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  • Photo credit: Josh O’ Connor and Jessie Buckley (Photo by Sebastian Nevols)

    UPDATE: Romeo & Juliet will premiere for UK audiences on Easter Sunday, 4 Apr. 2021. More information can be found here.Although performances of Romeo & Juliet were cancelled at the National Theatre earlier this year, there's still a chance for audiences to see the production. The National Theatre has announced a filmed version of Romeo & Juliet starring Josh O'Connor and Jessie Buckley, recorded at the Lyttelton Theatre and set for a spring 2021 release.Romeo & Juliet will be...

  • Photo credit: Adrian Scarborough in Leopoldstadt (Photo by Marc Brenner)

    "Keep the faith, people, we will be back": That exhortation, spoken by Death of a Salesman's newly crowned best actress in a play recipient Sharon D. Clarke, was emblematic of the defiant tone struck during the 2020 Olivier Awards, which were given out Sunday night at the London Palladium more than six months after the original date for the ceremony - April 7 - was scratched due to the pandemic. The show, with Jason Manford, comedian and star of the Christmas 2019 West End run of the musical...

  • Photo credit: Cast of I Put A Spell on You (Photo courtesy of The Theatre Cafe)

    As well as their series of exclusive performances, Amy Hart and Paul Taylor-Mills will host a West End Halloween event. The livestream will take place on 31 October, featuring 11 performers from a variety of shows.Casting includes Lizzie Bea, who will make her lead debut as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray at the London Coliseum. Layton Williams will also perform, best known for playing the title role in Everybody's Talking About Jamie, joined by co-star Sejal Keshwala. Aladdin's Matt Croke features...

  • Photo credit: Joseph Potter (Courtesy of Southwark Playhouse)

    UPDATE: In a tweet by Southwark Playhouse on 5 November, performances of The Poltergeist will be livestreamed on 20-21 November, rather than performed to an in-person audience.As well as Southwark Playhouse currently home to The Last Five Years, there's future shows to look forward to, including the world premiere of The Poltergeist. Philip Ridley's one-man play will play three performances at the off-West End venue from 20-21 November.The Poltergeist follows Sasha, a young man who is destined...

  • Photo credit: Dom Hartley-Harris and West End Cast of Hamilton (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

    Following the inaugural Black British Theatre Awards ceremony in 2019, nominees for this year's awards have been announced. The ceremony will be broadcast exclusively on Sky Arts on 25 October, the same day as the 2020 Olivier Awards.Voted almost entirely by the public, the socially distant event will take place at the Young Vic. A host and presenters to be announced.The Black British Theatre Awards directors Solange Urdang and Omar F Okai said: "This is an important year with UK Theatre coming...

  • Photo credit: Adam Kay (Courtesy of Nimax Theatres)

    Ahead of Adam Kay's engagement of This Is Going To Hurt at the Apollo Theatre, it's been announced that he'll return to the West End this Christmas. He'll perform a live show based on his second book, Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas, with performances at the Palace Theatre from 21 December - 3 Jan. 2021.Published in 2019, Adam Kay's diary entries tell of his experiences as a junior doctor working the festive season. He peeks behind the blue curtain to reveal what life is like for the 1.4...

  • Photo credit: Flight installation (Photo by Beth Chalmers)

    The Barbican and the Bridge Theatre will collaborate to bring Vox Motus' installation Flight to London. Performances will be held at the Bridge Theatre from 17 May - 6 June.Based on Caroline Brothers' 2011 book Hinterland, Flight tells the story of Aryan and Kabir, two young Afghani men who set off from Kabul to London. As they begin their epic odyssey across the continent, the fate of Aryan and Kabir unfolds through a miniature world akin to a 3D graphic novel. To watch Flight, audience members...

  • Photo credit: Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean and Michael Ball as Javert (Photos by Matt Murphy)

    Before their return to the West End in Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert at the Sondheim Theatre, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball have announced they will tour the United Kingdom in 2021. The pair will also release their fifth studio album together this Christmas, with their new album Together At Christmas available from 20 November.Boe and Ball first performed together in Kismet at the London Coliseum in 2007. Since then, they've become an inseparable West End duo, starring alongside one...

  • Photo credit: The Gruffalo’s Child (Photo by Lesley Cook)

    Plans for this Christmas season at Alexandra Palace have been announced, including a family production of The Gruffalo's Child. Previously performed at the Lyric Theatre, The Gruffalo's Child is at Alexandra Palace Theatre from 28 November - 3 Jan. 2021.Olivia Jacobs, director of The Gruffalo's Child said of the show's return: "We're thrilled to be performing 'The Gruffalo's Child' for audiences at Alexandra Palace this Christmas. It's been a really tough year, so we're thrilled to have found a...

  • Photo credit: Artwork of Back To The Future (Photo courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR)

    On what's considered to be Back To The Future Day, a cast recording of the musical adaptation of Back to the Future has been announced. The original cast recording will be released next year, along with the West End premiere of Back to the Future at the Adelphi Theatre.Ahead of the premiere, you can listen to "Back In Time" sung by Olly Dobson today. Back to the Future features new music by Alan Silvestri and lyrics by Glen Ballard, as well as songs from the movie including "Johnny B. Goode" and...

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