Following a critically acclaimed season at the Watermill Theatre, producers Jamie Wilson, Gavin Kalin and the Watermill Theatre have announced that Tom Chambers will headline a national tour of Crazy For You. Fresh from his roles in Top Hat, Private Lives, White Christmas and winning the 6th season of Strictly Come Dancing, Tom Chambers will play Jerry Travers. Caroline Flack is to play Irene. Caroline won the 12th season of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and is currently presenting ITV’s Love Island. Charlotte Wakefield will play Polly. Charlotte made her West End debut as Wendla in Spring Awakening and played Maria in The Sound Of Music to critical acclaim at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Opening at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on 17 August 2016, Crazy For You is the ultimate feel-good musical featuring a score of fabulous music by the legendary George and Ira Gershwin. Mistaken identities, plot twists, … Read more
Music and Lyrics and West Yorkshire Playhouse, producers of the UK National tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, have announced new casting for the roles of Truly Scrumptious and The Childcatcher when the show arrives in Edinburgh this October. Charlotte Wakefield is to play the role of Truly Scrumptious. Charlotte made her West End debut at 18 playing Wendla Bergman in Spring Awakening. Charlotte played Maria in The Sound Of Music at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to critical acclaim, and played Laurey in the 2015 UK Tour of Oklahoma, and Sophie in the the West End and International Tour productions of Mamma Mia!. Jos Vantyler will also join the cast as the Childcatcher. Jos’s theatre credits include Dead On Her Feet (Arcola, Critic’s Choice Award Best New Actor In A Play), Oswald in King Lear (Northern Broadsides, directed by Jonathan Miller) Tom Sawyer in Huck (Southwark Playhouse), A View … Read more
Rachel Kavanaugh presents us with a wily, almost feral Aunt Eller, a metrosexual Curly, a tomboy Laurey, an arch but staunchly feminine Ado Annie, a profoundly stupid but winningly endearing muscleman Will, a troubled and deranged Jud and a pixie-like Carnes. The interloper, the foreigner, Ali Hakim, is hardworking and mercurial, smart and savvy. The characters may be old but the interpretations are sparky and resonant.
Hutchinson has produced an unusual Christmas confection: part song, part recitation, part reminiscence and part cheeky indulgence. Using material ranging from Coward’s own diaries and writings, through Charles Dickens, Dylan Thomas and Ben Johnson to reportage and obscure/familiar (depending on your education) literary works and sprinkled with well known, popular songs, the result is a true alternative to the usual seasonal pantomime fare.