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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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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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Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year – Stiles + Drewe Prize – Noel Coward Theatre

The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year/Stiles + Drewe Prize at the Noel Coward Theatre, London. There’s no stopping those girls! Scots lass Izuka Hoyle made it four in a row for female contenders by winning the prestigious Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition by following Corrine Priest, Erin Doherty and […]

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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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The Wicker Husband – The Other Palace

A showcase performance of The Wicker Husband took place at The Other Palace, London. The Wicker Husband, with a book by Rhys Jennings and music and lyrics by Darren Clark, is based on a short story of the same name by Ursula Willis-Jones. It tells the story of The Ugly Girl, a hardworking fisher woman […]

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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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Actor-musican version of Honk! – with puppetry – to play the Union Theatre

This Easter, Honk! the musical returns to London in a brand-new, actor-musician adaptation, filled with puppetry, magic and illusions. And water guns… The production will open at the Union Theatre on Wednesday 29 March and runs until Saturday April 22. Press night is Saturday 1 April. Honk!, produced by Paul Virides and Lian Wilkinson for […]

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Soho Cinders – Union Theatre

Soho Cinders continues at the Union Theatre, London until 22 December. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ At the moment, this revival of Stiles and Drewe’s modern reworking of Cinderella with a rent boy in the Cinders role falling in love with a prospective London Mayor while a millionaire Tory lord of […]

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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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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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Soho Cinders returns to Union Theatre

Stiles and Drewe’s innovative re-imagining of the Cinderella story, Soho Cinders will return to London’s Union Theatre later this month. Last seen at the venue in its first full-scale production in 2012, the show adds a topical and satirical twist to the classic fairy story with its tale of down-on-his-luck launderette owner Robbie who becomes […]

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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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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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Shakespeare Revue to tour UK before West End run

The hit Bard-inspired musical comedy show The Shakespeare Revue is hitting the road next month ahead of a West End run. The latest event to mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary will open at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne on Wednesday 3 August. A mixture of sketches and songs, the show features the work of some of […]

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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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Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize – Novello Theatre

When The Stephen Sondheim Society, with encouragement from legendary Sondheim interpreter Julia McKenzie, launched the first Student Performer of the Year competition at what is now the Leicester Square Theatre, only ten musical theatre students applied to take part. Not surprisingly, all ten qualified for the final! Now, in the tenth anniversary edition, a record […]

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The Wicker Husband wins first ever Stiles and Drewe Mentorship Award

Olivier Award-winning writing duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have announced the winners of their newly-expanded Stiles + Drewe Prize 2016. Now in its ninth year, the Stiles + Drewe Prize for Best New Song is joined by their first ever Mentorship Award, supported by Music Theatre International (Europe). Darren Clark and Rhys Jennings win the Mentorship Award with the new musical The Wicker Husband. The writers will receive 12 months of […]

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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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Travels With My Aunt at Chichester Festival Theatre – exclusive images

  The world premiere of Travels With My Aunt, based on Graham Greene’s novel, with a score by Stiles and Drewe alongside a book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, opens this week at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Here are some exclusive images from Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer, Roy Tan. Retired bank manager Henry […]

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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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New Stiles and Drewe award will support original musical theatre writing in the UK

Olivier Award-winning writing duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe are to offer an annual award to help support and develop new musical theatre writing in the UK. For its first three years, the award will be fully funded by the world’s leading theatrical licensing agency Music Theatre International (MTI), to coincide with the opening of […]

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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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Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure in Concert – Adelphi Theatre

Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure in Concert at the Adelphi Theatre, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ There is something about the innocence of childhood that must act as a draw for theatrical folk, for how else could one explain the multiplicity of musical adaptations of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan. […]

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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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Sheila Hancock joins cast of Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure

Reprising the role of The Storyteller, British actress Sheila Hancock has been confirmed as the latest name to take to the stage for the concert staging of Stiles and Drewe’s Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure, making its return to the London stage at the Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 25 October for a matinee and evening performance. Hancock is the […]

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Ray Quinn joins cast of Stiles and Drewe’s Peter Pan

Stage and television performer Ray Quinn will take on the title role in the concert staging of Stiles and Drewe’s Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure, making its return to the London stage at the Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 25 October for a matinee and evening performance. Quinn is the latest key cast member to be confirmed […]

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Peter Pan concert staging – Bradley Walsh and Jenna Russell cast

Bradley Walsh and Jenna Russell are the first performers to be cast in the concert staging of Stiles and Drewe’s Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure, making its return to the London stage at the Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 25 October for a matinee and evening performance.  Entertainment stalwart and star of stage and screen, Bradley Walsh (Coronation Street, […]

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Mary Poppins UK and Ireland tour – full casting revealed

The full cast has been announced for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of the multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins, opening at Leicester Curve on 12 October 2015. Joining the previously announced Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Matt Lee as Bert will be Milo Twomey as George Banks; Rebecca Lock as Winifred Banks; Penelope Woodman as Miss Andrew; Wendy Ferguson as Mrs Brill; Grainne Renihan as Bird Woman and Blair Anderson as Robertson Ay. […]

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Interview – George Stiles and Anthony Drewe on being partners in rhyme

This summer has seen the opening of The 3 Little Pigs, the brand new family musical from multi award-winning British songwriting duo GEORGE STILES and ANTHONY DREWE. Stiles (music) and Drewe (book and lyrics) have put their own musical twist on the retelling of this classic fairy tale which will play at the Palace Theatre until Sunday 6 September […]

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AnnieJr – Arts Theatre / The 3 Little Pigs – Palace Theatre

AnnieJr continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 31 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ Stiles and Drewe’s The 3 Little Pigs continues at the Palace Theatre, London until 6 September. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ If you’re into pigging out on children’s shows that grown-ups can enjoy almost as much […]

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Stiles and Drewe’s Peter Pan presented in London concert

Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure, featuring music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, will be presented live in concert at London’s Adelphi Theatre on 25 October for a matinee and evening performance. Producers Ollie Rosenblatt (for Senbla Ltd) and Elliot Davis said; “We are so proud to present Peter Pan as art […]

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CD Reviews – Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, Ben Stock, On the 20th Century, Jeanne the Musical

NICK WAKEHAM casts an eye over some of the latest CD releases. GOLDILOCKS AND THE 3 BEARS – Original Studio Cast Recording (SimG Records – SimGR-CD025) I love it! I love it! I love it! This is a brand new musical from the pens of Stiles and Drewe and everything, from the cast to the design on the […]

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Musical Theatre Review editor catches up with Stiles and Drewe

It was great to catch up with multi award-winning songwriting duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe at last week’s launch for The Three Little Pigs, their brand new family musical which plays at the Palace Theatre from Wednesday 5 August to Sunday 6 September 2015. The five-strong cast includes: Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist and Olivier nominated actress Alison Jiear […]

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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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Alison Jiear joins cast of Stiles and Drewe musical The Three Little Pigs

Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist and Olivier nominated actress Alison Jiear (as Mummy Pig) will join Simon Webbe (Blue, Strictly Come Dancing, Sister Act), Gareth Gates (Pop Idol, Dancing On Ice, Les Misérables), Leanne Jones (Hairspray) and Taofique Folarin (The Lion King, Avenue Q) in The Three Little Pigs, the brand new family musical from multi-award winning songwriting duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Stiles (music) and Drewe (book […]

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Stiles and Drewe new musical The Three Little Pigs – Simon Webbe and Gareth Gate star

Simon Webbe (Blue, Strictly Come Dancing, Sister Act), Gareth Gates (Pop Idol, Dancing On Ice, Les Misérables), Leanne Jones (Hairspray) and Taofique Folarin (The Lion King, Avenue Q) will star in The Three Little Pigs, the brand new family musical from multi-award winning songwriting duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Stiles (music) and Drewe (book and lyrics) put their own […]

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Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2015/Stiles & Drewe Prize – Garrick Theatre

Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition/Stiles & Drewe Best New Song prize at the Garrick Theatre, London. Hats off, here they come, those Beautiful Girls! Yes, girl power ruled the roost at the Sondheim Society’s student ‘Oscars’ for the second year running and, to rub it in, they grabbed runner-up honours as […]

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Elaine Paige judges the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year

Twelve student finalists from top drama schools across the UK will compete for the title of this year’s Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year (SSSSPOTY), on Sunday 17 May at 3pm at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End. Each student will sing a song by Stephen Sondheim and, at his personal request, […]

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Just So – London College of Music

Just So was performed by London College of Music third-year students at Watermans Theatre, Brentford, London. This early Stiles and Drewe musical, a contemporary take on Rudyard Kipling’s much-loved Just So stories, brought the best out of a particularly likeable bunch of students from the musical theatre arm of the University of West London, just […]

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An Afternoon with the Sondheim Society – Alex Parker & Friends

An Afternoon with the Sondheim Society and… Alex Parker & Friends at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. For a young man of 23, multi-talented Alex Parker has packed plenty into his burgeoning career. But you ain’t heard nothing yet. This fiercely ambitious musical director-pianist-composer’s credits already include a concert version of A Little Night Music, […]

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Anything Can Happen – St James Theatre

A workshop presentation of Anything Can Happen, a revue celebrating the songs of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, took place at the St James Theatre, London. Composer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drewe have been creating musicals together for 30 years now. So a revue which aims to catalogue those three decades in a two-hour […]

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Daniel Boys and Lauren Samuels star in Stiles and Drewe revue Anything Can Happen

West End performers Annalene Beechey, Daniel Boys, James Gillan and Lauren Samuels will star in the exclusive workshop presentation of the new musical revue Anything Can Happen! – celebrating the diverse repertoire of the Olivier Award-winning British writing team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe – on Friday 25 July at 1.30pm at the St James Theatre. Anything Can Happen! has been specifically created […]

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GOD, a Musical Celebration and Parody of Sondheim – London Theatre Workshop

GOD, a Musical Celebration and Parody of Stephen Sondheim at the London Theatre Workshop, Fulham continues until 12 July. We’ve had a glut of Sondheim compilation shows recently – Just Another Love Story at the same London Theatre Workshop venue as this affectionate homage to his genius was one of the best – but GOD is one with a delightful difference and one […]

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Just So – Musical Theatre Academy

Just So was performed by students from the Musical Theatre Academy (MTA) at the Bridewell Theatre, London. When selecting a musical for performance by a class of students who are coming to the end of their time at college, there are few that provide a sufficiently wide range of characters for most, if not all, […]

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Julie Atherton – Tempting Fate – St James Theatre Studio

Julie Atherton’s show Tempting Fate was performed at the St James Studio Theatre, London. The second London Festival of Cabaret got up a head of steam with the delightful Julie Atherton at St James Studio, her vibrant collection of newer songs a distinct contrast to the more nostalgic material we heard from Simon Green at […]

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Tamar Broadbent returns to the Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize

Last year, Tamar Broadbent’s song ‘17 Drafts’ won the runner-up prize and a special commendation at The Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize 2013 which took place at London’s Garrick Theatre in conjunction with the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition (SSSSPOTY). For this year’s event, held at the same venue on 18 May, […]

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Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2014/Stiles & Drewe Prize

The 12 finalists of this year’s Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition 2014 (SSSSPOTY) will sing their hearts out competing for the title on Sunday 18 May at 3pm at the West End’s Garrick Theatre. The young artists will not only sing a Sondheim number, but at the composer/lyricist’s request, they will also perform 12 […]

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