Ernest Shackleton Loves Me – Tony Kiser Theatre, New York

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me continues at the Tony Kiser Theatre, New York until 11 June. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Val Vigoda is virtually a one-woman band in the exhilarating Off-Broadway musical, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me. Most of the time, she is furiously bowing away on her electric violin, sometimes beating […]

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The Other Palace’s new musical theatre initiatives – first work in progress is Heathers the Musical

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul Taylor-Mills have unveiled details of The Other Palace Development Programme and the productions that will make up the first Work in Progress series at the new London musical theatre venue. Formerly the St James Theatre, the newest addition to the Really Useful Theatres Group was launched as The Other Palace […]

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Winner of West End Bake Off is 42nd Street

42nd Street was today announced as the winners of the third annual West End Bake Off in aid of theatrical charity Acting for Others. The winners, chosen by judges choreographer Arlene Phillips and Olivier Award-winning actress Janie Dee, were revealed at the event held today at the Actors’ Church, St Paul’s  Covent Garden. The show was crowned the winner after competing against 16 other teams, including Kinky Boots, […]

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110 in the Shade – Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre

110 in the Shade continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 28 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ All Star Productions continues its admirable tradition of dusting off rare and forgotten shows with 110 in the Shade, a musical version of N Richard Nash’s 1954 play The Rainmaker, […]

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Ballroom – Waterloo East Theatre

Ballroom continues at the Waterloo East Theatre, London, until 4 June. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Waterloo East has dug up this almost-forgotten 1978 Broadway musical and given it a modest UK premiere almost 40 years on at its 100-seater theatre just a short waltz from Waterloo Station. Ballroom’s main claim […]

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Judy! – Arts Theatre

Judy! continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 17 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Last year, Southwark Playhouse played host to Through the Mill, a loving warts-and-all tribute to the life of Judy Garland told through re-creations of her life at three crucial points. There are few Fringe productions for […]

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The Addams Family – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring

The Addams Family continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London until 20 May and tours the UK until 4 November 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s gloriously ghoulish musical take on The Addams Family is enjoying its UK professional premiere with a tour that […]

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Danny Mac to star in Sunset Boulevard tour

Danny Mac is to star as Joe Gillis in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Curve’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard. Ria Jones is to play Norma Desmond and the show is to be directed by Nikolai Foster. Sunset Boulevard will open at Curve on Saturday 16 September 2017 (press […]

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Opera North’s Kiss Me, Kate to play London Coliseum in 2018

Opera North’s award-winning production of Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me, Kate will make its debut in the capital at the London Coliseum in June next year. Bringing together top talent from the worlds of opera and the West End stage, and featuring the full-scale orchestra and chorus of Opera North, the London run of the […]

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Footloose the Musical – Richmond Theatre and Touring

Footloose the Musical continues at the Richmond Theatre until 20 May and then tours until 30 September. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Inevitably the 2017 national tour of Footloose the Musical will delight audiences throughout the country.  It is without doubt a high energy show and the cast members must be […]

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Heather Brothers musical Holy Crap to debut at the King’s Head

West End stars John Addison and Arvid Larsen will head the cast of new musical comedy Holy Crap when it opens at London’s King’s Head Theatre next month. The latest from The Heather Brothers, the writing partnership behind the award winning A Slice of Saturday Night, the show follows the arrival in the UK of […]

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Paper Hearts – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Paper Hearts continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 20 May. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Paper Hearts from first-time musical theatre writer Liam O’Rafferty, is an incredibly impressive piece of writing indeed. Billed as ‘a high street musical’, he has skilfully and very wonderfully managed to create something contemporary […]

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