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  • 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: 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...

  • 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: Artwork of A Christmas Carol (Photo courtesy of Bridge Theatre)

    UPDATE: Photos added 7 DecemberSimon Russell Beale will play Ebenezer Scrooge in a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Bridge Theatre. Nicholas Hytner's new version of the Charles Dickens classic will play at the Bridge from 27 November - 16 Jan, 2021.Beale will share all the roles in A Christmas Carol, along with Patsy Ferran and Eben Figueriedo.Simon Russell Beale was last seen in the West End as a Lehman brother in The Lehman Trilogy, which transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre in...

  • Photo credit: Elaine Paige as Queen Rat (Photo by Paul Coltas)

    Following last week's announcement that pantomime would return to the London Palladium, further casting has been announced. The Olivier Award-winning actress Elaine Paige will join the cast of Pantoland at the Palladium this Christmas, with performances from 12 December for three weeks.Elaine Paige will reprise her performance as Queen Rat, a role she played in Dick Whittington in 2017. She'll star alongside a plethora of London Palladium pantomime veterans, including Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin,...

  • Photo credit: Artwork of West End Musical Christmas (Photo courtesy of Kevin Wilson PR)

    UPDATE: West End Musical Christmas has now been rescheduled. Perfomances will take place at the Palace Theatre from 11-14 Feb. 2021. Stars from a variety of West End musicals will perform in West End Musical Christmas at the Palace Theatre. For four nights from 17-20 December, famous faces from the biggest musicals in London will sing an array of Christmas songs and musical theatre hits.Those set to perform in West End Musical Christmas include:Sophie Evans - Glinda in Wicked Alice Fearn -...

  • Photo Credit: Brian Conley as Ebenezer Scrooge (Photo by Oliver Rosser)

    Brian Conley will star as Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, opening in December. The musical concert of Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent's adaptation of Charles Dickens festive tale will run at the Dominion Theatre from 7 December to 2 Jan. 2021.Conley returns to the West End, recently starring as Franklin Hart Jnr. in 9 to 5 at the Savoy Theatre. Previously, he's starred in Hairspray, Jolson and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He'll be joined by an orchestra and...

  • Photo credit: Cast of Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre (Photo by Brinkhoff.Moegenburg)

    Ahead of this year's Olivier Awards, the five-time nominated production of Death of a Salesman will return to the West End in 2021.In a tweet by Baz Bamigboye, Wendell Pierce has agreed to return to Death of a Salesman as Willy Loman. First seen at the Young Vic in 2019, the acclaimed production transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre, starring Sharon D. Clarke as Linda Loman.In a <a href="/reviews/review-death-of-a-salesman-at-the-piccadilly-theatre]"five-star review of Death of a Salesman for...

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats

    Cats is one of the most famous pieces of theatre in recent history and is often credited as the world's first megamusical. In addition to running for 21 years on the West End and 18 years on Broadway, the show has been translated into at least 19 languages and has mounted over 85 major global productions. Though feline-centric, the story has become a timeless smash hit thanks to the incredibly human stories it tells.Wondering how Cats got its start and how it gained worldwide popularity? Learn...

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