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West End Star David Seadon-Young on the Joys of An American in Paris, Not Skyping with Brandon Uranowitz & More

West End Star David Seadon-Young on the Joys of An American in Paris, Not Skyping with Brandon Uranowitz & More

David Seadon-Young’s performance as Adam, the piano-playing narrator of An American in Paris, has been one of the musical theater glories of this year: an unwavering presence across the four times I’ve seen the West End premiere of the acclaimed Broadway musical, adapted from the 1951 Oscar-winning film. Broadway.com caught the English performer backstage late one afternoon at the ...

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Adrienne Warren-Led Tina Turner Bio-Musical Announces More Casting

Adrienne Warren-Led Tina Turner Bio-Musical Announces More Casting

Simply the best! More stars have been announced for the world premiere of Tina: The Musical. The Tina Turner bio-show that will star the previously announced Tony nominee Adrienne Warren as music icon Turner will begin performances on March 21, 2018 with an opening set for April 21 at the Aldwych Theatre in London's West End.

Joining Warren will be Kobna ...

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Kelli O'Hara & Ken Watanabe to Reprise King & I Performances in London

Kelli O'Hara & Ken Watanabe to Reprise King & I Performances in London

Something wonderful, indeed! Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe will make their West End debuts in a transfer of Bartlett Sher's Tony-winning 2015 revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. O'Hara will reprise her Tony-winning turn as Anna Leonowens alongside Watanabe in his Tony-nominated performance as the King of Siam. The production is set to begin previews at the ...

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West End Return of Emma Rice's Brief Encounter Announces Full Casting

West End Return of Emma Rice's Brief Encounter Announces Full Casting

Isabel Pollen and Jim Sturgeon will star in the new West End mounting of Emma Rice's acclaimed take on Noël Coward's Brief Encounter. The previously announced production has booked the Empire Cinema Haymarket as its venue, with previews beginning on March 2, 2018 and an opening set for March 11. Prior to the West End, Brief Encounter will play Birmingham ...

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Tony Nominee Matthew Beard & More to Join Jeremy Irons & Lesley Manville in Long Day's Journey into Night

Tony Nominee Matthew Beard & More to Join Jeremy Irons & Lesley Manville in Long Day's Journey into Night

Tony nominee Matthew Beard (Skylight) and stage alum Rory Keenan (War and Peace) will join the upcoming London, New York and Los Angeles mountings of Eugene O’Neill's Long Day’s Journey into Night. The transfer of Richard Eyre's hit 2016 production from the Bristol Old Vic will feature Beard as Edmund Tyrone with Keenan as James Tyrone Jr. The previously announced production ...

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The Ferryman's Sarah Greene on the Enduring Allure of Her Secret Celebrity Crush & More

The Ferryman's Sarah Greene on the Enduring Allure of Her Secret Celebrity Crush & More

Irish actress Sarah Greene was a 2014 Tony nominee for her Broadway debut appearing opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the revival of The Cripple of Inishmaan and was on the London stage earlier this year opposite Star Wars actor John Boyega in a revival of Woyzeck. Now she has stepped into the lead role of Jez Butterworth’s Broadway-bound The Ferryman, playing ...

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Carey Mulligan to Star in Dennis Kelly's World Premiere Play Girls & Boys

Carey Mulligan to Star in Dennis Kelly's World Premiere Play Girls & Boys

Carey Mulligan has been cast in the world premiere of Girls & Boys, written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Lyndsey Turner. The new work will run at London's Royal Court Theatre for an engagement from February 8, 2018 through March 10. The production will officially open on February 15.

Girls & Boys centers on an unexpected meeting at an airport ...

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Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen & More to Lead West End's Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen & More to Lead West End's Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen and Will Young will lead the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical when it makes its West End debut in 2018. As previously announced, the tuner based on Luhrmann’s 1992 film will play the Piccadilly Theatre with previews set to begin on March 16 and an opening scheduled for April 11. Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie ...

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Martin McDonagh's New Play Based on Hans Christian Andersen to Star Jim Broadbent

Martin McDonagh's New Play Based on Hans Christian Andersen to Star Jim Broadbent

A Very Very Very Dark Matter, a new play by three-time Olivier winner and four-time Tony nominee Martin McDonagh, will make its world premiere with the London Theatre Company. Oscar winner Jim Broadbent will headline the production, directed by Matthew Dunster. Performances will run from October 10 through December 29 at the Bridge Theatre.

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London Odds & Ends: Watch the Stars of The Woman in White Sing from the Luminous Score & More

London Odds & Ends: Watch the Stars of The Woman in White Sing from the Luminous Score & More

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

Sample the Score of the New Woman in White
Audiences are gearing up for the London return of The Woman in White. The musical featuring a Tony-nominated score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel will play the Charing Cross Theatre for a 12-week run from November 20-February 10 ...

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West End Glengarry Glen Ross Star Stanley Townsend on Working with Christian Slater & the Surprise Contents of His Stage Briefcase

West End Glengarry Glen Ross Star Stanley Townsend on Working with Christian Slater & the Surprise Contents of His Stage Briefcase

Stanley Townsend is the distinguished Irish actor whose credits include Conor McPherson’s Shining City and The Weir, but he’s been on a bit of an American jag of late, moving from the Minnesota-set Girl from the North Country to his current gig as Shelley “the machine” Levene in Glengarry Glen Ross—the contemporary classic about real estate salesmen at their ...

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London Odds & Ends: Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party Completes Casting & More

London Odds & Ends: Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party Completes Casting & More

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

Full Cast Announced for Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party
Casting is complete for the new West End revival of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party. Peter Wight (Hamlet at the Almeida) will play Petey Boles and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Translation at the National) taking on the role of McCann in the production ...

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West End Oslo Star Philip Arditti on Stepping Into a Tony-Winning Role & Trying to Dislike His Co-Stars

West End Oslo Star Philip Arditti on Stepping Into a Tony-Winning Role & Trying to Dislike His Co-Stars

J.T. Rogers’ provocative and poignant Oslo has arrived in London not long after winning the 2017 Tony for Best Play and a further Tony for featured actor Michael Aronov playing the Israeli negotiator Uri Savir who was among the key players at the Oslo Peace Accords in Norway in 1993. Recast for its National Theatre premiere in September, Bartlett ...

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Sting's The Last Ship to Sail Away to the U.K. in 2018

Sting's The Last Ship to Sail Away to the U.K. in 2018

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, will make its U.K. debut in 2018. Directed by Lorne Campbell, The Last Ship will play a four-week run at Northern Stage in Newcastle beginning on March 12 and concluding on April 7, followed ...

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Chess Will Receive First Revival in London's West End

Chess Will Receive First Revival in London's West End

Chess, the cult-favorite musical featuring music by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice and a book by Richard Nelson, will receive a five-week London revival courtesy of English National Opera in 2018. Laurence Connor (School of Rock) will direct and Stephen Mear (Sunset Boulevard) will choreograph the West End production set to play the London Coliseum beginning on April 26 ...

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London's Hit School of Rock Announces Casting Changes

London's Hit School of Rock Announces Casting Changes

The hit London production of School of Rock has announced some exciting casting news! Stephen Leask, who has been the production's Dewey Finn alternate, will lead the cast in the role beginning on November 15. Joining Leask at the New London Theatre will be Alan Pearson as Ned Schneebly, Michelle Francis as Patty Di Marco (currently a member of the ensemble ...

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London Venus in Fur Star David Oakes on Turning On the Audience, Getting Tied Up at Work and More

London Venus in Fur Star David Oakes on Turning On the Audience, Getting Tied Up at Work and More

David Oakes played Christopher Marlowe in the 2014 West End stage premiere of Shakespeare in Love only to segue to TV stardom in such series as The Borgias and Victoria. He is back on the London stage for a limited run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the British premiere of the popular American two-hander Venus in Fur, playing the New York ...

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Kander & Ebb's The Rink Will Skate Back to London in 2018

Kander & Ebb's The Rink Will Skate Back to London in 2018

The short-lived (but much loved) 1984 musical The Rink will make a London return in 2018. The show, which features a book by Terrence McNally and a Tony-nominated score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, will play the Southwark Playhouse for a run from May 25 through June 23. Adam Lenson will direct the production that will feature choreography by Fabian ...

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Moya Angela, Marisha Wallace & Karen Mav to Share the Role of Effie in London's Dreamgirls

Moya Angela, Marisha Wallace & Karen Mav to Share the Role of Effie in London's Dreamgirls

This much talent has got to be a dream! Broadway veterans Marisha Wallace and Moya Angela will share the role of Effie White with Karen Mav in the hit London production of Dreamgirls beginning on November 20. The three actresses will play the role at different performances throughout the week at the Savoy Theatre. The role of Effie in this production ...

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The Twilight Zone World Premiere Stage Adaptation Announces Full Casting

The Twilight Zone World Premiere Stage Adaptation Announces Full Casting

Casting is set for Anne Washburn's previously announced world premiere play The Twilight Zone, adapted from the 1960s TV series. Richard Jones will direct the production set to run from December 5, 2017 through January 27, 2018 at London's Almeida Theatre.

The ensemble company will feature Oliver Alvin-Wilson (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Franc Ashman (The Royale), Adrianna Bertola (Charlie and ...

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Adrienne Warren to Lead World Premiere of Tina Turner Bio-Musical in London

Adrienne Warren to Lead World Premiere of Tina Turner Bio-Musical in London

What's love got to do with it? Well, we love this Tony nominee! The multi-talented Adrienne Warren will star as music icon Tina Turner in the world premiere of Tina: The Musical in London's West End. Featuring a book by Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, direction by Phyllida Lloyd and choreography by Anthony Van Laast, the previously announced ...

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Stomp Will End 15-Year London Run; Creators at Work on Potential Remount

Stomp Will End 15-Year London Run; Creators at Work on Potential Remount

The celebrated performance-art show Stomp will conclude its long-running London run on January 7, 2018. The global phenomenon began London performances on September 25, 2002 at the Vaudeville Theatre, later transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre, where it currently plays. In a statement, the show's creators alluded to an eventual remount.

"We want to emphasize that we don't consider this the ...

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Rising Star Crystal Clarke on Appearing in the West End's A Woman of No Importance & Two Star Wars Movies

Rising Star Crystal Clarke on Appearing in the West End's A Woman of No Importance & Two Star Wars Movies

New Jersey-born actresses not long out of drama school don’t often end up co-starring in the West End in Oscar Wilde revivals alongside the likes of Eve Best, Emma Fielding and Anne Reid. That is nonetheless the astonishing situation in which Crystal Clarke finds herself as the alumna of several of the recent Star Wars films prepares her London stage debut ...

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Ian McKellen to Voice the Demon in The Exorcist Stage Play; Trailer Released

Ian McKellen to Voice the Demon in The Exorcist Stage Play; Trailer Released

Six-time Olivier winner, Tony winner and Oscar nominee Ian McKellen is set to voice the role of the Demon in the West End premiere of The Exorcist. The new stage adaptation will play the Phoenix Theatre from October 20, 2017 to March 10, 2018. Sean Mathias will direct John Pielmeier's new take on William Peter Blatty’s famed horror novel.

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West End Young Frankenstein Star Hadley Fraser on Two Forces of Nature: Mel Brooks & Ramin Karimloo

West End Young Frankenstein Star Hadley Fraser on Two Forces of Nature: Mel Brooks & Ramin Karimloo

Hadley Fraser needs no introduction as one of the West End’s best and brightest, a talent at home both in musicals (Les Miserables, City of Angels) and the classics (he was Aufidius in 2013 to Tom Hiddleston’s Coriolanus). More recently, he has branched out as co-author of the recent, politically themed Donmar musical Committee… and can now be found leading ...

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