News for January 2014


Tickets are now on sale for for the stage premiere of Shakespeare in Love. The play, which opens at London’s Noël Coward Theatre, previews from 2 July 2014 with opening night on Wednesday 23 July 2014.

2014 is the Year of the Horse, and Joey, the life-size puppet-horse and star of the National Theatre’s production of War Horse, is making a special on-stage appearance at the Chinese New Year celebrations in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 2 February.  The appearance will be part of the day’s finale just before 6pm.

A musical version of the hugely popular '80s film Back to the Future is set to hit the London West End in 2015.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory today announced that it is extending its run at Theatre Royal Drury Lane until 30 May 2015. The new booking period will go on sale on 7 February 2014.

It has been announced that the Tricycle Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Moira Buffini’s Handbagged will transfer to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre from April, marking the Tricycle’s first West End transfer under Indhu Rubasingham’s tenure as Artistic Director

Bill Kenwright has extended the run of his new West End production of Twelve Angry Men, starring Martin Shaw, Jeff Fahey, Nick Moran and Robert Vaughn, at the Garrick Theatre. The production will run for an extra two weeks, closing on Saturday 15th March 2014.

It has been announced that Mark Bazeley and Sex and the City star Kristin Davis will play Dan and Beth Gallagher alongside Natascha McElhone as Alex Forrest in the world stage premiere of Fatal Attraction.

London Theatre Direct's Andrew Tomlins catches up with the stars of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Samantha Bond and John Marquez.

London Theatre Direct's Andrew Tomlins gives us the lowdown of everything noteworthy in Theatreland this week.

Wicked welcomes Martyn Ellis as The Wizard - award-winning actor joins the London cast from 17 February...

It has been confirmed that Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid will star in Stephen Sachs’ new play, Bakersfield Mist. Directed by Polly Teale, Bakersfield Mist will begin previews at the Duchess Theatre from 10th May 2014 2014 ahead of an official opening night on 26th May.

Returning to the London stage for the first time in nearly 40 years the inimitable Angela Lansbury reunites with acclaimed director Michael Blakemore to reprise her Tony award-winning Broadway performance as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. 

Richard Eyre’s five star production of Ibsen’s Ghosts has been extended by two weeks due to popular demand. This acclaimed show, starring Lesley Manville, has been playing to packed houses at Trafalgar Studios since December.  The universally praised cast also includes Adam Kotz, Jack Lowden, Brian McCardie and Charlene McKenna.

The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced that veteran comedy writer Ray Cooney will direct a revival of his farce Two Into One later this year.

It has been announced that the West End production of Once has extended its booking period at the Phoenix Theatre to 4th July 2015. Over 400,000 new tickets will be released on Friday 24th January 2014.

Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen is now playing at Trafalgar Studios for a strictly limited season.

On Monday 27 January 2014 the National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed award-winning stage production of War Horse will release over 130,000 new tickets for sale for the West End production taking booking at the New London Theatre to 14 February 2015.

This week in the West End kicks off with a special gala performance tonight (20thJan) at the Playhouse Theatre to welcome Joe Pasquale back to Spamalot. The actor and comedian previously starred as King Arthur last summer receiving rave reviews and, following a brief stint on the current all-stars final series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice, Joe is now returning to the production to star opposite ex-Hollyoaks actress Carley Stenson who plays The Lady of the Lake.

The National Theatre’s critically acclaimed smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors will complete its West End run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 1 March 2014, as previously announced, prior to a third UK and Ireland tour beginning in May 2014.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Stephen Ward extends booking period at the Aldwych Theatre until 31st May 2014.

Natascha McElhone will play Alex Forrest in the world stage premiere of Fatal Attraction, directed by Trevor Nunn at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Gerónimo Rauch, who is currently starring as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, chats to London Theatre Direct’s Andrew Tomlins about how it feels to be playing one of his dream roles, the biggest challenges of playing an iconic role and how starring as The Phantom compares to playing Jean Valjean.

It has been announced that Jemima Rooper, Sandra Dickinson, Simon Jones and Patsy Ferran will join the previously announced Janie Dee, Charles Edwards and Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit which will begin previews at the Gielgud Theatre on 1st March 2014 prior to an official opening night on 18th March 2014. Michael Blakemore’s production will run until 7th June 2014.

This week will see the first major opening of 2014 when Ghosts, which transferred to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios late last year straight from the Almeida Theatre, has its press night on Tuesday (14th January). The already critically acclaimed production stars Lesley Manville who has received high praise for her magnificent performance.

When The Book of Mormon opened last year it quite literally took the West End by storm. The show, which transferred from Broadway, has been greeted by British audiences with open arms and producers boast that still to this day there has been no seat unsold.

The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – winner of seven Olivier Awards – will resume its West End run at the Gielgud Theatre from 24 June (opening night 8 July).

This week sees everything go back to normal in London’s theatreland, following the busy festive season which saw Christmas shows come and go and normal performance schedules turned upside down.

Ian Rickson’s critically acclaimed revival of Jez Butterworth’s award-winning Mojo will complete its run on 8 February 2014 as previously announced. 

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