It’s the eve of D-Day 1944 & 350,000 lives depend on one of the most important weather forecasts of all time…
72 hours prior to the D-Day landings, Scottish meteorologist, Group Captain James Stagg, advises General Eisenhower on the weather conditions likely to prevail when 350,000 troops are to be sent across the Channel in Operation Overlord. With Stagg predicting severe storms and Irving P Krick – Hollywood’s meteorological movie consultant – predicting beautiful weather, the future of Britain, Europe and the United States rests on one single forecast.
Based on the remarkable true story of two warring Allied meteorologists tasked with predicting the weather conditions for the D-Day landings, David Haig’s critically acclaimed play PRESSURE transfers to the West End’s Ambassador’s Theatre, where it opens on 6 June 2018 for a limited season. This follows a celebrated run at Chichester Festival Theatre, national tour and sold-out run at London’s Park Theatre.
David Haig reprises his role as Group Captain James Stagg, alongside Malcolm Sinclair as General Eisenhower and Laura Rogers as Kay Summersby, with further casting to be announced in due course.
David Haig said “I am absolutely thrilled that Pressure is transferring to the West End on 6 June. What sublime timing that my play about the weather forecaster for D-Day, will open on the 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasions. The play has been profoundly fulfilling to write and perform. It’s about one of the great unsung heroes of the 20th century, and I’m so proud that his story will now be available to a West End audience. I couldn’t be more excited.”
For the post-show Q&A on Monday 2 July 2018, I’ll be joined by Pressure author and star David Haig as well as his co-stars Malcolm Sinclair and Laura Rogers.
I really enjoyed Beth Burrows’ performance in Chekhov’s The Lady with a Dog, which transferred from the White Bear to the Tabard Theatre this past spring. I’m delighted that she’s now reprising three more legendary performances in one… and that I get to quiz her about it.
Following its run last November at Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Sirens of the Silver Screen, starring Beth Burrows and directed by Mark Giesser, now transfers for a strictly limited summer season at west London’s Tabard Theatre.
A new adventure into old Hollywood in song and story.
Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe – this sisterhood of stunning starlets lit up the silver screen for decades and kept tongues wagging with their scandalous off-screen antics. Prepare to be transported to a world of Old Hollywood glamour, where fame, fate and misfortune collide in glitz, glamour and grim truths.
These femme fatales live again as Beth Burrows takes on each famous woman, performing their most loved songs and shedding light on the shadowy secrets that stalked their careers.
“Gorgeous vocals, stunning stories & tremendously entertaining” – ★★★★ London Pub Theatres
“An accomplished & well executed piece of musical theatre which has a charm & delicate sophistication to it that warrants a firm thumbs up. Stylish entertainment” – ★★★★ Boyz
“Sirens of the Silver Screen assures us that these women are not just pin-ups, but tragic victims of Hollywood. Sensitively directed by Mark Giesser, each song set off as many tears as genuine laughter” – ★★★★ Hiive
Burrows created and performs in Sirens of the Silver Screen, which she has toured extensively internationally. Most recently on the London stage, she won critical acclaim for her title performance in The Lady With a Dog, Giesser’s new Jazz Age adaptation of Chekhov’s 1899 short story.
For the post-show Q&A on Thursday 5 July 2018, I’ll be joined by Sirens of the Silver Screen creator and star Beth Burrows as well as her director, producer and frequent collaborator Mark Giesser.
This new American musical comedy, getting its world premiere in London, sounds absolutely hilarious. First question I want to ask the writers: how did they find out about this astounding true story?!
Do you believe in undying love?
Richard Curtis meets Tim Burton. Based on a true story, brand new musical comedy It Happened in Key West takes you on a journey to 1930s Florida, where an eccentric scientist becomes hopelessly inseparable from the woman of his dreams.
Count Carl Von Cosel finally finds the girl he’s imagined all his life, only to diagnose her with tuberculosis and find out she’s married. Hilarious and absurd, this extraordinary love-story follows his desperate attempts to save her life at all costs, and the undying love he displays when she succumbs to her illness.
Dead though she may be, watch Elena come alive with Carl as he lives out their fantasy beneath the palm trees and sunshine of Key West. Funny, shocking and deeply moving, this new American musical will make you re-examine what you believe about the nature of love, loyalty and commitment (either to a person or an asylum!).
It Happened in Key West is written by Broadway composer Jill Santoriello (A Tale of Two Cities), novelist Jason Huza and Jeremiah James, a member of international recording group Teatro. Broadway star Wade McCollum (Wicked) reprises his showcase performance as scientist Carl.
Watch Wade McCollum singing this unsettling love song from It Happened in Key West.
I’m delighted to return to the Barn Theatre for my third, successive post-show Q&A after the success of this brand-new destination venue’s first two, acclaimed productions, family musical The Secret Garden and Simon Stephens’ drama One Minute.
“Enchanting, uplifting, emotional and truthful… a comedic tragedy about finding your voice in a noisy world.”
Written by English dramatist Jim Cartwright in 1992, Olivier Award-winning Best Comedy The Rise and Fall of Little Voice tells the heartwarming story of a reclusive Northern girl-next-door whose remarkable ability to impersonate the great singers of old – including Cilla Black, Edif Piaf, Marilyn Monroe and many others – brings her into the spotlight.
Pushed by her foul-mouthed, hard-drinking mother Mari and Mari’s equally unappealing talent agent boyfriend RaySay, timid ‘Little Voice’ will need to conquer more than just stage-fright if she is to find her own voice in the world.
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice has been named as one of the top 50 plays of all time and hailed as “a Northern showbiz fairytale, a backstreet Cinderella story, with a built-in kick” by The Guardian.
This major new production is directed by Michael Strassen and features a cast including newcomer discovery Sarah Louise Hughes, just out of Italia Conti drama school, as the title star LV, the role originated onstage and screen by Jane Horrocks, and Gillian McCafferty as mother Mari.
Note: Mature language, smoking and adult themes are used throughout the show.
For the post-show Q&A after the 7.30pm performance on Friday 28 July 2018, I’ll be joined by director Michael Strassen and the The Rise and Fall of Little Voice company.
Multi award-winning company Dry Write return to Soho Theatre this summer with a new production of co-founder Vicky Jones‘ Verity Bargate-winning 2013 debut play The One.
Harry and Jo are up all night drawing the battle lines of their relationship with sex, violence and Wotsits. A viciously funny and daring play, The One invites you into the world of a couple trapped in a destructive and violent cycle of love and lust.
“Savage, uncomfortably funny” – Independent
“The dialogue fizzes, sparky & unsettling” – Evening Standard
“Thrillingly written & brilliantly staged” – The Stage
Jones’ “astounding and astonishing” (Telegraph) debut won the Verity Bargate Award in 2013 and had its premiere at Soho Theatre in 2014, helmed by artistic director Steve Marmion with a cast including DryWrite co-founder Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
The One returns to Soho Theatre this summer for a limited run. Tuppence Middleton (War and Peace and Netflix’s Sense8) now stars alongside John Hopkins and Julia Sandiford, once again directed by Steve Marmion and designed by Anthony Lamble.
Now an Associate Company at Soho, DryWrite, founded and run by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones, started its relationship with Soho by producing, in the Upstairs space, Jack Thorne’s Mydidae and Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag, now a six-part television sitcom. Last summer, DryWrite premiered Jones’ latest play, Touch, to huge critical acclaim. Fleabag continues to tour nationally and internationally.
THE ONE runs for 75 minutes. For the post-show Q&A after the 3pm matinee on Saturday 28 July 2018, I’ll be joined by members of the creative team and cast to discuss the play’s inspiration and development.