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Hope Mill Theatre’s Hair transfers to The Vaults

The acclaimed Hope Mill Theatre production of the iconic rock musical Hair transfers to London in autumn 2017, celebrating its 50th anniversary year. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the show plays The Vaults from 4 October to 3 December (press night is 10 October). The production of Hair created a huge buzz in Manchester when it opened […]

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Crazy For You tour – Caroline Flack joins Tom Chambers in cast

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

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Chichester season – Omid Djalili to star in Daniel Evans’ Fiddler On the Roof

Comedy favourite Omid Djalili’s performance as Tevye in a major new production of Fiddler On the Roof is set to be one of the musical highlights of Daniel Evans and Rachel Tackley’s first season at the Chichester Festival Theatre. The British-Iranian comedy actor whose many credits include taking on the role of Fagin in Oliver! […]

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Miranda Hart confirmed as Miss Hannigan in West End Annie

Multi award-winning comedy writer, actor and author Miranda Hart, will make her West End Theatre debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie, opening in the West End in May 2017. Previews at the Piccadilly Theatre will begin on 23 May 2017 with opening night on 5 June. The production, directed by Nikolai Foster, will be produced by […]

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Broadway’s Newsies – cinema screenings on Sunday

UK audiences will get their first glimpse of the Tony Award-winning musical Newsies when it makes its cinema debut on Sunday (19 February). The one day only screenings in the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand follow on from similar events in the US on 16 February and precedes screenings in various other countries on 22 […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas – Samantha Barks and Arthur Darvill cast in LMTO concert

After the success of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair at the Cadogan Hall in November last year and the concert of Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre, December 2016), initial casting has been announced for The London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s first concert of the 2017 season, the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon […]

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Yank! at the Hope Mill Theatre – casting revealed

Casting has been revealed for the international premiere of Off-Broadway musical and Second World War love story Yank! in Manchester next month. The first production in the second season of shows from the partnership between Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and London arts producer Aria Entertainment will run from 9 March to 8 April. Leading the cast are Scott […]

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The Phantom of the Opera – Ben Forster to continue in title role until September

Ben Forster will extend his run as The Phantom until Saturday 2 September in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera.  Now in its 31st year at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End, the show also stars Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine Daae and Nadim Naaman as Raoul. They are joined by […]

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Death Takes a Holiday – James Gant takes over from Chris Peluso

Death will have a new face from today (13 February) when James Gant will take over from Chris Peluso in the European premiere run of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre. Gant (Titanic), whose previous role in the production as the manservant Fidele will now be played by Ken Christiansen […]

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Girl power-fuelled 2 Become 1 returns to the King’s Head Theatre

Kerrie Thomason and Natasha Granger’s nineties girl power play 2 Become 1 returns to London’s King’s Head Theatre in April. Following sell-out runs at two successive Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and a run at the Islington venue last year, the show – taking its audience on a female-fuelled trip through the music and mood of 1990s Britain – will run […]

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – news of concept album

A concept album has been released to coincide with the world premiere run of Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Sheffield Theatres, running until 25 February (and opening tonight, 13 February). Featuring vocals from cast members John McCrea (The Busker’s Opera, Park Theatre), Josie Walker (War Horse, West End) and […]

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WhatsOnStage Awards – Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone to host

Stage and screen favourites Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone will present the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards at the sold-out concert event at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 19 February. Lipkin and Stone will take charge of the popular awards concert which will feature performances from cast members of some of the West End’s biggest […]

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Anyone Can Whistle at the Union Theatre – new gallery of images

Details of the full cast and creative team have been revealed for a rare revival of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurent’s musical satire Anyone Can Whistle and Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan has taken a whole new gallery of production images. The show will feature in the Phil Willmott Company’s new season at the Union Theatre (8 […]

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Singin’ in the Rain at the Grand Palais for Paris Christmas treat

The Theatre du Chatelet’s obsession with bringing the great American musicals to Paris in their original language is stalled for the next two years while the place undergoes a massive refurbishment – but it doesn’t mean the city will be starved of one of its favourite shows. While it is shut, the Chatelet is sending […]

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Fast food, singing staff – Leon Shaftesbury Avenue’s West End venue opens its doors

Shaftesbury Avenue is one of the main arteries of London’s theatreland. It is also one of its borders: as the street curves northeastwards from Piccadilly Circus to Cambridge Circus, theatres from the Lyric and Apollo up to the Palace adorn its northern side while to the south, cafés and restaurants abound, occasional displays of paper […]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrates four musicals on Broadway

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrated four musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opened at the Palace Theatre yesterday (9 February 2017). Three of Lloyd Webber’s musicals rang in 2017 by breaking house records at the Winter Garden (School of Rock – The Musical), Majestic (The Phantom of the Opera) and Neil Simon (Cats) […]

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Young Frankenstein to be brought to life in the West End

The UK premiere of Mel Brooks’ musical Young Frankenstein will arrive at London’s Garrick Theatre in October. Based on the much-loved hit 1974 hit film which was written by Brooks and his regular collaborator the legendary Gene Wilder, the musical will arrive in the West End nearly 10 years after its Broadway debut. The London […]

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Wilton’s Music Hall to revive How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Classic Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will return to London over 50 years after its West End debut when it plays Wilton’s Music Hall in April. The revival of the show which launched on Broadway in 1961 will play the distinctive East London venue from 8 until 22 April with a […]

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Sell a Door Peter Pan plays Blackpool Opera House in December

Peter Pan will fly once again this Christmas when the award-winning Sell a Door family bring its version of the classic tale of Neverland to the Blackpool Opera House. Peter Pan A Musical Adventure will play the iconic Blackpool venue from Saturday 16 December 2017 until Sunday 7 January 2018. Announcing details of the Opera House’s festive […]

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I Capture the Castle premiere at Watford Palace – casting news

Casting has been announced for Watford Palace Theatre’s world premiere presentation of the musical version of Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. A co-production with the Octagon Theatre Bolton and Kevin Wallace Limited ,the musical is due to play the Palace from Friday 31 March until Saturday 22 April, with a press night on Wednesday […]

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Stratford East and Jermyn Street theatres – changes at the top

Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Kerry Michael and Jermyn Street Theatre’s Anthony Biggs have both announced their intention to step down as artistic directors of their popular London venues. Michael, who has spent 12 highly successful years in the post, will leave Theatre Royal Stratford East at the end of this year. In a statement announcing […]

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Hamilton star Cleve September takes on creative role in Birmingham youth production of In The Heights

One of the stars of the much-anticipated West End debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton will take on a guiding role in a Birmingham youth production of Miranda’s debut musical In The Heights. Cleve September has signed on as associate director of the Birmingham Institute of Theatre Arts (BITA) summer production of Miranda’s first Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

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This Joint is Jumpin’ – Lillias White to make London debut

Multi award-winner Lillias White will make her London debut in jazz-infused This Joint is Jumpin’ at The Other Palace Studio in April. Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner White (Dreamgirls, The Life) will join British actor Samuel Anderson (best known for his role as Danny Pink in Doctor Who), internationally known tap […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas – Jason Robert Brown to conduct LMTO concert debut

Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will be the guest conductor when London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s plays a concert staging of his musical Honeymoon in Vegas next month. A patron of the LMTO, Brown will be the 30-strong orchestra’s first guest conductor when Honeymoon in Vegas receives its UK premiere at the London Palladium on 12 […]

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Sunset Boulevard UK and Ireland tour – details of dates

The UK and Ireland tour of the Curve production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard, starring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and directed by Nikolai Foster, will open at Curve on 16 September 2017 (press night is 28 September) before touring the UK and Ireland. Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning show is based on Billy Wilder’s film, accompanied by Don […]

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Sleepless musical premiere postponed until further notice

The premiere of Sleepless the musical, based on Nora Ephron’s hit movie Sleepless in Seattle, has been postponed until next year at the earliest. A statement from the producers of the show, which was due to open at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal in April ahead of dates at The Lowry in Salford and Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre […]

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National Theatre 2017 season – Pinocchio and Follies provide the musical interest

There will be ‘no strings to hold him down’ when Pinocchio steps on to the stage at the National Theatre this Christmas as part of the prestigious venue’s packed 2017 season. Directed by John Tiffany, the world premiere of Pinocchio by Dennis Kelly joins the new production of the 1970s Broadway musical Follies as two of […]

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Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards – Groundhog Day comes out on top

The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical (new or revival) went to the Old Vic production of Groundhog Day at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2016 held today at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Written by Matilda the Musical’s Tim Minchin and directed by Matilda and Ghost director Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day features a […]

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Sondheim’s Frogs at Jermyn Street Theatre – Matus and Rae head cast

The 2004 Broadway re-working of Stephen Sondheim’s quirky musical comedy The Frogs, presented by House on the Hill Productions, will receive its UK premiere at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre from 14 March until 8 April. With a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, based on Sondheim and Burt Shevelove’s original 1974 work, the production will […]

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Maria Friedman to direct new Dusty Springfield musical in 2018

The turbulent life of one of British pop’s most distinctive singers, Dusty Springfield, will be the subject of a new musical to be directed by one of the West End’s most accomplished leading ladies, Maria Friedman. Billed as the first ‘authorised’ musical about Springfield, Dusty will be written by playwright, novelist and screenwriter Jonathan Harvey […]

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Grease UK tour – casting complete

Full casting has been revealed for this year’s national tour of the original West End production of Grease featuring Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Hope, The Wanted’s Tom Parker and former EastEnder Louise Lytton. Completing the cast are Tom Senior as Kenickie, Michael Cortez as Sonny, Oliver Jacobson as Roger, Ryan Heenan as Doody, Callum […]

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Tracie Bennett to lead cast of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice concerts

Double Olivier Award winner and Tony award nominee Tracie Bennett will head the cast for two special concert presentations of new musical The Sorcerer’s Apprentice on 7 February (Broadway Theatre, Letchworth) and 8 February (The Ambassadors, West End). Audiences will get their first glimpse of the show based on the 18th century poem by German […]

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Dirty Dancing tour extended to include return visits

Return dates in Manchester, Blackpool, Liverpool, Woking and Sunderland have been added to the schedule of the newest touring production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. Following a successful Christmas season at London’s Phoenix Theatre and dates in Bremen and Cannes, Baby and Johnny are having the time of their lives once again […]

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My Land’s Shore premiere – cast and creatives revealed

Full casting and creatives have been announced for All Star Productions’ world premiere of the historical Welsh musical My Land’s Shore. Based on the true story of the tragic hero of the Merthyr Rising of 1831, when iron workers and coal miners were involved in bloody clashes with soldiers drafted in to protect industrialists, the […]

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour to open at Duke of York’s in May

Lee Hall’s critically acclaimed Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour will open at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre in May following a sell-out run last summer at the National Theatre. Reuniting original cast members with director Vicky Featherstone, Hall’s musical adaptation of Alan Warner’s best-selling novel The Sopranos will preview from 9 May ahead of an […]

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The Devil Wears Prada musical – Elton John joins the team

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Elton John is reportedly working with playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick on the Broadway musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada. Multi award-winning producer Kevin McCollum (Avenue Q, Rent, In The Heights) has reportedly confirmed the latest development in his plans to take author Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 tale set in the world of […]

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Olivier Awards 2017 – special red carpet access to fans

Audiences across the world will be able to tune in to the Olivier Awards’ first red carpet live show when the stage honours make their debut at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April. Details of the innovative broadcast show, aimed at allowing theatre fans across the world to get closer to the glamour […]

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Lucie Jones wins chance to represent UK at Eurovision Song Contest

RENT star Lucie Jones has come out on top in the battle to represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The Welsh singer, currently winning rave reviews for her performance in the 2oth anniversary production of Jonathan Larson’s innovative musical, won over the judges and the voting public with her performance of the ballad ‘Never […]

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The Life at Southwark Playhouse – casting details

Full casting has been revealed for the Broadway musical The Life which makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show’s original Broadway director Michael Blakemore, at Southwark Playhouse from 25 March to 29 April 2017, with press night on 29 March. The cast includes John Addison (Jojo), David Albury (Fleetwood), Jalisa Andrews (Chichi), Matthew Caputo (Oddjob), Lawrence Carmichael (Snickers), Omari Douglas (Slick), Aisha Jawando (Carmen), Thomas-Lee Kidd (Bobby), Charlotte Reavey (April), Jo Servi (Lacy), Lucinda Shaw (Tracy), Johnathan Tweedie (Theodore), T’Shan Williams (Queen) and Joanna Woodward (Mary). […]

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The Wind in the Willows press launch – London Palladium

The London Palladium will play host to the definitive musical theatre version of Kenneth Grahame’s book The Wind in the Willows this summer, according to producer Jamie Hendry. The musical features music by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, who are no strangers to adaptations of classic children’s stories from Honk! and Just So […]

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Hamilton West End – initial casting revealed

  Initial casting has been announced for the West End production of Hamilton: Christine Allado (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton), Tarinn Callender (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Rachel John (Angelica Schuyler), Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Cleve September (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton), Giles Terera (Aaron Burr) and Obioma Ugoala (George Washington) will open the […]

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Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre – exclusive images

Thanks to Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan, here are exclusive production images of the European premiere of the musical Death Takes a Holiday, continuing at the Charing Cross Theatre, London until 4 March (press night is on 23 January). Zoë Doano, Chris Peluso and Mark Inscoe head the cast of the much-anticipated staging of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a […]

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Half a Sixpence – booking extended into September

For the second time booking has been extended for the critically acclaimed West End transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh production of Half a Sixpence. Tickets for show at the Noel Coward Theatre are now available until 2 September. An extra midweek matinee performance on Thursdays at 2.30pm will also be added from […]

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Dieting drama Fat Friends shapes up for musical debut

This November a major new musical re-shaping of popular ITV drama Fat Friends will make its debut in Leeds, the hometown of its creator, top TV writer Kay Mellor. Written and directed by prolific Mellor and with original music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber, Fat Friends – The Musical will star West End favourite Jodie Prenger […]

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One Love: The Bob Marley Musical – full cast and creative team revealed

Full casting has been announced for Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of One Love: The Bob Marley Musical which premieres in March (10 March to 8 April). Set across a dramatic period in the music legend’s life, this new production written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, tells the story of a man propelled from rising reggae star to global icon. […]

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The Girls dress rehearsal – nurses offered free seats

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth are offering nurses free seats to see the dress rehearsal of their new musical comedy The Girls at the Phoenix Theatre in London on Saturday 28 January at 2.30pm. Tickets will be available in person from the theatre box office at 10am on Saturday 28 January on a first-come-first-served basis, […]

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Nicholas Lyndhurst joins ENO Carousel

Small screen favourite Nicholas Lyndhurst will return to the West End stage for the first time since 2011 to join the previously announced Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins in the much-anticipated Carousel at the London Coliseum in April. Last seen in on the London stage in Trevor Nunn’s 2011 production of The Tempest, the much-loved […]

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The Girls and Gary Barlow – see behind the scenes

Here’s a first look at rehearsal photos of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical, The Girls. Based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls, The Girls will open in London’s West End at the Phoenix Theatre, with performances from 28 January 2017. The West End premiere […]

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Wicked tour will fly back to UK in 2018

The touring version of the smash hit musical Wicked will make a return to the UK next February to play ten UK and Ireland cities. A success at venues across the world, the tour played its last UK dates at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre in July 2016 before embarking on an international leg of the tour […]

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Something for everybody at Live at Zédel

To launch its spring programme, Piccadilly cabaret room Live at Zédel gave us a taster of seven very different acts, drolly introduced by French comic/compere Marcel Lucont, who is very funny indeed, rather naughty, and will be well worth seeing during Zedel’s French Fest in March. From a musical theatre point of view the highlight […]

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