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Witness for the Prosecution
New casting announced for Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution
A new cast has been announced for Lucy Bailey’s production of Witness for the Prosecution, which runs at London County Hall on the South Bank.  The play is about Leonard Vole, who stands trial for... Read more
42nd Street
Lulu to join the cast of 42nd Street in the West End
New casting has been announced for the West End production of 42nd Street, and it includes Lulu taking over from Sheena Easton in the role of Dorothy Brock.  Easton made her West End debut in 42nd... Read more
Bridge Theatre
New Alan Bennett and Lucinda Coxon plays to premiere at the Bridge Theatre
New plays by Alan Bennett and Lucinda Coxon will be directed by Nicholas Hytner at his new London theatre, the Bridge Theatre.  Bennett’s Allejujah! will begin previews in July. It is set in a small... Read more
Tina Turner musical
Rehearsal images of Tina - The Tina Turner Musical released
Images of Tina Turner in rehearsals with the cast and creatives of her upcoming musical have been released.  Tina - The Tina Turner Musical will tell the story of the rock ’n’ roll legend, whose hits... Read more
Christopher Biggins
Christopher Biggins and Harriet Thorpe to host Mousetrap Theatre Projects 21st anniversary gala
The line-up for the upcoming 21st anniversary gala for Mousetrap Theatre Projects, which will take place at the Prince of Wales Theatre next month, has been announced. Christopher Biggins and Harriet... Read more
Hampstead Theatre
Hampstead Theatre announces new spring/summer 2018 season
Artistic director Edward Hall has announced a new season at the Hampstead Theatre, featuring three new plays. The season opens with the UK premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s play Describe the Night, which... Read more
Translations
Cast joining Colin Morgan in Translations at National Theatre announced
Casting for numerous productions at the National Theatre has been announced, including for Brian Friel’s latest play, Translations. Friel’s play is about Owen who returns to his rural Ireland... Read more
All or Nothing
Mod musical All or Nothing set for transfer to Ambassadors Theatre
The mod musical All or Nothing is set to transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre following the conclusion of its current five-week run at the Arts Theatre.   The musical follows four young kids from east... Read more
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman hints at West End return in Terence Rattigan play
BAFTA Award-winning actor Gary Oldman has hinted that he might be making a return to the West End stage, and wants to star in a Terence Rattigan play. Oldman, who on Sunday won the BAFTA Award for... Read more
The Way of the World
Haydn Gwynne to lead cast of Donmar Warehouse’s The Way of the World
Full casting has been announced for James Macdonald’s new revival of the William Congreve play The Way of the World at the Donmar Warehouse. Haydn Gwynne leads the cast as Lady Wishfort, a part... Read more
The Wipers Times
The Wipers Times to return to the West End this autumn
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s play The Wipers Times is set to return to the West End following a run at the Arts Theatre last year. The play is based on a TV film written by Hislop and Newman, and... Read more
Michael Ball
Michael Ball to star in Chess at the London Coliseum
Actor Michael Ball is set to star in the upcoming revival of the musical Chess, which will opens for a limited 5-week run at the London Coliseum in April. The cast will also include Alexandra Burke,... Read more
An Ideal Husband
Edward and Freddie Fox to star in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband
Edward and Freddie Fox is set to star in the next production in Dominic Dromgoole’s Oscar Wilde season at the Vaudeville Theatre, An Ideal Husband. The play is set during a dinner party at the home... Read more
Ruthie Henshall
Ruthie Henshall to play Mama Morton in Chicago in the West End
Further casting has been announced for the upcoming West End revival of Chicago, which will open at the Phoenix Theatre next month. Joining the previously announced Cuba Gooding Jnr. as Billy Flynn... Read more
Romola Garai
Romola Garai cast in Ella Hickson’s The Writer at the Almeida Theatre
Initial casting has been announced for The Writer, Ella Hickson’s new play set to get its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in April. Romola Garai will play the titular writer in the play, who is... Read more
Caroline, Or Change
Full cast joining Sharon D Clarke in Caroline, Or Change announced
The full cast joining Sharon D Clarke in the Tony Kushner musical Caroline, Or Change has been announced ahead of its run at the Hampstead Theatre in March. Clarke reprises the role of Caroline... Read more
Royal Court
Royal Court announces 2018 season featuring 10 world premieres
Vicky Featherstone has announced a new programme of work at the Royal Court Theatre for the remainder of 2018, which features 10 world premiere productions and the re-opening of the Samuel French... Read more
Tickets for King Lear starring Ian McKellen in the West End now on sale
Tickets to see Sir Ian McKellen play King Lear in the West End are now on sale ahead of the show opening later this summer. McKellen will reprise the title role in Jonathan Munby’s production which... Read more
New cast announced for Motown the Musical in the West End
A new cast has been announced for Motown the Musical, currently running at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End.  The musical is about the successes of the Motown music label, as some of their... Read more
YouTuber Tanya Burr to star in revival of Confidence at Southwark Playhouse
The YouTuber Tanya Burr is set to star in a  revival of Judy Upton’s Confidence at Southwark Playhouse this summer.  Burr is known for her work on the video platform, on which posts beauty and... Read more
New Florian Zeller play to star Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins in the West End
A new play by Florian Zeller is set to premiere in the West End, starring Jonathan Pryce and Dame Eileen Atkins. The Height of the Storm has been translated by Christopher Hampton, much like his... Read more
Ian McKellen as King Lear
Ian McKellen to play King Lear in London's West End this summer
Acting legend Ian McKellen will play King Lear in a West End transfer of Jonathan Munby’s production of Shakespeare’s tragedy at the Duke of York's Theatre this summer. McKellen played the role last... Read more
Full cast for Bat Out of Hell’s return to London announced
The full casting for the return of Jim Steinman’s musical Bat Out of Hell, featuring the songs of rock legend Meat Loaf has been announced. Bat Out of Hell is set to open at the Dominion Theatre in... Read more
42nd Street
42nd Street, Dreamgirls among best Valentine’s Day theatre ticket offers
There’s no better way to treat a loved one on Valentine’s Day than with a trip to the theatre. Whether you’re looking for romance, comedy or something a bit more serious, there’s something for... Read more
Mel Giedroyc to join Patti LuPone and Rosalie Craig in Company
Former Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc will join Patti LuPone and Rosalie Craig in Stephen Sondheim’s Company, which opens later this year. Giedroyc will play Sarah, the wife of Harry... Read more
Caroline O'Connor
Caroline O’Connor to star in The Rink at Southwark Playhouse
Actress Caroline O’Connor is set to star in a revival of Kander and Ebb’s musical The Rink at Soutwark Playhouse this summer. The actress, who is currently starring in the Broadway musical Anastasia... Read more
Miss Nightingale
New musical Miss Nightingale set to open in London
New British musical Miss Nightingale is set to open in London in March following a successful run at the Vaults last year. Written by Matthew Bugg, Miss Nightingale is set in an underground cabaret... Read more
Almeida Theatre
Rupert Goold announces Almeida Theatre spring/summer 2018 season
Artistic director Rupert Goold has announced the new season at the Almeida Theatre for spring/summer 2018. The season begins with the world premiere of Ella Hickson’s play The Writer, which is about... Read more
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