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 September 10th 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!