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Book Review – Breaking and Entering – A Manual for the Working Actor – Philip Carlson

BREAKING AND ENTERING: A Manual for the Working Actor – Philip Carlson (Opus Books – ISBN: 978-1-62316-078-4) Philip Carlson was the first agent to sign Philip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Liev Schreiber, Claire Danes, Idris Elba, Kyra Sedgwick, Adrian Grenier and Paul Giamatti. He has represented Viola Davis, Kathy Bates, Brian Dennehy, and William H. […]

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Superhero – Southwark Playhouse

Superhero continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 22 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Not every superhero wears a cape, and not everyone who wears a cape is a superhero. In the Southwark Playhouse’s new one-man musical Superhero, directed by Adam Lenson, Michael Rouse plays a man who struggles to […]

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Pizza Express to open new entertainment venue in London

Restaurant chain Pizza Express will open a new live entertainment venue at its newly designed restaurant in London’s High Holborn at the end of August. The intimate space in the basement will feature a wide range of music, cabaret, comedy, and ‘audience with’ Q&A sessions. Designed to allow the audience to get close to some […]

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The Hired Man to be revived at the Union Theatre

Melvin Bragg and Howard Goodall’s moving rural musical The Hired Man will return to London in July with a limited run at the Union Theatre. The show begins previewing on 19 July with a press night on 21 July – the last performance is on 12 August. Based on Bragg’s 1969 novel, the first of the […]

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LMTO 2017 season – Mack & Mabel and A Christmas Carol complete line-up

The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is celebrating its second birthday by announcing details of the last two concerts in its already successful 2017 season. Following on from the LMTO’s return to Cadogan Hall on 21 July with Leonard Bernstein and Hugh Wheeler’s Candide, there will be a performance of Jerry Herman’s Mack & Mabel at […]

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Smash star Megan Hilty to play London solo shows

Stage and screen star Megan Hilty is heading for London to play four nights at The Hippodrome in Leicester Square this September. The singer and actress who is best known for her role in the musical theatre-themed US television show Smash will play five shows at the London venue from Tuesday 6 September until Saturday […]

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Musical theatre cruise – Floating Festival Stages – to be launched in 2018

A host of the West End’s biggest names are climbing aboard the UK’s first specialist musical theatre festival at sea. Launching on a round trip from Southampton on 15 October next year, the four-night Floating Festival Stages on board the Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas will feature some of musical theatre’s most popular stars. […]

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An Evening With Robert Meadmore, Elaine Delmar and Jamie Safir – The Pheasantry

  An Evening With Robert Meadmore, Elaine Delmar and Jamie Safir was performed at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ There’s no place quite like The Pheasantry in Chelsea. At once tiny, but able somehow to seat up to 90, plus their pizzas, plus a baby grand, it bustles […]

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Liza’s Back! (is Broken) – Trevor Ashley – Underbelly Festival

Liza’s Back! (is Broken) continues at the Underbelly Festival,  Southbank, London until 2 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Australian performer and female impersonator Trevor Ashley, returning to London once again in the persona of Liza Minnelli, delivers a brilliant tour de force performance that combines superb singing with wicked and […]

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The Wind in the Willows – London Palladium

The Wind in the Willows continues at the London Palladium (booking until Saturday 9 September 2017). Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Appearing at last weekend’s benefit concert for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, composers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe introduced themselves as: “the chaps with two musicals in the […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar return season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – cast complete

Maimuna Memon will play Mary Magdalene in the much-anticipated 2017 limited season of the multi award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Memon, whose credits include the King’s Cross Theatre’s production of Lazarus and Park Theatre’s The Busker’s Opera, is one of three new cast members and two returning performers to […]

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Lorna Dallas – Home Again – Live At Zédel

Lorna Dallas performed her show Home Again at Live At Zédel, London. She also brings the show to the venue on Tuesday 4 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ London fell in love with American singer and actress Lorna Dallas and she with the city in 1971 when she sang the […]

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Cast for Kilworth House Theatre’s Top Hat

Dan Burton and Lauren Stroud will take on the roles once played by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the Kilworth House Theatre’s production of the stage version of the classic 1935 film Top Hat. Following on from the successful production of Kiss Me, Kate which is due to end on 16 July, the second […]

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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – Wyndham’s Theatre

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill continues at the Wyndham’s Theatre, London until 9 September. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Finally, after a year’s delay while its star produced an unexpected baby, the legendary Audra McDonald’s hypnotic re-creation of jazz singer Billie Holiday’s decline just a few months before her […]

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Interview – Scott Hunter on telling the ‘beautifully human’ story of Yank! at the Charing Cross Theatre

Off-Broadway musical Yank! will transfer to London’s Charing Cross Theatre this summer for a seven-week season from 3 July to 19 August, just months after its acclaimed UK premiere run at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre. SCOTT HUNTER will reprise his role as Stu in this poignant love story based on the true, hidden history of gay […]

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Metropolis – All Star Productions to stage first London revival

The first London revival of the musical version of the Fritz Lang movie Metropolis will be the closing production in All Star Productions’ 2017 season. With music by Joe Brooks and a book and lyrics by Brooks and Dusty Hughes, Metropolis will play London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre from 10-29 October. Continuing All […]

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London celebrates West End Live 2017

London theatre is celebrating following the triumphant West End LIVE 2017, which saw hundreds of thousands flock to Trafalgar Square [exclusive images form our official photographer Roy Tan]. Now in its 13th year, the event has become one of Europe’s largest free performing arts festivals. The event is organised by Westminster City Council and the […]

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Upstairs at the Gatehouse production of 9 to 5 – cast details

Casting has been announced for the London Fringe premiere of the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 The Musical ahead of its debut at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in late summer. Based on the hit 1980s movie which starred Queen of Country Parton, the show will play the Highgate Village venue from 30 August through […]

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Rachel Tucker to play fundraising concert for Bridge House Theatre

Wicked star Rachel Tucker will follow up her successful first solo tour of the UK with a special fundraiser in the gardens of her London venue Bridge House Theatre. Rachel Tucker By Request on Sunday 9 July will feature the West End and Broadway favourite in a unique cabaret show which will elevate audience participation […]

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Cream – Canal Cafe Theatre

Cream continues at the Canal Cafe Theatre, London every Sunday at 7pm until 23 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ So what makes a good musical? Whatever it is, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Matador and Lord of the Rings didn’t have it. This ingeniously engaging revue picks songs, some of them […]

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The Quentin Dentin Show – Tristan Bates Theatre

The Quentin Dentin Show continues at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London until 29 July. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ This show’s tagline promises the show will be this generation’s Rocky Horror Show, but the premise of the show has more similarities with Richard O’Brien’s less successful sequel, Shock Treatment. Nat and […]

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Interview – Simon Lipkin gets Ratty in The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium

SIMON LIPKIN is playing the role of Ratty in the major new musical theatre adaptation of the family classic The Wind in the Willows which has its official opening at the London Palladium this week. Based on Kenneth Grahame’s timeless novel, The Wind in the Willows has been adapted for the stage by the team of Julian […]

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Wicked Young Writer Awards – winners revealed

A seven-year old’s moving poetic tribute to his late aunt and a teenager’s short story tackling the difficult subject of mental health were among the winning works in the seventh annual Wicked Young Writer Awards. The winners were revealed at a special ceremony at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, the West End home of Wicked, attended […]

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Evita returns to the West End for limited season

Hit musical Evita is to make a return to visit to the West End to mark the 65th anniversary of the death of Eva Peron next month. Presented by Bill Kenwright for a strictly limited 12-week season, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s multi award-winning musical will play the Phoenix Theatre from 28 July until […]

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Fat Friends The Musical – Freddie Flintoff to swap cricket field for the stage

Former England cricketer turned TV personality Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff will make his stage debut in Fat Friends The Musical for seven dates during the UK tour. Flintoff will play the role of Kevin Chadwick opposite the show’s leading lady Jodie Prenger as his fiancée Kelly, joining the opening run of the musical re-shaping of popular […]

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Blondel – Union Theatre

Blondel continues at the Union Theatre, London until 15 July. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The knowledge that Blondel was Tim Rice’s first musical after his split with Andrew Lloyd Webber adds an extra piquancy to some of its knowing lines. Who needs lyrics, muses the show’s eponymous troubadour Blondel, when […]

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice continues at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough until 19 August (in rep). Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Despite the disappointments of the all-star, 1998 film, the stage version of Jim Cartwright’s Little Voice continues to beguile the British public. The latest rendering, at the Stephen […]

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Bat out of Hell – London Coliseum

Bat Out of Hell continues at the London Coliseum until 22 August. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In what has to be one of the crazier pairings in the history of musical theatre, the London Coliseum, home of the English National Opera, plays host to Jim Steinman’s dystopian rock opera Bat […]

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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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