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Offer: Blithe Spirit with Alison Steadman

Save £8.50 on tickets to see Blithe Spirit at the Apollo Theatre in London
Featuring an all-star cast including Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey) as Madame Arcati, Ruthie Henshall (Crazy for You) as Elvira, Hermione Norris (Spooks) as Ruth and Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet) as Charles Condomine.

Free Hotel Rooms in London

Celebrate winter with our great new hotel and theatre promotion, with blockbuster shows including Love Never Dies, Legally Blonde, Priscilla, Jersey Boys and Billy Elliot.

Offers on classic comedy

Theatre ticket discounts on classic plays including A Flea in her Ear, When We Are Married and An Ideal Husband.

The West End is packed full of classic comedies this Winter starring a wealth of showbiz talent including Tom Hollander, Maureen Lipman and Samantha Bond.

Al Pacino as Shylock in London?

Hollywood superstar Al Pacino may follow in Dustin Hoffman’s footsteps and come to London to play Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.

Sondheim’s Road Show casting?

Excitement mounts about the UK premiere of Sondheim musical Road Show at the Menier Chocolate Factory, with Michael Cerveris tipped to join the cast.

Baz and Love: The saga continues

I feel bad for Baz Bamigboye, the Daily Mail’s showbiz guru. He loved Loved Never Dies and feels as disappointed and betrayed as a scorned lover

Love never dies but does take rests

Are Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright best buddies or what? It’s like a true West End bro-mance. And now we hear that Bill is assisting the Lord in doing a bit of light tinkering with Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre.

Keira Knightley in The Children’s Hour?

News from the New York Post that our very own Hollywood darling Keira Knightley may make a return to the West End stage in early 2011 in Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour, following her success in The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre earlier this year.

Deathtrap and Free Dinner

Enjoy stalls or dress Circle tickets to DEATHTRAP and a free pre or post theatre dinner for £49.50

Celebrity Endorsement : The Musical

Celebrity Endorsement : The Musical – Bette Midler, Michael Ball, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Smith… is celebrity endorsement of musicals the future of theatre?

Ugly Betty star in reasons to be pretty?

America Ferrera, who plays Ugly Betty in the US series, may be looking further than Hollywood for her next job now that the show has been cancelled in the States.

Alfie Boe to play Jean Valjean in Les Mis?

After wowing just about everybody as Jean Valjean in the O2 Arena 25th birthday celebrations for Les Miserables – will opera tenor Alfie Boe take over the role in the West End?

Luvvie Watch: Baz Luhrman

We were delighted to read that Baz ‘Moulin Rouge’ Luhrmann is to bring his first movie – Strictly Ballroom – to the stage.

Spider-Man: Turn off the jibes

There is nothing easier than talking down a show before it has even opened – which is what The Independent’s feature this Sunday, “Spider-Man, world’s most expensive musical, set to fall on its £40m face”, was all about.

BBC Radio 2 – The Musical

Don’t miss this excellent new series on BBC Radio 2 all about the musical. The eight part series started on Monday, 6 September 2010, at 10pm UK time (listen again here) and each week will cover a different aspect of the world of musical theatre and its 80 year history.

Fantasy Transfers #432: Follies

Is there no end to the number of Sondheim productions whizzing around in celebration of his 80th? Up next year is a sparkly new production of Follies, with none other than Broadway goddess – and current A Little Night Music star – Bernadette Peters in the lead as Sally, at Washington’s Kennedy Center (7 May to 5 June 2011).

Avenue Q, the magic will live on

One of the furry characters from Avenue Q has knocked out a new project to keep him busy after the show closes at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 30 October.

Howard Panter: Fame and fortune

We read with interest Ambassador Theatre Group co-owner Howard Panter’s spread in the Sunday Times Money section this weekend, “Fame and fortune: I put my savings on the stage”, in the hope of getting some tips.

Complimentary London Hotel Rooms

Enjoy complimentary London hotel rooms in our fabulous West End Theatre sale – featuring HAIR, Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot, Sweet Charity, Sister Act, Dirty Dancing and many more.

Baz falls out of love with Love

The UK’s leading entertainment correspondent, Baz Bamigboye from the Daily Mail newspaper, has finally broken ranks and ranted his frustration at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies.

Give theatre some media credit

The MediaGuardian has published its annual ONE HUNDRED featuring the 100 most powerful and influential media people in the UK.

Save over £30 on 3 great musicals

Welcome to our annual summer “Dine for Free” promotion, offering thousands of free meals in West End restaurants when booking tickets to a show. Shows in the promotion include Wicked, Jersey Boys, Sweet Charity, Hair, Dirty Dancing, We Will Rock You, Stomp, Legally Blonde and Sister Act.

Barricades at dawn

We are happy to hear that Nick Jonas, one third of global boyband Jonas Brothers and currently starring in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre, is feeling the strain of doing 8 shows a week.

Nick Jonas finds musicals hard work

We are happy to hear that Nick Jonas, one third of global boyband Jonas Brothers and currently starring in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre, is feeling the strain of doing 8 shows a week.

Great offers on West End plays

Fancy seeing a good play – and saving money?

The West End is having a bit of a Play renaissance at the moment and to celebrate we have put together some great offers on the best drama and comedy in London.

Dine for Free Summer 2010 Promotion

Welcome to our annual summer “Dine for Free” promotion, offering thousands of free meals in West End restaurants when booking tickets to a show. Shows in the promotion include Wicked, Jersey Boys, Sweet Charity, Hair, Dirty Dancing, We Will Rock You, Stomp, Legally Blonde and Sister Act.

Tonys tension as Broadway bitches back

It’s interesting to read that there has been much grumbling from some sections of Broadway about the invasion of Hollywood at this year’s Tony Awards (Variety: 18 June). Even a Facebook group called “Give the Tonys Back to Broadway” has been formed by Broadway actor Hunter Foster, and now has over 7,000 members.

Sunday Times Rich List 2010 – Showbiz

The Sunday Times publishes an annual Rich List of the UK’s wealthiest people. Here we drill down to reveal the richest people in showbusiness in the UK.

Wizard of Oz West End

Wizard of Oz West End: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group will produce a brand new, multi-million pound production of The Wizard of Oz in 2011, starring Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope.

Over The Rainbow – Tickets

Over The Rainbow Tickets: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group will produce a brand new, multi-million pound production of The Wizard of Oz in 2011, starring Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope.

Mamma Mia!, Free Dinner and cast Q&A

Enjoy a fabulous meal at Planet Hollywood in London and top price tickets to see ABBA’s Mamma Mia at the Prince of Wales Theatre – all for only £57.99 (ticket face value £62.50). PLUS enjoy a Q&A and meet=-the-cast session after the show, making this an unforgettable night out at the theatre.

Fantastic Fridays Hotel & Theatre Breaks

Westendtheatre.com presents a brand new promotion offering special deals on West End hotels and theatres when staying on a Friday evening in London. Our “Fantastic Fridays” promotion runs until the end of October 2010 and offers a Top Price Seat to a hit show and a Friday night stay in a central London 4 Star hotel for only £79* per person. Shows included in the special theatre and hotel package range from smash-hit musicals such as Wicked, Chicago, Grease, Blood Brothers, Dreamboats and Petticoats and Stomp, to hilarious comedy The 39 Steps and thriller The Woman in Black. More information

All the Fun of the Fair – Save £22.50

Save £22.50 on tickets to see All The Fun of the Fair at the Garrick Theatre in London Valid Tuesday to Sunday performances until the 9th May David Essex and Boogie Nights creator Jon Conway invite you to a roller coaster ride of a musical, underscored by a helter- skelter of David Essex hit songs. Inspired by David’s debut album ‘All The Fun Of The Fair’, David plays fun fair owner Levi Lee, recently widowed and father of a rebellious teenage son. Danger and mysticism lurk in the future, as predicted by the gypsy fortune teller who is in love

Over The Rainbow – Interviews

JUDGE: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER Following the success of How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, I’d Do Anything and Any Dream Will Do, Andrew Lloyd Webber is back to trawl the length and breadth of the UK for performers with extraordinary talent. One of the richest men in the UK, the 61-year-old composer has written some of the greatest musicals of all time including The Phantom Of The Opera, Cats, Evita, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard, The Woman In White and Aspects Of Love – and recently launched his new musical

Over The Rainbow – TV Show

OVER THE RAINBOW TV SCHEDULE BBC ONE: Friday 26 March 2010 9pm – 10pm  Episode 1 (of 11): Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber looks for a Dorothy to take the starring role in The Wizard of Oz BBC ONE: Saturday 27 March 2010 6.30pm – 8pm Episode 2 (of 11): The final 20 girls audition for the part of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. BBC ONE:  Saturday 3 April 2010 – 7.25pm -8 .40pm Episode 3 (of 11): Start of the live studio shows featuring the 10 Dorothys and the Wild Card Dorothy as voted for by you BBC ONE:

Over The Rainbow

Welcome to our special westendtheatre.com celebration of all things Over The Rainbow.  Over The Rainbow, which finished on 22 May on BBC One, saw 20 contestants battle it out to play the role of Dorothy in a multi-million pound new production of The Wizard of Oz. The lucky winner was Danielle Hope, 18 from Greater Manchester, who won the show in a closely fought final with runner-up Sophie Evans, 17 from Wales. “Henry! Henry! I can’t find Dorothy! She’s somewhere out in the storm! Dorrrrrrotheeeeeee!” Andrew Lloyd Webber is bringing the classic musical The Wizard of Oz to the London

West End Theatre Twitter Watch

Keep your theatrical tweetings up-to-date with our West End Theatre Twitter Watch, including London shows, stars and talent and selected West End venues.

West End Musicals January Sale

It’s that time again: westendtheatre.com’s annual Musicals Sale featuring a host of smash-hit shows at great prices, including Billy Elliot, Hairspray, Sister Act and many, many more. See all Musicals Sale offers here

Private Lives starring Kim Cattrall

SPECIAL OFFER: Save £10 on tickets to see Noel Coward’s Private Lives starring Kim Cattrall and Matthew Macfadyen at the Vaudeville Theatre in London.

Christmas Offers

Christmas in the West End doesn’t have to be expensive with our great money-saving offers and discounts on top West End shows.

Dine for Free

This summer enjoy a free dinner at a host of top West End restaurants when booking tickets to see a show.

Special offer on Chicago

Save up to £21.50 on tickets to see Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre in London, starring Jerry Springer until 11 July and Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams from13 July.

Save on Sunday Theatre

There are also some great discounts on West End theatre on Sundays for Thriller Live, Stomp, The Lion King and much more.

Save £15 on tickets to Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Save £15 on tickets to see Jason Donovan in the smash-hit new musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert Monday-Thursday Evenings and Thursday Matinees until the 27th May Priscilla Queen of the Desert has just celebrated its first fabulous year at the Palace Theatre in London, flushed with critical acclaim and audience adoration. Based on the Oscar winning film, Priscilla is a spectacular new musical about three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus named Priscilla and take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. Britain’s very own adopted Aussie Jason Donovan stars as Tick and handsome young

New Shows: Save on Spring Awakening and A Little Night Music

Two major new musicals have opened in London in the past few weeks, both transferring in to the West End from fringe venues. To celebrate Westendtheatre.com presents great value special offers on Spring Awakening and A Little Night Music. SPRING AWAKENING Spring Awakening comes to the Novello Theatre following its five star success at the Lyric Hammersmith. Michael Mayer’s European premiere of the award-winning Broadway show is based on Frank Wedekind’s groundbreaking 1890s play – a daring exploration of teenage sexual awakening set against a backdrop of religious and parental repression. Acclaimed writer Steven Sater and songwriter Duncan Sheik’s award-winning

Free hotels offer

Free London hotel rooms on offerin major new West End theatre promotion Thousands of free rooms included in the price of a ticket to 13 major West End shows Westendtheatre.com has announced a major new promotion offering free hotel rooms in London when buying a theatre ticket.Shows included in the promotion include successful musicals Hairspray, Joseph, Grease, Sunset Boulevard, Chicago, Billy Elliot, Wicked, The Sound of Music and Zorro. Running until 31st March 2009, the promotion features a range of hotels across London. A 3* hotel is offered free when booking one of the 13 shows available, with also the

Special ticket offers

January means a host of special offers on London theatre tickets. This month westendtheatre.com features a range of discounted shows including £20 off Dirty Dancing, £16 off Joseph – featuring Gareth Gates, £20 off Sunset Boulevard, £26 off Carousel, £20 off Billy Elliot £26 off Woman in Mind starring Janie Dee – plus offers from the National Theatre. For the latest special offers visit: www.westendtheatre.com/offers

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