Legally Blonde: the SW London premiere
Omigod, omigod you guys… we have the most amazing news for you! Cygnet Players are hugely excited to announce that we’ll be performing the SOUTH WEST LONDON AMATEUR PREMIERE of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical, LEGALLY BLONDE, at the Putney Arts Theatre in September 2016.
After a successful stint on Broadway, three years in the West End, and a national tour, plus an armful of awards, Legally Blonde is hitting Putney!
And we’re probably as shocked as anyone about getting the rights to this great show – because at first it looked like we weren’t going to. But what a great surprise – and what a fantastic show!
Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her, she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from newfound friends Paulette, Emmett and her chihuahua Bruiser, she learns that it’s so much better to be smart.
This all-singing, all-dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are, and showing what you’ve got – and we can’t wait to bring it to a stage near you!
Parade cast announced
Hot on the heels of Avenue Q, and after some incredibly high-quality auditions and some very difficult decisions, we are now happy to announce the cast for our forthcoming production, Parade:
Leo Frank - Stephen Guilfoyle
Lucille Frank - Katy Jackson
Frankie Epps - Jamie Wright
Mary Phagan - Emma Slater
Governor Slaton - Alex Donald
Sally Slaton - Cassie Pearson
Hugh Dorsey - Toby Thorp
Luther Rosser - Russell Hughes
Tom Watson - Peter Beaven
Britt Craig - Kevin Sherwin
Judge Roan - Jason Thomas
Iola Stover - Catherine Taylor
Essie - Rosie Orchard
Monteen - Alice Cairns
Mrs Phagan - Nicola Roscoe
Jim Conley - Daniel Haswell
Newt Lee - TBC
Minnie McKnight - Bianca Lloyd-King
Starnes - Peter O'Donovan
Ivey/Young Solider - Nick Dore
Old Soldier/Ensemble - Juan Miralles
Mr Peavy/Ensemble - Neil Wease
Ensemble - Maria Lukeman, Jamie Miller, Charlotte Critchlow, Eloise Horton, Vicki Rice, Kate Chesworth, Lowri Amies
Rehearsals have already begun for the show, which is being performed at Putney Arts Theatre from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th October. Keep an eye out for box office details, which will be available soon.
NODA 2014 Award nominations announced
We're very pleased to reveal that we've just been nominated for not one, but four different NODA Awards (London Region) for our productions over the last year. Our nominations include:
- Stuart Burrows for his portrayal of 'Man in Chair' in The Drowsy Chaperone, for the Ken Wirdnam Trophy for Best Male Character in a Musical
- Jan Reiss for her performance as 'Belle' in Beauty and the Beast, for the Molly Harle Trophy for Best Female Character in a Musical
- The cast of The Drowsy Chaperone, for the Joe Putnam Award for Best Musical
- The Drowsy Chaperone set, for the Shinfield Players Scenic Award
We're incredibly proud and honoured to have received so many nominations this year. Huge well done to all involved for your much-deserved recognition.
The winners will be announced at the NODA London Awards event on Sunday 6th July. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
Booking open for The Drowsy Chaperone in Edinburgh
Great news - you can now book your tickets to see our very first production at the Edinburgh Festival!
We're reviving our acclaimed production of the Tony Award-winning, The Drowsy Chaperone, for one week only at this year's Fringe.
Transport yourself back to the frivolous 1920s in this riotous, glamorous and utterly ridiculous homage to musical theatre, that is one of Cygnets' most successful musical to date. So, if you missed our Putney run, or you just fancy seeing this fantastic show again, why not take a trip to the largest arts festival in the world and pay the 'man in chair' a visit?
The show runs from Tuesday 12th to Sunday 17th August at Paradise in Augustine's: The Sanctuary (EH1 1EL), with performances daily at 4.30pm.
Find out more information about the show, or book your tickets now, before they sell out!
Announcing our new partner
We are delighted to announce that we have secured a show sponsor for our next four shows - letyano Ltd.
letyano have developed a new app for smart phones that allows users to give instant feedback on a service or product they've experienced, in return for a reward. The company is targeting SW London and they see Cygnet Players as a great way to spread the word about their service and encourage people to download and use the app.
In return, we've negotiated a good sponsorship deal and we'll also be set up as a client on the app. This will allow our audiences to fill out a quick questionnaire and give us feedback on the show they're seeing that night. It should give us valuable information on who our audiences are and what they think about the quality of our shows - which will of course help us to make our future shows even better.
This deal will give Cygnets added financial security and, together with our company sponsor, ABC Selfstore, puts the company in a strong position going forward.
We would love it if you could spend a few minutes to download the app now and see what rewards are available for you in your local area. The app is free and typically clients include local bars, coffee shops and restaurants. As the business grows, more and more rewards will become available.
You'll be seeing the letyano logo on all our publicity going forward, so look out for it, and please spread the word to any friends and colleagues who might also be interested.
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"The whole production was slick, well performed and of a very high standard."
"It was a fantastic show, I want to book another ticket and come see it to laugh all over again!"
Sardines Magazine Review
"Your audience were in stitches regularly and this is not just because of the quality of the material but because of the quality of the delivery."
"Congratulations to Ian Ward for directing such a tight production."
"The cast were very strong and executed well both script and score with much skill and aplomb."
"It is difficult to get the balance right with this show between the drama and the comedy/pantomime and I thought you achieved the balance pretty much perfectly."
'I have to say at this point that this production is one of the best non-professional I have ever seen! Finding fault was very nigh on impossible as the cast were of a very high standard and to give nothing away, provided us with a lead performance that was pure excellence.'
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