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Proud Rainbows

Wishing you all a happy Pride weekend! JHI have loved the month of glorious celebrations and now we look forward to filling the streets with rainbows in the glorious sunshine for Pride London!

Last week we announced Philippa Perry in Conversation at Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 19th of September. Chatting to BBC 5 Live broadcaster and TV presenter Nihal Arthanayake, Philippa will explore ideas from her Sunday Times number one bestseller, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did. It promises to be an evening packed with sage and sound advice!

85,000 extra tickets were released last week as Six announced their extension in the West End! You will be able to catch Six at the Arts Theatre until July 2020.  And we are also looking forward to welcoming our new Queens in October!

Cult podcasters Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes went on sale this morning with the High Low Experience, impressively selling out Dublin in less than an hour. The pair will be visiting four venues across the UK and Ireland, with the tour starting in October this year.

As part of Richmond Theatre’s 120th anniversary celebrations, Fane Productions are bringing three unique one-night events to the theatre this September. Allie Esiri will be joined by Christopher Eccleston in her event Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year; Bonnie Langford will be joined by her West End musicians led by Anthony England, as they perform some of her favourite songs; and last but not least, Nicholas Parsons will be joined on stage by Gyles Brandreth in Just a Minute or two!

"I'm getting married in the morning!"

We would like to start this week’s blog by congratulating our lovely Joe Kelly on his wedding day tomorrow! We are off to Cornwall to celebrate with Joe and Katie on their special day!

To continue our last blog’s theme of Pride month we would like to congratulate Afterglow on its amazing press night with Graham Norton, Charlie Condou and Bisi Alimi all attending. We have even secured a partnership with Fourpure, a London based brewery, and together we are selling the #AfterglowLDN lager at the theatre and will be donating 10% of every pint to the Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity who works towards providing safe homes and better futures for LGBTQ+ young people.

Adding to London’s thriving LGBT+ theatre scene is Max Vernon’s new musical The View UpStairs, coming to the Soho Theatre this July following a successful run off-Broadway.

The current crooks of Minneapolis will be breaking free and making way for a whole new set of criminals to enter The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at The Criterion next week. We wish the current cast the best of luck on their next heist…*ahem*…we mean job 😝

Tomorrow fans and theatre buffs alike will descend on Trafalgar Square for the ultimate annual free theatre event, West End Live! With a packed schedule, we’re proud to see our shows Six, Thriller, Ballet Boyz, The View Upstairs and Brooklyn performing across the weekend. See you there!

Today we announced Maria Friedman: From The Heart, at Royal Festival Hall on the 10th of November. In a thrilling collaboration with musical director, Theo Jamieson (Everybody's Talking about Jamie, High Society), Maria will celebrate the enduring partnerships she has enjoyed with some of musical theatre’s greatest names. It’s sure to be a fantastic night! Also going on sale today is Elizabeth Day (How to Fail) for her October UK tour. Join her for a brilliantly funny, painfully honest and insightful celebration of the things that haven’t gone quite right.

Tomorrow we say a fond farewell to Mindgame, which has been touring the country since April, and to the incredible, 5-star-reviewed Vincent River. We’ve loved working with Angela Browne Ltd and Danielle Tarento, and we’re looking forward to working together again in the future!

Sunday also marks the end of Horrible Histories - Dreadful Deaf! It’s been wonderful to work on a collaboration of old JHI friends Birmingham Stage Company and Deafinitely Theatre in the first bilingual BSL/spoken word Horrible Histories production, and we hope it will lead to even greater things.

PRIDE MONTH

This month Original Talent are joining in with Pride celebrations, and here at JHI we have three LGBTQIA+ productions currently in London which we are extremely proud to be a part of. These are the hit comedy Afterglow playing at the Southwark Playhouse this summer, new musical The View Upstairs staring Tyrone Huntley, Adam Mientus and John Partridge and Vincent River, playing at the Trafalgar Studios which highlights so many important topics during Pride month.

Afterglow began their run at Southwark Playhouse on Wednesday to a sold-out house. Premiering in the UK after a multiple-extended hit run Off-Broadway, Afterglow is a ‘steamy stripped-down look at gay intimacy’. We are looking forward to see what the UK press think next week. If it is anything like the social media reaction, we are very excited.

This week saw the announcement of an exciting series of events at the National Theatre, in collaboration with Fane Productions, to bring some of the best and brightest authors to the stage for a month-long celebration of literary genius. With names such as Margaret Atwood, Matt Haig and Nigella Lawson Authors on Stage promises to be an amazing season!

On Monday we welcomed BalletBoyz into the West End as their run of Them/Us began. The performance has received multiple 5* reviews and continues at the Vaudeville for another week.

A whole lotta history was made last night as SIX the musical held their very first singalong performance! A sold-out audience of fans clad in the get up of their favourite Queens sang their hearts out and raised the roof at the Arts Theatre!

Working with our wonderful friends at Birmingham Stage Company, we are thrilled to announce this week that Billionaire Boy will be going to the Bloomsbury Theatre running from 14th December until 5th January 2020.  This is the amazing new production of David Walliams’ best-selling story!

Look out for Fashion Freak Show coming to the Southbank this summer! Ben and Jo travelled to glorious Paris this week to attend a performance of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show at the Folies Bergere. The production is an homage to the 50 years JPG has been in the fashion industry and the rest of the team can’t wait to see it when it is here in London.

Cheers to another bank holiday weekend!

Our shiny new social media and content team have been getting stuck into the world of Mischief Theatre with their #MischiefMay campaign across The Play That Goes Wrong, A Comedy About A Bank Robbery and the upcoming season at the Vaudeville Theatre (Groan Ups and Magic Goes Wrong). They’ve been celebrating all things Mischief with charity partnerships, cast Instagram take overs, Q&As, influencer events and a gallery wall at the Theatre Café showing the worldwide presence! It’s been a busy month and while May might nearly be over, the mischief well and truly continues…WORLDWIDE!

Ben and Sophie shall be travelling to Sheffield to see the tour cast of The Comedy About a Bank Robbery who will be coming in to the West End from 25th June. On the Friday they shall be taking set-up studio shots. Let’s hope they capture those crooks!

Speaking of Mischief… The Play That Goes Wrong celebrated its 1,999th performance at the Duchess, and we cannot believe they have taken to the stage almost 2,000 times and still can’t quite get it right! If you were one of the unfortunate ones to attend the 1,999th performance, you will have had the added bonus of a Q&A by the one and only Terri Paddock - having an additional hour of going wrong with the cast. One of the audience members celebrated his 11th visit to the play and said he will keep coming back until they can get it right!

The incredible Vincent River had its press night on Tuesday, returning to Trafalgar Studios after 12 years. Despite the time passing, Philip Ridley’s writing is still as heart-wrenching as when first written! It was a fantastic night, with a brilliant audience reaction.

FANE-TASTIC

We enjoyed another busy bank holiday with Fane Productions last weekend, beginning with the wonderful Bryony Gordon at the Southbank Centre and ending with the last performance of Rose McGowans’ Brave UK Tour. On Sunday we also enjoyed the first performance of Michael Morpurgo’s 75th Anniversary Tour, as well as the talented best seller Elizabeth Day talking about How to Fail at The Bridge, and Dame Patricia Routledge on stage at the Theatre Royal Haymarket! Exciting weekend for sure!

Amour took us to Paris for the evening on Wednesday for its opening night at the Charing Cross Theatre. It was such a charming and delightful production that had us laughing all night,nd we’re thrilled to see that it received great reviews including 5 stars from Broadway World calling the UK premiere of Michel Legrand’s Amour musical ‘literally delightful’!

BalletBoyz announced they would be going to the Vaudeville Theatre from 3rd - 15th June with their critically acclaimed production of Them/Us. This will be mark the company’s West End premiere and hopefully lead to many more in the future. You’ll be taken on an exploration of human connections with Us, by Tony and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Featuring all BalletBoyz dancers, the piece presents the company at its powerful best.

SIX The Musical shall have its international premiere at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on the 14th of May. We’ve seen some sassy images and heard their riff-tastic vocals on social media and cannot wait for the American audience to be taught some British her-story!

The Afterglow cast got to meet for the very first time (in just their briefs!) for their photoshoot, and have turned up the heat with rehearsals now in full swing! We can’t wait for the UK Premiere of this off-Broadway smash hit to grace the Southwark Playhouse stage from June 5th. The climax is just the beginning…

Bank Holiday Galore!

What a glorious Bank Holiday we had. The beautiful hot sunshine came out for us as we enjoyed a long weekend. We hope that you all had lovely Easter breaks and, just remember, its only one more week until our next Bank Holiday!

First off in this week’s news, we are so excited to see Rob Brydon Probes Barry Humphries this Sunday at the London Palladium. We’ve loved working on this show and we’re looking forward to spending an evening with two legends of comedy!

The wonderful ladies from JHI attended the second Women in Theatre, Press and Marketing networking session this week – an organisation co-founded by our very own Jo Hutchison! These events are so important, and it’s incredibly exciting to be surrounded by inspiration women, who all have a different story but have so much in common.

We are also working with Fane Productions on even more exciting projects. This week we announced that best-selling author, LGBT activist and the subject of a new Netflix series, Armistead Maupin, will be going on a UK tour with a series of evening conversations.  Also this week we announced the on sale of Michel Legrand ‘Remembered’. This show will be a tribute to the era-defining composer with an evening of jazz and cinema classics from Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.

Our fabulous clients at Mischief Theatre announced this week the return of Peter Pan Goes Wrong to London in 2019 for a Christmas season at Alexandra Palace. This disastrous show will also be going on a UK tour.  

The UK premiere of the five-time Tony Award nominated musical, Amour, opens next Thursday! It will be playing at the Charing Cross Theatre from May 2nd and we are delighted to be working on this wonderful show.

Last, but definitely not least, JHI attended SOBOM’s 40th Anniversary Gala at the Gillian Lynne Theatre this week. It was a great evening of celebration for one of the most amazing organisations in the West End! Happy birthday SOBOM!

Happy blog-aversary!

Happy 1-year blog anniversary to us! It has officially been a year since we started this blog and we are delighted to be able to share our news on here and tell everyone about all our exciting projects!

Last Sunday the biggest night of the theatre calendar year took place and JHI were delighted to be part of it again. A few of us from Fane Productions and JHI took to the red carpet at the Olivier Awards and enjoyed a night full of spectacular performances from some of the West End’s biggest shows, including one of our own, SIX! We would also like to thank Grayson Perry for being our wonderful guest for the evening.

This year is the 20th anniversary of Mamma Mia! First opening on 6th April 1999 at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. Congratulations to the original dynamos who made it all happen - Judy Craymer, Catherine Johnson and Phyllida Lloyd!

With 50 years of writing behind him, Michael Morpurgo has announced his 75th anniversary tour! Starting with a date at the Bridge Theatre, this will be a special night with Katy Brand interviewing him on his long, successful career. There will also be a special guest reading excerpts of his most treasured work! It’s fabulous to have another exciting project with Fane Productions.

We are delighted to welcome our friends Frantic Assembly to Somerset House as our new neighbours! Also this week , the National Youth Centre announced their autumn season which includes Frankenstein, Great Expectations and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We’re very excited to work with both these companies in the future!

This week also brought big news for our long runners! Firstly, we wished The Comedy About A Bank Robbery a very happy 3rd birthday, and celebrated their extension to May 2020. Thriller has now become the 13th longest running show ever in the West End, and has extended to April 2020. It has also been announced that The Play That Goes Wrong will be going wronger for even longer, with the Olivier Award-winning box office hit announcing a new booking period until May 2020!

And the announcements are coming thick and fast, as we’re also incredibly excited to be working with Park Theatre again, this time on Mother of Him - written by Evan Placey, directed by Max Lindsay and starring Tracy-Ann Oberman. We’re looking forward to working on this emotive project with a great team in September!

SIX and Tonic

The countdown is on to the Olivier awards and we are getting incredibly excited to watch our very own SIX queens perform on stage! For those who want to watch it, it will be broadcast on ITV 1 on the night! Talking of SIX… Both teams at JHI and Fane Productions got together last week to go and see the fabulous show and it did not disappoint! We had a fantastic evening at the Arts Theatre with the fabulous queens!

On Monday night we had the honour of attending the Tonic Awards at the May Fair Hotel. Our leader Jo Hutchison had the pleasure of presenting Paula Garfield an award for her unwavering commitment to opening theatre up and for the care and energy she puts into Deafinitley Theatre. It was an extraordinary evening full of inspirational women and enjoyed by everyone. Thank you Tonic Awards for organising such a terrific evening and letting us be part of it.

Last week was a momentous occasion watching Liza Pulman perform at the Lyric Theatre. This was the first of the series of shows at the Lyric Theatre and we are thrilled that this wonderful show has received a 4-star Times review. Very deserving indeed!

We are excited to watch Jason Robert Brown play at the Haymarket Theatre this Sunday as part of Sunday Encounters. The Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist will be joined by the talented Carrie Hope Fletcher; Olivier nominee Rachel Tucker, star of Come From Away; and Tyrone Huntley, Olivier nominee for Jesus Christ Superstar. Be sure to not miss out on this one-nighter!

BBC Comedy announced the six-part series ‘The Goes Wrong Show’ for BBC One last month and yesterday the filming began! The six half-hour episodes are written by and star original founders of the Mischief Theatre.

Again, we are so delighted that JHI team has grown again and this week we had the wonderful Sophie Partridge join us as Digital Marketing Manager! Welcome Sophie. 

Toe Tapping into Spring

We’re thrilled that JHI were able to celebrate International Women’s Day last Friday with the brilliant announcement that Margaret Atwood is embarking on a tour! Margaret will tour across the UK and Ireland to discuss her new novel, The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Moreover, on Tuesday 10th September Atwood will be filmed live from the stage of the National Theatre in London and will be broadcast in cinemas all around the world. Over 1000 cinemas worldwide will be able to watch her being interviewed by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed in a conversation spanning the length of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works and why she has returned to her seminal handmaid story, 34 years later.

You could hear our excitement from the other side of the city last week as SIX received FIVE Olivier Award nominations! These included ‘Best New Musical’, ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical’, ‘Best Theatre Choreographer’, ‘Outstanding Achievement in Music’ and ‘Best Costume Design’.  We were also thrilled that Songs For Nobodies was nominated for ‘Best Entertainment’! We’re delighted to be working on these shows with such wonderful teams. 

Talking of SIX’s success… we were delighted to be with SIX as they took the award for ‘Best Off West End Musical’ at the 19th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards! What a night it was! Huge congratulations to the entire cast and creative team. 

Last week we also announced that a little magic will be coming to the West End! Mischief Comedy have teamed up with Las Vegas legends Penn & Teller to conjure up an evening of grand illusion in Magic Goes Wrong. This is part of the Mischief Season at the Vaudeville and will be following on from Mischief’s Groan Ups, opening in September.

We’re starting the St Patrick’s Day celebrations early with the announcement of the return of Riverdance for a very special 25thAnniversary show tour! It’s wonderful to be working on this fabulous show again and we look forward to seeing it take the stage in March 2020!

We were caught in flurry of 5-star reviews for A Hundred Words for Snow last week as it opened at Trafalgar Studios, following critically acclaimed runs at The Vaults and the Arcola Theatre. It is a charming show that will have you in tears of both sadness and joy.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery returns next Monday after being dark for 2 weeks while their wonderful home, The Criterion Theatre, gets a spring clean with restoration and improvement works. We’ve not got long until we get to celebrate the show’s third birthday!

Sadly, this weekend we’re saying goodbye to Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at The Other Palace and Agnes Colander, both closing tomorrow. But don’t worry if you missed Showstopper at The Other Palace because it will be returning to the Lyric Theatre for selected Mondays throughout 2019!

Lastly, we’re proud to welcome two new wonderful JHI members - Harriet and Laura. We are so excited to have them join the team!

Fingers crossed for SIX!

It has been another week for the books here at JHI Marketing with celebrations and announcements.

Following on from My Dad’s Gap Year (Park Theatre) and A Lesson from Aloes (Finborough Theatre), we are delighted to be working with David Adkin again on the just announced Afterglow, opening this summer at the Southwark Playhouse.

We’re also over the moon to announce that we’re working on Rob Brydon Probes Barry Humphries at the London Palladium on Sunday, 28th April 2019. Rumour has it that those coming to the event will get to hear onscreen clips and extracts from Barry’s favourite comedy moments of all time.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, JHI are gearing up for the WhatsOnStge Awards on Sunday. We have everything crossed for SIX, who are nominated for six awards including Best New Musical and Best Original Cast Recording. The full cast will be performing the title track at the ceremony. It is so catchy that we’ll most definitely be harmonizing with them…and even busting out some dance moves.

Big week ahead so keep an eye for things to be announced!

Happy Valentines!

This week former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, Trevor Nunn, returned to Jermyn Street Theatre with Agnes Colander. The play was written by a young Harley Granville Barker in 1900, but wasn’t discovered for around a century, when it was unearthed amongst papers in an archive at the British Museum. It went on to have rehearsed readings at the National Theatre, and a full production directed by Nunn at the Ustinov Studio in Bath. We are thrilled that this wonderful show has now opened and will be running until the 16th March.

The sold out show, My Dad’s Gap Year, is running at the Park Theatre until 23rd February. A wickedly funny and heartfelt story based on true events, and with gay love, straight love, trans love, buddy love and father/son love at its core, Gap Year is a dizzying drama of drinking games, beer bellies, newfound freedom and midlife madness.

Also this week, the talented Stacey Dooley returned to the stage where she discussed her remarkable career and new book, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back , with Viv Groskop. After rapidly selling out her only two scheduled live appearances in 2019, Fane Productions live streamed the evening at the Brighton Dome. People from all over the world, including New York and Cape Town, tuned in to watch this incredible event and we are so excited to be part of a project that makes live entertainment more accessible. The livestream recording is now available on catch up so don’t worry if you missed it!

Keeping busy!

Following on from our exciting news that JHI has been acquired by the wonderful Fane Productions we have had a busy couple of weeks! We have been overwhelmed by the support and love we received and would like to thank you all. We are looking forward to this new chapter for JHI.

We are thrilled to be announcing that Mischief Theatre will be presenting a season of new work at the Vaudeville Theatre. From the parents of The Play that Goes Wrong and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery comes a brand new comedy all about growing up; the West End premiere of Mischief’s Groan Ups will be opening on 20th September.

Working alongside Fane productions, we are delighted to reveal ‘Sunday Encounters at the Haymarket Theatre’ - a unique collection of one-off encounters with some of the UK’s most inspirational and discerning voices from theatre, dance, comedy, politics and literature in one of London’s oldest and most beautiful theatres. This season will be starting in March and will run until June.

It is always a joy to work on Thriller Live and last week we were lucky enough to celebrate Thriller’s 10th birthday! The feeling in the audience was emotional with the theatre being packed with old cast members. They’ve celebrated ten great years in the West End and here’s to the next ten!  

This month SIX made its return to the Arts Theatre and has extended until January 2020! We are so proud to be part of this amazing show and thrilled that SIX have been nominated for 3 Off West End awards and 6 WhatsOnStage Awards. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed, Queens!

This month also saw the opening night of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at the Other Palace. It’s been so exciting working on a show that is completely different every single night. You could say we’re actually working on 60+ brand new musicals!

Exciting News

We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of JHI by Fane Productions, joining a stable of literary and talent based companies headed by Original Talent Ltd.

Working alongside Fane Productions on recent tours with Stacey Dooley, Nigella Lawson, Gareth Malone and Grayson Perry, the synergies of both our companies and the benefits of working closer together became obvious. Now with the support of Fane Productions and Original Talent, we can achieve our greater ambition more quickly; to provide bespoke and original marketing campaigns to more live entertainment clients.

Jo said,

“We are so excited to have the support and backing of Fane Productions and Original Talent so we can concentrate on the work we do and provide it more economically and effectively to our clients. That this support comes from such a prestigious and creative stable, assures us that we are in good and faithful company.

We are looking to recruit 4 new roles immediately in Campaign Management, Sales and Ticketing and Digital Media to provide more effective services for current and future clients.” Take a look at our careers page for information!

Alex Fane, of Fane Productions says…

“Jo Hutchison has developed a company that is ready to shake-up the marketing industry and we are thrilled that they have decided to partner with us for the next stage of their company’s development. Within the Original Talent Group they can keep doing what they do for their clients to the same standards, but with greater resources, greater creative freedom and greater commercial reach.”

Fane Productions Ltd

Founded by Alex Fane in February 2017, Fane Productions specialises in the production of bespoke live events for leading talent. Over 100,000 tickets were sold in its first year through events with the likes of John le Carre, Margaret Atwood, Nigella Lawson, Dolly Alderton, Stacey Dooley and Grayson Perry. Fane Productions also runs the programming at Live at Zedel putting on 800 shows a year and recently announced its own book festival – Words Weekend.

Original Talent Ltd

Original Talent was formed in 2016 with BBC Worldwide (now BBC Studios) as its strategic partner. Original Talent is the parent company of the UK’s largest and oldest literary agency, Curtis Brown. Under the Original Talent umbrella sits the literary agencies C&W (formerly Conville & Walsh), Ed Victor Ltd and the events company Fane Productions, as well as the production company Cuba Pictures and creative writing school Curtis Brown Creative.

In 2017 Original Talent acquired a majority stake in Tavistock Wood the boutique talent agency and its newly formed production company Open Book.

Original Talent’s objective is to provide a platform for Europe’s premier creative talent; writers, actors, performers, directors and promote its huge library of literary material in the most innovative and flexible way, by placing creative talent at the heart of the process.

Acknowledging the benefits of bespoke and individual relationships, Original Talent has a federal structure that allows different agency and production hubs to flourish. Clients have all the benefits of a boutique arrangement within a large-scale player. This new model of agency will create a European hub of talent and production that will have global reach.

Happy New Year!

We would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year from all of us at JHI. We are so excited for this year and are looking forward to welcoming many more shows, working with lots more talented people and bringing more people to enjoy live entertainment in 2019. 

We are kicking off the year with the return of the very talented Bernadette Robinson in the Songs For Nobodies. Bernadette Robinson's miraculous voice shifts from the smoky blues of Billie Holiday to the thrilling soprano of Maria Callas, via Garland, Cline and Piaf. With consummate ease, she breathes new life into the five legendary performers and the five ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame. Due to huge demand, Songs For Nobodies is transferring to the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre. 

We are also thrilled to join Showstopper! at their 1000th performance at The Other Palace on the 23rd June! This extraordinary show creates a brand-new musical comedy at every performance where the audience suggestions are transformed into all-singing, all-dancing productions with hilarious results.

Stay tuned for more excited updates from JHI...

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

This is our last blog of the year, so we thought we would dedicate this one to reflect on the amazing year that we have had and share some of the team’s highlights of 2018!

We start with the Joe Kelly who began the year getting engaged to the love of his life! We look forward to seeing Joe and Kate get married next summer in the lovely setting of Cornwall.

As another year begins to draw to a close, Ksenya looks back on her fondest memories of 2018 including joining JHI in the summer. She loves working alongside people who are incredibly passionate about the work we do on our shows and loves that there’s never a dull moment! This is definitely true in our office!!

Seeing King Kong on Broadway was one of the highlights of this year for Ben. Being in New York itself is always a treat but seeing this epic new show with a 2,000 pound, 20 foot tall mechanical monster operated by no fewer than 10 people and phenomenally choreographed by Drew McOnie, this show certainly left an impression and rightfully deserves a mention!

Forget Meghan and Harry, the Wedding of the Year for us at JHI was Tommy and Steph Luck’s! Naturally, Tommy’s favourite moment of year has to be becoming a husband to the beautiful Stephanie and beginning the next wonderful chapter of their life.

This brings us to Charlotte’s favourite moment, which is a wonderful memory for us all at JHI - the Olivier Awards. It was a fantastic evening celebrating incredible talent, enjoying the magnificent Hamilton cast, the beautiful voice of Sheila Atim and honouring the nominated shows that we have worked on.

Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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!