ON 5 JUNE 2017


The world premiere of the long-awaited Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical will take place in London’s West End at the London Coliseum, opening on Tuesday 20 June 2017, following previews from 5 June, for a limited season until 22 July 2017.  This follows previews at Manchester Opera House from 17 February to 8 April 2017.

As with many great works of art, the genesis of the Bat Out Of Hell album occurred across a number of years.  One of the songs was written while Steinman was an undergraduate at Amherst College in the late 1960s.  In the 1970s, Steinman wrote a theatrical musical that was presented in workshop in Washington D.C. in 1974 and featured many of the songs that would ultimately appear on the Bat Out Of Hell album, which was released in 1977.
Bat Out Of Hell became one of the best-selling albums in history, selling over 50 million copies worldwide.  16 years later, Steinman scored again with Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which contained the massive hit I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).
For the stage musical, the legendary and award-winning Jim Steinman has incorporated iconic songs from the Bat Out Of Hell albums, including You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth, Bat Out Of Hell, I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, as well as two previously unreleased songs, What Part of My Body Hurts the Most and Not Allowed to Love.
Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland.  Strat, the forever young leader of The Lost, has fallen for Raven, daughter of Falco, the tyrannical, ruler of Obsidian.  
Jim Steinman’s previous musicals include his collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Whistle Down the Wind, including the hit single released by Boyzone, No Matter What, and the musical Tanz der Vampire, which has been running for 20 years and has been presented in Vienna, Stuttgart, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Budapest, Warsaw, St Petersburg and Tokyo.



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Directed by award-winning theatre and opera director Jay Scheib, the cast of Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical will be led by newcomer Andrew Polec as Strat and Christina Bennington as Raven, with Rob Fowler as Falco and Sharon Sexton as Sloane.  Also starring will be Aran MacRae as Tink, Danielle Steers as Zahara, Dom Hartley-Harris as Jagwire, Giovanni Spano as Ledoux and Patrick Sullivan as Blake.  Also in the cast will be Jemma Alexander, Emily Benjamin, Stuart Boother, Georgia Carling, Natalie Chua, Jonathan Cordin, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Jordan Lee Davies, Olly Dobson, Hannah Ducharme, Phoebe Hart, Rosalind James, Michael Naylor, Eve Norris, Tim Oxbrow, Andrew Patrick-Walker, Benjamin Purkiss, Anthony Selwyn, Courtney Stapleton and Ruben Van keer.
Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical has book by Jim Steinman with early writing by Stuart Beattie, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman, direction by Jay Scheib, choreography by Emma Portner, with musical arrangements and supervision by Michael Reed, set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Meentje Nielsen, video design by Finn Ross, lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, sound design by Gareth Owen, orchestration by Steve Sidwell, casting by David Grindrod Associates and musical direction by Robert Emery.

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is produced by David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox, Tony Smith, and produced in association with Bat Out of Hell Holding Limited.


Photography by Specular

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  17 February – 8 April 2017

Opera House Manchester

3 Quay Street


M3 3HP

Performances:  Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm (no matinee on Sat 18 February)

Tickets:  from £17.50

Box Office:  0844 871 3018

(subject to booking/transaction fees)


5 June – 22 July 2017

London Coliseum

St Martin’s Lane



Performances:  Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat at 2.30pm (7pm on Tue 20 June; no matinee on Thurs 8 June; extra 2.30pm matinee on Tue 22 August)

Tickets:  from £15.00

Box Office:  020 7845 9300







An American in Paris – Rehearsals




Dominion Theatre from 4 March 2017

Original Broadway stars

Robert Fairchild & Leanne Cope are joined by

Jane Asher, Haydn Oakley, Zoë Rainey, David Seadon-Young & Ashley Day

Rehearsals begin in London today for the highly anticipated new West End musical An American in Paris. Christopher Wheeldon’s stunning reinvention of the Oscar® winning film (that starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) features the sublime music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a new book by Craig Lucas. Directly following celebrated engagements in Paris and New York, this critically acclaimed and multi award-winning new musical lights up London from Saturday 4 March 2017 with the official opening night on Tuesday 21 March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.
Joining award-winning Broadway stars Robert Fairchild (as Jerry Mulligan) and Leanne Cope (as Lise Dassin) are Haydn Oakley as Henri Baurel, Zoë Rainey as Milo Davenport, David Seadon-Young as Adam Hochberg and Jane Asher as Madame Baurel. Ashley Day will be the alternate Jerry Mulligan (and will assume the role from Monday 19 June 2017).

The company also features Julian Forsyth and Ashley Andrews, Sophie Apollonia, Zoe Arshamian, Sarah Bakker, James Barton, Alicia Beck, Chrissy Brooke, James Butcher, Jonathan Caguioa, Jennifer Davison, Katie Deacon, Rebecca Fennelly, Sebastian Goffin, Alyn Hawke, Nicky Henshall, Genevieve Heron, Amy Hollins, Frankie Jenna, Justin-Lee Jones, Robin Kent, Kristen McGarrity, Julia J. Nagle, Daniela Norman, Aaron Smyth, Todd Talbot, Max Westwell, Jack Wilcox, Carrie Willis, Stuart Winter and Liam Wrate.
The new musical An American in Paris premiered in 2014 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris to ecstatic reviews before transferring to the Palace Theatre on Broadway, where it became the most awarded musical of the 2015/16 season, including four Tony® Awards. A major North American tour is currently playing.
An American in Paris features many of George and Ira Gershwin’s most iconic songs including I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful, I’ll Build a Stairway To Paradise and They Can’t Take That Away from Me, together with George Gershwin’s sweeping compositions including ‘Concerto in F’ and ‘An American in Paris’.

Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war…
An American in Paris is directed and choreographed by the internationally renowned, British-born Christopher Wheeldon. An Artistic Associate of the Royal Ballet, Wheeldon received an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours ‘for services to promoting the interests and reputation of British classical and theatrical dance worldwide’. He is the recipient of a Tony® Award and two Olivier Awards. The set and costumes are designed by the multi Tony® Award-winning West End and Broadway designer Bob Crowley (The Audience; Mary Poppins and Christopher Wheeldon’s productions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale) with projections by the celebrated British designers 59 Productions (War Horse; London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony).

With music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a new book by Craig Lucas, the new musical An American in Paris is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon with set and costumes designs by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Jon Weston and projection designs by 59 Productions. The musical score is adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher with orchestrations by Christopher Austin and Bill Elliott, dance arrangements by Sam Davis and musical supervision by Todd Ellison. The UK Musical Director is John Rigby.
An American in Paris is produced in London by Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan, Roy Furman, Michael McCabe and Joshua Andrews. Robert Fairchild is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.


Broadway production photographs by Matthew Murphy


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An American in Paris

First Performance: Saturday 4 March 2017

Monday to Saturday 7:30pm
Wednesday* & Saturday matinees 2:00pm

*First Wednesday matinee 29 March 2017

 Dominion Theatre

268-269 Tottenham Court Rd, London W1T 7AQ

Box Office: 0845 200 7982

Tickets from £19.50

Principal casting is subject to change. The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness, injury and statutory leave entitlement



Lord of the Thrones – 50 Hour Improvathon



the 10th annual London 50 Hour Improvathon
at Wilton’s Music Hall


Inspired by a collision between the worlds of “Game of Thrones”, “Lord of the Rings”, “The Hobbit” and “Harry Potter” – Come for 1 episode, or a few, or join the party and stay for the whole thing!


Friday 20 to Sunday 22 January
Runs for 50 hours
each episode starting every 2 hours
7.00pm Friday 20 January, then 9.00pm, 11.00pm, 1.00am etc.,  to 9pm Sunday 22 January


There will be live music throughout the Improvathon and an all night bar!


The cream of the improv crop will descend on Wilton’s Music Hall for a four-night festival as 2016 Olivier Award winners, The Showstoppers, in association with Extempore Theatre & Something for the Weekend present The 2017 London Jam (Monday 16 – Thursday 19 January), culminating in LORD OF THRONES – the 10th anniversary London 50-Hour Improvathon.
Boasting a stellar line-up of home-grown spontaneous talent from Mischief TheatreOlivier-Award winning creators of The Play That Goes Wrong; Chortle Award-winning Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel, The Glenda J Collective and members of The Showstoppers themselves, plus Canadian legends The Sufferettes, Oslo’s Almost Ibsen and the UK premiere of The Dungeons & Dragons Show. Also featuring the all-new Ken Campbell Caper Competition – a day-long ‘improv-battle’ starring improvisers from around the globe, originally conceived by legendary theatre maverick Ken Campbell. With two shows each evening (and three on the Wednesday!), this is an uproarious season, perfect for comedy fans and improv newbies alike.
Then it’s comedy athleticism at its nest with Lord of Thrones (Friday 20 – Sunday 22 January) – The 10th Annual 50 hour London Improvathon takes over Wilton’s Music Hall for a weekend of Tolkein meets George R.R Martin from some of the world’s funniest performers. One throne to rule them all. Fifty hours to nd it! For those wanting to enjoy a few hours of fun, audiences can buy tickets to each self-contained 2-hour ‘episode’ or for those seeking adventure, there’s the opportunity to get a festival pass, allowing you access for the full 50 hours.
Playing annually since 2008, this theatrical marathon gathers some of the funniest performers from all over the world every year to appear as guests (dropping in for a few hours) or as main characters going the whole 50 hour mind-bending sleep- defying distance.
After 30 hours without sleep, performers become too tired to censor themselves. Hilarious, unpredictable, and unlike anything else, this is theatre at its most exciting.
Come for one episode, or a few, or join the party and stay for the whole thing! There will be live music throughout the Improvathon and an all night bar!
There will also be a special ‘Family Episode’ (Sunday 11am-1pm) where the action is suitable for children. 


The 2017 London Jam

Monday 16 – Thursday 19 January 

Monday 16 January
7.30pm Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austin Novel (UK)
The Chortle Award winners are one of the most acclaimed improv troupes on the circuit. Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment. Swooning guaranteed. Starring Edinburgh Comedy nominees Joseph Morpurgo and Cariad Lloyd.
Monday 16 January
9.15pm Lights! Camera! Improvise! The Improvised Movie Live On Stage – Mischief Theatre (UK)
A rare chance to catch the Olivier-Award winning team behind smash hit west end comediesThe Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and A Comedy About A Bank Robbery. Ever dreamed of creating your very own Hollywood motion picture? You choose the genre, the location and the title and the movie is brought to life before your very eyes while resident lm buff ‘Oscar’ can pause, rewind and fast forward scenes. 
Tuesday 17 January
7.30pm The Glenda J Collective (UK)
Songs and sketches created on the spot from four superheroes of Improv: Josie Lawrence (Whose Line Is It Anyway? Comedy Store Players), Pippa Evans (Showstopper, Sunday Assembly), Ruth Bratt (Showstopper, People Just Do Nothing) and Cariad Lloyd (QI, Peep Show).
Tuesday 17 January
9.15pm Almost Ibsen (Oslo)
Det Andre Teatret from Oslo (the town where Ibsen spent most of his working life) conjure up new, one act plays based on the writings of Ibsen, his characters, themes and narrative style, combining theatre and improv, in a rare, moving and playful manner.
Wednesday 18 January
6.00pm Semi-final. The Ken Campbell Caper Competition
7.30pm Semi-final. The Ken Campbell Caper Competition
9.15pm Grand final. The Ken Campbell Caper Competition
Six teams compete in two semi- finals and a grand final to end the most entertaining group in spontaneous performance. The audience decides. A wild night of unpredictable hilarity, featuring the very best of established and emerging teams in the UK and overseas. (Teams to be announced. See website for further details).
Thursday 19 January
7.30pm The Sufferettes (Toronto)
One of the best-loved acts on the international improv scene, Toronto duo Becky Johnson and Kayla Lorette bring their unique mix of comedy and clowning to London. Winners of the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Improv Troupe 2014 and 2015.


Thursday 19 January
9.15pm The Dungeons & Dragons Show (Edmonton)
Spontaneous swords and sorcery in the UK premiere of Canadian comedian and writer Mark Meer’s geeky extravaganza. Part-game, part-adventure, all-comedy, Mark leads his intrepid team of adventurers on an off- the-cuff quest.

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Wilton’s Music Hall is a gem in the heart of London and the oldest grand music hall in the world. It presents a year round programme of exceptional live music and world-class productions alongside learning and participa- tion work that engages the local community and schools. The Grade 2 Star listed building recently completed a 4 year capital project with support from Heritage Lottery Fund and numerous trusts and individuals. This project, designed by Tim Ronalds Architects recently won the RIBA London Award 2016, RIBA London Conservation Award 2016 and RIBA London Building Of The Year 2016.


Wilton’s Music Hall 
1 Graces Alley London E1 8JB
Box Office
020 7702 2789
Book in person from 11am – 6pm Monday – Friday  – No booking fee


The 2017 London Jam
16 – 19 January
7.30pm and 9.15pm each day plus 6.00pm on Wednesday 18
£13.50 full price £12 concession
Two shows in one night: £25 (£22 concessions)
Three shows in one night (Wed 18th Jan): £35 (£32 concessions)
Concessions: Under 16s, over 60s, Equity/BECTU/MU
Member, Job Seeker, Student, Tower Hamlets Resident
Carers – free carer ticket for every full price ticket held by someone who is registered disabled and needs the assistance of a carer
Lord of Thrones
20 to 22 January
Runs for 50 hours, each episode starting every 2 hours.
7pm Friday 20 January to 9pm Sunday 22 January
50-Hour Pass £65
(£50 early bird)
Single Episode £10 (£7 for additional episodes available on the day)
Family episode (11am to 1pm Sunday 22 January): £5 for under 12year olds



Crocodile – a dark comedy







written and performed by Joe Eyre
co-starring Rhiannon Sommers
directed by Matt Maltby


Network Theatre
1 February – 5 February 2017 at 6.30pm


This is a story about Alan and Jane and their daughter Sarah. Alan and Jane have changed, but having a child always changes people, especially when your daughter’s a crocodile.


Crocodile is a dark comedy that combines pitch-black humour with an increasingly nightmarish sense of menace which promises to leave audiences both delighted and disturbed.

Joe Eyre’s debut play Crocodile, originally selected to open the first ever Pint-Sized, a quarterly of new writing that began at the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2015 and now based at The Bunker, will run at London’s VAULT Festival 2017 from 1 February to 5 February 2017 in a venue used for the first time as part of this year’s festival: the Network Theatre. Joining Joe Eyre (graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama; recent credits include King Charles III (West End) and French Without Tears (Orange Tree Theatre and ETT UK Tour)) to complete the cast is Rhiannon Sommers (graduate of Birmingham School of Acting; recent credits include The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith, Bloody Poetry and Anyone Can Whistle (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Butley (West End)).
Crocodile is directed by Matt Maltby, whose work as a director has been selected for Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of The Fringe. The show is also designed by Clancy Flynn (Trainspotting (The Vaults and UK Tour), Piece of Silk and Victorian and Gay (Hope Theatre), Portia (Theatre 503) and Valkyrie (VAULT Festival 2016)) and Odinn Orn Hilmarsson (Stone Face (Finborough Theatre) and Radioman (Old Red Lion Theatre)).
Joyous Gard is a brand new theatre company founded by siblings Joe Eyre and Beth Eyre (Wooden Overcoats (iTunes Best of 2015, Prix Europa 2016 nominee), The Awkward Ghost (VAULT Festival 2016), The Alchemist (Rose Playhouse) and The Waiting Room (Arts Theatre)) and producer Frankie Parham (Luce (Southwark Playhouse), DENIM (VAULT Festival 2016), Waiting for Godot (Arcola Theatre) and Spring Awakening (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)) with a slate of productions in development for this, its first, year. Crocodile is the company’s first production.

Joe Eyre wrote Crocodile and plays Alan. He trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and then began work as an understudy in the Wyndham’s Theatre transfer of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III under the direction of Rupert Goold and Whitney Mosery. Joe has just finished performing in a national tour of the ETT/Orange Tree Theatre production of French Without Tears, directed by Paul Miller. Other theatre credits include Three Short Plays by Samuel Beckett (Whispering Beasts, Old Red Lion), As You Like It (Creation Theatre), and Mojo (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, directed by Matt Maltby). Joe is a member of The Factory Theatre and Oneohone Theatre Company.

Rhiannon Sommers plays Jane. She trained at Birmingham School of Acting. Theatre credits include: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Felicia in The Fatal Friendship, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Dido in Dido, Queen of Carthage (Rose Theatre, Bankside), Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brockley Jack), Rosalind in As You Like It (Creation Theatre, Oxford), Charley’s Aunt, Round and Round the Garden and Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest (Frinton Summer Theatre), Olivia in Twelfth Night and Rosalind in As You Like It (Guildford Shakespeare Company), Agnes Ebbsmith in The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith, Mary Shelley in Bloody Poetry and Anyone Can Whistle (Jermyn Street Theatre), Butley (West End), Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus (Place Theatre, Bedford) and Viola in Twelfth Night (Studio Tour).
Matt Maltby directs. Matt runs Pint-Sized, an evening of new writing attached to The Bunker. His work as a director has been selected for Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of The Fringe, and his writing has been performed at The Criterion, the Jermyn Street Theatre and the New Diorama. He works primarily as an actor, and is a member of The Factory Theatre and The HandleBards. Other work includes tours of Japan, the USA and UK.
Clancy Flynn is the lighting designer. She is a theatre designer and technician based in London. A New York native, she studied theatre at Trinity College Dublin before coming to the UK. Previous lighting credits include: Trainspotting (The Vaults and UK Tour), 2 Become 1 and Dorian Gray (King’s Head Theatre), Paper Hearts (Waterloo East Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Piece of Silk and Victorian and Gay (Hope Theatre), Portia (Theatre503), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pleasance Theatre Islington), The Awkward Ghost, The Signal-Man, Best Served Cold, and Valkyrie (VAULT Festival 2016), Fire Burn (international tour), Click (Ophelia Theatre), and Little Red Riding Hood (Gaiety Theatre and Swansea Grand).
Odinn Orn Hilmarsson is the sound designer. He is an Icelandic composer and sound designer based in London. Since graduating with an MA in Digital Film Production from the University of York in 2012, Odinn has been providing music and sounds for projects all over London and parts of the UK. Recently he has worked on Stone Face at the Finborough Theatre, Radioman at the Old Red Lion Theatre and on the podcast Hector Vs The Future.
Beth Eyre is a producer, actor, voice-over artist and director. She trained at Drama Studio London, and is associate producer of Mercurius Theatre Company. She is perhaps best known as the voice of Antigone Funn in the podcast sitcom Wooden Overcoats, for which she also produces the live shows, and for which she has just been nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role in the 2016 Audio Verse Awards. Theatre credits include The Awkward Ghost (Crowley & Co., VAULT Festival 2016), The Alchemist (Rose Playhouse), A Woman Killed With Kindness (Read Not Dead), The Devil Is An Ass (Rose Playhouse), The Waiting Room (Arts Theatre), Monster Hunters (Crowley & Co.), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cambridge Shakespeare Festival), The Massacre At Paris (Rose Playhouse), Gut Girls (Brockley Jack), Emma (Oneohone Theatre Company, Tristan Bates Theatre). Voice-over credits include Drayton Trench (Zut Alors), Hector VS The Future (Andy Goddard), Peace & War, Amok and Angel (Wireless Theatre Company).
Frankie Parham is a producer of theatre, film and comedy. Credits include the UK première of Luce by JC Lee (Southwark Playhouse, 2016), Oliver Dench’s One-Man Hamlet (Théâtre National de Nice, 2016), DENIM (various, 2014-2017), Waiting for Godot (Arcola Theatre, 2014), sketch comedy double-act Scene Selection (various, 2013-2016), Twelfth Night (UK tour, 2013), Spring Awakening (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2012), Hamlet (UK tour, 2011), Henry V (OUDS/Thelma Holt international tour to Tbilisi, Georgia, 2009) and Предложение (Anton Chekhov’s The Proposal performed in Russian, 2007). He has also worked for the RSC (Revolutions season), Moscow’s Sovremennik Theatre, Cheek by Jowl, Shakespeare’s Globe (Globe to Globe season), Theatre Royal Plymouth, Sputnik Theatre Company, Whispering Beasts, Sovereign Arts, antic | face and the critically-acclaimed Oneohone Theatre Company.



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1 February – 5 February 2017

6.30pm (no latecomers admitted)


VAULT Festival


Network Theatre

246A Lower Road


London SE1 8SF


Tickets: £12. A limited number of 2-for-1 tickets available for 1 February, 2 February and 5 February


Box Office:

07598 676 202 (11am-5pm, weekdays only).


Online Bookings:

(24/7, no booking fees).