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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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National Theatre’s Pinocchio – casting details

Directed by John Tiffany at the National Theatre, the world premiere of Pinocchio by Dennis Kelly stars Joe Idris-Roberts in the title role with Audrey Brisson (Jiminy Cricket), Annette McLaughlin (Blue Lady), David Langham (The Fox), David Kirkbride (Coachman), Dawn Sievewright (Lampy) and Chris Jarman (Stromboli). The cast also includes: Stuart Angell, Trieve Blackwood-Cambridge, Stephanie […]

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole musical – full cast revealed for Menier production

The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced the full company for its new production of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ – The Musical. Transformed into musical theatre by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary, the much-loved story of teen angst has undergone further development since its original production in 2015, and […]

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West End gala to raise funds for victims of Grenfell Tower fire

Giles Terera and Danielle Tarento are presenting a West End fundraising gala evening of song, dance and comedy for the hundreds of families made homeless and the relatives of those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire. Songs and Solidarity will take place at Trafalgar Studios 1 on Sunday 25 June at 7.30pm. […]

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Tim Rice celebrates revival of Blondel with one night only show at the Union Theatre

Multi award-winner Tim Rice will take to the stage on Sunday (25 June) to talk about his life and career to theatre critic Mark Shenton, just days after the premiere of a new version of his musical comedy Blondel. An Evening With Tim Rice at London’s Union Theatre will feature the writer taking questions about […]

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Hamilton in the West End – Jamael Westman takes on title role, Michael Jibson plays King George

Producers Jeffrey Seller and Cameron Mackintosh have revealed that Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton) and Michael Jibson (King George) will join the previously announced West End cast for Hamilton which will reopen the Victoria Palace Theatre later this year following an extensive multi-million-pound renovation and expansion to the listed building. Westman and Jibson join the previously […]

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Blood Brothers anniversary tour extended into the autumn

Extra dates have been added to the 30th anniversary tour of Bill Kenwright’s acclaimed production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers. After playing to packed houses across the UK, the tour will now continue into the autumn, opening at G Live in Guildford on Tuesday 29 August. Featuring former 1970s pop star Lyn Paul returning to […]

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Debra Stephenson joins Son of a Preacher Man tour

Former Coronation Street star Debra Stephenson has joined the cast of the new Dusty Springfield inspired musical Son of a Preacher Man. The actor and gifted impressionist will create the role of Alison alongside the previously announced Diana Vickers in the touring production. With a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Strictly’s […]

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Jersey Boys UK tour – more dates for 2018

A number of extra venues have been added to the second UK and Ireland tour of the hit show Jersey Boys which is due to begin at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre on 16 December. The newly announced 2018 dates are Theatre Royal Plymouth (17-28 April), Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (9-19 May), Bradford Alhambra Theatre (22 […]

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Casting for A Spoonful of Sherman at Live At Zédel

West End favourites Helena Blackman and Daniel Boys will star alongside Robert J. Sherman in A Spoonful of Sherman at London entertainment hub Live At Zédel in August. Following two sold-out runs, the celebration of the work of Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, returns to London to play Live At Zédel from 7-20 […]

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Cast for Joybubbles – the next Work In Progress at The Other Palace

Rehearsals have begun for Joybubbles, the third production in The Other Palace’s Work In Progress series. With Jonathan Slinger (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) in the title role, the cast also features Evelyn Hoskins (Spring Awakening) as Little Joe, supported by Esh Alladi, Emma Thornett, Ben Fox, Ceri-Lyn Cissone, Terence Frisch, Julie LeGrand and Stuart […]

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LMTO presents Candide with Rob Houchen in title role

The London Musical Theatre Orchestra will return to Cadogan Hall next month with Leonard Bernstein and Hugh Wheeler’s Candide. Previewing next year’s Bernstein centenary celebrations, the LMTO’s concert presentation of Candide will feature Rob Houchen (Les Misérables, Titanic) in the title role. Candide follows on from the LMTO’s critically-acclaimed concert versions of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s […]

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Tony Awards 2017 – Dear Evan Hansen tops the field with six – Dolly takes four

Dear Evan Hansen, an emotion-clutching musical about teenage outsiders, grabbed the spotlight at the 2017 Tony Awards. It won a half-dozen trophies, including Best Musical, while its 23-year-old star Ben Platt took home honours for Leading Actor in a Musical. On the distaff side, Bette Midler, as was generally predicted, won Best Actress in a […]

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Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize – meet the winners

The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments today announced the winners of the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize.  The winners were revealed at the West End gala held at the Noёl Coward Theatre which was hosted by Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe. Izuka Hoyle won the Stephen Sondheim Society […]

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New dancers join Thriller Live cast in the West End

Eight young dancers are making their West End debuts in the record-breaking Thriller Live at London’s Lyric Theatre. The new cast members have all secured 12-month contracts with the show which will ensure they are part of the 10th anniversary celebrations planned for January 2018. Unveiling details of the new dancers, the show’s award-winning director […]

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Musical version of Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill to premiere in US next year

Stage and screen star Idina Menzel will lead a reading of the eagerly-anticipated stage musical version of Alanis Morissette’s angst-fuelled album Jagged Little Pill. Although the Wicked star will be part of the Actors’ Equity reading of the new show, it has been reported that Menzel will not be available for the musical’s premiere next year as she is […]

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The Other Palace’s The Little Beasts – cast announced

Casting has been announced for the work-in-progress presentation of brand new family musical The Little Beasts at The Other Palace this summer. Promising magical and innovative puppetry, the Perfect Pitch and Global Musicals presentation features music by Luke Bateman and a book and lyrics by Michael Conley and is aimed at children aged seven and […]

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Michael Rouse stars in Superhero at the Southwark Playhouse

Michael Rouse will star in the world premiere of the one-man musical Superhero at London’s Southwark Playhouse from 28 June to 22 July 2017 (press night is 30 June). Directed by Adam Lenson and written by Richy Hughes, Joseph Finlay and Michael Conley (based on an original idea by Hughes), Superhero is the first musical […]

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Performer news for Graeae’s 2017 Reasons To Be Cheerful tour

Casting has been announced for pioneering theatre company Graeae’s return to the road with its acclaimed musical Reasons To Be Cheerful 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 seven-venue 2017 […]

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National Theatre’s Follies – further cast details

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

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Take That inspired musical The Band – record-breaking ticket sales as full cast revealed

Advanced sales for the UK tour of the Take That-inspired musical The Band have now hit a record breaking £10 million. Due to launch on 8 September at the Manchester Opera House, the venue where Take That first performed in 1992, the show will play its national press night on 26 September. Revealing details of the […]

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America’s Fox channel plans Rent and A Christmas Story broadcasts

US broadcaster Fox is challenging rival network NBC’s reputation as the TV home of live musical theatre by lining up two new pieces of event programming. A major new production of Jonathan Larson’s innovative musical Rent and a version of A Christmas Story with new songs written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will follow on […]

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Fantastic Mr Fox heads back to Lyric Hammersmith

The hit touring production of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox will return to London’s Lyric Hammersmith next month seven months after its launch at the venue. Following on from its world premiere last Christmas at Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre, the Nuffield and Leicester Curve’s new musical adaptation of the classic story has been touring the UK […]

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Peter Rabbit bounces back to the Old Laundry Theatre

Innovative family musical adventure Where is Peter Rabbit? will return to the heart of the Lake District on Saturday (10 June) for a 12-week summer season. The show, which adds the wit of leading playwright Alan Ayckbourn to the timeless magic of Beatrix Potter and combines live performance, projection and recorded material, will once again […]

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Fat Friends The Musical – Sam Bailey and Elaine C Smith join cast

Former X Factor winner Sam Bailey and award-winning comedian and actress Elaine C Smith will join the previously announced Jodie Prenger in the major new musical re-shaping of popular ITV drama Fat Friends later this year. Bailey, the former real-life prison officer whose theatre roles include playing Mamma Morton in last year’s UK tour of […]

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Drama Desk Awards – top honours for Dolly, Midler and Come from Away

To no one’s great surprise, Hello, Dolly! and its star Bette Midler walked away with top honours at the Drama Desk Awards. The revival of the Jerry Herman blockbuster classic did share the spotlight, though, with several new musicals, including Come from Away, which was named Outstanding Musical. The awards from the Drama Desk, an […]

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Wicked Young Writer Awards finalists revealed

The names of the 115 finalists in the running for the seventh annual Wicked Young Writer Awards have been revealed. Confirmed by the judging panel once again headed by How to Train Your Dragon author-illustrator Cressida Cowell, the finalists were chosen by teachers from both primary and secondary school sectors. Championed by Patron Her Royal […]

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Diana Vickers cast in Dusty-inspired Son of a Preacher Man

X Factor singer turned stage star Diana Vickers will take on the central role in the touring production of the Dusty Springfield-inspired Son of a Preacher Man. With a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Strictly’s King of the pithy putdown, Craig Revel Horwood, the national tour is due to begin at Bromley’s […]

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Will Young and Louise Rednapp to star in Cabaret tour

Former pop star and Strictly favourite Louise Redknapp will make her stage debut as Sally Bowles in this autumn’s nationwide tour of Rufus Norris’ acclaimed revival of Cabaret. Opening at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 21 September, the show will also star former Pop Idol Will Young who will once again play the Emcee, […]

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London Fringe premiere of 9 to 5 musical – creative team announced

Joseph Hodges will direct the London Fringe premiere of the Dolly Parton show 9 to 5 The Musical when it debuts at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in late summer. Based on the hit 1980s movie which starred Parton and featured the iconic title song, 9 to 5 The Musical will play the Highgate Village venue from 30 […]

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Competition – win a pair of tickets to see The Quentin Dentin Show

We have THREE pairs of tickets to give away for:   THE QUENTIN DENTIN SHOW ★ ★ ★ ★ – Musical Theatre Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – ‘This rock musical is a winner’ – The Upcoming   The cult hit rock musical is back. Join the charismatic Quentin Dentin on his mission to make […]

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New stage show Purple Rain – celebrating the music of Prince – begins tour in 2018

Purple Rain – a new theatrical event celebrating the music of one of the world’s greatest pop artists, Prince – will tour the UK from February 2018 (kicking off from 1 to 10 February 2018 at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley). Directed by Gary Lloyd, director of hit production Thriller Live, the show is billed as […]

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Pippin will be next musical at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre

Award-winning musical Pippin will be the next collaboration between Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment. The musical will run from Friday 25 August to Saturday 23 September in the acclaimed 150-seater Ancoats venue. The production is the fourth show from Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment, who first joined forces in January 2016 to […]

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Hairspray tour – casting details

Casting has been revealed for the touring production of the hit musical Hairspray which will begin its second major UK and Ireland tour in Cardiff on 16 August 2017. Comedian and actor Norman Pace [pictured left] will play Wilbur Turnblad, while Rebecca Mendoza makes her professional debut playing Tracy Turnblad. Matt Rixon (Edna Turnblad), Brenda Edwards […]

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Full cast for London transfer of Yank!

Casting has been announced for the London transfer of Off-Broadway musical Yank! next month. Just months after starring in the acclaimed UK premiere run of the show at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, Scott Hunter (A Chorus Line, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) will return to the central role of Stu. He will be joined by Andy […]

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Mamma Mia! The Party set to open in London

Björn Ulvaeus and producer Ingrid Sutej are applying for planning permission to bring their successful project Mamma Mia! The Party to London. The duo is hoping to build a temporary venue in Waterloo to house a typical Greek taverna which provides the setting for a show that features new characters, a new story, songs from […]

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William Ludwig and Dean Austin to perform new show at The Pheasantry

International cabaret act William Ludwig and Dean Austin will return to London in July with two shows at The Pheasantry in the King’s Road. Following on from performances at New York’s Don’t Tell Mama and at the Ruhrfestival in Germany, the pair will unveil their new show Movimento on Wednesday 5 July and Thursday 6 July. […]

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Lorna Dallas to return to London cabaret for first time in 20 years

International theatre and singing star Lorna Dallas is to return to the world of cabaret for the first time in two decades with her new show at London’s Live At Zédel. The singer, who first won the hearts of UK audiences when she appeared alongside Cleo Laine in the hit 1971 revival of Show Boat […]

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Bat Out of Hell – London Coliseum season extended

The much-anticipated London Coliseum season of Jim Steinman’s rock classic Bat Out of Hell is to run for an extra two weeks due to exceptional public demand. Tickets have already gone on sale for the extra dates which will extend the limited season beyond the original end date of 22 July to the new final […]

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Emma Rice will direct new musical as part of her final Shakespeare’s Globe season

Opening the 2017 winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (The Winter Selection) at Shakespeare’s Globe will be Romantics Anonymous, a new musical directed by Emma Rice. The piece also has a book written by Rice, lyrics by Christopher Dimond, and music by Michael Kooman, presented by special arrangement with Radio Mouse Entertainment. This will be […]

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Our House UK tour – former BGT winner George Sampson joins cast

Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson will join the upcoming UK tour of Madness musical Our House this summer. The street dancer turned actor will take on the role of bad boy Reecey alongside the previously announced Deena Payne, Jason Kadji and Sophie Matthew in the new production of the Olivier Award-winning show. Presented by […]

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West End The Girls to close in July before beginning national tour in 2018

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical comedy The Girls, based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls, will return home to Yorkshire and the Leeds Grand Theatre on 15 August 2018, before touring to 42 theatres across the United Kingdom. The critically acclaimed and award-winning production will […]

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On the Town at Regent’s Park – Jacob Maynard takes over the role of Chip

During Monday evening’s performance (22 May) of On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Fred Haig – who plays Chip in the production – sustained an injury to his foot which has now been confirmed as a fracture. A press release announcing the news reads: ‘Sadly, this means that he has had to […]

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