We are extremely proud to announce that two wickedly talented Scott Marshall clients became Winners at the prestigious Olivier Awards on Sunday. The fabulous Sharon D Clarke beat off stiff competition to win the award for Best Supporting Actress for her outstanding performance as Odessa in National Theatre’s Amen Corner.
Further to this, video designer Finn Ross won the White Light Award for Best Lighting Design, shared with Tim Lutkin, for their “arresting kaleidoscopic design” in Chimerica,which played at the Almeida and Harold Pinter Theatres.
A huge congratulations to them both for their amazing achievement.
A Small Family Businessmade a welcome return to the National Theatre as Alan Ayckbourn’s well-paced farce, centring on the contradiction of Thatcherism with its promotion of family values alongside the elevation of individual greed, opened last week, 27 years after it originally premiered. As the name might suggest, a small family business is at the heart of the action: Jack McCracken (played by Nigel Lindsay) takes over his father-in-law’s business only to find that his in-laws are, in fact, out-laws. The brilliant Neal Barry joins the comic hysteria as brother-in-law Desmond, in a play which “delivers both laughs and chills with great panache”.
There are some great new cinematic releases coming to British screens this month and we’re proud that a host of Scott Marshall clients have been involved in making them.
The fabulousSusan Wokomastars as Amala alongside Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Biyi Bandele’s film,Half of a Yellow Sun,based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel of the same name. The story follows twinsOlannaandKainenein the years leading up to, and during, the devastating Nigerian conflict.
We’re also excited for the release ofCalvary, which swept up at the Irish Film and Television awards last week winning, amongst others, Best Film and Best Script. Starring Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd, alongside our very own Owen Sharpe, this comedy drama follows the dark actions of a good-natured priest after he is threatened during a confession.
Half of a Yellow SunandCalvaryare both out on general release from 11 April.
ANOTHER COUNTRY… AND ANOTHER BRILLIANT RUN FOR ROB CALLENDER
The outstanding Rob Callender has reprised his role as schoolboy rebelBennett in Julian Mitchell’s absorbing drama, Another Country,which made its much anticipated transfer from Chichester to the West End last week. At Trafalgar Studios, then touring until 19th July, Another Country focuses on the plight of two public schoolboys as they try to discover their true selves within the stifling upper echelons of 1930s society. Both Rob and the play have received more outstanding reviews, enthralling contemporary audiences with its exploration of sexuality and social hierarchies, cementing the fact that this really is a must see.
“Rob Callender gives a mesmerising performance…” Charles Spencer, THE TELEGRAPH, ****
“…the gay, disruptive public schoolboy Guy Bennett… is taken by another striking newcomer, Rob Callender” Michael Coveney, INDEPENDENT, ****
“Rob Callender is excellent as gay, iconoclastic Guy.” TIME OUT
“Rob Callender brings a mesmerising vulnerability to the role of Guy.” Tim Walker, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, ****
“All Jeremy Herrin’s cast are terrific… we laugh. But there’s a deadly seriousness in this play, and it is beautifully served.” Libby Purves, LONDON THEATRE GUIDE, *****
Another Country can be seen at Trafalgar Studios until 21st June and then tours until 19th July, showing at Cambridge, Malvern Theatre, Brighton Theatre Royal and Richmond Theatre.
Vincent Riottareturns to our screens for the second series of American drama Da Vinci’sDemons, which aired on FOX on Sunday. This epic 10-part fantasy, set in Renaissance Florence, continues to follow the “untold” story of young genius,Leonardo Da Vinci,as he struggles against, not only his own demons, but also the political and religious governors of old Italian society. Written by David Goyer and co-produced by Starz and BBC Worldwide, this series is set to be just as thrilling.
Da Vinci’s Demonsairs on Sunday nights at 9pm on FOX.
According to a wave of film critics and online bloggers, Starred Up “is one of the best British films you’ll see all year”. There is no hiding that this is a gruelling watch, but there is also no doubt amongst those with the stomach to view it, that it is also extremely good. Starred Up follows 19 year old Eric (Skins’ Jack O’Connell) as he transfers from a young offenders’ institute to adult prison early due to a violent track record. Little does he know that his estranged father Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) is two cells down. Here at Scott Marshall, we are immensely proud that the great Gilly Gilchrist is part of such quality British cinema. Here’s hoping that the number of awards this film wins correlates with the number of outstanding reviews!
Another week and another classic production is masterfully revived in true off-West End style. Last Wednesday, critics packed into the Menier Chocolate Factory to see the hilarious Two into One, and looking at what was written by Thursday morning, it seems that they were impressed by what they saw. Two into One, penned by the undisputed king of farce Ray Cooney in 1984 and now directed by him too, follows the unfortunate George Pigden as he struggles to book a hotel room for MP Richard Willey to meet his mistress. Our own Jean Fergusson joins (to quote Mark Shenton in The Stage) “a terrific ensemble” as Lily Chatterton, a severe harpy of a vice-detecting Labour MP. We’re sure they’ll all keep audiences in stiches for the rest of their run!
“….you have the pleasure of watching deliriously daft hanky-panky, cleverly counter-pointed in adjoining mirror-image suites … and executed with engaging vim and dexterity by a crack team. “ Paul Taylor, THE INDEPENDENT, ****
“Cooney’s production achieves the correct delirious momentum and gets good performances all round.” Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN, ****
Two into One plays at the Menier Chocolate Factory until 26 April 2014.
TWELFTH NIGHT MARKS THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE NEW LIVERPOOL EVERYMAN
It somehow seems apt that the first play shown within the new, £27 million renovation of the Liverpool Everyman is a Shakespearean comedy rather than a brand new work, attempting to “out-new” the facelift. Here at Scott Marshall Partners we are extremely proud that not just one, but two clients are part of this theatrical milestone, with Adam Levy as Duke Orsino and Alan Stocks as Fabian in Artistic Director, Gemma Bodinetz’s reimagining of Twelfth Night. After a great press night, we wish the whole cast the best of luck with the rest of the run!
“This Twelfth Night has a winning mixture of sincerity and frivolity at the brand new Everyman…” Dominic Cavendish, THE TELEGRAPH
“… a must see.” Janie Phillips, WHAT’S ON STAGE, *****
Twelfth Night is currently playing at the Liverpool Everyman until 5 April 2014.
This week will forever be revered as the Week of the Television Crime Drama in the Scott Marshall office, as a whole host of clients are set to appear in some of the small screens’ most thrilling offerings.
First to get his metaphorical magnifying glass and deerstalker at the ready is the fantastic Chris Reilly, who appears in the opening episode of gritty Scottish drama Shetland, which makes a welcome return to BBC1 for a second series on Tuesday night. Based on the novels of Ann Cleeves and set, as the name suggests, within the remote community of the Shetland Isles, Shetland follows detective Jimmy Perez, played by Douglas Henshall, as he tries once more to organise chaos after a local teenager is murdered.
Another new series to keep an eye out for this week comes in the form of ITV1’s classic cop come courtroom drama Law and Order: UK. Joining the likes of Bradley Walsh and Ben Bailey Smith (author Zadie Smith’s brother for those wanting a fun fact) in this opening episode, is our own Elly Fairman in the role of Julie Taylor. It appears that Channel 5 does not want to be left out of this ever popular genre either, as they join the hunt for criminals in their programming of London-based Suspects, also to be aired on Wednesday night. We’re looking forward to seeing brilliant newcomer Ronke Adekoluejo wrestle with the law when a school girl is found stabbed in a park.
Although we don’t know “who dunnit”, we are sure that there will be a copious amount of nail-biting for all at Scott Marshall this week!
Shetlandairs on Tuesday 11 March at 9pm on BBC1, whilst Law and Order: UKstarts at 9pm on ITV1 and Suspects at 10pm on Channel 5, both on Wednesday 12 March.
JOHN RAMM BRINGS UP THE BODIES AND LANDS WOLF HALL IN LONDON
Last week, we welcomed the news that the RSC’s fantastic production of Wolf Hall/ Bring Up the Bodiesis set for transfer from the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, where it has been playing since the beginning of January, to the Aldwych in the heart of London’s West End. Hilary Mantel’s prize winning novels - impressive reimaginings of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power in the court of Henry VIII - have been adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton and directed by Jeremy Herrin. The brilliant John Ramm will continue to appear as Thomas More/ Harry Norris in London, alongside an exciting cast which includes Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell and Nathaniel Parker as King Henry VIII. We’re positive that this dramatisation is set for a similarly fantastic run here in the capital.
“Among a superb cast, John Ramm excels as the chirpily pedantic Thomas More..” Dominic Maxwell, TheTimes,Wolf Hall *****Bring Up the Bodies ****
“John Ramm as first Thomas More and later Henry’s stool-attendant are all very good.” Michael Billington,The Guardian****
Wolf HallandBring Up the Bodiesare currently playing at the Swan Theatre, Straford-upon-Avon until 29March and will play at The Aldwych Theatre from 1 May until 6 September.
The opening of a new play is always an exciting affair, as Soho Theatre’s new offering of The One proved to be last week. Written by one of the capital’s most exciting new playwrights, Vicky Jones, and directed by Soho Theatre’s own Artistic Director, Steve Marmion, The One follows a couple’s destructive, and often violent, flirtations with love and lust. The brilliant Rufus Wright shines as achingly manipulative boyfriend, Harry, alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with what the Evening Standard describes as “scorching performances” in this “painfully funny” new stage production.
“Sharply drawn… achingly funny… witty, brave and galling writing.” Daisy Bowie-Sell, Time Out, ****
“The dialogue fizzes… and thanks to the lead actors’ scorching performances it feels interestingly provocative.” Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard, ****
The One plays at the Soho Theatre until Sunday 30 March 2014.
The news that Sharon D Clarke will be joining Scott Marshall Partners, has made a brilliant start to our week. Double Olivier Award nominee Sharon is renowned for her impressive West End performances including Oda Mae Brown in Ghost and Odessa in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed Amen Corner. This April she will star in Hackney Empire’s Blues in the Night,a compilation of 26 hot blues numbers exploring three women’s relationships with one man, as well as joining the cast of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess as Mariah at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in what is set to be a summer sizzler. We are really looking forward to working with her.
Blues in theNight will be performed at the Hackney Empire from 24 April - 4 May 2014. Check out the cheeky taster below.
A TASTE OF HONEY TASTES SWEET SUCCESS AGAIN AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE
Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey made a welcome return to the stage last week in Bijan Sheibani’s revival of this pioneering kitchen sink classic. Written when Delaney was just 18 and first produced by Joan Littlewood in 1958, A Taste of Honeycaptures a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship against the backdrop of gritty Salford, shrewdly putting the issues of race, class and sexual orientation within British society under the spotlight. The brilliant Dean Lennox Kelly shines alongside a stellar cast, including Lesley Sharp and Kate O’Flynn, as the “flirty, abrasive, wonderfully awful” cad Peter.
“Dean Lennox Kelly revels in the role of booze-sodden cad Peter…” Henry Hitchings, London Evening Standard, ****
“And as Helen’s war-wounded new beau, Dean Lennox Kelly is flirty, abrasive, wonderfully awful.”
Dominic Maxwell, The Times, ****
“There’s good work from the surrounding men: … Dean Lennox Kelly as Helen’s latest squeeze is all spivvy bravura…” Michael Billington, The Guardian, ****
“Dean Lennox Kelly impresses as the mother’s paralytically drunk boyfriend…” Paul Taylor, Independent, ****
A Taste of Honey plays at the Lyttelton Stage, National Theatre until 11 May 2014