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

    UPDATE: Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert will return to the Sondheim Theatre from 20 May - 5 September. More information can be found here.With West End theatres closed for the foreseeable future, Les Miserables is now the latest tragedy to be affected by the ongoing pandemic. It's been confirmed that all performances of Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert to 28 February have been cancelled.In a tweet on 20 January, they said "Due to the ongoing restrictions to control the...

  • Photo credit: Kirsty Findlay and Bethany Tennick (Photo by Jassy Earl)

    After a limited engagement at Southwark Playhouse, Islander has now been adapted into a radio play. The new adaptation will be premiered on BBC Radio Four at 2:15pm, this Friday 22 January.Performed by two women, Islander follows Eilidh as she dreams of a new life beyond the small Celtic island where she currently resides. Meeting a stranger on the beach, her life is changed forever.Islander features a book by Stewart Melton, with music and lyrics by Finn Anderson. Best known for her Olivier...

  • Photo credit: Ocean (Photo by Giga Khurtsilava on Unsplash)

    Every few days or so, new viral trends take over social media. Whether it's photo challenges or dance crazes, millions of creatives get involved in these trends, typically popularising songs released decades ago. The latest viral trend is making sea shanties, and while it may seem mystifiing, there's a musical theatre history to this song style. Sea shanties were originally sung by 16th-century sailors to keep them in rhythm as they spent gruelling months working on ships. Fast forward over...

  • Photo credit: BBC Musicals (Photo artwork by BBC)

    Celebrating the art of musical theatre, the BBC will be presenting a series of musical events. As part of the broadcast, BBC Musicals: The Greatest Show will be available to watch on 7 February 2021. The list of West End actors has been announced, all performing at the London Palladium and it's a stellar lineup.Check out the full list of performers and look forward to the show with us!West End musicals taking part in BBC Musicals: The Greatest Show <iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay;...

  • Photo credit: Red rose on paper (Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash)

    William Shakespeare needs no introduction. The sixteenth-century British playwright changed the landscape of theatre and the English language, with dozens of comedies, tragedies, and histories. But regardless of which Shakespeare play you are viewing or reading, many Shakespeare works feature beautiful quotes relating to love, marriage, and kinship.Whether "music is the food of love" or if "the course of true love never did run smooth," Shakespeare's way with words continues to impress us...

  • Photo credit: Samantha Barks as Elsa (Photo by Matt Frost at Royal Variety Performance)

    UPDATE: Frozen will now open at Theatre Royal Drury Lane from 27 August. More information can be found here.The West End premiere of Frozen has been postponed at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Previously scheduled to begin performances in April 2021, Frozen has now pushed back its start date, with new performance dates to be announced in due course.In a statement, the show's producers have said: "In light of the recent government implementation of a full national lockdown, it has become necessary to...

  • Photo credit: Richard E. Grant and Max Harwood (Photo courtesy of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie)

    We're all looking forward to the film adaptation of Everybody's Talking About Jamie. Although it won't be released next month as previously billed, Richard E. Grant has shared news of a brand new song which will feature in the musical film.In an article from Empire Magazine, Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Holly Johnson will sing "This Was Me", written especially for the film. The track will explore Hugo/Loco Chanelle's early life, living through the AIDS crisis and Margaret Thatcher's Section 28...

  • Photo credit: Fionn Whitehead (Photo by Pip)

    UPDATE: Full casting for The Picture of Dorian Gray has been announced. Alfred Enoch will play Harry Wotton, with Joanna Lumley as Lady Narborough, Emma McDonald as Sibyl Vane, Russell Tovey as Basil Hallward and Stephen Fry as the Interviewer.Fionn Whitehead as Dorian Gray Joanna Lumley as Lady NarboroughAfter the success of What A Carve Up!, Henry Filloux-Bennett has written a new adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, which will be virtually presented. Fionn Whitehead will...

  • Photo credit: Dan Stevens and Rebecca Hall (Photos by Sam Jones and Jeff Vespa)

    As part of SHAKE Festival, a rehearsed reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream will take place. The Shakespeare comedy will be available online, streaming on 31 March.Artistic Director of SHAKE Festival, Jenny Caron Hall, said today, "Expressed in beautiful language, this is an extraordinary play; romantic, magical, and very funny. I'm thrilled it's being vividly brought to life in this online reading by such a brilliant cast."For this reading, Dan Stevens will play Oberon/Theseus, with West End...

  • Photo credit: Covid-19 Vaccine (Photo by Daniel Schludi on Unsplash)

    We cannot wait for the day that West End theatres reopen again. Even though it's not looking like it'll be for a little while yet, theatre owners are doing all they can to speed up the process and have us all in the auditorium before we can say "Coronavirus."Up and down the country, theatres are being used as vaccination and testing centres, as well as prolific producers stating their support for all initiatives. Here's all the latest information on how theatres are helping the fight against...

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