Month: April 2011

Full Cast Announced For Butley: Paul Mcgann, Penny Downie And Amanda Drew Join Dominic West

The full cast has been announced for this summer’s West End revival of Simon Gray’s comedy Butley. Alongside Dominic West, star of hit US drama The Wire, who will play the iconic title role of the rapier-tongued lecturer Butley, will be Paul McGann (Withnail and I, Doctor Who), Penny Downie, (RSC’s Hamlet, Invictus) and Amanda Drew (ENRON, Eastenders).

West End transfer for Singin’ in the Rain?

A heavy-weight cast has been announced for the Chichester Festival Theatre’s new production of Singin’ in the Rain. Jonathan Church is directing the classic MGM musical with a cast that includes Adam Cooper (Guys and Dolls), Daniel Crossley (Hello, Dolly!), Scarlett Strallen (Passion), Michael Brandon (Jerry Springer The Opera), Sandra Dickinson (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Katherine Kingsley (Aspects of Love). Given the quality of the cast and the buzz surrounding the show, our transfer-o-meter has been running wild on rumours that the show may get a West End run. The show runs at Chichester from 27 June  to …

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Singin’ in the Rain casting confirmed

Michael Brandon, Sandra Dickinson and Katherine Kingsley have been confirmed to appear in the musical Singin’ in the Rain at Chichester Festival Theatre, alongside Adam Cooper, Daniel Crossley and Scarlett Strallen.

Million Dollar Quartet – Save £23

Million Dollar Quartet – Save £23. Million Dollar Quartet is the hugely successful Broadway musical that has now made its way to the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre.

Anthems with Brian May and Kerry Ellis – Save £11

Save £11 on tickets to Anthems with Brian May and Kerry Ellis. Save £11ANTHEMS: The Concert is the brand new, specially created, live version of Anthems, the stunning Kerry Ellis hit debut album produced by Brian May. This Gala Concert brings together West End and Broadway singing sensation Kerry Ellis (We Will Rock You, Wicked, Chess in Concert and Oliver!) and legendary Queen star Brian May in their first full-length performance.

London offers: Grand Designs Live

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The UK’s number one, award-winning home show is back! Grand Designs Live London returns to ExCeL from the 30th April to 8th May packed with design and inspiration for your home.

Sky Arts launches a nationwide search for the best amateur theatre company

This April, Sky Arts will launch a nationwide search for Britain’s best amateur theatre groups, for a new series to be broadcast in 2012. Stagestruck (working title) will offer one amateur theatre group an unprecedented opportunity to work with a host of luminaries and industry professionals from stage and screen, to realise their ultimate dream and win the chance to perform on a West End Stage.

Photos: Sweeney Todd at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris

Director of the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Jean-Luc Choplin, has probably done more than anyone else to bring Broadway musicals to France, culminating in a major new production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

Alex Gaumond In Concert

Following the success of his highly acclaimed Lauderdale House appearance, Alex Gaumond announces his debut West End Solo Concert:

The Royal Opera Presents Werther

French film director Benoît Jaquot’s stylish production of Werther returns to the Covent Garden stage for the first time since its opening in 2004. The title role of Werther, the epitome of the despairing Romantic poet, is sung by star tenor Rolando Villazón.

FELA! Comes to Sadler’s Wells this Summer

Sadler’s Wells’ summer show for 2011 is the Tony Award-winning Broadway dance musical FELA!. A provocative hybrid of dance, theatre and music, exploring the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, the production runs at Sadler’s Wells from 20 July to 28 August 2011.

Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary celebrations

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year: Phantom first previewed on 27 September 1986 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, with its official opening night on 9th October, and it has played at the venue ever since.

Betty Blue Eyes and Free Dinner Offer

SPECIAL OFFER: Enjoy a delicious free dinner at either Porter’s English restaurant or Maxwell’s restaurant – both in Covent Garden – when booking a full price £59.50 ticket to see Betty Blue Eyes.

Exclusive Photos: Betty Blue Eyes – The First Night

One of the highlights of the West End’s year took place on Wednesday, as a star-studded audience gathered at the Novello Theatre in London for the first night of Betty Blue Eyes, produced by Cameron Mackintosh.

The Acid Test By Anya Reiss at the Royal Court

The Acid Test by Anya Reiss is the next play to open in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from 13 May (press night 23 May) with a cast including Phoebe Fox, Vanessa Kirby, Denis Lawson and Lydia Wilson.

VIDEO: Betty Blue Eyes – Webisodes

To celebrate the opening of brand new West End musical Betty Blue Eyes, we bring you some exclusive video footage from rehearsals and behind-the-scenes of the show.

Photos: Godspell at the Union Theatre

The award-winning Union Theatre has revived the legendary pop musical Godspell to celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary.

Potted Potter returns to Edinburgh, the West End and tours nationally this summer

Seabright Productions presents POTTED POTTER The Unauthorised Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff Fifth Anniversary Tour: July – September 2011 Written and performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner Directed by Richard Hurst – Designed by Simon Scullion – Composed by Phil Innes Coinciding with the release of the final Harry Potter film, Olivier nominated double‐act Dan and Jeff return to their first show, Potted Potter, for a fifth anniversary tour including West End dates. Perhaps the best–‐loved of their three acclaimed family entertainments, Potted Potter has sold out theatres in Australia, New Zealand, London, Edinburgh and …

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Ryan Collinson Becomes The Twenty-Sixth Boy To Play Billy Elliot In The West End

oday, 13 April 2011, twelve year old Ryan Collinson from Southport, becomes the twenty-sixth boy to play the title role in the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical. The internationally award-winning show, which opened a the Victoria Palace Theatre in 2005, has been seen by over 6 million people worldwide, including 3 million in the West End. Ryan becomes the 56th boy to play Billy Elliot worldwide since Jamie Bell in the award-winning film.

Royal Mail launches RSC stamps

The Royal Mail has launched a new set of stamps to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Photos: The Diaghilev Festival at the London Coliseum

Diaghilev Festival: Russian Seasons of the XXI Century at the London Coliseum, celebrating the legendary dance impresario Sergei Diaghilev. The season presents a series of revivals and re-stagings of ballets that he commissioned that have since gone on to become a major part of the dance repertoire.

Backstage at the 2011 Olivier Awards

Acclaimed photographer Charlie Gray went behind the scenes at this year’s Olivier Awards at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to capture the stars of West End Theatre.

The Day I Met… Noël Coward

British playwright Noël Coward’s plays and musicals are in continuous production around the world, including Thea Sharrock’s current West End revival of Blithe Spirit at the Apollo Theatre, starring Alison Steadman.

Here, journalist and author Clive Hirschhorn remembers a meeting with the ‘Master’ in the 1960’s, an immodest encounter in which the man offered an opinion on just about everything.

Ghost The Musical And Stand Up To Cancer Announce New Collaboration As Single Is Released


Led by artist and musician Dave Stewart, Ghost The Musical and the charity Stand Up To Cancer today announce a new collaboration. Stewart, whose latest project Ghost The Musical will have its world premiere in the UK this Spring, is a long standing ambassador for the international grassroots charitable movement Stand Up To Cancer. The new single will be the first-ever theatrical single to benefit cancer research.

Alternative casting for Bette & Joan at the Arts Theatre

On the back of news that a new play is heading to the West End about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and their time spent filming classic movie Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, Binkie thought it would be helpful to provide the producers with some alternative casting advice lest Anita Dobson or Greta Scacchi drop out!

When Piers Met Andrew Lloyd Webber: TMI

Producers of the Michael Ball Show, Spun Gold Productions, have kept the theatrical theme going by bringing us the forthcoming ALW scoop When Piers Met… Andrew Lloyd Webber (this Sunday 9 April 2011, 9.10pm on ITV1).

Matilda West End Transfer

The Royal Shakespeare Company world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, A Musical will transfer to the West End in autumn 2011 for an open-ended run.

Trevor Nunn To Direct Samuel Barnett, Jamie Parker And Tim Curry In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Following the opening of Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path, the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company today (1 April 2011) announce a further two productions to be directed by Trevor Nunn in his role as Artistic Director. After a three week run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Nunn’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead comes to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in June, followed in September by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Further productions in the season will be announced shortly.

Ecstasy tickets at the Duchess Theatre

Mike Leigh returns to his acclaimed 1979 play, writing and directing this sell-out Hampstead Theatre production starring Sian Brooke, Sinead Matthews and Allen Leech.

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