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Kids Week
www.kidsweek.co.uk
ENDS MONDAY 31st AUGUST 2015

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Theatreland Trail

  Be in with a chance of winning £250 in Theatre Tokens and an overnight stay and breakfast at the award-winning Park Plaza County Hall London.

For family fun this August, TKTS have teamed up with Kids Week to give you the chance to win this wonderful prize with the Theatreland Trail. It’s an adventure that will take you around theatreland which is open for all ages. From August, simply collect your clue sheet from the TKTS booth in Leicester Square and a Kids Week pencil and you’re set to go!

TKTS is open Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 19:00 and Sunday 11:00 to 16:30. The winner will be picked on 1st September 2015, so make sure you hand in your sheet by 31st August 2015.

Read the full details here:
 www.tkts.co.uk/theatreland-trail
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KINKY BOOTS
Adelphi Theatre

WRITTEN BY HARVEY FIERSTEIN AND CYNDI LAUPER
DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY JERRY MITCHELL
NOW PREVIEWING
PRESS NIGHT 15th SEPTEMBER 2015
ADVANCE BOX OFFICE NOW OPEN
Official UK Website: www.kinkybootsthemusical.co.uk

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).

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New Charity Single


A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Star, Lisa O’Hare releases charity single written by composers Daniel and Laura Curtis.

The new song, ‘All Your Dreams’, will be released in September with all profits going to the charity St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The charity aims to ensure every child suffering from cancer, irrespective of economic status, receives the best chance of surviving the disease and leading a full, healthy, and happy life.

The new song, ‘All Your Dreams’ is a lullaby and holds special significance for both Lisa, who is currently expecting the birth of her first child due in September, and the composers, Daniel and Laura Curtis, who recently welcomed their first child, William James Colin Curtis, into their lives on the 7th June 2015.

Lisa O'Hare began her career as an English stage actress and has played both Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins on the West End and UK stage. She more recently appeared in several prime-time American television shows on TNT, ABC, and NBC. In 2011, she played Sally Bowles in Cabaret for the Reprise Theatre Company at the Freud Playhouse. She won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance. Lisa originated the role of Sibella Hallward, in Broadway’s Tony Award Winning Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

When asked about working with Lisa, Daniel said, ‘It has been a real pleasure working with Lisa. She has one of those rare, enchanting voices that draw you in from the moment you hear her singing. I have seen Lisa perform the title roles in My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins and have wanted to work with her ever since. The song is very special to us and we cannot wait for everyone to hear it.’

Daniel and Laura Curtis, whose last album 'Love on 42nd Street' featuring artists such as: Lea Salonga, Sierra Boggess, Samantha Barks, and Ramin Karimloo, topped the iTunes Vocal Chart and the Amazon Broadway Chart. The album was followed up by the chart topping singles ‘When You Smile' featuring Laura Osnes and ‘Find the Best of Me’ featuring Cheyenne Jackson.

Daniel and Laura are moving their attention towards writing for the film and television industry and hope to have some exciting news to announce in the coming months. They recently released a 13 minute musical concept of the Disney/Pixar film Ratatouille which has just passed 100,000 views and can be seen on www.youtube.com.
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‘How well do you know your Shakespeare?’

William Shakespeare coined many words and phrases leading him to influence in part our conversations of today. Commissioned by London theatre ticket retailers, Leicester Square Box Office, the project sets out to encourage theatre audiences to test themselves and appreciate the extent of the Bard’s influence (400 or so years later)!

We questioned over 500 people with a ‘How well do you know your Shakespeare’ quiz (feel free to give it a go here!) and the results were really interesting, including:

- 28 people thinking “No Pain, No Gain” was a quote penned by the Bard; and also

- 74% of people knowing the phrase ‘Salad days’ of course has nothing to do with vegetables!

Most interesting was that the majority of wrong answers were due to people failing to recognise words and phrases that were coined by Shakespeare but are still used today.

We’ve played on this fact further and partnered with UK dialect experts, actors and actresses, including EastEnders’ Kierston Wareing, to create a light-hearted, interactive translator which allows users to select a Shakespearean phrase and interpret it in modern day Yorkshire, Cockney, West Country, Geordie or Brummie accents. Take a look here!

As part of our efforts we also interviewed Shakespeare author and actor Ben Crystal, on his thoughts about the subject. Ben explained that “… every modern spoken English accent is a descendant of Shakespeare’s London accent, so when people go and hear it they tend to say ‘oh, that sounds a bit like where we come from’. They’re hearing the echo or the glimmer of their own accent’s decedent or ancestor. That means that it’s relatable…”

Dilip, Managing Director of LSBO added that “… theatre has a huge influence on everyday life, whether it be day to day conversations, quotes, influencing modern day cinema and even many famous Hollywood actors started on the stage. Shakespeare in particular is an example of how even people who may not even seen or read a Shakespeare play, still use many phrases that were coined by him and we wanted to celebrate this. We hope that people get involved with our interactive pages and learn that they might be more Shakespeare than they think!” __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


IN THE HEIGHTS

Saturday 3rd October until Sunday 1st November 2015
KING’S CROSS THEATRE
Good’s Way, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4UR

This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical will return to London following a critically acclaimed sell-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse in 2014.

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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.

In The Heights opened at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2008 where it was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, winning four for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It also won the 2009 Grammy Award for its Original Broadway Cast Album and was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

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 has just extended its run until 3rd January 2015 and 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.

Twitter: @InTheHeightsLDN

www.intheheightslondon.com

Performances: Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday 8.00pm, Friday 3.00pm, Saturday 8.30pm, Sunday 6.00pm (except for Sunday 4th and Sun 11th October 2015 at 2.30pm)

Tickets: From £19.50 (with a guaranteed selection of £15 tickets per performance for Under 25s)

Box Office: 0844 871 7604 / www.intheheightslondon.com

(Photo credit: Robert Workman)
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DINOSAUR ZOO
MEET THE T-REX!

King’s Cross Theatre, London
Must End Sunday 30th August 2015

A tyrannosauric treat for all ages 3+

Back by popular demand, DINOSAUR ZOO returns to London this summer with its impressive cast of prehistoric creatures, now introducing one of the most ferocious predators to ever walk the earth, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, live on stage.

Offering great days out for the kids, the show's creators ‘Erth’ use ingenious puppetry to bring dinosaurs to life in an interactive and imaginative live show, suitable for all the family (ages 3+). Audiences are introduced to a range of creatures from cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants. New for this summer season, Erth presents two impressive – and authentically feathered - T-Rexes on stage. During the show, intrepid audience members brave enough to get up close and personal with the dinosaurs are invited on stage to assist the Zoo Keeper - but be warned - not all of these ravenous reptiles are as tame as they seem! Each performance concludes with a post-show ‘meat & greet’ session offering every audience member a chance to meet the dinosaurs in person.

Mondays at 11am and 2pm, Wednesday and Thursday at 11am, Friday at 11.45am
Saturday and Sunday at 10am and 11.45am
Running time: 50 minutes, plus a 15 minute post-show ‘meat & greet’ after every performance.

Box Office: 0844 871 3039
Online Booking: atgtickets.com/dinosaurzoo

Tickets: £18.50*, £14.50*
Danger Zone Seats £24.50* (includes a free poster)
*All tickets are subject to a £1 booking fee

www.dinosaurzoolive.com
Twitter: @dinozoolive
Facebook: /DinosaurZooLive

 
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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
Website: http://memphisthemusical.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/memphismusical
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/memphisthemusical
 


The Singers’ Cabaret Workshop
Tuesday 25th until Friday 28th August 2015 and Tuesday 1st until 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

http://singerscabaretworkshop.co.uk/course.htm 
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Peripheral Visions
A multidisciplinary arts festival organised by GRAD

This event brings together three documentary theatre productions on the themes of migration and social inequality in Bulgaria, Russia, and the UK.

A special project of the Sixth Moscow Biennale, the Peripheral Visions theatre programme interrogates the interdependent relationships between immigration, documentation, and the performance of national identity in contemporary culture. Curated by Molly Flynn, the series includes works by the London-based theatre collective Molodyi teatr, Moscow-based performer/director Talgat Batalov, and Theatre Replika, Bulgaria’s leading documentary theatre company.

The performances will take place within a solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed, Moscow-based artist Olga Chernysheva, curated by GRAD director Elena Sudakova. Events will be held on various dates during the exhibition which runs from 2 October until 21 November. This programme supports GRAD’s commitment to bringing new insights into Eastern European art, design and culture through sharing specialist knowledge in ways that capture the imagination and inspire new ideas.

The full documentary theatre programme is as follows:

Bloody East Europeans, Molodyi Teatr
9th October 2015
Performed in the style of a church-basement vaudeville, musical-satire Bloody East Europeans comes to GRAD from the London-based theatre collective Molodyi Teatr. The play features untrained actors from across the former Eastern Bloc telling true stories of Eastern European immigrants in the UK: from night clubs in Stratford to Border Agency bureaucracy.

Uzbek, Talgat Batalov
23rd October 2015
Talgat Batalov’s autobiographical production Uzbek recounts the performer’s own experience immigrating to Moscow from Tashkent at the age of nineteen. A ‘stand-up comedy solo show’, Uzbek is a sarcastic deconstruction of Batalov’s own national identity as a Muscovite-Uzbek of Tatar descent. In the show, Batalov presents his audience members with his actual immigration papers, raising questions around the status of documents and the performance of national identity in contemporary culture. Written in collaboration with Ekaterina Bondarenko, Uzbek is a co-production of Teatr.doc and the Joseph Beuys Theatre.

We Are the Rubbish from Eastern Europe, Theatre Replika
12th / 13th November 2015
Theatre Replika, Bulgaria’s leading documentary theatre company, presents We Are the Rubbish From Eastern Europe, in which actors share true stories from Bulgarians living on the streets in Sofia as well as those who chose to move abroad. Through the rubric of rubbish, both literal and figurative, Theatre Replika’s remarkable work interrogates the lasting legacy of Socialism in a contemporary Bulgarian context. Directed by Georg Genoux, We Are the Rubbish from Eastern Europe is supported by the Goethe Institute Bulgaria and Democracy.doc.

Tickets: contact GRAD:
020 7637 7274
www.grad-london.com 

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LOST WEST END
A NEW ALBUM CELEBRATES LONDON’S FORGOTTEN MUSICALS

Stage Door Records are pleased to announce the release of LOST WEST END, a unique collection of recordings from lost West End musicals, was released 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
www.stagedoorrecords.com
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