London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Caroline, or Change closing, Mary Poppins tickets now on sale, Company cast album available for streaming, and more!

It may be cold outside, but the world of London theatre is heating up! Plenty of casting news, a new musical theatre album to stream, and a chance to win tickets to Waitress‘ dress rehearsal should have you feeling nice and warm inside.

Caroline, or Change will play its last performance on 2 March. Tony Kushner’s acclaimed musical will close to make way for Fiddler on the Roof, coming to the Playhouse Theatre 27 March.

Tickets are now on sale for Mary Poppins. You can now book your tickets for the London revival, which begins performances at the Prince Edward Theatre 23 October.

Waitress is closer than ever! And you have the chance to score tickets to the dress rehearsal. The London production is holding a lottery for tickets to a special fan preview performance, and you can enter on the show’s website.

Bitter Wheat, David Mamet’s new play about Harvey Weinstein, will star John Malkovich. Playing at the Garrick Theatre from 7 June to 14 September, the production marks Malkovich’s first stage appearance in almost 30 years. Bitter Wheat will also star Doon Mackichan and Ionna Kimbrook, with David Mamet directing.

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Hayley Atwell and Tom Burke will star in a new adaptation of Ibsen’s Rosmersholm. This adaptation by Duncan Macmillan (People Places and Things) will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 24 April. Rosmersholm examines the life of John Rosmer: a man caught between conservative traditions and modern ideas as his country experiences a political flux.

Sarah Hadland joins the cast of Admissions. Joshua Harmon’s comedy, transferring from New York, will star Alex Kingston (Doctor Who) and Sarah Hadland (Miranda), as well as Andrew Woodall, Margot Leicester and Ben Edelman. Admissions plays at Trafalgar Studio One from 28 February.

Clive Owen, Anna Gunn, Lia Williams and Julian Glover will star in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the IguanaDirected by James Macdonald, this production begins performances in July at the Noël Coward Theatre for a limited 12-week engagement. Tickets go on sale 5 February.

Nicholas Lyndhurst and Cassidy Janson join the upcoming ENO production of Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum. Lyndhurst, known for his role as Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, will play the Innkeeper and the Captain. Janson (Beautiful, Dessa Rose) will play Aldonza and Dulcinea, sharing the roles with Danielle de Niese. Kelsey Grammer, as previously announced, will play Don Quixote. The production opens 26 April.

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Anne-Marie Duff will star in a revival of Sweet Charity. A musical about an optimistic dancer working in New York, Sweet Charity had its last major revival in 2009. Anne-Marie Duff recently played in National Theatre productions Macbeth and Common, Heisenberg at Wyndham’s Theatre and Oil at the Almeida Theatre. Arthur Darvill (Treasure Island, Once) joins her, with Josie Rourke directing. Sweet Charity opens at the Donmar Warehouse 6 April.

A new dance production featuring the music of Sting will premiere at Sadler’s Wells in 2020. A collaboration between Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK, Message In A Bottle, by Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Kate Prince, will feature lyrical hip hop dance amid a story of hope and humanity.

Ready for West End LIVE? Well, you’ll have to wait a while, but at least we now know the dates! This year’s free West End LIVE event will take place in Trafalgar Square on 22 and 23 June.

Company releases its digital cast album today!

Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen this critically acclaimed revival yet, your window is closing. Company plays its last performance 30 March.

 

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Mary Poppins dates, Follies and Company cast albums, All About Eve broadcast and more!

This week brings plenty of good news for fans of London theatre. Find out when you can see the Mary Poppins revival, how you can listen to the new Follies cast album, and what upcoming events you should put on your calendar (including a Sarah Brightman concert and an All About Eve broadcast)!

Mary Poppins announces the dates for its West End revival. The beloved musical will play the Prince Edward Theatre starting 23 October (previews) with an opening night of 13 November. Starting on 28 January, tickets will be available for performances through March 2020.

Fiddler on the Roof, currently at the Menier Chocolate Factory, will transfer to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre from 21 March. Starring Andy Nyman and Judy Kuhn, and directed by Trevor Nunn, this immersive production sold out at the Menier. Full casting is yet to come.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time announces a relaxed performance. Currently at the Piccadilly Theatre, the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will play a relaxed performance on 6 April at 2:30 pm, coinciding with World Autism Awareness Week. During the relaxed performance, lighting and special effects will be modified, and noise and movement in the auditorium will be welcome. A quiet space will be set up in the foyer, and staff will be available throughout the theatre for the entire performance. Afterward, there will be a question and answer session with cast members.

Follies releases a cast album from the 2017 London revival. Digitally released by Warner Music Group, the cast album features Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, Philip Quast and Tracie Bennett. Follies returns to the National Theatre on 12 February with new cast members Joanna Riding and Alexander Hanson; Janie Dee, Peter Forbes and Tracie Bennett will reprise their roles. In the meantime, you can enjoy the cast album on Apple Music, iTunes and Spotify. And stay tuned for news about a physical release of the album!

And speaking of cast albums, Company will release its cast album digitally on 1 February.

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Richard Eyre will direct a revival of David Hare’s The Bay at Nice starring Penelope Wilton. The cast also includes Martin Hutson, Ophelia Lovibond and David Rintoul. Set in Leningrad in 1956, The Bay at Nice tells the story of Valentina Nrovka: a personal friend of Henri Matisse, and her daughter Sophia: a painter in need of financial and political help. This is the first London revival of the play since its National Theatre premiere in 1986. The Bay at Nice begins previews at the Menier Chocolate Factory on 14 March, opening on the 19th and running until 4 May. Public tickets are on sale 28 January.

Sarah Brightman is bringing her new international tour to the Royal Albert Hall. HYMN: Sarah Brightman In Concert will come to London for one night only on 11 November. Tickets go on sale today.

Mischief Theatre (The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery) announces a new production, titled Groan Ups. In this new show, Mischief Management creators Henry Shields, Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer play a group of unruly schoolchildren growing up. Dave Hearn, Charlie Russell, Nancy Zamit and Bryony Corrigan will also star, with Kirsty Patrick Ward directing. Groan Ups opens at the Vaudeville Theatre 20 September, with tickets on sale Monday.

Clarke Peters (The Wire, Five Guys Named Moe) joins the cast of The American Clock at The Old Vic. He will replace Giles Terera, withdrawing from the production for personal reasons, as Robertson/Moe 3/Taylor. Peters will play these roles until 2 March, after which Sule Rimi (Sweat, Barber Shop Chronicles) will take over. Directed by Rachel Chavkin (HadestownNatasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Arthur Miller’s Depression-era play opens at The Old Vic on 13 February, with previews starting on the 4th.

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical announces a limited eight-week run at The Other Palace. In addition to monthly performances at the Lyric Theatre, the company will give eight performances–presenting a new, spontaneous musical each time–per week at The Other Palace. And the company is preparing to celebrate the1000th performance of Showstopper!

Mark Gatiss will voice a talking computer in the upcoming world premiere of Dark Sublime. Known for his TV roles in A League of Gentlemen and Sherlock (and as a writer for Sherlock and Dr. Who), Gatiss recently starred in The Madness of King George at Nottingham Playhouse, and was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse. He joins Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation) in this science fiction-inspired comedy at Trafalgar Studio Two, with performances beginning 25 June.

All About Eve will be broadcast in movie theatres around the world on 11 April. National Theatre Live will broadcast the upcoming London production, starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James, to international audiences. Information about participating cinemas is yet to come.

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Andrew Scott will star in Noël Coward’s Present Laughter at the Old Vic. Directed by Olivier Award-winner Matthew Marchus, this production of Coward’s classic comedy opens in June.

Theatre Royal Stratford East announces full casting for King Hedley II. Directed by Artistic Director Nadia Fall, the production will star Lenny Henry, Dexter Flanders, Martina Laird, Aaron Pierre, Cherrelle Skeete and Leo Wringer. This production of August Wilson’s drama plays at Theatre Royal Stratford East 17 May through 15 June.

A new musical, & Juliet, featuring songs from songwriter Max Martin, will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre in November. Miriam Teak-Lee (On The Town, Hamilton) will play Juliet in this musical inspired by Shakespeare’s heroine. Martin has written songs for big names like Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd. & Juliet will feature hits like “Oops… I Did It Again,” “Love Me Like You Do” and “I Can’t Feel My Face.” Tickets go on sale in February.

2018 was a record-breaking year for London theatre! According to SOLT (Society of London Theatre), theatre attendance exceeded 15 million for the first time ever last year–largely due to more people attending musicals like Hamilton and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Keep it up, London!

 

 

 

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: War Horse returns, Tina extends, Matthew Broderick makes West End debut and more!

This week’s news round-up includes the return of War Horse, casting for several exciting new productions–and Bernadette Peters! Get the full scoop below.

War Horse returns to London. The National Theatre production of War Horse will return to London for a limited run at Troubador Wembley Park Theatre from 18 October to 23 November. Tickets go on sale in February.

Matthew Broderick will make his West End debut in The Starry Messenger. Kenneth Lonergan’s play features an astronomy teacher having a mid-life crisis when the planetarium he works at is closing, his marriage is rocky and his father has recently died. But Angela, a trainee nurse, might be able to help. Broderick starred in The Starry Messenger Off-Broadway in 2009, and now he’s back to reprise his role at the Wyndham’s Theatre starting in May–opposite Elizabeth McGovern. Tickets are on sale now!

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Full casting is announced for Trevor Nunn’s Agnes Colander. Reprising their roles from the Bath production will be Naomi Frederick in the title role, Sally Scott as Emmeline Majoribanks, Matthew Flynn as Otho Kjoge and Cindy-Jane Armbuster as Martha and Suzon. Harry Lister Smith will join the cast as Alexander Flint. Agnes Colander runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre starting 12 February.

Amanda Abbington will star in Florian Zeller’s play The Son. Best known for her TV roles in Mr. Selfridge and Sherlock, Abbington has also appeared in numerous stage productions, including God Bless This Child, Love Me Tonight and A Little Princess. Joining Abbington in the UK premiere of Zeller’s play will be Laurie Kynaston, Amaka Okafor, Martin Turner and Oseloka Obi. Michael Longhurst (Caroline, Or Change) will direct. Originally performed in France, where it was nominated for nine Molière awards, The Son forms the final piece in Zeller’s trilogy that includes The Father and The Mother, and will be translated into English for its UK premiere at the Kiln Theatre in February.

Tina the Musical extends until 21 December. Adrienne Warren and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith will continue in their current roles as Tina Turner and Ike Turner until 13 April.

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Six the Musical. Photo Credit: Idil Sukan

Six extends its run to January 2020. The new musical about the wives of King Henry VIII extends yet again at the Arts Theatre, with tickets now on sale for performances through 5 January. The production has also announced its American premiere at the Chicago Shakespeare Festival in May and June.

Caroline Sheen will replace Louise Redknapp in Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5Due to an injury, Redknapp has withdrawn from the production, with Sheen replacing her in the role of Violet. Sheen’s credits include the title role in UK and US tours of Mary Poppins, an understudy in the original Mamma Mia! production, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium and Fantine in Les Misérables. Based on the 1980 film, 9 to 5 begins performances at the Savoy Theatre 28 January.

The Rubenstein Kiss announces full casting. Ruby Bentall (Verity in BBC’s Poldark) will star as Esther Rubenstein. Henry Proffit will play her husband, Jakob Rubenstein, with Sean Rigby (Endeavor, Gunpowder) as David Girshfeld, Stephen Billington (Hollyoaks, Coronation Street) as FBI Agent Paul Cranmer, Dario Coates as Matthew, Katie Eldred as Anna and Eva-Jane Willis as Rachel Girshfeld. Joe Harmston will direct this new production, which begins performances at Southwark Playhouse 14 March.

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The Rubenstein Kiss

Bernadette Peters is launching a new international tour–and she’ll be stopping in London! Catch the legendary stage and screen actress at the Lyceum Theatre 10 June.

After a sell-out run last year, Laura Linney returns to the Bridge Theatre to reprise her role in Richard Eyre’s My Name is Lucy BartonFor 26 performances, starting 23 January, Linney will reprise her performance in this production based on Rona Munro’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

The Other Palace will host a concert series featuring West End stars. As part of the MT Fest UK in February, The Other Palace will hold informal, late-night concerts featuring a line-up of 12 West End stars: Louise Dearman (Wicked), Jordan Luke Gage (Bat Out of Hell), Sophie Isaacs (Heathers the Musical), Nathan Amzi, Luke Bayer, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Evelyn Hoskins, Rob Houchen, Emma Kingston, Claudia Kariuki, Laura Pitt-Pulford and Tosh Wanogho-Maud. In addition to the concert series, the MT Fest will present eight brand new musicals. Sounds good to us!

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!

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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.

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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.

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Complete Waitress casting, new Jamie cast, the Globe’s summer 2019 season and more!

Welcome to your weekly London theatre news round-up! Get the scoop on Waitress, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Les Misérables and more!

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie announces a new cast. Joining Layton Williams (Jamie) and Shane Richie (Hugo/Loco Chanelle) will be Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha) and Hayley Tamaddon (Miss Hedge). Tamaddon is best known for her role as Andrea Beckett in Coronation Street and Del Dingle in Emmerdale. Other new cast members include Marlon G. Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Zahra Jones, Luke Latchman, Rachel Price, Biancha Szynal, Adam Taylor and Ziggy Tyler Taylor. The new cast steps in on 28 January.

Waitress has started rehearsals! And judging from this tweet, it looks like the cast is pretty pumped.

We also have full casting for Waitress‘ London premiere. As previously announced, Katharine McPhee will star as the musical’s pie-making heroine, Jenna Hunterson, alongside Marisha Wallace, David Hunter, Jack McBrayer and Laura Baldwin. Shaun Predergast will also join the cast as Old Joe, owner of the diner. He’s known for his roles as D.S. Holt in EastEnders and Robert Bain in Waterloo Road. Rounding out the cast are Kelly Agbowu, Piers Bate, Nicole Raquel Dennis, Michael Hamway, Peter Hannah, Stephen Leask, Chris McGuigan, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O’Connor, Leanne Pinder and Charlotte Riby. Waitress starts previews on 8 February.

Les Misérables will temporarily transfer to a new theatre while the Queen’s Theatre undergoes restoration. While the Queen’s closes for four months of restoration work (including the adding of new lavatories and restoring of the theatre’s original boxes and loges), Les Misérables will play at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, starting at the end of July. In December 2019, the Queen’s Theatre will reopen with the new 2009 production of Les Misérables featuring a new company.

Alex Kingston will star in Joshua Harmon’s new play Admissions. Best known for her roles in ER and Doctor Who, Kingston will appear in Admissions–a play about the admissions department of a U.S. school trying to obtain Ivy League status–which runs from 28th February at Trafalgar Studios One.

Monica Dolan, Sheila Reid, and Rhashan Stone join the cast of All About Eve. Based on the 1950 movie, All About Eve will star Gillian Anderson and Lily James. Additional cast members include Stanley Townsend, Tsion Ian Drysdale, Tsion Habte, Charles Hagerty, Grace Stone and Philip Voyzey. Ivo Van Hove (Network, Lazarus, Obsession) directs. All About Eve starts previews on 10 May at the Noël Coward Theatre.

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Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at the Young Vic announces full casting. The production will star Matthew Douglas, Dervla Kirwan, Joplin Sibtain, Oberon K. A. Adjepong and Ukweli Roach. Kate Hewitt (Yerma, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) will direct this production of Pulitzer Prize winner Adly Gurgis’ drama, which plays at the Young Vic starting 14 February.

Full casting is announced for The Twilight Zone. Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Adrianna Bertola and Neil Haigh will reprise their roles from the show’s original Almeida run. Joining them will be Alisha Bailey, Natasha J. Barnes, Dan Crossley, Dyfan Dwyfor, Nicholas Karimi, Lauren O’Neill and Matthew Steer. Written by Anne Washburn and directed by Richard Jones, The Twilight Zone‘s West End runs at the Ambassadors Theatre from 4 March.

Katherine Parkinson, Sara Gregory and Richard Harrington will lead the West End transfer of Home, I’m Darling. Directed by Tamara Harvey, Laura Wade’s critically acclaimed comedy comes to the Duke of York’s Theatre starting 26 January. Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) will reprise her role as Judy, with Sara Gregory as Alex and Richard Harrington as Johnny. The cast also includes Charlie Allen, Susan Brown, Ellie Burrow, Siubhan Harrison, Jane MacFarlane and Hywel Morgan.

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Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox will join Tom Hiddleston in the London revival of Betrayal. Cox is best known for playing the title role in Marvel’s Daredevil, while Ashton has appeared in TV shows like Fresh Meat, Not Safe for Work and Wanderlust.

Due to an injury, Louise Redknapp will delay her performance in 9 to 5. No news yet on her replacement, but we’ll keep you posted.

Call Me Vicky, a debut play by sisters Nicola and Stacey Bland, comes to the Pleasance Theatre. Based on a true story, the play follows Vicky’s transition from male to female back in 1980. Starring Wendi Peters (Coronation Street), and directed by Victoria Gimby, Call Me Vicky comes to London’s Pleasance Theatre starting 19 February. The cast includes Nicola Bland, Victoria Bland, Matt Greenwood, Ben Welch and Adam Young.

Shakespeare’s Globe announces its summer 2019 season. The lineup includes Henry IV, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It and Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair.

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.

Katherine McPhee in Waitress

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.


London Theatre Weekly Roundup: Summer and Smoke closing, Ingrid Michaelson musical in the works, and more!

Happy New Year! We’ve got all the news on soon-to-close productions, incoming shows, and more.

Summer and Smoke, Rebecca Frecknall’s critically acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams’ classic, will close 19 January, as previously announced. That means you only have about two weeks left to catch this production starring Patsy Ferran and Matthew Needham.

Ingrid Michaelson is working on a musical based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Notebook. Bekah Brunstetter, an NBC writer and producer (This Is Us) will write the musical’s book. No details yet on any Broadway or West End engagement.

Beast on the Moon will play the Finborough Theatre in February. Directed by Jelena Budimir, this will be the first London production of Richard Kalinoski’s play in more than 20 years. The cast includes George Jovanovic, Zarima McDermott and Hayward B. Morse.

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Beast on the Moon at the Finborough Theatre, London

Thirteen Days is coming to Leicester Square Theatre on 17 March. A musical by multi-award-winning composer and lyricist Alexander S. Bermange, Thirteen Days is set against the backdrop of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, with a score informed by a number of musical styles. Directed by Dominic Shaw, this gala concert performance will feature a cast of West End stars–to be announced soon.

The world premiere of Cougar, a play about climate change, will star Mike Noble and Charlotte Randle. Written by Rose Lewenstein, Cougar runs at the Orange Tree Theatre from 1 February to 2 March–with an all-female creative team led by director Chelsea Walker.

Don McKay, who originated the role of Tony in the London premiere of West Side Story, has died at age 93. He passed away 27 December in Manhattan, where he’s lived for the past 20 years.

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A new year means new shows! We can’t wait to catch the London transfers of Broadway’s acclaimed Come From Away, which premieres at the end of January, and Waitress, which begins previews in February. And we’re excited to welcome back Tom Hiddleston in Betrayal, which opens at the Pinter in March. That’s just a small taste of what’s to come. Here’s to a whole new year of great London theatre!

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Disney’s Frozen heads to London, The Illusionists Return, and more!

We hope your Christmas was merry and bright! Now, all we need is a little Elsa magic for a White Christmas! Stay tuned on that…. Here’s the latest scoop on the London theatre scene.

Frozen is coming to London in 2020. After its popular, Tony-nominated run on Broadway, Frozen will open at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2020. No opening date or casting details have been announced yet.

Jack McBrayer will play Ogie in the West End production of WaitressMcBrayer is best known for starring alongside Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock from 2006 to 2013, for which he received an Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series. He also voices Fix-It Felix in Wreck-It Ralph, along with characters in Despicable Me and The Simpsons. McBrayer will make his West End debut in Waitress–starring alongside Katharine McPhee, Marisha Wallace, Laura Baldwin, and others.

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Jack McBrayer will play Ogie in Waitress London.

After opening last week, Caroline, or Change is swimming in five-star reviews. The Financial Times calls it “a thrilling revival,” and the Evening Standard notes that it’s “nothing short of a triumph.” It’s currently playing through 9 February!

The Illusionists will return to London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in July 2019. This show, last seen in London in 2015, showcases the talents of world-famous magicians–performing acts of levitation, mind-reading, and mind-boggling illusions.

The Illusionists live from Broadway
The Illusionists

Last chance to see West End shows

2019 is going to bring many a new and exciting to show to London’s illustrious West End, but we’ll also be feeling the January blues when some of our current favourites come to an end! Be sure not to miss out on these all-star, all-singing, all-dancing spectaculars before they leave the West End stage…

Kinky Boots
Having won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2016 and with songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this ‘dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting’ (Time Out) musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. The cast of Kinky Boots will be raising up audiences until 12 Jan only, so get your tickets here now!

Chicago
Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, the sexiest, sassiest, most sophisticated Broadway musical in history is celebrating 21 years of standing ovations in style. Now starring ITV2’s Caroline Flack and star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Todrick Hall, don’t miss out on the razzle dazzle of Chicago before it ends on January 5th – book final tickets now.

Dreamgirls
Thirty-five years after the groundbreaking original Broadway production, this UK and West End premiere of the sensational and iconic Tony Award®-winning musical must end on the January 12th! Don’t miss out on this “dream of a show” (The Stage), grab tickets from £30 here.

Motown
While we still have a little longer to enjoy the sound and the music of Motown The Musical, this feel-good sensation will still be leaving London’s West End in April 2019. Featuring an eighteen-piece live orchestra, playing 50 Motown tracks, book selected tickets now with no fees!

42nd Street
42nd Street is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway. Starring stage royalty Bonnie Langford as the legendary diva ‘Dorothy Brock’, this exuberant production is not to be missed. 42nd Street will be tapping out on January 5th but you can still book last tickets here.

Awful Auntie
From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie! The perfect treat for families this festive season, book tickets before 6th January here.

Nativity! The Musical
This Christmas join father and daughter Danny and Dani Dyer, legendary comedian Jo Brand and West End star Simon Lipkin as he reprises his role as ‘Mr Poppy’ in the hit show Nativity! The Musical. With performances running until December 31st, don’t miss out on final tickets to this smash-hit sell-out show!

The Inheritance
Winner of ‘Best Play’ at the Evening Standard Awards 2018, The Inheritance is the play that has taken the West End by storm. Directed by multi Olivier Award winner Stephen Daldry, The Inheritance is “perhaps the most important American play of the century” (The Telegraph). Don’t miss out on this theatrical masterpiece, book now with no fees on selected tickets!

Bat Out Of Hell
Following a smash-hit season and bringing to life the legendary anthems of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf, this critically-acclaimed production combines the magic of a musical with the immense energy of rock ‘n’ roll. “It’s loud, exhilarating and blows your socks off” (The Independent), book now before the show closes on January 5th.

Switzerland
A teasing metaphysical thriller’  ★★★★ (The Guardian)
Filled with razor-sharp dialogue, this chilling and sometimes hilarious two-hander unfolds into a gripping psychological thriller. ‘Very well acted. Calum Finlay impeccable. Booking until 5th January 2019, get tickets now and save up to 53% in our Boxing Day sale!

Summer and Smoke
Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall’s ‘shiveringly beautiful production’ (The Sunday Times) of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke has transferred to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season. Don’t miss this intoxicating play about love, desire, loneliness, and self-destruction – get tickets and save up to 47% before the production closes on January 19th.

The Band
For anyone who grew up with a boyband comes The Band a new musical with a beautiful story by Olivier Award-winner Tim Firth and the music of Take That. After one of the most successful musical theatre tours ever, The Band transfers to London’s West End until January 12th only! Book your tickets now and save up to 54%.


Horrible Christmas and Awful Auntie… Perfect shows for kids this Christmas

Christmas is undoubtedly a magical time of year for families. From classic pantomimes to stunning West End musicals, there’s no shortage of entertainment to be found in London’s theatres. Amongst our favourites this year are Horrible Christmas and Awful Auntie – in spite of their titles, they are wildly fun!

Awful Auntie
From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie!

When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea that her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell her what has happened – but not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true, and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own Awful Auntie!

★★★★★ “A triumphant adaption of David Walliams’ much loved book!” What’s Good To Do

★★★★ “A real gem! Exciting, thrilling, heart-warming and memorable – another huge dramatic hit!” What’s On Live

If you don’t want to miss out on the riotous adventure that is Awful Auntie before it leaves the stage on January 6th, grab your tickets here now!

Horrible Christmas
Horrible Histories proudly presents the terrific tale of Christmas in a special production of Horrible Christmas.

When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young boy to save the day! From Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, get set for a hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas. Featuring famous faces, such as Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII, St Nicholas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, witness these historical icons as they join forces to save the festive season!

It’s a celebration of Christmas in the most wonderful, wildly funny and moving way you’ll ever see! With performances running until December 30th, don’t miss out – book tickets now.


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.

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Dear Evan Hansen casting call, Waitress karaoke nights, and more!

Ever dreamed of being on a West End stage? Then you’ll love the news this week! Find out how you can sing on the Waitress stage or star in Dear Evan Hansen. Plus casting details, tour announcements, and more!

Dear Evan Hansen is now casting! How would you like to star in the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen? The upcoming London show just announced an open casting call. Auditions will take place in February, with one in London and one in Manchester. You could be found!

Waitress will hold cast album karaoke nights. And speaking of West End/Broadway transfers, you may not be able to star in the upcoming London production of Waitress, but you can sing along on stage! After the shows on 19 February and 18 March, audience members will have the chance to sing one minute of any song from Waitress, on stage with Waitress musical director Katharine Woolley. Here’s your chance to steal the limelight!

Emilia will transfer to the West End. After its successful run at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Emilia–a play about 16th century writer Emilia Bassano (the supposed inspiration for William Shakespeare’s “dark lady”)–will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre for a 2019 run.

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Emilia at Shakespeare’s Globe

Tartuffe at the National Theatre announces full casting. Denis O’ Hare will play the title role, in his National Theatre debut. Known for his role as the vampire king of True Blood, Denis O’ Hare won a Tony Award for his performance in Take Me Out at the Donmar Warehouse. He also appeared in Sweet Charity on Broadway. Starring alongside O’ Hare will be Kevin Doyle (The White Guard, Mutabilitie) as Orgon and Olivia Williams (Mosquitoes, Waste) as Elmire. The rest of the cast includes Kitty Archer, Nathan Armarkwei-Laryea, Fayez Bakhsh, Susan Engel, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Hari Dhillon, Matthew Duckett, Susan Engel, Henry Everett, Will Kelly, Geoffrey Lumb, Penelope McGhie, Kevin Murphy, Enyi Okoronkwo and Roisin Rae.

Hair the Musical tour announces full casting. Marcus Collins (Kinky Boots, national tour of Hairspray) stars as Hud, with Daisy Wood-Davis (Dreamboats and Petticoats, European tour of The Rocky Horror Show) as Sheila and Jake Quickenden (Peter Pan at Blackpool Opera House, Cinderella at the Portsmouth King’s Theatre) as Berger. The other cast members are Alison Arnopp, Tom Bales, Louise Francis, Natalie Green, David Heywood, Bradley Judge, Aiesha Pease, Laura Sillett, Spin, Kelly Sweeney and Paul Wilkins. The 50th anniversary tour of Hair kicks off in March!

Jeanine Tesori’s Violet announces full casting. This multi award-winning musical by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Caroline, or Change, Shrek the Musical) and Brian Crawley (The Little Princess) gets its UK premiere 14 January at Charing Cross Theatre–and we now have full casting! Kaisa Hammarlund (Fun Home) will play the title role, with Jay Marsh (Miss Saigon) as Flick, Matthew Harvey (Loserville) as Francis. The other cast members are Simbi Akande, Angelica Allen, Kenneth Avery-Clark, Keiron Crook, James Gant, Danny Michaels and Janet Mooney. Amy Mepham, Rebecca Nardin and Maddie Sellman will play young Violet.

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Pixar in Concert is going on tour. Featuring music from Pixar films like Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille and The Incredibles played live by a full orchestra, this concert will play in London on 16 April. It’s also planning stops in Manchester and Birmingham.

Nativity! The Musical announces 2019 tour. After this year’s sold out performances, Nativity! The Musical will go on tour again in 2019, starting at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in October.

Alys, Always announces full casting. Joining Joanne Froggatt, of Downton Abbey, and Robert Glenister will be Danny Ashok, Joanna David, Leah Gayer, Simon Manyonda, Slyvestra Le Touzel, Jeff Rawle, Vineeta Rishi, Sue Wallace and Sam Woolf. The production, directed by Nicholas Hytner, opens 5 March at the Bridge Theatre.

Giles Terera joins the cast of The American Clock at the Old Vic. Known for playing Aaron Burr in the original West End production of Hamilton–which earned him the 2018 Olivier award for best actor in a musical–Terera will play Robertson in The American Clock at the Old Vic.

Briefs: Close Encounters is coming to the Leicester Square Spiegeltent for New Year’s Eve. An iconic act that combines drag, circus, burlesque and comedy, the Briefs boys are ready to help you ring in the New Year with aerials, artistry, and strippers.

 

 

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Waitress casting, Harry Potter extension, Joseph tickets, and more!

Your weekly news round-up is here! We’ve got the scoop on incoming Broadway transfers, world premieres, West End revivals, and more!

Tickets are now on sale for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The upcoming West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is set to run from 27 June to 8 September 2019. Casting details have yet to be announced.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child extends. You can now catch the play through September 2019–if you can snag a ticket, that is!

Waitress announces further casting. We now know some of the cast members joining Katherine McPhee in the West End premiere of Sara Bareilles’ Waitress! Marisha Wallace (Dreamgirls) will play Becky, Laura Baldwin (Eugenius!) will play Dawn, David Hunter (Kinky Boots) will play Dr. Pomatter and Peter Hannah (Cockpit) will play Earl. Waitress opens at the Adelphi Theatre 8 February.

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The cast of Waitress London

Shane Richie joins the cast of Everybody’s Talking About JamieBest known for his role as Alfie Moon in EastEnders, Shane Richie will play Hugo/Loco Chanelle in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from 28 January to 4 May.

Whitney – Queen of the Night will make its West End premiere on 24 March. After touring the UK and Europe for three years, the critically acclaimed musical about Whitney Houston will come to The Savoy Theatre next March. The show stars Elesha Paul as Whitney, accompanied by a live band. Tickets are on sale today!

Michelle Collins joins the cast of My Dad’s Gap Year, a wickedly funny comedy from Tom Wright. Known for her roles on EastEnders and Coronation Street, Michelle Collins will star alongside Victoria Gigante, Adam Lannon, Alex Britt and Max Percy, with Rikki Beadle-Blair directing. The show opens 30 January at Park Theatre.

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The cast of My Dad’s Gap Year

Jenna Russell and Judy Kuhn join Seth Rudetsky for Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre. An Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee, Jenna Russell has starred in Sunday In The Park With George, Merrily We Roll Along and Fun Home at the Young Vic. Judy Kuhn, a four-time Tony nominee, is currently starring in Fiddler on the Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The West End and Broadway stars will join music director Seth Rudetsky for two intimate concerts on 3 February.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical adds more performances to its London run. Starting 22 January, the Olivier Award-winning comic musical will play an eight-week run at The Other Palace in addition to its monthly performances at the Lyric Theatre. Plus, Showstopper! is coming up on its 1,000th performance! Well done!

Adrian Lester will star in the UK premiere of Cost of Living. Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living will play the Hampstead Theatre starting in January, with Adiran Lester starring alongside Katy Sullivan, Emily Barber and Jack Hunter. An Olivier Award winner for his performance in the 1995 West End revival of Company, Lester is best known for his role in BBC’s Hustle. He’s also starred in Six Degrees of Separation, Sweeney Todd and The National Theatre’s Othello.

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Marina Sirtis joins the cast of Dark Sublime. Known for her role as Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Marina Sirtis will make her West End debut in this world premiere at Trafalgar Studios. Dark Sublime explores two phenomena: hero worship and the modern obsession with sci-fi. Andrew Keates will direct this debut play from Michael Dennis.

Michael Ball announces a 2019 UK tour. The celebrated West End and Broadway actor will give 21 performances next year, starting in April, to promote his new album Coming Home To You. You can see him at the London Palladium 30 April! But hurry, tickets are on sale now.

Broadway star Laura Benanti will make her London concert debut in 2019. Currently starring in My Fair Lady on Broadway, Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti plans to give a concert at Cadogan Hall in June 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

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Laura Benanti

Alex Jennings and Tamsin Grieg join the cast of Dear ElizabethSarah Ruhl’s play Dear Elizabeth, about poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, will star a series of guest actors: among them Tamsin Grieg and three-time Olivier Award winner Alex Jennings. Travis Alabanza, Jade Anouka and Tim Crouch will also star. Ellen McDougal directs this Gate Theatre production, which opens in January.

Come From Away started performances in Dublin yesterday–ahead of its London opening 30 January. We can’t wait for it to come from away to London!

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.

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Hugh Jackman concert, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, new Chicago cast member, and more!

Hugh Jackman in concert? Tell us more! We’ve got that and more exciting news in this week’s London theatre round-up. Catch it all right here.

Hugh Jackman will perform at London’s O2 in June. The Man. The Music. The Show. No, seriously, that’s the title of Hugh Jackman’s upcoming world tour concert. As part of that tour, Jackman will perform two concerts at the O2 Arena in June 2019. He’ll sing songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables, The Boy from Oz, and other musicals and movies. In other words, this is the ultimate Hugh Jackman showtunes concert.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat will return to London. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical based on the Bible story of Joseph will rock the London Palladium next summer. Tickets go on sale next Friday. No casting news yet, but you can read up on all the other details here.

Caroline Flack joins Chicago. The West End revival is nearing its end (5 January), and we have our final Roxie Hart: ITV presenter Caroline Flack. She’ll give her first performance 10 December.

The Dear Evan Hansen movie is official. The rumors are true! Hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen will be made into a movie by Universal Pictures. So far, the production team includes director Stephen Chbosky (Wonder), producers Marc Platt and Adam Siegel and screenwriter Steven Levenson–who penned the Dear Evan Hansen script. Sources say that Ben Platt may be in early talks to star in the film, but we’re waiting for the official announcement before we get too excited. And speaking of excited, did we mention how thrilled we are that Evan is coming to London next year?

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Emma Rigby in Witness for the Prosecution. Credit: Ellie Kurttz

Witness for the Prosecution gets a new cast. Agatha Christie’s mysterious courtroom drama, now in its second year, welcomed a new cast on 20 November. The line-up now includes Emma Rigby (Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, Hollyoaks), Daniel Solbe, Jasper Britton (Pack of Lies, The Libertine), William Chubb (Othello, This House), Christopher Ravenscroft (High Society, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries) and Ewan Stewart (Titanic, Let The Right One In).

Bonnie Langford joins the cast of 9 to 5 the Musical. Currently playing Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Langford starred in the 9 to 5 national tour, playing Roz Keith. She’ll reprise that role for the show’s West End premiere.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery extends and announces new cast members. Mischief Theatre’s Olivier Award-nominated comedy is now running until 3 November 2019. Starting 18 December, the show welcomes new cast members Julia Frith, Liam Jeavons, Jack Whittle and Jean-Luke Worrell. In January, Gareth Tempest and Emily Stott will join the cast.

The London production of 42nd Street will be available for streaming on BroadwayHD. Though we’re still waiting on a release date, it’s confirmed that the spectacular 42nd Street will be available for streaming in 2019. Meanwhile, you can still catch the production live if you’re in London!

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42nd Street. Credit: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

The Barbican will host a performance of Roy Budd’s score for the 1925 silent The Phantom of the Opera film. Roy Budd’s thrilling score for the film was set to premiere at London’s Barbican in 1993, but the composer died before he could perform it. Last year, the Docklands Sinfonia orchestra performed the score at the London Coliseum. This year, it returns to London at the Barbican for an 18 March performance in the space where it was originally set to premiere.

A new adaptation of The War of the Worlds is coming in 2019. Theatre company Rhum and Clay will premiere a new adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds at New Diorama Theatre in 2019. Inspired by Orson Welles’ infamous radio adaptation and the current fake news trend, this adaptation looks to be radically different from any we’ve yet seen.

We Will Rock You is going on tour. A reimagined production of Ben Elton’s Queen musical will tour the UK and Ireland starting in September 2019.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now in previews at the Picadilly Theatre. Returning for a limited season, the Olivier and Tony Award-winning play opens officially on 11 December. If you didn’t catch it the first time around, now’s your chance….

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.

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Katherine McPhee to star in Waitress, David Thaxton to play Phantom, Maisie Williams show available for streaming, and more!

Sugar, butter, star! We’re seeing stars after learning that Katherine McPhee will open the West End production of Waitress. Catch that and more news in our weekly round-up.

Katherine McPhee will star as Jenna in the upcoming West End premiere of Waitress! The former American Idol runner-up is known for her starring role in the TV show Smash, for which she won the award for best actress. She recently played Jenna on Broadway. Now she’ll reprise her role for West End audiences, starting 8 February. Further casting has yet to be announced. Maybe another Smash star?

David Thaxton will play the Phantom of the Opera for a limited engagement. While current Phantom Tim Howar takes a break from the role (to tour with his band), David Thaxton will wear the mask. Thaxton recently played Javert in the West End production of Les Misérables (he’s also played Enjolras). He’s also starred in Jesus Christ Superstar, Love Never Dies, and Passion. This will mark his first time playing the Phantom. You can catch him in the role from 10 December to 13 May.

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David Thaxton will play the Phantom of the Opera starting in December.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre announces its 2019 season. Our Town, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a Jamie Lloyd directed Evita are all in the cards. We can’t wait for next summer!

The West End Transfer of Coming Clean is cast. Lee Knight (Harry Potter), Stanton Plummer-Cambridge, Elliot Hadley (5 Guys Chillin’) and Tom Lambert will star in Kevin Elyot’s play about the breakdown of a gay couple’s relationship. Adam Spreadbury-Maher directs.

Trevor Nunn will direct Harley Granville Barker’s Agnes Colander: An Attempt At Life. Written in 1900 but only recently discovered, this play tells the story of a woman who runs away from her unfaithful husband and flees to France, where she meets a new circle of exciting people. The play opens at Jermyn Street Theatre in February.

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Agnes Colander: An Attempt at Life, from the Theatre Royal Bath production

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo win the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for best actor and best actress. Currently starring together in the National Theatre’s Antony and Cleopatra, Fiennes and Okonedo walked away with the awards for best actor and best actress at this year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Meanwhile, Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance won best play, Hamilton won best musical (surprised, anyone?) and Marianne Elliot won best director for Company.

Wicked extends. Now in its 13th year, Stephen Schwartz’s popular musical is now booking until 30 November 2019. Sounds like a prime excuse to go see it again….

I and You, starring Maisie Williams, will be available for free streaming on Instagram. The sold-out production plays its final performance at the Hampstead Theatre on 24 November, but if you missed it, all is not lost. Starting 30 November, you can stream the production for free on Instagram for 72 hours, ending 3 December. Simply follow @hampstead_theatre, @maisie_williams, @zachwwyatt or @lalatellsastory on Instagram.

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Maisie Williams in I and You

New pop musical Mythic extends. Turning the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone on its head, Mythic stars Genevieve McCarthy, Georgie Westall, Daniella Bowen, Miachel Mather and Tim Oxbrow. The show is now booking until 15 December. But wait, there’s more–an original cast recording is in the works!

Anne Washburn’s new play Shipwreck, at the Almeida Theatre, is cast. This play set at a formal dinner with the 45th U.S. President will feature Khalid Abdalla, Fisayo Akinade, Raquel Cassidy, Risteárd Cooper, Elliot Cowan, Tara Fitzgerald, Adam James and Justine Mitchell. Almeida artistic director Robert Gould will direct. Shipwreck opens in February.

Company will start recording its cast album this weekend. And it looks like we’re not only going to get a cast recording, but a documentary about the production as well!

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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West End

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.

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Tom Hiddleston will star in Betrayal, Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry return to Kinky Boots, Renee Fleming to make West End debut, and more!

Rejoice! If you’re a fan of Killian Donnelly, Matt Henry, Renée Fleming, or Tom Hiddleston (who isn’t?), boy, have we got news for you this week!

Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry will return to Kinky Boots for a few special performances. The two original cast members will star in Kinky Boots on the West End from 26 to 28 November. And if you can’t make it to any of those performances, we hear the show will be filmed–complete with Donnelly and Henry–though we don’t yet have details about how to get your hands on a copy.

Tom Hiddleston will star in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. Prepare to celebrate the return of the always charming, universally popular Tom Hiddleston. The Marvel and BBC actor will star in Harold Pinter’s play Betrayal at the Pinter Theatre next spring. Tickets go on sale 30 November. Learn more and watch the trailer here.

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Casting is announced for Arthur Miller’s The American Clock at the Old Vic. Opening in February, The American Clock will feature the following cast members: Amber Aga, Paul Bentall, Greg Bernstein, Clare Burt, Flora Dawson, Abhin Galeya, Fred Haig, Jyuddah Jaymes, John Marquez, Francesca Mills, Taheen Modak, Christian Patterson, Golda Rosheuvel, Abdul Salis, Josie Walker and Ewan Wardrop. Further casting will come later, with Rachel Chavkin directing.

Kelsey Grammer and Danielle De Niese will star in English National Opera’s Man of La ManchaKelsey Grammer, best known for his role as Frasier in the sitcom Cheers, originated the roles of Charles Frohman and Captain Hook in Finding Neverland on Broadway. He made his West End debut last year in Big Fish. Man of La Mancha will open at the London Coliseum 26 April, for a limited run of six weeks. Lonny Price, director of Sunset Boulevard and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, will direct.

Renée Fleming will make her London stage debut in The Light in the PiazzaFresh from her star-turn in Carousel on Broadway, internationally renowned opera star Renée Fleming will star in The Light in the Piazza at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall next summer. Fleming will play Margaret Johnson, with Dove Cameron (Hairspray Live!) playing Margaret’s daughter Clara. Olivier Award-winner Daniel Evans directs. More casting to come!

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Cirque du Soleil will bring its Avatar-inspired show to London next summer. Inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, Cirque du Soleil’s newest show–TORUK: The First Flight–will debut at the Manchester Arena in June 2019, with the O2 to follow.

Niamh Bracken and Denis Conway will star in Chasing Bono at Soho Theatre. The new play by Ian Le Frenais and Dick Clement will star Niamh Bracken (Sunny Afternoon), Denis Conway (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Ciaran Dowd, Farzana Dua Elahe (EastEnders), Donal Finn, Niall McNamee and Shane O’Regan. Gordon Anderson (The Catherine Tate Show, Shameless) will direct. Based on Neil McCormick’s memoir I Was Bono’s Doppleganger, this world premiere comedy opens at the Soho Theatre in December.

Hadestown is officially open! Critics are doling out four-star reviews of Anais Mitchell’s Greek mythology-inspired musical. It’s already been called “stunning,” “beguiling,” and “really, really good.” How’s that for an opening?

Rob Brydon, Louise Dearman and Jess Gillam will star in Joe Stilgoe’s Christmas at the Movies. This festive show features songs inspired by some of the most beloved holiday films. Broadway stars will perform at the Lyric Hammersmith, backed by a live seven-piece band. Ready for Christmas yet?

 

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.