Ends 13th December 2014.
Author Will Trenting gets a knighthood... and unwanted attention from the
Emlyn Williams' play is directed by Blanche McIntyre.
"The Studio" schedule:
See www.stjamestheatre.co.uk for details of productions.
Monday 6th until Saturday 11th October 2014
in association with Guy James and Knockhardy Productions present
MARRY ME A LITTLE
Marry Me A Little pieces together a selection of songs by the
undisputed master of the contemporary Broadway musical to tell a
charming and bittersweet tale of love, loneliness and survival
as a modern singleton. Two single strangers, left alone in their
studio apartments on a Saturday night, pass their time with
sweetly secret, unshared fantasies, never knowing that they’re
just a floor away from each other and the end of their lonely
dreams. Told entirely through songs written early in Sondheim’s
career or previously intended for his ground-breaking Broadway
musicals including A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The
Forum, Company, Follies and A Little Night Music, Marry Me a
Little is funny, moving and sophisticated musical as well as a
fascinating look at "the songs that got away”.
Marry Me a Little was co-created by Craig Lucas, who met
Sondheim whilst performing in the ensemble of the original
Broadway production of Sweeney Todd. In discussions at
rehearsals and parties, Sondheim mentioned to Lucas the large
number of songs he had written that hadn’t been performed or
published. Lucas requested permission to use these songs, and
with his collaborator Norman René, pieced them together to
create a narrative between a young man and woman.
Marry Me a Little premiered Off-Off Broadway in 1980 and was
described by the New York Times as “an unusually moving
evening”. It was last seen in London in 1997 at the Bridewell
Theatre in a production starring Clive Carter and Rebecca Front.
Marry Me a Little is conceived and developed by Craig Lucas and
Norman Rene, with music by Stephen Sondheim. It is directed by
Hannah Chissick with musical direction by David Randall. It is
produced by Aria Entertainment in association with Guy James and
Knockhardy Productions, and by special arrangement with Josef
Weinberger Ltd on behalf of Music Theatre International of New
Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run this August, the show returns
to St. James Studio for an extra week of performances.
Simon Bailey will play Man and Laura Pitt-Pulford will play
Photographs (above) used by permission. Right photograph by Roy
Monday to Thursday at 8pm
Friday and Saturday at 3pm and 8pm
Studio Gallery: £22.50
Studio Downstairs and Upper Gallery: £18.50
Sunday 23rd November
S&S AWARD GALA 2014
The S&S Award Gala is a unique opportunity to be in at the beginning of brand
new British musicals performed by the West End’s finest.
Olivier Award-winners Nigel Harman
and David Bedella will appear at this
year’s glittering S&S Award Gala. In addition, Norman Bowman will sing the title
role in the winning show, 'Stay Awake Jake,' and Julie Atherton heads the cast
of West End performers.
Special guest star, singer/songwriter Gwyneth Herbert will also appear.
It is also announced that The S&S Award is linking up with Leicester Curve
theatre to be the ‘host venue’ for the winning show’s developmental programme.
Curve, under new Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, has declared its intention to
be ‘the British home of new musical theatre writing’.
The S&S Award is an annual celebration of new musical theatre and is given to
the best new unproduced musical of the year as judged by a panel of
distinguished producers, actors, directors and musicians.
A cast of West End performers will present extracts from the winning show, Stay
Awake, Jake by Tim Gilvin, and from two highly-commended shows, Jabberwocky by
Rebecca Applin and Susannah Pearse, and Van Winkle – a folk musical by Caroline
The evening will culminate in the presentation of The S&S Award 2014 by Nigel
The S&S Award Gala is directed by Simon Greiff with musical direction by Richard
Bates.It is produced by SimG Productions in association with Mercury Musical
All seats: £20 (£14 concessions)
Reports are that for all its melodrama, this 1950's play of an older man and an
under-age girl feels more relevant than ever. There's praise for Alexander
Hanson as a newly lauded writer forced to account for his indiscretion. The
loyal wife (Abigail Cruttenden) and agent (Jay Villiers) are also noted for
making the most of the supportive positions they are required to adopt - whether
moral or not.
Most of all, it's the Finborough Theatre's night for
re-discovering the play, and producer Nicola Seed Productions for employing
designer James Cotterill and lighting designer Peter Mumford for the transfer.
A rare chance to see something which may have aged a little, but has plenty
to say here and now, is the verdict.