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  • Photo credit: Claire Foy and Matt Smith in Lungs rehearsals (Photo courtesy of The Old Vic)

    After impressing critics and audiences alike, performances staged at the Old Vic in 2020 will be re-released. Recorded versions of Three Kings, Faith Healer and Lungs will be available to watch again over nine select dates in December and January 2021.The Playback series will begin with Three Kings, starring Andrew Scott. He plays Patrick, a man who deals with his father's life as he remembers a childhood challenge. In a <a href="/reviews/review-andrew-scott-in-three-kings-at-the-old-vic]"review...

  • Photo credit: Cast of Unlimited: The Songs of Stephen Schwartz (Photo courtesy of ANR PR)

    UPDATE: 2 DecemberAfter a weekend of livestreamed performances by the original Six queens on Thespie, a series of reunion concerts has been confirmed. Four concerts will be available to watch between 3-21 December, bringing casts of Six, & Juliet as well as critically-acclaimed stars together.Thespie creative producer and Olivier Award-nominated actress Aimie Atkinson said: "We're thrilled to be bringing you our first shows—high-energy, joyful concerts with great production values and...

  • Photo credit: Cast of Mischief Movie Night, 2017 (Photo by Darren Bell)

    Instead of Magic Goes Wrong reopening at the Vaudeville Theatre, the return of Mischief Movie Night will take its place. The improvisational comedy show will enjoy a two-month run at the Vaudeville, with performances from 9 December to 31 Jan. 2021.During each performance, cast members ask the audience for a genre, location and title for a brand new movie. Then, as the show develops, the Mischief Theatre company will bring the film to life.Originally titled Lights! Camera! Improvise!, the...

  • Gift Guide: Buy the best West End theatre tickets for Christmas

    Struggling to decide what to buy someone for Christmas? Theatre tickets for London shows make the best gifts at Christmastime. See a classic show that's run in London for decades, or check out a new show that's going to open in 2022. There's guaranteed to be a show to suit that certain someone you've got in mind.Here's our gift guide for the best West End tickets for Christmas in 2021. Check out our recommendations for the best theatre tickets to give everyone on your list this year.West End...

  • Theatres in England allowed to reopen after lockdown ends

    Boris Johnson spoke in the House of Commons today about England's future after lockdown ends. In his speech, he confirmed that the current England lockdown will end on 2 December, with the country set to return to a tiered system.Johnson also gave details about the future of the wider leisure sector, including theatres. He stated that, in tiers one and two (the lower tiers), live theatre can continue to an in-person audience. In tier three (the highest tier), theatres will not be able to stage...

  • Photo credit: The Vivienne’s Christmas artwork (Photo courtesy of The Vivienne’s Christmas)

    RuPaul's Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne will make her West End debut this Christmas. She'll host her own festive-themed show, The Vivienne's Christmas, Up To Snow Good! at the Apollo Theatre on 21 December.The Vivienne is the drag queen persona of James Lee Williams, who won the first series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK in 2019. He competed against Vinegar Strokes, who previously appeared in Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre.During the event, audience members can look forward...

  • Photo credit: YouTube Artwork (Photo courtesy of The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel)

    Following last week's concert with Alice Fearn and Sandra Marvin, the line-up for this week's show has been announced. Six West End stars and a musical comedian will take part, with their performances available to watch on 20 November.David Bedella will sing in the virtual concert, recently winning the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for & Juliet. He's joined by Katie Brayben, best known for her Olivier Award-winning performance as the titular songstress in...

  • Photo credit: Cedric Neal and Rosalie Craig (Photos by Gaz Sherwood and courtesy of ANR-PR respectively)

    UPDATE: In a tweet from Wild Mountain Productions, all concerts as part of the Monday Night at the Apollo series have been postponed. New dates for all concerts will take place from April 2021.A brand new concert series will be staged at the Apollo Theatre in January, with performances available to watch in person or via a livestream. Three events in Monday Night at the Apollo have been scheduled from 11 January to 8 Feb. 2021, with casting confirmed for the first concert.Greg Barnett will host...

  • Photo credit: Megan Mullally (Photo by Maarten de Boer)

    A London revival of Anything Goes will open at the Barbican starring Megan Mullally, who will make her London musical theatre debut as Reno Sweeney. Performances are scheduled to run from 8 May - 22 Aug. 2021.The Golden Age musical tells of adventures on the S.S. American, heading from New York to England. There's a variety of characters, including nightclub entertainer Reno Sweeney and her quartet of "angels," Lord Oakleigh and his fiancée Hope Harcourt, as well as stowaway Billy Crocker and...

  • Photo credit: Christmas candle (Photo by Mariana B. on Unsplash)

    Each year, theatres across London deck their stages with enough Christmas decorations to be seen from space. There's shows suitable for all occasions too, including star-studded pantomimes, Nativity retellings, and seasonal comedies. One story has elevated itself to become a "must-see" to really make December complete: A Christmas Carol.Charles Dickens's festive tale is perhaps one of the most famous stories of all time. Set on Christmas Eve, the story follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he's met by...

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