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VIDEO: THE BODYGUARD - HEATHER HEADLEY SINGS "SO EMOTIONAL"

The Bodyguard Tuesday 01 May 2012

 Watch this new video of Heather Headley singing Whitney Houston classic "So Emotional". Heather Headley will star in the brand new musical The Bodyguard opening at the Adelphi Theatre in November.

Move over Naked Boys Singing! Ghost's Siobhan Dillon and Mark Evans reveal all!

Tuesday 01 May 2012

Ghost The Musical's Siobhan Dillon and Mark Evans record Goyte's Sombody That I Used To Know. There's a whole lot of flesh on display in this video(!)

Lloyd Owen to star in West End's hottest new show The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard Tuesday 01 May 2012

Taking on the Kevin Costner role of Bodyguard Frank Farmer is Lloyd Owen who will star opposite Heather Headley in The Bodyguard previewing from 6th November at The Adelphi Theatre .

Joe McFadden Joins Torch Song Trilogy

Monday 30 April 2012

Torch Song Trilogy directed by Douglas Hodge at the Menier Chocolate Factory has announced the rest of it's cast today, with Joe McFadden joining David Bedella and Sarah Kestelman for the Harvey Fierstein play which runs 30th May to 12th August.  

OLYMPIC COUNTDOWN: MARK RYLANCE TAKES PART IN OPENING CEREMONY OF OLYMPICS

Richard III Saturday 28 April 2012

Award winning actor Mark Rylance who returns to the West End this year in Richard III and Twelfth Night at The Globe and then at the Apollo Theatre later this year will show his acting chops in a starring role at the Olympic opening ceremony.

BLOG : London Theatre Guide

Mamma Mia! Saturday 28 April 2012

If you are visiting London and would like to see one of the many famous plays or musicals (or both) on offer, then the best London theatre guide to help you make your choice would be someone who has been there before and experienced it themselves first hand.  If you are good friends with the person and have a lot of the same interests then even better, they can give you an honest opinion about the show and will probably know if you would also like or dislike the overall performance.  Personally I am a fan of the big musicals with grand stage designs, lots of colour, extravagant consumes and of course a fabulously catchy sound track to go along with it.

BLOG : Saving On Theatre Tickets

Friday 27 April 2012

The orchestra in a musical, the thrill of suspense or the passion of an opera! Who doesn’t love a good play? One of the best places to experience the magic on stage is London’s ‘theatreland’ or as it is more popularly known, the West End district. Shows in West End feature everything from grandiose theatrics of famous stars to subtle nuances of lesser knoawn but often equally talented actors. This means that even if the larger shows are out of your budget, you can still get the taste of Britain’s own Broadway by buying relatively cheap theatre tickets.

Programme For Playing The Games At The Criterion Theatre

Twelfth Night Thursday 26 April 2012

From 26 July - 12 August 2012, the Criterion Theatre will present Playing The Games, a programme of work which will celebrate both artistic and sporting talent featuring emerging and established actors, comedians, musicians, playwrights and Olympians. The star-studded programme is led by Kriss Akabusi, Alan Davies, Rick Edwards, Stephen Fry, Edwin Moses and Mark Watson.  

Democracy By Michael Frayn Transfers To Old Vic

Democracy Thursday 26 April 2012

Part of the Michael Frayn season at the Sheffield Crucible, his play Democracy will now transfer for a limited run at the Old Vic previewing from 15th June, officially opening on 20th June to 14th July.

TICKET OFFER: See Sir Antony Sher in Travelling Light at the National Theatre

Thursday 26 April 2012

We have great seats to see  Travelling Light a new play by Nicholas Wright at the National Theatre .  Discounted tickets are now £32.50 valid until 2nd June.

Cheryl Cole recommends Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical Wednesday 25 April 2012

Geordie pop princess Cheryl Cole popped into the BBC Radio 1 studios to promote her new single Call My Name with an interview with DJ Chris Moyles.  After Moyles quizzed her about the impending Girls Aloud reunion and when she had last seen her other bandmates she asked him whether he had seen her bandmate Kimberley Walsh in the hit West End show Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane .

Free Meal Offer: Menu by Michelin Star Awarded Chef Redmond Hayward With We Will Rock You Tickets

We Will Rock You Wednesday 25 April 2012

We Will Rock You has proven to be one of the West End's most enduring hits.  Last year they scooped the Audience voted award at the Laurence Olivier Awards for most Popular Show and this year the show will be celebrating it's 10th year anniversary at the Dominion Theatre .  

BLOG : LONDON THEATRE SHOWS

Twelfth Night Wednesday 25 April 2012

If you could wave a magic wand, what would be your fantasy London theatre shows?   Who would be your dream cast in your favourite show if you had that power?  You might think that you are being too imaginative, but you never know what can happen.    

BLOG : Lion King London

The Lion King Wednesday 25 April 2012

When looking for a suitable show for your children, Lion King London is probably one of the first options that springs to mind.  Of course there is no doubt that the Lion King is one of the best long running shows in the West End geared towards children. 

Torch Song Trilogy Revived At The Menier Chocolate Factory

Wednesday 25 April 2012

Actor Douglas Hodge is making his directorial debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory with a revival of Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein.  The play opens on 30th May for previews with official opening on 12th June until 12th August.

Smash star Raza Jaffrey to join West End cast of Chicago

Chicago Tuesday 24 April 2012

It has just been announced that British star of the new hit American TV series Smash, Raza Jaffrey, will join London's cast of Chicago taking on the roll of Billy Flynn for a very limited time from 16 May to 14 July 2012.

TICKET OFFER: Chariots of Fire tickets reduced to £47.50

Chariots of Fire Tuesday 24 April 2012

Celebrate one of this country’s most thrilling and greatest ever sporting achievements this Summer, as Chariots of Fire lights up the West End at the Gielgud Theatre.

Olympic Countdown: 95 Days To The Olympics - 58 Days to The Chariots Of Fire

Chariots of Fire Monday 23 April 2012

Waiting for the Olympics Games 2012 to kick off on 27th July?  Book a fantastic discount ticket offer for Chariots Of Fire booking from 22 June at the Gielgud Theatre and attend the 1924 Olympic Games first!

One Man, Two Guvnors transfer wins over Broadway

One Man, Two Guvnors Sunday 22 April 2012

The London cast of the phenomenally well-received National theatre hit, One Man, Two Guvnors have crossed the pond to ensnare US hearts - and it seems to have worked.   

Nimax to build first new West End theatre for 30 years

Singin' In The Rain Sunday 22 April 2012

Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer's company Nimax are developing a new London theatre venue in the heart of Theatreland.   Westminster Council have approved the plans for a new state of the art theatre space to be constructed on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Oxford Street above Tottenham Court Road underground station.

New booking period for One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

One Man, Two Guvnors Friday 20 April 2012

As One Man, Two Guvnors triumphs on Broadway, over 100,000 new tickets are released for this five star West End production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

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

Richard III Thursday 19 April 2012

Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance lead the cast in Twelfth Night and Mark Rylance takes on Richard III in the theatrical event of the year!

LONDON'S DANCE HOUSE SADLER'S WELLS HAS A FULL AND EXCITING PROGRAM THIS COMING MONTH

Rambert Dance Company: Mixed Bill Thursday 19 April 2012

The coming weeks are an exciting time for London's Dance House, Sadler's Wells, with a full program set out full of performances of various types of dance from all over the world.

A DECADE OF ROCK! WE WILL ROCK YOU CELEBRATES ITS 10TH YEAR

We Will Rock You Thursday 19 April 2012

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the smash hit musical We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre London. To mark the special milestone, they will be holding a special tenth anniversary tribute performance on May 10th. Tickets are now on sale for this special event but are selling fast.

TICKET OFFER: SEE CHARLES EDWARDS IN THE KING'S SPEECH

Wednesday 18 April 2012

Don't think that if you saw the film The King's Speech that it is not worth going to Wyndhams Theatre to see the amazing Charles Edward and Jonathan Hyde which is booking until 21st July.

WEST END TRANSFER OF EDWARD HALL’S HAMPSTEAD THEATRE PRODUCTION OF CHARIOTS OF FIRE

Chariots of Fire Wednesday 18 April 2012

Edward Hall’s Hampstead Theatre production of Chariots of Fire will transfer to the< Gielgud Theatre from 22 June 2012, following its run at the North London venue.  Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett’s new adaptation, inspired by Colin Welland’s original screenplay, is booking in the West End until 10 November 2012.

GOSSIP: COMEDY LEGEND DAWN FRENCH TO JOIN LLOYD WEBBER'S SEARCH FOR JESUS?

Tuesday 17 April 2012

According to The Sun newspaper much-loved comedienne Dawn French has been approached by Andrew Lloyd Webber to be one of the judges on his next TV talent show search.  Superstar will see the theatre producer looking for a lead for his upcoming revival of his and Tim Rice's musical Jesus Christ Superstar which is scheduled to open in the O2 prior to a national tour.

ROBIN COUSINS JOINS CHICAGO AT THE GARRICK THEATRE

Chicago Tuesday 17 April 2012

Dancing on Ice Head Judge, Robin Cousins will take over the role of lawyer Billy Flynn from David Bedella in Chicago .  He will join the production now on at the Garrick Theatre from 17th July to 8th September.

MICHAEL ATTENBOROUGH PRESENTED WITH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INTERNATIONAL THEATRE

Tuesday 17 April 2012

Michael Attenborough, Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre will be presented with the Award for Excellence In International Theatre at a luncheon held today, 17 April 2012, at the Travellers Club, London.  Neville Shulman, Director of the British Centre of the International Theatre Institute, will present Attenborough with the Award.

LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARD WINNERS 2012

Les Miserables Monday 16 April 2012

And the winners are...

MATILDA WINS BIG AT THE OLIVIER AWARDS

Matilda The Musical Monday 16 April 2012

The crowd-pleasing, critic-taming beast that is Matilda continued its unstoppable wave of success with a stunning seven wins at the Olivier Awards last night.   The glittering ceremony held at the Royal Opera House and hosted by Sweeney Todd stars Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton also saw Sheridan Smith, Nigel Harman and Jonny Lee Miller pick up awards.

RICHARD EYRE TO DIRECT WORLD PREMIERE OF NICK DEAR’S THE DARK EARTH AND THE LIGHT SKY

Friday 13 April 2012

Richard Eyre returns to the Almeida Theatre to direct the world premiere of Nick Dear’s The Dark Earth and the Light Sky.  Running from 8 November 2012 – 12 January 2013, press night is 15 November 2012.  Designs are by Bob Crowley with lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by John Leonard.  Casting will be announced shortly.

VIDEO: THE DUCHESS OF MALFI AT THE OLD VIC - PRESS NIGHT TRAILER

Friday 13 April 2012

WATCH ALL THE ACTION FROM THE PRESS NIGHT OF THE DUCHESS OF MALFI AT THE OLD VIC THEATRE. RUNNING UNTIL 9TH JUNE, 2012.

IN HEAVEN WITH DON GIOVANNI THE OPERA!

Thursday 12 April 2012

Mozart's most famous opera, Don Giovanni gets a revamp unlike any other at the famous London nightclub, Heaven .  There are only 6 performances either on a Sunday or Monday starting 15th April until 30th April.  Starring in Don Giovanni The Opera is Duncan Rock.

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER SELLS PALACE THEATRE TO NIMAX

Singin' In The Rain Thursday 12 April 2012

To help with future plans for up his Really Useful Group, Lloyd Webber has now had to sell his first ever theatre purchase, The Palace , in order to help facilitate expensive upkeep on Theatre Royal Drury Lane and planned refurbishment of the London Palladium.  It's a case of real-life Monopoly as the Nimax chain swoop in on another of Lloyd Webber's venues.

GOSSIP: SHERIDAN SMITH PULLS OUT OF BRIDGET JONES THE MUSICAL

The Sunshine Boys Wednesday 11 April 2012

According to the Daily Mail, former Legally Blonde star Sheridan Smith has now pulled out at practically the last moment from starring in the West End production of Bridget Jones The Musical, which was looking ready to make it's debut the Savoy Theatre this autumn.

36TH OLIVIER AWARDS TO STREAM GLOBALLY ONLINE

Sweeney Todd Wednesday 11 April 2012

The upcoming 2012 Olivier Awards, widely acknowledged as the highest honours in British Theatreland, will be broadcast live online at both the Olivier Awards official website and that of BBC Radio 2.  The ceremony is set to be a star-studded affair and will be presented by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton currently wowing the critics in Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre.

LINDA MARLOWE AND JASPER BRITTON STAR IN RARELY PERFORMED MODERN CLASSIC MOTHER ADAM

Wednesday 11 April 2012

Continuing Jermyn Street Theatre’s burgeoning reputation for rediscovering and staging high quality revivals of lost work featuring some of the most respected performers in British theatre , this Spring sees a rare production of Charles Dyer’s modern masterpiece Mother Adam starring Linda Marlowe and Jasper Britton.

VIDEO: SWEENEY TODD - NEW TRAILER

Sweeney Todd Wednesday 11 April 2012

WATCH THIS BRAND NEW TRAILER OF MICHAEL BALL AND IMELDA STAUNTON STARRING IN SWEENEY TODD, OPENING AT THE ADELPHI THEATRE ON THE 10TH MARCH 2012.

LION KING OVERTAKES PHANTOM AS BROADWAY'S HIGHEST-GROSSING MUSICAL

The Lion King Wednesday 11 April 2012

Despite having been on stage almost a decade less than The Phantom Of The Opera, Disney's powerhouse musical has managed to overtake Andrew Lloyd Webber's long running classic in total gross revenue over the Easter weekend.  It has been suggested that being housed in a larger venue and being able to command higher ticket prices has helped The Lion King slowly close the gap between the two shows over the last few years.

VIDEO: NEW ROCK OF AGES TRAILER

Rock Of Ages Tuesday 10 April 2012

WATCH THIS BRAND NEW TRAILER OF ALL THE STARS IN ACTION AT THE SHAFTESBURY THEATRE, LONDON.

VIDEO: SOUTH DOWNS / THE BROWNING VERSION

Monday 09 April 2012

Watch this new clip of the cast talking about the new production of South Downs / The Browning Version at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.

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39 Steps Tuesday 03 April 2012

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VIDEO: WHAT THE BUTLER SAW AT THE VAUDEVILLE THEATRE

What The Butler Saw Tuesday 03 April 2012

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF WHAT THE BUTLER SAW AT THE VAUDEVILLE THEATRE, LONDON.

TOM CRUISE SINGS IN NEW ROCK OF AGES MOVIE TRAILER

Rock Of Ages Tuesday 03 April 2012

Interest is soaring in the upcoming film version of Broadway smash-hit stage musical Rock Of Ages as the film adaptation's release date approaches.  A recent trailer for the film focuses on Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise's character Stacee Jaxx and shows the Hollywood star performing Bon Jovi's Wanted Dead Or Alive.

BLOG : NAKED BOYS SINGING REVIEWS

Naked Boys Singing Tuesday 03 April 2012

We collected some review of Naked Boys Singing at the Charing Cross Theatre

GOSSIP: SPICE GIRLS MUSICAL VIVA FOREVER DELAYED DUE TO BAND BICKERING?

Mamma Mia! Tuesday 03 April 2012

Upcoming musical Viva Forever based on the back catalogue from the biggest-selling girl group of all time the Spice Girls has been setback by infighting between the two Mels, according to The New York Post.  It seems that Sporty Spice Melanie C and Scary Spice Mel B are at loggerheads over numerous decisions concerning the musical.

NAKED BOYS SINGING RELEASE NEW LOGO

Naked Boys Singing Tuesday 03 April 2012

NAKED BOYS DOING WHAT NAKED BOYS DO BEST... SINGING!

BLOG : BILLY ELLIOT

Billy Elliot Monday 02 April 2012

If you loved the film, then you have to see the stage musical of Billy Elliot !  The musical is based on the 2000 film with music written by Sir Elton John.  It has been running at the Victoria Palace since 2005 and has been a huge success.  When it first opened, the show was up for nine Laurence Olivier Awards, and won four, one of those being Best New Musical.

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