The Lion King Celebrates 15 Years in the West End

The Lion King London Lyceum TheatreOn Sunday 19th October Disney’s THE LION KING will celebrate its 15th anniversary at London’s Lyceum Theatre. The award-winning musical has entertained over 12 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. It also recently became the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

To celebrate this milestone and to thank Londoners for embracing and supporting the show, Disney today gave away 1500 London theatre tickets to the anniversary performance on Sunday 19 October. Over 1000 theatregoers queued at the Lyceum Theatre to claim a pair of tickets for this Sunday’s performance.

Congratulating the production, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson says: “Congratulations to The Lion King whose long-run has contributed to the phenomenal success of London theatreland. From the bright lights of the West End, to the dozens of smaller theatres to be found across the city, it’s a hugely important sector for our economy, generating more than £600 million last year and underlining London’s status as one of the world’s greatest cities for culture.

Meanwhile, the sell-out UK Tour of THE LION KING has announced its final dates and will conclude in Manchester this March, since its launch in August 2012. The tour will have played in 11 cities in the UK and Ireland, bringing Julie Taymor’s acclaimed production to over 1.8 million theatregoers. The show has broken box office and attendance records at every venue it has visited.

In January 2015 Disney will release licensed school versions of THE LION KING for primary and secondary schools. These 30-minute and 70-minute versions of the show are accompanied by resource materials to help teachers and students learn about stagecraft and performance.

Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation of Disney’s beloved animated film premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by over 75 million people across six continents. Ten productions are running concurrently around the globe: In addition to the record-breaking productions in London and New York, The Lion King can currently be seen in Hamburg, Madrid, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Brisbane and on tours of the UK, North America and Japan. Future productions are set to open in Mexico City and Shanghai.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games London Palladium Tickets

Lord of The Dance Dangerous GamesGet along to see this multi award-winning, record-breaking Michael Flatley, the Lord of Dance himself, as he returns to the West End stage for the final time with his most outstanding show to date, featuring special guest-star, former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle.

Lord Of The Dance was Irish dancer / choregrapher Flatley’s follow-up show to Riverdance, which became a cultural phenomenon following its performance on the 1994 Eurovison Song Contest and presented Flatley’s bespoke hybrid of traditional Irish and contemporary dance to the masses.

Now, this large new staging of his original masterpiece, entitiled Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games makes its World Premiere at London’s legendary centre of entertainment the Palladium for eight weeks only.

Founded on Irish folklore, this classic tale of Good vs. Evil, expressed through the universal language of dance, has exhilarated audiences worldwide It’s the story of the Little Spirit, who travels through time to help the Lord of the Dance protect his people from the challenge of Don Dorcha, the Dark Lord.

As this dark power challenges our hero, the adventure draws you into a mythical universe of love, danger, and desire, created by a masterfully orchestrated combination of precision dancing, state of the art lighting and pyrotechnics.

With 40 of the world’s outstanding young performers directed by Flatley, and new music by composer Gerard Fahy, Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging, new costumes and new choreography.

Cast performance schedule: Michael Flatley will NOT be in appearing in Matinee performances. Nadine Coyle will be performing at the following 7.30pm performances.
1 – 6, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30 September 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 15 – 17 October

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Age Restrictions: For 5+ upwards. No babes in arms will be admitted
Booking From: 2nd Sep 2014
Booking Until: 25th Oct 2014
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm

Sunday 24th August 2014

West End joint winners Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables

Eurovision-2014Last night on 22nd May 2014, there was a star-studded West End Eurovision return to the Dominion Theatre London, for its 7th and final year in support of The Make A Difference (MAD) Trust. Join winners were Mamma Mia! and Les Misérables.

There were more than 200 performers on show, with West End Eurovision being one of the biggest and most exciting late night events in the West End, which resulted in a tremendously successfully evening.

As much as the performers and performances were the star of the evening, the most moving part came from a speech by multi-award winning director Andrew Keates, about his experience directing a revival of the first ever AIDS play, As Is by William M. Hoffman and how this affected his own life:

‘My cast and production team wanted to know why I wanted to do this play.  I explained I thought it was a beautiful story of one person reaching out to another and asking them to take to accept them ‘as is’.  Secondly, I wanted to respect all those that we had lost, and lastly, I wanted the younger generations (who didn’t live through the horrendous 1980s AIDS epidemic), to be inspired enough to get tested.  Then, if one person did find that their status was positive, they could receive treatment in good time.  You can imagine my surprise when, after the show, I discovered that actually I was that person.  I was HIV+…  Anyone who knows me, would know that I have never been anything more than proud of who I am.  And why shouldn’t I be?  Tonight isn’t about raising money for ‘those with HIV’ but raising money for our friends, colleagues and fellow artists that may fall on hard times.  One day that could be me.  One day that could be you.  In many ways I feel like I am coming out for a second time…  The best advice I can give anyone, whether they work in theatre or not, is to get tested, stay safe and not to be ignorant of those of us who are positive.  This business is hard enough.  Let’s all look after each other.

Andrew’s bravery and honesty made an impression on the evening way above anything else. Celebrity judges – TV and radio personality Graham Norton, X Factor favourite Rylan Clarke, actress Caroline Quentin and Birds of a Feather’s Lesley Joseph – plus host Richard Gauntlett also made the evening a fabulous evening to never forget.

The MAD Trust works with the British entertainment industry and its audiences to raise funds to offer care and support to people living with HIV, AIDS and other chronic illnesses, who are unable to work and are facing hardship.  To support The MAD Trust all people have to do is text MADT £3 to 70007 to give just £3.

For further information about West End Eurovision and MADTrust you can visit the website www.madtrust.org or follow them on Twitter: @MADTrust

Friday 23rd May 2014

Les Miserables cast update London Queen’s Theatre June 2014

Les Miserables Queen's Theatre LondonCast changes in the London West End production of the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award winning show LES MISÉRABLES at the Queen’s Theatre from 16th June 2014.

Joining the company of Les Miserables are: Peter Lockyer as ‘Jean Valjean’; David Thaxton as ‘Javert’; Tom Edden as ‘Thénardier’; Celinde Schoenmaker as ‘Fantine’; Michael Colbourne as ‘Enjolras’ and Emilie Fleming as ‘Cosette’.

Rob Houchen will continue to star as ‘Marius’, Carrie Hope Fletcher as ‘Eponine’ and Wendy Ferguson as ‘Madame Thénardier’.

Peter Lockyer lately finished a year and a half run as Jean Valjean in the sold-out North American 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Misérables.  He has also performed as ‘Chris’ in “Miss Saigon” on Broadway and in the first National tour and as ‘Marius’ in the 10th Anniversary production of Les Misérables on Broadway.  David Thaxton recently played ‘Giorgio’ in “Passion” at the Donmar Warehouse for which he won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Previously he has appeared as ‘Enjolras’ in “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre and ‘Raoul’ in “Love Never Dies” at the Adelphi Theatre. Tom Edden appeared in “One Man, Two Guvnors” on Broadway, earning him a Tony Award Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in 2011. He most recently played ‘Fagin’ in “Oliver!” at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Celinde Schoenmaker returns to the role of ‘Fantine’ at the Queen’s Theatre after making her West End debut in the part in 2013. She most recently played ‘Jenny’ in “Love Story” on tour in Holland. Michael Colbourne most recently played ‘Young Buddy’ in “Follies” at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. He makes his West-End debut in the role. Emilie Fleming was a finalist in BBC One’s “Over the Rainbow”. Her credits include “Oliver!” at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.  She also took part in the “Les Misérables” 20th Anniversary performance schools finale at the Queen’s Theatre.

The full company of Les Miserables as of 16th June 2014 will be: Jeremy Batt; Ethan Bradshaw; Melanie Bright; Dougie Carter; Michael Colbourne; Jade Davies; Lee Dillon-Stuart; Tamsin Dowsett; Tom Edden; Christian Edwards; Wendy Ferguson; Emilie Fleming; Carrie Hope Fletcher; James Gant; Carolina Gregory; Rob Houchen; Bradley Jaden; Emma Kingston; Sarah Lark; Jordan Lee Davies; Adam Linstead; Peter Lockyer; Joanna Loxton; Claire Parrish; Adam Pearce; Jonny Purchase; Michael Riseley; Celinde Schoenmaker; Simon Shorten; Ashley Stillburn; Jessamy Stoddart; David Thaxton and Helen Walsh.

LES MISERABLES: Seen by more than 65 million people in 42 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, it is still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 28th year.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

Ex-convict Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

Les Miserables
Queen’s Theatre
London

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Wednesday 21st May 2014

Miss Saigon opens in London West End Prince Edward Theatre

Miss Saigon at Prince Edward TheatreMiss Saigon opens at the Prince Edward Theatre in London, on 21st May 2014 with fans of the show already having enjoyed seeing performances during the preview period.

Gathered from around the globe, this exciting international cast includes Jon Jon Briones as ‘The Engineer’, Eva Noblezada as ‘Kim’, Alistair Brammer as ‘Chris’, Tamsin Carroll as ‘Ellen’, Hugh Maynard as ‘John’ and Rachelle Ann Go as ‘Gigi’. MISS SAIGON makes its highly anticipated return to London’s West End at the Prince Edward Theatre on Saturday 3rd May 2014, in the musical’s 25th Anniversary Year and is currently booking for performances through to Saturday 25th October 2014.

JON JON BRIONES was part of the ensemble in the original cast of “Miss Saigon” when the show opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Since then he played the role of ‘The Engineer’ in his native Philippines, London, and on tour in the UK and US as well as in Germany.  EVA NOBLEZADA, who is seventeen years old will make her professional stage debut as ‘Kim’.

ALISTAIR BRAMMER made his professional stage debut as ‘Marius’ in the West End production of “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre having before performed in a special finale of the show for the show’s 20th birthday where he performed the same role as part of the Schools’ Edition cast. After his appearance in the West End, Alistair was cast as ‘Jean Prouvaire’ in the hit film  “Les Misérables”, a role which he also played in the 25th Anniversary of the show at the O2 Arena London. He is at present playing the role of ‘Billy’ in War Horse, at the New London Theatre, in London’s West End.

TAMSIN CARROLL was most recently seen as ‘Chairy Barnum’ in “Barnum” at Chichester Festival Theatre in West Sussex. Before that, she was in the West End as ‘Nancy’ in “Oliver!”, a role she also played in her home country of Australia, for which she was awarded the Helpmann Award for Best Actress in a Musical. As well as this, and also in Australia, Tamsin received wide acclaim for her brilliant performance as the title role in “Dusty” where she won both the Green Room and Helpmann awards for Best Actress in a Musical. Other UK theatre credits include “The Magistrate” at the National Theatre, ‘Emma Goldman’ in “Ragtime” and ‘Titania’ in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, for Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park.

HUGH MAYNARD portrayed the role of ‘John’ in the first and second national UK tours of “Miss Saigon”. Most recently performing in the tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar”. His credits in the West End credits “Sister Act” and the original cast of “The Lion King”.

RACHELLE ANN GO is a popular TV star in the Philippines having won their “Search for a Star” contest and is a double-platinum recording artist.

Ensemble with: Julia Abueva, Natalie Chua, Jon-Scott Clark, Rob Compton , Callum Francis, Ashley Gilmour, Maria Graciano, Simon Hardwick, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Matthew Jeans, Kurt Kansley, Kittiphun Kittipakapom, David Lee, Mitch Leow, Ela Lisondra, Tanya Manalang, Christian Rey Marbella, Kanako Nakano, Thao Therese Nguyen, Saori Oda, Ariel Reonal, Jon Reynolds, Romeo Salazar, Jordan Shaw, Marsha Songcome, Eloisa Amalia Tan, Christian Tanamal, Thao Vilayvong, Amadeus Williams and Gerald Zarcilla.

MISS SAIGON has Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jnr and Alain Boublil, adapted from Original French Lyrics by Alain Boublil with Additional Lyrics by Michael Malher. This new production will be directed by Laurence Connor with Musical Staging by Bob Avian and Additional Choreography by Geoffrey Garratt, Production Design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley based on an Original Concept by Adrian Vaux, Andreane Neofitou with Costume Design, Bruno Poet with Lighting Design, Sound Design by Mick Potter and Orchestrations by William David Brohn. Musical Supervision is by Stephen Brooker and John Rigby. Alfonso Casado Trigo with Musical Direction.

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Wednesday 21st May 2014

 

War Horse London Tickets

War Horse at New London TheatreWar Horse is a story that begins at the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s loved horse, is sold to the cavalry and transported to France. He’s soon involved in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an remarkable odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land.

Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he ventures on a dangerous mission to find him and bring him home. The National’s epic is based on War Horse, the famous novel by the Children’s Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo . Actors working with glorious, life-sized puppets by the internationally celebrated Handspring Puppet Company lead us on a absorbing journey through history.

War Horse at New London TheatreSearch for War Horse Tickets New London TheatreImportant Information:
Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break.
Booking From: Saturday, 28 March 2009
Booking Until: Saturday, 15 February 2014
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm
Evenings: Monday, Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm. Tuesdays at 7pm
Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

New London Theatre
166 Drury Lane
London
WC2B 5PW

Infra Red
Wheelchair access
Disabled Toilets

The Woman In Black London Tickets Fortune Theatre

The Woman In BlackSince 1989, over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most exhilarating, spooky, absorbing and successful theatre events ever staged, The Woman In Black.

Unanimously applauded by the critics, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best selling novel blends the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. It is a process that provides audiences with an evening of constant drama as they are carried into a terrifying and ghostly world.

Please be informed that there is a large possibility of school groups being present at The Woman In Black, particularly for Monday to Thursday performances.

The Woman In Black Fortune TheatreSearch for The Woman In Black TicketsImportant Information:
This play is not suitable for those with a nervous disposition or who cannot handle sudden shocks. Please be advised that there is a large possibility of school groups being present at The Woman In Black, especially for Monday to Thursday performances.
Booking From: Thursday, 1 June 1989
Booking Until: Saturday, 26 July 2014
Matinees: Thursday 3pm, Saturday 4pm
Evenings: Tuesday to Saturday 8pm
Running Time: 2 hours

Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London
WC2B 5HH

Air-Conditioned

The Weir London Tickets

The WeirFollowing the critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Donmar Warehouse, this contemporary ghost story transfers to Wyndham’s Theatre for twelve weeks only. When it first premiered in 1997, The Weir won the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier awards for Best New Play, and established Conor McPherson as one of our greatest living playwrights.

Josie Rourke’s critically lauded production reunites the extraordinary original Donmar company of Risteárd Cooper, Brian Cox, Dervla Kirwan, Peter McDonald and Ardal O’Hanlon. This is the first major British revival of one of the all-time great modern classics.

In Brendan’s isolated pub on the west coast of Ireland, four men are getting together for a session, where their brags are matched by their pints. The arrival of a stranger in their midst – a woman– spurs them to impress her with their story-telling. They are stories of souls past and of spirits very much present. But one story is more chilling and more real than any of them could have envisioned.

The Weir London Wyndhams Theatre TicketsBooking From: Thursday, 16 January 2014
Booking Until: Saturday, 19 April 2014
Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Wyndham’s Theatre
32-36 Charing Cross Road
London
WC2H 0DA

Infra Red
Wheelchair access
Air-Conditioned

The Ladykillers London Tickets at Vaudeville Theatre

The LadykillersAward-winning comedy The Ladykillers returns to London this summer at The Vaudeville Theatre.

Gloriously adapted for the stage by Graham Linehan (Father Ted) and directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote), The Ladykillers is the classic, black comic story of a sweet little old lady, solitary in her house, matched against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing to bring off their meticulously-planned heist.

Featuring a leading cast of some of the best stage and screen comedy actors including Simon Day (The Fast Show), Ralf Little (The Royle Family), Olivier Award winners Con O’Neill and John Gordon Sinclair, Chris McCalphy, and Angela Thorne (To The Manor Born) as the sweetly innocent Mrs Wilberforce.

Impersonating amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the askew house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot her unwitting participation in Marcus’ brilliantly planned heist job. The police are left stomped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there’s only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce. is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?

The Ladykillers Vaudeville TheatreSearch for The Ladykillers TicketsImportant Information:
Booking From: Saturday, 29 June 2013
Booking Until: Saturday, 26 October 2013
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 3pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.45pm
Running Time: 2 hrs 15 min

Vaudeville Theatre
404 Strand
London
WC2R 0NH

Air-Conditioned

The Full Monty London Tickets at Noël Coward Theatre

The Full Monty LondonIn 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, took the world by storm.

And now they’re back, live on stage, only this time, for them, it really has to be… The Full Monty!

Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar winning screenwriter, has gone back to Sheffield where it all started to rediscover the men, the women, the heartache and the hilarity of a city on the dole.

Featuring songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

The Full Monty London Noel Coward TheatreSearch for The Full Monty TicketsImportant Information:
Latecomers will admitted at a suitable point.
Booking From: Thursday, 20 February 2014
Booking Until: Saturday, 14 June 2014
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Noël Coward Theatre
85-88 St Martin’s Lane
London
WC2N 4AU

Infra Red
Wheelchair access
Air-Conditioned