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  • Shane Richie in Everbody's Talking About Jamie

    UPDATE: Shane Richie will now play Hugo/Loco Chanelle in Everybody's Talking About Jamie from 20 May 2021. More information can be found here.Shane Richie is ready to swap his shoes for a pair of high heels! The "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here" star is coming back to the cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre as the drag queen Loco Chanelle. Richie will start performances in the role on 5 January 2021."After 2020 we could all do with little bit of glitter in the grey...

  • Matthew Bourne's The Car Man

    UPDATE: New dates added 19 Apr. 2021.As part of the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall, the venue and New Adventures announced today that Matthew Bourne's celebrated dance piece The Car Man will play at the Royal Albert Hall for 14 performances. Performances will run from 9 - 19 Jun. 2022."We're so incredibly excited to welcome The Car Man to the Royal Albert Hall as a highlight of our anniversary celebrations," Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall said in a statement....

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    UPDATE: New information added 1 February. The Phantom of the Opera is no longer just inside your mind. The West End hit will reopen in early June 2021 at Her Majesty's Theatre, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh announced on Friday. Tickets are onsale from today for performances started from 5 June. Killian Donnelly will star as the Phantom. In an interview with The Telegraph, Webber said that the news that the Pfizer vaccine is approved in the UK helped lead to this...

  • Sunset Boulevard concert at The Curve

    UPDATE: Sunset Boulevard is now available to stream via Leicester Curve to 17 January.Due to Leicester moving into Tier 3 yesterday, the concert production of Sunset Boulevard at the Curve Theatre has been cancelled, and the staging will be reconfigured in a new auditorium and filmed for streaming. Audiences will be able to watch the concert from home 22 December - 9 January."The show must go on and in a Curve first, we will be bringing back our terrific Sunset Boulevard company to film the...

  • Photo credit: Cast of 42nd Street (Photo courtesy of 42nd Street)

    Continuing the season of award-winning musicals being streamed on The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel, this week's offering has been announced. The West End revival of 42nd Street is the latest musical to be streamed online, available to watch from 4 December.The glossy, Golden Age musical follows Peggy Sawyer, a young woman who quickly rises through the ranks to become an actress. Taking over the leading role in a new musical, Peggy questions her decisions, but she eventually returns to the...

  • Photo credit: Cassidy Janson in & Juliet (Photo courtesy of & Juliet)

    The line-up for the fourth episode in The Theatre Channel series has been announced. The seven West End stars will all perform Christmas songs from a variety of musicals, which can be streamed online on 23 December.Speaking about the episode, producer Adam Blanshay said, "As we reach the culmination of arguably the most challenging year of the past several decades, our goal ... is to consider and contemplate upon the hardships we have faced, recognize those whom we have lost, but also instil a...

  • Photo credit: Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre (Photo by Johan Persson)

    With West End theatres beginning to open up once again, will the West End be open as "normal" in May 2021? There's signs suggesting that West End performances to full capacity will resume in the first half of next year. As well as this, there's an extensive line-up of productions either returning to the capital, or making their world premiere in London in 2021. Les Miserables to return in May 2021Ahead of the return of Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert, producer Cameron Mackintosh has...

  • Photo credit: Maggie Smith in A German Life at the Bridge Theatre (Photo courtesy of Bridge Theatre)

    Following a sell-out engagement at the Bridge Theatre, Maggie Smith will reprise her acclaimed performance in the film adaptation of A German Life. Jonathan Kent will direct the movie, with a release date on the movie to be confirmed.According to Variety, A German Life was set for a Broadway transfer but plans were changed. In an interview with Variety, Christopher Hampton said: "What with COVID, Maggie decided that she didn't really want to go back and do it again on stage, which was a great...

  • Photo credit: West End cast of Come From Away (Photo by Craig Sugden)

    Be "welcomed to the rock" once more, thanks to a Come From Away reunion event, taking place online in December. The Come From Away writers and creatives will come together for a livestreamed event, available to watch on YouTube on 19 December at 7:30pm. Hosted by Simon Greiff, the Come From Away reunion event will allow audiences to discover more about the musical's creation. Audience members can submit questions for all participants, including the musical's writers Irene Sankoff and David...

  • Photo credit: Doorstep Production company (Photo by Danté K Photography)

    Although West End theatres will be allowed to reopen this week, not everyone will be able to see live theatre this Christmas. To combat this, Maria Friedman and Adrian Der Gregorian have formed a new company, Doorstep Productions, which will see actors perform on people's doorsteps, drives and gardens across the country.Explaining the concept, Maria Friedman said: "Doorstep Productions started as an idea to go and spread some joy at Christmas.... Everything seems to be 'deliverable' these days,...

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