Alex Jennings is new Willy Wonka

Alex Jennings will play Willy Wonka in the West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the role currently played by Douglas Hodge. Jennings’ first performance will be on Monday 19 May 2014. Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has broken records at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it has been seen […]

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From Page to Stage’s Katy Lipson flies the flag for new musical theatre

Katy Lipson, producer of From Page to Stage at London’s Landor Theatre, talks about the future of musical theatre in the UK. Over the years, I have dedicated a lot of time and effort to new musical theatre. Primarily, this is because I love the genre – but also because in the material I see everything […]

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From Page to Stage – headline musicals cast

Final casting has been announced for Aria Entertainment’s second annual From Page to Stage festival, a season of new musical theatre at the Landor Theatre from 10 February–9 March 2014. Full casting is now confirmed for the season’s two headline musicals Before the Night is Through and The Mistress Cycle, which will each receive full week-long productions. […]

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Gary Williams joins Ball and Webb to celebrate David Jacobs

Star of the West End’s Rat Pack, Gary Williams will be performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra this week at London’s BBC Radio Theatre for David Jacobs: A Celebration alongside Michael Ball and Marti Webb. Other contributors include Radio 2 DJs Chris Evans, Desmond Carrington and Ken Bruce, and BBC Director-General Tony Hall. It is almost 18 […]

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Frances Ruffelle – Paris Original – Crazy Coqs

Frances Ruffelle reprises her show Paris Original at the Crazy Coqs, London. Having created the role of Eponine in Les Miserables and recently re-created Edith Piaf at Leicester’s Curve, Frances Ruffelle is no stranger to the musical world of Paris and its street life. For Paris is the milieu where her cabaret act is set […]

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Tonight’s the Night – interview with Ben Elton

Ben Elton’s career has spanned plays, novels, and a feature film, in addition to 30 years as a successful comic writer and performer on British television and the stand-up circuit. But Elton has always reserved a special place in his heart for musicals, having written three that feature music from such diverse talents as Andrew […]

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Joseph – new animated movie version planned

Elton John’s Rocket Pictures will be producing an all-new animated feature film of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in association with the Really Useful Group. Steve Hamilton Shaw of Rocket Pictures say: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most popular musical experiences ever conceived. We […]

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Gok Wan hosts You’ll Never Walk Alone benefit concert

Award-winning TV personality and fashion guru Gok Wan will host the special one-night-only concert You’ll Never Walk Alone at the Queen’s Theatre on Sunday 2 March in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal. Wan said today: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting You’ll Never Walk Alone, the West End’s response to the recent disaster in […]

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Tonight’s the Night – Liverpool and Touring

Tonight’s the Night was reviewed at the Liverpool Empire and continues its tour until 2 August, 2014. On paper Tonight’s the Night has everything going for it, a strong cast headlined by ex-Sugababe Jade Ewen, the powerhouse Jenna Lee-James and the energetic Ben Heathcote, and a back catalogue of more than 25 Rod Stewart classics, all […]

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Dirty Dancing – five new tour dates added

Five new venues have been added to the UK and Ireland tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. The additional dates for the show include the Eastbourne Congress Theatre (13–24 January 2015), Sunderland Empire (27 January–14 February 2015), the Edinburgh Playhouse (24 February–14 March 2015), the Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff (17–28 March […]

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Tomorrow Morning – Kottingbrunn

Tomorrow Morning/Nur Noch Bis Morgen, continues at the Kulturszene Kottingbrunn, outside Vienna, until 23 February. After successes all over the world including a run Off-Broadway in 2011 as well as in Korea and Japan, the musical Tomorrow Morning has finally made it to the German-speaking world. Following last year’s hit production of I Love You, You’re […]

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Shrek the Musical tour – casting revealed

Casting has been revealed for the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane production of Shrek the Musical. Dean Chisnall will play the beloved swamp-dwelling ogre Shrek, the role he previously played in the West End, Faye Brookes is damsel in distress Princess Fiona, Idriss Kargbo is Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick Donkey and […]

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