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Tony Nominated Composer Dave Malloy on His Russian Inspiration and Hitting London with Preludes and Ghost Quartet

Tony Nominated Composer Dave Malloy on His Russian Inspiration and Hitting London with Preludes and Ghost Quartet

The Tony-nominated composer/lyricist Dave Malloy of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 fame hasn’t had a London presence until this fall, when he is unexpectedly being represented twice by two homegrown U.K. productions of extant shows. Preludes, directed with febrile intensity by Alex Sutton, is in the final week of an off-West End run at Southwark ...

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Life of Pi, Featuring Puppet Design by War Horse's Finn Caldwell, Will Transfer to London's West End

Life of Pi, Featuring Puppet Design by War Horse's Finn Caldwell, Will Transfer to London's West End

Following a celebrated premiere staging at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, the new stage adaptation of Yann Martel's bestselling 2001 fantasy adventure novel Life of Pi will move to London's West End next spring. Previews will begin on June 22, 2020 ahead of a July 9 opening night at Wyndham's Theatre.

Adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Max Webster ...

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Kevin Elyot's Early Gay Drama Coming Clean Will Return to London in 2020

Kevin Elyot's Early Gay Drama Coming Clean Will Return to London in 2020

King's Head Theatre's acclaimed staging of Kevin Elyot's groundbreaking 1982 play Coming Clean, which examines the breakdown of a gay couple's relationship, will return to the London stage in 2020. Adam Spreadbury-Maher will repeat his work as director of the hit production, set to run at Trafalgar Studios 2 from January 8 through February 1, with an opening night set for January ...

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Paterson Joseph to Star as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at London's Young Vic

Paterson Joseph to Star as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at London's Young Vic

Stage veteran Paterson Joseph has been cast as the evil Ebenezer Scrooge in the Young Vic's upcoming remount of A Christmas Carol. The smash-hit London production, adapted by Jack Thorne and directed by Matthew Warchus, will run from November 23, 2019 through January 18, 2020.

Joseph's stage résumé includes numerous productions with the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. He ...

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Groan Ups Star Henry Shields on How It All Went Goes Wrong for Him on the London Stage

Groan Ups  Star Henry Shields on How It All Went Goes Wrong for Him on the London Stage

Henry Shields is an invaluable part of London’s invaluable and in-demand Mischief Theatre Company, having long doubled as both a writer and actor on such hits as The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, and their current West End entry, the punningly titled Groan Ups, now previewing at the Vaudeville Theatre prior to an October 10 opening. These ...

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Jackie Sibblies Drury's Pultizer Winner Fairview Sets Casting for U.K. Premiere at the Young Vic

Jackie Sibblies Drury's Pultizer Winner Fairview Sets Casting for U.K. Premiere at the Young Vic

Complete casting has been announced for the highly anticipated U.K. debut of Fairview, the 2019 Pulitzer-winning play by Jackie Sibblies Drury. Nadia Latif will direct the production, slated to begin previews on November 28 and open on December 5 at London's Young Vic.

The cast will include Nicola Hughes as Beverly, Naana Agyei-Ampadu as Jasmine, Donna Banya as Keisha ...

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Janie Dee & More Cast in Menier Chocolate Factory's Revival of The Boy Friend

Janie Dee & More Cast in Menier Chocolate Factory's Revival of The Boy Friend

London's Menier Chocolate Factory has announced initial casting for its upcoming production of Sandy Wilson's delightful 1953 tuner The Boy Friend. Matthew White will direct the previously announced production, set to begin previews on November 22 and open on December 3.

The cast will feature Olivier winner Janie Dee (Follies) as Madame Dubonnet, Jack Butterworth (Billy Elliot) as Bobby van ...

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West End Star Lloyd Owen on Heather Headley, Renée Zellweger and the Joys of Noises Off

West End Star Lloyd Owen on Heather Headley, Renée Zellweger and the Joys of Noises Off

Lloyd Owen has one of the best, most resonant speaking voices in the business and has leant his vocal luster to such roles as Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, opposite Diana Rigg, and as Heather Headley’s West End co-star in The Bodyguard. He can currently be found as the sonorous (and philandering) director, also named Lloyd, in ...

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David Mitchell & Gemma Whelan to Reprise Sitcom Turns in New West End Comedy Upstart Crow

David Mitchell & Gemma Whelan to Reprise Sitcom Turns in New West End Comedy Upstart Crow

A pair of TV favorites are headed to the London stage. David Mitchell and Gemma Whelan, celebrated for their screen turns as Shakespeare and Kate on the BBC sitcom Upstart Crow, will star in a stage adaptation of the series in the West End next year. The world premiere comedy will begin previews on February 7, 2020 and officially open ...

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Conor McPherson's Uncle Vanya Sets West End Premiere with Toby Jones & Richard Armitage

Conor McPherson's Uncle Vanya Sets West End Premiere with Toby Jones & Richard Armitage

A new adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya from playwright Conor McPherson will debut in London's West End in 2020. Ian Rickson will direct the production, set to feature Toby Jones (Glass) in the title role and Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) as Astrov. Previews will begin on January 14 ahead of a January 23 opening night at the Harold Pinter Theatre ...

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National Theatre's Taste of Honey Will Transfer to the West End

National Theatre's Taste of Honey Will Transfer to the West End

London's National Theatre has announced a West End transfer of Shelagh Delaney's taboo-breaking 1958 play A Taste of Honey directed by Bijan Sheibani. The West End production will begin previews on December 5 and officially open on December 9 at Trafalgar Studios immediately following a nine-week U.K. tour. Jodie Prenger, Gemma Dobson, Durone Stokes and Stuart Thompson will reprise their acclaimed ...

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Casting Complete for U.K. Premiere of High Fidelity at Turbine Theatre

Casting Complete for U.K. Premiere of High Fidelity at Turbine Theatre

Full casting has been announced for Turbine Theatre's upcoming U.K.-debut staging of High Fidelity, the 2006 musical based on Nick Hornby's 1995 novel. The previously announced production, directed and choreographed by Jackson Greaves, will begin previews on October 21 and open on November 1 for a limited engagement through December 7.

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Parent Trap Musical Identical Sets World Premiere with Nottingham Playhouse

Parent Trap Musical Identical Sets World Premiere with Nottingham Playhouse

This news has us seeing double! Nottingham Playhouse has announced the new musical Identical, an adaptation of Erich Kastner's 1949 novel Lottie and Lisa, which was popularized by the 1961 and 1998 movies The Parent Trap. Trevor Nunn will direct the world premiere production, set to run from July 31 through August 22 as part of the U.K. theater's ...

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Lyric Hammersmith Cast of Ghost Stories Will Reprise Performances at Ambassadors Theatre

Lyric Hammersmith Cast of Ghost Stories Will Reprise Performances at Ambassadors Theatre

The talented foursome who led the worldwide cult phenomenon Ghost Stories at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre have signed on to haunt West End audiences for its upcoming fall engagement at The Ambassadors Theatre. The previously announced London production will run from October 3, 2019 through January 4, 2020.

The company includes Simon Lipkin as Professor Goodman, Garry Cooper as Tony ...

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The Doctor, Starring Juliet Stevenson, Will Move to the West End

The Doctor, Starring Juliet Stevenson, Will Move to the West End

Ahead of concluding a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Olivier winner Robert Icke's acclaimed staging of his play The Doctor has been scheduled for a West End transfer in the spring of 2020. Olivier winner Juliet Stevenson will reprise her starring turn as Professor Ruth Wolff for the West End run, slated to play the Duke of York's Theatre beginning ...

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Will Return to the London Palladium in 2020

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Will Return to the London Palladium in 2020

The celebrated London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's fan-favorite musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which recently concluded a hit engagement at the London Palladium, has scheduled a return to the iconic venue in 2020. The new run will begin previews on July 2, 2020 and officially open on July 16 for a 10-week limited engagement ...

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Laurie Kynaston on Going Through a Tough Adolescence in Florian Zeller's The Son in the West End

Laurie Kynaston on Going Through a Tough Adolescence in Florian Zeller's The Son in the West End

The French writer Florian Zeller is rarely long absent from the London or New York stage. On Broadway he is represented at the moment by the transfer from the West End of The Height of the Storm and Zeller has a current West End show, The Son, that has transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre following a successful run ...

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Irving Berlin's White Christmas Completes Casting for West End Return

Irving Berlin's White Christmas Completes Casting for West End Return

Full casting is here for the tap-happy Irving Berlin musical White Christmas, making a return to London's West End this holiday season. The previously announced production will begin previews on November 15 and open on November 25 at the Dominion Theatre.

Newly announced cast members include Olivier nominee Michael Brandon (Jerry Springer—The Opera) as General Henry Waverly, Brenda Edwards (We Will ...

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High Fidelity Musical Sets U.K. Premiere with Turbine Theatre

High Fidelity Musical Sets U.K. Premiere with Turbine Theatre

High Fidelity, the short-lived 2006 Broadway musical based on Nick Hornby's 1995 novel, will receive a new life this fall with a U.K.-debut staging at London's Turbine Theatre. Tom Jackson Greaves will direct and choreograph the production, set to begin previews on October 21 and open on November 1 for a limited engagement through December 7.

Featuring a ...

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Storme Toolis Joins Cast of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in London's West End

Storme Toolis Joins Cast of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in London's West End

Producers of the upcoming West End revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg have announced that Storme Toolis, an actress with cerebral palsy, will portray the dark comedy's central character, Josephine. The groundbreaking play, inspired by the late playwright Peter Nichols' own experience raising his disabled daughter in the 1960s, is scheduled to run from September 21 through November 30 ...

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Jay McGuiness Dusts Off His Dancing Shoes for the West End's Big the Musical

Jay McGuiness Dusts Off His Dancing Shoes for the West End's Big the Musical

Jay McGuiness was a member of the popular English boy band The Wanted and won the 2015 edition of Strictly Come Dancing, the U.K. precursor to Dancing with the Stars. But he is currently returning to his musical theater roots as Josh Baskin, the manchild at the engaging heart of Big the Musical, the 1996 Broadway show readying for ...

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Emma Rice to Write & Direct Stage Adaptation of Wuthering Heights; World Premiere Set for London

Emma Rice to Write & Direct Stage Adaptation of Wuthering Heights; World Premiere Set for London

Emma Rice, the innovative theater artist known in Broadway circles for her acclaimed theatricalization of Brief Encounter, is at work on a stage version of Emily Brontë's 1847 novel Wuthering Heights, scheduled to arrive in London next year. Rice is adapting and directing the production, set to make its world premiere at the National Theatre's Lyttelton venue in fall of 2020 ...

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Michael Jackson Concert Musical Thriller Live to End 11-Year West End Run to Accommodate Refurbishment of Lyric Theatre

Michael Jackson Concert Musical Thriller Live to End 11-Year West End Run to Accommodate Refurbishment of Lyric Theatre

The record-breaking Michael Jackson musical Thriller Live has set a final performance date of its 11-year run at the West End's Lyric Theatre, which is scheduled to undergo a major refurbishment in 2020. The acclaimed concert spectacle will close on April 26, 2020, at which point the show will have completed 4,705 performances, making it the longest-running show ever at ...

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Douglas Hodge-Scored 101 Dalmatians Musical to Play Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2020

Douglas Hodge-Scored 101 Dalmatians Musical to Play Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2020

A brand-new musical adaptation of the classic novel 101 Dalmatians will debut as part of the upcoming season of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London. The new tuner, featuring an original score by Tony-winning actor Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles), will precede a fresh staging of Romeo and Juliet and a new production of Carousel choreographed by Drew McOnie ...

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Venerable British Playwright Peter Nichols, Known for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Dies at Age 92

Venerable British Playwright Peter Nichols, Known for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Dies at Age 92

British playwright Peter Nichols, who is best known for his play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, has died at the age of 92, according to his agent, Alan Brodie. He died on Saturday, September 7 in Oxford.

Nichols’ career was launched in 1959 when he won a BBC Bristol television playwright contest for his work A Walk ...

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