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  • Friday Briefing: Answering a cry for help and different critical reactions

    "I am stuck across the world and need your help......" Uh-oh. Is this another of those spamming e-mails, trying to implant a virus in my system if I click on a link? No, this time it wasn't. It was actually a real cry for help, from a 25-year-old independent theatre producer called Hannah Farley-Hills, who runs her new company from the attic of her parents' home and is about to launch a national tour of three shows around the UK - two for venues, one for children's PMLD hospices and respite...

  • Sister Act

    UPDATE: Sister Act is now postponed to 2022, with Whoopi Goldberg no longer playing Deloris Van Cartier. Read here for more information.Ahead of Sister Act's return to London this summer, an extra week has been added to the limited engagement. Sister Act will now run at the Eventim Apollo from 21st July to 30th August, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders, with tickets for the extra performances on sale next week.Sister Act raises voices in London Originally scheduled to begin...

  • Hampstead Theatre

    Celebrating 60 years since the doors opened at the Hampstead Theatre, four classic plays will be revived at the off-West End venue from March 2020. The upcoming productions will celebrate world premieres by leading twentieth-century dramatists, as well as directorial debuts.Last seen in London as part of the Pinter at the Pinter season, Alice Hamilton directs a new production of Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter. First performed in 1960, the play sees two hit-men await confirmation of their next...

  • Bryan Cranston

    As a theatre fan as well as critic, I spend most of my evenings out. As someone who freely admits to being a theatre addict, I've been known to see up to 12 shows a week: all available seven evenings, plus five matinees. But this year I've turned over a new leaf by starting to moderate this, and now typically average around three to five shows a week instead, which is still ample in order to meet my professional responsibilities - as well as indulge my own penchant for actually taking pleasure...

  • The Woman in Black

    New casting has been announced for the West End production of The Woman in Black, the horror which has been terrifying audiences at the Fortune Theatre for almost 30 years.The play, which is based on the novel by Susan Hill, follows Arthur Kipps as he enlists the help of an actor to assist him in retelling his story of a haunted trip to a house in rural England where he encounters a ghost he believes has cast a spell over his family.Terence Wilton to return as Arthur KippsTerence Wilton will...

  • How to get cheap West End theatre tickets

    The West End has garnered global renown as the number one place to find the world's greatest theatre. It is one of the largest tourist pulls to the UK; few leave the capital without taking in a West End show. Discover out how you can score cheap West End theatre tickets with us. Previews are one of the best ways to save money on theatre tickets. During the preview period, which often lasts between a week and a month depending on the size of the production, the show is still being chopped and...

  • Comedy About A Bank Robbery

    Mischief Theatre's The Comedy About A Bank Robbery has set its final performance date in the West End.The comedy, which was the sequel to the company's original The Play That Goes Wrong, has been running in London at the Duchess Theatre for the last three years.While it was booking until 1st November, it has now been announced that the show will close on Sunday 3rd May. Those with tickets beyond those dates should contact their point of purchase for more information.It comes as the company's...

  • Matilda the Musical

    UPDATE: On 5 January 2021, Variety reported that Lashana Lynch is in talks to play Miss Honey in Matilda. She will star in the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die, and has previously appeared in Captain Marvel.Following his Olivier Award-winning directorial work for Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre, Matthew Warchus will direct a new film adaptation of the Roald Dahl story. In the pre-production stage, casting for Matilda will begin later this year, with information on a release date...

  • Paul Merton and Michael Ball in Hairspray

    Paul Merton is set to join Michael Ball in the upcoming West End revival of Hairspray at the London Coliseum, making his London musical debut.Merton will play Wilbur Turnblad, a joke shop owner whose daughter is vying for fame by entering a TV talent competition, and is married to Edna Turnblad, Ball's character.The musical opens on 23rd April, with casting also including Lizzie Bea and Marisha Wallace. Tickets are available now.Hairspray West End castPaul Merton joins Michael Ball, who...

  • Laurence Fox

    It is a critic's job to have opinions. Like 'em or loathe 'em, a critic can't, in the end, sit on the fence - as the saying goes, you end up having splinters up your arse. But in the increasingly polarised world we live in, expressing opinions can get you into seriously hot water. What we write isn't necessarily popular, especially when we're being critical (as we sometimes must be).Laurence Fox appeared on Question Time earlier this weekAt least we typically confine our opinions to the work in...

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