“Mum Mia! »Musical returns in London’s West End
The hit musical “Mamma Mia!” will return to London’s West End at Novello Theater from August 25.
The besieged British theater sector is operating at significantly reduced capacity for another month, with the country’s full reopening being postponed until July 19 from June 21. Unless COVID-19 cases, which are currently registering some 10,000 new cases per day, increase exponentially, theaters will return to full capacity by the time “Mamma Mia!” reopens.
The show, about a possible mother, daughter and three fathers on a Greek island idyll, all taking place in classic ABBA pieces, initially opened in London at the Prince Edward Theater in 1999, before moving to the Prince of Wales in 2004, then to the Novello in 2012. The London production has been seen by more than nine million people, has performed over 8,500 performances and broke box office records at its three London homes.
The return to casting will be Mazz Murray like Donna, Richard trinder like Sam, Neil Moors like harry, Stephen beckett like Bill, and Sophie mathieu like Lisa.
With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, “Mamma Mia! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. It is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East & Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal.
Pictured (LR), Stephen Beckett, Richard Trinder, Neil Moors.
Meanwhile, the cast of Grammy and Olivier Award winning “Jersey Boys” will be directed by Ben Joyce like Frankie Valli, Adam bailey like Bob Gaudio, Benjamin yates as Tommy De Vito and Karl James Wilson like Nick Massi. The musical will open at the newly renovated Trafalgar Theater August 10, after the previews of July 28.
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Altitude have acquired a screenwriter and director Tony Stone’s Unabomber drama “Ted K.” for the United Kingdom and Ireland before the Cannes Virtual Market.
Hanway Movies manages international sales and distribution and has also concluded deals in Italy (Movies Inspired), Scandinavia (NonStop), Portugal (Films4You), Greece (Odeon), CIS & Baltics (Paradise), Middle East (Front Row), ships and airlines (Horizon), Singapore (Shaw) and Latin America (CDC). Cinetic Media negotiated the deal with NEON Super Ltd for US rights.
The film, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, stars Sharlto Copley (“District 9”) as Ted Kaczynski, widely known as Unabomber, and draws inspiration from personal diaries of Kaczynski and the stories of those who knew him during his life in hiding.
Yana Ugrekhelidze‘S “Instructions for Survival” (Germany) is the winner of the Compass-Perspektive-Award for Best Film in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino program of the Berlinale Summer Special. The prize has a cash prize of € 5,000 ($ 5,940).
The jury also selected a film with special mention – “Du bois et de l’eau” (Germany / France) by Jonas Bak.
After going virtual in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 edition of the iconic United Kingdom Notting Hill Carnival, scheduled for August 29 and 30, should follow the same path.
“After extensive consultations with our strategic partners, our advisory board and participating individual PA groups and systems, the board of directors of Notting Hill Carnival Ltd, the organizing body of the Notting Hill Carnival, has decided that the carnival of this year would not be on the streets due to the continued uncertainty and risk posed by COVID-19, ”organizers said.
“As in 2020, we are working on alternative events that will allow everyone to safely celebrate all that the Notting Hill Carnival represents. More details on all of this, as well as special events leading up to the August bank holiday weekend will be announced in due course, ”added the organizers.
“In the future, we will be working with the carnival riders for the biggest carnival in Notting Hill for 2022.”