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World premiere of ‘The Poltergeist’ coming to Southwark Playhouse
As well as Southwark Playhouse currently home to The Last Five Years, there’s future shows to look forward to, including the world premiere of The Poltergeist. Philip Ridley’s one-man play will play... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of I Put A Spell on You (Photo courtesy of The Theatre Cafe)
The Theatre Cafe to host livestream Halloween event
As well as their series of exclusive performances, Amy Hart and Paul Taylor-Mills will host a West End Halloween event. The livestream will take place on 31 October, featuring 11 performers from a... Read more
Photo credit: Flight installation (Photo by Beth Chalmers)
‘Flight’ installation to be presented at Bridge Theatre
The Barbican and the Bridge Theatre will collaborate to bring Vox Motus’ installation Flight to London. Performances will be held at the Bridge Theatre from 9 November - 16 Jan. 2021. Based on... Read more
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Adam Kay to perform at the Palace Theatre this Christmas
Ahead of Adam Kay’s engagement of This Is Going To Hurt at the Apollo Theatre, it’s been announced that he’ll return to the West End this Christmas. He’ll perform a live show based on his second book... Read more
Photo credit: Dom Hartley-Harris and West End Cast of Hamilton (Photo by Matthew Murphy)
Nominees for 2020 Black British Theatre Awards announced
Following the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards ceremony in 2019, nominees for this year’s awards have been announced. The ceremony will be broadcast exclusively on Sky Arts on 25 October, the... Read more
Photo credit: Artwork of Back To The Future (Photo courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR)
‘Back to the Future’ original cast album announced
On what’s considered to be Back To The Future Day, a cast recording of the musical adaptation of Back to the Future has been announced. The original cast recording will be released next year, along... Read more
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‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ to entertain families at Alexandra Palace Theatre this Christmas
Plans for this Christmas season at Alexandra Palace have been announced, including a family production of The Gruffalo’s Child. Previously performed at the Lyric Theatre, The Gruffalo’s Child is at... Read more
Photo credit: Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean and Michael Ball as Javert (Photos by Matt Murphy)
Alfie Boe and Michael Ball to tour UK arenas in 2021
Before their return to the West End in Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert at the Sondheim Theatre, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball have announced they will tour the United Kingdom in 2021. The... Read more
Photo credit: Elaine Paige as Queen Rat (Photo by Paul Coltas)
Elaine Paige joins ‘Pantoland at the Palladium’ cast
Following last week’s announcement that pantomime would return to the London Palladium, further casting has been announced. The Olivier Award-winning actress Elaine Paige will join the cast of ... Read more
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A ‘West End Musical Christmas’ comes to the Palace Theatre
Stars from a variety of West End musicals will perform in West End Musical Christmas at the Palace Theatre. For four nights from 17-20 December, famous faces from the biggest musicals in London will... Read more
Photo Credit: Brian Conley as Ebenezer Scrooge (Photo by Oliver Rosser)
Brian Conley to play Ebenezer Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol’
Brian Conley will star as Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, opening in December. The musical concert of Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent’s adaptation of Charles... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre (Photo by Brinkhoff.Moegenburg)
‘Death of a Salesman’ to return to West End in 2021
Ahead of this year’s Olivier Awards, the five-time nominated production of Death of a Salesman will return to the West End in 2021. In a tweet by Baz Bamigboye, Wendell Pierce has agreed to return to... Read more
Photo credit: Artwork of A Christmas Carol (Photo courtesy of Bridge Theatre)
Simon Russell Beale to star in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Bridge Theatre
Simon Russell Beale will play Ebenezer Scrooge in a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Bridge Theatre. Nicholas Hytner’s new version of the Charles Dickens classic will play at the Bridge... Read more
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New season of work announced at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
After its forced closure from March 2020, the returning season of work at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has been announced. The season will include two one-person shows, as well as a community project on... Read more
Photo credit: Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen (Photo by Oliver Ross Feast Creative)
‘The Comeback’ to hold world premiere at the Noel Coward Theatre
A brand new comedy play, aptly named The Comeback, will receive its world premiere at the Noel Coward Theatre this Christmas. The Comeback marks the return of Sonia Friedman Productions to the West... Read more
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'Strictly Come Dancing' trio of tours for 2021 and 2022 announced
Ahead of this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, three spin-off tours have been confirmed. As a result of Covid-19 restrictions, a live arena tour will not take place in 2021, but the Strictly... Read more
Photo credit: Ashley Gilmour as Enjolras, Harry Apps as Marius and Company in Les Misérables (Photo by Johan Persson)
Les Misérables lyricist Herbert Kretzmer dies aged 95
Journalist and lyricist Herbert Kretzmer passed away today, 14 October 2020, at the age of 95. Perhaps best known for his lyrics in Les Miserables, West End actors and producers have all commented on... Read more
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Curve Leicester’s winter season to include trio of revivals
The Curve in Leicester will reopen its door to the public next month, as a trio of shows are staged for the theatre’s winter season. All three shows to be performed are revivals of Leicester... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Emilia (Photo by Helen Murray)
‘Emilia’ archive recording to be available online
An archive recording of the West End play Emilia will be made available to watch next month. After last year’s performances at the Vaudeville Theatre, audiences can relive the play with the cast and... Read more
Photo credit: The Les Miserables All-Star Staged Concert company (Photo by Matthew Le Poer Trench)
Les Miserables all-star concert extends at the Sondheim Theatre
Following the news that Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert will return to the West End, the production’s run has been extended, due to overwhelming demand. The show will now run for a... Read more
Culture Recovery Fund: Government funding given to London’s theatres
Culture Recovery Fund: Government funding given to London’s theatres
A full list of all organisations that have been awarded money as part of the Culture Recovery Fund has been announced. The Culture Recovery Fund was initially set up to support cultural organisations... Read more
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‘The Nutcracker’ to return for special production at the London Coliseum
Inspired by the long-running tradition of The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum, the English National Ballet will return with a brand new production. Titled Nutcracker Delights, the world-renowned... Read more
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Virtual production of [Title of Show] to stream in November
A virtual production of [Title of Show] will be available to watch next month, filmed at the London Coliseum. The show will star four West End actors, and will be streamed from 12-14 November. The... Read more
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‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ film trailer released
The first trailer for the upcoming film version of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has been released. The release date for the film has also been pushed back by a month, now available to watch from... Read more
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‘Death Drop’ murder mystery to open at the Garrick Theatre
A drag queen murder mystery will open at the Garrick Theatre in December, starring RuPaul’s Drag Race performers Courtney Act and Monét X Change. Titled Death Drop, the comedy play will run at the... Read more
Photo credit: Alfie Boe (Photo by Matt Murphy)
'Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert' to return this Christmas
After Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables performed on Britain’s Got Talent on October 10, Cameron Mackintosh announced that Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert will... Read more
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Mary Poppins and Les Miserables Staged Concert cast recordings confirmed
Cameron Mackintosh has announced today that the cast recordings of Mary Poppins and Les Miserables - The All-Star Staged Concert are being released. Mary Poppins will be available from 6 November,... Read more
Photo credit: Emily Costello and James Demaine (Photo by Eve Dunlop)
‘Private Peaceful’ to transfer to the Garrick Theatre
After premiering at the Barn Theatre, Private Peaceful will transfer to the Garrick Theatre. Adapting Michael Morpurgo’s war-themed novel of the same name, Private Peaceful will play four... Read more
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All-star pantomime returns to the London Palladium for Christmas
Pantomime back at the London Palladium for Christmas? Oh yes it is! Qdos Entertainment and LW Theatres have announced that Pantoland at the Palladium will play in the West End over the festive season... Read more
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‘A Night at the Musicals’ concert series coming to Southwark Playhouse
Ahead of in-person and virtual performances of the A Night at the Musicals concert series at Southwark Playhouse, full casting has been confirmed. Those performing include Jenna Russell, set to join... Read more
Photo credit: 2019 Production of A Christmas Carol (Courtesy of The Old Vic)
‘A Christmas Carol’ to be livestreamed from The Old Vic
Set to enjoy its fourth consecutive Christmas at the Old Vic, A Christmas Carol will be performed at the London venue. This year, it’ll be livestreamed from an empty auditorium, with performances... Read more
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‘When Darkness Falls’ to play limited run at Union Theatre
A new ghost story, When Darkness Falls, will receive its premiere at the Union Theatre. The spinechilling play will begin performances on 23 November, with three weeks of performances to 12 December... Read more
Photo credit: Ralph Fiennes in Beat the Devil (Photo by Manuel Harlan)
Extensions announced for plays currently at Bridge Theatre
Additional performances of two plays at the Bridge Theatre currently playing have been announced. Beat the Devil and An Evening with an Immigrant will now run at the Bridge to 7 November. Ralph... Read more
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‘Here Come The Boys’ dance show to transfer to West End
Following a national tour in 2019, dance show Here Come The Boys will transfer to the West End in early 2021. Starring four Strictly Come Dancing professionals, the show will run at the Garrick... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Les Miserables (Photo by Michael Le Poer Trench)
West End musicals to come together on Britain’s Got Talent finale
UPDATE: After the performance, it was announced that Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert will return to the West End this Christmas. More information can be found here. Ahead of the Britain’s... Read more
Photo credit: Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess (Photo by Dan Wooller)
‘The Phantom of the Opera’ 25th anniversary show to be streamed this weekend
In a change to previous billing, The Phantom of the Opera will be available to watch online this weekend. Audiences can watch the 25th anniversary production filmed at the Royal Albert Hall, starring... Read more
Photo credit: Cast photo (Photo by Hugo Glendinning) and the cast of The Showstoppers at The Other Palace (Photo by Alex Harvey-Brown)
‘Showstoppers: The Improvised Musical’ to play West End residency at Garrick Theatre
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical will return to the West End next month, with a new home at the Garrick Theatre. The company will present a limited run of six performances on selected dates from... Read more
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Hampstead Theatre to reopen with Harold Pinter’s ‘The Dumb Waiter’
Previously announced as part of the Hampstead Theatre’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the off-West End venue will return with a revival of The Dumb Waiter. Written by Nobel Prize-winning playwright... Read more
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World premiere to open at Charing Cross Theatre in November
The world premiere of Paul Harvard’s debut play, GHBoy, will open at the Charing Cross Theatre next month. Tackling issues including gay culture and promiscuity in modern-day British culture, GHBoy... Read more
Photo credit: Aimie Atkinson and Lucie Jones (Courtesy of Chloe Nelkin Consulting)
Aimie Atkinson and Lucie Jones to host final West End drive ins
After an entertaining summer season of West End drive ins, performers have been named for the final two events. They’ll take place at Troubadour Meridian Water on 24 and 31 October respectively,... Read more
Photo credit: Jefferson Turner and Daniel Clarkson (Photo by Geraint Lewis)
‘Potted Panto’ to bring Christmas magic to Garrick Theatre
As part of Nimax Theatres’ commitment to reopen their West End theatres, Potted Panto will be performed at the Garrick Theatre this Christmas. The Olivier Award-nominated show will celebrate its 10th... Read more
Full casting announced for 15 Heroines at Jermyn Street Theatre
Ahead of performances next month, the full cast of 15 Heroines has been announced. 15 Heroines will be performed in an empty Jermyn Street Theatre, with performances available to stream from 9-14... Read more
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West End charity concert to take place at the Palace Theatre in November
A star-studded set of charity concerts will be performed at the Palace Theatre next month, raising money for Theatre Support Fund+. The concerts will take place from 13-15 November, with all profits... Read more
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Linzi Hateley to sing ‘Carrie’ for The Theatre Café’s series
Ahead of the first episode of The Theatre Channel tonight, performers have been confirmed for the second episode. They’ll sing Halloween-themed songs from a range of musicals, which will be broadcast... Read more
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Pearl Mackie and Jessica Raine to star in world premiere of new James Graham play
Casting for the world premiere of James Graham’s newest play has been announced today. Pearl Mackie and Jessica Raine will star in the two-person play, set to receive its world premiere at Nottingham... Read more
Everybody's Talking About Jamie Apollo Theatre November 2020
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie to reopen at Apollo Theatre
After six months of West End theatres being closed, it has been confirmed that Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will reopen in November. According to Nimax Theatres’ initial statement, performances... Read more
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