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KW & NB Ltd proudly present a Tall Stories production of  

The Gruffalo

A musical adaptation of the award-winning picture

book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

Wednesday 23 November 2011 – Sunday 15 January 2012

  • The hugely popular modern classic by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and celebrated illustrator Axel Scheffler returns to the West End for a monster 2011 Christmas season
  • Critically acclaimed Theatre Company Tall Stories, brings to life Donaldson and Scheffler’s much-loved story
  • From KW & NB Ltd, the producers of this summer’s West End theatre smash-hit The Tiger Who Came To Tea


Directed by Olivia Jacobs

Designed by Isla Shaw

Music by Jon Fiber, Olivia Jacobs, Robin Price and Andy Shaw

The Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue hosts the return of this energetic 55-minute production from 23 November to 15 January, adapted and directed by Tall Stories duo Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell.

The Gruffalo returns to London’s West End for an extraordinary fifth consecutive winter run this year.  The production has rapidly become an essential part of the West End’s Christmas season. 

Since its 2001 premiere, the exuberant adaptation of firm favourite The Gruffalo  has been performed across the globe in countries including Poland, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Chile as well as in North America from Broadway to Alaska and Canada. In the UK The Gruffalo has even been spied on the summer Festival circuit playing in front of 16,000 people at Camp Bestival. In 2012, The Gruffalo will take to the road on an extensive spring / summer UK tour.

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Donaldson’s original book has sold over 4 million copies in 38 languages, and is the subject of a star-studded BBC animation released in 2009.

Follow the quick-thinking Mouse into the deep, dark wood in this magical and musical modern classic. Discover what happens when he comes face to face with wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl and a maraca-shaking Snake, and, of course the very creature he imagined…..The Gruffalo! Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their families.


KW & NB Ltd present A Tall Stories Production of


Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES

Wednesday 23 November 2011 – Sunday 15 January 2012

BOX OFFICE – 0844 412 4661

SCHOOLS & GROUPS – 0844 412 4650

Ticket prices: £12.50, £15.50

A limited number of premium seats are available at £20

Schools & Groups 10+: £9.50 when you buy 10 or more tickets plus the 11th ticket free!


Full Performance Schedule:

23 November 2011


21 December 2011

11am and 2pm

24 November 2011


22 December 2011

10am and 12pm

25 November 2011


23 December 2011

11am and 2pm

26 November 2011

10am & 12pm

24 December 2011


27 November 2011

10am & 12pm

27 December 2011

11am and 2pm

30 November 2011


28 December 2011

10am and 12pm

01 December 2011


29 December 2011

10am and 12pm

02 December 2011


30 December 2011

10am and 12pm

03 December 2011

10am & 12pm

31 December 2011

10am and 12pm

04 December 2011

10am & 12pm

02 January 2012

11am and 2pm

07 December 2011


03 January 2012

11am and 2pm

08 December 2011


05 January 2012


09 December 2011


06 January 2012


10 December 2011

10am & 12pm

07 January 2012

10am & 12pm

11 December 2011

10am & 12pm

08 January 2012

10am & 12pm

13 December 2011


12 January 2012


14 December 2011


13 January 2012


15 December 2011


14 January 2012

10am & 12pm

17 December 2011

10am & 12pm

15 January 2012

10am & 12pm

18 December 2011

10am & 12pm



20 December 2011

11am and 2pm

The National Theatre Live

On Thursday, September 15th, National Theatre Live will broadcast a live performance of the sold out, five star production of


Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Starring James Corden

The broadcasts will be shown on screens throughout the U.S. with encore showings in most markets!

“I haven't seen anything funnier at the (National) theater since the original production of Michael Frayn's Noises Off here almost 30 years ago.” – Frank Rich, NY Magazine


National Theatre Live launches its third season with Nicholas Hytner’s production of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, by Richard Bean based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding.  James Corden stars in “one of the funniest productions in the National’s history” (The Guardian), returning to the National for the first time since he premiered in the original cast of The History Boys. The “classic comedy, hilariously updated” (The Times) transfers to London’s West End in November. National Theatre Live is an initiative by the UK’s National Theatre to broadcast live performances onto cinema screens around the world.


In the New York City area, screenings continue at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), NYU’s Skirball Center, City Cinema 123, Kew Gardens Cinema, Fairfield University (CT), the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) and more. 

The broadcast will also be shown on screens across the United States including the Music Box Theater in Chicago, Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, Amherst Cinema in MA, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, SIFF Cinema in Seattle, and many more.


In Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, sex, food and money are high on the

agenda. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End

hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancee’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as

her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms,

the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one

Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery,

Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.



For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check: 

Example broadcasts in major markets are as follows.

● NYU Skirball Center for the Arts (NY, NY) – September 21 at 7pm

● Mann Chinese (Hollywood, CA) – September 15 at 7 pm

● Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, NY) – September 15 at 7 pm

● Bryn Mawr Film Institute (Bryn Mawr, PA) – October 2 at 1pm & October 12 at 7:00pm

● Guild Hall (East Hampton, NY) – September 24 at 7pm

 Downtown Independent (Los Angeles, CA) – September 15 at 11am, September 19 at 7:30pm, October 2 at 2pm, October 9 at 2pm, October 15 at 3pm.

● Kew Gardens Cinema (Queens, NY) – September 15 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm

● Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT) – September 15 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm

● University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT) – October 1 at 12pm

● Coolidge Corner Theatre (Brookline, MA) – September 15 at 7:00pm

● Amherst Cinema (Amherst, MA) – September 15 at 7:00pm, September 21 at 7:00pm, October 2 at 1:00pm

● Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) – September 26 at 7:30 pm

● Monmouth University (West Long Branch, NJ) – September 15 at 7pm

● Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN) – October 2 at 1:00pm 

● Third Rail Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR) – September 17 at 2 & 7 pm & September 25 at 1pm & 5 pm

● Music Box (Chicago, IL) – September 30

● Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ) – October 2 at 2 pm

● Kabuki Cinemas (San Francisco, CA) – October 17 at 7pm & October 22 at 2:30pm

● Madison Sundance Cinemas (Madison, WI) – October 1 at 12:30pm & October 3 at 7pm

Ticket prices vary by venue.  The average ticket price is $20.  Contact local venues for ticket information. 

On October 6th, NT Live will broadcast Arnold Wesker’s extraordinary black comedy THE KITCHEN, set in a restaurant in 1950s London, directed by Bijan Sheibani, featuring an ensemble cast of 29 actors.               

NT Live is distributed by New York-based BY Experience, Inc. ( 

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P R I S C I L L A    Q U E E N   O F    T H E    D E S E R T   TH E   M U S I C A L 




Tomorrow, Saturday 3 September 2011, the West End production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical will celebrate its dazzling 1000th performance at the Palace Theatre.  Oscar®, Tony and Olivier award-winning Priscilla Queen of the Desert tells the story of three friends who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback.  They hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.   

With an astounding array of outrageous costumes and featuring a score of dance-floor classics, Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical opened at the Palace Theatre in March 2009.  The production will now have its final West End performance on 31 December 2011 (see listings information below for 2011 Christmas performance schedule).

Next month Ray Meagher, best known on television for playing Alf Stewart in the long running Australian soap Home and Away, will re-join the West End cast as mechanic Bob following his hugely successful run in the show last year.  He joins Don Gallagher (Bernadette), Richard Grieve (Tick) and Oliver Thornton (Adam) who play the glamorous Sydney-based performing trio.

Australian born Ray Meagher’s actingcareer has spanned a period of over 35 years on film, television and stage.  His is best known for playing the ongoing role of Alf Stewart in the Australian soap Home and Away, a role which he has played since the first episode of the series in 1988.  In 2010 Meagher won the Gold Logie Award for the Most Popular Personality on Australian Television.  In 2007 he joined the Australian cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical to play Bob in the original Sydney production.  Meagher has worked extensively in pantomime throughout the UK, most recently playing Captain Hook in Peter Pan in Tunbridge Wells.  His extensive Australian theatre credits include work for Queensland Theatre Company and the Adelaide Festival. His many film credits include Breaker MorantThe Chamberlain Report and Mail Order Bride.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical had its world premiere in Sydney in October 2006 and subsequently wowed audiences and critics alike in Melbourne and New Zealand, becoming the most successful Australian musical of all time.  After a return Sydney season and a recent run in Toronto, in March this year the Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical opened at the Palace Theatre in New York.  Further international dates are planned for Italy and Brazil. Discussions are also taking place regarding other international territories including Scandinavia, Germany and Asia.  

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott.  Direction is by Simon Phillips, Choreography is by Ross Coleman, Musical Supervision and Arrangements by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy and Production Design is by Brian Thomson. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner have re-created their Oscar®-winning Costume Designs, which were originally designed for the film.  BAFTA Award winning Make Up Design is recreated by Cassie Hanlon.  Lighting is designed by Nick Schlieper and Sound Design by Michael Waters.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical is produced in London by Liz Koops and Garry McQuinn for Back Row Productions, Michael Hamlyn for Specific Films, Allan Scott, John Frost, Michael Chugg, David Mirvish and The Really Useful Group, in association with MGM on Stage, Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber, based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture, distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Listings Information                     

Priscilla Queen of The Desert The Musical

Final Performance 31 December 2011

Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus, London W1

Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm  


Ticket prices:                             
£65, £45, £25, £20
a £1 Theatre Restoration Levy will added to each ticket


Booking Fee - £2.00 booking fee applies for all tickets purchased except postal and personal bookings at the Palace Theatre

Box Office:                                  0844 755 0016

Christmas Performance Schedule:    Monday 19 December at 7.30pm
Tuesday 20 December at 7.30pm
Wednesday 21 December at 7.30pm
Thursday 22 December at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Friday 23 December at 7.30pm
Saturday 24 December no performance
Sunday 25 December no performance

Monday 26 December         at 7.30pm
Tuesday 27 December at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Wednesday 28 December at 7.30pm
Thursday 29 December at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Friday 30 December at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Saturday 31 December at 2.30pm & 7.30pm

The National Theatre


Dominic Cooke directs Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS,with Lenny Henry making his NT debut in the Olivier Theatre

Sinéad Cusack and Ciarán Hinds lead the cast of JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK by Sean O’Casey, directed by Howard Davies, in the Lyttelton

Nicholas Hytner directs Alex Jennings and Simon Russell Beale in COLLABORATORS, a new play by John Hodge in the Cottesloe

Visitors to the National include 1927’s THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS; Daniel Kitson; and Mark Thomas

Bristol Old Vic’s production of SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS comes to the West End

The third season of NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE includes One Man, Two Guvnors (prior to a UK tour and West End run), The Kitchen, Collaborators and The Comedy of Errors

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COLLABORATORS                         Cottesloe Theatre
Previews from 25 October, press night 1 November, continuing in repertoire
National Theatre Live broadcast on 1 December 2011


Nicholas Hytner directs Collaborators, a new play by John Hodge, opening in the Cottesloe Theatre on Tuesday 1 November.  NT Associates Alex Jennings and Simon Russell Beale lead the cast, alongside Mark Addy, Sarah Annis, Marcus Cunningham, Jacqueline Defferary, Patrick Godfrey, Michael Jenn, Jess Murphy, William Postlethwaite, Pierce Reid, Nick Sampson, Maggie Service and Perri Snowdon. The production will be designed by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Jon Clark, music by George Fenton and sound by Paul Arditti; with thanks to Simon Sebag Montefiore.

Moscow, 1938. A dangerous to place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.
Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama.

John Hodge’s blistering new play depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny. Alex Jennings plays Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale, Stalin.

John Hodge’s screenplays include Shallow Grave, Trainspotting,  A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach, The Final Curtain and The Dark is Rising.
Alex Jennings’s many appearances at the National include The Habit of Art, Present Laughter, The Alchemist, Stuff Happens, His Girl Friday, The Relapse and The Winter’s Tale (for which two roles he won the 2001 Evening Standard Award for Best Actor), Albert Speer, and My Fair Lady at Drury Lane (Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical).
Simon Russell Beale’s extensive theatre work includes London Assurance, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing, The Alchemist, The Life of Galileo, Hamlet (Evening Standard & Critics’ Circle Awards) and Humble Boy for the National;The Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard (New York and Old Vic); and Bluebird (New York).

Since he became Director of the National in April 2003, Nicholas Hytner has directed Henry V, His Dark Materials, The History Boys, Stuff Happens, Henry IV, Southwark Fair, The Alchemist, The Man of Mode, The Rose Tattoo (with Stephen Pimlott), Rafta, Rafta… , Much Ado About Nothing, Major Barbara, England People Very Nice, Phèdre, The Habit of Art, London Assurance, Hamlet and One Man, Two Guvnors.

COLLABORATORS will be broadcast to cinemas worldwide as part of National Theatre Live on 1 December.

The National Theatre’s Cottesloe Partner is Neptune Investment Management.


JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK                        Lyttelton Theatre
A co-production with the Abbey Theatre, Ireland
Previews from 11 November, press night 16 November, continuing in repertoire

Howard Davies directs JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK by Sean O’Casey in a co-production with the Abbey Theatre, Ireland, opening at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre on 16 November. The cast is led by Sinéad Cusack as Juno and Ciarán Hinds as Jack Boyle, with: Cornelius Clarke, Risteárd Cooper, Clare Dunne, Kieran Gough, Luke Hayden, Dermot Kerrigan, Nick Lee, Gillian McCarthy, Bernadette McKenna, Brian Martin, Janet Moran, Kevin Murphy, Ronan Raftery, Sophie Robinson, Eoin Slattery and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. Bob Crowley will design the set and costumes, with lighting by James Farncombe, music by Anna Rice and sound by Ben Delaney. This is the National Theatre’s first co-production with Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey, and the production will open the Dublin Theatre Festival in September before coming to the Lyttelton.

One of the great plays of the twentieth century, Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock offersa devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish War of Independence, 1922.

Jack Boyle is out of work and determined to stay that way. He postures and drinks with his sidekick Joxer while the long-suffering Juno balances threats with cajolement to preserve the semblance of family in a squalid tenement flat. Their son Johnny, crippled fighting for the IRA, cowers indoors, terrified of reprisal; his sister Mary has joined the labour movement and is on strike. Sudden news of an inheritance provokes dreams of escape but, even before their rowdy celebrations are done, reality asserts itself as a neighbour’s corpse is carried down the stairs, another victim of the bitter civil war. Mary falls for an educated man as the loans stack up. Tragedy ensues.

Sinéad Cusack’s last appearance at the National Theatre was in Sebastian Barry’s Our Lady of Sligo, for which she won the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Best Actress Awards.  Her extensive theatre work also includes The Cherry Orchard and The Winter’s Tale (New York and Old Vic), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Royal Court), and Three Sisters (Gate Dublin / Royal Court).

Ciarán Hinds’s work in theatre includes, for the National, Burnt by the Sun, Closer (also on Broadway), Machinal, and The Seafarer on Broadway. His recent TV credits include Rome. Film includes: Persuasion, There Will Be Blood, Munich, The Phantom of the Opera, Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life, Calendar Girls and Circle of Friends.

Howard Davies is an Associate Director at the NT, where his recent productions include The Cherry Orchard, The White Guard (Evening Standard Award for Best Director), Burnt by the Sun, Never So Good and Philistines

JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK is supported by American Express and Culture Ireland.

The production runs at the Abbey Theatre, Ireland from 21 September – 5 November (press night: 29 September)



THE COMEDY OF ERRORS                                    Olivier Theatre
Previews from 22 November, press night 29 November, continuing in repertoire

Dominic Cooke, Artistic Director of the Royal Court, makes his NT debut directing Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, opening in the Olivier Theatre on 29 November.  Lenny Henry, in his first appearance at the National, plays Antipholus of Syracuse; the cast also includes Claudie Blakley (Adriana), Clare Cathcart, Chris Jarman (Antipholus of Ephesus), Lucian Msamati (Dromio of Syracuse), Joseph Mydell (Aegeon), Pamela Nomvete, Daniel Poyser (Dromio of Ephesus), Amit Shah and Michelle Terry (Luciana). It will be designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, music by Gary Yershon, movement by Ann Yee, sound by Christopher Shutt and fight direction by Kate Waters.

Two sets of twins separated at birth collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale.  And for no one more so than Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio who, in search of their brothers, arrive in a land entirely foreign to their distant home.  A buzzing metropolis, to the outsiders it appears a place of wonderment and terror, where baffling gifts and unexplained hostilities abound. 

Consistently recognised by strangers, the visitors question their very selves as the turmoil escalates. Meanwhile, Aegeon, father to the Antipholus twins, has been captured searching for his sons and, as an illegal immigrant, is sentenced to death at sunset.
Shakespeare’s furiously paced comedy will be staged in a contemporary world into which walk three prohibited foreigners who see everything for the first time.

Lenny Henry made his Shakespearean debut in the title role in Othello for Northern Broadsides/West Yorkshire Playhouse, which transferred to the West End and for which he won the 2009 Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award. He has toured worldwide with his stand-up comedy shows, and has appeared in and presented innumerable television dramas, comedies and documentaries, including Three of a Kind, The Lenny Henry Show, Alive and Kicking, Chef!, Hope & Glory and Lenny Henry in Pieces.  His many awards include the Lifetime Achievement - Performance Award at the 2003 British Comedy Awards, and a Golden Rose at the Montreux Television Festival.

Dominic Cooke is Artistic Director of the Royal Court, where his productions have included Chicken Soup with Barley, Clybourne Park (also West End), Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Fever, Wig Out!, Now Or Later, Rhinoceros and The Pain and the Itch. He was Associate Director of the RSC from 2002-06, where his work included Arabian Nights, Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, The Crucible (Olivier Awards for Best Director and Best Revival), As You Like It and Cymbeline.

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS            will be broadcast to cinemas worldwide as part of National Theatre Live on 1 March 2012.

The production is sponsored by KPMG.



7 December – 3 January, 15 performances                  

Seamlessly synchronizing live music, performance and storytelling with stunning film and animation, THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS is the wickedly twisted second show from multiple award-winning company 1927, visiting the Cottesloe Theatre for 15 performances between 7 December and 3 January.

Trust no-one. Suspect even your own shadow. Welcome to the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed, wherein lies the infamous Bayou Mansions: a stinking sprawling tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side, and the wolf… is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun?

1927 invite you on a theatrical journey of startling originality, like a giant graphic novel burst into life.

The Animals and Children Took to the Streets is created by 1927 and directed and written by Suzanne Andrade, with film, animation and design by Paul Barritt.  It is produced by Joanna Crowley, with music by Lillian Henley and costume by Sarah Munro and Esme Appleton. It was co-commissioned by BAC, Malthouse Theatre Melbourne & The Showroom (University of Chichester).

The National Theatre’s Cottesloe partner is Neptune Management.


A new show by Daniel Kitson about Everything and Nothing  
7 – 21 October, 19 – 22 December (day seats & returns only).  All tickets £12.

Extra December dates have been added for Daniel Kitson’s show about every single one of us, the past in our pockets, the future in our hearts and us, ourselves, very much stuck, trapped forever, in the tiny eternal moment between the two.  Written and performed by Daniel Kitson, designed by Susannah Henry and Daniel Kitson;  the technical director is Jon Meggat.


Mark Thomas: Extreme Rambling                         Lyttelton Theatre
Friday 23 December, 7.30pm, followed by a booksigning. All tickets £12.

During 2010, Mark Thomas decided to go rambling in the Middle East and walked the entire length of the Israeli Separation Barrier, crossing between the Israeli and the Palestinian side. Extreme Rambling is the story of 300,000 settlers, a 750km wall, six arrests, one stoning, too much hummus and one simple question… can you ever get away from it all with a good walk? 


SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS                     Vaudeville Theatre, West End
15 December 2011 - 14 January 2012, suitable for 6 years+

The critically acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production of SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS,
a new musical play with book by Helen Edmundson and songs by Neil Hannon, comes to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre this Christmas for a strictly limited 5-week run from 15 December – 14 January (press night: 19 December), presented by the National Theatre and The Children’s Touring Partnership. 

Based on the much-loved book by Arthur Ransome, this delightful and imaginative production is directed by Tom Morris, Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic and co-director of the National Theatre’s Tony Award-winning smash hit War Horse. SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS has music and lyrics by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and is written by Helen Edmundson, who adapted the National’s Coram Boy

All aboard The Swallow! Follow Captain John and his able crew as they set sail to Wildcat Island on an exotic adventure to encounter savages, capture dastardly pirates and defeat mortal enemies.

An action-packed musical adventure for the whole family (ages 6+), Swallows and Amazons is a story of an idyllic era, of endless summer evenings and the beauty of youthful imagination.

SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS opened at Bristol Old Vic in December 2010 for a sell-out run and was a critical and popular hit;  it was originally developed at the National Theatre Studio. Following its run at the Vaudeville Theatre, the production will embark on a UK tour (for more information please visit

The director of movement is Toby Sedgwick, who won an Olivier Award for War Horse;  with set design by Robert Innes Hopkins, costume design by Robert Innes Hopkins & Liesel Corp, musical direction and arrangements by Sam Kenyon, lighting design by James Farncombe, sound by Jason Barnes and additional musical arrangements by Andrew Skeet.

Published in 1930, Swallows and Amazons was the first in a series of twelve books by Arthur Ransome (1884-1967).  Set in 1929 in the Lake District, it tells of the school holiday exploits of the Walker and Blackett children and their sailing dinghies – the Swallow and the Amazon.

Helen Edmundson’s many adaptations include Coram Boy, which played two sell-out seasons at the National Theatre, and Anna Karenina, Mill on the Floss, War and Peace and Gone to Earth for Shared Experience. Other work includes The Clearing (Bush Theatre), Mother Teresa is Dead (Royal Court), and a version of Calderon's Life is a Dream (Donmar).  Her new play, The Heresy of Love, opens for the RSC at the Swan in February 2012.

Neil Hannon is a singer, lyricist and composer. Although he is best known for writing, recording and performing as The Divine Comedy, he has also written extensively for TV and film, including the music to Father Ted and The IT Crowd. He has collaborated with everyone from Michael Nyman to Tom Jones, and his cricket-themed project The Duckworth Lewis Method was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award. Swallows and Amazons is his first venture into the world of musical theatre.

Tom Morris was appointed Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic in September 2009. As Associate Director of the National Theatre (2004 – 2009), he developed and co-directed (with Marianne Elliott) War Horse which is currently running in the West End and on Broadway, where it received 6 Tony Awards; and co-directed Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. Previously he was Artistic Director at Battersea Arts Centre from 1995 to 2004.  He sits on the board of Complicite and is Chair of the JMK Trust.

Established in 2010 and led by independent producer Fiery Angel and Chichester Festival Theatre, the Children's Touring Partnership receives generous support from Arts Council England. Their inaugural production, Goodnight Mister Tom, premiered at Chichester in January 2011 and subsequently toured the UK for fourteen weeks. The Children's Touring Partnership will be presenting the tour of Bristol Old Vic's stage adaptation of Swallows and Amazons throughout spring 2012.



One Man, Two Guvnorsopens a new season of National Theatre Live, sponsored by Aviva, when it is broadcast live to over 100 UK cinemas and 300 more abroad on 15 September (varying dates internationally).  Since National Theatre Live’s first season, which began in June 2009 with Phèdre starring Helen Mirren, over half a million people have now experienced the National’s work on movie screens around the world.

One Man, Two Guvnors will be followed by THE KITCHEN by Arnold Wesker on 6 October and John Hodge’s COLLABORATORS on 1 December;  future screenings will include THE COMEDY OF ERRORS on 1 March 2012 with additional titles to be announced.  For further information and booking details for all cinemas, please visit

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – UK tour and West End
Following its run at the National, Nicholas Hytner’s hit production of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS will tour the UK, visiting:  Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury (27 September – 1 October); Theatre Royal, Plymouth (4 – 8 October); The Lowry, Salford (11 – 15 October); New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (18 – 22 October); and King’s Theatre, Edinburgh (25 – 29 October).   Richard Bean’s adaptation, with songs by Grant Olding, then transfers to the West End’s Adelphi Theatre from 8 November 2011 – 25 February 2012. James Corden continues in his original role of Francis Henshall, along with his two ‘guvnors’ Oliver Chris and Jemima Rooper, and the rest of the original cast.

MIKE LEIGH’S new play visits Bath and Cambridge
Mike Leigh’s new play will visit Theatre Royal, Bath (25 – 29 October) and Cambridge Arts Theatre (1 – 5 November), during its Cottesloe run.



A new play byMike Leigh
The full cast for Mike Leigh’s new play, opening in the Cottesloe on 21 September, is: Marion Bailey, Ruby Bentall, Dorothy Duffy, David Horovitch, Sam Kelly, Lesley Manville and Wendy Nottingham.

Conor McPherson directs his own new play The Veil, opening in the Lyttelton on 4 October.  The full cast is: Bríd Brennan, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Abigail Guiver, Claudia Hall, Ursula Jones, Peter McDonald, Felicity McHardy-Costaine Brown, Mary Mallen, Ursula Mohan, Alan Mooney, Jim Norton, Alice Parsloe, Adrian Schiller, Emily Taaffe, Geoffrey Towers and Fenella Woolgar.

The cast for Mike Bartlett’s new play 13, opening in the Olivier on 25 October as part of the Travelex £12 Tickets season, directed by Thea Sharrock, is: Matthew Barker, Nick Blakeley, Katie Brayben, Natasha Broomfield, Kirsty Bushell, Martin Chamberlain, Grace Cooper Milton, Davood Ghadami, Trystan Gravelle, Jadie-Rose Hobson, Adam James, Geraldine James, Sioned Jones, Barbara Kirby, Esther McAuley, Genevieve O’Reilly, Lara Rossi, Helen Ryan, Nick Sidi, Zara Tempest-Walters, Danny Webb, John Webber and Shane Zaza.

Nikki Amuka-Bird, David Calder, Nancy Carroll, Lindsay Duncan, Alan Howard, Alex Jennings, Paterson Joseph, Maureen Lipman, Paul Ready, Patricia Routledge, Simon Russell Beale and John Shrapnel will be among the ensemble of leading NT actors reading extracts (edited by Edward Kemp) from the KING JAMES BIBLE as part of its 400th anniversary celebrations. The twelve extracts will be directed by Nicholas Hytner, James Dacre and Polly Findlay in the Lyttelton Theatre from 8 October – 6 November.  

Dates and times of the readings vary and can be found in the rep leaflet or NT
website, alongside casting details.

6pm (45 mins), £4/£3 unless stated* = Platform followed by booksigning

In the Kitchen: The Food                    Fri 7 Oct, Olivier
In response to Arnold Wesker’s portrait of a 1950s kitchen, Prue Leith and Matthew Fort discuss the changing face of restaurant food and the very public role of the chef.
In the Kitchen: The Service              Fri 28 Oct, Olivier
Looking beyond the actual kitchen, the illustrious face of The Ivy, Fernando Peire, and restaurant critics Jay Rayner and Matthew Fort talk about the increasingly prominent role of restaurant service.

O’CASEY REDISCOVERED                        Sat 3 Dec, 10.30am (90mins), £6/£5, Lyttelton,
Shivaun O’Casey discusses her father’s life and work with playwright Enda Walsh and Abbey Theatre archivist Mairead Delaney, with actors from the Juno and the Paycock company reading from the other plays in O’Casey’s 1920s trilogy.

In Conversation with...                                   3pm (1hr), £5/£4
Afternoon interviews with members of the company, talking to Al Senter about their current role and career, and answering your questions.
Lesley Manville Fri 11 Nov, Cottesloe
Sinéad Cusack & Ciarán Hinds Thu 15 Dec, Lyttelton
Lenny Henry Fri 13 Jan, Olivier

War Horse: The Concert  Mon 7 Nov, 5.30pm (1hr 15mins), £7.50/£5, Olivier
Michael Morpurgo reads the story, of Albert and Joey the horse; accompanied by Barry Coope and John Tams singing Tams’ rousing songs, specially composed for the NT’s production of War Horse.

Michael Morpurgo’s On Angel Wings Wed 21 Dec, 5.30pm (1hr 15 mins), £7.50/£5, Olivier
A warm and humorous re-telling of the Christmas story; dramatised and adapted by
Simon Reade, with Michael Morpurgo as The Storyteller and historical carols from Coope Boyes & Simpson, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Georgina Boyes.

Private Eye at 50                        Fri 2 Dec, 5.45pm (1hr), £5/£4, Lyttelton*
Ian Hislop takes a satirical look at the events and people of the last 50 years. With Craig Brown, Harry Enfield, Jan Ravens and John Sessions.

Di Trevis                                                                    Fri 23 Sept, Cottesloe*
Di Trevis talks to Genista McIntosh about her new book, Being a Director.

David Edgar: Playwrights and Politics                  Tue 27 Sept, Cottesloe*
Janelle Reinelt, co-author of The Political Theatre of David Edgar, in discussion with the playwright.

Simon Russell Beale                                                Wed 28 Sept, Olivier*
Simon Russell Beale looks at his creative partnership with the director Sam Mendes.

Jonathan Miller                                                         Fri 30 Sept, Olivier
The distinguished director, author, broadcaster, humorist and sculptor reflects on his life and work.

Mrs Oscar Wilde                                                       Mon 3 Oct, Cottesloe*
Drawing on Constance’s letters, Franny Moyle’s book examines a victim of an infamous betrayal.

Mike Leigh                                                                 Tue 4 Oct, Olivier
The award-winning director talks about his new play.

Arnold Wesker                                                          Wed 5 Oct, Olivier*
The playwright reads from his one-woman play, Annie Wobbler.

Bonnie Greer on Langston Hughes                       Tue 11 Oct, Cottesloe*
Bonnie Greer’s discusses her biography of the poet, novelist, campaigner and playwright with Cyril Nri.

Craig Brown and Friends                                        Fri 14 Oct, Cottesloe*
The satirist presents One on One, a daisy chain of 101 unlikely meetings.

Black Voices                                                              Mon 17 Oct, Lyttelton
Paterson Joseph is joined by Simon Manyonda and Ellen Thomas, to examine the identity of the modern black voice in British Theatre today.

Conor McPherson on The Veil                                Tue 25 Oct, Lyttelton*
The playwright and director discusses his new play.

James Corden                                                           Mon 31 Oct, Lyttelton*
The multi-talented James Corden talks about his recent memoir.

John Hodge on Collaborators                               Fri 4 Nov, Cottesloe
The playwright talks about his new play.

Melvyn Bragg                                                            Sat 5 Nov, 10.30am, Lyttelton*
The broadcaster and author looks at the radical impact of the King James Bible.

The Linbury Prize for Stage Design                       Fri 11 Nov, Cottesloe
To coincide with this year’s Linbury Prize exhibition, a discussion on the collaborative process between director and designer.

Mike Bartlett and Thea Sharrock on 13                 Mon 14 Nov, Olivier
The playwright and director discuss their new production.

Stalin’s Favourite adapted and performed by Rupert Wickham
Fri 18 Nov, 5.30pm (1hr 15mins), Cottesloe
An emotionally engaging personal human insight into Stalin’s ‘favourite’ writer, Konstantin Simonov; adapted from Orlando Figes’ The Whisperers.
Matthew Bourne                                                       Mon 21 Nov, Cottesloe*
Matthew Bourne celebrates the 25th anniversary of his company with the publication of a new edition of his book. He reflects on his years as ‘Britain’s favourite choreographer’ with David Benedict.

The Annual Jocelyn Herbert Lecture: Ultz – The Politics of Good Taste
Tue 29 Nov, Lyttelton
The designer Ultz takes a look at British stage design since the 1950s. His recent work includes Chicken Soup with Barley, which Herbert originally designed in 1958.

Dominic Cooke on The Comedy of ErrorsFri 9 Dec, Olivier
The director discusses his new production.

Martin Sixsmith                                                         Thu 15 Dec, Cottesloe*
Collaborators explores a turbulent period in Russia’s history; the BBC’s former Moscow Correspondent and author of Radio 4’s recent series, Russia: The Wild East, presents his view of this fascinating time.

Theatre Quiz                                                                         Fri 16 Dec, Olivier
Quizmistress Emma Freud hosts the annual battle of theatre knowledge and quick wit between two National Theatre companies. Keeping score will be Lenny Henry.


Stage by Stage, a permanent exhibition on the National’s history is in the Olivier Circle, plus a changing programme throughout the year, FREE to attend.

Jonathan Miller                                                         12 September – 23 October
An exhibition of Jonathan Miller’s assemblages, sculptures, photographs and paintings, together with a display illustrating the way in which the visual arts have influenced the design of some of his greatest productions.

The Linbury Prize                                                     31 October – 27 November
The Linbury Prize for Stage Design is one of the UK’s most important awards for stage design, and a unique opportunity for graduating designers to work with leading directors and gain a professional commission with one of four major companies. All the finalists’ designs are displayed in this exhibition.

Take a View – Landscape Photographer of the Year 2011
5 December – 28 January (closed 8 January)
This popular annual award, now in its fifth year, culminates in a stunning exhibition of over 100 photographs that shows the dramatic beauty and variety of our country, whilst reminding us of the need to safeguard this precious legacy for future generations. A full-colour book will also be available from the NT Bookshop. This year’s Awards are held in association with Network Rail, with the exhibition sponsored by Epson UK.
Seeing Landscape – Photographer and awards founder, Charlie Waite, will be giving talks in the NT Bookshop at 7.45pm on 13,14 Dec and 23, 24 Jan plus guided tours of the exhibition on the same dates. (Contact Box Office or see website for ticket information.)

Lalla Ward                                                                  19 September – 30 October
Lalla Ward returns to the National Theatre with a new exhibition, Migration: again, her primary theme is wildlife, but her medium now includes ceramics as well as the fabric of Stranded. These animals and plants, and sometimes pattern and object, are migrating from embroidery on silk, velvet and cotton to the glaze of bowls and plates, in pictures, table-runners and mats. Small, round plates imagine themselves to be microscopes and x-rays, detailing a part of the embroidered animal underneath; plants begin life on linen, entwine themselves around a bowl and through it, to reappear in stitches beyond.

Dazzle                                                                        7 November – 8 January
Now in its 30th year at the NT, Dazzle has exhibited over 800 of the world’s leading jewellery designers and displayed almost 100,000 pieces of contemporary jewellery. This year’s show will be one of the biggest ever and will showcase the work of leading European designers who create unique and exquisitely beautiful handcrafted pieces of jewellery, metalwork and prints. All items are for sale, making Dazzle the perfect place to find a special gift. Get a taste of the work on show and a full list of exhibitors by visiting

Discover more at the National Theatre
A programme of events and courses for all ages run as part of the National Theatre’s Learning Programme. You can also explore the theatre, meet artists and staff who work there, and find out about the National’s productions online.

For Secondary Schools
On-stage events that bridge the gap between theory and practice in performance skills, directing or playwriting.  KS4, BTEC or AS/A2.
Stanislavski, 29 September
Voice, 14 October
Mike Leigh, 14 November
Brecht, 13 December

NT Revealed
On-stage activities exploring design and technical skills, crafts and careers.
Design & Dramaturgy: The Veil, 29 November (16yrs+, undergraduate)
Replay/Reveal: The Comedy of Errors and original performance conditions, 12 Jan (KS4+)

Student workshops
Active sessions, giving students an insight into Acting, Directing, Design and Producing at the NT.  KS3, KS4 and AS/A2.
Pre-show Q&A sessions give students a clear understanding of how director, designer and actors realised the play they’re about to watch.

More events and information at

The NT’s programme of professional development courses for teachers explores different aspects of teaching drama, making theatre in school, and personal impact in the classroom.

Bring the NT into your classroom: classroom

Lifelong Learning
In-depth: Contemporary Irish Drama, 11 – 12 October, Cottesloe Theatre
A celebration of contemporary Irish drama to mark the opening of The Veil. Discussions with established and emerging Irish dramatists, illustrated by actors performing extracts of their work.  An exciting opportunity to discover the landmarks of recent Irish drama.  £75, including a ticket for The Veil.

2 September 2011

Public Information:
Public phone/online booking for new productions in the September – January season opens on 20 September. 
Book tickets online at  
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Information:  020 7452 3400


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W A R   H O R S E

Get WAR HORSE Tickets

The National Theatre’s Laurence Olivier award-winning production of War Horse at the New London Theatrehas released 140,000 new tickets for sale, taking bookings up to 16 February 2013.

Nick Stafford’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s book has been playing to packed houses at the New London Theatre since March 2009.  The Broadway production of War Horse, which recently opened at the Lincoln Center’s Vivien Beaumont Theatre, was the winner of six Tony Awards including a Special Tony Award for Handspring Puppet Company.   A further production is due to open in February 2012 at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto, with a US tour scheduled to start in Los Angeles in June 2012.  Later this year Stephen Spielberg’s film version of War Horse will be released.


At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France.  He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land.  But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse is designed by Rae Smith, with puppet design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick; the puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

War Horseis produced in the West End by the National Theatre and National Angels.

Listings Information

Address:                                New London Theatre, Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW

Dates:                              currently booking until 16 February 2013

Performances:                    Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 7.30pm

                                      Tuesdays at 7pm

                                      Thursday & Saturdays at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Ticket prices:                     £15-£55 plus concessions, Prices include a restoration levy

Box Office                         National Theatre Box Office -No booking fee

Get WAR HORSE Tickets

Telephone 020 7452 3000 

New London Theatre Box Office -booking fee
Telephone 0844 412 4654

 Casting announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical


The Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will transfer to London’s Cambridge Theatre, previewing from Tuesday 18 October.

Bertie Carvel (Miss Trunchbull), Paul Kaye (Mr Wormwood) Josie Walker (Mrs Wormwood) and Lauren Ward (Miss Honey) will reprise their roles alongside Marc Antolin, Verity Bentham, Peter Howe, Michael Kent, Melanie La Barrie, Matthew Malthouse, Alastair Parker, Nick Searle and Emily Shaw who also appeared in the original production in Stratford.


Further adult casting includes: Matthew Clark, Leanne Pinder, Rachel Moran, Lucy Thatcher, Tim Walton and Gary Watson.

The four young actresses playing the role of Matilda will be announced on Dahl Day on Tuesday 13 September.

The three teams of eight young performers who will recreate the roles of Bruce, Lavender, Amanda, Nigel, Eric and the other pupils at Crunchem Hall Primary School are:

Thomas Atkinson, Jake Bailey, James Beesley, Ruby Bridle, Oonagh Cox, Jemima Eaton, Alicia Gould, Zachary Harris, Callum Henderson, Fleur Houdijk, Jamie Kaye, William Keeler, Lily Laight, Katie Lee, Isobelle Molloy, Jemima Morgan, Toby Murray, Alfie Manser, Lucy May Pollard, Annabel Parsons, Ellie Simons, Louis Suc, Jaydon Vijn and Ted Wilson.

Matilda The Musical played to sold-out audiences at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for twelve weeks from November 2010 to January 2011. Roald Dahl’s magical story about a girl with extraordinary powers has been a favourite novel for millions of people across the world since it was published in 1988.

The new stage musical, which captured the imagination of young and old alike during its short run, is written by the highly acclaimed playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by the anarchic Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus.

The production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

The entire creative team will reassemble to create the London production.

Matilda The Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski as Executive Producer.

This production was developed with the support of Company Dramaturg Jeanie O'Hare and the RSC Literary Department.

For the initial booking period tickets are available for performances up to and including Sunday 12 February 2012.  

Box Office: See Tickets 0844 412 4652 / RSC Ticket Hotline 0844 800 1110




Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, WC2H 9HU
18 October 2011 – 12 February 2012
Opening Night: 22 November 2011
Box Office: 0844 412 4652 / 0844 800 1110


Performance Times:

18 October – 5 November 2011

Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday 29 October & Saturday 5 November 2.30pm

7 November – 26 November 2011

Monday, Wednesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday 9, Saturday 12, Wednesday 16, Saturday 19, Thursday 24, Saturday 26 November 2.30pm

28 November – 18 December 2011

Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm
Sunday 3pm 

19 December – 2 January 2012

Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Wednesday 21, Friday 23, Saturday 24, Wednesday 28, Friday 30 December 2.30pm
Saturday 31 December 2pm & 6.30pm
Sunday 1 January 3pm
No perfs on Sunday 25 & Monday 26 December
No eve perf on Saturday 24 December

3 January – 12 February 2012

Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday – Saturday 7:30pm
Wednesday & Saturday 2:30pm
Sunday 3pm 

Ticket Prices:

Stalls £59.50, £49.50
Dress Circle £59.50
Upper Circle £39.50, £29.50, £25, £20
Reduced price preview tickets available from £15.

Group Rates:

10+ Group Rate £45
Group Bookings: 0844 412 4650

Education Rates:

10+ School Group Rate £25
Discounts available Tuesday – Thursday evenings and Wednesday matinees
Education Bookings: 0844 800 1113

Under 18s £10 off up to two tickets per full-price paying adult
16-25yrs £5 tickets available (1 ticket per person)
If the choice of seat is limited by a disability then the ticket is £29.75 (50% off top price). A companion ticket is also £29.75.

Discounts (excluding disability rates) are not available between Monday 24 October – Saturday 29 October 2011 and Monday 19 December 2011 - Sunday 1 January 2012 inclusive.

·         Dennis Kelly is primarily a theatre writer. His new play for the RSC, The Gods Weep, recently opened at the Hampstead Theatre.  Orphans was staged in 2009 at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before transferring to the Birmingham Rep Theatre and Soho Theatre, London. His other plays include Debris (Theatre 503 2003 andBattersea Arts Centre 2004), Osama the Hero (Hampstead Theatre 2005), After the End (Bush 2005 and UK and international tour 2006), Love and Money (Royal Exchange, Manchester and Young Vic 2006) and Taking Care of Baby (Hampstead Theatre, 2007). In 2007 he also wrote for the National Theatre Connections Festival.

·         Tim Minchin is an award-winning Australian musician, actor, comedian and writer. He has recently completed a sell-out world tour. He has composed and written songs for theatre and documentary, most recently This Blasted Earth (Tamarama Rock Surfers), Somewhere (Q Theatre) and the soundtrack for The Kindness of Strangers (Prospero) – an award-winning documentary by Rhian Skirving.

·         Matthew Warchus is a celebrated Tony award-winning director and dramatist.  His RSC production of Hamlet at the Barbican in 1997 also played at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, USA. He directedYasmina Reza's Art and God of Carnage in the West End and on Broadway, True West starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. ReillySpeed-the-Plow starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum, the musicals Our House and The Lord of the Rings, which played at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2007. He is directing Ghost The Musical which is currently playing at Manchester Opera House and transfers to London’s Piccadilly Theatre in June.

·         Rob Howell, the designer, has picked up four Olivier Awards for Best Set Design for the RSC’s Richard IIITroilus and CressidaVasa and Hedda Gabler. Further credits for the RSC include The Shakespeare ReviewThe Painter of Dishonour, Little Eyolf, The Family Reunion. Theatre includes: The Observer; Her Naked Skin, The Reporter, Buried Child, Chips With Everything, Troilus and Cressida (Olivier Award for Best Set Design), Money, Battle Royal, Howard Katz (National Theatre);Simpatico, Hard Fruit, Real Classy Affair (Royal Court); Tartuffe, The Government Inspector, Vassa (Olivier Award for Best Set Design), Conversations after a Burial, Lulu (also at the Kennedy Center, Washington), Faith Healer, The Lady from the Sea(Almeida); Hedda Gabler (Olivier Award for Best Set Design. Duke of York’s Theatre/Almeida); Habeas Corpus, The Fix, How I Learned to Drive, True West, The Glass Menagerie (also at the Comedy Theatre), Proof (Donmar); The Caretaker, Our House(Olivier Award for Best Musical. West End); The Graduate (West End/Australia/Broadway); Sunset Boulevard (UK tour); True West(Circle in the Square, New York); The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane/Toronto); Inherit the Wind, The Norman Conquests (also on Broadway), Speed-the-Plow, Complicit (Old Vic); The Last Cigarette (Chichester Festival/Trafalgar Studios);Private Lives, Prisoner of Second Avenue(Vaudeville), Deathtrap (Noel Coward). Opera includes: Turn of the Screw (Welsh National Opera); Sophie’s Choice (Royal Opera House); Carmen (Metropolitan Opera in New York)

·         Peter Darling is an award-winning choreographer. Having picked up the Olivier and Tony award for Best Choreographer forBilly Elliot, Peter has choreographed The Tempest for the RSC as well as The Lord of the Rings (London/Toronto); Our House(Olivier award for Best Musical. Cambridge); Merrily We Roll Along (Olivier award for Best Musical. Donmar); Candide (Olivier award for Best Musical Production. National Theatre); Oh!What a Lovely WarPower (National Theatre); Closer to Heaven(Theatregoer’s Choice award for Best Choreographer); The Lord of the Rings (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic); Sunset Boulevard (Really Useful Group). Peter’s film credits include: The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot (MTV Best Dance Sequence), Plots with a View, Trauma.

·         Christopher Nightingale, the musical supervisor and orchestrator, is responsible for making sure all the musical puzzle pieces fit together, smoothing over any rough edges and creating a synthesis.  He is one of theatre's most experienced and highly regarded masters of his craft, with past credits that include some of the West End’s best plays and musicals, including The Lord of the Rings and Bombay Dreams.

·         Hugh Vanstone, lighting designer. RSC: Arabian Nights, The Winter’s Tale, Antony and Cleopatra, Bad Weather, The Unexpected Man, Hamlet, Cymbeline, Three Hours After Marriage, Slaughter City, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet. Hugh has designed the lighting for more than 150 productions and worked for most of the UK’s national companies and extensively on Broadway. Most recent work includes: Deathtrap (Noel Coward); La Bête (Comedy Theatre, Broadway); The Late Middle Classes, A Doll’s House (Donmar); The Real Thing (Old Vic); A Steady Rain (Broadway); Tanz Der Vampire (Vienna); God Of Carnage (West End/UK tour/Broadway). Hugh has received three Olivier Awards for Best Lighting Design.

·         Simon Baker, sound. RSC: Don John (Kneehigh/RSC/tour). Trained: Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre includes:The Witches of Eastwick, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, Cats, Spamalot (London); Boeing Boeing (London/ Broadway);The Lord of the Rings (Toronto/London); I am Shakespeare (UK tour/Chichester); God of Carnage (London/Broadway); Our House (UK tour); Brief Encounter (Cinema Haymarket/UK/US tour & Broadway); The Norman Conquests (Old Vic/Broadway);Complicit (Old Vic); The Real Thing (Old Vic); Arcadia (London); The Birds (Gate, Dublin); As You Like It, The Tempest (BAM/Old Vic/Bridge Project 2010); Asylum Year One (Kneehigh); Deathtrap (London); La Bête (London/Broadway).

·         Paul Kieve, illusionist. RSC: The Winter’s Tale, The Cherry Orchard, The Tempest, Alice in Wonderland, Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Mysteries, Spring Awakening, Arabian Nights. this season: Matilda.Theatre includes: The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End/Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Zorro (West End/Paris/Moscow/Tokyo); India (Frankfurt); Mrs. Affleck, Her Naked Skin, The Seagull, Theatre of Blood, The Night Season, La Grande Magia, The Cherry Orchard, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (National Theatre); Derren Brown – Enigma, The Lord of the Rings, Our House, The Witches of Eastwick, Scrooge, The Witches, The Woman In White (West End); The Nativity, Grimm Tales (Young Vic). Opera includes: Das Reingold(Strasbourg); L’Heure Espagnole (Royal Opera House); Macbeth (Hamburg); And Parsifal (Paris Bastille). Other work includes:Alice In Wonderland (English National Ballet); Aladdin (Scottish Ballet), Holiday on Ice (tour). Television includes: Cranford 2, I’d Do Anything, History Of Magic, Derren Brown series, Heroes of Magic, Children In Need, The Proms. Film: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Invention of the Hugo Cabret (forthcoming). Publications include: Hocus Pocus (Bloomsbury); Guinness Book of Records Magic Category. Paul was the recipient of the British Magical Society Award for outstanding contribution to magic, is a Gold Star member of The Inner Magic Circle. His one man show has been performed internationally and at many UK festivals.

·         The work of the RSC Literary Department is generously supported by THE DRUE HEINZ TRUST

·         The original cast soundtrack will be released in September 2011 and is initially available exclusively from the RSC shop.  Pre-order now at

·         Holiday Inn is the RSC’s preferred hotel partner for Matilda The Musical

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Theatre:                       Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY
Dates:                         5 August – 29 October 2011
Press Night:                                16 August 2011 at 7pm
Performances:                  Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
Prices:                        £35 - £45 (plus concessions)
Day seats – best seats £20 on the day of the performance from 10am at the box office in person.
all tickets include a £1.50 restoration levy
Box Office:                                 0844 871 7632


Get TOP GIRLS Tickets







The role of Gerado, the husband of Paulina Salas (Thandie Newton), will be played by Tom Goodman-Hill, and Doctor Roberto Miranda will be played by Anthony Calf in Ariel Dorfman’s Olivier award-winning thriller Death and the Maiden. The play will open at the Comedy Theatre from Thursday 13th October 2011. Jeremy Herrin, Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Court, will direct and the production will be designed by Peter McKintosh.

Olivier Award nominee Tom Goodman-Hill has performed in a number of West End productions including EnronMonty Python's Spamalot (Olivier Award nominee for Best Supporting Performer in a Musical) and An Inspector Calls. Tom has also appeared in Earthquakes in London and Tartuffe (National Theatre)as well as Bartholomew Fair, Talk of the City and The Two Gentlemen of Verona for the RSC. 


Anthony Calf has appeared in numerous Theatre productions for the Donmar Warehouse, National Theatre and The Royal Court. Recent credits include: Les Parents Terribles (Donmar Trafalgar Season), The Deep Blue Sea (Chichester Festival Theatre), Rock ‘n’ Roll (Royal Court Theatre), The White Guard and The Power of Yes (National Theatre). Anthony’s recent television credits include the 2010 remake of Upstairs, Downstairs and Holby City (BBC).

This will be the first West End production of Dorfman’s 1990 play since the world premiere at the Royal Court in 1991 which transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1992 where it played for 12 months.  Subsequently, the play was produced on Broadway and adapted into a film.                                                                                 

The play is an intense and thrilling account of confession and revenge set against the backdrop of a new democracy, emerging from a long period of dictatorship.

Years have passed since political prisoner, Paulina, suffered at the hands of her captor: A man whose face she never saw, but whose voice and mannerisms can still recall with terrifying clarity.

One evening, by chance, a stranger arrives at the secluded beach house she shares with her husband Gerardo, a human rights lawyer. A stranger Paulina is convinced was her tormentor and must now be held to account...

Thandie Newton was awarded a BAFTA for her role in Crash, Paul Haggis’ Oscar-winning film about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles. She also starred in the title role in Beloved opposite Oprah Winfrey and in Mission Impossible II with Tom Cruise. She appeared in The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith and played Simon Pegg’s ex-girlfriend in Run Fat Boy Run. She played Condoleezza Rice in Oliver Stone’s W and the US President’s daughter in 2012. She was most recently seen in Huge and is currently filming Good Deeds, written and directed by Tyler Perry, whom also stars.

Jeremy Herrin is the Deputy Artistic Director at the Royal Court where he has directed Polly Stenham’s plays That Face and Tusk Tusk, David Hare’s The Vertical Hour, Michael Wynne’s The Priory, Richard Bean’s The Heretic and other new writing. This year he made his Shakespearean debut directing the acclaimed production of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with Eve Best and Charles Edwards, and will direct South Downs at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in September.  

Tickets are now on sale.


Box Office: 0844 871 7622

COMEDY THEATRE, Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DN

On sale from 9am on Monday 25 July 2011

Box Office:  0844 871 7622

Tickets £10 - £49.50

Previews: Thursday 13 October 2011
Press Night: Monday 24 October 2011
Booking to: 21 January 2012

Evenings: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday & Saturday at 3pm


Previews to 28th Oct: Stalls  £39.50, £20, £10 day seats
                                      Dress Circle £39.50, £20
                                      Royal Circle £29.50, £15
                                      Balcony £15, £15
                                      Boxes £29.50
                                      Standing £10

From 29th Oct:                   Stalls  £49.50, £30, £20 day seats
                                      Dress Circle £49.50, £30
                                      Royal Circle £39.50, £25
                                      Balcony £25, £15
                                      Boxes £39.50
                                      Standing £10

All ticket prices are inclusive of a £1.50 restoration levy

Groups (10+):                    £35 Best Available (Monday – Thursday)

School groups (10+):  £22.50, plus teacher goes free (11th ticket) Best Available (Mon – Wed including Weds Mat)

Balcony/Upper Circle schools rate (10+): £15 best available (Mon – Wed including Weds Mat)

Concessions             On the day for OAP, NUS & Unwaged – £25 Best Available
                                      All subject to availability
                                      Available in advance for Wednesday matinee

·         Ariel Dorfman, the Chilean-American author of numerous works of fiction, plays, poems, screenplays and essays in both Spanish and English, holds the Walter Hines Page Chair at Duke University, North Carolina.  His books have been translated into over forty languages and his plays staged in more than one hundred countries. Among his plays are Widows and Reader, which have won awards from the Kennedy Center and been staged worldwide. Other plays include Purgatorio, The Other Side/DeliriumPicasso’s Closet and Speak Truth to Power. In 1995 his film  Prisoners in Time, a BBC Teleplay co-written with Rodrigo Dorfman, won Best Feature Film Screenplay at the WGGB Awards. Currently optioned films are Shaheed, Burning City and an adaptation of his novel Blake’s Therapy. This Autumn he will publish Feeding on Dreams, a sequel to the memoir Heading South, Looking North, on which the Oscar short-listed documentary, A Promise to the Dead is based. He has also written the libretto for Dancing Shadows, a musical with songs by Eric Woolfson (lead composer and vocalist of the Alan Parsons Project) that opened recently in Seoul, winning five Korean Tony awards. He is active in the defence of human rights and his articles are published in the most important broadsheet newspapers worldwide. In 2010 he delivered the Mandela Lecture in South Africa. He is currently working on a new opera, Naciketa.

·         BAFTA Award-winning Thandie Newton has most recently been seen in Huge, Ben Miller’s directorial debut starring award-winning British actor Noel Clarke and Johnny Harris.  She is currently filming Good Deeds written, starring and directed by Tyler Perry.  The film in which Newton plays lead character Lindsey is due for an early 2012 release.  Earlier this year Newton also appeared in Vanishing on 7th Street directed by Brad Anderson in which she starred opposite Hayden Christensen and John Leguizamo.  Newton was recently seen in For Colored Girls, the adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem directed by Tyler Perry for LionsGate.  She starred opposite Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson and Kimberly Elise.  She was also recently seen in the independent psychological thriller The Retreat opposite Cillian Murphy and Jamie Bell, directed by Carl Tibbetts.  In 2009 Newton starred in Roland Emmerich's 2012 for Columbia, which revolves around an academic researcher who battles to prevent an apocalypse predicted by the ancient Mayans. She stars in the film opposite John Cusack, Oliver Platt, Woody Harrelson, Amanda Peet, and Danny Glover.  The film grossed over $750 million worldwide.  Newton was praised for her work in the Academy Award-winning Best Picture of 2006: Crash, the story of a multiracial group of characters whose lives interconnect following a car accident in Los Angeles. For her performance, Thandie received BAFTA (Outstanding Supporting Actress) and SAG (Best Ensemble) Awards. Newton also starred in RocknRolla, written and directed by Guy Ritchie, opposite Gerard Butler and Olive Stone's film W, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice opposite Josh Brolin, James Cromwell, Elizabeth Banks and Ellen Burstyn. Other films have included David Schwimmer's comedy Run Fat Boy Run opposite Hank Azaria and Simon Pegg, Gabriele Muccino's critically acclaimed box office hit The Pursuit of Happyness opposite Will Smith, Jonathan Demme's contemporary romantic thriller The Truth About Charlie, inspired by Stanley Donen's 1963 film Charade and the John Woo-helmed action film Mission Impossible II. She received rave reviews for her astonishingly original and bold performance as the title character in Jonathan Demme's 1998 adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel, Beloved co-starring Oprah Winfrey. Beyond acting, Thandie has supported several causes and charities. She was an introducer for the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium in 2007 and in 2008 she visited Mali with charity World Visions and mineral water company Volvic to front a campaign aiming to bring clean water to six African nations. As a board member for organisation V Day Thandie visited the Congo earlier this year to raise awareness over the chronic issue of sexual violence towards women and girls.

·         CMP Limited - Lead Producer and General Manager

Death and the Maiden is produced and general managed by Creative Management and Productions (CMP), established by theatre producers Nick Frankfort and Tobias Round.  Formed in 2006, the company is committed to commissioning and presenting high quality plays and musicals, as well as delivering management services for a select group of performing arts practitioners and organisations.

Nick Frankfort was formerly Executive Producer of the Donmar Warehouse and has over twenty years of experience in the theatre industry. Tobias Round worked at IMG and Adventures in Motion Pictures before joining the Donmar Warehouse as General Manager in 2003.

CMP’s recent work includes co-producing The Hound of the Baskervilles at the Duchess Theatre, commissioning and producing Swimming with Sharks starring Matt Smith and Christian Slater at the Vaudeville Theatre, co-producing Year of the Rat at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, transferring the sell-out Donmar production of Piaf (Vaudeville), producing Three Days of Rain (Olivier Award nomination for Best Revival) starring James McAvoy, Nigel Harman and Lyndsey Marshal (Apollo), producing the West End premiere of Douglas Carter Beane’s The Little Dog Laughed starring Tamsin Greig, Rupert Friend, Gemma Arterton and Harry Lloyd, and  Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong by Rachel Wagstaff directed by Trevor Nunn, starring Ben Barnes.

·         Lyndi Adler - Producer

Lyndi Adler is an Australian based producer with over twenty years’ experience.

Her stage credits include High School Musical and feature film credits include Three Dollars starring David Wenham and Francis O’Conor and Prey featuring Natalie Bassingthwaite.

In other theatre projects, she produced 1 Night Stand, featuring the best of Australia’s stand-up comics, which toured a number of Australian cities in 2006-07.

31Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre presents  


by St John Ervine.

Directed by Sam Yates. Designed by Richard Kent. 
Lighting Design by David Plater. Music and Sound Design by Alex Baranowski.

The first London production for 90 years of St John Ervine’s searing Belfast tragedy Mixed Marriage, first seen at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, plays for a four-week season from Tuesday, 4 October 2011 (Press Night: Thursday, 6 October 2011 at 7.30pm) at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre.

As the city's factories come out on strike, John Rainey, the respected head of a Protestant family, acts to calm the sectarian tension being stirred up by politicians for their own ends. On the streets, Rainey successfully unites Catholic and Protestant against the machinations of the factory owners, the nationalists and the Orangemen. But at home, passions rise when Rainey discovers that his son wants to marry the beautiful, innocent Nora, a Catholic...


Set in Ireland before partition, Mixed Marriage is a poetic tragedy – leavened with earthy humour – which dissects class and religious sectarianism through the breakdown of one ordinary family. It was a groundbreaking success in its time and established Ervine as a great Irish writer.

This production is another Finborough Theatre rediscovery, following in the footsteps of such sell-out successes as J.M. Barrie's What Every Woman Knows and Quality Street, Graham Greene's The Potting Shed and Emlyn Williams' Accolade.

Director Sam Yates is Artistic Associate at Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton. He has been Associate Director to Michael Grandage, Trevor Nunn, Jamie Lloyd, Josie Rourke and Phyllida Lloyd. Designer Richard Kent has been associate to designer Christopher Oram since 2008 and will, later this year, design Richard II for the Donmar Warehouse alongside Lighting Designer David Plater. Composer and Sound Designer Alex Baranowski’s recent credits include HamletFrankenstein andEarthquakes in London at the National Theatre. 

Playwright St John Ervine (1883-1971) was a dramatist, novelist, biographer and critic. A protestant, born in East Belfast, he was for a time an unlikely choice as Literary Manager at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under W.B. Yeats, where Mixed Marriage, his first play, was produced in 1911, directed by Lennox Robinson. It was subsequently seen in London at the Royal Court Theatre in 1911 and revived in the West End at both the Ambassadors and Aldwych Theatres in 1922. His many other plays include John Ferguson (1915), Anthony and Anna (1926), The First Mrs. Fraser (1926) and Boyd’s Shop (1939). In later life, Ervine turned his back on Ireland and its politics, and moved to England where he became a noted drama critic for The Observer and The Morning Star, as well as a novelist and a biographer of both Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw.



Finborough Theatre, The Finborough, 118 Finborough Road, London, SW10 9ED

Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at

Tuesday, 4 October – Saturday, 29 October 2011

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm. Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm. Saturday matinees at 3.00pm (from the second week of the run).

Prices for Weeks One and Two (4-16 October 2011) – Tickets £13, £9 concessions, except Tuesday Evenings £9 all seats, and Saturday Evenings £13 all seats. Previews (4 and 5 October) £9 all seats.

£5 tickets for under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£10 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the first Saturday of the run only.

Prices for Weeks Three and Four (17-29 October 2011) – Tickets £15, £11 concessions, except Tuesday Evenings £11 all seats, and Saturday Evenings £15 all seats.

Performance Length: Approximately 2 hours.

Director Sam Yates is Associate Artist at Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton, under Laurie Sansom. Previous direction for the Finborough Theatre includes two plays by Nicholas de Jongh for Vibrant - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights – To Keep the Ghost Awake (2010) and There Goes My Future (2011). Direction includes Mrs P. (Workshop for Mercury Musical Developments), Electra and Oedipus (Garrick Theatre, Stockport), Oleanna (Hong Kong Arts Centre), The Turke (Arcola Theatre),The Tempest and Macbeth (ADC Theatre, Cambridge) and Yeats’ Purgatory (Edinburgh Festival). He was Associate Director to Josephine Hart on Poetry Week (Donmar Warehouse), Michael Grandage on Hamlet with Jude Law (Donmar Warehouse, Elsinore and Broadway), Madame De Sade with Dame Judi Dench (Donmar Warehouse), Trevor Nunn on Birdsong (Comedy Theatre), Jamie Lloyd on Salome (National Tour) and The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick Theatre). He was Assistant Director to Josie Rourke on How To Curse (Bush Theatre) and Burying Your Brother in the Pavement (National Theatre), Paul Raffield on Hysteria (Birmingham Rep), Rachel Kavanaugh on Uncle Vanya (Birmingham Rep) and Phyllida Lloyd on Wise Children (National Theatre Studio).

Designer Richard Kent's designs include Decline and Fall (Old Red Lion Theatre), Stronger and Pariah (Arcola Theatre) and Gin and Tonic and Passing Trains (Tramway Theatre, Glasgow). As Associate to Christopher Oram since 2008 – King Lear(Donmar Warehouse and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York), Red (Donmar Warehouse and Broadway) and A Streetcar Named DesireIvanovTwelfth NightMadame De Sade and Hamlet (Donmar Warehouse). Opera includes Don Giovanni(Metropolitan Opera, New York), Madame Butterfly (Houston Grand Opera) and Billy Budd (Glyndebourne). Richard will design Richard II at Donmar Warehouse later this year.

Lighting Designer David Plater's designs include Sondheim @ 80 (Donmar at the Queen’s Theatre), Stronger and Pariah (Arcola Theatre), 4 QuartetsFrame 312Three Days of RainMorphic ResonanceSplash HatchSummer Begins and Badfinger(Donmar Warehouse), Michael Ball (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Loyal Women (Royal Court Theatre), Dave Strassman Show (Apollo Theatre), Dark Tales (Arts Theatre), Company (Derby Playhouse) and The Arab Israeli Cookbook (Tricycle Theatre and Gate Theatre). David will design lighting for Richard II at the Donmar Warehouse later this year and Ballet Black for the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, in 2012.

Composer and Sound Designer Alex Baranowski's credits include Hamlet and Earthquakes in London (National Theatre and Tour), Frankenstein (National Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Hobson’s Choice (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield). Forthcoming productions include The Faith Machine (Royal Court Theatre), Salt, Root and Roe (Trafalgar Studios) and Othello (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).

David Acton and Ben Deery will join the cast of hit thriller The Woman In Black.

Get The Woman In Black Tickets

A new cast has been announced for The Woman in Black, one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theatre events ever performed, now in its 23rd year in the West End in a production revisited by original director Robin Herford.

Ben Deery (Anne Boleyn, All’s Well That Ends Well, Henry VIII at Shakespeare’s Globe; La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre;Dangerous Corner, Much Ado About Nothing at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds) will play The Actor.

David Acton (Down by the Greenwood Side at Donmar Warehouse; King Lear at the Young Vic; Hamlet at Oxford Playhouse; The Clandestine Marriage at Bristol Old Vic) will play Arthur Kipps.

The new cast will take over on the 26th September 2011.

Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, The Woman in Black combines the power and intensity of live theatre with the cinematic quality of film noir.  More than seven million people have been transported into a terrifying world in an unremitting drama that has them literally jumping out of their seats.

The Woman In Black was first performed at the Theatre-By-The-Sea in Scarborough in 1987. The original production received rave reviews, paving the way for future productions throughout the country. It reached the West End in 1989 where it has been a major success ever since. Its success has subsequently reached a global level, having spread to the US, South America and through to the Tokyo theatre scene, and beyond. 


Adapted by Stephen MALLATRATT                                                
from the novel by Susan HILL                                                                                                                                              

Directed by Robin HERFORD                                                          
Design by Michael HOLT                                                             
Lighting by Kevin SLEEP
Cast: Ben Deery and David Acton

The Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London WC2
Box Office 0844 871 7626

Get The Woman In Black Tickets

Booking until 25th February 2012


Stalls £45, £35

Dress Circle £45, £35

Upper Circle £24.50, £16.50  

Performance Dates:

Monday-Saturday 8pm


Tuesday 3pm,

Saturday 4pm

From 9th January 2012 the performance schedule will change to:

Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm

Tuesday & Thursday at 3pm, Saturday at 4pm


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