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Globe
Winter season announced in Shakespeare’s Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will feature a number of productions by the Bard and his Elizabethan counterpart Christopher Marlowe.   Sheffield... Read more
True West
Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn to star in Sam Shepard's True West
Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn are set to return to the West End later this year in a revival of Sam Shepard’s True West, which will run at the Vaudeville Theatre with tickets going on sale later... Read more
Genie
London's Aladdin to get new Genie for the summer
This summer, Trevor Dion Nicholas and Michael James Scott – the two actors who play Aladdin’s Genie in the West End and on the US tour respectively – will be trading places as part of a short summer... Read more
Cate Blanchett to make National Theatre debut in new Martin Crimp play
Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett will make her National Theatre debut in a new play by Martin Crimp in January 2019. Directed by Katie Mitchell, Crimps play is titled When We Have... Read more
Don Quixote
RSC’s Don Quixote to transfer to West End with Rufus Hound and David Threlfall
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Don Quixote is to transfer to the West End later this year, with actors David Threlfall and Rufus Hound reprising their roles from original production.... Read more
Casting announced for Hamilton spoof Spamilton in London
Casting has been announced for the UK premiere of the Hamilton spoof musical Spamilton, which is coming to the Menier Chocolate Factory next month. Written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, the... Read more
Kinky Boots set to close in the West End
The West End production of Kinky Boots has set the date for its final performance in the West End, as it bows out of the Adelphi Theatre after four years. The musical, which has music and lyrics by... Read more
Pity
Casting announced for Rory Mullarkey’s Pity at the Royal Court
Casting has been announced for the Royal Court’s upcoming production of the Rory Mullarkey’s new play Pity, which is set to open in July. Pity has been described as Monty Python-meets-Armageddon be... Read more
Summer and Smoke
Almeida’s Summer and Smoke to transfer to West End starring Patsy Ferran
The Almeida Theatre’s production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke is set to transfer to the West End following a hugely successful at the North London venue earlier this year. Directed by... Read more
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child scoops six Tony Awards
The Broadway transfer of the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child scooped six Tony Awards last night, including accolades for best play and best direction. Having opened at the... Read more
Michael Longhurst
Michael Longhurst appointed new Donmar Warehouse artistic director
Michael Longhurst has been named the new artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, taking over from Josie Rourke when she leaves the post next year. Longhurst has directed recent hits including the... Read more
Seussical
Musical based on Dr. Seuss stories to return to London this Christmas
A musical featuring some of Dr Seuss’ beloved characters – including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and The Grinch, is set to open in London this November. Co-conceived by Eric Idle of Monty... Read more
Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls sets closing date in the West End
The West End production of Dreamgirls has set the date for its final performance at the Savoy Theatre in London. The musical, which opened at the theatre in November 2016, will play its final... Read more
Paul Taylor Mills
Paul Taylor-Mills stands down as Other Palace artistic director in shake-up
Paul Taylor-Mills has stepped aside as artistic director of The Other Palace as the theatre begins to shift its focus from only producing new musicals. Taylor-Mills, who opened the venue with Andrew... Read more
The Old Vic
New autumn/winter 2018 season announced at The Old Vic
A new season has been announced at The Old Vic which is set to feature a new play by Lucy Prebble about Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, and Emma Rice’s first production with her new company.... Read more
Park Theatre
Play about Islam conversion Alkaline to premiere at Park Theatre
Stephanie Martin’s new play Alkaline is set to open at the Park Theatre next month, which tells the story of two newly engaged friends, one of whom is converting to Islam. Alkaline tells of Sophie... Read more
Cirque du Soleil’s Totem to play Royal Albert Hall in 2019
Following the success of its run in 2011, Cirque du Soleil’s Totem will return to the Royal Albert Hall from January 2019. Totem explores the human species from its organic, amphibian state, to one... Read more
Othello
Cast joining Mark Rylance in Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe announced
The cast joining Mark Rylance in Shakespeare’s Globe’s upcoming production of Othello has been announced. Sheila Atim, who won an Olivier Award for her role in Girl from the North Country, will play... Read more
Channing Tatum to bring Magic Mike Live to London
Channing Tatum will bring the stage adaptation of the Magic Mike films in which he starred to the West End this winter. Magic Mike Live, which takes inspiration from Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, is... Read more
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