Assassins – Encores! Off-Center – New York City Center

Assassins, an Encores! Off-Center production, was performed at New York City Center. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Given today’s fraught political climate, it’s hard to imagine that that the powers at Encores! Off-Center didn’t have some sleepless nights about their decision to include John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins as part […]

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New production of Parade to launch Hertfordshire Paper Mill as arts venue

A revival of the award-winning 1998 musical Parade will be the first professional production at the world’s oldest working paper factory in Hertfordshire this September. With a book by Driving Miss Daisy writer Alfred Uhry and a score by Jason Robert Brown (Songs For a New World; The Last Five Years; Bridges of Madison County), […]

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West End Bares reveals Ruby Strippers theme

Olivier Award winner Rebecca Trehearn will open this year’s Wizard of Oz-inspired edition of West End Bares, the burlesque-flavoured fundraiser which will play London’s Novello Theatre on Sunday 29 October. Performing a track specially written for the occasion by The Book of Mormon’s Mark Anderson and That Bloody Woman composer Luke di Somma, the Show […]

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Fiddler On the Roof – Chichester Festival Theatre

Fiddler On the Roof continues at the Chichester Festival Theatre until 2 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Who would have thought that a musical set in an Ukrainian Shtetl, that tells of the persecution and eviction of Jews from their homeland, would prove to be such a durable success. Such […]

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Interview – woman of a thousand voices Christina Bianco on loving UK audiences and plans for Little Voice on Broadway

YouTube sensation [23 million views worldwide] and woman of a thousand voices, CHRISTINA BIANCO is heading to Viva Blackpool for the final date of her UK tour. Despite being a solo performance, her unique vocal impression show fills the room with icons across every musical genre during An Intimate Evening With Christina Bianco. Christina has […]

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Theatre Royal Stratford East’s 2017 Musical Theatre Workshop under way

Six new musical projects are currently under development at this year’s Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Musical Theatre Workshop. A total of 12 artists are currently at work until 28 July under the guidance of members of the East London venue’s artistic team including MT New Writing manager Sevan Tavoukdjian and specialist tutors from NYU’s Tisch […]

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Full West End rep company for From Page to Stage

A cast of 56, more than 50 composers and writers, and an 18-strong creative team will form a musical rep company in the West End for this year’s From Page to Stage Summer Festival at The Other Palace. Aria Entertainment’s annual event will bring a packed programme of new musicals to its new home at […]

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Guildford School of Acting – Fabulous 50

Fabulous 50 is performed by Guildford School of Acting musical theatre students at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre until 22 July. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This brilliantly put-together celebration of the 50th anniversary of the University of Surrey by its current musical theatre students, both undergraduate and post-graduate, is a delight […]

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Union Theatre to stage Salad Days 63 years after its West End debut

Classic British musical Salad Days will return to London next month over six decades since it made its West End debut. Reimagined for the Union Theatre later this month, director Bryan Hodgson’s new production of the show which debuted in the capital in 1954 will play a strictly limited season at the Off-West End venue […]

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Highlights of next Live At Zédel season revealed

The European premiere of Ryan Scott Oliver’s Southern gothic thriller We Foxes Come and an appearance by US musical theatre rising star Joey Contreras are among the genre highlights at London’s Live At Zédel this September. Award-winning New York-based Oliver’s latest musical We Foxes Come will be performed as a one night only concert reading […]

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Grab ’Em By the Pussy – The Space

Grab ’Em By the Pussy was reviewed at The Space, London (the show also runs at The Monkey House in Camden from 9 to 12 August). Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Writer Caroline Buckley has penned a comic-surreal response to President Donald Trump’s ghastly boast to Billy Bush, cousin of former […]

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London Theatres – Michael Coveney and Peter Dazeley take readers on a tour with new book

Renowned theatre critic Michael Coveney has joined forces with leading photographer Peter Dazeley to take theatre lovers on a tour of London’s most iconic theatres. Published in September, London Theatres will offer a unique front of house and behind the scenes view of London’s world famous playhouses. With a forward by Mark Rylance, words by […]

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