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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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Fat Friends The Musical – Freddie Flintoff to swap cricket field for the stage

Former England cricketer turned TV personality Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff will make his stage debut in Fat Friends The Musical for seven dates during the UK tour. Flintoff will play the role of Kevin Chadwick opposite the show’s leading lady Jodie Prenger as his fiancée Kelly, joining the opening run of the musical re-shaping of popular […]

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New musical based on Punjabi romantic folk legend to play Sadler’s Wells

The UK premiere of what is being billed as London’s first Anglo Punjabi Sufi musical, Ishq will be performed in English at London’s Sadler’s Wells in September. Timed to mark 70 years of Pakistan independence, the collaboration between Pakistani and British artists will celebrate unity, diversity and Pakistani culture within the UK. Brought to the […]

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie to transfer to West End

Sheffield Theatres’ hit production of Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is heading for the West End this November. Following on from the show’s successful premiere run at the Crucible in February, the production will arrive at the Apollo Theatre with previews from Monday 6 November ahead of a press night […]

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Casting for Bonnie & Clyde at The Other Palace

Jamie Muscato and Evelyn Hoskins will take on the title roles in Bonnie & Clyde, the fourth production in The Other Palace’s Work In Progress series later this month. Muscato (Lazarus), who appeared in the first Work In Progress, Heathers The Musical, and Hoskins (Spring Awakening) who appeared in the third production – Joybubbles – will feature […]

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By Jeeves at the Old Laundry Theatre – Nadim Naaman and Bill Champion join line-up

Bill Champion (pictured below) and Nadim Naaman (pictured left) will head the cast of The Old Laundry Theatre’s revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s By Jeeves. Part of the distinctive Lake District venue’s 25th Anniversary Season, the first revival of the musical comedy in more than 20 years will be reuniting members of […]

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National Theatre’s Pinocchio – casting details

Directed by John Tiffany at the National Theatre, the world premiere of Pinocchio by Dennis Kelly stars Joe Idris-Roberts in the title role with Audrey Brisson (Jiminy Cricket), Annette McLaughlin (Blue Lady), David Langham (The Fox), David Kirkbride (Coachman), Dawn Sievewright (Lampy) and Chris Jarman (Stromboli). The cast also includes: Stuart Angell, Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge, Stephanie […]

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole musical – full cast revealed for Menier production

The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced the full company for its new production of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ – The Musical. Transformed into musical theatre by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary, the much-loved story of teen angst has undergone further development since its original production in 2015, and […]

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Tim Rice celebrates revival of Blondel with one night only show at the Union Theatre

Multi award-winner Tim Rice will take to the stage on Sunday (25 June) to talk about his life and career to theatre critic Mark Shenton, just days after the premiere of a new version of his musical comedy Blondel. An Evening With Tim Rice at London’s Union Theatre will feature the writer taking questions about […]

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Blood Brothers anniversary tour extended into the autumn

Extra dates have been added to the 30th anniversary tour of Bill Kenwright’s acclaimed production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers. After playing to packed houses across the UK, the tour will now continue into the autumn, opening at G Live in Guildford on Tuesday 29 August. Featuring former 1970s pop star Lyn Paul returning to […]

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Debra Stephenson joins Son of a Preacher Man tour

Former Coronation Street star Debra Stephenson has joined the cast of the new Dusty Springfield inspired musical Son of a Preacher Man. The actor and gifted impressionist will create the role of Alison alongside the previously announced Diana Vickers in the touring production. With a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Strictly’s […]

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Jersey Boys UK tour – more dates for 2018

A number of extra venues have been added to the second UK and Ireland tour of the hit show Jersey Boys which is due to begin at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre on 16 December. The newly announced 2018 dates are Theatre Royal Plymouth (17-28 April), Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (9-19 May), Bradford Alhambra Theatre (22 […]

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Casting for A Spoonful of Sherman at Live At Zédel

West End favourites Helena Blackman and Daniel Boys will star alongside Robert J. Sherman in A Spoonful of Sherman at London entertainment hub Live At Zédel in August. Following two sold-out runs, the celebration of the work of Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, returns to London to play Live At Zédel from 7-20 […]

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Cast for Joybubbles – the next Work In Progress at The Other Palace

Rehearsals have begun for Joybubbles, the third production in The Other Palace’s Work In Progress series. With Jonathan Slinger (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) in the title role, the cast also features Evelyn Hoskins (Spring Awakening) as Little Joe, supported by Esh Alladi, Emma Thornett, Ben Fox, Ceri-Lyn Cissone, Terence Frisch, Julie LeGrand and Stuart […]

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LMTO presents Candide with Rob Houchen in title role

The London Musical Theatre Orchestra will return to Cadogan Hall next month with Leonard Bernstein and Hugh Wheeler’s Candide. Previewing next year’s Bernstein centenary celebrations, the LMTO’s concert presentation of Candide will feature Rob Houchen (Les Misérables, Titanic) in the title role. Candide follows on from the LMTO’s critically-acclaimed concert versions of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s […]

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New dancers join Thriller Live cast in the West End

Eight young dancers are making their West End debuts in the record-breaking Thriller Live at London’s Lyric Theatre. The new cast members have all secured 12-month contracts with the show which will ensure they are part of the 10th anniversary celebrations planned for January 2018. Unveiling details of the new dancers, the show’s award-winning director […]

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Musical version of Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill to premiere in US next year

Stage and screen star Idina Menzel will lead a reading of the eagerly-anticipated stage musical version of Alanis Morissette’s angst-fuelled album Jagged Little Pill. Although the Wicked star will be part of the Actors’ Equity reading of the new show, it has been reported that Menzel will not be available for the musical’s premiere next year as she is […]

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The Other Palace’s The Little Beasts – cast announced

Casting has been announced for the work-in-progress presentation of brand new family musical The Little Beasts at The Other Palace this summer. Promising magical and innovative puppetry, the Perfect Pitch and Global Musicals presentation features music by Luke Bateman and a book and lyrics by Michael Conley and is aimed at children aged seven and […]

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Performer news for Graeae’s 2017 Reasons To Be Cheerful tour

Casting has been announced for pioneering theatre company Graeae’s return to the road with its acclaimed musical Reasons To Be Cheerful this autumn. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ album New Boots and Panties, the show which celebrates the music of the legendary punk band will begin its seven-venue 2017 […]

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National Theatre’s Follies – further cast details

Full casting details have been revealed for the National Theatre’s much-anticipated production of the 1970s Broadway musical Follies which is due to begin previewing in August. Starring the multi-award winning trio of Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton, Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies will play the Olivier Theatre from 22 August until 4 November with […]

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Take That inspired musical The Band – record-breaking ticket sales as full cast revealed

Advanced sales for the UK tour of the Take That-inspired musical The Band have now hit a record breaking £10 million. Due to launch on 8 September at the Manchester Opera House, the venue where Take That first performed in 1992, the show will play its national press night on 26 September. Revealing details of the […]

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America’s Fox channel plans Rent and A Christmas Story broadcasts

US broadcaster Fox is challenging rival network NBC’s reputation as the TV home of live musical theatre by lining up two new pieces of event programming. A major new production of Jonathan Larson’s innovative musical Rent and a version of A Christmas Story with new songs written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will follow on […]

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Fantastic Mr Fox heads back to Lyric Hammersmith

The hit touring production of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox will return to London’s Lyric Hammersmith next month seven months after its launch at the venue. Following on from its world premiere last Christmas at Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre, the Nuffield and Leicester Curve’s new musical adaptation of the classic story has been touring the UK […]

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Peter Rabbit bounces back to the Old Laundry Theatre

Innovative family musical adventure Where is Peter Rabbit? will return to the heart of the Lake District on Saturday (10 June) for a 12-week summer season. The show, which adds the wit of leading playwright Alan Ayckbourn to the timeless magic of Beatrix Potter and combines live performance, projection and recorded material, will once again […]

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Fat Friends The Musical – Sam Bailey and Elaine C Smith join cast

Former X Factor winner Sam Bailey and award-winning comedian and actress Elaine C Smith will join the previously announced Jodie Prenger in the major new musical re-shaping of popular ITV drama Fat Friends later this year. Bailey, the former real-life prison officer whose theatre roles include playing Mamma Morton in last year’s UK tour of […]

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Wicked Young Writer Awards finalists revealed

The names of the 115 finalists in the running for the seventh annual Wicked Young Writer Awards have been revealed. Confirmed by the judging panel once again headed by How to Train Your Dragon author-illustrator Cressida Cowell, the finalists were chosen by teachers from both primary and secondary school sectors. Championed by Patron Her Royal […]

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Diana Vickers cast in Dusty-inspired Son of a Preacher Man

X Factor singer turned stage star Diana Vickers will take on the central role in the touring production of the Dusty Springfield-inspired Son of a Preacher Man. With a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Strictly’s King of the pithy putdown, Craig Revel Horwood, the national tour is due to begin at Bromley’s […]

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Will Young and Louise Rednapp to star in Cabaret tour

Former pop star and Strictly favourite Louise Redknapp will make her stage debut as Sally Bowles in this autumn’s nationwide tour of Rufus Norris’ acclaimed revival of Cabaret. Opening at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 21 September, the show will also star former Pop Idol Will Young who will once again play the Emcee, […]

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London Fringe premiere of 9 to 5 musical – creative team announced

Joseph Hodges will direct the London Fringe premiere of the Dolly Parton show 9 to 5 The Musical when it debuts at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in late summer. Based on the hit 1980s movie which starred Parton and featured the iconic title song, 9 to 5 The Musical will play the Highgate Village venue from 30 […]

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Full cast for London transfer of Yank!

Casting has been announced for the London transfer of Off-Broadway musical Yank! next month. Just months after starring in the acclaimed UK premiere run of the show at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, Scott Hunter (A Chorus Line, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) will return to the central role of Stu. He will be joined by Andy […]

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Mamma Mia! The Party set to open in London

Björn Ulvaeus and producer Ingrid Sutej are applying for planning permission to bring their successful project Mamma Mia! The Party to London. The duo is hoping to build a temporary venue in Waterloo to house a typical Greek taverna which provides the setting for a show that features new characters, a new story, songs from […]

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William Ludwig and Dean Austin to perform new show at The Pheasantry

International cabaret act William Ludwig and Dean Austin will return to London in July with two shows at The Pheasantry in the King’s Road. Following on from performances at New York’s Don’t Tell Mama and at the Ruhrfestival in Germany, the pair will unveil their new show Movimento on Wednesday 5 July and Thursday 6 July. […]

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Lorna Dallas to return to London cabaret for first time in 20 years

International theatre and singing star Lorna Dallas is to return to the world of cabaret for the first time in two decades with her new show at London’s Live At Zédel. The singer, who first won the hearts of UK audiences when she appeared alongside Cleo Laine in the hit 1971 revival of Show Boat […]

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Bat Out of Hell – London Coliseum season extended

The much-anticipated London Coliseum season of Jim Steinman’s rock classic Bat Out of Hell is to run for an extra two weeks due to exceptional public demand. Tickets have already gone on sale for the extra dates which will extend the limited season beyond the original end date of 22 July to the new final […]

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Our House UK tour – former BGT winner George Sampson joins cast

Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson will join the upcoming UK tour of Madness musical Our House this summer. The street dancer turned actor will take on the role of bad boy Reecey alongside the previously announced Deena Payne, Jason Kadji and Sophie Matthew in the new production of the Olivier Award-winning show. Presented by […]

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British Theatre Academy to stage musical double at the Ambassadors Theatre

The British Theatre Academy is lining up youth productions of Neil Bartram and Brian Hill’s The Adventures of Pinocchio and Jason Robert Brown’s 13 The Musical to play London’s Ambassadors Theatre this summer. Following on from the success of previous BTA summer shows, The Secret Garden at the Ambassadors last year and Annie Jr at the […]

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Tyrone Huntley joins guest stars at Willemijn Verkaik’s London concert

Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award winner Tyrone Huntley will be one of several guest performers at international musical theatre star Willemijn Verkaik’s West End concert in July. The Dreamgirls star who is soon to reprise his acclaimed performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar is one of a number of guest stars who will join […]

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Kids Week 2017 – show line-up revealed

Over 35 of London’s biggest shows have joined the line-up for this year’s popular Kids Week event this August. Now in its 20th year, the annual London theatre initiative which will run for the entire month of August has enlisted a wide range of major productions which will offer free tickets to performances. During the event […]

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Casting for The Hunting of the Snark musical at the Vaudeville Theatre

Full casting has been revealed for the musical version of Lewis Carroll’s classic nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark which will make its West End debut this summer. Gemma Colclough will direct Will Bryant (Incident at Vichy, Finborough Theatre), Ben Galpin (Potted Sherlock, Vaudeville Theatre), Jordan Leigh-Harris (The Hunting of the Snark, Edinburgh Fringe […]

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Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans lead Wicked principal cast changes in July

Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans will take on the central roles in the hugely successful Wicked at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre from Monday 24 July. Fearn (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek The Musical), who originally joined the West End production last year as Standby Elphaba will step into the role she understudied alongside show newcomer Sophie […]

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Zedel return for Joan Vazquez’s Sondheim show

Spanish artist Joan Vázquez will return to London next month with his celebration of musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim, Something’s Coming – a Sondheim Tribute. The performer, who made his London debut last autumn as part of the launch season of entertainment concept Live At Zédel, will once again appear at the Crazy Coqs on […]

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On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – opening night postponed

This week’s press night for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of the classic Hollywood musical On the Town has been postponed due to the ‘incapacity’ of actor Fred Haig (playing Chip) who has broken his foot. Billed as the Regent’s Park Theatre’s ‘biggest ever dance musical’, On the Town directed and choreographed by […]

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Quentin Dentin Show is back in ‘biggest form yet’ at Tristan Bates Theatre

Casting has been announced for the first full Off-West End production of cult favourite The Quentin Dentin Show at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre from 19 June. Returning performers Luke Lane (King John, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Shauna Riley (Bas, Prague Fringe) will be joined by Max Panks (Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Park Theatre), Freya Tilly (You Won’t […]

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Music Theatre International picks up rights for classic Lerner and Loewe musicals

Timeless My Fair Lady is one of five classic Lerner & Loewe musicals acquired by leading theatrical licensing agency Music Theatre International (MTI). The legendary writing team’s much-loved re-working of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, lines up alongside the duo’s much loved Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and their newly restored early work The Day Before […]

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Drew McOnie to direct King Kong on Broadway next year

Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie will direct the much-anticipated King Kong musical when it bursts onto Broadway in the autumn of 2018. With a score by accomplished music director and film composer Marius de Vries (La La Land, Moulin Rouge) and songs by singer/songwriter Eddie Perfect (Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Beetlejuice), the show now has a […]

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Elf the Musical is back for Christmas with Ben Forster returning to title role

Ben Forster will be back in green this Christmas when he returns to the role of Buddy in Elf the Musical. The actor who shot to fame when he won Andrew Lloyd Webber’s television talent search for his leading actor in the stadium tour of Jesus Christ Superstar is currently winning acclaim for his performance in […]

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Mamma Mia! film sequel to dance into cinemas next July

Universal has confirmed work has begun on a sequel to the studio’s hit film version of Mamma Mia! in advance of a 20 July 2018 launch date. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! will feature Abba songs not used in the 2008 film and the studio has brought in Ol Parker, the writer of The […]

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Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize – finalists revealed

The 12 students who will perform at this year’s West End gala for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and the 10th anniversary of The Stiles + Drewe Prize have been announced. Chosen from performing arts schools across the country the finalists are: Tom Blackmore, Verity Blyth, Katie Buchholz, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Georgia […]

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The Other Palace’s new musical theatre initiatives – first work in progress is Heathers the Musical

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul Taylor-Mills have unveiled details of The Other Palace Development Programme and the productions that will make up the first Work in Progress series at the new London musical theatre venue. Formerly the St James Theatre, the newest addition to the Really Useful Theatres Group was launched as The Other Palace […]

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Opera North’s Kiss Me, Kate to play London Coliseum in 2018

Opera North’s award-winning production of Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me, Kate will make its debut in the capital at the London Coliseum in June next year. Bringing together top talent from the worlds of opera and the West End stage, and featuring the full-scale orchestra and chorus of Opera North, the London run of the […]

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