The Full Monty launched its UK tour last night at the Manchester Opera House. In 1997, A British film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, took the world by storm becoming one of the most successful British films ever made. Adapted from his screenplay, Simon Beaufoy has captured the heart of the story including iconic son gs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones. The cast of The Full Monty includes Gary Lucy (Eastenders, The Bill, Footballer’s Wives), Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Rupert Hill, Martin Miller and Bobby Schofield. For more information visit The Full Monty Website
It was confirmed today that International opera star Bryn Terfel and Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson will reprise their roles as Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett in Stephen Sondheim’s gloriously gruesome musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street for a limited season at the London Coliseum in early 2015. Following critically-acclaimed performances at New York’s Lincoln Center earlier this year, this sell-out staging comes to ENO with just 13 performances from 30 March – 12 April. Sweeney Todd will be the first production in a major new long-term partnership between ENO and The GradeLinnit Company. Sweeney Todd will be directed by Lonny Price and under the musical direction of David Charles Abel with further casting to be announced. Speaking ahead of today’s press announcement, Emma Thompson said: ‘I can’t believe I am being given the opportunity to perform this extraordinary piece once again – this time with the ENO … Read more
Break A Leg to Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot who take over from Samantha Bond and John Marquez in the West End run of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels tonight at London’s Savoy Theatre. Based on the popular 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the story of sophisticated conman Laurence Jameson (Robert Lindsay), whose world descends into chaos with the arrival of Freddy Benson – a conman without finese but with lots of bravado. Buy tickets to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Bill Kenwright is to produce The Small Hand, a new thriller from Susan Hill, author of The Woman In Black. Adapted from her 2010 novel, The Small Hand tells the story of antiquarian bookseller Snow who accidently comes across a derelict Edwardian house after taking a wrong turn. Curiosity gets the better of him and he approaches the front door to take a closer look, but is hit with a chilling sensation as he feels a small cold hand reach for his own. Over the coming weeks, Snow suffers recurring nightmares and panic attacks and tries to find out more about the house and its occupants, while the small hand continues to reach out for him. The critically-acclaimed Woman In Black became one of the most terrifying stage plays ever staged and now, The Small Hand promises to take audiences to a new level of terror. Leading the cast is … Read more
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
Inspired by Erich Segal’s best-selling novel and subsequent film of the same name, Love Story is a heart breaking ‘chamber musical’ that is the second piece to be featured in the Union Theatre ‘s Howard Goodall Season. Book and lyrics for Love Story are by Stephen Clark. Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny – and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When they marry, Oliver’s wealthy father threatens to disown him. Jenny tries to reconcile the Barrett men, but to no avail. Oliver and Jenny continue to build their life together. Relying only on each other, they believe love can fix anything. But fate has other plans. Soon, what began as a brutally honest friendship becomes the love story of their lives. Few people … Read more
A great new video trailer has been released today for the National Theatre’s production of Great Britain by Richard Bean. This comedy based on the relationship between media, the police and politicians has just transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Read Stephen Collins’ review for Great Britain Find out more about Great Britain and book tickets
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.