Thursday, 24 July 2014

Arcola Theatre to stage The Dog, The Night And The Knife

It has been announced that The Dog, The Night And The Knife, a new play by acclaimed German playwright Marius von Mayenburg, will receive its UK premiere at the Arcola Theatre.

The production will open on Tuesday 23rd September (previews from 18th September) and run until Saturday 18th October. The cast includes Michael Edwards, Beth Park and Stephen Ventura. Oliver Dawe directs. The Dog, The Night And The Knife is described as a "darkly funny and absurd play." 

Park Theatre confirms Autumn season; full casting announced for Richard Bean's Toast

The Park Theatre has announced the full programme for its upcoming Autumn season. 

Beginning the season in Park200 is Snapdragon Productions’ revival of Toast, the first Richard Bean play to be professionally produced on stage. Joining Matthew Kelly and Simon Greenall in the cast are Will Barton, Steve Nicholson, Finlay Robertson, Matt Sutton and John WarkEleanor Rhode directs.

Toast is followed by the first London revival of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour and the London première of Robert Holman’s Jonah and Otto, directed by Tim Stark

Photo Feature: Aliens Love Underpants opens at the Leicester Square Theatre

Last Sunday (20th July), Aliens Love Underpants celebrated its London opening a the Leicester Square Theatre with a special gala performance. VIP guests included: Jill Halfpenny, Kate Garraway, Martin Offiah and Vincent Simone as well as members of the creative team.

Check out pictures from the gala performance below (click image to enlarge). Aliens Love Underpants is based on the book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. It has been adapted for the stage and directed by Adam Bampton-Smith.

Competition: Win a family ticket to Hetty Feather at the Vaudeville Theatre!

As part of our summer competition series, we're giving away a special Hetty Feather family ticket (prize is valid on all performances until 31st August).

To enter the competition, simply sign up to West End Frame's mailing list below. The winner will be randomly selected at 10am on Thursday 7th August 2014 (entries after this time will not be included).

Adapted from Jacqueline Wilson's popular novel, Hetty Feather transfers to the West End for 40 performances only from Tuesday 5th August until Saturday 6th September at the Vaudeville Theatre.

ROLL UP and join Hetty on her escape from the Foundling Hospital. TREMBLE as she faces Matron Stinking Bottomly. THRILL as she discovers the squirrel house and Tanglefields Travelling Circus. GASP as she endures a night locked in the attic. QUAKE as she braves the scary streets of Victorian London and CHEER as she overcomes all in the search to find her real mother and a true family of her own.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Review: Annie Get Your Gun (UK Tour) at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Annie Get Your Gun (UK Tour) 
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Reviewed on Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Sixty-eight years after it was first performed on Broadway, Irving Berlin’s musical Annie Get Your Gun still provides an evening of joyous fun. Ian Talbot's brand new touring production is bursting with old-school wit and charm.

Review: Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre

Shakespeare in Love 
Noel Coward Theatre
Reviewed on Friday 18th July 2014

Coinciding with the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, Disney's stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love follows 'Will' as he struggles to write a play... which will eventually become one of the most iconic pieces of theatre ever written, Romeo and Juliet.

Will falls for noblewoman Viola De Lesseps who has a passion for acting, despite only men being allowed to perform in the theatre. Based on Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard's screenplay, Lee Hall has done a remarkable job transforming Shakespeare in Love for the stage. 

There is a cinematic feel to Declan Donnellan's production, but luckily this isn't relied upon and the story excels as a piece of theatre in its own right.

The on-stage musicians and singers provide some hauntingly hypnotic moments as the set sweeps back and forth. Perhaps best appreciated from the Royal Circle, Nick Ormerod's design is simple yet grand, with two levels towering above the stage.

Stage adaptation of Peter James’ Dead Simple for 2015 UK Tour

Following the successful stage adaptation of Peter James’ The Perfect Murder, the novelist is set to return to the stage in 2015 with the adaptation of his most famous and popular book to date, Dead Simple. 

Olivier award winner Ian Talbot will direct the production which is adapted by writer Shaun McKenna.

Dead Simple was the first book that featured James' now famous character of Detective Roy Grace. It is described as a "gripping, chilling, thriller" which has "all the classic suspense, twists and turns of a best-selling Peter James novel."