Wicked tour role for Aaron Sidwell

EastEnders bad boy Aaron Sidwell will head out of Albert Square and into the role of Fiyero in the touring version of the smash hit musical Wicked which is due to make a welcome return to the UK next February to play ten UK and Ireland cities. Sidwell, who is due to end his current run […]

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Original Half a Sixpence demo recordings to be released

Previously unreleased studio demo recordings of David Heneker’s Half a Sixpence will be released by genre specialists Stage Door Records next month over 50 years after the tracks were recorded. Featuring performers including the original production’s star, Tommy Steele, and the writer of the musical’s book, Beverley Cross, the CD includes 17 tracks from the […]

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Really Useful Group announces major new deal to develop musical theatre in China

A Chinese language version of the musical Tell Me On a Sunday will be the first production from a major new partnership between Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and one of China’s leading live performing arts companies, Shanghai Media Group Live. Aimed at developing and expanding musical theatre in China, the deal will involve […]

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Prom Kween – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Underbelly Cowgate

Prom Kween continues at Underbelly Cowgate until 27 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ What a delicious romp! Like a gigantic karaoke bar for the twenty-somethings, the be-glittered audience ‘lip synch for your liiiife’ a selection of life-affirming Girl Power songs, building an atmosphere of euphoric joy. The stunning and dangerously tall […]

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Wall! – a two-part musical epic for our time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Wall! A Thinly Veiled Metaphor for Our Current Political Landscape Disguised as a New American Musical and Wall 2.0! A Thinly Veiled Manifesto for How to Mend Our Broken World Disguised as a New American Musical were performed by students from Denver School of Arts at C venue. When I was involved in the Musical […]

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Doctor Faustus – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Paradise in Augustines

Doctor Faustus continues at Paradise in Augustines until 27 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ To find a new way to explore the Faustus story is a challenge for any writer, and to achieve a piece where the audience is unexpectedly taken to new places and exploring new relationships within familiar archetypes […]

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Zsa Zsa and Me – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre

Zsa Zsa and Me continues at the Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre until 28 August (except 21). Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This delightful hidden gem, secreted away in one of the smallest Edinburgh Fringe venues, is a cautionary tale relevant to everyone attempting to put on a production. It’s particularly […]

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A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Pleasance Courtyard

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) continues at Pleasance Courtyard until 28 August. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Walking into the theatre, I wasn’t sure if I was at a kids’ show or not. There were bright shiny things on the stage and the performers were greeting everyone cheerfully […]

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Sister Mary’s Playtime – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Frankenstein Pub

Sister Mary’s Playtime continues at Frankenstein Pub until 28 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Sister Mary McArthur, the alter ego of cabaret singer/actor/director Tim McArthur, blesses audiences at Frankenstein’s with a mix of cabaret, game show and chat show. A family-friendly affair, Playtime encourages audience participation, musical theatre singalongs and […]

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Old Stock – A Refugee Love Story – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – CanadaHub @ King’s Hall

Old Stock – A Refugee Love Story continues at CanadaHub @ King’s Hall in association with Summerhall until 27 August. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Playful, mysterious, brave and astonishingly captivating, Old Stock begins with a view of how we move stock across the world nowadays with a giant steel shipping […]

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Mental – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Assembly Roxy

Mental continues at Assembly Roxy until 27 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ This piece, written by both Kim and Kane Power, depicts a mother and son relationship in which the mother, Kim, has bipolar disorder. Kane, the son, appears on stage singing his own songs and telling stories of his […]

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Salad Days – Union Theatre

Salad Days continues at the Union Theatre, London until 9 September. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The 1950s musical Salad Days is, let’s face it, an odd one. Ostensibly the story of two Oxbridge graduates who rebel against their parents in the most genteel of ways – by marrying and getting […]

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