ATG’s production of West Side Story has been touring the UK since September and next week the hit musical comes to London. It stars the wonderful Louis Maskell as Tony and the brilliant Charlie Cameron as Anybodys, the only female member of the Jets gang. The show opens at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Tuesday 19th November and runs for 2 weeks, so be sure to catch it while you can.
The hit ITV series, Mr Selfridge, will return to our screens for a much anticipated second season. 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 including Mr Grove played by the fantastic Tom Goodman-Hill. The new series airs next year, so roll on 2014!
Robert Blythe appears as Juror 6 in Christopher Haydon’s production of Twelve Angry Men which opened at the Garrick Theatre this week after a successful run at the Birmingham Rep. This stage adaptation of the hit film follows a jury dealing with the case of a 16 year old black boy who is accused of the fatal stabbing of his violent father. It features a stellar cast including Martin Shaw, Robert Vaughan and Nick Moran and has received some fantastic reviews across the board.
“The ensemble portrays Fifties archetypes to perfection.” Jane Shilling, The Daily Telegraph ****
“…12 actors make their roles dynamic and distinct.” Dominic Maxwell, The Times ****
“…an excellent, precisely defined ensemble.” Sarah Hemming, The Financial Times ****
Twelve Angry Men plays at the Garrick Theatre until 1st March 2014.
nut, a new play written and directed by debbie tucker green, opened this week at National Theatre’s temporary space, The Shed. An unflinching examination of reality and sanity, nut is an intense and blackly comic piece of theatre which stars our very own Sharlene Whyte. There have been some lovely mentions for Sharlene in the reviews, so make sure you don’t miss her.
nut plays at The Shed until the 5th of December
Sharlene and Gershwyn Eustache Jr as the bickering marrieds capture the haunting rhythm of dialogue Michael Billington The Guardian 4*
The overlapping dialogue of (…) Sharlene Whyte may well be the most natural I have heard on a stage Ian Shuttleworth The Financial Times 4*
In the scene between the warring ex-husband and wife, powerfully played by Sharlene Whyte (…) the play suddenly becomes raw and powerful Charles Spencer The Daily Telegraph
Finn Ross has done some stunning video design for Simon McBurney’s new interpretation of The Magic Flute with the English National Opera. The magical tale follows Prince Tamino and Papageno, the bird catcher, on an adventure to rescue Princess Pamina. Meeting a variety of fantastical creatures and facing many challenges this opera is lovely story of love, struggle, wisdom and virtue.
The Magic Flute is playing at the London Coliseum until the 7th December
Eve Myles stars alongside Anthony Head in the brilliant new six part series for UKTV Gold,You, Me And Them.It follows the story ofLaurenandEd, a couple who are madly in love despite the huge age gap and the interference of their opinionated friends and families. Written by Steve Turner, the cast also includes Lindsay Duncan, Susie Blake and Jeff Rawle.
You, Me And Themstarts on Wednesday 23rdOctober at 9pm on UKTV GOLD.
It’s been a fantastic week for the fabulous Wummi Mosaku!
After the success of BBC 1’s Dancing on the Edge earlier this year, the mini-series is heading over to America. Written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff and starring Chewitel Ejiofor and Matthew Goode, Dancing on the Edge will premiere tomorrow night on STARZ. It follows a young black jazz band in the early 1930s as they search for fame and fortune in the upper class society of London and Wunmi stars as Carla, one of the female soloists.
This week also saw the premiere of Philomena, Stephen Frears’ latest film about a woman’s search for her adult son after he was taken away from her when she was forced to live in a convent. Wunmi plays a young nun and stars alongside Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
And finally, we are thrilled announced that Wunmi will be starring as one of new series regulars, MPMaxine Martin, in the next series of In the Flesh for BBC Three. Filming started this week and the series is due to hit our screens next year.
The American crime drama series Elementary,a contemporary take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s much loved Sherlock Holmes stories,returns to our screens for its much anticipated second series. This season’s premiere episode brings Sherlock and Watson to London and our own Rufus Wright, Tim McMullan and John Owens will star alongside Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. We can’t wait to see them in action.
Elementary airs on Tuesday 22nd October at 9pm on Sky Living.
Jonathan Watson will appear as Charlie in Rubenesque, a one-off original drama for Sky’s Drama Matters. It follows the story of a female football referee who unexpectedly stumbles into the world of plus-size modelling and stars Scottish International footballer, Gemma Fay, as the lead role alongside Freema Agyeman, Clive Russell and Dylan Moran.
Rubenesque airs on Sky Living on Tuesday 8th October at 9pm.
We are delighted that Andy de la Tour has been nominated for an Off West End Stage Award for his wonderful performance as John Frick in The Last Yankeewhich is currently playing at The Print Room. The list of nominations will continue to be announced throughout the year with the award ceremony taking place in spring 2014. We wish Andy the best of luck!
After a successful run at the Theatre Royal in Bath, Jeremy Herrin’s production of Another Country opened this week at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester. Our very own Rob Callender plays Bennett, a homosexual student who examines the effect his homosexuality and exposure to Marxism has on his life in the confines of an English public school. He has received glowing reviews across the board and is set to go from strength to strength.
“Rob Callender as Bennett is a particular treat…..fresh out of Guildhall: and he’s certainly one to watch” Libby Purves, The Times ****
“Rob Callender ….captures both the camp humour and the rising anger of Bennett and is deeply moving when he describes what life is likely to have been life for a homosexual in the 1930s” Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph ****
“Rob Callender endows him exactly the right carefree charm and languid cunning” MichaelBillington, The Guardian ****
“Bennett, a quixotic, infuriating, captivating creature caught splendidly by the exuberant Callender” Fiona Mountford, The Evening Standard ****
“Mr Callender is beautifully cast, all liquid limbs and provocative moues…..I suspect Mr Callender will soon become a hot heart-throb” Quentin Letts, The Daily Mail ****
Another Country plays at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester until 19th October.
We are delighted to announce that Joanna Riding has been cast in Disney’s hugely anticipated film of Stephen Sondheim’s fairy tale musical, IntoThe Woods. She will appear as Cinderella’s Mother alongside a stellar cast including Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt. Filming has already started with release set for 2014 and we simply cannot wait!