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This week’s British News – 19th September 2017

Alain Boublil’s new musical “Manhattan Parisienne”, will receive work-in-progress performances at The Other Palace between 10 October and 21 October, the new work follows two struggling artists – a French singer and actress and a Manhattan musician – as they embark on a journey through New York. Excerpts from songs by Jacques Brel, George and Ira Gershwin and Michel Legrand are included in the piece. Glam-rock musical “Rock of Ages” is set to return to the stage next year with a new UK tour looking likely. The first London revival of the musical version of the Fritz Lang movie “Metropolis” takes place at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre from 10-29 October starring Rob Heron, Miiya Alexandra, Gareth James, Kitty Whitelaw, Michael Levi, Alex Ely and Marc Mackinnon. “TINA – The Tina Turner Musical” will open in London on 21st March 2018 at the Aldwych Theatre. Clare Burt has just been announced to star as Sandra Bloom’alongside the previously announced Kelsey Grammer as ‘Edward Bloom’ in a new production of John August and Andrew Lippa’s “BIG FISH THE MUSICAL” which is directed by Nigel Harman, and will play at The Other Palace from Wednesday 1 November 2017 – Sunday 31 December 2017. Acclaimed Australian musical theatre star Anna O’Byrne will return to the London stage in November to star in the first revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony and Olivier-nominated musical “The Woman in White”, directed by the venue’s artistic director Thom Southerland, the production will also feature Chris Peluso, who appeared in the theatre’s European premiere production of Death Takes a Holiday and recently starred opposite Sheridan Smith in the touring production of Funny Girl and Carolyn Maitland (Ghost, Cabaret), Ashley Stillburn (Death Takes a Holiday, The Phantom of the Opera), Greg Castiglioni (Titanic, Fiddler On the Roof), and Sophie Reeves (Les Misérables). Based on the ’80s cartoon, Bananaman the Musical will have its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse from 4th to 20th January 2018, with previews from 15th December 2017, written and composed by Leon Parris (Wolfboy, Monte Cristo), the musical will be directed by Mark Perry (A Comedy of Arias, Little Shop of Horrors). The new tour of Shrek the Musical is again being directed by Nigel Harman and will  star Steffan Harri (Les Miserables) in the title role of the Ogre  with  Laura Main as Princess Fiona – (but due to filming commitments only at certain locations) – Marcus Ayton (The Rat Pack Live) as Donkey and Samuel Holmes (The Wedding Singer, Mrs Henderson Presents) as Lord Farquaad.

LATEST NEWS – 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017

“TINA – The Tina Turner Musical” will open in London on 21st March 2018 at the Aldwych Theatre. Clare Burt has just been announced to star as Sandra Bloom’alongside the previously announced Kelsey Grammer as ‘Edward Bloom’ in a new production of John August and Andrew Lippa’s “BIG FISH THE MUSICAL” which is directed by Nigel Harman, and will play at The Other Palace from Wednesday 1 November 2017 – Sunday 31 December 2017. Acclaimed Australian musical theatre star Anna O’Byrne will return to the London stage in November to star in the first revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony and Olivier-nominated musical “The Woman in White”, directed by the venue’s artistic director Thom Southerland, the production will also feature Chris Peluso, who appeared in the theatre’s European premiere production of Death Takes a Holiday and recently starred opposite Sheridan Smith in the touring production of Funny Girl and Carolyn Maitland (Ghost, Cabaret), Ashley Stillburn (Death Takes a Holiday, The Phantom of the Opera), Greg Castiglioni (Titanic, Fiddler On the Roof), and Sophie Reeves (Les Misérables). Based on the ’80s cartoon, Bananaman the Musical will have its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse from 4th to 20th January 2018, with previews from 15th December 2017, written and composed by Leon Parris (Wolfboy, Monte Cristo), the musical will be directed by Mark Perry (A Comedy of Arias, Little Shop of Horrors). The new tour of Shrek the Musical is again being directed by Nigel Harman and will  star Steffan Harri (Les Miserables) in the title role of the Ogre  with  Laura Main as Princess Fiona – (but due to filming commitments only at certain locations) – Marcus Ayton (The Rat Pack Live) as Donkey and Samuel Holmes (The Wedding Singer, Mrs Henderson Presents) as Lord Farquaad. Leslie Bricusse announces “Sunday Dallas”, a big musical, for London world premiere in 2019. His “Doctor Dolittle” is set for a West End revival next summer, utilising the puppetry skills of the ‘War Horse’ team. Emma Rice’s musical “Romantics Anonymous” runs at Shakespeare’s Globe from 27th  October to 6th January with previews from 20th  October, starring Carly Bawden, Dominic Marsh, Joanna Riding, Marc Antolin, Gareth Snook and Natasha Jayetileke. “Strictly Ballroom”, the Baz Luhrman musical take on his movie got the Drew McOnie treatment at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for a short run last Christmas and during the year had a try-out in Toronto; now after more work it is coming back to the UK and will open in London at the Piccadilly Theatre in March.

News Update – September 12th

Based on the ’80s cartoon, Bananaman the Musical will have its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse from 4th to 20th January 2018, with previews from 15th December 2017, written and composed by Leon Parris (Wolfboy, Monte Cristo), the musical will be directed by Mark Perry (A Comedy of Arias, Little Shop of Horrors). The new tour of Shrek the Musical is again being directed by Nigel Harman and will  star Steffan Harri (Les Miserables) in the title role of the Ogre  with  Laura Main as Princess Fiona – (but due to filming commitments only at certain locations) – Marcus Ayton (The Rat Pack Live) as Donkey and Samuel Holmes (The Wedding Singer, Mrs Henderson Presents) as Lord Farquaad. Leslie Bricusse announces “Sunday Dallas”, a big musical, for London world premiere in 2019. His “Doctor Dolittle” is set for a West End revival next summer, utilising the puppetry skills of the ‘War Horse’ team. Emma Rice’s musical “Romantics Anonymous” runs at Shakespeare’s Globe from 27th  October to 6th January with previews from 20th  October, starring Carly Bawden, Dominic Marsh, Joanna Riding, Marc Antolin, Gareth Snook and Natasha Jayetileke. “Strictly Ballroom”, the Baz Luhrman musical take on his movie got the Drew McOnie treatment at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for a short run last Christmas and during the year had a try-out in Toronto; now after more work it is coming back to the UK and will open in London at the Piccadilly Theatre in March. Charlie Stemp has pocketed his half a sixpence and will set off to Broadway where he will be part of the recast of “Hello Dolly!” replacing Taylor Trensch as Barnaby Tucker joining Victor Garber and Bernadette Peters. The London production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” will open two weeks later than originally planned on 21st  December  rescheduling 16 performances, totally down to the complexities of the theatre reconstruction. Olivier Award-winning cabaret troupe “La Soirée” will have its West End debut this winter at the Aldwych Theatre from 24 November. Bernadette Peters is set to takeover as Dolly Levi when Bette Midler leaves “Hello Dolly” in the New Year. “An American In Paris” has announced a three month extension to its booking period, the show is now scheduled to run through to the end of April, 2018.

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Leslie Bricusse announces “Sunday Dallas”, a big musical, for London world premiere in 2019. His “Doctor Dolittle” is set for a West End revival next summer, utilising the puppetry skills of the ‘War Horse’ team. Emma Rice’s musical “Romantics Anonymous” runs at Shakespeare’s Globe from 27th  October to 6th January with previews from 20th  October, starring Carly Bawden, Dominic Marsh, Joanna Riding, Marc Antolin, Gareth Snook and Natasha Jayetileke. “Strictly Ballroom”, the Baz Luhrman musical take on his movie got the Drew McOnie treatment at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for a short run last Christmas and during the year had a try-out in Toronto; now after more work it is coming back to the UK and will open in London at the Piccadilly Theatre in March. Charlie Stemp has pocketed his half a sixpence and will set off to Broadway where he will be part of the recast of “Hello Dolly!” replacing Taylor Trensch as Barnaby Tucker joining Victor Garber and Bernadette Peters. The London production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” will open two weeks later than originally planned on 21st  December  rescheduling 16 performances, totally down to the complexities of the theatre reconstruction. Olivier Award-winning cabaret troupe “La Soirée” will have its West End debut this winter at the Aldwych Theatre from 24 November. Bernadette Peters is set to takeover as Dolly Levi when Bette Midler leaves “Hello Dolly” in the New Year. “An American In Paris” has announced a three month extension to its booking period, the show is now scheduled to run through to the end of April, 2018. It had to happen…after “Dirty Dancing” prepare yourselves for the UK premiere at Leicester Curve  of a new musical “An Officer and a Gentleman” based on the 1982 Oscar winning film which has been adapted directly from the film and created in collaboration with original screenwriter Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen who wrote  the book (Need to point out that this is a completely new show and has nothing to do with the 2012 disastrous Australian production). “A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)” at the Pleasance Courtyard has won Musical Theatre Review’s inaugural Best Musical Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

NEWS HEADLINES – 4th September

Bernadette Peters is set to takeover as Dolly Levi when Bette Midler leaves “Hello Dolly” in the New Year. “An American In Paris” has announced a three month extension to its booking period, the show is now scheduled to run through to the end of April, 2018. It had to happen…after “Dirty Dancing” prepare yourselves for the UK premiere at Leicester Curve  of a new musical “An Officer and a Gentleman” based on the 1982 Oscar winning film which has been adapted directly from the film and created in collaboration with original screenwriter Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen who wrote  the book (Need to point out that this is a completely new show and has nothing to do with the 2012 disastrous Australian production). “A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)” at the Pleasance Courtyard has won Musical Theatre Review’s inaugural Best Musical Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. “9 to 5 The Musical” continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 1 October. London entertainment hub Live At Zédel will follow up the success of “After You”, the venue’s first full-length musical with a series of musicals written by new writers produced specifically for the popular venue. BBC tv’s Casualty star Suzanne Packer will be heading home to Cardiff to take on a leading role in the premiere of “Tiger Bay” the Musical at Wales Millennium Centre this November, where she will join the previously announced West End and Broadway actor John Owen and former Hear’Say singer and musical theatre star, local boy Noel Sullivan. Screen and stage actress Susan Penhaligon will join Louise Redknapp and Will Young in the new nationwide tour of Rufus Norris’ acclaimed revival of “Cabaret”. The star-studded principal cast for this year’s London Palladium pantomime “Dick Whittington” is complete with the additions of Lukus Alexander and Emma Williams playing Alice Fitzwarrren and reuniting with her Half a Sixpence leading man Charlie Stemp who takes on the title role, Williams will be returning to the theatre where she made her West End debut in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.

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The 2005 Broadway musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel “Little Women” will have its European premiere at the Hope Mill Theatre this November, with a score from Jason Howland, a book by Allan Knee and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, the production will be produced Katy Lipson and the team behind Pippin. London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s production of “Mack and Mabel” at Hackney Empire in September will star David Bedella, Natasha J Barnes and Tiffany Graves as Mack, Mabel and Lottie. A full cast recording of Conor McPherson’s musical play Girl From the North Country, based on the music and lyrics of Bob Dylan, will be released on 29 September. More casting announced for “Cilla, The Musical”; joining Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla will be Andrew Lancel as Brian Epstein and Carl Au as Bobby. “Bat Out Of Hell” has finished it’s limited run at London’s Coliseum and is heading off to Toronto where it will play until December, but it is coming back to the West End and it is rumoured to be lining up the Dominion replacing “An American In Paris” when its current booking period finishes at the end of January 2018. Gordon Greenberg (Guys and Dolls) will direct the first major London revival of Cy Coleman, Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble’s Tony Award-winning musical “Barnum” with choreography by Rebecca Howell, design by Paul Farnsworth and musical direction by Alex Parker, will play at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 5th December to 3rd March, with previews from 25th November. Really Useful Group is to partner with Shanghai Media Group Live in a new initiative pairing the UK and the Chinese musical theatre industry and have announced the first Chinese language and Chinese produced staging of the composer’s “Tell Me on a Sunday”.

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“Bat Out Of Hell” has finished it’s limited run at London’s Coliseum and is heading off to Toronto where it will play until December, but it is coming back to the West End and it is rumoured to be lining up the Dominion replacing “An American In Paris” when its current booking period finishes at the end of January 2018. Gordon Greenberg (Guys and Dolls) will direct the first major London revival of Cy Coleman, Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble’s Tony Award-winning musical “Barnum” with choreography by Rebecca Howell, design by Paul Farnsworth and musical direction by Alex Parker, will play at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 5th December to 3rd March, with previews from 25th November. Really Useful Group is to partner with Shanghai Media Group Live in a new initiative pairing the UK and the Chinese musical theatre industry and have announced the first Chinese language and Chinese produced staging of the composer’s “Tell Me on a Sunday”. With Neil Eckersley’s Speckulation Entertainment allegedly in financial difficulties leading to the curtailment of the “Wonderland” tour, its been announced that their next production a tour of of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Bring It On” has been put on ice. Stephen Sondheim will be in London to talk “FOLLIES” at the National Theatre on 22nd August. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “STARLIGHT EXPRESS” is to make a return to London  in  three concert-style workshop performances at The Other Palace from 14th-16th September. Aaron Sidwell (Grey Gardens, American Idiot, Loserville) will play Fiyero on the forthcoming major UK and Ireland tour of “WICKED” across all 2018 dates. U.S.-based musical theatre stars Kevin Hack and Jenna Burns lead the triple threat cast of the 60th-anniversary production of “WEST SIDE STORY”, which premiered in Germany and is now playing in Paranaque City, The Philippines before touring across Asia. X Factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Stacey Franks are to star in the musical “THE SWORD AND THE DOPE” at the Waterloo East Theatre from 5th Sept to 1st Oct.

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Stephen Sondheim will be in London to talk “FOLLIES” at the National Theatre on 22nd August. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “STARLIGHT EXPRESS” is to make a return to London  in  three concert-style workshop performances at The Other Palace from 14th-16th September. Aaron Sidwell (Grey Gardens, American Idiot, Loserville) will play Fiyero on the forthcoming major UK and Ireland tour of “WICKED” across all 2018 dates. U.S.-based musical theatre stars Kevin Hack and Jenna Burns lead the triple threat cast of the 60th-anniversary production of “WEST SIDE STORY”, which premiered in Germany and is now playing in Paranaque City, The Philippines before touring across Asia. X Factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Stacey Franks are to star in the musical “THE SWORD AND THE DOPE” at the Waterloo East Theatre from 5th Sept to 1st Oct. Craig Revel Horwood is taking over from Miranda Hart as  Miss Hannigan in “ANNIE” the Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre from 18th Sept to 20th Nov when he begins rehearsals for Snow White at Southampton’s Mayflower. The KING’S HEAD THEATRE on Upper Street has announced plans to move to a major new venue with significantly more facilities by late 2018 and will see the creation of a 250-seat subterranean auditorium and an 85-seat studio, along with a dedicated bar and foyer area, whilst he existing venue will be transformed into dining space for the currently adjoined pub. While the brand new space is built, the King’s Head Theatre will move to a temporary home which has been designed to match the capacity and specifications of the current King’s Head Theatre, in the current John Salt Bar at 131 Upper Street. The full cast has been announced for Hope Mill Theatre’s production of the award-winning Broadway musical “PIPPIN” – Mairi Barclay as Fastrada and Berthe, Jonathan Carlton as Pippin, Bradley Judge as Lewis, Tessa Kadler as Catherine, Rhidian Marc as Charles and Genevieve Nicole as the Leading Player. They will be joined by Olivia Faulkner, Andrew Halliday, Scott Hayward and Ellie Seaton as The Company of Players.

News updates – 7th August

X Factor’s Stevi Ritchie and Stacey Franks are to star in the musical “THE SWORD AND THE DOPE” at the Waterloo East Theatre from 5th Sept to 1st Oct. Craig Revel Horwood is taking over from Miranda Hart as  Miss Hannigan in “ANNIE” the Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre from 18th Sept to 20th Nov when he begins rehearsals for Snow White at Southampton’s Mayflower. The KING’S HEAD THEATRE on Upper Street has announced plans to move to a major new venue with significantly more facilities by late 2018 and will see the creation of a 250-seat subterranean auditorium and an 85-seat studio, along with a dedicated bar and foyer area, whilst he existing venue will be transformed into dining space for the currently adjoined pub. While the brand new space is built, the King’s Head Theatre will move to a temporary home which has been designed to match the capacity and specifications of the current King’s Head Theatre, in the current John Salt Bar at 131 Upper Street. The full cast has been announced for Hope Mill Theatre’s production of the award-winning Broadway musical “PIPPIN” – Mairi Barclay as Fastrada and Berthe, Jonathan Carlton as Pippin, Bradley Judge as Lewis, Tessa Kadler as Catherine, Rhidian Marc as Charles and Genevieve Nicole as the Leading Player. They will be joined by Olivia Faulkner, Andrew Halliday, Scott Hayward and Ellie Seaton as The Company of Players. The tour of  “WONDERLAND” the musical due to call  at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre has  been cancelled with immediate effect as have some performances scheduled at Swansea this week  and the remaining tour dates of the Frank Wildhorn musical at theatres in Richmond and Bournemouth have also been cancelled. Tony Award-nominated actor Kelsey Grammer is making his West End debut in the London Premiere of the American musical “BIG FISH”, directed by Nigel Harman, co-starring Jamie Muscato and Matt Seadon-Young, which is  set to begin performances at The Other Palace on November 1st  through to December 31st, 2017, featuring a revised book and score from John August and Andrew Lippa. The eagerly anticipated “MEAN GIRLS” stage musical has found its cast, premiering at Washington, D.C.’s National Theatre in a pre-Broadway fall engagement set to run Oct. 31-Dec. 3 it is expected to bounce directly into a spring Broadway berth, making it eligible for consideration for the 2018 Tony Awards.

Latest News – 28th July

The tour of  “WONDERLAND” the musical due to call  at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre next week has  been cancelled with immediate effect as have some performances scheduled at Swansea this week  and the remaining tour dates of the Frank Wildhorn musical at theatres in Richmond and Bournemouth have also been cancelled. Tony Award-nominated actor Kelsey Grammer is making his West End debut in the London Premiere of the American musical “BIG FISH”, directed by Nigel Harman, co-starring Jamie Muscato and Matt Seadon-Young, which is  set to begin performances at The Other Palace on November 1st  through to December 31st, 2017, featuring a revised book and score from John August and Andrew Lippa. The eagerly anticipated “MEAN GIRLS” stage musical has found its cast, premiering at Washington, D.C.’s National Theatre in a pre-Broadway fall engagement set to run Oct. 31-Dec. 3 it is expected to bounce directly into a spring Broadway berth, making it eligible for consideration for the 2018 Tony Awards. “YOU KNOW HOW TO LOVE ME” – A Charles Miller Celebration,  is part of Aria Entertainment’s From Page To Stage  International Summer Musical Festival for new musicals at the start of their musical theatre life. It  runs for three weeks at The Other Palace from Monday 14th August to Sunday 3rd September 2017 and stars Oliver Tompsett and Carolyn Maitland. Ben Richards returns to musical theatre in the premiere of Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater‘s “SOME LOVERS” – the headline show for Aria Entertainment’s From Page To Stage  Summer Festival at The Other Palace for  just 12 performances from Thursday 24 August – 2 September 2017. Full casting has been announced for the brand-new arena spectacular “HEAVEN ON EARTH” which will be touring arenas across the UK from December 2017 to May 2018 starring  Kerry Ellis as Eve and Hugh Maynard as Adam and featuring the voice of the UK’s award winning and bestselling classical artist, Russell Watson as God. John Wilson Orchestra’s “OKLAHOMA!” at the BBC Proms on August 11tth will feature Belinda Lang as Aunt Eller, Broadway’s Nathaniel Hackmann as Curly, Scarlet Strallen as ‘Laurey’ with Robert Fairchild as Will Parker, David Seadon-Young as Jud Fry , Lizzy Connolly as Ado Annie  and Marcus Brigstocke as Ali Hakim. The UK Premiere of “TENDERLY, The Rosemary Clooney Musical” starring Katie Ray will be at the New Wimbledon Studio from 1st-23rd September.

The News – 21 July 2017

John Wilson Orchestra’s Oklahoma! at the BBC Proms on August 11tth will feature Belinda Lang as Aunt Eller, Broadway’s Nathaniel Hackmann as Curly, Scarlet Strallen as ‘Laurey’ with Robert Fairchild as Will Parker, David Seadon-Young as Jud Fry , Lizzy Connolly as Ado Annie  and Marcus Brigstocke as Ali Hakim. The UK Premiere of “Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical” starring Katie Ray will be at the New Wimbledon Studio from 1st-23rd September. Salad Days will open at London’s Union Theatre on 16th August and run until 9th September and feature recent Guildford School of Acting graduates Lowri Hamer and Laurie Denman both making their professional debuts in the central roles of Jane and Tim. The Young Vic has announced a new season with highlights that includes the UK premiere of Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home, which will open on 27 June and run to 1 September 2018, with previews from 18 June. Thom Southerland is to direct a brand new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony and Olivier-Award nominated musical, The Woman in White at London’s Charing Cross Theatre for  a strictly limited 12-week season from 20th November-10th February 2018. The transfer of “Hair” from Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre to London’s Vault for a run from 11th October to 14th January has been cast with Daniel Bailey, Adam Dawson and Jessie May joining  the returning cast. Richard Fleeshman and Hannah Waddingham will lead the reading of What’s New Pussycat?, a new musical incorporating the songs of “It’s Not Unusual” hit-maker Tom Jones.  Oscar Hammerstein’s grandson, Will, is fundraising in order to buy and renovate Highland Farm where from 1942 Oscar Hammerstein lived in order to convert it into a a Hammerstein Museum. Composer Alan Menken has revealed plans for a Broadway adaptation of the Disney movie Hercules.

News Update 17th July

The Young Vic has announced a new season with highlights that includes the UK premiere of Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home, which will open on 27 June and run to 1 September 2018, with previews from 18 June. Thom Southerland is to direct a brand new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony and Olivier-Award nominated musical, The Woman in White at London’s Charing Cross Theatre for  a strictly limited 12-week season from 20th November-10th February 2018. The transfer of “Hair” from Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre to London’s Vault for a run from 11th October to 14th January has been cast with Daniel Bailey, Adam Dawson and Jessie May joining  the returning cast. Richard Fleeshman and Hannah Waddingham will lead the reading of What’s New Pussycat?, a new musical incorporating the songs of “It’s Not Unusual” hit-maker Tom Jones.  Oscar Hammerstein’s grandson, Will, is fundraising in order to buy and renovate Highland Farm where from 1942 Oscar Hammerstein lived in order to convert it into a a Hammerstein Museum. Composer Alan Menken has revealed plans for a Broadway adaptation of the Disney movie Hercules. Birmingham Hippodrome announces star line up which puts their Cinderella on top of the provincial list. Mark Henderson to head the cast of The Toxic Avenger which opens at London’s Arts Theatre on September 28th. London’s National Theatre’s production of Follies will be screened in cinemas across the UK on 16th November. A concert performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific featuring John Owen Jones, Rosalie Craig, Peter Polycarpou and Bradley Jaden with a 32 piece orchestra led by Emily Davis will be held at London’s Cadogan Hall on 15th October.