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Autumn 2018 at Jermyn Street Theatre

About Leo

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING his hugely successful and highly acclaimed first year as artistic director, Tom Littler is marking the start of his second year at the helm with a season of new work celebrating rebellious spirits.

This includes the first UK production by award-winning British/American playwright Bathsheba Doran, the world premiere of a play about the maverick surrealist, Leonora Carrington, the revival of a modern Canadian classic and a rip-roaring, spine-chilling, body-snatching Christmas comedy.

The autumn REBELS Season comprises:

· The world premiere of Alice Allemano’s About Leo, directed by JMK Award-winning Michael Oakley, which runs from September 5 to September 29.

About Leo tells the true story of surrealist painter Leonora Carrington. When a young journalist turns up unexpectedly in Mexico City, the elderly Leo must confront her past, including her legendary love affair with the artist Max Ernst. Inspired by real events, About Leo is a gripping drama, which skilfully unpicks ideas about art and inspiration. This is Allemano’s first play.

· The European premiere of Parents’ Evening, by Bathsheba Doran, which runs from October 3 to October 27.

Parents’ Evening is a contemporary marital drama set at a parent-teacher evening that goes disastrously wrong. Stella Powell-Jones, Jermyn Street Theatre’s Deputy Director, directs.

Bathsheba Doran is a Londoner who moved to the US after studying at Cambridge University, and became one of the most highly regarded playwrights in American theatre: a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and Writers Guild Award nominee, and Berwin Lee Award winner. Her most recent play debuted at Lincoln Center Theater, and her extensive screenwriting includes Boardwalk Empire and Masters of Sex. For the first time, Doran’s plays return to the UK.

· A mini-season commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Billy Bishop Goes to War, by John Gray with Eric Peterson, directed by Jimmy Walters in a co-production with Proud Haddock, runs from October 31 to November 24.

Billy Bishop Goes To War is a two-man play with songs that chronicles the true story of the audacious First World War flying ace, Billy Bishop. First produced in Vancouver in 1978, it has taken its place as the most performed play in Canadian theatre history. The run is accompanied by one-night performances of This Evil Thing (November 4), a drama about conscientious objectors written and performed by Michael Mears, and Never Such Innocence (November 18), an evening of wartime music and poetry.

· A co-production with the Watermill Theatre of Tom Wentworth’s black comedy Burke and Hare, directed by Abigail Pickard Price, which runs from November 28 to December 21.

In 19th century Edinburgh, William Burke and William Hare spotted a gap in the market: a huge demand from the medical profession for human corpses. They created a dastardly plan to meet the demand with a steady supply.

During the theatre’s first year as a producing venue, it has staged world premieres of five full-length plays (including Howard Brenton’s The Blinding Light) and five one-act plays, two European premieres, and several revivals including the complete cycle of Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8.30. Jermyn Street Theatre, a signatory to the Equity Fringe Agreement, has also reported that its weekly sales are up by over 50%, and it has employed 28 female and 26 male actors.

To book tickets, call the box office on 020 7287 2875 or visit www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/.

The Reaction Season at Jermyn Street Theatre concludes with Hymn to Love, a homage to Edith Piaf (July 25 to August 18).

Thriller Live to celebrate 4,000 W/E shows with a Gala Charity Performance in aid of The Prince’s Trust

WEST End concert spectacular, Thriller Live, is teaming up with The Prince’s Trust to celebrate a record-breaking 4000th performance at the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

For one night only and to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust, high profile special guest stars from the world of music and entertainment – names to be announced – will perform Michael Jackson tracks alongside the West End cast for this very exciting gala charity performance.

All proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to The Prince’s Trust and the gala night will launch a year-long partnership and commitment to provide tickets, workshops and a mentoring programme.

Thriller Live Producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol of Flying Music and Executive Director Adrian Grant of Key Concerts said:

“We are proud to announce that Thriller Live, which is now in its 10th year in the West End, is partnering with The Prince’s Trust for this one-off charity gala performance and that we will be supporting this wonderful charity over the next year with its mandate to help disadvantaged young people get their lives on track with opportunites to see the show, Q & A sessions, art programmes, workshops and mentoring experiences with our creative team, dancers and singers.”

Ian Jeffers, Deputy Chief Executive at The Prince’s Trust said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Thriller LiveThriller Live performance, along with the Thriller Live team’s commitment to provide experiences and mentoring over the next year, will help us to support even more young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions.”

Thriller Live, created by Michael Jackson author and associate Adrian Grant and directed by award-winning choreographer Gary Lloyd, is unlike any other West End musical. There is no script or story, it is instead an eye-popping celebration of Michael Jackson’s music and dance legacy, bringing to life on stage his distinctive high-energy dancing and the pulsating sound of many of pop’s greatest hits.

Macy Gray, Stooshe and Joe McElderry joined the show in December 2012 for Children in Need. View video here.

Thriller Live first Moonwalked into the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in January 2009. It holds the record as the longest ever run of a show since the theatre started entertaining the capital in December 1888, and the record as the 6th longest running musical currently playing in the West End. It has been seen by over 4.5 million people in 33 countries and played over 6,000 performances worldwide, never failing to get a standing ovation!

Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 11 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law.

The Trust’s programs give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 900,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day. To find out more, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk/.

Tickets: Premium £150, £85, £74.50, £62.50, £52 and £42 – available from the box office on 0330 333 4812 or online at thrillerlive.com/.

Time: Red carpet arrivals from 7pm. Show starts at 7.30pm.

Read more about Thriller Live.

First photos of new cast released as two extra matinees announced for Wicked

Chris Jarman

Casting news

THE first pictures have been released of new principal cast members David Witts as Fiyero, Chris Jarman as Doctor Dillamond and Rosa O’Reilly as Nessarose, who join the London production of Wicked from Monday, July 23, 2018. To view them, click here.

Due to demand, two extra matinee shows have been added this summer, on Thursday, August 16 and Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 2.30pm. Tickets, starting at £22, are now on sale.

Previously Posted: Wicked, the hit musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has confirmed that Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Jack Lansbury (Boq), Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie and Maria Coyne (Standby for Glinda) will all continue in their current roles.

Joining them, from Monday, July 23, 2018, will be the previously announced David Witts as Fiyero together with Chris Jarman (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as Doctor Dillamond and current cast member Rosa O’Reilly, who takes over the role of Nessarose.

Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose) and original cast member Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond) will all play their final performances on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Chris Jarman (pictured) most recently played ‘Hagrid’ and the ‘Sorting Hat’ in the original London cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. His other West End credits include ‘The General’ in the original cast of The Book of Mormon and ‘Shank’ in the original cast of Sister Act The Musical. For the National Theatre he appeared in The Comedy of Errors, directed by Dominic Cooke, and his many appearances with the RSC include The Merchant of Venice, directed by Rupert Goold. Jarman is also the voice of the mysterious villain ‘The Mechanic’ in ITV’s Thunderbirds Are Go.

Rosa O’Reilly originally joined the London cast of Wicked in August 2016 and has already played the role of ‘Nessarose’ on many occasions. Prior to Wicked, her credits included ‘Soul Girl’ in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and ‘Elizabeth’ in Dirty Dancing (West End and UK Tour).

The new cast from Monday, July 23, 2018 includes Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), David Witts (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard), Chris Jarman (Doctor Dillamond), Rosa O’Reilly (Nessarose), Jack Lansbury (Boq), Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba), and Carina Gillespie and Maria Coyne* (Standby for Glinda).

They are joined by Jennie Abbotts, Meg Astin, Rebecca Botterill, Nicole Carlisle, Conor Crown, Jonathan David Dudley, Lewis Easter, Kerry Enright, Aimée Fisher, André Fabien Francis, Chris George, Tom Andrew Hargreaves, Maggie Lynne, Carl Man, Rhidian Marc, James McHugh, Ellie Mitchell, Sam Robinson, Scott Sutcliffe, Genevieve Taylor, Paulo Teixeira, Samantha Thomas, Libby Watts, Bryony Whitfield, Chiarina Woodall and Tom Woollaston.

*Maternity cover.

Wicked is currently booking at the Apollo Victoria Theatre until May 25, 2019.

The Government Inspector - Jack Studio Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IRRATIONAL theatre is presenting Paula Chitty’s adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector at the Jack Studio Theatre – from Tuesday, August 21 to Saturday, August 25, 2018.

As the lights flicker… it’s 1979 in Worsborough Dale. A letter arrives announcing the arrival of a government inspector, incognito, and ready to root out the town’s rampant corruption, which sends the crooked council chairman and his bureaucrats into a panicked frenzy.

A web of lies and bribery follows in this comic satire of a small town’s utter madness, shadiness and self delusion. Nobody is free from the taint of ravenous self-interest, bureaucracy, buffoonery and more. Their actions are held up to scorn and ridicule in this hilarious yet moral tale.

Paula Chitty directs a cast that includes Fiona Vivian, Richard Willmott, Elizabeth George, Richard Houghton-Evans, Jack Blue, Robert Mclachlan, Kieran Doyle, John Stivey and Bernard O’Sullivan.

Gogol is seen by most critics as the first Russian realist. His biting satire, comic realism, and descriptions of Russian provincials and petty bureaucrats influenced later Russian masters. His best-known works are his play The Inspector General; his short stories The Nose and The Overcoat; and his novel Dead Souls. Although raised by his mother as a Christian, Gogol increasingly found his work as a writer in conflict with his spiritual aims. Unable to reconcile the two, he burned his final manuscript shortly before his death in 1852.

irrational theatre exists to create fresh, quirky concepts of classics, opera and new writing; producing imaginative and innovative productions and taking pride in creating unique productions that reflect irrational’s values. It is run by Paula Chitty, who is a freelance director and designer.

The Government Inspector is designed by Paula Chitty, with lighting by Adam Brooks and Bob Grover.

The Government Inspector is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: £16, £13 concessions – available from the box office on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only) or online at brockleyjack.co.uk/.

Time: 7.30pm.

Also at the Jack Studio Theatre: The White Rose by Ross McGregor (until August 4, 2018).

Production images released for Sounds and Sorcery celebrating Disney Fantasia at The Vaults

Fantasia

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PRODUCTION images have been released for The Vaults’ highly anticipated immersive show, Sounds and Sorcery celebrating Disney Fantasia. To view them, click here.

Sounds and Sorcery celebrating Disney Fantasia is a brand new immersive experience that will open at The Vaults this summer, in the year Mickey Mouse celebrates his 90th anniversary.

Inspired by the classic 1940 Disney film, a series of unique installations will bring some of the world’s most iconic classical music to life in a multi-sensory experience. The production will run from July 3 to September 30, 2018.

It is our intention to make a new version of Fantasia every year. Its pattern is very flexible and fun to work with – not really a concert, not a vaudeville or a revue, but a grand mixture of comedy, fantasy, ballet, drama, impressionism, color, sound and epic fury. Walt Disney, 1941

It’s time for a dance with a funky hippo that will leave you in a celestial spin, walk in a prehistoric wasteland to give you goose bumps, seek out the fish and the fairies in a forest of ethereal dreams and, if you dare, sneak into the Sorcerer’s lair – you may find this surreal symphony swells the soul.

Audience members will be invited to step inside The Vaults maze of tunnels in Waterloo, London, where, wearing individual headphones, the orchestra will guide them on an interactive journey. Each space will reveal a fantastical environment using a combination of cutting edge binaural sound, 3D projections, elaborate set designs and dazzling lighting effects to reimagine the many worlds of Disney Fantasia.

Under the musical direction of Stephen Higgins, a 96-piece orchestra has created a new recording especially for the experience, featuring the eight diverse classical pieces of music from the original film including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Rite of Spring, Night on Bald Mountain and Nutcracker Suite.

Kieron Vanstone, Director of The Vaults, and Producer of Sounds and Sorcery, said: “When we first began exploring the world of Disney Fantasia, we knew instinctively that this was the next epic scale immersive project for us. For some time we’d been exploring the use of headphones, and specifically binaural technology, as a technique for plunging our audiences deeper into the worlds we create.

Fantasia is such an inspiring, iconic movie that truly features some of the most excellent music that has ever been scored. We were incredibly inspired by what Walt Disney and his animators achieved with this music in the original movie, and our immersive take on it will aim to be as ground-breaking, just as inspirational and sprinkled with the same amount of wonderful.”

Anna Hill, Chief Marketing Officer, The Walt Disney Company UK and Ireland, said: “At Disney we love bringing innovative experiences to new audiences, and we are delighted that The Vaults are staging this Fantasia-inspired production this year, as the film marks a truly iconic moment in the history of Mickey Mouse ahead of his 90th anniversary.

Fantasia was, and still is, a ground-breaking movie and Walt Disney’s creativity continues to inspire people all over the world today, so it is fitting that this experiential event is paying tribute to this seminal work in this way.”

Sounds and Sorcery celebrating Disney Fantasia will be directed by Daisy Evans, the founder and Artistic Director of Silent Opera whose work focuses on the use of headphones to bring classical music to new audiences.

Design for the production has been created by Kitty Callister in collaboration with a variety of artists who have created the installations including David Gregory Sound Designer, Doug Foster Video Designer, Jake Wiltshire Lighting Designer and Andy George Production Manager.

Tickets (on sale from 10am on Thursday, April 19): From £30 (concessions available). To book, call 0207 401 9603 or visit www.soundsandsorcery.com/.

Times: Evenings: Tuesday – Saturday, performance slots between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, performance slots between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Additional matinee performances Thursday and Friday between July 26 and September 2. No performance on August 28.

Linda Glick's Teach Me Tonight - Live at Zedel: The Crazy Coqs

Linda Glick

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

LINDA Glick is bringing Teach Me Tonight to Live at Zedel: The Crazy Coqs for one night only – Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

Teach Me Tonight features an eclectic program, perfectly in sync with the times today, combining new works with classics and signature songs by Charles Aznavour, Amando Manzanero as well as Elton John, Billy Joel, Janis Ian, Tom Waits, Harold Arlen and others.

Teach Me Tonight addresses the theme that we are both the teacher and the student in the theatre of life. The question remains: who is the teacher and who is the student?

The show is a call for tolerance – sharing humour, personal stories, heartbreak, original material and historical musical history. It includes songs from The Wild Party, several French selections and songs by Clint Eastwood, Graham Nash and Rogers and Hammerstein.

Glick, a sassy and seasoned redhead, takes her audience on a joyous musical and emotional adventure, drawing from own past experiences as a former NYC Jr. HS teacher of French and Spanish. The song list includes original material co-written with her longtime NYC Musical Director Ian Herman, as well as contemporary songs by Randy Newman, Aaron Neville and iconic classics by Cole Porter, Noel Coward and Peggy Lee.

Glick is a NYC born and bred actress/singer who works in Theatre, Film and TV. Her career began in Cabaret rooms all over NYC: Les Mouches, Reno Sweeney, the Duplex, the Triad, Judy’s, Sweetwater’s and so many others. She built a large and loyal following that was strengthened by her palpable appeal to gay audiences who reveled in her humor and poignancy. Glick’s programs lean towards contemporary and European songwriters and performers.

Her multi-faceted career has taken her around the world with one-woman shows and concerts. An 11th hour booking at La Chansonette, where she performed all foreign language material, jump started her career. She was discovered and signed by two European promoters who placed her in management. That led to performances at the Rainbow Grille as well as alternating between gay cabarets, bath houses and the conventional circuit, including top flight resorts, Atlantic City and luxury liners. In Washington, D.C., she opened for the late Peter Allen and headlined at the Gay Pride Day celebrations there.

Recently, she has played major rooms including Feinstein’s 54Below, NYC. She starred as Mrs. Brice in two regional productions of Funny Girl. On screen, in addition to leading roles in several shorts and independent films, Glick was directed by Madonna in W.E. and she played Nancy Pelosi in HBO’s Too Big To Fail, directed by Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential). Most recently, she appeared in The Incredible Jessica James, an Independent Feature Film, directed by Jim Strouse.

Musical Director for Teach Me Tonight is Nathan Martin.

For more information, visit www.teach-me-tonight.com/ or www.lindaglick.com/.

Tickets: £25 – available by calling 020 7734 4888 or visiting www.brasseriezedel.com/live-at-zedel/.

Time: 7pm.

Live cinema screening for the Shakespeare's Globe production of The Winter's Tale

Theatre news

More2Screen has announced that the Shakespeare’s Globe production of the much-loved late romance, The Winter’s Tale, will be broadcast live to over 400 cinemas across the UK, Ireland and selected European territories on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Directed by Blanche McIntyre (fresh from directing the hugely acclaimed The Writer at the Almeida), the production will be the second live cinema broadcast from inside the famous ‘wooden O’ in the Globe’s history.

The sweeping plot of The Winter’s Tale takes audiences from the seething, stifled Sicilian court to the joyful chaos of Bohemia. Shakespeare’s great drama of irrational emotions and inexplicable forces reveals how even the greatest cruelties can be redeemed by love, forgiveness, and a little gentle magic…

Blanche McIntyre has previously directed both The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It on the Globe stage. Winner of the 2011 Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award and Best Director at the TMA UK Theatre Awards in 2013, she is well-known for her productions of The Seagull (Headlong), Accolade (St James’ Theatre) and The Norman Conquests (Chichester Festival Theatre).

The production stars Will Keen (The Crown, Wolf Hall) as Leontes, Priyanga Burford (W1A, Marcella) as Hermione and Sirine Saba (EastEnders, Exhibition) as Paulina. It is composed by Academy Award-winner Stephen Warbeck.

Michelle Terry, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “We are delighted to be bringing our wonderful production of The Winter’s Tale to cinemas across the country and around the world. Live broadcasts allow us to share these plays, performed in our unique and iconic theatre, with an even wider audience, reaching people who may not be able to reach us, and bringing Shakespeare’s stories to the big screen in all their vibrancy and immediacy.”

For a full list of participating cinemas, visit cinema.shakespearesglobe.com/.

The Winter’s Tale continues at Shakespeare’s Globe until October 14, 2018.

Read more about The Winter’s Tale.

Love, Genius and a Walk at two London pub theatres

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MIXING a modern love story with fact-based historical drama, Love, Genius and a Walk transfers from New York for a London pub theatre tour, with dates at Ye Olde Rose and Crown (July 26 – 28) and Rosemary Branch Theatre (July 29 – 30, 2018).

Directed by Holly Payne-Strange and written by award-winning author and playwright Gay Walley, this new play examines the story of Gustav Mahler, his wife Alma, and how stories like theirs affect the world today.

Gustav Mahler, a great artist, is devoted only to his work, his wife Alma, has issues of her own. In despair, Mahler goes to see Freud, and they discuss love and sabotage – and both men know well how the responsibilities of genius weigh. Contiguously, a modern couple, a banker and his wife (who is writing about Mahler), mirror Alma and Mahler, and the two stories twist and turn through the quagmires of love and genius.

Love, Genius and a Walk was nominated for six prizes, including best play, at the Midtown International Festival in New York, and is brought to the stage by an all-female creative team, with producer and director returning to the UK after emigrating to America 22 years ago.

Playwright Gay Walley is the author of Strings Attached, which was a finalist for the Pirates Alley/Faulkner Award, the Writer’s Voice Capricorn Award, and the Paris Book Festival Award. The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable was a finalist for the Paris Book Festival Award, and a film based on the book, The Unattainable Story, starring Harry Hamlin, was released in 2017. Ms Walley is also a Zoetrope finalist for her story, The Naked Maja.

Holly Payne-Strange is a published poet, children’s author and reviewer. She is the resident director of Fireside Mystery Theater, a podcast with over two million downloads, and is also one of World Ocean Art’s “Stand out artists” of 2017. For her work on Energy Tale she was nominated for best director, while the show itself was nominated for best production. She also directed The Other Side of the Sky with Rising Sun Productions, which was selected for a short encore performance to showcase the best of their work that season. She is also an associate member of the Directors Guild

Love, Genius and a Walk is presented by Bringing Up The House.

Tickets: £15/£10 – available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ (Ye Olde Rose and Crown) and lovegeniusandawalk.brownpapertickets.com/ (Rosemary Branch Theatre).

Dates and Times: July 26 – 28 at 7pm (Ye Olde Rose and Crown); July 29 at 2.30 and July 30 at 7pm (Rosemary Branch Theatre).

Running Time: 60 minutes (no interval).

This show will have further touring dates in October (TBA).

Monstrous Tales for children aged 5 and over at The Old Vic

ON SATURDAY, July 28, 2018, The Old Vic is presenting a morning of Monstrous Tales for the whole family.

Stories were wild, wild animals and went off in directions you couldn’t expect. Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

Authors and performers will read short stories from their own work and from their own favourite tales. Meet new friends and get reacquainted with old ones with a selection of stories about monsters of all shapes and sizes.

Taking part will be poet and children’s author Joseph Coelho (Werewolf Club Rules!), illustrator, author and animation director Benji Davies (The Storm Whale), and actors Sharon D. Clarke (Caroline, or Change, Holby City) and Glenda Jackson (Three Tall Women, King Lear).

NB: While The Old Vic’s main stage production A Monster Calls is for ages 10+, Monstrous Tales is aimed at younger children, with a 5+ age recommendation.

Tickets: £6, £4 concessions. To book, call the box office on 0844 871 7628 or visit www.oldvictheatre.com/.

Time: 11am.

Disney's West End shows Aladdin and The Lion King announce summer pop-up experience in London

Trevor Dion Nicholas (Genie) and Matthew Croke (Aladdin). Photo by Deen Van Meer (c) Disney.

DISNEY’S hit West End musicals Aladdin and The Lion King have announced that a summer Pop-Up will open its doors to Disney fans old and new in Covent Garden throughout August.

Located at 25 Long Acre in the heart of Theatreland, the Pop-Up will be open every day from Tuesday, July 31 until Sunday, August 26, 2018, with a host of free interactive experiences and special events to enjoy.

Within this unique space guests will be able to explore the iconic masks, puppets and costumes from the Tony-Award winning The Lion King up-close and learn about the inspiration behind many of the show’s impressive designs.

Guests will also have the opportunity to step inside a specially-created ‘Cave of Wonders’, where they will be able to take a photo with the legendary lamp from Aladdin.

The fun continues around Covent Garden’s Piazza where visitors are invited to delve into a treasure hunt to uncover four magic lamps – each offering a clue to an Aladdin themed puzzle. Those who unscramble the message can take home a limited edition poster as their well-earned reward.

Mkhize Cortes (Rafiki). Photo by Catherine Ashmore (c) Disney.

In addition to this, a variety of free events will take place daily within the Pop-Up including performances from cast members of the two West End shows, puppetry demonstrations and stage makeup masterclasses, as well as vocal and movement bite-sized workshops to get a first-hand flavour of the shows’ music and choreography.

The full schedule is available to view at www.disneyonstage.co.uk and access to events is available on a first-come first-served basis.

This summer Disney UK celebrated the second anniversary of Aladdin in the West End, which opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in June 2016, while The Lion King enjoys its 19th triumphant year at the Lyceum Theatre.

Image (top): Trevor Dion Nicholas (Genie) and Matthew Croke (Aladdin). Photo by Deen Van Meer © Disney.

Image (bottom): Mkhize Cortes (Rafiki) in The Lion King. Photo by Catherine Ashmore © Disney.