No theatre owner or producer has done more to re-ignite the West End, both then in December and especially now in May, than the forever-tenacious, ever-energetic and resilient Nica Burns.
In London, there are murmurings of change on the horizon. Some of this may take a while to reach fruition, but three brand-new production companies have emerged in the last few weeks.
Twenty-three young theatre producers are being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present their work in the West End for the first time via Nimax Theatres’ Rising Stars Festival.
Aria Entertainment and Lambert Jackson have announced that the world premiere of Cruise will reopen the West End’s Duchess Theatre from 18 May to 13 June 2021 with a press night on 20 May. Written and performed by Jack Holden (War Horse, West End; Ink, Almeida Theatre) and directed by Bronagh Lagan, Cruise is an urgent, moving, and inspirational new play with live music and spoken word.
Award-winning musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will return with social distancing to London’s Apollo Theatre from 20 May 2021, with Shane Richie returning to play Hugo/Loco Chanelle until 18 July 2021.
On Monday Boris Johnson announced his (apparently irreversible) plans to take us out of lockdown forever. He even provided a detailed timetable of dates when each stage should be implemented.
Now that I’m getting into a rhythm on these daily columns, I’m going to try to introduce some regular features. And starting today, I’m planning on launching the week with column of disparate “diary” items — some fun, some not, that of stories that have made the news in the previous week.
The Stage has announced the winners of The Stage Awards, reimagined this year to celebrate theatrical organisations who continued to create great theatre, show innovation, and help ensure theatre survives in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Scores of productions devised to comply with social distancing have become casualties of the national lockdown that will run for one month from 5 November to 2 December 2020 in response to the continuing Coronavirus crisis.
Award-winning musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will return with social distancing to London’s Apollo Theatre from 28 November 2020, celebrating its third birthday in the West End. The show will be the first full-book musical to reopen in the West End this autumn.
Double Olivier nominees (and former CBBC TV presenters) Dan and Jeff return for a 10th anniversary festive season of Potted Panto, running for a festive season at London’s Garrick Theatre from 5 December 2020 to 10 January 2021 (press night is 6 December).
Nimax Theatres will open all six West End theatres in sequence from 22 October 2020 with social distancing under Covid-19 secure government guidelines. The special season will beginning at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue with This is Going to Hurt, written and performed by ex-NHS doctor Adam Kay.
Actor, comedian and presenter Rufus Hound and actor, writer and comedian Katy Brand will be joining the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in March 2020 to play Hugo/Loco Chanelle and Miss Hedge at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End.
Are you counting down the minutes? Mischief Theatre’s long-running hits The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery will be soon be joined in the West End by three brand-new shows as the original mischief-makers this month commence a year-long residency of premieres at the Vaudeville Theatre.
It could be said that Bitter Wheat lifts the lid on the exploitation of power in the film industry, but it eaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Perhaps that was also part of David Mamet’s intention.
Steps star and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Faye Tozer will take on the role of Miss Hedge in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at London’s Apollo Theatre from 6 May to 3 August 2019.
The producers of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie have opened a new booking period up to Saturday 25 January 2020. Entertaining audiences at London’s Apollo Theatre since November 2017, the musical is currently in its second year in the West End.
Shane Richie, best known for playing Alfie Moon in BBC’s EastEnders will take on the role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle in award-winning musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from 28 January until 4 May 2019.
Layton Williams will play the title role of Jamie New in the award-winning musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at London’s Apollo Theatre from 28 January 2019.
David Threlfall and Rufus Hound will reprise their lead roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Don Quixote when the production transfers to London’s Garrick Theatre from 27 October 2018 to 2 February 2019.
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