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MONKEY FRONT PAGE LONDON THEATRE MESSAGE BOARD
Wilton's Music Hall
21st September until 15th October 2016
"the original and daring musical of our day." New York Magazine
It’s 1925 in Kentucky and fearless cave explorer Floyd Collins dreams of finding
fame and fortune deep underground. When he becomes trapped, it’s a race against
time for his family and friends as they fight to set him free. The media circus
above ground turns their extraordinary rescue effort into a national sensation.
Floyd’s determination will inspire the whole community…
Journey to Floyd’s breathtaking Sand Cave in this all-new immersive production
of Adam Guettel and Tina Landau’s award-winning musical. Featuring a hauntingly
beautiful score, brought to life in the atmospheric surroundings of Wilton’s
Based on a true story.
Directed by Jonathan Butterell.
Performance Times: Monday to Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 3pm and 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: All seats: £32.50 (£27 concessions) / restricted view £25 (£23 concessions)
Previews to 29th September: £25 (£23 concessions)
For performances from 29th September until 15th
2016 Theatremonkey readers can buy best available top price £32.50 tickets reduced to £25 each at all performances.
Enter code "Monkey25" to claim your discount.
Society of London Theatre has partnered with VoiceMap, the immersive audio
walking tour company, to produce the Official London Theatre Audio Tour with
Ian McKellen – a free audio guide to the West End. London becomes the stage
with the internationally renowned actor, a six-time Olivier Award winner,
assuming the role of director and guiding visitors through iconic and
lesser-known sites around Theatreland.
Throughout the tour, listeners will hear anecdotes and personal stories about
McKellen’s time on stage and the history that has shaped London’s world-famous
theatre district. This is an opportunity to experience the West End like never
The tour begins and ends at TKTS in Leicester Square where free WiFi is
available to download the app.
Ian McKellen said: “I know myself when I’m in a strange city that wandering
around with your nose in a guidebook isn’t the best way to appreciate what’s
going on. The important thing when you’re walking around a city like London is
to look up and down the alleyways and round the corner. With a guide in your ear
all this is much easier.”
VoiceMap is an audio tour app that uses GPS to play stories about your
surroundings at exactly the right time. As you walk it uses your location and
offline maps to play audio automatically. Once downloaded, the tour is not
reliant on data or WiFi.
How to download
Official London Theatre Audio Tour with Ian McKellen:
1) Install VoiceMap for
2) Sign up with email or Facebook, then look for “Theatreland Tour with Ian
McKellen” in the London menu.
3) Download all the files with WiFi, then put on a headset and start walking.
4) VoiceMap works offline and doesn’t require any data.
(photo credit: Matt Humphrey)
A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in West Ham
by Jim Kenworth
directed by James Martin Charlton
Keir Hardie is Labour’s great pioneer and its greatest hero. Without him, the
party would never have existed. Newham, the London borough whose motto is
“Progress with the People”, has a strong connection with Hardie. In the 1892
General Election, Hardie stood as the Independent candidate for the West Ham
An illegitimate and wretchedly poor son of a servant, Hardie had worked in the
coal mines from the age of 10. How could he possibly take on the formidable
might of the Conservative Party candidate, the wealthy and blue-blooded Major
Banes? Could he actually win the election in West Ham and become Britain’s fist
From the same writer and director team who staged Orwell’s Animal Farm as
Revolution Farm on an inner city Newham farm, A Splotch of Red: Keir Hardie in
West Ham is being performed site specific in Newham’s libraries and Community
Links’ Neighbours Hall in Canning Town. This was the hall where Hardie spoke at
one of his many election rallies in Newham, and as a centre for social change,
Will Thorne, Bertrand Russell and Sylvia Pankhurst were all to speak, or work,
This is a free event at libraries supported by Newham Council - just turn up at
the Library of your choice, but reservation on
Monday 22 August at 4.00pm: Beckton Globe Library, Kingsford Way, E6 5JQ
Tuesday 23 August at 3.00pm & 7.30pm: Stratford Library, The Grove, E15 1EL
Wednesday 24 August at 6.00pm: East Ham Library, 328 Barking Road, E6 2RT
Thursday 25 August at 2.00pm: The Gate Library, 4-20 Woodgrange Rd, E7 OQH
Thursday 25 August at 7.30pm and Friday 26 August at 7.30pm, Saturday 27 August
at 3.00pm & 7.30pm Sunday 28 August at 3.00pm:
COMMUNITY LINKS, 105 Barking Rd, London E16 4HQ.
Tickets at this venue are free, with a suggested donation of £5.
Sunday 4th September 2016
JOANNA LUMLEY hosts a
SPECIAL GALA PERFORMANCE BY
THE NATIONAL YOUTH BALLET OF GREAT BRITAIN
The evening will celebrate the legacy of Founder and Artistic Director
Jill Tookey (pictured, above left), with a gala in her memory, following her passing in March
Joanna Lumley has been a patron of National Youth Ballet since 1989,
when she met Jill at one of the company’s performances at Sadler’s
Wells. Joanna has since become a huge supporter of the company, and has
narrated two of their ballets. Joanna will host the gala performance,
where she will be joined on stage by many returning alumni, who now
dance for leading companies including Royal Ballet, English National
Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.
Over three decades, Jill Tookey quietly became one of the industry’s
most influential dance leaders, inspiring generations of young dancers
and choreographers, many of whom have embarked upon successful
professional careers after their time with NYB. Jill was appointed a CBE
for services to dance in the 2016 New Year Honours, and in June this
will be presented at Buckingham Palace to her ten-year-old
granddaughter, and 2016 NYB company member, Gabriella Rummery.
National Youth Ballet involves talented young dancers aged 8 to 18 in
every aspect of creating a ballet, from the conception of an idea
through to performance on stage at a professional level. The Company
also encourages children from all walks of life to become involved with
dance through schools and community workshops.
A NEW ALBUM CELEBRATES LONDON'S FORGOTTEN MUSICALS
'LOST WEST END 2'
Following the critically acclaimed release of LOST WEST END in 2015, an
album highlighted in The Sunday Times as an “Essential New Release”;
Stage Door Records are pleased to continue the album series with the
release of LOST WEST END 2.
LOST WEST END 2 celebrates London’s forgotten musicals and brings
together over 20 unique ‘lost’ West End productions on one album. The
collection reflects nearly 40 years of musicals that have come and gone
from the West End, showcasing these unique theatrical works. Ranging
from 1970 to 2008, all the musicals featured had relatively short London
residencies and although they weren’t always met with critical praise,
they nevertheless contain interesting, memorable scores and performances
that deserve to be heard.
The diverse selection of shows featured include the 1977 Cameron
Mackintosh produced musical revue ‘After Shave’, ‘Fire Angel’ a rock
opera adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ‘Hair’
composer Galt MacDermot’s ‘Isabel’s A Jezebel’ and musical biographies
of Sir Francis Drake (‘Drake’s Dream), Napoleon Bonaparte (‘Napoleon’),
Winston Churchill (‘Winnie’) and James Dean (‘Dean’)
The ‘Lost West End’ musicals included are: ‘Isabel’s A Jezebel’ (1970),
‘Bordello’ (1974), ‘Jack The Ripper’ (1974), ‘Maggie’ (1977), ‘Dean’
(1977), ‘Fire Angel’ (1977), ‘After Shave’ (1977), ‘Flowers For
Algernon’ (1979), ‘Wild, Wild Women’ (1982), ‘Blondel’ (1984), ‘The
Importance’ (1984), ‘Winnie’ (1988), ‘Moby Dick’ (1992), ‘Voyeurz’
(1996), ‘Boyband – The Musical’ (1999), ‘Casper’ (1999) ‘Napoleon’
(2000), ‘Money To Burn’ (2003), ‘Murderous Instincts’ (2004), ‘Zorro’
(2008), ‘Imagine This’ (2008)
The album features a glittering ensemble of West End vocalists
including; Hannah Waddingham, Michael Crawford, Colm Wilkinson and Paul
Although the shows didn’t last, their music lives on and this collection
affirms that the musicals featured are well worth rediscovering.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
Tuesday 27th September until Saturday 22nd October 2016
Press Night: Thursday 29th September 2016
by Diane Samuels
directed by Lou Stein
Chickenshed is delighted to announce that Michelle Collins will be
taking a leading role in their new moving and thought-provoking play.
Kindertransport is a play about mothers, daughters and the powerful need
for reconciliation. This captivating story tells of survival and
building a new life - which strikingly resonates with current events
facing the world today.
On the brink of World War II, nine-year-old Eva is sent to Britain for
refuge from Nazi Europe, with little more than a suitcase and an
identity label, one of 10,000 children evacuated in a rescue mission
called the Kindertransport. Eva is taken in and raised by a well-meaning
English woman. Torn between her German heritage and her need to wipe the
Kindertransport experience from her memory, Eva eventually learns to
adapt to her new life and identity.
Kindertransport moves seamlessly between different time periods, as Eva
confronts the painful past which was chosen for her and its
consequences, and we discover whether she is ever to be reunited with
the family she was forced to leave behind. Her story is based on
autobiographical accounts from actual Kindertransport children.
For ages: 12+
Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Extra performances at 1pm and 3.30pm on selected dates
Sign Interpreted performance: Thursday 13th October at 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: Wednesday 19th October at 7.30pm
Previews (27th and 28th September) - All tickets £5 concs
Standard Matinee and Evening - £12 (£8 concessions) | 13-25 year olds £5 |
Peak Matinee & Evening - £15 (£10 concessions)
Pay What You Can (Tuesdays 4th and 11th October)
Every Friday and Saturday from 9th September until 22nd
Tales from the Shed
Tales from the Shed are vibrant, interactive theatre shows that are
perfect for young children. They are informal, lively and amazingly
engaging as the performers and audience share the same space - children
are always encouraged to make a lot of noise and to make the story
We guarantee that every show will be fun, really silly and that there
will be plenty of colourful puppets and live songs.
The Daniel and Laura Curtis double disc Broadway
and West End album will be released on October 24th 2016
An array of Broadway and West End names will feature on the album. These
include Melinda Doolittle (American Idol), Jason Forbach (Les Miserables),
Kara Lily Hayworth (Zyrah Rose), Arielle Jacobs (Aladdin, Wicked),
Rachel John (Memphis, The Bodyguard), Rebecca Luker (Fun Home,
Cinderella) and Natalie Weiss (Les Misérables).
The double disc album is available for pre-order from today. To
celebrate the launch Daniel and Laura will be offering signed copies to
all those who pre-order through their website
The album will become available to pre-order from iTunes
and Amazon Mp3 in September and will be released on October 24th 2016.
Initially booked for a limited 4 week run, 3 Olivier Award-winning Broadway musical
In The Heights has extended its run at King’s Cross Theatre for a third time,
until Sunday 30th October 2016.
In The Heights is an uplifting and exhilarating journey into Washington Heights,
one of Manhattan's most vibrant communities – a place where the coffee is light
and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of
three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of
hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggle can be deciding which
traditions to take with you, and which ones to leave behind. With a gripping
story and unforgettable Latin and hip-hop infused score, In The Heights is a
ground-breaking contemporary musical about what it takes to make a living, what
it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home.
King’s Cross Theatre is a brand new purpose built theatre at King’s Cross
A late night bar is open to
coincide with performances of In The Heights.
Opening an hour before every
performance until late, with live music and DJs after certain performances.
It's the 5th
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“Beethoven Shreds”, Featuring the Reincarnation of Beethoven, The Great Kat’s
Famous SHRED GUITAR/VIOLIN VERSION of BEETHOVEN’S “5th SYMPHONY”!
PLUS Insane Shred versions of The Flight of the Bumble-Bee, Paganini’s Caprice
#24, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3 & more!
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