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Sunny Afternoon Wednesday 04 March 2015

So the saying goes, “If you can remember the Sixties, you weren’t really there”. But it’s lucky some people remember the decade when many aspects of cultural life underwent a seismic shift otherwise there would probably be a few West End theatres dark at the moment.

BLOG : Review: Beautiful- The Carole King Musical Has A Long And Successful Run Ahead Of It

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Tuesday 03 March 2015

There was a great feeling of excitement in the theatre as Carole King (Katie Brayben) appeared on the stage behind a piano with a simple purple back drop and lighting. This simplicity seemed to be symbolic and once I watched the show I realised just why.

Further Casting Updates For The West End Transfer Of Gypsy

Gypsy Monday 02 March 2015

Further casting has been announced for the much anticipated West End transfer Gypsy, opening at the Savoy Theatre in April (with previews beginning at the end of this month). Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as the indomitable Momma Rose in Jonathan Kent’s production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver and Gemma Sutton who reprise the roles of Louise and June respectively in the five star Chichester Festival Theatre production, while Peter Davison joins the cast to play Herbie. 

Review: Katie Brayben Is A Phenomenal New Talent In Beautiful

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Monday 02 March 2015

I felt extremely privileged to be given the opportunity to see this show in its official opening weeks thanks to London Theatre Direct.   Having been extremely successful on Broadway, Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King's remarkable rise to startdom. From being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

The Buzz from the Bardette: Beautiful, Chichester Festival, And Awards This Week!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Monday 02 March 2015

Well what an exciting week it has been in theatre land! We’ve had new openings, exciting seasons have been released and some great casting announcements, also a special award for a theatrical Hollywood A-Lister.

Katie Brayben Impresses In Beautiful, Jonathan Slinger Cast As Willy Wonka + More #WestEndUpdate

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Monday 02 March 2015

Following its triumphant opening earlier this week, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre has become the hottest musical theatre ticket in town. Due to public demand, the musical has already extended its booking period at the Aldwych Theatre to 13th February 2016; over 350,000 new tickets have been released for sale!

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