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  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • For those who didn’t grow up with theatre in their blood, jumping into the world of West End spectaculars can often feel intimidating. With so many world-renowned productions clamoring for attention, eager to sell out every show, choosing your entry point to the London stage must be done carefully. When it comes to lifelong habits, becoming addicted to supporting the arts and enjoying top-notch theatre is definitely one of your safest bets. With that in mind, if you want to take the plunge and...

  • New casting has been announced for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera, which heads into its 34th year in the West End.From 9th September, Australian singer Josh Piterman will play the titular Phantom at Her Majesty's Theatre. Many of his musical theatre credits come in hi Australian productions of West Side Story, The Last Five Years, Blood Brothers, and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical and Cats. His UK theatre credits include a national tour of Hairspray, playing Corny...

  • It's been hotly anticipated for years now, as a killer cast of Hollywood A-listers and acting greats was slowly assembled for the movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats. But our first glimpse of the animated film didn't quite see the Jellicle Moon shining bright. Released in the late hours of Thursday, the trailer gave us a first look at the likes of James Corden, Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo and Jennifer Hudson in their feline...

  • Les Miserables

    A cast of over 65 members will star in the upcoming Les Miserables: All-Star Staged Concert, as the full company for the upcoming production at the Gielgud Theatre has been announced.Shan Ako and Lily Kerhoas will make their West End debuts in the production as Eponine and Cosette respectively, joining the previously announced cast including Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Michael Ball as Javert, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine, Matt Lucas as Thenardier, Katy Secombe as Madame Thenardier, Rob Houchen...

  • A Wonderful Life

    Sir Paul McCartney is reportedly writing his first stage musical, an adaptation of the 1946 film It's A Wonderful Life, set to premiere in late 2020, it has been reported.Lee Hall - who wrote Billy Elliot and the recent National Theatre production of Network - is collaborating with the Beatles bassist on original music for the show, which will be produced by Bill Kenwright.The film, written and directed by Frank Capra, starred James Stewart as George Bailey, a suicidal man who is saved by the...

  • Claire Skinner and Toby Stephens are set to star in a West End revival of the Peter Nichols play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg later this year.The play tells the story of a couple whose marriage is on the brink as they have spent every moment caring for their daughter Josephine, who suffers from cerebral palsy, since she was born. The new production will be directed by Simon Evans at Trafalgar Studios, where Evans recently directed Orlando Bloom in Killer Joe.A Day in the Death of Joe Egg will...

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