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GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS Trailer London Playhouse Theatre
Christian Slater returns to the West End as smooth talking sales shark Ricky Roma, in David Mamet’s cult classic Glengarry Glen Ross. Alongside A Killer Sales Team: Robert Glenister as Dave Moss, Kris Marshall as John Williamson, Stanley Townsend as Shelley ‘The Machine’ Levene and Don Warrington as George Aaronow.

This trailblazing modern classic, directed by Sam Yates, runs at the Playhouse Theatre from 26 October to 3 February 2018 for a strictly limited 14-week season. The play has won every major dramatic award on both sides of the Atlantic, making it an extraordinary theatrical success story. Its sensational world premiere at the National Theatre in 1983, earned it the Olivier Award for Best Play, whilst its 1984 Broadway premiere garnered multiple Tony Award nominations and just a year later, it won the Pulitzer Award for Drama. In 1992 the play was adapted by Mamet into an Academy Award-nominated film featuring an all-star cast including Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey and Jonathan Pryce.
https://youtu.be/IQa3aHf2IX8
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Dreamgirls celebrates its first birthday in the West End by announcing new cast
Sonia Friedman Productions is delighted to announce that the UK premiere of Dreamgirls, which opened last December at the Savoy Theatre to widespread critical acclaim, will extend booking through to 2nd June 2018.

From 20th November 2017, Moya Angela will join Marisha Wallace and Karen Mav to play the iconic role of Effie White in Dreamgirls. The three power-house actresses will all share the role at different performances throughout the week. Asmeret Ghebremichael will continue to play Lorrell Robinson, with Joe Aaron Reid continuing in the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. Joining them will be Broadway actress Brennyn Lark as Deena Jones, Tosh Wanogho-Maud as Jimmy Early, Durone Stokes as C.C. White, Delroy Brown as Marty and Kimmy Edwards as Michelle Morris.
https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/185889/dreamgirls-new-cast-extend-bookings/
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Jack and the Beanstalk full casting announced - Lyric Hammersmith
The Lyric Hammersmith announces the full casting for its Christmas panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, co-directed by Artistic Director, Sean Holmes and Jude Christian, an Artistic Associate of the Lyric. Daniel Fraser will play Jill and Kraig Thornber will play Dame Lotte Trottalot. They join the previously announced Kayla Meikle who plays Daisy the Cow, Faith Omole who plays Jack, Cherrelle Skeete who plays Fairy Cucumber and Vikki Stone who plays Fleshcreep. The ensemble is built up of six young performers, as part of the Lyric Hammersmith’s commitment to nurturing young talent.
Cast: Daniel Fraser (Jill), Kayla Meikle (Daisy the Cow), Faith Omole (Jack), Cherelle Skeete (Fairy Cucumber), Vikki Stone (Fleshcreep) and Kraig Thornber (Dame Lotte Trottalot). Young Ensemble: Montel Bowen, Olivia Rose David, Lucy Havard, Jack Pallister, Tienne Simon and Amelia Stevenson.
https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/185944/jack-and-the-beanstalk-full-casting-announced-lyric-hammersmith/
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Ian McKellen to feature as The Voice of The Demon in The Exorcist
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It is announced today that Ian McKellen will feature in the West End premiere of The Exorcist as the voice of the Demon.

From 20th October at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End, the stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s iconic best-selling novel will be unleashed onto the London stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by Sean Mathias and adapted by John Pielmeier.
https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/185339/ian-mckellen-to-feature-as-the-voice-of-the-demon-in-the-exorcist/
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The Play That Goes Wrong is a phenomenon, a full-on slapstick comedy performed and written with such a heads down let’s gallop on through this verve that it’s hard not to get swept along. If there’s a joke within a quarter mile radius or a bit of physical comedy that could have been left out then they are having it. Everything from the cast to the set is used to the maximum, and it’s great fun to experience.

From the moment you arrive at the Duchess Theatre, you are immersed in the play. My favourite line might still be ‘Does anyone have a dog we could borrow?’ and that was whilst still in the pre-show drinks.

The cast use audience and backstage alike to drain all the comedy possible from their situation and even though the plot might not be trailblazing and at times the jokes can seem a little relentless, I have rarely sat in a theatre with so many people laughing so hard. There are a couple of genius comedy moments where the crowd roared with laughter and some brilliant technical moment from the cast and crew. The audience were genuinely crying with laughter.

The premise is simple enough – Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society is putting on another of their ill-fated productions and guess what – everything goes wrong. It literally does what it says in the title – and then some.

There are criticisms, of course, it could be shorter and at times it feels a little padded, but there are brilliant positives also, over and above everything already mentioned the humour although slapstick and silly doesn’t rely on double entendres and is almost never bawdy in that old school ‘Carry on…’ sort of way. And the women almost give as good as they get and occasionally steal the show.

Special mentions for Henry Shields as Chris Bean, Henry Lewis as Robert Grove and Leonard Cook as Trevor Watson and to both brilliant women – Charlie Russell and Nancy Wallinger – but actually the whole cast is bundles of superlative and everyone hurls themselves into their performances with evident joy.

Big round of applause to Director Mark Bell and Designer Nigel Hook for pulling off a show that turns the West End into Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a small moment – in a really good way. The show still has a charming intimacy and a feel of recreation in the performances.

The Play That Goes Wrong has already surpassed all expectations since its humble beginnings at The Old Red Lion, and gone on to win Best Comedy awards from What’s on Stage and The Oliviers. It’s now booking at The Duchess until 2016 and looks set to run and run. This is one of those plays that drama students will be kicking themselves for not having written, even though there are a zillion versions of this sort of play kicking around fringe theatre, but what Mischief Theatre have done to make theirs special is absolutely go for it, with full force and all guns blazing – and they’ve pulled it off. Kudos.
https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/111565/review-the-play-that-goes-wrong/
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National Theatre 2017 Autumn Press Conference
Sam Mendes directs the UK premiere of Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy adapted by Ben Power
A broad programme including three world premieres, and classics reimagined by Polly Stenham and Patrick Marber
Indhu Rubasingham directs the world premiere of Francis Turnly’s play The Great Wave, a co-production with the Tricycle Theatre
World premiere of David Hare’s new play I’m not Running, directed by Neil Armfield
Natasha Gordon’s debut play Nine Night premieres at the National Theatre, directed by Roy Alexander Weise
Laura Wade makes her National Theatre debut with Home, I’m Darling, a co-production with Theatr Clwyd
Sophie Okonedo joins Ralph Fiennes in Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Simon Godwin
Leading actors returning to the NT include Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Kirby, Cecilia Noble, Katherine Parkinson and Indira Varma, with Colin Morgan making his NT debut
NT will be on tour for 115 weeks and will visit 40 venues and 36 towns and cities by March 2019
A new schools tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will begin in autumn 2018 and be performed in schools across the UK
Public Acts – a new programme to create participatory theatre with local communities launches with a new production of Pericles in the Olivier theatre
The pilot of Open Access Smart Capture, new technology enabling access service users the ability to attend any National Theatre performance via always-on closed-captioning service
National Theatre and Spotlight launch ProFile – a resource for TV, film and theatre casting directors to address the underrepresentation of D/deaf and disabled actors
https://www.londontheatre1.com/news/184184/national-theatre-2017-autumn-press-conference/
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