It has been announced that Ruth Wilson will star in the London premiere of The El. Train: three one-act plays by Eugene O’Neill. The plays, written between 1913 and 1918, are being presented together for the first time.
Ruth will act in The Web and Before Breakfast, directed by Sam Yates, and will make her directorial debut with The Dreamy Kid. Combining live music with immersive design, all housed in the intimate setting of Grade II listed Hoxton Hall (built 1863, seating an audience of 125), The El. Train will run for a limited four-week season from 6th December until 30 December (with press nights on the 12 & 13 December).
Design is by Richard Kent, with lighting by Neil Austin and original composition and sound design by Alex Baranowski. The El. Train is being produced by Found Productions. Further casting will be announced shortly.
Sam Yates said: “I’m thrilled to be presenting three of Eugene O’Neill’s lesser-known, one-act plays at London’s historic Hoxton Hall. Written when O’Neill was in his 20s, these sometimes violent, passionate works show the undeniable genius of one of America’s greatest dramatists. I am delighted to be directing Ruth Wilson in Before Breakfast and The Web, and that she makes her directing debut with The Dreamy Kid.”
After a special gala performance of One Man, Two Guvnors last night (17th October), the cast and VIP Guests enjoyed a post show party at Mint Leaf. Take a look at pictures taken at the party below (click on an image to enlarge).
Attendees were treated to The Gunvors’ cocktails and array of canapés including Potato and Chick Pea Chaat on Wheat Crisp served with Yogurt and Tamarind, Chili and Garlic Marinated Tandoori Paneer, Kadhai Spiced Tempura Asparagus served with Tomato and Mustard Relish and Garlic and Thyme Marinated Chicken Tikka followed by Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.
VIP Guests included: Amanda Holden, Nigel Harman, Myleene Klass, Gok Wan, Sarah Parish, Jill Halfpenny, Kayvan Novak , Daisy Lewis, Lisa Faulkner, Charlie Condou, John Torode, Cherie Blair, Jenny Eclair, Joe Lycett, Jeremy Edwards, Bernard Cribbins , Nicholas Parsons, Lucy Porter, Gaby Roslin, Simon and Yasmin Le Bon, John Taylor & Gela Nash Taylor, Joe Wilkinson, Steve Pemberton and Emma Barton. Take a look at pictures of the guests arriving for the performance here.
Based on one of the most popular and best-loved Christmas films of all time, Miracle on 34th Street will tour the UK for the first time in a dazzling new stage production, opening at the Beck Theatre, Hayeson Monday 11th November 2013.
Based on the 1947 motion picture, Miracle on 34th Street is the heart-warming story of Susan, a young girl who dreams of a father and brother to make her family whole, and Kris Kringle, a kindly old bearded man who claims he is the real Santa Claus. When employed as a Santa at a department store grotto, Kris quickly spreads a wave of love through New York City, but can he help make Susan’s wish come true? This all-singing all-dancing musical adaptation is an uplifting family tale of battling cynicism and learning what it truly means to believe.
The production will star Genevieve Nicole as Doris, Dan Fletcher as Fred, Poppy Carter as Susan and James Murphy as Kris Kringle.
Last night (17th October) a special gala evening was held at the Theatre Royal Haymarket to celebrate One Man, Two Guvnors becoming the longest running show in the iconic theatre’s almost two hundred-year history.
VIP Guests from the worlds of comedy, film, TV and theatre attended the gala performance, including: Amanda Holden, Nigel Harman, Myleene Klass, Gok Wan, Sarah Parish, Jill Halfpenny, Kayvan Novak , Daisy Lewis, Lisa Faulkner, Charlie Condou, John Torode, Cherie Blair, Jenny Eclair, Joe Lycett, Jeremy Edwards, Bernard Cribbins , Nicholas Parsons, Lucy Porter, Gaby Roslin, Simon and Yasmin Le Bon, John Taylor and Gela Nash Taylor, Joe Wilkinson, Steve Pemberton and Emma Barton. Take a look at pictures of the guests arriving below (click on an image to enlarge).
During the performance Gok Wan was invited on stage during a hilarious scene which is said to have “bought the house down”. Find out more here.
Last night (17th October) the West End production of One Man, Two Guvnors held a special gala performance to celebrate the National Theatre’s production becoming the longest running show at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in its almost two hundred-year history.
During the gala performance Gok Wan was invited up on stage by Owain Arthur (who plays Francis Henshall) during a hilarious scene which is said to have “bought the house down”. Gok Wan and audience member Bill Byrd, who was on holiday from Texas, were invited to assist Francis move his ‘very heavy’ Guvnor’s suitcase.
After the event, Owain Tweeted Gok a message reading “You’re brilliant!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!! Sorry!!!!!!”
Gok also Tweeted, telling his followers how much he enjoyed the performance. He wrote: “Ok, so One Man, Two Guvnors is incredible! Comic and script genius! A must see for everyone. Laugh out loud funny and simply perfect casting! Go!”
New play tackles mental wounds of war for one night only at the Palace Theatre
On Armistice Day, Monday 11th November, London’s Palace Theatre will stage a special performance of Dreams from the Pit, in aid of the veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress.
Dreams from the Pit is a new play that follows three British soldiers, Razor, Jacko and Sully, on deployment to Afghanistan. Based on extensive interviews with veterans, members of the Armed Forces and their families, it’s an insight into the frontline experience of today’s troops and the difficulties some face in readjusting to civilian life. Gritty, authentic and often funny, the play aims to make us all more aware of mental health issues associated with military service.
Writer and director Emma King-Farlow bases this production on the war in Afghanistan, but has taken the title of the play from Siegfried Sassoon’s WW1 poem, Does It Matter?, a pithy appraisal of war injuries from the soldiers’ perspective. “Mental health problems among veterans, and the impact they have on the people around them, are still very hard for many people to acknowledge and talk about,” she said. “The problem has been around for a very long time.”
Review: The Bakewell Bake Off at the Landor Theatre
The Bakewell Bake Off
The reason I love theatre is because of the power it has to completely change the way somebody feels. Theatre is the most powerful art form, whether it makes you laugh, cry or feel inspired and motivated; seeing a story unfold before your eyes can be the most incredible thing. I am a huge supporter of new writing, there is nothing more exciting than taking your seat at the theatre and not having a clue what to expect.