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Kids Week


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The UK premiere of Kinky Boots, the feel-good multi award-winning musical, will open in the West End on 15 September at the Adelphi Theatre, with previews from 21 August 2015. 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.

Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry will portray the central characters Charlie and Lola at the heart of the story, and joining them are Amy Lennox (Lauren) - trio pictured above, photo by Matt Crockett, Jamie Baughan (Don), Amy Ross (Nicola) and Michael Hobbs (George).

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.
(photo shows Original Broadway Cast).




Tales Big Day Out
Chickenshed Theatre, Southgate, Chase Side, Southgate, N14 4PE.
Saturday 25th July 2015
10am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 5pm
Price: £8, free to babies under 1 year
Suitable for ages 0 – 6 years.

Tales Big Day Out is an enjoyable and entertaining outing for all the family, whether you’re familiar with the Tales world or you’re coming along for the first time.

Children will have the opportunity to take part in a great interactive workshop and watch a fun performance of Tales from the Shed, then everyone will come together for a huge Tales extravaganza outside in the amphitheatre. There will also be other free activities to discover and enjoy. Activities and performances will be inside if there is bad weather.

Matt’s Epic Cycle for Blue Elephant Theatre!

The Blue Elephant, Camberwell’s only theatre, received bad news in June 2015 when its core funding from Southwark Council was cut by 20%. The theatre now faces a tough period but trustee Matthew Craig is determined to recoup the lost funding by undertaking the Raid Dolomites Cycling Challenge, an epic journey from Geneva to Trieste, covering 1180km and three countries over nine days at the end of June.

With only two full-time staff members, the Blue Elephant is already run on a shoestring budget. The small theatre, however, punches above its weight, and is both a vibrant fringe venue which supports emerging artists to bring new, exciting work to audiences and also a community hub with many participation opportunities for local people. It delivers weekly workshops in primary schools, runs two youth theatres, tours forum theatre to secondary schools, works with mental health service users and creates training plays and much more.

Matt has organised three sponsored runs for the theatre since becoming Treasurer there in 2010 but he hopes that this will be his most successful fundraising venture to date. He says:

“The Blue Elephant is a very special place and this cut is very worrying as this funding normally pays our rent and a staff member to run the theatre. Anyone sponsoring me will be providing a great help to Blue Elephant but also spurring me on – there are some very long climbs involved. I have done similar rides in the Alps and Pyrenees before, but this is much longer. I am paying all costs of the cycle so all funds raised go 100% to Blue Elephant.”

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Sovereign Arts present:

Inspired by 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and the plays of Anton Chekhov.
7th to 11th July 2015

The story unfolds on Alice's birthday: escaping the fuss of her party, she starts to read a book of Chekhov's plays and falls asleep (as we all do upon first reading) - what she dreams of is a world with the structure and characters of Wonderland with Chekhovian themes, quotes and heroes woven into the dream fabric...

This is an outdoor show for anyone aged 6-196. Thirty minutes before the start tea and cake will be served (it is a birthday party after all!)

The show is free, but we are raising money for a fantastic education charity called Shine, which helps disadvantaged young people. Our goal is to raise 2000£.

Performances take place at the Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB on 6th, 7th, 9th and 12th July 2015 at 2pm and 11th July 2015 at 1pm.
Also in Bingham Room, The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, 8 South Square, London, WC1R 5ET on 8th July 2015 at 12.30pm and 3.30pm

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This brand new immersive comedy by the producers of 'Faulty Towers The Dining Experience' makes its London debut at Covent Garden’s Kingsway Hall Hotel on 23rd and 30th July 2015.

They may share the names of the world’s most famous couple, but this Will & Kate are far from royal!
Their dream was for a small intimate wedding, but with everyone else planning exactly the opposite, the couple eloped. Now it’s the date of their original wedding day and they’re back for the big reception – the one that neither of them wanted in the first place. What could possibly go wrong??!! Join the party. It’s a roller-coaster journey full of fun, frolics and more than a few surprises.

Fully immersive and highly improvised, the show features four award-winning actors playing multiple roles, performing around and with the audience as they join The Wedding Reception. There’s a 3-course meal, too – and cake!

Rated PG (occasional strong language and sexual innuendo)

Kingsway Hall Hotel, 66 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5BX
Times: Doors open 7pm. Show starts 7:30pm (two hours).
Tickets: £39 – all tickets include a three-course meal (cake for dessert; special diets catered).
Bookings & show info: / 0845 154 4145 / info (put the @ symbol here)

Film of the party!

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Presented as part of Royal Greenwich Festivals

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
GDIF 2015
Until Sunday 5th July 2015

Feel The Colour!

This year, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), London’s largest and most ambitious festival of outdoor arts, taps into the ever increasing public appetite for immersive theatre experiences. Between 26th June and 5th July the Festival will see a 360 degree eruption of colour, performance and music with a 10 day programme of large scale spectaculars, processional theatre, dance in public spaces as well as intimate one on one shows.

GDIF celebrates the vibrancy, freedom and imagination of outdoor performance from around the world with the very latest outdoor productions from across the UK and overseas. Nine productions receive their UK premiere, with sixteen London premieres, four commissions, and the world premiere of an original GDIF large scale production. Events take place across the streets, parks and public open spaces of Royal Greenwich and East London, vividly reinventing the everyday and sweeping audiences up in the delight of outdoor arts.

This year, the Festival’s opening night spectacle, Kori Kori is processional, bringing a large scale chorus of vibrantly costumed actors to Greenwich Town Centre as the prelude to the two dayGreenwich Fair, a packed weekend programme of circus and street arts. At the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, The Four Fridas will be an epic evocation of the life and work of one of the world’s greatest artists, Frida Kahlo, whilst the atmospheric Oxleas Woods on Shooters Hill, will provide the setting for an adventurous experience for 5-11 year olds with The Secret Princess of Severndroog Castle.

North of the Thames in Tower Hamlets, 451 will be an incendiary and immersive exploration of the power of books, whilst at Canary Wharf, Dancing City will offer a packed week of captivating alfresco dance experiences. At the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park GDIF goes global with Tangle, a giant participatory artwork from Australia; The Colour of Time, a rainbow eruption of gulal powder and dance from France and India; and a journey through the ancient arts and traditions of the Mughal era with Navrattan.

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Shaftesbury Theatre

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and Felicia, a club singer who is ready for her big break.

Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight (until 17th October 2015) or the amazing Rachel John (Monday Evenings and Wednesday Afternoons) star as Felicia.

Box Office: 0207 379 5399

The Singers’ Cabaret Workshop
Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th August 2015 and Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th September 2015
The Poor School; 242 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross London N1 9JY
10am to 5pm

The only course of its kind in the UK, The Singers' Cabaret Workshop is a unique opportunity to be mentored by top UK cabaret practitioners to craft your own totally individual cabaret set and persona. It is ideal for anyone with previous singing experience looking to gain new skills and hone their craft.

The course culminates in a showcase performance for invited industry professionals, offering the rare opportunity for participants to demonstrate their newly-developed skills in front of leading professionals in the cabaret field.

Cost: £650 

Meisner Technique International Summer Intensive
'The London Acting Experience'
2nd to 16th August 2015
Diorama Arts Studios in Central London

WaterAid charity benefits from one-of-a-kind actor training intensive featuring guest workshops
with Frantic Assembly and actors Nickolas Grace and Ross Mullan

In addition to the in-depth classes taught by Royce Sparks, a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama's MA in Actor Training and Coaching, the course also offers specialised workshops with a number of important figures in the London arts community:
Frantic Assembly, whose work includes the West End hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, teaches a workshop on devising and physical theatre.

'The London Acting Experience' is open to applications both locally and internationally.
Cost: £625 (£495 if booked by 15th May 2015)

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The Yard Theatre and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park present…
Walkie Talkies

A festival of curious adventures

Thursday 16th July until Saturday 1st August 2015

This summer The Yard Theatre will bring the future of theatre to the streets, the parks, the waterways and rooftops of East London. Housed in their unique warehouse setting since 2011, and having developed a reputation for developing groundbreaking theatre, they are now exploding outside into new undiscovered spaces.

Between 16th July and 1st August 2015, in collaboration with Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a festival of outdoor adventures from some of the UK’s most exciting theatre artists will be heading to the Park and the neighboring streets in Hackney Wick, to present intimate performances for individuals and small audiences. This unique approach is an opportunity for friends, families and individuals to make, travel through, and experience new worlds.

You will have the opportunity to meet your MP aboard a roving roundtable bicycle, to relax with a symphony created entirely for you, or head out on a buzzy mission to save the Queen Bee’s hive. You can have a psychic reading or become part of the Team of the Decade. There will be performances on rooftops, in underpasses and one very special encounter, on a tiny boat, in the dead of night, floating alone in the middle of the London Aquatics Centre.

There’s something for you, the kids, the grandparents, one and all! Walkie Talkies is inclusive theatre at its best - for all ages and designed to inspire, inform and delight.



Joe Stilgoe
‘New Songs For Old Souls’

Joe Stilgoe, is the renaissance man of modern jazz. He is a pianist, a jazz musician and a singer/songwriter. Joe has a new album for 2015, 'New Songs For Old Souls' - out on Linn Records.

The album consists of 12 songs with ten originals by Joe, including three thrilling big band numbers: ‘Nobody Cares Like Me’, ‘Pocket Song’ and a new version of ‘Gold On Silver’, previously heard on his last album 'Songs On Film Live'. Joe also duets with Liane Carroll on a wistful cover of Brian Wilson’s ‘I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times’, one of the album’s two non-original songs.

The album release coincides with his first major West End stage role, in Kevin Spacey’s ‘High Society’ at the Old Vic Theatre - running until August 22nd 2015. Directed by Olivier Award-winning Maria Friedman, Joe will be performing in a role that has been specially created for him.

"It's a dream job in many ways, I suppose, and I'll be playing to my perfect audience: people who like a bit of nostalgia, a little swing, and a lot of authenticity."



Stage Door Records are pleased to announce the release of LOST WEST END, a unique collection of recordings from lost West End musicals, due for CD release on July 24th, 2015.

LOST WEST END celebrates London’s forgotten musicals and brings together over 20 unique ‘lost’ West End productions on one album. The collection reflects 30 years of musicals that have come and gone from the West End, showcasing these unique theatrical works. Ranging from
1976 to 2009, 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 range from epic through-sung adaptations of the classic novels ‘Gone With The Wind’, ‘The Far Pavilions’ and ‘Tess Of The D’Urbervilles’ to musical autobiographies of iconic historical figures Leonardo Da Vinci, Toulouse Lautrec and Bernadette Soubirous.

The ‘Lost West End’ musicals included are: ‘Liza Of Lambeth’ (1976), ‘Troubadour’ (1978), ‘I’ (1983), ‘Y’ (1983), ‘Mutiny!’ (1985), ‘Bernadette – The People’s Musical’ (1990), ‘Valentine’s Day’ (1992), ‘Which Witch’ (1992), ‘Robin Prince Of Sherwood’ (1993), ‘Leonardo – A Portrait Of Love’ (1993), ‘Out Of The Blue’ (1994), ‘Prisoner Cell Block H’ (1995), ‘Maddie’ (1997), ‘Tess Of The D’Urbervilles’ (1999), ‘Lautrec’ (2000) ‘La Cava’ (2000), ‘Beautiful And Damned’ (2004), ‘The Far Pavilions’ (2005), ‘Behind The Iron Mask’ (2005), ‘Gone With The Wind’ (2008), ‘Too Close To The Sun’ (2009).

The album features a glittering ensemble of West End vocalists including; Graham Bickley, Meredith Braun, Simon Burke, David Essex, Susannah Fellows, Alexander Hanson, Angela Richards and Andrew C. Wadsworth.

Although the shows didn’t last, their music lives on and this collection affirms that the musicals featured are well worth rediscovering.


On the new Fast and Furioso BBC Radio4 Show, Rainer Hersch talks to The Great Kat guitar virtuoso to find out why we are so fascinated by music at dizzying tempos:


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