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News for July 2012

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BLOG : Top 10 things to do in London this summer

War Horse Monday 30 July 2012

Whatever you're visiting London for this summer, whether it be to hit the shops, to watch a top West End performance, to see the divers at the London 2012 Olympics on large screens or to witness the shocking British weather, don’t do anything until you’ve read our favourite Top 10 Things To Do In London This Summer.  

Phil Cornwell and Rhona Croker join West End cast of One Man, Two Guvnors

One Man, Two Guvnors Friday 27 July 2012

From 3 September 2012 Phil Cornwell and Rhona Croker will join the West End cast of the National Theatre’s five star award-winning One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.  Currently booking to 12 January 2013, Cornwell will play Charlie and Croker, Pauline.

BLOG : 10 Famous People on Stage in London This Summer

Jumpy Thursday 26 July 2012

This summer London’s West End is a fantastic place to find celebrities.  It seems like it’s the place to be to see your favourite A-listers performing on stage, whether they are pop-stars, television actors or Olympic gold medallists. Here’s a rundown of 10 Famous People on Stage in London This Summer.

BLOG : #TicketTuesday winner Lynn Wakeford reviews The Hurly Burly Show

The Hurly Burly Show Thursday 26 July 2012

Recent #TicketTuesday winner Lynn Wakeford went with her 20-year-old daughter who is a dance enthusiast to see the West End's first major mainstream burlesque-inspired revue, The Hurly Burly Show. 

Full cast announced for Trevor Nunn's production of Alan Ayckbourn's A Chorus Of Disapproval

A Chorus of Disapproval Wednesday 25 July 2012

Trevor Nunn is to direct Rob Brydon, Nigel Harman and Ashley Jensen in Alan Ayckbourn’s A Chorus of Disapproval opening at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the Autumn.  Jessica Ellerby, Barrie Rutter, Paul Thornley and Susan Tracy will join previously announced company members Teresa Banham, Daisy Beaumont, Georgia Brown, Rob Compton, Matthew Cottle and Steven Edis.

Spamalot is back!

Spamalot Tuesday 24 July 2012

Hot on the heels of its UK tour, cult favourite Spamalot wends its way back into the West End today beginning the previews for a limited seven week run.  The musical previously enjoyed great success as the Palace Theatre where it ran for over two years from September 2006.  It will now play at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 9th September and its latest incarnation comes with a slew of famous faces.

Exclusive interview with Nickelodeon about the upcoming Dora The Explorer live show

Dora the Explorer LIVE! Tuesday 24 July 2012

Much loved Nickelodeon character Dora The Explorer is gearing up for a live show at the Apollo Theatre that will have a limited three week run from 28th August to 16th September.   Gerald Raines, VP of Recreation Business Development at Nickelodeon spoke exclusively to us about why he is excited about this new show and bringing the children's character who makes learning fun to a wider audience.

FIERCE, FABULOUS, FEARLESS - Drag Divas at the Arts Theatre!

Drag Divas Saturday 21 July 2012

Drag Divas is brought to you by the team that produced the West End sell out hit Snow White and the Seven Poofs at The Leicester Square Theatre in 2011. Opening at the Arts Theatre, this is one show not to miss!

Antoni Cimolino unveils first season as Artistic Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Thursday 19 July 2012

July 17, 2012… Antoni Cimolino today announced the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s playbill for 2013, his first season as Artistic Director, and began to outline his vision for the Festival’s future during his tenure.

Matthew Bourne's triumphant Play Without Words opens at Sadler's Wells to rave reviews

Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words Tuesday 17 July 2012

Matthew Bourne's triumphant multi Olivier Award-winning dance masterpiece Play Without Words has opened at Sadler's Wells to rave reviews and runs through until 5 August.

BLOG : The 39 Steps - from page, to screen, to stage

39 Steps Tuesday 17 July 2012

Is there anyone who hasn't read The 39 Steps?  The classic novel by John Buchan is still widely read and loved today after nearly a century since publication in 1915 which just goes to show that the public love a good adventure story of a man on the run and that is filled with spies and espionage.

BLOG : Ghost The Musical - why you must see it before it closes

Ghost Tuesday 17 July 2012

The run of Ghost The Musical is being cut short to make way for Viva Forever, the Spice Girls musical which will start its previews at the Piccadilly Theatre on 27th November.   Whilst we are excited about the upcoming Spicefest we can't help be sad that Ghost will be moving on from the West End.  A national tour seems likely but dates or venues have not been announced as yet.  We have a sneaky feeling that Ghost The Musical is going to follow the same pattern as Dirty Dancing.  Billed as Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage, that show departed the Aldwych Theatre in July 2011 after a five year run prior to its own national tour.   It is one of the most requested shows that are no longer in London with customers kicking themselves that they didn't snap up tickets sooner.

Chicago the musical ends it's 15 year run in London

Chicago Friday 13 July 2012

Chicago’s historic record-breaking 15 year run in London's West End will come to an end on Saturday 1 September 2012.

BLOG : Pretty and witty and gay! Gay-friendly shows in the West End

Cabaret Thursday 12 July 2012

More and more people are looking for gay theatre London shows these days.  Theatre has by nature an inbuilt gay-appeal anyway - drama, tears, laughter, fabulous finger-snapping music anthems...all can be found on the London stage.   With hit high-camp tv shows such as Glee, Smash and RuPaul's Drag Race, album sales going up rather than down when American rnb stars out themselves and more and more postive gay characters in soaps and tv series, pink power is more noticeable than ever.   A raft of gay-themed theatre shows are subsequently popping up all over the place in the West End.

BLOG : What is STAR? The Society Of Ticket Agents and Retailers

Thursday 12 July 2012

STAR - the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers - was formed in 1997 and is the leading self-regulatory body for the entertainment ticketing industry across the United Kingdom, with many of the biggest names in ticketing as members.

BLOG : Why, when and how to buy theatre tickets

Rock Of Ages Wednesday 11 July 2012

If you have a friend or family member's birthday coming up or a hen night or work party to organise, or maybe you just fancy a night out on the town doing something a little different than usual, why not get online and buy some theatre tickets to one of London's many great shows. In London's West End alone there are currently over 80 plays and musicals showing with something to please just about anyone.

BLOG : Get to know the Prince Of Wales Theatre London

Mamma Mia! Monday 09 July 2012

The Prince Of Wales Theatre London is one of seven theatres owned by Delfont Mackintosh, the company started by Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Lord Bernard Delfont.  Lord Delfont already owned the Prince Edward Theatre and The Prince of Wales and in 1990, Lord Delfont approached Mackintosh about acquiring these theatres as he felt that Mackintosh shared his passion about their future.  He agreed to the partnership upon the condition that there would be a commitment to major renovation and refurbishment of the theatres.  That was agreed and both theatres have been beautifully restored.

Paul Bigley joins cast of 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre

39 Steps Monday 09 July 2012

Today, 9 July, Paul Bigley (Man) joins other cast members Andrew Alexander (Richard Hannay), Catherine Bailey (Pamela/Annabella/Margaret) and Stephen Critchlow (Man) in the hilarious, multi award-winning comedy, The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre.

BLOG : The Gielgud Theatre: An homage to an extraordinary actor

Chariots of Fire Thursday 05 July 2012

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Last chance to see Danny Devito and Richard Griffiths in award winning comedy The Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys Wednesday 04 July 2012

After opening to great acclaim, Thea Sharrock’s production of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys will complete its run at The Savoy Theatre on 28 July as previously announced.

BLOG : Chariots Of Fire review by #TicketTuesday winner Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Chariots of Fire Tuesday 03 July 2012

Our #TicketTuesday competition on Facebook and Twitter gives away seats for top West End shows every week.   Richard Brownlie-Marshall went to see Chariots Of Fire at the Gielgud Theatre - here is his exclusive review!

James McArdle Q & A

Chariots of Fire Tuesday 03 July 2012

Chariots of Fire brings alive the incredible true story of two British athletes whose honour, sacrifice and courage brought them glory and immortality on the greatest sporting stage of all. Here is our exclusive interview with one of the stars of the show, James McArdle.

Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words Opens Next Week at Sadlers Wells

Matthew Bourne's Play Without Words Tuesday 03 July 2012

"Funny, sexy, sinister, nostalgic, brilliantly stylish and blazing original" The Daily Telegraph's description of the play when it debuted at the National Theatre in 2002 and enjoyed a sell out run!

Gatz at the Noel Coward Theatre has only 8 performances left!

GATZ Monday 02 July 2012

Presented by LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre)2012, Gatz at the Noel Coward Theatre had been thoroughly enjoyed by both audiences and the media. Every word of Fitzgerald's novel is spoken in this remarkable production.


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