Tag Archives | David Bedella

West End Bares – Excalibare – Novello Theatre

West End Bares – Excalibare at the Novello Theatre, London. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It is happy news indeed that West End Bares has been staged in a legitimate theatre for the first time. It’s where it belongs, like its Broadway equivalent. True, the first six years at the legendary Café de […]

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Eugenius! – London Palladium

Eugenius! was performed at the London Palladium. Rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ A rare phenomenon in the West End, a brand new musical not based on a movie or play nor a famous group’s catalogue of songs, Eugenius! was a one-night only concert of a new show three years in the making. Despite a […]

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Win a pair of tickets to Eugenius! – starring Warwick Davis

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO EUGENIUS! – STARRING WARWICK DAVIS ‘The wait is over…  Eugenius!, the best new musical for years, is here! Playing for one night only at the London Palladium, featuring an all-star cast led by Warwick Davis.’ Come and be part of the world premiere concert performance at the London Palladium […]

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Palladium debut for Warwick Davis-produced musical

The Warwick Davis-produced new British musical Eugenius will premiere in concert form at the London Palladium next month. Harry Potter and Star Wars favourite Davis will also appear in the show alongside double Olivier Award winner David Bedella (In The Heights, Jerry Springer The Opera), Amy Lennox (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Samuel Holmes (Mrs Henderson Presents, Spamalot) and […]

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In The Heights – new cast members join company

New cast members are set to join the company of Olivier Award-winning musical In The Heights from tonight. Joining the cast are Christine Allado (From Here to Eternity, Here Lies Love) as Vanessa, Norma Atallah (The Sound of Music – Live) as Abuela and Jonathan Bishop (The Lion King) as Graffiti Pete (from 15 April). […]

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Olivier Awards 2016 – big night for Gypsy, Kinky Boots and In The Heights

  Chichester Festival Theatre’s transfer of Gypsy won the most awards this year for a single production at the 40th anniversary Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard, including Best Actress in a Musical for Imelda Staunton and Best Musical Revival. Kinky Boots was named MasterCard Best New Musical and In The Heights won the Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. Images (above): […]

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Gypsy and Kinky Boots are big winners at WhatsOnStage Awards

Every industry has its formal awards ceremony of choice. And then there is the less informal one, the young pretender that likes to be a little more carefree and wild. The WhatsOnStage Awards tend to fit into the latter category, although as they are now in their 16th year and have got successively glitzier on each […]

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Springtime For Henry (and Barbara) – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Springtime For Henry (and Barbara) at Wilton’s Music Hall, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Unusual, bewildering, but strangely endearing, collaborators Gwyneth Herbert and Mel Brimfield bring a warm, exploratory musical comedy to the boards of the Wilton’s Music Hall in the form of Springtime For Henry (and Barbara). Part performance […]

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Gwyneth Herbert and Mel Brimfield sculpture-inspired musical heads for Wilton’s Music Hall

Composer/performer Gwyneth Herbert and artist Mel Brimfield are presenting their latest collaboration, Springtime for Henry (and Barbara) – described as a fictitious ‘lost’ musical, reconstructed in fragments, centred around the lives of British sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. The production will run for three performances across two nights (26–27 January) at Wilton’s Music Hall, the world’s oldest surviving […]

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In the Heights – King’s Cross Theatre

In the Heights continues at the King’s Cross Theatre until 4 January 2016. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ After making a splash last year, the return of In the Heights to the King’s Cross Theatre will have been eagerly anticipated by those who missed its short run at the Fringe-sized Southwark Playhouse (and, […]

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In the Heights extends run at King’s Cross Theatre – see new images

The award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights, which is currently previewing ahead of an official opening next week, has extended its run at King’s Cross Theatre. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lively hip-hop and Latin flavoured work was initially booking for a limited four-week season at the venue, but it has been announced that the production will now […]

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In the Heights transfer – full cast revealed

Full casting is announced today for Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights, which returns to London in October following a critically acclaimed sell-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse in 2014. The production will transfer to King’s Cross Theatre on 3 October 2015 and is booking for a limited four week period until 1  November 2015. […]

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Rocky Horror Show London season extended for further week

Due to overwhelming popular demand, Ambassador Theatre Group has announced an additional eight performances of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show at the Playhouse Theatre, London, from 21 to 26 September 2015. The initial 11 shows sparked such a positive reaction with the public, that tickets sold out in less than 72 hours. Richard O’Brien said: “The response to […]

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Stephen Fry and Emma Bunton to appear in Rocky Horror Show gala

Comedian, writer, actor and presenter Stephen Fry, Great British Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc and Spice Girl Emma Bunton are the first celebrities to be announced as special guest stars in the Gala Charity Performance of The Rocky Horror Show at London’s Playhouse Theatre on 17  September, which will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and Europe. They […]

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The Producers – Churchill Theatre, Bromley and Touring

The Producers continues at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley and then tours until 11 July 2015. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Mel Brooks’ The Producers is a classic comedy musical that has featured a large range of talented comedic performers in the past, including Peter Kay, Joe Pasquale and Russ Abbot. This UK tour of the show […]

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London Cabaret Awards 2015 – winners revealed

The Cafe de Paris with its mock-rococo decor and glamorous history proved the perfect venue for the London Cabaret Awards 2015. The event, created by Excess All Areas producer Paul L Martin celebrates the wealth and diversity of talent on offer to Londoners practically every day of the week. As the evening’s host – the inimitable […]

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The Producers tour – Phill Jupitus and David Bedella join cast

The full cast for the tour of The Producers (based on Mel Brooks’ beloved movie) has ben confirmed, with comedian Jason Manford as timid accountant Leo Bloom being joined by Cory English (reprising his role as Max Bialystock, one he played to critical acclaim in London’s West End) and Tiffany Graves as Ulla, the object of Leo Bloom’s affections. The tour opens at the Churchill […]

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Kerry Ellis and Lee Mead join The Night of Electric Voices line-up

Kerry Ellis, who takes over from Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella in the current West End production of Cats, will feature in The Night of Electric Voices on Sunday 1 March at the London Coliseum. She will be joined by Casualty actor and winner of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Any Dream Will Do, Lee Mead, as well as many stars of the West End and Broadway. The […]

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S&S Award Gala – Nigel Harman and David Bedella lead line-up

Olivier Award winners Nigel Harman and David Bedella will take leading roles in this year’s S&S Award Gala at St James Theatre on Sunday 23 November. It has also ben announced that The S&S Award is linking up with Leicester Curve to be the ‘host venue’ for the winning show’s developmental programme. Curve, under new artistic director Nikolai Foster, has declared its […]

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Twickenham Theatre to close only days after Sweeney Todd success

London’s newest fringe space, the Twickenham Theatre, is closing after staging its acclaimed revival of the Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler musical Sweeney Todd. The production played its final sold-out performance of an extended opening season just yesterday at the 100-seat theatre in west London. Today, executive director, West End producer Tony Green, has just two days […]

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Twickenham Theatre

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street continues at Twickenham Theatre, London until 4 October. First of all, a huge welcome to Twickenham Theatre, a new fringe venture ten miles from central London, easily accessible from Waterloo by train (only a minute’s walk from the station), and off to a spectacular, blood-curdling start with Stephen […]

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Interview – David Bedella is Sweeney Todd at Twickenham Theatre

New theatres seem to be opening at a rate of knots. Recent times have seen the St James at Victoria, The Park in Finsbury Park and now the Twickenham Theatre which opened this week with Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Playing the title role is David Bedella, who’s no stranger to Sondheim, with past credits […]

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Sweeney Todd – new images of David Bedella and Sarah Ingram in Twickenham Theatre production

New images have been released of Olivier Award winner David Bedella as razor-wielding Sweeney Todd and Sarah Ingram as his pie-making partner in crime, Mrs Lovett, in an intimate new production of the Tony Award and Olivier Award-winning musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music […]

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In the Heights – Southwark Playhouse

In the Heights continues at Southwark Playhouse, London until 7 June. Arriving on Broadway in 2008, In the Heights depicts the lives and loves of the residents of Washington Heights over three long, hot summer days. With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, the score reflects the melting pot of […]

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Putting It Together – St James Theatre

Putting It Together continues at the St James Theatre, London until 1 February. This is a lesser-known Stephen Sondheim revue that was first performed in 1992 at the Old Fire Station Studio Theatre in Oxford. Subsequent productions took place, notably in New York, Los Angeles and Chichester, each slightly different in song content and ‘story’. […]

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The S&S Award – St James Theatre

The S&S Award was presented at the St James Theatre, London. The inaugural S&S Award ceremony, created in memory of Sidney and Sylvia Brown, the parents of the lyricist and librettist Warner Brown, was all about discovering and promoting new writers in British musical theatre. The new prize follows in the wake of the Vivian […]

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Putting It Together – G Live, Guildford

Putting It Together was performed at the G Live Studio, Guildford. The rarely-seen Sondheim revue Putting It Together, a veritable orgy of familiar and less familiar songs from the great man’s rich repertoire worked into an admittedly pretty flimsy storyline, made a welcome return with a classy cast of five at Guildford. First performed at […]

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New musical Stealing Mona Lisa has showcase

Stealing Mona Lisa, a new musical, has a showcase reading at the Concert Artistes’ Association in Covent Garden, London. In August 1911 an Italian patriot stole Leonardo Da Vinci’s celebrated painting of the Mona Lisa (aka La Gioconda or La Joconde) from the Louvre Museum in Paris, believing that one of the greatest works of Italian […]

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