Barnum – Bristol Hippodrome and touring

Barnum continues at the Bristol Hippodrome until 27 September and then on national tour until August 2015. When Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of the circus musical Barnum played at the Chichester Festival Theatre last year (appropriately enough in a grand marquee as the main house was being refurbished), it was greeted with a clutch of unfavourable reviews. [...]

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Jonathan D Ellis cast in Damn Yankees at Landor Theatre

Jonathan D Ellis (Les Misérables, Blood Brothers) will star in the Landor Theatre’s revival of Adler and Ross’ Damn Yankees as the Mephistophelean Applegate, the role popularised by Jerry Lewis in the 1990s Broadway and West End productions. The production runs from 1 October to 8 November (press night is 7 October). He will be [...]

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Interview – Anna-Jane Casey on Forbidden Broadway, Family Guy and girl power

Actress ANNA-JANE CASEY is currently starring in the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Forbidden Broadway at London’s Vaudeville Theatre. She also appeared in the 2009 production of the long-running satirical reuve at the Menier. Having performed as a child in theatre, television and radio, Casey made her West End debut in the role of Rumpleteazer in Cats [...]

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Midsummer Songs – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Midsummer Songs continues at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich until 27 September. For this brand new production the New Wolsey tweaks its deserved reputation for musical theatre to present, instead, a play with music. While the theme of a 25-year university reunion and the setting in a remote cottage in the middle of Wales augers well for [...]

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Steven Brinberg is Simply Barbra – Crazy Coqs

Steven Brinberg is Simply Barbra continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 20 September and returns from 22–25 September. Back due to phenomenal demand, Steven Brinberg provides a fascinating evening’s entertainment in the persona of Barbra Streisand – a persona that he has occupied for over a decade and claims to have played in more cities than the [...]

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Twickenham Theatre

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street continues at Twickenham Theatre, London until 4 October. First of all, a huge welcome to Twickenham Theatre, a new fringe venture ten miles from central London, easily accessible from Waterloo by train (only a minute’s walk from the station), and off to a spectacular, blood-curdling start with Stephen [...]

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Schön Schön Schön – Kammerspiele der Josefstadt, Vienna

Schön Schön Schön continues in rep at the Kammerspiele der Josefstadt, Vienna throughout the 2014/15 season. Following the success of Eh wurscht (2010) and Forever Young (2013) at the Theater in der Josefstadt, Franz Wittenbrink returns with another evening which combines musical theatre and straight theatre and opens the new season at the Kammerspiele der Josefstadt. The show [...]

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Forbidden Broadway – Vaudeville Theatre

Forbidden Broadway continues at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, until 24 November. Musical theatre fans who missed this hilarious mickey-take on their favourite and not-so-favourite shows in its sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory now have 11 weeks to catch it on The Strand and it is well worthy of its transfer to the West End. [...]

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Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel star in Sweeney Todd at ENO

Lonny Price will direct Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller, the first production in a major new long term partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company. The strictly limited run of 13 performances at ENO’s London Coliseum begins on 30 March 2015 with press night on 31 March and the final performance [...]

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Mamma Mia! Blackpool sales top £3.3million

Mamma Mia! has been declared a smash hit for Blackpool with ticket sales totalling more than £3.3million. The international tour of the musical ended a 12-week summer season at the Opera House last night and today it can be revealed that more than 100,000 people visited Blackpool to see the show. Blackpool Council cabinet member for tourism [...]

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Feelgood Academy – Stratford Circus

Feelgood Academy was performed at Stratford Circus, London. A pushy stage mum guides her daughter towards a world of fame and success, but does her daughter really want to spend her life on the stage? Is she good enough? This is a familiar musical theatre theme which is played out in Feelgood Academy, a light-hearted musical (words [...]

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It’s Only a Way I’ve Got – Fenton Gray – Emporium Theatre, Brighton

Fenton Gray performed his show It’s Only a Way I’ve Got at the Emporium Theatre, Brighton. Fenton Gray, along with guests Emma Odell and Robert Metson, takes his audience on a nostalgic journey to celebrate the two worlds of sophisticated revue and knockabout music hall, as well as paying respect to Gilbert & Sullivan and Irving Berlin. [...]

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