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Local Hero Stage Musical Sets Casting for U.K. World Premiere

Local Hero Stage Musical Sets Casting for U.K. World Premiere

Casting is here for Local Hero, the new stage musical based on Bill Forsyth's acclaimed 1983 Scottish film. Featuring a book adapted by Forsyth and David Greig (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) with new music and lyrics by the film's composer Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), the world premiere production will be directed by Tony nominee John Crowley (The Present). Performances ...

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Matthew Broderick to Make West End Debut in Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger; Elizabeth McGovern to Co-Star

Matthew Broderick to Make West End Debut in Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger; Elizabeth McGovern to Co-Star

Matthew Broderick is headed to London's West End. The two-time Tony winner has signed on to reprise his 2009 off-Broadway turn in The Starry Messenger, a drama by Oscar winner and Olivier nominee Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea, The Waverly Gallery). Directed by Sam Yates (Glengarry Glen Ross), the production will begin previews on May 16 with an opening ...

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Caroline, or Change Star Sharon D. Clarke on Playing Americans on the London Stage & More

Caroline, or Change Star Sharon D. Clarke on Playing Americans on the London Stage & More

The English performer Sharon D. Clarke has lent her formidable presence to many an American title on the London stage, from her 2014 Olivier Award-winning performance in James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner to Ghost the Musical, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and her current and tumultuous star turn as Caroline Thibodeaux in the Tony Kushner/Jeanine Tesori musical Caroline, or Change ...

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ER Alum Alex Kingston to Star in U.K. Debut of Joshua Harmon's Admissions

ER Alum Alex Kingston to Star in U.K. Debut of Joshua Harmon's Admissions

Following an acclaimed off-Broadway premiere with Lincoln Center Theater, Joshua Harmon's Admissions will arrive at London's Trafalgar Studios next month. Alex Kingston will take on the role of Sherri, played in the New York run by Jessica Hecht, for an engagement beginning on February 28 and opening on March 12. Daniel Aukin will repeat his work as director from the ...

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Zawe Ashton & Charlie Cox to Join Tom Hiddleston in West End Staging of Betrayal

Zawe Ashton & Charlie Cox to Join Tom Hiddleston in West End Staging of Betrayal

Stage-and-screen stars Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox are rounding out the cast of Jamie Lloyd's new West End production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal. The pair will play Emma and Jerry, respectively, in the previously announced production, set to begin previews on March 5 with an opening scheduled for March 13 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Ashton is known for her screen ...

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Shaun Prendergast & More Complete the Cast of Waitress' West End Premiere

Shaun Prendergast & More Complete the Cast of Waitress' West End Premiere

Stage-and-screen veteran Shaun Prendergast has been announced to take on the role of Old Joe in the upcoming West End premiere of Waitress. Prendergast is the final principal star announced to join the musical's U.K. debut, set to begin previews on February 8 ahead of a March 7 opening at the Adelphi Theatre.

Prendergast is a founding member of Kenneth ...

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Hayley Tamaddon & More to Join Layton Williams in Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Hayley Tamaddon & More to Join Layton Williams in Everybody's Talking About Jamie

A new slate of stars has been announced to join the Olivier-nominated West End musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie. The fresh group of cast members will begin in the tuner at the Apollo Theatre on January 28.

Newly announced stars include Hayley Tamaddon (Coronation Street) as Miss Hedge, Sejal Keshwala (Bend It Like Beckham) as Ray and Sabrina Sandhu (East ...

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Casting Set for West End Transfer of Anne Washburn's The Twilight Zone

Casting Set for West End Transfer of Anne Washburn's The Twilight Zone

Full casting has been announced for the highly anticipated West End transfer of Anne Washburn's stirring Twilight Zone stage play. The previously announced production, directed by Richard Jones, will begin performances on March 4 at the Ambassadors Theatre. The West End mounting follows a celebrated debut engagement at the Almeida Theatre.

Reprising their acclaimed performances from the Almeida run will be Oliver ...

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From Margo Channing to Tom Hiddleston: What to See in London in 2019

From Margo Channing to Tom Hiddleston: What to See in London in 2019

A new year brings with it the promise of theatrical bounty, nowhere more so than in London where the calendar buzzes across the year. From a flotilla of musical transfers from Broadway on to starry revivals and provocative-sounding new plays, 2019 promises excitement aplenty on and off the West End. Below are five openings within the first few months of ...

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Final Casting Set for Ivo van Hove's All About Eve Starring Gillian Anderson & Lily James

Final Casting Set for Ivo van Hove's All About Eve Starring Gillian Anderson & Lily James

Casting is complete for the highly anticipated West End premiere staging of All About Eve, a new play based on Joseph Mankiewicz's six-time Oscar-winning 1950 film. Tony winner Ivo van Hove will adapt and direct the production, slated to begin previews on February 2 and open on February 12 at the Noël Coward Theatre in London.

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2018 Wrap-Up: Best London Shows of the Year

2018 Wrap-Up: Best London Shows of the Year

American work was everywhere on the London stage during 2018, as it looks to be again in the year ahead when, for example, there will be five major Arthur Miller revivals within the first six months alone. But amid such bracing titles as Underground Railroad Game, Annie Baker’s John and the transfer (its original cast entirely intact) of the Tony-winning ...

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2018 Wrap-Up: Best London Performances of the Year

2018 Wrap-Up: Best London Performances of the Year

Whoever thinks actresses are getting a raw deal these days should hang out in London, where show after show during 2018 put one or another terrific female center-stage—sometimes solo, in the dual examples of Carey Mulligan (Girls & Boys) and Laura Linney (My Name is Lucy Barton). Various actresses continued their career ascent—Tamara Lawrance in The Tell-Tale Heart and Patsy ...

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The Illusionists Will Make Magic Again in London's West End

The Illusionists Will Make Magic Again in London's West End

Acclaimed magic makers The Illusionists have announced a return to London's West End in the summer of 2019. The new show, titled The Illusionists—Direct From Broadway, is scheduled to begin its new West End run at the Shaftesbury Theatre on July 6.

Last seen in the West End in 2015 and currently appearing at Broadway's Marquis Theatre, The Illusionists is ...

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30 Rock's Jack McBrayer to Make West End Debut as Ogie in Waitress

30 Rock's Jack McBrayer to Make West End Debut as Ogie in Waitress

In the latest piece of perfect casting for the London premiere of Waitress, Emmy-nominated star Jack McBrayer has been announced to take on the role of Ogie. The previously announced West End production will begin previews on February 8, 2019 with an opening set for March 7 at the Adelphi Theatre.

McBrayer was Emmy-nominated for his portrayal of Kenneth Parcell on ...

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West End Star Bonnie Langford on Diva Behavior and Jumping from 42nd Street to 9 to 5

West End Star Bonnie Langford on Diva Behavior and Jumping from 42nd Street to 9 to 5

Bonnie Langford began her career as a child actor in such shows as the Angela Lansbury Gypsy and has joined the cast of the rousing West End revival of 42nd Street to close out the show as the last Dorothy Brock before the run ends January 5 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Rarely long away from the stage, she ...

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Olivier-Winning Hamilton Star Giles Terera Joins Rachel Chavkin's An American Clock at The Old Vic

Olivier-Winning Hamilton Star Giles Terera Joins Rachel Chavkin's An American Clock at The Old Vic

Giles Terera, the mega-talented actor who took home an Olivier Award for his turn as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, has been cast as Robertson/Moe 3 in the upcoming production of Arthur Miller's 1980 play The American Clock at London's Old Vic. Directed by Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, The Great Comet), the previously announced staging will begin previews on ...

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Joshua Jenkins on Playing a Teen Again in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the West End

Joshua Jenkins on Playing a Teen Again in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the West End

Joshua Jenkins has spent a sizable chunk of his acting life playing Christopher, the teenager at the wounding and wounded heart of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The much-lauded Simon Stephens play, adapted from Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name, has returned for an encore West End engagement, this time to the Piccadilly Theatre where ...

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Alexander Hanson & Joanna Riding Join Return Engagement of National Theatre's Follies

Alexander Hanson & Joanna Riding Join Return Engagement of National Theatre's Follies

West End stars Alexander Hanson and Joanna Riding will take on the roles of Ben Stone and Sally Durant Plummer in the upcoming return run of the National Theatre's Olivier-winning production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies. They take over for Philip Quast and Imelda Staunton, who originated the roles in the production. Dominic Cooke directs the musical, set ...

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David Hunter, Marisha Wallace & More to Join Katharine McPhee in London Premiere of Waitress

David Hunter, Marisha Wallace & More to Join Katharine McPhee in London Premiere of Waitress

A foursome of newly announced stars will soon sing Sara Bareilles' Tony-nominated score in the West End debut of Waitress. The previously announced transfer of the celebrated musical, starring Broadway alum Katharine McPhee as Jenna, will begin previews on February 8, 2019 with an opening set for March 7 at the Adelphi Theatre.

New cast members include David Hunter (Kinky ...

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Bonnie Langford Joins West End Premiere of Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 Musical

Bonnie Langford Joins West End Premiere of Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 Musical

Acclaimed stage-and-screen star Bonnie Langford is the newest cast member added to the upcoming London debut of 9 to 5, Dolly Parton's beloved musical adaptation of the hit film. Langford will play Roz in the previously announced production, helmed by Jeff Calhoun, set to play a limited run at the West End's Savoy Theatre from January 28 through August 31 ...

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Old Vic's All My Sons, Starring Sally Field & Bill Pullman, to Be Broadcast Worldwide; Further Casting Announced

Old Vic's All My Sons, Starring Sally Field & Bill Pullman, to Be Broadcast Worldwide; Further Casting Announced

London's Old Vic has announced an international broadcast of its upcoming production of Arthur Miller's Tony-winning drama All My Sons. National Theatre Live will air the co-production with Headlong, directed by Jeremy Herrin and starring Sally Field and Bill Pullman, on May 14, 2019.

Additional casting for the production has also been set. Joining the previously announced Field as Kate ...

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Summer and Smoke Star Patsy Ferran on American Voices, Working with Angela Lansbury and More

Summer and Smoke Star Patsy Ferran on American Voices, Working with Angela Lansbury and More

Patsy Ferran was barely out of the prestigious London drama school, RADA, when she proved that she could steal a scene or two from none other than Angela Lansbury in the 2014 West End revival of Blithe Spirit. Since then, the gifted performer has done Shakespeare (Celia, Portia) as well as the one-woman Royal Court play My Mum’s a Twat ...

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Will Return to London in 2019

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Will Return to London in 2019

Joseph's dreams are coming true! A new staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's beloved musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will appear at the iconic London Palladium in 2019. Featuring an entirely new creative team to be announced soon, the West End production will play an 11-week limited engagement beginning on July 11 and concluding on September ...

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Love Island Host Caroline Flack Will Dance into London's Chicago

Love Island Host Caroline Flack Will Dance into London's Chicago

Caroline Flack, talented host of the British reality show Love Island, will step into the jazz shoes of Roxie Hart in the hit West End production of Kander & Ebb's Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre. Flack is set to join the musical on December 10, replacing Sarah Soetaert, who will play her final performance on December 8. Flack will remain ...

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David Thaxton Is the New Star of London's Phantom of the Opera

David Thaxton Is the New Star of London's Phantom of the Opera

Olivier-winning actor David Thaxton will take on the title role in the long-running West End production of The Phantom of the Opera for a limited run beginning on December 10. He will replace Tim Howar, who will play his final performance on December 8 with a return date set for May 13, 2019.

Thaxton is an Olivier winner for Passion, with ...

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