This week’s exciting new additions to the West End



The Philanthropist

Opening 3rd April at Trafalgar Studios.

 

A new production of this classic comedy, directed by Simon Callow and featuring an all star cast including Simon Bird (star of The Inbetweeners and Friday Night Dinner), model and actress Lily Cole, Charlotte Richie (Fresh Meat, Call the Midwife, Siblings), Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner) and BAFTA award winning writer, actor and musician Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh) .

Christopher Hampton’s most celebrated play has been delighting audiences since its premiere at the Royal Court in 1970. A biting bourgeois comedy and a fiendishly clever inversion of Moliere’s ‘The Misanthrope’, Simon Callow’s new production boasts some of today’s most exciting young stage and screen actors.

Out in the ‘real world’ the Prime Minister and his cabinet have been assassinated and England’s most treasured writers are being murdered one by one! Back in the cosy bubble of university life, a bachelor, Don anguishes over sex, marriage, anagrams and the meaning of life. Did someone suggest academics were ‘out of touch’?

Christopher Hampton’s other works for the stage include Les Liaisons Dangereuses (recently revived to great acclaim) and Treats. He has also recently received significant acclaim for his translations of the award-winning smash hit The Father as well as The Mother and The Truth. The Old Vic has also just presented a major re-staging of his translation of Art. Among Christopher’s many screen adaptations are Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Atonement for which he received an Oscar® and an Oscar® nomination respectively.

Simon Callow has directed over thirty shows, including the multi award-winning musical Carmen Jones, the West End and Broadway productions of Shirley Valentine and the award-winning Single Spies by Alan Bennett at the National Theatre and in the West End.

With an exciting cast, brilliant director and the excellent writing of Christopher Hampton, The Philanthropist should go down a treat.

Still haven’t got tickets to watch Simon Callow’s hilarious cast? Get tickets here

Whisper House

Opening 6th April at The Other Palace

 

A dark and thrilling musical ghost story. From the Tony Award-winning composer of Spring Awakening and American Psycho.

An eerie lighthouse stands on the remote East Coast of America at the height of World War II. When Christopher’s father’s plane is shot down, he is sent to live there with an Aunt he has never met and her mysterious Japanese housekeeper. Soon, he begins to hear strange music seeping through the walls. Is his imagination getting the better of him, or are the ghosts warning of real danger? Soon the whispers become something louder…

Whisper House combines a thrillingly original rock score with an unforgettable tale about learning to embrace the unknown. Featuring spellbinding illusions and a stunning ghostly band!

Music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening, American Psycho), book and lyrics by Obie award-winning Kyle Jarrow (A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant) and conceived with Keith Powell.

Simon Bailey (Jersey Boys) stars in the musical alongside Nicholas Goh (Breakfast At Tiffany’s), Simon Lipkin (Guys and Dolls, Avenue Q), Niamh Perry (Love Never Dies) and Dianne Pilkington (Mamma Mia!, Wicked).

Tickets here for this gloriously ghoulish musical

Carousel

Opening 7th April at The London Coliseum

 

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s iconic musical Carousel comes to the London Coliseum in a semi-staged version, starring Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe.

When the charming Carousel Barker, Billy Bigelow falls in love with Julie Jordan, little do they realise that their relationship will end in tragedy. Fifteen years after getting caught up in an armed robbery, Billy gets the chance to redeem his past and restore pride to his family.

With much-loved classic songs ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, ‘If I Loved You‘, ‘Mister Snow‘ and ‘June is Bustin Out All Over‘, Carousel promises to delight.

Lonny Price (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sunset Boulevard) returns to the Coliseum to direct a strictly limited run of 41 performances.

For more on Carousel, check out their featured blog

 

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