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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)
By Imogen Butler-Cole
Monday 27th June and Wednesday 29th June 2016
RADA Festival, London
Gielgud Theatre, RADA, Malet Street, London, WC1E 6ED
At least 1 in 3 of our women have survived sexual violence.
We are all affected.
We are all responsible.
Foreign Body is the beautifully crafted debut solo show by Imogen Butler-Cole
about hope, healing and forgiveness after sexual assault. Told from a unique and
challenging perspective, using a charged combination of verbatim and physical
theatre, Foreign Body is a brave, liberating and life affirming story.
Foreign Body is a collaboration between internationally renowned
Creator/Performer Imogen Butler-Cole (RADA, Shakespeares Globe, BBC) and
Movement Director Niamh McKernan (The SchauspielHaus Hannover, The Brillig
Ensemble, Barbican Collaborate). The production is designed by Linbury Prize
winner Ana Inés Jabares-Pita (National Theatre of Scotland, LeLa & Co – Royal
Court, The Echo Chamber – Young Vic) with an original score by Tara Franks and
Filipe Sousa of Quest Ensemble (Vortex, Union Chapel, Wilton’s, Southbank).
Foreign Body aims to destigmatise dialogue around sexual violence and will offer
opportunities for audience members to explore the play’s themes through post
show Q&As alongside representatives of The Forgiveness Project and Clear Lines
Performance Times: Monday 27th June at 4pm (Q&A session after the performance - runs 25 minutes
Wednesday 29th June 2016 at 7pm
Runs 1 hour approximately.
24th and 25th June 2016
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 happen.
We guarantee that every show will be fun, really silly and that there will be
plenty of colourful puppets and live songs.
Suitable for ages 0 to 6 years old.
Tour Dates: Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS Friday 24th June at 11.30am
Saturday 25th June at 10am and 11.30am
Price: £6 | Free to babies under 6mths
Tel: 0208 807 6680
E-mail: boxoffice (put the @ symbol here)enfield.gov.uk
JERRY AND JEFF WAYNE’S MUSICAL
TO DEBUT ON CD
Stage Door Records are pleased to announce the Original London
Cast Recording of ‘Two Cities’, will be released on June 24th, 2016. The CD
release continues Stage Door’s commitment to preserve ‘lost’ British theatre
scores of the past 50 years.
Charles Dickens’ classic novel ‘A Tale Of Two Cities’ was developed as a musical
in the mid sixties by theatre producer Jerry Wayne who commissioned his son Jeff
to compose the score for the project. With a book by Constance Cox, music by
Jeff Wayne and lyrics by Jerry Wayne; ‘Two Cities’ opened at London’s Palace
Theatre on February 27th 1969. The musical starred Edward Woodward (as Sydney
Carton), Kevin Colson (as Charles Darnay), Elizabeth Power (as Lucie Manette),
Nicolette Roeg (as Madame Defarge) and Leone Greene (as Monsieur Defarge).
Although reviews were mixed, ‘Two Cities’ was nominated for ‘Best Musical’ at
the 1969 Variety Club and Evening Standard Theatre Awards with Edward Woodward
winning both awards for ‘Best Male Performance in a Musical’.
Reflecting on ‘Two Cities’ composer Jeff Wayne commented:
ʻTwo Citiesʼ opened at the Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus in February 1969,
but very little has survived about it. What has survived reveals it being
received by the critics in the way we feel about Marmite!
Or perhaps as Mr. Dickensʼ opening line exclaims – ʻIt was the best of times, it
was the worst of times...ʼ
I have distinct memories of standing ovations on opening night (ʻthe best of
times...ʼ) followed by the Marmite reviews and largely empty houses for the
first few weeks (ʻthe worst of times...ʼ).
But then 'word-of-mouth' spread that in fact 'Two Cities' was pretty good,
including an award-winning performance by its leading man, Edward Woodward.
While the remaining run played to virtually sold-out audiences, 'Notice' from
the theatre owners had already condemned 'Two Cities' to the guillotine.
NOTE: 'Back in the day', cast albums were recorded on the first Sunday after
opening night with the cast and musicians from the show. A few run-throughs and
takes onto stereo tape were allocated, and that was your lot!
The CD features previously unreleased original 1966 demo recordings for the
show, including several songs that would be later cut from the production.
For more information visit:
Central London Locations (zone
Booking until 02nd July 2016
From two of shunt’s founders comes a
clandestine audio experience that leads you through hidden London.
In an absurd narrative that raises questions about our comfort and
discomfort with surveillance and the privatisation of public space,
audiences will be led through the streets of London in secret
performances hidden from the public around them. An audio app allows the
audience to tap into instructions and conversations directing their
movements and their viewing, asking them to see and consider things they
might otherwise ignore in a unique peek beneath the surface of the city.
But who are the performers, who are the audience, and who is an ordinary
member of the public?
Tickets are booked through the app, and the app will inform ticket
holders of the location on the day of the performance: there are several
different locations which are always in Central London and less than 2
minutes from a tube station. The production questions our individual
liberty as a citizen in a progressively paranoid society and what we are
prepared to sacrifice for our safety. It is also about cowboys and films
and a celebration of London’s iconic landmarks.
Wiretapper has been developed by director David Rosenberg, composers Ben
and Max Ringham and shunt founder Andrew Rutland. They are known for
their inventive audio performances such as Fiction and Ring, both which
used binaural sound in pitch darkness, and multiple shunt shows. Last
year they premiered Monument, an early version of Wiretapper using the
7pm and 8.30pm (times vary, please see app for exact dates and times).
All you need is a smart phone, headphones and a coat.
The Wars of the Roses
Adapted from the Henry VI plays and Richard III by
The original RSC plays will be available for the first time since
broadcast on BBC1 in 1965, from 28th June 2016.
One of the greatest achievements of the RSC and British television in
the 1960s and now digitally restored specially for DVD.
The Wars of the Roses is the BBC's compelling version of the RSC's
landmark production of Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy and Richard III.
Adapted and directed for stage by Peter Hall and John Barton, it was
acknowledged at its premiere in Stratford in 1963 as one of the defining
Shakespeare productions of the post-war period.
Featuring a stellar cast including Ian Holm, David Warner, Janet Suzman,
Donald Sindon and Peggy Ashcroft, Hall and Barton conjured up a vivid
medieval world to reveal how the manoeuvrings and mendacities of the
fifteenth century are echoed by politicians in our own time.
in 1965, the BBC broadcast all three plays from the trilogy and The Wars
of the Roses is presented in this 3-disc set in its original form but
now digitally restored specially for DVD.
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 18 July 1pm;
July 9pm; Thursday 21 July 9pm; Friday 22 July 1pm and 9pm; Sunday 24
July 3pm and 9pm; 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.
GLEE'S JENNA USHKOWITZ ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE TO LAUNCH 2016 YOUR
The Glee star announced today she will be working
with composers, Daniel and Laura Curtis to release the official single
for the 2016 Your Voice Competition. The song, Standing On My Own is
available for pre-order, ahead of the release on June 28th.
Speaking about the Your Voice Competition, Daniel Curtis said; “The
competition is an international search for the Musical Theatre talent of
tomorrow. It is open to any nationality, age and group size and all the
proceeds from the entry fees will be donated to the Kindred: The
Foundation for Adoption, which was co-founded by Jenna. It has been such
a pleasure to work with Jenna on this project, it was wonderful to work
with somebody with such a fantastic voice and such a big heart.”
Laura Curtis explains more; “Entry packs are available at
www.yourvoicecompetition.com. In the pack there are a number of our
songs to choose from in different keys with sheet music and backing
tracks. Simply choose which one you'd like to cover then follow the
instructions on the website to send us your entry”.
The entries will be judged by a panel of Broadway and West End
performers. The winner will receive theatre tickets, an overnight stay
in New York, and a recording session.
The previous Your Voice Competition was fronted by Ramin Karimloo and
raised funds for BBC Children in Need. The winner, Kasia Howley went on
to perform at West End Live in Trafalgar Square and featured on Daniel
and Laura Curtis' last album, Love on 42nd Street.
The Your Voice Competition is sponsored by Première Classe Productions.
Standing On My Own is available for pre-order now on iTunes and will be
available from June 28th 2016 on Amazon Mp3 and iTunes.
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)
Shadow Road Productions present a brand new open-air, promenade production of:
Thursday 9th June until Friday 1st July 2016
WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, London SW13
Written specially for the Wetland Centre by Shadow Road's Artistic Director,
Emma King-Farlow, this exciting evening out will take the audience on a
thrilling adventure set against a beautiful outdoor backdrop. From a wedding to
a jailbreak, from a woodland fireside to spectacular sword fights, robbery and
murder - Robin Hood at the London Wetland Centre has got it all!
The first event of its kind ever staged at the Wetlands, the show will also
raise funds for the Centre and its invaluable work as a major nature reserve and
Throughout June, on each Thursday and Friday evening from June 9th until July
1st, a cast of nineteen actors, playing around forty characters (many of whom
are cross-cast), will recreate medieval Loxley in the heart of South West London
and invite the public to join them there!
Performance Times and Dates: 16th,
17th, 23rd, 24th and 30th June 2016 and 1st July 2016.
There are two performances every night, at 6.30pm and 8.15pm, each lasting
around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
We recommend comfortable shoes and, the British weather being what it is,
umbrellas or raincoats - just in case! Tickets: £20. Admission to the Centre from 6pm onwards. Box Office: Tickets are available from the Wetland Centre website:
WHEN & WHERE:
3 July - Leytonstone Festival
Local, community led music and arts festival staged since 1990, hosted in a
range of venues in and around Leytonstone.
VENUE: St John's Church, Leytonstone High Road, Church Lane Leytonstone, E11 1H.
STAGE TIME: 3pm
16 July - Walthamstow Garden Party
Free weekend arts festival produced by The Barbican in partnership with Create
and LB Waltham Forest; featuring an eclectic mix of international and local
music, dance, circus, theatre and comedy.
VENUE: News from Nowhere Stage, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 5JW
STAGE TIME: 2.30pm
23 July - The Streets
A free one day jam-packed programme for all the family on Leyton High Road.
Produced by Serious-in-partnership with LB Waltham Forest and featuring some of
London's finest vocal groups with home grown talent.
VENUE: Coronation Gardens, 2 Oliver Road, Leyton, London, E10 5 NQ
STAGE TIME: 1.30pm
Walthamstow Acoustic Massive (WAM) was created by Alison Jones and Dick Smith,
two local, world class musicians, who wanted to provide a way for adults living
in Walthamstow and surrounding areas to re-discover their love for music by
teaching violin, banjo and ukulele. Funded by Arts Council England for 4
consecutive years, allowing singers and select professionals to join the troops,
WAM has become a diverse orchestra with over 60 members from 8 - 80 years old,
brandishing the motto, “It's never too late!” Known for their unique combination
of instruments, distinctive arrangements, style and partnerships, WAM inspires
players to rekindle their passion for music, boosting confidence and
self-esteem. To celebrate their 5th anniversary, WAM will perform an eclectic
programme of music and song at festivals across Waltham Forest this summer,
ncluding a dance performance from Tai Chi group Dao Lu and urban dance group
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. Previews: £12 all seats.
£10 tickets for Under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of
the first week when booked online only.
£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
on Saturday, 16 July 2016 when booked online
Then: Tickets £18, £16 concessions, except Tuesday Evenings £16 all
seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings
£18 all seats.
Never Released Timothy Leary/Kat Thomas Song: “Right Brain Lover”:
THE 20th ANNIVERSARY of TIMOTHY LEARY’S DEATH on MAY 31, 1996.
Timothy Leary, Controversial Harvard Professor, met Kat Thomas (The Great Kat),
Controversial Juilliard Graduate Violin Virtuoso, in New York City in 1984, the
result was the creation of a never before released song: "RIGHT BRAIN LOVER”.
Leary wrote the wild psychedelic lyrics and Kat composed the music. Leary and
Kat recorded “Right Brain Lover” song, starring Kat's electric violin virtuosity
and rock singing and Timothy Leary RAPPING the lyrics with his inimitable