Interview – That’s Entertainment with Thelma Ruby – 91 not out

At the age of 91 actress THELMA RUBY is returning to the stage for her one-woman show That’s Entertainment, part of the Festival 46 events at the King’s Head, Islington. Here she talks about her long and very varied career… You presumably inherited your acting talents from your mother who was a music hall singer, […]

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New production of Rent to play Birmingham Old Rep

Michael Neri’s new production of the innovative American musical Rent will play five performances The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham at the end of this month. The Old Rep run, which begins on Tuesday 26 July, follows a sneak preview of the production at Pride Birmingham on 28 May. Directed and choreographed by Neri, who also produces, […]

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The Bodyguard – Dominion Theatre

The Bodyguard continues at the Dominion Theatre, London until 7 January, 2017. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Thea Sharrock’s production of The Bodyguard returns to the West End at the Dominion Theatre with Beverley Knight once again blowing the audience away in the lead role. The Queen of British Soul first played Oscar-nominated superstar Rachel Marron in 2013. At […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Jesus Christ Superstar continues at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London until 27 August. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The stage is full of smoke, a belching walkway and banks of blinding lights. Upon it we see pulsing, vibrant, relentlessly energetic ensemble work – one of the many fine things which puts this stupendous show […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – exclusive images

This summer’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking musical Jesus Christ Superstar opened this week. Here, Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan presents a gallery of exclusive images. The show Jesus, portrayed by singer-songwriter Declan Bennett, is joined by Tyrone Huntley as Judas, Anoushka Lucas as Mary Magdelene, David Thaxton […]

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Beastie Boys show Licensed to Ill to play UK tour dates

The Beastie Boys-inspired musical Licensed to Ill is to return for a UK tour this autumn ahead of a Christmas run in London. Following an extended run at the Camden People’s Theatre at the end of last year, the production will play dates in Bristol and Manchester before returning to London in late November. Taking […]

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Monsta Productions makes pro debut with The Last Five Years

North West-based Monsta Productions has announced its first professional production will be Jason Robert Brown’s popular musical The Last Five Years. Set up by artistic director John Garfield-Roberts to give professional actors in the North West work in the local area, Monsta Productions’ first show will play the Forum Theatre in Garfield-Roberts’ home city of Chester […]

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Interview – Noah Brody on bringing Fiasco Theater’s Into The Woods to London

NOAH BRODY is co-artistic director with Ben Steinfeld of Fiasco Theater – a US-based actor-run ensemble that until recently specialised in workshopping and presenting small-scale productions of Shakespeare. That changed in 2013 when the group tackled their first full-scale musical: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fairytale mash-up Into the Woods. Fiasco’s much-reduced production ran for […]

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Charing Cross Theatre’s Radio Times production postponed

The Charing Cross Theatre’s production of Radio Times has been postponed a month before it was due to debut as part of Thom Southerland’s first season as artistic director. In a statement the producers of the revival, which was due to run from 20 August until 1 October, announced: “Sadly, due to artist non-availability, we are […]

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Sally Kellerman – Crazy Coqs

Sally Kellerman performs A Little Jazz, A Little Blues, A Little Rock and Roll at the Crazy Coqs, London until 23 July. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Although best known as a movie actress, Sally Kellerman was Oscar-nominated for playing ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan in the original Robert Altman film M*A*S*H – she has also enjoyed […]

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Brandon Victor Dixon takes over as Hamilton’s Aaron Burr

Hamilton has found a new duelling partner. In mid-August, two-time Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon will step into the role of Aaron Burr, succeeding Leslie Odom Jr., who previously announced a departure date of 9 July. Hamilton is also gaining a new Mrs. His Eliza will now be played by Lexi Lawson. She is joining […]

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Children of Eden at the Union Theatre – full casting

Full casting has been revealed for Children of Eden, which returns to London 25 years after its original West End production, playing at the Union Theatre from Wednesday 10 August, with a press night on Friday 12 August 2016. The cast features Natasha O‘Brien (A Christmas Carol, Rose Theatre) as Eve/Mama, Stephen Barry (The Beautiful Game, Union Theatre) as Adam/Noah, Joey […]

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