Sunny Afternoon – behind the scenes in video and new images

A rehearsal room video feature (just click HERE) and images for the critically acclaimed new musical Sunny Afternoon have been revealed today. Sunny Afternoon tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks and begins previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 4 October 2014 with press night on 28 October. [...]

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This Wheel’s On Fire – Barb Jungr – Crazy Coqs

This Wheel’s On Fire: Barb Jungr continues at Crazy Coqs, London, until 4 October. With more than half the 17 songs in Barb Jungr’s new show This Wheel’s On Fire either the work of Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen, this compilation is chiefly a further salute to those two great North American-Jewish wordsmiths whose flame [...]

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Interview – West End Wilma talks about her first-ever awards as voting opens

Voting has opened for the first-ever West End Wilma Theatre Awards which will take place on Friday, 7 November 2014 at the Freedom Bar in London’s Soho, hosted by actor, director and presenter Tim McArthur and presented before a specially invited audience over afternoon tea and some live performances (check out all the nominees and take the [...]

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Before After – St James Studio Theatre

Before After was performed at the St James Studio Theatre, London. For budding writers of new musical theatre there always comes a time in the process when the next step in development is to put the piece in front of an audience – to gauge their reaction and to invite (hopefully) constructive feedback before taking [...]

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Ann Hampton Callaway sings Sarah Vaughan – Ronnie Scott’s

Ann Hampton Callaway sings Sarah Vaughan continues at Ronnie Scott’s, London until 30 September. Blink and you’ll miss her, but the incomparable Ann Hampton Callaway is back in town for a short two-night love-in at Ronnie Scott’s, finally fulfilling a “bucket-list” ambition to perform at London’s jazz mecca. Like the No. 9 bus, it had been a long wait [...]

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West End Heroes – Dominion Theatre

West End Heroes 2014 was performed at the Dominion Theatre, London. Following the phenomenal success of West End Heroes last year, Dominion Theatre general manager David Pearson pulled out all the stops again to raise money for Help For Heroes who work to rehabilitate servicemen, women and their families who have suffered life-changing injuries in combat. Pearson [...]

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Nicole Scherzinger to make West End debut in Cats

Nicole Scherzinger will be making her West End stage debut as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats, returning to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014 (press night is 11 December). Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – director Trevor Nunn, associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier and [...]

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Billy Elliot the Musical Live – more screenings to come

This weekend saw a record-breaking 25 former and current Billy Elliots come together on stage in a specially choreographed mash-up finale of Billy Elliot the Musical. At a unique performance, broadcast live to eight countries from the show’s West End home at the Victoria Palace Theatre, all three original Billy Elliots – James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower – took part in [...]

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Interview – Frances Ruffelle brings her one-woman show Paris Original to the St James Studio

FRANCES RUFFELLE’s cabaret show Paris Original – running for three nights between 1–3 October at London’s St James Studio – is a celebration of French singers and songs, ranging from Françoise Hardy and Edith Piaf to Francis Lai and Claude-Michel Schönberg. The show, which premiered at the Crazy Coqs in October last year, represents something of a golden Gallic [...]

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Craig Revel Horwood to play Miss Hannigan in Annie tour

Strictly judge and choreographer Craig Revel Horwood will star as Miss Hannigan in a brand new production of the musical Annie, opening on Saturday 11 July 2015 at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle before embarking on a year-long tour. Craig Revel Horwood is probably best known as a judge on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. His West End theatre credits include: Munkustrap in Cats at [...]

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Katie Brayben and Alan Morrissey cast in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Katie Brayben will play the title role in the West End production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical opening at the Aldwych Theatre in February next year. Alan Morrissey will play King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, with Lorna Want as songwriter Cynthia Weil, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, King’s mother, and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner. London previews begin on [...]

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The Story of Bart – London Hippodrome

The Story of Bart was performed at the London Hippodrome Matcham Rooms. For almost two hours at the London Hippodrome, John Barr WAS Lionel Bart, so much so that my companion asked innocently on the way out: “I wonder what Lionel’s doing next?” Say no more! Bart died in sad circumstances in 1999, but Barr brought [...]

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