Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – new cast revealed

As West End show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, approaches its second anniversary, producers today announced the cast that will take it into its third year. Alongside Jonathan Slinger as Willy Wonka will be Kraig Thornber (Grandpa George), Lara Denning (Mrs Bucket) and Mark Oxtoby (Jerry), among other new names. Originating […]

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New Beatles show Love is All You Need launches in the autumn

Brand new Beatles show Love is All You Need, celebrating the music of the best-selling and most influential band in history, will launch this autumn and tour through 2016 prior to a West End run. Following in the footsteps of The Beatles’ own early tours, Love is All You Need will see the Fab Four delighting audiences in […]

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Top performers line up for the West End Big Busk from tomorrow!

Live and Acoustic is presenting the West End Big Busk, bringing a range of West End performers to Cardinal Place in Victoria, to raise money for local homeless charity, The Passage. This new project, organised by Alex James Ellison, launches tomorrow (Thursday 26 March 2015). Each performer will sing a 15-20 minute acoustic set and confirmed […]

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Charles Strouse in cabaret – The Pheasantry

Charles Strouse performed in cabaret, with special guest Bonnie Langford, at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Composer Charles Strouse is a Broadway legend, not only on account of his great age (he was born in 1928), but also for the sheer number of musical shows he has written since Bye Bye Birdie […]

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Janet Suzman makes singing debut with Harold Sanditen at Crazy Coqs

Dame Janet Suzman will make her singing debut in a duet with the singer Harold Sanditen when he brings back his cabaret show Flyin’ High on 31 March and 1 April to London’s Crazy Coqs. (You can also catch the show on 2 April when he will be joined by another surprise guest.) Sanditen, who hosts […]

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Rachel Tucker returns to St James Theatre with new solo show Back From Broadway

West End and Broadway star Rachel Tucker returns to the St James Theatre on Sunday 19 April with her all-new solo show, Back From Broadway, following her acclaimed debut on the Great White Way starring as Meg Dawson in Sting’s musical The Last Ship (Neil Simon Theatre, New York) directed by Joe Mantello. There are two performances […]

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Betty Buckley and Lorna Luft join cast for Follies in Concert at Royal Albert Hall

Betty Buckley, Lorna Luft, Charlotte Page, Peter Polycarpou, Amy Ellen Richardson and Jos Slovick complete the cast of Follies in Concert, with The City of London Philharmonic Orchestra, at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 28 April 2015, alongside ensemble members Sarah Bakker, CJ Field, Jennifer Davison, Emily Warner, Lucy James and Luke Fetherstone. They join the previously announced Christine Baranski, playing Phyllis Stone (Into the Woods, The Good Wife, Mamma Mia!), Alistair Brammer, playing Young Ben (Miss Saigon, War Horse, Les Misérables), Anita Dobson, playing […]

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Sweeney Todd – Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop, Shaftesbury Avenue

Sweeney Todd continues at Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop, Shaftesbury Avenue, London until 30 May. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s cramped, it’s hot and it’s airless, but this new production of Sweeney Todd might just be the best version you’ll ever experience. And ‘experience’ is definitely the word, as this teeny-tiny Todd has its actors […]

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Sweeney Todd – Reims Opera House, France

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was performed at Reims Opera House, France. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ What the collective noun for a shedload of Sweeneys is, one can’t be certain ­– could it be a multitude of Sweeneys (as in ‘Multitude of Amys’ from another Sondheim masterpiece, Company), a Symphony of […]

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Fra Free and Laura Tebbutt star in The Last Five Years at Lyric Belfast

Fra Fee and Laura Tebbutt are set to star in Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning The Last Five Years at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast from 24 June to 4 July 2015, playing the roles the two performers have dreamt of since they met at the Royal Academy of Music back in 2009. Fra Fee read music […]

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Interview – Miss Saigon’s Hugh Maynard chats about his new solo album

Actor, singer and musician HUGH MAYNARD made his West End debut in Jesus Christ Superstar (the actor and singer was studying at Arts Ed when he got the call) and has gone on to play Simba in The Lion King as well as performing in the casts of Notre-Dame De Paris, Follies, Dancing in the Streets and […]

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Sweet Charity concert – Denise Van Outen and Michael Xavier lead cast

London’s Cadogan Hall presents the concert version of Sweet Charity with musical theatre performers Denise Van Outen, Michael Xavier, Kimberley Walsh and Kerry Ellis (Wednesday 19 August to Saturday 22 August 2015). The soloists are joined by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Arts Ed Chorale, under musical director Richard Balcombe. The creative team is completed by stage director Paul Foster and choreographer Matt Flint. Sweet Charity, with music by Cy Coleman […]

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