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WRITTEN BY HARVEY FIERSTEIN AND CYNDI LAUPER
DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY JERRY MITCHELL
PREVIEWS FROM 21st AUGUST 2015
PRESS NIGHT 15th SEPTEMBER 2015
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The UK premiere of Kinky Boots, the feel-good multi award-winning musical, will
open in the West End on 15 September at the Adelphi Theatre, with previews from
21 August 2015. With a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein,
music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and direction and choreography by
two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots won the 2013 Tony Award
for Best Musical, and the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry will portray the central characters Charlie and
Lola at the heart of the story, and joining them are Amy Lennox (Lauren) - trio
pictured above, photo by Matt Crockett, Jamie Baughan (Don), Amy Ross (Nicola) and Michael Hobbs (George).
Inspired by a true story and based on the Miramax film written by Geoff Deane
and Tim Firth, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price who has reluctantly
inherited his father’s Northampton shoe factory. Trying to live up to his
father’s legacy and save the family business from bankruptcy, Charlie finds
inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy
stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the
man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely
pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and
discovers that when you change your mind, you can change the world.
(photo shows Original Broadway Cast).
Tales Big Day Out
Chickenshed Theatre, Southgate, Chase Side, Southgate, N14 4PE.
Saturday 25th July 2015
10am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 5pm
Price: £8, free to babies under 1 year
Suitable for ages 0 – 6 years.
Tales Big Day Out is an enjoyable and entertaining outing for all the family,
whether you’re familiar with the Tales world or you’re coming along for the
Children will have the opportunity to take part in a great interactive workshop
and watch a fun performance of Tales from the Shed, then everyone will come
together for a huge Tales extravaganza outside in the amphitheatre. There will
also be other free activities to discover and enjoy. Activities and performances
will be inside if there is bad weather.
Sovereign Arts present:
BUT A DREAM
Inspired by 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and the plays of Anton Chekhov.
7th to 11th July 2015
The story unfolds on Alice's birthday: escaping the fuss of her party, she
starts to read a book of Chekhov's plays and falls asleep (as we all do upon
first reading) - what she dreams of is a world with the structure and characters
of Wonderland with Chekhovian themes, quotes and heroes woven into the dream
This is an outdoor show for anyone aged 6-196. Thirty minutes before the start
tea and cake will be served (it is a birthday party after all!)
The show is free, but we are raising money for a fantastic education charity
called Shine, which helps disadvantaged young people. Our goal is to raise
Performances take place at the Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1
7LB on 7th, 9th and 12th July 2015 at 2pm and 11th July 2015 at 1pm.
Also in Bingham Room, The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, 8 South Square,
London, WC1R 5ET on 8th July 2015 at 12.30pm and 3.30pm
To book tickets, please visit
Also see Facebook: Facebook.com/butadreamplay.com
And Twitter: @butadreamplay
Interactive Theatre International presents:
THE WEDDING RECEPTION
This brand new immersive comedy by the producers of 'Faulty Towers The Dining
Experience' makes its London debut at Covent Garden’s
Kingsway Hall Hotel on
23rd and 30th July 2015.
They may share the names of the world’s most famous couple, but this Will & Kate
are far from royal!
Their dream was for a small intimate wedding, but with everyone else planning
exactly the opposite, the couple eloped. Now it’s the date of their original
wedding day and they’re back for the big reception – the one that neither of
them wanted in the first place. What could possibly go wrong??!! Join the party.
It’s a roller-coaster journey full of fun, frolics and more than a few
Fully immersive and highly improvised, the show features four award-winning
actors playing multiple roles, performing around and with the audience as they
join The Wedding Reception. There’s a 3-course meal, too – and cake!
Rated PG (occasional strong language and sexual innuendo)
Kingsway Hall Hotel, 66 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5BX
Times: Doors open 7pm. Show starts 7:30pm (two hours).
Tickets: £39 – all tickets include a three-course meal (cake for dessert;
special diets catered).
Bookings & show info:
www.interactivetheatre.com.au/theweddingreception / 0845 154 4145 / info
(put the @ symbol here) interactivetheatre.com.au
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm
Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis,
Tennessee, MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants
to change the world and Felicia, a club singer who is ready for her big break.
Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight (until 17th October 2015) or the amazing Rachel John
(Monday Evenings and Wednesday Afternoons) star as Felicia.
The Singers’ Cabaret Workshop
Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th August 2015 and Tuesday 1st to
Friday 4th September 2015
The Poor School; 242 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross London N1 9JY
10am to 5pm
The only course of its kind in the UK, The Singers' Cabaret Workshop is a unique
opportunity to be mentored by top UK cabaret practitioners to craft your own
totally individual cabaret set and persona. It is ideal for anyone with previous
singing experience looking to gain new skills and hone their craft.
The course culminates in a showcase performance for invited industry
professionals, offering the rare opportunity for participants to demonstrate
their newly-developed skills in front of leading professionals in the cabaret
Meisner Technique International Summer Intensive
'The London Acting Experience'
2nd to 16th August 2015
Diorama Arts Studios in Central London
WaterAid charity benefits from one-of-a-kind actor training intensive featuring
with Frantic Assembly and actors Nickolas Grace and Ross Mullan
In addition to the in-depth classes taught by Royce Sparks, a graduate of the
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama's MA in Actor Training and Coaching,
the course also offers specialised workshops with a number of important figures
in the London arts community:
Frantic Assembly, whose work includes the West End hit The Curious Incident of
the Dog in the Nighttime, teaches a workshop on devising and physical theatre.
'The London Acting Experience' is open to applications both locally and
Cost: £625 (£495 if booked by 15th May 2015)
The Yard Theatre and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park present…
A festival of curious adventures
Thursday 16th July until Saturday 1st August 2015
This summer The Yard Theatre will bring the future of theatre to the streets,
the parks, the waterways and rooftops of East London. Housed in their unique
warehouse setting since 2011, and having developed a reputation for developing
groundbreaking theatre, they are now exploding outside into new undiscovered
Between 16th July and 1st August 2015, in collaboration with Queen Elizabeth
Olympic Park, a festival of outdoor adventures from some of the UK’s most
exciting theatre artists will be heading to the Park and the neighboring streets
in Hackney Wick, to present intimate performances for individuals and small
audiences. This unique approach is an opportunity for friends, families and
individuals to make, travel through, and experience new worlds.
You will have the opportunity to meet your MP aboard a roving roundtable
bicycle, to relax with a symphony created entirely for you, or head out on a
buzzy mission to save the Queen Bee’s hive. You can have a psychic reading or
become part of the Team of the Decade. There will be performances on rooftops,
in underpasses and one very special encounter, on a tiny boat, in the dead of
night, floating alone in the middle of the London Aquatics Centre.
There’s something for you, the kids, the grandparents, one and all! Walkie
Talkies is inclusive theatre at its best - for all ages and designed to inspire,
inform and delight.
Joe Stilgoe, is the renaissance man of modern jazz. He is a pianist, a jazz
musician and a singer/songwriter. Joe has a new album for 2015, 'New Songs For Old Souls'
- out on Linn Records.
The album consists of 12 songs with ten originals by Joe, including three
thrilling big band numbers: ‘Nobody Cares Like Me’, ‘Pocket Song’ and a new
version of ‘Gold On Silver’, previously heard on his last album 'Songs On Film
Live'. Joe also duets with Liane Carroll on a wistful cover of Brian Wilson’s ‘I
Just Wasn’t Made For These Times’, one of the album’s two non-original songs.
The album release coincides with his first major West End stage role, in Kevin
Spacey’s ‘High Society’ at the Old Vic Theatre - running until August 22nd
2015. Directed by Olivier Award-winning Maria Friedman, Joe will be performing
in a role that has been specially created for him.
"It's a dream job in many ways, I suppose, and I'll be playing to my perfect
audience: people who like a bit of nostalgia, a little swing, and a lot of
LOST WEST END A NEW ALBUM CELEBRATES LONDON’S FORGOTTEN MUSICALS
Stage Door Records are pleased to announce the release of LOST WEST END, a
unique collection of recordings from lost West End musicals, due for CD release
on July 24th, 2015.
LOST WEST END celebrates London’s forgotten musicals and brings together over 20
unique ‘lost’ West End productions on one album. The collection reflects 30
years of musicals that have come and gone from the West End, showcasing these
unique theatrical works. Ranging from
1976 to 2009, all the musicals featured had relatively short London residencies
and although they weren’t always met with critical praise, they nevertheless
contain interesting, memorable scores and performances that deserve to be heard.
The diverse selection of shows featured range from epic through-sung adaptations
of the classic novels ‘Gone With The Wind’, ‘The Far Pavilions’ and ‘Tess Of The
D’Urbervilles’ to musical autobiographies of iconic historical figures Leonardo
Da Vinci, Toulouse Lautrec and Bernadette Soubirous.
The ‘Lost West End’ musicals included are: ‘Liza Of Lambeth’ (1976),
‘Troubadour’ (1978), ‘I’ (1983), ‘Y’ (1983), ‘Mutiny!’ (1985), ‘Bernadette – The
People’s Musical’ (1990), ‘Valentine’s Day’ (1992), ‘Which Witch’ (1992), ‘Robin
Prince Of Sherwood’ (1993), ‘Leonardo – A Portrait Of Love’ (1993), ‘Out Of The
Blue’ (1994), ‘Prisoner Cell Block H’ (1995), ‘Maddie’ (1997), ‘Tess Of The
D’Urbervilles’ (1999), ‘Lautrec’ (2000) ‘La Cava’ (2000), ‘Beautiful And Damned’
(2004), ‘The Far Pavilions’ (2005), ‘Behind The Iron Mask’ (2005), ‘Gone With
The Wind’ (2008), ‘Too Close To The Sun’ (2009).
The album features a glittering ensemble of West End vocalists including; Graham
Bickley, Meredith Braun, Simon Burke, David Essex, Susannah Fellows, Alexander
Hanson, Angela Richards and Andrew C. Wadsworth.
Although the shows didn’t last, their music lives on and this collection affirms
that the musicals featured are well worth rediscovering.
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