Kristin Scott Thomas and director Ian Rickson reunite to bring Sophocles’ tragedy to The Old Vic in the round. Frank McGuinness delivers a charged adaptation of this classic tale of power and revenge.
Electra is bound by grief following the murder of her father Agamemnon, unwilling to forgive and consumed by a desire for revenge, her anger builds. On the return of her brother Orestes, Electra’s fury explodes without mercy, leading to a bloody and terrifying conclusion.
Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for BEST NEW MUSICAL, with Music and Lyrics by Ray Davies (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music), a new Book by Joe Penhall and Direction by Edward Hall, SUNNY AFTERNOON depicts the rise to stardom of THE KINKS.
Set against the back-drop of a Britain caught mid-swing between the conservative 50s and riotous 60s, this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands and the irresistible music that influenced generations.
THE KINKS exploded onto the 60s music scene with a raw, energetic new sound that rocked a nation. But how did that happen, where exactly did they come from and what happened next?
Alice’s Adventures Underground
In the Vaults deep underneath Waterloo Station discover Wonderland in all its nonsensical glory. Journey down the rabbit hole to gorge on cakes that will have you bumping your head on the ceiling, smoke a pipe with the Caterpillar as he tells you his psychedelic tale and take tea with the maddest of Hatters; all whilst trying to avoid losing your head at the hands of the fearsome Queen of Hearts.
Opened from early April 2015 and staged in the atmospheric Vaults underneath Waterloo station, Alice’s Adventures Underground creates Wonderland as a fully formed world that blends storytelling, live music, puppetry, circus and spectacle. Invited down the rabbit hole in intimate groups of 52, each audience member will be presented with a choice of EAT ME or DRINK ME, which will affect the way their show will unfold…
The Audience (2015)
Kristin Scott Thomas played Queen Elizabeth II in a new version of Peter Morgan’s The Audience directed by Stephen Daldry, which opened at the Apollo Theatre on 21 April 2015 to acclaim from audiences and critics alike and ran until 25 July 2015. The Audience set and costume was designed by Bob Crowley, lighting designed by Rick Fisher, sound designed by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby. Casting was by Robert Sterne CDG, with children’s casting by Jessica Ronane CDG.
The Audience was produced by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
Damian Lewis, John Goodman and Tom Sturridge starred in a new production of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, which opened at Wyndham’s Theatre on 16 April for a strictly limited season which ended on 27 June 2015.
David Mamet’s explosive drama examines the fickle nature of honour among thieves. As three small-time crooks plan one big-time heist, a tragedy of errors spins this razor-sharp and darkly funny play into a blistering account of divided loyalties, insatiable greed and a coveted Buffalo nickel.
Damian Lewis, known internationally for his Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning performance as Nicholas Brody in Homeland, returns to the West End alongside the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winner John Goodman and Outer Critics Circle Theatre Award winner Tom Sturridge, who make their West End debuts, in this major new revival directed by Daniel Evans.
American Buffalo was produced in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis and Nick Salmon for Playful Productions and Jeffrey Richards.
Billy Elliot UK Tour
Now celebrating 10 extraordinary years in London’s West End, Billy Elliot the Musical, one of the most beloved shows on stage today, begins its first ever UK and Ireland tour in February 2016.
Set in a northern mining town during the miners’ strike of 1984/’85, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s fight to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey from boxing ring to ballet class where he discovers a talent that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever.
Featuring iconic music by Elton John, phenomenal dance and a powerful story, experience this uplifting and spectacular theatrical event that has won the hearts of millions since it opened in London and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world.
Plays at the Garrick
The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company promises a year of unmissable theatre.
Working in collaboration with artistic associates, director Rob Ashford and designer Christopher Oram, the acclaimed actor-director Kenneth Branagh presents an exceptional series of plays that bring together a remarkable group of actors, led by Rob Brydon, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Lily James and Richard Madden.
The season will comprise The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, Harlequinade and All On Her Own, a Rattigan double bill, Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti, The Painkiller by Francis Veber, in an adaptation by Sean Foley, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and The Entertainer by John Osborne.
The Drowned Man
The National Theatre and Punchdrunk present The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable, a unique, immersive theatrical adventure which unfolds across four levels of a vast central London location.
Amidst the fading glamour of 1960s Los Angeles, stands Temple Studios – a crumbling monument to the golden age of film, seducing wide-eyed dreamers with the promise of wealth and fame. Here, movie stars mingle with hungry young upstarts, while beyond the gates lies a forgotten hinterland where the many rejected by the studio system scratch out a living.
Inspired by Georg Büchner's fractured masterpiece Woyzeck, The Drowned Man explores the darkness of the Hollywood dream. Celluloid fantasy meets desperate reality, and certainty dissolves into a hallucinatory world. The Drowned Man represents an exciting step forward in immersive theatre and an innovative approach to traditional storytelling and audience engagement. Fiery Dragons is proud to stand on the cutting edge of theatre in 2014.
Seen by over 350,000 people worldwide, Ghost Stories is truly an extraordinary theatrical experience. Written and directed by The League of Gentlemen's Jeremy Dyson, and Andy Nyman, co-creator and director of Derren Brown's television and stage shows, Ghost Stories mixes the very best of theatre with the buzz of a thrill-ride, delivering something wholly unique. With some new moments of shock, this show will make you laugh and scream in equal measure.
Ghost Stories is a stage fright like no other - 80 rollercoaster minutes of thrilling, chilling laughs terrifying and delighting London audiences at the Arts Theatre.
Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense
Meet the effervescent, aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster and his dutiful valet, Jeeves, in the critically acclaimed stage play Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense.
When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker, but also to steal a silver cow creamer from Totleigh Towers. Naturally, the ever dependable Jeeves is there to prevent Bertie from making a fool of himself in front of a cast of Wodehouse¹s finest characters.
This new take on the classic PG Wodehouse characters has enjoyed starring performances from Tony nominee and television favourite Stephen Mangan, BAFTA award winner Matthew Macfayden and celebrated actor and comedian Robert Webb.
Judith Bliss, once glittering star of the London stage, now in early retirement, is still enjoying life with more than a little high drama. To spice her weekend up, Judith invites a young suitor to join her in the country. However, her novelist husband, and her two eccentric children have had the same idea for themselves and any hope for private flirtation disappears as the family’s guests begin to arrive. Misjudged meetings, secret seductions and scandalous revelations all run riot at the most outrageous of all house parties.
Hay Fever presented the first time the Noel Coward theatre staged a play by the man himself. Howard Davies directed the timeless Lindsay Duncan, reuniting the director and actor who together received seven major international theatre awards for their 2001 collaboration on Coward’s seminal Private Lives. Duncan was joined by Jeremy Northam, Kevin R McNally and Olivia Colman in Coward’s sublime comedy of bad manners.
Elyot and Amanda are glamorous, rich, reckless... and divorced. Five years later, their love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a Riviera hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses, Victor and Sibyl. This chance encounter instantly reignites their passion, and they fling themselves headlong into a whirlwind of love and lust once more, without a thought for partners present or turbulences past.
Following a sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre and continuing Fiery Dragons’ excellent relationship with the CFT, this much-anticipated transfer blazed across the West End stage featuring dazzling performances from Toby Stephens, Anna Chancellor and Anthony Calf in an explosive production that proves Noël Coward still has the power to thrill, provoke and delight.
Ken Stott, Anna Friel and Samuel West were united together on stage for the first time in one of Anton Chekhov's undisputed masterpieces, Uncle Vanya. Adapted by Christopher Hampton, Uncle Vanya uniquely blends sparkling wit and earthy humour to brilliant comic effect.
Vanya (Ken Stott), Yelena (Anna Friel), Astrov (Samuel West) and Sonya are all in love, with the past, with ideals and with each other. As their universe shifts around them they struggle to keep their emotions at bay in this exquisitely evoked comedy of the trials and tribulations of the human condition.
Directed by Lindsay Posner with designs by Christopher Oram, this production played to enraptured audiences at the Vaudeville Theatre and re-introduced Chekhov to the West End with charm and wit.
A Chorus Line
Based on true stories, A Chorus Line revolutionised Broadway, becoming the longest running musical in New York theatre history, breaking records, winning nine Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, the New York Critics’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
In 2013, the original creators of A Chorus Line joined forces to bring this legendary musical to the world-famous London Palladium, for the first time since its award-winning London season premiered in 1976,
Boasting such classics as ‘One (Singular Sensation)’, ‘What I Did For Love’ and ‘At The Ballet’, A Chorus Line is an iconic musical masterpiece. It remains one of the most revolutionary, influential pieces in the musical theatre canon, and its return to the West End was long awaited and rapturously received.
For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. The Audience breaks this contract of silence – and imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister has used these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional – sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.
The Audience reunited writer Peter Morgan and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren following their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed movie sensation The Queen.
The multiple award-winning production was directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and presented in the West End at the Gielgud Theatre by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Robert Fox and Andy Harries.
Slava's Snowshow has delighted and exhilarated theatregoers around the world.
The show at the Royal Festival Hall presented a Christmas experience of a joyous dream-like world, unlike anything audiences have seen before: a world in which a cobweb envelops the audience and one tiny piece of paper begins a heart-stopping blizzard of snow.
Combining hilarity and poignancy with stunning breathtaking spectacle, this classic family show bursts with joy and magic.
The Ladykillers, Gielgud Theatre
The celebrated Ealing comedy The Ladykillers comes to life on stage in a hilarious and thrilling new adaption by Graham Linehan (Father Ted) and directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote). Featuring a stellar cast of some of the finest stage and screen comedy actors including BAFTA winner Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) as Professor Marcus along with James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley), Ben Miller (The Armstrong and Miller Show), Stephen Wight (Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer) and Olivier Award winners Clive Rowe and Marcia Warren; as the sweetly innocent Mrs Wilberforce. The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing. Recently nominated for five Laurence Olivier Awards including ‘Best New Play’.
Sweeney Todd, Adelphi Theatre
Direct from a sell-out season at Chichester Festival Theatre, where it received multiple five-star reviews and standing ovations, Jonathan Kent’s production of Sweeney Todd is unmissable. Laced with dark humour, dazzling wit and an infectious score Sondheim’s musical thriller has been hailed as ‘a masterwork’ (The Sunday Times) and ‘wickedly funny’ (Guardian). Telling the story of the demon barber of Fleet Street whose quest for revenge turns into a blood bath, helped by his partner-in-crime Mrs Lovett, beneath the barber’s chair. The production comes to the West End for a strictly limited season from 10th March 2012, starring Michael Ball in the title role and Imelda Staunton as Mrs Lovett.
Peppa Pig's Treasure Hunt, Criterion Theatre / UK Tour
A brand new stage production of the much-loved television franchise. Peppa, George and Danny Dog are up to fun and games on a day out on Grandad Dog's boat. Pedra Pony, Polly Parrot and Zoe Zebra help the trio to follow the clues and find their treasure as they all enjoy a day of adventure near the seaside! Following the incredible sell-out success of Peppa Pig's Tea Party, Peppa is back with a brand new show featuring true to life puppets, perfect singalong songs and a new story that will charm and delight all her fans. Full sail!