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  • Photo credit: Antony Sher in Kunene and the King (Photo courtesy of Kunene and the King)

    The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced the death of Sir Antony Sher, aged 72. Sher was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year, and was being cared for by husband, Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran.In a joint statement, Catherine Mallyon, RSC executive director and Erica Whyman, acting artistic director said: "We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Greg, and with Antony's family and their friends at this...

  • Photo credit: National Theatre (Photo courtesy of Samuel Regan-Asante on Unsplash)

    Earlier this year, West End theatres were allowed to reopen at full capacity. Now, thousands of people descend to London's playhouses every evening to spend time at the theatre again. Since the pandemic, there's notable differences in the steps that someone takes before entering the theatre — masks, proof of Covid negative testing, and on-site lateral flow tests are now the new normal. But it's a small price to pay for being back at the theatre and ensuring everyone's safety.We're not out of the...

  • The Choir of Man will play an extended booking period at the Arts Theatre into spring 2022. The Choir of Man is now at the Arts Theatre to 3 April, and The Choir of Man tickets are on sale now.The Choir of Man sees nine guys share the power of community in a feel-good homage to a British pub. Songs in The Choir of Man are by Adele, Avicii, Sia, Guns 'N' Roses, and more.In a <a href="/reviews/the-choir-of-man-review-arts-theatre]" target="_blank"The Choir of Man review for London Theatre, Matt...

  • Photo credit: Stephen Sondheim

    "Every Day a Little Death," goes a song from A Little Night Music, but last Friday came news of a big death: the passing at age 91 of that show's creator, Stephen Sondheim, who just the previous day was said to have enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with friends. The suggestion, as a result, is that the great man went quickly and, let us hope, painlessly, leaving the musical theatre industry to ponder the absence of someone who, it often seemed, would be with us forever. As his work undoubtedly will...

  • Photo credit: Stephen Sondheim

    The West End will dim its lights this evening, 29 November, to mark the passing of Stephen Sondheim. Lights across the West End will be dimmed at 7:00pm for two minutes to commemorate Sondheim's life and career. Sondheim died on Friday 26 November at the age of 91. The multi-award-winning composer and lyricist is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time, creating musicals such as Company, Into the Woods, Gypsy, Follies, and Sunday In the Park with George. Discover more about...

  • Photo credit: Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall in But, I’m A Cheerleader (Film still courtesy of IMDB)

    The Turbine Theatre will be home to the UK premiere of But I'm A Cheerleader, a brand new musical inspired by the 1999 film of the same name. But I'm A Cheerleader begins previews at the Turbine Theatre on 18 February, with an opening night on 23 February and performances to 16 April.But I'm A Cheerleader is a coming-of-age-comedy that follows high school cheerleader Megan who is sent to a conversion therapy camp by her parents. At camp, Megan meets Graham, and Megan's life path becomes clear....

  • Photo credit: Ruth Wilson (Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr) 

    Ruth Wilson will return to the West End next year to star in Jean Cocteau's The Human Voice. The Human Voice is at the Harold Pinter Theatre for three weeks, with previews from 17 March, an opening night on 22 March and performances to 9 April. The Human Voice tickets are on sale now.The Human Voice is a 19th-century one-woman play that explores a woman's mental state as she learns her lover will marry another woman. The Human Voice was adapted into a short film in 2014 starring Sophia Loren,...

  • Photo credit: Rosie Day (Photo courtesy of Rosie Day)

    Rosie Day will star in her debut play — Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon — at the Southwark Playhouse next year. Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon begins previews on 9 February, with an opening night on 10 February and performances to 5 March. Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon questions how young women grow up in today's society, as they try to forge their own paths. Preview performances were held at the Old Red Lion Theatre in February 2020, followed by performances at BarnFest in...

  • Photo credit: Dirty Dancing cast 2021 (Photo courtesy of Dirty Dancing)

    Nobody puts Dirty Dancing in the corner! Dirty Dancing will return to the West End next year, playing at the Dominion Theatre from 2 February to 16 April.Dirty Dancing follows the blossoming love between dance instructor Johnny Castle and teen holidaymaker Frances 'Baby' Houseman during a summer camp. Dirty Dancing was originally a film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, and the musical features hit songs including "Hungry Eyes," "Do You Love Me?" and the Academy Award-winning song...

  • Photo credit: Jack Baldwin, Rebecca Norris, and Ben Hood (Photo by Jane Hobson)

    After a decade of performances in London, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience will move to a new home in 2022. Faulty Towers The Dining Experience will play a final show at the Radisson Blu Edwardian on 19 December, and will then move to the President Hotel in Russell Square next year. Faulty Towers The Dining Experience has also extended its London run, with performances to December 2022.Based on the Fawlty Towers sitcom, the dining experience allows audiences to meet Basil, Sybil and Manuel as...

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