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  • Photo credit: Michael Sheen and David Tennant in Staged (Photo courtesy of BBC Press Centre)

    When the first lockdown began in England, creatives found a new space to perform — online. Rehearsals, meetings and even productions now often take place virtually, with television quickly catching up. One of 2020's stand-out TV shows is Staged, following two bickering actors working on their latest play.If you're a Staged fan or not, the cast list really is something to behold. Here's all the acting stars that have taken part in both series.Staged will also be a part of the 2021 Comic Relief...

  • Photo credit: West End Musical Celebration artwork

    During Christmas 2020, West End theatregoers were looking forward to West End Musical Christmas. However, the production will now go ahead in May, instead called West End Musical Celebration. Six performances will take place at the Palace Theatre, staged from 6 - 9 May.Hailed as "the perfect way for musical fans to celebrate the return of live theatre together in 2021", West End stars will perform iconic songs from musicals over the years. During performances, audience members will be invited to...

  • Photo credit: Monday Night at the Apollo artwork

    Hosted by Greg Barnett, Monday Night at the Apollo will see performers share memories of their West End careers, as well as singing stand-out songs from their favourite genres. Originally, performances were set to take place in January 2021, but were postponed as a result of extended theatre closures. Now, they'll take place on 24 May, 14 June and 5 July respectively. All concerts will be available to watch both in person and on livestream.Producers Greg Barnett and Hugh Summers said: "We're so...

  • Photo credit: Joshua Finan and Ivan Oyik (Photo by The Other Richard)

    UPDATE: Shook will now be available to watch on Sky Arts on 24 June, ahead of an encore stream from 25 June - 31 July.Sadly, Coronavirus impacted the West End transfer of Shook, with performances cancelled at Trafalgar Studios. However, Samuel Bailey's play will be available to watch onlineInspired by true stories, Shook follows three young offenders who will become fathers while in prison. Taking parenting classes, the trio look back at their pasts, reflecting on how they have been shut away...

  • Photo credit: Potted Panto (Photo by Geraint Lewis)

    Following suspended performances of Potted Panto at the end of 2020, the production will return this Easter. The Olivier Award-nominated family show will be performed at the Garrick Theatre, with performances from 1 - 18 April.Combining seven pantomimes in 70 minutes, the entertainment show is an amalgamation of classic stories, including Cinderella, Dick Whittington and Sleeping Beauty. Potted Panto is the brainchild of Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, who have previously staged the Harry...

  • Photo credit: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Photo by Johan Persson)

    With theatres remaining closed in London for the foreseeable future, West End productions have had to prolong their closure dates. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the latest show to extend its run of suspended performances, with no shows at the Palace Theatre until 21 July at the earliest.In a tweet from the production, they have said: "As we navigate the impact of closure has had on the production schedule of our large scale show and await further guidance from the Government on re-opening...

  • Photo credit: Blue Monday Confetti (Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash)

    The third Monday of January is often known as Blue Monday, which falls on 18 January 2021. Typically considered to be the saddest day of the year and with theatres closed for the foreseeable future, Blue Monday could feel even more miserable than usual.Just because you're staying indoors, you can fight all the Blue Monday sadness with a "trip" to the West End from the comfort of your own home. With theatre streams taking place on the day and throughout January, as well as looking hopefully to...

  • Photo credit: London Palladium (Photo by MrsEllacott on Wikipedia under CC 3.0)

    UPDATE: On 31 January, the greatest musical theatre song was announced, as voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners. The top song was "One Day More" from Les Miserables, with "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables in second place. The BBC have announced today that a celebratory musical theatre production will air on BBC One. The televised event, filmed at the London Palladium, is part of BBC Radio 2's commitment to championing musical theatre, with programming across the BBC's entire catalogue of...

  • Photo credit: Cast of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Photo courtesy of Kevin Wilson PR)

    UPDATE: The Sorcerer's Apprentice will now stream globally from 25 March - 11 April. Initially scheduled to make its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse, The Sorcerer's Apprentice was due to begin online performances this month. Now, the premiere has been delayed by a month, and will be online from 26 February - 14 March instead.Cast of The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Photo by Geraint Lewis)Cast of The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Photo by Geraint Lewis)Producer James Seabright said: "The birth of this...

  • Photo credit: Gatsby: A Musical artwork (Photo by Justin Williams Design)

    A digital concert production of Gatsby: A Musical will be available to watch online next month, it has been announced. Filmed at Cadogan Hall, audiences can stream the production from 12 - 14 February.Inspired by the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, the production is set seven years after events in The Great Gatsby. Daisy Buchanan confronts her past by revisiting Jay Gatsby's mansion, but is unable to find him. The Great Gatsby was adapted by director Linnie Reedman, featuring music and lyrics by Joe...

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