Jason Donovan to star in Joseph this Summer

After starring as Joseph in the iconic 1991 original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic, Jason will return to the show as the Pharaoh. Tickets are on sale from £24 – book now.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will play a strictly limited 11-week season from Thursday 27 June until Sunday 8 September.

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 ShowChitty Chitty Bang BangPriscillaAnnie Get Your GunThe Sound of MusicThe King’s Speechand Million Dollar Quartet. On television he has featured in I’m A Celebrityand Strictly Come DancingWho Do You Think You AreITV’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.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be directed by Laurence Connor (School of Rock, Miss Saigon).

Book tickets from just £24.

Extension announced for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie!

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 Jamie won 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!”

Layton Williams, 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.”

Nica Burns, Producer

Happy International Women’s Day!

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

Click to learn more about the smash-hit musical that has taken the West End by storm!

The witches of Wicked share their views on International Women’s Day

Click to learn more about the incredible West End spectacular, which is now celebrating its 13th year!

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Olivier nominations, Heathers news, Magic Goes Wrong and more!

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.

 

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has extended through 2020. The show is now booking until next January.

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.

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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.

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Only Fools and Horses. Credit: Johan Persson

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.

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: World premiere of Benjamin Button musical, Sheridan Smith to star in Joseph, and more!

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).

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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.

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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.

 

Shows to warm you up this Winter…

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

Musicals

Caroline, Or Change – from £20

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

Fiddler On The Roof – from £29.50

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

Aladdin – from £25

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

Company – from £13.50

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

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical – from £24

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

Plays

Admissions – from £30

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

Emilia – from £24

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

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

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

A Hundred Words For Snow – from £15

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

The Price – from £12.50

★★★★

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

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

The American Clock – from £25

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

One of a kind

The Great Gatsby – from £15.50

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

The Merry Widow – from £14.40

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

BalletBoyz – from £17.25

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

Beats on Pointe – from £20.10

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



London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Light in the Piazza casting, Six sing along, Carrie Hope Fletcher concert and more!

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.

A Midsummer Night's Dream London

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.

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Jason Robert Brown and Carrie Hope Fletcher join forces for a special Sunday concert.

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.

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Come From Away

Fun February Half-term inspiration!

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

Musical magic…

Disney’s Aladdin

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

Disney’s The Lion King

Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

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

Matilda The Musical

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

Exciting discoveries…

Body Worlds

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

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery


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

Plays galore…

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

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

The Wider Earth

The Wider Earth

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

Opening soon…

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

The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice

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

Where is Peter Rabbit?

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

Beasts of London

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

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Maggie Smith onstage, lead casting for Tina and UK tour of Amelie, and more!

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.

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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.

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Audrey Brisson will star as Amelie Poulain

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.

London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Michael Ball returns to Les Miserables, Dear Evan Hansen sets opening date, Tina announces cast album, and more!

If you’re a fan of Les Misérables, Dear Evan Hansen, 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.

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Adrienne Warren and Tom Godwin in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. Photo: Manuel Harlan.

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.

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School of Rock the Musical

Valentine’s Day Gift inspiration

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

The Great Gatsby

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

Cirque Du Soleil’s presents Totem

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

Phantom of the Opera

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

Company

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

Waitress

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

Showstopper! The Musical

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

Motown The Musical

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

Disney’s Aladdin

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

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

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.

Rubenstein Kiss London
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!

Six

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

Showstopper! The Musical

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

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

For a unique theatre experience…

The Great Gatsby

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

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

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

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

The Wider Earth

The Wider Earth

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

Don Quixote


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

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

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

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.

Beast on the Moon London
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%.