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George Rae to play Feinstein’s 54 Below in February

West End favourite George Rae will be taking his new cabaret show to the prestigious Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York early next year. Packed with anecdotes about his glittering career beginning as a young Scottish artist working in London, Life is a Caba-RAE: A Scot in New York will play the Broadway supper club on […]

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The Other Palace to stage Starlight Express workshops

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit Starlight Express will steam into his newest theatre, The Other Palace, next month for three concert-style workshop performances. Members of the original creative team for the show, which opened in the West End in 1984, will work with a group of carefully chosen actors and musicians to explore the distinctive piece. […]

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Cabaret show Musicals and Beyond stars Helena Blackman and Amanda Coutts

West End favourites Helena Blackman and Amanda Coutts are joining forces in a new cabaret show at Above the Arts in London’s West End. The latest from show from Paul Burton Productions, the company behind the popular Sunday at the Musicals concerts, Musicals and Beyond will feature the two stars performing a mixture of songs […]

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Welsh premiere of My Land’s Shore – concert to raise funds

Casting has been announced for a special fundraising concert to support the eagerly-anticipated homecoming of historical Welsh musical My Land’s Shore. Featuring songs by British composers and hosted by Tim McArthur, the concert on Sunday 3 September will play London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, the venue where the show received its world premiere […]

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BEAM 2018 new musicals showcase – ‘pitch days’ to start in September

Writers with ideas for new musical projects are being offered the chance to pitch their work for inclusion in BEAM 2018, the biennial industry showcase organisd by Musical Theatre Network and Mercury Musical Developments. Presented in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East, and culminating in a two-day industry showcase at the London venue in March […]

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Tributes paid to opera and theatre director Lee Blakeley

The international theatre community has been paying tribute to British opera and theatre director Lee Blakeley who died suddenly at the weekend. Known for his work on successful Stephen Sondheim productions at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Blakeley directed the French premiere of Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George and an acclaimed production of […]

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West End’s School of Rock extends run until January 2019

School looks set to stay in session for at least two more years with the announcement of a fourth extension to the West End run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – The Musical. Now booking until 13 January 2019 at the New London Theatre, the production team also confirmed the dates for the next […]

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Matilda The Musical – new ‘grown-ups’ join the cast

David Shannon will step into the villainous role of Miss Trunchbull in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi award-winning Matilda The Musical next month. Shannon, whose distinguished stage career includes starring roles in The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon will be joined on stage by Gina Beck (Wicked, Show Boat) who will take over […]

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Ben Lewis is new West End Phantom from September

Ben Lewis will step into the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre this September. The star who previously played the Phantom in the original Australian production of the sequel Love Never Dies and was part of the original UK cast of Love Me Tender, is one […]

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Son of a Preacher Man – cast details

Full casting has been announced for the Dusty Springfield-inspired musical Son of a Preacher Man which is due to debut with an extensive national tour next month. Joining the previously announced Diana Vickers, Debra Stephenson and Ian Reddington are Michael Howe, Michelle Long, Kate Hardisty, Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, Lewis Kidd, Liam Vincent-Kilbride, Jon Bonner, Rachel McAllister, […]

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Hope Mill Theatre’s Pippin – cast revealed

Jonathan Carlton will take on the title role in the Manchester premiere of Pippin which is due to begin a four-week run later this month at the award-winning Hope Mill Theatre. The fourth production from the successful partnership between the Manchester venue and London arts producer Aria Entertainment, the revival of the Tony Award-winning Broadway […]

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Henshall, Prenger and Salonga lead line-up at Lytham’s West End Proms

Musical theatre favourites Ruthie Henshall, Jodie Prenger and Lea Salonga are among the star names lined up for the West End Proms finale at this year’s Lytham Festival. The West End and Broadway veterans will be joined by 13-year-old Britain’s Got Talent finalist Beau Dermott and 25 youngsters from across the North West at the […]

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Kids Week event is under way

Featuring more than 35 of London’s biggest shows, this year’s popular Kids Week event is now under way. Celebrating its 20th year, the annual London theatre initiative which runs for the entire month of August has enlisted a wide range of major productions which will offer free tickets to performances. During the event one child […]

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Lanza show to play Opera in the City Festival

Crossover opera and musical theatre singer Andrew Bain will bring a re-worked version of his tribute to 1950s singer and movie star Mario Lanza to London’s Opera in the City Festival this week. Written and performed by Bain and directed by Anthony Shrubsall, Lanza will play the Bridewell Theatre on the 2 and 5 August. […]

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Wicked takes 16th slot in longest-running West End show list

Magical musical Wicked has overtaken Billy Elliot The Musical to become the 16th longest-running show in London theatre history. With two extra matinees added this month, on Thursday 17 August and Thursday 24 August, the record-breaking musical will play its 4,567th performance tonight (Tuesday 1 August) at its London home, the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Now […]

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Wonderland UK tour cut short

The UK tour of Frank Wildhorn’s Tony Award-nominated Wonderland has been cut short in the wake of a dispute between the show’s producers and one of its technical suppliers. Performances in Swansea, Wolverhampton, Richmond and Bournemouth have been shelved following reports of a row over payments. Problems first came to light last week when the […]

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Bacharach and Sater’s Some Lovers – casting details

The Bodyguard’s Ben Richards will return to musical theatre to star in the European premiere of Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers at the upcoming From Page to Stage Summer Festival at The Other Palace. Richards [pictured left] will be one of four actors cast to play two characters, Ben and Molly, caught between the […]

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Hershey Felder to bring Berlin and Bernstein shows to The Other Palace

Award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder will bring the magic of two of the most iconic names in musical theatre, Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein, to The Other Palace this autumn. Recently named by the prestigious Time magazine as one of its top ten theatre artists of 2016, Felder has created two musical plays that take […]

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New production of Parade to launch Hertfordshire Paper Mill as arts venue

A revival of the award-winning 1998 musical Parade will be the first professional production at the world’s oldest working paper factory in Hertfordshire this September. With a book by Driving Miss Daisy writer Alfred Uhry and a score by Jason Robert Brown (Songs For a New World; The Last Five Years; Bridges of Madison County), […]

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West End Bares reveals Ruby Strippers theme

Olivier Award winner Rebecca Trehearn will open this year’s Wizard of Oz-inspired edition of West End Bares, the burlesque-flavoured fundraiser which will play London’s Novello Theatre on Sunday 29 October. Performing a track specially written for the occasion by The Book of Mormon’s Mark Anderson and That Bloody Woman composer Luke di Somma, the Show […]

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Theatre Royal Stratford East’s 2017 Musical Theatre Workshop under way

Six new musical projects are currently under development at this year’s Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Musical Theatre Workshop. A total of 12 artists are currently at work until 28 July under the guidance of members of the East London venue’s artistic team including MT New Writing manager Sevan Tavoukdjian and specialist tutors from NYU’s Tisch […]

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Full West End rep company for From Page to Stage

A cast of 56, more than 50 composers and writers, and an 18-strong creative team will form a musical rep company in the West End for this year’s From Page to Stage Summer Festival at The Other Palace. Aria Entertainment’s annual event will bring a packed programme of new musicals to its new home at […]

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Union Theatre to stage Salad Days 63 years after its West End debut

Classic British musical Salad Days will return to London next month over six decades since it made its West End debut. Reimagined for the Union Theatre later this month, director Bryan Hodgson’s new production of the show which debuted in the capital in 1954 will play a strictly limited season at the Off-West End venue […]

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Highlights of next Live At Zédel season revealed

The European premiere of Ryan Scott Oliver’s Southern gothic thriller We Foxes Come and an appearance by US musical theatre rising star Joey Contreras are among the genre highlights at London’s Live At Zédel this September. Award-winning New York-based Oliver’s latest musical We Foxes Come will be performed as a one night only concert reading […]

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London Theatres – Michael Coveney and Peter Dazeley take readers on a tour with new book

Renowned theatre critic Michael Coveney has joined forces with leading photographer Peter Dazeley to take theatre lovers on a tour of London’s most iconic theatres. Published in September, London Theatres will offer a unique front of house and behind the scenes view of London’s world famous playhouses. With a forward by Mark Rylance, words by […]

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Hair at The Vaults extends until January 2018

The eagerly-anticipated London run of the new 50th anniversary production of the classic rock musical Hair has been extended into January 2018. Opening at The Vaults in October, Hair will now play the distinctive subterranean arts venue in London’s Waterloo until Sunday 14 January. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the new production of the cult show […]

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Ruffelle, Huntley and Kemp to play new Pizza Express live venue

Frances Ruffelle, Tyrone Huntley and Martin Kemp are among the latest additions to the star-studded launch season line-up at restaurant chain Pizza Express’ latest London entertainment venue. Tickets are already on sale for An Audience With Martin Kemp on 31 August, West End favourite Ruffelle’s solo show I Say Yeh-Yeh on 3 September and Evening […]

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My Land’s Shore to debut in Wales

Historical Welsh musical My Land’s Shore is heading home for its Welsh premiere at Theatr Soar in Merthyr Tydfil early next year. Following on from the well-received world premiere run at London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre in February, the show’s Welsh premiere run will begin on 20 February 2018. Based on the true […]

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Toxic Avenger – full cast revealed for transfer

Mark Anderson [pictured] will return to the central role in the hit Off-Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger which will follow its sold-out London debut at the Southwark Playhouse with a transfer to the Arts Theatre this autumn. Directed by Benji Sperring, the European premiere production of the show – based on a 1980s cult […]

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Titanic The Musical to sail into Belfast as part of debut national tour

The eagerly anticipated UK and Ireland tour of Titanic The Musical will make an early stop at Belfast, the city where the doomed ship was built. As previously announced, Thom Southerland’s critically-acclaimed production of the multi award-winning Broadway will begin its first tour in Southampton, the city where the RMS Titanic began its fateful maiden […]

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Natalie Anderson signs up for Fat Friends The Musical

Former Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson is the latest addition to the cast for the UK tour of Fat Friends The Musical. The actress, whose stage roles since leaving the ITV soap have included Nessarose in the West End production of Wicked, will play Lauren the role originated on screen by her Emmerdale co-star Gaynor Faye. […]

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James Dreyfus joins LMTO’s Candide in concert

Screen and stage actor James Dreyfus has stepped up to take on the role of Pangloss in the London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s upcoming concert presentation of Leonard Bernstein and Hugh Wheeler’s Candide. The star of hit TV shows Gimme, Gimme, Gimme and The Thin Blue Line will return to the role of outrageously optimistic Pangloss […]

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Arlene Phillips unites dance world to raise money for Grenfell fire victims

Award-winning choreographer and TV personality Arlene Phillips will gather together some of the biggest names in dance for a gala performance to raise funds for the survivors of the Grenfell House fire. The Gala For Grenfell at the Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 30 July will unite dancers from across the world in a fundraiser for […]

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Windsor Castle to host unique version of A Christmas Carol

Windsor Castle will be the majestic setting for nine performances of Charles Dickens’ timeless A Christmas Carol this festive period. Presented by theatre company Watch Your Head, the family-friendly, immersive performances of the much-loved story tale of Scrooge and his ghostly visitors will be staged in the rooms where the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret […]

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Cilla The Musical – Kara Lily Hayworth is cast in the leading role

The search for a leading lady for Cilla The Musical is over following the announcement that Kara Lily Hayworth will play the Liverpool lass who became one of the UK’s best-loved stars. Following weeks of open auditions at venues across the country, attracting thousands of would-be Cillas, the Watford-born actress will take on her first […]

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Small Faces musical All Or Nothing – details of autumn tour

Mod-themed musical All Or Nothing is heading back on the road this September for its third UK tour since its successful London launch last March. After completing its current national tour in Cheltenham on 29 July, the musical which tells the story of the classic British rock band the Small Faces will begin its autumn […]

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Strictly stars team up for new touring song and dance show

Strictly Dancing champions Louis Smith and Jay McGuiness are joining one of the series’ most popular professional dancers Natalie Lowe in a major new show. The trio will take to the floor in the 1950s flavoured song and dance show Rip It Up which will begin a 42-date tour in Aberdeen in September. The latest […]

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Pageant musical to play Camden Fringe

Musical writer and director Bill Russell’s comic vision of the world of beauty contests, Pageant, will return to the UK this summer with one run in London and another in Poole. The brand new production of the show, which will also be directed by Russell (Side Show, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens), will […]

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Rat Pack show heads back to the West End for Christmas

Hit swinging sixties show The Rat Pack – Live From Las Vegas is returning to the Theatre Royal Haymarket over a decade since it made its West End debut at the venue. The celebration of the music and camaraderie of the legendary team of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, will return with […]

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Pizza Express to open new entertainment venue in London

Restaurant chain Pizza Express will open a new live entertainment venue at its newly designed restaurant in London’s High Holborn at the end of August. The intimate space in the basement will feature a wide range of music, cabaret, comedy, and ‘audience with’ Q&A sessions. Designed to allow the audience to get close to some […]

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The Hired Man to be revived at the Union Theatre

Melvin Bragg and Howard Goodall’s moving rural musical The Hired Man will return to London in July with a limited run at the Union Theatre. The show begins previewing on 19 July with a press night on 21 July – the last performance is on 12 August. Based on Bragg’s 1969 novel, the first of the […]

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LMTO 2017 season – Mack & Mabel and A Christmas Carol complete line-up

The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is celebrating its second birthday by announcing details of the last two concerts in its already successful 2017 season. Following on from the LMTO’s return to Cadogan Hall on 21 July with Leonard Bernstein and Hugh Wheeler’s Candide, there will be a performance of Jerry Herman’s Mack & Mabel at […]

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Smash star Megan Hilty to play London solo shows

Stage and screen star Megan Hilty is heading for London to play four nights at The Hippodrome in Leicester Square this September. The singer and actress who is best known for her role in the musical theatre-themed US television show Smash will play five shows at the London venue from Tuesday 6 September until Saturday […]

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Musical theatre cruise – Floating Festival Stages – to be launched in 2018

A host of the West End’s biggest names are climbing aboard the UK’s first specialist musical theatre festival at sea. Launching on a round trip from Southampton on 15 October next year, the four-night Floating Festival Stages on board the Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas will feature some of musical theatre’s most popular stars. […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar return season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – cast complete

Maimuna Memon will play Mary Magdalene in the much-anticipated 2017 limited season of the multi award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Memon, whose credits include the King’s Cross Theatre’s production of Lazarus and Park Theatre’s The Busker’s Opera, is one of three new cast members and two returning performers to […]

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Cast for Kilworth House Theatre’s Top Hat

Dan Burton and Lauren Stroud will take on the roles once played by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the Kilworth House Theatre’s production of the stage version of the classic 1935 film Top Hat. Following on from the successful production of Kiss Me, Kate which is due to end on 16 July, the second […]

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Metropolis – All Star Productions to stage first London revival

The first London revival of the musical version of the Fritz Lang movie Metropolis will be the closing production in All Star Productions’ 2017 season. With music by Joe Brooks and a book and lyrics by Brooks and Dusty Hughes, Metropolis will play London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre from 10-29 October. Continuing All […]

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Upstairs at the Gatehouse production of 9 to 5 – cast details

Casting has been announced for the London Fringe premiere of the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 The Musical ahead of its debut at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in late summer. Based on the hit 1980s movie which starred Queen of Country Parton, the show will play the Highgate Village venue from 30 August through […]

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Rachel Tucker to play fundraising concert for Bridge House Theatre

Wicked star Rachel Tucker will follow up her successful first solo tour of the UK with a special fundraiser in the gardens of her London venue Bridge House Theatre. Rachel Tucker By Request on Sunday 9 July will feature the West End and Broadway favourite in a unique cabaret show which will elevate audience participation […]

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Evita returns to the West End for limited season

Hit musical Evita is to make a return to visit to the West End to mark the 65th anniversary of the death of Eva Peron next month. Presented by Bill Kenwright for a strictly limited 12-week season, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s multi award-winning musical will play the Phoenix Theatre from 28 July until […]

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