Last night was the biggest in British Theatre! The Olivier Awards celebrated the best of all things stagey and we reckon this was the best year yet. As all your favourite musical theatre stars arrived on the Red Carpet, StageFaves’ awesome vlogger Perry O’Bree was ready to chat with all the nominees and guests, while at the same time Twitter was flooded with photos. Here are our personal faves...
What a night for musical theatre at the Olivier Awards with Come From Away and Company each winning four prizes and awards going to the Sondheim show’s Jonathan Bailey and Patti LuPone. Also in the acting honours though were Tina – The Tina Turner Musical’s Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and Caroline, Or Change’s Sharon D Clarke. Plus among the performances Six The Musical almost blew the roof off the Royal Albert Hall!
So the big day has arrived. Olivier Awards rehearsals have been taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, the set is beginning to take shape, all the nominees are picking out their sparkly outfits and the nerves are growing. StageFaves has a look at the build-up on Twitter so far.
It’s been confirmed that Katharine McPhee will be putting her apron down and bidding farewell to the West End production of Sara Bareilles’ musical Waitress on 15 June 2019. Cue speculation about who will replace her. There are rumours that Lucie Jones is next in line, but we shall have to wait and see!
It's been a hell of a West End opening for COME FROM AWAY! The Broadway transfer flew into London after a run in Ireland and now it's nominated an astonishing NINE TIMES!!! In case you needed reminding why, Rachel Tucker (who is herself nominated for Best Actress in a supporting role) teamed up with social media star Doug Armstrong for a lovely acoustic medley and a chat about the show...
There's no watery fog in these rehearsal images from Queen of the Mist, just reams of sheet music, plenty of cases, the odd juggling ball and a host of performers, which all makes us very intrigued about the UK premiere that comes to the Jack Studio Theatre from 9 to 27 April 2019. Take a look, then book your tickets!
Good things come to those who wait. Four years after it first opened at Leicester Curve and two years after its London premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary's original British musical adaptation of Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ transfers to the West End.
The cast for the forthcoming production of LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at London's Royal Festival Hall is now complete and that cherry on top is the addition of Olivier Award-winner (and current BAFTA Nominee!) Alex Jennings...
Christie Prades starred in ON YOUR FEET on Broadway and is currently touring the US in the conga-fied bio-musical. She now brings her 'Gloria Estefan' to Leicester and London for the UK premiere. Full casting is now announced. Plus, have you watched the show's launch trailer yet?
After a fantastic run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Trevor Nunn's production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF crossed the river to the Playhouse Theatre in London's West End. Then, in what seemed like no time at all, it announced an extension until September! With all this buzz you'd be forgiven for assuming this production must be something special, and if these reviews are anything to go by, you'd be right...
The 2019 Olivier Awards are fast approaching and we're already super excited. The only problem is, we have to wait until the weekend to know who wins!!! If, like us, waiting is not your forte, here's a cool video to help ease the pangs of desire. Three top theatre professionals chat about all four of the fantastic Olivier Nominates shows in the "Best New Musical" category...
Just months after Michel Legrand passed away, at the age of 86 on 26 January 2019, his five-time Tony-nominated musical AMOUR receives its professional UK premiere at London's Charing Cross Theatre for a limited 12-week season. Gary Tushaw, Anna O'Byrne and Alisdair Harvey lead the cast. Who's joining them?
After a sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Trevor Nunn's critically acclaimed revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has transferred to the West End's Playhouse Theatre for a limited season. Continuing our #FirstNightTakeover series, Faves vlogger Perry O'Bree was there. Amongst the opening night audience, he rubbed elbows with husband-and-wife West End stars Michael Jibson and Caroline Sheen and with onstage father and daughter stars Andy Nyman and Harriet Bunton. Watch what happened here!
A second RuPaul's Drag Race star is racing into their West End debut care of Everybody's Talking About Jamie. After Michele Visage made her premiere last autumn playing Miss Hedge, Bianca Del Rio (aka Roy Haylock) makes his premiere as Hugo/Loco Chanelle this summer... Plus, have you watched Layton Williams in action yet?
Are you ready to make a wish? We're wishing we can be at the Dominion Theatre for the West End premiere of BIG THE MUSICAL, starring Jay McGuiness! Watch the trailer and check out more photos from the show here...
"I will tempt my fate, take a chance." So says Anna Edson Taylor in this atmospheric, watery new trailer for musical Queen of the Mist, which comes to the Jack Studio Theatre from 9 to 27 April 2019. Have a watch, then book your tickets!
The sun is shining on the London production of Mamma Mia! and the show’s audiences too! Not only has booking been extended to 7 March 2020, but the ABBA-inspired musical will be celebrating its 20 years in the West End with a special ticket lottery. For each day & each performance in April, 20 tickets for £20 will be on offer. Now where did we put our lycra and platforms?
They've sold-out at the Edinburgh Fringe, played to packed houses at the Vaults Festival, run their own all-female comedy night at Southwark Playhouse, and now the ladies of NOTFLIX are back at Underbelly Southbank Festival for a second year, ready to improvise two brand new movie-musicals in front of your very eyes...
The anticipation is properly building in the run up to the biggest night in the theatre calendar and now it has gone up a notch with news that all the nominated musicals will be performing at the Olivier Awards 2019 ceremony on 7 April at the Royal Albert Hall, plus The Lion King and Mamma Mia! will be celebrating 20 years in the West End. Oh, and did we mention that stars like Gloria Estefan and Katharine McPhee will be presenting awards?
Is it ever too early to feel festive? Not for Danny Mac and Dan Burton who will star in the Curve Leicester production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical when it transfers to the Dominion Theatre for a festive West End season from 15 November 2019 to 4 January 2020. Let it snow?