STOMP Open Auditions 2016

Open auditions 2015

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Stomp creators receive Honorary Doctorates

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STOMP put on a blooming good display at Chelsea

STOMP at RHS Chelsea

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STOMP Open Auditions 2016

STOMP OPEN AUDITIONS: Tuesday 5th July 2016

The British theatrical sensation that has become a truly global phenomenon is holding open auditions at its West End home, the Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9ND.

Directors Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas are looking for drummers, dancers, or anyone who has ever beaten out a rhythm with their fingers on a desk or idly hit a saucepan with a wooden spoon. They are looking for male and female performers (aged 18+) with a sense of rhythm and a sense of humour. No specific experience is necessary – just a willingness to go for it. They seek performers for the West End company and to join the existing international tour.

People interested should come along at 9.30am on Tuesday 5th Julyto register. Audition slots will be allocated on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th July, with recalls to be held on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July. Please bring clothing suitable for movement, heavy boots, passport photo and CV.

Please Note: We are unable to pre-book ANY time slots ahead of these auditions, but we will endeavour to see everyone that comes. Please arrive at 9:30am to be sure of getting seen.

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Stomp creators receive Honorary Doctorates

Stomp’s creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas were proud recipients of honorary degrees this week, awarded by Brighton University for their achievements  in the arts. In a ceremony at Brighton’s Dome theatre, home of many a Stomp and LFO performance, Luke and Steve donned the blue and red robes, and gave a speech to the attending Brighton University graduates. They both now have Honorary Doctor of the Arts degrees…

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Here’s the video shown at the ceremony in celebration of their work:


STOMP put on a blooming good display at Chelsea

Earlier this month STOMP had the privilege of performing at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The al fresco performance marked the official opening of this prestigious event and welcomed a star-studded audience to the garden of seven-time award winner Adam Frost.

Adam’s garden – The Homebase Urban Retreat Garden, in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support – was inspired by the Bauhaus movement and specifically the work of modernist architect Marcel Breuer.

VIPs and celebrities including, Alan Titchmarsh, Christopher Biggins, Paul Smith, Samantha Bond, Claire Price, Chris Robshaw, Matt Baker and many more braved the very British weather to get a first look at the gardens on the first day of this very British event.

Take a look at the video below to see snippets of STOMP’s performance.

The garden combines a balance of nature and the man-made environment and celebrates the importance of incorporating green spaces into our towns and cities.  The garden is intended to sit comfortably in the urban environment and form a place for a small inner-city community to come together.

STOMP sends our congratulations to Adam on his much deserved Gold Medal.

See a selection of images from the day below.

STOMP at RHS Chelsea

STOMP London is a teenager

On an ordinary Monday night in May, in the heart of London’s West End, an extraordinary teenager caused a riot of sound. Thumping, throwing, shaking and stamping everything they could get their hands (and feet) on, from brooms and matchsticks to dustbins and even the kitchen sink.

Instead of being reprimanded for such behaviour, this particular teen was praised and encouraged with cries for ‘MORE!’ from the crowd that had gathered.

Of course this teen is no stranger to attracting attention to their rhythmic beat. So who is this outrageous teenager applauded for beating out rhythms on everyday objects? Well, it is of course us, STOMP.

To celebrate thirteen years of performances in London’s West End, STOMP invited a star-studded audience to a special birthday gala show at The Ambassadors Theatre followed by a VIP reception at The Club at The Ivy.

Familiar faces such as Tom Rosenthal, Fay Ripley, Melinda Messenger, Tyger Drew-Honey, Dakota Blue Richards, Shaun Dooley, Greg Wise, Ciara Baxendale and many more, all came out to wish STOMP a Happy Birthday.

Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, creators of the long-running international hit show commented on the turn out, “It’s changed a lot, everyone’s younger than us!”

Greg Austin,  star of ITV’s Mr Selfridge said of the performance, “That was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in a theatre,” whilst singer Elyar Fox found it hard to find words, and facial expressions, to describe the show simply stating, “That was amazing!”

Spot more celebrity faces and hear the thoughts of audience members on the video below.

STOMP is now booking through to June 2016. To book your tickets visit www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk or call 08448 112 334.

 

See a few snaps from the STOMP London 13th Birthday Gala on Monday 11th May 2015 below. All pictures by Piers Allardyce.

Vick Hope, Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry & Kristina Aleksandrova

Vick Hope, Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry & Kristina Aleksandrova

Tyger Drew-Honey & Libby Millward

Tyger Drew-Honey & Libby Millward

Tallia Storm

Tallia Storm

Natascha McElhone

Natascha McElhone

Maisie Smith

Maisie Smith

Linzi Stoppard

Linzi Stoppard

Dani Harmer

Dani Harmer

Dakota Blue Richards

Dakota Blue Richards

Ciara Baxendale

Ciara Baxendale

Andy Jordan

Andy Jordan

 

Stomp Birthday Balloon

STOMP Open Auditions 2015

STOMP OPEN AUDITIONS: Monday 12 January

The British theatrical sensation that has become a truly global phenomenon is holding open auditions at its West End home, the Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9ND.

Directors Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas are looking for drummers, dancers, or anyone who has ever beaten out a rhythm with their fingers on a desk or idly hit a saucepan with a wooden spoon. They are looking for male and female performers (aged 18+) with a sense of rhythm and a sense of humour. No specific experience is necessary – just a willingness to go for it. They seek performers for the West End company and to join the existing international tour.

People interested should come along at 9.30am on Monday 12 January to register. Audition slots will be allocated on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13, with recalls in Brighton on Monday 19. Please bring clothing suitable for movement, heavy boots, passport photo and CV.

Please Note: We are unable to pre-book ANY time slots ahead of these auditions, but we will endeavour to see everyone that comes. Please arrive at 9:30am to be sure of getting seen.

For an idea of what to expect, check out this video of the STOMP open auditions 2011:

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Sky Arts Christmas Window

In the run up to Christmas the brilliant people at Sky Arts took over a shop front in Westfield Stratford, and converted it into a life sized advent calendar, featuring a different performance every night. On Friday 12th December STOMP became the noisiest Christmas Window Live treat yet, performing the classic Brooms as well as a brand new piece, complete with Christmas boxes.

 

 

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STOMP London Celebrates 5000 West End Shows

On Saturday 19th July 2014 STOMP London celebrated 5000 shows in the West End.

STOMP opened at the Vaudeville Theatre in September 2002 staying for five noisy years, before moving home to the Ambassadors theatre in Covent garden.

Since then the show has only gotten bigger and better, experiencing it’s most successful year yet in 2013.
Now in it’s 12th year in the West End, and soon to be leaving the Ambassadors theatre, who knows where the 10,000th show will be?

A huge congratulations to all the London cast and crew – bring on 10,000!

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Ambassadors Theatre London, a Statement from STOMP’s Producers

There has been a lot of coverage of Cameron Mackintosh’s proposed take over of the Ambassadors theatre for redevelopment. Most of the coverage reports his purchase of the theatre as a done deal. It is actually subject to planning permission, so it is very much business as usual at the Ambassadors; Cameron Mackintosh does not yet own the theatre. STOMP is booking through 2015, and should the take over go ahead, will find a new home in London. The producers of Stomp have issued the following statement:

 

STOMP applauds Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s vision of a non-proscenium, studio style transfer theatre in the heart of the West End. Stomp is itself a show that transferred from the fringe and it subsidises and supports The Old Market theatre, a non-proscenium venue in Brighton. The Ambassadors has been a wonderful space for us, and our West End business is at an all time high. Obviously we were disappointed yesterday to discover we may have to look for a new home for Stomp in London in the near future. Since being at the Ambassadors, sales have grown year on year without exception and after our appearance at the Olympics closing ceremony Stomp has had its best ever years in London.

 

Even as the news was about to be released we were enjoying a sold out Thursday matinee at a time of the year that is traditionally tough for West End shows. We are still enjoying record levels of demand, with some of the highest occupancy rates in the West End.

 

STOMP successfully transferred from the Vaudeville to the Ambassadors in 2007, and became an even bigger hit in the process. We are committed to our run at the Ambassadors, to our audiences and to the schools that have made us such a popular choice for theatre trips and workshops. With that in mind, we will be looking at options for a new home in London to further our phenomenally successful 12-year run and wish the potential new owners of the Ambassadors the best of luck in their venture.

 

STOMP will shortly be extending its booking period at the Ambassadors through to December 2015.

Luke Cresswell, Glynis Hall, Loretta Sacco, and Steve McNicholas.

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20 Years in New York!

Last night (Thursday 28th Feb 2014) the Empire State Building was lit up in red and white, to celebrate 20 years of STOMP in New York!

Stomp opened in a wintry February in 1994, in a huge snowstorm (48 inches of snow), which left Manhattan silent and in some places waist deep in snow. Although the elements conspired against us, the show prevailed, and it’s still playing at the Orpheum Theatre on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 8th Street.

For our 10th anniversary, that section of 2nd Avenue was renamed “Stomp Avenue” in our honour, and it’s just as much an honour to have the Empire State light up in our colours for the 20th.

The New York cast was there to celebrate, and there’s been lots of coverage in the media: see Theatre Mania, Broadway.com and BroadwayWorld for examples…

Congratulations to all the cast, crew and general management in New York!

Photo courtesy of the Empire State Realty Trust.

Time Warner Cable customers can see a tv report here.

 

Photo courtesy of Empire State Realty Trust

LFO Opens in Paris

Jan 21-Feb 9

The LOST and FOUND ORCHESTRA (LFO) returns to the stage tonight in Paris, where it is also known as “L’Orchestre des Objets Trouves”; Stomp founder Luke Cresswell returns to his role as Buster Conductor, alongside a cast of Stomp veterans and virtuoso musicians, all waxing symphonic using only found objects and home made instruments. There are more details and links to box office on the official LFO website.

We dedicate these performances of the Lost and Found Orchestra to the loving memory of Luke’s brother, Addison Cresswell.

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