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With a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein,
music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and direction and choreography by
two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots won the 2013 Tony Award
for Best Musical, and the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
Inspired by a true story and based on the Miramax film written by Geoff Deane
and Tim Firth, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price who has reluctantly
inherited his father’s Northampton shoe factory. Trying to live up to his
father’s legacy and save the family business from bankruptcy, Charlie finds
inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy
stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the
man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely
pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and
discovers that when you change your mind, you can change the world.
Write Here, Write Now - A week of new writing
Chickenshed Studio Theatre, 290 Chase Side, London N14 4PE
Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th February 2016
Wednesday and Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 2pm and 7.30pm (signed performance)
Saturday at 5pm and 8pm
Suitable for ages 15+
Price: £7 (£5 for groups of 10 or more)
Write Here, Write Now builds on the success of Emerging Writers’ Week which
gained a reputation as a fascinating and exciting platform for new writing from
the Chickenshed’s Writers’ Group.
Write Here, Write Now will give us the opportunity to showcase an even more
varied and thought-provoking array of new work that reflects our writers’
diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests. In some cases the ink will be
barely dry on the page, while other pieces will be more fully
advanced along their creative journey! _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Friday 19th February 2016 at 7.30pm
IMAX Theatre, Science Museum
An out-of-this-world evening of space-themed comedy and music with Robin Ince,
Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Darren Hayman, and your compère Helen Keen.
One of Britian's most popular comics, Robin Ince is equally
well-known as a populariser of science. Among his credits are the stage shows
Lessons and Carols for Godless People, The Book Club and School for Gifted
Children. He co-presents the Sony Award-winning science-and-comedy show The
Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio 4 with Brian Cox.
Festival of the Spoken Nerd is the science comedy phenomenon that's taking the
UK by storm with a mix of astonishing science and statistically significant
comedy, plus experiments that leave audiences electrified – sometimes literally.
Formerly the singer-songwriter with fondly remembered indie-folk band Hefner,
Darren Hayman has long been fascinated by space exploration. Tonight he sings a
selection of songs about the unsung heroes of spaceflight, Russian space dogs.
He'll also perform tracks from his as-yet unreleased album about the astronauts
who walked on the moon.
Lifelong space enthusiast Helen Keen is a multi-award winning writer, comedy
performer and broadcaster. It Is Rocket Science, her pioneering
space-science-history-stand-up show for BBC Radio 4, has won numerous awards.
Ticket Prices: £29 (talk + Cosmonauts exhibition ticket at discounted price of £11)
£18 (talk only:
Pedro and the Captain
2nd to 6th March 2016 at 8:15pm
(plus Saturday Matinee at 4:45pm)
Through his new company Blackboard Theatre, and in partnership
with global NGO
REDRESS, Colombian born Miguel H Torres Umba is bringing the play
back to the London Stage for the first time in 30 years.
Within the intimate confines of an interrogation room, two human beings are
their very limits. This psychological battlefield offers up a timely universal
reflection on states of oppression and dehumanization wherever they are found –
zones, refugee camps, boardrooms or bedrooms.
All tickets: £12
Poleroid Theatre Presents, as part of the Vault Festival:
WRITE IT : MIC IT
An Open Write Night
Curated and hosted by Molly Roberts
Sunday 14th February 2016 at 8:15pm: Crescent
Leake Street, Waterloo, London SE1 7NN.
After three years of sold out nights in Hackney Attic, Manchester Castle Hotel,
Paines Plough Roundabout & Wilderness Festival, Poleroid will be bringing their
acclaimed night back to London with their best line up yet - an eclectic mix of
new material from some of the UK’s most exciting and celebrated emerging
playwrights, comedians and performance poets.
Initially booking for a limited 4 week run, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical
In The Heights has extended its run at King’s Cross Theatre for a third time,
now booking for an additional 6 months 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.
The cast currently features David Bedella (The Rocky Horror Show) as Kevin,
Josie Benson (Sweeney Todd) as Camila, Vas Constanti (Flashdance) as Piragua
Guy, Jade Ewen (Sugababes) as Vanessa, Lily Frazer (Cats) as Nina, Philippa
Stefani (Ghost the Musical) as Daniela, Sam Mackay (Wonder.land) as Usnavi,
Antoine Murray-Straughan (Cats) as Graffiti Pete, Sarah Naudi as Carla, Eve
Polycarpou (Mother Courage and Her Children) as Abuela, Joe Aaron Reid (Ghost,
Broadway) as Benny and Cleve September (professional debut) as Sonny. The cast
also includes Jocasta Almgill, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Michael Cortez, Gabriela
Garcia, Reiss Hinds, Alexandra Sarmiento and Spin.
In The Heights is directed by Luke Sheppard whose recent credits include Oliver!
(Watermill Theatre), Adrian Mole (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Next Fall
(Southwark Playhouse), Peter Pan (Beck Theatre), Mort (Rose Theatre), Bed And
Sofa (Finborough Theatre) and Jet Set Go! (Jermyn Street Theatre). Luke is also
Associate Director of Matilda in the West End and on Broadway.
Tickets start at £19.50, with a selection of best seats available for Under 25s
at a special rate of £15 at every performance.
King’s Cross Theatre is a brand new purpose built theatre at King’s Cross
Station. The venue is currently home to The Railway Children, which will continue to play in rep with In
The Heights. King’s Cross Theatre will also be opening a late night bar to
coincide with the run 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)
WEST END MUSICAL ADAPTATION OF OSCAR WILDE’S ‘THE IMPORTANCE OF
TO DEBUT ON CD
Stage Door Records are pleased to announce that the previously
unreleased studio cast recording of the 1984 West End musical ‘The Importance’
will be released on February 26th, 2016. The CD release continues Stage Door’s
commitment to preserve ‘lost’ British theatre scores of the past 50 years.
Sean O'Mahony's musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance Of Being
Earnest' was first staged at London's Ambassadors Theatre in May 1984. Produced
in association with Ray Cooney's The Theatre Of Comedy Company, 'The Importance'
starred David Firth, Patrick Ryecart and Judy Campbell and ran for a limited
season. To date, 'The Importance' holds the distinction of being the only
musical adaptation of 'The Importance Of Being Earnest' to run in the West End.
A revised production subsequently opened at Peterborough's Key Theatre in July
1986, now titled 'Borne In A Handbag' the new cast featured Nigel Williams as
Jack Worthing, Cal McCrystal as Algernon Moncrieff, Amanda Bairstow as Cecily
Cardew, Charmian Gradwell as Gwendolen Fairfax and Ann Hamilton as Lady
Following the Key Theatre production, O'Mahony's delightful score was recorded
as a studio cast album with members of the original Peterborough cast and other
West End vocalists. Produced over a period of 20 years the album features such
leading West End performers as Nigel Williams, Jill Martin and Susan Jane
Tanner. Stage Door is pleased to issue the debut release of ‘The Importance’
AVAILABLE NOW ON DIGITAL HD, DVD, BLU-RAY & LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY
“One of the best films of the year…Fassbender was born for this”
STUDIOCANAL are delighted to announce the Home Entertainment release of Justin
Kurzel’s critically acclaimed adaptation of MACBETH, recently nominated for a
fantastic six MBIFAs (Moet British Independent Film Awards) including Best
director, Best British Independent Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best
Supporting Actor and Outstanding Achievement in Craft (cinematography).
The story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and
desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a
reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare’s most
famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition,
set in war torn Scottish landscape. A thrilling, extraordinary piece of
filmmaking that will rank as one of the most definitive interpretations of the
war-strewn story of ambition, passion and one hero’s lust for glory.
DOUBLE BILL: REDOING GENDER 1.5 / THE WOMANHOUSE
Thursday 25th February 2016 at 7.30pm
Laban Theatre, King Charles Court, Royal Naval College, London SE10 9JF.
British born Constantinou, selected for Aerowaves Twenty16 as one of the most
exciting choreographers in Europe, returns to the UK for this showcase
ReDoing GENDER 1.5 is an award-winning solo performed by Constantinou that
challenges head-on patriarchal masculinities and normative gender roles. From
classical sculptures of male ideals, a gender-confused ape, a box-headed
individual, to a full blown crying baby with a man's body. ReDoing GENDER 1.5 is
filled with intense imagery displaying one man's search for identity under the
gaze of the patriarchy.
The WOMANhouse sees four powerfully athletic female performers transform
themselves into men. They stir up fights and frenzy, acting like typical blokes
- with beards and all. Questioning masculinity in female bodies, they tear up
stereotypical ideas about what it is to be a man - and about what female bodies
might do. Tender, aggressive, sexy, blurry - this show crosses all the lines.
The Royal Academy of Dance, in partnership with Macmillan Children’s Books and
"The Gruffalo" launch:
Dance Workshops for Children
For ages 2½ to 8 years old.
Sunday 6th March 2016
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is piloting children’s workshops based on the
bestselling book. Following the recent announcement that the West End production
of The Gruffalo Live will return to London this July, children can now discover
the magic of this family favourite in an interactive session of dance, music,
acting, make-up and storytelling. Parents accompanying younger learners will
have the opportunity to get involved in the dance workshop and help their
children bring the book to life.
The nitial workshop will take place on 6th March 2016 in London. Sessions will
be tailored specially for three age groups of children aged between 2½ and 8,
making it wholly suitable for the book’s suggested readership. Each workshop
will take the form of a day in the life of a dancer: warming up, creating
material, practice, make up and preparation, culminating in a performance for
the group and their parents.
The Royal Academy of Dance’s Artistic Director, Lynn Wallis OBE, said: ‘The
opportunity to be creative is fundamental to dance, so we are delighted to be
working with The Gruffalo team to present workshops around these iconic
characters, which I am sure will inspire and delight children and parents in
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