Theatre.London · The official home of London Theatre | News https://www.theatre.london/ Discover the best of theatre in London from West End musicals, plays, opera, dance and kids theatre. Buy cheap London theatre tickets for the latest shows. en-gb For One Knight Only to be rescreened in aid of The Royal Theatrical Fund https://www.theatre.london/news/for-one-knight-only-to-be-rescreened-in-aid-of-the-royal-theatrical-fund https://www.theatre.london/news/for-one-knight-only-to-be-rescreened-in-aid-of-the-royal-theatrical-fund Thu, 29 Apr 21 00:00:00 +0000 Following the success of the live Q&A in November 2020 which raised over £300,000 for Acting for Others, Lockdown Theatre today announces they will be rescreening For One Knight Only in aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund and partner organisation, the Fleabag Support Fund. Featuring an introduction from the RTF Chairwoman Samantha Bond and RTF President Robert Lindsay, the intimate Q&A stars British acting legends Dame Judi DenchSir Derek JacobiSir Ian McKellen and Dame Maggie Smith hosted by Sir Kenneth Branagh

The special evening of intimate conversation sees the acting stars discuss their careers, inspirations, and share tales about their time in the business. 

The Q&A will be streamed 21 – 23 May at 7pm, and is available for on demand viewing from 28 – 31 May. 

In addition, there will be one, For One Knight Only poster, signed by the cast, auctioned via The Royal Theatrical Fund’s eBay. Auction ends 31 May 2021.

All proceeds will be donated to theatrical charity The Royal Theatrical Fund, providing financial support to all those who work in the entertainment business that are ill, injured, or unable to work in their later years, as well as to help those affected by the pandemic through partner organisation, the Fleabag Support Fund. 

Lockdown Theatre is a quarantine initiative set up to present exclusive live table reads with all-star casts, raising money to support the Royal Theatrical Fund. In addition to For One Knight Only, previous events have included Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for GodotNoëI Coward’s Private Lives and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound, with actors including Sanjeev Bhaskar, Emilia Clarke, Robert Lindsay, Joanna Lumley, Michael Palin, Jennifer Saunders and Emma Thompson, raising over £112,000 for those in need.

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Incredible cast announced for the premiere of The Global Playground by Theatre-Rites https://www.theatre.london/news/incredible-cast-announced-for-the-premiere-of-the-global-playground-by-theatre-rites https://www.theatre.london/news/incredible-cast-announced-for-the-premiere-of-the-global-playground-by-theatre-rites Thu, 29 Apr 21 00:00:00 +0000 Casting has been announced for the return to the stage of Theatre-Rites, the highly acclaimed children’s theatre company who celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Amplifying diverse voices from a team of international collaborators, The Global Playground will premiere at the Manchester International Festival and online this July.

The cast is comprised of acclaimed dancers Jahmarley Bachelor (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, ZooNation; Mariposa: A Transgender Tragedy, Denada Dance), Annie Edwards (A Kate Prince Company; ZooNation), Kennedy Junior Muntanga (Phoenix Dance Theatre; Chotto Xenos, Akram Khan Company) and Charmene Pang (Iceland Dance Company; Isadora Now: A Triple Bill, The Barbican). They are joined by puppeteer and actor Sean Garratt (A Christmas Carol, National Theatre of Scotland; The Table, Blind Summit Theatre) and renowned percussionist Merlin Jones (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Opera North).

The Global Playground follows a group of dancers who meet to make a film with their nervous and chaotic director but things get wonderfully weird when the camera takes on a life of its own. Mixing dance, music, theatre and puppetry, The Global Playground examines how a camera’s gaze often reveals more than we bargained for. It will be presented both in person and online - digital viewers will gain a unique insight as the camera itself becomes a character on stage.

Throughout lockdown, human relationships have both grown and become more disjointed through digital connections. We can now connect with anyone in person and on screen – but is the camera our friend, our playmate, or something else entirely? The Global Playground explores the magic of our first encounters and is perfect for children and families. Audiences are invited to celebrate who we are and who we cherish, reflecting on a society where our digital and real selves coexist in discord or cohesion.

Following the sell-out success of The Welcoming Party at Manchester International Festival 2017, The Global Playground will be directed by Theatre-Rites’ Artistic Director, Sue Buckmaster (The Welcoming Party; Chotto Desh, Akram Khan Company) with choreography from acclaimed South African dancer Gregory Maqoma (Vuyani Dance Theatre). Designing the production is renowned scenographer and artist Ingrid Hu (A Slightly Annoying Elephant, Little Angel Theatre; Curiouser, Flexer & Sandiland with dybwikdanss, UK and Norway tour).

Composer Ayanna Witter-Johnson (London Symphony Orchestra; The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company) will be joined by sound designer Nick Sagar (Palace of Light, Noor Festival; Horrible Histories ‘Tudors & Egyptians’, UK tour) to bring the musical elements of this exciting production to life. Completing the production team are renowned lighting designer Guy Hoare (Sea Wall/A Life, Broadway; Chotto Xenos, Akram Khan Company) and Martin Riley (The Great Staycation – Dot’s Farm, BBC One; Emmeline Pankhurst: The Making of a Militant, BBC One) who will manage the digital film and production. The Global Playground is co-produced with Manchester International Festival.

Director Sue Buckmaster comments, As Theatre-Rites turns 25 I have been reflecting on the importance of the connections we have developed with artists and our audiences, how it is our responsibility to nurture and empower both. As a company we have always been driven by the child's needs and we know that young people’s futures will be a fluid experience of online and real adventures. The Global Playground, with its exceptional cast, is our gift to our audience of young people and to their carers; a chance to reflect on how they can be fully present, wherever they are and however they are connecting. A truly fitting way to celebrate our exciting return to Manchester International Festival and to live theatre.

To mark their 25th anniversary, Theatre-Rites will be publishing a book celebrating the company and the incredible artists they have worked with. The book will also tell the fascinating story of Artistic Director Sue Buckmaster, who lives with ME, and her puppeteer father who inspired her work. The book will be published on 29th July and has been co-written with Dr Liam Jarvis, Theatre-Rites board member and lecturer at Essex University.

Previous praise for Theatre-Rites:

Joyful and clever storytelling for audiences young and old (★★★★ The Stage, Big Up, 2019).

An astonishing piece of theatre... This is vital – in every sense of the word (★★★★★ WhatsOnStage, The Welcoming Party, 2017).

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Full cast announced for brand-new online comedy The Three Musketeers https://www.theatre.london/news/full-cast-announced-for-brand-new-online-comedy-the-three-musketeers https://www.theatre.london/news/full-cast-announced-for-brand-new-online-comedy-the-three-musketeers Thu, 29 Apr 21 00:00:00 +0000 Arden and Moore today announce the full cast for The Three Musketeers - attempted by FoolHardy written by Sydney Stevenson and directed by Joseph O’Malley. Joining the previously announced Robert Lindsay (Narrator) are Dianne Pilkington (Sarah Noble), David Bedella (Josh Hemingway), Matthew Curnier (Greg Matthews), Antony Eden (David Du Lesley), Sarah Kameela Impey (Jamie Aston) and Lydea Perkins (Maisie Stephens). The production runs online 15 - 20 June.

The classic tale of The Three Musketeers is brought to you by the inconceivable, unimaginable and fantastical FoolHardy Theatre… a company with questionable theatrical training, no experience and no taste. What could possibly go wrong?

Audio and animation are brought together in this swashbuckling adventure. Expect sword fights, deception and a right royal romance as audiences are taken back to the regal splendour of 17th century France in this exciting, madcap comedy.

The Three Musketeers is partnering with venues, who will sell tickets across the UK, to help support them financially through these difficult times. Partner venues include: Theatre Royal Winchester; Epsom Playhouse; Lighthouse, Poole; Concordia Theatre, Hinckley; Mull Theatre; The Forum Theatre, Northallerton; The Savoy Theatre, Monmouth; The Beggar's Theatre, Millom; Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham; Hertford Theatre; The Quarry Theatre, Bedford; Stamford Arts Centre; The Holroyd, Shropshire; The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering; Helmsley Arts Centre, York; and, Waterside, Manchester.

The additional creative team includes composer and sound designer Richard Wetherall and animator Barbara Owczarek.

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Small Things Theatre announce new dates for world première of Cordelia O'Neill's new play Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough https://www.theatre.london/news/small-things-theatre-announce-new-dates-for-world-premire-of-cordelia-oneills-new-play-anything-is-possible-if-you-think-about-it-hard-enough https://www.theatre.london/news/small-things-theatre-announce-new-dates-for-world-premire-of-cordelia-oneills-new-play-anything-is-possible-if-you-think-about-it-hard-enough Thu, 29 Apr 21 00:00:00 +0000 Small Things Theatre today announce new dates for the world première of Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough written by Cordelia O’Neill and directed by Kate Budgen, now opening at Southwark Playhouse on 24 September, with previews from 22 September, and running until 9 October.

Alex and Rupert aren’t a conventional match but a caffeinated meeting on the underground ignites a spark. Skip forward to them fighting over baby names, nursery colours and ways to save money. All the signs of a normal family in waiting.

Then Alex goes into labour, their baby is born still and their world implodes.

What follows is a window into how a couple find the strength to move forward, the will to stay together, and the determination to keep the memory of their child alive.

A play that takes us to the depth of grief to find hope, to the edge of insanity to find reason and finds humour in the most unexpected places.

Cordelia O’Neill, today said, “We feel incredibly lucky to be able to bring Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough, back to life. We have missed the theatre and all the magic it brings. Thank you to Southwark for their continuous support and providing a platform for this vital story. We so look forward to September. Get us in that rehearsal room!”

Cordelia O’Neill is a writer, actress and co-founder of Small Things Theatre. She trained at Oxford School of Drama. Her plays include the sell-out show The Stolen Inches (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2015), No Place For A Woman (Theatre503, 2018 - the play has been optioned by Cannibal Films and she is currently writing the screenplay), and The Vote about women’s suffrage with E17 Puppet Theatre Company (tour in Summer 2018 concluding at HighTide’s Walthamstow Festival). She also co-authored The Apologists at The Vaults 2019, which will be returning to Omnibus Theatre in 2020.

Kate Budgen trained at Birkbeck College and on the NT Studio Directors course. She has worked as Assistant and Associate Director for the Gate Theatre, Almeida Theatre, The Opera Group, Pentabus Theatre, the Bush Theatre, Opera North and for the Michael Grandage Company. She is regularly a Connections Director for the National Theatre Connections Festival and is co-artistic director of new writing company EQ Theatre. She was Associate Director on Girl From The North Country for Toronto and the West End in 2019. Directing credits include GUT (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), The Importance of Being Earnest (Watermill Theatre), No Place for a Woman (Theatre 503), Strong Arm (Underbelly/Old Vic New Voices), The Hairy Ape (Southwark Playhouse), Rigor Mortis (Papatango Theatre Company/Finborough Theatre), Crossed Keys (Eastern Angles), Bedbound (Lion and Unicorn), Stoopud Fucken Animals (Traverse Theatre), There is a War (Arts Ed), Punk Rock (Guildford School of Acting), and Anne Boleyn (RWCMD).

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Bad Nights and Odd Days: Greenwich Theatre presents a trio of acclaimed short plays by Caryl Churchill https://www.theatre.london/news/bad-nights-and-odd-days-greenwich-theatre-presents-a-trio-of-acclaimed-short-plays-by-caryl-churchill https://www.theatre.london/news/bad-nights-and-odd-days-greenwich-theatre-presents-a-trio-of-acclaimed-short-plays-by-caryl-churchill Wed, 28 Apr 21 00:00:00 +0000 Bringing together a trio of short and unforgettable plays from one of the country’s most prominent playwrights, Caryl Churchill (Top Girls; A Number; Drunk Enough To Say I Love You), Greenwich Theatre are reopening once again with their first in-house production since December. Led by acclaimed actor Paul McGann (Withnail and I; Doctor Who), Churchill’s earlier works will be brought to life for this limited season. Further casting will be announced in due course.

Bad Nights and Odd Days will see Churchill’s rarely performed plays, Abortive, Seagulls, and Three More Sleepless Nights, reenergised for the stage under the direction of Artistic Director James Haddrell. Exploring life-shattering events, a carousel of shifting relationships and the presence of psychic phenomena, this intimate collection of plays shows why it is so hard to categorise Churchill’s writing, blending the personal with the political, the naturalistic with the supernatural, the spoken with the unspoken.

Abortive highlights the strains of a married couple reeling in the aftermath of a shocking event; Three More Sleepless Nights details the everyday arguments and daily suppression of emotions; while Seagulls is Churchill’s powerful and personal allegory about losing the ability to write.

Director James Haddrell comments, We are delighted to be emerging from the last year of closure with this special collection of short plays. Caryl Churchill is undoubtedly one of the most important British playwrights of the past half century, and thanks to support from Arts Council England I am excited to be able to share some of her earliest, most rarely performed work. With special permission from Churchill herself to bring the pieces together under the title Bad Nights and Odd Days, I know that this collection of intimate, quietly heart-stopping dramas will offer a powerful, moving evening of live theatre - the kind of evening that we have all been missing so much.

Greenwich Theatre is excited to bring quality entertainment back to the area. The theatre continues to adhere to the ongoing government guidance, with social distancing potentially in place for indoor performances. Should the restrictions and circumstances change they will look to adjust accordingly.

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Theatre For Two London Tour https://www.theatre.london/news/theatre-for-two-london-tour https://www.theatre.london/news/theatre-for-two-london-tour Mon, 26 Apr 21 00:00:00 +0000 Presented in a specially designed Covid-secure pop-up venue, We Are Kilter’s Theatre For Two is a series of personal, interactive meetings between actor and audience member. The four newly commissioned micro-plays are written by some of the most exciting up-and-coming talent, Tabby Lamb, Macadie Amoroso, Ryan Lane, and Gabriella Leon, and celebrate the absurdity of human connection.

After a year of being stuck, unexpectedly stranded in isolation, isn’t it time to meet someone new? Step inside and meet four eccentric characters who are desperate for company and comradeship – whether that’s sharing a cuppa, a daydream or a waxworm. These micro-plays will plunge the audience into a funny, surprising and sometimes peculiar experience. Each semi-improvised play will engage the audience in the storytelling, rendering them a vital part of the narrative. Together, they will create unique playful interactions.

A cancelled picnic, a cancelled protest and now a cancelled bus? A clarion call for a more tender society, Gluten Free Crispy Caramel Mini Bite by Tabby Lamb (Since U Been Gone, HighTide) is about the need to be seen, heard and valued for who we are.

Rumour has it she was once the most famous woman in Hollywood but now, faded beyond memory, she lives out her days inside, trying to recreate the Golden Years. At The Recluse Who Lives On A Hill written and performed by Ryan Lane (Ryan Lane Will Be There Now In A Minute, VAULT Festival), you might enter as a nobody, but you could leave as the next shining star.

Alone within four walls, sometimes you need to have a conversation, have someone talk back to you, someone to tell you that your Ex just isn’t worth it. Reptile by Macadie Amoroso (Blue Beneath My Skin, Bunker Theatre) is a heart-warming piece about a cold-blooded companion in the good times and the bad.

Meet a unique friend, use words to create something never heard before and make your time count with Share-My-Home Companion from Gabriella Leon (Casualty). A ludicrous and powerful piece about the need to have something to do, something to look forward to, something to talk about as time trickles and yet races away, stuck inside.

Director Ed Theakston comments, As we emerge from the past year, I am thrilled to have been able to collaborate with a tremendously talented group of artists to bring this show to life. The focus of the show is to safely create moments of human connection, and to centre the power and immediacy of live theatre. Theatre For Two will be popping up in the heart of communities across London, providing some much-needed escapism and joy. Theatre has a vital role to play, not least in us all processing ‘These Unprecedented Times’. Theatre For Two is our contribution.

To remain Covid-Secure, the space designed by Ioana Curelea (The Strange Tale of Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin, Told by an Idiot) will be a self-contained pop-up unit measuring approximately 3m by 2m to allow for social distancing, with tickets purchased as a ‘bubble’, for one or two. The space will be separated by a clear Perspex-style screen, with removable chairs for audience members and space for one performer. The audience space is wheelchair accessible and will feature easily sanitised hard furnishings to ensure thorough and effective cleaning between performances. Tickets can be booked for each stand-alone piece or to experience the full cycle of all four over the course of an hour.

The performances will be accompanied by workshops for families and young people exploring storytelling and playfulness, delivered by director Katie Coull (Arts for Essential Workers) and actor and educator Matthew Grove.

Theatre for Two is generously supported by Arts Council England.

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Constella OperaBallet brings the heritage of Darley Abbey to life in Spin a Tale https://www.theatre.london/news/constella-operaballet-brings-the-heritage-of-darley-abbey-to-life-in-spin-a-tale https://www.theatre.london/news/constella-operaballet-brings-the-heritage-of-darley-abbey-to-life-in-spin-a-tale Mon, 26 Apr 21 00:00:00 +0000 Constella OperaBallet have worked in partnership with Derbyshire’s Darley Abbey to bring its heritage to life through a series of seven short films with newly commissioned dance, music and drama. Spin A Tale has been made in collaboration with Darley Abbey residents and performed by singers, dancers and actors from Constella OperaBallet with participation from local choirs, the Derby-based Déda Youth Company, the University of Derby, and local primary schools. The piece brings together several hundred people in this incredible multi-disciplinary celebration of the arts.

Along with Constella’s own Artistic Director and composer Leo Geyer, the films have been led by a renowned team of young creatives including choreographer Sarah-Louise Kristiansen whose company ‘Making Dance Happen’ was established in order to provide development opportunities for young artists to work worldwide; writer and director Ruth Mariner who is the founder of The Librettist Network where she nurtures a new generation of opera-makers with Royal Opera House and National Opera Studio; designer Holly Pigott who was a finalist in the Linbury Prize for Stage Design and has worked for companies such as the Royal Opera House and Young Vic; and costumier Sebastian Freeburn whose work has featured at London Fashion Week.

Darley Abbey is home to the most complete surviving 18th Century Mill complex in the world, built by the Evans family, and the series of ‘Moments’ highlight different aspects of the Abbey’s history, including the mill workers, architecture, nature, community, the River Derwent and the village’s place in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The films include Water Hymn is an opera-ballet performance celebrating the power of water and paying homage to the unceasing energy of the River Derwent that gave power to the former cotton industry. While Tangled is a contemporary dance shot in beautiful slow motion featuring a solo dancer entwined in thread and Brick Row is a music-drama showcasing a snapshot of 18th century life in Darley Abbey. Brick Row is dedicated to Jane Manning OBE (1938 – 2021), an extraordinary soprano who gave over 350 world premieres of contemporary music and supported Constella as a patron encouraging daring and ambitious artistry.

In partnership with Darley Abbey Day 2021 and Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Spin a Tale includes the premiere of Darley Abbey’s very own song performed by children at Walter Evans Primary School, as well as giant decorated bobbins, and threads of bunting, all created in collaboration with the local community.

Leo Geyer, artistic director, Constella OperaBallet said, Spin a Tale has been two years in the making and has undergone many twists and turns as we’ve navigated through the pandemic. I am therefore exceptionally proud of Constella’s artistic team, the Darley Abbey community and partner organisations for their unrelenting creative energy. Together, we have found ingenious ways to collaborate and bring together several hundred people in an ambitious, interdisciplinary celebration of Darley Abbey.

Organisers of Darley Abbey Day are inviting people to find their favourite Bunting Flag and “Count the Bobbins”, which will be installed in the village from 8th to 23rd May. The oversized Bobbin installations will be located in Darley Abbey, together with bunting made by the local community responding to the themes of Spin A Tale. Pupils at Walter Evans school have been busy making to help create a socially distanced trail around the village. There are also fundraising opportunities to support St Matthew’s Church and the Community Hall.

Professor Ian Whitehead, Chair of the Derwent Valley Mills Great Place Scheme said, Constella OperaBallet’s contribution to Darley Abbey Day is the last of three major arts commissions for the World Heritage Site’s Great Place Scheme, programmed by Beam. It will be fascinating to see these talented artists in collaboration with the community, bring the unique history of Darley Abbey to life through dance, music, drama and film, thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

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David Jason, Stephanie Cole & Anton Lesser to star in semi-staged rehearsed reading of A Cold Supper Behind Harrods https://www.theatre.london/news/david-jason-stephanie-cole-anton-lesser-to-star-in-semi-staged-rehearsed-reading-of-a-cold-supper-behind-harrods https://www.theatre.london/news/david-jason-stephanie-cole-anton-lesser-to-star-in-semi-staged-rehearsed-reading-of-a-cold-supper-behind-harrods Fri, 23 Apr 21 00:00:00 +0000 Original Theatre Company, in association with Perfectly Normal Productions, is delighted to reunite David Jason, Stephanie Cole and Anton Lesser, the original stars of the BBC Radio 4 play, A Cold Supper Behind Harrods, for a one night only, semi-staged, rehearsed reading to be live streamed from the stage of the Oxford Playhouse at 7.30pm on Friday 11 June. The play, written by David Morley and originally presented on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 7 September 2012, will be directed by Philip Franks, who also directed the original radio play.

50 years after the war that first brought them together, three Special Operations Executive agents meet once again to record interviews for a television documentary investigating the murder of their colleague at the hands of the Gestapo.  As Leo, Vera and John wait to be interviewed in a beautiful English garden, drinking tea and doing the crossword, pleasantries give way to deeper, darker subjects, including their own conduct during the war. A web of lies, self-deception and guilt begins to emerge.  In this drama, inspired by real characters and events, it is only as the three former agents depart for London in a taxi – for “a cold supper behind Harrods” – that the disturbing truth finally emerges.

David Jason will play John Harrison, Stephanie Cole Vera Atkins and Anton Lesser Leo Marks. Also in the cast will be Saffron Coomber and Lucy Doyle.


David Jason said, "I am delighted to be working once again with Philip Franks on the play A Cold Supper Behind Harrods.  Although our audience will be a virtual one, I look forward to joining with Stephanie Cole and Anton Lesser in bringing this play to life once more.  What a great project to gently kick-start a return to what I enjoy doing the most and working with talented people."

David Morley said, "Love, revenge and feelings of guilt are at the centre of this play and, though the story is fictional, it was inspired by a real meeting between World War Two veterans that I had set up for a television programme I was making.  In an era when ‘alternative facts’ replace actual facts, it feels right to remind ourselves that the first victim of war is the truth."

Alastair Whatley, Artistic Director of Original Theatre Company, said, “It’s a real thrill to be presenting David Morley’s play with such an outstanding cast streamed live from Oxford Playhouse.  It is a mark of how far we’ve come in the last year that we can now offer audiences unique access to this event in the best seats in the house - from their homes and all over the world."

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Casting announced for ABBA MANIA’s return to the West End for the first time in 19 years https://www.theatre.london/news/casting-announced-for-abba-manias-return-to-the-west-end-for-the-first-time-in-19-years https://www.theatre.london/news/casting-announced-for-abba-manias-return-to-the-west-end-for-the-first-time-in-19-years Fri, 23 Apr 21 00:00:00 +0000 Casting has been announced for the anticipated return of ABBA MANIA in the West End. Acclaimed performers Rhiannon Porter (Finalist, Eurovision: You Decide 2018; Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Production, O2 Arena), JoJo Desmond (Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake; Lead Vocalist, Doctor Who Live, UK Arena Tour), Edward Handoll (BIG The Musical, West End; Saturday Night Fever, UK Tour), and Loucas Hajiantoni (One Night of Tina, European Tour) will step into the platform heels of one of the most famous pop supergroups of all time. This incredible ensemble will take to the spotlight at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 21st May 2021, marking the production’s West End return after 19 years.

Also joining the production will be previous ABBA MANIA cast members Tamsin Stewart (Romeo & Juliet The Musical, West End; Taboo, West End) and Duncan Walsh Atkins (Musical Director, Showstopper: The Improvised Musical) in the roles of Director and Choreographer and Musical Supervisor, respectively. They will both be dusting off their flares and saying ‘Thank You For The Music’ as they return to celebrate an evening of Euro-nostalgia.

Supporting the cast will be the magnificent ABBA MANIA band who have delighted audiences across the world. Paul Gregory (The Book of Mormon, West End, UK and international tour; The Lion King, UK tour) will lead on drums with Dan Hall (The Drifters, UK and Ireland tour; The Blues Brothers, UK and Japan tour) on bass guitar and Anders Rye (The Blues Brothers, UK and Ireland tour; Rat Pack, world tour) on guitar.

The perfect party as we head out of lockdown, ABBA MANIA brings to life ABBA’s last ever concert in an exhilarating two-hour production celebrating the timeless joy of their songs. Featuring the Swedish supergroup’s irresistible music, fantastic costumes and electrifying staging, this concert is perfect for life-long ABBA fans and newcomers alike. Dig out your platforms and enjoy all your favourite hits including Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Waterloo, Fernando, Does Your Mother Know, Super Trouper and many more.

ABBA MANIA has delighted more than three million audience members since its formation in 1999, performing over 3,000 live shows in 30 countries across the world – from Germany to Tahititi, Sweden to Venezuela, USA to Australia. For the first time since 2002, West End audiences will have the opportunity to relive the iconic era when ABBA ruled the airwaves.

Cast member, Rhiannon Porter, comments, I’m so excited to slip into my platform heels and transform into the incredible world of the pop supergroup we all know and love. After a year of silence on the West End, we can’t wait to bring audiences the perfect tonic to the past year with a night of electrifying music, dancing and energy.

ABBA MANIA are one of the best on the circuit – Daily Mirror

Close your eyes and it could have been ABBA – Sky News

Following its West End season ABBA MANIA will tour as part of Sounds In The Grounds and The Legends Festival, followed by a full UK tour this autumn. There will also be a 55-date US tour, a debut Russian tour and a 25-date arena tour in France throughout 2021 and 2022.

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Only Fools and Horses The Musical is back! https://www.theatre.london/news/only-fools-and-horses-the-musical-is-back https://www.theatre.london/news/only-fools-and-horses-the-musical-is-back Fri, 23 Apr 21 00:00:00 +0000 Stick a pony in your pocket – The Trotters are back in town! Following nearly 18-months of being holed up in Nelson Mandela House, Del Boy, Rodney and Grandad are heading back up West, as Only Fools and Horses The Musical is set to make a triumphant return to London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket on Friday 1 October.

Comedy giant Paul Whitehouse will return to star as Grandad, alongside Tom Bennett as Del Boy and Ryan Hutton as Rodney in this 5 star musical extravaganza.  The re-opening of the show will form part of this year's 40th anniversary celebrations of the legendary BBC sitcom.  The TV show first graced our screens on 8 September 1981 with the episode 'Big Brother' and it's been making millions of people laugh ever since.

Paul Whitehouse said: “I'm over the moon because, finally, the West End is coming back to life and Only Fools and Horses The Musical will return to the Theatre Royal Haymarket this October. The last year or so has been very difficult for a lot of people, so I know I speak for the whole cast when I say that we genuinely cannot wait to get back on stage in front of a live audience - we've missed it so much. Roll on 1st October, we can't wait to see you. Mange tout!”

John Sullivan’s iconic and record-breaking television series has been turned into a critically acclaimed home-grown West End musical spectacular. With a script and original score by John’s son, Jim Sullivan and Paul Whitehouse, the musical reacquaints fans with Britain’s most loveable rogues, to experience the classic comedy brought to life once again through 20 ingenious and hilarious songs.

Featuring cherished material from the TV series, join us as we take a trip back to 1989, where it’s all kicking off in Peckham. Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger, Only Fools and Horses The Musical also features many of the hugely loveable TV characters: Raquel, Cassandra, Trigger, Boycie, Marlene, Denzil, Mickey Pearce, Mike the Barman and the dreaded Driscoll Brothers.

Fans have praised the musical in their droves since it opened in February 2019 with show-stopping standing ovations night after night.  And the critics have loved it too: The Sun awarded five stars, hailing it “One Del of a show!”; the Daily Mirror said it was “a treat for Trotter fans" in their five-star review.  The Sunday Times bestowed four stars and remarked that “Only Fools is a blast from our wide-boy past. A hearty stage adaptation of the 1980s BBC television comedy”. Evening Standard also awarded four stars, complimenting the “unashamedly British night out. A jubilant lovely jubbly!” While Daily Mail urged its readers to “raise a glass of Tittinger to Del Boy and Rodney as Only Fools and Horses storms the West End!”

With musical contributions from Chas n Dave, the beloved theme tunes as you’ve never heard them before and an array of brand-new songs full of character and cockney charm, you’re guaranteed to have a right knees-up! Only Fools and Horses The Musical is a feel-good family celebration of traditional working class London life and the aspirations we all share.

Only Fools and Horses The Musical will once again be a truly cushty night out. Only a 42 carat PLONKER would miss it!

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“One Del of a Show!” - The Sun

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“Viva, Hooky Street. C’est Magnifique! A treat for Trotter fans” - Daily Mirror

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“Call it comfort food for our troubled times, this show serves up some lovely jubbly” - Metro

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