Stewart Lee: Much A-Stew About Nothing
Monday 4 November – Saturday 14 December & Wednesday 2 – Saturday 19 January
4pm & 7.15pm
Following the sell-out Carpet Remnant World, the acclaimed writer and
comedian presents a mixed stew of unrelated ideas in preparation for his
2014 TV series. See it live so you can begin the backlash ahead of
Stick Man - Live On Stage
Until Sunday 5 January 2014.
£17.50, £13 (£12.50, £11 children), £50 Family Ticket.
Scamp Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre are delighted to announce the
return of Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, touring the UK from October 2013
prior to a West End return for a Christmas Season at Leicester Square
'Stick Man lives in the family tree
With his Stick Lady Love
and their stick children three...’
But the world outside the family tree is a dangerous place for Stick Man. A
dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him and he even
ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree?
Passing through the seasons and culminating in a joyful Christmas
celebration, Stick Man is a fantastick show which will delight all branches
of the family tree! Touching, funny and utterly original, this enchanting
adaptation features three actors and a one-man-band playing a host of
colourful characters and animals to magically re-tell Stick Man’s
Stick Man is created by the award-winning Scamp Theatre, whose stage
adaptation is described as ‘wonderfully exuberant and imaginative’ by
TimeOut. Scamp Theatre was founded in 2003 by award-winning producers
Jennifer Sutherland and Louise Callow, and brings a range of theatrical live
performance to audiences of all ages, with an increased focus on adaptation,
particularly in children’s literature.
The cast features Richard Kiess, Alex Tosh and Cassie Vallance. The director
is Sally Cookson, associate director Mark Kane (who moves to a new branch of
the family tree having created the role of Stick Man) with design by Katie
Sykes, lighting by Elanor Higgins and music by Benji Bower. Photograph
credit: Steve Ullathorne.
The Showstoppers Improvised Musical
Friday 13 December
£17.50, Conc £15
A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each and every
performance of this award-winning show. Audience suggestions are transformed
on the spot into an all-singing, all-dancing production with unpredictable
and hilarious results.
Cirque Du Cabaret: International Cabaret & Burlesque Show
Saturday 20 December
Cirque du Cabaret returns to Leicester Square Theatre after their sell out
April show. Expect saucy burlesque, highly skilled circus and live music.
Cafe Society Swing - A True Story
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December 2013
Advance tickets £18.50; £20.50 at the door (group discounts available)
Copasetic Productions present a play by Alex Webb, directed by Simon Green
US cabaret star Harold Sanditen fronts this swinging show, with classic
songs of the period peformed by Paris-based China Moses (daughter of jazz
giant Dee Dee Bridgewater), rising jazz star Alexander Stewart and a
startling new vocal talent, Cherise Adams-Burnett.
From 1938 to 1947 Cafe Society played host to some of the finest musical
talent of the 20th century, including Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Sarah
Vaughan, Count Basie and many others. Café Society Swing tells the story of
the venue from its idealistic Left-wing beginnings in Depression-era
America. It follows its thrilling musical journey through struggles and
triumphs, to its eventual demise in the ‘Red scare’ hysteria of the late
The original Cafe Society was based in New York’s Greenwich Village and
later opened a midtown venue. The brainchild of former shoe salesman
BarneyJosephson, it was the first racially desegregated club in New York
City. Proud of its Left-wing leanings, Cafe Society called itself ‘The Wrong
Place for the Right People’. An early headliner at the club was Billie
Holiday, to whom Barney Josephson presented the classic protest song Strange
Fruit – which became her signature song.
The irresistible soundtrack comes from the Cafe Society All Stars, drawn
from the cream of UK jazz talent. Musical highlights include representations
of performances by Billie Holiday, Big Joe Turner, Lena Horne, Sarah
Vaughan, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Lucienne Boyer. Alex Webb created this
show with the help and advice of Terry Trilling-Josephson, widow of Barney
Josephson (1902–1988). It was commissioned by the London Jazz Festival in
2011 and ran for a sold-out week at London’s Tricycle Theatre in 2012. After
sell-outshows and rave reviews at The Southbank Centre and Tricycle Theatre,
it now plays this venue.
Cast: China Moses, Harold Sanditen, Alexander Stewart and Cherise
One Night With Joan
Sunday 2 to Sunday 9 February.
Press Night: Sunday 2 February
£47.50, £37.50, £30 Sunday Evenings, Tuesday to Thursday / £50, £40, £35
Friday and Saturday Evening / £40, £30, £20 Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Martin Witts for London International Arts Theatre Ltd (LIAT) in association
with Leicester Square Theatre presents JOAN COLLINS in her internationally
acclaimed one woman show, directed by PERCY GIBSON
Joan Collins is to return to the West End to share more stories and secrets
of her celebrated life and career as one of the world's most glamorous and
A not-to-be-missed opportunity to spend an intimate evening in the company
of a true Hollywood legend. Joan Collins will take to the stage with
honesty, style and grace and with the same engaging wit and frankness that
turned her two memoirs, Past Imperfect and Second Act, into international
best-sellers. Her latest memoir, Passion for Life, has just been published
by Constable & Robinson.
Among the many confidences, she tells of the ups and downs of her career and
screens rare and at times hilarious film footage from her life. It's a
chance to hear first hand about her marriages, her screen test for Cleopatra
and to discover why she lost the role to Elizabeth Taylor, her first on-set
encounter with the formidable Bette Davis, being broke and why and how
Hollywood changed her fortune. Another highlight of the evening are outtakes
and her legendary bitch-fights with Linda Evans in Dynasty. The second half
of the evening is a question and answer session with the chance to ask Joan
anything you've always wanted to know about her amazing life.
Sundays 26 January, 2, 9, 16, 23 February and 2 March
The New Musical Project
BOX OFFICE OPENS 13th DECEMBER 2013
Six finalists have been announced for Leicester Square Theatre’s The New
Musical Project, which aims to find, nurture and develop new musical theatre
writing talent and produce it.
West End musical theatre star Sally Ann Triplet is joining the assessor
panels alongside award winning British composers, George Stiles and Anthony
The New Musical Project invited would-be Sondheims or Lloyd Webbers to
submit new, unpublished or never previously performed one-act musicals. Now,
through a process of mentoring and rehearsal and rehearsed readings one will
be chosen to take on as a fully staged production in the 60-seat Lounge
theatre at Leicester Square Theatre.
At each reading an industry panel will provide feedback on the piece – and
this will be used to determine which of the six shortlisted finalists is
eventually taken to full production.The theatre will provide the cast, a
director and a musical director for the rehearsed readings. At the reading,
30 minutes of each show will be performed before a Q & A with the industry
panel and audience.
The six finalists are:
The Next Big Thing – book, lyrics and music by David Kent
After a series of rejected formulaic novels, aspiring author Helena finally
creates a heroine who has a will of her own. Liberty literally comes alive,
transforming Helena’s life by bringing magical success. Things get out of
hand after a
disastrous date, and Helena is shocked to discover that her love-rival has
been murdered, seemingly thanks to Liberty.
Grace Notes – book & lyrics by Robert Gould music & lyrics by
Christopher J Orton
A musical love story that begins during the racial tension of late 60s
America and ends in the early 80s. Sam is a white songwriter who finds it
hard to place love before his inner need to succeed and Grace is a highly
talented black singer, whose “weakness” is her unwavering love for Sam. They
meet, fall in love and break up three times!
Part A – music & lyrics by Freya Smith and Jack Williams
Take a house party. Add a pinch of awkwardness, a dollop of social faux pas,
and a light sprinkling of self-reflection. Then turn it into a musical.
Throw a cast of six into the mix and watch them flex their vocal cords and
multi-role theirway through the evening's proceedings. From alcohol fuelled
tête-à-têtes to over-zealous dance moves, Part A is a comical and honest
depiction of young people living in today's world.
Reception – book, lyrics and music Tom Read Wilson and Gary Albert
The year is 1967. Homosexuality has just been decriminalised. Reception
takes place in a beautiful but dilapidated old British Music Hall, almost
all of which had ceased to function by this time. It's now being used for
functions with music performed by the resident pianist, Ralph. Ralph was
once this Music Hall's brightest stars. Today's function is the
wedding reception of George and Annie. On the surface, they are a perfect
couple but George has a secret. Returning to the Music Hall George
frequented as a soldier on leave has more to it than mere nostalgia. George
is gay. Annie knows and as his soulmate exhibits the greatest altruism in
marrying him to protect him from an oppressive, fiercely conservative
family. But neither of them been confronted with the reality of one of
George's affairs, let alone the real love of George's life, until Ralph
plays his first note.
Pierced – Tamar Broadbent
Pierced is a comic but touching portrayal of youth today, with all its
idealism, ambition and awkward comedy. It follows the stories of five
teenagers in the summer after finishing school, as they cope with obsessive
crushes, divorcing parents, dreams of winning the Waz Factor and the thrall
of advanced Facebook stalking. Pierced channels the voice of youth today: it
is an insightful reflection of the social life and identity of a generation.
De Profundis – Paul Dale Vickers based on the words of Oscar Wilde
A musical dramatisation of the letter Oscar Wilde wrote to his long-term
lover Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie) from his prison cell in Reading Jail. De
Profundis, which roughly translates as ‘the depths of the soul’, is a deeply
confessional letter, which has a very clear emotional, philosophical and
rational arc. In the letter, he discusses the value of sorrow in relation to
the value of love; he demonstrates a huge capacity for forgiveness and
articulates beautifully the need for love in times of crisis. We witness
Wilde’s distorted perception of time, his imaginary encounters with Bosie
and his cathartic journey of creativity as he recreates the past in order to
find ways of articulating his feelings in the present.
Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles
30 July until 6 September 2014
Press Night: 5 August 2014
Suitable for those aged over 14.
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 3pm and 7.30pm
Saturday at 4pm and 7.30pm
Runs 2 hours approximately.
£30 to £42.50
*EARLY BOOKING OFFER* Book before 25 December 2013 and receive £5 off the
price of any ticket for any performance.
CONCESSIONS AVAILABLE: OAP/Under 18/NUS/Reg Dis - £5 off (excluding Fri and
Sat eves, previews and matinees)
Groups 10+ - 1 in 20 free (all performances)
School/Student Group 10+ (14-18yrs) - £15 Tickets – Midweek Mat and Monday
Bill Elms and Jen Heyes Productions Ltd present the London transfer of
Liverpool's hit play, starring Andrew Lancel as Brian Epstein, with Will
Finlason as ‘This Boy.’
Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles is a window into the private world of
the music entrepreneur whose stellar career as Beatles Manager made him a
household name yet whose controversial personal life remained very much in
the closet. Brian died in 1967 of an accidental overdose at the age of 32.
This two-hander play imagines this brilliant but troubled man’s drug-fuelled
final days whilst looking back upon his illustrious adult life and meteoric
career from his drama school days to managing the world’s biggest pop group
- a must-see opportunity to discover a previously unexplored story and
celebrate a true icon of 1960’s popular culture – a man who shaped music and
style across the world.
Born in Liverpool in 1934 to Jewish descent, the cool, modern, gay and
urbane Brian Epstein spent his early adult life working for the family
business NEMS (North End Music Stores), he was drafted into the Royal Army
Service Corps and moved to London to join RADA. He returned to Liverpool to
manage the brand new NEMS city centre music store and not long after was the
historic lunchtime visit to the famous Cavern Club to hear four Liverpool
lads perform and the rest is history. Brian died in 1967 of an accidental
overdose at the age of 32.
Acclaimed stage and TV actor Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street, The Bill) and
newcomer Will Finlason will return to the roles of Brian Epstein and the
fictional character ‘This Boy’ respectively, for which they each received
rave reviews during the initial run of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles
in Liverpool, where the show premiered in November 2012 as part of the
city’s official Beatles 50th Anniversary celebrations at the Epstein
The play is written by Andrew Sherlock and directed by Jen Heyes
Writing co-commissioned by Homotopia.
Supported by Orange Amplification, Liverpool Vision and Liverpool Echo.
The official production charity partner is CALM www.thecalmzone.net.
More information on Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles can be found at
"The Lounge" schedule:
www.leicestersquaretheatre.com for extra details of other productions.
Dick! Comes Again: Bigger, Harder, Longer
Wednesday 27 November – Sunday 19 January
|Tuesday 10 December at 7.00pm
Wednesday 11 December at 7.00pm
Thursday 12 December at 7.00pm
December at 7.00pm & 9.30pm
Saturday 14 December at 4.00pm, 7.00pm & 9.30pm
Sunday 15 December at 5.00pm
|Tuesday 17 December at 7.00pm
Wednesday 18 December at 7.00pm
Thursday 19 December at 7.00pm
Friday 20 December at 7.00pm & 9.30pm
Saturday 21 December at 4.00pm, 7.00pm & 9.30pm
Sunday 22 December at 5.00pm
Friday 27 December at 7.00pm & 9.30pm
Saturday 28 December at 4.00pm, 7.00pm & 9.30pm
Sunday 29 December at 5.00pm
Monday 30 December at 7.00pm
January at 7.00pm
Friday 3 January at 7.00pm
Saturday 4 January at 4.00pm, 7.00pm & 9.30pm
Sunday 5 Jan at 5.00pm
Tuesday 7 January at 7.00pmWednesday 8 January at 7.00pm
Thursday 9 January at 7.00pm
Friday 10 January at 7.00pm
Saturday 11 January at 7.00pm & 9.30pm
Sunday 12 January at 5.00pm
Tuesday 14 January at 7.00pm
Wednesday 15 January at 7.00pm
Thursday 16 January at 7.00pm
Friday 17 January at 7.00pm
Saturday 18 January at 7.00pm & 9.30pm
Sunday 19 January at 5.00pm
Miss Dusty 'O' returns to the West End this Christmas in Stuart Saint's
critically acclaimed adult panto DICK! Reprising the role of 'S'HoHo' sex club
owner 'MISS SOFONDA COX', Dusty is accompanied by a highly talented gang of West
End Wendy's as they take on another camp and quiet ridiculous, carnal romp
through London Town.