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April 2015

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Theatreland Be wise when you advertise Look for the ABC stamp of trust. An ABC certificate provides accurate, independently verified circulation figures giving you confidence in your advertising investment. www.abc.org.uk Travel GBI is published by Travel Weekly Group, 3rd Floor, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, Victoria, London, SW1W 0AU Tel: 020 7881 4875. Printed by Precision Colour Printing, Telford, Shropshire. Be wise when you advertise Look for the ABC stamp of trust. An ABC certificate provides accurate, independently verified circulation figures giving you confidence in your advertising investment. www.abc.org.uk BeTWeen Worlds, the world premiere of Tansy Davies's first opera – inspired by the events of 9/11 – opens at the Barbican, London, on April 11. There will be eight performances of the opera, directed by acclaimed opera and theatre director Deborah Warner. Between Worlds forms part of a series of major British operas premiered by English National Opera. The opera focuses on the relationships and emotions of the people at the centre of the 9/11 tragedy, trapped high up in the World Trade Center in New York. eno.org Opera based on 9/11 opens at Barbican DuNCAN James will star as Tick in the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which starts its uK tour at the Manchester Opera House on August 14. As one quarter of the pop band Blue, Duncan James has sold over 16 million records, had three number one albums and 40 number one singles worldwide. His stage credits include playing Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde and Billy Flynn in Chicago. He was also a finalist on THE musical Mary Poppins will tour the uK and Ireland later this year and into 2016, opening at Leicester Curve on October 13. It will also play in Bristol, Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Southampton – with more dates yet to be announced. Co-creator Cameron Mackintosh said: "I'm delighted to be bringing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious show to tour the UK and Ireland her back to the uK and for the first time to Dublin, after spreading her magic around the world." The stage version is adapted from the stories by PL Travers and the famous Walt Disney film. It boasts classic songs by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman including Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds, as well as new songs and additional music and lyrics by the British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The stage production of Mary Poppins originally opened in 2004 and ran in the West End for three years. marypoppins.co.uk AWARD-WINNING film and theatre director Mike Leigh is to make his operatic debut with the Gilbert and Sullivan classic The Pirates of Penzance on May 9 at London Coliseum, for 14 performances. The production will also be broadcast live in cinemas across uK and Ireland, and selected cinemas worldwide, as part of ENO Screen on May 19. The Pirates of Penzance launched by Mike Leigh Gilbert and Sullivan's popular farcical comedy features swashbuckling pirates and flat- footed policemen. It tells the story of the pirate apprentice Frederic and his love for Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley who has the famous tongue- twisting song I am the very model of a modern Major-General. eno.org BRIGHTON Festival (May 2-24) will have three central themes: Art and Nature, the Crossing Places between art forms, and Taking Liberty. The annual event claims to be England's largest mixed arts festival and features award- winning author Ali Smith as this year's guest director. The programme spans music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, literature and debate from a wide range of national and international companies and artists. Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome and Artists converge on Brighton Festival in May Brighton Festival, said: "Ali Smith, as guest director this year, has been a wonderful inspiration to us all in programming the festival. She has also brought an incredible Duncan James to join Priscilla UK tour 2016, with dates in Eastbourne, then on to Canterbury, Glasgow and Torquay. atgtickets.com/manchester NOMINATIONS for the Olivier Awards 2015 with MasterCard were announced by actors James McAvoy and Lesley Manville. New productions Memphis The Musical and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (pictured) lead the nominations for individual productions, receiving nine and eight nods respectively, including the MasterCard Best New Musical Award. In the Best Actor category Mark Strong and Richard Armitage both receive nominations for roles in Arthur Miller plays A View From The Bridge and The Crucible, competing with previous Olivier A NEW musical show about Judy Garland starts its uK theatre tour at the Edinburgh Playhouse on May 8. Judy – The songbook of Judy Garland stars Lorna Luft, Judy Garland's daughter. Luft has appeared in numerous film, TV and stage shows, including White Christmas, They're Playing My Song and Babes in Arms. Famous choreographer and theatre director Arlene Phillips will be the creative director. The show also features leading West End musical theatre stars, such as Louise Dearman, Rachel Stanley and Ben Richards. Singer-songwriter, actor and Dancing On Ice star Ray Quinn, will be joining the uK tour too. His first acting role was in Brookside and he was the runner-up in the X Factor to Leona Lewis in 2006. The tour will include never-before-seen film clips and interviews together with classic hit songs from some of Garland's films such as A Star is Born, Meet Me in St Louis, easter Parade and The Wizard of Oz. After Edinburgh, the show moves on to Rhyl, York, Bradford, Birmingham, Kings Lynn, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Torquay, Wimbledon, Edinburgh hosts UK premiere of Judy Garland show Truro, Cardiff, Sheffield, Brighton, Watford, Bromley, Darlington, Oxford, and Woking. atgtickets.com rhylpavilion.co.uk bradford-theatres.co.uk kingslynncornexchange.co.uk hallforcornwall.co.uk newtheatrecardiff.co.uk sheffieldtheatres.co.uk watfordcolosseum.co.uk darlingtoncivic.co.uk Musicals hit the right notes for Olivier Awards Award nominees James McAvoy and Tim Pigott-Smith. Best Actress nominations have gone to Gillian Anderson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton. The shortlist for the This Morning Audience Award, the only Olivier Award voted for by the public, features Billy elliot The Musical, Matilda The Musical, Jersey Boys and Wicked. Special awards will be presented to dancer Sylvie Guillem and actor Kevin Spacey. The awards ceremony will be at the Royal Opera House on April 12 with highlights on ITV. olivierawards.com range of artists to the festival... from Agnès Varda to Elif Shafak, Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood and Mabou Mines." brightonfestival.org ITV1's Dancing on Ice. Based on the movie, the musical is the story of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship. It features hits such as It's Raining Men, Say a Little Prayer, Go West, Hot Stuff and Always on My Mind. The show is in Manchester until August 29, then moves to Sunderland, Southampton, Stoke and Brighton. The tour continues in March

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