Laoisha O’Callaghan – The Omission of the Family Coleman

Laoisha is co-starring as Mary in Claudio Tolachir’s The Omission of the Family Coleman, running as part of the Season of UK Premieres from the Americas at the Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio from 28th of March until the 27th of April.

Directed by the Ustinov Studio’s Artistic Director, the Olivier Award-Winning Laurence Boswell, this absurdist comedy has already won a plethora of awards in its native Argentina and abroad. 

Three generations of the deeply dysfunctional Coleman family live under the same roof constantly at the verge of utter chaos but always held in check by their authoritative grandmother. However, with their matriarch gone, how will the family cope when the their key linchpin vanishes?

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Gemma Pipe – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Gemma features as a Handmaiden and Swing as well as Dance Captain in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoattouring across Britain later this year.

The first of Lloyd Webber and Rice’s musicals to be performed publicly, this now-iconic retelling of the Joseph from the Book of Genesis has been seen by an estimated 26 million people with 20,000 school and amateur productions as of 2008. 

The first venue is Windsor’s Theatre Royal opening on the 18th of February before touring around the country, finishing at the New Theatre Oxford on the 20th of July.

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Lucie Fletcher – Honest Betrayal

Lucie stars as young soprano Melanie Bowes-Lyn in Pauline Butcher Bird’s Honest Betrayal, directed by Nadia Papachronopoulou and running at the Hampton Hill Theatre from the 17th to the 20th of April. 

Inspired by real events, it follows Gail Zappa, wife and business secretary to music legend Frank Zappa, when Frank comes home one day and says he wants bring a young girl to live with them both, ménage à trois style. 

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Jon Furlong – The Last Kingdom

Jon guest-starred in Season 3 of Netflix’s The Last Kingdom, based off Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories series and now available worldwide on Netflix and as a DVD boxset.

Set in England at the tail-end of the 9th Century during the period called the Heptarchy when 6 of the major Anglo-Saxon kingdoms have fallen to the Viking Danes with only Wessex standing as a credible threat to the Pagan plunderers. 

Jon guest-stars in the first 2 episodes as Brother Godwin, a Christian monk granted with the gift of clairvoyance. You can watch him in action below: 

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Alexandra Afryea – Macbeth

Alexandra will be starring as multiple characters in Proteus Theatre’s Macbeth, directed by Proteus’ artistic director Mary Swan, opening with two performances at the Basingstoke Haymarket on the 14th and 16th of March and two more at Jacksons Lane on the 21st & 22nd.

Swapping Medieval Scotland for the trading floors of the 1980s, this modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic transforms the iconic cautionary tale about the pitfalls of ambition over morals into a gripping corporate thriller. 

Set to an electrifying 80s soundtrack blending modern classics and original tracks, it addresses how the government under Margaret Thatcher allowed mammoth corporations to act so far above the law – similar to the feuding Thanes of Scotland.

As the old mantra goes Greed may be Good but how long until that ruthless drive for wealth consumes all that one holds dear?

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Kristoffer Hellström – Return to the Forbidden Planet

Kristoffer co-stars as the Bosun in Return to the Forbidden Planet running at the Gothenburg Opera House from the 15th of March until the 5th of May.

This Olivier-winning musical is inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ and the 1956 science-fiction classic ‘Forbidden Planet’ and follows Dr. Prospero sometime in the 21st Century when he manages to figure out a formula that could change the world. His wife Gloria steals the formula and sends her husband into space. However their daughter Miranda is a stowaway in the vessel they are catapulted light-years into the future.

Fast-forward to Captain Tempest getting caught in a meteor shower while on a routine mission in outer-space and is forced to take an emergency landing on the planet D’Illyria, also known as The Forbidden Planet. 

This musical features iconic classics from the 1950s and 60s and promises to be an entertaining and captivating Rock n’ Roll extravaganza. 

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