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Theatre Review: Anything Goes ✭✭✭

Written By Lisa Davidson on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 | 22:00

Anything Goes sailed into the King's Theatre this week on the good ship SS American.

Written in the 1930s, when luxury long distance cruising was the height of sophistication, the show tells the tale of Billy Crocker who stows away on the liner in pursuit of his one true love, Hope Harcourt. Hapless Billy ignores his boss's instructions to return to Wall Street to sell his shares and what follows is a madcap adventure as he tries to remain undiscovered as a stowaway before being mistaken for a dangerous mobster.

With an impressive, albeit strangely vertical, ship set the Anything Goes hails from the bygone days of musicals where lengthy dance numbers are order of the day with Cole Porter's music filling the air. A new book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman goes some way to bring together a fairly lacklustre plotline but at several points it certainly foundered.

Spirited performances from the cast led by Debbie Kurup and Matt Rawle bring the piece to life. As nightclub star Reno Sweeney, Kurup brings charisma and chic style. Rawle's lovesick Billy Crocker is no doubt the envy of every man on the theatre given the women fighting over him. Rawle's impressive voice and puppyish characterisation create a lovable rogue that it's difficult not to root for. Shaun Williamson's unlucky mobster Moonface Martin provides comic relief with his desperate attempts at recognition. The surprising scene stealer is Stephen Matthews' Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. His brilliant performance transforms a potentially mediocre character into a comedic highlight, especially in Act 2's The Gypsy in Me.

For audiences of a certain age Anything Goes is a gentle cruise to the roots of musical theatre and it's "'s de-lovely".

Anything Goes is at the King's Theatre until Saturday 25th April. For tickets and information visit

ONE DIRECTION announce McBUSTED as special guests in Cardiff on 5 & 6 June

Written By Steve Stubbs on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 | 10:29

5TH & 6TH JUNE 2015

Fresh from their own 20-date Most Excellent Adventure Tour of the UK’s arenas, McBusted are today announced as Very Special Guests at One Direction’s two Cardiff Millennium Stadium shows this June.

The band - James Bourne, Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd, Dougie Poynter and Matt Willis – released their gold certified debut album last year and have previously performed with One Direction at the Stade de France in Paris and on the Australian leg of their ‘On The Road Again’ tour at the start of this year. McBusted’s Most Excellent Adventure Tour, which ended triumphantly  in Nottingham last night, saw the band turn the stage into the world’s biggest arcade machine every night, filling each show with brain-fryingly spectacular moments as well as the incredible pop-rock juggernaut of their phenomenal back catalogue – with tracks such as ‘Air Guitar’, ‘Shine A Light’ and ‘Year 3000.’

This summer McBusted will headline Lytham Festival on 8th August and Fusion Festival on August 30th.

Tickets for both dates are on sale now and available at 0844 811 0051


Relentlessly catchy and knowingly ludicrous, McBusted stick to your brain like toxic sparkly bubblegum” – The Guardian

Their new show is bigger, better and more bonkers than ever” – The Sun

Another feast for the ears and eyeballs” – Daily Star

Some of the best fun you can have with your clothes on” – Heatworld

Nothing could have prepared us for how truly excellent their Most Excellent Adventure would actually be” – Sugarscape

THE OLD VIC announces inaugural season from Artistic Director MATTHEW WARCHUS - includes new work from TIM MINCHIN & DREW McONIE


The Old Vic today announces the inaugural season of new Artistic Director Matthew Warchus, which features an eclectic programme ranging from a newly-adapted Ibsen classic starring Ralph Fiennes to the world premiere of a new musical, Groundhog Day with new commissions including a stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, a dance production and a series of variety nights embracing The Old Vic's history and its roots in music, dance and vaudeville.

As Artistic Director Designate, Matthew Warchus commented:

‘After 25 years of freelance directing I unexpectedly find myself running my favourite theatre in the world. Or, if you like, my two favourite theatres since The Old Vic can now transition with relative ease between London's best in-the- round space and the traditional, magnificent end-on auditorium. During my tenure I look forward to playing seasons in both of these great configurations.

My first season demonstrates our aim to present more productions per year, of wide-ranging work, in a 'something for everyone' approach which reflects my own eclectic tastes and love of this unique and uplifting art form. In its dazzling history, The Old Vic has been home not only to great acting but also to dance, musical extravaganzas, vaudeville and spectacle. This diverse heritage is a big part of my inspiration going forward.

When Lilian Baylis ran The Old Vic she kept a sign over her desk which read "Dare, always dare!". Taking my cue from her, my goal is to programme invigorating seasons which are, by turns, surprising, smart, adventurous, and fun. Come and join in.’

Productions will include:

 A new play, Future Conditional, by Tamsin Oglesby, featuring 23 young performers, directed by Matthew Warchus, starring Rob Brydon

 The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Richard Jones

 The premiere of a new stage adaptation by David Greig of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax directed by Max Webster

 An Ibsen classic, The Master Builder, in a new adaptation by David Hare with Ralph Fiennes in the title role, directed by Matthew Warchus

 A new dance thriller, Jekyll & Hyde, created by one of the UK’s most innovative theatre
choreographers, Drew McOnie

 Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker, starring Timothy Spall, directed by Matthew Warchus

 The world premiere of a new musical adaptation of the film Groundhog Day, book by original screenwriter Danny Rubin, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, choreography by Peter Darling and directed by Matthew Warchus

 A series of Variety Nights inspired by The Old Vic's vaudeville history featuring household names and newcomers in comedy, music, magic and variety

 The Old Vic Community Company on The Old Vic stage for a week for the first time with a new commissioned work, Rise

The Old Vic announces a wide range of future work, programmes and creative opportunities for the forthcoming year and beyond:
     New commissions to Richard Bean, Caroline Bird, Dennis Kelly, David Nicholls, Diana Nneka Atuona and Mark Watson, plus the creation of a ground-breaking new musical commissioning fund

     The appointment of a diverse range of Associate Artists split across several disciplines including Writing, Choreography, Photography, Design, Music, Sound, Lighting, Casting and Magic

     The creation of The Baylis Director for early career directors, offering a year-long residency mentored by Matthew Warchus, direction of a main stage production and funds to commission new work

     A new transfer partnership with theatre producers Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman, giving Old Vic shows a potential life in the West End and on Broadway

     Coming attractions in future seasons include the first revival of Art by Yasmina Reza, the 50th anniversary production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, and a new musical based on the film Pride written by Stephen Beresford

  • The Old Vic also announces two new corporate partnerships:

     The Royal Bank of Canada will become The Old Vic's new Principal Partner for the next three years, directly enabling more productions on The Old Vic stage than ever before

     A new ticketing scheme, PwC £10 Previews, will make half of all seats at the first five previews of each production available for just £10*

    Chief Executive Sally Greene commented:

    ‘Matthew’s first season gives us a taste of what is to come throughout his tenure – a vibrant and varied programme with a strong commitment to new writing and musicals, alongside classics and artistic adventure. This, teamed with his commitment to opening up the theatre to anyone who wants to join in, and a real passion for supporting young directors in the way that he himself was supported, is set to make this a thrilling chapter in The Old Vic’s history.’
By Tamsin Oglesby
Directed by Matthew Warchus
Starring Rob Brydon
Previews from 1 September 2015, press night 10 September

Past imperfect. Present tense.
The Old Vic presents Future Conditional, a bracingly topical and boisterously funny new play directed by Matthew
Warchus and starring Rob Brydon, supported by 23 young performers.
Future Conditional tackles the conundrum of British schooling through a myriad of characters including parents, teachers, and Alia, a prodigiously clever young Afghan refugee and the newest member of Britain’s Education Research Board. Alia has a radical solution for Britain’s schools that could restore our place in the world education league. But is the system ready to take lessons from a schoolgirl...?
Written by acclaimed playwright Tamsin Oglesby (The Mouse and His Child, Really Old, Like 45), Future Conditional proves that when it comes to education, we’ve all got a lot to learn.
Future Conditional will be performed in the CQS space.

By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Richard Jones
Previews from 17 October 2015, press night 29 October

Eugene O'Neill's timeless classic of class and identity.
A classic expressionist masterpiece by Nobel prize-winner Eugene O'Neill, The Hairy Ape tells the story of Yank, a labourer who revels in his status as the strongest stoker on a transatlantic ocean liner. But when Yank is called a ‘filthy beast’ by the overbred daughter of a steel merchant, he experiences an awakening of consciousness that leads him on a journey through the wealthy neighbourhoods and disenfranchised underbelly of New York society. Searching for a way to belong, Yank is forced to confront primal questions about his true place in the world.
Directed by the acclaimed, multi-award-winning director Richard Jones. Credits include Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House), Public Enemy, The Government Inspector, Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC), Tales from the Vienna Woods (National Theatre) and Into the Woods (West End).
The Hairy Ape is an iconic piece of American drama brought to stage by a visionary of British theatre.

Dr. Seuss’s THE LORAX
Adapted by David Greig
Directed by Max Webster
Previews from 2 December 2015, press day 15 December

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees!”
Inspired by Dr. Seuss’s classic tale, The Lorax tells of a moustachioed and cantankerous critter who’s on a mission to
protect the earth from the greedy, tree-chopping, Thneed-knitting businessman known only as The Once-ler.
Brought to the stage by acclaimed director Max Webster (James And The Giant Peach, To Kill A Mockingbird, Twelfth Night), The Lorax blends theatrical invention, songs and zany humour in a timely and vibrant Christmas show with a message that will speak to audiences of all ages.

By Henrik Ibsen
New adaptation by David Hare Directed by Matthew Warchus Starring Ralph Fiennes

A searing and mesmeric exploration of power, control, death and life, Henrik Ibsen’s late masterpiece The Master Builder comes to The Old Vic in a lively new adaptation by David Hare (multi-award-winning writer and author of 32 plays for the stage including Skylight, The Absence Of War, Amy’s View, Pravda and Stuff Happens).
Halvard Solness, a master architect, has spent his lifetime building the tallest spires in the land. But when Hilde, a radiant country girl, descends unexpectedly into his world, age is confronted by youth, and a series of revelations builds to a vertiginous climax.

By Harold Pinter
Directed by Matthew Warchus Starring Timothy Spall

When it premiered in 1960, The Caretaker changed the face of modern theatre. Now Harold Pinter’s groundbreaking classic comes to The Old Vic in a new production directed by Matthew Warchus.
Disturbed handyman Aston has invited an irascible tramp to stay with him at his brother’s jumbled London flat. At first it seems that the manipulative guest will take advantage of his vulnerable host. But when Aston’s brother Mick arrives, an enigmatic power struggle emerges between the three men that is in equal parts menacing, touching and darkly comic.

A new dance thriller devised, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
One of the UK's most innovative theatre choreographers Drew McOnie reimagines Robert Louis Stevenson's sinister drama in an excitingly physical new dance production with music by Grant Olding.
Jekyll & Hyde has been specially commissioned by The Old Vic as part of its new dance collaboration with The McOnie Company, led by Associate Artist Drew McOnie.

Book by Danny Rubin
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin Directed by Matthew Warchus Choreography by Peter Darling

Matthew Warchus, composer and lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling, and designer Rob Howell, four of the creators of the international musical sensation Matilda The Musical, have joined forces with writer Danny Rubin to collaborate on a new musical based on the 1993 hit film Groundhog Day.
Groundhog Day is the story of Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, when sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself caught in a time loop where he is forced to repeat the same day again and again...and again.
The 1993 Columbia Pictures film, with a screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, based on a story by Rubin, and directed by Ramis, starred Bill Murray. Now widely regarded as a contemporary classic, Groundhog Day was cited by the Writers Guild of America as one of the 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written and in 2000 was voted by readers of Total Film as one of the ten best comedies of all time.

The Old Vic Community Company Show Directed by Alexander Ferris
Two hundred Londoners will take over The Old Vic for one week to present a kaleidoscope of ideas, discussions and stories that centre around an epic new production that explores our relationship with the environment. With music, movement and bicycles, Rise will explore the impact of living in a city where the temperature is rising.

It’s all happening.
Join us for Sunday nights full of excitement as The Old Vic presents a series of spectacular evenings featuring collectable performances from celebrated comedians, musicians, magicians and other variety acts from around the world.
The Variety Nights are a contemporary take on a time when The Old Vic was the Royal Coburg Theatre presenting music, magic, ‘whims and oddities’. 

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The Old Vic, The Cut, London SE1 8NB

Priority booking for Future Conditional, The Hairy Ape and The Lorax from Tue 21 April 10am
General public booking for
Future Conditional, The Hairy Ape and The Lorax from Tue 12 May 12 noon
Tickets for the remainder of the season will go on sale later this year. 

Tamsin Oglesby
Tue 1 Sep - Sat 3 Oct 2015
Mon - Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm

[Please note there are no matinee performances on Wed 2 Sep, Sat 5 Sep and Wed 9 Sep]
Captioned Performance: Fri 18 Sep 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Fri 25 Sep 7.30pm, touch tour 6pm

TICKETS: £10, £15, £20, £30, £35, £45
For information regarding Premium Seats please call the box office

Eugene O’Neill
Sat 17 Oct - Sat 21 Nov 2015
Mon - Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm

[Please note there are no matinee performances on Sat 17 Oct, Wed 21 Oct, Sat 24 Oct and Wed 28 Oct]
Captioned Performance: Thu 12 Nov 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Tue 10 Nov 7.30pm, touch tour 6pm

TICKETS: £12, £16, £21, £30, £45, £55
For information regarding Premium Seats please call the box office

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Dr. Seuss’s
Wed 2 Dec 2015 - Sat 16 Jan 2016
Performances at 3pm & 7pm. For full performance schedule please visit
Captioned Performance: Thu 17 Dec 7pm
Audio Described Performance: Thu 7 Jan 7pm, touch tour 5.30pm

TICKETS: £12, £16, £21, £30, £50, £60
For information regarding Premium Seats please call the box office

Concessions for Future Conditional, The Hairy Ape and The Lorax
PwC £10 Previews: Half of all seats priced at £10 for the first 5 previews of every production, released 5 weeks in advance. Excluding Jekyll & Hyde, Rise and The Old Vic Variety Nights
Senior Citizens:
Future Conditional and The Hairy Ape: Best available seats for £26 for all matinee performances only. The Lorax: Best available seats for £30 for all matinee performances only
School Groups 10+: £10 for Mon - Wed eves & Wed matinees Disabled Patrons: Top 3 prices reduced to £21 for all performances
Additional concession for The Lorax, ages 14 and under, 50% off tickets priced at £60, £50 and £30 (excluding Friday and Saturday evenings)
All concessions are limited and subject to availability. All 2015/16 ticket prices (apart from the PwC £10 Previews tickets & schools tickets) include a £1 restoration levy 

Theatre Review: The Woman in Black - Theatre Royal, Glasgow ✭✭✭✭✭

Review by Sharman Prince

Based on the novel by Susan Hill, in recent years made into a motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe, The Woman in Black began as a small-budget seasonal affair in Scarborough and has since became a major stalwart of London's West End, where it is still running after 25 years, thanks to its clever use of economical theatrical storytelling techniques.
Stephen Mallatratt's adaptation intelligently condenses the novel's plot and multitudinous characters into a two-hander play which utilises the medium of theatre itself and the imagination of its cast and their audience to succinctly portray the eerie events surrounding Eel Marsh House and the tragic events of its past.

Robin Herford's direction is clean, concise, sharply effective and he is adroit at building up tension whilst interspersing it with occasions of humour. Contrast is a prime element of this production and Herford's use of animated movement is balanced by moments of stillness. Herford is aided by the simple, atmospheric design of Michael Holt and the precise lighting by Kevin Sleep (and associate lighting designer Tony Simpson) which elegantly uses colour upon the textured surfaces of Holt's design to aid the storytelling. Add to this the sound effects designed by Gareth Owen (original sound design by Rod Mead) and assistant sound designer Richard Carter and all the elements for a thrilling instance of drama are present.

The final, key, ingredient is the cast and Malcolm James and Matt Connor are well suited as the story-tellers who have the audience gripped and engaged from the outset. As the play moves along they become further entrenched in the events portrayed drawing the audience deeper into a story that becomes progressively darker. Running the gauntlet of emotional variety is a skill in itself and both actors are expertly equipped to do so in a play which demands no less of a performer.

Epitomising the essence of theatre and its art in the telling of a tale that speaks to the primal fear within us all, The Woman in Black is a surprisingly strong piece of entertainment and, since fear is a powerful emotion that both repels and attracts many a human, it is further proof that we will always be drawn to forms of entertainment that play to the lure of being scared. 

Given that an audience must buy into what is happening before them at all times - that they must 'suspend disbelief' - it is a credit to all involved, on and off-stage, that such a deceptively simple production can be so effective in eliciting such pronounced responses from an audience and, thanks to the immediacy of live theatre, it's no wonder that the stage adaptation of The Woman in Black has become such a success since its premiere all those years ago. Years now lost to the mysterious mists surrounding Eel Marsh House...

The Woman in Black is at the Theatre Royal until Saturday 25th April. For tickets and information visit

GREGOR FISHER to star in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this Christmas

Written By Lisa Davidson on Monday, 20 April 2015 | 18:00

This panto season the talented Gregor Fisher will lead a cast of Scottish comedy favourites in Snow White and the Seven DwarfsThe Rab C. Nesbitt star adds another string to his vest in the role of Hector the Henchman alongside Des Clarke as Muddles and Juliet Cadzow as the Wicked Queen. Eric Potts will direct the festive fairytale adventure at the King’s Theatre from Friday 4 December 2015 until Sunday 10 January 2016.

Gregor Fisher first appeared in the King's legendary pantomime as a Robber in Babes in The Wood co-starring Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy in 1981. Over three decades later Gregor is thrilled to be returning to the King's stage: "It's a privilege to be part of this Christmas tradition once again at the beautiful King's Theatre. Returning to pantomime is a slightly daunting but exciting prospect. It’ll be a challenge but it's all worthwhile when you hear the audience's reaction and kids laughing, or booing. I'm looking forward to playing the Henchman and working with Juliet Cadzow as the Wicked Queen - we'll be a devilish duo not to be messed with, Mwaa-ha-ha!"

Join us for a festive adventure into an enchanted fairytale forest from Friday 4 December 2015 until Sunday 10 January 2016. Will the Wicked Queen banish Snow White once and for all, or will the dashing Prince thwart her plans with help from the Seven Dwarfs?

Fri 4 Dec 2015 – Sun 10 Jan 2016 (please call box office for full details)
Access Performances:
Audio Described – Sun 13 Dec, 1pm
Sign Language Interpreted – Thu 17 Dec, 1pm & Mon 21, Dec 7pm
Captioned Performances – Mon 14 Dec, 11am & Tue 29, Dec 7pm
Relaxed Performance – Fri 8 Jan, 11am
Box Office: 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee)
Schools and group bookings: 0844 871 7602

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs on UK Tour until Sunday 31 May

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 

UK Tour: Monday 16 February - 

Sunday 31 May 2015 

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs are setting sail on a new adventure in 2015 following a rollicking award-winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London Wonderground and Southbank Centre!

This is a bright sparky production, filled with hum-along songs, beautiful puppets and a lot of imagination (Time Out). Based on the award-winning book by Purple Ronnie creator, Giles Andrea and Russel Ayto, Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs has been adapted for the stage by Nicole Lewis and Oliver Lansley, and was originally directed by Emma Earle.

When Finn discovers a pirate hiding in the school supply closet, it's all aboard, me hearties, for a real live pirate adventure! Captain Stubble needs Flinn's help to find his stolen ship, but there are some mean pirate dinosaurs on the loose, and Flinn and his friends soon sail into trouble... Will fearless Flinn be able to captain the ship and defeat the pirate dinosaurs? Will Pirate Peal be brave enough to battle the dangerous dinos and will terrified Tom be back in time for tea? All aboard for a non-stop action packed theatrical experience with live music, puppetry, physical performance and dastardly dinosaurs!

This super story is brought perfectly to the stage with imagination, creativity and really excellent props (Curious Mum). 

Adults and Children alike will be delighted (Edinburgh Spotlight).

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs has been brought to life by Les Petits Theatre Company; the exciting children's theatre company from the team behing internationally-acclaimed theatre company, Les Enfants Terribles. Les Petits aims to ignite children's imaginations through the magic of theatre and storytelling.

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs was the winner of the Primary Times Children's Choice Award 2012.

Tickets and further information about the final tour is available from 

WET WET WET to Perform live at Koko, in association with Nordoff Robbins on Weds 20th May

Written By Steve Stubbs on Sunday, 19 April 2015 | 09:37

Wet Wet Wet 
Perform live at Koko, in association with Nordoff Robbins to celebrate a long standing relationship with the charity on

Wet Wet Wet, a band who have sold in excess of 15 million records whilst notching up over thirty UK chart hits including three number 1’s, announced today a very special intimate London show to commemorate their long standing relationship with the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy charity. The band will play Koko in London on Wednesday 20th May.   

Wet Wet Wet has a long history with Nordoff Robbins dating back to when they themselves received a Silver Clef award for new music in 1988. At this point band members Graeme, Tommy, Neil and Marti were introduced to the inspiring work that the charity does, using music to help people express themselves and communicate. The band went on to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992 in aid of Nordoff Robbins, funds from which opened a much needed library at their London-based music therapy centre in 1993. The facility is still used to this day by Nordoff Robbins students and therapists alike. The band have since been staunch supporters and have decided to mark the longevity of their relationship with Nordoff Robbins, in what is the 40th birthday year for the charity, with this very special show.

The band are a renowned live act having played to over four million people across 25 countries and although they are normally seen performing in massive arenas, the smaller surroundings of the Koko gig will allow fans to get a lot closer than normal. With a massive catalogue of much loved songs including Julia Says, Somewhere Somehow, Sweet Little Mystery and Goodnight Girl, this is a chance to see how the band earned their reputation as one of the most powerful live artists around.

Marti Pellow, lead singer of Wet Wet Wet said “We get to do two things we love - play live to our fans and support a charity we have believed in since day one.  The work Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy does is special and it works. They are so dedicated and we wanted to wish them happy birthday by putting on this show.”

Drummer Tommy Cunningham added “Music has given us a lot in life, and it’s great to be able to use music to give something back, we are very proud of our association with Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.”

Tickets are available at

About Nordoff Robbins 
Nordoff Robbins is a music therapy charity, dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults. They work with people with a range of challenges such as autism, dementia, depression and physical and learning disabilities.
Music therapy is a specialist use of music to help people in many different ways – for some it has physical benefits, for others emotional or social ones and helps many to communicate where they’ve struggled to do so previously.
They carry out their work in their own music therapy centre and units, in schools, day centres, hospitals and care homes. They also train music therapists to Masters level.

Nordoff Robbins receives no government funding. They derive a significant amount of their income from individual sponsors and events such as the Silver Clef Awards and the Music Industry Trust Awards, which enable them to continue to build awareness of their services and transform lives.
The Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards honours artists from across the music industry, whilst raising much-needed funds for Nordoff Robbins. The event, which has raised £8.5 million for Nordoff Robbins since its inception in 1976, is a chance for the charity to give something back to the music industry, from which they receive significant support throughout the year. The event is attended by artists, celebrities and the great and the good of the music industry.

Opera Holland Park 2015 Season

Written By Christina Benneworth on Friday, 17 April 2015 | 16:47

Opera Holland Park 2015 Season 

Tuesday 2nd June - Saturday 1st August 

Opera Holland Park is one of the most popular and highly-acclaimed events in London’s musical calendar and their 19th season includes a mixture of five new productions and revivals in 36 main-stage public performances. The City of London Sinfonia will accompany all these productions for their 12th year as house orchestra. A particular highlight is the first-ever professional London performance of Jonathan Dove’s contemporary opera Flight.

Supporting its aims to make opera more accessible, OHP is pleased to continue its two free ticket schemes alongside the £17 Inspire seats with approximately 1,000 free seats for Young People and 450 free seats for those over 60. OHP have also introduced a new pricing structure with some seating category prices reduced by 28% since 2014.

The season opens with Puccini’s powerful Il trittico. These three one-act operas portray a diverse spectrum of human emotion; the heartbreak and tragedy of Suor Angelica, the terror and jealousy of Tabarros murder and the comedy of Gianni Schicchi suffused with the darker side of human nature (a revival of OHP’s 2012 production). It is hard to imagine many more potent theatrical experiences.

Jonathon Dove’s Flight is a warm, honest and funny opera based on a true story of a refugee trapped and living at a major international airport. The music is gloriously melodic, inventive and accessible. Flight - funny, touching and life affirming as it is - has become one of the most popular and performed British operas in recent decades.

One of the great operas of the 19th Century, Aida is more than an epic procession: the choruses, scale and the perception are countered by a deeply intimate final dénouement. The opera has its Kings, Princesses and High Priests but, at the final reckoning, the frailty of individual human nature is the most powerful image we are left with. Verdi gave his masterwork some of the greatest choruses and arias of the era and it is rare for this opera to receive productions at houses in London. This is a new production and its debut at Opera Holland Park.

DelibesLakmé is perhaps best known for the flower duet, used for many years in a well-known airline’s advertisement. It is beautifully balanced from a musical point of view, has real heartbreak at its centre and belongs in the stable of opera that absorbed influences from the orient and developed this exoticism into high art. The opera remains a relative rarity in London and OHP are excited to stage this new production. The performance on Monday 27th July sees the return of the highly successful Christine Collins Young Artists to the OHP stage. This year, 16 named roles across the season are taken by past participants of the Christine Collins Young Artists scheme.

OHP’s 2007 production of Italo Montemezzis masterpiece, Lamore dei tre Re, returns to the stage this summer. This is a scintillating 90 minutes of drama, passion, murderous rage, jealousy and ultimately noble forgiveness and sacrifice. It leaves audiences devastated. This production is widely regarded as one of the best ever staged at OHP and is not to be missed.

After the huge success of OHP’s first ever commissioned family opera, composed by Will Todd, Alices Adventures in Wonderland will return once again to the Yucca Lawn in Holland Park. Tickets are priced at just £5 for children and £10 for adults. Performed in this woodland setting, the production sees viewers promenade between the eye-catching sets accompanied by the singers and the ‘Alice Band’.

In 2015, Opera Holland Park also welcomes back The Luna Cinema for four classic films in August.

OHP is also proud to announce that Investec Wealth & Investment will continue as principal sponsor for a further two seasons. 


Tickets for Opera Holland Park 2015 range from £15 to £75.
Inspire initiative continues to bring in new audiences with thousands of seats at just £17. There are also free ticket schemes for older audiences (over 60) and for young people (7-18).
For details about the free tickets schemes and concession prices please telephone the box office on 0300 999 1000. 

Box Office 
For more information and to book tickets, please phone the Opera Holland Park Box Office on 0300 999 1000 (From Monday 27th April) or visit (from Thursday 23rd April). Bookings open in person from 5th May. 

Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway return to the West End with award winning show SIBLING REVELRY in July


return to the West End in their acclaimed, award-winning show 

Ann Hampton Callaway and her sister Liz Callaway are leading lights of New York’s cabaret scene and have both been Tony Award-nominated for their perfornances in major Broadway musicals. 

Multi award-winning artists with acclaimed careers in their own right, they stormed the Divas at the Donmar season in 1996 with their cabaret show, Sibling Revelry, which amusingly sent up the idea that they are in fact brutal competitors.

Nineteen years later, they are returning to the heart of the West End and revisiting their award-winning show with a five-day residency at the Hippodrome Casino from Tuesday 7 July - Saturday 11 July.

Liz is an Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist, who made her Broadway debut in Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the musical Baby, she co-starred in the original Broadway production of Miss Saigon and for five years won acclaim starring as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats

Multi award-winning cabaret star Ann is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook and was Tony-nominated for her performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! She is a platinum award-winning writer who collaborated with Cole Porter and whose songs are featured on six of Barbra Streisand’s recent CD’s. 

Sibling Revelry, the sisters’ first major show together, is a wonderful showcase for older sister Ann’s deep jazz-tinged vocals and younger sister Liz’s clear-bell Broadway soprano. Its songs are linked by witty banter as the two compare their respective stage and recording careers, putting the revelry in rivalry. This engagement features updates to their original show which was made famous by their cult classic live CD.  Highlights include a comically catty version of Friendship and The Huge Medley, a 16-song musical roller coaster of famous Broadway and pop duets including Bosom Buddies, A Boy Like That,  Nowadays and the Barbra Streisand-Donna Summer disco hit, Enough Is Enough.  

Directed by Dan Foster.

Sibling Revelry is produced by Black Sapphire Productions.

Rave reviews for the 1996 production at the Donmar Warehouse

“These dames sure know how to set the joint alight. An unmissable triumph. You have been warned!” 
Time Out

“When they get together, they produce an electrifying blend that confirms the musical theatre life on both sides of the Atlantic!” 
The Daily Mail

“Amazing. Sibling Revelry is a revelation!”  
What’s On in London


Tuesday 7 July - Saturday 11 July
at 8.00pm

Press night: Tuesday 7 July at 8.00pm

Cranbourn Street, 
Leicester Square, 

Circle £25-£30
Stalls Tables £35
Booths £40

Book online at 

Book by phone
0207 769 8888 (10am - 8pm daily)

All guests must be 18 or over.

Tickets purchased for table and booths in the stalls are not exclusive. 
Diners may be required to share with others.


Food and beverage can be ordered from 6.30pm and throughout the show, and you will be served at your table. Meals are also available at the Heliot Steakhouse. Please ask your server to make your reservation, or visit the Heliot reception area.


Disabled access to the cabaret theatre is available at the Hippodrome’s entrance in Little Newport Street.

The nearest mainline rail stations are
Charing Cross and Waterloo

The nearest underground stations are
Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Picadilly Circus and Charing Cross

Siobhan Dillon, Natalie Mendoza and Chris Peluso to join cast of MISS SAIGON in London's West End



Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce key cast changes for Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical “MISS SAIGON” as the show enters its second triumphant year at the Prince Edward Theatre.

From Monday 11 May 2015 Chris Peluso, direct from the Tony award-winning musical “Beautiful”, will star as ‘Chris’; Siobhan Dillon as ‘Ellen’; Natalie Mendoza as ‘Gigi’ and Sangwoong Jo as ‘Thuy’. Continuing in their roles are the Whatsonstage Award winning Jon Jon Briones as ‘The Engineer’ and Eva Noblezada as ‘Kim’ and Hugh Maynard as ‘John’.  At certain performances Tanya Manalang continues to play the role of ‘Kim’ and Christian Rey Marbella will be playing the role of ‘The Engineer’.

Chris Peluso is making his West End debut as ‘Chris’ having most recently appeared in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” on Broadway.  His other theatre credits on Broadway and on tour in the US include: “Assassins”,” Lestat”, “Mamma Mia!” and “Wicked”.

Siobhan Dillon rose to fame in the BBC series “How Do You Solve a Problem like Maria?” in 2006.  Most recently she appeared as ‘Sally Bowles’ in Rufus Norris’s production of “Cabaret”. Her other theatre credits include: ‘Molly’ in “Ghost The Musical”; ‘Vivienne Kensington’ in “Legally Blonde The Musical” and ‘Sandy’ in “Grease”.

Natalie Mendoza has most recently appeared as ‘Imelda Marcos’ in the critically acclaimed “Here Lies Love” at the National Theatre. She also appeared as ‘Arachne’ in “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” on Broadway. Her other theatre credits in her native Australia include “Les Misérables” and “Sweet Charity”. She is well known for her roles as ‘Jackie Clunes’ in BBC One’s “Hotel Babylon” and ‘Juno’ in the films “The Descent” and “The Descent 2”.

Sangwoong Jo is making his West End debut as ‘Thuy’. His theatre credits in his native Korea include: ‘Ichki’ in “Love Letter”; ‘Fiyero’ in “Wicked”; ‘Marius’ in “Les Misérables” and ‘Simba’ in “The Lion King”.

From Monday 11 May the full cast will be: Jon Jon Briones; Michael Carolan; Richard Carson; Natalie Chua; Siobhan Dillon; Callum Evans; Maria Graciano; Nathan Graham; Simon Hardwick; Sangwoong Jo; Kurt Kansley; Sooha Kim; Kittiphun Kittipakapom; Aaron Lee Lambert; David Kar-Hing Lee; Mitch Leow; Ela Lisondra; Michael Macalintal; Tanya Manalang; Christian Rey Marbella; Liam Marcellino; Hugh Maynard; Natalie Mendoza; Kanako Nakano; Thao Therese Nguyen; Eva Noblezada; Saori Oda; Claire Parrish; Kiel Payton; Chris Peluso; Ethan Le Phong; Katherine Picar; Romeo Salazar; Ariel Reonal; Jon Reynolds; Marsha Songcome; Eloisa Amalia Tan; Gavin Tsang; Thao Vilayvong; Amadeus Williams; Gerald Zarcilla and Yuval Zoref.

“MISS SAIGON” tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris - but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

“MISS SAIGON” is now booking into its 2nd sensational year at the Prince Edward Theatre with tickets available until 19 December 2015.

On Sunday 12 April, Eva Noblezada and the company of “MISS SAIGON” performed “I’d Give My Life For You” at the 2015 Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House; which was broadcast later the same evening on ITV1.

In February “MISS SAIGON” swept the board at the 2015 awards winning a record breaking nine awards, the most awards ever won by a single show in the 15 year history of the awards including: Best West End Show; Best Revival of a Musical; Best Leading Actress in a Musical and Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

On 8 December, the cast of “MISS SAIGON” performed at the 2014 Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium. Broadcast on ITV, audience figures peaked at eight million during the Miss Saigon performance and Dame Shirley Bassey’s performance.

In November 2014 “MISS SAIGON” won 11 awards in the Awards including Best Leading Actor; Best Featured Actor; Best Leading Actress; Best Featured Actress; Best Choreography; Best Costume Design and Best Direction in a New Production of a Musical.

This new production of “MISS SAIGON” opened in May 2014 and has been a triumphant success with record-breaking advance bookings.After opening in London, the new production most recently opened in Japan and Korea with other productions planned in Australia, Europe and the U.S.

MISS SAIGON has Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jnr and Alain Boublil, adapted from Original French Lyrics by Alain Boublil with Additional Lyrics by Michael Mahler. This new production will be directed by Laurence Connor with Musical Staging by Bob Avian and Additional Choreography by Geoffrey Garratt, Production Design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley based on an Original Concept by Adrian Vaux, Costume Design by Andreane Neofitou, Lighting Design by Bruno Poet, Sound Design by Mick Potter and Orchestrations by William David Brohn. Musical Supervision is by Stephen Brooker and John Rigby. Musical Direction is by Alfonso Casado Trigo.

Performances are Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm and Thursday & Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced £27.50 - £69.50.

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