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  • Women rule the roost in this play. Moira Buffini’s acclaimed play, Handbagged, will be staged at the Kiln Theatre later this year. Handbagged returns to its first home, the Kiln Theatre, with previews from 9 September, ahead of an opening night on 15 September and performances to 22 October. “I’m very excited to have the special opportunity to revisit this modern Kiln classic” said Kiln Theatre artistic director, Indhu Rubasingham. She continued: “I first worked with Moira Buffini in 2010 when...

  • Enjoy a trio of West End musicals in concert at Theatre Royal Drury Lane this summer. Concert performances of Chess, Kinky Boots and a new musical Treason will take place at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in August. Samantha Barks and Hadley Fraser will star in a Chess musical concert on 1 August. Set during a Cold War chess tournament, Chess explores relationships and ideologies through two grandmasters. Barks will play Florence and Fraser will play Anatoly, with further casting to be announced. The...

  • The multi-Olivier-winning play continues its West End run. Life of Pi will play an extended booking period through 30 October. Life of Pi is at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Life of Pi tickets are on sale now. The Life of Pi play won five Olivier Awards earlier this year, including Best New Play, Best Actor, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Set Design and Best Lighting Design. Read all the Olivier Award winners here. Based on Yann Martel’s award-winning novel of the same name, Life of Pi follows a...

  • If you’re looking for world premieres in London, the Almeida Theatre is the place to be. Two new plays will open at the Almeida in the coming months, including Peter Morgan’s Patriots and Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s The Clinic. Set during the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, Patriots will follow a generation of oligarchs as they try to seize control of a new world. Tom Hollander will lead the cast as businessman Boris Berezovsky in Patriots. Hollander’s West End credits include A Flea in Her Ear at the Old...

  • There’s no need to wait for it. A new Hamilton cast will join the Hamilton London production from 21 June. Hamilton is at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Reuben Joseph will take over the role of Alexander Hamilton from Karl Queensborough. Joseph previously starred in The Tragedy of Macbeth at the Almeida Theatre. Simon-Anthony Rhoden will continue in the role of Aaron Burr. The Schuyler sisters will be played by Allyson Ava-Brown as Angelica Schuyler, Shan Ako as Eliza Hamilton and Roshani Abbey as...

  • Will this musical rise? Yeast Nation (The Triumph of Life) will receive its European premiere in London later this summer. Yeast Nation begins previews at Southwark Playhouse on 22 July, ahead of an opening night on 26 July and performances to 27 August. Set in 3,000,458,000 B.C. Yeast Nation follows the lives of the world’s first life-form: The Yeasts. The Yeasts are forced to follow the law, but when one Yeast breaks the rules, they find love and a future path to evolution. Press material...

  • Find out the full cast for Jitney at the Old Vic ahead of its summer engagement. Jitney begins previews at the Old Vic on 9 June, with an opening night on 15 June and performances to 9 July. Jitney tickets are on sale now. The August Wilson play Jitney follows taxi-rank manager Jim Becker and a group of unlicensed drivers in the Pittsburgh Hill district. Jitney is a play in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, a collection of plays that document life in 20th-century America. Jitney follows life in...

  • “He’s left us with an impossible choice.” So the impresario Cameron Mackintosh told an entirely rapt crowd near the start of Old Friends, the one-off celebration of Stephen Sondheim that took place across three unforgettable hours May 3 at the Sondheim Theatre on the West End. “Impossible” because the legendary composer-lyricist left behind a capacious back catalogue when he died last November, age 91, not to mention a longlist of people who will forever be associated with his work. Mackintosh,...

  • Find out the full cast for the world premiere of two Palestinians go dogging opening later this month. two Palestinians go Dogging begins previews at the Royal Court on 7 May, ahead of an opening night on 11 May and performances to 1 June. two Palestinians go dogging tickets are on sale now. Set in 2043, two Palestinians go dogging follows Reem and Sayeed as they share a “serious play about Palestine.” They’re on a contested piece of land in a small village, but they’re not thinking about the...

  • Experience ABBA’s music in an open-ended run of ABBA Voyage concerts in London. ABBA Voyage is at ABBA Arena, a new custom-built stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. ABBA Voyage begins performances on 27 May, and ABBA Voyage tickets are on sale now. ABBA Voyage is a new ABBA concert which features avatars of all four ABBA members: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The ABBA group will not appear in person at ABBA Voyage in London. The ABBA...

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