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  • 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....

  • 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: Bob Marley (Photo by David Corio, Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd)

    UPDATE: Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical will now open in October 2021. Read here for more information.After the news that a Bob Marley musical would open in the West End in 2021, further details have been confirmed. Performances will begin at the Lyric Theatre from 28 May 2021, with an opening night on 16 Jun. 2021.Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story tickets are on sale now.From the hills of rural Jamaica, Bob Marley sought to spread a message of love, harmony and unity through...

  • Photo credit: Alfred Enoch and Alfred Molina (Photo by Johan Persson)

    The latest production to be streamed on The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel has been announced. Audiences can watch the West End revival of Red, filmed at the Wyndham's Theatre in 2018, from 7pm on 30 November.Red follows Mark Rothko, a twentieth-century artist as he works on his latest mural set. He's helped by his assistant, Ken, but questions on the commercial aspect of the paintings arise. Red premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009, starring Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne. The play...

  • Photo credit: National Theatre at Home artwork (Photo courtesy of National Theatre)

    Following the success of National Theatre at Home earlier this year, the National Theatre have announced a new streaming service. In partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the service will allow audiences to watch a series of productions wherever they are in the world, launching on 1 December.National Theatre at Home was one of the first theatre streaming services, with 16 productions streamed from April to July 2020. During the four months, streams clocked up over 15 million views and were...

  • Photo credit: Cast of Magic Mike Live (Photo by Trevor Leighton)

    After Magic Mike Live performances were suspended due to the global pandemic, the production will return to London. Magic Mike Live will reopen at the London Hippodrome for an open-ended run from 21 May. On the show's return, executive producer Vincent Marini said: "For the last eight months, the team behind Magic Mike Live has been enthusiastically planning the show's return to the London stage... While it has been a creative challenge to make changes to the show we all love so much, we believe...

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