West End stars announced for third From Page to Stage season

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Aria Entertainment today announces the casts and creative teams for the eight shows in the third From Page To Stage season of new musicals, running from Monday 26th October to Saturday 21st November 2015.

Among the wealth of major talent involved in the annual season at the Tristan Bates Theatre, set in the heart of the West End, are West End and Broadway stars Sally Ann Triplett and David Burt and Laura Jane Matthewson, winner of the 2014 Evening Standard Award for Best Emerging Talent for her breakthrough starring role in Dogfight.

All three are taking part in Out There, a new musical from Elliot Davis and James Bourne, the writing team behind the West End musical Loserville. Out There plays Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th October 2015.

From Page To Stage’s headline British musical The Stationmaster, with music and lyrics by Tim Connor and book by Susannah Pearse, will get a two-week run as the centrepiece of the season from Tuesday 3rd to Sunday 15th November 2015.

The cast features: Nigel Richards (Luther Billis, South Pacific, RTE); Jessica Sherman (Sister Berthe, U/S Elsa, The Sound of Music, Bill Kenwright Ltd); Emily Bull (Cosette, Les Miserables, West End); Jon Osbaldeston (Fyedka, Fiddler on the Roof, London Palladium and national tour); David Francis (Ensemble/ first cover Piangi The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre); Annette Yeo (Film adaptations of London Road and Les Miserables); Matt Harrop (Max, The Sound of Music, Leicester Curve) and Richard Brindley (Strephon, Iolanthe, UK Tour).

Readings in the season also include a new piece from Tim Sanders and Charles Miller, whose Return Of The Soldier received a full production last year at Jermyn Street Theatre after a reading in a previous season.

Producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment said: ‘We are thrilled to confirm top-notch casts for all this year’s chosen works – one full scale musical, three readings and four showcases amongst others. The talent involved will deliver the best possible showcases for these new works. The 2015 season was selected from an open application process, which saw 80 musicals submitted and presents a mixed programme of work at various stages of development. From Page To Stage serves as a platform for new writing with a focus on new British musicals and supports not only the writers, but our audiences too. We hope the season will continue to act as a strong vehicle for the development of new musicals here in the UK, and help secure partners for the future of some of the works included.’

She added: ‘The Stationmaster is a wonderfully dark chamber piece with an interesting book to explore in the form of a musical. The musical language is unique and has a blend of tuneful melody and interesting harmony. The story of the piece instantly grabbed my attention when we were reading through our submissions, and I feel it is a great example of what a British writing team has to offer. I think it will represent the From Page To Stage brand well as our headline musical this year.’

Visit www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk to find out more about all of the events and to buy tickets.

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