Sister Act – Milton Keynes Theatre and Touring

Sister Act continues at the Milton Keynes Theatre until 1 October and then tours until 27 August 2017. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ While it’s a long time since I settled down on a Saturday evening to watch X Factor, I do remember watching Alexandra Burke’s ‘journey’ to victory in 2008. […]

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Mel Giedroyc and Caroline Quentin join cast of New Songs 4 New Shows

The Great British Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc and comedy actress favourite Caroline Quentin have joined the cast of New Songs 4 New Shows, a one-off gala concert on Monday 28 November at the Lyric Theatre which sees star performances of songs from four new musicals (produced by musical theatre production company The Stable). Giedroyc says: “I have adored musical theatre since the age of five when I […]

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Wicked UK and Ireland tour to return in February 2018

As Wicked celebrates 10 years at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre tonight (Tuesday 27 September 2016), it has been revealed that the UK and Ireland tour will return in February 2018, opening at the Bristol Hippodrome (with tickets on public sale from 1 February 2017). The critically acclaimed production is currently playing at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and […]

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Wicked 10th anniversary – original London cast member Katie Rowley Jones on playing Nessarose

Today (Tuesday 27 September 2016) Wicked will celebrate an extraordinary 10 years in London. It is now the eighth longest-running show in the West End and already the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history. As part of the celebrations, actress KATIE ROWLEY JONES will be continuing her role as Nessarose; the unique part she also created […]

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West End Bares – Excalibare – Novello Theatre

West End Bares – Excalibare at the Novello Theatre, London. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It is happy news indeed that West End Bares has been staged in a legitimate theatre for the first time. It’s where it belongs, like its Broadway equivalent. True, the first six years at the legendary Café de […]

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The Phantom of the Opera celebrates 30th West End anniversary with charity gala

On Monday 10 October, the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical The Phantom of the Opera, at the Her Majesty’s Theatre, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special charity gala performance in aid of The Music in Secondary Schools Trust. Tickets are on sale now. To celebrate this milestone, the current cast including Ben Forster as The […]

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The Brides of Bluebeard – Camden People’s Theatre and Touring

The Brides of Bluebeard is on tour in London, Lincoln, Birmingham, Stafford and London again until 22 October. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The Ruby Dolls is a quartet of close-harmony singers – Jess, Suzie, Becca and T (aka Jessica Sedler, Susanna Fiore, Rebecca Shanks and Tara Siddall) – who flirt […]

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Interview – Maurice Lane celebrates 68 years in showbiz with Funny Girl

Having performed in the original 1966 London production of Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand at the Prince of Wales Theatre, MAURICE LANE is playing Mr Keeney in the current West End production. Now celebrating 68 years in showbusiness, Maurice started at the age of nine, touring in variety with his father, comedian Sandy Lane. Maurice’s mainstay of work has been […]

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The Hired Man – Cadogan Hall

The Hired Man at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The Hired Man, the 1984 love-child of Howard Goodall and Melvyn Bragg, is based on the latter’s 1969 novel, a semi-biographical account of his grandfather Harry Bragg’s life – one of millions of men caught between the poverty-stricken […]

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Ramin Karimloo to join Anastasia Broadway cast

Tony-nominated star Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera) is heading back to Broadway next year to take on a villainous role in the much-anticipated Anastasia. The award-winning Iranian-Canadian actor and singer, who is about to open in Murder Ballad at London’s Arts Theatre, is the latest addition to the cast of the big […]

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Out There – Union Theatre

Out There continues at the Union Theatre, London until 8 October. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ After the success of its 2015 revival of Loserville, which earned itself a rare second run later the same year, the Union Theatre is justly enamoured of the musical writings of Elliot Davis and James […]

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Stepping Out reaches the West End in March 2017

Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Stephenson will be Stepping Out in the West End when Richard Harris’ award-winning comedy opens at London’s Vaudeville Theatre with preview performances from 1 March 2017 and opening night on 14 March 2017. Directed by Maria Friedman, this brand new staging will first tour the UK from 12 October 2016 including […]

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