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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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Exclusive interview and images – Michael Xavier is ready for his close-up on Broadway

Two-time Olivier Award nominee MICHAEL XAVIER has been enjoying his Broadway debut, playing the character of Joe Gillis opposite Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard at the Palace Theatre, New York for a limited season (the production closes this weekend). He previously took on the role at the London Coliseum in April 2016. Next he joins […]

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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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Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – Urinetown

Urinetown was performed by Trinity Laban musical theatre students at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London. This review refers to the cast at the Saturday evening performance. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ In many respects, Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’ Urinetown constitutes the perfect choice for a conservatoire production, requiring its cast […]

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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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Interview – Liam Tamne chats about being challenged in Working at Southwark Playhouse

LIAM TAMNE is currently appearing in Stephen Schwartz’s genre-busting Broadway musical Working which is having its European premiere at London’s Southwark Playhouse in June. Directed by Luke Sheppard, the new production of the show runs at the south London venue until 8 July. One of the first musicals from Schwartz, the composer of the multi award-winning […]

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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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Holy Crap! – King’s Head Theatre

Holy Crap! continues at the King’s Head Theatre, London until 30 June. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ The Heather Brothers – past masters of pastiche – return to the London stage with Holy Crap! – a ‘satirical’ burlesque that takes a sideways look at two industries ripe for ridicule: televangelism and porn. Think Rocky Horror and […]

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Christine Andreas – Here’s to the Ladies – The Pheasantry

Christine Andreas performs her show Here’s to the Ladies at The Pheasantry, London until 17 June. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ If the divine Christine Andreas felt the pressure of being called “one of the greatest singers in the world, what she can’t do with a song isn’t worth doing” in Ruth Leon’s introduction, it didn’t […]

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Seth Sikes – Judy Garland’s 95th Birthday – Live At Zédel

Seth Sikes performed his show Judy Garland’s 95th Birthday at Live At Zédel, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Saturday 10 June this year would have been the 95th birthday of the legend that is Judy Garland. How fitting that a small gathering of fans should assemble at Live At Zédel to raise a glass in […]

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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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Richard Shelton – Sinatra and Me – Live At Zédel

Richard Shelton performed his show Sinatra and Me at Live At Zédel, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Live At Zédel’s summer programming brought class and nostalgia with Richard Shelton returning to the UK and the heart of London’s Piccadilly from his adopted home in LA, with his show Sinatra and Me. The show has run […]

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Interview – Kerry Michael on bidding farewell to Theatre Royal Stratford East and pioneering new British musical theatre

Chris Grady writes… From early days working with the production of Ken Hill’s Invisible Man in the West End, and directing his first show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, KERRY MICHAEL went on to be the right hand creative of Philip Hedley at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, and for the last 12 years he has […]

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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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Bella: An American Tall Tale – Playwrights Horizon, New York

Bella: An American Tall Tale continues at Playwrights Horizon, New York until 2 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ In Bella: An American Tall Tale, the multi-talented Kristin Childs has concocted a gloriously overstuffed fantasia. Her work is an unabashed celebration of the full-figured African-American woman, more specifically her large posterior. Or as the play’s heroine, […]

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The Who’s Tommy – Theatre Royal Stratford East and Touring

The Who’s Tommy continues at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London until 17 June, then tours until 1 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ This ambitious inclusive take on The Who’s 1969 rock musical is vibrant, energetic and showcases some exciting talent. In fact it’s theatrically so busy that you’d probably need to see it half a dozen […]

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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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Ordinary Days – London Theatre Workshop

Ordinary Days continues at London Theatre Workshop until 17 June. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Streetlights, People! Productions brings Adam Gwon’s musical Ordinary Days to London Theatre Workshop. One of the Streetlights, People! goals is to create work that is ‘entertaining, relatable and thought provoking’, and in a time in which […]

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Kiss Me, Kate – Kilworth House Theatre

Kiss Me, Kate continues at Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire until 16 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Once again, amongst the trees, under the canopy of the Kilworth House Theatre, another gem of a production delights in the form of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. You know the story – amongst the […]

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Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year – Stiles + Drewe Prize – Noel Coward Theatre

The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year/Stiles + Drewe Prize at the Noel Coward Theatre, London. There’s no stopping those girls! Scots lass Izuka Hoyle made it four in a row for female contenders by winning the prestigious Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition by following Corrine Priest, Erin Doherty and […]

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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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Interview – Audrey Brisson on La Strada, hedgehog costumes and being ‘slightly odd’

Actress, singer, and acrobat French-Canadian AUDREY BRISSON is currently playing the wide-eyed Gelsomina in the musical stage adaptation of Federico Fellini’s 1954 film La Strada (‘The Road’). Having spent the early years of her career within the Cirque du Soleil’s embrace, she has carved out a career at the forefront of collaborative theatre, working with […]

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Guildford School of Acting – The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz was performed by Guildford School of Acting musical theatre third years at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Here is a real curio – the European premiere of a show originally written and rejected by the public more than 30 years ago, […]

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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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Cover My Tracks – The Old Vic

Cover My Tracks continues at The Old Vic, London until 17 June. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Cover My Tracks is the first studio album of former Noah and the Whale frontman Charlie Fink. In something of a novel presentation, the album is being staged as a two-hander piece of ‘gig […]

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Working – Southwark Playhouse

Working continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 8 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ We automatically celebrate the powerful and wealthy and often ignore ordinary people – people who do the jobs that others couldn’t bear to do – men and women who could’ve been great but have ‘settled’. This […]

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Annie – Piccadilly Theatre

Annie continues at the Piccadilly Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ This revival of Annie couldn’t have come at a better time. After all the bleak days we have faced recently, and the uncertain future ahead of us, Annie’s ability to stay optimistic and brave even in the darkest times […]

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Roller Diner – Soho Theatre

Roller Diner continues at the Soho Theatre, London until 24 June. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ The promise of a new, award-winning musical at the Soho Theatre featuring award-winning playwright and composer Stephen Jackson, Brexit, roller skates, and a critically acclaimed cast is enough to make any theatre lover excited. Regrettably, […]

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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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