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  • 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: 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: 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: 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...

  • 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: 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: Young Vic (Photo by Ewan Munro on Flickr under CC 2.0)

    The Young Vic will reopen its doors for live performances this summer, with a new season of work announced today. New productions include Changing Destiny, directed by Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, as well as a new play by James Graham.The season begins with Ben Okri's Changing Destiny, which is an adaptation of a 4,000 year old Egyptian poem about Sinuhe, the Warrior King. Changing Destiny marks Okri's playwriting debut, but Okri is an award-winning writer whose works include...

  • Photo credit: Matilda the Musical cast (Photo by Manuel Harlan)

    Matilda the Musical is the latest London musical to confirm its reopening dates. Matilda the Musical will resume performances at the Cambridge Theatre from 16 September, with Matilda the Musical tickets on sale now.The extended booking period of Matilda will also see the musical celebrate its 10th anniversary in the West End. Matilda premiered at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010, transferring to London's Cambridge Theatre the following year.Based on the Roald Dahl novel of...

  • Photo credit: Royal Albert Hall (Photo by Roman Hobler on Flickr under CC 2.0)

    The Royal Albert Hall will reopen its doors this summer, and upcoming programming has been released. On 21 July, audiences can expect an evening of musical theatre, as The Best of the West End returns.The Best of the West End is a celebration of all things London theatre, with acclaimed performers reprising their iconic roles for one night only. Artists taking part include Ben Forster, Ruthie Henshall, John Owen-Jones, Mazz Murray, Mica Paris, Layton Williams, Lauren Samuels, Matt Henry MBE,...

  • Photo credit: Kayi Ushe (Photo by James Everett)

    Ahead of The Lion King reopening this summer, the full cast has been announced. Kayi Ushe will play Simba in The Lion King, with performances at the Lyceum Theatre from 29 July and The Lion King tickets on sale now.Ushe returns to the West End, previously playing Marvin Gaye in Motown the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre and in the original London cast of The Book of Mormon. He's also played Lola in a national tour of Kinky Boots.Principal casting includes George Asprey as Scar, Phil Adèle as...

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