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The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde - Jack Studio Theatre

The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ARROWS & Traps Theatre Company are presenting The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde at the Jack Studio Theatre. Written and directed by Ross McGregor, it runs from Tuesday, September 3 to Saturday, September 28, 2019.

The object of power is power. George Orwell

2020. The President Of The United States has fallen, impeached for corruption and now awaits trial. As the American senate slides into chaos, election fever grips the nation. In the wake of yet another mass shooting, Senator Henry Jekyll, a bold, young, liberal announces his candidacy to run for the Oval Office. His one promise: to end America’s toxic love affair with guns. Emboldened by a landmark level of public support, Jekyll’s victory seems almost inevitable.

However, as Voting Day draws ever nearer, Gabrielle Utterson, Jekyll’s campaign manager grows increasingly suspicious of her senator’s running mate – Mister Edward Hyde. As the rumours and accusations multiply, Utterson must race to uncover exactly what power Hyde holds over Jekyll – before he becomes just one heartbeat away from the most powerful man in the free world.

Thirteen-time Off West End Award-Nominated Arrows & Traps Theatre bring their critically-acclaimed modern twist to Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic gothic classic, reimagining it as a gripping political thriller set in the halls of American power. The performances at the Jack mark the start of a national tour.

The cast includes Lucy Ioannou, Gabrielle Nellis-Pain, Will Pinchin, Charlie Ryall and Christopher Tester.

The production has set design by Charlotte Cooke, costume design by Bryony J. Thompson and sound design by Alistair Lax.

The original idea for Jekyll & Hyde occurred to Robert Louis Stevenson in a nightmare from which his wife awakened him. By the end of the nineteenth century, artists, writers and intellectuals were beginning to move away from the celebration of “progress” that had so defined the times, and were questioning the relevance and permanence of the global domination of Western culture.

As a part of this increasingly pessimistic group of writers, Stevenson focused on a milieu he knew well: the upper middle class highly social world of powerful men in which issues such as appearance and dress were extremely important. In examining this superficial existence, Stevenson targets the hypocrisy of social strata and the danger of allowing the innate evilness of human nature to run free in his narrative of a respectable doctor who transforms himself into a savage murderer.

The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde is suitable for ages 12+.

Tickets: £16, £13 concessions. To book, call the box office on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only) or visit brockleyjack.co.uk/.

Times: 7.30pm (no performances Sunday/Monday), with matinees on Saturday, September 14, 21 and 28 at 3.30pm.

Also at the Jack Studio Theatre: Arrows & Traps’ One Giant Leap (until July 27) and Katheryn Howard by Catherine Hiscock (July 30 to August 3, 2019).

Layton Williams and Shane Richie to star in the national tour of Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Layton Williams

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

EVERYBODY’S Talking About Jamie, the critically acclaimed West End musical, is to embark on its first UK tour in 2020.

Initial casting includes West End star Layton Williams as Jamie New and EastEnders’ Shane Richie as Hugo/Loco Chanelle. Both Williams and Richie will be reprising their roles from the West End production.

The tour commences in February 2020 in Sheffield, where the show is set and first opened four years ago. It will then continue to Edinburgh, Northampton, Birmingham, Canterbury, Newcastle, Brighton, Nottingham, Aberdeen, Llandudno, Southampton, Cardiff, Norwich, Glasgow, Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Leicester, Woking, Leeds, Salford and Amsterdam.

Layton Williams said: “I’ve loved my time in the West End but am beyond excited to be playing Jamie on tour! This will be my 6th tour and I can’t wait to come back to some of my favourite venues with this beautiful show. I hope you’ll welcome me back with open arms as we share this beautiful story and spread love across the U.K! See you’s soon…”

Shane Richie said: “I had such a fantastic time playing Hugo/Loco Chanelle in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in the West End, so when I was offered the chance to be involved in the touring production I jumped at the opportunity to get back into those heels! I believe this show has such an important message for younger and older generations I’m excited to be taking it to a larger audience around the UK.”

Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie said: “Since Everybody’s Talking About Jamie opened in early 2017 at the Sheffield Crucible, written by a virgin British musical theatre writing team and performed by a large cast of mostly new faces, all our dreams for the show have come true. We are a hit! In November we will be starting our third year in the West End! The movie is currently shooting in Sheffield! We have won awards!

“Now we are going to be playing 20 cities nationwide led by two of our brilliant West End stars, the superb Layton Williams as Jamie and the wonderful Shane Richie as Hugo/ Loco Chanelle. Fittingly, we are looking forward to opening our national tour back at its home in Sheffield on the 4th anniversary of its first performance.”

Layton Williams has been playing Jamie New in the West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie since January 2019. He recently performed as Angel in the UK Tour of the musical Rent, for which he received great reviews and in the Sheffield Crucible production of Kiss Me, Kate.

On screen, Williams is known for playing the character Kylie in the BBC’s Beautiful People, and for playing the lead alongside Jack Whitehall in the critically acclaimed BBC comedy Bad Education and follow up film.

Williams began his career as one of the boys who played the title role in the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical. He then went on to star as the original Young Michael Jackson in Thriller. Further theatre credits include the role of Seaweed in Hairspray and the touring production of Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man.

Williams is an anti-bullying and LGBTQ+ activist.

Shane Richie has had a hugely successful career in theatre, film and television spanning four decades and is a regular fixture on primetime television. He is best known for his role as Alfie Moon in EastEnders which he first started playing in 2002 and for which he has won several industry awards and accolades including Best Actor at the Rose d’Or Television Festival.

His extensive television drama credits include Oliver Twist, New Tricks, We’re Doomed: The Dad’s Army Story, What We Did on Our Holidays, The Good Samaritan, As Good As It Gets, Skins, Moving On, Minder, Redwater, Benidorm and Claude He has also hosted television shows including Lucky Numbers, The Shane Richie Experience, Win, Lose or Draw, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, Reflex and Win Your Wish List.

On stage, Richie has starred in Grease (West End), One Flew over The Cuckoo’s Nest (UK Tour), Scrooge: The Musical (UK Tour), Lone Star and Private Wars (King’s Head Theatre). He also played the leads in Peter James’ The Perfect Murder and Not Dead Enough as well as co-writing and co-producing the UK tour of Boogie Nights which went on to a sell-out season at the West End’s Savoy Theatre.

Film roles include Macbeth, The Reverend, Prisoners of the Sun and Flushed Away.

In 2003, Richie wrote the No.1 autobiography and The Sunday Times best seller Rags to Richie. In the same year he released the No.1 record I’m Your Man for BBC Children In Need. In 2017, his album A Country Soul made it to No.1, securing his position as the UK’s biggest selling country artist.

Further casting for the tour will be announced in due course.

Final casting announced for Les Misérables -The Staged Concert

Casting news

AS rehearsals begin for Les Misérables -The Staged Concert, Cameron Mackintosh introduces Shan Ako and Lily Kerhoas who complete the principal casting as Éponine and Cosette respectively.

They join the previously announced Michael Ball as Javert, Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine, Matt Lucas as Thénardier, Rob Houchen as Marius, Bradley Jaden as Enjolras, Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier and, for three performances a week, John Owen-Jones as Jean Valjean.

Shan Ako will make her West End Theatre debut in the role of Éponine. As a Brit School graduate, her performance credits include the Pre-MOBO Awards at Cadogan Hall, London Jazz Festival at the Barbican, touring the UK and Europe playing the lead role in Whitney Queen of the Night, as well as being seen on the live finals of The X Factor and the subsequent 2019 X Factor National Arena Tour.

Ako was also the recipientof the Project Aloft Star for emerging artists, run by Starwood Hotel Group and BBC Radio 1.

Lily Kerhoas as Cosette. Photo credit: Seamus Ryan.

Lily Kerhoas, who is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, will make her West End stage debut as Cosette. Having begun her professional career in New York in the Barely Legal Extravaganza Concert with composers Sam Carner and Dereck Gregor, Kerhoas has performed internationally in shows including and Hello Girls! as well as in concert with American composers including Joel B. New, Peter Mills, Jill Santoriello, Elaine Pechacek and John Bucchino.

During her time at the Royal Academy of Music, Kerhoas’ performance credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Hello Again and The Wild Party.

The Company of Les Misérables -The Staged Concert also includes Rosanna Bates, Adam Bayjou, Ciarán Bowling, Simon Bowman, Oliver Brenin, Earl Carpenter, Vinny Coyle, Samantha Dorsey, Tamsin Dowsett, Nicola Espallardo, Celia Graham, Barnaby Hughes, Holly-Anne Hull, Oliver Jackson, Christopher Jacobsen, Gavin James, Will Jennings, Ciaran Joyce, Katie Kerr, Sarah Lark, Joanna Loxton, Craig Mather, Stephen Matthews, James Nicholson, Rosa O’Reilly, Claire Parrish, Sophie Reeves, Grainne Renihan, Leo Roberts, Raymond Walsh, Gemma Wardle and Andrew York.

Les Misérables -The Staged Concert runs at the Gielgud Theatre from August 10 to November 30, 2019.

Read more about Les Misérables -The Staged Concert.

Image: Lily Kerhoas as Cosette. Photo credit: Seamus Ryan.

Paterson Joseph to play Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic

Paterson Joseph

Casting news

PATERSON Joseph is to star as Ebenezer Scrooge in Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol. Adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), it returns to The Old Vic from Saturday, November 23, 2019 to Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Filling the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, this unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story.

On a bitter Christmas Eve night a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts. Transported to worlds past, present and future, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself. Can Ebenezer be saved before it’s too late?

Paterson Joseph has had an extensive career in theatre, television and film since he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). His stage career includes working in fringe and touring venues around the country and he has spent a number of years at the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has been touring his play Sancho – Act of Remembrance since 2016.

Joseph’s screen work includes: Peep Show, Babylon, You, Me and the Apocalypse, Timeless and the upcoming Noughts and Crosses (TV); The Beach and In the Name of the Father (film).

Director Matthew Warchus’ numerous credits include: Present Laughter, A Christmas Carol, ‘Art’, The Caretaker, The Master Builder, Future Conditional, Speed-the-Plow (The Old Vic); Groundhog Day, The Norman Conquests (The Old Vic/Broadway); Matilda the Musical (RSC/West End/Broadway/International tour); Ghost The Musical, La Bête, God of Carnage (West End/Broadway); Deathtrap, Endgame, Our House, Much Ado About Nothing (West End); and Boeing-Boeing (West End/Broadway/UK tour).

Further casting will be announced in due course.

A Christmas Carol has set and costume design by Rob Howell, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker, casting by Jessica Ronane CDG and movement by Lizzi Gee. Composer and Arranger is Christopher Nightingale.

A Christmas Carol is suitable for ages 8+.

Present Laughter, starring Andrew Scott, continues at The Old Vic until August 10, 2019.

Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner to star in West End revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Claire Skinner

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TOBY Stephens and Claire Skinner return to the West End stage this autumn in Peter Nichols’ funny and moving masterpiece A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Directed by Simon Evans (Killer Joe, Arturo Ui), it runs at Trafalgar Studios from October 2 (previews from September 21) to November 30, 2019.

This revival of Nichols’ acclaimed bittersweet comedy reunites two of the greatest actors of their generation. The stars, who last worked together 18 years ago on the award-winning BBC TV drama Perfect Strangers, will now be performing on stage together for the very first time.

Bri (Stephens) and Sheila (Skinner) have been struggling to care for their disabled 10-year old daughter Josephine ever since she was born. Nicknaming her “Joe Egg”, they lose themselves in fantasy games and black humour to help cope with the struggle of their daily reality. This remarkable story challenges all our assumptions on the limits of love and the power of family.

Inspired by Nichols’ own experience of bringing up his disabled daughter in the 1960s, Joe Egg was one of the ground-breaking plays of its generation and the issues faced by two parents in this bittersweet comedy still resonate with audiences today, breaking your heart one minute and filling it with warmth the next.

Toby Stephens said: “I’m thrilled to be part of a revival of this fantastic play. Reading it for the first time, I couldn’t believe that it had been written in the late sixties; it felt so vivid, dark and anarchically funny. The play still feels very raw and relevant, today. I’m very glad to be working with Claire Skinner again after quite a long interval – some 18 years! I think she is a very fine actor and I was really excited to hear that she wanted to do the play as well.”

Claire Skinner said: “I’m really looking forward to coming back to the West End with this complex, thought provoking and funny play and I’m also looking forward to working with Toby again after 18 years!”

Simon Evans said: “At a time when the act of living well from day to day seems tougher than ever, I can’t help but resonate with the characters in Joe Egg: displaying such wit, weakness, cruelty and courage as they struggle on. I’ve been a fan of Toby and Claire for years and the opportunity to explore Bri and Sheila with actors of their calibre, and share Peter’s seminal play again with a London audience, is such an honour.”

Further casting will be announced in due course.

Toby Stephens

Toby Stephens’ theatre includes: Oslo, Private Lives (Chichester Festival Theatre/Gielgud Theatre), Danton’s Death (NT), The Real Thing (Old Vic), A Doll’s House and Betrayal (Donmar Warehouse), Japes, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Country Wife (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Wallenstein, Unfinished Business, Tamburlaine, The Pilate Workshop, Hamlet – title role – Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus – title role – All’s Well That Ends Well and Antony and Cleopatra (all for the RSC), Britannicus (Almeida), Phèdre (Almeida and Brooklyn Academy Of Music), Tartuffe (Playhouse) and Ring Round the Moon (Lincoln Center).

Stephens’ screen work includes Lost in Space, Summer Rockets, Black Sails, And Then There Were None, Vexed, Robin Hood , Wired, The Wild West, Jane Eyre, The Best Man, The Queen’s Sister, Cambridge Spies, Perfect Strangers and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (TV); 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, The Machine, Believe, All Things To All Men, Severance, The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey, Die Another Day, Possession, The Announcement, Onegin, Photographing Fairies, Sunset Heights, Cousin Bette and The Great Gatsby (film).

Claire Skinner’s theatre includes: Mrs Affleck, The Winter’s Tale, Othello, Blurred Lines and Invisible Friends (National Theatre), Measure for Measure and The Blue Angel (RSC), The Father (Tricycle Theatre/Wyndhams Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Aldwych Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (Donmar Warehouse/Comedy Theatre), Moonlight (Almeida/Comedy Theatre), Death Trap (Noel Coward Theatre), Rabbit Hole and Prism (Hampstead Theatre) and most recently Nightfall (The Bridge).

Skinner’s screen work includes Outnumbered, Power Monkeys, Next of Kin, Vanity Fair, Sense and Sensibility, Inside No 9, Critical, Mr Understood and Dr Who (TV); Life is Sweet and Naked (film).

As well as A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg, Peter Nichols’ plays for theatre include The National Health, Forget-Me-Not Lane, The Freeway, Chez Nous, Privates On Parade, Born In The Gardens, Passion Play, Poppy, Blue Murder (later Fig-Leaves), So Long Life, A Piece Of My Mind and Lingua Franca. These have won four Evening Standard Awards, a Society of West End Theatres Award for Best Comedy and two Ivor Novello Best Musical Awards. The 1985 Broadway revival of A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg received a Tony Award for Best Reproduction of a Play.

Official Website.

Tickets: From £25. To book, call the box office on 0844 871 7632 or visit www.atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm.

Final casting announced for Two Ladies at the Bridge Theatre

Raghad Chaar

Casting news

FINAL casting has been announced for Nancy Harris’ new play Two Ladies, which runs at the Bridge Theatre for a strictly limited six week season – from September 25 (previews from September 14) to October 26, 2019.

Joining previously announced Zoë Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić are Lorna Brown, Raghad Chaar (pictured) and Yoli Fuller.

Lorna Brown (Sandy) was last on stage in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet. Her other theatre credits include Wings (Young Vic), Bodies and Torn (Royal Court Theatre), Medea, Blurred Lines, Damned by Despair (National Theatre) and The Oresteia (Almeida Theatre and Trafalgar Studios).

Brown’s screen credits include The Devils, Chewing Gum, Press, The Catherine Tate Show and French and Saunders (TV); The Jungle Book, The Lady in the Van, Les Misérables and World War Z (film).

Raghad Chaar (Fatima) made her professional stage debut in How to Hold your Breath at the Royal Court Theatre. Her television credits include The State and Collateral.

Yoli Fuller (Georges) made his UK stage debut in Mosquitoes at the National Theatre. His previous theatre credits, all in France, include The Tragedy of Hamlet, B.A.B.A.R (Le Transparent Noir), Pushup, Les Trois Mousquetaires, Huckleberry Finn and Espejo. On television, his credits include ITV’s The Widow, BBC One’s Silent Witness and the Netflix original series No Second Chances.

As their husbands clash over an international crisis, the first ladies of France and America find themselves alone together in a side room. Friends, or enemies? When the stakes are so high, can they trust each other? Can they trust their husbands?

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, Two Ladies has set and costume designs by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Johanna Town, sound by George Dennis and music by Grant Olding.

Read more about Two Ladies.

Three new ways to see Fleabag in the West End

Fleabag: Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Photo credit: Jason Hetherington.

Theatre news

DryWrite, Soho Theatre and Annapurna Theatre have announced three brand new ways to see the critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning Fleabag in the West End this summer.

There will be a live cinema broadcast of the production on September 12, an online lottery for £15 tickets to every performance of the show and £10 standing tickets which are to be made available at box office daily.

The production runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from August 20 to September 14, 2019.

Fleabag will be broadcast live to venues around the UK and internationally on September 12 at 7.30pm with National Theatre Live. For more information on where to watch and how to buy tickets, audiences are advised to check with their venue or the NT Live website.

A digital lottery will be available through the TodayTix app. A total of 50 tickets for each of the 30 performances (1,500 in total) will be available for £15. The Fleabag lottery will be held weekly during the season, with the first one opening on Monday, August 12 and closing on Wednesday, August 14, enabling users to apply for multiple performances at the same time.

To enter the lottery, users must download the free TodayTix app, and register. All TodayTix users will be notified when the lottery opens and winners will have the choice to purchase either one or two tickets. Seats allocated for the lottery will include prime positions in the front row.

TODAYTIX LOTTERY SCHEDULE

The lottery will be drawn as follows:

LOTTERY ONE – for performances from August 20 to August 24.

Enter from 9am on Monday, August 12 to midday on Wednesday, August 14. Winners will be notified by 4pm on Wednesday, August 14.

LOTTERY TWO – for performances from August 27 to August 31.

Enter from 9am on Monday, August 19 to midday on Wednesday, August 21. Winners will be notified by 4pm on Wednesday, August 21.

LOTTERY THREE – for performances from September 2 to September 7.

Enter from 9am on Monday, August 26 to midday on Wednesday, August 28. Winners will be notified by 4pm on Wednesday, August 28.

LOTTERY FOUR – for performances from September 9 to September 14.

Enter from 9am on Monday, September 2 to midday on Wednesday, September 4. Winners will be notified by 4pm on Wednesday, September 4.

There will also be a limited number of £10 tickets available to purchase each morning in person from 10am at the Wyndham’s Box Office. Each person will be permitted to purchase one ticket and tickets are subject to availability.

The critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning Fleabag will play the West End for a strictly limited four week run this summer. Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and directed by Vicky Jones, the one-woman show recently played to a sold-out house Off-Broadway in New York, and premiered its second season on BBC Three to universal acclaim. The homecoming run will be the last time Waller-Bridge will perform the piece.

Read more about Fleabag.

Full casting announced for The Man in The White Suit

Preview by Jack Foley

THE full cast and creative team has been announced for Sean Foley’s hotly anticipated stage adaptation of classic Ealing Studios comedy The Man in the White Suit.

As previously announced, Stephen Mangan will lead the cast as Sidney Stratton, with Kara Tointon as Daphne Birnley and Sue Johnston as Mrs Watson (for a strictly limited engagement until the end of November, with further casting to be announced).

They will be joined by Richard Cordery as Birnley, Richard Durden as Sir John, with Delroy Atkinson, Katie Bernstein, Ben Deery, Matthew Durkan, Rina Fatania, Oliver Kaderbhai, Eugene McCoy, Elliott Rennie and Katherine Toy.

When Sidney Stratton develops a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out, manufacturers and trades unions are terrified by the threat it poses to their industry and their jobs. Only Daphne, the mill owner’s daughter, shows Stratton any sympathy as his world gradually falls apart before he finally finds love and a new idea.

The 1951 iconic Ealing Studios comedy film starred Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood and Cecil Parker. It was directed by Alexander Mackendrick and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing (Screenplay).

The Man in The White Suit has been adapted for the stage and directed by double Olivier Award-winning writer, actor and director Sean Foley.

Set and costume design comes from award-winning designer Michael Taylor, while new songs have been written for this world premiere production by Charlie Fink, known for fronting indie-folk band Noah and the Whale, as well as being a composer for theatre and film including The Lorax (Old Vic) and A Street Cat Named Bob.

Choreography will be by Lizzi Gee, lighting by the Tony Award-winning Mark Henderson, sound by brothers Ben Ringham and Max Ringham, fights directed by Alison De Burgh and songs arranged by Phil Bateman.

The Man in The White Suit will have a three week engagement at Theatre Royal Bath from September 5, 2019, as part of its 2019 summer season before its world premiere at the Wyndham’s Theatre, London with performances from September 27, 2019 until January 11, 2020 (opening night on October 8, 2019).

About the new cast members

Richard Cordery’s many theatre credits include Network, Power of Yes and <>‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (National Theatre), Richard III, Henry VI, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Merry Wives of Windsor, Volpone, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Henry IV part II (RSC), Sweet Bird of Youth and The Front Page (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Waste (Almeida). Television credits include Marcella, Dickensian, Esio Trot, Inside No 9, Backup and Love Hurts, while film credits include About Time, The Wife, Les Miserables and Social Suicide.

Richard Durden’s career spans 50 years with recent theatre credits including Ben Hur (Tricycle), Titus Andronicus and A Mad World My Masters (RSC), The Emperor and Gallilean (National Theatre), Shadowlands (Wyndham’s and UK Tour) and Orpheus Descending (Donmar Warehouse). Television credits include Back To Life, Ghosts, The Child in Time, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, The Last Days of Lehman Brothers, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard and Fingersmith, while film credits include Churchill, Star Wars: Episode IX, Oliver Twist, The Awakening, The Jacket and Batman.

Delroy Atkinson’s theatre credits include Sylvia (Old Vic), Present Laughter (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Firm (Hampstead), The Amen Corner (National Theatre), The Book of Mormon (The Prince of Wales), Avenue Q (Gielgud) and Five Guys Named Moe (UK Tour).

Katie Bernstein’s theatre credits include The Play That Goes Wrong (Duchess and International Tour), Allegro (Southwark Playhouse), Mrs Henderson Presents (Noel Coward and Theatre Royal Bath), Urinetown (Apollo and St. James Theatre), Rent (UK Tour), Run (Polka) and Goodbye Barcelona (Arcola)

Ben Deery’s theatre credits include King Lear, Titus Andronicus, A Mad World My Masters (RSC), The Art Of Success, The Taste Of The Town (Rose Theatre Kingston), Death of a Salesman (UK Tour) and Insignificance (Theatre Clwyd). Screen credits include Father Brown, Call the Midwife and A Street Cat Named Bob.

Matthew Durkan’s theatre credits include Rosencrantz & Gildenstern Are Dead and Housed (Old Vic), The Secret Garden (York Theatre Royal), Kiki’s Delivery Service (Southwark Playhouse), Oxy & The Morons (New Wolsey Theatre), Nell Gwynn (Apollo) and The Cherry Orchard and Doctor Selavy’s Magic Theatre (New Wimbledon Studio).

Rina Fatania’s most recent theatre credits include Dead Dog in a Suitcase (UK Tour), Approaching Empty (Kiln), The Village (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Tin Drum (Kneehigh, UK Tour), Oliver Twist (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Roller Disco (Soho) and Anita & Me (UK Tour). Screen credits include Wanderlust, People Just Do Nothing, Raabta and Mumbai Charlie.

Oliver Kaderbhai’s theatre credits include Margot, Dame, The Most Famous Ballerina in the World (Kings Head), The Best Man (Playhouse), Jumping on my Shadow (Lakeside Arts Centre), Hatch (Polka Theatre), One Minute (The Vaults), The Provoked Wife (UK Tour) and Go to Your God Like a Soldier (Old Vic Tunnels/The Underbelly).

Eugene McCoy’s theatre credits include La Mancha (ENO), A Christmas Carol and Groundhog Day (Old Vic), The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury/Chichester Festival Theatre), American Psycho (Almeida Theatre), Jersey Boys (Prince Edward), Little Shop of Horrors (UK Tour), They’re Playing Our Song (Menier Chocolate Factory), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly and Donmar Warehouse). Screen credits include Paddington 2 and Little Crackers.

Elliott Rennie’s theatre credits include Alice in Wonderland, Thumbelina and A Scarborough Christmas Carol (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Shakespeare in Love (Duke of York’s), The Jungle Book and The B.F.G. (Derby Theatre).

Katherine Toy’s theatre credits include Coriolanus, Vice Versa and Salome (RSC), Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Theatre Kingston), As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Stig of the Dump (Storyhouse Chester), Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cyrano de Bergerac (Grosvenor Park, Chester) and Life of Galileo, Cyrano de Bergerac and <>The False Servant (National Theatre). As a musician, her credits include Comedy of Errors (RSC) and Wild Orchids (Chichester Festival Theatre).

This world premiere production will reunite Stephen Mangan and Sean Foley who created the Olivier Award winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster together.

Foley also teams up again with Michael Taylor with whom he created the five times Olivier Award nominated The Ladykillers. Foley’s production will feature a cast of 14, including actor musicians and a specially written score.

Casting announced for the West End transfer of Tom Morris' production of Touching the Void

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for the West End transfer of Tom Morris’ production of Touching the Void, which runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from Saturday, November 9, 2019 to Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Original cast members Fiona Hampton (as Sarah), Patrick McNamee (Richard) and Josh Williams (Joe) return to the show and are joined by Angus Yellowlees (Simon).

Fiona Hampton’s theatre credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); Tamburlaine (Yellow Earth/Arcola Theatre/UK tour); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Wolsey Theatre); Private Lives (Octagon Theatre/New Victoria Theatre); Winter Hill, The Glass Menagerie, Tull, Of Mice and Men, Lighthearted Intercourse (all Octagon Theatre); Don’t Laugh (Cockpit Theatre); Playhouse Creatures (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Changeling (The Production Works/Southwark Playhouse); Roar, Clockheart Boy (Rose Theatre Kingston); and The Merchant of Venice (Derby LIVE).

Hampton’s screen work includes: The Good Neighbour, Revolution, Kingsman: Secret Service, The Windmill and Legacy (film); The Collection, Switch, Holby City and The Sarah Jane Adventures (TV).

Patrick McNamee’s theatre credits include: French Without Tears (Orange Tree Theatre); The History Boys (Selladoor); Sweeney Todd, A Few Good Men, Love and a Bottle, The Way of the World, Three Sisters, Hamlet, Women Beware Women, Iona Rain, For Services Rendered (all LAMDA). Films include The Invisible Hours and TV credits include series regular on Our Girl and Inspector George Gently.

Josh Williams’ theatre includes: If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You (Project Arts Centre); One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse); Barbarians (Found 111); New Views: Is There a WIFI in Heaven? (National Theatre); Wendy and Peter Pan (RSC); Love and Information, Our Private Life (Royal Court); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe); Shivered (Southwark Playhouse); and Lord of the Flies (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Williams has also appeared on television in Doctors, May Day, Holby City, Agatha Raison, Midsomer Murders and Law and Order.

Angus Yellowlees trained at LAMDA graduating in 2017 where credits whilst training included Bury Fair, Hobson’s Choice and The Cherry Orchard. His screen credits include The Last Commanders and We Have Everywhere To Go. Radio work includes The Balloaloes and The Gnats. Touching the Void will be Yellowlees’ professional stage debut.

This production marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir, charting his extraordinary struggle for survival on the perilous Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian Andes.

Alongside this struggle, is the appalling dilemma of his climbing partner Simon Yates, perched on an unstable snow-cliff, clinging onto the rope tying him to the severely injured Joe. Unable to recover Joe from the void, Simon is faced with the agonising decision to cut the rope that binds them…

Read more about Touching the Void.

Ghost Stories returns to the West End this autumn for a strictly limited run

Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AFTER exhilarating audiences across the globe with record breaking, sell-out productions, a smash hit film and a smash-hit extended run at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s worldwide cult phenomenon Ghost Stories is returning to the West End.

More spine-tingling and terrifying than ever, the Olivier Award-nominated show’s strictly limited transfer runs at the Ambassadors Theatre from Thursday, October 3, 2019 to Saturday, January 4, 2020.

There’s something dark lurking in the theatre. Enter a nightmarish world, full of thrilling twists and turns, where all your deepest fears and most disturbing thoughts are imagined live on stage. A fully sensory and electrifying encounter, Ghost Stories is the ultimate twisted love-letter to horror, a supernatural edge-of-your-seat theatrical experience like no other.

Andy Nyman is an award-winning actor, director and writer who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work in theatre, film and television. On stage, he is currently playing the iconic role of Tevye in Trevor Nunn’s revival of Fiddler on the Roof, which is running at the Playhouse Theatre until November 2.

Nyman was also seen in Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen (Wyndham’s Theatre), Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Abigail’s Party (also Wyndham’s Theatre). His other theatre work includes the original production of Ghost Stories (Lyric Theatre/Duke of York’s Theatre) which has recently been made into a major motion picture, also written and directed by and starring Andy and Jeremy Dyson.

Other film credits include The Commuter, Death at a Funeral and Kick-Ass 2. His upcoming films include playing opposite The Rock and Emily Blunt in Disney’s Jungle Cruise plus starring opposite Renee Zellweger in Judy. On TV, he is best known for Peaky Blinders, Campus and Dead Set, and has recently appeared in BBC 1’s Wanderlust.

Jeremy Dyson is a screenwriter, stage-writer and author, best known as a member of comedy group The League of Gentlemen. With Andy Nyman he co-wrote and co-directed the stage and film versions of Ghost Stories. In addition he co-created and co-wrote the BAFTA-nominated comedy-drama series Funland and co-created, co-wrote and directed the Rose d’Or-winning all-female comedy show Psychobitches. His second collection of stories, The Cranes that Build the Cranes won the Edge Hill Award for short fiction.

Casting for the Ambassadors run has not yet been announced.

The production is directed by Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman and Sean Holmes and is designed by Jon Bausor, with lighting by James Farncombe, sound by Nick Manning and special effects by Scott Penrose.

NB: Ghost Stories contains moments of extreme shock and tension. The show is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 15 and those of a nervous disposition are advised to think very seriously before attending.

Tickets: Prices start from £18.25. To book, call the box office on 020 7395 5405 or visit www.atgtickets.com/venues/ambassadors-theatre/.

Times: Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm; Friday at 7pm and 9.30pm; Saturday at 7pm and 9.30pm; Halloween Performances: 7.30pm – 9.30pm.

Christmas Performances: Christmas Eve: 2.30pm only; Christmas Day: No performance; Boxing Day: 7.30pm only.