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Nov 6th

HIT WEST END SHOW THE 39 STEPS ANNOUNCES UK TOUR FOR 2013

By Cameron Lowe

The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps, currently celebrating its sixth year at the West End’s Criterion Theatre, will tour the UK in 2013. Based on John Buchan’s 1914 spy thriller The Thirty Nine Steps, and adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow (Desmond Oliver Dingle/The National Theatre of Brent), the Olivier and Tony Award winning production will launch an extensive tour at the Cambridge Arts Theatre on 19 January 2013.

 

Follow handsome hero Richard Hannay in this blissfully funny comedy thriller featuring four fearless actors playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun. Complete with stiff upper lip, British gung-ho and devastatingly beautiful women, The 39 Steps is a must see!

 

The 39 Steps is directed by Maria Aitken, with design by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Ian Scott, sound by Mic Pool and movement by Toby Sedgwick. It is presented by Edward Snape for Fiery Angel and Tricycle London Productions with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

 

The 39 Steps has played all over the world in countries including Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Spain, South Africa, South America and Turkey. The production has also run on Broadway and toured North America.  The 39 Steps has won many awards including an Olivier and Whatonstage.com for Best Comedy, two Tony Awards for Best Lighting and Best Sound Design, two Drama Desk Awards for Unique Theatrical Experience and Outstanding Lighting and the Molière award for Best Comedy.
Oct 22nd

'RENT' Concert to Tour the UK starring Kerry Ellis

By Cameron Lowe

BROADWAY STAR KERRY ELLIS AND 'SUPERSTAR' RUNNER UP RORY TAYLOR LEAD A WEST END CAST AND BAND IN 'RENT' UK TOUR


The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

TICKETS ON SALE 9.00am, MONDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2012

  


JP Productions have today announced that they are producing a UK tour of smash-hit Tony Award winning Broadway musical 'Rent'. Celebrating 20 years since its first staged performance, West End and Broadway leading lady Kerry Ellis stars in this iconic concert of the smash-hit Tony Award winning musical 'Rent'. The production will also star runner up of ITV's 'Superstar', Rory Taylor. The show will visit The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday 2nd May 2013.


RENT:


Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this musical has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, the show follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

 

Rent includes songs Seasons of Love, Out Tonight, Without You, Will I and Finale B.

 

Kerry Ellis 
Broadway Star, Kerry Ellis


Rent last toured the UK in 2001 and was last in the West-End in 2007.


A film of the musical was released in 2005 starring original Broadway cast members Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal.


The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008 after a 12-year run of 5,124 performances, the ninth-longest-running Broadway show of all time. The production grossed over $280 million. The show still plays off-Broadway.


Tickets go on sale on Monday 22nd October at 9.00am.


To book tickets:


www.atgtickets.com/stoke


BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 7649

Groups: 0844 871 7619

Sep 19th

DRIVING MISS DAISY - National Tour to Open in Guildford

By Cameron Lowe

Driving Miss Daisy

FOLLOWING critically acclaimed sell-out runs on Broadway and in the West End, Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is thrilled to open the National Tour of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy on Wednesday, October 10.  The production stars Gwen Taylor, Don Warrington and Ian Porter, and runs until Saturday, October 13.

When Daisy Werthan, a widowed, 72 year-old Jewish woman living in mid-century Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son Boolie hires Hoke Coleburn, an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.

 

Gwen Taylor – who is most recently known for playing Anne Foster on screen in Coronation Street – stars as Daisy Werthan.  Other notable TV credits include: Peg in Heartbeat; the title role in Barbara; Rita in A Bit of A Do; Margaret in Belonging and Gen in Conjugal Rites.  Gwen’s many stage credits include: The Butterfly Lion for Leicester Curve; Calendar Girls on tour; Prick Up Your Ears at the Comedy Theatre; Shirley Valentine on tour; Heritage at Hampstead Theatre, and Clouds and Ripen Our Darkness at the Royal Court Theatre. Her film work includes Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Richard’s Things.

Best known for playing Philip Smith in the hit TV series Rising Damp alongside Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington plays Hoke Coleburn.  Other television credits include: Red Dwarf; Lovejoy; Doctor Who; Casualty; The Crouches; New Street Law; Waking the Dead and Death in Paradise.  His stage credits include: A Statement of Regret and The Mysteries for the National Theatre, Elmina’s Kitchen at the Garrick Theatre and The Merchant of Venice at Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

 

Ian Porter plays the part of Boolie Werthan.  His previous theatre credits include: Slim in Of Mice and Men at the Watermill Theatre; August: Osage County at the National Theatre; The Exonerated at the New Players Theatre; The Archbishops Ceiling and You Can’t Take It With You at Southwark Playhouse and Voices From September 11th at the Old Vic.  Ian’s screen credits include: Saving Private Ryan; Bourne Ultimatum; Mr Bean’s Holiday; Hotel Babylon; The Jacket; Doctor Who; Bonekickers and Moonshot.

 

Driving Miss Daisy recently won the 2012 Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Play Revival voted for by over 10,000 theatregoers.

Alfred Uhry wrote the play in 1987 and the same year it debuted Off-Broadway at the Playwrights Horizons Theater.  Two years later the play was made into a film with Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. Uhry received an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay while the film was awarded Best Picture.

Tour Dates

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford from 10-13 October

Croydon Ashcroft Theatre from 16-20 October

Richmond Theatre from 23 - 27 October

Bath Theatre Royal from 30 October–3 November

Malvern Festival Theatre from 6 - 10 November

Brighton Theatre Royal from 13 - 17 November

Derby Theatre from 20 - 24 November

Southend Palace Theatre from 27 November - 1 December 2012

 

Sep 18th

ATG MAKES £15 MILLION INVESTMENT IN CAPITAL PROJECTS

By Cameron Lowe
AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP MAKES £15 MILLION INVESTMENT IN CAPITAL PROJECTS

ATG

Millions ploughed into capital projects to enhance the customer experience

Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) has today announced details of how it is investing £15 million into capital projects which includes a major overhaul of the company’s Front of House areas, bars and toilets, in order to improve facilities for customers. 

The company has unveiled five refurbished luxury bars that have been redesigned by ATG’s interior designer, George Couyas, to capture some of the Group’s beautiful, unique theatre architecture with an elegant, modern twist.  These include the Piano Bar at the Piccadilly, the Moonlight Bar at the Harold Pinter, the Apollo Victoria’s Elixir Bar, the Terrace Bar at the Duke of York’s and the Piano Bar at the New Wimbledon. Further rollout is planned for Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Milton Keynes and the Lyceum in London. 

The Front of House investment is heavily supported by an ambitious customer service programme, “Be A Star” and the introduction of exciting new product ranges. 

“It all comes down to our company vision statement, Making Theatre Magic,” says ATG’s Managing Director of Venues, Nick Potter. “Enhancing the theatrical experience for our customers is about ensuring that every visit is a special occasion. We are creating these incredible spaces where our customers can relax in a totally unique and comfortable setting.”  

David Blyth, ATG’s Property Director, says, “The development of our Front of House areas is the latest chapter in an extensive ongoing ATG restoration programme where our overall aim is to dramatically increase the customer experience and preserve our beautiful, historic buildings for future generations.”

The Harold Pinter Theatrenot only underwent a name change but has benefitted from a £550,000makeover and the fabulous new Moonlight Bar. Auditorium refurbishment included repairs to the decorative plaster, new carpets and a project including the strengthening of the grid and installation of a double purchase flying system. The Duke of York’s also benefitted from technical improvements, improving the facilities for Producers and technical staff.

Working closely with Foster Wilson Architects,John Muir and Conisbee Structural Engineers a £500,000refurbishment of the Fortune Theatre was carried out including major repairs to the concrete façade, repairs to the existing leadwork, windows and roofing, reinstatement of the original canopy, new show and theatre signage and new LED coloured lighting designed by Hoare Lea Lighting.

Again working with Foster Wilson Architects and John Muir, other ATG West End capital projects have included a £300,000 restoration of the Charing Cross Road façade of the Grade II listed Phoenix Theatre, including the reinstatement of the original canopy, replacement signage and new lighting on both facades of the theatre, also designed by Hoare Lea Lighting, to enhance the visibility of the theatre at night.

The Piccadilly Theatre underwent an extensive £150,000 refurbishment which involved the redecoration and restoration of the original colour schemes, enhancement of the theatre’s original features using modern technology and the development of the Piano Bar in the Royal Circle.

The Apollo Victoria has undergone a major Foyer refurbishment and there has been considerable investment at Trafalgar Studios to ensure wheelchair access to both studio spaces. 

In 2011, ATG became the first theatre company in the world to install the new ProBax ergonomic seating at its Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden.  The innovative Probax seats (also used in Lotus carsand currently under development with leading car companies and aircraft makers worldwide) dramatically increase the comfort experience for the user because they encourage an anatomically correct posture in the seat occupant. Added health benefits from the seats include reduced back ache and muscle fatigue, improved circulation and respiratory flow and higher concentration levels. The plan is to roll out the ProBax seats across all of ATG’s 39 UK venues.

ATG currently has over 1,200 toilet cubicles for audience use across the Group’s 39 venues, plus another 200 back stage for artists. The company has embarked on a project of upgrading and refurbishing and where it is possible, increasing the number of facilities. This year ATG has installed a new set of male and female toilets at the Bristol Hippodrome to complement the Piano Bar. Further improvements and upgrades have taken place at Trafalgar Studios, Richmond Theatre, Playhouse Theatre (London) and the Fortune Theatre.

In the Regions, a new tea room and café, “The Parlour”, was introduced at Theatre Royal Brighton, in Manchester the exterior of the Opera Houseunderwent a £500,000 refurbishment and the Revue Bar at the Palace Theatre was redeveloped, a new Box Office was installed at the Bristol Hippodrome costing £80,000and the New Theatre Oxford saw a £250,000 investment to transform its Front of House and Box Office areas. The next project earmarked in the regions in the replacement of the pavement outside the Edinburgh Playhousecosting £95,000.

Upcoming West End projects include replacement of the A/C units at the Lyceumat £175,000 to improve customer comfort, installation of a new roof at the Fortune costing £100,000 and replacement of the seats at the Harold Pinter costing £150,000.

Co-founded by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire in 1992, the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) is the largest owner/operator of theatres in the UK with 39 venues and an internationally recognised theatre producer and a leader in theatre ticketing services through ATG Tickets.

Current and recent ATG co-productions include Posh/Jumpy/Constellations (Royal Court at the Duke of York’s), South Pacific, All New People, Dandy Dick, Blue/Orange, Ghost the Musical, 9 to 5 the Musical, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, Legally Blonde the Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Misanthrope, West Side Story, Elling, Guys and Dolls, The Mountaintop, Exit the King and The Rocky Horror Show.
Aug 16th

9 to 5 Musical Cast Announced

By Cameron Lowe

9 to 5 Musical
Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and Bob Bartner have announced full casting for the first leg of the tour of 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, opening at the Manchester Opera House on Friday 12 October 2012. As previously announced, the show will star Natalie Casey as Judy Bernly, Jackie Clune as Violet Newstead, Bonnie Langford as Roz Keith, Amy Lennox as Doralee Rhodes and Ben Richards as Franklin Hart. Tour schedule attached.
www.9to5themusical.co.uk

 

The full company includes Andrew Waldron, Ashley Andrews, Gemma Maclean, Hayley Ainsley, James Lacey, Lauren Stroud, Lisa Bridge, Lori Haley Fox, Mark Willshire, Marlon Moore, Nyroy Dixon, Persephone Fitzpatrick, Peter McPherson, Philip Bertioli, Sasi Strallen, Sinead Kenny and Tom Andrew Hargreaves.

 

Natalie Casey is probably best known as ‘Donna’ in nine series of “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps”. Her theatre credits include “Oklahoma!” at Chichester Festival Theatre and “Legally Blonde” in the West End. She is currently appearing as ‘Ange’ in “Abigail’s Party”, also in the West End. Jackie Clune’s West End credits include the leading role of ‘Mrs Wilkinson’ in “Billy Elliot” and ‘Donna’ in the International Tour of “Mamma Mia!”. Bonnie Langford’s many theatre credits include ‘Roxie Hart’ in “Chicago” on Broadway, US tour and in the West End. Her other West End credits include ‘Charity’ in “Sweet Charity” and the original cast of “Cats”. She recently played the ‘Lady of the Lake’ in “Spamalot” on tour, a role she will be reprising in the West End next month. In 2006 she reached the final of ITV1’s “Dancing on Ice”. Amy Lennox recently played the role of ‘Elle Woods’ in the UK tour of “Legally Blonde”. Her West End credits include ‘Liesl’ in “The Sound of Music” at the London Palladium. Ben Richards recently starred as ‘Tick’ in “Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ in the West End. His other West End credits include ‘Sky Masterson’ in “Guys and Dolls”, ‘Danny’ in “Grease”, ‘Tony’ in “Saturday Night Fever” and ‘Jerry Lukowski’ in “The Full Monty”. His TV credits include playing ‘PC Nate Roberts’ in “The Bill”.

 

Dolly Parton said:  "I am so excited that 9 to 5 the Musical is coming to the UK. I'm hoping you have as much fun watching it as I had writing the music for it. 9 to 5 the Musical is perfect for anyone that's ever wanted to string up their boss, which is almost all of us. So come join the fun! "

 

With an estimated 100 million album sales the song writer, film and television star and worldwide icon, Dolly Parton is one of greatest selling music artists of all time.  A multi Grammy award winner, which includes the most prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, Golden Globe Award winner and Tony Award nominee.  The 2008 Backwoods Barbie tour (which features in 9-5 The Musical) completely sold out in the UK as well as her most recent 2011 UK tour, which was Dolly Parton’s most successful to date. 

 

As a songwriter with over 3000 songs written and honoured into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, Dolly penned the global chart topper I Will Always Love You sung by Whitney Houston, which is the best selling single written and performed by a woman, ever. 

 

One of Dolly’s biggest solo hits 9-5 was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, the hit song topped the pop and country charts winning 2 Grammy Awards including best Country Song of the year. 

 

9 TO 5: THE MUSICALis a hilarious new musical comedy, based on the hit movie and centres on three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss. They conspire to take control of the company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICALis about teaming up and taking care of business. Feisty, fun and oh so fabulous! This show features Dolly Parton’s original hit title song, “9 to 5” which won her an Oscar nomination and 4 Grammy Award nominations along with her new Tony and Grammy nominated score. With 18 original Dolly Parton numbers, including numbers from her last two albums “Backwoods Barbie”, “Shine Like the Sun”, “Get Out and Stay Out” and “Let Love Grow”.

 

9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is written by Patricia Resnick, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. It is directed by Jeff Calhoun who has just directed the Tony Award winning ‘Newsies - The Musical’ for Disney on Broadway. 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is based on the 20th Century Fox Picture and features Dolly Parton from her desk in Dollywood.

 

9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is the fourth production to open in Manchester, following “Ghost - The Musical”, “All New People starring Zach Braff ” and “Monkee Business” as part of The Ambassador Theatre Group’s ‘Manchester Gets it First’ initiative, the company’s commitment to bringing the biggest new musicals and plays to Manchester before London and other major cities.

Tickets available online:  HERE

Aug 2nd

Rough Justice Comes To Glasgow's Theatre Royal

By Cameron Lowe

 


TOM CONTI TAKES TO THE STAND IN TERENCE FRISBY’S COURTROOM DRAMA

Rough Justice

The author of the triumphant worldwide smash hit comedy
There’s a Girl in My Soup, brings us a very different treat – a murder story, a courtroom drama, a suspenseful thriller.

Tom Conti is one of the country’s most popular actors and was recently voted, along with Dame Judi Dench, as the Most Popular Actors in the West End in the last 25 years. His recent television roles include Lark Rise to Candleford and Miranda. He won an Olivier Award in the West End and a Tony Award on Broadway for his performance in Whose Life is It Anyway? And was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor for his role in Reuben Reuben. He currently shares the screen with Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises.

Television journalist James Highwood has made his career out of challenging the British Justice system. Now, suddenly, he finds the system challenging him as he is charged with murder. Highwood admits the killing but chooses to defend himself, pushing the tolerance of the court to its limits and framing his defence in terms calculated to incense the judge. With more than its share of surprising twists and turns, it will keep you guessing until the very end - not to be missed!

Listings Info:

Wed 29

 

th Aug – Sat 1 Sept

Wed – Sat eves 7.30pm

Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm

Tickets: £12 - £27

Box Office 0844 871 7647 (Bkg fee)

http://uktheatrenet.ambassadortickets.com/whatson.aspx

Jul 25th

Jekyll & Hyde the musical

By Irish Reviewers

Doma Theatre present their latest sold out show; Jekyll & Hyde the musical.

The Tony Award-nominated musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale “Jekyll & Hyde’ is currently showing in the Met Theatre in Hollywood until Sunday 29th July. However if you’re not one of the lucky people to have a ticket for the remaining sold out show you can catch Jekyll & Hyde shortly on Broadway .

Caught between good and evil, one man must ultimately face the darkness that lurks within him. A well-meaning Dr. Henry Jekyll desperately seeks a cure for the evil in the world – but is instead pitted in a cruel battle against Edward Hyde, his own evil alter ego. Featuring the remarkable music of Frank Wildhorn including “Someone Like You,” “This Is The Moment” and “Once Upon A Dream.” this show is truly spectacular.

I hadn’t been to the Met Theatre before but on showing up at the quaint establishment and ushered to my seat by the polite staff I observed a large stage with a creative set design which slowly brought me into the 1920’s.

As the show opens we are introduced to our lead Chris Kerrigan who plays Dr. Henry Jekyll and subsequently Mr Edward Hyde. Immediately afterwards we are blown away by all 26 cast members as they go right into their first song, introducing the characters, spectacular voices and simply dazzling costumes by Brandy Jacobs and Western Costume Rental. At this point they’ve got your attention. Trust me.

As the story unveils we fall in love with Lucy – The prostitute with a heart, played by Cassandra Nuss (http://cassandramarienuss.com). Belting out some fantastic solo songs such as ‘Bring on the Men’ and ‘Dangerous Game’ you can’t help but love her as you see her interesting dynamic and dreams unfold with a potentially dangerous fortune.

This production takes you on a journey of Jekyll and Hyde and Chris Kerrigan will startle you with his alterations from Jekyll to Hyde as you find yourself gripping to your own seat in fear towards the end.

The cast of this production demonstrate Hollywood’s finest up and coming talent with superb craft and singing. They truly make you walk away having experienced a fantastic night’s entertainment.

Doma Theatre where kind enough to lend us a few moments interview with the Producer Michael Abramson. Here’s what they had to say.

What made you decide Jekyll & Hyde was the next production for Doma Theatre?

Michael; we were definitely Inspired by music and the previous Broadway Show. So in October we decided to do Jekyll & Hyde and we start casting in April. We auditioned 100 and cast 26.

How did you manage to fund such as huge production in the Met Theatre?

Michael; We are so fortunate to have a Private benefactor who gives the money for these amazing productions. He says just spend whatever it takes to enhance the theatre experience.

Why do you choose to mostly do musicals?

Michael; We love watching the book of a show intertwine with the music and watching that book or script get to a level where you just have to sing.

Our motto is enhancing the theatre experience. All of us at Doma take pride in that and we really do our best to make sure that when the audience comes to the theatre they don’t just come for a show; they come for an experience.

July 6 – July 29; DOMA Theatre Co. @ The MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave. Los Angeles CA 90029; $30-$34.99; 323-802-4990; www.domatheatre.com

 

Jul 23rd

OZONE WARNING! Hairspray is coming - UK Tour 2013

By Cameron Lowe

MARK BENTON LEADS THE CAST AS EDNA TURNBLAD IN MUSICAL THEATRE'S BIGGEST, SUNNIEST, FUNNIEST SHOW


Hairspray
 

Stage and screen star MARK BENTON will lead the company of the award-winning musical comedy HAIRSPRAY when it embarks on a UK and Ireland tour next year coming to the King's Theatre from 7th - 18th May 2013. Mark will play the larger than life Turnblad family matriarch Edna in the show, with further casting to be announced soon.

 

Mark Benton is one of the country's most loved and recognisable television actors with roles in programmes as diverse as Early Doors, Eureka Street, Catterick, Second Coming, City Lights, Booze Cruise, Land Girls, and The Street.  He can currently be seen as Chalky in the BBC series Waterloo Road.  On stage he has appeared in work at the National Theatre, the Old Vic, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court and the RSC.

 

Mark Benton, Hairspray's new Edna Turnblad, said:

 

"I can't wait to start Hairspray, it's going to be amazing fun and an interesting challenge for me as it's my first adventure into the world of musicals...that I get to go on that adventure playing a Baltimore housewife is an added bonus!  As a musical I think it has everything, great songs, great script, really interesting story and lots and lots of laughs...I hope!"

 

Rebecca Quigley, MD of Stage Entertainment, Hairspray's producer said:

 

"Just the mention of Hairspray guarantees a huge smile from anyone you talk to and we felt it was high time that people across the country get to see Tracy, Edna, Wilbur and the gang again.  Hairspray is one of the most warm-hearted, positive and joyous musicals I've had the pleasure of working on and the smiles have got even bigger now we know our cast will be lead by the incalculably talented Mark Benton"

 

It's 1962, the 50s are out and change is in the air.  Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion - dancing.  She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, The Corny Collins Show and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity.  But can a trendsetting hair-hopper like Tracy get her massively shy Mom out of the apartment, beat evil Amber to be crowned Miss Hairspray, integrate Corny's show for good AND win the heart of local heartthrob Link Larkin, all without denting her super high 'do'?  If anyone can, Tracy can!

 

The musical HAIRSPRAY opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London on October 2007 and eventually played more than 1000 performances to well over 1 million people.  At the 2008 Olivier Awards, HAIRSPRAY won Best Musical, as well as a further three awards from a record breaking eleven nominations.  It embarked on its first UK tour in 2010 playing to nearly ¾ million people in sold out houses across Britain.  Further afield the show has played at venues around the world, including six years on Broadway, and won more than 40 major theatre awards.

 

TICKETS ARE NOT YET ON SALE

Jul 4th

All Star Cast Announced for 9 to 5 The Musical

By Cameron Lowe

NATALIE CASEY, JACKIE CLUNE, BONNIE LANGFORD, AMY LENNOX AND BEN RICHARDS TO STAR IN

 

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A BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW MUSICAL

FROM DOLLY PARTON

 

UK PREMIERE AT THE MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE ON FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER 2012, AHEAD OF A MAJOR UK TOUR


Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group and Bob Bartner are delighted to announce principal casting for the first leg of the tour of 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL. Coming to The Regent Theatre from Monday 19 – Saturday 24 November, the show will star Natalie Casey as Judy Bernly, Jackie Clune as Violet Newstead, Bonnie Langford as Roz Keith, Amy Lennox as Doralee Rhodes and Ben Richards as Franklin Hart. Tour schedule available at
www.9to5themusical.co.uk

 

Natalie Casey is probably best known as ‘Donna’ in nine series of “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps”. Her theatre credits include “Oklahoma!” at Chichester Festival Theatre and “Legally Blonde” in the West End. She is currently appearing as ‘Ange’ in “Abigail’s Party”, also in the West End.

Jackie Clune’s West End credits include the leading role of ‘Mrs Wilkinson’ in “Billy Elliot” and ‘Donna’ in the International Tour of “Mamma Mia!”.

Bonnie Langford’s many theatre credits include ‘Roxie Hart’ in “Chicago” on Broadway, US tour and in the West End. Her other West End credits include ‘Charity’ in “Sweet Charity” and the original cast of “Cats”. She recently played the ‘Lady of the Lake’ in “Spamalot” on tour, a role she will be reprising in the West End next month. In 2006 she reached the final of ITV1’s “Dancing on Ice”.

Amy Lennox recently played the role of ‘Elle Woods’ in the UK tour of “Legally Blonde”. Her West End credits include ‘Liesl’ in “The Sound of Music” at the London Palladium.

Ben Richards recently starred as ‘Tick’ in “Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ in the West End. His other West End credits include ‘Sky Masterson’ in “Guys and Dolls”, ‘Danny’ in “Grease”, ‘Tony’ in “Saturday Night Fever” and ‘Jerry Lukowski’ in “The Full Monty”. His TV credits include playing ‘PC Nate Roberts’ in “The Bill”.

Tickets from:

http://uktheatrenet.ambassadortickets.com/whatson.aspx?q=9+to+5


Jun 28th

TOMMY STEELE MAKES A RECORD-BREAKING RETURN TO THE LONDON PALLADIUM

By Jon Cuthbertson

Bill Kenwright presents

 

SCROOGE - THE MUSICAL

 

Book, Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse      Based on ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens
Directed by Bob Tomson    Designed by Paul Farnsworth    Illusions by Paul Kieve    Choreography by Lisa Kent

Musical Direction by Stuart Pedlar               Lighting Design by Nick Richings Sound Design by Ben Harrison

 

TOMMY STEELE is returning to the London Palladium from WEDNESDAY 24 OCTOBER for a strictly limited season, to play the title role in Bill Kenwright’s spectacular production of festive musical SCROOGE

Based on Charles Dickens’ heartwarming story A Christmas CarolScrooge The Musical is the perfect family treat: with stunning sets and costumes, specially created illusions by magician Paul Kieve (acclaimed for the magic effects in the Harry Potter films) and a fantastic musical score which features Leslie Bricusse’s Oscar nominated hit Thank You Very Much. And Scrooge wouldn’t be complete without Ebenezer, Bob Cratchit, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, and of course Tiny Tim!

 

Having celebrated over 55 years in the entertainment industry, Tommy Steele’s return to the London Palladium this Christmas will once again send him into the record books: he has headlined more performances than any other star in the history of the London Palladium, including Dick Whittington(1969-70), The Tommy Steele Show (1973), Hans Anderson (1974-75 & 1977-78), Singin’ in the Rain (1983-85 & 1989) and Scrooge (2005-06; 2012-13).

 

Tommy’s legendary career also includes over twenty hit singles, Hollywood movie hits such as The Happiest Millionaire and Finian’s Rainbow, and countless award winning stage musicals such as Half a Sixpence, Hans Andersen and Singin’ in the Rain.