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Motown The Musical Will Conclude Its West End Run

Motown The Musical Will Conclude Its West End Run

Farewell to a mega hit! In advance of major refurbishments taking place at the Shaftesbury Theatre, the celebrated tuner Motown The Musical will end its run on April 20, 2019 following 1330 performances since its London premiere in February 2016. In October of this year, a previously announced UK tour will begin, and in January 2019 the record label Motown ...

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West End Chicago Star Alexandra Burke on Brandy, Cartwheels and The Bodyguard

West End Chicago Star Alexandra Burke on Brandy, Cartwheels and The Bodyguard

Alexandra Burke has had a busy time of it in the decade since she became an overnight British sensation on X Factor. She has played Rachel Marron on the West End in The Bodyguard, a show she will tour around the country from December, and was Svetlana in the recent, and well-reviewed, revival of Chess. From August 13, she becomes ...

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Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page, Amber Gray, Reeve Carney Set for London's Hadestown

Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page, Amber Gray, Reeve Carney Set for London's Hadestown

Casting is set for the West End premiere of Hadestown, the celebrated new musical by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. The previously announced production, developed and directed by Great Comet Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin, will play London's National Theatre from November 2, 2018 through January 26, 2019, in advance of a 2019 Broadway bow.

Reprising their performances from the 2016 off-Broadway premiere run ...

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Tony Winner Ruthie Ann Miles Makes Stage Return in London's The King and I

Tony Winner Ruthie Ann Miles Makes Stage Return in London's The King and I

Ruthie Ann Miles reprised her Tony-winning role as Lady Thiang in The King and I at the London Palladium on August 3. Kelli O'Hara, who is also revisiting her Tony-winning role as Anna Leonowens in the West End transfer of Bartlett Sher's revival, posted the news on Instagram with kind words for her co-star.

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The Lieutenant of Inishmore's Chris Walley on Working with Poldark's Aidan Turner & Making a Splashy Debut

The Lieutenant of Inishmore's Chris Walley on Working with Poldark's Aidan Turner & Making a Splashy Debut

Professional stage debuts rarely come more auspicious than the bravura turn of 23-year-old Irishman Chris Walley in the current West End revival at the Noel Coward Theatre of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, starring TV’s popular Poldark, Aidan Turner. Martin McDonagh’s play, here directed by Michael Grandage, casts the recent drama school graduate as the hapless if endearing Davey—a part that ...

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Eden Espinosa & More Set for London Concert Performances of West Side Story

Eden Espinosa & More Set for London Concert Performances of West Side Story

Broadway alum Eden Espinosa, who is currently wrapping up an acclaimed run in Williamstown Theatre Festival's premiere of Lempicka, has signed on to play Anita in two sung concert performances of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's West Side Story. The concerts, set to take place at London's Royal Albert Hall on August 11 at 3:30pm and 8:00pm, will ...

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Tim Howar Is London's New Phantom of the Opera; Kimberly Blake & Ross Dawes Will Also Join Cast

Tim Howar Is London's New Phantom of the Opera; Kimberly Blake & Ross Dawes Will Also Join Cast

As Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera heads into its 33rd year in London's West End, the production has announced that acclaimed star Tim Howar will take over the title role at Her Majesty's Theatre beginning on September 3. Howar will replace current star Ben Lewis.

Most known for his vocals as frontman of Mike + the Mechanics, Howar's West ...

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Funny Girl, Starring Sheridan Smith, to Appear in Cinemas Across the U.K.

Funny Girl, Starring Sheridan Smith, to Appear in Cinemas Across the U.K.

U.K. moviegoers will be the luckiest people in the world this fall, when Tony winner Michael Mayer's celebrated 2016 London production of Funny Girl, starring two-time Olivier winner Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice, arrives in cinemas. The hit production will appear on movie screens throughout the United Kingdom on October 24, 2018, Trafalgar Releasing has announced.

"Fanny Brice was ...

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West End Newcomer Ammar Haj Ahmad on Breaking Ground & Moving Audiences in The Jungle

West End Newcomer Ammar Haj Ahmad on Breaking Ground & Moving Audiences in The Jungle

It's rare to find a Syrian actor in a starring role in London's West End, but the collective thrill surrounding the New York-bound production of The Jungle involves a multi-national, multi-ethnic cast headed by U.K.-based Ammar Haj Ahmad. This portrait by writers Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson of life in the recent migrant and refugee encampment (the "jungle" ...

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Kevin Elyot's Early Gay Drama Coming Clean to Receive Revival in London's West End

Kevin Elyot's Early Gay Drama Coming Clean to Receive Revival in London's West End

King's Head Theatre's acclaimed production of Kevin Elyot's groundbreaking 1982 play Coming Clean, which examines the breakdown of a gay couple's relationship, will transfer to the West End in 2019. Adam Spreadbury-Maher will repeat his work as director of the hit staging, set to run at Trafalgar Studios 2 from January 9 through February 2, with an opening night set for ...

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Alexandra Burke Will Bring Her Jazzy Dance Moves to London's Chicago

Alexandra Burke Will Bring Her Jazzy Dance Moves to London's Chicago

Alexandra Burke is the next Roxie Hart of the hit West End staging of Chicago. The TV star and stage alum will begin performances at the Phoenix Theatre beginning on August 13, replacing current lead Sarah Soetaert. Burke will play a limited engagement through October 14.

Burke rose to fame in 2008 after being named winner of ITV's The X ...

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John Logan's Red, Starring Alfred Molina & Alfred Enoch, to Be Filmed for Cinemas

John Logan's Red, Starring Alfred Molina & Alfred Enoch, to Be Filmed for Cinemas

The acclaimed London remount of John Logan's 2010 Tony-winning play Red will be preserved on film, Trafalgar Releasing has announced. The hit staging will appear in movie theaters across the U.K. and North America on November 7. Michael Grandage repeats his Tony-winning work as director of the two-hander, which features Tony-nominated Broadway original Alfred Molina alongside stage-and-screen star Alfred ...

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West End Star David Haig on Writing and Starring in Pressure, His Historical Drama Set on the Eve of D-Day

West End Star David Haig on Writing and Starring in Pressure, His Historical Drama Set on the Eve of D-Day

David Haig q-and-a / Matt Wolf Weather is the unlikely if potent topic of Pressure at the Ambassadors Theatre, written by and starring the protean Olivier Award-winning actor David Haig, who is rarely absent from the West End stage, with credits including Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins and Journey’s End, to name just a few. After various airings in and around ...

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Lara Martins on Her Record-Breaking Run as Carlotta in London's The Phantom of the Opera

Lara Martins on Her Record-Breaking Run as Carlotta in London's The Phantom of the Opera

Lara Martins has quietly carved a slice of theatrical history by becoming the longest-running Carlotta in the storied history of The Phantom of the Opera, continuing on in its original West End production at Her Majesty’s Theatre. The Portuguese-born, London-educated performer joined the Andrew Lloyd Webber mainstay in 2012 and went on to play the role over 1680 times. As ...

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Bonnie Langford Finds Her Next West End Role in 42nd Street

Bonnie Langford Finds Her Next West End Role in 42nd Street

Bonnie Langford, acclaimed star of stage and screen, will join the cast of the celebrated London production of 42nd Street as Dorothy Brock beginning on September 3, 2018. Langford will remain with the cast at Theatre Royal Drury Lane through the conclusion of the show's run on January 5, 2019.

Langford's West End credits include Gypsy, Chicago and the original ...

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Cursed Child Producer Sonia Friedman on Being a Super Fan, Choosing the Right Projects & Constantly Falling in Love

Cursed Child Producer Sonia Friedman on Being a Super Fan, Choosing the Right Projects & Constantly Falling in Love

With her production company, Sonia Friedman has developed and produced more than 160 shows in London and New York since 1990, making her one of the most powerful and prolific producers. In Broadway.com’s new series Industry Insider, we talk to the people who make the theater community special, even though they are not center stage.

How We Describe Her Job ...

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Jonathan Bailey & Alex Gaumond Are Final Couple Announced for Gender-Swapped Company

Jonathan Bailey & Alex Gaumond Are Final Couple Announced for Gender-Swapped Company

London stage stars Jonathan Bailey and Alex Gaumond have been announced as the final pair of cast members to perform in Marianne Elliott's gender-reversed production of Company in the West End. Bailey will play Jamie (originally written as the female character Amy) while Gaumond will play his fiancé, Paul. The new staging will begin previews on September 26 at the Gielgud ...

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The X Factor Winner Matt Cardle to Join the West End's Strictly Ballroom the Musical

The X Factor Winner Matt Cardle to Join the West End's Strictly Ballroom the Musical

Matt Cardle is trading in a guitar for dance shoes! The X Factor season seven winner is set to replace Will Young in the West End's Strictly Ballroom the Musical beginning on July 31. The production, based on the Baz Luhrmann film of the same name, is currently playing at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Cardle has previously appeared in the West End ...

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Welcome to the Candy Store! London's Heathers Is Transferring to the West End

Welcome to the Candy Store! London's Heathers Is Transferring to the West End

The London production of Heathers is transferring to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited 12-week run. The musical, written by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, is based on the 1988 film of the same name. This production, directed by Andy Fickman, will play the West End from September 3 through November 24.

Heathers made its European debut at London's The ...

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Game of Thrones Star Iwan Rheon to Headline Foxfinder in the West End

Game of Thrones Star Iwan Rheon to Headline Foxfinder in the West End

Olivier-winning Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon is set to headline a revival of Dawn King's Foxfinder at the West End's Ambassadors Theatre. The production, directed by Rachel O’Riordan, will play a limited engagement from September 6 through January 5, 2019.

Rheon's stage credits include playing Moritz Stiefel in the original West End production of Spring Awakening, which earned him ...

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Gillian Lynne, Tony-Nominated Cats and The Phantom of the Opera Choreographer, Dies at 92

Gillian Lynne, Tony-Nominated Cats and The Phantom of the Opera Choreographer, Dies at 92

Gillian Lynne, two-time Tony nominee and renowned choreographer of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, died on July 1 at the age of 92.

Lynne's husband, Peter Land, tweeted the news from his late wife's account later that day saying, "Rest In Peace my darling Gillie. I am heartbroken to write that Dame Gillian Lynne DBE & my dearest wife ...

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Richard Fleeshman & More to Join Patti LuPone in Gender-Swapped Company

Richard Fleeshman & More to Join Patti LuPone in Gender-Swapped Company

Ghost alum Richard Fleeshman is among the newly announced complete cast of Marianne Elliott's upcoming gender-swapped take on Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company. The new production is scheduled to begin performances on September 26 at London's Gielgud Theatre with an opening scheduled for October 17. The cast is led by the previously announced Rosalie Craig as "Bobbie," Patti ...

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Kelli O'Hara on Revisiting The King and I in London & Gearing Up for Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway

Kelli O'Hara on Revisiting The King and I in London & Gearing Up for Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway

Kelli O’Hara is finally making her West End stage debut as British governess Anna Leonowens in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, the role that brought the beloved American star a belated 2015 Tony Award; the director Bart Sher’s much-lauded production once again co-starring Ken Watanabe as the King, opens July 3 at the Palladium. Broadway.com caught up ...

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Come From Away to Arrive in London's West End in 2019

Come From Away to Arrive in London's West End in 2019

The hit Broadway musical Come From Away will cross the pond in 2019, playing to audiences at the West End's Phoenix Theatre for an open run beginning on January 30. That production will be preceded by an Ireland engagement at Dublin's Abbey Theater from December 6, 2018 through January 19, 2019. Christopher Ashley will repeat his Tony-winning work as the ...

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West End Star Oliver Tompsett on How Starring in Kinky Boots Affects His Footwear Choices, Meeting Cyndi Lauper and More

West End Star Oliver Tompsett on How Starring in Kinky Boots Affects His Footwear Choices, Meeting Cyndi Lauper and More

Oliver Tompsett is a West End alum of such musicals as We Will Rock You, Wicked, Rock of Ages and Guys and Dolls. In June, he joined the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Kinky Boots to play Charlie Price, with Simon Anthony-Rhoden continuing as the [first-rate] Lola. Broadway.com caught up with Tompsett to find out how he was ...

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