Menier Chocolate Factory News

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY to Celebrate Songs of Andrew Lippa at the Menier Chocolate Factory, 27 May - 14 June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

The Chocolate Factory is delighted to invite you to The Life of the Party - A Celebration of the Songs of Andrew Lippa, a spectacular evening with one of Broadway's most exciting composers and lyricists. It takes place 27 May - 14 June 2014 at the Menier Chocolate Factory. (more...)

Limited Engagement of SIMON GREEN: SO, THIS THEN IS LIFE Set to Make US Premiere on 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

59E59 Theaters welcomes The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford to Brits Off Broadway with the US premiere of SIMON GREEN: SO, THIS THEN IS LIFE, created by Simon Green and David Shrubsole, performed by Mr. Green, with musical arrangement and accompaniment by Mr. Shrubsole. SIMON GREEN: SO, THIS THEN IS LIFE begins performances on Tuesday, May 20 for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 1. (more...)

OLIVIERS 2014: Preview - Best Musical Revival
by Carrie Dunn - Apr 08, 2014

Nominees are The Sound of Music (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), Tell Me On A Sunday (St James/Duchess Theatre) and Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory/Harold Pinter Theatre) (more...)

Christopher Ravenscroft Leads THE NOTORIOUS MRS EBBSMITH at Jermyn Street Theatre, Now thru May 3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

Best known for his recurring role as DI Mike Burden in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, accomplished stage, TV and film actor Christopher Ravenscroft teams up with Rhiannon Sommers, acclaimed for her portrayal of Mary Shelley in Bloody Poetry at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2012, for the first ever revival of Arthur Wing Pinero's The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith. (more...)

Harry Burton Directs I FOUND MY HORN at the Trafalgar Studios from Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

Harry Burton will direct a new production of I Found My Horn, a play by Jasper Rees and Jonathan Guy Lewis, at the Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2) from tonight, 1 April - 3rd May, with the press night on Wednesday 2 April, 7pm. (more...)

Yale Institute for Music Theatre to Develop AFTERLAND and CLOUDS ARE PILLOWS FOR THE MOON
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

The YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE has selected two original book musicals to be developed in an intensive lab setting in New Haven, June 3-15. Afterland, with music and lyrics by Benjamin Velez and book and lyrics by Kathryn Hathaway, will be directed by Mark Brokaw; and Clouds are Pillows for the Moon, with music by Tidtaya Sinutoke and book and lyrics by Ty Defoe, will be directed by Leigh Silverman. The Institute culminates with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as a part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, on June 14 and 15. (more...)

Oh, That Angry Inch! Meet the Full Cast 'HEDWIG', Beginning Previews Tomorrow!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 28, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris will return to Broadway in the new production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the musical with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Michael Mayer. The limited engagement, featuring Lena Hall (Kinky Boots, lead singer of The Deafening), will begin previews tomorrow, Saturday, March 29 for a Tuesday, April 22 opening night at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the cast and members of 'The Angry Inch' band, plus check out interviews with the company! (more...)

Sam Mackay, Christina Modestou to Star in London Premiere of IN THE HEIGHTS; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

Full casting is announced today for Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights, which receives its London Premiere in a brand new production in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 9 May (more...)

Hampstead Theatre Will Transfer Simon Gray's QUARTET to Main Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Due to the demand for tickets for the nine week season currently playing at Hampstead Downstairs, ending on 17th May, Hampstead Theatre is delighted to transfer Simon Gray's quartet of plays upstairs to the Main Stage for a three week run in repertory from 28th May to 14th June. (more...)

THERESE RAQUIN Opens at Finborough Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Following the sell-out success of its workshop as part of Vibrant 2012 - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, and as part of the Finborough Theatre's acclaimed Celebrating British Music Theatre series, the world premiere of a new musical adaptation of the classic French novel Therese Raquin opens at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre for a four week run, opening tonight, 25 March 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 7.30pm), starring Julie Atherton and Olivier Award nominee Tara Hugo. (more...)

Zoe Wanamaker to Star in STEVIE, Kicking Off Chichester Festival 2014 from April 24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

Chichester's Festival 2014 opens with a major revival of Hugh Whitemore's award-winning glimpse into the unconventional life of celebrated English poet and novelist Stevie Smith. (more...)

Hampstead Theatre Presents IN THE VALE OF HEALTH, Now thru 17 May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

Five years after Simon Gray's death, Hampstead Theatre is delighted to present this extraordinary cycle of his work: premieres of three unperformed plays alongside a revival of Japes, the play that started it all off. The plays will be performed in repertory over 9 weeks, featuring four stories based on the same characters, in the same situation but all telling a different story with opposite conclusions. (more...)

Photo Coverage: FATAL ATTRACTION Sneak Peek!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Trevor Nunn directs a cast led by Natascha McElhone as Alex Forrest with Mark Bazeley as Dan Gallagher and Kristin Davis as his wife Beth, in the world stage premiere of Fatal Attraction written by James Dearden, opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 25 March 2014, with previews from 11 March. (more...)

Sinead Cusack and Clare Higgins Star in OTHER DESERT CITIES at The Old Vic, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Sinead Cusack and Clare Higgins are to play sisters Polly Wyeth and Silda Grauman respectively, in The Old Vic's UK premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's acclaimed play, Other Desert Cities, directed by Lindsay Posner. Further casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

New Edition of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY to 'Come Out Swinging!' at the Davenport, 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway returned to New York in February at the newly refurbished Davenport Theatre (354 W. 45th Street, Between 8th and 9th Avenues) with Forbidden Broadway: Alive and STILL Kicking. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, over the course of the spring, Alessandrini had planned on adding new material to reflect the season's openings. Now, the time as come to unveil the new edition, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES OUT SWINGING! According to The New York Times, this version will begin performances March 17. (more...)

Christopher Ravenscroft to Lead THE NOTORIOUS MRS EBBSMITH at Jermyn Street Theatre, April 8-May 3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Best known for his recurring role as DI Mike Burden in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, accomplished stage, TV and film actor Christopher Ravenscroft teams up with Rhiannon Sommers, acclaimed for her portrayal of Mary Shelley in Bloody Poetry at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2012, for the first ever revival of Arthur Wing Pinero's The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith. (more...)

Olivier Nominee Gabrielle Joins Cast Of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Barry James, Josefina Gabrielle, Richard Dempsey and Kirsty Malpass will join the previously announced Alex Jennings (Willy Wonka) in the cast of the record-breaking West End production of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (more...)

Hampstead Theatre Announces IN THE VALE OF HEALTH, 20 March-17 May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

Five years after Simon Gray's death, Hampstead Theatre is delighted to present this extraordinary cycle of his work: premieres of three unperformed plays alongside a revival of Japes, the play that started it all off. The plays will be performed in repertory over 9 weeks, featuring four stories based on the same characters, in the same situation but all telling a different story with opposite conclusions. (more...)

Tracie Bennett, Michael Matus, Katie Rowley Jones and Gareth Snook Complete WEST END RECAST Lineup, March 16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

Tracie Bennett, Michael Matus, Katie Rowley Jones and Gareth Snook complete the all-star cast for West End Recast. (more...)

Audra McDonald to Present Zoe Caldwell with Lifetime Achievement Award at LPTW's 2014 Awards Celebration, 3/10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

On Monday, March 10, 2014, the League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre, is pleased to recognize the talents of six outstanding women: Zoe Caldwell, Judith Dolan, Joanna Sherman, Sondra Gorney, Meiyin Wang and Katherine Kovner. The awards will be presented at the League's 2014 Awards Celebration & Big Mingle Reception to be held at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 10 at The Irene Diamond Stage (The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street) featuring emcee Tamara Tunie. (more...)

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