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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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Barlow and Firth’s The Girls opens in the West End January 2017

The Girls, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical version of The Calendar Girls story, is heading for the West End in January next year. Barlow’s take on the inspirational story of the Rylstone Women’s Institute members’ headline-grabbing fundraiser, has been co-written with his childhood friend, Firth, the writer of the original award-winning film and stage versions of The Calendar […]

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Line-up For Kids Week 2016 revealed

Over 35 of London’s biggest shows have joined the line-up for this year’s popular Kids Week event in August. Now in its 19th year, the annual London theatre initiative – running for the entire month of August – has enlisted a wide range of major productions which will offer free tickets to performances. During the event […]

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Disney’s Aladdin extends booking period

The much-anticipated new Disney musical Aladdin has begun previewing in the West End ahead of its opening night on 15 June. With the booking period now extended into February 2017, the lavish show makes its UK debut tonight at the Prince Edward Theatre. Featuring Dean John-Wilson in the title role alongside former Sugababe Jade Ewen […]

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Leona Lewis will be Grizabella in Broadway’s Cats

Leona Lewis will take on the role of Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats this July. The casting of the British singer, who is widely regarded as the most gifted X Factor champion, brings to an end weeks of speculation following Andrew Lloyd Webber’s angry revelation that American Nicole Scherzinger had ditched her chance of […]

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Cast recording of Close to You – Bacharach Reimagined to be released

The original London cast recording of the West End show Close to You – Bacharach Reimagined will be released on digital format next month ahead of the July release of a two-disc physical copy. Kyle Riabko’s re-working of the greatest hits of the legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach began Off-Broadway, transferred to London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and then […]

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Sneak preview of Titanic at Charing Cross Theatre

  Theatre fans are being given a sneak preview of the multi-award winning Broadway musical Titanic which sails back into London for a ten-week season at the Charing Cross Theatre at the end of this week. The short video features rehearsal footage and on-camera interviews with director Thom Southerland and choreographer Cressida Carré. First seen at […]

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I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road – cast details

Casting details have been announced for the first UK revival of the musical I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road. West End stars Landi Oshinowo (Shrek, Barnum, Sister Act) and Nicolas Colicos (Mamma Mia!, Sunset Boulevard, Sister Act, The Bodyguard) will head the cast of the show which opens for a […]

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Album release for McOnie’s Jekyll & Hyde show score

  An album featuring the score for Drew McOnie’s new dance thriller Jekyll & Hyde has been released to coincide with the show’s hotly anticipated debut at The Old Vic. Currently previewing ahead of the show’s opening night on Wednesday (25 May) the show which has been devised, directed and choreographed by McOnie will play […]

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Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – West End dates confirmed

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new show School of Rock – The Musical will arrive in the West End this October a few months earlier than expected. Public booking will open 25 May with previews at the New London Theatre beginning on 24 October ahead of the opening night on 14 November. The show is initially booking until […]

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Simply Gershwin show embarks on UK tour this autumn

Simply Gershwin, a celebration of the timeless works of George Gershwin will embark on a UK tour this autumn. Acclaimed pianist Viv McLean will be joined by soprano Gweneth-Ann Jeffers and baritone Njabulo Madlala on the nine-date tour which begins at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall on 22 October. Presented by leading music promoter Raymond Gubbay, […]

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Fiasco Theater’s hit Into the Woods to play the Menier Chocolate Factory

London’s Menier Chocolate Factory is to host US theatre company Fiasco Theater’s innovative production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods this summer. The production, which will feature the original US cast, will arrive in the UK fresh from critical success in New York where it received the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. Using […]

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Babes in Arms at Ye Olde Rose and Crown – first staging in 15 years

Rodgers and Hart’s original version of Babes in Arms will be given its first UK staging in nearly 15 years in London in July. Continuing All Star Productions’ commitment to producing revivals of rarely produced musicals, Babes in Arms will play London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre from 20 July until 7 August. The 1930s show […]

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Nigel Lindsay joins Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix

Nigel Lindsay will be joining the West End cast of Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows’ Guys and Dolls for a limited time at the Phoenix Theatre to play the part of Nathan Detroit. Lindsay will take over from American star Richard Kind who will give his last performance as commitment-phobic gambler Detroit on 22 May. The […]

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Peter Rabbit musical – Miriam Margolyes and Griff Rhys Jones add their voices

Stage and screen stars Miriam Margolyes and Griff Rhys Jones are lending their voices to new family musical adventure Where is Peter Rabbit? which will receive its world premiere at the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on Windermere on 27 June. The show, which adds the wit of leading playwright Alan Ayckbourn to the timeless magic of […]

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Rocky Horror team brings musical The Stripper to St James Studio

A revival of The Stripper, a musical whodunnit from the team behind The Rocky Horror Show will play the St James Studio this summer. Based on the pulp fiction story by Carter Brown, with music and lyrics by Rocky Horror creators Richard Hartley and Richard O’Brien, The Stripper will play the venue from 7 July […]

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Jason Donovan plays Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet UK tour

Stage and screen favourite Jason Donovan will play rock‘n’roll legend Sam Phillips in the first UK tour of the hit musical Million Dollar Quartet. Inspired by the true story of the famous 1956 recording session involving record producer Phillips and four of the biggest names in music history, the Tony Award-winning show premiered on Broadway […]

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Christopher Bond’s country musical Romford Rose to open at Queen’s Hornchurch

Playwright Christopher Bond’s new country-tinged musical Romford Rose will debut at Hornchurch’s Queen’s Theatre at the end of this month. The show from the writer whose 1970s play Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is widely acknowledged as the inspiration for Stephen Sondheim’s hit musical, will play the Queen’s from 27 May until […]

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Lloyd Webber anger at Scherzinger Broadway Cats no-show

Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed his anger at Nicole Scherzinger’s decision to ditch her chance of Broadway stardom in Cats in favour of returning to faltering TV talent show The X Factor. Lloyd Webber, who was credited with rejuvenating the former Pussycat Doll’s singing career when she was cast as Grizabella in the West End […]

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Suzanne Shaw leads cast of Shout! in Blackpool

Pop star turned stage star Suzanne Shaw will head the cast of the jukebox musical Shout! when it arrives in Blackpool this autumn. The singer who first found fame when she won a place in the line-up of Hear’Say, the band formed on the ITV talent show Popstars, will play Red Girl in the show […]

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Andrew Lancel joins The Sound of Music tour

Former Coronation Street villain Andrew Lancel will play one of musical theatre’s classic good guys, Captain Von Trapp, in Bill Kenwright’s popular touring production of the classic The Sound of Music. The actor, who also starred in the hit TV series The Bill, has previously made his mark on stage in a number of other […]

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Thoroughly Modern Millie at Kilworth House Theatre – more details

Casting details have been announced for Kilworth House Theatre’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie which is due to open at the distinctive Leicestershire venue on 16 August. The second production in the theatre’s 10th anniversary season will be directed and choreographed by Stephen Mear. Mear and producer Celia Mackay this week announced the lead cast of Michelle Francis […]

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Strictly’s Joanne Clifton to star as Marilyn in Norma Jeane the Musical

Strictly Come Dancing professional Joanne Clifton will play Marilyn Monroe in Norma Jeane the Musical which opens at south London’s LOST Theatre at the end of this month. The dancer, who won the BBC TV show’s Christmas Special last year when she partnered Harry Judd, is a ballroom dancing champion whose recent work included the 2015 […]

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Cast changes for West End’s Les Misérables

Cast changes have been announced for the Queen’s Theatre production of Cameron Mackintosh’s record-breaking Les Misérables. On 13 June David Langham (Wendy & Peter Pan) will take over the role of Thénardier and Chris Cowley (The Last Five Years) will play Enjolras. The pair will join current cast Peter Lockyer (Jean Valjean), Jeremy Secomb (Javert), […]

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Side Show – Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

First casting details have been released for the Broadway musical Side Show which will receive its UK premiere in October at the Southwark Playhouse. Louise Dearman, the first actress to star as both Glinda and Elphaba in the hit musical Wicked, has been cast as Daisy Hilton, and Laura Pitt-Pulford, an Olivier Award nominee this year […]

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Sheridan Smith pulls out of Funny Girl for up to a month

After days of headlines, the producers of the hit revival of Funny Girl at London’s Savoy Theatre have confirmed its leading lady Sheridan Smith will be taking up to a month away from the role. The star won rave reviews for her performance as Fanny Brice in the show which transferred earlier this year to […]

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Wicked UK and international tour – full cast revealed

Cast details have been revealed for the touring version of the hit musical Wicked which will play the Bradford Alhambra Theatre for a limited five weeks from 20 July. Over 25,000 tickets have already been sold for the only chance to see the production in the UK before the tour travels to Singapore (MasterCard Theatres […]

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Full casting for the Lyric’s Bugsy Malone

The Lyric Hammersmith has revealed full casting details for Alan Parker’s exuberant musical Bugsy Malone which returns to the theatre for a limited run next month. The Olivier-nominated production which reopened the Lyric last year following its major redevelopment will begin its 12-week run on 11 June. A mixture of young performers from the 2015 […]

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Groundhog Day the Musical – full casting revealed

Former Holby City star Carlyss Peer will join American actor Andy Karl in the highly anticipated stage musical version of the Bill Murray classic movie Groundhog Day. Peer will step into the role of Rita Hanson, played by Andie MacDowell in the original 1980s film. Since graduating from RADA, Peer’s theatre credits have included Ophelia in Hamlet and […]

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Through the Mill at Southwark Playhouse – full casting details

  The full cast has been announced for the Southwark Playhouse transfer of Through the Mill, Ray Rackham’s play about the tempestuous life of the legendary Judy Garland. 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. […]

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NBC’s Hairspray Live! – Martin Short and Derek Hough join cast

Comedian and actor Martin Short and dancer Derek Hough are the latest big name stars to join the cast of US broadcaster NBC’s Hairspray Live! Award-winning comedy star Short will play Wilbur Turnblad while Dancing With the Stars stalwart turned actor Hough will play Corny Collins in the production alongside the already announced Broadway legend Harvey […]

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Crazy For You at the Watermill Theatre will star Tom Chambers

A reworked version of the classic George and Ira Gershwin musical Crazy For You will be the centrepiece of the Watermill Theatre’s summer/winter season. The distinctive Berkshire venue will be the setting for the Broadway show, reimagined for the Watermill’s intimate stage with actor-musicians and starring former Strictly Come Dancing star Tom Chambers (Top Hat). […]

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Ian Bartholomew and Tracie Bennett in Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath. Picture: Nobby Clark

Mrs Henderson Presents to close on 18 June

Theatregoers have just six weeks left to catch Mrs Henderson Presents at London’s Noel Coward Theatre. Based on the 2005 film of the same name, the final performance in the production’s limited 18-week season will be on 18 June. Tracie Bennett, a double Olivier Award-winner for her performances in the musicals She Loves Me and Hairspray, […]

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Musical theatre writer Adam Gwon to play St James Studio

Multi-award winning American composer and lyricist Adam Gwon will play a special concert at London’s St James Studio next week. Adam Gwon – The New American Musical will feature rising musical theatre star Gwon, a five-piece band and special guests performing his work at the venue on 12 May. A winner of the prestigious Fred Ebb, Richard Rodgers and […]

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The Secret Garden has West End summer run

The Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden is heading back to the West End for a special summer season aimed at family audiences. Directed by Rupert Hands, the production will run for six weeks at London’s Ambassadors Theatre from 27 July until 31 August. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s much-loved 1911 novel, the show has […]

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