Year: 2011

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The Snowman tickets at the Peacock Theatre

The magical stage version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved children’s book returns to the Peacock Theatre in the West End this Christmas.

Ann Reinking signs up for Kander & Ebb charity gala

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.

Master Class at the Vaudeville Theatre starring Tyne Daly

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.

Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre

Classic Hollywood movie Top Hat, which famously starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is given the full West End treatment in a glamorous new production at the Aldwych Theatre.

The Sooty Christmas Show at the Garrick Theatre

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.

Swallows and Amazons at the Vaudeville Theatre

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.

Hal Prince happy with new Phantom touring show?

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.

Ramin Karimloo to join cast of Les Miserables

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.

A Christmas Carol at Arts Theatre starring Simon Callow

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.

The Nutcracker at The O2 Arena

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.

Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory

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.

Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure at the Ambassadors Theatre

A magical Christmas adventure comes to the West End this year for children aged 2-8 years, with illusions by the magician Paul Daniels. Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure takes place in Santa’s HQ in the North Pole. Santa needs your help, and in return the children will get to meet him after the show and receive a present.

Three Days in May at the Trafalgar Studios

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.

Noises Off at the Old Vic Theatre

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.

Gillian Bevan And Deka Walmsley Join The West End Cast Of Billy Elliot The Musical As Ann Emery Returns To Play Grandma

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).

Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera to star in Chicago

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 To Appear In Musical Based On Her Life Story

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.

Backbeat at the Duke of York’s Theatre – Round-up of Reviews

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.

Production photos: Sweeney Todd starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton

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.

Production photos: Backbeat at the Duke of York’s Theatre

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.

“Ugly Betty” Star America Ferrera To Make British Stage Debut When “Chicago”, The World’s Longest Running American Musical

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.

Susan Boyle to star in stage bio of her life

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.

TMA’s Theatre Awards UK 2011 nominees heading to London

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.

Almeida Theatre Spring 2012

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

Ghost The Musical: Theatre Announced For Broadway Production

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.

Nominations announced for Theatre Awards UK 2011

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.

Full Casting Announced For Trevor Nunn’s production of The Lion In Winter

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). The Lion in Winter, produced by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company, runs from 5 November 2011 – 28 January 2012, with press night on 15 November 2011. Set and costume designs are by Stephen Brimson Lewis with music by Steven Edis, sound by Paul Groothuis and video design by Ian William Galloway.

Wicked celebrates 5th birthday plus other anniversaries coming up

When it opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London on 27 September 2006 the reviews for Broadway musical Wicked were decidedly lukewarm, with Paul Taylor of the Independent declaring that “I enjoyed very little…” Fast-forward five years and the show’s reign as one of the most successful musicals in London theatre history continues unabated, having taken over £145m at the box office and about to welcome its four millionth visitor in the next couple of months.

West End Transfer Confirmed For Critically Acclaimed Production Of Singin’ In The Rain Starring Adam Cooper, Daniel Crossley, Scarlett Strallen & Katherine Kingsley

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. Church’s production of Singin’ in the Rain, with choreography by Andrew Wright, is based on the classic 1952 MGM film and produced in the West End by Stage Entertainment UK and Chichester Festival Theatre, and is booking at the Palace Theatre from 4 February 2012, initially through to 29 September 2012. The production will open on TUESDAY 15 FEBRUARY, with tickets on public sale from MONDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2011.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Highly Acclaimed Production Of The Gershwin Musical Crazy For You Transfers To London’s West End

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!.

Crazy For You tickets at the Novello Theatre

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 in the West End.

Gina Beck And Matt Willis To Join Cast of Wicked From Monday 12 December 2011. Desmond Barrit Returns To Play ‘The Wizard’

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).

Comedy Theatre to be renamed in honour of Harold Pinter

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.

Chicago, The World’s Longest Running American Musical To Re-Open At The Garrick Theatre On Monday 7 November 2011

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. Now, the show’s producers, Barry and Fran Weissler, are delighted to announce that CHICAGO has a new home in London. On Monday 7 November, the award-winning musical will open at the Garrick Theatre. Barry Weissler said of the show’s ongoing success and new London home, “Last week, and in spite of nature’s attempts to spoil the party, we were delighted to see CHICAGO become the longest running American musical of all time, finally beating A Chorus Line’s record set way back in 1990. And this week it brings me huge pleasure and personal pride to be able to announce that London’s longest running revival will, thanks to Nica Burns and Nimax Theatres, return to the West End at the Garrick Theatre.” The box office for the Garrick Theatre is now open.

Cast Announced For Backbeat

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.

NATIONAL THEATRE September 2011 – January 2012

Dominic Cooke directs Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, with Lenny Henry making his NT debut in the Olivier Theatre
Sinéad Cusack and Ciarán Hinds lead the cast of JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK by Sean O’Casey, directed by Howard Davies, in the Lyttelton
Nicholas Hytner directs Alex Jennings and Simon Russell Beale in COLLABORATORS, a new play by John Hodge in the Cottesloe
Visitors to the National include 1927’s THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS; Daniel Kitson; and Mark Thomas
Bristol Old Vic’s production of SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS comes to the West End
The third season of NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE includes One Man, Two Guvnors (prior to a UK tour and West End run), The Kitchen, Collaborators and The Comedy of Errors

Michael Attenborough To Direct Kieran Bew, Siân Brooke, Tom Burke And Billie Piper In Uk Premiere Of Neil Labute’s Reasons To Be Pretty

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.

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical Celebrates Its 1000th West End Performance As Ray Meagher Returns To The Production

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.

Mamma Mia! Now Booking To October 2012 At London’s Prince Of Wales Theatre

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.

Paul Daniels adds festive magic to Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure

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.

Chichester Festival Theatre Announces Winter 2011 Season

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.

Shrek The Musical congratulates Amanda Holden and welcomes Kimberley Walsh

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.

Ghost The Musical To Open On Broadway Spring 2012

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.

Original Cast Members Return As The Pitmen Painters Arrive In The West End Direct From National Theatre And Broadway Triumphs

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.

Office Party tickets at the Pleasance Theatre

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!

Full Casting Announced: Anthony Calf And Tom Goodman-Hill Will Play Alongside Thandie Newton In Death And The Maiden At The Comedy Theatre

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.

Betty Blue Eyes cast recording announced

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.

Anna Christie starring Jude Law at the Donmar Warehouse – Round-up of Reviews

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).

Music: Wicked’s Mark Evans launches new single

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.

Potted Panto returns for Christmas

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.

Potted Panto returns to the West End for Christmas 2011

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.

La Soiree tickets at the Roundhouse

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.

Backbeat: The Story Of Stuart Sutcliffe And The Beatles To Open In The West End In October

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.

350,000 New Tickets Released For West End Production Of Ghost The Musical As Cast Album Charts At Number One

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: Losing It tickets at the Duchess Theatre

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.

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