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Oh, those lazy hazy days of the 60s. Cilla doing her thing, Petula Clark giving music life. Swinging London was the place to be. New music was flooding the scene daily. And then there was Dusty Springfield. Educated at a convent school, with a slightly dysfunctional family and being somewhat of a tomboy, music was, perhaps it can be inferred, her release.

I recently made my third visit to the ‘Land of Lola’ with Kinky Boots, however, it was my first time seeing it under the '16/'17 cast, and my love for this show only seems to grow more with each visit. 

Multi-award winning actress, writer and comedian Miranda Hart will make her West End debut bringing life to the role of Miss Hannigan in Nikolai Foster's production of Annie. The musical, based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strips, has become a beloved classic spawning multiple award-winning Broadway and West End runs as well as critically acclaimed films. 

Around the same time last year, I saw Les Miserables on stage for the first time. A year later and I couldn’t resist a revisit, and I fell in love all over again. Therefore I thought I’d remind you of why this show is a must-see!

Not once, but twice this year will theatregoers have the chance to witness one of the finest actors ever to tread the boards. Imelda Staunton will be starring in the revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at London's Harold Pinter Theatre. Later on, she will be at the National in a revival of Sondheim’s Follies.  

Dirty Great Love Story is a great play, that doesn't quite fit the West End. Currently playing at the quaint Arts Theatre, the show is a love story, told by two actors (Felix Scott and Ayesha Antoine) through what is essentially staged poetry.

     I thought I would go for something a little different in this blog, I'm sure we all have those performers that stand out to us in particular for one reason or another, so I thought I would highlight some of my favourite theatre stars and tell you why I enjoy their work in particular. I hope you can share your stage faves with me too, so we can celebrate these great performers!

It seems that more and more American plays and musicals are making their way to the West End. Here's a list of the top 10 to see this spring, to make your choices just a little easier.

     Hidden away in the West End, nestled between Covent Garden and Leicester Square lies the Arts Theatre.  The current show Dirty Great Love Story is a revival and reworking of the show that was first presented at the Edinburgh Festival back in 2012. Running for 90 minutes, the show features two actors and takes you on a story from a drunken stag/hen do encounter and the messy morning after, through the friend zone and to reconciliation.   

     When Jez Butterworth’s new play The Ferryman was announced there was an immediate buzz around it. In fact, when tickets to the run at Royal Court Theatre, directed by Sam Mendes went on sale they broke the theatre’s box office record for fastest selling show. Tickets to the entire run sold out its first day on sale.   

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