Month: October 2011

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.

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