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Jun 27th

South Pacific - Leeds Grand Theatre - Tuesday 26 June 2012

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


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.



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


Jun 11th

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

By Jon Cuthbertson

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




Tour Dates:

Jun 9th

London Festival 2012 - The Ripple Effect by Ursula Rani Sarma

By Louise Winter


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

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.


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:
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