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Horrible Histories

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‘the show is perfect edutainment’

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‘funny and sharp, delivering the one-liners with excellent timing’

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‘the jokes and songs are excellent’

A whole new production of the hugely successful Horrible Histories series is to come back to London for another hilariously horrible run. The Best of Barmy Britain sees the best and most grizzly bits of the previous shows combined to create one revolting romp through Britain’s history. Celebrating five years on the West End, The Best of Barmy Britain opens at the Apollo Theatre London on August 5th.

Directed by and starring Neal Foster, The Best of Barmy Britain takes us through the most pivotal points in British history, as we encounter boisterous Boudicca, cowardly King John, hot-headed Henry VIII, devilish Dick Turpin and the groovy, dancing Queen Victoria! An unusual depiction of the country’s most notable moments, the grizzly parts are also kept in, as we are engulfed in the Great Fire of London and Guy Fawkes’ Gun Powder plot!

The Best of Barmy Britain is part of the highly acclaimed Horrible Histories series, penned by Terry Deary. With over 50 titles available, the books have sold over 25 million copies across 40 countries, educating children with its gruesome, grizzly tales. Produced by the Birmingham Stage Company, the stage adaptations of Horrible Histories have toured for over eleven years, entertaining audiences across the UK and Ireland, as well as Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia!

Adapted from Deary’s best-selling books, the productions have enjoyed wide critical acclaim, landing them once more in London’s West End. Opening at the Apollo Theatre, The Best of Barmy Britain is set to open August 5th for a limited run until September 3rd 2016.

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The Best of Barmy Britain is part of the highly acclaimed Horrible Histories series, penned by Terry Deary. Directed by Neal Foster, who also heads up the Birmingham Stage Company, the production features design by Jackie Trousdale, lighting by Jason Taylor, sound by Nick Sagar, music by Matthew Scott and choreography by Kenn Oldfield.

Barmy Britain regulars Neal Foster and Alison Fitzjohn will star in the production.

Show Lengths and Times

The Best of Barmy Britain opens at the Apollo Theatre London on August 5th and is set to run until September 3rd 2016.

Show running time is 60mins, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The Best of Barmy Britain is suitable for all ages, especially children! Be aware that some moments may be slightly grizzly, but not unsuitable!

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The Go-Between

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‘a quiet triumph of determination and a true labour of love’

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‘Crawford, now 74, delivers a remarkably moving and sensitively sung performance’

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‘Crawford, exuding a desiccated sadness, sings Taylor’s score beautifully’

Legendary stage and screen actor Michael Crawford stars in the premiere of a new British musical, The Go-Between. After opening with previews on May 27thThe Go-Between plays at the Apollo Theatre London, with an official opening on June 7th 2016.

Previously running at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Royal & Derngate and Derby Live, The Go-Between has received Best Musical Production at the Theatre Awards UK. Featuring a new score by Richard Taylor (Whistle Down the Wind) and a book by beloved children’s dramatist David Wood (Goodnight Mister Tom), this promises to be a hit. In 1970, The Go-Between was made into a film starring Michael Redgrave.

Based on L. P. Hartley’s 1953 novel, The Go-Between follows the story of an elderly man, Leo Colston, who unintentionally unlocks memories of his past, which he had long since left behind. Snapshots of a particularly hot summer in 1900 appear, along with his days spent in Norfolk. When a young Leo spends the holidays with the family of his friend Marcus, he is plunged into an adult world of deceit and illicit passion. Leo becomes trapped in a doomed love affair between upper-class Marian and farmer Ted, acting as the go-between. Soon, he realises that this has shaped his life forever.

The Go-Between plays at the Apollo Theatre. Don’t miss out on this chance to see Crawford back on stage!

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The Go-Between features a book by much-loved children’s dramatist David Wood, who has previously adapted Goodnight Mister Tom for the stage, as well as Roald Dahl classics such as The Witches and The Twits. An original score has been penned for the musical by Richard Taylor, who is well-known for composing Whistle Down the Wind. This new musical is produced by Joseph Smith and prolific producer Bill Kenwright, with direction from Roger Haines, who has in the past worked on A Warning to the Curious and The Full Monty.

Michael Crawford stars as Leo Colston in what is his first return to the West End since his performance in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz. Crawford is best-known for playing Frank in Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em, as well as for creating the titular role In Barnum, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. His iconic performance as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera also earned him a Tony Award, Drama Desk and Critics Circle Award. In 1986, he received an OBE from the Queen.

Further casting includes Gemma Sutton (Gypsy) as Marian, Stuart Ward as Ted, Issy Van Randwyck as Mrs Maudsley, Stephen Carlile as Trimingham, Julian Forsyth as Mr Maudsley, John Addison as Henry, Jenni Bowden as Stanton/Leo’s Mother/Eulalie and Silas Wyatt-Barke as Denys. A cast of six boys alternate the roles of Leo and Marcus.

Show Lengths and Times

The Go-Between opened at the Apollo Theatre London on May 27th, with an official opening on June 7th 2016. The musical is set to run until October 15th. Performances are at 7:30pm every day excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Show running time is approximately 2hrs and 20mins, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The Go-Between is family friendly and suited to all generations. Please note that the Apollo Theatre does not supply booster cushions for young children.

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Nell Gwynn

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‘every role is superbly performed’

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‘this is a right royal treat’

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‘the chief delight lies in watching Arterton’

After a critically-acclaimed, sell-out season at Shakespeare’s Globe, Jessica Swale’s rollicking restoration play Nell Gwynn transfers to the Apollo Theatre in February 2016, starring Gemma Arterton. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the play follows the true story of the exuberant Nell Gwynn, who rose from lowly orange-seller to England’s favourite actress.

Nell Gwynn is the recent recipient of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, up against stiff competition from Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Hand to God and A Christmas Carol. Further Olivier Award nominations included Gemma Arterton for Best Actress, alongside Michele Dotrice, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Set in 1660, Nell Gwynn pays her way by selling oranges on Drury Lane, unaware that she has a very secret and very royal admirer. After returning from exile and being restored to the throne, Charles II brings with him a love of all things French, which soon transforms London. In an age where women were not allowed on stage, Gwynn battles to become one of Britain’s favoured actresses, winning the heart of Charles II on the way.

Described by Samuel Pepys as ‘pretty, witty Nell,’ Arterton will play the charming and cheeky Nell. Don’t miss out on what is yet another successful West End transfer. Nell Gwynn opened at the Apollo Theatre on February 12th and is set to play until April 30th 2016.

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Nell Gwynn is directed by Christopher Luscombe, whose credits include Spamalot and The Madness of King George III, starring David Haig. The play also features design by the prolific Hugh Durrant, with original compositions by Nigel Heiss.

Gemma Arterton stars as Nell, after most recently appearing as Rita O’Grady in Made in Dagenham, which won her an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Newcomer in a Musical. Well-known for her role in St Trinians, Arterton has also appeared in The Quantum of Solace and Tamara Drewe, and was also the title role in The Duchess of Malfi in 2014 at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Further cast members include Michele Dotrice as Nancy, Michael Garner as Thomas Killigrew, Greg Haiste as Edward Kynaston, Peter McGovern as Ned Spigget, David Rintoul as Lord Arlington, Anneika Rose as Rose Gwynn, Nicholas Shaw as John Dryden, David Sturzaker as Charles II, Jay Taylor as Charles Hart, Sasha Waddell as Lady Castlemaine/Louise de Keroualle and Sarah Woodward as Old Ma Gwynn/Queen Catherine. Ensemble members include Paige Carter, Matthew Durkan, George Lennings and Ellie Leah.

Show Lengths and Times

Nell Gwynn opened at the Apollo Theatre London on February 12th and is set to run until April 30th 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm.

Show running time is approximately 2hrs and 35mins, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Nell Gwynn is recommended for ages 12 and up, with adult language and references of a sexual nature. Please note that the Apollo Theatre does not supply booster seats.

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong

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‘everyone loves a theatrical disaster’

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‘constant joy of Adam Meggido’s razor-sharp production’

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‘dizzying, dazzling display of meta-theatrical brilliance’

Mischief Theatre’s Olivier Award-nominated chaotic comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong returns once more to London’s Apollo Theatre, after a successful run in 2015. Peter Pan Goes Wrong is the company’s latest comic treat to hit the West End and is set to return to the London venue in October 2016 for a limited festive season.

Created by Mischief Theatre’s Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, Peter Pan Goes Wrong earned a nomination for the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, losing out to Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn. Peter Pan Goes Wrong has enjoyed huge success, commended by audiences and critics alike. With Mischief Theatre’s Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong continuing to play at the Duchess Theatre, and with the opening of The Comedy About a Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre, it is safe to say that Mischief are quickly taking over the West End.

Bringing back the hilarity of countless calamities, Peter Pan Goes Wrong sees The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society desperate to deliver a perfect performance of J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan. Unfortunately, on the way to Neverland, the accident-prone thespians are forced to battle through cast disputes, technical hitches and general dismal luck with hilarious and disastrous results.

An absolutely side-splitting smash-hit, Peter Pan Goes Wrong is the perfect festive treat for the whole family, promising pranks, errors and a whole load of deliberate guffaws and gags. Mischief Theatre’s favourite farce returns to the Apollo Theatre from October 20th 2016 and will play until January 29th 2017.

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong is the Olivier Award-nominated comedy created by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, with direction from Adam Meggido (Showstopper! The Improvised Musical). The show features lighting design by Matt Haskins, sound design by Ella Wahlstrom, set design by Simon Scullion, costume design by Roberto Surace and compositions by Richard Baker and Rob Falconer, who make the disasters run smoothly – as smoothly as they can!

Previously starring the original Mischief Theatre Company, Peter Pan Goes Wrong features an all-new cast, including Adeline Waby, Bailey Patrick, Bryony Corrigan, Daniel Pitout, Harry Kershaw, Laurence Pears, Matt Cavendish, Oliver Senton, Susan Harrison, Sydney Smith, Tom Cox and Katherine Carlton.

Show Lengths and Times

Peter Pan Goes Wrong opens at the Apollo Theatre London on October 20th and is set to run over the festive season until January 29th 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm. There are additional performances on Sunday, with a matinee at 3pm and the evening show at 7pm.

Show running time is approximately 2hrs and 5mins, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Peter Pan Goes Wrong is entirely family-friendly and is suitable for those looking for an entertaining alternative to pantomime! Recommended age is 8 and up. Please note that the Apollo Theatre does not supply booster seats for young children.

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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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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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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?!

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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

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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.

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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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