Romola Garai will star as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough alongside Emma Cunniffe as the eponymous monarch in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Queen Anne. After originally opening at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2015, Queen Anne is at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a thirteen week limited run from 30th June until 30th September, with a press night on 10th July.
Written by Helen Edmundson (The Heresy of Love, RSC) and directed by Natalie Abrahami (Happy Days, Young Vic), this gripping new play explores the life of one of England’s little-known sovereigns and her intimate friendship with her childhood confidante Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough.
1702. William III is on the throne and England is on the verge of war.
Princess Anne is soon to become Queen, and her advisors vie for influence over the future monarch. Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, a close friend with whom Anne has an intensely personal relationship, begins to exert increasing pressure as she pursues her own designs on power.
Contending with deceit and blackmail, Anne must decide where her allegiances lie, and whether to sacrifice her closest relationships for the sake of the country.
Romola Garai will play Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough. Romola is best known for appearing in films such as Amazing Grace, Atonement, Vanity Fair, Inside I’m Dancing, Glorious 39 and Suffragette, and in BBC series such as Emma, The Hour and The Crimson Petal and the White. She has been nominated for a BAFTA and twice for a Golden Globe Award.
TRH Productions, Scott Landis and Tulchin Bartner Productions present the Royal Shakespeare Company Production of
Written by Helen Edmundson
Directed by Natalie Abrahami
Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Box Office: 020 7930 8800
Tickets on general sale from 13 February at www.RSCQueenAnne.com
30 June – 30 September 2017
Press Night: 10 July, 7pm
The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas
At the start of the 60s, The Rat Pack led by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. were the toast of Las Vegas. With the world’s rich and famous jetting in to see them joke around and sing some of the finest songs ever written, the guys also starred together in a series of glamorous Hollywood films, set fashion trends, rubbed shoulders with the US President, politicians and mobsters… and partied hard as the coolest cats on the planet.
The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas recreates that special time.
Prepare to drift back in time to an era of glitzy nights spent on the Vegas strip in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers as the Olivier Award-nominated The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas returns in triumph to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket – home to its first West End run in 2003 – for a strictly limited season from Wednesday 13 December – Saturday 3 February. Press night: Friday 15 December at 7.30pm.
This spectacular production – with a very special Christmas theme until 6th January 2018 – celebrates the incredible singing talent of three world-famous entertainers and performers and some of the finest music and song that has ever been recorded. Frank, Sammy and Dean are once again performing in the world-renowned Copa Room at the famous Sands Hotel, supported by the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band in a critically acclaimed show that clocked up over 1,000 West End performances on its West End premiere.
Frequently imitated but never bettered, The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas features hit after hit, including Pack favourites The Lady is a Tramp, Mr Bojangles, That’s Amore, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, What Kind of Fool Am I?, Volare, My Way, Candyman, Everybody Loves Somebody and many, many more.
From 13 December to 6 January The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas will have a Christmas theme and the show will include the Pack’s unique take on such festive classics as Baby It’s Cold Outside, Merry Little Christmas, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells and Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.
If you wish you’d swung with the hardest partying pack in town, now’s your chance!
Following the West End season, The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas will play: CLICK ON THE LINKS TO BOOK TICKETS
Monday 5 – Saturday 10 February
Glasgow King’s Theatre
Monday 12 – Saturday 17 February
Liverpool Empire Theatre
Monday 19 – Saturday 24 February
Manchester Opera House
Monday 26 February – Saturday 3 March
Monday 5 – Saturday 10 March
Eastbourne Devonshire Park Theatre
Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 March
Sunderland Empire Theatre
Monday 19 – Saturday 24 March
Cardiff New Theatre
Monday 26 – Saturday 31 March
Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
Monday 23 – Saturday 28 April
Blackpool Grand Theatre
Monday 30 April – Saturday 5 May
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
Monday 7 – Saturday 12 May
Darlington Civic Theatre
More dates will be added later
The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas the show
Celebrating more than 15 years of standing ovations, The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas, directed and choreographed by Mitch Sebastian, first played the West End in 2003, and it was nominated for an Oliver Award as Best Entertainment in 2004. It has since toured the world and returned several times for further West End seasons.
Cast to be announced.
Produced by Paul Walden & Derek Nicol for Flying Entertainment & TRH Productions.
LONDON LISTINGS INFORMATION
The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas
Wednesday 13 December – Saturday 3 February
Theatre Royal Haymarket
18 Suffolk Street
London, SW1Y 4HT
Two hours 20 minutes (inc interval)
Venue and Travel Information
Theatre Royal Haymarket
8 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Tube Lines: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Directions from nearest tube: Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Car Park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets, Wheelchair accessible
Theatre Royal Haymarket
1720 – Built by carpenter John Potter, on the site of the King’s Head and a gunsmith shop. 1729 – Hurlothrumbo performed for 30 nights. During the 1730′s Henry Fielding produced several satires attacking both political parties and the Royal Family which so incensed the government of the day that censorship of plays by the Lord Chamberlain was introduced in 1737 – the act was not revoked until September 1968.
1737 – Under George II the Licensing Act became law, British citizens attended the theatre in large numbers to voice their grievance which caused the riot act to be enforced by the British Grenadiers and resulted in the closure of the theatre.
1794 – Twenty people died and many injured when a large crowd pushed to see His Majesty who was attending an evening performance.
1820/21 – The old Playhouse was closed and a new theatre was erected slightly further to the south, gaining a pleasing view from St James Square. It was designed by the Royal Court Architect John Nash during the remodelling of Regents Park and Regent Street.
1853 – John Baldwin Buckstone becomes a star at the Theatre Royal with 200 successful productions. His life was the theatre and he is still allegedly still haunting staff.
1862 – 400 nights of Our American Cousin with Edward Southern as Lord Dundreary, adding the word ‘dreary’ to the dictionary. John Buckstone clears more than 30,000 pounds profit.
1873 – A new concept is brought to the theatre: 2:00pm Matinees are introduced
1879 – Ownership of the theatre was taken over by the Bancrofts. The auditorium was reconstructed which enclosed the stage in the first complete picture frame proscenium. The abolition of the pit with the introduction of stalls seating separated by plain iron arms set a formidable precedent and caused a small riot.
1881 Lily Langtry made her debut at the theatre.
1893 – The premiere of Oscar Wilde’s first comedy A Woman of No Importance, followed by An Ideal Husband.
1904 – The Theatre closed for relaying of the foundations front of curtain, which were designed by Stanley Peach.
1939 – Overseen by Stuart Watson the stalls bar was excavated, but not completed until 1941 due to the war. John Gielgud produces a repertory season starting with The Circle and Love for Love, followed by Hamlet.
1962 – John Gielgud directs the School for Scandal with Ralph Richardson, Margaret Rutherford, Anna and Daniel Massey. as well as The Tulip Tree with Celia Johnson, John Clemente and Lynn Redgrave.
1981 – Impresario Louis I Michaels dies. The Theatre is owned by Louis I Michaels Ltd, headed by President, Enid Chanelle with Chairman, Arnold M Crook.
1994 – 1.3 million pounds are invested in major refurbishment work consuming twelve hundred books (each containing 25 x 80mm square sheets) of twenty-four carat English gold leaf. There is a refurbishment and reinforcement of the stage roof trusses which were installed in 1821. Art restoration to Joseph Harker’s ceiling and meticulous cleaning of two thousand lead crystals in a central chandelier. New carpet, upholstery, hand blocked wallpapers, marble polishing and air conditioning.
Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband as well as A Woman Of No Importance both premiered here. The theatre has a reputation for presenting high quality plays – and the actors and actresses who have appeared over the years reads like a who’s who of British theatre.
When you visit the theatre look out for Buckstone, a friend of Charles Dickens and manager of the Haymarket from 1853-1879, whose ghost is allegedly still seen in the auditorium and dressing rooms, watching over his beloved Haymarket.