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The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium – exclusive new images

Adapted for the stage by the team of Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the major new musical theatre adaptation of the family classic The Wind in the Willows has sped into the London Palladium. Here is a selection of brand new exclusive images from Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan. Rufus Hound […]

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The Wind in the Willows – London Palladium

The Wind in the Willows continues at the London Palladium (booking until Saturday 9 September 2017). Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Appearing at last weekend’s benefit concert for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, composers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe introduced themselves as: “the chaps with two musicals in the […]

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Interview – Simon Lipkin gets Ratty in The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium

SIMON LIPKIN is playing the role of Ratty in the major new musical theatre adaptation of the family classic The Wind in the Willows which has its official opening at the London Palladium this week. Based on Kenneth Grahame’s timeless novel, The Wind in the Willows has been adapted for the stage by the team of Julian […]

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Original cast recording of The Wind in the Willows soon to be released

The original cast recording of new musical The Wind in the Willows, with book by Julian Fellowes, music by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, has been recorded and is now available for pre-order. The cast of the new West End musical, which begins previews on 16 June prior to an official opening on […]

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Half a Sixpence – West End production closes in September

First presented at Chichester’s Festival Theatre, Half a Sixpence will play its final performance in London on Saturday 2 September, having extended its limited season twice. This popular reinvention of the musical has now well and truly launched the career of newcomer Charlie Stemp with his award-winning performance in the lead role of role of […]

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Wind in the Willows at the Palladium – full cast revealed

Denise Welch, Gary Wilmot, Simon Lipkin and Craig Mather will join Rufus Hound and Neil McDermott in the cast of The Wind in the Willows which will speed into the London Palladium in June. Announcing the new casting details, producer Jamie Hendry also revealed previews would begin ahead of schedule on Friday 16 June (opening […]

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School Of Rock – The Musical – open auditions planned to find new band members

Auditions are being held to find new young classmates for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking School of Rock – The Musical. Open auditions will take place on Saturday 25 March in Cardiff, Tuesday 23 and Thursday 25 May in London, Saturday 10 June in Sheffield, Saturday 15 July in Birmingham, Saturday 23 September in Liverpool and […]

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The Wind in the Willows press launch – London Palladium

The London Palladium will play host to the definitive musical theatre version of Kenneth Grahame’s book The Wind in the Willows this summer, according to producer Jamie Hendry. The musical features music by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, who are no strangers to adaptations of classic children’s stories from Honk! and Just So […]

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Half a Sixpence – booking extended into September

For the second time booking has been extended for the critically acclaimed West End transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh production of Half a Sixpence. Tickets for show at the Noel Coward Theatre are now available until 2 September. An extra midweek matinee performance on Thursdays at 2.30pm will also be added from […]

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School of Rock – more box office records fall

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock the Musical has reached new milestones on both sides of the Atlantic. In the West End the production has broken the box office record previously held by War Horse at the 1,000-seat New London Theatre, while over on Broadway the show has smashed its own record at the Winter Garden Theatre. […]

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Half a Sixpence extends run to April 2017

Following rave reviews for both the show and its leading man Charlie Stemp, it was announced today that booking for the Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre production of Half a Sixpence at the Noël Coward Theatre has been extended to 22 April 2017. The entire Chichester cast transferred to the West End, including newcomers Charlie Stemp as Arthur […]

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School of Rock the Musical – New London Theatre

School of Rock the Musical continues at the New London Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Richard Linklater’s 2003 film School of Rock remains one of the director’s most mainstream works. Telling the story of a feckless loser who pretends to be a supply teacher and ends up coaching a […]

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Wind in the Willows to open at London Palladium in June 2017

The major new musical theatre adaptation of the family classic The Wind in the Willows will speed into the London Palladium in June next year. Adapted for the stage by the high-powered team of Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, The Wind in the Willows received its world premiere at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth […]

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The Wind in the Willows – Theatre Royal Plymouth

The Wind in the Willows continues at the Theatre Royal Plymouth until 22 October. The production will then open at The Lowry in Salford and Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, prior to opening in London’s West End. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ On 8 October 1908, Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows was first published. Now, 108 […]

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Two songs from The Wind in the Willows musical released

  Two songs from the highly-anticipated major new musical theatre adaptation of The Wind in the Willows have today been released. With music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the tracks feature Rufus Hound as the lovable menace Mr Toad in ‘The Amazing Mr Toad’ and the full cast performing the opening song ‘Spring’. Premiering at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 8 October 2016, the production […]

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School of Rock – West End cast revealed

TV comedy star David Fynn will head the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking show School of Rock – The Musical when it arrives in the West End next month. The scene-stealing star of US cult comedy Undateable will take on the role of Dewey Finn, the wannabe rocker turned teacher originally played by movie […]

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Chichester Half a Sixpence transfers to Noel Coward Theatre in October

Following a record-breaking run in Chichester, Half a Sixpence – which Cameron Mackintosh co-produced with Chichester Festival Theatre – will transfer to the Noël Coward Theatre from 29 October 2016, with press night on 17 November 2016. The first booking period is on sale until 11 February 2017. The entire Chichester cast will transfer to […]

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Wind in the Willows – first look at rehearsal images

Rehearsals have begun for the highly-anticipated major new musical theatre adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, created by Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Premiering at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 8 October 2016, the production will then open at The Lowry in Salford and Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, prior to opening in London’s West End. The production stars Rufus […]

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Half a Sixpence – Chichester Festival Theatre

Half a Sixpence continues at Chichester Festival Theatre until 3 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The revival of this 1960s hit musical has not just been given a facelift, but major surgery. Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes has gone back to HG Wells’ original novel and radically reconstructed the show’s book, while George Stiles […]

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The Wind in the Willows – Rufus Hound and Fra Fee among cast

Casting has been revealed for the major new musical theatre adaptation of The Wind in the Willows head of its world premiere at Theatre Royal in Plymouth from 8 October 2016, followed by dates at The Lowry in Salford and the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, prior to opening in London’s West End. Comedian, actor and presenter Rufus […]

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Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – West End dates confirmed

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new show School of Rock – The Musical will arrive in the West End this October a few months earlier than expected. Public booking will open 25 May with previews at the New London Theatre beginning on 24 October ahead of the opening night on 14 November. The show is initially booking until […]

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Half a Sixpence at Chichester – two young actors introduced as leads

Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Half a Sixpence will introduce two young actors – Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps* and Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick – alongside actor Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow, actress Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham and Vivien Parry as Mrs Walsingham. Playing in the Festival Theatre from 14 July […]

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The Wind in the Willows – open auditions to be held

Open auditions are to be held in London and Manchester for this autumn’s major new musical theatre adaptation of the family classic The Wind in the Willows. Adapted for the stage by the high-powered team of Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, The Wind in the Willows is due to receive its world premiere […]

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Chichester Festival Theatre season features Stiles and Drewe double bill

There will be a George Stiles and Anthony Drewe double bill as part of Jonathan Church and Alan Finch’s Chichester Festival Theatre 2016 season – the last under their leadership as artistic director and executive director. The two British musicals will see Rachel Kavanaugh direct a new stage version of Half a Sixpence with book […]

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School of Rock – The Musical – Lloyd Webber searches for West End cast of kids

The search is on for at least 39 talented youngsters to play the child stars of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking new show School of Rock – The Musical when it finally arrives in the UK in 2017 (although previous reports suggested autumn 2016). The show, which is based on the hit Jack Black comedy film and […]

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School of Rock – Winter Garden Theatre, New York

School of Rock continues at the Winter Garden Theatre, New York. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ In a pre-curtain recorded announcement, Andrew Lloyd Webber assures the audience that the kids in School of Rock are actually playing their own instruments. “Emphatically” so, he stresses. And that just about sums up the […]

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School of Rock – The Musical begins Broadway previews – cast members from stage and screen versions meet

The world premiere production of School of Rock – The Musical on Broadway has begun previews at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an opening set for 6 December. Based on the hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock will feature music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, […]

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Mary Poppins – Bristol Hippodrome and Touring

Mary Poppins continues at the Bristol Hippodrome until 28 November and is on tour in the UK and Ireland until October 2016. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ may well no longer be politically correct, with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver bullying the Prime Minister for months now over the […]

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School of Rock – Andrew Lloyd Webber reveals 360° music video

Andrew Lloyd Webber has released a fully immersive 360° music video for ‘You’re in the Band’, a musical number from his upcoming Broadway show, School of Rock – The Musical. Shot in a real New York City classroom, this innovative 360° video produced for the Broadway production is one of the first of its kind on YouTube or Facebook. The video was designed […]

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The Wind in the Willows musical set for world premiere in October 2016

The highly-anticipated major new musical theatre adaptation of The Wind in the Willows created by Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe is confirmed to open at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth from 8 October 2016, followed by The Lowry in Salford from 26 October 2016 prior to opening in London’s West End. Based on Kenneth Grahame’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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Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – The Musical premieres on Broadway

School of Rock – The Musical will have its world premiere on Broadway, with previews beginning on 2 November 2015 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an opening set for 6 December. Based on the hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock will feature music from the movie, as well as new music written by […]

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Olivier Awards charity night boosted by presence of Dench and Fellowes

To celebrate the Olivier Awards with MasterCard, Fenwick of Bond Street will host a one-off shop with the stars evening on 10 April to raise funds and awareness for the Olivier Award’s official charity Acting For Others. On the night, Fenwick of Bond Street will be filled with the crème de la crème of British […]

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