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  • Best Musicals of 2019

    As we enter that weird phase of the holiday period between Christmas and the New Year (what day is it again?) we reflect on the year gone by, and the great theatre we've witnessed in the capital over the last twelve months. Before he gives us his rundown of the plays of the year, here are our critic Mark Shenton's top ten musicals of 2019. The Boy Friend Photo credit: Manuel Harlan10. The Boy FriendA late entry for 2019, the Menier Chocolate Factory's Christmas musical revival of the 1953...

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera of one of the West End's longest-running musicals, and has welcomed millions of audience members since it opened in London in 1986.With its huge orchestral numbers, bombastic lead character and production values of the highest calibre, The Phantom of the Opera is often the first thing that comes to mind when people think of theatre; the textbook definition of a 'musical'.But what is it about? Who wrote the show? Is it actually an opera? And who is currently playing the...

  • Matt Lucas

    Less than a week after Les Miserables returned to the West End at the newly refurbished Sondheim Theatre, Matt Lucas will step in for a limited run to replace Gerard Carey as Thénardier. Carey was told by doctors on the morning of the first performance to rest his vocal cords to avoid long-term damage, with Lucas now taking over the role for six weeks. Matt Lucas to play ThenardierMatt Lucas recently played the role of Thénardier in this year's Les Miserables: All-Star Staged Concert at the...

  • Cats

    Ever since the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats was first discussed, musical theatre fans and film buffs alike have been anticipating how the feline creatures would look when given the Hollywood treatment. It's one of the most successful musicals of all time, following a group of cats trying to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn. But, how can this eccentric, nonsensical musical work on the screen? It's not Tom Hooper's first foray into directing a musical for the silver...

  • Plays opening in London in 2020

    This year has been a fine year for theatre, and a fitting end to the decade as we've been treated to some scintillating new plays and rediscovered old gems. 2020 looks set to provide much of the same, with some of the world's best actors, writers and directors set to bring more great new plays and revivals to the West End. Here are some of the highlights we're most looking forward to opening in London in the coming year.And don't forget to check the 10 biggest musicals coming to the West End in...

  • Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is set to make her West End debut in the next production in Jamie Lloyd's year-long residency at the Playhouse Theatre as she's set to star in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull next year.It's the third production to be announced in Lloyd's season in the West End, and will follow Cyrano de Bergerac, which currently runs starring James McAvoy, and will follow A Doll's House with Jessica Chastain - who also makes her West End debut.Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke to...

  • Show of the Decade

    Twelve months is a long time in theatre, shows open and close, surprise and shock, enlighten, and provoke all the time. But as we approach the final weeks of 2019, it's time to reflect, not just on the past year, but the past decade of great theatre in London. Last week, we asked you to nominate your favourite new plays and musicals which first opened in London since 2010. Inundated with responses, we have narrowed down a shortlist of plays and musicals, which you can vote for below, with the...

  • City of Angels

    Further casting has been announced for the West End transfer of City of Angels, opening at the Garrick Theatre next year. The musical follows a writer as he is penning a new screenplay, and flicks between scenes from his life and the film he is writing. It has a book by Larry Gelbart, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel.Directed by Josie Rourke, Theo James and Jonathan Slinger will join the previously announced cast of the production, which includes Rosalie Craig, Hadley Fraser and...

  • Photo by Oliver RosserThe upcoming West End production of Pretty Woman the Musical has found its leads in actors Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac, who will star in the musical at the Piccadilly Theatre from February.Atkinson will play the lead role of Vivian, and is best known for being an original cast member in the cult hit musical Six at the Arts Theatre, while she has also starred in In The Heights at the King's Cross Theatre.Danny Mac is currently appearing in White Christmas at the Dominion...

  • Arguably one of the biggest shows of the year, the Royal Variety Performance is a televised variety show. Throughout the show, there's singers, comedy acts, music, dance and speciality acts. If you missed the Royal Variety Performance, we’ve collected the best musical performances of previous years for you to catch-up on below. Below, we’ve collected some of the best clips for your viewing pleasure. ## When is the 2022 Royal Variety Performance? The 2022 Royal Variety Performance will take place...

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