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LAST CHANCE TO SEE

KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS, DOUGLAS HENSHALL AND BEN MILES

IN HAROLD PINTER’S

B E T R A Y A L

Get BETRAYAL Tickets

Ian Rickson’s critically acclaimed production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, starring Kristin Scott ThomasDouglas Henshalland Ben Miles, will end its scheduled run at the Comedy Theatre on 20 August 2011 having recouped its investment.

“I’ve always rather liked Jerry.  To be honest, I’ve always liked him rather more than I’ve liked you.  Maybe I should have had an affair with him myself.”  Sometimes you’ll find there can be three people in a marriage……  Over a period of nine years, we are shown the high price of passion and the damage inflicted by desire. Harold Pinter’s play explores how our loves and our losses echo and accumulate through time.

Written by Harold Pinter in 1978, the world premiere of Betrayal took place at the National Theatre, directed by Peter Hall with a cast comprising Daniel Massey, Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton and went on to win the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.   In 1983 David Jones directed the Academy Award and BAFTA nominated film of Betrayal with Patricia Hodge, Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley.

Betrayalis produced by Sonia Friedman Productions

Listings Information                     BETRAYAL

Dates:                                      
until 20 August 2011

Address:                                    
Comedy Theatre, Panton Street, London SW1Y 4DN

Performances:
Tuesday 7.30pm
Wednesday 3pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 7.30pm
Friday 5.30pm & 8.30pm
Saturday 3pm & 7.30pm

Box Office:                          
Get BETRAYAL Tickets       
0844 871 7622

Website:                                    
www.betrayaltheplay.com

Ticket prices:                             
£20 - £49.50 (includes a £1.50 theatre restoration levy)
£5 off top three prices in first week

A daily allocation of best, top price seats is available from the box office from 10am on the day of performance at £20 each 

LAST CHANCE TO SEE TREVOR NUNN’S PRODUCTION OF TOM STOPPARD’S

R O S E N C R A N T Z   A N D   G U I L D E N S T E R N   A R E   D E A D

Get ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD Tickets 

The final performance of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the second production in Trevor Nunn’s year as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, is on Saturday 20 August 2011, as previously announced.

Following a three week run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead starringSamuel Barnett and Jamie Parker,opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 21 June for a nine week run.  Set design is by Simon Higlett, with costumes by Fotini Dimou, lighting by Tim Mitchell, sound by Paul Groothuis and music by Steven Edis.  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Deadis produced by the Chichester Festival Theatre, the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Triumph Entertainment Limited and Adam Zotovich. 

The full cast is Samuel Barnett (Rosencrantz) and Jamie Parker (Guildenstern), Chris Andrew Mellon (The Player), Michael Benz (Horatio), Fiona Gillies(Gertrude), Tom Golding (Fortinbras), Jack Hawkins (Hamlet), Andrew Jarvis (Polonius/Ambassador), Katherine Press (Ophelia) and James Simmons(Claudius) as well as Trevor Allan Davies, Tomm Coles, Jody Elen Machin, Zac Fox, Charlie Hamblett, Elisabeth Hopper, Greg Last, James Northcote, Stephen Pallister, Keith Thompson and Geoffrey Towers.

In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, a verbally scintillating and richly inventive play, Stoppard retells Hamlet through the eyes of two of its minor characters.  Vaguely conscious that they are bit parts in a much bigger story of which they have no direct knowledge, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hilariously and poignantly inhabit a world completely beyond their grasp.

Trevor Nunn’s opening production as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket was Flare Path.  FollowingRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Nunn will direct William Shakespeare’s The Tempest starring Ralph Fiennes and Nicholas Lyndhurst and The Lion in Winter starring Robert Lindsay and Joanna Lumley.

LISTINGS INFORMATION                       

Dates:                    until 20 August 2011

Performances:          Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday & Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

Ticket prices:           £17 - £50 plus concessions

                             N.B. a £1 restoration levy will be added to all ticket prices

Day Seats - a number of top price tickets at £20 will go on sale at 10am on the day of each performance and can purchased from the Theatre Royal Haymarket Box Office in person

Address:                 Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

Box Office:              0845 481 1870

Get ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD Tickets 

Website:                 www.trh.co.uk

The National Theatre

The Bristol Old Vic production of

SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS
A new musical play with book by Helen Edmundson and songs by Neil Hannon, based on the book by Arthur Ransome

comes to the West End for a 5-week Christmas run, prior to UK tour

Vaudeville Theatre, 15 December 2011 - 14 January 2012
Suitable for 6yrs+

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 this Christmas for a strictly limited 5-week run, presented by the National Theatre and The Children’s Touring Partnership.  Tickets are on sale from Monday 25 July for performances at the Vaudeville Theatre from 15 December - 14 January (press night: Monday 19 December.)

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 (dates to be announced on 1 September; for more information please visit www.swallowsamazons.co.uk).

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, Gone to Earth (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.

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For further press information on SWALLOWS AND AMAZONSat the Vaudeville Theatre, contact the National Theatre Press Office, Mary Parker or Laura Horton, on 020 7452 3235: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further press information on SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS on tour, contact Cameron Duncan on 07971 572550: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

25 July 2011

Listings Information            
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS       
Vaudeville Theatre, Strand, London WC2
15 December 2011 –  14 January 2012
See below for performance times and schedule. 
Press night: Monday 19 December at 7pm

Tickets: £12, £25, £37.50, £42.50 (a £1 theatre restoration levy will be added to all
tickets)
Under-18s:  Half-price tickets for top two prices (50% off £42.50 & £37.50), excluding
performances from 26 – 31 December inclusive
Senior citizens: Half-price tickets for top two prices (50% off £42.50 & £37.50) for
performances 2 – 14 Jan inclusive only
Disabled people: £17.50
Groups of 8+:  £29.50 for best available seats for all performances except w/c
26 December
School Groups of 8+: £17.50 for best available seats for all performances except          
w/c 26 December

National Theatre Box Office  No booking fee
Telephone:  020 7452 3000   Online: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

Vaudeville Theatre Box OfficeBooking fee
Vaudeville Box Office: 0844 412 4663  Online: www.nimaxtheatres.com
Groups (SEE Tickets): 0844 412 4650

www.swallowsamazons.co.uk

Performance Schedule:

December
Thu       15         7.30pm
Fri        16         7.30pm
Sat       17         3pm & 7.30pm
Sun      18         -
Mon      19         7pm (press night)
Tue       20         7pm
Wed     21         3pm & 7.30pm
Thu       22         7.30pm
Fri        23         3pm & 7.30pm
Sat       24         3pm (mat only)
Sun      25         -
Mon      26         2.30pm & 7pm
Tue       27         2.30pm & 7pm
Wed     28         7.30pm
Thu       29         3pm & 7.30pm
Fri        30         3pm & 7.30pm
Sat       31         3pm (mat only)

FINAL EXTENSION TO BOOKING FOR AWARD-WINNING

T H E   R A I L W A Y   C H I L D R E N

Get THE RAILWAY CHILDREN Tickets

Damian Cruden’s Olivier award-winning production of The Railway Children today announces a final extension to its run at Waterloo Station having reached an agreement with BRB (Residuary) Ltd to run until 8 January 2012.  With audiences sitting either side of a real railway track, the 1000 seat Waterloo Station Theatre was created especially for this production in the old Eurostar Terminal.   Award-winning designs are by Joanna Scotcher lighting by Richard G. Jones, music by Christopher Madin and sound by Craig Vear. 

The current cast, led by Marcus Brigstocke who plays Mr Perks, comprises Pandora Clifford as Mother, David Baron as the Old Gentleman, Mark Holgate as Jim, Elizabeth Keats as Mrs Perks, Tim Lewis as Peter, Stephen Beckett as the Father and Doctor, Amy Noble as Roberta, Blair Plant as Shepansky, Amanda Prior as Mrs Viney and Cook and Grace Rowe as Phyllis. They are joined by ensemble members Francesca Ellis, Felicity Houlbrooke and James Rigby.

Mike Kenny’s adaptation was first produced by York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum, York, where it enjoyed two sell-out and critically acclaimed seasons in 2008 and 2009.  The Great Northern Railway No 1, Stirling Single from the National Railway Museum, York, and the Old Gentleman’s Saloon that was used in the original 1970 feature film, will return to Waterloo as the production re-opens this summer.  A North American production is currently playing at the Roundhouse Theatre in Toronto and further productions are being planned for New York, San Francisco, Melbourne and Sydney.

The Railway Children tells the story of Bobby, 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 and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure. But the mystery remains – where is Father, and is he ever coming back?

E. Nesbit’s much loved children’s book, The Railway Children, was first published in 1906 and has subsequently been adapted for the stage and screen, most famously in the 1970 film version directed by the late Lionel Jeffries and starring Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Dinah Sheridan and Sally Thomsett.

The Railway Children, a York Theatre Royal production, is presented in London in association with the National Rail Museum by Jenny King and Matthew Gale for The Touring Consortium (Railway Children), Tristan Baker, Oliver Royds, PW Productions and Sue Scott Davison. The production has been made possible with the support of BRB (Residuary) Ltd, Arts Council England, Welcome to Yorkshire and Network Rail. 

Listings Information

 

Dates                     until 8 January 2012

Address                  The Waterloo Station Theatre, Waterloo Station, SE1

Box Office               0871 297 0740

Performances           check with box office or website for performance schedule

Tickets                   £22.75 - £49.75, all prices include a donation to Railway Children Charity

Get THE RAILWAY CHILDREN Tickets

Website                  www.railwaychildrenwaterloo.com

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TREVOR NUNN TO DIRECT ROBERT LINDSAY AND JOANNA LUMLEY

IN JAMES GOLDMAN’S

T H E   L I O N   I N   W I N T E R

Get THE LION IN WINTER Tickets

Robert Lindsay and Joanna Lumley will lead the cast in Trevor Nunn’s production of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter.  The Lion in Winter will run from 4 November – 28 January, with press night on 15 November 2011.  The Lion in Winteris produced by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company.  Further casting will be announced shortly.

A family Christmas becomes a family at war.  Henry II, not so young as he was, invites his estranged wife Eleanor of Aquitane, and his three sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, to spend the festive season with him, his mistress Princess Alais, and her brother, the young King Philip of France.  Will Henry name who is to be his successor as King of England?  Their yuletide celebration turns into a combat zone of deceit, betrayal, bitter power games and scabrous wit.

Robert Lindsay returns to the Theatre Royal Haymarket where he was last seen playing the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac.  Previously he has been seen as Archie Rice in The Entertainer at the Old Vic, he played the title role in Richard III at the Savoy Theatre, Fagin in Oliver! at the Palladium for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical and Me and My Girl for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Musical and, when it transferred to Broadway, the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.  Most recently he played the title role in Onassis at the Novello Theatre.  Lindsay can currently be seen as Ben Harper in the hugely successful BBC television series My Family playing opposite Zoë Wanamaker.  His other television credits include The Trial of Tony Blair, Extras, Jericho, Citizen Smith, Jake's Progress, Genghis Cohn and GBH, for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor.  His films include Wimbledon, Divorcing Jack and Remember Me.

Comedienne and actress Joanna Lumley is best known for playing Patsy Stone in the award-winning BBC television series, Absolutely Fabulous.  Previously her television appearances included Purdy in The New Avengers as well as major roles in Sapphire and Steel, Jam and Jerusalem and Sensitive Skin.  Following a run in the West End, Lumley recently made her Broadway debut in La Bête.  Her other UK theatre credits include Madame Ranevsky in The Cherry Orchard for Sheffield Theatres, Gertrude Lawrence in Noel and Gertie for the King’s Head, Elvira in Blithe Spirit at the Vaudeville Theatre, as well as roles in The Letter for the Lyric Hammersmith and the title role in Hedda Gabler at Dundee Rep.  Her other screen appearances include Shirley Valentine, Trail of the Pink Panther andCurse of the Pink Panther and, more recently, she starred opposite Ben Kingsley as Mrs Lovett in The Tale of Sweeney ToddMad Cows, Maybe Baby and she was the voice of Aunt Spiker in James and the Giant Peach.  Author of several best-selling books and human rights and animal welfare activist, Lumley recently headed a successful campaign in recognition of the Gurkhas.  Lumley was awarded an OBE in 1995. 

The Lion in Winter premiered in New York at the Ambassador Theatre in 1966 directed by Noel Willman with a cast lead by Rosemary Harris and Christopher Walken.  The Broadway revival in 1999 starred Stockard Channing and Laurence Fishburne and was directed by Michael Mayer. Anthony Harvey directed the 1968 film version starring Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins and Peter O’Toole. In 2002 a television version was directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy starring Patrick Stewart, Glenn Close, Jonathan Rhys Myers and Ralph Small.

Trevor Nunn was the longest-serving Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1968 to 1986). During that time he directed most of the Shakespeare canon, as well as Nicholas Nickleby and Les Misérables. He returned to the RSC to direct King Lear and The Seagull. From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the National Theatre where his 21 productions included award-winning revivals of Troilus and Cressida, The Merchant of Venice, Summerfolk andThe Cherry Orchard, as well as Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and Anything Goes. He has directed the world premieres of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Coast of Utopia and Rock 'n' Roll, and of Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and The Woman in White by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  His more recent theatre work includes Hamlet and Richard II at The Old Vic, Timon of Athens and Skellig for the Young Vic, The Lady From the Sea for the Almeida, Scenes from a Marriage for the Belgrade, Coventry, A Little Night Music for the Menier Chocolate Factory, in the West End and on Broadway, Cyrano de Bergerac for Chichester Festival Theatre, Inherit the Wind for The Old Vic and Birdsong at the Comedy Theatre.  

Trevor Nunn’s opening production as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Nunn was Flare Path.  Following the current run of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are DeadNunn will direct Ralph Fiennes in The Tempest.

LISTINGS INFORMATION                       

 

Dates:                                       4 November 2011 – 28 January 2012

Press night:                                 Press Night 15 November at 7pm

Performances:                             Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

                                                Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

Ticket prices:                              £11 - £60 Get THE LION IN WINTER Tickets Online

                                                N.B. all ticket prices include a £1 restoration levy

Day Seats - a number of top price tickets at £15 will go on sale at 10am on the day of each performance and can purchased from the Theatre Royal Haymarket Box Office in person

Address:                                     Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

Box Office:                                 0845 481 1870

Website:                                    www.trh.co.uk

National Theatre

JAMES CORDEN LEADS ORIGINAL CAST IN

WEST END TRANSFER OF NATIONAL THEATRE’S FIVE STAR

O N E   M A N ,   T W O   G U V N O R S

NICHOLAS HYTNER’S PRODUCTION OF RICHARD BEAN’S NEW ADAPTATION, WITH SONGS BY GRANT OLDING, OPENS AT ADELPHI THEATRE IN NOVEMBER

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE BROADCAST TO CINEMAS

WORLDWIDE ON 15 SEPTEMBER 2011

Nicholas Hytner’s five star production of One Man, Two Guvnors will transfer to the West End for a 16 week run following its sell-out run at the National Theatre, subsequent UK tour and National Theatre Live cinema broadcast.  Nearly 200,000 tickets go on sale on Thursday 14 July for performances at the Adelphi Theatre from 8 November 2011 – 25 February 2012.  Press night will be on 21 November at 7pm. 

James Corden, whose performance as Francis Henshall has been relished by critics and audiences alike at the National Theatre, will continue in the role for the West End run, joined by his ‘two guvnors’ Oliver Chris and Jemima Rooper, along with original cast members David Benson, Tom Edden, Martyn Ellis, Trevor Laird, Claire Lams, Fred Ridgeway, Daniel Rigby and Suzie Toase; with Owain Arthur, Polly Conway, Derek Elroy, David Hunter, Paul Lancaster, Gareth Mason and Clare Thomson.

Richard Bean’s adaptation, based on by Carlo Goldoni ‘s The Servant of Two Masters, with songs by Grant Olding, opened at the Lyttelton at the National Theatre in May.  The production will tour to Aylesbury, Plymouth, Salford, Birmingham and Edinburgh before opening in the West End.  One Man, Two Guvnorsis also part of the National Theatre Live season, with a live broadcast to cinemas all over the world on 15 September 2011. One Man, Two Guvnors Associate Director is Cal McCrystal, designs are by Mark Thompson, with lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Grant Olding, sound design by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography by Adam Penford.

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 £6000 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.

Richard Bean’s plays include England People Very Nice for the National The Heretic, Harvest (winner of the 2006 Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play),Honeymoon Suite, Under the Whaleback and Toast for the Royal Court and The Big Fellah for Out of Joint at the Lyric Hammersmith and on tour.  He adapted David Mamet’s House of Games and wrote a new version of The Hypochondriac for the Almeida Theatre.

James Corden last appeared at the National Theatre in Nicholas Hytner’s original production of The History Boys, which transferred to Broadway, toured internationally and was adapted for the screen.  Since then, his extensive television work includes the multi award-wining Gavin and Stacey, Horne and Corden(both of which he co-wrote) and Fat Friends.  On film his credits include 3 Musketeers, Gulliver’s Travels, How to Loose Friends and Alienate People and Starter for Ten.  Corden has also appeared on television co-presenting The Brit Awards and A League of Their Own as well as James Corden’s World Cup Live.

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 and Hamlet.

 

For the West End run of One Man, Two Guvnors there will be 400 tickets available at £15 or £12 for each performance.  There will be no booking fees for tickets purchased from the National Theatre Box Office and See Tickets.

Following its run at the National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors will tour the UK with its original cast led by James Corden 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).

Listings Information                     

         

Dates:                                       8 November 2011 – 25 February 2012
                                                Press night 21 November at 7pm

Address:                                     Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London WC2

Performances:                             Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

See website for performance schedule w/c 19 & 26 December
Box Office:                                 National Theatre Box Office 
No booking fee
Telephone 020 7452 3000 
Online from www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

Adelphi Theatre Box Office
No booking fee
Telephone 0844 412 4650
Online from www.seetickets.com
Ticket prices:                              £12 - £55.00, plus concessions
a £1 restoration levy will be added to all ticket prices
An allocation of Day Seats will be available for every performance from the Adelphi Theatre box office from 10am
Website:                                    www.onemantwoguvnors.com  (live from 13 July)

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR TREVOR NUNN’S

THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET COMPANY PRODUCTION OF

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S

T H E   T E M P E S T

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Joining Ralph Fiennes, who leads the company as Prospero in Trevor Nunn’s Theatre Royal Haymarket Company production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest,areNicholas Lyndhurst as Trinculo, Chris Andrew Mellon (Sebastian), Michael Benz (Ferdinand), Tom Byam Shaw (Ariel), Jim Creighton(Adrian), Ian Drysdale (Francisco), Elisabeth Hopper (Miranda), Andrew Jarvis (Gonzalo), James Simmons (Alonso), Giles Terera (Caliban), Julian Wadham (Antonio) and Clive Wood (Stephano) as well as Steven Butler, Eke ChukwuMeline DanielewiczGisele EdwardsHayley Ellenbrook ,Grahame FoxCharlie Hamblett, Jami Reid-Quarrelland Itxaso Moreno.

The Tempest, the third production in the Trevor Nunn Season, previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 27 August, with press night on 6 September and is booking until 29 October 2011.  Set and costume designs are by Stephen Brimson Lewis, with lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by Paul Groothuis and music by Shaun Davey.  The Tempest is produced by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company, Duncan C Weldon, Paul Elliott & Terri and Timothy Childs.

Almost certainly Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest can lay claim to being the first ever work of magic realism.  Marooned and left to die on a remote island, Prospero can command spirits, create apparitions and manipulate the elements.  By using his magic, he assembles his enemies to take revenge on them, and in the process awakens in Miranda, his teenage daughter, her first experience of love.  The theme of reconciliation gives immense emotional force to Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage.

Ralph Fiennes was last at the Theatre Royal Haymarket playing the title role in Brand.  His extensive theatre credits include the title role in Oedipus and Jung inThe Talking Cure for the National Theatre, Faith Healer at Dublin’s Gate Theatre and on Broadway, God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre, Julius Caesar at the Barbican and on tour as well as many productions for the Almeida Theatre including the title roles in Hamlet, Ivanov, Richard II and Coriolanus, and, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Edmund in King Lear, Henry VI in The Plantagenets, and Troilus in Troilus and Cressida.  His multi award-winning film career includesThe Constant Gardner, Sunshine and Schindler’s List, as well as the English Patient, The Duchess, End of the Affair, Quiz Show and The Reader.  More recentlyhe made his mark as one of literature’s most terrifying villains, the evil Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series of films and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance in HBO’s bio-pic Bernard and Doris.  In 2009 he filmed roles in Clash of the TitansCemetery JunctionNanny McPhee 2and the final instalments of the Harry Potter films.  In 2010 he directed and starred in a feature film of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Coriolanus which he also produced.  The film was invited to premiere In Competition at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and will open at the end of 2011.

Nicholas Lyndhurst is best known for his roles in the award-winning BBC series Only Fools and Horses and Goodnight Sweetheart.  His other television credits include Butterflies, The Two of Us, The Piglet Files, Gulliver’s Travels, After You’ve Gone and, most recently, Rock and Chips.  His theatre credits includeStraight & Narrow at the Aldwych Theatre, The Foreigner for the Albery Theatre, Harding’s Luck for Greenwich Theatre andTrial Run at the Oxford Playhouse.  Most recently he received great critical acclaim when he starred as Norman in Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser at the Duke of York’s Theatre.  His film credits include Endless NightsBequest To The NationBullshotGunbus and Lassie.  

Tom Byam Shaw graduated from Guildhall in 2010.  His theatre credits include Salome for Hampstead Theatre and Les Parents Terribles for the Donmar Warehouse at the Trafalgar Studios.  His film credits include Grand Street directed by Lex Sidon.  His television credits include A Room with a View and The Bill.

Elisabeth Hopper returns to the Theatre Royal Haymarket to play Miranda having made her professional stage debut playing a courtier in Trevor Nunn’s current production, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Chris Andrew Mellon is currently playing The Player in Nunn’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.  His other recent theatre credits include Aspects of Love, directed by Trevor Nunn and La Cage aux Folles, directed by Terry Johnson, both for the Menier Chocolate Factory.  He was amember of the Reduced Shakespeare Company for two years, appearing in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and The Complete History of America both at the Criterion Theatre. 

Julian Wadham’s West End theatre credits include That Face at the Duke of York’s Theatre and Plenty at the Albery Theatre.  He has worked extensively for the National Theatre, most recently playing Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing.  For the Royal Court his many credits include Serious Money.   His film roles include Madox in Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, William Pitt in Nicholas Hytner's The Madness of King George as well as Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Maurice, The Secret Agent and Wah Wah as well as the forthcoming War Horse and Iron Lady.   His numerous television credits include Foyles WarMy Boy Jack and Downton Abbey.

Clive Wood was last at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in Trevor Nunn’s production of Flare Path.  His extensive list of credits for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes the title role in Henry IV as well as Bolingbroke in Richard II, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Claudius inHamlet and MacDuff in Macbeth.  On television his credits include Land Girls and Waking the Dead and on film, Treasure Island and Buster.

Trevor Nunn was the longest-serving Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1968 to 1986). During that time he directed most of the Shakespeare canon, as well as Nicholas Nickleby and Les Misérables. He returned to the RSC to direct King Lear and The Seagull. From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the National Theatre where his 21 productions included award-winning revivals of Troilus and Cressida, The Merchant of Venice, Summerfolk andThe Cherry Orchard, as well as Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and Anything Goes. He has directed the world premieres of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Coast of Utopia and Rock 'n' Roll, and of Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and The Woman in White by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  His more recent theatre work includes Hamlet and Richard II at The Old Vic, Timon of Athens and Skellig for the Young Vic, The Lady From the Sea for the Almeida, Scenes from a Marriage for the Belgrade, Coventry, A Little Night Music for the Menier Chocolate Factory, in the West End and on Broadway, Cyrano de Bergerac for Chichester Festival Theatre, Inherit the Wind for The Old Vic and Birdsong at the Comedy Theatre. 

Previously, as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Season Trevor Nunn has directed Flare Path and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Masterclass

Since Masterclass was created in 1998, it has established itself as the leading provider of free training for young people interested in engaging with and being inspired by theatre. Masterclass runs a year round programme of talks, workshops, special projects, career advice sessions, showcases and performance opportunities for 14 - 30 year olds. Its unique apprentice scheme gives anyone aged 17-30 unprecedented opportunities to work on Theatre Royal Haymarket Company productions allowing emerging theatre makers to gain further insight into all aspects of theatre from acting and design to directing, producing or a career backstage, with masters of the craft. 

During the run of The Tempest, three apprentices from Masterclass will shadow members of the creative team.

Masterclass will also be holding a Gala Performance of The Tempest on 15 September 2011. This fundraising gala supports the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust enabling them to continue their work with young people of all backgrounds and allowing them to continue to inspire and empower young people to achieve their full potential through theatre. Tickets for this Gala are from £100 - £250. For more information please visit http://www.masterclass.org.uk/

LISTINGS INFORMATION                       

Dates:                                       27 August - 29 October 2011
Press night:                                 06 September 2011 at 7pm
Performances:                             Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
                                                Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
On sale:                                     public booking from 21 April 2011
Ticket prices:                              £11 - £60
                                                N.B. all ticket prices include a £1 restoration levy

Get THE TEMPEST Tickets

Day Seats - a number of top price tickets at £15 will go on sale at 10am on the day of each performance and can purchased from the Theatre Royal Haymarket Box Office in person

Address:                                     Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Box Office:                                 0845 481 1870
Website:                                    www.trh.co.uk

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 23:21

LONDON: TOP GIRLS Moves to the West End

WEST END TRANSFER FOR MAX STAFFORD-CLARK’S
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW PRODUCTION OF CARYL CHURCHILL’S

T O P   G I R L S

SONIA FRIEDMAN PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
OUT OF JOINT & CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE PRODUCTION
AT THE TRAFALGAR STUDIOS

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Max Stafford-Clark’s new production of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls is to transfer to the Trafalgar Studios following its critically acclaimed, sell-out run at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester.  Top Girls, produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, will run at the Trafalgar Studios from 5 August – 15 October 2011 with press night on 16 August 2011.  Designs are by Tim Shortall with lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Ian Dickinson and video design by Finn Ross.  Stafford-Clark’sOut of Joint/ Chichester Festival Theatre co-production reunites him with producer Sonia Friedman, with whom he co-founded Out of Joint Theatre Company in 1993. 

The cast is Stella Gonet, Suranne JonesCatherine McCormack, Lucy BriersLaura Elphinstone, Lisa Kerr and Olivia Poulet.

It’s Thatcher’s England and hard-nosed, go-getting businesswoman Marlene is hosting a dinner party to celebrate her promotion to MD of the Top Girls Employment Agency.  Her guests - all powerful women from myth and history - make for an extraordinary gathering. A provocative study of success, and what happens to those who get left behind.

Stella Gonet plays Isabella Bird/Joyce/Mrs Kidd.  Her television credits include the drama series The House of Eliott and Holby City as well as Mo Mowlam, and Persuasion.  Her theatre credits include Racing Demon, Skylight, Hamlet and The Voysey Inheritance for the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Measure For Measure, Three Sisters and The Revenger’s Tragedy and Women, Power and Politics for the Tricycle Theatre.

Suranne Jones plays businesswoman Marlene.  She has most recently been seen on television as DC Bailey in the new ITV1 detective series Scott and Bailey, playing opposite Lesley Sharp.   Her other television credits include Vincent, Unforgiven, Five Days and Single Father as well as the role of Karen McDonald in Coronation Street which she played for over four years.  Her stage credits include A Few Good Men in the West End, the touring production of Terms of Endearment and Blithe Spiritat the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Catherine McCormack plays Lady Nijo/Win.  McCormack’s screen credits include Braveheart, Dangerous Beauty, Spy Game and 28 Weeks Later.  Her theatre credits include an Olivier Award nominated performance in All My Sons, Honor andDinner all for the National Theatre, the West End production of The 39 Steps, The Lady from Dubuque at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and A Doll’s House and The Portrait of a Lady for the Theatre Royal Bath and the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Lucy Briers plays Pope Joan/Louise. Her theatre credits include Behud for Soho Theatre, Bedroom Farce and Miss Julie for the Rose Theatre, Kingston, Ivanov at the Donmar and Wyndham’s Theatres,  Some Kind of Bliss at the Trafalgar Studios,The Voysey Inheritance for the National Theatre and Cloud Nine, Teeth ‘n’ Smiles and Don Juan for Sheffield Theatres. Her many television credits include the role of Mary Bennet in the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as well as The Night Watch, Einstein and Eddington and Silent Witness.

Laura Elphinstone plays Patient Griselda/Nell.  Elphinstone’s credits include A Month in the Country for Chichester Festival Theatre, Tom and Viv at the Almeida Theatre, Pains of Youth for the National Theatre, Breathing Corpses and Country Musicfor the Royal Court.  Her film and television credits include The History Boys and Tess of the D’Urbevilles.

Lisa Kerr plays the Waitress/Kit/Shona.  Her credits include the Out of Joint productions of The Big Fellah for the Lyric Hammersmith and on tour, Andersen’s English for Hampstead Theatre and Mixed Up North for the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, Wilton’s Music Hall and on tour.

Olivia Poulet plays Dull Gret/Angie/Jeanine.  Her credits include recent roles in the television comedy The Thick of It, as well as the film In The Loop.

As well as Top GirlsCaryl Churchill’s plays include Cloud Nine, Serious Money, Far Away and A Number.

Max Stafford-Clark returns to Top Girls having directed its world premiere at the Royal Court in 1982. He was Artistic Director of the Royal Court from 1979 – 1993 and of the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh from 1968 – 1970. He co-founded the Joint Stock Theatre Group in 1974 and Out of Joint (with Sonia Friedman) in 1993.  Among his directing credits are regular collaborations with writer Caryl Churchill, including Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Cloud Nine, Serious Money and Blue Heart.

Top Girls opened at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester last month, where it runs until 16 July 2011 before its West End transfer.  

Out of Joint is a theatre company acclaimed for producing and touring new writing. Under the directorship of Max Stafford-Clark it has premiered plays by David Hare, Caryl Churchill, Sebastian Barry, Timberlake Wertenbaker and many more, and launched the careers of such talents as Mark Ravenhill and Stella Feehily. The Out of Joint production of A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson will transfer to the West End in September.

 

Chichester Festival Theatre is one of this country’s leading producing theatres with a strong track record in commissioning and producing new plays and adaptations. Over the past five years, playwrights whose work has been premiered at Chichester include David Edgar, David Hare, Ronald Harwood, Mike Poulton, Ben Power, Lucy Prebble, Martin Sherman and Nicholas Wright.

LISTINGS INFORMATION           

Theatre:                           Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

Dates:                              5 August – 15 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

Online:                           Get TOP GIRLS Tickets

Box Office:                        0844 871 7632

Website:                           www.topgirlstheplay.com  

JEZ BUTTERWORTH’S MULTI AWARD WINNING

J E R U S A L E M

RETURNS TO LONDON FOR STRICTLY LIMITED 14 WEEK SEASON

MARK RYLANCE TO REPRISE CELEBRATED ROLE OF
JOHNNY “ROOSTER” BYRON DIRECTED BY IAN RICKSON

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Ian Rickson’s Royal Court Theatre production of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem will return to London’s West End for a strictly limited 14 week engagement hot on the heels of a triumphant Broadway run.  Mark Rylance will reprise his Olivier and Tony award-wining performance as Johnny “Rooster” Byron, directed byIan Rickson.  Previewing at the Apollo Theatre from 8 October 2011, with press night on 17 October, Jerusalem is booking until 14 January 2012.  Designs are by Ultz, with lighting by Mimi Jordan Sherin, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and music by Stephen Warbeck.  Jerusalem is produced in the West End by Royal Court Theatre Productions and by Sonia Friedman Productions.

Jerusalem is a comic, contemporary vision of life in our green and pleasant land.  On St George's Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron is a wanted man. The Council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants his dad to take him to the fair and Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking.

Jez Butterworth’s award-winning play returns to the West End following record-breaking sold-out runs at the Royal Court and the Apollo Theatres in 2009 and 2010 respectively Jerusalem is currently enjoying a critically acclaimed extended run at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway where it plays until 21 August 2011.  Jerusalem has now won over ten theatre awards internationally, culminating in the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Play going to Mark Rylance earlier this year.

The 2011 West End cast includes Mark Rylance (Johnny “Rooster” Byron) and Mackenzie Crook (Ginger) as well as Max Baker (Wesley), Alan David (The Professor), Aimeé-Ffion Edwards (Phaedra), Johnny Flynn (Lee), Geraldine Hughes (Dawn), Danny Kirrane (Davey), Charlotte Mills (Tanya), Sarah Moyle (Ms Fawcett) and Harvey Robinson (Mr Parsons).

Jerusalem will offer 20 best price seats at £10 each, which will go on sale from the Box Office, in person only, from 10am on the day of each performance.

Multi award-winning actor Mark Rylance was last in the West End playing Valere in La Bête at the Comedy Theatre, a role he reprised on Broadway. Before the West End run of Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre, he was recently on stage playing Hamm in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame at the Duchess Theatre and Robert inBoeing-Boeing at the Comedy Theatre and on Broadway where he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. His other theatre work includes many productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Glasgow Citizens as well as True West for the Donmar Warehouse, Bloody Poetry for the Royal Court and The Maids for Shared Experience and Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing directed by Matthew Warchus, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor.  As Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre his work as an actor included the title roles in Henry V andHamlet as well as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra and Olivia in Twelfth Night.  His film and television work includes The Other Boleyn Girl, Prospero’s Books, Angels and Insects, Leonardo and David Kelly in C4’s The Government Inspector for which he won the BAFTA Best Actor Award.  

Jez Butterworth’s first play Mojo opened at the Royal Court in 1995 and subsequently won five drama awards including the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright and the Olivier Award for Best Comedy.  He returned to the Royal Court in 2002 with The Night Heron and The Winterlingin 2006.  His films Mojo, starring Harold Pinter, and Birthday Girl, starring Nicole Kidman, were both shown at the Venice Film Festival prior to general release.  In 2007 he received the E.M. Forster Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.  In 2009 his play Parlour Song received its British premiere at the Almeida Theatre, directed by Ian Rickson.  2010 saw the international release of his feature film Fair Game starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.

Ian Rickson’s most recent West End credits include Harold Pinter’s Betrayal which completes its run at the Comedy Theatre on 20 August and Lillian Hellman’sThe Children’s Hour.  He was Artistic Director of the Royal Court from 1998-2006 where his many productions included Krapp’s Last Tape which he also directed for BBC4, Fallout which he also directed as a film for Channel 4 and The Weir and Mojo both of which transferred to the West End and Broadway.  He has directed Jez Butterworth’s The WinterlingThe Night HeronMojo and Parlour Song as well as Jerusalem.   For the National Theatre he has directed The Hothouse and The Day I Stood Still. 

LISTINGS INFORMATION           

Theatre:                           Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EZ

Dates:                              8 October 2011 – 14 January 2012

Press Night:                       17 October 2011 at 7pm

Performances:                   Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
                                      Saturday matinees at 1.30pm
                                      Wednesday matinees at 1.30pm on 26 October, 2, 9, 20 November and
                                       7, 21, 28 December 2011 and 4 and 11 January 2012

Prices:                              £25 - £52.50

20 best price seats at £10 each, available in person only, at the box office from 10am on the day of the performance

Apollo Theatre Box Office:   0844 412 4658
Royal Court Box Office:       Jerusalem tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Royal Court 020 7565 5000
www.royalcourttheatre.com

Website:                           www.jerusalemtheplay.com

The Woman In Black celebrates 9000th performance in the West End           

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The evening of Wednesday 29th June will see the 9000th performance of the hit thriller The Woman In Black, now in its 23rd year in the West End.

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

The show’s producer Peter Wilson, the cast, Antony Eden and Patrick Drury, and other guests will celebrate at the Fortune Theatre on the night.

Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, The Woman in Black combines the power and intensity of live theatre with the cinematic quality of film noir.  Over 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.

“A truly nerve-shredding experience.” -- Daily Mail              

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THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Adapted by Stephen MALLATRATT   
from the novel by Susan HILL                                                                            

Directed by Robin HERFORD
Design by Michael HOLT                                                             
Lighting by Kevin SLEEP
Cast: Patrick Drury and Antony Eden

The Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London WC2

Box Office:
Get The Woman in Black Tickets
0844 871 7626
www.thewomaninblack.com

Booking until 17th December 2011

Prices:
Stalls £45, £35
Dress Circle £45, £35
Upper Circle £24.50, £16.50   

Performance Dates:
Monday-Saturday 8pm

Matinees:
Tuesday 3pm,
Saturday 4pm

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