Luke Dillon

Luke Dillon serves as Editor of WestEndTheatre.com. Luke joined the team in 2009 as a freelance contributor and became full time Editor in 2016. As Editor, Luke oversees the content from our small but dedicated team of contributors.  Originally hailing from Australia, Luke has lived and worked in London since 2000. Luke's favourite West End show's for 2019 include Death of A Salesman with Wendell Pierce & Sharon D Clarke; Dear Evan Hansen; Laura Wade's Home, I'm Darling; Betrayal with Tom Hiddleston; Lungs and Present Laughter at the Old Vic;  Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train at the Young Vic and Rosmers Holm with Tom Burke and Katie Atwell at the Duke of York's. You can contact Luke via email:  editor [ @ ] westendtheatre.com

John McCrea in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie to be turned into major new film

West End hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will be adapted into a major new film by Sheffield based production company Warp Films. Inspired by the BBC documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 – the story of a 16 year old boy wanting to attend his school prom in a dress, the hit musical was given life when musical theatre star, Michael Ball, introduced theatre director Jonathan Butterell to British singer-song writer of the Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and screen writer Tom MacRae. The trio will team up again for the film with MacRae in the writing seat, Butterell directing …

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Danielle Steers in Bat Out of Hell The Musical. UK production

West End musical Bat Out Of Hell partners with Prince Harry’s Invictus Games

Jim Steinman’s new West End musical Bat Out of Hell has announced a wide-ranging partnership to support the Invictus Games Foundation. The Foundation, whose Patron is Prince Harry, is the governing body of the Invictus Games, the global sports event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and woman, both serving and veterans. The year-long sponsorship will see the West End musical provide an initial financial contribution to the foundation, hold an exclusive charity gala performances of the show for Invictus Games competitiors, and make available hundreds of tickets for veterans and their families to experience the show. Addittionaly, there will …

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Ben Richards & Gemma Wardle cast in Some Lovers, The Other Palace Theatre

Ben Richards & Gemma Wardle to star in Burt Bacharach musical

Footballers’ Wives and Hollyoakes’ Ben Richards will star with Gemma Wardle in Some Lovers at The Other Palace Theatre. Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater‘s musical will headline From Page To Stage (FPTS) Summer Festival at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace Theatre. Some Lovers is described as a valentine to New York; Set over twenty years, it is a love story caught between the present and the past, with two characters (Ben and Molly) played by four actors. Ben Richards and Aaron Kavanagh will play Ben and Young Ben with Gemma Wardle and Jenna Innes playing Molly and Young Molly. …

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Wicked

Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans to head West End cast of Wicked

New casting has been announced for the West End production of Wicked at the Apollo Theatre. Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans will lead the new cast from 24 July 2017 playing Elphaba and Glinda. Fearn’s West End credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek The Musical, Into The Woods, Les Misérables (including film version) and Wicked, where she has played Elphaba standby for the last 9 months. Sophie Evan’s shot to fame in the BBC talent show ‘Over the Rainbow’, when she takes the stage at the Apollo Theatre she will be the youngest actress (24) to play Glinda in the UK …

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Frances Ruffelle & John Owen-Jones in The Wild Party, The Other Palace Theatre, London

In Pictures: The Wild Party

Check out Frances Ruffelle, John Owen-Jones and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt in The Wild Party

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth talk about THE GIRLS – their new musical comedy

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth talk about their new musical comedy The Girls which opens at the Phoenix Theatre in January 2017. Based on the true story, film and stage play of Calendar Girls, this new musical comedy features original music by Gary Barlow and lyrics by Tim Firth, who wrote the original screenplay and West End play. Click here to book tickets The cast includes Claire Moore, Joanna Riding, Sophie-Louise Dann, Michele Dotrice, Debbie Chazen, Claire Machin, Joe Caffrey, Jeremy Clyde, John Davitt, James Gaddas, Soo Drouet, Jenny Gayner and Shirley Jameson. THE GIRLS runs from 28 January 2017 at …

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First look: Groundhog Day the musical

Production images of new musical Groundhog Day have been released ahead of its opening next month at the Old Vic. Early reports suggest the show will be a great success for director Matthew Warchus and the creative team composed of Tim Minchin, Peter Darling, Danny Rubin and Rob Howell. Based on the hit 1993 film starring Billy Murray, Groundhog Day is the story of a cynical TV weatherman who is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in an isolated small town of America. When he suddenly finds himself caught in a time loop, he’s forced to repeat the same day …

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