News for April 2014

News

A busy week lies ahead in theatreland, with four big shows beginning previews! Firstly 1984 begins previews tonight (Monday 28th April 2014) at the Playhouse Theatre. The play transfers to the West End fresh from a sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre, following in the footsteps of Ghosts and Chimerica.

By Andrew Tomlins
Monday 28 April 2014

New cast members will join the West End production of Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre from Monday 9th June. The Abba musical, which recently celebrated its 15th birthday in the West End, has been seen by more than 54 million people in 39 productions in 14 different languages grossing more than $2 billion at the box office.

By Andrew Tomlins
Thursday 24 April 2014

International star of stage and screen Kathleen Turner returns to the West End in Bakersfield Mist, a new comedy by Stephen Sachs. The show, which is inspired by true events follows Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, who has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she thinks it's a Jackson Pollock worth millions.

Following the long Easter weekend, an unusually quiet week lies ahead in theatreland.

By Andrew Tomlins
Tuesday 22 April 2014

The ‘wickedly funny’ (Evening Standard) Olivier Awards-nominated Handbagged has transferred from a sold out run at the Tricycle last year to the West End where it continues to receive rave reviews!

David Suchet, the seven-time Olivier Award nominee is set to return to the London stage for the first time since his acclaimed performance in 2012’s Olivier Award-winning revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. He will star as Lady Bracknell in a new production of Oscar Wilde's much loved masterpiece The Importance Of Being Earnest when it opens in the West End next summer.

Theatreland celebrated the past year of London Theatre at the 38th Olivier Awards held at the Royal Opera House. However, while it’s lovely to look back it’s also important to look forward, and there is lots going on in theatreland this week!

By Andrew Tomlins
Tuesday 15 April 2014

The 38th Olivier Awards took place last night (Sunday 13th April 2014) at The Royal Opera House. Hosted by Stephen Mangan (who recently starred in Jeeves and Wooster) and Gemma Arterton (soon to star in Made In Dagenham), the star-studded evening celebrated the past year in theatreland.

By Andrew Tomlins
Monday 14 April 2014

The West End's Olivier-nominated production of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has created a full, 3D replica of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory made entirely out of biscuits. The chocolatey chocolate factory was created in honor of Roald Dahl's book upon which the musical was based and stands in the display window of Waterstones flagship shop in Piccadilly.

By Jacob Porteous
Tuesday 08 April 2014

The full cast has been announced for the highly anticipated West End transfer of David Lindsay-Abaire's play Good People, starring Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen.

By Jacob Porteous
Tuesday 08 April 2014

This week is one of the most important weeks in theatreland as the 2014 Olivier Awards take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday (13th April 2014). For the second year running ITV are broadcasting a highlights package after the ceremony takes place.

By Andrew Tomlins
Monday 07 April 2014

 Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit Trilogy, The Office) will play Richard III, in the first production of Jamie Lloyd’s second season for Trafalgar Transformed, at Trafalgar Studios. Running from the 1 July to 27 September 2014, Shakespeare’s Richard III follows Jamie Lloyd’s critically acclaimed first season for Trafalgar Transformed, which launched with Macbeth starring James McAvoy, The Hothouse, starring John Simm and Simon Russell Beale and The Pride, starring Hayley Atwell and Mathew Horne.

By Jacob Porteous
Friday 04 April 2014

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will resume its run at the Gielgud Theatre on 24 June 2014.  With press night on 8 July, the production is currently booking at its new West End home to 14 February 2015.

The London Theatre Direct Award for Play Of The Year of the past year was Awarded to The Audience at the SOBOM Awards. Starring Helen Mirren, The Audience captivated audiences at London's Gielgud Theatre.

By Tom Stratford
Tuesday 01 April 2014

Tom Conti and William Gaminara have joined Robert Vaughn and Jeff Fahey in the new production of Twelve Angry Men hailed as ‘the classiest, most intelligent drama in the West End’ (Sunday Telegraph), now playing at the Garrick Theatre for a stricly limited season.  

By Jacob Porteous
Tuesday 01 April 2014

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