News for November 2011


Having announced yesterday the opening of new play All New People starring Zach Braff at the Duke of Yorks Theatre from 22nd February, the producers for Beatles biopic Backbeat have announced that the last show in it's West End run will take place on 18th February.


Siobhan Dillon and Mark Evans are to join the cast of Ghost The Musical from 13th January to play Molly and Sam in Matthew Warchus’ stage musical version of the Academy Award® winning film. Ghost The Musical opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End in June this year where it has subsequently been playing to packed houses.

Many people were surprised that Zach Braff didn't star in his self penned play All New People in New York, but he has decided to take on the star role to make his UK debut.  The play will hit the West End from 22nd February at the Duke Of Yorks Theatre for a 10 week run.

With the success of movie to stage musicals such as Ghost, now it is emerging that a contender for a new West End musical adaptation is Finding Neverland.  The film starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet in 2004 and led to a host of Oscar nominations inspiring producer Harvey Weinstein to start developing the project as a stage musical.  

The enchanting stage version of Raymond Briggs' much-loved book continues to delight children as it returns to Sadler's Wells in the West End – the Peacock Theatre – for its 14th hit year.

Cast members, Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines encouraged audiences attending the Wyndhams Theatre for Driving Miss Daisy  to donate £13, 847.89, the largest collection that charity Acting For Others has received since the collections were initiated in 2003.

Recently the winner of the Best Actress Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her role in Flare Path, Sheridan Smith has shown she is a bonafide theatre star since taking to the stage and winning numerous awards for the lead role in Legally Blonde The Musical.  Last night she took a night off and was in the audience for the press night of Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre.

US comedian Jackie Mason is saying goodbye to the UK next year when he bows out with his show Fearless! at the Wyndhams Theatre from 13th February to 17th March.

Take a feisty, funny and unforgettable journey of love, sex, heartache and laughter in A ROUND-HEELED WOMAN. Multi-award-winning actress SHARON GLESS (Cagney & Lacey, Queer as Folk, Burn Notice) stars in this sparkling adaptation of Jane Juska’s best-selling novel. It chronicles the real-life adventures she experienced after placing a rather unusual ad in the New York Review of Books

It’s time to ‘put on your top hat and brush off your tails’ - watch an exclusive trailer of TOP HAT at the Aldwych Theatre

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A poll by London Theatre Direct shows an audience is ready and waiting for the return of the Boublil and Schönberg musical MISS SAIGON, with Gareth Gates a popular choice for lead.

The Royal Shakespeare Company are planning on a West End transfer for it's productions of Julias Ceasar and Much Ado About Nothing to the Noel Coward Theatre after their runs in Stratford.  

Jersey Boys celebrates 3 fantastic years in London

In a star studded ceremony celebrating the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London's West End the award's recipients were:

Wicked, the smash hit musical that recently welcomed its 4 millionth theatregoer to the Apollo Victoria Theatre, is honoured to have been named ‘Best Night Out’ at the prestigious Evening Standard Theatre Awards, presented on 20th November at a star-studded ceremony at The Savoy in London.

The Mousetrap 60 Years and Still Going Strong at the St Martin's Theatre

 Watch an exclusive clip of Death and the Maiden at Harold Pinter theatre

Take advantage of a super offer of cheap tickets to see Death And The Maiden at the Harold Pinter Theatre which is now ending on 31st December.

Indhu Rubasingham will take up the position of Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre in May 2012, taking over from Nicolas Kent, who will have held the position for 28 years.

Multi-award-winning actress Sharon Gless (Cagney & Lacey, Queer as Folk, Burn Notice) stars in this sparkling adaptation of Jane Juska’s best-selling novel.

Following a 17 week UK tour and seventy seven years after its movie release, Top Hat will receive its West End stage premiere at the Aldwych Theatre previewing from 19 April, with press night on 9 May 2012.    Tickets are now on sale and Top Hat is currently booking at the Aldwych Theatre until 26 January 2013. 

Today, 14 November 2011, 12 year old Kaine Ward from Hertfordshire and 9 year old Macy Staisick from Darlington will join the new West End cast of Billy Elliot the Musical which is now in its seventh year at the Victoria Palace Theatre. 

Current Shrek the Musical stars Nigel Lindsay and Nigel Harman will be bowing out on 27th February at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to be replaced by Dean Chisnall and Neill McDermott respectively.


 See the list of nominees of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Win tickets to see Ugly Betty star America Ferrera and Darius Campbell in Chicago at the Garrick Theatre

Following the early closure of Cool Hand Luke, the Riverside Studios production of A Round-Heeled Woman will transfer to the Aldwych Theatre from 24th November to 14th January, with Press Night on 30th November.

CHICAGO is back! London's sexiest musical re-opened at its brand new home the Garrick Theatre last night with its fresh new all star cast including Darius Campbell, Amra-Faye Wright and former Ugly Betty star America Ferrera.

With amazing reviews and and a glowing endorsement from show creator, Stephen Sondheim the Chichester Festival production of Sweeney Todd will make it's West End debut from 10th March at the Adelphi Theatre.

Bijan Sheibani will direct Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba running at the Almeida Theatre from 19 January – 10 March 2012, with press night on 26 January at 7pm.

Tyne Daly, best remembered for her multiple award-winning turn as one half of cult female detective duo Cagney And Lacey, will portray Greek diva Maria Callas at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Choreographer Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year and it has just been reported that he will finish the year long celebrations with his own version of Sleeping Beauty which will be ready for Christmas 2012.

Following a sensational sell-out season at The Courtyard Theatre, the RSC's production of MATILDA THE MUSICAL transfers to London's West End at the Cambridge Theatre.


Exclusive ticket offer on CHICAGO at London's Garrick Theatre starring America Ferrera and Darius Campbell!

Set in loathsome London, the Birmingham Stage Compnay proudly present the world premiere of Horrible Histories-Barmy Britain at the Garrick Theatre from 14th February to 1st September 2012 during the day with Chicago on stage in the eveing.  

Backbeat is now open at London's Duke of York's Theatre! Watch the official sneak peak of the fantsatic production...

The Rock of Ages musical on at the Shaftesbury Theatre had a superstar visitor last night in the shape of Britney Spears and her boyfriend/manager, Jason Trawick.

With a week to go before opening night, the stars of Chicago opening on 7th November at the Garrick Theatre were out and about in London yesterday publicising the show.

From 16 November 2011 a new cast of actors and puppeteers will join the National Theatre’s internationally award-winning production of War Horse at the New London Theatre. 

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