Menier Chocolate Factory News

Scarlett Strallen and Tam Mutu to Lead THE NEW YORKERS at Encores!; Cast Set!Scarlett Strallen and Tam Mutu to Lead THE NEW YORKERS at Encores!; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel today announced casting for the Encores! production of The New Yorkers, Cole Porter's 1930 Prohibition lark. The New Yorkers will star Cyrille Aimee, Clyde Alves, Todd Buonopane, Arnie Burton, Kevin Chamberlin, Mylinda Hull, Robyn Hurder, Byron Jennings, Eddie Korbich, Tam Mutu, Jeffrey Schecter, Scarlett Strallen, Tyler Lansing Weaks and Ruth Williamson. (more...)

Diversionary Announces the World Premiere of BALLASTDiversionary Announces the World Premiere of BALLAST
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

This May Diversionary asks audiences this question with the World Premiere of BALLAST by Georgette Kelly, a highly poetic exploration of the waking and dream lives of two trans and cisgender couples as they come to terms with the new lives they find themselves in. (more...)

Samantha Barks, Arthur Darvill, Maxwell Caulfield and More Announced for London Musical Theatre Orchestra's HONEYMOON IN VEGASSamantha Barks, Arthur Darvill, Maxwell Caulfield and More Announced for London Musical Theatre Orchestra's HONEYMOON IN VEGAS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

After the resounding success of Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair (Cadogan Hall November 2016) and the sell out concert of Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens' A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre, December 2016), with numerous five star reviews for both performances, The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is delighted to announce the full casting for its first concert of the 2017 season, the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas. (more...)

Felicity Kendal and Maureen Lipman to Star in LETTICE AND LOVAGE at Menier Chocolate FactoryFelicity Kendal and Maureen Lipman to Star in LETTICE AND LOVAGE at Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

With She Loves Me currently running at its home base, Travesties and David Baddiel: My Family Not the Sitcom landing in the West End, and Funny Girl starting a major national tour, the Menier Chocolate Factory announces today that Trevor Nunn will direct Felicity Kendal and Maureen Lipman in Peter Shaffer's Lettice and Lovage. (more...)

Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo to Perform at Oscar's Governors BallTony Winner Cynthia Erivo to Perform at Oscar's Governors Ball
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Cynthia Erivo is set to perform at the Oscars' Governors Ball for this year's winners and nominees, following THE ACADEMY AWARDS broadcast. (more...)

The Old Vic to Present THE MISSING LIGHT Puppetry Show for Kids This SpringThe Old Vic to Present THE MISSING LIGHT Puppetry Show for Kids This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

As part of its programme for families, The Old Vic will present The Missing Light, an enchanting puppetry show for ages 7+ about hopes, dreams and true friendship, created by Mark Arends for Make Mend and Do. The production will run for 12 performances only, 23 Mar - 4 Apr 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: TRAVESTIES, Apollo TheatreBWW Review: TRAVESTIES, Apollo Theatre
by Alexandra Coghlan - Feb 16, 2017

'What did you do during the war, Dada?' Somewhere underneath the relentless punning and the pastiche, the whistle-stop wit and the whirling theoretical debate, there's a seriousness to Tom Stoppard's 1974 Travesties that feels horribly prescient. The intellectual hijinks are genuinely hilarious, but there's no disguising the weight of the question they restlessly scamper over and clamber round: what can artists do when faced with social crisis? Can their work claim political agency, or are they just schoolboys with a chit to get them off chores, daubing happily away in a corner? (more...)

Photo Flash: Tom Stoppard, Trevor Nunn & More at TRAVESTIES West End OpeningPhoto Flash: Tom Stoppard, Trevor Nunn & More at TRAVESTIES West End Opening
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Last night was the official opening of the West End transfer of Tom Stoppard's TRAVESTIES, which had a hit run at the Menier Chocolate Factory last year. Patrick Marber directs the revival, with a cast that features Tom Hollander, Clare Foster, Freddie Fox, Forbes Masson, Peter McDonald, Amy Morgan, Sarah Quist and Tim Wallers. (more...)

BWW Interview: Actress Amy Morgan Talks TRAVESTIESBWW Interview: Actress Amy Morgan Talks TRAVESTIES
by Marianka Swain - Feb 15, 2017

Amy Morgan's credits include Red Velvet and Hay Fever in the West End, The Beaux' Stratagem at the National Theatre, and, on screen, Father Brown and Mr Selfridge. She's currently starring as Gwendolen in Tom Stoppard's Travesties, which has transferred to the Apollo Theatre following a hit run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. (more...)

Tony & Grammy Winner Cynthia Erivo Will Headline CLASSICAL ROOTS Concert in CincinnatiTony & Grammy Winner Cynthia Erivo Will Headline CLASSICAL ROOTS Concert in Cincinnati
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) announces that the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Musical and 2017 Grammy Award winner, Cynthia Erivo, will headline its enormously popular annual Classical Roots concert at Crossroads Oakley in Cincinnati on Friday, May 5, 2017 (7:30 p.m.). (more...)

Tabard Theatre Announces Stage Premiere of DOG ENDS As Part Of Theatre's Re-LaunchTabard Theatre Announces Stage Premiere of DOG ENDS As Part Of Theatre's Re-Launch
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The Tabard Theatre today announced the stage premiere of Richard Harris's black comedy Dog Ends. (more...)

Doug DeVita's THE GRUESOMELY MERRY ADVENTURES OF NELL DASH Set for Hudson Guild TheatreDoug DeVita's THE GRUESOMELY MERRY ADVENTURES OF NELL DASH Set for Hudson Guild Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

THE GRUESOMELY MERRY ADVENTURES OF NELL DASH, AN IRREPRESSIBLY SENSIBLE CAPITALIST WITH A VENGEANCE is set for the Hudson Guild Theatre. (more...)

Kyle Riabko Returns to Joe's Pub This Week with CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINEDKyle Riabko Returns to Joe's Pub This Week with CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

As previously announced, Kyle Riabko - star and creator of the hit West End show Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined and the earlier acclaimed Off-Broadway version What's it All About? Bacharach Reimagined - will return to JOE'S PUB at THE PUBLIC for two solo concerts by popular demand on today, February 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 9:30 PM.  (more...)

Photo Flash: James Lapine and Joanna Gleason Visit the National Tour of INTO THE WOODSPhoto Flash: James Lapine and Joanna Gleason Visit the National Tour of INTO THE WOODS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

The acclaimed Fiasco Theater production of INTO THE WOODS, the celebrated new production of the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, launched a national tour in December, and will continue to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas this spring. Book writer James Lapine and original Broadway cast member Joanna Gleason recently visited the touring company in Purchase, NY - scroll down for photos of them with the cast! (more...)

Everyman Rep Brings 1980s Berlin to Present Day Liverpool in THE CONQUEST OF THE SOUTH POLEEveryman Rep Brings 1980s Berlin to Present Day Liverpool in THE CONQUEST OF THE SOUTH POLE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

The luminosity of 1980s Berlin is brought compellingly to present day Liverpool by the Everyman Company in The Conquest of the South Pole. Associate Director Nick Bagnall directs Manfred Karge's story of rebels who imagine themselves on Roald Amundsen's expedition in their attic. Full of inventiveness, defiance and aspiration, the spirit of this classic European text is as vital now in Brexit Britain as it was in Germany 30 years ago.    (more...)

Neil Patrick Harris Presents the New York Premiere of IN AND OF ITSELF by Derek DelgaudioNeil Patrick Harris Presents the New York Premiere of IN AND OF ITSELF by Derek Delgaudio
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Following a sold-out, five-time extended engagement at Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, Werner Entertainment, Gary Goddard Entertainment, Prediction Productions and five-time Emmy & Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, are pleased to present the New York Premiere of the acclaimed show, IN & OF ITSELF, created and performed by Derek DelGaudio (Nothing to Hide) and directed by four-time Emmy Award winner Frank Oz (What About Bob?, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Little Shop of Horrors). (more...)

Menier Chocolate Factory Announces Full Casting for Revival of Terence Rattigan's LOVE IN IDLENESSMenier Chocolate Factory Announces Full Casting for Revival of Terence Rattigan's LOVE IN IDLENESS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

With She Loves Me currently running at its home base, Travesties and David Baddiel: My Family Not the Sitcom taking up residence in the West End, and Funny Girl in rehearsals ahead of a major national tour, the Menier Chocolate Factory today announces full casting for their major new revival of Terence Rattigan's Love in Idleness.  (more...)

Christina Bianco to Perform Hit Solo Show DIVA MOMENTS at The Alex Theatre St KildaChristina Bianco to Perform Hit Solo Show DIVA MOMENTS at The Alex Theatre St Kilda
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

New York and West End performer Christina Bianco's singular voice and comedic charm have brought audiences around the world to their feet. Bianco captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her 'diva' impression videos, gaining over 23 million views. (more...)

Sheridan Smith And Chris Peluso Star In FUNNY GIRLSheridan Smith And Chris Peluso Star In FUNNY GIRL
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

???????Sheridan Smith and Chris Peluso lead the cast of Funny Girl which comes to The Bristol Hippodrome from March 21st - 25th having enjoyed critically acclaimed and record-breaking sold-out runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre. (more...)

BWW Interview: Actor Steffan Lloyd-Evans On THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERYBWW Interview: Actor Steffan Lloyd-Evans On THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY
by Marianka Swain - Feb 7, 2017

Steffan Lloyd-Evans's work includes Into The Woods at Menier Chocolate Factory, The 306: Dawn at the National Theatre of Scotland, Beyond the Fence at the Arts Theatre, and the UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He's currently starring in Mischief Theatre's latest West End hit The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. (more...)

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