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Former Young Vic Artistic Director David Lan to Receive Special Olivier Award

Former Young Vic Artistic Director David Lan to Receive Special Olivier Award

Former artistic director of the Young Vic, director and playwright David Lan will be presented a special award at the 2018 Oliviers on April 8 at London's Royal Albert Hall. The award will be presented in recognition of Lan's outstanding contribution in leading the Young Vic since 2000, his work within the local community around the theater and his commitment ...

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David Haig's Acclaimed Play Pressure Will Transfer to the West End

David Haig's Acclaimed Play Pressure Will Transfer to the West End

Following a celebrated co-production with Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Chichester Festival Theatre, Pressure, a new play written by and starring Olivier Award-winning actor David Haig, will move to the West End's Ambassador's Theatre this spring. Under the direction of John Dove, Pressure will play a limited run from June 6 through September 1.

Based on the true story of two ...

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End of the Rainbow Scribe Peter Quilter on Screen Adaptation Judy: 'The Movie Will Be Quite Different'

End of the Rainbow Scribe Peter Quilter on Screen Adaptation Judy: 'The Movie Will Be Quite Different'

In 2012, audiences cheered the powerful Broadway debuts of British playwright Peter Quilter and Tony-nominated star Tracie Bennett with the main-stem arrival of End of the Rainbow, an Olivier-nominated play about the tumultuous final years of Judy Garland's life. Screenwriter Tom Edge (The Crown) has adapted Quilter's work into the forthcoming feature film Judy—starring Oscar winner Renée Zellweger in ...

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Jenna Russell & More to Lead London Premiere of Tony-Winning Musical Fun Home

Jenna Russell & More to Lead London Premiere of Tony-Winning Musical Fun Home

Olivier winner and Tony nominee Jenna Russell will take on the role of Helen Bechdel in the London debut production of the Tony-winning Best Musical Fun Home. Sam Gold will reprise his Tony-winning work as director of the musical, slated to play the Young Vic beginning on June 18, with an opening scheduled for June 27.

Jenna Russell earned an ...

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West End Motown Star David Albury on Getting into the Groove of Playing Smokey Robinson

West End Motown Star David Albury on Getting into the Groove of Playing Smokey Robinson

David Albury has gained attention in the verbatim musical Committee… at the Donmar and as Fleetwood in Michael Blakemore’s British stage debut of The Life and is now making his proper West End debut as Smokey Robinson in Motown: The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Broadway.com caught up with the smart and charming performer early one recent evening prior ...

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Chita Rivera to Sing from West Side Story & More Performances Set for 2018 Olivier Awards

Chita Rivera to Sing from West Side Story & More Performances Set for 2018 Olivier Awards

Two-time Tony winner and original West Side Story star Chita Rivera is among the stars newly announced to appear at the 2018 Olivier Awards. The annual celebration of West End theater will take place on April 8 at London's Royal Albert Hall. The ceremony will be broadcast worldwide on Facebook.

Rivera will be joined by 2017 Olivier winners Andy Karl ...

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Plot Your Move! Full Casting Is Set for the West End Return of Chess

Plot Your Move! Full Casting Is Set for the West End Return of Chess

Casting is complete for the highly anticipated new West End production of Chess. The tuner featuring music by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice and a book by Richard Nelson will play the London Coliseum beginning on April 26 with an opening slated for May 1. Laurence Connor will direct and Stephen Mear will choreograph ...

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Orlando Bloom to Lead Tracy Letts' Killer Joe in the West End

Orlando Bloom to Lead Tracy Letts' Killer Joe in the West End

Stage-and-screen star Orlando Bloom will return to the West End this spring, taking on the central role of Joe Cooper in a new production of Tony and Pulitzer winner Tracy Letts' dark comedy Killer Joe. Directed by Simon Evans, the production will begin preview performances at Trafalgar Studio 1 on May 18 with an opening scheduled for June 4.

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London Odds & Ends: The Play That Goes Wrong to Welcome New West End Stars & More

London Odds & Ends: The Play That Goes Wrong to Welcome New West End Stars & More

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

The Play That Goes Wrong to Welcome New West End Stars
A new cast of some of the world’s unluckiest actors have been announced to join the hit London mounting of The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre! Joining the company on March 28 will be ...

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The Voice, the Moves, the Hair! Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Star Adrienne Warren on Playing the Queen of Rock & Roll in London

The Voice, the Moves, the Hair! Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Star Adrienne Warren on Playing the Queen of Rock & Roll in London

Adrienne Warren received a 2016 Tony nod for the Broadway musical Shuffle Along and is now making a hugely anticipated West End debut as none other than rock goddess Tina Turner in the new show, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, now in previews at the Aldwych Theatre, prior to an April 17 opening. Broadway.com caught the eager, excited Warren ...

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Caroline, or Change to Receive Revival in London's West End

Caroline, or Change to Receive Revival in London's West End

A new production of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's Tony-nominated and Olivier-winning musical Caroline, or Change is headed to London's West End. The musical will play an engagement at the Playhouse Theatre from November 20, 2018 through February 9, 2019. The revival is a transfer of Michael Longhurst's current production playing at the Hampstead Theatre, which debuted at the Chichester Festival ...

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David Harrower's Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Starring Lia Williams, to Play Donmar Warehouse

David Harrower's Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Starring Lia Williams, to Play Donmar Warehouse

London's Donmar Warehouse has announced a new stage version of Muriel Spark's 1961 novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Adapted by Olivier winner David Harrower (Blackbird) and directed by Olivier winner Polly Findlay (Derren Brown: Svengali), the production will star Olivier and Tony nominee Lia Williams (Skylight) in the title role. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie will begin ...

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London Star Zizi Strallen on Kicking Up Her Heels in Strictly Ballroom, Giving Away Her Eyelashes & More

London Star Zizi Strallen on Kicking Up Her Heels in Strictly Ballroom, Giving Away Her Eyelashes & More

Strictly Ballroom is fondly remembered as a 1992 Baz Luhrmann film and it is now coming to the West End courtesy of the Olivier Award-winning director/choreographer Drew McOnie. The cast is headed by pop star Will Young alongside Jonny Labey and Zizi Strallen as the dance-mad lovers Scott and Fran. Broadway.com caught up with the musical's fast-rising leading ...

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London Odds & Ends: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Announces New West End Stars & More

London Odds & Ends: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Announces New West End Stars & More

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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Announces New West End Stars
As Broadway kicks off its highly anticipated transfer of the hit two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the London production has announced an incoming new slate of cast members. Joining the company at the Palace ...

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London The Ferryman Star Rosalie Craig on Singing with Hubby Hadley Fraser & Emailing with Patti LuPone

London The Ferryman Star Rosalie Craig on Singing with Hubby Hadley Fraser & Emailing with Patti LuPone

Rosalie Craig is no stranger to musicals (Aspects of Love, City of Angels, The Light Princess) and classics like As You Like It at the National Theatre but can now be found leading the take-over cast of The Ferryman, Jez Butterworth's acclaimed play at the Gielgud Theatre through May 19. (The play, directed by Sam Mendes, heads to Broadway in ...

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Two-Part Thriller Imperium to Play the West End; Tony & Olivier Winner Richard McCabe to Reprise Turn as Cicero

Two-Part Thriller Imperium to Play the West End; Tony & Olivier Winner Richard McCabe to Reprise Turn as Cicero

The Royal Shakespeare Company and Playful Productions' acclaimed, historical two-part thriller Imperium I: Conspirator and II: Dictator will transfer to London's West End for a limited engagement at the Gielgud Theatre from June 14 through September 8. Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, Imperium's transfer follows a recent run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Tony- and Olivier Award-winning ...

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The Jungle, Directed by Stephen Daldry & Justin Martin, Set for West End Transfer

The Jungle, Directed by Stephen Daldry & Justin Martin, Set for West End Transfer

Following a sold-out run at London's Young Vic, Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s acclaimed play The Jungle will transfer to the West End this spring. The Playhouse Theatre will be completely reconfigured to accommodate the audience-integrative concept developed by scenic designer Miriam Buether. Co-directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, The Jungle will begin previews on June 16 with an opening ...

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Nina Raine's Consent Will Transfer to West End; Stephen Campbell Moore Among Cast

Nina Raine's Consent Will Transfer to West End; Stephen Campbell Moore Among Cast

Following a 2017 sold-out run at London's Dorfman Theatre, Nina Raine's acclaimed play Consent will transfer to the West End this spring. Directed by Roger Michell, Consent will begin previews at the Harold Pinter Theatre on May 18 with an opening scheduled for May 29.

In Consent, a group of friends take opposing briefs in a contentious legal case. The ...

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London Return of Chicago Finds Its Mister Cellophane in Veteran Star Paul Rider

London Return of Chicago Finds Its Mister Cellophane in Veteran Star Paul Rider

Chicago alum Paul Rider will reprise his beloved turn as Amos Hart in the upcoming West End remount of the hit musical at the Phoenix Theatre. The previously announced production will begin previews on March 26 with an official opening night set for April 11.

Paul Rider previously appeared as Amos in Chicago at the Adelphi and Cambridge Theatres. His ...

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Stayin' Alive! Saturday Night Fever to Launch New London Production Ahead of U.K. Tour

Stayin' Alive! Saturday Night Fever to Launch New London Production Ahead of U.K. Tour

The fan-favorite musical Saturday Night Fever, based on the iconic film, will return to London this summer in a brand-new production. Performances will begin on August 30 at the New Wimbledon Theatre for a run through September 8, followed by eight engagements throughout the U.K.

Saturday Night Fever tells the story of Tony Manero and his reckless yet thrilling ...

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Peaky Blinders Star Paul Anderson to Make West End Debut in Modern-Day Tartuffe

Peaky Blinders Star Paul Anderson to Make West End Debut in Modern-Day Tartuffe

Screen star Paul Anderson will take on the title role in a radical take on Molière’s classic comedy Tartuffe, slated to play the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London's West End. Adapted by Tony and Oscar winner Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard) and directed by Gerald Garutti (Notes from the Underground), Tartuffe will begin previews on May 25 with an opening scheduled ...

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Hamilton Breaks Olivier Nominations Record; Angels in America & The Ferryman Also Honored

Hamilton Breaks Olivier Nominations Record; Angels in America & The Ferryman Also Honored

The London transfer of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton was honored with 13 Olivier Award nominations on March 6, becoming the most nominated production in Oliviers history. The upcoming Broadway transfer of The Ferryman received the most nominations of any play, with eight. Other notable nominated productions include the National Theatre mounting of Angels in America—current appearing on Broadway—as well ...

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Brief Encounter London Star Isabel Pollen on Romance, Railway Stations & Rachmaninoff

Brief Encounter London Star Isabel Pollen on Romance, Railway Stations & Rachmaninoff

Emma Rice’s ravishing stage version of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter is headed back to London, after international exposure that included an acclaimed Broadway run in 2010. The cast this time around is headed by Isabel Pollen and Jim Sturgeon, inheriting the roles immortalized in the 1945 David Lean film by Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Performances start March 2 at the ...

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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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