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Mardi Gras Press Release
British Stars Debut at Kyrenia’s Amphitheatre

Performers from London’s West End stages will be debuting at Kyrenia’s Amphitheatre on Saturday 22 May 2010. The leading stars from Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be staging a one off musical extravaganza entitled Theatreland, in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, for one night only.

The night will be hosted by British comedian and television star Bobby Davro, who on Friday 21 May 2010, will be treating diners at the opulent Savoy Ottoman Palace to a live, stand up, comedy show, by the poolside.
Theatreland stars:

Nic Greenshields: Nic trained at Laine Theatre Arts and his theatre credits include: The Phantom, from Phantom of The Opera (Her majesty’s Theatre), Rapunzel’s Prince in Into The Woods (Royal Opera House), Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (UK Tour), Munkustrap in Cats (UK & European Tour), and GI Webber in Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane).

Joann Kelly Bourne: Jo trained at the Dance School of Scotland and Laine Theatre Arts, her theatre credits include: Belle in the national tour of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), playing opposite Brian Conley and then Jason Donovan. Additional credits include: Roxie in Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), Pearl in the final cast of Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria),and Rumpleteazer in Cats (New London Theatre).

Bobby Davro: Bobby is one of the UK’s best known and loved celebrities, known for his acting and presenting roles, impressionist performances and most notably, his hilarious comedy routines which have made him a household name in Britain.

Nic Greenshield and Joann Kelly Bourne will also be hosting a workshop at Girne American University on Friday 21 May, where they will be sharing their experience and knowledge with local students who hope to gain a career in the Performing Arts. Students from the University are already practicing their singing and dancing performances as many are hopeful to gain a place appearing alongside the stars in Theatreland.

This is the first time that such acclaimed West End stars have appeared in the TRNC, and all the performers are very excited about their debut, and visiting North Cyprus for the first time.

The company responsible for these two, unique events is a British-based company Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras was established in 1996, to raise awareness and standards in the Performing Arts by producing spectacular events, where children and young performers from all over the UK, get to perform in prestigious venues such as Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and The Royal Albert Hall. Following this huge success, Mardi Gras have added regular productions staged at Disneyland ®Paris, and PortAventura, Spain. In addition venues such as New York City’s Symphony Space, the Lincoln Center, and Bryant Park to name but a few, have also housed events put on my Mardi Gras.

The achievements of Mardi Gras are not exclusive to performance shows; they are especially proud of their record-breaking success where to mark the new millennium, they staged 5000 performers at the Birmingham NEC to break three Guinness World Records in the categories of Song and Dance, which still remains today.
In 2000, in response to high demand, Mardi Gras created an annual competition the Mardi Gras Challenge, where winners of the event were awarded the opportunity to perform on Broadway in New York at Mardi Gras’s expense. The event is more popular than ever, and is now renowned as being the ultimate UK dance competition, recognising outstanding talent and emphatic passion for dance within Britain. This event not only gives students something to aspire and work towards, it also gives them experience about the competitive world of the Performing Arts, as well as, how to excel under pressure.

Principals from British dance and theatre schools believe that due to the shows staged by Mardi Gras, recruitment and attendance within schools has dramatically increased, resulting in many schools receiving sponsorship and funding, as they have gained the interest and support from their local communities.
Colin Jeffries (MD of Mardi Gras) who bought a house in North Cyprus after his first visit to the island in 2009, said on seeing the amphitheatre, he was completely overawed by its magnificence and its beautiful, natural surroundings. He was also saddened to hear it is currently underused and thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to give the TRNC and its people, a taste of London’s West End.

Colin is generously donating 20% of the ticket charge to the Children in Need Foundation, which helps contribute to the lives of underprivileged children in North Cyprus.

Mardi Gras have been very radical about their ticket booking system: They have had a dedicated website built so that tickets can be booked and paid for online – or call 0044 1992 575 888, during UK office hours.

Tickets to see Bobby Davro’s stand up show are £30 each (including a three course dinner). Tickets for Theatreland are £5 for children, £10 for adults in advance, or more on the door.

Alternatively tickets are available from The Savoy Ottoman Palace, Shabby Chic boutique (Kyrenia), and Girne American University.

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