Tag: Bill Kenwright

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | The Hawth, Crawley | Review

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatThe Hawth, CrawleyTuesday 12th – Saturday 16th March 2019 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | Review. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1970’s popular musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is touring the UK in 2019 under Bill Kenwright’s direction and received a very warm welcome to The […]

The Shawshank Redemption

The Hawth Crawley | Mon 10 – Sat 15 October 7.30pm, matinees on Wed & Sat 2.30pm

The Shawshank Redemption


Starring Paul Nicholls, Jack Ellis and Ben Onwukwe

Paul Nicholls, Jack Ellis and Ben Onwukwe will star in the 2016 UK Tour of The Shawshank Redemption. Following a hugely successful 2015 tour, Bill Kenwright’s production, inspired by the classic film and based on the short novel by Stephen King, comes to The Hawth from Monday 10 – Saturday 15 October.

Directed by award-winning Broadway director David Esbjornson, this powerful and acclaimed production is adapted from Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, which was made into the 1994 Oscar Award winning film The Shawshank Redemption and is regularly voted as the nation’s favourite film.

The Shawshank Redemption follows Andy Dufresne, a banker handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover, who finds himself incarcerated in the notorious Shawshank penitentiary. Unflinching in his protests of innocence, Andy strikes up an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red, and things take a slight turn for the better. However, when Warden Stammas decides to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy, a desperate plan is quietly hatched…

The play examines desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum security facility. The movie starred Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Ellis ‘Red’ Redding and was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Freeman.

PAUL NICHOLLS (Andy Dufresne) is best known and loved for his role as heart throb Joe Wicks in EastEnders, and has since appeared in acclaimed television programmes Grantchester, Death in Paradise and The C Word. Paul made his West End debut in Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Lyric Theatre before appearing in Festen (Lyric, West End) and Vincent in Brixton (National), both directed by Rufus Norris. He has also appeared in several plays at the Tricycle, Bush, Hampstead and Almeida.

BEN ONWUKWE (Red) boasts a 30 year stage career having appeared in productions at The RSC and the Royal Court Theatre. Television credits include EastEnders, Coronation Street and Doctors but his most prominent role was as Stuart ‘Recall’ McKenzie in London’s Burning, a character he played for over a decade.

Keeping them in line, JACK ELLIS will play the part of Warden Stammas. Jack is best known for his role as prison warder Jim Fenner in the hugely popular ITV television series Bad Girls, in which he appeared for seven series.  Jack’s television credits include Prime Suspect and Coronation Street. His theatre credits include Sam Mende’s production of Richard III (Old Vic, World Tour and Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York), Great Expectations (Vaudeville) and Yaël Farber’s production of The Crucible (Old Vic).

Stephen King is one of the most popular authors of contemporary literature and has written 54 published novels which have sold more than 350 million copies around the world, many of which have been adapted into feature films.

David Esbjornson is an award-winning international director and his work includes the Broadway debut and West End productions of Driving Miss Daisy starring Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines, for which David received the Whatsonstage Award for Best Revival for the West End run. In 2005, he directed the West End premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men, produced by Bill Kenwright and starring Rob Lowe.

This powerful acclaimed production is adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns with design by Gary McCann and lighting by Chris Davey.

Tickets are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 and online at www.hawth.co.uk

And Then There Were None

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells | 12th – 17th Oct

And Then There Were None


Bill Kenwright, by special arrangement with Agatha Christie Limited

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, And Then There Were None returns to the stage to follow in the footsteps of the company’s hugely successful Witness for the Prosecution and Black Coffee.

Starring BAFTA-nominated stage and screen star Paul Nicholas, Colin Buchanan from Dalziel and Pascoe, Deborah Grant who starred in Not Going Out, Peak Practice and Bergerac, TV favourite Mark Curry and Ben Nealon, from ITV’s award winning Soldier Soldier.

A group of 10 strangers are lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon. Upon arrival it is discovered that their host, an eccentric millionaire, is missing… Stranded on the island by a torrential storm and haunted by an ancient nursery rhyme, one by one the guests begin to die… With only the fallen believed to be innocent who amongst them is the killer?

And Then There Were None © 1944 Agatha Christie Limited. All Rights Reserved The AGATHA CHRISTIE word mark and signature are registered trademarks of Agatha Christie Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Booking Information

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.

Mon 12 – Sat 17 Oct
Evenings at 7.30pm
Matinees Wed & Sat at 2.30pm

Opening night, Wed & Sat matinees: All tickets £23.50
Tue – Thu evenings: £26.50, £24.50, £23.50RV
Fri & Sat evenings: £28.50, £26.50, £24.50RV

Plus a £.25 per ticket booking fee (£1.50 if booking through the Box Office) up to a maximum of 10 tickets.

Signed performance Thu evening

Twelve Angry Men

Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfields Hall, Croydon | Monday 8 – Saturday 13 June 7.30pm

Twelve Angry Men


Written by Reginald Rose, directed by Christopher Haydon.

Following its record-breaking West End run at London’s Garrick Theatre, JASON MERRELLS, one of TV’s most popular actors, will lead TWELVE ANGRY MEN in this powerful production of Reginald Rose’s thrilling courtroom drama.

Nominated Villain Of The Year at the British Soap Awards for playing Declan Macey in Emmerdale, JASON MERRELS will play juror number 8 in this gripping stage production of the 1957 three-time Academy Award nominated film, which was produced by and starred Henry Fonda and considered to be one of the great ‘must-see’ movies of all time. Jason’s other starring roles include Cutting It, Waterloo Road and Casualty.

Taking his place on the jury alongside Jason is fellow TV bad guy ANDREW LANCEL, the villainous businessman Frank Foster in Coronation Street.

The cast also includes DENIS LILL (The Royal), and GARETH DAVID-LLOYD (Ianto Jones in Torchwood); and returning from the West End production are ROBERT DUNCAN (Drop The Dead Donkey), ANDREW FRAME (EastEnders), DAVID CALVITTO, MARK CARTER, SEAN POWER and JON CARVER as the Guard.

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, first produced by Bill Kenwright for the West End, is directed by Christopher Haydon and designed by Michael Pavelka.

Twelve jurors have murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open and shut case soon becomes a dilemma for the twelve, as prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused turn the tables every which way until the nail-biting climax…

Now it’s your turn to witness a ‘BRILLIANT’, ‘RIVETING’, ‘TRIUMPH’ of a show.

‘It holds the audience in a vice-like grip’ Sunday Express
‘Brilliant’ Sunday Mirror
‘Terrific’ The Times


Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfields Hall, Croydon
Monday 8 – Saturday 13 June 7.30pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm
£23.50 – £31.50
Plus buy 10 tickets and receive the 11th ticket free