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  • Photo credit: London skyline (Photo by Henry Be on Unsplash)

    UPDATE: On 19 December, it was confirmed that London has been upgraded to a "tier four" area. Check here for the latest information on how this affects London's theatres.According to BBC News, London has now been upgraded from a "tier two" to a "tier three" area, moving into the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions. As London has been placed in "tier three", all London theatres must close from 16 December. All performances previously scheduled are now either suspended or postponed.Speaking...

  • Photo credit: Artwork of MTFestUK 2021 shows

    The full line-up of shows for the third annual MTFestUK has been confirmed. Eight productions will receive their stage premiere at the Turbine Theatre, taking place virtually from 17-29 May.The Turbine Theatre's artistic director Paul Taylor-Mills said: "It's impossible to ignore the challenges and sheer nerve required to make any kind of announcement during these times... It's the range of talent involved, and each individual musical's journey so far that makes MTFestUK such a unique and...

  • Photo credit: Bedknobs and Broomsticks artwork (Artwork courtesy of Disney Theatricals)

    With Disney musicals including The Lion King and Mary Poppins in the West End, a new Disney stage show is coming to England. The world premiere of Bedknobs and Broomsticks will open in the UK next year, with performances beginning in August 2021.Set during the Blitz, Bedknobs and Broomsticks follows three orphaned Rawlins children, evacuated from wartime London to the countryside to live with Eglantine Price. At first, the children don't know what to make of her, but when they discover she's a...

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ivano Turco

    Cinderella's prince has arrived! Ivano Turco will play Prince Sebastian in Andrew Lloyd Webber's forthcoming musical Cinderella, which is set to start performances at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on 30 April 2021. The Zimababwe-born dancer will make his West End debut in the role. "I'm overjoyed to introduce Ivano Turco as our Prince Sebastian in Cinderella," Lloyd Webber told the Evening Standard. "I'm convinced audiences will fall in love with him, as we did. Straight out of college, Ivano...

  • Photo credit: 2017 Mischief Movie Night cast (Photo by Darren Bell)

    As well as The Play That Goes Wrong reopening at the Duchess Theatre tonight, Mischief Theatre's Mischief Movie Night will also begin performances. Last seen at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre this summer, the improvisational show returns to the West End, with performances at the Vaudeville Theatre from 9 December - 31 Jan. 2021.Mischief Movie Night tickets are on sale now.Rather than the cast preparing a show, it's down to the audience to decide what they want to see in Mischief Movie Night....

  • Photo credit: Theatre Royal Stratford East (Photo by Sbrooks91 on Wikipedia) 

    After a prolonged closure, Theatre Royal Stratford East will reopen its doors from June 2021. The season includes a Conor McPherson revival, new works and one-off performances from members of the local community. "Despite a challenging year, we found new and innovative ways to continue making work and to keep the connection with our audiences and local community alive." said Theatre Royal Stratford East artistic director Nadia Fall. Ahead of the upcoming season, she continued to say: "Stratford...

  • Photo credit: Ruthless at the Arts Theatre (Photo courtesy of Ruthless)

    This weekend's offering on The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel has been confirmed. From 11 December, audiences can relive the West End premiere of Ruthless, performed at the Arts Theatre two years ago.Parodising Golden Age musicals and early 20th century Hollywood classics, Ruthless centres on Tina Denmark, an eight-year-old who'll stop at nothing to be the lead in her school play. Typically, the musical is played by an all-female cast, however the London production starred Jason Gardiner as...

  • Photo credit: Come From Away cast (Photo courtesy of Come From Away)

    UPDATE: Come From Away concerts have now been cancelled at the Phoenix Theatre. In a tweet from the production, they said Come From Away is suspended until mid June. With the Australian production of Come From Away returning to the stage next month, details on the London production have also been announced. Come From Away will return to the Phoenix Theatre with a series of concerts in February 2021.Concert performances of Come From Away will be staged from 10 - 27 Feb. 2021. During the run, cast...

  • Photo credit: Dick Whittington cast in rehearsals (Photo courtesy of National Theatre)

    Following the National Theatre reopening earlier this year with Death of England: Delroy, the theatre's Christmas offering begins performances tonight. The National Theatre will be home to Dick Whittington this season, with performances in the Olivier Theatre from 11 December to 23 Jan. 2021.The well-known pantomime tale is adapted by Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd, which was first staged at Lyric Hammersmith in 2018. The adaptation sees Dick Whittington travel to London to seek his fortune,...

  • Photo credit: Dick Whittington artwork (Photo courtesy of National Theatre)

    UPDATE: In a tweet from the National Theatre on 6 January, all remaining in-person performances of Dick Whittington have been cancelled. The production will still be available on National Theatre at Home from 11 January.Ahead of Dick Whittington opening at the National Theatre this week, it's been announced that the show will be streamed. A performance will be filmed, and made available to watch on The Show Must Go On YouTube channel as well as the theatre's own streaming service in 2021.Dick...

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