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!