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I GOT THE STUFF THAT YOU WANT! THE BODYGUARD MUSICAL CONFIRMED AT THE ADELPHI

The Bodyguard Friday 30 March 2012

The long anticipated stage version of the hit Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner 1992 movie THE BODYGUARD has finally been confirmed as opening at the Adelphi Theatre this autumn.

ANOTHER LOOK: BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, OLIVIER AWARD NOMINATED FOR BEST LONG-RUNNING SHOW

Billy Elliot Friday 30 March 2012

Crowdpleaser Billy Elliot The Musical joins Les Miserables, Wicked and Jersey Boys as a nominee for this year's BBC Radio 2 Audience Award at the Oliviers.   The only award that can be voted for by the public, the winner will be announced at the lavish ceremony at the Royal Opera House on April 15th.

BLOG : #TheatreReporters: ROCK OF AGES REVIEW

Rock Of Ages Thursday 29 March 2012

On first finding out that I would be going to see Rock of Ages , my first instinct was that of uncertainty.  Having a long history with musical theatre, the idea of a rock musical was not something I would normally sign up for.  In fact the concept of a jukebox musical has never really sat easily with me, and therefore I arrived expecting something similar to We Will Rock You, but thankfully I was in for a pleasant surprise.

BERTIE CARVEL TO LEAVE MATILDA THE MUSICAL

Matilda The Musical Wednesday 28 March 2012

Nominated for 10 Olivier Awards including Best Actor in a Musical for Bertie Carvel, the producers have announced some cast changes for Matilda The Musical staged at the Cambridge Theatre including the departure of Carvel as Miss Trunchbull. 

NEW BOOKING PERIOD OPENS TODAY FOR GHOST THE MUSICAL

Wednesday 28 March 2012

As Ghost The Musical enters its second year, over 250,000 new tickets go on sale today (28 March 2012) taking bookings at the Piccadilly Theatre to 20 April 2013.   

SUSAN BOYLE MUSICAL I DREAMED A DREAM ENTHUSIASTICALLY RECEIVED

Les Miserables Wednesday 28 March 2012

The musical based upon the intriguing Britain's Got Talent runner-up opened in Newcastle last night to an ecstatic audience and contented critics.  I Dreamed A Dream, named after the song that shot the shy and retiring spinster to global fame in 2009, will tour 11 cities in the UK and Ireland before a possible West End transfer. 

LES MISERABLES STARS CAMPAIGN FOR THIS YEAR'S OLIVIER AWARDS - VIDEO

Les Miserables Tuesday 27 March 2012

To celebrate making the final four shortlist for the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for best long-running show at this year's Olivier Awards, the current West End cast of Les Miserables staged at the Queens Theatre have set about drumming up votes.

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR JEREMY HERRIN’S PRODUCTION OF MATTHEW DUNSTER’S CHILDREN'S CHILDREN

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Jeremy Herrin will direct the World Premiere of Matthew Dunster’s Children’s Children running at the Almeida from 17 May – 30 June 2012, with press night on 24 May.  Designs are by Robert Innes Hopkins with lighting by Neil Austin and sound by Ian Dickinson.  

AWARD WINNING WAR HORSE RELEASES FURTHER 250,000 TICKETS FOR SALE AS SHOW GALLOPS INTO OCTOBER 2013

War Horse Friday 23 March 2012

Today, 23 March 2012, the National Theatre’s internationally award-winning production of War Horse releases over 250,000 new tickets for sale, taking bookings at the New London Theatre to 26 October 2013.

BLOG : #TheatreReporters: LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL REVIEW

Legally Blonde Friday 23 March 2012

On my third trip to Legally Blonde I was amazed to see that it had improved from my previous visit. This show has unfortunately got its closing notice and at first I wasn’t surprised because of the slipping standard, but this time it was a much stronger and greatly improved performance.

BLOG : London Attractions Tickets

Friday 23 March 2012

You have friends visiting from abroad, and of course you have to show them around. After all, you live in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The sightseeing places in London can be visited as and when, but you need to book tickets for some of the famous landmarks, attractions and shows in advance.

HELLOOO POSSUMS! DAME EDNA TO BRING FAREWELL TOUR TO WEST END?

Drag Divas Thursday 22 March 2012

Australian funnyman Barry Humphries is due to take the ultimate Drag Diva on her swansong tour in Australia this spring.  His gladiola-wielding alter-ego Dame Edna Everage transcended her way from a cult classic to a global institution in the 1980s and has enjoyed many successful shows both on stage and on television.   

BLOG : #TheatreReporters: SWEENEY TODD REVIEW

Sweeney Todd Thursday 22 March 2012

The main dichotomy at play in Sondheim's musical thriller Sweeney Todd is horror versus humour.  On the one hand, Sondheim was influenced by cinema and intended Sweeney to be almost a staged horror film.  The mere proposition of a serial killer whose victims end up in meat pies is terrifying enough.  On the other hand, the book is filled with black comedy and a lighthearted view of murder, making the intensely dramatic moments all the more poignant.  Any production of Sweeney must balance these juxtaposed elements, luring the audience in with macabre humour before scaring the hell out of us.

BLOG : #TheatreReporters: ROCK OF AGES REVIEW

Rock Of Ages Wednesday 21 March 2012

This juke box musical sees popular, loved classic 80’s songs come to life in the incredible atmosphere of the theatre but does the mash up lack a quality storyline? Definitely not!

BLOG : London Theater Tickets

Wednesday 21 March 2012

The West End in London is home to the best theaters in the world, where millions of theatergoers enjoy spectacular performances of plays, musicals and shows each year.

GOSSIP: KATE WINSLET TO MAKE WEST END DEBUT?

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Brit-done-good Kate Winslet is gearing up to finally make her stage debut according to the Daily Mail.  Surprisingly the Hollywood actress has never played in the West End or on Broadway but her love of 1996 Tony Award-nominated play Skylight may just be the play to lure her away from the big screen.

EXCITING DANCE SHOW REVOLUTION TO LAUNCH IN LONDON STARRING KIMBERLY WYATT & ADAM GARCIA

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Dancers Inc. presents REVOLUTION is an exciting multi-media dance spectacular launching in London’s West End at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on May 6th 2012.

FINAL 4 WEEKS TO SEE THE ALL STAR CAST IN ALAN AYCKBOURN’S ABSENT FRIENDS

Tuesday 20 March 2012

After opening to huge critical acclaim Absent Friends , Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy of manners and social embarrassment, will complete its highly successful run at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 14 April 2012, as previously announced. 

REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR NEIL SIMON’S AWARD-WINNING COMEDY THE SUNSHINE BOYS

The Sunshine Boys Monday 19 March 2012

Joining Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths as the ageing vaudevillian team Willie Clark and Al Lewis in Neil Simon’s award-winning comedy The Sunshine Boys at The Savoy Theatre are Rebecca Blackstone (Miss MacKintosh), Nick Blakeley (Eddie), Peter Cadden (Voice of TV Director), Johnnie Fiori (Registered Nurse), Adam Levy (Ben Silverman) and William Maxwell (Patient).

GOSSIP: AMANDA HOLDEN TO HOST ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S SUPERSTAR?

Les Miserables Monday 19 March 2012

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has been personally approached by Andrew Lloyd Webber to host his upcoming tv talent search for the lead in a touring version of Jesus Christ Superstar, according to the Daily Mirror.  

BLOG : #TheatreReporters: SHREK THE MUSICAL REVIEW

Shrek The Musical Monday 19 March 2012

From the heights of the first film to its sequels and spin-offs, each consecutive Shrek film has gone downhill.   Shrek The Musical is just a watered down version of the original and continues the sequels' descent. Don't be fooled by the giant 'S' outside the theatre or the silly ears - this is not the Shrek you know and love.

TICKET OFFER: HAY FEVER AT THE NOEL COWARD THEATRE

Hay Fever Monday 19 March 2012

 Exclusive ticket offer on Hay Fever at the Noel Coward Theatre. Book now!

BLOG : #TheatreReporters: MATILDA THE MUSICAL REVIEW

Matilda The Musical Saturday 17 March 2012

Anyone who thinks that   Matilda the Musical is just for kids is in for a big surprise. What Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin have successfully accomplished through clever scripting and playful tunes is a performance both adults and children will relate to, and feel has been written specifically for them.

NEW ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY PLAY WRITTEN ON THE HEART COMES TO WEST END

Friday 16 March 2012

Already a critically acclaimed hit at the RSC's Swan Theatre in Stratford, David Edgar's passionate epic is about the writing of the English language-defining King James Bible. Gregory Doran directs Written on The Heart from 19 April to 21 July at the Duchess Theatre .

BLISSFUL REVIEWS FOR HAY FEVER AT THE NOEL COWARD THEATRE

Hay Fever Friday 16 March 2012

Visit the Bliss family and their guests for the house party of the season at the Noel Coward Theatre!  The critics love Hay Fever on until 2nd June.

BLOG : #TheatreReporters: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN REVIEW

Singin' In The Rain Friday 16 March 2012

Like many people, I grew up with the MGM film, Singin’ in the Rain , with my VHS copy almost unwatchable by the end of its life. Thank goodness for DVD, and thank goodness for its return to the West End. With the movie firmly in my mind, for me the characters don’t go by their names of Don or Cosmo, it’s Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor, so any recreation of these parts would seem be near impossible. I said near.  With the talented trio of Adam Cooper, Scarlett Strallen and Daniel Crossley leading the way, this production certainly measures up, get ready for Singin’ In The Rain - 2012 edit.

NEW WEST END DARLING MATILDA GETS TEN OLIVIER AWARD NOMINATIONS

Matilda The Musical Friday 16 March 2012

The phenomenal success of new musical Matilda based on the classic Roald Dahl book continues as it swept the board when the Olivier Awards nominations were announced earlier this week.  It leads the pack with ten nominations - the maximum possible for a musical this year.  This year's awards will be presented at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 11th April and will be hosted by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, the leads in new Adelphi show Sweeney Todd.

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR "WHAT THE BUTLER SAW" AT THE VAUDEVILLE THEATRE

What The Butler Saw Friday 16 March 2012

Tim McInnerny, Samantha Bond and Georgia Moffett will be joining Omid Djalili in Joe Orton’s great British comedy What The Butler Saw, which will open at the Vaudeville Theatre on Wednesday 16 May, following previews from Friday 4 May, for a strictly limited season, ending on Saturday 25 August.   

SADLER'S WELLS CONTINUES TO BE LEADING DANCE COMPANY IN WEST END

Thursday 15 March 2012

In 2011, Sadler's Wells announced it's highest ever attendance with over 700,000 going to see a production at it's theatres proving that it's mix of classical and innovative dance productions whether it be ballet, hip hop, Latin American or even tribal makes it one of the most exciting venues in London.

TICKET OFFER: SHREK THE MUSICAL

Shrek The Musical Thursday 15 March 2012

Shrek The Musical - join the adventure - exclusive ticket offer now on!

OLIVIER AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED TODAY

The Ladykillers Thursday 15 March 2012

The star studded Olivier Awards will this year take place at the stunning Royal Opera House on 15th April.  Theatre fans can watch via their red button on tv, listen on BBC Radio 2, or really get involved in an exclusive live setting at the Covent Garden Piazza from 4pm.

ROYAL COURT HITS POSH AND JUMPY TRANSFER TO DUKE OF YORKS THEATRE

Thursday 15 March 2012

After selling out at the Royal Court, Posh by Laura Wade was one of their highest-grossing productions ever and Jumpy by April De Angelis starring Tamsin Greig sold out within a record breaking four days.  Now the two hits transfer to the West End at the Duke of Yorks Theatre .  Posh will run from 11 May to 4 August and Jumpy from 16 August to 3 November.

BLOG : #TheatreReporters: GHOST THE MUSICAL REVIEW

Thursday 15 March 2012

I have been SO excited about this musical, and followed every bit of information about it (as regular visitors to this blog will no doubt know, hehe) and so seeing the show tonight was definitely one of my most anticipated visits to a theatre that I’ve ever had (and, believe me, I tend to go a lot, thanks to this blog and work!).

KEVIN SPACEY BEMOANS EXORBITANT WEST END TICKET PRICES

Richard III Wednesday 14 March 2012

Hollywood actor and Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey has ranted about the rapidly rising cost to go to the West End theatres in London, warning that in the long term it will alienate the next generation of theatregoers.

BLOG : THE SOCIETY OF TICKET AGENTS AND RETAILERS

London Eye Wednesday 14 March 2012

STAR - the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers - was formed in 1997 and is the leading self-regulatory body for the entertainment ticketing industry across the United Kingdom, with many of the biggest names in ticketing as members.

GLOWING REVIEWS FOR NEW CAST OF ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS AT THE THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET

One Man, Two Guvnors Wednesday 14 March 2012

Now at it's third theatre in London with it's second cast, One Man, Two Guvnors which transferred from the Adelphi Theatre to the Theatre Royal Haymarket , hasn't lost any of it's joyous humour with the lost of it's original cast to the Broadway production.  The new production is currently on sale until 15th September.

TICKET OFFER: SIMON CALLOW IN BEING SHAKESPEARE AT TRAFALGAR STUDIOS

Being Shakespeare Wednesday 14 March 2012

Beloved star of stage and screen Simon Callow reprises his critically acclaimed performance in Being Shakespeare at Trafalgar Studios.

LOCK UP YOUR FEATHERS - THE DRAG DIVAS ARE HERE!

Drag Divas Tuesday 13 March 2012

Looking for something sequinalicious now that La Cage Aux Folles and Priscilla Queen Of The Desert have both deserted the West End?  Look no further!  For a limited August run the Drag Divas will be taking over the Arts Theatre and they mean business!

TICKET OFFER: THE KING'S SPEECH AT THE WYNDHAMS THEATRE

Tuesday 13 March 2012

'THE KING GLIDES FROM SCREEN TO STAGE WITHOUT A STUTTER' - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

OVER QUARTER OF A MILLION NEW TICKETS RAIN DOWN FOR WEST END MUSICAL SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

Singin' In The Rain Tuesday 13 March 2012

More than 250,000 new tickets have today been released for sale for the West End hit musical Singin' In The Rain , now booking through to 23 February 2013.  Jonathan Church’s Chichester Festival Theatre production transferred to London’s Palace Theatre last month, where it has been playing to packed houses, standing ovations and huge critical acclaim.

BLOG : #TheatreReporters: MASTER CLASS REVIEW

Tuesday 13 March 2012

Like Callas herself, I will wear my heart on my sleeve and put it out there straight away - Masterclass is a masterful piece of theatre.

TOM CHAMBERS AND SUMMER STRALLEN LEAD CAST IN IRVING BERLIN’S TOP HAT

Top Hat Tuesday 13 March 2012

Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen take the lead roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont in Top Hat which receives its West End stage premiere at the Aldwych Theatre previewing from 19 April, with press night on 9 May 2012.  The show is currently booking at the Aldwych Theatre until 26 January 2013.    

GOSSIP: SOUTH PACIFIC TO REPLACE WIZARD OF OZ?

Monday 12 March 2012

The current touring version of South Pacific featuring ex-Eastenders star Samantha Womack is rumoured to be heading back to the West End this autumn.  The classic musical scored stunning  reviews for its 2008 Broadway revival in leading to the 2011 production at the Barbican featuring some of the Broadway cast members including Tony-winning Paolo Szot. 

BLOG : OLYMPICS WILL BE GOOD FOR LONDON THEATRES?

Monday 12 March 2012

The question of whether the Olympics will be good for London theatres has been on producers minds.   Ever since it was confirmed that London would host the games for a record breaking third time, debate has been raging as to how it would affect the West End.

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S LOVE NEVER DIES RELEASED ON DVD AND BLURAY

Phantom of The Opera Monday 12 March 2012

The ultimate love story continues in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, LOVE NEVER DIES; released in the UK on Blu-ray™ and DVD and Download.

BLOG : HISTORY OF LONDON MUSICALS PART TWO

Phantom of The Opera Monday 12 March 2012

However, by the 1940's and into the 1950's the American musicals overwhelmed the old-fashioned British Coward/Novello-style shows changing forever the history of London musicals .  One of the last big successes of which was Novello's Perchance to Dream in 1945 which ran for 1,021 performances.  They just couldn't compete with the Golden age of American musicals that saw the standards being raised with Oklahoma.

BLOG : HISTORY OF LONDON MUSICALS PART ONE

Singin' In The Rain Monday 12 March 2012

A musical is a defined as a play where songs and dances are fully integrated into a story with three main components - music, lyrics and book.  There is a long history of London musicals with the modern Western musical theatre emerging during the 19th century, culminating with the works of Gilbert and Sullivan in Britain.

TWELFTH NIGHT & RICHARD III TRANSFER TO THE APOLLO THEATRE FOR A STRICTLY LIMITED SEASON

Richard III Monday 12 March 2012

This Autumn, the Apollo theatre will be transformed into an Elizabethan playhouse, as Tim Carroll's productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III transfer from Shakespeare's Globe for a strictly limited season.

MEL C AND JASON DONOVAN ARE LOOKING FOR JESUS!

Monday 12 March 2012

Former Spice Girl Melanie C and Neighbours star turned popstar Jason Donovan are assisting Andrew Lloyd Webber in his search for the lead in his new Jesus Christ Superstar production.  Superstar is the theatre producer's latest tv search following on from I'd Do Anything, Any Dream Will Do,  How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria and Over The Rainbow.  

AN INSTINCT FOR KINDNESS RUNS FOR LIMITED SEASON AT TRAFALGAR STUDIOS

Friday 09 March 2012

An Instinct For Kindness written and performed by Chris Larner and directed by Hannah Eidinow won critical acclaim and a Fringe First Award at its Edinburgh Fringe premiere in 2011.  As part of a UK tour, it will play a three week season in London's West End at the Trafalgar Studios .  

DANIELLE HOPE TO STAR AS EPONINE AND TAM MUTU AS JAVERT IN LES MISERABLES AT THE QUEEN'S THEATRE

Les Miserables Friday 09 March 2012

Danielle Hope will star as ‘Eponine’ and Tam Mutu will star as ‘Javert’ in the legendary musical Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre from Monday 18 June. They join the previously announced Gerónimo Rauch, who will star as ‘Jean Valjean’. Further casting to be announced.

BLOG : LONDON THEATRE OWNERSHIP

Hay Fever Friday 09 March 2012

Most people don't know much about London theatre ownership, most likely people think that each theatre is family owned and operated and has been that way since its beginning. The fact is that nearly all of the prominent theatres in London's West End are part of big chains who own several of the famous theatres in London.

FROM BLONDE TO GREEN - CARLEY STENSON JOINS CAST OF SHREK AS PRINCESS OF FIONA

Shrek The Musical Friday 09 March 2012

Carley Stenson will replace Kimberly Walsh when she joins the new West End company of Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with Dean Chisnall and Neil McDermott as Shrek and Lord Farquaad.  Richard Blackwood continues in his role of Donkey which he has played since the show opened on 14 June 2011.

WE'RE OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD...BUT NOT RUSSELL GRANT AS HE TAKES LEAVE FROM WIZARD OF OZ SHOW!

Thursday 08 March 2012

Today's sees the last performance by Russell Grant at the London Palladium until at least 20th March if not longer as he has to step aside from his roles in the Wizard of Oz .

BLOG : STAGE DOOR SECRETS

Noises Off Thursday 08 March 2012

Everybody wants to know stage door secrets .  With all these well-known celebrities passing through the West End in the last few years there must be a sea of scandal that is out there - but how do we get to it?   The acting profession is high-octane - fragile egos can be easily bruised by a crushing review or a harsh public criticism in rehearsal by an over-zealous director.

PAUL MERTON MUSES AT THE VAUDEVILLE THEATRE

Thursday 08 March 2012

For the first time this century, Paul Merton is returning to his stand up roots and touring with his show Paul Merton Out Of My Head .  He brings his UK tour to the West End at the Vaudeville Theatre from 1st October to 20th October.

COMIC JASON MANFORD JOINS SWEENEY TODD

Sweeney Todd Wednesday 07 March 2012

Temporarily joining the cast of Sweeney Todd this summer at the Adelphi Theatre is Jason Manford.  He will be replacing Robert Burt from 2nd July to 27th July in the role of Pirelli, the Italian Barber.

BLOG : WHAT I THINK I DO... THEATRE TICKET AGENT

We Will Rock You Monday 05 March 2012

We reveal the what really goes on at a London theatre ticket agency!

JONATHAN ANSELL ANNOUNCED AS CHARLES DARNAY IN MUSICAL VERSION OF CHARLES DICKENS' A TALE OF TWO CIT

A Tale of Two Cities Monday 05 March 2012

Jonathan Ansell, well known from The X Factor pop opera group G4, will play the lead role of Charles Darnay in a new musical version of A Tale of Two Cities , running at The Charing Cross Theatre from 5 April until 12 May, with press night on 17 April 2012.  The full cast will be announced shortly.

BLOG : WHAT TO DO DURING THE LONDON OLYMPICS?

Blood Brothers Friday 02 March 2012

Come July this year, London is going to be overflowing with an influx of people from all around the world here in the capitol to enjoy and cheer for their country in the 30th or XXX Olympic Games.  Whether you are a local resident or a visitor from abroad, everyone will be asking the question, " what to do during the London Olympics ? "

DVD RELEASE TO CO-INCIDE WITH SIMON CALLOW'S BEING SHAKESPEARE

Being Shakespeare Friday 02 March 2012

Simon Callow returns to the Trafalgar Studios this March to reprise his role in critical hit Being Shakespeare. 

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