Tickets went on sale for the smash hit musical Beautiful which opens next February at London’s Aldwych Theatre. Beautiful tells the story of Carole King, one of the most prolific and successful songwriters of modern times. King’s catalogue of songs became the soundtrack of a generation and included hits like The Locomotion, Natural Woman, You’ve Got A Friend and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. Casting for the London season has yet to be announced. Buy tickets for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical in London
For musical theatre fans it’s been a long wait but it was announced at the weekend that the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years will premier at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7 with general release due early next year. Entertainment Weekly managed to get this exclusive preview of the film before a trailer has been released. Starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, The Last Five Years follows a couples five year relationship almost exclusively through song but with the unique plot device of the story being told from two different timelines. Cathy’s (Kendrick) parts begin at the end of the relationship whilst Jamie’s (Jordan) begin at the start of it, with the storyline colliding when Jamie proposes. Enjoy this sneak peak. We’ll bring you more as it’s released.
After a phenomenal seven years, Jersey Boys continues to run in the West End with no sign of stopping. As the national tour of the international hit musical Jersey Boys kicks off in Manchester, BritishTheare.com caught up with the tour’s Frankie Valli – Tim Driesen to talk about the show and the challenges of playing a living legend. You’ve just returned from playing Frankie Valli in Utrecht, that must have been an experience. “It’s a bit of a culture shock going from Dutch to English, In Utrecht, the songs were in English, but the script was in Dutch. I did a brief stint in the show in the West End last February, so I already knew the script but this is a slightly different production. It’s almost like starting from scratch with a completely new group of people in a new production which is great. “ “It does however mean … Read more
On the 10th September Twickenham Theatre launch their inaugural season with an intimate production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Olivier Award winner David Badella will play the razor-wielding madman Sweeney Todd with Sarah Ingram as his pie-making partner in crime, Mrs Lovett. Joining Badella and Ingram will be Shaun Chambers, Chris Coleman, Zoe Curlett, Genevieve Kingsford, Mark McKerracher, Mikaela Newton and Josh Tevendale. Twickenham Theatre’s Sweeney Todd will be Directed by Derek Anderson with Musical Direction by Benjamin Holder, Staging by Lee Crowley, Set Design by Rachel Stone, Costume Design by Olivia Ward and Sound Design by Joel Price. This spine chilling new production will turn Sondheim’s Victorian masterpiece into a claustrophobically close experience that will thrill and terrify. Sweeney Todd runs from 10 September to 4 October Book tickets for Sweeney Todd at Twickenham Theatre
Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run this August, Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little will return to St. James Studio for an extra week of performances from Monday 6 Saturday 11 October 2014, it was announced today. Marry Me A Little pieces together a selection of songs by the undisputed master of the contemporary Broadway musical to tell a charming and bittersweet tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern singleton. Told entirely through songs written early in Sondheims career or previously intended for his ground-breaking Broadway musicals including A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Company, Follies and A Little Night Music, Marry Me a Little is funny, moving and sophisticated musical as well as a fascinating look at “the songs that got away. In this new interpretation, the first to be seen on the London stage in 17 years, the show finds two … Read more
Composer and lyricist Sandy Wilson has passed away at the age of 90, his agent confirmed today. Born in Sale, Manchester, Wilson served in the Royal Ordinance Corps in Great Britain, Egypt and Iraq. While at Oxford, he wrote reviews for the Oxford University Experimental Theatre Club and then attended the Old Vic Theatre School on a production course. Most of Wilson’s work for the stage was material for reviews, such as Slings and Arrows with Hermoine Gingold, Laurier Lister’s Oranges and Lemons and See You Later which featured Peter Cook. In 1953 Wilson wrote The Boy Friend for the Players Theatre before it transfer to the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End and then to Broadway in 1954. The latter being notable for being the Broadway debut of Julie Andrews. Other works includes Caprice (1950), The Buccaneer (1955), Valmouth (1958), Pieces Of Eight (1959), Divorce Me Darling! (1964), As … Read more
Jamie Lloyd is to direct Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory this Christmas. The show forms part of the venue’s winter season, which also includes Buyer and Cellar, by Jonathan Tolins, and An Evening with Joan Plowright. Fresh off his success with the Trafalgar Transformed season, and his productions of The Commitments and Urinteown which is now set to transfer to The Apollo Theatre, Jamie Lloyd is continuing to build a stellar reputation as a director of musical theatre. Assassins is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, based on an idea by Charles Gilbert Jnr. It uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a -style portrayal of men and women who attempted (successfully or not) to assassinate Presidents of the United States. The musical first opened Off-Broadway in 1990, and the 2004 Broadway production won five Tony … Read more