News for March 2014


With another week comes another major opening in London’s West End. On Wednesday (2nd April 2014) Dirty Rotten Scoundrels officially opens at the Savoy Theatre following three weeks of previews and two out-of-town tryouts. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the legendary 1988 film which famously starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin and was directed by Frank Oz. The musical opened on Broadway in 2005 and ran for just under two years. The West End premiere stars Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley, Samantha Bond and John Marquez.  

By Andrew Tomlins
Monday 31 March 2014

It has been announced that Tom Conti and William Gaminara will join Robert Vaughn and Jeff Fahey in Bill Kenwright’s production of Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre from Monday 31st March 2014. Directed by Christopher Haydon and currently booking until 14th June 2014, Twelve Angry Men has proved popular with audiences and critics, having already extended its run three times.

By Andrew Tomlins
Monday 31 March 2014

It has been confirmed that Good People will transfer from the Hampstead Theatre to the Noel Coward Theatre, beginning previews on 10th April 2014. The production officially opens on 15th April and runs until 14th June, filling the gap between The Full Monty and Shakespeare In Love.

By Andrew Tomlins
Friday 28 March 2014

The rumored next show for the Garrick Theatre is tipped to be Kander & Ebb's Scottsboro Boys from June. As yet though, this is unconfirmed and unannounced.

Alexandra Burke will join the cast of the hit West End musical The Bodyguard on 2 June, this year. She will play the leading role of Oscar-nominated superstar Rachel Marron. Burke will play opposite Tristan Gemmill who continues in the role of Rachel’s bodyguard, Frank Farmer.  Alexandra Burke will join the production at the Adelphi Theatre where the show is playing to 30 August 2014.  Beverley Knight will continue in the role of Rachel Marron until 31 May 2014.

I Can't Sing! opened its doors to press and high profile VIP guests last night (26th March 2014) at the London Palladium following a lengthy preview period.

By Jacob Porteous
Thursday 27 March 2014

Living up to the hype, Angela Lansbury's return to the West End stage is as triumphant as many predicted. Having already won a Tony Award for her performance as Madame Arcati in Noël Coward's masterpiece, Blithe Spirit provides a top night out.

By Andrew Tomlins
Thursday 27 March 2014

Another busy week, full of openings and closings, lies ahead this week in London’s theatreland. Tomorrow (25th March 2014) sees the official opening of the world stage premiere of Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Written by James Dearden, the highly anticipated production is directed by Trevor Nunn.

By Andrew Tomlins
Tuesday 25 March 2014

Wicked, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to confirm the remaining dates of its record-breaking UK Tour, visiting Plymouth and Sunderland in 2015. The production will play at the Theatre Royal Plymouth (20 January to 14 February 2015) and Sunderland Empire Theatre (31 March to 25 April 2015). The tour will conclude at The Lowry in Salford in the summer of 2015.

The West End productions of Thriller Live and The Commitments have both extended their West End runs to April 2015.

By Andrew Tomlins
Thursday 20 March 2014

Happy St Patrick’s Day!This week is a big week for the West End’s Irish musicals...   Firstly Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill joins the West End production of Once tonight (Monday 17th March 2014) at the Phoenix Theatre, following a successful stint on Broadway. His previous London theatre credits include Our Boys (Duchess), Soft Cops (RSC), Doctor Faustus (Globe) and Swimming with Sharks (Vaudeville Theatre). Arthur is also known for his roles in Broadchurch and The White Queen.

With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, The Weir is currently one of the hottest tickets in town. Written by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, The Weir transferred to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre following a sold-out run at the Donmar Warehouse.

The season for open air theatre is fast approaching and for 2014, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has some great events planned. The Sunday Events programme boasts a series of one night only performances including Seth Lakeman, Comedy Store Players, and Clare Teal with her Big Band.

By Jacob Porteous
Wednesday 12 March 2014

Having rocked over 6.5 million people in a record-breaking 12 years at the London’s Dominion Theatre, the smash hit Queen & Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You is due finally to close on 31 May 2014.

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's production of 1984 will transfer to the Playhouse Theatre for a limited 12 week run. The production opens on 8th May 2014 (previews from 28th April), following its critically acclaimed, sold out run at the Almeida Theatre.

Last night was the end of an era for Jersey Boys as it closed at the Prince Edward Theatre (to make way for the West End return of Miss Saigon), but the musical has an exciting week ahead. Original Broadway cast member John Lloyd Young, who originated the role of Frankie Valli in 2006, joins the long-running musical on Saturday (15th March 2014) when it reopens at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Barry James, Josefina Gabrielle, Richard Dempsey and Kirsty Malpass will join the previously announced Alex Jennings (Willy Wonka) in the cast of the record-breaking West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, the critically acclaimed, award-winning Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, is now in its very final weeks at the Trafalgar Studios. The production will be closing March 22.

Open auditions are to be held for ‘Cub School’ – the programme where children who have the potential to play Young Simba and Young Nala in Disney’s musical  The Lion King at London's Lyceum Theatre have the opportunity to hone the skills required to take on these challenging roles.

For the past year Daniel Evans' production of The Full Monty has been playing to sold out audiences all around the UK, and now the play, about a group of unemployed steel workers who form a troupe of male strippers, has transferred to the West End.

In the early hours of this morning it was (finally) confirmed that Gemma Arterton will star in the West End premiere of Made In Dagenham. Tickets are on sale now for the musical which begins previews at the Adelphi Theatre on 9th October ahead of an official opening on 5th November.

More news on the new show MADE IN DAGENHAM at the ADELPHI THEATRE. Made In Dagenham tickets on sale now!

Gemma Arterton is to star in a West End musical version of the 2010 British film Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre.

The creators of Ghost Stories have made the show even scarier following its 2010/11 West End run. Whilst horror films are hugely popular we don’t see so much horror on stage at it is very challenging. However, Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman certainly do the genre justice and horror fans can certainly expect to have their experience enhanced by this terrifying theatrical experience.

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