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Chicago announces extension in the West End ahead of previews
The upcoming West End production of Chicago has extended at the Phoenix Theatre, and is now booking until 6th October. Previews for the Kander & Ebb musical begin next week, and the production... Read more
The Band
Take That musical The Band to run in London's West End in December
The Band, the new jukebox musical featuring the music of Take That, will run at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket later this year. The musical, which has a book by Tim Firth, includes some of the band... Read more
The King and I
Dean John-Wilson joins cast of The King and I at London Palladium
Dean John-Wilson will join Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara in The King and I at the London Palladium, which has been extended due to high demand. John-Wilson played the title role in Aladdin when it... Read more
Gillian Lynne
Andrew Lloyd Webber to rename the New London Theatre the Gillian Lynne Theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that the New London Theatre, currently home to School of Rock, will be named after legendary West End choreographer Gillian Lyne. Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group... Read more
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
New 2018 cast announced for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
As the original West End cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child gear up for the production’s Broadway premiere, a new cast for the London production has been announced. Jamie Ballard will play the... Read more
Kiss Me, Kate
Casting announced for Kiss Me, Kate at the London Coliseum
Casting has been announced for Opera North’s upcoming production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate at the London Coliseum. The musical is set on the opening night of a musical adaption of Shakespeare’s... Read more
Christopher Eccleston as Macbeth
RSC announces winter season at the Barbican, including Christopher Eccleston's Macbeth
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced a number of productions set to transfer to London from Straford-upon-Avon later this year, including Macbeth starring Christopher Eccleston. Set to open at... Read more
Cirque Berserk!
Cirque Berserk! returns to the West End
Zippos Circus presents a return West End limited engagement of Cirque Berserk! which is set to play London's Harold Pinter Theatre from 19 April through to 7 May 2018. Mark Burton, who rose to fame... Read more
Nina Raine’s Consent to transfer from National Theatre to the West End
The National Theatre and Sonia Friedman Productions will transfer Nina Raine’s play Consent to the West End for a limited 12-week run later this year. Raine’s play examines the legal system when it... Read more
Full cast joining Cuba Gooding Jnr in Chicago in the West End announced
The full cast joining the previously announced Cuba Gooding Jnr, Ruthie Henshall, Sarah Soetaert and Josefina Gabrielle in Chicago in the West End has been announced. Soetaert and Gabrielle play... Read more
The Jungle
Young Vic’s The Jungle to transfer to the West End this summer
Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s The Jungle is set to transfer to the West End at the Playhouse Theatre this summer. The production, which ran at the Young Vic at the end of last year, is set on Europe... Read more
Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen producers to cast British actor to lead London production
The producers of the Broadway hit musical Dear Evan Hansen will cast a British actor as part of plans to transfer the show to the West End, according to the Daily Mail. Having opened at the Music Box... Read more
Paul Anderson
Paul Anderson to make West End debut in Molière’s Tartuffe
Casting has been announced for the upcoming West End production of Molière’s Tartuffe at Theatre Royal Haymarket in May.  Paul Anderson, known for his roles in the BBC series Peaky Blinders and the... Read more
Olivier Awards
Hamilton and The Ferryman dominate Olivier Award nominations
The nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards have been announced, with The Ferryman and Hamilton dominated the plays and musicals categories respectively. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical... Read more
Olivier Awards
Olivier Awards 2018: Full list of nominations
This year’s Olivier Award nominees have been announced in full, with Hamilton and The Ferryman leading the pack. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton was nominated 13 times, while Jez Butterworth’s The... Read more
Offies 2018: Full list of Off West End Award winners
The winners of this year’s Off West End Awards have been announced at a ceremony in London. Organised by, the awards celebrate excellence in fringe and off-West End theatre across the... Read more
King's Head Theatre
New season of female playwrights announced at King’s Head Theatre
A news season of work by female playwrights has been announced at the King’s Head Theatre beginning in April. The Islington theatre’s senior producer Louisa Davis said that as a female theatremaker,... Read more
Production images of Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff in Macbeth released
Production images of Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff in the National Theatre’s production of Macbeth have been released. Kinnear stars in the title role alongside Duff who plays Lady Macbeth, with a... Read more
Royal Court
Casting for Instructions for Correct Assembly at the Royal Court announced
The cast of Thomas Eccleshare’s Instructions for Correct Assembly at the Royal Court has been announced. The play, which is directed by Hamish Pirie, is about Harry and Max who decide to give... Read more
National Theatre
New Bruce Norris play Downstate to run at National Theatre in 2019
A new play about sex offenders by Bruce Norris is set to run at the National Theatre next year. Downstate is set in Illinois where four sex offenders share a home, when a man arrive to confront the... Read more
Line-up for London’s LIFT 2018 festival announced
The full line-up for this year’s LIFT festival has been announced, and it features five world premieres and a 1,000-plus strong flock of LED-lit pigeons flying over the River Thames. David Binder,... Read more
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