Wind in the Willows – first look at rehearsal images

Rehearsals have begun for the highly-anticipated major new musical theatre adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, created by Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Premiering at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 8 October 2016, the production will then open at The Lowry in Salford and Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, prior to opening in London’s West End. The production stars Rufus […]

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In the Heights extends run for third and final time

Olivier and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights – by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton – has extended its London run at the King’s Cross Theatre for the third and final time and is now booking until Sunday 8 January 2017. Joining the cast from Friday 16 September are Arun Blair-Mangat as Benny (Kinky Boots); Juliet Gough as Camilla (Matilda) and Stephanie Rojas as Carla (Wonder.land). Sarah Naudi, who […]

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Floyd Collins at Wilton’s Music Hall – Ashley Robinson and Rebecca Trehearn lead line-up

Ashley Robinson and Rebecca Trehearn will head the cast of the Wilton’s Music Hall production of 1990s musical Floyd Collins. Robinson, who was in the cast of the original Chicago production of Wicked, will play the title role alongside Trehearn, fresh from the critically acclaimed Show Boat, who will play Collins’ sister Nellie. They will […]

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Adding Machine: A Musical at the Finborough – latest cast details

Full casting has been revealed for the UK premiere of the multi award-winning Off-Broadway hit Adding Machine: A Musical. Joseph Alessi (The Play Wot I Wrote UK tour) will take on the central role of Mr Zero alongside Kate Milner-Evans (The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre) as Mrs Zero. The cast also includes […]

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Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka and The Producers, has died at the age 83

Tributes have been paid to Gene Wilder following the announcement of the comedy legend’s death at the age of 83. A statement released by the family of the much-loved star revealed he had died on Monday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut following a secret battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The star, who will always be […]

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Ferris & Milnes to debut West End Christmas show

Popular musical comedy partnership Dominic Ferris and Martin Milnes will bring their distinctive style to the West End this December in Ferris & Milnes – Christmas Cracker. Featuring a mix of seasonal comedy, music and vocals, the festive family-friendly show will play London’s Ambassadors Theatre on Tuesday 13 December. Produced by The Cahoots Theatre Company Ltd, Ferris […]

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Remembering James M. Nederlander – a great man of the entertainment world

Remembering James M. Nederlander (31 March 1922 – 25 July 2016). Michael Darvell pays his respects to a great man of the entertainment world and traces the history of a remarkable company. It is no wonder that Broadway and the West End dimmed their lights on 3 August in memory of James M. Nederlander who has died aged 94. He was […]

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Joe McElderry to return to Joseph tour in 2017

Joe McElderry is to return to the title role in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat early next year. The singer, whose first taste of fame came as an 18-year-old X Factor winner, made his first appearance in the UK’s longest-running touring musical earlier this year. He will don the […]

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CD Reviews – Funny Girl – Lost West End 2 – Prodigy – Eyles and Gould – Tom Solomon – Simon Beck

Nick Wakeham casts an eye over some of the latest CD releases. FUNNY GIRL – Original London Cast 2016 (DECCA – 4793670) There was so much hype regarding this new production of Funny Girl from the Menier Chocolate Factory and the fact that our latest national treasure, Sheridan Smith, was going to be playing the lead role […]

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Sunny Afternoon – Opera House, Manchester and Touring

Sunny Afternoon at the Opera House, Manchester, then touring until 6 May 2017. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Hopes weren’t massively high for this Kinks musical when it first appeared in the West End in 2014. Before then, jukebox musicals had typically been either great big audience-pleasing but critically derided behemoths (Mamma Mia!, We […]

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The Dark Tower – Youth Music Theatre UK – CLF Arts Cafe, Peckham

The Dark Tower was performed by Youth Music Theatre UK at CLF Arts Café, Bussey Building, Peckham, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ First performed three years ago at Riverside Studios London, composer and librettist Conor Mitchell’s The Dark Tower takes its inspiration from Robert Browning’s 1855 poem ‘Childe Roland to […]

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Kilworth House Theatre

Thoroughly Modern Millie continues at the Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire until 11 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Kilworth House Theatre delivers yet another outstanding summer production at its Leicestershire open-air auditorium. One of two annual large scale stagings (the former being Matthew White’s excellent West Side Story) Stephen Mear’s Thoroughly Modern Millie […]

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