Tag Archives | Bill Kenwright

Cilla The Musical – Kara Lily Hayworth is cast in the leading role

The search for a leading lady for Cilla The Musical is over following the announcement that Kara Lily Hayworth will play the Liverpool lass who became one of the UK’s best-loved stars. Following weeks of open auditions at venues across the country, attracting thousands of would-be Cillas, the Watford-born actress will take on her first […]

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First look at Louise Redknapp and Will Young in Cabaret tour

Here is the first look at ex-pop star and Strictly favourite Louise Redknapp (making her stage debut as Sally Bowles) and former Pop Idol Will Young (once again playing the Emcee) in this autumn’s nationwide tour of Rufus Norris’ acclaimed revival of Cabaret. Opening at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 21 September, Norris’ multi […]

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Evita returns to the West End for limited season

Hit musical Evita is to make a return to visit to the West End to mark the 65th anniversary of the death of Eva Peron next month. Presented by Bill Kenwright for a strictly limited 12-week season, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s multi award-winning musical will play the Phoenix Theatre from 28 July until […]

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Blood Brothers anniversary tour extended into the autumn

Extra dates have been added to the 30th anniversary tour of Bill Kenwright’s acclaimed production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers. After playing to packed houses across the UK, the tour will now continue into the autumn, opening at G Live in Guildford on Tuesday 29 August. Featuring former 1970s pop star Lyn Paul returning to […]

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Will Young and Louise Rednapp to star in Cabaret tour

Former pop star and Strictly favourite Louise Redknapp will make her stage debut as Sally Bowles in this autumn’s nationwide tour of Rufus Norris’ acclaimed revival of Cabaret. Opening at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 21 September, the show will also star former Pop Idol Will Young who will once again play the Emcee, […]

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Joe McElderry to bring Joseph back home at Christmas

Joe McElderry will be heading home for Christmas in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. A special limited run of the show which is currently in the middle of its 2017 UK tour will play Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena from 19-31 December. Commenting on the news of his special festive […]

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Ghost The Musical – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and Touring

Ghost The Musical continues at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and then tours until 29 April. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ Movie-to-stage adaptations work best when members of the creative team take the best qualities of the original and then have a very, very long think about how to bring the material […]

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Cilla The Musical – dates confirmed for open auditions

The producers of Cilla The Musical have confirmed the dates and locations for their search for Cilla Black, with open auditions taking place around the country. The search is on for a charismatic and talented actress with a great voice to portray the title role, starting in Cilla’s hometown of Liverpool. The dates and locations […]

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Joe McElderry celebrates latest album with concert tour

Joe McElderry will follow up his second stint in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with his own concert tour to celebrate the release of his fifth solo album. After hanging up his multicoloured coat in June, the former X Factor winner will prepare to embark on a nationwide concert […]

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Kenwright brings Norris’ Cabaret back to Blackpool

Rufus Norris’ acclaimed revival of Cabaret is heading back to the Blackpool Opera House as part of a nationwide tour. Presented by Bill Kenwright, the show which previously played the seaside venue in 2013 when the show featured former Pop Idol Will Young as the Emcee, will return to Blackpool from Tuesday 3 until Saturday 7 […]

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Cilla Black musical begins tour at Liverpool Empire in September

Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield will present the Cilla – The Musical, a new musical about the life and legend of Cilla Black, which will open in her hometown at the Liverpool Empire from 7 to 16 September before embarking on a nationwide tour. Cilla’s son, Robert Willis, will be the executive producer. Cilla – […]

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Dreamboats and Petticoats – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and Touring

Dreamboats and Petticoats continues at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury until 25 February and then tours until 2 September. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Nostalgia for the ‘good old days’ played a rather influential role in the UK’s decision to tick the yes-to-Brexit box last year. The debate about whether those memories of post-war Britain […]

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Joseph tour – Lucy Kay back as narrator

Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Lucy Kay will reunite with fellow TV talent show alumni Joe McElderry in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from Tuesday 24 January. The soprano who captured hearts as the runner-up in the 2014 season of BGT and went on to release best-selling albums and tour […]

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Ghost the Musical tour – Carolyn Maitland joins cast

Carolyn Maitland will join Bill Kenwright’s production of Ghost the Musical in the part of Molly alongside Andy Moss as Sam. Taking its inspiration from the classic movie, this reimagining features an expanded book, new music and original staging, and will continue to tour the UK in 2017, starting at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford on 17 January. Maitland’s musical theatre credits include […]

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La Cage Aux Folles tour – full casting

John Partridge, Adrian Zmed and Marti Webb will star in the much-loved musical La Cage Aux Folles when it embarks on its first ever nationwide tour, opening at the New Oxford Theatre on 5 January. John Partridge will play ‘Albin’ who moonlights as star drag act Zaza at the infamous La Cage aux Folles nightclub. Partridge’s extensive theatre credits include the West […]

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The Sound of Music – New Wimbledon Theatre

The Sound of Music tour continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London until 29 October. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Impresario Bill Kenwright was there to cast one last check on his Sound of Music tour which kicked off at Bromley in early 2015 with Danielle Hope as Maria and ends at Wimbledon […]

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La Cage Aux Folles – first nationwide tour stars John Partridge and Adrian Zmed

Much-loved musical La Cage Aux Folles embarks on its first ever nationwide tour with John Partridge as ‘Albin’ and Adrian Zmed as ‘Georges’, opening at the New Oxford Theatre on 5 January. John Partridge will play ‘Albin’ who moonlights as star drag act Zaza at the infamous La Cage aux Folles nightclub. Partridge’s extensive theatre credits include the West End productions of A Chorus Line at […]

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Sarah Harding temporarily leaves Ghost tour due to illness

Former Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding has been forced to temporarily depart her musical theatre debut role in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Ghost – The Musical. According to newspaper reports, Harding – who was already facing less than complimentary reviews via social media, was forced to step down on doctor’s orders on Monday night. […]

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Joe McElderry to return to Joseph tour in 2017

Joe McElderry is to return to the title role in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat early next year. The singer, whose first taste of fame came as an 18-year-old X Factor winner, made his first appearance in the UK’s longest-running touring musical earlier this year. He will don the […]

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Ghost the Musical – full casting revealed

Following the announcement that former Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding will make her musical theatre debut this autumn opposite soap star Andy Moss in Bill Kenwright’s new production of Ghost the Musical, further casting has been revealed. West End musical theatre star Jacqui Dubois (original London cast of Rent and Children of Eden, other credits include The […]

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Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding makes stage debut in Ghost the Musical

Former Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding will make her musical theatre debut this autumn opposite soap star Andy Moss in Bill Kenwright’s new production of the hit Ghost the Musical. The singer turned actress who featured in the movie St Trinians 2: The Legend of Frittons Gold before a brief stint on Coronation Street will […]

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Evita tour returns to UK in 2017

Bill Kenwright’s production of Evita is to return to next year for another major UK tour. The revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved musical last toured the country three years ago ahead of a successful London run at the Dominion Theatre in the autumn of 2014. Although there is no news yet on the […]

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Save the Last Dance For Me – Blackpool Opera House and Touring

Save the Last Dance For Me continues at Blackpool Opera House until 4 June and tours until 8 October. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩  Remember when it was considered fair game to snigger at rows of 1950s and 60s theatregoers of a certain age singing along merrily to old time music hall […]

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Andrew Lancel joins The Sound of Music tour

Former Coronation Street villain Andrew Lancel will play one of musical theatre’s classic good guys, Captain Von Trapp, in Bill Kenwright’s popular touring production of the classic The Sound of Music. The actor, who also starred in the hit TV series The Bill, has previously made his mark on stage in a number of other […]

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Save the Last Dance for Me tour – X Factor’s Lola Saunders makes theatre debut

Former X Factor finalist Lola Saunders will make her theatrical debut in the UK tour of Save the Last Dance for Me which begins at the Theatre Royal Windsor on 6 April. Saunders, a former fishmonger whose story made headlines when she wowed the judges of the TV talent show in 2014, will join the […]

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The Glenn Miller Story is back on tour in August

Tommy Steele’s The Glenn Miller Story is heading back on the road this August for a third UK tour which will run into the autumn. The brainchild of the veteran entertainer and his friend producer Bill Kenwright, The Glenn Miller Story features the exuberant Steele along with a 16-piece orchestra and a full company of performers. The show […]

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The Sound of Music UK tour is extended

Bill Kenwright’s touring production of the classic The Sound of Music has been extended into the autumn. The staging of the much loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical which stars Will.i.am’s protege from last year’s The Voice, Lucy O’Byrne, in the iconic role of Maria opened in December last year. The tour will be back on […]

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Ghost the Musical – Kenwright to stage new tour

This autumn Bill Kenwright will stage a new production of Ghost the Musical, an ‘innovative reimagining which will feature an expanded book, new music and original staging’. The double Academy Award-winning movie is a huge success story, both critically and at the box office, where it was the highest grossing film in the year of its release. […]

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Blackpool Opera House and Touring

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues at Blackpool Opera House until 13 February and tours until 9 July 2016. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ A whole generation of theatregoers has grown up expecting to see at least one winner, runner-up or near miss from Britain’s Got Talent or The X Factor fronting their […]

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The War of the Worlds – cast includes Jimmy Nail, David Essex and Michael Praed

Alongside the onscreen appearance of Liam Neeson and the onstage appearance of Jeff Wayne and his Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA string orchestra, casting has now been announced for the world stage premiere of The War of the Worlds at the Dominion Theatre. The show will preview from Monday 8 February 2016 with an opening […]

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Blood Brothers – Congress Theatre, Eastbourne and Touring

Blood Brothers continues at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne until 23 January and then tours until 16 April 2016, with further dates to be confirmed. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Willy Russell’s musical is a theatrical phenomenon. Starting life as a touring school play, Blood Brothers developed and debuted in Liverpool before Russell transferred it […]

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Joseph tour – Britain’s Got Talent’s Lucy Kay joins Joe McElderry in the cast

Britain’s Got Talent’s Lucy Kay will play the Narrator in the upcoming 2016 touring production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, also starring X Factor winner Joe McElderry (the tour begins from 25–30 January at The Broadway Theatre, Peterborough). Lucy Kay scored her first number one album in 2014, after her debut album Fantasia shot […]

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Lyn Paul will return to the role of Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers

Former seventies pop star Lyn Paul will return to the role of Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers nearly 20 years after she first starred in Willy Russell’s much-loved musical. Paul first won rave reviews for her performance as the character in 1997, she later returned to the role and featured in the show’s final West […]

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The Glenn Miller Story extends tour into 2016

Following an 11-week tour which opened in August 2015, The Glenn Miller Story will extend into 2016, opening in Peterborough on Tuesday 29 December. This tale of America’s most famous Big Band leader stars Tommy Steele. It’s been 70 years since Glenn Miller vanished over the English Channel as he flew to Paris to entertain the troops during the […]

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The Sound of Music tour – latest cast details

The full cast of Bill Kenwright’s production of The Sound of Music has been revealed ahead of the opening of the tour on Wednesday 2 December at the Broadway Theatre in Peterborough. This production also plays a Christmas season for all the family at The Lowry, Salford Quays from Monday 14 December until Saturday 2 January. BBC1’s The Voice runner-up Lucy O’Byrne as Maria and award-winning […]

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Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds reaches the West End in February 2016

Producer Bill Kenwright has joined forces with former pop star Jeff Wayne to bring the major new production of Wayne’s innovative The War of the Worlds to the West End early next year. The spectacular production, which features the classic score played live on stage conducted by Wayne himself, will preview at the Dominion Theatre from […]

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The Voice finalist Lucy O’Byrne to play Maria in The Sound of Music

Will.i.am’s protégé from this year’s The Voice, Lucy O’Byrne will step into the iconic role of Maria in Bill Kenwright’s new touring production of The Sound of Music in December. The former theatre usher will swap the stalls for centre stage when she plays the leading role in Kenwright’s staging of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein […]

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Joe McElderry to play title role in UK tour of Joseph next year

X Factor winner Joe McElderry will play the title role in the UK’s longest-running musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. McElderry will play Joseph on tour in theatres around the UK from spring 2016 (dates and theatres to be announced soon). McElderry was just 18 when won the sixth series of The X Factor having been mentored by Girls Aloud star […]

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The Glenn Miller Story – more details and cast announced

In theatres across the UK, from Friday 28 August for 11 weeks only, Tommy Steele will take to the stage in a new imagining of the extraordinary tale of the world’s most famous big band leader – in The Glenn Miller Story. Featuring a 16-piece orchestra, the story of one of the most iconic musical figures […]

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Blood Brothers autumn tour – Marti Pellow and Maureen Nolan return

Following a successful spring season of sell-out shows, Marti Pellow is back to continue his role as Narrator for the autumn touring leg of Blood Brothers, opening at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Tuesday 8 September. Pellow extends his role in Willy Russell’s critically-acclaimed musical at selected theatres across the UK from September. Also returning to the show […]

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The Sound of Music – new tour dates and timelapse video to watch!

New dates have been added to the tour of Bill Kenwright’s production of The Sound of Music, currently playing at the New Wimbledon Theatre until 11 April. The new venues are Newcastle Theatre Royal (31 August to 12 September) and Liverpool Empire (14 to 19 September). (You can also see a timelapse video below of The Sound of Music […]

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Tommy Steele in The Glenn Miller Story heads to Blackpool

Blackpool Opera House has added another show to its 2015 season with the announcement that Tommy Steele is to take to the stage to narrate The Glenn Miller Story. The show runs at the Opera House from 5–10 October. In this brand new production, Steele will tell the extraordinary story of the world’s most famous big […]

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Bridlington Spa and Touring

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues at Bridlington Spa until 21 March and then tours until 6 June 2015. If the number of people claiming to have been at Woodstock had actually been there, the toilets would have emptied into the Hudson. So it is with the 1970s Leicester production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar – Blackpool Opera House and Touring

Jesus Christ Superstar continues at Blackpool Opera House until 14 March and then tours until 25 July 2015. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★  As groundbreaking rock operas go few have broken more ground, so to speak, than Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s second staged collaboration. After Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and before […]

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Interview – Lloyd Daniels on tour in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

LLOYD DANIELS is making his musical theatre debut playing the title role in the current UK tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The youngest contestant in 2009’s X Factor, Lloyd got to the final five out of 250,000 entrants and performed in front of ten million TV viewers. He then went on to perform as part […]

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Dreamboats and Miniskirts – Bridlington Spa and Touring

Dreamboats and Miniskirts plays at the The Spa Theatre, Bridlington until 14 February, and then tours until 25 July 2015. Star rating: 2 stars ** If ever a show knows its audience, it is the archetypal juke-box musical Dreamboats and Petticoats. Now, as the show moves into the 1960s, the girls are in miniskirts and the songs nibble at […]

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Amelia Lily cast as the Narrator in Joseph tour following Marcus Collins exit

Amelia Lily is set to bring yet more X Factor to this year’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as she steps into the role of Narrator alongside fellow X Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels’ Joseph from 17 February at Edinburgh’s Playhouse Theatre. This follows the news that Marcus Collins, who was originally cast as […]

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The Sound of Music – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield and Touring

The Sound of Music continues at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield until 14 February, and then tours until 1 August. Star rating: 3 stars *** The seven hills of Sheffield are alive to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music as Bill Kenwright’s new production comes to the Lyceum Theatre. It is billed as a new staging of the the musical, […]

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Marcus Collins pulls out of Joseph tour

Marcus Collins has pulled out of the 2015 tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He had been cast in the role of Narrator alongside Lloyd Daniels’ Joseph and Matt Lapinskas in the role of the Pharaoh. A statement on producer Bill Kenwright’s website states: “We have been advised by his agent that Marcus Collins has withdrawn from Joseph and […]

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The Sound of Music tour – Steven Houghton cast as Captain von Trapp

Joining Danielle Hope as Maria von Trapp in a major national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music – opening on 15 January 2015 at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley – will be stage and television performer Steven Houghton, playing Captain von Trapp. Well-known for his longstanding television roles in Coronation Street and London’s Burning, Olivier-Award nominated actor Houghton has taken on leading roles in Spend […]

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