Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Chris Stafford appointed Chief Executive of Leicester Curve

Chris Stafford has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Leicester Curve following Fiona Allan’s departure to lead Birmingham Hippodrome this autumn. 

 Curve is delighted to have found its next Chief Executive from amongst its Senior Management team, where Stafford has been working as Executive Producer for the past two years.

Stafford brings a wealth of experience to the role of Chief Executive. His two years as Executive Producer for Curve have seen him substantially grow the company’s artistic programme, as well as develop Curve’s national and international touring portfolio. All this has been achieved at a time of great insecurity for the arts, and has seen the current team deliver the company’s most successful programme both artistically and commercially.

Trailer released for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Open Air Theatre

The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has released the official trailer for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers which runs until 29th August 2015. Watch the trailer below.

Alex Gaumond and Laura Pitt-Pulford star as Adam and Milly, with the cast being completed by: Rosanna Bates, David Burrows, Angela Caesar, Matthew Clark, Leon Cooke, Eammon Cox, Jacob Fisher, Charlene Ford, Steve Fortune, Trevor Michael Georges, Bob Harms, Bethany Huckle, Frankie Jenna, James Leece, Phillip Marriot, Dylan Mason, Natasha Mould, Peter Nash, Sam O’Rourke, Ryan Pidgen, Adam Rhys-Charles, Karli Vale, Annie Wensak, Ed White and Emma Woods.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Production images released for Cats in Blackpool

Production images have been released for the current Blackpool production of Cats. Jane McDonald plays Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical at the Blackpool Opera House until 5th September 2015. Check out the images below (click image to enlarge).

The cast includes:  Jack Butterworth (Rum Tum Tugger), Adam Linstead (Old Deuteronomy), Matt Krzan (Munkustrap), Mark Richardson (Quaxo/ Mistoffelees), Paul Monaghan (Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones), Evan James (Skimbleshanks), Georgie Leatherland (Rumpleteazer), Harry Francis (Mungojerrie), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum), Emma Lee Clark (Bombalurina), Anna Woodside (Demeter), Jane Quinn (Jennyanydots), Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/ White Cat), Tarryn Gee (Jemima), Danielle Cato (Cassandra), Gabrielle Cocca (Tantomile), Luke Cinque-White (Carbucketty), James Titchener (Coricopat), Javier Cid (Macavity/Admetus), Jon-Scott Clark (Bill Bailey) and Jordan Shaw (Pouncival). 

Full casting announced for Brave New World

Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of a new stage adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s seminal novel Brave New World

The production will open on 8th September 2015 (previews from 4th September) in Northampton before touring to Edinburgh, Oxford, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Wolverhampton, Darlington, Blackpool and Bradford.

Brave New World has been adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Dawn King. The show will be directed by James Dacre with designed by Naomi Dawson and original new music by British band These New Puritans.

Brian May and Kerry Ellis announce Italian tour

Following their recent performance at the Arena di Verona which was transmitted live on TV, Brian May and Kerry Ellis will return to Italy next year with their new show One Voice: The Tour

The pair recently released their version of Ruth Moody's song 'One Voice' in April and are currently back in the studio working on a new album.

Writing on his website, May said: "This track is Art for Art’s sake. To me, it’s something I’m already proud of, with a magnificent vocal performance by Kerry Ellis, but also it has a crystal clear human message - 'You have a voice … your voice CAN make a difference'."

Review: Dear Lupin at the Apollo Theatre

Dear Lupin 
Apollo Theatre
Reviewed on Monday 3rd August 2015

Michael Simkins' stage adaptation of Dear Lupin, Letters to a Wayward Son by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer is gentle with flashes of poignancy.

Review: The Who's Tommy at the Greenwich Theatre

The Who's Tommy
Greenwich Theatre
Reviewed on Friday 31st July 2015

Adapted from The Who's 1969 rock opera double-album, this was my first time seeing Tommy which many know as the 1975 film directed by Ken Russell. The title character is "traumatized into catatonia" after witnessing his father murdering his mother's partner and embarks on a journey to rediscover his spirit. 

Monday, 3 August 2015

Full casting announced for Sweet Charity at the New Wolsey Theatre

Full casting had been announced for Sweet Charity at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich starring the previously announced Katie Birtill as Charity Valentine.

The cast will include: James Haggie as Oscar Lindquist, Dan de Cruz as Daddy Brubeck, Sophie Byrneas Helene and Nicola Bryan as Carmen.

Completing the cast are: Katia Sartini, Giovanna Ryan, Elisa Boyd, Lindsay Goodhand, Paul Kissaun, Sarah Scowen, Kieran Bailey, Rachel Nottingham, Christopher Fry, Matthew Hinchliffe, Greg Last and Jeffrey Harmer as film star Vittorio Vidal.