News for May 2011


Belongings by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, which ends its run at the fringe venue, Hampstead Downstairs, on 11 June, will transfer to the Trafalgar Studios 2 theatre with previews from 16 June, opening on 21st June to 9 July 2011.

Coronation Street star Gray O’Brien is joined by Tessa Peake-Jones, Josefina Gabrielle and Daniel Weyman, in the world premiere of Los Angeles comedy Park Avenue Cat at the Arts Theatre.

Les Miserables has undergone a full cast change and the eagerly anticipated list of new cast members has been officially confirmed.

Betwixt! a musical comedy by Ian McFarlane, will open at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 28 July with previews from 26 July 2011.

Fantastic ticket offer for LEGALLY BLONDE. Hurry while stocks last!

Dominic West, star of hit US drama The Wire, plays rapier-tongued lecturer Ben Butley in a major new revival of Simon Gray's award-winning comedy, BUTLEY.

The first ever pan-London festival of contemporary Arab culture will take place in London from 4-24 of July this year. The festival is named "Shubbak" and the cross art form event will feature organisations from the sectors of dance, theatre, literature, architecture, film, visual arts and music. Sadler's Wells, The Barbican Centre and the Young Vic are among the many venues taking part.

London West End box office returns were down 6% in the first quarter of 2011, according to figures released by SOLT, the Society of London Theatre.

Rocky Horror show star Tim Curry, due to take on the role of The Player in Trevor Nunn's production of the Tom Stoppard comedy play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 16th June to 20th August, has withdrawn from the play due to ongoing health problems.

Queen drummer Roger Taylor on We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, Queen's legacy, Michael Jackson and remastering

After previews, last night marked the official opening of Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre showing in the West End until 3rd September.

A musical adaptation of the much-loved Bette Midler movie Beaches is currently in the works by the author of the film's original novel.

Eagerly awaited new play Betrayal opens with previews on 27th May at the Comedy Theatre and it is going to be a stylishly fashionable production.

The Barbican theatre today announced it's programme to celebrate it's 30th anniversary next year and as part of the London 2012 Festival celebrating the Olympic Games in London.  The exciting line up includes Oscar winning actresses Cate Blanchett and Juliette Binoche in two separate projects.

A year after the long-awaited West End show failed to impress, and a four day closure last winter to "retool" still didn't get audiences flocking or appease the critics, a third incarnation of Love Never Dies gears itself up for the critics on the other side of the world.

Described in this month's Cosmopolitan as the Play of the Week, the World premiere of Bette & Joan is on stage at the Arts Theatre for a limited run until 25th June.

Trevor Nunn continues his electrifying season as Artistic Director of the West End's most prestigious Theatre Royal Haymarket. Book discounted Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead tickets now!

Incredible ticket offer for the hit musical THRILL ME at the Charing Cross Theatre

The audience getting ready to enjoy the play War Horse at the New London Theatre in the West End had a bit of a scare this weekend when being evacuated due to a potential fire.

Thriller - Live, the spectacular concert show that celebrates the music of the world's greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is to celebrate its 1,000th performance in the West End at the Lyric Theatre on Thursday May 26.

TV favourite swaps the cobbles of Coronation Street for a talking pig on the West End stage at the Novello Theatre in Betty Blue Eyes.

Four plucky souls attempt to last the night sealed in a coffin to promote spooky West End hit Ghost Stories currently playing at the Duke Of Yorks Theatre …and win a trip to New York!

After the withdrawl of Simon Ward due to illness during the previews of Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre, Michael Feast takes over in the role of Alfred Doolittle, the dustman father of Cockney flower girl Eliza, played by Kara Tointon.

A case against Andrew Lloyd Webber's theatre group has been cleared by the Central London Employment Tribunal.

Actor Simon Ward who was confirmed last month for the role of Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion at the Garrick Theatre has confirmed he will no longer take on the role due to virus.

The musical Betwixt! by Ian McFarlane will make a West End transfer this summer when it opens at the Trafalgar Studios  on Thursday 28th July 2011, following previews from Tuesday 26th July for a limited run until 20th August.

Eva Mendes wants to, R-Patz is wary and Gwyneth can't right now. A load of Hollywood stars are talking the talk about getting onstage in the West End, but will they also walk the walk?

Cabaret star, international singing sensation and post-modern showgirl, Meow Meow, acclaimed for her current performance in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, returns to the stage with her solo West End debut, Meow Meow In Concert for three nights only on 23, 24 and 25 June, with a press performance on the 23 June. Presented by Nica Burns in association with the Soho Theatre, Meow Meow In Concert has musical direction by her frequent collaborator, Emmy Award winning Lance Horne.

Seventy six years after its movie release, Top Hat will receive its world stage premiere at the Milton Keynes Theatre on 16 August 2011 where it opens for the start of an initial 17 UK week tour prior to an anticipated West End transfer in spring 2012.  With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and based on the RKO motion picture, the screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott has been adapted for the stage by Matthew White and Howard Jacques and is presented by arrangement with RKO Pictures LLC, Warner Bros Theatre Ventures Inc. and the Irving Berlin Music Company. 

Legendary actress Angela Lansbury, whose career spans over six decades best known for her turn as canny TV sleuth and Cabot Cove resident Jessica Fletcher, wants to perform in the West End. 

After years of rumours and a few smaller independent productions that never quite broke through to the big time, it looks like the Kylie Minogue musical is finally, officially, underway.  After the smash hit successes of We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia and Thriller Live! a musical based on the diminutive pop princess' back catalogue has often been rumoured.  Speaking to the Irish Echo Minogue has now confirmed the thrilling news that plans are afoot.  "It's definitely happening" she says.  "We've brought a scriptwriter in and are working on a few synopses.  And the critics…music critics are one thing but theatre critics are something else.  I suppose if it doesn't work then that's it - it's a closed book."

Full casting has been announced for the West End premiere of Lend Me a Tenor – the Musical,  which will begin performances June 2 at the Gielgud Theatre, prior to an official opening June 15.

Royal Ballet resident choreographer Wayne McGregor announced yesterday details of Big Dance 2012 which will include a performance of 2000 people in Trafalgar Square next year.

It has been announced that Ghost Stories will end it's current run at the Duke of York's Theatre on 19th June.

Join dance sensations Flawless on their tour, Chase The Dream at Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre from 10th May to 28th May.

After receiving rave reviews and selling out at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Thrill Me - The Leopold & Loeb Story makes a transfer for a limited run only to the Charing Cross Theatre from 17th May to 11th June.

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