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Dreamgirls
Research finds theatregoers’ hearts synchronise during performances
A study has found that during theatre performances, theatregoers’ heart beats synchronise and beat at the same time, which has been shown to lead to people bonding more.  The research, which was... Read more
Tina Turner musical
Further casting announced for the Tina Turner musical in London
More details have been announced ahead of the world premiere of Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, which opens at the Aldwych Theatre next year.  Last month, it was announced that actress Adrienne... Read more
The King and I
Details confirmed for The King and I at the London Palladium in 2018
Details have been confirmed for the West End transfer of Bartlett Sher’s production on The King and I, which will open at the London Palladium in 2018.  Sher’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s... Read more
Brief Encounter
Details announced for West End run of Emma Rice’s Brief Encounter
Full details have been announced for the West End run of Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter, adapted and directed by outgoing Shakespeare’s Globe artistic director Emma Rice. Noel Coward’s story is about a... Read more
Barricade Boys
Full line-up announced for The Barricade Boys at The Other Palace
The full line-up has been announced for The Barricade Boys' Christmas Cabaret, which will see the group be joined by a different West End star for every night of their three-week run over Christmas... Read more
Bat Out of Hell
Open auditions announced for Bat Out of Hell West End run in 2018
Producers of the Jim Steinman musical Bat Out of Hell have announced details of open auditions for the anticipated 2018 run in the West End.  Details were posted on Twitter by Will Burton, an... Read more
Long Day's Journey into Night
Full casting announced for Long Day’s Journey Into Night with Jeremy Irons
The full cast for Eugene O’Neill’s play Long Day’s Journey Into Night, which will star Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, has been announced. Richard Eyre’s production opened at Bristol Old Vic... Read more
La Soiree
Initial line up announced for La Soiree in London in 2017
The initial line-up of acts for this year’s La Soiree, which will take place at the Aldwych Theatre for the first time, has been announced. The annual production has taken place in a temporary venue... Read more
Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan to star in new Dennis Kelly play at the Royal Court
Actress Carey Mulligan will star in the world premiere of Dennis Kelly’s new play Girls & Boys, which will be directed by Lyndsey Turner at the Royal Court. Kelly’s play is about a random-chance... Read more
Janie Dee
Janie Dee to star in premiere of Monogamy at Park Theatre
Actress Janie Dee is set to star in the world premiere of Torben Betts’s new play Monogamy, which will run at London’s Park Theatre after a short UK tour. The play is about Caroline Mortimer (Dee), a... Read more
Will Young
Will Young, Zizi Strallen and Jonny Labey announced for Strictly Ballroom
Casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Baz Luhrmann’s musical Strictly Ballroom, which will be directed by Drew McOnie at the Piccadilly Theatre from next March. The musical will... Read more
Five Guys Named Moe
Five Guys Named Moe extends at the Marble Arch Theatre in London
Clarke Peters’ musical Five Guys Named Moe has extended its run in London at the new Marble Arch Theatre. The musical follows Nomax, who has just been let by his girlfriend and finds solace in his... Read more
Jim Broadbent
New Martin McDonagh play to star Jim Broadbent at Bridge Theatre
A new Martin McDonagh play will get its world premiere at the Bridge Theatre in London, and will star actor Jim Broadbent next autumn.  Titled A Very Very Very Dark Matter, the play is set in a... Read more
David Thaxton
David Thaxton to return to Les Miserables in 2018
Olivier Award-winning actor David Thaxton is set to return to the Queen’s Theatre next year to play Javert in Les Miserables.  Thaxton previously played the role in 2014, as well as previously... Read more
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery extends in the West End with a new cast
Mischief Theatre’s The Comedy About A Bank Robbery has extended at the Criterion Theatre in the West End until November 2018, and has also confirmed a new cast for its run.  Set in Minneapolis in... Read more
Beginning
National Theatre’s Beginning set to transfer to the West End
David Eldridge’s new play Beginning is set to transfer to the West End following a sell-out run in the Dorfman at the National Theatre. Directed by Polly Findlay, the two-hander stars Justine... Read more
Girl from the North Country
Full West End cast announced for Girl from the North Country transfer
Casting has been announced for Conor McPherson’s Bob Dylan musical Girl from the North Country, which transfers to the West End in December.  Shirley Henderson will reprise her role as Elizabeth... Read more
Plymouth
Two Theatre Royal Plymouth productions to transfer to Southwark Playhouse
Two productions from Theatre Royal Plymouth will make the journey north from Devon to run at the Southwark Playhouse early next year. Titled ‘Strange Tales (from the West Country)’, the short season... Read more
Barbican Centre
Cheek by Jowl to bring Périclès, Prince de Tyr to the Barbican Centre
Cheek by Jowl founders Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod have announced they will bring their French language production of Périclès, Prince de Tyr to the Barbican Centre in 2018. Shakespeare’s play... Read more
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