Chariots of Fire at Gielgud Theatre from 22-Jun-2012

Celebrate one of this country’s most thrilling and greatest ever sporting achievements this Summer, as Chariots of Fire lights up the West End at the Gielgud Theatre.

Adapted from the legendary Oscar-winning movie, this spectacular and ingenious retelling of Eric Liddell’s and Harold Abrahams’ quest to become the fastest men on earth is an electrifying and immensely moving tale of two men’s rivalry, and their unwavering determination to conquer the world in the face of prejudice, immovable beliefs and overwhelming odds.

Adapted for the stage by award-winning writer Mike Bartlett and featuring the original, hugely iconic Vangelis score and a magnificent ensemble cast under the direction of Edward Hall, Chariots of Fire brings alive the incredible true story of two British athletes whose honour, sacrifice and courage brought them glory and immortality on the greatest sporting stage of all.

In an extraordinary Summer, this is one theatrical event that will leave you breathless with excitement.

For country, for honour, forever.

The Ladykillers at Gielgud Theatre from 26 Nov 2011

The celebrated Ealing comedy, The Ladykillers, comes to life on stage this Autumn in a hilarious and thrilling new adaption by Graham Linehan (Father Ted) and directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote).

Featuring a stellar cast of some of the finest stage and screen comedy actors including BAFTA winner Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) as Professor Marcus alongside James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley), Ben Miller (The Armstrong and Miller Show), Stephen Wight (Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer) and Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe, with Marcia Warren as the sweetly innocent Mrs Wilberforce.

The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing…

Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus’ brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs W. is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?

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Lend Me a Tenor The Musical at Gielgud Theatre from 02 Jun 2011

Don’t miss this summer’s new musical comedy hit!

This uproarious new musical comedy by Peter Sham and Brad Carroll is a riotous, unpredictable explosion of mistaken identities and unexpected romance – based on the award-winning West End and Broadway hit comedy by Ken Ludwig.
 
It’s 1934, and the world’s greatest tenor Tito Merelli has come to Cleveland, Ohio, to save its Grand Opera Company by singing Otello.   When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the Opera Director’s meek assistant, is given the daunting task of finding a last-minute replacement. Chaos ensues – including a scheming soprano, a tenor-struck ingénue, a jealous wife and the Cleveland Police department.
 
This brand-new production is directed by Olivier award-winning director Ian Talbot (High Society, Anything Goes) and choreographed by Tony-nominated choreographer Randy Skinner (42nd Street, White Christmas). The cast includes the Olivier award-winning Matthew Kelly.

‘A rip-roaring night out that has all the essentials of a West End hit’ Whatsonstage.com

‘What a show! It’s got the lot with joy all the way and lots of laughs.’ The Herald

‘Chaos and comedy ensure a good time is had by all’ Western Morning News

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Yes, Prime Minister at Gielgud Theatre from 16 Sep 2010

The original writers of the BBC series, Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn, have reunited for this 30th anniversary production starring Henry Goodman as Sir Humphrey Appleby and David Haig as Jim Hacker.

Following a sell-out season at Chichester Festival Theatre, this critically-acclaimed production opens this September for a strictly limited season at London’s Gielgud Theatre.

Heading the coalition government, the PM is staring disaster in the face. The country is on the brink of financial meltdown There is just one grain of hope – a morally dubious deal with the Foreign Minister of Kumranistan.. But great institutions have a way of riding punches and bouncing back unscathed – will it prove so for Jim Hacker and his team of close advisors?

‘Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby are back and in truly vintage form. The comedy remains as politically sharp and as blissfully funny as ever’ Daily Telegraph

Henry Goodman (Duet for One, Fiddler on the Roof, Feelgood, Chicago, Art, Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, Taking Woodstock and The Damned United) plays Sir Humphrey Appleby.

David Haig (Donkey’s Years, Mary Poppins, Hitchcock Blonde, Art, Dead Funny, The Thick of It and Four Weddings and a Funeral) plays Jim Hacker

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‘Yes, Prime Minister’ transferring to Gielgud in September

Chichester Festival’s sell-out production of Yes, Prime Minister is transferring to London’s West End scheduled to run at Gielgud Theatre 17 Sep 2010 to 15 Jan 2011 (with public booking scheduled to open this month).

Original cast members David Haig as Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Henry Goodman as Sir Humphrey Appleby will be transferring with the show.

The comedy was written by the original creators of the classic BBC series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister – Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn.  The production marks the 30th anniversary of the BAFTA winning series which first aired in 1980.

The comedy centres on the now famous Prime Minister and Sir Humphrey Appleby facing a country in financial meltdown with the only prospect of salvation coming from morally dubious allies, leading to deliciously comic consequences.

David Haig returns to politics as the hapless Prime Minister after his recent run in BBC comedy The Thick Of It. He is a successful actor on both screen and stage with credits including The Sea, The Country Wife, Donkeys’ Years, Loot, Mary Poppins and Hitchcock Blonde, while well known for his role in TV series The Thin Blue Line, Channel 4 drama Mo and the popular film Four Weddings And A Funeral.

Playing the controlling Sir Humphrey Appleby, Henry Goodman was most recently seen on the London stage in Duet For One at the Almeida and Vaudeville Theatres. He is a Laurence Oliver Award winner with theatre credits also including Fiddler On The Roof, Feelgood and Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins to name a few. The actor has appeared on screen in The Damned United and Taking Woodstock.

Yes, Prime Minister is directed by Jonathan Lynn whose career as a director, screenwriter, producer and actor spans four decades. As well as his success with Yes, Prime Minister, he has directed films including The Whole Nine Yards, The Fighting Temptations and My Cousin Vinny.

Hair, currently running at the Gielgud theatre, is scheduled to close on 4 Sep 2010.

Hair The Musical is to Close Early!

Hair the Musical at Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue is to close early on 4th of September 2010(which was originally to close on 8th of Jan 2011).

The producers of Hair The musical was opened with the original Broadway cast at the Gielgud Theatre on 14 April 2010 have decided not to re-cast the production after the Original Broadway cast complete their London engagement.

For the first time in West End history, an entire original Broadway cast transfers to the London stage! Don’t miss this Tony Award winning company currently wowing audiences and critics alike in New York.

A celebration of life, love and freedom, and a passionate cry for hope and change, HAIR features some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage, including ‘Let The Sun Shine In’, ‘I Got Life’, ‘Hair’ and ‘Aquarius’.
With performances starting April 1st, this Spring it’s London’s turn to join the party.

Change to HAIR performance times effective 31st May onward

This is to inform you that the producers of ‘Hair’ have amended the start times for all shows from May 31st 2010.

Evenings will now begin at 8pm. The Thursday and Saturday matinees will start at 3pm.

Hair the Musical, curly, shaggy, gleaming, streaming, wonderful world of HAIR which is currently playing in Gielgud Theatre until 08 Jan 2011.

For the first time in West End history, an entire original Broadway cast transfers to the London stage!

Don’t miss this Tony Award winning company currently wowing audiences and critics alike in New York.

A celebration of life, love and freedom, and a passionate cry for hope and change, HAIR features some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage, including ‘Let The Sun Shine In’, ‘I Got Life’, ‘Hair’ and ‘Aquarius’.

With performances starting April 1st, this Spring it’s London’s turn to join the party.

‘ENOUGH MEGAWATTAGE TO LIGHT UP LONDON’ Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail

‘THRILLING EMOTIONALLY RICH PRODUCTION INTENSE UNADULTERATED JOY’ New York Times

‘JOYOUS and RAUCOUS. HAIR RETURNS IN TRIUMPH’ Time Out

‘IF THIS EXPLOSIVE PRODUCTION DOESN’T STIR SOMETHING IN YOU, IT MAY BE TIME TO CHECK YOUR PULSE’.
Variety

For more information, go visit: www.hair-musical.co.uk

Avenue Q to move from Gielgud Theatre to Wyndham’s Theatre

Smash Hit musical Avenue Q is moving to Wyndham’s Theatre from The Gielgud Theatre, London for its fifth year run. Avenue Q continues the contagious, fun-filled, frolic-fueled adventure that has captured the hearts of theatre-goers everywhere.

Avenue Q is not the most upmarket of New York streets, and is about as far away from Park Avenue as you can get, but it is home to some lively and off the wall characters performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets!

Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate, has just moved to this neighbourhood as he desperately tries to follow his dreams and discover his ever-elusive purpose in life.

A tiny bank balance, the distraction of a busty blonde and a variety of weird and wonderful friends and neighbours lead Princeton on a hilarious story of self-discovery. Life may suck on Avenue Q but being jobless, homeless, politically incorrect, having sex (whether hetero, homo or porno… and that’s just the puppets) are just some of the topics featured in the terrific songs of this show.

Hair The Musical Now on Sale!

Public Theater Production in Association with Cameron Mackintosh is launching Hair The Musical in West End at Gielgud Theatre from 1st of April 2010.

For the first time in West End history, an entire original Broadway cast transfers to the London stage! Don’t miss this Tony Award winning company currently wowing audiences and critics alike in New York.

A celebration of life, love and freedom, and a passionate cry for hope and change, HAIR features some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage, including ‘Let The Sun Shine In’, ‘I Got Life’, ‘Hair’ and ‘Aquarius’.

HAIR is about a group of young people in New York City’s East Village who band together as a TRIBE. They are a New York contingent of flower children, (a freeform phenomenon that had begun a little earlier in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco and would subsequently spread to Europe & elsewhere). Taking on the feel of an American Indian tribe, they question authority and the society they are living in and the war in Asia. They seek to find a new way. They yearn to change the world. They begin by recreating themselves. They find a potent organic natural esthetic; the most dramatic visible element, all the men grow their hair long. They tune in to Eastern thought & meditation. They turn on and drop out. They hang out in self-made clouds of incense and grass. They laugh and cavort, as they find a new freedom of expression and camaraderie. They live in crash pads, in the parks and on the streets. Unkempt, wild, free, and deep, they are unique, colorful, something genuinely original and beautiful…and so hip (yet in a different style from the earlier hipsters and beatniks). A new word is coined to identify them. They come to be called hippies. They try to live by the philosophy of “Peace and Love.” They are on a trip of liberation. They commune, join hands in protest and in song. Within the context of the play, they struggle for the light, but are forced to fight & die, only to be reborn, again to suffer more, then to rise from the ashes, to glow, to shine…

The authors of HAIR played with the idea that this movement was connected astrologically to the heavens, to the coming of the Age of Aquarius.

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Avenue Q has been extended again at the Gielgud Theatre

A new booking period for the hit musical Avenue Q has now been announced with bookings being taken until the 20th March 2010.

Avenue Q continues the contagious, fun-filled, frolic-fueled adventure that has captured the hearts of theatre-goers everywhere.  

Join the residents of Avenue Q in their new home at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. Described as “Pant Wettingly Funny”, Avenue Q ingeniously combines a cast of humans and puppets who tackle subjects such as dating, racism, internet porn, being gay and finding your purpose in life.  Avenue Q is very much the perfect musical for our time.

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