Category: Musical Theatre

Following its hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic…

Following its hugely successful premiere at Bristol Old Vic where it received nightly standing ovations, the critically acclaimed The Grinning Man transfers to the West End for a limited season only.

From Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse) and Kneehigh writer Carl Grose, The Grinning Man is a magical reimagining of the classic novel by Victor Hugo (Les Misérables).

A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Paraded as a freak, then celebrated as a star, only the love of a sightless girl can reveal his terrible secret.

Featuring “an outstanding score” (Sunday Times) by Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler, and set in a fantastical world brought to life with the visually stunning puppetry of Gyre & Gimble, the original War Horse puppeteers, and designer Jon Bausor (Bat Out of Hell).

The Grinning Man invites you to be seduced by the darkness from 6 December.  

Tickets available here:  https://thegrinningmanmusical.com/ 

Meet the Romantics Anonymous Assistant Director, Laura KeefeI’m…

Meet the Romantics Anonymous Assistant Director, Laura Keefe

I’m Laura – I am the Assistant Director on Romantics Anonymous which is currently playing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. I thought I’d tell you a little bit about what I do!

My job is to assist Director Emma Rice and look after the show when it’s up and running. Within the company we have two actors who will understudy all the parts and cover if anyone goes off sick. Part of my role is rehearsing the understudies and making sure they are ready should they need to go on. Once we’re open, I watch the show on a regular basis and give notes to the actors.

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As well as this, one of my main responsibilities on the show has been updating the script as we go along and keeping all creatives up-to-date with any changes made. 

The Globe put a fancy writing program on my laptop so I would be able to edit the script as we went along. It is crucial that everyone in the room is working with the same page numbers so that everyone is quite literally ‘on the same page’. 

This is also vital for the Deputy Stage Manager (DSM) who is in charge of ‘the book’. The book is a marked up script of the show with all sound and lighting cues on it, and details all the actors’ moves on stage including entrances and exits.

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When working on a new musical, A LOT of script changes happen. This is partly due to the number of writers and collaborators on the show. 

This piece is adapted from an original screenplay by Jean-Pierre Améris and Philippe Blasband by Emma Rice with lyrics by Chris Dimond. 

Throw into the mix a bunch of amazing actors with plenty of insight and interesting ideas, and that’s a lot of room to change!

If you want to come and see our show, you have until 6 January to catch it.

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Photography: Steve Tanner

Romantics Anonymous: In PhotosRomantics Anonymous is now playing…

Romantics Anonymous: In Photos

Romantics Anonymous is now playing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse until 6 January 2018.

Adapted by Emma Rice from the French-Belgian film Les Émotifs Anonymes, with lyrics and music by Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman, this new musical promises to be a treat for all the senses.

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(Photography by Steve Tanner)

Romantics Anonymous in RehearsalThis Friday sees the opening of…


The Romantics Anonymous company in rehearsal. Photo by Steve Tanner.


Marc Antolin (Ludo), Lauren Samuels (Ensemble), and Joe Evans (Ensemble). Photo by Steve Tanner.


Marc Antolin (Ludo). Photo by Steve Tanner.


Joanna Riding (Mother/Magda). Photo by Steve Tanner.


Marc Antolin (Ludo), Gareth Snook (Mercier), and Joe Evans (Ensemble). Photo by Steve Tanner.


Carly Bawden (Angelique). Photo by Steve Tanner.


Nigel Lilley (Music Supervisor), Jim Henson (MD) and Joanna Riding (Mother/Magda). Photo by Steve Tanner.


Marc Antolin (Ludo), Carly Bawden (Angelique) and Gareth Snook (Mercier). Photo by Steve Tanner.


Marc Antolin (Ludo), Joe Evans (Ensemble), Dominic Marsh (Jean-Rene) and Carly Bawden (Angelique). Photo by Steve Tanner.


Carly Bawden (Angelique), Dominic Marsh (Jean-Rene), Gareth Snook (Mercier), Natasha Jayetileke (Suzanne/Mimi), and Joe Evans (Ensemble) . Photo by Steve Tanner.

Romantics Anonymous in Rehearsal

This Friday sees the opening of our new musical in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Romantics Anonymous!

Here’s a sneak peek of the cast in rehearsals – you can find more photos over on Facebook.

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Photography by Steve Tanner