Month: February 2011

Photos: Alison Steadman in Blithe Spirit

Production photos of Blithe Spirit at the Apollo Theatre in London.

Noel Coward’s blissful comedy Blithe Spirit starts previews at the Apollo Theatre featuring an all-star cast including Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey), Ruthie Henshall (Chicago), Hermione Norris (Spooks) and Robert Bathurst (Hattie). The revival is directed by the award-winning Thea Sharrock (After the Dance).

Olivier Audience Award short list announced

The short list for this year’s Olivier Audience Award was announced today by Elaine Paige on her BBC Radio 2 show. The short list of shows are Billy Elliot the Musical, Jersey Boy, Les Misérables and We Will Rock You.

Royal Mail release Musicals Stamps

The Royal Mail is celebrating seven decades of UK stage musicals with a set of stamps, issued today.

Sign of the Times – Save £28.50

Save £28.50 on tickets to Sign of the Times at the Duchess Theatre. Tim Firth (Calendar Girls) brings his warm and witty play into the West End starring Matthew Kelly as a disillusioned sign erector whose life is changed by a clumsy teenager – played by Shameless star Gerard Kearns.

Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas cast in Les Mis

Internationally acclaimed singer Alfie Boe and Little Britain’s Matt Lucas have been confirmed as the new stars of Les Miserables in London.

Shrek The Musical announces full cast

Shrek The Musical, which opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane from 6 May 2011, has announced the full cast of the show.

Photos: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Production photos of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, currently playing at the Curve Theatre, Leicester and coming to the Gielgud Theatre from 5 March 2011.

All-Male Iolanthe to open at Wilton’s

Founder of the Union Theatre, Sasha Regan, will transfer her critically acclaimed all-male production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe to the Wilton’s Music Hall from 30 March 2011 for a limited season.

Love Never Dies confirms cast change

Andrew Lloyd Webber confirms Love Never Dies cast change for 7 March: Ramin Karimloo to stay as Phantom, David Thaxton joins as Raoul

Dominic West to take West End role

British actor Dominic West, star of HBO’s The Wire, is to return to the London stage this summer in a new production of Simon Gray’s 1970 play Butley.

Whatsonstage Awards announced

Whatsonstage Awards announced; Legally Blonde picks up four awards; Shakespeare’s Globe wins best new play for Anne Boleyn

Olivier Awards 2011

Welcome to our new microsite celebrating this year’s Olivier Awards, to be held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 13 March 2011.

Olivier Awards 2011 – Nominees

Nominees for the 2011 Olivier Awards were presented at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 7 February 2011.

West End Eurovision 2011

The organisation behind West End Bares brings its West End Eurovision fundraiser back for its fourth year

Animatronics pig new star of West End

The Creature Technology Company in Melbourne, who created the stunning animatronics for the Walking with Dinosaurs live arena tour, and are working on the new King Kong show on Broadway, have been busy at work on a pig for new musical Betty Blue Eyes

New cast of Love Never Dies?

Following the news that Sierra Boggess, currently playing Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre, will leave the role on 5 March to head to Broadway, more rumours are circulating over the cast changes for the show.

Sierra Boggess to play Broadway

Sierra Boggess, who is currently starring as Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre, is to go to Broadway in the Spring. She will star alongside Tyne Daly (Cagney and Lacey) in a revival of Terence McNally’s play Master Class about the great opera diva Maria Callas.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is actually two palaces in one: a Tudor palace magnificently developed by Cardinal Wolsey and later Henry VIII, alongside a baroque palace built by William III and Mary II.

Buckingham Palace

Visit one of the most famous Royal Palaces in the world, home to Her Majesty The Queen.

Second chance to see Into The Woods

Download service Digital Theatre has released filmed performances of a number of acclaimed West End shows from 2010, including Into the Woods, All My Sons and As You Like It.

London Dungeon

Experience the London Dungeon –  it will leave you screaming for more!

St Paul’s Cathedral – Priority Entrance

St Paul’s, with its world-famous Dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline, but there is so much more to Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece than its impressive facade.

The Jack The Ripper Tour

A fascinating tour of London’s East End following the story of the Whitechapel murders, one of the great unsolved mysteries in the world. But who was Jack the Ripper? Come along on the trail of Jack the Ripper… if you dare.

Olivier Awards 2011 – Nominees

Nominees for the 2011 Olivier Awards were presented at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 7 February 2011.

Shows get the movie treatment

A buoyant West End is leading to some big-screen remakes of West End hits, including The Woman in Black, War Horse, Wicked and The Rocky Horror Show.

Olivier Award nominations announced

The annual Laurence Olivier Awards nominations have been announced at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane today, 7 February 2011.

The Wizard of Oz starts tonight

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s major new production of The Wizard of Oz starts previews tonight at the London Palladium, starring Danielle Hope and Michael Crawford.

Frankenstein: two dates for cinemas

The National Theatre’s sold out production of Frankenstein will play two dates as part of the NT Live cinema programme.

Photos: The Wizard of Oz cast rehearsals

Behind-the-scenes cast photos of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s The Wizard of Oz, previewing from 7 February 2011 at the London Palladium.

Spider-Man: critics right to feel aggrieved

Spider-Man: critics are right to feel aggrieved. Why wait to review a show when hundreds of thousands of audience members have seen it before you?

Grease fans to be treated to free show

Show laid on for Grease fans to celebrate launch of new bagel range. The Piccadilly Theatre in London will host a 20 minute lightnin’ version of Grease The Musical on 24 March 2011. But it’s an early start – 8AM – timed to launch the New York Bagel Company’ s new breakfast bagels range.

Woody Sez tickets at the Arts Theatre

The award-winning, foot-stomping, heartfelt theatrical journey through the life of America’s greatest folk icon, Woody Guthrie, featuring classic tunes such as This Land is Your Land and Bound for Glory.

Love Story to Close at Duchess Theatre

The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Love Story will close as scheduled at the Duchess Theatre on 26 February 2011.

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