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“There’s business and there’s friendship…”
DAVID MAMET’s explosive drama examines the fickle nature of honour among thieves. As three small-time crooks plan one big-time heist, a tragedy of errors spins this razor-sharp and darkly funny play into a blistering account of divided loyalties, insatiable greed…and a coveted Buffalo nickel.
DAMIAN LEWIS, known internationally for his Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning performance as ‘Nicholas Brody’ in HOMELAND, returns to the West End stage to star in this major new revival directed by DANIEL EVANS.
An American In Paris
West End, 2017
An American In Paris, the breathtakingly beautiful new Broadway musical about love, hope and living your dreams, has opened at London’s stunningly restored Dominion Theatre to standing ovations from the public and an incredible collection of 21 five-star rave reviews from the critics (including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Financial Times, Daily Express, Sunday Express, City AM, WhatsOnStage, The Stage and the Radio Times).
Winner of 4 Tony® Awards on Broadway, this “wildly successful stage adaptation” (Financial Times) of the classic MGM film musical “soars to exhilarating heights of brilliance that must be seen to be believed” (Mail on Sunday) and is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, written by Craig Lucas and designed by Bob Crowley.
Acclaimed as “the most elegant, exuberant and tuneful musical in town” (Sunday Express), the production features many of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved songs (including I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful, I’ll Build a Stairway To Paradise, But Not For Me, The Man I Love and They Can’t Take That Away from Me).
“An impassioned love-letter to art and life” (The Daily Telegraph), An American In Paris finds a young American GI pursuing his dream to make it as a painter in the aftermath of war. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer, the ‘City of Light’ becomes the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love.
It’s the 1970s and funny men Alec, Angus and Rory are one of Scotland’s top comedy acts. And now they’re hitting the big time – top of the bill at the biggest theatres in Scotland – and it looks like they’re getting a TV show. This comedy trio are riding high and nothing’s going to stop them.
Fast forward to today and the three find themselves together again for the first time in decades. What happened to break the group up? Will they be able to put their past differences behind them? And why do they still care who gets the biggest laugh?
Starring Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott this brand new comedy written and directed by Ed Curtis (I Dreamed A Dream, Never Forget, Jolson & Co) with Allan Stewart tells a tale of friendship, ambition and regret. And of course, laughter…lots and lots of laughter.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
West End, 2013-2016
ROALD DAHL’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Mr Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.
When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
Featuring ingenious puppetry and special effects, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with brand new songs by Grammy® winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray; Smash), a book by award- winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot; Matilda).
A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this spectacular new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.
Quantum multiverse theory, love and honey. Constellations is an explosive new play about free will and friendship from one of the leading voices in UK theatre, Nick Payne.
Sparked by the first encounter of bee-keeping Roland and scientist Marianne, the boundless potential of their connection leads us through a heart-breaking love story of endless invention. Following sold-out runs at the Royal Court Theatre and in the West End, Constellations toured the UK following of a critically acclaimed Broadway transfer starring Jake Gyllenhall and Ruth Wilson.
West End: 2016 – 2017
Eleanor wants a child. Richard would oblige if he could, but he’s too busy running the Dead Funny Society.
When British comedy heroes Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill turn up their toes in the same week the society gather for a celebration of hilarity and laughter. But Eleanor’s grin masks a grimace.
When your marriage is deader than either Morecambe or Wise it’s hard to see the funny side of things.
TERRY JOHNSON’s comedy, DEAD FUNNY, played for a strictly limited season with: KATHERINE PARKINSON (The IT Crowd, In The Club, Humans) STEVE PEMBERTON (The League of Gentleman, Benidorm) RALF LITTLE (The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) EMILY BERRINGTON (The Inbetweeners 2, Humans, 24) RUFUS JONES (W1A, Hunderby, The Casual Vacancy)
Don Juan In Soho
West End, 2017
‘Please don’t be charmed, he’s not a lovable rogue…‘
David Tennant stars in the West End premiere of DON JUAN IN SOHO, the ‘savagely funny and disgracefully sexy’ (The Telegraph) play written and directed by Patrick Marber.
Loosely based on Molière’s tragicomedy ‘Don Juan’, this modern update transports the action to contemporary London and follows the final adventures of its debauched protagonist – a cruel seducer who lives only for pleasure.
Marking ten years since its acclaimed run at the Donmar Warehouse, David Tennant leads an electrifying cast, including Adrian Scarborough and Gawn Grainger, at Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.
English Touring Theatre
English Touring Theatre is one of the UK’s most successful and exciting production companies. Led by Director Richard Twyman, the company works with leading artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic work for audiences throughout the UK and overseas; theatre that is thrilling, popular and, above all, entertaining.
The company primarily produces work for larger theatres and on average, tours 4 plays a year alongside other projects nationwide.
At the heart of everything the company does is the passionately held belief that people everywhere in this country expect and deserve the very highest quality of work.
Frantic Assembly is celebrated at home and abroad for creating thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre. The company attracts new and young audiences with work that reflects contemporary culture. Vivid and dynamic, Frantic Assembly’s unique physical style combines movement, design, music and text.
Frantic Assembly is led by Artistic Director Scott Graham. Scott formed the company with Steven Hoggett and Vicki Middleton in 1994 and he continues to collaborate with many of today’s most inspiring artists. Having toured extensively throughout the UK, Frantic Assembly has built an enviable reputation as one of the most exciting companies in the country. The company has also performed, created and collaborated in 40 different countries across the world.
Generation of Z
After exploding across New Zealand and Edinburgh, the deadly ‘Z’ virus and the ensuing zombie hordes have been wreaking havoc on London, taking audiences on a high-octane, visceral thrill ride and thrusting them into a rabid battle for survival.
“A must see. Perfect for horror and theatre fans alike” – DAILY EXPRESS “If you’re a Walking Dead fan, you absolutely have to see this” – DIGITAL SPY “The Generation of Z will blow your mind” – MTV
The Generation of Z: Apocalypse unfolded in a purpose-built venue in Mile End and took no prisoners, hurling audiences into the forefront of a zombie apocalypse. Described by MTV as “completely believable”, The Generation of Z: Apocalypse proved again and again that audiences have both a thirst for blood and for fresh and exciting theatre experiences.
The Generation of Z: Apocalypse creative team said: “The journey of The Generation of Z to Whitechapel from its conception back in NZ, has been utterly mind blowing. We’re unleashing it upon more unsuspecting audiences soon and all will be revealed in the coming months. The undead will live on. Thanks for having us London. You’ve been amazing.”
Following a sellout run at The Royal Court Theatre, Olivier and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges) returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production of Hangmen.
In his small pub in Oldham, Harry (David Morrissey) is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging?
Amongst the cub reporters and pub regulars dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd (Andy Nyman) and the peculiar Mooney (Johnny Flynn) lurk with very different motives for their visit.
The eleventh HighTide Festival of new theatre takes place between Tuesday 12th and Sunday 17th September 2017 across several venues in Aldeburgh, Suffolk and for the very first time in Walthamstow from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 8th October 2017.
A wide variety of theatre productions will receive their world premieres, alongside a programme of play readings, touring theatre, comedians, variety shows, local companies, theatre for young people, and Face to Face live interviews with leading artists.
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company
West End, 2015-2016
The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company was a year of unmissable theatre. Working in collaboration with artistic associates, director Rob Ashford and designer Christopher Oram, the acclaimed actor-director Kenneth Branagh presented an exceptional series of plays that brought together a remarkable group of actors, led by Rob Brydon, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Lily James, Adrian Lester, Richard Madden and Zoë Wanamker.
West End, Present
With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this “dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting” (Time Out) musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.
Inspired by true events, this joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit takes you from the factory floor to the glamorous catwalks of Milan in a feel-good and heart-warming tale of friendship, filled with joy, laughter, stunning costumes and heart-stopping choreography.
This hilarious musical has high-kicked its way into London’s glittering West End as the ultimate fun night out.
In the underground nightclubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, the soul of a new era is dawning as the first incredible sounds of rock ‘n’ roll, blues and gospel are emerging into the mainstream.
Falling in love with a beautiful club singer, one young man’s vision to bring her voice and her music out of the clubs and onto the airwaves of America will fly in the face of cultural divides and spark a music revolution that will shake the world.
Starring the Queen of British soul, multi-award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight (The Bodyguard) and West End star Killian Donnelly (The Commitments, Billy Elliot the Musical, Les Miserables), with original songs by GRAMMY® winner and Bon Jovi co-founder David Bryan, and a gripping true-life inspired story from writer Joe DiPietro, MEMPHIS will leave you exhilarated by its explosive blend of electrifying music, soaring emotion and roof-raising energy.
Million Dollar Quartet
National Theatre Live
National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre with Helen Mirren. National Theatre Live have since broadcast more than forty other productions live, from both the National Theatre and from other theatres in the UK.
Broadcasts have been experienced by over 5.5 million people in over 2,000 venues around the world, including over 650 venues in the UK alone. Past broadcasts from the National Theatre have included Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller; War Horse; Man and Superman with Ralph Fiennes; and Everyman with Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Broadcasts from other UK theatres include Coriolanus from the Donmar Warehouse; A View from the Bridge from the Young Vic; Macbeth from the Manchester International Festival; and Hangmen and The Audience from London’s West End. Our biggest single broadcast to date is Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch at the Barbican, which has been seen by over 550,000 people.
In 2014 the National Theatre recorded its first production on Broadway, Of Mice and Men with James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, captured at the Longacre Theatre.
National Youth Theatre
The National Youth Theatre (NYT) of Great Britain is a world-leading youth arts organisation.
Established in 1956 as the world’s first youth theatre, NYT have nurtured the talent of hundreds of thousands of young people over 60 years. NYT inspire, nurture and showcase exceptional performers and theatre technicians from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commissioning brave and relevant new writing and reinterpreting classic stories for our time.
NYT are ambitious as the young people they serve, platforming young talent on West End stages, in stadiums world-wide and at iconic sites both home and aboard.
World renowned alumni include: Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Colin Firth, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Day-Lewis, Orlando Bloom, Catherine Tate, Ben Kingsley, Ashley Jensen, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Dalton, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Hugh Bonneville, Matt Smith, Zawe Ashton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and many more.
No Man’s Land
UK Tour & West End, 2016
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart returned to the West End alongside Owen Teale and Damien Molony in Sean Mathias’ acclaimed production of No Man’s Land, one of the most brilliantly entertaining plays by Nobel Prize laureate Harold Pinter.
One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.
Not Dead Enough
UK Tour, 2016 – 2017
The thrilling work of multi-million No.1 best-selling author Peter James returns to the stage with his latest critically acclaimed, smash hit show Not Dead Enough. Starring award-winning actor Shane Richie (EastEnders) and TV award-winning actor Bill Ward, who share the role of DS Roy Grace, Laura Whitmore, one of the stars of 2016’s Strictly Come Dancing, and TV award winning actor Stephen Billington (Hollyoaks and Coronation Street), Not Dead Enough has been getting rave reviews and thrilling packed houses across the country this year, touring to 23 venues nationwide.
On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that’s what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing.
Adapted for the stage by award winning writer Shaun McKenna and directed by Olivier Award winner Ian Talbot, Not Dead Enough is the third novel in Peter James’ award winning Roy Grace series and the third play in his box office smash hit and critically acclaimed stage franchise. Peter has been acclaimed as ‘one of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters’ (Daily Mail) and his brilliant novels have sold over 18 million copies worldwide. He is the 2016 recipient of crime writing’s highest honour, the Diamond Dagger.
London theatre’s most prestigious event – The Olivier Awards have been a mark of theatrical excellence since they were inaugurated in 1976. Named in honour of theatrical peer Lord Laurence Olivier, the illustrious ceremony celebrates the very best of the theatrical talent demonstrated both on and off the capital’s stages throughout the year.
Run by Society of London Theatre (SOLT), the 2011 Olivier Awards with Mastercard re-established the ceremony as the key theatre event in the UK’s cultural calendar with a star-studded evening of red carpet glamour, theatrical royalty, glittering awards, superstar guests and unique entertainment.
1960. Backstage at London’s Royal Court Theatre.
Hollywood giants Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier have been persuaded to work together for the first time – the inspired idea of legendary theatre critic, Kenneth Tynan.
Welles has agreed to direct Olivier and Joan Plowright in a production of Eugène Ionesco’s masterpiece Rhinoceros. But with Olivier’s eccentric wife Vivien Leigh added to the volatile mix, legendary egos collide both on stage and off.
Based on true events, Orson’s Shadow, by Austin Pendleton, is a critically acclaimed comedy that is a sharp-witted yet tender-hearted exposé of the thin skins, hot tempers, and rampaging egos that exist when two titans of the stage and screen come together.
UK Tour Consultants
The Royal Court Theatre is the writers’ theatre. It is the leading force in world theatre for energetically cultivating writers – undiscovered, emerging and established.
Through the writers, the Royal Court is at the forefront of creating restless, alert, provocative theatre about now. Over 120,000 people visit the Royal Court in Sloane Square, London, each year and many thousands more see their work elsewhere through transfers to the West End and New York, UK and international tours, digital platforms, our residencies across London, and site-specific work.
Frank Wedekind’s ground-breaking 1890’s play was a daring exploration of teenage sexual awakening set against a backdrop of religious and parental repression. Acclaimed writer Steven Sater and songwriter Duncan Sheik’s award-winning new musical version retains the period setting of the original and introduces a superb collection of contemporary songs that serve to express the private anguish and ecstasy of the young characters.
Stunning 21st century design and superb performances combine to create an exhilarating energy that drives a remarkably compelling and timeless story.
The Great Gatsby
London, 2016 – 2017
The nationally acclaimed immersive smash hit transfers as the largest show at Vault Festival 2017.
It’s the roaring 1920s – an era of bootleg liquor, red hot jazz and some of the most swinging parties in town and Jay Gatsby has invited guests to one of his infamous shindigs. Step into a heart-racing adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal jazz-age story as immersive theatre company the Guild of Misrule in association with The Immersive Ensemble bring his beautiful novel to life.
The Perfect Murder
The Perfect Murder is the second play in multi-million selling author Peter James’ box office smash hit and critically acclaimed stage franchise.
Directed by Olivier award winner Ian Talbot and adapted by award winning writer Shaun McKenna, The Perfect Murder starred Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace together on stage for the very first time. The 2016 UK Tour opened at the Cheltenham Everyman on Tuesday 2 February before visiting Bromley, Dublin, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Brighton, Northampton, Cambridge and Coventry.
Victor Smiley and his wife Joan have been married for a long time. But their marriage has reached crisis point and Victor has decided that there is only one way to get Joan out of his life forever… but he’s about to get a nasty surprise. As a young Detective Roy Grace starts to investigate his very first homicide case, dark forces intervene and he begins to realise that nothing is quite as it seems…
Peter has been acclaimed as ‘one of the most fiendishly clever crime fiction plotters’ (Daily Mail) and his brilliant novels have sold over 18 million copies worldwide. He is the 2016 recipient of crime writing’s highest honour, the Diamond Dagger.
The Steamie – 30th Anniversary Production
UK Tour, 2017
It’s Hogmanay in a Glasgow wash house, and the girls need to get their washing done before the bells. Join Dolly, Magrit, Doreen and Mrs Culfeathers as they laugh and cry their way through the last day of the year – with a little help from the not so handy Andy.
First performed in May 1987, The Steamie has delighted and entertained audiences all over the world. Writer Tony Roper directs this new 30th anniversary touring production.
Photo of 2009 tour cast.
London, 2014 – 2017
From January 25th to March 5th 2017, hundreds of new shows exploded across a Festival of Festivals in Vault Festival’s Waterloo home. With new venues, new bars, new food and plenty of surprises, VAULT 2017’s limit was beyond the skies and into the stars.
VAULT Festival took its final bow of 2017 on 5th March as they closed six weeks of theatre, comedy and live entertainment. Final audiences totalled 47,000 across nearly 250 shows. Lots of companies leave VAULT with five star reviews and embark on tours, residencies and more.
West End, Present
UK/Ireland Tour, 2013 – 2015 & 2018 – 2019
International Tour, 2016 – 2017
“Still a phenomenon after ten years in the West End” (The Daily Telegraph) and already the 17th longest running show in West End theatre history, the London production premiered on 27 September 2006 (with previews from 7 September) and has now played over 4000 performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Wicked has been hailed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail); “a magical adventure that casts its spell on young and old” (Metro) and “the biggest new musical London has seen in years” (BBC London News).
Wicked is the winner of two coveted Olivier Audience Awards, an Evening Standard Theatre Award; a Visit London Gold Award; and nine WhatsOnStage Awards including Best West End Show (twice) and Best New Musical. More recently, Wicked has been named as London’s No.1 Long-Running Show by BritishTheatre.com, awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor® and is the first ever UK stage production to earn coveted Reader Recommendations from Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan magazines.
Wolf Hall/Bring Up The Bodies
Hilary Mantel’s prize-winning novels, WOLF HALL and BRING UP THE BODIES have been hailed as a landmark in British culture and Mike Poulton’s thrilling stage adaptations for the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Jeremy Herrin, ‘OPENED TO RAVE REVIEWS IN STRATFORD-UPON-AVON’ (The Independent).
Through the eyes and ears of Thomas Cromwell, the power, passion and politics surrounding Henry VIII’s relationship with Anne Boleyn are brought to life as two ‘RICH AND RIVETING’ (Mail on Sunday) plays, which transferred to the Aldwych Theatre for a strictly limited London season.