Keira Knightley to star in ‘The Misanthrope’ at Comedy

Damian Lewis leads an outstanding ensemble with Tara Fitzgerald, Keira Knightley and Dominic Rowan in Martin Crimp’s blistering version of Moliere’s greatest comedy, The Misanthrope.

Transported from 17th century Paris to modern-day London, Alceste (Damian Lewis) is a famous British playwright disillusioned and angry with the hypocrisy, shallowness and vanity of the contemporary world. Vowing to reject society, Alceste’s plans are derailed when he falls madly in love with Jennifer (Keira Knightley). An ambitious American film star and darling of the social scene, she may prove to be his biggest challenge yet.

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PROUD – A New Comedy by John Stanley

PROUD is “A Cockney Oscar Wilde” LEWIS is an 18 year-old 2012 Boxing hopeful for whom The Admiral Duncan bombing is just a story from history.  For TOM it is all too real: he was there and whilst LEWIS sees no reason to be “out and proud” anymore, TOM begs to differ.  Cue laughter and fireworks!

Venue: Proud is playing at ABOVE THE STAG THEATRE, 15 Bressenden Place, Victoria London, SW1E 5DD

Dates: 14th April 2009 to 10th May 2009

Times: 7.45pm (Sundays 6.00pm)

Booking Info: www.637productions.com

Peter Pan Kensington Gardens – a magical summer event

Peter Pan will return home for the first time in over 100 years when a new production of JM Barrie’s “PETER PAN”, written by Tanya Ronder, will be performed this summer in a specially designed tent in Kensington Gardens. As JM Barrie wrote in “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens”:

“Standing on the ledge he could see trees far away, which were doubtless the Kensington Gardens, and the moment he saw them he entirely forgot that he was now a little boy in a nightgown, and away he flew, right over the houses into the Gardens.”

This new production of “PETER PAN” will be directed by Ben Harrison. A former associate director of the Almeida Theatre, Ben Harrison is one of the world’s leading exponents of site-specific theatre. “PETER PAN” will be designed by multi-Olivier Award winning William Dudley. He has worked regularly at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre and in the West End and he has an international reputation for his work creating 3D virtual environments. Tanya Ronder has a reputation for outstanding adaptations of classic works including her award-winning “Vernon God Little” for the Young Vic and “Blood Wedding” for the Almeida

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Jerry Springer to Star in Chicago

HOT NEWS JUST ANNOUNCED FROM THE WEST END SENSATION CHICAGO

US talk show king Jerry Springer will make his West End debut on 1 June when he stars as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the smash hit musical CHICAGO. He will star in the role for a strictly limited season until 11 July.

CHICAGO is currently booking until 27 March 2010.

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SUNSET BOULEVARD returns to the West End

Norma Desmond was the greatest silent movie star of them all, until the advent of the talkies made her a has-been. Joe Gillis was a struggling screenwriter until, by chance, he pulled his car into the driveway of 10086 Sunset Boulevard, home to the reclusive Miss Desmond. This chance encounter would change their lives, forever.

Craig Revel Horwood’s poignant, compelling and inventive new production sold out prior to the opening of its run at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury this summer and has now transferred to the West End’s intimate Comedy Theatre.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stunning musical adaptation of Billy Wilder’s classic 1950 film captures the haunting world of the Golden Age of Hollywood. With book and lyrics by the Oscar-winning partnership of Don Black (Born Free, Diamonds are Forever) and Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Atonement).

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ZORRO – The Action Packed New Musical!

Crackling with action and adventure, this new multi-million pound musical brings to life the legend of the masked Spanish hero, ZORRO, featuring music by The Gipsy Kings.

An ideal show for a great groups night out, this “furiously percussive and visually ravishing spectacle, all haughty head-tossing, hand-clapping, skirt-flailing and heel-stamping” has “plenty of swinging around on ropes, some excellent sword fights, real flames and a couple of jaw-dropping stage illusions” giving you “a tequila slammer of a musical. Viva el Zorro!” Sunday Times

“The Gipsy Kings flamenco inspired music powers the whole show with rhythm and passion” Daily Telegraph, making ZORRO an evening of highly charged, swashbuckling entertainment.

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The 39 Steps Media Reviews

John Buchan’s gripping whodunit – memorably filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935 – has at last been thrillingly adapted for the stage. This hilarious brand new version is performed by four actors playing a minimum of 150 roles and transfers to the West End after a sensational sell-out run at the Tricycle Theatre.

Nothing has been cut from spectacular premiere of Britain’s most spellbinding thriller – the legendary scenes include the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the death defying finale in the London Palladium!

It’s the most astonishing theatrical tour de force of the year. Book now to avoid incredible disappointment.

All in all, ‘The 39 Steps’ was the best thing that I’ve seen at the Theatre Royal this year
BBC North Yorkshire – Read review

A thoroughly enjoyable production that both mocks and celebrates the spy genre

Onstage ScotlandRead review
 

 

 

A bally good show, by Jove!
South Wales EchoRead review
 
Spoof spy thriller roles into town: interview with producer Edward Snape
South Wales EchoRead review
 
Steps in the right direction
South Wales ArgusRead review
 
39 Steps to Heaven
Richmond and Twickenham TimesRead review
 
There aren’t many better ways to spend 100 minutes of your life than watching this
Living in SurreyRead review
 
Spies, music hall and shadow puppets combine to make this a memorable night out
BBC NottinghamRead review
 
Spies, Blonde and a Guy Go North by Northwest
New York TimesRead review
 
Wonderful show…
BBC NorthamptonshireRead review
 
Wonderfully inventive
The Argus, BrightonRead review
 
Now that’s what I call a triumph
The Herald & Post NorthamptonshireRead review
 
Winner Best New Comedy
Whatsonstage Award 2007
 
“Clever, very funny, imaginative and brilliantly acted”
The Guardian
 
“A dizzy theatrical game played with wit and versatility” * * * *
The Times
 
“Hugely entertaining… . Clever, witty, ingenious” * * * *
Sunday Times
 
“Dizzyingly entertaining show”
Daily Telegraph
 
“A wonderful triumph of theatre”
BBC Radio 4
 
“Rollicking fun”
The Times
 
“A joyous version of the Hitchcock classic. * * * *”
Sunday Times
 
“Just the ticket”
Evening Standard
 
“What the West End has been waiting for”
The Observer
 
“Hilarious. * * * *”
Sunday Express

 

 

 

The 39 Steps is now booking until 6 September 2009

The 39 Steps, which was opened at the Criterion theatre two years ago, now celebrates its birthday by announcing a further extension to its run and a new cast member. On 13 October Tessa Churchard takes over from Josefina Gabrielle to play the three female roles in this play, The 39 Steps is now booking until 6 September 2009.

JOHN BUCHAN’S gripping whodunnit – memorably filmed by ALFRED HITCHCOCK in 1935 – has at last been THRILLINGLY ADAPTED for the stage with just FOUR heroic actors playing more than 39 classic roles.

GUARANTEED to contain not only COMEDY AND THRILLS GALORE this brand new production is packed with cads and sirens as well as those legendary scenes. Gasp, laugh and be amazed at the Chase on the Flying Scotsman, the Escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical Bi-Plane Crash ever staged and the sensational death-defying finale in the London Palladium and not forgetting the memorable and controversial ‘stockings and suspenders’ scene* and MANY MORE!

This spectacular production of Britain’s most spellbinding thriller which promises to be the most astonishing theatrical tour de force of the year.

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Cameron Mackintosh congratulates Jodie Prenger

Cameron Mackintosh congratulates Jodie Prenger on winning the role of Nancy in BBC One’s I’d Do Anything and announces further casting for his production of Oliver!

 ‘I’m thrilled for Jodie: she deserves this part and is clearly the people’s Nancy. She’s an exceptional talent with a fabulous voice and is an unusually warm woman – smart, thoughtful and extremely motivated. She will go from strength to strength and be a terrific success in the role of a lifetime when the show opens in January.”

Jodie will join a distinguished company of over 75 actors.
As already announced Rowan Atkinson will play Fagin; Burn Gorman from BBC’s Torchwood and Bleak House will be Bill Sikes; Veteran stage and screen actress Rosemary Leech is Mrs Bedwin, RSC actor Julian Bleach is Mr Sowerberry, and of course the three Olivers are Gwion, Harry and Laurence.

 Cameron Mackintosh will present Lionel Bart’s musical masterpiece Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with performances commencing from 12th December 2008 and press night on 14th January 2009.

Evening performances will be Monday – Saturdays at 7.30pm, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm. (www.oliverthemusical.com)

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Jersey Boys Exclusive Midnight Matinee

TheatreMAD is thrilled to announce that the company of Jersey Boys will be presenting a special one-off Midnight Matinee at 11.30pm on Thursday 25th September 2008 at the Prince Edward Theatre.

All proceeds from this exclusive show go to TheatreMAD, which draws upon the talents, resources and generosity of the British theatre community and its audiences through exciting events to raise money for those affected by HIV, AIDS and other critical illnesses.

Jersey Boys, The Story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is the rags-to-rock-to-riches tale of four boys working their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of international pop-stardom.

‘This is an utterly wonderful show full of vitality, pace and power. The audience rose as one at the end of this true-life mega hit story of The Four Seasons.’ (Daily Express) The critics are united in their praise hailing ‘The phenomenal Jersey Boys’ (D.Telegraph) ‘a triumph of style, substance, heart and soul – A definite must-see!’ (London Lite)

David Pendlebury, Chairman of TheatreMAD, commented that, ‘Jersey Boys is such a fantastic show and we’re so pleased that the company has kindly agreed to give us this special Midnight – or MADnight – Matinee. We rely heavily on the support of people working in the theatre, particularly in London, and are so grateful for the time, energy and commitment that performers, producers, theatre staff and backstage crews give to us.’ (www.jerseyboyslondon.com)

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