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Adding Machine: A Musical to receive UK premiere

Award-winning Off-Broadway hit Adding Machine: A Musical is to receive its UK premiere in London this September. The winner of a number of awards including the prestigious Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, the show is based on Elmer Rice’s 1923 play Adding Machine. The musical adaptation is composed by Joshua Schmidt with the libretto […]

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Excalibare theme announced for West End Bares 2016

The organisers of burlesque-flavoured fundraiser West End Bares have announced the theme for this year’s event at the Novello Theatre in September. Promising to take its audience on an epic medieval adventure, West End Bares: EXCALIBARE will feature more than 100 performers who will take to the stage for two performances on the evening of 25 […]

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CLD The Real Lewis Carroll returns to Oxford

Oxford Music Theatre’s CLD The Real Lewis Carroll is to return a year after it proved a hit with audiences celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland. Set in Oxford between 1855 and 1865, the show delves into the story of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the shy cleric who as Lewis Carroll […]

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change to return to London

The critically acclaimed revival of long-running off-Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is returning for two performances in London in August. Reuniting the cast that helped the production win a nomination for Best Revival in last year’s Broadway World Awards, the show will play an afternoon and evening performance at the Arts […]

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Dirty Dancing tour – new dates added

Box office takings for the new touring production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage have already topped £5 million with more than 150,000 tickets already sold over a month before the tour is due to open. With a number of performances already sold out, the show’s producers Karl Sydow and Paul Elliott this week announced […]

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Babes in Arms at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre – more details

Cast and creative details have been revealed for All Star Productions’ Babes in Arms which opens at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre next month. The rarely performed Rodgers and Hart musical, which will play the Walthamstow venue from 20 July until 7 August, will feature Jack McCann (as Valentine LaMar), Ruth Betteridge (as […]

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Funny Girl to tour UK next year

Michael Mayer’s critically acclaimed re-working of Funny Girl is to embark on a national tour early next year. The record-breaking Menier Chocolate Factory production is currently playing to packed houses at the Savoy Theatre. The touring production will begin at the Manchester Palace Theatre (20-25 February) and will then play Milton Keynes Theatre (28 February-4 […]

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Broadway musical Waitress to serve up London debut

Broadway show Waitress looks set to be on the West End menu by spring next year. Based on the cult classic 2007 film of the same name, the musical tale of love, friendship and perfect pies is currently one of the most popular shows on Broadway. The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye has revealed the not […]

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Kristin Chenoweth joins NBC’s Hairspray Live!

Kristin Chenoweth is the latest big name to join the star-studded cast of Hairspray Live!, this year’s festive season TV show from US broadcaster NBC. The Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress who was the original Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, will play the manipulative Velma Von Tussle in the three-hour live broadcast on 7 December this year. […]

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Winners of Wicked Young Writer Awards revealed

The winners of the sixth annual Wicked Young Writer Awards were revealed at a special ceremony at London’s Apollo Theatre today (Friday). In an event hosted by Gaby Roslin with prizes presented by head judge How to Train Your Dragon author-illustrator Cressida Cowell, more than 100 finalists and their families gathered to discover who had claimed […]

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Veteran actress Thelma Ruby to return to the stage

Ninety-one-year-old stage and screen actress Thelma Ruby has been tempted out of retirement to take centrestage in the King’s Head Theatre’s inaugural Festival 46. The actress will offer audiences a glimpse into a 70-year career that has included roles alongside theatrical legends including Ian Carmichael, Judi Dench, Michael Horden and Terence Rattigan, in a revival […]

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro – details of full casting and creatives

Details of the casting and creatives for the much-anticipated European premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro at the Southwark Playhouse this August have been revealed. The show, which was the legendary writing duo’s third collaboration for the stage following Oklahoma! and Carousel, will open for a six-week season in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday […]

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Jason Robert Brown to direct his The Last Five Years at St James Theatre

Multi-award winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will direct a new London production of his acclaimed musical The Last Five Years at the St James Theatre in October. Stage and screen rising stars Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey will star in the production which will play the London venue from Friday 28 October until Saturday […]

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Wilton’s Music Hall autumn season features musical Floyd Collins

The musical Floyd Collins is one of the highlights of an eclectic programme of shows lined up to play the Wilton’s Music Hall’s autumn season. The true story of a 1920s cave explorer and the fight to save him after he becomes trapped underground will play the distinctive London venue from 21 September and 15 […]

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The Burnt Part Boys receives European premiere at the Park Theatre

The Park Theatre will host the European premiere of Off-Broadway hit The Burnt Part Boys in August. The first musical to be staged in the venue’s Park90 space, the production will open on 10 August and will run until 3 September. A coming of age story set in rural West Virginia in 1962, the show has […]

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Rehearsals begin for Fiasco’s Into the Woods Menier debut

Rehearsals have begun for Fiasco Theater’s innovative production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. The US theatre company’s production, featuring the original US cast, arrives in the UK fresh from critical success in New York where it received the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. Cast […]

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Landor Theatre leaves Clapham base

Leading London fringe venue the Landor Theatre has been closed after over two decades operating above the Clapham pub from which it took its name. The theatre’s artistic director Robert McWhir released a statement claiming new restrictions on the space’s audience capacity meant the theatre was no longer financially viable. According to the press release, the […]

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Scooby-Doo heads for the Palladium

The hound with a nose for sniffing out spooky mysteries, Scooby-Doo will be taking centrestage in the West End this summer in a major new family musical. Featuring the much-loved cartoon creation as well as the Mystery Inc. gang of Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma, Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries will drive on to the stage […]

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Ramin Karimloo joins Kerry Ellis in Murder Ballad

Broadway and West End star Ramin Karimloo will join Kerry Ellis, Norman Bowman and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for the West End opening of Murder Ballad in September. West End Live attendees were treated to a sneak peek of the London production of the Off-Broadway hit last Sunday. The first independent production in the West End from […]

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Tom Solomon album hits top spot

Award-winning West End leading man Tom Solomon has had plenty of reason to celebrate. His self-produced classical crossover double album Beautiful Day reached No.1 slot in the iTunes classical album chart and number four in the vocals chart just days after its release. Songs included on the 28-track double album include recent rock chart hits ‘I Don’t Want to Miss […]

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Arlene Phillips to direct new musical 27

West End veteran Arlene Phillips will direct the world premiere of new British rock musical 27 which opens at London’s Cockpit Theatre on 8 September. Phillips will co-direct the piece with the show’s writer, actor Sam Cassidy, the son of one of the founder members of Phillips’ dance troupe Hot Gossip, Chrissy Wickham. Inspired by the […]

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New Union Theatre patrons Ruthie Henshall and Stephen Mear back The Fix

New Union Theatre patrons, West End leading lady Ruthie Henshall and award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear, joined the cast and crew of Atomicus Entertainment’s production of The Fix to promote the first show to play the state-of-the-art theatre space. Commenting on her decision to take on the role of patron at the new Union, Henshall said: “The success of […]

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Wicked film gets Christmas 2019 release date

The long-awaited big screen version of multi award-winning musical Wicked is finally going into production but audiences will have to wait until 2019 to see it. Announcing a 20 December 2019 release date for the movie, film studios Universal also confirmed Britain’s Stephen Daldry would direct with one of the Broadway production’s original producers, Marc […]

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Moby Dick! The Musical sails into the new Union Theatre

Moby Dick! The Musical is to be revived at London’s new Union Theatre this autumn. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh in 1992, Moby Dick! The Musical has a book by Robert Longden with music and lyrics by Longden and Hereward Kaye. The new production, which will be directed and choreographed by double Olivier Award nominee Andrew […]

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Sunny Afternoon to end West End run

The multi Olivier Award-winning musical Sunny Afternoon will end its London run in October just over two years since its West End debut. The production which begins a national tour at the Manchester Opera House on 19 August will bow out of its London home, the Harold Pinter Theatre, at the end of its current […]

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Half a Sixpence at Chichester – full casting

Full casting has been announced for Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Half a Sixpence. Relative newcomers Charlie Stemp and Devon-Elise Johnson will play the central roles of Arthur Kipps and his childhood friend Ann Pornick, alongside actor Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow, actress Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham and Vivien Parry as Mrs […]

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Take That musical – Gary Barlow seeks talent via BBC TV show

Gary Barlow is to combine his blossoming musical theatre career with his pop pedigree to launch a television talent search for the stars of a new stage show featuring the songs of Take That. After months of rumours surrounding the BBC’s hunt for a new talent show to fill the void left by the departure […]

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Mandela Trilogy to return for UK and Ireland dates

Cape Town Opera’s Mandela Trilogy is heading back to the Wales Millennium Centre ahead of a UK and Ireland tour. Written and directed by Cape Town Opera’s managing director Michael Williams with music by Peter Louis van Dijk and Mike Campbell, the musical celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela had its European premiere at […]

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Rent breaks box office records at St James Theatre

The 2oth anniversary production of the innovative American musical RENT has become the fastest-selling show in history at the St James Theatre. Within the first 24 hours the show, which will play a Christmas season at the London venue from 8 December until 28 January 2017, had broken the theatre’s records for the most amount […]

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The Stripper at St James Studio – casting news

Casting has been announced for the revival of musical whodunnit The Stripper, will open at London’s St James Studio next month. Hannah Grover (The Toxic Avenger), Gloria Onitiri (The Bodyguard), Marc Pickering (The Toxic Avenger), Michael Steedon (Hairspray) and Sebastien Torkia (Travels With My Aunt) began rehearsals for the show this week. Based on the […]

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Hamilton West End premiere confirmed

Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed recent reports that the multi award-winning Broadway hit Hamilton will have its London premiere in October 2017. Just hours after Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop flavoured show collected 11 Tony Awards, Mackintosh confirmed he had earmarked Hamilton as the production to launch his multi-million-pound refurbishment of the Victoria Palace Theatre. Revealing details of […]

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Louise Dearman joins cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein concert

West End leading lady Louise Dearman has joined the all-star cast lining up to perform with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at a special event to celebrate the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein in September. Dearman, the first and only actress to have played both witches in the smash hit Wicked will join the already […]

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Musical theatre student Sam Wearing makes solo concert debut

YouTube favourite and Laine Theatre Arts School student Sam Wearing will make his debut solo concert appearance in his hometown of Swindon this September. An Evening With Sam Wearing will feature the young performer as he takes the audience on a personal journey through his life so far using a mixture of musical theatre pieces and […]

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Award winner Hamilton heading for the West End

Cameron Mackintosh is reportedly moving forward with his plans to bring the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway hit Hamilton to the West End next year. The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye has confirmed earlier rumours that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop flavoured show about one of America’s founding fathers will make its UK debut in October 2017. Working with one […]

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Jeremy Jordan to make UK cabaret debut

American singer and actor Jeremy Jordan will make his UK cabaret debut at the London Hippodrome later this month. The Broadway star who won a Theatre World award for his debut as Clyde Barrow in Bonnie & Clyde and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Disney’s Newsies, will play the London Hippodrome […]

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Major new Frank Sinatra musical planned

The life and times of Frank Sinatra will be the subject of a major new musical from the Ambassador Theatre Group, planned to arrive on stage in 2018. Ol’ Blue Eyes’ extensive catalogue of more than 1,400 tracks from decades of recordings will form the basis for the musical accompaniment to the story of the […]

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Joanna Strand and Friends set for MAD fundraiser at London Hippodrome

West End favourite Joanna Strand will be joined by a host of musical theatre stars for a special fundraiser at the London Hippodrome next month. A ‘one night only’ cabaret show, Joanna Strand and Friends will raise cash for the Make A Difference (MAD) Trust on 14 July. A regular on the West End stage in […]

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Rent 20th anniversary production tours from October

The 2oth anniversary of the innovative American musical Rent will be celebrated with the launch of a major new UK touring production opening at Theatr Clywd in October. Presented by Robert Mackintosh and Idili Theatricals in association with Theatr Clywd and Wales Millennium Centre, the production of Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical will play […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park – full casting

Full casting has been announced for this summer’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking musical Jesus Christ Superstar. With rehearsals already under way, the show’s previously announced Jesus, singer-songwriter Declan Bennett, has been joined by Tyrone Huntley as Judas, Anoushka Lucas as Mary Magdelene, David Thaxton as […]

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Cynthia Erivo wins Drama Desk Award for The Color Purple on Broadway

British singer actress Cynthia Erivo has collected a prestigious Drama Desk Award for her performance in the Broadway transfer of The Color Purple. The Londoner first played the role of Celie Harris in the Menier Chocolate Factory production in 2013. Following her Broadway debut in the transfer of the show last year, she has won the […]

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Phantom star Nadim Naaman to launch new album

West End star Nadim Naaman will launch his second album Sides this month with a special performance at the London Hippodrome on Sunday June 19 at 3pm. The artist, who is currently playing Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, has worked with producer Joe Davison on the double-length album which includes a […]

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Line-up for West End LIVE 2016 revealed

Over 25 shows and a number of musical theatre’s most popular stars will feature in this year’s West End LIVE event in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square. Shows as varied as Disney’s The Lion King and Kinky Boots are in the main stage line-up with stars including Samantha Barks, Matt Cardle, Tom Chambers, Kerry Ellis, Beverley Knight, Pixie Lott and […]

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New musical A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer – casting update

A casting update has been announced for the world premiere of the new musical A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer in September. Directed by Bryony Kimmings, who also co-wrote the book with Brian Lobel and also provides the lyrics set to Tom Parkinson’s music, the show features a cast including Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Amy […]

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Julian Ovenden stars in Rodgers and Hammerstein concert

Stage and screen artist Julian Ovenden will be one of the stars performing with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at a special event to celebrate the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein in September. The Downton Abbey actor who starred in ITV’s Sound of Music Live and has recently released his latest album as a solo singer, […]

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The Commitments – casting and tour date details

Coronation Street favourite turned stage star Kevin Kennedy will join the cast of the new touring production of Roddy Doyle’s exuberant story of an Irish soul band, The Commitments. The star, who is still fondly remembered for his role as the hapless Curly Watts (Chicago, We Will Rock You) in the ITV soap, will play […]

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West End Bares heads for the Novello

Burlesque-flavoured fundraiser West End Bares will play two shows at the Novello Theatre in September. Now in its seventh year, the show which is staged in aid of the Make a Difference Trust, the UK-based charity involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS, will play two performances on the evening of 25 September. Based on the […]

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Exposure the Musical world premiere – casting revealed

Former soap stars Natalie Anderson and Michael Greco are among the cast for Exposure the Musical – Life Through a Lens which will receive its world premiere at London’s St James Theatre in July. Ex-Emmerdale regular Anderson and one-time EastEnder Greco will join David Albury, Andy Barke, Rhiannon Duncan, Zeph Gould, Kurt Kansley, Stevie Mahoney, Niamh […]

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Concert version of Ragtime to be staged at Bishopgate Institute

A staged concert version of the multi award-winning Ragtime – The Musical is to play six performances in the heart of the City of London. The amateur production from the Bishopgate Institute and Centre Stage London will feature the full, original Tony Award-winning score performed by 21 musicians and an onstage cast supported by an offstage choir. […]

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Palladium debut for Warwick Davis-produced musical

The Warwick Davis-produced new British musical Eugenius will premiere in concert form at the London Palladium next month. Harry Potter and Star Wars favourite Davis will also appear in the show alongside double Olivier Award winner David Bedella (In The Heights, Jerry Springer The Opera), Amy Lennox (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Samuel Holmes (Mrs Henderson Presents, Spamalot) and […]

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Miss Saigon – double screen treat for fans

Fans unable to catch a performance of Cameron Mackintosh’s most recent production of Boublil and Schönberg’s haunting musical Miss Saigon before it ended its run at the Prince Edward Theatre in February will soon be able to own a copy of a filmed version. Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance, which mixes footage from the last […]

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