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Ian McKellen in King Lear
Full cast joining Ian McKellen in King Lear in the West End announced
The full cast joining Sir Ian McKellen in King Lear at the Duke of York’s Theatre later this year has been announced. Sinéad Cusack (Kent), Danny Webb (Gloucester), Kirsty Bushell (Regan), Richard... Read more
Full West End casting for Consent transfer confirmed
Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of the National Theatre production Consent, a play by Nina Raine. Roger Mitchell directs the piece, which premiered in the Dorfman in April... Read more
Immersive production inspired by Disney’s Fantasia to run at The Vaults
A new immersive production inspired by the Disney masterpiece Fantasia is set to run at The Vaults in celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary. The 1940 film was produced by Walt Disney and... Read more
Young Vic
Kwame Kwei-Armah announces first season as artistic director of Young Vic
Kwame Kwei-Armah has announced his first season as the artistic director of the Young Vic, including a musical adaptation of Twelfth Night. Formerly artistic director of Center Stage in Baltimore,... Read more
Shakespeare's Globe
Matt Henry to star in Shakespeare’s Globe’s The Two Noble Kinsmen
Casting has been announced for Barrie Rutter’s upcoming production of The Two Noble Kinsmen at Shakespeare’s Globe. Matt Henry, who won an Olivier Award for his role as Lola in the original West End... Read more
Killer Joe
Full cast joining Orlando Bloom in Killer Joe in London announced
The full cast set to join Orlando Bloom in Killer Joe in London this summer has been announced. Tracy Letts’ debut play is set at a trailer park in Texas where the Smith family have hired a hitman to... Read more
Knights of the Rose
Initial casting announced for Shakespeare rock musical Knights of the Rose
Casting has been announced for the upcoming West End musical Knights of the Rose, a new rock musical directed by Racky Plews. It tells the story of a group of noble Knights who must defend both their... Read more
Carrie Hope Fletcher
Carrie Hope Fletcher to star in Heathers the Musical in London
Actress Carrie Hope Fletcher will star in a new production of Heathers the Musical in London this summer. Heathers is a musical adaptation of the cult 1988 film which starred Christian Slater and... Read more
Casting announced for Michelle Terry’s first Shakespeare’s Globe productions
Michelle Terry has announced the casting for her first two productions as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe: Hamlet and As You Like It.  The productions will be performed by ‘The Globe... Read more
Indhu Rubasingham
Tricycle to be renamed Kiln Theatre as Indhu Rubasingham announces first season
The Tricycle Theatre is to be renamed the Kiln Theatre following a major refurbishment, and artistic director Indhu Rubasingham has announced its first season including six premieres and a major... Read more
Olivier Awards
Olivier Award for Best Director to be renamed in Sir Peter Hall’s honour
The Society of London Theatre has announced that as of 2019, the Olivier Award for Best Director will be renamed in honour of Sir Peter Hall.  The news comes as SOLT apologises for omitting Hall, who... Read more
Les Dennis and Blake Harrison to star in new play as part of new Park Theatre season
A new season has been announced been announced at the Park Theatre, featuring six world premieres at the Finsbury Park venue. End of the Pier by Danny Robins will star Les Dennis as a faded comedian... Read more
Hamilton dominates Olivier Awards 2018: Full list of winners
This year’s Olivier Awards have been dished out at a ceremony in London at the Royal Albert Hall, with Hamilton and The Ferryman dominating in the musicals and plays categories. Hamilton won seven of... Read more
Murray Head
Murray Head withdraws from Chess at London Coliseum
The producers of Chess have announced that Murray Head has been forced to withdraw from the production citing personal reasons. The production is currently in rehearsals ahead of previews beginning... Read more
Declan Bennett
Declan Bennett to lead cast of Fatherland at Lyric Hammersmith
The full casting has been announced for Fatherland, a new project by Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens, which opens at the Lyric Hammersmith in May. The piece is inspired by conversations... Read more
Bat Out of Hell extends booking at Dominion Theatre in London
The booking period for Bat Out of Hell has been extended ahead of the show’s official opening night as it returns to London. The Jim Steinman musical, which features many of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits... Read more
Menier Chocolate Factory
Catalan playwright Jordi Galceran work to get UK premiere at Menier Chocolate Factory
Catalan playwright Jordi Galceran’s play The Grönholm Method will receive its UK premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory in May this year. The play is set in the office of a Fortune 500 company in... Read more
David Haig in Pressure
David Haig play Pressure to transfer to West End's Ambassadors Theatre this summer
David Haig’s play Pressure, which is set to open at the Park Theatre, will transfer to the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre this summer. Pressure is based on the true story of meteorologist James Stagg... Read more
Rick Astley
New Rick Astley jukebox musical to open in London later this year
A new Rick Astley jukebox musical is set to hit London’s West End this year, featuring a host of the pop sensation’s biggest hits. Written by Ricky Gervais, who is writing a musical production for... Read more
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