West End Features

Friday Briefing: Answering a cry for help and different critical reactions
Friday Briefing: Answering a cry for help and different critical reactions
"I am stuck across the world and need your help......" Uh-oh. Is this another of those spamming e-mails, trying to implant a virus in my system if I click on a link? No, this time it wasn't. It was... Read more
Top 10 theatre shows opening in London in February
Top 10 theatre shows opening in London in February
We all know January in Theatreland can be a little slow to take off, as we’re all busy shedding off that Christmas podge. Well, trying to at least. But February takes us full steam ahead into 2020,... Read more
Bryan Cranston
Coming late to the dramatic joys of television
As a theatre fan as well as critic, I spend most of my evenings out. As someone who freely admits to being a theatre addict, I've been known to see up to 12 shows a week: all available seven evenings... Read more
Laurence Fox
Friday Briefing: Actors and artists as spokespeople and other cultural storms
It is a critic's job to have opinions. Like 'em or loathe 'em, a critic can't, in the end, sit on the fence - as the saying goes, you end up having splinters up your arse. But in the increasingly... Read more
The Sunset Limited
In London's evolving critical landscape, how much personal information should critics divulge?
This year has marked the official start for two writers as chief theatre critics of their respective papers. At The Guardian, Arifa Akbar formally took over from Michael Billlington following his... Read more
Top 10 London musicals
Top 10 London Musicals
London's West End is well known for its musicals. From long-running hit shows such as The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables which have been entertaining audiences for over 30 years to welcoming... Read more
Les Miserables
First look: Production images of Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre released
Production images have been released for the reopening of Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre, which officially reopened on 16th January 2020. In a five-star review for LondonTheatre.co.uk, Mark... Read more
Les Miserables
Friday Briefing: Transformation of the Sondheim Theatre and intercontinental cast mates
A new life for the Queen's Theatre, now the Sondheim Theatre Ahead of last night's re-opening of Les Miserables at the newly-redubbed Sondheim Theatre (formerly the Queen's), theatre owner and... Read more
Les Miserables
Les Miserables: Making a new version of the West End's longest-running musical in history
Early on in the producing career of Cameron Mackintosh, he opened an original musical called The Card. In an introduction to the published lyrics of the legendary Alan Jay Lerner, Mackintosh recalls... Read more
Friday Briefing 10th January 2020
Friday Briefing: Giving credit to understudies and revisiting favourite shows
The West End's singing unsung heroes One of my favourite twitter accounts is @WestEndCovers, which issues daily alerts of which West End and touring understudies are getting the chance to show their... Read more
Mark Cats
The latest Cats film: Is it the cat's whiskers or just a moggy?
Cats are famously said to have nine lives; but has the eponymous musical just used one of them up on the critically lambasted film version that opened just before Christmas? The original musical, of... Read more
Rachel John & Jeannette Bayardelle
5 Questions from Over the Pond: Girl from the North Country's Rachel John & Jeannette Bayerdelle
Conor McPherson's Girl from the North Country has enjoyed quite a storied history on the London stage. Not only does this gentle and yet devastating musical incorporate some of the greatest hits of... Read more
Friday Briefing: Reflecting on Jerry Herman, welcoming a new year of theatre and the role of critics
Friday Briefing: Reflecting on Jerry Herman, welcoming a new year of theatre and the role of critics
A new year, let alone a new decade, is always an opportunity to undertake some personal housecleaning, as we bid farewell to the past (that we are now powerless to change anyway) and invite new... Read more
Show of the Decade
Revealed: The best new play and musical of the decade
After thousands of votes were cast in our Show of the Decade poll, where we asked you to nominate and vote for your favourite new plays and musicals of the last ten years of theatre, LondonTheatre.co... Read more
Theatre in January 2020
Top 10 theatre openings in London in January 2020
As a new year begins, audiences can look forward to the latest Broadway hits and homegrown productions across London's theatres. Even in the first few weeks of 2020, there's plenty of new offerings... Read more
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