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  • Photo credit: Rafe Spall (Photo courtesy of Kate Morley PR)

    The West End premiere of Aaron Sorkin's To Kill a Mockingbird will now open at the Gielgud Theatre in a year's time. Rafe Spall will now star in the production as Atticus Finch, with performances from 10 Mar. 2022.Based on Harper Lee's 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, To Kill a Mockingbird tells of a court case in 1930s Alabama, told through the eyes of a child. Lawyer Atticus Finch represents and defends Tom Robinson, a black man on rape charges, with the court case exploring...

  • Photo: Audrey Brisson as Amelie (Photo by Pamela Raith)

    After a regional tour and a London engagement at The Other Palace, Amelie will make its West End debut. Amélie will open at the Criterion Theatre for the summer, with performances from 21 May - 26 September.´Based on the 2001 film starring Audrey Tautou, Amélie tells of the title character who influences the lives of those around her. Amélie was first presented as a musical on Broadway in 2017, starring Phillipa Soo in the title role, and later made its UK premiere at the Watermill Theatre in...

  • Photo credit: Keith Ramsay and Georgia Louise in Preludes (Photo by Scott Rylander)

    Ahead of Southwark Playhouse reopening its doors for in-person performances, the off-West End venue will be home to livestream concerts in May. After an acclaimed 2019 run, Preludes will return in concert version, with livestreams on 7 and 8 May.Based on the recorded hypnotherapy sessions of 19th century composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, Preludes sees the musician struggle to create music. Penning symphonies in his teens and engaged at an early age, Sergei is then haunted by nightmares. But, can he...

  • Photo: National Theatre (Photo by Paul Miller on Flickr)

    The National Theatre will greet theatregoers once more as its venues will open again this summer. The Dorfman will be the first space to reopen with Jack Thorne's After Life, with performances from 2 June - 24 July.Director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris says: "Sharing our work online and on television over the last year has enabled us to reach millions of people and continue to keep culture alive, but the magic of live theatre is what we can now begin to look towards: to creating work...

  • Photo credit: Cameron Mackintosh (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Chicago Tribune)

    Last year, Sam Mendes, Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre collectively set up the Theatre Artists Fund, directly helping those in the industry. Cameron Mackintosh's self-named Foundation has donated a further £500,000 to the fund, giving over £1 million to various initiatives throughout the pandemic.Discussing the new donation, Mackintosh said: 'Though the Government's exemplary vaccine programme has shown that there is now light at the end of the tunnel, the probability is that it will...

  • Photo credit: Original London cast of Death Drop (Photo by Matt Crockett)

    UPDATE: RuPaul's Drag Race's Courtney Act will return to Death Drop for the final four performances. Death Drop is at the Garrick Theatre to 11 July.Ahead of Death Drop's reopening at the Garrick Theatre, new casting has been announced. Two RuPaul's Drag Race queens will make their West End debuts in the production, with Death Drop performances from 19 May - 11 July.Willam will star in Death Drop, previously competing in season four of RuPaul's Drag Race and making history as the first...

  • Photo credit: Cast of & Juliet (Photo by Johan Persson)

    The West End production of & Juliet will now resume performances from September. The Max Martin musical will reopen from 24 September at the Shaftesbury Theatre, with & Juliet tickets on sale now.Previously, & Juliet was due to recommence from 28 May, but has been pushed back by a few months to accommodate the Coronavirus roadmap, allowing large venues to open without social distancing from 21 June. Inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, & Juliet sees the female...

  • Photo credit: Shakespeare’s Globe (Photo by Can Pac Swire on Flickr)

    The iconic Southbank venue, Shakespeare's Globe, will reopen with a crowdpleasing season of Shakespeare plays this summers. Performances will begin from 19 May, including revivals, new adaptations and audiences choosing the show they'll see.Artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, Michelle Terry said: "This is a historic moment, and not to be underestimated; we have a long way to go as we emerge and heal from this, but theatre can help us get there: that's what it's for. To express the often...

  • Photo credit: Simon Stephens, Roy Williams and Tanika Gupta (Photos by Kevin Cummins and courtesy of Lyric Hammersmith)

    The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre will once again reopen its doors this summer with a trio of world premiere plays. The three works will be performed together as one collective titled Out West, with performances from 18 June - 24 July.As well as in-person performances, Out West will also be available to livestream from 12 - 17 July.Rachel O'Riordan, artistic director and CEO of Lyric Hammersmith Theatre said: "Out West is the production that reopens our doors after the enforced closure due to the...

  • Photo credit: Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

    The highly-anticipated revival of Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford is now postponed indefinitely. Initially scheduled for summer 2020, the musical couldn't open at the Savoy Theatre due to the pandemic, but now there is no opening date for the musical.Releasing a statement today, the company said: "Due to ongoing government restrictions around travel and the reopening of theatres at full capacity, the producers of Sunday in the Park with George have...

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