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The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs West End Palace Theatre LondonThe Three Little Pigs West End comes huffing and puffing into  the Palace Theatre for a 5 week run from the 5th August.

In this new retelling of the fable, The Three Little Pigs are super star performers and renowned celebrities. Trotting around as the famous porkers they are, the whole world seems to adore them, especially their mother who misses giving them “hogs and kisses.” One animal who does NOT enjoy the pigs, however, is the big bad wolf. Can the three pigs outsmart the nasty sharp toothed wolf? Or will he huff and puff and blow the Palace Theatre down, taking the pigs with it?

Cast and Creative

The classic fairytale is adapted for the stage by Olivier Award winning song writing duo, George Stiles and Athony Drewe, who breathe a modern day life into this beloved children’s classic.

Former Blue band member, Simon Webbe plays the big bad wolf and is joined by
Dan Buckley (Loserville, The Book of Mormon) who will play Q, a bookwormish little pig. Leanne Jones will play Bee, Taofique Folarin plays Bar and Alison Jiear also stars as Mother.

The creative team includes Ewan Jones as choreographer, Jason Denvir as designer, Olivier Fenwick as lighting designer and Jon Fiber as sound designer.

Book tickets to see this fun show now !

Show Dates and Times

The Three Little Pigs opens on the 5th August and run to the 6th September. Show times will vary, with the latest at 2pm. Check when booking.  runs for approximately 50 minutes without interval.

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Age Recommendation

The Three Little Pigs is fund for all the family and is best suited for children aged 3+

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

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The world premier of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open at the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016.

After years of rumours, Harry Potter Author J.K Rowling has confirmed that she is teaming up with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany to present Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a production that will explore the backstory leading up to Harry’s parents untimely death at the hands of Lord Voldemort.

Harry’s parents, James and Lily Potter met at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and were seemingly the perfect couple. Unfortunately for the Potter’s, fate had a different plan for them and on the 31st October 1981, they were murdered by the darkest wizard of them all; Lord Voldemort.

Fans of the Harry Potter franchise will delight in a new part The Boy Who Lived’s story being brought to life on stage at the Palace Theatre.

Alongside JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, the creative team for The Cursed Child will include Steven Hoggett who will provide movement, set designs by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry and music by star performer, Imogen Heap.

Casting is yet to be announced.

The Harry Potter novels span seven books and have sold over 450 million copies worldwide. The franchise also has three other companion books, including Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them which is currently being developed into a movie starring Eddie Redmayne.

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets are not yet on sale, please stay tuned for further announcements.

Derren Brown Miracle

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Derren Brown will return to the Palace Theatre in his new show, Miracle, directed by Andy Nyman and Andrew O’Connor. Tickets are now on sale for what promises to be one of the theatrical highlights of the year!

Following the departure of The Commitments, the show will run at the Palace Theatre between 11 November 2015 to 16 January 2016.

Miracle is Brown’s seventh show since 2003 and his second stint at the Palace Theatre, following the success of Infamous in 2013. His previous works include Something Wicked This Way Comes, Enigma, An Evening of WondersSvengali and Infamous. For his theatrical work Brown has earned several Oliver Awards Nominations, winning awards for Something Wicked This Way Comes and Svengali, and is a highly regarded stage performer.

Off stage, Brown has wowed with experimental shows such as Hero at 30,000 Feet, Russian Roulette, Apocalypse and The Great Art Robber

Brown’s co-collaborator, Andy Nyman, is also an actor and magician, has previously worked with Derren on Something Wicked This Way Comes and Enigma on stage and a plethora of Brown’s work off stage. Nyman is also the co-creator of stage show, Ghost Stories. 

Andrew O’Connor is also a magician turned stage performer and director and is known for his work producing Peep Show, acting on stage in Me and My Girl and Barnum and directing a revival of Anything Goes.

Miracle is Brown’s second show at the Palace Theatre, following the successful run of Infamous in 2013.

Derren Brown describes his forthcoming show as “An extraordinary voyage,” and his “boldest, most contentious show yet.”

 

Brainiac Live!

About the Show

“Strap on your safety goggles boys and girls – due to popular demand,  science’s greatest and most volatile live show is back with a vengeance…”

Brainiac Live! is the hit stage show based on the multi-award winning TV program of the same name. This show cuts through the chemistry and puts the fizz back into physics by displaying a whole host of stage experiments complete with outrageous explosions!  Science has never been as fun as this mischievous band of scientists take you on a whirlwind ride throughout the wacky and wonderful effects that science can have in every day life. The show features everything from exploding household objects to combusting particles, and is unlike anything you have every seen on stage!

This brand new stage show is written by Dan Colman, Andy Joyce and Mark Thompson. Actors Andy Joyce and Rik Warren will be keeping the children entertained through their natural onstage chemistry and amusing tales that bring science to life in front of your very eyes.

Suitability 

Recommended age range 7-14.

The running time is 1 hour.

Performance Schedule 

JULY 2013 

THU 18 2pm
FRI 19 11am
SAT 20 12.30pm & 2.30pm
SUN 21 2pm & 4pm
SAT 27 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
AUGUST 2013 
FRI 2 4pm
SAT 3 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm
SUN 4 12pm & 2pm
WED 7 11am & 2pm
THU 8 11am & 2pm
FRI 9 11am, 2pm & 4pm
SAT 10 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm
SUN 11 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
TUE 13 11 am & 2pm
WED 14 11am & 2pm
THU 15 11am & 2pm
FRI 16 11am, 2pm & 4pm
SAT 17 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm

Official Tickets

Official tickets to Brainiac Live! are available by selecting the show from the drop-down menu in the search box at the side of the page.

The Commitments

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Roddy Doyle’s best selling novel, The Commitments has been adapted into a full scale stage musical, and had its world premiere at the Palace Theatre in the Autumn of 2013.

The Commitments is set in Dublin in the 1980’s and is the tale of an band manager, Jimmy Rabbitte and a group of aspiring musicians who get together in the hope of forming a band. Jimmy wants to manage the world’s greatest soul band and, like a true businessman, he holds auditions at his parents’ house along in the hope of discovering musical talent. Unlike Jimmy’s soul idols such as Aretha Franklin and Ottis Reading, Jimmy finds himself with a group of white and weedy musicians. Hell bent on transforming the group into something great, Jimmy names the band “The Commitments” and together they attempt to head up an Irish soul revolution.

The Commitments includes the famous soul numbers “Mustang Sally”, “In the Midnight Hour” and “Try a Little Tenderness.”

The Commitments was also adapted into a film in 1991 which was voted as “the best Irish film of all time” in a 2005 poll a sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey. Like the film, the stage production of The Commitments is a close adaptation of the novel and hopes to secure similar popularity and success.

Dublin truly takes over London’s West End as The Commitments follows in the footsteps of successful Irish musical, Once, which opened at the Phoenix Theatre in April to a generally warm critical response.

The Commitments will close on Sunday 1st November 2015. Book now for your last chance to see the show!

Cast and Creative

The Commitments was written by Roddy Doyle and is directed by Jamie Lloyd, who has worked on a number of successful productions in the last few years including the sell out run of Macbeth starring James McAvoy at the Trafalgar Studios. His work on musical theatre was enjoyed at the Donmar Warehouse with critically acclaimed productions of ‘Passion’ and ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’.  Set design for the show is by Soutra Gilmour, with Lighting Design by Jon Clark and Sound Design by Rory Madden. Ann Yee provides the choreography, alongside Alan Williams as Musical Supervisor and Arranger.

The cast for The Commitments includes:  Brian Gilligan as Declan “Deco” Cuffe and Denis Grindel as Jimmy Rabbitte.

Show Lengths and Times

The Commitments opened for previews at the Palace Theatre from the 21st September with press night on 8th October 2013. Performances are Tuesday to Sunday evenings at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3pm. Sunday shows are at 2:30pm & 7pm. The show length is 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one interval.

Suitable for Children

The Commitments contains some adult themes and the occasional swear word, making it unsuitable for young children. Children over the age of 12 are welcome to enjoy the show if accompanied by an adult.

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Tickets

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Reviews

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Derren Brown: Infamous

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Derren Brown: InfamousFollowing his multi award winning stage shows, Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012), master of illusion Derren Brown is back in London’s West End with his new show, Infamous.

Derren Brown: Infamous is the summer’s biggest and best kept secret as Derren does not want to give away any details of the show. However he did suggest that the production would “feel like something you can’t find anywhere else in theatre or entertainment” and the show is hotly tipped to be a “psychological roller-coaster based around audience participation.”

Derren returns to the Palace Theatre with Infamous, having performed at the landmark venue nine years ago in 2004 with his West End debut Derren Brown Live.

Infamous is Derren’s 6th solo show and promises to be a cut above the rest. The production, which tours the UK before arriving at the Palace Theatre, has already received a warm critical response.

Cast and Creative

Infamous is a one man show starring Derren Brown himself and was co written and directed by Derren’s long time collaboration partner and friend, Andy Nyman.

The show is co produced by Corrie McGuire, Michael Vine and Andrew O’Conner, Set Design is by Simon Higlett with Lighting by Tim Cascall, Sound by Colin Pink and Video Design by Duncan Maclean.

Show Lengths and Times

Infamous opens for previews on the 24th June 2013 and runs until the 17th August. Press night will on the Thursday the 27th June at 7pm.

Infamous runs Monday – Saturday evenings at 7.30pm (excluding the 27th June.) Running time is approximately 2 hours but this will be confirmed when the show opens in June.

Tickets for Infamous are now on sale.

Suitable for Children

Infamous is NOT suitable for children under the age of 12.

Singing in the Rain Extends and a Famous Face Joins the Cast

The all-singing, all-dancing spectacular Singing in the Rain shows no sign of putting away its umbrellas any time soon, as it extends through Junet 2013. The production first premiered at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2011 before transferring to the West End on 4 February 2012. It has proven to be a hit with audiences and critics alike, earning a slew of four- and five-star reviews.

Along with this announcement, Robert Powell has been named to join the cast of Singing in the Rain from 1 October. He is perhaps best known for his appearance as the title role in Franco Zeffirelli’s epic television miniseries Jesus of Nazareth. He also played Mark Williams on the BBC series Holby City for six years and Richard Hannoy in the television adaptation of The 39 Steps. His many theatre credits include Travesties, Tovarich, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Double Double, A Question of Attribution, and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell. In Singing in the Rain, he will play the role of RF Simpson, the Head of Monumental Pictures left scrambling to come up with a plan when his competitors invent talking pictures.

He joins original cast members Adam Cooper (Don Lockwood), Scarlett Strallen (Kathy Selden), Daniel Crossley (Cosmo Brown), and Katherine Kingsley (Lina Lamont). The production is directed by Jonathan Church, with choreography by Andrew Wright, designs by Simon Higlitt, and lighting by Tim Mitchell. Based on the classic MGM film, the musical features songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed and the book was adapted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original screenplay. It is one of Chichester Festival Theatre’s most recent hits in the West End, with Sweeney Todd and South Downs/Browning Version recently making London appearances, and transfers of Kiss Me, Kate to the Old Vic and Goodnight Mister Tom to the Phoenix Theatre announced for this autumn.

Singing in the Rain Extends Booking through February 2013

After receiving a slate of four- and five-star reviews, the smash hit Singing in the Rain has extended its booking period through 23 February 2013.

This new production premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre last year before opening in the West End at the Palace Theatre on 15 February. It follows silent screen stars as they try to cope with the advent of sound, and its famous title number uses and recycles more than 12,000 litres of water each performance.

Adam Cooper stars as Don Lockwood, with Scarlett Strallen as Kathy Seldon and Daniel Crossley as Cosmo. The supporting cast is led by Katherine Kingsely as Lina Lamont, with Michael Brandon as RF Simpson and Sandra Dickinson as Dora Bailey/Miss Dinsmore. The production is directed by Jonathan Church, with choreography by Andrew Wright. It had previously been scheduled to close on 29 September.

This extension coincides with the 60th anniversary of the famous film version starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor. The film regularly tops critics’ lists of the best movie musicals of all time.

Tickets for October 2012 through February 2013 will go on sale shortly.

Singing In The Rain

THIS SHOW HAS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE DO NOT BOOK TICKETS! 


Singing in the Rain ticketsSingin’ in the Rain has delighted critics and audiences since opening at the Palace Theatre in February 2012. Singing in the Rain tickets are now available until the 8th June 2013.

Directed by Jonathan Church and produced by Stage Entertainment UK, Singing in the Rain will be transferring to the West End stage following a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2011. The show opened on 15th February 2012 and is currently taking bookings until 8th June 2013 when the show will close.

Cast Information

Adam Cooper plays the leading role of Lockwood. Cooper is a dancer and choreographer who created the role of the Swan in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. He has also performed in numerous West End musicals such as Guys and Dolls and The Wizard of Oz. Playing the role of Kathy Seldon is Louise Bowden, who took over the role from Scarlett Strallen in February 2013. Jennifer Ellison plays the beautiful Lina Lamont and Stephane Annelli plays Lockwood’s sidekick, Cosmo Brown.

Show Length and Times

Singin’ In The Rain shows six evenings per week, from Monday to Saturday. On Monday to Saturday, performances start at 7.30pm. There are two matinees per week at 2:30pm, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The approximate running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute interval. Monday to Saturday evening performances finish at around 10:00pm, exiting the theatre at approximately 10:15pm. Matinees finish at around 5:30pm, and you can expect to leave the theatre by approximately 5:45pm. Singin’ In The Rain will close on the 8th June 2013 and will then tour the UK from December 2013.

Synopsis and Songs

Famous for the 1952 MGM movie version starring Gene Kelly, Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of Don Lockwood, silent movie star who has everything a person dreams of – fame, popularity and a romance with co-star Lina Lamont. With the on-going rumours of the possibility of sound being synchronized with picture which would surely revolutionise the movie industry and change everything, the silent stars, including Don, are nervous. When it is revealed that starlet, Lamont, has the voice akin to nails being scratched down a blackboard, Lockwood and his comedy sidekick, Cosmo, go in search of an alternative. On finding the beautiful yet snooty Kathy Selden, a chorus girl prone to jumping out of cakes with the voice of an angel, Lockwood tries to convince her to dub in for his co-star diva. Unfortunately both Lina and Kathy are stubborn, leading to Don being forced to work his Hollywood star charm. Although where Kathy is concerned, both her and Don get more than they bargained for as they embark upon a whirlwind romance.

Reviews

MICHAEL COVNEY “The rain at the end of each act is tremendous, and anyone in the most expensive seats in the front few rows gets a marvellous soaking. But the highlight of Simon Higlett’s superb design and Tim Mitchell’s lighting is the irresistible explosion of pastel suits, flashing legs and Manhattan skyline in “Broadway Melody.”

LYN GARDNER “It is technically assured, hugely accomplished and is faithful to the movie yet sufficiently different as not to invite unflattering comparisons. The movie inserts, in which we see the vehicles for silent film stars Don Lockwood (Adam Cooper) and Lina Lamont (Katherine Kingsley) as they try to make the transition to the talkies, are particularly clever.”

 

Video Preview

If you can’t wait and want to see what the show is like right now, then why not check out the official trailer for the Chichester production below? The dazzling choreography, costumes and classic tunes can be seen.

 Official Tickets

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert to Close

After a successful run of nearly three years at the Palace Theatre in London, the award-winning Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is set to close on New Year’s Eve. The fun-loving, crazy-costumed show opened in London on 23rd March 2009 to rave reviews and was nominated for the most prestigious theatre award – the Laurence Olivier Award for best New Musical in 2010, unfortunately losing to Spring Awakening. It was nominated for a further two Olivier Awards and won one for Best Costume Design. The show went on to win several other awards including the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best New Musical and the BroadwayWorld.com UK Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Oliver Thornton.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is based on the 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and was first seen at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney in October 2006. It was highly successful and transferred to Melbourne in 2007, and a year later to New Zealand before returning to its original home. The success of the show sparked worldwide interested for Priscilla, enabling a West End production to open. The London production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert opened just three months after the show closed in Sydney, and met even greater success than its debut down under. The London show is co-produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and directed  by Simon Phillips. The original cast included Australian heart-throb Jason Donovan as Tick (Mitzi), Oliver Thornton as Adam (Felicia) and Tony Sheldon as Bernadette.

Fans of Priscilla will be delighted to know that it doesn’t all end with the West End closure of the hit musical.  The show is currently playing on Broadway and is produced by Grammy Award-winning actress and singer, Bette Midler, and a Brazilian production is set to open in Sao Paulo in 2012.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert closes at the Palace Theatre on 31st December 2011.