Motown the Musical – further 200,000 tickets are released for sale

Following last night’s first preview of the West End production of Motown the Musical, due to public demand, a further 200,000 tickets are released for sale taking bookings at the Shaftesbury Theatre to 18 February 2017. With music and lyrics from the legendary Motown catalogue and book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown the Musical is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and […]

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Strictly Ballroom the Musical premieres at West Yorkshire Playhouse – Drew McOnie directs

The first UK staging of Strictly Ballroom the Musical – based on the much-loved film that inspired the world to dance – is to premiere at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds on Wednesday 30 November 2016, playing a season through until Saturday 21 January 2017 (press night is 6 December). Drew McOnie (In The Heights, Hairspray) will direct and choreograph the production, which […]

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Show Boat – Sheffield production transfers to New London in April 2016

Daniel Evans’ production of Show Boat will transfer from Sheffield to the West End in the spring of 2016. With booking opening today (12 February 2016), previews begin at the New London Theatre on 9 April, with press night on 25 April 2016. With music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber, Evans’ production […]

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Janis Joplin: Full Tilt – Theatre Royal Stratford East

Janis Joplin: Full Tilt continues at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London until 5 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Old-fashioned 1970s traffic light-style disco lights flash dazzlingly. The upstage four-piece band strikes up and Angie Darcy bursts into the spotlight first speaking – her Texan accent faultless – and then raising Stratford East’s ornate […]

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An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show set for new tour

Amanda Coutts will be joining the UK tour of An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show alongside cast regular Julian Essex-Spurrier. Coutts, who most recently played Scaramouche in We Will Rock You, takes the female lead role in the ‘feel-good concert’, which tours extensively throughout the UK during 2016. The cast will be completed […]

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Ramin Karimloo plays special one-off show at the London Palladium

Charismatic West End star Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera) is to play a special one-night show at the London Palladium on 16 July. The award-winning Iranian-Canadian actor and singer who originated the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, recently completed two […]

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Road Show – Union Theatre

Road Show continues at the Union Theatre, London until 5 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The adage that musical aren’t written but rewritten could’ve been conceived to describe Road Show – Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s portrait of two real-life brothers wrestling with the American Dream at the turn of the 20th century. […]

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Jackie The Musical on tour – full casting revealed

Full casting details have been announced for Jackie The Musical, the new show that fondly remembers the days when no teenage girl’s bag was complete without a copy of the iconic magazine. Stars Janet Dibley, Nicholas Bailey and Graham Bickley will head a cast that includes Daisy Steere, Michael Hamway, Sam O’Hanlon, Tricia-Adele Turner, Lori […]

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Blackpool Opera House and Touring

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues at Blackpool Opera House until 13 February and tours until 9 July 2016. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ A whole generation of theatregoers has grown up expecting to see at least one winner, runner-up or near miss from Britain’s Got Talent or The X Factor fronting their […]

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New Manchester theatre and Aria Entertainment join forces on production of Parade

A cross-country partnership between a London arts producer and Manchester’s newest theatre space will be launched in May with a revival of the classic musical Parade. Aria Entertainment, the producers behind new musical showcase From Page to Stage and recent productions of Seasons of Larson, Tommy, Jerry’s Girls and Marry Me a Little, has joined forces with the […]

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Billy Elliot the Musical – new Billys cast for first ever UK and Ireland tour

The producers of the multi award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical have confirmed the names of the four boys who will share the title role in the hit show’s first ever tour of the UK and Ireland. Twelve-year-old Adam Abbou; 11-year-old Matthew Lyons; 11-year-old Haydn May and 12-year-old Lewis Smallman were cast following nationwide auditions. The […]

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Matilda the Musical presents third special relaxed performance on 12 June

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to present its third special relaxed performance of Matilda the Musical on 12 June at London’s Cambridge Theatre. This year’s performance of the hit show follows on from similar sell-out events in 2014 and 2015, and builds on the RSC programme of relaxed performances started in Stratford-upon-Avon in2013. The concept […]

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