Panto Launch at the Lichfield Garrick
I'll be playing the the Spirit of the Ring in Aladdin at the Lichfield Garrick this Christmas. Our launch day was at the beginning of September where we took photos and made a video telling people what they can expect from panto this year. Some of the photos are below as well as a video where Abanazar and I forget how to talk. Tickets are still available through the Garrick's website, here.
Production Photos of Letters to Emma
The brilliant Pam Raith came into our final dress rehearsals to take some production photos of Letters to Emma. See the results below.
Interview with Carolyn Scott-Jeffs
As we went into our second week of rehearsals, Letters to Emma's Writer, Carolyn Scott-Jeffs was interviewed by Changing People's Jane C. Woods discussing everything from the play itself, lost history and the position of women in theatre. You can read Jane's article in full, here.
Letters to Emma
I'll be returning to my home theatre, the Lichfield Garrick in October to appear as Emma in new play by Carolyn Scott-Jeffs: Letters to Emma. Directed by Artistic Director of the Lichfield Garrick, Tim Ford and produced by the Garrick Rep Company in association with ACE this new piece also stars the wonderful Heather Westwell: one half of New Old Friends. Tickets are available through the Garrick's website, here.
Wolfie and the Showgirl
Wolfie and the Showgirl - an original one-woman musical - went to the Crescent Theatre at the end of July as part of Birmingham Arts Fest. It was lovely to be back at the festival that not only celebrates all types of theatrical work but does so in the city of my birth!
We were especially pleased to receive the Best New Piece award for the show and the Best Performance award for the second year running.
Wolfie will now be going back into workshop and will hopefully be revisited in 2018.
A review from Midlands based reviewers, Behind the Arras can be found here.
Lichfield Playwriting Competition
I'm thrilled to be returning to the Lichfield Garrick to perform a rehearsed reading of the two winning plays of their first ever nationwide playwriting competition. This competition was run as part of the Garrick 300 Celebrations; commemorating 300 years since David Garrick's birth.
The readings will be on Friday 14th July at 8pm and tickets are available here.
Fanny appeared at her home theatre of the Lichfield Garrick on the 29th - 30th June with much success.
We had lovely warm audiences and 3 five star reviews over the two days.
The Fanny team is now very excited to take this show on the next step of its development.
Find out more about Fanny and read some of the reviews: here.
Wolfie and the Showgirl
I'm working with the wonderful team behind Fanny a New Musichall on their original new musical, Wolfie and the Showgirl. We'll be revisiting the Crescent Theatre to try out piece as part of Birmingham Fest, which we won last year. See below for our fliers containing show information. Tickets can be booked through the Crescent Theatre Website, here.
Fanny Cast Recording
Great News! The Fanny A New MusicHall Original Cast album is available for pre-order! We've released a free track - our re-imagining of Music Hall classic Beside the Seaside. Have a listen, and then pre-order the album here before June 26th for a 15% discount!
To find out more about Fanny, visit www.fannymusichall.co.uk
Fanny at the Lichfield Garrick
I'm very excited to be bringing Fanny A New Musichall to my hometown of Lichfield for two performances at the Lichfield Garrick. Find out more about Fanny and book tickets at www.fannymusichall.co.uk
We had a lovely write up in local paper, The Lichfield Mercury. See it below.
Fanny A New Musichall Promo Video
We've release a promotional video for Fanny a New MusicHall. Have a look and then come and see us. All courtesy of brilliant videographer, George Riddell. For more info, visit www.fannymusichall.co.uk.
Fanny A New Musichall at the Court Theatre, Tring
We're absolutely thrilled that Fanny: A New MusicHall is going to Tring's Court Theatre on 27th & 28th March. Tickets are available through their website here.
A new play by Carolyn Scott-Jeffs. Winner of Best Performance and Best Show Birmingham Fest 2016
"Fanny is rehearsing for her Drury Lane debut during the times of the infamous Contagious Diseases Acts of the 1860s. As she works on her songs with Arthur, her long-suffering pianist, it becomes apparent that things are not all as they seem. Fanny tells the funny and tragic story of her friend Elsie using music hall performance to spin her tale."
Director: Ray Rackham (Judy!, Apartment 40c).
Musical Director: Peter John Dodsworth.
Cast: Lizzie Wofford (Offie nominated Best Actress) and Peter John Dodsworth
Performances at 8pm on 27th & 28th March, Tickets £15 and available here.
Production shots of The Owl and the Pussycat.
The Owl and the Pussycat opened this week at the Belgrade Theatre. We've had lovely audiences and lots of online love for our bonkers show. Have a look at some production shots below as well as some photos taken for local press at the Belgrade's Family Fun Day at the beginning of February. We're open until Saturday 4th March with tickets available here.
The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat
I'm thrilled to be joining the company of The Quite Remarkable Adventures of The Owl and The Pussycat playing Professor Bosh, Dinosaur and Pig. Written by Dougal Irvine, based on a novel by Eric Idle, we follow the Owl and the Pussycat on their mission to save the world and defeat the dastardly Firelord, his imaginary dragon, Pyron, and his henchmen, Flicker and Brimstone. With Professor Bosh’s help, they seek the magical Bong Tree which will lead them all to safety in the Land of Bong.
With Direction by Hamish Glen, Choreography by Cressida Carré and Musical Direction by Dougal Irvine the show runs from February 18th - March 4th at the Coventry Belgrade in association with Selladoor Family.
Find out more about the show here where tickets are also available.
A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum
I had the privilege of joining London Musical Theatre Orchestra once again for their second professional concert playing the role of Sally in Alan Menken's A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum. It was the most amazing evening with a stellar cast playing to a sold out house.
Find out more about LMTO's work here and see some photos from the evening below.
West End In Schools
This Christmas, I joined the team at West End in Schools to tour their Pantomime based on A Christmas Carol, "Scroogical" in schools throughout the UK. I had a joyous time on this show playing 10 characters in the space of an hour and getting to work with new people every day. I also got to drive a very nice Sköda and travel to places like Bracknell and Woolwich. But mainly, I did my best silly voices and made large groups of children laugh.
State Fair at Cadogan Hall
I'm very excited to be joining London Musical Theatre Orchestra on their first Professional outing. I will be playing the role of Eleanor in Roger's and Hammerstein's State Fair at Cadogan Hall on November 6th 2016. Rehearsals are sounding glorious and it's definitely worth a trip to Sloane Square for the wonderful score alone! Tickets can be bought here.
Wonderful Town is nominated for four Offie Awards.
We are thrilled that Wonderful Town has been nominated for four Off West End Awards.
Best Actress: Lizzie Wofford
Best Supporting Actress: Francesca Benton-Stace
Best Choreographer: Ian Pyle
Best Musical Director: Aaron Clingham
Find out more about the Offies here.
We had the lovely David Ovenden in during our final rehearsals to take some production shots. Take a look below. Tickets for Wonderful Town are still available here.
First week on Wonderful Town
It's been a great first week with the brill company of Wonderful Town. We're having a ball on this bonkers old show and can't wait to get it in front of an audience.
Here we all are on day one wishing luck to the casts of both Moby Dick and Sideshow who also started rehearsals on the 19th. Tickets for Wonderful Town are available here.
Wonderful Town at Ye Olde Rose and Crown.
I'm very excited to announce I'll be joining the cast of Wonderful Town at Ye Olde Rose And Crown in the leading role of Ruth. The show will run from October 12th - 30th with press night on October 14th. To find out more information about the rest of the cast, view the broadway world press release, here. Tickets are available, here.
"Based on the play, MY SISTER EILEEN by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov, the Tony award winning WONDERFUL TOWN is a bright and cheery love letter to the colorful experience of living life in New York in the 1930’s.
The show tells the story of two sisters, Ruth and Eileen, who move from a rural town in Ohio to experience the bright lights, the big city, and the crazy characters of Greenwich Village, New York City. Ruth is an aspiring writer and Eileen is a dancer who wants to pursue a life on stage. One sister can’t find a man no matter what she does, the other can’t keep them away. Together, these two sisters take on the world, pursuing their dreams and finding love along the way.
WONDERFUL TOWN features a bright Leonard Bernstein score, including such classics as A Little Bit in Love, One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man, A Quiet Girl and Ohio."
Fanny A New Musichall wins two awards at Birmingham Fest
I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that Fanny: A New Musichall won two awards at Birmingham Fest after our one off show on the 19th July. I was awarded Performer of the Festival and the piece won the overall title of Show of the Festival. There was a huge variety of wonderful pieces put on over the two weeks of the festival so we were particularly delighted to receive this recognition.
I am continuing to collaborate with writer Carolyn Scott-Jeffs, director Ray Rackham and musical director Peter Dodsworth and very much hope to be back for Birmingham Fest 2017 with a brand new piece.
Fanny will be back in London soon.
I was pleased to join the cast of The Fifth: a short trailer shot to promote a musical of the same name directed by Eleanna Santorinaiou. It tells the story of Francis Tresham one of the plotters in the Gunpowder Plot and his relationship with Maria Pulleyn - the wife of Guy Fawkes. I had a great time on this three day shoot playing the role of Maria.
The trailer has now gone in for grading and should be available in the Autumn. Take a look at a picture from the shoot below, courtesy of DOP Simon Rowling.
Fanny A New Musichall
FANNY: A NEW MUSIC HALL had a very successful trip to Birmingham Crescent Theatre on July 19th in it's 1 hour workshop form as part of Birmingham Fest. Many thanks to Roberts and John for their support on the project and for making this outing possible. I will now continue to work with writer Carolyn Scott-Jeffs, director Ray Rackham and Musical Director Peter John Dodsworth on the full length version which we hope will premiere in London towards the end of the year.
Through the Mill
I'm absolutely thrilled to have joined the wonderful backstage team on London Theatre Workshop's transfer of Through the Mill to the Southwark Playhouse. I have been working with the brilliant Johnson Williams Stage Design as a scenic artist on their beautiful set and have since progressed to Assistant Stage Manager for the run. Tickets are still available for this gorgeous show which runs until July 30th and can be purchased here.
"Set primarily during the filming of The Judy Garland Show in 1963, Through the Mill chronicles the production difficulties behind the scenes, intercut with the young Judy Garland’s rise to fame through MGM in the 1930s, and her triumphant sell-out concert engagement at the Palace Theatre in the early 1950s."
London Musical Theatre Orchestra Launch
In June 2016, the London Musical Theatre Orchestra celebrated the launch of its professional, public programme, at the Bishopsgate Institute where it is the resident orchestra. I joined a chamber ensemble of 12 for the evening and provided lead vocals on Pippa Cleary's "Say it in song" from Prodigy which was heard as the principal track on the launch video. Find out more about the launch event in What's Onstage's article here and view the launch video below.
Fanny A New Musichall
I am very excited to be taking on the title role of Fanny in Carolyn Scott-Jeff's one woman show, "Fanny, A New Musichall" at Birmingham Fest this July. Produced by Roberts and John Productions in conjunction with London Theatre Workshop, this historical piece set in the Music Hall, explores the effect the Contagious Diseases Acts had on the lives of ordinary (and extraordinary) Victorian women with the tragic tale of Elsie at it's heart.
With direction by Ray Rackham and Musical Direction by Peter Dodsworth, we will be at the Crescent Theatre Studio at 9pm on Tuesday 19th July 2016. Tickets have not yet been released but stay tuned for more information about how you can come and have a bawdy old time with Fanny at the "Old Mo'" and maybe learn a little bit of forgotten history whilst you're at it!
Unheard Of at the Union
I'm thrilled to be playing the role of Linda in a scratch performance of "The Bearded Lady's Tattoo Parlour" by Elizabeth Adlington and Ella Grace as part of "Unheard Of: An Evening of New Musical Writing" at the Union on March 26th 2016.
"'Unheard Of : An Evening of New Musical Theatre Writing' presents a rare opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their work in a renowned off-West End venue. Curated by Andy Bewley and Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, the evening will feature a varied programme of extracts from musicals currently in development by 7 teams of theatre-makers."
The piece is directed by Tania Azevedo and MD'd by Ryan Durkan. Find out more about the writers and the evening: here.
The Fanny Monologue (Working Title)
I am currently workshopping The Fanny Monologue (working title) - a one woman show, written by Carolyn Scott-Jeffs and directed by Ray Rackham in conjunction with London Theatre Workshop with the view to a showcase at the theatre's new venue in Leadenhall later in the year. I'm incredibly excited to be a part of this historical project set in the Music Hall, that explores the effect the Contagious Diseases Acts had on the lives of ordinary (and extraordinary) Victorian women. Follow me on Instagram to see some of the research I've been doing for this project.
Musical Theatre Scratch Night
In January, I joined the cast of Slick Rat's musical theatre scratch night at Rich Mix in Shoreditch. I was involved in two pieces - "We can get them for you wholesale" and "Transported". We only had half a day to workshop and stage each piece which culminated in a showing at Rich Mix. The pieces staged were a real eclectic mix, and it was great be a part of and to see this new work being supported and given a stage.
What a Difference a Day Makes at G's Vocal Showcase
Over the summer I was asked to join my wonderfully talented old friend Gladstone Wilson at the Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton for a vocal showcase. It was a hugely varied evening and it was lovely to have the opportunity to sing a bit of jazz in the forms of "What a Difference a Day Made" and a reimagining of "Call Me" by Blondie.
A clip of the evening is below as well as some of the photos taken on the evening.
Lizzie Wofford Singing at Gladstone Wilson's Vocal Showcase.
A few weeks ago, I visited amazing photographer, Nick James for a Headshot update. I'm thrilled with the results: have a look below!
Apartment 40c at The St James
From Monday 6th - Sunday 12th April, the Apartment 40c Team moved out of their London Theatre Workshop home and took up residence at the St James Theatre studio. During that time we did 8 performances of the most recent version of this lovely show. With 4 new numbers and some significant script re-writes it was very exciting to get the piece in front of a new audience. Take a look at some of the photos from the run below.
Apartment 40c on the Curtain Up Show (Part Two)
Listen to the link below to hear what happened when Ray Rackham and I joined Tim McArthur and Nathan Matthews on the Curtain Up Show and chatted about the musical development process, learning without sheet music, our gorgeous new track, "Pocket Park" and hear the glorious moment when I attempted to sum up my character, Kate without giving the entire conceit of the show away!
Apartment 40c on the Curtain Up Show
On Friday 27th March, the writer of Apartment 40c and I will be meeting Tim McArthur and Nathan Matthews from the Curtain Up Show and giving a live radio interview on Resonance Fm. Tune in from 4-5 on Friday to hear us talk about Apartment 40C and to listen to Pocket Park's first play on the Radio!
Apartment 40c The Movie!
The Apartment 40c company paid a visit to the 1901 club to film this promo for the show. Take a look to find out more about this lovely piece created by a very exciting new British writing partnership and then book your tickets here!
In rehearsals for Apartment 40c
Apartment 40c opens on the 6th April and runs until the 12th. Take a look at some of the photos of the company in rehearsals below.
APARTMENT 40C RELEASES NEW SONG
Last week, I went back to the gorgeous basement studio in Islington to record a new song for Apartment 40c. Have a listen to 'Pocket Park' below. Tickets can be bought here.
APARTMENT 40C'S NEW WEBSITE
In anticipation of the London Theatre Workshop team's move to the St James Theatre, Apartment 40C now has it's own website. Find out more about this gorgeous musical at apartment40c.com.
APARTMENT 40C IS BACK
I'm back into rehearsals for Apartment 40C which will be going to the St James Theatre from April 6th - 12th. There have been plenty of very exciting changes and additions to the script and tickets can be bought here.
ONE YEAR SINCE CABARET
A year ago today, I debuted my Cabaret set at the Waterloo East. I'm currently finding ways to develop it further, and hopefully it will get some further outings later in the year!
For now, have some Double Bass Ukulele Dubstep to offset the January Blues!
GRAND TOUR PRODUCTION SHOTS
The fabulous Annabel Vere joined us at the Finborough for our final dress rehearsal and took some gorgeous pictures of The Grand Tour Company. Take a look below:
GRAND TOUR MAKES MARK SHENTON'S THEATRE PICKS
It's the week before christmas and we've been chosen by Mark Shenton as one of his Theatre Picks for the 18th December onwards. Have a look at the article below:
GRAND TOUR PRODUCTION SHOTS
This week, photographer Annabel Vere (Check her out here) dropped in to take some rehearsal shots of the Grand Tour company in action. Have a look below! The Grand Tour runs at the Finborough Theatre from January 1st to February 21st. Tickets can be bought here.
APARTMENT 40C TITLE SONG
The title song for Apartment 40C has just dropped. I recorded this in an amazing basement flat in Islington with our lovely MD Tom Lees and director Ray Rackham a few weeks ago. Take a listen to the final version on the London Theatre Workshop Soundcloud below!
APARTMENT 40C EDITOR'S CHOICE ON WOS
This afternoon (Thursday 20th Nov) our first video introducing apartment 40C went live and spent several hours at the top of the Editor's Picks on Whats On Stage. If you're interested in the work that has been consuming my evenings for the last 3 weeks, do have a look at the video, bookended by the amazing Drew Weston (Ed). More on the way...!
Visit the original article on Whats on Stage here!
GRAND TOUR CAST ANNOUNCED!
This week the cast of Grand Tour was announced across the Twittersphere, Facebook and every stagey blog/website going! I'm thrilled to be joining this amazing cast and creative team for the European Premiere of this rarely done piece at the Finborough Theatre.
Here's what "Whats On Stage" wrote about the show's casting announcements:
I'm going to be appearing in my first show since graduating from Mountview with London Theatre Workshop. I'll be playing the role of "Kate" in their new musical "Apartment 40C" by Ray Rackham and Tom Lees above the Eel Brook in Fulham from 3rd - 20th December 2014.
Tickets can be bought here between £10 - £12 and more information is available below! I'd love to see you there.
"The first true export out of the London Theatre Workshop, since it opened its doors in March 2014; a new musical conceived, written, workshopped and now mounted as a full production, Apartment 40C.
Written by Artistic Directors of London Theatre Workshop, Ray Rackham (book and lyrics) and Tom Lees (music), the musical explores how relationships are affected by the endless possibility of choice. Told over the course of one evening, the musical examines decades of love, happiness, regret and loss; chances taken and options missed; and how it is sometimes impossible to make any kind of distinction between the past and the present.
Rackham and Lees are the team behind London Theatre Workshop’s inaugural production of Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days. They are nominees for Best Director of a New Production of a Play or Musical (Rackham) and Best Musical Director of a Fringe Musical (Lees) at this year’s Broadwayworld Awards for Ordinary Days, which itself has been nominated in the Best Musical category at both the Broadwayworld and Off West End Theatre Awards.
The cast includes Alex Crossley, Alex James Ellison, Peter Gerald, Nova Skipp, Drew Weston & Lizzie Wofford."
To find about more about the rest of this fabulous cast, click here.
Tickets can be bought here.
THE LADIES WHO LUNCH
I'm taking part in this concert celebrating the music and the women created by the only man about town, Stephen Sondheim. Taking us through the many ages of women this gorgeous cast of ex-Mountview ladies (and a few men...) (...and a man from Arts Ed...) would love your company on the afternoon of Sunday 16th November where you may eat and drink until your hearts are content! Tickets can be purchased for £6 (Students £4) by following this link.
My voice reels are finished! Thanks to the fabulous Crying Out Loud for the great edit. It's a real mix so if you fancy having a listen to some adverts, a very intense break-up scene and the beginning of a classic channel four documentary, look no further! To find out more about my radio work and have a listen, click here.
Following the success of "An Evening of Cabaret" in February at the Waterloo East Theatre, I am currently developing my Cabaret Act in the hope of further outings for the 6'1" wonder in 2015. See some of the original performance here.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE VOICE.
I spent a gorgeous Wednesday Morning in July with the lovely people at Crying Out Loud in their recording studio south of the river. They helped me put together a fabulous voice reel consisting of not just my own half-a-Birmingham-accent but the Cbeebies voice, some talk about Hondas and a very worrying story about a mouse. This will be available in August so keep watching.
Find out more about what Crying Out Loud do here.
"YUSUPOV" gets a mention in the Evening Standard.
Henry Hitchings writes about £10 quality theatre at London's drama schools. Read the article here.
"YUSUPOV" - 26th June - 5th July 2014.
I will be playing the leading role of "Roma Queen" in this new musical by Kit Hesketh Harvey and James McConnel. Directed by Michael Fentiman, it tells the story of Prince Yusupov, the most affluent man in all of Russia and his slow road to self destruction.
This is my final show at Mountview and runs from the 26th - 30th June 2014. Tickets are available through the Bernie Grant Arts Centre or Mountview direct.