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Disney’s Aladdin – Matthew Croke to play the title role

Matthew Croke will step into the title role in Disney’s Aladdin just months before the lavish show celebrates its first birthday at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. His first performance will be on 5 June 2017. After impressing fans and critics with his performance as Don Lockwood in the UK tour of Singin’ in the Rain, […]

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Beauty and the Beast – movie review

Beauty and the Beast – Star rating: three stars ★★★✩✩ There is, let’s face it, a whole lot to live up to in remaking 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. The second masterpiece of the Disney Renaissance that started with The Little Mermaid, Beauty became the first animated film to receive a nomination for Best Picture at […]

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National Theatre 2017 season – Pinocchio and Follies provide the musical interest

There will be ‘no strings to hold him down’ when Pinocchio steps on to the stage at the National Theatre this Christmas as part of the prestigious venue’s packed 2017 season. Directed by John Tiffany, the world premiere of Pinocchio by Dennis Kelly joins the new production of the 1970s Broadway musical Follies as two of […]

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Disney’s Aladdin extends booking period

The much-anticipated new Disney musical Aladdin has begun previewing in the West End ahead of its opening night on 15 June. With the booking period now extended into February 2017, the lavish show makes its UK debut tonight at the Prince Edward Theatre. Featuring Dean John-Wilson in the title role alongside former Sugababe Jade Ewen […]

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Gary Williams – Hollywood Swings – Crazy Coqs

Gary Williams – Hollywood Swings continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 28 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Gary Williams, a great favourite of Crazy Coqs patrons, returns with his latest cabaret which he dubs ‘A Technicolor Celebration of the Silver Screen’. And what he delivers is what it says on the […]

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Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre – check out rehearsal images

  Ahead of its West End premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre, rehearsal images for Aladdin have been released today. From the producer of The Lion King, the new West End musical from Disney will debut at the theatre on Wednesday 15 June 2016, with previews from Friday 27 May. Tickets are on general sale for performances up to and […]

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Zizi Strallen and Matt Lee star in Mary Poppins tour

Zizi Strallen will play Mary Poppins and Matt Lee will play Bert in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins, opening at Leicester Curve on 12 October 2015. Full casting will be announced shortly. Zizi Strallen is currently starring as Lana in Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man. She was most recently seen in the West End […]

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The Lion King hosts third autism-friendly performance

Following the success of dedicated autism-friendly performances in 2013 and 2014, a third dedicated performance of Disney’s The Lion King has been announced for Sunday 30 August 2015 at 1:30pm. Tickets are now on sale. The Lion King staged the West End’s first-ever dedicated autism-friendly performance in April 2013. Working closely with the National Autistic Society, the UK’s […]

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Mary Poppins begins UK and Ireland tour at Leicester Curve in October

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh have revealed that their multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins will embark on a tour of the UK and Ireland, opening at Leicester Curve on 13 October 2015. Mackintosh said today: “It’s hard to believe that it is already 11 years since Mary Poppins first landed on the London stage. My goodness… time flies even faster than our beloved Nanny! I’m […]

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Into the Woods – Roundabout Theatre Company, New York

Into the Woods continues at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre, New York until 22 March. Star rating: 5 stars ***** A fresh breeze is blowing through Into the Woods. It’s not that anything ever seems stale about this enduring and always-compelling masterwork by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. But as re-envisioned by the prodigiously imaginative […]

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Frozen singalong screenings planned at the Dominion Theatre

A series of singalong screenings of the smash-hit, hugely popular, Disney film Frozen will take place at London’s Dominion Theatre next half term, from 18 to 28 February. The Oscar-winning Frozen is Disney’s highest grossing film ever and has captivated children and families around the world. The score includes the hugely popular song ‘Let It Go’ which won the Academy Award for […]

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Into the Woods – the movie – our verdict

Into the Woods opens in UK cinemas on 9 January 2015. As a longtime Sondheim fan and particular admirer of Into the Woods, the “be careful what you wish for” fantasy musical which the great man teased out of James Lapine’s clever book in 1986, it would be great to be wrong but where’s the […]

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Disenchanted! – Theatre at St Clements, New York

Disenchanted! continues at the Theatre at St. Clements, New York until 25 January. Being a storybook princess isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. That’s the message that comes through very loud and very clear in Disenchanted!, the raucous new Off-Broadway musical that’s inhabited by a flock of Disney animated-movie heroines. The ladies have a litany […]

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The Lion King celebrates its 15th anniversary at Lyceum

On Sunday 19 October Disney’s The Lion King will celebrate its 15th anniversary at London’s Lyceum Theatre. The award-winning musical has entertained more than 12 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. It also recently became the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. To celebrate this milestone and to thank Londoners […]

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Party of One – Christina Bianco – London Hippodrome

Christina Bianco performed her show Party of One at the London Hippodrome Matcham Rooms. “I’ll be your host… and also your guest list,” quips Christina Bianco at the start of her solo show at the Hippodrome’s Matcham Rooms. Bianco has gained a formidable reputation as an impressionist of female singers, but her show Party of One indicates that impressionism […]

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The Lion King – the autism-friendly way

An autism-friendly matinee performance of The Lion King took place at the Lyceum Theatre, London on Sunday 4 May, 2014. I saw my first West End musical when I was ten years old (Oklahoma! at the Palace Theatre), and I am fortunate enough to have seen many, many more since. So why, on the morning […]

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Aladdin – New Amsterdam Theatre, New York

Aladdin continues at the New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, in an open-ended run. All the folks involved in putting on Aladdin, the new Broadway musical based on the 1992 Disney animated film, seem to be working feverishly to make sure we, the audience, don’t take it seriously. It’s all just good-natured, expensive hokum. That includes […]

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The Lion King – second autism-friendly performance

Following the success of The Lion King’s first dedicated autism-friendly performance in April last year, Disney’s The Lion King is set to present a second such performance on Sunday 4 May 2014 at 1:30pm. Working closely with the National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for people with autism and their families, and following a successful […]

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