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  • Les Miserables

    Production images have been released for the reopening of Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre, which officially reopened on 16th January 2020.In a five-star review for LondonTheatre.co.uk, Mark Shenton said: "There's a welcome sense of continuity from past to present, but it is also given a fresh 21st century inventiveness."The cast of Les Miserables stars Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean, Bradley Jaden as Javert, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine, Shan Ako as Eponine, Lily Kerhoas as Cosette, Ian...

  • Pretty Woman: The Musical

    Ahead of the West End premiere of Pretty Woman: The Musical next month at the Piccadilly Theatre, the show's full cast has been named. They will join the previously announced Aimie Atkinson as Vivian Ward and Danny Mac as Edward Lewis in the stage adaptation of the classic 1990s romcom.Lead cast of Pretty Woman: The MusicalThe role of Kit De Luca will be played by Rachael Wooding, who returns to the West End after playing the roles of Meat and Scaramouche in We Will Rock You. In 2016, Wooding...

  • The Wedding Singer

    With performances of The Wedding Singer beginning later this month at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, the show's full cast has been announced. They will join Strictly Come Dancing professional Kevin Clifton, who will star as Robbie Hart in the musical, running for a five-week limited engagement.The Wedding Singer castRhiannon Chesterman will play the role of Julia, whose West End credits include Mrs Henderson Presents at the Noel Coward Theatre. She's worked with Kevin Clifton before,...

  • Friday Briefing: Reflecting on Jerry Herman, welcoming a new year of theatre and the role of critics

    A new year, let alone a new decade, is always an opportunity to undertake some personal housecleaning, as we bid farewell to the past (that we are now powerless to change anyway) and invite new opportunities into our lives. In the past, these have involved plenty of new year resolutions - but mine, this year, is simply to let more positivity into my life. For someone who lives my life to the frequent accompaniment of show tunes, few composers speak with more positivity and uplift than Jerry...

  • As we usher in a new year, we can look forward to 12 more glorious months of West End theatres. January 2022 is set to start the year off with a bang, with performances from Olivier Award-winning actors, new plays and of course, a Shakespeare production. Here are our top picks for London theatre in January 2022. Book tickets for London shows in January on London Theatre. David Suchet - Poirot and More, A Retrospective For over a quarter of a century, audiences tuned in to see David Suchet solve...

  • Top 10 plays of 2019

    As 2019 dwindles away from us and the decade draws to a close, our resident critic Mark Shenton has been rounding up his theatrical highlights of the year. Last week, he gave us a run-down of his ten best musicals to open in London this year. Now, he gives us his pick of the plays with his ten favourites of the last twelve months. Goldilocks and the Three Bears10. Goldilocks and the Three BearsThe now annual return of the panto to the London Palladium is now one of my favourite events of the...

  • Best Musicals of 2019

    As we enter that weird phase of the holiday period between Christmas and the New Year (what day is it again?) we reflect on the year gone by, and the great theatre we've witnessed in the capital over the last twelve months. Before he gives us his rundown of the plays of the year, here are our critic Mark Shenton's top ten musicals of 2019. The Boy Friend Photo credit: Manuel Harlan10. The Boy FriendA late entry for 2019, the Menier Chocolate Factory's Christmas musical revival of the 1953...

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera of one of the West End's longest-running musicals, and has welcomed millions of audience members since it opened in London in 1986.With its huge orchestral numbers, bombastic lead character and production values of the highest calibre, The Phantom of the Opera is often the first thing that comes to mind when people think of theatre; the textbook definition of a 'musical'.But what is it about? Who wrote the show? Is it actually an opera? And who is currently playing the...

  • Matt Lucas

    Less than a week after Les Miserables returned to the West End at the newly refurbished Sondheim Theatre, Matt Lucas will step in for a limited run to replace Gerard Carey as Thénardier. Carey was told by doctors on the morning of the first performance to rest his vocal cords to avoid long-term damage, with Lucas now taking over the role for six weeks. Matt Lucas to play ThenardierMatt Lucas recently played the role of Thénardier in this year's Les Miserables: All-Star Staged Concert at the...

  • Plays opening in London in 2020

    This year has been a fine year for theatre, and a fitting end to the decade as we've been treated to some scintillating new plays and rediscovered old gems. 2020 looks set to provide much of the same, with some of the world's best actors, writers and directors set to bring more great new plays and revivals to the West End. Here are some of the highlights we're most looking forward to opening in London in the coming year.And don't forget to check the 10 biggest musicals coming to the West End in...

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