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Sapphire Joy Jade and Gabrielle Brooks Nadine (Photo credit: Helen Murray)

London Theatre News Today: Monday 26 April

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 26 April 2021, Last Updated 29 April 2021

A new behind-the-scenes video released for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella with Oscar winner Emerald Fennell

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The much-anticipated World Premiere of ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S CINDERELLA begins performances at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on 25 June, a new romantic musical comedy featuring a book by 2021 OSCAR winner EMERALD FENNELL (Promising Young Woman) and lyrics by Tony & Olivier award winner DAVID ZIPPEL (City of Angels). LAURENCE CONNOR (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, School of Rock) directs with choreography by JOANNE HUNTER.

This brand new production of an ancient tale promises to tell the rags-to-riches story the world loves in a totally new way. Get ready to meet Cinderella like you’ve never seen her before and find out more in the brilliant new video above!

Yasmin Joseph’s J’Ouvert broadcasts on BBC Four this evening as part of the BBC’s Lights Up season

Yasmin Joseph’s J’Ouvert broadcasts on BBC Four this evening at 10pm as part of the BBC’s Lights Up season, ahead of opening at the Harold Pinter Theatre as part of Sonia Friedman Productions RE:EMERGE season, which also includes Amy Berryman’s Walden and Joseph Charlton’s Anna X.

2017. Carnival is here. The streets of Notting Hill are alive with history and amidst the soca, sequins, and endless feathers, Jade and Nadine are fighting for space in a world that should be theirs. A timely echo of Caribbean resistance across centuries, J’OUVERT is a joyful and fearless story of two best friends, battling to preserve tradition in a society where women’s bodies are frequently under threat.

J’OUVERT marks the debut play of James Tait Black Award-winner Yasmin Joseph and directorial debut of actor Rebekah Murrell (Nine Night), coming together with Annice Boparai (Trojan Horse), Gabrielle Brooks (Twelfth Night), Sapphire Joy (Our Country’s Good) and DJ Zuyane Russell to tell this epic story at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

To find out what other theatre you can enjoy online, head over to our online calendar here.

 

Wicked to return to the West End from September

Wicked, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will return to London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre later this year, with performances resuming on Wednesday 15 September 2021.

Tickets for this booking period will be available to book on Official London Theatre from 17 May so be sure to mark your diaries and click here to find out more.

 

Nimax Theatres to stage the work of 23 first-time producers in Rising Stars Festival

Producers of the Rising Stars Festival with Nica Burns (middle front). Not pictured are Alice Fearn, Jamie Lambert and Eliza Jackson, David O’Reilly. (Photograph by David Levene)

Twenty-three young theatre producers are being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present their work in the West End for the first time.

Their 17 productions – plays, musicals, concerts and one-off events – have attracted wonderful performers from emerging talent to popular West End stars. The Rising Stars Festival will run from May to September in Nimax’s six theatres (the Apollo, Duchess, Garrick, Lyric, Palace and Vaudeville).

From musicals and plays to one-off concerts, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy in the new season. Find out all the details here.

 

Rob Madge joins us tomorrow on Theatre Chat Live

Tune into our Theatre Chat Live tomorrow at 6pm on Official London Theatre’s Instagram channel where we will be joined by Rob Madge who will be telling us all about their stagey childhood and upcoming debut show, My Son’s A Queer But What Can You Do, at the Turbine Theatre.

Theatre Chat Live is our series of Instagram lives where we’ll ask you, our audiences, a question and give you the opportunity to get to know some industry superstars. It’s a great way to connect with other theatre fans and our previous guests have included Louise Dearman and Oliver Tompsett, Aisha Jawando as well as Aimie Atkinson, Millie O’Connell, Natalie May Paris, Grace Mouat, Alexia McIntosh, Jarneia Richard-Noel and Maiya Quansah-Breed – the Olivier nominated stars of the original West End production of ‘Six the Musical’.

Be sure to join us tomorrow at 6pm and in the meantime, you can watch our previous episodes in the playlist right here.

 

The Comeback returns to the Noël Coward Theatre for a limited 3-week run in July

Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen (Photo credit: Marc Brenner)

The Comeback is the debut play from The Pin’s award-winning Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen. Its mix of hilarity, emotional heart and irresistible charm offers the perfect escapism for audiences of all ages. The Comeback first opened to rave reviews in December 2020, before being shut down after just 9 performances due to the government-enforced national lockdown. Now, the producers and creative team are delighted to bring back The Comeback for a limited 3-week run at the Noël Coward Theatre this July.

The Comeback, tells the story of two double acts fighting to wrest control of the most chaotic, farcical and high-stakes gig of their respective careers. Directed by Emily Burns, The Comeback promises to bring heart-warming joy and laughter to the Noël Coward Theatre this summer.

Up-and-coming comics Alex and Ben have been booked in the warm-up spot for a beloved but fading double act’s comeback tour. Neither duo is delighted to be playing to a sparse crowd in a sleepy, seaside town, but when it’s revealed that a Hollywood director is in the audience, both acts glimpse a final chance for their big break. Cue sabotage, mistaken identity and full on farcical mayhem, as the performance descends into a desperate battle for the limelight. With the action alternating between offstage and on, and the tone between Noises Off and Morecambe and Wise’s old-school charm, this is a warm-hearted, joyful, and dazzlingly funny new comedy.

Each night Ashenden and Owen will be joined on stage by a surprise celebrity guest star playing a cameo role in the production.

The production will be staged in a Covid safe environment following current government advice, with audiences adhering to social distancing guidelines; and in line with Society of London Theatre’s See It Safely campaign.

Tickets will be available right here on Official London Theatre on 30 April, so mark your diaries and be sure to check back on our Theatre Tickets page.

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