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She Loves Me – Menier Chocolate Factory

She Loves Me continues at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London until 5 March 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick wrote She Loves Me the year before they hit the jackpot with Fiddler On the Roof (1964). The initial Broadway production which starred Barbara Cook and Daniel […]

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The Color Purple sets Broadway closing

The Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple will join the New Year exodus of Broadway musicals, setting a closing date of 8 January. With its final finale, the Broadway mounting, which opened last December, will have played 33 previews and 449 regular performances. The show was a transplant of director John Doyle’s searing reworking, […]

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She Loves Me at the Menier – Les Dennis, Mark Umbers and Katherine Kingsley join cast

With his character’s days on screen numbered, Coronation Street’s Les Dennis is preparing for a role in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s new production of the 1963 Broadway musical She Loves Me. Former stand-up comedian and presenter turned actor Dennis will swap the cobbles of Weatherfield for the London stage when he joins the previously announced […]

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Sheridan Smith will join Funny Girl tour

Sheridan Smith is to take her acclaimed performance as Fanny Brice on the road when she joins next year’s Funny Girl tour at selected venues in the UK and Ireland. The news about the star, who recently made a triumphant return to the sell-out show at London’s Savoy Theatre following illness, is the first casting update for the […]

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She Loves Me at the Menier – Scarlett Strallen to lead cast

Leading lady Scarlett Strallen and director Matthew White will return to the Menier Chocolate Factory in November with a new production of the 1960s Broadway musical She Loves Me. The pair who previously worked together on the Menier’s production of Candide will join forces again on the show which will run from 25 November until […]

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Fiasco Theater’s Into the Woods – cast changes at the Menier

Cast changes have taken place in Fiasco Theater’s innovative production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. Harry Hepple (Pippin) plays the Baker, Steffan Lloyd-Evans (The Dancing Years) is Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince and Laura Tebbutt (Forbidden Broadway) steps into the role of the Baker’s Wife. They take over from original cast members Ben […]

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Interview – Noah Brody on bringing Fiasco Theater’s Into The Woods to London

NOAH BRODY is co-artistic director with Ben Steinfeld of Fiasco Theater – a US-based actor-run ensemble that until recently specialised in workshopping and presenting small-scale productions of Shakespeare. That changed in 2013 when the group tackled their first full-scale musical: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fairytale mash-up Into the Woods. Fiasco’s much-reduced production ran for […]

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Into the Woods – Menier Chocolate Factory

Into the Woods continues at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London until 17 September. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I long ago lost count of how many times I’ve seen Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s twisted fairytale mash-up. I never tire of its jaunty, clip-cloppy theme (‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ meets ‘We’re Off to See […]

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Sheridan Smith returns to Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre

Sheridan Smith has made a surprise early return to her leading role in Michael Mayer’s critically acclaimed re-working of Funny Girl. The star, who had been taking time off due to stress and exhaustion, was as Fanny Brice on Friday night, a few days earlier than expected. Just hours before the curtain went up on […]

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Rehearsals begin for Fiasco’s Into the Woods Menier debut

Rehearsals have begun for Fiasco Theater’s innovative production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. The US theatre company’s production, featuring the original US cast, arrives in the UK fresh from critical success in New York where it received the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. Cast […]

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Fiasco Theater’s hit Into the Woods to play the Menier Chocolate Factory

London’s Menier Chocolate Factory is to host US theatre company Fiasco Theater’s innovative production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods this summer. The production, which will feature the original US cast, will arrive in the UK fresh from critical success in New York where it received the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. Using […]

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Sheridan Smith pulls out of Funny Girl for up to a month

After days of headlines, the producers of the hit revival of Funny Girl at London’s Savoy Theatre have confirmed its leading lady Sheridan Smith will be taking up to a month away from the role. The star won rave reviews for her performance as Fanny Brice in the show which transferred earlier this year to […]

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Funny Girl – Savoy Theatre

Funny Girl continues at the Savoy Theatre, London until 8 October. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ When it was announced that Sheridan Smith was to play Fanny Brice at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2015, the complete run of Funny Girl sold out within 24 hours. In theatrical terms, Smith is extremely valuable currency in the West […]

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Funny Girl previews begin at the Savoy Theatre

Previews have begun for the Savoy Theatre transfer of the critically acclaimed re-working of Funny Girl ahead of its much-anticipated 20 April West End opening night. Sheridan Smith’s Fanny Brice and Darius Campbell’s Nicky Arnstein are joined by Marilyn Cutts, Maurice Lane, Valda Aviks, Gay Soper, Natasha J Barnes, Bruce Montague and Joel Montague. The […]

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Funny Girl - Sheridan Smith (Fanny Brice) - picture by Marc Brenner

Sheridan Smith misses Funny Girl performances following news of father’s illness

Sheridan Smith has pulled out of a number of performances of the hit revival of Funny Girl at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory after she revealed her father had been diagnosed with cancer. The star has won rave reviews for her performance in the sell-out show which is due to close on Saturday ahead of its transfer to […]

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Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre – booking extended for further four weeks

Due to unprecedented demand, the critically acclaimed production of Funny Girl, which is fast selling out its run, has extended booking for a further four weeks at the Savoy Theatre until 8 October 2016. Tickets for the extension of Michael Mayer’s production starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress and Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice go on sale from 10am on […]

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The Color Purple – Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, New York

  The Color Purple continues at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, New York. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Director John Doyle’s wondrous redo of The Color Purple may be minimalist, but it’s drenched in emotion. At the same time, he has gloriously amped up this Broadway musical’s power as a feminist […]

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Interview – Marilyn Cutts on playing Mrs Brice in Funny Girl and why she still loves Doctor Theatre

This week has been all about the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Funny Girl which has not only broken box office records at its current London home, the Menier Chocolate Factory, but has extended its West End run at the Savoy Theatre where it will transfer in April 2016. Actress and singer MARILYN CUTTS is a crucial part of that very production, playing […]

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Funny Girl – Menier Chocolate Factory

Funny Girl continues at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London until 5 March, then transfers to the Savoy Theatre from 9 April to 10 September. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s nigh on half a century since Barbra Streisand brought Funny Girl over from Broadway and I forked out a precious two pounds […]

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Funny Girl extends run at the Savoy Theatre until 10 September

Following a critically acclaimed opening at the Menier Chocolate Factory this week, the hit production of Funny Girl has extended its booking period at the Savoy Theatre due to popular demand. Michael Mayer’s production will now run from 9 April until 10 September 2016 – marking the musical’s 50th anniversary year. Tickets for the extended booking period production starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress […]

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Menier Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith already set for West End transfer

Due to unprecedented demand the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Funny Girl transfers to the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End, following the sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory which begins later this month. Michael Mayer’s production, starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice and with the cast from the Menier Chocolate Factory, will begin performances […]

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Full casting for Funny Girl – Darius Campbell joins Sheridan Smith

The Menier Chocolate Factory has revealed full casting for its production of Funny Girl. Joining Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice are Valda Aviks (Mrs O’Malley), Natasha J Barnes (Emma/Mrs Meeker), Darius Campbell (Nick), Marilyn Cutts (Mrs Brice), Maurice Lane (Mr Keeney), Bruce Montague (Ziegfeld), Joel Montague (Eddie), Gay Soper (Mrs Strakosh); with Emma Caffrey, Matthew Croke, Joelle Dyson, Rebecca Fennelly, Luke Fetherston, Leah Harris, Kelly Homewood, Sammy Kelly and Stuart Ramsay completing the ensemble. The multi award-winning Michael Mayer directs the production, which opens on 2 December, with previews from […]

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Harvey Fierstein brought in to rework Funny Girl at the Menier

One of Broadway’s biggest and busiest names, the inimitable Harvey Fierstein, is being lined up to take on the task of turning the classic Funny Girl into a musical fit for its new leading lady, Sheridan Smith. According to the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye, Fierstein, who’s already celebrating both the West End success of Kinky […]

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Sheridan Smith Funny Girl at the Menier breaks box office records

The Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith, has broken box office records, becoming the theatre’s fastest-selling production. Having gone on sale to the public today, all performances were sold out by 10.30am. The production, directed by the multi award-winning Michael Mayer, opens on 2 December, with previews from 20 November, and runs until 5 March 2016. […]

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Confirmed – Sheridan Smith leads Funny Girl at the Menier in December

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announced that actress Sheridan Smith returns to the theatre to play Fanny Brice in a major new revival of Funny Girl. The multi award-winning Michael Mayer directs the production, which opens on 2 December, with previews from 20 November, and runs until 5 March 2016. Funny Girl returns to the […]

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What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined – Menier Chocolate Factory

What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined continues at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London until 5 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Menier Chocolate Factory has transformed itself this summer into a 1960s hippie retreat – the perfect setting for a remarkable celebration and ‘reimagining’ of the songs of Burt Bacharach by Canadian […]

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What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined – great new images

The UK premiere of What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined at the Menier Chocolate Factory opens tonight so here are some fabulous new images of the show from our official photographer Roy Tan. Burt Bacharach’s celebrated songbook is given a new interpretation in the production, thanks to Kyle Riabko’s original musical arrangements. Directed by Oliver Award-winner Steven Hoggett, the show is a 90-minute non-stop […]

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Interview – Kyle Riabko on the inspiration behind What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined

KYLE RIABKO is the 27-year-old actor-musician Canadian behind the Menier Chocolate Factory’s upcoming production, What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined. As the title suggests, it’s a show that explores the contribution that songwriter Burt Bacharach has made to popular music, but rather than a jukebox rehash of this unparalleled songbook, it’s a respectful and impassioned reworking, performed by a small […]

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Bacharach show What’s It All About? has UK premiere at Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier Chocolate Factory will host the UK première of What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined from 3 July to 5 September (press night is 15 July). Burt Bacharach’s celebrated songbook is given an exciting new interpretation with Kyle Riabko’s thrillingly original musical arrangement. This show, directed by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett, is a 90-minute non-stop musical journey in which the 27-year-old Riabko leads a talented […]

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Assassins – Menier Chocolate Factory

Assassins continues at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London, until 7 March 2015. Don’t bet against Assassins following Merrily We Roll Along, the last Sondheim musical the Menier staged, into the West End as it’s a humdinger of a show, hard to stomach at times, but never less than fascinating – a stunning ensemble piece brilliantly directed […]

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Broadway actor Aaron Tveit joins cast of Assassins at Menier Chocolate Factory

Broadway actor Aaron Tveit makes his UK stage debut in Jamie Lloyd’s major revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins as part of the Menier Chocolate Factory’s ten-year anniversary season. He joins the already announced line-up of Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts and Catherine Tate, as do Stewart Clarke, Harry Morrison and Jamie Parker. The production opens on 1 December 2014, with previews from 21 November, and runs […]

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Assassins at the Menier – Catherine Tate and Mike McShane star

Carly Bawden, Simon Lipkin, Mike McShane, Andy Nyman, David Roberts and Catherine Tate have been cast in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins, directed by Jamie Lloyd, at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 21 November 2014 to 7 March 2015 (press night is 1 December). Public booking opens today (Monday 8 September). Thirteen people have tried to kill the president of the United States. Four have succeeded. […]

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Menier’s Forbidden Broadway transfers to Vaudeville with Christina Bianco in cast

Following a sold out and critically acclaimed run, the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Forbidden Broadway will transfer to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre from 9 September-22 November, with press night on 15 September. Joining the cast is YouTube sensation Christina Bianco who has played in Forbidden Broadway: Goes to Rehab in New York (Drama Desk nomination for […]

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Casey and Dann return to Menier’s Forbidden Broadway

Anna-Jane Casey, Sophie-Louise Dann, Damian Humbley and Ben Lewis will star in New York’s longest-running comedy revue, Forbidden Broadway, which returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory, London from 19 June. This updated version of the satire showcases some of the best productions from both Broadway and the West End, including The Book of Mormon, Once, […]

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Forbidden Broadway back at the Menier Chocolate Factory

New York’s longest-running comedy revue Forbidden Broadway returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory this summer, playing at the venue from 19 June–16 August (press night is 2 July). Forbidden Broadway has been an unstoppable force in theatre since 1982, when Gerard Alessandrini created the first edition that lampooned the Broadway shows and stars of the day. […]

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Menier Chocolate Factory celebrate songs of Andrew Lippa

The Menier Chocolate Factory presents The Life of the Party – A Celebration of the Songs of Andrew Lippa from 27 May to 14 June (press night is 30 May). The exciting Broadway composer and lyricist will be accompanied by Caroline O’Connor, Damian Humbley and Summer Strallen in a unique concert performance of songs from some of […]

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Candide – Menier Chocolate Factory

Candide continues at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London, until 22 February 2014. Menier Chocolate Factory’s last musical Merrily We Roll Along was a huge hit, even transferring for a successful run in the West End and being made into a movie, but it is hard to be as enthusiastic about the theatre’s revival of Candide. […]

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Menier Chocolate Factory presents Candide

Fra Fee, Cassidy Janson, Ben Lewis, Scarlett Strallen and David Thaxton have been cast in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Christmas musical Candide with music by Leonard Bernstein, book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler, lyrics by Richard Wilbur and additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Park and Bernstein. From Westphalia to […]

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