RE-IMAGINED PETER SHAFFER CLASSIC Equus: West End post-show Q&A with the cast @ Trafalgar Studios 1
Jul 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Equus runs at the West End's Trafalgar Studios 6 July-7 September 2019

Equus runs at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 6 July-7 September 2019

After Education Education Education, I’m delighted to return to Trafalgar Studios for their next main house production, English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East’s critically acclaimed West End transfer of Peter Shaffer classic Equus.

When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s actions. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.

Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s ‘mesmerising’ (Evening Standard) and transfixing psychological thriller, first staged in 1973, is re-imagined by award-winning director Ned Bennett in this ‘dazzling new revival’ (Sunday Times).

“You will not see a better production of this masterpiece” – ★★★★★ The Observer

“Still has the power to shock and provoke shivers” – ★★★★★ The Telegraph

“Mesmerising intensity & intimacy” – ★★★★★ Evening Standard

Ethan Kai and Zubin Varla reprise their performances as Alan Strang and Dr Dysart in this limited nine-week West End season. The cast also features Robert Fitch, Norah Lopez Holden, Ira Mandela Siobhan and Keith Gilmore.

After the 7.30pm performance at Trafalgar Studios 1 on Tuesday 23 July 2019, I’ll be joined by members of the Equus company. Any questions? Join us!

IMMERSIVE PROMENADE PRODUCTION OF The Tempest: Unique post-show Q&A in Oxford @ On the streets!
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Creation's production of The Tempest runs in Oxford from 19 July to 15 August 2019

Creation’s production of The Tempest runs in Oxford from 19 July to 15 August 2019

After events in London to transfers of Creation Theatre’s Dracula at the London Library and The Pit and the Pendulum at Omnibus Theatre, these site-specific specialists are luring me to their home base of Oxford to take to the streets with Shakespeare. I can’t wait!

This summer, Creation Theatre brings back the hugely popular format of their sell-out summer 2016 and 2017 productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In small groups, the audience will convene in a secret location and discover the scenes and characters of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the last places you’d expect to find them.

Could Ariel be bobbing by on that boat? Is Prospero serving us in this coffee shop? This immersive and interactive way of storytelling brings classic texts to life in true Creation style.

The performance will be based on Osney Mead in the west of Oxford City Centre. It starts in one central location – theatregoers are emailed in advance with details – and then moves to different locations throughout. There will be approximately 2km of walking over two-and-a-half hours.

Osney Mead, Oxford

Osney Mead, Oxford

Feedback on A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

“You will be sucked in and you will enjoy yourself and you will be amazed!” – Daily Info

“Amazing! My improv muscles are flexed and cheeks hurt from laughing!!” – Audience member on Twitter

“#creationdream is awesome! A hilarious treasure-hunt with wonderfully played characters and improvised genius; absorbing and alive! Go see!” – Audience member on Twitter

“I cannot recommend this highly enough” – Audience member on Twitter

“Superb interactive Midsummer Night’s Dream round Clapham Omnibus Theatre. Brilliant fun. Sparkly knockabout. Many guffaws” – Penny Smith on Twitter

“This was the most fun I’ve had at the theatre for a long time” –LondonTheatre1

After the 7.30pm performance of The Tempest on Friday 26 July 2019, I’ll be joined by members of the Creation Theatre company. Any questions? Join us!

RE-IMAGINING OF CHEKHOV’S THE SEAGULL How to Save the World: Post-show Q&A with writer-director and emerging young cast @ Studio 9294
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
How to Save the World runs at Hackney's Studio 9294 from 29-31 July 2019 only

How to Save the World runs at Hackney’s Studio 9294 from 29-31 July 2019 only

Wondering How to Save the World? Could Chekhov be the answer to finding out how ‘we could all be heroes’? I’m looking forward to talking to up-and-coming theatremaker Patrick Bayele and his exciting young company about their process of bringing Chekhov’s 1895 classic bang up to date (and to visiting a very cool new-to-me venue!)…

The Seagull, the first of Chekhov’s four major Russian plays, follows the relationships and artistic differences between a quartet of characters: a middlebrow story writer, a rising stage ingenue, a fading actress and her son, a playwright.

In modern London, How To Save The World revolves around Keira, an idealistic yet troubled drama student who longs to establish herself as a professional playwright by winning the London Student Drama Festival. However, the lengths that she and her cast of closest friends must go to in order to achieve artistic excellence will irrevocably change how they see the world, and themselves.

Studio 9294 in Hackney

Studio 9294 in Hackney

This new reimagining, subtitled “We could all be heroes”, has been devised by the cast under the directorship of Patrick Bayele, who trained at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Bayele’s vision transforms the play into a multidisciplinary production, bringing design, music, choreography and cuttingly real characters together to build a hilarious and heartbreaking 21st-century adaptation about the perils of our modern youth.

Bayele appears in the young cast alongside Archie Brown, Bea Oliver, Shavariya Padayachee, Alfie Noble, Maria Messias Mendes, Rosie Hodgson and James Garnham.

Following the 7pm performance on Wednesday 31 January 2019, I’ll be joined by writer-director Patrick Bayele and the cast of How to Save the World to find out more. Any questions? Join us!

PAULA HAWKINS’ HIT THRILLER ONSTAGE The Girl on the Train: West End post-show Q&A with Samantha Womack & co-stars @ Duke of York's Theatre
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Girl on the Train has a strictly limited West End season at the Duke of York's Theatre from 23 July to 17 August 2019

The Girl on the Train has a strictly limited West End season at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 23 July to 17 August 2019

Paula Hawkins’ international literary phenomenon The Girl on the Train has sold more than twenty million copies worldwide. It had me gripped when I read it! I can’t wait to see this story unfold live onstage and talk to the stars.

Rachel Watson longs for a different life.

Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated.

Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel which was also made into a feature film starring Emily Blunt, this gripping new stage adaptation of The Girl on the Train, starring Samantha Womack as Rachel, will keep you guessing until the final moment. It transfers to the West End after selling out on tour.

Womack has starred extensively in television, film and theatre. She is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1’s EastEnders with leading roles in Mount Pleasant and Game On, and the hit films, The Kingsman series.

She’s joined in the West End cast by Chernobyl and EastEnders star Alex Ferns (who previously appeared onstage with Womack in South Pacific) as well as Marc Elliott, Philip McGinley, Adam Jackson-Smith, Lowenna Melrose, Matt Concannon and Philippa Flynn.

After the 7.30pm performance on Thursday 1 August 2019, I’ll be joined by members of The Girl on the Train cast. Any questions? Join us!

EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL The View Upstairs: Post-show Q&A with the cast @ Soho Theatre
Aug 3 @ 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
The View Upstairs runs at Soho Theatre 18 July-31 August 2019

The View Upstairs runs at Soho Theatre 18 July-31 August 2019

For my second post-matinee Q&A at Soho Theatre this summer, I’m thrilled to be able to talk to the stellar company for the European premiere of this important musical about twentieth-century LGBTQ history…

Millennial fashion designer Wes has just purchased an abandoned building, but little does he know that this forgotten gem was the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant 1970s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, starting an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration in the summertime heat with the rush of lust, sex and incense mixed in the air.

Get all social media for The View Upstairs & its cast on www.stagefaves.com

Get all social media for The View Upstairs & its cast on www.stagefaves.com

Max Vernon‘s provocative new musical The View UpStairs, a hit Off-Broadway in 2017, is inspired by the true story of the 1973 arson attack that was the largest single attack against the LGBTQ+ community until the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Florida in 2016.

Filled with a collection of beautiful love songs and power rock ballads, this is a musical about friendship, community, how far we’ve come and how far we still have yet to go. It is a story of hope, and it’s a rainbow rollercoaster you do not want to miss.

This European premiere production, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle features Evening Standard Award winner Tyrone Huntley as Wes and American stage and screen star Andy Mientus as Patrick, along with John Partridge, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Cedric Neal, Declan Bennett, Derek Hagen, Garry Lee and Joseph Prouse.

Following the 2.30pm matinee on Saturday 3 August 2019, I’ll be joined by members of The View Upstairs company. Any questions? Join us!

POWERFUL NEW ANTI-WAR PLAY The Time Of Our Lies: Two post-show Q&As about Howard Zinn & ‘artivism’ @ Park Theatre
Aug 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
The Time of Our Lies runs from 30 July-10 August 2019 at London's Park Theatre

The Time of Our Lies runs from 30 July-10 August 2019 at London’s Park Theatre

I’m delighted to return to the Park Theatre for two post-show discussions accompanying the London premiere of Bianca Bagatourian’s The Time Of Our Lies, inspired by the highly influential American historian and anti-war activist Howard Zinn…

“When I say history is a matter of life and death, I mean this: If you really don’t know history, you are a victim of whatever the authorities tell you. You have no way of checking up on them. You have no way of deciding whether there is any truth in what they are saying” – Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn was an American historian, professor and social activist, widely considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. His book, A People’s History of the United States, has sold two million copies and become required reading in schools worldwide.

The Time Of Our Lies explores Zinn’s personal history, including being a soldier who dropped bombs on Rouen, France in WWll. This fateful moment troubled him for the rest of his days and shaped the man who would become a moral compass for the United States in ways that are more relevant today than ever before.

“I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is… to tell the truth” – Howard Zinn

This play features songs using Howard’s own words, combined with first-person accounts of war from other soldiers, all juxtaposed against an incongruously beautiful backdrop of Butoh movement.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival run of The Time Of Our Lies was co-produced by Viggo Mortensen and sponsored by Eddie Vedder, Tom Shadyac, Myla Kabat-Zinn, Tim Robbins and was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award in 2014. The run at the Park Theatre is sponsored by the Vitalogy Foundation, the non-profit organisation founded by members of the band Pearl Jam.

The Time Of Our Lies is a battle cry for democracy, transparency and inclusion in our world – the play embodies Zinn’s battle for social justice and his lifelong struggle against false historical narratives written by those in power that poison the well for true democracy.

I’ll be joined by Bianca Bagatourian, Ché Walker and members of the company to talk about their experience creating The Time Of Our Lies and what fuels their own social and political activism. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

AWARD-WINNING OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL Queen of the Mist: Post-show Q&A with cast and creatives @ Charing Cross Theatre
Aug 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Queen of the Mist runs at London's Charing Cross Theatre from 15 August-5 October 2019

Queen of the Mist runs at London’s Charing Cross Theatre from 15 August-5 October 2019

After Michel Legrand’s Amour, I’m back at the Charing Cross Theatre this summer for the transfer of Michael John LaChiusa’s award-winning Off-Broadway musical Queen Of The Mist in August.

Queen Of The Mist is based on the astounding and outrageous true story of Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901, on her 63rd birthday set out to be the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel of her own design.

With a soaring score that incorporates turn of the century themes with renowned composer Michael John LaChiusa‘s insightful and engaging style, this award-winning musical is the story of how one woman risked death so that she could live.

The original 2011 Off-Broadway production of Queen Of The Mist won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical.

The musical received its UK premiere care of Pint of Wine Theatre Company in an acclaimed, sell-out run this past April at west London’s Brockley Jack Studio Theatre. Dom O’Hanlon‘s production now transfers with its original cast, starring Trudi Camilleri (Ragtime, Death Takes A Holiday) as Anna Edson Taylor, along with Will Arundell, Emily Juler, Emma Ralston, Tom Blackmore, Conor McFarlane and Andrew Carter.

After the 7.30pm performance on Tuesday 20 August 2019, I’ll be joined by members of the Queen of the Mist cast and creative team. Any questions? Join us!

RE-IMAGINED CLASSIC WITH POLITICAL TWIST Jekyll & Hyde: Post-show Q&A with writer-adaptor & cast @ Brockley Jack Theatre
Sep 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Will Pinchin & Christopher Tester star as Jekyll & Hyde in Arrows & Traps' news adaptation

Will Pinchin & Christopher Tester star as Jekyll & Hyde in Arrows & Traps’ news adaptation

I’m a huge fan of the work of renowned Off-West End pioneers Arrows & Traps and the incredibly inventive adaptations of the company’s co-founder and artistic director Ross McGregor. I’m delighted to make my Arrows & Traps Q&A debut – particularly with this politically charged take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Gothic horror. Right up my street.

“The object of power is power” – George Orwell

2020. The President Of The United States has fallen, impeached for corruption and now awaits trial. As the American Senate slides into chaos, election fever grips the nation.

In the wake of yet another mass shooting, Senator Henry Jekyll, a bold, young, liberal independent, announces his candidacy to run for the Oval Office. His one promise: to end America’s toxic love affair with guns. Emboldened by a landmark level of public support, and the backing of Big Pharma, Jekyll’s victory seems almost inevitable.

However, as Voting Day draws ever nearer, Gabrielle Utterson, Jekyll’s campaign manager grows increasingly suspicious of her senator’s running mate – Mister Edward Hyde.  As the rumours and accusations multiply, Utterson must race to uncover exactly what power Hyde holds over Jekyll – before he becomes just one heartbeat away from the most powerful man in the free world.

Thirteen-time Off West End Award-Nominated Arrows & Traps Theatre bring their critically-acclaimed modern twist to Robert Louis Stevenson’s iconic Gothic classic The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde, reimagining it as a gripping political thriller set in the halls of American power.

This bold new adaptation, written and directed by Ross McGregor, stays true to the original text’s themes, making it a great night of entertainment for fans for the novella, a thrilling and clear physicalisation for GCSE students of the text, and the perfect launching point for newcomers to the tale. Will Pinchin and Christopher Tester star as Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde.

After the 7.30pm performance of The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde on Friday 6 September 2019, I’ll be joined by writer-director Ross McGregor and the company. Any questions? Join us!