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The Park Theatre presents the world premiere of new comedy drama The Retreat
Sam Bain (Peep Show, Fresh Meat) makes his debut as a playwright with The Retreat, a comedy drama making its world premiere at the Park Theatre’s PARK200. The month long run will begin on Thursday... Read more
Rehearsal shots for Disco Pigs at Trafalgar Studios
Opening at the Trafalgar Studios on 18th July, Disco Pigs stars Evanna Lynch and Colin Campbell are currently in rehearsals. Directed by John Haidar, Walsh's award-winning play is celebrating its... Read more
Morgan Lloyd Malcom's The Wasp to play Jermyn Street Theatre
The Wasp is to return to the London stage in a new production directed by Anna Simpson. Playing the Jermyn Street Theatre for 2 weeks from 31st July, the production is produced by the venue in... Read more
Cressida Bonas to lead Mrs Orwell at the Old Red Lion Theatre
The Old Red Lion presents the world premiere of Tony Cox’s new play Mrs Orwell from 1st August 2017. Based on actual events, the play tells of the final chapter of George Orwell’s life as he succumbs... Read more
Evita
Evita returns to the West End
Last seen in the West End in 2015 at the Dominion Theatre, Bill Kenwright announces a return London season of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s masterpiece Evita. Taking up residence at the Phoenix... Read more
A Chorus Line returns to London for a strictly limited run
Set in a Broadway theatre during auditions for a musical, A Chorus Line focuses on the performers hoping to make the cut.  Based on true stories, A Chorus Line revolutionised Broadway, becoming the... Read more
First Look at Photos from Tim Rice's Blondel
  Production photos have been released for the new production of Tim Rice's Blondel  which opens at the Unton Theatre tomorrrow 23rd June and runs to 15 July.   Tim Rice said: “I’m delighted Blondel... Read more
Full cast announced for Five Guys Named Moe at the Marble Arch Theatre
Full casting has been announced for the London revival of Clarke Peter’s Olivier Award-winning musical Five Guys Named Moe. Directed by Clarke himself, the production will open on 14th September 2017... Read more
Everybody's Talking About Jamie to open in the West End
The Sheffield Crucible’s sold-out success Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has found a West End home! Opening on 22nd November 2017, following previews from 6th November, the new musical by Dan... Read more
Witness for the Prosecution to run at London County Hall
Set in a courtroom, the piece will be directed by Lucy Bailey and has designs by William Dudley, lighting by Chris Davey and sound by Mic Pool. It marks the first major production of a Christie play... Read more
Star-studded line up announced for West End Grenfell Tower benefit concert
Among those taking part in Songs and Solidarity are Jason Manford, Mark Thomas, Dreamgirls star Tyrone Huntley, Wicked star Rachel Tucker, West End composers Stiles and Drewe, playwright, novelist,... Read more
Mary Stuart
Almeida Theatre's Mary Stuart to open in the West End
Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It's all in the execution. Friedrich Schiller's play Mary Stuart has been adapted by acclaimed director Robert Icke into a stellar production that enjoyed a... Read more
Rehearsal shots for A Tale of Two Cities at Open Air Theatre
Director Timothy Sheader has assembled a company of 21 actors to re-tell Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities: Lydia Bradford, Sean Cernow, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Marième Diouf, Patrick Driver, Nabil... Read more
Freema Agyeman
Freema Agyeman joins Stockard Channing in Apologia at Trafalgar Studios
Producers of the upcoming West End production of  Alexi Kate Campbell's Apologia, directed by Jamie Lloyd, have announced additional casting today. "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood" star Freema Agyeman... Read more
Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre
Hamilton finds its cast
The first international production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton has found its cast! Opening in London’s West End in December 2017, with previews from November, the... Read more
Heisenberg
Heiseberg to land in the West End
“Chemistry — to be pronounced with a sizzling 's' — is the science that first comes to mind as you watch the splendid Broadway debut of Simon Stephens’s Heisenberg," wrote Ben Brantley of the New... Read more
Barber Shop Chronicles
Barber Shop Chronicles will return to the National Theatre in November
Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles, currently playing at the National's Dorfman Theatre until 8 July 2017, will return to the same venue in November of this year, it was announced today. Exact dates... Read more
The Rat Pack - Live From Las Vegas
The Rat Pack is heading back to London!
The boys are back in town! Having first premiered in the West End in 2003 and earning an Olivier Award nomination in the process, The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas, has enjoyed several return... Read more
Dessert
Casting announced for Dessert at Southwark Playhouse
Casting has now been announced for the Trevor Nunn-helmed world premiere of Dessert, a new play by Olivier Cotton, which will run at the Southwark Playhouse from 12 July to 5 August 2017, with an... Read more
The Blues Brothers are heading back to London!
"Everybody needs somebody to love..." and if you love Jake and Elwood, then rejoice because The Blues Brothers are returning to London for a special summer engagement! Hartshorn – Hook Productions... Read more
Knives In Hens
Donmar Warehouse reveals its Autumn Season
Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, has announced details of the venue's forthcoming autumn season including two new productions: David Harrower's Knives in Hens and Henrik Ibsen... Read more
Follies
Full cast announced for Follies at the National Theatre
Full casting has now been announced for the hotly-anticipated revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies at the National Theatre. Directed by Dominic Cooke, the rarely performed musical... Read more
Julian Clary
Julian Clary returns to the London stage in Le Grand Mort
Last seen on the London stage in Cinderella at the London Palladium, Julian Clary is set to star in the world premiere of a play written specifically for him by the late playwright Stephen Clark. Le... Read more
The Little Beasts
New family musical The Little Beasts at The Other Palace
The Other Palace continues to build its reputation as "The Home of New Musical Theatre" by introducing London audiences to brand new pieces as well as nurturing musical projects in development. Next... Read more
Lisa Palfrey and Hayley Squires
Lisa Palfrey, Hayley Squires and Brian Gleeson join Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Further casting has been announced for the Young Vic's upcoming West End revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams which runs at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End from 13 July to 7... Read more
Elaine Paige, Charlie Stemp and Gary Wilmot join Dick Whittington at the Palladium
Elaine Paige, Charlie Stemp and Gary Wilmot join Dick Whittington at the Palladium
Further casting has been announced for Qdos Entertainment’s London Palladium production of Dick Whittington which runs for a five week period over the festive period from 9 December to 14 January... Read more
Full cast announced for YANK! at the Charing Cross Theatre
Full cast announced for YANK! at the Charing Cross Theatre
Full casting has been announced for the London premiere of YANK! which transfers to the Charing Cross Theatre from the Manchester Hope Theatre for a limited run from 3 July to 19 August 2017 with an... Read more
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical heading to Menier Chocolate Factory
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical heading to Menier Chocolate Factory
Following a run at Leicester’s Curve Theatre in 2015 it has been announced that the new musical The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole will have its London debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark... Read more
Mamma Mia! the Party applies for London planning permission
Mamma Mia! the Party applies for London planning permission
ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus has announced plans to bring Mamma Mia! the Party to London as he and producer Ingrid Sutej have revealed that they are currently in the process of applying for planning... Read more
Cast announced for Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe
Cast announced for Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe
Casting has been announced for the Shakespeare’s Globe's upcoming production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Matthew Dunster which runs at the outdoor venue from 14 July to 15 October 2017.... Read more
Immersive production of The Great Gatsby extends booking in London
Immersive production of The Great Gatsby extends booking in London
The new immersive production of The Great Gatsby by The Guild Of Misrule and The Immersive Ensemble has extended its booking at a Top Secret Zone 1 location to 10 September 2017. The production,... Read more
42nd Street extends booking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
42nd Street extends booking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The hit London revival of 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane has extended its booking period to 10 February 2018. The production began previews in London on Monday, 20 March, 2017 and opened... Read more
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