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Let's start the countdown!

It’s almost December which means that it is perfectly acceptable to start the day with a sweet treat, and tomorrow we can get the advent calendars out! It wouldn’t be Christmas without a chocolate a day in the run up to the 25th. While the countdown begins for Christmas day, make sure to also mark the 12th and 13th on those calendars as this is when both Awful Auntie and Horrible Christmas have their opening nights!

You won’t want to miss the West End premiere of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie this Christmas. It will be showing at the Bloomsbury Theatre from 12th December to 6thJanuary. And, if that wasn’t enough excitement for the whole family, we also have Horrible Christmas opening at Alexandra Palace on the 13th December. Forget panto this year and celebrate Christmas in the most wonderful and wildly funny way ever!

This week’s blog image is a sneak peek of a new exciting project that we are working on with Mischief Theatre which we can’t wait to announce to you all! Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for more information…

Lastly, we are delighted to be working with The Showstoppers as they announce not one but two London venues for a limited season in 2019! Showstopper! is a hilarious evening and definitely not one to miss, so make sure to get your tickets when they go on sale at The Other Palace and the Lyric Theatre on Monday!

6 weeks until Christmas!

The countdown until Christmas has finally started now that SKATE at Somerset House has opened, which is helping us all get into the Christmas spirit!

As some of you may have seen on our social media we have been doing a JHI Bake Off sweepstake and, now it’s all over, we can finally announce our winners! After drawing Rahul in the sweepstake, Natalie won first prize and, after her show-stopping sausage rolls, Fi was the winner of Best Bake! Thank you to the wonderful Aimee for being our extra-curricular activities coordinator!!  

Liza Pulman has finished another sell-out run at The Other Palace, but not to worry if you missed her because we are expecting a big announcement on Monday so watch this space! It might have something to do with Liza Sings Streisand returning to London West End in 2019…

We had the pleasure of seeing Malala and her father Ziauddin at the Central Westminster Hall on Saturday where they explored their passionate campaigning for girls’ education and lifelong fight for equality. It was a sold-out event and was inspiring to listen to their incredible story. We were also very lucky to attend Grayson Perry’s last show at the London Palladium on Sunday where he discussed the ‘cultural divisions in the topsy turvy world of Brexit and Trump’!

So, we are sad to say goodbye to the tours of Nigella Lawson, Grayson Perry and Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai, but we’re saying a big hello to both Sir Michael Parkinson and Dame Diana Rigg. We are thrilled to continue our work with Fane Productions on these wonderful shows!

An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson will be at the Gillian Lynn Theatre to mark the publication of his new book George Best: A Memoir where he will be in conversation with his son and co-author Mike. Come and join this national treasure on the 11th December to hear his thoughts and reflections on why a man who seemingly had everything tragically decided to throw it all away.

An Evening with Dame Diana Rigg will be in Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre on the 9th of March. Dame Diana will talk us through her extraordinary career including her much-loved roles from The Avengers’ Emma Peel to Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.

Get Tommy to the church on time!

I hope you all had spook-tacular week and a Happy Halloween! We have had 2 thrilling weeks here at JHI, which started with our lovely Tommy Luck’s wedding. We would like to congratulate Tommy and Steph on their beautiful day, and to thank them for letting us be part of their special day. It was a joy to be a part of!

En route to the wedding of the year, A Hundred Words For Snow went on sale. This will be at the Trafalgar Studios from March 2019. We can’t believe we’re already thinking about 2019, how crazy? 

The Play That Goes Wrong opens in Korea on the 6th November. Now in it’s fifth year in the West End, still running in New York where it is Broadways longest running play and fifteen other countries simultaneously including Moscow where it opened two weeks ago, is there anywhere this play won’t go wrong?

Honour Press Night was a powerful evening full of discussion about a very topical play. This will be playing at the Park Theatre until the 24th November.

Nigella Lawson and Grayson Perry UK tours are both in full swing! We look forward to seeing An Evening with Nigella at the Bridge Theatre in London this weekend and Grayson Perry at the London Palladium on the 6th November and the 11th.  

Happy Birthday to the lovely Jo!

Another busy week for the JHI team, and today we celebrate our wonderful Jo Hutchison’s birthday. Many Happy Returns, Jo!

Firstly, we would like to congratulate the beautiful Liza Pulman after smashing it at the Other Palace on her first night performance there on Monday. Liza is currently touring the UK with her fabulous band, playing at packed houses across the country with her ‘world class show’. 

We are excited to work again with the wonderful creative team that brought Silk Road to Trafalgar Studios earlier this year, to now bring its new show, All in a Row which is premiering at the Southwark Playhouse next February. Tickets have gone on sale and we look forward to another great show in 2019. 

Privileged to be working with the very talented Trevor Nunn as his world premiere production arrives at Jermyn Street for five weeks only. Agnes Colander went on sale this week and will be playing from February to March next year!

We cannot believe that tomorrow is the final performance of what has been a spectacular year of the Wilde Season, which began with A Woman of No Importance followed by Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband and now finishing with The Importance of Being Ernest. It has been an absolute pleasure working with everyone at Classic Spring and The Round Company on this fantastic season and we will be sad to see it go. 

So pleased to announce that a new show that went on sale this week was A Crag Path Christmas at the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall! This show has been written by the amazing Nick Hutchison and designed by the talented Annie Gosney and will be a real festive treat for anyone in Aldeburgh between Christmas and New Year!

We had lots of fun last night at the SOBOM quiz. Sadly, JHI did not win, however there is always next year!

Only 88 days until 2019!

2018 seems to be flashing before our eyes, meaning that 2019 is not too far away! Today we were thrilled to finally announce one of our 2019 shows. We are delighted to say that SIX will be returning to the Arts Theatre in January following on from their UK tour. The Queens are smashing it and we are enjoying every minute of this journey with them and the rest of the team. If you have not already seen it, then get your tickets for next year, as Michael Ball OBE says, “Do yourself a favour and try to see it.”

Working with Fane Productions is a real joy, and this week we were delighted to announce two new shows that we are working on together. The first one being the lovely Gareth Malone Christmas Show. This Christmas Gareth partners with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to bring an evening of truly festive cheer to help celebrate the build up to Christmas Day. The perfect opportunity to spend the Christmas month with the Nation’s favourite Choirmaster!

Lastly, we are honoured to be working on this incredible one-off event with global education activist, human rights campaigner and teacher Ziauddin Yousafzai and his daughter, the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Malala, for the launch of Ziauddin’s extraordinary memoir Let Her Fly. In this rare live appearance, Malala and Ziauddin will explore his passionate campaigning for girls’ education, their work for the Malala fund and Ziauddin’s lifelong fight for equality – proving there are many faces of feminism. We look forward to attending this wonderful event at the beautiful venue which is Central Hall Westminster.

A Celebration of Women

We would like to make this blog a celebration of women. We work with plenty of amazing women in this industry - from producers to actors, and everyone in-between, and we want to shed light on some of the amazing women we are working with right now. 

We cannot talk about women in theatre without mentioning the sassy, talented, beautiful queens in SIX. They have taken London by storm, with 5* reviews and sold out shows! It was described in the Evening Standard as ‘the most uplifting piece of new British musical theatre I have ever had the privilege to watch!’.

We are so lucky to work on the beautiful show Songs For Nobodies, a one-woman show by Joanna Murray-Smith, starring the extraordinarily talented Bernadette Robinson. Robinson brings to life five iconic singers - Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas, as well as the nobodies they encounter. It has garnered rave reviews and, after a successful run at Wilton’s Music Hall, will be returning to the West End at the Ambassador’s in January.

Last week we announced the on-sale of Liza Pulman at the Other Palace in October and November! The much-admired singer and comedienne celebrates the legend of Barbra Streisand, in this remarkable 5* show! Two fabulous women to celebrate, so a show definitely not to miss! 

There are so many women in this industry that we would love to mention, but it would be a very long list. However, in the era of #MeToo and, as mentioned in previous blog posts, a time when conditions are changing for mothers, it’s a very exciting time for women in theatre!

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend!

Hurrah, not long until we can enjoy that extra lie in!

Let’s talk about SIX… We are so excited that the fabulous six queens have taken Edinburgh Fringe Festival by storm! SIX has officially SOLD OUT at the Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival! We could not be more pleased for the show and the reviews say it all:

‘THIS SHOW IS PERFECTION’ ‘A PULSATING MUSICAL SPECTACULAR’ and ‘HAMILTON WITH [AN] INJECTION OF GIRL POWER!’ – are just a few of the many amazing reviews. Next stop, the West End! The Queens will be at the Arts Theatre from August 30th.

Deafinitely Theatre is the UK’s first deaf-launched and led theatre company, staging productions of classic and contemporary plays for deaf and hearing audiences that combine the visual storytelling of British Sign Language with the immediacy of spoken English. This week, rehearsals are underway for their next production, 4.48 Psychosis, co-produced with New Diorama. We are excited to be working with Deafinitely again after Contractions last year and to be working with the wonderful team at New Diorama!

And to finish our August in the best way, celebrating 100 years of women in Musical Theatre, four of the most iconic West End leading ladies will come together next week to take us through the last century of musicals. There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame will be a spectacular night and we cannot wait for this once-in-a-lifetime concert. Come and join us at Cadogan Hall on the 30th August if you want to hear songs from your favourite musicals!

While we melt in the JHI office!

We are super pleased to have the team grow this week as eight have become nine! We are very excited to have Ksenya join the JHI team as Social Media Engagement Officer and would like to introduce her to you all. Keep your eyes peeled for her biography, coming to our ‘Meet The Team’ page soon!

JHI would also like to welcome The Importance of Being Earnest at the Vaudeville Theatre. We can’t wait to celebrate the final instalment Classic Spring’s hugely successful Oscar Wilde Season with its stars (Sophie Thompson, Jeremy Swift, Pippa Nixon, Stella Gonet and Fiona Button) at the press night next Thursday.

Speaking of Pippa Nixon, it has been fantastic to see how both she and her baby, Noa, have been accommodated in the lead up to The Importance of Being Earnest. Well done to Classic Spring and Michael Fentiman for being part of what seems like a wider change in theatre. We’re so excited to see the West End is increasingly supporting working parents and, especially in the #MeToo era, increasing gender equality across the industry!

Finally, we loved being at the launch of Kids Week and seeing Horrible Histories - Barmy BritainPart Four!, Six, The Comedy about A Bank Robbery and Gangsta Granny taking part. We are so proud to be a part of this amazing initiative and it is great to see so many families enjoy the theatre. Additionally, this week the producers of Gangsta Granny are happy to release final allocation of tickets for Kids Week!

It's Coming Home!

There are lots of hellos and goodbyes at JHI, as this week includes the press night of It Happened in Key West, the end of Lonely Planet and the first night of SIX’s tour, while Legally Blonde’s tour comes to an end.

It Happened in Key West got off to a fantastic start at last night’s press night. The incredible cast and crew received standing ovations for their performances, and the champagne was flowing at the after-party! Surprisingly, the JHI team photo was taken pre-champagne…

Lonely Planet concluded its pre-Pride run on Saturday, in the middle of a very vibrant London! It was wonderful working on such an educational and topical show, and helping to raise money for the National AIDS Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust.

SIX kicks off in Norwich this evening as our five new (and one returning) queen burst on to the scene with a new look but the same sisterly sassitude that sold out at the Arts Theatre last year. We can’t wait to see them teach herstory across the UK before returning to London! 

OMG you guys, this week we say a sad farewell to Legally Blonde. The show received rave reviews up and down the country and has been one Elle of a fabulous musical to work on for the past year! We wish the entire team a brilliant final week in Killarney!

Oh and...isn't there some football happening, or something...?

We aren't all on holiday with our trotters up!

I know I am biased, but Somerset House is truly beautiful throughout the year and we feel extremely lucky to have our offices here! We have the ice-skating rink at Christmas and now we get to enjoy the gigs as Somerset House set up for their Summer Series. Many of us are going to enjoy some of the amazing live music that’s being played in the next couple of weeks. Now onto the latest news…

We are delighted to be working with Lambert Jackson productions on their debut production There’s Nothing Like a Dame at Cadogan Hall! This will be a celebration of 100 years of women in music theatre. Four talented women will be taking us on a journey through the last century of musicals. From Porter to Lloyd Webber, Hammerstein to Schwartz, these ultimate musical show stoppers will be sung by some of the best actresses of our time.

This week another one of David Walliams’ brilliant books,Awful Auntie, has announced its London premiere at The Bloomsbury Theatre! Walliams’ Gangsta Granny also returning this summer is truly brilliant, and we could not be more excited for Awful Auntie to be brought to the stage too. Trust me – this isn’t one just for the children!

We are just about to enter the final two weeks of An Ideal Husband and we are sad to see it go, however we are looking forward to the last of the Wilde season shows - The Importance of Being Earnest. It is a real joy to be able to watch some of Oscar Wilde’s amazing work and we are looking forward to watching Sophie Thompson play Lady Bracknell and Jeremy Swift play Reverend Chasuble.

Lastly, it is a pleasure working with Shrapnel Theatre on Silk Road (How to Buy Drugs Online), which recently went onsale and will be playing at Trafalgar Studios 2. It made history back in 2014 as the first show ever funded by crypto currency, Bitcoin. There truly is something for everyone in theatre.

(Photography by Tony Ray-Jones)

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.

WELCOME

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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!