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  • How to get cheap West End theatre tickets

    The West End has garnered global renown as the number one place to find the world's greatest theatre. It is one of the largest tourist pulls to the UK; few leave the capital without taking in a West End show. Discover out how you can score cheap West End theatre tickets with us. Previews are one of the best ways to save money on theatre tickets. During the preview period, which often lasts between a week and a month depending on the size of the production, the show is still being chopped and...

  • The Woman in Black

    New casting has been announced for the West End production of The Woman in Black, the horror which has been terrifying audiences at the Fortune Theatre for almost 30 years.The play, which is based on the novel by Susan Hill, follows Arthur Kipps as he enlists the help of an actor to assist him in retelling his story of a haunted trip to a house in rural England where he encounters a ghost he believes has cast a spell over his family.Terence Wilton to return as Arthur KippsTerence Wilton will...

  • Matilda the Musical

    UPDATE: On 5 January 2021, Variety reported that Lashana Lynch is in talks to play Miss Honey in Matilda. She will star in the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die, and has previously appeared in Captain Marvel.Following his Olivier Award-winning directorial work for Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre, Matthew Warchus will direct a new film adaptation of the Roald Dahl story. In the pre-production stage, casting for Matilda will begin later this year, with information on a release date...

  • Comedy About A Bank Robbery

    Mischief Theatre's The Comedy About A Bank Robbery has set its final performance date in the West End.The comedy, which was the sequel to the company's original The Play That Goes Wrong, has been running in London at the Duchess Theatre for the last three years.While it was booking until 1st November, it has now been announced that the show will close on Sunday 3rd May. Those with tickets beyond those dates should contact their point of purchase for more information.It comes as the company's...

  • Paul Merton and Michael Ball in Hairspray

    Paul Merton is set to join Michael Ball in the upcoming West End revival of Hairspray at the London Coliseum, making his London musical debut.Merton will play Wilbur Turnblad, a joke shop owner whose daughter is vying for fame by entering a TV talent competition, and is married to Edna Turnblad, Ball's character.The musical opens on 23rd April, with casting also including Lizzie Bea and Marisha Wallace. Tickets are available now.Hairspray West End castPaul Merton joins Michael Ball, who...

  • Mean Girls

    Mean Girls producers have announced they are 'in final discussions' for a West End transfer of the stage musical adaptation.With a book by Tina Fey and music and lyrics by Jeff Richmond and Neil Benjamin respectively, the musical is based on Fey's movie which starred Lindsay Lohan as a high schooler who falls in with the popular girls as she starts her new high school.Produced on stage by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures, it has been announced that Casey...

  • Laurence Fox

    It is a critic's job to have opinions. Like 'em or loathe 'em, a critic can't, in the end, sit on the fence - as the saying goes, you end up having splinters up your arse. But in the increasingly polarised world we live in, expressing opinions can get you into seriously hot water. What we write isn't necessarily popular, especially when we're being critical (as we sometimes must be).Laurence Fox appeared on Question Time earlier this weekAt least we typically confine our opinions to the work in...

  • Shook

    UPDATE: Shook was cancelled at Trafalgar Studios due to Coronavirus. A performance of Shook will be filmed in December 2020 and released early next year.After beating over 1,400 entrants to win the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize, Samuel Bailey's Shook will receive its West End transfer. Shook will be performed at Trafalgar Studio Two for a four-week engagement from April 2020.Examining the consequences of locking up teenagers, Shook follows Grace, as she works with three teenagers as they...

  • The Sunset Limited

    This year has marked the official start for two writers as chief theatre critics of their respective papers. At The Guardian, Arifa Akbar formally took over from Michael Billlington following his retirement after over 48 years in the post, while at The Times, it was announced that Clive Davis was appointed to take over from Ann Treneman, who stepped down in September last year (after, as she put it, deciding "at the age of 63, to go back to university and study landscape architecture and...

  • Baby Reindeer

    Baby Reindeer, the debut play by writer Richard Gadd, will transfer to the West End following its sell out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Bush Theatre.Directed by Jon Brittain, and Olivier Award winner for his production of Rotterdam, the play recounts Gadd's real experiences with a stalker, as one offer of a cup of tea transformed into six years of torment.Gadd stars in the play, which will run at the Ambassadors Theatre from 2nd April until 2nd May, prior to a run in New York in the...

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