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The Hired Man – Union Theatre

The Hired Man continues at the Union Theatre, London until 12 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Melvyn Bragg’s 1969 novel The Hired Man was the first of three novels to chart the lives of the Cumbrian Tallentire family. Starting at the turn of the 20th century, the name derives from […]

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Union Theatre to stage Salad Days 63 years after its West End debut

Classic British musical Salad Days will return to London next month over six decades since it made its West End debut. Reimagined for the Union Theatre later this month, director Bryan Hodgson’s new production of the show which debuted in the capital in 1954 will play a strictly limited season at the Off-West End venue […]

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The Hired Man to be revived at the Union Theatre

Melvin Bragg and Howard Goodall’s moving rural musical The Hired Man will return to London in July with a limited run at the Union Theatre. The show begins previewing on 19 July with a press night on 21 July – the last performance is on 12 August. Based on Bragg’s 1969 novel, the first of the […]

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Blondel – Union Theatre

Blondel continues at the Union Theatre, London until 15 July. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The knowledge that Blondel was Tim Rice’s first musical after his split with Andrew Lloyd Webber adds an extra piquancy to some of its knowing lines. Who needs lyrics, muses the show’s eponymous troubadour Blondel, when […]

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Tim Rice celebrates revival of Blondel with one night only show at the Union Theatre

Multi award-winner Tim Rice will take to the stage on Sunday (25 June) to talk about his life and career to theatre critic Mark Shenton, just days after the premiere of a new version of his musical comedy Blondel. An Evening With Tim Rice at London’s Union Theatre will feature the writer taking questions about […]

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Annie Get Your Gun – Union Theatre

Annie Get Your Gun continues at the Union Theatre, London, until 17 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s only when you work out how many unforgettable Irving Berlin tunes have been packed into one show that the enduring appeal of Annie Get Your Gun can be explained away. At least eight Great […]

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Blondel premiere at the Union Theatre – cast details

The cast has been revealed for a brand new version of the Tim Rice musical comedy Blondel which will get its London premiere at the Union Theatre from 21 June to 15 July. Press night is 23 June. Blondel has lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Stephen Oliver. The book is by Tom Williams […]

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Blondel is back in Union Theatre revival

A brand new version of the Tim Rice musical comedy Blondel, which follows the trials and triumphs of an ambitious minstrel in King Richard the Lionheart’s court, will get its London premiere at the Union Theatre from 21 June to 15 July. Press night is 23 June. Blondel has lyrics by Rice and music by […]

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Annie Get Your Gun to be re-imagined at the Union Theatre

Irving Berlin’s classic Annie Get Your Gun will be re-imagined for a strictly limited run at London’s Union Theatre next month. Directed by Kirk Jameson whose previous productions at the theatre include On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and The World Goes Round, the story of the sharp-shooting Annie Oakley and her romance with […]

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Honk! – Union Theatre

Honk! continues at the Union Theatre, London until 22 April. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Having just left the Union Theatre and its revival of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s family-friendly Honk!, I’m not surprised that the show won the Olivier for Best Musical back in 2000, beating Spend Spend Spend […]

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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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Anyone Can Whistle – Union Theatre

Anyone Can Whistle continues at the Union Theatre, London until 11 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Like the asylum inmates that populate the show, Anyone Can Whistle – Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ experimental musical of 1964 – gets let out for a brief spell of fresh air. And just as […]

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Anyone Can Whistle at the Union Theatre – new gallery of images

Details of the full cast and creative team have been revealed for a rare revival of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurent’s musical satire Anyone Can Whistle and Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan has taken a whole new gallery of production images. The show will feature in the Phil Willmott Company’s new season at the Union Theatre (8 […]

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Anyone Can Whistle is revived at the Union Theatre

A rare revival of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurent’s musical satire Anyone Can Whistle will feature in the Phil Willmott Company’s new season at the Union Theatre (8 February to 11 March, with press nights on 11 and 12 February). Anyone Can Whistle is political allegory in musical comedy form that tells the story of a town that’s gone bankrupt because its only […]

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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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Rumpy Pumpy! – Union Theatre

Rumpy Pumpy! continues at the Union Theatre, London until 19 November. Star rating: one star ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ The real-life story of two ladies from the Women’s Institute who campaigned for rights and improved conditions for sex workers – and the decriminalisation of prostitution, no less – sounds like it should be the ideal […]

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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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Moby Dick! The Musical – Union Theatre

Moby Dick! The Musical continues at the Union Theatre, London until 12 November. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ If you choose to adapt a beloved novel into a musical, you want loyalty to the original to be an important factor. Unless, that is, if you are one of the unfortunate creatives behind Moby […]

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Rumpy Pumpy! – first look at Linda Nolan and Louise Jameson in Rumpy Pumpy!

  The producers of next month’s production of Barbara Jane Mackie’s Rumpy Pumpy! have released a first look at Linda Nolan and Louise Jameson in character, along with full casting details. The home-grown musical, based on the true story of two WI members who became the unlikely champions of the rights of prostitutes, is due […]

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Out There – Union Theatre

Out There continues at the Union Theatre, London until 8 October. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ After the success of its 2015 revival of Loserville, which earned itself a rare second run later the same year, the Union Theatre is justly enamoured of the musical writings of Elliot Davis and James […]

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John & Jen – Union Theatre, London

John & Jen continues at the Union Theatre, London until 17 September. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Sibling rivalry and solidarity lie at the heart of John & Jen, a two-person musical with songs by Andrew Lippa and lyrics by Tom Greenwald, with a book by Lippa and Greenwald. Starting with […]

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Bourne and Davis musical Out There to play Union Theatre

The latest from the team behind the hit Loserville, the country-tinged Out There, will play the London’s Union Theatre later this month. An original tale from the writing partnership of Busted’s James Bourne and Elliot Davis will run from 21 September until 8 October. Directed by Michael Burgen, the cast includes Dave Willetts, Luke Street, […]

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Children of Eden – Union Theatre

Children of Eden continues at the Union Theatre, London until 10 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Old Testament Book of Genesis provides the basis for Stephen Schwartz and John Caird’s musical, now revived at the Union Theatre 25 years after its brief West End run. Taking the stories of […]

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Children of Eden at the Union Theatre – full casting

Full casting has been revealed for Children of Eden, which returns to London 25 years after its original West End production, playing at the Union Theatre from Wednesday 10 August, with a press night on Friday 12 August 2016. The cast features Natasha O‘Brien (A Christmas Carol, Rose Theatre) as Eve/Mama, Stephen Barry (The Beautiful Game, Union Theatre) as Adam/Noah, Joey […]

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The Fix – Union Theatre

The Fix continues at the Union Theatre, London until 6 August. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ When a US senator dies in the middle of having sex with a prostitute, his widow wastes no time in attempting to re-secure her family’s place in political history. Hiring her brother-in-law to coach her […]

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New production of Children of Eden heads to Union Theatre

Twenty-five years after its original West End production, Children of Eden will return to London in a new production at the Union Theatre, opening on Friday 12 August with previews from Wednesday 10 August 2016. Children of Eden will be the second production in the Union Theatre’s brand new state-of-the-art space in Southwark, where Ruthie […]

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New Union Theatre patrons Ruthie Henshall and Stephen Mear back The Fix

New Union Theatre patrons, West End leading lady Ruthie Henshall and award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear, joined the cast and crew of Atomicus Entertainment’s production of The Fix to promote the first show to play the state-of-the-art theatre space. Commenting on her decision to take on the role of patron at the new Union, Henshall said: “The success of […]

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Union Theatre

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice continues at the Union Theatre, London until 26 June. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Since it opened in 1998, Southwark’s Union Theatre has played to innumerable plays and musicals, gained awards for its theatrical space and significantly less praise for its toilet facilities. Now, this engaging […]

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Sky News the Musical in concert – Union Theatre

Sky News the Musical in concert at the Union Theatre, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Writing clever songs around the light-hearted end-pieces to Sky News bulletins – you know, the ones about the Kenyan who offered President Obama 500 cows for his daughter’s hand or all those aaaah-making, bizarre animal stories – […]

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is Union Theatre’s final show in current home

The final show at the Union Theatre before it ventures to its new home will be The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, the last production in its 20-year rich history of plays, operas and musicals. The Olivier Award-winning comedy tells the story of LV, a painfully shy girl who spends most of her time listening to her […]

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Gatsby – Union Theatre

Gatsby continues at the Union Theatre, London until 30 April. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ Any followers of ITV ‘reality’ show The Only Way is Essex who come along to Ruby in the Dust’s adaptation of Gatsby, a show whose publicity has concentrated on TOWIE alumna Ferne McCann making her theatrical debut, may be disappointed to learn that […]

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Ruby in the Dust’s Gatsby at the Union Theatre opens today – exclusive images

Ruby in the Dust’s popular musical reworking of The Great Gatsby officially opens today for a limited run at the Union Theatre. Here, Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan offers a fantastic selection of exclusive production images. Adapted from F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic Jazz Age romantic tragedy, Gatsby features a book by Linnie Reedman and music and lyrics by Joe Evans. The production, which […]

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Bad Girls – Union Theatre

Bad Girls continues at the Union Theatre, London until 2 April. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ A group of women are in a fictional prison where one of the warders (Gareth Davies) is happy to confer privileges in return for sexual favours, while the governor (Tori Hargreaves)  is an idealistic reformer trying, against […]

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Best of British fundraiser at the Union Theatre

Home-grown musical talent will be celebrated at a special one-off fundraiser later this month at London’s Union Theatre. Devised by Alastair Knights (director of the award-winning production of The Spitfire Grill), Best of British will play for one night only at the Union Theatre on 20 March. The cabaret, which is in aid of the Union […]

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Bad Girls the Musical at the Union Theatre – cast revealed

A new production of Bad Girls the Musical, based on characters from the award-winning and popular TV drama (including Shell Dockley, Denny Blood, Nikki Wade and the Two Julies!), will run at the Union Theatre from 9 March to 2 April (press night is 11 March). With a book by Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus, […]

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Road Show – Union Theatre

Road Show continues at the Union Theatre, London until 5 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The adage that musical aren’t written but rewritten could’ve been conceived to describe Road Show – Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s portrait of two real-life brothers wrestling with the American Dream at the turn of the 20th century. […]

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Road Show at the Union Theatre – meet the cast

Thanks to Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan, below you can meet the cast of the UK revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show, presented by the Union Theatre and Phil Willmott Company and opening this week. At the turn of the last century old Pa Meisner sends his sons, the charming and ruthless Wilson and […]

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Road Show at the Union Theatre – new behind the scenes images

Previews have begun for the UK revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show, presented by the Union Theatre and Phil Willmott Company (press nights are Wednesday 10 February and Thursday 11 February). At the turn of the last century old Pa Meisner sends his sons, the charming and ruthless Wilson and the thoughtful, unambitious Addison […]

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Sondheim’s Road Show revived at the Union Theatre

The Union Theatre and the Phil Willmott Company are presenting the first UK revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show from 3 February to 5 March 2016 (press nights are Wednesday 10 February and Thursday 11 February). At the turn of the last century old Pa Meisner sends his sons, the charming and ruthless Wilson and the thoughtful, unambitious Addison off to […]

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Loserville returns to the Union Theatre in December

Loserville, the musical co-written by Busted star James Bourne and Elliot Davis is returning to London’s Union Theatre this December. In the week it was announced that pop group Busted had re-formed, the 2009 musical based on Welcome to Loserville – the 2005 album by Bourne’s second group Son Of Dork – is revived by director Michael Burgen (Our […]

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Closer to Heaven at the Union Theatre – full cast details

The full cast for the Union Theatre’s revival of Closer to Heaven, the musical by Jonathan Harvey and the Pet Shop Boys which opens later this month has been announced. Alex Lodge (Titanic, Saturday Night Fever) will play the central role of Straight Dave, with Molly McGuire (Carrie –The Musical) as Shell, Jonathan David Dudley (Joseph, […]

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The White Feather – Union Theatre

The White Feather continues at the Union Theatre, London until 17 October. Rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ During the First World War, a movement grew where men who had not signed up for service in the Army were presented with white feathers, a visual motif of cowardice. And while lack of bravery is […]

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Pet Shop Boys musical Closer to Heaven heads back to the Union Theatre

The distinctive music of the Pet Shop Boys will be filling the air around Southwark’s Union Theatre next month when the musical Closer to Heaven returns to the scene of its sell-out run in April this year. The musical tale of a young Irishman who finds himself at the heart of Soho’s vibrant club scene […]

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New British musical The White Feather at the Union Theatre – casting details

This September, Arion Productions presents the world premiere of new British musical The White Feather at the Union Theatre (Wednesday 16 September to Saturday 17 October 2015, press night is Friday 18 September). It tells the story of Georgina Briggs whose brother was one of more than 300 allied soldiers executed for cowardice during the First World […]

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Our House – Union Theatre

Our House continues at the Union Theatre, London until 12 September. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ One of the best ways of ensuring that a jukebox musical succeeds is a catalogue of songs that are lyrically rich, so that their themes can be woven together into a coherent story. Our House fares better than […]

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Madness musical Our House revived at the Union Theatre this month

Madness musical Our House, with a book by Tim Firth, opens at London’s Union Theatre from 19 August to 12 September (press night is 21 August). The production is directed by Michael Burgen, with choreography by William Whelton and musical direction by Richard Baker. The story follows Camden lad Joe Casey who, on the night of his 16th birthday, makes a decision that […]

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The Spitfire Grill – Union Theatre

The Spitfire Grill continues at the Union Theatre, London until 15 August. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★  The seemingly relentless trend of adapting movies into stage musicals – viz Bend It Like Beckham, Billy Elliot, The Bodyguard and Back to the Future (if it ever happens), and that’s just a selection of the […]

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Musical The Spitfire Grill has UK professional premiere at the Union Theatre

The UK professional premiere production of The Spitfire Grill by James Valcq and Fred Alley, based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff, will run at London’s Union Theatre from 23 July to 15 August 2015 (press night is 24 July). The production is directed by Alastair Knights (Putting It Together, A Little Night Music 40th Anniversary Concert), with musical direction […]

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Duncton Wood – Union Theatre

Duncton Wood continues at the Union Theatre until 20 June. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ As novels ripe for adaptation into a musical go, a 1980 book about a community of moles living in the shadow of a standing stone doesn’t exactly seem the likeliest of sources. But West End performer Mark Carroll has taken William […]

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Closer to Heaven – Union Theatre

Closer to Heaven continues at the Union Theatre, London until 23 May. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ Few struggling musicals which closed on their original run have been talked about in such reverent tones as Closer to Heaven. A collaboration between Pet Shop Boys and Beautiful Thing playwright Jonathan Harvey, the Union Theatre’s revival is the first in the UK […]

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