All the movie stars in West End shows you can see now

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Seeing rising stars make their West End debuts is an incredible thing to witness. One day, you're watching a cast member in the ensemble, and then they're playing a leading role in a production that sees them win awards. But, in some productions, audiences are treated to performances from film stars, who've appeared in Hollywood blockbusters.

The West End is quickly becoming like the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Movie stars in West End shows are becoming more popular, with famous actors starring in limited runs, meaning you'll have to be quick to see them on stage. Take a look at the movie stars coming to the West End.

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Samantha Barks

What do Rachel Tucker, Jessie Buckley and Samantha Barks all have in common? They all found fame on the same TV show I'd Do Anything, competing for the role of Nancy in the West End revival of Oliver! Soon after the TV series, she was cast as Eponine in Les Miserables, and was later selected to play the role in the lauded Les Miserables film adaptation with a wealth of talent, including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried.

Continuing the film characters theme, Barks played Vivian Ward in the Broadway production of Pretty Woman: The Musical. Now, Barks is turning Theatre Royal Drury Lane into an ice palace, playing Elsa in Frozen.

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Nicole Scherzinger

Don'tcha wish your musicals all starred Nicole Scherzinger? The triple threat is best known as a music star for fronting the girl group The Pussycat Dolls. That career made her a Grammy nominee, but she's also a movie and stage star. On screen, she's had roles in Moana and TV movie adaptations of Dirty Dancing and Annie.

In 2014, she made her West End debut in Cats, earning an Olivier Award nomination for playing Grizabella. Now, she returns to the London stage in another Andrew Lloyd Webber hit: Sunset Boulevard, playing fading film star Norma Desmond in Jamie Lloyd's new production at the Savoy Theatre.

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Photo credit: Samantha Barks in Frozen. (Photo courtesy of production)

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