Survive the heatwave with a trip to the theatre

It’s official, London is sweltering. With the sun set to scorch for at least the next couple of weeks, it can be hard to picture yourself doing anything other than slapping on the suncream and eating all the ice lollies you can get your hands on. If, like us, you’d still prefer to be out and about in the city, we’ve compiled a handy list of the top shows that you can go and enjoy in the comfort of an air conditioned theatre.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

A new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s multi-award winning musical has landed in the London Palladium for a strictly limited summer run. No need to worry about feeling the Egyptian heat – the London Palladium has air conditioning to keep you cooler than a dip in the Nile. Book tickets now from £24.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Fast-paced and riotously hilarious, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery masterfully unites screw-ball comedy with real theatrical invention, and is guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles. With air conditioning in the Criterion, it’ll be tears of laughter wetting your face, not sweat! Book tickets from just £11.80.

Only Fools and Horses

The record-breaking and top-rated television series Only Fools and Horses is now also a smash-hit, five star West End musical! Join Del Boy, Rodney and Grandad in this brilliant adaptation of the classic sitcom and cool off with the coolest guys that Peckham has to offer. Lovely Jubbly! Book tickets from just £18 this summer.

Night of the Iguana

Tennessee Williams’s last great play comes to the West End for a limited run starring Clive Owen, Lia Williams, Anna Gunn and Julian Glover. Thrown together for one eventful night at a remote coastal Mexican hotel, the only rise in temperature in the Noël Coward Theatre will be from the actors’ chemistry. Book tickets now from £21.

MAMMA MIA!

Set in the sunny climates of the Mediterranean, it would be easy with the heatwave to forget that we’re in London at all! Luckily, the Novello Theatre is equipped to keep you cool while you channel your inner dancing queen with this classic jukebox musical. Book tickets for this West End classic from just £18.

All prices correct at time of writing.

Bianca Del Rio joins the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, has today announced that Roy Haylock, best known as his drag alter ego, Bianca Del Rio, will making his West End debut playing the role of Loco Chanelle/Hugo from Saturday 6 May until Saturday 29 June 2019.

Haylock joins recently announced Faye Tozer and Layton Williams who has been leading the cast as Jamie New. You can book tickets to see the smash-hit sensation now from £24.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic to be joining the brilliant cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie! What better way to return to the musical theatre stage than in a WEST END production?! It’s such an incredible honour. Helen Mirren beat me to playing Queen Elizabeth, so I accepted the role of the next best admired queen… Loco Chanelle!”.

Bianca Del Rio

Bianca Del Rio was the season six winner of the hit TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race. A self-proclaimed “clown in a gown,” he received the Best New Television Personality Award from NewNowNext in 2014 and made Variety magazine’s list of Top 10 Comics To Watch for 2015. The New York Times called Haylock the “Joan Rivers of the Drag World”, and Joan Rivers herself referred to him as “So funny! So sharp!

As Bianca, Roy made guest appearances on MTV’s Mardi Gras with Britney Spears and Carson Daly and In Bed With Joan starring Joan Rivers, as well as starring in the LogoTV Christmas special Not Today Bianca. On stage, Haylock has had theatrical starring roles that include Miss Mazeppa in Gypsythe Emcee in Cabaret, and Angel in Rent.

“We are so excited to have a genuine drag queen playing the part of Loco Chanelle/Hugo for the first time. Bianca Del Rio is a queen amongst queens, a world famous, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner. This is her West End debut and while dazzling us as Loco Chanelle, she will also be channelling her inner actor in the double role of Hugo”.

Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

From The Box Office reviews The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice

This sensational production is a treat for children and parents alike, guaranteed to have you singing to your favourite classic Disney songs and have little ones dancing along with much-loved characters.

From the energetic warm-up dance to the final incredible ensemble performance, The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice is a stunning demonstration of awe-inspiring ice skating. The masterful stunts and tricks will leave your jaw on the floor, as characters from Elsa and Anna to Jessie, Buzz and Woody glide across the ice performing fun, charming and daring routines. Looking around at the children’s faces throughout the performance, it was amusing to see that their amazement was mirrored in their parents’ expressions as well!

The show is the perfect balance for a great family day out – with a run time of just 2 hours (including a 20 minute interval), children were engaged and enjoying themselves from start to finish. Dancing to the songs, singing along and waving to their favourite characters, the joy and excitement was palpable, with anticipation building after every routine as we wondered which characters and songs we’d be treated to next.

The best part of this experience for me (because this is far more than just a show), was seeing the wonder in my 5-year-old niece’s face as the cast skated around, performing dazzling stunts while special effect fireworks and lighting lit up the arena, and the joy and excitement that she felt as her favourite characters waved to her in the crowd. Disney holds a special place in the heart of many children (as well as many adults, as was evident from the parents around me!) and this production is merely another example of what makes Disney so very special. With such a wide variety of characters, both from the older classics, such as Aladdin, and new favourites, such as Frozen, there is something in the show to please every generation that grew up watching the heart-warming films.

Note: if you’re worried that you can’t book tickets to see the show because you don’t have children – don’t! I saw a number of groups who had decided to leave the kids at home and have a day of child-like joy with their friends.

The tour still has dates available in Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool and Cardiffbook tickets at your nearest arena now from £20.70.

Kate Moss joins the voice cast of Beasts of London

The Museum of London revealed the final celebrity name that will join the cast of its upcoming experience, Beasts of London, opening on 5 April 2019. In this family-friendly show, you will be able to come face to face with the animals that helped shape the city we know today. Kate Moss will be voicing one of these animals alongside Brian Blessed, Pam Ferris, Nish Kumar, Stephen Mangan, Angellica Belland Joe Pasquale, who were announced earlier this year.

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Kate Moss joins the voice cast of Beasts of London

Beasts of London will immerse visitors into an animal kingdom where you will be taken on a journey through time, from before the city of London was created through to the present day. Inspired by objects in the museum’s collection, the experience will use video projection mapping to highlight the history of animals in the capital.

“We are very pleased to announce that Kate Moss will be joining our already fantastic cast. Their voices will contribute to bringing to life the vibrant stories of some of London’s most significant and long-standing inhabitants – the beasts. We cannot wait to share this fascinating and immersive experience with audiences of all ages.”

Francis Marshall, Curator

Tickets are on-sale from £8.80 – click here to book now.

Jason Donovan to star in Joseph this Summer

After starring as Joseph in the iconic 1991 original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic, Jason will return to the show as the Pharaoh. Tickets are on sale from £24 – book now.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will play a strictly limited 11-week season from Thursday 27 June until Sunday 8 September.

Jason joins Sheridan Smith, with the double Olivier Award winning actress recently announced as The Narrator. Casting for the role of Joseph is to be announced soon.

Jason made his defining stage performance as the title character of Joseph in the 1990s, also at the London Palladium, in a sold-out 18-month run which produced a No.1 single and best-selling soundtrack album. It remains one of the most successful revivals of all time. Jason now returns to the show as Pharaoh, who rocks ‘Song of the King’ in the iconic musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, soon to be re-imagined in this brand new production.

You never know the measure of a moment until it becomes a memory, and what a moment that was for me. Joseph was a ground breaker in 1991, and what a blast it will be to be back on the prestigious Palladium stage and be part of it all again with a brand new cast in this re-imagined 2019 production. I’m looking forward to breathing new life into Pharaoh and I’m so relieved he doesn’t wear a loin cloth!

– Jason Donovan

Jason became an international star with the role of Scott Robinson in Neighbours. The series went on to become one of the highest-rating shows in the UK, which led to Jason’s association and huge success with acclaimed producers, Stock, Aitken and Waterman. His debut album Ten Good Reasons was the biggest selling album of 1989, with career sales of 13 million albums and 4 UK No.1 singles.

Following his Olivier-nominated portrayal of Joseph, he has gone on to star in The Rocky Horror ShowChitty Chitty Bang BangPriscillaAnnie Get Your GunThe Sound of MusicThe King’s Speechand Million Dollar Quartet. On television he has featured in I’m A Celebrityand Strictly Come DancingWho Do You Think You AreITV’s Superstarand Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. Jason also appeared in ITV’s drama Echo Beachand he continues to play sell-out tours across the country.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be directed by Laurence Connor (School of Rock, Miss Saigon).

Book tickets from just £24.

Extension announced for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie!

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, announced on Friday the opening of a new booking period until Saturday 25 January 2020. Dazzling audiences at London’s Apollo Theatre since November 2017 the musical is currently in its second year in the West End.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie won Best Original Cast Recording at the 2019 WhatsOnStage Awards on Sunday 3rd March, adding to its 3 WhatsOnStage Awards, which included Best New Musical in 2018. If you haven’t already bought tickets to this smash-hit sensation, you can grab them here.

“I’m so thrilled to be strutting into 2020 as Jamie New. I love seeing the joy it brings to audience members after every show. It fills my heart and hopefully theirs too!”

Layton Williams, currently playing Jamie New

“We are delighted that Layton Williams is having such a ball playing Jamie that he will continue leading the cast into 2020 and will celebrate our second birthday in November 2019. Thank you to our fantastic audiences and critics for continuing to talk about Jamie and keeping us in the West End alongside someof the world’s favourite musicals.”

Nica Burns, Producer

Rip It Up West End: Who’s the mystery cast member?

It’s Jay McGuiness!

Turns out our first guest was closest. Jay McGuiness starred in Rip It Up’s 50s-themed show, and he’ll return for the 60s. Jay is best known as a singer in boy band The Wanted and as a winner of the 13th season of Strictly Come Dancing.

That makes this cast of four truly fab! Aston and Jay will lend their vocal talents, while Harry Judd will drum up a storm and Louis Smith–an Olympic champion–will perform dizzying acrobatics. Of course, since all of these fab four have legendary dance skills, we assume they’ll all dance together at some point–maybe in an eye-popping, heart-stopping finale.

You won’t want to miss this 60s extravaganza featuring the boy band of dance!

OUR TOP 5 FEEL-GOOD MUSICALS FOR SUMMER

For anybody devastated by England’s world cup defeat, worry no more – we have got you covered! We have constructed a list of the West End’s top 5 feel-good musicals for summer, guaranteed to cheer you up! It’s okay, you can thank us later…

1 – DISNEY’S ALADDIN

What better way to cheer anyone up than with Disney! Based on the thrilling and heart-warming story of Aladdin, featuring all of the unforgettable songs from the much-loved film, including ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Friend Like Me’, this production is bound to have you feeling all the joy that you crave. Join Aladdin as he teams up with the adventure-hungry Princess Jasmine and takes on the dastardly Jafar.

This superbly crafted piece of theatre will enchant the entire family and bursts with adventure, romance, magic, and song!

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Disney’s Aladdin The Musical is now playing at the Prince Edward Theatre.

Tickets start at £29.75 – For more info and to book now, click here.

2 – MAMMA MIA!

With the new film in cinemas any day now, what better way to prepare than to relive the beloved story live on stage! Starting as a hit song by ABBA, Mamma Mia! took off and has become a worldwide phenomenon, resulting in millions of people around the world uniting in their love for the story. This West End show is one of few that has played on three continents!

Discover the enchanting story of Sophie, a desperate bride-to-be on the search to discover her unknown father so that he can walk her down the aisle. Set against the backdrop of beautiful greek islands, and featuring all of the classic songs, like ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Take a Chance on Me’, this performance will have you jumping out of your seats and straight on to the dance floor!

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Mamma Mia! is now playing at the Novello Theatre.

Tickets start at £18 and can be found right here!

3 – DREAMGIRLS

Thirty-five years after the groundbreaking original production, Dreamgirls has become nothing less than a sensation, winning six Tony awards for the musical, and an Academy Award for the film, which starred music superstars Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson.

Set in 1960’s America, Dreamgirls follows a trio of young women chasing their dreams. With a compelling story, iconic music, and incredible dance moves, you will come out of the theatre feeling energised, emboldened and empowered!

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Dreamgirls is now playing at the Savoy Theatre.

Tickets start at just £18.75 – click here to start making your musical dreams come true.

4 – KINKY BOOTS

Celebrating over 1,000 performances and winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2016, Kinky Boots continues to attract crowds to London’s glittering West End!

With its dazzling energy, sass, and a spectacular cast, it tells the story of Charlie Price, a wannabe London highflyer struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and seeking a different path in life. This lively musical will captivate you and proves that you can do anything with a little belief and commitment!

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Kinky Boots is now playing at the Adelphi Theatre! You could get tickets to this feel-good extravaganza from just £15 right here.

5 – EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

This brand new musical, based on the BBC documentary “Jamie: Drag Queen at 16”, is a must see and is a perfect way to start your summer! The fearless, funny and heartbreaking plotline will captivate you and encourage you to chase your dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem.

Focusing on young Jamie, terrified about his future and mercilessly bullied, he manages to overcome prejudices, step out of the darkness, and straight into the spotlight! Encouraging young people to be unique and to not succumb to society’s expectations, this musical will leave you feeling empowered and fresh!

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is now playing at the Apollo Theatre.

For tickets starting at just £23, click here!

We hope one of these fantastic shows can take you out of your post-World Cup funk and get back into the feel-good fun of Summer!

 

 

10 Reasons To See ‘The Great Gatsby’

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale of love and extravagance in the height of the roaring 20’s has enchanted readers for generations, so much so that multiple film and television adaptations have been made. Now, you can get close to Gatsby like never before – here’s ten reasons why this immersive theatrical experience in London is nothing short of spectacular (Leonardo DiCaprio not included, sorry!).

1. It’s one of the UK’s longest running immersive theatre shows – ever!

Following on from its immense success at the 2017 Vault Festival, Gatsby himself invites you to join his little soiree and become the guest of honour in this fantastic theatre experience. Venture to Gatsby’s Drug Store in London’s South Bank for a party that will put all others to shame – you’ve never known magnificence like this, that we can promise you.

2. The composition is unlike any other show you’ll see in London.

You’ll be closer to the action than ever before, drinking, dancing and breathing the very same air as Gatsby himself. The production itself is comprised of 57 scenes, taking place over 2 floors and in nine custom built rooms – yes, nine! This guarantees that every time you visit, you’ll have an entirely unique experience that will leave you desperate for your next encounter with the mysterious Great Gatsby.

3. Gin lovers, rejoice! There’s definitely plenty to go around…

You may be surprised to learn that The Great Gatsby is the second largest distributor of Copperhead gin on the planet! Set in a world of bootlegging and prohibition, wind down and enjoy the refreshing taste of the illicit beverages on offer. In fact, over 1.2 million millilitres of Copperhead have been sold at Gatsby’s Drug Store, but we won’t tell if you don’t, old sport!

4. For first class service, there’s nowhere quite like Gatsby’s Drugstore.

As if being personally invited to a party by the Jay Gatsby isn’t enough, you could also be in with the chance of getting up close to the legend himself. To date, Gatsby himself has poured over 7,000 drinks for the special audience members that are lucky enough to be invited into his private syndicate scene. Curious? There’s only one way for you to find out Gatsby’s secrets…

5. The cast’s linguistic prowess seemingly knows no bounds.

To date, the cast have spoken an impressive grand total of 11,076,000 words, which is the equivalent of reading the novel itself 228 times! This, of course, includes Gatsby’s favourite expression, ‘old sport’, which has been said an incredible 18,176 times – and yet we never get tired of hearing it!

6. It’s a production open to anybody and everybody.

The Arts are a form of expression for people of all sorts of identities, and The Great Gatsby encourages and celebrates this. The show operates with a policy of gender equal recruitment, even including the transgender community. So far, it has employed a total of 64 people, 50% of which identify as men and the other 50% as women. And who doesn’t love some good, old-fashioned equality?

7. The secrets aren’t all for Gatsby…

Much like high school girls and their crushes, the most successful of bootleggers have mastered the art of note passing; some things are just too dangerous to say out loud! To date, there have been 1575 secret notes passed from the audience members of this immersive show to the cast. We bet you’re desperate to find out what they say!

8. Your literature knowledge will be put to the test.

You may notice that the hosts, crew and bar staff all have show names that refer to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s other classic novels. Fritz, Baby-Face, Tennessee, Big Mac and Kitty can all be found around the set, among others. How many of characters do you know, and can you remember which novels they appear in?

9. Don’t miss out on the show that thousands have already experienced.

Since it opened its doors in London’s South Bank, Gatsby’s Drugstore has welcomed over 75,000 people and invited them to join in the one of a kind party on offer. With the show opening in 7 countries over the next 18 months, there’s never been a better time to experience the extravaganza for yourself.

10. We currently have an exciting and exclusive offer!

Again proving that there’s no better time to witness the decadence of The Great Gatsby, From The Box Office is offering a fantastic opportunity for you to experience this magnificent immersive show, with 42% savings on tickets! Don’t miss out on this unique and thrilling theatre experience.

For tickets to the party of the century, click here!

An Ideal Husband With Edward & Freddie Fox: A First Look

Previews began last week for Classic Spring’s new production of the esteemed English comedy An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. 

Exploring corruption and morality, and bringing an act of political sin into the heart of the English home, An Ideal Husband is Classic Spring’s latest offering from their year-long celebration of Wilde.

Real life father and son, Edward and Freddie Fox, star together for the first time, playing fictional father and son.

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Edward Fox stars as the Earl of Caversham

Edward Fox, who is most well-known for his performance in The Day of the Jackal and ITV’s Edward & Mrs Simpson, will play the Earl of Caversham.

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Freddie Fox stars as Lord Goring

Freddie Fox plays Lord Goring, son of the Earl of Caversham. His stage credits include Hampstead Theatre’s The Judas Kiss.

Frances Barber in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre
Frances Barber plays Mrs. Cheveley

Starring alongside the duo as Mrs Cheveley is Frances Barber – best known for her role as Caroline Warwick in BBC’s Silk.

Also starring the production is Sally Bretton (Not Going Out, BBC) as Lady Chiltern, and Susan Hampshire (Monarch of the Glen, BBC) as Lady Markby.

An Ideal Husband plays at London’s Vaudeville Theatre until 14th July 2018, with a press night on 3rd May 2018 at 7pm.

Evening performances begin at 7.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and matinees begin at 2:30pm on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Tickets are on sale from only £23.40. Book via fromtheboxoffice.com/anidealhusband/tickets.

Peaky Blinders star Paul Anderson makes his West End debut in Tartuffe

Paul Anderson and Audrey Fleurot will star in the West End’s first ever dual language production: a new adaptation of Moliere’s Tartuffe. Adaptor Christopher Hampton and director Gerald Garutti have reimagined this 1600s French classic as a darkly comic story of human frailties set in present-day L.A.

When French film tycoon Orgon relocates to Tinsel town with his family, he has his heart set on becoming Hollywood royalty. And with a palatial Beverly Hills mansion and new studio to his name, he seems well on his way to establishing an infallible empire. But Orgon soon falls under the seductive spell of a radical American evangelist named Tartuffe. Completely hoodwinked, Orgon risks losing his fortune and family to Tartuffe’s sly machinations. The so-called evangelist plans to steal Orgon’s vast wealth, drive away his son, seduce his wife, and marry his daughter. Will Orgon come to his senses before it’s too late?

In 1664, Tartuffe, or The Imposter was regarded as one of Moliere’s best plays. Today, it’s a trenchant mockery of human frailties set against the backdrop of Donald Trump’s America. Both then and now, it’s a humorous tale with an undercurrent that’s frighteningly relevant.

The production finds a fitting home at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, which was nicknamed “The New French Theatre” after its opening in 1720. To reflect its swiftly unfolding plot, the play will alternate between English with French surtitles and French with English surtitles.

In the title role of the radical evangelist is Paul Anderson, known for his star turn in the hit drama Peaky Blinders, as well as leading roles in The Revenant, In the Heart of the Sea, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Playing Orgon’s wily, strong-willed wife Elmire is French star Audrey Fleurot. Fleurot’s stage and screen roles include playing The Lady of the Lake in Kaamelott, Joséphine Karlsson in Spiral (BAFTA nominated), Hortense Larcher in Un village francais, and Magalie in international hit The Intouchables. She also played herself in Netflix’s Call My Agent! / Dix pour cent!

Additional casting has not yet been announced.

Adapting Moliere’s classic comedy is Academy, BAFTA, and Olivier Award-winning writer and director Christopher Hampton, whose vast screenplay credits include Dangerous Liaisons (Oscar winner), and Atonement. For the stage, Hampton has worked on an Olivier Award-winning adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sunset Boulevard, and several original plays including Appomatox and The Talking Cure.

Director Gerald Garutti is well-poised at the helm of this dual-language production: he’s directed an English performance of Dangerous Liaisons at the Royal Shakespeare Company and is the former dramaturg of the French National Theatre (Théâtre National Populaire, 2006-11). His many other productions include Notes from the Underground, The Fall Of The House of Usher, and the sell-out French production Brief Praise of Night.

Tartuffe premieres for a limited ten-week engagement at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starting Friday 25th May 2018. (Press Night is Tuesday 29th May.)

Find tickets from £18.

CREATIVES

Directed by Gerald Garutti
Adapted by Christopher Hampton
Composed by Laurent Petitgand
Designed by Tim Goodchild
Lighting design by Paul Anderson
Sound design by David Gregory

ADDRESS

Theatre Royal Haymarket
18 Suffolk Street
London
SW1Y 4HT

SEASON DATES

Friday 25 May – Saturday 28 July 2018

PRESS NIGHT

Tuesday 29 May at 7.00pm

10 things you didn’t know about Kinky Boots The Musical

Kinky Boots sees its 1,000th performance and proudly welcomes its 1,000,000th customer in the West End! In celebration, here are 10  fun facts you didn’t know about the Olivier Award-winning show:

  1. There are 216 pairs of shoes/boots in Kinky Boots.
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  2. Lola, Charlie and the Angels wear the highest heels at 6″. Each of the factory workers have heels at a height of 4″.
  3. All of the boots have a platform ranging from 1/2″ to 1″. Some are visible, some aren’t!
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  4. The shoes and boots can take up to a week to make, depending on the design, height and leather used. It’s clear why it can take up to 4 months to have new boots made for the entire cast!kinky blog 1
  5. Kinky Boots was inspired by a true story. The original shoe factory’s name was W.J. Brooks Shoe Company. It was the BBC who nicknamed W.J. Brooks the ‘Kinky Boot’ Factory.blog kinky 3
  6. Charlie Price’s journey is based on the life of Steve Pateman, an Englishman who was struggling to save his family-run shoe factory from closure. Under pressure from changes in fashion and competition from abroad, he started to look for new markets. An unexpected call from a woman who ran a shop specialising in transgender glamour wear convinced him to try a line of women’s shoes in men’s sizes. He developed his line of ‘kinky boots’ under the brand name “Divine Footwear”.
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  7. 90% of the male cast had not worn heels before appearing in Kinky Boots.
  8. Each boot is made specifically to fit the wearer; an outline of each foot and 21 measurements around the foot and leg are taken.blog kinky 2
  9. In 2016, Kinky Boots was nominated for 7 Olivier Awards and won the award for ‘Best New Musical’.
  10. Each finale boot holds 5 metres of coloured elastic for the laces. blog kinky 7

Turn your ‘Blue Monday’ RED with a trip to Kinky Boots. Browse tickets here. 

The incredible new acts joining La Soirée this year

London’s favourite naughty cabaret circus has made a triumphant return this festive season, but this time, they’ve gone posh! You can now find them delivering their classic debauchery and mayhem at the Aldwych Theatre.

La Soirée’s 8th season of sauciness promises to be more potent than ever, and here we’re giving you the complete low-down on everything you can expect from the theatrical phenomenon this year.

WHAT IS LA SOIRÉE?

La Soirée is a night of live performance like no other; the mix of new burlesque, circus sideshow, comedy, and contemporary variety will stagger and astound, and leave you begging for more.

With stunning displays from some of the best cabaret artists from around the world, combined with jaw-dropping, daring comedy acts, it’s perfect for Christmas parties or a fun and unforgettable night out with friends.

WHAT IS LA PETITE SOIRÉE?

La Soirée has become well-known and loved for its priceless cheekiness, so this year sees the addition of the brand new afternoon offspring La Petite Soirée – a show with all of the spirit of La Soirée, just with a little less sauce!

La Petite Soirée is an hour-long version suitable for children aged 8+, so the whole family can enjoy!

POSH NEW VENUE, SAME OLD SHOW

This year marks a first for La Soirée: they have been let loose in a proper West End theatre! With the Aldwych boasting some real height, they have introduced some new aerial acts that have not yet been possible.

 Brett Haylock, Creative Producer of La Soirée:
“This glamorous old dame of a theatre has allowed us to present work above and beyond our beloved spiegeltent’s Big Top so prepare to meet a whole host of new gravity defying artists that will leave you in a spin!”

THE STAGE

They have brought with them their usual round stage, and audience members will have the opportunity to sit in the ‘posh’ seats on the theatre’s traditional stage to be up close and personal with the action! round stage

 THE SEATS

You can bag grand circle seats for just £23, dress circle seats for £50.10, stalls seats for £56, ringside seats for £67.90, and posh seats for £93.80.
Seating is unreserved within each band, so it’s best to arrive in plenty of time to get your pick of the seats! Doors will open half an hour before the show starts.

NOTE: There’s a strong possibility that audience members in ringside seats will get slightly more than they bargained for…

MEET THE CAST OF THE 2017/2018 SEASON 

RETURNING FAVOURITES

AMY G

AMY G

The unparalleled Amy G is a legend of the international cabaret scene. A comic powerhouse with a truly spectacular voice, she’s played in over 40 countries, 7 languages, and on La Soiree’s round, red stage for over a decade.

Whether she’s rolling around on skates, belting out a huge number, or blowing your mind with her golden kazoo, her intoxicating mix of physical, musical and stand-up comedy will leave you astounded, dizzy, and giggling inappropriately.

 

 

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CABARET DECADENSE

Montreal puppeteers Cabaret Decadense opened La Soirée’s first London season at the Hippodrome in 2008 and return for the first West End season.

A cast of amazing characters, made from stuffed rags and scraps of materials, are showcased with breath-taking choreographed performances alongside a haunting soundtrack.

It’s a jaunty, sassy, sexy and hilarious puppet feast for adults, in which you’ll find the puppeteers to be as mesmerising as the puppets themselves.

 

 

daredevil editDAREDEVIL CHICKEN CLUB featuring JONATHAN TAYLOR & ANNE GOLDMAN

After raising the roof at the spiegeltent last year at Leicester Square, Daredevil Chicken Club are back!

Fusing vulgar slapstick and 80s pop melodrama, this hilariously unforgettable duo will have your sides splitting with their vaudevillian verve, and matrimonial mischief.

Having shared love and laughter in over 36 countries, this Vegas couple are living proof that what happens in Vegas should not stay in Vegas.

 

 

AND THE 2017/18 SEASON DEBUTS

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HAIRHANG BY FANCY CHANCE

Fancy Chance has been hanging by her hair since 2007.  Self-taught and a slightly mad for doing so, she’s been dangling by her locks, doing one woman shows, dragging it up as Prince, burlesque-clowning it and causing general mischief for over a decade around the UK and across the globe.

 

 

 

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THE CHILLY BROTHERS CRADLE ACT featuring NATHAN BRISCOE AND MAXIME BLANCKAERT

Maxime & Nathan, AKA The Chilly Brothers, share the passion that art should constantly renew itself and defy the limits of reality.

From Canada to France, Asia to the Baltic Sea, they have captivated audiences with their death-defying Russian Cradle.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout their jaw-dropping and surreal display of human strength and precision.

 

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LEA HINZ on AERIAL HOOP

A dazzling aerial artist and six-time German Rhythmic Gymnastics Champion, Lea Hinz delivers a captivating fusion of grace and flexibility with unbelievable strength.

After watching her in her element on stage, it’s difficult to believe that she very nearly gave up the world of performing for medical school!

 

 

 

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LJ MARLES on
his unique TENSION STRAPS

LJ Marles takes aerial straps to new heights in this year’s edition of La Soirée. With breath-taking precision, this home-grown Hackney talent wows audiences world-wide with his revolutionary new aerial concept.

 

 

 

 

 

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SYMONÉ on
HULA HOOP

Highly energetic hula-hooper Symoné specialises in a unique multi-hoop performance, inspiring a myriad of hula fans to take the plunge into the world of hoops. With her distinctive dance hall rhythms and electrifying voguing, alongside her fierce attitude, you’ll be up on your feet, swaying your hips in harmony.

 

 

 

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THE MALLAKHAMB INDIA!  featuring RAJESH AMRALE WITH RAJESH RAO

Straight from the streets of Mumbai comes the amazing ancient art of Mallakhamb from Rajesh Amrale and Rajesh Rao.

Rarely performed outside of its homeland India, this pair of awesome acrobats will blow your minds with their incredible mix of exceptional strength, sensational speed and spectacular skill.

 

 

 

HAND TO HAND featuring LEON FAGBEMI and KLODI DABKIEWICZ

Boasting champion gymnastic backgrounds, this captivating pair make the perfect partnership. Smouldering Leon, an ex-acro gymnast, showcases superb strength, and the fiery former rhythmic gymnast Klodi flaunts effortless flexibility.

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MICHELE CLARK on HULA HOOP

From China to the US, this daringly dexterous hula-hooper has hypnotised crowds across the globe. Incomprehensible illusions and risky rotations make for Michele’s signature style. The combination of skill, flair, and unbelievable precision delivers a truly original and unforgettable performance. One thing’s for sure — Michele Clark’s hoop tricks will spin you dizzy!

Playing at the Aldwych Theatre until 3 February. Book tickets for La Soirée & La Petite Soirée now.

Why Cirque du Soleil will cure your January Blues!

Discover why Cirque du Soleil will cure your January Blues!

If you’re in need of a little bit of sunshine this winter, look no further!
Cirque du Soleil, aka ‘the Circus of the Sun’, is coming to town with their new show ‘OVO’ and they know exactly how to light up a stage: Winter blues be gone!

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

And if you happened to be walking around central London on the 14th of December, there is a chance that you have come across what was very different from the average selfie:

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Ice-webbing as a new olympic sport!

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Not an average London telephone booth selfie

Including a giant spider in action and a couple of bugs, Cirque Du Soleil’s OVO cast were posing for a London photoshoot. Better still, catch them at their best at the stage of the iconic Royal Albert Hall in January.

It is with reason that the troupe has come a long way from its humble street performer roots in Montreal, as they take over the world with skill, artistry and grace, quickly becoming one of the world’s best known performance groups of all time.

Still need convincing? We’ve put together 5 great reasons why one should not miss the opportunity to grab a seat for a performance of the uplifting, life-affirming and vibrant OVO:

 

  1. Cirque Du Soleil’s every production is a new story

Cirque du Soleil is so much more than a few acrobatics and jugglers – every new show is an enchanting story! From the ice-covered mind of Crystal, to the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor, each show entices you into a weird and wonderful world. It’s not just a circus, it’s a thrilling experience that will have you at the edge of your seat!

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  1. Each costume is unique

The legendary costumes are incredibly detailed and custom-designed in-house. With the entire cast measured head-to-toe, you can be sure they’ll be showed off to perfection.

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  1. Diversity is praised

 Unlike some types of shows, Cirque du Soleil praises diverse body types and performers that look unique. In a world that often tries hard to make us conform, Cirque du Soleil wants its artists to stand out and be proud of who they are! What’s not to like about that?

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  1. They have a Las Vegas residency

Cirque du Soleil have performed resident shows in the mighty Las Vegas for more than two decades now! To have staying power in this city that never sleeps means you’ve really got something special! Their spectacular sets, show-stopping costumes and awesome acrobatics have made them one of the top things to do in Las Vegas. Luckily, this winter you won’t have to travel that far…

  1. New show ‘OVO’ is teeming with life

The performers that hit the London streets this December were giving Londoners a little taste of the never-seen-in-the-UK before show ‘OVO’, a colorful riot that dives into our ecosystem, uncovering the world of insects while being a little bit more flexible than David Attenborough! Expect non-stop energy and movement as colorful crickets, silky spiders, and flexible fleas take to the stage to take your breath away like only the Cirque Du Soleil can do! OVO is a show that’s guaranteed to get the whole family buzzing for days.

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Roll up to see the world’s greatest circus at the iconic Albert Hall from January 2018: Book your tickets today!

Opens from 7 January – 4 March 2018

Premieres 10 January 2018

Black Friday 2017: Top Deals On London & West End Theatre Tickets

The biggest shopping event of the year has returned. Your inbox is probably full to the brim with discounts on electronics, flights, and beauty products, and the idea of hitting the high-street this weekend may be more than a little daunting.

But Black Friday isn’t just about fighting over cheap televisions in ASDA; it is the perfect opportunity to grab yourself a great night at the theatre!

From musical sensations like Dreamgirls and Motown, to Christmas classics such as A Christmas Carol, there’s a discounted ticket for everyone to get their hands on this Black Friday. Here’s a round-up of the best deals. You can view our full list at fromtheboxoffice.com.

 Plays

Venus in Fur

Enjoy Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer’s seductive performance for half the price in Venus in Fur, a dark comedy about desire, fantasy, and the innate love of fur. With stalls seats from just £17.50, it’s an offer you can’t refuse…
Save 58% on Venus in Fur tickets.

The Ferryman

If you haven’t yet seen ‘the play of the year’ (Time Out), now is probably the best time to book; you can avoid the fees this Black Friday Weekend! Jez Butterworth’s epic new masterpiece is set in Northern Ireland in 1981, following the Carney family’s annual harvest celebrations. It’s a gripping three-and-a-half hours featuring stellar performances from a goose, a rabbit, and a baby. What are you waiting for?
Book The Ferryman tickets from £15 and no fees.

Oslo

This Black Friday Weekend, you can book tickets for the award-winning Oslo for half the usual price. Discover the thrilling true story of a Norwegian couple who risked everything for peace – and enjoy a performance from James Bond’s Toby Stephens – with tickets from just £15.
Save 59% on Oslo tickets. 

Goats

You may or may not be surprised to hear that there are 5 actual goats in Goats at the Royal Court. If this concept excites you, then we have some even better news: this weekend only, you can get better-than-half-price tickets for the new work by Syrian playwright Liwaa Yazji.
Book tickets for Goats from £8.

A Christmas Carol

If the prospect of January blues is already looming, then The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol may be the ideal show for you. You can save over £55 on January performances, helping you and your loved ones beat the post-Christmas slump! Plus, you’ll get to see Rhys Ifans from Notting Hill and Kevin & Perry Go Large, which is pretty cool.
Save 57% on The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol.

A Woman of No Importance

The first offering in the Vaudeville Theatre’s Oscar Wilde Season is the “witty and challenging” (The Upcoming) A Woman of No Importance. With what promises to be a delightful and refreshing evening at the theatre, the £25 stalls seats seem pretty tempting, don’t they?
Save 38% on A Woman of No Importance tickets.

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham play two strangers whose lives change forever after a chance meeting in Simon Stephens’ newest play, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle. What’s certain is that you’ll be bagging a bargain with stalls seats at just £22.50.
Book tickets for Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle.

Strangers In Between

Delve into the highs and lows of growing up gay in modern Australia in Tommy Murphy’s insanely relevant, heartfelt and hilarious play at Trafalgar Studios. This Black Friday, you can save 28% on front-row seats!
Book tickets for Strangers in Between from £25.

The Exorcist

The Exorcist, arguably the scariest movie of all time, has been unleashed into the West End in a brand new stage adaptation at the Playhouse Theatre. Book tickets this weekend and get half price stalls seats, if you dare…
Book tickets for The Exorcist from £25.

Circus

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Cirque Du Soleil – OVO

You’ll be swinging through the air with 25% discounted tickets for Cirque du Soleil’s newest, spell-binding masterpiece OVO! 
Book tickets for Cirque du Soleil’s OVO.

 

Musicals

Motown the Musical

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough to keep you from getting to Motown with tickets from just £22 this Black Friday! Jump on the scorching joyride through the songs and stories of the record label that changed it all.
Book tickets for Motown with no fees.

An American in Paris

You can bag yourself seats in the stalls for the ‘S Wonderful An American in Paris from just £18.50! Catch the beautiful theatre-ballet hybrid before the engagement ends on 6 January.
Save over 50% on An American in Paris tickets.

Dreamgirls

Broadway sensation Dreamgirls burst onto the scene in the West End almost a year ago and continues to play to nightly standing ovations. With the role of Effie White now played by the fantastic Moya Angela of America’s Got Talent fame, don’t miss the opportunity to book with no fees!
Book tickets for Dreamgirls from £17.70.

 

Thriller

If you’re a sucker for a Jackson tune (let’s face it, who isn’t?), then Thriller Live guarantees to deliver a sensational night of dancing and music. This Black Friday, you can save up to £35 per ticket!
Book tickets for Thriller Live. 

The Toxic Avenger

Save 71% on one of the West End’s newest – and most hilarious – musicals. There are hundreds of tickets available for just £20.
Book tickets for The Toxic Avenger.

Five Guys Named Moe

After a hugely successful stint in both the West End and Broadway over two decades ago, the Olivier award-winning Five Guys Named Moe has come back with a bang. Book now for up to 65% off – and warm up your jazz hands!
Book tickets for Five Guys Named Moe. 

Family Specials

Annie

It’s not really a Hard Knock Life when you can save 45% on tickets for Annie
Plus, you can now enjoy the wonderful Meera Syal as she takes over the orphanage from Monday 27 November.
Book tickets for Annie from £23.50. 

Jack and the Beanstalk

Join Jack, a lovable cow, and an enormous beanstalk at the Lyric Hammersmith for their annual festive panto! This Black Friday, you can save up to £10 per ticket for selected December & January performances.
Book tickets for Jack & The Beanstalk from £18.

Wilde Creatures

Enjoy some hauntingly beautiful Oscar Wilde tales with all the family for half the price! This weekend only, you can grab front-row dress circle and stalls seats from only £10!
Book tickets for Wilde Creatures.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Introduce your little ones to the theatre with the charming The Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Ambassadors Theatre. This weekend, we’re offering you an exclusive 35% off – you can bag yourself fantastic stalls and circle seats from just £16.80!
Book tickets for The Hungry Caterpillar. 

Slava’s Snowshow

Join Slava and his troupe at the Royal Festival Hall as they culminate in a snowstorm of epic proportions. With a discount of over 50%, and rear stalls seats from £20, it’s an unmissable family outing.
Book tickets for Slava’s Snowshow.

The Gruffalo’s Child

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to The Gruffalo is brought life in the West End this Christmas. With monstrous savings of up to 43%, The Gruffalo’s Child is an irresistible treat for you and your little ones.
Book tickets for The Gruffalo’s Child. 

Opera & Dance

La Bohème

Enjoy a radically different take on Puccini’s timeless classic at Trafalgar Studios this December! With great comedy, sublime music, and over £10 off each ticket, there’s no doubt that it’ll be an opera experience you’ll never forget.
Book tickets for La Bohème from £20.

Project Polunin Presents Satori

Celebrate the unifying power and joy of dance at the London Coliseum this December with Sergei Polunin’s multimedia programme. This weekend only, book tickets from £20 with no fees!
Book tickets for Project Polunin Presents Satori.
Browse the full list of Black Friday offers at fromtheboxoffice.com.

 

15 things you didn’t know about the cast of The Rat Pack – Live From Vegas

The Rat Pack – Live From Vegas returns to the West End this Christmas, bringing the glitz, the glamour, and the smash-hits that we all know and love.

Transport yourself back to the 1960s where, at the famous Sands Hotel, Frank, Sammy, and Dean perform alongside the sensational Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band. With a wonderful array of seasonal classics, including Pack favourites Baby it’s Cold Outside, Let it Snow, and White Christmas, it’s an ideal festive treat for the whole family.

Final casting for this year’s Pack spectacular has been announced. From royal invitations, to approval from Sammy Davis Jr. himself, here’s everything you need to know about the new cast!

Garrett Phillips as Frank Sinatra

  1. Garrett is an Irish singer and actor, who’s a familiar face on both stage and screen, having starred as Dr Cathal Hennessy in five series of the popular TV drama Ros Na Rún.
  2. His most recent theatre credits include The Father in Blood Wedding and The King in Dr. Faustus. He also starred as Joseph in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.
  3. He is the winner of Best Male Voice at the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera.

David Hayes as Sammy Davis Jr.

 

4. David certainly isn’t a newbie to the role: he has performed in The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas in the West End, around the UK, in Germany, Denmark, and across the US.
5. David is also a successful comedian and emcee, and has worked with a variety of stars including George Lopez, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Herbie Hancock, and Florence Henderson.
6. Sammy Davis Jr. himself saw David’s performance in Atlantic City and said: “That was the best singing impersonation of me that I’ve ever heard!”

 

Nigel Casey as Dean Martin

 

7. Nigel’s career really set off with his role of Greaseball in Starlight Express, and he has since enjoyed tremendous success throughout Europe.
8. Nigel starred as Billy Flynn in Chicago, Danny in Grease and Monty in Saturday Night Fever.
9. Like David Hayes, he is not new to the role; he has previously played Dean Martin in the Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas at the Savoy Theatre and in various states across America.
10. He has written and produced his very own album called “Forever’s A Long Time” which has achieved huge success in Germany.

  • Matthew Freeman as Musical Director of the Rat Pack Big Band

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11. Matthew is a platinum and gold disc award-winning conductor, arranger and pianist who enjoys a diverse international career.
12. He conducted and arranged IQ Magazine’s award-winning ABBA The Show, which has played in 38 countries and at London’s Wembley Arena.
13. In 2015, he conducted the BBC’s Planet Earth Live in Germany and Austria. He will also be conducting the new BBC Planet Earth 2 across Europe in 2018.
14. Matthew has conducted and arranged over 50 albums, including Larry Adler, Dame Shirley Bassey, Vic Damone, Ruthie Henshall, David Soul and many more.
15. He also received an invitation to arrange and conduct Decca’s celebration of the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday!

 

Now’s your chance to hang with the coolest pack in town! The Rat Pack – Live From Vegas plays at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 13 December until 3 February.

Book your tickets for The Rat Pack – Live From Vegas today.

The A-Z of Motown: Learn your ABCs the Motown way

A. ABC By The Jackson 5

What better way to start the alphabet than with our ABCs? It was this song that knocked The Beatles off the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released in 1970!

B. Baby Love by The Supremes

C. Cruisin’ by Smokey Robinson

As well as hitting number 1 in the U.S Cash Box Top 100, Cruisin’ was also a huge hit in New Zealand, reaching number 1 in 1979.

D. Dancing in the Street by Martha & The Vandellas

“It reminds me of my younger days, back when there was a sense of neighbourhood spirit and the sense of being a part of something. I think with the fast paced nature of the modern times, life can sometimes slip past you and this song just reminds you to take a breath, and enjoy the soulfulness of life itself!” (Kirsty from KirstyRalph.co.uk)

E. Easy by Commodores

F. First I Look at the Purse by The Contours

Written by Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers, the Contours track peaked at #12 on the Billboard’s R&B chart.

G. Get Ready by The Temptations

“Sassy and spectacular as it is, it was actually the last song Smokey Robinson wrote and produced for the Temptations. No song feels more marvellously Motown.” (Lela from LelaLondon.com)

H. Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder

This great track was written as part of the campaign to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday, leading to the creation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day in 1983.

I. I Want You Back by The Jackson 5

“I’ve never known this to come on and the dance floor not be flooded- it’s absolutely irresistible! Just such a happy, uplifting song! Always brings a bit of sunshine to my ears!” (Katie from BloodyHellBrennan.com)

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K. “Keep your freedom for as long as you can now” – “Shop Around” by The Miracles

This was Motown’s and Smokey Robinson and The Miracles first million-selling single, released in 1960.

L. Lonely Teardrops by Jackie Wilson

Written by Berry Gordy alongside his sister, Gwendolyn Gordy and Roquel “Billy” Davis, the song was a smash hit. The success of Jackie Wilson’s songs spurred Berry Gordy to start his own label resulting in the birth of Motown!

M. Master Blaster by Stevie Wonder

“It was difficult to pick my favourite Stevie Wonder song but this one always makes me want to get up and dance.” (Frankie from NewGirlOnTheBlog.me)

N. “No wind, No rain, Nor winter’s cold can stop me, babe” – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross

O. Ooo Baby Baby by The Miracles

P. Please Mr Postman by The Marvelettes

There is a funny reason behind why I love this song, when I was at school a remix of the original came out and my group of friends and I were obsessed with it. It became one of those songs we always put on in the car when we all first passed our driving tests.” (Frankie from NewGirlOnTheBlog.me)

Q. “Quit talking Square Biz”- Square Biz by Teena Marie

R. Reach Out I’ll be There by The Four Tops 

S. Superstition by Stevie Wonder

“It’s just such a great arrangement, the brass is phenomenal in this and that bassline is just pure funk! It’s utterly infectious!” (Katie from BloodyHellBrennan.com)

T. Too Many Fish in the Sea by The Marvelettes

“This song works as well as a regenerating bar of chocolate for breakup recovery gifts. Even with Wanda leading the whole affair, all of the ladies have a vocal moment in the sun here (perhaps the earliest trace of girl power?).” (Lela from LelaLondon.com)

U. Upside Down by Diana Ross

“Nile Rodgers wrote this song with Diana Ross and last summer I saw him and CHIC in concert. They played this song and it was an unforgettable moment in my life.” (Frankie from NewGilrOnTheBlog.me)

V. “Vote for me and I’ll set you free”- Ball of Confusion by the Temptations

W. Where did our Love Go by The Supremes

“I love this song because the Supremes are the epitome of a Motown girl band, this song was their breakthrough song which kicked off their massive careers. It is an upbeat song that everyone can sing and dance to yet the lyrics are written really well and it’s actually very meaningful.” (Amy from SincerelyAmy.com)

X. The world is rated “X” – Marvin Gaye

Y. You Really Got a Hold on Me by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 

Z. Zoom by the Commodores– “I’d like to fly far away from here”

A poignant love song from Commodores multi-million selling, self-entitled album, written by group members, Ronald LaPread and Lionel Richie along with producer, James Anthony Carmichael.

What’s YOUR favourite Motown song? Let us know in the comments below!

Book tickets for Motown the Musical in the West End here.

Funny jokes that only theatre nerds would understand

They say that laughter is the best medicine, and we’re inclined to agree! Luckily, there’s jokes aplenty out there in theatre-land, from stand-up superstars to cheesy panto banter. Being the geeks we are, we can’t resist a theatre funny or two, so here are a few of our favourite jokes that only theatre nerds would truly understand…

  1. Two neighbours in Stratford have a dispute about whose house is the authentic birthplace of William Shakespeare. Officials kept the peace by putting a plaque on both their houses.
  2. A Stage Manager’s View of the World: The tech crew trips over clearly marked ledges. Actors trip over tape on the floor. Dancers trip over tape that was pulled up yesterday.
  3. How do you drown an actress?
    Place a mirror at the bottom of a pool.
  4. How many actors does it take to change a light bulb?
    100 of course! 1 to screw the bulb in and 99 to stand around, saying, “It should be me up there!”
  5. How many producers does it take to change a light bulb?
    Sorry, a new light bulb isn’t in the budget.
  6. A sound technician, a lighting designer and a stage manager find an old lamp, backstage at the theatre. One of them gives it a rub, and out wafts a genie!
    “Since you all found me,” he says, “You each get one wish!”The sound technician steps up and says, “I wish to be sitting poolside in my own multi-million-pound mansion!” And POOF, he is gone.

    The lighting director takes his turn and says, “Well, I wish to be sitting on the beach on my own multi-billion-pound private island!” And POOF, he is gone.

    Then stage manager turns to the genie and says, “I wish to have them both back in 10 minutes.”

  7. The funniest part of Macbeth is when the soldiers all cut a branch of a tree to hold in front of them while they march on the castle; pretending to be innocent trees instead of an army.

    The second funniest part is that it actually works.

    And a few one liners for luck…

  8. A friend of mine got sacked as a set designer for not getting the work done. He didn’t make a scene.
  9. Tried acting on a farm once. It went terribly; I got mooed off the stage.
  10. Planning to open a new shadow puppet show. Business plan says we’ll make a fortune, but those are just projected figures.

    Whether they make you giggle or groan, if you have any funny theatre gags to add to our list, we’d love to hear them! Or perhaps leave the comedy to the experts and treat yourself to tickets for a professional stand-up show…
    Browse upcoming comedy shows here!

 

 

10 things you didn’t know about Andrew Lloyd Webber

Whether you know him by his full name or simply as ‘The Lord’, Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the biggest names in Theatre Land!
With 13 smash hit musicals and a TV career under his belt, he’s no stranger to global success.

But how much do you really know about this legend of our time?

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Lord Lloyd Webber – use them to impress your mates during that pre-show drink!

1. He had musical parents. The man behind Cats and Phantom had an accomplished musician for a mother and a father who was a (you guessed it!) composer. Looks like talent really does run in the family!

2. He was a childhood prodigy. While we were playing with toy cars and Barbies, Lloyd Webber was working on his music. At nine years old he had already composed a series of musicals and could play both the violin and organ. Anyone else feeling a little inadequate right now?

3. He married the original Christine Daaé. Sarah Brightman played the original soaring soprano in The Phantom of the Opera and won Lloyd Webber’s heart! They wed in 1984 but divorced just six years later.

4. He gets the pre-show nerves. It’s reported he was so nervous before the premiere of Phantom that he had to leave the theatre! Looks like The Lord’s only human after all…

5. His biggest regret involves Tim Rice. Lloyd Webber told The Telegraph in 2013 that his biggest regret was not having a long-term writing partner. Artistic differences pulled him apart from Tim Rice – but as we all know, the show must go on!

6. He’s a record holder. Lloyd Webber is the first and only composer to have a whopping six productions running in London’s West End at the same time! Who says men can’t multi-task?

7. He’s a proud father of five. Lloyd Webber’s brood includes Imogen and Nicholas with his first wife, and Alastair, William and Isabella with his third. The ultimate modern family!

8. He’s a Tory. Lloyd Webber was made a Conservative peer in 1997 and even let his tune ‘Take that look off your face’ to be used on a party promotional film in 2005!

9. He’s a charitable man. Hats off to Lloyd Webber for putting his fame and money to good use. He has worked with a range of charities including the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Nordoff Robbins, Prostate Cancer UK, and War Child. Plus, he’s got his very own foundation to support arts, culture and heritage in the UK too!

10. He’s blessed in the trouser department. Well, according to ex-wife Sarah Brightman anyway! She blurted out the risqué comment in an interview with Graham Norton and Lloyd Webber was so embarrassed on behalf of his son, he threatened her with legal action! Oopsy!

We’re always on the look-out for the next Lloyd Webber – but will anyone ever measure up?

Photograph by Lucy Sewill

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