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London Odds & Ends: Lulu Will Make West End Return as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street & More

London Odds & Ends: Lulu Will Make West End Return as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street & More

Here's a quick roundup of London stories you may have missed this week.

Lulu Will Make West End Return as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street
Scottish singer-songwriter Lulu will return to the West End for the first time in 30 years to appear as Dorothy Brock in the celebrated production of 42nd Street beginning on March 19 at Theatre Royal ...

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Full Casting Announced for U.K. Premiere of An Officer and a Gentleman—The Musical

Full Casting Announced for U.K. Premiere of An Officer and a Gentleman—The Musical

Casting is set for the U.K. debut and forthcoming touring production of An Officer and a Gentleman—The Musical, a new stage adaptation based on the beloved 1982 film. The previously announced production will play the London theater Curve beginning on April 6 for a run through April 21. The engagement will precede a 19-venue U.K. and Ireland tour that ...

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Phantom Thread Oscar Nominee Lesley Manville on Not Going Mad Playing Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night & More

Phantom Thread Oscar Nominee Lesley Manville on Not Going Mad Playing Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night & More

Lesley Manville is up for a supporting actress Oscar this year for her superb performance as Daniel Day-Lewis’s severe-seeming sister in Phantom Thread and is combining the obligations that accompany being a nominee with performing at Wyndham’s Theatre opposite Jeremy Irons in Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Broadway.com caught the warmly expansive performer one recent morning during rare down ...

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Michael Ball to Lead London's Chess; Original West End Star Murray Head Also Joins Cast

Michael Ball to Lead London's Chess; Original West End Star Murray Head Also Joins Cast

Two-time Olivier Award winner Michael Ball will appear as Anatoly alongside Alexandra Burke as Svetlana and Cassidy Janson as Florence in the upcoming five-week West End return of Chess. Original London Chess star Murray Head will appear as the Arbiter with Tim Howar, lead singer of Mike + the Mechanics, as Freddie. As previously announced, the tuner featuring music by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn ...

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Ruthie Henshall, Josefina Gabrielle & Sarah Soetaert to Join Cuba Gooding Jr. in London Return of Chicago

Ruthie Henshall, Josefina Gabrielle & Sarah Soetaert to Join Cuba Gooding Jr. in London Return of Chicago

A trio of talented stars have signed on for the return of the award-winning musical revival Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre. Former Broadway Chicago star Ruthie Henshall will take on the role of Matron "Mama" Morton alongside Josefina Gabrielle as Velma Kelly with Sarah Soetaert as Roxie Hart. As previously announced, the hit production directed by Walter Bobbie, also starring ...

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Beginning Star Sam Troughton on Making His West End Debut, Googling His Co-Star & More

Beginning Star Sam Troughton on Making His West End Debut, Googling His Co-Star & More

Sam Troughton has long been steeped in the classics, from Williams to Chekhov to Shakespeare, the last of which he has performed in New York with the Royal Shakespeare Company. This terrific actor is now co-starring with Justine Mitchell in the decidedly contemporary two-hander, Beginning, which has transferred to the Ambassadors Theatre for a commercial run after its National Theatre ...

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Jonathan Pryce & Dame Eileen Atkins Set for Florian Zeller's The Height of the Storm in the West End

Jonathan Pryce & Dame Eileen Atkins Set for Florian Zeller's The Height of the Storm in the West End

Two-time Tony winner Jonathan Pryce and three-time Olivier award winner Dame Eileen Atkins are set to star in the U.K. premiere of Tony-nominated scribe Florian Zeller's The Height of the Storm. Directed by Jonathan Kent, the production will open at Richmond Theatre on September 1 and play Cambridge Arts Theatre and Bath Theatre Royal, before transferring to London and ...

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West End Return of Meat Loaf Musical Bat Out of Hell Completes Cast

West End Return of Meat Loaf Musical Bat Out of Hell Completes Cast

Full casting has been announced for the West End remount of the hit musical Bat Out of Hell, the new show named for the celebrated album of the band Meat Loaf. Performances will begin at the Dominion Theatre on April 2 with an opening slated for April 19.

Newly announced cast members include Rob Fowler as Falco, Sharon Sexton as ...

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Lady Windermere's Fan Star Grace Molony on Her Big Debut, Getting Used to Corsets & Working with an AbFab Legend

Lady Windermere's Fan Star Grace Molony on Her Big Debut, Getting Used to Corsets & Working with an AbFab Legend

Few performers fresh out of drama school land the title role in a star-heavy revival of an Oscar Wilde classic, but that is the happy position in which 22-year-old Grace Molony finds herself at the Vaudeville Theatre, where she plays the conflicted Lady Windermere in the new West End production of Lady Windermere’s Fan. The show also stars Samantha Spiro and AbFab ...

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Full Casting Announced for U.K. Premiere of Sting's The Last Ship

Full Casting Announced for U.K. Premiere of Sting's The Last Ship

A talented group of stars are aboard for the first U.K. production of The Last Ship, the original musical featuring a book by Tony winners John Logan and Brian Yorkey and a Tony-nominated score by legendary songwriter Sting. Lorne Campbell will direct the four-week run at Northern Stage in Newcastle beginning on March 12 and concluding on April 7 ...

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The Great British Bake Off Host Mel Giedroyc to Join Rosalie Craig & Patti LuPone in Company

The Great British Bake Off Host Mel Giedroyc to Join Rosalie Craig & Patti LuPone in Company

Mel Giedroyc, the theater actress who made a name for herself on BBC's The Great British Bake Off, will take to the stage as Sarah in the upcoming gender-swapped London production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company. The previously announced production, starring Olivier nominee Rosalie Craig (The Light Princess) as "Bobbi" (usually Bobby) and Tony winner Patti LuPone (War Paint ...

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Anastasia's Caroline O'Connor to Star in Kander & Ebb's The Rink in London

Anastasia's Caroline O'Connor to Star in Kander & Ebb's The Rink in London

Anastasia standout Caroline O'Connor is bound for London, set to star as Anna—the role that won Chita Rivera her first Tony Award—in a new mounting of Kander & Ebb's 1984 musical The Rink. The previously announced production will play the Southwark Playhouse for a run from May 25 through June 23. Adam Lenson will direct the production that will feature ...

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Ian McKellen to Play King Lear in London's West End; Producers Eyeing Broadway Run

Ian McKellen to Play King Lear in London's West End; Producers Eyeing Broadway Run

Stage legend Ian McKellen will take on the mammoth role of King Lear in a revival scheduled to play London's West End. Shakespeare's classic work will run for at the Duke of York’s Theatre beginning on July 11 for a run through November 3. Jonathan Munby will repeat his directorial work of this King Lear, which began at the Chichester ...

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Mary Stuart's Rudi Dharmalingam on Playing a Fictional Character in a History Play & More

Mary Stuart's Rudi Dharmalingam on Playing a Fictional Character in a History Play & More

The Almeida Theatre’s hypnotic revival of Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart finds the mighty Lia Williams and Juliet Stevenson tossing a coin each performance to see who gets to play each of the two leading roles—Elizabeth I or her cousin (and nemesis), Mary, Queen of Scots. But as the director Robert Icke’s production transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre for ...

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Inaugural West End Production of Gore Vidal's The Best Man Announces Dates & Stars

Inaugural West End Production of Gore Vidal's The Best Man Announces Dates & Stars

The West End premiere production of Gore Vidal's iconic play The Best Man has set dates for its engagement at the Playhouse Theatre following an acclaimed U.K. tour. Previews will begin on February 24 with an opening slated for March 5. Martin Shaw and Jeff Fahey star in the production directed by Simon Evans.

The Best Man takes place ...

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Samuel Barnett & Declan Bennett to Lead Menier's Kiss of the Spider Woman

Samuel Barnett & Declan Bennett to Lead Menier's Kiss of the Spider Woman

Tony and Olivier nominee Samuel Barnett will star as Molina alongside Broadway and West End veteran Declan Bennett as Valentin in the upcoming new production of Manuel Puig's dark 1983 drama Kiss of the Spider Woman, slated to play London's Menier Chocolate Factory. Featuring a revised script by José Rivera and Allan Baker, the previously announced mounting will begin previews ...

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Ambassador Theatre Group & John Gore Organization Extend Their Successful Relationship in San Antonio & New Orleans

Ambassador Theatre Group & John Gore Organization Extend Their Successful Relationship in San Antonio & New Orleans

The world’s two leading theater companies, Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) (Mark Cornell, Group CEO; Stephen Lewin, CEO, North America; Kristin Caskey, Executive Vice President of Content & Creative, North America), and the John Gore Organization (John Gore, Chairman & CEO; Miles Wilkin, Vice Chairman; Lauren Reid, Chief Operating Officer), are delighted to announce that they have agreed to extend Broadway ...

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Laura Linney to Make London Stage Debut in Haunting Solo Play My Name Is Lucy Barton

Laura Linney to Make London Stage Debut in Haunting Solo Play My Name Is Lucy Barton

Four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney will make her London theater debut in My Name Is Lucy Barton, a new solo play based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Pulitzer winner Elizabeth Strout. Tony and Olivier winner Richard Eyre will direct Rona Munro's adaptation at the Bridge Theatre beginning on June 2 with an official opening set for ...

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Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman to Receive New Production at Menier Chocolate Factory

Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman to Receive New Production at Menier Chocolate Factory

A new adaptation of Manuel Puig's dark 1983 drama Kiss of the Spider Woman is slated to debut at London's Menier Chocolate Factory. Featuring a revised script by José Rivera and Allan Baker, the play will begin previews on March 8 with an opening slated for March 21. Laurie Sansom will direct.

Set in 1976 Buenos Aires in a cell ...

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Philip Murray Warson Joins Charles Blyth in West End's The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Philip Murray Warson Joins Charles Blyth in West End's The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Philip Murray Warson will take on the role of Paul Simon in the acclaimed West End run of The Simon & Garfunkel Story beginning on January 22 at London's Lyric Theatre. He appears alongside Charles Blyth who continues in the role of Art Garfunkel. The concert musical began performances at the Lyric in September 2017.

Philip Murray Warson's performance credits include Piaf ...

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Broadway's Robert Cuccioli on Making his London Stage Debut in Rothschild & Sons and More

Broadway's Robert Cuccioli on Making his London Stage Debut in Rothschild & Sons and More

Robert Cuccioli is a familiar and popular New York theater name, remembered from his Tony-nominated turn in 1997 in Jekyll and Hyde and as both Javert in Les Miz and the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. As of January 24, he will be making his U.K. stage debut at north London’s Park Theatre, reprising his acclaimed off-Broadway performance in Rothschild ...

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Ruthie Ann Miles to Reprise Tony-Winning Turn in London's The King and I

Ruthie Ann Miles to Reprise Tony-Winning Turn in London's The King and I

Something wonderful! Ruthie Ann Miles will return to her Tony-winning performance as Lady Thiang in the upcoming West End transfer of Bartlett Sher's 2015 Tony-winning revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. The production is set to begin previews at the London Palladium on June 21 with an opening slated for July 3.

Miles took home her first Tony ...

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London Odds & Ends: Benedict Cumberbatch Named President of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art & More

London Odds & Ends: Benedict Cumberbatch Named President of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art & More

Here's a quick roundup of London stories you may have missed today.

Benedict Cumberbatch Named President of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
West End stage veteran and Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch will take over the presidency of his alma mater, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, according to the BBC. The Emmy-winning Sherlock star who played ...

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Ben Miles, Adam Godley & Simon Russell Beale to Play Lehman Brothers in The Lehman Trilogy

Ben Miles, Adam Godley & Simon Russell Beale to Play Lehman Brothers in The Lehman Trilogy

A trio of Tony nominees—Ben Miles, Adam Godley and Simon Russell Beale—will portray the founders of the now-defunct global financial services firm Lehman Brothers in Stefano Massini's The Lehman Trilogy, adapted by Ben Power and directed by Sam Mendes. The three-act play will appear at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre in London beginning in July with exact dates to be announced ...

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Girl From the North Country's Sheila Atim on Her Newfound Love for Bob Dylan's Music and More

Girl From the North Country's Sheila Atim on Her Newfound Love for Bob Dylan's Music and More

Girl From the North Country was one of the surprise successes of last year. The Conor McPherson play scored to the music of Bob Dylan has since transferred from the Old Vic to the Noel Coward Theatre for a fresh run, allowing more people to feast on the stirring vocals from, among others, the fast-rising Sheila Atim, who plays the ...

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