the songs, stay for the shenanigans. Featuring a live band, lashings of sequins, an accordion and – of course – a kazoo. (There will also be a drinking game or two.)
Join Bebe+Luna for a ravishing night of raucous delight!
London Theatre Workshop is pleased to host its third annual season of Fringe on the Fringe, a unique series of previews and performances running from July 1- August 1, 2015. This year’s offering sees a diverse array of styles and genres: from verbatim theatre to new writing to burlesque! See the full schedule of exciting events below:
Rogues on the Road: 1st July @ 8pm
Blowers and Backers are back with brand new, outrageous reminiscences, after earning rave reviews and captivating audiences of all ages across the UK and far flung corners of the globe.
7.59 on the Northern Line: 17th to 19th @ July 8pm
Bebe and Luna: 21 to 23rd July @ 8pm
Bebe van der Belt and Miss Luna Peach preside over divinely decadent evenings, featuring some of the most exciting cabaret talents London has to offer.
After We Danced: 28th to 29th July @8pm
Summer 1952. Finn has just completed national service, Fran is living with an overly protective father. Both of them are dreaming of a brighter future, and worrying that it will never happen.
Project W.O.L.F: 1 August @ 8pm
A micro-festival of emergening performers, writers and creators exploring and celebrating original feminist performance. Join Old Sole & Company as they assemble from around the globe for a night of theatre, dance, music and more.
Gin swilling, cigar chomping, overbearing June Buckridge has played the beloved character ‘Sister George’ in the popular BBC Radio Drama, Applehurst, for six years. But being the star doesn’t stop BBC executives deciding to kill her off in an attempt to halt the show’s falling ratings. Furious at the lack of loyalty, June’s precarious personal world heads into a tailspin.
First produced on stage 50 years ago, with the great Beryl Reid as June and giving Eileen Atkins’ her theatre debut as ‘Childie’, this ground breaking dark comedy takes us to the world of BBC television and radio in the1960s where perception is everything and no one is who they say they are.
With the recent revelations surrounding Jimmy Saville, was this iconic play an unwitting glimpse into the tawdy, sordid media world of the 1960s as it really was?
An Artful production The Killing of Sister George by Frank Marcus
Director: Scott Le Crass
Produced by Sarah and Justin Savage for Artful Theatre Productions Limited
For a strictly-limited two week run, this exciting new revival will utilise the intimacy of London Theatre Workshop’s space with a talented and versatile cast of thirteen actors in multiple roles. Originally staged on Broadway and in London at the Donmar Warehouse, the multi-Olivier nominated show features music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, the virtuosic composer of “Last Five Years” “Songs For a New World” “The Bridges of Madison County” and book by Academy Award winner Alfred Uhry, screenplay writer of “Driving Miss Daisy”.
Parade is based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager from Brooklyn accused of the murder of a 13 year old employee. Set in Atlanta, Georgia at the beginning of the twentieth century, the story builds around Leo Frank’s trial as it becomes sensationalised by the bigoted, zionistic press, against a backdrop of National uncertainty and change.
The Broadway production of ‘Parade’ was garnered with two Tony awards for Best Book and Best Music as well as the Best New Musical at the Drama Desk and The New York Drama Critic’s Circle Awards.
SCENE I. On a ship at sea: a tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning heard.
Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest, was the culmination of his life’s work and his final act in the theatre. As Prospero hangs up his enchanted cloak, Shakespeare sets down his quill for the last time: “Now my charms are all o’erthrown.” As the horizons of the known world grow larger, through discovery and colonisation of brave new worlds, Shakespeare magics up a prescient and timely tale of power, servitude, and enslavement. Teeming with characters who burst at the seams with vitality and vigour, the Bard creates a play unlike any of his others. An uncharted island, a banished duke turned sorcerer, his “uncivilised” daughter, a begrudging sprite indentured into servitude, and an enraged, enslaved Island native, all are brought to life on the stage.
The ensemble of the London Theatre Workshop have travelled back in time, and distilled that sense of new-found wonder and terror that Shakespeare felt when he set quill to scroll. Every moment of The Tempest bursts to life in surprising, shocking, new and terrifying ways. What results is a visual and aural kaleidoscope of senses, impressions and experiences. Join us as we use music, movement, and the stuff that dreams are made on to breathe new life into this classic play!
Directed by Associate Producer of London Theatre Workshop, Brandon Force, director of 2014’s critically acclaimed Romeo & Juliet.
Music by JOSHUA SALZMAN
Book & Lyrics by RYAN CUNNINGHAM
Following a hugely successful run of HOT MIKADO at The Garrick Theatre, Lichfield earlier this year, critically acclaimed House of GreasePaint Productions make their debut at London Theatre Workshop with the hit musical comedy, ‘I LOVE YOU BECAUSE…’.
I LOVE YOU BECAUSE is a modern twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice , set in contemporary New York City. A young, uptight greeting card writer’s life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them.
London Theatre Workshop is delighted to announce that after two successful years located above the Eel Brook Pub in Fulham, the company is relocating to an exciting new venue in Central London.
The company’s new home is nestled right in the heart of the City of London’s financial district, within the beautiful and historic Leadenhall Market. A short walk from Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Bank and Monument stations, the new space is being re-developed to house a 60-seat theatre, much-needed rehearsal space, plus a creatives’ workshop and office.
London Theatre Workshop will officially re-open in March 2016 as a venue that can be hired for rehearsals, auditions, workshops and rehearsed readings. The company’s first season of in-house work will be announced in the coming months. A series of opening events, guided tours and performances is currently being scheduled.
It is confirmed that Ray Rackham will continue as Artistic Director for London Theatre Workshop. Under Rackham, the company’s mission as a hub for theatrical innovation will be further established in the new space; dedicated to finding, developing and producing theatre of the highest quality, celebrating the fusion between music and drama.
“I am overjoyed that we have been able to move to such an incredible location as Leadenhall Market. With the improvements to our infrastructure, the addition of much needed space, and through the dedication of so many individuals over the last two
years, London Theatre Workshop has a fantastic future.
“Under my Artistic Directorship, the company will be committed to nurturing budding industry talent, offering a platform that provides an opportunity for theatre practitioners to develop essential skills in all areas of theatrical production. I am honoured that our wider LTW Family has trusted me with the task of leading the company into 2016” — Ray Rackham, Artistic Director London Theatre Workshop.
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London Theatre Workshop is managed by a core team, including Commercial Director Skye Crawford, Associate Director Brandon Force, Marketing Director Olga-Marie Pratt, and General Manager, Alex Pearson.
Notes for the Editor
London Theatre Workshop was founded in 2013, and officially opened at the Eel Brook location in March 2014. Under the Artistic Directorship of Ray Rackham, LTW has produced critically-acclaimed musicals and plays, including ORDINARY DAYS (Best Musical nominee at the 2014 Broadway World and Off-West-End Awards), JUST ANOTHER LOVE STORY (recipient of the Artistic Excellence Angel Award at the Brighton Fringe Festival), the UK premiere of Harvey Fierstein and John Bucchino’s A CATERED AFFAIR, a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s AH WILDERNESS!, the European premiere of musical VOTE FOR ME, annual Shakespeare celebrations ROMEO AND JULIET and THE TEMPEST and Jason Robert Brown’s PARADE (Best Musical nominee 2015 Broadway World Award). APARTMENT 40C, written by Ray Rackham, with music by Tom Lees, enjoyed its world premiere in December 2014 and garnered London Theatre Workshop’s first transfer out of the workshop and into the St James Studio in April 2015.
In December 2015 Ray Rackham’s original musical play THROUGH THE MILL, charting the turbulent life of Judy Garland, had its world premiere and received significant critical acclaim as well as Off-West-End award nominations for Best New Play and Best Female for Lucy Penrose playing Young Judy.
For more information about London Theatre Workshop’s relocation to Leadenhall, or to book in interviews, please contact Ray Rackham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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