West End Features

Pop stars in musicals and a trip to the opera
Friday Briefing: Popstars in musicals and a trip to the opera
Popstars and musicals It's a well-documented fact that, where Broadway and movie musicals once provided the world with pop hits in the 30s and 40s, the rise of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s created its... Read more
Pretty Woman interview
Danny Mac, Aimie Atkinson and Pretty Woman cast talk bringing the film to life on stage
While there are plenty of screen-to-stage adaptations adorning the West End, there aren’t many that have garnered quite the excitement and attention (not to mention ticket sales) as Pretty Woman has... Read more
Top 10 theatre openings in March
Top 10 shows opening in London in March 2020
Spring is just around the corner, and the West End is officially in bloom. March sees some film favourites make their way to the stage, some new and intriguing plays across the capital, and some... Read more
Olivier Awards 2020 predictions
Olivier Awards 2020: Mark Shenton predicts the nominations
We've already had the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards that honour individual productions, performances, and creatives across the last year, while this Sunday ... Read more
City of Angels
Rosalie Craig, Josie Rourke, Hadley Fraser and Vanessa Williams talk City of Angels in the West End
When Josie Rourke’s production of City of Angels went on sale at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014, tickets sold out in just 47 minutes, meaning there were plenty who missed out on seeing what went on to... Read more
Lizzie Bea
Lizzie Bea: ‘It's important I'm a good role model for people coming to see Hairspray’
  She may be about to make her West End debut in one of London’s biggest musicals of the summer, but Lizzie Bea is already showing maturity beyond her years as she gears up to play Tracy Turnblad in... Read more
Friday Briefing: Going beyond my critical zone
Friday Briefing: Going beyond my critical zone and being honest in my reviews
Getting out of my comfort zone For over 40 years now (since I moved to London at the age of 16), I have so doggedly devoted myself to going to the theatre that I've largely missed out on life outside... Read more
British musical theatre stars
Will producers have more faith in putting our British musical theatre stars in the spotlight?
The West End musical is in rude health: in 2018, musicals were seen by over 9 million people, spending more than £500m for the privilege (audiences for plays, by comparison, were seen by over 4... Read more
Wicked production images
New Wicked images released showing Laura Pick as Elphaba
­­­New production images have been released showing Laura Pick in the lead role of Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked, currently in its 14th year at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Pick took... Read more
British Theatre Press
Friday Briefing: A week to showcase the best of Britain's theatre press
Critics' Circle Theatre Awards  On Tuesday (11th February), this year's Critics' Circle Theatre Awards were presented in an invitation-only ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre's Delfont Rooms (... Read more
Theatre running time
Are audiences short-changed by short running times?
Like most of my drama critic colleagues who tend, by and large, to spend far too much of our time in darkened auditoriums, it comes as something of a relief to arrive at a theatre and find out that... Read more
Waitress Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel
"Perfect" Sara Bareilles makes West End debut in her own musical Waitress
Sara Bareilles, the Tony-nominated songwriter behind the Broadway musical Waitress, is currently “Opening Up” and serving a West End debut performance at the Adelphi Theatre that’s good enough to eat... Read more
David Tennant shows
David Tennant on stage: 20 years in the West End
Set to star in a revival of CP Taylor’s Good, David Tennant adds another show to his lengthy CV of West End appearances. Having performed in brand new plays, London revivals and adaptations of... Read more
First look: Production images of Leopoldstadt world premiere released
Ahead of the official opening night of Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt at the Wyndham's Theatre later this week, production images have been released, allowing audiences to get a first glimpse at... Read more
Theatre narratives
Friday Briefing: When theatre begins to create its own narratives
Theatrical coincidences that create their own narrative Life - and the theatre that it reflects - is full of coincidences. This week, Albion - Mike Bartlett's brilliant play that first premiered in... Read more
Sleeping at the theatre
Is it ever okay to fall asleep at the theatre?
"To die, to sleep; to sleep, perchance to dream", declares Hamlet, in anticipation of the prospect of death, in probably the single most famous speech in all of theatrical literature: To be, or not... Read more
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