Everything Changes News

Everything Changes (Week 25/3/19 – 31/3/19)

Everything Changes is back! This is the weekly feature that keeps you informed on shows that are opening and closing in the West End and Off-West End theatre scene. Here are the shows that are ‘opening up’ and some that we have to wish ‘happy trails’ to.

Opening Up!

Top Girls – Lyttelton (National Theatre) (from 26th March)

Top Girls starts performances at the National Theatre from 26th March.
  • Location: Lyttelton (National Theatre)
  • Dates: 26th Mar to 22nd Jun 2019
  • Cast: Liv Hill (Angie), Katherine Kingsley (Mariene), Wendy Kweh (Lady Nijo), Amanda Lawrence (Pope Joan), Ashley McGuire (Dull Gret), Ashna Rabbheru (Kit), Siobhan Redmond (Isabella Bird), Lucy Black, Jessica Brindle, Lucy Ellinson, Amanda Hadingue, Ebony Jonelle, Charlotte Lucas, Roisin Rae, Nadia Williams & Naomi Yang.
  • Creatives:
  • Caryl Churchill (Author), National Theatre (Producer), Lyndsey Turner (Director), Ian MacNeil (Design), Merle Hensel (Costume), Jack Knowles (Lighting), Christopher Shutt (Sound)

Now hiring: top girls wanted for prestige positions. Must be self-motivated go-getters with an appetite for success. No timewasters.

Marlene is the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency. But she has no plans to stop there. With Maggie in at Number 10 and a spirit of optimism consuming the country, Marlene knows that the future belongs to women like her.

For the first time, the National Theatre stages Caryl Churchill’s wildly innovative play about a country divided by its own ambitions.

Churchill’s work includes Far AwayA Number and Escaped Alone.
Lyndsey Turner (Light Shining in BuckinghamshireChimerica) directs.

Maggie May – Finborough (from 27th March)

Maggie May starts performances on 27th March
  • Location: Finborough
  • Dates: 27 Mar to 20th Apr 2019
  • Cast: Kara Lily Hayworth (Maggie May), James Darch (Patrick Casey), Natalie Williams (Maureen O’Neill), Mark Pearce, Leon Kay, Michael Nelson, Barnaby Taylor, Aaron Kavanagh, Chloe Carrington, Euan Bennet, Cathy McManamon, Joshua Barton & David Keller.
  • Creatives:
  • Lionel Bart (Music), Lionel Bart (Lyrics), Alun Owen (Book). Finborough Theatre (Producer), Matthew Iliffe (Director), Verity Johnson (Design), Verity Johnson (Costume), Sam Spencer-Lane (Choreographer), Henry Brenna (Musical Director), Jonathan Simpson (Lighting), Philip Matejtschuk (Sound), Sophie Drake (AssistantDirector) & Debbie O’Brien (Casting Director).

The first professional London production since its 1964 premiere of the hit British musical Maggie May.

A hard-hitting celebration of working-class life in Liverpool’s docks in the 1960s, Maggie May is the story of the doomed love affair between ‘street walker’ Maggie May Duffy and sailor Patrick Casey, the son of a union-martyr, initially reluctant but finally proud to assume his father’s mantle. Around them is a gallery of strongly-drawn characters: Willie Morgan, the corrupt demagogic union leader, Juddah, the ‘fixer’ and traitor, and Old Dooley, obsessed with past union struggles, all caught up in an allegoric musical drama with a devastating tragic climax.

Winner of the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Score of the Year, the show includes one the most musically diverse scores of the 1960s, ranging from bittersweet ballads, Mersey Beat rock’n’roll, and classic chorus numbers from Lionel Bart, the man that Andrew Lloyd Webber described as “the father of the modern British musical”.

Revived by the National Youth Theatre in an acclaimed West End production in 1992, this is the first professional London production since its premiere 55 years ago at the Adelphi Theatre, London, starring Rachel Roberts, Kenneth Haigh and Barry Humphries. This production also commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the death of Lionel Bart.

Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel – London Coliseum (from 30th March)

Performances at London Coliseum from 30th March
  • Location: London Coliseum
  • Dates: 30th Mar to 12th Apr 2019
  • Cast: Claudia Boyle (Mary Kelly), Josephine Barstow (Maud), Janis Kelly (Polly Nichols), Marie McLaughlin (Annie Chapman), Susan Bullock (Liz Stride), Lesley Garrett (Catherine Eddowes), William Morgan (Writer), Alex Otterburn (Squibby), Alan Opie (The Pathologist), Robert Hayward (Commissioner of Police), Nicky Spence (Sergeant Johnny Strong) & James Cleverton (The Photographer).
  • Creatives:
  • Iain Bell (Music),, English National Opera (Producer), Opera North (Producer), Martyn Brabbins (Conductor), Daniel Kramer (Director), Soutra Gilmour (Design) & Paul AndersonLighting

A disadvantaged group of working-class women are drawn together in their determination to survive the murderous terror that stalks London’s Whitechapel in 1888. Iain Bell’s new opera explores powerful themes of community and women struggling against the odds, posing questions about the hypocritical attitudes of ‘respectable’ society. The mythic status of the unidentified serial killer is addressed through a refreshingly modern lens, which speaks to us over a century later. With vocal and orchestral writing that always packs an emotional punch, Bell’s score features music that is mercurial and explosive one moment and heart-wrenchingly beautiful the next.

World Premiere. Sung in English, with subtitles projected above the stage.

Another Opening Of Another Show

  • Sunday Encounters – An Evening with Jason Robert Brown & Special Guests (Theatre Royal Haymarket, 31 Mar)
  • Ali and Dahlia (Pleasance, 26 Mar to 14 Apr)
  • Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho (Wilton’s Music Hall, 26 Mar to 30 Mar)
  • Half Me, Half You (Tristan Bates Theatre, 26 Mar to 6 Apr)
  • London Contemporary Dance School (The Place Theatre, 26 Mar to 27 Mar)
  • Shit-Faced Showtime – Oliver with a Twist (Leicester Square Theatre, 27 Mar to 12 Apr)
  • A Family Outing – 20 Years On (The Pit – Barbican Centre, 27 Mar to 30 Mar)
  • Cry Havoc (Park Theatre, 27 Mar to 20 Apr)
  • Oranges & Ink (Tristan Bates Theatre, 27 Mar to 6 Apr)
  • Going Through (Bush Theatre, 28 Mar to 27 Apr)
  • The Mission: Occupy Mars (BAC – Battersea Arts Centre, 28 Mar to 6 Apr)
  • Amazonian Sweat Lodge (Ovalhouse, 28 Mar to 30 Mar)
  • Bed Peace – The Battle of Yohn and Joko (Cockpit Theatre, 29 Mar to 28 Apr)
  • Corali Dance Company – with invited guests Thick & Tight (The Place Theatre, 30 Mar)
  • Tales from Star City (The King’s Head Theatre, 31 Mar to 1 Apr)

Happy Trails!

Company, The American Clock and Alys, Always all have their final performances this week.

25 Mar

  • Grav (The Hope Theatre)
  • How Am I Looking Now? (The New Diorama Theatre)
  • Barefoot (Drayton Arms Theatre)
  • Sick (The King’s Head Theatre)

27 Mar

  • London Contemporary Dance School (The Place Theatre)

30 Mar

  • Company (Gielgud)
  • The American Clock (Old Vic)
  • A Hundred Words for Snow (Trafalgar Studios)
  • A Family Outing – 20 Years On (The Pit – Barbican Centre)
  • The Life I Lead (Park Theatre)
  • Alys, Always (Bridge Theatre)
  • Angry Alan (Soho Theatre)
  • Trainspotting (Tower Theatre)
  • Shipwreck (Almeida Theatre)
  • Circa (Old Red Lion)
  • The Grenfell Project (The Hope Theatre)
  • Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho (Wilton’s Music Hall)
  • High Rise eState of Mind (BAC – Battersea Arts Centre)
  • The Amygdala (The Chapel Playhouse)
  • Amazonian Sweat Lodge (Ovalhouse)
  • Le Gateau Chocolat (Soho Theatre)
  • Corali Dance Company – with invited guests Thick & Tight (The Place Theatre)

31 Mar

  • Sunday Encounters – An Evening with Jason Robert Brown & Special Guests (Theatre Royal Haymarket)
  • Strike Up the Band (Upstairs at the Gatehouse)
  • The Wider Earth (The Natural History Museum)
  • The Murder Express (Pedley Street Station)

This week is a pretty quite weekend for the West End with Top Girls being the only major addition to Theatreland, in terms of plays and musicals. It is exciting however to see a new opera come to the London Coliseum and to see Lionel Bart’s Maggie May being revived Off-West End.

This week, however, is a sad week for closing productions. This week we see Marianne Elliott’s acclaimed reworking of Stephen Sondheim’s Company close at the Gielgud as well as Rachel Chavkin’s production of Arthur Miller’s The American Clock at The Old Vic. It will be exciting to see how Company performs at the Olivier Awards in two weeks, where it is nominated for 9 awards. Hopefully it will be the perfect sendoff.

Everything Changes News

Everything Changes (Week 7/1/19 – 13/1/19)

It’s our first ever “Everything Changes” feature! This is the weekly feature that keeps you informed of shows that are opening and closing in the UK theatre scene and yes, it’s a reference to Waitress (which is opening in the West End this February!).

Opening Up!

Coming Clean – Trafalgar Studios 2 (from 9th January)

Coming Clean opens at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 9th January.
  • Location: Trafalgar Studios 2
  • Dates: 9th Jan to 2nd Feb 2019
  • Cast: Lee Knight (Tony), Stanton Plummer-Cambridge (Greg), Tom Lambert (Robert) & Elliot Hadley (William/Jurgen)
  • Creatives: Kevin Elyot (Author), King’s Head Theatre (Producer), Making Productions Limited (Producer), RGM Productions (Producer), Adam Spreadbury-Maher (Director), Nic Farman (Lighting) & Amanda Mascarenhas (Design)

Following a critically acclaimed run at the London’s King’s Head Theatre, the producers behind the Olivier nominated La Boheme transfer the smash-hit, sell-out play by Kevin Elyot, writer of the landmark drama My Night With Reg, transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2 this January.

Tony and Greg seem to have love all figured out. They’re in a committed relationship but with room for a little more on the side whenever it takes their fancy. The only rule? Never sleep with the same man twice.

When drop-dead gorgeous Robert walks into their lives, the fragile foundations of their sexual contract are thrown into jeopardy.

Funny, fresh and packed with razor-sharp wit, Coming Clean questions the nature of fidelity and the limits of love.

Songs for Nobodies – Ambassadors Theatre (from 9th Jan)

Songs for Nobodies transfers to the West End on 9th Jan
  • Location: Ambassadors Theatre
  • Dates: 9th Jan to 23rd Feb 2019
  • Cast: Bernadette Robinson
  • Creatives: Joanna Murray-Smith (Author) & Simon Phillips (Director)

After a stunning run at Wilton’s Music Hall, and after overwhelming demand, Songs for Nobodies is transferring to the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre for a strictly limited run starting 9 January. This one woman show is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

For 90 minutes, accompanied only by live musicians, Bernadette Robinson singlehandedly tells the tales of five everyday women whose lives are changed when they briefly encounter fame and the legendary singers who had such an impact on them. Bringing to life powerhouse voices across vastly different genres of music, Bernadette Robinson has a versatility that is truly astonishing. Watch as she brings Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas to life as you listen.

Bernadette Robinson’s talent is nearly unbelievable so don’t miss your chance to see it for yourself.

Violet – Charing Cross Theatre (from 12th Jan)

Violet opens at Charing Cross Theatre on 12th Jan
  • Location: Charing Cross Theatre
  • Dates: 12th Jan to 6th Apr 2019
  • Cast: Kaisa Hammarlund (Violet), Matthew Harve (Monty), Jay Marsh (Flick), Simbi Akande, Angelica Allen, Kenneth Avery-Clark, Keiron Crook, James Gant, Danny Michaels, Janet Mooney, Amy Mepham, Rebecca Nardin & Madeleine Sellman (Young Violet)
  • Creatives: Jeanine Tesori (Music), Brian Crawley (Book & Lyrics), Steven M Levy (Producer), Vaughan Williams (for Charing Cross Theatre Productions Ltd) (Producer), Umeda Arts Theater Co Ltd (Osaka Japan) (Producer), Shuntaro Fujita (Director), Cressida Carre (Choreographer), Morgan Large (Design), Jonathan Lipman (Costume), Howard Hudson (Lighting), Andrew Johnson (Sound) & Dan Jackson (Musical Director)

1964. Somewhere between North Carolina and Oklahoma, we find Violet, a young woman who was facially disfigured as a child. She hopes her life savings will bring her a miracle halfway across the country. Reflecting on her childhood, and shaped by the reactions of the people she encounters, Violet embarks on a life-changing personal journey.

Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts.

Another Opening Of Another Show

  • The War of The Worlds (The New Diorama Theatre, 8 Jan to 9 Feb)
  • Anomaly (Old Red Lion, 8 Jan to 2 Feb)
  • Franz Kafka – Apparatus (White Bear, 8 to 26 Jan)
  • In Lipstick (Pleasance, 8 to 27 Jan)
  • In Conversation with Graham Norton (The Hope Theatre, 8 to 26 Jan)
  • Two of a Kind (Bread and Roses, 8 to 12 Jan)
  • Salt (Theatre503, 9 to 10 Jan)
  • Rosenbaum’s Rescue (Park Theatre, 9 Jan)
  • Approaching Empty (The Kiln, 9 Jan to 2 Feb)
  • Stop and Search (Arcola, 9 Jan to 9 Feb)
  • Outlying Islands (The King’s Head Theatre, 9 Jan to 2 Feb)
  • Original Death Rabbit (Jermyn Street Theatre, 9 Jan to 9 Feb)
  • Valhalla (White Bear, 9 Jan to 10 Jan)
  • The Daughter-In-Law (Arcola, 10 Jan to 2 Feb)
  • Olivier de Sagazan – Transfiguration (The Lilian Baylis Theatre, 10 to 11 Jan)
  • The Murder Express (Pedley Street Station, 11 Jan to 31 Mar)
  • Gone (Theatre503, 11 to 13 Jan)
  • Snow Baby (Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, 12 Jan)
  • Murder, She Didn’t Write (Leicester Square Theatre, 13 Jan to 19 May)
  • Extra Virgin (Above the Stag Theatre, 13 Jan to 10 Feb)
  • I’m Sorry But… (Bread and Roses, 13 to 14 Jan)
  • Waiting for Curry (The King’s Head Theatre, 13 to 14 Jan)

Happy Trails!

Kinky Boots, Dreamgirls & The Band are a few of the shows that are closing this week.

8 Jan

  • Cuttings (Theatre503)

9 Jan

  • The Tell-Tale Heart (Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre))

10 Jan

  • Salt (Theatre503)
  • Valhalla (White Bear)

11 Jan

  • Olivier de Sagazan – Transfiguration (The Lilian Baylis Theatre)

12 Jan

  • A Christmas Carol (Arts)
  • Dreamgirls (Savoy)
  • Hole (Royal Court – Jerwood Theatre)
  • Kinky Boots (Adelphi)
  • Mother Goose Cracks One Out! (Above the Stag Theatre)
  • Snow Baby (Half Moon Young People’s Theatre)
  • The Band (Theatre Royal Haymarket)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (Drayton Arms Theatre)
  • Two of a Kind (Bread and Roses)
  • Uncle Vanya (Hampstead Theatre)

13 Jan

  • Gone (Theatre503)
  • Murder For Two (The Other Palace)
  • Room on the Broom (Lyric)
  • Sherlock Homeless – The Anatomy of Rubbish (Barons Court Theatre)
  • Snow White at The London Palladium (London Palladium)
  • Swan Lake (London Coliseum)

It is going to be a crazy week with a lot of long-running shows leaving the West End this weekend. With last weekend’s closings of Bat Out Of Hell, Chicago and 42nd Street, followed by this weekend’s closings of A Christmas Carol, Dreamgirls, Kinky Boots, The Band and Snow White…well, the West End is going to look a lot different!

This will also mean that the West End will start to see signs of new shows arriving with new marquees for shows such as Come From Away at the Phoenix, 9 to 5 at the Savoy, Six at the Arts, Waitress at the Adelphi and Only Fools and Horses at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.