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  • & Juliet

    A new musical featuring the back catalogue of songwriter Max Martin based on William Shakespeare's character Juliet is set to open at the Shaftesbury Theatre later this year, it has been announced.Martin's extensive works include songs such as Britney Spears' "Oops... I Did It Again", Backstreet Boys' "Everybody", Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do", and The Weeknd's "I Can't Feel My Face", all of which feature in the show titled & Juliet. The story of the show, written by David West...

  • The Bay at Nice

    A major revival of David Hare's play The Bay at Nice has been announced at the Menier Chocolate Factory, directed by Richard Eyre.The play is set in Leningrad in the 1950s when Valentina Nrovka is invited with her daughter Sophia to verify the authenticity of a Matisse painting at the city's Hermitage Museum.Eyre's production, which is the first revival of the play since it premiered at the National Theatre in 1986, will star Penelope Wilton, Ophelia Lovibond, David Rintoul and Martin Hutson...

  • Mary Poppins

    The dates for Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre have been announced, as well as when tickets will go on sale.Mary Poppins will begin previews on 23rd October 2019, before an official opening night on 13th November 2019. Tickets will be available for performances running to 29th March 2020.Tickets for Mary Poppins will go on sale at 10am on 28th January 2019.Mary Poppins premiered in the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre on 15th December 2004 running for over three years and closing...

  • The Starry Messenger

    Actor Matthew Broderick is set to star in a new production of Kenneth Lonergan's play The Starry Messenger at the Wyndham's Theatre later this spring.Taking inspiration from Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius, The Starry Messenger is set in New York in 1995 where an astronomy teacher is in the midst of a mid-life crisis - the planetarium he lectures at is about to close, his marriage is on the rocks and he's mourning the recent loss of his father. But there could be a glimmer of hope, when he meets a...

  • National Theatre

    The National Theatre has announced casting for upcoming productions, as well as updates on touring NT productions returning to London during the year.Leah Harvey, Aisling Loftus and Gershwyn Eustache Jnr will star in Small Island, adapted for stage by Helen Edmundson from Andrea Levy's novel, telling the stories of individuals who travelled from Jamaica to Britain onboard HMT Empire Windrush.Justine Mitchell has been announced in the casting of Githa Sowerby's Rutherford and Son alongside the...

  • Notre Dame de Paris

    A little over twenty years ago, Luc Plamondon and Riccardo Cocciante's musical Notre Dame de Paris, an adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel, opened and set about its way to becoming one of the most successful French musicals in history.It didn't chime a chord with critics when it opened in London, with the lyrics translated to English. But later this month, the show is back in town in its original French form, hoping to convince British audiences it's a show worthy of a space in the West...

  • Caroline Sheen

    EDIT: Louise Redknapp has since rejoined the cast of 9 to 5 the Musical in London, and is scheduled to play the part of Violet until 30th June. Caroline Sheen is set to replace Louise Redknapp in the upcoming West End production of Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre.It was announced last week that Redknapp has had to withdraw from the production after sustaining an injury to her chin and a broken wrist after a nasty fall.Redknapp will be replaced by Sheen, who will now play the...

  • Alex Kingston

    Joshua Harmon's new play Admissions is set to transfer to the West End next month, starring actor Alex Kingston at Trafalgar Studios.Having premiered on Broadway last year, Admissionsis set in the admissions department of a US school with its sights set on Ivy League status. It centres around the head of the department Sherri and her husband who is also the school's headmaster.Directed by Daniel Aukin, it will run at Trafalgar Studios One from 28th February, with tickets now on sale.Alex...

  • Betrayal

    Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox are set to join Tom Hiddleston in the upcoming West End revival of Betrayal, Harold Pinter's play set to be performed at the Harold Pinter Theatre later this year.From 5th March, Pinter's play about two couples entwined in a story of infidelity will run in the West End directed by Jamie Lloyd, and following the conclusion of his huge Pinter at the Pinter season which saw all of the playwright's one-act pieces performed.As previously announced, Hiddleston plays Robert...

  • Waitress casting

    Full casting for the upcoming West End premiere of the Broadway musical Waitress, which opens at the Adelphi Theatre next month, has announced.The cast is led by Katharine McPhee, best known for her role in the US musical comedy series Smash. She plays Jenna Hunterson, a waitress with a passion for pie-making and a troubled personal life.McPhee is joined by Marisha Wallace who recently completed her run in the musical Dreamgirls, David Hunter who recently starred in Kinky Boots also at the...

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