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JODIE PRENGER TO STAR IN UK TOUR
OF MIKE LEIGH’S ACCLAIMED COMEDY
ABIGAIL’S PARTY

Jodie Prenger leads the cast in Abigail’s Party, Mike Leigh’s groundbreaking comedy classic which begins a major UK tour in Brighton on 10 January 2019 and tours until 20 April 2019 in Edinburgh.

Beverly and her husband Laurence are throwing a party for their newlywed neighbours, Tony and Angela. Joining them is highly strung Susan who’s been banished from the party of her teenage daughter Abigail. Welcome to 1970’s suburbia and its heady mix of free-flowing cocktails, classic disco and cheese and pineapple sticks. As tensions rise and tempers flare the sheen of respectability is torn away by the warring couples with hilarious and potentially disastrous consequences.

Mike Leigh’s iconic Abigail’s Party is one of Britain’s most celebrated comedies and was described by The Guardian as ‘One of the greatest plays about the human condition ever written.’

Jodie Prenger said: ‘Abigail’s Party. A true British classic. Can’t wait to start this current production. It’s a bucket list part. Thrilled to be part of it.’


UK AND IRISH PREMIERES ANNOUNCED FOR THE TONY AWARD-WINNING NEW MUSICAL COME FROM AWAY THE REMARKABLE TRUE STORY OF THE SMALL TOWN THAT WELCOMED THE WORLD

PHOENIX THEATRE, LONDON FROM 30 JANUARY 2019

PRE-WEST END ENGAGEMENT AT THE ABBEY THEATRE IN DUBLIN FROM 6 DECEMBER 2018 TO 19 JANUARY 2019.

TICKETS ON SALE FROM 2 JULY VIA

The Tony Award-winning new musical tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers during the wake of 9/11, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. It will land in London for its long-awaited UK premiere at the Phoenix Theatre next year with performances from 30 January 2019 and opening night on 18 February 2019. Prior to the West End, this heart-warming musical will have a limited engagement at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin from 6 December 2018 to 19 January 2019.

This joyous new musical recounts the incredible true story of how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland welcomed the passengers of planes from around the world. At first cultures clashed, and nerves ran high, but as uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

On 11 September 2001 the world stopped. On 12 September, their stories moved us all.

Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mrs Janice Charette, said: "I could not be more delighted that Come From Away is coming to the UK next year. A story that captures the kindness and humanity of the people of Canada - and the people of Newfoundland and Labrador in particular - at a crucial moment in U.S. and global history. This show reminds us what good neighbours and true friendship is all about. Audiences in London are in for a treat."

Earning widespread critical and audience acclaim, the multi award-winning musical continues sold-out, record-breaking engagements on Broadway, and in Canada, with a 60-city North American Tour launching in October in Seattle, an Australian production confirmed for summer 2019, and a feature film adaptation in the works.

A "Best Musical" winner all across North America, Come From Away has won the Tony Award for "Best Direction of a Musical" (Christopher Ashley), 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards (NYC) including "Outstanding New Broadway Musical," 3 Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including "Outstanding Musical," 4 Helen Hayes Awards (Washington DC) including "Outstanding Production of a Musical," 4 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including "Excellence in Production of a Musical," 6 San Diego Critics Circle Awards including "Outstanding New Musical," 3 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards including "Best New Musical," 3 Dora Awards (Toronto) including "Outstanding New Musical/Opera" and "Outstanding Production," and the 2017 Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award (Toronto).


Game of Thrones Star Kit Harrington to start in West End Premiere of Sam Shepard's Iconic work True West

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn are to star in the West End Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard's ferociously funny, modern classic, True West.

The first UK production of Shepard's work since his death last summer, True West will play a limited season at the Vaudeville Theatre from Friday 23 November - Saturday 16 February (Press Night: Tuesday 4 December at 7:00pm).

Kit Harington - renowned for his leading role in the internationally acclaimed series Game of Thrones - and Johnny Flynn - star of the widely celebrated film and US TV series Genius, and who has just received rave reviews for his performance in the New York transfer of Hangmen - will star as warring brothers Austin and Lee.

Two of the most challenging and sought after roles in modern drama, some of the greatest American and British actors of the last 30 years have played the brothers since the play's debut in 1980.

Olivier-nominated Matthew Dunster (Hangmen, Love And Money) will direct True West.


Come From Away extends run in Toronto following record-breaking sales

The Toronto run of "Come From Away" will be extended until next spring after the $5-million production broke even in record time.

The homegrown hit musical recouped its costs following an "unprecedented" 14 weeks of sold-out shows at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

The show was expected to wrap up next January, but will now be moved to the Ontario Heritage Trust’s Elgin Theatre for an extended run from February to late April.

"Come From Away" tells the true story of how the town of Gander, N.L., welcomed more than 7,000 stranded airline passengers after 9/11.

Arts Impresario and co-producer David Mirvish says the musical’s success has "befuddled all expectations" both in Toronto and on Broadway, where its feel-good charm managed to win the hearts of jaded New York theatre-goers as well as a Tony Award for best direction.


Come From Away tops the San Diego Critics Circle Awards and announces pre-Broadway dates.

Come From Away tops the San Diego Critics Circle Awards (Craig Noel Awards) winning 6 awards including 'Outstanding New Musical'.

Come From Away will play at Ford's Theatre Washington D.C. from September 2nd 2016, until October 9th, coinciding with the 15th Anniversary of 9/11. The musical will then head to Toronto from November 15th, 2016, and running through to January 1st, 2017. It will then head to Broadway in Spring 2017.

www.comefromaway.com


Full casting announced for Bug at Found111.

Simon Evans directs Tracy Letts' award-winning dark comedy Bug starring James Norton (Grantchester, Happy Valley) and Kate Fleetwood (Medea, High Society) alongside Alec Newman (The Motherf**ker with the Hat), Daisy Lewis (Downton Abbey) and Carl Prekopp (Roots, Donmar Warehouse).

www.found111.co.uk/bug


Memphis picks up two Olivier Awards and wins Best New Musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards.

Memphis wins two Olivier Awards at the ceremony on Sunday 12th April 2015, picking up the awards for Best Theatre Choreographer – Sergio Trujillo and Best Sound Design – Gareth Owen.

Memphis wins the Best New Musical Award at the WhatsOnStage Awards 2015.

www.memphisthemusical.com


Stephen Merchant to make West End debut with The Mentalists.

Stephen Merchant is set for his West End debut in Richard Bean's The Mentalists at the Wyndham's Theatre from 3 July to 26 Sep 2015, playing opposite Gavin and Stacey's Steffan Rhodri.

In a statement announcing the new production, Richard Bean said: "The central concerns of the play are even more relevant in an election year than when I wrote it. Factors like the perceived decline of social values and how this can result in the rise of fringe parties and a very personal view of politics fascinate me; but the real humour of the piece comes from Ted and Morrie's friendship, their reliance on each other and how they deal with their frustrations as working men battling against the world."

www.thementaliststheplay.com

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