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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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Aisha Jawando to Replace Broadway-Bound Nkeki Obi-Melekwe in West End's Tina

Aisha Jawando to Replace Broadway-Bound Nkeki Obi-Melekwe in West End's Tina

Aisha Jawando, the multi-talented actress who originated the role of Alline Bullock in the world premiere of Tina—The Tina Turner Musical, will take over the title role in the Olivier-nominated West End hit at the Aldwych Theatre beginning on October 8. She'll replace current star Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, who is exiting the production to serve as the Tina alternate in the upcoming ...

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London Equus Star Ethan Kai on Getting Comfortable with Onstage Nudity, Raves from Ian McKellen & More

London Equus Star Ethan Kai on Getting Comfortable with Onstage Nudity, Raves from Ian McKellen & More

Ethan Kai may be known to fans of British TV from the Yorkshire-set drama, Emmerdale, but the 25-year-old actor is making one of the most astonishing West End debuts in years playing the disturbed stable boy, Alan Strang, in the current revival of Peter Shaffer’s Equus at the Trafalgar Studios. First seen earlier this year at the Theatre Royal, Stratford ...

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Jeremy Herrin's Tony-Nominated Broadway Staging of Noises Off Is Headed to the West End

Jeremy Herrin's Tony-Nominated Broadway Staging of Noises Off Is Headed to the West End

Director Jeremy Herrin's acclaimed staging of Michael Frayn's Noises Off is West End-bound. Following a 2016 Tony-nominated Broadway revival, which is currently playing a sold-out run at London's Lyric Hammersmith, the hit production will now move to the West End's Garrick Theatre for a limited engagement from September 27, 2019 through January 4, 2020.

Reprising their roles from the Lyric ...

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Andy Mientus on Starring in London's The View UpStairs, Talking about Smash Every Day and Projects with Michael Arden

Andy Mientus on Starring in London's The View UpStairs, Talking about Smash Every Day and Projects with Michael Arden

Andy Mientus has credits ranging from Spring Awakening and Les Miz to such TV series as Smash and Gone. But the Pittsburgh native can be found this summer within the intimate confines of London’s Soho Theatre, making his British stage debut in the local premiere of The View UpStairs, the Max Vernon musical seen off-Broadway at the Culture Project early ...

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

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

Toby Stephens (Oslo, Lost in Space) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered, The Father) will return to the West End stage this fall in a new staging of Peter Nichols' 1967 play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Directed by Simon Evans (Killer Joe, Arturo Ui), the revival will reunite the acclaimed actors, who last worked together 18 years ago on the award-winning ...

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag to Be Broadcast Live Internationally from London's West End

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag to Be Broadcast Live Internationally from London's West End

New York audiences who didn't have a chance to catch the Lortel-winning off-Broadway run of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's hit solo comedy Fleabag will now have an opportunity to see it this fall on the big screen. NT Live has announced a live broadcast of the play's upcoming West End staging, set to appear in movie theaters internationally on September 12.

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The Prince of Egypt Stage Musical Sets Initial Casting for U.K. Premiere in London's West End

The Prince of Egypt Stage Musical Sets Initial Casting for U.K. Premiere in London's West End

The first round of casting is here for The Prince of Egypt, a new stage musical based on the celebrated DreamWorks film, scheduled to make its U.K. premiere 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 ...

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Back to the Future Musical Sets Additional Casting for 2020 World Premiere in U.K.

Back to the Future Musical Sets Additional Casting for 2020 World Premiere in U.K.

More casting has been announced for the highly anticipated Back to the Future musical. The previously announced tuner based on Robert Zemeckis' hit 1985 movie will make its world premiere in the United Kingdom next year under the direction of Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown). The musical will run from February 20 through May 17 at the Manchester Opera House in advance of a West ...

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Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman's Ghost Stories Will Haunt West End Audiences Again This Fall

Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman's Ghost Stories Will Haunt West End Audiences Again This Fall

After a celebrated prior West End run and the release of a smash-hit film, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson's worldwide cult phenomenon Ghost Stories will return to the West End later this year. The Olivier-nominated show's strictly limited transfer will open at The Ambassadors Theatre on October 3, 2019 and run through January 4, 2020.

Written by Nyman and Dyson, who co-directed ...

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West End Transfer of Touching the Void Announces Complete Casting

West End Transfer of Touching the Void Announces Complete Casting

Full casting is set for the upcoming West End transfer of Touching the Void, David Greig's acclaimed stage adaptation of Joe Simpson's bestselling book, recently seen at the Bristol Old Vic and in theaters throughout the U.K. Tom Morris directs the previously announced production, slated to begin previews on November 9 and open on November 14 at the Duke ...

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