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  • Casting has been announced for Lucy Prebble's new play A Very Expensive Poison, based on Luke Harding's book about the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, which opens at the Old Vic next month.Tom Brooke will play Litvinenko, the Russian spy who was poisoned in London after he defected to MI6. Litvinenko died in London in November 2006 after being poisoned with the radionuclide polonium-210.Lloyd Hutchinson and Michael Shaeffer will play Dimitri Kotvun and Andrei Luguvoi, the two former...

  • Sondheim Theatre

    The Queen's Theatre is set to be renamed the Sondheim Theatre when it reopens after planned renovations later this year.Currently home to Les Miserables until 13th July, the Queen's Theatre is set to close until December to undergo restoration and renovate wartime bomb damage. In the meantime, a concert version of Les Mis will run at the Gielgud Theatre.Then, when Les Miserables returns to the theatre - the touring production will run in place of the original production - the theatre will be...

  • Two playwrights have claimed they were removed from the production of Tree, a stage show based on an album by actor Idris Elba set to run at the Young Vic after premiering in Manchester, after working on the project for four years.In <a href="https://medium.com/@toriandsarahburnbright/tree-a-story-of-gender-and-power-in-theatre-23b8a2468224" target="blank"a lengthy post on Medium, Sarah Henley and Tori Allen-Martin detailed the process of writing Tree, from conceiving the idea with Elba in 2015,...

  • James McAvoy

    James McAvoy will star in a revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, adapted by Martin Crimp and directed by Jamie Lloyd at the Playhouse Theatre.Cyrano de Bergerac dramatises the life of the titular character, a 17th century French playwright and novelist, whose works challenged beliefs and morals at the time. Originally written by Edmond Rostand, the play follows Cyrano's relationships with two friends named Roxane and Christian. In an article by Baz Bamigboye, James McAvoy will lead the cast as Cyrano....

  • Uncle Vanya

    Toby Jones and Richard Armitage are set to star in a new West End production of Uncle Vanya next year, produced by Sonia Friedman.According to the Daily Mail, Ian Rickson will direct Conor McPherson's new adaptation of the Anton Chekhov's play at the Harold Pinter Theatre, set to open in January 2020.Armitage will play the doctor Astrov and Jones will play the eponymous Vanya who both fall for the same woman, Yelena. Further casting is yet to be announced.Uncle Vanya will run at the Harold...

  • Trevor Nunn's production of Fiddler on the Roof has extended for a final time in the West End, where it is running at the Playhouse Theatre.Having premiered at the Menier Chocolate Factory in November 2018, it has been announced that the musical will play its final performance on 2nd November.With a book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, the classic musical features the songs "Tradition" and "If I Was a Rich Man".The lead role of Tevye is played by Andy Nyman,...

  • Complete casting has been named for the West End premiere of Big, opening at the Dominion Theatre in September.Based on the 1988 film starring Tom Hanks, Big follows Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old who wakes up in an adult's body. Now living in a grown-up world, Josh must grow up fast, however his youthfulness has a lasting effect on those he works with. Big features original songs including 'Cross The Line' and 'I Want to Go Home'.Joining the previously announced cast including Jay McGuiness...

  • Photo credit: Back to the Future, Amelie and Be More Chill

    The sun is shining, theatres are reopening again. The West End is healing. Make your day brighter with a trip to one of London's newest productions, opening in the West End in 2021. With highly-anticipated revivals, London premieres and family-friendly options, don't miss out on our pick of the best theatre openings this summer. We've listed the shows in alphabetical order. Book London theatre tickets for shows this summer. AmélieTimes have been tough for dreamers in recent months. Lockdowns...

  • A new play by Tom Stoppard, titled Leopoldstadt, is set to open at Wyndham's Theatre in January 2020.The play is set in 1900 Vienna, where 1/10 of the population are Jewish, and is said to drawn on the personal experience of Stoppard, whose grandparents and died in Nazi concentration camps during the war.It is his first new play since The Hard Problem at the National Theatre in 2015, and is described as a 'passionate drama of love, family and endurance' which follows a Jewish family across half...

  • In 2017, Andrew Lloyd Webber became the first composer since Richard Rodgers in 1953 to have four musicals simultaneously running on Broadway, when The Phantom of the Opera (the longest-running musical of all-time there) and his most recent show School of Rock were joined by revivals of Cats and Sunset Boulevard.And this week sees the start of a run of major revivals of his first three musical hits in London that by August will see a total of five of his titles playing here simultaneously: the...

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