Following the ceiling collapse in December that has meant a month of performances being cancelled, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will not be returning to the Apollo Theatre. The producers of the show have advised that the show will now close at the Apollo Theatre and will re-open at The Gielgud Theatre from 24th June and Opening night on 8th July 2014.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday 17 January, with a week’s priority before that for those who have had bookings at the Apollo Theatre.
Nick Starr, NT executive director, said: “We are grateful to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres for providing us with another home on Shaftesbury Avenue for the show, which has played to full houses at the Apollo since it transferred there last March. It will be a real wrench to leave that beautiful theatre, but sadly the closure of the gallery to enable its restoration means that the show no longer works economically there. We look forward to renewing our relationship with Nimax Theatres on another show in the future.”
No further details have been given as to when the Apollo will be able to reopen.
Nica Burns, chief executive of Nimax Theatres, which owns the Apollo, described the accident as a “deeply upsetting incident for everyone”. She added: “We are sorry to lose such a wonderful production and wish it well.”
In February, the National Theatre will offer free performances of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for schools and young people. The performances will be by the cast from the Apollo in a rehearsal-room format with minimal settings and lighting. Further details will be announced soon.
Wednesday 8th January 2014
The Guildford School of Acting (GSA) is widely regarded as one of the leading performing arts schools in the UK. Founded by Pauline Grant and Bice Bellairs in 1935, the Surrey-based institution provides professional training in drama, musical theatre and production skills for students looking for a career in the industry and can be credited with having put some of the best performers on the West End stage: notable GSA alumni include Michael Ball (Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables), Celia Imrie (Noises Off, Acorn Antiques), Daniel Boys (Avenue Q, Peter Pan), Dianne Pilkington (Mamma Mia, Wicked) and Caroline Sheen (Les Miserables, Mary Poppins). These are just the GSA alumni who have already established themselves in the world of musical theatre however. The school has much more to offer to the future health of the industry, starting with ‘The Baking Committee’.
Comprised of a group of students from the GSA, ‘The Baking Committee’ are the creative minds behind the latest original cast recording from SimG Records: The Bakewell Bake Off.
A heart-warming, comic musical set in a small Derbyshire town, The Bakewell Bake Off began life as an in-house college writing project. The ‘weird and wonderful’ residents of Bakewell are the focus point of the show, which circulates around a local baking competition.
‘Take seven eager contestants, three feuding judges and one bewildered hostess, add flour eggs and sugar and mix together in a small village. Add the pressure of a baking competition and you’ve got a recipe for a hilarious musical comedy!’
This original British musical had a 4-day trial run at the Waterloo East Theatre in the summer of this year which was a sell-out success. A full-length production followed at the Landor Theatre for a 3-week residency in October and gained similar acclaim in the ensuing reviews. Written by and starring ‘The Baking Committee’ both productions were directed by the course leader Julian Woolford and featured musical direction by Kevin Michael Cripps.
‘The Baking Committee’ is made up of 14 GSA students, including Nicole Tiffany Rushing and Kayleigh Thadani who choreographed the show. Also involved in the group are Cerys Alley, Tom Beynon, Will Ferris, Katherine Glover, Victoria Humphreys, Emily Jeffreys, Maura Matlak, James Moriarty, Alexandra Spalding and Tim Stuart.
Having received an overwhelmingly positive response so far, it seems likely that there is a future for this musical, though what that future holds is as yet unknown. The show’s website hints that fans may not have long to wait to find out though, having recently posted a teaser statement there saying, ‘Keep those eyes peeled and those baking trays at the ready for some DELICIOUSLY exciting news coming very soon!!!’
Right now though, The Bakewell Bake Off is looking to gain wider recognition through the original cast recording which was released on Monday (16th December 2013) and features 18 tracks, including a bonus company number entitled ‘I Bake (Susie & Freddie win)’. It was released by SimG Records, an off-shoot of SimG Productions which was founded by actor/director Simon Greiff in 2009. One of the biggest champions of original musical theatre writing in both the UK and USA, Greiff has showcased the work of many new writers and performers through concerts, cabarets and album releases.
He has rarely gone wrong in lending his support in the past and it is only work of the highest quality that you’ll find attached to his name; a SimG seal of approval is a pretty sure guarantee. The Bakewell Bake Off is another one-to-watch new musical in the long list of SimG Records releases, and one which is so deliciously good it is sure to have you licking your fingers and wanting more.
The entire track list for The Bakewell Bake Off original cast recording can be found below:
1. In Bakewell – Alexandra Spalding & Company
2. The Bakewell Anthem – Company
3. I Will Rise – Company
4. The Original Bakewell Tart – Lucy Emmott & Company
5. I Love Christmas – Maura Matlak & Company
6. Henrietta’s Lieder – Tom Beynon
7. Let Me Fit In – Kayleigh Thadani
8. I Won’t Give In – Will Ferris, Cerys Alley & Emily Jeffreys
9. How Do I Feel? – Company
10. In Bakewell (Reprise) – Alexandra Spalding & Company
11. Science Of Baking – Katherine Glover
12. When We Find Our Tart – Company
13. We Might Fall In Love – Emily Jeffreys, Tim Stuart & Katherine Glover
14. The Future Of Bakewell – Company
15. Bake Your Way To Heaven – Victoria Humphreys & Company
16. I Bake (Pradeepta & Hugh win) – Company
17. Recipe For Success – Company
By Julie Robinson (@missjulie25)
Thursday 19th December 2013
The Bakewell Bake Off original cast recording is now available from iTunes and the SimG Productions website.
The Royal Court Theatre’s production of a trilogy of Samuel Beckett works performed by Lisa Dwan is to transfer to the Duchess Theatre in 2014.
Not I, Footfalls, and Rockaby, directed by Walter Asmus, will run from 3rd to 15th February, after a run at the Royal Court from 9th to 18th January, where the show is co-produced with Mighty Mouth.
It is reported that at the Duchess Theatre will be sold at Royal Court prs, ranging from £12 to £25.
A UK Tour will follow, showing at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Lowry in Salford from autumn 2014. There are also international dates which are expected to be confirmed.
Vicky Featherstone, artistic director of the Royal Court, is quoted as saying: “When Not I opened at the Royal Court in May, it was an unforgettable and special experience for all who saw it. On announcing that Lisa Dwan would return, this time to perform a trilogy of Beckett’s work, it sold out quickly once again. It is heartening to see there is such a demand for this work.”
The Wind in the Willows is currently showing at the Duchess Theatre until 1st February 2014
Friday 13th December 2013
The Actor’s Church in Covent Garden is hosting the annual West End Voices concert on Sunday 22nd December 2013. West End Voices at Christmas will see a high quality line-up of the West End’s leading performers come together in the popular venue for a festive night of musical excellence, singing a varied selection of musical theatre and Christmas songs.
Having previously co-hosted the Covent Garden Piazza event for the 2013 Olivier Awards with Claudia Winkleman, West End actor Michael Xavier certainly has the credentials to take on hosting duties for the West End Voices concert as well.
There will also be performances from the likes of Peter Polycarpou (Miss Saigon, Sweeney Todd, Love Story), Jason Denton (Hello Dolly, Piaf), Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages, Fame), Tommy Sherlock (Matilda, Wicked), Julie Atherton (Avenue Q, Mamma Mia), Sabrina Aloueche (We Will Rock You, Les Miserables), Stephen Webb (From Here To Eternity, Footloose), Stuart Matthew Price (Shrek, Parade), Jessica Parker (Seussical The Musical, Kiss Me Kate), Adrian Hansel (Hairspray, Starlight Express) and Laura Pitt-Pulford (The Light Princess, Sunset Boulevard). The concert cast will also be backed by the West End Masterclass choir, a group of young West End hopefuls between the ages of 12 to 30. They receive exceptional training from West End performers, producers, directors, agents and other industry professionals to help them achieve a career on the West End stage. On the night of Sunday 22nd December, the audience will glimpse both present and future as the potential stars of tomorrow join the stars of today on the stage.
By Julie Robinson (@missjulie25)
Tuesday 10th December 2013
West End Voices at Christmas takes place at the Actor’s Church on Sunday 22nd December 2013, 7pm.