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    • Fredrika
      Sedos, the City of London’s premier amateur theatre company, stages Candide in London this winter, in a revival which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the show’s Broadway premiere, on 1 December 1956.


       
      “I first performed in Candide about 15 years ago in San Diego, when I played The Governor, and I’m delighted that I now have the chance to direct it on this special anniversary,” said director Michael Smith. “It’s an honour to celebrate 60 years of Candide with our production.”

       
      Based on Voltaire’s 1759 novella of the same name, Candide is a masterpiece from the greats of musical theatre, with music by Leonard Bernstein, a book by Hugh Wheeler and lyrics by Richard Wilbur. Sedos will use the 1999 National Theatre version by John Caird.

       
      A naïve young man, Candide, is thrown out of the Baron of Thunder-Den-Tronck's castle when he attempts to marry the Baron’s daughter Cunegonde. They embark on a round-the-world journey in which their idealistic belief that all’s for the best in this “best of all possible worlds” is challenged by a series of absurd misfortunes.

       
      Among their adventures, Candide, Cunegonde and their friends become tangled up in wars, shipwrecked, cheated out of a fortune, repeatedly separated, forced into prostitution and marriage, and struggle to determine the meaning of life.

       
      Michael added: “Performing in Candide 15 years ago proved to be one of the most influential experiences of my life; the importance of the message of the show — ‘make your garden grow’ and don't look for a symbolic larger goal, especially through others — and the quality of music only grew more resonant as my life progressed.

       
      “However, the message of this work may be lost in a potentially meandering story and a lushness in music, set or period costumes. I decided to present this show using the great talent I found at Sedos, and I had a vision to set the show in a way that would frame it simply and truthfully.

       
      “I hope that this production moves you for the rest of your life — as it has me — with the depth of meaning imbued by Voltaire, delivered artfully through Bernstein's glorious music and the witty National Theatre's libretto at the fore.”

       
      The production runs from 23 November-3 December 2016 at the Bridewell Theatre, just off Fleet Street, where Sedos is the resident theatre company. The anniversary on 1 December will feature a Glitter and Be Gay gala night, when the audience are encouraged to wear something that sparkles.
      This is the first time Sedos has staged Candide, but the company has put on West Side Story, with music also by Leonard Bernstein, three times — in 2011, 1996 and 1987.


       
      Tickets: sedos.co.uk



    • SpreadEaglePlayers
      Carter Sutton, very recently divorced, has had a night to end all nights. If only he could remember it. Matters are not helped by a splitting headache, the imminent arrival of his mother and sister, a naked girl from the night before, and a very large sum of money discovered in the fridge. Hilarity, most definitely, ensues!
      The Spread Eagle Players present the brilliant farce, 'According to Rumour' by Robert Scott at The Bridewell Theatre, London in late September. Tickets are available from our website at www.spreadeagleplayers.com. 
      Performance are Wednesday 21st September - Thursday 23rd September at 7.30pm with an earlier performance at 5pm on Saturday 24th.

    • CentreStageLondon
      We are very close to being able to announce the cast for Pirates of Penzance, but we still need more male ensemble (particularly the basses!). This really will be a great show for male ensemble with lots to do - don't miss your chance to be a part of the final show of Centre Stage London's 50th Celebrations. The production team are dedicated to making the most of the talent in the group.
       
      Further auditions will be held on Tuesday 16th August. The music will be taught on the night. Email the team at pirates.centrestage@gmail.com if you have any questions or cannot make the audition date.
       
      Find out more: www.centrestage.london/#!pirates-of-penzance/bgt2i
      Book an audition: www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/144639

    • MayhemTheatre
      Mayhem Musical Theatre Company’s big 10 year anniversary season finale is a musical extravaganza with something for everyone. With a large cast, a live orchestra and a big sprinkle of Christmas magic it will be a spectacular send off to the year. In this version of the story, Charles Dickens’ classic gets the full Broadway treatment by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid), Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical) and Mike Okrent (Crazy For You, Me and My Girl). A Christmas Carol is packed full of Christmas joy thanks to the marvelously-told story and the score filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics. If you don’t know the show, have a listen to the soundtrack here.
      We are delighted to announce the audition dates are as follows:
      First auditions (adults): 1 September 7.30 till 10pm (Emmanuel Hall, Dudley Drive, Morden, SM4 4RJ) and 3 September 1.30 till 4pm (The Annexe, Victory Road, South Wimbledon, SW19 1HN)
      Recall auditions: 4 September 2 till 6pm (St John’s Ambulance Hall, Kingston Road, South Wimbledon, SW19 1LY)
      Kids auditions: 3 September 12 till 1.30pm (The Annexe, Victory Road, South Wimbledon, SW19 1HN)
      All our auditions are open to both members and non members of Mayhem.
      For more information see our website www.mayhemmusicaltheatrecompany.co.uk and to book your slot and receive a full audition pack, simply email the team on mayhem.shrew@gmail.com.

    • MayhemTheatre
      We are a young and energetic amateur theatre company who pride ourselves on producing innovative theatre of a professional standard. Recent successful shows have included the UK Premier of Addams Family, Singin' In The Rain & Peter Pan – The Musical Adventure at the Bloomsbury Theatre.   Auditions for the A Christmas Carol cast will be in early September, and rehearsals will take place on Monday and Thursday nights as well as some Sunday afternoons in the South Wimbledon area.   This is an amateur production. To apply for all of the positions please complete our application form:   http://www.mayhemmusicaltheatrecompany.co.uk/creative-team-applications.html

    • AmbrosePlayers

      Enchanted April

      By AmbrosePlayers, in Events,

      Bored of their dreary lives in 1922 London, four very different women respond to an article to rent an idyllic Italian Villa for the month of April.  Once there the women rediscover love, laughter and what it means to be alive, transformed by their magical surroundings...then with the arrival of their husbands and a handsome stranger, the fun really begins! Full of wisteria, flowers, sun and sea, this gorgeous play is guaranteed to leave our audiences of all ages simply glowing!
       
      Tickets available now from Grandad Jim's Sweet Shop, Chapel Brow, Leyland, PR25 3NH Tel: 01772 452234  or on the door each night from 7pm
       
      Tickets priced £7 adults and £5 concessions (OAP Concessions Wednesday and Saturday)
       
      Show runs at St Ambrose Halls4All, Moss Lane, Leyland, PR25 4XA

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    • dq99
      Banbury Cross Players invites you to audition for their February 2015 production of Hugh Whietmore's Pack of Lies.
      In 1961 Peter and Helen Kroger, two Americans living in a London suburb, were convicted of spying for Russians and sentenced to twenty year’s imprisonment.
      From these facts Hugh Whitemore wrote a powerfully moving fictional account of the events leading to their arrest with the action centred on the unsuspecting Jackson household – Bob, Barbara and their teenage daughter, Julie.
      The Jackson’s live opposite the Krogers, believing them to be a convivial Canadian couple and their closest friends.
      Then a stranger arrives, announcing that he is from M.I.5 and quietly coerces the Jacksons into allowing their house to be used as a surveillance post.
      In the nightmare months that follow, the Jacksons’ decent happy life is shattered as the truth about their much loved friends is gradually revealed to them and, helpless in an alien, sordid world of deception and treachery, Barbara reaches breaking point with the agonizing realisation that the Krogers have betrayed her and she, in turn, has betrayed the Krogers.
      Cast
      Bob Jackson (30 to 40) Peter Kroger (40 to 50)
      Barbara Jackson (30 to 45) Stewart (50+)
      Julie Jackson (16 to 17) Thelma (25 to 35)
      Helen Kroger (30 to 45) Sally (25 to 35)
      Open auditions will be held on Thursday 30th October, at the Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park, Banbury. For more information contact Terry Gallager on terrygallager1943@gmail.com

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