Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Sierra Boggess to star in It Shoulda Been You on Broadway

It has been announced that former West End Frame intervieweeSierra Boggess will star in It Shoulda Been You on Broadway. The musical will begin performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 17th March 2015 ahead of an official opening on 14th April 2015.

Boggess joins Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Lisa Howard, Edward Hibbert and Steve Rosen in the cast. Her Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid, The Phantom of the Opera and Master Class. In the West End  Boggess has starred in Love Never Dies and Les Miserables as well as leading the cast of The Phantom of the Opera's 25th Anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Disney's Aladdin receives European premiere in Germany

It has been announced that Broadway musical Aladdin will receive its European premiere in Hamburg, Germany. Disney's musical will open in late 2015 at The Stage Theatre Neue Flora. The Hamburg production will be cast in Germany and will be performed in German.

It was recently revealed that five international productions are in the works. The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye has reported that the West End production of Aladdin could open at the London Palladium in 2016. The show is also set to open in Japan in May 2015.

Interview: Katherine Manners

Katherine Manners is currently starring in The Hundred We Are at the Yard Theatre.

She has worked regularly at the National Theatre, in the West End and at some of the UK’s most renowned regional theatres, as well as touring internationally with Sam Mendes' Bridge Project production of Richard III. 

Katherine’s theatre credits include: From Morning to Midnight, The Revenger's Tragedy, Coram Boy and The House of Bernarda Alba (National Theatre), Rats' Tales (Manchester Royal Exchange), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Richard III (Old Vic) and A Life of Galileo (Birmingham Rep / RSC).

She is currently developing a script at the National Theatre with director Melly Still, and is also working on a sitcom with What Larks! Productions and Boxfly Media.

I recently spoke to Katherine about her latest stage role…

I love the concept behind The Hundred We Are, it is fascinating! What were your first impressions when this part came up?
I found it incredibly invigorating and was taken by the pace of it. It moves so fast and I think that’s something we very much feel when performing it – it’s a bit of a ride! As soon as it starts it’s over before you’ve had the chance to take it all in. There are so many changes and twists and turns. The audiences have seemed to really like, follow and get it.

Dr Seuss’s The Cat In The Hat to be staged at the Pleasance Islington this Christmas

Following a sell-out run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the National Theatre’s stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’s The Cat In The Hat will return to London in a brand new production this festive season. The show will run at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington  between  Monday 8th December 2014 and Sunday 4th January 2015.

Review: Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Sunny Afternoon
Harold Pinter Theatre
Reviewed on Saturday 25th October 2014

Sunny Afternoon has hit the West End with a breath of fresh air. 

Following the rise of The Kinks with particular interest to Ray Davies' life story, Sunny Afternoon is loud, funny and utterly charming. The show premiered at the Hampstead Theatre earlier this year and is clearly ready for West End audiences; it's so nice to see a new musical open in the theatre capital of the world which isn't in need of a major revamp!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Interview: Jackie Morrison, starring in Abigail’s Party at the Leicester Curve Theatre

Jackie Morrison is currently starring as Sue in Suba Das's production of Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh at the Leicester Curve Theatre.

Jackie’s theatre credits include: This Is Ceilidh (Edinburgh/Southbank Centre), A Bunch of Amateurs (Watermill), Private Lives, Taking Steps, Hay Fever (Oldham Coliseum), Peribanez (Young Vic), Oh What A Lovely War (National Theatre), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Strand Theatre) and When We Are Married (Savoy). On screen she has appeared in Ultimate Force, Doctor Finlay, The Commander, Monarch of The Glen, Head Over Heels, Absolutely and Little Miss Jocelyn.

I recently spoke to Jackie about knowing very little about Abigail’s Party prior to her casting in this production, what makes the play so clever and brilliant, as well as what it is like to be working at the Curve – which is her local theatre – for the very first time…

How familiar were you with Abigail’s Party before you auditioned for this production?
I had never seen either the play or the film but I had read it and seen clips. In a way I’m quite glad not to have seen it before I started the show because I think it’s better not to have seen something before being in it. I obviously know how massively popular it is, it’s a really fantastic play and we are really enjoying doing it.

Open Air Theatre announces 2015 season

The Open Air Theatre has announced its 2015 season!

J.M. Barrie's original stage play of Peter Pan will open the 2015 season, running between 15th May and 14th June 2015. Artistic Director Timothy Sheader directs. 

The Seagull will then run between 19th June and 11th July. Torben Betts' new version will be directed by Matthew Dunster. Reuniting the team behind The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is set to run between 16th July and 29th August.