Year: 2010

Opening this week: Love Story, Potted Panto

This week’s West End openings include romantic new show Love Story, Christmas treats with Potted Panto, The Night Before Christmas and The Nutcracker, plus Derek Jacobi in King Lear.

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.

Love Never Dies girls make plans

It seems that the women in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies are busy planning their next moves: Sierra Bogges in Rebecca and Summer Strallen in Top Hat.

Christmas shows in the West End

This year’s London theatre scene is more festive than ever before, with a range of shows for children, families and adults. Here’s our selection of some of the West End’s Christmas theatre highlights.

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.

Betty Blue Eyes opens bookings

Booking has opened for new Cameron Mackintosh musical Betty Blue Eyes, coming into the West End this Spring.

VIDEO: Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2010

VIDEO: The annual London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2010 were announced on Sunday 28 November at a glittering ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London.

Evening Standard Awards – winners

Royal Court and National Theatre sweep up at annual Evening Standard Theatre Awards; Royal Court wins best play; National’s Nancy Carroll and Rory Kinnear win best actress and actor

SOLT finally get BBC back on board

The Society of London Theatre has finally managed to secure TV coverage for it’s annual Olivier Awards event.

Opening this week: Cinderella, A Flea

This week’s new West End shows include Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, the RSC’s winter season at the Roundhouse and Tom Hollander in A Flea in her Ear at the Old Vic.

Spider-Man starts on Broadway

The world’s most expensive musical, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, starts previews tonight on Broadway.

VIDEO: Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark

TV commercial for major new Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, starring Reeve Carney and directed by The Lion King’s Julie Taymor and featuring music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge.

Million Dollar Quartet comes to London

The Tony Award-winning Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet is coming to the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End this February.

Glee concert to hit London

Following sell-out US concerts, the smash-hit TV series Glee will come to the UK this Summer featuring the cast of Glee performing in Europe for the first time.

Glee Live – Glee Tickets

The cast of award-winning US series GLEE hit Europe in a series of fabulous concerts, starring the TV cast including Lea Michele and Cory Monteith

End of the Rainbow enjoys rave reviews

A new play about the last months of screen and music legend Judy Garland has received rave reviews in the West End. Award-winning actress Tracie Bennett returns to the West End as Judy Garland.

Brian Cox to reveal Frankenstein science

The National Theatre is to run a series of talks in their Platform series this winter around the new production of Frankenstein.

Matthew Fox to star in new LaBute play

Star of hit US television series Lost, Matthew Fox, and An Education and The Ghost Writer star Olivia Williams are to appear in the world premiere of new Neil LaBute play In a Forest, Dark and Deep at the Vaudeville Theatre in March.

Flashdance to close early

Flashdance The Musical has posted early closing notices at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London

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.

The Night Before Christmas

The magical Christmas show for all the family. Meet Father Christmas and see a wonderful story come to life in this brand new show, full of songs, poems and stories.

Christmas Spectacular at the O2

Myleene Klass presents the Classic FM Christmas Spectacular at the O2 on 23rd December for a rousing night of carols, traditional tunes and some cracking Christmas number ones.

A Christmas Carol

The critically acclaimed production of Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol returns to the West End. Perfect entertainment for the whole family (suitable for children 6+).

Batman Live – World Arena Tour

For the first time, see Batman as you’ve never seen him before, in a new, multi-million pound live-action arena adventure featuring thrilling stunts, acrobatic acts and spectacular illusions.

Richard Fleeshman to star in Ghost

Casting announced for Ghost the Musical: Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy to join Sharon D Clarke at the Piccadilly Theatre

Opening this week: Wilde and Rivals

The Autumn season in the West End is in full swing with some major new shows opening this week including An Ideal Husband and The Rivals.

Empty Space awards announced

This year’s winners of the Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards have been announced.

Wicked Day this weekend

West End blockbuster Wicked will be celebrating this weekend, Sunday 31 October 2010, with its annual WICKED DAY.

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

Elaine Paige cast in USA Follies

Elaine Paige to sing I’m Still Here in new US production of Follies; new album Elaine Paige and Friends out Monday; new EP concert tour announced

VIDEO: Elaine Paige and Friends

Video interviews with John Barrowman, Olivia Newton John and Billy Ocean about their duets with Elaine Paige for her new album, Elaine Paige and Friends – out on 1 November 2010.

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.

Mad Men’s Peggy to play West End

The West End is jumping on the worldwide craze for AMC’s hit Sixties-set drama Mad Men. Elisabeth Moss, who plays ambitious young copywriter Peggy Olson in the series, is set to join Keira Knightley in a revival of Lillian Hellman’s controversial classic The Children’s Hour.

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

La Bete on Broadway: It’s a hit!

The Broadway transfer of recent West End success La Bete proves a hit with New York critics, with particular attention heaped on Mark Rylance’s tour de force performance.

Opening this week: When We Are Married

When We Are Married and The Go! Go! Go! Show start previews this week in the West End. Plus special anniversaries for The Lion King and Dirty Dancing.

Glee does Rocky Horror Show

The latest episode of Glee, currently airing on Fox in the USA, has seen the cast of the hit series take on West End and Broadway musical The Rocky Horror Sho

VIDEO: Glee and The Rocky Horror Picture Show

VIDEO: Fans of forthcoming big-budget Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark were treated to a sneak preview of the show on Good Morning America last week.

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.

The Gruffalo

Everyone’s favourite monster is back – live on stage in the West End, The Gruffalo is full of songs, laughs and scary fun for children of all ages.

The Go! Go! Go! Show

The Go! Go! Go! Show is a must-see family extravaganza featuring five new pop stars, brand new pop songs and a sock-stealing ‘Fluffalope’! It’s stacked full of laughs and audience interaction for kids of all ages to enjoy this winter.

Potted Panto at the Garrick Theatre

Seven classic pantomimes for the price of one! CBBC presenters Dan and Jeff take a madcap ride through the best-loved panto stories in an hilarious new family show.

La Soiree at the Aldwych Theatre

La Soiree

Theatrical phenomenon La Soiree comes to London’s Aldwych Theatre.

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