CELEBS ON STAGE

A number of celebrities are making London & West End Theatre appearances this year. We have the full low-down on which of your favourite actors are taking centre stage!

ALFIE BOE AND KATHERINE JENKINS 

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Welsh opera star Katherine Jenkins makes her West End debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s iconic musical Carousel as it comes to the London Coliseum this April, alongside English tenor and actor Alfie Boe (Jean Valjean in Les Misérables). 

Opens 7 April. Book tickets.

AMANDA HOLDEN

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ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden stars in Maria Friedman’s wonderful and heart-warming comedy Stepping Out. 

In an attempt to tap away their troubles, seven women and one man join a weekly dancing class. After a shaky start, the group is barely getting to grip with the basics when they are asked to participate in a charity gala…

Opens 1 March. Book tickets.

AMBER RILEY

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American actress, singer and author Amber Riley – best known for her portrayal of Mercedes Jones in Glee – makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre.

Open now. Book tickets.

DAMIAN LEWIS AND SOPHIE OKONEDO 

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Damian Lewis (Nicholas Brody in Homeland) and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) return to the West End to star in Edward Albee’s darkly comic masterpiece, The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia? 

Martin is at the pinnacle of life when he embarks upon an improbable and impossible love affair from which there is no return, and familial relationships begin to collapse.

Open 24 March. Book tickets.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE 

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Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) will star in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead as it returns to The Old Vic Stage in its 50th anniversary production.

Opens 6 March. Book tickets. 

DAVID BADDIEL

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British comedian, novelist and television presenter David Baddiel returns to the West End this March for the final time with a massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of his late mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin.

Open 28 March. Book tickets. 

DAVID TENNANT

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David Tennant, best known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who, returns to the West End in Patrick Marber’s funny, sexy and shocking Don Juan in Soho.

Opens 18 March. Book tickets.

ED HARRIS

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Five-time Golden Globe winner Ed Harris (The Truman Show, Pollock) makes his West End debut in Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child.

Ends 4 March. Book tickets.

GRIFF RHYS JONES, LEE MACK AND MATTHEW HORNE

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Two-time Olivier Award winner Griff Rhys Jones (Not the Nine O’Clock News), Lee Mack (team captain on BBC’s Would I Lie To You?) and Matthew Horne (Gavin and Stacey) star in the major revival of Molière’s classic comic masterpiece The Miser.

Opens 1 March. Book tickets.

IMELDA STAUNTON AND CONLETH HILL

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Olivier and Bafta Award-winning Imelda Stainton (Sweeney Todd, Harry Potter and Nanny McPhee) & Olivier Award-winning Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) will star in James Macdonald’s new production of Edward Albee’s landmark play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 

Opens 22 Feb. Book tickets. 

JOHN BOYEGA 

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John Boyega (Star Wards: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) stars in Jake Thorne’s production of Woyzeck, one of the most influential plays ever written.  

Opens 20 May. Book tickets.

 

TOM HOLLANDER

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Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride & Prejudice & BBC’s The Night Manager) portrays Henry Carr, a minor British diplomat in Zurich in 1917, in the revival of Tom Stoppard’s dazzling comedy of art, love and revolution.

Opens 3 February. Book tickets.

Stepping Out with Angela Griffin and Tracy-Ann Oberman

Stepping Out charts the lives of seven women and one man who, once a week, try to tap their troubles away in a dance class. Fame beckons when the group is asked to take part in a charity gala but there’s only one problem…they’ve all got two left feet. Over the course of several months of rehearsal, we get to know the group with all their quirks and neuroses; Perfectionist Vera, gobby Maxine, uptight Andy, bubbly Sylvia, shy Dorothy, eager Lynne, cheerful Rose – and not forgetting Geoffrey!

Stepping Out won the Evening Standard Comedy of the Year Award, 1984 and was also made into a musical which became a film in 1991, starring Julie Walters and Liza Minnelli. Prior to the show’s West End return in March, we took a moment out of their pre-London tour with two of the stars of this wonderful, heart-warming comedy – Angela Griffin (Waterloo Road, One Man Two Guv’nors) and Tracy-Ann Oberman (Eastenders, New Tricks):

Tracy Ann Oberman as Maxine
Tracy-Ann Oberman as Maxine

Hi Tracy-Ann. Did you have to take any special dance classes for Stepping Out or could you tap already?

I’ve never danced a step of tap in my life. I was in a play at Royal Exchange Manchester and a lovely tap teacher called Daniel came and showed me a few basic moves pre rehearsal.

If you could “step out” on a date with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

Mel Brookes – so we could re-enact scenes from Young Frankenstein, The Producers and Blazing Saddles. Love that man!

Tracy-Ann Oberman cuts a dash
Tracy-Ann Oberman cuts a dash in top hat and tails

Which dancer do you most admire?

Matthew Bourne. Oh and Isadora Duncan (the scarf thing).

The show was written in 1984 with only one man to seven women in the class – do you think plays like Stepping Out and shows like Strictly have changed that?

Yes. It’s become Postmodern mainstream and almost cool! Look at Aljaž Škorjanec on Strictly. Who wouldn’t want to be him!?

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Who wouldn’t want to be Aljaz Skorjanec!?

Do you have any superstitions when performing?

None it’s a load of twaddle.

If Stepping Out was a cake, what kind of cake would it be?

Paris-Brest.

Anyone for a slice of Paris-Brest?
Anyone for a slice of Paris-Brest?

If you could master one skill that you don’t have already, what would it be?

To sleep for eight hours solid. And wake up refreshed.

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Angela Griffin (Sylvia)

Hi Angela! Did you have to take any special dance classes for Stepping Out or could you tap already?

I wasn’t able to tap, so i booked my daughters dance teacher to give me 6 hours of lessons before we started rehearsing and hired a community centre hall to practise in.

If you could “step out” on a date with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

I would step out with my husband at this moment in time, because I’ve barely seen him whilst being on tour… but if he was busy I’d give Ryan Gosling a tinkle.

Who needs Ryan Gosling when your hubby looks like this?
Who needs Ryan Gosling when your hubby looks like this?

Stepping Out was written in 1984 with only one man to seven women in the class – do you think plays like Stepping Out and shows like Strictly have changed that?

I still think that women dominate when it comes to local dance classes.

During rehearsals, lots of things go wrong. What’s been your own worst on-stage disaster?

I’ve had so many!!! I’ve smashed glasses, had my chicken fillet boobs come flying out…. and a classic on this tour is when I came off stage and thought it was a costume change, only to realise when I was half dressed that my cue line had just been said on stage and I had to run on (very late) dressed in the wrong costume.

Angela steps out in style
Angela steps out in style

Do you have any superstitions when performing?

I try not to.

If Stepping Out was a cake, what kind of cake would it be?

Gin cake!

Gin Cake - make ours a double!
Gin Cake – make ours a double!

If you could master one skill that you don’t have already, what would it be?

I would love to speak another language.

Book tickets today for Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre
Vaudeville Theatre
404 Strand
London WC2R 0NH

From 1st March 2017 to 18th June 2017

Cast Includes AMANDA HOLDEN | ANGELA GRIFFIN | TRACY-ANN OBERMAN | TAMZIN OUTHWAITE | NICOLA STEPHENSON

Please note: Amanda Holden will not appear from 29 May – 3 June.

Running time: TBC

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