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  • The London production of Aladdin is set to close following a run of over three years at the Prince Edward Theatre.The musical is making way for another Disney musical, Mary Poppins, which will open in autumn 2019. Aladdin, which has music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, will play its final performance at the theatre on 31st August 2019.On opening, the musical starred Dean-John Wilson in the title role, Jade Ewen as Jasmine and Trevor Dion Nicholas as the...

  • 9 to 5 the Musical

    The Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 The Musical is set to open at London's Savoy Theatre, starring actress Louise Redknapp making her return to musical theatre.Featuring some of Parton's biggest hits as well as original numbers written for the show, the musical will also star Love Island winner Amber Davies, Kinky Boots actress Natalie McQueen, and West End leading man Brian Conley.9 to 5 The Musical will be at the Savoy Theatre from 28th January to 31st August 2019, and tickets are on sale now. 9...

  • Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 is set to do-si-do its way into the West End next January, starring Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies and Natalie McQueen, here's everything you need to know about the musical before you buy tickets for its West End premiere.What is 9 to 5?The musical is adapted from a 1980 movie written and directed by Colin Higgins starring Dolly Parton. The country music legend wrote her now-signature song for the film, which has been voted one of the funniest 100 American films.In...

  • Play scripts

    Ever seen a life-changing play and had the wording of that perfect line escape your memory? Or wanted to relive a new work after it's closed in the West End? Whether you want to read for pleasure or study a work, picking up a playscript is a brilliant way to enjoy great theatre writing. You can find an extensive list of West End plays that have been published, with links to buy each one. Keep this page bookmarked, too, as we'll continue adding to it as new books become available, as well as...

  • Waitress in the West End

    Hit Broadway musical Waitress is set to cook up a storm next year when it makes the leap across the pond and gets its West End premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in February, and we're licking our lips just thinking about it.With music by "Love Song" singer Sara Bareilles, the adaptation of the 2007 film of the same name follows Jenna Hunterson, a waitress with a passion for baking, but is trapped in an abusive relationship with her husband Earl. A number of twists and turns see Jenna tangled in a...

  • Facts about William Shakespeare

    Whether you're a theatre aficionado or you're new to the scene, the chances are you've seen plenty of William Shakespeare's plays across London and the West End. Whether it's theatrical titans playing King Lear, or a pair of up-and-comers playing the Bard's star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, we all have a favourite Shakespearean production. But how much do you know about the man behind the manuscripts? Get up to speed on everything you need to know about Shakespeare's life, including...

  • A study from University College London, University of Lancaster and Encore Tickets examines the heart rates, brain activity, and other physiological signals of theatregoers during a live performance of Dreamgirls. Findings reveal watching live theatre produces the same heart activity as half an hour of cardio and that the heart rates of audience members synchronise. The research, conducted by neuroscientists from University College London and the University of Lancaster in association with...

  • All My Sons

    A new production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons is set to run at The Old Vic next spring, and will star renowned actors Sally Field and Bill Pullman.Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the play will be co-produced by the Old Vic and Headlong, and will open at the theatre in spring 2019, with dates and further casting to be announced.Miller's play is set in 1940s America and follows Joe Keller, who was charged with shipping damaged aircraft parts from his factory during the Second World War, and Kate...

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