Monday, 13 August 2012

OPPORTUNITY: OVNV 24H Plays 2012, New Casts & Openings and a Hollywood Transfer

Alongside RSC taking London by storm, Edinburgh is very much buzzing and it’s annual Fringe Festival is displaying some of the very best (and also not so great) acts, performers and companies that have headed up to Scotland to take part in the industry’s most coveted arts festival. Where does that leave the rest of the theatre world during the exciting month of August?
Well even with a busy few weeks hosting some kind of big sporting event everyone has been going on about, London is still very much the place to be for theatregoers too…

Opportunity of the week:
If you are aged 18-30 and are a budding actor, producer or director, the applications for The Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour plays opened last week, pending till 23rd August.

Excitingly, The Old Vic have extended the application age from 18-25 to 18-30 presenting even more opportunities for eager theatre practitioners to get involved.
The event takes place on 28th October 2012 and involves the selected group writing, directing and performing 6 plays all in the space of 24 hours. Sounds fantastic, so check out their page on IdeasTap and get applying >here<.
Cast announcements:
One of the longest running musicals in the West End continues to go strong with new cast members joining Phantom of the Opera next month.

Marcus Lovett, previously seen in Les Miserables on Broadway and Whistle Down the Wind in the West End takes on the role of the Phantom while Simon Thomas, who most recently appeared in Legally Blonde will play Raoul.  Amongst the females, we will see Lara Martins play Carlotta and Anna O’Byrne take on the protagonist Christine.

The RSC’s Matilda have also announced nearly a whole new cast starting in mid-August, and with the success of the musical so far it will be interesting to see the title role being taken on by four new girls entirely: Lucy-Mae Beacock, Hayley Canham, Chloe Hawthorn and Lara Wollington.

Hollywood transfer:
It has been announced that the hit Broadway and West End musical Jersey Boys is being adapted for the big screen for release in 2013. Musical to film transfers have been a very successful formula of the last few years with the likes of Mamma Mia! and Chicago raking in cinema audience numbers. Jon Favreau (Iron Man and Elf) will direct the film with an as of yet unannounced cast - but the lead roles are being sourced through open casting calls in Los Angeles. 

Openings this week, be sure to check these out:
RSC’s Julius Ceaser opened on 8th August and runs till 15th September at the Noël Coward Theatre. Soho Cinders by Stiles and Drewe opened at Soho Theatre Main House on 3rd August and runs till 9th September. Volcano by Noel Coward opens on 16th August till 29th September at The Vaudeville, and  Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein opens on 15th August till 15th September at the Barbican. 

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