables” in the West End, ‘Chris’ in the UK tour of “Miss Saigon” and ‘Artie Green’ in the UK tour of “Sunset Boulevard”. Ramin also played ‘Raoul’ in the West End production of “The Phantom of the Opera”, as well as the role of ‘Christine’s Father’ in Joel Schumacher’s film, making him the only actor to play all three of ‘Christine’s’ loves.

Sierra Boggess will create the role of ‘Christine’ in “LOVE NEVER DIES”. Sierra made her Broadway debut creating the lead role of ‘Ariel’ in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”, receiving both Drama League and Drama Desk Award nominations and a Broadway.com Audience Award for ‘Favourite Breakthrough Performance’. She also understudied the role of ‘Cosette’ in the U.S. national tour of “Les Misérables”. In 2007 Sierra was handpicked by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Hal Prince to originate the role of ‘Christine’ in the brand new production of “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular”. “LOVE NEVER DIES” marks Sierra’s West End debut.

Joseph Millson will play ‘Raoul’.  He has worked extensively in theatre, film and television, including many roles at both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.  He was nominated as ‘Best Actor 2001’ at the Royal Television Society Awards, and as ‘Most Promising Actor 1999’ and ‘Best Actor 2000’ at the National Television Awards for his starring role as ‘Sam Morgan’ in five series of “Peak Practice”. 

Liz Robertson will play ‘Madame Giry’.  Liz Robertson has starred in many West End and regional musicals, including “The King and I”, “The Sound of Music”, “I Love My Wife”, “The Mitford Girls” and “Song and Dance”.  She starred as ‘Eliza Doolittle’ in “My Fair Lady” at the Adelphi Theatre for which she earned rave reviews and The Variety Club’s ‘Most Promising Actress’ Award, as well as an ‘Olivier’ nomination for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’. 

Summer Strallen will play ‘Meg Giry’.  She, also, has starred in many West End musicals, including “Scrooge”, “Cats”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Guys and Dolls”, “The Boyfriend” (for which she was nominated for the 2007 ‘Olivier’ Award for ‘Best Supporting Role in a Musical’) and “The Drowsy Chaperone” (for which she was nominated for the 2008 ‘Olivier’ Award for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’).  She recently starred as ‘Maria’ in the London Palladium production of “The Sound of Music”, having won the role whilst playing ‘Summer Shaw’ in “Hollyoaks” on television. 

‘Fleck’, ‘Squelch’ and ‘Gangle’ will be played respectively by Niamh Perry, Adam Pearce and Jami Reid-Quarrell.  Niamh has recently starred as ‘Sophie’ in “MAMMA MIA!” at the Prince of Wales Theatre and was one of the twelve finalists in “I’d Do Anything” on BBC 1, in which she came fifth.  Adam spent four years with the National Youth Music Theatre and has subsequently played in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” and “Evita”, both at the Adelphi Theatre in London.  Jami has worked with the English National Opera, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Royal Opera House and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and was in the recent West End production of “Equus” and played the lead in “Depeche Mode” for television.

The cast will also include Derek Andrews, Dean Chisnall, Helen Dixon, Lucie Downer, Paul Farrell, Charlene Ford, Chris Gage, Lucy van Gasse, Celia Graham, Simon Ray Harvey, Jack Horner, Erin Anna Jameson, Pip Jordan, Jessica Kirton, Louise Madison, Janet Mooney, Colette Morrow, Tam Mutu, Ashley Nottingham, Tom Oakley, Mark Skipper, Jonathan Stewart, Tim Walton and Annette Yeo.

The World Premiere of “LOVE NEVER DIES” will take place in London on 9 March 2010 at the Adelphi Theatre. Previews begin on 20 February.  The show will subsequently open in New York on 11 November 2010 and then in Australia in 2011.

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Cast has been announced for Victoria Wood’s TALENT

The full cast of Talent – written and directed by Victoria Wood – has now been announced!

Talent will perform at the Chocolate Factory between September 17th – November 14th.

Mark Curry – Compere
Mark Hadfield – Arthur Hall
Jeffrey Holland – George Findley
Eugene O’Hare – Mel
Leanne Rowe – Julie
Suzie Toase – Maureen

Mark Curry: Theatre credits include Tons of Money, Dangerous Corner, Absurd Person Singular, Appetite and Season’s Greetings (Theatre Royal Windsor), Joking Apart and London Suite (National Tour), Far from the Madding Crowd (Middle Ground National Tour) and Singing in the Rain (Lincoln Theatre Royal). His television credits include Doctors and Last of the Summer Wine (for the BBC), Ghost Story and Christmas Carol. Mark Curry presented Blue Peter from 1986 to 1989.

Mark Hadfield: Most recently appeared in Rookery Nook at the Menier Chocolate Factory. His other theatre credits include Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Therese Raquin for the National Theatre, for which he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Olivier Award, The 39 Steps at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, Guys and Dolls at the Prince of Wales Theatre and Romeo and Juliet at the Lyric. His television credits include Foyle’s War, Casualty, Holby City and The Bill.

Jeffrey Holland: Theatre credits include See How They Run (Royal Exchange Manchester), Jack and the Beanstalk (Derby Playhouse), Allo Allo, By Jeeves, Ghost Train, Caught in the Net and Travels with My Aunt on national tour. He is best known on television for his role as Spike in Hi-De-Hi. His other television credits include The Mayor of Casterbridge, Richard III, Henry V, As You Like It, You Rang M’Lord and Oh! Dr. Beeching.

Eugene O’Hare: Most recently seen in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme at Hampstead Theatre. His other stage credits include Manifesto, performed with Vivienne Westwood for the Royal Shakespeare Company, A Moon for the Misbegotten (Old Vic and Broadway), Thirst (King’s Head), War and Lovers (The Strindberg Theatre) and Translations (National Theatre). His television credits include Ten Days to War, Waking the Dead and Over the Wall all for the BBC.

Leanne Rowe: Currently playing Francis ‘Baby’ Houseman in Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre. Her television credits include Trial and Retribution (ITV1), Lilies (BBC1), Boudica and The Famous Five. Her film credits include Nancy in Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist and Jane Eyre.

Suzie Toase: Theatre credits include Into The Woods (Royal Opera House), Guys and Dolls (Donmar Warehouse), Spittin’ Distance (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Time of My Life (Bristol Old Vic), Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), My Fair Lady (National Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Singin’ in the Rain (West Yorkshire Playhouse and National Theatre). Her television credits include Channel 4’s The IT Crowd and BBC1’s Hotel Babylon. She has most recently played the role of Alecto Carrow in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

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Susan McFadden and Aoife Mulholland to join Legally Blonde The Musical

Susan McFadden, winner of ITV1’s Grease is the Word and Aoife Mulholland, finalist on BBC 1’s How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, are to join Sheridan Smith, Duncan James and Alex Gaumond in Jerry Mitchell’s Legally Blonde The Musical which will preview at the Savoy Theatre from 5 December. Final principal casting will be announced shortly.

Currently booking until 23 May 2010, Legally Blonde The Musical will now play Sunday performances, adding to the growing number of West End shows who are including Sundays in their performance schedules. See listings information on page 3 for new performance schedule.

Legally Blonde The Musical opened on Broadway in 2007 where it received seven Tony nominations and ten Drama Desk Award nominations as well as winning an Outer Critics’ Circle Award. Currently playing to packed houses on a two year tour of the United States where the production has already recouped, Legally Blonde The Musical has recently been awarded the 2009 Touring Broadway Awards for Best New Musical and Best Direction.

There will be five press preview performances on Thursday 7 January at 7.30pm, Friday 8 January at 7.30pm, Saturday 9 January at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and Tuesday 12 January at 7.30pm, with reviews embargoed until Thursday 14 January 2010. The Gala night will be Wednesday 13 January at 7.30pm.

Susan McFadden will play Elle’s best friend and sorority sister, Serena. McFadden played Sandy in Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre after winning the opportunity, beating thousands of hopefuls on ITV1’s reality show Grease is the Word. She is currently playing Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on tour in the UK. McFadden has played the title roles in Cinderella at the Theatre Royal Wakefield and the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin and Annie at the Olympia Theatre Dublin. Her other Dublin Theatre credits include Jack and the Beanstalk, Singin’ in the Rain and Dance of
Desire. She has been seen on television in Relative Strangers and Bachelors Walk, both on RTE.

Aoife Mulholland will play Brooke, who Elle defends in her first court case. Mulholland trained at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and she was a finalist on the BBC’s hugely popular reality show, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? She has most recently played Roxie Hart in Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre. Previously Mulholland played Maria in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium as well as performing in Chess in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall and Dance of Desire at the Black Box, Ireland. Her television credits include Jam the
Musical, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? When Joseph Met Maria, Malicious Intent and Foreign Exchange.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winning Jerry Mitchell Legally Blonde The Musical has music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hach, set design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller, sound design by ACME Sound Partners and orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke.

College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods (Sheridan Smith) doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend Warner (Duncan James) dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law! Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

The cast includes Emma Bateman (Stenographer), Dan Burton (Padamadan, Nikos), Darren Carnall (Kiki), Chris Ellis-Stanton(Grandmaster Chad, Dewey, Kyle), Alex Gaumond (Emmett Forrest), Nadine Higgin (Judge, Saleswoman), Ibinabo Jack (Pilar), Duncan James (Warner Huntington III), Caroline Keiff (Vivienne Kensington), Amy Lennox (Margot), Andy Mace (Dad, Winthrop, Reporter), Susan McFadden (Serena), Sorelle Marsh (Courtney, Mom, Whitney), Suzie McAdam (Enid), Matthew McKenna (Aaron), Sean Mulligan (Pforzheimer), Aoife Mulholland
(Brooke), Roxanne Palmer (Kate, Chutney), Sergio Priftis (Carlos), Sheridan Smith (Elle Woods), Tamara Wall (District Attorney) and Ed White (Lowell). They are joined by Jane McMurtrie, Sherrie Pennington, Lucy Miller, Fabian Aloise and Francis Haugen as swings.

In 2001 Amanda Brown’s novel Legally Blonde was made into a film starring Reese Witherspoon, produced by MGM and directed by Robert Luketic.

Legally Blonde The Musical is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Robert G. Bartner, Ambassador Theatre Group, Jamie Hendry Productions and Act Productions.

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Cast Announced – TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN

TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN, a dramatic new musical of a fictional account of the last days in the life of Ernest Hemingway, has its World Premiere in London’s West End this summer, opening at THE COMEDY THEATRE on Thursday 16 July for a strictly limited 8 week season (Press night: Friday 24 July).

Cast: HELEN DALLIMORE has just returned from Australia where she has been starring in a production of Boeing Boeing, Helen made her West End debut in Wicked playing Glinda the good witch; JAMES GRAEME founder member of the internationally acclaimed singing group, Wall Street Crash, he has appeared in a number of West End musicals, including Phantom of The Opera and created the role of Boone in Whistle Down The Wind and Father Marshall in Out of The Blue; JAY BENEDICT best known for his role as Captain John Kieffer in Foyle’s War  and TAMMY JOELLE who starred in Sundowe the winning show in the BBC2TV series MACMUSICAL   Director PAT GARRETT has worked extensively in film, theatre and TV, most recently as a film director. She choreographed the original production of Spend Spend Spend at West Yorkshire Playhouse, and several of the Muppet films. Pat will shortly be working on an animated film with Tim Curry.

Author and Nobel Prize-winner Ernest Hemingway, battling the rigours old age, takes solace in the company of his young secretary. His wife, tolerating this liaison so as not to lose him, is aware that the secretary has a secret agenda – to become wife number five and inherit his estate.

The arrival of Rex, an old school friend, adds a further complication, as he tries to secure the film rights to the life of the notorious writer. With bribery, lies and manipulation, Rex plays a dangerous game to achieve his goal, but in this suggested account of events leading to Hemingway’s death, can there be any winners? 

Too Close To The Sun: Orchestration by Conor Mitchell, Music by John Robinson, Lyrics by Roberto Trippini and John Robinson and Libretto by Roberto Trippini based on a play by Ron Read .Set and Costume Designer Christopher Woods, Musical Supervisor Gary Hind, Musical Director Tom Deering.

Cast Announced for S27

Lifeboat and Widsith present S-27, The world premiere of a new play by Sarah Grochala.
Directed by Stephen Keyworth.

CAST ANNOUNCED for S-27, the winner of Amnesty International’s first Protect The Human Playwriting Competition, for a four week limited season at Finborough Theatre from 9 June – Saturday, 4 July. Press nights Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June.

CAST – BROOKE KINSELLA who made her TV debut at the age of 9,  and has continued to work extensively on stage, film and TV , Brooke is best remembered for her role as “Kelly Taylor” in EastEnders; PIPPA NIXON, who began her career in the children’s TV series  24 Seven, was in the 2007 Globe production of The  Merchant of Venice, for which she received an Ian Charleson Award Commendation; JACK PIERCE, whose many TV and film credits include the 2008 films Dummy, Clubbed and 2005 ‘s Shooting Dogs;  TOM REED who will be seen in two new films this year Life Goes On and Shadows in the Sun; AMELIA SABERWAL who appears in Hustle V and  played the lead in 2008 BAFTA nominated film Fused and  KATE WARD whose credits include Mrs Marchmont in the 2007 Manchester Royal Exchange production of An Ideal Husband.

Inspired by the events at the notorious S-21 prison in Cambodia and by the work of the photographer Nhem En, a young soldier responsible for taking the ID photos of thousands of people before they were tortured and killed by the Khmer Rouge. Playwright Sarah Grochala draws on prison records and interviews with both prisoners and Khmer Rouge cadres to create a startling and affecting drama.

 “S-27 is a compelling piece of theatre which Amnesty International awarded for its ability to illuminate the horrific crimes committed in Cambodia at that time, while informing and engaging the audience.  We are delighted that it is here at Finborough theatre and would encourage as many people as possible to see it.”  Amnesty International’s Events Producer, Sarah Ben-Tovim

An oppressive regime has rewritten history; there is no more family, no friends, and no lovers, only the state.  May is an idealist, fighting for a better world.  A good soldier, a perfectionist, she has sacrificed everything for this regime. Her reward is a job photographing prisoners before they are executed. As the enemy with both strange and familiar faces pass one by one before her unflinching lens, May’s convictions are dramatically called into question, and the daring possibility of once again dreaming of a life beyond these walls has shocking consequences.

On April 17th 1975 the Khmer Rouge captured Cambodia’s capital and began a four-year reign of genocide.. It is estimated that some 2 million Cambodians, a quarter of the population, died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge led by  Pol Pot. During this murderous period a secret torture and interrogation prison, codenamed S-21, operated from a former school, Tuol Sleng. Prisoners were tortured until they confessed to whatever crimes they were charged with, photographed and then executed. The prisoners’ photographs and confessions formed dossiers that were submitted to Khmer Rouge authorities as ‘proof’ that the ‘traitors’ had been eliminated. Of the 14,200 known people who were imprisoned at S-21, less than 20 are believed to have survived.

S-27 is the second production by Lifeboat Theatre, following Fanny and Faggot by Jack Thorne, which had a sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre in February 2007 and transferred to the Trafalgar Studios. Director Stephen Keyworth was winner of the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Theatre Award 2002 for his production of his own play Dog Well Done

Playwright Sarah Grochala credits include Waiting For Romeo. Two pieces for Theatre 503 – Viable Alternatives (Theatre 503) and Covent. Sarah originally trained as an actress and played  the lead role in Little Women at the Duchess Theatre.

Director Stephen Keyworth credits  Fanny and Faggot,, Dog Well Done and  Zimbabwe Boy which went  to be performed at the National Theatre.  Artistic Director of 5065 Lift.

Finborough Theatre, The Finborough, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652   Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Tuesday, 9 June – Saturday, 4 July 2009

Forbidden Broadway Cast and Creative Team

Anna-Jane Casey was last seen at the Menier Chocolate Factory as Dot in the Olivier Award Winning Sunday in the Park with George. Most recently she has been reprising the role of Velma in Chicago. Other West End theatre credits include: Cats, Children of Eden, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Out of the Blue, Starlight Express and West Side Story. She has also appeared in Candide for the BBC at the Royal Festival Hall, Wild, Wild Women at the Orange Tree Theatre, My One and Only for Chichester Festival Theatre and On Your Toes at the Royal Festival Hall and on tour in Japan. Film and TV includes: Amy in The Royal, Shirl in Doctors, Beyond The Sea directed by Kevin Spacey, Sophie in Eastenders, and Linda Kemp in The Bill. She has recently filmed guest lead roles in Heartbeat and Holby City.

Sophie Louise Dann appeared in Forbidden Broadway at the Jermyn Street Theatre and Albery Theatre when the production was last in the UK. Theatre credits include: Music Man, How to Succeed in Business, The Government Inspector, Seven Doors and Out of This World for the Chichester Festival Theatre, The Mikado, Iolanthe and Pirates of Penzance at the Gielgud Theatre, the UK tours of High Society and The Boyfriend as well as HMS Pinafore and Yeoman of the Guard at the Savoy Theatre. TV includes: Goodnight Sweetheart, My Summer with Des, Julie and the Cadillacs, Charlie Come Home and Home on Sunday. Films include: The Phantom of the Opera.

Alasdair Harvey played Denis and the Boatman in Sunday in the Park with George, at the Chocolate Factory and in the West End.   His most recent theatre credits include: Come Dancing at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Two and Shirley Valentine at the Lichfield Garrick Rep and Side by Side by Sondheim at The Venue. West End credits include: Beauty and the Beast, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard and Aspects of Love. TV includes: Taggart, The Bill, River City, Casualty, Holby City and Birds of a Feather. 

Steven Kynman also appeared in Sunday in the Park with George at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End playing Franz. Most recently he has played Bernard in Death of a Salesman at Theatre Royal York and Prince Herbert in Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Palace Theatre. TV includes: Gigglebiz, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Moving Wallpaper, MI High and Crawford Park. Film includes: Pinocchio, Azur & Asmur, Atonement, Ozzie and A Higher Agency, playing opposite Antony Sher and Jack Davenport which recently swept the board at the New York First Run Film Festival.

Director: Phillip George
As director Off-Broadway: Shout!, Forbidden Broadway: SVU, Forbidden Hollywood, Whoop-Dee-Doo (Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revue), Forbidden Broadway Twentieth Anniversary Edition, Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back, Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey (Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revue), The Remarkable Ruth Fields (1993 Bistro Award, Best Musical Best Director), When Pigs Fly (as Associate Director to Mark Waldrop), Blackout (Amas), Bring Me a Dwarf (Wing & Drop Co.), Miss Pretty Hard (Dance Theater Workshop with Katherine Griffith), Forbidden Broadway 1988-93. In London: Kean (nominated for Evening Standard Award, Best New Musical), Forbidden Broadway (The Albery, West End) Shout!, Frankly, Scarlet (also co-author with Peter Morris). Listen to the Wind, Much Revue About Nothing, Forbidden Broadway, The Famous Five, The Arcadians, Escape from Pterodactyl Island (1999 Michael Steward Award). Regionally: …Forum (5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle), Best Little Whorehouse…, Footloose, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Annie Get Your Gun, The Secret Garden (Paper Mill). Currently serving as Artistic Director for Wing & Drop Co. Club Acts: Ruben Flores, Randall Frizado, Chris DiCristo.

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