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 (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.
Winner of two Tony Awards, the hit Broadway musical Falsettos–a hilarious, poignant story about a modern family–is finally set to premiere in the UK! Besides that, we’ve got news about changes to the 2020 Olivier Awards and plenty of casting details for exciting new productions. Read on!
Falsettos will make its European premiere at The Other Palace this autumn. The multi-award winning Broadway musical by William Finn and James Lapine comes to London at last: for a run at The Other Palace from 30 August to 23 November. Details on cast and creative are still to come, and tickets are not yet on sale.
John Partridge, Declan Bennett and Andy Mientus will lead The View UpStairs, a new musical, at Soho Theatre.The View UpStairs tells the story of a young fashion designer who unknowingly buys an iconic 1970s gay bar in New Orleans. He decides to bring the bar–now a burned down, abandoned space–back to life. Written by Max Vernon, the musical enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run and multiple productions in the U.S. and Australia. This will be its UK premiere. Also in the cast will be Cedric Neal, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gary Lee, Joseph Prouse and Derek Hagen. Jonathan O’Boyle directs. The View UpStairs runs 18 July to 24 August.
Magic at the Musicals will feature performances from Six, Waitress, John Owen Jones and Louise Dearman, among others. The concert plays at the Royal Albert Hall on 10 May, with a 60-piece orchestra and a stellar line-up of stars from West End shows. Other musicals featured will be Aladdin, Jesus Christ Superstar, School of Rock, Come From Away, Fiddler on the Roof, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Tina, Matilda, The Lion King and Mamma Mia! Ruthie Henshall and Trevor Dion Nicholas will host the concert.
Kiln Theatre announces full casting for Samuel Adamson’s Wife. This story about four couples from four different generations centers on a production of Ibsen’s A Doll House. The world premiere, directed by Indhu Rubasingham, will star Richard Cant, Karen Fishwick, Pamela Hardman, Joshua James, Calam Lynch and Sirine Saba. Wife opens 4 June at the Kiln Theatre.
Education, Education, Education–a smash hit from acclaimed theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble–will transfer to the West End this summer. An award-winning musical that takes place in a secondary school in 1997, Education, Education, Education will run at Trafalgar Studios for four weeks from 31 May to 29 June.
Scary Bikers extends at Trafalgar Studios. Starring John Godber and Jane Thornton, the comedy about two friends who bike across Europe is now booking until 4 May.
King’s Head Theatre will present two one-act plays by Tennessee Williams for its 2019 Queer Season. Directed by Jamie Armitage, Southern Belles unites two one-act plays by Williams: And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens and Something Unspoken. The double bill runs from 24 July to 24 August.
The 2020 Olivier Awards will look a little different. The Society of London Theatre has announced that, in the future, they will replace the Best Comedy and Best Entertainment or Family categories with two slightly altered categories: Best Comedy or Entertainment; and Best Family Show. The latter will be chosen by a panel of five adults (three of whom will be theatre professionals, and two of whom will be members of the general public) and five children. The award for Outstanding Achievement in Music will now be known as Best Original Score or New Orchestrations.
Get ready to experience another breathtaking, gravity-defying performance from Cirque du Soleil when the troupe returns to London next year. Besides that, we’ve got casting news for some of this summer’s biggest productions, and a recap of the 2019 Olivier Awards!
Cirque du Soleil will bring Luzia to the Royal Albert Hall in 2020 for its European debut. Directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, Luzia features the sights and sounds of Mexico–performed by a troupe of acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and freestylers. Luzia marks Cirque du Soleil’s 30th anniversary performing in the UK, and runs at the Royal Albert Hall from 12 January 2020, with tickets going on sale soon.
Robert Tripolino and Richard Alfonso will lead the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican, playing Jesus and Judas, respectively. They will be joined by Sallay Garnett as Mary, Matt Cardle as Pilate, Cavin Cornwall as Caiaphas and Nathan Amzi as Annas. Timothy Sheader will direct the production, which runs at the Barbican from 4 July to 24 August.
Samantha Pauly will play the lead role in Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Pauly has already starred as Eva Peron in two American productions of Evita. Joining her will be Broadway star Ektor Rivera as Juan Peron, Trent Saunders as Che and Francis Mayli MCCann as the Mistress. Jamie Lloyd directs, with the production running 2 August to 21 September.
Natalie Klamar, Francesca Henry and Arthur Hughes will lead the cast of Our Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer. Klamar will play Stage Manager, with Henry as Emily Webb and Hughes as George Gibbs. Other cast members include Karl Collins, Pandora Colin, Tom Edden, Thusitha Jayasundera and Nicola Sloane.
Mamma Mia! celebrated 20 years in the West End last Saturday. To commemorate the event, the musical brought back 13 Dynamos from its history to perform in a special finale number. Mamma Mia! is now booking until 7 March 2020–and you can buy tickets for Mamma Mia! the Party (happening this summer) now.
Rachel Bloom is coming to London for two performances at the London Palladium. The star and co-creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will perform at the London Palladium on 2 and 3 June, accompanied by songwriter and music producer Adam Schlesinger. Her show will feature a mixture of songs and stand-up. Tickets are now on sale.
Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon will star in The Man in the White Suit: a stage adaptation of the 1951 film. Directed by Sean Foley, The Man in the White Suit runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from 26 September to 11 January, with further casting to come.
Katherine Parkinson’s debut play Sitting will come to Arcola Theatre in April. The show ran for a month at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and will now play at London’s Arcola Theatre from 10 April to 11 May 2019. Sarah Bedi directs.
Pictures of Dorian Gray will play at the Jermyn Street Theatre in June, between runs in Scarborough and Oxford. An adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel by Lucy Shaw, Pictures of Dorian Gray features an ensemble cast directed by Tom Littler. The cast is comprised of Richard Keightley, Helen Reuben, Augustina Seymour and Stanton Wright.
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for The Merry Wives of Windsor and Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair. Directed by Elle While, The Merry Wives of Windsor will star Pearce Quigley as Falstaff. The cast for both productions will include Hedydd Dylan, Sarah Finigan, Bryony Hannah, Richard Katz, Joshua Lacey, Forbes Masson, Anna Odeke, Jude Owusu, Anita Reynolds, Boadicea Ricketts, Dickon Tyrrell and Zach Wyatt. Blanche McIntrye directs Bartholomew Fair, which opens 23 August in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The Merry Wives of Windsor opens 17 May in The Globe Theatre–and will be broadcast live on 20 June.
Ghost Stories extends at the Lyric Hammersmith. The production is now booking until 18 May 2019.
Did you watch the Olivier Awards? If you missed it, here are the big hitters:
Patti LuPone took home her third Olivier Award for her performance in Company. The production also won Best Musical Revival.
The Inheritance, Company, and Come From Away turned out to be the big winners of the night.
Sharon D. Clarke won Best Actress in a Musical for Caroline, or Change, while Kobna Holdbrook-Smith won Best Actor in a Musical for Tina – The Tuna Turner Musical. In the play category, Kyle Soller won Best Actor for The Inheritance, while Patsy Ferran won Best Actress for Summer And Smoke.
Had a busy week? No problem! Catch up on everything you missed in the world of London theatre. We’ll wait.
Alex Jennings joins the cast of The Light in the Piazza. A three-time Olivier Award winner, Alex Jennings has appeared in The Crown as David, Duke of Windsor; in Victoria as King Leopold; and in The Lady in the Van as Alan Bennett–in addition to numerous other stage and screen credits. Jennings will play Signor Naccarelli–completing the cast of The Light in the Piazza‘s London premiere. The musical runs at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall from 14 June to 5 July. Tickets are on sale now!
Christine Prades will reprise her Broadway role as Gloria Estefan in the London production of On Your Feet! Philippa Stefani (In the Heights, Ghost, Sister Act) will play the role at certain performances. George Ioannides (Mamma Mia!, Annie) will play Emilio Estefan, with Madalena Alberto as Gloria Fajardo and Karen Mann as Consuelo. On Your Feet! makes its national premiere at the London Coliseum from 14 June.
Dear Evan Hansen tickets go on sale Monday. On April 8 (if you hurry), you’ll have the chance to buy tickets for the West End transfer of this Tony Award-winning (x6) Broadway hit. Dear Evan Hansen begins previews 29 October at the Noël Coward Theatre. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting on those casting details….
Katharine McPhee will give her final performance as Jenna on 15 June. No details yet on who will be taking over for her, but we know someone will, because Waitress just extended until 19 October.
Anna O’Byrne and Gary Tushaw will lead the UK premiere of Amour at Charing Cross Theatre. The production will also star Alasdair Harvey, Elissa Churchill, Claire Machin, Keith Ramsay, Steven Serlin, Alistair So and Daniel Stockton. A musical fantasy by multi-award winning composer Michel Legrand, Amour runs 2 May through 20 July.
Wicked is now booking until 23 May 2020. The show just released 470,000 new tickets to the public.
Thriller Live extends to April 2020. Now in its 11th year on the West End, the show continues to break records.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery extends. Celebrating its third birthday on the West End, Mischief Theatre’s hilarious production is now booking until 3 May 2020.
Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] announces casting. Park Theatre’s production will star a different guest performer each night, in a scripted murder mystery for which the performer has not rehearsed and has not received a script or any direction. The performer’s only tool will be an earpiece through which they’ll receive instructions as they try to solve the mystery. Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench, Whodunnit will feature a stellar line-up of guest performers: Clive Anderson, Gillian Anderson, John Bishop, Gyles Brandreth, Marcus Brigstocke, Jim Broadbent, Simon Callow, Ronan Keating, Damian Lewis, Maureen Lipman, Joanna Lumley, Juliet Stevenson, Meera Syal, Catherine Tate, Tim Vine and Ruby Wax. Even more guest performers will be announced later!
Francesca Henry will star in Our Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. She recently made her professional stage debut in The Wolves at Stratford East. Directed by Ellen McDougall (who also directed The Wolves), Our Town will launch Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2019 season on 16 May.
Soldier of Orange will make its UK premiere in a 360-degree theatre in 2020. A Dutch musical by Edwin de Vries, Tom Harriman and Phillips Oland, Soldier of Orange is based on the story of a WWII Dutch resistance fighter. The musical will be performed in English in a special 360-degree theatre (with a rotating seat platform), which will be built later this year.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ – The Musical will come to the Ambassadors Theatre starting 15 June. This feel-good musical about an intellectual yet misunderstood young teenager, based on the books by Sue Townsend, premiered at the Leicester Curve Theatre in 2015 before playing for six weeks at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2017. Casting is yet to be announced.
The Worst Witch will play in the West End for seven weeks this summer. Based on Emma Reeves’ children’s books, The Worst Witch tells the story of an accident-prone young witch simultaneously trying to pass her classes and save her future. The Worst Witch plays at London’s Vaudeville Theatre from 24 July to 8 September.
The Donmar Warehouse announces a new season. Under new artistic director Michael Longhurst, the new season will include David Grieg’s Europe, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate, Alice Birch’s [BLANK], Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick and Caryl Churchill’s Far Away.
Full casting is announced for Class. Making its London premiere at the Bush Theatre, Class will star Sarah Morris, Stephen Jones and Will O’Connell–all reprising their roles from the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival production. Class tells the story of a struggling nine-year-old student and his parents, who must decide if they can trust their son’s teacher. Written by Iseult Golden and directed by David Horan, Class runs from 7 May to 1 June.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, has today announced that Roy Haylock, best known as his drag alter ego, Bianca Del Rio, will making his West End debut playing the role of Loco Chanelle/Hugo from Saturday 6 May until Saturday 29 June 2019.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic to be joining the brilliant cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie! What better way to return to the musical theatre stage than in a WEST END production?! It’s such an incredible honour. Helen Mirren beat me to playing Queen Elizabeth, so I accepted the role of the next best admired queen… Loco Chanelle!”.
Bianca Del Rio
Bianca Del Rio was the season six winner of the hit TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race. A self-proclaimed “clown in a gown,” he received the Best New Television Personality Award from NewNowNext in 2014 and made Variety magazine’s list of Top 10 Comics To Watch for 2015. The New York Times called Haylock the “Joan Rivers of the Drag World”, and Joan Rivers herself referred to him as “So funny! So sharp!“
As Bianca, Roy made guest appearances on MTV’s Mardi Gras with Britney Spears and Carson Daly and In Bed With Joan starring Joan Rivers, as well as starring in the LogoTV Christmas special Not Today Bianca. On stage, Haylock has had theatrical starring roles that include Miss Mazeppa in Gypsy, the Emcee in Cabaret, and Angel in Rent.
“We are so excited to have a genuine drag queen playing the part of Loco Chanelle/Hugo for the first time. Bianca Del Rio is a queen amongst queens, a world famous, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner. This is her West End debut and while dazzling us as Loco Chanelle, she will also be channelling her inner actor in the double role of Hugo”.
Nica Burns, Producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Trevor Nunn’s long anticipated Fiddler on the Roof opened this week on the West End! But that’s not the only news. We hear The Tina Turner Musical has found its new star. Read on for all the latest and greatest in the world of London Theatre.
Tina – The Tina TurnerMusical announces casting for its second year. From 15 April, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe will play Tina. Obi-Melekwe recently starred Off-Broadway in the new musical Alice by Heart. She’ll be making her West End debut in Tina.
Joining her will be Ashley Zhangazha (Ike Turner), Maria Omakinwa (Zelma), Aisha Jawando (sharing the role of Tina), Irene-Myrtle Forrester (GG), Howard Gossington (Phil Spector and Terry Britten), Francesca Jackson (Rhonda Graam), Ava Brennan (Alline Bullock), Jammy Kasongo (Richard Bullock and Raymond Hill), Edward Bourne (Erwin Back) and Oscar Batterham (Roger Davies). Meanwhile, current Tina Adrienne Warren is preparing to star in the show’s Broadway transfer.
The National Theatre announces a new season that includes the return of Brian Friel’s Translations. Ciaran Hinds, Seamus O’Hara and Judith Roddy will reprise their roles in Translations. The lineup of this year’s productions also includes Hansard, The Secret River, ‘Master Harold’… and the Boys, Jellyfish and Peter Gynt.
John Owen-Jones, Ben Forster, Rachel John and John Robyns are coming to West End Proms! Also joining them will be Jodie Steele, Jamie Muscato, Lauren Samuels and Marisha Wallace. Proms will feature music from shows like Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, The Greatest Showman, Wicked and Dear Evan Hansen–performed by a live orchestra and some of the biggest names on Broadway and the West End. The show plays in London 4 July and in Scarborough 5 July, with tickets on sale today.
Big, a new musical based on the 1988 film, will play the Dominion Theatre this autumn. Jay McGuiness, of boyband The Wanted, will star as Josh Baskin. He starred in the musical’s UK touring production from 2016, and can currently be seen in Rip It Up at the Garrick Theatre. Big runs from 6 September to 2 November.
Casting is announced for The Glass Menagerie at Arcola Theatre. Directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr. (The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives), the production will star Michael Abubakar, Lesley Ewen, Charlie Maher and Naima Swaleh. Set in an African American community, the production opens in Watford before coming to the Arcola Theatre in London from 23 May to 13 July.
Casting is also announced for the Arcola Theatre’s Hoard–starring Ellen Thomas (EastEnders). Also featured will be Elizabeth Ita (The Favourite), Emmanuella Cole (An Octoroon), Kemi Durosinmi (The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives) and Tyler Furose (Much Ado About Nothing). Femi Elufowoju Jr. directs this new play by Bim Adewunmi that runs from 15 May to 8 June.
Danielle Hope, Joe McElderry, Jamie Muscato and Marisha Wallace will give solo performances at The Other Palace. They’ll perform as part of the Sunday Favourites concert series in May and June.
Reviews are pouring in for Trevor Nunn’s Fiddler on the Roof, which just opened on the West End. And the critics appear to have only good things to say: praising Nunn’s directorial magic and the show’s intimacy and resonance. But if you go see it, just be warned–we hear it packs an emotional punch.
We waited patiently, and the theatre gods rewarded us. Finally, news about Frozen‘s London opening and lead casting for Joseph! Could this week get any more exciting? We don’t think so. Catch up on all the latest right here.
The West End transfer of Disney’s Frozen will open at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in autumn 2020. The musical stage adaptation opened in 2018 on Broadway, and now it’s coming to London. Frozen will be the first show to play in the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which closed for renovation after 42nd Street. We’re still waiting on casting news, and we’re told tickets will go on sale soon.
Jac Yarrow will play the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium. Jac, 21, will make his professional stage debut in the role, having previously starred in Newsies at the Arts Educational School. What a way to make an entrance! Joseph runs from 27 June.
Jude, based on the classic novel Jude the Obscure, will get its world premiere at the Hampstead Theatre in April. With a cast led by Isabella Nefar, Anna Savva and Emily Taaffe, the play chronicles a woman’s journey to pursue an Oxford education, after she’s fired from her cleaning job. The cast also includes Paul Brennen, Merch Husey, Caroline Loncq, Luke MacGregor and Shanaya Rafaat. Written by Howard Brenton (Lawrence of Arabia, Anne Boleyn), Jude will be directed by Edward Hall, Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director. Jude runs from 23 April to 1 June.
Danny Mac and Dan Burton will star in White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre. Danny Mac (On the Town, Wicked, Legally Blonde) and Dan Burton (Jersey Boys, The Pajama Game, Chicago) will reprise their roles as Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, respectively. Further casting will be announced later. Directed by Nikolai Foster, with choreography by Olivier Award-winner Stephen Mear, White Christmas will run at the Dominion Theatre 15 November to 4 January. Tickets are on sale now.
Dinosaur World Live will play a seven-week season at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre starting 18 July.
Waitress will hold its next karaoke night on 10 April, with hosts to be announced.
Faye Tozer will play Miss Hedge in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. A Strictly Come Dancing runner-up and singer for the group Steps, she’s also starred in stage productions of Tell Me On A Sunday, The Tailor-Made Man and Rhinestone Mondays. Tozer will step into her new role starting 6 May.
Tom Hiddleston is getting rave reviews in Betrayal at the Pinter. Critics are calling the production “haunting,” “revelatory,” and “sexy.” No surprises there. Betrayal opened last Friday. Due to popular demand, it’s now extended until 8 June.
The Museum of London revealed the final celebrity name that will join the cast of its upcoming experience, Beasts of London, opening on 5 April 2019. In this family-friendly show, you will be able to come face to face with the animals that helped shape the city we know today. Kate Moss will be voicing one of these animals alongside Brian Blessed, Pam Ferris, Nish Kumar, Stephen Mangan, Angellica Belland Joe Pasquale, who were announced earlier this year.
Beasts of London will immerse visitors into an animal kingdom where you will be taken on a journey through time, from before the city of London was created through to the present day. Inspired by objects in the museum’s collection, the experience will use video projection mapping to highlight the history of animals in the capital.
“We are very pleased to announce that Kate Moss will be joining our already fantastic cast. Their voices will contribute to bringing to life the vibrant stories of some of London’s most significant and long-standing inhabitants – the beasts. We cannot wait to share this fascinating and immersive experience with audiences of all ages.”
Can’t wait for Mary Poppins to return? Already got your tickets for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat? Then you’ll love the news this week! We’ve also got the deets for shows like Night of the Living Dead and The Illusionists. Extra, extra, read all about it!
Jason Donovan joins the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium. Donovan, who played the title role in the 1990s, returns to star as the Pharaoh–alongside the previously announced Sheridan Smith as the Narrator (both pictured above). For those of you shouting, “Tell me more, tell me more!” You can read all about the announcement here.
Petula Clark and Joseph Millson join the cast of Mary Poppins. Famed singer Petula Clark will play the Bird Woman, with stage and screen actor Joseph Millson as Mr. Banks. Mary Poppins touches down in the West End starting 23 October.
Louise Redknapp will join the cast of 9 to 5 from 25 March. She was previously scheduled to open the production, but had to delay her entrance due to injury.
A new Harry Potter cast is on the way in! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child welcomes its fourth West End cast starting 22 May. Michelle Gayle will play Hermione Granger, with Rayxia Oho as Rose Granger and Dominic Short as Albus Severus Potter. Other cast members, including Jamie Ballard as Harry Potter, Thomas Aldrigde as Ron Weasley and Jonathan Case as Scorpius Malfoy, will continue in their current roles.
Andrew Scott will star in Present Laughter at the Old Vic. The Olivier Award winner and Sherlock star will play Garry Essendine in Noël Coward’s classic comedy. Sophie Thompson and Luke Thallon (The Inheritance) will also feature, alongside Suzie Toase and Indira Varma. The Old Vic’s artistic director Matthew Warchus will direct this production, which runs 17 June to 10 August.
The Illusionists, which returns to the West End this summer, will feature magicians James More, Enzo, Yu Ho-Jin, Adam Trent, Chris Cox, Paul Dabek and Jonathan Goodwin. The show runs at the Shaftesbury from 6 July to 1 September.
Magic Mike Live extends into January 2020. The show is now booking until 5 January 2020.
Night of the Living Dead announces full casting. Directed by Benji Sperring, the production will star Ashley Samuels, Jennifer Harding, Marc Pickering, Mari McGinlay, Mike Bodie and Tama Phethean. The production runs at Pleasance Theatre from 9 April to 19 May.
Louise Jameson and Thomas Mahy will reprise their roles in Vincent River when it transfers to Trafalgar Studios. Directed by Robert Chevara, Philip Ridley’s Vincent River played an acclaimed run at Park Theatre in 2018. It comes to Trafalgar Studios from 16 May to 22 June.
Peter Polycarpou joins Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum. Known for his roles in the original productions of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, he’s also starred as the title character in The Phantom of the Opera. He’ll play Sancha Panza in the production running from 26 April.
Jennlee Shallow and Alexandra Burke will share the role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard. Joining them in the production at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre will be Benoît Maréchal, Micha Richardson, Peter Landi, Craig Berry, Gary Turner, Phil Atkinson and Simon Cotton. Alexandra Burke has already played Rachel Marron in the show’s West End run and tour. The Bodyguard runs 25 June to 6 July.
The Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending announces full casting. Directed by Tamara Harvey, the production will star Jemima Rooper, Hattie Morahan and Seth Numrich. Also featured will be Catrin Aaron, Michael Geary, Valentine Hanson, Jenny Livsey, Laura Jane Matthewson, Mark Meadows, Ifan Meredith, Ian Porter, Carol Royle and Carrie Quinlan. Orpheus Descending runs from 9 May to 6 July.
Michele Austin, Danny Kirrane, Tobias Menzies and Howard Ward will lead The Hunt at Almeida Theatre. Directed by Almeida’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold, David Farr’s The Hunt is based on a Danish film thriller. Further casting will come soon.
Jack McBrayer and Lucy Horobin will host the next Waitress karaoke night on 18 March. Get ready to belt your hearts out!
Jason joins Sheridan Smith, with the double Olivier Award winning actress recently announced as The Narrator. Casting for the role of Joseph is to be announced soon.
Jason made his defining stage performance as the title character of Joseph in the 1990s, also at the London Palladium, in a sold-out 18-month run which produced a No.1 single and best-selling soundtrack album. It remains one of the most successful revivals of all time. Jason now returns to the show as Pharaoh, who rocks ‘Song of the King’ in the iconic musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, soon to be re-imagined in this brand new production.
“You never know the measure of a moment until it becomes a memory, and what a moment that was for me. Joseph was a ground breaker in 1991, and what a blast it will be to be back on the prestigious Palladium stage and be part of it all again with a brand new cast in this re-imagined 2019 production. I’m looking forward to breathing new life into Pharaoh and I’m so relieved he doesn’t wear a loin cloth!”
– Jason Donovan
Jason became an international star with the role of Scott Robinson in Neighbours. The series went on to become one of the highest-rating shows in the UK, which led to Jason’s association and huge success with acclaimed producers, Stock, Aitken and Waterman. His debut album Ten Good Reasons was the biggest selling album of 1989, with career sales of 13 million albums and 4 UK No.1 singles.
Following his Olivier-nominated portrayal of Joseph, he has gone on to star in The Rocky Horror Show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Priscilla, Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music, The King’s Speechand Million Dollar Quartet. On television he has featured in I’m A Celebrityand Strictly Come Dancing, Who Do You Think You Are, ITV’s Superstarand Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. Jason also appeared in ITV’s drama Echo Beachand he continues to play sell-out tours across the country.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, announced on Friday the opening of a new booking period until Saturday 25 January 2020. Dazzling audiences at London’s Apollo Theatre since November 2017 the musical is currently in its second year in the West End.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamiewon Best Original Cast Recording at the 2019 WhatsOnStage Awards on Sunday 3rd March, adding to its 3 WhatsOnStage Awards, which included Best New Musical in 2018. If you haven’t already bought tickets to this smash-hit sensation, you can grab them here.
“I’m so thrilled to be strutting into 2020 as Jamie New. I love seeing the joy it brings to audience members after every show. It fills my heart and hopefully theirs too!”
LaytonWilliams, currently playing Jamie New
“We are delighted that Layton Williams is having such a ball playing Jamie that he will continue leading the cast into 2020 and will celebrate our second birthday in November 2019. Thank you to our fantastic audiences and critics for continuing to talk about Jamie and keeping us in the West End alongside someof the world’s favourite musicals.”
March 8th marks 2019’s International Women’s Day and we are certainly feeling the empowerment here at From The Box Office. This year we’ve teamed up with Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and Wicked to talk to the cast members and production teams about the importance of the day itself and the progress of women in theatre. Check out our exclusive quickfire interviews below!
The cast and production team of TINA talk about women’s roles in theatre
It’s that time of year again… Olivier time! We’ve got a link to the nominations announcement video below, plus more news you won’t want to miss. Happy Friday!
Jason Manford (pictured above) will host the 2019 Olivier Awards. The comedian/actor/singer hosted the Awards in 2017, and will return for this year’s ceremony on 7 April.
And speaking of the Olivier Awards, have you seen the full list of nominations yet? Company and Come From Away are leading the pack with nine nominations each. But The Inheritance is close behind, with eight nominations. If you haven’t gotten a chance to yet, you can watch the full nominations announcement below.
Barbra Streisand will headline the British Summer Time series in Hyde Park. Streisand will perform on July 7 with a cast of special guests… soon to be announced. Public tickets are on sale 14 March.
Heathers the Musical will return to London. Dates have yet to be announced, but the show’s producer, Paul Taylor-Mills, has confirmed that Heathers will return to London before embarking on a UK tour. The news came after Heathers released its full West End cast recording and won the WhatsOnStage Awards for Best New Musical and Best Actress in a Musical (Carrie Hope Fletcher).
Mischief Theatre announce their new production: Magic Goes Wrong. Created in conjunction with legendary magician comedians Penn & Teller, Magic Goes Wrong will make up the second show in Mischief Theatre’s year-long residency at the Vaudeville Theatre. Tickets go on sale Sunday. Helping to produce the show will be J.J. Abrams and Kevin McCollum.
Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes will return to London this Christmas. As part of its national tour, the Olivier Award-winning production returns to Sadler’s Wells from 3 December to 19 January.
Hamilton star Giles Terera joins the cast of Rosmersholm at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Henrik Ibsen’s play, adapted by Duncan Macmillan, will also star Tom Burke, Hayley Atwell, Lucy Briers, Jake Fairbrother and Peter Wight. Rosmersholm plays the Duke of York’s Theatre from 24 April to 20 July.
Australian comedian Felicity Ward will make her UK theatre debut in Kill Climate Deniers. Written by David Finnigan, the play premiered in Syndey, Australia in 2018, and will run at London’s Pleasance Theatre this summer, from 4 to 28 June. Felicity Ward has appeared on TV shows like Mock the Week, Live at the BBC and Russell Howard’s Good News.
Only Fools and Horses is having a heyday at the Box Office. The new musical based on the TV show has taken in more than £8 million–selling more than 150,000 tickets. That makes it the year’s biggest West End opening. To top it all off, it’s the fastest selling show in Theatre Royal Haymarket’s history. The show has now extended until the end of August.
Fiver–a new musical about a humble £5 note that passes through the hands and pockets of different Londoners–announces casting. Written by Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees, the production will star Daniel Buckley, Hiba Elchikhe and Kayleigh McKnight. Further casting will be announced later. The show runs at Southwark Playhouse from 3 to 20 July.
Magic at the Musicals will return to the Royal Albert Hall on 10 May. Hosted by Ruthie Henshall and Trevor Dion (Aladdin), the show features a 60-piece orchestra and a cast of West End stars. Tickets are now on sale.
The Bunker Theatre announces full casting for My White Best Friend and Other Letters Left Unsaid. This week long festival features performers blind-reading letters that ask questions about race, identity and culture. The rotating 13-member cast is: Phoebe Fox, Cherelle Skeete, Danny Lee Wynter, Rosie Day, Ben Bailey Smith, Inès de Clercq, Zainab Hasan, Nick Holder, George MacKay, Shvorne Marks, Tom Moutchi, Chris Sonnex and Ria Zmitrowicz. Performances begin 18 March.
Happy International Women’s Day! Sounds like a great excuse to go see a West End show with a female-led creative team…. In fact, the creative team and female cast members of Waitress posed for a photo to celebrate the day. The musical had something else to celebrate this week, too… Happy opening!!!! Waitress is now booking to 19 October.
A world premiere is always exciting! We’ve got that, casting news, and more for you this week. Happy Friday!
The world premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button announces casting. A new musical based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the production will star James Marlowe (The Play That Goes Wrong) as Benjamin Button, with an ensemble cast comprised of Matthew Burns, Rosalind Ford, Joey Hickman and Philippa Hogg. Written by Jethro Compton (who also directs) and Darren Clark, the production features Celtic-inspired music. Benjamin Button opens at the Southwark Playhouse 17 May, with previews beginning the 15th.
Sheridan Smith will star in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Smith, who recently starred in Funny Girl, will play the Narrator in the West End production opening this summer at the London Palladium. Previews begin 27 June, with further casting to be announced soon.
Fiddler on the Roof announces full casting. Joining Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn will be Nicola Brown (Chava), Harriet Bunton (Hodel), Dermot Canavan (Lazar Wolf), Stewart Clarke (Perchik), Joshua Gannon (Motel), Matthew Hawksley (Fyedka), Louise Gold (Yente) and Molly Osborne (Tzeitel).
Iris Theatre will perform Hamlet and TheHunchback of Notre Dame for its 10th anniversary season. The production of Hamlet, set in modern London, will run 19 June to 27 July. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel by Benjamin Polya, will run 1 August to 1 September. Both productions take place at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. No casting details yet.
The Young Vic extends Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. Directed by Kate Hewitt, this critically-acclaimed production now runs until 6 April. The Young Vic has also announced a relaxed performance on 3 April.
Off-Broadway hit Afterglow will get its UK premiere. By S. Asher Gelman, the play is about a married gay couple whose relationship is rocked when they invite another man to share their bed one night. Afterglow will run at Southwark Playhouse from 5 June to 20 July.
The Show in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens announces its UK premiere. A highly acclaimed hit in the Netherlands, this absurdist, family-friendly show will play at the Unicorn Theatre from 21 March. Nigel Barrett and Riad L. Richie star, with writer Jetse Batelaan directing.
Hackney Empire’s next pantomime will be Dick Whittington and His Cat. Written and directed by Susie McKenna, with music composed by Steven Edis, the pantomime will run 23 November to 5 January.
Stuart Fox and Matthew Spencer join The Woman In Black. Now in its 30th year in London, Susan Hill’s The Woman In Black will welcome two new cast members from 19 March. Stuart Fox will play Arthur Kipps, a role he has played both at the Fortune Theatre and on tour, with Matthew Spencer as The Actor, a role he has played both at the Fortune and on tour.
Jeremy Jordan is bringing his solo concert to Cadogan Hall. The Broadway and TV star will return to London on 26 and 27 October. You can preregister for tickets now.
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!
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.
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
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’
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!
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!
The Light in the Piazza is shaping up to be one of the summer’s most anticipated theatrical events–and we’ve got casting news for it. Find all the latest here in your weekly London theatre round-up.
Rob Houchen, Celinde Schoenmaker and Liam Tamne join The Light in the Piazza. Joining Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron in Southbank Centre’s upcoming production will be Rob Houchen (Eugenius, Les Miserables), Celinde Schoenmaker (The Phantom of the Opera), Liam Tamne (The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked), Marie MCLaughlin and Malcolm Sinclair. Other company members include Simbi Akande, Danny Becker, Nicholas Duncan, Chlöe Hart, Molly Lynch, Rhona McGregor, Tom Partridge, Monica Swayne and Matthew Woodyatt. The Light in the Piazza plays Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall from 14 June to 5 July.
Sweet Charity announces further casting. Along with Anne-Marie Duff and Arthur Darvill, the Donmar Warehouse production will star Lizzy Connolly, Lauren Drew, Jo Eaton-Kent, Will Haswell, Charlotte Jaconelli, Stephen Kennedy, Debbie Kurup, Martin Marquez, Ryan Reid, Amy Ellen Richardson, Danielle Steers and Shaq Taylor. Wayne McGregor will choreograph the production, which runs 6 April to 8 June. Tickets are on sale now, and if you’re 25 or under, you might be able to score free tickets by signing up for the Donmar Warehouse’s YOUNG+FREE mailing list.
The Prince of Egypt, a new stage musical based on the Dreamworks animated film, is in development. The show will hold a private reading this week in London, with director Scott Schwartz at the helm. The musical will feature songs from the film, plus several new numbers.
Gwendoline Christie joins the cast of Nicholas Hytner’s immersive A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Game of Thrones star will play Titania, opposite Oliver Chris as Oberon. Joining them will be David Moorst as Puck, with Hammed Animashaun as Bottom. The production runs from 3 June at the Bridge Theatre.
Six will hold a sing along performance on 6 June. For the 8:30 pm performance, the audience will be able to sing along to certain songs in the production. Costumes are encouraged–and the audience member with the winning costume will be crowned “Queen of the Night.”
Lucy May Barker will take a star turn as Sophie in Mamma Mia! (again). After Georgia Louise, who recently played Sophie Sheridan, was forced to leave the show for health reasons, Lucy May Barker will reprise her role from the UK and international tours of Mamma Mia! In fact, the West End stage will be the 35th venue on which Barker has performed in Mamma Mia! Dates have yet to be announced.
Almeida Theatre’s Three Sisters announces full casting. Joining Pearl Chanda (Ink) and Patsy-Ferran (Summer and Smoke) will be Lois Chimimba, Alexander Elliot, Annie Firbank, Elliot Levey, Eric MacLennan, Freddie Meredith, Peter McDonald, Sonny Poon Tip, Shubham Saraf, Akshay Sharan, Alan Williams and Ria Zmitrowicz. Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and Smoke) directs the production, which runs 8 April to 1 June. During the week of 27 May, the show will hold free performances.
Carrie Hope Fletcher will give a special concert with composer Jason Robert Brown at Theatre Royal Haymarket. The award-winning composer of The Bridges of Madison County, Parade and The Last Five Years will appear as part of the West End series “Sunday Encounters” on 31 March. He’ll be joined by Fletcher and other guests, who have yet to be announced. You can buy tickets for the event here.
Telly Leung, currently starring as Aladdin on Broadway, will give a one-night only concert in London. Leung, also known for appearing as Wes the Warbler in Glee, will present an intimate evening of music and personal anecdotes on 26 May for Live at Zédel.
Carl’s Story, a new comic drama about a newspaper journalist who’s also a control freak, will get its West End premiere in March. Written and directed by Gavin Miller, Carl’s Story plays at the Tabard Theatre 7 to 30 March. The cast includes Jenny Whiffen, Emma Bernbach, Tommy Carter and Lucia Dean.
Last but not least, happy opening to Come From Away! The show officially opened in on Monday, and we hear the critics are showing it lots of love.
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…
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
This week brings several exciting announcements for the London theatre world–including the return of a veteran actress (did someone say Maggie Smith?) and lead casting for several upcoming productions. Catch it all right here!
Dame Maggie Smith will star in A German Life at the Bridge Theatre. The performance will mark the legendary actress’ first return to the stage in 12 years, as she gives a solo performance in a new play by Christopher Hampton. A German Life tells the story of Brunhilde Pomsel–personal secretary to the Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany. The play is drawn from testimonies given by Pomsel to Austrian filmmakers in 2016. Jonathan Kent directs the production, which begins previews on 6 April ahead of a 12 April opening.
Nkeki Obi-Melekwe and Ashley Zhangazha join the cast of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, making her West End debut in the role of Tina, is currently starring in the Off-Broadway Alice by Heart. Ashley Zhangazha, last seen in Death of a Salesman at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, will play Ike Turner. Both join the production starting 15 April. Meanwhile, Adrienne Warren, currently playing Tina, is gearing up for the show’s Broadway transfer.
Katharine McPhee and Denise Van Outen will host the first Waitress London Cast Album Karaoke Night on 19 February. The second Waitress Karaoke Night will take place on 18 March.
Only Fools and Horses extends its West End run until 31 August. Tickets are now on sale. Based on the classic TV show, the new musical began previews on 9 February. Evidently, things are going well.
Comedian Griff Rhys Jones and BAFTA Award-winner Miriam Margoyles will bring the tale of Peter Rabbit to the Theatre Royal Haymarket.Where is Peter Rabbit? brings Beatrix Potter’s classic story to life through handcrafted puppets and original songs by Sir Alan Ayckbourn and Steven Edis. The show runs 3 to 18 April.
A new production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ is cast. After playing at Mercury Theatre Colchester, the production will come to London’s Southwark Playhouse in April. The cast includes Adrian Hansel (Hairspray), Renée Lamb (Six), Carly Mercedes-Dyer (Dreamgirls), Landi Oshinowo (Big Fish) and Wayne Robinson (Bat Out of Hell).
War Horse will return to London. The National Theatre production will open at the new Troubador Wembley Park Theatre for a run from 18 October to 23 November. Tickets are now on sale.
Audrey Brisson will star in the UK tour of Amélie the Musical, which kicks off 17 April in Newbury.
The UK premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes announces casting. The hit Off-Broadway musical comedy will play Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, from 9 April. Sophie Camble (White Christmas, 42nd Street), Rosie Needham (Legally Blonde), Louise Young (Mamma Mia!) and Kara Taylor Alberts (The Wind in the Willows) will play the Wonderettes: four girls with high hopes at a 1958 high school prom. The musical follows the girls from high school to their 10-year reunion.
Caoilfhionn Dunne will soon become the first woman to play John Proctor in The Crucible. The Yard Theatre announces casting for its production of Arthur Miller’s play about the Salem witch trials, which begins performances 27 March. Dunne will lead the cast, joined by Jacob James Beswick, Nina Cassells, Emma D’Arcy, Sophie Duval, Sorcha Groundsell, Jack Holden, Syrus Lowe and Lucy Vandi. The Yard’s Artistic Director Jay Miller will direct.
Charles Court Opera’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore will play the King’s Head Theatre from 10 April to 11 May.
The studio cast recording of The Clockmaker’s Daughter is out now. Now available for download on all major platforms, the recording features West End stars like Ramin Karimloo, Fra Fee, Christine Allado, Matthew Croke and Lauren James Ray in a new faerytale musical.
If you’re a fan of Les Misérables, Dear EvanHansen, or Tina–boy have we got news for you! Discover it all in your weekly London theatre scoop.
Michael Ball will play Javert in a concert production of Les Misérables this summer, joined by Alfie Boe, John Owen-Jones, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Matt Lucas. Ball played Marius in the original production of Les Misérables at the Barbican in 1985, and on Broadway. Alfie Boe and John Owen-Jones will share the role of Jean Valjean, with Carrie Hope Fletcher (who previously played Eponine in the West End) as Fantine and Matt Lucas as Thenardier, a role he played in the 25th anniversary concert at the O2 and in the West End production. But if you dreamed a dream of getting tickets… you might have to dream a little longer. Demand is so high, the ticket booking site for the event has already crashed. Of course, you can always go see the classic production at the Queen’s Theatre.
It’s official. Dear Evan Hansen will begin performances at the Noël Coward Theatre this fall. While the hunt for a perfect cast is still on, the musical is set to begin previews on 27 October, with an opening night of 19 November. Priority tickets (for those who have already registered) go on sale 28 February. General sale begins on 8 April.
The Young Vic announces full casting for Death of a Salesman. Wendell Pierce, making his UK stage debut, will play Willy Loman, with Sharon D. Clarke as Linda Loman and Arinzé Kene as Biff Loman. The rest of the cast includes Ian Bonar as Bernard, Trevor Cooper as Charley, Martins Imhangbe as Happy Loman, Joseph Mydell as Ben Loman, Nenda Neurer as Letta, Jennifer Saayeng as Miss Forsythe, Matthew Seadon-Young as Howard Wagner and Stanley and Maggie Service as the Woman and Jenny. Marianne Elliott (Company, Angels in America) will co-direct the production with Miranda Cromwell. Previews begin on 1 May, with an opening date of 9 May.
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical will release a cast album featuring Adrienne Warren. The first single, “River Deep – Mountain High,” dropped this week.
The Play That Goes Wrong announces a new cast. Now in its fourth year at the Duchess Theatre, the comedy welcomes a new cast that includes Kazeem Tosin Amore, Jake Curran, Catherine Dryden, Bobby Hirston, Benjamin McMahon, Gabriel Paul, Steven Rostance and Elena Valentine. The new cast will take over 26 February.
Kelli O’Hara will return to London in November for a solo concert at Cadogan Hall. A Tony Award-winner who’s also been nominated for an Emmy and two Grammy Awards, O’Hara last wowed London audiences in The King and I. She’ll give two concerts on 10 November 2019. Tickets are on sale now.
& Juliet announces additional casting. Cassidy Janson, Oliver Tomspett, Melanie La Barrie, Arun Blair-Mangat, Jordan-Luke Cage and Tim Mehendran will join Miriam-Teak Lee in this joyous pop musical inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy.
The Donmar Warehouse production of Sweat will transfer to the West End for a limited run this summer. Starring Tony Award-winner Martha Plimpton, Sweat will give 50 performances at the Gielgud Theatre starting 7 June.
Night of the Living Dead, a new immersive show based on the film, will open later this year in the West End. Audience members will find themselves trapped in an old farmhouse surrounded by zombies. Casting and dates are still to come.
School of Rock is gearing up to celebrate its 1000th performance–and welcome a new cast. On 23 February, the musical will welcome a new cast of young rock stars; and on 6 March, the show will play its 1000th performance. School of Rock is now booking to January 2020.
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.
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).
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.
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?