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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.

School of Rock - cast changes announced

Craig Gallivan (Dewey Finn). Photo credit: Tristram Kenton.

Casting news

CAST changes have been announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Olivier Award-winning production of School of Rock – The Musical, which is now booking at the newly named Gillian Lynne Theatre (formerly New London Theatre) until October 20, 2019.

From August 22, 2018, Craig Gallivan will lead the cast in the role of Dewey Finn with Laura Tebbutt as Rosalie Mullins, Alan Pearson as Ned Schneebly, Michelle Francis as Patty DiMarco and Jake Sharp as Dewey Finn at certain performances.

The adult cast is completed by John Addison, Nick Butcher, Rob Falconer, Martina Isibor, Claudia Kariuki, Jessica Louise Parkinson, Richard Morse, Andy Rees, Hannah Stratton, Alex Tomkins and James Wolstenholme with swings Paul Kemble, Jessica Kirton, Billy Mitchell, Catherine Morris and Andy Prosser.

Joining the adult cast are three teams of twelve kids, who make up Dewey’s band, and play live at every performance.

From August 22, 2018, the kids cast comprise Albert Atack, Amos Mayland and Oscar Rice who will play Zack; Jamal Ahmed, Jasper Bew, and Nayan Gupta who will play Freddy; Noah Gupta-Wright, Alfie Humphreys and Tom Kochalski who will play Lawrence; Carys John, Amelie Leatherland and Ellie Wilcox who will play Katie; Jack Gale, Jakub Kopec and Jensen York who will play Billy; Amelie Green, Anya Hewett and Éibhleann Rose McCormack who will play Summer…

…Kaylah Black, Sara Sheen and Charis Claresta Tetteh who will play Tomika; Adam Djazel, Harley Gallacher and Stanley Voss who will play James; Calypso Bailey, Ellie Kit Jones and Shani Roberts who will play Marcy; Harry Linacre Brown, Charlie Gallacher and Samuelle John-Brown who will play Mason; Jasmine Brightmore, Lia Summer Higgs and Shaye Temple who will play Shonelle; and Zoe Coleman, Aoife Connelly and Frankie-Mae Garner who will play Sophie.

Craig Gallivan (Dewey Finn). Photo credit: Tristram Kenton.

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

As well as the show entering its third year in the West End, in October this year an Australian production of School of Rock – The Musical will open at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. The Broadway production continues at the Winter Garden Theatre and the US national touring production is currently booking to September 2018.

Continuing the search for youngsters to ‘join the band’, further kids open auditions will take place later this year in Plymouth on September 8, in Manchester on September 22, in London on October 17 and 18 for musicians, and on November 13 and 15 for ensemble. If you are between 8 – 12 years old and play a rock instrument (guitar, bass, piano, and/or drums) or sing, registration and further details can be found by contacting Jessica Ronane Casting at rock@jessicaronane.com or at uk.schoolofrockthemusical.com/auditions/.

Images: Craig Gallivan (Dewey Finn). Photo credit: Tristram Kenton.

Cast changes announced for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Rebecca McKinnis

Casting news

FROM JULY 16, 2018, Rebecca McKinnis and Lee Ross will play Margaret New and Hugo/Loco respectively in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which is currently booking at the Apollo Theatre until April 6, 2019.

Continuing with the show are current cast members: John McCrea (as Jamie), Shobna Gulati (Ray), Tamsin Carroll (Miss Hedge), Lucie Shorthouse (Pritti Pasha), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Luke Bayer, Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles, Ken Christiansen (Jamie’s Dad), Jordan Cunningham (Sayid), Daniel Davids (Levi), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Cherelle Jay, Harriet Payne (Bex), Chloe Pole, Shiv Rabheru (Cy), Lauran Rae (Becca) and Kirstie Skivington (Vicki).

Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, said “It’s a big milestone saying goodbye to two of our terrific leading actors, Josie Walker and Phil Nichol. Josie has played Margaret New superbly from the very first workshop four years ago and Phil has brought his wonderful comic touch to the role of Hugo/Loco at the Apollo. I am delighted to reveal that Rebecca McKinnis – who has deputised brilliantly for Josie on a number of occasions, now makes Margaret New all her own. A big welcome to the talented Lee Ross who is putting on his heels to play the role of Hugo/Loco.”

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. This fabulous, funny, feel good brand new musical sensation has hit London with catchy new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and writer Tom MacRae.

As well as playing understudy Margaret in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Rebecca McKinnis’ numerous theatre credits include Cover Donna and Tania in Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre) plus u/s and played Donna and Tanya in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre), Christina in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre), Tina Ruston in A Small Family Business (National Theatre), u/s and played Lauren in Viva Forever! (Piccadilly Theatre), Les Misérables (25th Anniversary Tour), Teacher/u/s and played Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), u/s Jeanie in Fat Pig (Trafalgar Studios), and Susannah Townley in Three Hours After Marriage (Union Theatre).

Lee Ross’ work on stage has mainly been for the Royal Court where he originated leading roles for Joe Penhall, David Eldridge, Kevin Hood and Simon Stephens. He earned an Olivier Award nomination for his performance of Jack Firebrace in Birdsong (West End) and his most recent stage performance was the solo show 36 Phone Calls, directed by Jo McInnes (Hampstead Theatre). Other recent theatre credits include Our County’s Good, directed by Nadia Fall (National Theatre), In Basildon, directed by Dominic Cooke (Royal Court) and Whipping It Up, directed by Tamara Harvey (Bush Theatre and West End).

Read more about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

Bonnie Langford to play Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street

Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock. Photo credit: Matt Crockett.

Casting news

STAGE and screen star Bonnie Langford is to join the cast of 42nd Street as the production extends its residency at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for a final time – to Saturday, January 5, 2019.

Langford will join the show as Dorothy Brock on Monday, September 3, straight from her headline-making role as Carmel Kazemi in BBC’s EastEnders.

Langford made her theatre debut in the West End at the age of seven in Gone with the Wind at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The following year she played ‘Baby June’ in Gypsy opposite Angela Lansbury at the Piccadilly Theatre, making such an impact that the producers took her to America with the show for a highly successful run on Broadway. For this performance, at the age of ten, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.

Her West End credits include Cats (Original London Cast), The Gillian Lynne Theatre (formerly New London Theatre); The Pirates Of Penzance, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane/London Palladium; Peter Pan – The Musical, Aldwych Theatre; Me And My Girl, Adelphi Theatre; Sweet Charity, Victoria Palace Theatre; Spamalot, Harold Pinter Theatre/Playhouse Theatre; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Savoy Theatre; and Roxie Hart in Chicago, Adelphi Theatre/Cambridge Theatre/Broadway.

Her screen work includes Lena Marelli in Bugsy Malone, Just William, The Lena and Bonnie Show, The Hot Shoe Show, Hotel Babylon, Marple, The Catherine Tate Show, and the 22nd assistant in Doctor Who. She has also been the subject of ITV’s This Is Your Life and in 2006, she learned to ice skate on Dancing on Ice, skating her way to the final and returning for the All Stars season in 2014.

Read more about Bonnie Langford at www.bonnielangford.co.uk/.

With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, 42nd Street is an adaptation of the 1932 novel and the 1933 film, which starred Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels and George Brent.

Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock (c) Matt Crockett.

The show includes an all-singing, high-kicking cast of over 50 and some of the greatest songs ever written, such as We’re In The Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames, I Only Have Eyes For You and of course, 42nd Street.

Bonnie Langford will star alongside Tom Lister who plays the role of Julian Marsh, Clare Halse, who plays Peggy Sawyer and Ashley Day as Billy Lawlor.

The cast also includes Jasna Ivir as Maggie Jones, Graeme Henderson as Andy Lee, Christopher Howell as Bert Barry, Bruce Montague as Abner Dillon, Mark McKerracher as Mac/Doc/Thug, Emma Caffrey as Anytime Annie and Matthew Goodgame as Pat Denning.

The production is directed by the show’s co-author Mark Bramble, whose other hit shows include Barnum, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers and The Grand Tour. He has also previously directed many award-winning productions of 42nd Street on Broadway and around the world.

Images: Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock. Photo credit: Matt Crockett.

Tickets: From £15 – available by calling 0844 995 5500 or visiting 42ndstreetmusical.co.uk/.

Times: Monday – Saturday at 7:30pm; Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:30pm.