Alistair Brammer to join the London cast of WICKED

WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical sensation that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has today announced that Alistair Brammer, star of Miss Saigon, will be playing Fiyero from Monday 22 July 2019. 

Alistair Brammer will join the London cast of Wicked
Alistair Brammer will join the London cast of Wicked from 22nd July 2019

Alistair Brammer (Fiyero) made his Broadway debut in 2017 as ‘Chris’ in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Miss Saigon. He made his professional West End debut as ‘Marius’ in Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables in 2009. His other West End roles include Billy Narracott’ inWar Horse and ‘Chris’ in the award-winning London revival of Miss Saigon (for which he was nominated ‘Best Actor in a Musical’ at the 2015 WhatsOnStage Awards). In October 2010, Alistair played ‘Jean Prouvaire’ in the 25thAnniversary Concert of Les Misérables at The O2 and, in September 2014, he played ‘Chris’ in the 25thAnniversary Gala performance of Miss Saigon at London’s Prince Edward Theatre.

David Witts will play his final performances as Fiyero on Saturday 20 July 2019. Further casting to be announced.

You can book tickets for WICKED now with no fees* here.
*Selected tickets, ends 28th April.

Shows to warm you up this Winter…

It’s officially the hottest February on record and nothing gets us feeling happy quite like a warm, sunny day. What could raise the spirits more than this sunshine… how about a Winter Warmer sale? Take a browse of our current top picks but don’t delay – sale ends on 4th March!

Musicals

Caroline, Or Change – from £20

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and with performances that’ll take your breath away, Caroline, Or Change is an imaginative and moving story of strength, revolution and hope. Ending this weekend, book now and save up to 43% on final tickets!

Fiddler On The Roof – from £29.50

Direct from its sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Tony and Olivier award-winning director Trevor Nunn’s ‘exuberant revival’ (Daily Telegraph) of the classic Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof transfers to the West End for a strictly limited run. Book selected tickets now with no fees!

Aladdin – from £25

From award-winning Disney movie to smash hit musical comedy, Aladdin is an exuberant West End spectacular, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the much-loved Disney film, as well as some brand new musical numbers for you to fall in love with. With the show closing in a matter of months, book now and pay no fees on selected tickets!

Company – from £13.50

Experience Company, the legendary Broadway musical, as never before… Winner of two Evening Standard Awards 2018, director Marianne Elliott’s new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical features a woman in the lead role of Bobby for the first time. Closing on March 30th, book now and pay no fees on final tickets.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical – from £24

With a critically acclaimed West End run and an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have blazed a trail in world class improvised comedy and delighted audiences across the globe. Now, as they approach their 1000th performance, this incredible show returns to The Other Palace for eight weeks only. Book now and save up to 58% to see this one of a kind extravaganza!

Plays

Admissions – from £30

Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who) stars in the award-winning and bitingly funny new comedy Admissions. Kingston plays Sherri, who is the Head of Admissions at a private school, fighting to diversify the student intake and she wants you to know about it. Book now to get a free upgrade on selected tickets.

Emilia – from £24

400 years ago Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard. It wasn’t. Could she have been the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets? What of her own poems? Why was her story erased from history? Celebrate women’s voices through the story of this trailblazing, forgotten woman. Book now and save up to 45% on selected tickets!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – from £18

The smash-hit National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returned to London for a strictly limited season, following an acclaimed UK and International tour – and is now ending soon! Book in our Winter Warmer sale and get a free upgrade on selected last chance tickets.

A Hundred Words For Snow – from £15

A Hundred Words for Snow is about being an explorer in a melting world. It’s a coming of age story. With polar bears. Following a critically acclaimed run at VAULT Festival and a UK Tour, Tatty Hennessy’s ‘warm, witty and wonderful’ (The Stage) production transfers to Trafalgar Studios for a limited run. Book now and pay no fees on selected tickets!

The Price – from £12.50

★★★★

David Suchet steals the show in Miller’s masterpiece…a blissfully comic creation. The Price now emerges in Jonathan Church’s superbly acted production as one of Miller’s best plays

Book now and pay no fees on selected tickets to see acting royalty David Suchet in The Price.

The American Clock – from £25

The American Clock turns and with it, fortunes rise and fall. In 1929 in New York City, the stock market crashed and a generation’s lives were changed. Book now and save up to an incredible 68% on final tickets to see this new staging from visionary director Rachel Chavkin.

One of a kind

The Great Gatsby – from £15.50

It’s the roaring twenties – an era of bootleg liquor, red hot jazz and hedonistic pleasures. The Great Gatsby himself has invited you to one of his infamous parties and that’s not an invite you want to turn down. Book now and save up to 51% on tickets to the hottest party in town!

The Merry Widow – from £14.40

With director Max Webster making his ENO debut, The Merry Widow is Franz Lehár’s comic masterpiece, played out in a stream of memorable melodies including the familiar ‘Vilja Song’ and ‘Merry Widow Waltz’. Save up to 42% on tickets in our Winter Warmer sale!

BalletBoyz – from £17.25

BalletBoyz are back with two brand new works ‘Us’ and ‘Them’, both set to original scores by world-class composers. For just 5 nights only, book now and save up to 46% on tickets!

Beats on Pointe – from £20.10

After its thrilling 2018 run, the classical ballet and street dance mash up that is Beats on Pointe is back. As two opposing dance worlds clash, 16 dancers go toe-to-toe in this fun-fuelled fusion of ballet and hip hop. Book now and save up to 42% on tickets to see this dance extravaganza!



Fun February Half-term inspiration!

We know it’s February and it’s freezing, but half term is going to roll around nonetheless and you certainly don’t want to be stuck inside all week. Lucky for you, London is host to a kaleidoscopic range of fun-fuelled and fascinating activities to keep you on your toes for the week! Check out our top picks below…

Musical magic…

Disney’s Aladdin

From award-winning Disney movie to smash hit musical comedy, Aladdin is an exuberant West End spectacular, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the much-loved Disney film, such as ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Friend Like Me’, as well as some brand new musical numbers for you and the kids to fall in love with. Book tickets for half-term now from £29.75.

Disney’s The Lion King

Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

So we have a bit of a Disney theme going on right now, but we can’t help but spread the magic! What could be more special this half-term than seeing Disney’s longest running musical? Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, this multi Tony and Olivier award-winning musical will redefine your expectations of theatre. Book your tickets to experience the magic now.

Matilda The Musical

Hailed as a musical triumph and recipient of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, this fantastic piece of theatre continues to delight audiences. Matilda doesn’t just copy Roald Dahls’ classic tale, it adds new depth and is the perfect half-term treat for children of all ages and adults alike. Book tickets now from £23 and prepare to be blown away.

Exciting discoveries…

Body Worlds

Half-term is jam-packed with interactive activities across education, science, fun, health and wellbeing. Body Worlds have also partnered with The British Red Cross to offer guests CPR interactive workshops! There will be Medical Guides throughout half-term (12pm to 4pm) to answer questions on Mind, Body and Soul. Kids are also welcome to pick up and follow the brand-new Family Trail – all at no additional cost! Book tickets for a family-fun and fascinating day out now.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery


Take a trip to London’s Science Museum and explore the incredible wonder of Wonderlab. Kids can become scientists, fuel their imagination and immerse themselves in a world of wonder at this one-of-a-kind interactive gallery. A wonderful exhibition with several daily 20 min shows, this is a great experience for the whole family! Book tickets now.

Plays galore…

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

A perfect theatre trip for older children (recommended age is 11+), this story of discovery is funny, heart-warming and features an adorable treat at the end! Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards® including ‘Best Play’, don’t miss out on this unique play before it leaves the West End in April. Book selected tickets now with no fees.

The Wider Earth

The Wider Earth

Join a 22-year-old Charles Darwin on HMS Beagle’s daring voyage to the far side of the world, and discover the gripping story behind one of the most important discoveries in history. A perfect theatre trip for families this half-term, book tickets now from £23.50.

Opening soon…

February half-term may be just around the corner, but it’s never too early to start planning family activities! Read on for our top upcoming family shows!

The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice

Back on the Disney theme, but now with the added incredible element of ice-skating! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on an inspiring walk down memory lane in celebration of magic and family fun. With a national tour, this is the perfect trip for all the family! Book tickets now for a venue near you.

Where is Peter Rabbit?

Hop onto your seats and immerse yourself in the magical world of Beatrix Potter. Watch with delight as your favourite stories and most beloved characters are brought to life in this theatrical spectacular, with beautifully handcrafted puppets, enchanting original songs and a sprinkle of magic. Save up to 30% when booking for a family of four!

Beasts of London

Opening in April, Beasts of London explores the fascinating role animals have played in shaping the capital. Be guided through time, from the Roman era through Medieval London and right up to present day, narrated by the beasts themselves. Discover how animals – from lions and elephants, to horses, rats and pigeons – have shaped the city and its beastly history. Tickets start from just £8.80 – book now!

Valentine’s Day Gift inspiration

It’s that time of year again: love is in the air and you’re searching high and low for the perfect Valentine’s date night. Lucky for you, From The Box Office has all rounded up all the romance that the West End has to offer. Read on for the best shows to see this Valentine’s Day…

The Great Gatsby

It’s one of the most famous love stories ever written, and now this unique immersive theatre experience invites you to be part of the romance and excitement of the roaring jazz age. Slip on your dancing shoes and watch the story unfold around you – the party is in full swing! Book now to save up to 53% – tickets from just £15 (ends 6th Feb).

Cirque Du Soleil’s presents Totem

For a truly dazzling date night, it doesn’t get much better than Cirque Du Soleil! Totem is a fantastic combination of impressive acrobatics and mind-blowing displays of human ability. Enjoy a night of wonder and romance that will leave a lasting impression – book you tickets for Totem now to save up to % (ends 11th Feb).

Phantom of the Opera

One of the West End’s most notorious musicals, now celebrating over 30 years at Her Majesty’s Theatre! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic and compelling tale of The Phantom and his only companion and love, Christiane Daae, has romance enough for any Valentine’s date night. Book tickets now from £28.99, or get tickets to this infamous show with a free meal here.

Company

Weaving together various different tales of love, Company explores what love is and what it can mean to us. This gender-reversed remake, which stars Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone, is a musical comedy about life, love, and marriage, and features some of Stephen Sondheim’s most iconic songs, a perfect show for an entertaining date night! Book tickets now with no fees (ends 8th February).

Waitress

What could be more exciting than seeing a brand new West End show for Valentine’s Day? “​Waitress ​is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly, and is “sweet, sassy and passionate,” according to New York Magazine. Don’t miss this uplifting and hilarious musical! Book tickets now from £47.50 for a Valentine’s Date Night that’s sweet as pie.

Showstopper! The Musical

For a truly unique date night experience, it doesn’t get better than Showstopper! The Improvised Musical! You’ll be the first and last audience members to experience the show as you see it, because the entire performance will be thought of before your very eyes, and with your ideas forming the story. Book now for the most original Valentine’s date the West End has to offer!

Motown The Musical

Toe-tap your way to the perfect, fun-filled Valentine’s Day with a trip to see the catchiest musical. Filled to the brim with all of your favourite classic romantic Motown hits, including ‘My Girl’ and ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, a trip to see Motown is guaranteed to leave you feeling the love. Book tickets now from £22.50, or book with a free meal for the perfect date night package.

Disney’s Aladdin

Take a romantic magic carpet ride to a whole new world with your loved one this Valentine’s Day – it doesn’t get more magical than Disney’s Aladdin! From award-winning Disney movie to smash hit musical comedy, Aladdin is an exuberant West End spectacular, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the much-loved Disney film, as well as some brand new musical numbers for you to fall in love with. Book now from just £27.50.

If these sensational shows aren’t quite what you’re looking for this Valentine’s Day, why not take a browse of our top picks?

Beat the January Blues with our top feel-good shows!

Decorations are down, the excitement of Christmas and New Year is over and it feels like it should at least be April by now… January is a drag! Thank goodness we’ve got a West End filled to the brim with fantastic shows to get us through the cold, long nights and get us feeling pumped again…

For Musical Lovers
Tap your toes, click your fingers, clap your hands and rejoice in the feel-good comfort of London’s finest musicals. From Olivier award-winners to brand new productions, there’s a musical for every taste.

Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and with performances that’ll take your breath away, Caroline, Or Change is an imaginative and moving story of strength, revolution and hope. With a “voice full of raw soul that shreds the heart, and sets it soaring”, book now and save up to 57% on selected tickets!

Company

Experience Company, the legendary Broadway musical, as never before. Winner of two Evening Standard Awards 2018, this riotous reimagining of Stephen Sondheim’s classic features all of the classic Broadway hits, with a new twist. Don’t miss out on the hilarious adaptation, book tickets now!

Six

DIVORCED. BEHEADED. LIVE IN CONCERT! From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take the mic to tell their tale, remixing five hundred years of her-storical and hilarious heartbreak. Book tickets now from just £21.60.

Showstopper! The Musical

★★★★★ ‘If this is what improv can do, you wonder why anyone bothers writing anything down’ -The Times

 Do you want to be the first, and last, to see a brand-new musical? The Showstoppers transform audience suggestions into all-singing, all-dancing productions with hilarious results. Come watch an entirely different show every single night! Book tickets now from just £18.

For a unique theatre experience…

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby at the Gatsby Drugstore is now booking through the end of the year due to overwhelming demand! Step into a heart-racing immersive adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal jazz-age novel which puts you in the heart of the action. Slip on your dancing shoes and watch the story unfold around you. Book tickets for this unique theatrical performance here.

Plays
If you prefer to have your heart strings pulled or your tummy aching with laughter, we’ve still got you covered with the best plays to see this January!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The smash-hit National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has returned to London for a strictly limited season, following an acclaimed UK and International tour. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards® including ‘Best Play’, this is a perfect heart-warming tale to help you shake off the cold of January. Even better, you can book tickets now with no fees!

The Wider Earth

The Wider Earth

Join a 22-year-old Charles Darwin on HMS Beagle’s daring voyage to the far side of the world, and discover the gripping story behind one of the most important discoveries in history. A perfect theatre trip for families this January, book tickets now from £23.50.

Don Quixote


The Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘joyous’ (Guardian) production of this legendary comic novel is told by a company of 20 actors accompanied by a band of live musicians. Featuring riotous performances by Rufus Hound and David Threlfall, don’t miss out on this hilarious adaptation. Book now and save up to 56% on selected tickets.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

From the comedy masterminds behind five-star hits The Play That Goes Wrong (Olivier Award for Best New Comedy) and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is fast-paced and riotously hilarious, masterfully uniting screw-ball comedy with real theatrical invention, and is guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles. Book now from just £11.80.

Celebs on stage in 2019

As if the bright lights and dazzling shows of the West End aren’t enough to get us running to London’s illustrious theatres, the chance of seeing our favourite celebrities certainly gives us all the more reason to snap up tickets. Take a scroll through the list below to see the stars we’re most excited to see in 2019…

Pinter At The Pinter
After what has so far been a star-studded, critically acclaimed season, there’s still plenty of excitement and celebrity appearances in store in Pinter At The Pinter. Don’t miss out on the likes of Martin Freeman, Danny Dyer, Gary Kemp and Rupert Graves in the final shows of the season, book tickets now.

Betrayal
The final of the Pinter season plays is set to star Hollywood charmer and Golden Globe winner Tom Hiddleston. The Night Manager and Avengers star will be playing the lead role in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal for a strictly limited 12 week season from March 8th, book tickets here now.

Waitress
Katharine McPhee (American Idol, Waitress on Broadway, Smash) joins the WAITRESS London cast to play Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life. Opening in February, book tickets now.

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COMPANY
Starring Rosalie Craig, Patti Lupone & Mel Giedroyc, experience Company, the legendary Broadway musical, as never before. Winner of two Evening Standard Awards 2018, don’t miss out on the limited run at the Gielgud Theatre. Book tickets now from £13.50 – ends March 30th.

Man of La Mancha
The award winning musical Man of La Mancha returns to London, starring Kelsey Grammer and Danielle de Niese. Featuring the iconic song ‘Dream the Impossible Dream’, Man of La Mancha is inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s masterpiece. Tickets start from just £18, book now.

True West
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones, Doctor Faustus) and Johnny Flynn (Beast, Genius) star as warring brothers Austin and Lee in the West End Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny, modern classic, True West. Book now and save up to 45% on tickets – ends 23rd February!

Dolly Parton Presents: 9 to 5
9 to 5 is about to get down to business – with a strictly limited season at the West End’s Savoy Theatre. Starring Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen and Brian Conley, the smash-hit musical features a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter. Book tickets now from £24.

Home, I’m Darling
Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) reprises her acclaimed role as Judy, in Laura Wade’s fizzing comedy about one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950’s housewife. How happily married are the happily married? You can find out from January 26th, book tickets now.

The Lehman Trilogy
Critically-acclaimed director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, King Lear) returned to the National Theatre to direct Ben Power’s English version of Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play, which was a hit across Europe, with Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles playing the Lehman Brothers, their sons and their grandsons. The West End transfer opens in May and you can book tickets now from just £21.60.


BODY WORLDS: London’s latest unmissable attraction

Discover more about yourself than you ever thought possible at BODY WORLDS, London’s biggest tourist attraction to open in over a decade! It’s an interactive, fun and endlessly fascinating insight in to our body and mind, including the impact our lifestyle choices have on our health.  

Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS is the original exhibition of real human bodies. Even after more than 20 years of exhibition history and with 47 million visitors of all ages around the world, the fascination with the mysteries of the human body and the quest for a long, healthy life continue to exude the same magnetism as always. 

This life-changing experience is a unique convergence of art, science and education, defined by its creators’ missions: to make people more health-conscious – with nearly 70% of visitors leaving determined to lead a healthier lifestyle; to reveal the inner workings of the human body; and, in laying bare humanity in its physical state, to posit deeper questions about the meaning of life and the mysteries of the human condition. 

Before your visit, here’s a taster of the awesome facts about our bodies that you’ll learn within the exhibition:

  • Always look on the bright side: being an optimist can help you live longer!
  • In an adult human, blood circulates about 12,000 miles (19,000 km) a day. This is like traveling from east to west across the widest part of the Pacific Ocean.
  • A person’s feet have about 500,000 sweat glands and can produce about a pint of sweat a day.
  • We are all incredibly lucky to be here! One ejaculation contains 200 to 500 million sperm cells. Of these, only about 200 ever reach the Fallopian tubes, and only one sperm eventually manages to penetrate the egg. Another sperm would form a completely different individual. 
  • Although the brain takes up just 2% of our body weight, it uses about 20% of the energy
  • The face contains 60 muscles, it takes 40 to frown but only 20 to smile
  • The smallest bone in the body is called the stirrup – it is located in the ear and is about the same size as just one grain of rice
  • One tiny droplet of blood contains around 5 million blood cells

 Why not join the other 47 million people who have already been inspired by this eye-opening exhibition? Don’t just take our word for it, celebs are raving about BODY WORLDS too:   


Don’t miss out on the wonder of the human body – book your tickets to see BODY WORLDS now right here.

Shows we’re excited to see in 2019

2019 is just around the corner, and while many shows may be saying goodbye to the twinkling lights on London’s glitzy West End, there’s no shortage of fantastic new shows to take their place. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the most unmissable shows that will be opening in the early stages of next year…

Plays

All About Eve

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First up is psychological thriller ‘All About Eve’. Directed by Ivo van  Hove and starring acting powerhouses Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go AgainDisney’s Cinderella) and Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Hannibal), this ‘razor-sharp’ adaptation lifts the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition. Previews begin on February 7th, book now from just £17.25.

Betrayal

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The final play in the critically-acclaimed Pinter at the Pinter season, Betrayal, will be directed by Jamie Lloyd and star Golden Globe and Olivier award-winner Tom Hiddleston (The Night ManagerThor). Described as “the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter’s plays”, this adaptation will start a strictly limited 12-week engagement from March 5th. Book from just £18.

Home, I’m Darling

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The National Theatre had phenomenal success this year, and this is just one of the multiple productions that got a West End transfer. Beginning on January 26th, Laura Wade’s ‘piercingly funny’ (Time Out) new play stars Katherine Parkinson (The IT CrowdHumans) asks how happily married are the happily married? Book tickets now from £21.60.

The Twilight Zone

Adapted by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns) and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, this “piercingly smart” (Time Out) production of the acclaimed CBS Television series lands at the Ambassador’s Theatre, fresh from a rapturously received, sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre. Opening in March, you can book tickets now from just £23.40.

The Lehman Trilogy

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While The Lehman Trilogy, another of the sold-out National Theatre productions that got a West End transfer, doesn’t open until May 2019, we’re sure it will be well worth the wait! Directed by James Bond frontman Sam Mendes (Skyfall), Stefano Massini’s vast and poetic play stars Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles playing the Lehman Brothers, their sons and their grandsons. Don’t miss out, book now from £21.60.

Musicals

Come From Away

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Awarded the Tony® Award for Best Direction of a Musical, Christopher Ashley’s production guides audiences through a colourful and spirited cast of characters, brought to life by Tony® and Grammy® nominated writing team Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Discover the remarkable true story of a small town that welcomed the world. Previews begin on January 30th, and you can book tickets now from £23.40.

Waitress

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Katharine McPhee (American Idol, Waitress on Broadway, Smash) joins the WAITRESS London cast to play Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life. Brought to life by a ground-breaking, all-female creative team, book tickets for this Tony Award®​​-nominated hit, opening in February from just £23.40.

Rip It Up

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The ultimate strictly spin-off boy band will be bringing the swinging 60’s smashing into 2019 in an explosion of song, dance, acrobatics, and amazing visuals! They are joined by an incredible cast of dancers, singers, and musicians, celebrating the iconic sounds, sights, and events of the decade which transformed the world. Book now to see this unmissable show, and you can even get additional meet and greet tickets to meet the cast here.

Only Fools And Horses

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The record-breaking and top-rated television series Only Fools and Horses undoubtedly holds a special place in the hearts of the British public. Now Jim Sullivan has teamed up with comedy giant Paul Whitehouse to adapt the iconic series into a brand-new, home-grown British Musical spectacular. Lovely Jubbly! Opening in February, book now from £24.

Dolly Parton Presents: 9 to 5

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Starring Louise Redknapp, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen and Brian Conley, the smash-hit musical features a book by the iconic movie’s original screenwriter Patricia Resnick and an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton. Landing at the Savoy Theatre on Jan 28th, book tickets now from £24.

Joseph to return to the West End!

A new production of the iconic musical is set to take the stage at the London Palladium for a strictly limited run in Summer 2019.

Performances will begin on 26th June 2019, with casting announcements still to be made for this latest production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic. This new production will have an entirely new creative team, also still to be announced. This strictly limited run will last just 11 weeks, closing Sunday 8th September 2019, with tickets to be released on Friday 7th December. Click here to sign up and be the first to hear when tickets go on sale.

Released as a concept album in 1969, the stage version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has become one of the worlds most beloved family musicals. The multi-award winning show, which began life as a small scale school concert, has been performed hundreds of thousands of times including multiple runs in the West End and on Broadway, international number one tours, and productions in over 80 countries as far afield as Austria and Zimbabwe and from Israel to Peru! The show features songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre standards, including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me, Jacob and Sons, There’s One More Angel In Heaven and Go Go Go Joseph.

Our Black Friday #TopPicks

We know, we know, we spoil you all too much! This Black Friday we have more deals than ever before, how will you possibly be able to choose from all of the fantastic offers that we have for you? Lucky for you, we have a handy list of our top picks! Read below.

For dance lovers

Christmas is the season for ballet, and we have some great deals on top London ballet productions. We’re loving English National Ballet’s Manon, a breath-taking journey of love, decadence and passion. Book tickets now from just £10 – ends 26th November.

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But if you want something that switches up traditional ballet, we highly recommend Beats On Pointe. After its thrilling 2018 run, the classical ballet and street dance mash up that is back with savings of up to 42% in our Black Friday sale – book yours here!

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Dance lovers in and around Scotland need not felt left out. Dancing icon Natalia Osipova will be starring in The Mother for two nights only on December 21st and 22nd. A perfect Christmas treat – book now and save up to 33% on tickets!

For Christmas spirit

What could be more festive than a trip to the theatre with your family this Christmas? With a huge selection of Christmas shows available this year, we recommend…

The Messiah
Starring Mock The Week’s Hugh Dennis, this riotous twist on the Nativity story sees a travelling theatre troupe of two actors and an opera singer arriving by camel in the ancient city of London to masterfully enact the greatest story ever told. Save up to 32% and book now from £18.

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A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic
Returning due to popular demand, and one of the most heart-warming tales ever told, The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol is guaranteed to leave you with a warm glow ready for Christmas! Book now to get tickets for £81.00 £25! (Up to 69% off)

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You can check out the rest of our Christmas picks for this year right here.

For kids

Of course you could take your children to see a traditional pantomime, but with top tickets for the smash-hit Operation Ouch starting at just £15, why not venture to the West End this year? Book now and save up to 58%.

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And, of course, we have huge savings on classic West End shows! Whether it’s the first, second, tenth, or fiftieth time – these shows never get old!

Company
This five-star adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s classic may have only opened in October but it has certainly become a West End favourite! Don’t miss out on the triumphant reimagined musical, save up to 41% until Monday only.

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Showstopper! The Improvised Muscial
How could you get tired of watching the Showstoppers! improvise a brand new musical every night? If you haven’t yet experienced this, we can’t recommend it enough! Book now and save up to 50% – get top tickets from just £22.

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Summer & Smoke
Opening just last week, Rebecca Frecknall’s take on the Tennessee Williams classic has garnered numerous five star reviews, prompting The Telegraph to write ‘rush to see this now, or live to regret it.’ Book in our Black Friday Sale from just £12 and save up to 45%

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Witness For The Prosecution
While it’s only been in the West End for just over a year, this take on Agatha Christie’s novel has taken certainly taken London’s theatre scene by storm. Experience the fresh perspective on the classic tale for yourself for just £11.50 – book now and save up to 45%.

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Shop all of our Black Friday offers and get great savings on an incredible range of shows right here.

Tom Hiddleston to return to the West End!

Get ready to celebrate #Hiddlestoners, Tom Hiddleston is set to return to the London stage following his acclaimed performance in Hamlet, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and his Evening Standard Award-winning performance in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014.

Forty years to the day of the first ever performance of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal on 15 November 1978, The Jamie Lloyd Company announced that Golden Globe, Olivier and Evening Standard Award winner Tom Hiddleston will play Robert in Jamie Lloyd’s new production at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 5 March 2019 for a strictly limited season ending on 1 June. Further casting to be announced.

Betrayal is a masterpiece. Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter at the Pinterseason is terrific and I am so pleased that he’s asked me to be part of it.” – Tom Hiddleston 

With poetic precision, rich humour and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. The complexities of the human heart are explored in this, “the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter’s plays” (The Daily Telegraph). Betrayal was first produced by the National Theatre in 1978. The original cast featured Pinter at the Pinter company members Penelope Wilton and Michael Gambon.

Pinter at the Pinter is the unprecedented season of Harold Pinter’s work, marking ten years since the Nobel Prize winner’s death. The season celebrates the most important playwright of the 20th century in the theatre that bears his name. Tickets for the final show of the critically-acclaimed season will go on sale on 30th November. You can book tickets now for the rest of the season, which stars Lee Evans, Martin Freeman, Danny Dyer and Gary Kemp, to name just a few.

There will be a pre-sale for theatre-goers that have already purchased tickets for the Pinter At The Pinter season on November 29th – you can still book tickets and access this pre-sale here! You can also click here to sign up and be the first to hear when tickets for Betrayal go on general sale.

 

Cirque Du Soleil’s TORUK to make UK debut

Cirque Du Soleil’s stunning production TORUK – The First Flight, which was inspired by James Cameron’s blockbuster movie AVATAR and produced alongside the film franchise, will make its UK debut in Manchester and London next year…

Inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie, TORUK will land next year at the Manchester Arena from 20-23 June and London’s O2 Arena from 26-30 June 2019. The story precedes the events of the blockbusting film: when a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omatikaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands.

With creative input from James Cameron and experts from the movie’s production, TORUK – The First Flight is unlike any other Cirque du Soleil experience. With the brilliance of the Cirque du Soleil performers whose athleticism and acrobatics bring to life the Na’vi, the show is a visual effects spectacular where the world of Pandora is depicted through impressive multimedia projections, massive set-pieces and the largest collection of puppetry in Cirque du Soleil history, creating a narrative driven official prequel to AVATAR.

“AVATAR is really meant to be a celebration of human motion and human emotion and Cirque is able to capture that absolutely perfectly, because it’s all about human performance and physicality.  It makes you feel alive to watch these performers,”    – James Cameron

Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.

Tickets
TORUK – The First Flight will be presented at Manchester Arena, 20-23 June 2019 and London’s O2 Arena 26-30 June 2019. General on-sale will start Friday 16 November at 9am. Click here to sign up and get an email notification when tickets go on sale.

Watch the trailer:

GET THE APP: In an effort to bring audience members involvement to a whole new level, Cirque du Soleil launched a first-of-its-kind app for TORUK – The First Flight.  The app enhances the overall show experience and enables audience members to be a part of the action before, during and after the performance! Click here to download the app.

 

Our top Christmas Show picks for 2018

Christmas is officially on its way! With the festive spirit filling the air, we’ve put together a handy list of all our favourite Christmas Shows for this year. From family friendly shows to classic ballet, read our top picks below!

For families
If there’s one thing that Christmas is for, it’s spending time with your nearest and dearest. What better way to get together and enjoy the Christmas holidays than with a day out and a show in London? We recommend…

Circus 1903
Featuring sensational puppetry and daring feats, this is a show that will have the whole family in awe. Opening on December 19th, Circus 1903 is a sure-fire way to feel the magic this Christmas.

What’s even better than watching a great show with your family? Saving on tickets, of course! Book now and save up to 35% on selected seats.

Stick Man
stick-man-triplet-one-OXJQThe much-loved adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s children’s book returns to the West End stage this Christmas and is the perfect show for young children. With a running time of just 55 minutes, and plenty of hilarious action to keep them entertained, kids will love this award-winning production. Book tickets now and save up to 48% – tickets start at just £15!

Rumpelstiltskin
A treat for older children (8+ is advised), this classic fairy tale is re-imagined with twists, turns and supreme silliness. Opening on 13th December, this five-star, ‘outrageous rocking musical’ (Sunday Mail) stars Australian singer and cabaret star Paul Capsis. Book now and save up to 44%.

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Nativity! The Musical
Full of your favourite hits from the much-loved films, Nativity! returns to the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo this Christmas, with Danny Dyer, Jo Brand and Dani Dyer in tow! With tickets selling fast, don’t miss out on this star-studded smash-hit.

A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow
Following three previous sell-out seasons, this heart-warming and critically acclaimed production of Charles’ Dickens classic tale returns to the Arts Theatre from 8th December for a strictly limited season. A must-see Christmas story for all generations, if you don’t want to miss out, book your tickets now.

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Ballet
There are few things more magical than taking a trip to see ballet in London at Christmas. Our top ballet productions this year are…

The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas tale never fails to warm the heart. Opening at the London Coliseum on December 12th, this production from English National Ballet is as traditional and as enchanting as it gets at Christmas! Book now from just £16.80.

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The Snowman
From The Peacock Theatre comes a show that is ‘guaranteed to melt the heart of even the most cynical scrooge’ (The Guardian). Based on the book and film of the same name, The Snowman is returning to the London stage for a record-breaking 21st year. Children under 2 go free and you can book tickets from just £18.

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Girls (or boys!) night out
Celebrate Christmas with your friends with a riotous night out on the town. We’ve got a fabulous selection of shows to keep you more than entertained this Winter…

Briefs: Close Encounters
Grab your red lipstick and prepare for a fierce night of drag, burlesque, circus and everything else you could possibly want with the Briefs boys! Beat the Christmas chills with this super-hot and thrilling show, with tickets starting from £15.

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The boys are also available to make your New Year’s Eve truly and fabulously unforgettable – book tickets to the NYE party of your dreams here.

The Silent Disco Show
Grab your dancing shoes, grab your glowsticks and prepare yourself for a sensory party experience unlike any other. Donning your very own special glowing headphones, this unique club night experience is guaranteed to have you feeling the party spirit this Christmas. Book now from £18.60.

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Burlesque Carol Concert
Carol singing with one hell of a twist, House of Burlesque invites you to raise your voices and your glasses to all of your favourite Christmas songs as they put on a show that’s sure to raise your pulse. With tickets from just £15.60, you can’t go wrong with this one!

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If you didn’t quite find what you were looking for, we have a myriad of incredible events guaranteed to get you feeling festive: browse our fantastic selection of Christmas shows right here.

Misty exclusive: interview with Arinzé Kene

He’s the man behind the show that is currently taking the West End by storm: From The Box Office chatted with Misty writer and star Arinzé Kene about the success of the show, diversity in the West End and what we can expect from him next… Read his answers below.

Misty opened on the West End to rave reviews and standing ovations after every performance. Did you imagine when you were first trying to write the play that this would be the outcome?
No, not at all – that doesn’t really cross my mind when I’m working. I try not to let that come into the creative process; I try and keep the creative process as pure as possible and focus on the art. That sometimes means having certain people in the room at certain phases [of creation], some at early stages, some at later stages. We have created a piece that was very honest. I think that having a piece that is as pure as [Misty] is, as untamed as it is, that was the dream, and the success is really just a bonus of that.

What have you most enjoyed about working on Misty?
Firstly, the way that we’ve managed to continue to improve the show, even now that it’s on. Mostly I’ve enjoyed the creative process, though – from the very beginning it’s been an artist’s dream. We began in a bubble, but we’ve been able to go with our instincts which has been really liberating. I’d also say that the getting here and getting to play to this audience every night. The play is structured, but there are elements within it that can change every night, depending on how I feel every night, and I love playing the audience back and forth. I also love the comedy, that’s definitely in the top 3 bits that I love. When I’m on stage I love playing the comedy because it’s so much fun.

 

What would you say was the most challenging aspect of the play’s creation?
It was a combination [of things] actually, because the play is quite unique in its structure, and so I had to battle some insecurities that I had about writing this piece. I’d also never made anything like it before, so it’s not tried and tested and that was intimidating. In many ways, though, the actual subject matter was the most challenging part; I’m putting my life on stage, and I’ve been quite a private person. I’d never put myself on stage before, and to do that, to put [my life] on stage was quite intimidating but it’s also been really rewarding.

You’ve spoken candidly about the gentrification that you’ve seen taking place as you’ve grown up in London, do you hope that this play can raise awareness of this to a wider audience?
Yeah (sic) definitely. I hope that as an artist I can shed some light on it and open a discussion about it. I think one of the jobs of the artist is to bring something that’s in the dark, into the light, and so that’s what I’ve done. I don’t think the play is answering any questions, I think it’s organising ideas and looking at what’s happening. Gentrification has happened the world over and will continue to, but it leaves a lot of people feeling displaced and, in a way, homeless. It erases people, and it erases their culture. There’s many ways of looking at it, though, and we do that in the play, and we laugh about it too. Half the time [of the play], we’re laughing at a serious matter. You know, one of my favourite books ‘Not Without Laughter’ [by Langston Hughes] deals with some serious issues, but does so in a way that inspires people to see the best of a situation. That’s what I wanted to do [with Misty]: say “let’s look at this” and explore ways to cope with it, but not without laughter.

When you were writing the play, did you consider your audience? Did you hope that you would attract a new audience to theatre?
Yeah, it was considered. The theatre wasn’t somewhere that I’d always felt welcome growing up in London, and I thought Misty was an opportunity to open [theatre] to other audiences. I didn’t exactly step out to do that, I think it’s just the kind of work that I create. I don’t write or create art for any one person, it’s inclusive. I look out every night and see so much diversity in the audiences and that’s what I want. That’s my London. We always knew Misty had the capacity to do that. All the extra marketing and press that we did was just to make sure that those audiences knew that they were included.

 

You’ve got an upcoming show at The Old Vic, can we expect more Misty-like shows after that?
Well you can expect some more work from me. It might be Misty-esque just because it’s going to be my play, but I don’t know. I’m really focused on telling the stories that I want to tell. I’m constantly trying to find new stories that I want to tell and that I think people need to hear. I love seeing stories and telling stories with people that are misrepresented or under represented. I think more diversity is definitely needed [in the West End].

Do you hope that Misty will be the beginning of a more culturally and racially diverse West End?
It could be. I hope it will be. I think it will help to open doors. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for people before me and [the West End] is getting better. We’ve got Kwame [Kwei-Armah] over at the Young Vic, for example, and others on their way up. I hope [Misty] opens more doors for creators and for people looking to make less mainstream work. The nature of the play in itself isn’t what usually would makes it into the West End, so I hope it changes what people think will make a successful West End show.

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Still haven’t seen the smash-hit sensation that is Misty? Book your tickets now and get a free seat upgrade* here!

★★★★ ‘Arinzé Kene is blazingly charismatic’ (Evening Standard)
★★★★ ‘Inspiringly individualistic’ (Daily Telegraph)
★★★★ ‘This firecracker of a show arrives with a bang in the West End’ (Metro)

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5. In the event that the winner is unable to attend on the 31st of October, a new winner will be drawn.

6. Tickets will be made available for collection on the evening of the performance, under the name given by the winner

Top 10 classic Only Fools & Horses moments

In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, Only Fools & Horses, the much-loved television show, will be making its way to London’s West End in 2019, reimagined as a musical. With so much excitement surrounding this announcement, we’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane, and have rounded up our top 10 all time favourite moments from the classic BBC show.

10. Pranking Grandad
Bless Grandad and his dimwittedness! In this classic scene, Del Boy gets a bit of karma and a taste of his own medicine while scaring his dear old Grandad.

9. Blow up dolls
As if it wasn’t hilarious enough that Del Boy had managed to accidentally get his hands on a faulty stock of naughty dolls, they then also turn out to be deadly!

8. Baby names
Oh, Trigger. Perhaps one of the most simpleminded characters ever written, you can’t help but love him and his lack of sense! In one of his many classic moments, here we see him discussing Del Boy’s baby names with ‘Dave’.

7. Dave
Another classic Trigger moment takes the number 7 spot. Only Trigger, after finally being told Rodney’s real name, could still miss the mark and continue to call him Dave!

6. The Poker Game
In what could be classed as one of the most intense poker games we’ve ever witnessed, Del Boy gets one up on Boycie. Let’s be honest, it was about time that somebody put Boycie in his place!

 

5. We’re finally millionaires
Taking the number 5 spot is the moment that finally saw Del Boy and Rodney’s dreams of being millionaires come true. Of course, they celebrated in true Trotter style!

4. The Canary
Only the Trotters could find a dead canary and make the situation worse! At number four is the riotously hilarious moment that saw Del Boy forking out £50 to replace a bird he hadn’t even killed.

3. Batman & Robin
Perhaps one of the most notorious moments in British TV history, Del Boy and Rodney took to the streets as the caped crusader and his winged partner – with all the hilarious consequences that you’d expect from the Trotters.

2. The Wrong Chandelier
Just missing out on the top stop (it was a pretty tough decision) is the moment that saw Del Boy and Rodney smash a near priceless chandelier – as only they could!

1. Del falls through the bar
Of course, irrefutably taking the top spot, is the infamous moment in which Del Boy redefines ‘playing it cool’, by falling through the open bar behind him. In a move that rivals even Trigger’s stupidity, even Del Boy can’t style out the embarrassment of this moment!

What do you think of our top ten classic #OFAH moments? Sound off in the comments below! Make sure you don’t miss out on tickets to see the new musical when it lands in the West End; book tickets here.

The Lehman Trilogy to get West End transfer

Following a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at the National Theatre, the NT and Neal Street Productions’ ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ will open at the Piccadilly Theatre in May next year.

The show, which is directed by James Bond director Sam Mendes, spans three generations, 163 years and tells the captivating story of the real life American Dream. Speaking about the play, he said:

“The Lehman Trilogy was developed over three years without the constraint of a schedule, or even a destination – I was allowed time to find its form, and to build a wonderful team with which to make it […] I couldn’t be more excited to show it to New York audiences and to be extending our London life in the West End.”

What is The Lehman Trilogy about?

The year is 1844, and on a cold September morning, a young man and his two brothers arrive in New York from Bavaria, dreaming of what their lives could become. Jump forward almost two centuries, and the Lehman family has established one of America’s biggest companies, only for it to fall into bankruptcy, and trigger the largest financial crisis in history.

Returning to play the Lehman brothers in its West End staging will be Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles.

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Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles in The Lehman Trilogy

Tickets for the West End transfer are available from Friday 2nd November. Sign up to our newsletter and be the first to know when tickets go on sale!

 

From The Box Office Reviews: The Inheritance Part 1 & 2

While the idea of sitting through 7 hours of theatre may seem daunting, it’s important to note that each part of The Inheritance is a self-contained play, i.e., you can technically see one without seeing the other. If you are determined to only see one of the plays, I highly recommend that it is Part 1, however, I recommend more strongly that you see both.

Following a highly successful run at The Young Vic theatre, Matthew Lopez’s two-part, seven-and-a-half-hour play The Inheritance transferred to the Noël Coward Theatre in London’s glittering West End – and rightly so. This is a play that should have a permanent feature in London’s theatre landscape; in every city’s theatre landscape, in fact. This is a play that will make you laugh, move you to tears and teach you about the harrowing events that the LGBTQ+ community has survived, as well as the issues still facing the community today. I would go as far as to say that this is not merely a play; it is far more profound, far more transcendent. It is, in short, the epitome of what theatre should be.

 

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Matthew Lopez’s writing is nothing short of genius. From hilarious quips and quick wit to poignant monologues and graphic accounts of sexual experiences, there is no line without purpose, no word wasted, and not a single fault to be found in this script. The production, masterfully directed by Stephen Daldry, is staged with practically no set and very few props, yet every scene is bursting with such vivid descriptions that it comes to life right in front of you, without the need for assistance from physical objects or sets. What Lopez does with flawless precision, though, is create humans: his are not just characters in a play, they are men who are complex and conflicted, and who yearn for a place in this world, just as any other person does. From the inherently kind-hearted Eric Glass (played by Kyle Soller) to the deeply damaged Toby Darling, child of privilege (played by Andrew Burnap),  you’ll become whole-heartedly invested in every character and the stories they have to share.

Each cast member deserves recognition for their incredible performances. Even the characters with the shortest stage time are wholly entrancing, which only serves as a demonstration of the incomparable talent of this cast. However, it would be impossible for me to not mention Samuel H. Levine, who plays both the well-off actor, Adam, and the young rent boy, Leo, who’s story was one of the most captivating features of the play. Also deserving a special mention is Paul Hilton, who doubles as E.M. Forster (Morgan), upon whose work this play comes to fruition, and as Walter, perhaps the most remarkable of the characters. Both actors are, quite frankly, too remarkable for words.

 

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I could write endlessly about these plays, trying, and probably failing, to explain in any comprehensible way just how thought-provoking, triumphant, moving and profound they are. In truth, I cannot recommend them enough and I cannot praise them enough – nor could anybody else for that matter. All I can really say is: when you see them, you’ll understand.

Don’t miss out on The Inheritance at the Noël Coward Theatre until January 19th 2019!

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The Strictly Curse has struck again: the top 10 Strictly Scandals

Uh oh, looks like Seann Walsh has become the latest victim of the Strictly curse. Every year it seems another couple is broken up by their partner’s participation on the show, so we’re counting down the 10 most high-profile #StrictlyScandals that the show has generated.

10. Brendan Cole & Natasha Kaplinsky

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Throwback to the very first series of the hit show in 2004, poor Brendan was the first to fall victim to what would become known as the Strictly Curse. When partnered with BBC newsreader Natasha, rumours spiralled, claiming that the pair were becoming more than just dance partners. While Natasha denied any romance between them, Brendan actually split with his then fiancé!

9. Daisy Lowe and Bradley Wade

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Not all contestants who split with their partners actually ended up dating their dance partner, though. Daisy Lowe appeared on the show in 2016 and was partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec, who is pretty dreamy by all accounts. Shortly after her appearance, she announced that she has split with her then boyfriend, Bradley Wade, stating that the gruelling schedule had caused the two to drift apart.

8. Giovanni Pernice & Georgia May Foote (2015)

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But let’s be honest, most of the couples split because of their partners! Coronation Street star Georgia was dating one of her co-stars when she signed up to the show and was partnered with Giovanni. Foote then split with her boyfriend, and, in spite of reports, the dancing duo continued to deny that they were a couple… until they were pictured kissing. It wasn’t to last, though, as the pair split shortly before training for the 2016 series began.

7. Pasha Kovalev & Rachel Riley

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Countdown star Rachel was quite newly married when she entered the show, but split from her then husband after just 15 months. While the pair denied that Pasha was involved in the split, the dance partners then confirmed that they were dating just a few months later. In fairness, this couple seems to have made it stick; four years later and they’re still together!

6. Kristina Rihanoff & Joe Calzaghe

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It’s not only the male dancers jumping into relationships with their partners! Sparks flew between Kristina and Joe when they were partnered on the show, enough for him to split with his then girlfriend in 2009. This wasn’t to last, though, as Kristina announced that the pair had split in 2013, stating that Joe “found it difficult when I dance with other men”. Perhaps he was afraid of the Strictly curse himself!

5. Kristina Rihanoff & Ben Cohen

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Clearly not one to be put off by the Strictly curse, Kristina and former rugby player Ben were paired together on the 11th series of the show. Shortly after, Cohen announced that him and his wife of 11 years were separating, only to reveal a few months later that him and Rihanoff were in a relationship. The pair welcomed their first daughter in June 2016.

4. Flavia Cacace & Matt Di Angelo

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Also not afraid to blur the line between dance partners and relationships, Flavia was paired with Eastenders star Matt in 2007. Shortly after the show ended, the pair revealed that they were dating, after Flavia split with her then boyfriend and fellow professional dancer on the show, Vincent Simone. Their romance wasn’t destined to last, as…

3. Flavia Cacace & Jimi Mistry

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You guessed it, the curse struck again! Rumours have circulated that Flavia in fact got with Jimi while still in a relationship with Matt, as the pair announced their split just weeks before it was revealed that she was dating her newest dance partner. This pairing was seemingly more fated, though, as the pair got married in 2013.

2. Kevin Clifton & Louise Redknapp

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While her partner had nothing to do with their split, Louise and her famous footie husband, Jamie were perhaps the most high-profile of victims. The Strictly curse struck the Redknapps after Louise took part in the 2016 season and rediscovered her love for performing. She has since spoken out, claiming: ‘Sometimes I felt like crying because deep down inside me this voice was screaming: “This is what I have been missing.”’ After 19 years of marriage, Jamie and Louise divorced in 2017.

1. Kevin & Karen Clifton

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Taking the top spot, on a more positive note, are Kevin and Karen Clifton. The pair got together and were engaged before Kevin joined the Strictly cast in 2012, but announced their split earlier this year after three years of marriage. On the upside, the pair have publicly stated that they are still very close friends, and that they will in fact be going on tour together later this year! Who says exes can’t be friends?

 

If you love Strictly like we do and want to see the incredible talents of the contestants and their partners for yourself, you can grab tickets to the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour right here!

 

Summer & Smoke Exclusive: interview with Rebecca Frecknall

Following an immensely successful run at the Almeida Theatre, we asked ‘Summer and Smoke’ director Rebecca Frecknall how it feels to see her latest production of the play transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre…

Your production of Tennessee Williams’ classic has achieved incredible success, when you decided to work on this play for a second time, did you imagine that it would garner such critical acclaim?
Never! If someone had told me the week I started rehearsals at the Almeida what the trajectory of this production would be I would never have believed them. I was just thrilled to have the backing and trust of the Almeida and to be able to have the opportunity to make this piece in the way that I wanted. The way it was received took me completely by surprise. I’m still pinching myself!

Was working on the play easier the second time around?
Yes in many ways. It was great to be able to go into rehearsals knowing the play so well and so intimately and with a much clearer idea of why I was doing it and what I wanted to achieve. I had such a brilliant team around me too and we very much made the show together. Obviously the stakes were much higher the second time round as this was my first big production in London and I really wanted to prove myself and make something special. The pressure can make things harder but we all loved what we were doing so it was easy to have moments of forgetting what a big deal it was for me!

You’ve said in previous interviews that you started out dreaming of acting in theatre productions, is that a dream that we’re ever likely to see you revisit?
No! Definitely not. Honestly, the first time I ever directed something (it was in my first term of university) I knew that was what I was built for. I suppose I had wanted to be an actor when I was younger because I loved plays and the theatre so much and I maybe confused the two. It’s definitely the creating that I’m addicted to, I’ll leave the acting to the experts and stay in awe of them.

This is the first show that you’ve directed and taken to the West End – how does it feel?
Unreal. I honestly don’t think it’ll really sink in that it’s transferring to the West End until it opens and people (hopefully) start turning up to see it!

Your love for theatre started with musicals, could we ever see you working on or directing one?
I would really love to direct a musical one day. I was a complete musicals nut when I was a teenager and I think I probably owe it to my younger self.

Do you have any particular plays that you dream of directing?
Yes of course, I’d love to do more of Tennessee Williams’ work and I also love the plays of Eugene O’Neil and Arthur Miller. I’d love to do a Greek tragedy one day, too, and a Chekhov – the ‘big’ plays I grew up with I suppose. There are of course new playwrights I’d love to work with too. I hugely admire the work of Alice Birch and Cordelia Lynn and think they’re both making important, sophisticated work.

You’ve commented before on the lack of female presence in theatre, did this affect the direction that you took with the production at all, particularly with the character of Alma?
I suppose I am often drawn to plays that have female protagonists. I don’t think that’s an active choice, more a subconscious attraction. In the case of Summer and Smoke I certainly angled my production towards Alma. I wanted the audience to experience the play from her point of view, to be able to take them in and out of her head. I don’t, however, think that Alma’s experiences in the play are specifically female. Lots of young men who saw the production at the Almeida really saw themselves in her.

Was it hard to adapt a play that was written in the 1940s for a modern audience, or did you find that a lot of the themes are still prominent today?
I just really wanted us to focus on the characters and to take away all the trappings and signifiers of the time in which the play was written and set (it’s set in 1916). I didn’t want the audience to be able to take any assumptions about what a ‘Tennessee Williams’ play is into their experience of watching the production either. I think that the fact that we were able to create such an open and exposed production and that people were moved by it is a testament to the fact that Williams’ themes transcend the time in which the play was written.

Do you think if you were to direct the play again in another 5 or 6 years your interpretation or direction would have changed again?
I hope so. I think that as artists we change with time, experience and influence, and therefore the work we make inevitably evolves, changes and hopefully improves! In my 20s I read this play in a particular way. In my 30s this current production is my answer to it. In my 40s…who knows? I’m sure it would speak to me differently.

Summer and Smoke opens next month (November 10th) for a strictly limited engagement. You can get your tickets to the sultry sensation right here!