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Production photos of Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.
The magical stage version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s book returns to the Peacock Theatre in the West End this Christmas.
Production photos of The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre in London.
Backbeat, the West End stage adaptation of the British film about the early years of The Beatles, is to close early at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
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LONDON EVENING STANDARD THEATRE AWARDS – WINNERS 2011
The 57th annual Evening Standard Theatre Awards were announced last night at a glittering ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London.
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Tony award winning choreographer Ann Reinking has been confirmed to star in a major charity gala celebrating the work of legendary songwriters Kander & Ebb, in London this April.
Direct from a sell-out season on Broadway, Tony Award and six-time Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly (Cagney and Lacey) stars as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play Master Class.
Sharon Gless (Cagney and Lacey) gives a career-defining performance in this funny, personal and hugely engaging comedy about love, loss and personal empowerment. “Outrageously funny” (Daily Mail).
Howard Davies directs Lindsay Duncan and Jeremy Northam in Noel Coward’s classic comedy Hay Fever, aptly playing at the Noel Coward Theatre in the West End.
Following a sell-out run in Chichester, Jonathan Kent’s critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd transfers to London’s Adelphi Theatre for a limited season starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.
Production photos of Burlesque, a new musical at the Jermyn Street Theatre written by Adam Meggido and Roy Smiles
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Izzy Wizzy let’s get busy with the magical new show featuring Sooty and his friends. This charming winter treat is packed full of giggles as Sooty returns in his first show for 13 years, joined by buddies Sweep and Soo and special appearances by Father Christmas and Harry the Robot.
David Haig gives the performance of his life as King George III in the West End premiere of Alan Bennett’s smash-hit comedy The Madness Of George III.
A magical, action-packed new stage adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic story Swallows and Amazons, set in an idyllic era of endless summer evenings. This acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production features music by Helen Edmundson and Neil Hannonby and is produced by the Children’s Touring Partnership in association with The National Theatre.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD THEATRE AWARDS – SHORTLIST 2011
A round-up of reviews of Three Days in May at the Trafalgar Studios. Warren Clarke stars as Winston Churchill in Ben Brown’s thrilling political drama set during three of the most important days in British history.
Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton will star in a new West End production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.
Tyne Daly To Reprise Her Critically Acclaimed Broadway Role As Maria Callas In West End Transfer Of Terrence McNally’s Master Class
EMPTY SPACE… PETER BROOK AWARDS – WINNERS 2011
Tickets are now on sale for the Broadway production of Evita, which starts previews on 12 March 2012 at the Marquis Theatre in New York.
Trevor Nunn continues his strong season as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket with a revival of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter, which opens this week on 5 November.
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We would love to know how Hal Prince feels about Cameron Mackintosh’s new touring production of The Phantom of the Opera, celebrating the show’s 25th anniversary.
Michael Attenborough’s new production of Neil LaBute’s play Reasons To Be Pretty opens at the Almeida Theatre from 10 November.
West End actor Ramin Karimloo will star as Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh’s London production of Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre from 29 November 2011 to 3 March 2012. He will take over from Alfie Boe, who is currently playing the role until 26 November 2011.
Ambassador Theatre Group celebrates the renaming of the Comedy Theatre to the Harold Pinter Theatre
A round-up of reviews for Death and the Maiden at the Harold Pinter Theatre starring British film actress Thandie Newton (Crash), in a strictly limited run of Ariel Dorfman’s explosive drama, directed by Jeremy Herrin.
Simon Callow presents Charles Dickens’s classic tale A Christmas Carol in a magical performance that is by turns hilarious, heart-breaking, visionary, a celebration of goodness, a plea for justice and a promise of redemption.
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s sumptuous production of The Nutcracker comes to the O2 Arena this Christmas in six magical performances of Sir Peter Wright’s world acclaimed interpretation of this Christmas classic.
This Christmas the Menier Chocolate Factory revives Wicked and Godspell composer Stephen Schwartz’s musical Pippin in a completely re-conceived and directed by Mitch Sebastian, incorporating Bob Fosse’s original Tony Award-winning choreography. The show stars Harry Hepple as Pippin plus Ian Kelsey, Matt Rawle and Frances Ruffelle.
A magical Christmas adventure comes to the West End this year for children aged 2-8 years, with illusions by the magician Paul Daniels.
Warren Clarke stars as Winston Churchill in Three Days in May at the Trafalgar Studios. Ben Brown’s thrilling political drama is directed by Alan Strachan and also stars Jeremy Clyde as Lord Halifax and Robert Demeger as Neville Chamberlain.
An all-star cast including Janie Dee, Robert Glenister, Jamie Glover, Amy Nuttall and Celia Imrie star in Lindsay Posner’s brand new production of Michael Frayn’s irresistible, multi-award-winning backstage comedy Noises Off.
Trevor Nunn directs Robert Lindsay & Joanna Lumley in The Lion In Winter
Exclusive production photos of Crazy For You at the Novello Theatre in London
Following record-breaking runs at the Prince Edward and Prince of Wales Theatres in London’s West End, the flagship production of the smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! will move to the Novello Theatre in September 2012.
On 14 November 2011 Gillian Bevan (Mrs Wilkinson) and Deka Walmsley (Dad) will join the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical along with Ann Emery who returns to the cast to play Grandma, the role she originated on stage at the Victoria Palace in 2005 and played until 2010. They will be joined by new principal cast members Michael Peavoy (Tony), Sean Kearns (George) and Simon Ray Harvey (Mr. Braithwaite).
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Chicago The Musical returns to the West End with a bang this Autumn as star of international hit TV show Ugly Betty, America Ferrera, makes her West End theatre debut as Roxie Hart.
Susan Boyle will be joining the cast of I DREAMED A DREAM, the musical based on her life story. The global singing sensation is set to appear in the exclusive 11 week tour across the UK & Ireland which opens at Newcastle Theatre Royal in March 2012.
A round-up of reviews for Backbeat at the Duke of York’s Theatre. David Leveaux directs the story of how The Beatles – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe – embarked on their journey to international stardom.
Chichester’s 2011 festival closes this year with a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Sweeney Todd. Leading the cast are two of British Theatre’s biggest names, with distinguished musical performer Michael Ball and Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton starring in the show.
New rock & roll show Backbeat has opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London. Based on Iain Softley’s 1994 film, and co-written by him and Stephen Jeffreys, Backbeat follows how The Beatles ‘became’ The Beatles – when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe embarked on their journey from the docks of Liverpool to search for success in the seedy red light district of Hamburg, Germany.
Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award-winner America Ferrera, known across the world as Ugly Betty from the hit TV series of the same name, swaps her trademark braces for fishnets from 7 November for eight weeks only, when she makes her British stage debut as the alluring publicity-seeker Roxie Hart in the smash hit musical CHICAGO.
EMPTY SPACE… PETER BROOK AWARDS – NOMINEES 2011
International singing star Susan Boyle, who found fame through TV talent competition Britain’s Got Talent and has gone on to sell millions of records worldwide, is set to appear in the stage musical about her life.
Des O’Connor joins the cast of of Dremaboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre in London
A round-up of reviews of Driving Miss Daisy at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Oscar and Tony award-winning actors Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones star in the London transfer of the smash-hit Broadway production of Driving Miss Daisy
DES O’CONNOR in Dreamboats and Petticoats
Production photos of Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre in London
Production photos of Noel & Gertie at the Cockpit Theatre
DANIEL CROSSLEY in Singin’ in the Rain
ADAM COOPER in Singin’ in the Rain
SCARLETT STRALLEN in Singin’ in the Rain
JOANNA LUMLEY in The Lion in Winter
TOM BATEMAN in The Lion in Winter
ROBERT LINDSAY in The Lion in Winter
Following its critically-acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Singin’ in the Rain is making a splash at London’s Palace Theatre starring Adam Cooper.
The Theatrical Management Association’s nominations for its annual Theatre Awards UK 2011 were released on Thursday, and its good to see that a number of the shows are heading to the West End over the next few months.
Bijan Sheibani To Direct Shohreh Aghdashloo In Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House Of Bernarda Alba; Michael Attenborough To Direct Samantha Spiro In Edwardo De Filippo’s Filumena In A New English Version By Tanya Ronder; Jeremy Herrin To Direct World Premiere Of Matthew Dunster’s Children’s Children; Michael Attenborough To Direct Jonathan Pryce As King Lear
Following the success of its London opening, a New York production of Ghost The Musical is to open on Broadway on 23 April 2012 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with previews beginning in March. Casting for the Broadway production will be announced at a later date. Matthew Warchus’ stage production based on the Oscar® winning film is currently booking in London to October 2012 with the recent release of over 350,000 tickets at the Piccadilly Theatre.
The Theatrical Management Association (TMA) is delighted to announce the nominations for its Theatre Awards UK 2011. The re-launched annual Theatre and Theatre Management Awards are given to honour creative excellence and the outstanding work seen on stages throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A reviews round-up of Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The smash-hit Broadway musical comes to the Shaftesbury Theatre starring Shayne Ward and Justin Lee Collins.
Joining Robert Lindsay (Henry II) and Joanna Lumley (Eleanor of Aquitane) in Trevor Nunn’s production of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter are Tom Bateman (Richard), Sonya Cassidy (Alais), Joseph Drake (John), Rory Fleck-Byrne (Philip) and James Norton (Geoffrey).
Mega-hit musical Wicked celebrates 5 years at the Apollo Victoria Theatre
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Jonathan Church’s new production of Singin’ in the Rain is to transfer to the Palace Theatre following its critically acclaimed, sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre.
The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre smash hit Gershwin musical CRAZY FOR YOU will transfer to London’s West End, opening at the Novello Theatre on Friday 7 October. Cameron Mackintosh, who was full of praise when he saw the show in Regent’s Park, is thrilled to be able to play host to the production in one of his theatres. CRAZY FOR YOU reunites director Timothy Sheader and choreographer Stephen Mear, who were responsible for the multi-award winning production of Hello, Dolly!.
A sparkling new comedy by actor Saul Rubinek (Frasier, Wall Street) comes to the Menier Chocolate Factory this Autumn starring Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap), Caroline Quentin, Andy Nyman and Sharon Horgan, and directed by the legendary Frank Oz (Little Shop of Horrors, The Stepford Wives).
Dazzling choreography and fabulous Gershwin tunes abound in this high-energy new revival of classic musical CRAZY FOR YOU, transferring from the Open Air Theatre to the Novello Theatre in the West End.
A round-up of reviews for Broken Glass at the Vaudeville Theatre starring Antony Sher and Tara Fitzgerald.
Photo Exclusive: Justin Lee Collins and Shayne Ward in new West End musical Rock of Ages.
WICKED, the smash hit musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that Gina Beck and Matt Willis will join the cast on Monday 12 December 2011 to star as Glinda and Fiyero respectively. Desmond Barrit is returning to the show to play The Wizard. They will be joined by Lillie Flynn (Nessarose), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond) and Adam Pettigrew (Boq).
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Gershwin musical Crazy For You is to transfer to the West End next month, playing at the Novello Theatre from Friday 7 October.
Major theatre owner Ambassador Theatre Group has announced that it will rename one of its London playhouses in honour of playwright, screen writer and director Harold Pinter, who died in 2008.
The Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) today announced plans to re-name London’s Comedy Theatre, The Harold Pinter Theatre , after the distinguished playwright, screen writer, director, political activist and actor.
Last week, CHICAGO took the crown of the world’s longest running American musical from “A Chorus Line”, which had held the record for the past 21 years.
Production photos of Handspring Puppet Company’s acclaimed production of Woyzeck on the Highveld at the Barbican Theatre.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical will end its run at the Palace Theatre in London on 31 December 2011.
Producers of London’s most exciting new rock & roll show BACKBEAT, which opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 10 October, are delighted to reveal that the principal roles have now been cast for this highly anticipated production.
Triptic’s production of Bernarda Alba, based on Lorca’s classic, ends its run at the Union Theatre on 17 September 2011.
World-renowned entertainer DES O’CONNOR will join the cast of hit West End musical DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS from 3 October, for a strictly limited season at The Playhouse Theatre.
Dominic Cooke directs Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, with Lenny Henry making his NT debut in the Olivier Theatre
Michael Attenborough will direct the UK premiere of Neil LaBute’s Reasons To Be Pretty. Reasons To Be Pretty will run at the Almeida Theatre from 10 November 2011 – 14 January 2012 with press night on 17 November. Designs are by Soutra Gilmour with lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Fergus O’Hare. The cast comprises Kieran Bew, Siân Brooke, Tom Burke and Billie Piper.
Tomorrow, Saturday 3 September 2011, the West End production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical will celebrate its dazzling 1000th performance at the Palace Theatre. Oscar®, Tony and Olivier award-winning Priscilla Queen of the Desert tells the story of three friends who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.
The global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre has announced a new booking period with tickets for the show now on sale until 20 October 2012.
The new booking period will take MAMMA MIA! through into its 14th playing year in London. From the West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise.
Santa Claus will have a very special helper this Christmas as Britain’s most popular magician, Paul Daniels, joins the creative team for SANTA CLAUS AND THE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE at the Ambassadors Theatre. Running from 29 November to 31 December, Paul will help create illusions for an all-new festive experience, which combines a live interactive Christmas show with a traditional ‘grotto’ experience.
Following its highly successful Festival 2011, Chichester Festival Theatre’s Winter season features distinguished actors, award-winning companies, and acclaimed writers and directors. High quality drama remains at the heart of the season, and there is also opera, dance, comedy, music and shows for children and young people, including an enchanting adaptation of a classic story for Christmas.
The National Theatre’s Laurence Olivier award-winning production of War Horse at the New London Theatre has released 140,000 new tickets for sale, taking bookings up to 16 February 2013.
From 10 October 2011, Carley Stenson (Elle Woods), Stephen Ashfield (Emmett), Ben Freeman (Warner), Natalie Casey (Paulette) and Peter Davison (Professor Callahan) will lead the cast of the Olivier Award winning show Legally Blonde The Musical, which is currently booking until 27 October 2012 at the Savoy Theatre.
Kimberley Walsh will play the role of Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical from 5 October 2011. Amanda Holden’s pregnancy, announced today, means that she performs as Princess Fiona for the final time on Monday 3 October. Kimberley Walsh takes over the role two months earlier than originally planned.
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Casting announced for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will transfer to London’s Cambridge Theatre, previewing from Tuesday 18 October.
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Exclusive production photos of South Pacific at the Barbican Theatre starring Samantha Womack and Paulo Szot.
Rehearsal photos of My City at the Almeida Theatre starring Tracey Ullman
Following the success of its London opening, a New York production of Ghost The Musical is to open on Broadway in April 2012 at a Nederlander Theatre to be announced, with previews beginning in March. Casting for the Broadway production will be announced at a later date. Matthew Warchus’ stage production based on the Oscar® winning film has recently extended booking in London to October 2012 with the release of over 350,000 tickets at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Casting has been announced for the forthcoming West End production of Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters, presented by Bill Kenwright. The climax of an extraordinary journey, which started at Newcastle’s Live Theatre and continued on to the National, Broadway, and all round the UK, The Pitmen Painters is highly amusing, deeply moving and always entertaining as it examines the lives of a group of ordinary men who do extraordinary things.
A round-up of this month’s Broadway theatre news including new productions of Funny Girl, Godspell and Death of a Salesman, and featuring stars including Hunter Parrish, Andrew Garfield, Lauren Ambrose and Darren Criss.
A fabulous alternative to the boring office party – join legendary cabaret artists Ursula Martinez (La Clique, La Soiree) and Christopher Green (Tina C, Ida Barr) as they invite you to their very own scandalous Office Party at the Pleasance Theatre in London. After sell-out runs at the Barbican Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe, the show that’s a party is back!
Britain’s best-loved comedy cabaret trio are back in London following their SEVEN MILLION YouTube hits for their infamous anthem to budget travel – “Cheap Flights”. Stars Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Sarah-Louise Young.
NOW PLAYING AT THE GIELGUD THEATRE. Yes, Prime Minister returns to the West End based on the classic BBC sitcom, starring Simon Williams and Richard McCabe.
THANDIE NEWTON in Death and the Maiden
Chicago The Musical is making its final razzle dazzle at the Cambridge Theatre this month before closing on Saturday 27 August 2011.
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The role of Gerado, the husband of Paulina Salas (Thandie Newton), will be played by Tom Goodman-Hill, and Doctor Roberto Miranda will be played by Anthony Calf in Ariel Dorfman’s Olivier award-winning thriller Death and the Maiden. The play will open at the Comedy Theatre from Thursday 13th October 2011. Jeremy Herrin, Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Court, will direct and the production will be designed by Peter McKintosh.
The Cameron Mackintosh show at the Novello Theatre in London is going to release a cast recording – although there’s still no news of an exact release date.
Rehearsal photos of The Tempest starring Ralph Fiennes at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Photos of Parade at The Vault
Chichester’s Festival 2011 closes with Sweeney Todd, the musical commonly acknowledged to be Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece, in a cast led by distinguished musical performer Michael Ball and Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton.
David Acton and Ben Deery will join the cast of hit thriller The Woman In Black.
As Michael Grandage ends his 10 year stewardship as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, he’s certainly going out with a bang. In a final season that includes some big names, including Jude Law, Ruth Wilson, Douglas Hodge, Karen Gillan and Eddie Redmayne, it’s Law and Wilson up first in a new production of Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie (until 8 October 2011).
West End star Mark Evans, who is currently playing Fiyero in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, has released a brand new single – The Journey Home/Adre’n Ol.
CBBC’s Dan and Jeff are returning to the West End this Christmas for a second festive season of Potted Panto, following their Best Entertainment Olivier Award nomination for the show.
Production photos of Around the World in Eighty Days and The Mother
CBBC’s Dan and Jeff return for a second festive season of Potted Panto, following a Best Entertainment nomination in the Olivier Awards and a West End run of their original show Potted Potter. For Christmas 2011, Potted Panto features eight classic pantomimes in just eighty minutes. That’s one whole panto more than last year, with tickets frozen at 2010 prices.
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Anna Mackmin will direct Claudie Blakley, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Walker in the world premiere of Amelia Bullmore’s insightful and funny new play, Di and Viv and Rose, as part of Hampstead Downstairs. Di and Viv and Rose reunites the creative team behind Amelia Bullmore’s award-winning Mammals.
Emma Bunton returned to Heart FM last week following the birth of her second child. In an interview with Tobi Anstis she talks briefly about the new Spice Girls musical Viva Forever!
The official music video has been released for RISE ABOVE 1 from Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark.
Following last year’s jaw-dropping run on the South Bank, the sexy, funny, dangerous world of LA SOIRÉE is back in town, this time at the Roundhouse and featuring an ever-changing line-up of the most outrageous, hilarious, beautiful and downright bizarre acts you will ever see.
British film star Thandie Newton (Crash) stars in a strictly limited run of Ariel Dorfman’s explosive drama Death and the Maiden, directed by Jeremy Herrin.
David Suchet returns to the West End following his critically acclaimed performance in All My Sons to star as James Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey into Night.
Production photos of Crazy For You at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Backbeat, the stage production that received its world premiere at Glasgow’s Citizen’s Theatre in 2010, is co-written by Iain Softley and Stephen Jeffreys, produced by Karl Sydow, with musical direction by Paul Stacey. The award-winning director David Leveaux will direct the West End production. Backbeat will open on 10 October at the Duke of York Theatre with previews in September.
Today, 1 August 2011, over 350,000 tickets are released for sale at the Piccadilly Theatre for the West End production of Ghost The Musical, taking bookings to 13 October 2012. Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy lead the cast playing Sam and Molly in Matthew Warchus’ stage musical version of the Academy Award® winning film who are accompanied by Sharon D Clarke as Oda Mae Brown and Andrew Langtree as Carl.
Ruby Wax’s sold out show transfers into the West End for a strictly limited season. Showcasing the inimitable Ms Wax’s distinctive wit, sharp observation and worldly wisdom, she is joined by singer-songwriter Judith Owen in this darkly hilarious show, directed by Thea Sharrock.
Max Stafford-Clark directs Caryl Churchill’s powerful modern classic set in Thatcher’s Britain, starring Stella Gonet, Suranne Jones and Catherine McCormack.