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Love’s Labour’s Lost:
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 23 September 2014 – 14 March 2015
Press performance: Wednesday 15 October, 2014 1pm
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon cinema screening: Wednesday 11 February 2015
Love’s Labour’s Won (or Much Ado About Nothing):
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 3 October 2014 – 14 March 2015
Press performance: Wednesday 15 October, 2014 7pm
Live from Stratford-upon-Avon cinema screening: Wednesday 4 March 2015
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Christopher Luscombe
Full casting is announced for Christopher Luscombe’s productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (also known as Much Ado About Nothing). As part of a season marking the centenary of the First World War, both productions will play in repertoire in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon with a joint press day on Wednesday 15 October. They will also be broadcast live into cinemas worldwide and streamed free into schools.
Christopher Luscombe makes his RSC directorial debut having last appeared with the Company as an actor in 1998. His recent directing work includes The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Comedy of Errors for Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as The Madness of George III and Spamalot in the West End. He directs a single company of actors in a fresh pairing of two of Shakespeare’s most sparkling comedies. The productions will be set just before and just after the First World War in a splendid country house based on Charlecote Park in Warwickshire - four miles from the RSC’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon.
As already announced, Edward Bennett and Michelle Terry are returning to the RSC to play the lovers in both productions: Berowne and Rosaline, Benedick and Beatrice.
Love’s Labour’s Lost full cast includes: Sam Alexander (King of Navarre); Peter Basham (Gamekeeper); William Belchambers (Longaville); Edward Bennett (Berowne); Nick Haverson (Costard); John Hodgkinson (Don Armado); David Horovitch (Holofernes); Tunji Kasim (Dumaine); Sophie Khan Levy (Housemaid); Oliver Lynes (Footman); Emma Manton (Jaquenetta); Chris McCalphy (Dull); Frances McNamee (Maria); Peter McGovern (Moth); Chris Nayak (Footman); Jamie Newall (Boyet); Roderick Smith (Marcadé); Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Katharine); Michelle Terry (Rosaline); Harry Waller (Gamekeeper); Thomas Wheatley (Sir Nathaniel) and Leah Whitaker (Princess of France).
Love’s Labour’s Won full cast includes: Sam Alexander (Don John); Peter Basham (Butler); William Belchambers (Conrade); Edward Bennett (Benedick); Nick Haverson (Dogberry); John Hodgkinson (Don Pedro); David Horovitch (Leonato); Tunji Kasim (Claudio); Sophie Khan Levy (Housemaid); Oliver Lynes (Soldier); Emma Manton (Margaret); Chris McCalphy (Sexton); Frances McNamee (Ursula); Peter McGovern (George Seacoal); Chris Nayak (Borachio); Jamie Newall (Friar Francis); Roderick Smith (Verges); Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Hero); Michelle Terry (Beatrice); Harry Waller (Balthasar) and Thomas Wheatley (Antonio).
Both productions will be broadcast ‘Live from Stratford-upon-Avon’ to cinemas in collaboration with Picturehouse Entertainment during the performance in the RST of Love’s Labour’s Lost on Wednesday 11 February 2015 and of Love Labour’s Won on Wednesday 4 March and simultaneously screened in over 300 cinemas around the country whilst also being available in North America, Australia, Japan and Northern Europe.
Both productions are designed by Simon Higlett with lighting by Oliver Fenwick. The music is composed by Nigel Hess with sound by Jeremy Dunn. The Movement director is Jenny Arnold.
The Company is also offering another unique opportunity to schools across the UK to experience the productions in the classroom with them being streamed into schools in March and April 2015. As the first theatre company to broadcast its work to schools the RSC reached over 34,000 students with its first streaming of Richard II in November 2013.
This hugely popular initiative is made possible through collaboration with Ravensbourne College. Alongside the webcast, the RSC will create an extensive package of online resources for use by teachers and students in the classroom, both in the lead up to the broadcast and for use as follow up materials afterwards.
Shakespeare teachers’ packs including resources from Gregory Doran’s Richard II and Henry IV Parts I and II are available here: www.rsc.org.uk/education/online-resources/shakespeare-teachers-pack.aspx
To book tickets call 0844 800 1110 or online at www.rsc.org.uk
Love’s Labour’s Lost Wednesday 15 October, 2014 1pm
Love’s Labour’s Won Wednesday 15 October, 2014 7pm
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Schools wanting to sign up for streaming direct to the classroom should also visit onscreen.rsc.org.uk/
The £5 ticket scheme for 16 – 25 year olds gives access to £5 tickets for all RSC productions whether we are performing in Stratford-upon-Avon, London or on tour. Tickets can be booked
THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE:
Royal Shakespeare Theatre: 29 November 2014 – 31 January 2015
Press night: Tuesday 9 December, 7pm
By Phil Porter
Directed by Erica Whyman
Full casting is announced for the world premiere of Phil Porter’s new play, The Christmas Truce. Inspired by the real events of the First World War exactly 100 years ago and directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, this uplifting play for families opens to the press on Tuesday 9 December in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Erica Whyman makes her Royal Shakespeare Theatre directorial debut having recently directed plays by Timberlake Wertenbaker and Alice Birch as part of the RSC’s Midsummer Mischief festival in The Other Place. Erica was Chief Executive of Northern Stage from 2005 to 2012; her productions whilst there included Oh What a Lovely War, which was nominated for two TMA awards, Oh, The Humanity, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. As Gregory Doran’s deputy Erica takes a lead on the development and commission of new writing for the RSC.
Porter’s The Christmas Truce is
inspired by the incredible true Christmas story from 1914, when soldiers along
the Western Front left their trenches on Christmas Eve to meet their enemies in
No Man’s Land to talk, exchange gifts and play football. Phil’s
previous work at the RSC includes Here
Lies Mary Spindler and
Tempest, Pericles and
with Sean Foley A Mad World My Masters, which begins a UK tour with English
Touring Theatre in 2015. His other plays include Blink (Soho
Theatre/Traverse Theatre/New York) and The
Cracks In My Skin (Manchester Royal Exchange, Bruntwood Award).
The Christmas Truce draws on the story of Warwickshire Regiment Soldier and local cartoonist, Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather, who worked at the original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre as an electrical engineer. Bruce Bairnsfather is played by Joseph Kloska returning to the RSC having last been with the Company in Measure for Measure and Gregory Doran’s Written on the Heart.
Bairnsfather’s most famous cartoon character Old Bill is brought to life in the play and is played by Gerard Horan. They are joined by Sam Alexander; Peter Basham; William Belchambers; Nick Haverson; Tunji Kasim; Sophie Khan Levy; Oliver Lynes; Emma Manton;Chris McCalphy; Peter McGovern; Frances McNamee; Chris Nayak; Jamie Newall; Roderick Smith; Flora Spencer-Longhurst; Harry Waller; Thomas Wheatley and Leah Whitaker.
The production is designed by Tom Piper with lighting by Charles Balfour. Music is composed and arranged by Sam Kenyon with sound by Andy Franks.
As the RSC creates the production the Company continues to invite local people and those with connections to the Warwickshire Regiment to share and discover their own First World War family history. A short film of some of these stories is available here: www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/the-christmas-truce/sharing-stories-video.aspx
Alongside The Christmas Truce there will be a free exhibition exploring the life and work of Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather, who became world-famous during the First World War for his cartoons depicting life on the frontline. Published weekly in ‘The Bystander’ magazine his cartoons caught the imagination of the soldiers at war, and their families back home. Bairnsfather became a household name and published volumes of his cartoons selling over a million copies. This free exhibition will explore his fascinating life and work as well as the artist’s interesting personal connections to Stratford-upon-Avon and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Curated by the Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Mark Warby, a leading Bruce Bairnsfather collector and writer, the exhibition opens on the 10 October 201 4.
By Tom Morton-Smith
Directed by Angus Jackson
Swan Theatre: 15 January 2015 – 7 March 2015
Press Night: Thursday 22 January 2015, 7pm
Tickets: 0844 800 1110 or www.rsc.org.uk
Casting is announced for two Royal Shakespeare Company premieres in the Swan Theatre this winter. Philip Breen directs Jacobean comedy, The Shoemaker’s Holiday, by Thomas Dekker, which is produced for the first time by the RSC and opens for previews on the 11 December 2014. Angus Jackson makes his RSC debut, directing the world premiere of Tom Morton-Smith’s new play, Oppenheimer, which takes us into the heart of 1930s America and the Manhattan Project, opening for previews on 15 January 2015. Both productions are crossed cast and run in repertory until 7 March 2015.
The Shoemaker’s Holiday is Dekker’s eccentric city comedy of a cobbler who ends up as Mayor of London around a back drop of star crossed lovers and wars, playing the larger than life character of Simon Eyre is David Troughton. David is an RSC Associate Artist and was last at the RSC in 2007 with Macbeth and Macbett, his other theatre credits include My City (Almeida) and Enjoy(Bath Theatre Royal).
Oppenheimer, a major new play by Tom Morton-Smith about ‘the father of the atom bomb’, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is played by John Heffernan. John returns to the RSC having last been with the company in 2007 for The Seagull and King Lear, more recently he was at the National Theatre playing the title role in Edward II.
A play about our own recent history, Oppenheimer is set against the backdrop of hedonistic 1930s America and looks into the heart of the Manhattan Project; exploring the tension between scientific advances and the justification of their use during wartime, revealing the personal cost of achieving greatness.
The Shoemaker’s Holiday full cast includes: Ben Allen (Askew); Ross Armstrong (Warner); Daniel Boyd (Ralph Damport); Vincent Carmichael (Earl of Lincoln); Laura Cubitt (Seamstress); Hedydd Dylan (Jane Damport); Sandy Foster (Sybil); William Gaminara (Sir Roger Oatley); Michael Grady-Hall (Lovell); Michael Hodgson (Hodge); Jack Holden (The King); Andrew Langtree (Dodger); Joel MacCormack (Firk); Tom McCall (Skipper); Josh O’Connor (Rowland Lacy); Vivien Parry (Margery Eyre); Thomasin Rand (Rose Oatley); David Troughton (Simon Eyre) and Jamie Wilkes (Hammon).
Oppenheimer full cast includes: Ben Allen; Ross Armstrong; Daniel Boyd; Vincent Carmichael; Laura Cubitt; Hedydd Dylan; Sandy Foster; William Gaminara; Michael Grady-Hall; John Heffernan; Jack Holden; Oliver Johnstone; Andrew Langtree; Joel MacCormack; Tom McCall; Josh O’Connor; Thomasin Rand; Catherine Steadman and Jamie Wilkes.
The Shoemaker’s Holiday is designed by Max Jones. The lighting is designed by Tina MacHugh with music by Jason Carr. Sound is by Andrea J Cox and movement by Ayse Tashkiran.
Oppenheimer is designed by Robert Innes Hopkins. The lighting is designed by Paul Anderson with music by Grant Olding. Sound is by Christopher Shutt and movement by Scott Ambler.
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consider themselves at home,
presenting Lionel Bart’s
Performance Dates: Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 October 2014
Press Night: Tuesday 14 October 7:30pm
South Staffs Musical Theatre Company (SSMTC), one of the Midlands best loved amateur companies return home to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre with their latest production,OLIVER! – the Lionel Bart musical based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
OLIVER! is undoubtedly one of the best loved musicals in theatre history. When orphan Oliver Twist utters the immortal words “Please Sir I want some more”, little does he know his actions will take him on unimaginable adventures in the underworld of Victorian London, alongside the colourful characters of Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sykes and The Artful Dodger, not to mention Bullseye - the English Bull Terrier.
For the last 78 years, South Staffs Musical Theatre Company have performed at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Following their highly successful productions of Carousel, The Sound of Music and Guys and Dolls recently, they are again set to delight audiences, this time with the fun family favourite, OLIVER!
The cast of local actors includes veteran performer, Mike Thomas from Albrighton as Fagin, James Collins, a secondary school teacher at Smestow School in Wovlerhampton as Bill Sykes, student Lexie Bennett from Upper Gornal as Nancy in her first principal role for SSMTC, 9 year old James Shaw and 12 year old Ben Sidaway who are sharing the title role.
Lionel Bart’s sensational score includes the timeless melodies, You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two, Who Will Buy?, As Long As He Needs Me, I’d Do Anything and many, many more tunes for the family to sing along to.
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Performance dates: Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 October 2014
Performance Times: Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm
Tickets: £8.50 - £19.00 with concessions available
Box Office: 01902 42 92 12
COMES TO WOLVERHAMPTON
TOP HAT, winner of three Olivier Awards, for ‘Best New Musical’, ‘Best Choreography’, ‘Best Costume Design’ from its seven nominations and winner of the Evening Standard Award for ‘Best Night Out’, embarks on a 47-week UK tour, visiting Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tue 21 Oct – Sat 1 Nov 2014.
The world premiere stage production of TOP HAT opened in the West End at the Aldwych Theatre on 9 May 2012 where it played over 600 performances during its run of nearly two years. Prior to the West End, the production previously enjoyed a sell-out UK Tour in 2011.
Stepping into the shoes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the lead roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont, are Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch, who both return to Top Hat having previously performed these roles in the West End. They are joined by Clive Hayward who returns as Horace Hardwick, the role he played in the West End, Rebecca Thornhill as Madge Hardwick, Sebastien Torkia as Alberto Beddini and John Conroy as Horace’s valet Bates.
Ensemble and swing members are Lucy Ashenden, Thomas Audibert, Caroline Bateson, Sophie Camble, Matthew Caputo, Kristy Cullen, Paul Farrell, Ian Goss, Carys Gray, Alyn Hawke, Rebecca Hodge, Samuel Humphreys, Thomas Inge, Thomas-Lee Kidd, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, David McKechnie, John McManus, George Olney, Ben Palmer, Holly Rostron, Maria Ward, Amy West and Monique Young.
TOP HAT is directed by Matthew White and choreographed by Bill Deamer (Olivier Award winner for Best Choreography), set designs are by Hildegard Bechtler (Olivier Award nominee for Best Set Design), costume designs by Jon Morrell (Olivier Award winner for Best Costume Design), lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound by Gareth Owen (Olivier Award nominee for Best Sound Design), new orchestrations by Chris Walkerand musical supervision by Richard Balcombe.
Jerry Travers (Alan Burkitt), the famous American tap dancer, arrives in London to appear in his first West End show. Travers meets the irresistible Dale Tremont (Charlotte Gooch), the girl of his dreams, and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart.
With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and based on the RKO motion picture, the screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott has been adapted for the stage by Matthew White and Howard Jacques and is presented by arrangement with RKO Pictures LLC, Warner Bros Theatre Ventures Inc. and the Irving Berlin Music Company.
Nominated for four Academy Awards, RKO’s Top Hat was the most successful picture of the nine movies Astaire and Rogers made together. It premiered at the Radio City Music Hall in 1935 where it broke all box office records. Within a few weeks, all five songs from the film occupied the top five places on the American Hit Parade. It is still widely regarded as one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.
Performed by a cast of 29 and accompanied by 11 live musicians, this multi award-winning musical comedy includes Irving Berlin classics from the movie such as Cheek to Cheek, Isn’t It a Lovely Day to be Caught in the Rain and Top Hat, White Tie and Tails. In addition, from Berlin’s 1200 strong back catalogue, a further ten numbers have been interpolated including well-loved favourites Let’s Face the Music and Dance and Puttin’ On the Ritz.
Alan Burkitt started his career winning the All England Tap Dancer of the Year award. A member of the original West End cast of TOP HAT at the Aldwych Theatre, Burkitt understudied the lead role of Jerry Travers for both Tom Chambers and Gavin Lee. He received rave reviews when he stood in for Lee on press night, a success story documented by Channel 4 for the TV series ‘The Sound of Musicals’. Other recent stage credits include: Singin’ in the Rain, Andy Lee in 42nd Street (Chichester Festival Theatre), the Prince in Adam Cooper’s Shall We Dance (Sadler’s Wells), Cats (German Tour) and We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre).
Charlotte Gooch took over the lead role of Dale Tremont from Summer Strallen in the West End, performing alongside Tom Chambers as Jerry Travers. Gooch performed the lead role of Penny Johnson in Dirty Dancingin the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre and also in the original national tour. Other recent stage credits include: the lead role of Sandy in Grease (UK Tour), Cats (German Tour) and the workshop of Swing Time, dancing a duet with Anton du Beke.
TOP HAT is produced by Kenny Wax, and his partners on the production are Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Ted Hartley, Flora Suk-Hwa Yoon and Lee Menzies.
Tue 21 Oct – Sat 1 Nov 2014
Mon – Sat evenings 7.30pm, Wed and Sat matinees at 2.30pm, additional matinee Thurs 23 Oct.
Tickets from £34.50 - £43.50
Pat Barker’s Booker-nominated novel, REGENERATION, has been adapted for the stage by Olivier Award-winning playwright Nicholas Wright (His Dark Materials, Vincent in Brixton), it opened at Royal & Derngate, Northampton on 29 August 2014 prior to a national tour. The production plays Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 4 – 8 November 2014.
REGENERATION is a co-production between the Touring Consortium Theatre Company and leading regional producing theatre, Royal & Derngate Northampton. The production is directed by Simon Godwin, with design by Alex Eales, lighting design by Lee Curran, music by Stuart Earl, sound byGeorge Dennis, and movement by Struan Leslie.
The full cast are Stephen Boxer (Captain Rivers), Christopher Brandon (Robert Graves), Simon Coates (Yealland/Anderson), Tim Delap (Siegfried Sassoon), Joshua Higgott (Campbell), David Morley Hale (Callan), Jack Monaghan (Billy Prior), Garmon Rhys (Wilfred Owen) and Lindy Whiteford (Sister Rogers)
A war saga in which not a shot is fired, but where battles are fought for the minds of men.
Marking the centenary of the start of the First World War, Regeneration is a compellingly compassionate look at war and the devastating after effect it had on a generation of young men. The play examines the insanity of war with shocking clarity; a powerful anthem for the youth of the First World War and the lives of young soldiers today.
“I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it”, Siegfried Sassoon, July 1917.
Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland 1917. Poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon has been institutionalised in an attempt to undermine his public disapproval of the war. His Army Psychiatrist, Dr William Rivers, has been tasked with returning shell-shocked officers to the trenches, yet under Sassoon’s influence, has become tormented by the morality of what is being done in the name of medicine.
Pat Barker was born in 1943. Her books include the highly acclaimed Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration (1991), which was made into a film of the same name, The Eye in the Door (1993), which won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and The Ghost Road (1995), which won the Booker Prize, as well as the more recent novels Another World, Border Crossing, Double Vision and Toby’s Room. She lives in Durham.
Nicholas Wright trained as an actor and joined the Royal Court Theatre in London as Casting Director before becoming the first Director of the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs, where he presented an influential programme of new and first-time writing. From 1975 to 1977 he was joint Artistic Director of the Royal Court. He joined the National Theatre in 1984 as Literary Manager and was an Associate Director of the National until 1998. His plays include Treetops andOne Fine Day at Riverside Studios, The Gorky Brigade at the Royal Court, The Crimes of Vautrin for Joint Stock, The Custom of the Country and The Desert Air both Royal Shakespeare Company and Cressida fro the Almeida Theatre at the Albery. At the National Theatre: Mrs. Klein, Vincent in Brixton (Olivier Award 2003), The Reporter and Travelling Light. His adaptation of Philip Pullman’s three-book cycle His Dark Materials was premiered at the National Theatre in 2003 and revived in 2004. The Last of the Duchess, adapted from the book by Caroline Blackwood, was produced at Hampstead Theatre in 2011. His play A Human Being Died That Night, based on the book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, was produced at Hampstead in 2012 and 2014 and is scheduled to play at BAM in new york in the Spring of 2015.His versions of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman and Chekhov’s Three Sisters were presented at the National Theatre, and his versions of Pirandello’s Naked and Wedekind’s Lulu were produced by the Almeida. His opera libretto The Little Prince (music by Rachel Portman) was premiered at Houston Grand Opera in 2003 and his opera for television, Buzz on the Moon, with music by Jonathan Dove, went out on Channel 4 in 2006. His writing about the theatre includes 99 Plays – a personal selection from Aeschylus to the present day – and Changing Stages, co-written with Richard Eyre.
Simon Godwin is the Associate Director of the Royal Court and an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic. He was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer for his direction of Wanderlust at the Royal Court in 2010 and won the Burberry Award for an emerging director at the Evening Standard Awards in 2012. Last year he directed Anne Marie Duff in Strange Interlude at the National Theatre and makes his debut at the RSC this year directing The Two Gentlemen of Verona and in 2015 is directing Ralph Fiennes in Man and Superman at the National Theatre.
Stephen Boxer’s (Captain Rivers) stage credits include King Lear and The Holy Rosenbergs, both at the National Theatre, Titus Andronicus and Written on the Heart, both for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Anjin: The Shogun and The English Samurai at Sadler’s Wells, Hayfever at The Rose Theatre, Kingston andThe Hypochondriac at the Almeida Theatre. Stephen’s screen credits include The Honourable Woman, Foyle’s War, Death in Paradise and Luther.
Christopher Brandon’s (Robert Graves) stage credits include Microcosm at the Soho Theatre, Moon Tiger at the Theatre Royal Bath, The Great Gatsby at Wilton’s Music Hall, Three Men in a Boat for the Original Theatre Company, Mixed Marriage at the Finborough Theatre, The Charming Man at Theatre 503, andTimon of Athens and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both at The Globe Theatre. Christopher’s screen credits include Endeavour and M.I High.
Simon Coates’ (Yealland/Anderson) stage credits include 1984 at the Almeida and Playhouse Theatres, Donkeys’ Years at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, The Misanthrope on UK Tour, Plenty at the Sheffield Crucible, The Prince of Homburg at the Donmar Warehouse, Translations and Arcadia both at the National Theatre, and Coriolanus and The Merry Wives of Windsor both for the RSC. Simon’s screen credits include Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Doctors andEastEnders.
Tim Delap’s (Siegfried Sassoon) stage credits include Moon Tiger at the Theatre Royal Bath, The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre, You Can Still Make a Killing at the Southwark Playhouse, Persuasion at the Salisbury Playhouse, Vincent in Brixton at Salisbury Playhouse and UK Tour, Hamlet at the Sheffield Crucible, The History Boys at the National Theatre, As You Desire Me at the Playhouse Theatre and All’s Well That Ends Well for the RSC. Tim’s screen credits include Black Mirror – Be Right Back, Doctors and Foyle’s War.
Joshua Higgott (Campbell) stage credits include 1984 at The Almeida Theatre, Birdsong on UK Tour, The Alchemist at Liverpool Playhouse, Making Noise Quietly at the Donmar Warehouse, Twelfth Night at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, and Two Gentlemen of Verona on US Tour for ADC Theatre. Joshua’s screen credits include 21 Clicks and The Machine.
Jack Monaghan (Billy Prior) has appeared in Uncle Dima for London Sinfionietta, Wendy and Peter Pan for the RSC, The Shawshank Redemption at The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh and Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, War Horse at the New London Theatre, Cinderella The Midnight Princess at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, The Merchant of Venice at the Said Amphitheatre, Oxford and Love on The Dole at the Finborough Theatre. Jack’s screen credits include About Time, The Somnambulists, Noah and Black Mirror 2: The Waldo Effect.
David Morley Hale (Callan) has appeared in Relative Values in the West End and UK Tour, Little Voice at The Queen’s Theatre, Romeo and Juliet for the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, The King’s Speech for Playful Productions, and Gotcha at Riverside Studios, London. Screen credits include The Sex Researchers for Channel 4, Charlie Brooker’s How TV Ruined My Life and The Sitcom Trials for ITV West.
Garmon Rhys’ (Wilfred Owen) stage credits include On The Razzle, As You Like It, Boys, Macbeth, The Rivals, and HIndle Wakes all for LAMDA. Garmon also starred in two short films called Pushaway for LAMDA and VP for Take Cover Films. He was also a TV Presenter for Y LLE, and appeared as Dai inCanrif/Century for the National Youth Theatre Of Wales.
Lindy Whiteford (Sister Rogers) stage credits include Fathers and Sons at The Donmar Warehouse, Men Should Weep at The National Theatre, Guys and Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre, Twelfth Night at The Bristol Old Vic, Romeo and Juliet at The Liverpool Playhouse and A Free Country at the Tricycle Theatre. Screen credits include What Remains, Shetland: Red Bones, Getting On, Casualty, Doctors and The Bill.
Tues 4 – Sat 8 November 2014
Performance Times: Evenings at 7:30pm, Wed & Sat matinees at 2:30pm.
Ticket Prices: £9.50 - £24.50
Box Office: 01902 42 92 12
ANNOUNCES STAR CAST INCLUDING BELINDA LANG & GARY WILMOT.
Music & Lyrics Limited and Royal & Derngate Northampton present a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical OKLAHOMA!, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and with new choreography by Drew McOnie, which will tour the UK and Ireland next year, at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tue 3 – Sat 7 March 2015.
From the award-winning producers of the highly successful tours of The King & I and Fiddler on the Roof, this new production of one of the great classic American musicals will feature a large cast and chorus led by Belinda Lang (School for Scandal, Ladies in Lavender, The Killing of Sister George) as Aunt Eller, Gary Wilmot (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Pajama Game, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Ali Hakim, Ashley Day (The Book of Mormon, The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical) as Curly, Charlotte Wakefield (The Sound of Music, MAMMA MIA!, Spring Awakening) as Laurey and Nic Greenshields (Guys and Dolls, Billy Elliot, The Phantom of the Opera) as Jud Fry, accompanied by a live orchestra led by musical director Steve Ridley. Set and costumes will be designed by Francis O’Connor, with lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Ben Harrison.
Rachel Kavanaugh is former Artistic Director of the Birmingham REP. She is directing An Ideal Husband at the Chichester Festival Theatre this autumn. Other credits include The Sound of Musicat the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Love Story in Chichester and the West End, and The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Drew McOnie’s choreography credits include In the Heights for Southwark Playhouse, The Sound of Music and Chicago for Leicester Curve, Soho Cinders at the Soho Theatre, and Dames at Sea and On the 20th Century at the Union Theatre. He recently launched his own theatre dance company, The McOnie Company.
OKLAHOMA!, with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, was based on the Lynn Riggs play Green Grow the Lilacs and was the first musical written by the duo. It was originally produced on Broadway in 1943 and the Academy Award-winning film was released in 1955. Set in the Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s, the musical tells the story of two sets of star-crossed lovers. Cowboy Curly loves Laurey, Aunt Eller’s niece, but Curly’s rival is the mysterious and dangerous hired hand Jud Fry. Meanwhile, Ado Annie is torn between cowboy Will and peddler Ali Hakim. Their stories are told with the help of some of the best loved songs in musical theatre history, including Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, I’m Just a Girl Who Cain’t Say No, Surrey With a Fringe on Top, Kansas City, People Will Say We’re in Love and the title song.
The UK & Irish tour of OKLAHOMA! will be presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.
Tue 3 – SAT 7 MARCH 2015
Mon – Sat evenings 7.30pm, Wed and Sat matinees at 2.30pm
Tickets from £24.50 - £37.50
TO STAR AS RACHEL MARRON IN
AT WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE
Following her sell-out run at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End, producers Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce that three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, will star in the leading role of ‘Rachel Marron’ in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Thea Sharrock’s hit musical THE BODYGUARD. The tour visits Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tue 21 April – Sat 2 May 2015.
Alexandra Burke said "I couldn't be happier to be joining the tour and I'm excited to get started. Being on the theatre stage has brought me great happiness. It is an honour to have been asked to join the team and I look forward to creating new and long lasting memories with the cast."
Alexandra Burke rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor. Her debut number one single Hallelujah sold over one million copies in the UK, a first for a British female soloist. Burke’s first album, Overcome saw the release of her subsequent number one singles Bad Boys and Start Without You. In 2011 she embarked on her first solo tour and was invited by Beyoncé to support her I Am... Tour. Her second album, Heartbreak on Hold, was released in June 2012 and later this year sees the release of her third studio album.
Alexandra Burke will perform the role of ‘Rachel Marron’ at all evening performances. At the matinee performances, the role of ‘Rachel Marron’ will be played by Zoe Birkett.
Zoe Birkett is probably best known as the highest placing female contestant in ITV’s Pop Idol, 2002. Since then she has appeared in the West End productions ofPriscilla Queen of the Desert and originated the female lead in Thriller Live. Her other theatre credits include the Acid Queen in Tommy and Maureen in Rent.
Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, THE BODYGUARD, which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Best Set Design and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional,One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre,
Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE
Performance Dates: Tues 21 April – Sat 2 May 2015.
Performance Times: Mon – Sat 7:30pm, Wed & Sat 2:30pm, extra matinee at 2:30pm Thurs 23 April.
Box Office: 01902 42 92 12
Tickets from £29.50 - £45.50
Friday 3 – Saturday 18 October
By Peter Arnott
Directed by Hamish Glen
How did the Devil have the best tunes?
The jazz scene in 1930s Berlin was one of the most vibrant and exciting in the world – a time captured brilliantly in the musical, Cabaret. But what happened to those talented singers and musicians as the Nazis’ grip tightened?
Propaganda Swing is a new play that throws a spotlight on the gripping true story of ‘Charlie and his Orchestra’. Featuring a fantastic swing band live on stage, this enthralling show reveals the characters behind the story of how some of the greatest German jazz musicians of the day entered into a Faustian pact with the Fascists – they could keep playing their beloved music at the price of seeing it corrupted for evil.
The captivating combination of WWII intrigue and drama set against a backdrop of glitz, glamour and Big Band swagger, makes Propaganda Swing a must-see show.
Evenings 7.45pm; Matinees 2.30pm.
Friday 31 October – Saturday 15 November
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Giles Croft
A serious comedy about science, sex and landscape gardening.
1809. Lust, longing and literary rivalry seize the inhabitants of Sidley Park, a grand house in Derbyshire, where proposals for the remodelling of the landscape are being contemplated. In the midst of this, the teenage Thomasina Coverly is making a scientific discovery that could change the way people understand the world. On the brink of adulthood, she is also increasingly fascinated by her rakish tutor, Septimus Hodge.
1993. Rivalry once again seizes the inhabitants of Sidley Park, as academics Bernard and Hannah compete to unpick the historic secrets of the estate and its earlier occupants, under the contemptuous eye of the current inhabitant, a young mathematician. Who was the mysterious hermit, do a young lady’s notebooks indicate a precocious scientific genius, and what – if anything – was Lord Byron up to?
Set in one room, spanning these two periods, Arcadia is an exuberantly funny, thought-provoking and touching masterpiece by Tom Stoppard which has dazzled audiences from the National Theatre to Broadway.
“Tom Stoppard’s richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and…emotion.”
— The New York Times
Evenings 7.45pm; Matinees 2.30pm.
Friday 28 November 2014 – Saturday 17 January 2015
Written and directed by Kenneth Alan Taylor
Prepare to be spellbound with Kenneth Alan Taylor’s 31st pantomime at Nottingham Playhouse!
Join us as we tell the magical tale of Sleeping Beauty, a princess cursed by a wickedly evil witch. Will a handsome young prince be able to save our beautiful princess and help her live happily ever after?
Featuring everything you have come to love about Playhouse pantomimes such as dazzling costumes, stunning sets, mischievous fun and thrilling musical numbers that will excite the whole family.
Evenings 7.45pm; Matinees 2.30pm. (Tues. 13 January 1.30pm)
BOX OFFICE: 01332 593939