Menier Chocolate Factory News

Photo Flash: First Look at Tom Stoppard's TRAVESTIES at the Menier Chocolate FactoryPhoto Flash: First Look at Tom Stoppard's TRAVESTIES at the Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

Patrick Marber directs Clare Foster (Cecily), Freddie Fox (Tristan Tzara), Tom Hollander (Henry Carr), Forbes Masson (Lenin), Peter McDonald (James Joyce), Amy Morgan (Gwendolen), Sarah Quist (Nadya) and Tim Wallers (Bennett). The production - which opens on 4 October, with previews from 22 September and runs until 19 November - completely sold out, breaking Menier box office records by becoming the first play to sell out ahead of its opening in the theatre's history. (more...)

Ice and Fire Announces Full Cast for World Premiere of THE ISLAND NATION at the ArcolaIce and Fire Announces Full Cast for World Premiere of THE ISLAND NATION at the Arcola
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

ice&fire today announces the full company for the world premiere of The Island Nation, written by its Artistic Director Christine Bacon.  Ria Parry directs Claire Dargo, Ayesha Dharker, Bally Gill, Clive Hayward, Nikki Patel and Neran Persaud in the production which opens at the Arcola Theatre on 28 October, with previews from the 26 October, and runs until 19 November 2016.  (more...)

CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED Cast Recording Now on Spotify; Concerts Set for NYC, LACLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED Cast Recording Now on Spotify; Concerts Set for NYC, LA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced that Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined from KYLE RIABKO is now available from Spotify and other streaming services. (more...)

DRAG WEEK and Anthony Rapp Comes to the West End!DRAG WEEK and Anthony Rapp Comes to the West End!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The St. James Studio is delighted to announce that its first ever drag week will take place from 1 - 5 November. Three shows from some of the country's most acclaimed drag performers will take to the studio stage: super-group Denim, androgynous signer Jessica Walker and West End star Ian Stroughair as alter ego Velma Celli. (more...)

Sutton Foster-Led SWEET CHARITY Extends Again Through December Off-BroadwaySutton Foster-Led SWEET CHARITY Extends Again Through December Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Due to demand, The New Group has announced an additional week for Sweet Charity, the production launching the company's 2016-2017 Season. This twice-extended engagement, originally set to play through December 11, now runs through Friday, December 30. (more...)

Sheridan Smith To Reprise Fanny Brice On UK Tour of FUNNY GIRLSheridan Smith To Reprise Fanny Brice On UK Tour of FUNNY GIRL
by Marianka Swain - Sep 20, 2016

Following critically acclaimed and record-breaking sold-out runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre, Sheridan Smith will reprise her highly praised performance of Fanny Brice at selected venues for the UK tour of Funny Girl - she is set to perform in Manchester, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Bristol, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Newcastle, Southampton, Bradford, Southend, Cardiff and Dublin. Further casting will be announced shortly, and patrons should check with venues for the performance playing schedule. (more...)

Cast Set for Page 73's World Premiere of ULTIMATE BEAUTY BIBLECast Set for Page 73's World Premiere of ULTIMATE BEAUTY BIBLE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

Page Seventy-Three Productions (Page 73) has announced casting for the world premiere of ULTIMATE BEAUTY BIBLE, a new play by Page 73's 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence Caroline V. McGraw. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cynthia Erivo Spotted at New York Fashion WeekPhoto Flash: Cynthia Erivo Spotted at New York Fashion Week
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Tony Award winner, Cynthia Erivo, took a moment from designing Miss Celie's Pants to take in the sights at The Blonds presentation at New York Fashion week. The star joined Orange is the New Black actress, Dascha Polanco, at the show and looked smashing in a slinky, metallic ensemble.  (more...)

UK Tour and NY Dates Announced for MR POPPER'S PENGUINSUK Tour and NY Dates Announced for MR POPPER'S PENGUINS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment today announced Mr Popper's Penguins will be visiting 6 venues in the UK from the 27 September to 11 December prior to a West End Christmas season. The Penguins will also be sailing across the Atlantic for their US premiere at New York's renowned New Victory Theatre this autumn.  (more...)

Sheffield Theatres Announce Full Casting for Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUNSheffield Theatres Announce Full Casting for Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Sheffield Theatres today announces the cast for its major new revival of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun. Paul Foster directs Anna-Jane Casey as Annie Oakley and Ben Lewis as Frank Butler, with Nicolas Colicos (Buffalo Bill), Mike Denman (Pawnee Bill), Lauren Hall (Winnie Tate), Matthew Malthouse (Foster Wilson), Timothy Quinlan (Charlie Davenport), Cleve September (Tommy Keeler), Maggie Service (Dolly Tate), Karl Seth (Chief Sitting Bull), and completing the ensemble, Josh Andrews, Ronan Burns, Emma Caffrey, Matthew Croke, Omari Douglas, Rosie Fletcher, Melissa James, Jasmine Kerr, Natasha Mould, Jak Skelly, Leah West and Emma Woods (ensemble and Dance Captain). The production opens on 14 December, with previews from 8 December, and runs until 14 January.   (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Cynthia Erivo & Joshua Henry in THE LAST FIVE YEARS!STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Cynthia Erivo & Joshua Henry in THE LAST FIVE YEARS!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Last night, Tony Award-Winner Cynthia Erivo and Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry just starred in a special one-night-only benefit concert version of Jason Robert Brown's seminal musical, The Last Five Years, with the composer himself leading the orchestra. Below, watch Erivo and Henry perform 'Still Hurting' and 'Moving Too Fast': (more...)

BWW TV: A Miracle Did Happen- Go Inside the Curtain Call for THE LAST FIVE YEARS!BWW TV: A Miracle Did Happen- Go Inside the Curtain Call for THE LAST FIVE YEARS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 13, 2016

Last night, Tony Award-Winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Tony Award nomineeJoshua Henry (Shuffle Along, Violet) just starred in a special one-night-only benefit concert version of Jason Robert Brown's seminal musical, The Last Five Years, with the composer himself leading the orchestra. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with TRAVESTIESPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with TRAVESTIES
by Marianka Swain - Sep 12, 2016

Patrick Marber directs Tom Hollander as he returns to the stage to play Henry Carr in the Menier Chocolate Factory's revival of Tom Stoppard's TRAVESTIES. The production opens on 4 October, with previews from 22 September and runs until 19 November. (more...)

Sandi Toksvig's SILVER LINING and NELL GWYNN in English Touring Theatre Spring SeasonSandi Toksvig's SILVER LINING and NELL GWYNN in English Touring Theatre Spring Season
by Marianka Swain - Sep 12, 2016

English Touring Theatre today announces its spring season which features the world premiere of Silver Lining, a new comedy written by Sandi Toksvig, and a tour of the critically acclaimed Olivier Award winning Shakespeare's Globe production of Nell Gwynn, starring Laura Pitt-Pulford in the title role.  It is the final season under the stewardship of Director Rachel Tackley who is leaving the company to become Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre.  Richard Tywman takes over, having been Associate Director (International) of the Royal Court Theatre since 2013. (more...)

Christine Jimenez to Present Art Exhibition at Menier Chocolate FactoryChristine Jimenez to Present Art Exhibition at Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2016

A watercolour collection of caricatures by Christine Jimenez. This exhibition features the actors from The Entertainer, Funny Girl, Doctor Faustus, The Spoils, A View From The Bridge, Hamlet, Made In Dagenham, The Ruling Class, Kinky Boots, Book of Mormon, Urinetown, Guys and Dolls, Aladdin, Miss Saigon and Les Miserables.?? (more...)

Cast Announced for World Premiere of Rock Musical 27Cast Announced for World Premiere of Rock Musical 27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2016

Directed by world renowned director/choreographer Arlene Phillips,"27" is an intoxicating modern fable of our time, a dark interpretation of one of humanity's oldest stories. It has music, book and lyrics and is co-directed by Sam Cassidy. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jason Robert Brown Shares THE LAST FIVE YEARS Orchestra Rehearsal VideoSTAGE TUBE: Jason Robert Brown Shares THE LAST FIVE YEARS Orchestra Rehearsal Video
by Stage Tube - Sep 10, 2016

It just might be the most anticipated concert event of the year; the tickets for Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo and two-time Tony Nominee Joshua Henry's one-night-only performance of The Last Five Years sold out in less than an hour on the first day of the evening's pre-sale. With the concert, which will be performed at Town Hall, only two days away, the entire team is hard at work perfecting the piece before sharing it with the lucky few who nabbed tickets. This afternoon, Jason Robert Brown, the composer of The Last Five Years, took to Facebook to share a sneak peak of one of the orchestra's final rehearsals before the big night. Check it out below! (more...)

Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS - West End Production Announces Full CastingRobert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS - West End Production Announces Full Casting
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Full casting is announced for Christopher Wheeldon's stunning reinvention of the Oscar winning film (that starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron). An American in Paris features the sublime music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a new book by Craig Lucas. Directly following celebrated engagements in Paris and New York, this critically acclaimed and multi award-winning new musical bursts into life in the West End from Saturday 4 March 2017 with the official opening night on Tuesday 21 March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.  (more...)

Katherine Parkinson, Steve Pemberton and Ralf Little Lead DEAD FUNNY Revival at Vaudeville TheatreKatherine Parkinson, Steve Pemberton and Ralf Little Lead DEAD FUNNY Revival at Vaudeville Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Sep 9, 2016

Terry Johnson's "Painfully funny and funnily painful" (The Times) comedy, DEAD FUNNY, returns for a strictly limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre this autumn with Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, In The Club, Humans), Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentleman, Benidorm, Whitechapel), Ralf Little (The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, The Cafe), Emily Berrington (The Inbetweeners 2, Humans, 24) and Rufus Jones (W1A, Hunderby, The Casual Vacancy).  (more...)

Leslie Odom, Jr., Cynthia Erivo and More to Headline Women's Association of NJPAC Spotlight GalaLeslie Odom, Jr., Cynthia Erivo and More to Headline Women's Association of NJPAC Spotlight Gala
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Tony Award winners Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton) and Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), and Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Kenny Lattimore will bring their powerful voices and dynamic stage presence to NJPAC's 21st Annual Spotlight Gala of the Women's Association of NJPAC on Saturday, October 1. (more...)

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