News for September 2012


 A Chorus of Disapproval opened to shining reviews this week at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Read on to see what the critics had to say.

 Nicholas Hytner’s five star National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors announces a further new booking period releasing over 200, 000 new tickets for sale in the West End, taking bookings at the Theatre Royal Haymarket to 31 August 2013.


Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer (Lloyd Owen), is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron (Heather Headley) from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge - what they don't expect is to fall in love.

Our sassy #TheatreReporters Soph and Lorn hit the West End to check out cross-generational appeal show Shrek, based on the hit movie series.  The current cast includes Carley Stensen as Princess Fiona, Dean Chisnall as Shrek and Richard Blackwood as Donkey.

Ex-Busted star James Bourne and writer/composer Elliot Davis have teamed up to create an original musical inspired by Bourne's group Son Of Dork's album Welcome To Loserville.  Having won critical and public acclaim outside of London the show is due to transfer to the West End with previews staring next week, October 1st.  With the West End relying on so many 'jukebox musicals' and revivals to get bums on seats, London Theatre Direct applaud any original new show ballsy enough to try and establish themselves and bring something fresh to London.   We caught up with James and Elliot in the run up to the show's London debut.

The 21 year run of Blood Brothers will come to an end this November and Theatreland has been buzzing with suggestions of which show might be able to fill the venue.   It now looks that Once will be the most likely candidate and producers will be hoping that the show will be set for a long tenure.  The show began it's theatre incarnation off Broadway in late 2011 at the New York Theater Workshop before transferring to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in February 2012.

Part-time journalist Jacky Hilary caught Roger Rees's one man show What You Will on the 21st September.   Here is her take on the show:

Recent #TicketTuesday winner Lucy Wood went to see Jumpy at the Duke Of Yorks Theatre.   The bittersweet comedy stars Tamsin Greig, star of Green Wing, Love Soup and Episodes as a wife and mother trying to juggle a testing family life, opinionated friends and turning 50.   It is playing a limited run until the 3rd November.

 Take a look at this just released teaser of Loserville the musical to open at the Garrick Theatre on 1 October.

 Stephen Daldry is to direct Helen Mirren in the world premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience.  The Audience will preview at the Gielgud Theatre from 15 February 2013, with press night on 5 March 2013 at 7pm and is currently booking to 15 June 2013. 

Over 2000 on-stage seats and a final extra week of performances have now been released on sale for the Shakespeare’s Globe all male productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night at the Apollo Theatre.

Singer Tori Amos has revealed that she hopes her long-awaited stage musical The Light Princess will premiere at the National Theatre next year.

A spellbinding family show from the creators of The Gruffalo, Room On The Broom flies into the West End for a magical Christmas season from 21 November at the Lyric Theatre.

After a teaser-run this June and July, the unique show helmed by actor/writer/director Lily Bevan is back at the Trafalgar Studios for a longer tenure starting this Thursday.   It's the perfect time to revisit our interview with Lily and remind anyone who didn't catch it first time around what they missed out on.

The reboot of classic 80s tv guilty pleasure Dallas has taken America by storm this summer and has just started airing on Channel Five in the UK.  A flock of the original cast have been lured back to the soapy drama series including Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and the inimitable Larry Hagman, however there is no news yet as to whether Priscilla Presley will make an appearance in the show's second season.  Fans will however be able to catch her on this side of the pond this Christmas - treading the boards in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

THE BOOK OF MORMON: The London production of The Book of Mormon will begin preview performances in the West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 25 February 2013 with The Book Of Mormon tickets released for general sale on 23rd September 2012. 

Over 180,000 new tickets are released for public sale today (10 September 2012) as Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre extends its booking period to 28 September 2013.  Seventy seven years after its movie release, Matthew White’s production arrived in the West End earlier this year having completed a 20 week sell-out UK tour.

Written and directed by Lily Bevan, Celebrity Night at Cafe Red will run at the Trafalgar Studios 2 from 20 September to 6 October 2012.

Due to overwhelming public demand, Edward Hall’s critically acclaimed production of Chariots of Fire now extends booking at the Gielgud Theatre to 2 February 2013.  Since transferring to the West End in May this year for a previously announced limited run, Chariots of Fire has been championed by Olympians past and present who have joined theatregoers in applauding this inspirational tale of hope, honour and belief.

Douglas Hodge will reportedly play Willy Wonka in Sam Mendes' new stage production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which premieres at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane next summer.

For the first time since originally opening in London in 1976 and winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical, a full London revival of the Broadway Production of A Chorus Line will be staged at the London Palladium from February 2nd 2013, with a press night on Tuesday February 19th. The season will be strictly limited, running through until June 29th.

 Shrek is the must see musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and here is our exclusive interview with it's two stars, Dean Chisnall and Carley Stensen.

The National Theatre’s Tony Award-winning production of War Horse will play its final performance on Broadway on January 6, 2013. The show will have played 718 regular and 33 preview performances at the time of closing.

This week three new and six returning cast members will join the London company of the National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed stage production War Horse at the New London Theatre.

This week 10 year old Jack Bromage-Eccles from Nuneaton and 10 year old Thomas Moore from Doncaster join the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical to play Michael, Billy’s best friend.  They will alternate the role with Joe Massey 12 years old from South Wirrell.

Film and television star Robert Powell will join the cast of Singin’ in the Rain from 1 October 2012, as the five star West End production announces the release of over 300,000 new tickets, taking bookings at the Palace Theatre to 1 September 2013. 

Michael Xavier, Janie Dee, Claire Moore, Hayley Gallivan, Maria Friedman, Danielle Hope, Alison Jiear, Haydn Gwynne, Sally Anne Triplett, David Bedella, Tam Mutu, Paul Kaye, Stuart Matthew Price, Lucy May Barker, James Bourne, Madalena Alberto and Jenna Russell are now confirmed as the full line up of artists for Mercury Musical Developments 20th Anniversary Gala on Sunday 14 October 2012 at the Novello Theatre.

Rumour has it that the latest hit Disney musical Newsies may be headed for the West End Stage.

Cahoots Productions proudly presents the West End debut of Zelda, written and performed by Kelly Burke and directed by Robert F. Gross running at the Trafalgar Studios from 18 September to 4 October with press night on 19 September.

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