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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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Heather Brothers musical Holy Crap to debut at the King’s Head

West End stars John Addison and Arvid Larsen will head the cast of new musical comedy Holy Crap when it opens at London’s King’s Head Theatre next month. The latest from The Heather Brothers, the writing partnership behind the award winning A Slice of Saturday Night, the show follows the arrival in the UK of […]

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Liver Birds musical world premiere – cast revealed

Joanna Monro [pictured] and Lesley Molony will play Carla Lane’s much-loved comic creations in the world premiere in Liverpool of a new musical based on the hit TV series The Liver Birds later this month. The West End veterans who both appeared in Mamma Mia!, will play the iconic roles of Sandra and Beryl, with […]

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West End Bares is staged at the Novello Theatre in October

Burlesque-flavoured fundraiser West End Bares will return to the Novello Theatre for two shows on Sunday 29 October. Tickets are now on sale for the annual event which is staged in aid of the Make A Difference Trust, the UK-based charity involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS. An ‘Early Bird’ offer of 20% off the […]

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Punk to meet opera in new West End musical The Anarchy Arias

Open auditions will be held to find new talent to star in a major new musical which combines vintage punk with opera. Inspired by Sex Pistols’ bassist Glen Matlock’s innovative operatic punk album ‘The Anarchy Arias’, The Anarchy Arias Musical will hit the West End next year. Featuring some of punk’s most distinctive songs, including […]

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From Page To Stage festival – Bacharach’s Some Lovers heads line-up

Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers will receive its fully presented European premiere as part of this year’s From Page To Stage summer festival. Bacharach’s second original musical is a surprise inclusion in the line-up for Aria Entertainment’s annual event which moves to its new home at The Other Palace for three weeks this […]

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NBC plans Jesus Christ Superstar Live! for Easter 2018

US broadcaster NBC has revealed its next live production of a major musical will be Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Following on from its successful Christmas season broadcasts of star-studded live musical productions, the network giant has unveiled its plans to bring the groundbreaking musical to the small screen for one […]

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Clive Rowe hosts Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize

Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe will host the 11th annual West End gala for The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and the 10th anniversary of The Stiles + Drewe Prize next month. Featuring a special performance by fellow Olivier Award winner and guest judge Janie Dee, the event will be staged at the […]

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West End Bake Off – Arlene Phillips and Janie Dee join Barbara Windsor as judges

Choreographer Arlene Phillips and actress Janie Dee will join returning judge Barbara Windsor to choose the winners at 2017’s West End Bake Off later this month. The fundraiser that combines freshly baked cakes and sweet treats with West End theatre stars is due to take place at the Actors’ Church, St Paul’s on Saturday 20 May. […]

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Next stop for Lucie Jones after Eurovision is The Wedding Singer tour

Rent star Lucie Jones will join the national tour of The Wedding Singer for a limited six-week run next month. The Welsh singer who will be representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend in Kiev, will step into the role of Holly when the touring production reaches Aberdeen on 20 June. Jones’ casting […]

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London’s Mamma Mia! – June cast changes

Full details have been announced for the 12 June cast changes for Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre. Alishia-Marie Blake, Stuart Hickey, Mark Isherwood, Matt Jordan-Pidgeon, Tyler Kennington, Madeleine Leslay, Natasha O’Brien, Alice O’Hanlon, Alexanda O’Reilly, Adam Paul-Robertson, Oli Reynolds and Katy Stredder will join the previously announced Sara Poyzer, Kate Graham, Jacqueline Braun, Richard […]

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The Lion King – new cast members join pack

Eleven new cast members have joined the award-winning West End production of Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. Now in its 18th year in the capital, the show’s new principal line-up includes Janique Charles, the Trinidad and Tobago-born actress who moved to London to join the UK touring cast of the show in 2013. […]

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Musical theatre wins big at The Mousetraps awards event

Musical theatre productions dominated the list of winners at the sixth annual awards ceremony for ‘The Mousetraps’. Presented by Mousetraps Theatre Projects’ Youth Forum, chosen by more than 500 young theatregoers (aged 15-23), nine out of the 12 awards went to musical theatre performers and productions. Dreamgirls’ Tyrone Huntley collected two awards, one for his own performance as […]

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Noah and the Whale’s Charlie Fink to debut new show at The Old Vic

Indie rock band Noah and the Whale’s former frontman Charlie Fink will return to London’s Old Vic to premiere his second new theatre production next month ahead of a UK tour. Following on from the Olivier-nominated production of Dr Seuss’ The Lorax which debuted at The Old Vic in 2015, songwriter Fink has once again joined […]

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Spamalot to begin UK tour in Blackpool

The Knights of the Round Table will be galloping into towns across the UK this autumn when a major new production of Spamalot hits the road following its critically acclaimed run at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre. Presented by Selladoor Productions and the Mercury Theatre, the latest version of the award-winning musical will open at Blackpool Opera […]

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Kinky Boots cast changes – Simon-Anthony Rhoden takes over the role of Lola

Simon-Anthony Rhoden will take over the role of Lola in the multi award-winning Kinky Boots in July (the actor has been acting as Matt Henry’s understudy). Rhoden’s move into the role that won musical theatre newcomer Henry critical and audience acclaim and an Olivier Award for Best Actor was announced alongside the casting of former Emmerdale […]

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Full cast for Watermill’s A Little Night Music

Full casting has been confirmed for the first actor/musician production of Stephen Sondheim’s haunting A Little Night Music at the Watermill Theatre this summer. Part of the Watermill’s 50th anniversary season and following on from the success of previous productions of Sondheim’s work at the intimate Berkshire venue, A Little Night Music will run from 27 […]

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Family musical version of The Hunting of the Snark opens in the West End before tour

A family musical version of Lewis Carroll’s classic nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark will make its West End debut this summer. Following on from its world premiere at Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre last year and a successful run at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, the family musical adventure will begin previewing at […]

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Musical Liver Birds to make Liverpool debut

Carla Lane’s Liver Birds will take flight in their home city for one night only this month in the world premiere of a new musical based on the hit TV series. The culmination of the show’s first workshop, the exclusive concert presentation of The Liver Birds Flying Home, will play Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre on 30 May. […]

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West End’s School of Rock – The Musical – Gary Trainor to take over lead role

Gary Trainor will step into the leading role of Dewey Finn in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Olivier Award-winning School of Rock – The Musical later this month. The actor, who has played the alternate Dewey since the show’s London premiere, will lead the cast from 17 May with Stephen Leask joining the cast as the new […]

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35mm: A Musical Exhibition to open at The Other Palace Studio

Ryan Scott Oliver’s innovative 35mm: A Musical Exhibition will play The Other Palace Studio for a limited two-week run this autumn. Inspired by the distinctive work of renowned Broadway photographer Matthew Murphy, the multi-media rock musical will play the new London venue from 18 until 30 September with a press night on Wednesday 20 September. […]

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Strictly stars Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara pay tribute to Fred Astaire

Strictly Come Dancing professionals Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara are celebrating the magic of song and dance legend Fred Astaire in the touring show Remembering Fred. The duo who are regular partners on the hit BBC celebrity dance series have just begun a 50-date tour inspired by the talent and style of one of Hollywood […]

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Our House tour – Deena Payne to replace Linda Nolan

Former Emmerdale star Deena Payne will join the UK tour of Our House to replace Linda Nolan who has withdrawn from the show following her recent cancer diagnosis. Best known for her long-running role as Viv Hope in the ITV soap, Payne’s stage work includes three tours of Calendar Girls and the original West End […]

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Matthew Bourne receives Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts

Acclaimed choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne added another award to his long list of honours on Friday when he was presented with the Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Services to the Arts. Receiving his award from Graham Watts, the chairman of the Dance Section of Critics’ Circle and National Dance Awards, Bourne became only the fourth dance-related […]

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Girl From the North Country premiere at the Old Vic – casting revealed

Casting has been announced for The Old Vic’s world premiere of Girl From the North Country which is due to begin previews on 10 July ahead of a press night on 26 July. Written and directed by multi award-winning playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer, The Weir) and featuring the songs of Bob Dylan, the production […]

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New Adam and Eve musical Heaven On Earth launches with arena tour – Kerry Ellis and Hugh Maynard cast

The story of Adam and Eve is the subject of a major new musical which will be touring arenas across the UK from December. Starring West End favourites Kerry Ellis and Hugh Maynard, and featuring the voice of Russell Watson, Heaven On Earth will focus on the Biblical story of the first man and woman […]

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New Legally Blonde tour – Lucie Jones, Rita Simons and Bill Ward to star

This year’s UK Eurovision singer, Rent’s Lucie Jones will join former soap stars Rita Simons and Bill Ward in a major new tour of the Broadway and West End hit Legally Blonde The Musical. The Welsh Singer, currently in the middle of the UK tour of the 2oth anniversary production of Rent and due to […]

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Hippodrome concert to celebrate Alexander Bermange’s Wit & Whimsy

Musical theatre favourites will take to the stage at London’s Hippodrome on Sunday (30 April) to celebrate the work of musical comedy composer Alexander S. Bermange. Celebrating the launch of Whit & Whimsy, a double album of the writer’s songs recorded by a star-studded line-up of stage and screen favourites, the live show will feature performances […]

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Hope Mill Theatre’s Yank! to receive London transfer

Off-Broadway musical Yank! will transfer to London this summer just months after its acclaimed UK premiere run at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre. The Second World War gay love story will play the Charing Cross Theatre from Monday 3 July until Saturday 19 August with a press night on Monday 10 July. Yank! has a book and lyrics […]

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Joe McElderry to bring Joseph back home at Christmas

Joe McElderry will be heading home for Christmas in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. A special limited run of the show which is currently in the middle of its 2017 UK tour will play Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena from 19-31 December. Commenting on the news of his special festive […]

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Cat The Play – Gerard McCarthy stars in West End premiere

Showbiz satire Cat – (The Play!!!) is to make its West End debut this week, following on from successful runs across Ireland and at Leicester Curve. Featuring The Fall and Hollyoaks’ actor Gerard McCarthy, the tongue-in-cheek homage to musical theatre centres on the sacking of Dave The Cat from the musical Cats just minutes before curtain-up on opening […]

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Blondel original London cast recording to be released on CD

The original London cast recording of Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver’s musical Blondel will be released on CD next month nearly 20 years after the double LP version went out of print. Rice’s first musical outside of his partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Blondel follows the fortunes of an ambitious minstrel in the court of […]

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Southerland’s staging of Titanic The Musical to launch tour in Southampton

Thom Southerland’s critically-acclaimed production of the multi award-winning Broadway musical Titanic The Musical is to sail into the city where the RMS Titanic began its doomed maiden voyage at the start of its first tour. Opening at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre on 12 April 2018 in the week of the Titanic’s 106th anniversary, the production which […]

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Young Frankenstein cast – Lesley Joseph, Hadley Fraser and Ross Noble join line-up

Comedian Ross Noble will take a break from his successful stand-up career to play Igor in Mel Brooks’ musical Young Frankenstein which will receive its West End premiere at London’s Garrick Theatre in the autumn. Prior to the announcement of his casting, the popular and award-winning comedian revealed on his Twitter feed that his ‘new […]

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The Toxic Avenger heads to the Arts Theatre for strictly limited season

Hit Off-Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger will follow its London debut at the Southwark Playhouse last year 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 classic sci-fi comedy film from genre filmmakers Troma Entertainment – will play […]

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Jessica Martin cast as lead in Ballroom at Waterloo East Theatre

Versatile West End star Jessica Martin will take on the central role in the European premiere of Broadway musical Ballroom at Waterloo East Theatre next month. The actress who has starred in major productions of musical theatre classics including Me and My Girl, Mack and Mabel and South Pacific, will play the lonely widow at the […]

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Fringe hit Paper Hearts to play Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit Paper Hearts will follow its sell-out London debut at Waterloo East Theatre with a run at Upstairs at the Gatehouse next month ahead of a tour of Germany in the summer. A labour of love for its writer and composer, Swindon-based design agency boss Liam O’Rafferty, the story of two lonely […]

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Claybourne Elder to bring new show to Arts Theatre

American comedian and musician Claybourne Elder will take to the stage with his new show at London’s award-winning Arts Theatre for one night only on 30 April. Claybourne Elder: You and Me and Sondheim will feature the Utah-born actor and surprise special guests in a show which will take him on a trip through his […]

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Annie Get Your Gun to be re-imagined at the Union Theatre

Irving Berlin’s classic Annie Get Your Gun will be re-imagined for a strictly limited run at London’s Union Theatre next month. Directed by Kirk Jameson whose previous productions at the theatre include On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and The World Goes Round, the story of the sharp-shooting Annie Oakley and her romance with […]

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Matthew Morrison to play London concerts

Glee favourite and Broadway star Matthew Morrison will play three concerts in the heart of London next month. Presented by Club 11 London and The Hippodrome, the shows on Tuesday 16 May (at 8pm and 11pm) and Wednesday 17 May will feature the multi award-winning actor/singer and a top-flight jazz band. Billed as an ‘intimate […]

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Satirical Trump – The Panto! to debut in December

The team behind the political satire of David Blunkett the Musical will turn its attention to more recent current affairs with Trump – The Panto! this December. Taking aim at the flamboyant new President of the USA and making liberal use of ‘fake news’, Trump – The Panto! will be written and directed by Stuart […]

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Dreamgirls West End cast recording – release details

Newly-crowned Olivier Award winners Amber Riley and Adam J Bernard feature on the highly anticipated Original London Cast Recording of the West End production of Dreamgirls which will be released by Sony Masterworks Broadway next month. Currently available to pre-order now via Amazon, the two CD set will be available via Amazon, iTunes and all […]

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Judy! to play West End season

Judy!, Ray Rackham’s play about the tempestuous life of the legendary Judy Garland, will play a five-week season at the London’s Arts Theatre from 16 May. Following on from its world premiere at the London Theatre Workshop in December 2015 and a successful run at the Southwark Playhouse last summer, the show which was previously titled Through […]

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Cast revealed for Miss Saigon touring production

Cameron Mackintosh has announced principal casting and further dates for the UK touring production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon which is due to hit the road this summer. Award-winning Red Concepcion (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will take on the role of The Engineer. Taking on the part of Kim will be Sooha […]

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