TRH Christmas Newsletter
Monday, December 23rd, 2013
Welcome to the TRH Christmas newsletter, it’s been a busy and exciting year for the theatre. Have a look below for a breakdown of all that’s been happening here at TRH during 2013.
One Man Two Guvnors
One Man Two Guvnors has continued to delight audiences with its laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. This year has seen a couple of cast changes with Rufus Hound playing the role of Francis from February to August and Owain Arthur returning to the role in September following his time on the international tour of the show.
Owain is joined by Angela Griffin as Dolly, Kellie Shirley as Pauline Clench, Peter Caulfield as Alfie, Dominic Thorburn as Alan Dangle, Sam Alexander as Stanley Stubbers, David Benson as Gareth, Ian Burfield as Charlie Clench, Amy Cudden as Rachel Crabbe, Derek Elroy as Lloyd Boateng and Hugh Sachs as Harry Dangle.
October 17th saw One Man Two Guvnors celebrate its 600th performance and it became TRH’s longest running show. We had a special show to celebrate where Gok Wan appeared on stage to assist with the trunk moving scene!
To book tickets to see One Man Two Guvnors see here.
Gibran, The Play
In November TRH welcomed a one night performance of Gibran, The Play.
Produced by AM Productions in conjunction with The British Lebanese Association Gibran, The Play is the first production created on the life and times of Khalil Gibran (1883-1931), author of the The Prophet. This life changing book written in 1923 in New York has sold over 150 million copies, been translated into over 44 languages, and places Gibran as the third best-selling poet of all time.
The performance was well received.
Currently our co-production of Clive Exton’s new comedy Barking in Essex staring Lee Evans, Sheila Hancock and Karl Johnson is playing at the Wyndham’s theatre until the 4th of January 2014.
This September we announced our latest co-production, Fatal Attraction, which will be performed here in March 2014. You can book your tickets here.
The theatre’s successful co-production of The Last Confession starring David Suchet and Brian Bedford will tour Canada, America and Australia in April 2014.
TRH Productions is committed to producing outstanding productions while continuing to identify and work with top new talent throughout the entertainment industry. For information on all shows see here.
We pride ourselves on keeping this beautiful building in top notch condition. This year we have reupholstered the theatre’s seats and have put in new flooring and carpet in the stalls.
We are grateful to the Crown Estate for the installation of an enhanced light structure which will be further developed in the upgrading of the pavement in 2014 as part of the St James’ redevelopment project.
Our Masterclass charity for young people aged 14 – 30 celebrated its 15th anniversary this May. It’s been another full year in which we’ve hosted 35 events, talks, workshops and creative projects, giving 300 practical opportunities to those under 30 and throughout 2013 over 4000 people have attended these events.
There have been 21 talks and workshops this year as part of the Masterclass Sessions. We have been lucky to welcome a fantastic range of Masters who all shared their advice and experience with our members. From Melly Still, Toby Jones, Jeremy Herrin, Stephen Mangan, Lia Williams, Jenny Agutter, Elaine Paige, Adrian Scarborough, Miriam Buether, Abi Morgan, Marianne Jean-Bapsite, Philip D’Orlean, Geoff Colman, Gerry Tebbutt, John Grant, Lenny Henry, Slyvestra Le Touzel, Barrie Rutter, Nickolas Grace and Tracy Ann-Oberman each and every one gave up their time to impart invaluable knowledge to our members. 14 of these sessions were practical workshops allowing 201 of our young members to actively work on our stage with the masters.
International Perspectives – In August we worked in partnership with Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture to welcome Taiwanese master Wu Hsing –kuo who led a talk and practical workshop in his native Manadrin interpreted by Dr Ruru Li from the University of Leeds. Wu covered subjects ranging from traditional Jingju (Beijing Opera) to Shakespeare and Kafka. Due to this collaboration we were able to film the session in full and it is available to watch on the Masterclass website.
Pitch Your Play, a new initiative was launched this year offering an exclusive opportunity to showcase the work of emerging talent in our West End venue whilst inviting a selected industry audience. Writers and Producers aged 17-30 applied. The script had to be a new, unpublished piece of writing. The successful candidates were given access to the Masterclass office and the Theatre Royal Haymarket stage in order to rehearse and stage the reading, culminating in a Friday afternoon showcase performance.
The selected pitches were Hatchling by Poppy Corbett, The Favorite by Cathy Thomas and The Undone Years by Simon Cotton which will be staged on Friday 31st January at 2:30pm. To book your free ticket see here.
Pitch Your Play is generously supported by the Noël Coward Foundation.
More than 1000 young people aged 16-25 from all over the UK attended this year’s TheatreCraft, the free non-performance theatre careers fair, which took place on Friday 22 November 2013 and was opened by acclaimed director Jamie Lloyd at the Royal Opera House.
Masterclass created TheatreCraft in 2003 where it began life at our theatre. Now in its eighth year, TheatreCraft 2013 gave participants access to over 70 workshops delivered by skilled theatre professionals, the opportunity to meet more than 50 exhibitors in the bustling marketplace and the chance to visit the ‘Ask the Experts’ zone which offered one-to-one advice sessions with 33 industry experts. Delegates spent the day exploring topics including producing, stage management, wig-making, lighting, marketing, theatre journalism, sound, directing, costume design, playwriting and designing.
TheatreCraft is organised in partnership with Creative and Cultural Skills, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the Royal Opera House and Society of London Theatre.
2013 saw two Academy opportunities with 25 young people aged 14 – 18 taking part.
The first, in August, was a 2 week intensive theatre workshop for 16-18 year olds led by a professional theatre director and Haymarket Producer. The workshops offered those taking part the opportunity to immerse themselves in the professional world of theatre whilst gaining fundamental life skills and self-confidence. The workshops culminated in an afternoon showcase for an invited audience.
The second Academy event took place during the October half term, where we ran an intensive four day theatre workshop for 16-18 year on ‘Sharing Stories’ which was inspired by our theatre recovery project The Two Worlds of Charlie F.
As part of Masterclass’ community work The Play Project was created – an initiative in which we ran a series of theatre based workshops for young people who are suffering from severe health and life threatening issues at Great Ormond Street Hospital School and Richard House Hospice. The workshops focused on the creative process of putting on a play and explored areas of acting, singing, dancing and design; creating an atmosphere that was fun and imaginative and gave those involved something positive and uplifting to focus on. Over 60 young people and their families have so far taken part in the The Play Project. The Play Project was set up though the generous support of Outset Family with additional support received from the Reuben Foundation.
The Apprentice Scheme
2013 saw the Masterclass Apprentice Scheme collaborate with leading theatre organisations ATG, Jamie Lloyd Productions, Headlong, Almeida Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre to give our members the chance to work on a West End show.
Masterclass facilitated three new Apprentice Scheme placements with three of the industry’s leading UK theatre companies. Chloe Wicks was placed as Apprentice Director on If Only at Chichester Festival Theatre, Katie Bellman was placed as Design Apprentice on The Pride at Trafalgar Studios and Eleanor Butcher was the Stage Management Apprentice on Chimerica a co-production with Headlong at the Almeida theatre.
The successful candidates each undertook a 6 week apprenticeship on the respective shows, which culminated in a Friday afternoon showcase performance at the Haymarket on Friday 1st November 2013.
The Apprentice Scheme is a unique, paid learning initiative, designed to support emerging theatre makers and those interested in furthering their career in the non-performance side of the industry, generously supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation.
Looking forward to a New Year! We want to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2014.