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  • Photo credit: Sh!t-faced Shakespeare cast (Photo by Rah Petherbridge Photography)

    The improvisational show Sh!t-faced Shakespeare will return to London this summer, presenting their unique adaptation of Macbeth. Sh!t-faced Shakespeare: Macbeth is at Leicester Square Theatre from 30 June - 11 September.The Macbeth storyline remains the same as the original William Shakespeare work, following the Scottish general as he wreaks havoc after learning of a prophecy that he'll become king. But, for this production, one cast member must perform Macbeth while intoxicated.In press...

  • Photo credit: Operation Mincemeat (Photo courtesy of Southwark Playhouse)

    The multi-award-winning production Operation Mincemeat will reopen at Southwark Playhouse this summer, after a second run was cancelled last year. Operation Mincemeat will return for 14 work-in-progress performances from 23 July - 7 August followed by a full run from 9 August - 18 September. Set in 1943, Operation Mincemeat dramatises an undercover mission that helped lead the British to victory in World War II. The production bills itself as "Singin' in the Rain meets Strangers on a...

  • Photo credit: Carrie Hope Fletcher (Photo by Laura Lewis)

    With the world premiere of Cinderella opening later this month, a fourth song from the new musical has been released today. "Far Too Late" is the latest song to be made available to stream from Cinderella , which begins performances at the Gillian Lynne Theatre from 25 June."Far Too Late" features Carrie Hope Fletcher, who will play the title princess. Other songs to have been released include "Bad Cinderella and "I Know I Have A Heart", both sung by Fletcher, as well as "Only You, Lonely...

  • Photo credit: Nikki Bentley, Gina Murray and Noel Sullivan (Photos by Ruth Crafer, Andy Brown and Michael Shelford respectively)

    Richard Maltby, Jr and David Shire's musical revue Starting Here, Starting Now will be revived for a limited summer run. Starting Here, Starting Now is at Waterloo East Theatre from 29 June - 18 July, and the full cast has been named.First performed in 1976, Starting Here, Starting Now sees three individuals try to find love in a maze of modern relationships. Each song tends to be a story song, with each musical number exploring a separate theme.The cast stars Nikki Bentley, who previously...

  • Photo credit: Ashley Zhangazha and Joan Iyola (Photos courtesy of Ashley Zhangazha and by Helen Murray respectively)

    UPDATE: All performances of Changing Destiny from 9 - 23 July are cancelled, due to urgent repair work at the Young Vic. Changing Destiny will now begin performances from 24 July.Following news that the Young Vic will reopen its doors for live audiences next month, casting for the first show, Changing Destiny, has been named. Ashley Zhangazha and Joan Iyola will star in the new work, with Changing Destiny at the Young Vic from 9 July - 21 August.Ben Okri's Changing Destiny is an adaptation of a...

  • Photo credit: The Woman in Black (Photo courtesy of The Woman in Black)

    This spine-chilling play has scared audiences at the Fortune Theatre since 1989. With just two cast members on stage, theatregoers have found themselves drawn into every word uttered between Arthur Kipps and the Actor as they try to keep their cool with plenty of ghostly apparitions afoot.Sending audiences crazy with its theatrical masterclass in building tension and suspense, The Woman in Black offers audiences a dramatic masterclass. Here's our complete guide to the West End production of The...

  • Photo credit: Southwark Playhouse (Photo by Southwark Playhouse)

    Southwark Playhouse will acknowledge the dozens of productions that missed out on being shown to live audiences in a brand new festival. Titled SWK Fest, the fortnight-long event will see 12 different shows staged every night, with performances from 5 - 17 July.Later this month, Paul Rider and John Sackville will star in the London revival of Staircase. Find out more about Staircase at Southwark Playhouse here.A full list of shows in SWK Fest are as follows:Ellipsis: Isabelle Farah's comedy asks...

  • Photo credit: National Theatre (Photo by Matt Brown on Flickr under CC 2.0) 

    The National Theatre has announced six new productions as part of their reopening season, as well as five productions confirmed to return after being halted by the pandemic. New shows confirmed include Hex and The Father and the Assassin, as well as an NT return for Alecky Blythe. The London venue reopened earlier this month with After Life in the Dorfman Theatre. Under Milk Wood begins performances in a reconfigured Olivier Theatre from 16 June, starring Michael Sheen.Speaking in a press...

  • Photo credit: Circus 1903 (Photo courtesy of Circus 1903)

    Circus 1903 will entertain families in the capital this Christmas, as the production returns to London. Circus 1903 is back at the Royal Festival Hall, with upcoming dates from 16 December - 2 Jan. 2022.Inspired by turn-of-the-century circus productions, Circus 1903 includes world-class acrobats, trapeze artists and performers who perform in the ring. Circus 1903 has toured worldwide, including the Paris Theatre in Las Vegas.The acts taking part include ringmaster Willy Whipsnade (David...

  • Photo credit: Cast of Well-Behaved Women at Cadogan Hall (Photo courtesy of Kate Morley PR)

    Imagine Boudicca, Cleopatra and Mary Magdalene singing together in a production all about the power of womanhood. Now you don't have to imagine, as Carmel Dean's new song cycle, titled Well-Behaved Women will be performed at Cadogan Hall on 3 September.Julie Atherton directs the song-cycle, exploring how the behaviours and attitudes of leading ladies throughout history have changed the world today.Producers Jamie Lambert and Eliza Jackson said of Well-Behaved Women: "To be able to celebrate and...

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