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  • Photo credit: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice artwork (Photo by Southwark Playhouse)

    The world premiere of The Sorcerer's Apprentice will be staged at Southwark Playhouse, it has been announced. Based on Goethe's poem, which went on to inspire Disney's Fantasia, performances will take place from 9 January - 13 Feb. 2021.Set against the backdrop of the Northern lights, a sorcerer and his daughter must work together. But, as she discovers just how strong her magical powers are, will the town of Midgard be destroyed?The cast includes David Thaxton, whose credits include the Phantom...

  • Photo credit: The Understudy artwork (Photo by The Understudy)

    UPDATE: Further casting has been confirmed for The Understudy. Matthew Horne, Emily Atack, Adelayo Adedayo, Lucy Briggs-Owen, and Jake Ferretti will all star in productions at the Palace Theatre.After the online premiere which took place earlier this year, The Understudy will receive its stage premiere in December. Stephen Fry will star in the two performances, taking place at the Palace Theatre from 7-8 December.Based on David Nicholls' 2005 novel of the same name, Henry Filloux-Bennett's play...

  • Photo credit: Cast of From Here To Eternity (Photo courtesy of From Here To Eternity)

    From Here To Eternity is the latest full-length musical to be streamed online, courtesy of The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel. The West End musical will be live from 7pm on 6 November, available for 48 hours.Based on James Jones' novel, From Here To Eternity documents the American atmosphere at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack. The lives of a private and his platoon sergeant are set on a brand new course, which they're unable to control.The musical features a book by Bill Oakes, with music...

  • Photo credit: The Play That Goes Wrong and The Woman in Black (Photos by Helen Murray and Tristram Kenton respectively)

    Whatever time of year you decide to visit London's West End, why not watch a West End play. There's been world premieres in London, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Play That Goes Wrong. But, there's plenty of star-studded revivals taking place too, often running for a short time. As well as West End musicals, London's theatre scene really does provide world-class entertainment with its range of plays.Check out the top 10 London plays currently running in the capital and book...

  • Photo credit: Eleanor Lloyd, new president of SOLT (Photo by Michael Wharley)

    At the Annual General Meeting of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), a new President was announced. Eleanor Lloyd will take over as SOLT President, succeeding Kenny Wax.Ahead of her tenure, Lloyd said: "Our theatre industry has a crucial role to play as the nation recovers from an unprecedented crisis. I am proud to be stepping up at this critical moment and committed to helping our vibrant and diverse community rebuild... I can't wait to welcome back our passionate audiences and I will work...

  • Anne Hathaway’s cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon (Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash) 

    There's nothing quite like seeing a Shakespeare show. Integral to the canon of British literature, William Shakespeare's works really have stood the test of time. His plays went on to change the English language as we know it. Idioms like "heart of gold" and "green-eyed monster" originally derive from the Bard himself.From tragedies like Romeo and Juliet, comedies like Measure for Measure, and histories like King John, everyone's got their favourite Shakespeare play. But, do you have a favourite...

  • Photo Credit: Cast of Little Wars (Photo by John Brannoch)

    UPDATE: Little Wars will receive an encore streaming period. Little Wars will be available to watch once more from 19 April - 16 May, with more information here.Following the livestream premiere of Little Wars, an extension has been announced. The digital revival will now be available to stream for an additional four weeks.The cast includes Sophie Thompson, recently nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance in Present Laughter at the Old Vic. Juliet Stevenson also appears, previously...

  • Photo credit: Cast of The Goes Wrong Show (Photo courtesy of The Goes Wrong Show)

    UPDATE: The Six cast performing are the UK tour queens. This includes Lauren Drew, Maddison Bulleyment, Harriet Watson, Shekinah McFarlane, Jodie Steele and Athena Collins.Ahead of this month's televised charity event, the line-up for this year's Children in Need has been confirmed. The live broadcast will take place on 13 November, with West End casts appearing, as well as performers including Beverley Knight.The Six queens will perform all together, just a few weeks before the residency at the...

  • Theatres and arts venues to stay open for livestreams in lockdown

    UPDATE: West End theatres are to close from 16 December, and London is now a "tier four" area. At the moment, theatres can still open for rehearsals and stream performances.Ahead of a four-week lockdown from 5 November, the government has clarified on whether theatres and arts venues can stay open throughout the period. Although live performances to an audience at the theatre will be suspended, theatres and arts venues will be allowed to stay open if they are continuing to be a place of work.In...

  • Photo credit: Kings of Broadway Artwork (Photo by Kings of Broadway)

    UPDATE: Sam Tutty, Grace Mouat and Jacob Fowler will join the Kings of Broadway cast on 9 December.Following an online concert that took place earlier this year, Kings of Broadway will entertain live audiences this December. The musical celebration will take place at the Palace Theatre on 9 December, just a week after the upcoming England lockdown is said to end.Over 30 performers will come together for the concert, celebrating music of Jule Styne, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim. Styne wrote...

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