War Horse UK Premiere: Leicester Square in London

War Horse made its UK Premiere in the famous Leicester Square in London on 8th January 2012… a very royal and exciting premiere.

The much anticipated premiere of Steven Spielberg’s new film War Horse was held in aid of the princes’ charity, The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.

Among those who walked the red carpet were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Spielberg, hundreds of military members along with their family, the cast, renowned author Michael Morpurgo, script writer Richard Curtis and even the star of the film – Joey the horse. Spielberg was very excited to be honoured to have a royal premiere, this being the first one for the Duke and Duchess though having previously had royal premieres with the Queen and the Queen Mother.

The film’s talented cast includes Niels Arestrup, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Toby Kebbell, David Kross, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis and Emily Watson.  Newcomer Jeremy Irvine said, “I am a little bit overwhelmed. It feels like a long way from home.” 

The film is an adaptation from Morpurgo’s 1982 novel about a boy named Albert who tries to track down his beloved horse, Joey, who has been shipped to France to serve in the First World War. Morpurgo tells the heartfelt story through Joey’s eyes. It’s a beautiful story that has already been successfully told on stage when it opened at the National Theatre in 2007. Following two understandably sold-out seasons at the NT, War Horse is now playing at the New London Theatre to sold-out crowds. A movie would be the next plausible step taking the realness of this memorable and touching story to the next level.

The play which already transferred to Broadway has won five Tony Awards and the film which was released in North America last month is seen to be a contender for the upcoming Oscars.

Michael Morpurgo was interviewed on the Red Carpet. He asked what took them so long to make the movie and then stated it was just luck really. He mentioned how most books either don’t get published or if they do, they don’t last.  His own book sat on the back of shelves unread for 25 years until the National Theatre decided to make a play of it using puppets! This is seen by Spielberg’s producer and voilà, a couple years later War Horse is made into a spectacular movie.  Morpurgo said the whole thing was ‘wonderfully ridiculous’. While he hopes it’s a beautiful story about the friendship between a boy and a horse, he doesn’t want the rest to be forgotten… how 10 million soldiers worldwide lost their lives in World War I and nearly as many horses. Whilst Morpurgo loves ‘all of this’, he remains sincerely considerate of the feelings of the families who lost loved ones in war.

War Horse will likely march on for many years to come and continue to touch the hearts of many fans.

Michael Morpurgo said:

What took them so long?  It’s lucky, it’s luck.  Most books don’t get published, when they get published, they don’t last the course, my book sat on the back of the shelf, not read for 25 years.  Then National Theatre thinks they’ll make a play of it with puppets and it’s just this wonderfully iconic production that Spielberg’s producer sees and thinks it’d be a good movie and here we are.  The whole thing is ridiculous but wonderfully ridiculous. 

Not impressed with the budget. In a sense, it’s terrible that this book could ever be written.  That war killed 10 million soldiers worldwide and nearly as many horses killed.  In a way all this is lovely but at the end of the day, this is what has to be remembered.  As a result there are young men who never became fathers and young men who never became grandfathers.  He hopes it’s a beautiful story about a friendship between a boy and a horse but the background is really, really important.

Whilst he loves all of this and all this is great (show & film), he treads softly on the memories of the families who lost people in the war.

Book tickets for War Horse at New London Theatre!

The Go!Go!Go! Show at Leicester Square Theatre from 23-Oct to 30-Dec 2010

THE GO!GO!GO! SHOW is an all-new family extravaganza featuring five new pop stars, brand new songs and a sock-stealing ‘Fluffalope’!

Directed by Carole Todd (Dreamboats & Petticoats), choreographed by Paul Domaine (The Saturdays, Sugababes, Dannii Minogue), original story by Dean Wilkinson (Cbeebies, CBBC, Ant & Dec) and with music by Mike Stock (one third of the legendary Stock, Aitken & Waterman!) and Steve Crosby (who masterminded Steps), this energetic song and dance-fuelled adventure is stacked full of laughs and audience interaction for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Finalists announced for Barclays Live at Leicester Square!

Five dance performances at Leicester Square, London had the judges tapping their toes on Saturday 31 July as part of the Barclays Live dance competition to celebrate the continued investment across Barclays’ branch network– and these performers are now shimmying through to the next round.

Definitives, Retaliation, DEM LOT, Fusion and Remix are all finalists in the Barclays Live competition – and vying for the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to see Brendan Cole in action as well as dancing all the way to the bank with a cheque for £1,000!

The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges including Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole, Kiss 100 DJ Manny Norté and Lionel Johnson from Barclays. 

Videos of the five finalists have been uploaded onto the Barclays Live website www.barclayslive.co.uk and they now face a public vote to decide on the winner.  Cast your votes now! And check out Your Name in Dance, the new interactive dance tool which allows you to produce a bespoke dance for your name.

Barclays Live teamed up with award winning street dancer BROOKE to develop the online tool which you can share with your friends via Facebook and Twitter, or can copy the link and send it by email.

Brendan Cole says: “London has talent! We saw some really fantastic performances in London from streetdance troupes to jivers- the high standard of the performances made it difficult to select our final five. After deliberations we have chosen Definitives, Retaliation, Fusion, Remix and DEM LOT. These dancers are now counting on you to vote for them on the Barclays Live website– so make sure you log on and do your bit!”

Voting closes on Monday 30 August.

Boy George In Concert, Up Close & Personal

Boy George needs little introduction. He shot to international stardom in the 80s as the front man of Culture Club, and has since sold over 50 million albums and has had top ten hits worldwide. He wrote and starred in the Tony-Nominated musical, Taboo, premiering in the West End before moving to Broadway. He has remained one of the world’s most recognisably iconic figures.

In advance of his 2010 European Tour, George will perform a set of exclusive intimate shows at the Leicester Square Theatre… stripped down, acoustic, unplugged. This set of exclusive concerts is simply Boy George the artist, singer, lyricist and musician – performing his biggest hits from Culture Club, his solo career, new writing and some great covers.

‘Beyond the face paint lies a great British soul voice. Church Of The Poison Mind was delivered at breakneck speed and overflowed with joie de vivre. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? was the very epitome of dreaminess and the beloved Karma Chameleon gained a new layer of loveliness in a new, stately incarnation’ – Evening Standard

Book Tickets for Boy George In Concert at Leicester Square Theatre

Marilyn Forever Blonde at Leicester Square

The story takes place at a photo shoot just prior to Marilyn’s untimely death. She is 36 years old and while she still is beautiful, she has lost some of the little girl charm that made her Hollywood’s biggest star in the 20th Century Fox prime of her early twenties.

Divorced for the third time and now living alone, frustrated by Hollywood and tired of being labeled a sex symbol, Marilyn longs to be respected for her talent and loved for who she really is rather than the character she has created for the silver screen. She wonders what it would be like to do it all over again…

Press Reviews

“Award-winning actress and singer Sunny Thompson takes on the role of Marilyn. ‘Amazing… An uncanny resemblance to Monroe, not only in vivacious figure but in her delicate voice. It’s hard to discern where Monroe stops and Thompson begins” – Broadway World.

“Mesmerizing” Washington Post

“Sunny Thompson – simply Marilyn” Edge Boston

“Beathtaking” Boston Globe

Book Tickets for Marilyn Forever Blonde at Leicester Square