Monday, 27 April 2015

Also Recognised Awards: Full winners list

The full list of winners are announced today in the inaugural Also Recognised Awards, the new audience-voted, industry accolade set up by Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock.

Theatre Event of the Year 
Nimax Theatres
for reopening of the Apollo Theatre just three months after its partial ceiling collapse

Best Original Music 
Joe DiPietro and David Bryan 
for their original score and lyrics on Memphis The Musical at the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre

New musical Duncton Wood to premiere at the Union Theatre

It has been announced that Duncton Wood will premiere at the Union Theatre. 

Staged and directed by Michael Strassen, the show opens on 29th May (previews from 27th May) and runs until 20th June 2015.

The new musical has music and lyrics by Mark Carroll and book by James Peries. It is adapted from William Horwood's novel. Musical direction is by Josh Sood with design by Jean Gray and orchestrations by Michael England.

The full cast includes: Josh Little as Bracken, Amelia-Rose Morgan as Rebecca, Trevor Jones as Hulver/Boswell, Anthony Cable as Mandrake, Thomas Thoroe as Rune, Anna Stolli as Rose the Healer, Oli Reynolds as Cairn and James Sinclair as Stonecrop.

The Who’s Tommy to be revived at the Greenwich Theatre

It has been announced that The Who’s Tommy will play a limited season at the Greenwich Theatre this summer, marking the 40th Anniversary of the original film and the 50th Anniversary of The Who.

The production opens on 31st July (previews from 29th July) and runs until 23rd August 2015. Casting will be announced shortly.

Based on the iconic 1969 double-album rock opera, which later became a film of the same title, The Who's Tommy is described as an "exhilarating musical about hope, healing, and the human spirit". 

The Who’s Tommy has music and lyrics by Pete Townshend and book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, with additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon

Review: Bomber's Moon at Trafalgar Studios 2

Bomber's Moon
Trafalgar Studios 2
Reviewed on Friday 24th April 2015

Beautifully touching and surprisingly funny, William Ivory's play Bomber's Moon has transferred to Trafalgar Studios 2 following its premiere at the Park Theatre. James Bolam plays former RAF gunner Jimmy who forms a strong bond with his new carer David, played by Steve John Shepherd.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Competition: Win a copy of The Last Five Years on DVD!

We are giving away two copies of The Last Five Years starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan on DVD.

To enter the competition, simply sign up to West End Frame's mailing list below.

The winner will be randomly selected at 10am on Friday 1st May 2015 (entries after this time will not be included). 

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Following its exclusive two week theatrical run in London, Icon Home Entertainment are releasing The Last Five Years digitally from Friday 1st May and on DVD from Monday 4th May 2015.

Friday, 24 April 2015

West End star Nadim Naaman running the London marathon!

By night, West End star Nadim Naaman inhabits the dark world of Sweeney Todd’s London but each day before the show he dons his trainers to fulfil his final training preparation for this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, so he will be ready for the challenge of the 26-mile course on Sunday 26th April 2015. 

Nadim’s marathon place is extra-special as he is The Make A Difference Trust’s first ever “official” runner (charities are allocated fundraising places). Originally founded as West End Cares in 1990 and later becoming Theatrecares, The Make A Difference Trust (MAD Trust) raises funds for HIV and AIDS Projects that raise awareness and provide care, support and education in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

A Londoner born and bred, 29-year old Nadim currently lives in Southfields, and studied Drama at The University of Warwick before training professionally in Musical Theatre at The Royal Academy of Music. Currently starring as Anthony in Sweeney Todd (West End pop-up transfer of the Tooting Arts Club production), his numerous West End credits include One Man, Two Guvnors and The Phantom of The Opera.

Review: Golem at Trafalgar Studios

Trafalgar Studios
Reviewed on Thursday 23rd April 2015

Presenting some very accurate observations surrounding our obsession with technology, 1927's latest production Golem has transferred to the West End following a run at the Young Vic. The satire aptly combines live theatre with animation, setting it apart from anything else currently running in London.

Watch the trailer for London Road

Following two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, London Road has been adapted for the screen. It is released in cinemas on 12th June 2015. Watch the trailer below.

The feature film unites the original creative team - the script is by Alecky Blythe with music by Adam Cork and direction from Rufus Norris.  The cast includes Olivia Colman, Anita Dobson, Kate Fleetwood, Rosalie Craig, Alexia Khadime and Tom Hardy.