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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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Matilda The Musical to tour UK and Ireland in 2018/2019

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi award-winning Matilda The Musical will take to the road across the UK and Ireland next year. Launching at the Leicester Curve in March, the 2018-2019 tour of the hit musical version of Roald Dahl’s much-loved book will visit Dublin, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff. Winner of 85 major […]

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Kiss Me, Kate at Kilworth House Theatre – cast revealed

Matthew McKenna and Caroline Sheen will play the warring couple at the heart of the Kilworth House Theatre’s production of Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me, Kate. The first production of the season at the Leicestershire space in the grounds of the Kilworth Hotel will run from 31 May until 16 July. Joining McKenna (Fred Graham) […]

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Watermill Theatre to stage A Little Night Music

The first actor/musician production of Stephen Sondheim’s haunting A Little Night Music will be part of the Watermill Theatre’s 50th anniversary season. Following on from the success of previous Sondheim productions at the intimate Berkshire venue, A Little Night Music will run from 27 July until 16 September. Directed by Paul Foster, with award-winning Sarah […]

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Musical Marathon charity event to be staged at The Other Palace

The Other Palace will host a star-studded charity concert on Easter Sunday (16 April) to raise funds for male cancer charity Orchid. A host of West End favourites have been enlisted by The Other Palace’s artistic director Paul Taylor-Mills to take part in The Musical Marathon, a week before Taylor-Mills runs the London Marathon. Hosted […]

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Broadway musical Ballroom to receive its European debut at Waterloo East Theatre

Broadway musical Ballroom is to receive its European premiere at Waterloo East Theatre 38 years after it was last seen on stage. Developed by the Tony Award-winning co-creator of A Chorus Line Michael Bennett, who directed and choreographed the show’s only production in the late 1970s, Ballroom will play the South London venue from 12 […]

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Olivier Awards – all the essential details for tuning in on Sunday

A glittering line-up of famous faces will take to the stage to present this year’s Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday (tomorrow). The presenters will include David Baddiel, Alfie Boe, John Boyega, Michaela Coel, Leanne Cope, Julian Clary, Robert Fairchild, Ben Forster, Phoebe Fox, Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Matt Henry, Ruthie Henshall, […]

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Follies at the National Theatre – more cast details

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

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Mamma Mia! West End cast changes – Sara Poyzer to play Donna

Sara Poyzer will follow up her success as Donna Sheridan in the first tour of Mamma Mia! by reprising the role as part of the cast at London’s Novello Theatre from 12 June. Poyzer, whose previous West End credits include playing Billy’s Mum in Billy Elliot, will take to the stage alongside fellow Dynamos Kate Graham […]

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Sheik’s ghostly Whisper House to open at The Other Palace

Multi award-winning Duncan Sheik’s musical ghost story Whisper House will play The Other Palace from 6 April until 27 May. Based on the rock singer/songwriter’s 2009 concept album and conceived with 30 Rock actor Keith Powell, Whisper House features a book and lyrics by Obie award winner Kyle Jarrow. Following on from his critically-acclaimed Spring […]

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour – cast revealed for West End run

Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Lee Hall’s critically acclaimed Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour which will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre next month. Following its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a UK tour and a sell-out run last summer at the National Theatre, the Olivier-nominated show […]

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Southwark Playhouse’s Working – principal casting revealed

Principal casting has been announced for Stephen Schwartz’s genre-busting Broadway musical Working which will receive its European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse in June. The cast will include: Gillian Bevan (Into the Woods, Manchester Royal Exchange; Billy Elliot, West End); Krysten Cummings (Rent, West End and Broadway; Jesus Christ Superstar, arena tour); Dean Chisnall (Blood Brothers, UK tour; Shrek […]

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Take That inspired musical The Band becomes ‘fastest selling theatre tour ever’

The UK tour of new musical The Band, featuring the music of Take That, went on sale at 12 noon today (Monday 3 April) and within the first two hours the box office took £2 million, reportedly making it the fastest-selling theatre tour ever. Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen took to the stage of the Manchester Apollo on Sunday […]

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RSC to stage fourth relaxed Matilda performance

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to present its fourth special relaxed performance of Matilda the Musical on Sunday 11 June at London’s Cambridge Theatre. This year’s performance of the hit show follows on from similar sell-out events last year and in 2015 and 2014, and builds on the RSC programme of relaxed performances started in […]

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Graeae’s Reasons To Be Cheerful back on tour in the autumn

Pioneering theatre company Graeae is to take its acclaimed musical Reasons To Be Cheerful back on the road 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 2017 tour at the Belgrade, […]

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Curtain Up Show hosts Olivier Awards preview special

Resonance FM’s The Curtain Up Show will return to the heart of the West End on Friday 7 April from 3.30pm until 5pm for a live Olivier Awards preview special. Presented in association with innovative app service TodayTix, the show – which will be broadcast just 48 hours before the prestigious ceremony – will feature […]

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Shrek the Musical tour – new dates announced

New dates have been announced for the 2017/2018 tour of the hit fairy tale with the green-tinged twist, Shrek the Musical. The second major tour of the Dreamworks Theatricals’ musical hit will now play dates in Sheffield, Cardiff, Woking, Liverpool, Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Llandudno and Leeds. As previously announced, the outsize ogre will initially take to […]

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Desiree Burch joins This Joint is Jumpin’ at The Other Palace

Comedian Desiree Burch will replace the previously announced Samuel Anderson in the line-up for jazz-infused This Joint is Jumpin’ which is due to play The Other Palace Studio from 4-15 April. Actor and writer Burch takes over the role of the host of the 1920s Harlem rent party at the heart of the show after […]

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New production of Five Guys Named Moe to play Marble Arch pop-up theatre

Clarke Peters’ exuberant award-winning Five Guys Named Moe will be the launch production at a new pop-up theatre in London’s Marble Arch in September. Underbelly Productions has confirmed details of the revival of the hit show which will be directed by Peters himself and will have an initial booking period from 28 August until 25 November […]

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Disney’s Aladdin – Matthew Croke to play the title role

Matthew Croke will step into the title role in Disney’s Aladdin just months before the lavish show celebrates its first birthday at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. His first performance will be on 5 June 2017. After impressing fans and critics with his performance as Don Lockwood in the UK tour of Singin’ in the Rain, […]

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Olivier Awards go primetime on ITV for the first time

UK television viewers will be able to watch highlights of this year’s Olivier Awards’ ceremony when the show is broadcast for the first time in a primetime slot on ITV on Tuesday 11 April from 8pm until 10pm. Following on from the prestigious event’s debut at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April which […]

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Tick, Tick…BOOM! at the Park Theatre – cast details

Full casting has been announced for Park Theatre’s production of tick, tick…BOOM!, the autobiographical rock musical that traces Jonathan Larson’s creation of his multi-award winning Rent. Taking on the central role of Jon, Chris Jenkins returns to Park Theatre following his appearance in 2016’s quadruple Offie (Off West End Theatre awards) nominated musical The Burnt Part […]

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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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