News for December 2011


Come holiday season, all the musical theatre fans are excited. After all, they have a chance to catch up on all the new musicals at the various venues across London, and enjoy late night theatre performances or take pleasure in a late night stroll at the West End theatre district, after having watched a wonderful musical play. Of course, there is that one issue to be tackled first; how are you going to find affordable musical tickets for such favoured shows? The answer is simple. Just buy them online.

The theatre district of London, popularly known as ‘Theatreland’ or the West End, attracts well over 10 million patrons a year. In fact, some people believe that live theatre and opera are more popular than movies in London.

Next year, international model Agyness Deyn will make her acting and stage debut in Francois Archambault's comedy The Leisure Society. The show will open at the Trafalgar Studios 2 on 1 March 2012 with previews from 28 February 2012.

The top prices for tickets for London theatre shows can be quite steep and this is the reason why going to watch a good theatre play was not a frequently undertaken activity for theatre patrons for many years now


Procuring your theatre tickets online through official ticketing websites such as is a great way to save money and get your hands on tickets to all your favourite shows without visiting the box office personally.

Owain Arthur is to play Francis Henshall in Nicholas Hytner’s five star award-winning production of One Man, Two Guvnors will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket after two sell-out record-breaking runs at the National and Adelphi Theatres.  Booking for performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, 2 March to 15 September 2012, will open on 16 December 2011.    

Michael Frayn's classic farce at The Old Vic has the broadsheets' unanimous support

After her triumphant debut as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion earlier this year at the Garrick, Kara Tointon will be back in the West End from 26th January in Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Screenwriter and author Julian Fellowes is teaming up with composer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drews to collaborate on a new stage musical for the West End of the beloved classic The Wind In The Willows written by Kenneth Grahame.

Major cast changes will take place in the smash hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre. From Monday 12 December 2011 Earl Carpenter will return to the role of ‘The Phantom’, and from Monday 19 March Peter Jöback will star as ‘The Phantom’. From Monday 16 January Katy Treharne will also join the company as ‘Christine’ at certain performances.

The Ladykillers is a classic Ealing comedy from 1955 adapted by Graham Linehan of Father Ted and IT Crowd fame for a stage production now showing in the West End at The Gielgud Theatre.  Comedians Rob Brydon and Peter Serafinowicz were in the audience for the show's opening night at the Gielgud Theatre.

Jeremy Herrin will direct David Armand, Elizabeth Berrington, Katherine Parkinson, Steffan Rhodri, Reece Shearsmith and Kara Tointon in Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy of manners and social embarrassment Absent Friends, previewing at the Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly the Comedy Theatre) from 26 January 2012.  With press night on 9 February Absent Friends, produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions and Bob Bartner, is currently booking until 14 April. 

Currently a hit on the other side of the pond in US dark comedy tv show Nurse Jackie, Eve Best is back treading the boards next year at The Old Vic Theatre in the John Webster play The Duchess of Malfi.  The production previews from 17th March with Press Night on 28th March and will run until 8th June.

TV stars are taking to the stage at the Arts Theatre as part of a UK tour of the play The Awkward Squad.  Playing in the West End for a limited run from 6th March to 7th April with Press Night on 8th March.

Actress Ruth Jones who co-created and co-wrote much-loved TV comedy series Gavin & Stacey with James Cordon has revealed plans for a possible West End version of the show.

Mark Benton has joined the London cast of The Railway Children to play Perks for the final six weeks of Damian Cruden’s Olivier award-winning production at Waterloo Station.  The last ever London performance in the specially created 1000 seat space in the old Eurostar Terminal at Waterloo Station will be on 8 January 2012 as previously announced.

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Who will the audience vote for in this years Whats On Stage (WOS) Awards?  The event is the only UK awards for the theatre industry voted for purely by the public. More than 11,000 theatregoers have cast nominations for their favourite performances and productions in the West End across 26 different award categories.

Fallen out of love with London?  Thinking it is too expensive and crowded? I love London because it is still one of the most exciting cities in the world offering a diversity of entertainment, restaurants, free museums and art galleries, markets and beautiful historical buildings.  

A special travel guide for theatregoers to the West End during next year's summer Olympic and Paralympic Games has just been released by The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and Transport for London (TfL).

 Book now for a magical family experience this Christmas! 

Seeing people seemingly fast track their way to fame on shows like X Factor and Big Brother can give a skewed sense of hope for those looking for London theatre auditions. 

Running at the Noel Coward Theatre from 9 February – 2 June 2012, Hay Fever press preview performances are Thursday 23 February at 7pm, Friday 24 February at 7.30pm and Saturday 25 February at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, with reviews embargoed until Monday 27 February 2012.

Next year, 2012, will mark the start of the year long celebrations for The Mousetrap's 60th year in production, it's diamond jubilee! There will be a series of "60" themed plans which will include its first ever UK tour starting in September 2012.

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