Wicked London: Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans to head new cast

Wicked London: Sophie Evans and Alice Fearn – Photo Darren Bell

Wicked London: Sophie Evans and Alice Fearn – Photo Darren Bell

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce that Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Jack Lansbury (Boq) and Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) will head the new London cast from Monday 24 July 2017, joining current cast members Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).

Alice Fearn (Elphaba) originally joined the London production of WICKED in 2016, as Standby for Elphaba, and will now assume the role. Her previous West End appearances include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek The Musical, Into The Woods, Les Misérables (also the film version) and The Woman in White. Sophie Evans (Glinda) was the acclaimed runner-up in the BBC talent show ‘Over the Rainbow’ and subsequently played ‘Dorothy Gale’ in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium; Bradley Jaden (Fiyero) is currently starring as ‘Fiyero’ on the international tour of WICKED. He previously starred as ‘Enjolras’ in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre; Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible) is currently part of the acclaimed Everyman Company at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre. Her West End roles have included ‘Mrs Phelps’ in the original cast of Matilda, ‘Mme. Thénardier’ in Les Misérables and ‘Mrs Corry’ in the original cast of Mary Poppins; Andy Hockley (The Wizard) has enjoyed a long association with The Phantom of the Opera, playing ‘Monsieur Firmin’ at London’s Her Majesty’s Theatre as well as on the UK & Ireland Tour for over 1000 performances. He most recently played ‘Grandpa Potts’ in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at West Yorkshire Playhouse and on the UK & Ireland Tour; Jack Lansbury (Boq) is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and will be making his West End debut in WICKED; Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) appeared in The Sound of Music at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, covering and playing ‘Maria von Trapp’. Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda) all continue in their current roles.

Current cast members Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba), Suzie Mathers (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible), Mark Curry (The Wizard) and Idriss Kargbo (Boq) will all play their final performances on Saturday 22 July 2017.

From Monday 24 July 2017, the London production will star Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose), Jack Lansbury (Boq), Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba), Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda) and Jennie Abbotts, Ashley Birchall, Nicole Carlisle, Nicholas Corre, Conor Crown, Kerry Enright, Aimée Fisher, Joseph Fletcher, Alexandra Grierson, Katy Hanna, Tom Andrew Hargreaves, Olivia Kate Holding, Claudia Kariuki, Will Lucas, James McHugh, Danny Michaels, Ellie Mitchell, Rosa O’Reilly, Matt Parsons, Alex Pinder, Sam Robinson, Paulo Teixeira, Samantha Thomas, Hannah Toy, Russell Walker, Sasha Wareham and Libby Watts.

Acclaimed as “one of the West End’s true modern classics” (Metro), WICKED is now in its 11th smash hit year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is already the 17th longest running show in West End theatre history. The “hugely popular show” (The Times) is a three-time winner of the theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and a two-time winner of the Olivier Audience Award. The critically acclaimed and multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour returns from 31 January 2018, visiting Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Dublin, Sunderland, Southampton, Cardiff and Manchester.

Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

WICKED has music and lyrics by multi-Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted and, for DreamWorks, The Prince of Egypt) and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life). Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

WICKED is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG
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Remedial Remedies is a play that will resonate with generations to come

Remedial RemediesI often find when a play is set in a school it is hard to get to grips with. Firstly, we usually have an actor clearly in their mid-twenties trying to portray a teenager. Secondly, it’s usually written by someone who left school themselves ten or more years ago and the language can often feel out dated, with 90’s phrases like “whatever minger” being tossed to-and- fro. I guess it’s like trying to write a play about living on a canal boat when you’ve never left dry land. The school system, teenage colloquialisms and the process of learning and teaching change so rapidly, it’s hard to stay on the ball. Remedial Remedies manages to avoid all of this and instead gives a us a beautiful, charming and boisterous take on life in a standard British Comprehensive.

Bruce (Joseph Cox), Kevin (Samuel Ranger), Jack (Arian Nik) and Ben (Joshua Akehurst) are retaking English GCSE, hoping to finally get their C grade and write a half decent essay on their set text – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. We journey with them through their intensive week of revision with the ever hopeful Mr Winterdon (Miles Parker) as he tries to keep their exam and himself from crumbling before their eyes.

Moments of beauty echo through the chaos reminding us that teenagers aren’t all mouth, fights and trouble. One of these moments resonates particularly hard at the class show and tell when we get given the smallest glance in to the boy’s home lives, with a stunning performance from Joshua Akehurst as simpleminded Ben. Stereotypes are challenged and you begin to root for these four lads.

You knew these characters at school and many, I’m sure, see themselves in them as well.

Hartnell has captured both the pressure and excitement of growing up and finishing school. His dialogue charges through at 100 miles per hour, making the moments of quiet all the more spectacular. Nothing is forced upon you, no explosive ending or huge dramatic climax. Everything is left to the audience to decide. You take what you want from it and every other line leaves you to answer your own questions (what was Mr Tumnus’s ulterior motive!?). Remedial Remedies is a play that I’m sure will resonate with generations to come and I can only hope we get a chance to see it transfer.

5 star rating

Review by Hugh Roberts

Remedial Remedies looks at how the youth of today are pressured, how the stress of exams and succeeding can affect their overall performance and social life. We follow the story of Bruce, Jack, Kevin and Ben, four students who have failed their English GCSE. It’s the run up to the resit of the exam and they have been placed into a special revision session with a support teacher Mr Winterdon. Each boy deals with the week differently, we see the effects of ADHD and discover more about their relationship with Winterdon, each other and their school, seeing how each boy has a different outlook on the exams and their future life. As the pressure starts to pile on we watch as the cracks begin to appear and see a hopeless Mr Winterdon trying to pave the way to greatness…

After a fantastic reception at our first On The Night we are very proud to now be producing Remedial Remedies as a full production at Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre in July!
http://www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com/

Cast
Kevin- Samuel Ranger
Bruce- Joseph Cox
Jack- Arian Nik
Ben- Joshua Akehurst
Mr Winterdon- Miles Parker
http://www.fallingpennies.co.uk/remedial-remedies

UK Tickets for The Bodyguard at Dominion Theatre London

The BodyguardThe Bodyguard, based on the smash-hit film that starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, is heading for the Dominion Theatre, London, starring Beverley Knight as Rachel Marron.

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 ‘brilliant’  romantic thriller (The Times) The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classic songs 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, Jesus Loves Me, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

Beverley Knight Performance Schedule 

Beverley Knight is NOT scheduled to perform on Mondays or midweek matinees including any revised matinee performances, or on 6 August, 31 August, 1 – 3 September, 20 – 21 September, 18 October, 28 October, 12 November, 15 November, 17 December, and 30-31 December.

The producers of The Bodyguard cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

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UK tickets for Show Boat at New London Theatre

Show BoatThe ground-breaking classic musical Show Boat sails into London’s West End for the first time in almost 20 years, direct from a hugely successful and critically acclaimed run at Sheffield’s Cruicible Theatre.

Set against the backdrop of America’s Deep South at the turn of the 20th Century, Show Boat tells a powerful story of freedom, loyalty and above all, love.  The shows Broadway premiere in 1927 changed musical theatre forever and this lavish new production proves that its timeless themes and peerless music remain as vital, passionate and moving as ever.

So hop on board the Cotton Blossom show boat and be swept away by one of the most romantic musicals of all time, directed by Daniel Evans and featuring the timeless songs O’l Man River, Make Believe and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man from Jerome Kern with lyrics and book by Oscar Hammersmith.

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  • Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Booking From: 9th April 2016
  • Booking Until: 7th January 2017

Matilda The Musical London Tickets

Matilda The Musical LondonRoald Dahl’s much-loved story explodes into life on stage in this incredible, multi-Olivier-Award-winning musical adaptation – Matilda The Musical – by Dennis Kelly and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin. Children and adults alike will be exhilarated and captivated by the story of the exceptional little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Her parents think she’s a nuisance and she thinks, quite rightly, that they’re only interested in watching telly. Life isn’t much better at school, where monstrous headmistress Miss Trunchbull terrifies both students and teachers at random. Then one day Matilda finds out she has a very special power and decides it’s time the grown-ups were taught a lesson. Be warned, the children are revolting…

Matilda The Musical London Tickets

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Booking From: Friday, 7 October 2011
Booking Until: Sunday, 25 May 2014
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm, Sunday 3pm
Evenings: Tuesdays 7pm, Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm
Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

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