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Tyrone Huntley joins guest stars at Willemijn Verkaik’s London concert

Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award winner Tyrone Huntley will be one of several guest performers at international musical theatre star Willemijn Verkaik’s West End concert in July. The Dreamgirls star who is soon to reprise his acclaimed performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar is one of a number of guest stars who will join […]

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Kids Week 2017 – show line-up revealed

Over 35 of London’s biggest shows have joined the line-up for this year’s popular Kids Week event this August. Now in its 20th year, the annual London theatre initiative which will run 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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Casting for The Hunting of the Snark musical at the Vaudeville Theatre

Full casting has been revealed for the musical version of Lewis Carroll’s classic nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark which will make its West End debut this summer. Gemma Colclough will direct Will Bryant (Incident at Vichy, Finborough Theatre), Ben Galpin (Potted Sherlock, Vaudeville Theatre), Jordan Leigh-Harris (The Hunting of the Snark, Edinburgh Fringe […]

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Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans lead Wicked principal cast changes in July

Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans will take on the central roles in the hugely successful Wicked at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre from Monday 24 July. Fearn (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek The Musical), who originally joined the West End production last year as Standby Elphaba will step into the role she understudied alongside show newcomer Sophie […]

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Fiddler On the Roof at Chichester – full casting details

The full company has been announced today for Fiddler On the Roof, running at Chichester Festival Theatre from 10 July to 26 August, with a press night on Tuesday 18 July. Directed by Daniel Evans, the cast of this new staging of the classic Broadway musical is led by Omid Djalili and Tracy-Ann Oberman. The […]

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Zedel return for Joan Vazquez’s Sondheim show

Spanish artist Joan Vázquez will return to London next month with his celebration of musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim, Something’s Coming – a Sondheim Tribute. The performer, who made his London debut last autumn as part of the launch season of entertainment concept Live At Zédel, will once again appear at the Crazy Coqs on […]

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On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – opening night postponed

This week’s press night for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of the classic Hollywood musical On the Town has been postponed due to the ‘incapacity’ of actor Fred Haig (playing Chip) who has broken his foot. Billed as the Regent’s Park Theatre’s ‘biggest ever dance musical’, On the Town directed and choreographed by […]

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Quentin Dentin Show is back in ‘biggest form yet’ at Tristan Bates Theatre

Casting has been announced for the first full Off-West End production of cult favourite The Quentin Dentin Show at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre from 19 June. Returning performers Luke Lane (King John, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Shauna Riley (Bas, Prague Fringe) will be joined by Max Panks (Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Park Theatre), Freya Tilly (You Won’t […]

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Music Theatre International picks up rights for classic Lerner and Loewe musicals

Timeless My Fair Lady is one of five classic Lerner & Loewe musicals acquired by leading theatrical licensing agency Music Theatre International (MTI). The legendary writing team’s much-loved re-working of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, lines up alongside the duo’s much loved Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and their newly restored early work The Day Before […]

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Drew McOnie to direct King Kong on Broadway next year

Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie will direct the much-anticipated King Kong musical when it bursts onto Broadway in the autumn of 2018. With a score by accomplished music director and film composer Marius de Vries (La La Land, Moulin Rouge) and songs by singer/songwriter Eddie Perfect (Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Beetlejuice), the show now has a […]

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Elf the Musical is back for Christmas with Ben Forster returning to title role

Ben Forster will be back in green this Christmas when he returns to the role of Buddy in Elf the Musical. The actor who shot to fame when he won Andrew Lloyd Webber’s television talent search for his leading actor in the stadium tour of Jesus Christ Superstar is currently winning acclaim for his performance in […]

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Mamma Mia! film sequel to dance into cinemas next July

Universal has confirmed work has begun on a sequel to the studio’s hit film version of Mamma Mia! in advance of a 20 July 2018 launch date. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! will feature Abba songs not used in the 2008 film and the studio has brought in Ol Parker, the writer of The […]

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Blondel premiere at the Union Theatre – cast details

The cast has been revealed for a brand new version of the Tim Rice musical comedy Blondel which will get its London premiere at the Union Theatre from 21 June to 15 July. Press night is 23 June. Blondel has lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Stephen Oliver. The book is by Tom Williams […]

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Crazy For You tour – Charlotte Wakefield to play Polly

Charlotte Wakefield will play Polly in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre’s acclaimed production of classic George and Ira Gershwin musical Crazy For You.  Wakefield joins the previously announced Tom Chambers as Bobby and Caroline Flack as Irene. From the producers of Sister Act and Nativity! The Musical, the national tour of Crazy For […]

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Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize – finalists revealed

The 12 students who will perform at this year’s West End gala for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and the 10th anniversary of The Stiles + Drewe Prize have been announced. Chosen from performing arts schools across the country the finalists are: Tom Blackmore, Verity Blyth, Katie Buchholz, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Georgia […]

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The Other Palace’s new musical theatre initiatives – first work in progress is Heathers the Musical

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul Taylor-Mills have unveiled details of The Other Palace Development Programme and the productions that will make up the first Work in Progress series at the new London musical theatre venue. Formerly the St James Theatre, the newest addition to the Really Useful Theatres Group was launched as The Other Palace […]

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Winner of West End Bake Off is 42nd Street

42nd Street was today announced as the winners of the third annual West End Bake Off in aid of theatrical charity Acting for Others. The winners, chosen by judges choreographer Arlene Phillips and Olivier Award-winning actress Janie Dee, were revealed at the event held today at the Actors’ Church, St Paul’s  Covent Garden. The show was crowned the winner after competing against 16 other teams, including Kinky Boots, […]

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Danny Mac to star in Sunset Boulevard tour

Danny Mac is to star as Joe Gillis in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Curve’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard. Ria Jones is to play Norma Desmond and the show is to be directed by Nikolai Foster. Sunset Boulevard will open at Curve on Saturday 16 September 2017 (press […]

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Opera North’s Kiss Me, Kate to play London Coliseum in 2018

Opera North’s award-winning production of Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me, Kate will make its debut in the capital at the London Coliseum in June next year. Bringing together top talent from the worlds of opera and the West End stage, and featuring the full-scale orchestra and chorus of Opera North, the London run of the […]

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Heather Brothers musical Holy Crap to debut at the King’s Head

West End stars John Addison and Arvid Larsen will head the cast of new musical comedy Holy Crap when it opens at London’s King’s Head Theatre next month. The latest from The Heather Brothers, the writing partnership behind the award winning A Slice of Saturday Night, the show follows the arrival in the UK of […]

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ musical to open at Menier Chocolate Factory

A brand new production of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical will opens at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in Adrian’s 50th birthday year. Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary’s musical of Leicester’s favourite teen has undergone a period of further development since its original production at Curve in […]

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Liver Birds musical world premiere – cast revealed

Joanna Monro [pictured] and Lesley Molony will play Carla Lane’s much-loved comic creations in the world premiere in Liverpool of a new musical based on the hit TV series The Liver Birds later this month. The West End veterans who both appeared in Mamma Mia!, will play the iconic roles of Sandra and Beryl, with […]

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West End Bares is staged at the Novello Theatre in October

Burlesque-flavoured fundraiser West End Bares will return to the Novello Theatre for two shows on Sunday 29 October. Tickets are now on sale for the annual event which is staged in aid of the Make A Difference Trust, the UK-based charity involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS. An ‘Early Bird’ offer of 20% off the […]

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Punk to meet opera in new West End musical The Anarchy Arias

Open auditions will be held to find new talent to star in a major new musical which combines vintage punk with opera. Inspired by Sex Pistols’ bassist Glen Matlock’s innovative operatic punk album ‘The Anarchy Arias’, The Anarchy Arias Musical will hit the West End next year. Featuring some of punk’s most distinctive songs, including […]

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Original cast recording of The Wind in the Willows soon to be released

The original cast recording of new musical The Wind in the Willows, with book by Julian Fellowes, music by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, has been recorded and is now available for pre-order. The cast of the new West End musical, which begins previews on 16 June prior to an official opening on […]

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From Page To Stage festival – Bacharach’s Some Lovers heads line-up

Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers will receive its fully presented European premiere as part of this year’s From Page To Stage summer festival. Bacharach’s second original musical is a surprise inclusion in the line-up for Aria Entertainment’s annual event which moves to its new home at The Other Palace for three weeks this […]

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NBC plans Jesus Christ Superstar Live! for Easter 2018

US broadcaster NBC has revealed its next live production of a major musical will be Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Following on from its successful Christmas season broadcasts of star-studded live musical productions, the network giant has unveiled its plans to bring the groundbreaking musical to the small screen for one […]

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Clive Rowe hosts Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize

Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe will host the 11th annual West End gala for The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and the 10th anniversary of The Stiles + Drewe Prize next month. Featuring a special performance by fellow Olivier Award winner and guest judge Janie Dee, the event will be staged at the […]

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Blondel is back in Union Theatre revival

A brand new version of the Tim Rice musical comedy Blondel, which follows the trials and triumphs of an ambitious minstrel in King Richard the Lionheart’s court, will get its London premiere at the Union Theatre from 21 June to 15 July. Press night is 23 June. Blondel has lyrics by Rice and music by […]

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West End Bake Off – Arlene Phillips and Janie Dee join Barbara Windsor as judges

Choreographer Arlene Phillips and actress Janie Dee will join returning judge Barbara Windsor to choose the winners at 2017’s West End Bake Off later this month. The fundraiser that combines freshly baked cakes and sweet treats with West End theatre stars is due to take place at the Actors’ Church, St Paul’s on Saturday 20 May. […]

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Next stop for Lucie Jones after Eurovision is The Wedding Singer tour

Rent star Lucie Jones will join the national tour of The Wedding Singer for a limited six-week run next month. The Welsh singer who will be representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend in Kiev, will step into the role of Holly when the touring production reaches Aberdeen on 20 June. Jones’ casting […]

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London’s Mamma Mia! – June cast changes

Full details have been announced for the 12 June cast changes for Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre. Alishia-Marie Blake, Stuart Hickey, Mark Isherwood, Matt Jordan-Pidgeon, Tyler Kennington, Madeleine Leslay, Natasha O’Brien, Alice O’Hanlon, Alexanda O’Reilly, Adam Paul-Robertson, Oli Reynolds and Katy Stredder will join the previously announced Sara Poyzer, Kate Graham, Jacqueline Braun, Richard […]

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The Lion King – new cast members join pack

Eleven new cast members have joined the award-winning West End production of Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. Now in its 18th year in the capital, the show’s new principal line-up includes Janique Charles, the Trinidad and Tobago-born actress who moved to London to join the UK touring cast of the show in 2013. […]

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Musical theatre wins big at The Mousetraps awards event

Musical theatre productions dominated the list of winners at the sixth annual awards ceremony for ‘The Mousetraps’. Presented by Mousetraps Theatre Projects’ Youth Forum, chosen by more than 500 young theatregoers (aged 15-23), nine out of the 12 awards went to musical theatre performers and productions. Dreamgirls’ Tyrone Huntley collected two awards, one for his own performance as […]

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Noah and the Whale’s Charlie Fink to debut new show at The Old Vic

Indie rock band Noah and the Whale’s former frontman Charlie Fink will return to London’s Old Vic to premiere his second new theatre production next month ahead of a UK tour. Following on from the Olivier-nominated production of Dr Seuss’ The Lorax which debuted at The Old Vic in 2015, songwriter Fink has once again joined […]

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Casting revealed for Committee… (A New Musical) at the Donmar Warehouse

The Donmar Warehouse has announced full casting for The Public Administration and Constitution Affairs Committee Take Oral Evidence on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company, a new musical with music by Tom Deering, and book and lyrics by Hadley Fraser and Josie Rourke (running from 24 June to 12 August 2017 – press night is 3 […]

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Amélie sets Broadway closing

The fallout from the Tony Awards nominations, announced four days ago, has begun. Amélie, A New Musical, which came up with nary a nod, has announced it will depart Broadway on 21 May. The fan base of the popular French movie on which the musical is based and the marquee value of its star, Phillipa […]

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Spamalot to begin UK tour in Blackpool

The Knights of the Round Table will be galloping into towns across the UK this autumn when a major new production of Spamalot hits the road following its critically acclaimed run at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre. Presented by Selladoor Productions and the Mercury Theatre, the latest version of the award-winning musical will open at Blackpool Opera […]

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Kinky Boots cast changes – Simon-Anthony Rhoden takes over the role of Lola

Simon-Anthony Rhoden will take over the role of Lola in the multi award-winning Kinky Boots in July (the actor has been acting as Matt Henry’s understudy). Rhoden’s move into the role that won musical theatre newcomer Henry critical and audience acclaim and an Olivier Award for Best Actor was announced alongside the casting of former Emmerdale […]

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Full cast for Watermill’s A Little Night Music

Full casting has been confirmed for the first actor/musician production of Stephen Sondheim’s haunting A Little Night Music at the Watermill Theatre this summer. Part of the Watermill’s 50th anniversary season and following on from the success of previous productions of Sondheim’s work at the intimate Berkshire venue, A Little Night Music will run from 27 […]

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Half a Sixpence – West End production closes in September

First presented at Chichester’s Festival Theatre, Half a Sixpence will play its final performance in London on Saturday 2 September, having extended its limited season twice. This popular reinvention of the musical has now well and truly launched the career of newcomer Charlie Stemp with his award-winning performance in the lead role of role of […]

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Family musical version of The Hunting of the Snark opens in the West End before tour

A family musical version of Lewis Carroll’s classic nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark will make its West End debut this summer. Following on from its world premiere at Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre last year and a successful run at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, the family musical adventure will begin previewing at […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park – Declan Bennett and Tyrone Huntley return to cast

Declan Bennett is one of four cast members from the multi award-winning 2016 Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar to return for the show’s much-anticipated 2017 limited season. Singer-songwriter Bennett will take to the Regent’s Park stage once again in the title role alongside Tyrone Huntley who will reprise his award-winning […]

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Musical Liver Birds to make Liverpool debut

Carla Lane’s Liver Birds will take flight in their home city for one night only this month in the world premiere of a new musical based on the hit TV series. The culmination of the show’s first workshop, the exclusive concert presentation of The Liver Birds Flying Home, will play Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre on 30 May. […]

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West End’s School of Rock – The Musical – Gary Trainor to take over lead role

Gary Trainor will step into the leading role of Dewey Finn in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Olivier Award-winning School of Rock – The Musical later this month. The actor, who has played the alternate Dewey since the show’s London premiere, will lead the cast from 17 May with Stephen Leask joining the cast as the new […]

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Exclusive first look at new Aladdin Matthew Croke

Disney Theatrical Productions has released an exclusive first look at Matthew Croke in the title role in Aladdin ahead of his first performance on 5 June 2017 at the Prince Edward Theatre. A behind-the-scenes video of Croke’s very first Aladdin transformation and photo shoot is also available now. The new musical based on the Academy […]

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CD Review – Golden Days – Brian May and Kerry Ellis

GOLDEN DAYS – Brian May and Kerry Ellis (Sony Music) A follow up to their last album collaboration, Anthems, this new CD from Brian May and Kerry Ellis has 13 tracks of which five are original songs written by May and/or Ellis. It’s an eclectic mix of rock with musical theatre and at times it works – […]

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35mm: A Musical Exhibition to open at The Other Palace Studio

Ryan Scott Oliver’s innovative 35mm: A Musical Exhibition will play The Other Palace Studio for a limited two-week run this autumn. Inspired by the distinctive work of renowned Broadway photographer Matthew Murphy, the multi-media rock musical will play the new London venue from 18 until 30 September with a press night on Wednesday 20 September. […]

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Nativity! The Musical – Daniel Boys, Sarah Earnshaw and Simon Lipkin cast

Casting has been revealed for the world premiere of Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of Nativity! The Musical opening at the Rep on Friday 20 October 2017. Daniel Boys will play Paul Maddens, Sarah Earnshaw is Jennifer Lore and Simon Lipkin plays Mr Poppy. They will be joined by Andy Barke, Jamie Chapman, Jemma Churchill, Gary […]

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Tony nominations – Comet soars, with Dolly right behind

The Tony Award nominators have spoken, and the musical with the Broadway season’s longest title tops the list with a dozen nods: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Sashaying almost on the Comet’s tail is Hello, Dolly! with 10 nominations. Other musicals in a notably crowded field gaining Tony affection are Dear Evan […]

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