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  • Photo: Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon (Photo by Julia Kennedy/Disney)

    In January, the West End premiere of Frozen was pushed back at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, but new dates have been confirmed. The Disney musical Frozen will now begin performances from 27 August 2021, with Frozen tickets on sale now.In a tweet from the production, Frozen will open at a newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane this August. "Company is overdue and we look forward to coming together again to share music, magic, joy, and laughter later this year."Based on the 2013 Academy...

  • Photo credit: Jack O'Connell and Sienna Miller in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Photo by Johan Persson)

    UPDATE: On 12 April, it was announced that Julius Caesar, performed at the Bridge Theatre in 2018 will be added to the streaming service. The cast includes Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, David Morrissey, David Calder and Adjoa Andoh, with LondonTheatre.co.uk saying: "Nicholas Hytner has placed the show in the here and now, and given it a thrilling contemporary urgency by immersing the audience at the centre of it."A new pair of filmed productions will now be available to watch on the National...

  • Photo credit: Les Miserables cast (Photo by Johan Persson)

    Details for the return of Les Miserables in London have been announced, including the concert and full musical production. Les Miserables: The Staged Concert will return to the Sondheim Theatre from 20 May - 5 September, with Les Miserables then reopening three weeks later for a continuous run from 25 September. Les Miserables: The Staged Concert tickets are on sale now.Cameron Mackintosh said: "As the West End marks the first anniversary of the enforced closure of British Theatre due to the...

  • Photo credit: Hysteria artwork (Photo courtesy of Theatre Royal Stratford East)

    Theatre Royal Stratford East was due to open its doors last month for in-person performances, however the reopening has been postponed thanks to the pandemic. But, the London venue will release a new film later this month. Titled Hysterical! The Hilarious History of Hysteria will explore what it means to control your emotions, available to watch from 29 March.Rebecca Buckle writes and stars in her own play, following the life of a "hysterical woman". Over thousands of years, the idea of hysteria...

  • Photo credit: Westminster Bridge in London (Photo by Darv on Unsplash)

    Last month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out a four-step Coronavirus roadmap to get England out of lockdown. Details on what is allowed to happen in each step can be confusing at first, especially when it comes to the reopening dates of theatres.In the past year, theatres have reopened and closed three times, but it seems as if this is the final hurdle before theatres can enjoy their continuous runs once more. But, live entertainment isn't limited to just West End shows; over the last 12...

  • Photo credit: Anthony Hopkins in The Father (Photo by Sean Gleason)

    The nominees for the 2021 BAFTA Film Awards have been released, ahead of next month's ceremony. In the nominations, a variety of West End stars feature in multiple categories, as well as in the creative categories.The Father won the Adapted Screenplay category, with Anthony Hopkins winning Best Leading Actor for his performance in the title role. As well as writing the original book for Cinderella, Emerald Fennell won two awards for her 2020 film Promising Young Woman (Outstanding British Film...

  • Photo credit: Michele Austin, Natalie Dew, Georgie Fellows, Amaka Okafor, Alexzandra Sarmiento and Ragevan Vasan (Photo courtesy of Royal Court Theatre)

    First announced in September 2020, the Royal Court's latest project is Living Newspaper, with creatives using different mediums to explore current affairs. After the latest lockdown, Living Newspaper will return later this month, with four more episodes confirmed.Each edition of Living Newspaper includes performances dedicated to local and global perspectives. There's also elements traditional to newspapers, including cartoons, weather reporting, an agony aunt, horoscopes and a dating...

  • Photo credit: Emerald Fennell and Josh O’Connor (Photos courtesy of United Agents and National Theatre respectively)

    The 2021 Critics' Choice Awards took place on 7 March, and it's fair to say that the West End was represented in its winners. Five West End performers took home awards, including a screenplay win for Cinderella writer Emerald Fennell.Josh O'Connor won the Best Actor in a Drama Series category for his performance as Prince Charles in The Crown. O'Connor was due to play Romeo in the National Theatre's production of Romeo and Juliet, but has now been filmed for an Easter Sunday release. Hannah...

  • Photo credit: Dave Stewart and Joss Stone (Photos courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR)

    The Time Traveller's Wife will be adapted into a new musical to premiere later this year, it has been announced. Based on Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 novel that was subsequently adapted for film, the original musical will feature music by Dave Stewart and Joss Stone.The Time Traveller's Wife follows the love story of Henry and Clare, whose love will always remain strong. But, when Henry's genetic clock resets periodically, he's thrust into a different time period, doing all he can to return to...

  • Photo credit: Ryan Molloy and Anna-Jane Casey (Photos courtesy of RAW PR)

    After the Live in London concert series at the Hippodrome Casino was cut short due to the pandemic, the dozen concerts that did take place will now be available to stream. Filmed in London, each concert will be streamed three times from 26 March - 18 April.The series include a variety of West End stars, as well as leading musicians and comedians in their respective fields. Highlights include: Aaron Sidwell, joined by the cast of American Idiot: The Musical, seen at the Arts Theatre in 2015. Dear...

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