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ISHQ, the brand new Sufi musical in English, to mark 70 years of Pakistan’s independence

Originally penned more than 600 years ago by the immortal Sufi Saint Waris Shah, ISHQ will feature specially commissioned music and choreography from across Pakistan and the UK. This is the love story that shook a patriarchal society, putting the empowerment of women centre stage.

ISHQ tells the tale of two lovers and their feuding families and holds the same place in Punjabi literature as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This exciting musical spectacle will feature a combination of classical and modern dance with a unique blend of poetry and fusion music.

Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Punjab, ISHQ is a collaboration between Pakistani and British artists which will celebrate unity, diversity and Pakistani culture within the UK.

In 1947 Pakistan was carved out of undivided India under British rule. The country has since emerged as a dynamic young nation and this year celebrates 70 years of independence and Pakistan-UK relations. To commemorate this, ISHQ will celebrate the rich and diverse heritage and culture of Pakistan.

Don’t miss ISHQ:

 

WHERE?

Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Ave, Islington, London EC1R 4TN

The theatre is a short walk from Angel underground station (Northern Line), Islington. The nearest mainline station is Kings Cross station.

 

WHEN?

Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th September 2017
Thursday – Saturday, 7.30pm
Saturday, 2.30pm

 

BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Tickets are available priced from £20.
Available from http://www.sadlerswells.com and 020 7863 8000.

‘The Addams Family’ ya está en gira por el Reino Unido

The Addams Family’ se estrenó en Edimburgo e inicia su gira en el Reino Unido. Es la primera vez que este espectáculo llega a este país y lo hará a lo grande, recorriendo algunas de las ciudades más importantes como Sheffield, Glasgow, Bath, Dublin y Londres.

El espectáculo, con música y letras de Andrew Lippa, se estrenó en Broadway por primera vez en abril de 2010. Cuenta la historia de la alocada y divertidísima familia Addams, de sobras conocidos por el público, con personajes tan conocidos y entrañables como Gómez, Morticia y Miércoles.

Desde las ilustraciones en el The New Yorker, hasta los libros, cine, televisión e incluso teatro, se puede decir que esta familia sale por su versatilidad. Parece ser que su historia se puede adaptar a distintos formatos, algo que a mi me hace pensar, ¿es necesario, no hay más historias que contar?

La verdad es que el cast recording de ‘The Addams Family’ no está mal, pero tampoco me parece lo mejor. A mi me gustaría poder ver esta producción del musical por un solo motivo: Carrie Hope Fletcher. Ella interpreta el papel de Wednesday, qué ilusión verla cantar ‘Pulled’ en vivo.

En 2014, se publicó en Youtube un video de una actuación de Carrie cantando ‘Pulled’ y es excelente. Qué maravilla que ahora, tres años después, ella pueda interpretar el mismo papel en el teatro. Lo mejor de todo es que ella es una video Blogger y en su canal de Youtube, ItsWayPastMyBedTime, la podemos seguir a lo largo del proceso de preparación del espectáculo y ahora con las funciones en el tour.

Carrie Hope Fletcher es una de las estrellas más reconocidas del teatro musical del Reino Unido. Además, destaca su faceta como Youtuber y escritora, a mi me gusta mucho, ¡hay que seguirla!

The Addams Family’ se ha visto en Broadway, Buenos Aires, Tokio, México y Praga. Y, por cierto, en España también se está preparando una adaptación del musical. Estará producido por Let’s Go (‘Dirty Dancing’, actualmente en gira) y pronto iniciarán los cástings, ¿quién será Miércoles aquí? Seguro que pronto lo sabremos.

Fotografía del Twitter de Carrie Hope Fletcher @CarrieHFletcher

Cesar

‘The Quentin Dentin Show’ is back to London, at the Tristan Bates Theatre

Hello everyone, you know that I love to share with you new musicals and amazing creations. This one looks really really well. It’s called ‘The Quentin Dentin Show‘.

Following a highly successful run at Above The Arts, the cult hit rock musical, ‘The Quentin Dentin Show‘ is back. This is ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show‘ for the new Millennium.

Join the charismatic Quentin Dentin on his mission to make humanity happy. In order to demonstrate his musical therapies on his domestically unsatisfied test subjects Nat and Keith, Quentin Dentin finds his way into their world through the household radio – now a teleport for his sensational signing. Are you ready for him? If not, prepare for an appointment with the Brain Machine…

The Quentin Dentin Show‘ has developed a cult following on its journey from London to the Edinburgh Fringe and back, on a trajectory from humble beginnings to a fully blown Off West- End rock musical.

With a brilliant original soundtrack, live rock band and dazzling choreography, ‘The Quentin Dentin Show‘ is guaranteed to make you happy or kill you trying.

 

WHERE?

Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP

Is located in the Actors Centre. The nearest underground stations are Leicester Square (on the Northern and Piccadilly lines) and Tottenham Court Road (on the Northern and Central lines). The nearest rail station is Charing Cross.

WHEN?

Monday 19th June – Saturday 29th July
Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm
Sunday, 3pm

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

Tickets are available priced £18 (£16 concessions)
Previews £14

You can book your tickets now at the Tristan Bates Theatre Box Office and http://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk or 020 3841 6611 or boxoffice@tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

 

Also, don’t forget to check the Twitter of this amazing company:

@quentindentin, @TristanBates

Interview to Katie Kerr and David Bardsley from ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London

The European Premiere of the off-Broadway musical hit ‘Pete ‘n’ Keelyopened last week at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London.

Katie Kerr (‘Little Shop of Horrors‘, Menier Chocolate Factory; ‘Fat Pig‘, Comedy Theatre; ‘Sweeney Todd‘, English National Opera) and David Bardsley (‘Titanic‘, Charing Cross Theatre; ‘Guys and Dolls‘, National Theatre; ‘The Fix‘, Donmar Warehouse) will be performing every night until Saturday 20th May 2017. So, I truly recommend you to book your tickets now!!!

As you may know, I really enjoy talking to the actors of a new musical about how the rehearsals are going, how they are preparing for their new roles on the show and what do they like the most about musical theatre. So, here you have a new Q & A with the amazingly talented Katie Kerr and David Bardsley.

Cesar: How are the rehearsals of ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ going so far?

Katie Kerr: Fabulous, we are laughing a lot which bodes well.

David Bardsley: It’s the end of the first week. My brain looks like a potato which was put in a hot oven and forgotten about. Being a two-hander, there is a lot to learn. Fortunately, everyone involved is gorgeous, talented and funny. So it’s been fun. So far!

 

C: What can we expect from this musical, can you explain me a bit what is it about?

Katie: It’s 1968. America’s Swingin’ Sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, are performing live on national television! The only catch? They haven’t spoken to each other in five years……

David: There’s more than one way to answer this question, but if you ask me, it’s about marriage. Or, if you like, relationships. The ups, the downs: the way in which time breeds both resentment yet mutual dependence. And, set in the world of showbiz, it’s also about ambition, success, disappointment, being famous, being no-one, etc. And it’s about not giving up; on life or each other. With songs.

 

C: In this show, there is a lot of tension and repressed feelings between the two main characters. How can you deal with that and not take it to the personal atmosphere?

Katie: Myself and David are aware that we are acting and we don’t let ourselves get to involved with that. We play the truth but never let it get on top of us!

David: It’s called acting, darling! I have plenty of drama at home. Theatre is only pretend. Even ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’!

 

C: What do you like the most about the 50’s and 60’s?

Katie: The hair!

David: 50s – American culture. 60s – The Beatles.

 

C: Which song is your favourite from ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ and which one is the hardest to perform?

Katie: The Crosscountry Tour! It’s a beast.

David: We’re still learning the score, so it’s a little early to answer that question. But the score certainly is tricky!

 

C: Both of you have been performing in several musicals, which show are you willing to perform, which one would be like a dream come true for you?

Katie: I’d love to play Fanny Brice in ‘Funny Girl‘…Or Effie White in ‘Dreamgirls‘ but unfortunately that really is a dream.

David: I love Sondheim. I’d like to play ‘Sweeney Todd’ and Ben in ‘Follies‘ before I die. But if I don’t – I’ll live.

 

C: What song from a musical on your playlist do you never skip? Also, which duet would you love to perform together?

Katie: ‘One Second And A Million Miles‘ from “The Bridges of Madison County” – it means a lot to me. I would love to perform anything ‘Sweeny Todd‘ with David! Would love to be his Mrs Lovett.

David: ‘In Buddy’s Eyes‘ from ‘Follies‘. ‘Too Many Mornings‘ from ‘Follies’

 

Thank you very much for your time Katie and David, I would like to wish you all the best!!!

Cesar

 

Don’t miss ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely’ at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London

Hello everyone, I have some interesting news for you!

The European Premiere of the off-Broadway musical hit ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely‘ comes to Tristan Bates Theatre  this spring! Katie Kerr (‘Little Shop of Horrors‘, Menier Chocolate Factory; ‘Fat Pig‘, Comedy Theatre; ‘Sweeney Todd‘, English National Opera) and David Bardsley (‘Titanic‘, Charing Cross Theatre; ‘Guys and Dolls‘, National Theatre; ‘The Fix‘, Donmar Warehouse) lead this award-winning musical, featuring unforgettable renditions of the era’s popular favourites.

It’s 1968. America’s Swingin’ Sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, are performing live on national television! The only catch? They haven’t spoken to each other in five years. Through a non-stop parade of song hits from the 50s and 60s – highlighted by elaborately staged flashbacks – Pete and Keely relive the roller coaster ride that got them where they are today… divorced! Pete and Keely have some unfinished business and the tension bubbling beneath the show’s glitzy surface threatens to boil over at any moment in a confrontation that will definitely not be ready for prime time.

As the inevitable blow-up gets closer, the songs become increasingly double- edged. History repeats itself, live and in full colour, as Pete and Keely head towards a conclusion that’s at once uproariously funny and surprisingly touching.

WHERE?

Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP

Is located in the Actors Centre. The nearest underground stations are Leicester Square (on the Northern and Piccadilly lines) and Tottenham Court Road (on the Northern and Central lines). The nearest rail station is Charing Cross.

WHEN?

Tuesday 2nd – Saturday 20th May 2017
Tuesday to Saturday, 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm

 

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

Tickets are available priced £20 (£18 concessions)

You can book your tickets at the Tristan Bates Theatre Box Office and http://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk or 020 3841 6611 or boxoffice@tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

Do it now!

 

Also, don’t forget to check the Twitter of this company:

@PetenKeely, @Wallflower_UK, @DameKatieKerr

Interview to Lauren Samuels, currently performing in ‘La Ronde’ at The Bunker

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Lauren Samuels is one of the most recognised actresses in London. She was one of the favourites on BBC’s ‘Over The Rainbow’ with Andrew Lloyd Webber (I’m sure all of you remember how she smashed ‘Popular’ from ‘Wicked’ with Danielle Hope). After her participation on the competition, she has developed a successful career and has achieved many roles in the West End such as ‘Vanities: The Musical’, ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and ‘Grease’.

She is now stepping outside of the realm of musical theatre into a sexuality charged role in ‘La Ronde’ at The Bunker (London’s newest underground theatre). Collaborative Artists’ new bold reimagining of Arthur Schnitzler’s ‘La Ronde embraces life’s game of chance as a roulette decides the cast’s roles every night and throughout the play. With over three thousand different versions of the show, four actors play the cast of ten in a gender-neutral adaption that distils the beating heart of London’s sexuality.

Samuels is pure inspiration and passion. I was very lucky to see her twice performing in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and I was amazed by her voice and hard work. I’d like to share with you my interview to Lauren Samuels, that she accepted to respond for me. We talked about ‘La Ronde’ and musicals, of course:

 

Cesar: How are the performances of ‘La Ronde’ going, so far? How is the audience reacting?

Lauren Samuels: It’s going wonderfully thank you. The audiences have been great and what is fantastic is that many audience members are returning again and again to see the different variations of scenes with different actors.

 

C: There are three thousand versions of the same show, how can you be prepared for that?

LS: Well the main thing is obviously just knowing the script inside out. I can tell you that backstage in the dressing room before every show, we are all sat there going through the script over and over again!

 

C: Every night will be a new experience for the audience and for you. It must be very scary to begin the show without really knowing what’s going to happen. How challenging is that for an actor?

LS: It’s very scary and extremely challenging, yes. The nerves certainly don’t ever stop with this show! In a “normal” show you are able to slowly get more and more comfortable in the role you play, but with this there isn’t ever a moment to relax. Which of course also makes it incredibly exciting!

 

C: The concept of this show is that you can play any role. Why you don’t have your own role and perform it every night?

LS: Because how dull would that be 😉

 

C: The original play, written in 1897, is about how sexuality transgresses boundaries of class. Max Gill’s new version is set in London in 2017. I’m sure that the perception of sex has changed in 120 years, but do you think there are some ideas or prejudices that have been maintained?

LS: I think we’re much more open when talking about sex and our bodies these days, but I think this also means there is now much more anxiety about what is “normal” and “acceptable” sexually. How do my sexual activities define me for example, and indeed, do I want them to? There is much more freedom of choice these days it seems.

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C: You have been performing in many musicals but, this time, in ‘La Ronde’, you don’t need to sing. Do you miss it?

LS: I love singing and will always find much joy from it, but also as an actress I’m always searching for the next challenge, and this was certainly it!

 

C: And speaking of musicals, which show are you willing to perform, which one would be like a dream come true for you?

LS: I recently saw ‘Waitress‘ in New York, if that ever comes to London I would LOVE to play Jenna.

 

C: Last year you performed at the Olivier Awards with Natalie Dew, Sophie-Louise Dann and Natasha Jayetileke. How was the experience?

LS: Oh it was such an amazing experience. ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ had closed the month before so it was lovely to be back with some of the cast and creatives celebrating our musical. I miss the show a lot.

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C: What song from a musical on your playlist do you never skip? Also, which duet is your favourite?

LS: Since seeing my wonderful friend Lucie Jones in ‘Rent’ I’ve found my love again for the soundtrack. It’s so beautiful! I love the whole album. So I’ll also choose ‘Take Me Or Leave Me’ as my current favourite duet 🙂

 

C: Apart from ‘La Ronde’ at The Bunker Theatre, which show do you recommend seeing in London? Is there anyone that you haven’t seen yet but can’t wait for it?

LS: I missed the chance to see ‘Yerma’ with Billie Piper when that was here, so I’m thrilled that it’s returning to London and I cannot wait to see it this time!

 

C: Thank you very much for you time. I wish you all the best in ‘La Ronde’ and in your career. You truly are an inspiration and an example of hard work, passion and talent. I hope to see you soon in a musical in London and I can’t wait to see where your career will take you in the future.

LS: Thanks for having me 🙂

 

I hope you enjoyed the interview as much as me. I would also like to say thank you to Suzie, for all your job and help.

Don’t miss Lauren Samuels and the rest of this extraordinary company performing every night ‘La Ronde‘ at the Bunker Theatre, until the Saturday 11th March 2017. Book your tickets now here: The Bunker

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Cesar

‘La Ronde’ at The Bunker Theatre

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Hello everyone,

I have some exciting news for you! I’d like to share with you a new play that will open in London very soon. Collaborative Artists return for 2017 with a bold reimagining of Arthur Schnitzler’s infamous classic ‘La Ronde’ in a new adaptation by Max Gill.

This play embraces life’s game of chance and the blindness of desire and fortune as fate decides the cast’s roles every night and throughout the play. Four actors play the cast of ten, so no night or scene will be the same. With over three thousand different versions of the show, what will your story be?

As you can see, this is not a musical, so why am I sharing it with you? Guess who’s performing? Lauren Samuels, the West End star famous for performing in musicals such as ‘Vanities: The Musical’, ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and ‘Grease’. She’s amazing and probably one of the most important reasons to don’t miss the show.

She’ll be performing with Alex Vlahos (‘Fortune’s Fool’, ‘Emperor and Galilean’), Leemore Marrett Jr (‘Chariots Of Fire’, ‘Tide’, ‘Macbeth’) and Amanda Wilkin (‘Hamlet’, ‘Arabian Nights’).

Schnitzler’s ‘La Ronde’ was written at a time when sex was regarded as sinful and reprehensible. Director Max Gill re-works this controversial 1897 classic into a gender-neutral adaptation that interrogates modern attitudes to gender, sexuality and social status.

 

WHERE?

The Bunker Theatre, 53A Southwark Street London, SE1 1RU

The nearest tube station is London Bridge (Borough High Street exit). Turn left out of the station and continue up Southwark Street. The closest rail station is London Bridge.

 

WHEN?

Saturday 11th February 2017 – Saturday 11th March 2017

Tuesday – Sunday, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 3 pm

No performance on 14th February!

 

BOOK YOUR TICKETS

Tickets are available priced £19,50

Previews are priced at £12

Ten £10 are available at each performance for under 25s

 

You can book your tickets at the box office of the Bunker Theatre, on their webpage here and 0207 234 0486.

 

Also, don’t forget to check the Twitter of this company:

@BunkerTheatreUK, @collaboartists, @Larondelondon, @laurensamuels88