Rip It Up West End: Who’s the mystery cast member?

It’s Jay McGuiness!

Turns out our first guest was closest. Jay McGuiness starred in Rip It Up’s 50s-themed show, and he’ll return for the 60s. Jay is best known as a singer in boy band The Wanted and as a winner of the 13th season of Strictly Come Dancing.

That makes this cast of four truly fab! Aston and Jay will lend their vocal talents, while Harry Judd will drum up a storm and Louis Smith–an Olympic champion–will perform dizzying acrobatics. Of course, since all of these fab four have legendary dance skills, we assume they’ll all dance together at some point–maybe in an eye-popping, heart-stopping finale.

You won’t want to miss this 60s extravaganza featuring the boy band of dance!

Can you name these West End record breakers? Take our quiz!

Think you know everything there is to know about the West End? Do you know which West End play is the longest running in the world? Do you know which show closed after only one night? Then this quiz is for you! See if you can name these West End record breakers.

  1. What is the West End’s longest running play?
  2. What is the West End’s longest running musical?
  3. What was the West End’s shortest running show?
  4. What is the West End’s highest grossing show?
  5. Which current West End show sells the most expensive tickets?
  6. Which (now closed) West End show was the most expensive to mount?
  7. Who’s the highest paid West End actress ever?
  8. What’s the oldest London theatre?
  9. What was the first musical ever to play in London?

Ready to find out just how much you know? Head over to our answers page.

Can you name the musical from the classic work it’s based on? Take our quiz!

Are you one of those people who saw Les Misérables on stage and then went home and read all 1400 pages of the novel? Do you know which famous Shakespeare play inspired The Lion King? If so, this quiz is for you!

See if you can name the musical inspired by, based on, or adapted from each classic work.

  1. Romeo and Juliet
  2. Hamlet
  3. One Thousand and One Nights
  4. The Once and Future King
  5. La Boheme
  6. War and Peace
  7. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
  8. Madama Butterfly
  9. Pygmalion
  10. The Taming of the Shrew
  11. Don Quixote
  12. The Bible
  13. The Snow Queen
  14. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  15. Oliver Twist

Ready to check your answers? Let’s see if you’re a true musical theatre nerd….

Can you match these stage directions to the Shakespeare play they appear in?

So, you think you’re a Shakespeare expert? You may know every big monologue, every little joke, and every famous line in the Bard’s canon. But do you know every stage direction?

Try matching these stage directions with the Shakespeare play they appear in, and discover if you’re really a Shakespeare know-it-all.

Plays:

  1. Hamlet
  2. Antony and Cleopatra
  3. Othello
  4. The Merchant of Venice
  5. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  6. The Tempest
  7. The Winter’s Tale
  8. The Merry Wives of Windsor
  9. Romeo and Juliet
  10. Macbeth

 

Stage directions:

  1. Exit, pursued by a bear
  2. He stifles her
  3. Falls on ROMEO’s body, and dies
  4. Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches
  5. Opening the leaden casket
  6. Gets into the basket; they cover him with foul linen
  7. The cock crows
  8. Re-enter PUCK, and BOTTOM with an ass’s head
  9. On a ship at sea: a tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning heard
  10. To an asp, which she applies to her breast

 

Ready to find out how many you got right? Screw your courage to the sticking place and head over to our answers page.

Can you name these 15 musicals from just the first line? Take our quiz!

Think you know all your favourite musicals inside and out? Have you listened to the soundtrack enough times to play any character in the show? Then this quiz is for you!

See if you can name these 15 musicals from just the first line of the show. We’ve tried to pick ones that aren’t too obvious:

  1. Sold. Your number, sir?
  2. Good news, she’s dead!
  3. On the 21st day of the month of September, in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence.
  4. Freddy, go and find a cab.
  5. My mummy says I’m a miracle!
  6. We begin on Christmas Eve with me, Mark, and my roommate, Roger.
  7. Wind’s in the east, there’s a mist coming in, like something is brewing, and ’bout to begin.
  8. Is it worth the waiting for?
  9. My Sainted Mother! The carriage has stopped!
  10. Are you blind when you’re born?
  11. Some folks dream of the wonders they’ll do before their time on this planet is through.
  12. In 1902, Father built a house at the crest of Broadview Avenue Hill in New Rochelle, New York.
  13. Each game of chess means there’s one less variation left to be played.
  14. How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?
  15. Nants ingonyama bagithi baba.

 

(We included that last one just to be nice.)

Want to see how many you got right? Head over to our answer page!

Think you know London’s West End? Test your knowledge in our Theatreland quiz!

Do you know the West End’s streets like the back of your hand? You may think so…but less than half of theatregoers can correctly name 8/10 of these theatrical streets! Can you score a perfect ten?

  1. On which Covent Garden street might you encounter a dark and ghostly female opposite one of London’s Oldest Stage Doors?
  2. Which south London street links an Old Victorian with a Young pretender?
  3. Which Ipswich musical shares its name with any number of streets leading to the nation’s capital city?
  4. What street links Monopoly with a Church of Latter Day Saints?
  5. Which street, sharing its name with a Scottish county, regularly hosts performances of the majestic variety?
  6. On which street might you take a stroll and meet an operatic diva and a grand old Duke?
  7. Which theatrical thoroughfare links a magical potter with a bunch of revolting students?
  8. Which street links a Los Angeles boulevard with a Chichester gypsy?
  9. Which London street will soon see a demonic child at one end and a gothic monster at the other?
  10. Where might you bump into a famous beau on the way to one of central London’s tiniest theatres?

 

Want to check your scores? Get out the answers to our quiz here!

Mad about theatre? Check out our other free to play quizzes and stretch your theatre brain.

Miss Saigon Wordsearch

Are you a Musical Theatre superbrain? Think you know your Kim from your Ellen? Test your Saigon skills by finding the words & phrases hidden in the grid below – there are 20 to find and all have a link to Miss Saigon. You’ll need to have an eagle-eye to spot the lot…could you be the first? We’ve put a link to the answers at the bottom of the grid in case you get stuck…

Miss Saigon Wordsearch
Miss Saigon Wordsearch

Words appear up, down, backwards, forwards and diagonally. Click on the grid for a larger image.

Having a headache finding all twenty? Visit the Miss Saigon word search answers page and we’ll reveal the answers as they appear on the grid.

So stay with me and hold me tight and dance like it's the last night of the world
So stay with me and hold me tight and dance like it’s the last night of the world

Miss Saigon is available NOW on DVD! Know someone who loves theatre? Looking for Xmas gift ideas? Then check out our must-have Theatre DVD and soundtrack releases of 2016.

David Bowie Wordsearch

When David Bowie left earth in 2016, it seemed like the whole world stopped. But great artists live on through their work, and soon, London audiences will see Ziggy rise again.

Lazarus is a musical written by David Bowie and Enda Walsh (Once). It was produced by Bowie and Ivan van Hove and ran at the New York Theatre Workshop in Manhattan from 7 Dec 2015 until 20 Jan 2016. Tickets to the entire run sold out within hours.

Rolling Stone called Lazarus a “tour de force” and “theatre at its finest.”

Lazarus opens in London in October 2016 and to give fans a taste of what’s to come, we’ve hidden 15 classic Bowie tracks in the grid below:

Can you find 15 classic Bowie Tracks?
Can you find 15 classic Bowie Tracks?

If you need a helping hand, just visit the Bowie Wordsearch answers page.

Lazarus comes to the Kings Cross Theatre, Kings Boulevard, London N1C 4BU from 25 October 2016.

Showbiz Face-Morph Quiz

With the help of our favourite face-morph site, www.morphthing.com we’ve blended ten showbiz pairings from the world of Theatre, Stage, TV and Movie-Musicals to see if you can consciously uncouple them. Some are (or were) real couples, while others are celebs we’ve thrown together just to see what they’d look like! Can you name all ten famous pairings?

 

Combination1
Couple 1
Combination2
Couple 2
Combination3
Couple 3
Combination4
Couple 4
Combination5
Couple 5
Combination6
Couple 6
Combination7
Couple 7
Combination8
Couple 8
Combination9
Couple 9
Combination10
Couple 10

Want to know the answers to our face-morph quiz?

Theatre Fan? You might also enjoy these brainteasers:

West End Wordsearch
Are you a Musical Genius?
Test your Musical Theatre IQ with our Anagram Quiz

West End Wordsearch

Were you born with the Musical Theatre gene? Do your feet start tapping when you hear a showtune? Hidden in the grid below are fourteen famous West End Musicals, past and present. They run up, down and diagonally as well as forwards and backwards. Who’ll be first to find all fourteen?

WEST END WORDSEARCH
WEST END WORDSEARCH

Once you’ve found all fourteen you can check your answers here! And if you’re a real Theatre Expert, try our other brainteasers:

Showbiz Face-Morph
Are you a Musical Genius?
Test your Musical Theatre IQ with our Anagram Quiz

 

 

Are you a Musical Genius?

Only a Musical Theatre Genius can name a show from just two song lyrics! Test your Musical Theatre Lyrics IQ – and then challenge your friends… We’ve compiled 25 lyrics from West End & Broadway shows, from the simple to the fiendishly difficult. How many shows can you name? The answers at the end –  but no peeking!!

Ready? Steady? GO! Read more

Test your Musical Theatre IQ with our Anagram Quiz

Think you know your Cats from your Evita? Just for fun we’ve mixed up 20 musicals – how long will it take you to untangle the anagrams? It’s tougher than you think! Share your score but don’t give the game away….

No. 1) A Theft Prone Homeopath

A Theft Prone Homeopath
Well if you leave your surgical mask lying around what do you expect?

No.2) Ow – hot abs Read more