Olivier Award-winning Actor Tom Conti joins star-studded Spring Line Up at the Belgrade
Olivier Award Winner, Tony Award Winner, Variety Award Winner, and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Tom Conti is to star in Twelve Angry Men at the Belgrade from 9-14 Feb following its record-breaking run at the Garrick Theatre in the West End.
Lauded as one of the great ‘must-see’ movies of all time, Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men originated as a television play and has been successfully adapted for film, radio and stage. The 1957 Academy Award nominated film version starred and was produced by Henry Fonda. This production is directed by Christopher Haydon and designed by Michael Pavelka. Tom Conti will be reprising his role as Juror number 8, a role made famous by Henry Fonda.
BAFTA nominated stage and screen star Paul Nicholas (Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Just Good Friends) leads an all-star cast in a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s best-selling mystery, And Then There Were None from 16-21 February.
Widely considered to be Christie’s masterpiece, this brand new production marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of the ‘Queen of Crime’ and the 10th anniversary of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company. Completing the cast are Colin Buchanan (Dalziel and Pascoe, Dangerous Corner) who will take on the role of retired police inspector William Henry Blore with Susan Penhaligon (Bouquet of Barbed Wire, A Fine Romance), as eccentric spinster Emily Brent, Mark Curry (Blue Peter, The Woman in Black, Charley’s Aunt) as Dr. Armstrong, Verity Rushworth (Emmerdale) as Vera Claythorne, Frazer Hines (Doctor Who, Emmerdale) as Rogers and Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier, Doctors) as Philip Lombard.
Following a sold-out run at the Royal Stratford East Theatre in spring 2014, Ian Reddington (Eastenders, Coronation Street) and Christopher Villiers (Emmerdale) will join respected stage and television actress Wendi Peters, best known for her role as Cilla Battersby in Coronation Street, in Joan Littlewood’s musical masterpiece Oh What A Lovely War from 30 Mar – 4 Apr.
Alongside her screen work, Wendi is in much demand as a stage actress with recent credits including White Christmas at the Lowry, Manchester, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood at the Arts Theatre, West End and most recently Rutherford & Son for Northern Broadsides on National Tour. This Christmas sees Wendi reprise her role of Martha in White Christmas when it plays at the Dominion Theatre, West End.
Directed by Olivier-award winner Terry Johnson, Oh What A Lovely War is packed with familiar songs from the World War I era including ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, ‘Pack up Your Troubles’ and ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’.
There’s double the fun for families this Spring as West End favourite Marcus Collins joins fellow X-contestant Lloyd Daniels in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the role of Narrator alongside Lloyd’s Joseph at the Belgrade from 21 – 25 April 2015.
Marcus, who was mentored by Take That star Gary Barlow, finished as runner-up on The X Factor 2011, pipped to the post by winners Little Mix. But despite just missing out on the top spot, he went on to have chart success with a Top Ten self-titled debut album, and a hit single; a cover of The White Stripes hit Seven Nation Army. Stage success also beckoned and in 2013 he joined the cast of Hairspray playing the role of Seaweed Stubbs. And then back in the studio under a new record label for his second album.
After a successful 2014 tour wowing the crowds across the UK with his musical theatre debut, Lloyd Daniels reprises his role as Joseph for the 2015 tour. Lloyd became the X Factor’s youngest contestant in the 2009 series and got to the final five out of 250,000 contestants to perform in front of 10 million TV viewers. Since then he has performed to sold-out arenas on a 56 date X Factor tour and released popular single Suburbian Girl.
The show also sees the welcome return of Matt Lapinskas, best known for his role as Anthony Moon in Eastenders, who will be donning his Elvis outfit once more to reprise the role of the Pharaoh.
Tickets for all of the shows featured above are on sale now. For full details of the Belgrade Theatre’s Spring Season, visit www.belgrade.co.uk/whatson/. For tickets, call the Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or visit www.belgrade.co.uk where tickets are cheaper.