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  • Katharine McPhee

    It has been announced that Katharine McPhee will play the role of Jenna Hunterson in Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre with a final performance in June.McPhee originated the role of Jenna in the show's West End premiere, which began previews on 8th February before an opening night on 7th March.Waitress marks McPhee's West End debut, reprising her performance as Jenna from the Broadway production in 2018. Katharine McPhee will star in Waitress until 15th June where she will make her last...

  • Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell

    An immersive production of Keith Waterhouse's play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell will be staged at the pub in which it is set when it opens at the Coach and Horses in Soho.The play is based on the life of journalist Bernard, who wrote The Spectator's 'Low Life' column from the mid-70s, but the line 'Jeffrey Bernard is unwell' often appeared in place of his copy when he was too intoxicated or hungover to produce his piece.Waterhouse's one-man play was first performed in the West End at the Apollo...

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming London transfer of Dear Evan Hansen, which is set to premiere in the West End this autumn. With music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the show tells the story of a high school boy looking for a way to connect with his fellow classmates. It features the songs "Anybody Have a Map?", "Sincerely, Me", "You Will Be Found" and "Waving Through a Window".The musical was a huge success when it opened on Broadway, when it won six Tony Awards including...

  • Adrian Mole

    It has been announced that The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ - The Musical will receive its West End premiere later this year.The production follows Adrian Mole, a misunderstood teenager who feels that he is a 13¾-year-old intellectual that his family does not understand. Focusing on the worries and regrets of being a teenager, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole is based on a series of books by Sue Townsend and features an original book, music and lyrics by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary.The...

  • Olivier Awards Predictions

    With award ceremonies, it's not really a question of the best man, woman or show winning. So many other factors come into play, and the Olivier Awards are no exception. But it's not just that the best man, woman or show wins or doesn't necessarily win (always a subjective call in any case) but whether the best man, woman or show is even in the competition. There are always plenty of anomalies in who even gets recognised. Take just one example: Ruthie Ann Miles was nominated for her supporting...

  • Michael Longhurst

    Michael Longhurst has announced his inaugural season as the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, as he prepares to take over the role from the outgoing Josie Rourke.Longhurst, whose recent productions in London include The Son at the Kiln, Caroline, or Change in the West End and Amadeus at the National, has selected five plays which he said were "truly astonishing plays that interrogate the world we live in today" at the launch event in London.Longhurst will direct the first production...

  • Jamie

    Bianca Del Rio will make her West End debut as Hugo/Loco Chanelle in Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre, it has been announced.She is best known for winning RuPaul's Drag Race in 2014 which featured Michelle Visage on the judging panel, who recently starred in Everybody's Talking About Jamie as Miss Hedge.Since RuPaul's Drag Race, Del Rio has appeared in feature films including Hurricane Bianca, as well as being the first drag queen to perform a solo stand-up comedy show at...

  • Big the Musical

    The musical stage adaptation of Big is set to open at the Dominion Theatre this autumn, it has been announced.Based on the 1988 film which starred Tom Hanks as a boy who makes a wish to be "big" and wakes up an adult, the musical premiered on Broadway in 1996 with music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr, and a book by John Weidman.The production, which will run at the Dominion Theatre from 6th September to 2nd November, will star Jay McGuiness in the lead role of Josh Baskin.McGuiness,...

  • National Theatre

    The National Theatre has announced six new shows as part of its newest season, featuring a returning production of Brian Friel's Translations and full casting for productions later in the year.Translations will return to the Olivier Theatre in October, after a critically-acclaimed run at the National last year. Ciarán Hinds will reprise his performance as Hugh, whose life is at risk when English and Irish cultures clash in a quiet community. Seamus O'Hara and Judith Roddy will also reprise their...

  • Tina the Musical

    Full casting has been announced for the second West End cast of Tina the Musical as the production prepares for both its second year in London, and its upcoming Broadway transfer. Leads Adrienne Warren and Kobna Holbrook-Smith have both been announced to be leaving the production to lead the cast of the musical on Broadway. They will be replaced by the previously announced Nkeki Obi-Melekwe as Tina, and Ashley Zhangazha as Ike Turner. They will take over on 15th April. As previously announced,...

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