Shakespeare's Rose Theatre Returns to York 2019
Following its highly acclaimed inaugural season in 2018, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will pop up again at the foot of Clifford’s Tower in the historic heart of York from 25 June to 1 September 2019. Four new productions of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays – Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night - will once again transport audiences to the thrilling, intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, with plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling, heart-stopping moments.
Rip It Up West End
The ultimate Strictly boy band of dance bring the 60’s smashing into the 21st century, in an explosion of song and dance!Aston Merrygold (JLS), Jay McGuiness (The Wanted), Harry Judd (McFly) and Olympic champion Louis Smith will star in one of the most energetic shows to ever hit the West End stage after a smash hit UK Tour. At the Garrick Theatre from 7 February.
Becoming: An Evening with Michelle Obama
In a UK-exclusive event, Southbank Centre, in collaboration with Penguin Live, presents Michelle Obama in conversation about her highly anticipated new memoir, Becoming, with acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she recounts her triumphs and her disappointments – both public and private – and in candidly recounting moments from her own extraordinary journey. Becoming: An Evening with Michelle Obama at Southbank Centre 3 December 2018.
Amélie The Musical
Amélie The Musical, an adaptation of the much-loved 2001 award-winning film Amélie, will have its UK stage premiere at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury from 11 April to 18 May, and then embark on an extensive UK tour from 20 May. With music by Hem’s Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé and book by Craig Lucas, this new musical adaptation of the five-time Oscar®-nominated film written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, will be directed by Michael Fentiman, with star casting to be announced.
Little Miss Sunshine
Selladoor Worldwide and Arcola Theatre present the European premiere of the quirky off-Broadway hit musical Little Miss Sunshine, which opens in London on 21 March 2019 before embarking on a UK tour. Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine is the off-beat musical comedy created by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine and William Finn. This new production is directed by Mehmet Ergen, the Arcola’s Artistic Director. Tickets for the tour go on sale from 26 October, tickets for the Arcola from 5 November.
Wise Children opened to rave reviews at The Old Vic this week – the flagship show of Emma Rice’s new theatre company that shares the same name. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, this ground-breaking adaptation of Angela Carter’s novel is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Wise Children is at the Old Vic, London, until 10 November before embarking on a regional tour 2018-2019.
Chief Mandela Visits the South African High Commission
Chief Mandela, Nkosi Zwelivelile, arrives in London this week ahead of next year’s opening of Mandela: The Official Exhibition. The exhibition details the life of Chief Mandela’s grandfather, Nelson Mandela, brought to life through state-of-the-art immersive and interactive galleries, previously unseen film, photos and personal effects. Chief Mandela spoke this week at the South African High Commission reception, sharing with the press and dignitaries stories of his first memories of meeting the iconic patriarch of his family and his first visits to London. Mandela: The Official Exhibition opens at Leake Street Gallery in Waterloo 8 February 2019.
Carlos Acosta returns to the Royal Albert Hall for four performances only this week celebrating thirty years as a dancer. Acclaimed as one of the most extraordinary dancers of his generation following his retirement from classical ballet Carlos Acosta will perform a selection of other favourite and specially-commissioned pieces in a wonderful programme marking his thirty years as a dancer. Carlos is joined by Acosta Danza and accompanied by a live orchestra.
Last night the Eighties band Soft Cell performed at the O2 arena in London in front of a 20,000-strong crowd and many thousands more watching a live broadcast in 200 cinemas across the UK. Their O2 Arena appearance was a one-off farewell to the stage named after their 1982 hit single, “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye”.
Space Shifters opens 26 September 2018 - this major group exhibition brings together sculptures and installations that explore perception and space. Featuring 20 artists and spanning a period of roughly 50 years, the exhibition includes innovative, minimalist sculpture from the 1960s as well as recent works that extend the legacy of this ‘optical’ minimalism in different ways. In bringing together artworks that activate our perception of Hayward’s unique building, Space Shifters provides a dramatic and fitting conclusion to the gallery’s 50th anniversary year. Runs from 26 September 2018 – 6 January 2019.
Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, is mamboing into theatres in 2018/19. Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensational dancing, the classic story of Baby and Johnny is hitting the road again by popular demand. The sensationally sexy show opens at Brighton Theatre Royal on Thursday 20 September 2018 before touring to Dartford, York, Stoke, Hastings, Southend, Birmingham, Preston, London (New Wimbledon Theatre) Plymouth and Oxford.
Height of the Storm
Multi award-winning star of screen and stage Jonathan Pryce will star as ‘André’, and three-time Olivier award-winning Dame Eileen Atkins will star as ‘Madeleine’ in The Height of the Storm, in the UK premiere of a new compelling family drama by Florian Zeller, the internationally acclaimed writer of The Father. Directed by Jonathan Kent, The Height of the Storm will open at Richmond Theatre on Saturday 1 September and play Cambridge Arts Theatre and Bath Theatre Royal, before transferring to London, opening at Wyndham’s Theatre on Tuesday 2 October
Olivier Award-winner Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones' Ramsay Bolton, Misfits), Heida Reed (Elizabeth Warleggan in BBC hit series Poldark), Paul Nicholls (Law & Order, The C Word, EastEnders) and Bryony Hannah (Call the Midwife) star in the West End premiere of Dawn King’s award-winning thriller. Premiers at the Ambassadors Theatre 6 September 2018
Emma Rice's Wise Children opens at The Old Vic this Autumn before heading on a UK tour. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, Wise Children is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity – and butterflies by the thousand.
St Petersburg Ballet Theatre
The internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre make a welcome return to the London Coliseum this summer, with their full-length classic production of Swan Lake. The Company’s 2015 season was a total sell out with over 25,000 seats sold. Due to huge demand, and additional 9 performances have been added to the season since announcement - which runs for 16 shows in London from the 22 August to 2 September 2018
BLOOD BROTHERS AUTUMN 2018 TOUR
Bill Kenwright’s ‘Dazzling’ (Sunday Telegraph) production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers announces its 2018 Autumn tour, opening on Tuesday 4 September at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. This iconic musical has been visiting theatres across the country throughout 2018, performing to sell-out houses and receiving standing ovations. Olivier Award nominated British actress Linzi Hateley makes her debut in the seminal role of Mrs Johnstone.
Nigel Slater's Toast in Edinburgh
Nigel Slater's Toast receives its Edinburgh Festival premier today at The Traverse theatre. Based on Slater’s award-winning autobiography the show vividly recreates suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel Slater’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. From making the perfect sherry trifle and waging war over cakes through to the playground politics of sweets and the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and... toast.
End Of The Pier
Park Theatre’s powerful new black comedy End Of The Pier opened on 26 July. Starring Les Dennis, Blake Harrison, Nitin Ganatra and Tala Gouveia, the cast completed a busy press interview campaign that included The Times, Sunday Brunch, BBC Radio 2, Lorraine, Loose Women and Saturday Kitchen.
BBC Countryfile Live Launch
BBC Countryfile Live is back this weekend for four glorious days showcasing the best of British countryside at Blenheim Palace. Enjoy wildlife, food, farming, shopping, crafts, music, sports and a variety of events hosted by Matt Baker, Anita Rani, John Craven and all the presenters of the beloved TV programme.
The Last Ship
Sting is to star in the Canadian premiere of his critically acclaimed musical The Last Ship. Presented by David Mirvish and produced by Karl Sydow and Kathryn Schenker, the limited six-week engagement runs February 9 through March 24, 2019 at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre.
Returning to the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s Blenheim palace on 2-5 August, Countryfile Live is one of the biggest and most exciting events this summer. The four-day event schedule, hosted by the presenters of the TV programme, is packed with features celebrating everything we love about the great British Countryside – including delicious foods, farming, wildlife, crafts, live music, sports and lots of shopping – making this a summer favourite for the whole family.
James Graham's Sketching
Oliver Award-winning playwright James Graham and director Thomas Hescott are pleased to announce the eight emerging writers they have picked to collaborate with on this uniquely multi-authored play. Graham and Hescott put out a call for submissions from emerging talents - particularly those currently underrepresented in the industry - with exciting and innovative story and character ideas. James Graham’s SKETCHING will play at Wilton’s Music Hall from Wednesday 26 September – Saturday 27 October.
Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition
Revolutionary. Political Prisoner. World Leader. Nelson Mandela's iconic legacy undoubtedly changed the world. Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition investigates Mandela’s journey to becoming the ‘Father of South Africa’. With exclusive stories from Mandela, his family and those that knew him best. Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition makes its World Premiere in Waterloo, London from February 8th 2019.
Shakespeare's Rose Theatre Grand Opening
Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, Europe’s first pop-up Elizabethan theatre, had its grand opening this week in York, along with a free-to-enter Shakespeare’s Village. Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, attended to bless the theatre and actors at the opening ceremony. The theatre houses 950 people, with 600 seated on three tiered balconies around an open-roofed courtyard and standing room for 350 ‘groundlings’. Four of the Bard’s greatest works, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet and Richard III will be performed by two companies of actors until September 2.
Kiss Me Kate
Opera North’s award-winning production of Cole Porter’s Broadway comedy classic opened in London yesterday. With performers from the worlds of Opera and the West End, as well as the full-scale orchestra and chorus of Opera North, this production brings the magical sound of Broadway to the London Coliseum. Target Live has been working with the Opera North team on a full service campaign including marketing, media, PR and ticketing.
PROCESSIONS MARCH 2018
On Sunday tens of thousands of women gathered in cities across the UK to mark 100 years since British women won the vote. Women in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh donned the purple, green and white colours of the suffragette movement to join the mass procession. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and produced by Artichoke, PROCESSIONS gathered one hundred female artists working with communities across the UK to create banners for the marches in the four cities.
Buddy returns for 30th Anniversary Tour
The world's most successful rock and roll musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is to make a triumphant homecoming to its birthplace at Theatre Royal Plymouth - where it was first developed in 1989! Over 22 million fans later the show returns to launch its landmark 30th anniversary UK tour from the 3rd September 2019.
Last night the West End's first bilingual adaptation of Moliere’s TARTUFFE opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Starring Peaky Blinders PAUL ANDERSON and internationally acclaimed French actress and Spiral star AUDREY FLEUROT.
Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece of dashed dreams and thwarted and eternal love returned to the West End yesterday in Lev Dodin’s definitive interpretation of this classic play, for three exclusive performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
ABBA: Super Troupers extended
Due to popular demand, ABBA: Super Troupers has been extended until 29 July. Don’t miss your chance to experience this immersive, one-of-a-kind exhibition. Led by a personal tour guide and the voice of narrator Jarvis Cocker, this exhibition will take you through nine immersive rooms exploring the music, lyrics and lives of one of the world’s most unforgettable bands.
Maly Theatre Opening Night
The legendary Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg - described by Peter Brook as ‘the finest ensemble theatre in Europe’ – opened its much anticipated London season last night to 5 star reviews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. In London for the first time in over a decade and they present the UK première of Vasily Grossman’s epic novel Life and Fate and their celebrated production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.
James Graham's Sketching
James Graham is searching for new and undiscovered playwrights to work on a play inspired by Charles Dickens’ writing.Working with director Thomas Hescott, Graham will create Sketching, which will run at Wilton’s Music Hall from September 26 to October 28. The deadline for submissions is June 1. More information an be found on sketchingtheplay.com
An exciting ensemble cast was revealed for Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York yesterday at a media launch held on the Bard’s Birthday,Included in the company are Versaille star Alexander Vlahos who will play Romeo opposite The Musketeers’ Alexandra Dowling, with Requiem’s Dyfan Dwyfor playing Richard III.A free to enter Shakespeare’s Village will offer wagon performances, street food and an Elizabethan garden.Earlier, a photocall was held at Kings Cross Station, where it was announced Grand Central are renaming a train the William Shakespeare, in honour of the summer of Shakespeare in York.
Tommy Steele stars in The Glenn Miller Show
60 years ago, Tommy Steele made his debut in a sold out run at the London Coliseum Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. He now returns with a salute to his idol for 7 weeks only in The Glenn Miller Show, featuring the authentic sounds of In the Mood, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Chattanooga Choo Choo and many more. Target Live are working alongside Bill Kenwright on marketing, ticketing, media and design for this new musical celebration.
The cast has been announced for the premiere of the stage adaptation of Nigel Slater’s memoirs Toast, at The Lowry in Salford.Sam Newton (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, UK Tour) will play Nigel Slater in the production, which runs from Tuesday 22 May to Saturday 2 June as part of The Lowry’s Week 53 arts festival.
Southbank Centre Cover Wrap
On Thursday 29 March we had a cover wrap in the Evening Standard to announce the reopening of two iconic venues at the Southbank Centre: the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. After almost three years of refurbishment both venues will open their doors to the public on Monday 9 April 2018 with a vibrant programme of music, gigs, dance and performance.
The Last Ship's Launch
Sting’s personal and passionate musical The Last Ship was officially launched at Northern Stage Newcastle last night – earning a rousing reception and critical acclaim with 5 and 4 star reviews. Tuesday night saw Sting and other famous North East faces – including Alan Shearer and Denise Welch – attend a red carpet gala raising funds for local charity The Graham Wylie Foundation. Following its Tyneside run the show sets sail on a major UK & Ireland tour vising cities including Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds and Salford.
Rip It Up!
New show. New Decade. New Cast. It’s Rip it Up the 60s! Starring Louis Smith, Aston Merrygold and Harry Judd. Going on-sale on Friday 23rd March
St Petersburg Ballet Theatre at the London Coliseum
The internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s production of the world’s most loved ballet Swan Lake comes to the London Coliseum from 22 – 26 August. Joining the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre for this production will be the renowned prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova and Denis Rodkin (Bolshoi Ballet).
The Manchester Theatre Awards
The Manchester Theatre Awards – in Association with Target Live - were held on Friday 9 March at The Lowry..The awards - the most important theatrical prize-giving outside London – honoured productions seen in Manchester in 2017.Winners included Opera North, Curve’s Sunset Boulevard and productions and performers from the Royal Exchange Theatre and Hope Mill Theatre.Account Director Emma King presented the Target Live Best Visiting Production Award to English Touring Theatre’s The Weir.
Tartuffe Cast Announcement
CASTING ANNOUNCED for new bilingual adaptation of Moliere’s TARTUFFE. Peaky Blinders, The Revenant and Sherlock Holmes star PAUL ANDERSON makes West End debut as Tartuffe. Internationally acclaimed French actress and Spiral star AUDREY FLEUROT to play Elmire.
The Olivier Award nominations are out!
The Olivier Award nominations are out! Congratulations to all especially Target Live Clients: Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street the Musical and Park Theatre!
42nd Street The Musical wins four WhatsOnStage Awards!
Congratulations to 42nd Street the Musical for winning four WhatsOnStage Awards for Best Musical Revival, Randy Skinner for Best Choreography, Roger Kirk for Best Costume Design and Douglas W. Schmidt for Best Set Design!
The Wipers Times
Following a sell-out season last year, The Wipers Times will be returning to the Arts Theatre this October. Ian Hislop and NIck Newman’s acclaimed play is inspired by the true story of soldiers in the midst of the Somme who created their own satirical newspaper.
Strictly Ballroom Press Launch
Last week ended with a touch of glitz and glamour! Target Live ran a spectacular press day for Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom at the Cafe de Paris, including a showstopping performance from cast members Will Young, Zizi Strallen and Jonny Labey.
WOW – Women of the World Festival
WOW – Women of the World Festival returns to Southbank Centre. The festival celebrates women and girls and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential. As a global network of festivals it provides a platform for celebrating what has been achieved, and exploring all the ways we can change the world for the better. This 8th annual instalment marks the 100th anniversary since some women got the vote in the UK, and when #MeToo shook the world.
Internationally acclaimed dancer Carlos Acosta returns to the Royal Albert Hall this October in CARLOS ACOSTA – A CELEBRATION.Acclaimed as one of the most extraordinary dancers of his generation, following his retirement from classical ballet Carlos Acosta will perform a selection of other favourite and specially commissioned pieces in a wonderful programme marking his thirty years as a dancer.
Meltdown Festival 2018
We are delighted be working with Southbank Centre on the Meltdown Festival 2018. They've just announced that the curator of the 25th Meltdown Festival will be Robert Smith!
The Moderate Soprano
Jeremy Herrin’s acclaimed production of David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano to have West End premiere in April 2018, following a sold out run at Hampstead Theatre in 2015. Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll will reprise roles of Glyndebourne founder John Christie and his wife Audrey Mildmay with further casting to be announced.
The Best Man
Bill Kenwright presents the West End premiere of Gore Vidal’s sharp political drama The Best Man, at The Playhouse Theatre from Saturday 24 February.Starring: Martin Shaw, Jeff Fahey, Maureen Lipman, Jack Shepherd, Honeysuckle Weeks and Glynis Barber. This brand new production is directed by Simon Evans.
We are pleased to be working with The Cogency once again on 14-18 NOW, a programme of extraordinary artistic experiences connecting people with the First World War from 2014 to 2018. This is timed to mark the centenary of the war, which engulfed Europe, Asia and Africa from 1914-1918Famous amongst many for the Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window sculptures that toured the UK, 14-18 NOW is commissioning artists from the UK and around the world to look afresh at this conflict and to create shared experiences exploring this significant moment in time.
Molière's comedic masterpiece - Tartuffe
Inspired by current world events, award-winning playwright Christopher Hampton has freshly adapted Molière's comedic masterpiece. This thrilling new adaptation of Molière’s classic comedy, penned by Academy, BAFTA and Olivier award winner Christopher Hampton (ART, Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement), and directed by the former dramaturg of the French People’s National Theatre Gerald Garutti, will premiere as the West End’s first ever dual language theatre production.
The Manchester Theatre Awards
Nominations have been announced for the forthcoming Manchester Theatre Awards to be held at The Lowry on Friday 9 March, hosted by actor and comedian Justin Moorhouse. The annual awards – the most important theatrical prize-giving outside London – has been a major fixture of the North West cultural calendar since 1981 and will honour productions seen in Greater Manchester during 2017. The Manchester Theatre Awards are in association with Target Live, whose Manchester office will be managing the PR for the forthcoming awards.
Maly Drama Theatre
The legendary Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg - described by Peter Brook as ‘the finest ensemble theatre in Europe’ - returns to London this spring for a strictly limited engagement for the first time in over a decade, with the UK première of Vasily Grossman’s epic novel, Life and Fate, and their celebrated production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket. Both productions will be performed in Russian with English surtitles.
Target Live office move
Target Live has today moved in to Havas Kings Cross. Please scroll down for our new details. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home.
Upcoming Charity Events
Target Live are proud to support three upcoming gala nights for three incredible charities. Including A CHILD OF OUR TIME On Monday 15 January at the Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre.
Opera North started the year with a treble win in the What’s On Stage 2018 opera polls, for Best New Production (La Cenerentola), Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera (Wallis Giunta, various productions) and Outstanding Contribution to the UK Operatic Scene (Little Greatsseason). Congratulations!
Dirty Dancing 2018 Tour
An all new tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage will be mamboing back into theatres in 2018 following the 2016/17 tour that played to sold out audiences over a 12 month period and took over £13 million in ticket sales, 3 blockbuster West End runs, multiple sell out UK tours and numerous international productions.
The Moderate Soprano
Target Live are proud to be working on the West End transfer of David Hare’s new play The Moderate Soprano, first seen at Hampstead Theatre which went on public sale this week. Starring Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll, who reprise their roles. It is Glyndebourne’s original love story!
SHREK 2018/19 Tour
Following a record-breaking UK and Ireland Tour, the smash hit blockbuster Shrek The Musical is back. The tour opens at Edinburgh Playhouse on 12th December for 4 weeks. Target Live are thrilled to be looking after the Marketing, Ticketing, Media buying and Design across the 24 tour dates running through until 2019.
Men In Motion
International ballet superstar Ivan Putrov’s thrilling celebration of the male dancer Men in Motion returns to the London Coliseum for two performances only on 22 and 23 November.
The Last Ship
On Sunday it was announced that Sting’s musical, The Last Ship, will receive its UK premiere in a new production at Northern Stage next year, before setting sail on a national tour directed by Lorne Campbell, and featuring Jimmy Nail.
Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre launches in York
Target Live client, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions has announced that Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre – Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, is set to open in York in Summer 2018 at a hugely successful Media Launch held in the historic city.
The Death of Stalin
The Death of Stalin, Armando Ianucci’s comedy of terrors, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.
Bolshoi Ballet In Cinema
Target Live are pleased to helping Trafalgar Releasing and Pathe with the PR and grassroots campaign for a series of cinema screenings of the Bolshoi Ballet.
Young Frankenstein press night
Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein opened at the Garrick Theatre last night, playing to a star-studded audience.
Basquiat: Boom for Real
Target Live are working with the Barbican to produce a high impact cross-media campaign for Basquiat: Boom for Real, leveraging social, programmatic, print and out of home.
Manchester Theatre Awards
Target Live’s Manchester office is to manage the Press & PR for the next Manchester Theatre Awards. The Manchester Theatre Awards, in association with Target Live, will be held at The Lowry’s Quays Theatre on Friday 9 March 2018, hosted by actor and comedian Justin Moorhouse.
Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein opens in London on 10th October, and Mel has been busy making waves ahead of the big day! His interview with the Today programme on Radio 4 was picked up around the world, before a hilarious appearance on The One Show which saw him subsequently trending on Twitter!
Hillary Clinton at London’s Southbank Centre
The former US Secretary of State is coming to Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival on Sunday 15 October. Her only London appearance was announced today, and our media team is working with Southbank Centre on maximising awareness for this high-profile event.