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London Odds & Ends: Hair Returns to the U.K., a New La Strada & More

London Odds & Ends: Hair Returns to the U.K., a New La Strada & More

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today from the U.K.

Fall Will Be the Age of Aquarius in London
Hope Mill Theatre’s production of Hair in Manchester, England won’t exactly cross the Atlantic sea, but it is genius genius enough to head to London. The revival will play off-West End venue The Vaults from October ...

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West End Travesties Star Freddie Fox on How Stoppard Makes You Smarter, John Hurt's Words of Wisdom & Not Going Hollywood

West End Travesties Star Freddie Fox on How Stoppard Makes You Smarter, John Hurt's Words of Wisdom & Not Going Hollywood

Freddie Fox has appeared on the London stage opposite Lindsay Duncan in Hay Fever and Rupert Everett in The Judas Kiss, among many other credits, but is currently giving the stage performance of his career so far as Tristan Tzara, the Romanian-born French Dadaist and poet at the seriocomic heart of Travesties. The director Patrick Marber's brilliant production of Tom ...

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British Comedian Miranda Hart Will Make Her West End Debut in New Revival of Annie

British Comedian Miranda Hart Will Make Her West End Debut in New Revival of Annie

British comedian Miranda Hart will make her West End debut as Miss Hannigan in a revival of Annie. The Nikolai Foster-helmed production, which previously toured the U.K., will begin performances on May 23 at the Piccadilly Theatre, where it is set to open on June 5.

"Miss Hannigan is a dream role, and certainly has been for me, but ...

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Michael Esper on Playing Tom in London's Glass Menagerie, Working with David Bowie and Sting & His NYC Plans

Michael Esper on Playing Tom in London's Glass Menagerie, Working with David Bowie and Sting & His NYC Plans

Broadway actor Michael Esper has made a sizable impression on the London stage of late, moving from his acclaimed performance opposite Michael C. Hall in the U.K. stage debut of the David Bowie-scored Lazarus to his current run as Tom, opposite Cherry Jones's Amanda, in The Glass Menagerie at the Duke of York's Theatre. With a list of credits ...

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A Tale of Two Toms: Michael Esper on Playing the Same Glass Menagerie Role as Joe Mantello

A Tale of Two Toms: Michael Esper on Playing the Same Glass Menagerie Role as Joe Mantello

Director/performer Joe Mantello helmed Sting's The Last Ship, which starred stage fave Michael Esper in 2014. Now, the two are taking on the role of Tom Wingfield in Tennessee Williams' heartbreaking The Glass Menagerie in New York and London, respectively. Mantello returns to the Broadway stage in the production, which stars Sally Field and opens on March 9, while ...

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Susan Stroman's New Young Frankenstein Production Sets West End Theater & Dates

Susan Stroman's New Young Frankenstein Production Sets West End Theater & Dates

Young Frankenstein officially has dates for a West End roll in the hay. The Mel Brooks musical will begin performances at London’s Garrick Theatre on September 28, with an official opening night set for October 10. As previously reported, the show will first play the Theatre Royal Newcastle from August 26 through September 9.

Susan Stroman, who directed and choreographed ...

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Bill Rosenfield's 46 Beacon Poised for West End Debut

Bill Rosenfield's 46 Beacon Poised for West End Debut

Bill Rosenfield's 46 Beacon is set to make its West End debut. The production, a 1970s-set play about coming of age and coming out, is scheduled to begin performances on April 5 at Trafalgar Studios 2. Directed by Alexander Lass, the memory play is set to open on April 10.

46 Beacon focuses on Alan and Robert, who spend a July evening ...

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Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman, Directed by Sam Mendes, Will Transfer to the West End

Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman, Directed by Sam Mendes, Will Transfer to the West End

The Ferryman, Jez Butterworth’s latest play, will transfer to the West End this year. Performances will run from June 20 through October 7 at the Gielgud Theatre, where it is set to open on June 29. The Sam Mendes-directed production will premiere in an already sold-out engagement at the Royal Court Theatre beginning on April 24.

The cast of 38 ...

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West End Star Joanna Riding on Singing Gary Barlow's Music in The Girls, Defying Nudie Show Expectations & Skipping the Gym

West End Star Joanna Riding on Singing Gary Barlow's Music in The Girls, Defying Nudie Show Expectations & Skipping the Gym

Two-time Olivier Award winner Joanna Riding has staked her formidable reputation on such musical theater classics as Carousel and My Fair Lady, now she is in previews at the Phoenix Theatre for the West End debut of a brand new British musical, The Girls, adapted from 2003 hit British film comedy Calendar Girls. Telling the true story of a ...

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Dreams Will Be Heard! Hear Dreamgirls' Amber Riley & Liisi LaFontaine Belt Out 'Listen'

Dreams Will Be Heard! Hear Dreamgirls' Amber Riley & Liisi LaFontaine Belt Out 'Listen'

All you need to do is listen (seriously)! Dreamgirls stars Amber Riley and Liisi LaFontaine are dazzling the West End as Effie White and Deena Jones, respectively. The Casey Nicholaw-helmed production marks the musical's London debut, and the two ladies recently stepped away from the Savoy Theatre and stopped by BBC's Radio 2 Arts Show to give listeners a taste ...

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