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Closer to Heaven London revival – full casting revealed

Full casting is announced today for Closer to Heaven, a musical by Jonathan Harvey and the Pet Shop Boys, which will receive its first London revival at the Union Theatre from Wednesday 22 April 2015, with a press night on Tuesday 28 April. The cast features Jared Thompson as Straight Dave, Katie Meller as Billie […]

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Spend Spend Spend – Union Theatre

Spend Spend Spend continues at the Union Theatre, London until 18 April. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ After presenting Whistle Down the Wind and Loserville, the Union Theatre conclude its season of British musicals with Steve Brown and Justin Greene’s Spend Spend Spend (music by Brown and book and lyrics by Brown and Greene). Based on the book […]

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Closer to Heaven – Pet Shop Boys musical has first London revival at Union Theatre

Closer to Heaven, a musical by Jonathan Harvey and the Pet Shop Boys, will receive its first London revival at the Union Theatre from 22 April to 23 May 2015, with a press night on Tuesday 28 April. Set against the backdrop of Soho’s pulsing clubland, Closer to Heaven tells the story of Dave, just […]

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Union Theatre presents Spend, Spend, Spend in British musical theatre season

As the third show in its season of celebrating British musical theatre (the previous ones being Whistle Down the Wind and Loserville), the Union Theatre presents Spend, Spend, Spend, running at the venue from 25 March to 18 April 2015 (press night is 28 March). With music by Steve Brown and book and lyrics by […]

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Loserville – Union Theatre

Loserville continues at the Union Theatre, London until 21 March. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ James Bourne and Elliot Davis’ musical, originally performed by Youth Music Theatre UK before a West Yorkshire Playhouse production that briefly visited the West End in 2012, is one of the most musically accessible of recent British musicals. The Son of […]

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The Writers’ Playground 2 – Union Theatre

The Writers’ Playground 2 was performed at the Union Theatre, London. Star rating: 3 stars **** Returning to the Union Theatre on Sunday after a successful debut in September, Fairground Theatre Company’s night of new musical theatre writing, The Writers’ Playground has reached the ‘difficult second gig’ stage that any ongoing series must face. Created to be […]

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Loserville revived at the Union Theatre

Elliot Davis and James Bourne’s musical Loserville will be revived at London’s Union Theatre (25 February to 21 March), directed by Michael Burgen and featuring Any Dream Will Do finalist Lewis Bradley (Wicked, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) as Eddie. It’s 1971. Michael Dork may be a computer geek but he’s invented something that could change the world. He’s also discovered girls: a prospect (almost) as […]

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London Fringe update – She Loves Me, Whistle Down the Wind, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens

Whistle Down the Wind – Union Theatre (28 January to 21 February – press night is 30 January) Sasha Regan directs Whistle Down the Wind (adapted by Russell Labey and Richard Taylor with music and lyrics by Richard Taylor) at the Union Theatre. The time is the late 1950s, the place, a small village in Lancashire. Hurrying to a barn with three rescued kittens, Cathy, […]

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Times Square Angel – Union Theatre

Times Square Angel continues at the Union Theatre, London until 21 December. Christmas is the time for fairytales and Charles Busch’s play Times Square Angel is a glamorous combination of It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. It’s 1948 New York and Irish O’Flanagan (Ian Stroughair aka Velma Celli) the bitter acid-tongued headlining act of […]

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Girlfriends – Union Theatre

Girlfriends continues at the Union Theatre, London until 23 November. Ubiquitous English composer Howard Goodall is a buzz name in the musical theatre world right now (he will be writing the music for the forthcoming show Bend It Like Beckham) and Girlfriends is the third leg of the Union Theatre’s trilogy which is running consecutively at this […]

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The Dreaming – Union Theatre

The Dreaming continues at the Union Theatre, London until 27 September. Creating a convincingly mystical, enchanting and surreal setting for Howard Goodall (music) and Charles Hart’s (books and lyrics) take on A Midsummer’s Night Dream in the very basic confines of the boundary-pushing Union Theatre was never going to be easy. But, while it takes […]

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See Rock City and Other Destinations – Union Theatre

See Rock City and Other Destinations continues at the Union Theatre until 30 August. The trend for the London Fringe to import Off-Broadway successes continues with the Union Theatre’s latest production, which sees an array of characters explore their romantic lives in the shadow of several notable landmarks across America. Adam Mathias’ book, which won […]

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New musical The Homefront to be staged at the Union Theatre

John Kristian’s new musical The Homefront, an exploration of life on the streets of London, will have a short run at the Union Theatre, opening on 6 August until 9 August. “I found a community that I never knew existed and saw first-hand the lengths to which homeless people go to keep themselves alive” – John Kristian, writer. The Homefront was written […]

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Off Broadway musical See Rock City and Other Destinations has UK debut at Union Theatre

For the first time, the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical See Rock City and Other Destinations will be introduced to the UK for a two-week strictly limited run at the Union Theatre. Previews start on 15 August and press night is on 19 August. See Rock City and Other Destinations is a contemporary musical about connections missed […]

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Ace of Clubs – Union Theatre

Ace of Clubs continues at the Union Theatre, London until 31 May. The titular Ace of Clubs in Noel Coward’s 1950 musical is a gritty Soho dive ripe with busty showgirls and patronised by gangsters and sailors – a long way from the genteel country house settings of Coward’s more popular pre-war shows. Could this […]

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The Beautiful Game – Union Theatre

The Beautiful Game continues at the Union Theatre, London until 3 May. On its original West End run in 2000, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s musical The Beautiful Game attracted much scorn for attempting to address Northern Ireland’s Troubles of the late 1960s and early 1970s through the use of musical theatre. And while there is plenty to be […]

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Lloyd Webber’s The Beautiful Game revived at the Union Theatre

Over 12 years after it was seen in the West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s The Beautiful Game will receive its first London revival at the Union Theatre from 3 April (press night is 8 April) to 3 May 2014. John and Del are just two regular teenagers who dream of nothing more […]

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Finian’s Rainbow opens at the Union Theatre

Finian’s Rainbow, the musical by composer Burton Lane and lyricist EY Harburg (book by Harburg and Fred Saidy, adapted by Charlotte Moore) has been unperformed professionally in the UK since its first West End run. Now there is a chance to rediscover the show in a brand new production staged by award-winning director Phil Willmott […]

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The World Goes ‘Round – Union Theatre

The World Goes ‘Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb continues at the Union Theatre, London until 8 February. You’d have to be seriously allergic to musicals not to enjoy this tuneful retrospective of the work of those Broadway giants John Kander and Fred Ebb, famous, of course, for Cabaret and Chicago as well as […]

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The World Goes ‘Round at the Union Theatre

Jonathan Vickers writes: London’s Union Theatre is to stage the award-winning Kander & Ebb revue The World Goes ‘Round in a limited run beginning 17 January (previews on the 15 and 16 January) and ending on 8 February. The piece, exclusively featuring the music of admired writing team John Kander and Fred Ebb, parades some of […]

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Kieran Brown and guests – Union Theatre

Kieran Brown performed Music That Matters with a selection of guest artists at the Union Theatre, London. Beginning with a low-key entrance, and unusually the lights up rather than dimmed, actor and singer Kieran Brown (currently appearing in the Rodgers and Hammerstein piece Pipe Dream at the Union Theatre) opened with a gentle medley of ‘Someone’s Waiting […]

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Billy the Musical – Union Theatre

Playing at the Union Theatre, London until 29th June. Originally staged in the West End back in 1974, Billy the Musical (adapted from Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall’s play Billy Liar by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais), with a score from John Barry and Don Black, has at its heart a hardly average musical hero. Billy […]

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