CHARLES DICKENS STORY RARELY SEEN ONSTAGE The Signalman: Post-show talk with adaptor, director and cast @ Old Red Lion Theatre
Dec 11 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Signalman runs at London's Old Red Lion Theatre from 10 December 2019-4 January 2020

The Signalman runs at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre from 10 December 2019-4 January 2020

A Christmas Carol – in all its myriad guises – isn’t your only Charles Dickens festive option this year…

I’m so intrigued by this new adaptation of The SignalmanCharles Dickens‘ mystery story that was first published in the Christmas edition of Victorian periodical All the Year Round in 1866. And I’m very pleased to be returning to the Old Red Lion after my post-show talks for Anomaly, Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem and Danelaw this year…

A signalman is haunted by a mysterious figure standing at the mouth of a train tunnel. He’s sure it’s a warning – but what is it warning against?

The Signalman was Charles Dickens‘ final completed work, written after the writer himself had survived a train crash. The story was famously adapted by the BBC in the 1970s as one of the popular Ghost Stories for Christmas, starring Denholm Elliott as the signalman.

This Paragon Theatre Collective adaptation by Martin Malcolm (Warped, VAULT Festival 2019) remains faithful to the original text but also incorporates other aspects of Dickens’ writing, including the introduction of Joe the crossing sweeper, who listens as the signalman’s tale unfolds.

At the Old Red Lion Theatre, Tim Larkfield and Helen Baranova star. The production is directed by Sam Raffal.

Following the 8.30pm performance (50 minutes) of The Signalman on Wednesday 11 December 2019, I’ll be joined by writer, director and cast. Any questions? Join us!

WEST END PREMIERE OF KANDER & EBB’s Curtains: Post-show talk with Jason Manford and co-stars @ Wyndham's Theatre
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Jason Manford stars in Curtains

Curtains runs at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre from 13 December 2019 to 11 January 2020

Kander & Ebb’s 2007 Broadway musical whodunnit CURTAINS at last gets its West End premiere with a strictly limited month-long festive season at Wyndham’s Theatre, starring Jason Manford.

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It’s murder putting on a new musical – literally! Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, has been murdered on stage on opening night. The entire cast and crew are suspects.

Time to call in the local detective, Frank Cioffi, who just happens to be a huge musical theatre fan. With a nose for crime and an ear for music, Frank has his work cut out trying to find the killer whilst giving the show a lifeline.

From the creators of Cabaret and Chicago, Tony Award-winning backstage murder mystery musical CURTAINS has had audiences on tour laughing and guessing right to the final curtain. It’s a hilarious whodunnit is packed full of catchy songs, unforgettable characters and plot twists galore.

In this new production, comedian, actor and singer Jason Manford (The Producers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys and Dolls) stars as detective Frank Cioffi, along with a top-notch cast that also features Carley Stenson, Rebecca Lock, Samuel Holmes, Andy Coxon, Leah West and Alan Burkitt.

Following the 3pm matinee of CURTAINS on Sunday 15 December 2019 at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre, I’ll be joined by the stars of the show for this unmissable post-show talk. Any questions? Join us!

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MISCHIEF SERIES: Post-show talk at the world premiere of Magic Goes Wrong @ Vaudeville Theatre
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Mischief Theatre's Magic Goes Wrong

Magic Goes Wrong runs 14 December 2019 to 15 March 2020 at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre

In the latest of a monthly series of Mischief Theatre post-show talks in the West End, I’ll return to the Vaudeville Theatre, where, following Groan Ups, the company’s year-long season of new work continues with a brand-new ‘goes wrong’ comedy.

Created with magic legends Penn & Teller, Mischief Theatre conjure up an evening of grand illusion in Magic Goes Wrong. In the next ‘Goes Wrong’ comedy to hit the West End, the original Mischief company play a hapless gang of magicians presenting a charity event. As the accidents spiral out of control, so does their fundraising target!

The Magic Goes Wrong cast features original Mischief Theatre’s Bryony Corrigan (as Spitzmaus), Roxy Faridany (Eugenia), Dave Hearn (The Blade), Henry Lewis (Mind Mangler), Henry Shields (Sophisticato), Jonathan Sayer (Mickey) and Nancy Zamit (Bear). The cast is completed by Natasha Culley, Laurence Pears, Sydney K Smith and Liv Spencer.

The new comedy is written by Mischief’s Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis and Henry Shields with Penn & Teller, directed by Adam Meggido, with set design by Will Bowen, costumes by Roberto Surace, lighting by David Howe and sound by Paul Groothuis, music by Steve Brown, movement by Ali James, video and projection by Duncan McLean, with Ben Hart as magic consultant and Hannay Sharkey as associate director.

After the 7.30pm performance of Magic Goes Wrong on Thursday 23 January 2020, I’ll be joined by Mischief Theatre creatives and cast members. Any questions? Join us!

UK PREMIERE OF AWARD-WINNING DRAMA Never Not Once: Post-show talk with director and company @ Park Theatre
Apr 8 @ 7:45 pm – 10:15 pm
Never Not Once runs at London's Park Theatre from 1 to 25 April 2020

Never Not Once runs at London’s Park Theatre from 1 to 25 April 2020

After my 2019 event to Katharine Farmer’s revival of 1980s Wall Street satire Other People’s Money, I’m delighted to reunite with the director on another serving of American theatre, this time the UK premiere of an award-winning new play, Carey Crim’s Never Not Once.

A poignant new drama about the families we choose and the secrets that can pull them apart.

In Never Not Once, all-American college student Eleanor wants to know who her father is. Her two mums can’t agree. But everything changes when Eleanor’s boyfriend Rob hires a private investigator to find her biological father. The family are forced to confront an unexpected and explosive answer to the question: “Where do I come from?”

Written by young American playwright Carey CrimNever Not Once won the 2017 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award and was a finalist for the 2018 Eugene O’Neill Award. Crim’s other plays include Conviction, Paint Night, Growing Pretty, Wake and Some Couples May. Her work has been produced and workshopped at theatres across the United States.

“With a multi-racial cast of well-defined characters, complex development, and a nuanced lens on sexuality, non-traditional family and taking responsibility, this play is theatrically satisfying and socially urgent” – Jane Chambers Award committee

The UK premiere production of Never Not Once is directed by Katharine Farmer and presented by Blue Touch Paper Productions in association with Park Theatre. Casting and further creatives is still to be announced.

After the 7.45pm performance of Never Not Once on Wednesday 8 April 2020, I’ll be joined by director Katharine Farmer and the members of the company. Any questions? Join us!