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The Selfish Giant - 2018 - West End

£20 - £65

The Selfish Giant has a beautiful garden, but he won’t let any of the children play in it. Winter comes and never leaves. The Giant looks over his garden from his tall window. What will he do?



Don’t miss this limited run of a new folk opera, adapted from Oscar Wilde’s classic children’s story by three-time BRIT and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Guy Chambers, who has written No 1 songs for Robbie Williams including Angels, Feel and Let Me Entertain You.



The cast are joined on stage by a large band of extraordinary musicians in a unique concert-staging that will transport audiences young and old to a magical world through music.



Directed by Bill Buckhurst whose Pie and Mash shop Sweeney Todd is currently playing on Broadway.

Schedule

Vaudeville Theatre

(London, )
404 Strand
London, WC2R 0NH
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by Stephi Wild - Sep 5, 2018
With rehearsals starting today, the full cast has been announced for Aria Entertainment's prestigious festival of new musical theatre, From Page To Stage (FPTS), which returns with gusto for a 6th successful year from September 2018 at London's Southwark Playhouse. Jane Deitch has cast the 37-strong company, who will each star in one of the seven brand new musicals featured in the 2018 festival.
by Paul Smith - Sep 26, 2019
The Victorian Opera's Youth Opera will put on world premiere production based on Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant. The new work is written by librettist Emma Muir-Smith and composer/conductor Simon Bruckard who will return to the Victorian Opera.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 26, 2019
THE SELFISH GIANT is a classic tale about a giant who builds a wall around his garden to keep out the town's children, but in doing so plunges his garden into an endless winter. The show's creators, Jose Ignacio Vivero and Susannah Dalton, instill a sense of urgency in the story by placing the storytellers themselves at a border wall. Traveling, depression-era hucksters, transform their wares to tell a much-needed story to the audience they find waiting to cross. THE SELFISH GIANT is funny, touching, and fun for the whole family. It's a celebration of the power of stories!
by Stephi Wild - Sep 12, 2019
Stage Entertainment has announced the appointment of James Triner as International Executive Producer and Jamie Wolpert as Head of International Development. The appointments reflect the ambition of Stage Entertainment's international creative development and production teams.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 10, 2019
Tickets now on sale for climbing concert, GIANT, premiering a new tree song 'Epping' written by Robert Macfarlane with music by Oliver Weeks, within an hour-long programme of tree-inspired music and poetry that includes a reimagining of Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant, the classic short story about a giant banning children from playing in his garden, and works by Epping Forest poet John Clare, Benjamin Zephaniah, Grace Nichols and Handel.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 8, 2018
The Importance of Being Earnest, the fourth and final show in Classic Spring's year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre, closes next Saturday, 20 October.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 7, 2019
Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie today announces the full casting for his revival of Guys and Dolls - Natalie Casey (Miss Adelaide), Darragh Cowley (Lt Brannigan), Dafydd Emyr (Big Jule), Jacob Fisher (Harry the Horse), Adrian Hansel (Benny Southstreet), Dawn Hope (General Cartwright), Kadiff Kirwan (Sky Masterson), TJ Lloyd (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Matthew Malthouse (Rusty Charlie), Martin Marquez (Nathan Detroit), Ross McLaren (Angie the Ox), Garry Robson (Arvide Abernathy), and Alex Young (Sarah Brown) with Shaquille Brush (Havana Boy), Frances Camier (Havana Girl), Charlotte Coggin, Adam Denman, Emily Dunn, Tash Holway, Samantha Hull, Kate Playdon and Anthony Starr. The production opens on 12 December, with previews from 7 December, and runs until 18 January 2020.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 16, 2020
Today on Friday, October 16th at 7pm, a special virtual reading of 'One Empire, Under God' - Anthony J. Piccione's new full-length drama exploring religious extremism & right-wing populism - will be broadcast via Zoom to monthly patrons on Patreon, as well as selected invited guests. Immediately after the reading, there will be a talkback - moderated by co-producer Jay Michaels - featuring the playwright, director & cast.
by Rebecca Russo - Oct 16, 2019
The Selfish Giant is a classic tale, by Oscar Wilde, about a giant who builds a wall around his garden to keep out the town's children but, in doing so, plunges his garden into an endless winter. The show's creators, Jose Ignacio Vivero and Susannah Dalton, instill a sense of urgency in the story by placing the storytellers themselves at a border wall. Traveling, depression-era hucksters, transform their wares to tell a much-needed story to the audience they find waiting to cross.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018
The National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Jennifer Fawcett's award winning Apples in Winter opens this weekend at Centenary Stage Company. The limited performances run November 8 through November 18 in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue Hackettstown, NJ. Directed by Mikaela Kafka, the production stars Colleen Smith Wallnau.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 6, 2019
This Christmas, Tron Theatre Company will present a brand-new Tron festive classic, Ali the Magic Elf. Ideal for little ones aged 3-6 years and their adults, the show is conceived and directed by Tron Theatre's Artistic Director Andy Arnold (who has recently returned from directing The Selfish Giant for Beijing Children's Theatre Company) for our studio space.
by Julie Musbach - Nov 6, 2018
The National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Jennifer Fawcett's award winning Apples in Winter opens this weekend at Centenary Stage Company. The limited performances run November 8 through November 18 in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue Hackettstown, NJ. Directed by Mikaela Kafka, the production stars Colleen Smith Wallnau.
by Julie Musbach - Nov 30, 2018
The Lyric Hammersmith is pleased to present the 2019 Spring season of Little Lyric especially for audiences aged between 0-11 years. This season includes new shows from some of the Lyric's favourite family theatre companies, as well as from fabulous companies working with the Lyric for the very first time, who will all be sure to delight and amaze young audiences with magical adventures and stories.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 30, 2018
Mom! Dad! Chicago Children's Theatre invites you and your kids to X-Marks the Spot, an all-new form of "X-Tra Sensory Theatre" created for all audiences, inspired by children who are visually impaired.
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Nov 19, 2020
The latest interview between acclaimed director Ian Rickson and members of the arts community has just dropped. Russell Brand has been a frequently controversial public figure; a comedian, presenter, actor and now a podcast host and advocate for awareness about mental health.
by Julie Musbach - May 7, 2019
In Ghostlight Ensemble's latest production, actors throw their whole selves - literally - into telling the story of a giant who brings on a perpetual winter in an effort to keep his land to himself. The Selfish Giant, which opens June 8, is a physical theatre reimagining of the Oscar Wilde short story of the same name.
by Julie Musbach - May 4, 2018
Classic Spring is delighted to announce real-life father and son, Edward and Freddie Fox, are to play fictional father and son in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, from 20 April at the Vaudeville theatre. Also starring, in the role of Mrs. Cheveley, is Frances Barber. Directed by Jonathan Church, An Ideal Husband will play at the Vaudeville Theatre 20 April to 14 July 2018, before opening the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season on 18 July to 4 August 2018.
by Stephi Wild - May 3, 2021
The award-winning Sierra Madre Playhouse returns to live performances this summer, with a season of four show that have just been announced.
by Stephi Wild - May 22, 2018
Classic Spring announces Olivier-Award winner Sophie Thompson as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, from 20 July at the Vaudeville theatre. Directed by Michael Fentiman, the production also stars Jeremy Swift in the role of Reverend Chasuble and Sinead Matthews as Gwendolyn Fairfax.
by Julie Musbach - May 21, 2019
Halifax audiences will get a chance to hear playwright Peter Fenton and composer Scott White act out and sing songs from their hit family musical, The Giant's Garden on June 1st.
by Julie Musbach - May 16, 2018
Aimed at those aged from to two to 11, it runs during the half-term holiday (Monday 28 May to Sunday 3 June). There are shows, events and workshops at The Marlowe Theatre, The Marlowe Studio, The Marlowe Kit (in Stour Streeet), and in the city's streets.
by Stephi Wild - May 15, 2019
Wise Children's adaptation of Enid Blyton's Malory Towers, co-produced by York Theatre Royal in association with Bristol Old Vic, will star Rebecca Collingwood as Gwendoline Lacey, Mirabelle Gremaud as Irene Bartlett, Vinnie Heaven as Bill Robinson, Izuka Hoyle as Darrell Rivers, Renee Lamb as Alicia Johns, Francesca Mills as Sally Hope and Rose Shalloo as Mary Lou Atkinson. Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, the musical opens on 25 July 2019 at The Passenger Shed in the company's home city of Bristol, before embarking on a national tour to Cambridge, York, Exeter, Manchester and Oxford.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 8, 2018
Now playing at the Players Theatre, "Cinderella" is a light-hearted, touching adaptation of the well-known fairy tale.  The show features book and lyrics by Brenda Bell and original music by Michael Sgouros, played by two live percussionists and a trumpet player, creating a delightful mixture of good-hearted humor and tender remembrances.  This Cinderella doesn't wait around for her dreams to come true - she makes them happen.  Of course, she is inspired by a little magic along the way.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 6, 2018
Classic Spring has announced that Sally Bretton and Nathaniel Parker will join Edward Fox, Freddie Fox and Frances Barber in Jonathan Church's forthcoming production of An Ideal Husband.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 3, 2021
The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra has announced its second virtual concert of this COVID effected season. Also making an appearance will be the Walden Harpsichord from Schenectady County Community College and Guest Narrator, WMHT Music Director, Rob Brown.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 8, 2018
Classic Spring is delighted to announce that Fiona Button, Pippa Nixon and Stella Gonet will join the cast of Michael Fentiman's The Importance of Being Earnest.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 19, 2019
Director of Soho Estates Fawn James and Artistic Director Rachel Edwards together announce the opening programme for the Boulevard as the newly-reimagined venue opens its doors to the public for the first time in October 2019. The first show will be the London premiere of Dave Malloy's celebrated song cycle Ghost Quartet brought to life by the team behind the recent hit production of Sweeney Todd which won great acclaim in London and New York. Ghost Quartet will run alongside a packed roster of late-night and Sunday performances of cabaret, improv, jazz, comedy, classical music and poetry. The Boulevard Theatre's 2020 season will be announced in September.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 19, 2019
Director of Soho Estates Fawn James and Artistic Director Rachel Edwards together announce the opening programme for the Boulevard as the newly-reimagined venue opens its doors to the public for the first time in October 2019. The first show will be the London premiere of Dave Malloy's celebrated song cycle Ghost Quartet brought to life by the team behind the recent hit production of Sweeney Todd which won great acclaim in London and New York. Ghost Quartet will run alongside a packed roster of late-night and Sunday performances of cabaret, improv, jazz, comedy, classical music and poetry. The Boulevard Theatre's 2020 season will be announced in September.
by Marianka Swain - Jul 23, 2018
Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson stars as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's beloved social comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, playing at the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End until 20 October. Book tickets here! 
by Stephi Wild - Jul 22, 2018
New York City's glitter soaked satirist, Dandy Darkly, is back with another haunting jaunt of Southern Gothic storytelling and whip-smart sleaze.
by Julie Musbach - Jul 2, 2018
Ghostlight Ensemble will tackle the age-old debate of which is more valuable to society: art or science, and will probe the perils of building a wall to keep out unwanted children during its 2018-2019 Season.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 12, 2018
The first production from Leicester's newly re-opened Haymarket Theatre will be the world premiere of Treasure Island, penned by national treasure and established author Sandi Toksvig (The Great British Bake Off, QI).
by Stephi Wild - Jul 11, 2019
Arcola Theatre, Atticist and Ellie Keel Productions today announce full cast for the UK premiere of Anna Bella Eema by Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D'Amour. Jessica Lazar directs Natasha Cottriall, Gabrielle Brooks and Beverley Rudd. The new production opens at Arcola Theatre on 16 September, with previews from 11 September, and runs until 12 October.
by Sarah Hookey - Jul 10, 2019
Scamp Theatre's award-winning adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's bestselling book, The Scarecrows' Wedding, returns to Leicester Square Theatre this summer before heading out on a UK Tour.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 7, 2021
As cases of the coronavirus continue to increase across the country, Opera Saratoga announced today that the company has converted its popular in-school OPERA-TO-GO tour into an interactive, virtual program this year to ensure safety for all while continuing to provide a unique and enriching arts education experience.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018
Virginia Stage Company opens the new year with Jane Austen's most popular literary novel, Pride and Prejudice. Directed by Virginia Stage Company Producing Artistic Director, Tom Quaintance, Pride and Prejudice will sweep you away with its witty, fast-paced exploration of expectations that has become the template for modern romance. Fans of the novel will be thrilled with this faithful adaptation of the story.
by Julie Musbach - Feb 22, 2018
On Sunday, February 18, Cinderella the Musical marked the creators' 40th Off-Broadway production with a sold-out performance at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village. Michael Sgouros (music) and Brenda Bell (book/lyrics), who have been collaborating since 2008, have written 12 original Off-Broadway musicals together. This latest production of Cinderella marks the shows fourth revival.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 2, 2018
As Kathy Burke's Lady Windermere's Fan, starring Jennifer Saunders and Samantha Spiro, plays to packed houses, Classic Spring is delighted to announce that Guy Chambers' new folk opera, The Selfish Giant, will be co-produced by Royal & Derngate, Northampton, and directed by multi-award-winning director Bill Buckhurst. The limited run of lightly-staged performances will run at Royal & Derngate 4 April - 7 April, before moving to the Vaudeville from 10 - 14 April. Jonathan Church will direct An Ideal Husband, the third production in the year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre. An Ideal Husband will play at the Vaudeville Theatre 20 April to 14 July 2018, before opening the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season on 18 July to 4 August 2018.
by Julie Musbach - Feb 16, 2018
Classic Spring is delighted to announce real-life father and son, Edward and Freddie Fox, are to play fictional father and son in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, from 20 April at the Vaudeville theatre. Also starring, in the role of Mrs. Cheveley, is Frances Barber. Directed by Jonathan Church, An Ideal Husband will play at the Vaudeville Theatre 20 April to 14 July 2018, before opening the Theatre Royal Bath Summer Season on 18 July to 4 August 2018.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 15, 2021
Orange Tree Theatre today announce that their annual education project Shakespeare Up Close, which offers secondary school students the opportunity to see Shakespeare's plays performed, will go ahead this year, taking place online with new abridged productions of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth made available to schools digitally.
by Stephi Wild - Feb 14, 2020
Victor Alli will perform the role of 'V' in the world premiere of Ghost House, a new horror play by Tristan Bernays directed by Andrew Twyman.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2018
The first production from Leicester's newly re-opened Haymarket Theatre will be the world premiere of Treasure Island, penned by national treasure and established author Sandi Toksvig (The Great British Bake Off, QI).
by Stephi Wild - Dec 15, 2020
Following a rigorous audition process, Victorian Opera has announced baritone Stephen Marsh as the first recipient of the Michael Stubbs and Malcom Roberts Opera Prize. The $50,000 opera prize was announced as part of Victorian Opera’s 15th anniversary celebrations in October and attracted high-calibre candidates from across Australia.
by Review Roundups - Aug 3, 2018
Oscar Wilde's comedy classic, The Importance of Being Earnest opened this week at the Vaudeville Theatre. Let's see what the critics had to say!
by Julie Musbach - Aug 26, 2019
Ghostlight Ensemble announced its Season 3 lineup, including a staged reading of a little-produced World War I-era play, a play festival with new works for young audiences and a Shakespearean comedy that takes place in a living room - quite literally.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 9, 2018
Longlisted for The Bruntwood Prize, Carla Kingham directs the world premiere of Phil Ormrod's searing new play about searching for a future in the dying heart of England. A lack of opportunity in rural England impacts strongly on young men and breeds a culture of toxic masculinity, which the production is looking to tackle with a comprehensive engagement programme with a variety of youth groups in Wandsworth and Reading.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 4, 2019
Theatre of Young Audiences/USA (?TYA/USA?)?, the national service organization supporting, connecting, and advocating for the field of theatre for young audiences, will present the ?2019 National TYA/USA Awards? in three categories: ?Stan Foote ?and? Rosemary Newcott? will receive the ?Harold Oaks Award for Sustained Excellence in TYA?; ?Chicago Children's Theatre? (Jacqueline Russell, Artistic Director) will receive the ?TYA Artistic Innovation Award?; and ?Courtney J. Boddie ?will receive the ?TYA Community Impact Award?.
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 29, 2020
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by Stephi Wild - Apr 12, 2018
Artistic Director of Northampton's Royal & Derngate, James Dacre today announced that Royal & Derngate's commission of Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, adapted by Barney Norris, will receive its world premiere in Northampton in February 2019 before a national Out of Joint tour.