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Wed 10 Feb 2016

West End Feature...
Matthew Perry's 'The End of Longing'
With Friends star Matthew Perry's new play The End of Longing ready to open in the West End tonight, we preview the production and the effect of celebrities on stage in London.
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Fringe & Other London...
Sideways by Rex Pickett UK premiere
A new stage production of Sideways, by Rex Pickett will have its UK stage premiere at the St James Theatre, a fringe theatre, from 26 May to 9 July 2016.
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After Independence at the Arcola
Papatango presents the world première of After Independence, written by May Sumbwanyambe at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston from 4 to 28 May 2016.
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Review of Cirque Berserk - Peacock Theatre
Read Mark Shenton's review of Cirque Berserk directed by Julius Green at the Peacock Theatre showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills live on stage.
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Tue 09 Feb 2016

How The Other Half Loves - Haymarket
A new revival of Alan Ayckbourn's comedy How the Other Half Loves has been announced to run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 23 March to 21 June 2016.
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The Woman in Black extends to 2017
Long running West End thriller The Woman in Black has extended its booking period to 21 January 2017 at the Fortune Theatre.
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Review of Battlefield at the Young Vic
Read our review of Peter Brook, Jean-Claude Carriere and Marie-Helene Estienne's new production Battlefield at the Young Vic Theatre based on Brook's epic The Mahabharata.
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West End Interview...
'Bend it...' composer Howard Goodall
Read our interview with composer Howard Goodall, whose West End musicals include Bend it Like Beckham, The Hired Man and Girlfriends as well as numerous TV theme tunes.
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Mon 08 Feb 2016

Valentines Day West End Theatre
Don't yet have a gift for the Valentine in your life? Worry not - we take a look at the best West End shows that are perfect for Valentines Day.
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West End Feature...
Curtain Up Exhibition at the V&A
Read our review of the press preview of Curtain Up, a new exhibition celebrating West End and Broadway theatre at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.
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Fringe & Other London...
I Am Not Myself These Days at Shoreditch
Fuel present I Am Not Myself These Days, written and performed by Tom Stuart, at Shoreditch Town Hall in east London, from 1 to 12 March 2016, as part of a UK tour.
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The Hole at the Hen and Chickens
The Theatre of Heaven and Hell present The Hole, by N.F. Simpson, directed by Michael Ward, at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, north London, from 23 February to 5 March 2016.
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The Narcissist at the Courtyard
The English Repertory Theatre will present The Narcissist, written and directed by Gavin Davis at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton from 8 March to 2 April 2016.
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Fri 05 Feb 2016

The Father full cast announced
Full casting has now been announced for the West End return of Florian Zeller's play The Father which will star Kenneth Cranham once again in the lead role.
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Funny Girl extends booking
The West End production of Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice has extended its booking at the Savoy Theatre, where it will now run until 8 October 2016.
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Beverley Knight stars in The Bodyguard return
Hit musical The Bodyguard will return to the West End, beginning performances at the Dominion Theatre on 15 July 2016 with an official opening on 21 July, where it is booking to 7 January 2017.
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Michael Crawford to star in new musical
Musical theatre legend Michael Crawford will star in the West End premiere of new British musical The Go Between which will open for previews at the Apollo Theatre in London on 27 May 2016.
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Dreamgirls to open at the Savoy Theatre
Glee star Amber Riley will star in the West End premiere of hit Broadway musical Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre from Nov 2016.
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Fringe & Other London...
Review of Rabbit Hole - Hampstead Theatre
Read Mark Shenton's review of Rabbit Hole, which is currently running at the Hampstead Theatre in a production directed by Edward Hall, starring Claire Skinner and Tom Goodman-Hill.
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In The Heights extends booking
The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights by Lin Manuel Miranda has extended its booking period at the King's Cross Theatre to 30 October 2016.
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Thu 04 Feb 2016

Uzo Aduba and The Maids cast - Interview
We caught up with Emmy Award-winner Uzo Aduba, Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael and Misfits star Zawe Ashton to talk about Jamie Lloyd's revival of The Maids at Trafalgar Studios.
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Review of The Master Builder
Read Mark Shenton's review of Ibsen's The Master Builder which is currently running at the Old Vic Theatre in a new production directed by Matthew Warchus, featuring Ralph Fiennes.
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Fringe & Other London...
The Railway Children extends booking
The Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny's stage adaptation of The Railway Children has extended its booking period to 30 Oct 2016, at King's Cross Theatre.
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Review of The World Goes Round
Read our review of The World Goes Round, a revue celebrating the work of John Kander and Fred Ebb currently running at the St James Studio Theatre starring Debbie Kurup.
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Wed 03 Feb 2016

National Theatre announces new season
The National Theatre have announced details of its upcoming season through 2016 into 2017 and beyond, including new casting details for previously announced productions.
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Mark Curry as The Wizard in Wicked
The West End production of Wicked, at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, has announced that ex Blue Peter presenter Mark Curry will take over the role of 'The Wizard' from 25 March 2016.
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Review of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Read Mark Shenton's review of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom by August Wilson, which is currently being revived at the National Theatre in a production starring Sharon D Clarke.
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West End Feature...
Rufus Norris and the Future of the NT
We attended the National Theatre's annual press conference to hear what Artistic Director Rufus Norris had to say about the venue and its future plan into 2016 and beyond.
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Tue 02 Feb 2016

Review of Red Velvet - Garrick Theatre
Read Mark Shenton's review of Red Velvet, a play by Lolita Chakrabarti which has returned to London for a run at the Garrick Theatre starring Adrian Lester as Ira Aldridge.
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West End Feature...
Pre-West End try-out for The Girls
We recently took a trip to The Lowry in Salford Quays to check out new musical The Girls, written by Gary Barlow & Tim Firth and based on Calendar Girls, which is hotly tipped for the West End.
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Fringe & Other London...
Cooking With Elvis at Technis
The Tower Theatre Company will present an amateur production of Cooking With Elvis by Lee Hall at the Theatro Technis in Camden, north London, from 23 to 27 February 2016.
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Williams' In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel
A rare production of In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel by Tennessee Williams, the second London production in the 33 years since his death will run at the Charing Cross Theatre from 5 April.
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Mon 01 Feb 2016

Interview with 'The Father' Kenneth Cranham
Read our interview with the Critics' Circle Award Winning actor Kenneth Cranham who is set to return to the West End this month in The Father for a limited season.
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Review of Iphigenia in Splott
Read Dom O'Hanlon's review of Iphigenia in Splott by Gary Owen which is currently running at the National Theatre's Temporary Theatre starring Sophie Melville, produced by Sherman Cymru.
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Wicked extends to April 2017
The West End production of Wicked has announced its 21st booking extension at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, with 500,000 new tickets going on sale, now booking until 29 April 2017.
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Fri 29 Jan 2016

The Painkiller full cast announced
The full cast has been announced for The Painkiller, at the Garrick Theatre from 5 Mar to 30 Apr. This will be the fifth play in the inaugural Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season at the Garrick.
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Jersey Boys announces new cast members
Jersey Boys have announced that there will be four new Seasons joining the cast at the Piccadilly Theatre from 15 March 2016, as show celebrates 8th anniversary in West End.
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Kinky Boots extends to September 2016
The London premiere of the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots has announced a booking extension to 24 September 2016, taking it beyond its first birthday in the West End.
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Review of Escaped Alone - Royal Court
Read Mark Shenton's review of Caryl Churchill's latest play, Escaped Alone, which is currently running at the Royal Court in a production directed by James Macdonald.
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Dominic Cooper to star in The Libertine
Dominic Cooper will star in The Libertine at the Haymarket Theatre Royal for a limited run, from 22 September to 3 December 2016, following a summer season at Bath Theatre Royal.
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Fringe & Other London...
The Mother extends booking to 12 March
The Tricycle Theatre's production of Florian Zeller's drama The Mother, in a new translation by Christopher Hampton, has extended its booking period by one week to 12 March 2016.
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Thu 28 Jan 2016

Full cast announced for Breakfast at Tiffany's
Full casting has been announced for the upcoming production of Breakfast at Tiffany's which runs at the Haymarket Theatre Royal for a limited 12 week run, from 30 June.
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West End Interview...
Critics' Circle winner James Fritz
We interviewed writer James Fritz who just won the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright for his first full length play Four Minutes Twelve Seconds at the Hampstead.
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Wed 27 Jan 2016

Fringe & Other London...
Review of Linking Rings at Jermyn Street
Read Bona Ruocco's review of Linking Rings, a one-man show by magician and member of the Inner Magic Circle Paul Zenon, at the Jermyn Street Theatre until 30 Jan 2016.
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Review of The Mother by Florian Zeller
Read Mark Shenton's review of The Mother by Florian Zeller which is currently running at the Tricycle Theatre in north London starring Gina McKee and Frances McNamee.
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West End Interview...
Critics' Circle winner Denise Gough
We caught up with Critics' Circle Award winning Best Actress Denise Gough who about to star in the transfer for Duncan Macmillan's Peple Places and Things at the Wyndham's.
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Photo Features...
Iphigenia in Splott Production Images
Take a look at the production images of Iphigenia In Splott which is currently running at the National's Temporary Theatre starring Sophie Melville.
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Gemma Arterton in Rehearsal
Photographs of inside the rehearsal room with Gemma Arterton and company in the upcoming West End production of Nell Gwynn which opens at the Apollo Theatre.
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Tue 26 Jan 2016

Critics' Circle Awards - winners announced
The winners of the 2015 Critics' Circle Awards have been announced at a ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre, including awards for Dame Judi Dench and Kenneth Cranham.
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Kit Harington to star in Doctor Faustus
'Game of Thrones' actor Kit Harington will star in a new production of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, in a version by Colin Teevan, at the Duke of York's Theatre from 9 April to 4 June 2016.
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Review of The Oliviers In Concert
Read Tom Millward's review of The Oliviers In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall - The Society of London Theatre and the BBC's celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Laurence Olivier Awards.
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Fringe & Other London...
Anna Karenina at Jack Studio Theatre
Arrows & Traps Theatre Company present Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy, adapted by Helen Edmundson, at the Jack Studio Theatre in south London, from 15 March to 2 April 2016.
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The Cause at the Jermyn Street Theatre
ACS Random in association with Jermyn Street Theatre present the world premiere of The Cause, by Jeremy James, at the Jermyn Street Theatre in central London from 1 to 26 March 2016.
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Mon 25 Jan 2016

Fringe & Other London...
Every One at the Battersea Arts Centre
Chris Goode and Company and Battersea Arts Centre present Every One, a take on the Medieval morality play 'Everyman' by Jo Clifford at the Battersea Arts Centre from 2 to 19 March 2016.
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The Truth at the Menier Chocolate Factory
The Menier Chocolate Factory have announced that their next production will be The Truth by Florian Zeller in a version by Christopher Hampton which will run from 10 March to 7 May 2016.
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A Steady Rain at the Arcola Theatre
The East Riding Theatre Company will present the London premiere of A Steady Rain by Keith Huff at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, east London, from 10 February to 5 March 2016.
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Fri 22 Jan 2016

The Lion King extends booking to Oct 2016
Disney's The Lion King has extended its booking period at the Lyceum Theatre, with tickets now on sale to 2 October 2016. The show is now approaching its 17th year in London.
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Guys and Dolls transfers to the Phoenix
The Chichester Festival Theatre's revival of Guys and Dolls will transfer from the Savoy Theatre in London's West End to the Phoenix Theatre from 19 March 2016.
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Further cast announced for Sunset Boulevard
Further casting for the Glenn Close led revival of Sunset Boulevard includes Michael Xavier as 'Joe Gillis', Siobhan Dillon as 'Betty Schaefer' and Fred Johanson as 'Max von Mayerling'.
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Fringe & Other London...
Land of Our Fathers returns to London
Welsh mining drama Land of Our Fathers will return to London for a limited two week run at Found 111, from 8 to 19 March 2016, with an official opening on 10 March.
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Miss Julie at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden
Buckland Theatre Co. will present Miss Julie, by August Strindberg, translated by Michael Meyer, at the Etcetera Theatre, a pub theatre in Camden north London, from 24 February to 19 March 2016.
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Thu 21 Jan 2016

Lloyd Webber's Cats returns to Broadway
The recent West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1981 musical Cats will transfer to Broadway, giving the British composer three of his musicals running there simultaneously.
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David Essex leads cast of War of the Worlds
Cast for the West End premiere of Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds at the Dominion includes Jimmy Nail, Daniel Bedingfield, Heidi Range, Michael Praed, Madalena Alberto and David Essex.
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Fringe & Other London...
Cyrano de Bergerac at the Southwark
An all female production of Cyrano de Bergerac adapted by Glyn Maxwell from the play by Edmond Rostand will run at the Southwark Playhouse from 18 February 2016 to 19 March 2016.
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Wed 20 Jan 2016

West End Feature...
West End Stars on Stage in 2016
We take a look at which celebrities should be on your radar for the first half of 2016 hitting the West End over the coming months in a selection of new plays, musicals and revivals.
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West End Interview...
Lloyd Owen star of End of Longing
Get to know actor Lloyd Owen who is preparing to open alongside Friends star Matthew Perry in the world premiere of new play The End of Longing at the Playhouse Theatre.
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Fringe & Other London...
The Rinse Cycle at Charing Cross Theatre
Unexpected Opera will present The Rinse Cycle at the Charing Cross Theatre in central London from 15 February to 12 March 2016, with an official opening set for 19 February 2016.
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Review of Round the Horne
Read Bona Ruocco's review of Round the Horne: The 50th Anniversary Tour, recreating the classic 60's radio show, playing at the Museum of Comedy in central London until 12 March 2016.
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Tue 19 Jan 2016

Cast announced for Notmoses at the Arts
Casting has been announced for Gary Sinyor's new comedy Notmoses, which will run at the Arts Theatre in central London for a limited run from 10 March to 14 May 2016.
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Fringe & Other London...
Luce by JC Lee at the Southwark
Frankie Parham & Oliver King for Fuse Theatre will present Luce by JC Lee starring Mel Giedroyc at the Southwark Playhouse from 9 March to 2 April 2016.
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The Human Voice at the Tabard
Jean Cocteau's one woman monologue The Human Voice will run at the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick, west London, from 2 to 27 February 2016, with an official opening on 5 February 2016.
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Mon 18 Jan 2016

Fringe & Other London...
Catherine Tate leads Miss Atomic Bomb
Catherine Tate will lead the cast of new musical Miss Atomic Bomb at the St James Theatre in Victoria from 7 March to 9 April 2016 alongside Daniel Boys and Dean John-Wilson.
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Review of Audra McDonald in Concert
Read Dom O'Hanlon's review of Audra McDonald in concert at the Leicester Square Theatre - her first concert in London for over 15 years, which included songs from American musical theatre.
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Full cast announced for Right Now
Full casting has been announced for Right Now by Catherine-Anne Toupin, translated by Chris Campbell, at the Bush Theatre from 23 March to 16 April 2016.
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Fables For a Boy at the Lost Theatre
New production company Sandvaer will present a 'different kind of musical', Fables For a Boy at the Lost Theatre in Wandsworth, from 28 March to 24 April 2016.
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