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Richmond Theatre 2017 Season Announcement

Laura Whitmore (Not Dead Enough, by Peter James).
Laura Whitmore (Not Dead Enough, by Peter James). Photo by Helen Maybanks

The new season from Richmond Theatre. Highlights include Not Dead Enough starring Laura Whitmore, Shirley Valentine with Jodie Prenger, Gaslight with Kara Tointon and Out Of Order featuring Shaun Williamson.

Not Dead Enough 13 – 18 March 2017 Monday – Saturday evenings 7.30pm, Wednesday, and Saturday matinees 2.30pm

Following the huge sell-out success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, the thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James comes to Richmond Theatre with the world premiere production of Not Dead Enough. On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that’s what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing… Starring award-winning actor Shane Ritchie (Eastenders), Laura Whitmore (Strictly Come Dancing 2016) and Stephen Billington (Hollyoaks and Coronation Street), Not Dead Enough is directed by Olivier Award-winner Ian Talbot and is the third play in Peter James’ box office smash hit and critically acclaimed stage franchise. Peter has been acclaimed as ‘ONE OF THE MOST FIENDISHLY CLEVER CRIME FICTION PLOTTERS’ – Daily Mail and his brilliant novels have sold over 17 million copies worldwide. He is the 2016 recipient of crime writing’s highest honour, the Diamond Dagger.

Selected productions from the season:
Million Dollar Quartet 6 – 11 February
Following its success in the West End, Las Vegas and on Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet is coming to Richmond! This worldwide smash-hit musical is inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four, star musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis, the studios of legendary record producer Sam Phillips (Jason Donovan), for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet, written by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls of Fire, Walk the Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Who Do You Love?, Matchbox, Folsom Prison Blues, Hound Dog and many more.

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures 13 – 15 February
Matthew Bourne returns to his roots in Early Adventures, a programme of hit pieces that launched his career and saw the birth of the style, wit, and sheer entertainment that his company New Adventures brought to Swan Lake, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. With designs by long-time collaborator, Lex Brotherston, Early Adventures forms part of the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations. Programme includes The Infernal Galop – A French dance with English subtitles. Town and Country – Lie back and think of England, Spitfire – An advertisement divertissement, Watch with Mother – Seen but not heard?

The Miser 21 – 25 February
Actor, writer, presenter, comedian and two-time Olivier award-winner Griff Rhys Jones returns to the stage in a hilarious new adaption by Sean Foley and Phil Porter of Moliere’s classic comedy, The Miser. Griff has previously been seen on stage as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver, Toad in the National Theatre’s The Wind in the Willows and in Feydeau’s An Absolute Turkey. Also starring in this production will be BAFTA award-winning comedian and writer Lee Mack, a regular on Have I Got News For You? and writer and star of BBC Sitcom Not Going Out, and Matthew Horne (Gavin and Stacey, The Catherine Tate Show, Bad Education). Fanatical about protecting his wealth, the paranoid Harpagon (Griff Rhys Jones) suspects all of trying to filch his fortune, and will go to any length to protect it. A matchmaker motivated only by money, he sets his sights on wealthy spouses for his children, so his riches are safe from their grubby hands. As true feelings and identities are revealed will Harpagon allow his children to follow their heart, or will his love of gold prove all-consuming? Passion and purse strings go head to head in this rip-roaring comedy, by France’s greatest dramatist. This major revival is directed by Sean Foley (The Painkiller, The Ladykillers, Jeeves and Wooster). Book now to be among the very first to see this major revival before it hits the West End.

La Strada 27 February – 4 March
From the Olivier award-winning Producer of West End hits Top Hat, The Play That Goes Wrong and Hetty Feather. A young woman and a strong man drive through the Italian countryside performing a double-act for their keep. When the mismatched pair come across a travelling circus whose principal attraction is a daredevil tight-rope walker, the young woman finds herself caught between the two men. Frederico Fellini’s Oscar-winning La Strada is one of the all-time masterpieces of world cinema.

This musical adaptation is directed by Olivier Award nominee, Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, National Theatre’s Peter Pan, West End’s Hetty Feather) and boasts a beautiful new score by Benji Bower with songs performed by an international cast of actor-musicians. Moving between the dazzling lights of the circus and the bare landscapes of rural Italy, this production of La Strada promises to be a theatrical feast for all the senses. Prior to a London Season.

Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham
Gaslight: Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham (c) Shaun Webb

Gaslight 6 – 11 March
One of the greatest thrillers of all-time hits the UK stage starring the highly acclaimed stage and television actress Kara Tointon. While Jack Manningham (Rupert Young) is on the town each evening, his wife Bella (Kara Tointon) is home alone. She can’t explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of the living room gaslight – is she losing her mind? Does the terror exist in her imagination or are dark secrets living in her home? The surprise arrival of a retired detective (Keith Allen) leads to a shocking discovery that will shake her respectable Victorian marriage to its core. In the tradition of heavyweight thrillers from Hitchcock, Christie and Priestley, Gaslight is a genre-defining, sensationally
suspenseful, all-round elegant masterpiece. This new production of Gaslight is the definitive seat-gripping drama not to be missed. A tense and hugely satisfying evening of great British theatre.

Shirley Valentine 20 – 25 March
Shirley is a Liverpool housewife. Her kids have left home and she makes chips and egg for her husband while talking to the wall. Where has her life disappeared to? Out of the blue, her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for two weeks and she secretly packs her bags. She heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself very differently. Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy premiered in 1986 and took the world by storm. It was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film. Now, on its 30th anniversary, Jodie Prenger stars in the first major revival of this national treasure.

The Crucible 11 – 15 April
An allegory of the chilling McCarthyism of American politics in the 1950’s, The Crucible also serves as a warning to future generations. Enter the world of sensationalism, hysteria and the power of celebrity that was the Salem Witch Trials and ask yourself how innocent we can really be as we stand by and watch a witch-hunt unfold. This bold new production of The Crucible starring Charlie Condou (Coronation Street), as the witch-hunter Reverend Hale, and Victoria Yeates (Call the Midwife), as the falsely accused Elizabeth Proctor. This production is directed by Douglas Rintoul, Artistic Director of the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, and brings together music and movement through a strong and ever-present cast. This atmospheric staging of a theatre classic is a chilling reminder of the frailty of reason in the face of hysteria.

Abigail’s Party 24 – 29 April
It’s forty years since the appalling Beverly first put Donna Summer on the turntable, stacked a plate with little cheesey-pineapple ones, plied her guests with alcohol, cigarettes and Demis Roussos and slow-danced her way across the shag-pile into theatrical history. The drinks party from hell begins when Beverly and estate agent husband Laurence invite round new neighbours, Tony and Ange, along with nervous divorcee Sue, jittery about the bash her teenage daughter, Abigail, is throwing up the road. As that party reportedly gets out of hand, this one too descends into chaos, and comedy, drama and tragedy combine into an iconic piece of theatre. Hilarious and horribly compelling, Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party is an undisputed classic. Amanda Abbington is best-known for playing Mary Morstan in Sherlock, Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge and DS Jo Moffat in Cuffs.

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