Return to the Forbidden Planet
Return to the Forbidden Planet is a Jukebox musical by playwright Bob Carlton based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet. It was billed as "Shakespeare's forgotten rock and roll masterpiece". Return to the Forbidden Planet started life with the Bubble Theatre Company as a production for open-air performance in a tent. A revised version of the musical opened, indoors, at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool in the mid-1980s, it moved to the Tricycle Theatre in London. After some rework a final version opened the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End in September 1989, it won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical for both 1989 and 1990. The plot follows the crew of a routine survey flight under the command of Captain Tempest. After takeoff, Captain Tempest converses with the ship's new Science Officer, a woman, they argue about the importance of men and women on earth. During their argument, the ship gets caught in a meteor shower; the Science Officer suggests that they use the shuttle craft and abandon ship, but Captain Tempest insists on flying through the storm.
During the confusion, the Science Officer escapes the ship via shuttle craft. Their spaceship is drawn mysteriously to the planet D'Illyria where the crew meet mad scientist Doctor Prospero, marooned on the planet since his wife and science partner Gloria sent him and their daughter Miranda into space. Doctor Prospero offers to help repair the broken starship and he, his daughter, their robot Ariel come aboard; the ship's cook, Cookie, is taken by Miranda's beauty and falls in love with her, a love he thinks she returns. In fact she has fallen in love against the will of her father. During discussions about locating the missing Science Officer, Ariel reveals information about Doctor Prospero's new formula'X Factor’, which can enhance the brain and mind. After an argument with his daughter over her love for the captain, Doctor Prospero takes the draught of'X Factor'. Soon afterwards, the ship is attacked by a foul monster, but during the attack it is revealed that Ariel is in the airlock with the missing Science Officer.
To save them both, Captain Tempest orders the airlock opened, which allows the monster to gain access to the ship. During the confusion of the attack it is revealed that the Science Officer is Doctor Prospero's wife Gloria, taken by the monster, as its tentacles attack the rest of the ship; the story continues with the attack unfolding again, but this time Gloria isn't kidnapped by the monster, Ariel the robot is able to attack the monster to make it retreat. After the attack, more is revealed about Gloria's past. Captain Tempest puts Gloria under ship arrest for her crimes against her husband, she forms a quick alliance with Cookie, whom she persuades to release her and help steal the recipe for Doctor Prospero's'X Factor' in exchange for helping him win over Miranda's heart. Gloria talks to Cookie, as Bosun, the ship's First Mate, talks to Captain Tempest about how to gain the love of Miranda; when the monster returns, it is revealed that it is created by Doctor Prospero's mind due to his having taken the'X Factor'.
Gloria tells Doctor Prospero that what she did to him was so that he could keep himself and their daughter safe from the'X Factor'. Doctor Prospero has no choice but to sacrifice himself to save the others. Once Doctor Prospero has left, it is revealed that D'Illyria is nothing other than a figment of Doctor Prospero’s imagination, as it starts to destroy itself once the doctor has died; the ship escapes. Once again in space Gloria blesses the union of Miranda and Captain Tempest, Cookie is pardoned for his behaviour towards Miranda and Captain Tempest; the show ends with the entire crew safe and well with their Science Officer back and Captain Tempest with a new bride. When the musical opened in Sydney, the beginning of a national tour, the pre-recorded narrator was Clive "Robbo" Robertson, who performed a futuristic parody of his own late-night TV news show, "Newsworld". An Australian cast album was released in 1991 by ATA Records. On September 27, 1991, an Off-Broadway production opened in New York at the Variety Arts Theatre, a former nickelodeon movie theatre.
Return to the Forbidden Planet was the first theatrical production in the new venue. The cast included Julee Cruise, known to audiences from her role in Twin Peaks; the pre-recorded narrator was James Doohan, famous as "Scotty" from Star Trek. It was nominated for two Outer Critics Circle Awards, it closed on April 1992 after 243 performances. An American cast album was released in 1991 by Rhino Records; the show was revived for touring productions in the United Kingdom in 1999, 2001 and 2002, featuring guest narration from Sir Patrick Moore. In 2003 the Brickhouse Theatre Company produced the musical in Cambridge at the Robinson College Auditorium; the musical was directed by Shahzad A. Jan and the guest narration was provided by Prof. Gerry F. Gilmore of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. A new production toured the UK in 2006 with the pre-recorded narrator being the astrophysicist and guitarist from Queen, Brian May. In Los Angeles, the ARK Theatre Company mounted a production of the musical, under the direction of Vanessa Claire Smith.
New Line Theatre in St. Louis, MO staged the show in March 2009. Critic Paul Friswold of The Riverfront Times wrote about the production, “Bob Carlton's whimsical take on The Tempest as refracted through a 1950s sci-fi prism features a galaxy's worth of fantastic rock & roll songs, punning wordplays on snippets of Shakespearean monologues and intentionally ‘Pigs in Space’ costuming, but this is no parlor tr
Victoria Palace Theatre
The Victoria Palace Theatre is a West End theatre in Victoria Street, in the City of Westminster, opposite Victoria Station. The theatre began life as a small concert room above the stables of the Royal Standard Hotel, a small hotel and tavern built in 1832 at what was 522 Stockbridge Terrace, on the site of the present theatre – not, as sometimes stated, on land where the train station now stands; the proprietor, John Moy, enlarged the building, by 1850 it became known as Moy's Music Hall. Alfred Brown took it over in 1863, refurbished it, renamed it the Royal Standard Music Hall; the hotel was demolished in 1886, by which time the main line terminus, Victoria Station and its new Grosvenor Hotel, had transformed the area into a major transport hub. The railways were at this time building grand hotel structures at their termini, Victoria was one of the first. Added to this was the integration of the electric underground system and the building of Victoria Street; the owner of the music hall, Thomas Dickey, had it rebuilt along more ambitious lines in 1886 by Richard Wake, retaining the name Royal Standard Music Hall.
The Royal Standard was demolished in 1910, in its place was built, at a cost of £12,000, the current theatre, The Victoria Palace. It was designed by prolific theatre architect Frank Matcham, opened 6 November 1911; the original design featured a sliding roof that helped cool the auditorium during intervals in the summer months. Under impresario Alfred Butt, the Victoria Palace Theatre continued the musical theatre tradition by presenting varieties, under managements and revues; because of its music hall linkage, the plays were not always taken seriously. In 1934, the theatre presented Young England, a patriotic play written by the Rev. Walter Reynolds 83, it received such amusingly bad reviews that it became a cult hit and played to full houses for 278 performances before transferring to two other West End theatres. Intended by its author as a serious work celebrating the triumph of good over evil and the virtues of the Boy Scout Movement, it was received as an uproarious comedy. Before long, audiences were joining in at all the choicest moments.
The scoutmistress said the line'I must go and attend to my girls' water' without at least fifty voices in good-humoured support. A return to revue brought new success. Me and My Girl was a hit in its original production at the theatre, opening in 1937 starring Lupino Lane. In 1939, songs from this show formed the first live broadcast of a performance by the BBC, listeners could sing along to The Lambeth Walk. In early 1945, towards the end of the war in Europe, variety was presented under the stewardship of Lupino Lane. Headlining the bill from his radio series was Will Hay, with his schoolboy retinue of Charles Hawtrey and John Clark, among the "turns" was Stainless Stephen, a comic acrobat comedian duo, Victor Barna giving an exhibition, who would invite audience members up on to the stage to see if they could beat him in ten points. From 1947 through 1962, Jack Hylton produced The Crazy Gang series of comedy revues, with a glittering company of variety performers including Flanagan and Allen and Knox, Naughton and Gold.
The long-running Black and White Minstrel Show played through the 1960s until 1972. In 1982, a production of The Little Foxes, saw Elizabeth Taylor making her London stage debut. Another unusually long-running show at the theatre was Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, that played for 13 years in London, beginning in 1989. After this, the theatre presented revivals of well-known musicals. In 2005, Billy Elliot the Musical opened; the theatre was purchased by Stephen Waley-Cohen in 1991. At the opening in 1911, a gilded statue of ballerina Anna Pavlova was positioned above the cupola of the theatre; this was taken down for its safety during World War II, was lost. In 2006, a replica of the original statue was restored in its place. In 2014, the theatre was sold to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres. After Billy Elliot ended its run in April 2016, the theatre closed for a multi-million pound refurbishment. In December 2017, the Broadway musical Hamilton re-opened the refurbished Victoria Palace. 1930: The Chelsea Follies 1934: Young England 1937: Me and My Girl 1945: Variety 1947: The Crazy Gang 1962: The Black and White Minstrel Show 1974: Carry On London 1976: Cilla at the Palace 1978: Annie 1982: Windy City 1982: The Little Foxes 1986: Barnum 1986: Charlie Girl 1987: High Society 1989: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story 1995: Jolson 2005: Billy Elliot the Musical 2017: Hamilton: An American Musical Fame – The Musical by Jacques Levy and Steve Margoshes Kiss Me, Kate Grease starring Ben Richards and Lee Latchford-Evans Tonight's the Night Billy Elliot the Musical by Lee Hall, starring Tim Healy and Haydn Gwynne.
Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda Victoria Earl and Sell, Michael Theatres Trust Guide to British Theatres 1750–1950, pp. 145 ISBN 0-7136-5688-3 Ronald Bergan: The Great Theatres of London. An Illustrated Companion. Patricia Dee Berry: Theatrical London. Ray Mander and Joe Mitchenson:'Theatres of London', Theatre Website Theatre history Information about Young England
Greater London is a ceremonial county of England, located within the London region. This region forms the administrative boundaries of London and is organised into 33 local government districts—the 32 London boroughs and the City of London, located within the region but is separate from the county; the Greater London Authority, based in Southwark, is responsible for strategic local government across the region and consists of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. The City of London Corporation is the principal local authority for the City of London, with a similar role to that of the 32 London borough councils. Administratively, Greater London was first established as a sui generis council area under the Greater London Council between 1963 and 1986; the county of Greater London was created on 1 April 1965 through the London Government Act 1963. The area was re-established as a region in 1994; the Greater London Authority was formed in 2000. The region had a population of 8,174,000 at the 2011 census.
The Greater London Built-up Area is used in some national statistics and is a measure of the continuous urban area and includes areas outside the administrative region. The term Greater London has been and still is used to describe different areas in governance, statistics and common parlance. In terms of ceremonial counties, London is divided into the small City of London and the much wider Greater London; this arrangement has come about because as the area of London grew and absorbed neighbouring settlements, a series of administrative reforms did not amalgamate the City of London with the surrounding metropolitan area, its unique political structure was retained. Outside the limited boundaries of the City, a variety of arrangements has governed the wider area since 1855, culminating in the creation of the Greater London administrative area in 1965; the term Greater London was used well before 1965 to refer to the Metropolitan Police District, the area of the Metropolitan Water Board, the London Passenger Transport Area and the area defined by the Registrar General as the Greater London Conurbation.
The Greater London Arterial Road Programme was devised between 1913 and 1916. One of the larger early forms was the Greater London Planning Region, devised in 1927, which occupied 1,856 square miles and included 9 million people. Although the London County Council was created covering the County of London in 1889, the county did not cover all the built-up area West Ham and East Ham, many of the LCC housing projects, including the vast Becontree Estates, were outside its boundaries; the LCC pressed for an alteration in its boundaries soon after the end of the First World War, noting that within the Metropolitan and City Police Districts there were 122 housing authorities. A Royal Commission on London Government was set up to consider the issue; the LCC proposed a vast new area for Greater London, with a boundary somewhere between the Metropolitan Police District and the home counties. Protests were made at the possibility of including Windsor and Eton in the authority; the Commission made its report in 1923.
Two minority reports favoured change beyond the amalgamation of smaller urban districts, including both smaller borough councils and a central authority for strategic functions. The London Traffic Act 1924 was a result of the Commission. Reform of local government in the County of London and its environs was next considered by the Royal Commission on Local Government in Greater London, chaired by Sir Edwin Herbert, which issued the'Herbert Report' after three years of work in 1960; the commission applied three tests to decide if a community should form part of Greater London: how strong is the area as an independent centre in its own right. Greater London was formally created by the London Government Act 1963, which came into force on 1 April 1965, replacing the administrative counties of Middlesex and London, including the City of London, where the London County Council had limited powers, absorbing parts of Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey. Greater London had a two-tier system of local government, with the Greater London Council sharing power with the City of London Corporation and the 32 London Borough councils.
The GLC was abolished in 1986 by the Local Government Act 1985. Its functions were devolved to the City Corporation and the London Boroughs, with some functions transferred to central government and joint boards. Greater London formed the London region in 1994; the London referendum, 1998 established a public will to recreate an upper tier of government to cover the region. The Greater London Authority, London Assembly and the directly elected Mayor of London were created in 2000 by the Greater London Authority Act 1999. In 2000, the outer boundary of the Metropolitan Police District was re-aligned to the Greater London boundary; the 2000 and 2004 mayoral elections were won by Ken Livingstone, the final leader of the GLC. The 2008 and 2012 elections were won by Boris Johnson; the 2016 election was won by Sadiq Khan. Greater London includes the most associated parts of the Greater London Urban Area and their historic buffers and includes, in five boroughs, significant parts of the Metropolitan Green Belt which protects designated greenfield land in a similar way to the city's parks.
The closest and furthest boundaries are with Essex to the northeast between Sewardstonebury next to Epping Forest and Chingford and with the Mar
Derby Theatre is a theatre situated in Derby, located within the intu Derby shopping centre. Known as the Derby Playhouse, it was owned and run by Derby Playhouse Ltd from its opening in 1975 until 2008, when the company ceased operating after a period in administration; the theatre was reopened in 2009 as the Derby Theatre under the ownership of the University of Derby, who use it as a professional and learning theatre. In addition to the 530 seat main auditorium, the building contains a 110-seat studio theatre for experimental productions. For details of the pre-2009 productions at the theatre and its original owners, see Derby PlayhouseRoderick Ham, who had designed the Thorndike Theatre, was commissioned to design the theatre, the Derby City Council offered the site as part of the new shopping development, the Eagle Centre, it was opened as the Derby Playhouse on 20 September 1975 by the 11th Duke of Devonshire. From its opening until October 2008, the theatre was operated by Derby Playhouse Ltd..
The company, which had a history going back to 1948, opened its first season in the new theatre with My Fair Lady, followed by Hamlet and concluding the following summer with Alan Bates in The Seagull. Serious financial difficulties emerged in 2007, in October 2008, Derby Playhouse Ltd. ceased operating after a period in administration. The company's last production at the theatre was The Killing of Sister George starring Jenny Eclair; the theatre was reopened in October 2009 as the Derby Theatre under the ownership of the University of Derby. The first two productions were by the Derby Gilbert & Sullivan Company who performed The Gondoliers and The Mikado; the University of Derby operated the venue in partnership with Derby LIVE, the city council's performing arts programme with the theatre used for both visiting professional companies and as a learning and community theatre. This partnership came to end in March 2012 when responsibility for all areas of the operation were returned to the University who operate the theatre with the support of the Arts Council England.
In May 2012 it was confirmed that Derby Theatre would receive £923,000 over three years from the Arts Council England to support a Learning Theatre Pilot programme. The University offered financial support of up to £500,000 per year from its Arts fund; the theatre launched a fundraising campaign to help with restoration costs, the main auditorium seating and carpets were refurbished in August 2012 in time for the autumn season. The old Arts College and Metro Cinema building on Green Lane was restored and adapted for the theatre's use with spaces for rehearsals, prop storage, the wardrobe department; the rehearsal spaces were opened in December 2012 by the theatre's newly appointed Artistic Director, Sarah Brigham. In November 2013 it was announced that Esmée Fairbairn Foundation would be awarding a grant of £164,000 to the theatre to support the development of its work as a learning theatre and in particular to focus on supporting emerging artists, developing creative skills and working with community groups.
Former actor, Gary Johnson, wasthe Derby Theatre's general manager since its opening in 2009, until he left in November 2015. Sarah Brigham was appointed as the theatre's first resident Artistic Director in October 2012 to take up her post alongside Johnson in January 2013. Brigham became both Chief Executive and Artistic Director. Brigham was the Artistic Director of The Point, Eastleigh and is a former Associate Director of the Dundee Repertory Theatre; the first season of works programmed by the venue itself included Yes, Prime Minister, Funny Peculiar, Horrible Histories and a co-production of The Butterfly Lion in association with New Perspectives Theatre Company and Curve Theatre. Autumn 2012 saw a number of productions including Radio Times, Three Men in a Boat, Driving Miss Daisy and The Haunting; the 2013 season featured productions of The Pitmen Painters and the Giant Peach and a new touring production of Birdsong. Since its re-opening, the theatre has staged an annual children's classic during the Christmas season.
In 2012, it presented a musical theatre adaptation of Charlotte's Web in conjunction with The Birmingham Stage Company. The first production commissioned and produced by the theatre under the artistic directorship of Sarah Brigham was Lee Hall’s Cooking with Elvis, directed by Mark Babych in May 2013; the first show directed by Sarah Brigham was Kes in September 2013 and featured former Skins actor Sam Jackson in his first stage role. Visiting productions included Go Back for Murder and September in the Rain and a co-production with the Mercury Theatre, Colchester of The Opinion Makers by Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon; the theatre teamed up with Birmingham Stage Company again to produce Horrible Histories Horrible Christmas in December 2013, directed by Phil Clark. The author Terry Deary attended the first preview performance, signed copies of his books and launched the Derby citywide Plus One scheme. In November 2013 the Theatre was recognised for its partnership with the University of Derby by winning the Excellence and Innovation in the Arts award at the 2013 THE Awards.
Blanche McIntyre won the award for Best Director for The Seagull, a co-production with Headlong, Nuffield and Derby Theatre at the UK Theatre Awards 2013. Official website
Joan Ann Olivier, Baroness Olivier, DBE known as Dame Joan Plowright, is a retired English actress whose career has spanned over six decades. She has won two Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award and has been nominated for an Academy Award, an Emmy and two BAFTA Awards, she is one of only four actresses to have won two Golden Globes in the same year. Plowright was born in Brigg, the daughter of Daisy Margaret and William Ernest Plowright, a journalist and newspaper editor, she trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in London. Plowright made her stage debut at Croydon in 1948 and her London debut in 1954. In 1956 she joined the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre and was cast as Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife, she appeared with George Devine in the Eugène Ionesco play, The Chairs, Shaw's Major Barbara and Saint Joan. In 1957, she co-starred with Sir Laurence Olivier in the original London production of John Osborne's The Entertainer, taking over the role of Jean Rice from Dorothy Tutin when the play transferred from the Royal Court to the Palace Theatre.
She continued to appear in films such as The Entertainer. In 1961, she received a Tony Award for her role in A Taste of Honey on Broadway. Through her marriage to Laurence Olivier, she became associated with his work at the National Theatre from 1963 onwards. In the 1990s she began to appear more in films, including Enchanted April, for which she won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination, Dennis the Menace, a cameo in Last Action Hero and Tea With Mussolini, she was the Nanny in 101 Dalmatians. Among her television roles, she won another Golden Globe Award and earned an Emmy Award nomination for the HBO film Stalin in 1992 as the Soviet dictator's mother-in-law. In 1994, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award. In 2003, Plowright performed in the stage production Absolutely! in London. She was appointed honorary president of the English Stage Company in March 2009, succeeding John Mortimer, who died in January 2009, she was vice-president of the company. Plowright was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1970 New Year Honours and was promoted to Dame Commander in the 2004 New Year Honours.
Plowright's eyesight declined during the late 2000s and early 2010s due to macular degeneration. In 2014, she announced her retirement from acting because she had become blind. Plowright was first married to Roger Gage, an actor, in September 1953, she divorced him and, in 1961, married Laurence Olivier after the ending of his 20-year marriage with the actress Vivien Leigh. The couple had three children, Hon. Richard Kerr Olivier, Hon. Tamsin Agnes Margaret Olivier and Hon. Julie-Kate Olivier. Both daughters are actresses; the couple remained married until Lord Olivier's death in 1989. Her brother, David Plowright, was an executive at Granada Television; the Plowright Theatre in Scunthorpe is named in Plowright's honour. Upon her marriage to Sir Laurence Olivier, her formal title became Lady Olivier, her husband was made so she became Baroness Olivier. Professionally, she is known as Dame Joan Plowright; as of 2004 her full and official title, as the widow of a peer and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, is The Right Honourable The Baroness Olivier DBE.
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Wyndham's Theatre is a West End theatre, one of two opened by actor/manager Charles Wyndham. Located on Charing Cross Road in the City of Westminster, it was designed c.1898 by W. G. R. Sprague, the architect of six other London theatres between and 1916, it was designed to seat 759 patrons on three levels. The theatre was Grade II* listed by English Heritage in September 1960. Wyndham had always dreamed of building a theatre of his own, through the admiration of a patron and the financial confidence of friends, he was able to realise his dream. Wyndham's Theatre opened on 16 November 1899, in the presence of the Prince of Wales; the first play performed. In 1910, Gerald du Maurier began an association with the theatre which lasted 15 years and to include the stage debut of the screen actress Tallulah Bankhead. Du Maurier's small daughter, Daphne watched her father's performance from the wings. Thirty years she presented her own play, The Years Between, on the same stage. In April 1953 the theatre premiered Graham Greene's first play, The Living Room, with a cast including Dorothy Tutin.
In January 1954, a small-scale musical pastiche, Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend, which had premiered at the much smaller Players' Theatre, was moved to the Wyndham stage. It ran for 2,078 performances, before transferring to Broadway. During the 60s and early 70s, the theatre continued to provide a setting for stars such as Alec Guinness, Vanessa Redgrave and Diana Rigg; the blockbuster of the 1970s decade – Godspell – opened at Wyndham's in January 1972 and ran to October 1974. The original cast included Marti Webb and Jeremy Irons. Among more recent distinguished productions were the world premiere of The Ride Down Mt. Morgan by American playwright Arthur Miller and the British premiere of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, starring Maggie Smith. Twenty-five years after making her debut there, Diana Rigg returned to play a hugely successful season as Medea; the critically acclaimed comedy,'Art', by Yasmina Reza, began its record-breaking run at Wyndham's in 1996 with Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott in the cast.
It opened in October 1996, transferred to the Whitehall Theatre in October 2001. Madonna made her West End debut there in 2002; this was followed by many other dramatic productions, including Dinner and the National Theatre's Democracy during 2004, Holly Hunter in By The Bog Of Cats, American TV star Ruby Wax in a children's stage version of The Witches, which ran during March 2005. Since theatre patrons have seen Sienna Miller star alongside Helen McCrory, Reece Shearsmith and Clive Rowe in a new production of Shakespeare's As You Like It. A large-scale replica of the facade of the theatre was constructed at the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida as part of the park's London-themed area. In May 2005, the theatre was taken over by Cameron Mackintosh's Delfont-Mackintosh Ltd. which began operations of the venue in September 2005. In October 2005 the theatre presented Tom Stoppard's Heroes, a translation of the French play Le vent des peupliers by Gérald Sibleyras, which starred Richard Griffiths and John Hurt.
The following year the theatre hosted a new production of Joanna Murray-Smith's play Honour starring Diana Rigg, Martin Jarvis and Natascha McElhone, which ran between 7 February and 6 May 2006. It hosted the West End transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory's hit production of Stephen Sondheim's musical Sunday in the Park with George, which starred Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell and ran till September. Between December 2006 and April 2007, the theatre presented the West End commercial transfer of Alan Bennett's National Theatre hit The History Boys which played to sell-out houses during its run until April 2007. Bill Kenwright's production of Somerset Maugham's The Letter played through summer 2007. There was a short hiatus. Shadowlands, based on the life story of C. S. Lewis opened in October 2007, starring Charles Dance and Janie Dee, before another return of Alan Bennett's The History Boys from December 2007; the theatre closed temporarily for refurbishment works, before reopening in September 2008 with Kenneth Branagh starring in Michael Grandage's production of Chekhov's Ivanov.
This new version by Tom Stoppard was the opening play in the Donmar West End twelve-month season at Wyndham's, with tickets at Donmar Warehouse prices. The Donmar West End season included Derek Jacobi starring in Twelfth Night, Judi Dench in Yukio Mishima's Madame de Sade, Jude Law in Hamlet, all staged by Grandage. Dinner by Moira Buffini starring Harriet Walter Democracy by Michael Frayn, starring Colm Meaney Dylan Moran: Monster II By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr, starring Holly Hunter The Witches by David Wood, starring Ruby Wax The Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler As You Like It by William Shakespeare, starring Sienna Miller and Clive Rowe Heroes by Gérald Sibleyras, starring Richard Griffiths, John Hurt and Ken Stott Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith, starring Diana Rigg and Martin Jarvis Sunday in the Park with George (23 May 200
Emerson Park railway station
Emerson Park is a London Overground station serving the Emerson Park neighbourhood in Hornchurch in the London Borough of Havering, east London. The station is on the Romford to Upminster Line and is the only intermediate station on that single-track line, 1 mile 64 chains from Romford; the station was opened as Emerson Park Halt in 1909 by the London and Southend Railway on a branch line which had connected Romford with Upminster and Grays since 1893. The station has been managed by London Overground since 2015, which operates the train services. Emerson Park has no station buildings other than a canopy over the single platform, it has low but fast-growing patronage for a suburban railway station, with 308,000 passenger entries/exits in 2017/18, compared to 114,000 five years prior and just 67,000 ten years prior. The Romford to Upminster Line was constructed in 1893 as a branch of the London and Southend Railway. Property development in the immediate area and in 1908 the proposed new railway station in nearby Gidea Park, which opened in 1910 on the Great Eastern Railway, prompted the LTSR to construct a station on their branch.
The station was opened on 1 October 1909 as Emerson Park Halt on the branch line from Romford to Grays via Upminster, where it connected with the main line from London Fenchurch Street. A run-round loop was constructed 500 yards to the west to enable extra trains to run between Emerson Park and Upminster; when push-pull working began in 1934 the loop was no longer needed and taken out in c. 1936. Named Emerson Park Halt, shown in some timetables and on some signage throughout its history as Emerson Park & Great Nelmes, the station name was simplified to Emerson Park, but the date of this change is not recorded. Though the station has long been called Emerson Park, one platform sign installed by National Express East Anglia in the late 2000s still read: "Welcome to Emerson Park Halt"; the station consists of a side platform located to the north of the single track. Access to the street is provided by a ramp; the station is of basic design and has no buildings other than a canopy covering part of the platform.
There are a ticket vending machine. Digital display boards and voice announcements provide departure information. London Buses routes 165, 256 and 370 serve the station, providing connections to Ardleigh Green, Harold Wood, Lakeside Shopping Centre, Rainham and Upminster, it is one of three stations in all some distance from the town centre. The station is in London fare zone 6. Service from the station is two trains per two per hour to Romford; the timetabled journey time to Upminster is five minutes and to Romford is four minutes. In May 2015 the station transferred from Abellio Greater Anglia operation to London Overground. Since services run Monday to Saturday between 6:15 am and 10 pm, on Sundays from 8:45 am to 8 pm. Oyster pay as you go has been available at the station since 2010; the numbers of passenger entries and exits at the station have been recorded as follows: Note: due to a change in methodology of counting entries/exits, the change from 2014/15 to 2015/16 may be overstated. Train times and station information for Emerson Park railway station from National Rail