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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. Motown the Musical enjoyed a successful run on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from March 2013 to January 2015. It had previously been speculated that the musical would play at The London Palladium.

Baz from the Daily Mail has reported that actor Ralph Fiennes is set to star in a new production of Ibsen's The Master Builder at the Old Vic in 2016 as part of Matthew Warchus' first season.

Baz from the Daily Mail has reported that Sonia Friedman Productions are in initial talks with Book of Mormon director Casey Nicholaw to bring a new production of Dreamgirls to the West End stage in 2016/17.

According to an interview with the Daily Mail, Gary Barlow hopes to bring his first foray into musical theatre - Finding Neverland on Broadway - to the West End in 2016. A concept album for the musical, featuring guest appearances by the likes of Rita Ora, Paloma Faith and Jessie J, is set to be released in April 2015. Finding Neverland is produced by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

More reports of a Kenneth Branagh residency at the Garrick Theatre have included details of three productions, including the actor himself performing in a new production of The Entertainer. Branagh is also reported to direct Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale along with Romeo and Juliet starring Downton Abbey's Lily James and Game of Thrones' Richard Madden, whom he has recently directed in the live action version of Disney's 'Cinderella'.

This week Baz from The Daily Mail has reported that Elf the Musical is heading to the Dominion Theatre for a limited festive season from 24 October 2015, before Disney's Aladdin begins performances at the same venue in 2016. He says there is also talks for Cats to return to the London Palladium this Christmas, and the potential for the show to transfer to Broadway with Nicole Scherzinger.

It has been reported that the previously rumoured musical version of Groundhog Day will have a second workshop in London in March. According to Baz in the Daily Mail, if the workshop goes well the musical may have its sights on The Old Vic in 2016. Featuring music and lyrics by Tim Minchin (Matilda) it will be directed by Matthew Warchus, incoming Artistic Director of the London venue. This new musical is based on the 1993 Bill Murray-led film of the same name.

Baz from The Daily Mail has reported that the Broadway producers of Disney Theatrical's Aladdin have now turned their attention to the Dominion Theatre. No dates have been speculated, but it is thought it would be in the 2015/16 season.

Baz from The Daily Mail reports that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are set to star in the West End, in No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter. Firm dates for the West End run have yet to be finalised, but the production could arrive sometime in 2016. McKellen and Stewart previously performed the play in repertoire with 'Waiting For Godot', by Samuel Beckett, at Broadway's Cort Theatre from October 2013 to March 2014.

It has been reported that the popular movie franchise The Hunger Games is being adapted for the stage and will be produced by Lionsgate, Imagine Nation and Triangular Entertainment. World premiere performances are expected to begin in the Summer of 2016 in a new purpose-built theatre, right next door to Wembley Stadium.

Baz from The Daily Mail reports that Hollywood film actor and Oscar winner Al Pacino will star in a West End production of Salome, by Oscar Wilde, in 2016. Pacino has previously performed the play in Brooklyn and Los Angeles and this will mark the star's first role in the West End since 1984, when he performed in David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” at the Duke of York's Theatre.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Beresford, screenwriter of Pride, a British film starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, confirmed at a London screening of the movie that a stage musical adaptation is in development. Director Matthew Warchus is attached to the project, which is eyeing a West End run. Pride is based on a true story about a group of gay activists who raise money to help a Welsh community of miners affected by the long-running miners' strike of 1984-5.

The Evening Standard has quoted Michelle Collins as saying that she is to star in a revival of The Graduate. The production is due in the West End in January 2015. Collins, who is best known for her roles in both "EastEnders" and "Coronation Street", last appeared on the London stage in 'The Glass Supper', at the Hampstead Theatre Studio Downstairs, from 25 June to 26 July 2014.

Baz from The Daily Mail reports that the musical version of Back To The Future has been delayed to till at least 2016, following news that director Jamie Lloyd has withdrawn ‘amicably’ from the show after he and Bob Gale, who wrote the 1985 film and its two sequels, disagreed over the production’s direction. There were reported behind-the-scenes ‘creative differences’ just as workshops of the show were due to be staged. Jamie Lloyd told Baz that his decision to withdraw was ‘just a case of wanting to stand by my vision...You absolutely have to believe in it or there’s not much point,’ he said. Gale will now write the version of the show that he favours, and send it out to directors later next year. The Back to the Future musical will have a book by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Jamie Lloyd, and new music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with additional music from the film by Huey Lewis & The News, Chuck Berry, Pat Ballard and Curtis Williams.

Baz from the Daily Mail reports that Nicole Kidman is in discussions to return to the London stage in 2015, expected to be Turgenev’s A Month In The Country, which is being adapted by Patrick Marber, directed by Ian Rickson.

The sequel to the Queen musical We Will Rock You has received a workshop performance. Written again by Ben Elton, it is provisionally titled 'TSMGO' (The Show Must Go On)'. It is not known if and when a West End show will be coming.

Baz from The Daily Mail reports Composer Gary Barlow and lyricist and show writer Tim Firth have been working on a musical version of Calendar Girls, produced by David Pugh.

JK Rowling to co-produce a new stage play featuring the early years of Harry Potter. It is being produced by Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender for the London stage, expected in 2015.

A revival of musical Me and My Girl is expected in the West End in 2015/16, produced by Fiery Angel.

A musical based on the life of Dusty Springfield is being planned. Written by Sandi Toksvig and produced by Vicki Wickham and David Ian. Vicki Wickham said: It would be a proper musical, not a jukebox show, and would deal with the light and dark side of Dusty’s personality." Dusty Springfield's hits include Son Of A Preacher Man, I Only Want To Be With You, Wishin’ And Hopin’, and Yesterday When I Was Young.

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