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Kiln Theatre to reopen in May with 3 world premieres
Kiln Theatre will launch a four-play season in Mary 2021, featuring three world premieres. The programming will feature Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me by Amy Trigg, NW Trilogy by Moira Buffini, ... Read more
Photo: Audrey Brisson as Amelie (Photo by Pamela Raith)
‘Amelie’ transfers to West End for a run at Criterion Theatre
After a regional tour and a London engagement at The Other Palace, Amelie will make its West End debut. Amélie will open at the Criterion Theatre for the summer, with performances from 21 May - 26... Read more
Photo credit: Rafe Spall (Photo courtesy of Kate Morley PR)
Rafe Spall to play Atticus Finch in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ with new 2022 opening date
The West End premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird will now open at the Gielgud Theatre in a year’s time. Rafe Spall will now star in the production as Atticus Finch, with performances... Read more
Photo credit: Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove (Photo courtesy of Emma Holland PR)
‘Love Letters’ to return to Theatre Royal Haymarket from May
After the West End transfer of Love Letters was forced to suspend performances, A. R. Gurney’s play will return to London this May. Love Letters will resume at Theatre Royal Haymarket from 19 May -... Read more
Photo credit: Cameron Mackintosh (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Chicago Tribune)
Cameron Mackintosh Foundation donates additional £500,000 to Theatre Artists Fund
Last year, Sam Mendes, Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre collectively set up the Theatre Artists Fund, directly helping those in the industry. Cameron Mackintosh’s self-named Foundation has... Read more
Photo credit: Keith Ramsay and Georgia Louise in Preludes (Photo by Scott Rylander)
‘Preludes’ livestream concerts to be broadcast from Southwark Playhouse
Ahead of Southwark Playhouse reopening its doors for in-person performances, the off-West End venue will be home to livestream concerts in May. After an acclaimed 2019 run, Preludes will return in... Read more
Photo: National Theatre (Photo by Paul Miller on Flickr)
Jack Thorne’s ‘After Life’ reopens Dorfman Theatre this summer
The National Theatre will greet theatregoers once more as its venues will open again this summer. The Dorfman will be the first space to reopen with Jack Thorne’s After Life, with performances from 2... Read more
Photo credit: Original London cast of Death Drop (Photo by Matt Crockett)
New ‘Death Drop’ casting announced for West End return
Ahead of Death Drop’s reopening at the Garrick Theatre, new casting has been announced. Two RuPaul’s Drag Race queens will make their West End debuts in the production, with Death Drop performances... Read more
Photo credit: Shakespeare’s Globe (Photo by Can Pac Swire on Flickr)
Shakespeare’s Globe to reopen in May with summer season announced
The iconic Southbank venue, Shakespeare’s Globe, will reopen with a crowdpleasing season of Shakespeare plays this summers. Performances will begin from 19 May, including revivals, new adaptations... Read more
Photo credit: Simon Stephens, Roy Williams and Tanika Gupta (Photos by Kevin Cummins and courtesy of Lyric Hammersmith)
Lyric Hammersmith to reopen in June with triple bill of new plays
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre will once again reopen its doors this summer with a trio of world premiere plays. The three works will be performed together as one collective titled Out West, with... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of & Juliet (Photo by Johan Persson)
‘& Juliet’ moves West End reopening to September 2021
The West End production of & Juliet will now resume performances from September. The Max Martin musical will reopen from 24 September at the Shaftesbury Theatre, with & Juliet tickets on sale... Read more
Photo credit: Denise Van Outen in Some Girl I Used To Know in 2014 (Photo by Pamela Raith)
Denise Van Outen to star in ‘Some Girl I Used To Know’ revival
A filmed revival of Some Girl I Used To Know starring Denise Van Outen will stream over the Easter weekend. Van Outen will reprise her West End performance for the screen, directed by friend and... Read more
Photo credit: Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal (Photo by Matthew Murphy)
‘Sunday in the Park With George’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal postponed indefinitely
The highly-anticipated revival of Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford is now postponed indefinitely. Initially scheduled for summer 2020, the musical couldn’... Read more
Photo credit: Pretty Woman: The Musical cast (Photo by Helen Maybanks)
‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ transfers to Savoy Theatre
The West End production of Pretty Woman: The Musical will continue its run this summer, transferring to the Savoy Theatre. Performances will resume from 8 July at the Savoy Theatre, with Pretty Woman... Read more
Photo credit: Young Akram Khan in Akademi’s The Adventures of Mowgli, 1984 (Photo by Alan Dilly from Akademi archives)
New ‘The Jungle Book’ adaptation to premiere at Leicester Curve
The Jungle Book will be adapted by choreographer Akram Khan into a new production, with performances taking place next year. The world premiere will be staged at Leicester Curve from 2 - 9 Apr. 2022... Read more
Photo credit: National Theatre (Photo by mondo on Flickr)
Michael Sheen and Sian Phillips to star in ‘Under Milk Wood’ at National Theatre
The National Theatre will reopen its doors later this year, with Michael Sheen and Sian Phillips starring in Under Milk Wood. Staged in a reconfigured Olivier Theatre, Under Milk Wood will begin... Read more
Photo credit: Cush Jumbo (Photo courtesy of Young Vic)
Cush Jumbo to star in ‘Hamlet’ at Young Vic
The Young Vic will reopen its doors later this year, with Hamlet being a part of the reopening season. Cush Jumbo will play the title prince in a new adaptation, playing at the Young Vic from 27... Read more
Photo credit: The Lion King cast (Photo by Deen Van Meer)
‘The Lion King’ to reopen at Lyceum Theatre this summer
After a year of suspended performances at the Lyceum Theatre, The Lion King will return to the West End. Performances will resume from 29 July, with The Lion King tickets on sale later this month.... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Billionaire Boy (Photo courtesy of Billionaire Boy)
‘Billionaire Boy’ makes West End premiere at Garrick Theatre
The West End premiere of Billionaire Boy will take place this summer, it has been confirmed. Originally a book, and then a BBC television production, David Walliams’ novel will now be dramatised at... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Jersey Boys US Tour (Photo courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR)
‘Jersey Boys’ now opening at Trafalgar Theatre this July
The sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will definitely be working their way back to the West End, as Jersey Boys returns to London. Performances will now begin at the new Trafalgar Theatre... Read more
Photo credit: Hairspray Cast (Artwork courtesy of Hairspray)
‘Hairspray’ now opening at London Coliseum in June
For a third rescheduling, new dates have been posted for Hairspray at the London Coliseum. The revival will now begin performances on 22 June — the day after theatres can open with no social... Read more
Photo credit: Megan Mullally and Robert Lindsay (Photo courtesy of Neil Reading PR)
‘Anything Goes’ postponed at Barbican to July, with further casting announced
The upcoming revival of Anything Goes at the Barbican has been pushed back, it has been confirmed. Anything Goes will now run from 23 July - 17 October, with additional casting also announced today.... Read more
Photo credit: Jack Holden in Cruise artwork (Photo courtesy of Cruise)
‘Cruise’ to transfer to Duchess Theatre in May
Following the streaming premiere of Jack Holden’s Cruise, the one-man play will transfer for in-person performances in May. Cruise will run at the Duchess Theatre from 18 May - 13 June, opening on... Read more
Photo credit: Ramin Karimloo and Nadim Naaman (Photos courtesy of Kevin Wilson PR)
Nadim Naaman and Ramin Karimloo lead new Persian inspired musical ‘Rumi’
A new musical inspired by 13th century Persian philosopher and poet is in the works, it has been announced. Eponymously titled Rumi: The Musical, the musical is created by Dana Al Fardan and Nadim... Read more
Photo credit: Nicole Raquel Dennis and Luke Bayer (Photos courtesy of Turbine Theatre)
‘Hair’ concerts to transfer to London Palladium in June
Following a limited engagement of Hair at the Turbine on the Jetty last year, the musical concerts will now transfer to the West End. Two Hair concerts will take place at the London Palladium on 13... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Mrs Henderson Presents (Photo by Alex Lentati)
Could the Windmill open as a new London theatre again?
In recent years, new London theatres have cropped up all over the city; the Boulevard Theatre and the Turbine Theatre to name a couple. But, a new venue may be greenlit in a matter of days, as... Read more
Photo credit: Sharon Hayes and Bo Poraj (Photos courtesy of Hampstead Theatre)
Hampstead Theatre announces in-person spring 2021 season
After performances of The Dumb Waiter were cancelled at Hampstead Theatre, the London venue will reopen its doors once more in 2021. Two new productions have been confirmed to run at the north London... Read more
Photo credit: Roger Bart as Doc Brown and Olly Dobson as Marty McFly (Photo by Sean Ebsworth Barnes)
‘Back to the Future’ moves West End opening date to August
The West End premiere of Back To The Future: The Musical will now open later in the year, it has been announced. Back To The Future: The Musical will now begin performances at the Adelphi Theatre on... Read more
Photo credit: BBC Philarmonic Orchestra (Photo still courtesy of BBC)
BBC commissions ‘U.Me: The Musical’ for global premiere this May
UPDATE: Stephen Fry will be the narrator of U.Me: The Musical, and the cast will be led by Anoushka Lucas and Martin Sarreal. The musical will be staged for radio and podcast, and the first episode... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of The Play That Goes Wrong (Photo by Helen Murray)
‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ to return to Duchess Theatre in June
The Play That Goes Wrong will reopen in the West End this summer, it has been confirmed. The Olivier Award-winning comedy play will resume performances at the Duchess Theatre from 18 June. Henry... Read more
Photo credit: Dr Seuss’ The Lorax at the Old Vic in 2017 (Photo courtesy of The Old Vic)
‘Dr Seuss’ The Lorax’ to be livestreamed at The Old Vic
After performances of A Christmas Carol were streamed around the world last year, the Old Vic returns with a new livestreamed production. This time, it’s a virtual revival of Dr Seuss’ The Lorax,... Read more
Photo credit: Vaudeville Theatre (Photo by Andy Roberts on Flickr under CC 2.0)
‘Roles We’ll Never Play’ opens for spring concerts at Vaudeville Theatre
Following the success of Roles We’ll Never Play at the Apollo Theatre last year, the concert series will return to the West End. This time, Roles We’ll Never Play is at the Vaudeville Theatre on 22... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of The Distance You Have Come (Photo courtesy of Nimax Theatres)
Scott Alan ‘The Distance You Have Come’ song cycle to open at Apollo Theatre
The Apollo Theatre will be home to a brand new song cycle by Scott Alan this summer, it has been announced. Titled The Distance You Have Come, there’ll be two in-person performances on 21 and 28 June... Read more
Photo credit: Harold Pinter Theatre (Photo courtesy of Tony Higsett on Flickr under CC 2.0)
‘J’Ouvert’ to open at Harold Pinter Theatre
The Harold Pinter Theatre will open this May with a collection of new plays from Sonia Friedman Productions. As part of the RE:EMERGE season, Yasmin Joseph’s J’Ouvert will make its West End premiere... Read more
Photo credit: Gemma Arterton (Photo courtesy of Eva Rinaldi on Flickr under CC 2.0)
Gemma Arterton to star in ‘Walden’ at Harold Pinter Theatre
The Harold Pinter Theatre will open this May with a collection of new plays from Sonia Friedman Productions. As part of the RE:EMERGE season, Amy Berryman’s debut play Walden makes its West End debut... Read more
Photo credit: Emma Corrin (Photo by Faye Thomas)
Emma Corrin to star in ‘Anna X’ at Harold Pinter Theatre
The Harold Pinter Theatre will open this May with a collection of new plays from Sonia Friedman Productions. As part of the RE:EMERGE season, Joseph Charlton’s Anna X will make its West End premiere... Read more
Photo credit: Derren Brown (Photo courtesy of RAW PR)
‘The Invisible Man’ stage adaptation in the works from Derren Brown
A new stage production of H.G.Wells’ The Invisible Man is in the works, it has been announced. The award-winning illusionist Derren Brown and playwright Barney Norris are collaborating on the... Read more
Photo credit: The Prince of Egypt Cast (Photo by Tristram Kenton)
‘The Prince of Egypt’ to return to Dominion Theatre this summer
After the world premiere of The Prince of Egypt was cut short at the Dominion Theatre, the epic musical will reopen for performances this summer. The Prince of Egypt will initially open with socially... Read more
Photo credit: The Winter’s Tale (Photo courtesy of BBC)
Full details announced for BBC Lights Up initiative, starring Giles Terera and Juliet Stevenson
As part of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine series, the corporation will be collaborating with London theatres and regional venues to showcase new works. Full details for the BBC Lights Up programme... Read more
Photo: Six at the Lyric Theatre (Photo courtesy of Kevin Wilson Public Relations)
‘West End Live Lounge’ comes to Lyric Theatre for one-off concert
Although the Lyric Theatre will reopen in May with Six, concerts will also take place at the venue. West End Live Lounge will be held at the Shaftesbury Avenue theatre on 14 June, with acclaimed... Read more
Photo credit: Shanay Holmes and Sophie Evans (Photos courtesy of West End Musical Celebration)
‘West End Musical Celebration’ opens at the Palace Theatre in June
From a West End Musical Christmas to a West End Musical Celebration, the series of uplifting concerts will finally get the go ahead in June. West End Musical Celebration is at the Palace Theatre from... Read more
Photo credit: Original London cast of Death Drop (Photo by Matt Crockett)
‘Death Drop’ murder mystery reopens at Garrick Theatre from May
Death Drop will reopen at the Garrick Theatre in May, it has been announced. The “Dragatha Christie” murder mystery will return to the West End from 19 May, three days after socially distanced... Read more
Photo credit: Jack O'Connell and Sienna Miller in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Photo by Johan Persson)
‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ and ‘Consent’ added to National Theatre at Home service
A new pair of filmed productions will now be available to watch on the National Theatre’s own streaming service, it has been announced. The two new shows are the West End revival of Tennessee... Read more
Photo credit: Les Miserables cast (Photo by Johan Persson)
‘Les Miserables’ concert to return in May ahead of full production opening in September
Details for the return of Les Miserables in London have been announced, including the concert and full musical production. Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert will return to the Sondheim... Read more
Photo: Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon (Photo by Julia Kennedy/Disney)
‘Frozen’ to open at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in August
In January, the West End premiere of Frozen was pushed back at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, but new dates have been confirmed. The Disney musical Frozen will now begin performances from 27 August 2021,... Read more
Photo credit: Dame Judi Dench, Michael Ball and Keira Knightley (Photos courtesy of RAW PR)
Theatre Support Fund+ hits new charity milestone and reschedules concerts
As the first anniversary since the closure of London theatres approaches, a new charity milestone from the Theatre Support Fund+ has been posted. So far, the initiative has raised over £800,000 for... Read more
Photo credit: Anthony Hopkins in The Father (Photo by Sean Gleason)
‘The Father’ and ‘Promising Young Woman’ in 2021 BAFTA Film Awards nominations
The nominees for the 2021 BAFTA Film Awards have been released, ahead of next month’s ceremony. In the nominations, a variety of West End stars feature in multiple categories, as well as in the... Read more
Photo credit: Hysteria artwork (Photo courtesy of Theatre Royal Stratford East)
‘Hysterical!’ film to be streamed by Theatre Royal Stratford East
Theatre Royal Stratford East was due to open its doors last month for in-person performances, however the reopening has been postponed thanks to the pandemic. But, the London venue will release a new... Read more
Photo credit: Michele Austin, Natalie Dew, Georgie Fellows, Amaka Okafor, Alexzandra Sarmiento and Ragevan Vasan (Photo courtesy of Royal Court Theatre)
‘Living Newspaper’ to return for virtual performances at Royal Court
First announced in September 2020, the Royal Court’s latest project is Living Newspaper, with creatives using different mediums to explore current affairs. After the latest lockdown, Living Newspaper... Read more
Photo credit: Emerald Fennell and Josh O’Connor (Photos courtesy of United Agents and National Theatre respectively)
West End actors and creatives win at 2021 Critics' Choice Awards
The 2021 Critics’ Choice Awards took place on 7 March, and it’s fair to say that the West End was represented in its winners. Five West End performers took home awards, including a screenplay win for... Read more
Photo credit: Ryan Molloy and Anna-Jane Casey (Photos courtesy of RAW PR)
‘Live in London’ concert series to stream from March
After the Live in London concert series at the Hippodrome Casino was cut short due to the pandemic, the dozen concerts that did take place will now be available to stream. Filmed in London, each... Read more
Photo credit: Dave Stewart and Joss Stone (Photos courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR)
‘The Time Traveller’s Wife: The Musical’ in development
The Time Traveller’s Wife will be adapted into a new musical to premiere later this year, it has been announced. Based on Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 novel that was subsequently adapted for film, the... Read more
Photo credit: Shane Richie (Photo courtesy of Everybody's Talking About Jamie)
Shane Richie to return to ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ in May 2021
Following Nica Burns teasing the reopening of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie on Radio 2 earlier this week, a reopening date has been posted. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will return to the Apollo... Read more
Photo credit: Laura Osnes in the American production of A Killer Party (Photo courtesy of A Killer Party)
‘A Killer Party’ musical to receive British premiere as on-demand series
Following the American premiere of A Killer Party, created in direct responses to the forced closure of theatres, the murder-mystery musical will now receive its British premiere. A Killer Party will... Read more
Photo credit: Assembly Artwork (Photo courtesy of Donmar Warehouse)
Donmar Warehouse to present ‘Assembly’, created by local community
Following the in-person performances of Blindness at the Donmar Warehouse, the off-West End theatre returns with a new production. Titled Assembly, the production is from the Donmar Local Company,... Read more
Photo credit: Cast of Letters Live (Photo courtesy of Andy Green PR)
'Letters Live’ virtual series to stream online this March
After a hiatus of streaming West End and Broadway productions, the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On will return next week, it has been announced. The channel will resume with a trio of Letters... Read more
Photo credit: Noah Thomas and Sejal Keshwala in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Photo courtesy of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie)
Nica Burns on BBC Radio 2: “I will be opening my six theatres at 50% capacity”
Ahead of the 2021 Budget which will be giving over £400m to theatres, Nica Burns spoke on BBC Radio 2 about the future of opening shows at theatres nationwide. This expands on an interview last week... Read more
Photo Credit: Amber Davies and Louis Smith (Photos by Uli Weber)
‘Bring It On: The Musical’ to play London season at Southbank Centre this Christmas
After the national tour of Bring It On: The Musical was cancelled as a result of the pandemic, the cheerleading musical will finally entertain audiences this year. Bring It On: The Musical will play... Read more
Photo credit: Theatre curtain (Photo by Rob Laughter on Unsplash)
2021 Budget: Arts and culture sector to receive £400 million in additional financial support
In the 2021 Budget announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, details about support for the arts and culture industries have been revealed. As reported by the BBC Sunak is expected to... Read more
Photo credit: Jimmy Essex (Photo by Bettina John)
‘GHBoy’ now available to stream online
After a limited engagement at Charing Cross Theatre last year, GHBoy will now go online, it has been announced. GHBoy is now available to stream on-demand for an open-ended run from 1 March. Paul... Read more
Photo credit: Still from Restless Natives movie
‘Restless Natives’ film to be adapted into musical for 2022 release
The 1985 movie Restless Natives is to receive a musical adaptation, it has been announced. As covered in The Guardian, the film’s creative team are working on a stage musical version, hoping for a... Read more
Photo credit: All Star Musicals logo (Photo courtesy of ITV)
ITV’s All Star Musicals to return for one-off special
UPDATE: Cast added 8 March. After musical theatre took over ITV in 2019 with All Star Musicals, the hit series returns for a one-off special on 21 March. Six celebrities will take to the stage to... Read more
Photo credit: Andrew Lloyd Webber (Photo by John Swannell)
Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to reopen in the West End this July
Speaking to BBC Breakfast this morning, Andrew Lloyd Webber has told of plans to reopen all his musicals this summer. This includes the world premiere of Cinderella, which will now begin performances... Read more
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