Oct
22
Tue
2019
MASTERFUL ONE-MAN SHOW Sinatra Raw: Post-show Q&A with writer & star Richard Shelton on Frank Sinatra @ Wilton's Music Hall
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm
Richard Shelton is Sinatra: Raw at Wilton's Music Hall 22 Oct-2 Nov 2019

Richard Shelton is Sinatra: Raw at Wilton’s Music Hall 22 Oct-2 Nov 2019

After my recent event to The Crown Dual, I’ll return to Wilton’s Music Hall for another James Seabright Production coming to London following a smash at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe… an absolute must-see for fans of Frank Sinatra!

In Sinatra: Raw, you are invited to Palm Springs, California, 1971. Frank Sinatra faces retirement. The air is electric and the crowd jockey for position at Sinatra’s last intimate show. But times are changing as the Rolling Stones and David Bowie dominate the charts.

Sinatra’s blue eyes are bloodshot and his face craggy with booze, cigarettes and memories. Things take an unexpected turn when he drinks One for My Baby too many. This is the 2am Sinatra you dream of meeting. Dangerous. Unpredictable. Brilliant.

This masterful show, written and performed by Richard Shelton, reveals the man behind the music. Following a sell-out West End stint, extensive tour and success at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, Sinatra: Raw returns to London for a limited season at Wilton’s Music Hall.

“Shelton’s splendidly tough yet laid-back, authentic performance” – The Times
“Shelton as Sinatra is quite simply phenomenal” – Mike Young, BBC
“Singing the hits with style, Sinatra is marvellously played” – Telegraph

Richard Shelton is one of the world’s most acclaimed Frank Sinatra interpreters. Cast as Sinatra in the hard-hitting drama Rat Pack Confidential in the West End, his gritty portrayal won Shelton a Best Actor in a Leading Role nomination from the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards and international acclaim.

After the opening performance of Sinatra: Raw at Wilton’s Music Hall on Tuesday 22 October 2019, I’ll be joined by Richard Shelton to discuss his journey with the show and Frank Sinatra’s legacy. Any questions? Join us!

Oct
29
Tue
2019
AWARD-WINNING EDINBURGH TRANSFER The Good Scout: Post-show Q&A with writer/director Glenn Chandler and cast @ Above the Stag Theatre
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Good Scout runs at London's Above the Stag Theatre 9 October-2 November 2019

The Good Scout runs at London’s Above the Stag Theatre 9 October-2 November 2019

After my post-show Q&A this time last year to Kids Play, I’m delighted to reunite with writer-director Glenn Chandler to talk about his latest award-winning Edinburgh Fringe transfer to Above the Stag, London’s home of LGBT theatre.

Inspired by extraordinary true events: The Good Scout is a story of espionage, Scout’s honour and forbidden love.

In the 1930s, Baden-Powell and Von Ribbentrop, Hitler’s ambassador, decreed that British Boy Scouts and Hitler Youth should learn from one another.

In Bassington, England, the local troop play host to a cycling party of Hitlerjugend – but are the German boys cyclists or “spyclists”? For Will and Jacob, two Rover Scouts on the cusp of manhood, it is a visit that will change their lives forever.

“This play…chooses not to dress itself up in simplistic notions of good and evil… In the guise of a Boy’s Own adventure, the piece is expertly layered, discussing friendship, espionage, fanaticism, homosexual persecution, and gay love in an era when it really was forbidden” – The Scotsman★★★★

The Good Scout had its sell-out previews at Above the Stag before premiering at The Space at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, where it won the ScotsGay Magazine award for Best New Writing.

After the 7pm performance of The Good Scout at Above the Stag Theatre on Tuesday 29 October, I’ll talk to Glenn Chandler and the cast. Any questions? Join us!

Nov
1
Fri
2019
ISABEL ALLENDE CLASSIC RE-IMAGINED The House of the Spirits: Post-show talk with creatives and cast @ Cervantes Theatre
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
The House of the Spirits runs at London's Cervantes Theatre 28 October-30 November 2019

The House of the Spirits runs at London’s Cervantes Theatre 28 October-30 November 2019

I’m delighted to return to the Cervantes Theatre, London’s home of Spanish and Latin American drama, for my last of three post-show Q&As in the 2019 season. After new original plays The Reality and The Eyes of the NightI’m back for this much-anticipated page-to-stage adaptation.

Winner of the 2011 American Theatre Critics Prize, The House of Spirits is a theatre adaptation of the 1982 novel of the same name that catapulted Chilean writer Isabel Allende to literary stardom.

Charting the rise and fall of the Trueba family in an unnamed Latin American country (reminiscent of Chile), The House of Spirits spans the 1920s through the 1970s, as the country moves through enormous sociopolitical changes that culminate in a devastating dictatorship.

The play, adapted by Obie Award-winning bilingual playwright Caridad Svich, is told from the point of view of the youngest of three generations of women, Alba, who is held as the play opens, in a torture room. The swirling memories, frightening and amusing, lyrical and fantastic, illuminate the stage as Alba records her family’s history and ultimately finds the strength to recover her own story.

Acción Cultural Española supports this bold and daring theatre piece that captures the force and sensuality of Allende’s vision through Caridad Svich’s unique poetic voice.

The House of Spirits is directed by Cervantes Theatre co-founder and associate director Paula Paz and features an international cast of 12 bilingual actors drawn from seven different Spanish-speaking countries.

Alba and Esteban Trueba are played by Pia Laborde-Noguez and Raul Fernandes, who are joined in the cast by Constanza Ruff, Vanessa Calderón, Diana Volpe, Elena Saenz, Daniela Cristo, Alejandra Costa, Rodrigo Peñalosa, Álvaro Flores, Álvaro Ramos and Gian Carlo Ferrini.

After the English-language performance on Friday 1 November 2019, I’ll talk to director Paula Paz and members of The House of the Spirits company. Any questions? Join us! Click here for tickets!

Nov
19
Tue
2019
MISCHIEF SERIES: Post-show Q&A at multi-award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong @ Duchess Theatre
Nov 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
The 2019 West End cast of The Play That Goes Wrong

The 2019 West End cast of The Play That Goes Wrong

In the third of a fresh monthly series of Mischief Theatre post-show Q&As in the West End, I’ll return to the Duchess Theatre for the show that started the juggernaut, the multi-award-winning uber-hit The Play That Goes Wrong.

2017 Broadway World Winner for Best New Play
2017 Broadway.com Winner Favourite New Play
2015 Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy
2015 BroadwayWorld UK Winner for Best New Play
2014 WhatsOnStage Award Winner for Best New Comedy

In The Play That Goes Wrong, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!

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Given five stars from the Daily Mail, called a ‘gut-busting hit’ by the New York Times and with celebrity endorsements from the likes of Ant and Dec as the ‘funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket go’, what are you waiting for?

Now stumbling into its sixth catastrophic year at the West End’s Duchess Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong is guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

The current cast features Bob Hirston, Benjamin McMahon, Gabriel Paul, Steven Rostance, Catherine Dryden, Elena Valentine, Jake Curran and Kazeem Tosin Amore.

After The Play That Goes Wrong on Tuesday 19 November 2019, I’ll be joined by members of the company to make some more mischief. Any questions? Join us!

Nov
28
Thu
2019
EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF SINFULLY FUNNY COMEDY An Act of God: Post-show Q&A with deity Zoe Lyons, writer and director @ The Vaults
Nov 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm
An Act of God runs at The Vaults in London from 27 November 2019 to 12 January 2020

An Act of God runs at The Vaults in London from 27 November 2019 to 12 January 2020

What are you doing this Thanksgiving? This American expat will be spending it giving thanks to ‘god’ directly as I return to The Vaults for the European premiere of hit American comedy An Act of God, another in my series of post-show Q&As for producer James Seabright.

God is back… and SHE has a lot to say! After many millennia, and in just 90 minutes, God (award-winning comedian Zoe Lyons as seen on Mock The Week and Celebrity Masterchef) assisted by her devoted angels Gabriel (Tom Bowen) and Michael (Matt Tedford, aka ‘Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho’) will answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since creation.

In this very alternative Christmas message, An Act of God sees a dissatisfied deity, weary of the original Ten Commandments, delivering a new version: a fresh set of rules for the modern world. This sinfully funny comedy delivers a new meaning to divine intervention as The “One” gives the first and last word on everything mankind has wrought on the planet.

“Divinely funny” – New York Times

“Wickedly irreverent… anarchic fun” – Hollywood Reporter

An Act of God, written by former The Daily Show with Jon Stewart writer David Javerbaum, was twice a smash hit on Broadway (starring Jim Parsons, Sheldon Cooper in the TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory, and Sean Hayes, Jack in Will and Grace).

For this European premiere, Javerbaum has rewritten the play to feature bespoke material for Zoe Lyons and a British audience. He also continues to run the controversial Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod, through which God shares his thoughts on world events with over six million followers. Benji Sperring directs the comedy’s European premiere.

After the 8pm performance (90 minutes) of An Act of God on Thursday 28 November 2019 (Thanksgiving!), I’ll talk to our heavenly mother Zoe Lyons, writer David Javerbaum, director Benji Sperring and the company. Any questions? Join us!


 

Dec
8
Sun
2019
OLIVIER-NOMINATED FESTIVE FAMILY FUN Potted Panto: Post-show Q&A with comedy partners Dan & Jeff @ Southwark Playhouse
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Potted Panto runs at London's Southwark Playhouse from 5 December 2019 to 11 January 2020

Potted Panto runs at London’s Southwark Playhouse from 5 December 2019 to 11 January 2020

This one will get you into the Christmas spirit, guaranteed. I’m gearing up for the holidays with the hilarious duo of Dan & Jeff, another in my series of post-show talks for producer James Seabright.

Seven classic pantomimes in eighty hilarious minutes! This Christmas, Dan and Jeff (aka Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner) return for a fifth festive season of their Olivier-nominated Potted Panto, hot on the heels of their world tour of Harry Potter parody Potted Potter.

“So silly it’s just one long joke… featuring a 3D journey to nowhere but tear-inducing laughter” – The Guardian

“The hordes of children fall around with delight at the mixture of sarcasm & slapstick” – The Times

In a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from the wonderful world of pantomime, our dastardly double act dash from rubbing Aladdin’s lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington’s London and making sure that Cinderella gets to the ball. It’s all unmissable fun, whether you’re six or 106.

“Full of enjoyably terrible jokes, manic costume changes, buckets of poo & a spirit of anarchic goodwill” – Daily Telegraph

“A hoot of a show… Huge fun for five years & upwards” – Evening Standard

In addition to Potted Panto and Potted Potter, Dan and Jeff have had hits together with Potted Pirates and Potted SherlockPotted Panto was nominated for Best Entertainment Show at the Olivier Awards following its West End premiere in 2010. It’s directed by Richard Hurst.

After the 6pm performance on Sunday 8 December 2019, I’ll talk to Daniel Clarkson, Jefferson Turner and the Potted Panto creative team. Maybe we’ll get mince pies too?! Any questions? Join us!


Show trailer

Did you see Potted Panto on one of its previous West End runs? So much festive family fun!

Mar
3
Tue
2020
SHAKESPEARE’S BLOODY CLASSIC RE-IMAGINED Macbeth: Lazarus Theatre post-show panel debate @ Greenwich Theatre
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Lazarus Theatre's production of Macbeth runs at London's Greenwich Theatre 26 February-7 March 2020

Lazarus Theatre’s production of Macbeth runs at London’s Greenwich Theatre 26 February-7 March 2020

After 2019 season productions of The Tempest, Lord of the Flies and Salome, I’m delighted to reunite with Lazarus Theatre to chair a series of post-show debates with the company for their 2020 residency at Greenwich Theatre: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.

“When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning, or in rain?”

Victorious from a bloody battle the triumphant Macbeth is greeted by the three weird sisters. Inspired and driven by their incredible prophecies he sets out on the path to conquer all. A story of ambition, leadership and belief.

Shakespeare’s supernatural and bloody Macbeth bursts onto the stage in this epic new ensemble production and features as the first production in Lazarus Theatre’s third year-long residency at Greenwich Theatre.

Macbeth is adapted and directed by Ricky Dukes and is produced in association with The Greenwich Theatre as part of Lazarus’ Greenwich Made / Greenwich Played residency.

For the Q&A after the 7.30pm performance of Macbeth on Tuesday 21 May 2019, I’ll be joined by artistic director Ricky Dukes, the company and guests. Any questions? Join us!

Mar
31
Tue
2020
IBSEN’s CLASSIC RE-IMAGINED Hedda Gabler: Lazarus Theatre post-show panel debate
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lazarus Theatre's production of Hedda Gabler runs at London's Greenwich Theatre 25 March-4 April 2020

Lazarus Theatre’s production of Hedda Gabler runs at London’s Greenwich Theatre 25 March-4 April 2020

After 2019 season productions of The Tempest, Lord of the Flies and Salome, I’m delighted to reunite with Lazarus Theatre to chair a series of post-show debates with the company for their 2020 residency at Greenwich Theatre: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.

“Well, I shall have one thing at least to kill time with in the meanwhile. My pistols, George.”

Intelligent and ambitious Hedda is newly married and suffocating. Her pursuit of her own identity and survival leads to one of the most dramatic climaxes in stage history.

Ibsen’s searing masterpiece Hedda Gabler comes to the stage in this blistering new version adapted by Lazarus Associate Director Sara Reimers.

This ensemble production features as the second production in our third year-long residency at Greenwich Theatre. Hedda Gabler is produced in association with The Greenwich Theatre and is part of our Greenwich Made / Greenwich Played residency.

Note: This production is suitable for patrons aged 14 plus. Contains haze, gun shots and scenes of a violent nature.

For the Q&A after the 7.30pm performance of Hedda Gabler on Tuesday 31 March 2019, I’ll be joined by adapter Sara Reimers, the company and guests. Any questions? Join us!

Jun
23
Tue
2020
JM BARRIE’s CLASSIC REIMAGINED Peter Pan: Lazarus Theatre post-show panel debate
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Lazarus Theatre's production of Peter Pan runs at London's Greenwich Theatre 17 June-4 July 2020

Lazarus Theatre’s production of Peter Pan runs at London’s Greenwich Theatre 17 June-4 July 2020

After 2019 season productions of The Tempest, Lord of the Flies and Salome, I’m delighted to reunite with Lazarus Theatre to chair a series of post-show debates with the company for their 2020 residency at Greenwich Theatre: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.

“Second to the right and straight on ’til morning.”

One ordinary evening turns into one extraordinary adventure… Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, flies into Greenwich Theatre in this all-new ensemble version of JM Barrie’s much-loved classic, adapted and directed by Ricky Dukes.

Join the Darling children as they travel on an awfully big adventure to the Never Land, featuring puppetry, movement and song.

Suitable for all brave adventurers aged six and upwards, this promises to be an extraordinary theatrical event. Peter Pan is the third production in Lazarus Theatre’s third year-long residency at Greenwich Theatre.

Peter Pan is produced in association with The Greenwich Theatre and is part of our Greenwich Made / Greenwich Played residency. Presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and Samuel French Limited a Concord Theatricals Company.

For the Q&A after the 7.30pm performance of Peter Pan on Tuesday 23 June 2019, I’ll be joined by artistic director Ricky Dukes, the company and guests. Any questions? Join us!