West End Belles

West End Belles

Welcome to the West End Belles Theatre Group!

For theatre goers amongst the belles, we are intending to arrange visits to see some great West End shows.  We plan to arrange four outings a year but without the hefty price tag usually associated with going to see a west end show!

The group is being run by the lovely Sue Cane and her helper Ann-Marie Smith and if you have any queries please speak to one of them either at a meeting or using the contact details below.  If there are any shows in particular you would like to see, then please also let them know.  If you would like to join the West End Belles Theatre Group please email Sue at westendbelles@hotmail.com to let her know you want to be kept up to date with future trips.

For each trip there will be a limited number of tickets reserved and tickets are only definitely yours once you have made payment for the ticket.  You will have to make your own way up to the theatre as we will not be arranging coaches.

2018 Trips

Monday 22nd January 2018

Motown The Musical – Cost £35 at the Shaftesbury Theatre

Discover the story behind the sound that moved the world. With just $800 borrowed from his family, Berry Gordy founded Motown records and launched the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and many more. Featuring fifty classic Motown hits including “My Girl”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”MOTOWN THE MUSICALis the West End sensation that has audiences “Dancing In The Street”.

2017 Trips

Tuesday 11th April 2017

Stepping Out – Cost £39.50 at the Vaudeville Theatre 7.30pm

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“8 people, 8 characters and 8 life stories… Liza Minnelli led the cast in 1991, now the the relay goes to Amanda Holden”

26 years later, the wonderfully funny and heart-warming comedy Stepping Out returns!

The Vaudeville will host Amanda Holden along with Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Stephenson in a new version of Stepping Out, which will be directed by triple Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman.

In the original 1991 film, Lisa Minnelli and Julie Walters starred. The story follows the lives of seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class. Initially all thumbs and left feet, the group is just getting to grip with the basics when they are asked to take part in a charity gala…

After several months we meet the group again, and all of them have a story to tell. There’s haughty Vera, mouthy Maxine and uptight Andy; bubbly Sylvia and shy Dorothy; eager Lynne and cheerful Rose and, of course, Geoffrey. At the piano is the dour Mrs Fraser and spurring them all on, the ever-patient Mavis.

Tickets must be paid for by 13 January 2017.

Wednesday 24th May

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Cost £35 at the Gielgud Theatre 7.30pm

 

 

The story concerns a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbour’s dog that is investigated by young Christopher Boone, who has an autism spectrum condition, and his relationships with his parents and school mentor.

 

Tuesday 4th July 2017

Half A Sixpence – Cost £37.50 (midway in stalls) at the Noel Coward Theatre 7.30pm

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Starring newcomers Charlie Stemp as ‘Arthur Kipps’ and Devon-Elise Johnson as ‘Ann Pornick’ – alongside three times Olivier-nominated actress Emma Williams as ‘Helen Walsingham’ and Vivien Parry as ‘Mrs Walsingham’.

Arthur Kipps, an orphan and over-worked draper’s assistant at the turn of the last century, unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society. His childhood companion, Ann Pornick, watches with dismay as Arthur is made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham. Both young women undoubtedly love Arthur – but which of them should he listen to? With the help of his friends, Arthur learns that if you want to have the chance of living the right life, you need to make the right choices.

All tickets must be paid for by February 16th – please see Sue at the February meeting.

 

27th September 2017

Girls – £45 at the Phoenix Theatre 7.30pm

The Girls is the real life story of a Women’s Institute group who decide to fundraise for a local hospital by posing for a raunchy-but-tasteful nude calendar. Inadvertently, the group become media sensations, and are soon hounded for their story. A heart-warming story that follows the close friendships in the group, as well as the strained personal lives, The Girls is sure to be a British hit.

The Girls is the entirely new musical by Take That member Gary Barlow and playwright Tim Firth, based on Firth’s original 2003 film Calendar Girls. With music by Barlow and lyrics by Firth, the score is sure to be a hit, with Broadway spectacular Finding Neverland already under Barlow’s belt. Directed by FirthThe Girls features design by Robert Jones and lighting design by Tim Lutkin, with sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster.

Cast members include Debbie Chazen as Ruth, Sophie-Louise Dann as Celia, Michele Dotrice as Jessie, Marian McLoughlin as Marie, Claire Moore as Chris, Claire Machin as Cora and Joanna Riding as Annie. Further cast members include Joe Caffrey as Rod, Jeremy Clyde as Dennis, John Davitt as Doctor, Soo Drouet as Brenda, James Gaddas as John, Jenny Gayner as Miss Wilson (Coffee), Steve Giles as Lawrence, Maxwell Hutcheon as Colin, Shirley Jameson as Miss Wilson (Tea), Judith Street as Lady Cravenshire, Josh Benson as Tommo, Ben Hunter as Danny and Chloe May Jackson as Jenny.

 

2016 Trips 

Thursday 13th October 2016

The Go Between – Cost £29.50

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Only showing until 15th October we had to sneak in a visit to see Michael Crawford in this one!

Crawford plays Leo Colston, a man still haunted by the events of 50 years ago during the hot summer of 1900 and the time spent in Norfolk at the country house of his school friend Marcus.  He vividly recalls his unwitting role acting as a go-between for the beautiful upper-class Marian (Gemma Sutton) and tenant-farmer Ted (Stuart Ward). The illicit love affair, carried out against the wishes of her formidable mother (Issy van Randwyck) and behind the back of Viscount Trimingham (Stephen Carlile), drags young Leo into an adult world of passion and intrigue where he discovers feelings he’s never experienced before.

Previous Visits:

Wednesday 27th July 2016

Hobsons Choice – Cost £29.50

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Martin Shaw returns to the West End as one of the greatest characters in English drama, the boisterous, cantankerous Henry Horatio Hobson. First seen at the Theatre Royal Bath, this delicious new production will mark the 100th anniversary of Harold Brighthouse’s play about the self-made man who’s own pride knows no bounds, even if it costs him his livelihood, and the love of his family.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 25th May 2016

The Comedy about a Bank Robbery

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Wednesday 27th January 2016

Sunny Afternoon – based on the music of the Kinks 

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We had a great time at this show, even if our ears suffered a bit!

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 Tuesday 10 November 2015

Beautiful – the Carole King Story

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What a great night we had!  Such amazing singing and dancing – we all agreed that this was a fabulous show.

 

 

 

 

 

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