From Page To Stage Festival of New Musical Theatre


West End performers Jon Robyns, Niamh Perry, Jodie Jacobs and Sophia Ragavelas are lined up to star in a season of new musicals at the Landor Theatre in south London.


The From Page to Stage festival begins next week on February 10th and runs until March 9th, and includes readings of Merman’s Apprentice, Claus the Musical, and The Return of the Soldier.


The event also includes a screening of a new film musical Big Society The Musical which will play on February 13th.


Merman’s Apprentice will be performed on February 11th and 12th. It has a book and lyrics by Stephen Cole and music by David Evans.


This production will star Kim Criswell as Ethel Merman. David Burt and Elizabeth Seal also star in the show, which is directed by Stewart Nicholls.


Claus the Musical, penned by Simon Warne and Andy Collyer, will be performed on February 14th and 15th. It is directed by Kate Golledge and is based on L Frank Baum’s book, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Its cast includes Adam Anderson, Kara Lane and Sophie Caton.


Meanwhile, The Return of the Soldier has been written by Tim Sanders and Charles Miller, and will star Sophia Ragavelas, alongside Gary Tushaw and Jennifer Harraghy.


It is directed by Susan Raasay and will run on February 28th and March 1st.


Perry, Robyns and Jacobs will star in Showcase Nights, which will present three shows in development each evening. This will run from February 25th to 27th, and also includes West End “Top Hat” Director Matthew White, Ashleigh Gray, Anita Louise Combe, Tom Solomon and Jonathan Eio.


The showcases are directed by Simon Greiff.


Casting for the two lead shows have also been announced.


Before The Night Is Through


Tuesday 18th – Sunday 23rd February


A new British musical with Book and Lyrics by Olivia Thompson and Music by Chris Whitehead




The cast includes: Kate Brennan (West Side Story, Southbank Centre), Abigail Jaye (Rocky Horror Show UK Tour, Eva Peron in Evita UK Tour), Richard Colvin (The Hired Man Off Broadway), Amelia Adams-Pearce (Hairspray UK Tour, Spamalot), Tom Sankey, Kieran Brown (Wicked, Love Never Dies), Ian Mowat (Evita UK Tour), Jenny Gayner (Chicago, Spamalot), Louisa Lydell (Love Never Dies, Mamma Mia!) and James Robert-Moore (Meet Me in St. Louis).


Before The Night Is Through is directed by the Landor Theatre’s artistic director Robert McWhir, with musical direction by Christopher Whitehead, choreography by Cressida Carre and design by Magdalena Iwanska.


The Mistress Cycle


Tuesday 4th – Sunday 9th March 2014


A new American musical with Book and Lyrics by Beth Blatt and Music by Jenny Giering.


The cast includes: Caroline Deverill (Sleeping Beauty Park Theatre, Billy Elliot), Maria Lawson (Matilda, Avenue Q), Kara Lane (Oliver! UK Tour, Lend Me a Tenor), Nicola Blackman (Little Shop of Horrors original cast) and Laura Armstrong (A Little Night Music).


The Mistress Cycle is directed by Bronagh Lagan with musical direction by Caroline Humphris (Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music, Menier Chocolate Factory, West End and Broadway).


From Page To Stage will open on Monday 10th evening with a special LAUNCH NIGHT:


Performers singing include: Tamar Broadbent, Rebecca Caine, Daniel Buckley, Jenny Webster, Lila Clements, Ian Carlyle, Anton Tweedale, Alex James Ellison, Caroline Rodgers, Andrew Truluck, Chantelle Jordan Kemp, singing work from the writers: James Ball, David Cooke, Tarek Merchant, Dina Gregory and Theo Jamieson.


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