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  • Find out the full casting for a new adaptation of Britannicus at Lyric Hammersmith, which begins performances next month. Britannicus begins previews at Lyric Hammersmith on 26 May, with an opening night on 1 June and performances to 25 June. Jean Racine’s Britannicus play follows Agrippina as she battles to ensure her son, Nero, will be the Roman emperor, even though Britannicus is the rightful heir. As ruler, Nero becomes dizzy with power and grows into an oppressive tyrant. Nathaniel Curtis...

  • A weekend-long convention focused on West End musicals will take place in London later this year. Named Musical Con, the musical theatre event will see thousands of musical fans and West End talent unite to celebrate the art of live theatre. Musical Con is at ExCel London from 22 to 23 October. During Musical Con, audiences will be able to watch performances, as well as take part in Q&As, panels and show spotlights. There’ll also be meet and greet opportunities, a theatre marketplace to buy...

  • The Unfortunate cast are definitely not “Poor Unfortunate Souls”. Find out the full cast for Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch, which runs at Underbelly Festival Earl’s Court from 21 June to 16 July. Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch tickets are on sale now. The Little Mermaid parody musical centres around Ursula as she recalls what happened under the sea. Press material states the show will explore core themes in Disney films and how Ursula is a “pop...

  • A new play focusing on the importance of internet security and identities will open at the Royal Court this summer. Dave Davidson's That Is Not Who I Am begins previews at the Royal Court on 10 June, with a press night on 16 June and performances to 30 July. That Is Not Who I Am follows Ollie, a man who has his identity stolen on the internet. It’s the catalyst for a series of events, as Ollie believes his real life is slowly fading away. Consequently, Ollie struggles to view the world as a safe...

  • Homer’s The Odyssey will be retold for a contemporary audience next year as part of the National Theatre’s 60th-annivesary celebrations. The Odyssey epic will be broken down into five “episodes”, with parts staged across England's regional theatres before the final episode in London in 2023. The Odyssey will be staged at the Olivier Theatre in August 2023, and the project will involve over 140 actors from across the United Kingdom. Homer's The Odyssey is a collection of Greek epic poems that...

  • The West End is bursting with a variety of productions for all ages. There’s bright and bold West End musicals which are suitable for introducing little ones to live theatre. There’s heartfelt, sentimental London plays which will make you see the world with a different perspective. And in smaller London theatres, Off-West End shows often stun audiences before taking over the world. There's one common theme between the vast majority of live theatre though — the use of live music and singing. Well...

  • The theatre reviews site, Show-Score, is now available to use in London, offering users the opportunity to review West End and Off-West End shows. The reviews aggregator provides its members trusted theatre reviews from the public, as well as information on West End shows currently running. Show-Score aims to connect audiences with live theatre through audience and critic reviews. Show-Score launched in 2015 in New York, and to date over 300,000 users have logged over 500,000 reviews. "At the...

  • The Easter school holidays are nearly upon us, and this year, we can all celebrate together – whether taking a family trip or spending quality time at home. Of course, the changeable British weather plays its part in those plans too, and one of the best ways to escape any April showers is to head to London’s West End for an Easter theatre trip. The West End is always a big draw for families, providing a range of plays, musicals, comedies and dedicated shows for young audiences. Many of these...

  • Find out the full cast for The Seagull in the West End this summer. The Seagull is at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 29 June to 10 September. The Seagull tickets are on sale now. As previously announced, Emilia Clarke will reprise the role of Nina in The Seagull, continuing in the role which she played in 2020 before performances were cancelled. Clarke’s best known for playing Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, however her stage credits include Breakfast at Tiffany's on Broadway. The Seagull...

  • Three new shows will premiere at the Young Vic in 2022. They include a new musical inspired by Nelson Mandela’s pioneering life, Ivo van Hove returning to the Young Vic with Who Killed My Father, and a new play by Sonali Bhattacharyya. “Our Summer/Autumn season is a celebration of community and of resilience” said Kwei-Armah. “From the stories you find on your doorstep to powerful tales of international resistance - they will bring us together to view the world through the eyes of others and...

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