RUFUS WRIGHT KICKS OFF A LITTLE REVOLUTION AT THE ALMEIDA

Last week, Alecky Blythe’s Little Revolution opened at the Almeida with our own Rufus Wright as a varied array of characters. Focusing on Hackney’s part in the London riots of 2011, Little Revolution follows Blythe’s ground-breaking London Road in its use of reproducing verbatim recordings taken from those directly involved in the devastating events. Director Joe Hill-Gibbins successfully transforms the Almeida into an intimate, rough and ready theatre-in-the-round, with a community centre vibe. Having received some fabulous reviews, Little Revolution is an often highly comedic production whichaddresses some of the capital’s continuing social issues front on.

“the richest source of laughs is the versatile Rufus Wright, painfully exact whether he’s a reporter for a German magazine, an earnest BBC journalist, a tetchy policeman or a bemused Romanian bystander.” Henry Hitchings, EVENING STANDARD, ***

“[Joe Hill-Gibbons’] reconfiguring the Almeida as a sort of scruffy, in-the-round youth centre [and] his professional cast – all playing multiple roles – is excellent.” Andrzej Lukowski, TIME OUT, ****

“An absolutely compelling 90 minutes…” Dominic Cavendish, THE TELEGRAPH, ****

Little Revolution plays at the Almeida Theatre until the 4th October 2014. 

BRIMMING WITH PRIDE AT THIS BRITISH FEEL-GOOD
After its huge success in Cannes earlier in the year, we cannot wait for British feel-good film Pride to be released nationwide in cinemas on Friday. Set during the 1984 Miner’s Strike, Pride manages to winningly capture the inspirational story of how a London based group, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, helped a small Welsh community in their struggle within Margaret Thatcher’s Britain. Pride is tipped to follow in the footsteps of home-grown box office successes Billy Elliot and The Full Monty and we are immensely proud that five Scott Marshall clients (Sophie Evans, Neal Barry, Henry Garrett, Will Haddington and Tomos Eames) feature alongside the likes of Bill Nighy and Paddy Considine in this deft crowd-pleaser.

Pride is set for general release across the UK on 12th September 2014.

BRIMMING WITH PRIDE AT THIS BRITISH FEEL-GOOD

After its huge success in Cannes earlier in the year, we cannot wait for British feel-good film Pride to be released nationwide in cinemas on Friday. Set during the 1984 Miner’s Strike, Pride manages to winningly capture the inspirational story of how a London based group, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, helped a small Welsh community in their struggle within Margaret Thatcher’s Britain. Pride is tipped to follow in the footsteps of home-grown box office successes Billy Elliot and The Full Monty and we are immensely proud that five Scott Marshall clients (Sophie Evans, Neal Barry, Henry Garrett, Will Haddington and Tomos Eames) feature alongside the likes of Bill Nighy and Paddy Considine in this deft crowd-pleaser.

Pride is set for general release across the UK on 12th September 2014.

SCOTT MARSHALL CLIENTS ARE THIS AUTUMN’S HOTTEST TICKET
The Sunday Times has announced its Hot 100 for this Autumn and it features an eclectic mix of productions, programmes and picture shows. Scott Marshall clients appear in a variety of titles, so be sure to catch them while you can.

THEATRE
Michelle Butterly in Hamlet at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. The ultimate play about loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness, Maxine Peake creates this iconic role in a refreshingly new stripped back version of one of Shakespeare’s much loved tragedies. Opens 11th September.
Elizabeth Chan in Henry IV at the Donmar Warehouse. Following on from her celebrated all-female Julius Caesar, Phyllida Lloyd’s production will encompass action from both Henry IV Part Iand Part IIto create a single narrative of Shakespeare’s epic historical plays. Elizabeth Chan will be joining the cast in the roles of Northumberlandand Peto. Opens 3rd October.
Julie Legrand in Gypsy at Chichester Festival Theatre. Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy is considered to be one of the great Broadway musicals. Julie Legrand stars as Electra and Miss Cratchitt alongside Imelda Staunton as Mama Rose. Opens 6th October.

TELEVISION
Mary Healey and Mike Burnside in The Great Fire on ITV. As the great fire tears London apart, this brand new epic drama details the heart-wrenching stories of a city and its people in crisis. Series airs in October.
Henry Garrett in Peaky Blinders on BBC2. The second series of this gangster family epic will see the Shelby family, who sew razor blades into the peak of their caps, battle to expand their empire as the roaring Twenties really begin to roar. Series airs in October.
Damien Matthews in Babylon on C4. Danny Boyle’s British comedy-drama police procedural television series returns to our small screens, continuing to follow the Met’s officers and PR department deal with serious conflicts in the capital. Series airs later this year.

FILM
Mary Roscoe in The Riot Club. The film of Laura Wade’s Posh, The Imitation Game follows an exclusive Oxford University fraternity that finds the future captains of industry getting wasted (or ‘chateau-ed’) on a night out at a gastropub. Released in cinemas 19th September.
Laurence Spellman in Fury. Starring Brad Pitt as battle-hardened army sergeant Wardaddy and featuring our own Laurence Spellman as Sgt. Dillard, Fury is set in April 1945 as the Allies make their final heroic attempts to strike the heart of Nazi Germany. Released in cinemas 24th October.
James Fleet, Terrence Hardiman and David Ryall in Mr Turner. Mr Turner is a story of creative rebellion and radically changing times with Timothy Spall portraying the eccentric early 19th Century British painter JMW Turner. Released in cinemas 31st October.
Tom Goodman-Hill and Andrew Havill in The Imitation Game. Centring on the true story of Alan Turing, the British computing pioneer who cracked the German Enigma codes during WWII, our own Tom Goodman-Hill and Andrew Havillstaralongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and Keira Knightley as Turing’s close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke. Released in cinemas 21st November.

SCOTT MARSHALL CLIENTS ARE THIS AUTUMN’S HOTTEST TICKET

The Sunday Times has announced its Hot 100 for this Autumn and it features an eclectic mix of productions, programmes and picture shows. Scott Marshall clients appear in a variety of titles, so be sure to catch them while you can.

THEATRE

Michelle Butterly in Hamlet at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. The ultimate play about loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness, Maxine Peake creates this iconic role in a refreshingly new stripped back version of one of Shakespeare’s much loved tragedies. Opens 11th September.

Elizabeth Chan in Henry IV at the Donmar Warehouse. Following on from her celebrated all-female Julius Caesar, Phyllida Lloyd’s production will encompass action from both Henry IV Part Iand Part IIto create a single narrative of Shakespeare’s epic historical plays. Elizabeth Chan will be joining the cast in the roles of Northumberlandand Peto. Opens 3rd October.

Julie Legrand in Gypsy at Chichester Festival Theatre. Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy is considered to be one of the great Broadway musicals. Julie Legrand stars as Electra and Miss Cratchitt alongside Imelda Staunton as Mama Rose. Opens 6th October.

TELEVISION

Mary Healey and Mike Burnside in The Great Fire on ITV. As the great fire tears London apart, this brand new epic drama details the heart-wrenching stories of a city and its people in crisis. Series airs in October.

Henry Garrett in Peaky Blinders on BBC2. The second series of this gangster family epic will see the Shelby family, who sew razor blades into the peak of their caps, battle to expand their empire as the roaring Twenties really begin to roar. Series airs in October.

Damien Matthews in Babylon on C4. Danny Boyle’s British comedy-drama police procedural television series returns to our small screens, continuing to follow the Met’s officers and PR department deal with serious conflicts in the capital. Series airs later this year.

FILM

Mary Roscoe in The Riot Club. The film of Laura Wade’s Posh, The Imitation Game follows an exclusive Oxford University fraternity that finds the future captains of industry getting wasted (or ‘chateau-ed’) on a night out at a gastropub. Released in cinemas 19th September.

Laurence Spellman in Fury. Starring Brad Pitt as battle-hardened army sergeant Wardaddy and featuring our own Laurence Spellman as Sgt. Dillard, Fury is set in April 1945 as the Allies make their final heroic attempts to strike the heart of Nazi Germany. Released in cinemas 24th October.

James Fleet, Terrence Hardiman and David Ryall in Mr Turner. Mr Turner is a story of creative rebellion and radically changing times with Timothy Spall portraying the eccentric early 19th Century British painter JMW Turner. Released in cinemas 31st October.

Tom Goodman-Hill and Andrew Havill in The Imitation Game. Centring on the true story of Alan Turing, the British computing pioneer who cracked the German Enigma codes during WWII, our own Tom Goodman-Hill and Andrew Havillstaralongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and Keira Knightley as Turing’s close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke. Released in cinemas 21st November.

ADAM LEVY APPEARS ALONGSIDE NICOLE KIDMAN IN BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP

On Friday, Before I Go To Sleep is due for general release in UK cinemas. This gripping mystery thriller follows a woman with severe memory loss, who wakes up each day remembering nothing of the last decade, as she slowly uncovers terrifying truths about her life, both past and present. Starring our own Adam Levy alongside Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, this is one small-cast feature film which is set to keep its audiences on the edge of their seats until the credits role.

Before I Go To Sleep opens in cinemas nationwide on Friday 5th September.

CHRIS REILLY IS ONE OF CHANNEL 5’s SUSPECTS
Last week, Channel Five’s innovative crime drama Suspects returned to our screens for a new series, and this week there is another unmissable two-parter starring our own Chris Reilly. Shot in the style of a fly on-the-wall documentary, London-based Suspects is unscripted, with the cast devising their own dialogue based on a detailed plot description. This week’s gripping case takes the detective team into the murky world of sex offenders, following an attack on an amateur paedophile-hunter. We’re looking forward to seeing Chris Reilly in fine form as Jeff Patterson as the series draws to its dramatic climax. 

Suspects, featuring Chris Reilly, airs on Channel 5 on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th August at 10pm.   

CHRIS REILLY IS ONE OF CHANNEL 5’s SUSPECTS

Last week, Channel Five’s innovative crime drama Suspects returned to our screens for a new series, and this week there is another unmissable two-parter starring our own Chris Reilly. Shot in the style of a fly on-the-wall documentary, London-based Suspects is unscripted, with the cast devising their own dialogue based on a detailed plot description. This week’s gripping case takes the detective team into the murky world of sex offenders, following an attack on an amateur paedophile-hunter. We’re looking forward to seeing Chris Reilly in fine form as Jeff Patterson as the series draws to its dramatic climax.

Suspects, featuring Chris Reilly, airs on Channel 5 on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th August at 10pm.   

SCOTT MARSHALL CLIENTS AT THE OPEN AND CLOSE OF BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2014
Last week, the BFI announced that that this year’s London Film Festival will close with the European Premiere of David Ayer’s wartime drama Fury. Starring Brad Pitt as battle-hardened army sergeant Wardaddy and featuring our own Laurence Spellman as Sgt. Dillard, Fury is set in April 1945 as the Allies make their final heroic attempts to strike the heart of Nazi Germany.
This news is particularly exciting as it means that Scott Marshall clients will now appear in both the opening and closing films of the fest. A few weeks ago, we learnt that another Second World War thriller, The Imitation Game, is to receive its European Premiere at the opening of the BFI Festival. Centring on the true story of Alan Turing, the British computing pioneer who cracked the German Enigma codes during WWII, The Imitation Game features our own Tom Goodman-Hill and Andrew Havill alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and Keira Knightley as Turing’s close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke.

The 58th BFI London Film Festival will run from 8th – 19th October 2014.

SCOTT MARSHALL CLIENTS AT THE OPEN AND CLOSE OF BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2014

Last week, the BFI announced that that this year’s London Film Festival will close with the European Premiere of David Ayer’s wartime drama Fury. Starring Brad Pitt as battle-hardened army sergeant Wardaddy and featuring our own Laurence Spellman as Sgt. Dillard, Fury is set in April 1945 as the Allies make their final heroic attempts to strike the heart of Nazi Germany.

This news is particularly exciting as it means that Scott Marshall clients will now appear in both the opening and closing films of the fest. A few weeks ago, we learnt that another Second World War thriller, The Imitation Game, is to receive its European Premiere at the opening of the BFI Festival. Centring on the true story of Alan Turing, the British computing pioneer who cracked the German Enigma codes during WWII, The Imitation Game features our own Tom Goodman-Hill and Andrew Havill alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and Keira Knightley as Turing’s close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke.

The 58th BFI London Film Festival will run from 8th – 19th October 2014.

ELIZABETH CHAN JOINS HENRY IV AT THE DONMAR WAREHOUSE
We are thrilled to announce that the brilliant Elizabeth Chan will be joining the cast of Phyllida Lloyd’s upcoming all-female production Henry IV, in the roles of Northumberland and Peto, at the Donmar Warehouse. Following on from her celebrated all-female Julius Caesar, Lloyd’s production will encompass action from both Henry IV Part I and Part II to create a single narrative of Shakespeare’s epic historical plays. We’re immensely proud that Elizabeth is part of this production, which is in collaboration with Clean Break theatre company, who work with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.

Henry IV runs at the Donmar from 9 October to 29 November 2014. 

ELIZABETH CHAN JOINS HENRY IV AT THE DONMAR WAREHOUSE

We are thrilled to announce that the brilliant Elizabeth Chan will be joining the cast of Phyllida Lloyd’s upcoming all-female production Henry IV, in the roles of Northumberland and Peto, at the Donmar Warehouse. Following on from her celebrated all-female Julius Caesar, Lloyd’s production will encompass action from both Henry IV Part I and Part II to create a single narrative of Shakespeare’s epic historical plays. We’re immensely proud that Elizabeth is part of this production, which is in collaboration with Clean Break theatre company, who work with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.

Henry IV runs at the Donmar from 9 October to 29 November 2014. 

LEWIS REEVES AND CHRIS REILLY FIGHT FOR OUR WORLD WAR
This year marks the centenary of the start of World War I and the television industry has been a huge advocate in commemorating this momentous occasion in history. One such programme is BBC Three’s Our World War: a series of three stand-alone episodes, immersing viewers in the in the real stories of British troops serving on the front line. This week, catch the brilliant Lewis Reeves , who can currently be seen in My Night With Reg at the Donmar. Lewis plays Henry Delaney- one of a group of Manchester friends who joined up to fight together, forming a new battalion known as ‘Pals’, who find themselves in the first Battle of the Somme in 1916. Next Thursday, the focus is on the Battle of Amiens in August 1918 and stars our very own Chris Reilly in the role of Dodds. This enthralling, poignant series highlights the stories of real people and their experiences- definitely not one to miss.

Our World War, featuring Lewis Reeves, be seen on BBC3 at 9pm Thursday 14th August. The episode featuring Chris Reilly can be seen on BBC3 at 9pm on Thursday 21st August. 

LEWIS REEVES AND CHRIS REILLY FIGHT FOR OUR WORLD WAR

This year marks the centenary of the start of World War I and the television industry has been a huge advocate in commemorating this momentous occasion in history. One such programme is BBC Three’s Our World War: a series of three stand-alone episodes, immersing viewers in the in the real stories of British troops serving on the front line. This week, catch the brilliant Lewis Reeves , who can currently be seen in My Night With Reg at the Donmar. Lewis plays Henry Delaney- one of a group of Manchester friends who joined up to fight together, forming a new battalion known as ‘Pals’, who find themselves in the first Battle of the Somme in 1916. Next Thursday, the focus is on the Battle of Amiens in August 1918 and stars our very own Chris Reilly in the role of Dodds. This enthralling, poignant series highlights the stories of real people and their experiences- definitely not one to miss.

Our World War, featuring Lewis Reeves, be seen on BBC3 at 9pm Thursday 14th August. The episode featuring Chris Reilly can be seen on BBC3 at 9pm on Thursday 21st August. 

JOANNA RIDING BURSTS INTO THE WOODS

We were thrilled to see the first trailer for huge blockbuster Into the Woods, which is set to be the box office smash-hit of the winter. Directed by Rob Marshall and starring such names as Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, Into the Woods is an adaptation of the musical by Stephen Sondhiem in which a witch conspires to teach important lessons to various fairy-tale characters including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Rapunzel. Our very own Joanna Riding features in the film as Cinderella’s Mother (Cinderella being played by Anna Kendrick) and we can’t wait to see her big screen debut.

Into the Woods is set for UK release on the 9 January 2015. 

EVAN HANDLER

We are incredibly excited to welcome American actor Evan Handler to the Scott Marshall team. Evan is probably best known as Charlie Runkle on Showtime’s hit comedy Californication and one of the stars of the HBO television show, and films,Sex and the City. Based in LA, Evan is looking forward to opening up opportunities this side of the pond since being granted an EU passport. We are really looking forward to working with him.

EVAN HANDLER

We are incredibly excited to welcome American actor Evan Handler to the Scott Marshall team. Evan is probably best known as Charlie Runkle on Showtime’s hit comedy Californication and one of the stars of the HBO television show, and films,Sex and the City. Based in LA, Evan is looking forward to opening up opportunities this side of the pond since being granted an EU passport. We are really looking forward to working with him.

LEWIS REEVES AND RICHARD CANT SPEND A NIGHT WITH REG

Last night, the revival of Kevin Elyot’s wickedly funny and deeply affecting My Night with Reg opened at the Donmar Warehouse, twenty years since it was first staged at the Royal Court. My Night with Reg defined a moment in the lives of gay men and became an instant classic. Set in the mid-80s during the height of the mounting AIDS crisis, the play examines the fallout within a group of gay friends after the apparent promiscuity of Reg, a core member but who, interestingly, never appears on stage. Constituting a third of the cast are Scott Marshall clients Lewis Reeves (as Eric) and Richard Cant (as Bernie) who gave phenomenal performances and have been rewarded with critical acclaim in 4 and 5 star reviews across the board.

“There is strong work too from Richard Cant… and from Lewis Reeves as a young decorator who observes the older men’s tangled love lives with a mixture of confusion and compassion.” Charles Spencer, THE TELEGRAPH, ****

“Lewis Reeves impresses as a perky Brummie decorator [Eric].” Henry Hitchings, EVENING STANDARD, ****

“Reeves is certainly name to watch…” Kate Bassett, THE TIMES, ****

“[Eric’s] bashful shrewdness and kindliness and his practical heart… are wonderfully well communicated by Lewis Reeves.” Paul Taylor, THE INDEPENDENT, *****

“Above all, Reg is a lovely, touching play about old friendships and sudden liaisons, much more enjoyable all over again … Elyot has been restored and justly celebrated.” Michael Coveney, WHAT’S ON STAGE, *****

My Night With Reg runs at the Donmar Warehouse until 27th September.

JAMES FLEET AND ANNETTE BADLAND JOIN STARZ FOR OUTLANDER

In the US this Saturday evening there is just one place to be and that is in front of television watching the brand new series of Outlander which premieres on STARZ on the 9 August.  Following the story of Claire Randell (played by Caitriona Balfe), a married combat nurse who, in 1945, is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 and forced to marry another man, the Outlander series has been adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international bestselling books. With brilliant roles in this sure-fire hit are our own James Fleet and Annette Badland and there are more Scott Marshall faces set to appear later on in the series. We can’t wait to see how this epic romantic adventure unravels on the small screen…

ANDREW LANCEL HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES IN EPSTEIN : THE MAN WHO MADE THE BEATLES
Earlier this week, the marvellous two-hander, Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles, opened at Leicester Square Theatre, starring our own Andrew Lancel as the enigma Brian Epstein.  First produced as part of the Beatles’ 50th anniversary in 2012 and shown in Liverpool before its transfer to the West End, Andrew Sherlock’s Epstein focuses on the complicated man who changed the music scene forever, the accusations of betrayal and the inordinate stress that invades the lives of those finding fame. Both Epstein and Andrew Lancel have both received brilliant reviews across the board, with our thoughts perfectly echoed in Carole Gordon’s review in What’s On Stage : “Do. Not. Miss.”
“Andrew Lancel is phenomenal as Epstein, bearing an uncanny resemblance to the man, and showing all his flaws, the paranoia, loneliness and vulnerability, without ever descending into caricature.” Carole Gordon, WHAT’S ON STAGE, *****
“As the well-spoken, sharp-suited, dashing yet fragile 32-year-old, Andrew Lancel captures both Epstein’s persuasive confidence and his inner torments and insecurities… Even at the close of Lancel’s pitch-perfect performance, Epstein… remains an enigma” Catherine Usher, THE STAGE, ****
“Andrew Lancel shines as Brian, brilliantly picking up his every mannerism and vocal habit. He balances the sweet and the angry parts of this complex character, ranging from a sad little boy to an angry tyrant.” Jade Wright, LIVERPOOL ECHO, ****

Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles plays at Leicester Square Theatre until 6th September. 

ANDREW LANCEL HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES IN EPSTEIN : THE MAN WHO MADE THE BEATLES

Earlier this week, the marvellous two-hander, Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles, opened at Leicester Square Theatre, starring our own Andrew Lancel as the enigma Brian Epstein.  First produced as part of the Beatles’ 50th anniversary in 2012 and shown in Liverpool before its transfer to the West End, Andrew Sherlock’s Epstein focuses on the complicated man who changed the music scene forever, the accusations of betrayal and the inordinate stress that invades the lives of those finding fame. Both Epstein and Andrew Lancel have both received brilliant reviews across the board, with our thoughts perfectly echoed in Carole Gordon’s review in What’s On Stage : “Do. Not. Miss.”

Andrew Lancel is phenomenal as Epstein, bearing an uncanny resemblance to the man, and showing all his flaws, the paranoia, loneliness and vulnerability, without ever descending into caricature.” Carole Gordon, WHAT’S ON STAGE, *****

“As the well-spoken, sharp-suited, dashing yet fragile 32-year-old, Andrew Lancel captures both Epstein’s persuasive confidence and his inner torments and insecurities… Even at the close of Lancel’s pitch-perfect performance, Epstein… remains an enigma” Catherine Usher, THE STAGE, ****

“Andrew Lancel shines as Brian, brilliantly picking up his every mannerism and vocal habit. He balances the sweet and the angry parts of this complex character, ranging from a sad little boy to an angry tyrant.” Jade Wright, LIVERPOOL ECHO, ****

Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles plays at Leicester Square Theatre until 6th September. 

SUSAN WOKOMA JOINS THE BOYS IN THE INBETWEENERS 2

After much anticipation, The Inbetweeners 2 was released in cinemas nationwide yesterday. The second instalment in this ever popular comedy franchise continues to follow four friends – Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison) – as they reunite in Australia for a holiday. Featuring our own Susan Wokoma in the role of Della,we couldn’t resist sharing these gorgeous pictures of Susan on the red carpet at The Inbetweeners 2 premiere at Leicester Square earlier this week. 

SUSAN WOKOMA JOINS THE BOYS IN THE INBETWEENERS 2

After much anticipation, The Inbetweeners 2 was released in cinemas nationwide yesterday. The second instalment in this ever popular comedy franchise continues to follow four friends – Will (Simon Bird), Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison) – as they reunite in Australia for a holiday. Featuring our own Susan Wokoma in the role of Della,we couldn’t resist sharing these gorgeous pictures of Susan on the red carpet at The Inbetweeners 2 premiere at Leicester Square earlier this week. 

SHARON D CLARKE SHINES IN PORGY AND BESS
Last week, director Timothy Sheader’s Porgy and Bess opened at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, starring our own Sharon D Clarke as Mariah. Premiering on Broadway in 1935, George and Ira Gershwin’s opera-come-musical has been adapted throughout the years . The story, drawn from a 1925 novel by DuBose Heyward, charts the unlikely relationship between the tortured, drug-adled Bess (Nicola Hughes) and the disabled Porgy (Rufus Bonds Jr.), against a backdrop of the deprived but dependable community of Catfish Row. With a knock-out score, heart-felt singing and an excellent cast, this is all set to be a summer smash hit!
“There are also fine supporting performances… Sharon D Clarke is powerfully defiant as Mariah”, Lyn Gardener THE GUARDIAN, ****
“Gershwin’s score is a knock-out, the singing’s great and, with the now obligatory standing ovation on the press night, Regents Park look as though it has a sure fire hit to get them through the height of the summer season.” Simon Thomas, WHAT’S ON STAGE, ****

Porgy and Bess runs at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until 23rd August.

SHARON D CLARKE SHINES IN PORGY AND BESS

Last week, director Timothy Sheader’s Porgy and Bess opened at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, starring our own Sharon D Clarke as Mariah. Premiering on Broadway in 1935, George and Ira Gershwin’s opera-come-musical has been adapted throughout the years . The story, drawn from a 1925 novel by DuBose Heyward, charts the unlikely relationship between the tortured, drug-adled Bess (Nicola Hughes) and the disabled Porgy (Rufus Bonds Jr.), against a backdrop of the deprived but dependable community of Catfish Row. With a knock-out score, heart-felt singing and an excellent cast, this is all set to be a summer smash hit!

“There are also fine supporting performances… Sharon D Clarke is powerfully defiant as Mariah”, Lyn Gardener THE GUARDIAN, ****

“Gershwin’s score is a knock-out, the singing’s great and, with the now obligatory standing ovation on the press night, Regents Park look as though it has a sure fire hit to get them through the height of the summer season.” Simon Thomas, WHAT’S ON STAGE, ****

Porgy and Bess runs at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until 23rd August.