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Theatre Review: Sunset Song - King's Theatre, Glasgow ✭✭✭✭

Written By Lisa Davidson on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 | 10:00


Review by Danielle Shields

Sell a Door Theatre Company and Beacon Arts Centre have timed their production of Sunset Song, an adaptation by Alastair Cording of the most frequently coined ‘Best Scottish Novel of All Time’, perfectly. In this period of post-referendum limbo where tensions are still high and Scotland’s own identity is being amplified, audiences can clearly see that the same patriotic attributes are apparent of Scotland’s land in Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s dreary 1932 text. This production is not only independence topical as it is also marks WW1 commencing a century ago this past July with the tale set in the years preceding the Great War and the course of its duration.

The sharp northeast accent which rings from the lips of the characters living in the fictional village of Kinraddie in The Mearns is one that is so accurate that even Scottish folk will find it a challenge to translate. Rebecca Elise is a wonderful talent portraying our main character, Chris Guthrie, who we follow during the miserable elements of her life until she finds her foot as a woman during the war. A desire for education is throttled by an awful event which leaves Chris in charge of caring for her aggressive father John Guthrie (Alan McHugh), however, it is not long before Chris chooses the magnificent land for herself and the farming rituals it embodies.
The novel, which is coaxed in metaphors of harvests, wombs and transmissions, does have the opportunity to reflect well on the stage. There are some powerful moments where this symbolism are showcased, like when the movement of the male characters crofting is replaced by them trudging through the trenches. However, there is very little done to encapsulate visual methods of storytelling. Frequently Chris reflects on the beauty of the land as it changes from season to season.  Lighting Designer Alexander Ridgers captures this mood through colour, yet a screen at the back of the set is never exploited to illuminate any beautiful images of what Chris is witnessing.
The realism of the drama is complimented through the lack of music performed in the play as when there is a joyful rendition of Auld Lang Syne it feels incredibly out of place. One song that is repeated in a cappella throughout the play by Rob Duncan (Sandy Nelson) is Spanish Ladies which allows us to quickly understand this characters charismatic trait. Any instruments or props that are used to create sound effects like the harsh wind are performed by the actors on stage, which again adds to this rustic atmosphere.
There is no question that Gibbon’s has formed an extremely powerful tale that has a very special place in Scotland’s heart and history. We can very much understand director Julie Ellen’s decision to deliver Cording’s very authentic interpretation of the novel, however, it would be compelling to see a rendition of Sunset Song where the advantages of using the medium of theatre, like movement and visuals, can be manipulated to represent Gibbon’s metaphorical elements. 
Sunset Song is at the King’s Theatre until 25th October.

Theatre Review: Barnum - New Wimbledon Theatre (UK Tour) ✭✭✭

Written By Steve Stubbs on Thursday, 16 October 2014 | 19:34

Barnum
New Wimbledon Theatre
Review by Philippa Stubbs

Barnum transports us to the nineteenth century circus, complete with talented aerial artists, acrobats and brightly coloured corsetry. The show’s atmosphere was created the moment we walked into the auditorium, complete with circus sound effects, jugglers and a contortionist that caused laughs and shrieks from the audience.

The show’s storyline tells the tale of PT Barnum (Brian Conley) and the dreams he pursues with the support of his wife Chairy (Linzi Hately). A more detailed biography is included in the show’s program and provides a very interesting read!

Born performer Brian Conley plays the role of P. T. Barnum with natural comic timing and charisma. He has a fantastic relationship with the audience and his occasional ad-libs reflect a true comedic actor. It doesn’t even matter that Conley’s singing voice is not as technically secure as his fellow cast, as it personalises the role. A particular hats off goes to Conley for getting his tongue around the quick lyrics of ‘There is a sucker born every minute’.

Linzi Hately brings a host of experience to the role of Chairy and her comic timing is contrasted with beautiful sensitivity during her duets with Conley - she really is a loveable character. In addition, Kimberley Blake takes on the role of opera singer Jenny Lind with just the right amount of ‘diva’.
Chorus numbers include the catchy ‘Come follow the band’ and they are all supported with creative choreography and energy from the multi-talented ensemble. It is just a shame that show’s storyline does not have more to offer.
Barnum continues its UK tour until the 1st August 2015.


3* ✭✭✭

Theatre Review: Jersey Boys (tour) - Edinburgh Playhouse ✭✭✭✭✭

Written By Lisa Davidson on Saturday, 11 October 2014 | 14:00

 Review by Anne Mackie


As the lights dim and the opening chords of the Four Season’s hit ‘Oh! What a Night’ echo throughout the auditorium, it is instantly apparent you’re in for a pretty brilliant one thanks to the current touring production ofBroadway and West End smash hit - Jersey Boys.

Not the typical jukebox musical, Jersey Boys successfully avoids stereotypically churning out a back catalogue of hits and instead focusses its narrative on the democratic nature of the Four Seasons as a bandwith each member retelling their version of events throughout the course of the show. Featuring acaptivating script by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice that flawlessly fuses together the Four Seasons’ story with the magnificent close harmony arrangements of their iconic hits, Jersey Boys imminently proves a production with higher aspirations and indisputable stylethan the modern jukebox genre.

Director Des McAnuff effectively creates a dynamic yetbrisk show that effortlessly zips from scene to sceneallowing little opportunity to applaud between numbers. However when the time comes (with songs such as ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Sherry’ and ‘Walk Like A Man’) the auditorium roars (and often sings along) in delight.

More technically, Klara Zieglerova’s cleverly constructed set with Howell Binkley’s vibrant lighting design (and other technical elements) work seamlessly to benefit the aesthetic vision and progression of the production. Unlike other musicals, none of the superbtechnical work detracts from the reason we are there – the Jersey Boys themselves.

What makes live theatre pop is the individualperformances of the principal cast and the company of Jersey Boys deliver their retrospective roles to perfection. The character of Tommy DeVito is charismatically brought to life by Stephen Webb who gives a raw and unashamedly enjoyable portrait of a man torn between the life he desires and the life he chose. Lewis Griffiths as Nick Massi reverberates the deepest notes known to mankind and punctuates scenes with superb comic delivery while Sam Ferriday’s portrayal of Bob Gaudio is both effective and engaging. Tim Dreisen, however, in performing as Frankie Valli – right down to the soaring spectacular falsetto and unique tones of the lead singer – is absolutely breath-taking. The easy route would be to ‘mimic’ Valli and end up representing a mere caricature, but Dreisen (and the production as a whole, for that matter) encapsulatesevery beat of the journey that Valli goes on and should be credited for his honest yet emotive portrayal.

As a Tony, Olivier, and Grammy award winning musical, Jersey Boys is an undeniable must-see worthy of its high-profile merits. Perhaps it is poignant and appropriate, then, that Jersey Boys is all at once a near indescribable joy, difficult to categorise and musically mesmerising. Much like The Four Seasons.

As the saying goes, ‘seasons may change but Jersey Boys is a production that is ‘just too good to be true’. If you can’t buy a ticket, you should be ‘beggin for one before the production ‘walks like a man’ out of Edinburgh and continues on its inaugural UK tour. Your eyes will adore it.

Jersey Boys is at the Edinburgh Playhouse until 25th October. For tickets and information visit the Edinburgh Playhouse website.

David Leonard returns to York Theatre Royal for this years Panto OLD MOTHER GOOSE

Written By Steve Stubbs on Wednesday, 8 October 2014 | 15:00

York Theatre Royal’s panto family are reunited
In
OLD MOTHER GOOSE

With just 11 weeks until Christmas, York Theatre Royal are pleased to announce that Berwick Kaler, Martin Barrass and Suzy Cooper will be joined by the man everyone loves to hate, David Leonard. David has spent the last two years playing Miss Trunchbull in the hit west end musical MATILDA, missing the last two pantomimes. 


David Leonard & Berwick Kaler
David Leonard commented:

I have had thousands of letters from one or two people begging me to return to York and bring thought – provoking entertainment back to the masses. I shall bring with me my personal assistant, dresser, physiotherapist, Zumba guru, and a word Dame Kaler has never heard of – professionalism!

The management said:

If he can do all this on minimum wage it’s fine by us

Berwick Kaler went on to say:

I only vaguely remember him!

Also returning for Old Mother Goose are stalwarts AJ Powell (the brummie you’ve taken to your hearts), Tim Lawrence, playing the young Squire Tingly – Bottoms (good luck with that one Tim), Pocklington’s very own Harry Hughes, Hermione Lynch, Danielle Mullan, Lauren Newton, Jake Lindsay, Faye Cooper and Cameron Macdonald.

The creative team from last year’s extravaganza return with stunning set and costume design by Phil R Daniels and Charles Cusick Smith, mesmerising lighting design by Richard G Jones, compositions and musical direction from Elliot Styche and choreography by Grace Harrington.

As usual, Artistic Director Damian Cruden directs with interference from the old dame.

Old Mother Goose is a pantomime rarely performed these days so is ripe for a York Theatre Royal re-awakening written by the UK’s longest running panto dame Berwick Kaler. It is the tale of good versus evil as two fairies battle for supremacy. It’s another classic panto ‘tale of the unexpected’, to mystify your senses, tax anyone’s credulity, but above all enthral the whole family in a world of laughter that never ceases.

To book tickets for Old Mother Goose call our Box Office on 01904 623568, or book securely online 24hrs a day at www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.

ONCE THE MUSICAL to close in London's West End in March 2015 prior to European Tour - Ronan Keating joins cast

ONCE THE MUSICAL
Photo credit: Hugo Glendinning
RONAN KEATING TO LEAD WEST END COMPANY FROM 17 NOVEMBER 2014
EUROPEAN TOUR PLANNED FOR 2015 FOLLOWING WEST END RUN

Ronan Keating and Jill Winternitz as Guy and Girl will lead the cast in Once The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre until 21 March 2015 when the production will complete its West End run prior to a European tour.  Keating joins the internationally award-winning Once on 17 November, with press night on 25 November 2014.

Based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film, Once bursts onto the stage with a musical celebration of love, friendship and Irish music performed by cast of actor/musicians.  A chance encounter between a girl and guy from different worlds but with a shared love of music and songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender, unexpected romance.

The West End production of Once opened in April 2013 and went on to win the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. The critically acclaimed Australian production of Once opened at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne earlier this week. The Broadway production, winner of 8 Tony awards including Best Musical, will play at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre until 4 January 2015 where it will have run for three successful years.  The US tour, now in its second year, continues and later this year will make a visit to Japan.  A Toronto production will open in February next year and the first non-English language production will open in Seoul, South Korea in December 2015.  Also in development are productions in Sweden, Brazil, Holland, Greece, The Czech Republic, Thailand, Ireland, along with a Japanese language production.

Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh.  Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award® winning Glen Hansard and Mark√©ta Irglov√° who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song.  Directed for the stage by John Tiffany, Once has scenic and costume designs by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett.  Once won the 2013 Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre album. The Martin Guitar Company is the proud sponsor of Once.  The original cast recording of Once is available via Masterworks Broadway, a label of Sony Masterworks - www.MasterworksBroadway.com

The Producers of the West End production are Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf and Michael Rose in association with New York Theatre Workshop.

LISTINGS INFORMATION FOR ONCE

Theatre:                  Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
Dates:                    until 21 March 2015
Press night:             Tuesday 25 November 2014 at the Phoenix Theatre
Performances:          Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees 2.30pm           
Ronan Keating will perform the role of Guy from 17 November 2014 except at performances on 20 January and 24 January 2015. 
Prices:                    £72.50 - £19.50, plus concessions, all ticket prices include a restoration levy
Box Office:              0844 871 7629
Website:                 Oncemusical.co.uk
Facebook:               OnceMusicalLondon
Twitter:                   OnceMusicalLDN

Youtube:                 OnceMusicalLondon

English National Ballet’s NUTCRACKER returns to London Coliseum this Christmas 11 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015

Written By Steve Stubbs on Tuesday, 7 October 2014 | 11:28

English National Ballet’s

Nutcracker
Photo credit - Annabel Moeller


English National Ballet’s acclaimed production of Nutcracker returns to the London Coliseum this Christmas from Thursday 11 December 2014 - Sunday 4 January 2015. First performed in 2010 to celebrate English National Ballet’s 60th anniversary, Wayne Eagling’s version has since been seen by over 300,000 people.

This year, Nutcracker sees two of English National Ballet’s rising stars make their debuts as Clara; Katja Khaniukova who performs alongside Ken Saruhashi’s debut as the Prince and Daniele Silingardi’s debut as the Nutcracker; and Ksenia Ovsyanick who performs alongside Max Westwell’s debut as the Prince and Fabian Reimair’s Nutcracker.

Further Principal dancers include Alina Cojocaru as Clara, Alejandro Virelles as Prince, winner of the 2014 Emerging Dancer award Junor Souza as Prince and Nutcracker, Laurretta Summerscales as Clara, identical twins Guilherme Menezes and Vitor Menezes, both making their debuts as Prince and Nutcracker, and Artistic Director Tamara Rojo as Clara.

For the full list of casting which is subject to change, please visit www.ballet.org.uk/Nutcracker
This is English National Ballet’s 11thproduction of Nutcracker since it performed its first full length Nutcracker in 1950, its founding year. Since then, English National Ballet has established the tradition of performing Nutcracker at Christmas every year.

On an enchanted Christmas Eve, under the heavy boughs of the candlelit tree Clara battles with the Mouse King and falls in love with a handsome stranger. As the air grows colder and snowflakes begin to fall, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across the frost-dusted London skyline to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins.
In a world of Edwardian elegance, Nutcracker brings to life the popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz of the Flowers.

Based on concept by Toer van Schayk and Wayne Eagling, Nutcracker has choreography by Wayne Eagling and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed live by the Orchestra of English National Ballet, with design by Peter Farmer and lighting by David Richardson.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Where                    London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4ES
Dates                     11 December 2014 – 4 January 2015
Ticket Prices          £14 - £79
Performances         Evening performances at 7.30pm
                             Matinee performances at 2.30pm
Full performance schedule and casting, please visit the website for more details:
Website                  www.ballet.org.uk/Nutcracker
Box office               020 7845 9300

Miss Havisham’s Expectations and Sikes & Nancy are 'Dickens with a Difference' at Trafalgar Studios this Winter

Miss Havisham’s Expectations and Sikes & Nancy

Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2)
14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY 
Tuesday 9th December 2014 – Saturday 3rd January 2015

These two London premières, performed on the same evening at Trafalgar Studios, with Linda Marlowe (about to guest star in EastEnders) and James Swanton, are ‘Dickens with a Difference’.

Award-winning actress Linda Marlowe (The World’s Wife, Berkoff’s Women) stars in Miss Havisham’s Expectations as the iconic jilted bride ‘Norma’ Havisham, forever in her wedding dress alongside the stopped clock and untouched cake. Prepare to be amazed as she invites us to share her side of the story - a tale of passion, vengeance and more than a little magic.

The show, which had a successful run at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe, is an original take on one of Dickens’ best loved novels. Wrestling with love, loss and ageing our heroine replays episodes from the novel from her perspective – at times darkly funny as she explodes the stereotype with laudanum-fuelled relish. Drawing on the text of Great Expectations, biographical material from Dickens’ own life and original material by writer-director Di Sherlock, Miss Havisham's Expectations is a roller-coaster ride through what it means to be a woman both then and now.



It is followed by Sikes & Nancy, a play adapted and performed by James Swanton based on the legendary readings Dickens himself used to give. Swanton, dressed entirely in black, enacts the compellingly and terrible story of Dickens’ most famous murder. His tour-de-force performance of this masterpiece of Gothic melodrama sees him transform seamlessly from the revolting Fagin to the unfortunate Nancy; from the righteous Brownlow to the ferocious and terrifying Sikes. This bravura storytelling is exciting, dark, physical and brutish.

Charles Dickens adapted Sikes & Nancy from the grislier material in Oliver Twist. These notorious readings shocked audiences into silence; women would scream and faint. ‘I shall tear myself to pieces,’ Dickens vowed before one performance. In fact, it is now thought that the strain of the readings hastened Dickens’ early death.

Miss Havisham’s Expectations

Tuesday 9th December 2014 – Saturday 3rd January 2015 Monday to Saturday, 7.45pm
Matinees (variable days), 3pm

1 hour
@HavishamExpects, @TrafStudios, #dickensdouble

Sikes & Nancy

Tuesday 9th December 2014 – Saturday 3rd January 2015 Monday to Saturday, 9.15pm
Matinees (variable days), 4.30pm

1 hour
@sikesandnancy, @jamescswanton, @TheProdExch, @TrafStudios, #dickensdouble


Studio 2, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY


Trafalgar Studios is located on Whitehall. The nearest underground stations are Charing Cross (on the Bakerloo and Northern lines), Embankment (on the Bakerloo, Northern, Circle and District lines), Westminster (on the Jubilee, Circle and District lines) and Leicester Square (on the Northern and Piccadilly lines). The nearest rail station is Charing Cross.

Tickets are available priced £15 - £30 per show from Trafalgar Studios Box Office and www.atgtickets.com/trafalgarstudios, 0844 871 7632. See both shows and save up to £10.

MIRACLE ON 34th STREET - THE MUSICAL returns to the stage with UK Tour from November

Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd presents

MIRACLE ON 34th STREET

THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS MUSICAL RETURNS FOR 2014
TOURING THE UK FROM SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER

Based on one of the most popular and best-loved Christmas films of all time, classic musical MIRACLE ON 34th STREET will return in 2014 following last year’s UK Premiere, opening at Fairfield Halls, Croydon on Saturday 1 November 2014 prior to a UK Tour. On sale now.

Based on the 1947 motion picture, Miracle on 34th Street is the heart-warming story of Susan, a young girl who dreams of a father and brother to make her family whole, and Kris Kringle, a kindly old bearded man who claims he is the real Santa Claus. When employed as a Santa at a department store grotto, Kris quickly spreads a wave of love through New York City, but can he help make Susan’s wish come true? This dazzling musical adaptation is an uplifting family tale of battling cynicism and learning what it truly means to believe.

“Sparkle and magic lit up the stage”
MAIDENHEAD ADVERTISER

“A beautifully staged production”
EALING GAZETTE

Miracle on 34th Street originated as a 1947 motion picture starring Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. The film became a perennial Christmas favorite, winning three Academy Awards and nominated for Best Picture. The stage version, originally entitled Here’s Love, opened on Broadway in 1963. A hugely popular remake of the film was also released in 1994 starring Richard Attenborough as Kris Kringle.

Miracle on 34th Street has a book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, best known for writing and composing The Music Man which premiered on Broadway in 1957 and was adapted twice for film in 1962 and 2003. It won the 1958 Tony Award for Best Musical and the cast recording won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Original Cast Album. His work for film includes composing the score for Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.

2013 cast
The cast features James Murphy as Kris Kringle, Inez Mackenzie as Doris, Ceris Hine as Susan, Jay Rincon as Fred Gaily, Robert Hannouch as Shellhammer and Craig Berry as R H Macy. The cast also includes Jodie Steele, Michaela Cartmell, Emily McAvoy, Scarlett Courtney, Stephanie Willson, Faye Charlotte Ainley, Adam Roberts, Calum Ewan Cameron, David Hinton-Gale and Toby Joyce.

Miracle on 34th Street will be directed by Paul Taylor Mills with choreography by Richard Jones.

Paul Taylor-Mills’ directing credits include the European Premiere of Bare at the Union Theatre, A Clockwork Orange and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Lost Theatre, the European Premiere of My Big Gay Italian Wedding in sold-out seasons Above The Stag, in Edinburgh and at Greenwich Theatre, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Steel Pier at the Union Theatre and Rent at Greenwich Theatre (Winner of Best Regional Production at the BroadwayWorld Awards).

Richard Jones’ credits include Bare, Stepping Out, Rent and Stiles and Drewe’s Three Little Pigs (European Premiere), all at Greenwich Theatre, Steel Pier at the Union Theatre and Floyd Collins at Southwark Playhouse. As a performer Richard is currently appearing in The Pajama Game at the Shaftesbury Theatre, with other West End credits including Kiss Me Kate, Crazy For You and Sweet Charity.

Miracle on 34th Street is directed by Paul Taylor-Mills and choreographed by Richard Jones, with musical direction by Ben Holder and design by David Shields. It is produced by Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd.


TOUR SCHEDULE

SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2014
FAIRFIELD HALLS, CROYDON
Box Office 020 8688 9291 | www.fairfield.co.uk
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 3 – WEDNESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2014
AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE
ON SALE NOW

THURSDAY 6 – SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014
THEATRE ROYAL WINDSOR
Box Office 01753 853888 | www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 10 – WEDNESDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2014
GRIMSBY AUDITORIUM
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 17 – WEDNESDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2014
SOUTHPORT THEATRE
ON SALE NOW

THURSDAY 20 – SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2014
POOLE LIGHTHOUSE
Box Office 0844 406 8666 | www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 24 – SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2014
ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD
Box Office 01322 220000 | www.orchardtheatre.co.uk
ON SALE NOW

MONDAY 1 – WEDNESDAY 3 DECEMBER 2014
BRIGHTON THEATRE ROYAL
ON SALE NOW

THURSDAY 4 – SATURDAY 6 DECEMBER 2014
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, DUNFERMLINE
Box Office 01383 740384 | www.alhambradunfermline.com
ON SALE NOW


BRYAN FERRY announces 2015 UK Tour

BRYAN FERRY 
2015 UK TOUR

Stream ‘Loop De Li’ from the forthcoming album ‘Avonmore’ here: http://youtu.be/TiicVWYh_v4

After an impressive set of performances around the world throughout 2014 including the lauded Glastonbury and Coachella debuts, British musical icon Bryan Ferry has announced a 20 date UK tour in May and June 2015.

The newly announced dates will feature an incredible set list of both Roxy Music and solo hits, and include songs from Ferry’s forthcoming new album ‘Avonmore’ (released Nov 17th).

Ferry’s recent shows have seduced a new generation of fans and received unanimously rave reviews, with The Guardian (*****) stating ‘Byronesque Ferry glories in nostalgia of the new, re-presenting his oeuvre in a new and thrilling way’, while The Daily Telegraph (*****) say ‘Ferry cruises through 40 years - Deeply rooted in the past and yet daringly modern in its merging of genres. This was, indeed, the music of time’.

Tour Dates:
Fri 08-May-2015 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sat 09-May-2015 - Oxford New Theatre
Mon 11-May-2015 - Cardiff St Davids Hall
Tue 12-May-2015 - Southend Cliff Pavilion
Thu 14-May-2015 - Leicester De Montfort Hall
Fri 15-May-2015 - Bridlington Spa
Sun 17-May-2015 - Newcastle City Hall
Mon 18-May-2015 - Manchester Palace Theatre
Wed 20-May-2015 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sat 23-May-2015 - Harrogate International Centre
Sun 24-May-2015 - Edinburgh Usher Hall
Tue 26-May-2015 - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Wed 27-May-2015 - Sheffield City Hall
Fri 29-May-2015 - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Sat 30-May-2015 - Blackpool Opera House
Mon 01-Jun-2015 - London Royal Albert Hall
Thu 04-Jun-2015 - Brighton Dome
Fri 05-Jun-2015 - Portsmouth Guildhall
Sun 07-Jun-2015 - Poole Lighthouse
Mon 08-Jun-2015 - Bristol Colston Hall

Tickets go onsale Friday 10th October at 10am
www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051
www.ticketmaster.co.uk / 0844 826 2826



Olivier Award-winning THE RAILWAY CHILDREN returns to London at it's new home King's Cross Station - Previews from 16 Dec

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN

FINDS A NEW HOME AT KING’S CROSS STATION

THE AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION RETURNS TO LONDON
FROM 16 DECEMBER 2014 AT A SPECIALLY BUILT VENUE

The Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny’s stage adaptation of E. Nesbit’s novel The Railway Children will be returning to London on 16 December 2014, but moving to a new home, the King’s Cross Theatre, where a purpose built 1,000-seat theatre, complete with a railway track and platforms, and with a state of the art heating system, will be specially created.  The site, on King’s Boulevard, behind King’s Cross Station, has been loaned to the production for the duration of the run by Google, who own the land.  The York Theatre Royal production, which is in association with the National Railway Museum, will once again feature a live 60-tonne steam locomotive and Gentleman’s Carriage.

The Railway Children, which previews from 16 December, with a press night on 14 January, is booking until 1 March 2015.  Casting will be announced shortly.

Joe Borret, EMEA Director of Real Estate & Construction at Google, said, "Google is pleased to help bring The Railway Children to King's Cross, Europe's most connected train station.  Working with this production will be a great way to engage with the local community while we continue to plan our new UK headquarters."

The production at King’s Cross Theatre is in support of the Railway Children Charity that aims to help homeless and runaway children throughout the world, with £1 per ticket donated to the charity.

Following the run at the King’s Cross Theatre, the production, directed by York Theatre Royal’s Artistic Director Damian Cruden, will re-open at the National Railway Museum in York, the show’s original home, from 31 July to 6 September 2015.  The theatre’s chief executive, Liz Wilson commented:

“Part of The Railway Children’s popularity is its ability to appeal to a wide audience, as previous sell–out runs in York, Waterloo and Toronto have proved. York Theatre Royal and the National Railway Museum are delighted to be bringing the production to this wonderful new location in London.”

Directed by Damian Cruden, with design by Jo Scotcher, lighting by Richard G. Jones, music by Christopher Madin and sound by Craig Vear, Mike Kenny’s adaptation of The Railway Children was first produced by York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum, York, where it enjoyed two sell-out and critically acclaimed seasons in 2008 and 2009.  The production then opened at Waterloo Station in the former Eurostar terminal in July 2010, where it again played two critically acclaimed sell-out seasons and won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment, before opening in Toronto in 2011 in a temporary theatre built at the base of CN Tower in Roundhouse Park.

The Railway Children tells the story of Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis, three children whose lives change dramatically when their father is mysteriously taken away.  They move from London to a cottage in rural Yorkshire with their mother, where they befriend the local railway porter, Perks, and embark on a magical journey of discovery, friendship and adventure.  But the mystery remains – where is Father, and is he ever coming back?

Edith Nesbit’s much loved classic children’s book The Railway Children was first published in 1906 and has subsequently been adapted for the stage and screen, most famously in the 1970 film version directed by Lionel Jeffries and starring Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Dinah Sheridan and Sally Thomsett.

The production is presented in London by Tristan Baker & Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Oliver Royds for BOS Productions and Sue Scott Davison, in association with York Theatre Royal and the National Railway Museum.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN

King’s Cross Theatre
Corner of King’s Boulevard and Goods Way
King’s Cross
London N1C

Previews from                           16 December 2014
Press Night                               14 January 2015
Currently booking until              1 March 2015

Running Time                            2 hours 10 minutes (including an interval)

Box Office                                  0844 871 7604

Performances                            Tuesday – Friday 7.30pm
                                                  Thursday & Sunday matinees at 2.30pm
                                                  Saturdays at 2pm & 5.30pm
                                                  See website for Christmas performance schedule

Tickets                                       £25.00-£49.50, with 25% off for Under 16s (Premium Seats available at £69.50)

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