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Wednesday 10th to Sunday 15th August 2016
Theatre Utopia, Matthews Yard, Croydon, CR0 1FF
A one woman show that follows our girl (Sophie) from childhood to young
adulthood. After losing her father at a young age, our girl uses her imagination
to escape from the all too real abuse at the hands of her step-father. Seeking
comfort in the freedom of the mysterious open sea and the creatures that dwell
within, our girl finds relief in creating her own stories. When she develops a
friendship from across the pond, Polly begins to fill our girls’ reality with a
hope and strength she never thought possible. But when Polly endures a life
changing attack, our girl questions whether hope is enough, or if a change has
to come once and for all.
Performance Times and Dates:
Wednesday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Sunday at 2pm
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)
Brer Rabbit’s Track and Field
Chickenshed, 290 Chase Side, Southgate, N14 4PE
Wednesday 27th July to Friday 5th August 2016
The Chickenshed Tales from the Shed team weave their famous summer magic to
create an amazing new adventure for 2016, full of fun, mischief and joy!
Naughty Brer Rabbit leaves his usual patch behind and travels the world, hoping
to make his way to the sporting event of the summer taking place in Rio de
Janeiro. Along the way he meets a host of colourful characters, and takes part
in competitions and races as he gets into training – will he be ready for Rio,
and if he gets there will he be able to prove himself a truly world-class
athlete? (Or will he have to cheat, as usual?)
Packed with songs, dancing and puppets and guaranteed to live long in children’s
memories, this will be 24-carrot fun!
Ages: 0-6 years
Performance Times and Dates:
10am and 11.30am on Wed 27 Jul, Sat 30 Jul and Wed 3 Aug
11.30am and 1pm on Thu 28 Jul, Fri 29 Jul, Thu 4 Aug and Fri 5 Aug.
************************************************* Extra to Performance:
Brer Rabbit’s Planet Play for very young children aged 0-3 years on Thu 28 Jul,
Fri 29 Jul, Thu 4 Aug and Fri 5 August at 10am.
£5 (free to babies under 6mths)
Especially recommended for very young children, join the Tales team for a fun
and interactive sensory session based on the themes and characters from Brer
Rabbit’s Track and Field.
Brer Rabbit Workshops with the Tales Team
Mon 25 Jul – Wed 27 Jul from 1pm – 4pm. For ages 5-11yrs
An opportunity to work with the Tales team as they prepare for the summer show
Brer Rabbit’s Track and Field. These half day workshops offer an exciting
backstage experience, using music, drama, puppetry, and movement, encouraging
children to create their own stories from the world of Brer Rabbit.
Box Office for both "Extra" events:
Telephone: 020 8292 9222
Monday 18th July to Sunday 31 July 2016
The Theatre Room, 6 Fredericks Place, London EC2R 8AB
Claire Evans presents:
BE MY STRENGTH
A new play by Laura Stevens
Directed by Charlotte Peters
Performed by Larner Wallace-Taylor
Sound Design by Tom Sayers
"I don't go out in public in my
uniform. People whisper and stare and point. You're the freak. The one
who wanted to be a soldier."
Kat wanted to belong, so she joined the Army. After all, it’s the
ultimate test of who you are and what you stand for ... Only in Afghanistan,
it’s not always that simple. By My Strength is a gripping new work by Bruntwood
finalist Laura Stevens, exploring the inner-most thoughts of a ‘normal girl”
figuring out her identity as a woman, soldier, girlfriend and gun-lover before,
during and after her time as a soldier in Afghanistan. Kat could be anyone you
might know, someone you were at school with or someone you live next door to.
She's like you, it's just that she took a different path in life ...
Directed by Charlotte Peters and accompanied by a soundscape and original
composition by BAFTA award-winning Tom Sayers. By My Strength promises to offer
a different perspective on what it means to be a woman fighting for your country
in today’s world.
Writer Laura Stevens has been writing short and full length plays for the London
fringe since her debut full length play, Thin Toes, at the Pleasance Theatre,
Islington in 2008. Her second play, And the Little One Said… was shortlisted for
the Bruntwood Playwriting Competition before production at the Cock Tavern
The So and So Arts Club, based at 6 Fredericks Place in the City, is presenting
a month long multi-discipline festival documenting, exploring and giving voice
to the experiences of women from across the centuries and the world before
during and after war. This Festival of work is under the umbrella Women and War
this July - 16 shows over four weeks.
Dates and Times
Monday 25 July 1pm; Tuesday 26 July 9pm;
July 7pm; Friday
1pm and 7pm; Sunday
Runs 1 hour 20 minutes approximately, with no interval.
Tuesday 5th July to Sunday 31 July 2016
The Theatre Room, 6 Fredericks Place, London EC2R 8AB
Imagination Workshop and Kate Cook present:
written and performed by Kate Cook
Having won 5* reviews at Edinburgh Fringe last year, Invisible Woman now
comes to London's Women and War Festival – the only comedy in the
festival programme. It’s performed by an accomplished actor who’s also a
big hit on the comedy circuit, a regular Funny Women columnist, and
creator of comedy duo sensation Doodle and Bug.
What’s it all about?
It’s a thrilling tale of derring-do in WW2! Repressed housewife, Mrs
Bishop, is just the person to help the Resistance – but who is this
mysterious lady and will we actually meet her? In Invisible Woman, Kate
Cook plays multiple larger-than-life characters with ‘audacious
originality’ (The Stage)... from 15 year old Cecily, the swing dancing
dreamer, to sadistic Gestapo General Herr von Schnerkel, and many a
craft dodger in between. A hugely talented actor and comedian, Kate
switches gender, accents and ages with gusto, and performs the lot with
just a chair, a lightbulb and a pipe.
Invisible Woman is a storytelling tour de force – a funny, touching
portrayal of one woman’s journey into freedom and adventure. And while
comedy may not be what you’d expect to find among a collection of
thought-provoking war-time performances, Kate Cook’s Invisible Woman
stands proudly as the only comedy piece in the entire festival. The
Women and War Festival itself is a multi-discipline exploration of
women’s experiences pre, during and post war, throughout history. It
exists to give voice to so many women whose lives have been impacted by
conflict yet are not recognised in many societies.
NEW ALBUM CELEBRATES LONDON'S FORGOTTEN MUSICALS
'LOST WEST END 2'
TO BE RELEASED ON JULY 29th 2016
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 2nd August – Sunday 21st August 2016,
Press Night: Friday 5th August 7.30pm
Do you have a Secret Crush?
(Sleeping with Straight Men) Warning: the play is 16+ and contains nudity.
Starring Dave Lynn as Sally.
A moistly hilarious comedy based on a true story.
Who hasn’t had a secret crush at some point in their lives?
Stanley certainly has. A young man living with his mom in a mobile home
on a trailer park, he dreams of escaping to a big city, becoming famous
and falling in love. His dreams are a far cry from living in Pontiac,
Michigan, and running a follow-spot in a local cabaret nightclub.
When an advert comes on television for guests to be flown 1st class to
New York City to reveal their secret crush he jumps at the chance, jumps
in the limo, jumps on a plane and jumps himself centre frame into the
bright lights of the TV interview couch.
But is this what he really wants? Can TV chat shows go too far? Is it a
good idea to reveal your secrets on national TV? In this hilarious
comedy based on true events come see what happens when Stanley does just
This play is presented on the 21st anniversary of an event that should
never be forgotten!
Dates, times and prices: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Extra Sunday performance on 21st August at 3pm
All tickets: £16 (£14 concessions)
Bookings and Information:
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.
(Photo credit: top: Robert Workman, below: Sam Mackay as Usnavi
and cast, by Johan Persson)
12th July until Saturday 6th August 2016
Matthew Schmolle in association with Neil
McPherson for the Finborough
Theatre and Yellow Earth Theatre present the world premiere of a first
by Amy Ng
directed by Charlotte Westenra.
“You like your minorities like your pandas –
picturesque, cuddly, endangered, helpless. But I refuse to be a panda. I
refuse to go extinct. I want to live, to live well, to live like them,
and if I have to –
— Break a few taboos?
— What are taboos but lines drawn in the sand?”
Part of the Finborough Theatre’s summer season of new writing.
What happens when the only thing you have to sell is your culture? When
the only way to free yourself is to betray your
In a brave and personal piece of new writing Amy Ng lays bare the
tensions, contradictions and private pain inherent in
cultural tourism -- on the frontline of globalisation.
Shangri-La is not a myth. Shangri-La is a place. The Himalayan foothills
of Yunnan Province was officially renamed
‘Shangri-La’ in a successful bid for the tourist dollar. Bunny, a young
woman of the indigenous Naxi tribe, has witnessed
her family’s livelihood destroyed by mass tourism and the influx of
capital. She dreams of escape — as a globe-trotting
photographer. Nelson, her liberal Chinese boss, reams of a new kind of
tourism - sustainable, respectful, enabling genuine
cultural exchange. Their white clients yearn for escape, for the touch
of something authentic. These desires collide
head on in Shangri-La.
Shangri-La is Amy Ng’s first full length play.
Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday
Matinees at 3.00pm.
Performance Length: Approximately 70 minutes with no interval.
Tickets: First two weeks. £16 (£14 concessions), except: Tuesday
Evenings £14 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings
£16 all seats.
£10 tickets for Under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of
the first week when booked online only.
For residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea: Tickets £18, £16 concessions, except Tuesday Evenings £16 all
seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings
£18 all seats.
The Great Kat Shreds Liszt’s “Hungarian
Rhapsody number 2” (made famous by Bugs Bunny) on both guitar and violin, with a
menagerie of characters, including The Great Kat's All-Male Hunk Band, "Vlad the
Impaler" & "Franz Liszt". All filmed in 4K Video on July 2016.