Assassins – Michael Xavier and Anna Francolini join cast

Michael Xavier and Anna Francolini are joining the cast of Jamie Lloyd’s production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory from 10 February. Xavier takes over the role of John Wilkes Booth from Aaron Tveit. The latter is leaving the run due to a change in his schedule for the […]

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Made in Dagenham will close in April

The producers of Made in Dagenham have announced on the show’s website that the show will end its run at the Adelphi Theatre on Saturday 11 April. The musical comedy began performances in October last year and will add a further two weeks to its booking period before the final performance in April. Producers are […]

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Into the Woods – Roundabout Theatre Company, New York

Into the Woods continues at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre, New York until 22 March. Star rating: 5 stars ***** A fresh breeze is blowing through Into the Woods. It’s not that anything ever seems stale about this enduring and always-compelling masterwork by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. But as re-envisioned by the prodigiously imaginative […]

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Gypsy – Lara Pulver and Peter Davison join London cast

Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent’s production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver who will reprise the role of Louise and Peter Davison who joins the cast to play Herbie. Final casting for the Chichester Festival Theatre production will be announced shortly. A musical fable with book by Arthur Laurents, Gypsy has music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, suggested by […]

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ArtsEd London – Crazy For You

Crazy For You, performed by ArtsEd London final-year Musical Theatre students at the Studio Theatre, Chiswick, continues until 24 January. Star rating: 4 stars **** The year is young but it’s doubtful if anything we see in the next 11 months will approach the extraordinary energy levels of ArtsEd’s high-octane triple-threat confection that marries a shedload of […]

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Janie Dee will perform in cabaret at London’s Kings Place

Olivier Award-winning musical theatre actress Janie Dee will present Wake Up With Janie Dee – a selection of cabaret songs and West End hits – on 8 February 2015, 11.30am, at Kings Place in London’s King’s Cross as part of Lucy Parham’s Word/Play coffee concert series (kingsplace.co.uk). Lucy Parham is regarded as one of Britain’s finest pianists. Dee is returning by […]

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The Bodyguard UK and Ireland tour – cast details revealed

Full casting has been announced for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of the hit musical The Bodyguard. Directed by Thea Sharrock, the tour opens at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 12 February 2015. Joining the previously announced Alexandra Burke as Rachel Marron and Zoe Birkett as the alternate Rachel Marron will be: Stuart Reid as Frank Farmer, Melissa James as Nicki Marron, Mensah Bediako as Bill Devaney, Adam […]

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Jim Dale brings his Off-Broadway one-man show to the West End

Following his Off-Broadway success in New York, Tony Award winner, two-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Jim Dale will bring his critically acclaimed show, Just Jim Dale, to London’s West End in May this year. Previewing from 26 May (press night is 28 May) at the Vaudeville Theatre, where Dale made his West End musical debut […]

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New musical Yarico – ‏Liberty Buckland and Alex Spinney head cast

Final casting and the full creative team have been revealed today for the world premiere of Yarico, an epic musical about forbidden love, betrayal and redemption, based on a true story that fired the world’s imagination and contributed to the social movement against the slave trade. Yarico, with book and lyrics by Carl Miller, music by James […]

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Jersey Boys – new cast announced

From Tuesday 10 March, Gary Watson will be joining the cast of Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre, playing Nick Massi, as the smash hit musical celebrates its seventh London birthday on 18 March. Watson’s theatre credits include Norman in Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Don in A Chorus Line (London Palladium), […]

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Thriller Live celebrates seventh year in the West End

There are celebrations on Shaftesbury Avenue today as Thriller Live starts its seventh year in the West End – by breaking yet more records. Tito Jackson, who was guest of honour at the star-studded opening night at the Lyric Theatre in 2009 and has seen it several times since with the rest of the Jackson brothers, has this […]

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National Theatre – Damon Albarn musical wonder.land debuts in Rufus Norris’ first season

wonder.land, a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, with music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini, will feature in the first season at the National Theatre under new artistic director Rufus Norris. The production will be directed by Norris in a co-production with Manchester International Festival; commissioned by Manchester International Festival, the […]

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