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National Theatre Live Broadcasts Sam Mendes-Helmed KING LEAR with Simon Russell Beale in Cinemas Today
by BWW News Desk - May 01, 2014

Two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Russell Beale's performance in the title role of William Shakespeare's KING LEAR, directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, will be seen by cinema audiences worldwide when NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE broadcasts the production live from the National's Olivier Theatre today, May 1, 2014, with varying dates internationally and encore screenings to follow. (more...)

Chichester's PRIVATE LIVES, Starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor, Hits U.S. Cinemas Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2013

CinemaLive and Digital Theatre previously announced the second production to be distributed as part of the West End Theatre Series - the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Noel Coward's Private Lives, directed by Jonathan Kent and starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor. (more...)

National Theatre Live to Broadcast Sam Mendes-Helmed KING LEAR with Simon Russell Beale in Cinemas on May 1, 2014
by BWW News Desk - Dec 06, 2013

Two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Russell Beale's performance in the title role of William Shakespeare's KING LEAR, directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, will be seen by cinema audiences worldwide whenNATIONAL THEATRE LIVE broadcasts the production live from the National's Olivier Theatre on Thursday, May 1, 2014, with varying dates internationally and encore screenings to follow. (more...)

National Theatre Live to Broadcast Sam Mendes-Helmed KING LEAR with Simon Russell Beale in Cinemas on May 1, 2014
by BWW News Desk - Dec 06, 2013

Two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Russell Beale's performance in the title role of William Shakespeare's KING LEAR, directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, will be seen by cinema audiences worldwide whenNATIONAL THEATRE LIVE broadcasts the production live from the National's Olivier Theatre on Thursday, May 1, 2014, with varying dates internationally and encore screenings to follow. (more...)

Hugh Jackman Stars in Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! on PBS's Great Performances Tonight
by TV News Desk - Nov 15, 2013

Great news for Hollywood and Broadway fans: Hugh Jackman-who recently starred in the worldwide hit film version of 'Les Miserables'- can be seen again in his breakout musical role as cowpoke Curly in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, tonight, November 15 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN's Great Performances (more...)

GREAT PERFORMANCES Encores Hugh Jackman in Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Oklahoma!' Tonight
by TV News Desk - Nov 14, 2013

Hugh Jackman can be seen again in his breakout musical role as cowpoke Curly in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, tonight, November 15 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN's Great Performances. (more...)

Noel Coward's PRIVATE LIVES with Toby Stephens & Anna Chancellor to be Screened in U.S. Cinemas, 12/11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2013

NCM Fathom Events, CinemaLive and Digital Theatre present the second production to be distributed as part of the West End Theatre Series - the Chichester Festival Theatre production ofNoel Coward's "Private Lives," pre-recorded by Digital Theatre at London's Gielgud Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Kent and starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor, Noel Coward's "Private Lives," will be presented in select U.S. cinemas on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:00 p.m. local time. In addition to the celebrated performance, audiences will be treated to a behind-the-scenes West End experience with the cast and crew discussing award-winning playwright and composer Coward's enduring significance. (more...)

Simon Russell Beale Leads KING LEAR - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2013

Sam Mendes directs Shakespeare's KING LEAR, opening in the Olivier Theatre on 23 January. Simon Russell Beale plays the title role; the cast also includes Stephen Boxer (as Gloucester), Cassie Bradley, Tom Brooke (Edgar), Richard Clothier, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Kate Fleetwood (Goneril), Simon Manyonda, Anna Maxwell Martin (Regan), Daniel Millar, Michael Nardone, Gary Powell, Adrian Scarborough (Fool), Hannah Stokely, Stanley Townsend (Kent), Sam Troughton (Edmund), Olivia Vinall (Cordelia) and Ross Waiton. The production will be designed by Anthony Ward, with lighting by Paul Pyant, video design by Jon Driscoll, fight direction by Terry King and sound design by Paul Arditti. (more...)

Hugh Jackman Stars in Rodgers & Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! on PBS's Great Performances, 11/15
by TV News Desk - Nov 08, 2013

Great news for Hollywood and Broadway fans: Hugh Jackman-who recently starred in the worldwide hit film version of "Les Miserables"- can be seen again in his breakout musical role as cowpoke Curly in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, Friday, November 15 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN's Great Performances (more...)

Tickets On Sale For Cinema Release Of PRIVATE LIVES, Feb 2014
by BWW News Desk - Nov 08, 2013

Tickets go on sale today for the second production to be distributed as part of CinemaLive and Digital Theatre's West End Theatre Series, the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Noel Coward's Private Lives, directed by Jonathan Kent and starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor, captured at London's Gielgud Theatre. (more...)

Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor-Led PRIVATE LIVES to Hit UK Cinemas in 2014
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2013

Following the huge success of Merrily We Roll Along, CinemaLive and Digital Theatre announce the second title in the WEST END THEATRE SERIES (more...)

Chichester's PRIVATE LIVES, Starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor, to Hit U.S. Cinemas, Dec 11
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2013

CinemaLive and Digital Theatre are today delighted to announce the second production to be distributed as part of the West End Theatre Series - the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Noel Coward's Private Lives, directed by Jonathan Kent and starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor. (more...)

GREAT PERFORMANCES to Encore Hugh Jackman in Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Oklahoma!', 11/15
by TV News Desk - Oct 07, 2013

Hugh Jackman can be seen again in his breakout musical role as cowpoke Curly in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, Friday, November 15 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN's Great Performances (more...)

Review Roundup: PRIVATE LIVES Opens in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Jul 04, 2013

Following a sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Private Lives opened at the Gielgud theatre last night, July 3, with Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor reprising their starring roles in Noel Coward's classic screwball comedy. (more...)

OLIVIERS 2013: All The Winners! SWEENEY TODD, TOP HAT, THE AUDIENCE & More Win Big...
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 28, 2013

It's time for the 2013 Olivier Awards - we'll be updating live with all the winners in all the categories! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Olivier Nominees Celebrate!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2013

Nominees for the Olivier Awards 2013 pose on stage at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket for a celebratory group photo. (more...)

Headley, CURIOUS INCIDENT, KISS ME KATE All Nominated For 2013 Olivier Awards - Full List Inside!
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 26, 2013

The National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time leads the list with eight nominations, followed by the toe-tapping new musical Top Hat receiving seven, and the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre's revival of Sweeney Todd in close competition with six. Other stand-out nominations include The Audience and Kiss Me, Kate receiving five each, and Constellations, The Bodyguard and Twelfth Night with four. (more...)

BWW Reviews: People Will Say We're In Love with MTW's OKLAHOMA!
by Don Grigware - Feb 19, 2013

When Oklahoma! was first produced on Broadway in 1943 it became the first smash hit for newly formed collaborating team Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and also the first real book musical, preceded only by Showboat. It was a breakthrough musical, which when given a first-class production, is still, some 70 years later, without question, one of the greatest American musicals ever written. 'The Farmer and the Cowman' truly represents the philosophy of what America is all about, a unity and pride that is unmistakably individual. MTW's newest production is exceptional - by far one of the best to be staged in a very long time. Director Davis Gaines - his first direction - magnificently brings together an astoundingly talented cast now in Long Beach through March 3 only. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Garages in MELBOURNE
by Henry Sachwald - Feb 05, 2013

The best way to enjoy Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is take someone under 10 with you to see it. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Is A Bright, Light-Hearted Romp
by Tim Carney - Feb 03, 2013

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is an interesting show to define. Part musical, part children's spectacle, it ultimately settles as a big budget pantomime. It is a clever route for Roger Hodgeman to direct this show as its virtually non-existent script does little for both actor and audience. Everything in this production of Chitty is big and over dramatized, which for the most part works particularly effectively. There are moments and performances however, that aren't in sync with the collective pantomime energy on stage and these become particularly obvious throughout the show. (more...)

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