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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.

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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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London Evita Headliner Samantha Pauly on Channeling Beyoncé and Ariana Grande to Find Her Inner Superstar

London Evita  Headliner Samantha Pauly on Channeling Beyoncé and Ariana Grande to Find Her Inner Superstar

Chicago actress Samantha Pauly has been in three previous productions of Evita, none of which can have been as conceptually daring as the director Jamie Lloyd’s provocative and edgy current take on the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, now in its final weeks at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theater in London. Stripped bare and packed with balloons ...

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Pretty Woman: The Musical Will Arrive in London on Valentine's Day 2020

Pretty Woman: The Musical Will Arrive in London on Valentine's Day 2020

London audiences can officially gear up to see the celebrated Broadway smash Pretty Woman: The Musical. The previously announced London transfer will kick off performances on February 14, 2020 at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Recently seen in an acclaimed staging at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre, Pretty Woman: The Musical is based on the hit 1990 film starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. The musical ...

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Prince of Egypt Musical Completes Casting for U.K. Premiere in London's West End

Prince of Egypt Musical Completes Casting for U.K. Premiere in London's West End

Full casting has been announced for the highly anticipated U.K. premiere staging of The Prince of Egypt, arriving in London's West End next year. The previously announced production, directed by Scott Schwartz and featuring 10 new songs by the film's composer, Stephen Schwartz, will play the Dominion Theatre beginning on February 5, 2020 with an opening night set for February ...

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Ferryman Alum Fra Fee Joins Remount of Translations at London's National

Ferryman Alum Fra Fee Joins Remount of Translations at London's National

Fra Fee, a rising star who made his Broadway debut last fall in The Ferryman, has joined the cast of the National Theatre's upcoming return engagement of Brian Friel's modern classic Translations. Ian Rickson directs the production, which will begin previews on October 15 and officially open on October 21.

Joining Fee among new company members is Jack Bardoe (The ...

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Sope Dirisu & Natey Jones Join West End Transfer of Death of a Salesman, Starring Wendell Pierce & Sharon D. Clarke

Sope Dirisu & Natey Jones Join West End Transfer of Death of a Salesman, Starring Wendell Pierce & Sharon D. Clarke

Sope Dirisu and Natey Jones will join Wendell Pierce and Olivier winner Sharon D. Clarke in two-time Tony winner Marianne Elliott and co-director Miranda Cromwell's acclaimed new staging of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Dirisu and Jones will play Biff and Happy Loman, respectively. On the heels of a celebrated mounting at London's Young Vic, the new production, featuring ...

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Major Revival of Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend to Play London's Menier Chocolate Factory

Major Revival of Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend to Play London's Menier Chocolate Factory

Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend will receive its first major London revival when it plays the Menier Chocolate Factory later this year. Directed by Matthew White (She Loves Me), the musical features a book and music and lyrics by Wilson and will begin previews on November 22 ahead of an opening night on December 3.

Set in Madame Dubonnet's finishing ...

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Jac Yarrow on the Thrill of His Professional Stage Debut in London's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Jac Yarrow on the Thrill of His Professional Stage Debut in London's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a regular visitor to the London stage but there's never in my extensive experience been as likable and vocally gifted a Joseph as current West End newcomer Jac Yarrow, who more than holds his own alongside such name performers as Jason Donovan and Sheridan Smith. (Donovan, of ...

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London Torch Song Star Matthew Needham on Making Harvey Fierstein's Iconic Protagonist His Own

London Torch Song Star Matthew Needham on Making Harvey Fierstein's Iconic Protagonist His Own

Matthew Needham has cut quite a swath through the American repertoire of late, between the Olivier Award-winning revival of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke and the U.S.-set stage adaptation of The Twilight Zone. But neither of those plays offers quite the opportunity that comes with stepping into Harvey Fierstein's mighty shoes in the new London production of Torch ...

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Everybody's Talking About Jamie Movie Musical Set for Fall 2020 Release

Everybody's Talking About Jamie Movie Musical Set for Fall 2020 Release

The eagerly anticipated movie musical adaptation of the Olivier-nominated smash hit Everybody's Talking About Jamie has scheduled a release date of October 23, 2020, according to Deadline. The previously announced film will be helmed by the stage musical's director Jonathan Butterell and choreographer Kate Prince.

Inspired by the 2011 documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, Everybody's Talking About Jamie follows ...

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Laura Pitt-Pulford on Starring in the U.K. Premiere of Falsettos and What Makes Her Feel Like 'Breaking Down' in Real Life

Laura Pitt-Pulford on Starring in the U.K. Premiere of Falsettos and What Makes Her Feel Like 'Breaking Down' in Real Life

Laura Pitt-Pulford was a 2016 Olivier nominee for her zesty alfresco performance at Regent’s Park in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but the English performer has cut a distinctive swathe for herself in more contemporary American musicals—local airings of Side Show, Little Miss Sunshine and, any minute now, the European premiere of Falsettos, which starts performances August 30 at The ...

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Patricia Hodge to Join Toby Stephens & Claire Skinner in West End Revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Patricia Hodge to Join Toby Stephens & Claire Skinner in West End Revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Olivier-winning actress Patricia Hodge will return to London's West End this fall, taking on the role of Grace in the new revival of Peter Nichols' 1967 play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. The previously announced production, directed by Simon Evans, will begin previews on September 21 and open on October 2 at Trafalgar Studios.

Hodge has received three Olivier ...

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London's Witness for the Prosecution Star Lewis Cope on His Famous Former Co-Star & Huge Family

London's Witness for the Prosecution Star Lewis Cope on His Famous Former Co-Star & Huge Family

Witness for the Prosecution, the Agatha Christie thriller directed by Lucy Bailey, has turned into a sleeper hit inside its unusual location of a onetime debating chamber at Westminster’s County Hall. And the play now boasts a delightful new leading man in Lewis Cope, who plays the central role of the accused young murderer Leonard Vole, but, in fact, first ...

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Prince of Egypt Musical Announces Further Casting for U.K. Premiere in London's West End

Prince of Egypt Musical Announces Further Casting for U.K. Premiere in London's West End

More casting is here for the upcoming U.K. premiere staging of The Prince of Egypt, arriving in London's West End next year. The previously announced production, directed by Scott Schwartz and featuring 10 new songs by the film's composer, Stephen Schwartz, will play the Dominion Theatre beginning on February 5, 2020 with an opening night set for February 25.

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James McAvoy to Headline New West End Staging of Cyrano de Bergerac

James McAvoy to Headline New West End Staging of Cyrano de Bergerac

James McAvoy is returning to the West End in a plum role. The Golden Globe- and Olivier-nominated actor will portray the title character in a new mounting of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, adapted by Martin Crimp and directed by Olivier winner Jamie Lloyd. The production will begin performances at the Playhouse Theatre on November 27 ahead of a December ...

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Additional Casting Set for West End Return of Mary Poppins, Starring Zizi Strallen & Charlie Stemp

Additional Casting Set for West End Return of Mary Poppins, Starring Zizi Strallen & Charlie Stemp

Disney Theatrical has announced further casting for the highly anticipated London return staging of Mary Poppins. The previously announced production will begin performances on October 23 at the musical's original West End home, the Prince Edward Theatre.

Newly announced principal cast members include Amy Griffiths as Winifred Banks, Claire Moore as Miss Andrew, Claire Machin as Mrs. Brill, Jack North ...

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