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  • Leopoldstadt

    Ahead of the official opening night of Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt at the Wyndham's Theatre later this week, production images have been released, allowing audiences to get a first glimpse at Stoppard's first play in five years.Considered to be his most personal play to date, Leopoldstadt sees a Jewish family rediscover their religious identity in twentieth-century Europe amidst pogroms, separation and war. A cast of 26 adults and 15 children star in Stoppard's latest play, whose West End...

  • Magic Goes Wrong

    Following the news of Magic Goes Wrong's extension at the Vaudeville Theatre, new casting for Mischief Theatre's latest play has been announced. They'll take over the roles from original Mischief Theatre company members who currently star in the show, with the play running to August 2020.The new Magic Goes Wrong cast transformationLaurence Pears will take over the role of Sophisticato from Mischief Theatre writer Henry Shields, with Pears joining the production from 31st March to 31st May. Tom...

  • Mark Gatiss in A Christmas Carol

    Mark Gatiss has adapted Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol will run at Alexandra Palace this December, following a world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse.Gatiss, known for being a member of The League of Gentlemen and appearing in Sherlock and Doctor Who, has penned his take on the Dickens classic which will be directed by Nottingham Playhouse AD Adam Penford.The actor recently appeared in Penford's production of the Madness of George III in 2018, and will lead the cast in his own version of the...

  • And Juliet

    Producers of Max Martin musical & Juliet have announced a singalong performance, where the cast will invite audience members to belt out some of the biggest pop hits of the last two decades during the show.On 12th May, audience members at the Shaftesbury Theatre will be able to join in with the show and sing songs by the likes of Backstreet Boys, Adele, Jessie J, Katy Perry, Britney Spears Justin Timberlake and more.The show, which opened in November 2019, follows an alternate conclusion of...

  • Theatre narratives

    Theatrical coincidences that create their own narrativeLife - and the theatre that it reflects - is full of coincidences. This week, Albion - Mike Bartlett's brilliant play that first premiered in 2017 and is full of premonitions of the dark shadows being cast by Brexit - returned to London's Almeida, opening mere days after the results of the referendum were finally implemented and Britain officially left the EU. The very next day, the National premiered Death of England, another stark and...

  • The Seagull cast

    Ahead of next month's opening of Anya Reiss' adaptation of The Seagull at the Playhouse Theatre, the full cast for the production has been announced. They'll star alongside Emilia Clarke as Nina, who makes her West End debut in The Seagull, the second of three productions directed by Jamie Lloyd as part of his current West End season.A star-studded cast in The Seagull Indira Varma will reunite with her Game of Thrones co-star in The Seagull as Arkadina. On stage, Varma has starred in last year's...

  • Sleeping at the theatre

    "To die, to sleep; to sleep, perchance to dream", declares Hamlet, in anticipation of the prospect of death, in probably the single most famous speech in all of theatrical literature: To be, or not to be.But for many regular theatregoers, the speech could be rewritten as "to sleep, or not to sleep, that is the question." As my former critical colleague Matt Trueman (who has now hung up his pen to become a creative associate at Sonia Friedman Productions instead) once wrote in the Guardian, "Go...

  • Clive Rowe will star in Sister Act

    UPDATE: Sister Act is now postponed to 2022, with Whoopi Goldberg no longer playing Deloris Van Cartier. Read here for more information.Actor Clive Rowe will join the cast of the Sister Act revival, which is set to star the film's lead Whoopi Goldberg, when it runs in London this summer.Olivier Award winner Rowe will play Eddie Souther in the musical, the police chief who suggests Goldberg's character Deloris joins a witness protection programme which sees her embedded in a convent of nuns.Rowe...

  • As part of Sonia Friedman Productions season at the Ambassadors Theatre, The Shark is Broken will transfer to the West End this May. First performed at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, the play gives a behind-the-scenes look into the 1970s film and what happened when the cameras stopped rolling on one of Hollywood's biggest blockbuster.Written by Jaws star Robert Shaw's son Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, The Shark is Broken sees three Jaws cast members as they're stuck on a boat, frustrated by foul...

  • Shoe Lady

    Katherine Parkinson is set to star in EV Crowe's new play Shoe Lady at the Royal Court in March, in artistic director Vicky Featherstone's production.Crowe has previously written The Sewing Group, Hero and Kin at the Royal Court, and her latest play is about a woman called Viv who is feeling overwhelmed, but believes everything will be okay when she finds her missing work shoe.Parkinson plays Viv, her first stage appearance since her Olivier Award-nominated performance in Home, I'm Darling. Her...

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