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MONKEY FRONT PAGE LONDON THEATRE MESSAGE BOARD
Wednesday 22nd November until Saturday 6th January 2018
Press Night: Thursday 30th November 2017
Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate, London N14
Rapunzel, as you've never seen her
Chickenshed is delighted to present a
new and exciting musical version of the well-loved fairy tale, Rapunzel
this Christmas. Mysterious, romantic and life-affirming, this will be a
dramatic re-telling of a story you thought you knew!
Rapunzel has little memory of her life
before the tower, but yearns to be free. The woods that surround the
tower are full of fantastic and astounding creatures - and while
Rapunzel's famous long hair may give her incredible abilities, she
learns that her true strength comes from within. Strength which she may
need sooner than she thinks, as some unexpected strangers are about to
Featuring Chickenshed's famously large
and amazingly diverse cast, this magical, musical and mysterious version
of Rapunzel will dazzle and delight children and adults alike.
For ages: 5+
Evenings at 7pm
Matinees: 12pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm on
Previews: £5 - £10
Off Peak: £14 - £20
Peak: £15 - £22.50
Schools: £10 - £11.50
Phone: 020 8292 9222
Email: bookings(at symbol)chickenshed.org.uk
Friday 15th December 2017 until Sunday 7th January 2018
Karma Sanctum Hotel, Warwick Street, London W1B 5NF
Simon Gross presents:
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN POOFS 2017
Londons adults only naughtiest pantomime is back yes
Snow White And The Seven Poofs returns to London's West End for 2017 .
From the team that brought you the 2012 Leicester Square production they
return with a brand new production for 2017!
The show will star Big Brothers Mr Showbiz Simon Gross as Queen Showbiz
and the inimitable Vicki Vivacious in the title role of Snow White .
Join Snow White and all her friends Butch, Dom, Fag Hag, Muscle Mary ,
Prince Donkey Dick for a helping of delicious pantomime campery.
With feel good party anthems Get The Party Started, Hot Stuff, YMCA, and
seven of the most outrageous dwarfs ever to be seen in pantomime history
this hilarious modern day twist is guaranteed to kick start your
Christmas with a BANG !
Please note this is an adult only pantomime and
definitely not suitable for children, the faint hearted , and persons of
a prudish nature.
Evenings at 7.30pm
Matinees: 4pm on 17th December 2017 and 7th
No performances on 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st
December 2017 and 1st January 2018
Phone: 0333 666 3366 £1.50 handling
27th November to 16th December 2017
Press Night: 30th November 2017
Ray Rackham Productions
FREDDIE, TED and the DEATH of JOE ORTON
by Don Cotter
Directed by Ray Rackham
Theatre Workshop, Leadenhall Market, 88 Gracechurch Street (above the
New Moon pub), London EC3V 0DN
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the
partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, this
tragi-comedy is a fascinating new play from an exciting new playwright.
Set in Brighton, England during the 1960s, middle-aged Freddie is
suffering from undiagnosed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and has
inherited a three bedroom house which he now shares with his younger
partner, the aspiring musician, Ted. When Freddie intercepts a
life-changing letter addressed to Ted, his fragile hold on reality
begins to crumble.
“But that’s how things used to be. It’s 1967. We’re legal now. No more
living in fear. No more waiting for the dreaded knock upon the door.
Times are changing for the better, Freddie, and we have to change with
them. That’s why I’m catching that train tomorrow. And that’s why you
have to let me.”
Nearest Public Transport and directions: Monument Tube (directions: from
Monument station walk along Gracechurch Street, past House of Fraser and
TK Maxx up towards Cornhill and Bishopsgate. We are opposite the Crosse
Keys pub and above the New Moon Pub on the corner of Leadenhall Market).
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Matinee on 9th December at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: £10 preview nights (27th -
thereafter £16, concessions £12.
Tickets also available on the door.
NOW OUT ON ILLUMINATIONS DVD, ON BLU-RAY ON
11th DECEMBER 2017
MATTHEW BOURNE’S THE CAR MAN
Winner of the Evening Standard’s Award for “Musical Event of the Year”
One of modern dance’s most thrilling and entertaining shows based on
Bizet’s popular opera Carmen
Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells for Sky Arts in 2015 and screened in
First seen in 2000, The Car Man is a signature production for
internationally acclaimed choreographer, Matthew Bourne.
The stage show has been a smash-hit in the UK and around the world and
this recording for Sky Arts was made at Sadler’s Wells during the show’s
must recent revival in 2015.
Loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera, Carmen, and notable for its
frank depictions of violence and sex, it has one of the most thrilling
and instantly recognisable scores in classical music, brilliantly
arranged by Terry Davies to create a complete score.
The familiar 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory becomes a greasy
1960s garage-diner in the American mid-west where the dreams and
passions of a small town are shattered by the arrival of a handsome
stranger. Fuelled by heat and desire, the townsfolk are driven into an
unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge.
Lez Bortherston’s epic set design and Chris Davey’s meticulously zoned
lighting perfectly complement Matthew Bourne’s vivid choreographic
storytelling, which reveals influences of noir cinema, principally the
various versions of James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice.
The Making of The Car Man (17 minutes) features interviews with leading
dancers Zizi Strallen, Chris Trenfield, Dominic North and Kate Lyons
in addition to composer Terry Davies and New Adventures’ founder,
THE BLACK CAT CABARET
Ends 31st December 2017
London’s favourite purrrveyors of dark and daring cabaret
entertainment return with a spectacular festive
show at Christmas In Leicester Square. Starting Saturday 11th November, and
rounding off the run with a
huge New Year’s Eve ball, Black Cat Cabaret’s show will bring high-kicking
acrobats, comic street singers, musicians, aerialists and a belle epoque sense
of giddy abandonment to the fine
feline surroundings of the wooden-panelled, 1920’s Paradiso spiegeltent. The
venue is located in one of
London’s most iconic squares – specially transformed for the season into a
traditional European Christmas
market, complete with hand-crafted goods and delicious festive food and drinks.
As seen at the Underbelly Festival this summer, The Black Cat is
the place to experience modern cabaret in all
of its wondrous forms – from the sacred to the profane, the lyrical to the
downright louche. Inspired by vintage,
after-hours Montmartre, this full-length show is made up of a veritable who’s
who of the London scene.
over by The Black Cat’s “compère beyond compare” Dusty Limits, the show’s
combination of cabaret, musical
and comic acts with high skills circus, original music and choreography makes
this a performance like no other.
International special guests for this seasonal run include daredevil cyr wheel
maestro Jo Moss, bawdy operatic
physical comedy from Bowjangles quartet, spine-tingling, jaw-dropping cellist
and vocalist Laura Moody,
strange and seductive drag starlet Meth, and pristine pedlars of partner
acrobatics Leon & Klodi. All of whom
will be appearing alongside perennial Black Cat favourites Dusty Limits,
Katharine Arnold, Missy Fatale,
Lili La Scala and Florian Brooks.
In addition to five festive dates across November and December,
Black Cat is inviting guests to make the leap
into 2018 with a New Year’s Eve soirée like no other. Revellers at The Black Cat
Ball will be treated to a cabaret
show, a promenade circus spectacle presented by Dusty Limits, live music from
extraordinaire Tankus the Henge, and an extended set from The Black Cat Dandy
DJs -guaranteed to keep guests
dancing all night. With a dress code of ‘gold, red or black; silver-screen
sirens & dapper gents’ price of
admission includes a glass of bubbly and entry for the whole night.
General information can be found at
Spiegeltent, Leicester Square, London WC2H 7DE
Thu 30th Nov 7.30pm, Sat 9th Dec 7.30pm, Sat 16th Dec
Thu 28th Dec 7.30pm, Sun 31st Dec 6.30pm – 2am
Bishopsgate Institute presents
WEST SIDE STORY
Based on a Conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim with music by Leonard
The Great Hall, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH
26th June to 1st July 2018
West Side Story is set on the streets of New York’s Upper West Side and explores
the rivalry between two gangs, The Jets and The Sharks. Amidst all the gang
warfare, Tony from The Jets falls in love with Maria, who is the sister of the
leader of The Sharks. The dark themes, sophisticated music score and electric
writing bring the story of Romeo and Juliet into the 20th century.
The Bishopsgate Institute production of West Side Story with full orchestra will
be performed to celebrate the centennials of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, who
composed West Side Story, and of Jerome Robbins, who directed and choreographed
the original production. This high-quality amateur production is presented by
arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) and ties in seamlessly
with themes highlighted in Bishopsgate Institute’s special collections and
archives which contain images and materials exploring cultural tensions and
post-war daily urban life in both New York and London. The piece is based on a
conception of Jerome Robbins, with music written by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics
written by Stephen Sondheim.
This production is under amateur licence and the actors will be amateurs, but
the creative team and the orchestra are multi-award nominated professionals who
have been invited to ensure the highest quality of experience for the cast and
audience, in line with Bishopsgate Institute’s philosophy. The production will
be directed by Toby Hine and choreographed by Lemington Ridley, with the Musical
Director to be announced. The show will be produced by Francesca Canty for
This production will be set in the stunning 120-year-old Great Hall at
Bishopsgate Institute, performed in the round with limited cabaret seating.
Providing a rare opportunity to experience the show with a full 29-piece
orchestration, played by the best up-and-coming professional musicians in an
extraordinary setting, this will be an up close and personal performance as the
streets of New York take over the Great Hall, with cast members weaving in and
out of the audience as the show goes on.
Casting announcements and further details coming soon.
7.30pm, matinees 2.30pm
Booking opens soon.
Phone: 020 7392 9200
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