Sex, Paranoia and Lots Of Chocolate Cake

Plunge Theatre presents Private View

This January, prepare to be plunged into the funny, filthy and grotesquely honest world of the twenty-something female. Fusing dance, verbatim text and a vast amount of chocolate cake Private View is the stark, combined account of three young women who are just trying to work out, quite frankly, what the hell is going on. Part love song and part hate mail, Izabella Malewska, Tutku Barbaros and Lilly Pollard are ready to confront the addictive and futile pursuit for perfection. From the f-word to selfies to panic googling acne cures to extreme diets, this performance piece gazes both inwards and outwards as three friends attempt to beat, or at least tussle with, their personal demons in a search to find their true selves. Stripping both literally and figuratively, Private View will interrogate our enigmatic relationship with body image by drawing from personal experience as well as wider cultural phenomenon: Can … Read more

Into The Woods New Featurette Released

Into The Woods movie trailer released

Disney have released a new featurette for an American cinema chain that shows further scenes from Into The Woods and focuses on the opening scene. With its UK release date estimated at 7th January, excitement is growing to see what director Rob Marshall has done with the classic Sondheim/Lapine musical. Into The Woods features a cast including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, James Corden, Chris Pine, and Anna Kendrick. We will keep bringing you all the latest news on Into The Woods as it comes to hand.

Opera North’s Carousel To Tour In 2015

Opera North's Carousel. Michael Rouse as Jigger (centre) and Michael Todd Simpson as Billy Bigelow (right) with the Chorus of Opera North and dancers. Photo Robert Workman

Opera North’s hit production of the classic American musical, Carousel, returns to UK stages for a new tour following a sell-out run at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. One of the greatest musical works of the 20th century, Carousel was composed by one of Broadway’s most successful and enduring partnerships, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, whose much-loved stage and screen legacy includes The Sound of Music, Oklahoma! and The King and I. Asked if he had ever been tempted to write an opera, Richard Rodgers replied that he had, and that Carousel was the closest he had come to doing so. His score is studded with some of the most powerful, uplifting and moving music ever written for the stage, including If I Loved You, June is Bustin’ Out All Over, and, of course, You’ll Never Walk Alone. James Holmes, arguably today’s most expert interpreter of Rodgers’ score, returns … Read more

Frantic Assembly Present Othello at Lyric Hammersmith

Kirsty Oswald and Mark Ebulue in Frantic Assembly's Othello. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Frantic Assembly’s acclaimed and award-winning Othello  will explode onto the stage of London’s Lyric Hammersmith following its UK tour. Set against the backdrop of Yorkshire during the race riots of 2001, Artistic Director Scott Graham has bought a fresh take to Shakespeare’s timeless story of paranoia, jealousy, sex and murder. Fusing a taut adaptation of the classic text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography, Frantic Assembly takes a scalpel to 21st century Britain, exposing prejudice, danger and fear. The Yorkshire race riots of 2001 were a time of terrible divisions and some unexpected alliances. Othello’s passionate affair with Desdemona leaves him open to jealousy and attack – with devastating consequences. Violence is a way of life and reputation is everything… Mark Ebulue, recently of the RSC and a former kickboxer, plays Othello. Steven Miller, known for his four-year stint as Lenny Lyons in Casualty (BBC TV) plays Iago, with Kirsty Oswald … Read more

Idina Menzel Announces World Tour

Idina Menzel Announces World Tour

International musical superstar Idina Menzel has announced UK and Ireland dates as part of her upcoming 2015 world tour. Best known for originating the role of Elphaba in Wicked, she also originated the role of Maureen in Rent and was the voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen. Idina will perform at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre – Dublin (June 20,2015), Symphony Hall – Birmingham (June 22), Manchester Apollo – Manchester (June 23), Royal Concert Hall – Glasgow (June 24), Bournemouth International Centre – Bournemouth (June 26), Wembley Arena – London (June 27). BOOK TICKETS FOR IDINA MENZEL ON TOUR HERE

Is Strictly Ballroom West End Bound?

Is Strictly Ballroom West End Bound?

Baz Bamigboye in today’s Daily Mail has reported that Baz Luhrman is looking at possible London theatres for his stage musical version of his hit film Strictly Ballroom. Based on the 1992 hit movie, the stage production played in Sydney this year and is due to travel on to Melbourne with other Australian stops in contention. Baz is apparently hoping to bring Strictly to the West End in late 2015 or early 2016 if a theatre can be found, but with big musicals like Newsies, Kinky Boots, Pippin, Aladdin, Motown, Elf and others looking for musical houses the show may have to wait a bit. In the meantime apparently, there are revisions being made to the production before its Melbourne opening. Watch this space for more news and in the meantime enjoy this trailer of the Australian production.

A Fresh Take On A Christmas Carol

The cast of A Christmas Carol at The Old Red Lion Theatre. Photo: Anna Soderblom

This Christmas, The Old Red Lion Theatre will present a new take on Dickens’ Christmas classic in a new adaptation by Neil Bartlett. Using Charles Dickens’ original words in the bold theatrical reimagining of the much-loved Christmas story, the ensemble play all the roles – singing, creating sound effects and new stage configurations through their invigorating physicality.  Dickens’ quintessential story of ghosts, greed and goodwill is given a totally new slant in this chilling, contemporary, fresh production of love, compassion and forgiveness. The cast will be lead by Canadian Alexander McMorran in the role of Scrooge, with Liam Mansfield and Cat Gerrard. Director, Gus Miller says “A Christmas Carol is one of our best-loved stories for good reason. It’s vivid, joyous, moving and at times it’s downright scary. It’s impact is so powerful that it’s responsible for much of today’s Christmas tradition. A Christmas Carol will plat at The Old … Read more

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