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Petula Clark to Join Zizi Strallen & Charlie Stemp in West End's Mary Poppins

Petula Clark to Join Zizi Strallen & Charlie Stemp in West End's Mary Poppins

Additional casting is set for the upcoming West End return of Mary Poppins. Music icon Petula Clark and theater veteran Joseph Millson have joined the company as the Bird Woman and George Banks, respectively, alongside the previously announced Zizi Strallen in the title role and Charlie Stemp as Bert. The production will begin performances at its original West End home ...

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The Illusionists Announces a Talented Group of Magic Makers for West End Return

The Illusionists Announces a Talented Group of Magic Makers for West End Return

Complete casting is set for the upcoming West End staging of celebrated magic spectacular The Illusionists. The previously announced production, titled The Illusionists—Direct From Broadway, will begin performances on July 6 at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

The company will include "The Showman" James More, "The Unforgettable" Enzo, "The Manipulator" Yu Ho-Jin, "The Futurist" Adam Trent, "The Mentalist" Chris Cox, "The Trickster" ...

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Jason Donovan Will Return to His Roots in New West End Staging of Joseph...This Time as Pharaoh

Jason Donovan Will Return to His Roots in New West End Staging of Joseph...This Time as Pharaoh

Jason Donovan, the multi-talented star who played the title role in the iconic 1991 London Palladium staging of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, will graduate to the role of Pharaoh in the upcoming West End revival. The previously announced production, starring Sheridan Smith as the Narrator, will play an 11-week run at the London Palladium from June 27 through ...

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Charity Wakefield on Making Her West End Debut in Emilia and Realizing She Resembles Shakespeare

Charity Wakefield on Making Her West End Debut in Emilia and Realizing She Resembles Shakespeare

Charity Wakefield has made a name for herself both sides of the Atlantic in TV shows like Bounty Hunters and Wolf Hall but is only now making her West End debut in the transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre of Emilia, currently in previews prior to a March 21 opening. Premiered last summer at Shakespeare’s Globe, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play tells ...

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Old Vic's Vivien Wallace Among 2019 Olivier Award Special Recognition Recipients

Old Vic's Vivien Wallace Among 2019 Olivier Award Special Recognition Recipients

Ahead of the 2019 Olivier Awards, four Special Recognition Awards were presented to celebrated contributors to the London theater scene on March 8. The newly anointed honorees include Vivien Wallace, The Old Vic's former Executive Director of Development; Bendy Ashfield, Royal Opera House Apprenticeships Manager; Linford Hudson, long-serving London Palladium Follow Spot Operator; and the late Bob Thomas, a renowned ...

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Mischief Theatre to Team Up with Penn & Teller for Magic Goes Wrong at Vaudeville Theatre

Mischief Theatre to Team Up with Penn & Teller for Magic Goes Wrong at Vaudeville Theatre

Mischief Theatre, the celebrated troupe behind Broadway and West End hit The Play That Goes Wrong, has announced their next comedy, Magic Goes Wrong, created with magic legends and Broadway alums Penn & Teller. Adam Meggido will direct the production set to play London's Vaudeville Theatre, with previews scheduled to begin on December 14, 2019 and an opening night ...

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Come From Away, Company & The Inheritance Lead 2019 Olivier Award Nominations

Come From Away, Company & The Inheritance Lead 2019 Olivier Award Nominations

Nominations are here for the 2019 Olivier Awards, honoring achievement in London theater. Leading the way with nine nominations each is the West End transfer of David Hein and Irene Sankoff's acclaimed musical Come From Away and director Marianne Elliott's gender-blind staging of Company. Matthew Lopez's two-part epic The Inheritance earned the most nominations for a play, with eight. Performance ...

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Layton Williams on How Playing Angel in Rent Prepared Him for Starring in London's Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Layton Williams on How Playing Angel in Rent Prepared Him for Starring in London's Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Layton Williams wasn’t yet a teenager when in 2007 he became the first mixed-race actor to play the title role on the West End in Billy Elliot the Musical. Now 24, he has taken on the starring role in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre, following in the thigh-high boots of his friend, John McCrea, in the British ...

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Jason Manford Will Return to Olivier Awards as 2019 Host

Jason Manford Will Return to Olivier Awards as 2019 Host

Jason Manford has been announced as host of the 2019 Olivier Awards. Having previously hosted in 2017, the much-loved comedian, actor and singer will return to the Royal Albert Hall for the glittering ceremony on April 7.

"I'm absolutely chuffed to bits to be back hosting the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall," said Manford. “Having worked in ...

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Hamilton Olivier Winner Giles Terera Joins New West End Staging of Ibsen's Rosmersholm

Hamilton Olivier Winner Giles Terera Joins New West End Staging of Ibsen's Rosmersholm

Giles Terera, the mega-talented actor who took home an Olivier Award for his turn as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, has been cast as Andreas Kroll in the highly anticipated new West End staging of Henrik Ibsen's Rosmersholm. Ian Rickson will direct the previously announced production, featuring a new adaptation by Duncan Macmillan, set to begin previews on April 24 and ...

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Matthew Bourne to Receive Special Olivier Award

Matthew Bourne to Receive Special Olivier Award

World-renowned dance maker Matthew Bourne has been announced as the recipient of the Olivier Awards' 2019 Special Award. Bourne will be honored at the Oliviers ceremony, scheduled for April 7 at the Royal Albert Hall; competitive nominations will be announced on March 5.

"The Society of London Theatre is delighted to acknowledge Matthew Bourne's extraordinary achievements in dance with this ...

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Sheridan Smith to Star in London's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Sheridan Smith to Star in London's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Two-time Olivier winner Sheridan Smith has been cast as the Narrator in the upcoming new West End staging of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The previously announced West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical will play an 11-week limited engagement at the iconic London Palladium beginning on July 11 and concluding on September 8. School ...

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Curious Case of Benjamin Button Musical Sets World Premiere with Southwark Playhouse

Curious Case of Benjamin Button Musical Sets World Premiere with Southwark Playhouse

A new musical based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has scheduled a world premiere production with Southwark Playhouse. Book writer Jethro Compton (Wolf's Blood) will direct the London production, set to run from May 15 through June 8.

The musical follows Benjamin Button, born as an old man, not at the end of ...

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True West Star Ethan Hawke on Headlining the Play He's Had in His Back Pocket Since the Age of 14

True West Star Ethan Hawke on Headlining the Play He's Had in His Back Pocket Since the Age of 14

When Ethan Hawke was 14, his mother let him stay up late to watch the American Playhouse presentation of Sam Shepard’s True West, a filmed performance of original stars John Malkovich and Gary Sinise as brothers locked in a psychological battle. “It really lit a fire inside me,” Hawke says. “Over the years, I got a copy of that ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong Is Being Made into a TV Series for BBC

The Play That Goes Wrong Is Being Made into a TV Series for BBC

There's nothing wrong with this! The BBC has announced the new television series The Goes Wrong Show, based on the celebrated stage comedy The Play That Goes Wrong, according to Variety. The six-part limited series will be filmed this March in front of a live audience in Manchester, England.

"Ever since we first began to make things go wrong all ...

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30 Rock Alum Jack McBrayer on Jane Krakowski's Stage Advice & His West End Debut in Waitress

30 Rock Alum Jack McBrayer on Jane Krakowski's Stage Advice & His West End Debut in Waitress

Jack McBrayer tickled the funny bones of TV watchers with his career-defining performance as Kenneth the Page on NBC's 30 Rock. Now, marking a change of pace and of scene, the Georgia-born, L.A.-based actor has crossed the Atlantic to make his musical-theater debut in the London premiere of Sara Bareilles' Waitress, currently previewing prior to a March 7 ...

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Further Casting Set for London Premiere of The Light in the Piazza Starring Renée Fleming & Dove Cameron

Further Casting Set for London Premiere of The Light in the Piazza Starring Renée Fleming & Dove Cameron

Additional casting has been announced for the highly anticipated London-debut production of Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas' six-time Tony-winning musical The Light in the Piazza. The new staging from Olivier winner Daniel Evans will be performed at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall for 20 performances from June 14 through July 5.

Newly announced cast members include Rob Houchen (Titanic) as ...

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Alice by Heart's Nkeki Obi-Melekwe to Replace Adrienne Warren in West End's Tina

Alice by Heart's Nkeki Obi-Melekwe to Replace Adrienne Warren in West End's Tina

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, a rising star currently appearing in the off-Broadway musical Alice by Heart, has been selected to take over the role of Tina Turner in the West End production of the acclaimed bio-musical Tina. Obi-Melekwe will begin performances at the Aldwych Theatre on April 15, succeeding Tony nominee Adrienne Warren, who will play her final performance on April 13 ...

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Amélie Musical Casts Audrey Brisson as Title Star for U.K. Premiere

Amélie Musical Casts Audrey Brisson as Title Star for U.K. Premiere

The U.K. premiere staging of the musical Amélie has found its leading star. French-Canadian stage-and-screen actress Audrey Brisson will headline the previously announced touring production, directed by Michael Fentiman, set to begin at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury for a run from April 11 through May 18.

Brisson has been seen onstage in the National Theatre's Pinocchio and The ...

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West End's True West, with Kit Harington & Johnny Flynn, Captured by Audible

West End's True West, with Kit Harington & Johnny Flynn, Captured by Audible

The celebrated West End staging of Sam Shepard's True West, currently appearing at London's Vaudeville Theatre, has been recorded by Audible for release as an audio play. Matthew Dunster directs the production, which stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Johnny Flynn (Hangmen).

"We're thrilled that True West has been recorded for an Audible release," said Harrington and Flynn in ...

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Maggie Smith to Play a Secretary in the Nazi Regime in London Solo Play A German Life

Maggie Smith to Play a Secretary in the Nazi Regime in London Solo Play A German Life

Award-winning actress Maggie Smith will return to the stage for the first time in 12 years in A German Life, a new solo play by Tony winner Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) about Brunhilde Pomsel (to be played by Smith), personal secretary to Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany. Directed by Tony nominee Jonathan Kent (Long ...

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Katherine Parkinson on Playing a 1950s-Obsessed Housewife in the West End's Home, I’m Darling

Katherine Parkinson on Playing a 1950s-Obsessed Housewife in the West End's Home, I’m Darling

A beloved name on British TV thanks to shows like The IT Crowd, Doc Martin and Humans, Katherine Parkinson makes regular, always-welcome appearances on stage and can currently be found playing the 1950s-obsessed housewife, Judy, in the Laura Wade play Home, I’m Darling at the Duke of York’s Theatre, first seen in London last summer at the National Theatre. Broadway ...

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Horrible Histories Will Return to the West End's Apollo Theatre with Barmy Britain—Part Four!

Horrible Histories Will Return to the West End's Apollo Theatre with Barmy Britain—Part Four!

Birmingham Stage Company has announced a summer 2019 production of Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain—Part Four! at the Apollo Theatre, marking the hit comedy's eighth year in the West End. The latest run will begin previews on August 1 and open on August 6.

Created by Teary Deary and featuring Neal Foster, the Horrible Histories series takes audiences on a fun ...

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Dear Evan Hansen Sets Dates for West End Transfer to the Noël Coward Theatre

Dear Evan Hansen Sets Dates for West End Transfer to the Noël Coward Theatre

Mark your calendar! The Tony-winning hit musical Dear Evan Hansen has announced start dates for its highly anticipated West End production. The beloved show will begin previews at the previously announced Noël Coward Theatre on October 29 with an opening night slated for November 19.

Featuring a Tony-winning book by Steven Levenson and a Tony-winning score by Benj Pasek and ...

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Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Winner Sweat Will Transfer to the West End with Martha Plimpton

Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Winner Sweat Will Transfer to the West End with Martha Plimpton

The acclaimed Donmar Warehouse staging of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer-winning play Sweat is moving to the West End. Martha Plimpton will repeat her turn as Tracey for the transfer, set to play a six-week run from June 7 through July 20 at the Gielgud Theatre.

Sweat is based on Nottage's research and interviews with residents of Reading, PA. The play, set ...

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