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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

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Having previously had it’s own BBC Radio 4 series and having extensively toured the UK, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, received a much anticipated two month long West End transfer from the 24th September 2015.

Each night, seven performers are selected from a wider troupe to create an entirely improvised new musical for their audience, meaning no two performances are ever the same. With a run of 80 shows over ten weeks, this means that the Showstopper! team will create 80 new pieces of theatre!

Audiences may suggest material to the performers, who will then transform their ideas into song and dance numbers, often to hilarious effect. Be it a love story, a comedy, a tragedy or something downright insane; the Showstopper! troupe will work with their material and deliver it in perfect harmony – sometimes with the odd jazz hand in tow!

Cast members include Showstopper! creators Adam Meggido and Dylan Emery as well as Ruth Bratt, Pippa Evans, Susan Harrison, Sean McCann, Phillip Pellew, Adam Pugsley, Oliver Senton, Lucy Trodd and Sarah- Louise Young.

As well as strong improvisational skills on display from the performers, the technical team also need to be quick to react to the improvised drama. This includes Tom Lishman on sound, Tim Mascall on lighting and Duncan Walsh Atkins as musical director.

As well as being a firm favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Showstoppers! The Improvised Musical has played across the world in counties such as Ireland, Canada, China and The United Arab Emirates. Finally the show is able to reach the next level as it arrives on a much bigger scale at the West End’s Apollo Theatre, where literally anything could happen each night!

The show runs until the 29th November 2015, with press night on the 30th September. Tickets for Showstopper! The Improvised Musical London are on sale now!

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Dear Lupin

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Dear Lupin Apollo Theatre London

Hot off the back of a successful UK tour, Dear Lupin is set to arrive at the Apollo Theatre. Preview performances will begin from 30th July 2015.

Father and son James Fox (A Passage To India, Patriot Games, Downton Abbey) and Jack Fox will star alongside one another in this hotly anticipated book to stage adaptation.

Journalist Roger Mortimer, a former racing correspondent for The Sunday Times, wrote Dear Lupin as a touching memoir to document the relationship between himself and his son, Charlie. Told through actual letters between the pair that span 24 years, Dear Lupin is both a documentary of growing up and the sometimes tempestuous friction between father and son.

The show starts as Charlie, or “Lupin,” is a 15 year-old on the brink of expulsion from Eton and follows him through many stints of rebellion and adherence to awkward fashion trends until he becomes a fully grown man.

Mortimer’s book has been adapted to the stage by actor and writer, Michael Simkins who has recently been seen starring in Hay Fever at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Simkins has said: “adapting Dear Lupin was an opportunity nobody with my particular humorous sensibilities could turn down, as it’s a comic masterpiece.”

Dear Lupin is directed by Philip Franks with designs by Adrian Linford, Lighting by Johanna Town and sound by Matthew Bugg.

Dear Lupin will enjoy a limited run until the 19th September 2015, with press night held on August 3rd. Tickets are now on sale and can be booked using the search box on the right hand side of the page.

Running Time

Dear Lupin runs at 2hrs and 20 minutes including interval

Age Restrictions

Dear Lupin contains moderate adult language and is therefore not suitable for children under the age of 12.

My Night With Reg

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Following a sell out season at London’s Donmar Warehouse, My Night With Reg transferred to the Apollo Theatre for a strictly limited run starting on  Saturday January 17th and running to Saturday April 11th 2015.

Kevin Elyot’s My Night With Reg is set in 1980’s London amid the gay community facing the escalating AIDS crisis. Following a group of gay friends though the highs and lows of their friendship, the play spans several years.

Told in just three scenes, all of the action of the play takes place in Guy’s London apartment. Guy is seemingly a lonely man with a secret crush on his good friend, John. The audience discovers that, whilst on holiday in Lanzarote, Guy had unprotected sex with a gay man who forced himself upon him.

The much discussed “Reg” is conspicuously absent throughout the play but is heavily discussed throughout, especially in the first scene – Guy’s flat warming party. Despite his absence, the audience learns a lot about the character, who is seemingly sleeping with all of Guy’s close friends, including his beloved John…

My Night With Reg is Directed by Robert Hastie, with designs by Peter Mckintosh. Further casting has yet to be confirmed.

Whilst often funny, My Night with Reg is a moving tale of love, loss, friendship and an incurable disease. If it’s widely praised run at the Donmar Warehouse is anything to go by, this show is not to be missed.

The Audience

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The Audience play London

Embarking on a 2015 revival to coincide with the general election, The Audience is a cutting piece of theatre that imagines the many secret and often tense meetings between the Queen and the Prime Ministers that have served the country during her rein. From Churchill to Cameron, we see the various relationships between the Monarch and the various leader’s of the country.

Morgan’s script is to be adapted to include former PM Tony Blair and the team behind the show have said they are ready to include a new character following the outcome of the 2015 General Election.

The Audience opened for previews at the Apollo Theatre on the 21st April 2015 and had its press night on the 5th May. Whilst the show is running in the UK, a Broadway run of the show, starring original “Queen” Helen Mirren will also run stateside.

Kristin Scott Thomas steps in to the Olivier Award winning role shortly after her run as Electra at the Old Vic Theatre.

Further cast includes David Calder as Winston Churchill, Mark Dexter as David Cameron and Tony Blair, Michal Gould as John Major, Gordon Kennedy as Gordon Brown, Nicholas Woodeson as Harold Wilson, David Peart as Equerry, Charlotte Moore as Bobo and Sylvestra Le Touzel as Margret Thatcher. , Marnie Brighton, Madeline Jackson Smith and Izzy Meikle- Small play Young Elizabeth. Harry Feltham and Matt Plumb play Footmen.

The Audience is directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, Skylight) and is set to be a theatrical highlight of 2015. Pre-booking is highly recommended as there is likely to be a high demand for the show.

The Audience runs at 2hrs 20 minutes including interval. 

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Urinetown

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Transferring from London’s St James Theatre, Urinetown arrives at the Apollo Theatre in one of the most anticipated West End transfers in years.

Set in a dystopian universe in which people are charged a fee to pee, Urinetown is a satirical play that comments on the process of privatising human rights.

The musical by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis focuses on the CEO of the Urine Good Company, Cadwell B, who enforce a strict pay to pee policy, and the revolutionaries of Public Amenity#9. In a world where those who fail to pay the going rate and wind up defecating the streets, strict punishments are in place. Such a sin could see those illegally reliving themselves wind up getting arrested and sent off to “Urinetown,” a place from which prisoners never return…

Among the those who believe in their right to pee is Cadwell’s daughter, Hope, an unlikely revolutionary. However when the rebels discover Hope’s true identity, will they be able to accept her, despite being the spawn of the man they hate?!

Cast and Creative

Urinetown stars Matthew Seadon-Young as Bobby Strong, Rosanna Hyland as Hope Cladwell, Simon Paisley day as her father and Jenna Russell as Penelope Pennywise.

Other cast includes Aaron Lee Lambert, Marc Elliot, Katie Bernstein, Cory English, Karis Jack, Jeff Nicholson, Mark Meadows, Jonathan Slinger and Kane Oliver Parry.

Directed by Jamie Lloyd and with designs by Soutra Gilmour, this is a West End transfer not to be missed!

Urinetown opened at the Apollo Theatre in September 2014.

Song List

ACT ONE

  • Too Much Exposition
  • Urinetown
  • It’s a Privilege to Pee
  • It’s a Privilege to Pee (Reprise)
  • Mr Cladwell
  • Cop Song
  • Follow Your Heart
  • Look at the Sky
  • Don’t Be the Bunny
  • Act One Finale

ACT TWO

  • What is Urinetown?
  • Snuff That Girl
  • Run, Freedom, Run!
  • Follow Your Heart (Reprise)
  • Why did I Listen to that Man?
  • Tell Her I Love Her
  • We’re Not Sorry
  • I’m Not Sorry
  • I See a River

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Let the Right One In

Let The Right One In London

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Let the Right One In opened at the Apollo Theatre on March 26th 2014, marking the first show of the year at the venue.

Let the Right One in is an onstage adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Swedish horror novel and film, reworked for the stage by BAFTA award winning writer Jack Thorne. Like the original novel of the same name, the play is a heartfelt love story between two children, one of whom turns out to be a vampire…

The onstage re-imagination of the tale, now set in the brisk Scottish Highlands, has taken the darker elements of the original novel, resulting in a deeply chilling piece.

This tale of blind love in the face of all odds arrives in the West End following a sell out run at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square, London.

Cast and Creative

The show is adapted for stage by Jack Thorne (This is England 86, Skins) and directed by Tony Award Winning director John Tiffany.

Cast includes the much praised Martin Quinn and Rebecca Benson, who reprise their original roles as Oskar and Eli.  Clive Mendus plays Hakan, the Eli’s blood thirsty companion.

Veteran West End producer Bill Kenwright presents the show alongside Marla Rubin Productions and the National Theatre of Scotland.

 

Suitable For

This show has a chilling subject matter and there are moments of dark, graphic horror. Therefore this show is not suitable for children. Teenagers may attend the show if accompanied by an adult.

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Idina Menzel in Concert

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One year after her barnstorming performance at the Royal Albert Hall, Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel appeared at the Apollo Theatre as part of her solo concert tour for one week from Monday, 8 October 2012 for seven performances only. She performed a selection from the musical theatre canon and popular music. In addition to her long-standing musical theatre career, Menzel is also a songwriter, and she performed some of her own original songs for the first time in the UK.

Menzel is best known to London audiences for playing Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked, after originating the role on Broadway. For her performance, she earned Tony and Whatsonstage.com Awards for Best Actress, as well as nominations for Drama Desk and Olivier Awards. Her other theatre credits include her roles in Hair, The Wild Party, and the original casts of Rent and Aida. In 2008, she teamed up with her Elphaba standby Kerry Ellis for a one-night concert performance of Chess at the Royal Albert Hall.

She has become well-known to television audiences in recent years for her role as Shelby Corcoran on Glee, a singing teacher who turns out to be the biological mother of Rachel Berry (Lea Michele). Her film roles include Rent, Enchanted, and Kissing Jessica Stein.

This strictly limited run featured the backing of a 25-piece orchestra and follows the success of her US tour. Following her run at the Apollo Theatre, Menzel played dates at Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 16 October and the Palace Theatre in Manchester on 17 October.

Richard III

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Award-winning actor Mark Rylance took on one of the most villainous characters in history as the title role in Richard III. This production ran in repertory alongside Twelfth Night as part of Shakespeare’s Globe’s “The Play’s the Thing” season at the Apollo Theatre.

Based on the real-life monarch, Shakespeare’s Richard III is a scheming, Machiavellian hunchback who murders anyone who stands between him and the crown. Despite having killed her first husband, he successfully courts and marries Lady Anne. With calculating cunning, he manipulates his way through the court, and he betrays his brothers and loyal advisors on a bloodthirsty and ruthless quest for power.

The production featured the same creative team as Twelfth Night, including director Tim Carroll, designer Jenny Tiramani, and composer Claire van Kampen. Performed by an all-male cast, the play used designs and music inspired by the original Shakespearean productions in the 16th century.

Richard III opened on 6 November for a strictly limited season before closing on 10 February 2013.

 

Cast Information

Mark Rylance played the title role, after his Olivier and Tony Award-winning performance in Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre. He was the founding artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe from 1995-2005. His Jerusalem co-star Johnny Flynn plays Lady Anne, whilst The History Boys’ Samuel Barnett plays Elizabeth.

 

Reviews

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“…there’s a quiet sadness about Rylance that lends melancholy even to the villain’s clowning aspect… A withered left-hand rests fixed across his chest but the deformity is felt most keenly within. This Richard doesn’t try to compensate for his weaknesses, he plays on them to manipulate others – but his self-loathing undoes him when he seizes the crown…”
Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph


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“…when Rylance does finally unleash his fury, the effect is like a cobra discharging its venom…”
Michael Billington, The Guardian

 

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“Mark Rylance…defines Tim Carroll’s production. From the moment he first appears, announcing that he is ‘determined to prove a villain’, he captivates us.”
Henry Hitchings, The Evening Standard

 

 

Stage Seats

This production of Richard III was first staged at Shakespeare’s Globe. To replicate the Elizabethan feel of the Globe at the Apollo, a select number of seats were  added to the stage, and from these seats one could expect a unique and up-close experience of the show.

 

Twelfth Night

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After his Tony- and Olivier-Award winning performance in Jerusalem, Mark Rylance returned to the Apollo Theatre with Shakespeare’s Globe’s “The Play’s the Thing” season, reprising his performance as Olivia in Twelfth Night and playing the title role in a new production of Richard III.

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Following a shipwreck, twins Viola and Sebastian are separated, with each assuming the other is dead. Viola disguises herself as a man in order to serve in the court of Orsino, the Duke of Illyria, who sends her to woo the beautiful Countess Olivia on his behalf. Olivia is in mourning after the loss of her brother and has turned away all suitors, until she becomes instantly enamoured with Viola, now known as Cesario. Meanwhile, Olivia’s drunken uncle, Sir Toby, decides to play a trick on her uptight servant, Malvolio, with hilarious results, in this rollicking tale of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

For this production, Shakespeare’s Globe assembled the same creative team behind their acclaimed 2002 staging of the play, including director Tim Carroll, designer Jenny Tiramani, and composer Claire van Campen. Performed by an all-male cast in “original practice”, the set, costumes, music, and dances were inspired by the original staging of Shakespeare’s plays in the Elizabethan era.

This strictly limited season began on 2 November 2012. Twelfth Night ran in repertory with Richard III and closed on 9 February 2013.

Cast Information

After receiving an Olivier Award nomination for the role in 2002, Mark Rylance again played the Countess Olivia. Stephen Fry, whose considerable film credits include Wilde, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Gosford Park, and Sherlock Holmes II plays Malvolio. After appearing opposite Rylance in Jerusalem, Johnny Flynn played Viola, whilst The History Boys’ Samuel Barnett played Sebastian. Members of the original 2002 Globe cast Liam Brennan and Peter Hamilton Dyer reprise their roles as Orsino and Feste. Globe regular Colin Hurley plays Sir Toby Belch.

Reviews

The Guardian Logo “The transfer of these two productions to the West End is welcome news…the big draw is Stephen Fry’s Malvolio, and he acquits himself extremely well.” Michael Billington, The Guardian

 

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“I can think of no living actor who takes to the stage with such ease and spontaneity as Mark Rylance. He makes the theatre feel like the place that he calls home…” Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph

 

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“…the play’s peculiarities come across vividly, and Rylance is once again a marvel. Henry Hitchings, The Evening Standard

Stage Seats

Twelfth Night was first staged at Shakespeare’s Globe. To replicate the Elizabethan feel of the Globe at the Apollo, a select number of seats were added to the stage, and from these seats one could expect a unique and up-close experience of the show.

Long Day’s Journey into Night

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Long Day’s Journey into Night is one of the seminal plays of the twentieth century. This heart-breaking drama tells the story of a troubled family as they struggle with addiction and personal demons on one fateful day at the turn of the twentieth century.

Playwright Eugene O’Neill won the Pulitzer Prize for this semi-autobiographical account of his own family life. Though he completed the play in 1942, he refused to allow it to be published or performed until after his death eleven years later.

This new production was directed by Anthony Page. His distinguished career began at the Royal Court, where he served as co-artistic director from 1969-72. His West End credits include Night of the Iguana, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Doll’s House, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Goat by Edward Albee. He also directed the films I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and The Lady Vanishes. The production toured the UK with stops at Nottingham Theatre Royal, Milton Keynes Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, and Glasgow Theatre Royal.

Long Day’s Journey into Night began previews at the Apollo Theatre on 2 April before opening on the 10th.  This limited season ended on 18 August.

Cast Information

West End veteran David Suchet starred as James Tyrone, after winning Critics’ Circle and WhatsOnStage Awards for his performance in All My Sons by Arthur Miller. He is known to television audiences for his role as Agatha Christie’s Inspector Poirot. Acclaimed American actress Laurie Metcalf joined him as Mary Tyrone. A founding member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, she went on to win three Emmy Awards for her role as Jackie on the hit sitcom Roseanne. Jamie was played by Trevor White, whose credits for the Royal Court include Aunt Dan and Lemon, as well as Enron, which subsequently transferred to the West End. After winning this year’s Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer for his performances in The Faith Machine, The Government Inspector, and The Glass Menagerie, Kyle Soller rounded out the cast as Edmund.