June to August 2011 | 15 Premieres 1 Rediscovery
The long overdue London premiere of the Broadway musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, directed by acclaimed West End and RSC director Ian Judge, with designs by three times Olivier Award winner Tim goodchild.
With a score packed with standards including A Wonderful Day Like Today, The Joker, Who Can I Turn To? ( a hit for Tony Bennett), The Beautiful Land and Feeling Good (a hit for Michael Bublé), The Roar of The Greasepaint, The Smell of The Crowd presents the follies of the irrepressible Cocky and the imperious Sir as they play the comical Game of Life in this timely allegorical satire on the British class system. As they play, demonstrating how the working class can't get ahead because of the rules set and constantly changed by the ruling classes, they encounter a dizzying array of bizarre and colourful characters who lead them to an unexpected conclusion...
Originally seen for a 1964 pre-London British tour starring Norman Wisdom, The Roar of The Greasepaint was championed by Broadway impresario David Merrick who presented it on Broadway in 1965 starring Anthony Newley and Cyril Ritchard. This production marks the show's long-overdue London professional premiere.
Designer Tim Goodchild, three times Olivier Award-winner, has designed for stage, television and film. He has designed over seventy one productions for West End theatre, twenty of which are musicals. He has also designed many productions for the New Shakespeare Company. In 1988, he designed the first Anglo-Soviet production of Swan Lake for the Moscow Classical Ballet, which made theatre history and was seen worldwide. He also designed the ballet A Simple Man for BBC2, which was the winner of the 1987 BAFTA Award. Tim also designed Bert Bacharach’s The Look of Love for BBC2, directed by Gillian Lynne, and Don Quixote for the Northern Ballet Theatre. West End theatre includes Henry IV starring Richard Harris (Wyndham's Theatre), Bus Stop starring Jerry Hall (Lyric Theatre), Chapter Two starring Tom Conti and Sharon Gless (Gielgud Theatre), Someone Like You, Brief Lives, Killing Jessica, Richard II starring Ian McKellen Hadrian VII and Our Song starring Peter O'Toole. For Cameron Mackintosh, revivals of Oklahoma! (also in Australia), My Fair Lady, The Card, Little Shop of Horrors, Blondel, Café Puccini and Five Guys Named Moe (also on Broadway and Australia). Other musicals include Wonderful Town, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Hello Dolly!, The Two Ronnies, Hans Andersen, Gone With the Wind, Phil the Fluter, Salad Days, Thomas and the King, Sing a Rude Song starring Barbara Windsor, Colette and Cowardy Custard with Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine. Designs for Chichester Festival Theatre include Robert and Elizabeth, R Loves J, The School for Scandal, Love for Love and Blithe Spirit. For the Royal Shakespeare Company, his designs include The Taming of the Shrew, The Relapse, Xenobia, Three Hours After Marriage and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Operas include work for The Los Angeles Opera, Houston Opera Pacific, Lyric Opera Chicago, Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, English National Opera, London Coliseum, Theatre du Chatelet and New York City Opera. More recently projects include La Bohème (Marinsky Theatre, St Petersburg) for the Kirov Opera, Falstaff (Châtelet Theatre, Paris), The Tales of Hoffman (Sydney Opera House), Boy George's musical Taboo (London and Broadway), Five Guys Named Moe (UK Tour), the opera Salome (New York City Opera) and Catherine Johnson’s play Suspension (Bristol Old Vic). In 2001, he designed the costumes for We Will Rock You, which celebrates its tenth anniversary later this year. In October, he returns to Los Angeles Opera for a production of Romeo and Juliet.
Lighting Designer Mark Doubleday trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art where he won the Richard Pilbrow Prize. Mark worked for a year and a half with London Contemporary Dance Theatre before getting his first position as Lighting Designer at the Redgrave Theatre where he lit over fifty productions. Opera includes Tannhäuser, Teatro Real, Madrid, Kaspar Hauser, Le Nozze di Figaro, (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and New Athenaeum Theatre Glasgow), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Finta Giardiniera (Royal College of Music and Britten Theatre), The Cumnor Affair, Tête à Tête, Flight, La Rondine (British Youth Opera), The Cunning Little Vixen, (Royal College of Music), The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Mikado, Carl Rosa and Raymond Gubbay (Gielgud Theatre), Blind Date (a new opera for Tête à Tête), Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots (Wilton's Music Hall), Hansel and Gretel (Opera North (education)), Tannhäuser (Los Angeles Opera), Lysistrata (New York City Opera), Odysseus Unwound, Tête à Tête, La Vie Parisienne (D'Oyly Carte) Eugene Onegen, (Music Theatre London), Die Fledermaus, Orlando Finto Pazzo, Shorts, Six-Pack, Family Matters, (Tête à Tête), Falstaff (Royal Academy of Music), Le Nozze di Figaro, Opera Zuid (Netherlands), Hansel and Gretel (Scottish Opera on tour), Manon, Die Fledermaus (English Touring Opera), Ariadne auf Naxos, Albert Herring (Aldeburgh Festival), Le Torreador, Messalina, Amadigi, Jonathan Dove's Le Porte di Bagdad, The Lady and the Sweep (Batignano, Italy), La Fanciulla del West, Norma (Opera Holland Park), The Rape of Lucretia, Cosi fan Tutte (Royal College of Music), Nitro (Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House Covent Garden), Lysistrata (Houston Grand Opera), The Knot Garden (Istituto di Musica di Montepulciano). London Theatre includes Salad Days (Riverside Studios), Kurt and Sid (Trafalgar Studios), Family Man (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Fast Labour (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Hampstead Theatre), Elling (Trafalgar Studios), The Birds, The Colonel Bird (Gate Theatre), Retreat, Each Day Dies with Sleep, House Among The Stars, Lips Together Teeth Apart (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), The Danny Crowe Show (Bush Theatre), On The Piste, The Garrick, It Runs in the Family (Playhouse Theatre), Kit and the Widow (Vaudeville Theatre and Ambassadors Theatre), Gogmagoggs (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Shadow of a Gunman (Tricycle Theatre), Easter (Riverside Studios (Oxford Stage Company)), Out of Our Heads (ATC). Regional Theatre includes The Daughter-in-Law (New Vic Theatre), Behzti (Birmingham Rep), Tall Phoenix (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Broken Glass, How The Other Half Loves, The Deep Blue Sea, Get Ken Barlow (Palace Theatre, Watford), A Chorus of Disapproval, The Beggars Opera, Henry IV parts 1 and 2 (Bristol Old Vic), Privates on Parade (New Vic Theatre), Present Laughter, A Streetcar Named Desire, Misery (Mercury Theatre, Colchester) and Forty Years On (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Mark has also lit plays in many other regional theatres including: Derby Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, York Theatre Royal, Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Greenwich Theatre, Churchill Theatre Bromley, Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Everyman and Playhouse Theatres Liverpool, Nuffield Southampton, Northcott Exeter, Salisbury Playhouse. His future plans include Albert Herring (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama), Little Platoons and The Knowledge (Bush Theatre) and Circus Tricks (a new opera for Tête à Tête).
Ross Leadbeater is a Musical Director, pianist, singer, arranger and vocal coach from South Wales. He trained at Trinity College of Music, specializing in piano, voice and conducting and studied English at the University of Warwick. Recent Musical Direction includes A Feast of Snacks (Kings Head Theatre), Fred and Gladys (Landor Theatre), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Borough), Maya (Barons Court Theatre), Peak 10 (Greenwich Theatre) and as Assistant Musical Director on HMS Pinafore (Battersea Barge and Kings Head Theatre). Ross also works as a Vocal Animateur for Welsh National Opera MAX Department and was Assistant Director to John E. McGrath for the inaugural production of National Theatre Wales. As a performer, Ross created the role of Richard Lewis in the world premiere production of My Land's Shore, directed by Craig Revel Horwood and is a member of the Classical BRIT award-winning choir Only Men Aloud. He has sung with the choir at a host of events including the Royal Variety Show, Children in Need, Proms in the Park and two critically acclaimed sell-out UK Tours.
At the Finborough Theatre, Tim Jackson was Musical Director of The Boatswain's Mate (2007) and Assistant MD of Ordinary Days (2008) which recently transferred to Trafalgar Studios.Trained at Mountview Academy in Musical Theatre, and before that read Music and was a choral scholar at New College, Oxford, with whom he toured internationally and recorded regularly. Choreography includes The Kissing Dance (Jermyn Street Theatre), Pages: Promised Land (Union Theatre), Blood Wedding (Southwark Playhouse), Origin of The Species (Arcola Theatre),The Marriage of Figaro (Wilton's Music Hall and French Tour), La Bohème (Jerusalem, Ramallah and Nablus), Saturday Night (Arts Theatre, Jermyn Street Theatre and Theatre Royal, Windsor), Into The Woods and The Threepenny Opera (both Oxford Playhouse) and Austentatious (Landor Theatre). Acting includes Sunset Boulevard (Comedy Theatre), Crazy For You (London Palladium), Holoray Holiday (Arcola Theatre) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Thelma Holt Japan Tour). He is currently playing Andy in Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre, West End. Opera performances include The Birds, Theodora, Tosca and Venus and Adonis. Tim also works as an Musical Director, Arranger and Composer including Once On This Island (Move It - Perform 2011), A Slice of Saturday Night (Upstairs at The Gatehouse), Dreamboats and Petticoats (National Tour), The Merchant of Venice (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), The Lord Mayor's Show 2009 (St Paul's Cathedral), Kean (Apollo Theatre, directed by Adrian Noble) and workshops of of His Grace's Betting Shop (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Two Dreams (directed by Phyllida Lloyd).
Matthew Ashforde's theatre includes The Good Woman of Setzuan (National Theatre and National Tour) Oliver! (London Palladium) and Isfahan Calling (Old Red Lion). Television includes Doctors, Is It Legal?, Casualty, The Bill, Never Better, EastEnders, Jekyll, Now The Weather, Green Wing, London's Burning, Grass, The Robinsons, My Family and Man of Letters. Film includes Chatroom, Lady Godiva and Eight Miles High.
Oliver Beamish's theatre includes Kean (Apollo Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry IV Part I and Camelot (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park), Buddy (Strand Theatre), Jolson (Victoria Palace Theatre and Toronto), Ghetto and Fuente Ovejuna (National Theatre), Blood Brothers (Lyric Theatre), Hay Fever, The Mummy's Tomb, Dick Barton - Special Agent, and Twelfth Night (Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch), Shadowlands and Two Cities (Salisbury Playhouse), The Hypochondriac (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Blues In The Night (Oldham Coliseum), From A Jack To A King (Harrogate Theatre), Saint Joan (Birmingham Rep), Julius Caesar, The Threepenny Opera, All My Sons, Moll Flanders ,The Secret Rapture (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme), Candide (Everyman Theatre, Liverpool), Blue Murder (Library Theatre, Manchester), Carousel and Twelfth Night (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Macbeth and Music To Murder By (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton), Henry IV Part I and Twelfth Night (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Animal Farm (Dukes Theatre, Lancaster), Sweeney Todd, Round The Horne.....Revisited, Victoria Wood's Talent, The Night They Raided Minsky's, 'Allo 'Allo, Dreamboats and Petticoats (National Tours). Television includes Brookside, Poirot, Emmerdale, Stay Lucky ,The Darling Buds of May and Richard Willmore in Coronation Street.
Terry Doe – At the Finborough Theatre, Terry appeared in Me and Juliet (Finborough Theatre). Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre includes Racing Demon (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield) and Defining Code Red (Magnetic Theatricals, Miami). Short Film includes London Stories (Westminster Council) and Dusters (Bank Lane Films). Workshop/Readings include A Map of the World, The Power of Yes, The Absence of War (Sheffield Theatres), The Ancient Mariner (Wilton's Music Hall), Antigone in Somalia (Northern Stage). Theatre whilst training includes Summerfolk, A Midsummer Night's Dream, When Five Years Pass, Women of Troy, Agamemnon, The Way of the World, The Free State, King Lear, Three Sisters.
Jennifer Done trained at Arts Educational Schools, London. Theatre includes Fly with the Stars (London Palladium), The Boy Friend (Her Majesty's Theatre), The Scandalous Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Union Theatre), Peter Pan (Grand Theatre, Blackpool), Cinderella (Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall), Twang! and Have a Nice Life (Edinburgh Festival).
Louisa Maxwell trained at Guildford School of Acting. Theatre includes Spirit Of Fire (Royal Albert Hall), She Stoops To Conquer (Hampton Court Palace), Saturday Night (Bellairs Playhouse), The Pirates of Penzance (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford), The Rat Pack – Live in Las Vegas (European and National Tour), Harriet (Workshop), Cinderella The Musical (The Old Vic), From The Heart – The Life and Lyrics of Larry Hart (New End Theatre), Shout – The Sixties Musical and Jolson (National |Tours).
Beth Morrissey trained at The London School of Musical Theatre. Theatre includes Jason And The Argonauts (Delfont Rooms), Back To Reality (Drill Hall), The Distance We Have Come - The Music Of Scott Alan (New Players Theatre), Step Into Christmas (Jermyn St Theatre), Big Top (Bridewell Theatre), Whistle Down The Wind - UK Tour, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - UK Tour (Plymouth Theatre Royal). Beth is also a successful singer/songwriter and performs regularly in various live music venues in and around London.
Tahir Ozkan makes his professional stage debut in The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd. He is a bodybuilder and personal trainer and competes in bodybuilding competitions yearly. He has ambitions to become a professional bodybuilder, open his own gym and also his own health company.
Elizabeth Rowden trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre includes Me and My Girl (London Palladium), 24 Hour Plays: New Voices (The Old Vic), Alice in Wonderland (New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth), Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III (National Tour for The Young Shakespeare Company), Sleeping Beauty (Coram's Fields), As You Like It (Open Air, Bloomsbury), The Suitcase Kid (National Tour for Watershed), Hamlet (White Bear Theatre), Mother Goose (The Theatre at Chipping Norton), Me and My Girl (Northcott Theatre, Exeter) and Spring Awakening (Phoenix Theatre, Exeter).
Tanya Shields trained at the London School of Musical Theatre. Theatre includes Spring Awakening (English Theatre, Frankfurt) and City of Angels (Bridewell Theatre). Workshops include Les Miserables, Merrily We Roll Along, Mr Christmas, Leaves and Much Ado About Nothing.
Charlotte Silver trained at the London School of Musical Theatre. Theatre whilst training includes Merrily We Roll Along, A Midsummer Night's Dream, City of Angels, Mr Christmas. This is Charlotte's professional debut. Television includes Shameless.
Lucy Watts trained at the London School of Musical Theatre. Theatre includes The Wild Party (Bridewell Theatre). Workshops include Les Miserables, Merrily We Roll Along, Mr Christmas and Jason and the Argonauts. This is Lucy's professional debut.
Hannah Wilding trained at the Royal Academy of Music. Theatre includes The Sound of Music (London Palladium), The Last Five Years (Apollo Theatre), Aladdin (Nottingham Playhouse) and Cinderella (Greenwich Theatre).
"If you want an evening which constantly sends tingles down the spine and makes you grip your seat, hurry along to Ian Judge’s virile production." The Daily Telegraph on Attila
"Ian Judge’s new production of The Flying Dutchman for the Royal Opera is a brilliant display of stagecraft...a series of breathtaking dramatic coups." The Observer on The Flying Dutchman
"ENO’s Mefistofele is the most astonishing night in London!" Time Out on Mefistofele
"This is the best production of Tosca since the Zeffirelli production was new at Covent Garden over a quarter of a century ago." The Times on Tosca
"A new production by Ian Judge which is at once as brilliant, tragic and funny as Massenet could have ever imagined it to be." Evening Standard on Don Quichotte
"Theatrically this ranks among the most striking shows in London, colourful, fast-moving, fizzing with invention, beautifully lit and with a vivid use of the chorus." Evening Standard
"Ian Judge’s exquisitely judged Twelfth Night ...marvellous and memorable." The Daily Mail on Twelfth Night
"This is as sure-fire, gilt-edged a hit as anything seen this year." Evening Standard on The Wizard of Oz
"Ian Judge’s production strikes me as infinitely superior to Harold Prince’s 1975 version at the Adelphi. The show emerges as an exhilarating testament to the power of sheer craftsmanship in the musical theatre." The Guardian on A Little Night Music
"Ian Judge’s great success. A superb evening." Financial Times on A Little Night Music
"A great and inspiring evening." The Times on Show Boat
"Ian Judge’s superlative production makes this Show Boat a show-piece." The Independent on Show Boat
"Best of all is the sheer wit and exuberance of Ian Judge's fresh-as-paint production, brilliantly designed by Tim Goodchild." The Daily Telegraph on The Mikado
"Ian Judge’s production has a freshness and gaiety that puts many West End musicals to shame. It sends you away a much happier being." The Guardian on The Mikado
Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday matinees 3.00pm.
Saturday matinees 3.00pm (from 18 June 2011).
Performance Length: Approximately 2 hours with one interval.
Tickets £18, £15 concessions
£5 tickets for Under 30’s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.
£10 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 11 June 2011 when booked online only.
Tickets £20, £17 concessions
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