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  • Songs For A New World

    In an effort to bring the thrill and joy of the arts to our homes whilst theatres remain closed, LW Theatres and Lambert Jackson Productions have announced a new upcoming production of Songs For A New World, written by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, The Bridges of Madison County). The production will be filmed entirely in isolation, and will be available to livestream for three performances 23-25 July 2020 at 7pm.Featuring a star-studded cast of West End veterans Rachel John...

  • SIX

    SIX will be one of the first shows to make it back to the stage. The producers of SIX The Musical have announced that the show will embark on a new UK drive-In concert tour, in association with Live Nation Entertainment's Utilita Live From The Drive-In.In line with government guidance, the tour will launch in August for two months across 12 UK cities, including London, Bristol, Edinburgh, and Birmingham. SIX will perform an eight-show week in each venue.In an effort to bring back the thrill and...

  • Sleepless, A Musical Romance

    Sleepless, A Musical Romance, based on Nora Ephron's screenplay Sleepless in Seattle, will begin performances on 25 August with an official opening date on 1 September at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. The production was originally scheduled to open on 24 March but was postponed due to the government shutdown of theatres. The show will be following social distancing guidelines and other COVID-secure protocols including temperature checks, mask requirements, and contactless food and beverage...

  • Taking the West End by storm earlier this year, The Prince of Egypt musical, based on the hit 1998 DreamWorks film, has announced that it will return to its home at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End at the end of this year. Performances are scheduled to begin on 2nd November 2020, pending coronavirus reopening guidelines from the UK government. The show's producers also announced the show's reopening will mark the beginning of an open-ended run, with tickets initially available through...

  • Hairspray

    The highly-anticipated production of Hairspray starring Michael Ball in a return to his Olivier-winning role as Edna Turnblad has announced that it will now play at the London Coliseum from April 2021. The production was initially scheduled for September 2020 but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 government guidelines. The musical will now have its first preview on the 22 April 2021 and will run until 28 August 2021. "Just like Edna's famous roll-on foundation garments, it's been a struggle...

  • Gwendoline Christie in A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nicholas Hytner's production from The Bridge Theatre, will be the next title to be released as part of NT Live's continuing series of streams, National Theatre at Home. It will be available from 7pm on Thursday 25 June.Described by the Metro's critic as "the most joyously affirmative Shakespeare production I've ever seen," this immersive production transforms The Bridge into a forest complete with high-flying fairies. Starring Game of Thrones's Gwendoline Christie as...

  • The London Palladium has almost 2,300 seats

    Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that the historic London Palladium will be the site of a series of trials in July, testing safety measures designed to demonstrate theatre's ability to reopen following the extended Covid-19 closure. The trials will use methods successfully employed in South Korea for his touring production of The Phantom of the Opera.The South Korean model sees audiences attending with face masks and applying hand sanitiser - while backstage, thermal image cameras check cast...

  • Turn Up Logo

    In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Club 11 has announced that its next online concert series, TURN UP, will feature a star-studded line up of Black performers from the West End and Broadway. Under the direction of Nicole Raquel Dennis (Dear Evan Hansen) and Ryan Carter, TURN UP will take place in early July at Cadogan Hall, and its goal is to promote activism, community leadership, and awareness for the following charities: The Bail Project, The Okra Project, The Black Curriculum,...

  • Allison Williams stars as Peter Pan

    The 2014 live filming of Peter Pan Live! will be available to stream for free for 48 hours only from 7PM on Friday 19th June. It is the latest full-length musical to be made available as part of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUun-2hatcY" target="_blank"The Shows Must Go On and follows the successful online showings of The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray Live!, Jesus Christ Superstar, amongst others.Based on the 1954 Broadway musical, itself an adaption of J. M Barrie's original play,...

  • Wicked perform at West End LIVE in 2019

    West End LIVE, London's annual two-day celebration of the best of West End theatre, has announced the programme for its virtual 2020 festivities. The event, which usually takes place in Trafalgar Square each June, is the latest to be impacted by COVID-19 and social distancing measures. The virtual celebration will take place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June. In place of the large-scale outdoor concerts, this year's online line-up will feature theatre quizzes, exclusive playlists,...

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