Archive for August, 2016

Keighley News: Toyah Entertains at Colne Muni

August 31st, 2016

keighleynews16aEighties pop icon Toyah Willcox will perform her acoustic show on October 22, at Colne Municipal Hall, with music and stories taking centre stage.

From filming pop videos on horseback to acting alongside Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier, Toyah lifts the lid on working in the entertainment business. There will be “meticulous and melodic.” acoustic versions of the hits It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains, I Want To Be Free and Good Morning Universe.

Visit or call 01282 661234 to book tickets.

• Continue reading at Keighley News.

Live 2016: O2 Academy Islington, London

August 31st, 2016

Toyah plays live at the O2 Academy Islington, London with her full band on Friday 9th September. Click below for tickets. (Photo © Official Toyah/Gary Clutterbuck)


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Crime and Punishment – Opening Night

August 31st, 2016

Get ready for Crime and Punishment, part of The Scoop’s FREE Open Air Theatre, from tonight, which includes Toyah music – old and new! Keep an eye on Scoop @ Twitter for updates.


Toyah on TV: Maigret & The Hotel Majestic

August 30th, 2016

Maigret: ITV Encore: Friday 2nd September: 4.50am/8.55am
Maigret and the Hotel Majestic. Crime series featuring Georges Simenon’s celebrated Parisian detective. Maigret is called to the scene when a beautiful woman is found dead in the basement of the Hotel Majestic with a gun in her handbag. The Chief Inspector’s investigations initially centre around the staff at the hotel – until he discovers that the woman’s husband booked a trip to Rome that he never made. Starring: Michael Gambon, Geoffrey Hutchings, Michael Shannon, Toyah Willcox (1993). Also airing on ITV Encore HD and Plus 1.


Henley Life: What’s Hot This Month – Rewind

August 30th, 2016

henleylife16aToyah is the cover star of the August 2016 issue of Henley Life magazine , with an 80s Icons/Rewind feature inside.

HENLEY LIFE – August 2016

• Experiences: A Night at the Zoo
• We Interview: 80’s Icons & DIY presenter Nick Knowles
• My Henley Life: Olympian Will Satch

• Diary Highlights – ‘What’s On’ and where.
• Food & Drink : Cornwall Delights.
• Beauty : Summer Haircare.
• Fashion : Summer Holiday Packing
• The Directory: Find local goods and services

• Further info here. The digital issue of the magazine is available to read online here.

Henley Standard: Eighties Giants Sparkle in The Rain

August 30th, 2016

rewind16gRewind South 2016 was 10 days ago, but here’s a newly published review, from the Henley Standard, of the festival anyway…

The weather gods were not kind to Rewind this year, with a very windy weekend punctuated by some heavy rain showers.

However, this did not in any way deter the thousands of Eighties pop fans who visited the riverside site — and certainly not the 23 acts who performed for them.

The festival proper opened with regular Rewind star Tony Hadley — but this time he performed a 45-minute set with the Southbank Sinfonia behind him, as well as the Tony Hadley Band. Fittingly for an artist who cites David Bowie as one of the major influences on Spandau Ballet, he opened with Life on Mars.

More than 30 years on from the band’s Eighties peak, Hadley’s voice has held its strength and power — and ably covered Bowie’s anthem, as well as an Elvis Presley number and Spandau Ballet’s biggest hits. The synthpop era of the early Eighties was well represented by artists such as Hazell Dean, Toyah and Jimmy Somerville, while the big voices came in the form of Rick Astley and Leo Sayer.

• Continue reading at the Henley Standard. (Photo © Henley Standard)

LBC Summer Festival: Free Theatre Season

August 30th, 2016


For over a decade, the core artists of Gods & Monsters Theatre have created work inspired by the diverse cultures of those around them, sharing their perspective on the great stories of the world to an audience of over 40,000 each summer.

For 2016 Gods & Monsters Theatre return to The Scoop with a season dedicated to two cornerstones of Russian culture: the 19th century masterpiece Crime & Punishment by Dostoyevsky and the beautiful folktales of Russia, Poland and Ukraine.

Presented by Gods & Monsters Theatre | 31 August – 25 September 2016 | Directed by Phil Willmott | 8pm: Crime & Punishment

​As the skies darken over The Scoop so does our story. For our fourteenth season we offer a brand new rock musical based on Dostoyevsky’s classic tale of youth and alienation. Arguably literature’s first psychological detective novel, Crime & Punishment put Dostoyevsky at the forefront of Russian literature when it appeared in 1866 and is one of the most famous and influential novels in world literature. In keeping with the spirit of the novel our production will incorporate a rock score that powerfully captures the youthful energy, angst, beauty and violence at its heart.

• Continue reading at London Bridge City Summer Festival.

MoMA: The Tempest @ Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film

August 29th, 2016

irishfi16aDerek Jarman’s The Tempest will be screened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) later this year, as part of their “Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film” festival.

MoMA Slates Fall Bardfest With 21 Shakespeare-Related Films

New York’s Museum of Modern Art will screen an eclectic assortment of films based on or inspired by William Shakespeare next month in “Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film, October 12–24 at the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters.

The British-heavy, 21-film slate is certain to inspire debate over what’s in — a mix of classic performances including Olivier’s Hamlet and Paul Scofield’s King Lear, along with such Shakespeare riffs as Fred M. Wilcox’s 1956 sci-fi Tempest reboot Forbidden Planet and Tom Stoppard’s 1990 adaptation of his early Hamlet rumination, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead — and what’s mmissing: No Chimes At Midnight (1965) from Orson Welles, for example, or Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle’s star-packed 1935 A Midsummer Night’s Dream (though Julie Taymor’s more recent version, a wonder, is included).

• Continue reading/See a full list of the films showing at Deadline. This is the fourth major film/Shakespeare event The Tempest has been screened at this year. It’s also been included at Athens Open Air Film Festival 2016, Irish Film Institute presents Shakespeare Lives, and the BFI presents Shakespeare on Film.

Daily Echo: Eighties Make a Comeback for Graze Festival

August 29th, 2016

wickham16cEighties icons helped bring a Hampshire festival to life.

Graze Festival in Twyford saw more than 2,000 people gather where they enjoyed acts like The Beat and Toyah.

Rock ‘n’ roll singer John Otway was also a performer at the event where people also danced to music by Flight Brigade, Polly and the Billets and The Lucky Strikes. Also appearing were Robert Vincent, Rews, Lilo’s Wall, Southampton Ukulele Jam, DJ Super Kat and Luna Rivers.

• Continue reading at the Southern Daily Echo. This morning Toyah tweeted a photo from yesterday’s Graze Festival congratulating them on a successful second year.

The Culture Trip: Crime and Punishment

August 28th, 2016

‘Crime And Punishment: A Rock Musical’: Dostoyevsky Meets Punk Princess Toyah Willcox

What do you get when you mix the music of 80s punk princess Toyah Willcox with the writing of Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky? Crime and Punishment: A Rock Musical, of course. As part of London’s Open Air Theatre Season, The Scoop amphitheatre will be hosting the world premiere of this unlikely production, using the raw energy and passion of rock music to introduce new audiences to one of the world’s most important literary works.


Since 2005, the award-winning Gods and Monsters Theatre, The Scoop’s resident company, have been bringing together Londoners of all class and creed with an exciting programme of free, open air theatre as part of More London’s five-month-long London Bridge City Summer Festival. Each year, 40,000 free tickets are up for grabs in the sunken stone amphitheatre, which lies in the shadow of City Hall and Tower Bridge, with productions ranging from exciting musicals to Greek classics to adaptations of contemporary literature.

• Continue reading at The Culture Trip. Crime and Punishment begins on Wednesday at The Scoop Theatre, London at 8pm. The set has been built and technical rehearsals have begun. Browse all of Dreamscape’s news on the production here.

BBC Radio London: Phil Willmott Interview

August 27th, 2016

cprm16ePhil Willmott, director of the soon to premiere Crime & Punishment discussed the production on BBC Radio London yesterday.

As well as talking about the new rock musical and the origins and genesis of it, he also elaborated on Toyah’s involvement in his adaption of Crime and Punishment, the history of free theatre in general, and much more.

• Listen to the interview at BBC iPlayer – Phil appears approximately 38 minutes into the show.

Toyah on the Radio: 6 Music Live Hour

August 27th, 2016

bbcr6cAnother chance to hear Toyah’s 1981 Christmas Eve Drury Lane concert early next month on BBC 6 Music.

6 Music Live Hour: BBC 6 Music
Monday 5th September: 3am

Chris Hawkins presents Toyah at the Theatre Royal, London, in 1981, plus BBC sessions from Kinky Machine and Stars of Heaven. (Available at BBC iPlayer after airing)

Live 2016: Graze Festival

August 26th, 2016

graze16aToyah has had a fantastic Summer of festivals yet again this year, with more to come. So far there’s been Rewind South, Cleethorpes Rocks, Wickham, Rewind Scotland, Dartford Festival, Let’s Rock Southampton, Grassington Festival, Glastonbury

Next is, a festival which looks like it will be a great day, Graze Festival 2016 this Sunday in Hampshire.

• Visit the Graze Festival website. Book tickets here. View the stage times (Toyah is scheduled for 7.50pm). Browse all of Dreamscape’s Graze Festival news.


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Daily Echo: Graze Festival Graces Twyford This Weekend

August 26th, 2016

wickham16cThe Graze Festival returns to Twyford on Sunday. The home-grown music and food festival is once again ready to rock.

Headlining the main stage this year are ska and reggae sensations The Beat, featuring Ranking Roger and his son Ranking Junior. The band have eight top 40 hits to their name, including Mirror in the Bathroom which reached number 4 in the UK charts back in 1980.

Joining them at the top of the bill is Toyah, famous for her hits It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free. She has appeared on TV in everything from Doctor Who to Loose Women. She was even in the film Quadrophenia and is currently filming the sequel.

• Continue reading at the Southern Daily Echo.

Hampshire-Life: Things To Do in Hampshire This Weekend

August 26th, 2016

hampshirelife16aGreat things to do in Hampshire this weekend:

Art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Graze Festival, Winchester – Sunday 28 August
Hazeley Fields, Twyford

Graze is a real home-grown fest, started last year by a small group of residents in Twyford. This family day of music and fine food drew crowds of more than 2000 people and raised over £10,000 for local charities. “The feedback we received was ‘please don’t change anything, please don’t go corporate or try to expand too much’”, says co-organiser Tim Smith. So, this year the festival returns, hoping to keep its raw charm, with a line-up including Toyah (Willcox), John Otway and 80s ska revival band, The Beat – whose lively tunes are the perfect accompaniment for a balmy summer evening.

• Continue reading at Hampshire-Life.

Official Toyah: New Photo / New Songs

August 25th, 2016

A gorgeous new photo of Toyah was revealed online this evening. Check it out at Toyah’s Instagram. Plus, get ready for two brand new Toyah/Darlow songs in Crime & Punishment… previously unheard! (Photo © Official Toyah/Gary Clutterbuck)


Somerset Live: Music In The Meadow 2016

August 25th, 2016

somersetlive16bDaytona, Luna C, and A Cunning Plan ‘proud’ to warm up for legends Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

Somerset bands say they are “proud” to be warming up for rock legends Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel on September 10 at Secret World’s Music in the Meadow. Somerset’s newest festival, Music in the Meadow, sees Yeovil bands Storm and Daytona, Castle Cary’s A Cunning Plan, Twerzels (a Wurzels tribute band) and Luna-C from Wedmore, taking to the stage to support Steve Harley and his band.

Punk icon Toyah Willcox will also play at the all-day event at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Highbridge in Somerset.

• Continue reading at Somerset Live. Browse all of our Music In The Meadow 2016 news.

Belper News: Catch Toyah at The Cathedral

August 25th, 2016

belpernews16aFormer punk princess Toyah Willcox will perform an intimate evening of acoustic music this weekend.

Her concert at Derby Cathedral on Saturday, August 27, will raise money for the upkeep of the cathedral. Toyah has racked up eight top 40 singles during her career. She rose to fame through hits such as It’s A Mystery and Thunder in the Mountains. She is also a popular actress.

Tickets £18 and £22.50. Visit,

• Continue reading at Belper News.

Music-News Reviews: Rewind Festival, Henley

August 25th, 2016

rewind16dTorrential rain is about as welcome at a 80s summer festival as a wasp in your leg-warmers. But when rain soaked the Rewind Festival South crowd every day, forcing them to cover up their colourful costumes, a true disco fever helped to revive their dampened spirits.

Other upbeat acts included the ever-exuberant Leo Sayer who at 68 danced around the stage to songs like You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, with the energy of someone half his age.

And it was certainly a mystery to the audience how Toyah, who sang hits like I Want To Be Free, retains her youthful good looks.

Ringing in the changes at Rewind South for the first time ever was Erasure’s flamboyant Andy Bell who headlined on Saturday night. The Henley crowd were treated to classics like Sometimes and Respect as Andy dazzled the audience in his sequinned shorts.

• Continue reading at Music-News.

Official Toyah: Busy Times

August 24th, 2016

Look out for an announcement Thur 1 Sept #80sfashion. Oh and look out for another announcement Mon 5 Sep #busytimes #onstage #livemusic (Live photo below © Official Toyah)


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Time Out: Open-Air Theatre in London

August 24th, 2016

timeout16aDig out the kagoul; London’s open-air theatre is worth risking the rain for

Read our round-up of open-air theatre events for the summer ahead. You’ll find London’s best outdoor productions at venues as world-famous as Shakespeare’s Globe, in parks as pretty as Regent’s Park or at festivals as vibrant as More London Free Festival. Not sure what you’ll need for an open-air theatre trip? Then don’t miss our guide to all the practical open-air theatre info you could need.

Crime and Punishment – A Rock Musical: Toyah Willcox adapts Dostoyevsky’s classic in a free outdoor musical

Er. Well look, if a musical version of Dostoyevsky’s 1866 masterpiece about a student who wrestles with his guilt after killing a moneylender – with songs by Toyah Willcox no less – were announced for the West End we’d probably break out into cold sweats pretty sharpish.

• Continue reading at Time Out.