What’s Up Wilma? Elf, Annie and more West End news

Hello dears!

What a week it’s been in the world of theatre!

Wilma Awards 2015

Details announced for the 2015 Wilma Awards in association with The Hippodrome Casino
After the hugely successful launch of the Wilma Awards in 2014, I am delighted to announce that the awards will take place again this year on Friday 30 October 2015 at The Hippodrome Casino. Even special categories have been selected and the public will be able to vote for the winners online in September this year. Click here for more.

In other theatre news….

Elf the Musical

Photo: Matt Crockett

Elf the Musical announce Gala Night in Aid of Alzheimer’s Society
The producers of ELF the musical, will be donating all ticket sales at the Gala Opening Night at the Dominion Theatre on Thursday 5 November to Alzheimer’s Society. The London premiere of ELF will star Ben Forster, Kimberley Walsh, Joe McGann and Jessica Martin, and will play a strictly limited 10-week season at the Dominion Theatre from 24 October 2015 to 2 January 2016. Click here for more.

Jersey Boys

New cast announced for Jersey Boys UK & Ireland Tour
From Tuesday 18 August 2015, Matt Corner will play the role of Frankie Valli in the ongoing UK and Ireland tour of Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys. Matt previously played the role at certain performances. Sam Ferriday as Bob Gaudio, Lewis Griffiths as Nick Massi and Stephen Webb as Tommy DeVito will continue in their roles. Michael Pickering will also join the cast to play the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances. Click here for more.

Annie musical

Photo: Hugo Glandinning

Lesley Joseph is to share the role of Miss Hannigan with Craig Revel Horwood in the UK tour of Annie the Musical
Further dates and full casting for the brand new production of the musical Annie starring Craig Revel Horwood and Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan have been announced. Annie will open on Saturday 11 July 2015 at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Click here for more, including full tour dates.

Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest – Vaudeville Theatre
This classic piece of theatre is revived again in the West End – opening last week – this time with the twist of David Suchet playing Lady Bracknell. He makes the role his own, with looks and intonation that bring plenty of laughs from the audience. The infamous “a handbag?” scene he gives a refreshing difference to. He avoids veering off into pantomime dame thankfully. Click here to read my 4* review.

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird – Barbican
To Kill A Mockingbird is based on the 1960 book by Harper Lee. Set in 1930’s rural Alabama, where black people are still slaves and life is quiet and simple in small American towns. Told through the eyes of the children, Scout and Jem spend their days walking the streets and hunting down the mysterious recluse, Boo Radley, who lives in the neighbourhood. Click here to read the 5* review.

Cool Rider

Cool Rider – original cast recording released
Cool Rider (Grease 2) follows on from the original story of Grease, with Sandy’s cousin Michael arriving in town from England for the start of the new school year. He falls for Stephanie, the leader of the Pink Ladies but quickly learns that if he wants to win her affection, he will need to make himself over into the leather-clad motorcycle riding type of man she is attracted to. Will she recognise him as Michael or think he is the man of her dreams? What will happen when the truth is finally revealed? Click here to read my 5* review.

I’ll speak to you all soon. Stay in the shade and use sun cream!

Wilma xx

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