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32 Photo: Marc Brenner Anne Reid as Lady Hunstanton with Crystal Clarke as Hester Worsley. WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE AT VAUDEVILLE THEATRE Anne Reid is currently performing in A Woman of No Importance at the Vaudeville Theatre, and will play Lady Hunstanton until 30 December. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole, the production is the first in a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre. Anne Reid MBE, is best-known for her BAFTA Award-nominated role as Celia Dawson in Last Tango in Halifax (BBC). The award-winning show also starred Derek Jacobi and Sarah Lancashire, with the final episode attracting over 8 million viewers. Anne received a BAFTA nomination for her performance in The Mother (Best Actress, 2004) and an Olivier Award nomination for her role in Epitaph for George Dillon (Best Supporting Actress, 2006). Anne’s extensive TV credits include Doc Martin, Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case (ITV), Shameless (Channel 4), Bleak House, Jane Eyre, Dr Who, New Tricks, Upstairs Downstairs and Dinnerladies (BBC). Dominic Dromgoole, director, said: ‘It will be a delight to welcome Anne back to the London stage, since she has become an even more loved star with Last Tango. She has long been one of my favourite actresses, and her performance in Peter Gill’s beautiful The York Realist was one of my greatest experiences in the theatre. It will also be nice to celebrate her recent successes as a cabaret performer by cutting her loose with a song or two from the Victorian songbook.’ Classic Spring is a new theatre company from former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Dominic Dromgoole. As part of its year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville Theatre, the company will stage A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest. An iconoclast, a socialist and a gay Irishman in the socially conservative late-Victorian era, Oscar Wilde broke the mould in his work and in his life. Opening in the year of the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, this season aims to offer a much fuller picture of the man and the artist, and reveal this much-loved playwright as the brilliant renegade he was in his own time. Interspersed with the plays will be a curated series of interludes and ‘Wilde Talks’ that will reveal the deep current of radicalism and subversiveness that runs through all of Wilde’s writing. There will be 20,000 tickets under £20 offered across the season. Visit for a detailed performance schedule. For tickets telephone 0330 333 4814. FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE EXTENDS RUN AT MARBLE ARCH THEATRE Clarke Peters’ Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe, has extended its run for the second time due to popular demand. The show is playing at the brand new Marble Arch Theatre, which was custom built for the production. The venue is designed to take audiences to an 1940s all-swinging New Orleans club, complete with festooned courtyard, bespoke cocktail bar, smoky corners and band-stand as a centrepiece. Performed in the round for the first time, theatregoers will be able to take their seats at the cabaret tables in the Funky Butt Club and have drinks served directly to their tables for an up-close and personal musical experience all around them. First seen at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1990, Cameron Mackintosh brought Five Guys Named Moe to the West End where it played for four years, subsequently playing on Broadway and around the world. Clarke Peters' career defining musical features the irresistible hits of trailblazing ‘King of the Jukebox’ Louis Jordan, including Early In The Morning, Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie and Saturday Night Fish Fry. For tickets, telephone 0333 344 4167. Helen Maybanks. 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

33 Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton) with West End cast of Hamilton. Michael Jibson (King George). Photos: Matthew Murphy HAMILTON OPENS AT THE NEWLY REBUILT VICTORIA PALACE THEATRE The long awaited West End production of Hamilton re-opens the newly rebuilt and restored Victoria Palace Theatre with the official opening night taking place on 21 December. 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. The West End cast includes Christine Allado (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton), Tarinn Callender (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Michael Jibson (King George), Rachel John (Angelica Schuyler), Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Cleve September (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton), Giles Terera (Aaron Burr), Obioma Ugoala (George Washington) and Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton). Full ticketing information can be found on the official website at which includes details of the Hamilton West End £10 daily Lottery. The producers of Hamilton are working to combat the unauthorised profiteering of third party resellers and ticket touts. Delfont Mackintosh Theatres has pioneered for the West End a paperless ticket system for this production. Hamilton has book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire and is based on Ron Giles Terera (Aaron Burr) in Hamilton. Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton. 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 continues its runs at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway, at the CIBC PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago and cities across North America. Hamilton is produced in London by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, The Public Theater and Cameron Mackintosh. 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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