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  • 9 to 5 the Musical

    Casting has been announced for the West End production of 9 to 5 the Musical, as a second production gears up to tour the UK.Amber Davies, the Love Island winner who made her West End debut in the musical in the role of Judy earlier this year, will play her final performance in the London production on 31st August before she joins the cast of the UK tour.Chelsea Halfpenny will join the cast in the role of Judy and make her West End debut in 9 to 5 from 2nd September. She began her acting career...

  • Top 10 shows in August

    There may be plenty going on up in Scotland as Edinburgh's festivals get underway, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to get excited about here in London this month. Our top picks for August include an ALW musical taken on by a visionary director, the return of a cult hero to the stage, and a celeb-stuffed concert of a West End favourite. Evita Regent's Park Open Air TheatreHot on the heels of his Harold Pinter season in the West End, Jamie Lloyd turns his attention to musicals as he puts...

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    Following previous news that James McAvoy will star as the titular character in an adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, performance dates and a venue have been announced for the upcoming production.The play will begin previews at the Playhouse Theatre on 27th November, and receive an official opening night on 6th December, with a limited engagement to 29th February 2020.Cyrano de Bergerac will mark the first production as part of a season of work directed by Jamie Lloyd at the Playhouse Theatre,...

  • Mary Poppins cast

    Further casting has been announced for the upcoming West End production of Mary Poppins, which will run at the Prince Edward Theatre this summer.The stage musical adaptation, which has original music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe and a book by Julian Fellowes, of the classic Disney film returns to London having previously run here in 2004.Zizi Strallen has been previously announced in the titular role, a magical nanny who floats down to the home of the Banks family in London, having played...

  • Moulin Rouge

    The stage version of Moulin Rouge!, Baz Luhrmann's musical romance set in the famous Parisian cabaret, was always bound to create a spectacle when it landed on Broadway. Updated for 2019, the musical version, which has a book by John Logan, features a number of contemporary hits from the likes of Adele, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry.Directed by Alex Timbers, the musical features a lavish, all-encompassing set at the Al Hirschfield Theatre, on which aspiring writer Christian (Aaron Tveit)...

  • Disney pop-up

    Disney has launched its traditional summer pop-up shop in London's Covent Garden, celebrating their four current and upcoming musicals in the West End.Located at 21 Long Acre, visitors have the opportunity to examine costumes and masks from the current West End production of The Lion King, as well as get up close to the lamp from Aladdin, which currently plays at the Prince Edward Theatre, and play an original Aladdin Sega video game, housed in custom-built arcade machines.From the company's...

  • Aisha Jawando will take over the lead role in Tina - The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre later this year.Jawando, who is the current alternate Tina Turner playing the role on Monday evenings and Thursday matinees, will take over from Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, who is leaving the production to join the cast of the Broadway transfer which opens later this year.The musical premiered in the West End in 2018 starring Adrienne Warren in the titular role. Warren, will star in the Broadway premiere...

  • Nick Afoa & Bradley Gibson

    This past weekend, Disney released its latest remake and it took home an almighty sum of £16.7 million during its first weekend of release at the UK box office alone! In case you've been sleeping under a (Pride) rock, we're talking about The Lion King, which assembled an all-star voice cast to re-imagine the 1994 animated classic using the latest in CGI technology. That cast includes the likes of James Earl Jones as Mufasa (reprising the role from the original film), Donald Glover as Simba,...

  • Lyric Hammersmith's revival of Micharl Frayn's comedy Noises Off will transfer to the West End's Garrick Theatre later this year.Starring Meera Syal, Lloyd Owen and Daniel Rigby, director Jeremy Herrin revived the play, which is set around a calamitous theatre production, which opened at the Lyric earlier this month.Syal, Rigby, Owen and Simon Rouse will star in the West End transfer, with further casting to be announced. Set during rehearsals, backstage at a performance, and then during a show,...

  • Paul Whitehouse will leave the West End production of Only Fools and Horses the Musical at the end of the week, as he takes a short break from playing Grandad before returning in 'several months' time'. Whitehouse wrote the production, which is based on John Sullivan's hit TV sitcom, with the creator's son Jim. It features a host of characters from the series, including wheeler-dealer Del Boy, his brother Rodney, and Grandad. While Whitehouse takes his break, Andy Mace will take over the role at...

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