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  • The Week Ahead 10th June

    This Week in TheatreOn Tuesday (11th June), director Nick Hytner directs a new immersive production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Bridge, reuniting the designers of his 2018 production there of Julius Caesar including set designer Bunny Christie, newly supplemented by composer Grant Olding and movement director Arlene Phillips. The cast includes Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom respectively.Also on...

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Details have been announced on a further booking period for the West End premiere of Dear Evan Hansen, opening at the Noel Coward Theatre.Written by Steven Levenson and original music and lyrics by The Greatest Showman composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen follows Evan Hansen as he struggles to fit in, writing a letter that is later read and widely shared. The musical features songs including 'You Will Be Found', 'Waving Through a Window' and 'Sincerely, Me'.Tickets for the new...

  • Child's development

    Theatre and live performance can have a significantly positive effect on a child's academic performance, as well as having a positive effect on a young person's social skills in later life, new research has shown.The study, conducted by Dr Natasha Kirkham at Birkbeck University and commissioned by Encore Tickets, shows that attending live theatre performance has three key benefits on children: improved social tolerance; better academic performance; positive social change.It showed that engaging...

  • Death of a Salesman

    Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell's critically-acclaimed production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman will transfer from the Young Vic to the West End this summer.Starring Wendell Pierce, Sharon D Clarke and Arinze Kene Elliott's production opened at the Young Vic in May to five-star reviews across the board.Death of a Salesman will end its run at the Young Vic on 13th July, and will transfer to the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End from 24th October. Tickets for Death of a Salesman's...

  • Shotgun Carousel are set to return to The Vaults following their successful run of Divine Proportions with a new immersive cabaret show, Red Palace.Incorporating circus, dance and performance, the production will also have an exclusive dining menu from Masterchef semi-finalist Annie McKenzie (for booked diners).Inspired by the Carnival of Venice, Red Palace invites audiences to join 'The Prince' and his guests who hail from various Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, as well...

  • Although a West End cast will often perform up to eight times a week, the cast isn’t complete without understudies. Sometimes you may not see an understudy, a swing, or an alternate, as they can be additional cast members who are called upon at a moment's notice to step into a role. However, West End understudies are crucial to making sure the show goes on! If you’re wondering what an understudy is, when they perform on stage or who has previously been an understudy, read our guide to the often...

  • The National Theatre's production of JM Barrie's Peter Pan is set to return to London this summer with a run at the new Troubadour White City Theatre.Directed by Sally Cookson, the production was first seen at Bristol Old Vic before opening at the National in 2016, and features aerial acrobatics and a live band on stage to tell the story of 'the Boy Who Never Grew Up'.Cookson's production, which ran in the Olivier Theatre, starred Paul Hilton as the titular character. Casting for the Troubadour...

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    The complete cast for the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre revival of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican has been announced.Samuel Buttery will star as King Herod, with previous credits including Fat Blokes at Southwark Playhouse. Matthew Harvey will play Peter and Tim Newman will reprise his performance as Simon from Regent's Park.The cast is completed by Daniel Bailey, Bernadette Bangura, Robert Bannon, Cyrus Brandon, Melanie Bright, Georgia Carling, Dale Evans, Rosie Fletcher, Luke Hall,...

  • A new cast for the West End production of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria is set to take over this summer.Nikki Bentley will take over the role of Elphaba from Alice Fearn, while Helen Woolf will play Glinda, taking over from Sophie Evans. The new cast will play their first performance on 22nd July.Both have appeared in the musical before, with Woolf playing Glinda and Bentley as standby Elphaba in the UK and Ireland touring production in 2018.Madame Morrible will be played by Kim Ismay, who also...

  • The Leeds Playhouse production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will transfer to London for a Christmas run at the Bridge Theatre, it has been announced.Sally Cookson's production premiered at the Yorkshire theatre in 2017, and was the second production by Marianne Elliott and Chris Harper's new production company, which has gone on to produce Company and Death of a Salesman.The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe will run at the Bridge Theatre from 9th November 2019 to 2nd February 2020.The...

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