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  • Theatre online

    Theatre, by its nature, is something that happens live and in person. One of my favourite things about it is its utter uniqueness: it's a combustible sort of magic that only happens in a particular room at a particular time. No two performances are ever the same. It's a shared experience between actors and audience -- and you literally have to be there to be a part of it. But during this time of lockdown, we are being forced to be more resourceful, and find other ways to keep enjoying it. And...

  • William Shakespeare plays

    Every year, come 23rd April, one playwright, in particular, takes centre stage. A playwright whose prose has survived decades, and remains intact and as relevant as ever. Shakespeare's plays still have the pulling power to fill the world's biggest theatres, as the most talented actors and creatives in the business put their spin on his timeless words. As we approach Shakespeare Day, celebrated around his birthday on 23rd April, we want to find the definitive Shakespeare play. Below, we have...

  • London Theatre quiz

    They may be empty at the moment, but London is adorned with some of the world's most impressive theatres and the unforgettable shows they have housed. Our quiz below will test your knowledge of London's theatres, their geography, architecture, capacities, and record-breaking shows we have seen thousands of times within their walls. Take the quiz, then let us know your score on Twitter or Facebook. <iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="800"...

  • Photo credit: Ashley Gilmour as Enjolras, Harry Apps as Marius and Company in Les Misérables (Photo by Johan Persson)

    West End Live is a two-day live concert event that takes place in June in Trafalgar Square, where all West End (and off-West End) musicals perform an excerpt of their show to an audience of thousands. West End Live typically takes place in June in central London. Here's West End Live performances you need to watch before visiting West End Live. ## Les Misérables (2019) Les Misérables take you through the highs and lows of one of the best musicals in the world. Les Misérables perform at West End...

  • Musical theatre choreographies

    We 're all looking for new, interesting, and more importantly fun ways to keep fit. Much of the world is currently confined to the great indoors, but that doesn't mean you can't keep fit, and try something new. Here are six great dance choreography tutorials from hit West End shows, or popular musical films, to help you learn a move or two, get down and get fit. <iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="400"...

  • Theatre performances cancelled

    Theatres in the West End will not open until the summer at the earliest, as the Society of London Theatre has announced the closure of all productions until 31st May.Performances were first suspended form 16th March following government advice issued by the Prime Minister asking social venues to close. On 20th March, performances were formally cancelled until 26th April.In a new statement, performances have been suspended until at least 31st May.The statement reads: "We are now cancelling all...

  • Fleabag stream

    A live recording of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's West End production of Fleabag has been made available to stream online, raising money in support of UK charities battling the COVID-19 pandemic.Filmed live at the Wyndham's Theatre during the sell-out West End run last August, the film of Waller-Bridge's one-woman show was broadcast as part of NT Live's cinema series last year, giving fans who were unable to attend the theatre production in person an opportunity to see the show.Now, the film will be...

  • Olivier Predictions

    This Sunday, the Olivier Awards should have been presented at the Royal Albert Hall, but of course, the ceremony's cancellation was one of the early casualties of the West End theatre shutdown that was implemented on March 16. SOLT, who run the awards, took a fast decision to cancel it the very next day. The ITV broadcast slot, which was to have run highlights of the ceremony on the night of the awards themselves, is now going to be taken by a programme that revisits the last decade of the...

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