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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 Toxic Avenger heads to the Arts Theatre for strictly limited season

Hit Off-Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger will follow its London debut at the Southwark Playhouse last year with a transfer to the Arts Theatre this autumn. Directed by Benji Sperring, the European premiere production of the show – based on a 1980s cult classic sci-fi comedy film from genre filmmakers Troma Entertainment – will play […]

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Claybourne Elder to bring new show to Arts Theatre

American comedian and musician Claybourne Elder will take to the stage with his new show at London’s award-winning Arts Theatre for one night only on 30 April. Claybourne Elder: You and Me and Sondheim will feature the Utah-born actor and surprise special guests in a show which will take him on a trip through his […]

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Judy! to play West End season

Judy!, Ray Rackham’s play about the tempestuous life of the legendary Judy Garland, will play a five-week season at the London’s Arts Theatre from 16 May. Following on from its world premiere at the London Theatre Workshop in December 2015 and a successful run at the Southwark Playhouse last summer, the show which was previously titled Through […]

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Murder Ballad – Arts Theatre

Murder Ballad continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 3 December. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The murder ballad – a narrative song recounting the events leading up to and including a death, whether factual or imagined – has been around since the 18th century and persisted in some form or […]

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Competition – win tickets to see Murder Ballad on opening night

Ramin Karimloo, Kerry Ellis, Norman Bowman and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt will star in the forthcoming West End production of Murder Ballad and this is your chance to win a pair of tickets to opening night on 5 October. The first independent production in the West End from Soundcheck Productions, Murder Ballad will play the Arts Theatre from 29 September until 3 […]

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American Idiot plans ‘Rock-A-Long’ performance for September

The critically acclaimed UK touring production of Green Day’s award-winning rock musical American Idiot will perform a special one-night only ‘Rock-A-Long’ show at London’s Arts Theatre in September. Following on from a similar event last year, audience members will be encouraged to ‘rock out’ with the cast on Thursday 8 September in celebration of the […]

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American Idiot – Arts Theatre

American Idiot continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 25 September. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ America’s days of anarchy following the tragic events of 9/11 may seem long ago. A snapshot of history when torn fishnet tights and gel-sodden, gravity-defying hair became a trend for young Americans – a generation feeling as if they […]

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change to return to London

The critically acclaimed revival of long-running off-Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is returning for two performances in London in August. Reuniting the cast that helped the production win a nomination for Best Revival in last year’s Broadway World Awards, the show will play an afternoon and evening performance at the Arts […]

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Ramin Karimloo joins Kerry Ellis in Murder Ballad

Broadway and West End star Ramin Karimloo will join Kerry Ellis, Norman Bowman and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for the West End opening of Murder Ballad in September. West End Live attendees were treated to a sneak peek of the London production of the Off-Broadway hit last Sunday. The first independent production in the West End from […]

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My Friend Peter – Arts Theatre

My Friend Peter continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 23 June. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ I was captivated from the moment I saw and heard the mandolin played melodically against two acoustic guitars in the informal, folksy pre-show music. The same trio – played interchangeably between cast members – provide all the rest […]

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American Idiot returns to the Arts Theatre for limited season in July

Following on from its critically acclaimed 2015 London run and 2016 UK tour, Green Day’s Tony Award-winning musical American Idiot will be returning to its London home at the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited run from 8 July to 25 September 2016, with press night on 13 July.  Double platinum selling artist Newton Faulkner (Johnny), who joins the cast from […]

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Kerry Ellis to star in Off-Broadway musical Murder Ballad at the Arts Theatre

Soundcheck Productions has announced its first independent production in the West End, Murder Ballad, starring Kerry Ellis, opening at the Arts Theatre on 29 September 2016 (press night is 5 October and the show is expected to run until 3 December). This Off-Broadway musical, a tale of illicit love, lust and betrayal, centres around Sara (Kerry Ellis), a young New Yorker who is […]

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Beyond the Fence – Arts Theatre

Beyond the Fence continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 5 March. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The best story creations begin with a ‘what if’”, and it’s no different with musicals. What if a boy in a striking mining town develops a talent for ballet? What if a man steals […]

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First computer musical Beyond the Fence – Laura Jane Matthewson cast

Casting has been revealed for the world’s first ‘computer musical’, Beyond the Fence. Presented by Sky Arts and Wingspan Theatricals, Beyond the Fence will play at the Arts Theatre from 22 February to 5 March. Rehearsals are underway in London for this ground-breaking show, all of which is being documented for television in the documentary series Computer […]

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Loserville – Union Theatre

Loserville continues at the Union Theatre, London until 20 December. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ It’s 1971. High school students are looking for a way out of their quiet American town – dubbed Loserville – to a brighter more exciting future. For some, the future clearly lies with computers and the development of email which […]

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The Blues Brothers Xmas Special – Arts Theatre

The Blues Brothers Xmas Special continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 10 January 2016. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ I’m a huge fan of John Landis’ cult 1980 movie starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. What’s not to like about a film crammed with violent nuns, epic car chases, comedy legends […]

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The Blues Brothers Xmas Special heads for the Arts Theatre

David Kristopher-Brown and Joshua Mumby will take the iconic central roles in the official The Blues Brothers Xmas Special at the Arts Theatre this Christmas season. Kristopher-Brown was most recently seen in the ensemble of The Phantom of the Opera, where he covered and performed as Piangi. Mumby is currently performing in LP Creatives’ national tour of […]

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Gatsby – Arts Theatre

Gatsby continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 16 November. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ This musical version of a literary classic returns to the stage for a third outing in as many years, sharing the stage at the Arts Theatre with An American Idiot, where it plays concurrently. With the exception […]

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Ruby in the Dust’s Gatsby opens at the Arts Theatre for limited run

Ruby in the Dust’s acclaimed musical reworking of The Great Gatsby returns to the London stage this month for a limited run at the Arts Theatre. The exclusive showcase production of Gatsby opens on 26 October and runs on Monday nights until 16 November. Matilda Sturridge, who featured in the show’s premiere at the Kings Head Theatre […]

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Leave Hitler to Me Lad – Arts Theatre

Leave Hitler to Me Lad continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 18 October. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Flagged up as ‘the untold story of a lost generation of war children,’ the Lincolnshire-based Duckegg Theatre Company’s Leave Hitler to Me Lad tugs pretty hard at the heartstrings as it explores the […]

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Ushers – The Front of House Musical – Arts Theatre

Ushers – The Front of House Musical continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 18 October. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Following two successful seasons at the Charing Cross Theatre last year, and straight from a triumphant run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ushers – The Front of House Musical is at the Arts […]

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Fresh from Edinburgh success, Ushers – The Front of House Musical opens at the Arts

Following a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and two previous seasons at Charing Cross Theatre, Ushers – The Front of House Musical is transferring to the Arts Theatre for a six-week season from Wednesday 9 September to Sunday 18 October (press night is Monday 14 September). Set in a West End theatre hosting the jukebox musical, […]

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Amelia Lily from American Idiot, at the Arts Theatre from 17 July. Picture Roy Tan

American Idiot extends run to 22 November due to popular demand

Following on from its successful opening in July and due to popular demand, the critically acclaimed production of Green Day’s award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot will be extending its run at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square and is now booking until 22 November 2015.  The entire cast, including X Factor’s Amelia Lily (Whatsername), Steve Rushton (Will) and Aaron Sidwell (Johnny) will all continue in their […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream in New Orleans – Arts Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in New Orleans continues at the Arts Theatre Upstairs, London until 30 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ Theatre company Ruby in the Dust is gaining quite a reputation for presenting classic stories with a fresh and innovative approach which also complements the essence of the text. Bringing that approach […]

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American Idiot – Arts Theatre

American Idiot continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 27 September. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ As a fan of neither Green Day nor most rock/pop musicals, I’m maybe not the best person to review this 90-minute sung-through show, which is based on the US band’s 2004 concept album of the same […]

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American Idiot at the Arts Theatre – news of full casting

Full casting has been announced for Green Day’s award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot as it prepares to open in the UK from 17 July to 27 September 2015 (press night is 22 July), at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. The full cast are Luke Baker (Theo), Natasha Barnes (Heather), Alexis Gerred (Tunny), Llandyll Gove (Gerard), Raquel Jones (Extraordinary girl), Natasha Karp (Alysha), Robyn Mellor (Libby), Lucas Rush (St. Jimmy), Steve Rushton (Will), Aaron Sidwell (Johnny) and Ross William Wild (Joshua). They join the […]

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American Idiot West End premiere – Amelia Lily stars

Former X Factor contestant Amelia Lily (playing Whatshername) will star in Green Day’s award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot, as it arrives in the UK for its West End premiere from 17 July at the Arts Theatre. Running until 27 September 2015, with press night on 22 July, American Idiot – The Musical features the music […]

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Dickens Abridged – Arts Theatre

Dickens Abridged continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 5 January 2014. You might think that the loose baggy monster novels of Charles Dickens could never by abbreviated in any form. Anybody having gone through an A Level or English degree who only had study notes to refer to will be forgiven for wondering where […]

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Seussical – Arts Theatre

Seussical continues at the the Arts Theatre, London until 5 January 2014. After Sell a Door’s success with its production of Seussical last year, the company has brought this theatre for young audiences version back to the West End (albeit with some different creative talent onboard) and the result is both fast and fun. The musical, which has a […]

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