Happy birthday to Us!

This week marks ten years of JHI and what a decade it’s been! We want to start this fortnight’s blog post by saying thank you to all the wonderful clients, co-workers and individuals we’ve worked with over the years. On Monday, we celebrated our birthday at the Criterion with cake, drinks, a sweet table (a favourite feature among both us and our guests!) and a whole host of wonderful friends from across the industry. Thanks again to everyone who came to see us on Monday and for all the well-wishes this week.

In the way of new shows this fortnight, On Blueberry Hill and Lipstick opened this week and we’re already big fans of both two-person, thought-provoking plays. The five-star rated Love, Loss and Chianti had its press night at the end of last week and Vanessa, Ray, Natalie and Fi captured some wonderful content from the night (including an interview with the one-and-only Stephen Fry). Also last week, we were thrilled to attend I Think We Are Alone’s gala night at Theatre Royal Stratford East. A moving and hilarious piece, we have loved the opportunity to work on the show with our Frantic Assembly friends.  

That’s not all though. Over in the world of live events, we’ve worked closely with the Fane team on several new announcements with some very big names. Sir Trevor McDonald will be hitting the road to talk about his biography, An Improbable Life. Allie Esiri is coming to the Open Air Theatre to celebrate the Bard with performances inspired by her book Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year. Kate Mosse will be discussing her book City of Tears with some special guests this May. Ruth Jones will be talking about all things writing, from Gavin and Stacey to her new novel Us Three when she takes to the stage. To keep this wordy news going (World Book Day was this week, after all), Words Weekend Bury St Edmunds went on sale. Opening the Bury St Edmunds Festival and featuring artists including Katie Piper and Dean Stott, it’s a very exciting venture for all involved.

Whilst updating on all things Fane, we also want to wish our Fane-tastic friends a very happy third birthday! And, we want to congratulate Fane client Petula Clark on her Olivier nomination for her role in Mary Poppins!

Speaking of award nominations, we must give a huge shout-out to the Mischief team on their best entertainment or comedy play nomination for Magic Goes Wrong – it’s so very well-deserved! We also want to wish our congratulations to some Mousetrap Award nominees we’ve worked with including Toby Marlowe’s Saved the Day award for stepping in as Catherine Parr in Six and Groan Ups for the Spectacular Set Award. This past weekend, Natalie, Rona, Fi, Ben and Leni attended the What’s On Stage Awards and saw SIX take the crown as the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical winners! That’s not all for SIX this fortnight though. The UK touring Queens had an appearance on Blue Peter and over in the US, SIX joined the million the million dollar club on Broadway, grossing over $1 million in the first full week of previews alone!

In team news, Ben, Rona, Rhys and Jo attended the opening night of The Last Five Years at the Southwark Playhouse and they all fell in love with the show. And, at the Vaults Festival this weekend, our very own Rhys was part of his original show Tappuccino about a tap-dancing coffee bean on a mission to save the rainforest – congrats Rhys!