UK Musicals

The Final Curtain

Emma Williams | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

So with a wry smile I must go 'home and hang up my gun as I ain't the champeen no more', to paraphrase Ms Oakley. I have had the most superlative and remarkable time playing this sharpshooting woman

Coming Home to You

Emma Williams | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

Glasgow has also been one of the most distant venues that we've visited on this whistle-stop tour of the UK. With the impending Scottish referendum, it's possible that the next time any of us play this theatre it will be on entirely different grounds...

'Making the Century'

Emma Williams | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

Venue 13 on the Annie Get Your Gun tour and unlucky for some, you might say. This week we've been in beautiful Brighton, a cultural and theatrical mecca on the south coast and frequent keeper of my heart. I've lost count of the number of times I've considered moving here and, after some unscheduled extra time in the city, I'm understandably contemplating it once again.

Barbecues, Beaches and the Bournemouth Bandstand

Emma Williams | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

With only a few weeks left on the Annie Get Your Gun tour, there's a heady sense of excitement in the air, not least because we're finally properly hitting the beach! This week we've been in the beautiful town of Bournemouth, something of a delicious gem as far as I'm concerned and home to many wonderful surprises during our time here.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For...

Emma Williams | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

Press is one of the things that goes hand in hand with promoting a show, but it's always nice to shake it up from the usual tv, radio and newspaper interviews by taking a step out into the unusual.

Here, There and Everywhere

Emma Williams | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

I've mentioned before that one of the joys of touring is getting to explore new places that you may ordinarily never visit otherwise. The flip-side is that you also get to return to the venues and cities that you know and love well. You look forward to the familiar territory, however briefly you are able to tread it as it makes life on the road seem, well, less on-the-road!

Dessa Rose Enchants London's West End

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Dessa Rose is set in America's Deep South through the 1840s, telling the story of two young women who are on very different paths, that ultimately cross.

What Goes Up Must Come Down!

Emma Williams | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

It's been a week of ups and downs. Literally. This week the Annie Get Your Gun team have been in the beautiful, and somewhat hilly, town of Great Malvern at the Festival Theatre. It's one of the smallest venues we play on the tour...

An Emotional Day and a New Challenge

Emma Williams | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

This is the week that the Annie Get Your Gun girls have been anticipating/dreading for the past couple of months. Ever since the delightful Lorna Want asked during rehearsals if anyone would join her for the Race For Life, we've been sweating our backsides off in training during our spare time in preparation for today's 10k race around Hyde Park for Cancer Research UK.

Home Comforts in Bromley on the 'Annie Get Your Gun' Tour

Emma Williams | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

This is Jonathan Wilkes' first full week on the show and as such it's the first time he's done a tech session with us. I think he's suddenly very grateful to not have to do these normally as they're pretty long and intense. There is much to soundcheck plus two new Little Jakes to rehearse in and the Churchill Theatre proves a slightly odd space sound-wise.

Take a Seat in Edinburgh With the 'Annie Get Your Gun' Tour

Emma Williams | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

This week's blog comes from the top of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. Well not the very top, not the stone itself, but one of the little rocky groups literally six feet away from it. The actual top is pretty dinky and currently awash with a group of Spanish tourists - it seemed rude to hog it for long enough to write a blog!

A Little Give and Take on the First Leg of the 'Annie Get Your Gun' Tour

Emma Williams | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

The first 'leg' of our UK Tour of Annie Get Your Gun has drawn to a close at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. Six cities, 51 shows, 255 knife throws, 459 stage kisses, 561 balloons popped and a remarkable 2703 shots later, it's no wonder that the whole company are relishing a week away...

'Geeking Out': An Evening with Special Guests and Personal Heroes

Emma Williams | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

The New Theatre in Oxford has been home to our Annie Get Your Gun family this past week. A very hot and tiring week, smitten by some illness and injury that left everyone working harder than ever.

'Annie Get Your Gun' Leaves Edinburgh After a Hauntingly Good Time

Emma Williams | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

Edinburgh - a city of tremendous culture, stunning architecture, amazing views and incredible whiskies. Also home to one of the largest and most unusual theatres I've had the pleasure of playing - the Edinburgh Playhouse.

London's West End LIVE

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

This year West End LIVE also returned to Leicester Square at the West End LIVE Spiegeltent, which contained an array of costumes, scripts and sets from shows such as Wicked and Matilda. It is a real rarity to see items like these up-close, and they even offered up the chance to try on some of the costumes yourself.

Cowboys and Coffee: 'Annie Get Your Gun' Opens in Stoke

Emma Williams | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

This week has been brought to you by coffee. Also the occasional Berocca and multiple bacon sandwiches from Stoke's Zest Cafe, but mainly coffee.

The Wild West Goes to the Seaside: 'Annie Get Your Gun' Opens in Sunderland

Emma Williams | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

Well, after our week long break, the audiences of Sunderland were an absolute delight! Despite the town seeming incredibly quiet, in fact almost deserted on the rare occasions I made it out and about, the responses in the theatre were rowdy, raucous and utterly roof-raising!

Emma Williams Will Talk About 'Annie Get Your Gun' Just About Anywhere

Emma Williams | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

The Annie Get Your Gun company have had a week long break from the show due to the scheduling of the various venues and I'm absolutely itching to get back on the stage and back with the team.

Travelling Theatre: 'Annie Get Your Gun' Leaves Manchester After Whirlwind Opening

Emma Williams | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

The first complete week of the Annie Get Your Gun tour is now under our belts and we're all off home for the well deserved, if somewhat surprising, holiday week that our schedule now provides.

Corsets, Cowboys and Coiffures Galore: 'Annie Get Your Gun' Heads for Manchester

Emma Williams | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

It's the end of a very long week in Manchester and I'm soaking in a very hot bath at 6pm because, well frankly because I can! This week the Annie Get Your Gun team hit the road and moved the production from our rehearsal rooms in North London to Manchester's Opera House Theatre.

The Pajama Game Steams Up The West End

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

For a 20 week limited run, The Pajama Game moves into London's West End, and boy is it a welcome visitor. With theatreland have a tricky time, and new shows not fairing so well, it's time to send in a classic to reignite what the West End is all about.

Guns, Trapezes and Suitcases: 'Annie Get Your Gun' UK Theatre Tour

Emma Williams | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

At my feet sits an empty suitcase. The yawning, zippered mouth seems cavernous right now but judging by the chaotic jumble of clothes around me, I have no doubt I'm about to put its capacity to the test as I attempt to cram my life inside it for the next five months. Ladies and gentleman I, Emma Williams, am a Tour Virgin.

Avenue Q - A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Avenue Q is hilarious. From beginning to end I probably laughed every couple of minutes. You know how usually in musicals there's a song or two that are sort of rubbish, or total time-wasters?

The Emotional Exhaustion of a Kickstarter Campaign

Arvind Ethan David | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Arvind Ethan David

Some 72 hours ago, David Baddiel, Stratford East and I launched our Kickstarter campaign, for Infidel - the Musical! In the weeks before this decision was reached, long debates were had. Was it odd, unseemly even, to be asking strangers and fans for money?

'Infidel - The Musical' Or the Valentines Day That Changed My Life

Arvind Ethan David | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Arvind Ethan David

THE INFIDEL was an IMPOSSIBLY difficult film to get financed. It was the hardest I have ever worked on, as literally every studio, financier, and sales agent in town passed on it at least once, and several of them, just to be sure, did so multiple times. The reasons given were various and inconsistent, but lurking behind them all we detected the same issue: a vague but powerful fear of a broad comedy about Muslims and Jews.