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  • West End and Broadway performers will come together for a night of remembering Stephen Sondheim's musical theatre legacy. A Stephen Sondheim gala, titled Old Friends, will play for one night only at the Sondheim Theatre — a West End theatre named after the lauded composer — on 3 May. “It is impossible to overstate the influence and contribution Stephen Sondheim has made to musical theatre, both personally and professionally” said Cameron Mackintosh. “He was as great a teacher as he was an...

  • After years of development, a new musical based on the life of televangelist Tammy Faye Messner will finally open in London in 2022. In a tweet from Daily Mail entertainment reporter, Baz Bamigboye, the musical will begin performances at the Almeida Theatre in autumn. Born in 1942, the Minnesota-born Tammy Faye Messner grew up to become a prolific 20th century televangelist. She initially rose to fame through the Christian talk show, The PTL Club, which she hosted with her husband, Jim Bakker....

  • The shortest month of the year has whizzed past us, and March is finally here. The sun shines a little brighter, the days are a little longer, and easing Covid restrictions means that shows scheduled to open at the start of the pandemic — now two years ago — finally get their time on stage. Many West End and Off-West End shows will begin in March 2022, and there’s a lot of exciting theatre to look forward to. Multi-award-winning actress Maria Friedman kicks off a concert series, To Kill a...

  • Photo credit: Fra Fee and Amy Lennox (Photo by Jason Hetherington)

    There's a new Cabaret cast in town. Fra Fee will take over the role of the Emcee from Eddie Redmayne, and Amy Lennox will take over the role of Sally Bowles from Jessie Buckley. Cabaret is at the Kit Kat Club, and Cabaret tickets are on sale now.Fra Fee's West End credits include The Ferryman, Les Miserables, Translations, and Candide. Recently, Fee played Kazi in the Marvel series, Hawkeye.Amy Lennox originated the role of Lauren in the West End production of Kinky Boots, earning an Olivier...

  • Photo credit: Joshua Glenister and Lauren O' Neil (Photos courtesy of production)

    A new Witness for the Prosecution cast will take over from 28 March. Witness for the Prosecution is at London County Hall and Witness for the Prosecution tickets are on sale now.Joshua Glenister will play Leonard Vole in Witness for the Prosecution. He's joined by Lauren O'Neil as Romaine, David Michaels as Sir Wilfrid Robarts QC, Peter Landi as Mr Mayhew, Richard Teverson as Mr Myers QC, and James Hayes as Mr Justice Wainwright.The Witness for the Prosecution cast is completed by James Alper,...

  • Photo credit: The Old Vic (photo by Matt Brown on Flickr)

    Ahead of Mike Bartlett's new play, The 47th, premiering at the Old Vic this month, discover the full cast and creative team. The 47th begins previews at the Old Vic on 29 March, ahead of an opening night on 8 April and performances to 28 May. The 47th tickets are available now.The 47th is a new play which explores what could happen with the American presidency in 2024, and tries to imagine a future political world under a new democracy.American politicians will feature in The 47th. Bertie Carvel...

  • Photo credit: Gina Beck, Julian Ovenden, and Rob Houchen (Photos by Johan Persson)

    After performances at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2021, South Pacific will play a summer season at Sadler's Wells. South Pacific is at Sadler's Wells from 27 July to 28 August, and the London run is followed by a South Pacific UK tour.Julian Ovenden will play Emile de Becque in South Pacific, joined by Gina Beck as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, Joanna Ampil as Bloody Mary and Sera Maehara as Liat. All five performers played their respective roles in South...

  • Photo credit: London Palladium (Photo by Linda Hartley on Flickr)

    The London Palladium continues the Christmas pantomime tradition this year with another festive show. This year, it's Jack and the Beanstalk, and Jack and the Beanstalk is at the London Palladium from 10 December to 15 Jan. 2023. Jack and the Beanstalk tickets are on sale now. Jack and the Beanstalk will feature many cast members who have previously starred in London Palladium pantomimes, including Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot. Dawn French will return to the London...

  • Photo credit: Vanessa Redgrave, Harry Hadden-Paton and Amara Okereke (Photos by Fabrizio Maltese and courtesy of Bread and Butter PR)

    Initial casting for My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum has been announced. My Fair Lady begins previews at the London Coliseum on 7 May, with an opening night on 18 May and performances to 27 August. My Fair Lady tickets are on sale now.Vanessa Redgrave will play Mrs Higgins in My Fair Lady. Redgrave's recent West End appearances include an Olivier-nominated appearance in The Inheritance in 2018. Harry Hadden-Paton will reprise the role of Henry Higgins this summer, following from his...

  • Photo credit: Witness for the Prosecution (Photo by Ellie Kurttz)

    We can't resist a courtroom drama. It's a setting with such natural theatrical elements: two opposing sides, lofty speeches, shocking reveals with surprise witnesses and new pieces of evidence, the conflict of cross-examination, passions running high, and, in some cases, a shocking final decision.No wonder, then, that plays with courtroom or judicial elements continue to remain hugely popular, from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice to Twelve Angry Men, The Crucible, and Inherit the Wind....

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