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Witness for the Prosecution
Casting announced for Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution
Initial casting has been announced for the new London production of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution, which takes place at London’s County Hall. The site-specific production puts the... Read more
Eve Best
Full casting and pre-show talks announced for A Woman of No Importance
The full cast joining the previously announced Eve Best in A Woman of No Importance at the Vaudeville Theatre has been announced. The play is directed by Dominic Dromgoole, and is the first in his... Read more
The Lorax
Full casting announced for the return of Dr Seuss' The Lorax to the Old Vic
The Old Vic has announced the full casting for Dr Seuss's The Lorax, which return to the theatre this October before embarking on a North American tour. With a book by David Greig, the musical is... Read more
Bat Out of Hell
Bat Out of Hell to return to London in 2018
It has been announced that Bat Out of Hell will return to London following the show’s last performance at the London Coliseum. At the curtain call of the final show, it was announced the show would... Read more
Menier Chocolate Factory
Barnum to be revived at Menier Chocolate Factory this November
The Tony Award-winning musical Barnum is to be revived in London this November at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Barnum, which has music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Steward and a book by Mark... Read more
New production images of Jesus Christ Superstar released
New production photography of the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has been released. The musical stars Declan Bennett in the title role,... Read more
Young Marx
Full cast joining Rory Kinnear in Young Marx announced
The full cast joining Rory Kinnear and Oliver Chris in Young Marx, the first production at the new Bridge Theatre, has been announced. Young Marx reunites the creative team behind One Man, Two... Read more
Oslo
Rehearsal images released for National Theatre's Oslo
Images have been released of rehearsals taking place for Oslo, the Tony Award-winning play opening at the National Theatre next month, before transferring to the West End. The play, by JT Rogers,... Read more
Full casting announced for musical Hair at The Vaults
The full casting has been announced for the 50th anniversary production of rock musical Hair, which runs at the Vaults from October. Hair is the story of the “tribe” a political group of hippies... Read more
Andrew Scott as Hamlet
Hamlet, starring Andrew Scott, to be broadcast on BBC Two
It's been announced that the West End production of Hamlet, starring Andrew Scott, is to be broadcast on BBC Two next year. Robert Icke’s production, which initially opened at the Almeida earlier... Read more
The Lady from the Sea
Full casting announced for The Lady from the Sea at the Donmar Warehouse
The full cast has been announced for Elinor Cook’s new version of The Lady From the Sea, which runs at the Donmar Warehouse from October. Directed by Kwame Kewi-Armah, Cook has adapted Ibsen’s play... Read more
The Seagull
Full casting for The Seagull at Lyric Hammersmith announced
The full cast joining Lesley Sharp in the Lyric Hammersmith’s upcoming production of The Seagull has been announced. This new version of Anton Chekhov’s play has been adapted by Olivier Award-winning... Read more
The Lie at Menier Chocolate Factory
Full cast joining Samantha Bond in The Lie announced
The full cast joining actress Samantha Bond in The Lie at the Menier Chocolate Factory has been announced. Florian Zeller’s play is about a woman, Alice, who sees her friend's husband with another... Read more
Starlight Express
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express to return to London for workshop concerts
The Other Palace has announced three special concert-style performances of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Starlight Express. The workshop performances will take place on 14th, 15th and 16th... Read more
Talk Radio
Radio 1 DJ Cel Spellman joins cast of Talk Radio at Old Red Lion
Cel Spellman has been cast in Eric Bogosian’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Talk Radio at the Old Red Lion this August. The play premiered 30 years ago in New York, and is about a radio host who is... Read more
Latin American theatre festival announced in London
An 8-week arts festival celebrating the best in Latin American theatre will take place across two off-West End theatres this autumn. CASA 2017, which celebrates its tenth anniversary year, runs from... Read more
Full casting announced for London transfer of Trouble in Mind
Full casting has been announced for the London transfer of Trouble in Mind, which runs at Print Room at the Coronet from September. The production transfers following its previous showing at Theatre... Read more
The Stage Debut Awards
The Stage Debut Awards: the nominees in full
The Stage has today announced the shortlist for the inaugural Debut Awards, which recognise breakthrough performers and creatives in theatre. Nominees of note include Amber Riley and Adam J Bernard,... Read more
The Exorcist stage show to open in London's West End this October
A new stage adaptation of The Exorcist is set to open in the West End in October. Adapted by John Pielmeier, the play will run at the Phoenix Theatre from 20 October to 10 March. The story is about... Read more
Natalie Dormer in Venus in Fur
First picture of Venus in Fur's Natalie Dormer and David Oakes released
The first image has been released of Natalie Dormer and David Oakes in character ahead of Venus in Fur, which runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket later this year. Dormer and Oakes will star in this... Read more
New cast of Matilda
New cast announced for Matilda in the West End
A new cast has been announced for Matilda, Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of the Roald Dahl story. Gina Beck, David Shannon, Tom Edden and Marianne Benedict will join the production at the... Read more
Martin Freeman
Full cast joining Martin Freeman in Labour of Love announced
The full cast joining Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire in James Graham’s Labour of Love has been announced. The play follows David Lyons, a Labour MP played by Freeman, over the course of 25 years... Read more
Superhero: Photo by Marc Brenner
Fathers4Justice threatens London musical producers with legal action
The organisation Fathers4Justice has threatened legal action against the producers of at London musical. Superhero, was a one-man musical which ran at the Southwark Playhouse from 28th June to 22nd... Read more
Craig Revel Horwood to take over from Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan in Annie
Craig Revel Horwood will take over from Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan in Annie from September. Hart was due to play the role from the shows opening until September, and Horwood will take over the... Read more
The Phantom of the Opera
New casting announced for The Phantom of the Opera in London
A new cast has been announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. Ben Lewis will take over from Ben Forster as The Phantom. Lewis has previously... Read more
Michelle Dockery
Michelle Dockery to star alongside Bryan Cranston in Network at National Theatre
It has been announced that Michelle Dockery will star alongside Bryan Cranston in Network, which gets its world stage premiere at the National Theatre later this year. Ivo van Hove directs Lee Hall’s... Read more
King's Head Theatre
King’s Head Theatre submits plans to move to new purpose-built venue
The King’s Head Theatre in London is set to move to a new, purpose-built space in Islington Square. The theatre has been based in the back room of the King’s Head pub on Upper Street, which could... Read more
Samantha Bond
Samantha Bond to star in Florian Zeller’s The Lie at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Actress Samantha Bond is set to appear in The Lie, Florian Zeller’s play which opens at the Menier Chocolate Factory from September. The piece, which has been translated into English by Christopher... Read more
The Knowledge
Casting announced for The Knowledge at Charing Cross Theatre
Casting has been announced for the stage premiere of The Knowledge, an adaptation of Jack Rosenthal’s television comedy, at the Charing Cross Theatre.  Directed by his wife Maureen Lipman, Rosenthal’... Read more
The Woman in Black
New casting announced for The Woman in Black in the West End
A new cast has been announced for the West End cast of The Woman in Black, which runs at the Fortune Theatre. The play, which has been running in London for 28 years, tells the story of a lawyer... Read more
Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston to play Hamlet, directed by Kenneth Branagh, in London
Actor Tom Hiddleston is set to play Hamlet in a production for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh. The production is in aid of the RADA Attenborough Campaign, which... Read more
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