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It’s a rehearsal-tastic Monday!

How are we already half-way through the year? Time is flying but it is amazing looking back at 2018 so far and seeing what we have achieved with all our shows. We are extremely lucky to have worked on so many amazing productions and we’re looking forward to the next 6 months.

Today is a big Monday in our office, as we have three new shows starting rehearsals!

After smashing their performance at West End Live this weekend, our first show to go into rehearsals today is SIX! With only one day to rehearse, the SIX queens took to Trafalgar Square on Saturday and gave us an amazing show (take a look on YouTube -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljBXm6cCfRI)! Today the SIX cast members go from Tudors Queens to Pop Princesses! 

We also have the beautiful story of It Happened in Key West that will be playing at the Charing Cross Theatre from 4th July until the 18th August. It was a joy to listen to the first reading this morning of this wonderful show!

Lastly, our third show starting rehearsals today is The Importance of Being Earnest - the last production in the hugely successful Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville Theatre! Grab your handbags and rush to the box office to get your tickets! 

We wish all the best for our three casts, we cannot wait to see the shows!

It's Summertime!

The first month of summer is here and we’re very excited for what’s to come!

We are counting down the days until the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where we have two exciting shows – SIX and Once Seen on Blue Peter: Makes, Bakes and Outtakes. We’ll get a taste of our childhood as some of our favourite Blue Peter presenters take to the stage in the Assembly Ballroom! Ex-presenters including Peter Duncan, Mark Curry, Janet Ellis, Peter Purves and Tim Vincent will tell us what it was like to be part of the world’s longest running children’s TV programme. We are excited to see the return of our favourite Tudor Queens as they turn to pop princesses, following on from six sold out performances at the Arts Theatre in London. Looking forward to the soundtrack release as I am sure it will be all that we listen to in the office!

JHI are also looking forward for It Happened in Key West, opening at Charing Cross Theatre. Conceived and produced by Jeremiah James, known for his career in the international recording group TEATRO, this madcap romantic comedy is based on a true story! We can’t wait for its London debut!

Speaking of Jeremiah James… he’s returning after an almost 10-year absence to perform on the 11th of June at Zedels in London. With his world-class voice and captivating stage presence, James will be performing his show Jeremiah James: Choose Love, a celebration of love in all its forms! 

And as the weather warms up, summer means one thing - long school holidays! JHI are pleased to be involved in Kids Week again this year. For the month of August, children aged 16 and under can get free theatre tickets to selected performances. We’re so looking forward to seeing many children experience shows including The Play That Goes Wrong, Thriller, The Importance of Being Earnest, Gangsta Granny, Horrible Histories, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery and Mamma Mia!

Royalty is in the air!

With royalty being the talk of the town, we thought we would celebrate love, marriage and all things regal in this week’s blog!

Our Six queens are getting ready to showcase in Norwich in two months’ time. Let’s hope that Meghan and Harry’s marriage turns out a lot nicer than Henry and his six wives!

The Vaudeville Theatre is currently showing Oscar Wilde’s play An Ideal Husband. Of course, we know that Meghan has found her ideal husband but, out of the gorgeously Wilde boys in our cast, who would yours be?

We also have the return of Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain this year and what better way to get excited than to have shown the world how brilliantly bonkers our royal family is.

Finally, we have Lonely Planet, set during the AIDS crisis of the 80s. As Prince Harry was in the news so much over the weekend, let’s celebrate the work both he and his mother did in raising awareness and fighting the stigma of AIDS and HIV. JHI is very pleased to be working on Lonely Planet, which focuses on friendship and the struggle of coming to terms with illness, mortality and the stigma associated with AIDS - at Trafalgar Studios from the 12th of June.

HERE WE GO AGAIN!

MAMMA MIA! HERE I GO AGAIN… And it does! We would like to wish the cast of MAMMA MIA! Helsinki the best of luck tonight as they open the world-famous musical at Messukeskus Amfi – Finland’s largest theatre! We are extremely pleased to be working closely with Judy Craymer, Littlestar Services and the team in Finland to make this show yet another success.

2018 also sees the launch of the Mamma Mia! Movie sequel Here We Go Again and licensed productions of the original stage show returning to Germany, Holland and China!

In addition, we would like to congratulate the incredible cast and team of An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre for their brilliant press night! An Ideal Husband is the third play in Classic Spring’s Oscar Wilde Season. It is a pleasure working with Dominic Dromgoole and the wonderful Classic Spring team putting on a series of Oscar Wilde plays, and we would like to congratulate them on all their success!

We also bid a very fond farewell to Rosie Townshend, the associate producer at Classic Spring who has been integral in putting the Wilde Season together. We have loved working with Rosie and wish her well with all her future plans, we’ll miss you!

FOUR NEW SHOWS!

What a wonderful week it is… the sun is shining, spring is finally here and JHI has exciting news!

Firstly, our Queens announced their return! That’s right – we’re getting our crowns ready for the second coming of SIX THE MUSICAL! Following last year’s sell-out pop-concert musical, SIX returns to the Arts Theatre after the royal procession has passed through Norwich, Cambridge and Edinburgh’s Underbelly!

We’re also excited that today is the final rehearsal for An Ideal Husband before their first preview tomorrow! This is the third instalment in Classic Spring’s Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville Theatre, with performances until July!

Tonight, we look forward to Fane Productions’ Gala Night at The Other Palace, watching the spectacular Kathleen Turner’s new one-woman show, Finding My Voice!

Last, but not least, we are so pleased to reveal that Lonely Planet will be coming to Trafalgar Studios 2 this summer! This funny, moving play about the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s will be running from 12th June to 7th July in the run up to London’s iconic Pride parade.

Olivier Awards 2018

 JHI took to the red carpet on Sunday at the 2018 Olivier Awards, and what a fabulous night it was! The magnificent Hamilton cast opened the show, we got goose bumps from Sheila Atim's performance of 'Tight Connection to My Heart' from Girl from the North Country and we were blown away by the spectacle of 42nd Street’s fantastic cast filling the Royal Albert Hall stage. We were honoured to have worked on three of the shows nominated this year; Mischief Movie Night (Best New Comedy), La Bohéme (Best New Opera Production) and Gangsta Granny (Best Family & Entertainment), and we would like to congratulate all the winners and the nominees for their amazing work.

After the ceremony we headed to the Natural History Museum for the post Olivier's party where we boogied under the whale skeleton and watched a dance-off between the casts of Hamilton and Five Guys Named Moe! It was an amazing location filled with inspiring and talented people.

We would also like to thank SOLT, all who worked on the Olivier Awards plus all the attendees for supporting the Time's Up campaign. Widespread calls to end sexual harassment in theatre dominated the evening and it was incredible to see so many wearing the badge to show their support. The evening was also filled with speeches by presenters and winners hailing a new era of gender and race equality in the industry.

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Seems like JHI is working with a lot of Queens at the moment. Carol Harrison’s All Or Nothing opened in its third London venue, the Ambassadors Theatre, where the Mods turned out on their Scooters and celebrity support came from Brian May and Anita Dobson, John Challis, Len Goodman and Gary Kemp. From the other side of the world, Bernadette Robinson opened her astounding one-woman show Songs for Nobodies at the atmospheric Wilton’s Music Hall to rave four and five star reviews. Mischief is being managed well with The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery both extending their booking periods, and the team is busy creating exciting new assets for the forthcoming birthday celebrations, so look out for those! Classic Spring are in rehearsal for An Ideal Husband which promises to continue the run of Wilde plays at the Vaudeville Theatre, with a week of Guy Chambers’ version of The Selfish Giant taking a week between. The six one-nighters of SIX which triumphed at the Arts Theatre over Christmas will return, so keep your eyes peeled for more information on that.

Things we are proud of this week; marking Jennifer Saunders' return to the stage after 20 years in a record-breaking run for Lady Windermere’s Fan; welcoming Kathleen Turner whose Finding My Voice will play at The Other Palace; opening A Spoonful of Sherman; and the serious pleasure we take in creating assets for The Play That Goes Wrong as well as the opening of The Country Wife at the Southwark Playhouse!