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Southwark Playhouse announces new series of virtual streams
A trio of British musicals previously livestreamed from Southwark Playhouse will be available to rewatch. The encore streams of Fiver, Before After and Stay Awake, Jake premiere tonight, 28 January... Read more
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National Theatre ‘Romeo and Juliet’ film to premiere on television this Easter
Following the news that the National Theatre will stage a feature film of Romeo and Juliet, release dates have been announced. The film will be available to watch in the UK on Easter Sunday, 4 April... Read more
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‘Cinderella’ musical film postponed to July 2021
A new musical adaptation of Cinderella will be arriving on our screens later than expected. Previously scheduled for a February release date, Cinderella will now be in cinemas from 16 July. Based on... Read more
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Clint Dyer appointed Deputy Artistic Director of National Theatre
Clint Dyer will take on the role of deputy artistic director at the National Theatre, it has been announced. In this new role, he will work with director and joint chief executive Rufus Norris on... Read more
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Royal Shakespeare Company series coming to BroadwayHD
The digital streaming service BroadwayHD has partnered with the Royal Shakespeare Company to allow global audiences to watch Shakespeare plays. So far, nine titles have been added to the service,... Read more
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‘Love in a Wood’ online reading from Jermyn Street Theatre
William Wycherley’s Love in a Wood was first performed 350 years ago, in a time where the internet wouldn’t even be dreamed of. For 2021, Jermyn Street Theatre will present an online reading of Love... Read more
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Barnes’ People monologues to receive star-studded online revival
Peter Barnes’ series of monologues will be presented as a virtual production from next month, it has been announced. Titled Barnes’ People, Jon Culshaw, Matthew Kelly, Jemma Redgrave and Adrian... Read more
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Maureen Lipman to sing lost Lionel Bart musical
Maureen Lipman will give a world premiere performance of an unheard Lionel Bart musicalnext month, it has been announced. The exclusive performance will be available as part of the Jewish Music... Read more
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Derek Jacobi to star in virtual production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’
UPDATE: Romeo and Juliet will now be available to stream for an extra week, available to 27 February. A virtual adaptation of Romeo and Juliet will premiere next month, with full casting announced... Read more
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Felicity Kendal and Gary Wilmot join ‘Anything Goes’ cast at the Barbican
Further casting has been announced for the upcoming West End revival of Anything Goes at the Barbican. Felicity Kendal and Gary Wilmot will star in the production, as well as an update on performance... Read more
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Perfect Pitch and stream.theatre collaborate on showcasing British musicals
UPDATE: In the Willows news added 1 February.  The online streaming service stream.theatre has worked with theatre company Perfect Pitch to present a series of new works. Titled Rise:Up, all... Read more
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'101 Dalmatians' postponed at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
101 Dalmatians was due to open at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the production was moved back a year. However, in an announcement today, 101 Dalmatians... Read more
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All ‘Les Misérables: The All-Star Staged Concert’ performances cancelled
With West End theatres closed for the foreseeable future, Les Miserables is now the latest tragedy to be affected by the ongoing pandemic. It’s been confirmed that all performances of Les Miserables... Read more
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'Islander’ to be adapted for BBC radio play
After a limited engagement at Southwark Playhouse, Islander has now been adapted into a radio play. The new adaptation will be premiered on BBC Radio Four at 2:15pm, this Friday 22 January. Performed... Read more
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Frankie Goes To Hollywood singer to star in ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ film adaptation
We’re all looking forward to the film adaptation of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Although it won’t be released next month as previously billed, Richard E. Grant has shared news of a brand new... Read more
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Dan Stevens to star in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ online reading
As part of SHAKE Festival, a rehearsed reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place. The Shakespeare comedy will be available online, streaming on 31 March. Artistic Director of SHAKE... Read more
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‘Frozen’ postpones opening date at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The West End premiere of Frozen has been postponed at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Previously scheduled to begin performances in April 2021, Frozen has now pushed back its start date, with new... Read more
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Fionn Whitehead to star in virtual production of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’
UPDATE: Full casting for The Picture of Dorian Gray has been announced. Alfred Enoch will play Harry Wotton, with Joanna Lumley as Lady Narborough, Emma McDonald as Sibyl Vane, Russell Tovey as Basil... Read more
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‘Press Play Here’ mini plays now streaming at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Sadly, Theatre Royal Stratford East have postponed their 2021 reopening, which was previously scheduled to take place next month. However, to combat the loss of theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East... Read more
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The Showstoppers to livestream new improvised musical event
At the moment, the Showstoppers limited run at the Garrick Theatre is currently postponed. But, to continue performing and share some theatre joy, the Showstoppers will present another improvised... Read more
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‘Blithe Spirit’ starring Judi Dench premieres on Sky Cinema
A new film adaptation of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit is available to watch today. Previously scheduled to be released in May 2020, the film was postponed due to the pandemic, but is now airing on Sky... Read more
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Emma Thompson joins 'Matilda' musical film in latest casting update
Last year, it was announced that a new film adaptation of Matilda was in the works. Further casting has been confirmed today, with casting for Matilda, Miss Trunchbull and Miss Honey announced. In a... Read more
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‘West End Musical Celebration’ concerts coming to Palace Theatre
During Christmas 2020, West End theatregoers were looking forward to West End Musical Christmas. However, the production will now go ahead in May, instead called West End Musical Celebration. Six... Read more
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Casting announced for ‘Monday Night at the Apollo’ concert series
Update: Monday Night at the Apollo concerts will now take place at the Apollo Theatre on 24 May, 14 June and 5 July respectively. All concerts will be available to watch both in person and on... Read more
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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ extends closure dates
With theatres remaining closed in London for the foreseeable future, West End productions have had to prolong their closure dates. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the latest show to extend its... Read more
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‘Potted Panto’ back this Easter at the Garrick Theatre
Following suspended performances of Potted Panto at the end of 2020, the production will return this Easter. The Olivier Award-nominated family show will be performed at the Garrick Theatre, with... Read more
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‘Shook’ to be released via online stream in February 2021
UPDATE: Shook is now available to stream for an extended period, and is now online to 28 March. Sadly, Coronavirus impacted the West End transfer of Shook, with performances cancelled at Trafalgar... Read more
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‘Musicals: The Greatest Shows’ to be presented on BBC
UPDATE: On 31 January, the greatest musical theatre song was announced, as voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners. The top song was "One Day More" from Les Miserables, with "Bring Him Home" from Les... Read more
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Janie Dee to star in virtual production of ‘All On Her Own’
Janie Dee will star in a digital production of Terence Rattigan’s All On Her Own, it has been announced. She’ll appear in the one-woman play for just eight performances, available to stream from 16... Read more
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‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ moves online streaming dates
Initially scheduled to make its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was due to begin online performances this month. Now, the premiere has been delayed by a month, and... Read more
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‘Gatsby: A Musical’ livestreamed concert revival coming to Cadogan Hall
A digital concert production of Gatsby: A Musical will be available to watch online next month, it has been announced. Filmed at Cadogan Hall, audiences can stream the production from 12 - 14... Read more
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‘When Darkness Falls’ postponed at Park Theatre
Although the Park Theatre was due to reopen this month, news of a new national lockdown has ensured the theatre is closed for a prolonged period. As a result, performances of When Darkness Falls have... Read more
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‘Leave A Light On’ concerts to return in January 2021
In the first lockdown, Lambert Jackson Productions held a series of online concerts featuring West End stars. From next week, the ‘Leave A Light On’ concerts will resume, with initial performances... Read more
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David Bedella to perform virtual solo concert at Crazy Coqs
Following his Olivier Award-winning performance as Lance in & Juliet, David Bedella will present a solo concert this weekend. In his first solo performance in 15 years, An Evening With David... Read more
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Offies 2021: Full list of Off West End Awards nominees
UPDATE: Winners at the 2021 Offies have been bolded (21 February). Finalists for this year’s Off West End Awards have been announced, ahead of a ceremony in February. Nicknamed The Offies, the awards... Read more
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‘Witness for the Prosecution’ to return in May 2021
A conditional re-opening date for Witness for the Prosecution has been announced. Performances will resume from 18 May, staged in a real courtroom at London County Hall. Speaking about Witness for... Read more
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Michael Ball concert will stream online this weekend
Continuing to stream productions in the New Year, The Shows Must Go On has announced this weekend’s theatrical offering on their YouTube channel. Michael Ball’s 2011 ‘Heroes’ concert will be made... Read more
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‘The Stage 100’ 2021 winners named
Following yesterday’s theatre awards from The Stage dedicated to venues, The Stage 100 list has been announced. Typically dedicated to the 100 most influential people working in the industry, this... Read more
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‘Rose’ starring Maureen Lipman to be aired on Sky Arts
Martin Sherman’s Rose will be televised later this month, commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day. Streamed via Hope Mill Theatre last year, Maureen Lipman plays Rose in the production, which will be... Read more
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‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ to receive virtual premiere this month
Due to the current lockdown, plans for the world premiere of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice have now changed. Instead of performances at Southwark Playhouse from 9 January - 13 February, the musical will... Read more
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Noma Dumezweni to star in new Disney adaptation of ‘The Little Mermaid’
New casting for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid has been announced. The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child star Noma Dumezweni joins the production, playing a brand new role.... Read more
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The Stage Awards 2021 Winners announced
This year’s winners of The Stage Awards have been announced, championing innovative work in theatres across the United Kingdom. For the 2021 ceremony, all categories were remodelled to celebrate... Read more
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‘West End Bares’ goes virtual for 2021 fundraiser
One of London theatre’s hottest events of the year, West End Bares will go online for its 2021 event. Now in its eleventh year, audiences can watch this year’s offering of West End Bares online,... Read more
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& Juliet extends West End engagement to February 2022
Although all West End theatres are currently shut as a result of the national lockdown, & Juliet has announced an extension period. The Olivier Award-winning musical will play at the Shaftesbury... Read more
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Livestreams, theatre rehearsals and live television can go ahead in new lockdown
UPDATED: Latest news added 8 January. With news that England has entered a new national lockdown, all public performances in theatres are suspended until at least mid-February. On the up side,... Read more
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Sherlock Holmes virtual immersive adventure extends run
UPDATE: Casting for The Case of the Hung Parliament has been announced. Richard Holt will play Sherlock Holmes, joined by Amy Adele, Miranda Heath, Yasmin Keita, James Marlowe, Michele Moran and ... Read more
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James Graham reveals more details about Tammy Faye Bakker musical
In an interview with The Guardian, James Graham has spoke about a new musical he’s working on, commemorating the life of Tammy Faye Bakker. The musical will showcase the televangelist’s life, set to... Read more
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Lungs, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith, available to stream from the Old Vic
Following the revival of Claire Foy and Matt Smith in Lungs, audiences will be able to relive the production. A limited run of virtual streams for Lungs has been confirmed, available from 27 - 29... Read more
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‘Mischief Movie Night’ continues virtual performances in January 2021
UPDATE: On 1 February, 10 additional performances of Mischief Movie Night were announced. As a result, the virtual series is now extended from 5 - 21 February. Performances of Mischief Movie Night... Read more
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‘Roles We’ll Never Play’ concerts to stream online
UPDATE: Roles We'll Never Play will be available to stream again from 19-21 March Following two nights of concerts, Roles We’ll Never Play will be available to watch online. The acclaimed production... Read more
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Sheila Hancock and Toby Jones recognised in 2021 New Year’s Honours
The full line-up of recipients in the 2021 New Year’s Honours list has been announced. An annual tradition since 1890, the New Year’s Honours celebrates those who have made outstanding contributions... Read more
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