Sheridan Smith to leave Legally Blonde on 8 January; Susan McFadden to take the lead.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has pulled out of a deal to sell four of his theatres
Incredible offer – save over HALF PRICE on tickets to see this smash-hit show: Save £29 on tickets to see Dreamboats & Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre, London
JONATHAN CAKE in A Flea in her Ear
HANNAH WADDINGHAM in The Wizard of Oz
Save £21.50 on tickets to Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London
LISA DILLON in A Flea in her Ear
PAUL KEATING in The Wizard of Oz
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hollywood superstar Al Pacino may follow in Dustin Hoffman’s footsteps and come to London to play Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.
SOUTH BANK SKY ARTS AWARDS – NOMINEES 2011
Cameron Mackintosh’s new musical Betty Blue Eyes, based on the hit film A Private Function by Alan Bennett and starring Sarah Lancashire and Reece Shearsmith.
Booking has opened for new Cameron Mackintosh musical Betty Blue Eyes, coming into the West End this Spring.
TOM HOLLANDER in A Flea in her Ear
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.
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
EVENING STANDARD THEATRE AWARDS – WINNERS 2010
Andrew Lloyd Webber announces further casting for The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium
The Society of London Theatre has finally managed to secure TV coverage for it’s annual Olivier Awards event.
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.
The world’s most expensive musical, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, starts previews tonight on Broadway.
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.
The Tony Award-winning Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet is coming to the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End this February.
The Tony Award-winning Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet comes to the West End telling the electrifying story of the night Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis came together to make music, and ended up making history.
Matthew Fox (Lost), and Olivia Williams (An Education and The Ghost Writer) star in Neil LaBute’s new psychological thriller In a Forest, Dark and Deep at the Vaudeville Theatre.
ANNE-MARIE DUFF in Cause Celebre
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.
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
Musical theatre writers Stiles & Drewe talk to Westendtheatre.com about Just So and Betty Blue Eyes
The Rivals – Reviews Round-up
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.
End of the Rainbow – Reviews Round-up
The National Theatre is to run a series of talks in their Platform series this winter around the new production of Frankenstein.
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 The Musical has posted early closing notices at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London
Sheridan Smith and Elena Roger head-to-head for Evening Standard Theatre Awards
EVENING STANDARD THEATRE AWARDS – SHORTLIST 2010
Multi-Oscar nominee Ellen Burstyn to join Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss in The Children’s Hour
Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre – Christmas in the West End
The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre – Christmas in the West End
Excitement mounts about the UK premiere of Sondheim musical Road Show at the Menier Chocolate Factory, with Michael Cerveris tipped to join the cast.
Who will be the next artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse following Michael Grandage’s exit in 2011?
A highlight of the winter season in the West End, Keira Knightley, Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Ellen Burstyn star in Lillian Hellman’s intense, compelling drama set in the 1930s, directed by Ian Rickson (Jerusalem).
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.
Save £13 on tickets to see DEATHTRAP at the Noel Coward Theatre in London
Fela! – Reviews Round-up
NATASHA HAMILTON in Blood Brothers
RICHARD FLEESHMAN in Ghost The Musical
CAISSIE LEVY in Ghost The Musical
This week’s West End openings include End of the Rainbow, FELA! and The Master Builder.
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.
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+).
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.
End of the Rainbow star Tracie Bennett reveals her first show-biz experiences
Casting announced for Ghost the Musical: Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy to join Sharon D Clarke at the Piccadilly Theatre
An Ideal Husband – Reviews Round-up
Former Atomic Kitten band member Natasha Hamilton is to star in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers
Save £15 on tickets to see award-winning actress Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow.
News reaches Binkie from across the pond that Broadway is to get its very own board game.
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.
Shakespeare’s Globe announces new 2011 theatre season
Jonny Lee Miller in Frankenstein
Keira Knightley in The Children’s Hour
This year’s winners of the Empty Space… Peter Brook Awards have been announced.
EMPTY SPACE… PETER BROOK AWARDS – WINNERS 2010
Video trailer for War Horse at the New London Theatre
Video trailer for Mamma Mia! at the Prince of Wales Theatre
Video trailer for Ghost The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre
Video trailer for STOMP at the Ambassadors Theatre
Video trailer for Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre
Video trailer for Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre
Video trailer for Clybourne Park at the Wyndham’s Theatre
Video trailer for We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre
Video trailer for Ghost Stories at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Video trailer for The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre
Video trailer for La Soirée at the South Bank Big Top
Video trailer for Deathtrap at the Noel Coward Theatre
Video trailer for The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre
Video trailer for Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at Sadler’s Wells Theatre
Video trailer for The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre
Video trailer for When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre
Video trailer for Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre
Video trailer for Shrek the Musical® at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Video trailer for Onassis at the Novello Theatre
Video trailer for Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy Theatre
Video trailer for Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre
Video trailer for Grease the Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre
Video trailer for Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre
Video trailer for Chicago at the CambridgeTheatre
Video trailer for Love Story at the Duchess Theatre
Video trailer for The Railway Children at Waterloo Station
Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein
Video trailer for Oliver! The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Video trailer for Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre
Video trailer for Fela! at the National Theatre in London
Video trailer for Yes, Prime Minister at the Gielgud Theatre
Elisabeth Moss in The Children’s Hour
GARETH GATES in Les Miserables
The West End bids farewell to long-running shows Avenue Q and Sister Act tonight, 30 October 2010.
West End blockbuster Wicked will be celebrating this weekend, Sunday 31 October 2010, with its annual WICKED DAY.
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
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller to star in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein at the National Theatre
When We Are Married – Reviews Round-up
Lloyd Webber sells four London theatres to Grade
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 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.
Sadler’s Wells, the dance venue in North London, has posted record audiences figures for its 2009 to 2010 financial year.
Save £19.50 on ringside seats to see La Soiree at the South Bank Big Top in London
This year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards long-list of nominees has been announced.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD THEATRE AWARDS – NOMINEES 2010
La Soiree – Reviews Round-up
TICKET OFFER: Save £13.50 on tickets to see Ben Barnes in BIRDSONG at the Comedy Theatre
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.
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.
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.
Save £19.50 on tickets to see FLASHDANCE The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London
Enjoy stalls or dress Circle tickets to DEATHTRAP and a free pre or post theatre dinner for £49.50
Video trailer for Flashdance the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre
Video trailer for Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London – in stunning HD
The Country Girl at the Apollo Theatre – Reviews Round-up
Should Number 10 be following the White House’s lead and doing its bit to support the West End, asks Paul Raven
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.
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.
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: 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.
A round-up of reviews for Flashdance The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London
Celebrity Endorsement : The Musical – Bette Midler, Michael Ball, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Smith… is celebrity endorsement of musicals the future of theatre?
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.
A revival of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s troubled musical Martin Guerre may be heading back to town.
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.
Winner of Best New Play at the 2011 Olivier Awards, the Royal Court transfers Bruce Norris’ satirical comedy Clybourne Park to the Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited run, staring Sophie Thompson.
TRACIE BENNETT in End of the Rainbow
Actor Gareth Gates to join the London cast of Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre.