The St James Theatre has announced a season of comedy from January to May 2015 with two comedies and a comedy legend taking to their stage. Bad Jews, a play by Joshua Longhurst will run from 15 January – 28 February. The UK premiere of this production of Bad Jews was a sell out at the Ustinov Studio, Bath earlier this year, where it earned huge critical acclaim for its hilarious script and sharp performances. A beloved grandfather has died and a treasured family heirloom with religious significance is up for grabs. But who is most deserving of it? Bossy, overbearing, fanatically religious Daphna? Her wealthy cousin Liam who’s just returned from skiing with his non-Jewish girlfriend Melody? Or Jonah, his brother, who would prefer not to get involved in the fight? A cramped Manhattan apartment becomes the setting for a viciously hilarious quarrel about family, faith and legacy as … Read more
It was announced today that Jenna Russell will return to the role of Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown when it transfers to The Apollo Theatre this September. Richard Fleeshman, however will not be returning to the show. In postings to Twitter, Richard cited “other commitments” as his reason for not returning but wished the production well. Other cast members from the St James’ production returning will return, including RSC actor Jonathan Slinger who plays Officer Lockstock and Eastenders‘ Marc Elliott who plays Mr McQueen. Others cast members resuming their roles from the run at The St James Theatre include Karis Jack (Little Sally), Cory English (Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry), Jeff Nicholson (Tiny Tom/ Dr. Billeaux), Katie Bernstein (Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs. Millennium), Madeleine Harland (Soupy Sue), Rosanna Hyland (Hope Cladwell), Julie Jupp (Old Woman/ Josephine Strong), Aaron Lee Lambert (Billy Boy Bill/ UGC Executive), Mark Meadows (Senator Fipp), Joel Montague … Read more
Following its success earlier this year at the St James Theatre, it has been announced that Jamie Lloyd’s production of Urinetown will transfer to The Apollo Theatre in September this year. The musical written by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotsis, Urinetown is set in a Gotham-like city of the future where a hero leads the people in a revolt against people using private toilets. Also represented in the West End by his productions of Richard III and The Commitments, Jamie Lloyd said earlier today “Having attracted a diverse audience of all ages at the St James earlier this year, I’m bursting to bring our production of this brilliantly off-kilter musical comedy to the West End, where I hope we’ll make an even bigger splash“. Casting for the transfer is still to be announced.