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After You – first new musical at Live at Zedel – cast details

Details have been announced for contemporary love story After You, the first new musical to be staged at Live at Zédel at the Crazy Coqs. Liam Doyle (Wicked, UK tour; Mamma Mia!, Prince of Wales Theatre) and Laura Tebbutt (Love Me Tender, UK tour; Forbidden Broadway, Vaudeville Theatre) will star in the production which will play the London venue from 13 […]

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Dreamgirls – Asmeret Ghebremichael joins the cast

West End and Broadway actress Asmeret Ghebremichael has joined the cast of the critically-acclaimed UK premiere run of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. Best-known for her performances in The Book of Mormon on Broadway and in the West End, the American actress and singer takes over the role of Lorrell Robinson after Ibinabo Jack was […]

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Wind in the Willows at the Palladium – full cast revealed

Denise Welch, Gary Wilmot, Simon Lipkin and Craig Mather will join Rufus Hound and Neil McDermott in the cast of The Wind in the Willows which will speed into the London Palladium in June. Announcing the new casting details, producer Jamie Hendry also revealed previews would begin ahead of schedule on Friday 16 June (opening […]

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Interview – composer Stephen Warbeck on Headlong Theatre’s Junkyard and the thrill of being crazy with music

Multi award-winning British composer STEPHEN WARBECK is probably best known for his scores for major movies including Shakespeare in Love (for which he won an Oscar for Best Original Score), Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Mrs Brown and Billy Elliot. His work on stage includes This House (National Theatre and Garrick) and The Plough and the Stars and Wolf Hall/Bring […]

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Footloose the Musical tour – full cast revealed

Joshua Dowen (Dogfight, Cool Rider) will step into the starring role of dance-hungry Ren McCormack in the new touring production of hit show Footloose the Musical. Launching at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 21 April, the production will feature Hannah Price as Ariel, the role she previously played on last year’s tour. Also joining the […]

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Arlene Phillips to take her story to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on tour

West End veteran Arlene Phillips will take audiences on a trip through her star-studded career in a new touring production to be launched at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The stage and screen choreographer who won a new generation of fans as an acid-tongued judge on the original series of Strictly Come Dancing is the […]

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West End Bake Off 2017 date revealed

Theatrical charity Acting For Others has set the date and place for London’s third annual West End Bake Off. Following on from last year’s successful fundraiser which culminated in the cast of The Secret Garden taking home top honours, this year’s event will be held on Saturday 20 May at St. Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, London. The […]

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On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – Danny Mac, Fred Haig and Jeremy Taylor cast

Casting has been announced for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of the classic Hollywood musical On the Town. Based on a concept by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the opening production in the venue’s 2017 season will run from 19 May to 1 July. Strictly Come Dancing contestant Danny […]

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Wilton’s Music Hall – cast details

Final casting has been unveiled for next month’s revival of the classic Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Due to play Wilton’s Music Hall from 8-22 April, the production has added Andrew C Wadsworth (pictured), Maisey Bawden, Daniel Graham, Richard Emerson, Matthew Whitby and Nuwan Hugh Perera to the previously announced […]

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Disney’s Aladdin hosts its first autism-friendly performance

The West End production of Disney’s Aladdin has announced its first dedicated autism-friendly performance on Tuesday 29 August. With tickets already sold out for a similar performance of the award-winning West End production of Disney’s The Lion King on Sunday 4 June 2017, demand is expected to be high for Aladdin’s first autism-friendly show at London’s […]

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Blues in the Night at the London Hippodrome – casting revealed

Casting has been announced for the 3oth anniversary performances of Sheldon Epps’ musical revue Blues in the Night at The Hippodrome Casino in June. Ian Carlyle (We Will Rock You, Show Boat) will join Enyonam Gbesemete (Disney’s The Lion King, Show Boat), Bleu Woodward (Kinky Boots, South Pacific) and Cleopatra Higgins (Thriller Live, pictured) for […]

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Hannah Waddingham to play concert at London Hippodrome

Stage and screen favourite Hannah Waddingham will play a one night only show at London’s Hippodrome Casino next month. Presented by Club 11 London and The Hippodrome, the performance on Thursday 27 April will feature the actress who has just finished filming a recurring role in US cult hit series 12 Monkeys, with her ‘Mini […]

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Jersey Boys to head off on second UK and Ireland tour

Hit show Jersey Boys is heading back on the road for its second UK and Ireland tour at the end of this year. Following on from the success of the show’s debut tour which ended in March last year, the second outing will begin at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre on 16 December. Staged by the […]

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Details revealed for Room at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Emma Donoghue’s Room which is due to open at the Theatre Royal Stratford East ahead of runs at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and Dundee Rep. Adapted for the stage by Donoghue from her best-selling novel, the cast includes Stephen Casey (Grandpa), Fela Lufadeju (Big Jack), Liam McKenna […]

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The Braille Legacy at Charing Cross Theatre – full casting

Final casting has been announced for the world premiere production of a major new musical based on the inspirational story of Louis Braille. Announced on World Braille Day on 4 January, The Braille Legacy will star Olivier Award nominee Jérôme Pradon (UK premiere of the musical Women On the Verge Of a Nervous Breakdown, Miss Saigon and […]

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School Of Rock – The Musical – open auditions planned to find new band members

Auditions are being held to find new young classmates for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking School of Rock – The Musical. Open auditions will take place on Saturday 25 March in Cardiff, Tuesday 23 and Thursday 25 May in London, Saturday 10 June in Sheffield, Saturday 15 July in Birmingham, Saturday 23 September in Liverpool and […]

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Kenwright brings Norris’ Cabaret back to Blackpool

Rufus Norris’ acclaimed revival of Cabaret is heading back to the Blackpool Opera House as part of a nationwide tour. Presented by Bill Kenwright, the show which previously played the seaside venue in 2013 when the show featured former Pop Idol Will Young as the Emcee, will return to Blackpool from Tuesday 3 until Saturday 7 […]

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Stars line up to record composer Alexander S Bermange’s comic catalogue

Musical comedy composer Alexander S. Bermange has assembled a star-studded line-up of stage and screen favourites to record a double album of his songs. Whit & Whimsy features special performances of some of Bermange’s most popular comic creations by stars including Miriam Margolyes, Nigel Planer, Tracie Bennett and Ian Bartholomew. Produced by Mike Dixon, the […]

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Olivier Awards 2017 – Groundhog Day receives eight nominations

Groundhog Day leads the musical theatre field in the list of nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards, revealed today by Kinky Boots star Matt Henry and fellow Olivier Award winner Denise Gough (People, Places and Things). The well-received show which makes its Broadway debut later this month picked up nominations in eight categories including the Mastercard Award […]

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At Last – The Etta James Story to tour UK for first time in March

At Last – The Etta James Story, the hit show about the turbulent life and music of one of soul’s most legendary voices, will make its UK debut next month. Featuring a portrayal of the troubled star by Vika Bull, half of popular Australian duo Vika and Linda, the show will begin its UK tour […]

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Rachel Tucker to go on first solo UK tour

Wicked star Rachel Tucker will follow up her triumphant nine-month Broadway run and her recent return to the show’s West End 10th anniversary cast by heading out on her first solo UK tour. Tucker, who has played Elphaba longer than any other actress in the multi award-winning production’s history, will take a break from the […]

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Music Theatre International presents Europe’s first Junior Theatre Celebration

Leading theatrical licensing agency Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd will present the Europe’s first Junior Theatre Celebration at Leicester Curve next Sunday (12 March). Following on from similar annual events across the USA and in Australia, the UK’s inaugural Junior Theatre Celebration is designed to bring together schools and youth groups who have been introduced […]

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Darren Coggan brings Cat Stevens musical tribute to tour UK

Australian country music star Darren Coggan will bring his hit show Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story to UK in August for a nationwide tour. An evening of musical storytelling featuring a full live band, the show features all Cat Stevens’ hits and stories behind his most famous songs. Launched in 2010, with a […]

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Collabro releases third album – Home – read our review

Musical theatre group Collabro releases their much-anticipated third album Home today (3 March) following on from a live launch show at the London Hippodrome. The first release on the group’s own record label, Peak Productions, marks the Britain’s Got Talent winners’ debut as a quartet exactly 1,000 days after they first shot to fame on the TV […]

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Olivier Awards 2017 nominees to be revealed on Monday 6 March

Kinky Boots star Matt Henry and fellow Olivier Award winner Denise Gough (People, Places and Things) will announce the nominees for this year’s Olivier Awards with Mastercard at 12 noon on Monday (6 March). The list of nominees will be revealed in a live broadcast via Facebook.com/OlivierAwards and a Nominees Celebration event will follow on […]

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Take That musical The Band – Gary Barlow reveals first details and dates

With Gary Barlow’s Let It Shine TV talent search now over, work has already begun on preparing the star’s latest foray into musical theatre which is expected to make its debut at the end of August. The fast turnaround means rehearsals have already begun for the stage show The Band, which will feature the winners of […]

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La La Land at the Oscars – Hurwitz, Pasek and Paul win Best Song

Feelgood musical La La Land may have been involved in the biggest mix-up in Oscar history when it was mistakenly named Best Picture at Sunday’s ceremony, but the tuneful love note to Los Angeles still took home six trophies. Composer Justin Hurwitz won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on the movie […]

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All Star Productions to present 110 in the Shade

All Star Productions’ latest choice from the back catalogue of rarely-produced musicals will be 1960s western drama 110 in the Shade. Written by the songwriting team behind the world’s longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, the rare London revival of the show which has only played the West End once (in 1967) […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas – Maxwell Caulfield and Simon Lipkin join cast

Maxwell Caulfield, Rosemary Ashe, Nicolas Colicos and Simon Lipkin have joined the principal cast for the London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s concert staging of Honeymoon in Vegas at the London Palladium on 12 March. Caulfield (Guys and Dolls), Ashe (Sister Act), Colicos (Annie Get Your Gun) and Lipkin (Guys and Dolls) will join the previously announced […]

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Major new musical project to launch at Stratford East

British musical theatre is to receive a major boost with the launch of a new partnership between Theatre Royal Stratford East and New Musical Development Collective (NMDC), an organisation set up to develop homegrown musicals and genre artists. Joining forces with the prestigious London venue, NMDC will launch its inaugural Musical Theatre Lab (MT-Lab) on […]

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Shrek The Musical is heading for Blackpool in 2018

The hit fairy tale with the green-tinged twist, Shrek The Musical will take over the Blackpool Opera House next May as part of its second major tour. Nigel Harman will once again take charge of the touring production of the show when the musical tale of Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey and co hits the road […]

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Sara Bareilles set to serve up her Broadway debut in Waitress

Sara Bareilles is to make her Broadway acting debut when she steps into the leading role in Waitress, the hit show which features the pop singer songwriter’s Tony-nominated original score. Bareilles will take over from the musical’s original leading lady Jessie Mueller who will give her last performance in the role on 26 March. Bareilles’ […]

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Chichester season – Omid Djalili to star in Daniel Evans’ Fiddler On the Roof

Comedy favourite Omid Djalili’s performance as Tevye in a major new production of Fiddler On the Roof is set to be one of the musical highlights of Daniel Evans and Rachel Tackley’s first season at the Chichester Festival Theatre. The British-Iranian comedy actor whose many credits include taking on the role of Fagin in Oliver! […]

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Broadway’s Newsies – cinema screenings on Sunday

UK audiences will get their first glimpse of the Tony Award-winning musical Newsies when it makes its cinema debut on Sunday (19 February). The one day only screenings in the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand follow on from similar events in the US on 16 February and precedes screenings in various other countries on 22 […]

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Yank! at the Hope Mill Theatre – casting revealed

Casting has been revealed for the international premiere of Off-Broadway musical and Second World War love story Yank! in Manchester next month. The first production in the second season of shows from the partnership between Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and London arts producer Aria Entertainment will run from 9 March to 8 April. Leading the cast are Scott […]

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Death Takes a Holiday – James Gant takes over from Chris Peluso

Death will have a new face from today (13 February) when James Gant will take over from Chris Peluso in the European premiere run of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre. Gant (Titanic), whose previous role in the production as the manservant Fidele will now be played by Ken Christiansen […]

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Girl power-fuelled 2 Become 1 returns to the King’s Head Theatre

Kerrie Thomason and Natasha Granger’s nineties girl power play 2 Become 1 returns to London’s King’s Head Theatre in April. Following sell-out runs at two successive Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and a run at the Islington venue last year, the show – taking its audience on a female-fuelled trip through the music and mood of 1990s Britain – will run […]

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – news of concept album

A concept album has been released to coincide with the world premiere run of Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Sheffield Theatres, running until 25 February (and opening tonight, 13 February). Featuring vocals from cast members John McCrea (The Busker’s Opera, Park Theatre), Josie Walker (War Horse, West End) and […]

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WhatsOnStage Awards – Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone to host

Stage and screen favourites Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone will present the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards at the sold-out concert event at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 19 February. Lipkin and Stone will take charge of the popular awards concert which will feature performances from cast members of some of the West End’s biggest […]

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Young Frankenstein to be brought to life in the West End

The UK premiere of Mel Brooks’ musical Young Frankenstein will arrive at London’s Garrick Theatre in October. Based on the much-loved hit 1974 hit film which was written by Brooks and his regular collaborator the legendary Gene Wilder, the musical will arrive in the West End nearly 10 years after its Broadway debut. The London […]

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Wilton’s Music Hall to revive How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Classic Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will return to London over 50 years after its West End debut when it plays Wilton’s Music Hall in April. The revival of the show which launched on Broadway in 1961 will play the distinctive East London venue from 8 until 22 April with a […]

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Interview – Karis Jack on her role in The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

A nominee for the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance as Little Sally in Urinetown (Apollo Theatre), actress KARIS JACK has taken on another challenging role in the UK premiere of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at Theatre Royal Stratford East. The actress, whose recent theatre credits include […]

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Sell a Door Peter Pan plays Blackpool Opera House in December

Peter Pan will fly once again this Christmas when the award-winning Sell a Door family bring its version of the classic tale of Neverland to the Blackpool Opera House. Peter Pan A Musical Adventure will play the iconic Blackpool venue from Saturday 16 December 2017 until Sunday 7 January 2018. Announcing details of the Opera House’s festive […]

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I Capture the Castle premiere at Watford Palace – casting news

Casting has been announced for Watford Palace Theatre’s world premiere presentation of the musical version of Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. A co-production with the Octagon Theatre Bolton and Kevin Wallace Limited ,the musical is due to play the Palace from Friday 31 March until Saturday 22 April, with a press night on Wednesday […]

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Stratford East and Jermyn Street theatres – changes at the top

Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Kerry Michael and Jermyn Street Theatre’s Anthony Biggs have both announced their intention to step down as artistic directors of their popular London venues. Michael, who has spent 12 highly successful years in the post, will leave Theatre Royal Stratford East at the end of this year. In a statement announcing […]

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Hamilton star Cleve September takes on creative role in Birmingham youth production of In The Heights

One of the stars of the much-anticipated West End debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton will take on a guiding role in a Birmingham youth production of Miranda’s debut musical In The Heights. Cleve September has signed on as associate director of the Birmingham Institute of Theatre Arts (BITA) summer production of Miranda’s first Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

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This Joint is Jumpin’ – Lillias White to make London debut

Multi award-winner Lillias White will make her London debut in jazz-infused This Joint is Jumpin’ at The Other Palace Studio in April. Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner White (Dreamgirls, The Life) will join British actor Samuel Anderson (best known for his role as Danny Pink in Doctor Who), internationally known tap […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas – Jason Robert Brown to conduct LMTO concert debut

Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will be the guest conductor when London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s plays a concert staging of his musical Honeymoon in Vegas next month. A patron of the LMTO, Brown will be the 30-strong orchestra’s first guest conductor when Honeymoon in Vegas receives its UK premiere at the London Palladium on 12 […]

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Sleepless musical premiere postponed until further notice

The premiere of Sleepless the musical, based on Nora Ephron’s hit movie Sleepless in Seattle, has been postponed until next year at the earliest. A statement from the producers of the show, which was due to open at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal in April ahead of dates at The Lowry in Salford and Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre […]

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National Theatre 2017 season – Pinocchio and Follies provide the musical interest

There will be ‘no strings to hold him down’ when Pinocchio steps on to the stage at the National Theatre this Christmas as part of the prestigious venue’s packed 2017 season. Directed by John Tiffany, the world premiere of Pinocchio by Dennis Kelly joins the new production of the 1970s Broadway musical Follies as two of […]

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