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  • Cats

    Ever since the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats was first discussed, musical theatre fans and film buffs alike have been anticipating how the feline creatures would look when given the Hollywood treatment. It's one of the most successful musicals of all time, following a group of cats trying to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn. But, how can this eccentric, nonsensical musical work on the screen? It's not Tom Hooper's first foray into directing a musical for the silver...

  • Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is set to make her West End debut in the next production in Jamie Lloyd's year-long residency at the Playhouse Theatre as she's set to star in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull next year.It's the third production to be announced in Lloyd's season in the West End, and will follow Cyrano de Bergerac, which currently runs starring James McAvoy, and will follow A Doll's House with Jessica Chastain - who also makes her West End debut.Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke to...

  • City of Angels

    Further casting has been announced for the West End transfer of City of Angels, opening at the Garrick Theatre next year. The musical follows a writer as he is penning a new screenplay, and flicks between scenes from his life and the film he is writing. It has a book by Larry Gelbart, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel.Directed by Josie Rourke, Theo James and Jonathan Slinger will join the previously announced cast of the production, which includes Rosalie Craig, Hadley Fraser and...

  • Show of the Decade

    Twelve months is a long time in theatre, shows open and close, surprise and shock, enlighten, and provoke all the time. But as we approach the final weeks of 2019, it's time to reflect, not just on the past year, but the past decade of great theatre in London. Last week, we asked you to nominate your favourite new plays and musicals which first opened in London since 2010. Inundated with responses, we have narrowed down a shortlist of plays and musicals, which you can vote for below, with the...

  • Photo by Oliver RosserThe upcoming West End production of Pretty Woman the Musical has found its leads in actors Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac, who will star in the musical at the Piccadilly Theatre from February.Atkinson will play the lead role of Vivian, and is best known for being an original cast member in the cult hit musical Six at the Arts Theatre, while she has also starred in In The Heights at the King's Cross Theatre.Danny Mac is currently appearing in White Christmas at the Dominion...

  • The Wedding Singer

    Kevin Clifton is set to star in the musical adaptation of the Adam Sandler film The Wedding Singer when it comes to London next year.Clifton - a Strictly Come Dancing professional who has previously appeared in Dirty Dancing and Rock of Ages - will play Robbie Hart, as we learn about his profession, his failed relationships and his new romances.The show has music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, and a book by Beguelin and Tim Herlihy, and premiered on Broadway in 2006 before making...

  • Theatre based on real life

    The West End is full of original stories, but a piece of theatre has an extra edge when you know the events playing out on stage have actually taken place somewhere in the world. There are always plays and musicals based or inspired by true stories in the West End, so here, we round up ten of the best right now. HamiltonLin-Manuel Miranda's American history musical is probably as comprehensive as biographical theatre gets, spanning founding father Alexander Hamilton's entire adult life over...

  • Samantha Barks

    Samantha Barks is set to take on the lead role in the upcoming West End premiere of Frozen the Musical.Barks, known for her roles in the film version of Les Miserables and lead role in Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway, will play Elsa in Michael Grandage's production when it opens in London at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in October 2020.Barks appeared in the West End production of Les Mis prior to appearing in the film, and her other stage credits include City of Angels at the Donmar...

  • Jake Gyllenhaal

    Actor Jake Gyllenhaal has said he has 'unfinished business' with Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, which he is set to star in at the Savoy Theatre next year.Speaking at a special event earlier this week at the National Gallery, in front of Georges Seurat's painting 'A Sunday Afternoon' which inspired Sondheim and book writer James Lapine to create the musical, Gyllenhaal spoke about how the piece was "finished, and now unfinished again" after he starred in concert performances...

  • The best Black Friday theatre tickets

    Black Friday 2021 is here. You could spend hours trawling through the shops, or you could stay at home and book theatre tickets from the comfort of your own home. London Theatre is here to help with West End theatre tickets this Black Friday. Whether you're looking for a pre-Christmas trip to the theatre, or want to secure your theatre tickets to shows coming soon in 2022, Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to stay ahead. Here's our top picks of the bunch for Black Friday 2021.Browse our...

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