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Sheffield Theatres’ This is My Family – full cast announced

Following a critically acclaimed, award-winning run last year in the Studio, Daniel Evans’ production of Tim Firth’s musical This Is My Family returns to Sheffield Theatres from 9-18 October, ahead of a national tour to Royal & Derngate Northampton, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Liverpool Playhouse and the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. Clare Burt (Yvonne), Bill Champion […]

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Aherns and Flaherty’s Dessa Rose – Erivo and Janson cast

Cynthia Erivo (I Can’t Sing!, The Color Purple) returns to the West End in the title role of the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Dessa Rose when it opens at London’s Trafalgar Studios from 29 July-30 August (press night is 31 July). Cassidy Janson (Avenue Q, Wicked, Candide) will play the role of Ruth. […]

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Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess – Regent’s Park Open Air production in rehearsal

Rehearsals are in full flow for the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess which will run at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 17 July to 23 August, with opening night on 28 July. Celebrated as a landmark piece of American theatre with iconic songs including ‘Summertime’, ‘I Got Plenty of Nothing’, ‘I Loves You Porgy’ and ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’, Porgy and Bess will be directed by Regent’s Park Open […]

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Oh What a Lovely War returns to Theatre Royal Stratford East

Following a sold-out run in spring 2014, Terry Johnson’s revival of Oh What a Lovely War will return to its spiritual home – Theatre Royal Stratford East – in January 2015, before embarking on a national tour. It will be produced by Judy Lloyd and Matthew Mitchell. Oh What a Lovely War, a satirical musical about the First World […]

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The Great British Musicals In Concert – Dearman and Robyns join line-up

West End performers Louise Dearman and Jon Robyns are joining the cast of The Great British Musicals In Concert at St James Theatre, in a production that celebrates the very best of British musicals over the decades. Dearman made history as the first actress to play both starring roles in Wicked. She has just appeared as […]

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Dogfight – Southwark Playhouse – casting revealed

Casting has been announced for the European premiere of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s musical Dogfight, produced by Danielle Tarento, the award-winning producer of Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel, and directed by Matt Ryan, in The Large at Southwark Playhouse for a six-week season from Friday 8 August to Saturday 13 September (press night is Wednesday 13 August). […]

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Urinetown the Musical transfers to the West End

Director Jamie Lloyd’s critically acclaimed production of Urinetown the Musical will transfer to the Apollo Theatre, running from 29 September 2014. With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, Urinetown had its UK premiere earlier this year at the St James Theatre. Director Lloyd said: “Having attracted a diverse audience of all ages at the St. James earlier this year, I’m […]

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Wicked – Ashleigh Gray is new tour Elphaba, Nikki Davis-Jones joins London cast

Ashleigh Gray (Elphaba), Samuel Edwards (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Richard Vincent (Boq) and Jacqueline Hughes (Standby Elphaba) will join the record-breaking UK tour of Wicked from 16 September 2014 at Liverpool Empire Theatre. Current cast members Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba), Liam Doyle (Fiyero), Dale Rapley (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), George Ure […]

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Sondheim Society marks anniversary with God, a celebration and parody

As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, the Stephen Sondheim Society will be paying tribute to the composer/lyricist with a brand new show called God, premiering at London Theatre Workshop for only six performances in July (8-12 July). With tongue very firmly in cheek, there will be gentle parodies that serve to demonstrate Sondheim’s art, songs that emphasise his genius, and brand new compositions inspired […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – what a song and dance

Musical Theatre Review’s Paul Vale had to ‘work’ for his press ticket to a special Dirty Rotten Scoundrels media night at the Savoy Theatre. You have to hand it to the team at Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, they certainly know how to make the press work hard for their complimentary ticket. A digital press night took place […]

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Evita tour heads to West End for 55 performances

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita is to return to London’s West End for a strictly limited season, opening on Tuesday 16 September at the recently refurbished Dominion Theatre (press night is Monday 22 September). The musical, considered by many to be the writers’ masterwork will play for 55 performances only in the West End, with […]

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Cats returns to West End for 12-week Palladium season

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats returns to the West End for a strictly limited 12-week run at the London Palladium beginning early December 2014. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, tickets for this production will go on sale on Monday 7 July 2014 when casting and further details about the production will be announced. Cats is directed by Trevor […]

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Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon transfers to Harold Pinter Theatre

Sunny Afternoon, the critically acclaimed new musical which tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks, will open at the Harold Pinter Theatre in October 2014. Following a sold-out run at Hampstead Theatre, this world premiere production, with music and lyrics by Ray Davies, new […]

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory celebrates first birthday

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, last night marked the first anniversary of its opening at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane with a gala performance and party for cast, crew and special guests. Jake Poolman, one of the four young actors who shares the role of Charlie Bucket, led the curtain […]

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West End LIVE 2014 – in words and pictures

Steffi Geischer gives her overview of this year’s West End LIVE. West End LIVE is without a doubt the biggest theatre-related free event in London. I remember my first visits back in 2009 and 2010 before it was moved to Trafalgar Square. Although Leicester Square was packed all weekend, in those years West End LIVE was still […]

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Russell Grant plays Mrs Meers in fringe premiere of Modern Millie

Russell Grant, star of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, is to star as the mysterious and sinister Mrs Meers in the UK fringe premiere of the six-time Tony Award-winning tap dancing musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Thoroughly Modern Millie, with music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Dick Scanlan, and a book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, […]

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Hostage Song – Finborough Theatre

Hostage Song continues at the Finborough Theatre, London until 8 July. Just a glance at the strikingly stark picture of a blindfolded man on the cover of this production’s programme tells the audience that this is not a show for the faint-hearted. The European premiere of new musical Hostage Song, first performed at the Kraine Theater, […]

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Aherns and Flaherty’s Dessa Rose has European premiere at Trafalgar Studios

The European premiere of the musical drama Dessa Rose comes to London’s Trafalgar Studios from 29 July-30 August (press night is 31 July). Dessa Rose is based on the book by Sherley Anne Williams with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical and Rocky the Musical). This powerful story, […]

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West End LIVE 2014 – in pictures – by Roy Tan

West End LIVE in association with MasterCard took place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June 2014. Celebrating its tenth year, this annual event – the largest event of its type in the world – was organised by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre and offered free family entertainment from London’s […]

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Marry Me a Little – Simon Bailey and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

When Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little returns to the London stage for the first time in 17 years in a brand new production at St James Studio, Simon Bailey will star as Man and Laura Pitt-Pulford will star as Woman (the production runs from 29 July to 10 August, press night is 31 July). Simon Bailey was most recently seen as Liam in […]

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New Twickenham Theatre opens with Sweeney Todd

London’s fringe theatre scene is set to get bigger with the launch of the 100-seat Twickenham Theatre in west London. Located just one minute from Twickenham rail station and served by 12 bus routes and free local parking, Twickenham Theatre is a flexible performance space that will be both a producing and receiving house. The […]

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Kids Week achieves record-breaking first day sales

The annual London theatre initiative Kids Week (www.kidsweek.co.uk) has achieved a 77 per cent year-on-year increase in first-day sales, with 85,336 tickets sold in the first 24 hours since going on sale on 17 June at 10am (compared to the equivalent period in 2013). Revenue from paid tickets surpassed £2 million. Now in its 17th year and […]

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Made in Dagenham – a new British musical in the making

It has become the norm nowadays for there to be big launches for West End musicals a couple of months before opening night in order to rally as much press interest as possible, particularly via social media. Last week it was the turn of Memphis, with leading performers Beverley Knight, Killian Donnelly and composer/lyricist David Bryan treating special […]

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Kids Week returns with line-up of 37 shows

The annual London theatre initiative Kids Week (www.kidsweek.co.uk) returns this summer from 1–31 August 2014 with an exciting line-up of 37 shows offering free tickets for children. Now in its 17th year and run by Society of London Theatre, Kids Week is all about encouraging young people and their families to experience the magic of live […]

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Made in Dagenham musical – further casting revealed

Further casting has been revealed for the musical Made in Dagenham which will open at the Adelphi Theatre on Wednesday 5 November, with previews from Thursday 9 October. Based on the hit British film, this new musical comedy will star stage and screen actress Gemma Arterton in the lead role of Rita O’Grady, with Adrian Der Gregorian as […]

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Billy Elliot the Musical to be broadcast from cinema

On Sunday 28 September 2014, Billy Elliot the Musical will be broadcast live from the West End to cinemas across the UK and around the world. Based on the Academy Award-nominated film, Billy Elliot the Musical has been entertaining London’s theatergoers at the Victoria Palace Theatre since 2005, and has transferred around the world, winning more than 80 theatre awards globally including […]

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Exclusive – Simon Greiff directs Stiles and Drewe revue workshop on 25 July

You read it here first. On Friday 25 July at London’s St James Theatre, SimG Productions presents a workshop presentation of a new musical revue Anything Can Happen!, specifically created to celebrate the diverse repertoire of the Olivier Award-winning British writing team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Presented as an industry showcase, with only 100 […]

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The Scottsboro Boys – casting revealed for West End transfer

Initial casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Kander and Ebb’s award-winning and final musical The Scottsboro Boys. Brandon Victor Dixon, who originated the role of Haywood Patterson in the first US production of The Scottsboro Boys and is currently starring as Berry Gordy in Motown the Musical on Broadway, will make his West End debut this […]

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West End LIVE celebrates tenth anniversary

West End LIVE in association with MasterCard takes place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June 2014. Now in its tenth year, this annual event – the largest event of its type in the world – is organised by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre and offers free family […]

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West End production of Memphis – full cast revealed

Casting was announced today for the West End production of Broadway musical Memphis, which will have preview performances at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London from 9 October 2014 with opening night on 23 October. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Memphis has a Grammy Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro. […]

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The Stable production company backs new musicals beyond West End

A new production company, The Stable, is unveiled this week, established exclusively to commission, develop and present new musical theatre productions. The company is commissioning and producing ten shows over the next six years, each of which will be premiered and presented at off-West End and regional theatres. In recent years, a prestigious roster of intimate […]

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Tony Awards 2014 – Gentleman’s Guide and Hedwig come out on top

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder climaxed it lucky streak in this year’s theatrical award races this season by capturing  the coveted Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2013-14 Broadway season. It also picked up three other Tony trophies. Voters, however, spread their love widely among the musical nominees at the Tony Awards […]

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Once – Ronan Keating joins cast in November

On 17 November 2014 Ronan Keating will join the West End cast of Olivier Award-winning musical Once to play the leading role of Guy. Keating said: “I was truly bowled over when I first saw Once. The music and storyline are so incredibly moving and, combined with John Tiffany’s direction, I believe it’s a modern-day masterpiece. […]

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Emerging Artists – catch the latest show at Crazy Coqs

“Despite the financial rewards of a West End hit, there are still relatively few avenues for new musical theatre writers to showcase their new work. Thankfully Simon Greiff has recognised this need and created Emerging Artists at the Crazy Coqs in central London. Picking up the late night slot at the popular cabaret venue, Emerging Artists offers to introduce […]

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Musical highlights in Austria include Sondheim and a Disney classic

Ludovico Lucchesi Palli looks forward to a packed season ahead in Austrian theatre.  With the 2013/2014 season slowly coming to an end, theatres in Austria are getting ready for the upcoming season, which promises to combine classics from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim to a Disney favourite (for the first time in German) and some musical […]

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Youth Music Theatre UK launches groundbreaking summer season

In its tenth anniversary year, Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT) launches a groundbreaking season of international work in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to be produced during the summer of 2014. Youth Music Theatre UK is the leading music theatre company for young people aged 11-21, offering high standard training and mentoring and a proven way for […]

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Lambert Wilson cast in Yul Brynner role in The King and I

French film star Lambert Wilson is to play the Yul Brynner role in The King and I for 18 performances at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris from 13-29 June. This is the third Rodgers and Hammerstein show the Chatelet has staged, following The Sound of Music (twice) and Carousel. Wilson is best known internationally for playing the part […]

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Sondheim revue Marry Me a Little revived at St James Theatre

Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little will return to the London stage for the first time in 17 years in a brand new production at St James Studio Theatre, London for 16 performances only from 29 July (press night is 31 July). Marry Me A Little pieces together a selection of Sondheim songs to tell a bittersweet […]

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Gentleman’s Guide wins big at Drama Desk Awards

Persistence is paying off for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. The Broadway musical, which has already garnered ten Tony Award nominations (the Tony winners will be announced on 8 June), has now added seven Drama Desk Awards to its laurels. The show opened in the fall and had been struggling with weak ticket sales […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar US tour suddenly cancelled

The much-publicised new North American touring production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar has suddenly been cancelled, just over a week before its first performance in New Orleans on 9 June. Options Clause Entertainment LLC, an affiliate of the production company S2BN Entertainment, announced that the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour had been cancelled […]

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Picture Perfect: A New Musical premieres this weekend

Picture Perfect: A New Musical, a contemporary song-cycle musical that explores love and relationships using the songs of award-winning American composer Scott Evan Davis, conceived and directed by Simon Greiff, gets its London premiere at the St James Studio Theatre, London this weekend with four performances on 31 May and 1 June. Josh is graduating […]

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Top Hat UK tour – Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch cast

Casting has been revealed for the UK tour of the Olivier Award-winning production of Top Hat, beginning its 47-week stint on the road (visiting 24 theatres nationwide) at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 12 August 2014. The production tours until 25 July 2015. Stepping into the shoes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, in the […]

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Stars come out for Miss Saigon opening night

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon officially opened last night at London’s Prince Edward Theatre and the musical theatre stars were out in force on the red carpet. They included cast members from the original 1989 London production of Miss Saigon and the Les Misérables movie. Pictures: Vivienne Vincent.

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Les Misérables – major cast changes revealed

There will be major cast changes in the West End production of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre from 16 June 2014. Joining the company are: Peter Lockyer as Jean Valjean, David Thaxton as Javert, Tom Edden as Thénardier, Celinde Schoenmaker as Fantine, Michael Colbourne as Enjolras and Emilie Fleming as ‘Cosette’. Rob Houchen will […]

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SSSSPOTY and Stiles & Drewe Prize winners revealed

The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year/Stiles & Drewe Best New Song competitions took place at the Garrick Theatre, London. Girl power took over from Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre for one glorious Sunday afternoon as Corrine Priest and Tamar Broadbent walked away with the glittering prizes. Priest, a 21-year-old from […]

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Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be opens at Stratford East

Coinciding with Joan Littlewood’s centenary, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be has its official opening at Theatre Royal Stratford East this coming week in new version by Olivier-nominated Elliot Davis. The show is directed by the multi award-winning Terry Johnson, and Jessie Wallace and Gary Kemp lead the cast. Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be was initially […]

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Dogfight musical has European premiere at Southwark Playhouse

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s musical Dogfight will receive its European premiere, produced by Danielle Tarento – the award-winning producer of Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel – and directed by Matt Ryan, in The Large at Southwark Playhouse for a six-week season from 8 August to 13 September (press night is 13 August). Based on […]

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Once – David Hunter and Jill Winternitz take lead roles

David Hunter and Jill Winternitz will lead the cast as Guy and Girl respectively in the Olivier Award-winning production of Once. Hunter, who originally joined the show in July last year understudying the role of Guy, and Winternitz have their first performance together on 12 May 2014. Last month Once was the winner of two […]

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Fun Home and Here Lies Love win Lortel Awards

The rich vein of theatre mined away from the bright lights of Broadway enjoyed its place in the awards sun with the handing out of the 29th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards, celebrating achievement in the Off-Broadway arena. On the musical side of things, Fun Home was named Outstanding Musical of the 2013-14 season. Fun Home, […]

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Musical Theatre Review campaign backs cast album for I Can’t Sing!

“Steve Brown’s original score for I Can’t Sing! features a selection of excellent and thankfully diverse musical numbers that both inform the narrative and entertain – a simple task that has been woefully lacking in the West End for a while now. “Original musicals are few and far between and Brown’s score has so much […]

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