The King’s Speech in 2015 tour

The King’s Speech, the original play that inspired the Oscar-winning film, is set to tour the UK next year, with a cast led by Jason Donovan.

Starting on 5th February 2015 at the Chichester Festival Theatre, the play tells the iconic story of King George VI’s relationship with his Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue, to be played by Donovan.

The play will be co-produced by Chichester Festival Theatre with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and directed by The Rep’s Artistic Director, Roxana Silbert.

 

The King’s Speech – 2015 Tour Dates

 Thursday 5th to Saturday 14th February

CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE

On sale from 29 September

Box Office: 01243 781321 / cft.org.uk

 

Wednesday 25th February to Saturday 7th March

BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE

Box Office: 0121 236 4455

 

Monday 9th to Saturday 14th March

CAMBRIDGE ARTS THEATRE

Box Office: 01223 503333

 

Monday 16th to Saturday 21st March

GLASGOW THEATRE ROYAL

Box Office: 0844 871 7627

 

Monday 30th March to Saturday 4th April

MANCHESTER OPERA HOUSE

Box Office: 0844 871 3018

 

Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th April

NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING

Box Office: 0844 871 7645

 

Monday 13th to Saturday 18th April

LYCEUM THEATRE, SHEFFIELD

Box Office: 0114 249 6000

 

Monday 20th to Saturday 25th April

GRAND OPERA HOUSE, BELFAST

Box Office: 028 9024 1919

 

Monday 27th April to Saturday 2nd May

MALVERN THEATRE

Box Office: 01684 892 277

 

Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th May

MILTON KEYNES THEATRE

Box Office: 0844 871 7652

 

Monday 11th to Saturday 16th May

OXFORD PLAYHOUSE

Box Office: 01865 305 305

 

Monday 18th to Saturday 25 th May

KINGS THEATRE, EDINBURGH

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

 

Tuesday 28th May to Saturday 1st June

LEEDS GRAND THEATRE

Box Office: 0844 848 270

 

Mon 3rd June to Saturday 8th June

HALL FOR CORNWALL, TRURO

Box Office: 01872 262466

 

Rock of ages to begin nationwide tour

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages The Musical embarks on a UK tour this summer.

Following a three-year run in London’s West End, audiences around the country will get the chance to watch Rock of Ages The Musical as it embarks on a UK tour, beginning on 5th May at The Palace Theatre, Manchester.

The rock mix-tape musical, set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip, tells the story of a small town girl who meets a big city rocker. Celebrating the classic rock culture of the 80s, the couple fall in love to the greatest songs of the decade.

Ben Richards, best known for playing Bruno Milligan in ITV series Footballers Wives, is set to take on the role of rock god Stacee Jaxx. The actor’s West End credits include Guys and Dolls, Saturday Night Fever and The Full Monty, and he also appeared as a regular judge on the BBC’s amateur dance competition, Strictly Dance Fever.

Alongside Richards, Noel Sullivan will play aspiring rocker Drew Boley.Well-known as a member of pop group Hear’Say, Sullivan is currently playing Tick in the UK and Ireland tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and has previously starred as Danny Zuko in Grease and Galileo in We Will Rock You, both in the West End.

The musical’s mix of memorable 80s tunes include We Built This City, The Final Countdown, I Wanna Know What Love Is, Here I Go Again and Don’t Stop Believin’.

Following the musical’s onstage success around the globe, a movie version was released in 2012, starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Rock of Ages begins on 5th May at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, continues to venues around the UK, and finishes on 22nd November at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London. Group rates apply per venue. For further information, visit www.rockofagestour.com.

Gemma Arterton parks up in west end

Made In Dagenham

Gemma Arterton is to play Rita O’Grady in the musical adaptation of Made in Dagenham.

Former Bond girl Gemma Arterton is to lead the new stage adaptation of Made in Dagenham, opening at the Adelphi Theatre with previews on 9th October.

Based on the British film of the same name, multi-award winning Rupert Gould will direct the musical, with Arterton taking on the main role of Rita O’Grady alongside Adrian Der Gregorian playing husband Eddie.

Inspired by true events, Made In Dagenham dramatises the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant in Essex, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. The musical follows Rita as it’s announced that the female machinists, working in the factory’s sewing room, will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. Drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her co-workers in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them.

Earlier this year, Gemma Arterton played the title role in the Globe’s Duchesss of Malfi, and her film credits include St Trinian’s, Tamara Drew and Quantum of Solace. Her role in Made in Dagenham will be the actress’ musical theatre debut.

With a book by Richard Bean, writer of the global success One Man, Two Guvnors, the show also features original music by Grammy Award-winning composer, David Arnold and Oliver-Award winning Richard Thomas.

Made in Dagenham runs from 9th October to 28th March 2015 at the Adelphi Theatre. Discounts apply to groups of 10 or more. For further information, telephone 0844 412 4650.