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  • National Theatre 2020

    The National Theatre has announced the latest season of shows to be performed across the three theatres, with new plays by April de Angelis and Jack Thorne, as well as a West End transfer of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which will play at the Duke of York's Theatre from October 2020.The season will also feature performances by Kristin Scott Thomas and Giles Terera and a London transfer of Standing at the Sky's Edge.Olivier TheatreLesley Sharp plays Philoctetes in Kate Tempest's adaptation...

  • British musical theatre stars

    The West End musical is in rude health: in 2018, musicals were seen by over 9 million people, spending more than £500m for the privilege (audiences for plays, by comparison, were seen by over 4 million people, spending some £167m; figures for 2019 are not available yet). No wonder that musicals occupy more West End theatres than plays do, and of course (with the golden exception of The Mousetrap), usually run for a lot longer than plays nowadays. While plays are typically booked for limited runs...

  • 4000 Miles

    The full cast for the upcoming production of Amy Herzog's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play 4000 Miles at the Old Vic has been announced. They'll star alongside the Academy Award-nominated Timothée Chalamet in the play's London premiere.4000 Miles complete castPhillippine Velge will play Bec in 4000 Miles, making her Old Vic debut. She's previously starred in a production of Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe and will make her film debut in Été 85. Velge is joined by Siu-See Hung as Amanda, with theatre...

  • Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel

    Waitress composer and Grammy Award winner Sara Bareilles and Olivier Award-winning actor Gavin Creel will appear in the West End production of Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre for an extended engagement. They'll star in the show for an extra two weeks, now appearing to 21st March.Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel are "opening up" at the AdelphiBest known for her hit songs 'Love Song' and 'Brave', Bareilles reprises the role of Jenna in London, making her West end debut in the role. She's previously...

  • Wicked production images

    ­­­New production images have been released showing Laura Pick in the lead role of Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked, currently in its 14th year at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.Pick took over the role last month when it was announced that Nikki Bentley had withdrawn from the production for family reasons.Pick had been standby Elphaba in the musical since 2017, but has now stepped up to take on the role full-time alongside castmates Helen Woolf as Glinda and Alistair Brammer as...

  • Bob Marley musical

    UPDATE: Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical will now open in October 2021. Read here for more information.A new musical about the life of Bob Marley has confirmed a venue, dates and its star, with Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical set to play the West End in 2021.Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musicalwill chronicle the life of the Jamaican singer-songwriter, and will be written by Lee Hall, known for writing Billy Elliot and Network, and will be directed by Dominic Cooke, an...

  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    New casting has been announced for the West End production of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, with Rufus Hound and Katy Brand set to join the show next month.It's a big year for the musical, as the production embarks on a UK tour starring Layton Williams, and a major motion picture set to star Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan and Sarah Lancashire being released in October.But the original production continues to run at the Apollo Theatre, where it is now in its third year and continuing to play...

  • British Theatre Press

    Critics' Circle Theatre Awards On Tuesday (11th February), this year's Critics' Circle Theatre Awards were presented in an invitation-only ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre's Delfont Rooms (but live-streamed to Facebook). As chairman of the drama section of the Critics' Circle until last year, I hosted these awards for nine years; but I finally stepped down, and was replaced at Tuesday's event by the frequently hilarious Henry Hitchings, former theatre critic of the Evening Standard. It...

  • Sleepless in Seattle

    Having previously starred alongside each other in the West End in Big, Kimberly Walsh and Jay McGuiness are set to reunite as they star in the premiere of Sleepless the Musical from April.Starring as Annie and Sam respectively, they will be joined by Daniel Casey who will play Walter in the romantic comedy musical about an architect who starts a new life in the Washington city and meets and falls for an engaged newspaper reporter.It is based on the 1993 Nora Ephron film starring Tom Hanks and...

  • Carrie Hope Fletcher

    Carrie Hope Fletcher is set to take on the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical version of Cinderella, which will open at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in August.Fletcher, who played the role in workshop performances of the musical at The Other Palace, is currently playing Fantine in Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre, and has also starred in Mary Poppins, Heathers and The Addams Family.She will star as Cinderella in the musical which has a new book by Killing Eve writer Emerald...

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