FINAL CASTING ANNOUNCED
FROM PAGE TO STAGE
A SEASON OF NEW MUSICAL THEATRE
FROM MONDAY 10 FEBRUARY TO SUNDAY 9 MARCH 2014
AT THE LANDOR THEATRE
Aria Entertainment is delighted to announce final casting today for the second annual From Page To Stage Festival, a season of new musical theatre at the Landor Theatre fromMonday 10 February to Sunday 9 March 2014. Full casting is now confirmed for the Season’s two Headline Musicals Before the Night is Through and The Mistress Cycle, which will each receive full weeklong productions:
BEFORE THE NIGHT IS THROUGH
TUESDAY 18 TO SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2014
Press Night Wednesday 19 February 2014, 7.30pm
A new British musical with Book and Lyrics by Olivia Thompson and Music by Chris Whitehead
The cast includes Kate Brennan (West Side Story, Southbank Centre), Abigail Jaye (Rocky Horror Show UK Tour, Eva Peron in Evita UK Tour), Richard Colvin (The Hired Man Off Broadway), Amelia Adams-Pearce (Hairspray UK Tour, Spamalot West End), Tom Sankey, Kieran Brown (Wicked, Love Never Dies West End), Ian Mowat (Evita UK Tour),Jenny Gayner (Chicago, Spamalot West End), Louisa Lydell (Love Never Dies, Mamma Mia!West End) and James Robert-Moore (Meet Me in St. Louis Landor Theatre).
Before The Night Is Through is directed by the Landor Theatre’s artistic director Robert McWhir, with musical direction by Christopher Whitehead, choreography by Cressida Carre and design by Magdalena Iwanska.
November 1935. Honey Quenelle, England’s biggest movie star is hosting a lavish party to celebrate her birthday, at her remote home on Lost Crow Island. The champagne is chilling, the glamorous guests are ready for an unforgettable night and reliable butler, Hugo is on hand to make sure the evening goes without a hitch. But when catering fails to arrive, news filters through of an escaped inmate at Beningford asylum, and Gaylord, the gerbil escapes from the soup tureen, events take a nasty turn. Who is about to meet their maker? Who cannot escape from their past? And who will be brave enough to sample Mabel’s devilled prunes before the night is through….
THE MISTRESS CYCLE
TUESDAY 4 TO SUNDAY 9 MARCH 2014
Press Night Wednesday 5 March 2014, 7.30pm
A new American musical with Book and Lyrics by Beth Blatt and Music by Jenny Giering.
The cast includes Caroline Deverill (Sleeping Beauty Park Theatre, Billy Elliot West End),Maria Lawson (Matilda, Avenue Q West End), Kara Lane (Oliver! UK Tour, Lend Me a Tenor West End), Nicola Blackman (Little Shop of Horrors original cast) and Laura Armstrong (A Little Night Music West End).
The Mistress Cycle is directed by Bronagh Lagan with musical direction by Caroline Humphris (Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music, Menier Chocolate Factory, West End and Broadway).
Mistress: a woman who illicitly occupies the place of wife – practically speaking, anyone who comes second. Jezebel, Siren, Vixen, Enchantress, Adulteress.
A musical tale of sacrifice, destruction and renewal, The Mistress Cycle is the story of Tess, a struggling 30-something photographer living in Manhattan, who is made an offer by a wealthy, older man to “keep her” as his mistress. As she wrestles with his proposition, Mistresses from different eras and cultures come to tell their stories and share their points-of-view: Ching, a 14-year-old concubine from 12th century China; Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henri II in France in the 1500’s; Lulu White, a bordello Madame in turn-of-the-last-century New Orleans; and Anais Nin, the famous diarist and infamous sexual adventuress. By the end of the show, Tess has learned so much about these women, about mistresshood, about herself – and has made her decision.
From Page To Stage is a season of new musical theatre dedicated to the showcasing of work in development to an audience, to garner feedback and create new opportunities for the artistes involved. The 2014 season was selected from an open application process which saw 120 musicals submitted, and presents a mixed programme of work at various stages of development from rehearsed readings to fully staged productions, as well as a selection of platform and scratch events aimed at inspiring discussion about the future of musical theatre on a local, national and international level. Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, From Page To Stage has also been awarded an Arts Council grant to support the 2014 programme of work.
The full season of work is on sale now with tickets to the two headline musicals at £15 and tickets to all other events in the season at £10.
MONDAY 10 FEBRUARY TO SUNDAY 9 MARCH 2014
THE LANDOR THEATRE
Tickets: £10 -15
ON SALE NOW