West End Features - July 2019

Top 10 shows in August
Top 10 London theatre shows opening this August
There may be plenty going on up in Scotland as Edinburgh's festivals get underway, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to get excited about here in London this month. Our top picks for August... Read more
Moulin Rouge
Broadway reviews: What the critics think of Moulin Rouge on Broadway
The stage version Moulin Rouge!, Baz Luhrmann’s musical romance set in the famous Parisian cabaret, was always bound to create a spectacle when it landed on Broadway. Updated for 2019, the musical... Read more
Disney pop-up
Disney launches West End musical pop-up store in Covent Garden
Disney has launched its traditional summer pop-up shop in London’s Covent Garden, celebrating their four current and upcoming musicals in the West End. Located at 21 Long Acre, visitors have the... Read more
Friday Briefing
Friday Briefing: Doing away with Faye Dunaway on Broadway, and the continued curse of mobiles in the theatre
Doing Away with Dunaway Sometimes there's more drama offstage than onstage. In the latest example, Faye Dunaway was this week fired from a new one-woman play Tea at Five - which she has just starred... Read more
Cabaret
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Need to forget about the chaotic world? Cabaret could provide the perfect respite
The daily news churn contains more drama than we'll ever find on a theatrical stage - and yesterday, as Donald Trump welcomed the accession of Boris Johnson as our new Prime Minister with the ominous... Read more
Nick Afoa & Bradley Gibson
5 Questions from Over the Pond: Nick Afoa & Bradley Gibson
This past weekend, Disney released its latest remake and it took home an almighty sum of £16.7 million during its first weekend of release at the UK box office alone! In case you've been sleeping... Read more
The Week Ahead: Trevor Nunn and Jenna Russell back at the Menier, plus The View Upstairs at Soho
On Tuesday, Trevor Nunn returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory, where his current production of Fiddler on the Roof originated before transferring to the West End's Playhouse Theatre, to direct a... Read more
Cats: Twitter reacts to the trailer of Andrew Lloyd Webber musical movie
It's been hotly anticipated for years now, as a killer cast of Hollywood A-listers and acting greats was slowly assembled for the movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats. But our first... Read more
Friday Briefing: Why giving credit where credit's due can be tricky, and preserving theatre's records
Giving credit where credit is due I've previously written here about the controversy that engulfed the opening earlier this month of Tree at Manchester International Festival, en route to a run at... Read more
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How personal stories told on stage can help you feel less alone
Theatre is about telling stories; it's a window into other people's lives, a way of living vicariously. I will never climb a particularly tall mountain, but soon I'll be able to see Touching the Void... Read more
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The Week Ahead: Clive Owen's Iguana, Equus gallops into West End, plus top 5 shows this week
This Week in Theatre On Monday, Ned Bennett's revelatory production of Equus, first seen at Theatre Royal Stratford East last year in a co-production with English Touring Theatre, transfers to the... Read more
Friday Briefing: A star is born in Joseph, and the loss of a hell-raising actor
Go Go Go Joseph... Last night was one of those rare moments when a brand-new star was born in the West End: Jac Yarrow. Even the missing 'k' to his first name is distinctive. As I wrote in my review... Read more
Images: First look at the new cast of Wicked in the West End
New images have been released showing the new West End cast of Wicked, who are set to take over at the Apollo Victoria Theatre later this month.  Nikki Bentley will take over in the role of Elphaba,... Read more
Take a tour of London County Hall and the set of Witness for the Prosecution
For two years now, Agatha Christie’s suspenseful murder mystery Witness for the Prosecution has captivated audiences in London. While Christie’s masterful story is full of trademark twists to keep... Read more
How much of a part do expectations play in our experience of theatre?
OK, I admit it: I was seriously dreading Peter Gynt, which opened at the National Theatre last night. With a running time of some three-and-a-half hours, the prospect of spending the evening watching... Read more
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Week Ahead: Les Mis' final revolve, Joseph's Dreamcoat arrives, and a reinvented Ibsen classic
This evening, 8th July, Jasmine Lee-Jones's seven methods of killing kylie jenner receives its world premiere at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, in a production directed Milli Bhatia.... Read more
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Production images released for Jason Donovan and Sheridan Smith in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Images have been released for the revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium. Dramatising the story of Joseph as told in the Book of Genesis, Joseph celebrates... Read more
Friday Briefing: Writing scandal blooms around Tree, and how far should trigger warnings go?
Barking up the wrong Tree? Tree, currently running as part of the Manchester International Festival at Upper Campfield Market Hall before it transfers to the Young Vic at the end of the month, was... Read more
Children and theatre: School of Rock cast on how theatre can empower kids
If you’re reading this, you probably have an early memory of going to the theatre, or perhaps taking your child to see a show. Getting children to engage in culture like seeing plays or musicals from... Read more
Audra McDonald
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A chance to admire some of Broadway's greatest performers: Audra McDonald and Joanna Gleason
In a lifetime of theatregoing, it's inevitable that you accumulate a lot of favourite performances in your memory bank - and with them, you build a personal database of favoured performers in your... Read more
the end of history...
The Week Ahead: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, the end of history and many a London Midsummer
This Week in Theatre On 2nd July, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ - The Musical finally arrives in the West End, four years after its original premiere at Leicester's Curve in 2015 that was... Read more
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