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  • Photo credit: Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (Photo by Shutterstock)

    The 1939 musical film The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland will go down in history as one of the 20th century greats. But, a new film adaptation has been confirmed, with Nicole Kassell set to direct.As reported in Deadline, Kassell will direct the feature film, best known for directing and being an executive producer of the 11-time Emmy Award-winning limited series Watchmen. She's also directed episodes of Suits, Better Call Saul and Westworld, with the upcoming The Wizard of Oz feature film...

  • Photo credit: Rob Houchen as Marius in Les Miserables (Photo by Matt Murphy)

    West End star Rob Houchen will perform his first solo concert, it has been announced. The singer will present his own music, as well as renditions of musical hits for one day only, singing at Cadogan Hall on 22 May.Recently, Rob Houchen starred in the West End revival of City of Angels at the Garrick Theatre, sadly cut short by the Coronavirus pandemic. Notable theatre credits include The Light in the Piazza, Eugenius and Les Miserables, both the full production and the concert version.As well...

  • Photo credit: Giles Terera (Photo courtesy of Fane Productions)

    Giles Terera will perform his own song cycle next month as a livestreamed production, it has been announced. Based on his thoughts about London communities coming together, his show Black Matter will premiere on 24 March, and will be available to stream for one week.In press material for the Black Matter song cycle, Terera said: "I live in Soho, London. I was there throughout last summer. I saw Soho shift from deserted tranquillity, where the only sounds were birds and church bells to the noise...

  • Photo credit: Cast of Emilia (Photo by Helen Murray)

    At the end of 2020, an archive recording of Emilia was made available online. After a successful virtual engagement, Emilia will be re-released from 1 - 31 March.In a tweet from the production, Emilia will go online once more to celebrate International Women's Day. This year, the theme for International Women's Day is Choose to Challenge.Inspired by the life of 17th century poet Emilia Bassano, Emilia dramatises her struggles to be noticed. Even though she was a contemporary of William...

  • Photo credit: Gatsby: A Musical Concert artwork 

    UPDATE: Gatsby: A Musical will receive an encore stream from 11 - 14 March.Last month, a series of Gatsby: A Musical Concerts were announced at Cadogan Hall. Ahead of performances, new casting has been revealed, as well as a new schedule of dates.Jodie Steele will now play Daisy Buchanan in Gatsby: A Musical Concert. Steele's West End credits include Heathers at Theatre Royal Haymarket and The War of the Worlds at the Dominion Theatre. Liam Doyle will now play Tom Buchanan in the concerts, with...

  • Photo credit: Noah Thomas and Melissa Jacques (Photo courtesy of Everybody's Talking About Jamie)

    One of Britain's greatest 21st century musicals, Everybody's Talking About Jamie is an uplifting, joyful show that encourages its audiences to speak out for what they believe in. Inspired by a BBC documentary, the original musical tells of Jamie, a high schooler defying gender norms and wearing a dress to his high school prom.The hit British musical features music from The Feeling's Dan Gillespie Sells, with lyrics and a book by Doctor Who's Tom MacRae. So, break over the wall in your head and...

  • Photo credit: Rehearsals of Dream (Photo by Stuart Martin courtesy of the Royal Shakespeare Company)

    Although live performances at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon are currently suspended, the RSC are adopting new techniques. An online adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be presented next month, using virtual techniques.Titled Dream, the production will be set in a virtual forest, with motion sensors placed on the actors to allow the virtual reality to life. As a result, actors will be able to interact with viewers watching at home, wherever they are in the...

  • Photo credit: Andrew Garfield and Nathan Stewart- Jarrett in Angels in America (Photo by Helen Maybanks)

    At the end of 2020, the National Theatre announced their own streaming service, National Theatre at Home. Today, three new productions are launching on the platform: Angels in America, Antigone and Behind the Beautiful Forevers.National Theatre director Rufus Norris said: "Angels in America is one of those productions that stays with you always - a seminal piece of theatre that has a lasting impact... In a continued period of isolation for so many people and while we're unable to open our...

  • Photo credit: Kerry Ellis in BBC Musicals: The Greatest Show (Photo by Guy Levy)

    As part of Radio 2 celebrating the best of West End musicals, an all-star theatre concert was broadcast on BBC One. Over four million audience members tuned in to watch worldwide performers who have all appeared in the West End took part as well as a West End ensemble, all singing together at the London Palladium. If you missed the televised broadcast on 7 February, you can relive some of the best bits with us. So, if "You Can't Stop The Beat" or think that West End theatre is now "The...

  • Photo credit: Lucie Jones and Emmanuel Kojo (Photos by Michael Shelford and Samuel Black)

    UPDATE: Treason will now receive an encore streaming, available for international audiences. Treason is available to stream again from 26 - 28 March. Following the news that concert performances of Treason the Musical will take place at Cadogan Hall, casting has been announced. A cast of ten will star in the concerts, available to stream from 12 - 14 March.Based on Guy Fawkes' foiled gunpowder plot of 1605, the new British musical will explore events leading up to the well-known anticlimatic...

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