First look at Pixie Lott in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly 4 credit Uli Weber

Pixie Lott will star as Holly Golightly in a limited 12-week season of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, adapted by Richard Greenberg, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End in 2016. This will follow the first UK and Ireland tour of Truman Capote’s classic tale first brought to life so memorably by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film. It will be presented in a co-production with the Curve Theatre, Leicester. The novella has been adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning Finalist and Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright, Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain), and contains memorable songs from the era as well as original music by Grant Olding (One Man, Two Guvnors).

‘The goal of this version is to return to the original setting of the novella, which is the New York of the Second World War, as Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly 5 credit Uli Weberwell as to resume its tone – still stylish and romantic, yes, but rougher-edged and more candid than people generally remember,’ Richard Greenberg explained. ‘Capote was a great writer and a natural maker of plots and Breakfast at Tiffany’s has a drive that makes it very alluring to dramatise.’

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which will be directed by Nikolai Foster, the Artistic Director of Curve, as part of his inaugural season for the company, with production design by Matthew Wright (La Cage Aux Folles), lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Mic Poole, will begin performances in Leicester on 3rd March 2016, before embarking on a UK and Ireland Tour. The 12-week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End will run from 30th June to 17th September 2016.

Based on Truman Capote’s beloved masterwork, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is set in New York in 1943. Fred, a young writer from Louisiana, meets Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly – including Fred. But Fred is poor, and Holly’s other suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil. As war rages on in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with Fred – just as her past catches up with her.

Artistic Director of Curve, Nikolai Foster said: ‘I am thrilled Pixie Lott will lead the company in our production of Richard Greenberg’s beautiful adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Developing new audiences for drama and presenting plays which are socially relevant, are things we feel passionately about at Curve. I am very proud Pixie, Richard and our first class creative team will be joining us in Leicester for my inaugural season.’

Pixie Lott said: ‘I am so excited to play Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in my first West End play. I absolutely love Holly’s style, and free spirit; she has always been an icon to me and I can’t wait to bring my own personality to the role. Alongside music, I’ve always wanted to be in a play, and getting the opportunity to be in one of my all time favourites and play this fabulous character is a dream come true.’

For more information, visit www.breakfastattiffanys.co.uk.

Tour schedule 2016:

3rd – 12th March                         Leicester                                     0116 242 3595

Curve Theatre                             www.curveonline.co.uk

15th – 19th March                        Canterbury                                  01227 787787

Marlowe Theatre                         www.marlowetheatre.com

4th – 9th April                               Leeds                                          0844 848 2700

Grand Theatre                             www.leedsgrandtheatre.com

12th – 16th April                           Salford                                        0843 208 6000

Lowry Theatre                            www.thelowry.com

18th – 23rd April                           Birmingham                                  0844 871 3011

Alexandra Theatre                      www.atgtickets.com/birmingham

25th – 30th April                           Southampton                               02380 711811

Mayflower Theatre                     www.mayflower.org.uk

13th – 18th June                          Dublin                                          0818 719 377

Bord Gais Theatre                       www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

20th – 25th June                          Plymouth                                      01752 267222

Theatre Royal                              www.theatreroyal.com

30th June – 17th September       London                                        020 7930 8800

Theatre Royal Haymarket            www.trh.co.uk

Images: Uli Webe

Judy Garland play Through the Mill to get world premiere in London

Through the Mill poster artwork

Through the Mill, a new play by Ray Rackham chronicling the life of Judy Garland, will get its world premiere in a three-week season at the London Theatre Workshop from Tuesday 1st December to Saturday 19th December 2015.

Taking place during three significant and distinct moments in Judy Garland’s career, Through the Mill charts her rise from teenager to MGM movie star, from ‘has-been’ to concert hall darling, and her short-lived career as a television personality.

On film, on stage or in people’s living rooms every Sunday evening, Garland was, and continues to be, one of the biggest stars of Hollywood’s golden age. As conflicted as she was celebrated, Through the Mill gives the audience an opportunity to go beyond the rainbow and witness the life of a woman destined for greatness, one who is as loved today as she was when she made her way along that yellow brick road.

Featuring a hit list of Garland greatest standards performed live by a cast of 12, Through the Mill will delight Garland aficionados and audiences new to her extensive catalogue of work alike. Cast to be announced.

Through the Mill is directed by Max Reynolds (Ushers: The Front of House Musical at the Arts Theatre) and is produced by Skye Crawford for London Theatre Workshop, whose recent productions include the critically acclaimed, sell-out musicals Parade and Apartment 40C.

Tickets start from £15. Visit www.londontheatreworkshop.co.uk/through-the-mill to find out more.

First look at brand new musical comedy The Smallest Show on Earth

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, Brian Eastman and Christabel Albery present a new musical comedy based on the StudioCanal Peter Sellers/Margaret Rutherford film, The Smallest Show on Earth. The stage show, which has a book by Thom Southerland and Paul Alexander, contains some of Irving Berlin’s greatest songs, including Blue Skies, Shakin’ the Blues Away, Let Yourself Go, Steppin’ Out with my Baby and How Deep is the Ocean, as well as some rediscovered gems.

'The Smallest Show on Earth"Director Thom Southerland said: ‘Berlin’s music provides the perfect accompaniment to our 1950s story, not only in lyric, but in style and period too.’

The UK tour of The Smallest Show on Earth debuted at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester on Friday 25th September 2015, and will go on to play Coventry, High Wycombe, Glasgow, Plymouth, Crewe, Swansea and Malvern.

Laura Pitt-Pulford as Jean Spenser
Laura Pitt-Pulford as Jean Spenser

The show sees newlyweds Matt and Jean Spenser inherit a cinema and think their fortune is made. But, the Bijou, better known as the fleapit, is the victim of a dirty tricks campaign from its rival flashy neighbour, The Grand. The Bijou’s benevolent manageress Mrs Fazackalee and unreliable projectionist Mr Quill combine with Matt and Jean to outwit the opposition and restore the Bijou to its former glory.

StudioCanal’s The Smallest Show on Earth was a 1957 British Lion film written by William Rose (Genevieve, The Ladykillers) and directed by Basil Dearden (Blue Lamp, League of Gentlemen). It starred Peter Sellers as Mr Quill and Margaret Rutherford as Mrs Fazackalee, along with Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers as Matt and Jean.

Brian Capron (Mr Quill) and Liza Goddard (Mrs Fazackalee)
Brian Capron (Mr Quill) and Liza Goddard (Mrs Fazackalee)

The cast of the new musical comedy will be led by Liza Goddard (Take Three Girls, Bergerac, Grandpa in my Pocket) as Mrs Fazackalee and Brian Capron (Coronation Street, Where the Heart Is, Grange Hill) as Mr Quill. Also in the cast will be Haydn Oakley as Matthew Spenser, Laura Pitt-Pulford as Jean Spenser, Ricky Butt as Ethel Hardcastle, Philip Rham as Albert Hardcastle, Christina Bennington as Marlene Hardcastle, Sam O’Rourke as Tom Fazackalee and Matthew Crowe as Robin Carter, with Leo Andrew, Jacob Chapman, Matthew Dale, Nova Skipp and Leah West.

The UK tour of The Smallest Show on Earth – A new Irving Berlin Musical is produced by Brian Eastman, Christabel Albery and Mercury Theatre, Colchester, by special arrangement with StudioCanal.

For more information, visit www.thesmallestshowonearth.co.uk.

'The Smallest Show on Earth"

Tour schedule:

25th September – 10th October   Colchester                    01206 573948

Mercury Theatre           www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

13th – 17th October                     Coventry                       024 7655 3055

Belgrade Theatre          www.belgrade.co.uk

19th – 24th October                     High Wycombe              01494 512 000

Wycombe Swan           www.wycombeswan.co.uk

26th – 31st October                      Glasgow                       0844 871 7647

Theatre Royal               www.atgtickets.com/glasgow

3rd – 7th November                      Plymouth                       01752 267222

Theatre Royal               www.theatreroyal.com

9th – 14th November                    Crewe                           01270 368 242

Lyceum                         www.crewelyceum.co.uk

16th – 21st November                  Swansea                      01792 475715

Grand Theatre              www.swansea.gov.uk/swanseagrandtheatre

23rd – 28th November                  Malvern                         01684 892277

Malvern Theatres          www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

Images: Alastair Muir

Full cast announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats

The 2014 London Palladium cast of Cats, Photo credit Alessandro Pinna (2)

As previously announced, Beverley Knight is to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats to play the role of Grizabella. Returning to the London Palladium from 23rd October 2015 for a strictly limited 11 week season, Cats is booking until 2nd January 2016.

As rehearsals begin for the season, the cast joining Beverley Knight (Grizabella) at the London 1. Beverley Knight (Grizabella) photo Matt CrockettPalladium comprises Jack Butterworth (Rumpus/Alonzo), Danielle Cato (Cassandra), Javier Cid (Macavity/Admetus), Luke Cinque-White (Carbucketty), Emma Lee Clark (Bombalurina), Jon-Scott Clark (Bill Bailey), Gabrielle Cocca (Tantomile), Harry Francis (Mungojerrie), Tarryn Gee (Jemima), Evan James (Skimbleshanks), Matt Krzan (Munkustrap), Georgie Leatherland (Rumpelteazer), Adam Linstead (Old Deuteronomy), Paul F Monaghan (Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones), Jane Quinn (Jennyanydots), Mark John Richardson (Quaxo/ Mistoffelees), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum), Jordan Shaw (Pouncival), Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/ White Cat), James Titchener (Coricopat), Marcquelle Ward (Tugger) and Anna Woodside (Demeter). They are joined by Megan Armstrong, Lindsay Atherton, Lucy Brushett, Oliver Ramsdale, Alex Pinder and Barry Haywood as swings.

Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats returned to the West End in December last year (2014) in a sell-out season reuniting the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Previously Nicole Scherzinger and then Kerry Ellis played the role of Grizabella at the Palladium, whilst Jane McDonald recently played the role of Grizabella in an eight-week season at Blackpool Opera House.

Tickets for Cats start from £20, with top price seats at £59.50 and children’s tickets at half price for Monday to Thursday performances.

Visit www.catsthemusical.com/london to book tickets.

Images: Alessandro Pinna, Matt Crockett

STOMP extends booking in London to 2017

Omari Carter STOMP London credit Steve McNicholas (3)

STOMP at London’s Ambassadors Theatre has extended its booking period until 8th January 2017 following a successful eight-year run at the West End venue.

STOMP, created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, was first performed in 1991 in Edinburgh, and tomorrow (Sunday 27th September 2015) celebrates eight years at the Ambassadors Theatre in London where it has broken all previous box office records.

One of Britain’s greatest exports, STOMP has toured the globe for 22 years, playing over 20,000 performances to more than 12 million people in 53 countries on six continents. There are currently four STOMP companies performing worldwide: one on tour in North America, another throughout Europe and the rest of the world, one in New York, and one in London.

Facts:

  • In its 13 years in London’s West End, STOMP has consumed over 10,000 boxes of matches, over 13,500 brooms, almost 9,000 bin lids, over 18,000 drumsticks, over 8,000 wooden poles, over 35,000 newspapers, over 6,500kg of sand, almost 260,000 litres of water and 676 gallons of floor paint.
  • The cast of STOMP has performed ‘Cecilia’ with Paul Simon and Jimmy Fallon, and the production is a firm celebrity favourite, with audience members having included Jodi Foster, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Dylan, Sir Ben Kingsley, Phil Collins and Stephen Fry.

Visit www.stomplondon.com to book tickets.

Image: Steve McNicholas