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  • Photo credit: Josh O’ Connor and Jessie Buckley (Photos courtesy of National Theatre)

    Following the news that the National Theatre will stage a feature film of Romeo and Juliet, release dates have been announced. The film will be available to watch in the UK on Easter Sunday, 4 April, while US viewers will be able to watch from 23 April.Further casting has also been revealed for the production, which was originally due to play to in-person performances at the National Theatre in 2020. Adrian Lester will play the Prince, whose National Theatre credits include Sweeney Todd and...

  • Photo credit: Ashley Gilmour as Enjolras, Harry Apps as Marius and Company in Les Misérables (Photo by Johan Persson)

    The musical chant of "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Miserables is arguably one of the most recognisable songs of all time. The revolutionary 20th century production transformed the future of dramatic storytelling forevermore, adapting Victor Hugo's epic into a two-act musical.Telling the story of convict-cum-insurgent Jean Valjean living in 19th century France, Les Miserables is a passionate, powerful story where sacrifice and redemption triumphs all. Set to a rousing soundtrack by...

  • Photo credit: West End in the rain (Photo by Thomas Charters on Unsplash)

    Although we can't visit West End theatres while England is currently in lockdown, theatregoers can still imagine they're at the theatre. Thanks to an abundance of virtual offerings, livestreams, online solo concerts, and choral performances have become the norm in a landscape of online West End productions.If you're self-isolating, shielding, or staying at home as much as possible during the Coronavirus pandemic, it doesn't have to be all doom and gloom. Achieve the West End experience just like...

  • Photo credit: Clint Dyer in rehearsals for Death of England (Photo by Helen Murray)

    Clint Dyer will take on the role of deputy artistic director at the National Theatre, it has been announced. In this new role, he will work with director and joint chief executive Rufus Norris on future productions at the National Theatre.Dyer is the only Black British artist to have worked on National Theatre productions as an actor, writer and director. In 2020, Dyer was appointed a National Theatre associate. Speaking about his new executive role, Dyer said: "To be joining the National...

  • Photo credit: Love’s Labour Lost (Photo by Manuel Harlan)

    The digital streaming service BroadwayHD has partnered with the Royal Shakespeare Company to allow global audiences to watch Shakespeare plays. So far, nine titles have been added to the service, with further RSC productions being added in the coming months.Speaking about the collaboration, Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran said: "Nothing can replace the experience of seeing a play live on stage. But with our theatres currently closed, and all of us spending much more...

  • Photo credit: Cinderella artwork

    A new musical adaptation of Cinderella will be arriving on our screens later than expected. Previously scheduled for a February release date, Cinderella will now be in cinemas from 16 July.Based on the commonly told fairytale of the same name, Fifth Harmony star Camila Cabello plays the title role, later finding her Prince Charming after losing a glass slipper at the ball.Alongside Cabello, the roster of stars in Cinderella includes Billy Porter as the fairy godmother, Idina Menzel as the...

  • Photo credit: Love in a Wood (Photo courtesy of Jermyn Street Theatre)

    William Wycherley's Love in a Wood was first performed 350 years ago, in a time where the internet wouldn't even be dreamed of. For 2021, Jermyn Street Theatre will present an online reading of Love in a Wood, available to watch on 31 January.Set in Restoration England, the play follows Valentine, a romantic who hears his lover Christina has been untrue. Trying to discover the truth, Valentine attempts to fall in love. Love in a Wood will be directed by Hermione Gulliford.Jermyn Street Theatre's...

  • Photo credit: Cast of Barnes’ People (Photo courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR)

    Peter Barnes' series of monologues will be presented as a virtual production from next month, it has been announced. Titled Barnes' People, Jon Culshaw, Matthew Kelly, Jemma Redgrave and Adrian Scarborough will take part, with the show available to stream for five months from 18 February.Filmed at Theatre Royal Windsor, all four monologues focus on the intimacies of human life. Originally presented by BBC Radio 3 in 1981, the upcoming production will mark the first revival in 40 years.The four...

  • Photo credit: Laura Pick and Helen Woolf (Photo by Matt Crockett)

    Having defied gravity at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for over a decade, West End audiences are left entranced by the magic of Wicked. Having wowed over ten million audience members in London alone, the stories of Elphaba, Glinda and Fiyero are sure to charm crowds for generations to come. With showstoppers like "No Good Deed" and even flying witches, it's no surprise that audiences go back to Wicked time and time again. Here's our complete guide to the West End production of Wicked, with Wicked...

  • Photo credit: Maureen Lipman (Photo by Jay Brooks)

    Maureen Lipman will give a world premiere performance of an unheard Lionel Bart musical next month, it has been announced. The exclusive performance will be available as part of the Jewish Music Institute gala, available to watch on 11 February.Lipman will sing a song from Next Year In Jerusalem, created by Lionel Bart and Roger Cook. Written in 1975, the musical is inspired by Golda Meir, a former Israeli statewoman and prime minister who was raised in Kyiv, Ukraine.For the gala, Lipman will...

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