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BILLY ELLIOT Tour to Open at The Bristol Hippodrome This OctoberBILLY ELLIOT Tour to Open at The Bristol Hippodrome This October
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are Adam Abbou (12 years old from Liverpool), Matthew Lyons (11 years old from Leeds), Haydn May (11 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (12 years old from West Bromwich). (more...)

Cherry Jones to Make West End Debut in John Tiffany's THE GLASS MENAGERIE with Michael Esper, Brian J. Smith, and Kate O'FlynnCherry Jones to Make West End Debut in John Tiffany's THE GLASS MENAGERIE with Michael Esper, Brian J. Smith, and Kate O'Flynn
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

John Tiffany returns to the West End for the first time since the international critical hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, to bring his acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie to the Duke of York's Theatre for a limited season. (more...)

Rufus Norris Announces New Work for the National Theatre in 2017Rufus Norris Announces New Work for the National Theatre in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

New work by Inua Ellams, Ya?l Farber, DC Moore, Lindsey Ferrentino and Nina Raine is announced today by Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. Four world premieres and two European premieres are further announced as forthcoming productions for the National Theatre in 2017.   (more...)

Young Chekhov Trilogy, 'PLOUGH' Wrap Up This Autumn; THE RED BARN, AMADEUS Begin This MonthYoung Chekhov Trilogy, 'PLOUGH' Wrap Up This Autumn; THE RED BARN, AMADEUS Begin This Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Final performances of the Young Chekhov trilogy begin this autumn in the Olivier Theatre, and The Plough and the Stars is wrapping up at the Lyttelton. In addition, previews begin in the Lyttelton for The Red Barn on 6 October (press night on 17 October), and Amadeus starts previewing in the Olivier from 19 October, (press night on 26 October). (more...)

BWW Looks Closer at TRADE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and SEE ME NOW at the Young VicBWW Looks Closer at TRADE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and SEE ME NOW at the Young Vic
by Liz Cearns - Sep 22, 2016

Genesis Future Directors Award recipient Bryony Shanahan directs trade, Debbie Tucker Green's sharp examination of our transactional world. See Me Now is a new show created and performed by those who have been, or currently are sex workers. (more...)

National Theatre Live Broadcasts THE THREEPENNY OPERA TonightNational Theatre Live Broadcasts THE THREEPENNY OPERA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

National Theatre Live previously announced international broadcasts of the Rufus Norris' National Theatre production of The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann, in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens tonight, September 22, 2016; and, Carrie Cracknell's acclaimed National Theatre production of Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea on Thursday, October 6, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: THE EMPEROR, Young Vic, 8 September 2016BWW Review: THE EMPEROR, Young Vic, 8 September 2016
by Marianka Swain - Sep 9, 2016

In 1974, renowned Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski travelled to Ethiopia to chart the downfall of Emperor Haile Selassie, 'King of Kings, elect of God', through interviews with his loyal servants and associates. Kapuscinski's 1978 book has been adapted by Colin Teevan into an extraordinary showcase for the talents of quicksilver quick-change artist Kathryn Hunter, who transforms into a dozen different characters with the aid of nothing more than a cane, hat or set of epaulettes. (more...)

Photo Flash: New Production Shots from BILLY ELLIOT at the Bristol Hippodrome!Photo Flash: New Production Shots from BILLY ELLIOT at the Bristol Hippodrome!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are Adam Abbou (12 years old from Liverpool),Matthew Lyons (11 years old from Leeds), Haydn May (11 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (12 years old from West Bromwich). The boys were cast following nationwide auditions and after months of intensive rehearsals began alternating in the role following the show's opening earlier in the year.  Billy Elliot the musical opens at The Bristol Hippodrome on Tuesday 25thOctober and runs until Saturday 26th November 2016. (more...)

First Rehearsal Images Released for AMADEUS at the National TheatreFirst Rehearsal Images Released for AMADEUS at the National Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Sep 6, 2016

Rehearsals started this week for AMADEUS, which begins previews in the Olivier Theatre from 16 October (press night 26 October). This autumn, Peter Shaffer's classic play Amadeus makes a long-awaited return to the National Theatre after 37 years. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT Tour to Open at The Bristol Hippodrome This OctoberBILLY ELLIOT Tour to Open at The Bristol Hippodrome This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are Adam Abbou (12 years old from Liverpool), Matthew Lyons (11 years old from Leeds), Haydn May (11 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (12 years old from West Bromwich). (more...)

National Theatre Live to Broadcast THREEPENNY OPERA and DEEP BLUE SEA This FallNational Theatre Live to Broadcast THREEPENNY OPERA and DEEP BLUE SEA This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

National Theatre Live has announced international broadcasts of the Rufus Norris' National Theatre production of The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann, in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens on Thursday, September 22, 2016; and, Carrie Cracknell's acclaimed National Theatre production of Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea on Thursday, October 6, 2016. (more...)

Live Broadcast of National Theatre's THE THREEPENNY OPERA in SeptemberLive Broadcast of National Theatre's THE THREEPENNY OPERA in September
by Marianka Swain - Jul 11, 2016

Rufus Norris's National Theatre production of THE THREEPENNY OPERA by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world direct from the National's Olivier Theatre on 22 September at 7pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: BILLY ELLIOT Plays Final Performance at Victoria Palace TheatrePhoto Flash: BILLY ELLIOT Plays Final Performance at Victoria Palace Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2016

Last night, Saturday 9 April 2016, after 4,600 performances and prior to the theatre's previously announced refurbishment programme, the final Victoria Palace Theatre performance of Billy Elliot The Musical took place in front of a packed house with guests including past and present Billy Elliots, original cast members and members of the show's creative team.  The over 1530 strong audience rose to their feet for the curtain call to join the Company in celebrating a very special evening and a phenomenal eleven year run in the West End.  Director Stephen Daldry, writer Lee Hall and composer Elton John joined the company on stage accompanied by 32 past and present Billy Elliots (the most Billy Elliots to ever appear on stage together), 24 past Michaels and 18 past Debbies as well as several adult members of the original Company.  (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT to Bid West End Farewell with All Four Pint-Sized Stars on StageBILLY ELLIOT to Bid West End Farewell with All Four Pint-Sized Stars on Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

An extra bunch of Billys will take the stage when the beloved Billy Elliot plays its final performance this Sunday at the Victoria Palace Theatre. (more...)

Sacha Wares Returns To Almeida Theatre to Direct World Premiere of BOY, April 5Sacha Wares Returns To Almeida Theatre to Direct World Premiere of BOY, April 5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Sacha Wares will be returning to Almeida Theatre to direct the world premiere of Leo Butler's new play Boy, after her directorial success with the critically acclaimed production, Game, by Mike Bartlett, in 2015.  Boy will run at the Almeida Theatre from 5 April until 28 May 2016, with press night on 12 April 2016. Director Sacha Wares is joined by a formidable creative team, including two powerhouse contemporary designers, Miriam Buether for set design (Wild Swans, Sucker Punch, My Child, Generations), who worked with Sacha on Game at the Almeida in 2015, and Ultz for costume (Jerusalem, Hobson's Choice, Fallout, Pied Pier), who will be collaborating with Miriam, on design, for the very first time. Further creative credits include movement by Leon Baugh, lighting by Jack Knowles and sound by Gareth Fry. (more...)

Casting Announced for BOY - Mohammad Amiri, Ruby Bridle and More; Apr 5Casting Announced for BOY - Mohammad Amiri, Ruby Bridle and More; Apr 5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

The Almeida Theatre announces the cast for the world premiere of Boy, a new play by Leo Butler, directed by Sacha Wares. The cast is Mohammad Amiri, Osmain Baig, Ruby Bridle, Emilio Doorgasingh, Terina Drayton, Aeran Fitzgerald, Frankie Fox, Ellie Mai Gallagher, Bayleigh Gray, Zainab Hasan, Duramaney Kamara, Asiatu Koroma, Wendy Kweh, Lev Litvinov, Georgie Lord, Angel Loren, Teann McDonnell, Eugenie-Alexia Mulumba, Sarah Niles, Demi Papaminas, Imogen Roberts, Abdul Salis, Morgane Tapia,Peter Temple and Matthew Wellard. Boy will run at the Almeida Theatre from 5 April until 28 May, with a Press Night on 12 April. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT's Final Performance to Support East Durham TrustBILLY ELLIOT's Final Performance to Support East Durham Trust
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

The producers of Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the show will play its final London performance in support of East Durham Trust, a charity based in Easington, Co. Durham, a former mining town and the setting for Billy Elliot's iconic story.  Tickets for the final performance will be released for sale today (Tuesday 1 March 2016, 2pm) via the Victoria Palace Theatre box office, with all proceeds from ticket sales for this performance being donated to East Durham Trust. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT Launches First Ever UK and Ireland Tour at Theatre Royal Plymouth TodayBILLY ELLIOT Launches First Ever UK and Ireland Tour at Theatre Royal Plymouth Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions present the first ever UK and Ireland tour of Billy Elliot the Musical. (more...)

New Billys Announced for BILLY ELLIOT UK/Ireland TourNew Billys Announced for BILLY ELLIOT UK/Ireland Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are Adam Abbou (12 years old from Liverpool), Matthew Lyons (11 years old from Leeds), Haydn May (11 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (12 years old from West Bromwich). The boys were cast following nationwide auditions and after months of intensive rehearsals will alternate in the role when the show opens at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on Wednesday 24 February 2016. (more...)

KING CHARLES III to Play Roslyn Packer Theatre for STCKING CHARLES III to Play Roslyn Packer Theatre for STC
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

A West End and Broadway sensation, the Almeida Theatre production of the 2015 Olivier Award winner for Best Play, King Charles III by Mike Bartlett, is presented by Sydney Theatre Company at Roslyn Packer Theatre from 31 March to 30 April 2016 (Opening Night: Saturday 2 April at 7.30pm). (more...)

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