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Bonnie Langford and Marisha Wallace to star in Broadway themed concert
Following the four previous episodes released by The Theatre Channel, West End stars taking part in the fifth episode have been confirmed. They’ll all appear in the fifth and final episode titled The... Read more
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‘The Poltergeist’ to be streamed online via Southwark Playhouse
Following the live streaming of Philip Ridley’s The Poltergeist last month, the production will be revived online in 2021. The one-man drama will be available to watch on Southwark Playhouse's... Read more
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West End stars to headline new Thespie concerts
After Thespie launched a series of Reunited Concerts earlier this month, two more productions have been confirmed. They’ll see West End stars reunite with each other after appearing in London shows,... Read more
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‘Godspell’, ‘Falling Stars’ and ‘Little Wars’ to return online
Following news that London is a “tier four” area and under the highest Coronavirus restrictions, productions will be returning online. So far, three productions have been confirmed, available via... Read more
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‘The Railway Children’ to stream on YouTube this week
All aboard for the latest theatre stream! Mike Kenny’s adaptation of The Railway Children will be available to watch this week, as part of The Shows Must Go On! series. Based on Edith Nesbit’s... Read more
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‘Mischief Movie Night’ to livestream performances in December
Following the suspension of all West End performances, Mischief Movie Night is going online. A series of livestreamed performances have been announced, available for audiences worldwide from 27-31... Read more
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‘Hamilton’ sets West End reopening date in 2021
After nine months of paused performances, a reopening date for Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Hamilton will resume shows from 15 May 2021; the latest West End show which has confirmed a... Read more
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Royal Court releases ‘A History of Water in the Middle East’ audio play
Following performances of A History of Water in the Middle East at the Royal Court, the production has been adapted into an audio play. The production is now available to listen to worldwide via the... Read more
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Lucie Jones and David Hunter to perform together at Cadogan Hall
UPDATE: Lucie Jones and David Hunter will now sing at Cadogan Hall on 18 April. The concert will still be available in person and via livestream. Earlier this year, Lucie Jones and David Hunter sung... Read more
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‘The Great Gatsby’ extends London run to August 2021
The Great Gatsby will continue to invite audiences into the roaring twenties, as a further extension has been confirmed. Performances will now take place at the show’s central London location to 29... Read more
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David Bowie ‘Lazarus’ musical available to stream in January
The musical Lazarus, which David Bowie helped develop will be available to stream early next year, it has been announced. The production will stream from 8 Jan. 2021, which would have marked David... Read more
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'Julie' and 'War Horse' added to National Theatre at Home
Two new shows have been added to National Theatre at Home, the National Theatre’s own streaming service that launched at the start of this month. Audiences can watch the stage adaptation of War Horse... Read more
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‘Here Come The Boys’ postpones West End opening
Following London moving into tier three restrictions and the consequence of all West End theatres forced to close, the opening date for Here Come The Boys has been pushed back. Here Come The Boys... Read more
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National Theatre and The Guardian collaborate on uplifting musical film
The National Theatre and The Guardian have launched a musical video to commemorate 2020. Performed by over 100 members of Public Acts, “We Begin Again” has been launched as a standalone track and... Read more
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‘Treason’ musical concerts to take place at Cadogan Hall
UPDATE: New dates for Treason the Musical have been announced. The show will now run from 12 - 14 March. Following the trickled releases of songs from Treason the Musical, a series of concert... Read more
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‘Kinky Boots’ to be streamed worldwide this weekend
Kinky Boots is the latest musical to be streamed online, thanks to The Show Must Go On YouTube channel. The West End production will be able to watch this weekend, available from 18 December. Based... Read more
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‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ virtual production announced
UPDATE: In a tweet from Lambert Jackson Productions on 11 January, a cast change for I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change has been announced. Simon Lipkin will play the role of Man 2, taking over... Read more
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‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ film postpones cinema release
UPDATE: 7 January The film adaptation of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has had its release date pushed back, it has been announced. In an article from Deadline, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will... Read more
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Sian Clifford to star in world premiere of ‘Good Grief’
The BAFTA Award-winning actress Sian Clifford will star in the world premiere of Lorien Haynes’ Good Grief. Nikesh Patel will join Clifford in the two-person “hybrid” play, available to view from 15... Read more
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Kiln Theatre reopens with ‘The Invisible Hand’
Although theatres will be forced to shut for performances to a live audience from 16 December, theatres can remain open for live streamed shows and rehearsals. As a result, the Kiln Theatre will... Read more
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West End theatres to close from 16 December as London is placed in "tier three"
UPDATE: On 19 December, it was confirmed that London has been upgraded to a "tier four" area. Check here for the latest information on how this affects London's theatres. According to BBC News,... Read more
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Line-up of shows for MTFestUK 2021 announced
UPDATE: In a tweet from the Turbine Theatre on 11 January, the entire MTFestUK 2021 season has been postponed. The festival is now looking to be staged in May 2021, after being unable to stage... Read more
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'Baby Reindeer' to be adapted into Netflix series
The Olivier Award-winning play Baby Reindeer will be coming to television, it has been announced. Richard Gadd's autobiographical play will be adapted for an eight-part television series,... Read more
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New performance dates announced for ‘Life of Pi’ at Wyndham’s Theatre
After the initial performance dates of Life of Pi were postponed, a new performance schedule has now been announced. Life of Pi will now open at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 26 Sept. 2021, with... Read more
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Rebecca McKinnis to star in ‘St. Anne Comes Home’
After open-air performances this summer, St. Anne Comes Home will return to the Actors' Church in 2021. The full cast for the musical’s revival has been announced, with performances from 8 - 14 Feb.... Read more
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‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ musical to make world premiere in 2021
With Disney musicals including The Lion King and Mary Poppins in the West End, a new Disney stage show is coming to England. The world premiere of Bedknobs and Broomsticks will open in the UK next... Read more
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‘Dick Whittington’ pantomime begins performances at the National Theatre
Following the National Theatre reopening earlier this year with Death of England: Delroy, the theatre’s Christmas offering begins performances tonight. The National Theatre will be home to Dick... Read more
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‘Come From Away’ to return for West End concerts in February 2021
UPDATE: Come From Away concerts have now been cancelled at the Phoenix Theatre. In a tweet from the production, they said Come From Away is suspended until mid June.  With the Australian production... Read more
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ivano Turco
Andrew Lloyd Webber casts unknown dancer as prince in 'Cinderella' musical
Cinderella's prince has arrived! Ivano Turco will play Prince Sebastian in Andrew Lloyd Webber's forthcoming musical Cinderella, which is set to start performances at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on 30... Read more
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‘Ruthless’ to be streamed online for UK audiences this weekend
This weekend’s offering on The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel has been confirmed. From 11 December, audiences can relive the West End premiere of Ruthless, performed at the Arts Theatre two years... Read more
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‘Mischief Movie Night’ begins performances at the Vaudeville Theatre
As well as The Play That Goes Wrong reopening at the Duchess Theatre tonight, Mischief Theatre’s Mischief Movie Night will also begin performances. Last seen at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this... Read more
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New season announced at Theatre Royal Stratford East
UPDATE: On 18 January, it was announced that Theatre Royal Stratford East has postponed its reopening. All performances are still scheduled, but will now take place at a later date with more... Read more
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‘Christmas at the (Snow)Globe’ casting announced
Ahead of on-demand performances of Christmas at the (Snow)Globe, full casting for this year’s production has been confirmed. They’ll star alongside Sandi Toksvig in the festive show, presented from... Read more
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Daniel Boys and David Bedella star in new musical ‘Gabriel’ soundtrack
A brand new musical soundtrack, inspired by the angel Gabriel in the Nativity story, has been announced. After eight years of development, Daniel Boys stars as the titular character in Gabriel, with... Read more
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National Theatre pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’ to be streamed for free
UPDATE: In a tweet from the National Theatre on 6 January, all remaining in-person performances of Dick Whittington have been cancelled. The production will still be available on National Theatre at... Read more
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Park Theatre to reopen again in January 2021
UPDATE: Performances of CORPSE! will now take place from 11 February - 6 Mar. 2021. After nine months of suspended performances, the Park Theatre will reopen next month, it has been announced. Two... Read more
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‘The Comeback’ begins performances at the Noel Coward Theatre
The first performance of The Comeback will take place at the Noel Coward Theatre tonight. Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen will both make their West End debuts in the production, with performances from 8... Read more
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‘Swingin’ The Dream’ to be staged as work-in-progress concert
A concert of a new work-in-progress production from the Royal Shakespeare Company has been confirmed. Presented by Kwame Kwei-Armah, Swingin’ the Dream is a collaboration between the Young Vic and... Read more
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World premiere of ‘Animal Farm’ musical to open in the West End
A new musical based on George Orwell’s Animal Farm is currently being developed, it has been announced. Workshop performances are currently planned for 2021, ahead of a subsequent world premiere in... Read more
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BBC Arts to collaborate with British theatres
Continuing the Culture in Quarantine initiative, BBC Arts will work with British theatres for a new season. Kickstarting in 2021, newly-recorded productions will premiere on television and radio,... Read more
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Olivia Colman and Kenneth Branagh to star in ‘Peter Pan’
A star-studded line-up will take on J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan this Christmas. The audio play will be available to download from 20 December, raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Adapted by... Read more
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Lee Mack to star in ‘The Understudy’ at the Palace Theatre
Although Stephen Fry was originally confirmed to star in The Understudy, a last-minute casting change has been announced. Lee Mack will now take over Fry’s part, with performances at the Palace... Read more
Shane Richie in Everbody's Talking About Jamie
'I'm a Celebrity' star Shane Ritchie to return to 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' in the West End
Shane Richie is ready to swap his shoes for a pair of high heels! The "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here" star is coming back to the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre... Read more
The Phantom of the Opera
'The Phantom of the Opera' to reopen in the West End in June 2021
The Phantom of the Opera is no longer just inside your mind. The West End hit will reopen in early June 2021 at Her Majesty's Theatre, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh... Read more
Matthew Bourne's The Car Man
Matthew Bourne's 'The Car Man' will play at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2021
As part of the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall, the venue and New Adventures announced today that Matthew Bourne's celebrated dance piece The Car Man will play at the Royal Albert Hall for... Read more
Sunset Boulevard concert at The Curve
'Sunset Boulevard' concert to be streamed
UPDATE: Sunset Boulevard is now available to stream via Leicester Curve to 17 January. Due to Leicester moving into Tier 3 yesterday, the concert production of Sunset Boulevard at the Curve Theatre... Read more
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‘42nd Street’, starring Clare Halse and Bonnie Langford to be streamed online
Continuing the season of award-winning musicals being streamed on The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel, this week’s offering has been announced. The West End revival of 42nd Street is the latest... Read more
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Cassidy Janson, Matt Croke and Rachel John to sing in Theatre Channel Christmas episode
The line-up for the fourth episode in The Theatre Channel series has been announced. The seven West End stars will all perform Christmas songs from a variety of musicals, which can be streamed online... Read more
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‘A German Life’ starring Maggie Smith to be adapted into a film
Following a sell-out engagement at the Bridge Theatre, Maggie Smith will reprise her acclaimed performance in the film adaptation of A German Life. Jonathan Kent will direct the movie, with a release... Read more
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‘Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story’ tickets now on sale, starring Arinze Kene
After the news that a Bob Marley musical would open in the West End in 2021, further details have been confirmed. Performances will begin at the Lyric Theatre from 28 May 2021, with an opening night... Read more
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National Theatre launch new global streaming service of shows
Following the success of National Theatre at Home earlier this year, the National Theatre have announced a new streaming service. In partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the service will allow... Read more
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