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MONKEY FRONT PAGE LONDON THEATRE MESSAGE BOARD
4th to 22nd June 2019
New Wimbledon Theatre Studio
#FROM THE FRINGE SEASON
Introducing… our #FromTheFringe season 2019. For three weeks this June
each night will be something different. We’ve selected from the very
best submissions, a range of exciting theatre-makers and comedians to
preview their work before they take them off to various fringe festivals
and we cannot wait to introduce them to you.
But we are forgetting the most exciting part, see more, save more! The
more shows you choose to see, the more you save overall! Our Season
Saver rate allows you, in the same ticket order, to choose two different
shows and get £2 off each ticket, yet if you choose three of more
different shows you get a whopping £3 off per ticket. In most cases
that’s a saving of 20 -30% on ticket price.
For an inexpensive ticket price with multi-buy offers available, you can
afford to experiment and find a new favourite artist or style, all
whilst enjoying an ice cold beer from Wimbledon Brewery, the official
Beer of #FromTheFringe.
From stand-up to drama, children’s theatre to sketch comedy and musical
delights, they’ve got something for everyone! This season will see the
return of local favourites, comedy troupe Bad Clowns with a brand new
show Cult Classic, whilst Edinburgh Fringe sell-out In Loyal Company is
sure to exceed your dramatic expectations. Regarding comedians you can
see Ivo Graham, Tom Houghton, Kate Lucas and Simon Brodkin to name but a
In Memoriam – 4th June 20:00. Do you want to escape your life? Now you
can. Memoriam is a social media platform like no other.
Kate Lucas – 5th June 19:45. In a generation that only sees black and
white, no grey, this multi-award winning musical comedian offers her
take on how extreme and intolerant we’ve become.
Kae Kurd Kurd Your Enthusiasm – 5th June 21:30. Multi award nominated
comedian and fast rising online star Kae Kurd workshops material for his
brand new show.
George Rigden: Spooning with Uri – A True story of Friendship,
Autographs & Cutlery – 6th June 19:45. In the wake of operation yewtree
& #metoo, this is the bizarre but true story about friendship,
autographs and cutlery.
Gráinne Maruire: guys – it’s problematic – 6th June 21:30. Gráinne
Maguire brings a new show about anxiety, effort and how long she can be
happy for (two minutes tops)
amendments: A Play on Words – 7th June 20:00. Fear of offending an
increasingly sensitive populous is widespread, and any language deemed
inappropriate or discriminatory is strictly forbidden to the company’s
Bad Clowns: Cult Classic – 8th June 20:00. An interactive experience in
which the audience finds themselves in the hands of three friendly faces
of a horrific, demonic cult.
In Loyal Company – 10th June 20:00. In Loyal Company is the incredible
true story of missing World War II soldier and prisoner of War Arthur
Robinson, written and performed by his great-nephew, David William
Comedy Round Mine – (image but no copy yet) – 11th June 19:45. Pull up a
chair and enjoy a night of world class entertainment, right on your
doorstep. Featuring the funniest comedians from the circuit and TV,
performing stand-up, musical comedy and more!
Simon Brodkin: Let Me Introduce Myself – 12th June 20:00. You may know
him as “comedy legend” Lee Nelson, or as the “unfunny pillock” who gave
Theresa May a P45, but you won’t know him as “tiny Jew” Simon Brodkin.
Blink – 13th June 20:00. Blink is an unusual love story. A story of
loneliness and grief. A story of two awkward humans coming together in
their own unique way. Nick Doody: I Will Milk You – 14th June 19:45.
Only by coming to see this show can you discover why it is called ‘I
Will Milk You’. It’s probably just a title. Come and see!
Steve Allen: Don’t Pay Attention to the News – 14th June 21:30. Brexit,
obesity, Trump, it can all get a bit much. If you have noticed just how
much news there is these days this is the show that can help you.
John Robertson’s Sweaty Sexy Party Party – 15th June 20:00. It’s a
concert. It’s a party. It’s a stand-up show. It’s a riot. It’s whatever
we want to make it tonight.
Ruby Redfort – 16th June 14:45 & 19:45. What would you do if a super
secret agency asked you to be their new codebreaker? If you said yes,
there’s a certain hero you should meet…
100 Ways to Tie a Shoelace – 17th June 20:00. Since the accident, Kat’s
having trouble with her memory. Her only escape from her muddled mind is
a hospital ward TV. Mix-ups, mayhem and muscle memory. There’s never a
Michael Odewale #BLACKBEARSMATTER – 18th June 19:45. A fresh new voice
known for delivering sharp, slick and beautifully executed content,
Odewale is set to take the comedy world by storm.
Bananas – 18th June 21:30. Anna Banana can put words together that if
sung would be so elegant, and if rapped would be lit!
Ivo Graham: The Game of Life (Work in Progress) – 19th June 19:00. More
hilariously anxious blather from one of the most hilariously anxious
blatherers in the business.
Tom Houghton: Edinburgh Preview – 19th June 21:00. Having been sent away
at age six years old to the all boy environment, the world is turned
upside down when the school decides to go co-ed for the first time and
allow girls to join.
The Black Cat – 20th June 20:00. Balanced between the hilarious and the
horrific, this show reimagines a macabre classic. It revels in the
darkness that hides under the surface. It will get catty. Meow.
Hip Hip I’m Gay – 21st & 22nd June 20:00. HIP HIP I’M GAY! is a comedy
cabaret that follows real-life stories and experiences of coming out and
the mental health struggles people have faced alongside their sexual
LIVE AT THE SAVOY
The new evening entertainment series taking place at
The Savoy Hotel’s Thames Foyer every night of the week.
Performers include highly-acclaimed jazz vocalist Judi
Jackson on Friday 24th May, Thursday 20th June, Thursday 25th July 2019.
A new Thames Foyer evening menu will accompany the
entertainment. Available from 7pm, the menu draws inspiration from
Auguste Escoffier, the legendary ‘director of chefs’ at The Savoy in the
late 1800s, who famously invented the Peach Melba. An extensive drinks
list, boasting an array of the finest Champagne, wine and Port will sit
alongside the food offering.
Tickets cost £25 each, with an additional minimum
spend on food and beverage required of £20 per person.
Thursday 23rd May 2019
Union Chapel, London, N1 2UN
ANDREA GIBSON: LORD OF THE BUTTERFLIES
Winner of the first ever Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2008, Andrea
Gibson remains one of the most captivating performers in the spoken word
poetry scene today. Known for pulling hearts out of chests to either
wrench or kiss, Gibson has authored four full-length collections of
poems, an illustrated book of their most memorable quotes (Take Me With
You, Penguin 2018), and has released seven beloved albums. Gibson
regularly sells out 500+ capacity standing room only venues to eager
audiences,mouthing along every word, further popularizing the art form
and creating a space for each person in the room to feel, and to heal.
In a fierce oscillation between activism and love, Andrea Gibson’s
newest literary triumph, released Nov 2018, ‘Lord of the Butterflies’ is
a masterful showcase from the renowned poet whose writing and
performances have captured the hearts of millions. An artful and nuanced
look at gender, romance, loss, and family, this is also a show of
protest. While rioting against gun violence, homophobia, and white
supremacy, Gibson celebrates gender expansion, queer love, and the will
to stay alive. Each emotion in ‘Lord of the Butterflies’ is deft and
delicate, resting within imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while
giving the body wings to soar.
Andrea’s ‘Lord of The Butterflies’ tour will be touring the rest of the
UK in May 2019.
For venues outside London, see
Booking fee: £2.91 per ticket.
Delivery fee: £1.25 per booking.
7th June to 16th June 2019
The Rotunda Theatre, Cutty Sark, King William
Walk, London SE10 9HT
Red Dragonfly Productions present:
MONKEY AND THE WHITE BONE DEMON
TAKING FLIGHT: SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL
Can a Chinese Classic be performed by a Mixed-British Cast?
A cast of British South Asian, British Caucasian, British East Asian,
and Mixed-Race actors will be performing in Chinese Classic Monkey and
the White Bone Demon in London in June.
Actor Sunjay Midda from BBC’s Doctors, OffWestEnd Award nominated
British playwright and performer Ross Ericson, British Malaysian actress
Michelle Lee (Hummingbird, Strangers, The Bill), and Mixed-race actress
Ainsleigh barber (BBC’s His Dark Materials) are amongst the company of
nine who will be performing in Red Dragonfly’s Repertory Season in Cutty
Sark Gardens, Greenwich between 7 and 16 June.
Red Dragonfly Productions was founded after RSC’s The Orphan of Zhao
debacle and has been touring Chinese classics and East Asian stories and
championing British East Asian (BEA) artists around the UK since 2013.
This year, however, the company has taken quite a turn in artistic
direction in casting British Caucasian, British South Asian and
Mixed-Race actors in their adaptation of a Chinese classic - Monkey.
“By having companies that are only made up of a specific ethnicity,”
says Michelle Yim, British-Chinese actress and founder of Red Dragonfly
Productions, “I fear we are stumbling towards some kind of segregated
theatre, and that was not why I started up Red Dragonfly. We should
share each other’s stories and by doing so grow as artists and as a
community. We tour extensively around the UK and our audiences, I am
pleased to say, are very representative of the local communities. Yes
they are predominantly white but they also include East Asian, South
Asian and Black faces, and that is what I feel theatre should be about -
it is a place for us to come together and share stories - because our
stories are for everyone and, especially in a time when Britain is so
divided, we need to be inclusive.”
Monkey and The White Bone Demon is a story taken from the Chinese
classic 'A Journey To The West'. The cast will also rep in Taking Flight
New Writing Festival, short new plays from an Eastern perspective by
emerging British playwrights, and a hilarious stage adaptation of Henry
Fielding's 'Tom Jones', a bawdy romp through 18th Century Somersetshire.
When asked if Red Dragonfly is not afraid of the controversy that might
arise similar to RSC’s incident in 2013, Yim replied: “Where does it say
what race a monkey god, a pig demon and a river demon are? The
fantastical nature of Monkey’s story is perfect for a mixed and diverse
cast. We are also performing it in Rep which needs a diverse cast, and
by including Tom Jones in the programme our cast get the opportunity to
appear in a classic British play - something BAME actors have very
little opportunity to do.
The productions are part of a travelling theatre and film festival that
will be visiting Greenwich for the first time from 7th June to 16th June
this year. Nomad Festival will literally pop-up at Cutty Sark grounds in
its own 14m Geodesic Dome.
All show details and box office can be found online at
Varies by performance, see website for
Standard from £10 to £14
Early Bird from £8 to £10
JAMIE WILSON AND GAVIN KALIN
Colin Ingram and Peter Kane for InTheatre, Marc David Levine and Curve
THE UK PREMIERE OF
ON YOUR FEET!
A LIMITED SEASON AT THE LONDON COLISEUM
Friday 14th June until Saturday 31st August 2019
Jamie Wilson and Gavin Kalin are delighted to announce the UK premiere
of ON YOUR FEET! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, which will play
a limited season at the London Coliseum from Friday 14th June until Saturday
31st August 2019. Tickets are
on sale now.
Prior to the London run there will be seven performances at Curve,
Leicester from 3rd until 8th June 2019. Visit
GLORIA ESTEFAN has also released a conga video ahead of the UK Premiere:
ON YOUR FEET! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and
charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami
and finally to international superstardom and features some of the most
iconic pops songs of the era, including ‘Rhythm is Gonna Get You’,
‘Conga’, ‘Get On Your Feet’, ‘Don’t Want To Lose You Now’ and ‘1-2-3’.
Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is the
most successful Latin crossover performer in the history of pop music.
In addition to her 38 number 1 hits across the Billboard charts, Gloria
recorded the Oscar-nominated song ‘Music of My Heart’ and has received
numerous honours and awards over the course of her illustrious career.
Emilio Estefan is a founding member of the pioneering Miami Sound
Machine, who created a brand new Latin crossover sound – fusing
infectious Cuban rhythms with American pop and disco. Combined, they
have won a staggering 26 Grammy awards..
The Tony Award® nominated show ran on Broadway for two years, playing
for over 750 performances. It is currently on a two year US tour, whilst
the production in Holland continues until August.
ON YOUR FEET! is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell
(Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), with choreography by Olivier Award-winner
Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and book by Academy Award® winner
Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman).
Christie Prades will play ‘Gloria Estefan’, George Ioannides ‘Emilio
Estefan’ and at certain performances the role of ‘Gloria Estefan’ will
be played by Philippa Stefani. Madalena Alberto will play ‘Gloria
Fajardo’, Karen Mann ‘Consuelo’.
Christie Prades played the role of ‘Gloria Estefan’ in “On Your Feet!”
on Broadway and can currently be seen in the same role on the US tour of
the show. Christie’s other credits include ‘Vanessa’ in “In the
Heights”and “West Side Story”.
George Ioannides has appeared in the West End productions of “Annie” and
“Mamma Mia!” and was most recently seen as ‘Eduardo Cortez’ in “An
Officer and a Gentleman” at Curve, Leicester and on national tour.
Philippa Stefani played ‘Mimi’ in the recent national tour of “Rent”.
She has also played ‘Daniela’ in “In The Heights” at King’s Cross
Theatre. Her other theatre credits include the original London casts of
“Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria and “I Can’t Sing” and “Sister Act”,
both at the London Palladium. She has also appeared in “High Society at
the Old Vic and ”Ghost” at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Madalena Alberto’s West End credits include the title role in “Evita” at
the Dominion Theatre and ‘Grizabella’ in “Cats” at the London Palladium.
She has also appeared as ‘Fantine’ in the 25th Anniversary tour of “Les
Miserables” and was most recently seen as ‘Giulietta’ in “Aspects of
Love” at the Southwark Playhouse.
Karen Mann’s many credits include ‘Golde’ in the national tour of
“Fiddler on the Roof” opposite Paul Michael Glaser, ‘Marley’ in
“Scrooge” at Curve and ‘Mother Superior’ in “Sister Act” also at Curve
and on national tour. Her extensive work at the Watermill Theatre in
Newbury includes ‘Gladys’ in “Copacabana”, ‘Viv’ in “Spend Spend Spend”
and ‘Mrs Lovett in “Sweeney Todd”, which transferred to both the New
Ambassadors Theatre and Trafalgar Studios.
Completing the cast will be Hollie Cassar, Francisco Del Solar, Katie
Dunsden, Eduardo Enrikez, Laura Friedrich Tejero, Denzel Giskus,
Francesca Lara Gordon, Yonly Leyva Desdunes, Elia Lo Tauro, Martin
McCarthy, Alicia Mencía, Ciro Lourencio Meulens, Carl Patrick, Clayton
Rosa, Julia Ruiz Fernandez, Shanna Michelle Slaap, Dawnita Smith, Frank
van Hengel, Despina Violari and Alain Zambrana Borges.
Klaudia Gjergji, Holly McDonagh, Emily Perra will share the role of
‘Little Gloria’ and Santiago Huertas Ruiz, Jonathan Naranjo, Alejandro
Puentes Motato will share the role of Nayib/Young Emilio/Jeremy.
Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm, Sundays at 3pm
Tuesday to Thursday: £147.25, £125.25, £81.25, £56.25, £47.25, £37.25,
Friday to Sunday
£147.25, £125.25, £97.25, £67.25, £57.25, £47.25, £41.75, £27.25,
Booking fees of between £1.50 and £2.25 per ticket apply.
Phone: 0207 845 9300
THE GREAT KAT
The Great Kat’s Mozart’s "The Marriage Of Figaro Overture" music video stars
The Great Kat, Juilliard grad violin/guitar virtuoso and the only uninhibited
musical genius since Mozart, shredding Amadeus’ comic opera overture at
outrageous speeds on both guitar and violin.
The Great Kat stars as the guitar/violin shredding Susanna. Her betrothed,
Figaro, gets down on one knee & the lovers tie the knot. Count Almaviva tries to
seduce Susanna, but only gets “Kat-Abuse” from Susanna (The Great Kat!). The
delicate and demure bride turns into a modern day dominatrix bride and whips
Figaro into submission. Total insanity breaks out!