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Willemijn Verkaik in Concert – Ambassadors Theatre




Willemijn Verkaik in Concert was presented at the Ambassadors Theatre, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Willemijn Verkaik’s debut West End concert brought a sold-out audience of doting theatregoers to the Ambassadors Theatre to share an evening of music and chat. There was a polite undercurrent of excited buzz – and the sense that this debut was something many […]

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Musical Theatre Network Development Award goes to Middle Child Theatre




Musical Theatre Network has announced that the winner of its first ever Development Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been won by Middle Child Theatre with the show Weekend Rockstars. The award was announced as part of the Scotsman Fringe Awards ceremony; and a real boost was provided to the winners with the news that an […]

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Fresh from Edinburgh success, Ushers – The Front of House Musical opens at the Arts




Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and two previous seasons at Charing Cross Theatre, Ushers – The Front of House Musical is transferring to the Arts Theatre for a six-week season from Wednesday 9 September to Sunday 18 October (press night is Monday 14 September). Set in a West End theatre hosting the jukebox musical, […]

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In the Heights transfer – full cast revealed




Full casting is announced today for Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights, which returns to London in October following a critically acclaimed sell-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse in 2014. The production will transfer to King’s Cross Theatre on 3 October 2015 and is booking for a limited four week period until 1  November 2015. […]

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Beverley Knight and Matt Cardle lead Live From Memphis fundraiser concert for Terrence Higgins Trust




Beverley Knight, Matt Cardle and their co-stars from the West End musical Memphis are to raise funds for the Terrence Higgins Trust with a special late night concert at the Hippodrome Casino at 11pm on Thursday 24 September. Live From Memphis will be an up close and personal evening featuring a live band and a variety […]

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Broken Windows – Edinburgh Festival Fringe




Broken Windows at the Pleasance Courtyard. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ So here we were – the final day of 2015 Edinburgh Fringe and Piu’s last performance of their show which they were still keen to have reviewed. We were welcomed into the Bunker and invited to join in singing ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ by Caitlin Ince, […]

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Joe McElderry to play title role in UK tour of Joseph next year




X Factor winner Joe McElderry will play the title role in the UK’s longest-running musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. McElderry will play Joseph on tour in theatres around the UK from spring 2016 (dates and theatres to be announced soon). McElderry was just 18 when won the sixth series of The X Factor having been mentored by Girls Aloud star […]

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Broadway Imperial Theatre lights to be dimmed in memory of Les Mis actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste




Marquee lights will be dimmed at the Imperial Theatre, the current Broadway home of Les Misérables, today at 10.15pm in memory of late cast member, Kyle Jean-Baptiste. Kyle Jean-Baptiste died tragically at the age of 21 on 29 August, little more than one month after making history by debuting as the youngest and first African-American performer to […]

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Campaign on to dim Broadway lights in tribute to Les Mis actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste




Pressure is mounting on theatre members of the Broadway League to dim their venues’ lights in honour of the late Les Misérables performer Kyle Jean-Baptiste. A rapidly-growing campaign is tweeting the hashtag ‘#dim4kyle’ in support of the move. The Broadway League is traditionally resistant to granting the honour: last year it turned down appeals to mark […]

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour – Edinburgh Festival Fringe




Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at the Traverse Theatre. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ From the butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-our-mouths opening choral piece, this team of young women have us with them from the get-go. Following this up with: “Everyone else gets to sing about love and death. We get to sing about livestock” takes us with them into […]

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The Great Downhill Journey of Little Tommy – Edinburgh Festival Fringe




The Great Downhill Journey of Little Tommy at Summerhall. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Supported by vintage drums and bass (Thomas Deckx and Pieter-Jan Janssen) played through equally vintage amp systems, this is a homage to great 20th century rock music. Influences can be heard from Jimi Hendrix to Clapton to BB King and some of the […]

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Rocky Horror Show London season extended for further week




Due to overwhelming popular demand, Ambassador Theatre Group has announced an additional eight performances of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show at the Playhouse Theatre, London, from 21 to 26 September 2015. The initial 11 shows sparked such a positive reaction with the public, that tickets sold out in less than 72 hours. Richard O’Brien said: “The response to […]

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