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Kimmy Schmidt’s Tituss Burgess to play London shows

One of the stars of the cult TV series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tituss Burgess will play three concerts in London for the first time in September. A veteran stage performer, Burgess who played Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the 2009 Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls, will make his London stage debut with shows at Club 11 at […]

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NY composer Rob Rokicki joined by Michael Auger and Charlotte Jaconelli in London show

New York musical theatre writer Rob Rokicki will join forces with Britain’s Got Talent singers Michael Auger and Charlotte Jaconelli for a special one night only concert in London on 29 May. The singer-songwriter, whose musical The Lightning Thief was nominated alongside the smash hit Hamilton for Outstanding Musical at the prestigious Off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Awards, […]

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The Lion King – rugby player turned stage actor Nicholas Afoa joins London cast

Former international rugby player turned stage star Nicholas Afoa will join the award-winning West End production of Disney’s The Lion King later this month. The New Zealander whose promising playing career with the All Blacks was cut short by injury, began his new career as a theatre performer when he beat 400 other hopefuls to […]

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Broadway actress Rachel Potter plays first London concert at Hippodrome

Broadway star and former US X Factor finalist Rachel Potter will play her first London concert date on 11 July. The New Orleans-born singer, who has starred on Broadway in Wicked and The Addams Family, will play the intimate 180-seat cabaret theatre Club 11 at London’s Hippodrome. The singer-songwriter who began her career as a […]

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A cappella show Gobsmacked! to play The Udderbelly

Energetic a cappella and beatbox show Gobsmacked! will make its London debut at The Udderbelly on the Southbank this summer. The show, which has already enjoyed successful runs in Edinburgh and Hong Kong, will bring its innovative combination of harmonies, choreography and beatboxing to the venue at the Southbank Centre from 16 June until 17 […]

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Julian Ovenden to host Sondheim Society student award gala

Stage and screen actor Julian Ovenden will host a special event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and the Stiles & Drewe Prize. The Downton Abbey actor, who has just released his latest album as a solo singer, will take to the stage to present the 2016 competition gala show […]

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Alternate Norma Desmond Ria Jones wins over Sunset Boulevard audience

  Actress and singer Ria Jones stepped into the spotlight this week to take over the leading role in Sunset Boulevard and won over an audience angered by the news that award-winning actress Glenn Close was too ill to perform (Pictures: Kevin Wilson). Jones, who had ironically been involved in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s early workshops for […]

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Mod musical All Or Nothing to tour UK

The new Mod-themed musical All Or Nothing is to follow up its highly successful extended run at London’s The Vaults Theatre with a UK tour beginning in June. The story of the classic British rock band the Small Faces ends its run at the venue in Waterloo on 21 May before beginning a nationwide tour […]

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Linzi Hateley rejoins Mamma Mia! London cast

Linzi Hateley will return to the role of Donna Sheridan for the third time in the multi-award winning Mamma Mia! at London’s Novello Theatre from 13 June. Hateley, who played Donna in the capital from 2007-2009 and in 2010, has also appeared in the national tour of Barnum and at the Queen’s Theatre in Les […]

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Costume drama musical How to Win Against History to play Ovalhouse

Seiriol Davies’ How to Win Against History is to be given its first full production at London’s Ovalhouse in July. Backed by the venue since its inception as one of the new works in development featured in the FiRST BiTE programme in 2014, the show is a colourful costume drama musical about the 5th Marquis […]

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Rosemary Ashe cast in The Great Trailer Park Musical UK premiere

Olivier nominee Rosemary Ashe (The Witches of Eastwick, Mary Poppins) will head the first UK cast for the London premiere of The Great American Trailer Park Musical next month. Ashe will be joined by Sabrina Aloueche (We Will Rock You), Jemma Alexander (The Sound of Music), Jodie Steele (The War of the Worlds), Michelle Bishop […]

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Broadway musical Hamilton wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Broadway hit Hamilton has become one of a select group of musicals to take home a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop flavoured show about one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, is only the ninth musical in the prestigious awards’ 100-year history to claim the drama prize. Previous musical winners were 2010’s Next […]

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Casting for Dirty Dancing 2016 UK tour

Recent drama school graduate Katie Hartland has won the pivotal role of Baby Houseman in the new touring production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. Hartland, who graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama last year, will make her professional musical theatre debut alongside seasoned performer Lewis Griffiths (UK tours of […]

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West End Bake Off 2016 set for 16 July

This year’s West End Bake Off charity event will be held at St Anne’s Church Courtyard, Soho on 16 July. The fundraiser that combines freshly baked cakes and sweet treats with West End theatre stars will raise money for Acting For Others, the umbrella organisation that represents 15 UK theatrical charities. Last year’s event attracted […]

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First revival of Made in Dagenham from Queen’s Hornchurch and New Wolsey Ipswich

The first revival of the hit musical Made In Dagenham will be a co-production between the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre. The staging, directed by the Queen’s artistic director Douglas Rintoul, receives its regional premiere in Hornchurch from 26 August until 17 September, before playing the New Wolsey from 21 September until 15 October. Inspired by the true […]

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Assisted Suicide: The Musical to premiere at the Unlimited Festival

The world premiere of Assisted Suicide: The Musical is set to be one of the highlights of this year’s Southbank Centre Unlimited Festival in September. Conceived and starring disabled artist and activist Liz Carr (BBC’s Silent Witness) Assisted Suicide: The Musical is Carr’s darkly comic take on life and the controversial and topical subject of […]

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Marco Polo musical to premiere at the Shaw Theatre

London’s Shaw Theatre will host the world premiere of a major new musical about Italian explorer Marco Polo this summer. Marco Polo An Untold Love Story will open at the Euston Road venue on 5 August for a limited one-month season. With words and music by classically trained singer actor and producer Rogelio Saldo Chua, […]

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Arion Productions launches masterclass series

Arion Productions has launched a new series of masterclasses offering training in selected areas of the performing arts. The London-based theatre producers will offer four one-day only classes for up to 50 students at the Diorama Arts Studios in London’s Regent’s Place beginning in May. The Portfolio Masterclasses will be led by double Olivier Award […]

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Matt Cardle begins UK concert tour in June

Former X Factor champion and West End theatre award winner Matt Cardle is to begin a UK concert tour in June. The multi-Platinum selling singer/songwriter who won rave reviews and the Best West End Debut award last year for his performance in the musical Memphis will go back to his roots on his 16-date Intimate […]

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Devilish! at the Landor Theatre – full casting details

Final casting details have been released for the new British musical comedy Devilish! which will be given its world premiere at London’s Landor Theatre on 4 May. Alex Green (Singin’ in the Rain) will head a cast that includes Gareth James, Victoria Hope, Katie Ann Dolling, Louie Westwood, George Longworth, Helen Ward-Jackson, Laura Hyde, Alice Baker […]

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Broadway’s Shayna Steele to make UK solo debut at Pizza Express Jazz Club

Broadway star Shayna Steele will give her first ever UK solo performances next week at Soho’s Pizza Express Jazz Club. The singer/songwriter who appeared in New York productions of Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar and Hairspray, will play two shows at the London venue on 19 and 20 April. Currently on tour in Europe to promote […]

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Funny Girl previews begin at the Savoy Theatre

Previews have begun for the Savoy Theatre transfer of the critically acclaimed re-working of Funny Girl ahead of its much-anticipated 20 April West End opening night. Sheridan Smith’s Fanny Brice and Darius Campbell’s Nicky Arnstein are joined by Marilyn Cutts, Maurice Lane, Valda Aviks, Gay Soper, Natasha J Barnes, Bruce Montague and Joel Montague. The […]

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Through the Mill transfers to Southwark Playhouse

Through the Mill, Ray Rackham’s play about the tempestuous life of the legendary Judy Garland, is to transfer to the Southwark Playhouse this summer. The show, which was given its world premiere at the London Theatre Workshop in December last year, will play the Southwark Playhouse from 6 to 30 July. Written by Rackham, the […]

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Adam Kay’s The Remains of Tom Lehrer plays the Ambassadors Theatre

Comedian Adam Kay will take his hit show The Remains of Tom Lehrer into the West End later this month. The versatile writer and performer who fronted award winning musical comedy act The Amateur Transplants, previewed his version of American satirist Lehrer’s controversial songbook last year at the St James Studio. The Remains of Tom […]

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Rory Kinnear leads cast in National’s Threepenny Opera

Screen and stage star Rory Kinnear will head the cast of the National Theatre’s major new production of The Threepenny Opera. Kinnear, whose previous appearances at the National include his Olivier award-winning performance as Iago in Othello, will take on the central role of Macheath in Simon Stephens’ new adaptation of the Bertolt Brecht and […]

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New London Musical Theatre UK course launched

Auditions are to be held in London on 15 May and 5 June for the limited number of places on a new musical theatre course. Fulham-based Musical Theatre UK is to launch a 30-week, full-time course to help prepare students for a career in musical theatre. Inspired by the success of the similar, year-long Musical […]

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Grand Hotel stars reunite for The New York – London Rendezvous

Grand Hotel stars George Rae and Valerie Cutko are reuniting for the premiere of the cabaret The New York – London Rendezvous at the Canal Café Theatre next month. The stars who appeared in last year’s well-received Southwark Playhouse production of the Tony Award-winning musical will play two transatlantic friends who meet up once a year in […]

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The Wind in the Willows – open auditions to be held

Open auditions are to be held in London and Manchester for this autumn’s major new musical theatre adaptation of the family classic The Wind in the Willows. Adapted for the stage by the high-powered team of Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, The Wind in the Willows is due to receive its world premiere […]

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From Page to Stage 2016 – applications now open

Applications are now open for writers hoping to be part of this year’s edition of Aria Entertainment’s popular new musical showcase From Page to Stage. Submissions for the 2016 season, which is due to play the Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s Covent Garden later this year, are open until 3 June. Now in its fourth […]

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Oliver! at Grange Park Opera – Jodie Jacobs and Simon Lipkin star

The classic musical Oliver! will be the first of the four productions that will make up this year’s Grange Park Opera Festival at The Grange in Hampshire. This year’s Swansong Festival begins on 2 June with the company’s version of Lionel Bart’s timeless re-working of Oliver Twist performed in the picturesque grounds of one of […]

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New production of Singin’ in the Rain – casting revealed

Casting has been announced for director Elizabeth Newman’s new production of the timeless musical Singin’ in the Rain. Matthew Croke (Funny Girl, Menier Chocolate Factory) will take on the central role of silent movie idol and song and dance man Don Lockwood, alongside Christian Edwards (Oliver! Theatre Royal Drury Lane) as his exuberant best friend Cosmo […]

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The Gold Room – Melissa Errico and Jamie Muscato star in London workshop

Broadway leading lady Melissa Errico will head the cast involved in the development of The Gold Room, a major new musical from the creative team of Michael Feinstein and Warner Brown. Based on stage and screen writer Brown’s original idea, the show explores a night behind closed doors in the life of the troubled Woolworth heiress […]

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Samantha Barks – album and concert tour set for June

Stage and screen rising star Samantha Barks will release her debut studio album and embark on a UK tour in June. The singer/actress who first found fame as a finalist on the BBC TV talent show I’d Do Anything will return to the stage in early June to perform tracks from her forthcoming album which will be […]

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Robert Hastie is new Sheffield Theatres artistic director

Actor-director Robert Hastie is to succeed Daniel Evans as artistic director of Sheffield Theatres. The appointment marks a homecoming for Hastie who began his professional theatre career at Sheffield Crucible as an actor in Edward Bond’s Lear in 2005. He will take up his new role in July, taking over from fellow actor-director Evans who is […]

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Wicked celebrates 4000th performance

The smash hit musical Wicked celebrated another milestone moment this week when the show played its 4,000th performance in London. Currently the ninth longest-running show in the West End and the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history, the multi-award winning tale of the witches of Oz has now been seen in London by […]

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All Or Nothing extends run at The Vaults

The team behind the new Mod-themed musical All Or Nothing has announced an extended run for the show which opened at London’s The Vaults Theatre this week. The story of the classic 1960s British rock band The Small Faces which was due to play the venue in Waterloo until 30 April will now run until 21 May. […]

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Sunday at the Musicals charity concert – female West End stars line up

A host of musical theatre’s female stars are lining up to play a special, one night only charity concert at London’s St James Studio Theatre in June. Produced by Paul Burton and Paul Burton Productions, Sunday at the Musicals will raise funds for the Royal Variety Charity (formerly the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund). The concert […]

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Out of This World at Ye Olde Rose and Crown – cast details

All Star Productions has revealed full details of the cast and creative team for the upcoming London stage premiere of Cole Porter’s Out of This World. The show, which opens at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre on 12 April, will star Cameron Bernard Jones, Rhiannon Moushall, Hugo Joss Catton, Ruth Betteridge, Megan Gilmartin, Adam Hepworth, […]

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Save the Last Dance for Me tour – X Factor’s Lola Saunders makes theatre debut

Former X Factor finalist Lola Saunders will make her theatrical debut in the UK tour of Save the Last Dance for Me which begins at the Theatre Royal Windsor on 6 April. Saunders, a former fishmonger whose story made headlines when she wowed the judges of the TV talent show in 2014, will join the […]

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Ruby in the Dust’s Gatsby at the Union Theatre – exclusive rehearsal images

Ruby in the Dust’s popular musical reworking of The Great Gatsby returns to the London stage next month for a limited run at the Union Theatre. Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan has been along to rehearsals to take some exclusive images. Adapted from F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic Jazz Age romantic tragedy, Gatsby features […]

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Tiffany Graves brings new show to Crazy Coqs

West End star Tiffany Graves will be performing her new solo cabaret show Let’s Do It! at London’s Crazy Coqs for two nights next month. The actress/singer, whose show at St James Theatre Studio last year was nominated for the Best Musical Cabaret Show of 2015 at the MyTheatreMates.com awards, will return to the cabaret […]

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Matt Gillett named as new Childcatcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour

Matt Gillett will move from ensemble player to centrestage in May when he takes over as The Childcatcher in the UK and Ireland touring production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The actor who won the iconic role after impressing the show’s producers (Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Productions) as understudy for current Childcatcher […]

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Producer Paul Taylor-Mills joins Andrew Lloyd Webber at St James Theatre

Leading independent producer Paul Taylor-Mills is joining Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group to work on programming for the newly acquired St James Theatre. Taylor-Mills will join RUG as advisory producer with special responsibility for working on the company’s plans for the latest addition to the group’s portfolio of venues. The producer whose recent credits […]

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London Festival of Cabaret 2016 – all the details

Full programme details have been announced for this year’s London Festival of Cabaret which will run at various venues across the capital from 22 April until 8 May. Now in its fourth year, the festival, which aims to celebrate the great composers, lyricists and interpreters of popular song, will take place at four host venues: […]

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New theatre company Jord&Co Productions launched

Royal Academy of Music graduate Jordan Li-Smith has launched a theatre company aimed at producing both new and rarely seen material on the London stage. With Li-Smith serving as artistic director, Jord&Co Productions is also promising to offer aspiring performers the chance to develop their theatre skills through an extensive workshop programme. The Wrexham-born musical […]

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Back to Back Maltby and Shire revivals at The Pheasantry

Award-winning independent theatre company Neil Eckersley Productions is to produce revivals of Maltby and Shire’s critically acclaimed revues Starting Here, Starting Now and Closer Than Ever at London’s The Pheasantry next month. With lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr and music by David Shire, Starting Here, Starting Now is a chronicle of the changing emotions in romantic […]

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The Toxic Avenger European premiere – casting details

Mark Anderson will play the title role in the European premiere of the hit Off-Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger when it opens at London’s Southwark Playhouse next month. The actor, who played Elder Thomas in the original West End cast of The Book of Mormon, will play Toxie the Toxic Avenger in the production […]

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Thriller Live celebrates 3000 West End performances

The cast of the Michael Jackson inspired Thriller Live celebrated yet another milestone moment this week with an American-themed party to mark the show’s 3000th performance in London’s West End. Members of the current cast partied the night away at Planet Hollywood and tucked in to a custom-made giant three tier cake topped with a […]

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West End transfer of Show Boat – casting news

Casting details have been announced for the West End transfer of Daniel Evans’ sell-out Sheffield Crucible production of Show Boat. Malcolm Sinclair (My Fair Lady, The Meeting) will play Capt. Andy Hawks and Chris Peluso (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Miss Saigon) will take on the role of Gaylord Ravenal. They have joined many of […]

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Garrett and Henshall lead Rodgers tribute at Cadogan Hall

The timeless music of Richard Rodgers will be celebrated with a short series of special performances at London’s Cadogan Hall this summer. Hosted by Lesley Garrett and starring Ruthie Henshall and special guests, Some Enchanted Evening is a musical tribute to the multi award-winning stage and screen composer. Each of the four performances between 18 and […]

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