West End Calling 2019!

On Sunday 12th of May I was generously invited to the Grand Final of West End Calling. I had previously known about the competition since my friend attended the final last year so I was very excited to see what I was in for.

What is it?

The contestants come all around the country as the first stages of the auditions held in 7 cities around the country and performed in front of a panel of West End performers. And during the Grand Final of West End Calling they perform one song to a completely new panel of judges, previous judges have included Danielle Hope, Paul Wilkins, Jamie Lambert and Lauren Samuels.

The Judges

This years judges were the two leads of hit West End show, Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre), Matthew Croke (Aladdin) and Courtney Reed (Princess Jasmine). The panel was completed by Heathers royalty, Sophie Issacs. However, today they definitely weren’t the envy of any of us having such a difficult decision to make picking the winners. 

I was also lucky enough to catch up with them at the end of the night and ask them why a competition such as this is so important for young people and the West End community.

Sophie Issacs
“I just think it’s amazing for us to witness such amazing talent and for everyone in the same age group to experience the talent that ewe have all across the country is an amazing this to see.”

Matthew Croke
“Tonight, West End Calling is so important because of these people that want to be in the West End or do this kind of thing in the industry anything that they want to do and want to see other people that want to do this type of thing. I brings out a healthy competeetaive side of the industry but also the experience that they get that West End Calling give is just incredible. If I was their age and had something like this to go to I would be the first one to enter. It’s such a good experience for them all.”

Courtney Reed
‘Tonight is just so important because you’re giving the youths such an opportunity to get in front of some working professionals and get out and perform in front of a wonderful, loving audience who’s really rooting for them and to see where their journey goes next.”


From Left to Right: Matthew Croke, Courtney Reed, Oscar Conlon-Morrey and Sophie Issacs

The Grand Finals!

The Grand Finals were hosted at The Other Palace. The theatre home of shows such as Heathers, Eugenius, Toast and will be hosting the UK Premiere of Falsettos.


The Grand Final is split into two groups, the Junior Final (under 16s) and the Senior Final (Over 16s) and have thirteen contestants each.

Both shows were hosted by Oscar Conlon-Morrey who effortlessly improvised with humour and ease. I was also lucky to speak to him after the show and ask him why he enjoyed hosting the final so much.

“It’s always and absolute joy because the amount of passion they bring to the stage is incredible. This year in particular was excessive talent that we have not seen before. They were incredibly genuine, truthful performers. Lot of really exciting, new and interesting vocal qualities and style that I haven’t seen before and I genuinely think that every single one of them could have very successful careers in the industry.”

In both of the finals, the standard of the performances delivered were out of this world, however, there were a few stand out performances for myself in each of the Finals.

The Junior Finals!

In the Junior Finals, Maya Rugen who performed ‘I Love Play Rehearsal’ from Be More Chill was the first one to stand out for me. As someone who is not very familiar with the show, her performance of the song made me very interested in sitting down and listening to the soundtrack. 

In addition Phoebe Maddison with who sung the song ‘Quiet’ by Jonathan Reid Gealt. Again, I was not familiar with the song, but she really invested me in the song and her story telling, in addition, her voice is insane! 

Sasha Roberts broke my (and everyone else in the audience) heart with a stunning rendition of ‘Words Fail’ from Dear Evan Hansen. As such a popular song from such a current musical, is such a risky move however, it totally paid off with acting and vocals at a sensational level for his age.

Bibi Simpson took the competition to a different level with her rendition of ‘Green Finch and Linnet Bird’ from Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street. It was the only performance of that type so it would typically stand out however, the song is a personal favourite of mine and her voice is so beautiful that I could listen to it all day. I could see her playing roles such as Christine Daae and Cosette, she has a beautiful, classic soprano voice.

3rd Place in this Round was given to Charlotte Waller with a show-stopping rendition of ‘Dying Ain’t So Bad’ From Bonnie and Clyde

2nd Place of this round was given to Sasha Roberts for ‘Words Fail’ from Dear Evan Hansen.

1st Place of this round was won by Phoebe Maddison who sung ‘Quiet’ by Jonathan Reid Gealt.

The Senoir Finals

The second round included performers from the age 16 and up. Opening the show, and setting the standard really high, was Amelia Wilkins with ‘Out Here On My Own’ from the musical Fame. The performance to me felt so intimate and personal so was immediately a stand out one for me. 

Ashley Hartley performed a stunning rendition of ‘Stars’ from Les Miserables. As the song is in my Top 3 of all time favourite musical theatre songs, I was anxious to hear his rendition, and I was not disappointed! The judges remarked that they could close their eyes and believe that that was the actual actor playing Javert and I couldn’t agree more. I can’t wait to see Ashley performing the same song at the Queen’s in years to come. In addition, his acting was so strong, despite the lack of costume and context, you would know exactly who he was playing. It was a stunning performance.

The next stand out performance to me came even before it was performed. When I saw the words ‘Megan Lapper Memory- CATS’ in the programme. I might have had a little heart attack. It’s a very ambitious song to sing, even for the most trained singers. Although I have never seen the show Cats, ‘Memory’ is an iconic musical theatre song, my Mam’s favourite and my eldest cat is named after the character who sings it. Yes, my cat is called Grizabella. I couldn’t help by feel Megan had given herself a massive challenge… Challenge? She flew through the song with so much ease, a powerful belt and an amazing outfit on a tiger print variety in homage to the show. 

In addition, another song that really stood out to me as very ambitious to sing was ‘Rose’s Turn’ from the musical Gypsy. However, Megan Keaveny Brough the house down with her performance both vocally and physically.

3rd Place was given to Bryon-Rose Brookman for her portrayal of ‘Lost in The Brass’ from Band Geeks. 

2nd Place went to Megan Lapper for ‘Memory’ from Cats.

1st Place went to Serafina Bird for ‘Wait a Bit’ from Just So.

Overall Thoughts…

Although I have not mentioned each competitor by name in this post, doesn’t mean I didn’t appreciate and enjoy each and every performance. I can see them all standing on all the West End stages, leading the shows. I can guarantee everyone that I see that the future of the West End is in safe hands.

In addition, it’s so nice that there is a competition like this out there for aspiring performers, I wish I had known about West End calling when I was an aspiring performer because I would have applied for it, and got all of my friends in musical theatre to have done so as well! 

I can’t help but feel incredibly lucky that Alex was kind enough to invite us. The work that he is doing for these aspiring performers is astonishing. I really can’t thank him enough Even a week later finshing up this blog, I can’t help but feel incredibly lucky seeing the names of future West End shows performing in front of my very eyes, already trained to perfection, so in a few years time, they’re going to be unstoppable!

I you would like to get involved in West End Calling 2020, auditions for entry are now open. Please check out http://www.westendcalling.co.uk for more information. And for all I know, I might see one (or a few) of you there next year…

Written By: Sophie Reed @misssjreed_

Mad On Her! Is Back In The Heart of London

Feast your eyes upon the glamourous and glitzy cast of “Mad On Her” – 80s Jukebox musical, say Mad On Her fast- you’ll get the gimmick, Mad On Her is back after a successful short tour around the UK’s top Fringe venues including Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, and is ready to take The Heart of London by storm.
Mad On Her will play Sundays in November and December at the Above The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square, from the 5th of November to the 3rd of December, and the line up is through the roof. (5th November is Sold Out!)

Mad On Her Principal Cast includes  Emmerdale’s Sweetheart Kelsey Beth Crossley, X Factor/ Loserville’s Sarah Watson, Jade Johnson (CBBC’s Worlds End), James Colebrook and West End Power-House Laura Wilson, joining them are Jordan Todd (BGT semi-finalist) Dani Acors (Jesus Christ Superstar) Brooke Havana Bailey (Billy Elliot) Simone Kite (Moulin Rouge) Sara Latif (BBC Bollywood), Emily Shuck, Hollie Steel and Phoebe Rose White (Rent).

Mad On Her – 80s Jukebox Musical takes you on a journey through all your favourite smash hits of this ‘Glamtastic’ decade. Get your Gladrags on and Glitter up as Donna and Tina party through the nightlife and drama of 1985.
Donna, ambitious and stylish, is climbing the ladder of success. Finding ‘Mr Right’ is the last thing on her mind – little does she know he could be just around the corner.
Tina, with her big hair and big heart, is the disco diva of the boulevard. As Donna’s best friend she sets out to play cupid. Step into the nostalgia of the neon lights and “Get ready to party the night away.”

Written, Produced and Directed by Ashley Luke Lloyd.
Co-produced by Sam Ohlsson for BlackDeer Productions and Co-Written by Koryann Stevens Delves.

Tickets from £16.


First production images of BY JEEVES released!

The Old Laundry Theatre are delighted to announce the full cast, led by Bill Champion and Nadim Naaman, of the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s light-hearted, fun musical BY JEEVES, opening on Friday 6 October – Saturday 4 November 2017 and directed by Alan Ayckbourn.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber says: “I confess that this is the musical that I privately look forward most to seeing.”

Currently starring as Raoul in Lloyd Webber‘s 30th Anniversary cast of The Phantom of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Nadim Naaman will play loveable chump and bachelor Bertie Wooster (Anthony in Sweeney Todd – Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop, Shaftesbury Avenue, One Man, Two Guvnors – NT at The Theatre Royal, Haymarket, The Sound of Music – The Palladium, Titanic – Princess of Wales, Toronto and Southwark Playhouse, Chess – Union. Nadim has recorded two studio albums; most recently Sides (2016), which topped the iTunes UK Vocal Chart.)

And long term Ayckbourn collaborator actor Bill Champion will pay the titular role of the faithful and longsuffering manservant, Jeeves (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Broadway and West End including: Henceforward, A Chorus of Disapproval, Arrivals and  Departures, Woman in Mind, Damsels in Distress Trilogy, Absurd Person Singular, Comic Potential; also Calendar Girls, Sunset Boulevard, Fame.)

Bill and Nadim are joined by a cast of iconic Wodehouse characters in BY JEEVES with:
Jamie Baughan
– as clergyman Stinker Pinker (Kinky Boots – West End, Chicago – Amos Hart, UK tour);

Katie Birtill – as the cute and spoiled Madelaine Bassett (Monique in The Boy Who Fell Into A Book written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, Dreamboats and Petticoats – UK tours.)
Howard Chadwick – as Madelaine’s controlling father Judge Watkyn Bassett (Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Brassed Off – Oldham Coliseum);
Joshua Manning – as villain and jelly tycoon Cyrus Budge (The End Of Something – Old Vic, title role in Roald Dahl’s The BFG – Birmingham Rep);
Oliver Mawdsley – as reclusive scientist Gussie Fink-Nottle (Where Is Peter Rabbit? – Old Laundry Theatre, Godspell – Jesus, Frinton Summer Theatre);
Naomi Petersen – Bassett’s sweet ward Stiffy Bing (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – West End, The Witches Of Eastwick – Watermill);
Nigel Richards – as nerdy friend Bingo Little (The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, Martin Guerre, Les Miserables – all West End) and
Melle Stewart – as hedgehog lover Honoria Glossop (Goodnight Mr Tom – West End, Assassins – Menier Chocolate Factory).

A rare opportunity to see Alan Ayckbourn’s first revival in over 20 years of this jocular musical – from Broadway to Bowness!
BY JEEVES will bring back together the original creative team from 1996 including: Olivier and Tony winning Alan Ayckbourn who will direct; set designer Roger Glossop (also owner of the Old Laundry Theatre), designs a new set for the intimate 200 seat theatre and choreographer Sheila Carter. Joining the production team is musical director Steven Edis, costumes Caroline Hughes and lighting Jason Taylor.

The Old Laundry Theatre’s Directors, Roger and his theatre producer wife Charlotte Scott say: “We are really delighted to be putting on this revival of By Jeeves to be directed by Alan Ayckbourn. The original show, which re-opened the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1996, transferred to the West End and moved across the waters to Washington, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Broadway was such a fulfilling theatrical enterprise for all the creative team, cast and crew that the idea we can re-visit this piece, with its wit, pace and beautiful songs and present a large scale production at the Old Laundry Theatre (10 in the cast + a six- piece live band) is a fitting celebration for our 25th.”

Set in the 1920s and keeping the dottiness of the original PJ Wodehouse stories, BY JEEVES brings to life a cast of colourful characters, who include Bertie Wooster with his unquenchable optimism and his wonderfully supercilious butler Jeeves, renowned for his deadpan digs. The colourful characters continually and hilariously swap identities as they battle to salvage love and cover up embarrassing errors, causing confusion and mayhem galore!

Alan Ayckbourn, a man of, literally, many words with 81 plays and musicals to his name says: “By Jeeves is a party. It’s a celebration of theatre. I was always attracted by the innocence in Wodehouse and love the simplicity and characters, which I still find so refreshing.”

For 25 years the Old Laundry Theatre has been bringing professional theatre to the Lake District – here’s to the next 25!Old Laundry 25 Years Logo 1.jpg

Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BX
Box Office: 015394 40872 / http://www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk
Twitter: @OLTheatre

Cast announced for SOME LOVERS & Further musicals at From Page To Stage 2017


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Summer Festival 2017 at The Other Palace


+ West End stars join FPTS shows & concerts

Ben Richards, Carolyn Maitland, Oliver Tompsett, Shona White, Miranda Wilford

Ben Richards returns to musical theatre in the premiere of Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater‘s SOME LOVERS – the head line show for Aria Entertainment’s From Page To Stage (FPTS) Summer Festival at The Other Palace. With just 12 performances, the seats will be some of the hottest musical theatre tickets in Town this summer (Thursday 24 August – 2 September 2017)!

SOME LOVERS is the new musical from Tony and Grammy Award winning writer Steven Sater (Spring Awakening), and Academy Award, Grammy Award winning pop legend Burt Bacharach – his first score for the theatre since 1968’s Promises Promises. A valentine to New York SOME LOVERS is a contemporary parable about the gifts we give one another — a love story, set over twenty years.

Four actors play two characters, Ben and Molly, caught between the present and past. Ben will be played by Ben Richards (The Bodyguard, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – West End, Footballers’ Wives, Hollyoaks); Molly by Gemma Wardle (Betty Blue Eyes – West End, Eponine in Les Miserables – West End); Young Molly is Jenna Innes (Charlotte Donne in Animus– The Bridewell Theatre); and making his professional debut as Young Ben is Aaron Kavanagh who graduates from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this month (July 2017.)

Steven Sater says: “Burt and I came to recognise how distinct our love songs were from those ubiquitous pop anthems of young love. Our love songs seemed invariably to express a sort of disaffection, a disappointment, a dark joy, or the renewed determination of a more mature, mid-relationship romance. What if we revisited that Depression-Era classic story, The Gift of the Magi? What became of those young Christmas lovers, twenty years after their happily ever after? And that was the beginning of SOME LOVERS.”

Burt Bacharach says: “Writing songs with Steven has been a different process for me because most of the time it’s the lyrics that come first and then I set them to music. Steven is a very musical lyric writer and it is always a pleasure to take his lyrics with consummate ease and set them and feel very good about the result.”

The creative team for SOME LOVERS: Director – Katherine Hare (Co-founder of Triptic, Resident Dir Sunny Afternoon – West End); MD – Jordan Li-Smith (Ragtime – Charing Cross Theatre); Choreographer – Philip Thomas (Tick Tick Boom! – Park Theatre); Designer – Nik Corrall(Tick Tick Boom! – Park Theatre, Ass Designer Marlowe Theatre); Lighting Designer – James Smith (Ass LD Wind In The Willows – London Palladium); Sound Designer – Chris Bogg (Yank! The Musical – Charing Cross Theatre.) SOME LOVERS is produced in association with SENBLA.

Also confirmed is a terrific cast of West End performers for You Know How To Love Me – A Charles Miller Celebration including: Carolyn Maitland(Ghost, Miss Saigon), Oliver Tompsett (Guys & Dolls, We Will Rock You, Wicked), Shona White (Mamma Mia, Wicked) and Miranda Wilford(Remembering Fred, Thriller Live!) in the Studio (18/08–19/08.) MD/Piano – David Randall and Cello – Sarah Bowler. Co-producer Guy James.


Aria Entertainment’s From Page To Stage (FPTS) – a ground breaking International Summer Musical Festival for new musicals at the start of their musical theatre life, runs for three weeks at The Other Palace from MONDAY 14 AUGUST to SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2017.

FPTS Summer Festival: Monday 14 August – Sunday 3 September 2017.

The Other Palace – 12 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E 5JA.

Ticket prices from £7.50 – £20. (SOME LOVERS: ALL tickets £20)

Box Office: theotherpalace.co.uk / 020 7087 7900 


FPTS twitter: @FromPage2Stage 

SOME LOVERS: Dates and Performance Times – All tickets £20

THURSDAY                 24th AUGUST             8pm

FRIDAY                        25th AUGUST             8pm

SATURDAY                  26th AUGUST             3pm and 8pm

MONDAY                    28th AUGUST             8pm

TUESDAY                     29th AUGUST             8pm

WEDNESDAY             30th AUGUST             8pm

THURSDAY                  31st AUGUST              3pm and 8pm

FRIDAY                        1st SEPTEMBER          8pm

SATURDAY                  2nd SEPTEMBER        3pm – 8pm

See below for full listings information for FPTS Summer Festival…..


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Monday 14th August

Opening Songwriters Showcase followed by Q&A with producer Katy Lipson (STUDIO) @ 7.30PM – concert

Tuesday 15th  August

XY by Oliver Houser, developed with Hunter Bird – (STUDIO) @ 7.30pm – staged reading

Wednesday 16th  Aug

XY (STUDIO) @ 7.30pm – staged reading

Thursday 17th August

XY (STUDIO) @ 7.30pm – staged reading

Friday 18th August

You Know How To Love Me – A Charles Miller Celebration (STUDIO) @ 7.30pm – concert.

Saturday 19th  August

You Know How To Love Me – A Charles Miller Celebration (STUDIO) @ 2.30pm & 7.30pm –concert.

Monday 21st August

Rebel Song by Christopher Dickins, Tom Wright & additional music Jacquelyn Hynes (STUDIO) @ 7.30pm – staged reading

Tuesday 22nd August

Rebel Song (STUDIO) @ 7.30pm – staged reading

Wednesday 23rd  Aug

Rebel Song (STUDIO) @ 7.30pm – staged reading

Thursday 24th August

Some Lovers by Burt Bacharach & Steven Sater (MAIN HOUSE) @ 8pm – full production

One Way by Ben Bonnema & Christopher Staskel, The Edinburgh 7 by Christina Tweeddale, Catherine Myers, the Kielty Brothers & Jordanna O’Neill, The Girls Of Downey Hall by Chris Burgess, Cult! by Tasha Taylor Johnson & Phil Cornwell – (STUDIO) @ 7.30pm – showcasing 4 x musicals in one night – 25 minutes each

Friday 25th  August

Some Lovers  by Burt Bacharach & Steven Sater (MAIN HOUSE) @ 8pm – full production

One Way, The Edinburgh 7, The Girls Of Downey Hall, Cult! (STUDIO) @ 7.30pm – showcasing 4 x musicals in one night – 25 minutes each

Saturday 26th  August

Some Lovers by Burt Bacharach & Steven Sater (MAIN HOUSE) @ 3pm & 8pm – full production

One Way, The Edinburgh 7, The Girls Of Downey Hall, Cult! (STUDIO) @ 2.30pm & 7.30pm – showcasing 4 x musicals in one night – 25 minutes each

Sunday 27th  August


Monday 28th  August

Some Lovers by Burt Bacharach & Steven Sater (MAIN HOUSE) @ 8pm – full production

Chicken Little by Jake Brunger & Pippa Cleary and Dinostory by Luke Di Somma, Mark Anderson & Erin Carter (STUDIO) @ 1pm FAMILY FESTIVAL 5+ staged reading

Tuesday 29th  August

Some Lovers by Burt Bacharach & Steven Sater (MAIN HOUSE) @ 8pm – full production

Chicken Little and Dinostory (STUDIO) @ 1pm FAMILY FESTIVAL 5+ staged reading

Wednesday 30th  Aug

Some Lovers by Burt Bacharach & Steven Sater (MAIN HOUSE) @ 8pm – full production

Chicken Little and Dinostory (STUDIO) @ 1pm FAMILY FESTIVAL 5+ staged reading

Thursday 31st  August

Some Lovers by Burt Bacharach & Steven Sater (MAIN HOUSE) @ 3pm & 8pm – full production

The Queen’s Nose by Charles Miller/Tim Sanders – (STUDIO) @ 7.30pm  FAMILY FESTIVAL5+ – staged reading

Friday 1st September

Some Lovers by Burt Bacharach & Steven Sater (MAIN HOUSE) @ 8pm – full production

The Queen’s Nose (STUDIO) @ 7.30pm – FAMILY FESTIVAL 5+ – staged reading

Saturday  2nd Sept

Some Lovers by Burt Bacharach & Steven Sater (MAIN HOUSE) @ 3pm & 8pm – full production

The Queen’s Nose (STUDIO) @ 2.30pm & 7.30pm – FAMILY FESTIVAL 5+ – staged reading

Sunday 3rd  September

Closing Gala: An Evening Of Songs From Spring Awakening Creators Duncan Sheik & Steven Sater (MAIN HOUSE) @ 8pm – staged concert


BEATRIX POTTER Musical Adventure Returns to Cumbria This Summer

Smash hit Beatrix Potter Musical Adventure Where is Peter Rabbit? returns for more theatrical magic this summer in Bowness-on-Windermere.

image001Following its world premiere and a hugely successful run at the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-on-Windermere last summer, the highly acclaimed family musical adventure Where Is Peter Rabbit? devised by ROGER GLOSSOP with lyrics by ALAN AYCKBOURN and music by STEVEN EDIS, returns on Saturday 10 June 2017 for 12 weeks.

The innovative show, a visual spectacular for all the family was a sell-out last year and promises even more this summer, with two new songs including an unforgettable ballad from Peter Rabbit himself. The production is a combination of live performance, image007uplifting songs, inventive staging, projection and beautifully created puppets; all designed with exquisite attention to detail, staying faithful to Beatrix Potter’s original stories and illustrations.

The new cast of six actors are: Glenn Adamson, Becky Black, Steven Hardcastle, Suzi Holland, Vivienne Smith and Victoria Sye.  Together they bring to life the much-loved characters of Beatrix Potter’s little books including the ferocious Mr McGregor, the scheming Mr. Tod, the disagreeable Tommy Brock, the headstrong and foolish Jemima and of course the adorable Peter Rabbit.   Accompanying the cast are the famous voices of Miriam Margolyes who reads the stories of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Jemima Puddle-duck, and Trustee of the Old Laundry Theatre, Griff Rhys Jones who lends his voice to the Tale of Jeremy Fisher and of course the naughty Peter Rabbit.  There are also some surprise star appearances from lesser known characters; from Lucie and Ptolemy Tortoise, to the an enormous trout which swallows Jeremy Fisher and Kep the collie dog.  The captivating puppets are all beautifully hand crafted and operated by a shadow cast.

The enchanting music by Steve Edis and Alan Ayckbourn’s witty lyrics form a winning combination in the re-imagining of the five classic tales.  Renowned Theatre Set Designer and Director of the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Roger Glossop’s revolving stage breathes life in to the magical stories as the 60 minute production tells not just the gentle side of Beatrix Potter’s famous stories but also some of the terrifically dark, dramatic and villainous themes.

Currently shortlisted for Cumbria Tourism Event of the Year, the performance which attracted rave reviews and over 20,000 visitors to the little Theatre in Bowness last summer, is anticipating another successful season with two additional weeks of performances.

Where Is Peter Rabbit?at the Old Laundry Theatre at The World Of Beatrix Potter Attraction in the heart of the Lake District from Saturday 10 June – Sunday 3 September 2017.  Tickets available online www.hop-skip-jump.com and through the Old laundry Theatre Box Office 015394 40872.

Aria Entertainment’s FROM PAGE TO STAGE Festival Listing Announced!

Aria Entertainment’s From Page To Stage (FPTS) are delighted to announce their exciting musical concerts and the eleven new musicals selected to be showcased during their Summer Festival at The Other Palace (Monday 14 August – Sunday 3 September 2017) including: musical royalty with Tony and Grammy Award winning writer Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) and Academy Award, Grammy Award winning pop legend Burt Bacharach’s new musical Some Lovers – a fully produced main house production; and titular royalty on stage in the studio, with the coming of age new family musical The Queen’s Nose by Charles Miller and Tim Sanders, adapted from the right royal author Dick King-Smith’s delightfully funny children’s book.

Fast becoming the world’s leading new musical theatre Summer Festival FPTS moves into The Other Palace, where night and day over the three weeks, the sound of music from new musicals from across the globe will be brought to life; both in the theatre and studio – and even the bar. From a record breaking 302 submissions from 15 countries, the selected new musicals will be showcased and performed by top West End performers, directors, choreographers, musicians and musical directors – showing each step of a new musical, with workshops, readings, showcases (25 minute tasters of musicals) and fully staged productions.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, owner The Other Palace says: “I am thrilled that Katy Lipson is bringing From Page to Stage to The Other Palace, in August. It buoys my hope that The Other Palace will become a breeding ground for new musicals and a genuine hub for anyone interested in musical theatre.”

The Festival will open with the slick cutting-edge Song Writers Showcase (14 Aug), giving a professional platform for some awesome new musical songs from a plethora of musical genres, very clearly showing the calibre of shows on tap for three weeks at The Other Palace.

Creating a perfect FPTS mini Family Festival in the studio (28 Aug-02 Sept), The Queen’s Nose will be one of three family shows alongside the infectious tale of Chicken Little by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary; and the first musical where the world of carnivores and herbivores clash in Dinostory by Luke Di Somma, Mark Anderson and Erin Carter.

The Festival includes darker musicals XY (15 – 17 Aug) by Oliver Houser: “whilst studying on my undergraduate psychology course, I learnt about the psychologically harmful, non-consensual corrective surgeries still performed regularly on intersex infants. It’s been percolating in me for 5 years….” – Christopher Dickens and Tom Wright’s Rebel Song (21 – 23 Aug), a topical love story adapted from the award-winning novel At Swim, Two Boys…… – and One Way (24 – 26 Aug), in which an astrophysicist is selected to go on the first one-way trip to Mars by Ben Bonnema and Christopher Staskel.

Other exciting musicals being premiered at FPTS include: The Edinburgh 7 (24 – 26 Aug) by young bloods Christina Tweeddale & Catherine Myers (from the band Honeyblood), the Kielty Brothers and Jordanna O’Neill – their musical of women’s suffrage and their fight to study medicine in 1866…. – The comedy musical by Chris Burgess, The Girls of Downey Hall (24 – 26 Aug) based on Jenny Colgan’s best-selling novel Class …. – Tasha Taylor Johnson (Feed Your Ego) and musical director Phil Cornwell’s Cult! (24 – 26 Aug) a comedy tale of an unlikely group of Doomsday Seekers…. – and One Day (28 – 30 Aug) by Ben Toth, Todd Almond and Anil Baral set in 1972 Northern Ireland: Catholic against Protestant, Irish against British, neighbour against neighbour….

And the headline show: Some Lovers (24 Aug – 02 Sept) – Bacharach’s first new score for the theatre since 1968s Promises Promises. Steven Sater says: “Love songs, that’s what I write. Burt and I had just written our first song together; and some months and any number of songs later I came to recognise how distinct our songs were from those ubiquitous pop anthems of young love. Ours seemed invariably to express a sort of disaffection, a disappointment, a dark joy, or the renewed determination of a more mature, mid-relationship romance. One day, in the heat of July in Los Angeles, as Burt and I laboured away on a Christmas song, I thought: what if we revisited that Depression-Era classic story, The Gift of the Magi? What became of those young Christmas lovers, twenty years after their happily ever after? And that was the beginning of Some Lovers.”


The first weekend of FPTS sees two special evenings in the Studio, with British composer Charles Miller in You Know How To Love Me (18 – 19 Aug). Joining him will be a host of West End artistes singing from his wonderfully surprising shows including: Brenda Bly: Teen Detective, When Midnight Strikes and The Return Of The Soldier – and Charles will be sharing his favourite behind-the-scenes stories.

And then the Closing Gala (03 Sept) and the icing on the cake of Aria Entertainment’s From Page To Stage Summer Festival is an evening with America’s finest: An Evening Of Songs From Spring Awakening Creators Duncan Sheik And Steven Sater. An extraordinary concert performance of Steven and Duncan’s many musical collaborations including: Spring Awakening, Phantom Moon, Nero, Alice By Heart, Umbrage, The Nightingale and A Home At The End Of The World – and maybe a sneak preview of their latest projects….. a unique ending to the world renowned festival From Page To Stage……

FPTS – From Page to Stage Summer Festival

Monday 14 August – Sunday 3 September 2017

The Other Palace – 12 Palace Street, Westminster, London SW1E 5JA.

Ticket prices from £7.50 – £20.

Box Office: theotherpalace.co.uk  // 020 7087 7900

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MISS HOPE SPRINGS London Concert Followed by UK Tour!


Experiencing the whirlwind of overnight success, numerous decades after she started her career, this summer will see the West End’s most unique entertainer, the eternally youthful Miss Hope Springs, make her debut at the Wigmore Hall, one of the world’s top classical music venues – which may never be the same once Hope’s sprung there on Friday 16th June 2017 at 10.00pm, followed by UK tour.

The towering blonde ex-Vegas never-say-die show-business trouper Hope brings to the stage a pantechnicon of career wrong turnings and disastrous love affairs. A truly gifted songwriter and captivating performer, Hope will be playing the piano and singing her self-penned all original songs from her brand new LP The Devil Made Me Do It. In a virtuoso performance Hope heartbreakingly moves her audience to tears and then exquisitely makes them laugh out loud. Her new LP is “really a look back over what I call my ‘Ritz to the pits’ life. It’s a trip down memory lane and a bit like that long winter I spent in Copenhagen, back in the day making ‘art films’ it’s not always a pretty sight.”

One of the new album tracks is the previously unreleased Please Don’t Desert Us at Dessert which Hope recently found in ‘her archive’ (an old shoe box under the bottom bunk of the camper-van she shares with her husband Irving and his hairdresser pal Carlos.) “It was written especially for me by Sir Noel Coward over lunch at The Pink Pelican Casino where I was a showgirl in the early sixt – I mean seventies.” Also included in her concert will be firm favourites such as Seedy Little Nightclub in Pigalle, the riotous Zodiac Lover and the truly heart-breaking Queen of Fools.

Hope is cut from the same fabulous sequinned cloth as Dame Edna, Lilly Savage and Danny La Rue, but she responds dismissively “That’s simply a bitchy rumour put about by Goldie Hawn. She’s a nice girl – but can be a little jealous… Listen, I’ve always been tall for my height – end of story!” Hope‘s celebrity fans are as glittering as her stage wear including: Marc Almond, Julian Clary, Rula Lenska, Jonathan Ross, Fenella Fielding, The Beverley Sisters and Lady Helen Windsor.

Still wearing the sequins she left the USA with in 1972, Hope tours her remarkable new show to very selective venues around the UK from June. “I’ve played in the world’s premier rooms from The Dew Drop Inn to the Cucaracha Club, but the Wigmore Hall? My mother Rusty would have been so proud (she’s not dead – we just don’t talk anymore.) Someone said I’m putting the wig back in Wigmore, I don’t know what they’re trying to insinuate, my hair is purely a reflection of my Irish/Lithuanian/Eskimo heritage – just like my double layers of thick black eyelashes…It’s all down to good genes.”

Miss Hope Springs is a truly gifted performer and songwriter, and an accomplished entertainer in the best vaudeville tradition! – Liza Minnelli’s Musical Director Billy Stritch

Wigmore Hall – Friday 16th June at 10.00 pm

Address: 36 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 2BP.

Phone: 020 7935 2141.

Tickets: £15

Website: wigmore-hall.org.uk

Chapel Arts – Friday 23rd and Saturdat 24th June at 8.00pm

Address: St. James’s Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR.

Phone: 01225. 461700

Tickets: £20 in advance / £22 on the night

Website http://www.chapelarts.org

Astor Theatre – Saturday 8th July at 8.00pm

Address: Stanhope Rd, Deal Kent CT14 6AB.

Phone: 01304 370220.

Tickets: £20 Website: theastor.org

Wilton’s Music Hall – Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th July at 7.00pm

Address: 1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London E1 8JB.

Phone: 020 7702 2789.

Tickets: from £20.

Website: http://www.wiltons.org.uk

The Stables – Friday 14th July at 8.45pm

Address: Stockwell Ln, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU Milton Keynes.

Tickets: £20

Phone: 01908 280800.

Website: http://www.stables.org

Komedia – Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July at 8.00pm

44-47 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN.

Tickets £15 / £12.50 cons.

Phone: 0845 293 8480.

Website: http://www.komedia.co.uk

Miss Hope Springs is the creation of composer, lyricist, pianist and comic actor Ty Jeffries son of the late British screen legend Lionel Jeffries who starred in many films including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and wrote and directed The Railway Children. Ty’s formative years living in Tinsel Town lend authenticity to his multi-layered portrayal of fading glamour-puss Hope.
Ty is a classically trained pianist (Purcell School) and for the last 5 years his glittering alter ego has been starring in London’s West End top cabaret rooms and in the cabaret rooms and theatres of New York, LA and San Francisco.

THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2017 – Full Winners List!

Here is the full list of winners at this years Olivier Awards!

  1. Best Actress in a Play – Billie Piper for Yerma
  2. Best Comedy – Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour
  3. Outstanding Achievement In Affiliate Theatre – Rotterdam
  4. Best Lighting Design – Neil Austin for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  5. Best Sound Design – Gareth Fry for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  6. Best Costume Design – Katrina Lindsay for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  7. Best Set Design – Christine Jones for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  8. Best Supporting Actor In A Play – Anthony Boyle for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  9. Best Supporting Actress In A Play – Noma Dumezweni for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  10. Best New Opera Production – Akhnaten
  11. Oustanding Achievement In Opera – Mark Wigglesworth for conducting Don Giovanni
  12. Best Revival Of A Play – Yerma
  13. Best Actor In A Play – Jamie Parker for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  14. Best New Play – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  15. Best Director – John Tiffany for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  16. Best New Dance Production – Betroffenheit
  17. Outstanding Achievement In Dance – English National Ballet for expanding the variety of their repertoire with Giselle and She Said at Sadler’s Wells
  18. Best Theatre Choreographer – Matthew Bourne for The Red Shoes
  19. Outstanding Achievement In Music – School of Rock The Musical
  20. Best Entertainment And Family – The Red Shoes
  21. Best Supporting Actor In A Musical – Adam J Bernard for Dreamgirls The Musical
  22. Best Supporting Actress In A Musical – Rebecca Trehearn for Showboat The Musical
  23. Best Revival Of A Musical – Jesus Christ Superstar The Musical
  24. Best Actor In A Musical – Andy Karl for Groundhog Day The Musical
  25. Best Actress In A Musical – Amber Riley for Dreamgirls The Musical
  26. Best New Musical – Groundhog Day The Musical
  27. Special Award – Kenneth Branagh for his contribution to British theatre

Be sure to watch the Olivier Awards at 11pm, ITV on Tuesday!

Charlie & Nathan xoxo