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For family fun this August, TKTS have teamed up with
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Theatreland Trail. It’s an adventure that will take
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KINKY BOOTS Adelphi Theatre
WRITTEN BY HARVEY FIERSTEIN AND CYNDI LAUPER
DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY JERRY MITCHELL
PREVIEWS FROM 21st AUGUST 2015
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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).
Les Misérables -v- The Phantom of the Opera
CHARITY FOOTBALL MATCH
SUNDAY 2nd AUGUST 2015
Former Chelsea and England footballer Dennis Wise joined cast
members from Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera on stage at The Queen's
Theatre to give some footballing tips prior to their final showdown match on 2nd
August 2015 at Bromley Football Club. The match sees the two giants of the West
End, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, leaving the West End stage
behind and heading down to Bromley Arena, not for a singing show down, but for a
football match. Following on the success of the last two years they are planning
a third and final MAD Match to see who will be the ultimate champion! The match,
played to raise funds for the Make A Difference Trust, promises to be a mix of
football and fun for all.
The West End Teams will be joined on the day by celebrities and professional
footballers to add to the excitement. The afternoon will open with a concert at
1.30pm with performances from stars of the West End including, Killian Donnelly,
Kerry Ellis, Rachelle Ann Go, John Owen Jones, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Geronimo
Rauch. Full line-up to be announced
The game kicks off at 3.00pm and players will include Southampton legend Francis
Benali and goal keeper Paul Jones. EastEnders’ Jonny Labey and Hollyoaks and
Emmerdale star, Ayden Callaghan. More names to be announced. James Ward-Prowse,
the England under 21 captain, will also be joining the fun. Having coached the
England Ladies team to their victory over Germany and bronze medal at the World
Cup, Mark Sampson will be turning his attentions to the Phantom team. Managing
Les Mis, ex West Brom manager Alan Irvine will be hoping to guide his team to a
The day promises to be a fabulous fun day for all the family with face painting,
bouncy castle, stalls and a raffle. Food and drink will be available to make for
a fabulous summer day out for all of the family.
A donation from the event will also be made to Macmillan Cancer Support in
memory of Melanie Oakley-Dow, the former Les Misérables wig mistress.
Photo credits: Darren Bell (left), Christopher Adreou
‘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
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
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.
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.
(Photo credit: Robert Workman)
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
The full documentary theatre programme is as follows:
Bloody East Europeans, Molodyi Teatr
9 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
23 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
12 / 13 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
The Yard Theatre and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park present…
A festival of curious adventures
Must End 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
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, 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
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.
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