Betrayal Transfers to Broadway

Following a smash-hit extended run on London’s West End earlier this year, Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox will make their Broadway debuts, reprising their roles in a New York transfer of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.

The artful 1978 adultery drama, which uses reverse chronology to explore the seven-year evolution of a troubled love triangle between a publisher, his art gallery curator wife and his best friend, a literary agent, is considered among the Nobel Prize-winning playwright’s major works, directly inspired by his own clandestine extramarital affair.

The production is directed by Jamie Lloyd and in London served as the culmination of his company’s acclaimed Pinter at the Pinter season, staged in the West End theater that bears the playwright’s name.

Reviewing Betrayal in London for The Hollywood Reporter, Demetrios Matheou called it, “a brave, sexy, at times emotionally intense, bravura production.

The Broadway transfer will be produced by The Jamie Lloyd Company, Ambassador Theatre Group, Ben Lowry Productions, Glass Half Full Productions and Gavin Kalin Productions. Previews begin Aug. 14 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in a strictly limited 17-week engagement that officially opens Sept. 5.

“Watching this remarkable cast bring new life to Harold Pinter’s greatest work has been one of the most gratifying and exciting experiences of my life in the theater,” Lloyd said Thursday in a statement. “I am thrilled that American audiences will have the chance to witness their stunning performances.”

The London creative team of set and costume designer Soutra Gilmour, lighting designer Jon Clark and composer and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham remain on board the production.

Hiddleston’s extensive London theater credits include HamletCoriolanusIvanovOthelloCymbelineand The Changeling. He was most recently seen onscreen as god of mischief Loki in Avengers: Endgame, and will reprise that role in a TV series being developed by Marvel for Disney+.

Ashton appeared opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw, while Cox is best known for the title role on Daredevil, also from Netflix. He made his New York stage debut in Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2016 off-Broadway production of the Nick Payne play Incognito.

Betrayal has had a starry history on Broadway. It premiered in 1980 in a Peter Hall production with Roy Scheider, Blythe Danner and Raul Julia. David Leveaux directed a 2000 revival that starred John Slattery, Juliette Binoche and Liev Schreiber; and the play returned in a 2013 blockbuster production directed by Mike Nichols and starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall.

Back To The Future The Musical Confirms For 2020

A musical stage adaptation of Back to the Future will open in Manchester next year prior to a West End transfer.

The show is being brought to the stage by producer Colin Ingram alongside the creators of the original film, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale.

The musical has music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, and a book by Gale.

It will star Olly Dobson as Marty McFly, with further casting to be announced. Dobson has previously appeared in West End show including Bat Out Of Hell and Matilda.

Gale said: “Bob Zemeckis and I have been trying to get this project off the ground for years, but good things take time and finally, the time is right. Our cast is outstanding, the songs are fantastic, and director John Rando is doing an amazing job ensuring the show truly captures the magic of the movie.

“We’re thrilled that we can retell our story on stage in a brand-new way, and we’re certain that Back to the Future fans all over the world will share our enthusiasm. ”

Back to the Future will open at Manchester’s Opera House on February 20, 2020, running until May 17. The producers said it will then transfer to the West End.

The show will have choreography by Chris Bailey, illusions by Paul Kieve and musical supervision and vocal arrangements by Nick Finlow. Design will be by Tim Hatley, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Gareth Owen and video by Finn Ross.

Orchestrations will be by Ethan Popp, with dance arrangements by David Chase.

It is produced by Ingram, Zemeckis, Gale, Donovan Mannato, Frankel/Viertel/Baruch/Routh Group, Gavin Kalin Productions, Hunter Arnold, Crush Music, CJ ENM, Teresa Tsai, Augury in association with Herman-Adelman, Kimberly Magarro, Robert L Hutt, Ricardo Marques, Glass Half Full Productions.

For more information visit backtothefuturemusical.com

Zeller’s The Son Transfers To The West End

Kiln Theatre ’s production of The Son is set to transfer to the West End this year.

Florian Zeller’s play, translated by Christopher Hampton, will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre on September 2.

Sherlock star Amanda Abbington, John Light, Laurie Kynaston and Amaka Okafor will reprise their roles in the play, directed by incoming Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Longhurst.

The Son follows a family in the midst of a breakdown and a teenage son who skips school, lies and grows ever more distant. The Standard’s Henry Hitchings called the production “a clear-sighted look at the pain and turbulence of mental health disorders”, praising Abbington and Light’s “sensitive” performances.

Longhurst’s production will have sound and composition by Isobel Waller-Bridge, design by Lizzie Clachan and lighting by Lee Curran.

It is the final part in a trilogy of plays by Zeller, following Olivier Award-winning The Father and The Mother, both of which ran at the Tricycle.

The Son runs at Duke of York’s Theatre from September 2-November 2, with previews from August 24, thesonwestend.com

The Son is produced in the West End by Fiery Angel and Gavin Kalin Productions.

White Christmas 2019 at the Dominion Theatre

White Christmas starring Danny Mac is to run at the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End this Christmas.

The Irving Berlin musical will run from November 15 to January 4, 2020, with press night on November 25.

Mac will star as Bob Wallace alongside Dan Burton as Phil Davis. Both reprise their roles following the show’s run at Leicester’s Curve. Further casting is to be announced.

White Christmas has music and lyrics by Berlin and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.

It is directed by Curve artistic director Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Stephen Mear.

Set design is by Michael Taylor, with costume by Diego Pitarch, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Tom Marshall and musical supervision by Stephen Brooker.

White Christmas is produced by Jamie Wilson, Mark Goucher, Gavin Kalin and Kevin McCollum, with Jason Haigh-Ellery, Laurence Myers, Colin Ingram and Peter Kane for Intheatre Productions and Curve.

For more information, casting news and to purchase tickets visit whitechristmasthemusical.co.uk

Sweat transfers For 50 Performance Only

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play SWEAT by Lynn Nottage is transferring to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre from 7 June to 20 July, following a sold-out run at The Donmar Warehouse.

Based on interviews with residents of the rustbelt town of Reading, Pennsylvania, Nottage’s play examines the lives of factory workers facing de-industrialisation. As friendships strain under fear, anger and racial tensions, a devastating outcome awaits the divided community.

Directed by Bush Theatre Artistic Director and former Donmar Resident Assistant Director Lynette Linton, the production will once again be led by Martha Plimpton.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.donmarwarehouse.com/production/7065/sweat-at-the-gielgud-theatre/

Club Tropicana Is A Hit!

Take a trip back to the electric 80s and embark on a summer of love and smash-hit classics . Hair was big! Shoulders were padded! Mobiles weighed a tonne!

Our star cast is led by Joe McElderry (X Factor winner, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Neil McDermott (EastEnders, Eugenius!), Kate Robbins (Spitting Image, ITV’s The Imitation Game, Dinnerladies), Emily Tierney (Eugenius! Wicked, The Wizard of Oz); and former Sugababe star Amelle Berrabah, making her musical theatre debut.

Set to a soundtrack of some of the most iconic, chart-topping acts from the 80s, including ABC, Cyndi Lauper, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, a-ha, Culture Club, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Bucks Fizz and Depeche Mode; experience their hits all performed live on stage, featuring: GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN, TAKE ON ME, JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH, OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD, THE LOOK OF LOVE, MAKING YOUR MIND UP, RELAX, ISLANDS IN THE STREAM, SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY, DON’T GO, LA DOLCE VITA, SURPRISE, SURPRISE, CHURCH OF THE POISON MIND, FANTASY ISLAND, UP WHERE WE BELONG, I COULD BE SO GOOD FOR YOU, FANTASTIC DAY and many more!

Check out our first reviews from Bromley and Bradford:

http://yorkshiretimes.co.uk/arts#Tropicana–Saucier-Than-A-Bottle-of-Ketchup 

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/17409888.joe-mcelderry-shines-in-lively-club-tropicana-show/

https://www.weekender.co.uk/articles/stage-and-screen/theatre/club-tropicana-gets-bromley-dancing/

ITV come down to interview the cast for their local news channels. Watch this great interview at https://youtu.be/2V-Dfq4Ar-w

Clive Owen West End Return

Clive Owen returns to the West End for the first time in 18 years to play the Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon in THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, in a new production directed by James Macdonald.

Golden Globe-winner Owen (Closer, Children of Men) will be joined by Lia Williams (The Crown, Mary Stuart) as Hannah Jelkes, Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) as Maxine Faulk and Julian Glover (Game of Thrones) as Nonno.

The Night Of The Iguana will be directed by James Macdonald, (whose West End credits include the acclaimed recent production of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, The Father and The Changing Room) and will be designed by Tony, Olivier and OBIE-award winning Rae Smith.

It will begin performances at the Noël Coward Theatre on Saturday 6 July (Press Night: Tuesday 16 July at 7:00pm) and play a strictly limited 12-week season.

Tickets are available at www.iguanawestend.com

In the strange limbo of 1940, on a dilapidated hotel verandah perched high in a rainforest above the west coast of Mexico, a group of lost souls collide – a defrocked priest turned tourist guide, the grieving widow who runs the hotel, a family of jubilant Nazis… and an itinerant portrait artist with her 97 year old poet grandfather. The result is an epic battle between flesh and spirit, captivity and freedom, art and faith – heightened by the arrival of a tropical rain-storm.

Further casting to be announced.

The Night Of The Iguana is produced by David Richenthal, Fiery Angel, Gavin Kalin and David M. Milch.

Matthew Broderick West End Debut

Hollywood star and multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Matthew Broderick – renowned for roles including Ferris Bueller in the iconic movie and Leo Bloom in The Producers – is to make his West End debut in in The Starry Messenger by Kenneth Lonergan, the Academy Award-winning writer of Manchester-By-The-Sea.

The production, directed by Sam Yates (Glengarry Glen Ross), also stars Elizabeth McGovern, known to millions for her portrayal of Lady Cora in the multi award-winning drama series Downton Abbey. The Starry Messenger will begin performances at theWyndham’s Theatre on Thursday 16 May (Press Night: Wednesday 29 May at 7:00pm) and play a strictly limited 13-week season.

In the vastness of the universe are we all just lonely souls under the same night sky?

Mark Williams is lost. An astronomer at New York City’s Planetarium, he feels a closer connection to the infinite, starry sky than to his job or even to his wife, Anne. Mark doesn’t believe in fate or divine intervention, but the universe has other ideas.

After a chance meeting with Angela, a young single mother, the stars appear to have aligned. But when a catastrophic event rips through their lives, Mark is forced to re-evaluate his life, his faith and his place in the universe itself.

This bittersweet, comic drama is an unblinking exploration of love, hope and understanding our place in the universe, by one of the most celebrated writers working today.

Further casting to be announced.

The Miser West End

Actor, writer, presenter, comedian and two-time Olivier award-winner Griff Rhys Jones returns to the West End alongside BAFTA and British Comedy Award winning comedian Lee Mack, who is making his West End debut. They are joined by Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey, Bad Education).

Fanatical about protecting his wealth, the paranoid Harpagon suspects all of trying to flinch his fortune and will go to any length to protect it. As true feelings and identities are revealed will Harpagon allow his children to follow their heart, or will his love of gold prove all-consuming? Passion and purse strings go head to head in this hilarious new adaptation by Sean Foley and Phil Porter of Moliere’s classic comedy, opening at the Garrick Theatre on 1 March 2017.

This major revival is directed by Sean Foley (The Painkiller, The Ladykillers, Jeeves and Wooster). Book now to be among the very first to see this major revival.

Get in touch today for information on investing in The Miser.

Buried Child West End

Gavin Kalin Productions is proud to work with Ambassador Theatre Group in bringing Buried Child to the West End.

An absorbing and effecting night of true theatrical drama performed by the finest ensemble cast on the West End stage. Westworld star and Hollywood legend Ed Harris stars in the universally acclaimed and completely unmissable Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘masterwork’ (New York Times), Buried Child by Sam Shepard.

‘Harris gives a masterclass performance, worth the ticket alone’ (The Arts Desk)

Described as ‘Harold Pinter meets Eugene O’Neill – a great family drama with a bitumen black heart’ (Whatsonstage) and ‘wickedly funny, full of rich black humour’(London Theatre), Buried Child is set in rural America as it reels from a recession and political unrest. The similarities between then and now are strikingly compelling with the Financial Times stating, ‘Sam Shepard’s ripe slice of American gothic with its deeply dysfunctional family symbolic of a divided and disillusioned America’.

The superlative cast includes Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominated Amy Madigan ‘Frighteningly realistic as a woman who has no idea that she is drowning not waving’ (The Times). Making their West End debuts are ‘impressive’ (Financial Times) Jeremy Irvine (Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, The Railway Man, Now is Good and forthcoming films Fallen, Billionaire Boys Club, and This Beautiful Fantastic) and Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones, Allied) who is a ‘revelation’ (Metro).