New Hairspray tour – Tony Maudsley and Claire Sweeney lead cast

A new production of Hairspray will embark on a major UK tour in 2015/16. The musical comedy will begin its UK tour at Leicester Curve on 9 September 2015 and will then tour to more than 25 venues across the UK, including a Christmas residency at Birmingham Alexandra Theatre in December 2015. Tony Maudsley (well known for his long-running […]

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Little Shop of Horrors at Salisbury Playhouse – casting news

Full casting has been announced for a major new production of Little Shop of Horrors opening at Salisbury Playhouse on Thursday 23 April (press night is Tuesday 28 April). Ben Stott (Wicked, West End and Sweeney Todd, West Yorkshire Playhouse) will play Seymour, the down and out shop worker who becomes an overnight sensation when he grows […]

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Interview – Tiffany Graves having a gigglefest on tour with The Producers

Actress and singer TIFFANY GRAVES is playing Ulla in the brand new UK tour of The Producers (based on Mel Brooks’ beloved movie), alongside comedian Jason Manford, as timid accountant Leo Bloom, and Cory English (reprising his role as Max Bialystock). Also in a high profile cast are David Bedella, Louie Spence, Ross Noble and Phill Jupitus (the latter two share a role […]

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Hamilton – The Public Theater, New York

Hamilton continues at The Public Theater, New York, until 3 May. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ All the hubbub surrounding it might cause you to believe otherwise, but the new musical Hamilton may not be the most important event to happen in America since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Nevertheless, this show recounting […]

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Our House – Pimlico Opera – Isis Young Offenders Institution, Woolwich

Our House, performed by Pimlico Opera and inmates of Isis Young Offenders Institution at Woolwich, London, continues until 7 March. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ It was quite a coup for Pimlico Opera persuading Madness lead singer Suggs McPherson to replay the role as Joe’s Dad in Our House, the group’s Olivier Award-winning Best New Musical […]

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Seasons of Love – Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Seasons of Love was performed at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Would Seasons of Love live up to its own hype as “a spectacular music and dance production poignantly portraying three love stories over the four seasons of the year and different stages of life… using Ireland as a scenic […]

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Sweeney Todd at London Coliseum – full cast revealed

Due to unprecedented public demand, an extra performance has been scheduled on Sunday 5 April at 3pm for Lonny Price’s production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller at the London Coliseum. Tickets for the 5 April performance, including 300 seats at £10 each, will go on sale today (3 March […]

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Union Theatre presents Spend, Spend, Spend in British musical theatre season

As the third show in its season of celebrating British musical theatre (the previous ones being Whistle Down the Wind and Loserville), the Union Theatre presents Spend, Spend, Spend, running at the venue from 25 March to 18 April 2015 (press night is 28 March). With music by Steve Brown and book and lyrics by […]

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Back the new Gary Williams album and awards will come your way

Ten years ago jazz singer Gary Williams dreamed of recording a world-class Christmas album. This year, with your help, he hopes his dream can come true. The idea for a Big Band Christmas album started years ago when Williams created Big Band Wonderland, a live show for Ronnie Scott’s in London. Though he has recorded lots […]

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Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre – more casting revealed

Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as the indomitable Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent’s production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver and Gemma Sutton who reprise the roles of Louise and June respectively in the five star Chichester Festival Theatre production, while Peter Davison joins the cast to play Herbie. The cast also features Dan Burton as Tulsa, Billy Hartman as Uncle Jocko, Jack Chissick as Mr Goldstone, Anita Louise Combe as Tessie Tura, Harry […]

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Mel Brooks Live in London for one night only at Prince of Wales Theatre

Mel Brooks Live in London will be a special one-night only event on Sunday 22 March 2015 at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. American comedy legend Mel Brooks takes the stage for his first-ever solo show in the UK, sure to be chock-full of childhood memories, Hollywood history, unforgettable live music and uproarious laughter. “I am thrilled […]

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Bring It On: The Musical – PPA presents drama school premiere

Performance Preparation Academy’s third year Musical Theatre Diploma graduates are presenting the critically acclaimed Tony-Award-nominated high-flying drama school premiere of Bring It On: The Musical at The Electric Theatre, Guildford this week, from 5–7 March. Telling the story of a rival high school cheer squad, the musical first burst onto the Off-Broadway stage in 2011, later […]

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