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Almeida Theatre
Almeida Theatre announces 3 world premieres for socially distant season
Artistic director Rupert Goold announced a new season of programming at the Almeida Theatre, which will begin over Christmas 2020 and run into 2021. The socially distant season will feature three... Read more
Cinderella
New song released from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s forthcoming musical 'Cinderella'
A new song, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by David Zippel, has been released from the forthcoming West End musical Cinderella. "Bad Cinderella" is sung by Carrie Hope Fletcher, who takes... Read more
Jersey Boys in the West End
'Jersey Boys' to return to the West End in 2021
Who loves you pretty baby? Jersey Boys is making its return to the UK in 2021. The Olivier- and Tony-winning musical will start performances at the new Trafalgar Theatre on 14 April 2021 with opening... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of The Wind in the Willows (Photo by The Wind in the Willows)
Latest shows announced as part of The Shows Must Go On livestreams
Following all shows having been streamed as part of the "Greats on Tour" season, two new productions will be available to watch online this week. The Wind in the Willows is streaming from 2pm on 28... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Magic Goes Wrong (Photo by Robert Day)
‘Magic Goes Wrong’ returns to the West End in December
Mischief Theatre’s The Play That Goes Wrong will be joined by their latest production in December, as Magic Goes Wrong reopens at the Vaudeville Theatre. The spellbinding comedy play will reopen in... Read more
Photo credit: Cast and Director of The Dumb Waiter (Photo by Helen Maybanks)
‘The Dumb Waiter’ casting announced for 60th anniversary Hampstead Theatre production
Following the news that The Dumb Waiter will be the first play to reopen the Hampstead Theatre, casting has been announced. The two actors will star in the Hampstead Theatre’s 60th anniversary... Read more
Photo credit: Full company of Episode 2 of The Theatre Channel (Photo by Edward Johnson)
Further details for two episodes of The Theatre Channel
Following the news that Linzi Hateley would sing a song from Carrie earlier this month, the full lineup for the Halloween episode has been announced. The episode, released by the Theatre Café will be... Read more
Photo credit: Josh O’ Connor and Jessie Buckley (Photo by Sebastian Nevols)
‘Romeo & Juliet’ starring Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley to be filmed for television
Although performances of Romeo & Juliet were cancelled at the National Theatre earlier this year, there’s still a chance for audiences to see the production. The National Theatre has announced a... Read more
Photo credit: Trafalgar Studios (Photo by Andy Roberts on Flickr) 
Trafalgar Theatre to open as new West End theatre in Spring 2021
CEOs of Trafalgar Entertainment Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire announce the launch of a brand new West End venue, set to open in Spring 2021. Named the Trafalgar Theatre, the playhouse... Read more
Photo credit: The Pirates of Penzance (Photo by Scott Rylander)
All-male production of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ coming to Palace Theatre
As part of the winter season of socially-distant performances at the Palace Theatre, Sasha Regan’s all-male production of The Pirates of Penzance will transfer to the West End. The Gilbert and... Read more
Photo credit: Trevor Dion Nicholas and Matt Cardle (Photos courtesy of RAW PR)
‘Live In London’ series of concerts to take place at the Hippodrome Casino
A series of intimate concerts featuring West End stars are set to take place at the Hippodrome Casino. Beginning on 18 November, over 40 separate events will be staged over the course of five weeks,... Read more
Photo credit: Treason the Musical artwork (Photo courtesy of Emma Holland PR)
Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser to star in Gunpowder Plot inspired musical
A brand new musical is currently in development, based on the foiled gunpowder plot of 1605. Titled Treason, songs from Ricky Allan’s new musical will be available to listen to on streaming platforms... Read more
Photo credit: Ben Daniels (Photo by National Theatre)
‘The Normal Heart’ to play at National Theatre in 2021
Following Death of England: Delroy and Dick Whittington, Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart will be the first show to open at the National Theatre in 2021. Performances will begin in February 2021, and... Read more
Photo credit: Dick Whittington artwork (Photo by National Theatre)
Initial casting announced for ‘Dick Whittington’ at the National Theatre
Following news that the National Theatre will stage in-the-round performances of Dick Whittington, casting has been announced. The production will be performed at the Olivier Theatre for a Christmas... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie (Photo by Matt Crockett)
‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ sets official London reopening date
Following the previous announcement that Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will return on 12 November, the reopening date has been postponed. The musical will now reopen at the Apollo Theatre from 28... Read more
Photo credit: Noah Thomas in Everybody's Talking About Jamie (Photo courtesy of Everybody's Talking About Jamie)
2020 Black British Theatre Awards winners announced
On the same night as the Olivier Awards, the 2020 Black British Theatre Awards were also televised. Big wins were celebrated for the revival of Death of a Salesman, with Miriam-Teak Lee and Noah... Read more
Photo credit: Sam Tutty in Dear Evan Hansen (Photo by Matthew Murphy)
Dear Evan Hansen, & Juliet and Leopoldstadt among 2020 Olivier Awards winners
After a long wait for this year’s ceremony, the 2020 Olivier Awards took place at the London Palladium on the final Sunday in October. Among the big winners at this year’s ceremony included Dear Evan... Read more
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2020 Olivier Awards: Full list of winners
The 2020 Olivier Awards took place on 25 October 2020 at the London Palladium, with Dear Evan Hansen and & Juliet each taking home three awards.  Matthew Bourne won his ninth Olivier Award for... Read more
Photo credit: Joseph Potter (Courtesy of Southwark Playhouse)
World premiere of ‘The Poltergeist’ coming to Southwark Playhouse
As well as Southwark Playhouse currently home to The Last Five Years, there’s future shows to look forward to, including the world premiere of The Poltergeist. Philip Ridley’s one-man play will play... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of I Put A Spell on You (Photo courtesy of The Theatre Cafe)
The Theatre Cafe to host livestream Halloween event
As well as their series of exclusive performances, Amy Hart and Paul Taylor-Mills will host a West End Halloween event. The livestream will take place on 31 October, featuring 11 performers from a... Read more
Photo credit: Flight installation (Photo by Beth Chalmers)
‘Flight’ installation to be presented at Bridge Theatre
The Barbican and the Bridge Theatre will collaborate to bring Vox Motus’ installation Flight to London. Performances will be held at the Bridge Theatre from 9 November - 16 Jan. 2021. Based on... Read more
Photo credit: Adam Kay (Courtesy of Nimax Theatres)
Adam Kay to perform at the Palace Theatre this Christmas
Ahead of Adam Kay’s engagement of This Is Going To Hurt at the Apollo Theatre, it’s been announced that he’ll return to the West End this Christmas. He’ll perform a live show based on his second book... Read more
Photo credit: Dom Hartley-Harris and West End Cast of Hamilton (Photo by Matthew Murphy)
Nominees for 2020 Black British Theatre Awards announced
Following the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards ceremony in 2019, nominees for this year’s awards have been announced. The ceremony will be broadcast exclusively on Sky Arts on 25 October, the... Read more
Photo credit: Artwork of Back To The Future (Photo courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR)
‘Back to the Future’ original cast album announced
On what’s considered to be Back To The Future Day, a cast recording of the musical adaptation of Back to the Future has been announced. The original cast recording will be released next year, along... Read more
Photo credit: The Gruffalo’s Child (Photo by Lesley Cook)
‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ to entertain families at Alexandra Palace Theatre this Christmas
Plans for this Christmas season at Alexandra Palace have been announced, including a family production of The Gruffalo’s Child. Previously performed at the Lyric Theatre, The Gruffalo’s Child is at... Read more
Photo credit: Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean and Michael Ball as Javert (Photos by Matt Murphy)
Alfie Boe and Michael Ball to tour UK arenas in 2021
Before their return to the West End in Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert at the Sondheim Theatre, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball have announced they will tour the United Kingdom in 2021. The... Read more
Photo credit: Elaine Paige as Queen Rat (Photo by Paul Coltas)
Elaine Paige joins ‘Pantoland at the Palladium’ cast
Following last week’s announcement that pantomime would return to the London Palladium, further casting has been announced. The Olivier Award-winning actress Elaine Paige will join the cast of ... Read more
Photo credit: Artwork of West End Musical Christmas (Photo courtesy of Kevin Wilson PR)
A ‘West End Musical Christmas’ comes to the Palace Theatre
Stars from a variety of West End musicals will perform in West End Musical Christmas at the Palace Theatre. For four nights from 17-20 December, famous faces from the biggest musicals in London will... Read more
Photo Credit: Brian Conley as Ebenezer Scrooge (Photo by Oliver Rosser)
Brian Conley to play Ebenezer Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol’
Brian Conley will star as Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, opening in December. The musical concert of Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent’s adaptation of Charles... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre (Photo by Brinkhoff.Moegenburg)
‘Death of a Salesman’ to return to West End in 2021
Ahead of this year’s Olivier Awards, the five-time nominated production of Death of a Salesman will return to the West End in 2021. In a tweet by Baz Bamigboye, Wendell Pierce has agreed to return to... Read more
Photo credit: Artwork of A Christmas Carol (Photo courtesy of Bridge Theatre)
Simon Russell Beale to star in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Bridge Theatre
Simon Russell Beale will play Ebenezer Scrooge in a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Bridge Theatre. Nicholas Hytner’s new version of the Charles Dickens classic will play at the Bridge... Read more
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New season of work announced at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
After its forced closure from March 2020, the returning season of work at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has been announced. The season will include two one-person shows, as well as a community project on... Read more
Photo credit: Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen (Photo by Oliver Ross Feast Creative)
‘The Comeback’ to hold world premiere at the Noel Coward Theatre
A brand new comedy play, aptly named The Comeback, will receive its world premiere at the Noel Coward Theatre this Christmas. The Comeback marks the return of Sonia Friedman Productions to the West... Read more
Photo credit: Strictly Come Dancing Artwork 
'Strictly Come Dancing' trio of tours for 2021 and 2022 announced
Ahead of this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, three spin-off tours have been confirmed. As a result of Covid-19 restrictions, a live arena tour will not take place in 2021, but the Strictly... Read more
Photo credit: Ashley Gilmour as Enjolras, Harry Apps as Marius and Company in Les Misérables (Photo by Johan Persson)
Les Misérables lyricist Herbert Kretzmer dies aged 95
Journalist and lyricist Herbert Kretzmer passed away today, 14 October 2020, at the age of 95. Perhaps best known for his lyrics in Les Miserables, West End actors and producers have all commented on... Read more
Photo credit: Curve Leicester (Photo by Not From Utretcht on Wikipedia)
Curve Leicester’s winter season to include trio of revivals
The Curve in Leicester will reopen its door to the public next month, as a trio of shows are staged for the theatre’s winter season. All three shows to be performed are revivals of Leicester... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Emilia (Photo by Helen Murray)
‘Emilia’ archive recording to be available online
An archive recording of the West End play Emilia will be made available to watch next month. After last year’s performances at the Vaudeville Theatre, audiences can relive the play with the cast and... Read more
Photo credit: The Les Miserables All-Star Staged Concert company (Photo by Matthew Le Poer Trench)
Les Miserables all-star concert extends at the Sondheim Theatre
Following the news that Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert will return to the West End, the production’s run has been extended, due to overwhelming demand. The show will now run for a... Read more
Culture Recovery Fund: Government funding given to London’s theatres
Culture Recovery Fund: Government funding given to London’s theatres
UPDATE: On 24 October, the third round of recipients for the Culture Recovery Fund were confirmed. In London, this includes Shakespeare's Globe (£2,985,707) and the Old Vic Theatre Trust (£3,000,000... Read more
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‘The Nutcracker’ to return for special production at the London Coliseum
Inspired by the long-running tradition of The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum, the English National Ballet will return with a brand new production. Titled Nutcracker Delights, the world-renowned... Read more
Photo credit: Courtesy of Kate Morley PR
Virtual production of [Title of Show] to stream in November
A virtual production of [Title of Show] will be available to watch next month, filmed at the London Coliseum. The show will star four West End actors, and will be streamed from 12-14 November. The... Read more
Photo credit: (Courtesy of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie)
‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ film trailer released
The first trailer for the upcoming film version of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has been released. The release date for the film has also been pushed back by a month, now available to watch from... Read more
Photo credit: Courtney Act and Monet X Change (Courtesy of Death Drop)
‘Death Drop’ murder mystery to open at the Garrick Theatre
A drag queen murder mystery will open at the Garrick Theatre in December, starring RuPaul’s Drag Race performers Courtney Act and Monét X Change. Titled Death Drop, the comedy play will run at the... Read more
Photo credit: Alfie Boe (Photo by Matt Murphy)
'Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert' to return this Christmas
After Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables performed on Britain’s Got Talent on October 10, Cameron Mackintosh announced that Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert will... Read more
Photo credit: (Courtesy of Mary Poppins and Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert)
Mary Poppins and Les Miserables Staged Concert cast recordings confirmed
Cameron Mackintosh has announced today that the cast recordings of Mary Poppins and Les Miserables - The All-Star Staged Concert are being released. Mary Poppins will be available from 6 November,... Read more
Photo credit: Emily Costello and James Demaine (Photo by Eve Dunlop)
‘Private Peaceful’ to transfer to the Garrick Theatre
After premiering at the Barn Theatre, Private Peaceful will transfer to the Garrick Theatre. Adapting Michael Morpurgo’s war-themed novel of the same name, Private Peaceful will play four... Read more
Photo credit: (Artwork courtesy of Pantoland at the Palladium)
All-star pantomime returns to the London Palladium for Christmas
Pantomime back at the London Palladium for Christmas? Oh yes it is! Qdos Entertainment and LW Theatres have announced that Pantoland at the Palladium will play in the West End over the festive season... Read more
Photo credit: Jenna Russell (Courtesy of Southwark Playhouse)
‘A Night at the Musicals’ concert series coming to Southwark Playhouse
Ahead of in-person and virtual performances of the A Night at the Musicals concert series at Southwark Playhouse, full casting has been confirmed. Those performing include Jenna Russell, set to join... Read more
Photo credit: 2019 Production of A Christmas Carol (Courtesy of The Old Vic)
‘A Christmas Carol’ to be livestreamed from The Old Vic
Set to enjoy its fourth consecutive Christmas at the Old Vic, A Christmas Carol will be performed at the London venue. This year, it’ll be livestreamed from an empty auditorium, with performances... Read more
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‘When Darkness Falls’ to play limited run at Union Theatre
A new ghost story, When Darkness Falls, will receive its premiere at the Union Theatre. The spinechilling play will begin performances on 23 November, with three weeks of performances to 12 December... Read more
Photo credit: Ralph Fiennes in Beat the Devil (Photo by Manuel Harlan)
Extensions announced for plays currently at Bridge Theatre
Additional performances of two plays at the Bridge Theatre currently playing have been announced. Beat the Devil and An Evening with an Immigrant will now run at the Bridge to 7 November. Ralph... Read more
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‘Here Come The Boys’ dance show to transfer to West End
Following a national tour in 2019, dance show Here Come The Boys will transfer to the West End in early 2021. Starring four Strictly Come Dancing professionals, the show will run at the Garrick... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Les Miserables (Photo by Michael Le Poer Trench)
West End musicals to come together on Britain’s Got Talent finale
UPDATE: After the performance, it was announced that Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert will return to the West End this Christmas. More information can be found here. Ahead of the Britain’s... Read more
Photo credit: Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess (Photo by Dan Wooller)
‘The Phantom of the Opera’ 25th anniversary show to be streamed this weekend
In a change to previous billing, The Phantom of the Opera will be available to watch online this weekend. Audiences can watch the 25th anniversary production filmed at the Royal Albert Hall, starring... Read more
Photo credit: Cast photo (Photo by Hugo Glendinning) and the cast of The Showstoppers at The Other Palace (Photo by Alex Harvey-Brown)
‘Showstoppers: The Improvised Musical’ to play West End residency at Garrick Theatre
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical will return to the West End next month, with a new home at the Garrick Theatre. The company will present a limited run of six performances on selected dates from... Read more
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Hampstead Theatre to reopen with Harold Pinter’s ‘The Dumb Waiter’
Previously announced as part of the Hampstead Theatre’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the off-West End venue will return with a revival of The Dumb Waiter. Written by Nobel Prize-winning playwright... Read more
Photo credit: (Courtesy of Kate Morley PR)
World premiere to open at Charing Cross Theatre in November
The world premiere of Paul Harvard’s debut play, GHBoy, will open at the Charing Cross Theatre next month. Tackling issues including gay culture and promiscuity in modern-day British culture, GHBoy... Read more
Photo credit: Aimie Atkinson and Lucie Jones (Courtesy of Chloe Nelkin Consulting)
Aimie Atkinson and Lucie Jones to host final West End drive ins
After an entertaining summer season of West End drive ins, performers have been named for the final two events. They’ll take place at Troubadour Meridian Water on 24 and 31 October respectively,... Read more
Photo credit: Jefferson Turner and Daniel Clarkson (Photo by Geraint Lewis)
‘Potted Panto’ to bring Christmas magic to Garrick Theatre
As part of Nimax Theatres’ commitment to reopen their West End theatres, Potted Panto will be performed at the Garrick Theatre this Christmas. The Olivier Award-nominated show will celebrate its 10th... Read more
Full casting announced for 15 Heroines at Jermyn Street Theatre
Ahead of performances next month, the full cast of 15 Heroines has been announced. 15 Heroines will be performed in an empty Jermyn Street Theatre, with performances available to stream from 9-14... Read more
Photo credit: (Courtesy of The Show Must Go On at the Palace Theatre)
West End charity concert to take place at the Palace Theatre in November
UPDATE: The full line-up of performers was announced on 27 October. The line-up includes Sam Tutty, who'll perform a song from Dear Evan Hansen after winning an Olivier Award. Mazz Murray will sing a... Read more
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Linzi Hateley to sing ‘Carrie’ for The Theatre Café’s series
Ahead of the first episode of The Theatre Channel tonight, performers have been confirmed for the second episode. They’ll sing Halloween-themed songs from a range of musicals, which will be broadcast... Read more
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Pearl Mackie and Jessica Raine to star in world premiere of new James Graham play
Casting for the world premiere of James Graham’s newest play has been announced today. Pearl Mackie and Jessica Raine will star in the two-person play, set to receive its world premiere at Nottingham... Read more
Everybody's Talking About Jamie Apollo Theatre November 2020
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie to reopen at Apollo Theatre
After six months of West End theatres being closed, it has been confirmed that Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will reopen in November. According to Nimax Theatres’ initial statement, performances... Read more
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