The Theatre Book Prize (for books published in 2010) at Drury Lane Theatre on 18th May

The Society for Theatre Research and the judges are pleased to announce the following short list for the Theatre Book Prize for books published in 2010, in alphabetical order:

Actors and Acting in Shakespeare’s Time by John H. Astington (Cambridge University Press)

Diaghilev & the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929 edited by Jane Pritchard (V & A Publishing)

Putting It On: the West End Theatre of Michael Codron by Michael Codron and Alan Strachan (Gerald Duckworth)

The Reluctant Escapologist by Mike Bradwell (Nick Hern Books)

Shakespeare on Stage: Thirteen Leading Actors on Thirteen Key Roles by Julian Curry (Nick Hern Books)

The winner of the Theatre Book Prize will be announced at 11.45 am on Wednesday May 18th 2011 at a reception in the Grand Saloon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane  when the judges will speak about the books.

The Theatre Book Prize Judges:

Representing the theatrical profession
Mr Kerry Michael  Artistic Director Theatre Royal, Stratford East, succesor to the mantle of Jan Littlewood and Philip Hedley.

Representing the critics
Miss Jann Parry former ballet critic of The Observer and winner last year for her biography of Kenneth Macmillan A Different Drummer

Representing academia
Professor Michael Dobson  Birkbeck College Univ of London

The panel is chaired by Howard Loxton for the Society for Theatre Research, who votes only if there is a tie.

The Theatre Book Prize was first awarded for 1997 to celebrate the Jubilee of the Society for Theatre Research. It was created to encourage the writing and publication of books on British theatre history and practice, both those which present the theatre of the past and those which record contemporary theatre for the future. It is now presented annually for a book on British or British related theatre which an independent panel of judges considers to be the best published during the year. All new works of original research first published in English are eligible except for play texts and studies of drama as literature.

More about the Theatre Book Prize on www.str.org.uk/events/bookprize

Christmas with the Rat Pack at Drury Lane Theatre

Celebrating 10 record-breaking years – including over 1000 performances in the West End, numerous critically acclaimed UK national tours and playing all over Europe, to sell out audiences in Canada and standing ovations in America – the Olivier Award nominated Frank, Sammy & Dean – The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas is coming back to the West End in an exciting new production for 2009.

Frank, Sammy & Dean – The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas is to play a strictly limited season at the Adelphi Theatre from Wednesday 23 September – Saturday 21 November. Then Christmas With The Rat Pack takes over from Tuesday 24 November to Sunday 3 January.

Take a trip back in time to to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Las Vegas in the late 1950s and early 60s where, in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers and the fabulous Berrelli Sisters, you will experience Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr & Dean Martin performing at the famous Sands hotel.

Hit follows hit, including: Witchcraft, The Lady is a Tramp, Mr Bojangles, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, That’s Amore, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime, New York, New York, My Kinda Town, Fly Me to the Moon, Sway, Volare, Me And My Shadow, My Way, Memories Are Made Of This and many more.

The Sands hotel was the very height of Las Vegas sophistication. It was there in 1960, during the filming of “Ocean’s Eleven”, when for the first time Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford performed together on stage. Fromthen on, they were forever known as the Rat Pack. Las Vegas was their playground and everywhere else was known, in Rat Pack vocabulary, as ‘Dullsville, Ohio’. Frank, Sammy & Dean were a force to be reckoned with, an inexhaustible energy that is as apparent in their music today as it ever was.

This spectacular production celebrates the incredible singing talent of three world-famous entertainers and performers and some of the finest music and song that has ever been recorded. Casting to be announced.

If you wish you’d swung with the hardest partying pack in town, now’s your chance! Frank, Sammy & Dean – The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas is still the coolest party in town!

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Shrek The Musical confirmed at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in May 2011

Shrek The Musical will open at Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 7 June 2011, following previews in May 2011.  Public booking is scheduled to open 1 October 2010.  Casting, performance dates, and box office details to be released soon.

Shrek The Musical played on Broadway December 2008 to January 2010.  The original creative team have re-assembled to stage the production with additional scenes and new songs.  This production, currently in rehearsal, is scheduled to tour 60 cities in the United States beginning in July 2010.  The West End production will start rehearsals in London in early 2011.

It is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! and feature film Shrek.  The Book and Lyrics were written by David Lindsay-Abaire and the musical will feature music by Jeanine Tesori and choreography by Josh Prince.  Shrek The Musical will be directed by West End Avenue Q Director Jason Moore and Rob Ashford who recently directed A Streetcar Named Desire.  Designs & costumes are by Tim Hatley, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, with sound by Peter Hylenski.  It is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions.

It tells the story of the swamp-dwelling ogre who, in a kingdom far-far away, embarks on a life-changing adventure in order to reclaim the deed to his land.  He is begrudgingly joined by a wise-cracking donkey who won’t shut up.  Shrek – not the typical handsome prince – is an unlikely hero who fights a fearsome dragon, rescues the feisty Princess Fiona and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales.

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)

Book Tickets for Oliver The Musical