The true story of the bad fairy.
Deep in the wood, a lonely fairy longs for someone to bless.
When she is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, her dream turns into a nightmare and her blessing becomes a curse.
Soon, she is plunged into a frantic, hundred-year quest to somehow make everything right.
Rosalie Craig plays the fairy in this vividly original retelling of Sleeping Beauty: a mythic, big-hearted new musical that goes beyond the waking kiss.
Rufus Norris directs with music by Jim Fortune, book by Tanya Ronder, designs by Katrina Lindsay and choreography by Jade Hackett.
Recommended for ages 8+
Pic: Imogen Cole as Matilda in the RSC’s Matilda The Musical. All photos: Manuel-Harlan
As part of the 10th birthday celebrations for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre, the show has released new production photography of the London cast. There will also be a special performance as part of this year’s Royal Variety Performance to mark 10 years since the London opening, which will air this December on ITV.
This iconic British musical has won 99 international awards including 24 for Best Musical and has been seen by more than 10 million people across more than 90 cities worldwide. The production is now booking through to 29 May 2022 for individuals, and through to 16 December 2022 for groups and schools. For further information visit www.matildathemusical.com.
A tonic for audiences of all ages, this anarchic production about a strong and determined heroine with a vivid imagination has welcomed almost 4 million audience members in London. Adapted from the much-loved Roald Dahl book and commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the musical premiered at the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon home in 2010, before transferring to the West End in October 2011, where it opened to rave reviews.
Matilda The Musical swept the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards, with a record-breaking seven awards, and won four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for the four girls sharing the title role on Broadway. It has since toured North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland, South Africa and China and played its first non-English language production in Seoul, South Korea in 2018/19. Matilda The Musical will also play the Netherlands for the first time, translated into Dutch for a run at the Oude Luxor Theater Rotterdam. Tickets are now on sale for Matilda De Musical in Rotterdam at matilda-demusical.nl
Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand, and change her own destiny.
Written by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and developed and directed by Matthew Warchus, the theatre production is designed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.
With the upcoming film adaptation from the same core creative team as the theatre production (direction by Matthew Warchus, adapted for the screen by Dennis Kelly, with the music and lyrics of Tim Minchin), Roald Dahl’s themes of bravery and standing up for what you believe in will continue to inspire young audiences all over the world. Produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, Jon Finn, and Luke Kelly of The Roald Dahl Story Company. Sony Pictures U.K. and Tristar Pictures will release Matilda across the U.K. and Ireland exclusively in cinemas on 2nd December 2022 for Christmas. Netflix will release the film in the rest of the world in December 2022.
Matilda The Musical is produced by Executive Producers Denise Wood and Griselda Yorke for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The production was developed with the support of Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.
André Ptaszynski had worked as one of the Executive Producers of the production from 2011 until his untimely death in 2020. He is much missed by all his colleagues.
Image: The Other Richard
This festive season, in the magnificent unique setting of the Painted Hall, known as Britain’s Sistine Chapel, Goblin Theatre will present a vibrant new adaptation of Charles Dickens’s spooky classic tale A Christmas Carol. Running throughout December on selected dates, this atmospheric musical show, featuring original songs and music, will be performed live by a talented cast of actor musicians.
Inspired by the Old Royal Naval College’s Dickensian links – the author was a fan of Greenwich and often featured the area in his books – Goblin Theatre’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol evokes the historical figures and ‘ghosts’ of the Painted Hall to bring this iconic ghost story to life. This fast-paced, funny and spooky show is the perfect festive treat for all the family this Christmas.
Live music is integral to this exciting new production and Fezziwig’s party transforms the Painted Hall into a real-life ceilidh with the cast performing the songs live. The cast is comprised of Victoria Boyce (Father Christmas at the Hall, Royal Albert Hall), Matt Burns (Once, UK tour), Niccolò Curradi (La Strada, UK tour/The Other Palace), Rob Gathercole (The Ballad of Rudy, Goblin Theatre) and Mia Jerome (The Lost Lending Library, Punchdrunk). This thrilling site-specific production is directed by Andrew Barry (Royal Exchange Theatre Elders Company), with music by Goblin Theatre’s resident composers Mary Erskine and Will Dollard, and book by Goblin Theatre’s Artistic Director Matt Borgatti. The Painted Hall Café is offering special Christmas treats before and after the show.
Artistic Director Matt Borgatti comments, The production is very much set in the Painted Hall, and although we travel through time and space, it’s the place we return to throughout the show. This is one of our biggest shows yet, and we’re so delighted to be able to introduce our work to new audiences in Greenwich and beyond.
As well as A Christmas Carol, there are plenty of other festive activities at the Old Royal Naval College this year. Families can enjoy the free Make History day, on 12th December, and have a go making mini wreaths and Christmas crackers just like the ones found in Victorian Britain. On 19th December, children can use props and percussion to delve into the story of Scrooge and the ghosts who inspire him to change his ways in Scrooge Spooked. Post-Christmas, families can have a go at sea shanties and music making at Twixmas Shanties. There will be two Christmas Carol services in the Chapel of St Peter and St Paul: Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice Carol Concert will retell the Christmas story on 3rd December and Trinity Laban Chapel Choir will perform Bach’s Christmas Oratario and more on 5th December.
Come and do some Christmas shopping from 22nd November with the opening of the Christmas shop, and on Museum Shop Sunday, 28th November, with 20% off the Visitor Centre and Painted Hall shops, Gin Tasting, and Art and Sketching Workshop run by local artists and a Q&A and book signing by the authors of 111 Places in Greenwich.
Birmingham Royal Ballet presents a tantalising triple bill, including two recently premiered works and the World premiere of a new pas de deux created especially for Carlos Acosta and Alessandra Ferri.
City of a Thousand Trades is a love letter to Birmingham, commissioned by Acosta to celebrate the city’s richly diverse heritage and melting pot of cultures. The ballet is brought to stage by Havana-born choreographer Miguel Altunaga, and dramaturg and co-Director Madeleine Kludje from Birmingham Repertory Theatre, with music by Mathias Coppens, inspired by the city’s soundscape.
Brazilian / British choreographer Daniela Cardim’s Imminent has been created with a team of international talent, including renowned composer Paul Englishby. Imminent explores the sensation of knowing that something isn’t right, even though the world around us seems to be flowing harmoniously. We need to resist the status quo and find the strength to see opportunities in paths unknown, embracing both the fear and the hope.
Chacona is a powerful ensemble piece for 16 dancers set to music by J.S. Bach, played on stage by violin, guitar and piano. Created by Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero (Nuremberg Ballet / Acosta Danza) Sadler’s Wells presents a brand new production featuring an exclusive pas de deux performed by Carlos Acosta and guest artist Alessandra Ferri.
Live music performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s acclaimed orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
Image description: Two dancers stand balanced in a moment of intimacy. Alessandra Ferri balances on point, her other leg folded up towards her chest, toe pointed inwards. She cradles the head of Carlos Acosta with one hand, the other wrapped around his shoulder. He stands with feet wide, supporting Ferri at her waist and around her lifted knee. Both wear black unitards and the background is a mottled red.
City of a Thousand Trades and Imminent are Ballet Now commissions, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s programme which seeks to find exciting, diverse, international creative talent.
The producers of THE CHOIR OF MAN, the runaway international hit, are delighted to announce the cast for the West End premiere. Tom Brandon (original cast member of The Choir of Man and appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Beautiful Game) will play the Hard Man, Miles Anthony Daley (made West End debut with Thriller Live) the Romantic, Daniel Harnett (worldwide tour and Sydney Opera House production of The Choir of Man and appeared in Witches of Eastwick at Contact Theatre, Manchester) the Joker, Alistair Higgins (US Tour, Cleveland residency and performed three times at Sydney Opera House in The Choir of Man) the Maestro, Freddie Huddleston (original cast member of The Choir of Man, including US Tour, Edinburgh and Sydney Opera House, and the show’s choreographer, making his West End debut) the Handyman, Richard Lock (Edinburgh, Sydney Opera House and US Tour of The Choir of Man) the Beast, Mark Loveday (original cast member of The Choir of Man, including US Tour, Edinburgh and Sydney Opera House, making his West End debut) as the Barman, Ben Norris (the voice of Ben Archer in The Archers on BBC Radio 4, making his West End debut) the Poet and Tyler Orphé-Baker (The Railway Children, King’s Cross Theatre) the Pub Bore. Also joining the West End cast will be Matt Beveridge (US Tour and Sydney Opera House production of The Choir of Man) and George Bray (Sydney Opera House, European Tour, Cleveland residency of The Choir of Man).
The band features Jack Hartigan as guitarist, Zami Jamil will play the violin, Emanuel Bonsu as drummer and Caleb Wilson as bassist.
Following three sell-out seasons at the Sydney Opera House and multiple sold-out US and European tours, THE CHOIR OF MAN will open at The Arts Theatre on Tuesday 9 November, following previews from 29 October 2021. The show is currently booking to 13 February 2022. Tickets are now on sale.
THE CHOIR OF MAN is the best trip to your local you’ll ever have, featuring amazing reinventions of folk, pop, Broadway and rock chart-toppers from artists including Guns ‘N’ Roses, Fun!, Adele, Avicii, Paul Simon, Sia and many more. It’s a party, it’s a concert and it’s a lock-in like no other.
The cast of nine multi-talented guys combine beautiful harmonies and foot-stomping singalongs with world-class tap dance and poetic meditations on the power of community. This is a riotously feel-good homage to that gathering place we’ve all missed so much over the past year: the pub, complete with a real working bar on stage.
THE CHOIR OF MAN is created by Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay, directed by Nic Doodson, with musical supervision, vocal arrangements and orchestrations by Jack Blume, movement direction and choreography by Freddie Huddleston, monologues written by Ben Norris, scenic design by Oli Townsend, lighting design by Richard Dinnen, costume design and associate scenic design by Verity Sadler, sound design by Sten Severson, casting by Debbie O’Brien.
Associate Choreographer is Rachel Chapman and Associate Musical Director is Hollie Cassar. The show is produced by Immersive Everywhere, Nic Doodson, Andrew Kay, Wendy & Andy Barnes and AK Theatricals.
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- THE CHOIR OF MAN The Arts Theatre Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB
- Box Office: 020 7836 8463
- Tickets: from £15.00 (reduced price previews from 29 October to 8 November – check website for details)
- Performances: Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm*, Saturday matinees at 3.30pm, Sundays at 2.30pm & 6.00pm (*Tuesday 9 November at 7.00pm) Christmas 2021/New Year 2022 Schedule Monday 20 December NO SHOW Tuesday 21 December 3.30pm & 7.30pm Wednesday 22 December 7.30pm Thursday 23 December 7.30pm Friday 24 December 2.30pm Saturday 25 December NO SHOW Sunday 26 December 2.30pm & 6.00pm Monday 27 December 3.30pm & 7.30pm Tuesday 28 December 7.30pm Wednesday 29 December 7.30pm Thursday 30 December 7.30pm Friday 31 December 2.30pm & 6.00pm Saturday 1 January NO SHOW Sunday 2 January 2.30pm & 6.00pm Currently booking to 13 February 2022 Approximate
- Running Time: 80 minutes (no interval) Suitable for 12+