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Sarah Brightman to present ‘A Christmas Symphony’ livestream event
The original Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera Sarah Brightman will headline a Christmas concert next month, it has been announced. Her event Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony will be... Read more
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‘An American in Paris’ to be streamed online this weekend
Following the Shakespeare season on The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel, a brand new series has been confirmed. The new season will celebrate Tony Award-winning productions, kicking off with An... Read more
Photo credit: We Need A Little Christmas artwork (Photo courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR)
‘We Need A Little Christmas’ charity concert to be staged at Actors’ Church
Adding to the list of Christmas concerts taking place in London this December, We Need A Little Christmas will be filmed at the Actors’ Church. Denise Welch will host the event, available to watch... Read more
Photo credit: Cadogan Hall (Photo by Amanda Slater on Flickr)
Christmas season at Cadogan Hall announced
Reopening for the Christmas season, the line-up of performances at Cadogan Hall this Christmas has been announced. Events will be a mixture of live performances and online streams, with shows from 28... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Six (Photo by Eleanor Howarth)
‘Six’ extends Lyric Theatre run to April 2021
Before Six reopens at the Lyric Theatre in December, 11 weeks of additional performances have been announced. The show will now run from 5 Dec. 2020 to 18 Apr. 2021, marking the first production at... Read more
Theatres in England allowed to reopen after lockdown ends
Theatres in England allowed to reopen after lockdown ends
Boris Johnson spoke in the House of Commons today about England’s future after lockdown ends. In his speech, he confirmed that the current England lockdown will end on 2 December, with the country... Read more
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Bill Bailey to entertain audiences with ‘Christmas Larks’ at the Lyceum Theatre
Currently appearing as a contestant on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Bill Bailey will return to the West End this Christmas. His new show, titled Bill Bailey: Christmas Larks will be staged at the... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Mischief Movie Night, 2017 (Photo by Darren Bell)
‘Mischief Movie Night’ to return to the West End this Christmas
Instead of Magic Goes Wrong reopening at the Vaudeville Theatre, the return of Mischief Movie Night will take its place. The improvisational comedy show will enjoy a two-month run at the Vaudeville,... Read more
Photo credit: Claire Foy and Matt Smith in Lungs rehearsals (Photo courtesy of The Old Vic)
The Old Vic to re-release ‘Three Kings’, ‘Faith Healer’ and ‘Lungs’
After impressing critics and audiences alike, performances staged at the Old Vic in 2020 will be re-released. Recorded versions of Three Kings, Faith Healer and Lungs will be available to watch again... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Unlimited: The Songs of Stephen Schwartz (Photo courtesy of ANR PR)
Thespie to stream ‘Reunited’ concert series in December
After a weekend of livestreamed performances by the original Six queens on Thespie, a series of reunion concerts has been confirmed. Four concerts will be available to watch between 3-21 December,... Read more
Photo credit: The Vivienne’s Christmas artwork (Photo courtesy of The Vivienne’s Christmas)
RuPaul’s Drag Race winner The Vivienne to present West End show
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne will make her West End debut this Christmas. She’ll host her own festive-themed show, The Vivienne’s Christmas, Up To Snow Good! at the Apollo Theatre on 21... Read more
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David Bedella and Katie Brayben star in new West End Unplugged concert
Following last week’s concert with Alice Fearn and Sandra Marvin, the line-up for this week’s show has been announced. Six West End stars and a musical comedian will take part, with their... Read more
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Megan Mullally to star in ‘Anything Goes’ at the Barbican
A London revival of Anything Goes will open at the Barbican starring Megan Mullally, who will make her London musical theatre debut as Reno Sweeney. Performances are scheduled to run from 8 May - 22... Read more
Photo credit: Cedric Neal and Rosalie Craig (Photos by Gaz Sherwood and courtesy of ANR-PR respectively)
‘Monday Night at the Apollo’ concert series coming to the West End
A brand new concert series will be staged at the Apollo Theatre in January, with performances available to watch in person or via a livestream. Three events have been scheduled from 11 January to 8... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Mamma Mia: The Party (Photo courtesy of Mamma Mia: The Party)
‘Mamma Mia: The Party’ extends at The O2 to 2022
The immersive dining experience Mamma Mia: The Party will reopen at The O2 in the New Year. A new booking period has been announced, with performances from 1 Oct. 2021 to 3 Apr. 2022. Staged inside a... Read more
Photo credit: Jason Manford in Curtains (Richard Davenport)
Samantha Barks and Jason Manford perform at Royal Variety Performance
The line-up for the 2020 Royal Variety Performance has been confirmed, with this year’s event taking place at Blackpool Opera House. A star-studded cast will take part in the production, which will... Read more
Photo credit: Michael Balogun in Death of England (Photo courtesy of National Theatre)
‘Death of England: Delroy’ to return to National Theatre in Spring 2021
After the initial run of Death of England: Delroy was cut short, the National Theatre have announced the production’s return to the stage. Performances will recommence in a reconfigured Olivier... Read more
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Trevor Nunn to direct ‘Happy Days’ at Riverside Studios
Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days will be staged at Riverside Studios in 2021, it has been announced. Trevor Nunn will direct the 60th anniversary production at the off-West End venue, with performances... Read more
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‘Spotlight on the Future’ drive-in concert to celebrate 2020 graduates
Following the series of musical theatre drive-in concerts earlier this year, a celebratory concert to champion recent graduates has been announced. ‘Spotlight on the Future’ will see West End stars... Read more
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Global ‘Chicago’ performers star in charity video for Make A Difference Trust
Over 150 performers and musicians that have starred in global productions of Chicago have come together for a virtual performance of “All That Jazz”. Company members from the West End production... Read more
Photo credit: Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton in Bat Out of Hell (Photo by Specular)
Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton to perform in Christmas concerts
Following the news that Gina Beck and Neil McDermott will entertain audiences at the Charing Cross Theatre this Christmas, a series of off-West End concerts has been confirmed. The one-night only... Read more
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Alice Fearn and Sandra Marvin to star in West End Unplugged concert
Friday 13th may be an unlucky day for some people, but not for theatre fans! The latest production to be streamed online as part of The Show Must Go On’s YouTube channel has been announced, and it’s... Read more
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Bush Theatre to reopen in December with ‘Overflow’
UPDATE: On 16 November, it was announced Reece Lyons will perform the role of Rosie in Overflow. The production will also be filmed, with details about the digital release to be confirmed. Following... Read more
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The Show Must Go On charity initiative hits donation milestone
Since the charity initiative launched earlier this year, the Theatre Support Fund+ has raised over half a million pounds. All monies raised so far is equally split between Acting For Others, The... Read more
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Andrew Scott and Ruth Wilson to star in ‘Oslo’ film adaptation
The Tony Award-winning play Oslo is heading for the screen, thanks to a HBO film adaptation. Andrew Scott will star in the production, which is currently being filmed in Prague. Scott will play Terje... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Fiver (Photo courtesy of Southwark Playhouse)
‘Fiver’ concert to be livestreamed at Southwark Playhouse
First performed at Southwark Playhouse in 2019, Fiver will return to the off-West End venue in concert form this month. Concerts of Fiver will be livestreamed on 27 and 28 November, including an... Read more
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New dates for ‘The War of the Worlds’ immersive experience in London
After opening in London last year, a revamped immersive production of The War of the Worlds will reopen in 2021. The production will reopen on 4 Mar. 2021, with 97 dates confirmed so far through to 4... Read more
Photo credit: Eddie Izzard (Photo courtesy of Kate Morley PR)
Productions announced for Christmas season at Riverside Studios
UPDATE: Further productions have been announced at Riverside Studios this Christmas. On 8 December, there'll be a West End acoustic concert, starring Maiya Quansah-Breed, Renée Lamb, Nicholas McLean... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of A Christmas Carol (Photo courtesy of Storyhouse PR)
Star cast announced for A Christmas Carol musical at Dominion Theatre
Following the news that Brian Conley will play Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, an all-star cast has been confirmed for the production. They’ll perform in the Christmassy musical at the... Read more
Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, and Maggie Smith
Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, and Maggie Smith set for one-night benefit
Dame Judi Dench, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Ian McKellen, and Dame Maggie Smith will headline One Knight Only, an evening of conversations with the British acting legends hosted by Kenneth Branagh. The... Read more
Photo credit: Songs for a New World cast at the London Palladium (Photo by Andy Paradise)
‘Songs for a New World’ to transfer to West End for 5-week run
Following two concerts at the London Palladium on 11 October, Songs For A New World will transfer to the West End next year. The Jason Robert Brown musical will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre for... Read more
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Additional ‘Roles We’ll Never Play’ concert at Apollo Theatre
Last month, it was announced that a Roles We’ll Never Play concert would be performed at the Apollo Theatre. To accommodate demand, a further performance has been added, with shows now on 6 and 7... Read more
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Rescheduled dates for ‘The Show Must Go On’ concerts announced
The West End charity concert The Show Must Go On was due to take place at the Palace Theatre in November, but it’s been rescheduled due to lockdown. Producers have announced rescheduled dates, with... Read more
Photo credit: The Osmonds (Photo courtesy of Getty Images via Amanda Malpass PR)
World premiere of ‘The Osmonds’ musical coming to London
Inspired by the lives and careers of The Osmonds, a new jukebox musical will receive its world premiere in London next year. The Osmonds: A New Musical will open at New Wimbledon Theatre in August... Read more
Photo credit: Beauty and the Beast artwork (Photo courtesy of Disney Theatricals)
‘Beauty and the Beast’ UK tour to start in May 2021
Following the news that Beauty and the Beast would tour the UK next year, initial dates have been announced. The production will begin at Leicester’s Curve Theatre from 25 May 2021, with performances... Read more
Photo credit: Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove (Photo courtesy of Emma Holland PR)
‘Love Letters’ to transfer to Theatre Royal Haymarket
Following performances at Theatre Royal Windsor in October, Love Letters will transfer to the West End. Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove will reprise their performances at Theatre Royal Haymarket, from... Read more
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‘Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience’ extends for 10 year anniversary
Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience will resume their dining and immersive experience at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury next month. A new booking period to March 2021 has also been confirmed... Read more
Photo credit: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice artwork (Photo by Southwark Playhouse)
‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ musical to have world premiere at Southwark Playhouse
The world premiere of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice will be staged at Southwark Playhouse, it has been announced. Based on Goethe’s poem, which went on to inspire Disney’s Fantasia, performances will... Read more
Photo credit: Tamzin Outhwaite (Photo by Amanda Malpass PR)
Tamzin Outhwaite to star in ‘The Haunting of Alice Bowles’
A casting change for the online stream of The Haunting of Alice Bowles, available from next month, has been announced. Tamzin Outhwaite will now play the titular role, taking over from Janie Dee who... Read more
Photo credit: Charing Cross Theatre (Photo by Andy Roberts on Flickr under CC 2.0) 
Christmas Elves story coming to Charing Cross Theatre in December
Sprinkling a bit of Christmas cheer to audiences, a new, festive musical will open at Charing Cross Theatre in December. Titled The Elf Who Was Scared of Christmas, performances will take place from... Read more
Photo credit: The Understudy artwork (Photo by The Understudy)
Stephen Fry to star in ‘The Understudy’ in the West End
UPDATE: Further casting has been confirmed for The Understudy. Matthew Horne, Emily Atack, Adelayo Adedayo, Lucy Briggs-Owen, and Jake Ferretti will all star in productions at the Palace Theatre.... Read more
Photo credit: Eleanor Lloyd, new president of SOLT (Photo by Michael Wharley)
Eleanor Lloyd to take over as President of Society of London Theatre
At the Annual General Meeting of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), a new President was announced. Eleanor Lloyd will take over as SOLT President, succeeding Kenny Wax. Ahead of her tenure, Lloyd... Read more
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‘From Here to Eternity’ livestream taking place this weekend
From Here To Eternity is the latest full-length musical to be streamed online, courtesy of The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel. The West End musical will be live from 7pm on 6 November, available... Read more
Photo Credit: Cast of Little Wars (Photo by John Brannoch)
‘Little Wars’ extends to December, starring Juliet Stevenson
Following the livestream premiere of Little Wars on 3 November, an extension has been announced. The digital revival will now be available to stream for an additional four weeks, until 3 December.... Read more
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West End shows to take part in BBC’s Children in Need 2020
UPDATE: The Six cast performing are the UK tour queens. This includes Lauren Drew, Maddison Bulleyment, Harriet Watson, Shekinah McFarlane, Jodie Steele and Athena Collins. Ahead of this month’s... Read more
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'Kings of Broadway' concert scheduled at the Palace Theatre in December
Following an online concert that took place earlier this year, Kings of Broadway will entertain live audiences this December. The musical celebration will take place at the Palace Theatre on 9... Read more
Theatres and arts venues to stay open for livestreams in lockdown
Theatres and arts venues in England to stay open for livestreams in lockdown
Ahead of a four-week lockdown from 5 November, the government has clarified on whether theatres and arts venues can stay open throughout the period. Although live performances to an audience at the... Read more
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Four new productions announced to be staged at Southwark Playhouse
Following The Last Five Years at Southwark Playhouse, new shows to play at the off-West End venue have been announced. It includes a revival in “The Large”, with three productions opening in “The... Read more
Photo credit: Simon Callow (Photo by Joel Ryan/AP)
Shakespeare season announced for ‘The Shows Must Go On’
Updated: 23 November 2020 Following “The Greats On Tour”, a new season of work has been confirmed for The Shows Must Go On. The online channel will broadcast a new production written by William... Read more
Photo credit: Cinderella Artwork (Photo courtesy of Emma Holland PR)
Socially distanced ‘Cinderella’ pantomime to open at the Turbine Theatre
UPDATE: Cinderella: The Socially-Distanced Ball will now open on 5 December at the Turbine Theatre. Following a season of theatre on a jetty, the Turbine Theatre will reopen its doors later this year... Read more
Photo credit: Andrew Lincoln as Ebenezer Scrooge (Photo by The Old Vic)
Andrew Lincoln to play Ebenezer Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Old Vic
Ahead of livestreamed performances of A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic, full casting has been announced. Andrew Lincoln will star as Ebenezer Scrooge in the production, with performances from 12 - 24... Read more
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