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 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…
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.
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.
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 …