Shona White and Kieran Brown to Lead SCOTS IN THE CITY at the Arts Theatre
Celebrate St Andrews Day in style with a host of leading West End performers in London in "Scots In the City" (It's not all bagpipes and Brigadoon..!).
A pair of seasonEd Scottish West End performers are bringing a touch of Celtic charm to the Arts Theatre just in time for St Andrews Day, in an evening to celebrate the best of Scotland and Musical Theatre.
Shona White (Wicked, Mamma Mia, Chess) and Kieran Brown (The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked Les Miserables), alongside musical director Niall Bailey will be joined by a talenTEd Scottish musicians and some of the best Scots voices in the West End, showcasing the rich Celtic musical history of Scotland in this unique celebration of all things Caledonia! There will be a special Scottish quiz with prizes to be won and ticket holders will be treated to some real tastes of Scotland!
"We are delighted to be sharing this evening of song celebrating our mutual love of Scotland with a London audience. We are both fiercely proud of our deep Scottish roots, and also proud to be Londoners, so this is a unique opportunity to combine both. We are planning a few surprises along the way, and alongside Niall, our musicians and special guests, we hope the audience will leave with smiles on their faces and an understanding of the unique rich musical landscape of our bonnie bonnie homeland!"
So bring your bagpipes, flash your very best tartan and prepare to be swept away by sweeping Scottish melodies - and Andrew Lloyd Webber as you've never heard him before!
The concert will take place on Thursday 30 November at 8.30pm at Arts Theatre West End, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB. Tickets: £15 (concessions £12.50). Duration: 90 minutes plus interval. For bookings and more information, visit artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/scots-in-the-city. This event will be held in the Above the Arts. Please note there is no level or wheelchair access to this space. Guest performers are subject to availability.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
She has recently been performing as Donna in Mamma Mia at The Novello Theatre. She is the first actress to have played both the daughter Sophie and returned years later to play the mother!
Theatre credits include: Florence Vassy in Craig Revel Horwood's award winning UK touring production of "Chess" which transferred to Toronto, Standby and playing Elphaba in "Wicked" (Apollo Victoria), Woman 2 in "The World Goes Round" (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Leda Cotton in "I Capture the Castle" (Watford Palace,Bolton Octagon) Betty in "Shout" (UK Tour and Arts Theatre, London), "All the Fun of the Fair" with David Essex (Garrick), Usherette/Magenta in "The Rocky Horror Show" (UK Tour and Playhouse Theatre, London), Lisa and Sophie Sheridan in "Mamma Mia" (Prince Edward Theatre, London), Miss Gordon in Michael Grandage's award winning "Merrily We Roll Along" (Donmar Theatre, London) and understudying & playing Eponine and Cosette in "Les Miserables" (UK Tour).
Shona is an experienced cabaret and concert artist with appearances at venues such as The Pheasantry, Pizza on the Park, St James, The Hippodrome, Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Royal Albert Hall supporting Elton John in concert. She was also a guest performer on Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2.
Recordings include: "When Midnight Strikes", "Zipp!" and "All the Fun of the Fair" cast recordings and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" soundtrack.
Shona's debut album 'I'll Bring You a Song' was released in 2011. She is also an experienced voiceover artist.
Kieran Brown is a Falkirk native, who studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music And Drama, graduating with an honours degree in Acting. He has recently completed two years understudying and playing the role of the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera" at Her Majesty's Theatre London to packed houses and standing ovations. He Will Shortly be seen in "Three Witches" at the Shelley Theatre Bournemouth before heading to New Zealand for a 12 date theatre tour, and this Christmas will be back in the West End (details of this to be released shortly).
After making his west end debut in "Les Miserables" (Palace Theatre London), Kieran went on to appear in numerous musical productions across Europe, playing roles such as Elphaba's Father/Dr Dillamond/Wizard in "Wicked" (Apollo Victoria), The Actor in "The Woman In Black" (International Theatre Vienna), "Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert (O2 Arena London), cover Raoul in "Love Never Dies" (Adelphi Theatre) Algernon in "The Importance Of Being Earnest (English Theatre Vienna) and "Love Never Dies in Concert", (Ronacher Theatre, Vienna) and much more. He also had the privilege of performing for and meeting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Edinburgh.
TV credits include Taggart (STV), Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (BBC1), Anatomy of an Enigma (Ch 4), Andrew Marr's Great Scots; The Birth of a Nation (BBC1).
His solo shows have included "West End Winters" (Drachengasse Theatre Vienna), "Once Upon a Song" (LauderDale House, Union Theatre, London), "My Big Fat MUSICAL Cabaret" (London, Vienna, Glasgow), and "A West End Christmas In... " (Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Vienna, Munich). Kieran recently wrote new lyrics for and performed the West End Wilma charity single 'No Awards For You' and is in demand for recordings and workshops, featuring on no less than 8 different albums of works by new and upcoming composers, including "You Are Home - the Music of Anderson & Petty", "As Long As I Have Music" (Eyles & Gould), "Self Taught Still Learning" (Chris Passey), "Love Lies & Lyrics" (Lesley Ross), "Words Shared With Friends" (RoBert Gould), and "The Barricade Boys" album.
In March this year he appeared as one of "The Three Phantoms" during a sell out run at The Parisian Theatre in Macau, and the MES Theatre Singapore. He was also recently a guest artist on the Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2, & Queen Elizabeth & Queen Victoria as one of The Barricade Boys.
For more information, visit www.KieranBrown.com.
Peebles-born NIALL BAILEY is a teaching fellow at the Guildford School of Acting and has for the last nine years worked across all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered by the school. He was recently appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Productions at GSA include: "Jerry Springer The Opera", "Moll Flanders", "Spring Awakening", "Guys and Dolls", "Nine", "The Baker's Wife", "My Favorite Year", "When Midnight Strikes", "Serious Money", "Chaplin" and "Company".
Outside of GSA, Niall works as a freelance Musical Director, Orchestrator and Theatre Producer.
As Musical Director, his theatre credits include: "Bernstein's Mass", "Sweeney Todd" (both at the Royal Festival Hall, London); "The Hired Man" (Landor Theatre, Off-West End Award nomination for Best Musical Director); "Aladdin" (Salisbury Playhouse); "Grand Hotel" (Mountview Academy); tours of "The Shakespeare Revue" and "Mephistopheles Smith"; "Barnum", "Honk" and "The Little Shop of Horrors" (Geneva, Switzerland); "Four Unlikely Lovers" (Jermyn Street Theatre and Trafalgar Studios), "The Lost Christmas" (Trafalgar Studios) and "With A Song In My Hart" (The Mill, Guildford).
Concert work includes a series of "Les Mis Gives" concerts with the West End cast of Les Miserables (2010 and 2011 casts and Matt Lucas and Norm Lewis; "Little Women" by Steven Luke Walker (Playhouse Theatre, London); "A West End Christmas" (St Paul's, Covent Garden); "The Great British Musical" with Stephen Fry (Criterion Theatre); "A Spotlight on Jeremy Legat" (Landor Theatre) and "Chloe Hart In Cabaret" (Madame Jojo's, London).
Orchestration work includes "The Hired Man" (Landor Theatre); "The Great British Musical" (Criterion Theatre); the European premiere of Ahrens and Flaherty's "The Glorious Ones" (Landor Theatre) and the Les Miserables cast entry of West End Eurovision 2012.
Niall is Creative Producer for Scala Theatre Ltd and has a number of theatre works in development.