Round-up of news and treats and other interesting things

Originally developed as live shows in Melbourne and the Edinburgh Festival, multi-award winning and ‘two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee’ comic storyteller Sarah Kendall is set to bring her critically acclaimed trilogy of funny and moving stories to BBC Radio 4 starting on Tuesday 28th February.

Sarah is a storytelling maestro, and in these three half-hour shows – A Day in October, Touchdown and Shaken – she gives a unique snapshot of small-town life in Australia in the late 80s and early 90s. At a time when most people were seeing Australians through the filter of Home and Away and Neighbours, Sarah’s shows present a darker underbelly to the stereotype of the sun-loving, happy-go-lucky Aussie teenager.

Effortlessly combining comedy and tragedy in equal measure, Sarah’s tales of her teenage life blend intricate narratives with a cast of memorable characters, providing belly laughs along with moments of heart wrenching poignancy.


Casting news aplenty from the last week, the highlight of which was Cush Jumbo and Lois Chimimba joining Anne-Marie Duff in Common at the National. Also, Indira Varma and Julian Ovenden join the previously announced Aisling Loftus and Matthew Needham in Martin Crimp’s The Treatment at the Almeida. That cast is completed by Gary Beadle, Ian Gelder, Ben Onwukwe, Ellora Torchia and Hara Yannas.


It’s all about the poster… Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell will star in a production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre this summer. The production will be directed by Benedict Andrews (A Streetcar Named Desire) and produced by the Young Vic. It is the first Young Vic production to debut in the West End following transfers including A View from a Bridge, Golem and The Scottsboro Boys.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will run at the Apollo Theatre from 24 July to 7 October, with previews from 13 July.

After the resounding success of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair (Cadogan Hall November 2016) and the sell out concert of Alan Menken & Lynn Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre, December 2016), with numerous five star reviews for both performances, The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is delighted to announce casting for its first concert of the 2017 season, Jason Robert Brown’s hit Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas which will take to the London Palladium stage on 12th March 2017
Samantha Barks (Betsy) and Arthur Darvill (Jack) will be Maxwell Caulfield (Tommy), Rosemary Ashe (Bea), Nicolas Colicos (Johnny) and Simon Lipkin (Buddy), with supporting roles played by Daniel Amity, Maisey Bawden and Hywel Dowsell. Other roles in the production will be played by members of the LMTO chorus, including: Will Arundell, Lizzie Bea, Austin Garrett, Alice Gruden, Charlotte Kennedy, Richard James King, Emma Kingston, Lauren Lockley, Laura Messin, Oliver Stanley and Samuel Thomas.

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