Michael Ball on Live By the Lake

Olivier Award-winner, multi-platinum recording artist, TV host and radio presenter, and one of Britain’s leading musical theatre performers, that’s Michael Ball. On Sunday, 1 September he leads the cast of Summertime – An Evening of Gershwin as part of the Live By the Lake season at Kenwood House in Hamsptead, London. Also in the cast […]

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It’s Not What You Know – theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

It’s Not What You Know continues at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall until 17 August. blot THEATRE is a group of students/graduates from Hull University, in many cases off to drama school shortly, and in It’s Not What You Know they create a comedy, a cappella sketch revue exploring the world of Rose, a recent graduate from the […]

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Bryan Batt – Crazy Coqs

Bryan Batt performed his show Batt On a Hot Tin Roof at the Crazy Coqs, London. Bryan Batt is perhaps best known here for his portrayal of Salvatore Romano in the television series Mad Men. He has appeared on numerous stages in New York and his native New Orleans in shows such as Jeffrey, Beauty […]

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Adam and Eve – Gilded Balloon Teviot

Adam and Eve – The Musical continues at the Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh until 25 August (not 12). Adam and Eve is a new musical theatre piece written and composed by Ben Hales, with witty cutout designs by Kerry Frampton. They are both part of the company of six with Splendid Productions. The show presented […]

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Ruthie Henshall – Cadogan Hall

An Intimate Evening With Ruthie Henshall was performed at the Cadogan Hall, London. In the beautiful setting of the Cadogan Hall, more well-known for its classical and jazz performances than musical theatre work, multiple Olivier Award-nominated star of the West End and Broadway Ruthie Henshall presented a collection of songs from shows she had either appeared […]

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West Side Story – Sadler’s Wells

West Side Story continues at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London until 22 September and then tours. Simply stunning! There may have been productions of West Side Story as good as the current revival but it’s hard to imagine a better one since this iconic show was launched on Broadway in 1957. The combined genius of Leonard […]

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First Date – Longacre Theatre NY

First Date opened at the Longacre Theatre, New York, and continues until 5 January. The first new musical of the 2013-14 Broadway season is a slight diversion called First Date. The piece was originally produced in Seattle last year, and its assets include an agreeable pop/light rock score that’s more infectious than deafening, by Alan Zachary […]

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Edinburgh Fringe – Musicals Update Three

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 is up and running, here’s the third of a number of updates about musicals and cabarets being staged at the international event. The Bloody Ballad featuring Mary and The Missin’ Fingers 31 July–25 August (not 12 and 19), The Assembly Rooms, Roxy Upstairs (Venue 139) Following an acclaimed UK tour and London […]

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Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens – Leicester Square Theatre

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens continues at the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge, London until 15 September. There’s something about Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens which just begs to be enjoyed as the second show of a rather well-lubricated evening. Perhaps this is why the advertised 7.30pm start time is actually the beginning of a […]

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The Sound of Music – Regent’s Park Open Air

The Sound of Music continues at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London until 7 September. Do we need another The Sound of Music just yet? That question lingered in my mind while heading for the Open Air Theatre on a rainy Monday evening, but the answer turned out to be yes. True the last […]

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Pipe Dream – Union Theatre

Pipe Dream continues at the Union Theatre, London until 31 August. Pipe Dream was the seventh musical to be created by the legendary partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammersmith II. Amongst their large canon of Broadway classics, such as Oklahoma!, Carousel and South Pacific, it was to be their biggest flop. John Steinbeck, the […]

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Rock of Ages closes in the West End

Following 15 months at the Shaftesbury Theatre and a year at the Garrick Theatre, the producers of Rock of Ages the Musical have announced it is to close on 2 November 2013, prior to embarking on a UK national tour.  Rock of Ages the Musical opened on 31 August 2011 at the Shaftesbury Theatre and went onto […]

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