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  • Photo credit: Cast of Mamma Mia! (Photo courtesy of Mamma Mia)

    The long-running ABBA jukebox musical Mamma Mia! will play an extended booking period at the Novello Theatre, it has been confirmed. Performances will now run to 2 Oct. 2021, with the musical achieving its 22 year anniversary.Set to ABBA tracks including "Voulez Vous", "Take A Chance On Me" and "Dancing Queen", Mamma Mia! follows Sophie as he prepares to marry her fiance, Sky. Inviting her three potential fathers to the island without her mother knowing, a battle ensues for the chance to walk...

  • Photo credit: Donmar Warehouse (Photo by La Citta Vita on Flickr) 

    UPDATE: The full line-up is completed by Susan Wokoma, Marc Antolin, Paul Chahidi, Jordan Douglas and Athena Stevens.The Donmar Warehouse will stage a Christmas concert. Looking A Lot Like Christmas will be filmed at The Actors' Church, which will premiere on 16 December.The hour-long event will include a range of musical numbers, sketches and festive poetry, performed by Britain's finest actors. Those announced today include the four-time Olivier Award-winning actress Imelda Staunton alongside...

  • West End theatres can reopen in December after national lockdown

    UPDATE: On 14 December, it was confirmed that London would be in "tier three", the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions. As a result, all theatres are forced to suspend performances from 16 December.Following Boris Johnson's speech on Monday in the House of Commons, details have been announced for the future of West End theatres. As London has been placed in "tier two", London theatres will be given the green light to reopen, allowing all performances previously scheduled for December to go...

  • Photo credit: Sarah Brightman (Photo courtesy of Outside Organisation)

    The original Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera Sarah Brightman will headline a Christmas concert next month, it has been announced. Her event Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony will be staged at Christ Church Spitalfields, available to watch on 20 December."Christmas is my favourite time of year. This year more than ever, we all need the joy, happiness and magic this season brings." said Sarah Brightman. Speaking of the concert: "A Christmas Symphony is my way to celebrate this...

  • Bob Marley songs in ‘Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story’

    The West End is no stranger to jukebox musicals. Singing superstars often find their discography enjoys a second lease of life, including ABBA with Mamma Mia and Carole King with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. In 2021, audiences will be able to listen to Bob Marley's hits, thanks to the world premiere of Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Story at the Lyric Theatre.The Jamaican crooner is considered to be one of the pioneers of reggae and ska, with Arinzé Kene set to play the legendary...

  • Photo credit: We Need A Little Christmas artwork (Photo courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR)

    Adding to the list of Christmas concerts taking place in London this December, We Need A Little Christmas will be filmed at the Actors' Church. Denise Welch will host the event, available to watch via stream.theatre from 20 December - 1 Jan. 2021.Actors taking part include Brian Conley and the cast of A Christmas Carol, who will be performing at the Dominion Theatre over the Christmas period. David Bedella and Cassidy Janson will also sing, both winning Olivier Awards for their performances in...

  • Photo credit: Cast of An American in Paris (Photo courtesy of An American in Paris)

    Following the Shakespeare season on The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel, a brand new series has been confirmed. The new season will celebrate Tony Award-winning productions, kicking off with An American in Paris this Friday, 27 November.Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, the musical follows Jerry Mulligan, an American GI in post World War Two France as he pursues his dream of being a painter. Walking around the streets of Paris, he meets Lise, and the pair immediately...

  • Photo credit: Cadogan Hall (Photo by Amanda Slater on Flickr)

    UPDATE: The West End Does: Christmas concerts will be available to stream until midnight on Christmas Eve. <a href="https://page.inplayer.com/westenddoes/item.html?id=144363" target="_blank"More information can be found here.Reopening for the Christmas season, the line-up of performances at Cadogan Hall this Christmas has been announced. Events will be a mixture of live performances and online streams, with shows from 28 November to 22 December.West End Does: Christmas will head to Cadogan Hall...

  • Photo credit: Cast of Six (Photo by Eleanor Howarth)

    UPDATE: On 13 January, it was confirmed that performances of Six are suspended to 1 March. Future decisions on upcoming performances are to be announced.Before Six reopens at the Lyric Theatre in December, 11 weeks of additional performances have been announced. The show will now run from 5 Dec. 2020 to 18 Apr. 2021, marking the first production at the Lyric since theatres closed in March.The news comes ahead of easing national lockdown, with theatres allowed to open if they are in lower tier...

  • Photo credit: Bill Bailey (Photo courtesy of Ambassador Theatre Group)

    Currently appearing as a contestant on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, Bill Bailey will return to the West End this Christmas. His new show, titled Bill Bailey: Christmas Larks will be staged at the Lyceum Theatre across the New Year period, from 28 December to 3 Jan. 2021.In this festive production, Bailey will share tales and anecdotes from his 20-year long career as a travelling comedian. There'll also be live music in the show, as he combines comedy, politics and philosophy.Bailey was last on a...

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