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  • Photo credit: Noma Dumezweni (Photo courtesy of IBDB)

    New casting for Disney's live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid has been announced. The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child star Noma Dumezweni joins the production, playing a brand new role.Details of Dumezweni's part in The Little Mermaid is currently unknown.As well as playing Hermione Granger, she's also given an Olivier Award-winning performance in A Raisin in the Sun at Lyric Hammersmith. Notable theatre credits include Linda at the Royal Court and Alice in Henry V at the Noel Coward...

  • Photo credit: The Case of the Hung Parliament (Photo courtesy of About Grace PR)

    UPDATE: Casting for The Case of the Hung Parliament has been announced. Richard Holt will play Sherlock Holmes, joined by Amy Adele, Miranda Heath, Yasmin Keita, James Marlowe, Michele Moran and Oliver Tilney.With the news that England has entered a third national lockdown, it's looking unlikely that anyone will be heading to the theatre in the near future. However, there's immersive, virtual theatre to look forward to online, as a Sherlock Holmes-inspired show has extended its run. The Case of...

  • Photo credit: Cast of & Juliet (Photo by Johan Persson)

    Although all West End theatres are currently shut as a result of the national lockdown, & Juliet has announced an extension period. The Olivier Award-winning musical will play at the Shaftesbury Theatre to 12 February 2022, with a return date currently scheduled for 28 May 2021.Inspired by William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, & Juliet sees the female protagonist's story rewritten. Instead of dying, she travels to Paris to live her life, set to a soundtrack of Max Martin songs,...

  • Photo credit: Millennium Bridge (Photo by Anthony Delanoix on Unsplash)

    Even though a smattering of West End shows opened in the latter part of 2020, the majority of London theatres have been closed throughout lockdown. With postponed dates becoming somewhat of the norm, it can be difficult to know when to book theatre tickets and guarantee that you will see the show you booked for the original date you selected.Ahead of the West End's triumphant return (which we're hoping is as soon as possible in 2021!) here's a rundown of when all the London shows are expected to...

  • Photo credit: West End Bares (Photo courtesy of RAW PR)

    One of London theatre's hottest events of the year, West End Bares will go online for its 2021 event. Now in its eleventh year, audiences can watch this year's offering of West End Bares online, streaming on 10 January.West End Bares: Turned On will see West End stars perform one-off routines, recorded in homes and studios around the world. This year, celebrities taking part include Graham Norton, Michelle Visage, Tom Allen, Todrick Hall, Michael Auger and Amy Hart.Directed by Will Lucas, he...

  • Photo credit: Tower Bridge (Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash)

    With England plunged into its third lockdown in a year, it's fair to say the West End has never seen a time like this. Theatres remain shut, live performances continue to be postponed and West End shows playing to a full capacity audience seems like a distant future.Although efforts of a Culture Recovery Fund supported theatres nationwide and streaming services have donated money to charitable initiatives, the theatre community needs all the support it can get.From global stars, renowned...

  • Photo credit: Theatre seats (Photo by Jonatan Moerman on Unsplash)

    UPDATED: Latest news added 8 January.With news that England has entered a new national lockdown, all public performances in theatres are suspended until at least mid-February. On the up side, digital productions have been given the green light to continue, as confirmed online by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.The government has confirmed that theatres can stay open as a place of work, including "training and rehearsal of performances, recording studios and film and television...

  • Photo credit: Cast of Mischief Movie Night (Photo by Pamela Raith Photography)

    UPDATE: On 1 February, 10 additional performances of Mischief Movie Night were announced. As a result, the virtual series is now extended from 5 - 21 February.Performances of Mischief Movie Night may be suspended at the Vaudeville Theatre, but it's light, camera, action online for Mischief Theatre. After a Christmas season of improvised shows, Mischief Movie Night will return online, available for audiences worldwide from 5 - 21 February.An improvisational film show from Mischief Theatre,...

  • Photo credit: Tammy Faye Bakker (Photo courtesy of Darwin Bell on Flickr) 

    In an interview with The Guardian, James Graham has spoke about a new musical he's working on, commemorating the life of Tammy Faye Bakker. The musical will showcase the televangelist's life, set to a score including music by Elton John and lyrics by Jake Shears."We've made real progress and we got a workshop together in November" said Graham. "We hope we might get it in to a theatre second half of next year."Working with John and Shears, Graham's musical will explore the impact of...

  • Photo credit: Toby Jones in Uncle Vanya (Photo by Johan Persson)

    The full line-up of recipients in the 2021 New Year's Honours list has been announced. An annual tradition since 1890, the New Year's Honours celebrates those who have made outstanding contributions in their fields, with different levels of awards given out each year.We've listed some of this year's recipients below, as well as their notable credits.Sheila Hancock: Making her West End debut in 1958, Sheila Hancock has been made a Dame for services to Drama and to Charity. Hancock's theatre...

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