Theatre News - March 2017

Box Office Report
West End Theatre boasts another record-breaking year of box office figures
The Society of London Theatre have announced 2016 Box Office figures that shed light on the ever-growing London theatre industry. Throughout 2016, a total of 8,132,673 people attended a musical,... Read more
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery extends in London's West End
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery extends in London's West End
Producers of the hit West End play The Comedy About A Bank Robbery have announced that the show has extended to 1 April 2018. The comedy opened at the Criterion Theatre on 21 April 2016, following... Read more
How to Win an Olivier Award - History Shows a Winning Formula
How to Win an Olivier Award - History Shows a Winning Formula
With the Olivier Awards just over a week away a winning formula has been revealed that provides the key to winning an Olivier Award for Best Actor and Actress in both a straight play and a musical.... Read more
Harry Pottter and the Cursed Child photo by Manuel Harlan
New cast announced for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the West End
New casting has been announced for the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II which continues to run at the Palace Theatre. Rehearsals began this week for the new... Read more
Five Guys Named Moe to be revived at the Marble Arch Theatre this summer
Five Guys Named Moe to be revived at the Marble Arch Theatre this summer
A new production of Five Guys Named Moe has been announced to run at the purpose built Marble Arch Theatre in west London this summer. Underbelly Productions in association with Cameron Mackintosh,... Read more
Richard Bean’s Kiss Me transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2 this Summer
Richard Bean’s Kiss Me transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2 this Summer
One Man, Two Guvnors writer Richard Bean will bring his new play Kiss Me to the Trafalgar Studios 2 from 6 June to 8 July 2017, following a run at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs. Starring Claire... Read more
Animated Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat heads to the big screen
Animated Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat heads to the big screen
Deadline have reported that Elton John's Rocket Pictures is producing a new animated film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 1968 musical Joseph And The Amazing Techicolor Dreamcoat. STX... Read more
Jade Ewen (Jasmine) and Matthew Croke (Aladdin) Photographer Matt Crockett
Cast changes announced for Disney's Aladdin in the West End
Disney Theatrical Productions have announced that Matthew Croke will take over the role of Aladdin in the West End production alongside Jade Ewen and Trevor Dion Nicholas who continue in the roles of... Read more
Kevin Elyot’s first play Coming Clean revived at the King's Head Theatre
Kevin Elyot’s first play Coming Clean revived at the King's Head Theatre
The King's Head Pub Theatre in north London have announced a new production of Kevin Elyot’s first play Coming Clean which will run from 25 July to 26 August with an official opening on 28 July.... Read more
The world première of Dyl by Mark Weinman opens at The Old Red Lion Theatre
The world première of Dyl by Mark Weinman opens at The Old Red Lion Theatre
Moya Productions and Old Red Lion Theatre will present the world première of Dyl by Mark Weinman which runs at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Angel Islington from 9 May to 3 June 2017 with an official... Read more
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead extends at the Old Vic Theatre
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead extends at the Old Vic Theatre
The Old Vic Theatre have today announced that they have extended their current revival of Tom Stoppard's comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead due to popular demand, where it is now booking to... Read more
Young Vic announces casting for The Life of Galileo including Brendan Cowell
Young Vic announces casting for The Life of Galileo including Brendan Cowell
The Young Vic Theatre have announced casting for their upcoming production of Brecht's The Life of Galileo which runs from 6 May to 24 June 2017. Brendan Cowell will star in the title role alongside... Read more
Tick Tick Boom at the Park Theatre
Cast announced for Jonathan Larson's tick...tick...BOOM! at the Park Theatre
Full casting has been announced for the upcoming revival of tick, tick… BOOM! at Park Theatre which runs from 3 to 27 May 2017, with an official opening on 8 May. Described as an autobiographical... Read more
Love in Idleness transfers to the West End's Apollo Theatre with Eve Best
Love in Idleness transfers to the West End's Apollo Theatre with Eve Best
Following a sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory it has been announced that Terence Rattigan’s comedy Love in Idleness will transfer to the Apollo Theatre in London's West End for a 50... Read more
Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2
Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2
It has been announced that Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Road, a comedy by Keith Stevenson, will transfer from the White Bear Theatre to the Trafalgar Studios 2 for a limited run from 2 May to 3 June... Read more
The Kite Runner transfers to The Playhouse Theatre in London's West End
The Kite Runner transfers to The Playhouse Theatre in London's West End
Following a season at the Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End, it has been announced that The Kite Runner will transfer to the Playhouse Theatre for a limited 8 week season from 8 June to 29 July... Read more
Further casting for The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium
Denise Welch and Gary Wilmot join The Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium
Further casting has been announced for the West End production of The Wind in the Willows which will begin previews at the London Palladium ahead of schedule on 16 June 2017, with an official opening... Read more
Asmeret Ghebremichael
Cast changes at Dreamgirls as Asmeret Ghebremichael joins the West End production
Producers of the Olivier Award-nominated production of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre have today confirmed that Asmeret Ghebremichael has joined the West End company, taking over the role of Lorrell... Read more
Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen at the Park Theatre
Multi-award winning star of stage and screen Sir Ian McKellen is returning to the London stage for a special limited engagement at the Park Theatre. The one-man show under the title of Shakespeare,... Read more
Henry Lloyd-Hughes in Occupational Hazards
Hampstead Theatre announces cast of Occupational Hazards
Hampstead Theatre has announced complete casting for its upcoming world premiere production of Occupational Hazards, which runs from 28 April to 3 June 2017. The new play is written by Stephen Brown... Read more
Joshua Dowen and Hannah Price
Full cast announced for Footloose the Musical Tour and West End run
Full casting has been announced for a new production of Footloose: The Musical which begins a new UK tour at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Friday 21 April ahead of a West End run at The Peacock... Read more
Holy Crap musical
New Heather Brothers musical Holy Crap to premiere at The King's Head this summer
A sacrilegious new musical comedy by The Heather Brothers comes to the King's Head Theatre this summer as Nick Thompson Productions & The Heather Brothers present Holy Crap, 'a sinful spin on... Read more
Casting announced for Alice's Adventures Underground at The Vaults
Casting announced for Alice's Adventures Underground at The Vaults
Casting has been announced for Les Enfants Terribles' production of Alice's Adventures Underground which returns to The Vaults in Waterloo from 15 April to 23 September 2017, with an official opening... Read more
Watch the West End cast of 42nd Street perform on The One Show
Watch the West End cast of 42nd Street perform on The One Show
The cast of the new West End revival of 42nd Street performed this week live on BBC's The One Show, showing off their spectacular title number "42nd Street" along with a section of the opening "... Read more
Marisha Wallace leads cast of The Color Purple in concert at Cadogan Hall
Marisha Wallace leads cast of The Color Purple in concert at Cadogan Hall
A new one-night only concert performance of the Broadway musical The Color Purple has been announced to run at London's Cadogan Hall on 21 May in order to raise funds for The British Theatre Academy... Read more
New musical The Superhero to premiere at The Southwark Playhouse
New musical The Superhero to premiere at The Southwark Playhouse
A new one-man musical has been announced to run at the Southwark Playhouse's Little Space, the first musical to be performed in the venue. The Superhero is a new musical by Richy Hughes, Joseph... Read more
Off-Broadway musical Pete ‘n’ Keely comes to Tristan Bates Theatre
Off-Broadway musical Pete ‘n’ Keely comes to Tristan Bates Theatre
Casting has been announced for the European Premiere of the off-Broadway musical hit Pete ‘n’ Keely which comes to Tristan Bates Theatre from 2 to 20 May 2017 with an official opening on 4 May.... Read more
Imelda Staunton
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK
It has been announced that the current critically acclaimed revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? which is running at the Harold Pinter Theatre will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK... Read more
The Wild Party
Watch footage from LaChiusa's The Wild Party at The Other Palace Theatre
Footage has been released of the London premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's musical The Wild Party which continues its run at The Other Palace theatre in Victoria where it runs to 1 April 2017.... Read more
The Bush Theatre (Photo Philip Vile)
The Bush Theatre reopens following year-long £4.3 million major redevelopment
The Bush Theatre in west London has reopened this week following the biggest capital project in the theatre's history. The year-long renovation has cost £4.3million and has been completed by... Read more
Danny Mac leads cast of On The Town at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Danny Mac leads cast of On The Town at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre have announced casting for their upcoming revival of On the Town which runs from 19 May to 1 July 2017, with an official opening on 25 May 2017. Danny Mac, Fred... Read more
Thriller Live extends booking at the Lyric Theatre in London's West End
Thriller Live extends booking at the Lyric Theatre in London's West End
The long-running West End musical Thriller Live has announced that it has extended its booking period at the Lyric Theatre to 1 April 2018. This new 12-month booking period will take the show into... Read more
Late Company
The Finborough Theatre announces Spring/Summer 2017 Season
The Finborough Theatre in west London has announced details of its Spring-Summer Season which will feature six premieres and a rediscovery. As part of the Finborough Theatre’s celebrations of Canada’... Read more
Full cast announced for How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at Wilton's Music Hall
Full cast announced for How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at Wilton's Music Hall
Full casting has now been announced for the upcoming fringe revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying which runs at Wilton's Music Hall from 8 to... Read more
A Lie of the Mind
Revival of Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind comes to the Southwark
A new revival of Sam Shepard's play A Lie of the Mind has been announced to run at the Southwark Playhouse in south London directed by James Hillier, from 4 to 28 May 2017 with an official opening on... Read more
Full cast announced for Madame Rubinstein with Miriam Margolyes
Full cast announced for Madame Rubinstein with Miriam Margolyes
The Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, north London have announced full casting for their world premiere of Madame Rubinstein, a brand new comedy by John Misto, which runs from 26 April to 27 May 2017... Read more
School of Rock Auditions
Could you be in the band? School of Rock holds open auditions
The Olivier Award-nominated West End production of School of Rock the Musical has announced that it is holding open auditions to find young performers to join the hit show at the New London Theatre.... Read more
Full cast announced for new musical The Braille Legacy at The Charing Cross Theatre
Full cast announced for new musical The Braille Legacy at The Charing Cross Theatre
Producers of the upcoming new musical The Braille Legacy have today announced final casting and creative team for the production that premieres at the Charing Cross Theatre from 10 April to 24 June... Read more
Voices of the Amazon heads to Sadler's Wells
New Dance Musical Voices of the Amazon heads to Sadler's Wells
The UK premiere of a new dance musical Voices of the Amazon has been announced to open at Sadler's Wells this summer following performances in Moscow. Running from 4 to 8 July 2017 it will then... Read more
Whisper House Cast
Casting announced for new musical Whisper House at The Other Palace Theatre
Casting has been announced for Duncan Sheik's new musical Whisper House which runs at The Other Palace in Victoria from 6 April to 27 May 2017. Featuring music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning... Read more
Jermyn Street Theatre announces Summer 2017 season
Jermyn Street Theatre announces Summer 2017 season
The Jermyn Street Theatre in central London have announced their summer season which will be Anthony Biggs' final as Artistic Director. The season includes a debut work, a UK premiere and a London... Read more
Full List of 2017 Olivier Award Nominations
Full List of 2017 Olivier Award Nominations
Today, past winners Denise Gough and Matt Henry announced the nominations for the Olivier Awards 2017. The 2017 ceremony will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April. Of particular note... Read more
The Island comes to the Southwark Playhouse
The Island comes to the Southwark Playhouse
The Theatre Chipping Norton and The Dukes Lancaster will bring a new production of The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona to the Southwark Playhouse from 31 May to 24 June 2017... Read more
The Lion King London
The Lion King extends booking at the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End
Disney's long-running hit musical The Lion King has extended its booking in London's West End to 1 October 2017. The long-running show originally opened in London at The Lyceum Theatre on 19 October... Read more
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Lenny Henry
Full cast announced for Donmar's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui with Lenny Henry
The Donmar Warehouse have announced full casting for their upcoming production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui which stars Lenny Henry and runs from 21 April to 21 June 2017, with an official... Read more
Judy at the Arts Theatre
Judy! a new play with music about the life of Judy Garland to run at the Arts Theatre
A new biographical musical play about the life of Judy Garland has been announced to run at the Arts Theatre in central London from 16 May to 17 June 2017, with an official opening on 18 May. Judy!... Read more
Olivier Awards 2017
Watch the 2017 Olivier Award Nominations announced live
The Society of London Theatre have announced that Olivier Award-winners Denise Gough and Matt Henry are to announce the 2017 Olivier Award nominations at 12 noon on Monday 6 March 2017. The award... Read more
Stepping Out cast change as Anna-Jane Casey steps in for Tamzin Outhwaite
Stepping Out cast change as Anna-Jane Casey steps in for Tamzin Outhwaite
As the West End production of Stepping Out begins previews at the Vaudeville Theatre it has been announced that Tamzin Outhwaite has been forced to temporarily 'step out' from the production with a... Read more
Sir Kenneth Branagh announced as Olivier Special Award winner
Sir Kenneth Branagh announced as Olivier Special Award winner
The Society of London Theatre have today announced that actor and director Kenneth Branagh will be presented with the Special Award at the Olivier Awards 2017 in recognition of his outstanding... Read more
My Fair Lady Bridewell
My Fair Lady returns to London for a limited run at the Bridewell Theatre
A new London production of Lerner and Loewe's iconic musical My Fair Lady has been announced to run at the Bridewell Theatre in central London from 4 to 8 April 2017. Geoids Musical Theatre, one of... Read more
Matilda the Musical
Matilda the Musical announces new cast for the West End production
The Royal Shakespeare Company have announced casting updates for their multi award-winning production of Matilda The Musical which continues to run at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End where... Read more
Greg Hicks Richard III
The Arcola Theatre announces Spring/Summer 2017 Season
The Arcola Theatre in Dalston, east London have announced details of their 2017 Spring/Summer Season. Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen said of the season: “Arcola’s new season confronts tyranny – the... Read more
Murder For Two heads to The Other Palace Studio
Murder For Two heads to The Other Palace Studio
Following the reopening of The Other Palace main space, the Studio space will reopen with a new production of the off-Broadway hit musical Murder For Two which runs from 2 March to 18 March 2017,... Read more
Video Killed the Radio Star
The Robot Sings - new musical from Video Killed The Radio Star duo in development
It has been announced that the creative minds behind the hit single "Video Killed The Radio Star" Bruce Woolley, Trevor Horn are working on a new musical. Provisionally entitled The Robot Sings it... Read more
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