Friday, 1 May 2015

Rehearsal images released for The One Day of the Year at the Finborough Theatre

Rehearsal images have been released for The One Day of the Year. Alan Seymour's play opens at the Finborough Theatre on 21st May (previews from 19th May) and runs until 13th June 2015. Check out the images below (click picture to enlarge).

Directed by Wayne Harrison, the cast includes Mark Little as Alf, Fiona Press as Mum/Dot, Adele Querol as Jan and James William Wright as Hughie. The One Day of the Year runs as part of the Finborough's GreatWar100 series to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign. It marks the first UK production of Seymour’s iconic play in over fifty years.

Rehearsal images released for Peter Pan at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Flying rehearsals are well under way at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for their forthcoming production of Peter Pan. The show opens on 21st May (previews from 15th May) and runs until 14th June 2015. Check out rehearsal images below (click image to enlarge).

Hiran Abeysekera (who flies as Peter Pan using a series of wires and bungee ropes) said: "When you’re flying high up there it’s the most amazing feeling. But you are constantly reminded that you’re not a bird, you’re just a human. My life is totally in the hands of the counter weight, and they’re all solid – they’re brilliant guys! 

"They have to know what the rhythm of the scene is, what the rhythm of my character is, I have to feel them as well. It’s not me flying, it’s them flying me and we have to understand each other’s bodies and rhythms to make it work. It’s quite minutely specific. But it’s really thrilling. You feel like a superhero for a bit, a little jump can take you 30 feet up in the air!"

Feature: April round-up

Star of the Month
Imelda Staunton
Photo Credit:  Johan Persson

Mark my words, people will be talking about Imelda Staunton's performance of Momma Rose in Gypsy for years to come. From the second she steps foot on stage, it is clear Staunton means serious business and is not to be messed with. Every word she says, every lyric she sings and every breath she takes is 100% believable. Her rendition of 'Rose's Turn' brought many to their feet, I can't remember the last time I was so blown away. 

Show of the Month
Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre
Photo Credit:  Johan Persson

Emma Rice takes over as artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe

Emma Rice will succeed Dominic Dromgoole as artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe.

Rice is currently artistic director of Cornwall's Kneehigh theatre company. Dromgoole steps down in April 2016.

Rice said: "I am delighted and honoured to be taking over the artistic direction of Shakespeare's Globe. Open to the elements, and to its audience, this unique and important space demands theatre that brims with passion, joy and humanity."

GOSSIP: Could Something Rotten transfer to the West End?

Earlier this week Broadway musical Something Rotten received ten Tony Award nominations and now it seems the show could transfer to the West End!

According to the Evening Standard, the musical comedy could open in London at some point in 2016.

Directed by The Book of Mormon's Casey Nicholaw (whose upcoming West End projects include Dreamgirls and Aladdin), Something Rotten features a score by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. 

UPDATED: Derek Jacobi cast in Kenneth Branagh's Romeo and Juliet

Following last night's news, further information has been announced about Derek Jacobi's casting in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's production of Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre. 

Jacobi will play Mercutio opposite Lily James as Juliet and Richard Madden as Romeo. The three actors recently starred in Branagh's new live action film of Cinderella.  The production will run from 12th May 2016 until 13th August 2016.

Branagh said: “Sir Derek Jacobi has been an inspiration to so many actors and audiences throughout his brilliant career. To see him in Shakespeare is an event in itself. It’s an honour to welcome this wonderful artist to our season of Plays at the Garrick.”

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Amelia Lily to star in American Idiot at the Arts Theatre

It has been confirmed that former X Factor finalist Amelia Lily will star as Whatshername in the West End premiere of American Idiot.

The musical is set to open at the Arts Theatre on 22nd July (previews from 17th July) for a limited run until 27th September 2015. Racky Plews will direct and choreograph the production.

American Idiot features music by Green Day with book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. Sound is by Chris Whybrow with design by Sara Perks and lighting by Tim Deiling.

Eric Idle & Warwick Davis to star in Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl

It has been announced that Eric Idle will star in Monty Python's Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl this summer. 

According to the L.A. Times, the production will also star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Craig Robinson, Merle Dandridge and Warwick Davis. It will run between 31st July and 2nd August 2015 with direction from B.T. McNicholl.

Idle wrote the book and lyrics to Spamalot, but has never appeared live in the show. He will take on the role of the Historian. 

Robinson (The Office) will star as King Arthur alongside Ferguson (Modern Family) as Sir Robin and  Dandridge (Rent) as the Lady of the Lake. Davis will play Patsy, reprising his performance from the West End revival.