Tag Archives | Luke Sheppard

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ musical to open at Menier Chocolate Factory

A brand new production of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical will opens at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in Adrian’s 50th birthday year. Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary’s musical of Leicester’s favourite teen has undergone a period of further development since its original production at Curve in […]

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Murder For Two – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Murder For Two continues at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury until 25 February before transferring to The Other Palace Studio, from 2-18 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Musical parody is hardly a new initiative but in the hands of Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair it provides a quirky new genre of comedy. […]

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Southwark Playhouse to host European premiere of Working

The genre-twisting Broadway musical Working, co-written by Stephen Schwartz, will receive its long-awaited European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse next year. Directed by Luke Sheppard (In The Heights), the new production of the ground-breaking show will play a limited season at the Southwark Playhouse from 2 June 2017 until 8 July with a press night on 7 June. […]

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In the Heights extends run for third and final time

Olivier and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights – by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton – has extended its London run at the King’s Cross Theatre for the third and final time and is now booking until Sunday 8 January 2017. Joining the cast from Friday 16 September are Arun Blair-Mangat as Benny (Kinky Boots); Juliet Gough as Camilla (Matilda) and Stephanie Rojas as Carla (Wonder.land). Sarah Naudi, who […]

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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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Beyond the Fence – Arts Theatre

Beyond the Fence continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 5 March. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The best story creations begin with a ‘what if’”, and it’s no different with musicals. What if a boy in a striking mining town develops a talent for ballet? What if a man steals […]

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In The Heights extends run at King’s Cross Theatre for a third time

Initially booking for a limited four-week run, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights has extended its run at King’s Cross Theatre for a third time, now booking for an additional six months until Sunday 30 October 2016. Tickets for the new booking period are on sale now. In The Heights returns to London following a critically acclaimed sell-out UK […]

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First computer musical Beyond the Fence – Laura Jane Matthewson cast

Casting has been revealed for the world’s first ‘computer musical’, Beyond the Fence. Presented by Sky Arts and Wingspan Theatricals, Beyond the Fence will play at the Arts Theatre from 22 February to 5 March. Rehearsals are underway in London for this ground-breaking show, all of which is being documented for television in the documentary series Computer […]

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World’s first ‘computer musical’ Beyond the Fence will play the Arts Theatre

2016. The computer revolution. In a world becoming ever more technologically advanced, and reliant upon computers, machine learning and artificial intelligence are rapidly and fundamentally changing every aspect of human experience. But how does technology affect art and the creative process? In a world first, Sky Arts and Wingspan Theatricals will explore this question by […]

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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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Oliver! – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Oliver! continues at the Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury until 19 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  With embryonic rumours that Cameron Mackintosh has been trying to produce a film revival of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! and the previous national production having finished touring in 2013, it is as timely as Fagin’s collection of pocket […]

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Interview – Luke Sheppard brings a new dimension to Oliver! at the Watermill Theatre

LUKE SHEPPARD, a young director with a varied – and critically lauded – handful of shows under his (relatively) newly-donned belt, talks to Musical Theatre Review’s Oliver Beatson about his latest production, the Watermill Theatre’s up-and-coming production of Oliver! In what looks to be Oliver! with a twist – the production (playing at the Newbury venue from 31 July to 19 September) will offer the theatre’s signature integrated-musician […]

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Oliver! at the Watermill – full company revealed

The Watermill has announced its full company for its upcoming summer production of Lionel Bart’s multi-award winning musical Oliver!, opening on Friday 31 July and playing until Saturday 19 September. Directed by Luke Sheppard, this brand new production will bring an immersive and site responsive twist to Bart’s much-loved musical, with London’s murky Victorian underworld reimagined in and around the […]

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The Watermill Theatre summer musical is Oliver!, directed by Luke Sheppard

The Watermill Theatre, Newbury’s summer musical will be a brand new production of Lionel Bart’s multi award-winning musical Oliver!, opening on Friday 31 July until Saturday 19 September (press night is Thursday 6 August). Tickets are on general sale from Monday 27 April. Directed by Luke Sheppard, The Watermill’s trademark actor-musicians will bring a new twist to Bart’s much-loved musical […]

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – The Musical – Curve Leicester

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – The Musical continues at Curve Leicester until 4 April. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Child actors who win plum parts like these are always going to be good, but 14-year old Joel Fossard-Jones – one of four Adrian Moles recruited for this world premiere production – has the audience on […]

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Adrian Mole musical at Curve – full cast revealed

The full cast for the world premiere of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾  – The Musical has been revealed by Curve, Leicester today. The cast includes Rosemary Ashe (Grandma), Cameron Blakely (Mr Lucas), Amy Booth-Steel (Miss Elf/Doreen Slater/Mrs Lucas), Neil Ditt (George Mole), Kirsty Hoiles (Pauline Mole) and Neil Salvage (Bert Baxter). The role of Adrian will be shared by Lewis Andrews, Sebastian Croft, Joel Fossard-Jones and Toby […]

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Interview – Altar Boyz producer Paul Taylor-Mills is hitting the heights

PAUL TAYLOR-MILLS has an impressive list of directorial credits on his CV, but it is as a producer that he has been making his name during the last 18 months, introducing three Off-Broadway and Broadway shows – Bare – The Rock Musical, Into the Heights, and now Altar Boyz ­– to London Fringe audiences. Altar Boyz, […]

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Terry Pratchett’s Soul Music – Youth Music Theatre UK

Terry Pratchett’s Soul Music is performed by Youth Music Theatre UK at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, Surrey, from 28-31 August. The Youth Music Theatre’s love-in with the rich, imaginative writing of Terry Pratchett, which began when Mort: The Musical played the Rose two years ago, continues with Soul Music, here a full-blown rock‘n’roll musical performed by an energetic, talented cast of 40, […]

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Adrian Mole musical to premiere in Leicester next year

Leicester’s favourite teenager, Adrian Mole, will be the star of Curve’s brand new musical which premieres in spring 2015. With book and lyrics by Jake Brunger and music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary, this new musical adaptation of Sue Townsend’s best-seller will open on 17 March 2015, with previews from 7 March, and runs until 4 April (tickets are on […]

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Lysistrata Jones – Guildford School of Acting

Lysistrata Jones was performed by MA Musical Theatre students from the Guildford School of Acting at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Following its success both Off and on Broadway in 2011-12, Lysistrata Jones received its European premiere courtesy of Guildford School of Acting, the Ivy Arts Centre being transformed into a basketball court for the purpose. The […]

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Youth Music Theatre UK launches groundbreaking summer season

In its tenth anniversary year, Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT) launches a groundbreaking season of international work in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to be produced during the summer of 2014. Youth Music Theatre UK is the leading music theatre company for young people aged 11-21, offering high standard training and mentoring and a proven way for […]

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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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In the Heights has London premiere at Southwark Playhouse

Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights will receive its London premiere in a brand new production in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 9 May (press night is 15 May). Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, In the Heights is a journey into Washington Heights, one of Manhattan’s most vibrant […]

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