Now in its 30th record-breaking year, Cameron Mackintosh has announced new cast members for Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre in London. Joining the cast from 15 June 2015 are Phil Daniels as Thénardier, Jeremy Secomb as Javert, Rachelle Ann Go as Fantine; Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier and Zoë Doano as Cosette. Jeremy Secomb and Zoë Doano join the company fresh from the acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd at Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop where they played Sweeney and Johanna respectively. Rachelle Ann Go comes to the role of Fantine having played Gigi in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre. Phil Daniels is best known for his roles in Quadrophenia, East Enders, and New Tricks. Katy Secombe returns to the role of Madam T having played the part opposite Matt Lucas in 2012. They will join Peter Lockyer as Valjean and Carrie Hope Fletcher as Eponine, Bradley Jaden … Read more
Eschewing grandeur and wisely opting to follow that sensible motto, Less Is More, this transfer of the Tooting Arts Club production of late 2014 is a complete triumph in every way. It takes you by the throat and clasps you firmly in its thrall for its entire duration. It is shockingly powerful, brutally honest, raw and rich at the same time. A cast of eight, a band of three, clever but simple lighting, the potent power of blood and candles, economy in every department, a dedication to the text and the score: these are the ingredients of this absolute success.
Mikey Jay-Heath is superb as Tom Thumb and his big number, Bigger Isn’t Better, is wonderful in every way. Landi Oshinowa displays great vocal chops, twice. Her Joyce Heth number, Thank God I’m Old, is vocally aglow and her second Act number, Black and White, is a solid jazz/blues number. There are some terrific cameos from Nick Butcher and Edward Wade, both of whom are accomplished triple-threats with bright futures. But this is not Barnum at its best.
Following a season at the Chichester Festival in 2013, Cy Coleman’s much loved musical headed out on the road with Brian Conley in the role of Phineus Taylor Barnum, a role originally played by Michael Crawford when the show opened in London in 1981. Barnum is a musical biography of the great American showman, utilising circus acts to document the great mans life and highlight the struggles and conflicts that he encounters personally along the way. We caught up with Brian Conley during an afternoon session of wire-walking, a weekly rehearsal regimen that he maintains to keep in form as he tours with one of the toughest musicals currently on tour. “It is very demanding, it has to be one of the toughest roles in musical theatre” Brian said, “I started training six months before we started the tour. I went to circus school to learn how to walk on … Read more
CLICK FOR MARY POPPINS TOUR DATES & TICKETS BELOW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyuPntT1woo Disney and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce that their multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins will embark on a tour of the UK and Ireland, opening at Leicester Curve on Tuesday 13 October 2015. Cameron Mackintosh said “It’s hard to believe that it is already 11 years since Mary Poppins first landed on the London stage. My goodness……time flies even faster than our beloved Nanny! I’m delighted to be bringing her back to the UK and for the first time to Dublin, after spreading her magic around the world. Since we originally staged the production we have found even more magical ways to stage this timeless tale and I’m sure you will find our new Mary practically perfect in every way”. The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought … Read more
Following the sell-out success of the 25th Anniversary Gala of Miss Saigon on the 22 September, 2014, the celebratory encore teaser of that special performance has just been released via You Tube. The 25th Anniversary Gala saw the current cast of Miss Saigon joined by original 1989 cast members including Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga, Simon Bowman and Claire Moore. Tickets for the 25th Anniversary Gala – with tickets set at original 1989 prices sold out within minutes. Sir Cameron Mackintosh said at the end of the show: ” We never thought we would ever get this chance to do it all over again. To have two fantastic casts here is just extraordinary. We are incredibly blessed.” We’ll just have to wait to see if the rumours of Miss Saigon following Les Miserables onto the big screen eventuate. We hope so! Enjoy the teaser footage of this special event.
Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil & Schönberg’s Miss Saigon opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in May 2014. Breaking box office records for the biggest single day of ticket sales in West End and Broadway history, this acclaimed new production has audiences leaping to their feet with adoration at every performance! This epic musical tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. The original production opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago where it ran for 10 years, it has since played 300 cities in 15 different languages and has been seen by over 40 million people. This definitive live recording evokes the sights, sounds and passion that are magnificently brought to life every night on stage and goes on … Read more