La Cage Aux Folles Announced New Cast!

The hit musical La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre will have new lead actors from the 4th May 2009. Graham Norton will leave the show on the 2nd May and his role of drag queen Zaza (Albin) will be taken by Roger Allam. The role of Zaza/Albin was originated by Douglas Hodge in the current revival and he recently won an Olivier award for best actor in a musical. Hodge’s original co-star, Philip Quast will return to the show to play Albin’s lover alongside Roger Allam.

There are rumours that leading West End musical star John Barrowman has been approached to play the part of ZAZA for three months when Roger Allam and Philip Quast leave the show in August. John Barrowman has a new TV programme to record, and a live concert tour, so it’s all a matter of availability with such a gruelling schedule. If this does happen, it will bring a new audience in to the show as John Barrowman has a high profile on tv and is extremely popular.

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Steven Berkoff to present Theatre Book Prize

Theatre and movie star Steven Berkoff, currently appearing to great acclaim in his own production of On the Waterfront, will be the one to open the envelope and declare the winner at the Theatre Book Prize award event at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, next Tuesday.

As a poet, writer of short stories, autobiography and books on theatre as well as a successful playwright, actor and director Steven Berkoff bridges all the fields covered by the award that he is presenting. He is currently appearing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in his own production of Bud Schulberg’s On the Waterfront.

Toyer Finished Early on 21st March

Toyer was playing in Arts Theatre has announced early finished on 21st of March. This play is about a serial killer on the loose. When a charming stranger appears at psychiatrist Maude’s apartment late one night, an innocent encounter soon becomes a sexually charged battle of wits. Is he ‘the Toyer’, the sadist who lobotomizes his female victims, or merely a playful admirer? In this dangerous game of cat and mouse, Maude must either outwit her adversary or suffer a diabolical fate.

With a chilling lead character to rival Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, this exhilarating psychological thriller receives its London premiere at the newly reopened Arts Theatre. Acclaimed young actor Al Weaver (Trevor Nunn’s Hamlet, Coram Boy at the NT) stars alongside the Olivier Award-winning Alice Krige (RSC, Chariots of Fire, Star Trek)

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: and 020 7737 7276.

Jerry Springer to Star in Chicago


US talk show king Jerry Springer will make his West End debut on 1 June when he stars as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the smash hit musical CHICAGO. He will star in the role for a strictly limited season until 11 July.

CHICAGO is currently booking until 27 March 2010.

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


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

The Lion King – The Award-Winning Musical

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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The 39 Steps Media Reviews

John Buchan’s gripping whodunit – memorably filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935 – has at last been thrillingly adapted for the stage. This hilarious brand new version is performed by four actors playing a minimum of 150 roles and transfers to the West End after a sensational sell-out run at the Tricycle Theatre.

Nothing has been cut from spectacular premiere of Britain’s most spellbinding thriller – the legendary scenes include the chase on the Flying Scotsman, the escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical bi-plane crash ever staged and the death defying finale in the London Palladium!

It’s the most astonishing theatrical tour de force of the year. Book now to avoid incredible disappointment.

All in all, ‘The 39 Steps’ was the best thing that I’ve seen at the Theatre Royal this year
BBC North Yorkshire – Read review

A thoroughly enjoyable production that both mocks and celebrates the spy genre

Onstage ScotlandRead review



A bally good show, by Jove!
South Wales EchoRead review
Spoof spy thriller roles into town: interview with producer Edward Snape
South Wales EchoRead review
Steps in the right direction
South Wales ArgusRead review
39 Steps to Heaven
Richmond and Twickenham TimesRead review
There aren’t many better ways to spend 100 minutes of your life than watching this
Living in SurreyRead review
Spies, music hall and shadow puppets combine to make this a memorable night out
BBC NottinghamRead review
Spies, Blonde and a Guy Go North by Northwest
New York TimesRead review
Wonderful show…
BBC NorthamptonshireRead review
Wonderfully inventive
The Argus, BrightonRead review
Now that’s what I call a triumph
The Herald & Post NorthamptonshireRead review
Winner Best New Comedy
Whatsonstage Award 2007
“Clever, very funny, imaginative and brilliantly acted”
The Guardian
“A dizzy theatrical game played with wit and versatility” * * * *
The Times
“Hugely entertaining… . Clever, witty, ingenious” * * * *
Sunday Times
“Dizzyingly entertaining show”
Daily Telegraph
“A wonderful triumph of theatre”
BBC Radio 4
“Rollicking fun”
The Times
“A joyous version of the Hitchcock classic. * * * *”
Sunday Times
“Just the ticket”
Evening Standard
“What the West End has been waiting for”
The Observer
“Hilarious. * * * *”
Sunday Express




The 39 Steps is now booking until 6 September 2009

The 39 Steps, which was opened at the Criterion theatre two years ago, now celebrates its birthday by announcing a further extension to its run and a new cast member. On 13 October Tessa Churchard takes over from Josefina Gabrielle to play the three female roles in this play, The 39 Steps is now booking until 6 September 2009.

JOHN BUCHAN’S gripping whodunnit – memorably filmed by ALFRED HITCHCOCK in 1935 – has at last been THRILLINGLY ADAPTED for the stage with just FOUR heroic actors playing more than 39 classic roles.

GUARANTEED to contain not only COMEDY AND THRILLS GALORE this brand new production is packed with cads and sirens as well as those legendary scenes. Gasp, laugh and be amazed at the Chase on the Flying Scotsman, the Escape on the Forth Bridge, the first theatrical Bi-Plane Crash ever staged and the sensational death-defying finale in the London Palladium and not forgetting the memorable and controversial ‘stockings and suspenders’ scene* and MANY MORE!

This spectacular production of Britain’s most spellbinding thriller which promises to be the most astonishing theatrical tour de force of the year.

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Cameron Mackintosh congratulates Jodie Prenger

Cameron Mackintosh congratulates Jodie Prenger on winning the role of Nancy in BBC One’s I’d Do Anything and announces further casting for his production of Oliver!

 ‘I’m thrilled for Jodie: she deserves this part and is clearly the people’s Nancy. She’s an exceptional talent with a fabulous voice and is an unusually warm woman – smart, thoughtful and extremely motivated. She will go from strength to strength and be a terrific success in the role of a lifetime when the show opens in January.”

Jodie will join a distinguished company of over 75 actors.
As already announced Rowan Atkinson will play Fagin; Burn Gorman from BBC’s Torchwood and Bleak House will be Bill Sikes; Veteran stage and screen actress Rosemary Leech is Mrs Bedwin, RSC actor Julian Bleach is Mr Sowerberry, and of course the three Olivers are Gwion, Harry and Laurence.

 Cameron Mackintosh will present Lionel Bart’s musical masterpiece Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with performances commencing from 12th December 2008 and press night on 14th January 2009.

Evening performances will be Monday – Saturdays at 7.30pm, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm. (

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