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WHAT’S ON: FEATHER PRODUCTIONS in association with the BEACON ARTS CENTRE present the world premiere of LENA by Tim Whitnall

1999. LENA ZAVARONI (born in Greenock in 1963) has sung for presidents and royalty, topped the bill at the London Palladium, and become the youngest artist ever to have had a Top Ten album. But now, the fallen child star is fighting for her future – and her life. Waiting anxiously in a Cardiff hospital, her father VICTOR wonders how fate and fortune have conspired against him and his ‘wee lassie wi’ the pipes o’ Shirley Bassey’. Surrounded by ghosts he must endure a white-knuckle ride through the past; an ordinary man with one last chance to save his extraordinary daughter. 
 
Written by BAFTA and OLIVIER award-winner TIM WHITNALL (MorecambeThe Best Possible Taste) and directed by LESLIE FINLAY (The MisanthropeThe Reader), this dynamic new work also features a wealth of classic songs including Ma! Hes Making Eyes At MeRoses and Rainbows, and (Youve Got) Personality. 
 
LENA stars ERIN ARMSTRONG (Shetland/10 Rillington Place), ALAN MCHUGH (Scot Squad/The Limmy Show), JULIE COOMBE (River City/Hope Springs) as Hilda Zavaroni, HELEN LOGAN (River City/A Mugs Game), JULIE COOMBE and features the incredible JON CULSHAW (Dead Ringers/ The Impressionist Show) as TV’s original “Mr. Starmaker”, Hughie Green.
 
Other creatives include Musical Director/Arranger: MATTHEW BROWN and Set and Costume Designer: BECKY MINTO
 
Anna MurphyProducerFeather Productions said: “We are thrilled to be working in a co-producing partnership with the Beacon Arts Centre on this new important play with music, about Scottish singing sensation Lena Zavaroni. It is a privilege to work with the such a talented cast and crew and to be able to bring live theatre back to audiences with the support from Creative Scotland.”
 
LENA will premiere at the Beacon Arts Centre from 16 – 19 March before touring in 2023. 

WHAT’S ON FEBRUARY: BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE comes to The Horsecross Theatre Perth on 3rd & 4th February

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone and featuring many of her most iconic songs performed live.

Apphia Campbell’s acclaimed play follows a successful jazz singer and civil rights activist as she seeks redemption after the untimely death of her father. She reflects on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.

This extensive national tour follows sell-out seasons in Shanghai, New York, Edinburgh, and in the West End of London.

Apphia Campbell is very excited and honoured to be the IASH playwrighting fellow for 2021. She is originally from United States and graduated from Florida International University with a BFA in theatre performance.

She wrote Black Is The Color Of My Voice in 2013. In 2017 her new show with Meredith Yarbrough, Woke, was presented as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase, where it won a Scotsman Fringe First, a Highly Commended from Amnesty International Award, and was shortlisted for The Filipa Bragança Award and Scottish Art Club Theatre Award.

In 2019, she made her West End debut with Black Is The Color Of My Voice at Trafalgar Studios and had a London premiere of Woke at Battersea Arts Centre.

Venue:    Horsecross Theatre PERTH

Dates               Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th February

Time:               8.00pm

Box Office:        01738 621 031

Online:             horsecross.co.uk

WHAT’S ON: NEW STAGE PLAY BASED ON THE CLASSIC CLUEDO BOARD GAME TO TOUR THE UK IN 2022

Was it Miss Scarlet, with the revolver in the dining room, or was it Professor Plum, with the lead pipe in the library…?

Producers Joshua Andrews and Stuart Galbraith of Kilimanjaro Theatricals, in collaboration with their US producing partners Work Light Productions, Lively McCabe Entertainment & The Araca Group, are pleased to announce that Cluedo, a new stage play based on the classic Hasbro detective board game loved by generations and the hit 1985 Paramount film CLUE, is to tour the UK between January and July 2022. Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn, the play is written by Sandy Rustin with additional materials by Hunter Foster and Eric Price and for the UK production, Mark Bell. Tickets are on sale now from Cluedostageplay.com.

When Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs Peacock, Revered Green, Mrs. White and Colonel Mustard all arrive at a country house one dark and stormy evening, they are concerned to find they have all received the same mysterious invitation from Lord Boddy. What’s clear is that they all have something to hide and the mystery and hysteria grows, as the inhabitants and guests of Boddy Manor start being killed, with a variety of familiar weapons, leaving everyone to wonder, who will be next! Casting will be announced soon.

This UK premiere production is directed by Mark Bell, director of the award winning The Play That Goes Wrong and A Comedy About A Bank Robbery and just like the game, it promises audiences of all ages a nostalgic, fun and thrilling evening of entertainment.

This hilarious spoof of a thriller, will keep you guessing right up to the finale as both the audience and actors onstage try to work out whodunnit…. with what… and where!!

Week Commencing  09 May 2022                                     Edinburgh: Kings Theatre – ON SALE

Week Commencing 04 July 2022                                      Glasgow: Theatre Royal – ON SALE