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Rachel Tucker in Concert – Live At Zédel

Rachel Tucker in Concert continues at Live At Zédel, London until 25 March, then on tour in May and June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Bubbly Belfast songbird Rachel Tucker’s main claim to fame is that she played the role of Elphaba in Wicked longer than any other actress in the […]

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Rachel Tucker to go on first solo UK tour

Wicked star Rachel Tucker will follow up her triumphant nine-month Broadway run and her recent return to the show’s West End 10th anniversary cast by heading out on her first solo UK tour. Tucker, who has played Elphaba longer than any other actress in the multi award-winning production’s history, will take a break from the […]

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Collabro releases third album – Home – read our review

Musical theatre group Collabro releases their much-anticipated third album Home today (3 March) following on from a live launch show at the London Hippodrome. The first release on the group’s own record label, Peak Productions, marks the Britain’s Got Talent winners’ debut as a quartet exactly 1,000 days after they first shot to fame on the TV […]

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WhatsOnStage Awards 2017 – Half a Sixpence celebrates triple win

The winners have been announced at the Prince of Wales Theatre for the 17th annual WhatsOnStage Awards, presented by Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone, celebrating the best of the UK’s theatre over the past year. The awards are the only major theatre prizes to be voted for entirely by the audience. Half a Sixpence was […]

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Wicked tour will fly back to UK in 2018

The touring version of the smash hit musical Wicked will make a return to the UK next February to play ten UK and Ireland cities. A success at venues across the world, the tour played its last UK dates at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre in July 2016 before embarking on an international leg of the tour […]

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Wicked – Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked continues at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London and is booking up to 4 November 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It is probably musical theatre blasphemy to admit it, but on seeing Wicked for the first time I struggled to make an emotional connection with the book or score. While I left the […]

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Wicked – extra Christmas matinee dates on sale

The magical musical Wicked has unwrapped a Christmas bonus for theatregoers by adding three extra festive matinees at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. With curtain-up at 2.30pm, the extra shows will be on Thursday 22 December, Monday 26 December and Thursday 29 December. Based on the bestseller by Gregory Maguire which took its inspiration from the […]

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Wicked UK and Ireland tour to return in February 2018

As Wicked celebrates 10 years at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre tonight (Tuesday 27 September 2016), it has been revealed that the UK and Ireland tour will return in February 2018, opening at the Bristol Hippodrome (with tickets on public sale from 1 February 2017). The critically acclaimed production is currently playing at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and […]

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Wicked 10th anniversary – original London cast member Katie Rowley Jones on playing Nessarose

Today (Tuesday 27 September 2016) Wicked will celebrate an extraordinary 10 years in London. It is now the eighth longest-running show in the West End and already the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history. As part of the celebrations, actress KATIE ROWLEY JONES will be continuing her role as Nessarose; the unique part she also created […]

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Wicked Young Writers Awards 2017 launched

How to Train Your Dragon author-illustrator Cressida Cowell will return as head judge for the seventh annual Wicked Young Writer Awards. Launched in 2010, the prestigious awards were created by the producers of the multi award-winning musical Wicked in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust and aim to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and […]

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Shoshana Bean – The Singers Lounge

Shoshana Bean at The Singers Lounge, London (future dates are 25/26 September and 2/3 October). Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Girl power ruled Shoshana Bean’s Sunday night musical theatre special at a sold-out Singers Lounge with the effervescent, chutzpah-loaded Broadway star surrounding herself with three of the West End’s finest, Eva […]

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Willemijn Verkaik returns to Wicked in January 2017

Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba) and Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible) will return to the London production of Wicked from 30 January 2017. Sarah McNicholas will also join the cast as Nessarose on the same date. Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba) has previously played Elphaba on Broadway, in both Stuttgart and Oberhausen in Germany (and she can be heard on the original German cast recording), at the Circustheater in Holland […]

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Wicked extends booking as new principal cast opens at the Apollo Victoria

On Monday 5 September 2016 at 10am the 22nd new booking period opens for Wicked, the award-winning West End musical phenomenon that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz. More than 500,000 new tickets are going on sale for performances until Saturday 4 November 2017. From 5 September, Wicked will star Rachel Tucker (Elphaba), Suzie Mathers (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Anita Dobson (Madame Morrible), Mark Curry (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Idriss Kargbo (Boq), Alice […]

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Kristin Chenoweth to release new album of American classics

Stage and screen star Kristin Chenoweth is to release a new studio album of American classics later this month. Due for release on 23 September via Concord Records, The Art of Elegance features the Tony and Emmy award-winning star’s interpretation of 13 of the best-loved songs in the American songbook. From George Gershwin’s haunting ‘Someone […]

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Kerry Ellis: The Story So Far – The Pheasantry

Kerry Ellis: The Story So Far continues at The Pheasantry, London until 20 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ This regular visitor to The Pheasantry has done better-prepared shows than The Story So Far which I thought would be a chronological retrospective of a career which took off when she understudied Martine […]

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Shoshana Bean to move into The Singers Lounge in September

Broadway and recording artist Shoshana Bean will return to London this autumn to take up an eight-show residency at Covent Garden’s The Singers Lounge. The American star who was the first to take over the role of Elphaba in the original production of Wicked will play the space at Pizza Express in St Martin’s Lane […]

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Wicked’s Steph Parry presents one-woman show

West End favourite Steph Parry (Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Billy Elliot, Thoroughly Modern Millie) is to take centrestage with a one-woman show for one night only in London next month. The Welsh-born singer and actress, who is currently appearing in the smash hit musical Wicked at London’s Apollo Victoria, will step into the distinctive surroundings of The […]

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Kristin Chenoweth joins NBC’s Hairspray Live!

Kristin Chenoweth is the latest big name to join the star-studded cast of Hairspray Live!, this year’s festive season TV show from US broadcaster NBC. The Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress who was the original Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, will play the manipulative Velma Von Tussle in the three-hour live broadcast on 7 December this year. […]

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Winners of Wicked Young Writer Awards revealed

The winners of the sixth annual Wicked Young Writer Awards were revealed at a special ceremony at London’s Apollo Theatre today (Friday). In an event hosted by Gaby Roslin with prizes presented by head judge How to Train Your Dragon author-illustrator Cressida Cowell, more than 100 finalists and their families gathered to discover who had claimed […]

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West End Live 2016 – in words and pictures – ‘hate will never win’

West End Live is the musical theatre lovers’ event of the year and reminds us that we are spoilt for choice for theatre in London. Whether you pop down for a couple of hours or camp out from crazy o’clock to see your theatre favourites, you know you’re bound to have a wonderful weekend. Pictures: […]

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Wicked film gets Christmas 2019 release date

The long-awaited big screen version of multi award-winning musical Wicked is finally going into production but audiences will have to wait until 2019 to see it. Announcing a 20 December 2019 release date for the movie, film studios Universal also confirmed Britain’s Stephen Daldry would direct with one of the Broadway production’s original producers, Marc […]

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Louise Dearman joins cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein concert

West End leading lady Louise Dearman has joined the all-star cast lining up to perform with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at a special event to celebrate the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein in September. Dearman, the first and only actress to have played both witches in the smash hit Wicked will join the already […]

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Line-up For Kids Week 2016 revealed

Over 35 of London’s biggest shows have joined the line-up for this year’s popular Kids Week event in August. Now in its 19th year, the annual London theatre initiative – running for the entire month of August – has enlisted a wide range of major productions which will offer free tickets to performances. During the event […]

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Wicked 10th anniversary London cast – Rachel Tucker returns as Elphaba

The new cast that will lead the award-winning West End musical Wicked from 5 September 2016 – through its 10th birthday celebrations at the Apollo Victoria Theatre – will include: Rachel Tucker, who will return to the London production direct from a triumphant run on Broadway to play Elphaba; Suzie Mathers, who joins from the Australian production […]

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Wicked UK and international tour – full cast revealed

Cast details have been revealed for the touring version of the hit musical Wicked which will play the Bradford Alhambra Theatre for a limited five weeks from 20 July. Over 25,000 tickets have already been sold for the only chance to see the production in the UK before the tour travels to Singapore (MasterCard Theatres […]

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Broadway actress Rachel Potter plays first London concert at Hippodrome

Broadway star and former US X Factor finalist Rachel Potter will play her first London concert date on 11 July. The New Orleans-born singer, who has starred on Broadway in Wicked and The Addams Family, will play the intimate 180-seat cabaret theatre Club 11 at London’s Hippodrome. The singer-songwriter who began her career as a […]

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Interview – Richard Carson on his role in Closer Than Ever at The Pheasantry

Actor and singer RICHARD CARSON is soon to appear in Richard Maltby Jr and David Shire’s critically acclaimed revue Closer Than Ever (25–27 April) at The Pheasantry on London’s King’s Road. In this Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Off-Broadway Alliance Award winning companion to their hit revue Starting Here, Starting Now, Maltby and Shire […]

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In memory of Louise Plowright – star of Mamma Mia! and Wicked

Louise Plowright, star of Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Les Misérables and EastEnders, has died at the age of 59 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer… Louise Plowright was forced to leave Wicked in 2013 shortly after the diagnosis of her condition. She underwent major surgery but two years later the cancer returned and could only […]

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Mamma Mia! and Wicked actress Louise Plowright loses her cancer battle

Louise Plowright, the stage and screen actress who originated the role of Tanya in the hit musical Mamma Mia! has died at the age of 59. The family of the popular star announced her death today following her battle with pancreatic cancer which was first diagnosed in 2013, forcing her to withdraw from her role as […]

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Stuart Matthew Price Sings The Songbook of Schwartz – St James Theatre Studio

Stuart Matthew Price Sings The Songbook of Schwartz at St James Theatre Studio, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The talented Stuart Matthew Price treated us to the second opus of his own songbook series at St James Studio, this time celebrating the work of Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz after paying tribute to […]

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Mark Curry joins cast of Wicked as The Wizard

Veteran Blue Peter presenter turned stage star Mark Curry will take over the role of The Wizard in the West End production of Wicked on 25 March. Curry, who began his four-year stint on the much-loved BBC children’s show in 1986 has gone on to establish himself as a popular stage performer in major productions […]

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Wicked presents its first autism-friendly performance

Wicked, the West End musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, will present its first ever autism-friendly performance on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 1:30pm. The production is working closely with the National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families, to create a friendly and supportive environment in […]

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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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Wicked star Emma Hatton set to perform a solo Christmas cabaret

Emma Hatton, star of the West End production of Wicked, will be performing a solo gig at Kettner’s Soho for one night only, in a celebration of all things Christmas. The diminutive singer and actress, who has been praised for her portrayal of Elphaba, presents Merry Christmas, Darling at the acclaimed jazz venue on Romilly Street on Sunday 13 December. […]

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Cassie Compton – Crazy Coqs

Cassie Compton performed at the Crazy Coqs, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ There’s not very much of Cassie Compton but from a tiny, almost fragile frame emerges a husky, effortlessly powerful voice that fair takes your breath away. The 2004 X Factor contender made her Crazy Coqs debut a winning one with […]

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Interview – Cassie Compton makes her debut at Crazy Coqs

Actress and singer/songwriter CASSIE COMPTON came to our notice in the first series of The X Factor, since when she has gone from strength to strength on stage, in film and television and music tours. In the West End her many starring roles include Eponine in Les Misérables, Nessarose in Wicked, Jean in American Psycho opposite Matt Smith, and the […]

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Wicked Young Writer Awards 2016 – all the details plus news of non-fiction category

Budding young writers as young as five years old are being invited to enter this year’s Wicked Young Writer Awards. The awards were created by the producers of the multi award-winning musical Wicked in 2010 in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust. Spearheaded by bestselling author Michael Morpurgo, the aim of the awards is to […]

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West End Wilma Awards 2015 – winners revealed

The second annual West End Wilma Awards have taken place at The Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square. Theatre blogger West End Wilma is everyone’s favourite nana in Theatreland – running around the West End interviewing stars and reviewing as many shows as she can fit in to her busy OAP lifestyle. Wilma was awarded the 2014 Ticketmaster Blog […]

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First look at Broadway’s Tom McGowan as The Wizard in Wicked

The first official London cast photographs have been released of Broadway star Tom McGowan as The Wizard in Wicked, the West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz.  Best known internationally as KACL Station Manager ‘Kenny Daly’ in more than 40 episodes of Frasier, opposite Kelsey Grammer, McGowan made his West End debut playing The Wizard at London’s Apollo Victoria […]

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Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman in Concert – Prince Edward Theatre

Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman in Concert at the Prince Edward Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Louise Dearman and Kerry Ellis celebrated their 20 year friendship with a one night only concert packed with their favourite songs, endless crowd pleasers and the songs that left a ‘handprint on their hearts’. It truly is a sign of a […]

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Kerry Ellis – The Pheasantry, London

Kerry Ellis performed in cabaret at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Seven months pregnant and thankfully unrestricted by the catsuit she wore when taking over Grizabella from Nicole Scherzinger at the London Palladium earlier in the year, Kerry Ellis is in wickedly good form for her short residency in the Kings Road cabaret room, […]

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Willemijn Verkaik in Concert – Ambassadors Theatre

Willemijn Verkaik in Concert was presented at the Ambassadors Theatre, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Willemijn Verkaik’s debut West End concert brought a sold-out audience of doting theatregoers to the Ambassadors Theatre to share an evening of music and chat. There was a polite undercurrent of excited buzz – and the sense that this debut was something many […]

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Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman release new single ahead of September concert

West End stars Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman have released a new single, ‘Let Me Be Your Star’, ahead of their first ever concert together next month. The song was originally written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman for the first episode of the musical TV series Smash and was performed by characters Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) and […]

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Interview – Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman prepare for their one-off London concert in September

If this interview is anything to go by, KERRY ELLIS and LOUISE DEARMAN’s one-off concert on 27 September is bound to be a fun-filled evening of great songs, fantastic anecdotes and a lot of laughs. Both actresses have an association with the musical Wicked, Dearman being the first person ever to play both Elphaba and Glinda in the […]

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Willemijn Verkaik in Women on the Verge. Photo credit Jay Brooks

Willemijn Verkaik in concert – Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and James Fox are special guests

Special guests have been announced for the one-off solo concert from Dutch vocal powerhouse Willemijn Verkaik, playing for one night only at the Ambassadors Theatre next Tuesday 25 August 2015. Verkaik will be joined on stage by special guests Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and James Fox. Victoria Hamilton-Barritt is well known for her many stage roles including Daniela in […]

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Wicked – American actor Tom McGowan makes West End debut as The Wizard

Wicked, the award-winning musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, will welcome the American stage, television and film actor Tom McGowan to the role of The Wizard from Monday 21 September for a limited season until Saturday 12 March 2016. He will be making his West End debut. Tom McGowan has been […]

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Willemijn Verkaik to play one-off solo London concert in August

Dutch vocal powerhouse Willemijn Verkaik will play a one-off solo concert at the Ambassadors Theatre on Tuesday 25 August 2015. Accompanied by a live band and joined by some to-be-announced special guests, Verkaik will take a journey through some of the greatest classic and contemporary musicals of all time, as well as celebrating some of the […]

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West End round-up – Jersey Boys, Matilda, Billy Elliot, Charlie, Wicked

Frankie Valli catches up with casts of Jersey Boys Legendary singer Frankie Valli took time out from his sold-out concert tour to meet the casts of both UK productions of the hit musical Jersey Boys, which tells the true-life story of Valli’s rise to fame along with his band The Four Seasons. Valli joined the UK […]

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Wicked Young Writers’ Award winners revealed – and show confirms new charity partnerships

The 2015 Wicked Young Writers’ Award today announced its winners during a ceremony involving 120 shortlisted finalists at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of the multi award-winning classic musical Wicked.  Now in its fifth year, the award encourages young people aged 5–25 years old to use writing as a means of expressing themselves, celebrating the production’s themes and values of […]

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Idina Menzel World Tour 2015 – The SSE Arena, Wembley

Idina Menzel World Tour 2015 at The SSE Arena, Wembley, London. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s something of an understatement to say that being cast in the Disney movie Frozen (the fifth highest-grossing film in box office history) has changed the life of Tony Award-winning actress and singer Idina Menzel. While theatre fans already followed […]

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