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Dirty Dancing

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First opening in the West End in 2006 at the Aldwych Theatre, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is the unprecedented live experience of the classic tale, seen by millions across the globe. Following the well-known story of Baby and Johnny, this dance-filled, heart-pounding story salsas into London’s Phoenix Theatre for a limited 30 performances this Christmas.

Set in the summer of 1963, 17 year-old Francis “Baby” Houseman is on vacation with her older sister and parents. Staying at a resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains, she is left to amuse herself each day. Only when she stumbles across an all-night dance party does she begin to fantasise about the raunchy moves and saucy rhythms. Spotting the irresistible dance instructor Johnny Castle, Baby’s life is about to change forever as she is thrown into days of dancing, both on and off stage. A tale of two young spirits trying to find their place, Dirty Dancing is the powerfully moving story of love, lust and dance!

Featuring hugely memorable songs such as “Hungry Eyes”, “Do You Love Me?” and the iconic “I’ve Had the Time of My Life”, Dirty Dancing is the phenomenon that is continuing to wow audiences to this day! Currently impressing audiences across the UK, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage has earned over £5.5million since first hitting the roads in August. Performed by a cast of 37 and featuring over 35 heart-stopping songs, don’t miss your chance to see the sensationally sexy Dirty Dancing at the Phoenix Theatre London this Christmas.

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Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is directed by Federico Bellone, with choreography by the acclaimed Gillian Bruce. Produced by Karl Sydow and Paul Elliott, the musical features design by Robert Comotti.

Lewis Griffiths stars as Johnny Castle (Jersey Boys, Ghost the Musical, Legally Blonde), opposite Katie Hartland in her professional debut as Baby Houseman and Carlie Milner as Penny Johnson. Further cast members include Simone Craddock as Marjorie Houseman, Roger Martin as Max Kellerman, Jo Servi as Tito Suarez, Lizzie Ottley as Lisa Houseman, Michael Kentas as Billy Kostecki, Greg Fossard as Neil Kellerman, Tony Stansfield as Mr Schumacher, Daniela Pobega as Elizabeth and Camilla Rowland as Vivian.

Additional cast members include Gabby Antrobus, Simon Campbell, Robert Colvin, Michael Cookson, Katie Eccles, Beth Highsted, Matthew James Hinchliff, Samuel John Humphreys, Megan Louch, Ashley Rumble, Callum Sterling and Austin Wilks, with Karl James Wilson as Alternate Johnny Castle.

Show Lengths and Times

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage opens at the Phoenix Theatre London on December 6th and will play a limited 30 performances until December 21st 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every evening.

Show running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is a fiery dance production recommended for those aged 12 and up.

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Peppa Pig’s Surprise

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Following a hugely successful run at the Duke of York’s Theatre last Christmas, everyone’s favourite pink piglet returns in Peppa Pig’s Surprise, set to run for a fantastically festive West End season! In a charming and colourful production, Peppa Pig’s Surprise is the brand new live stage show opening at the Phoenix Theatre in December!

Peppa Pig’s Surprise follows the piggy family as they embark on a fun and surprising adventure! Set on a lovely, sunny day, Daisy is playing outside and asks the audience to join in with a game of hide and seek. Soon, she is joined by Danny Dog, Suzy Sheep and Pedro Pony, who all join together to find George and Peppa Pig. Mummy and Daddy Pig have prepared a special surprise for the next day, which involves going to the sunny beach and bumping into Mr Potato and Mr Crab!

Adapted by Richard Lewis, Peppa Pig’s Surprise is based on the Astley Baker Davies’ popular children’s television show Peppa Pig. Packed full of interactive games, songs and surprises, the production is catered for tiny theatregoers who will love seeing their favourite characters live on stage! Experience perfect puppetry and life-size characters in this wonderful adventure. Opening at the Phoenix Theatre London, performances begin December 15th and end January 7th 2017.

Cast and Creative

peppa-pig_prod-shotPeppa Pig’s Surprise is produced by Fiery Light in partnership with Entertainment One. Adapted by Richard Lewis, the production is based on the hit children’s television series created by Astley Baker Davies.

The show features a cast including Melanie Ann as George, Emma Grace Arends as Daisy, Liam Farrow as Mr Potato, Auriol Hatcher as Mummy Pig, Emma Hilts as Peppa and David Sandham as Daddy Pig, with Lauren Martin understudying.

Show Lengths and Times

Peppa Pig’s Surprise opens at the Phoenix Theatre London on December 15th 2016 and runs until 7th January 2017. Performances are during the day.

Show running time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, including a 15 minute interval.

Suitable for Children?

Peppa Pig’s Surprise is suitable for all ages. Babies between 0-18 months of age are admitted free of charge if they are sitting on an adult’s lap (if they need to be sat on a seat, a child’s seat must be purchased). All children aged 18 months and upwards must have a ticket.

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The Last Tango

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‘effortlessly entertaining, feelgood dance’

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‘great band, great singing and exceptional dancing’

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‘simply tango, tango, tango’

Following a smash-hit UK tour, Strictly Come Dancing’s favourite duo bring yet another acclaimed production to the West End stage. Following the huge success of their previous dance shows Midnight Tango and Dance ‘Til Dawn, Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone bring their more intimate, passionate spectacular to the Phoenix Theatre. The Last Tango opens at the London venue September 22nd for a limited 10 week season.

Directed by Karen Bruce (Annie Get Your Gun), The Last Tango follows George as he delves deep into his past, discovering forgotten memories in his attic. Unlike previous productions, The Last Tango is a more intimate exploration of popular dance styles such as the rumba, jive, salsa and tango, which are combined to create one explosive evening.

Starring Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone, The Last Tango is a celebration of the pair’s twenty years as dance partners, with this production being their last to tour the country. Both having competed in dance throughout their lives, the World Dance Champions were brought together through their love of the Argentine Tango, in which they are world-class experts. With a penchant for Latin and Ballroom, the duo have wowed the country, impressing audiences on popular BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.

Now, The Last Tango spins into the Phoenix Theatre London, following a sell-out UK tour, playing a limited season until December 3rd 2016. Don’t miss out on this spectacular event!

Cast and Creative

the-last-tangoThe Last Tango is directed by Karen Bruce (Annie Get Your Gun, A Chorus Line) and is produced by Adam Speigel Productions. Further creative team includes set design by Morgan Large, costume design by Vicky Gill, lighting design by James Whiteside and sound design by Richard Brooker.

Cast members include World Dance Champions Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone, who have been paired as dance partners for twenty years. Both appeared on Strictly Come Dancing as professional dancers and are champions in the Argentine Tango, as well as Ballroom and Latin.

Show Lengths and Times

The Last Tango opens at the Phoenix Theatre London on September 22nd and will play a limited 10 week season until December 3rd 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every evening, excluding Sunday, with matinees every Thursday and Saturday at 3pm.

Show running time is approximately 1 hour and 50 mins.

Suitable for Children?

The Last Tango is a family-friendly dance production that is perfectly suitable for children and families of all ages.

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The Girls

‘such a spectacular line-up of West End talents blooming’

‘a show whose feelgood conclusion is genuinely earned ‘

‘a fresh and joyous attempt to reinvent the material’

Gary Barlow’s musical based on the 2003 Calendar Girls film makes its West End premiere at London’s Phoenix Theatre. Penned by world-famous composer and musician Barlow, The Girls features lyrics and a book by the film’s original screenwriter Tim Firth.

The Girls is the real life story of a Women’s Institute group who decide to fundraise for a local hospital by posing for a raunchy-but-tasteful nude calendar. Inadvertently, the group become media sensations, and are soon hounded for their story. A heart-warming story that follows the close friendships in the group, as well as the strained personal lives, The Girls is sure to be a British hit.

Firth’s The Girls originally premiered as a play in 2015 at the Leeds Grand Theatre, and later at The Lowry in Salford in 2016. Based on the 2003 film which featured renowned actresses Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Linda Bassett, Annette Crosbie and Geraldine James, Calendar Girls is the uplifting tale that is bound to capture the hearts of London audiences. Now, the updated production features music by Barlow that earned it five-star reviews from audiences and critics alike.

Cast and Creative

The Girls is the entirely new musical by Take That member Gary Barlow and playwright Tim Firth, based on Firth’s original 2003 film Calendar Girls. With music by Barlow and lyrics by Firth, the score is sure to be a hit, with Broadway spectacular Finding Neverland already under Barlow’s belt. Directed by FirthThe Girls features design by Robert Jones and lighting design by Tim Lutkin, with sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster.

Cast members include Debbie Chazen as Ruth, Sophie-Louise Dann as Celia, Michele Dotrice as Jessie, Marian McLoughlin as Marie, Claire Moore as Chris, Claire Machin as Cora and Joanna Riding as Annie. Further cast members include Joe Caffrey as Rod, Jeremy Clyde as Dennis, John Davitt as Doctor, Soo Drouet as Brenda, James Gaddas as John, Jenny Gayner as Miss Wilson (Coffee), Steve Giles as Lawrence, Maxwell Hutcheon as Colin, Shirley Jameson as Miss Wilson (Tea), Judith Street as Lady Cravenshire, Josh Benson as Tommo, Ben Hunter as Danny and Chloe May Jackson as Jenny.

Song List

  • “Yorkshire” – Full Company
  • “Girls”
  • “Scarborough”
  • “Who Wants a Silent Night?” – Cora and Company
  • “Mrs Conventional” – The Girls
  • “Sunflower” – Chris
  • “Dare” – Chris, Annie and the Girls
  • “Protect Me Less” – Danny
  • “So I’ve Had a Little Work Done” – Celia
  • “What Age Expects” – Jessie
  • “Kilimanjaro” – Annie
  • “My Russian Friend and I” – Ruth
  • “For One Night Only” – Full Company

Show Lengths and Times

The Girls began previews at the Phoenix Theatre on January 28th 2017, with an official opening on February 21st 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm every evening, excluding Sundays, with matinees at 2:30pm on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Show running time is 2 hours and 45 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The Girls contains nudity which is not suitable for young children, therefore parental guidance is advised.

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Guys and Dolls

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‘tingle-down-the-arms good — a rarity in the West End’

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‘sends chills down the spine’

Chichester Festival Theatre’s smash-hit revival of Broadway classic Guys and Dolls plays at the Phoenix Theatre. Opening on March 19th, the classic musical has enjoyed huge success and is currently booking until August 21st 2016. After a hugely successful run at London’s Savoy Theatre, the musical moved to the Phoenix, following the departure of Bend it Like Beckham the Musical.

Guys and Dolls follows gambler Nathan Detroit and his fiancée, the club singer Miss Adelaide, who waits impatiently to be married, but after 14 years of waiting, fears it may never happen. Meanwhile, Detroit is in trouble as he struggles to find a venue for his latest game. After meeting fellow gambler Sky, Detroit bets him $1000 that he cannot take a doll of his choice out for dinner. Full of self-confidence, Sky agrees, only to find that the doll in question is the pious Sarah Brown.

A 1950’s musical favourite, Guys and Dolls features memorable music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, much of which makes up the Broadway songbook as we know it. Toe-tapping musical numbers include “A Bushel and a Peck,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat”, amongst many others.

Unusually for a musical in residency at the West End, Guys and Dolls has also embarked on an extensive UK tour, which sees it visit venues in Liverpool, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes and Bristol, simultaneously running in London. Don’t miss out on the ultimate Broadway musical, now at the Phoenix Theatre London!

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Guys and Dolls’ creative team includes director Gordon Greenberg, with musical direction from Gareth Valentine, choreography by Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright, plus designs by Peter McKintosh and sound by Paul Groothuis.

Acclaimed actor Nigel Lindsay will join the cast to play Nathan Detroit for a limited time between May 26th and June 26th. From June 28th, Rebel Wilson will be joining the cast as Miss Adelaide.

With the Savoy Theatre run starring David Haig, Sophie Thompson and Jamie Parker, the Phoenix Theatre transfer sees the roles of Miss Adelaide and Nathan Detroit taken over by Samantha Spiro (Merrily We Roll Along) and Broadway’s Richard Kind (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Producers). Oliver Tompsett (Wicked, We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages) will play Sky Masterson, with Siubhan Harrison continuing as Sarah Brown. Gavin Spokes also reprises his role as Nicely Nicely Johnson.

Song List

Act I

  • “Overture” – Orchestra
  • “Runyonland” – Orchestra
  • “Fugue for Tinhorns” – Nicely, Benny, Rusty
  • “Follow the Fold” – Sarah, Mission Band
  • “The Oldest Established” – Nathan, Nicely, Benny, Guys
  • “I’ll Know” – Sarah, Sky
  • “A Bushel and a Peck” – Miss Adelaide, Hot Box Girls
  • “Adelaide’s Lament” – Miss Adelaide
  • “Guys and Dolls” – Nicely, Benny
  • “Havana” – Orchestra
  • “If I Were a Bell” – Sarah
  • “My Time of Day/I’ve Never Been in Love Before” – Sky, Sarah

Act II

  • “Take Back Your Mink” – Miss Adelaide, Hot Box Girls
  • “Adelaide’s Second Lament” – Miss Adelaide
  • “More I Cannot Wish You” – Arvide
  • “Crapshooters Ballet” – Orchestra
  • Luck Be a Lady” – Sky, Guys
  • “Sue Me” – Miss Adelaide, Nathan
  • Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” – Nicely, Company
  • “Marry the Man Today” – Miss Adelaide, Sarah
  • “Guys and Dolls (Reprise)” – Company

Show Lengths and Times

Guys and Dolls opened at the West End’s Savoy Theatre in 2015, before transferring to the Phoenix Theatre in March 2015. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Mondays, with matinees on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:30pm. An additional performance is at 2:30pm on Sundays.

Show running time is 2hrs and 40mins including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Guys and Dolls is relatively family-friendly and is recommended for ages 8 and up. Please note that you must arrive at the Phoenix Theatre at least 15mins before the performance is due to begin.

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Bend it Like Beckham

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Gurinder Chadha directs the world premier of Bend it Like Beckham, which began previews at the Phoenix Theatre in May 2015.

Chadha has collaborated with Paul Mayeda Berges to create the brand new book, with music and lyrics by Howard Goodall and Charles Hart. Aletta Collins  choreographs the show, with set by Miriam Buether, costume by Katrina Lindsay, Lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Richard Brooker.

Based on Gurinder Chadha’s multi-award winning 2002 film of the same name starring Keira Knightly and Parminder Nagra, the new stage adaption promises to be similarly entertaining!

Bend it Like Beckham follows the unlikely heroine, Jess who is torn between living up to her traditional Indian family’s expectations or to follow in the sporting footsteps of her hero, David Beckham.

As a Sikh young lady Jess, or Jesminder, has been forbidden by her family to play football. Despite their rules, Jess plays in the park which eventually leads to her being scouted by a similarly sporty girl named Jules. As Jess is enlisted to the Hounslow Harriers, her and Jules become best friends as they bid to rise to the top of their league. However issues begin to present themselves as Jess’ family become suspicious and both her and Jules fall for the same man. Uh oh!

Natalie Dew plays football crazy Jess heroine Jess, with with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers.  Jamie Campbell Bower plays the object of their affection, their coach Joe. Jamal Andréas plays Jess’ good friend Tony. Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke play Jess’ parents and Ronni Ancona plays Paula, Jules’s Mum. Preeya Kalidas plays Pinky, Jess’ sister.

Bend it Like Beckham is an uplifting and joyous new British musical and had its press night at the Phoenix Theatre on the 24th June.

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“Melting-pot Britain on one irresistible plate.” star-rating-5.0The Telegraph 

star-rating-5.0“This is the most irresistibly joyous musical-theatre make-over of a much-loved movie since Billy Eliot.” The Independent. 

star-rating-5.0“The sheer fun of it is irresistible and it can legitimately claim to have a social message about the importance of minorities assimilating and allowing their young to find their own paths in modern Britain.” The Daily Mail

 

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Once the Musical

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Banner new Once poster Following Midnight Tango into the Phoenix Theatre is the hit Broadway musical Once, after the production won eight Tony Awards including Best New Musical, Best Book, and Best Director. The London transfer of the show has received 2 Olivier Awards, including the award for Best Actress in a musical going to original leading lady, Zrinka Civitesic. Based on the 2006 independent film of the same name, Once tells the story of an Irish guy and an Eastern European girl who meet in Dublin. Both musicians, their love affair is told through songs they write for one another in a traditional Irish pub. Just as the film grew a cult following, the musical has drawn audiences to its simple story and charming melodies. The Broadway production also won a Tony for its set, designed by Bob Crowley. Minimalist in style, it consists of a bar onstage which can be accessed by the audience during the interval. The bar is surrounded by chairs and the actors never leave the stage, instead playing musical instruments when they are not in a scene.

Cast and Creative

The music and lyrics are written by the same team that scored the film, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. They won an Academy Award for the song “Falling Slowly.” The musical features a book by Irish playwright Enda Walsh. His plays, frequently produced in London, include Disco Pigs, Misterman, and Penelope. The production is directed by John Tiffany. The cast of the London production includes: David Hunter as the Guy and Jill Winternitz Girl at the centre of the story. David Hunter played understudy guy for over a year before being promoted to the leading man. Jill Winternitz is an American actress who has previously been seen on the West End as Baby in Dirty Dancing. Ronan Keating will star in Once The Musical as Guy from the 17th November. Ronan is famous for his career in boy band, Boyzone.

Show Length and Times

Once the Musical began on 16 March before an official opening date on 9 April, 2013. Performances run Monday to Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm The running time is approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes include one interval.

Song List

  • “The North Strand”
  • “Leave”
  • “Falling Slowly”
  • “The Moon”
  • “Ej Pada Pada”
  • “If You Want Me”
  • “Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy”
  • “Say It to Me Now”
  • “Abandoned in Bandon”
  • “Gold”
  • “Sleeping”
  • “When Your Mind’s Made Up”
  • “The Hill”
  • “It Cannot Be About That”
  • “Gold (A Capella)”
  • “Falling Slowly (Reprise)”

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Flavia is Strictly a Winner Ahead of Midnight Tango Run

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Midnight Tango star Flavia Cacace has won this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing. Alongside her partner, gymnast Louis Smith, she managed to top the public vote in the close final.  Other finalists included Girls Aloud and Shrek the Musical star Kimberley Walsh, West End star Denise van Outen (Chicago, Rent Remixed, Legally Blonde, Tell Me On a Sunday), and actress Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker, After You’re Gone).

Though van Outen scored the highest rating from the judges’ with her partner James Jordan after jiving to “Tutti Frutti,” dancing to the “Flashdance” theme, and performing the Charleston to “Walk Like an Egyptian,” Cacace and Smith managed to win the public vote and thus the competition. Their winning performance included dancing to “Rule the World,” performing a salsa to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and the Charleston to “Dr. Wanna Do.”

Smith managed impressively managed to pick up a silver medal in gymnastics at the 2012 Games in London, and he has remarked that he was pleased to win the gold in his first-ever dancing competition. It represents the first win for Cacace after she has appeared as a fan favourite on seven series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Cacace’s Midnight Tango co-star Vincent Simone placed fourth with his partner Dani Harmer earlier in the evening. Other contestants on this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing included Olympian Victoria Pendelton, actress Lisa Riley, model and actress Jerry Hall, Fern Britton, Michael Vaughan, Nicky Byrne, Richard Arnold, Colin Salmon, Sid Owen, and Johnny Ball.

Midnight Tango begins performances at the Phoenix Theatre on 30 January and will also feature Cacace’s former Strictly Come Dancing partner Russell Grant. He recently appeared as the title character in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium and has also played Teen Angel in the national tour of Grease.

Midnight Tango

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Following the run of Goodnight Mister Tom at the Phoenix Theatre was the return of Midnight Tango to the West End for a strictly limited season before embarking on its third UK tour.

The production featured the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, and was co-produced by former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips. Simone and Cacace also choreographed the show, which featured an additional ten of the world’s best tango dancers.

Simone and Cacace are one of the most successful UK tango duos in the UK, and their list of competitions won includes the UK Professional Ten Dance Championship from 2002– 2006, UK Professional Showdance Championship from 2003–2006, UK Argentine Tango Championship in 2006,  World Argentine Tango Show Championship in 2005/2006, and the UK Ballroom Championship for several years. In addition to their appearances on the hit television series, they have appeared on the Strictly Come Dancing national tour several times. They both appeared on this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, with Simone partnering with Traci Beaker actress Dani Harmer, and Cacace winning with her partner gymnast Louis Smith, who took home silver on the pommel horse at the 2012 Olympic games, becoming the first British gymnast to place in an Olympics since 1928.

The show appeared in the West End for a successful limited run from January to March 2012. It featured live music by Tango Siempre, with soloist Guillermo Rozenthuler. It was directed by Karen Bruce, an Olivier Award-winning director and choreographer whose credits include Footloose the Musical, Pacific Overtures, Saturday Night Fever, Fame, and Never Forget. It was designed by Morgan Lange with lighting by James Whiteside.

Midnight Tango ran from 30 January to 2 March 2013, before touring extensively around the UK including Eastbourne, Norwich, Woking, Southend, Bath, Nottingham, Wycombe, Birmingham, Newcastle, Truro, Cardiff, Hull, Northampton, Canterbury, Manchester, and Leeds.

Goodnight Mister Tom

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With Blood Brothers closing after 21 years, Goodnight Mister Tom came to the Phoenix Theatre for a limited 9-week season. The production ran from 27 November 2012 through 26 January 2013, with previews from 22 November.

Based on the beloved modern classic by Michelle Magorian and adapted for the stage by David Wood, Goodnight Mister Tom tells the heart-warming story of Willie, a young boy who suffers abuse at the hands of his mother before being evacuated from London during the Blitz. He is sent to live with the curmudgeonly Mister Tom, an elderly recluse in rural England. They form a rare bond before Willie is sent back to live with his abusive mother, and Tom must brave the outside world to rescue his adopted son.

This production premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre last year before embarking on a national tour. It has embarked on a new national tour following its limited West End run. It is the latest in a string of hits to emerge from Chichester, including Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, and South Downs/The Browning Version.

Cast Information

After originating the role at Chichester, Oliver Ford Davies played Mr. Tom. His extensive stage credits include West End appearances in Written on the Heart, Hamlet with David Tennant, and Heartbreak House. He won an Olivier Award for Racing Demon at the National, where his additional credits have included All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing, and Saint Joan. He has appeared in more than 32 productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company including Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, and As You Like It.

Angus Jackson directed, and Davies was joined by members of the original Chichester cast including Joanne Howarth (Bingo, Young Vic), Freya Parker (Headlong’s Six Characters in Search of an Author), Alan Vicary (The Power of Yes, National Theatre), and Jonathan Warde (Danton’s Death, National Theatre). Joining them were newcomers Elisa de Grey (Brilliant, Fevered Sleep), Bradley Hall (South Downs, West End) and Osmund Bullock (Autumn & Winter, Orange Tree).