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'Sporty Spice' gets critics' approval with Blood Brothers debut

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 09:38:57 GMT

Melanie Chisholm, one time member of the popular 1990s girl band The Spice Girls, has made her theatrical debut in London's West End to critical acclaim. Cast in the role of Mrs. Johnstone in Will Russell's musical, Blood Brothers, Chisholm gives new life to an aging, yet timeless play. Mrs. Johnstone was previously played by former X-Factor contestant Niki Evans.

Melanie Chisholm, one time member of the popular 1990s girl band The Spice Girls, has made her theatrical debut in London's West End to critical acclaim. Cast in the role of Mrs. Johnstone in Will Russell's musical, Blood Brothers, Chisholm gives new life to an aging, yet timeless play. Mrs. Johnstone was previously played by former X-Factor contestant Niki Evans.

Blood Brothers, which has been on the London stage since 1983, is the story of two twin brothers seperated at birth and raised as opposites; one rich, one poor. The two become long time friends and yet remain ignorant of their true relation for most of the play. Blood Brothers is playing at the Pheonix Theatre.

Christopher Lewis

Trying to keep your Breakfast at Tiffany's down!

Mon, 9 Nov 2009 12:59:57 GMT

They put up with blaring mobile phones, crass hecklers, and people lacking potty training. And yet stage actors still manage to continue with the show. But if there were awards for greatest distraction overcome, Anna Friel would win this year's award after an audience member of the musical production, Breakfast at Tiffany's, vomited over the edge of a second story balcony onto half a dozen other attendees below.

Only aware that there was a major commotion going on in the audience, Anna Friel admits that she almost fudged some of her lines. Despite the major distraction, she managed to carry on with the show. It was only after the performance had ended that she learned of the cause of the interruption.

Some critics have noted similar disturbances of performances by theatre-goers. During a performance of Waiting for Godot, Patrick Stewart could not help but be astounded by an inebriated man urinating to the side of the stage.

Critics suggest such interruptions are the result of reduced ticket prices aimed at attracting younger fans, as well as the introduction of alcoholic beverages before performances and during intermissions. Nonetheless, such occurences are rare, so don't go to the show expecting to catch any extra performances.

Anna Friel has made waves for performing the role of young New York siren Holly Golightly famously played by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film in the nude.

Breakfast at Tiffany's is playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, until the 9th of January, 2010.

Christopher Lewis


Sat, 18 Jul 2009 11:07:57 GMT

The amazing Disney Channel Original Movie, "High School Musical 2", is the base for the second part of the trilogy that will be staged in London. New Wimbledon Theatre will host this show for its UK premi`re starting from the 22nd of August. After its amazing performances in London, it will move across the UK and Ireland for the fantastic tour.

The show is directed by Jeff Calhoun, known for award-winning Broadway revivals of "Grease" and "Big River" as well as the UK version of "High School Musical". The plot tells the story of Troy and Gabriella, who once school is over, get a summer job at the chic country club in order to get money for college. Couple's sweet and innocent feelings are put to test. Will they be able to withstand the interference of others trying to destroy their love?

In the movie, the couple of love-birds are played by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. In the stage version we will see Liam Doyle, for whom the performance will be a professional stage debut. He will be accompanied by Les Dennis, who is known to the audiences of New Wimbledon Theatre from "Eurobeat" he took part in last year.

As it is the last show by Disney after the success of "Mary Poppins" and "The Lion King", it is more than sure, that this production with its live performances will impress everyone! With the cast of over 70 people, amazing choreography and dance, incredible design and lighting, this is a must see show, that thanks to Gift-tours you will be able to enjoy!

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Shawshank Redemption on the stage of West End London!

Mon, 6 Jul 2009 11:07:57 GMT

The play based on the Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) is making its way towards London's West End this autumn! After the world's premiere in Dublin at the Gaiety Theatre and its great success there, it will be entertaining audiences in Wyndham's Theatre from the 4th September until February 2010!

Written by Owen O'Neill and Dave Johns and directed by Peter Sheridan, is based also on the great success movie from 1994 with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman acting in it.

The plot tells the story of harsh life of Andy Dufresne, that after being accused of murdering his wife and her lover, ends up in the Shawshank Prison. The nightmare that is waiting for him there is full of cruelty and regime. Deprived of his independence and life that he shared with his family and friends,is left with nothing else but hope that makes him withstand the spirit-crushing routine.

In the lead role we will see Kevin Anderson. He is being famous for the popular "Sleeping with the Enemy" movie where he accompanied amazing Julia Roberts. It is not the first time that he will appear in the West End, as audiences had already the opportunity to see him in the Sunset Boulevard and Orphans. He will star alongside Reg E Cathey as Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding.

As the play is based on the seven Academy Award nominations movie, the show will be without a doubt a must see event that you can have a chance to enjoy thanks to Gift-tours!
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Dreamboats and Petticoats into the Savoy Theatre in July

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 21:02:56 GMT

"In 1961 emotions run high as talented young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win the hearts of their adoring female fans, and more importantly, the gorgeous Laura. But when Laura shows that she's no slouch with the guitar, rock'n' roll fame beckons... "

This is Dreamboats and Petticoats. This London musical revolves around two young musicians, Norman and Bobby and it is based on the music of the best-selling album of the same name. It features 50s and 60s rock' n' roll, including hits songs by Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, Chuck Berry and many more influential artists of the era.

Around such hits, book writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, best known for TV sitcoms "Birds of a Feather" and "Shine on Harvey Moon", have made up an original story.

The cast includes X-Factor finalist Scott Bruton, Emmerdale's Ben Freeman, Hollyoaks's Jennifer Biddall, Birds Of A Feather's David Cardy and newcomers Daisy Wood-Davis and A J Dean.

Dreamboats and Petticoats is going to enjoy a summer season in the London West End running for a limited season from 27 July to 12 September 2009 (previews from 22 July) at the Savoy Theatre.

This a remarkable opportunity to enjoy a sensational musical. Book your Dreamboats tand Petticoats theatre tickets now with Gift-tours and get ready for an unforgettable night out!

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the London's Novello Theatre

Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:08:00 GMT

Broadway's sold out production is coming to London. Classic play "Cat on a hot tin roof" will run in West End this fall. The theatre drama is set to play at London's Novello Theatre beginning 21 November 2009 and running for a limited season through 10 April 2010.

Debbie Allen is the director of the West End production of Williams' family drama. She is best known for playing Lydia Grant on TV's Fame, a role which earned her three Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe. This production of Williams' classic play will mark her directorial debut on a London theatre stage.

"Cat on a hot tin roof" is set in a plantation house in Missisippi. The plot is based on the story of a powerful southern family in crisis. The family members are gathered at the birthday celebration for the patriarch Big Daddy (James Earl Jones) who doesn't know he is dying of cancer. In order to get a part of his estate, they hide the truth about his disease from him and his wife, Big Mama (Phylicia Rashad).

Center as tensions is the turbulent relationship between Brick (Adrian Lester), an aging football hero and his beautiful but frustrated wife Maggie (Sanaa Lathan), "the Cat". As their troubled relationship comes to a bursting apex, some compromising secrets are finally disclosed.

Utterly emotional and insightful, "Cat on a hot tin roof" is an American treasure. Don't miss this bold new staging of Tennessee Williams' timeless family portrait. Book your ticket with Gift-Tours now!

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An Inspector Calls comes to the Novello Theatre London

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 09:16:51 GMT

From the Oscar nominated Stephen Daldry, the Director of The Reader, The Hours and London's No. 1 show Billy Elliot comes the National Theatre Production, "An Inspector Calls"./n
This 19 major awards winner thrilled audiences across the world with its spine-chilling suspense. Dazzling stage imagery brings the original, dark and elegant scenario. An Inspector Calls is a pure compelling thriller together epic and visually stunning./n
The story begins when Inspector Goole arrives unexpected at the house of prosperous Birling family. He bursts the peaceful family dinner with his investigation of young women's death. His findings bring revelations and shake the Birling's serene life./n
This musical will be staged on strictly limited eight week season starting at 22 September 2009.

Full casting will be announced together with further Gift-Tours features on this show.

Don't miss this "OUTSTANDING. A genuinely great production, enthralling and visually stunning." - Daily Telegraph


Othello comes back on stage at Trafalgar Studios London!!

Sun, 14 Jun 2009 19:20:38 GMT

William Shakespeare is perceived by many as the greatest playwright of all time. Now his fascinating tragedy Othello is returning to London! The great come back on the stage will be hosted by the Trafalgar Studios.

The show will be performed for an initial period of 3 months from 11 September until 12th December 2009!
In the lead role we will see the famous comedy actor Lenny Henry. Now he made it into the tragedy and critics all agree that he managed to undertake this engaging character just perfect!

The tragedy is believed to have originated in 1603. It tells the story of how the love of two people gets destroyed by one person's obsessive behaviour. The noble and brave man is confronted by the passionate and revenge seeking person that is full of hate and racism. It has been adapted by many literature and film productions. Its plot is very relevant to the present day as it touches the very areas of human nature.

Over-filled with racism, love and jealousy makes an impact on the audiences and leaves them with something to think about.

So why not enjoy one of the great autumn evenings watching this classic tragedy? Get your tickets for this emotional and touching show and be ready to be part of a lifetime experience!

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Ainsworth joins cast of Carrie's War at the Apollo Theatre

Tue, 9 Jun 2009 09:58:38 GMT
The English actress Kacey Ainsworth has joined the cast of Carrie's War. She is well known for playing the long-suffering Little Mo in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.
Furthermore, Kacey Ainsworth is the only actress who has won three Soap Actress awards in one single year 2002.
Carrie's war show will perform at the Apollo Theatre from 24 June to 12 September 2009, with previews from 18 June.

The play is based on Nina Bawden's famous 1973 novel and tells the timeless story of Carrie Willow; a young girl evacuated from London during World War II.
Carrie and her younger brother Nick Willow are billeted to the mining valleys in Wales, where they meet a range of eccentric and mystical creatures.

Returning as an adult, Carrie's memories come alive whisking us on a breathtaking journey into the past!

The spectacular cast includes Sarah Edwardson in the title role, Prunella Scales as Mrs Gotobed, Amanda Symonds as the witch and James Beddard as Mr Johnny.

The cast is completed by John Heffernan as Albert Sandwich, James Joyce as Nick, Daniel Llewelyn-Williams as Major Harper and Sion Tudor Owen as Mr Evans.

Book your ticket now with Gift-tours to experience this passionate and enchanting show!

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Price drop down for many of the must-see shows!

Mon, 8 Jun 2009 18:24:14 GMT
Now, when booking with gift-tours, you have the great chance to get the tickets for the top West End shows in London for less than ever!
Chicago, The 39 steps, Avenue Q, Grease and Hairspray are only some of them enclosed in this great offer!

Many of the shows are book adaptations or they were transformed from a big screen becoming a great success on the theatre stage. Others were originated in Broadway and landed in London after a great world tour like Avenue Q. Furthermore, Blood Brothers is still defined as the Best Musical in London after 20 running years!
Some of them are very emotional and stunning like Wicked. Others are about good family values and end with moral message like Carousel which is being nominated as the best musical of the 20th century by New York Time Magazine!

Every show has an amazing cast that includes great names. Two shining examples of it are Jerry Springer and Destiny`s Child singer Michelle Williams in the Chicago musical!

London West End's shows offer you the unique opportunities to encounter a lifetime experience in the amazing West End theatres with fascinating music, great choreography and vocals.

Visit Gift-tours to learn more about the shows and the prices!

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The new Stonehenge direct tour!

Tue, 6 Jun 2009 16:17:22 GMT
Stonehenge direct tour is the new extended trip offered only by Gift-Tours.

Our custom day trip guarantees unbeatable low prices, experienced guides and deluxe coaches that will drive you straight to the site for an extended visit. From the 1st of June this tour is available everyday with departures from Central London.

Stepping inside the "inner circle of stones" is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You will be able to visit the home of pagan religion and spiritual worship that dates back nearly 5000 years.
Visiting the most prehistoric monument in the world is a unique opportunity! Especially if it costs only 29.99 pound. Price includes transportation, the entrance fee, audio guides and site handouts available in ten different languages!

Come and find out for yourself the mysteries and history of this astounding ancient monoliths. What are you waiting for? Book your ticket now with Gift-tours!

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Welcome to the new West End's stars!

Tue, 5 Jun 2009 13:49:51 GMT
This year's summer will have some great names coming! Being at the spotlight, West End will provide entertainment and assure that there is no boredom in any corner of the city! Jerry Springer, Destiny`s Child star Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz are are just some of the famous names to land in London!
Rachel Weisz will play Blanche Dubois star in a West End version of "A Streetcar Named Desire". Brian Conley is back to "Hairspray" musical, replacing Michael Ball and playing the big mum Edna Turnblad. La Cage Aux Folles will also have the great return of its star. John Barrowman will join the cast in this amazing comedy and will entertain the crowds dressed in the stunning sparkling dresses of Albin!
But there is still more to come! The next West end's must see is Jerry Springer performing as the lawyer Billy Flynn. He will be accompanied by former Destiny`s Child singer Michelle Williams!
Another show that spices up its performances is the astonishing musical Mamma Mia! On the 15th of June, names like Sally Ann Triplett, Norman Bowman and Niamh Perry will appear on the cast list! The show was a worldwide success since its big screen production with actors like Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan singing the amazing ABBA music.
Once again London proofs to be the perfect destination for any time of the year! Do not miss the chance to see these enchanting shows and famous stars acting live on the fantastic stages of London`s West End! Look at our tickets section and find out how with Gift-tours. It is cheaper!

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Calendar Girls tickets price start from only 10 pounds!

Tue, 2 Jun 2009 16:36:18 GMT
Tickets available for this absolutely sparkling theatre show for only 10 pounds!
Gift-tours offers you this unique opportunity to spend an unforgettable night at London's West End.
Calendar girls is currently performing at the Noel Coward Theatre and it will run until 17 October 2009.
Don't miss this one time offering and book now your ticket for one of the most successful and exhilarating West End's musical!

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Hemingway musical at the Comedy Theatre

Mon, 1 Jun 2009 09:02:18 GMT
Too Close To The Sun is a dramatic new West End musical based on a fictional account of the last year of Ernest Hemingway.

Author and Nobel Prize-winner Ernest Hemingway, battling the rigours old age, takes solace in the company of his young secretary. His wife, tolerating this liaison so as not to lose him, is unaware that the secretary has a secret agenda - to become wife number five and inherit his estate. The arrival of Rex, an old school friend, adds a further complication, as he tries to secure the film rights to the life of the notorious writer. With bribery, lies and manipulation, Rex plays a dangerous game to achieve his goal, but in this suggested account of events leading to Hemingway s death, can there be any winners?

This new theatre show, based on a play by Ron Read, will be making its world premiere at the Comedy Theatre opening 24 July 2009, following previews from 16 July, and it will run for a limited eight week season this summer.

News about Too Close To The Sun's cast and creative team is yet to be announced.

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