PURE IMAGINATION (musical)
Ends 17th October
Pure Imagination celebrates the songs of Leslie Bricusse, one of the most
prolific and well loved film and musical theatre songwriters of our time.
Whether writing alone or forming magical partnerships - including Anthony
Newley, Henry Mancini, John Williams and John Barry - double Oscar and
Grammy Award winner Leslie Bricusse’s music has touched us all. He has
composed over 1,000 songs and written the book, music and/or lyrics for more
than 40 musical films and plays over a 60-year career. This heartwarming and
uplifting show includes such favourites as What Kind Of Fool Am I, If I
Ruled The World, Talk To The Animals, Feeling Good, Goldfinger and many,
Dave Willetts, Siobhan McCarthy, Niall Sheehy, Julie Atherton and Giles
Terera will star.
Director: Christopher Renshaw, Musical Director/Orchestrator: Michael
England, Musical Staging: Matthew Cole, Production Designer: Tim Goodchild,
Lighting Designer: Derek Anderson, Sound Designer: Mike Thacker, Projection
Designer: Victor Craven, Producer/Casting Director: Danielle Tarento.
Leslie Bricusse will attend a Pure Imagination "aftershow Q & A" after the
Evening performance on Wednesday 7th October 2015.
This is a chance to hear first hand how Leslie became one of the most
prolific and well loved film and musical theatre songwriters of our
time, and of the many famous people he has worked with in a long career in
the West End, on Broadway and in Hollywood.
Leslie will be interviewed on stage at St James Theatre by journalist Edward
Seckerson. The performance will end at 9.30pm, and the Q & A will end no
later than 10.45pm. Entry is free to that night’s ticket holders.
Sunday 11th October 2015
DOGFIGHT in CONCERT
Jamie Muscato and Laura Jane Matthewson, plus the rest of the original
London cast and band are reunited for a special concert version of the
acclaimed musical, exactly a year after its acclaimed European premiere
season ended at Southwark Playhouse.
Dogfight was showered with praise by the critics and the production was
nominated Best Musical and Laura Jane Matthewman named Outstanding Emerging
Talent in the Evening Standard Awards. Dogfight also received three Off West
End Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Female and Best Male, and
it was shortlisted Best Off West End Production in the Whatsonstage Awards.
Producer Danielle Tarento said today: “Dogfight was such a special project
for everyone involved. Now we have a wonderful opportunity to reunite the
Dogfight family to once more sing the magical score by Pasek and Paul and
relive again the heartbreaking love story between Eddie and Rose. As the
lyrics to the show’s opening song say: ‘Take me back...’”
November 21, 1963. The night before their deployment to Vietnam, three young
Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery. But when Corporal
Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, the unassuming and idealistic waitress he enlists
to win a cruel bet, she rewrites the rules of the game and opens his eyes to
what really matters in life.
Heading the cast in the central roles of Eddie and Rose are Jamie Muscato
and Laura Jane Matthewson. The rest of the cast are: Cellen Chugg Jones;
Nicholas Corre; Joshua Dowen; Ciaran Joyce; Amanda Minihan; Rebecca Trehearn;
Samuel J. Weir.
Director: Matt Ryan. Choreographer: Lucie Pankhurst. Musical Director:
George Dyer. Producer: Danielle Tarento
3.30pm and 7.30pm
£30, £25, £15
"The Studio" schedule:
See www.stjamestheatre.co.uk for details of productions.
Friday 30th October, Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November 2015
The Ministry of Entertainment Limited presents the world stage premiere of Spike
Milligan and Ronnie Barker’s legendary comedy:
THE PHANTOM RASPBERRY
BLOWER OF OLD LONDON TOWN
The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town was the final Goons Show BBC
radio script, conceived and written by “the Godfather of modern comedy” Spike
Milligan. It was to have starred Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe & Milligan -The
Goons - but Sellers’ Hollywood career had taken off with The Pink Panther movies
and so it was never recorded by them.
The script was later adapted by Milligan and British comedy great, Ronnie
Barker, as an eight-part serial story and it appeared in 1976 on The Two Ronnies
TV comedy show.
Now the Ministry of Entertainment is bringing the Milligan/Barker script to the
stage as Spike Milligan originally intended – performed by The Goons. The
Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town will also include previously unused
material from the abandoned Goon Show, for fans and a whole new generation to
From the darkest annals of Victorian England, comes a lurid tale of folks,
jokes... and cloaks! Chaos and comedy abound when a lone madman stalks the
streets of foggy London, bringing discomfort and disgust to everyone, in
probably the most outrageous way imaginable to man (...and it’s not
Jack-the-Ripper - he’s away on a course!).
It is directed by Danny Greenstone as a fast-paced live radio show, with David
Boyle, Lee Moone and Steve Elias in the roles originally created for Sellers,
Milligan and Secombe. They are joined in the madness by James Petherick as the
Announcer, Jodie Jacobs as The Girl, and of course The Phantom himself… to be
played by a nightly mystery celebrity guest!
All proceeds from the world stage premiere gala performance of The Phantom
Raspberry Blower of Old London Town on Friday 30th October 2015, will be donated
to youth charity The Prince’s Trust, which helps unemployed young people into
work or training.
Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 8pm
Studio Floor £22.50
Studio Gallery £25
Studio Upper Gallery £22.50
Studio Standing £15