News for February 2014


Ruthie Henshall is to join the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical. The Olivier Award-winning actress will play Billy's dance teacher Mrs. Wilkinson. Her first performance will be 12 May 2014, nine years to the day since Billy Elliot the Musical officially opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.

Leading London theatre ticket agency, London Theatre Direct becomes the world's first ticket agency to offers customers the ability to pay for theatre tickets using bitcoin.

Richard Eyre’s sensational production of the Broadway classic The Pajama Game transfers to Shaftesbury Theatre from 2nd  May for a limited season following a critically acclaimed, sold out run at Chichester Festival Theatre with a cast including Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier, and featuring Peter Polycarpou until 31 May and Gary Wilmot from 2 June.

It has been confirmed that John Tiffany’s acclaimed production of Let The Right One In will transfer to the West End's Apollo Theatre next month. Fresh from a sell-out run at the Royal Court, Let The Right One In will begin previews at the Apollo Theatre on Wednesday 26th March ahead of an official opening night on Monday 7th April 2014.

This week promises to be the most exciting week of the year so far in the West End as some of the most highly anticipated productions of 2014 begin previews and officially open.

The West End production of Stephen Ward will complete its run at the Aldwych Theatre on 29 March 2014.

The West End premiere of Memphis The Musical is set to open at the Shaftesbury Theatre 23 October 2014, following previews from 9 October.

Rowan Polonski makes his West End debut in Another Country. Leigh Zimmerman and Steven Pacey join the cast of Relative Values as it transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre.

On 17 March 2014, Arthur Darvill, who has previously played the role in the Broadway production, will join the West End cast of Once to play the leading role of Guy. The eight-time Tony award-winning musical last month released over 400,000 new tickets for sale, taking bookings at the Phoenix Theatre to 4 July 2015.  Directed by John Tiffany, Once opened at the Phoenix Theatre in April last year where it has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. 

Theatreland almost exploded when it was announced that Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound would star in the West End premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The production, which begins previews at the Savoy Theatre on Monday 10th March, is currently having a Broadway style out-of-town tryout in Manchester where it has already received rave reviews.

Following a three-year run in London’s West End, audiences around the country will get the chance to enjoy Rock of Ages The Musical as it embarks on a UK tour, opening at The Palace Theatre, Manchester on 5th May 2014.

Some of the UK’s top comedian’s will be coming together on Monday 24th February at The Palace Theatre for a night of guaranteed fun and laughter to raise invaluable funds for Centrepoint, the charity for young homeless people. Josh Widdicombe, Adam Hills and Alex Brooker will be joined by Jon Culshaw, Joe Lycett, Mark Watson, James Acaster, Mike Wozniak, Lou Saunders, Kerry Godliman and other big names on the night.

This week is set to be very exciting in theatreland! Tomorrow evening (Tuesday 18th February 2014) the legendary Marti Webb returns to the West End with the original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s musical Tell Me On a Sunday. The one-woman show transfers to the Duchess Theatre following a sell-out week of performances at the St. James Theatre last month.

Tony Award-winner John Lloyd Young, who originated the role of Frankie Valli on Broadway in 2006, will reprise his performance in the West End production when Jersey Boys moves to its new London home at the Piccadilly Theatre from 15th March 2014. John will lead the company for a limited season until 27th April 2014.

Following a hugely successful, sold-out run at the Donmar, Conor McPherson’s 1997 play The Weir has transferred to the West End’s Wyndham's Theatre. Despite moving to a larger venue, Josie Rourke’s production has held onto its intimacy.

It has been confirmed that Stephen Daldry will direct Matthew Beard, Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy in a major West End revival of David Hare’s Olivier award-winning play, Skylight.

The lead cast of Shakespeare In Love has been announced to coincide with Valentine's Day. We present Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen.

Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions are delighted to announce initial casting for star-crossed lovers Will Shakespeare and Viola De Lesseps in the forthcoming stage production of Shakespeare in Love.

The Pajama Game will transfer to the Shaftesbury Theatre for a strictly limited run from 1st May following its critically acclaimed, sold out run at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre's production of The Pajama Game. The musical begins previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 2nd May ahead of an official opening on 13th May. Directed by Richard Eyre, The Pajama Game runs until 13th September 2014.

Simon Callow has confirmed he will once again star in his critically acclaimed play Being Shakespeare. The production returns to the West End later this month for 22 performances only between Wednesday 26th February and Saturday 15th March 2014.

This week sees the West End return of Ghost Stories which begins previews at the Arts Theatre this Thursday (13th February). The production, which stars Dino Fetscher, Paul Kemp, Paul Kendrick, Chris Levens, Gary Shelford, Mark Starr and Philip Whitchurch, marks Ghost Stories’ first major West End revival since its West End premiere in 2010.

Composer Duncan Sheik confirms a West End run for AMERICAN PSYCHO starring Matt Smith later in 2014.

Alex Jennings will play Willy Wonka in the record-breaking West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the role currently played by Douglas Hodge. Jennings’ first performance will be on Monday 19 May 2014

It has been announced that Phil Willmott’s new musical Lost Boy has extended its run at the Charing Cross Theatre to Saturday 29th March.

The Tricycle Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Moira Buffini’s Handbagged transfers to the West End – the first West End transfer under Indhu Rubasingham’s tenure as Artistic Director.

Don't miss Marti Webb as she brings the one woman show, Tell Me On A Sunday to the Duchess Theatre

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, if you’re still stuck for gift ideas there is nothing more romantic than an evening at the theatre. However, as there is nothing worse than picking the wrong show below are five shows we recommend you take your loved one to this Valentine’s Day…

The Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Julian Mitchell's Another Country will transfer to Trafalgar Studios 1. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the production will run from Wednesday 26th March until Saturday 21st June 2014.

First up this week new cast members join the West End production of The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre tonight (3rd Feb). However, the original leads - Gavin Creel (Elder Price), Jared Gertner (Elder Cunningham), Alexia Khadime (Nabulungi) and Stephen Ashfield (Elder McKinley) - have all extended their contracts and continue to star in the musical.

It has been announced that comedy stars Mark Heap and Robert Webb will take over from Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen as Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke Of York's Theatre.

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