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Nombre de balcons: 1
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Bâtiment: Opened as a cinema and variety theatre, the Apollo Victoria became a venue for musical theatre, beginning with The Sound of Music in 1981, and including the long-running Starlight Express, from 1984 to 2002.
Nom: New Victoria Cinema - New Victoria Theatre
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Vous trouverez ci-dessous une liste la plus complète possible des spectacles joués dans ce théâtre. Nous y avons mentionné tous les 'musicals' connus de nous, ainsi que d'autres formes de spectacle (théâtre, danse, ...) s'ils nous semblent avoir marqué l'histoire du théâtre.
Wicked (Original London)
Joué durant 10 ans 1 mois 1 semaine actuellement
Première preview: jeu 07 septembre 2006
Première: mer 27 septembre 2006
Réservation ouverte jusqu'au: sam 05 novembre 2016
Dernière: Open end
Idina Menzel (Elphaba), Helen Dallimor (Glinda), Nigel Planer (The Wizard), Miriam Margolyes (Madame Morrible), Adam Garcia (Fiyero), Katie Rowley-Jones (Nessarose), Andy Mace, Nicky Griffiths, Kerry Washington, James Gillan, Martin Ball, Simon Hardwick.
The London show was tailored slightly for a British audience, with some changes in dialogue, choreography, and special effects. The London production celebrated its fifth anniversary on September 27th 2011 with a special curtain call featuring former West End cast members. After Idina Menzel's three-month run she was replaced by Kerry Ellis.
Other Elphabas have included Alexia Khadime and Rachel Tucker; with Dianne Pilkington and Louise Dearman as Glindas; and Oliver Tompsett, Lewis Bradley, Lee Mead (Fiyeros), and Desmond Barrit, Sam Kelly, Clive Carter (Wizards). In both New York and London the show initially received mixed reviews, but it seems to be a critic-proof show, and has had a phenomenal world-wide box office success. (plus)
Movin' Out (Original London)
Joué durant 1 mois 1 semaine
Première preview: mar 28 mars 2006
Première: lun 10 avril 2006
Dernière: lun 22 mai 2006
Ron Todorowski (Eddie), Holly Cruikshank (Brenda), David Gomez (Tony), Laura Costa Chaud (Judy), Matt Dibble (James), James Fox/Darren Reeves (Piano-man) and an ensemble of 20 dancers.
Twyla Tharp had choreographed and directed a collection of Billy Joel songs into a “rock ballet”. With the rock band perched at the back onstage, a team of non-singing dancers performed the trademark athletic choreography while a “piano-man” sang out Billy Joel’s songs. The show opened on Broadway in October 2002 and ran for three years and 1,303 performances. However, even though the British critics recognised the brilliance and excitement of the dancing, they were mostly unimpressed with the conception of the show, and felt that five-star dancing was not enough to hold together a three-star story. The limited run was originally booked until mid-July (when it would make way for “Wicked”) but was taken off after just seven weeks. (plus)
Saturday Night Fever (Revival)
Joué durant 1 an 7 mois 2 semaines
Première preview: ven 02 juillet 2004
Première: mar 06 juillet 2004
Dernière: sam 18 février 2006
Stephane Anelli (Tony Monero), Zoe Ebsworth (Stephanie), Kym Marsh (Annette), Alex Jessop (Bobby C), Shaun Williamson (Monty), Mark Faith (Fusco/Frank Monero), Joyce Springer (Flo Manero), Russell Walker (Frank Junior), Lucy Banfield (Maria), Tom Goodall (Cesar)
This was a completely new version, differing in many respects from the earlier Palladium and touring productions. Musical changes included the addition of just one new song—Words” sung by Tony and Stephanie - replacing “More than a Woman”, but the book itself and the structure of the show had undergone significant changes. (plus)
Bombay Dreams (Original)
Joué durant 1 an 12 mois
Première preview: ven 31 mai 2002
Première: mer 19 juin 2002
Dernière: dim 13 juin 2004
Avec: Stephen Rahman-Hughes (Akaash), Zehra Naqvi (Priya), Ravin J Ganatra (Madan), Munir Khairdin (Vikram), Royce Ullah (JK), Raj Ghatak (Sweetie), Sophiya Haque (Rani), Nila Aalia (Kitty)
The West End production ran for two years, undergoing some re-writing and changes during the course of its run. A heavily re-written version, with book additions by Thomas Meehan opened on Broadway in April 2004 and ran for eight months (284 performances). The New York version used the same British production team, though many songs were cut and several new ones added to the score. (plus)
Starlight Express (Recréation)
Joué durant 9 ans 1 mois 3 semaines
Première preview: lun 23 novembre 1992
Première: lun 23 novembre 1992
Dernière: sam 12 janvier 2002
Mark Walker (Greaseball), Samantha Lane (Ashley), Voyd (Buffy), Caron Cardelle (Dina), Reva Rice (Pearl), Lon Satton (Poppa), John Partridge (Electra), Greg Ellis (Rusty)
In November 1992, the London production, christened The New Starlight Express, was re-launched with heavy revisions to the material, partly influenced by the subsequent productions described below. Five songs ("Crazy", "He'll Whistle at Me", "Make Up My Heart", "Next Time You Fall in Love", "The Megamix") were added, 12 songs (the Overture, "Engine of Love", "Call Me Rusty", "Hitching and Switching", "There's Me", "Belle The Sleeping Car", "Heat Three", "Wide Smile", "High Style", "No Comeback", "Only He", "Only You") and two characters ("C.B." and "Belle") were cut.
Belle, having proved incompatible with the shorter 4-race system on Broadway, was cut along with C.B. Cutting C.B. required a near complete overhaul of the plot (though the lighting design didn't change – his spotlight still came up in "Freight" right up to the last performance of the show), as without a clear cut villain, Rusty, Electra and Greaseball had to cause their own problems or be the victims of circumstance to move the story along.
The "Overture" was scrapped, with the "Entry of National Trains" moved to the opening of the show from its former place following "Freight". The energetic, high speed "He Whistled at Me" was reworked into "He'll Whistle at Me" and moved to earlier on in the show. In its original place was the languid ballad "Make Up My Heart" that was first recorded on a 1987 studio recording. "Pumping Iron" was moved to immediately after "AC/DC", shifting the intention from merely boasting to a direct challenge from Greaseball to the newcomer and cutting off the end of the preceding song. This meant that the 2nd and 3rd class Sleepers were no longer seen, as the performers who had filled those roles were now on-stage as the female Components. Rather than winning a heat each, as in the 5-race structure, Greaseball and Electra come first and second in the first heat, securing places in the final for each of them. Rusty now didn't race at all until the final, only reluctantly taking Poppa's place after the title song. Poppa won the second heat with Bobo coming second.
"The Rap" was completely re-written, as the debate – whether or not Rusty should be allowed to race in Poppa's place when he'd already been disqualified – was completely redundant. It became an anthem to how great racing is, rather than an argument. Pearl still switched engines to Electra, leaving Dinah uncoupled. With Belle gone, Ashley and Buffy carried "Rolling Stock (Reprise)" by themselves, allowing them each more vocals. After the Uphill Final, when Dinah uncouples Electra, with no C.B. he partners Buffy instead for the Downhill Final. Rather than being crashed intentionally, Electra and Greaseball crash accidentally at the end of the race. Electra then took C.B.'s place in "One Rock 'n' Roll Too Many", and also took one of Greaseball's spoken lines("You mean I could be converted to steam?" became "D'you think I could be converted to steam?") afterwards to be included in the scene. As a second finale, "The Megamix" was added. It consists of a few phrases from most of the songs in the show, including one that by the end was no longer there – "He'll Whistle at Me" was cut in 1996, but remained represented. (plus)
Starlight Express (Original)
Joué durant 17 ans 9 mois 3 semaines
Première preview: mar 27 mars 1984
Première: mar 27 mars 1984
Dernière: sam 12 janvier 2002
Jeff Shankley (Greaseball), Chrissy Wickham (Ashley), Nancy Wood (Buffy), Frances Ruffelle (Dina), Stephanie Lawrence (Pearl), Michael Staniforth (C.B.), Lon Satton (Poppa), Jeffrey Daniel (Electra), Ray Shell (Rusty)
The performers were required to race around the theatre on roller-skates. They underwent several months of skating training to be able to take part and the theatre itself had to undergo major alterations to accommodate racing tracks running through the auditorium, up to the circle, then back down through the stalls. The show went on to become one of the major hits of all time, with world-wide productions. (plus)
Starlight Express (Original)
Première preview: mar 27 mars 1984
Première: mar 27 mars 1984
The West End production, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Arlene Phillips opened on 27 March 1984 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it ran for 7,406 performances, closing on 12 January 2002. Original cast members included Stephanie Lawrence, Frances Ruffelle, Jeff Shankley, Jeffrey Daniel and Ray Shell.Starlight Express had one of the most spectacular stage sets ever created. As well as the steeply-banked central arena, there were swooping race tracks that extended into and around the theatre's auditorium. One of the set's most dramatic elements was the six-tonne steel bridge. During the show's high-speed races, the bridge lifted and tilted to connect the various levels of the set. This means the actors started racing on a track in the stalls and end up in the dress circle. (plus)
Fiddler on the Roof (Revival)
Joué durant 4 mois
Première preview: mar 28 juin 1983
Première: mar 28 juin 1983
Dernière: sam 29 octobre 1983
Topol (Tevye), Thelma Ruby (Golde), Maria Charles (Yente), David Jackson (Lazar Wolf), Steven Mann (Perchick), Jane Gumett (Tzeitel), Peter Whitman (Motel), Lisa Jacobs (Chava)
Joué durant 2 mois 2 semaines
Première preview: Inconnu
Première: mar 23 novembre 1982
Dernière: sam 05 février 1983
Richard Harris (King Arthur), Fiona Fullerton (Guinevere), William Squire (Merlin), Robert Meadmore (Sir Lancelot), Michael Howe (Mordred), Robin Bailey (Pellinore)
This was described as a disastrous revival, and one of the worst productions seen in the West End for a long time. Much of the blame was laid at the feet of Richard Harris who was accused of “walking through” the part without any effort. The Plays & Players critic said: “There is no denying the potency of Richard Harris’s personality. It is merely sad to remember that many years ago he was an actor.” (plus)
Sound of Music (The) (Revival)
Joué durant 1 an 1 mois
Première preview: lun 17 août 1981
Première: lun 17 août 1981
Dernière: sam 18 septembre 1982
Petula Clark (Maria), Michael Jayston (Captain von Trapp), Honor Blackman (Elsa), John Bennett (Max Detweiler), June Bronhill (Mother Abbess), Paul Shearstone (Rolf), Patricia Conti (Sister Margaret)
In 1981, at producer Ross Taylor's urging, Petula Clark agreed to star in a revival of the show at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London's West End. Michael Jayston played Captain von Trapp, Honor Blackman was the Baroness and June Bronhill the Mother Abess. Despite Clark's misgivings that, at age 49, she was too old to play the role convincingly, Clark opened to unanimous rave reviews (and the largest advance sale in the history of British theatre at that time). Maria von Trapp herself, present at the opening night performance, described Clark as "the best" Maria ever. Clark extended her initial six-month contract to thirteen months. Playing to 101 percent of seating capacity, the show set the highest attendance figure for a single week (October 26–31, 1981) of any British musical production in history (as recorded in The Guinness Book of Theatre).
This was the first stage production to incorporate the two additional songs ("Something Good" and "I Have Confidence") that Richard Rodgers composed for the film version.
The cast recording of this production was the first to be recorded digitally, but, as of 2008, the recording has not been released on compact disc. (plus)