SCHOOL OF ROCK
42nd STREET
DREAM GIRLS
The latest musical to arrive in London after becoming a hit on Broadway is big, loud, lots of fun and probably ideal for groups new to Musical Theatre. Based on the iconic film, it now has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.   This is a new production of the hugely famous all-singing, all-dancing Broadway musical based on the 1930s film. In the story young Peggy joins the chorus-line of a new show but when the leading lady gets injured she sees the opportunity to have a shot at the stardom that she has always dreamed of!  The big musical numbers include 42nd Street, We’re in the Money and Lullaby of Broadway. It’s a wonderful opportunity for your group to experience what a huge Broadway/West End musical can be like at its traditional best.The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has been famous over the years for record-breaking productions of South Pacific, The King and I, My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line and Miss Saigon. Tours of the theatre can also be arranged as part of your visit.

This is the much anticipated West End premiere of the Tony Award Winning Broadway version. It’s set at a revolutionary time for American music and charts the rise of a young female trio called The Dreams who learn that, ‘show business is as tough as it is fabulous’.  It received mainly 4star reviews when it opened in December and rave reviews for Amber Riley (from TV’s Glee) who sings the iconic, ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’.

It’s a hugely energetic fast-moving production that hardly ever pauses and there are some great performances.

(Amber Riley is not appearing at every performance – please check)

 

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Educational Material:
• Follow-up practical drama ideas. Script extracts

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Educational Material:
• Still to be confirmed

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Educational Material:
• Still to be confirmed

MATILDA
ALADDIN
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
The most popular musical with LTT groups in recent years. A masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company based on Roald Dahl’s book about a girl who dares to be different. Some hugely energetic dance routines for the young cast. Not a pantomime but based instead on the animated film musical of the same name. It’s another Disney Theatrical production to follow LION KING that arrives in London after opening on Broadway with ‘stunning costume, stage design and special effects’ with, of course, a flying carpet. Some of the Broadway cast, including Genie , are joining the West End company. Although not set to open until March 2017 this will be the transfer of the Tony Winning Broadway production which is both spectacular and ideal for groups looking for a ‘big dance musical’. It’s based on the film of the same name that starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron and the two American leads will be in the London production. The music is all Gershwin and one critic described the production as, ‘plain gorgeous’.
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Educational Material:
• Concentrates on material to encourage the confidence and inspiration students need to develop their writing skills. Direct links with the National Writing Challenge with the aim of encouraging writing of stories and songs

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Educational Material:
• None available

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Educational Material:
• Educational material to follow

HALF A SIXPENCE
WICKED
KINKY BOOTS

A completely fresh adaptation of the famous British musical based on H.G. Wells autobiographical novel, ‘Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul’. Another very modern quick-moving almost cinematic production with a very energetic young cast and some great choreography particularly in the classic ‘ Flash, Bang, Wallop’ number.

 

Still a big favourite with LTT groups and an opportunity to discover the untold story of the witches of Oz. A big, spectacular fun based production. Winner of the Best New Musical in the West End Award this year after a similar award when it opened on Broadway this is a heartwarming feel-good show described by The Times as, ‘Total Family Entertainment’. Following on from the film of the same name and based on real events it begins in a shoe factory in Northampton (!) where business is not good but eventually finds itself strutting the catwalks of Milan. The Grammy award winning music is by Cyndi Lauper and the themes are friendship and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.
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Educational Material:
• Still to be confirmed

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Educational Material:
• Relates to major themes within the show of friendship, values, choices and the possible consequences of our actions. Also details background information on the show

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Educational Material:
• Excellent fully downloadable material

LES MISERABLES
LION KING
MAMMA MIA
The world’s most famous musical. As it is a ‘sung-through’ musical probably more suited to students who already have experience of musical theatre. Still in the top five of favourite shows for LTT groups, Disney’s award winning musical the Lion King is now in its 15th year. Hugely inventive and spectacular with great music. Light-hearted fun musical set on a Greek island with most of Abba’s hits. Now an international success as well as a film.
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Educational Material:
• Excellent and extensive. Character-based questions & discussion. Background on the homeless and poor along with crime and punishment. Research projects suggested

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Educational Material:
• Extensive. Activity sheets focusing on themes including friendship, citizenship and community. Background teacher’s notes. FREE behind the scenes CD with each booking

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Educational Material:
• None available

STEPPING OUT
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Not really a musical in the traditional sense but a play based on eight characters learning to dance. We see the seven women and one man at their weekly tap lessons over several months. All traditional characters are there including haughty Vera, mouthy Maxine, bubbly Sylvia and uptight Andy with the dour Mrs. Fraser at the piano all spurred on by the ever-patient Mavis. Good fun with, not surprisingly, a great routine at the end. A spectacular musical with stunning sets and costumes and one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most popular musical scores. The story of the Phantom, a masked figure living in the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, who falls in love with Christine a young soprano.
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Educational Material:
• None.  It’s just for fun

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Educational Material:
•Lots of background information such as where the Phantom was born as well as ideas for research and discussion