West-End and touring superstar Charlotte Wakefield has been cast in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre’s acclaimed production of CRAZY FOR YOU which opens at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on 17 August 2017. Charlotte, who will play Polly, joins Tom Chambers as Bobby’ and Caroline Flack as Irene. We're going CRAZY for this casting...
Last night, THE COLOR PURPLE returned to the London stage with a concert at Cadogan Hall. The cast was filled with loads of #StageFaves, featurning Marisha Wallace, Rachel John, Wendy Mae Brown, Tyrone Huntley, Cavin Cornwall, Hugh Maynard, Seyi Omooba, T'Shan Williams, Bernadette Bangura, Rochelle Jackman and Krishana Parker. It was staged to raised funds for The British Theatre Academy, a unique performing arts programme that has inspired and nurtured the talent of thousands of young performers over the past 30 years. We've got some fantastic photos from the night...
Were you at #WestEndBakeOff on Saturday? Our fantastic vlogger Perry O'Bree was, and he spent the day meeting #StageFaves and hanging out by the beautiful baking creations. Read our round-up of the fab morning, see who won and check out Perry's video diary...
The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments have just announced the 12 finalists for the annual West End Gala for The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and The Stiles + Drewe Prize. Olivier Award-winner and #StageFave Clive Rowe will host the event at the Noёl Coward Theatre on Sunday 11 June at 3pm and it's sure to be brimming with talent...
Jonathan Larson is most famous for writing the groundbreaking 90's musical RENT, but diehard fans will know his autobiographical monologue TICK, TICK...BOOM! which was posthumously turned into a 3-hander and is playing at the Park Theatre this month. Bronagh Lagan, the show's director, shared some thoughts on the show and the company behind this production.
What is Sondheim without some "old friends"? Spanish performer Joan Vázquez brings some West End glitz to his Live at Zédel show by adding special guests Madalena Alberto, Kieran Brown and Rebecca Trehearn to ‘Something’s Coming – a Sondheim tribute’
Pride in London is the perfect time to celebrate all things LGBT+, so the world premiere of HE SHOOTS! HE SCORES! - A Musical With Balls at the Above the Stag Theatre in Vauxhall is the ideal opportunity to show some rainbow-laced solidarity...
It was the first day of rehearsals for #StageFaves COMMITTEE, HOLY CRAP, and GIRLS FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY as well as first day in the QUEENS THEATRE for the new cast of LES MISERABLES this week! Here are our 10 top rehearsal tweets!
This week saw the raucous, riotous OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR rock its way back onto the London stage for its West End opening night at the Duke Of York's Theatre. The Olivier Award winning show promised "really rude language, flashing lights, pyrotechnics, lots of sexual references, excessive drinking, and extensive use of the smoke machine" and it didn't disappoint...Here's our round up of the best reviews from opening night and where you can get all the gossip from the red carpet...
Life on the yellow brick road wasn't always easy for the legendary actress and singer Judy Garland, but it was certainly exciting! Opening tonight on the West End, JUDY! follows the story of one of America's greatest talents over three time periods - Young Judy, Palace Theatre Judy and CBS Judy. In honour of this fantastic show, filled to the brim with your #StageFaves, we've got a bunch of behind the scenes videos to whet your appetite for the month ahead.
With the news of HALF A SIXPENCE sadly closing its doors this September, our friends at the Musical Theatre Appreciation Society look at what productions they'd like to see take its place at the Noel Coward Theatre…
The boy done good. Two years after premiering in his home town of Leicester, and after further development, the musical version of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ - The Musical will receive its London premiere this summer at the Menier Chocolate Factory - opening in Adrian’s 50th birthday year...
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O'Bree attending the West End premiere (on 15 May 2017) of OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR. Which celebrities did he meet on the red carpet? And how was it painting the town red (very red-tinged party venue!) with the girls who 'went mental' after their success at last month's Olivier Awards? FULL VIDEO INTERVIEWS NOW LIVE!
London West End Calling! A new feel-good musical is set to open in the capital’s West End in 2018 featuring some of punk’s biggest hits by The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Damned and more. The show is funded by the world’s biggest record label, Universal Music and will be the first time punk hits have become a West End musical...with opera singers! This unique and original show will be cast via open auditions and is sure to be a mosh-worthy success!
We may not have won but LUCIE JONES was definitely our Eurovision fave as well as our #StageFave! We’ve rounded up 20 top celebrity tweets from the big night!
It's time to flex those muscles and don your rip-off trousers because West End Bares is back this October for another night of debauchery at the Novello Theatre. This autumn your favourite West End stars are back, oiling themselves up and shakin' some booty for charity and you can see it all with your very eyes! West End Bares 8, in aid of the Make A Difference Trust, will take place on Sunday October 29 to The Novello Theatre at 7pm and 9.30pm. So get ready for a night of hunky men and gorgeous women. We ABS-olutely can't wait!
After a series of hush hush recording sessions, it was announced today that the cast recording for THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS is on its way and will be released on June 16. With a fantastic cast including the likes of Denise Welch, Simon Lipkin and Rufus Hound, this new Stiles & Drewe recording looks set to be a fantastic romp through the classic story. StageFaves were invited to sit in on a recording session in Angel and if what we heard is anything to go by, it's going to be high-octane, hysterical and full of fun!
It's that time of year again! Just one week to go until the third annual WEST END BAKE OFF. The judges have been announced: hoin Babs, Arlene and Janie Dee - as well as #StageFaves' own Perry O'Bree - next Saturday 20 May 2017 as they judge this year's competition. (Will The Girls of the Women's Institute have too unfair an advantage?!) We'd better not spot any soggy bottoms...
Anything he can do she can better. Gemma MacLean and Blair Robertson star as Annie Oakley and Frank Butler in the Union Theatre's new production of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Do you know who else is who in this Irving Berlin classic?
Streetlights, People!'s production of Adam Gwon's 2008 Off-Broadway musical four-hander ORDINARY DAYS is revived at London Theatre Workshop for three weeks only after sell-out performances last year at Hen and Chickens Theatre. Do you know who's who?