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May 25th

Dance GB: 3 National Dance Companies, 1 unforgettable experience

By Cameron Lowe

Dance GB: 3 National Dance Companies, 1 unforgettable experience

A ground-breaking national celebration of dance inspired by the London 2012 Olympics

Dance GB, UK Tour 19 June - 8 July

Dance GBThe UK’s three national dance companies - Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet and National Dance Company Wales, will perform together for the first time in a Olympian inspired programme featuring three specially commissioned works from leading contemporary choreographers. Dance GB premières in Glasgow before touring to Cardiff and London.

Scottish Ballet: Run For It

Set to the propulsive rhythms of John Adams’ Son of Chamber Symphony, Martin Lawrance’s Run For It is a high energy work inspired by the power of Olympic athletes. This dynamic piece features a striking sculptural installation created by Glasgow-born visual artist Martin Boyce built on an aesthetic concept sparked by creative workshops with the Company, and which was further developed into his recent Turner Prize winning piece.

I’m working on movement-base phrases that represent the discus, the pole vault and more and with the dancers seeing how we can translate this into dance terms. The piece will start and end with a real fast tracked energy but there is also a beautiful slow movement in the middle. I want to show the resistance and determination; the muscularity of an athlete.” Martin Lawrance.

National Dance Company Wales: New Work

With sly musical references to Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean’s sensational 1984 Sarajevo Olympics win, Christopher Bruce’s piece is a heartfelt tribute to the sporting bravado and a tongue-in-cheek celebration of this event. Bruce’s witty and powerful piece weaves together both the London 2012 Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in a unique piece celebrating the sheer enjoyment of physical movement.

English National Ballet: And the Earth Shall Bear Again

The finale And the Earth Shall Bear Again is provided by celebrated choreographer Itzik Galili’s. Inspired by John Cage’s prepared music for piano, Galili’s piece attempts to turn Cage’s rich and versatile music into an extraordinary but accessible piece of dance. It promises to be a challenging piece of choreography, asking a lot of the dancers who are using the bodies in a very new way. “The title sounds epic and enigmatic”, says Galili, “2012 is a year of many beginnings, with potential for new world records...To me, it’s like the earth having its birth again.

Get Involved

As part of Dance GB Scottish Ballet will be hosting a special Family Dance Challenge Day (Saturday 16 June) and a Youth Dance Challenge Day (Sunday 17 June) at the Company’s Headquarters at Tramway, Glasgow when participants can take part in a fun and creative dance workshop to challenge their strength and agility with a range of exciting Body Works Sports Stations.

Going Live

To celebrate this unique coming together, there will be a live broadcast of company class with all three Companies broadcast live online at at 1.30pm on Friday 22 June from the Peter Darrell Studio at Scottish Ballet’s headquarters. The class will be followed by a Q&A session with dancers from each company, giving viewers the chance to answer questions live online.  Tweet your questions @ScottishBallet or #DanceGB

Dance GB Listings

Scottish Ballet, Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow

16 June Dance GB Family Challenge Day (£4 per person)

17 June Youth Challenge Day (£15 per person including a ticket to Dance GB) 

For more information or to book tickets please call 0141 331 2931 or email

Glasgow Theatre Royal

19-23 June 7.30pm, 23 June 2.30pm, Tickets from £12, Box Office 0844 871 7647

Glasgow tickets:

Wales Millennium Centre

26 - 30 June 7.30pm, 30 June 2.30pm

The Big Top Tent, the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London

4 – 7 July, 7.30pm, 8 July, 2.30pm

For further information please check

May 25th

The Ladykillers - UK and Ireland Tour

By Cameron Lowe

The Ladykillers

UK and Ireland Tour

A new comedy stage adaptation by Graham Linehan

  • Full casting is announced for the UK and Ireland tour of hit comedy stage adaptation The Ladykillers. The principal cast will include Paul Bown (Professor Marcus), Clive Mantle (Major Courtney), Chris McCalphy (One-Round), William Troughton (Harry), Shaun Williamson (Louis) and Michele Dotrice as Mrs Wilberforce.
  • The Ladykillers will embark on a 26 week tour of the UK and Ireland beginning on 14 September, 2012 at Theatre Royal Plymouth

The Ladykillers

Graham Linehan’s hit adaptation of the classic 1955 Ealing comedy The Ladykillers, directed by Sean Foley will embark on a 26 week tour of the UK and Ireland in 2012, beginning on 14 September at Theatre Royal Plymouth. The production will then tour to The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, The Lyceum Theatre Sheffield, Theatre Royal Bath, The Mayflower Southampton, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Theatre Royal Nottingham, The Kings Theatre Edinburgh, His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen, Glasgow Theatre Royal and Malvern Festival Theatre in 2012, with further dates in 2013 to be announced.

The Ladykillers tells the story of the eccentric little old lady Mrs Wilberforce who lives alone with her parrot in a strange lopsided house in King’s Cross. Her life is turned upside down by the arrival of Professor Marcus and his four friends, who between them make up the most unlikely group of criminals. Planning the heist of a security van, they decide to use Mrs Wilberforce as cover and involve her unwittingly in the plot. Things do not go well and the Professor’s plan starts to unravel in spectacular and hilarious fashion.

This stage production of The Ladykillers has been adapted by Graham Linehan, best known for being the writer behind TV comedies Father Ted and The I.T. Crowd.

Director Sean Foley is a multi award winning stage director whose work in the West End includes Play What I Wrote, Do You Come Here Often, Ducktastic, Pinter’s People and Joe Orton’s What The Butler Saw.

Paul Bown plays Professor Marcus. Paul’s theatre credits include; Deliverance/Liberation, When We Are Married, Round And Round The Garden, On the Piste and The Alchemist. Television credits include; Doctors, Holby City, My Family and The Bill.        

Clive Mantle plays Major Courtney. His numerous television credits include Little John in Robin Of Sherwood and consultant Mike Barrett in Casualty and Holby City. More recently Clive appeared in Game Of Thrones.  The Olivier nominated actor has also starred in various theatre productions on tour and in the West End including; The Price, A Streetcar Named Desire, Robin Hood, Educating Rita, The Play What I Wrote, Killing Castro and The Rocky Horror Show.

Chris McCalphy plays One-Round.  Recent theatre credits include; The Madness of George III on tour and in the West End, When We Are Married, Enjoy, You Can’t Take It With You and The Letter. TV credits include Five Daughters, Casualty and The Giblet Boys. Chris has also narrated various Natural History films for the BBC and The Discovery Channel as well as Voiceovers for Channel 4, BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, Aardman Animations and Radio 4.

William Troughton plays Harry. He was part of the original West End cast of The Ladykillers, understudying the role of Harry and Louis. William’s previous theatre credits include the Woman in Black, The Holly And The Ivy, Getting On, Busted and My England.  He has also appeared in films War House and Changing the Subject.

Shaun Williamson plays Louis. He starred as Barry Evans in the BBC’s EastEnders for almost a decade and has appeared in The Bill, Holby City, Inspector Morse and two series of the BBC’s acclaimed Ricky Gervais comedy Extras. Shaun made his West End debut as DJ Monty in Saturday Night Fever before reprising the role on tour. Further theatre credits include; Guys and Dolls, The Rocky Horror Show, Never Forget and Porridge.

Michele Dotrice plays Mrs Wilberforce. Michele is perhaps best known for her role as Betty, the long-suffering wife of Frank Spencer, played by Michael Crawford, in the BBC's highly successful series Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Her other television credits include; A Month in the Country, The Winslow Boy, The Way We Live Now, Marple, A Thing Called Love and a guest appearance on the Morecambe and Wise Show. Michele’s most recent stage appearance was in When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre, London.  She also appeared in many productions with her late husband, Edward Woodward including Male of the Species, Richard III, Private Lives, Dead Secret, The Assassin, The Beggar's Opera and The Cemetery Club.

The UK and Ireland tour of The Ladykillers follows the critically acclaimed West End run at London’s Gielgud Theatre. The production was nominated for five awards in the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Direction, Best Set Design, Best Sound Design and Best Actress in a Play for Marcia Warren. The play smashed all known box office records at the Gielgud Theatre, by taking just under £400,000 in a single week between Monday December 26th and Sunday January 1st 2012 and recouping its entire West End outlay in less than seven weeks.

For further information please contact Kasey Glazebrook at  The Corner Shop PR on 020 7494 3665 or email


The Ladykillers
By Graham Linehan
From the motion picture screenplay by William Rose
by special arrangement with StudioCanal
Directed by Sean Foley
Set and Costume design by Michael Taylor
Lighting design by James Farncombe
Composition and Sound design by Ben and Max Ringham
Special effects created by Scott Penrose


Theatre Royal Plymouth
14 September – 22 September 2012
Box Office: 01752 267222

The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury
24 September – 29 September 2012
Box Office: 01227 787787

The Lyceum Theatre Sheffield ON SALE 16 JUNE
1 October - 6 October 2012
Box Office: 0114 2496000

Theatre Royal Bath ON SALE 9 JULY
8 October – 13 October 2012
Box Office: 01225 448844

The Mayflower Theatre Southampton
15 October – 20 October 2012
Box Office: 02380 711811

Cambridge Arts Theatre ON SALE SOON
22 October – 27 October 2012
Box Office: 01223 503333

Theatre Royal Nottingham
29 October – 3 November 2012
Box Office: 0115 9895555

The Kings Theatre Edinburgh
5 November – 10 November 2012
Box Office: 0131 5296000

His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen
12 November – 17 November 2012
Box Office: 01224 641122

Glasgow Theatre Royal ON SALE 6 JUNE
19 November – 24 November 2012
Box Office: 0844 871 7647 

Malvern Festival Theatre
26 November – 1 December 2012
Box Office: 01684 892 277

For further tour details visit

May 22nd

Shakespeare's Globe announce a UK and European tour of As You Like It for Summer 2012

By Cameron Lowe

As You Like It

Shakespeare’s Globe will be touring As You Like It to venues this summer from July 2012 after the brilliant success of the production last year.  The tour will begin in Margate on 5 July and tour venues in the UK, Romania, Austria, Denmark and Ireland before finishing at the Globe on 16 September.


Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match, but her usurping uncle, jealous of her popularity, banishes her from court. Disguised as a boy she seeks out her father and his friends in the Forest of Arden.  Here she meets Orlando again, and under the guise of a young man, counsels him in the art of love.  As You Like It is a glorious and fun romance; filled with cross-dressing and love-notes; poetry and brilliant conversation; gentle satire, slapstick and passion.


This young vibrant cast and creative team bring Shakespeare’s wonderful comedy to life this summer.  Using an Elizabethan-inspired stage, influenced by paintings and etchings from Shakespeare’s time when touring was prevalent, eight actors will visit beautiful and inspiring settings across the UK and Europe with this scaled-down production. 


James Dacre directs this production again, following the success of the show last year.  He has  previously directed King James Bible (National Theatre), Judgement Day (The Print Room) Orpheus and Eurydice (National Youth Theatre / Old Vic), The Unconquered (Stellar Quines, UK Tour and Off-Broadway transfer), Nightshifts (Traverse Write Here Now) and Desire Under the Elms, Copenhagen and Bus Stop at the New Vic Theatre where he was Artistic Associate.


His world premiere production of The Mountaintop (Theatre503 and Trafalgar Studios) won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play and was nominated for a further five awards and Precious Little Talent (Trafalgar Studios) won Best Play at the 2011 London Theatre Festival Awards and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award.  James has directed world premieres by Mike Poulton, Torben Betts, Ella Hickson, Katori Hall, Dic Edwards, Suzan Lori Parks, Ed Kemp and Molly Davies amongst others.  He has been awarded Fulbright and Schubert Fellowships in Theatre Directing and trained on the ITV/Channel 4 Regional Theatre Director’s Scheme.  


Will Featherstone takes on the role of Orlando.  Will studied at LAMDA and has become a Globe regular since graduating in 2010.  He has just been on tour with John Dove’s production of Anne Boleyn.  At the end of last year Will has appeared in Northern Stage’s The Glass Slipper directed by Erica Whyman.   


Deirdre Mullins will be appearing as Rosalind.  Deirdre most recently appeared at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 16 Possibly Glimpses, directed by Wayne Jordan.  She has also toured with Headlong Theatre Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Natalie Abrahami and has appeared in Measure for Measure, directed by Jamie Glover. 


Beth Park joins the cast as Celia.  Beth has previously appeared in Bus Stop at the New Vic directed by James Dacre, Good at The Royal Exchange Theatre directed by Polly Findlay and Arcadia with the Manchester Library Theatre Company


Will Oxborrow, who appeared in the production last year reprises the role of Oliver/Cronin. Will appeared in Good directed by Polly Findlay and has performed most recently in Globe Education’s Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank project and it’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Emma Pallant joins the cast as Phoebe and Jacques.  Emma has performed regularly at the Globe and has previously been part of the small-scale tours with The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It Most recently she has been touring with the A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Will Oxborrow. She has previously performed at the RSC, Salisbury Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Orange Tree Theatre.


To find out all touring locations and booking information visit



As You Like It

5 July – 16 September 2012

Directed by James Dacre

Composed by Olly Fox

Designed by Hannah Clark




Will Featherstone – Orlando

Deirdre Mullins – Rosalind

Beth Park – Celia

Emma Pallant – Phoebe / Jacques

Will Oxborrow – Oliver / Cronin


Press viewing at the Globe:  we encourage critics to consider reviewing these small-scale productions on location at one of the touring venues, in order to view them in the surroundings they are designed for.  However, we can offer you tickets for the performance of As You Like It when at the Globe in the week commencing 3rd September 2012.  Please contact to arrange any press tickets.


Dates                            Venue


5 – 7 July                    Margate, Theatre Royal

11 – 12  July               Romania, Bucharest

14 – 15 July                Austria, Art Carnuntum

19 – 22 July                Taunton, Vivary Park*

25 – 27 July                Kent, Groombridge Palace Gardens*

28 – 29 July                East Sussex, Herstmonceux Castle*

1 – 5 August               Denmark, Elsinore, Kronborg Castle             

10 – 19 August           Ireland, Kilkenny Arts Festival           

22 – 23 August           Stafford, Shugborough Estate*                                 

26 – 27 August           Burton-on-Trent, Lichfield Festival at Tutbury Castle*

28 – 29 August           Ripon, Newby Hall*   

3 – 16 September      London, Shakespeare’s Globe*


*Tickets available from Shakespeare’s Globe box office 020 7401 9919 or online at



For press enquiries please contact:

Rebecca Storey, Senior Press and PR Officer on 020 7902 1492


For small-scale tours Julia Evans, on 020 7902 1542

May 15th


By Cameron Lowe

West End stars Dave Willetts (Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Cats, Ragtime, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) and Marti Webb (Blood Brothers, Tell Me On a Sunday, Evita,Cats) will join forces to headline the legendary Broadway musical 42ndStreet as it embarks on a national tour of the UK from 1st June 2012, playing 23 venues to the end of the year.

42nd Street

From the producers of hugely successful touring hits including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 42ndStreet is the timeless, inspiring tale of small town Peggy Sawyer’s rise from chorus line to Broadway star.

Winner of the 1980 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2001 Tony Award for Best Revival, 42nd Street is a true classic. The tour is directed by the show’s author and Broadway director Mark Bramble, and features the stunning sets and costumes from the Broadwayrevival.

The memorable score of hit songs includes ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, ‘We're In The Money’, and one of the great showstoppers, ‘42nd Street’, danced down a flight of steps that light up as bright as the faces of the cast. Audiences are taken to musical comedy heaven with breathtaking routines and glorious choreography. 42nd Street remains the greatest tap dancing musical of all time.

Dave Willetts (Julian Marsh) has headlined countless musicals in the West End and on tour. He has played leads in shows such as Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. He headlined Seven Brides forSeven Brothers both on tour and in the West End as well the tour of South Pacific. He recently starred inAndrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevardin the West End.

Marti Webb (Dorothy Brock) is one of Britain’s most popular leading ladies, whose extensive West End credits include lead roles in shows such as Blood Brothers, Tell Me on a Sunday, Song & Dance, Evita, Cats and Thoroughly Modern Millie, to name only afew. She recently headlined the UK tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! across the country.

Produced by Martin Dodd for UK Productions, 42ndStreet has music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Al Dubin and book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, who also directs. Choreography is by Graeme Henderson and Musical Supervision by Gareth Williams. Set design is by Douglas W Schmidt, with costumes by Roger Kirk, lighting design by David Howe and sound design by Ross Portway and Jon Higson.



Martin Dodd for UK Productions presents


starring Dave Willetts& Marti Webb

   Rhyl Pavilion

   Fri 1 – Sat 2 June

   01745 330 000

   New Theatre, Oxford

   Tue 5 – Sat 9 June

   0844 871 3020

   Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

   Tue 12 – Sat 16 June

   0114 249 6000

   Grand Opera House, Belfast

   Tue 19 – Sat 23 June

   028 9024 1919

   King’s Theatre, Glasgow

   Tue 26 – Sat 30 June

   0844 871 7648

  New Victoria Theatre, Woking

   Tue 3 – Sat 7 July

   0844 871 7645

   Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

   Tue 10 – Sat 14 July

   0844 847 2291

   Sunderland Empire

   Tue 17 – Sat 21 July

   0844 847 2499

   Blackpool Grand Theatre

   Tue 24 – Sat 28 July

   01253 290 190

   Theatre Royal, Plymouth

   Tue 31 July – Sat 4 Aug

   01752 267 222

  Eastbourne Congress Theatre

   Tue 4 – Sat 8 Sept

   01323 412 000

   New Wimbledon Theatre

   Tue 11 – Sat 15 Sept

   0844 871 7646

   Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

   Tue 18 – Sat 22 Sept

   01274 432 000

   Cardiff New Theatre

   Tue 25 – Sat 29 Sept

   029 2087 8889

   Southampton Mayflower

   Tue 2 – Sat 6 Oct

   02380 711 811

   Theatre Royal Norwich

   Tue 9 – Sat 13 Oct

   01603 630 000

   Churchill Theatre Bromley

   Tue 16 – Sat 20 Oct

   0844 871 7677

   Palace Theatre, Manchester

   Tue 23 – Sat 27 Oct

   0844 871 7660

   Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

   Tue 30 Oct – Sat 3 Nov

   01902 429 212

   Edinburgh Playhouse

   Tue 6 – Sat 10 Nov

   0844 871 3014

   Liverpool Empire

   Tue 13 – Sat 17 Nov

   0844 847 2525

   Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

   Tue 20 – Sat 24 Nov

   0844 871 7607

   Theatre Royal Nottingham

   Tue 27 Nov – Sat 1 Dec

   0115 989 5555

Jul 30th

Legally Blonde - Touring where you are (images and ticket details)

By Douglas McFarlane

Legally Blonde The Musical opened at the Savoy Theatre in December 2009 and has been playing to packed audiences ever since. In addition to winning the 2011 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, Best Actress in a Musical (Sheridan Smith) and Best Performance is a Supporting Role in a Musical (Jill Halfpenny), Legally Blonde The Musical is now booking until 31 March 2012.

College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend Warner dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law! Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

Elle Woods (Faye Brookes) and Bruiser. Credit - Johan Persson.jpg

Legally Blonde


30 Jul - 27 Oct

Legally Blonde


23 Aug - 03 Sep

Legally Blonde


20 Sep - 01 Oct

Legally Blonde


31 Jan - 11 Feb

Legally Blonde


13 Mar - 24 Mar

Legally Blonde

Woking Theatres

07 May - 19 May

Elle Woods (Faye Brookes) and cast. Credit - Johan Persson.jpg

Elle Woods (Faye Brookes) and cast 3. Credit - Johan Persson.jpg

Professor Callahan (Dave Willetts). Credit - Johan Persson.jpg

Legally Blonde


30 Jul - 27 Oct

Legally Blonde


23 Aug - 03 Sep

Legally Blonde


20 Sep - 01 Oct

Legally Blonde


31 Jan - 11 Feb

Legally Blonde


13 Mar - 24 Mar

Legally Blonde

Woking Theatres

07 May - 19 May

Warner (Neil Toon). Credit - Johan Persson.jpg

Elle Woods (Faye Brookes) and Emmett (Iwan Lewis). Credit - Johan Persson.jpg