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Highlights for New Wimbledon Theatre 2015 Season

Return To The Forbidden PlanetNew Wimbledon Theatre’s listings for 2015 include Stage Entertainments production of Anything Goes, One Man, Two Guvnors (starring Shaun Williamson and Emma Barton), Calamity Jane (starring Jodie Prenger and Tom Lister), Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man and the 25th anniversary production of Return to the Forbidden Planet.

Selected Highlights
2015 at New Wimbledon Theatre

Cinderella
Fri 5 Dec – Sun 11 Jan
The most magical fairytale of them all comes to New Wimbledon Theatre in 2014! With sumptuous sets, gorgeous fairytale costumes riotous panto dames, real Shetland ponies, big song and dance numbers, magic and bags of audience participation. Fun and laughter is guaranteed for the whole family! Starring the iconic Linda Gray from Dallas making her panto debut as the Fairy Godmother, along with the king of one liners Tim Vine, renowned dancer Wayne Sleep with the popular Matthew Kelly and Matthew Rixon as the Ugly Sisters. Completing the line up is Amy Lennox as Cinderella and Liam Doyle as her Prince Charming.

Anything Goes
Thu 29 Jan – Sat 7 Feb, Thu – Sat eves , 7.30pm, Thu & Sat mat, 2.30pm
Cole Porter’s classic, multi-award winning musical-comedy, Anything Goes – a brand new production! Featuring the rich sounds of a live orchestra and a sensational cast of 26 including Hugh Sachs (Benidorm), Jane Wymark (Midsomer Murders) and Olivier Award nominees Debbie Kurup (The Bodyguard, Chicago) and Matt Rawle (Evita, Martin Guerre), Cole Porter’s uplifting masterpiece of music and dance includes the magnificent songs I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, It’s De-Lovely and Anything Goes. Hop aboard for sassy heroines, mischievous mob bosses, comedy capers and tap dancing sailors in this hilarious tale of romance and hi-jinks on the high seas.

The Russian State Ballet presents Swan Lake
Wed 25 Feb, 7.30pm
The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and memorable score. From the amazing splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this powerful tale of tragic romance has it all.

One Man, Two Guvnors
Mon 2 – Sat 7 Mar, Mon – Sat eves, 7.30pm. Thu & Sat mats, 2.30pm
The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, has been seen by over 1 million people worldwide, this internationally acclaimed smash-hit is a brilliant celebration of British comedy – an incomparable, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. Directed by Nick Hytner and written by Richard Bean. Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding. Gavin Spokes takes the central role of loveable chancer, Francis Henshall. Shaun Williamson (best known for playing Barry from Eastenders) will play Charlie Clench and Emma Barton (Honey in Eastenders) will play Dolly.

Calamity Jane
Tue 17 – Sat 21 Mar, Tue – Sat eves, 7.30pm, Wed, Thu & Sat mats, 2.30pm
The Watermill Theatre returns with a new production of the classic musical Calamity Jane. Starring Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, Spamalot and One Man Two Guvnors) and Tom Lister (Emmerdale, Peter Pan) as Wild Bill Hickok together with a cast of multi-talented actor/musicians, this new production gets to the heart and soul of the musical. With an Oscar nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew in from the Windy City and the Award winning song Secret Love, don’t miss this new production which blows into Wimbledon for one week only.

Return to the Forbidden Planet
Mon 23 – Sat 28 Mar, Mon – Sat eves, 7.30pm, Thu & Sat mats, 2.30pm
The adored & critically acclaimed Olivier Award winning rock spectacular is returning on an eagerly anticipated 25th anniversary UK tour. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and packed with rock ‘n’ roll classics such as Heard It Through the Grapevine, Young Girl, Great Balls Of Fire and GLORIA with stunning special effects and a brilliant cast of actor musicians this is THE great night out to remember! Bring everyone, dress up fancy and get ready for BLAST OFF!

The Sound of Music
Mon 30 Mar – Sat 11 Apr, Mon – Sat eves, 7.30pm, Wed & Sat mats, 2.30pm
One of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in a glorious new production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart. Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish new staging of The Sound Of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII. This new production of the classic stage musical coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the film version – the best loved and most successful movie musical in history.

Matthew Bourne’s Car Man
Matthew Bourne’s internationally acclaimed dance thriller was first seen in 2000, winning the Evening Standard Award for ‘Musical Event of the Year’. The Car Man is broadly based on Bizet’s popular opera and has one of the most exhilarating and instantly recognisable scores in New Adventures’ repertory, brilliantly arranged by Terry Davies. Lez Brotherston’s epic design, Chris Davey’s evocative lighting and Matthew Bourne’s vivid storytelling take in a wealth of cinematic references, creating a dangerous and uncompromising vision of small-town America.

My First Ballet – Swan Lake
Fri 15 – Sat 16 May, Fri, 1pm & 4.30pm. Sat, 11am, 2pm, 5pm
English National Ballet and English National Ballet School present My First Ballet: Swan Lake. The perfect introduction to the magic of ballet for children aged 3+. Following the success of My First Cinderella, My First Sleeping Beauty and My First Ballet Coppélia, English National Ballet and English National Ballet School return with the enchanting My First Ballet series with their fourth classical ballet to be recreated especially for children – My First Ballet: Swan Lake.

Spamalot
Mon 8 – Sat 13 Jun, Mon – Sat, 7.30pm. Wed & Sat, 2.30pm
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a kind-of new musical with a book by Eric Idle and an entirely new score for the new production, (well, almost) created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. The latest tour, which is directed by Christopher Luscombe, follows hot on the heels of the can’t-believe-how-successful-it-was-with-the-first-show-selling-out-in-40-seconds Monty Python Reunion at The O2 and Eric Idle’s acclaimed performance of Always Look On The Bright Side of Life at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony – the world sang along, and Spamalot audiences get the opportunity to do so too! During the run, there have been 21 onstage moustache incidents, three suspected cases of swine flu (French pigs!), two outbreaks of nits and 92 pairs of coconuts used.

Judy Garland Story
Tue 16 – Sat 20 June, Tue – Sat, 7.30pm. Thu & Sat, 2.30pm
This mesmerizing show takes a spellbound audience through the life and music of Judy Garland. The highs and the lows, the good times and the bad. We experience Judy’s timeless classic songs performed by award-winning singers and dancers, who recreate film scenes from her golden Technicolor years at MGM. We will then transport you to her legendary concert performances, including New York’s Palace Theatre and The London Palladium, in this colourful and lavish spectacle.

For full listings and bookings visit:
New Wimbledon Theatre
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 7646
New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, SW19 1QG

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