News for February 2012


While the UK goes sports mad with the Olympics 2012 in London you might be wondering if it is possible to avoid sports this summer.  If you are not a sporting fan, you are probably worried about the expected wall to wall tv coverage and take over of London, but whether you be a local to London or visiting the city (not for the Olympics) there are other things to see and do including going to upcoming West End shows !

The recent high-profile film version of long running play The Woman In Black has snatched its third week at the top of the UK box office.  It has managed to gross over £15 million in the short time since it opened in cinemas and has now been certified the biggest selling horror film since records began twenty years ago.

Blake Harrison, the loveable but stupid Neil from hit show Inbetweeners is casting off his comedy role in the month of May for more serious drama in Step 9 (of 12) at the Trafalgar Studios from 1st May to 26th May (Press Night on 4th May).  

Follow the instructions in this Illusion game brought to you by The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre, London.

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London from 27 July to 12 August will be the biggest event that the city has ever hosted and will certainly put all of London to the test from transport and security to hospitality and entertainment, as to whether London can successfully pull off hosting the world's largest sporting event. I believe with the amount of foreign visitors to the city, the West End Theatres will thrive, however some theatre owners are less positive and have already announced certain theatres closing for the London Olympics.

The Noel Coward Theatre is finally showing a Noel Coward play, Hayfever starring Lindsay Duncan and Jeremy Northam until 2nd June.


Even in today’s day and age, when everybody is busy on weekdays with work, home or studies, there are some people who insist on making a trip to the Box Office themselves to buy theatre tickets. On the other hand, most smart theatre lovers turn to clicking away to procure discount play tickets for any of the shows being performed in London.  

So where is the best place to go when star spotting in London's West End?  You can shell out a wad of cash to get into a hot London nightclub perhaps - there's always likely to be someone kinda famous knocking back the shots in Mahiki or China White's at the weekend. 

Mark Rylance will return to the Apollo Theatre to play the title role in Richard III and Olivia in Twelfth Night when Tim Carroll’s Shakespeare’s Globe productions transfer to the West End later this year.  Joining Rylance will be Stephen Fry as Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Samuel Barnett and Johnny Flynn.  Tickets for the 13 week run at the Apollo Theatre go on sale today (27 February 2012).  Further casting will be announced shortly.

What does London, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Budapest, South Africa and New York all have in common?  All currently stage productions of the Phantom of the Opera!  In 2011, the Phantom of the Opera in London celebrated it's 25th year annivesary at Her Majesty's Theatre but it has shown it's world wide appeal with productions taking place in 4 continents.

It is small wonder that We Will Rock You is still one of the most popular choices for a West End theatre night out when Queen's music and influence is still pervading our current music scene.   The show has been playing to packed audiences since 2002 at the Dominion Theatre and its success shows no signs of slowing down.

We're looking for #TheatreReporters to join our LondonTheatreDirect team and review the latest shows on the London stage.

Today, 22 February 2012, 13 year old Harris Beattie from Aberdeen, Scotland and 9 year old Dayna Dixon from Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne will join the West End cast of Billy Elliot the Musicalwhich celebrates 7 years in at the Victoria Palace Theatre in May.

The stage version of the 1992 movie The Bodyguard will feature Tony winner Heather Headley as Rachel Marron, the character played by the late Whitney Houston in the film now to be staged in the West End reportedly at the Adelphi Theatre

The annual Whatsonstage Award winners have been announced.

As Ghost The Musical enters its second year in the West End, over 250,000 new tickets are released for sale next month (28 March 2012) taking bookings at the Piccadilly Theatre to 20 April 2013.   Having now been seen by over 350,000 people, Ghost The Musical continues to dazzle West End audiences with its ground-breaking illusions each night on stage. 

Have you seen Daniel Radcliffe star in The Woman In Black yet? We've collected together some reviews of the film. 

The King’s Speech which will transfer to Wyndhams Theatre after its UK tour.

David Shannon will be reviving his role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre from 3rd April to 16th June.

“We’re off to see….” The most magical adventure of them all!

Stephen Fry will appear in Twelfth Night at the Globe Theatre in London from 22nd September to 14th October as part of the Globe's "The Play's The Thing" season.  He will star opposite Jerusalem star Mark Rylance in Tim Carroll's revival.

After strong reviews since opening on 10th February at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, The King's Speech currently on a UK tour is rumoured to be set for a West End transfer with The Wyndhams Theatre being one of the possibilities to stage the production.

The one thing Broadway guarantees is entertainment. London theatre shows are no exception. In fact, the city’s Broadway is almost at par with the Broadway in New York. Millions of theatre lovers from all over the world come to this magnificent city each year to witness the creative genius of commercial theatre, represented here through all the numerous productions

The hit US Broadway musical The Book of Morman by South Park creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker is looking set to come to the West End and show us just why they won 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

 Exclusive video of The Woman In Black at the Forune Theatre, London.

If you are trying to think of a gift for someone and you want it to be special and memorable but hopefully not too expensive, then why not get them some discount theatre tickets for one of London's many great shows.

In celebration of the bicentenary of Charles Dickens, PNPF Associates Ltd in association with Ovation present the new musical A Tale of Two Cities at The Charing Cross Theatre from 5th April to 12th May with Press Night on 17th April.

Following a critically acclaimed and sold out run as part of Chichester's Festival 2011, the double bill of Terence Rattigan's one-act masterpiece The Browning Version and David Hare's specially commissioned companion piece, South Downs will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre from April 19th with a Press Night on April 24th.

The sheer talent that is realized by millions each year through witnessing a live performance by celebrated actors is what makes London’s West End rank amongst the top Broadways of the world. People from all over the world visit this gorgeous city to catch one of their favourite plays.

If you are struggling to get tickets for the Old Vic's production of Noises Off, there is still a chance to see the hit show when it transfers to the Novello Theatre for a limited run from 24th March to 30th June.

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