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Fri 24 Apr 2015

Ah, Wilderness! Young Vic Review
Our review of Ah, Wilderness! by Eugene O'Neill at the Young Vic Theatre starring Janie Dee and George MacKay directed by Natalie Abrahami.
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Cats returns to the London Palladium
It has now been confirmed that Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical Cats will return to the London Palladium for a ten week season from 23 October 2015 to 2 January 2016.
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Cast announced for Kinky Boots at Adelphi
Casting has been announced for the London premiere of the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots which begin previews at the Adelphi Theatre on 21 August 2015.
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Nicole Kidman Returns to the West End
Hollywood icon Nicole Kidman will return to the West End in a brand new production for The Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre, Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler.
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Light Shining in Buckinghamshire Review
Mark Shenton's review of Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the National's Lyttelton Theatre, written by Caryl Churchill, directed by Lindsay Turner with set design by Es Devlin.
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Thu 23 Apr 2015

Dawn French's 30 Million Minutes - Vaudeville
Comedienne Dawn French will bring her one woman show 30 Million Minutes, directed by Michael Grandage, to the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited season from 11 Nov to 05 Dec 2015.
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Women On The Verge...to close early
It has been reported that Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown which is currently running at the Playhouse Theatre will close three months earlier than planned, on 23 May 2015.
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West End Interview...
Interview with Jon Jon Briones
Read our reporter Hayden Thomas' Interview with 2015 Olivier Award nominee Jon Jon Briones, who is starring as The Engineer in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre.
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Fringe & Other London...
Orson's Shadow at the Southwark
Jagged Fence Productions and Smith & Brant Theatricals present the European premiere of Orson's Shadow by Austin Pendleton at the Southwark Playhouse from 1 July to 25 July 2015.
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#TBT: The Fields of Ambrosia
Dom O'Hanlon's first Throwback Thursday blog looking at forgotten musicals, and the 1996 flop The Fields of Ambrosia at the Aldwych Theatre.
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Wed 22 Apr 2015

Matilda Extends Booking to 29 May 2016
The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Matilda the Musical has extended its booking period - tickets are now on sale to Sunday 29 May 2016 at the Cambridge Theatre.
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Mamma Mia! Extends Booking to 2016
The ABBA jukebox musical Mamma Mia! has extended its booking period to 23 April 2016 at the Novello Theatre, taking the production into its 18th year in London's West End.
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Fringe & Other London...
Son Of Man at Bread and Roses Theatre
The Bread and Roses Theatre, a new pub theatre in Clapham, will present historical drama Son Of Man by Alexander Nye, directed by Alison Rockbrand running from 26 May to 13 June 2015.
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New Elvis Play at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, a fringe theatre in north London, will present There’s A Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis, devised and directed by John Plews from 16 May to 28 June 2015.
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Skin in Flames at the Park Theatre
StoneCrabs Theatre and Catalan Theatre Company Bots and Barrals will present Skin In Flames by Guillem Clua at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, north London, from 13 May to 6 June 2015.
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Tue 21 Apr 2015

Matthew Warchus announces Old Vic Season
The new Artistic Director of the Old Vic Matthew Warchus, today announced details of his 2015/16 season at the venue including details of new partnerships and outreach projects.
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An Evening With Lucian Freud
An Evening With Lucian Freud will run at the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge in central London from 19 May to 6 June 2015 starring Cressida Bonas as Laura.
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Fringe & Other London...
The Finborough Summer Season
The Finborough Theatre in West Brompton, west London has announced its Summer 2015 season which includes a mixture of original writing and unique rediscoveries.
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Mon 20 Apr 2015

Gypsy Extends Booking to Nov 2015
The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton which is currently running at the Savoy Theatre has announced a booking extension to 28 November 2015.
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Fringe & Other London...
Side By Side By Sondheim - Jack Studio
The AC Group will present a new production of Side By Side By Sondheim, a revue of Sondheim songs at the Jack Studio Theatre in Brockley, south London, from 8 September to 26 September 2015.
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Fri 17 Apr 2015

Cast Updates for Miss Saigon
Cameron Mackintosh's revival of Miss Saigon, which is currently playing at the Prince Edward Theatre, has announced new cast members who are joining the show from 11 May 2015.
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Kenneth Branagh Season at the Garrick
Actor and director Kenneth Branagh announces a season of five plays at the Garrick Theatre in the West End starring himself, with Judi Dench, Lily James, Rob Brydon and more.
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Fringe & Other London...
Review of The Glass Protégé at the Park
Our review of new play The Glass Protégé at the Park Theatre in north London, written by Dylan Costello and directed by Matthew Gould, starring David R Butler.
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Thu 16 Apr 2015

Review of Gypsy at Savoy Theatre
Mark Shenton reviews Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim & Arthur Laurents' Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton, directed by Jonathan Kent, at the Savoy Theatre until 18 July 2015.
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Fringe & Other London...
Bush Theatre announces Autumn season
The World Premiere of Tanya Ronder's F*ck The Polar Bears and the European Premiere of Tom Holloway's Forget Me Not make up the Bush Theatre's Autumn 2015 Season.
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Wed 15 Apr 2015

The Book of Mormon Extends Booking
The Olivier and Tony Award winning Best New Musical, The Book of Mormon, has extended its booking period to 22 August 2015 at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End.
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Sam Wanamaker & Globe Theatre News
Initial casting has been announced for Measure For Measure at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre along with four new productions at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
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Mark Shenton previews Bend it Like Beckham
Mark Shenton looks ahead to the upcoming new musical Bend It Like Beckham which opens at the Phoenix Theatre on 24 June, following previews from 15 May 2015.
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Fringe & Other London...
What's It All About? at the Menier
The Menier Chocolate Factory will present the UK premičre of revue show What's It All About? Burt Bacharach Reimagined directed by Steven Hoggett from 3 July to 5 September 2015.
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Tue 14 Apr 2015

Full Cast announced for The Vote
The Donmar Warehouse has announced full casting for its upcoming new play for theatre and television The Vote by James Graham which will be broadcast live on More4 on election night 2015.
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Fringe & Other London...
Stephens' Bluebird at the Tabard Theatre
Two Shillings and Sixpence company will present Bluebird by Simon Stephens at the Tabard Theatre from 5 to 30 May 2015, with an official opening on 6 May 2015.
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Fanny and Stella at Above the Stag Theatre
The Above the Stag Theatre in Vauxhall will present the premiere of new play with music Fanny and Stella: The Shocking True Story by Glenn Chandler with music by Charles Miller.
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Lyric Hammersmith - 2015 Season
The Lyric Hammersmith in west London have announced further details of its 2015 season, including a new play adaptation, pantomime and seasonal children's show in their studio venue..
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Mon 13 Apr 2015

National Theatre Season Updates
The National Theatre has now announced further details of its 2015 season, with casting and booking dates for many of its upcoming productions including Jane Eyre and wonder.land.
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Mark Shenton Reviews the Olivier Awards
Mark Shenton reviews the 39th annual Laurence Olivier Award Ceremony at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, which saw big wins for Sunny Afternoon and subsidised theatres.
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Fringe & Other London...
New Musical Flames at Waterloo East
The Waterloo East Theatre in south London will present the European Premier of Stephen Dolginoff's new musical thriller Flames, which runs at their fringe venue from 12 to 31 May 2015.
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Sun 12 Apr 2015

2015 Olivier Award Winners Announced
The winners of the 39th annual Laurence Olivier Awards have been announced this evening at a star studded ceremony presented by Lenny Henry at the Royal Opera House.
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Fri 10 Apr 2015

The Play That Goes Wrong Extends
Olivier nominated The Play That Goes Wrong, a farcical murder mystery, has announced that it has extended its run at the Duchess Theatre, where it is now booking until 14 February 2016.
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Fringe & Other London...
Full cast announced for Almeida's Oresteia
The Almeida Theatre has announced the full cast for their upcoming production of Oresteia, which runs as part of their Greek Season from 29 May to 18 July with an official opening on 5 June 2015.
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The Space Theatre Summer 2015 Season
The Space Theatre, a performing arts centre based in a converted church on the Isle of Dogs, east London, has announced details of its Summer 2015 Season including a number of brand new works.
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Thu 09 Apr 2015

Mark Shenton Previews the Olivier Awards
Mark Shenton celebrates the renewed impact of the Olivier Awards, ahead of the 2015 Olivier Award ceremony which will take place on Sunday 12 April 2015 at London's Royal Opera House.
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West End Interview...
Interview with Haydn Gwynne
Read our reporter Hayden Thomas' Interview with 2015 Olivier Award nominee Haydn Gwynne, who is starring as Lucia in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at Playhouse Theatre.
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Blog...
In Praise of Cast Recordings
A new blog by Dom O'Hanlon looking at his obsession with musical theatre cast recordings and the differences between Broadway and London's attitudes towards them.
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Wed 08 Apr 2015

Death of a Salesman West End transfer
The RSC have today announced that their production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman will transfer to the Noel Coward Theatre in London's West End from 9 May to 18 July 2015.
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Tue 07 Apr 2015

Cast announcement for Hamlet - Barbican
The cast has been announced for Hamlet at the Barbican: joining Benedict Cumberbatch will be: Leo Bill, Sian Brooke, Anastasia Hille, Ciarán Hinds, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and Jim Norton.
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Fringe & Other London...
Luna Gale at the Hampstead Theatre
The Hampstead Theatre, in north west London, has announced its next play on the Main Stage, which will be the UK premiere of Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman, directed by Michael Attenborough.
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Park Theatre 2015 Season announced
The Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, north London, has celebrated its second birthday by announcing its full 2015 season including eight new writing world premieres and a number of revivals.
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Dusty at the Charing Cross Theatre
Dusty, a new multi-media show celebrating the life and work of the 60s icon Dusty Springfield will run at the Charing Cross Theatre in central London from 25 May 2015 to 22 August 2015.
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Thu 02 Apr 2015

Sunny Afternoon Kinks Musical cast update
Cast updates have been announced for the West End transfer of the Hampstead Theatre production of Sunny Afternoon, a musical based on the early life of Ray Davies and The Kinks.
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Oppenheimer Review at Vaudeville Theatre
Mark Shenton reviews Oppenheimer, starring John Heffernan as J Robert Oppenheimer, directed by Angus Jackson, at the Vaudeville Theatre until 23 May 2015.
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Full cast announced for Temple - Donmar
Full casting has now been announced for the Donmar Warehouse's upcoming world premiere of Temple, opening on 27 May 2015, following previews from 21 May, running to 25 July 2015.
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Fringe & Other London...
Cast announcements from Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre, in north west London, has announced the cast for two productions that will be running over the spring months: Matchbox Theatre and Deluge.
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Wed 01 Apr 2015

Fire in central London Holborn area
A fire in the Holborn area of central London causes power outages. Several nearby West End theatres affected with some performances scheduled for this evening cancelled.
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Regent's Park Open Air - Initial Casting
The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has announced initial casting for its 2015 season, including Janie Dee in 'The Seagull', David Birrell in 'Peter Pan' and Laura Pitt-Pulford in 'Seven Brides...'
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Sweeney Todd at the ENO Review
Mark Shenton reviews the semi staged production of Sweeney Todd at the ENO London Coliseum starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson along with a 60 piece orchestra directed by Lonny Price.
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Fringe & Other London...
Jerry's Girls transfers to Jermyn Street
Aria Entertainment and Guy James's revival of Jerry's Girls, created by Jerry Herman and Larry Alford will transfer to the Jermyn Street Theatre in central London.
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Face The Music comes to Walthamstow
All Star Productions will present the first UK production of forgotten Irving Berlin musical Face The Music at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Pub in Walthamstow, from 9 June to 3 July 2015.
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Rumours & Gossip!
Baz from the Daily Mail has reported that Motown the Musical is set to open at the Shaftesbury Theatre in March 2016. The venue is currently home to 'Memphis the Musical', which recently received nine Olivier Awards nominations.
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