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  • 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...

  • Six the Musical

    Six will play an extended booking period at the Arts Theatre, with performances now scheduled through to July 2020.The concert-style musical follows the six wives of Henry VIII, as they all come together to share their stories and decide who had it worst with the Tudor monarch. The musical features original music and lyrics by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, with songs including 'Ex-Wives' and 'Six'.Six will now play at the Arts Theatre to 5th July 2020, further extending the previous booking period...

  • The Watsons

    A new play by Laura Wade, adapted from an incomplete novel by Jane Austen will receive its London premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory later this year.Titled The Watsons, Austen's narrative follows Emma Watson, a nineteen-year-old who has been cut off from her aunt, with no choice but to return to the family home. Forced to marry quickly, Emma and her sisters meet potential suitors, but Austen did not finish the story, with Wade's play picking up where Austen left off to ask what can happen...

  • 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...

  • Andrew Scott

    On Tuesday (24th June), Andrew Scott leads the cast of Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus's new production of Noel Coward's Present Laughter, playing star actor Garry Essendine whose life is spiralling out of control. Scott previously starred in Coward's Design for Living at the Old Vic in 2010, and was last seen there in a brief run of Simon Stephens's Sea Wall last June. He is joined by a cast that includes Sophie Thompson, Indira Varma and Suzie Toase.Then on Wednesday, the Almeida...

  • The Old Vic's production of Girl From the North Country, Conor McPherson's play with songs by Bob Dylan, is set to return to the West End later this year.Directed by McPherson, the story revolves around a small fictional Minnesota town called Duluth during the Great Depression, and focuses on a family-run guesthouse and those who come to stay.Girl From the North Country features the songs "I Want You", "Like a Rolling Stone", "Make You Feel My Love", "Hurricane", "Slow Train" and "Forever...

  • Stephen Fry has adapted the classic Ealing Studios comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets for the stage, and it's set to run in London next year.According to the Daily Mail, Sonia Friedman is looking to mount a production based on Fry's script to London in 2020, depending on casting and theatre availability.The original 1949 film, which was written by Robert Hamer and John Dighton, is about the son of a woman who is disowned by her wealthy family after she married someone out of her class. The son,...

  • Broadway musicals

    Broadway is on a roll. It just keeps churning out hit after hit, and we can hardly keep up over here. We are in the midst of a year of constant imports - just last night, Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas's 2005 musical The Light in the Piazza finally came to London, albeit for a three week run only of just 20 performances, which as I wrote here "has one of the great Broadway scores of the century so far, right up there with Next to Normal and Hamilton".We've of course already got Hamilton in the...

  • A West End transfer of the musical adaptation of Pretty Woman has officially been announced by the show's Broadway producers as the musical enters its second year in New York.With original music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, Pretty Woman is based on the 1990 film by JF Lawton about a Hollywood sex worker who is hired by a successful businessman. The film, which was directed by Garry Marshall who has written the book of the show, starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.On Broadway,...

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