Friday, 6 March 2015

Digital Theatre to release The Crucible starring Richard Armitage worldwide on 17th March

It has been announced that Digital Theatre will release the Old Vic’s sell-out production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible worldwide on Tuesday 17th March 2015.

This classic American drama is brought vividly to life by multiple award-winning director Yaël Farber and stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit trilogy, Spooks and Hannibal) as its conflicted protagonist. Confronting the evils of mindless persecution, Miller’s timeless parable has a strong resonance for contemporary audiences.

Following a globally acclaimed cinema release, The Crucible will be available to rent and download from Digital Theatre. Audiences will be able to watch online and via an expanding range of platforms including the Digital Theatre Desktop Player, the Digital Theatre YouView channel and apps for Samsung Smart TV and iOS.

Farinelli and the King starring Mark Rylance transfers to Duke of York’s Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe and Sonia Friedman Productions are transferring Claire van Kampen’s new play Farinelli and the King to the West End.

Directed by John Dove with design by Jonathan Fensom, the production stars Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, Jerusalem) as King Philippe V of Spain. 

The West End production will open in September 2015 for a strictly limited run at the Duke of York’s Theatre fresh from the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe, which completes its sell-out run on Sunday 8th March.

Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World to be revived at the St James Theatre

It has been announced that Jason Robert Brown's first musical Songs for a New World will be revived at the St James Theatre later this year.

The production begins performances on 22nd July for a limited run until 8th August 2015. Adam Lenson directs. His recent directing credits include: The Goodbye Girl (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) and Come Fly With Me (Salisbury Playhouse).

Songs for a New World, which premiered off-Broadway in 1995, received its UK premiere at the Bridewell Theatre in 2001. Jason Robert Brown's musical The Last Five Years has recently been adapted into a film whilst his latest musical The Bridges of Madison County premiered on Broadway last year. 

Sheffield Theatres announces new season

Artistic Director Daniel Evans has announced Sheffield Theatres' new season.

Isabella Laughland and James Northcote will lead the company of Tamara Harvey’s production of Pride & Prejudice this summer; which will be followed by the previously announced production of Lucy Prebble’s The Effect directed by Daniel Evans, and Sheffield People’s Theatre’s co-production with Slung Low of Camelot: The Shining City.

This September Freddie Fox makes his Sheffield Theatres debut as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet directed by Jonathan Humphreys, who returns to the theatre following his productions of Boeing-Boeing, The Village Bike and Happy Days.

GOSSIP: Newsies still aiming for West End transfer!

According to the Daily Mail, Harvey Fierstein (who wrote the book for Newsies) has said that Newsies will come to the UK, but not for at least two years.

Fierstein has apparently told Baz Bamigboye that the right theatre hasn't come along yet, but hopefully it will in the next couple of years.

When Newsies opened on Broadway in March 2012 it was only intended for a limited run of just 101 performances. However, the musical took Broadway by storm, extended and became a long-running show. 

GOSSIP: Casting revealed for workshop of Gary Barlow's Calender Girls musical

According to the Daily Mail, Debbie Chazen, Sally Dexter, Michelle Dotrice, Rachel Lumberg, Claire Moore, Joanna Riding and Harriet Thorpe will star in a workshop performance of Calender Girls The Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth.

Baz Bamigboye reports that the workshop is being performed at a village hall in the Yorkshire Dales later this month. Barlow's musical Finding Neverland is about to open on Broadway and he is also working on a musical adaptation of Around The World In Eighty Days.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

GOSSIP: Janie Dee & Emma Williams to star in Mrs Henderson Presents?

According to Baz Bamigboye, Janie Dee (Blithe Spirit/Hello Dolly!) and Emma Williams (White Christmas/Annie Get Your Gun) will star in Mrs Henderson Presents at the Theatre Royal Bath.

Dee has apparently been cast in the title role whilst Williams is set to star as Maureen.

The production runs between 14th August and 5th September 2015. The new musical has book by Terry Johnson who will also direct the production. Lyrics are by Don Black with music by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain.

Photo Feature: Cast of Oklahoma! support Red Nose Day Danceathon

The Oklahoma! national tour has arrived at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre where members of the cast have taken part in a special warm-up ahead of the first ever Comic Relief Danceathon this Sunday (8th March 2015).

Nic Greenshields (who plays Jud Fry) said: "We simply couldn’t resist getting involved to show our support for this year’s Red Nose Day. The Comic Relief Danceathon looks really fun so we would love everyone in the area to get involved and help raise some all-important cash."

Lucy May Barker (who plays Ado Annie) said: "It’s always incredibly fun to get involved in Red Nose Day and this year will be no different. Simply pop on your dancing shoes this Sunday, grab your friends and get sponsored to dance along at home! By taking part you’ll be making a huge difference to the lives of people right here in the West Midlands, in the UK and across Africa."