Posted: 26 Feb 2018 05:30 AM PST
Broadway production of Les Miserable coming Jan 2019
Cameron Mackintosh’s Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg's musical Les Miserables is to play Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre as part of a UK tour opening at the Curve Leicester in November 2018.
This is the first UK tour of Les Miserables in a decade. The production will play the Festival theatre for four weeks, from Tuesday 22 January to Saturday 16 February 2019, with tickets going on sale straight away to Festival Theatre Friends. Tickets will go on general sale on March 12.
Announcing the tour, Cameron Mackintosh said: “Since I first conceived the new production of Les Misérables to celebrate the shows 25th anniversary in 2009, this production has taken the world by storm – more than matching the success of the original, which can now only be seen in London.
“I am thrilled that modern audiences have embraced this production as Les Mis for the 21st century and it is playing to packed houses all over the world in many languages. It also inspired the hugely successful movie version starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne.”
Mackintosh added: “This latest version comes hot from its recent Broadway triumph (now once again on a sell-out tour of North America) and is even more spectacular than the original.
“I am very proud that this extraordinary Boublil and Schönberg musical remains as fresh, thrilling and exciting as ever – and people are still storming the barricades for a ticket.”
Booking for the Festival Theatre is already open to members of the Edinburgh Festival Cities Theatres Trust friends scheme who can get 20% off tickets for the 22, 23, 24, 29 & 30 January performances if they book before Monday 12 March 2018.
Tickets will go on sale to groups (more than eight people) on Monday 5 March 2018 at 11am. Groups can only be booked over the phone and can get £4 off on Tuesday to Thursday performances.
Tickets will go on general sale on Monday 12 March at 10am.
The production will also tour to Dublin and Manchester with more dates and casting to be announced.
Les Miserables website: lesmis.com.
Posted: 26 Feb 2018 04:59 AM PST
What to see on Edinburgh's stages this week
It’s a busy week on Edinburgh’s stages this week, with a big mix of variety, opera, musicals and theatre of both straight and comic varieties…
First mention must go to the Traverse, where Ellie Stewart’s brilliant, interesting and very clever The Return, about Martin Guerre, is on for a two night run. It’s worth much more than that, to be honest with genius use of music from cellist Greg Sinclair and a massive performance from Emilie Pantry as the deserted peasant Bertrande, who accepts a stranger as her returning husband.
The big hitters are out at the Playhouse and King’s. The Rat Pack is back at Greenside Place – and this time they have brought Ella – so expect plenty of big tunes. While Allan Stewart is setting up camp in Tollcross with his Big Big Variety Show, He’s joined byFred MacAulay and Grant Stott, with the Three Degrees adding tunes to the comedy.
The second personal recommendation of the week is The Belles’s Stratagem at the Lyceum, where Tony Cownie’s adaptation of Hannah Cowley's script is utterly hilarious. Okay, so it was written in 1890, but it is as up to date in terms of feminism as anything else around. And it is a play which has Edinburgh running right through its heart. Just go see – and take your pals!
Opera fans have a couple of treats too. We’ve run a preview of SCO’s interesting take on the Dido and Aeneas – Gianni Schhizzi double bill here. More fun should be had at the Festival Theatre where Scottish Opera has Flight, Jonathan Dove's comedy set in an airport lounge. It’s had nothing but raves from its Glasgow premiere, so if you don’t fancy the full thing on Thursday and Saturday, there’s a one hour taster session, early doors on Friday.
There’s two musicals around, thanks to the local youth companies. The Brunton has Captivate with their school edition of Les Mis – it’s a big favourite at the Fringe, so well worth catching the number 26 for that one. The almost as prolific youth company Shoogly Peg is adding Dogfight to its repertoire with a production at the Biscuit Factory. The venue is not ideal, so looking forward to seeing how they deal with that.
In straight theatre the big name production comes from the EUTC, which is staging Our Country’s Good at the Bedlam. It’s a great play, but wrap up well as the Bedlam is icy cold, even if the setting is in the hot Australian sun. Another student company, Paradigm Theatre, is bringing what looks to be a fascinating play to Sumerhall at end of the week with The Man from Earth.
And finally, Scottish Dance Theatre bring a double bill to the Traverse on Saturday which our dance friends have been shouting about to the hills. A hot tip for a Saturday date, by all accounts.
Listings Mon 26 Feb – Sun 4 Mar 2018
The Biscuit Factory
Posted: 25 Feb 2018 10:27 AM PST
Youth company’s open call for actors
Edinburgh youth company Annexe Arts is looking for performers aged from 16 to 25 years to join its Annexe Repertory Theatre (A.R.T).
The new repertory youth theatre explores a variety of themes in weekly two hour sessions on a Sunday. It is run by Tyler Mortimer and associate artists at Annexe Arts Hub.
The company had its first outing at the Formation festival in early February, staging four plays over the six day event.
Annexe Arts says that it is committed to creating free opportunities for young people to work with some of Scotland's best emerging theatrical talent in weekly and monthly sessions, developing their acting, writing, spoken word or technical skills.
Its aim is to create regular events to highlight and showcase the talents of the participants to Artistic Directors and agents from across Scotland.
As an artistic director with over 10 years experience, Tyler Mortimer started his career running St Ives Youth Theatre, a charity based in Cambridgeshire, which became one of the largest non-profit children's youth theatre organisations in the UK.
focus on new writing
His work included several large-scale musical productions, five-star runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as working alongside organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre Connections Programme.
The company will perform in showcase events at the end of term, allowing them to be seen by industry professionals and audience members. The first showcase was last February at Assembly Roxy, under the name of Formation.
Listings and links:
Auditions and sessions take place in The Annexe, Merchant Street,EH1 2QD. Applicants should attend one of the following sessions in full.
If you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org stating: which date you would like to attend, your name and your age.
Audition day 1:
Audition day 2:
Term starts on Sunday 11 March, 7pm-9pm.
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