WEST END FOR FREE!!! WIN TICKETS TO – The Great British Bake Off host MEL GIEDROYC and comedy actress favourite CAROLINE QUENTIN join the already star studded cast of NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS giving the West End a unique experience of seeing star performances of songs from four new musicals, in this one off Gala Concert at the Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue on MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER at 7.30pm produced by musical theatre production company The Stable.
MEL says: “I have adored musical theatre since the age of five when I would listen to Jesus Christ Superstar religiously (!), everyday after school and act out all the parts. So I am HUGELY excited to be performing not in my parents’ living-room, but in The Stable’s first ever public Gala!”
CAROLINE is returning to the musical West End stage for the first time since her role in the original cast of Les Miserables says: “Having been in the anniversary production of Oh! What A Lovely War at Stratford East a couple of years ago, it’s great to have the opportunity to sing such a brilliant, funny song about the extraordinary Joan Littlewood.” (*see below details on both their show songs).
NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS is just that, the first opportunity to enjoy a sneak preview of four exciting new musicals that will go into full production from 2017 onwards, hearing their songs for the first time in this fully staged concert production. The best in new British musical theatre with:
- WIGMAKER a modern hairy fairy tale about a beautiful wigmaker – but when she locks the door at night the wigs come to life, with music and lyrics by the acclaimed Tony award winning actor DOUGLAS HODGE and book by celebrated playwright Bryony Lavery. DOUGLAS will be performing songs from the show alongside HAYDN GWYNNEwho will sing the show stopping Women Go Grey!
- *FANATICAL – a romantic comedy which takes place at a Science Fiction Convention byMatt Board and Reina Hardy, includes: MEL GIEDROYC as Trix, the rather inadequate conference organiser, singing the comic patter number Best Con Ever; and a power Ballard to be performed by Game Of Thrones‘ GEMMA WHELAN, in her musical and West End debut. A talented young production team will work with the FANATICAL sequence, directed by LOTTE WAKEHAM (And The World Goes Round – Stephen Joseph Theatre) and choreographed by TIM JACKSON (Made in Dagenham – Hornchurch).
- *JOAN – the life and times of Joan Littlewood written by Gwyneth Herbert and Mel Brimfield, with performances from CAROLINE QUENTIN as Joan singing Puppet On A Shoestring – an anthem to Joan’s credo for living. GWYNETH sings Fun Palace, IAN SHAW performs Hey Joan (inspired by Murray Melvin’s recollections of life with Joan).
- THE HAPPY PRINCE – the classic Oscar Wilde story brought to life, with a score by opera singer Hal Cazalet and book by Michael Barry. Performances will include the heart breaking pas de deux between the tragic Swallow and the happy Prince, directed by quadruple Oliver Award winner MARIA FRIEDMAN and choreographed by hotshot DREW McONIE (In The Heights) and danced by SOPHIA HURDLEY and ALAN VINCENT, both principles with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company.
As announced, the star cast of NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS also includes: DOUGLAS HODGE (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), GEMMA WHELAN (Game Of Thrones), HAYDN GWYNNE (Threepenny Opera), jazz supremo IAN SHAW, ALEX GAUMOND (We Will Rock You), sublime tenor HAL CAZALET and singer/songwriter GWYNETH HERBERT (The A-Z Of Mrs. P).
DOUGLAS HODGE says: “I’ve always had a secret life as a songwriter, so when The Stablecame forward to commission WIGMAKER I leapt at the chance. The story started life as a short film and then when I married a wigmaker in real life it seemed crazy not to follow the notion all the way to the West End. I’ve always been envious of the way Broadway generates and develops as many new musicals as plays, and now The Stable is supporting home grown brand new musicals. It won’t just be a chance for the audience to see new work it will be the first chance too for the composers to see their work up on its feet.”
Top West End performers also joining the company include: Jos Slovic, Emmanuel Kojo, James Smoker and Daniella Bowen.
THE STABLE is headed up by Neil Marcus alongside his expert team, all of whom have enviable reputations in the world of musical theatre. THE STABLE is also very proud of their close working relationship with The Kevin Spacey Foundation on their Artists Of Choice Initiative both in New York and London.
For One Night Only! MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER at 7.30pm Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES
NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS – a star filled Gala Night premiering 4 new British musicals: Wigmaker, Fanatical, The Happy Prince, Joan – the first opportunity to enjoy a sneaky look at what’s coming in 2017!
Box Office: 0330 333 4812 OR visit www.nimaxtheatres.com
Second booking line: 0844 412 4658
Ticket Prices: £19.00, £29.00, £39.00, £59.00 (+ £1.25 restoration levy on all tickets)
Group rates – save 10% on 10+ tickets.
College Rates – Teacher goes free plus save 10% on 20+ tickets
A booking fee of £2.50 for phone & online bookings
No booking fee for tickets purchased in person at the Box Office
Running time: 2 hours, including a 20 minute interval
TO WIN TICKETS EMAIL INFO@THEATREPERFORM.COM with Subject line ‘NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS’ ITS THAT SIMPLE! COMPETITION CLOSES 11TH NOVEMBER 2016.