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News for July 2014

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Disney's The Lion King Welcomes 12 Millionth Visitor

The Lion King Thursday 31 July 2014

This week, Disney’s award-winning musical The Lion King welcomed its 12 millionth visitor at London’s Lyceum Theatre. The show will celebrate its 15th anniversary in October in London, where the show remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. Tickets are currently on sale until 29 March 2015.

Interview: Hetty Feather’s Phoebe Thomas

By Andrew Tomlins
Hetty Feather Tuesday 29 July 2014

Adapted from Jacqueline Wilson's popular novel, Hetty Feather transfers to the West End for 40 performances only from Tuesday 5th August until Saturday 6th September at the Vaudeville Theatre. The West End transfer follows the production's critically acclaimed and hugely popular run at the Rose Theatre, Kingston and a smash-hit international tour.

#TicketTuesday winner Jessica Scott reviews Woman In Black

Woman In Black Tuesday 29 July 2014

Ticket Tuesday winner Jessica Scott won tickets to see spooky West End juggernaut War Horse through our weekly Twitter competition.   Here is her review of the show that she saw on Tuesday 22nd July. 

Forbidden Broadway Transfers To Vaudeville Theatre

By Andrew Tomlins
Forbidden Broadway Tuesday 29 July 2014

It has been announced that Forbidden Broadway will transfer to the West End following its successful run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The production will open at the Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday 9th September for a limited eleven week run ending on Saturday 22nd November 2014.

Wicked Is Now The 10th Longest Running Show In The West End!

By Jacob Porteous
Wicked Tuesday 29 July 2014

Wicked, the smash-hit, award-winning, and critically acclaimed musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, has entered its 8th year in the West End! London's Apollo Victoria Theatre has been home to the show since September 2006.

Shakespeare In Love Opens, Wicked Celebrates Landmark Plus Matilda & Phantom Casting News #WestEndUpdate

By Andrew Tomlins
Shakespeare In Love Monday 28 July 2014

Following several weeks of previews, Shakespeare in Love officially opened at the Noel Coward Theatre on Wednesday (23rd July 2014). The majority of critics have fallen in love with the show, the Daily Telegraph and Independent both awarded the production five stars.

West End Explodes With Exciting Casting News! #WestEndUpdate

By Andrew Tomlins
Wicked Monday 21 July 2014

On Monday theatreland exploded with several extremely exciting casting announcements. It was revealed that Kerry Ellis, the original British Elphaba, will return to Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre from Monday 4th August for a limited run until Saturday 25th October 2014.

Interview: The Woman In Black’s Gwynfor Jones

By Andrew Tomlins
Woman In Black Friday 18 July 2014

Gwynfor Jones is currently starring as ‘The Actor’ in the West End production of The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre. Following the West End premiere of Stephen Mallatratt’s play in 1989, The Woman in Black has celebrated a twenty-five year West End run and has been seen by over 7 million people.  The show is described as “one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged”.  

Great Britain Set For West End Transfer

By Jacob Porteous
Great Britain Tuesday 15 July 2014

Nicholas Hytner's production of Richard Bean's Great Britain is set to transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket following a successful National Theatre run from 10 September, 2014 to 10 January, 2015. Booking for the show opened on the 4th of July.

​​Cats Returns Whilst Curious Incident & Richard III Open Triumphantly #WestEndUpdate

By Andrew Tomlins
Cats Monday 14 July 2014

The show everybody is talking about this week is Cats. Tickets for the production, which returns to the West End in December for a limited run at the London Palladium, are now on sale. Cats opens on Thursday 11th December 2014 (previews from 6th December) and runs until Saturday 28th February 2015.  

Thirty Eighth Boy To Play Iconic Role In The West End Hit Billy Elliot The Musical

Billy Elliot Monday 14 July 2014

Over 375,000 new tickets released for sale for Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Review: Monty Python At The O2 Arena

Thursday 10 July 2014

All the old faithfuls put in an appearance: the dead parrot, the Lumberjack song, spam, spam, eggs and spam.  

Tickets for the West End return of Cats the Musical go on sale today (July 7, 2014)!

By Jacob Porteous
Cats Monday 07 July 2014

Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's legendary, record-breaking musical returns to the West End! Seen by over 50 million people in over 300 cities around the globe, Cats the Musical is one of the longest running shows in West End and Broadway history.

Urinetown And Great Britain Transfer to West End, Cast Changes At Wicked Plus More! #WestEndUpdate

By Andrew Tomlins
Urinetown Wednesday 02 July 2014

Last week’s #WestEndUpdate was dominated by the news of The Scottsboro Boys and Sunny Afternoon’s West End transfers. Over the past few days two more extremely exciting West End transfers have been confirmed!

Richard Bean’s Great Britain Transfers To The Theatre Royal Haymarket In September

By Andrew Tomlins
Great Britain Wednesday 02 July 2014

It has been announced that Richard Bean's new play Great Britain will transfer to the West End's Theatre Royal Haymarket from Wednesday 10th September following its run at the National Theatre

National Theatre play Great Britain to transfer to Haymarket

Great Britain Wednesday 02 July 2014

Following a rapturous reception at its National Theatre press night, new play Great Britain, penned by Richard Bean, has already been confirmed for a Theatre Royal Haymarket transfer after just one official performance.  The satirical show currently stars Billie Piper in the lead role, who will possibly join the new production.


Urinetown Tuesday 01 July 2014

The ripples of revolution are now reaching the shores of the West End! URINETOWN transfers to the Apollo Theatre!

Jamie Lloyd Directs Urinetown's West End Return

By Jacob Porteous
Urinetown Tuesday 01 July 2014

London's favourite splash musical Urinetown is back! 


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