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Wicked – actor Steven Pinder joins London production

Actor Steven Pinder, who is currently appearing in the record-breaking UK tour of Wicked, will join the London production as Doctor Dillamond from Monday 10 August until Saturday 19 September 2015. Philip Childs will play his final performance on Saturday 8 August. Steven Pinder is best remembered as Max Farnham in Phil Redmond’s Brookside, a […]

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Olivier Awards 2015 – our Red Carpet gallery

Have a look at our splendid gallery of pictures taken on Sunday 12 April by our photographer Phillip Cowndley at the Olivier Awards 2015 with MasterCard, the most prestigious event in the UK theatrical calendar, held at London’s Royal Opera House. The full list of winners is available at www.olivierawards.com. Hosted by acclaimed actor and comedian […]

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Sunny Afternoon big winner at Olivier Awards 2015

The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden was the setting for the 39th Laurence Olivier Awards. The star-studded event was hosted by Lenny Henry and sponsored by MasterCard, who rolled out the red carpet to welcome the great and the good from the West End theatre scene. The ceremony opened with music from Katie […]

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Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman team up for special one-off concert

Old friends and West End leading ladies Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman, who have known each other since they trained together at Laine Theatre Arts in the late 1990s, have teamed up for a special one-off concert on 27 September 2015 at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. At a special Easter breakfast launch at the same venue, the artists […]

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Rachel Tucker returns to St James Theatre with new solo show Back From Broadway

West End and Broadway star Rachel Tucker returns to the St James Theatre on Sunday 19 April with her all-new solo show, Back From Broadway, following her acclaimed debut on the Great White Way starring as Meg Dawson in Sting’s musical The Last Ship (Neil Simon Theatre, New York) directed by Joe Mantello. There are two performances […]

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Jade Ewen pulls out of Godspell due to ill health, Laura Mansell steps in

Due to ill health, Sugababe Jade Ewen has regretfully stood down from her role in this spring’s forthcoming tour of Godspell In Concert – the rock musical from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of Wicked. Stepping up to the mark at short notice is Laura Mansell, already a member of the current cast who is in rehearsals ahead of the tour […]

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Interview – Kerry Ellis prepares to play Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium

KERRY ELLIS will join the cast of Cats at the London Palladium to play the role of Grizabella from 9 February 2015, taking over from Nicole Scherzinger. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – director Trevor Nunn, associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – have reunited to bring Cats back to the West End. Due to […]

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Wicked sets new box office records in London and on tour

Wicked, the award-winning musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, was seen by 45,000 people in the UK last week (ending 3 January 2015), grossing an incredible £2,160,377.50, at box offices in London and Edinburgh and breaking its own previous records in both the West End and on its UK and Ireland tour. The London production set […]

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The Follow Spot: Duets with Lucie Jones and Lauren Samuels – Proud Cabaret

The Follow Spot: Duets with Lucie Jones and Lauren Samuels was performed at Proud Cabaret, London. I can only say it is a shame that the word hadn’t spread wider about this event, as it was a wonderful night of singing, laughter and great entertainment. West End On Sea Productions, normally located in Brighton, made its London […]

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Emma Hatton to take over as Elphaba in Wicked from February 2015

Emma Hatton will star as Elphaba in the hit musical Wicked from Monday 2 February 2015 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. Currently the Standby Elphaba, Emma Hatton will replace international Wicked star Jennifer DiNoia, who is soon to play a special limited engagement from 27 October 2014 to 31 January 2015. Current performer Kerry Ellis plays her final performance […]

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Jennifer DiNoia joins West End Wicked as Elphaba

After an eight-year association with hit musical Wicked in North America and internationally, actress Jennifer DiNoia will join the West End production for a strictly limited 14-week engagement as Elphaba from Monday 27 October 2014 to Saturday 31 January 2015. DiNoia first joined the cast of Wicked in 2006 and has subsequently performed the role of Elphaba across North America in the national tour, in […]

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Wicked – Liverpool Empire and touring

Wicked runs at the Liverpool Empire until 11 October before touring until 25 July 2015. A little over a year ago, Wicked embarked on its first ever UK and Ireland tour and now the musical is playing to capacity crowds at the 2,400 seater Empire Theatre in Liverpool. It’s not hard to see why, the show has won awards wherever it has […]

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Kerry Ellis on her new album, UK tour and return to Wicked

It couldn’t be a busier time for actress and singer KERRY ELLIS. This month sees the release of her brand new studio album (14 September – digital/15 September – physical), the beginning of her solo UK tour and she is still managing to fit in a limited run in the West End production of Wicked […]

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Grim: A New Musical – Rose Theatre, Kingston/Charing Cross Theatre

Grim: A New Musical is at the Rose Theatre, Kingston until 27 July, and then continues at the Charing Cross Theatre from 4-30 August. For obvious reasons it’s a brave shout calling any show ‘Grim’ as the title is asking for a cheap jibe, but I’m happy to report this gothic musical with distant echoes of Wicked […]

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Kristin Chenoweth – Royal Albert Hall

Kristin Chenoweth performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Where do I begin? None of the highest praise would do justice to describing the experience of seeing Kristin Chenoweth’s fast-paced two and a half hour concert at the Royal Albert Hall. She was beyond fantastic, not only as a singer, but as a personality too: full of […]

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Wicked – Ashleigh Gray is new tour Elphaba, Nikki Davis-Jones joins London cast

Ashleigh Gray (Elphaba), Samuel Edwards (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Richard Vincent (Boq) and Jacqueline Hughes (Standby Elphaba) will join the record-breaking UK tour of Wicked from 16 September 2014 at Liverpool Empire Theatre. Current cast members Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba), Liam Doyle (Fiyero), Dale Rapley (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), George Ure […]

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West End LIVE 2014 – in words and pictures

Steffi Geischer gives her overview of this year’s West End LIVE. West End LIVE is without a doubt the biggest theatre-related free event in London. I remember my first visits back in 2009 and 2010 before it was moved to Trafalgar Square. Although Leicester Square was packed all weekend, in those years West End LIVE was still […]

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West End LIVE celebrates tenth anniversary

West End LIVE in association with MasterCard takes place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June 2014. Now in its tenth year, this annual event – the largest event of its type in the world – is organised by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre and offers free family […]

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Kerry Ellis – The Pheasantry

Kerry Ellis performed at The Pheasantry, London. What a pleasure to see Kerry Ellis and hear her gorgeous voice in such an intimate venue, accompanied by just a piano, after having admired her in Wicked, Oliver! and My Fair Lady. I was first saw Ellis 13 years ago in the National Theatre revival of My Fair […]

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Hayley Gallivan in Oliver! at Sheffield Crucible

Actress Hayley Gallivan plays Nancy in Sheffield Crucible’s production of Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver! which opens this week. The musical is directed by the theatre’s award-winning artistic director Daniel Evans, who also staged the Crucible’s critically acclaimed productions of My Fair Lady and Tim Firth’s This is My Family (the latter won two UK Theatre Awards). […]

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Christmas in New York – Palace Theatre

Christmas in New York at the Palace Theatre, London. Making its return to London after a three-year hiatus, Christmas in New York is a selection box of festive favourites – pop songs, show tunes, carols and hymns – presented by some of the leading lights of the West End. At the top of this year’s Christmas […]

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The War of the Worlds – Final Arena Tour

Westlife’s Brian McFadden, Jason Donovan and Les Miserables’ Carrie Hope Fletcher will star in Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds when it returns for the sixth and final time to tour in 2014. The announcement coincides with the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ iconic radio adaptation, the 35th anniversary of Wayne’s classic multi-platinum album […]

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Criswell, Henshall, Friedman at Cadogan Hall

Jeremy Chapman previews From West End to Broadway, a trio of concerts at London’s Cadogan Hall. The glorious voice of Kim Criswell launches an August series of Thursday treats for musical theatre aficionados at the Cadogan Hall, London, on 1 August. An honorary Brit after marrying one and settling here shortly after playing the title role […]

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West End Heroes – Dominion Theatre

Performed at the Dominion Theatre, London. An idea two years in the making, West End Heroes combined a variety of West End performers with singers and musicians from the Armed Forces for a unique evening in aid of the charity Help for Heroes, hosted by Brian Conley. The military services contain a number of regular musical troupes. […]

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Kerry Ellis in Concert, sublimely enjoyable

  Kerry Ellis in Concert, reviewed at the London Palladium. It takes a big presence to host a concert at the London Palladium, one of the West End’s larger auditoriums, and make it feel like an intimate cabaret gig. Kerry Ellis uses the combination of a phenomenally powerful voice and self-effacing humility to do just that. […]

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