Kiss Me Kate Theatre Tickets

Following on from Democracy and Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic theatre will be Kiss Me Kate, directed by award-winning Trevor Nunn as he returns to The Old Vic to direct this dazzling, Tony award-winning, Broadway classic.

The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. A secondary romance concerns Lois Lane, the actress playing Bianca, and her gambler boyfriend, Bill, who runs afoul with some gangsters.

Featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter, including Too Darn Hot, Brush up your Shakespeare and Another Op’nin’, Another Show, this exuberant show-within-a-show throws together gun-toting gangsters, sparring actors and romantic entanglements.

The 35 strong cast and band includes Alex Bourne, David Burt, Adam Garcia, Clive Rowe and Hannah Waddingham, with choreography by Stephen Mear.

Michael Billington gives Kiss Me Kate a 4* review at the Chichester Festival Theatre for The Guardian.

But it’s a joyous show that owes much to the brilliant, infinitely varied choreography of Stephen Mear. In Wunderbar, as danced by Fred and Lilli in their dressing room, he captures the romantic delicacy of old-style operetta. Too Darn Hot, led by Jason Pennycooke as Fred’s dresser, becomes a jazzy exploration of sexual tension with echoes of the rump-brandishing style of Bob Fosse. And Brush Up Your Shakespeare is performed by David Burt and Clive Rowe as a pair of gangsters who learned to love the Bard in the prison library, with a stateliness that reminded me of Laurel and Hardy.

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Noel Coward’s Volcano Transfers to the Vaudeville Theatre

Volcano was written in 1956 when Noël Coward was suffering the dubious status of having become Britain’s first celebrity tax exile.  The play was never performed during his lifetime. It is the product of his laidback life in Jamaica, and of a period during which he was regarded as a crumbling colonial relic, outmoded by a post-war Labour government and the rowdy commotions of the Angry Young Men back home. This work gives a fascinating insight into the glamorous and sometimes scandalous island lifestyle which Coward himself enjoyed.

This new production of Coward’s “lost” play will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre for a very limited run from 16th August to 29th September with previews from 14th August. It is produced by Bill Kenwright and Thelma Holt, and stars Jenny Seagrove, as a widow who finds herself being wooed by a suave and charismatic visitor to her elegant Pacific island house on the side of a volcano; Dawn Steele, (Monarch of The Glen, Sea of Souls & Wild at Heart) and Jason Durr (Heartbeat, Above Suspicion).

Recently widowed Adela Shelly finds herself being seduced by the suave Guy Littleton.  When Guy’s acid-tongued wife Melissa decides to fly in to see off the competition, she hasn’t contemplated that Adela’s best friend, Ellen, might also be falling for her husband. and as tensions bubble up from under the surface and begin to erupt, so does the volcano, all with explosive consequences.

Inspired by an affair between Coward’s friend Ian Fleming (author of the Bond novels) and a plantation-owning society beauty, it gives a “fascinating insight into the decadent, scandal-ridden lifestyle” that Coward and his fellow ex-pats enjoyed.

Jenny Seagrove’s other recent credits include Rufus Norris’ West End production of Clifford Odets’ The Country Girl and Peter Hall’s revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce. She starred as Emma Harte in the Emmy nominated series A Woman of Substance and is also well-known for her many television roles, most notably QC Jo Mills in the BBC series Judge John Deed.

Tickets are available for the previews from 14th August onwards, currently priced from £26 per ticket. See full performance details and costs of various tickets at

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Our Boys at The Duchess Theatre

A play by Jonathan Lewis, Our Boys is based on his own experience in the army. It is an honest and funny tale about five young soldiers who are recovering from injuries incurred in the line of duty and killing nothing but time. Their daily routine consists of TV, lonely hearts ads and banter, which is shattered by the arrival of a young officer.

There is camaraderie amongst this unlikely band of brothers, but it is jeopardised by a dangerous incident and an act of betrayal. There are charges of miscondut looming and the accusations naturally start to fly. It is now that the fighting really begins.

Fired by anger at the neglect of our wounded heroes, Our Boys remains as relevant now as was in 1993, when it won a Best New Play award. This first West End production comes from the creative team behind international hit Journey’s End.

The cast includes Cian Barry (New Tricks, Shameless); Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series and was recently nominated for an acting award for his role in BBC One’s The Syndicate;  Laurence Fox is best known for his leading role as DS Hathaway in ITV drama Lewis and last seen in the West End in Treats (Garrick);  Arthur Darvill plays Rory Williams in Doctor Who, with other TV credits including He Kills Coppers and The Verdict and his last London stage appearance was in Doctor Faustus (Globe); Lewis Reeves (Doctors, Holby City).

Tickets are on sale now for Our Boys at the Duchess Theatre in London’s West End from 26th September at

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A Chorus of Disapproval

Alan Ayckbourn’s riotous comedy, A Chorus of Disapproval, is at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 17th September and is packed full of names we all know and love, as well as a highly talented team directing and producing – directed by Trevor Nunn. Tickets are now available at

Rob Brydon of Gavin & Stacey fame as well as other hit shows, is making his West End theatre debut starring alongside Nigel Harman (Shrek, Eastenders) and Ashley Jensen (Extras, Ugly Betty).

Joining the trio on stage will be Teresa Banham, Daisy Beaumont, Georgia Brown, Rob Compton, Matthew Cottle and Steven Edis with further casting to be announced shortly.

The story goes a bit like this – The Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society’s production of The Beggar’s Opera is going off the rails, that is until a handsome but shy young widower Guy (Harman) joins the group. An instant hit with the company’s ferociously zealous director Dafydd (Brydon) and the leading ladies in the show, including Dafydd’s wife Hannah (Jensen), Guy soon gets more than he bargained for as he discovers that all the best action happens off-stage. Classic songs fill the air as the drama on stage is mirrored by the romantic rivalry and small town squabbles causing a stir in the wings of this ambitious local show.

This Autumn will see the return of A Chorus of Disapproval for the first time in over 25 years when it was a big hit at the National Theatre.  The show is aiming to steal the limelight this time around as well.

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News from The National Theatre

The Doctor’s Dilemma opens 17 July

Disturbingly funny and psychologically incisive, Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma takes on, with an irreverent glee, the dubious ethics of the men who play God.

Harley Street doctor Sir Colenso Ridgeon’s revolutionary tuberculosis treatment is restricted to ten selected patients. Will he decide, along with his colleagues, to save the husband of the lovely Jennifer Dubedat?  But, once they have decided to treat the talented artist a colleague becomes in need of the treatment also.

Dilemma – who decides who will live and who will die? Indeed does anyone have the right to make the decision?

London Road – booking from 31st July

Given 5* reviews by Evening Standard, Financial Times, Independent, Independent on Sunday, Mail on Sunday, Metro, Sunday Express, Sunday Times, Time Out

‘Captivating… A startling, magically original success.’ Evening Standard

Following a sell-out season in the Cottesloe last year, the groundbreaking London Road returns for a strictly limited season in the Olivier this summer.

The production documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. Adam Cork’s music uses the melodic speech patterns captured on Alecky Blythe’s recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create this extraordinary work.

BEST MUSICAL – Critics’ Circle Award

Reviews are in for The Last of the Haussmans

5* reviews given by Daily Express, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Financial Times, Independent on Sunday, Sunday Express, The Times

‘Stephen Beresford’s first play is a knockout – entertaining, sad and outrageous.’ Observer

‘Helen McCrory and Rory Kinnear, two of the finest actors of their generation’ New York Times

‘Julie Walters’s sense of comic timing is remarkable, a performance that mingles humour with great pathos.’ Daily Express

‘Howard Davies directs the crackling comic dialogue with great assurance.’ Sunday Times

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Sadler’s Wells Full Season Listing

Sadler’s Wells have released their Schedule for Season 1. currently has tickets for the following of these shows.

Showcase – 07/09/12 – one night only.

Selected from hundreds, James Cousins is the winner of the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA). The evening will feature three world premieres.

Cousins’ There We Have Been, takes inspiration from the troubled relationships portrayed in Murakami’s best selling novel, Norwegian Wood. Presenting a daringly intimate glimpse into a secluded world of fragile dependency, this touching duet sees the two performers intensely folding, wrapping and balancing, with the female character barely ever touching the floor.

Everything and Nothing is a dynamic collaboration between James Cousins, lighting designer Lee Curran and set designer Colin Falconer. Through the magnifying glass of the quantum world this breathtaking production is performed to an original score fusing electronic and classical sound worlds by composer Seymour Milton. NACA runner-up Tom Jackson Greaves premieres Vanity Fowl which observes one man’s journey from grace to disgrace. With a pioneering score by Peter Lyons, this intimate solo is performed by the choreographer himself.

Continu – 28th to 30th September 2012

Based in Berlin, Sasha Waltz & Guests are known for developing highly original choreographic musical theatre performances. They have collaborated with more than 250 artists and ensembles, from 25 countries on nearly 20 productions since being founded in 1993.

Sasha Waltz’s Continu is a full length dance performance partly inspired by her work on two major projects for museums, the artistic inaugurations forDavid Chipperfield’s Neues Museum in Berlin, and Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI in Rome. Developed with 24 dancers, at the core of Continu is Arcana, a stirringly dramatic symphonic work composed in 1927 by Edgar Varèse, a composer who was renowned for combining artistic and scientific content.

Continu features elegant and modern costume design by Bernd Skodzig, scenography by regular collaborators Thomas Schenk and Pia Maier Schriever, lighting by Martin Hauk and additional music by Iannis Xenakisand Claude Vivier.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet: Mixed Bill – 11th to 13th October 2012

Making their much anticipated UK premiere New York’s Cedar Lake is one of the world’s most exciting dance companies. Led by artistic director Benoit-Swan Pouffer, they combine powerful physicality with classical technique in works created by some of today’s most provocative dance makers.

Hofesh Shechter’s Violet Kid examines man’s struggle for harmony within a complex and often horrifying universe. Performed by all 16 dancers,Shechter’s original score features recorded audio text performed by the choreographer.

Tuplet is a pulsating work for six dancers choreographed by Alexander Ekman posing the question, what is rhythm? Set to a score created in collaboration with the dancers own rhythmic impulses and using their bodies as percussion, the soundscape is integrated with electronic music composed by Mikael Karlsson.

A former star of Sadler’s Wells Debut initiative, Canadian choreographerCrystal Pite’s Grace Engine concludes the bill, continuing her exploration of the familiar storylines that connect mankind.

Rambert Dance Company: Featuring Labyrinth of Love – 16th to 20th October 2012

Unrivalled in their ability to present exciting and new international choreography as well as some of the most memorable masterpieces from the past 100 years, Rambert Dance Company continues to impress audiences and critics alike with their biannual visits to Sadler’s Wells.

In October, Irish choreographer Marguerite Donlon makes her Rambertdebut with Labyrinth of Love. Both heartbreaking and humorous, it is set to a commissioned score by one of America’s most performed living composers,Michael Daugherty. With designs by renowned visual artist Mat Collishawand theatre designer Conor Murphy, Labyrinth of Love is beautifully realised by Rambert’s stunning musicians and dancers, accompanied on stage by a soprano.

Continuing Rambert’s relationship with Merce Cunningham’s legacy,Sounddance will make its UK revival premiere alongside Roses by Paul Taylor, another American dance master. Richard Alston’s sharp and witty creation, Dutiful Ducks, completes the programme.

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Opposites Attract! – 23rd to 24th October 2012

Birmingham Royal Ballet present two outstanding programmes of work.Opposites Attract features three modern ballets. Lyric Pieces is American choreographer Jessica Lang’s first ballet for a major European company, set to music by Norwegian romantic Edvard Grieg. Take Five is director David Bintley’s personal tribute to jazz icon Dave Brubeck. Completing the bill, one of Hans van Manen’s most famous works, Grösse Fuge, is an invigorating and uplifting experience that has lost none of its power over the last 40 years.

Autumn Celebration! brings together Shakespeare, Noel Coward and an Olympic theme. The Grand Tour by Broadway show choreographer Joe Layton is an amusing take on the celebrities of the 1920s. Faster – a ballet inspired by the Olympic motto, ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ from David Bintleyand composer Matthew Hindson, focuses on speed, power and athleticism. Finally, The Dream is Frederick Ashton’s elfin comedy based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed to Mendelssohn’s instantly recognisable score.

The Rodin Project – 29th to 31st October 2012

Inspired by the works of the great French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, award-winning choreographer Russell Maliphant’s latest work made its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells as part of British Dance Edition earlier this year. Greeted by a standing ovation, it impressed critics with its “ravishing” lighting (The Guardian), “glorious set” (Daily Telegraph) and dancing “as coldly erotic as it is beautiful” (Evening Standard).
***** “The dancers hang, slide, tumble and contort themselves, while the choreography shapes a language of delight from a vocabulary of torment”
After successfully touring across Europe, The Rodin Project returns for three nights, giving audiences a second chance to see this visually arresting piece set to Alexander Zekke’s entrancing score. The Rodin Project also features lighting design by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Hulls, set design by Es Devlin and Bronia Housman, and costumes by Stevie Stewart.

For this new production, Maliphant has collaborated with a group of extraordinary performers, using a movement vocabulary influenced by the dance forms of popping, breaking and contemporary dance, integrated throughMaliphant’s language of flow, form and dynamics.

Panorama – 2nd to 4th November 2012

The ingenious imagination of Philippe Decouflé has been delighting audiences for nearly 30 years. A choreographer, dancer, mime artist and director, his latest piece, Panorama draws on his company’s extensive repertoire, dating back to 1983 with Vague Café.

This is no ordinary retrospective, instead a wholly original new production has emerged in which Decouflé and company ‘re-write’ their past glories with generous helpings of humour and astonishingly full throttled performances.

Performed by seven dancers, the evening will take in elements from eight earlier works. Among them will be Codex (1986) and its army of strange flipper-equipped microbes, Triton (1998), which plays with every dance and circus cliché imaginable, Shazam (1998), with its kaleidoscope of frames, surfaces and mirrors and 2006′s Sombrero, mixing video and Chinese shadows to Claude Ponti’s texts. Decouflé’s Panorama is set to be a true spectacle.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be showing at the London Palladium in June 2013! This production will be a collaborative effort between Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick, this will be one of the most high profile releases for next year. Look out for more dates, show information and ticket sales to be released.

A Walk on Part – The Fall of New Labour at the Arts Theatre opened last week, but tickets are only on sale currently until 14th July.

The following shows closed last week

The Showstoppers – the improvised musical at The Udderbelly.
Prince of the Pagodas at The Royal Opera House.
Noises Off at The Novello Theatre following a hugely successful run at The Old Vic.

The National Theatre is postponing the production of the Count of Monte Christo until further notice. The show will definitely be rescheduled but we are not in a position to announce when at this time.

Room on The Broom will appear at The Lyric Theatre from 21st November to 13th January and tickets are on sale now.

Excellent deals introduced on all nights for 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre.  Our “Show of the Month Rates” offers for top price seats are:

£47.50 £25.00 (Monday – Thursday) – £49.50 £29.50 (Friday – Saturday Matinees) -
£47.50 £15.99 (Wednesday Matinees) – £49.50 £32.50 (Saturday Eve)

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Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty at Sadler’s Wells

Tchaikovsky‘s Sleeping Beauty is about glorious music and MacMillan’s classical choreography which reawaken the magic of the world’s favourite fairy tale in an enchanted world of castles and curses, forests and fairies.

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, Princess Aurora lived in an enchanted castle where fairies bestowed her with gifts of beauty, temperament, purity, joy, wit and generosity. The wicked Fairy Carabosse put a curse on Aurora; to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday. The beautiful and kind Lilac Fairy cast a spell to counter the curse so that instead of dying Aurora fell asleep for a hundred years. Only the touch of true love’s kiss could awaken her and undo the evil spell.

Join English National Ballet’s internationally acclaimed company of 67 dancers and full orchestra for this dazzling ballet. now has tickets available from 4th December 2012, but only through until 26th January. Introduce the children to ballet with a fairy tale come true. Tickets currently start at £54.

Sadler’s Wells is London’s leading Dance House and is uniquely dedicated to bringing the very best international and UK dance to London audiences. Sadler’s Wells is committed to producing, commissioning and presenting works of the highest standards, crossing the boundaries between different art forms.

As a registered UK charity, Sadler’s Wells relies on help from individuals, companies and trusts to support our artistic programme as well as our community and creative learning projects. Sadler’s Wells has been a place of creative and artistic expression for over 300 years. If you wish to support Sadlers’s Wells please visit their “Support Us” page on their website.

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Theatre Tickets from £12.00

Incredibly our cheapest tickets this week are only £12.00 each.  We have £12 tickets available for both Abigail’s Party and One Man Two Guvnors.

Abigail’s Party is a classic comedy starring Jill Halfpenny, well known for roles in Coranation Street and rival Eastenders! Tickets available at the moment for £12 are balcony tickets, valid every day for all peformances except Saturday evenings – but only until 28th July 2012.

One Man, Two Guvnors is currently at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, following a complete sell-out at the National Theatre and the Adelphi Theatre.  Another smash-hit comedy it stars Owain Arthur in the lead part as Francis Henshall.  Tickets at £12 are valid Monday to Thursday performances until 29th August 2012. For more information on these and other discounted tickets, or a theatre break, visit

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Biggest Discounts This Week

Our biggest ticket discounts this week include 39 Steps, Dreamboats & Petticoats and The Wizard of Oz.

39 Steps really needs no introduction to theatre-goers the world over – superbly performed by just four actors playing a minimum of one hundred and thirty nine roles.  John Buchan‘s The 39 Steps – memorably filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1935 – is thrillingly adapted for the stage. There is drama, suspence, hilarity and some spectacular scenes. Tickets are now on sale from the ridiculously low price of £12.50!

Dreamboats & Petticoats features a whole host of well known and loved tunes and hits such as Lets Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, In Dreams, Bobby’s Girl, Three Steps To Heaven, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Almost Grown, Sleepwalk, Runaround Sue, The Locomotion, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, What A Wonderful World, Half Way To Paradise, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Let’s Twist Again and many more hits from music’s golden era!  With tickets from just £12.50 you can enjoy an evening of musical entertainment at The Playhouse Theatre.

And our 3rd most discounted show this week is Wizard of Oz at the world-famous London Palladium theatre. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all time classic, brought to the attention of British audiences by the TV show Over The Rainbow to find the first Dorothy, Danielle Hope, for this production. Tickets are now amazingly cheap with 5 different offers available at the moment, all with at least 20% discount!

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