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16 Photo Joan Marcus. HAMILTON LONDON PERFORMANCES BEGIN IN NOVEMBER Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the very foundations of the America we know today. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now. West End performances begin on 21 November. Winner of 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Hamilton has smashed box office records on Broadway where it continues its run at The Richard Rodgers Theatre with the largest advance ever recorded in theatre history. A second US production is also playing to capacity at the PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago and a third US production opened in March at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Hamilton is produced in London by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, The Public Theater and Cameron Mackintosh. The first booking period from 21 November 2017 through to 30 June 2018 is now sold out. Full ticketing information on the official website at STOMP London. Photo: Steve McNicholas. STOMP BOOKING EXTENDED TO 2018 Stomp has recently extended its booking period until 15 April 2018 at London’s Ambassadors Theatre, where it has broken all previous box office records. Stomp was created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas and was first performed in 1991 in Edinburgh. The show played Sadler’s Wells Theatre in January 1994 and won the Olivier Award for Best Choreography, before opening in New York in February of the same year. The European company was created in 1997 and began the show’s London run at the Vaudeville Theatre on 25 September 2002, transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre on 27 September 2007. One of Britain’s greatest exports, Stomp has toured the globe for 26 years, playing to more than 12 million people in 53 countries across 6 continents. Hamilton Broadway Cast – Daveed Diggs as Thomas Jefferson and Ensemble. TALKS, EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE Highlights of the Talks and Exhibitions Programme at the National Theatre this autumn will feature Follies related events including discussions with cast members Josephine Barstow and Tracie Bennett (18 December) and Philip Quast and Janie Dee (14 Sept.) who will reflect on the challenges and rewards of performing in the show. Director Dominic Cooke will also discuss this new production on 18 October. Designer Vicki Mortimer will explain how the show’s set and costume design came together, from the initial concepts through to the designs that can be seen on stage and will offer the opportunity to see the model of the Follies set on 12 December. Talks and events related to the world premiere of Mosquitoes include Distrusting Science on 21 September, programmed in collaboration with CERN and the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The talk will ask; ‘Do new discoveries make you fearful of the future of science?’ discussing the public perception of scientific research into areas such as radiation, genetics and particle physics. On 25 September, designer Katrina Lindsay will then explore her processes for the set and costume design of this new play. Relating to Saint George and the Dragon, Class - an unequal nation? On 2 November a panel will explore how class affects our chosen path in life and how easy it is it to break out of the social hierarchy. Is the class system still relevant in 21st century Britain? Events not related to the repertoire include a talk with comedian Matt Lucas, who will discuss his new memoir Little Me: The A-Z of Matt Lucas on 6 December; Russian Theatre on Stage on 9 November will explore the rich theatrical responses to the revolution in Russia throughout the years; as well as a talk by Steven Berkoff, who in his eightieth year will reflect on his career as playwright, actor and director on 2 October. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

PACO PEÑA FLAMENCO DANCE COMPANY AT SADLER’S WELLS Acclaimed flamenco guitarist, composer, dramatist and producer Paco Peña returns to Sadler’s Wells with his company to present Flamencura, from 8-12 August. The show received five star reviews following its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells in June 2015. The production reconnects with flamenco’s roots, stripping away theatricality and narrative, and providing a raw platform for the company’s artists to present and express their most quintessential emotions. Flamencura presents ten dance pieces, a combination of solos, duets, ensembles and musical numbers, ranging from choreographies inspired by the Spanish folk traditions that give origin to the art of flamenco, to cutting-edge contemporary takes on flamenco. Over a career spanning more than four decades, Paco Peña has expanded the possibilities of flamenco and changed perceptions of the art form, bringing originality and energy to flamenco performance by mining the richness of its traditions while being inspired by contemporary culture. Peña is regarded as one of the world’s leading flamenco performers, his skill, innovation and passion acclaimed by audiences worldwide. Janie Dee, Philip Quast, Imelda Staunton and Peter Forbes in Follies. STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S FOLLIES OPENS AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE 1971, New York. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Including such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical will be staged for the first time at the National Theatre this autumn. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Director Dominic Cooke said: ‘Sondheim is one of the great innovators of modern theatre. Everything he has written breaks new ground thematically and finds a fresh form to express it. His restless, questing spirit defines, for me, what it means to be an artist. I love Follies for its iconic score, brutal honesty and psychological accuracy. It depicts a profound crisis and that most American of themes: the question for authenticity in a world of illusion.’ SUMMER JAZZ WEEKENDERS AT GREENWICH From 12–13 August and 19–20 August, Greenwich Peninsula will play host to the new London jazz festival, Summer Jazz Weekenders with Jazz FM. Taking place in the beautiful outdoor amphitheatre in Peninsula Gardens, visitors can enjoy two bands a day for four days of music over two weekends. The event is free of charge and open to everyone. Summer Jazz Weekenders will also feature MI-SOUL Radio DJs, live contemporary circus performances by Upswing, Ping Pong, an area of workshops, food and relaxation for families, artist workshops and street food by Craft London. UK jazz today experiments and takes risks, drawing on an eclectic mix of musical influences from hip-hop, folk, electronic music, rock, soul and music from all over the world. Visitors can experience the diversity of the modern UK jazz scene through a mixture of established and fresh musicians with a variety of musical and cultural influences. Photograph by Perou, designed by the NT Graphic Design Studio. 17 t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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