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  • War Horse

    The National Theatre production of War Horse is set to return to London later this year, as the first production opening a brand new theatre in Wembley Park.Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, the story is set in Devon where a young Albert is forced to see his beloved horse leave the family farm as he is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France at the outbreak of the First World War.Directed by Marianne Elliott, the play premiered at National Theatre in 2007 where it ran for two years...

  • Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

    A new cast of the West End production of Tina - The Tina Turner Musical has been announced as the musical looks to enter its second year in London, and prepares to transfer to Broadway.Adrienne Warren, who originated the titular role in the jukebox musical, will leave the production in April to lead the Broadway transfer which opens in the autumn.From 15th April, the role of Tina will be played by Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, while Ashley Zhangazha will take over from Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike...

  • Maggie Smith Bridge Theatre

    Maggie Smith will return to the stage for the first time in 12 years to star in a new play by Christopher Hampton directed by Jonathan Kent at the Bridge Theatre, it has been announced.A German Life will tell the story of Brunhilde Pomsel, the personal secretary to Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany. The play is drawn from testimonies given by Pomsel after she spoke to Austrian filmmakers in the 2016 documentary of the same name.Maggie Smith will be the sole...

  • Peter Rabbit

    Where is Peter Rabbit?, the stage show based on the stories of Beatrix Potter's iconic children's character, is set to open in the West End for the first time this Easter featuring the voices of Griff Rhys Jones and Miriam Margolyes.The musical, which will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 3rd April, follows beloved character Peter Rabbit and pals Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and the fierce Mr McGregor in a story based on Potter's magical world.Griff Rhys Jones and Miriam Margolyes...

  • And Juliet

    Tickets are now on sale for one of the most inventive musicals of the year: & Juliet, a continuation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that follows the female lead through a big weekend in Paris. With the cast now fully announced (no less than 11 months before the show's West End opening), we're beginning to get the first glimpse into the music that will be featured in the musical, which will be a mash-up of the biggest hits by songwriting machine Max Martin.From Britney to Backstreet,...

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Dates have been announced for the upcoming West End transfer of Dear Evan Hansen, which is set to run at the Noel Coward Theatre.The musical will begin previews in London on 29th October, and receive an official opening night on 19th November 2019.Tickets for Dear Evan Hansen are not yet on sale, but general ticket booking will open at the beginning of April, with general public booking beginning on 8th April.Dear Evan Hansen has music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, whose other work...

  • And Juliet Further Casting

    Further casting has been announced for the upcoming production of & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre, opening later this year.Inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, & Juliet looks at what would have happened if the young female were to put down the dagger during the fateful scene. Along with the Nurse and a group of close friends, Juliet travels to Paris in search of a new life, taking control of her own story.Oliver Tompsett will play the role of Mr Shakespeare, most...

  • Photo credit: Les Miserables cast (Photo by Johan Persson)

    UPDATE: This article has been updated to reflect the return of Les Miserables: The Staged Concert at the Sondheim Theatre from May 2021. Following the exciting news that Les Miserables: The Staged Concert will return, a fantastic cast has been announced to showcase the classic musical in all its glory. From original cast members like Michael Ball, to Les Mis vets and a few other favourites from the barricades to boot, we take you through the casts of Les Miserables: The Staged Concert. Les...

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball will lead a concert version of Les Miserables at the Gielgud Theatre this summer, as its current home, the Queen's Theatre, will close for refurbishment until December.Ball returns to the production after starring in the original Barbican production in 1985 before it transferred to the West End's Palace Theatre. The production has been running in the West End ever since.Ball will play Inspector Javert in the staged concert production of the musical, with his regular collaborator...

  • The Play That Goes Wrong

    New casting has been announced for the Mischief Theatre comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, which is currently in its fourth year at the West End's Duchess Theatre.The production sees a drama group, Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, staging a new production of a murder mystery titled The Murder at Haversham Manor. But in typical Mischief Theatre style, things don't quite go to plan, often resulting in hilarious consequences.The new cast for The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre...

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