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  • West End bars guide: Where to drink before a show

    Tourists and locals come together for few things, but one is for certain: the quest to find the perfect pub or bar. We've done the hard work for you, scouting out where to drink in the West End and across London.We've listed our favourite watering holes to drink in the capital, from the most affordable places to drinks where you can splash the cash.68 and Boston5 Greek Street, W1D 4DDTake a visit to Soho's very own vineyard at 68 and Boston, where you can kick back with drinks from two bars in...

  • Photo credit: Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen (Photo by Oliver Ross Feast Creative)

    UPDATE: On 14 December, it was announced performances of The Comeback will be suspended from 16 December. In a statement, producer Sonia Friedman said: "Following the devastating announcement that London will be entering Tier 3 on Wednesday 16th Dec, THE COMEBACK performances from Wednesday 16th Dec onwards have been postponed. Having installed extensive safety measures at the theatre, for the last week of previews we have been welcoming delighted audiences to the Noel Coward Theatre to enjoy...

  • Photo credit: The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

    UPDATE: On 1 February, it was confirmed that all performances of Sancho: An Act of Remembrance starring Paterson Joseph are cancelled.After its forced closure from March 2020, the returning season of work at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has been announced. The season will include two one-person shows, as well as a community project on its off-West End stage."I am delighted that we can today announce shows for our audiences, returning to do what we do best, producing great work with great artists,...

  • cast of The Color Purple (Photo by Manuel Harlan)

    UPDATE: 22 January. Although in person performances of The Color Purple are now cancelled, the production will be available to stream from 16 February - 7 March. The cast will include T'Shan Williams as Celie, Danielle Fiamanya as Nettie, Karen Mavundukure as Sofia, Ako Mitchell as Mister and Simon Anthony Rhoden as Harpo. Cast of The Color Purple (Photo by Pamela Raith)The Curve in Leicester will reopen its door to the public in December, as a trio of shows are staged for the theatre's winter...

  • Photo credit: Ashley Gilmour as Enjolras, Harry Apps as Marius and Company in Les Misérables (Photo by Johan Persson)

    Journalist and lyricist Herbert Kretzmer passed away today, 14 October 2020, at the age of 95. Perhaps best known for his lyrics in Les Miserables, West End actors and producers have all commented on his passing.The current producer of Les Miserables in the West End, Cameron Mackintosh said: "It is terribly sad to hear that the great Herbert Kretzmer passed away last night. His wonderful words for Les Miserables will live on in his memory forever more... God bless you, Herbie." Fellow lyricist...

  • Photo credit: Cast of Emilia (Photo by Helen Murray)

    UPDATE: In a tweet on 12 November, Emilia will now be available to watch online until 2 December.An archive recording of the West End play Emilia will be made available to watch next month. After last year's performances at the Vaudeville Theatre, audiences can relive the play with the cast and crew via an online livestream on 10 November, with the play then staying online for a further fortnight.Dramatising the life and career of 17th century poet Emilia Bassano, Emilia explores her struggles...

  • Photo credit: The Les Miserables All-Star Staged Concert company (Photo by Matthew Le Poer Trench)

    Following the news that Les Miserables: The All-Star Staged Concert will return to the West End, the production's run has been extended, due to overwhelming demand. The show will now run for a further two weeks at the Sondheim Theatre, with performances to 31 Jan, 2021.The show will extend for two weeks to accommodate those who signed up for tickets. In a statement from Cameron Mackintosh, he said: "The phenomenal speed at which the Christmas season of Les Misérables -The Staged Concert has sold...

  • Photo credit: Strictly Come Dancing Artwork 

    Ahead of this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing, three spin-off tours have been confirmed. As a result of Covid-19 restrictions, a live arena tour will not take place in 2021, but the Strictly Come Dancing Live Arena Tour has been confirmed for 2022, with Strictly: The Professionals and Strictly: The Power of Dance touring throughout 2021.Presale tickets for the Strictly Come Dancing Live Arena Tour in London at the O2 Arena are now available on LondonTheatre.co.uk.The Strictly Come Dancing...

  • West End restaurant guide: Where to eat before a show

    London's West End district isn't just made up of theatres. Did you know that in London, there are over 18,000 restaurants? Yes, 18,000. You could go to a different restaurant nearly every day for the next 50 years and have nearly visited them all.Obviously, with such a wide selection of London restaurants to choose from, it's a mammoth task to go through them all and pick the perfect place. Here's where we come in. We've listed a few of our favourite places to eat in the capital, with options...

  • Jesus Christ Superstar at the Open Air Theatre

    Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice on the release of the original cast album Jesus Christ Superstar in New York, October 1970. (Photo by Bernard Gotfryd)A timeless work, Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally known series of events seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. The main characters are all familiar to anyone with a knowledge of the New Testament and this show follows the last week of Jesus Christ's life. It contains hardly any...

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