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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.

Les Mis celebrates 25th birthday

A spectacular concert performance of Les Miserables was held at the O2 Arena in London last night, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the musical.

Countdown to Les Mis at the O2

Last few tickets remain for major Les Miserables concert at the 02 this Sunday; Katie Hall to replace Camilla Kerslake as Cosette; concert to be shown live in cinemas around the world

Opening this week in London

A busy week for London theatre as comedy, Shakespeare, showgirls and Ben Barnes hit the West End, plus Hamlet, Yes Prime Minister, Les Miserables

Opening This Week in the West End

It’s an eclectic bag of shows that are opening this week in the West End, as the autumn season of new shows begins apace. From Wonder Woman to Michael Gambon via Noel Coward and Sebastian Faulks, there’s something there for everyone.

Les Miserables – Barbican Theatre

Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil and Schonberg’s legendary musical, at the Barbican for only 22 performances. Stars Gareth Gates.

ITV’s This Morning – Musicals week

All this week, ITV’s This Morning has been celebrating the West End Musical, with Monday’s show featuring the cast of Mamma Mia! and Tuesday shaking things up with Sister Act. Plus Grease, Dirty Dancing and We Will Rock You.

Barricades at dawn

We are happy to hear that Nick Jonas, one third of global boyband Jonas Brothers and currently starring in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre, is feeling the strain of doing 8 shows a week.

Les Mis to make world history

West End – and world – history will be made this autumn as two productions of Les Miserables will run simultaneously in London.

Major shows to close on 30 May

Sunset Boulevard, Spring Awakening, Shout and Joseph to all close on 30 May.   A number of major West End shows are closing this month – with only days left for theatregoers to catch them. Despite astonishing critical acclaim, Spring Awakening at the Novello Theatre is to close early on 30 May. Spring Awakening had its European premiere at Lyric Hammersmith earlier this year, where the mix of Frank Wedekind’s classic story about teenage sexual discovery fused with teen rock garnered numerous five star reviews. Stephen Daldry’s 1992 National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls will go into …

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Theatre pieces: Hunter Parrish, August:Osage County, Chichester

After Gareth Gates, do we have a new Joseph? Gareth Gates seems to be doing a fine job in Joseph at the Adelphi Theatre – at least if comments on the westendtheatre blog are anything to go by. Whilst musing on Spring Awakening’s demise on Broadway, we turn our attention to Hunter Parrish – pot smoking star of TV’s Weeds – who recently played the lead role of Melchior on Broadway. Well known for his love of all things theatrical, in a recent interview he said: “I want them to bring back Joseph [and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat]. If anyone …

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Special ticket offers

January means a host of special offers on London theatre tickets. This month westendtheatre.com features a range of discounted shows including £20 off Dirty Dancing, £16 off Joseph – featuring Gareth Gates, £20 off Sunset Boulevard, £26 off Carousel, £20 off Billy Elliot £26 off Woman in Mind starring Janie Dee – plus offers from the National Theatre. For the latest special offers visit: www.westendtheatre.com/offers

London Theatre – 2009 Preview

  If theatre mirrors life then you would expect 2009 to be a bad year for the performing arts in London: economic downturns and credit crunches sound like gloomy news for our discretionary entertainment spending. But West End theatre box office figures have kept on going up in recent years, and the huge number of new productions sailing into town during 2009 could mean that Theatreland manages to buck the trend. THE GREAT REVIVAL The RSC, National Theatre, Donmar and Old Vic dominated straight drama in the West End in 2008, and they haven’t finished yet. Big hitters coming to …

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