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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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The Glenn Miller Story is back on tour in August

Tommy Steele’s The Glenn Miller Story is heading back on the road this August for a third UK tour which will run into the autumn. The brainchild of the veteran entertainer and his friend producer Bill Kenwright, The Glenn Miller Story features the exuberant Steele along with a 16-piece orchestra and a full company of performers. The show […]

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Magic Radio Audience Award 2016 – shortlisted shows revealed

The four West End productions shortlisted for this year’s Magic Radio Audience Award have been announced. Jersey Boys, Matilda the Musical, Les Misérables and The Phantom Of The Opera, are all in the running for the award which will be presented at this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard at the ceremony on 3 April. Created […]

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Hairspray to tour UK for second time in 2017

The highly successful touring production of the hit musical Hairspray which is due to end in May will hit the road for a second major UK tour in 2017. The new production of the multi award-winning show began its UK tour last year at the Curve Theatre, Leicester, and is due to end its current […]

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The Great American Trailer Park Musical has London premiere at Waterloo East

Lively Off-Broadway hit The Great American Trailer Park Musical will receive its London premiere at the Waterloo East Theatre this May. The two act musical comedy with music and lyrics by David Nehls and book by Betsy Kelso will play the venue from 11 May until 5 June. Focusing on the colourful lives of the […]

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Life story of Gracie Fields on stage at the Oldham Coliseum

Our Gracie, a new music hall style play that pays tribute to Gracie Fields is currently being premiered at the Oldham Coliseum. The story of the straight-talking Lancashire lass who conquered the world and whose morale boosting war-time work led to Hitler labelling her an ‘enemy of the Third Reich’, has been written by Coliseum […]

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Out of This World London stage premiere from All Star Productions

All Star Productions is continuing its commitment to producing revivals of rarely produced musicals with the London stage premiere of Cole Porter’s Out of This World. The musical comedy, loosely based on a comedy by Roman playwright Plautus, with music and lyrics by the legendary Porter and a book by Dwight Taylor and Reginald Lawrence, […]

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New British musical comedy Devilish! has world premiere at Landor Theatre

New British musical comedy Devilish! will be given its world premiere at London’s Landor Theatre on 4 May. With music by BB Cooper (Bronte) and book and lyrics by Chris Burgess (Sleeping Arrangements), the Artfield presentation will play the Clapham venue until 29 May. Featuring 16 original songs and drawing inspiration from the words of […]

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Groundhog Day the Musical at the Old Vic – tickets go on sale

The first tickets for the world premiere of the highly anticipated stage musical version of the Bill Murray classic movie Groundhog Day have gone on priority sale ahead of the general sale release which is scheduled to start on 12 April. Written by Matilda the Musical’s Tim Minchin and directed by Matilda and Ghost director […]

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Ben Richards joins Beverley Knight in The Bodyguard West End cast

TV and stage star Ben Richards will join previously announced Beverley Knight in the hit musical The Bodyguard when it returns to the West End for a limited run this summer. The actor, who can currently be seen on screen in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, will play the title role alongside Knight when the show […]

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour – Carrie Hope Fletcher and Shaun Williamson cast

West End star Carrie Hope Fletcher and ex EastEnder Shaun Williamson are to join the cast of the UK and Ireland touring production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Hope Fletcher (The War of the Worlds, Les Misérables) will take over the role of Truly Scrumptious from 4 May until 2 October. The actress appeared in the original cast of […]

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Ruthie Henshall guests on new song and dance touring show That’s Entertainment!

West End favourite Ruthie Henshall is one of number of famous names who have signed up to make guest appearances in a new touring song and dance show. The latest from the producers of the show Puttin’ On The Ritz, That’s Entertainment! will feature special guest stars at each venue on a UK tour which […]

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Best of British fundraiser at the Union Theatre

Home-grown musical talent will be celebrated at a special one-off fundraiser later this month at London’s Union Theatre. Devised by Alastair Knights (director of the award-winning production of The Spitfire Grill), Best of British will play for one night only at the Union Theatre on 20 March. The cabaret, which is in aid of the Union […]

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Nick Barstow makes solo debut at The Pheasantry

Musical director, composer and arranger Nick Barstow will make his solo performance debut at The Pheasantry in London’s Kings Road on Monday (14 March). Part of Neil Eckersley Productions’ 2016 cabaret roster, Nick Barstow & Friends will feature the entertainer performing both new songs and contemporary arrangements of musical theatre classics alongside a hand-picked group […]

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Titanic sails back to London and a season at the Charing Cross Theatre

The Broadway musical Titanic is sailing back into London for a ten-week season at the Charing Cross Theatre from 28 May. First seen at the Southwark Playhouse in 2013, the award-winning production – which marked the London premiere of the hit show – will return to the capital with director Thom Southerland once again at […]

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Declan Bennett cast as Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Singer/songwriter Declan Bennett has been cast in the title role in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The star, who was the original lead in the London cast of Once, will head the cast in the latest production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ground-breaking musical which will run […]

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Ayckbourn writes lyrics for musical adventure Where Is Peter Rabbit?

The wit of leading playwright Alan Ayckbourn will combine with the timeless magic of Beatrix Potter for the brand new family musical adventure Where Is Peter Rabbit? Ayckbourn will provide the lyrics for the major new production which will receive its world premiere at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on Windermere on 27 June. The brainchild […]

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Curtain Call – A Year Backstage in London Theatre – new photography book

A photographic glimpse behind the footlights of some of London’s leading theatre productions is the subject of the first in a series of new books. Curtain Call – A Year Backstage in London Theatre is the brainchild of photographer Matt Humphrey and actor/director John Schwab. Inspired by the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards and benefiting from […]

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Kinky Boots West End cast album to be released

The stars of the smash hit West End production of the multi Olivier-nominated Kinky Boots will follow their Broadway predecessors by releasing a cast album. Available for pre-order next Friday (11 March) ahead of its 1 April release, the Sony Masterworks release was recorded live with the current West End cast at London’s Adelphi Theatre. […]

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The Sound of Music UK tour is extended

Bill Kenwright’s touring production of the classic The Sound of Music has been extended into the autumn. The staging of the much loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical which stars Will.i.am’s protege from last year’s The Voice, Lucy O’Byrne, in the iconic role of Maria opened in December last year. The tour will be back on […]

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Funny Girl - Sheridan Smith (Fanny Brice) - picture by Marc Brenner

Sheridan Smith misses Funny Girl performances following news of father’s illness

Sheridan Smith has pulled out of a number of performances of the hit revival of Funny Girl at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory after she revealed her father had been diagnosed with cancer. The star has won rave reviews for her performance in the sell-out show which is due to close on Saturday ahead of its transfer to […]

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Billy Elliot final West End performance is in support of East Durham Trust

The final London performance of Billy Elliot the Musical will be a fundraiser for a charity based in the former mining town that provides the setting for the tale of the dancing schoolboy. A flagship voluntary and community sector organisation, the East Durham Trust is a charity based in Easington, Co. Durham, set up to […]

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Side Show receives UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse

Broadway musical Side Show is to receive its UK premiere in October at the Southwark Playhouse. The new production of the show which was nominated for four Tony Awards when it first opened in New York in 1997, will run from 21 October until 3 December. Inspired by the true story of the 1920s vaudeville stars, […]

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Mamma Mia! and Wicked actress Louise Plowright loses her cancer battle

Louise Plowright, the stage and screen actress who originated the role of Tanya in the hit musical Mamma Mia! has died at the age of 59. The family of the popular star announced her death today following her battle with pancreatic cancer which was first diagnosed in 2013, forcing her to withdraw from her role as […]

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New musical Princess Caraboo has world premiere at Finborough Theatre

Major new British musical Princess Caraboo will receive its world premiere at London’s Finborough Theatre on 30 March. Originally seen as a staged reading as part of Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights in 2010, and commissioned and developed by the Bristol Old Vic, the musical recounts the strange true story of a beautiful […]

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – West End Run extended

The producers of the multi award-winning Beautiful – The Carole King Musical have announced the show will be extending booking in the West End until 18 February 2017. The announcement came the morning after a star-studded gathering at the Aldwych Theatre celebrating the Olivier, Tony and Grammy award winning show’s first birthday in London’s West […]

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New musical Flowers for Mrs Harris – Anna-Jane Casey, Rebecca Caine and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

Full casting details for Flowers for Mrs Harris, Daniel Evans’ final production as Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director, have been announced. The new musical by Richard Taylor (The Go-Between, Tom’s Midnight Garden) and Rachel Wagstaff (Birdsong, Moonshadow), based on American writer Paul Gallico’s (The Poseidon Adventure) novel is due to have its world premiere at the Sheffield Crucible in May. […]

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London Festival of Cabaret at St James Studio – line-up includes Sophie-Louise Dann

The St James Studio will once again be one of the main host venues for the popular London Festival of Cabaret. Now entering its fourth year, the Festival – which aims to celebrate the great composers, lyricists and interpreters of popular song – runs from 22 April until 8 May. Other host venues across the city […]

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to end Drury Lane run

The award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is entering its fourth and final year at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. With tickets available for performances up to 7 January 2017, the hit show currently features former RSC actor Jonathan Slinger as Willy Wonka, with Joe Butler-Smith, Noah Crump, Johnny Evans- […]

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Actress Anita Dobson will be in conversation at St James Theatre on 20 March

Stage and screen favourite Anita Dobson will be the star attraction at a special event at London’s St James Theatre next month. A Conversation With Anita Dobson on 20 March will feature the award-winning actress chatting about her long and varied career with writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson. The star who is still fondly remembered […]

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A Song Goes Round the World at St James Theatre Studio

The music that brought light to some of Europe’s darkest hours will be celebrated at London’s St James Theatre Studio on 16 May. A Song Goes Round the World is a musical journey that will take its audience from the Russian cabaret of Alexander Vertinsky, to the heart-wrenching theatrics of France’s Edith Piaf, combined with a little […]

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The Commitments – cast revealed

As in the plot of Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments, the cast of the new musical adaptation – opening at the Palace Theatre on 8 October (with previews from 21 September) – will feature a mix of fresh, young talent, alongside established musical theatre performers. Some members of the ensemble make their West End debuts, while […]

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Merrily We Roll Along transfers

Reviewed at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London. Merrily We Roll Along transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre on 23 April. This has very much been a season of for first-rate revivals of second-rate Broadway musicals, and Maria Friedman’s production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth Merrily We Roll Along is an admirable addition to the list.  A […]

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9–5 The Musical

Touring until 27 July. Seen at Theatre Royal, Brighton. The trend for successful films to find new lives on stage continues with this hilarious transition which has music and lyrics written by Dolly Parton, one of the film’s original stars. Miss Parton also appears in the show, albeit on film, when she talks to the […]

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The Bodyguard

Currently running at the Adelphi Theatre, London. A good, solid, honest musical, The Bodyguard delivers what it says on the label, and gives its audience exactly what they come for – a live version of the popular 1992 movie. If it doesn’t do much more than that, if there’s nothing especially special about it – well, […]

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