Photo Flash: Torben Betts's THE NATIONAL JOKE Opens at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatreby Marianka Swain - Jun 8, 2016
The world premiere of the latest play from leading British playwright Torben Betts is in rehearsal at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre. The National Joke will open the theatre's Summer Festival on 8 June. The cast features Philip Bretherton, Guy Burgess, Cate Hamer, Catherine Lamb and Annabel Leventon. (more...)
The Pheasantry Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Season Includes Molly Ringwald, Maria Friedman, & Moreby BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2014
The Pheasantry has announced its Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Concert Season including: Molly Ringwald, Maria Friedman with Jason Carr, Kerry Ellis, Billy Stritch, Buddy Greco with Lezlie Anders, Robert Meadmore & Annabel Leventon, Clive Rowe, Christine Andreas & Martin Silvestri, and more to be announced. (more...)
London Festival of Cabaret to Run 6-22 Mayby BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014
World premieres, brand new shows and classic songbook - the LONDON FESTIVAL OF CABARET spreads its wings across London in May. Celebrating all things songbook, the LFOC will play at eight venues in the Capital from TUESDAY 6 MAY to THURSDAY 22 MAY 2014. (more...)
London Festival Of Cabaret, Featuring Friedman, Hodge And More, Opens May 2014by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014
The LONDON FESTIVAL OF CABARET is spreading its wings across London celebrating all things songbook in 2014, and this year will play at eight venues in the Capital from TUESDAY 6 MAY to THURSDAY 22 MAY 2014. (more...)
Carole J. Bufford, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, Now thru Feb 2014by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2014
2014 sees some new names and some returns to The Crazy Coqs. January starts with the London debut of the sizzling cabaret performer Carole J .Bufford and her show Body and Soul (tonight, January 7 - 11) followed by the popular Broadway star Brent Barrett and his show Night Songs (January 14 -18) and then actress and singer Linda Purl with her show Midnight Caravan: Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era of the 40s & 50s (January 21 - 25). (more...)
Carole J. Bufford, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, Jan-Feb 2014by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2013
2014 sees some new names and some returns to The Crazy Coqs. January starts with the London debut of the sizzling cabaret performer Carole J .Bufford and her show Body and Soul (January 7 - 11) followed by the popular Broadway star Brent Barrett and his show Night Songs (January 14 -18) and then actress and singer Linda Purl with her show Midnight Caravan: Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era of the 40s & 50s (January 21 - 25). (more...)
Ostrovsky's LARISA AND THE MERCHANTS Premieres at Arcola Theatre, May 1-June 2by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2013
In a trading town on the banks of the Volga the merchants smell a bargain. Larisa is for sale. A beautiful but penniless young woman, she has given up the fight for love and any husband will do. Then suddenly more than one offer is on the table. (more...)
BWW Flashback: DEAR WORLD, Starring Betty Buckley and Paul Nicholas, Closes in the West End Todayby BWW Special Coverage - Mar 16, 2013
The British premiere of Jerry Herman's musical Dear World, starring Betty Buckley and Paul Nicholas and directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, opened on 13 February and closes two weeks early today, 16 March 2013, at Charing Cross Theatre. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos and video from the show's run in the West End! (more...)
BWW TV UK EXCLUSIVE: Inside Opening Night of DEAR WORLD Starring Betty Buckley! Interviews & Sneak Preview!by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 20, 2013
The British premiere of Jerry Herman's musical Dear World, starring Betty Buckley and Paul Nicholas and directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, runs through 30 March 2013. The show officially opened on Wednesday 13 February, and BroadwayWorld UK TV was there to capture the excitement of opening night including a show preview and interviews with Betty Buckley and Gillian Lynne. (more...)
Review Roundup: DEAR WORLD with Betty Buckley and Paul Nicholasby Review Roundups - Feb 14, 2013
The British premiere of Jerry Herman's musical Dear World, starring Betty Buckley and Paul Nicholas and directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, opened 13 February and runs through 30 March 2013. (more...)
Photo Flash: New Shots of Betty Buckley and More in West End's DEAR WORLDby BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2013
The British premiere of Jerry Herman's musical Dear World, starring Betty Buckley and Paul Nicholas and directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, runs through 30 March 2013, with a press night on Wednesday 13 February. BroadwayWorld brings the latest photos of the cast onstage below! (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Betty Buckley, Paul Nicholas and More in West End's DEAR WORLD!by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2013
The British premiere of Jerry Herman's musical DEAR WORLD, starring Betty Buckley and Paul Nicholas and directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, runs through 30 March 2013, with a press night on Wednesday 13 February. BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the cast in action below! (more...)
Poster Revealed and Cast Announced for Betty Buckley and Paul Nicholas-Led UK Revival of Jerry Herman's DEAR WORLDby BWW Special Coverage - Dec 27, 2012
Further casting has been announced for the British premiere of Jerry Herman's musical DEAR WORLD, starring Betty Buckley and Paul Nicholas and directed and choreographed by Gillian Lynne, from 4 February - 30 March 2013, with a press night on Wednesday 13 February. (more...)
Finborough Theatre Announces Cast for PERCHANCE TO DREAMby BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2011
Part of the Finborough Theatre's
Celebrating British Music Theatre
Blue Shale Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre
by arrangement with Samuel French Limited presents
PERCHANCE TO DREAM
'A Musical Romance'
Devised, Written and Composed by Ivor Novello.
Directed by Max Pappenheim. Musical Direction by Ross Leadbeater.
Designed by Gregor Donnelly. Sound by Edward Lewis.
Cast: Taube Brahms. Michael Burgen. Clare Louise Connolly. Laura Hanna. Amanda Hootman. Annabel Leventon. James Marchant. Rachael McCormick. Martin Milnes. Kelly Price. Claire Redcliffe. Robert Rees. James Russell. Gemma Sandzer. Katy Treharne.
Details of the cast for PERCHANCE TO DREAM are below.
Please also note the correct date for the press night of LULLABIES OF BROADMOOR which also plays during September. The press night is
Venus At Broadmoor and The Demon Box - FRIDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2011 AT 3.00PM
The Murder Club and Wilderness - FRIDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2011 AT 7.30PM
and not Friday 1st September as previously stated.
The Finborough Theatre's acclaimed 'Celebrating British Music Theatre' series continues with Ivor Novello's most romantic musical, Perchance to Dream, opening at the Finborough Theatre for a limited run of eight Sunday and Monday performances on Sunday, 4 September 2011 (Press Night: Monday, 5 September 2011 at 7.30pm). This rediscovery is the first professional London production in more than 25 years, and also commemorates the 60th anniversary of the death of composer Ivor Novello.
Spanning the Regency, Victorian and post-war eras, and featuring a score filled with some of Novello's most ravishing songs including Love is My Reason, When I Curtsied to the King, A Woman's Heart and the classic We'll Gather Lilacs, Perchance to Dream is a classic Novello musical - an escapist 'musical romance' whose original 1945 run in the West End played for 1,022 performances.
In 1818, Sir Graham Rodney, an impoverished womaniser, is the owner of Huntersmoon, a magnificent old country house, but seeks relief from his life of leisure by masquerading as the dread highwayman "Frenchy". Just at the moment when he finally finds love, the law runs him to ground with tragic results. A generation later, his estate has passed to the wrong side of the family and tragedy strikes a second time. More than a century must go by before the ghosts of Huntersmoon can finally be laid to rest...
Welsh-born composer, author and actor Ivor Novello (1893-1951) was one of the most eminent British entertainers of the 20th century. As a composer, he trained in Cardiff, Gloucester (alongside eminent British composers - Ivor Gurney and Herbert Howells) and at Magdalen College School, Oxford. His musicals include Glamorous Night, Careless Rapture, Crest of the Wave, The Dancing Years, Gay's the Word and King's Rhapsody; his more than 250 songs include Keep the Home Fires Burning, I Can Give You the Starlight, Waltz of My Heart, And Her Mother Came Too, The Land of Might-Have-Been, Why Isn't It You and Primrose. His plays include Symphony in Two Flats, I Lived With You and The Truth Game. As an actor, he was one of Britain's first major film stars, appearing in over twenty films including The Call of the Blood and playing the title role in the original silent version of Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger; while his long stage career included many of his own plays and musicals. Novello's musical legacy is commemorated in the Ivor Novello Awards, established in 1955 to honour excellence in British music writing. This production commemorates the 60th anniversary of his death.
Director Max Pappenheim recently assisted on Beating Heart Cadaver and The Goodnight Bird at the Finborough Theatre. Directing includes The Charmed Life (King's Head Theatre), An Evening With Opera (Southwark Cathedral), Arcadia and Sweeney Todd (Rugby School), and, as Musical Director for Open Door Opera, The Enchanted Child (Edinburgh Festival and St John's, Smith Square).
The cast includes Taube Brahms Kindertransport, The Way Of The World, Redemption Over Hammersmith Broadway, A Woman Of No Importance (LAMDA); Michael Burgen All Male Iolanthe (Union Theatre and Wilton's Music Hall), Alice in Wonderland (Erasmus International Theatre), Zaide (Sadler's Wells), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (New Vic Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Union Theatre); Clare Louise Connolly Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Next Door's Baby (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Six Characters In Search Of An Author (Headlong), The Crimson Petal And The White; Laura Hanna A Short History of the Royal Court (Royal Court Theatre), Into the Woods, Hedda Gabler, Romeo and Juliet (LAMDA); Amanda Hootman Epsom Downs, Her Naked Skin (Guildford School of Acting); Annabel Leventon The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company), Pillars Of The Community (National Theatre), Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (Old Vic and Apollo Theatre), New Tricks; James Marchant The Same...But Different (Pleasance Islington), The Straits (Paines Plough), Waking The Dead (BBC); Rachael McCormick Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Martin Milnes Utopia Limited (Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Festival, Buxton), The Yeoman Of The Guard (Tower of London), Promises And Lies (Birmingham Rep), The Andrew Marr Show (BBC); Kelly Price Zack (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), The Misanthrope (Ambassadors Theatre), A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory and Garrick Theatre), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Donmar Warehouse and Piccadilly Theatre), Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello Theatre), Waterloo Road, Doctors; Claire Redcliffe When We Are Married (Garrick Theatre), Great Expectations, Tom's Midnight Garden (Library Theatre, Manchester), Question Time (Arcola Theatre), EastEnders (BBC); Robert Rees Peter Pan (New Wimbledon Theatre), All the Fun of the Fair (Garrick Theatre), State Fair (Finborough Theatre and Trafalgar Studios), Shakespeare Sonnet Walk (Shakespeare's Globe); James Russell Namaskar, Quality Street, Miss Lily Gets Boned (Finborough Theatre), Lewis (ITV); Gemma Sandzer Les Miserables (Palace Theatre), HMS Pinafore (King's Head Theatre), Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone; Katy Treharne The Phantom Of The Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre).
The Celebrating British Music Theatre series at the Finborough Theatre
In 2006, the Finborough Theatre began the Celebrating British Music Theatre series with a sell-out production of Leslie Stuart's Florodora. Productions since then have included sell-our rediscoveries of Lionel Monckton's Our Miss Gibbs, Harold Fraser-Simson's operetta The Maid of the Mountains, A 'Gilbert and Sullivan' Double Bill featuring Gilbert's play Sweethearts and Sullivan's opera The Zoo, Dame Ethel Smyth's opera The Boatswain's Mate, Sandy Wilson's The Buccaneer, Oscar Asche's Chu Chin Chow, and Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd. (more...)
John Lithgow to Star in RSC's Twelfth Night, 8/30-10/6by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2007
Tony Award-winner John Lithgow will make his UK stage debut in Twelfth Night at the Royal Shakespeare Company.