Clive Nolan's London Rehearsal Diary

Clive Nolan Kevin Nixon1"Last weekend saw the rehearsals get properly underway for 'Alchemy' in London. It was a two day package, where we used the time to start working on the structure of the show. Who should be on stage and when? What props do we need? Almost everyone was there, and we managed to get through most of the show. Strangely at this stage, singing is really not that important. We just need to know we had some kind of visualisation of how ‘Alchemy’ would work in this small intimate theatre. The good news was that Ian Baldwin and I were very much on the same page, so this ‘starter for ten’ went very smoothly with Ian taking charge and helping the cast see what we wanted to put across to the audience.

On day two, we spent the afternoon with a small collection of cast member, and went through vocal lines. I wanted to make sure things hadn’t got ‘lost’ along the way, and also I wanted to see how Matthew Ronchetti was getting on with things. The answer to that was ‘very well’, so this was an easy rehearsal. Ross Andrews was starting to acquaint himself with the part of Greaves as well (he will be playing Greaves, and the Captain for this production), so this was a fruitful session.

London Cast Confirmed!

10506789 253693244827878 7933189903818996971 oThe cast of the London 'Alchemy' shows in August 2014 has been confirmed. The shows, that will take place at the off-West End Jermyn Street Theatre (right next to Piccadilly Circus), will be a brand new production of Clive Nolan's musical. Due to a limited space of the theatre (just 70 seats in the venue), the show will feature 8 singers: Clive Nolan (Professor King), Andy Sears (Lord Henry Jagman), Agnieszka Swita (Amelia Darvas), Vctoria Bolley (Eva Bonaduce), Matthew Ronchetti (William Gardelle), Chris Lewis (Thomas Anzeray/Milosh), Verity Smith (Mrs Muncey/Jessamine), Ross Andrews (Benjamin Greaves/Captain Joseph Farrell).

On stage we will also see a supporting cast featuring: Ian Baldwin, Ethan Barnett, Natalie Barnett, Colin Greene, Ron Milsom, Caron Morgan and Ollie West.

Tickets for the summer off-West End shows are available via the theatre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West End Contract Signed!

GS 4We have pleasure to announce that the contract with the West End Theatre has been signed! 'Alchemy' will be performed in London in August 2014. Details about the cast, the theatre and tickets sale will be available soon.

Clive Nolan: "It is with both pleasure and some trepidation that I can announce that I have now signed the contract with the theatre, and 'Alchemy' is definitely booked to go to the West End. Technically this is an "off West End' show, but geographically we are right there in the heart of it all. We won't name the theatre yet - we'll wait until tickets can actually be bought. Everything for this production begins now, so stand by! So… The adventure continues!!"

 

 

 

The Golden Lexicon Award 2013 Goes to Clive Nolan!

awardThe long awaited 'Alchemy' shows, which took place in early September at the Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre, proved to be a great success! The Caamora Theatre Company, featuring eleven principal singers, eleven understudies, the band and the chorus, performed four shows in front of the enthusiastic multinational audience. The superb performances from everyone involved brought most positive reactions from press and viewers alike.

Moreover, on the closing night of the Cheltenham shows, Clive was presented with the MLWZ Golden Lexicon Award 2013 for Outstanding Achievements in Music for his musical 'Alchemy', which crowned three extremely intensive years of work on the musical. Congratulations, Clive! Well deserved!

Clive Nolan: "Winning this achievement award was a real surprise to me and a wonderful conclusion to the 'Alchemy' week. It is already on my wall and I am very proud of it. Thank you!"

 

Clive Nolan – Mark Buckingham Collaboration

Samuel KingMB transClive Nolan is working with a famous comic book and graphic novel artist Mark Buckingham to develop imagery for the CD/DVD and for the show, as well as a graphic novel version of the story, as part of the 'Alchemy' project. The images of the graphic characters will be based on the actual 'Alchemy' cast.

Mark Buckingham has been working in comics for almost 25 years, on numerous titles, including 'Miracleman', 'Sandman' and 'Death', all with writer Neil Gaiman, as well as significant runs on other key comics such as 'Batman', 'Spider-man' and 'Hellblazer'. For the past ten years Mark has been the regular artist on Fables for DC Comics, working with its writer and creator Bill Willingham, for which they have earned numerous comic industry awards. He has also illustrated 'Willingham's Down the Mysterly River' prose novel released last summer by Tor books. In addition Mark is also the regular cover artist on IDW's 'Doctor Who' comic and is recently worked with Neil Gaiman on a comic strip for 'The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012' for BBC Books.

Clive Nolan: “It is a very exciting new development to have Mark Buckingham involved with the 'Alchemy' show. He will certainly add a whole new dimension to the story. Actually the great thing is that he can make any visual idea possible... this opens up all sorts of new paths! The fact that he is using the likenesses of the cast makes it even more personal, and unique! We have many ideas, it's just a question of choosing the best ones.”

More details will be revealed soon...