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Preview by Paul Nelson

The Bedbug

THE Young Theatre Company from the National Theatre and RADA Youth Theatre join forces for the first time in a semi-staged reading of a new musical for young people.

The Bedbug was adapted by Snoo Wilson from Mayakovsky's play for the first cycle of Connections, plays commissioned by the National, and now has new songs written by Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt.

The rehearsed reading will be directed by Anthony Banks who leads the two companies and is also an MTL Associate.
Saturday, May 31, at 4pm. All tickets £5

Opera Offstage

Three site-specific operas have been commissioned from four of the Uk's leading film and theatre composers - Nick Bicât, Terry Davies and Matthew Scott, in collaboration with writers including Mark Ravenhill, John Gardyne and others.

These miniature comedies will be unannounced, and play in some quite unusual places in the Drill Hall. Buy a drink for a stranger at the bar and they may end up singing to you!
Sunday, May 18 (Opera 1), Sunday, May 25 (Opera 2), Sunday, June 1 (Opera 3), Sunday, June 8 (Operas 1, 2, 3).

Drill Hall 2

Cabaret. Pierrot's Façade An Entertainment, with Simon Butteriss and accompanied by Tony Britten.

This programme of witty cabaret songs inspired by, or parodying Walton's Façade, and Schoenbergs's Pierrot Lunaire, includes pieces by Coward, Satie, Schoenberg, Novello and Spoliansky.

As well as appearing in numerous MTL productions, Simon Butteriss has sung Gilbert and Sullivan all over the world (he was also in Mike Leigh's Oscar winning G&S movie, Topsy-Turvy) and is currently playing Pangloss in Bernstein's Candide.
Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16 at 8pm, £10/£7 concessions

Sarah Redmond - Black, White and Redmond All Over! Fun, frolics, general fabulousness and other things beginning with 'F'.

Everything and more a cabaret should be. Accompanied by Jonathon Gill 'he of the infectious energy' (Independent on Sunday).

Drill Hall and MTL audiences will know Sarah for her performances in La Traviata and The Magic Flute, while other credits include the role of Rizzo in Grease, at the Dominion, the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland for the RSC, and appearances in the comedy series Barbara, for Carlton TV.
Saturday, May 17 at 6:30pm and 9pm - £10/£7 concessions, Sunday, May 18 at 5:00pm, all tickets £5

Entartete Musik. 'Degenerate' music silenced by Hitler, devised and directed by Jude Alderson.

Entartete Musik, banned and destroyed by the Nazis, embraced a wide variety of styles: jazz, atonal music, political cabaret and anything composed by a Jew or an Aryan who had fallen under a Black, Jewish, Bolshevik or homosexual influence.

All became synonymous as the Nazis tried to defame musicians who created these challenging new forms of music. Many works were consequently destroyed or lost, others have vibrantly survived.

This evening of cabaret and song will celebrate the lyrics of biting satire, the tongue-in-cheek eroticism and the chutzpah of the performers and composers who struggled in the shadow of the Third Reich and made
provocative music, in spite of the terror that tried to dominate.
Saturday, May 24 at 6:30pm and 9pm - £10/£7 concessions, Sunday, May 25 at 5:00pm all tickets £5
Tuesday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 4 at 8pm £10/£7 concessions

Beverley Klein So Inclined. Join Beverley Klein, accompanied by Nicolas Bloomfield, for an evening of her favourite music - a personal take on some old favourites and a few stories with a twist, from Piaf, to show tunes, to Music Hall - including songs by Harold Arlen, Rodgers and Hart, William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein, Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Weill and Nic Bloomfield if you¹re so inclined!

Beverley is well known to theatre audiences across the country from her appearances with the National Theatre (including Honk! The Ugly Duckling, Candide, Summerfolk, and Romeo and Juliet); she was in the original cast of Les Miserables, appeared in Sarrasine, Night After Night and A Judgement in Stone for Neil Bartlett and Nicolas Bloomfield's company, Gloria, and as an acclaimed Mrs Lovett in Opera North's production of Sweeney Todd. She can currently be seen on TV in Casualty and has recently appeared at the Lyric Hammersmith in Camille.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 27-29 at 8pm, £10/£7 concessions

Workshop Performances

A Cornish Secret, A New Musical for Young People By Mary Lincoln and Tony Britten.

Against the backdrop of the Second World War, a moment of déjà vu carries us away from the Chenies Street Drill Hall to another time and place.

Inspired by the extraordinary story of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, this new play, with music by Mary Lincoln and Tony Britten, tells the story of a young girl's journey through laughter and longing, as she unravels her past and determines her future.
Thursday and Friday, May 22/23 at 8pm, £7/£5 concessions

Don G (Working Title). MTL's version of Don Giovanni has long been a favourite, and plans are now under way to make a screen version.

Don G is set in Seville, and is a fundamental reworking of this timeless opera. This workshop will involve a semi-staged performance, played in front of filmed images of Seville, and will enable MTL supporters to be involved in early stages of what promises to be a very exciting project.
Thursday and Friday, June 5/6 at 8pm, £7/£5 concessions

Screening

Boheme. In 1999 Music Theatre London Film was set up to create a film version of MTL's successful stage version of LA BOHÈME.

Filmed entirely on location in South East London, the film was nominated for an RTS award, and the Prix Italia, before being bought and broadcast by Channel 5. It is now distributed worldwide by RM Associates. This is a one off opportunity to see it projected on wide screen, with digital surround sound.
Friday, May 30 at 8pm, Saturday, May 21 at 6:30pm and 9pm, £7/£5 concessions.

Drill Hall 2 is also a fully accessible 50-seat preview theatre, just off Tottenham Court Road and a stone's throw from the BFI. Two minutes walk from Goodge Street tube station and with a good bar and catering facilities, this makes it an ideal and comfortable central London venue for previewing films.
Technical information: Preview Theatre is equipped with a Sharp pg-M20S digital projector flexible screen format and size up to 8¹ x 6¹ (183cm x 240 cm) dvd and video playback 5.1 surround sound DV editing facility.

For further information on hiring Drill Hall 2 as a preview theatre please contact: Mavis Seaman, General Manager on 020 7307 5061.

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