Little Women the musical makes European debut at Hope Mill Manchester

Little Women the musical at Hope Mill Theatre

Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre is to host the European premiere of Little Women the musical. Little Women follows the adventures of the four March sisters – Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy. Jo, the eldest daughter, and an aspiring writer, receives yet another rejection from a publisher. When her friend Professor Bhaer tells Jo she can do better by making her stories more personal, she weaves the story of how she and her sisters grew up in Civil War America – a tale of self-discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. Little Women is based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic novel and features a score by Grammy Award winner Jason Howland. The production which opens on 9 November is directed by Bronagh Lagan and choreographed by Iona Holland with design by Nik Corrall. Little Women will be a collaboration between Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and the Hope Mill Theatre co-produced with … Read more

Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester announce major collaboration…and a string of musicals

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

A national London-based arts producer and Manchester’s newest theatre have announced a major collaboration which will put the venue on the arts map in the North of England. Aria Entertainment has joined forces with Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats to spearhead the venue as a platform to showcase and revive musical theatre. The first show from the new partnership is the classic musical Parade, which will run for three weeks from Friday 13 May to Sunday 5 June. The performance run is unique in that there will be Sunday evening performances throughout at 6pm. The team will also be staging the musical Hair and a workshop of a brand new musical. Dates to be confirmed soon. Aria Entertainment is a theatrical production company headed up by Manchester-born producer and company director Katy Lipson, who has experience in producing new and established works in the West End, Off West End, Edinburgh … Read more

LaChiusa Musical Hits Jermyn Street

Michael John LaChiusa's See What I Wanna See opens at Jermyn Street Theatre

Michael John LaChiusa’s Off-Broadway hit See What I Wanna See will have it’s London premiere at the Jermyn Street Theatre for a limited four week run starting on September 8, 2015. Named as one of the best musicals of 2005 by New York Magazine, See What I Wanna See was nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards including Best New Musical. The show premiered at New York’s Public Theatre in 2005 where it starred Idina Menzel in her first role following her Tony Award-winning performance originating the role of Elphaba in Wicked. See What I Wanna See is a vibrant and provocative new musical that explores the nature of truth, and how it is altered by perspective. From medieval Japan where two lovers seek to escape a doomed relationship, to modern day New York where a priest is wrestling with his faith, See What I Wanna See weaves together three remarkable … Read more

The Who’s Tommy – Cast Announced

The Who's Tommy to run at the Greenwich Theatre in July 2015

The Who’s Tommy will return to London for a limited run at the Greenwich Theatre twenty years after it’s last production in London. The production of the classic rock musical will mark the 40th Anniversary of the film and will celebrate The Who’s 50th Anniversary. Casting will include Ashley Birchall (Starlight Express, Germany) as Tommy, John Barr (ENO’s Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables) as Uncle Ernie, Carly Burns as The Acid Queen, James Sinclair (Duncton Wood) as Captain Walker, Giovanni Spanó (Dance ’til Dawn, Mamma Mia!) as Cousin Kevin, Carrie Sutton (The Wizard Of Oz, Sister Act) as Sally Simpson and Miranda Wilford (Thriller Live) as Mrs Walker. The cast also includes Danny Becker (Follies at Royal Albert Hall) Scott Sutcliffe (Mamma Mia!) Alice Mogg (We Will Rock You, Grease). The Who’s Tommy is staged and directed by award-winning director Michael Strassen with choreography by Mark Smith, musical direction by Kevin … Read more

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