Marry Me a Little returns to St James Studio for extra week

Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run in August, Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little will return to St James Studio, London for an extra week of performances from 6–11 October 2014. Marry Me a Little pieces together a selection of songs by Stephen Sondheim to tell a tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern singleton. [...]

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Hadley Fraser and Caroline Sheen star in new musical Before After

West End stars Hadley Fraser and Caroline Sheen are to feature in the world premiere of Stuart Matthew Price and Timothy Knapman’s new romantic musical, Before After, at London’s St James Studio. Everybody has one great lost love. They broke our hearts, they haunt our dreams, and we will never, ever forget it. But what [...]

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Michael Ball hosts 2014 West End Heroes gala concert

Double Olivier Award winner, recording artist and presenter Michael Ball will host the 2014 West End Heroes gala concert. Following the success of West End Heroes last year, which saw the casts of many of the biggest West End musicals unite with the finest UK military bands and musicians in a performance that raised more [...]

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Rounding off Edinburgh Fringe 2014 plus MTN Awards

Fiona Orr rounds off Edinburgh Fringe 2014… This year has seen a general increase in the quality of musical theatre on offer and an international sample of the genre as well. Certain shows stand out in the memory for this reviewer: Land of Smiles from the USA via Thailand in a clear explanation of the tyranny of human [...]

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The Making of Ali & Nino – Youth Music Theatre UK

The Making of Ali & Nino was performed by Youth Music Theatre UK at Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell. Youth Music Theatre UK’s commitment to the presentation of new shows continues in its tenth anniversary year with The Making of Ali & Nino, an ambitious international collaboration between theatres in the UK, [...]

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Brass – NYMT – City Varieties, Leeds

Brass, presented by National Youth Music Theatre, continues at the City Varieties, Leeds until 23 August. The casualties suffered by the Leeds Pals Battalion on the first day of the Battle of the Somme were appalling. Of the 900 Pals, 750 were killed or wounded. No wonder the National Youth Music Theatre team chose to personalise their [...]

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Top Hat – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring

Top Hat plays at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London until 23 August, before continuing its tour until July 2015. Triple Olivier Award-winner Top Hat is old hat in the nicest possible way – thrilling dancing, glitz and glamour, designer frocks, corny jokes, all ‘Cheek to Cheek’ with Irving Berlin’s ageless words and music in a nostalgic, easy-watching piece of nonsense that’s the [...]

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The Onion of Bigotry – A History of Hatred – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Onion of Bigotry – A History of Hatred continues as part of the just Festival until 25 August. The Kielty Brothers (Gerry and John) are legendary to Fringe aficionados. Commissioned by the just Festival, the piece is an exploration of one of Scotland’s ‘badges of shame’ – bigotry. But this is not a lecture [...]

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Despondent Divorcée – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Despondent Divorcée continues at C cubed until 25 August. Housed in a room, appropriate to its period, HookHitch revives this ‘drawing room’ setting in a similar way their piece This is the World When I was King made a virtue of the ‘found space’ to stage a Fringe show. This company has an effortless capacity [...]

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The Next Big Thing – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Next Big Thing continues at theSpace on North Bridge until 23 August. The show opens with an aspiring writer, Helena (Rebecca Ridout) who is hoping to find The Next Big Thing to bring her fame and wealth enough to give up her day job in an office. We hear about her reading countless ‘how to’ [...]

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Guys and Dolls – Chichester Festival Theatre

Guys and Dolls continues at the Chichester Festival Theatre until 21 September. It looks very much as though Chichester has scored another mega-hit with Frank Loesser’s musical fable of Broadway (book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows). It’s big, brash and boasts a brilliant score that is stylish, witty and packed with tunes, many that [...]

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Les Misérables – Dallas Theater Center – a revolution in the making

Russell M. Dembin visited the revolutionary modern-dress, ‘immersive’ staging of Les Misérables at the Dallas Theater Center. When a musical has been a global sensation for three decades and has become an Oscar-winning film, what could possibly add to its achievement? When said play is about a revolution, the situation calls for a revolutionary production. [...]

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