Austentatious, A new musical at the Landor Theatre

Peter Huntley is proud to present the British premiere of AUSTENTATIOUS in March 2009. Fresh from a sell-out run at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, new musical comedy AUSTENTATIOUS is a love letter to the theatre. Stage manager Sam is stretched to breaking point during a chaotic new production of Pride and Prejudice. Will the cast learn to stop arguing? Will Mr Darcy choose the right girl? Will those tap shoes ever come in handy? Find out at the Landor Theatre in March 2009!

AUSTENTATIOUS will feature Cassidy Janson (Tick Tick Boom, Wicked, Only the Brave) as Sam, Simon Lipkin (Avenue Q, Footloose, The Wedding Singer) as Blake, Richard Meek (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Rocky Horror Show) as David, Fem Belling (Hairspray, Footloose) as Emily, Jenna Boyd (Les Misérables, Acorn Antiques) as Jessica, Lucy Mills (Simply Cinderella) as Lauren and Ilan Goodman (Old Vic 24 Hour Plays, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Glass Menagerie) as Dominic.

AUSTENTATIOUS was created by emerging musical theatre writers Matt Board, Jane Caplow, Kate Galvin, Luisa Hinchliff and Joe Slabe. The group began their collaboration whilst studying musical theatre at Goldmiths, University of London.

The UK premiere of AUSTENTATIOUS will be directed by Lotte Wakeham. Most recently, Lotte has assisted Matthew Warchus on The Norman Conquests at the Old Vic, and directed the acclaimed Language of Love Shakespeare festival at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, which accompanied Peter Hall’s production of Love’s Labour Lost. She has championed new writers, winning last year’s Cameron Mackintosh New Writing Festival with her production of Play on Words by Tom Crawshaw.

Following his success as Musical Director of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Union Theatre, Chris Mundy joins our team as Musical Director. AUSTENTATIOUS will be designed by Sophie Mosberger, a finalist of the 2007 Linbury Prize and recipient of the Royal Opera House design bursary. She was the set designer of the recent sell-out Union Theatre production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Information on AUSTENTATIOUS

Music and Lyrics by Matt Board and Joe Slabe
Book by Matt Board, Jane Caplow, Kate Galvin, Luisa Hinchliff and Joe Slabe
Producer: Peter Huntley
Director: Lotte Wakeham
Musical Director: Chris Mundy
Designer: Sophie Mosberger
Lighting: Will Reynolds
Choreography: Tim Jackson

AUSTENTATIOUS plays at the Landor Theatre, 70 Landor Road, London, SW9 9PH from 4 to 28 March,
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday matinees (8, 15, 22 March) at 3pm. Tickets available from the

Landor Theatre box office: www.landortheatre.co.uk and 020 7737 7276.

Actor and Comedian Omid Djalili ‘Fagin’ in Olivier! from 20 July 2009

Actor and comedian Omid Djalili will be the next star to play ‘Fagin’ in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane from Monday 20 July 2009.

Omid Djalili is an award-winning British-Iranian actor/comedian. Not only acclaimed as one of Britain’s funniest stand up comedians, he has also featured in films including ‘The Mummy’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘Spy Game’, ‘Modigliani’, ‘Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow’, ‘Casanova’, and will soon be seen in ‘The Allottment’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean III’. On TV he did two seasons of ‘Small Potatoes’ on Channel 4. In the States he signed a talent holding deal with NBC in 2002 and co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in her sitcom  ‘Whoopi’ which ran from 2003-04. Most recently Omid has been commissioned to do his own series for BBC1, ‘The Omid Djalili Show’ to be seen in 2007.

Cameron Mackintosh presents his triumphant new staging of Lionel Bart’s masterpiece Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, which was last seen at the Palladium in 1994. Oliver! is one of the most beloved British musicals, vividly bringing to life Dickens’ timeless characters with its ever popular story of the boy who asked for more.

Winner of BBC reality show ‘I’d Do Anything’ Jodie Prenger will continue to play ‘Nancy’ until to 12 Dec 2009.

Book Tickets for Oliver The Musical!

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Tue 8 Dec 2009 – Sun 3 Jan 2010

On a foggy, freezing Christmas Eve, tight-fisted Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. To help Scrooge avoid the ghastly fate that awaits him beyond the grave, Marley arranges for him to be visited by three spirits. But can the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come persuade Scrooge to open his heart to the magic of Christmas before the sun rises? Antic Disposition’s magical new musical brings Charles Dickens’ much-loved tale to life, accompanied by a memorable medley of seasonal songs and carols.

Produced by Antic Disposition, A Christmas Carol is directed by Ben Horslen and John Risebero and designed by John Risebero with lighting design by Howard Hudson.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Tue 23 June – Sat 19 July 2009

The war may be over, but the battle of the sexes has only just begun. As peace breaks out, dashing soldier Claudio is quick to propose to the beautiful Hero, but their celebrations are soon threatened by the scandalous rumours spread by the wicked Don John. Will confirmed singletons Beatrice and Benedick stop sniping at each other long enough to save the day and perhaps find love themselves? Antic Disposition presents a new production of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, a feast of music, romance and verbal jousting that will delight and entertain absolutely anyone who has ever been in love.

Produced by Antic Disposition, Much Ado About Nothing is directed by Ben Horslen and John Risebero and designed by John Risebero with lighting design by Howard Hudson.

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE Tue 17 March – Sat 19 April 2009

As the Blitz rages in London, four young children are evacuated to a mysterious country house, where they discover an enchanted wardrobe that leads to an adventure in the frozen world of Narnia. Can the children help the great lion Aslan defeat the evil White Witch and break the spell that has held the land locked in winter for a hundred years? Find out in this magical new production of CS Lewis’ enchanting family adventure.

Produced by Antic Disposition, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is directed by Ben Horslen and John Risebero and designed by John Risebero with lighting design by Howard Hudson. It is adapted from the CS Lewis novel by Adrian Mitchell with an original score composed by Shaun Davey and musical direction by Christopher Peake.