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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Effect cast

    Casting has been announced for the upcoming revival of Lucy Prebble's The Effect, which is set to be directed by Anthony Nielson at the Boulevard Theatre next month.It is the first time the play - which premiered at the National Theatre in 2012 - has been revived in London, and sees two paid subjects of a psychology experiment who fall in love while they are closely monitored.The play will star Kate O'Flynn, who is currently starring in all of it at the Royal Court and is known for her...

  • Daddy Almeida Theatre

    The UK premiere of Jeremy O. Harris' Daddy at the Almeida Theatre will include the Olivier Award-winning actress Katie Brayben, as the cast of nine has been announced, with performances starting next month.First performed in 2016, Daddy explores intimacy and identity as a young black artist meets an art collector, with a mother later trying to save her son who has found himself with a new father figure.Daddy is at the Almeida Theatre from 30th March, with an official opening night on 9th April...

  • Theatre running time

    Like most of my drama critic colleagues who tend, by and large, to spend far too much of our time in darkened auditoriums, it comes as something of a relief to arrive at a theatre and find out that you're in for a short evening.But is it possible for a show to be too short to really make it an evening at the theatre? This week, by a curious coincidence, there have been three shows open on consecutive nights that have each been an hour or less long. At the Royal Court, all of it - a monologue...

  • Having performed in brand new plays, London revivals and adaptations of Shakespearean classics, it's no surprise that David Tennant is considered to be one of Britain's finest actors. David Tennant will star in Good at the Harold Pinter Theatre in autumn 2022. Ahead of seeing Tennant in Good on stage, we take a look back at Tennant's lengthy CV of West End appearances. Good runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5 October to 24 December, so you'll want to get Good play tickets now. Book Good...

  • Waitress Sara Bareilles and Gavin Creel

    Sara Bareilles, the Tony-nominated songwriter behind the Broadway musical Waitress, is currently "Opening Up" and serving a West End debut performance at the Adelphi Theatre that's good enough to eat. Having already slipped into the waitress uniform of one Jenna Hunterson for three separate limited engagements over the pond, she's certainly no stranger to acting the role.Her performance is quietly understated and natural during the scenes of dialogue which then contrasts beautifully with her...

  • Jamie Parker cast in The Doctor

    Jamie Parker is among the new cast members joining Juliet Stevenson in the West End at the Duke of York's Theatre for the transfer of Robert Icke's The Doctor form the Almeida Theatre.Parker will join Stevenson who stars as the central character in the play, Professor Wolff who finds herself at the centre of a medical ethics row when she denies an individual access to a young girl's bedside. Earlier today, Stevenson won the Critics' Circle Award for best actress for her appearance in the...

  • 2019 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards

    A Very Expensive Poison and Come From Away have taken the awards for best new play and best new musical respectively, as the winners for the 2019 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards were announced at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 11th February 2020.Andrew Scott took home the award for best actor for his performance in Present Laughter at the Old Vic, with Juliet Stevenson and Sharon D. Clarke both receiving an award for best actress for starring in The Doctor and Death of a Salesman respectively.The...

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