Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Rivals to be staged at the Arcola Theatre

It has been announced that Selina Cadell will direct a new production of The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan at the Arcola Theatre. 

240 years after it was first performed, the show will run in Studio 1 from Wednesday 15th October. 

The cast will be lead by Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones's Diary) as Mrs Malaprop. The company is completed by: Nick Le Prevost (Sir Anthony Absolute), Ian Batchelor (Captain Jack Absolut), Adam Jackson-Smith (Faulkland), Justin Edwards (Bob Acres), Adrian McLoughlin (Sir Lucius O'Trigger/ Thomas), Carl Prekopp (Fag/David), Jenny Rainsford (Lydia Languish), Justine Mitchell (Julia Melvill) and Hannah Stokely (Lucy).

Upstairs At The Gatehouse to stage Singin’ in the Rain this Christmas

It has been announced that Ovation Productions will stage Singin’ in the Rain at Upstairs At The Gatehouse this Christmas. 

The production will run between 17th December 2014 and 25th January 2015. Tickets are on sale now.

Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies behind. Based on one of the world’s best-loved movies the show features all the songs from the glorious MGM score including: Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the classic Singin’ in the Rain.

Cirque du Soleil return to Royal Albert Hall next year

It has been confirmed that Cirque du Soleil will return to London next year with KOOZA. Check out pictures of the cast in action below (click image to enlarge).

Running at the Royal Albert Hall from 6th January for a limited engagement, KOOZA is described as "an adrenaline rush of acrobatics in a zany kingdom."

The story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world, KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions - acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendour and fragility, presented in a colourful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humour.

West End production of Matilda confirms details of Children in Need gala

It has been announced that the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will hold a special gala performance in aid of BBC Children in Need on Tuesday 4th November 2014. 

The evening will be hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Sir Terry Wogan with a special appearance from the charity’s mascot, Pudsey. BBC Radio 2 presenters and celebrities will be in attendance alongside members of the public. At least 50% of the proceeds from this performance will benefit the BBC Children in Need Appeal, and its work with disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Anything Goes to tour next year following Christmas run in Sheffield

It has been announced that Anything Goes will embark on a UK and Ireland Tour next year.

Following its run at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield (28th November 2014 – 17th January 2015), the tour will open at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 29th January 2015. Casting will be announced shortly.

The production will be directed by Daniel Evans and choreographed by Alistair David. According to press material, "this brand new production of Cole Porter’s classic, multi-award winning musical comedy transports you to the magical age of tap dancing and high society". 

Review: Toast at the Park Theatre

Park Theatre
Reviewed on Friday 29th August 2014

As Richard Bean continues to take theatreland by storm, Eleanor Rhode has staged the first London revival of his very first play, Toast.

Inspired by the time he spent working in a bread plant, Toast is one of Bean's few plays to feature characters based on people he knew and worked alongside personally.

Other than a factory drama the piece is character driven, centring around the men's unique relationships. I do love a character driven piece, and here Bean provides characters with brains of all shapes and sizes. Some are not to be messed with, while others clearly have a screw loose.

What I love most about Bean is his unpredictability; within the last two months I've had the pleasure of seeing One Man Two Guvnors (which is touring the UK) and Great Britain (which is about to transfer to the West End), as well as Toast. All three plays couldn't be more different, with Toast being the most gentle of the three. Its rhythm is calmer.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Jonathan Ross to host An Evening with Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is to follow into the footsteps of Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino and John Travolta by getting up close and personal with British fans.

An Evening with Arnold Schwarzenegger promises to be another unmissable event, a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from Arnold himself about his amazing career and private insights from his life. It will be an on stage interview followed by a Q & A session with the chance for fans to chat with their idol. The audience will also get the chance to purchase tickets for a one to one photo opportunity and a very select and private meet and greet session.

An Evening with Arnold Schwarzenegger, hosted by award-winning TV chat show host, Jonathan Ross, will be held at the Lancaster London Hotel on Saturday 15 November. A day earlier he will take part in a black tie dinner event at The Grand Pavillion, Leeds.