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B I L L Y   E L L I O T   T H E   M U S I C A L

TO CELEBRATE TEN YEARS IN THE WEST END
AS BOOKING EXTENDS TO MAY 2015

Get Billy Elliot the Musical Tickets

Over 570,000 tickets are released for sale today, 6 September 2013, taking booking for Billy Elliot the Musical to 16 May 2015 during which time the internationally award-winning show will celebrate 10 years in the West End.

 

 

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National Theatre

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE’S BROADCAST OF PETER MORGAN’S THE AUDIENCE
STARRING HELEN MIRREN AS THE QUEEN
DRAWS LARGEST AUDIENCE FOR A NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE BROADCAST TO DATE
MANY ENCORE SCREENINGS ADDED THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER

NEW TITLES ANNOUNCED FOR SEASON FIVE

INCLUDING:

A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME PERFORMANCE CELEBRATING

THE NATIONAL THEATRE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

NEW PRODUCTIONS OF SHAKESPEARE’S OTHELLO, MACBETH & CORIOLANUS

FROM THE NATIONAL THEATRE, MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL & THE DONMAR WAREHOUSE

AND THE FIRST EVER LIVE BROADCAST OF THE NATIONAL’S INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED

WAR HORSE

National Theatre Live is pleased to announce that the June 13 live broadcast of Peter Morgan’s Olivier Award-winning new play The Audience was seen by nearly 30,000 people in North America and nearly 80,000 people in the UK – the largest audience ever for a live broadcast from National Theatre Live. Due to the record-breaking response to the National Theatre Live broadcast of The Audience, many encore screenings have already been added, and more encores will be added throughout the summer internationally. In North America, there are currently 700 screenings scheduled throughout the summer, with additional encores to be added still; in the UK, nearly 800 screenings will take place – the largest number of screenings for a National Theatre Live broadcast in both North America and the UK ever. The Audience played its final performance at London’s Gielgud Theatre on June 15, starring internationally acclaimed actress Helen Mirren as The Queen, directed by Stephen Daldry, andwon two 2013 Olivier Awards for Best Actress (Helen Mirren) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Richard McCabe).

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap 60th Anniversary

Get The Mousetrap Tickets

  • STAR CAST ANNOUNCED FOR 60TH ANNIVERSARY GALA PERFORMANCE OF AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MOUSETRAP
  • HUGH BONNEVILLE, NICHOLAS FARRELL, IAIN GLEN, TAMSIN GREIG, MIRANDA HART, HARRY LLOYD, PATRICK STEWART AND JULIE WALTERS ARE TO STAR IN THE WORLD’S LONGEST RUNNING STAGE PRODUCTION FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

THE BOOK OF MORMON To Begin West End Performances at Prince of Wales Theatre Feb 25, 2013

Get The Book of Mormon Tickets 

The London production of The Book of Mormon will begin preview performances in the West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 25 February 2013 with tickets released for general sale on 13 September 2012. 

Michael Codron
and Theatre Royal Bath Productions
present

Quartermaine’s Terms

By Simon Gray
Directed by Richard Eyre
Starring Rowan Atkinson

  • Rowan Atkinson takes title role in Simon Gray’s play
  • Richard Eyre to direct, with design by Tim Hatley
  • Press night Tuesday 29 January 2013

Get Quartermaine's Terms Tickets

Rowan Atkinson will star as the well-meaning but hopeless teacher St John Quartermaine in the first major West End revival of Simon Gray’s play ‘Quartermaine’s Terms’, from 23 January 2013 at Wyndham’s Theatre, London.

CASTING ANNOUCED FOR MICHAEL MORPURGO’S

P R I V A T E   P E A C E F U L

Get Private Peaceful Tickets

Paul Chequer and Mark Quartley will share the title role in Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful which will have a strictly limited run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 18 – 29 September 2012.  Directed and adapted for the stage by Simon Reade, award-winning children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peacefulhas designs by Bill Talbot and sound by Jason Barnes.

{module ad_london_hotels}Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Paul Chequer can be seen later this year as Corporal in the Private Peaceful feature film.  His National Theatre credits include Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse where he played young solider David Taylorin the original cast, England People Very Nice and Tales from Vienna Woods.  His other theatre credits include The Water Engine for Theatre 503, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for The Royal Shakespeare Company and A Woman of No Importance for the Royal Exchange Theatre.  His television his credits include Torchwood, Sherlock and Sinchronicity.  Chequer has previously performed Private Peaceful on stage at the Bristol Old Vic.

Mark Quartley graduated from RADA in 2010.  He has subsequently appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Measure for Measure and Written on the Heart for the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Tempest for the Theatre Royal BathHe has previously performed Private Peaceful on tour nationwide as well as on BBC Radio 4.  He was last in the West End in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Written on the Heart at the Duchess Theatre.

Private Peaceful was inspired by a visit to Ypres where Morpurgo was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.  A film of the same name, with the screenplay adapted by Reade, is due for UK release in the autumn. Private Peaceful received its world premiere at the Bristol Old Vic in 2004 prior to sell out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2004. Then, produced by Scamp Theatre, it played three more sell out Edinburgh seasons in 2007, 2009 and 2011, as well as Trafalgar Studios in the West End in 2005 and 2007, and four hugely successful UK tours in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. The production has also played off-Broadway, Hong Kong, The Dublin International Festival and the New Zealand International Festival.

Michael Morpurgo, author of over 100 books, was Children’s Laureate from 2003-05.  He received both the Blue Peter Book of the Year and Children’s Book Award for Private Peaceful, the latter he also received for Kensuke’s Kingdom.  Morpurgo’s other novels include The Wreck of the Zanzibar, for which he won the Whitbread Children’s Novel Award, The Butterfly Lion, for which he won the Smarties Prize and Writers’ Guild Award, The War of Jenkin’s Ear and Why the Whales Came. Most recently the stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse has been performing to critical acclaim in the West End, on Broadway and in Toronto, and last year saw the release of the film adaptation directed by Stephen Spielberg.

B I L L Y    E L L I O T   T H E   M U S I C A L

HARRISON DOWZELL
BECOMES THIRTIETH WEST END BILLY ELLIOT
AS 640,000 NEW TICKETS ARE RELEASED FOR SALE TAKING BOOKING INTO 2013

Get Billy Elliot the Musical Tickets

HARRISON DOWZELL BECOMES THIRTIETH WEST END BILLY ELLIOT

Twelve year old Harrison Dowzell from Nottinghamshire is to become the thirtieth boy to play the title role of Billy Elliot in the West End.  Harrison, who joins the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical today, 14 May 2012, will alternate the role of Billy with Harris Beattie (13 year old from Aberdeen, Scotland), Kaine Ward (13 years old from Hertfordshire), Ryan Collinson (13 years old from Southport) and Adam Vesperman (13 years old from Seattle, Washington, USA)   He will be the 65th boy to play the role worldwide, including Jamie Bell who played Billy Elliot in the award-winning film. 

THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM SOCIETY
STUDENT PERFORMER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2012
AND
STILES & DREWE BEST NEW SONG PRIZE
HOSTED BY CLAIRE MOORE
SUNDAY 27 MAY AT THE QUEENS THEATRE

The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition (SSSSPOTY) was created six years ago to give a platform to musical theatre students toshowcase their work before graduation. Students from many of the UK’s leading drama schools and other colleges including Mountview, RADA, LIPA, Kingston University and Arts Ed compete for the Student Performer of the Year Prize of £1,000 and a runner up prize of £500.  The twelve finalists will be judged by Danielle Hope (Dorothy in Wizard of Oz and soon to be in the film of Les Misérables), Michael McCabe (Producer, Wicked), David Shrubsole (Conductor, London Road) and Laurie Sansom (Artistic Director, Derngate Theatre, Northampton). The chairman of the judges will be Edward Seckerson, Chief Classical Music and Opera Critic for The Independent and the prize will be awarded by Julia McKenzie and a representative of Overtures: The Bunnett-Muir Musical Theatre Archive Trust, sponsors of the SSSSSPOTY first prize.  The event is being hosted by Claire Moore (London Road/Miss Saigon) and takes place at 3pm on Sunday 27 May at the Queen’s Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR WEST END TRANSFER OF
EDWARD HALL'S HAMPSTEAD THEATRE PRODUCTION OF
C H A R I O T S O F F I R E

Get Chariots of Fire Tickets 

Edward Hall's Hampstead Theatre production of Chariots of Fire will transfer to the Gielgud Theatre from 22 June 2012, following its run at the North London venue. Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett's new adaptation, inspired by Colin Welland's original screenplay, is now booking in the West End until 10 November 2012.

RICHARD EYRE TO DIRECT WORLD PREMIERE OF NICK DEAR’S

T H E   D A R K   E A R T H   A N D   T H E   L I G H T   S K Y

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WITH Inua Ellams, Inspector Sands, Lost Dog, Custom/Practice
and return visits from The TEAM, GreySCALE
and Young Friends of the Almeida: LAB

Richard Eyre returns to the Almeida Theatre to direct the world premiere of Nick Dear’s The Dark Earth and the Light Sky.   Running from 8 November 2012 – 12 January 2013, press night is 15 November 2012.   Designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by John Leonard.  Casting will be announced shortly.

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