News for June 2011

News

Sam Mendes directs Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic Theatre in Richard III as the Plantagenet Duke of Gloucester, whose demise at the Battle of Bosworth brought the dynastic House of York to a bloody end.

Reviews of Simon Callow's wonderful performance as William Shakespeare in BEING SHAKESPEARE at Trafalgar Studios

The Ambassadors Theatre Group have announced that they are to install sports car-style seating at all 39 of its venues to make audiences more comfortable.

It has been rumoured that the final production from Trevor Nunn as part of his tenure as Artistic Director at the Theatre Royal Haymarket will be The Lion In Winter and tipped to take the lead role as Eleanor of Aquitaine is Joanna Lumley.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the new hit musical that’s “taking the West End by storm” (Daily Mail) at London’s Noël Coward Theatre, is adding a 15 minute interval to the show from Monday 27 June 2011, with a revised running time of 2 hours

Don't miss this year's hottest ticket as two of the world's greatest living actors arrive in London in Driving Miss Daisy

MULTI AWARD WINNING JAMES EARL JONES, VANESSA REDGRAVE & BOYD GAINES TO REPRISE ROLES IN PULITZER PRIZE WINNING DRIVING MISS DAISY TRANSFERRING FROM BROADWAY TO THE WYNDHAM’S THEATRE

The Olivier Award nominted play, The Pitmen Painters is coming back to London's West End at the Duchess Theatre from 5th October, officially opening on 11th October to finish off it's second national tour.

A press statement released by the producers today of the Pygmalion production at the Garrick Theatre until 3rd September said that Rupert Everett will leave the production to start filming BBC and HBO drama Parade's End, adapted by Tom Stoppard, from Ford Madox Ford's books.  

As part of the Arts Theatre autumn season, the production of A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson transfers to the Arts Theatre in the West End from 1st to 24th September.  

Ellen Greene, the original Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, has been cast in the return of the musical comedy Betwixt! which opens at the Trafalgar Studios in July.

Travel group Holidaybreak has sold London theatre ticket agency, West End Theatre Bookings to Encore Tickets for £10.9m.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies is to close on August 27. 

The musical version of the Oscar-winning animated film Shrek opened last night in London's West End. SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the animated movies stars Amanda Holden, Richard Blackwood and Nigel Lindsay.

The director of Driving Miss Daisy, David Esbjornson announced on the red carpet at the Tony Awards on 13th June, that the hit production will be making it's West End transfer with the same Broadway cast including stars Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones.

Staff at the Aldwych theatre had to call off a performance of Dirty Dancing last night due to a blaze at Marconi House, at the junction of the Strand and Aldwych.

The current Strictly Come Dancing tour show, Midnight Tango will be bought to the West End in January 2012 by stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacac. It will be a strictly limited season at the at the Aldwych theatre in London.

BILLY YOUTH THEATRE 2011 ANNOUNCES GROUPS SELECTED TO PERFORM IN 2011 WEST END GALA OF BILLY ELLIOT AT THE VICTORIA PALACE THEATRE

With Dirty Dancing going on a National Tour, the Aldwych Theatre will be home to a new play, an adaptation of Donn Pearce's novel Cool Hand Luke, famously adapted into the iconic 1967 film starring Paul Newman.  Marc Warren currently on screen in Mad Dogs on Sky One is taking on the role with previews from 23rd September, officially opening on 3rd October.  

J M Synge’s comic masterpiece and one of Ireland’s greatest plays, The Playboy of the Western World will preview at The Old Vic from 17 September 2011

The rumours about the West End staging of hit 1992 film, The Bodyguard in 2012 have been swirling since 2009 and now it seems that the production is set to go ahead next summer to coincide with the Olympic Games and the producers have offered the Whitney Houston role of musical superstar Rachel Marron to none other than Alexandra Burke, winner of the X Factor in 2008.

The Society of London Theatre announces it's new president as Mark Rubinstein.

They all love the "ecstatic phenomenon" know as FELA! performing now at Sadler's Wells

Book tickets for Million Dollar Quartet and save up to 40%!

CARLEY STENSON TO PLAY ELLE WOODS ALONGSIDE NEW CAST MEMBERS NATALIE CASEY AND LEE MEED IN OLIVIER AWARD WINNING LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL

Shayne Ward, the 2005 winner of ITV talent show The X Factor, will join the West End cast of Rock of Ages.

THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS AT THE VAUDEVILLE THEATRE: £20 SNEAKY-PEEK PREVIEW OFFER! AND TOP PRICE SEATS FOR JUST £25!

Watch an exclusive sneak peak of The Ladykillers at London's Gielgud Theatre.

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. Read what the critics thought...

London’s enigmatic Mayor has spoken out about the troubled situation facing Wilton’s Music Hall and proclaimed it “one of London’s hidden gems which we must keep alive”.

Today, 6 June 2011, the multi award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical announces the release of over 630,000 new tickets for sale taking bookings up until 15 December 2012.

Win a pair of tickets to see Dominic West star in BUTLEY!

'There is no more stylish, sophisticated or satisfying a play to be had in London' - Tim Walker Sunday Telegraph. Exclusive Pygmalion ticket offer now on.

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.

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