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  • Photo credit: Cast of Jersey Boys US Tour (Photo courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR)

    The sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will definitely be working their way back to the West End, as Jersey Boys returns to London. Performances will now begin at the new Trafalgar Theatre on 28 July, with a current booking period to 2 Jan. 2022.Based on true stories, Jersey Boys tells of the lives of four New Jersey singers, with their collective sound transforming the future of music. Although they sounded perfect, their lives were anything but, however they became a global...

  • Photo credit: Cush Jumbo (Photo courtesy of Young Vic)

    The Young Vic will reopen its doors later this year, with Hamlet being a part of the reopening season. Cush Jumbo will play the title prince in a new adaptation, playing at the Young Vic from 27 September - 13 November.The Shakespearean tragedy will be transformed, with Greg Hersov directing the tale of power, politics and desire. Ahead of the production, the Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah said: "I want to take this opportunity to thank each audience member who kept their tickets...

  • Photo credit: Pretty Woman: The Musical cast (Photo by Helen Maybanks)

    The West End production of Pretty Woman: The Musical will continue its run this summer, transferring to the Savoy Theatre. Performances will resume from 8 July at the Savoy Theatre, with Pretty Woman: The Musical tickets now on sale.On behalf of all the producers, Paula Wagner said: "Our London production of Pretty Woman: The Musical had just opened when the world changed and our cherished theatres were forced to close due to the pandemic. With the move to our new home, the Savoy Theatre, we are...

  • Photo credit: The Lion King cast (Photo by Deen Van Meer)

    After a year of suspended performances at the Lyceum Theatre, The Lion King will return to the West End. Performances will resume from 29 July, with The Lion King tickets on sale later this month.Based on the Disney animated film of the same name, The Lion King tells of Simba as he ventures on the journey of a lifetime to become King of the Pride Lands, with music including "Circle of Life" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight". Prior to theatres closing in March, The Lion King had played a...

  • Photo credit: Hairspray Cast (Artwork courtesy of Hairspray)

    For a third rescheduling, new dates have been posted for Hairspray at the London Coliseum. The revival will now begin performances on 22 June — the day after theatres can open with no social distancing — to 29 September.The Hairspray company remains the same as previously billed, with Lizzie Bea making her West End debut as Tracy Turnblad. Michael Ball reprises his Olivier Award-winning turn as Edna Turnblad, with Marisha Wallace as Motormouth Maybelle, Les Dennis as Wilbur Turnblad, and Rita...

  • Photo credit: Jack Holden in Cruise artwork (Photo courtesy of Cruise)

    Following the streaming premiere of Jack Holden's Cruise, the one-man play will transfer for in-person performances in May. Cruise will run at the Duchess Theatre from 18 May - 13 June, opening on the second day that theatres can open as said in the Government roadmap. Diagnosed with HIV in 1984, Michael is given four years to live. Making the most of those years, his hedonistic lifestyle takes over. On the final night of his four year countdown, 29 Feb. 1988, Michael wants to go out in style,...

  • Theatre Census London

    Once in a decade, the British public are asked to fill out the Census, a nationwide survey which provides government with information for future resources. But, the Census can also be a nugget of history; a complete snapshot of one whole day in every ten years. As well as the Census detailing where people live and their occupations, the Census can be a base for seeing changing development. The West End is definitely everchanging too, with shows opening and closing across the capital. Inspired by...

  • Photo credit: Megan Mullally and Robert Lindsay (Photo courtesy of Neil Reading PR)

    The upcoming revival of Anything Goes at the Barbican has been pushed back, it has been confirmed. Anything Goes will now run from 23 July - 17 October, with additional casting also announced today.Megan Mullally will play Reno Sweeney, best known as Karen in Will & Grace. Robert Lindsay will play Moonface Martin, with Gary Wilmot as Elisha Whitney and Felicity Kendal making her musical theatre debut as Evangeline Harcourt.New casting includes Samuel Edwards as Billy Crocker, whose West End...

  • Photo credit: Nicole Raquel Dennis and Luke Bayer (Photos courtesy of Turbine Theatre)

    Following a limited engagement of Hair at the Turbine on the Jetty last year, the musical concerts will now transfer to the West End. Two Hair concerts will take place at the London Palladium on 13 June, with two further performances scheduled in Southampton.Celebrating 1960s counterculture, Hair follows a group of free-spirited individuals as they join in protest and song under the shadow of the Vietnam War. First performed at London's Shaftesbury Theatre in 1968, Hair has since been revived...

  • Photo credit: Ramin Karimloo and Nadim Naaman (Photos courtesy of Kevin Wilson PR)

    A new musical inspired by 13th century Persian philosopher and poet is in the works, it has been announced. Eponymously titled Rumi: The Musical, the musical is created by Dana Al Fardan and Nadim Naaman, their latest work since Broken Wings at Theatre Royal Haymarket.Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, whose influence has transformed the lives of those usually conflicted by ethnic divisions, and has since been hailed the "most popular poet" in the United States. Rumi: The Musical will...

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