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SIMON CARTWRIGHT nails another comedy legend in HOWERDS END UK Tour

Sunday, 9th May 2021

SIMON CARTWRIGHT nails another comedy legend in HOWERDS END UK Tour

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familiar in the role of Bob Monkhouse on stage and screen (TOAST OF LONDON Ch4/THE MAN CALLED MONKHOUSE - Pleasance Edinburgh) is out on UK tour this year after a 4* reviewed first London run of HOWERDS END by Paul Farrelly, who also co-stars as Frankie Howerd's partner in later years.   Simon takes on the role of Frankie Howerd, looking behind the innuendo, catch phrases and brilliant timing and repartee that made him a household name.   Direction is by the excellent Joe Harmston.

The performances are so extraordinarily accomplished and assured that we are pretty much held, somewhere between laughter and despair. Simon Cartwright as Frankie Howerd has a difficult task which he accomplishes impressively. He plays the heart of a man best known for his exuberantly mannered exterior and I think we do get to see it beat.  BROADWAY BABY

Cartwright has nailed the whoops and rasps of Howerd’s delivery to perfection, but he also makes him vulnerable – a man terrified of his own happiness. THE STAGE

HOWERD'S END Tour Dates:

15, 16 + 17 July: Town and Gown, Cambridge

24 July:  Lichfield Garrick

9 September:  Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.   

6, 7, 8, 9, 10 October:   Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

23 October:   Stamford Arts Centre

28 October:   Rondo Theatre, Bath

29 October:   Quay Theatre, Suffolk

6 November:   Millgate Arts Centre, Saddleworth    

11 + 12 November: Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

11 + 12 December: Museum of Comedy, London    

MATTHEW LAWRENCE makes his tv debut 5th June in CASUALTY

Sunday, 9th May 2021

MATTHEW LAWRENCE makes his tv debut 5th June in CASUALTY

Recent graduate of London School of Musical Theatre, Matthew has made a flying start with a great guest role in 

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airing Saturday 5th June.

PHIL DEGUARA plays East End Villain Jack McVitie in new '60's movie

Sunday, 2nd May 2021

PHIL DEGUARA plays East End Villain Jack McVitie in new '60's movie

PHIL DEGUARA one of our brilliant London Boyz has taken on the role of legendary East End villain Jack McVitie (murdered by the Krays and posthumously credited with their final downfall) in upcoming movie CODE OF SILENCE starring Stephen Moyer (TRUE BLOOD) and directed by Ben Mole.   Dead ringer Phil! 

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First trailer for Patryk Vega's SMALL WORLD

Monday, 5th April 2021

@patrykvega's explosive new movie about child-trafficking, SMALL WORLD premieres in 2021 and features three fine JHA clients JIM CONWAY, SALLY DAY and MONTSERRAT ROIG DE PUIG all cast by our valued and long-term collaborator in Warsaw, casting director Ewa Lepacka.   Here's the trailer:

LAURA BARRACLOUGH debuts as co-lead in GOLDIES OLDIES

Monday, 15th March 2021

LAURA BARRACLOUGH debuts as co-lead in GOLDIES OLDIES

We're thrilled to announce the tv debut of LAURA BARRACLOUGH as a lead regular in brand new ten part NICKELODEON series 

launching with Ep 1:

15 MARCH 2021

5.30pm

NICKELODEON

Laura plays 'Loren' the legend and BBF of Goldie, a teenager whose life is turned upside down when her family relocates from the US to the UK and moves in with their Grandpa Maury and his three ‘70 something’ roommates.

http://www.nick.co.uk/shows/go...

SIMON YADOO inhabits the Cowardly Lion

Tuesday, 22nd December 2020

SIMON YADOO inhabits the Cowardly Lion

SIMON YADOO is currently delighting audiences in a role he was surely born to play - the Cowardly Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ!  He's part of a crack cast at Creation Theatre re-inventing a well-known tale in an inventive LIVE ZOOM production playing 2pm and 7pm performances until 3rd January.   Roar!

MICHAEL SMITH-STEWART channelling his Jamaican roots in Holby City

Tuesday, 1st December 2020

MICHAEL SMITH-STEWART channelling his Jamaican roots in Holby City

Catch MICHAEL SMITH-STEWART channelling his Jamaican roots as 'Solomon' - a happy go lucky guy admitted to Holby with one problem that leads to another... 1st December at 7.50pm BBC 1 then on BBC iPlayer.

MONTSERRAT ROIG DE PUIG's short movie monologue screens at the 2020 Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival

Friday, 23rd October 2020

MONTSERRAT ROIG DE PUIG's short movie monologue screens at the 2020 Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival

MONTSERRAT ROIG DE PUIG has filmed one of a group of monologues as part of Nuria Benet's CHATTING HEADS (CABEZAS PARLANTES) screening at the 2020 Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival 

Friday 23rd October and Sunday 25th October

Cabezas Parlantes is a competition for short monologues, born out of the need to explore different ways of creating and collaborating during the COVID 19 era. In its first round more than 200 monologues of 500 words were submitted and Montserrat's is one of the finalists - congratulations!
https://www.edinburghspanishfi...

Top reviews for our Lucia McAnespie in Big Telly's innovative MACBETH

Friday, 23rd October 2020

Top reviews for our Lucia McAnespie in Big Telly's innovative MACBETH

Big Telly's astonishing Live Zoom production of MACBETH is garnering some great reviews - amongst them some great mentions for our brilliant 

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Live. Virtual. Immersive. On Zoom.
@BigTellyNI @creationtheatre

hosted by CREATION THEATRElive streamed performances: 

Nightly until 31 October: 7.00pm

23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31 October: 9.30pm

DURATION: 80 minutes

'The final actor is Lucia McAnespie whose brief scenes as Lady Macduff are unforgettable and whose death provides one of the most horrifying scenes I have ever seen in a theatre.'LondonTheatre1 


Dharmesh Patel, Lucia McAnespie and Aonghus Óg McNally are the first characters we see on screen but they work hard for their buck performing every other role other than the Macbeths. They shine as servants, Banquo and the Macduffs. However as an ensemble they are the best incarnation of the witches I have ever seen. emerdblog.com

NICOLA BLACKMAN guests on stage + screen

Thursday, 8th October 2020

NICOLA BLACKMAN guests on stage + screen

On Saturday Nicola will be presenting one of the awards at the

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 BLACK BRITISH THEATRE AWARDS 2020 at the YOUNG VIC THEATRE.  This fabulous event will then be airing on SkyArts Channel later in October.

I hear the frock, like it's wearer, is a showstopper!

ARTHUR BOSTROM presents 'Pick Of The Week' this Sunday

Tuesday, 15th September 2020

ARTHUR BOSTROM presents 'Pick Of The Week' this Sunday

We're very much looking forward to Arthur Bostrom sharing his #PickOfTheWeek BBC Radio 4 this coming Sunday,  20th September 2020 at 6.15pm.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000mrc5

This is Arthur's second 'Pick' and he is familiar on radio both acting in many radio dramas and presenting a diversity of programmes from READINGS FROM SAMUEL PEPYS DIARIES for BBC R3 to ARTHUR BOSTROM'S SUMMER HOLIDAY (BBC R4 Extra) and for WORDS AND MUSIC, a fascinating half hour on the subject of the double-entendre!

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Catch SIMON CARTWRIGHT in TOAST OF LONDON on Ch4 All4.

Thursday, 27th August 2020

Catch SIMON CARTWRIGHT in TOAST OF LONDON on Ch4 All4.

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is back on view in the re-run of brilliant Matt Berry series TOAST OF LONDON in Series 3 Episode 4 BOB A JOB. Simon plays Bob Monkhouse with uncanny accuracy, a skill he has honed over the years on TV impression shows including WHO DO YOU DO?, the award-winning short film THE LAST LAUGH and the hit solo play THE MAN CALLED MONKHOUSE that packed them in at Pleasance Edinburgh. Simon is currently preparing a new play about another comedy legend Frankie Howerd, directed by Joe Harmston and on tour in 2021 as soon as theatres re-open.

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The plot thickens for ALISON SKILBECK in THE LIE by Agatha Christie on BBC R4

Wednesday, 26th August 2020

The plot thickens for ALISON SKILBECK in THE LIE by Agatha Christie on BBC R4

All you R4 fans....do tune in to our wonderful

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as 'Hannah Reeves' in recently rediscovered #AgathaChristie play THE LIE airing on BBC Radio 4: Saturday 29th August 14.30 then at BBC Sounds

Made in Manchester production directed by #JuliusGreen.   Mr Green it was who discovered the lost typescript of the drama in a drawer whilst researching the extensive Christie archive for his book 'Curtain Up' and he concludes that: 'parts of the play are thinly disguised autobiography.

Agatha described the never-performed play as being "mainly about incest". In fact the plot, which centres on a married woman's night of passion with a man who's not her husband is said to reflect her state of mind, having just discovered her husband of ten years had fallen in love with another woman. As ever, the plot thickens....

Beth Chalmers' new series MYSTIC airs on CBBC

Saturday, 18th July 2020

Beth Chalmers' new series MYSTIC airs on CBBC

Warmest congratulations to  Beth Chalmers on the first transmission of MYSTIC a new television series co-created and co-written by Beth, shot in New Zealand and on view every Tuesday at 5pm on CBBC. Here's the trailer for this classy drama

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/...

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NEAL GAVYN stars in upcoming lock-down drama

Friday, 12th June 2020

NEAL GAVYN stars in upcoming lock-down drama

Our very own Northern Powerhouse NEAL GAVYN stars in upcoming new drama from @NorthFilmsUK.   BEWILDERED:  A COVID-19 STORY follows 'Ayden' (Neal Gavyn) a key-worker faced with an impossible dilemma.   Filmed during lock-down at a dementia care home and based on a true story, the cast also includes Anna Swan (THE STRANGER - NETFLIX, DRACULA - BBC).

Ayden is locked down in a dementia care home for over eight weeks, while his vulnerable partner Ella (Anna Swan), who suffers with extreme health conditions, must stay at home and self isolate. Ayden and his colleagues are burdened with the task of safeguarding the residents, and as tragedy unravels, Ayden faces the toughest decision of his life, one that he will have to live with forever. 'Bewildered' highlights the humanity of love, loss, and courage. Not all heroes wear capes, some wear uniform.

ANDREW HARRISON on view in FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE on BBC4

Thursday, 7th May 2020

ANDREW HARRISON on view in FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE on BBC4

Catch ANDREW HARRISON in Norman Stone's tv drama FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE on BBC4 Thursday 7th May then on iPlayer.   Andy plays 'Lord Palmerston' the Prime Minister with a pair of impressive and authentic sideburns!  

Don't miss JEMMA CLARKE as 'Tessa Barnett' in BBC DOCTORS

Friday, 17th April 2020

Don't miss JEMMA CLARKE as 'Tessa Barnett' in BBC DOCTORS

JEMMA CLARKE returns to BBC DOCTORS this time in a complex guest lead role - on view this Monday - 20th April at 1.45pm on BBC 1 and thereafter on iPlayer. Meanwhile, here's a link to the showreel:

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JIM CONWAY guests in EASTENDERS all this week (Monday (tonight), Tuesday and Thursday)

Monday, 9th March 2020

JIM CONWAY guests in EASTENDERS all this week (Monday (tonight), Tuesday and Thursday)

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has a great multi-ep guest role as 'Officer Daniels' in

through most of this week. He was recently seen in A CONFESSION on ITV with Martin Freeman and garnered outstanding reviews for THE DEAD ONES short film with Sebastian Armesto and Vinette Robinson

Catch NATEY JONES on BBC iPlayer in FATHER BROWN

Friday, 10th January 2020

Catch NATEY JONES on BBC iPlayer in FATHER BROWN

Fresh from his success in DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Piccadilly Theatre) Natey is currently on view in the new season of the BBC's hit series FATHER BROWN. The episode entitled THE WISDOM OF THE FOOL was first transmitted 9th January 2020 and Natey plays 'Doodle' - a clown with a secret. In early February Natey is off to Manchester to co-star in a new play at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

DASH TO CATCH SOME SPARKLING LONDON PLAYS

Wednesday, 1st January 2020

DASH TO CATCH SOME SPARKLING LONDON PLAYS

Happy New Year everyone!

Dash to catch the last few London performances of these sparkling shows - all closing on 4th January and with morning/afternoon shows of OI FROG AND FRIENDS! Drop us a line for tickets! xxx

NATEY JONES as 'Happy Loman'

DEATH OF A SALESMAN
Piccadilly Theatre
Stunningly successful transfer of the Arthur Miller classic from the Young Vic
...it provides the all too rare pleasure of simply watching four fabulous black actors, including newcomer Natey Jones as the flippant showman 'Happy' DAILY TELEGRAPH


MATT LIM + CHARLIE BENCE as 'Elvis' and 'Brenda-Marie' in

MARTHA JOSIE AND THE CHINESE ELVIS
Park Theatre
Sell-out hit revival and London premiere of Charlotte Jones' poignant comedy
Sioned Jones, Kellie Batchelor and Matt Lim are all excellent as the titular trio... Best of all, though, is Charlie Bence as Brenda-Marie, the Torvill and Dean-obsessed daughter of Martha, who is sharper than she lets on. THE STAGE


SIMON YADOO as 'Cheetah' in

OI FROG AND FRIENDS!
Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

Finely played and very witty adaptation of a popular children's book that entertains adults too.

The pace mostly matches the delirium of the books: one show-stopping number in the canteen finds Cheetah (Simon Yadoo) serving fajitas while dancing to salsa and bouncing giant beach balls at the audience. THE GUARDIAN

Emma Earle’s cast is also a cut-above many children’s theatre troupes. Simon Yadoo’s Cheetah delivers a show-stopping number with powerful pipes and a great dance routine. LONDONTHEATRE1 *****

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