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  • Valentine's Day

    When it comes to love songs, musicals provide some of the very best around. To celebrate Valentine's Day, we've put together a list of some of our favourites for you to enjoy, and we've mixed it up with live performances, original soundtrack recordings, songs from films and the odd remix. <iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="400" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GfGjdlGgU0"...

  • We're chuffed by the exciting news that Ian McKellen will be playing King Lear at the Duke of York's Theatre later this year. One of Britain's (and the world's) finest actors, he's had an illustrious career both on stage and on screen. He's had a particular love for Shakespeare roles over the years, and he's said Lear may be his 'last big Shakespeare part', so we've tracked back through the archives to bring you a short history of McKellen's Shakespearean roles.Tickets to see Ian McKellen in...

  • The upcoming Tina Turner musical has extended its booking period at the Aldwych Theatre in the West End.Tina the Musical, which will begin previews on 21st March 2018, is now booking to the 20th October 2018 with over 100,000 new tickets being released. Click here to buy tickets.Written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, the musical will chart the life of rock 'n' roll legend Tina Turner and feature some of her biggest hits such as "Proud Mary" and "The Best".Directed by Phyllida...

  • Casting has been announced for Rodney Ackland’s play Absolute Hell, which opens in the Lyttelton at the National Theatre in April. Ackland’s play is set in a Soho club in wartime London where the regulars drink into the early hours as they “struggle from the rubble of war towards an unknown future.” Joe Hill-Gibbins (Edward II, National Theatre) will direct the large ensemble cast which features: Esh Alladi, Joanna David, Charles Edwards, Patricia England, Kate Fleetwood, Jenny Galloway, Aaron...

  • West End musical Wicked has announced it has extended in London into 2019. The show, which runs at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, is the 7th longest-running show currently playing in the West End, and the 15th longest runner in West End history. It began previews in London on 7th September 2006, and is now booking in London until 24th May 2019. Wicked currently stars Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The...

  • Another year down, another bumper year of great theatre in London to look forward to in 2018. From the return of smash-hit musicals like Bat Out of Hell, hugely-anticipated shows like the upcoming Tina Turner musical, new plays like James Graham's latest offering (MORE James Graham!), or revivals of classics, it promises to be another great year. Here are our picks in the West End so far. Tina the MusicalAldwych TheatreTina Turner's story is pretty incredible. From personal struggles in the...

  • Dominic Dromgoole's company Classic Spring has announced dates for the final two productions in his Oscar Wilde season at the Vaudeville Theatre.Following the opening production A Woman of No Importance, which currently runs at the theatre starring Eve Best, and Kathy Burke's production of Lady Windermere's Fan (from 12th January), An Ideal Husband will run from 10th April to 14th July (with an official opening on 3rd May) and The Importance of Being Earnest will conclude the season from 20th...

  • Photo credit: Rosalie Craig in Hex, the Flying Fredonis in Circus 1903 and Tamsin Greig and Trevor Fox in Peggy For You (Photos by Brinkoff/Mogenburg, courtesy of Circus 1903, and by Helen Maybanks)

    The West End's twinkling lights brighten up the long, dark London nights. Feel the festive cheer at London's biggest shows in December and usher in the jolliest season with theatre trips. We've rounded up the best shows you won't want to miss in London in December 2021. The Book of Dust - La Belle SauvagePhilip Pullman's His Dark Materials wowed at the National Theatre in 2003. Nearly two decades later, enjoy the prequel play, The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage in December 2021. The thriller...

  • Chess

    UPDATED: 26 November 2020Have you seen The Queen's Gambit on Netflix? Then you'll love Chess ​by Tim Rice, Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' musical. We revisit the original album recording to bring you five of our favourite songs from the musical (and a couple of brilliantly '80s music videos).The show tells the story of a chess tournament in Italy, and a love triangle that develops between two of the players and one of their assistants. The original album features the voices of Murray Head,...

  • Rent

    It has been announced that FOX will broadcast the musical Rent live on television in January 2019.The network unveiled the broadcast date for their latest live musical: Sunday 27th January 2019.The live musical production of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RENT?src=hash"#RENT to air January 2019 on FOX! https://t.co/p4aPJiTTJK pic.twitter.com/JcKvrPHuay— RENT on FOX (@RENTonFOX) September 25, 2017Jonathan Larson's musical is a re-imagining of Puccini's "La Bohème," and is set in New York,...

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