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Matilda The Musical to tour UK and Ireland in 2018/2019

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi award-winning Matilda The Musical will take to the road across the UK and Ireland next year. Launching at the Leicester Curve in March, the 2018-2019 tour of the hit musical version of Roald Dahl’s much-loved book will visit Dublin, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff. Winner of 85 major […]

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Kiss Me, Kate at Kilworth House Theatre – cast revealed

Matthew McKenna and Caroline Sheen will play the warring couple at the heart of the Kilworth House Theatre’s production of Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me, Kate. The first production of the season at the Leicestershire space in the grounds of the Kilworth Hotel will run from 31 May until 16 July. Joining McKenna (Fred Graham) […]

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Watermill Theatre to stage A Little Night Music

The first actor/musician production of Stephen Sondheim’s haunting A Little Night Music will be part of the Watermill Theatre’s 50th anniversary season. Following on from the success of previous Sondheim productions at the intimate Berkshire venue, A Little Night Music will run from 27 July until 16 September. Directed by Paul Foster, with award-winning Sarah […]

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Musical Marathon charity event to be staged at The Other Palace

The Other Palace will host a star-studded charity concert on Easter Sunday (16 April) to raise funds for male cancer charity Orchid. A host of West End favourites have been enlisted by The Other Palace’s artistic director Paul Taylor-Mills to take part in The Musical Marathon, a week before Taylor-Mills runs the London Marathon. Hosted […]

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Olivier Awards 2017 – Groundhog Day wins Best New Musical, double acting prizes for Dreamgirls

While the biggest story of the Olivier Awards 2017 was the success of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which collected a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards (overtaking Matilda and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as the most decorated production in the ceremony’s history), there was still plenty to celebrate in the musical […]

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This Joint is Jumpin’ – The Other Palace

This Joint is Jumpin’ continues at The Other Palace, London until 15 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Tap is definitely back on the London stage, with the glittering revival of 42nd Street opening at Drury Lane, and the world premiere of This Joint is Jumpin’ at The Other Palace – a […]

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Broadway musical Ballroom to receive its European debut at Waterloo East Theatre

Broadway musical Ballroom is to receive its European premiere at Waterloo East Theatre 38 years after it was last seen on stage. Developed by the Tony Award-winning co-creator of A Chorus Line Michael Bennett, who directed and choreographed the show’s only production in the late 1970s, Ballroom will play the South London venue from 12 […]

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Olivier Awards – all the essential details for tuning in on Sunday

A glittering line-up of famous faces will take to the stage to present this year’s Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday (tomorrow). The presenters will include David Baddiel, Alfie Boe, John Boyega, Michaela Coel, Leanne Cope, Julian Clary, Robert Fairchild, Ben Forster, Phoebe Fox, Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Matt Henry, Ruthie Henshall, […]

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Interview – Sharon D Clarke on a dream role in The Life and colour-blind casting

Revived at the Southwark Playhouse, The Life at is a revival of a Cy Coleman musical which has not been seen since its original Broadway production 20 years ago. Musical theatre star SHARON D. CLARKE, who was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list, plays Sonja, a prostitute in 1980s New York. Musical […]

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Follies at the National Theatre – more cast details

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

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Mamma Mia! West End cast changes – Sara Poyzer to play Donna

Sara Poyzer will follow up her success as Donna Sheridan in the first tour of Mamma Mia! by reprising the role as part of the cast at London’s Novello Theatre from 12 June. Poyzer, whose previous West End credits include playing Billy’s Mum in Billy Elliot, will take to the stage alongside fellow Dynamos Kate Graham […]

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Sheik’s ghostly Whisper House to open at The Other Palace

Multi award-winning Duncan Sheik’s musical ghost story Whisper House will play The Other Palace from 6 April until 27 May. Based on the rock singer/songwriter’s 2009 concept album and conceived with 30 Rock actor Keith Powell, Whisper House features a book and lyrics by Obie award winner Kyle Jarrow. Following on from his critically-acclaimed Spring […]

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour – cast revealed for West End run

Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Lee Hall’s critically acclaimed Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour which will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre next month. Following its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a UK tour and a sell-out run last summer at the National Theatre, the Olivier-nominated show […]

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Cilla The Musical – dates confirmed for open auditions

The producers of Cilla The Musical have confirmed the dates and locations for their search for Cilla Black, with open auditions taking place around the country. The search is on for a charismatic and talented actress with a great voice to portray the title role, starting in Cilla’s hometown of Liverpool. The dates and locations […]

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Southwark Playhouse’s Working – principal casting revealed

Principal casting has been announced for Stephen Schwartz’s genre-busting Broadway musical Working which will receive its European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse in June. The cast will include: Gillian Bevan (Into the Woods, Manchester Royal Exchange; Billy Elliot, West End); Krysten Cummings (Rent, West End and Broadway; Jesus Christ Superstar, arena tour); Dean Chisnall (Blood Brothers, UK tour; Shrek […]

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42nd Street – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

42nd Street continues at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It has been 33 years since 42nd Street had its first original London production at the Theatre Royal in 1984, when, in parallel to the production’s book, Catherine Zeta-Jones was plucked from the chorus and placed into the […]

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Opening night for 42nd Street at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – exclusive gallery of images

Tonight 42nd Street (with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, lyrics by Al Dubin and music by Harry Warren) has its official opening at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Here is an exclusive gallery of images from Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan. The production is directed by Mark Bramble (whose other hit shows include Barnum, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers, The Grand Tour) and […]

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Take That inspired musical The Band becomes ‘fastest selling theatre tour ever’

The UK tour of new musical The Band, featuring the music of Take That, went on sale at 12 noon today (Monday 3 April) and within the first two hours the box office took £2 million, reportedly making it the fastest-selling theatre tour ever. Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen took to the stage of the Manchester Apollo on Sunday […]

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RSC to stage fourth relaxed Matilda performance

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to present its fourth special relaxed performance of Matilda the Musical on Sunday 11 June at London’s Cambridge Theatre. This year’s performance of the hit show follows on from similar sell-out events last year and in 2015 and 2014, and builds on the RSC programme of relaxed performances started in […]

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Graeae’s Reasons To Be Cheerful back on tour in the autumn

Pioneering theatre company Graeae is to take its acclaimed musical Reasons To Be Cheerful back on the road 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 2017 tour at the Belgrade, […]

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Curtain Up Show hosts Olivier Awards preview special

Resonance FM’s The Curtain Up Show will return to the heart of the West End on Friday 7 April from 3.30pm until 5pm for a live Olivier Awards preview special. Presented in association with innovative app service TodayTix, the show – which will be broadcast just 48 hours before the prestigious ceremony – will feature […]

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Bounder & Cad – Live At Zédel

Bounder & Cad performed at Live At Zédel, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Their names recall the era of Rider Haggard, picturesque piano pieces by Billy Mayerl and bakelite lamps, but in reality this savvy pair of Cambridge-educated gentlemen [Guy Hayward and Adam Drew] are very much of our own time, poking […]

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Breaking Up is Hard to Do continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The real joy of 1960s music – and the secret of its lasting popularity – is that the melody almost always sits at the top of the texture, unlike so much of the […]

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Shrek the Musical tour – new dates announced

New dates have been announced for the 2017/2018 tour of the hit fairy tale with the green-tinged twist, Shrek the Musical. The second major tour of the Dreamworks Theatricals’ musical hit will now play dates in Sheffield, Cardiff, Woking, Liverpool, Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Llandudno and Leeds. As previously announced, the outsize ogre will initially take to […]

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Desiree Burch joins This Joint is Jumpin’ at The Other Palace

Comedian Desiree Burch will replace the previously announced Samuel Anderson in the line-up for jazz-infused This Joint is Jumpin’ which is due to play The Other Palace Studio from 4-15 April. Actor and writer Burch takes over the role of the host of the 1920s Harlem rent party at the heart of the show after […]

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The Life – Southwark Playhouse – gallery of exclusive images

Broadway musical The Life is making its long-awaited London debut at the Southwark Playhouse, directed by original director Michael Blakemore (the run continues until 29 April 2017). See here, Musical Theatre Review official photographer Roy Tan’s gallery of exclusive images. The cast includes: Sharon D. Clarke (Sonja), Cornell S. John (Memphis), 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 […]

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Honk! – Union Theatre

Honk! continues at the Union Theatre, London until 22 April. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Having just left the Union Theatre and its revival of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s family-friendly Honk!, I’m not surprised that the show won the Olivier for Best Musical back in 2000, beating Spend Spend Spend […]

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New production of Five Guys Named Moe to play Marble Arch pop-up theatre

Clarke Peters’ exuberant award-winning Five Guys Named Moe will be the launch production at a new pop-up theatre in London’s Marble Arch in September. Underbelly Productions has confirmed details of the revival of the hit show which will be directed by Peters himself and will have an initial booking period from 28 August until 25 November […]

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Guildford School of Acting – Forbidden Broadway

Forbidden Broadway, performed by students from the Guildford School of Acting, continues at the Performing Arts Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford until 1 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Guildford School of Acting’s third-year graduates have themselves a ball with these hilarious spoofs on pillars of musical theatre society in a […]

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Disney’s Aladdin – Matthew Croke to play the title role

Matthew Croke will step into the title role in Disney’s Aladdin just months before the lavish show celebrates its first birthday at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. His first performance will be on 5 June 2017. After impressing fans and critics with his performance as Don Lockwood in the UK tour of Singin’ in the Rain, […]

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Sunny Afternoon – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring

Sunny Afternoon continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London until 1 April, then continues on tour until 13 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ If you admire the quirky genius of Ray Davies, you can’t help but love Sunny Afternoon, but even if the music of the Kinks – one of […]

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The Life – Southwark Playhouse

The Life continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 29 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ There are many musicals that deal with society’s underclass, and its criminal element. The Life is one such piece: with music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, City of Angels) and lyrics by Ira Gasman (who […]

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Olivier Awards go primetime on ITV for the first time

UK television viewers will be able to watch highlights of this year’s Olivier Awards’ ceremony when the show is broadcast for the first time in a primetime slot on ITV on Tuesday 11 April from 8pm until 10pm. Following on from the prestigious event’s debut at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April which […]

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Adam & Eve and Steve – King’s Head Theatre

Adam & Eve and Steve continues at the King’s Head Theatre, London until 29 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ This frisky, oddly old-fashioned show (music by Wayne Moore; book and lyrics by Chandler Warren), did very well at Edinburgh last year and it’s easy to see why. A five-hander with jolly songs […]

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Interview – director Michael Blakemore revisits The Life at Southwark Playhouse

Opening this week, The Life at Southwark Playhouse is a revival of a musical which has not been seen since its original Broadway production 20 years ago. For this anniversary revival, the show’s original director Michael Blakemore has returned to the show. With music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Ira Gasman and a book by […]

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The New Yorkers – Encores! – New York City Center

The New Yorkers, an Encores! production, was performed at New York City Center. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “What kind of a show is this, I ask you?” Thus inquires a character in the midst of Act II of the Encores! re-creation of Cole Porter’s 1930 musical The New Yorkers. And […]

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Men Who March Away – St Anne’s Limehouse

Men Who March Away played for one night only at St Anne’s Limehouse, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ While he might be better known for his musical contribution to TV’s The Wombles – and his management of various pop acts since the 1970s – Mike Batt has a long if […]

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Up Front and Centre! – Lee Mead – The Pheasantry

Up Front and Centre! – Lee Mead appeared at The Pheasantry, London. The show continues to be performed on the last Sunday of every month until November. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The very likeable Lee Mead now has his first residency at The Pheasantry. He’s sung at the Chelsea cabaret room off and […]

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Disney in Concert – The Jungle Book – Royal Festival Hall

Disney in Concert – The Jungle Book was performed at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The UK premiere of Disney in Concert – The Jungle Book, produced by Senbla Live, played on the big screen at the Royal Festival Hall for two special symphonic cinema concerts yesterday, […]

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Tick, Tick…BOOM! at the Park Theatre – cast details

Full casting has been announced for Park Theatre’s production of tick, tick…BOOM!, the autobiographical rock musical that traces Jonathan Larson’s creation of his multi-award winning Rent. Taking on the central role of Jon, Chris Jenkins returns to Park Theatre following his appearance in 2016’s quadruple Offie (Off West End Theatre awards) nominated musical The Burnt Part […]

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One Love – The Bob Marley Musical – Birmingham Rep

One Love – The Bob Marley Musical continues at the Birmingham Rep until 15 April. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ It’s 72 years since the birth of an icon. Bob Marley has become synonymous with philosophies of peace, brotherhood, and unity. But what of the man? One Love is writer and […]

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The S&S Award and new musical Here – latest news

After having a week’s development at Curve Leicester in September 2016, the 2015 S&S Award-winning musical Here was presented at an industry showcase this week. Here is a folk-classical musical, inspired by writers Kate Marlais and Alex Young’s fascination with the German Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters. The piece is set in a remote town in […]

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After You – first new musical at Live at Zedel – cast details

Details have been announced for contemporary love story After You, the first new musical to be staged at Live at Zédel at the Crazy Coqs. Liam Doyle (Wicked, UK tour; Mamma Mia!, Prince of Wales Theatre) and Laura Tebbutt (Love Me Tender, UK tour; Forbidden Broadway, Vaudeville Theatre) will star in the production which will play the London venue from 13 […]

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Dreamgirls – Asmeret Ghebremichael joins the cast

West End and Broadway actress Asmeret Ghebremichael has joined the cast of the critically-acclaimed UK premiere run of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. Best-known for her performances in The Book of Mormon on Broadway and in the West End, the American actress and singer takes over the role of Lorrell Robinson after Ibinabo Jack was […]

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Miss Saigon – Broadway Theatre, New York

Miss Saigon continues at the Broadway Theatre, New York until 13 January 2018. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Miss Saigon is back on Broadway in all its breathtaking pop opera glory – and then some. Cameron Mackintosh has transported this revival, which closed in London in February 2016, to the New […]

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An American in Paris – Dominion Theatre

An American in Paris continues at the Dominion Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It was back in December 2014 that our contributor Jeremy Chapman reviewed this reinvention of the wonderful 1951 Oscar-winning Vincente Minnelli/Gene Kelly movie when it opened – rather appropriately – at the Theatre du Chatelet in […]

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Wind in the Willows at the Palladium – full cast revealed

Denise Welch, Gary Wilmot, Simon Lipkin and Craig Mather will join Rufus Hound and Neil McDermott in the cast of The Wind in the Willows which will speed into the London Palladium in June. Announcing the new casting details, producer Jamie Hendry also revealed previews would begin ahead of schedule on Friday 16 June (opening […]

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Rachel Tucker in Concert – Live At Zédel

Rachel Tucker in Concert continues at Live At Zédel, London until 25 March, then on tour in May and June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Bubbly Belfast songbird Rachel Tucker’s main claim to fame is that she played the role of Elphaba in Wicked longer than any other actress in the […]

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Joan of Arc – Into the Fire – The Public Theater, New York

Joan of Arc – Into the Fire continues at The Public Theater, New York until 16 April. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Composer/writer David Byrne (along with collaborator Fatboy Slim) and director Alex Timbers scored a massive hit for Off-Broadway’s The Public Theater in 2013 with Here Lies Love, depicting the […]

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Footloose the Musical tour – full cast revealed

Joshua Dowen (Dogfight, Cool Rider) will step into the starring role of dance-hungry Ren McCormack in the new touring production of hit show Footloose the Musical. Launching at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 21 April, the production will feature Hannah Price as Ariel, the role she previously played on last year’s tour. Also joining the […]

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