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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.

 

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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

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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. 
Jun 27th

South Pacific - Leeds Grand Theatre - Tuesday 26 June 2012

By GRAHAM CLARK
This breathtaking and lavish production has re-invented the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. It swept the 2008 Tony Awards and played for a two year run to sold out theatres across America. Now the production  is enchanting UK audiences receiving huge critical acclaim at London's Barbican in the summer and is now on a UK tour which has now arrived in Leeds for a two week run.

Set on a tropical island during World War 11, this is the sweeping romantic story of two couples threatened by the realities of war. With some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's greatest songs the show has songs that everyone knows:  Some Enchanted Evening, There Is Nothin' Like A Dame, I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, Younger Than Springtime and Happy Talk.

There was some excellent use of lighting which brought the bright sunshine of the Polynesian South Seas to a dreary summer's night  in Leeds.

The 14 strong male marine audience captivated the audience  with their powerful and energetic performances of There Is Nothin' Like A Dame and Bloody Mary.

The two main performers in the show - Matthew Cammelle portrayed a poweful performance as Emile de Becque and Samantha Womack (Ronnie Mitchell in Eastenders) as Ensign Nellie Forbush, showed that she is a talented actress with a superb voice who was wasted on Eastenders!

Jodi Kimura played the part of Bloody Mary with great timing and some clasic comedy lines with  Alex Ferns (Luther Bills).

It might be 63 years since the show first hit the stage but it still has that feel good factor and in these recession times that is a good enough reason to see the show. Definately an enchanted evening indeed.
Jun 23rd

Dirty Dancing National Tour - New Cast Announcement

By Jon Cuthbertson

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The producers of the smash hit musical Dirty Dancing are delighted to announce new casting for the next stage of the phenomenally successful First Ever National Tour, now booking at The Regent Theatre for March 2013.

 

American actress Jill Winternitz will star as idealistic ‘Baby Houseman’, the role taken by Jennifer Grey in the film, who discovers love and life in the summer she will never forget. Jill trained at RADA and her theatre credits include ‘Ophelia’ in Hamlet and ‘The Prioress’ in The Canterbury Tales (Queen Mary 2); Wounded (Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble); ‘Nina’ in The Seagull (MXAT) and Sunday in the Park with George (Interlochen Center for the Arts).

 

Nicky Griffiths will take on the role of ‘Penny Johnson’, having been a member of the Dirty Dancing touring company since the show opened in Bristol. Her other credits include ‘Lisa’ in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales); ‘Lou-Anne’ and understudy ‘Amber Von-Tussle’ in the original London cast of Hairspray (Shaftesbury); the original London cast of Wicked (Apollo Victoria) and Grease (UK tour).

 

Paul-Michael Jones, who has attracted huge critical and public acclaim on the tour so far, will continue to star as ‘Johnny Castle’, one of the most iconic roles in popular culture, made famous around the world by Patrick Swayze in the 1987 smash hit movie. Paul-Michael trained at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating in 2007. His theatre credits include ‘Eddie’ in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales); understudying and performing the roles of ‘Jake’ and ‘Adrian’ in Never Forget (UK tour); ‘Jack’ in Jack & The Beanstalk (Victoria Theatre, Halifax); We Will Rock You (Cologne) and dance captain in Fame – the Musical (European tour). He has also represented England as a Latin American and Ballroom Dancer, as one of the top two English couples, at The World Championships in Singapore.

 

James Coombes will appear as ‘Dr. Jake Houseman’, Julia Nagle as ‘Marjorie Houseman’, Emilia Williams as ‘Lisa Houseman’, Wayne Smith as ‘Billy Kostecki’,Michael Remick as ‘Max Kellerman’, Stefan Menaul as ‘Neil Kellerman’, Colin Charles as ‘Tito Suarez’ and Tony Stansfield as ‘Mr Schumacher’.  Other members of the new company include: Lizzie Stavrou, Tara Verloop, Kate-Emma Portlock, Rosa O’Reilly, Lewis Davies, Callum Nicol, Adam Philpott, Will Tyler, Jenny Wickham, Rebecca Hodge, Vanessa Campbell, Faisal Khodabukus, Philip Marriott, Ben Harris and Jonathan Cordin.

Jun 20th

Dance GB - Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 19th June 2012

By Jon Cuthbertson

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With the whole country grasped by the fever of the London 2012 Olympics, it seems like an ideal excuse to bring together our 3 national dance companies into one production in celebration of this huge event. Dance GB is the culmination of this plan and uses 3 separate works commissioned for the production to help display the Olympic themes of Faster, Higher, Stronger.

 

Dancing Parallel is a short film showing the work of young people in all 3 nations. Set to music by Andy Thomas-Evans the percussive nature of the dance styles chosen worked extremely well. Using “hoodies” and Converse boots as the “costume” it made what is usually perceived as the uniform of trouble something with far more value. Hopefully this video will be sent out to schools and youth groups to help inspire youngsters to see that dance can be exciting and tough. With touches of comedy, varied dance styles and exceptional talent it was an ideal taster for the evening ahead.

 

The first piece of live dance was from the home nation, Scottish Ballet. Run For It, choreographed by Martin Lawrence, was the epitome of what this event was about. Challenging choreography that stretched the dancers to the edges of their ability and showed off every inch of their athleticism created an explosive opening. Principal dancers Tama Barry and Diana Loosmore showed the sheer strength that a dancer requires in some visually stunning lifts. The entire company worked extremely well together and the third movement brought this new piece of work to an entertaining climax.

 

Next up came National Dance Company Wales. As the smallest and youngest of the troupes performing they may have felt they started as the underdog. However, with choreography by Christopher Bruce and an extremely strong dance talent of 10, they took gold on the night with their performance of Dream. Using a more literal representation of both the subject matter and storytelling, this piece had wonderful comic touches and interesting use of costume. Using inspiration from the Jubilee, sports days and Ravel’s Bolero it was the perfect fusion for an Olympic inspired piece of dance. Martin Boyce’s simple set design, complemented by Charles Balfour’s very clever lighting design, helped push this light-hearted piece straight to the top of the podium. 

 

The final piece of the evening was Itzik Galili’s “And The Earth Shall Bear Again”, performed by English National Ballet. Moving back into a more abstract style, the interesting lighting effects were integral to the dance on display. Corridors of light echoed the haunting opening bars of John Cage’s music. As the music became more frantic, so did the lights and movement. The one theme that seemed to run throughout all three pieces was the challenge on the dancers. The skills on display again were exceptional here, however the piece itself failed to match the “watchability” of the previous sections.

 

If this production’s aim was to display the motto of Faster, Higher, Stronger through dance, it has more than achieved that aim. These three works will live on separately, but the chance to catch all three national dance companies in the one production is not to be missed. The torch is currently travelling round the country, but make your own epic journey to see Dance GB – showing the true spirit of the Olympic games.

Listings

 

Tue 19 – Sat 23 June            

Theatre Royal, Glasgow

 

Thu 28 – Sat 30 June

Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff

 

Wed 4 – Sun 8 July

Grounds of Old Naval College, Greenwich, London

 

Tickets: http://uktheatrenet.ambassadortickets.com/production.aspx?ID=3056&VenueID=654 
Jun 11th

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Radio Show, Live!

By Jon Cuthbertson

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Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy has become a cult phenomenon since it’s an initial outing as part of a series of radio comedies in 1978. Following the current trend for revivals and reunions, (Take That & Steps in the pop world, and re-workings of Abigail’s Party and Dandy Dick in the theatre world are just a few examples of this) this “live radio show” brings back the original cast as well as some of the cast members from the later versions too.

 

It is a brave move, which could easily have backfired. As Douglas Adams himself said “radio is such an intensely visual medium”. And there are many who agree that it would be too much to try to create the images which many people have created in their own heads from his words. However, the clever way this show has been staged – with the actors carrying scripts, using microphone/script stands and with a foley artist (sound effects) on stage – really works. It allows the script to be the focus – and with an audience this keen on the script, you need to do it justice. Luckily, the original cast are more than up to the task – you can tell why Susan Sheridan coaches others in voice techniques, her delivery was perfect and had great clarity. Simon Jones (wearing his characters famous dressing gown!) and Geoff McGivern bounce off each other so well that the script seems as fresh as it would have been when they first performed it in 1978. As it was opening night, there was the odd stumble over some of the more difficult phrases (you try quickly welcoming Slartibartfast to Magrathea or Viltvodle Vi and you’ll see the challenge) however this only adds to the joy of live theatre and I hope that this freshness doesn’t fade out later in the tour.

 

Stephen Moore (the original voice of “Marvin The Paranoid Android”) couldn’t join the tour due to a previous commitment, however his voice is still there in recorded form and his absence has meant the addition of a new incarnation of Marvin in visual form. This works well, and with the minimal/token costumes and masks, it ensures that the visuals don’t detract too much from the humour within the dialogue. One of the items that works really well (despite a few technical hitches) was the live sound effects. Ken Humphrey works extremely hard both with and around the cast to create some very clever effects.

 

Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod completes the original cast and with Toby Longworth,Philip Pope, Andrew Secombe and Samantha Beart (from later “phases” of the show) we have an extremely talented vocal cast who seem to have slipped back into a natural rapport. Throughout the tour the cast will be joined by a guest artist as “The Voice Of The Book”. Billy Boyd was in Glasgow for opening night and really seemed to understand what the audience were looking for. His additional cameo as “The Meat” was a genius moment and it will be very interesting to see what the other guests (including, Phil Jupitus, John Challis, Jon Culshaw and  Andrew Sachs amongst others) will make of this role.

 

 

The addition of a live band was another clever idea by director Dirk Maggs, who also adapted and wrote some of the script, assisted with sound effects, played Zaphod’s second head – oh yes, and played drums in said live band!

 

Even for myself who has very little previous knowledge of The Hitchhiker’s Guide series, this was still a very enjoyable and fun evenings entertainment – however the fan I had taken along (who would very rarely set foot in a theatre) was even found to be joining in with the sing-a-long sections. This is testament to how clever the show is in drawing in all levels of it’s fanbase. Quote of the night however was from the young boy leaving in front of me – “I was laughing and crying at the same time – I was scared, but it was so funny I had to keep laughing!”.

 

Touring from 8th June until 21st July 2012

 

Tickets:

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

 

Tour Dates:

http://www.hitchhikerslive.com/tour-dates.html

Jun 9th

London Festival 2012 - The Ripple Effect by Ursula Rani Sarma

By Louise Winter

AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP JOINS THE LONDON 2012 FESTIVAL WITH NATIONWIDE PLAYWRITING PROJECT : THE RIPPLE EFFECT by URSULA RANI SARMA

The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) is hosting an exciting creative writing project as part of the London 2012 Festival which runs from 21 June until 9 September 2012 and connects international artists with the best from the UK.

The Ripple Effect has been commissioned by the ATG Foundation, a charitable trust, established in July 2009, to support groundbreaking Creative Learning projects in ATG’s 39 venues nationwide of which Milton Keynes Theatre is one.

The ATG Foundation has commissioned award-winning Playwright Ursula Rani Sarma to work with young people across the UK. Ursula is a critically acclaimed writer whose plays have been performed, published and translated extensively in the UK and Ireland and on the international stage. Prior to The Ripple Effect, Ursula has written for The National Theatre, The Traverse Theatre and The Abbey Theatre amongst others. She said, “this is an incredibly exciting and ambitious project both in terms of its affiliation with the London 2012 Festival and the opportunity to work with so many individuals throughout the UK. It feels like a truly ground breaking project and I am thrilled to be involved.”

The Ripple Effect project aims to engage young people from diverse backgrounds with limited experience of arts and theatre engagement. Individuals will acquire new skills based on the discipline of acting, working with professional artists, theatre staff and peer groups in a cultural workplace and self management.


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Ursula will be working with 27 groups of young people across the UK to produce five short plays of approximately 15-20 minutes that are linked thematically and loosely inspired by the concept of the Olympic Truce. Each piece will stand alone and will also fit together chronologically to deliver a complete full length play. All five plays will be performed together to create a powerful piece of theatre at the West End Gala being planned to showcase this exciting work.

The initial creative consultation phase will involve Ursula travelling to meet with several hundred young people, from various backgrounds, around the UK, and will be supported by ATG's highly experienced Creative Learning Managers. After this period, Ursula will then write the five plays that will make up The Ripple Effect.

Kully Thiarai, The Ripple Effect Creative Director, said, “Enabling young people to unleash their imagination, develop their curiosity and explore the big ideas and issues of our time are core to this project. Each individual will be part of a network of voices, ideas and stories that will help shape and inspire the writing of the five pieces; culminating in their voices being heard locally and in the heart of the West End.”

The Ripple Effect project will be delivered in the following UK venues:

Stoke-on-Trent, Regent Theatre Performance Date: Friday 6th July

Wimbledon, New Theatre, Richmond, Richmond Theatre, Bromley, Churchill Theatre Performance Date for the 3 London venues is Wednesday 25th July. These venues will join forces to perform a mini Gala performance at Richmond Theatre

Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Theatre Performance Date: Sunday 29th July

To book tickets for Milton Keynes 0844 871 7852 (bkg fee).

Liverpool, Empire Theatre Performance Date: Tuesday 31st July

Sunderland, Empire Theatre Performance Date: Friday 24th August

Glasgow, Kings Theatre Performance Date: Saturday 1st September

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.

The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK, from Midsummer’s Day on 21 June and running until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9 September 2012.The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture including dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, fashion, film and digital innovation, giving the opportunity for people across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor. BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.

For more details on the programme, to download the London 2012 Festival official guide and to sign up for information visit www.london2012.com/festival

May 28th

Top of the Pops LIVE

By Cameron Lowe

Top of the Pops Live Tickets at Regent Theatre,

BBC Worldwide has signed a licensing deal with Flying Entertainment to capture the spirit of the iconic TV show Top of the Pops in a unique live theatre production – Top of the Pops LIVE. The show premieres at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne on October 18 - 20 2012, before embarking on an extensive UK tour.

Produced in association with Derek Nicol and Paul Walden - producers of the worldwide stage hit “Thriller – Live” (celebrating its 4th incredible year in the West End) and the hit show’s Director/Choreographer, Gary Lloyd – Top of the Pops LIVE promises a cast of singers, dancers, fantastic music, presenters and a live band, together with some memorable material from the BBC’s Top of the Pops TV vaults.

Top of the Pops LIVE will work as a nostalgic interactive jukebox celebrating the greatest hits by the biggest stars in the world of pop from the 70s, 80s and 90s – from TRex and David Bowie, to Blondie and Adam & The Ants, Duran Duran and Madonna, to Oasis and Blur. Paying homage to the DJs who introduced the TV show and to the resident dance troops Pan’s People and Legs & Co, Top of the Pops LIVE will offer a fabulous feast of musical nostalgia.

During the show, Top of the Pops LIVE will screen vintage Top of the Pops TV chart footage and then host a chart rundown covering three decades. Audiences on the night get to pick which song – from a list of list of five classic hits – will feature in the show’s finale.

Top of the Pops LIVE cameras are also on hand during the evening and will follow host DJs around the auditorium as they interview the audience about their favourite vintage music and bands. Dominic Walker, Commercial Director, Audio & Music BBC Worldwide said: “We are delighted to have signed a licensing deal with Flying Entertainment and look forward to working with them on Top of the Pops LIVE.

Derek Nicol, Producer and Joint Managing Director of Flying Entertainment said: “I am delighted to be working with BBC Worldwide and Director Gary Lloyd on one of the UK’s most iconic brands. Like most people, I have nothing but fantastic memories of Top of the Pops and I look forward to delivering a great live show to audiences throughout the country, reflecting the great music that, through Top of the Pops, became the soundtrack to many of our lives.”

Director/Choreographer Gary Lloyd said: “Bringing Top of the Pops to the stage has been an exciting process. With today's technology and using all of the iconic moments Top of the Pops brings, this show will excite audiences old and new. As a music lover who grew up following the charts with Top of the Pops as the highlight of the week, this is a dream show to work on. I am very much looking forward to getting it out there to all those people who did the same and taking them on a rockin’ journey down memory lane.”

Top of the Pops LIVE is produced by Derek Nicol and Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment in association with BBC Worldwide.

 LISTINGS INFO

Top of the Pops LIVE

King's Theatre, Glasgow

Monday 15th – Saturday 20th April 2013

Mon – Thus eves 7.30pm

Fri 5pm & 8pm

Sat 4pm & 8pm

 

Tickets £13 - £30

Box office: 0844 871 7648 (bkg)
Online Tickets: http://uktheatrenet.ambassadortickets.com/whatson.aspx