News for March 2013


Behind the scenes at the press night of BURN THE FLOOR at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

BURN THE FLOOR: With Strictly's Robin & Kristina at the Shaftesbury Theatre - ticket offer now on!

According to a press statement from the producers of the hit Broadway transfer, The Book Of Mormon has smashed the record for single day sales for any show in West End or Broadway history.   It was announced that "between 10am and midnight on Friday 22nd March, the day after opening, £2,107,972 was taken in ticket sales."   Producer Sonia Friedman added "On behalf of everyone involved in The Book of Mormon, we are bowled over to be setting this quite extraordinary record."

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Nina Kristofferson brings her one woman show The Billie Holiday Story to the Charing Cross Theatre for strictly limited 8 week run.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time leads the way in the nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards

The West End production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN will have its final performance at the Palace Theatre on Saturday 8 June 2013 ahead of an extensive UK tour.

Great reviews for The Book Of Mormon at the Prince Of Wales Theatre

Filming an ITV special last Sunday celebrating his 40 year career, Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed that he has plans to ressurrect his ill-fated musical Love Never Dies "later this year or early next". The long-awaited sequel to his mega-smash Phantom Of The Opera opened at the Adelphi Theatre in March 2010 and lasted just under 18 months. It had starred West End heartthrob Ramin Karimloo as The Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine but a lukewarm response from critics and public alike brought the show to an earlier closure than had been hoped.

Great Expectations will now run at the Vaudeville Theatre until 30 March 2013, closing two months earlier than its original run date.

Exciting news about Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical surfaces.

Best known for his comic prowess Lenny Henry will be heading the cast in one of the greatest American dramas of the 20th Century, August Wilson's Fences, this summer.      His turn as Othello in 2009 was met with widespread critical acclaim, proving that Henry had more strings to his bow than were widely known.      His return to the London stage in Wilson's play will be hotly anticipated and a high demand for tickets is expected.

The Book Of Mormon is soon to debut in the UK after taking America by storm.      The musical, written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, was described by the New York Times as "the best musical of the century".       Word of mouth has helped anticipation for the show to build momentum in the UK, but with a title that may misleadingly make some feel the show won't be as understood outside of the States, and near knuckle humour, the magic of the show can be hard to explain to those who haven't heard of it.       We took to Twitter to get our followers to try and describe it.

Jamie Lloyd Productions today announced that The Hothouse, Harold Pinter’s macabre tragicomedy will return to London’s West End in a new production this May.    The Hothouse is next up in a thrilling season of work for Trafalgar Transformed, a joint initiative between director Jamie Lloyd (Donmar’s Passion, Broadway’s Cyrano de Bergerac, the National Theatre’s She Stoops to Conquer, Royal Court’s The Pride) and Howard Panter.    It comes hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed Macbeth, starring James McAvoy, tickets for which have sold out.    The Hothouse, with design by award-winning Soutra Gilmour, runs from 4 May to 3 August, with the press night on 9 May 2013.

Booking for the National Theatre’s award-winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue has been extended until 4 January 2014. The show opened this week to five-star reviews and a rapturous reception from audience and critics alike on the same day that it was awarded the 2013 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre.

After battling against each other on series 8 of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, evergreen beauty Felicity Kendall and Eastender-gone-good Kara Tointon will be sharing the stage in the revival of Alan Ayckbourn's fizzy comedy Relatively Speaking.    Kendall made it to the Blackpool stage of the tv dance competition but it was Tointon who eventually went on to win the series.

Graham Linehan’s award-winning adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers returns to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre this summer

Regent's Park Open Air Theatrehas announced that Robert Sean Leonard will play Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, the first production of the 2013 season. The Tony award-winning American actor is best known for playing Dr. James Wilson in the Fox television series House and Neil Perry in the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society. Having frequently performed on and off Broadway since 1986, To Kill a Mockingbird will mark Robert's return to the London stage for the first time in 22 years. 

You wait and wait to catch a dame and then two come along at once.   Typical!  Here in Theatreland nothing quite creates a theatresizzle like a show that you know is going to be unmissable.    Anyone with years of stunning performances on both stage and screen usually guarantees that a West End outing will deliver the goods.    Pedigrees don't come much greater than Dame Helen Mirren and Dame Judi Dench, both of whom have impending London shows opening.

Disney's The Lion King - now in it's 14th year at the Lyceum Theatre.

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