News Theatre Awards 2009

Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Rowan Atkinson and X-Factor star Diana Vickers scooped prestigious theatre awards this week, voted for by the public in record numbers. Theatregoers voted online for their favourites across 26 different categories between December 2009 and January 2010. There was a record 46,000 voters who took part which was 11,000 more than the previous record set last year for the 2008 awards. Throughout the world there are many contests and prizes that only a few can be the lucky ones to compete for them, sometimes it is not in one’s home country, so if you are traveling and even more so with your family you should check all the information about ARG family immigration.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s rival production of Hamlet, headed by former Doctor Who star David Tennant, was also a winner. Sir Patrick Stewart picked up two awards – best supporting actor in a play for playing scheming ruler Claudius in Hamlet and theatre event of the year award, shared with Sir Ian McKellen (X-Men) for Waiting for Godot.

Oliver! picked up three awards; the best Musical Revival category, Rowan Atkinson (Blackadder, Mr Bean) winning best actor in a musical for Fagin and Jodie Prenger (I’d Do Anything winner) receiving the best supporting acress in a musical award for her portrayal of Nancy.

Rowan Atkinson’s acceptance video told how he had tackled the role with some trepidation, having never sung in a musical before.

He said:

“This is absolutely great. I’m genuinely very pleased and very touched.

“When I embarked on this journey to play the part of Fagin in Oliver!, I did so with a degree of apprehension.

“I hadn’t been on the West End stage in 20 years and I had never sung in a musical – well, I’d never sung really.

“So it was quite a scary time, and what made it all possible was the warmth and accommodation and tolerance of the company of the production of Oliver!, all those actors, the adults and the children, and our directors and choreographers and designers, and, in particular, our director Rupert Goold for being so helpful to someone who was stepping with such trepidation into the project.

“Also, of course, the warmth and accommodation and tolerance of the audience who kindly came to see us.

“As this is more than anything an audience award – and the audience in the end, I think, is the most important element in any theatrical event – it really means something.

“So I’d like to thank you all sitting there very much indeed, but I’d also like to thank mostly all those who voted for me, and all those real people who spent real money to come and see the show. Thank you.”

Best West End show was taken by Wicked, which just won a very close vote with War Horse which was was the only play nominated in this category. Wicked is now in its 4th year at the Apollo Theatre in London and has been visited by over 2.5 million people, and taken over

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Oliver – New Review

Charles Spencer has returned to Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to re-review for the Daily Telegraph, in light of the new cast, particularly the actor and stand-up comedian Omid Djalili who is now playing the role of Fagin (previously played by Rowan Atkinson).

Clearly Mr. Spencer was again delighted, and reveived his “guaranteed good night out” as he says in the review, since he has given this review 5*s.

From the moments when four dozen (count

Special Offers Theatre Tickets

Oliver – Theatre and Dinner

We now have a couple of dinner packages available for Oliver! at Maxwell’s. There is the option of both pre-theatre dinner at 6pm with tickets for 7.30pm or tickets for 7.30pm and post-theatre dinner at 10.30pm. Both packages are for a two course meal from the pre-theatre or post-theatre menu and a balcony ticket. The price is just


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Oliver Theatre Ticket Site

Following the final of the BBC programme I’d Do Anything, the purpose of which was to find people to star as Nancy and Oliver, tickets for Oliver are proving to be very popular.

In response to this we have now set up yet another stand alone site

On the new site you will find all the information you need on this new production of Oliver including dates, ticket booking and theatre break booking. The new site also provides information on the venue, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, including travel information, directions and a map.

If you would like to see any further information on the Oliver Theatre Ticket website please let us know.


Nancy Winner

The final two came down to Jodie and Jessie and Jodie Prenger was announced as Nancy in the grand final of I’d Do Anything last weekend. Jodie, who currently works as an agony aunt appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning with Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams to talk about the show. She stated that she doesn’t yet know which performances she will be appearing in but we can reveal that Sickness and holiday permitting, Jodie is scheduled to perform on Monday and Tuesday evenings, Wednesday matinees and Friday evenings and both Saturday Shows. Until the show opens in December, the Producers cannot make a final decision on any additonal performances. Due to licensing issues, it will not be decided which Oliver will perform until shortly before the performance starts.

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More Oliver Dates

We now have more dates available for the new production of Oliver the musical. Tickets are now on sale for performances from Tuesday 16th December 2008 to Saturday 26th September 2009. Tickets currently start at £31.50.

The grand final of I’d Do Anything takes place on Saturday when we will find out who is going to join the three Olivers as Nancy. The three Olivers are – Gwion, 11, from Carmarthenshire, Harry, 12, from Oxfordshire and Laurence, 11, from Cheshire.

Theatre Tickets

Oliver The Musical


Tickets for the much anticipated new production of Oliver are now on sale. The new production at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane promises to be even more spectacular than ever before, starring Rowan Atkinson as Fagin, a cast and orchestra of over one hundred and an exciting new Nancy and Oliver that will be cast from the BBC series I’d Do Anything.