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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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