16/09/14 A Sunny Afternoon this Winter

Hi Theatre-goers

Very pleased to hear that the Hampstead Theatre’s sell-out show Sunny Afternoon, which is transferring to the Harold Pinter theatre, next month as now been extended through to the New Year – even before its opened!

Sunny Afternoon is the smash-hit musical charting the rise to fame of Britain’s own The Kinks and it features their most memorable songs played and sung live on stage by the actors portraying the 60s group.

sunny-afternoon 320x240I have a personal interest in Sunny Afternoon not least because it has a great lead actor in the form of John Dalgleish (playing Kinks front-man Ray Davies) who has recently been seen on our tv screens as hapless summer camp counsellor, Barry, in C4′s Beaver Falls for two series as well as in Sky 1′s Starlings with Downton Abbey’s Brendan Coyne.

I am also pleased that an ex-drama school peer of mine, Edward Hall, is directing and another drama school classmate Vince Leigh is a cast member. And if that’s not enough to get me to buy a ticket, George Maquire, who plays band member Dave Davies, attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts where I used to work (and in fact I acted as George’s agent whilst he was a student there). Oh, and finally, I think Helen Hobson, also in the cast, used to go to the drama school where I went – in fact, I think there’s even a Helen Hobson scholarship offered to promising students (not that I was awarded it, you understand).

Anyway, the fact that advance sales for this show has meant its already extended its booking period leads me to believe that its going to be brilliant (well, we know it was brilliant from the rave reviews it recieved at the Hampstead theatre).

Hopefully, like me, you will be seeing this show sooner rather later this side of Christmas.

Have a great theatre-going week

Sara

 

4/9/14 : The Woman in Black – 25 Scary Years!

Hi Theatregoers

I can’t quite believe that the stage play The Woman in Black has been making London audiences jump out of their seats for over 25 years now.

WiBHouse 200x200It opened on 1st January 1989 and I went to see it that very first year. I was fresh out of drama school and still a twenty-something singleton then, so … no, stop! I don’t even want to do the maths.

It is an amazing piece of theatre with just two actors on stage and minimal scenery yet it conjures up the spookiness of Eel Marsh House and the surrounding area of Crythin Gifford where the ghostly events take place.

WiB-Kipps 150x250And even though I’ve read the book, seen both film versions and watched the actual play three times, I still jump in all the right places and leave the theatre with prickles on my neck.

This Autumn half term I am finally taking my two teenage children who have been wanting to go for quite a while. Again they have seen both films – although they are of the opinion that the 1989 tv version was the scariest of the two – so they know what to expect… or do they? I’m not giving anything away, but I have sat us on the centre aisle for a very good reason!
The fact that The Woman in Black is now celebrating its 25th year at the Fortune theatre is testament to its superior story telling and second only to The Mousetrap as the longest running play in London.

So… what will you be doing with your kids this coming half term?

Sara

 

55% off top theatre tickets

Hi Theatre-goers

forbidden-broadway-sale 300x400I know that in these austere times not everyone can afford to spend £50 or £60 per ticket on a theatre visit and so what I have to tell you next will be great news…

For the next 24 hours we are able to offer top price tickets to see Forbidden Broadway which opens at the Vaudeville theatre on 9th September for a fraction of the normal price.

You can cave 34% on top price seats which means they are now only £29.99 and Upper Circle seats at only £15.99 which is a saving of a massive 55% to see performances between 9th September and 4th October!
BOOK TICKETS ONLY HERE!

But HURRY – this great deal only lasts until Friday 29th September 2014.

 

 

Whether you’re a seasoned theatre-goer or new to the West End, Forbidden Broadway promises a bundle of laughs as it parodies many of the big London productions.

Of course, we still offer Forbidden Broadway Theatre Breaks with a choice of tickets and hotels to suit all budgets CLICK HERE for full details

Happy savings!

Sara

Chock-a-block in the West End

Hi theatre-goers

We’ve had some amazing productions in London so far this year with Hollywood stars a plenty lining up to tread the boards including James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Kathleen Turner, Carey Mulligan, Kristen Davis, Angela Lansbury, Robert Vaughan and Rupert Grint to name but a few.

Well, some might think that would be enough sparkle in the West End for one year, but no… the Autumn sees some fantastic new shows opening with some of the biggest names in British entertainment giving their all for the paying public.

There’s so much to look forward to over the coming months that I don’t know quite where to start…

evita-marty-pellow 200x300Ok, let’s do this is some kind of order with September’s offerings which include the sensational Michael Flately bringing his spectacular show Lord of the Dance : Dangerous Games to the London Palladium and also there’s the return of the ever-popular Evita with our very own Marty Pellow starring as Che Guevara.

sunny-afternoon 320x240October is packed to the gills with Broadway hits The Scotsboro Boys and Memphis opening – the latter starring British Queen of Soul Beverley Knight who showed her acting talents in The Bodyguard earlier on in the year. Plus a couple of home-grown productions with Sunny Afternoon (the story of 60s super-group The Kinks) and Made in Dagenham -a musical adaptation of the hit 2010 film starring Gemma Arterton.

And if that’s not enough we still have White Christmas with the gorgeous Tom Chambers and Aled Jones plus Cats to come over the Christmas season.

I can see myself spending a lot of time on that train back & forth to London over the next three months.

Have a great weekend

Sara

03/06/2014 – Return of the Lord

Hi Theatre-goers

Did any of your see the fascinating programme about Michael Flatley at the weekend? It’s like the world famous Irish dancer hasn’t aged in the last 20 years! And those legs are still insured for $1 million. Well, why not? He can obviously still bust some moves on stage.

The tv documentary wasn’t just a celebration of his amazing dance career but a subtle advertisement for the return of the Lord Of The Dance : Dangerous Games which will play at the London Palladium from 1st September until 25th October.

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Not only will you be able to see Mr Flatley’s elastic-band legs going here, there and everywhere but also former Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle will feature as a special guest at some performances.

The new dance show sees Flatley taking a smaller role in the production as he is joined by 40 more youthful dancers on stage to tell a tale based on Irish folklore. The story finds the Little Spirit travelling through time to help the titular noble defend his people from Don Dorcha.

Those of a certain age may well remember that the Lord Of The Dance premiered at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1996 and quite frankly was the best performance on the night by far – a definite douze points. And since then the show has been seen by more than 60 million people world-wide and includes a five year residency in Las Vegas.

Flately and his dancers will be the inaugural production at the London Palladium which is hosting a line-up of short season shows that will take the theatre back to its variety roots.

Lord of the Dance theatre breaks will be available to book shortly.

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Have a great week

Sara

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