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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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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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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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Book Your Flight! Five Can't-Miss Shows to See in London This Fall

Book Your Flight! Five Can't-Miss Shows to See in London This Fall

Fall brings with it shorter days but always more exciting nights as the London theater season kicks into gear, bringing with it the promise of excitement across the spectrum, whether on or off the West End. The season ahead boasts various titles that look set to join the ranks of The Lehman Trilogy and Ian McKellen’s King Lear, which are ...

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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.

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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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2017 Wrap-Up: Our Picks for Best London Shows of the Year

2017 Wrap-Up: Our Picks for Best London Shows of the Year

New plays aplenty left their mark on the London theater this year, while musicals coupled time-honored, venerated titles with the arrival just before Christmas of a new kid on the block, who also happens to be one of the American founding fathers. Read on below for a list of five of the year’s best shows (six, really, since there is ...

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Ma Rainey, King Lear, Harry Potter & More! The Top Five Shows in London in 2016

Ma Rainey, King Lear, Harry Potter & More! The Top Five Shows in London in 2016

Defining productions of Tom Stoppard and August Wilson classics raised the bar high for revivals in a classics-heavy year that also found Glenda Jackson, of all people, taking on the title role in King Lear. All that plus Harry Potter all grown-up and Andrew Lloyd Webber at seemingly every turn: read on for a list of five of the year’s ...

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Wicked Star Rachel Tucker on the 'Unrepeatable' Experience of Playing Elphaba on Broadway & Missing Her Green Team

Wicked Star Rachel Tucker on the 'Unrepeatable' Experience of Playing Elphaba on Broadway & Missing Her Green Team

In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Northern Irish beltress Rachel Tucker stepped into Broadway role she played in the West ...

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All Aboard the Hogwarts Express! Five Tips for Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’s Lucky First Years

All Aboard the Hogwarts Express! Five Tips for Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’s Lucky First Years

Dear Muggles, we are pleased to inform you that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child began previews in the West End on June 7! It's happening: J.K. Rowling's literary gamechanger has come to the stage, and fans with Felix Felicis can experience the story in an enchanting new medium. Beyond the books and films, this is an immersive inside ...

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Glenn Close Revisits Sunset, Game of Thrones Heartthrob Kit Harington Takes the Stage & More in the London Datebook

Glenn Close Revisits Sunset, Game of Thrones Heartthrob Kit Harington Takes the Stage & More in the London Datebook

A Broadway legend recreates her stage role as a screen legend of a bygone era in the same month that sees a fresh West End revival of what is widely considered the first great Broadway musical. Plus, several hefty new British plays and a meaty revival that brings TV’s Jon Snow back to the stage. For more on these and ...

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Motown Grooves, Guys and Dolls Gets Lucky & Miss Atomic Heats Up in the London Datebook

Motown Grooves, Guys and Dolls Gets Lucky & Miss Atomic Heats Up in the London Datebook

Guys and Dolls transfers with a (largely) new cast, Motown the Musical grooves its way across the Atlantic, and a new musical that folds the atomic bomb, of all things, into its title are among the many and varied London offerings to entice theatergoers this month. For more on these and many other productions, read on.

MARCH 7-13
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Matthew Perry's Longing, Adrian Lester in Red Velvet & More in the London Datebook

 Matthew Perry's Longing, Adrian Lester in Red Velvet & More in the London Datebook

February is a busy month for American accents in London, with multiple Broadway titles emerging on the scene alongside a bevy of stars that includes a TV favorite (Matthew Perry), a two-time Olivier Award winner (Janie Dee) and Tony winner (Tom Conti) back on the London stage. For more on these and other offerings, read on.

FEBRUARY 1-7
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London Datebook: Roll the Dice with Guys and Dolls, Meet the Beales in Grey Gardens & More

It’s a New Year, and with it comes a wealth of fresh enticements on the London stage, from two Broadway musicals reborn in Britain to the premiere of a new play by arguably England's most adventurous playwright. For more on these and other shows to brighten our theatrical spirits for 2016, read on.

JANUARY 4-10
Make Our Gardens Grow: January ...

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London Datebook: Sheridan Smith's Funny Business, Dominic West's Dangereuse Affair & More

The holidays are fast approaching, bringing with them a glut of openings across the spectrum, from a seasonal entertainment with an Oscar winner in the lead to new sightings of iconic titles and a fresh glimpse of one of literature’s best-loved characters. For further information on a busy month ahead, read on!

NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 5
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London Datebook: Feast on Classics with Kenneth Branagh & Say Farewell to Imelda Staunton's Turn in Gypsy

The nights are drawing in, so all the better reason to feast on a month that sees a Broadway classic (the acclaimed revival of Gypsy) enter its final weeks even as another Broadway entry (Elf) opens for the holiday season. That, plus Shakespeare at every turn, Sir Richard Eyre directing Ibsen, and Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall back ...

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London Datebook: Kinky Boots Kicks Up Its Heels, Nicole Kidman's Stage Return & More

It’s back to school for families and back to the theater for devotees of the London stage in what is shaping up to be the busiest September in years. Highlights include new plays featuring a raft of major stars and a Tony-winning musical kicking up its heels on the West End.

SEPTEMBER 7-13
Breaking the Code: Nicole Kidman set pulses ...

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Thumbs Up! Benedict Cumberbatch Conquers Hamlet Despite Slings and Arrows

Long live the Prince! On August 25, one of the most talked-about productions of Hamlet in the play’s 400 or so years in existence will officially open at London’s Barbican Theatre. That, of course, has everything to do with the Shakespeare classic's headliner, Olivier winner and Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, who has chosen, at the height of a dizzying screen ...

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London Datebook: Bow Down to Prince Benedict, Book a Room at Grand Hotel & Long Live McQueen

Some theater capitals go on late-summer hiatus, but not London, which has saved the year’s biggest opening for the dog days of August. (Not that there are tickets still to be had for Benedict Cumberbatch’s eagerly awaited Hamlet unless you’re willing to try your luck for returns.) In the meantime, here are some further enticements confirming London as the stage ...

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London Datebook: Play Mind Games with Stephen Merchant, Hold Court with Richard II & More

Summertime and the livin’ is full of theater in London, a capital whose cultural calendar remains full whatever the season. Highlights this month include the UK premiere of an off-Broadway long-runner, several beloved Broadway musical theater mainstays and some notable stars turning their attentions toward the classics. For more on these and other titles, read on.

JULY 5-11
The Shadow Knows: The 2005 ...

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London Datebook: Beckham High Kicks, Motherf**cker Crosses the Pond & More June Picks

While Broadway slows down after the Tony Awards in June, London rolls merrily along, both on and off the West End. This month’s highlights include a stage musical premiere adapted from Keira Knightley’s career-making film, the National Theatre debut of the Broadway play with the famously unprintable title, and a hefty spate of the classics. Oh—and some Gershwin music, too ...

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London Datebook: Kristin Scott Thomas Reigns, Jonathan Groff Goes Corporate & The Elephant Man Comes Home

The sun is shining and as if to celebrate, the Dames are coming out to play on London stages this month. Fold in a musical theater favorite turning her attentions to Alan Ayckbourn and a former Lady Macbeth shifting gears in the direction of Cole Porter and you have a lineup that truly does offer something for everyone.

MAY 4-10
The ...

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London Datebook: Everything's Coming Up Imelda, Damian Lewis & John Goodman in American Buffalo & More April Picks

Spring is in the air and with it a raft of high-profile openings that include the West End bow of Imelda Staunton’s show-stopping Rose in Gypsy, a gala concert of Follies in honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s return to the London stage for the first time since his Oscar nod for 12 Years A Slave. For ...

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London Datebook: A Basement Ode to Barbra, Imelda Staunton Returns as Mama Rose & More March Picks

The play for once really is the thing in a London month that puts musicals on the back burner for a change—well, that is until Gypsy begins previews—and lets the plays take center stage instead. The talent involved includes Americans and Brits, Tony winners and nominees, and well-known TV names. For more on an ever-eclectic London line-up, read on.

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