The Toxic Avenger heads to the Arts Theatre for strictly limited season

Hit Off-Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger will follow its London debut at the Southwark Playhouse last year with a transfer to the Arts Theatre this autumn. Directed by Benji Sperring, the European premiere production of the show – based on a 1980s cult classic sci-fi comedy film from genre filmmakers Troma Entertainment – will play […]

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Ghost The Musical – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and Touring

Ghost The Musical continues at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and then tours until 29 April. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ Movie-to-stage adaptations work best when members of the creative team take the best qualities of the original and then have a very, very long think about how to bring the material […]

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Tommy – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Touring

Tommy was reviewed at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and now tours until 1 July. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I caught up with this rock musical delivered with immense skill by a company of 22 multi-abled artists in Ipswich prior to national tour. The New Wolsey Theatre audiences are used […]

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Whisper House – The Other Palace

Whisper House continues at The Other Palace, London until 27 May. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ For its second major staging in its new rebranded guise as the home for new musical writing, The Other Palace has chosen curiously. Whisper House is a 2009 piece with music and lyrics by Duncan […]

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Jessica Martin cast as lead in Ballroom at Waterloo East Theatre

Versatile West End star Jessica Martin will take on the central role in the European premiere of Broadway musical Ballroom at Waterloo East Theatre next month. The actress who has starred in major productions of musical theatre classics including Me and My Girl, Mack and Mabel and South Pacific, will play the lonely widow at the […]

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Fringe hit Paper Hearts to play Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit Paper Hearts will follow its sell-out London debut at Waterloo East Theatre with a run at Upstairs at the Gatehouse next month ahead of a tour of Germany in the summer. A labour of love for its writer and composer, Swindon-based design agency boss Liam O’Rafferty, the story of two lonely […]

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Claybourne Elder to bring new show to Arts Theatre

American comedian and musician Claybourne Elder will take to the stage with his new show at London’s award-winning Arts Theatre for one night only on 30 April. Claybourne Elder: You and Me and Sondheim will feature the Utah-born actor and surprise special guests in a show which will take him on a trip through his […]

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Annie Get Your Gun to be re-imagined at the Union Theatre

Irving Berlin’s classic Annie Get Your Gun will be re-imagined for a strictly limited run at London’s Union Theatre next month. Directed by Kirk Jameson whose previous productions at the theatre include On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and The World Goes Round, the story of the sharp-shooting Annie Oakley and her romance with […]

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Matthew Morrison to play London concerts

Glee favourite and Broadway star Matthew Morrison will play three concerts in the heart of London next month. Presented by Club 11 London and The Hippodrome, the shows on Tuesday 16 May (at 8pm and 11pm) and Wednesday 17 May will feature the multi award-winning actor/singer and a top-flight jazz band. Billed as an ‘intimate […]

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Audra McDonald on Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill in the West End

Following a record-breaking, sold-out Broadway run, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will make her West End debut at Wyndham’s Theatre this summer, portraying singer Billie Holiday in the one-woman show Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Musical Theatre Review was invited to a special launch event of the production, where McDonald – recently given five stars from […]

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After You – Live At Zédel

After You continues at Live At Zédel, London until 22 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The first musical commissioned by Piccadilly nightspot Zedel is a little gem of a two-hander, a love story with a sting in the tail, short and sweet at exactly an hour and site-specific too as […]

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At Last: The Etta James Story – Assembly Hall, Leamington Spa

At Last: The Etta James Story was reviewed at the Assembly Hall, Leamington Spa. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Leamington Spa shook the drizzle from its raincoat and stepped tentatively back into the 1950s, safe in the hands of Simon Myers and Moira Bennett’s latest musical revue, a tribute to the […]

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