“EastEnders” actors Nicola Duffett and Elliott Jordan to star in the 10th anniversary production of Philip Ridley’s acclaimed “Vincent River”

Former “EastEnders” actors Nicola Duffett and Elliott Jordan are to star in the 10th anniversary production of Philip Ridley’s acclaimed play “Vincent River”, about an East End mother seeking answers about the hate-crime murder of her son and the young man stalking her since his death.

It will open at the Landor Theatre, Clapham, on Tuesday 18th May and runs until Saturday 5th June.

Philip Ridley, whose latest film, “Heartless”, his third film as writer and director, goes on general release in May, is closely involved in this latest production

Davey has seen something he can’t forget. Anita has been forced to flee her home. These two have never met. But tonight their paths cross …with devastating consequences.Thrilling, heartbreaking and darkly humorous by turns, “Vincent River” explores the classic Ridley themes of loss, sexual identity, the family as a destructive force, East London and the redemptive power of storytelling. “Vincent River”, written in 2000, was based on the murder of a friend from art school. This production opens at a time when hate crime attacks have quadruppled in the area of London he still lives and works and in the same month as his latest film, “Heartless”, his third film as writer and director, goes on general release. He is closely involved in this latest production.

Nicola Duffett (Anita) has an extensive background in film, theatre and TV. Her most notable television work is comprised of regular parts in BBC One drama “EastEnders” and Channel 5 soap opera “Family Affairs”. Further TV credits include parts in “Casualty”, “Doc Martin”, “Torchwood” and critically acclaimed drama “Stuart – A Life Backwards”. Film credits include “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”, “Food of Love”, “Howard’s End” and “Shooting Fish”. Her theatre credits include “Troilus and Cressida” (Regent’s Park), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Regent’s Park), “Macbeth” (Wimbledon Theatre) and “Cinderella” (Hackney Empire). Her film “Made In Dagenham” is due for release in September.
   
Elliott Jordan (Davey) played Vinnie Monks’ long lost son, Callum in “EastEnders” from August 2008 to March 2009. He has since appeared in the ITV hit comedy, “Benidorm”, as Jack, a young Benidorm barman  pursuing married Janice Garvey, and in ‘Waking the Dead’ and ‘My Family’ both for the BBC.

Philip Ridley (playwright) was born in the East End of London where he still lives and works. He studied painting at St Martin’s School of Art and his work has been exhibited widely throughout Europe and Japan. As well as three books for adults – and the highly acclaimed screenplay for the “The Krays” feature film (winner of The Evening Standard Best Film of the Year Award) – he has written seven adult stage plays: “The Pitchfork Disney”, the multi-award-winning “The Fastest Clock in the Universe”, “Ghost from a Perfect Place”, “Vincent River”, the highly controversial “Mercury Fur”, “Leaves of Glass” and “Piranha Heights”, plus a further five plays for young people, collectively known as “The Storyteller Sequence”:  “Karamazoo”, “Fairytaleheart”, “Moonfleece”, “Sparkleshark” and “Brokenville”. His short film, “The Universe of Dermot Finn”, was officially selected for the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. The following year he was at the festival again, this time with two feature films: “The Krays” and his feature directing debut, “The Reflecting Skin” (starring a young Viggo Mortensen), which went on to win 11 international awards and was one of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top Ten Films of the Year. A few years later he wrote and directed “The Passion of Darkly Noon”, starring Brendan Fraser, Viggo Mortensen and Ashley Judd (winner of the Best Director Award at the Porto Film Festival). His most recent film, “Heartless”, starring Jim Sturgess, Noel Clarke, Luke Treadaway and Timothy Spall, is being released on 21 May 2010. The film has already won several awards including the Silver Menier Prize and the Best Film Award at the Fantasporto Film Festival. Philip has won both the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Newcomer to British Film and Most Promising Playwright Awards. The only person ever to receive both prizes.

For more inforamtion: www.landortheatre.co.uk

Emma Barton will be new Roxie in Chicago

Emma Louise Barton will play Roxie Hart in Chicago The Musical  from 26 April 2010 at the Cambridge Theatre.

Emma Louise Barton was born 1977 in Portsmouth, is an English actress. She played Honey Mitchell in EastEnders from November 2005 to September 2008.

Before her role in EastEnders, Barton appeared in Spooks and trod the boards in plays including Grease, Loveshack and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

‘Murder, Greed, Corruption, Exploitation, Adultery, Treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts’

… so begins Chicago, one of the most phenomenal musicals of our times. Creators John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse never back off from their bold, yet sinister, promise. Eleven years on Chicago still remains ‘the hottest show in town’.

The kiss-and-tell story of chorus girl Roxie who kills her lover; Velma Kelly, the glamorous double-murderer and Billy Flynn, the slick and manipulative lawyer keeping them from death row while promising to make them stars, has all the topicality of our celebrity-seeking times. It also provides some of the most sensational roles in all musical theatre.

Ruthie Henshall will play Roxie Hart until the 17th April.

Be razzled and dazzled by Chicago: a true Broadway and West End classic.

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A new Cast for Calendar Girls including Eastenders Stars!

A new cast will take over in Calendar Girls, at the Noel Coward Theatre from 28 July to 17 Oct 2009.

NEW CAST FEATURING GEMMA ATKINSON, JILL BAKER, JUNE BROWN, SARA CROWE, ANITA DOBSON, JILL HALFPENNY, JERRY HALL AND JACK RYDER.

“CALENDAR GIRLS”, the new stage play by Tim Firth, adapted from his own screenplay for the 2003 film, will star from 28th July Gemma Atkinson, Jill Baker, June Brown, Sara Crowe, Anita Dobson, Jill Halfpenny, Jerry Hall and Jack Ryder. Also in the cast are Richenda Carey, Will Knightley, Delia Lindsay and Neil McCaul.

“CALENDAR GIRLS” is the story of ordinary women who do something extraordinary and spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference. CALENDAR GIRLS is based on an inspiring true story that is uplifting, poignant and hilarious.

“CALENDAR GIRLS” is directed by Hamish McColl, who won an Olivier Award for writing and performing “The Play What I Wrote” in the West End. “CALENDAR GIRLS” will have a set by Robert Jones, with lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, costumes by Emma Williams and music by Steve Parry.

Calendar Girls London

“CALENDAR GIRLS” is produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers.

‘A show whose feel-good factor is sky high.’ The Guardian

‘A marvellous, uplifting night at the theatre.’ Daily Mail

‘One of the most enjoyable evenings recent theatre has produced.’ London’s Evening Standard

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