Visit London Blog » spamalot http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 London Theatre News: Carey Mulligan, Martha Plimpton, Eve Best, Lily Cole, Robert Webb, Bonnie Langford, Alex Jennings and John Lloyd Young http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/london-theatre-news-carey-mulligan-martha-plimpton-eve-best-lily-cole-robert-webb-bonnie-langford-alex-jennings-and-john-lloyd-young/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/london-theatre-news-carey-mulligan-martha-plimpton-eve-best-lily-cole-robert-webb-bonnie-langford-alex-jennings-and-john-lloyd-young/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:51:11 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37830

My latest theatre news seems to come, like animals entering an ark, two by two.

There are, for example, two film stars set to make their West End debuts in the coming months. Brit in Hollywood Carey Mulligan, star of Shame and Inside Llewyn Davis, will swap the silver screen for the London stage when she stars alongside Bill Nighy in David Hare’s Skylight this summer. US stage star Martha Plimpton, best known for roles in hit 80s films including The Goonies and Parenthood, is also making her West End debut, appearing in Other Desert Cities at the Old Vic from March.

There are two nuggets of exciting casting news for this year’s summer season at Shakespeare’s Globe. Olivier Award winner Eve Best, who directed last year’s Macbeth at the famous venue, is stepping back on stage to play the Egyptian Queen in Antony and Cleopatra. She’ll be joined at the venue by model turned actress Lily Cole, who will play Helen of Troy in The Last Days Of Troy.

More paired up news comes from London transfers. Chichester Festival Theatre’s hit production of the public school-set Another Country is heading to the Trafalgar Studios this spring. And Theatre Royal Bath’s acclaimed comedy Relative Values, which stars Caroline Quentin, Rory Bremner and Patricia Hodge, comes to the Harold Pinter Theatre in March.

What else? Well:

  • Robert Webb, of Mitchell and Webb and Peep Show fame, is taking over from Stephen Mangan in Jeeves And Wooster in Perfect Nonsense from 7 April
  • Bonnie Langford is back playing Spamalot’s Lady of the Lake from 24 February
  • Alex Jennings will replace Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory from 19 May
  • And John Lloyd Young, who originated the role of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys when it opened on Broadway, will lead the London cast when the show transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre from 15 March.
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London Theatre News: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot, Peppa Pig, Get Into London Theatre, Gemma Arterton, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Evening Standard Awards http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/london-theatre-news-dirty-rotten-scoundrels-spamalot-peppa-pig-get-into-london-theatre-gemma-arterton-regents-park-open-air-theatre-evening-standard-awards/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/london-theatre-news-dirty-rotten-scoundrels-spamalot-peppa-pig-get-into-london-theatre-gemma-arterton-regents-park-open-air-theatre-evening-standard-awards/#comments Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:00:26 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36049

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels To Open in 2014

A host of exciting new musicals have opened and are due to open in London this year. If you love your tuners as much as I do, you’ll be delighted to hear that the trend looks set to continue in 2014 with the arrival of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

The tale of conmen competing for the affections of an heiress brings Olivier Award winner Robert Lindsay back to the stage alongside comedian Rufus Hound and West End regular Katherine Kingsley. It plays at the Savoy Theatre from 10 March.

Child-friendly Musicals: Spamalot and Peppa Pig’s Big Splash

In more musical news, children’s TV stars Dick and Dom are leaving childish things behind – well, partly – to star in Spamalot. The kid-friendly double act will star as King Arthur and sidekick Patsy in the Monty Python-inspired musical from 2 December.

If the kids don’t fancy dancing knights, pre-school favourite Peppa Pig has announced a festive run of Peppa Pig’s Big Splash at the Criterion. The porky protagonist, who’s so popular she has her own theme park, will play during the daytime while comic thriller The 39 Steps continues in the evenings.

Discounted Theatre Tickets

Looking forward to the new year, annual discount ticket promotion Get Into London Theatre has revealed it will go on sale from 10 December for performances from 1 January to 13 February. More than 45 London shows are taking part, offering cut price tickets from £10 to £40.

As if all that news wasn’t enough, we’ve also heard:

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London Theatre News: Menier Chocolate Factory, Watch This Space, The Weir and More http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-theatre-news-menier-chocolate-factory-watch-this-space-the-weir-and-more/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-theatre-news-menier-chocolate-factory-watch-this-space-the-weir-and-more/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:00:36 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34846 Menier Chocolate Factory

Following the recent premiere of The Color Purple at the Menier Chocolate Factory (I thought it was fantastic, by the way), this week, I’ve news of another European premiere at the South London venue. Nicky Silver’s “savagely funny and heartbreaking” Broadway hit, The Lyons will run at the Menier from 19 September; tickets go on sale on 31 July. Silver’s dark comedy is the story of a family gathered around the hospital bed of their dying father. An exploration of a fractured family, the musical’s initially compassionate characters soon give way to bickering, sniping and betrayal.

With all this good weather we’ve been enjoying in London, it’s the perfect time for me to tell you about the National Theatre’s Watch This Space Presents… August Outdoors festival, taking place outside the iconic Southbank venue. Between 2 and 31 August, you can pop along to see free theatre, music, dance, puppetry and more, all for free. Check out nationaltheatre.org.uk/augustoutdoors to find out more.

Finally for this week: another West End transfer. Josie Rourke’s production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir will transfer to the Wyndham’s Theatre next year following a successful run at the Donmar Warehouse. Starring Risteárd Cooper, Brian Cox, Dervla Kirwan, Peter McDonald and Ardal O’Hanlon, McPherson’s play tells the story of a group of locals all eager to impress a stranger in their midst with their tall tales. The show will open in January next year.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-TimeLondon Theatre Cast News

  • Mike Noble will replace Luke Treadaway in the lead role in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time at the Apollo Theatre from 2 September this year. He’ll be joined by Amanda Drew, Trevor Fox and Rakie Ayola in the new cast of the successful show
  • David Horovitch, Adrian Schiller and Lydia Wilson will join Olivier Award winner Antony Sher in Terry Johnson’s self-directed production of Hysteria at the Hampstead Theatre
  • The full cast of the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui will transfer to the West End from September. Henry Goodman will lead the cast at the Duchess Theatre, with support from Keith Baxter, Michael Feast, William Gaunt and Joe McGann
  • Christopher Biggins, Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Windsor, Larry Lamb and Simon Callow are just some of the big names playing God for a week each in Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre this summer, all in the name of charity

See more London theatre shows at VisitLondon.com/theatre

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London Theatre News: Mamma Mia; Derren Brown; Matthew Morrison and Idina Menzel http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/04/london-theatre-news-mamma-mia-derren-brown-matthew-morrison-and-idina-menzel/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/04/london-theatre-news-mamma-mia-derren-brown-matthew-morrison-and-idina-menzel/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:30:24 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=32539 Mamma Mia!Firstly, happy 14th birthday to Mamma Mia! The show has celebrated another successful year by extending their booking period to 5 April 2014. If you haven’t seen this musical yet, you really must: it’s such a fantastic feel-good show and has been seen by more than 50 million people in 37 productions worldwide.

This week, there’s news of another extension: My Perfect Mind is actor Edward Petherbridge’s tale about suffering a stroke, and will now run at the Young Vic until 4 May. The Told By An Idiot show features Petherbridge playing himself and Paul Hunter playing all the other characters. The play was inspired by Petherbridge who suffered a stroke as he was rehearsing to play King Lear. At the start of his recovery, he could hardly move his thumb and index finger together, but he could still remember every word of Shakespeare’s complex role.

Derren Brown fans will be pleased to hear the illusionist is returning to the West End in June, bringing a new one-man show called Infamous to the Palace Theatre. Infamous is described as one of Brown’s most personal works and sees the master of mind control reunite with his close collaborator, actor, director and magician Andy Nyman.

More Oliviers news this week: an influx of American stars are bringing a touch of US glamour to the Royal Albert Hall ceremony, with Broadway stars and Glee co-actors Matthew Morrison and Idina Menzel both performing solo. Other stars whose attendance is confirmed include Kim Cattrall, Daniel Radcliffe, Damian Lewis, Petula Clark, Will Young and Heather Headley.

If you’re able to get to the free public Oliviers event stage in Covent Garden, you’ll be treated to special live performances from shows including Billy Elliot, Matilda, The Phantom Of The Opera, Wicked, Burn The Floor, Potted Potter and Some Like It Hip Hop, before seeing the ceremony on the live big screen relay.

Stephen Campbell MooreLondon Theatre Cast News

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Royal Mail Launches West End Musical Stamps http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/02/royal-mail-launches-west-end-musical-stamps/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/02/royal-mail-launches-west-end-musical-stamps/#comments Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:00:50 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=19689

Royal Mail launched a set of new stamps today commemorating seven decades of popular UK musicals.

The eight stamps depict some of our favourite West End shows including Queen musical We Will Rock You, Oliver!, Blood Brothers and Billy Elliott.

Launching the new stamps in London today Queen members Roger Taylor and Brian May said: “We’re thrilled that We Will Rock You has been immortalised on a Royal Mail stamp. The image on the stamp takes us back to when we were touring as Queen and embodies the rock and roll music that we wanted to celebrate in We Will Rock You the musical.”

The full list of eight stamps and their values are as follows:

  • 1st – First Class inland letter rate Oliver!
  • 1st – First Class inland letter rate Blood Brothers
  • 1st – First Class inland letter rate We Will Rock You
  • 1st – First Class inland letter rate Monty Python’s Spamalot
  • 97p – Rest of World airmail up to 20gm Rocky Horror Show
  • 97p – Rest of World airmail up to 20gm Me and My Girl
  • 97p – Rest of World airmail up to 20gm Return to the Forbidden Planet
  • 97p – Rest of World airmail up to 20gm Billy Elliot

The musicals stamps are available now at all Post Offices and online at www.royalmail.com/stamps

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