West End Features

The Hunt
Friday Briefing: The importance of present-day culture in theatrical storytelling and the value of understudies
A new frontier in the culture wars Theatre is, first and foremost, a place for storytelling. It used to be a place where there were no limits, only imagination, to what could be put on stage. Hence... Read more
Summer openings
11 new productions to see across London theatres this summer
Even though the weather may be temperamental, make your day brighter with a trip to one of London’s newest productions. With brand new plays by David Mamet and Jack Thorne receiving their world... Read more
Prepare for yet another very Andrew Lloyd Webber summer
In 2017, Andrew Lloyd Webber became the first composer since Richard Rodgers in 1953 to have four musicals simultaneously running on Broadway, when The Phantom of the Opera (the longest-running... Read more
Andrew Scott
The Week Ahead: Andrew Scott at the Old Vic, Longhurst's inaugural Donmar production and On Your Feet!
On Tuesday (24th June), Andrew Scott leads the cast of Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus's new production of Noel Coward's Present Laughter, playing star actor Garry Essendine whose life is... Read more
Friday Briefing
Friday Briefing: Shutters coming down on Broadway, and would you book tickets off the back of bad reviews?
Broadway's polarised economy On Broadway, the hits (and the prices people will pay to see them) just get bigger and bigger. Broadway revenues have literally doubled in the last ten years. The 2018/19... Read more
Broadway musicals
'Broadway's hit factory': The influx of American productions in the West End
Broadway is on a roll. It just keeps churning out hit after hit, and we can hardly keep up over here. We are in the midst of a year of constant imports - just last night, Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas... Read more
The Week Ahead
The Week Ahead: Mamet and Malkovich's Bitter Wheat, opera superstars and Ben Forster's musical biography
On Tuesday (18th June), Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas's 2005 Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza, which won its composer that year's Tony for best original score, receives its long-overdue London... Read more
Bitter Wheat production images featuring John Malkovich released
Production images for Bitter Wheat, the new play by David Mamet starring John Malkovich, have been released ahead of the play’s world premiere at the Garrick Theatre later this week. Directed by... Read more
Friday Briefing: Ian McKellen's incredible gesture, and the National redresses the gender balance
While the summer appears yet to begin, at least weatherwise, the theatre world is already looking towards the autumn and beyond. And perhaps we need to wish the non-existent summer away so that we... Read more
Secret Cinema presents Casino Royale
Secret Cinema brings the immersive world of James Bond to life in Casino Royale
The name's Bond... James Bond... Perhaps you've heard of him? Yes, folks, Ian Fleming's world-famous MI6 agent is back, but we're not referring to the upcoming 25th instalment in the historic movie... Read more
Ian McKellen tickets
How to get tickets for Ian McKellen on stage in the West End
Stage legend Ian McKellen is set to bring his brilliant one-man show, titled Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others and You, to the West End for a limited run of performances at the Harold Pinter Theatre.... Read more
It may be Pride month, but theatre allows the community to stand up and be counted all year
We're in the midst of LGBT+ Pride Month - anyone visiting LondonTheatre.co.uk's twitter account may have noticed that the logo has gone rainbow-coloured there in celebration. And yes, we've come a... Read more
The Week Ahead 10th June
The Week in Theatre: the Bridge's immersive Dream, US hit Afterglow and Sweat transfers
This Week in Theatre On Tuesday (11th June), director Nick Hytner directs a new immersive production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Bridge, reuniting the designers of his 2018... Read more
Friday Briefing
Friday Briefing: Critical musical chairs, and Bernadette Peters tour cancelled by producer with track record
Critical musical chairs Once again critics seem to be playing the equivalent of musical chairs - or, perhaps more aptly, it might be a case of rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. This week the... Read more
Child's development
New research shows theatre can significantly improve children's academic performance
Theatre and live performance can have a significantly positive effect on a child’s academic performance, as well as having a positive effect on a young person’s social skills in later life, new... Read more
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Cast Mates: Comedy About a Bank Robbery’s Emily Stott and Jack Whittle
To pull off a heist, you need to have a tight-knit team, thinking as working as one, pre-empting every movement your mob makes. The same can be said about theatre: you need to know your fellow actors... Read more
Guys and Dolls
Theatre relies on new found pleasures in the classic repertoire
New plays and musicals are the lifeblood of the theatre, endlessly renewing it and keeping it alive, but old work is its bedrock: the deep repertoire of past classics that we draw on again and again... Read more
The Week Ahead: BalletBoyz, Wife at the Kiln, and last chance to see two Broadway stars
Tonight (3rd June), the BalletBoyz swap their usual address at Sadler's Wells for a brief West End season, with the opening of Them/Us at the Vaudeville Theatre for a run to 15th June. A... Read more
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