HANGMEN AT THE ROYAL COURT

Martin McDonagh, whose films include In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, is to return to theatre with his first UK play for more than 10 years with James Dryden and Ryan Pope joining the cast.

Hangmen tells the story of “the second-best hangman in England” on the day in 1965 when hanging is abolished.
Directed by Matthew Dunster, it opens at London’s Royal Court this September as part of the theatre’s autumn season.

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EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL – WHAT’S ON!

If you’re heading to the Edinburgh Fringe this year, then do check out the following shows:

THE YEAR OF THE HARE – Pleasance Dome (Venue 23) starring Kim Allan – Aug 14-16, 18-23, 25-31 (6.45pm)

SWALLOW – Traverse Theatre (Venue 15) starring Anita Vettesse -Aug 14-16, 18-23, 25-30 (various times)

WENDY HOOSE – The Assembly Rooms (Venue 20) starring James Young – Aug 17-30 (3.30pm)

ISLANDS – Summerhall (Venue 26) starring John Biddle – Aug 22-29 (2.05pm)

CARLY BAWDEN TAKES ON THE LEAD ROLE IN MCQUEEN

Carly Bawden joins the cast of MCQUEEN as it transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Carly takes on the lead role of ‘Dahlia’, an Alexander McQueen obsessive who climbs down from her slightly stalky perch in a tree peering into Lee McQueen’s home to try and pinch one of his creations. Caught in the act, instead of a swift trip to the cop shop she is treated to a tour of McQueen’s London.

The show previews from 13th August, with the official opening on the 27th August.

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Carly joins original cast member Stephen Wright, who plays ‘McQueen’.

THE AUDIENCE HEADS TO BROADWAY

Hit show The Audience is heading to Broadway with Geoffrey Beevers featuring as ‘The Equerry’.

Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” and an Olivier Award for her performance as the queen in “The Audience,” a hit on the London stage last year, will extend her realm when “The Audience” comes to Broadway next year. The play is to begin previews at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater on Feb. 17 and open on March 8. It is scheduled to run through June 28.

In the play by Peter Morgan, the queen holds imagined meetings with each of the 12 prime ministers who have held office since her accession to the throne in 1952. (Mr. Morgan also wrote the screenplay for “The Queen.”) Here, the queen’s opinions about the political issues of the day, as well as her sense of humor, flow freely, as they do not in real life.

 

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LEANNE BEST TO STAR IN LIVERPOOL EVERYMAN’S EDUCATING RITA

Leanne Best is currently in rehearsals for EDUCATING RITA at Liverpool Playhouse, which begins previewing from 6th February.

This will be a major revival of Willy Russell’s award-winning play and will be directed by Liverpool e&P’s Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz. This production will mark the play’s 35th anniversary.

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Leanne plays ‘Rita’ opposite Con O’Neill’s ‘Frank’. Performances from 6th Feb to 7th March.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN MAKES IT’S NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE THIS MONTH

Rebecca Benson continues in the lead role of Eli when LET THE RIGHT ONE IN transfers to St Ann’s Warehouse, New York later this month.

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★★★★★ ­- EXQUISITELY BEAUTIFUL…so painfully tender that, as you watch the show, it feels as if layers of your skin are gradually being flayed from your body.” – The Guardian

★★★★ – “A strange, tender love story that will chill you to the marrow and break your heart.” – The Independent

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is a brutal and tender vampire myth told through the turbulence of a coming-of-age romance. Oskar, a lonely boy from a broken home, is bullied at school and longing for friendship. Eli, the young girl who moves in next door, doesn’t attend school and rarely leaves home. When a series of mysterious killings plagues the neighborhood, these two young misfits, sensing in each other a kindred spirit, forge a deep connection. But the shocking truth about one of them tests their young friendship —and love— beyond all imaginable limits.

The National Theatre of Scotland production moves to it’s new home in New York for a limited time between 20th January to 15th February.

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE NATIONAL THEATRE’S DARA

Nicholas Khan and Ronak Patani have been announced in the cast of DARA, the National Theatre’s upcoming production directed by Nadia Fall.

Tanya Ronder’s adaptation of Shahid Nadeem’s DARA follows the story of two brothers, Dara and Aurangzeb, both heirs to the Muslim empire in Mughal India. Dara, the crown prince, has the love of the people – and of his emperor father – but younger brother Aurangzeb holds a different vision for India’s future.  Now they fight ferociously for succession.

There is no limit to what families do to one another, so much crueller than they are to strangers.

An intense domestic drama of global consequence – for India then and for our world now.

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SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS RETURNS TO BRISTOL OLD VIC THIS CHRISTMAS

Stuart Mcloughlin rejoins the cast of SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS as it returns to Bristol Old Vic this Christmas.

The much-loved family musical returns after a highly-acclaimed sell-out run in 2010, national tour and run in London’s West End. SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS is a story of an idyllic era, of endless summer evenings and the beauty of youthful imagination. Follow Captain John and his able crew as they set sail to Wildcat Island on an exotic adventure to encounter savages, capture dastardly pirates and defeat mortal enemies.

Created by Artistic Director Tom Morris (War Horse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), writer Helen Edmundson (Coram Boy) and with music by Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), Bristol Old Vic presents another unforgettable Christmas treat.

Runs from 27th November 2014 to 17th January 2015.

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PHILIP PULLMAN’S GRIMM TALES HEADS TO THE BARGEHOUSE THIS CHRISTMAS

Robert Willoughby and Kate Adler are currently in rehearsals for the World Exclusive production of Philip Pullman’s GRIMM TALES FOR YOUNG AND OLD at the Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf.

This winter, Philip Pullman’s compelling GRIMM TALES return in a brand new immersive storytelling experience that will plunge adults and children alike into the subversive world of the Brothers Grimm. Adapted and directed by Philip Wilson.

The production runs from 21st November 2014  to 15th February 2015.

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MULTI AWARD WINNING MUSICAL, ASSASSINS, HEADS TO MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Carly Bawden stars as ‘Squeaky Fromme’ in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s new production of Stephen Sondhiem’s musical, ASSASSINS, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Thirteen people have tried to kill the president of the United States. Four have succeeded. These murderers and would-be murderers are generally dismissed as maniacs and misfits who have little in common with each other, and nothing in common with the rest of us.

Assassins suggests otherwise…

Carly stars alongside a stellar cast including Catherine Tate, Andy Nyman and Aaron Tveit. The production runs from 21st November to 7th March 2015.

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