Sharon D. Clarke News

BWW Review: THE LIFE, Southwark PlayouseBWW Review: THE LIFE, Southwark Playouse
by Gary Naylor - Mar 30, 2017

The Life is the story of two women living in New York in the 70s, one keen to get out of the sex workers' life, the other keen to get on, told through wonderful songs, beautifully sung. (more...)

Photo Coverage: New Close-Up Shots from THE LIFE at Southwark PlayhousePhoto Coverage: New Close-Up Shots from THE LIFE at Southwark Playhouse
by Roy Tan - Mar 28, 2017

The hit Broadway musical The Life makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show's original Broadway director, Michael Blakemore, at Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season now through 29 April 2017, with press night on 29 March. Scroll down for exclusive, close-up stills from the show! (more...)

BWW TV: T'Shan Williams and Sharon D. Clarke Duet on 'My Friend' from THE LIFE at Southwark PlayhouseBWW TV: T'Shan Williams and Sharon D. Clarke Duet on 'My Friend' from THE LIFE at Southwark Playhouse
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 28, 2017

The hit Broadway musical The Life makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show's original Broadway director, Michael Blakemore, at Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season now through 29 April 2017, with press night on 29 March. Watch  T'Shan Williams and Sharon D. Clarke perform 'My Friend' in the recording studio below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE LIFE at Southwark PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at THE LIFE at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

The hit Broadway musical The Life makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show's original Broadway director, Michael Blakemore, at Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season now through 29 April 2017, with press night on 29 March. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Michael Blakemore Talks Musical THE LIFEBWW Interview: Director Michael Blakemore Talks Musical THE LIFE
by Marianka Swain - Mar 22, 2017

Michael Blakemore's stellar directing career encompasses everything from landmark productions at the National, where he was associate director, to West End and Broadway hits. He was the first director to win a Tony Award for both Best Director of a Play and a Musical in the same year (for Michael Frayn's Copenhagen and Kiss, Me Kate). Now, he's helming the long-awaited UK premiere of Cy Coleman musical The Life - a gritty exploration of 1980s New York's underbelly - which he first directed on Broadway in 1997. The show begins previews at Southwark Playhouse on 25 March. (more...)

Chichester Festival Theatre Announces Casting Updates for 2017 SeasonChichester Festival Theatre Announces Casting Updates for 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

???????Further casting has been announced for the opening productions of Chichester Festival Theatre's 2017 season, FORTY YEARS ON and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for THE LIFE at Southwark PlayhousePhoto Flash: Inside Rehearsal for THE LIFE at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

The Life, which makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show's original Broadway director, Michael Blakemore, will run at Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season from 25 March - 29 April 2017, with press night on 29 March. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

Ian McKellen's LEAR & More In Chichester Festival Theatre's 2017 SeasonIan McKellen's LEAR & More In Chichester Festival Theatre's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Festival 2017 marks the beginning of a new era at Chichester Festival Theatre under the leadership of Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Rachel Tackley.  (more...)

T'Shan Williams, David Albury, and More Announced for UK Premiere of THE LIFET'Shan Williams, David Albury, and More Announced for UK Premiere of THE LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

Full casting of the hit Broadway musical, The Life, includes John Addison (Jojo), David Albury (Fleetwood), Jalisa Andrews (Chichi), Matthew Caputo (Oddjob), Lawrence Carmichael (Snickers), Omari Douglas (Slick), Aisha Jawando (Carmen), Thomas-Lee Kidd (Bobby), Charlotte Reavey (April), Jo Servi (Lacy), Lucinda Shaw (Tracy), Johnathan Tweedie (Theodore), T'Shan Williams (Queen) and Joanna Woodward (Mary). They join the previously announced musical theatre stars Sharon D. Clarke (Sonja), who was recently appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 Queen's New Year Honours for services to drama, and Cornell S. John (Memphis). (more...)

Mark Rylance and More Receive Queen's New Year HonoursMark Rylance and More Receive Queen's New Year Honours
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2016

Academy Award and Tony Award winner, Mark Rylance is one of a number of arts professionals selected for Queen Elizabeth's annual Queen's New Year Honours list. (more...)

BWW Interview: Alexia Khadime Talks SLEEPING BEAUTY at Hackney EmpireBWW Interview: Alexia Khadime Talks SLEEPING BEAUTY at Hackney Empire
by Marianka Swain - Nov 30, 2016

Alexia Khadime made her West End debut in The Lion King aged 17, and went on to play Nala. Her other West End leads include Wicked, Les Miserables and The Book of Mormon, and this Christmas she stars as Princess Tahlia in Hackney Empire's Sleeping Beauty. (more...)

Two Time Tony Award Winner Michael Blakemore to Direct the UK Premiere of THE LIFE Starring Sharon D. Clarke & Cornell S. JohnTwo Time Tony Award Winner Michael Blakemore to Direct the UK Premiere of THE LIFE Starring Sharon D. Clarke & Cornell S. John
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Arriving in the UK for the first time, hit musical The Life makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show's original Broadway director Michael Blakemore. (more...)

Sharon D. Clarke Joins Cast of London Premiere of THE LIFESharon D. Clarke Joins Cast of London Premiere of THE LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Actress, Sharon D. Clarke, has assumed a the key role in the upcoming UK premiere of Cy Coleman and Ira Gasman's, The Life, which will run at the Southwark Playhouse beginning March 25. (more...)

Hackney Empire Announces Full Cast for SLEEPING BEAUTYHackney Empire Announces Full Cast for SLEEPING BEAUTY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Hackney Empire today announced the full cast of its brand new pantomime for 2016, Sleeping Beauty. The West End's leading lady Alexia Khadime (Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King) will be returning to the site of her stage debut to star as Princess Tahlia (Sleeping Beauty). She will be joined by Olivier Award-winner Sharon D Clarke who returns to Hackney Empire after her appearance in Mother Goose in 2014. They are joined by Gavin Spokes who makes his dameing debut, he joins the Hackney Empire family straight from his Olivier Award-nominated performance as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls in the West End. (more...)

Fisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell Join Caryl Churchill's PIGS AND DOGSFisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell Join Caryl Churchill's PIGS AND DOGS
by Marianka Swain - Jul 1, 2016

Fisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell have been cast in Caryl Churchill's new 10-minute play PIGS AND DOGS. Rehearsals start on Monday 11 July 2016. Pigs and Dogs runs from Wednesday 20 July 2016 to Saturday 30 July 2016 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Press night is on Friday 22 July 2016, 6.30pm. (more...)

21st Greenwich+Docklands International Festival Sets Full Programme21st Greenwich+Docklands International Festival Sets Full Programme
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

In 2016, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), London's largest and most ambitious festival of outdoor arts, presents a 21st birthday programme, including 6 World Premieres, 5 UK Premieres and 12 London Premieres. Presented as part of Royal Greenwich Festivals, the programme will include:• 3 large scale productions: The House, a spectacular fusion of dance, film and pyrotechnics to mark the 400th anniversary of The Queen's House; Silence, a new outdoor theatre production created by the renowned Polish company Teatr Biuro Podro?y; and The Clash of Drums by Les Commandos Percus & Deabru Beltzak, an explosive fusion of percussion and fireworks (more...)

Olivier Awards 2016: Hits and MissesOlivier Awards 2016: Hits and Misses
by Marianka Swain - Apr 4, 2016

As expected, the 40th anniversary Olivier Awards showered trophies on the sensational Gypsy. Imelda Staunton and Lara Pulver's performances and Mark Henderson's lighting were recognised, and the production took Best Musical Revival. But there were surprises elsewhere, with starry shows like Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet going home empty-handed, Nicole Kidman losing out in the Best Actress race, and an underdog win for Pat Kinevane and Fishamble's Silent at Soho Theatre - all welcome given concerns that changes to the Oliviers voting process might favour long-running West End shows and/or A-listers Here are some of the night's major hits and misses. (more...)

Tonight's the Night- Tune in at 5PM EST for the 2016 Olivier Awards Live Stream!Tonight's the Night- Tune in at 5PM EST for the 2016 Olivier Awards Live Stream!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2016

It's the biggest night in London Theatre! The Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard - the most prestigious event in the UK's theatrical calendar - take place tonight at the Royal Opera House, hosted by Michael Ball. This year's list of Olivier Award nominees includes Gemma Arterton, Kenneth Branagh, Kenneth Cranham, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Mark Gatiss, Denise Gough, Preeya Kalidas, Nicole Kidman, Adrian Lester, Lara Pulver, Mark Rylance, Imelda Staunton, Tom Sturridge and David Suchet. Check back right here at BroadwayWorld tonight at 5pm EST to watch the Oliviers live stream! (more...)

Olivier Awards 2016: As It Happened!Olivier Awards 2016: As It Happened!
by Carrie Dunn - Apr 3, 2016

It's our Olivier Awards liveblog! We updated the coverage all through Sunday, with reports live from the red carpet, plus tweets and pictures. Miss any of it? Catch up right here... (more...)

Shirley Bassey, Matthew Bourne and More to Present the 2016 Olivier Awards, April 3Shirley Bassey, Matthew Bourne and More to Present the 2016 Olivier Awards, April 3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

The Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard - the most prestigious event in the UK's theatrical calendar - has revealed further details of the star-studded ceremony, hosted by two-time Olivier Award winner Michael Ball on Sunday 3 April at the Royal Opera House. (more...)

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