Month: September 2010

Ray Meagher joins Priscilla

Home and Away’s Alf Stewart, aka Australian actor Ray Meagher, has joined the London cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert this week at the Palace Theatre.

Opening this week in London

A busy week for London theatre as comedy, Shakespeare, showgirls and Ben Barnes hit the West End, plus Hamlet, Yes Prime Minister, Les Miserables

Michael Crawford to star in Wizard of Oz

Theatre veteran Michael Crawford is to reunite with Andrew Lloyd Webber 24 years after playing the original Phantom of the Opera, in The Wizard of Oz.

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.

Anniversaries: Phoenix, Wicked, Stomp

A number of West End anniversaries are celebrated in London this week, including the 80th birthday of the Phoenix Theatre and anniversaries for Stomp and Wicked.

Sweet Charity to close

The Menier Chocolate Factory’s hit production of Sweet Charity is to close at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Simon Thomas to star in Legally Blonde

Up and coming musicals star Simon Thomas is to join the cast of Legally Blonde the Musical at the Savoy Theatre in London.

West End Gospel Choir hits London

The West End Gospel Choir, made up of performers from some of London’s biggest West End shows, will be performing a special concert this Sunday, 26 September, at the Shaw Theatre in London.

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.

VIDEO: Spider-Man on Good Morning America

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.

Sharon D Clarke to star in Ghost the Musical

New show Ghost The Musical, based on the Oscar winning film, set to make its West End debut next year; Sharon D Clarke to play Whoopi Goldberg role of Oda Mae Brown.

Musicality star gets lead in Grease

The winner of a TV reality contest is to take the lead in West End musical Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre in London.

Lloyd Webber fans play part in new box set

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and Universal Music are inviting Lloyd Webber fans to play a role in the forthcoming “Andrew Lloyd Webber 60” CD release.

Pam Ann – Discount tickets

Save £5.50 on tickets to Pam Ann – Flying High at the Vaudeville Theatre in London

Opening This Week in the West End

It’s an eclectic bag of shows that are opening this week in the West End, as the autumn season of new shows begins apace. From Wonder Woman to Michael Gambon via Noel Coward and Sebastian Faulks, there’s something there for everyone.

Ghost Stories – Save £13

Save £13 on tickets to see Ghost Stories at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London

Enjoy a year’s free London theatre

Enjoy free theatre for a year courtesy of the Society of London Theatre by applying to judge the Olivier Awards.

The Snowman

The magical stage version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s book continues to delight children as it returns to the Peacock Theatre this Christmas.

Les Miserables – Barbican Theatre

Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil and Schonberg’s legendary musical, at the Barbican for only 22 performances. Stars Gareth Gates.

Shirley Valentine

Meera Syal puts in a stellar comic performance in Willy Russell’s hilarious and touching play about a middle-aged Liverpudlian housewife who decides to change her life.

Educating Rita

Tim Pigott-Smith and Laura Dos-Santos star in Willy Russell’s much-loved play about a brash young hairdresser who discovers a passion for English literature.

Traces

After a sell-out run in 2009, The 7 Fingers return to London with their fresh, urban and seriously high-energy smash-hit circus show Traces. Circus with a distinctly 21st century edge.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

Matthew Bourne’s dazzling ballet set in London during the Second World War and played against Prokofiev’s haunting score.

A Guide to Sexual Misery

Great late-night comedy as acclaimed funny man Wolfgang Weinberger takes you on an hysterically funny romp through the minefield of sexual relations. How often should I have sex? What do woman really want? And is it the size of the ship, or the motion of the ocean?

Pam Ann – Flying High

The fabulous Pam Ann will be winging her way into the Vaudeville Theatre featuring the glamorous Australian viper-tongued airline hostess from hell in an hilarious new show co-written by Pam Ann creator Caroline Reid.

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.

Deathtrap – Round-up of Reviews

Deathtrap marks the first big show to arrive in town at the start of this autumn’s West End openings. And it’s a biggie, with much anticipation around the pairing of acting giant Simon Russell-Beale and Glee heart-throb Jonathan Groff

Deathtrap opens tonight in London

Deathtrap opens tonight, 7 September, at the Noel Coward Theatre in London, and marks the first big premiere of the West End’s new autumn season.

Nigels Lindsay and Harman join Shrek

Producers of the big-budget new production of Shrek The Musical, which is in pre-production for its West End launch in June 2011, have announced two further additions to the cast: Nigel Lindsay and Nigel Harman.

Donmar announces 2011 season

The Donmar Warehouse in London has announced its 2011 season, including a revival of Harold Pinter’s Moonlight, the UK premiere of Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Beeand Felicity Jones in Schiller’s Luise Miller.

Casting News: Me and My Girl

Anna Mackmin has announced her cast for the Christmas revival of Me and My Girl at the Sheffield Crucible, opening on 2 December. Jemima Rooper will star as Sally and Daniel Crossley as Bill in the new version of Noel Gay’s classic show, alongside Miriam Margolyes as the Duchess.

Jennifer Saunders to pen Spice Girls show

The producer of Mamma Mia! has commissioned Jennifer Saunders to write the book for the new Spice Girls musical. Judy Craymer, who has become a multi-millionaire by producing the stage and movie versions of the ABBA show, will produce new West End musical Viva Forever using the girl group’s songs. The show is slated to open in the West End in 2012.

Michael Grade turns attention to West End

Michael Grade, of the legendary Grade and Delfont entertainment dynasty, is eyeing up the West End as his next conquest: buying four London theatres.

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