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  • Photo credit: Oslo at the National Theatre (Photo courtesy of National Theatre)

    The Tony Award-winning play Oslo is heading for the screen, thanks to a HBO film adaptation. Andrew Scott will star in the production, which is currently being filmed in Prague.Scott will play Terje Rød-Larsen, a Norweigan diplomat who organised negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians that eventually led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. Scott has recently starred in numerous television series and films, including Fleabag and 1917. On stage, he's recently won Best Actor for his performance...

  • Photo credit: Travis Alabanza (Photo by Leviticus Hinds)

    UPDATE: A limited run of online performances of Overflow will be made available, as a result of halted live shows. A filmed performance will now be available to stream internationally from 18 - 23 Jan 2021.Following a prolonged closure, the Bush Theatre will reopen in December with Overflow, written by Travis Alabanza. Their play will run at the Bush Theatre from 8-22 December, examining the cultural role of women's bathrooms.Starting off in a flooding toilet cubicle, Rosie reflects on her...

  • Photo credit: Audiences at The War of the Worlds (2019 Production, photo courtesy of The War of the Worlds)

    After opening in London last year, a revamped immersive production of The War of the Worlds will reopen in 2021. The production will reopen on 4 Mar. 2021, with 97 dates confirmed so far through to 4 Sept. 2021.Throughout the experience, visitors head to the Royal Observatory, sneak into a deserted house and try to escape London, all while trying to avoid the Martian invaders. Joined by journalist George Herbert, there's 24 "scenes" in total, complete with a War of the Worlds themed bar.Cast...

  • Photo credit: Eddie Izzard (Photo courtesy of Kate Morley PR)

    UPDATE: West End Acoustic will now be available to stream this April. The cast included Maiya Quansah-Breed, Renée Lamb, Nicholas McLean, Tyrone Huntley and Sam Tutty, and is available from 15 - 18 April. More information can be found here. Shows in this year's Christmas season at Riverside Studios have been announced, marking the first Winter season at the new venue. Productions confirmed will run throughout the month, with performances from 3-24 December.Ahead of the season, interim creative...

  • Photo credit: Cast of A Christmas Carol (Photo courtesy of Storyhouse PR)

    UPDATE: The full cast was announced on 26 November.Following the news that Brian Conley will play Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, an all-star cast has been confirmed for the production. They'll perform in the Christmassy musical at the Dominion Theatre, with performances from 7 December to 2 Jan. 2021.Best known for playing Lauren Branning in BBC's Eastenders, Jacqueline Jossa will make her West End debut as Emily/Ghost of Christmas Future. She'll be joined by Busted's Matt Jay-Willis as...

  • Photo credit: Cast of Fiver (Photo courtesy of Southwark Playhouse)

    First performed at Southwark Playhouse in 2019, Fiver will return to the off-West End venue in concert form this month. Concerts of Fiver will be livestreamed on 27 and 28 November, including an exclusive performance of a song written especially for the concerts.Named after the colloquial term for a five pound note, the musical follows a five pound note as it passes through the hands of different Londoners. The series of musical vignettes explores the value of money and how people view their...

  • Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, and Maggie Smith

    UPDATE: For One Knight Only will be available to stream again from 28 - 31 May. More information can be found here. Dame Judi Dench, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Ian McKellen, and Dame Maggie Smith will headline For One Knight Only, an evening of conversations with the British acting legends hosted by Kenneth Branagh. The event is presented by Lockdown Theatre in association with Acting for Others, a theatrical charity that provides emotional and financial assistance to theatre workers. The live...

  • Photo credit: (Courtesy of The Show Must Go On at the Palace Theatre via RAW PR)

    The West End charity concert The Show Must Go On was due to take place at the Palace Theatre in November, but it's been rescheduled due to lockdown. Producers have announced rescheduled dates, with performances now taking place from 20 - 24 Jan. 2021.Casting for the new concert dates is subject to change, based on availability. The previous line-up included Sam Tutty from Dear Evan Hansen, Layton Williams from Everybody's Talking About Jamie and ZIzi Strallen from Mary Poppins.Other musicals set...

  • Photo credit: Beauty and the Beast artwork (Photo courtesy of Disney Theatricals)

    Following the news that Beauty and the Beast would tour the UK next year, initial dates have been announced. The production will begin at Leicester's Curve Theatre from 25 May 2021, with performances confirmed to November 2021.The Disney Theatrical president has also confirmed that there will be notable creative differences. This includes a new tap routine for "Be Our Guest" and new costume design for Belle.Courtney Stapleton will play Belle, previously in Six and Dear Evan Hansen, with Emmanuel...

  • Photo credit: Roles We'll Never Play artwork (Photo by Roles We'll Never Play)

    UPDATE: Roles We'll Never Play will open for two more concerts at the Vaudeville Theatre on 22 and 23 May.Last month, it was announced that a Roles We'll Never Play concert would be performed at the Apollo Theatre. To accommodate demand, a further performance has been added, with shows now on 6 and 7 December.Roles We'll Never Play invites performers to sing songs, which would be typically considered to be outside of their casting brackets.The cast billed includes Alice Fearn, currently starring...

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