News for April 2013


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Casting has been announced for Graham Linehan's award-winning comic adaptation of The Ladykillers, which returns to the West End at the Vaudeville Theatre from 29 June.  The new cast will include Ralf Little (The Royle Family), Simon Day (The Fast Show), Angela Thorne (To the Manor Born) and Olivier Award winning actors John Gordon Sinclair (She Loves Me and classic film Gregory’s Girl) and Con O’Neill (Blood Brothers and Telstar). Chris McCalphy will reprise his role as One Round following the show’s recent UK tour.

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, or more popularly referred to as the Tony Award, recognizes achievement in live Broadway theatre. This year, the Tony Awards will be presented on the 9th of June, at the Radio City Music Hall in New York.

A full cast has been announced for the eagerly anticipated return of the stage adaptation of Alexander Mackendrick’s 1955 macabre Ealing comedy, The Ladykillers.

It has today been announced that the role of Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! will be inherited by the talented Dianne Pilkington later this year as part of the largest cast change the hit West End musical has ever seen.

Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed Miss Saigon is returning to the West End. But what do we know about the production so far?

Dame Helen Mirren has added to her already lengthy list of accolades for portraying the Queen with British theatre’s top acting award.

War Horse remains one of the most popular shows in London's West End. We examine why...

Winner of 7 Olivier Awards! The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Apollo Theatre

The National Theatre's international smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors celebrates its third year in London.

See the hilarious show Liza (On An E) at the Vaudeville Theatre!

Some shows pop in and out of the West End on a seemingly regular basis over the years, while others have their runs cut short due to disappointing sales, but are still remembered fondly by those who saw them.  Then there are the high calibre plays with star-billing that seem to sell out within minutes but cannot extend due to the lead's other commitments.   We asked our Twitter followers which shows they wanted back in the West End...and they spoke!

William Shakespeare is certainly one of the best known writers on the planet and without a doubt one of the most widely translated and quoted authors of all time. His works are widely appreciated, with tens of thousands of research papers, diploma theses and analyses which must have been written on his works. The extraordinary nature of his language is widely known, the width of his talents famous. With the controversy of whether Shakespeare did actually exist and whether it was a single person or possibly several writers, he remains one of the largest mysteries of literature.

After an initial pre-sale period in Ireland, The Commitments held its official Media Launch in London's Palace Theatre today.

The Commitments tickets for the new Palace Theatre production go on sale today, 23rd April 2013.

Because of the success of the book and subsequent Oscar nominated 1991 film, the remarkable story of how The Commitments came to be published has been lost.

Suranne Jones, Coronation Street's feisty Karen McDonald and star of Vincent and Scott & Bailey, heads the cast in the revival of Jonathan Harvey's coming of age story Beautiful Thing at the Arts Theatre.  The play revolves around two young boys on a council estate in the early nineties, Jamie and Ste, coming to terms with their burgeoning sexuality.  Following the play's initial 1993 premiere it was brought to a wider audience with a 1996 film version.  Jones plays Sandra, Ste's feisty mother, played by Linda Henry in the screen adaptation.

Have you ever wondered what Roald Dahl’s Matilda would be like on stage?  I have.  Since reading the book Matilda as a child, endlessly fascinated by the illustrations of Sir Quentin Blake, I have kept the magical world of Matilda Wormwood and her mischiefs in my head.  I loved her character – she is unusually clever on one hand and cheeky on the other. She is bold and nonconformist, which makes her a truly extraordinary little girl.  I have always identified with her resistance and stubbornness.

Glenn Carter* (Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle down the Wind), Stephen Rahman Hughes* (Emmerdale, Dream Team, Bombay Dreams, West Side Story), David Thaxton (Passion, Les Miserables) and Matt Willis (Wicked, Flashdance, Footloose and BRIT award winning member of Busted), join the previously announced Lee Mead (Wicked, Legally Blonde, BBC Series Winner of Any Dream Will Do) to complete The West End Men.  All four will be joined by special guest star Kerry Ellis* (Wicked, Oliver, We Will Rock You, Born Free Tour with Brian May) for the limited run at the Vaudeville Theatre from 25 May to 22 June.

You screamed. Madame Tussauds listened. ONE DIRECTION are now 'touring' Madame Tussauds!

Harriet Thorpe returns to play Madame Morrible in Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Running for a limited period at The Vaudeville Theatre

Matilda the Musical has received rave reviews from the US press after its "marvellous" opening night on Broadway.

“The course of true love never did run smooth” - A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Rufus Hound joins the West End cast of One Man, Two Guvnors at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Anna-Jane Casey and Howard Crossley join the new cast of West end hit Billy Elliot the musical as the production welcomed its 4 milionth patron  

After wowing the critics and public alike with her turn as The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot last year, Bonnie will return to the role from the 6th May at the Playhouse Theatre.   This will follow a well-received run in Dolly Parton's touring musical, 9 to 5.

Derren Brown brings INFAMOUS to the Palace Theatre

It has been announced today that Sir Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre in London, will be relinquishing his position at the end of March 2015.

The multi-award winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion returns to the West End stage with his new one-man show DERREN BROWN: INFAMOUS.

Thriller Live, the musical based on the music of King Of Pop, Michael Jackson, extends at the Lyric Theatre.

Full cast announced for Harold Pinter's The Hothouse at The Trafalgar Studios

An exclusive video introduction to Tim Rice's magnificent new epic musical From Here To Eternity at The Shaftesbury Theatre.

The world premiere of new stage musical From Here to Eternity will preview at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 30th September.

Auditions for Wicked London and Wicked UK tour companies will be held on 12th and 13th April.   The open auditions will take place at Pineapple Studios, London, this coming Friday and Saturday.   As well as the hit London show which currently resides at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, a major new touring production of the award-winning musical will open in Manchester in September 2013 and visit Dublin, Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and Birmingham.  Further cities, casting and dates into 2015 will be announced at a later date.

13 year-old Joshua-James Thomas from Harrow and 12 year-old Michael Matias from Leystonstone this month join the cast of the West End hit musical The Bodyguard as the show enters its new booking period.   Performing alongside Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen who lead the cast as Rachel Marron and Frank Farmer respectively, Thomas and Matias take on the role of Fletcher, Rachel’s young son.   They will alternate the role with original cast members 11 year-old Taylor Lockhart and 10 year-old Malaki Paul.

Wicked, the record-breaking hit West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, proudly welcomed its 5 millionth theatregoer to London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre on Saturday 30 March 2013.   Stewart Lyons, together with his partner Cristina Kane, from Kirkcaldy in Fife, attended the sold out matinee performance and were invited backstage to meet the cast after the show.   Asked how it felt to be the 5 millionth theatregoer, Mr Lyons said “It feels fantastic.   We loved the show and even though it is our first visit to Wicked, it won’t be our last.”

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