CIRQUE BERSERK AT WINTER WONDERLAND
Hyde Park, London
Until 6th January 2019
The production has just opened their new show INFERNO in their 1700 seater
Big Top (the UKs biggest tent).
Stealing the show with their first
performance in the circus ring is RAFAEL AND ALAN! The amazing act
RAFAEL AND ALAN illustrates all that diversity and power stands for –
literally…..this is a unique act bringing audiences to their feet in
such a positive way.
RAFAEL FERRERIA was born with a
congenital condition arthorgryposis which rendered his legs useless. He
uses a wheelchair - which he has to use to get into the ring, and then
does a completely mind blowingly amazing hand to hand balancing act with
his circus partner Alan, the strength and skill is amazing. See below –
and link to many more images for you to use. RAFAEL refuses to let his
physical limitations hold him back when it comes to acrobatics. Their
unique act instantly sears itself into the memory, from initial gasps
the audience jump to their feet giving them a standing ovation at then
end of each show and with 3 x INFERNO shows a day that’s a lot of people
spontaneously jumping to their feet! The guys come from Brazil and have
worked on this act for 4 years to perfect it!
Their performance flips diversity on its head as, this
highly original act has the strong man (Alan) playing a Shakespearean
Caliban character, and Rafael sets him free from his iron mask and cage
and as their hands/friendship grows Rafael leaves his wheelchair and is
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LOST WEST END REVUES
NEW DOUBLE ALBUM CELEBRATES LONDON'S FORGOTTEN REVUES
'LOST WEST END REVUES' NOW AVAILABLE.
Featuring recordings by Maggie Smith, Sheila Hancock, Fenella Fielding,
Kenneth Williams and Gillian Lynne
Following the critically acclaimed release of 'Lost West End Vintage'
(highlighted in The Sunday Times as an "Essential New Release") and
'Lost West End Vintage 2', Stage Door Records are pleased to continue
the album series with 'Lost West End Revues.'
LOST WEST END REVUES celebrates London's forgotten revue shows of the
1940s, 50s and 60s, compiling songs from 35 West End productions and
showcasing these unique musical works from the golden age of British
Ranging from 1940 to 1962, the selections featured include a broad range
of musical styles and genres, from witty songs satirising topical issues
of the era to dramatic ballads and entertaining comedy numbers. Musical
theatre composers featured on the album include Noel Coward, Vivian
Ellis, Sandy Wilson, Lionel Bart, Leslie Bricusse, Charles Zwar, Alan
Melville and more. Presented as a Deluxe 2CD Set ; 'Lost West End
Revues' features 50 tracks (including over 20 tracks appearing on CD for
the first time) from London cast recordings to pop covers and live
recordings. The album includes recordings by a glittering ensemble of
star performers including Maggie Smith, Kenneth Williams, Hermione
Gingold, Noel Coward, Beatrice Lillie, Joyce Grenfell, Anthony Newley,
Gillian Lynne, Fenella Fielding, Sheila Hancock, Millicent Martin, Bud
Flanagan, Dora Bryan, Cyril Ritchard, Bernard Cribbins and more.
The 'Lost West End Revues' included are: 'C.B. Cochran's Streamline'
(1935), 'Lights Up' (1940), 'Up And Doing' (1940), 'Apple Sauce' (1940),
'Rise Above It' (1941), 'Sky High' (1942), 'Big Top' (1942), 'Sweet And
Low' (1943), 'Sigh No More' (1945), 'Sweeter And Lower' (1945),
'Sweetest And Lowest' (1946), 'The Night And The Laughter' (1946), 'The
Shephard Show' (1946), 'Tuppence Coloured' (1947), 'A La Carte' (1948),
'Sauce Tartare' (1949), 'Penny Plain' (1951), 'The Lyric Revue' (1951),
'Out Of The Blue' (1954), 'You'll Be Lucky' (1954), 'Cranks' (1956), 'At
The Drop Of A Hat' (1957), 'Share My Lettuce' (1957), 'Living For
Pleasure' (1958), 'Pieces Of Eight' (1959), 'Clown Jewels' (1959), 'Look
Who's Here!' (1960), 'New Cranks' (1960), 'Young In Heart' (1960), 'Four
To The Bar' (1960) '...And Another Thing' (1960), 'The Lord Chamberlain
Regrets...!' (1961), 'On The Brighter Side' (1961), 'One Over The Eight'
(1961), 'Not To Worry' (1962)
Although the revue show is no longer a staple fixture in the West End,
this album celebrates the forgotten art and affirms the 'lost' revues
featured are well worth rediscovering.
For more information visit:
Until Saturday 5th January 2019
Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate, London N14
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
For ages: 5+
A timeless tale - in a different
Join Chickenshed for a magical and
brilliantly uplifting retelling of the unforgettable story of Ebenezer
Scrooge, that "squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching,
covetous, old sinner". Follow his spooky encounters over the course of
one incredible night and his journey ultimately to become the friendly,
charitable man who "knew how to keep Christmas well".
Charles Dickens' classic story has arguably come to define Christmas in
the 175 years since its publication, and there have been numerous
memorable versions, both on stage and screen. Chickenshed has updated,
renewed and refreshed this amazing and heart-warming tale for 2018 in an
entirely brand new musical version, set in 1930s Britain.
With a cast of over 200 people on stage for each performance, original
music, stunning sets and incredible design, we guarantee an absolutely
unforgettable festive theatre experience for young and old!
Evenings at 7pm
Matinees: 12pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm on
Previews: all tickets £10 (including concessions)
Standard Matinee and Evening: £14 to £20
Peak Matinee and Evening: £15 to £22.50
Schools: £11.50 off peak, £10 previews (subject to
Phone: 020 8292 9222
Email: bookings(at symbol)chickenshed.org.uk
Until Sunday 30th December 2018
Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate, London N14
For ages: 0 to 7
Christmas Tales is Chickenshed’s fun
and festive show for children aged 0-7years.
We have added a sprinkling of magical snowflakes to our regular Tales
from the Shed shows to create Christmas Tales - a supersized, colourful,
energetic and vibrant show being performed in on our biggest and
brightest stage – the Rayne Theatre
With puppets, singing, dancing and some larger than-life characters,
Christmas Tales is guaranteed to entertain the very youngest of audience
(and grown-ups too), leaving everyone happy and joyful at this most
wonderful time of the year!
Christmas Tales shows are in the mornings at 9.30am, 10am, 11.15am or
2.30pm and run for 50 minutes. They are crazy, lively and huge fun - you
really won't want your little ones to miss this show!
Christmas Tales will also be performed
at The Dugdale Centre in Enfield until 30th December 2018. Ticket price £8. See
Two shows each day at 9.30am and 11.15am or
10am and 2.30pm
All tickets £10 (£6 schools)
Phone: 020 8292 9222
Email: bookings(at symbol)chickenshed.org.uk
Interactive Theatre International presents…
ONLY FOOLS THE (CUSHTY) DINING EXPERIENCE
Ends 15th December 2018
Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel, 130 Tottenham
Court Road, London W1T 5AY
THIS IS NOT THE MUSICAL THEATRE SHOW AT THE
THEATRE ROYAL, HAYMAKET.
It’s the show they’ve all been asking for, and it’s by the people
behind the worldwide smash hit, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience.
This fully immersive, brand new show transports audiences to The Nags
Head to meet the pride of Peckham in a night of eating, wheeling and
dealing. It’s a t’riffic night out with some cushty pub grub – and you’d
be a plonker to miss it!
The fun starts from the moment audiences join the Trotters and their
friends for a knees-up. Meanwhile, of course, Del tries to drum up some
cash and make a cheeky saving on the side. But why is the pub closed on
the busiest night of the week? There’s money to be made and debts to be
Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience is a wholly original immersive
theatre show written by Interactive Theatre International in loving
tribute to the BBC’s Only Fools & Horses TV series.
Every Friday and Saturday Evening at 7.30pm
Tickets: £49, including a 3 course meal
Phone: 0845 154 4145
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 coming to the UK in May
2019. For venues outside London, see
Booking fee: £2.91 per ticket.
Delivery fee: £1.25 per booking.
For the first time, a new book examines the complete output of Pulitzer
Prize and Tony award-winning composer Jonathan Larson.
“Boho Days: The Wider Works of Jonathan Larson,” written
by J. Collis and authorized by the Larson estate, is now available.
Covering Larson’s work from student cabarets at Adelphi University
through RENT’s creative process, “Boho Days” tells the story of a young
composer on the edge of a rapidly changing New York theatre scene. Based
on extensive archival research and interviews with over 60 of Larson’s
associates and collaborators, Collis’ book features discussion and
analysis of major works such as Superbia, tick, tick… BOOM!, J.P. Morgan
Saves the Nation, and RENT. “Boho Days” also addresses a number of
lesser-known Larson works including his educational theatre
compositions, a collaboration with National Lampoon, and the children’s
video Away We Go!
“I initially wrote an article about Superbia,” said Collis, an alumni of
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. “It became clear pretty
quickly that there was so much more to write about, that nobody was
writing about it, and that the first step would be to demystify the
collection and let people know where to start.” The article, “Static on
a Screen”, was published in Studies in Musical Theatre from Intellect
Ltd., and a revised version featuring additional research is included in
J. Collis earned his Master of Arts in Theatre
Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama before working
as a part-time freelance theatre and media critic. Following a path into
production, he has since moved into film localization and streaming
media. He currently resides in Berlin, Germany.
“Boho Days” is now available globally in hardback (ISBN
978-3-00-059113-6) and digitally (978-3-00-059112-9) in the USA, Canada,
UK, and Germany.
Hard copies are available from all bookstores.
Digital distribution is serviced through StreetLib.
Libraries can order
via Ingram and Overdrive.
MATTHEW BOURNE’S CINDERELLA
Illuminations is delighted to announce the release of Matthew Bourne’s
Cinderella on DVD and Blu-ray. Following sell-out
UK performances, the release coincides with an exciting international
tour and the opening of Bourne’s newest 2018-19 revival of Swan Lake.
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story told
in dance. A reinterpretation of the classic fairy tale, it features
heart-stopping choreography and vivid, truthful characters. Originally
mounted in 1997 but recreated as a completely fresh production in 2017,
this is one of New Adventures' most popular and beloved creations.
Set in London during the Second World War, the drama features Cinderella
and a dashing young RAF pilot. Together just long enough to fall in
love, they are parted by the horrors of the Blitz. Among the obstacles
to their reunion is Cinderella’s sinister step-mother, while the
ethereal Angel weaves his magic to protect our heroine.
Olivier Award-winning designer Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and
sets provide a glorious backdrop to the dancing of a wonderful cast. The
accompaniment is a specially commissioned recording of Sergei
Prokofiev’s magnificent score, played by a 60-piece orchestra and
enhanced by Paul Groothuis’ vivid sound design.
Performed as part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations,
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella creates on stage the sights and sounds of a
war-torn London with the help of lighting designer Neil Austin and
Duncan McLean’s video projections.
DVD AND BLU-RAY EXTRAS
The Making of Cinderella (20 minutes) features interviews with cast
members Ashley Shaw, Andrew Monaghan, Liam Mower and Michela Meazza as
well as New Adventures’ founder, Matthew Bourne.
Click Here to buy on DVD
Underbelly & Briefs Factory Presents
BRIEFS: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS,
+ Shows, Santa’s Grotto, Christmas market, food, bars all in one place
CHRISTMAS IN LEICESTER SQUARE
Leicester Square site open: Monday - Friday 12pm - 10pm, Saturday -
Sunday 10am - 10pm
For full programme information on all shows + Santa’s Grotto,
European-Style Christmas market, bars and foods:
or call: 0333 344 4167
The Live events at:
The Spiegeltent, Christmas In Leicester Square, Leicester Square
Gardens, Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA
BRIEFS: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
The world’s hottest all-male boylesque group will grab Christmas by
the baubles in their dazzling new show
Ends Thursday 3rd January 2019
8 weeks only!!
The BRIEFS BOYS are delighted to announce that the
stunningly talented and beautiful COURTNEY ACT will be joining them on
stage with her glorious act this FRIDAY 14th DECEMBER 2018 at 10.15pm –
a CLUB BRIEFS not to miss!
Times: 7.30pm Wednesday to Sunday (additional performance Tuesday 18th
Matinees 3pm Saturday (except 22nd December)
Running Time: 100 minutes – including interval
Age: Recommended 16+
Friday - Sunday – Stalls £35.50 / Posh Seats £41.50 / Private Booth
Wednesday – Thursday – Stalls £28.50 / Posh Seats £35.50 / Private Booth
BRAT KIDS CARNIVAL
A high-energy super fun variety show for all the family, from tots
to teenagers. Mischief makers Briefs Factory have created a noisy fun
show for kids who love spectacle, wild circus skills, flying acrobatics,
edgy dancing, pumping music, spectacular aerialists, eye popping party
tricks and cheeky clowning antics. A show where the audience gasp and
laugh out loud at the world class ridiculous acts of amazement.
Ends Sunday 30th December
Times: Saturday: 11am and 1pm
Sunday: 1pm and 3pm
Wednesday – Friday: 3pm
Running Time: 45 mins – no interval
Age: Tots to teenagers – recommended 4+
Saturday and Sunday – Stalls £15.50/ Family Price £13.75 (per ticket.
Minimum 4 tickets required)
Wednesday – Friday – Stalls £11.50/ Family Price £10.25 (per ticket.
Minimum 4 tickets required)
The seriously X-rated late night weekend trash glamour disco circus
Ends Sunday 30th December 2018
Times: Fridays and Saturdays: 10.15pm
Running Time: 90 mins
Age: Strictly 18+
Tickets: From £23.50
CLUB BRIEFS: NYE EXTRAVAGANZA!
The place to be in London this NYE! Trash, glamour, disco, circus.
Suggested dress code: EXTRAVAGANCE.
Date: Monday 31st December 2018
Time: 10pm – 2.15am!!!
Running Time: 240 mins
Age: Strictly 18+
Ticket Prices: Stalls £41.50/ Posh Seats £61.50/ Private Booth £301.50
Booking fees are included in all prices.
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
www.curveonline.co.uk for on sale
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).
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 Clockmaker’s DaughterStudio Cast Recording
Acclaimed new British musical The Clockmaker’s Daughter premiered in
London in 2015 and has, to date, been nominated for 11 awards.
Now an all-star cast of leading West End performers has been assembled
for The Clockmaker’s Daughter – Studio Recording, a thrilling new studio
recording of Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn’s musical faerytale.
Christine Allado (Constance) is currently starring as Peggy Schuyler in
Hamilton in the West End, Ramin Karimloo (Abraham) was The Phantom in
The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies), Fra Fee (Will Riley) was
in The Ferryman, Royal Court and West End, Matthew Croke (Henry Glynn)
is currently starring in the title role in Disney’s Aladdin in the West
End, Lauren James Ray (Amelia) Glinda and Nessarose in the West End
production of Wicked, head up the cast, with more to be announced.
The Clockmaker’s Daughter, an original story with original music, is set
in the fictional Irish town of Spindlewood. Like most towns of age,
Spindlewood, has its traditions. But no practice, custom or old wives’
warning is so firmly adhered to as ‘The Turning of the Key’. Every year,
on the last night of winter, as the first day of spring unfolds, the
townsfolk gather to take part in a strange ritual... The Clockmaker’s
Daughter is a beautiful story built around themes of prejudice,
discrimination, animosity and a fear of the unknown - a folk musical
with a specific, yet timeless, feel.
Writers Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn met during a workshop at the
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2010. Their first full-length
musical, The Clockmaker’s Daughter, premiered at the Landor Theatre in
Clapham. The show went on to a sell out run and critical success. In
2016, it completed a further sell-out run at the Minack Theatre in
Cornwall and was also produced by Trinity Laban. To date, it has been
nominated for 11 awards
The Clockmaker’s Daughter - Studio Cast Recording is Executive Produced
by David Ball Productions. The record is Produced by Joe Davison for
Auburn Jam Music, and will be released by Auburn Jam Records later this
year with limited edition CDs, complete with cover design by Kyle
Lambert (Stranger Things) and original concept artwork by Daniel Finn.
Now available for pre-order from: