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  • Photo credit: Old Vic (photo by duncan c on Flickr under CC 2.0)

    UPDATE: The Old Vic has canceled its production of Into the Woods previously announced for the end of its season. No reason was provided.A new season of work at The Old Vic has been announced, confirming that the London venue will reopen its doors for audiences this summer. The season includes digital streaming, as well as a revival of Into the Woods and plays by Emma Rice and Caryl Churchill. The Old Vic: In Camera series will end this July, closing with a production of Harold Pinter's The Dumb...

  • Photo credit: Simon Russell Beale and Racheal Ofari (Photos by Charlie Carter and Sam Irons respectively)

    The complete cast for the world premiere of Nina Raine's Bach & Sons has been named. They'll join the previously named Simon Russell Beale in the production, running at the Bridge Theatre from 23 June - 9 September.Musical talent runs in Johann Sebastian Bach's family, with his wives and childrens possessing a gift. Bach's eldest son Wilheim shows more talent, yet the younger son Carl is achieving more in his career. As the years pass, the family argue about love, God and the power of...

  • Photo credit: Walden cast in rehearsals (Photo by Johan Persson)

    Theatres have been given the green light to reopen from 17 May, as stated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a government briefing.17 May has been an important date in the theatre calendar for months, as stated in initial plans. But it has now been confirmed that lockdown can be eased and England will enter step three of the Coronavirus roadmap.In today's press conference, Johnson said: "[vaccine] efforts have so visibly paid off... because of your efforts that I can confirm today that we have...

  • Photo credit: The Midnight Bell (Photo by Johan Persson)

    The world premiere of Matthew Bourne's The Midnight Bell will tour the country in late 2021. As part of the tour, The Midnight Bell will run at Sadler's Wells from 4 - 9 October.The Midnight Bell is inspired by Patrick Hamilton's twentieth-century novels, where people came together at Hamilton's favourite location — the London pub.Speaking about his new work, Bourne said: "Hamilton wrote about the lives of everyday people, full of pathos, comedy and thwarted romance. Indeed his own personal...

  • Photo credit: Clothes at the theatre (Photo by Amanda Vick on Unsplash)

    You've booked your tickets for a West End show. You're meeting up with friends and family. You want to look smart for the theatre, but you're looking at your wardrobe in despair. What do you wear to see a show at the theatre?Deciding on the perfect look for a theatre trip can seem daunting at first. If you're struggling to pick your upcoming theatre outfit, we've got tips on what (and what not) to wear to the theatre. Once you've read this guide, you can see a show in clothes that hit the...

  • Photo credit: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (Photo courtesy of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

    Ahead of Romeo and Juliet opening in June, casting for the title roles has been named. Romeo and Juliet will play at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre from 17 June - 24 July, now running a year after it was previously scheduled.Joel MacCormack will play Romeo, previously starring in a radio adaptation of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He's also been in Describe the Night at the Hampstead Theatre and The Oresteia at Shakespeare's Globe. Isabel Adomakoh Young will play Juliet, previously in Meatballs at...

  • Photo credit: Les Dennis (Photo courtesy of Les Dennis)

    Ahead of Hairspray opening in London next month, new principal casting has been announced. Les Dennis will now play Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray, with performances at the London Coliseum from 21 June - 29 September.Dennis takes over the role from Paul Merton, who was previously scheduled to play Wilbur, but has had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts.Dennis returns to the stage, previously in a national tour of The Addams Family and two restoration plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company. In...

  • Photo credit: Artwork (Photo courtesy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover)

    The West End premiere of Lady Chatterley's Lover will play a limited engagement next month. D. H. Lawrence's novel has been adapted into a musical, with performances at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 18 and 19 June.Lady Chatterley's Lover deals with emotional and physical relationships between the titular protagonist and her gardener. Published in 1928, D. H. Lawrence's story caused outrage in society, with the book eventually banned under the Obscene Publications Act.The novel has been adapted by...

  • Photo credit: Linzi Hateley (Photo by Laura Lewis)

    Linzi Hateley will return to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the first time in three decades, reprising the role of the Narrator. Linzi Hateley will star in certain performances throughout the summer engagement, running at the London Palladium from 1 July - 5 September.Hateley will give several guest performances during the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat run, reprising her Olivier Award-nominated role. She will reunite with Jason Donovan, who played Joseph in the...

  • Photo credit: Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley (Photos courtesy of Gage Skidmore and Montclair Film Fest)

    A West End revival of Cabaret is potentially in the works, set to open later this year. In a <a href="https://twitter.com/BazBam/status/1390428277794344961]" target="_blank"tweet from Daily Mail entertainment reporter Baz Bamigboye, Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley will star in Cabaret at the Playhouse Theatre, with a potential opening date in November 2021.Eddie Redmayne would play the Emcee in Cabaret, a role that would see him return to the London stage for the first time in a decade. On...

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