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MONKEY FRONT PAGE LONDON THEATRE MESSAGE BOARD
Official London Theatre Autumn Trailer
plus: a comparison of London and Broadway,
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.
Tickets are now on sale for performances until Saturday 28th May 2016.
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).
SHAOLIN THE EXPLOSIVE NEW SHOW FROM THE SHAOLIN MONKS
ON DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FROM 30TH NOVEMBER 2015
"Hair-raising brilliance" - Daily Telegraph
"Jaw-Dropping" - Evening Standard
"The most spectacular piece of theatre" – The Times
The ultimate Shaolin Kung Fu masters return to the UK for the first time in
seven years. In this astounding display of theatre and physical prowess, the
cast perform spectacular acts sure to impress the whole family. Combining
traditional Shaolin Kung Fu, inch-perfect choreography and dramatic lighting and
sound, the show evokes the spirit of their traditions in one stunning
performance. Watch as the Shaolin Monks are lifted on to sharpened spears, break
marble slabs with their heads, perform handstands on two finger tips, splinter
wooden staves with their bodies, break bricks on their heads and fly through the
air in a series of incredible back flips!
Taking audiences on a journey through the mystical history of this ancient
martial art and demonstrating beautiful Tai Chi and Qi Gong with mesmerising
Kung Fu movement, SHAOLIN is an authentic and awe-inspiring show depicting the
history, philosophy and story of the Shaolin Monks.
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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!
JOHN RUTTER'S REQUIEM
WORLD AIDS DAY 2015 - ‘Time To Reflect, Remember &
Tuesday 1st December 2015
12 noon – 1pm
St Paul's (The Actors') Church, Covent Garden
TICKET PRICES: Free admission (no ticket required); any donations will be
gratefully received by The Make A Difference Trust.
The Make A Difference Trust warmly invites you to a free performance of John
Rutter’s Requiem on World AIDS Day 2015 - Tuesday 1 December, from 12 noon –
1.00pm, at St Paul’s (The Actor’s) Church in Covent Garden in London’s West End.
The one-hour performance of John Rutter’s glorious Requiem will be sung by a
choir of professional West End singers past and present, conducted by Jae
Alexander, and featuring soprano soloist, Rebecca Caine, with a reading by
actor, Nickolas Grace.
The concert, which is subtitled ‘Taking Time to Reflect, Remember and
Celebrate’, invites everyone to come together as one community – from those
working in the HIV and AIDS sector and members of the theatre industry, to
others who might wish to remember loved ones or simply support the cause and
enjoy the performance.
This special event is being held to remember those people who the community has
lost to AIDS, to reflect upon what has been achieved and what is still to be
done in the fights against HIV and AIDS, and to celebrate over 25 years of
fundraising and grant-making by the theatre industry for this cause.
Whilst the concert is free of charge, any donations made on the day will be used
to continue the work of The Make a Difference Trust.
Originally founded as West End Cares in 1990 and later becoming Theatrecares,
The Make A Difference Trust (www.madtrust.org.uk
) (aka MAD Trust & t/a TheatreMAD), is the theatre industry’s response to HIV
and AIDS, raising funds for HIV and AIDS Projects that build awareness and
provide care, support and education in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
DANIEL AND LAURA CURTIS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN 2016
Daniel and Laura Curtis will be releasing a new album in the later part of 2016.
The album comes on the heels of their chart topping, ‘Love On 42nd Street, that
featured Broadway and West End artists like: Lea Salonga, Ramin Karimloo, John
Owen-Jones, Sierra Boggess, Samantha Barks, and Simon Bowman. Due to the success
of their first album, Daniel and Laura have been greatly anticipating working
with many more wonderfully talented artists within the industry.
When asked about the anticipation of working on the Curtis’ newest album, Daniel
Curtis shared, “We knew shortly after the release of ‘Love On 42nd Street’ that
we would be interested in writing and producing another album. It is without a
doubt one of the greatest privileges in our lives to work with the incredible
talent that exists in our industry. We hope to bring you along on the journey
with myself, Laura and our manager, Stacy Swain, as each of us work together to
bring this album to launch in late 2016. We look forward to sharing more of the
vision for our album in the new year.”
Reflecting on the last couple of years Dan Curtis remarked, “The past few years
have brought opportunities that Laura and I are so grateful for. Singles like
‘When You Smile, with Laura Osnes, ‘Find the Best of Me’, with Cheyenne Jackson,
‘All Your Dreams’ with Lisa O’Hara, and our most recent release, ‘Now You’re
Here’ with Chris McCarrell and Katie Rose Clarke, have really been a privilege
to take part in creating. Having the chance to have our music shared at the
Royal Albert Hall, West End Live and the London Palladium, have brought memories
to the two of us that will live forever. One work we have truly been so excited
to share with the world has been our musical concept to Disney/Pixar’s
www.youtube.com. Every year we are in this industry, we are so moved by the
truly fantastic opportunities that come our way to take part in. 2015 has
brought amazing opportunities and the chance to be signed by Abrams Artists
Agency and our Exclusive Manager, Stacy Swain.”
Together, with their manager, Stacy Swain, the couple are working to launch
several new projects over the coming year. The Curtis’ new year will begin with
the release of their newest single, ‘Everyone Can Help Someone’ performed by
Broadway Legend, Adam Pascal and in aid of UNICEF.
MUSE OF FIRE
A Shakespeare Odyssey
Featuring Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Ben
Ralph Fiennes, Baz Luhrmann, Mark Rylance, Fiona Shaw, James Earl Jones, Rita
Foster, Harold Bloom, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Alan Rickman, Steven Berkoff,
Gambon, Jeremy Irons, Peter Hall, Zoe Wanamaker, John Hurt, Dominic West, Julie
One dame, eight knights and two friends will change the way you feel about
MUSE OF FIRE is an epic road-trip buddy movie that aims to dispel the myths,
stop us worrying, and make us
start loving Shakespeare.
Dan and Giles were two friends who loathed Shakespeare at school. Then one day
they saw Baz Luhrman’s film,
Romeo and Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes and everything
changed. They decided to become
actors, made their way to London and fell in love with the Bard in the process.
Determined to know what the
secret is, and whether anyone else feels the same way, they grabbed their
cameras and began their incredible
journey, which was entirely self-funded. The result was one of the most eagerly
anticipated films on the festivals
circuit over the past two years.
The film documents their four-year 25,000 mile journey around the world: to
Elsinore in Denmark, London’s
Globe theatre, a prison in Berlin, taking in Hollywood as they go. Along the
road they consult a whole host of
helpful luminaries, often going to great lengths to secure interviews with some
of the greatest Shakespearean actors of all time.
It’s a heartfelt, fun and inspiring film that aims to
demystify and illuminate Shakespeare's work
for just about anyone: from actors, directors, theatre-goers, students, to the
person on the street. Think
Shakespeare is boring? Think again!
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.
Reprising their roles following the run at Southwark Playhouse are David Bedella
as Kevin, Josie Benson as Camila, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Daniela, Sam
Mackay as Usnavi, Sarah Naudi as Carla and Eve Polycarpou as Abuela. They are
joined by Jade Ewen as Vanessa, Lily Frazer as Nina, Antoine Murray-Straughan as
Graffiti Pete, Joe Aaron Reid as Benny and Cleve September 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)
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
An (anti)Christmas Night Out for Grown Ups
5th to 19th December 2015 Gary's Warehouse, 128 Druid Street,
Bermondsey, London SE1 2HH
The team behind the new theatre company Different Breed are shaking things up.
They want theatre to feel like a good night out, and not break the bank in the
With this in mind, they present a Christmas experience with a difference.
Anthony Neilson’s hour long dark comedy ‘The Night Before Christmas’ (in which
an ‘elf’ has to talk his way out of a hostage situation) will be presented on
site, at Gary’s warehouse in Bermondsey. There's food from local market traders.
There's beer from local breweries. There's questionable secret Santa gifts, rude
Christmas cards, music, and of course, an elf. You might even get to sit on
Santa’s (mildly pervy) knee.
They’ve got a stellar cast including Chris Harper and Timothy O’Hara. Additional
Acts on Saturday Nights will include Marcel Lucont on the 19th December, and
Tina Turner Tea Lady on the 12th December 2015.
Perfect for: Office Christmas Parties, Lonely Evenings for One, A Chilled Night
Out, or even A Festive Tinder/Grindr Date Night with a Difference!
Tickets, priced £15 to £20 available at
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