Visit London Blog » american psycho Enjoy the very best of London Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Theatre News: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Julie Madly Deeply, Fortune’s Fool, Urinetown The Musical, American Psycho & The National Theatre Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:00:35 +0000

Extended Run for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

If you’re a fan of both sugary treats and musical theatre, which happily I am, you ought to be delighted to hear that Charlie And The Chocolate Factory has released a glut of golden tickets and extended its booking period until next November.

Julie Madly Deeply for Christmas

While I’ve got musicals on the mind, which is often the case, one-woman show Julie Madly Deeply is heading to the Trafalgar Studios for Christmas. It’s surely the perfect time of year to catch a show delving into the life of Julie Andrews as either The Sound Of Music or Mary Poppins is bound to be on TV. It might even turn out to be, ahem, one of My Favourite Things…

Game of Thrones Star to Lead Cast in Fortune’s Fool

Over at the Old Vic, a very different Christmas show has been announced. Game Of Thrones star Iain Glen will lead the cast of Russian satire Fortune’s Fool, the tale of 19th century newlyweds whose celebratory lunch at their new home unearths a shocking revelation. It also stars Alexander Vlahos, the rising star who caught many an eye playing Mordred in TV’s Merlin.

New National Theatre Boss

Rufus Norris will take over

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from Sir Nicholas Hytner as director of the National Theatre in 2015. The role is considered to be the biggest job in British theatre. The multi-award winning theatre director has directed shows in the West End and on Broadway. The 48-year-old’s movie Broken premiered at the Cannes Film Festival before winning Best British independent film at the British Independent Film Awards.

Urinetown The Musical

Former Coronation Street star Richard Fleeshman, who led the cast of Ghost The Musical both in London and on Broadway, has signed up to lead the cast of Urinetown The Musical at the St James Theatre. The production, which was shrouded in secrecy when tickets first went on sale, is the London premiere of a musical that won three Tony Awards when it ran on Broadway. It will also star Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell.

American Psycho Musical

If you’ve been wondering what actor Matt Smith will do now he’s no longer Doctor Who, the answer is: star in the lead role of the musical adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis’ controversial novel American Psycho, which plays at the Almeida Theatre from December.

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London Theatre News: The Commitments, American Psycho, Horrible Histories and the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:00:26 +0000 Firstly, news of two hot new musicals: The Commitments comes to the Palace Theatre in September, in a new stage version of Roddy Doyle’s novel directed by Jamie Lloyd. It’s the story of Jimmy Rabitte, a young working-class music fan who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act, The Commitments. You might’ve seen the brilliant 1991 film of the novel. All preview tickets for the show will be half-price; after opening night on 8 October, the producers continue their commitment (ahem!) to cut price tickets, offering more than 10,000 seats for just £10 for the show’s first year.

In addition, new musical American Psycho, a co-production with the Headlong theatre company, will play at the Almeida Theatre from December. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho is the story of Patrick Bateman, a young man publically embracing the high life in 1980s Manhattan while concealing a particularly nasty secret. The new show has a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, choreography by Lynne Page and designs by Olivier Award winner Es Devlin. Together, these two shows make for a promising autumn / winter on London’s theatreland…

Good news now for Horrible Histories fans. The family-friendly series returns to London at the Garrick Theatre this autumn with a brand new show. Barmy Britain – Part Two offers a fresh – and no doubt sometimes disgusting – look at Britain’s grisly past. Barmy Britain – Part One will help fans brush up on the series, kicking off the Horrible Histories residency at the theatre from 7 August to 1 September. Part Two then follows from 26 September to 5 January.

Finally, I’m very excited about the news coming from the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the newly built indoor theatre next to Shakespeare’s Globe. The first season, starting in 2014, will feature drama, opera and live music in its candlelit interior. The first shows will be Jacobean tragedy The Duchess of Malfi, Francis Beaumont’s anarchic comedy The Knight Of The Burning Pestle, the satirical The Malcontent, performed by the Globe’s Young Players, and Cavalli’s rarely performed opera L’Ormindo. There’ll also be music from Grammy Award-winning guitarist John Williams.

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Talking about the venue’s first season, Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole says, “We could not be more delighted than to be opening this theatre with three such shining jewels from this time: a macabre tragedy, a riotous comedy and a beautiful philosophical satire. We hope that the Wanamaker Playhouse will afford as many insights, and prove as theatrically rejuvenating, as the Globe has proved over the last 16 years.”

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