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In search of a producer: Tim Rice backs new British musical Tess

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Legendary lyricist Sir Tim Rice has put his considerable support behind the new British musical TESS. The wordsmith behind some of the world’s best-loved musicals – including Evita, Joseph, Chess and From Here to Eternity – praised material from the new show as “very well crafted” and “very professional in all departments”.

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Tess The Musical: Creators reflect as Siobhan Dillon records first album tracks

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In the bizarre way that these things happen, we’re sitting in a cramped room surrounded by instruments, equipment and sheet music, listening to the most sublime sound through our headphones. Siobhan Dillon, our supremely talented leading lady, is in our recording engineer’s home studio laying down the first act of Tess.

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NEWS: Gwen Taylor stars in Emlyn Williams thriller Night Must Fall on tour

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The Original Theatre Company and Salisbury Playhouse in association with Eastbourne Theatres will present the national tour of Emlyn Williams’ psychological thriller, NIGHT MUST FALL, directed by Luke Sheppard and starring Gwen Taylor as Mrs Bramson. The tour will begin at Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne on 19 August 2016, with a national press night on Wednesday 7 September at Salisbury Playhouse.

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The busiest festival PR? Chloe Nelkin takes 22 shows to Edinburgh Fringe in August

In Children's theatre, Circus, Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, Musicals, News, Plays, Press Releases by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Are you interested in Edinburgh Fringe or starting to programme your events calendar? The lovely Chloe Nelkin has sent a useful little summary of the twenty-two shows that they are representing in Edinburgh this summer. What’s great about this summary is the fact that it details what genre it is at the end of each synopsis i.e. Theatre, Circus and so on…..

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NEWS: Tour dates for Kinks Musical Sunny Afternoon, including Southampton

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As the West End multi Olivier award-winning hit musical continues to excite audiences into its second year, Sonia Friedman Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group are delighted to announce the national tour of SUNNY AFTERNOON. Recipient of four awards at the 2015 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music for Ray Davies, SUNNY AFTERNOON will come to Mayflower Theatre from Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 December 2016.

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NEWS: 911 pop star Lee Brennan joins cast of Footloose on tour

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911 and The Big Reunion star Lee Brennan will make his musical theatre debut when he joins the cast of Footloose: The Musical, playing the role of Willard from Tuesday 19 April to Saturday 18 June 2016. Lee will join the UK tour for dates in Oxford, Weston Super Mare, Wimbledon, Liverpool, Belfast, Derry, Torquay and Glasgow.

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PHOTOS: Jason Manford & cast rehearse for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour

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Pictures from the rehearsal room just released…. Casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. The 2016-17 UK and Ireland tour begins at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016.

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NEWS: Impossible launches inaugural UK tour from Southampton in Feb

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IMPOSSIBLE, the most dangerous show the West End has ever seen, will launch at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre from 3-6 February 2016 before embarking on its inaugural UK tour. The show features the world’s greatest illusionists live on stage in a magic spectacular that will thrill and amaze audiences of all ages.

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Looking for family friendly shows for the Christmas season? (part 1)

In Children's theatre, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Pantomimes, Plays, Regional theatre, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

As Christmas is now next month, this is the first of my family fun listings: shows, around the country, to be enjoyed by all the family, complete with website links and age recommendations. A great way to encourage and inspire our next generation of theatre enthusiasts.