London Fringe update – She Loves Me, Whistle Down the Wind, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens

4617343660-1Whistle Down the Wind – Union Theatre

(28 January to 21 February – press night is 30 January)

Sasha Regan directs Whistle Down the Wind (adapted by Russell Labey and Richard Taylor with music and lyrics by Richard Taylor) at the Union Theatre.

The time is the late 1950s, the place, a small village in Lancashire. Hurrying to a barn with three rescued kittens, Cathy, a schoolgirl, discovers a stranger hiding there. She recognises Him immediately as Jesus Christ and tells her sister, Nan. The next day their brother Charles also learns of their discovery. They decide to tell nobody, but gradually word spreads through the children of the village. Anxious to protect Jesus from unbelieving adults, they keep His arrival a secret and besides, most of their parents are preoccupied with news of a convict on the loose in the area. Trouble starts when the village bully, Raymond, threatens to give the game away. The critically acclaimed musical is based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and the screenplay by Willis Hall and Keith Waterhouse, together with the film by Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes.

The company of Whistle Down the Wind includes Callum McArdle, Grace Osborn, Alex James Ellison, Chris Coleman, Kathyrn Hamilton-Hall, Danielle Morris, Romero Clark, Bryan Hodgson, Oliver Stanley, Sebastion Thomas, Joshua Lewindon, Harry Wright, Edward Crann, Sarah Kate Howarth, Imelda Warren-Green, Ana Richardson, Molly Steere and Donna Marsh.

Also in the creative team are musical director David Griffiths, designer Nik Corrall and lighting designer Tim Deiling.


she-loves-me-630x310She Loves Me – Landor Theatre

(4 February to 7 March – press night is 9 February)

With music and lyrics from the writers of Fiddler On the Roof (Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock), the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical She Loves Me comes to the Landor this February. This charming tale of mistaken identity is based on the play Parfumerie by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo.

She Loves Me revolves around one little shop in Budapest and two of its employees. Despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, through lonely hearts ads they unknowingly become each other’s anonymous pen pals and a world of witty romance evolves. The plot is known to many through the popular Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan film You’ve Got Mail and its predecessors, The Shop Around the Corner (1940) and the musical movie version In the Good Old Summertime (1949).

Director Robert McWhir, says: “Theatrica Ltd [the production company behind the Landor production of Damn Yankees] is delighted to announce that this very beautiful boutique musical will play at the equally beautiful Landor Theatre. With a score covering everything from soaring heartfelt ballads to delightfully witty patter songs, there’s something for everyone. This is all delivered with that trademark Landor musical style – a beautifully balanced band with completely natural expressive voices.”

Director McWhir is joined by musical director James Cleeve, choreographer Robbie O’Reilly, lighting designer Richard Lambert, designer David Shields and casting director Ben Newsome. 


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Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens – The Two Brewers

(16, 17, 23 and 24 January)

Two Box Productions’ first show back in London after a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2014 is Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (book and lyrics by Charlotte Mann and Michael Fidler, music by Jonathan Croose and Robin Forrest).

The four performances over two weekends (16, 17, 23 and 24 January) at The Two Brewers in Clapham, south London will raise funds for the National Aids Trust. Two Box Productions is very proud of its association with the charity.

Set in a dead-end, intergalactic-dive bar Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens is a funk-strutting, glitterboots-wearing, disco-extravaganza, that has been wowing audiences since its inception 20 years ago. With a killer on the loose, the staff of Saucy Jack’s bar try to figure out who is committing a series of brutal murders with a slingback heel. But when the ball-busting, intergalactic police force ‘The Space Vixens’ arrive on the scene, can the killer’s identity stay a secret? Or will secrets from the past change life at Saucy Jack’s forever?

In the cast are: Joel Dyer, Abbie McCrone, Annie Harris, Nikita Smith, Huw Cook, Dan Boyden, Mark Wickens, Lawrence Bolton, Kiran Benawra, Jax Braithwaite, Emma-Louise Amanshia, Rachael Blaney, Hollie Abbott and Louisa Beaney.

The production is directed by Cesar Teixeira, also in the creative team are musical director Dan Turek, choreographer Rachael Blaney and designers Lawrence Bolton and Emma-Louise Amanshia.

The show will be given a cabaret setting as the audience wine and dine in Saucy Jack’s bar as the story unfolds around them.


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