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Hershey Felder to bring Berlin and Bernstein shows to The Other Palace

Award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder will bring the magic of two of the most iconic names in musical theatre, Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein, to The Other Palace this autumn. Recently named by the prestigious Time magazine as one of its top ten theatre artists of 2016, Felder has created two musical plays that take […]

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New production of Parade to launch Hertfordshire Paper Mill as arts venue

A revival of the award-winning 1998 musical Parade will be the first professional production at the world’s oldest working paper factory in Hertfordshire this September. With a book by Driving Miss Daisy writer Alfred Uhry and a score by Jason Robert Brown (Songs For a New World; The Last Five Years; Bridges of Madison County), […]

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West End Bares reveals Ruby Strippers theme

Olivier Award winner Rebecca Trehearn will open this year’s Wizard of Oz-inspired edition of West End Bares, the burlesque-flavoured fundraiser which will play London’s Novello Theatre on Sunday 29 October. Performing a track specially written for the occasion by The Book of Mormon’s Mark Anderson and That Bloody Woman composer Luke di Somma, the Show […]

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Theatre Royal Stratford East’s 2017 Musical Theatre Workshop under way

Six new musical projects are currently under development at this year’s Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Musical Theatre Workshop. A total of 12 artists are currently at work until 28 July under the guidance of members of the East London venue’s artistic team including MT New Writing manager Sevan Tavoukdjian and specialist tutors from NYU’s Tisch […]

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Full West End rep company for From Page to Stage

A cast of 56, more than 50 composers and writers, and an 18-strong creative team will form a musical rep company in the West End for this year’s From Page to Stage Summer Festival at The Other Palace. Aria Entertainment’s annual event will bring a packed programme of new musicals to its new home at […]

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Union Theatre to stage Salad Days 63 years after its West End debut

Classic British musical Salad Days will return to London next month over six decades since it made its West End debut. Reimagined for the Union Theatre later this month, director Bryan Hodgson’s new production of the show which debuted in the capital in 1954 will play a strictly limited season at the Off-West End venue […]

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Highlights of next Live At Zédel season revealed

The European premiere of Ryan Scott Oliver’s Southern gothic thriller We Foxes Come and an appearance by US musical theatre rising star Joey Contreras are among the genre highlights at London’s Live At Zédel this September. Award-winning New York-based Oliver’s latest musical We Foxes Come will be performed as a one night only concert reading […]

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London Theatres – Michael Coveney and Peter Dazeley take readers on a tour with new book

Renowned theatre critic Michael Coveney has joined forces with leading photographer Peter Dazeley to take theatre lovers on a tour of London’s most iconic theatres. Published in September, London Theatres will offer a unique front of house and behind the scenes view of London’s world famous playhouses. With a forward by Mark Rylance, words by […]

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The Woman in White – revival to be staged at Charing Cross Theatre

Acclaimed director Thom Southerland (Titanic, Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel) is to direct the first ever revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical The Woman in White. A tempestuous tale of love, betrayal and greed, adapted from Wilkie Collins’ haunting Victorian thriller, this is the premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel’s […]

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Hair at The Vaults extends until January 2018

The eagerly-anticipated London run of the new 50th anniversary production of the classic rock musical Hair has been extended into January 2018. Opening at The Vaults in October, Hair will now play the distinctive subterranean arts venue in London’s Waterloo until Sunday 14 January. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the new production of the cult show […]

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Ruffelle, Huntley and Kemp to play new Pizza Express live venue

Frances Ruffelle, Tyrone Huntley and Martin Kemp are among the latest additions to the star-studded launch season line-up at restaurant chain Pizza Express’ latest London entertainment venue. Tickets are already on sale for An Audience With Martin Kemp on 31 August, West End favourite Ruffelle’s solo show I Say Yeh-Yeh on 3 September and Evening […]

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Yank! at the Charing Cross Theatre – exclusive new images

Off-Broadway musical Yank! has transferred to London’s Charing Cross Theatre this summer just months after its acclaimed UK premiere run at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre. Here’s a look at Musical Theatre Review official photographer Roy Tan’s exclusive production images. Second World War gay love story Yank! continues at the Charing Cross Theatre until Saturday 19 August. The musical has a book […]

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My Land’s Shore to debut in Wales

Historical Welsh musical My Land’s Shore is heading home for its Welsh premiere at Theatr Soar in Merthyr Tydfil early next year. Following on from the well-received world premiere run at London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre in February, the show’s Welsh premiere run will begin on 20 February 2018. Based on the true […]

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Toxic Avenger – full cast revealed for transfer

Mark Anderson [pictured] will return to the central role in the hit Off-Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger which will follow its sold-out London debut at the Southwark Playhouse with a transfer to the Arts Theatre this autumn. Directed by Benji Sperring, the European premiere production of the show – based on a 1980s cult […]

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Titanic The Musical to sail into Belfast as part of debut national tour

The eagerly anticipated UK and Ireland tour of Titanic The Musical will make an early stop at Belfast, the city where the doomed ship was built. As previously announced, Thom Southerland’s critically-acclaimed production of the multi award-winning Broadway will begin its first tour in Southampton, the city where the RMS Titanic began its fateful maiden […]

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Drawing the line – why Dear Evan Hansen’s Ben Platt has got his priorities right

Musical Theatre Review editor Lisa Martland writes… I am not a stranger to fandom, I vividly recall having posters of 1980s pop stars on my bedroom walls. And as my passion for theatre, and musicals in particular, grew, I wasn’t a complete stranger to the Stage Door after a performance – shyly standing in a […]

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Natalie Anderson signs up for Fat Friends The Musical

Former Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson is the latest addition to the cast for the UK tour of Fat Friends The Musical. The actress, whose stage roles since leaving the ITV soap have included Nessarose in the West End production of Wicked, will play Lauren the role originated on screen by her Emmerdale co-star Gaynor Faye. […]

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James Dreyfus joins LMTO’s Candide in concert

Screen and stage actor James Dreyfus has stepped up to take on the role of Pangloss in the London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s upcoming concert presentation of Leonard Bernstein and Hugh Wheeler’s Candide. The star of hit TV shows Gimme, Gimme, Gimme and The Thin Blue Line will return to the role of outrageously optimistic Pangloss […]

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Arlene Phillips unites dance world to raise money for Grenfell fire victims

Award-winning choreographer and TV personality Arlene Phillips will gather together some of the biggest names in dance for a gala performance to raise funds for the survivors of the Grenfell House fire. The Gala For Grenfell at the Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 30 July will unite dancers from across the world in a fundraiser for […]

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The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium – exclusive new images

Adapted for the stage by the team of Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the major new musical theatre adaptation of the family classic The Wind in the Willows has sped into the London Palladium. Here is a selection of brand new exclusive images from Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan. Rufus Hound […]

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Windsor Castle to host unique version of A Christmas Carol

Windsor Castle will be the majestic setting for nine performances of Charles Dickens’ timeless A Christmas Carol this festive period. Presented by theatre company Watch Your Head, the family-friendly, immersive performances of the much-loved story tale of Scrooge and his ghostly visitors will be staged in the rooms where the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret […]

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Cilla The Musical – Kara Lily Hayworth is cast in the leading role

The search for a leading lady for Cilla The Musical is over following the announcement that Kara Lily Hayworth will play the Liverpool lass who became one of the UK’s best-loved stars. Following weeks of open auditions at venues across the country, attracting thousands of would-be Cillas, the Watford-born actress will take on her first […]

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First look at Louise Redknapp and Will Young in Cabaret tour

Here is the first look at ex-pop star and Strictly favourite Louise Redknapp (making her stage debut as Sally Bowles) and former Pop Idol Will Young (once again playing the Emcee) in this autumn’s nationwide tour of Rufus Norris’ acclaimed revival of Cabaret. Opening at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 21 September, Norris’ multi […]

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Small Faces musical All Or Nothing – details of autumn tour

Mod-themed musical All Or Nothing is heading back on the road this September for its third UK tour since its successful London launch last March. After completing its current national tour in Cheltenham on 29 July, the musical which tells the story of the classic British rock band the Small Faces will begin its autumn […]

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Strictly stars team up for new touring song and dance show

Strictly Dancing champions Louis Smith and Jay McGuiness are joining one of the series’ most popular professional dancers Natalie Lowe in a major new show. The trio will take to the floor in the 1950s flavoured song and dance show Rip It Up which will begin a 42-date tour in Aberdeen in September. The latest […]

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Sunset Boulevard UK and Ireland tour – full casting details

Full casting has been revealed for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard. Directed by Nikolai Foster, the tour will open at Curve on Saturday 16 September 2017 (press night is Thursday 28 September). Joining the previously announced Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and Danny Mac as Joe […]

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Pageant musical to play Camden Fringe

Musical writer and director Bill Russell’s comic vision of the world of beauty contests, Pageant, will return to the UK this summer with one run in London and another in Poole. The brand new production of the show, which will also be directed by Russell (Side Show, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens), will […]

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Rat Pack show heads back to the West End for Christmas

Hit swinging sixties show The Rat Pack – Live From Las Vegas is returning to the Theatre Royal Haymarket over a decade since it made its West End debut at the venue. The celebration of the music and camaraderie of the legendary team of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, will return with […]

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Pizza Express to open new entertainment venue in London

Restaurant chain Pizza Express will open a new live entertainment venue at its newly designed restaurant in London’s High Holborn at the end of August. The intimate space in the basement will feature a wide range of music, cabaret, comedy, and ‘audience with’ Q&A sessions. Designed to allow the audience to get close to some […]

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The Hired Man to be revived at the Union Theatre

Melvin Bragg and Howard Goodall’s moving rural musical The Hired Man will return to London in July with a limited run at the Union Theatre. The show begins previewing on 19 July with a press night on 21 July – the last performance is on 12 August. Based on Bragg’s 1969 novel, the first of the […]

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LMTO 2017 season – Mack & Mabel and A Christmas Carol complete line-up

The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is celebrating its second birthday by announcing details of the last two concerts in its already successful 2017 season. Following on from the LMTO’s return to Cadogan Hall on 21 July with Leonard Bernstein and Hugh Wheeler’s Candide, there will be a performance of Jerry Herman’s Mack & Mabel at […]

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Smash star Megan Hilty to play London solo shows

Stage and screen star Megan Hilty is heading for London to play four nights at The Hippodrome in Leicester Square this September. The singer and actress who is best known for her role in the musical theatre-themed US television show Smash will play five shows at the London venue from Tuesday 6 September until Saturday […]

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Musical theatre cruise – Floating Festival Stages – to be launched in 2018

A host of the West End’s biggest names are climbing aboard the UK’s first specialist musical theatre festival at sea. Launching on a round trip from Southampton on 15 October next year, the four-night Floating Festival Stages on board the Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas will feature some of musical theatre’s most popular stars. […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar return season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – cast complete

Maimuna Memon will play Mary Magdalene in the much-anticipated 2017 limited season of the multi award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Memon, whose credits include the King’s Cross Theatre’s production of Lazarus and Park Theatre’s The Busker’s Opera, is one of three new cast members and two returning performers to […]

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Cast for Kilworth House Theatre’s Top Hat

Dan Burton and Lauren Stroud will take on the roles once played by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the Kilworth House Theatre’s production of the stage version of the classic 1935 film Top Hat. Following on from the successful production of Kiss Me, Kate which is due to end on 16 July, the second […]

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Metropolis – All Star Productions to stage first London revival

The first London revival of the musical version of the Fritz Lang movie Metropolis will be the closing production in All Star Productions’ 2017 season. With music by Joe Brooks and a book and lyrics by Brooks and Dusty Hughes, Metropolis will play London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre from 10-29 October. Continuing All […]

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London celebrates West End Live 2017

London theatre is celebrating following the triumphant West End LIVE 2017, which saw hundreds of thousands flock to Trafalgar Square [exclusive images form our official photographer Roy Tan]. Now in its 13th year, the event has become one of Europe’s largest free performing arts festivals. The event is organised by Westminster City Council and the […]

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Upstairs at the Gatehouse production of 9 to 5 – cast details

Casting has been announced for the London Fringe premiere of the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 The Musical ahead of its debut at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in late summer. Based on the hit 1980s movie which starred Queen of Country Parton, the show will play the Highgate Village venue from 30 August through […]

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Rachel Tucker to play fundraising concert for Bridge House Theatre

Wicked star Rachel Tucker will follow up her successful first solo tour of the UK with a special fundraiser in the gardens of her London venue Bridge House Theatre. Rachel Tucker By Request on Sunday 9 July will feature the West End and Broadway favourite in a unique cabaret show which will elevate audience participation […]

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Wicked Young Writer Awards – winners revealed

A seven-year old’s moving poetic tribute to his late aunt and a teenager’s short story tackling the difficult subject of mental health were among the winning works in the seventh annual Wicked Young Writer Awards. The winners were revealed at a special ceremony at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, the West End home of Wicked, attended […]

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Evita returns to the West End for limited season

Hit musical Evita is to make a return to visit to the West End to mark the 65th anniversary of the death of Eva Peron next month. Presented by Bill Kenwright for a strictly limited 12-week season, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s multi award-winning musical will play the Phoenix Theatre from 28 July until […]

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Fat Friends The Musical – Freddie Flintoff to swap cricket field for the stage

Former England cricketer turned TV personality Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff will make his stage debut in Fat Friends The Musical for seven dates during the UK tour. Flintoff will play the role of Kevin Chadwick opposite the show’s leading lady Jodie Prenger as his fiancée Kelly, joining the opening run of the musical re-shaping of popular […]

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Joanne Clifton and Ben Adams to star in Flashdance – The Musical UK tour

Flashdance – The Musical is to return to the UK for the first time since 2011, starring Strictly favourite Joanne Clifton and singer/songwriter Ben Adams. The show will arrive at Glasgow King’s Theatre on 5 August 2017 prior to an extensive UK tour. Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton is also a World and European […]

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New musical based on Punjabi romantic folk legend to play Sadler’s Wells

The UK premiere of what is being billed as London’s first Anglo Punjabi Sufi musical, Ishq will be performed in English at London’s Sadler’s Wells in September. Timed to mark 70 years of Pakistan independence, the collaboration between Pakistani and British artists will celebrate unity, diversity and Pakistani culture within the UK. Brought to the […]

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Kenny Wax will be new SOLT president

Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has announced that Kenny Wax has been appointed as its new president. Wax brings extensive experience to SOLT, having produced plays, musicals and family theatre in the West End. His current London productions include The Play That Goes Wrong (also running on Broadway), The Comedy About a Bank Robbery and […]

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie to transfer to West End

Sheffield Theatres’ hit production of Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is heading for the West End this November. Following on from the show’s successful premiere run at the Crucible in February, the production will arrive at the Apollo Theatre with previews from Monday 6 November ahead of a press night […]

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Five Guys Named Moe – casting for new London production

Casting has been revealed for the brand new production of Clarke Peters’ Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe. The production will open on 14 September 2017 in a new temporary theatre in Marble Arch, London. Edward Baruwa will play Nomax and the ‘Moes’ will be played by: Ian Carlyle (Four-Eyed Moe), […]

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Bat Out of Hell – The Musical – final extension takes run to 22 August

The producers of Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell – The Musical have announced a further extension to the run at the London Coliseum this summer. The production officially opened in London’s West End last night (Tuesday), and, due to overwhelming public demand, a further two weeks of extra performances have been added.  This will […]

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Casting for Bonnie & Clyde at The Other Palace

Jamie Muscato and Evelyn Hoskins will take on the title roles in Bonnie & Clyde, the fourth production in The Other Palace’s Work In Progress series later this month. Muscato (Lazarus), who appeared in the first Work In Progress, Heathers The Musical, and Hoskins (Spring Awakening) who appeared in the third production – Joybubbles – will feature […]

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By Jeeves at the Old Laundry Theatre – Nadim Naaman and Bill Champion join line-up

Bill Champion (pictured below) and Nadim Naaman (pictured left) will head the cast of The Old Laundry Theatre’s revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s By Jeeves. Part of the distinctive Lake District venue’s 25th Anniversary Season, the first revival of the musical comedy in more than 20 years will be reuniting members of […]

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