Jermyn Street Theatre
16b Jermyn Street,
London SW1Y 6ST
Box Office 020 7287 2875
From 14th April to 6th May, as the general election campaign reaches its height and education is a [...]
From 14th April to 6th May, as the general election campaign reaches its height and education is a hot topic, the schooling system comes under scrutiny in the world premiere of Jonathan Lewis’s comedy A Level Playing Fielddirected by Chris Popert. In the music room of a top fee-paying London school, a group of 18-year-olds must sit out an hour of “isolation” to cover a clash of exams and avoid the risk of cheating. But their supervising teacher has failed to turn up. In dealing with the dilemmas of the situation, the pupils gradually reveal a darker side to the pressures they are under.
From 12th May to 6th June, Jermyn Street Theatre presents the world premiere of Stewart Pemutt’scomedy Home for Wayward Women directed by Anthony Biggs. Retired psychiatrist Joy Westendarp has opened up her lovely home to women who have been rejected by the mental health system. Sixty-one year virgin and newcomer Alice doesn’t appear to have any problems, but she is bent on taking the place over. The promiscuous Suzy and manically religious Phyllis meanwhile are making a play for the new intern George: scrawny and pompous, he is the only available man. With the threat of a government inspection, Joy starts to lose a grip on the women and Alice stealthily starts to take over.
Closing the season will be Told Look Younger, a provocative and frank and comedy about sex, love, friendship and growing old which runs from 9th June to 4th July and is written by Stephen Wyatt, directed by Sue Dunderdale and presented by Eldarin Yeong. Three encounters between three gay men in their early sixties in a restaurant where neither the menu nor the decor are ever the same. After years alone, following the death of his lover, Colin is planning to marry his nineteen year-old Turkish boyfriend. Is it love, lust or loneliness which drives him? And is Achmed simply a gold-digger in search of a UK passport. Whatever the truth, his two oldest friends are determined to stop him from taking the plunge though their own motives are far from clear. The relentlessly promiscuous Jeremy is in a thirty-year old relationship with a man he’s only had sex with once in the last decade. While the celibate Oliver secretly fancies his graduate students and immerses himself in his unending research project on Cardinal Newman. This is the start for an emotional rollercoaster, which turns all their lives and assumptions upside down and inside out as they bitch, argue, confide, laugh and cry their way through the seasons and the changing dishes of the day.
April 14 (Monday) - July 4 (Saturday)
King’s Cross Theatre Goods Way, King’s Cross London N1C 4UR
Actor and comedian Sean Hughes will star as Mr Perks in the Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny’s stage adaptation of E. Nesbit’s novel The Railway Children from Tuesday 17 [...]
Actor and comedian Sean Hughes will star as Mr Perks in the Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny’s stage adaptation of E. Nesbit’s novel The Railway Children from Tuesday 17 March. Sean Hughes started his career in the late 80’s at the Comedy Store, and his first Edinburgh show, A One Night Stand with Sean Hughes won the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award. He subsequently won a Fringe First for his short plays, Dehydrated and Travellin’ Light.
The Railway Children tells the story of Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis, three children whose lives change dramatically when their father is mysteriously taken away. They move from London to a cottage in rural Yorkshire with their mother, where they befriend the local railway porter, Perks, and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure. But the mystery remains – where is Father, and is he ever coming back?
The cast and crew of The Railway Children at King’s Cross Theatre have filmed their own version of Uptown Funk for the Theatre Funk Challenge for Acting For Others charity.
Nikolai Foster’s celebrated anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing, which will return to the UK in 2015 with an 18 week UK tour, opening in Canterbury in March, [...]
Nikolai Foster’s celebrated anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing, which will return to the UK in 2015 with an 18 week UK tour, opening in Canterbury in March, then visiting Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Northampton, Leicester, High Wycombe, Cardiff and Brighton, with a West End run to be announced.
The producers of Beautiful Thing have partnered with Stonewall, and will raise money for the charity’s No Bystanders campaign with bucket collections in every venue.
Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate. It tells the story of teenager Jamie’s relationship with classmate and neighbour, Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour Leah. Jonathan Harvey combines comedy with drama in his critically acclaimed award winning play. Beautiful Thing truly captures what it is to be a teenager and to fall in love.
Casting is now complete: best known as series regular ‘Kris Fisher’ in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks most recently seen on screen in BBC2’s The Fall, and on Netflix’ epic Titanic: Blood and Steel, Gerard McCarthy will star as ‘Tony’. Other theatrical credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Globe, and Blue/Orange for ATG. Vanessa Babirye, recently seen on screen in BBC 2’s Our Girl, and at the National Theatre in Romeo and Juliet will star as ‘Leah’. Also joining the company will be Rob Ellis and Natalie Law. Multi-award winning actress Charlie Brooks, best known for her role as ‘Janine Butcher’ in EastEnders, will lead the cast as ‘Sandra’. Other notable credits include ‘Jenny’ in Bleak House, winner of Strictly Come Dancing, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!, and a critically acclaimed stage performance in Our Country’s Good (Liverpool Playhouse). Thomas Law, whose roles include ‘Peter Beale’ in EastEnders, ‘Matt Haddon’ in Casualty and most recently as a young Simon Pegg in blockbuster film The World’s End will star as ‘Ste’. Sam Jackson, whose roles include ‘Alex Henley’ in Skins (E4), ‘Jack’ in Drifters (E4) and a critically acclaimed performance as ‘Billy Casper’ in Kes (Derby Theatre), will star as ‘Jamie’.
Praise for the 2013 production, which enjoyed a sell-out run at the Arts Theatre in the West End:
★★★★ “NIKOLAI FOSTER’S TERRIFIC AND GUTSY REVIVAL.” – Time Out
★★★★ The Times, The Guardian, Evening Standard, Telegraph, WhatsOnStage, The Sunday Express
WINNER: The Public Reviews Best Touring Production 2013, So So Gay Best Play of 2013
Play by Alan Parker
Words & Music by Paul Williams
Director Sean Holmes
Choreographer Drew McOnie
Lyric Square, King Street,
London, W6 0QL
Box Office: 020 8741 6850 www.lyric.co.uk
The Lyric Hammersmith is excited to [...]
The Lyric Hammersmith is excited to announce casting for the new stage production of
Bugsy Malone. Based on Sir Alan Parker’s acclaimed film, Bugsy Malone will re-open the Lyric Hammersmith following a multi-million pound re-development. The Lyric’s Artistic Director Sean Holmes will bring to life the UK’s first professional stage production of Bugsy Malone in over a decade.
Starring a diverse range of talented young performers, aged 9 to 19, Bugsy Malone will celebrate the spirit of contemporary London. Three different casts will perform the lead roles in rotation.
Bugsy Malone is set in Prohibition era New York with rival gangsters Fat Sam and Dandy Dan at logger heads. As custard pies fly and Dan’s destructive ‘splurge guns’ wreak havoc, Bugsy Malone, a penniless ex-boxer and all round nice guy, falls for Blousey Brown, an aspiring singer. Will Bugsy be able to resist seductive songstress Tallulah, Fat Sam’s moll and Bugsy’s old flame, and stay out of trouble while helping Fat Sam to defend his business?
April 11 (Saturday) 7:30 PM - August 1 (Saturday) 10:00 PM
New Adventures are delighted to announce the cast for the internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning dance thriller “THE CAR MAN” for a limited 16 week UK tour. The tour opens [...]
New Adventures are delighted to announce the cast for the internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning dance thriller “THE CAR MAN” for a limited 16 week UK tour. The tour opens at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on 16 April 2015, ending with a four week summer season at Sadler’s Wells from 14 July to 9 August 2015. This revival marks the first time the production has been staged in eight years.
The title role of ‘Luca, The Car Man’, will be played by JONATHAN OLLIVIER and CHRIS TRENFIELD; both recently acclaimed as ‘The Swan’ in Bourne’s “Swan Lake”. The role of ‘Lana’ will be danced by ASHLEY SHAW (currently enjoying great success as ‘Kim’ in “Edward Scissorhands”) and ZIZI STRALLEN, who joins us direct from the West End production of “Cats”. Zizi was last seen with New Adventures in “Cinderella” in 2011. ‘Rita’, Lana’s older sister, will be performed by KATY LOWENHOFF (also currently starring as ‘Kim’ in “Edward Scissorhands”) and KATE LYONS (Bourne’s “Sleeping Beauty”, “Early Adventures”). The demanding role of ‘Angelo’ will be shared by rising company star, LIAM MOWER, and one of New Adventures most popular leading men, DOMINIC NORTH. Dominic and Liam have both been receiving rave reviews for their moving performances as the title character in New Adventures’ “Edward Scissorhands” on its current UK Tour.
Loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera; it has one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in New Adventures’ repertory, featuring Schedrin’s powerful Carmen Suite and new arrangements of Bizet’s legendary score, by New Adventures Associate Artist, Terry Davies. The familiar 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory becomes a greasy garage-diner in 1960’s America where the dreams and passions of a small-town are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger. Fuelled by heat and desire, the inhabitants are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge.