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James M. Nederlander
The West End to Dim Lights in Memory of James M. Nederlander
It has been announced that venues throughout the West End will join a number of Broadway theatres in dimming their lights on 3 August 2016 in memory of James M. Nederlander, Chairman of The... Read more
Two Man Show
RashDash return to Soho Theatre with Two Man Show
Following previous engagements at the Soho Theatre with 'Ugly Sisters' and 'Oh, I Can't Be Bothered,' as well as a National Theatre run of 'We Want You To Watch​,' RashDash and Northern Stage will... Read more
Trainspotting
Trainspotting the Play to run at The Vaults
A new London production of Trainspotting will run at The Vaults in Waterloo to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Irvine Welsh and Danny Boyle’s generation defining film. Running for... Read more
The Red Shoes
Cast announced for Matthew Bourne's production of The Red Shoes
Matthew Bourne and New Adventures have announced full casting for their upcoming production of The Red Shoes which opens at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on Monday 21 November with an eight week... Read more
Darren Day and Michael Xavier star in Bumblescratch for Variety Children's Charity
Initial casting has today been announced for the one-off charity gala concert of Robert J. Sherman's new musical Bumblescratch which plays at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End on 4 September... Read more
Lazarus David Bowie London
David Bowie musical Lazarus confirms London opening in 2016
It has now been officially announced that David Bowie and Enda Walsh's musical Lazarus will open in London at the Kings Cross Theatre from 25 October 2016 to 22 January 2017. The production will... Read more
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon extends booking to November 2016
The Olivier and Tony Award winning Best New Musical The Book Of Mormon has extended its booking period to 12 November 2016 at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End. The show originally... Read more
The Boys in the Band
Cast announced for The Boys in the Band
Full casting has now been announced for the upcoming revival of Mart Crowley’s play The Boys in the Band which will run at The Park Theatre in Finsbury Park from 28 September to 30 October 2016, with... Read more
Freddie Fox in Romeo and Juliet at Sheffield Crucible
Freddie Fox joins Branagh's Romeo and Juliet
The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company have today announced that Freddie Fox will join their current production of Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre following the indisposition of original cast... Read more
 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Cast announced for 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre have today announced casting for their upcoming production of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips which is co-adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Globe Artistic Director... Read more
Simon Day
The Fast Show’s Simon Day stars in Waiting for Waiting for Godot at the St James
Casting has been announced for Dave Hanson’s off-Broadway comedy Waiting for Waiting for Godot which runs at the at St. James Theatre Studio from 30 August 2016 to 24 September 2016, with an official... Read more
Licensed to Ill
Beastie Boys show Licensed To Ill at the Southwark Playhouse
The Corner Shop Events have today announced that their production of the Beastie Boys show Licensed To Ill will run at the Southwark Playhouse in south London for a limited run, following a UK tour.... Read more
Amber Riley Dreamgirls
Video
Watch Amber Riley sing "I am Changing" from Dreamgirls
A new video has been released of Glee star Amber Riley performing "I am Changing" from the upcoming production of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre, which begins performances on 19 November 2016. The... Read more
Radio Times
Charing Cross Theatre Postpones Production of Radio Times
It has been announced that the upcoming production of Radio Times at the Charing Cross Theatre has been postponed following artist non-availability. In a statement released today, producers of the... Read more
The Red Barn National Theatre
Mark Strong and Hope Davis lead The Red Barn
The National Theatre have today announced that Mark Strong and Hope Davis will star in David Hare's latest play The Red Barn, which runs at the Lyttleton Theatre from 6 October with an official... Read more
The Naked Magicians Trafalgar Studios
The Naked Magicians make West End debut at Trafalgar Studios
It has been announced that The Naked Magicians will make their West End debut at Trafalgar Studios 1 from Wednesday 31 August until Saturday 24 September 2016, with an official opening on 1 September... Read more
Title of Show Waterloo East Theatre
Title of Show revived at the Waterloo East Theatre
SR Productions have today announced that they will present a revival of the Tony-nominated musical [title of show] which will run at the Waterloo East Theatre for a limited three week run from 6 to... Read more
The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black extends booking to September 2017
Susan Hill's long running thriller The Woman in Black, has extended its booking period to 23 September 2017 at the Fortune Theatre in London's West End, where it has been playing for the past 26... Read more
Unfaithful
Unfaithful at Found111 starring Matthew Lewis
Emily Dobbs Productions have announced that their next show at the FOUND111 theatre space on Charing Cross Road, central London, will be the London premiere of Unfaithful, a blackly comic new play by... Read more
Children of Eden
Children of Eden to run at the Union Theatre
The Union Theatre have announced that they will produce a revival of Stephen Schwartz and John Caird's biblical musical Children of Eden at their brand new south London venue, running from 10 August... Read more
The Scoop Theatre
Crime & Punishment: A Rock Musical featuring music by Toyah Willcox
Gods and Monsters Theatre have announced that they will present the world premiere of Crime & Punishment: A Rock Musical at The Scoop, an outdoor free venue by City Hall in central London.... Read more
The Game's Afoot
The Game's Afoot at Madame Tussauds
The Olivier nominated team behind immersive theatre events such as Alice's Adventures Underground and Les Enfant Terribles will bring their new production The Game's Afoot to the iconic Madame... Read more
Gawn Grainger
Gawn Grainger joins cast of The Entertainer
The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company have announced that Gawn Grainger has joined the company of The Entertainer in the role of Billy Rice, replacing John Hurt who, on the advice of his doctors,... Read more
Titanic Charing Cross
Sail On! Titanic extends to 13 August at the Charing Cross Theatre
The current hit revival of Peter Stone and Maury Yeston's 1997 musical Titanic has extended its booking by one week to 13 August 2016 at the Charing Cross Theatre. The production began performances... Read more
Sheridan Smith returns to Funny Girl
Producers of the London revival of Funny Girl, which is currently playing at the Savoy Theatre, have confirmed that double Olivier Award-winning actress Sheridan Smith has returned to the company and... Read more
Mark Rylance Nice Fish
Mark Rylance's Nice Fish to open at the Harold Pinter Theatre
It has been officially announced that Olivier, Tony and Oscar Award-winning actor Mark Rylance will return to London's West End in his self penned play Nice Fish, which will run at the Harold Pinter... Read more
Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams
Almeida Theatre announces Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams in Mary Stuart
The Almeida Theatre in Islington, north London, has today announced further details of its upcoming season, including a new production and casting updates for previously announced shows. Associate... Read more
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Theatre Royal Stratford East announces new season
Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kerry Michael has today announced details of the venue's upcoming season at the east London venue. The season opens with Counting Stars by award-... Read more
The Play That Goes Wrong new cast
The Play That Goes Wrong extends to 10 September 2017
 It has been announced that the Olivier Award-winning Best Comedy The Play That Goes Wrong has extended its booking period at the Duchess Theatre, where it is now booking to 10 September 2017.... Read more
Unreachable Matt Smith
Unreachable starring Matt Smith opens at the Royal Court Theatre
The Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square, west London, is no stranger to high level experimentation. It's latest play, Unreachable by Anthony Neilson, has been created by the company whilst in the... Read more
This House Garrick Theatre
Full cast announced for This House at the Garrick Theatre
The full cast has now been announced for the West End return of James Graham's 2012 play This House which opens at the Garrick Theatre for a limited run from 19 November 2016 to 25 February 2017,... Read more
Vanities Trafalgar Studios
Vanities the Musical at Trafalgar Studios 2
A new production of David Kirshenbaum and Jack Heifner 2009 off-Broadway hit Vanities the Musical will open at the Trafalgar Studios 2, a studio theatre in central London, running from 1 September to... Read more
Guys and Dolls Rebel Wilson
First look at Rebel Wilson and Simon Lipkin in Guys and Dolls
Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson makes her West End debut in Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre alongside Simon Lipkin in the role of Miss Adelaide. The production originated at the Chichester... Read more
Wild Hampstead
Mike Bartlett's Wild extends at the Hampstead Theatre
The premiere of Mike Bartlett's new play Wild at the Hampstead Theatre in north London has extended its limited engagement by one week to 23 June 2016. The play opened on 16 June following previews... Read more
The Bodyguard
Full cast announced for The Bodyguard
The full cast has now been announced for the West End return of The Bodyguard which begins performances at the Dominion Theatre on 15 July 2016 with an official opening on 21 July, where it is... Read more
Adding Machine
The Finborough announces Autumn 2016 Season
The Finborough Theatre in west London has announced details of its 2016 Autumn season at their above-the-pub venue. It features all three of the strands of their artistic policy with new writing,... Read more
The Entertainer Kenneth Branagh
John Hurt withdraws from The Entertainer on medical advice
The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company have today announced that actor John Hurt has had to withdraw from their upcoming revival of John Osborne's The Entertainer following medical advice. The... Read more
The Dresser (photo Hugh Glendinning)
Further cast announced for The Dresser
Further casting has been announced for the West End revival of The Dresser by Ronald Harwood which runs at the Duke of York's Theatre in London's West End from 5 October 2016 to 14 January 2017, with... Read more
Bat Out of Hell the Musical
Bat Out of Hell the Musical to run at the London Coliseum
A new musical by Jim Steinman based on the Meat Loaf album Bat of Out Hell is set to open at the London Coliseum in summer 2017, following a run at the Manchester Opera House from 17 February 2017.... Read more
Amanda Holden (photo Helen Maybanks)
Amanda Holden to join Cinderella at the London Palladium
Further casting has been reported for the upcoming London Palladium pantomime Cinderella, which runs at the iconic venue for a limited Christmas season from 9 December to 15 January 2017. TV... Read more
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