Blood Brothers has been extended until 28 November 2009

Written by the legendary Willy Russell, BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. The incredible score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time scooping up no less than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway – Blood Brothers is currently booking into its 20th year.

Blood Brothers has been extended until 28th of November 2009.

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Duet For One will Open at Vaudeville Theatre

Stephanie Abrahams, a brilliant concert violinist, who seemingly has it all, is forced to re-evaluate her life when struck down by an unforeseen tragedy. Faced with a truth too difficult to comprehend she consults psychiatrist Dr Feldmann and through a series of highly charged encounters is led to examine her deepest emotions and finally to consider a future without music.

Kempinski’s play, premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1980 and enjoyed successful runs in the West End and on Broadway. It was subsequently made into a film with Julie Andrews and Alan Bates. Two of Britain’s finest actors; Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman, perform this gripping and deeply moving psychological drama in its first major revival.

Juliet Stevenson’s stage work includes Rosalind in As You Like It (RSC) and most recently Arkadina in The Seagull (National Theatre). On film she received numerous awards for Truly Madly Deeply and a BAFTA nomination for The Politician’s Wife.

Henry Goodman was last at the Almeida in The Hypochondriac. Other stage work includes his award-winning performance in The Merchant of Venice (National Theatre) and recently in the leading role in Fiddler on the Roof in the West End.

Booking From: Thursday, 7 May 2009

Booking Until: Saturday, 1 August 2009

Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 3pm

Evenings: Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm

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We’re Going On A Bear Hunt at Duchess Theatre

An adaptation of Michael Rosen’s best-selling children’s story. Join one happy happy family as they wade through grass, splash through water and squelch through mud on the hunt for a big bear. Are you brave enough to journey with the and discover what scary surprise is waiting for them on the other side of the dark forest?

Don’t miss this swishy swashy, splishy splashy, oozy, squelchy show!

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The King and I will Perform at Royal Albert Hall Theatre

The timeless classic, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, has captured the hearts and minds of millions with its charming story of the British governess brought into the court of Siam to tutor the King’s many children. Once within the splendour of the Royal Palace, beautifully recreated within the magical setting of the Royal Albert Hall, Anna and the King grow to understand one another and learn about each other’s cultures.

Fully staged in the round, this spectacular production plays for just twenty performances. The unique love story is told with one of the most glorious and unforgettable scores ever written. The much-loved songs and sweeping melodies from the show include: The March of the Siamese Children, Shall We Dance, I Whistle a Happy Tune, Hello Young Lovers and the unforgettable Getting to Know You.

The King and I is lavishly brought to life by Jeremy Sams (The Sound of Music, Noises Off) and Robert Jones (The Sound of Music, On The Town), with musical direction by Gareth Valentine (Cats, Miss Saigon) and played by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Starring one of the UK’s best-loved stage performers Maria Friedman alongside Daniel Dae Kim, star of the hit TV series Lost, this promises to be a memorable musical not to be missed.

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Sheridan Smith and Duncan James confirmed as Legally Blonde The Musical Leads

Legally Blonde The Musical Opening in London’s West End December 2009

Sheridan Smith and Duncan James to Play College Sweetheart Elle Woods and Heartbreaker Warner

Sheridan Smith is to lead the cast as college sweetheart Elle Woods in Jerry Mitchell’s Legally Blonde The Musical which will preview in the West End from this December. Tickets for Legally Blonde The Musical, which has its press night at the Savoy Theatre on 12 January 2010, go on sale to the public today. Sheridan is joined by Duncan James who will play heartbreaker Warner and Alex Gaumond as Emmett, Elle’s love interest. Previews are from 5 December 2009 and the show is currently booking until 23 May 2010. Legally Blonde The Musical is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Robert G Bartner, Ambassador Theatre Group and Jamie Hendry Productions. Further casting for this production will be announced shortly.

Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winning Jerry Mitchell Legally Blonde the Musical has music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hach, set design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller, sound design by ACME Sound Partners and orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke.

College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law! Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

In its first year on Broadway Legally Blonde The Musical earned seven Tony nominations and ten Drama Desk Award nominations as well as winning an Outer Critics’ Circle Award. The Broadway production of Legally Blonde The Musical concluded its run in October 2008 and is currently packing out houses across America in its hugely successful two year tour with international dates in Japan and Canada soon to be announced. In 2001 Amanda Brown’s novel Legally Blonde was made into a film starring Reese Witherspoon, produced by MGM and directed by Robert Luketic.

Sheridan Smith is best known for many award-winning television roles which include eight series of Two Pints of Lager & A Packet of Crisps, two series of Grown Ups which was written specifically for her, two series of Love Soup and four series of Benidorm. She played Emma in the multi award-winning The Royle Family and played a guest lead in Gavin and Stacey. Her other television credits include Blood Strangers, Doctors, Fat Friends and The Comic Strip Presents Sex Actually as well as Lark Rise to Candleford and Jonathan Creek. Sheridan made her West End debut as Tallulah in the National Youth Music Theatre production of Bugsy Malone. Since then she has appeared in Into the Woods at the Donmar Warehouse, Ancient Lights for Hampstead Theatre, The People are Friendly for the Royal Court and Tinderbox at The Bush Theatre. Sheridan made her Shakespearian debut at Regents Park Open Air Theatre in 2006 playing Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew. She also played the lead role of Audrey in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Little Shop of Horrors which later transferred to the West End. As well as recording many radio plays, Sheridan played Lucie Miller, the Doctor’s Assistant, in the radio version of Dr Who.

As an original member of the chart-topping band Blue, Duncan James achieved 40 number one singles worldwide. In 2007 he was a finalist in ITV’s Dancing on Ice and later that year he joined the West End cast of Chicago to play Billy Flynn. He is a regular presenter on radio and TV including his own show on Capital FM, Party in the Park, Soapstar Superstar (ITV2), T4 Movie Special: Spiderman II, Record of the Year and GMTV’s Entertainment Today. He has most
recently appeared as himself in Channel 4’s Comedy Showcase: Plus One and made a special appearance in The Bill in January playing the role of Dan Colman. He has also recently been announced as the new host of Sky1’s Summer School Musical.

Alex Gaumond is currently appearing as Galileo in the No. 1 UK Tour of We Will Rock You. His many other musical theatre credits include Desperately Seeking Susan at the Novello Theatre, the No.1 UK Tour of the Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls, Sunday in the Park with George at Wyndham’s Theatre, The Full Monty at the Prince of Wales Theatre and UK tour, Kiss Me Kate for the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Miss Saigon on tour world wide, Something About You at Jermyn Street Theatre. His many recordings include Scrooge and the Sondheim Tonight Gala Concert.

Jerry Mitchell, who directed and choreographed the Broadway production of Legally Blonde The Musical, began his career as associate choreographer to Michael Bennett on Scandal and Jerome Robbins on Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Since that time his many Broadway choreography credits include the revivals of The Rocky Horror Show and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown as well as Gypsy and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Mitchell conceives, directs and
choreographs Broadway Bares, a comedy burlesque performed annually for the charity Broadway Cares. As well as numerous nominations, he won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his work on La Cage aux Folles and worked with Ann Miller on the critically acclaimed Follies.

Jerry Mitchell’s choreography can currently be seen in London in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre. His film credits include In and Out, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Scent of a Woman.

Christmas Schedule
Monday 21 December 7.30pm
Tuesday 22 December 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Wednesday 23 December 7.30pm
Thursday 24 December 2.30pm
Friday 25 December no performance
Saturday 26 December 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 27 December no performance
Monday 28 December 7.30pm
Tuesday 29 December 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Wednesday 30 December 7.30pm
Thursday 31 December 2.30pm
Friday 1 January 7.30pm
Saturday 2 January 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 3 December no performance

Listings Information Legally Blonde The Musical

Address: Savoy Theatre, Strand, London WC2R 0ET
Dates: previews from 5 December 2009
Press night 12 January 2010
Currently booking until 23 May 2010
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Tuesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm
NB there will be no matinees on 8 and 15 December

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Wicked Announces New Cast From 11th May 2009

The smash hit musical WICKED, which recently celebrated its 1000th performance, is pleased to welcome Sam Kelly as The Wizard and Natalie Anderson as Nessarose from Monday 11 May 2009. The production also welcomes back Alexia Khadime as Elphaba.

Since the early seventies, Sam Kelly has been one of the UK’s best-loved and most popular actors. His many long-running television series have included Porridge with Ronnie Barker; ‘Allo, ‘Allo with Gorden Kaye; On The Up with Dennis Waterman and Barbara with Gwen Taylor. His National Theatre appearances include The Homecoming with Michael Sheen, War and Peace and A Funny Thing Happen On The Way To The Forum. Natalie Anderson is best known as ‘Nurse Stella Davenport’ in ITV’s The Royal, a role she has been playing since 2004. She also starred in the BBC children’s television drama series The Biz with Paul Nicholls.

Dianne Pilkington (Glinda), Oliver Tompsett (Fiyero), Harriet Thorpe (Madame Morrible), Ashleigh Gray (Standby for Elphaba) and Sarah Earnshaw (Standby for Glinda) have all extended their contracts. Current ensemble cast members Alex Jessop and David Stoller will take over the roles of Boq and Doctor Dillamond respectively.

Current WICKED stars Kerry Ellis (Elphaba), Desmond Barrit (The Wizard), Caroline Keiff (Nessarose), Jeremy Legat (Boq) and Andy Mace (Doctor Dillamond) will all play their final performances on Saturday 9th May 2009.

From Monday 11 May 2009, WICKED stars Alexia Khadime (Elphaba), Dianne Pilkington (Glinda), Oliver Tompsett (Fiyero), Sam Kelly (The Wizard), Harriet Thorpe (Madame Morrible), Natalie Anderson (Nessarose), Alex Jessop (Boq), David Stoller (Doctor Dillamond), Ashleigh Gray (Standby for Elphaba) and Sarah Earnshaw (Standby for Glinda).

The award-winning musical opened at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre in September 2006 and has now been seen by almost two million people and taken £70 million at the Box Office. In addition to the London production, WICKED is also currently running in North America (4 productions), Japan, Germany and Australia.

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Sourse: www.wickedthemusical.co.uk

Brian Conley will be New Edna in Hairspray!

The current star of Hairspray, Michael Ball will leave the hit musical on the 25th July and his role of Edna Turnblad (Tracy’s mother) will be taken by Brian Conley from the 27th July 2009.

PLEASE NOTE: Michael Ball will be on holiday from the 4th May to the 11th May returning on the 12th May.

Although known mostly as a comedian and TV star, Brian Conley had major successes starring in the musicals “Jolson” at The Victoria Palace and “The Music Man” at Chichester, and although he didnt step straight into Michael Ball’s shoes in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” he did take the same role of Caractacus Potts when it was at The Palladium taking over from Jason Donovan in March 2005. The role of Edna is more of a comedy role so it will definately suit Brian Conley, although, like Michael Ball, he does have a good singing voice.

The American production of Hairspray won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, seven Drama Desk awards, five Critics’ Circle Awards and a Grammy for the original cast recording. The UK production of Hairspray opened in October 2007 and went on to win four 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards: Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Supporting Performance in a Musical and Best New Musical.

Hairspray is currently booking until 27th March 2010.

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Calendar Girls is Going Globally

London’s newest comedy, “Calendar Girls“, now running at The Noel Coward Theatre, which is proving to be a massive hit, is going global. In London, the show has almost £2 million in advance bookings, which is unsual for a play and normally associated with big musicals. Calendar Girls will launch in Brisbane before touring Australia including Sydney and Melbourne, It will then visit Hong Kong and Singapore in 2011.

Other productions of Calendar Girls will open in Paris,  Germany, Turkey and Cape Town.

The play is based on the real-life story of how the Rylstone & District Women’s Institute branch in Yorkshire decided to pose for a nude calender to raise money for Leukaemia Research instead of baking cakes and jam making. The current West End cast include Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge, Sian Phillips, Gaynor Faye, Brigit Forsyth, Julia Hills and Elaine C Smith, who all play until the 24th June after which time it will be re-cast.

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Shout at Arts Theatre

Shout! is a feel-good musical featuring more than 30 of the biggest pop hits of the 60s. Celebrating the fabulous, hazy days of swinging London, Shout! is an affectionate reminder of the time when hippies were in the news, students took part in sit-ins, the Beatles conquered the world, the first man walked on the moon, Top Of The Pops was born, England won the World Cup and short skirts and beehives were all the rage.

Shout!, which follows three girls as they arrive to try their luck in the big smoke at the start of the most exciting decade ever, is set to a soundtrack of tunes including Downtown, Son Of A Preacher Man, I Only Wanna Be With You, I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, Wishin’ And Hopin’, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, To Sir With Love, These Boots Are Made For Walking and the title track.

Shout! stars Su Pollard, who is most famous for playing Peggy in Hi De Hi! However she is a stage regular with recent credits including Menopause The Musical, The Vagina Monolgues and tours of Annie The Musical and The Pirates Of Penzance.

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More tickets on sale for Disney’s multi-award winning musical THE LION KING

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi-award winning musical THE LION KING will redefine your expectations of theatre.

A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney’s much-loved film transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

Now celebrating its 10th triumphant year at the Lyceum Theatre,THE LION KING is still the West End’s most unforgettable show.

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