Simon Raven

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Broadway closes theatres

Broadway Theatre is shutting down today as a New York statewide ban of all gatherings of more than 500 people goes into effect.


TOBY STEPHENS in A Day In The Death of Joe Egg

Simon Raven

Simon Raven is a writer on arts, media and travel.

Jenna Russell

Jenna Russell in Hello, Dolly!

The company of Hadestown at National Theatre

Hadestown – Review Round-Up

A review round-up for the highly anticipated National Theatre production of Hadestown

Aaron Sidwell

EastEnders’ Aaron Sidwell joins Wicked UK tour

EastEnder Aaron Sidwell will play Fiyero in the UK tour of Wicked. Currently playing Stephen Beale in the long running BBC soap, Sidwell was last on stage in Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse (2015), and has previously starred in Green Day’s punk rock musical American Idiot (Arts Theatre) and Loserville The Musical in the West End. Sidwell is scheduled to play all dates in the upcoming tour which opens on 31 January 2018 at Bristol Hippodrome and will travel to Liverpool, Edinburgh, Leeds, Sunderland, Dublin, Southampton, Cardiff and Manchester. Full casting for the UK tour of Wicked will be announced …

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Adam Howden, Bronté Barbé, Kane Oliver Parry in Beautiful The Carole King Musical

Bronté Barbé to play Carole King in Beautiful UK tour

Bronté Barbé will lead the UK & Ireland tour of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Bronté Barbé was a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC1 television series “Over The Rainbow” in 2010. Since then she has appeared on stage in both London’s West End and around the UK. The lead cast will feature Kane Oliver Parry (Carousel) as King’s husband and song-writing partner ‘Gerry Goffin’, Amy Ellen Richardson (Les Misérables) as song-writer ‘Cynthia Weil’, Matthew Gonsalves (Dirty Dancing) as song-writer ‘Barry Mann’, Carol Royle (Moonlight ) as King’s mother ‘Genie Klein’ and Adam Howden (Spring Awakening) as music publisher …

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2015 Original UK Tour Company. Dean Chisnall (Shrek) and Bronté Barbé (Princess Fiona). Credit Helen Maybanks

Shrek The Musical adds more UK tour dates

Shrek The Musical has announced further dates for the 2017/18 UK tour. Producers have today announced further venues for the 2017/18 tour of SHREK THE MUSICAL®, with new dates in Sheffield, Cardiff, Woking, Liverpool, Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Llandudno and Leeds. As previously announced, the larger-than-life production opens at the Edinburgh Playhouse for the Christmas 2017/18 season from 12 December 2017 to 7 January 2018 and will also tour to Manchester, Sunderland, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Northampton, Stoke and Blackpool, Nigel Harman will return as director, having made his directorial debut on SHREK THE MUSICAL’s first UK and Ireland Tour. Harmen is …

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