Arlene! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip. Freddie Mercury. Whitney Houston. Elton John. Starlight Express. We Will Rock You. Annie. Hot Gossip… The list goes on… and on... and on… Arlene has been an inimitable choreographer and director for over four decades. Since creating the provocative dance group Hot Gossip in the 1970’s, Arlene has been a household name. Whether you know Arlene from Hot Gossip or as the toughest judge on Strictly Come Dancing, prepare to be surprised and entertained by the stories behind the multi-award winning musicals, the music videos, the TV shows, the films and many more dance extravaganzas. Arlene gossips with Jacquie Storey about a lifetime in dance and reveals the truth behind the Glitz, the Glamour and the Gossip. Presented by ebp
Thirty-five years after the groundbreaking original Broadway production, this UK and West End premiere of the sensational and iconic Tony Award®-winning musical DREAMGIRLS is now playing at the Savoy Theatre, London. DREAMGIRLS transports you to a revolutionary time in American music history and charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called ‘The Dreams’. They learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous. DREAMGIRLS features the classic songs ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’, ‘I Am Changing’, ‘Listen’ and ‘One Night Only’. This much-anticipated new production is directed and choreographed by the hugely successful, Tony® and Olivier award-winning Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Something Rotten!) and Amber Riley (Glee) plays Effie White. Important Information: Amber Riley has contractual annual leave on the following dates:Tuesday 25 April,Wednesday 26 April,Tuesday 30 May,Wednesday 31 May,Thursday 29 June,Friday 30 June,Saturday 1 July, Tuesday 4 July, Wednesday 5 July,Tuesday 1 August, Wednesday 2 August,Thursday 3 August,Friday 4 August,Saturday 5 August,Tuesday 26 September,Wednesday 27 September,Friday 13 October,Saturday 14 October,Tuesday 17 October. Amber Riley is scheduled to perform in Dreamgirls until Saturday 18 November 2017. During these performances one of the Alternates will be performing in the role of Effie White. The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist(s). Amber Riley is currently scheduled to play the role of Effie White for 7 out of 8 performances per week. One of the alternates will perform on 1 out of 8 performances per week, currently scheduled for Monday evenings. This is subject to change and may be...
This summer’s hottest musical Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre is now strutting into its third fabulous year with Emmerdale star Verity Rushworth joining the cast along with Simon-Anthony Rhoden as Lola and David Hunter as Charlie Price. Kinky Boots has become a favourite with UK theatregoers having won three Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Actor in a Musical. Kinky Boots also won the London Evening Standard BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical as well as three WhatsOnStage Awards for Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical and Best Choreography. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. With a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles), and songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.
Acclaimed as “the musical of the decade”, Wicked is London’s best selling musical and is based on the Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which is a parallel novel to L. Frank Baum's classic story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Wizard of Oz film. Taking one to the magical land of Oz, Wicked stages thrilling tale of two young witches whose lives change in face of bizarre events. Telling the “untold” story of Oz and the witches of Oz, Wicked musical is the story of love, hatred, friendship, enmity and ofcourse magic. The two distinctively different witches first meet as sorcery students and become friends but then their peculiar adventures in the Land of Oz gradually set them apart as they both fulfill their destinies in the contrasting roles of Glinda, the Good Witch and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. Playing in its 8th successful year at Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wicked is directed by two-time Tony and Olivier Award nominee Joe Mantello. With a book by Winnie Holzman and music and lyrics by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, Wicked musical is a must watch. "ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR WEST END MUSICALS EVER." London Evening Standard, February 2013 “HERE IS A STORY THAT SPEAKS TO ANYONE WHO HAS EVER HAD, LOST OR BETRAYED A FRIENDSHIP, WHICH IS ALL OF US." Mark Shenton, The Express, December 2013 "A WICKED AND WONDERFUL VISION OF OZ. A remarkable kaleidoscope of magical shocks, surprises and sensations - Wicked works like a dream." Nicholas de Jongh, London Evening Standard
Back by popular demand! This brand new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, a dahlicious theatrical feast with live music and songs. A wondercrump summer treat for the whole family. Boggis, Bunce and Bean, three greedy, smelly, horrid farmers hate the cunning Mr Fox. Mr Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but he doesn’t realise how determined the farmers are to get revenge. Can he hatch a plan to save his family and friends? Can they outrun the diggers and outsmart the farmers? And can Rabbit shut up long enough not to give the game away? You know as well as I do: no-one outfoxes a fox! **** ‘fresh family entertainment – a whisker-licking treat’ The Times **** ‘All the performers are, well, fantastic!’ The Observer **** ‘Full of gusto and glee’ The Independent **** ‘Classic Dahl. Great fun.’ Mail on Sunday **** ‘Jaunty entertainment with a keen satirical bite’ Evening Standard A Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Curve Production in association with Lyric Hammersmith Running 27th July – 20th August 2017 Recommended age 5+ Performance Note: Wed 26 & Thu 27 July at 7pm & Fri 28 July at 2.30pm; No matinee performances on Wed 26 & Thu 27 July.
Following the release of last year’s acclaimed Top 10 album Soulsville, singer songwriter and actress Beverley Knight announces a new UK Tour for 2017. Following a string of sold out gigs in the spring of 2016, and having completed a 6 month run in the smash hit west end musical The Bodyguard in January, Beverley is taking to the road again in her own right in October 2017. She will play a broad set featuring hits from her stellar career, highlights from the Soulsville album as well as a few customary surprises that fans have come expect from her legendary live shows. Recorded early last year at Royal Studios in Memphis, Soulsville celebrates the music, sounds and legacy of Memphis and was produced by Grammy nominated Justin Stanley (Prince, Beck); it features original material co –written by Knight, alongside a handful of classic Memphis covers. The new tour will see her perform favourite tracks from this latest hit album, including the self-written radio 2 A-listed airplay hit Middle of Love and Knight’s stunning version of the Ann Peebles classic I Can’t Stand The Rain as well as fan favourites spanning her recording career, with a nod to her newer role as leading lady of the west end. Triple Mobo winner and multiple Brit nominee Knight commented “Last year was so full of professional highlights – releasing my 8th studio album Soulsville and performing again in the West End to name but two. My first love is appearing on stage as myself and I can’t wait to give it my all again on the I ?Soulsville Tour.”
Long before the end of a live show and the frequent standing ovations that accompany it, there comes a point where Elkie does something so amazing that it leaves her audience almost spellbound. It could be a particularly emotional rendition of one of her ballads, a powerhouse blues vocal or one of her trademark impossibly long notes that leaves the audience mesmerised. Elkie will be performing her biggest hits including “Pearl’s A Singer”, “Lilac Wine”, “Fool (If You think It’s Over)”, Don’t Cry Out Loud” & “No More The Fool” as well as many more featured on her upcoming album release “Elkie Brooks – Pearls – The Very Best Of” This special show marks 40 years since Elkie last played the London Palladium
Ishq is London's first ever Anglo Punjabi Sufi musical, brought to the stage by Serendip Productions, an international award-winning company from Pakistan. The legend of Heer Ranjha tells the story of a romance that created a revolutionary uproar, as one woman challenged a patriarchal society and shook it to its foundations. An adaptation of that classic love story, Ishq was originally penned by the immortal Sufi Saint Waris Shah, and features specially commissioned music and choreography from across Pakistan and the UK. Using Punjabi colloquium and set against the beautiful backdrops of the Punjab, Ishq combines classical and modern dance with a unique blend of poetry and fusion music. One of the most famous romantic folk legends of the East is brought to life through multimedia, special effects, stunning dances and original music supported by a live choir. Age Recommendation: 12+
Bill Kenwright’s ‘superb’ (Sunday Telegraph) production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita is set to captivate the West End again for a strictly limited season. This ‘monumental show’ (Sunday Express) tells the story of an ordinary woman’s meteoric rise to power at a time of extraordinary political unrest. It follows Eva Peron’s, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status, which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people. Starring one of musical theatre’s most exciting young leading ladies Emma Hatton, who direct from playing Elphaba in Wicked has been wowing audiences and critics across the country with her portrayal of Eva. She is joined by leading Italian performer Gian Marco Schiaretti as Che in his West End debut. With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and an Oscar winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita is iconic. Featuring some of the best loved songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, this spectacular production promises to be the theatrical event of the summer! ‘I defy anybody who sees this production to say they have seen a better one’
The smash hot Broadway musical, Beautiful at the Aldwych Theatre is the untold story of Carole King’s journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom. Along the way, she became one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history, and wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. She fought her way into the record industry as a teenager and sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, when she was just seventeen. By the time she was twenty she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including the Drifters, the Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and the Monkees...But her greatest challenge was to find her own voice and finally step into the spotlight.
The Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, based on the Oscar® winning film, has taken the West End by storm, with standing ovations from the public and a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from UK critics. With gorgeous Gershwin tunes (including the classic hits ‘S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm), stunning designs and show-stopping choreography, experience this “truly ravishing” (The Guardian) new hit musical in the luxury of the historic and beautifully restored Dominion Theatre. ««««« “A WILDLY SUCCESSFUL STAGE ADAPTATION OF THE GENE KELLY FILM.”- Critic’s Choice, FINANCIAL TIMES ««««« “THIS SUPERB SHOW IS A RIOT OF COLOUR AND MOVEMENT” -Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN ««««« “THIS SPECTACULARLY RAVISHING SHOW HAS RHYTHM, ROMANCE AND RAZZLE-DAZZLE. -Georgina Brown, MAIL ON SUNDAY “A TRULY RAVISHING VERSION OF THE HOLLYWOOD FILM.” -Editor’s Choice, THE GUARDIAN ««««« “A LUXURIOUS, SUMPTUOUS MUSICAL MASTERPIECE.” -Paul Phear, SMOOTH RADIO ««««« “FULL OF DANCE, ROMANCE AND GLORIOUS GERSHWIN.” -David Jays, THE SUNDAY TIMES Cast Information Principal casting is subject to change at all performances. The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness, injury and statutory leave entitlement. Leanne Cope is scheduled to appear at all performances except Wednesday evenings. Principal Cast holidays Leanne Cope will be on holiday from 31 July to 14 August 2017 inclusive, Monday 6 to Saturday 11 November 2017 inclusive and Monday 29 January - Monday 3 February 2018 inclusive. Ashley Day will be on holiday w/c 21 August 2017,...
THE SONGS. THE SOUND. THE STORY. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL HITS LONDON’S SHAFTESBURY THEATRE With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown The Musical uncovers the story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation. Featuring an eighteen piece orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including “My Girl”, “Dancing In The Street”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, Motown The Musical is a musical sensation with real soul.
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You will never forget the theatrical event that is Disney's internationally celebrated musical THE LION KING. Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney’s beloved film has been transformed into a spectacular stage production that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands. AGE RESTRICTIONS: THE LION KING is recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring young people, Disney recommends THE LION KING for ages 6 and up. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted into the theatre. All persons aged 16 or under must be accompanied and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats you could be refused entry. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary year, the iconic tribal rock musical Hair transfers to London’s fully immersive Off-West End theatre, The Vaults in autumn 2017. Like a mini Woodstock, from the moment the audience arrive The Vaults is transformed into a fully immersive 60s venue, with psychedelic design, iconic artwork and hippy flower power. With 60s themed pop-up restaurants and themed drinks, plus stalls stocked with vintage 60s and tie dyed clothes, flower headdresses and memorabilia; the audience move through this area dedicated to flower power before arriving at an intimate theatre where the youthful cast live their characters, revealing every emotion up close and personal through Hair’s drug-fuelled journey, still ground-breaking after 50 years. Contains nudity. Suitable for Ages 14+