News for July 2013


Popstar-turned reality tv star Kerry Katona has had her share of ups and downs, will a well publicised meltdown and substance abuse at her lows.  Last week it was announced that she had been cast as legendary movie star and icon, Marilyn Monroe, in an upcoming musical about the star.  Critics were quick to bash the announcement as 'stunt casting', so we went to our Twitter followers to get their view.

After wowing audiences in Australia and then making their way over to the South Bank earlier this year, Dinosaur Zoo will take residence at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre for a month this summer.  The amazingly life-like dinosaurs are a mixture of puppetry, electronic wizardry and theatrical showmanship and are likely to have children's jaws dropping with excitement.  

Every Tuesday we give away the chance to win free tickets to a West End show with our #TicketTuesday giveaway on Twitter.  Recent winner Billy Harvey snaffled two tickets to the hit show The Bodyguard, based on the 1992 smash hit movie in which the late Whitney Houston starred alongside Kevin Costner.  The Bodyguard West End musical features Houston's legendary hits such as I Wanna Dance With Somebody, So Emotional and One Moment In Time.

Following the stage successes of his co-star Daniel Radcliffe, currently wowing audiences in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Rupert Grint is set to  play against type by making his stage debut in the upcoming revival of Mojo.  Well known for his portrayal of Ron Weasley in all eight Harry Potter films, Grint will feature in Jez Butterworth's gritty play alongside the Bond series' new Q Ben Whishaw, Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle and Daniel Mays, who won plaudits for his turn as Ronnie Biggs in ITV drama Mrs Biggs.

Forget the scorching heat, some of best Theatres in the West End are the coolest places to be this summer.

A new cast for the National Theatre’s multi award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in London’s Apollo Theatre goes into rehearsals today (Monday 22 July 2013) and begins performances on 2 September 2013.

For nearly 40 years The London Dungeon has delighted, horrified and entertained visitors with its macabre journey through London’s murky past.

In a novel fundraising idea, hit musical Spamalot is to feature a 'Summer of Spamalot Charity Gods' in order to draw attention to and raise money for a number of celebrities' chosen charities.  The role of God is usually played by Monty Python legend and Spamalot creator Eric Idle, who appears as the character on a giant screen when King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table are given their quest to find The Holy Grail.   Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Windsor, Larry Lamb, Bradley Walsh, Simon Callow and Christopher Biggins have all filmed their parts which will be shown a week at a time starting from Monday 15th July.

The American Plan recently transferred to The St James’ Theatre from Bath hoping to follow the recent successes of Fences and Relatively Speaking.

Royal Opera House transfers The Wind In The Willows into London's West End

Barry Humphries will finally say goodbye to his best known creation, housewife-turned-gigastar Edna Everage this winter at the London Palladium in farewell tour Eat, Pray, Laugh!  Having already bid adieu Down Under with the hugely well-received show in venues across Australia and New Zealand, the comedian will take residence in the iconic West End venue from November 13th.

After stunning critics and audiences alike with his 2009 unexpected dramatic debut in Othello, funnyman Lenny Henry's current turn in Fences has also proved to be a critical success.  August Wilson's classic American play runs at the Duchess Theatre until 14th September.  Here is a roundup of what the papers are saying.

Hayley Atwell, Harry Hadden-Paton and Al Weaver will head the cast in Jamie Lloyd and Howard Panter's third Trafalgar Transformed production, The Pride, at the Trafalgar Studios, previewing from 8 August.  They will be joined by Gavin & Stacey's Mathew Horne.  The multi award-winning show had a hugely well-received run previously at Upstairs at The Royal Court in 2008 for a limited run.

Jonathan Kent’s superb production of Private Lives has opened at The Gielgud theatre and has been touted as the sexiest reincarnation of the classic story to date.  

Following his international tour, Owain Arthur will return to the Theatre Royal Haymarket this September to resume his role of Francis Henshall in the multiple award-winning comedy One Man Two Guvnors.   His return will be accompanied by new cast members Angela Griffin, Kellie Shirley, Peter Caulfield and Dominic Thorburn who will join One Man Two Guvnors London cast.

Savannah Stevenson, Jeremy Taylor, Sue Kelvin and Paul Clarkson will join previously announced Willemijn Verkaik in the West End smash from 18th November 2013.   In addition Sam Kelly will return to play The Wizard in the Apollo Victoria production.

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson’s new stage musical From Here to Eternity.

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