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
If you find yourself having a quiet Friday night in front of the telly box, make sure to catch ITV’s hilarious new comedy Edge of Heaven, set in Margate’s only 1980s themed B&B. Akin to ever-popular Gavin and Stacey, this new offering centres around the (usually mis)fortunes of unconventional family, the Taylor-Chatterjees, and stars our own Marcia Warren as Nanny Mo and Blake Harrison, of Inbetweeners fame.
Another smashing programme to catch this week is Sky Atlantic’s Fleming. As the name may suggest, this four-part drama follows the life of roguish playboy and legendary James Bond writer, Ian Fleming. Alongside Dominic Cooper in the title role, Dean Lennox Kelly keeps things in order as Sergeant Dixon in episodes 3 and 4.
Catch Edge of Heaven on ITV1 at 9pm on Fridays and Fleming on Sky Atlantic at 9pm this Wednesday.
It’s that time of year when actors and creatives are rewarded for their hard work with red carpet appointments and glamorous award ceremonies. Yesterday, the 2014 What’s On Stage Awards were announced and we were delighted to see numerous plays featuring Scott Marshall clients amongst the winners.
Peter Morgan’s renowned success, The Audience, won Best New Play, featuring the acting talent of Michael Elwyn (as Sir Anthony Eden)and Rufus Wright (as David Cameron), alongside Ian William Galloway’s brilliant video design. Following the weekly audience between Queen Elizabeth II and the twelve Prime Ministers throughout her reign, The Audiencesaw Helen Mirren reprise her role as HRH at the Gielgud Theatre in February 2013.
The Samuel French Best Play Revival Award was gifted to To Kill A Mockingbird, performed at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre last May. Based on Harper Lee’s classic novel set in the American deep south, this inventive adaptation starred our own Julie Legrand, Christopher Ettridge and Tom Godwin .
Adapted from both the original play Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw, and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture of the same name, My Fair Lady won The Tickets.com Best Regional Production for its run at the Sheffield Crucible in December. Starring the brilliant Louis Maskell as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, the musical follows the fortunes of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle as she is taken under the wing of Professor of phonetics Henry Higgins.
Jeremy Herrin’s production of Another Country will play at the Trafalgar Studios in London after two fantastic runs at the Theatre Royal, Bath and the Minerva Theatre in Chichester. Our very own Rob Callender received glowing reviews for his performance as Bennett and is set to reprise the role in the West End. We wish everyone lots of luck for the transfer.
Another Country plays at the Trafalgar Studios 26th March – 21st June.
After a very successful appearance at last year’s RADA festival, our lovely Ronke Adekoluejo is back performing a short run of debbie tucker green’s one-woman play, random.
‘This powerful, poetic and often comic play doesn’t waste a word as it tells of a West Indian family who believe you should “never trouble trouble until trouble troubles you” – only to find it sitting in their front room, in the shape of three policeman bearing bad news.’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.
Ronke is fantastically versatile in this dynamic production and is well worth a watch.
random plays at the John Gielgud Theatre, RADA from 10th – 15th February.
After an incredibly successful run at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester last year, Joanna Riding reprises her role as Babe Williams in Richard Eyre’s production of The Pajama Game. As the feisty Union Rep at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, she falls for the new Superintendent, Sid Sorokin, played by Michael Xavier. We’re really looking forward to seeing this fantastic musical play in the West End.
The Pajama Game plays at the Shaftesbury Theatre for a limited run from 2nd May.
Annette Badland joins the cast of Eastenders tonight as the latest addition to the Carter family. She plays Aunt Babe, a no-nonsense, busybody with a big heart who is the maternal aunt to Mick (Danny Dyer), Shirley (Linda Henry) and Tina (Luisa Bradshaw-White). Aunt Babe is thrilled to be with her family and is determined to protect them from their troublesome father, Stan, played by Timothy West.
Eastenders airs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 7.30pm on BBC1.
Kindertransport, by Diane Samuels, has been touring the country since last October and is due to play at the Richmond Theatre next week. Directed by Andrew Hall, it looks at the life of a Kindertransport child during WW2 and afterwards. One desperate mother forces her young daughter on to a train in 1930s Germany sending her out of danger and into the arms of strangers whilst another proud mother says farewell to her grown-up daughter as she leaves the family home in 1980s England. Janet Dibley stars as Evelyn alongside Paula Wilcox in this fantastic production with great composition by Matthew Bugg.
Kindertransport plays at the Richmond Theatre from 3 – 8th February 2014.
The hugely successful ITV hit, Mr Selfridge, returns to our screens this weekend for a second series. We re-join the story five years later in 1914 with the fifth anniversary of the store’s opening and the threat of the First World War looms. Many of our favourite characters are back includingMr Grove played by the fantastic Tom Goodman-Hill.
Mr Selfridge starts on Sunday 19th January at 9pm on ITV.
The Musketeers is the new BBC drama series based on the novel, The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas. Set on the streets of 17th century Paris, it gives a contemporary take on the classic story about a group of highly trained soldiers and bodyguards assigned to protect King and country. It stars Luke Pasqualino and our own David Burke, Nicholas McGaughey, Fergus O’Donnell, Adrian Schiller and John Warnaby will appear across the 10-part series.
The Musketeers start on Sunday 19th January at 9pm on BBC1.
The tv mini-series, Labyrinth, aired in the UK on C4 in 2013 and was such a success that it has been bought by the CW network in the US. Based on the best-selling novel by Kate Mosse, it tells two connected stories set 800 years apart. The first is of a modern day archaeologist who makes a startling discovery in a cave in the south of France. The second is set in 1209 and is about a young woman living in nearby Carcassonne, a stronghold of the outlawed Cathar Christians. Tony Curran plays the ruthless antagonist Guy D’Evereux alongside a stellar cast including John Hurt, Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Felton.
Labyrinth is due to air on the CW network later this year and we hope it is a huge hit.
The 2014 awards season is well under way and this week saw the announcement of the Oscar nominations. One of the front runners this year is the British film,Philomena, which has already received great recognition at the BAFTAs. Featuring our very own Wunmi Mosaku, it has been nominated in four categories including Best Picture.
The ceremony, due to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will take place on Sunday 2ndMarch at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and wish all the nominees the best of luck.