News for October 2012


Luke Treadaway will once again play 15-year-old Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time after it transfers from the National Theatre to the Apollo Theatre.

 Anna Mackmin to direct Di and Viv and Rose showing from 17 January to 23 February 2013. Nina Raine to direct William Boyd's Longing from 28 February to 13 April 2013.

Midnight Tango at the Phoenix, Burn The Floor at the Shaftesbury and Flash Mob at the Peacock show that the UK's appetite for dance cannot be quenched! We've put together a selection of our favourites...

WICKED, the record-breaking West End musical now in its 7th smash hit year at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, is pleased to release the first pictures of Louise Dearman as Elphaba, who will play her first performance tonight (29 October 2012).

Judi Dench plays Alice, and Ben Whishaw plays Peter in PETER AND ALICE at Noel Coward Theatre. Peter And Alice is John Logan’s first new play since Red, which went on to win six Tony Awards in 2010. 

As Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at the St Martin’s Theatre celebrates its 60th year on the West End stage, Chinese actors and actresses are to stage The Mousetrap in Mandarin, as part of celebrations of the world’s longest-running play.

Spring 2013 sees multi Olivier Award-winner Zoë Wanamaker make her return to the West End in Passion Play, Peter Nichols’ celebrated black comedy about love and infidelity. Directed by David Leveaux, Passion Play opens on 7 May at the Duke of York’s Theatre with previews from 1 May.

The multi award-winning 'hysterically funny' (Time Out) Edinburgh Festival Fringe sell out sensation, The Boy With Tape On His Face, brings his critically acclaimed 5 star smash hit show to the Duchess Theatre from 17 December for 22 performances only. Funny, magical, innovative, spectacular and inspiring – treat yourself this Christmas!

From Here To Eternity is a brand new musical theatre version of James Jones’ classic 1951 novel which will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre in autumn 2013. Tim Rice, Stuart Brayson and Bill Oakes to collaborate on lyrics, music and book.

There are just days to go until the Apollo Theatre welcomes back multi award-winning Mark Rylance (Jerusalem), in the critically acclaimed productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night for 14 weeks only, following a sell-out run at Shakespeare's Globe.  Don't miss out – book now to avoid disappointment.

As part of this year's Children In Need fundraising, some famous faces are doing their bit by joining a London musical for one night only as part of the charity's POP Goes The Musical venture.      Ex-Spice Girl, X-Factor guest judge and all-round loveable loon Geri Halliwell will be joining the cast of Singin' In The Rain onstage this coming Thursday, 25th October at some point during the show.     Then next month, hip girlgroup Stooshe, X Factor winner Joe McElderry and I Try singer Macy Gray will join the cast of Thriller Live! on Thursday 15th November.

Next year is a very exciting year for London theatre and the West End with the arrival and revival of so many great musicals which are sure to be massive hits. Read on to find out more about the 5 West End musicals you cannot afford to miss in 2013.

Based on the extraordinary true story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, the Chariots of Fire play is an inspirational tale of hope, honour and belief.  Watch the just released trailer below.

 The audiences are loving the new production of Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre. Watch below to see why...

 Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Tickets are now on sale!

Hit play Yes, Prime Minister, currently back in the West End at the Trafalgar Studios, has confirmed a New Zealand run for the show.     Having already made waves in Australia last year with a six-city tour, the show will now make its New Zealand debut next summer.    It will play a limited season in Auckland and Wellington in July and August 2013, opening at the Civic in Auckland on 6 July followed by the St James Theatre in Wellington on 7 August.    A Christchurch run is also to be announced.

 Kelly Brook has announced today that she will make a special cameo performance in London’s hottest new cabaret show ‘Forever Crazy’ for one week only starting on November 1st 2012 at The Crazy Horse, London.

John Tiffany’s production of Once, winner of eight 2012 Tony awards including Best New Musical, will open at the Phoenix Theatre in the West End in Spring 2013.

 Following a hugely acclaimed and record-breaking sell out run at Hampstead Theatre, Neil Armfield’s production of David Hare’s The Judas Kiss will transfer to the West End. Previewing from 9 January, the production will have a press night on 17 January at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

 Today, 11 October 2012, Michael Attenborough announces that after 11 years as Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre he will be stepping down in Spring 2013 in order to concentrate on his directing.

 Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick today announced that Olivier and Tony Award®-winning actor Douglas Hodge will play Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25th June next year.

 WICKED, the record-breaking West End musical now in its 7th smash hit year at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, is pleased to announce the opening of its 14th new booking period, on Monday 1 October 2012, with tickets going on sale until Saturday 2 November 2013.

Mark Rylance brings his sell out Globe Theatre production of RICHARD III to the Apollo Theatre from 6th November 2012. The reviews have been amazing, so snap up your tickets today!

 The 39 Steps, now celebrating its sixth year in the West End, has grossed over twenty million pounds since it opened at the Criterion Theatre in 2006. It is now the longest running consecutive show in the theatre’s 137 year history.

They're back!    Our intrepid #TheatreReporters Soph and Lorn are back again to bring a real perspective to what's hot and what's not in Theatreland.    We sent them off to see Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons musical Jersey Boys to check out the show, which is now in its 5th year in the West End.

 Now in its eighth year and having been seen by over 8 million people Billy Elliot the Musical is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre to 21 December 2013. 

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