News round-up

Monday 28 May 2018

Events - Shows - Talks

News to catch-up on ... Martin Kemp to star in Chicago, June Whitfield at the Orange Tree, Joanna Lumley at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and Andrew Scott and Beverly Knight at The Old Vic.
It's All About Me at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

It's All About Me - Joanna Lumley

Here's a round-up of some news items that cropped-up over the past week when most of us were drowning in all things GDPR!

Joanna Lumley at Theatre Royal Druy Lane

Part of a tour, Joanna Lumley will be at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 11 November 2018.

During her show, entitled It's All About Me, Ms Lumley will take audiences through her hilarious and interesting adventures from her incredible career spanning more than four decades, recounting some never heard before stories.

She will also be joined on stage by friend and producer Clive Tulloh, who will put to Joanna questions from the audience that they've always wanted to ask, making the show a unique and hilarious night to remember.

Tickets are on sale now from £33.95 to £44.95 and you can buy them here.

Beverley Knight to play Emmeline Pankhurst in Sylvia at the Old Vic

Casting has been announced for Katie Prince's upcoming production of Sylvia at The Old Vic which celebrates the centenary of the Suffragette movement.

Beverley Knight will play Emmeline Pankhurst in the musical alongside John Dagleish (Sunny Afternoon) who will play campaigner Keir Hardie, Carly Bawden (Romantics Anonymous) who plays Adela Pankhurt and Delroy Atkinson who plays Winston Churchill.

With a book by Prince and Pryia Parmar, music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde and lyrics by Prince, Cohen and Walde, the musical combines hip-hop, funk and dance to tell the story of the Pankhursts at the centre of the movement to give women the vote.

Sylvia plays at The Old Vic from 1 to 22 September 2018.

Our full show listing is here, where you can find a link to buy tickets.

Andrew Scott to star in Simon Stephens' Sea Wall

Andrew Scott will star in a special production of Simon Stephens' play Sea Wall as part of the bicentenary celebrations at The Old Vic.

Sea Wall is a short play which was written for Andrew Scott by Stephens, and is about a man named Alex who speaks of his wife, visiting his father in the south of France, and his daughter, peppered with musings about religion and beliefs.

It was first performed at the Bush Theatre in 2008, and went on the be seen at the National Theatre, and in Dublin.

Mr Scott, who last year played Hamlet in Robert Icke's acclaimed production, said ...

"I'm so excited to return to The Old Vic.

Sea Wall, to my mind, is a stunning piece of writing, and the idea of performing Simon's beautiful play in this most magical of theatres makes me really happy.

Thanks Matthew for having us.

I hope The Old Vic audiences will love the play as much as I do."

Sea Wall will play at The Old Vic from 18 to 30 June and you can find our full show listing here.

Dame June Whitfield

Photo: Dame June Whitfield

Dame June Whitfield at the Orange Tree Theatre

Gyles Brandreth will interview Dame June Whitfield at The Orange Tree Theatre on 24 June about her incredible career and the stars she has encountered over the last 60 years.

From Carry On to Terry & June to Absolutely Fabulous, actress Dame June Whitfield has been an iconic stage and screen presence for decades.

Expect candid stories and plenty of laughs on this unforgettable afternoon as well as an opportunity to directly ask Dame June your questions.

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, now Chancellor of the University of Chester.

A veteran of QI and Have I Got News For You, a reporter on The One Show, and a regular on Just a Minute, his many books include The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries and the No 1 best-seller: The 7 Secrets of Happiness.

Tickets for the event cost £100 and can be purchased here.

Dont' forget to check our list of other upcoming theatre events (including galas, talks, scratch nights and more) here.

And if you have a theatre event which you'd like to list on ActDrop use this form to send us details.

New theatre to open at Wembley Park

A new theatre is set to open in the heart of Wembley this autumn as part of a huge development at Wembley Park. 

Troubadour Theatres, the team behind the King's Cross Theatre, will run the new space which is being developed on the former site of Fountain Studios, which is the former venue for live television recordings of shows such as Pop Idol and The X Factor.

The new space will include a fully flexible 1,000 to 2,000 seater space, able to transform to productions whether they require a traditional proscenium arch, an in-the-round space, or an immersive experience.

It will also include a new bar, open air terrace and a restaurant.

The first production at the theatre is set to be announced in the coming months. 

A new theatre at Wembley has been in the works since 2014 when it was announced a purpose-built theatre would host a theatrical experience based on The Hunger Games books.

However, it was later announced that the production had been delayed, and no further announcements have been made.

Martin Kemp to star in Chicago in the West End

Martin Kemp is set to star in the West End production of Chicago, taking over from Cuba Gooding Jnr as Billy Flynn.

Mr Kemp will take over as Flynn, the smooth lawyer tasked with defending Roxie and Velma who are on murder charges, at the Phoenix Theatre on 2 July and will appear until 1st September.

Mr Kemp, who is best known as a member of Spandau Ballet, has previously appeared in the UK tour of Million Dollar Quartet and is also known for playing Steve Owen in EastEnders.

The cast joining Martin Kemp for performances from 2 July is yet to be announced. 

Until 30th June, the musical stars Cuba Gooding Jnr, Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle, Ruthie Henshall and Paul Rider.

Chicago returned to the West End after a 5 year absence, having run in London for 15 years from 1997.

It features classic show tunes such as "All That Jazz", "Mr Cellophane", "Razzle Dazzle" and "We Both Reached for the Gun".

It was also adapted into a Hollywood film starring Rene Zellweger, Catherine Zeta Jones and Richard Gere which won the academy Award for Best Picture in 2003.

Check-out our full show listing here - and we have tickets starting from £26.

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