Arlene Phillips to take her story to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on tour

West End veteran Arlene Phillips will take audiences on a trip through her star-studded career in a new touring production to be launched at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The stage and screen choreographer who won a new generation of fans as an acid-tongued judge on the original series of Strictly Come Dancing is the […]

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Yank! – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Yank! continues at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester until 8 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ When Joseph and David Zellnik penned Yank! it was something of a labour of love, combining their passion for the musical theatre of the 1940s and 50s with their interest in Second World War history, […]

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The Frogs – Jermyn Street Theatre

The Frogs continues at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London until 8 April. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Stephen Sondheim was on a roll when he wrote the music and lyrics for The Frogs in 1974; his three previous shows, Company, Follies and A Little Night Music, coming during his most fertile […]

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Grease – Palace Theatre, Manchester and Touring

Grease continues at the Palace Theatre, Manchester until 25 March and then tours until 31 December. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ There are, of course, two versions of Grease. Firstly there’s Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s down and dirty original stage production, a paean to the oily quiffed, leather jacketed rock’n’roll […]

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The Color Purple – all-star cast to perform in one-off concert

An all-star West End cast will perform one night only concert version of The Color Purple at London’s Cadogan Hall on Sunday 21 May. The Color Purple tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. The […]

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Beauty and the Beast – movie review

Beauty and the Beast – Star rating: three stars ★★★✩✩ There is, let’s face it, a whole lot to live up to in remaking 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. The second masterpiece of the Disney Renaissance that started with The Little Mermaid, Beauty became the first animated film to receive a nomination for Best Picture at […]

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La Cage Aux Folles – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring

La Cage Aux Folles continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London until 18 March and then tours until 26 August. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The first-ever UK tour of Jerry Herman’s insanely entertaining 1983 Broadway hit – it picked up six Tonys and ran for four and a half years – is a […]

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The Frogs at Jermyn Street Theatre – Nathan Lane attends UK premiere

Nathan Lane, whose 2004 Broadway version of Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs has its UK premiere tonight (Thursday 16 March), attended the show last night at Jermyn Street Theatre in London’’s West End. Afterwards, he happily posed for photos with the creative team and cast, including Michael Matus, who plays his central role of Dionysos, and […]

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West End Bake Off 2017 date revealed

Theatrical charity Acting For Others has set the date and place for London’s third annual West End Bake Off. Following on from last year’s successful fundraiser which culminated in the cast of The Secret Garden taking home top honours, this year’s event will be held on Saturday 20 May at St. Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, London. The […]

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Inaugural Olivier Awards’ Be Inspired champions are announced

The Olivier Awards with Mastercard have announced its six inaugural ‘Be Inspired Champions’. Nominated by members of the public and theatre industry, these six individuals have motivated and inspired others with their love and commitment to theatre. The six champions will be invited to the ceremony on Sunday 9 April and will be presented with […]

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On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – Danny Mac, Fred Haig and Jeremy Taylor cast

Casting has been announced for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of the classic Hollywood musical On the Town. Based on a concept by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the opening production in the venue’s 2017 season will run from 19 May to 1 July. Strictly Come Dancing contestant Danny […]

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Melinda Hughes – Live At Zédel

Melinda Hughes continues at Live At Zédel, London until 15 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Melinda Hughes is a classically trained singer who successfully manages to combine an operatic career with contrasting cabaret work. In collaboration with musical director Jeremy Limb, she writes much of her material. Their work encompasses both […]

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