AND IN THE END: The Death and Life of John Lennon

Marshall + Cole Theatricals Ltd presents AND IN THE END: The Death and Life of John Lennon which is written and directed by Alexander Marshall, Lighting & Design by Andy Grange, Art Direction by Shannon MacDonald, Sound Design by Phil Lee and Incidental Music by Jon Gordon. Starring Valentine Pelka as John Lennon with Martin Bendel, Helen Phillips and Spencer Cowan from 7 May to 1 June at Jermyn Street Theatre.

December 8, 1980, 10.52pm New York City, The Dakota Apartments. Five gunshots ring out and one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century lies in a pool of blood struggling for life. Time stops. Fighting to stay alive, John Lennon finds himself caught in a limbo between life and death. As his former years flash before him, Gatekeepers of his past help him confront the five stages of death – Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.

Written by Emmy Award-winner Alexander Marshall and starring Valentine Pelka, And In The End is a searching, uplifting and humorous insight into the death and life of one of the most influential rock musicians of all time.

Former RSC member Valentine Pelka’s performance as John Lennon was critically acclaimed both at The Edinburgh Fringe and in Australia. His recent credits include Churchill’s POW, a new drama documentary for Channel 4 and the role of Charles Pearce in Howard Brenton’s Epsom Downs for Salisbury Playhouse. On TV, he is perhaps best known for his roles of Kronos in The Highlander and as Colonel Luis Montoya in The Queen of Swords. Film work includes Roman Polanski’s The Piano and Disney’s Under the Tuscan Sun.

Alexander Marshall’s previous directing credits include Fooling Buddha, American Gypsy, and Jadoo. He is the US end of the Anglo-American production team Marshall + Cole Theatricals Ltd. Giles Cole is the UK end of the team. Their work has included the sold out and acclaimed stage biography of Terence Rattigan The Art of Concealment by Giles Cole (also at Jermyn Street Theatre), Short Guys With Glasses and Seeing With the Mind’s Eye in Chicago and Max Maven Thinking In Person Off- Broadway. Marshall is a two-time Emmy Award-winner and in 2011 he won the Benjamin Franklin Award for his biography Beating A Dead Horse: The Life and Times of Jay Marshall. And In The End follows Jermyn Street Theatre’s Artistic Director Anthony Biggs’ production of Frederick Lonsdale’s On Approval.

Box office 0207 287 2875 and online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

The Art of Concealment – The Life of Terence Rattigan at Jermyn Street Theatre

John B Hobbs and GC Productions in Association with Jermyn Street Theatre present THE ART OF CONCEALMENT – The Life of Terence Rattigan by Giles Cole  from January 9th to 28th at Jermyn Street Theatre.

1977. Terence Rattigan, once regarded as the golden boy of the West End stage, is 66 years old and dying of leukaemia. As he waits for the curtain to rise on the first night of his last West End play (Cause Célèbre) he is haunted by memories from his earlier life – his schooldays at Harrow, his disagreements with his philandering exdiplomat father, his devotion to his mother, his lovers, his huge success and wealth followed by his spectacular fall from favour, his descent into delusion and paranoia – and, through all this, his relationships with two of his closest friends and the lover of whom they disapproved.

The Art of Concealment is a play not only about the demons that haunted one of our great playwrights but about the creative process itself, and the process of ageing, of loss, and the pain of love – with the ironic twist that we know Rattigan to be more honoured now – following the centenary of his birth in 2011 – than he would ever have expected in his lifetime.

Having premiered to great acclaim as a special commission for the Brighton Festival Fringe 2011, The Art of Concealment has been reworked for Jermyn Street Theatre. Written by Giles Cole, with the approval of Rattigan’s official biographer, this new production is directed by Knight Mantell and designed by Meg Witts.

It stars Alistair Findlay and Dominic Tighe as the older and younger Rattigan respectively, and features Daniel Bayle, Judy Buxton, Charlie Hollway, Christopher Morgan, Graham Pountney and Benedict Salter.

For more informaiton, visit: www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

Imogen Stubbs and Doreen Mantle to star in Ibsen’s Little Eyolf at Jermyn Street Theatre

Fresh from her glittering performance as Amanda Prynne in Private Lives at Manchester Royal Exchange, Imogen Stubbs is to star opposite Doreen Mantle and Jonathan Cullen in Henrik Ibsen’s 1894 masterpiece Little Eyolf at Jermyn Street Theatre this May.  Joining them in the cast are Nadine Lewington, Robin Pearce Finn Bennett and Lino Faciol.

The production comes hot on the heels of Jermyn Street’s sell-out world premier of Terence Rattigan’s Less Than Kind, and continues the theatre’s artistic policy, under the stewardship of Gene David Kirk, of presenting both little performed European and American classics and vibrant new plays and musicals.

Exploring the tension between personal responsibility and high expectations from life and delving into themes of change and the quest for redemption, Little Eyolf was described by George Bernard Shaw as a tragedy that ‘tempts us in spite of ourselves’.

Eyolf is a nine year old boy on crutches. His ambitious father, Alfred Allmers, (Cullen) returns from the mountains with a new determination to cease his life’s work as a writer and dedicate his passions to his son. His life and his relationship with his wife Rita (Stubbs) is irrevocably damaged by Eyolf’s drowning. In the aftermath, the parents sink into recrimination and guilt, and then attempt to rise in a spiritual rebirth.

Anthony Biggs is Associate Director of Jermyn Street Theatre, where he has directed the premieres of Stewart Permutt’s Many Roads To Paradise and the musical All I Want For Christmas.  He has also developed and produced the premiere of Words Of Honour:The Mafia Exposed for the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh and Jermyn Street Theatre. Other directing credits include Fraser Grace’s Gorgons and Beth Steele’s Temptations for Decade, Sam Shepard’s Savage/Love, Amir The Lost Prince of Persia and The Working Girl (all Theatre503), This Story of Yours (Old Red Lion), Carolyn Pertwee and Ros Adler’s Between Friends (OSO Barnes) Brecht’s The Wedding (Edinburgh Festival and tour), Hounslow West and Piccadilly Circus (Urban Scrawl), and Francis Turnly’s Hiding with Claire Goose, Tanya Franks and Michael Smiley (Watford Palace).

Jermyn Street Theatre’s recent critically acclaimed production Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play, directed by Gene David Kirk is to transfer to Provincetown, USA this September for the writer’s 100th Birthday celebrations.  Following that the production will move on to New Haven.

For more information, please visit: www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

Little Eyolf by Henrik Ibsen at Jermyn Street Theatre

Jermyn Street Theatre Presents LITTLE EYOLF by Henrik Ibsen (translation by Michael Meyer), director by Anthony Biggs, designer by Fabrice Serafino, lighting design by David W Kydd and sound design by Phil Hewitt will run at Jermyn Street Theatre from May 3rd – 28th 2011.

Hot on the heels of the acclaimed sell-out world premier of Terence Rattigan’s Less Than Kind, the revival of Henrik Ibsen’s 1894 masterpiece, Little Eyolf continues Jermyn Street Theatre’s artistic policy, under the stewardship of Gene David Kirk, of presenting both little performed European and American classics and vibrant new plays and musicals.

Exploring the tension between personal responsibility and high expectations from life and delving into themes of change and the quest for redemption, Little Eyolf was described by George Bernard Shaw as a tragedy that ‘tempts us in spite of ourselves’.

Eyolf is a nine year old boy on crutches. His ambitious father, Alfred Allmers, returns from the mountains with a new determination to cease his life’s work as a writer and dedicate his passions to his son. His life and his relationship with his wife is irrevocably damaged by Eyolf’s drowning. In the aftermath, the parents sink into recrimination and guilt, and then attempt to rise in a spiritual rebirth.

Anthony Biggs is Associate Director of Jermyn Street Theatre, where he has directed the premieres of Stewart Permutt’s Many Roads To Paradise and the musical All I Want For Christmas.  He has also developed and produced the premiere of Words Of Honour:The Mafia Exposed for the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh and Jermyn Street Theatre. Other directing credits include Fraser Grace’s Gorgons and Beth Steele’s Temptations for Decade, Sam Shepard’s Savage/Love, Amir The Lost Prince of Persia and The Working Girl (all Theatre503), This Story of Yours (Old Red Lion), Carolyn Pertwee and Ros Adler’s Between Friends (OSO Barnes) Brecht’s The Wedding (Edinburgh Festival and tour), Hounslow West and Piccadilly Circus (Urban Scrawl), and Francis Turnly’s Hiding with Claire Goose, Tanya Franks and Michael Smiley (Watford Palace).

Jermyn Street Theatre’s recent critically acclaimed production Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play, directed by Gene David Kirk is to transfer to Provincetown, USA this September for the writer’s 100th Birthday celebrations.  Following that the production will move on to New Haven.

“…a magnificent revival that confirms the Jermyn Street Theatre’s position as one of the most exciting spaces in London” Kate Maltby, The Spectator (The Two Character Play)

For more information, visit: www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

Jihad! The Musical makes its London premiere in January 2010

Jihad! The Musical makes its London premiere in January 2010 at Jermyn Street Theatre. Jihad! previously played the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007 to sell-out audiences and critical acclaim.

This satirical romp about the war on terror follows the story of an innocent young flower seller from the mean streets of Jalalabad to the midst of a sleeper cell in the West. He’s helped by a very friendly local terrorist – and an unusually proactive TV reporter in search of a ‘killer’ story.

With singing camels, dancing girls and a heartfelt hero, Jihad! sends up stereotypes, politics and big business, and the love affair between terrorism and the media. Songs include “Building a Bomb Today”, “I Wanna Be Like Osama”, and “Axis of Freedom”.

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JET SET GO! at Jermyn Street Theatre, 31 March – 18 April 2009

Original British Musical Takes Off at Jermyn Street for Limited Season, 31 March 2009

Jet Set Go!, a sell-out show at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, touches down in London for three weeks at Jermyn Street Theatre from Tuesday 31 March to Saturday 18 April 2009.

Take to the skies with a tantalisingly tuneful team of fun-loving cabin crew in this brand new British musical. With romance rampaging in the sky, a lustful stopover in New York sends sexual tensions spiralling high. Fasten your seatbelts for this exhilarating London première, with an original score by Notes for the Stage finalist, Pippa Cleary. As the crew sing up the aisles and tap dance down Broadway, it’s a journey that you’ll never forget.

Jet Set Go! takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the lives of those working in the skies, with a host of adorable characters, including the Puerto Rican stewardess (and seductress) Julia, who has a lover in every country, and the idealistic Ryan, who longingly dreams of his perfect guy. Its contemporary take on love (and lust) is a uniquely uplifting experience.

Take Note Theatre was founded to bring new musical theatre to a wider audience. Integral to this policy is its commitment to working with writers and composers to develop new work and further British musical theatre. In 2008 the company produced two musicals at the Edinburgh Festival, both of which enjoyed sold out runs and critical acclaim. In 2009, the company is producing Jet Set Go! for its season at Jermyn Street Theatre and developing two new projects for production later in the year, both in Edinburgh and London.

Produced by Take Note Theatre in association with Jermyn Street Theatre, Jet Set Go! has book and lyrics by Jake Brunger, music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary, and is directed and choreographed by Luke Sheppard and developed in collaboration with Take Note Theatre.

Jake Brunger – Book & Lyrics

Jake is a member of the Royal Court Theatre Young Writer’s Programme, where his tutor is Leo Butler. His plays include Sam’s Game and Racing with Dogs and Knives (both showcased in the Momentum Festival), The Engagement (Carlton TV Workshop) and Meat Market (in a reading at Hampstead Theatre Start Night). He has also written for a Later with Paines Plough event and for the Bristol 24 Hour Plays: Red Bull Sessions, in association with Old Vic New Voices. Jake wrote lyrics for Exhibitionists at the Wickham Theatre in Bristol and is currently Assistant Director on the UK tour of Calendar Girls.

Pippa Cleary – Music & Lyrics

Pippa studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama,where she was awarded the Wax Chandler’s Prize for Composition. Her song ‘Christmas Without You’ was shortlisted for the inaugural Notes for the Stage competition. She has composed music for productions of The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Wickham Theatre) and The Darkling Plain (Edinburgh Festival). She also composes for film and radio. She was Musical Director for Take Note Theatre’s 2008 productions and is currently working on a production of Jekyll and Hyde. Pippa is currently a final year music student at Bristol University.

Luke Sheppard – Director & Choreographer

Luke founded Take Note Theatre and directed both Jet Set Go! and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at the Edinburgh Festival in 2008. He is Development Co-ordinator for Perfect Pitch and worked on their recent annual showcase at the Trafalgar Studios. He was Assistant Director to Sir Jonathan Miller on Hamlet at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol and his directing credits include The Wonderful World of Dissocia and A Girl in a Car With a Man, both at Wickham Theatre. He organised the Bristol 24 Hour Plays: Red Bull Sessions, in association with Old Vic New Voices, and worked with Peepolykus to develop a new musical proposal at the National Theatre Studio. He is directing a new musical for the Brighton Fringe, whilst developing two productions with Take Note Theatre for 2009.

PRESS NIGHT

Press night for Jet Set Go! is Thursday 2 April at 8.00pm

LISTINGS

Take Note Theatre presents

Jet Set Go!

Tue 31 March – Sat 18 April 2009

Jermyn Street Theatre, Jermyn Street, London SW1

Box Office:

0207 287 2875

info@jermynstreettheatre.co.uk

www.jetsetgolondon.co.uk