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Kicking yourself for missing it last year? Get a plaster on those bruises, because it’s back in the West End!
Mischief Theatre’s critically acclaimed smash hit comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong is flying in for a second disastrous limited season and opens TONIGHT at the Apollo Theatre. Will they ever make it to Neverland?
Adapted from J.M Barrie’s much-loved classic, the hopelessly inept Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society will leave you crying with laughter. You’ll fall Hook, line and sinker as they battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes, but this hilarious comedy isn’t all Tinkerbells and whistles. You’ll be begging them to grow up!
Playing until 29th January 2017, Mischief fans across the country will be in complete Peter Pandemonium. Time is ticking. What are you waiting for?
Watch the trailer here: http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMFNSo-MMjY
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery has been chosen by BBC Radio 2 for it's annual theatre fundraiser in aid of BBC Children in Need.
The gala performance on Thursday 27th October at the Criterion Theatre will be attended by Radio 2 presenters and Pudsey Bear himself! Funds raised from the sale of tickets and bucket collections will go to BBC Children in Need to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in communities across the UK.
Tickets for the Children in Need gala performance are available here:
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, the creation of the acclaimed Mischief Theatre, opened in March 2016 to rave 5 star reviews and is currently on sale until April 2017. This Christmas Mischief Theatre has three shows running concurrently in the West End – The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre, the Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which returns to the Apollo Theatre following a sell-out run last year. A specially written television adaptation of Peter Pan Goes Wrong will be broadcast by BBC1 over the Christmas period.
Book tickets now - you'd be absolutely mad not to!
Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, the fabulous Full Monty national tour is flying high on a wave of rapturous applause and delighted punters all over the country!
This hilarious and heartfelt production will be coming to the Edinburgh King’s Theatre from 24 – 29 Oct, before driving down the M6 to the Manchester Opera House from 31 Oct–5 Nov. Check out our new trailer!
Starring Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Chris Fountain, Anthony Lewis, Kai Owen, and featuring smash hits by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.
Drop everything and book today!
We are delighted to announce that David Walliams' Gangsta Granny is coming to London's Garrick Theatre.
From the award-winning producers of HORRIBLE HISTORIES, Gangsta Granny will open at the Garrick Theatre on 26 July 2017 direct from an extensive UK tour.
David Walliams says "The brilliant Birmingham Stage Company have produced a fantastic show. It's superb! And so much better than the book!" while the Mail On Sunday called it "Totally grantastic!". Don't miss the world premiere production of this fabulous story making its West End debut.
Mischief Theatre don’t need an excuse to revel in their collective success, and with the Return of Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Apollo Theatre this October, they’ve certainly got a lot to be excited about!
We were delighted to join in the revelries last Thursday, when The Play That Goes Wrong celebrated it’s second birthday as a West End Show! Congratulations to Mischief Theatre and everybody else involved – if you haven’t seen it yet, don’t panic. There’s still time to book your tickets, and see why critics have called this “the funniest show in town” (Telegraph).
Do you like laughter? Great. Then what are you waiting for?!
Follow us on Twitter @playgoeswrong, and @mischiefcomedy.
We’re delighted to announce that rehearsals are now under way for our exciting new production of Stephen Berkoff’s short plays, Lunch & The Bow of Ulysses!
Shaun Dooley and Emily Bruni are set to star in the new production, directed by Nigel Harman, which is running at Trafalgar Studio 2 from 6th October – 5th November 2016. The cast are well known to television audiences, with Shaun playing Rickie Gillespie in the popular ITV series Broadchurch, along with regular appearances in Cuffs, Misfits and DCI Banks. Emily, who played Gail in Peep Show, can also be seen playing Simone in a new Amazon Prime TV series, The Collection.
Exploring the connection between a man and woman as they meet for the first time, and then dissecting their relationship after 20 years of marriage; you won’t want to miss this electrifying and comic new take on two of Berkoff’s most powerful and gripping short works. Book your tickets now!
This week we celebrate the successful opening of Horrible Histories 'The Best of Barmy Britain' at the Apollo Theatre.
★★★★ - "The Horrible Histories team can do no wrong" Radio Times
★★★★ - "The kids were enraptured" Evening Standard
Horrible Histories 'The Best of Barmy Britain' runs until 3rd September 2016 at the Apollo Theatre, London.
For tickets and more information please visit http://www.barmybritain.com/the-best-of-barmy-britain/
Blue Man Group World Tour opens tomorrow night in Macau. The tour will play at the Venetian Theatre from 11th - 28th August.
The tour will then continue to Manila, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Also this week saw the return of Horrible Histories to the West End with their new show The Best of Barmy Britain. The show runs until 3rd September at London's Apollo Theatre.
Kids Week kicks off this week offering kids free tickets to see West End shows including our very own Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain (which opens this Friday 5th August), The Play That Goes Wrong, Thriller Live and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.
Kids week runs throughout the whole of August and has now extended until 7th September 2016. Giving an extra week for kids to go FREE!
All information and how to purchase tickets at www.kidsweek.co.uk
We have lots of exciting productions coming up in the next few weeks.
On Thursday 21st July, The Hunting Of The Snark opens at The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff running until 30th July.
On Friday 5th August, The Best Of Barmy Britain opens in the West End at the Apollo Theatre running until 3rd September. Also, Bang! To The Heart opens at Zoo Southside (Venue 82) at Edinburgh Fringe Festival running until 29th August.
And finally, on Thursday 11th August, Blue Man Group opens at The Venetian Theatre, Macao running until 28th August.
What an exciting few weeks for Team JHI!
For More Information;
The Hunting Of The Snark - The Hunting Of The Snark : Sherman Cymru
The Best Of Barmy Britain -Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain now showing at the Garrick Theatre, London | BOOK NOW! | presented by The Birmingham Stage Company
Bang! To The Heart - Bang! To the Heart | Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus | Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Blue Man Group - World Tour - Official Site of Blue Man Group
This week marks the final week for Blue Man Group in New Zealand. After receiving rave reviews and playing in Auckland and Wellington, this is the final week of performances in Christchurch, closing on 3rd July 2016.
The show will tour Macau, Manila, Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai until the end of the year and then make stops in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2017.
It is also, the final week of Go People and Glass Half Full Productions A Midsummer Night's Dream at Southwark Playhouse.
Running until 1st July 2016. This is a show not to be missed.
We are delighted to be working on Nue Company's BANG To The Heart at Edinburgh Fringe.
Showing August 5 - 29 at ZOO Southside (Venue 82)
As always, we are delighted to work with Mischief Theatre and once again they have wowed audience and critics with their new hilarious show The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. Check out their amazing trailer below and then book your ticket for this smash and grab hit! We think its dynamite!
Off The King's Road opened on Friday evening at Jermyn Street Theatre and received wonderful reviews.
Congratulations to the entire team working on this fantastic production.
'Michael Brandon really was truly outstanding' Carn's Theatre Passion
'Intelligent little gem of a play' West End Wilma
'(Jeff) Bridges is a straight-up genuis and it shows' London City Nights
'Cherie Lunghi is wonderfully natural and likeable' Love London Love Culture
Off The King's Road runs until 25th June.
We are so excited for the opening of Love N Stuff tonight at Theatre Royal, Stratford East
Rina Fantania returns to star in this hilarious and tender comedy.
We wish the cast and crew the very best of luck for what we’re sure will be a fantastic run!
Love N Stuff runs at Theatre Royal, Stratford East until 25th June 2016.
For tickets and information go to http://www.stratfordeast.com/whats-on/all-shows/love-n-stuff/
Tonight is the first preview of Glass Half Full Productions and Go People Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Southwark Playhouse.
We can not wait to see this incredible production starring Freddie Fox and Maddy Hill.
The Blue Man Group World Tour opened in Auckland, New Zealand yesterday and received rave reviews.
It now plays at the Civic Theatre, Auckland until 5th June before heading to Wellington and Christchurch.
Today tickets go on sale for Johannesburg and Cape Town (South Africa) and tickets for Beijing and Guangzhou (China) go on sale tomorrow.
Don't miss out!
Monster Raving Loony opened at Soho Theatre on Tuesday 17th May 2016 and received amazing reviews!
★★★★ A Sharp, canny and original piece of political theatre Financial Times
A rip-roaring comedy British Theatre Guide
Congratulations to the cast and team on such a brilliant production. Monster Raving Loony runs until 18th June 2016.
Congratulations to our very own Laura Kaye Thomson who this week opened her show Poppies in London.
Poppies opened on Tuesday 17th May 2016 at The Space, Isle of Dogs and runs until 28th May 2016.
The world unknowingly enters the biggest conflict it has ever witnessed.
As men answer the call to fight, three young women decide they too must find their place on the front line.
Based on a true story of Lena Ashwell and her concert parties; Poppies shines a light on the women who risked their lives to bring music and drama to the battle-scarred men of the First World War.
We are so excited that Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges will be making an e-appearance in Off The King’s Road.
He will be joining the cast which stars Michael Brandon (Jerry Springer The Opera) and Cherie Lunghi (Strictly Come Dancing).
Off The King’s Road will be playing at Jermyn Street Theatre from Wednesday 1st - Saturday 25th June 2016.
For tickets visit www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk
After an incredible opening night at the St James Theatre, My Mother Said I Never Should has had the papers raving! With all four members of the cast quoted as 'A cracking quartet of actresses' by the Evening Standard and the show classed as 'An Impeccible Revival' by The Guardian, this show is not to be missed!
If you need any more persuasion, check out the opening night trailer below:
Tonight we celebrate the opening of Mischief Theatre's brand new show The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.
This marks Mischief Theatre's 3rd West End show!!!
We want to wish everyone at Mischief and the team for A Comedy About A Bank Robbery all the best for this evening! We can't wait to be there and celebrate with you!
Our incredible cast and crew at The Play That Goes Wrong have raised £10,000 for Crisis.
The show has been selling VIP seats for £67 - £30 of which goes to Crisis as well as a bucket collection after every show raising this incredible amount of money for the charity.
A MASSIVE congratulations from all of us at JHI!
We are delighted to be working on Theatre Royal Plymouth production of Monster Raving Loony by James Graham which will be transferring to Soho Theatre from 14th May until 18th June.
Using the life and exploits of Screaming Lord Sutch to examine the state of the nation and Britain’s post-war identity crisis, Samuel James reprises his critically acclaimed role as Sutch, a ventriloquist channelling the cultural voices around him.
Seen through the eyes of this one extraordinary man, James Graham displays his playwriting virtuosity and in his forensic, sardonic, finger on the pulse style, tells the story of Sutch through a cavalcade of comic characters from music hall to Monty Python, panto to Partridge. Can our British sense of humour begin to uncover who we are, where we have been and where we might be going next?
Click here to book!
Tonight we see not one, but two of our shows opening!
Darknet opens at the Southwark Playhouse and runs until 7th May 2016 and My Mother Said I Never Should opens at the St James Theatre and runs until 21st May 2016.
We would like to wish all the best to both casts and teams. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.
Darknet navigates through the world of data transparency and the uncharted deep web, uncovering the things we choose to share online and the places in which we can hide.
My Mother Said I Never Should is a moving exploration of the relationships between mothers and daughters and the consequences of breaking the most sacred taboo of motherhood. A play about the choices we make which determine the course of our lives and how it is never too late to change.
This week sees JHI splitting up around the world with not one, not two but THREE shows opening all in the space of 3 days!!!
Tuesday saw Riverdance set off on its 21st Anniversary UK Tour in Leicester, over the next three months it will play to 13 different towns/cities in three UK countries.
Tuesday also saw the first preview of the International Tour of Blue Man Group in Singapore, with its official opening night on Thursday 31st March.
Thursday sees the third show hit the West End from Mischief Theatre Company, the masterminds behind The Play That Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery starts previews from 31st March at The Criterion Theatre, with opening night three weeks later on the 21st April.
We are immensly proud and excited for all three shows, let us know if you have been to see any on Twitter!
It only seems like last week we were raising a glass to 2016 and already we are nearing the end of March! With April approaching we are all getting very excited for My Mother Said I Never Should, opening in just THREE WEEKS at The St James Theatre!
The production, written by Charlotte Keatley and directed by Paul Robinson stars the national treasure Maureen Lipman (Oklahoma, Outside Edge, See How They Run), Olivier-award winning Katie Brayben (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, King Charles III, American Psycho), Caroline Faber(The Taming of the Shrew, The Heiress, Hangover Square) and Serena Manteghi (The Railway Children).
If you haven't booked your tickets yet, take at look at the new behind-the-scenes trailer to whet your appitite: 'My Mother Said I Never Should' at St James Theatre - Trailer
Miss Atomic Bomb had it's World Premiere at The St James and what a fabulous new musical we have the priviledge of working on! The theatre was packed full of reviewers and those who have worked on the show throughout its six year development. We were also honoured with the presence of Lord Lloyd Webber, who has recently purchased the theatre, and musical theatre legend, Elaine Paige, both getting in on the explosive action and the atomic cocktails at the aftershow party.
The reviews have started coming in and the show could not be better summed up that it has in these two quotes:
“Brilliantly bonkers and infectiously catchy, Miss Atomic Bomb blasts off at the St James Theatre thanks to its sensational cast.” Official London Theatre
“Miss Atomic Bomb provides a much needed explosion of originality in London’s theatre district.” Gay Times
It is safe to say, we are having an absolute blast working on this radiant new musical!
We are so proud to have two of our shows up for Olivier Awards! Congratulations to 'Hand to God' and 'Peter Pan Goes Wrong' for being nominated for Best New Comedy! There never were two more deserving shows!!
National treasure Maureen Lipman (Oklahoma, Outside Edge, See How They Run) and Olivier-award winning Katie Brayben (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, King Charles III, American Psycho) will lead the cast in Charlotte Keatley’s My Mother Said I Never Should. They will be joined by Caroline Faber (The Taming of the Shrew, The Heiress, Hangover Square) and Serena Manteghi (The Railway Children). Presented by Tiny Fires Ltd. this is the first London revival of the play in over 25 years.
“This is a landmark play. The theatrical equivalent of breaking the four-minute mile.” Guardian
What an amazing night we had! The Hand To God Press night was a huge success and the reviews are coming in fast! Congratulations to everyone for a truly astounding show; we are so happy to be working with such wonderful people... and puppets.
On the 9th of Feb 1995, the first 'Riverdance - The Show' was performed in the Point Depot, Dublin. Still going strong we are touring USA, UK, Canada, Germany and Ireland this year alone!
Enjoy the first performance HERE!
We are very sad to say goodbye to Peter Pan Goes Wrong - what an amazing time we've had with this wonderfully whacky production. But no fear! There is plenty more to come. Mischief Theatre will be back with their new play, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, at the Criterion Theatre from the 31st March. Do they ever stop!! Not only that, but Hand to God will be opening at the Vaudeville Theatre on Friday!! We better get cracking!
It's all been happening here at JHI this morning! Whilst half the team were taking part in a Utopian Art Instsallment at Somerset House, Miss Atomic Bomb started rehearsals! Not only that, but Peter Pan Goes Wrong had sell out performances over the weekend, and we had the final performance of Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games! It's going to be a busy week!
We can finally reveal the all star cast of Miss Atomic Bomb, opening at the St James Theatre in March!!
Catherine Tate, Dean John-Wilson, Florence Andrews, Simon Lipkin, Daniel Boys, Stephane Anelli, Charles Brunton, Jessica Buckby, Cavin Cornwall, Olivia Fines, Ryan Gover, Alyn Hawke, Sion Lloyd, Suzie McAdam, Kirk Patterson and Sasi Strallen
This is going to be one amazing show!
Have a look at the trailer here... https://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/theatre/miss-atomic-bomb/
Mamma Mia! saw its 5 millionth spectator in Lisbon last night!
The moment was commemorated on stage, with the company and audience. In his short speech, Paulo Dias, UAU general administrator, congratulated the company for the success of Mamma Mia. With him, the Mayor of Lisbon and the president of Tourism of Portugal, commemorated the moment, thanking the cast and delivering the symbolic ticket.
Opened on the 6th april 1999 at the Prince Edward Theatre, London, Mamma Mia! Became a major success in entertainment, being nominated for the Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Musical, Best Musical Actress, and two nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, with one award in this category. In the US it received a Tony Awards nomination for the Best Script for a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Supporting actress in a Musical and Best Orquestration.
With over 39 productions in 14 different languages, including being the first western musical produced in China in Mandarin, Mamma Mia! is by now one of the longest running shows and will remain in Lisbon till the 24th January.
After a fantastic run and sell out performances, we are thrilled to announce that The Play That Goes Wrong is extending it's run until February 2017! We're sticking around for another year, so you've still got plenty of time to see this amazing show!
January is here and we are cracking on with some fantastic new shows. In February the terrible Tyrone will be coming to the Vaudeville Theatre in the Broadway transfer of Hand to God, in March we have Mischief Theatre's brand new play The Comedy About A Bank Robbery and the World Premiere of the new musical Miss Atomic Bomb, not to mention the hugely popular play, My Mother Said I Never Should opening in April. Let's get started!
They've done it again! Mischief Theatre have another show for us!
One enormous diamond, Eight incompetent crooks, And a snoozing security guard.
What could possibly go right?
Written by and starring the Mischief Theatre Company who brought you the Olivier Award-winning Best New Comedy "The Play That Goes Wrong" and "Peter Pan Goes Wrong".
It would be criminal to miss it!
One dead father, One messed up family, One girl who just wants to help, One school bully who always gets his own way, One man of the church offering comfort, And one Hand puppet who is completely out of control - He's shocking, dangerous and taking no prisoners.
All hell is breaking out at the Vaudeville theatre as this hilarious and provocative new comedy lands direct from Broadway, where the New York Times hailed it "Wickedly Funny" and the New Yorker called it "Sesame Street meets the Exorcist"
Book now for the most exciting new play to come out of America this year starring Janie Dee, Neil Pearson, Harry Melling, Jemima Rooper and Kevin Mains... A left hand can certainly be a dangerous thing
Here's the JHI team enjoying the Peter Pan Goes Wrong Press Night! It went down an absolute storm and now the reviews are flying in!
'slick mischief and catastrophic concussions' The Guardian
'a smartly staged, heartily performed, cannily conceived theatrical comedy' The Times
'a dizzying, dazzling display of meta-theatrical brilliance' The Stage
'It’s very silly, it’s very fun, it’s expertly pulled off' Exeunt
Thank you to everyone who came! Let the wrongness continue!
We cannot wait for Peter Pan Goes Wrong to hit the London stage next month! Join the original cast of The Play That Goes Wrong for more mishaps and mayhem as they struggle to cobble together the well known story of Peter Pan.
Remember, this is defintely not a Panto!
Book your tickets now for what promises to be an evening packed with laughs! It's the perfect Christmas treat!
It’s been a fantastic year at JHI, and we can’t wait to come back and get started on all our new 2016 projects. What with Mischief Theatre bringing out yet another masterpiece, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, the West End transfer of Hand To God, the World Premiere of the new musical Miss Atomic Bomb and the hugely popular play, My Mother Said I Never Should, we’ve got a busy year ahead of us! For now though, we hope you have a very merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year!
Only one week left to see the smash-hit musical ‘American Idiot’ at the Arts Theatre. It’s been a fantastic run, and we will be sorry to see it go. What a wonderfully talented cast and incredible audiences throughout!
If you didn’t manage to catch it in London, fear not… American Idiot goes on a UK tour in 2016!
We are very excited to announce two new projects happening as part of St James Theatre’s new Spring Season.
Firstly the world premiere of an explosive new musical, ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’ based on true events, which tells the story of a young farm girl with a dream of escaping to California.
Secondly the most performed play by a female Playwright, ‘My Mother Said I Never Should’, exploring what it means to be a Mother through three generations of women.
It's going to be a busy time for JHI!
We had a fantastic opening week for ‘Pig Farm’ at the St James Theatre, with a packed audience and plenty of laughs to go around.
‘one almighty sludge, gore and fumble-fest’ **** Whatsonstage
‘the cast are superb’ **** Reviews Hub
‘barmy, bizarre and beautifully played’ **** Stagereview
So Join Tom, Tina and Tim in this dark new comedy as they struggle with the demands of running a successful pig farm, not to mention the trouble that occurs when Teddy the EPA man turns up. Don’t miss out on your chance to see this crackling good piece of theatre, running until the 21st November.
Visit http://www.pigfarmlondon.com to book your tickets now!
It’s opening week for the truly terrifying, the seriously scary, ‘Master of the Macabre’.
Join Benedict Barber as he takes you through tales of trickery and deception, starting from his early days as a mischievous schoolboy, accompanied by his partner in crime... his twin brother.
But don’t be fooled into thinking this is your standard ‘bunny out of the hat’ routine. Be prepared to question your beliefs and re-think everything you thought you knew about magic. It is real, and it is happening right before your eyes.
There are 15 tickets for each performance available for £15, so book now and get ready for the fright of your life!
Warning - the show is only suitable for ages 15 and up.
Performed by Benedict Barber
Directed by Tony Middleton
Written by Benedict Barber and Matthew Stradling
Additional Magic consultancy by Chris Dugdale
We are proud to present the Riverdance 21st Anniversary Tour!
With an incredible two decades of global success since the show first burst into the public’s heart at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1994, this is an unmissable chance for UK audiences to reconnect with what the IRISH TIMES rightly described as ‘the original... the best’.
The WASHINGTON POST exclaimed, ‘its continued popularity proves that it was, and remains, a phenomenon of historic proportions!’
‘As for the flaws? Well, there simply aren’t any. Here’s to another 20 years!’ EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
‘a family evening unlike anything else!’ THE TIMES
‘Riverdance is as much a phenomenon as a show’ NEW YORK POST
‘Dance does not often get so good’ THE GUARDIAN
We are thrilled to announce the cast of Pig Farm, who started rehearsals earlier this week for what is promising to be a fantastic show:
Dan Fredenburgh (Bang, Bang, Bang at Royal Court and The Bourne Ultimatum), Erik Odom (Twilight Saga:Breaking Dawn and Sons of the Prophet at Blank Theatre, Los Angeles), Charlotte Parry (Bridge Project at Old Vic, The Colby Sisters at Tricycle) and Stephen Tompkinson (Spamalot, West End and DCI Banks).
We can't wait for this hilarious tale to hit the stage, so watch out for Tom, Tina, Tim and Teddy as they bicker and squabble through the struggles of pig farming and come dangerously close to to boiling point.
Book your tickets now to make sure you don't miss out!
After 14 years, MAMMA MIA! finished its run on Broadway as the 8th longest running musical, with its final performance on 12th September. Creator/Producer Judy Craymer joined Broadway's Donna, Judy McLane on stage for a final goodbye. After a staggering 5,765 performances we will be sad to see it go, but we are pleased to say the International Tour continues to sell out and looks forward to visiting Istanbul, Athens, Thessaloniki, Lisbon, Trieste, Milan and Luxembourg before the end of the year.
Photography by Kevin Thomas Garcia.
With a week left to go, there are only a handful of performances left of this 'hilarious', 'charming' and 'poignant' show. Starring father and son duo James and Jack Fox, Dear Lupin has played to fabulous audiences at the Apollo Theatre this summer but must end this Saturday 19th September. Congratulations to cast, crew and team behind the show - we have loved working on it. Here's to the final week!
Here at JHI we are extremely excited about the recent announcement that Peter Pan Goes Wrong will be playing at The Apollo Theatre from 4th December to 31st January.
The brilliant original cast of the West End's hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong return to the stage this Christmas in J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan. Once again the members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes. Will they ever make it to Neverland?
Make sure you don’t miss out! Buy your tickets here.
It's been a very busy start to the month and we were thrilled this week to celebrate The Play That Goes Wrong's 1st Birthday! It's been one whole year since farce and chaos entered the Duchess Theatre and even more excitingly, it looks like we'll be able to celebrate its 2nd birthday next year as we can announce it has extended its booking period until September 2016. But true to form, not everything went right when a birthday cake was brought on stage. Click here to have a look!
Huge congratulations to all the cast, crew and team behind this fantastic Oliver-award winning comedy.
ABSENT is partly inspired by The Duchess of Argyll’s residence at a central London hotel from the 1970’s until the 80’s, when she was finally evicted, having run out of friends and credit.
Threading its way through the maze-like basements of Shoreditch Town Hall, ABSENT will create a multi-layered journey mixing film, installation and a haunting soundscape by Lapalux to create an increasingly labyrinthine dream world that merges past, present and future.
Absent will run from 24th August until 25 October. Tickets from only £12.50! Book yours here
The JHI team are delighted to announce that two family shows have opened to rave reviews in the West End for the summerseason.
Plucky Hetty Feather is back in town, following a sold out run at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2014, before embarking on a national tour.
The Telegraph *****
‘Hetty Feather gives Matilda a run for its money. ‘
What’s On Stage - Kid Critic
‘I recommend Hetty Feather for the whole family.’
Hetty Feather is playing at the Duke of York's Theatre for a limited season until 6th September. Book your tickets here http://www.hettyfeatherlive.com/
Barmy Britian is also back with a brand new show full of crazy new characters and rude new rulers from Britian’s barmy past. After the sell-out success of Barmy One and, Two, Barmy 3 is guaranteed to delight.
“The Horrible Histories stage shows have become a bit of a British institution. It’s not hard to spot why. The Rik Mayall-esque Spargo and Foster are a brilliant comic act: think Fry and Laurie, mixed with Little Britain and a dash of Monty Python. It’s sparky, cheeky and covered in poo!” The Guardian
“Anarchic, cheeky, illuminating fun - a little fact-packed gem. The actors are a hoot, funny and sharp, delivering the one-liners with excellent timing. Here’s a show that has brains (with the winning mix of fart-jokes) aplenty” Time Out - No.1 Critics Choice
Its history with the nasty bits left in! Click the link to book tickets for your family! http://www.barmybritain.com/part-three/
American Idiot has just announced exciting news!! The critically acclaimed Tony Award winning musical is extending its run until 22nd November.
The award winning musical starring X Factor’s Amelia Lily, which opened with huge success in July, is now running at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square, for an extra 2 months to meet the public’s increasingly popular demand.
The shows cast and producers have been “overawed by the unbelievable response from the audience” and are “thrilled” to be extending their stay at the Arts Theatre.
So don’t miss out and get your tickets here: http://artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/american-idiot-the-musical/
To get a glimpse of the “pulsating” production check out this just released footage from the musical itself. https://youtu.be/B7EKDIp5bDQ
“Dear Lupin” opened with a bang at the Apollo Theatre where the love and energy created on stage by the father and son duo, James and Jack Fox, was appreciated with a standing ovation at the end of the impressive press night performance. The first round of reviews seems to agree:
‘The real-life affection between James and Jack Fox perfectly suits this charming tale of paternal love and genteel japes’ Evening Standard★★★★
‘Performed with great style’ The Guardian
‘Poignant’ The Telegraph
‘The fantastic Mr Foxes are full of familial fun in this hit page to stage adaptation…’ OfficialLondonTheatre.co.uk
‘Gentle with flashes of poignancy’ West End Frame ★★★★
‘A little gem of a show’ WhatsOnStage
Celebs ranging from Made in Chelsea star, Spencer Matthews, to presenter Clare Balding and comedian Jack Whitehall joined us on the red carpet to attend the adaption of the Sunday Times best seller. At the Ham Yard Hotel the celebrations continued for the after party where the Fox family united (including Billie Piper!) and were joined by more fellow actors such as Robert Bathurst and Aml Ameen where a great night was had by all.
Congratulations to the cast and production team of American Idiot following the press night at the Arts Theatre!
The buzz and energy created on stage was fantastic, which is a view clearly shared by the first round of reviews:
‘An affecting snapshot of our times’ The Times ★★★★
‘ Throbs with the energy of a rock gig’ The Indepdent ★★★★
‘It’s something unpredictable, but you might just have the time of your life.’ The Telegraph★★★★
‘Get angry and go for the time of your life’ Evening Standard
‘American Idiot pulses with raw energy and rage in a manner that very few shows can muster.’ Evening Standard
‘A fun, high octane piece you’d be an idiot to miss’ Whatsonstage.com ★★★★
Supporters in the audience include X-factor Alumni turned actor, Diana Vickers and Actor/Singer Richard Fleeshman.
We've got lots of exciting content for you to explore this week for some JHI shows!
A stunning cover of 21 Guns by Green Day was recently recorded by our cast for American Idiot the Musical. Hear Amelia Lily, Steve Rushton and Nick Kendall sing and play their hearts out on our youtube channel!
Rehearsals for The Gathered Leaves are now fully underway so check out the shots of the cast hard at work on Facebook. With a great cast including Jane Asher, Alexander Hanson, Clive Francis and Nick Sampson all in this emotional family drama, you don’t want to miss out.
The Gathered Leaves opens on 15 July at Park Theatre, and American Idiot the Musical opens on 17 July at the Arts Theatre. Be sure to book tickets for both of these fantastic productions!
We’ve recently announced the brilliant ensemble cast for The Gathered Leaves, a moving family drama set around one Easter weekend, and you may have seen the cast of American Idiot rocking the stage at West End Live over the weekend!
The Gathered Leaves opens on 15 July at Park Theatre, and American Idiot the Musical opens on 17 July at the Arts Theatre. Make sure you get your tickets for these two fantastic productions!
The Play That Goes Wrong announced a new and exciting cast change this week, stepping into the shoes of the original team.
Taking over will be Leonard Cook, Bryony Corrigan, Harry Kershaw, Laura Kirman, Chris Leask, James Marlowe, Laurence Pears, and Niall Ransome. Adam Byron, Matt Cavendish, April Hughes and Sarah Madigan will also complete the cast.
But these apples don’t fall far from the tree. This new team, taking to the stage from August 18th 2015, is made up of already-existing members of Mischief Theatre, a few of whom have taken part in other Mischief Theatre productions such as Lights! Camera! Improvise!, currently running once a month at the Duchess Theatre and Peter Pan Goes Wrong which is touring the UK at the moment.
So don’t miss out! Buy your tickets here – tickets are on sale until February 2016.
It's the summer season and there are some stonkingly super shows opening this week! From new dramas to rock musicals and family treats, there really is something for everyone!
First up, we have the world premiere of The Gathered Leaves which previews on 15 July at the Park Theatre. The Gathered Leaves is a moving, poignant and funny family drama that sees the weight of family history, of reputation, and of expectation, all descend on one family over Easter weekend in 1997. With preview prices from £15, it is definitely worth a visit. Click here to book.
Love the American punk rock band Green Day? Also opening this week is American Idiot at the Arts Theatre from 17 July, staring none other than 2011 X Factor contestant Amelia Lily!
For you 'out of towners' looking for something to treat your kids to during the summer holidays, Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather 2015-2016 UK tour also starts this week! First stop is Bristol Old Vic but only for 3 days from 17 July, so book now by clicking here!
Looking ahead to the spooky season, JHI are also delighted to announce that Master of the Macabre at the Vault Theatre is now on sale! Playing from 7 October-1 November. It is without a doubt the most terrifying magic show you will ever see! Click here for more information.
MAMMA MIA! International Tour visits Ireland starting with a week at the Belfast Odyssey Arena from Tuesday 16th June, a week at the Bord Gais Theater in Dublin from Tuesday 23rd June and two weeks in Derry's Millennium Forum from Tuesday 7th July.
Weekends are nearly sold out, but there's still some availability for seats early in the weeks. With a fantastic cast including Niamh Perry, Sara Poyzer, Shobna Gulati and Sue Devaney, don't delay and book today for the time of your life!
Lord Nelson met his namesake monument at the launch for Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Part 3, where we joined the cast and crew at The Trafalgar Hotel. It was a beautifully sunny day and the hotel overlooks Trafalgar Square – what a fantastic view!
Neal Foster, Manager of the Birmingham Stage Company and actor in Barmy Britain, introduced a small sneak peak of the show featuring Lord Nelson and his medical officer (eye eye captain!).
The Birmingham Stage Company are celebrating 10 years of Horrible Histories on Stage, and you can now book for the very special gala performance of the show here, featuring camoes from illustrators Terry Deary and Martin Brown.
We can’t wait for the show to be back at the Garrick Theatre, where you can see it from 25 July - 5 September. Buy your tickets here, it's history with the nasty bits left in!
We’re very excited to announce that Green Day’s award winning musical American Idiot is coming to the Arts Theatre from July. We’re working with fantastic production company Sell-A-Door (whose current productions include Avenue Q and The History Boys) on the show, and we can’t wait to get stuck in!
The show will star X Factor finalist Amelia Lily and feature hits from the band’s classic album. The story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post-9/11 world.
The show won two Tony Awards when it premiered in the US, and is not to be missed by music fans! Book your tickets here
You can now buy tickets to Hoagy Carmichael's Stardust Road, a brand new musical coming to the St. James Theatre this October.
JHI are delighted to be working on the show alongside PW Productions and St. James Theatre, which celebrates the life and loves of America: from the age of jazz, blues and ragtime in the 20s to the Golden Age of Hollywood. It will take you on a toe-tapping journey through legendary Hoagy Carmichael's masterful score, capturing the rhythms and mood of early twentieth century America.
You'll probably know the composer's classic songs , which include Georgia on My Mind and I Get Along Without You Very Well - Carmichael's songs have become jazz standards and fixtures in the great American songbook.
Not long now until Hetty Feather returns to the stage – how exciting! The much-loved show adored by adults and kids alike begins at the Bristol Old Vic on 17 July, and then moves onto Windsor and Brighton before arriving at the Duke of York’s theatre in the West End from 6 August – 6 September.
After the Duke Of York’s run, we’ve got lots more tour dates coming up! Have a look on the Hetty Feather website for your nearest venue – we’re going to Exeter, Swindon, Norwich, Newcastle, Bromley, Southend and many more!
Following a recent UK tour, the hilarious and touching comedy Dear Lupin will be coming to the Apollo Theatre in the West End from 30 July – 19 September.
Based on the Sunday Times Bestseller, Roger Mortimer's letters to his son, Charlie, are packed with crisp anecdotes and sharp observations. The trials and tribulations of Charlie's youth and adulthood are received by his father with both humour and resignation. Spanning twenty-five years, their correspondence forms a memoir of their relationship, an affectionate portrait of a time gone by.
Father and son James Fox and Jack Fox will star in this new stage adaptation by best-selling author Michael Simkins, in which he uncovers many more undocumented stories of Charlie's wayward life and his relationship with his father.
After the announcement that Jane Asher and her daughter Katie Scarfe will be starring together in The Gathered Leaves, we’ve got more exciting casting news to tell you about!
Joining Jane Asher and Katie Scarfe will be Clive Francis, Nick Sampson, Alexander Hanson, Amber James, Georgina Beedle and Tom Hanson.
Clive Francis will be playing the patriarch of the family and is thrilled to be working on the play: “It's not often that one is lucky enough to read a script as gripping as The Gathered Leaves. It's an exemplary piece of writing. Wittily bitter sweet and very disturbing. It is also an added pleasure to be returning to the Park Theatre.”
On Saturday 20 June, Thriller Live will be performing in Trafalgar Square at 2.35pm and American Idiot will be performing at 4.05pm. Both shows are on again on Sunday 21 June too, with Thriller Live on stage at 1.15pm and American Idiot on stage at 3.35pm.
That’s not all – those cheeky chaps and chapettes from The Play That Goes Wrong are taking part too with an improv workshop. This has now sold out though so if you were lucky enough to get a ticket, you're in for a treat!
For more information on West End Live, click here
The Gathered Leaves sees the weight of family history, of reputation, and of expectation, all descend on one family over Easter weekend in 1997.
It was the biggest night in British theatre last night, and we were there to cheer on the nominees including our JHI shows.
The Olivier Awards were held at the Royal Opera House last night and we got dressed up to celebrate! Jo and Natalie from the team were there on the red carpet, looking wonderfully glamorous!
Huge congratulations to The Play That Goes Wrong, who won the ‘Best New Comedy’. Speaking afterwards, cast member and writer Jonathan Sayer said “it’s such a lovely thing to happen, after a wonderful, surreal and strange year for us.” Well done to everyone at Mischief Theatre – we love working on The Play That Goes Wrong.
Hetty Feather was also nominated in the ‘Best Entertainment and Family’ category but lost out to La Soiree. Commiserations to the Hetty team but congratulations to La Soiree.
It’s been a brilliant year for theatre in London over the past 12 months, and it was a fantastic night. We wonder who’ll be walking away with an Olivier next year?
The Play That Goes Wrong photograph copywright of Dan Wooller.
We were at the Olivier Awards nominations this morning, and what a great year it’s been for theatre. We were especially happy as two of the show JHI have been working on were nominated!
We’re delighted for all of the nominees but another special mention goes to our friends at Hampstead Theatre, who received 7 nominations overall for Sunny Afternoon, Good People and Four Minutes Twelve Seconds.
We can’t wait to see how all the nominees do at the Olivier Awards Ceremony on Sunday 12th April. See you there!
Olivier Award-nominated The Play That Goes Wrong today announces that it will extend its run for a second time, until 14 February 2016.
The Play That Goes Wrong is developing a growing legion of celebrity fans and has already been seen by, amongst others, Harrison Ford, Neil Patrick Harris, Ant & Dec, Simon Cowell, Tom Hardy, Mel Giedroyc, Joanna Lumley, Woody Harrelson, Rowan Atikinson, Richard Curtis, JJ Abrams, Nigel Planer, Michael Urie, Claudia Winkelman, Richard E Grant, Peter Davison, Stanley Tucci, Miranda Hart, Ellie Goulding, Dara O’Briain, Arlene Philips, Armando Iannucci, Ben Elton, Mike Leigh, Paul Merton and Janet Street Porter.
“Long may it go wrong” says Duchess theatre owner, Nica Burns.
It’s that time of year again: spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and the Easter Bank Holiday is approaching.
If you fancy a trip to the theatre as an Easter treat, we’ve got lots of shows to choose from which everyone will love:
Those Cornley Polytechnic actors are at it again, but will it go right this time? The Play That Goes Wrong is perfect if you want a jolly good belly laugh!
Get your dancing shoes on with Thriller Live – featuring many of the King of Pop’s greatest hits, you won't be able to resist jumping onto your feet and joining in!
If you’re on the hunt for the Easter Bunny, you won’t get any closer than Harvey at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Starring some of Britain’s most loved actors, it’s a “pitch-perfect” Broadway revival. Who knows, you might even see Harvey himself!
Happy Easter everyone!
A very special guest took to the stage on Tuesday night at his first show in the West End – and the rest of the Harvey cast did too!
Lindsay’s Posner’s production opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on Tuesday night to a brilliant response. We invited the London Blue Badge Guides who loved the show:
“The play was really enjoyable and happily recommend it”
“The play has lost nothing after all of these years and is still as funny as ever”
Harvey plays at the TRH for a limited 8 week run, so don’t miss it!
This weekend, we say goodbye to one show, bon voyage to another and hello to another one arriving in the West End!
We’re very sad to see Di and Viv and Rose close this weekend – it’s been a wonderful show to work on, with lovely cast and crew. Make sure you do catch it tomorrow if you haven’t seen it, it’s a brilliant play about friendship across the decades that everyone can relate to.
The MAMMA MIA! International Tour also play their final dates in Liverpool this weekend before they move onto sunny South Africa on 24th March. The cast were also raising money for Comic Relief Red Nose Day this week, with an epic dance-thon. Nice noses ladies!
After it’s UK tour, Harvey finally arrives at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from Tuesday 17 March. We’ve had some great feedback on the Harvey social channels, and can’t wait to see the show in the West End. It’s a limited 7 week run with a stellar cast, and you can book your tickets here.
It was a very exciting day yesterday – the MAMMA MIA! International Tour opened in Liverpool, kicking off the 2015 tour in style.
The tour is now in it’s 10th year, and still going as strong as ever. With our new talented new tour cast members including Sara Poyzer, Niamh Perry, Shobna Gulati and Sue Devaney, it’s sure to be a show to remember.
We were up in Liverpool, celebrating with the cast and crew as they took to the stage - have a look at our Gala Night video to see the reactions of our celebrity guests and audience members!
It’s been a busy time for Thriller Live, with a couple of exciting announcements this week.
Thriller Live is eligible for the This Morning Audience Award at the Olivier Awards this year, and needs your support. The show is up against 15 other West End shows, and you’ve got until 5pm on 10th April to vote, so make sure your vote counts and do it now on the Olivier Awards website.
The cast and crew of Thriller Live will also be raising money for Red Nose Day and Comic Relief this year – look out for rattling buckets as you exit the Lyric Theatre and please donate what you can to this great cause.
Finally, due to the phenomenal success of the show, the booking period has been extended to 17th April 2016 so you have more chance to go back and boogie again and again!
We’re very sad to announce that Di and Viv and Rose will be closing on 14th March.
We’ve had fantastic feedback and wonderful reviews for the show, and it’s been such a pleasure to work on the play. We’re so proud of our leading ladies Tamzin Outhwaite, Samantha Spiro and Jenna Russell, as well as the fantastic team behind the show, writer Amelia Bullmore and director Anna Mackmin.
Here are a few of the fantastic reviews – catch it while you still can!
“A fabulous show of female friendship” – The Times
“you’ll find yourself crying when they cry and giggling when they giggle” – The Telegraph
“A play that makes you want to give it a hug” – Financial Times
“Three really lovely performances” – Time Out
Book your tickets here http://bit.ly/1tVbTUV
Last week we also had some more exciting news with the announcement of our full cast: David Bamber, Desmond Barrit, Felicity Dean and Ingrid Oliver will be joining James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman in this hilarious comedy.
Tickets for Harvey at the Theatre Royal Haymarket are now on sale and you can get them here.
It's been a three year journey since JHI first worked on Di and Viv and Rose at Hampstead Theatre and now this gem of a play has finally comes to the West End. It opened last night at the Vaudeville theatre to a fantastic crowd and we are so thrilled to be working its West End debut. Huge congratulations to all the cast and crew!
Di and Viv and Rose is also proud to be partnering with breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! £3.00 from every £49.50 & £39.50 ticket and £15 student tickets purchased for performances in February will be donated when quoting the promotional code 'COPPAFEEL' either online or by phone. The contribution will ensure more young people are educated about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer to ultimately stamp out late detection of the disease.
For more information on CoppaFeel! visit coppafeel.org
The brilliant Thriller Live! celebrated entering its 7th year on the West End last night. Opening in January 2009, the show has gone from strength to strength with productions now happening in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. We are Thrilled to be working on this production and wish this production of the Prince of Pop's greatest hits a very Happy 6th Birthday!
Cast, crew and very special guests all came out to celebrate the opening of Di and Viv and Rose on Thursday evening.
Celebrity guests worked the red carpet, and afterwards attended a very swanky party at Mint Leaf. We also had the amazing Coppa Feel ladies in attendance, including wonder-woman herself Kris Hallenga, in order to continue spreading the word about the charity and sneaking stickers on our VIPs!
We’ve had some fantastic reviews for the show so far, including 4 stars from the Telegraph, The Guardian, The Financial Times and What’s on Stage. Audience reaction has been great too! You can read them on our Twitter page.
Have you got your tickets yet? Fear not, you can book here
The tour of Harvey has now kicked off in Birmingham last week to fantastic reviews so far, and we’d like to send many broken legs to the cast and crew as it’s their National press night tonight.
We’ve had some great reviews from local press, and on the Harvey Twitter page fans have been raving. Here’s some of the best so far:
“An utterly joyful piece of theatre” – Lizzie @LizzieBeth
“An offbeat and intelligent gem – catch Harvey @BirminghamRep before he really does disappear” – Gemma Corden @gemma_corden
“Harvey_on_stage was a triumph. A perfect evening of escapism. Terrific performances and a stunning set” Chris Passey @MrChrisPassey
"@DreyfusJames is utterly charming throughout. Everyone needs a Harvey” – Vicky H @vickyh88
It's a very exciting time in the world of JHI at the moment as many of our shows prepare to open in the next few weeks...
Wishing the cast of The Last of the De Mullins a fantastic first day of rehearsals. As the suffragette movement grows, one woman defies her family and the traditions of the age - it opens at the Jermyn Street Theatre on the 3rd February.
Di and Viv and Rose rehearsals are also in full swing as we prepare to open next Thursday (22nd January). And finally, the cast of Harvey who we were thrilled to announce last week, are also in the midst of rehearsals as they get ready to open at the Birmingham Rep Theatre on 6th February.
"An adrenaline rush of acrobatics in a zany kingdon" - and it certainly is. The JHI team were lucky enough to see the lastest Cirque du Soleil show currently playing at the beautiful Royal Albert Hall: Kooza. It did not disappoint. A return to the origins of Cirque, Kooza is an incredible spectacle of acrobatics and clowning with many a heart-stopping moment. We are thrilled to be working on the show and couldn't recommend it highly enough - it plays until 19th February.
Happy New Year everyone! We’re back and raring to go with some updates from the world of JHI.
We said a fond farewell to Urinetown over the New Year – we’ve had a brilliant time working with the cast and crew of this fantastic show, which went out with a bang on Saturday.
However, we’ve got some new shows in the works: Harvey is now in rehearsals ready to open in Birmingham on 6th Febraury. We’ve also got more cast members to introduce: David Bamber, Desmond Barrit, Felicity Deam and Ingrid Oliver join James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman to complete the cast.
Di and Viv and Rose will be opening on Thursday 22nd January. Our fantastic cast and crew are in full rehearsal mode and we can’t wait to see the show when it opens!
Stay tuned for more news – we’ve got a busy few weeks coming up!
We’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the team at JHI. Time to eat, drink and be merry with family and friends!
Thank you for your support throughout 2014 - we’ll see you in 2015.
Huge congratulations to the cast and crew of the MAMMA MIA! International Tour who celebrated their 2,500th show last night in Kuala Lumpur.
We’re so proud to work on this fantastic show, and JHI have been with the tour from the very start, since it began in Dublin 2004. We've got an exciting year for 2015 coming up too, with dates on the Emerald Isle in Belfast, Derry and Dublin as well as Belgium and Italy later in the year.
Here's to the next 2,500 performances!
It’s a very special week here at JHI. We’ll be getting our best frocks and dancing shoes on ready to celebrate our 5th Anniversary tonight!
We’ve worked with many fantastic clients on lots of different projects, and we’d like to thank everyone for their support over the past 5 years.
Here’s to many more successful years to come - we’ve also got lots of exciting projects in the pipeline so keep your eyes peeled!
Best of luck to Phill Jupitus who joins the cast of Urinetown tonight, taking over from Simon Paisley Day as Caldwell B. Cladwell.
You can also see more of the cast changes from tonight– Julie Jupp takes over the role of Penelope Pennywise and Alasdair Buchan will play Mr McQueen, taking over from Jenna Russell and Marc Elliott who also finished their runs on Saturday.
Break a leg everyone!
Don’t we look fancy!
We got our gladrags on to celebrate our 5th Anniversary on Thursday – and we had other reasons to celebrate too. Urinetown also won ‘Best New Musical in the West End’ at the Broadway World West End Awards, and we also celebrated the wins of our theatrical friends this weekend at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. What a way to end a week!
The JHI celebrations could only last so long and we were straight back to it this week and are delighted to announce that URINETOWN has been nominated for a staggering seven WhatsOnStage awards - huge congratulations to all the team!
Over in THRILLER LIVE! world, they will be adding the iconic 'Earth Song' to London's West End show and team Australia and NZ are gearing up ready to kick off their tour in Perth next week.
Maureen Lipman will be joining James Dreyfus in the cast of Harvey which starts touring early next year. Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail included the announcement in his latest theatre news - read all about it here!
A great start to the festive month!
We’re in full-on festive mode here now at JHI: as well having fun with our theatrical colleagues at the SOBOM Xmas lunch yesterday, it was also the Noël Coward’s Christmas Spirits press night last night. Lots of friends also turned up to support the show, and a great night was had by all.
Well done to the cast and crew of Noël Coward's Christmas Spirits – it went wonderfully and it’s a lovely festive show guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart.
We’ve had a busy few weeks here at JHI, so here’s a quick round up of what’s been happening:
It’s your last chance to see the original Urinetown cast at the Apollo Theatre this week – if you’re a fan of Jenna Russell, Simon Paisley Day and Marc Elliott (and who isn’t?!) you’ve got until Saturday 29th November to see this fantastic line-up in action.
It’s almost that time of the year again – are you feeling festive yet? We are here in the JHI office because rehearsals for Noel Coward’s Christmas Spirits started yesterday!
Lots of news from MAMMA MIA! – as well as running our competition in the Liverpool Echo to win a holiday to Greece, we also announced last week that our Irish dates for the MAMMA MIA! International Tour had gone on sale, and we’re happy to say that we’ve had a fantastic response, with a great first week of sales. It seems that our Irish fans just can’t wait!
We’ve also got a couple of brilliant new shows we’re working on too, and we’ve seen some lovely new artwork for both Now This Is Not The End and The Last of the De Mullins.
The cast of The Play That Goes Wrong are a busy bunch - not only are they performing in their own show which is going down a storm at the Duchess, you can now see them in Lights! Camera! Improvisation! every first Monday of the month.
Want to create your own Hollywood movie? Well now, due to the magical powers of comedy improvisation, you can. You choose the genre, the location and the title, and the movie is created before your very eyes! However, there's a twist – our resident film buff OSCAR will be pausing, rewinding and fast forward scenes.
Make sure you catch this hilarious improv extravaganza - find out more and get your tickets here
What will happen? Who knows - It's improv! We can't wait to see what happens.
Some big news for Urinetown today, with the announcement that comedian Phill Jupitus will be taking over the role of Caldwell B Cladwell from Simon Paisley Day on 1st December.
Cast members Julie Jupp and Alasdair Buchan will be playing the roles of Penelope Pennywise and Mr McQueen, taking over from Jenna Russell and Marc Elliott when they leave the show from 29th November.
We're sad to see Simon, Jenna and Marc leave but we're also looking forward to seeing Phill , Julie and Alasdair in their new roles. Break a leg guys!
MAMMIA MIA! have announced the cast for their exclusive International Tour season at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, including Sara Poyzer starring as Donna Sheridan, Shobna Gulati as Tanya and Sue Devaney as Rosie.
It’s a brilliant cast - Sara has played Donna in the West End production of MAMMA MIA!, Shobna’s television roles include Dinnerladies and Coronation Street and Sue’s work includes Dinnerladies and Casualty.
The MAMMA MIA! International Tour will play at the Liverpool Empire Theatre from 20 February to 14 March 2015 with Liverpool being the only UK date outside of London to host the production. Click here to get your tickets.
We’re very excited to announce some brand new dates for the MAMMA MIA! International Tour. The show will be returning to Belfast, playing at the Odyssey Arena from 16 – 20 June 2015 and Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 23 June– 4 July 2015. For the first time ever, MAMMA MIA! will also be visiting Derry’s Millennium Forum Theatre and Conference Centre from 7 -11 July 2015.
Each Irish date will be fantastic, with the same brilliant cast that we announced earlier this week for the Liverpool shows, but will be extra special to Niamh Perry (who plays Sophie) who is Irish and hails from County Down!
Tickets will be going on sale at 9am on Thursday 20th November – in the meantime, you can visit the MAMMA MIA International Tour website for more information.
Here’s the first glimpse of Phil Jupitus in all his glory as Caldwell B Cladwell in Urinetown. Phill will take over the role from Simon Paisley Day on December 1st.
It’s your last chance to see Simon in his role, as well as Jenna Russell and Marc Elliott in their respective roles, who all leave the show on 29th November. While we’ll miss Jenna, Simon and Marc, we can’t wait to see Phill transform into Cladwell.
Keep your eyes peeled for more sneak peaks of Phill in his new role!
Some more exciting news - it's all go in the JHI office this week!
We've just announced that James Dreyfus will star in Harvey, directed by Lindsay Posner. Harvey will tour the UK, starting at Birmingham Rep on 6th February 2015 and then going onto to Malvern Theatre (23-28 Febraury), Richmond Theatre (3-7 March) and Theatre Royal Brighton (17-21 March) before transfering to the West End.
We're very proud to announce that Di and Viv and Rose will be supporting the charity CoppaFeel throughout February. The charity was founded by twin sisters Kris and Maren Hellenga, after Kris was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 23. Kris won't let something like cancer stop her - oh no! She's gone on to raise thousands of pounds for charity and works tirelessly in order to raise awareness of the disease.
£3 from every £49.50, £39.50 and £15 tickets bought for Di and Viv and Rose will be donated to CoppaFeel to help raise awareness of breast cancer and will enable the charity continue the amazing work that they do.
We're so pleased to be working in partnership with this wonderful charity – and ladies - don't forget to check your boobs!
Fancy doing something a little bit different tonight for Halloween? Get your spookiest costume on, make your way down to Urinetown at the Apollo Theatre and say 'Splat' at the box office where you can get a £20 ticket if you come in fancy dress! That's not all – one lucky ghoulish guest will be chosen at random to be splattered with blood by the cast at the end of the show.
Get your ghostly glad rags on and prepare to be splattered with blood in Urinetown. For more info, here's Matt and Nathan from the cast looking a little bloody...
We're delighted to hear that The Play That Goes Wrong is now playing until September 2015. Congrurlations to all of the team on their hard work so far – this means that you can now laugh your socks off again and again down at the Duchess Theatre, for longer! We can't wait!
Rather scarily, it's only 10 weeks till Christmas and we know that theatre tickets make the perfect Christmas gift. Perfect for all the family, Barmy Britain plays at the Garrick Theatre 13th Dec - 4th Jan. Or why not treat a loved one to Cirque du Soleil's Kooza at the Royal Albert Hall? You can always finish off 2014 with some brilliant English Opera courtesy of OperaUpClose and then welcome in 2015 with some laughs at Di and Viv and Rose playing at the Vaudeville Theatre!
There's an awful lot to choose from with our shows...
A huge congratulations to the team of The Play That Goes Wrong which continues to make audiences cry with laughter over in the Duchess Theatre. They managed to sell out their 20 performances at £20 and are enjoying a fantastic response from all who see the show. Here's to a brilliant festive season, getting the Christmas campaign on the go and to Mischief Theatre's sister production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong starting its tour in the not too distant future!
It's press night for all the team of URINETOWN The Musical. We have loved working on this show and have been privileged to be involved at both the St James Theatre and the Apollo Theatre. Wishing the entire team a fantastic night!
The wonderful new comedy Breeders is in its final week at the St James Theatre. After nearly four weeks, Ben Ockrent's brand new play about a lesbian couple trying to conceive a baby is nearly over! We have had a fantastic time working on the show with Vicky Graham Productions and look forward to potential future projects.
Urinetown The Musical is just around the corner and we made sure everyone was well hydrated last week with our very own Urinetown water bottles - after all, if there's anything that the show teaches us, it's that water's worth its weight in gold!
After a brilliant press night for The Play That Goes Wrong with 4* and 5* across the board, WhatsOnStage decided they'd go backstage to find out what really goes on behind the scenes in the Cornley Amateur Dramatic Society. As you can imagine, it doesn't quite go accordingly to plan...click here to view!
Today we announced that Hampstead Theatre's Di and Viv and Rose will be transferring to the West End. Opening in January 2015, this brilliant piece about three friends will star Tamzin Outhwaite, Samantha Spiro and Jenna Russel. To see our fantastic trailer click here. Meanwhile we're sad to be saying goodbye to MAMMA MIA! Blackpool after a record breaking summer. It almost doesn't need to be said that we've loved having a summer by the sea and we're pretty sure the people of Blackpool have rather enjoyed it too. Congratulations to all involved.
This week the cast and crew of URINETOWN The Musical embarked on their first full company rehearsals. We went behind the scenes to have a chat with the returning and the new company members. To watch, click here. Wth just over a week a to go till opening night, we can't wait to see this fantastic show play at the Apollo Theatre.
A huge congratulations to the cast and crew of Breeders who had a hugely successful press night last night. Writer Ben Ockrent was praised with revealing an "undoubted gift for comedy" while cast members Nicholas Burns and Jemima Rooper "knock the funny out of the park". As the first of the Stage One 'One Stage' season, we have loved working on this Vicky Graham Production and wish the team a brilliant run. It will play at the St James Theatre until 4th October.
It's opening night for both The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre and Breeders at the St James Theatre tonight! Wishing all the cast, crew and entire team a brilliant first preview - it has been a pleasure thus far to work on these fantastic shows - here's to the rest of the run!
We were pleased to stage a fabulous launch for the International Tour of MAMMA MIA! today in Liverpool. The show will play the Empire Theatre
from 20 February next year. Tickets went on sale at 1pm and have got off to a fantastic start!
It's a busy time here at JHI with so much to get excited about: Riverdance embarked on its 20th anniversary tour this week kicking off in Southend. We can also finally announce that Kooza by Cirque du Soleil will be playing at the Royal Albert Hall opening on the 6th January 2015 - tickets are now on sale. And we've also got some news about the MAMMA MIA! International Tour...
As Summer holidays draw to a close we bit a sad goodbye to Horrible Histories but we are so looking forward to having them back at Christmas. They'll be playing at the Garrick theatre from 13th Dec - tickets now on sale! It is also the last week to catch Hetty Feather which will be closing this Saturday 6th. With rave reviews from critics, parents and most importantly - children, Hetty has had a fantastic run at the Vaudeville!
It's been a very busy week here at ol' JHI HQ as the marketing campaign for The Play That Goes Wrong goes full speed ahead! Both the Telegraph and the Evening Standard have commented on our unique strategy with slogans such as 'save money, don't come' or 'premium seats from £3,950' getting all the laughs we hoped for. (Read the Telegraph article here). Even the front of house panels on the Duchess Theatre have been attracting some great attention with a last minute sign up sheet for a male understudy starting to fill up!
The story of Jacqueline Wilson's feisty Foundling child Hetty Feather opens at the Vaudeville Theatre this week! After a hugely successful UK Tour, this enchanting tale will play until 6th September and we have loved working on it. We wish the cast, crew and entire production team a brilliant run and can't wait to see it again at press night tonight!
The next month is going to be a busy but exciting one here at JHI! Starting with this Sunday 3rd August when the magnificent Barmy Britain Part Two will be opening at the Garrick Theatre. Part of the Horrible Histories franchise, this brilliant hour long show for all ages runs until 31st August. To book your tickets just click here!
We are delighted to confirm that Angela Griffin will be completing the cast of Breeders - playing at the St James Theatre from 3rd September - 4th October. She will join cast mates Nicholas Burns, Tamzin Outhwaite and Jemima Rooper in Ben Ockrent's brand new comedy. For tickets and more information just head to the St James website here.
Hampstead Theatre's incredible production of Wonderland is to be streamed worldwide for free this Saturday 26th July at 7.30pm. Directed by Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director Edward Hall and written by Beth Steel, Wonderland is an epic and witty drama takes a 360 degree look at the clashing ideologies during the Miners Strike in 1984 – from the corridors of Westminster, to pitched battles with the police, to the coal faces of Nottinghamshire. You can watch it hampsteadtheatre.com or at theguardian.com. Hampstead Theatre continues to make theatre accessible for all!
It may be Shakespeare's 450th birthday but this week we're wishing the wonderful Natalie Yalden the happiest of birthdays as she turns 30! Natalie has been with JHI since the company's beginnings and quite frankly we wouldn't work without her. We hope it's everything you were hoping for and more! All our love, JHI x
Things were going so well for The Play That Goes Wrong. Currently playing the final week of the UK Tour, we're getting ready for their highly-anticipated return to the West End! Unfortunately, tonight's Evening Standard ad didn't go quite to plan...it seems bad luck follows the poor Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society everywhere they go! However they have received 5 star reviews this week from Public Reviews (read here) and Entertainment Focus (read here) and the audiences at the Leeds Grand having been loving the show - see their reviews here!
As we welcome back Nicole from her honeymoon, we celebrate the announcement that Tamzin Outhwaite, Jemima Rooper and Nicholas Burns are joining the cast of Breeders coming to the St James Theatre this September. Written by Ben Ockrent and directed by Tamara Harvey, we are thrilled to be working on this hilarious new comedy about a lesbian couple wanting a baby with the help of one of their brothers. For more information and to book tickets click here.
We are delighted to announce the much-awaited transfer of URINETOWN to the West End. This satirical musical comedy was a sold out splash hit at the St James Theatre earlier this year. We are excited to be working with Nimax and Emma Holland PR, Martin Barrow, Sold Out, Umbrella Rooms and Milk2Sugars on the campaign and thrilled to see the reactions on social to Creative Xs upgraded visual, first seen in Friday's Evening Standard. Playing from 29th September at the Apollo Theatre, make sure you don't miss out on this truly hilarious and critically acclaimed audience favourite when you're in town!
We're counting down the days until The Play That Goes Wrong comes to the West End! Currently playing to rave reviews as it tours the UK, this hilarious new farce will be playing the Duchess Theatre from 5th September. In the meantime to wet your appetite, you can find the new trailer here!
JHI HQ were very excited for the launch of brand new play 'Breeders' by Ben Ockrent playing at the St James Theatre from 3rd September. This hilarious new comedy offers a fresh take on family, tradition and procreation, questioning not only why we have children, but how. Directed by Tamara Harvey and part of the One Stage Season for emerging producers, we're looking forward to working on this brilliant new piece about navigating the path of parenthood and finding it isn't always straight...
After an incredible UK and International Tour, Charlie F came to an end this week after 125 performances. We don't think anyone was prepared for the reception and support this remarkable show would receive. We wish the cast, crew and whole team all the best for the future.
In other news, MAMMA MIA! (here we go again...) opens in Blackpool this week as the International Tour heads to the seaside for a classic British summer holiday. Tickets are selling fast so be sure to get yours here.
At the Hampstead Theatre, Wonderland is opening this week on the Main Stage whilst the hugely successful Good People, which transferred to the West End following a sell-out run at the Hampstead, is closing. Congrats to all at the Hampstead who are continuing to produce fantastic work.
Tickets for Kids Week went on sale today and our fabulous shows Hetty Feather and Barmy Britain 2 are taking part. Buy one adult ticket and you get a child's ticket completely free! It's a ruddy marvellous idea.
And finally (it's a busy old week!) there will be big celebrations in the JHI office as our very own Nicole Samuels is getting married this weekend! We're keeping our fingers crossed for the sun...
Tuesday saw the launch of the marvellous Kidsweek with Hetty Feather and Barmy Britain 2 proving particularly popular! This wonderful promotion runs all summer giving kids the opportunity to see fantastic West End shows for free.
In other news, we wish the cast and crew of MAMMA MIA! International Tour many a broken leg for their opening night in Blackpool tonight. What could be better on a summer's eve than the feel-good music of ABBA we ask you! And we're excited to announce that tickets for the Kuala Lumpur leg of the tour went on sale today too!
More broken legs for the Hampstead Theatre team for the opening of Wonderland tonight. We are very excited to see it next week!
And finally - we're keeping our fingers crossed for the sun for the wedding of the year happening this Sunday! Wishing our very own Nicole Samuels a day that's practically perfect in every way...
Natalie and Jo releasing their inner Dancing Queens while finalising plans for opening of MAMMA MIA! in Blackpool on June 20th. A mobile box office is now in place on the sea front.
What Super Troupers!
We're not quite sure where the time has gone but The Two Worlds of Charlie F is embarking on the final week of its UK Tour this week at Manchester Opera House! With standing ovations at every performance (unbelievable but true!) fantastic audience feedback (have a look at the twitter page here) and huge support from so many different organisations, it has been an incredible journey. Wishing the cast and crew a wonderful final week at the Manchester Opera House.
"Turner and McDiarmid are terrific!" says The Telegraph, "Kathleen Turner dazzles" and "Ian McDiarmid is a joy to watch" says The Guardian and The Times and The Daily Mail have both given Bakersfield Mist glowing 4* reviews. Huge congratulations to all the team. In other news, watch this space for a very exciting teaser trailer of The Play That Goes Wrong coming to the Duchess Theatre in September!
She may still be touring the country but plucky Hetty Feather will be arriving at the Vaudeville Theatre for 40 performances only from 5th August to 6th September and tickets are now on sale! Click here to get yours. This fantastic 5* stage adaptation of the Jacqueline Wilson novel has been adored by audiences up and down the UK and is currently finishing up a week in Dubai too.
After last year's sell-out success we're thrilled to welcome back the most horrible show in the West End: Barmy Britain Part Two! Can battling Boudicca be beaten? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will King Charles keep his head? As always, this is history with the nasty bits left in! Written by Terry Deary and Neal Foster, Barmy Britain Part Two! is uniquely funny with songs and sketches packed with disgusting facts and extraordinary events. A must for families, this show entertains and delights audiences aged 6 to 106! It will be playing at the Garrick Theatre 3rd - 31st August.
Wishing all the cast and crew of the Mamma Mia! International Tour a super opening night in Basel this evening. They'll be playing till 8th June before returning to Blackpool for a summer by the sea! In other exciting news, Bakersfield Mist previews are now well underway and have received fantastic feedback from audiences. After many months of working on it, it was such a delight to finally see it! We're looking forward to press night next week.
We're very excited to announce the opening of another fantastic show we are currently working on. Foreplay by Carl Djerassi is a brilliant psycho-sexual thriller of betrayal and revenge, which takes the audience into the lives of some of the greatest intellectuals of the 20th century. Playing at the King's Head Theatre till the 31st May, you can book tickets here and see the trailer here!
We're not quite sure where the time has gone but our latest show Bakersfield Mist opens at the Duchess Theatre tomorrow night! Starring veterans of the stage and screen Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid, the buzz around the show has been fantastic with the press clearly very excited to welcome back Kathleen to the West End. For more information and to book tickets, you can head to the website: www.bakersfieldmist.com
Believe it or not, we are now in the 7th week of The Two Worlds of Charlie F tour with the show currently playing at the Theatre Royal Newcastle. Every single performance has been rewarded with a standing ovation and the audience response the show has generated has been completely overwhelming. Check out our Twitter and Facebook pages for an insight! We've also just received 5* from 'Whats Good to Do' which can be read here as well as some brilliant support from bloggers: an example of which can be read here. It's amazing to be working on this incredible show.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be working on the West End transfer of the hilarious comedy The Play That Goes Wrong. It will open at the Duchess Theatre on 14th September with previews from the 5th. It is currently making audiences howl with laughter up and down the country as it tours the UK having previously played at the Trafalgar Studios and the Old Red Lion. We wish them all the best for the rest of the tour and look forward to having them back in London in September!
We're now in the final two weeks of the smash-hit Urinetown The Musical - where does the time go! There are only a handful of tickets left for the run so if you haven't seen it, "Go and go now!" In other news, Kathleen Turner - the star of Bakersfield Mist, was on This Morning yesterday chatting to Eamonn and Ruth about the show which opens in just over three weeks! To watch the interview click here.
As always, lots of exciting things going on in the JHI office. But to all our clients, friends and fellow theatre lovers, have a wonderful Easter!
A huge congratulations to all the winners and nominees at last night's Olivier Awards. Kathleen Turner (soon to be seen in Bakersfield Mist) took to the stage to give Rory Kinnear his Best Actor award, Sonia Friedman Productions (lead producer of Bakersfield Mist) made history by winning the most awards for any producer and the Big 15 Mamma Mia! celebration brought the house down!
Also congratulating HighTide on their another fabulous Festival running until the end of next weekend. With Face To Face talks by David Hare, Libby Purves and Michael Gambon to name a few and a host of exciting new plays, music, workshops and visiting artists, the 8th annual Festival is set to be their best!
And finally, we were lucky enough to attend the first preview of Hampstead Theatre's production of Sunny Afternoon. An incredibly show with the fantastic music of The Kinks. Get your tickets while you still can!
It's not a bad business to be in sometimes...
From all at JHI, we'd like to wish MAMMA MIA! a very Happy 15th Birthday. It's been an incredible journey so far and lots of exciting things are happening to celebrate this impressive milestone - including a performance from Benny and Bjorn with the London cast at the Oliviers this Sunday!
One of our new projects: "Hetty Feather Live" opens at the Rose Theatre in Kingston this weekend. This stage adaptation of the hugely successful and popular Jacqueline Wilson book embarks on its first UK Tour with fun for all the family. We were also thrilled to see two of the Charlie F boys - Swifty and Cassidy, on BBC Breakfast this morning! To watch their interview, click here.
With just over a month to go until the opening of Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess Theatre and starring Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid, have a look at the teaser video to wet your appetite! Click here to see it. We are also offering £10 off all tickets for our preview shows 10th-27th May so make sure you book yours now here!
Where does the time go? Feels like yesterday it was opening and now it's the last week to see this hilarious comedy. With thousands through the door, fantastic reviews and even an Olivier nomation, make sure you don't miss the opportunity to see The Duck House at the Vaudeville Theatre!
The reviews for Charlie F and URINETOWN and Good People have been flooding in following a brilliant week at Richmond Theatre, the St James and Hampstead theatre. With 5* from the Telegraph and Libby Purves, 4* from the Daily Mail and many brilliant reviews from regional press and bloggers, the support for Charlie F has been incredible.We're also celebrating URINETOWN's 5* review from the Sunday Telegraph and on top of that, Good People has just confirmed its transfer to the Noel Coward theatre following rave reviews and a sell-out run. Very exciting week for us at JHI.
It's only 162 days until the opening of the Riverdance UK Tour kicking off on 2nd September in Southend. Make sure you book your tickets now as they're going fast! Happy St Patrick's Day!
Another busy week in the world of Mamma Mia! From Scandinavia to Hong Kong to Austria, the International Tour continues to entertain audiences the world over.A new production opens in Vienna next Wednesday, Finland have their Press Conference on Friday in Helsinki and the International Tour's visit to Hong Kong goes on sale Monday, with an exclusive priority on-sale with American Express!
It's finally arrived...after two weeks over in Toronto playing to brilliant audiences and multiple standing ovations, The Two Worlds of Charlie F is back and embarking on its UK Tour starting in Aylesbury at the Waterside theatre tonight! After Aylesbury they go to Richmond, Wolverhampton, Malvern, Nottingham and many more until June. We wish them all the best and can't wait to see it!
It's a busy week for Urinetown! Last night's press night went down a storm with The Guardian and The Telegraph both awarding it 4 stars as well as The Evening Standard, Metro and TimeOut. Big congratulations to all involved and wishing them the best of luck for the Gala night tonight and the rest of the run!
JHI were delighted to be at the announcement of the Olivier Nominations this morning! Special congratulations to The Duck House starring Ben Miller, Nancy Carroll, Debbie Chazen, James Musgrave, Simon Shepherd and Diana Vickers - it's up for Best New Comedy. There are now only 3 final weeks to see it!
Big congratulations to Soutra Gilmour and Jenna Russell also nominated for their work on Merrily We Roll Along and both now working on Urinetown The Musical playing at The St James Theatre till May.
Wishing all nominees the best of luck!
Due to phenomenal demand, the Mamma Mia Blackpool season has been extended by two weeks now finishing 14th September. So you can catch the Blackpool illuminations and see Mamma Mia at the same time! Book your tickets now for the perfect Mother's Day gift and give your mum the perfect treat this Sunday 30th March.
Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire starring Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen opens at the Hampstead Theatre this week! We wish them all the best for the show which runs until 5th April. Click here to book tickets! (And for an interesting read, click here for the FT interview with Imelda!)
Another great play comes to the West End! JHI are very excited to be working with Nimax Theatres and Sonia Friedman Productions on Kathleen Turner's return to the West End in Stephen Sach's brilliant new play Bakersfield Mist. Also starring Ian Mc Diarmid and directed by Polly Teale, Bakersfield Mist opens at the Duchess Theatre on 10th May 2014. Big star, small theatre, brilliant show - get your tickets here!
Congratulations to everyone at Hampstead Theatre for winning London Theatre of the Year at the Stage Awards 2014. They were up against stiff competition so we are delighted that their fantastic work has been recognised. Currently playing is Rapture, Blister, Burn with Emilia Fox and in February Imelda Staunton appears in Good People.
It's going to be a busy month at JHI! This Saturday (22nd Feb) URINETOWN opens at the St James Theatre and our cast and crew of The Two Worlds of Charlie F will be heading off to start the Canada leg of their tour! It will then be back to start its UK Tour on 13th March at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
There is just a week to go until Jamie Lloyd's production of URINETOWN The Musical opens at St James Theatre. We hear exciting things from the rehearsal room and for a sneak peek, click HERE to view our behind-the-scenes video.
This hilarious satirical comedy finally hits London after its Tony Award-winning Broadway success and the all-star company includes award-winning EastEnders actor Marc Elliott , television and award-winning stage performer Richard Fleeshman, the stage and screen actor Simon PaisleyDay, Olivier-Award winning actress Jenna Russell and the Royal Shakespeare Company leading actor Jonathan Slinger.
To book your tickets for this must-see show click here.
Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Royal Court, Lisa Dwan brings her one-woman Samuel Beckett trilogy to the Duchess Theatre for 16 performances only. After a sell-out run of Not I last year, Lisa now performs this alongside Footfalls and Rockaby.
The Beckett trilogy opens tonight at the Duchess Theatre! Don't miss out!
It's the last chance to catch Simon Slater's Bloodshot at the St James Theatre this week.
Enjoy cabaret style food and drink while watching this genius production.
"Bloodshot, a one-man show about a mysterious crime, is a superb show that takes you completely by surprise" The Telegraph
"Simon Slater gives a real tour de force in this one man thriller" The Independent
Ends this Saturday 25th January!
Today we held the first of our 2014 launches for The Two Worlds of Charlie F at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley. Our guests were treated to an inspiring talk by the show’s creator Alice Driver and Marine Cassidy Little, who plays the title role of Marine Charlie Fowler in the show. Tomorrow sees the launch at that Richmond Theatre followed by numerous others in Newcastle, Nottingham, Norwich, Guildford and Manchester. A big thank you to all who came, the word of Charlie F is spreading!
Tonight sees the opening of ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’ starring Emma Fielding and Emilia Fox at the Hampstead Theatre. Written by Gina Gionfriddo and directed by Peter Dubois, this virtuosic comedy about two women each unfulfilled in their own way and coveting the other’s life plays until 22nd February.
After a sell-out run at the Royal Court and a tidal wave of fantastic reviews for Lisa Dwan, Samuel Beckett's trilogy 'Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby' will be transferring to the Duchess Theatre in the West End on 3rd February.
JHI is delighted to be working with Nimax Theatres and the Royal Court on this brilliant production.
JHI set up another fantastic and extraordinary photoshoot yesterday for the exceptional production of Urinetown. Jamie Lloyd directed the newly appointed cast, Soutra Gilmour oversaw the costumes and Johan Persson shot in an East End location with a rain machine!
Despite the cold, our actors showed true professionalism as well as a huge sense of fun and camaraderie as they soaked themselves and each other! Look out for this stunning and sexy photography to follow…
Recently shortlisted for The Stage Awards London Theatre of Year 2014, the Hampstead Theatre is now preparing for it's production of Drawing the Line to be streamed worldwide this Saturday 11th January!
Following its sell-out run, the theatre has partnered with The Guardian to allow audiences around the world to watch Howard Brenton’s play about the partition of India live and free.
Visit hampsteadtheatre.com or theguardian.com/stage where the live streaming begins from 7.30pm and will then be available on demand for 72 hours.
Drawing the Line opened at Hampstead Theatre, reuniting Howard Brenton and Howard Davis again in another fascinating historical drama.
Then tonight sees the West End premiere of Dan Patterson and Colin Swash's first comedy for the stage, The Duck House starring Ben Miller and Nancy Carroll.
Richard Fleeshman made a fantastic debut performance at the Whatsonstage.com nominations party with Run Freedom, Run, which was dedicated to the late great Nelson Mandela. Hampstead Theatre's #aiww: The arrest of Ai WeiWei received a nomination so we were thrilled about that!
Wednesday 27th November saw the first preview of Dan Patterson and Colin Swash's
hilarious new comedy, The Duck House.
Having sold out on a short regional tour, this laugh-out-loud comedy starring Ben Miller, Nancy Carroll, Debbie Chazen, James Musgrave, Simon Shepherd and Diana Vickers explores the outrageous and ridiculous
situation surrounding the expenses scandal.
Produced by Nimax, JHI have had fun along the way with ducks and dodgy receipts with this drama!
JHI would like to send HUGE congratulations to the fabulous Hampstead Theatre for doubling their production income over the last year, according to their recently published annual report.
The past year has seen a whirlwind of high quality of productions, with two transferring to the West End; Chariots of Fire and Judas Kiss. Working alongside their Head of Marketing Jess Woodward and Marketing Manager Becky Paris, JHI have thoroughly enjoyed putting more bums on their gorgeous seats!
Here's to another fantastic year ahead!
Horrible Histories’ Barmy Britain – Part 2 had its press night on Wednesday 16th October at the Garrick Theatre.
The second installment takes you on a boisterous, barbaric and downright barmy trip through history, telling tales of Boudicca’s battles and Richard I’s dastardly deeds.
The cast is made up of two actors, Lauryn Redding and Anthony Spargo, who play an array of historical characters. Susan Elkin from The Stage says that the pair ‘bring terrific energy and exuberance to every item.’
Time Out also describes the show as ‘A genuinely sly alternative to classroom orthodoxy, staged with wit, love and wry post-modern humour.’
The show will run at the Garrick Theatre until the 5th January 2014.
Last week, team JHI travelled to Malvern, Wolverhampton and Aylesbury to launch the on-sale of ‘The Two Worlds Of Charlie F’. Executive producer Alice Driver introduced the show, describing how it started off as a recovery project for wounded and injured military personnel.
Marine Cassidy Little and Darren Swift “Swifty” spoke about their experience being part of the production process, explaining how being part of the company gave them purpose and a voice.
The Two Worlds of Charlie F will tour to 13 venues around the UK from March 2014.
Casting for Jamie Lloyd’s exciting new production of URINETOWN was announced today.
Actor Cory English will be playing the role of Hot Blades Harry/Old Man Strong: Cory has recently returned from the US to be a part of this groundbreaking production. Richard Fleeshman, best know for his roles in the musical Legally Blonde and Ghost the Musical, will be playing the lead role of Bobby Strong.
Multi-award winning actress Jenna Russell, most recently seen in Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre, has been cast in the role of Penelope Pennywise and Jonathan Slinger will be playing the role of Officer Lockstock- his previous work includes the titular roles in Hamlet and Macbeth for the RSC.
Other confirmed castings include: Katie Bernstein as Little Becky Two Shoes; Madeleine Harland as Soupy Sue; Rosanna Hyland as Hope Cladwell; Julie Jupp as Old Woman/Josephine Strong; Mark Meadows as Senator Fipp; Joel Montague as Ensemble; Jo Napthine as Ensemble; and Matthew Seadon Young as Robbie The Stockfish.
URINETOWN opens at the St James Theatre in London on 22 February 2014.
New laugh out loud comedy The Duck House had its exciting press launch in the Moncrieffs Room in the House of Commons on Wednesday 9 October.
Political journalists from the Telegraph to the Mirror turned up to see Ben Miller in character as Robert Houston MP and his wife Felicity (played by Nancy Carroll).
Gordon Raynor, Chief Reporter of the Daily Telegraph and co-author of No Expenses Spared (the book on which the play is based) describes the play as “a laugh out loud take on the MP’s expenses scandal which it not to be missed!”
The show launches its UK Tour in Guildford on Thursday 24 Oct- 2 Nov, Malvern (4-9 Nov), Nottingham (11-16 Nov) and Cambridge (18- 23 Nov) before opening at the Vaudeville Theatre on 27 November 2013.
Danny Elfman’s ‘Music from the Films of Tim Burton’ opened last night at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.
Following a sold out performance at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday, the BBC concert orchestra performed some of Elfman’s greatest musical scores including The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, and featured a special guest performance by Danny Elfman himself!
This orchestral event explores the exciting relationship between music and storytelling, accompanied by stunning visuals including original artwork from the films and was the first of three special shows, which continues at the SSE Hyrdro Arena in Glasgow tonight (Wednesday 9th October) and concludes at the NIA Birmingham tomorrow (Thursday 10th October). Fans of both Elfman’s music and Burton’s films will not be disappointed!
A busy week around the world for launches! Tuesday 17 September saw the launch of the Canadian premier of The Two Worlds of Charlie F, in Toronto's The Princess of Wales Theatre.
The show will play in Toronto from 25 February until 9 March 2014, prior to its tour of the UK in 2014.
The Two Worlds of Charlie F is a soldier’s view of service, injury and recovery, starring injured ex-service personnel.
Today sees the first day of rehearsals for the all star cast of The Duck House, starring Ben Miller, Nancy Carroll, Debbie Chazen, James Musgrave, Simon Shepherd and Diana Vickers. Tony and Olivier Award winner Terry Johnson directs this hilarious political satire from two writers who’ve been making fun of politicians for decades: Dan Patterson and Colin Swash.
The production will open at the Vaudeville theatre in London on 27 November 2013 following a short UK tour from October-November 2013.
Watch this space for some innovative and political marketing antics!
After much speculation, we are delighted to formally announce that the Tony Award-Winning production URINETOWN is coming to the St James Theatre, London from the 22 February 2014 for a strictly limited season and will be directed by Olivier Award-winner Jamie Lloyd. Watch this space for casting announcements shortly…
On Wednesday 5th June, JHI organised and delivered a heated pre-Passion Play debate on adultery with panelists Suzy Greaves, Lucy Kellaway, Ruth Sutherland, Lucy Mangan, Emma Wall and Lucy Cavendish.
Past members of Mamma Mia! joined the JHI team in Blackpool to announce the International Tour’s visit next Summer. Working closely with a fantastic team from the Opera House, VisitBlackpool, MADE, Amanda Malpass PR, Ticketmaster and NGM. Mamma Mia’s Summer Season in Blackpool is on the North West map!
Barmy Britain launched their return to the West End at Kensington Palace on 23rd April …