A Doctor and a Queen, namely Waitress’ Gavin Creel and Six The Musical’s Alexia McIntosh, were on hand today to announce the 2020 Olivier Awards nominations, just a month before the ceremony takes place on 5 April at the Royal Albert Hall. So now the celebrations have begun, particularly in the & Juliet, Fiddler On The Roof, Dear Evan Hansen and Mary Poppins camps, all of which have received plenty of love from the nominating panel. So who are you hoping leaves with the big prizes on the day?
Ready to step in time? Amy Griffiths, Claire Moore, Claire Machin, Jack North and Barry James are doing just that as they join Zizi Strallen, Charlie Stemp, Joseph Millson and Petula Clark in the new production of Mary Poppins which returns to its original West End home, the Prince Edward Theatre, from 23 October 2019.
It’s shaping into quite a cast and we still have several months to wait before the opening! Joining Zizi Strallen’s Mary and Charlie Stemp’s Bert will be Joseph Millson, as Mr George Banks, and the music and stage legend that is Petula Clark, as the Bird Woman (and rumour is Petula’s role may be extended in this staging). Mary Poppins returns home to the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre from 23 October 2019 to 29 March 2020 so get ready.
Could there be a better time for Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Mary Poppins to return to the West End, with the movie sequel starring Emily Blunt having been such a hit? Now you can put the confirmed dates in your diary with news that the production starring Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp will open for previews at the Prince Edward Theatre from 23 October 2019 with opening night on 13 November. Are you booking your flight?
Dozens of musicals hit London every year but few receive the kind of devoted following of Half A Sixpence! Back in 2017, Charlie Stemp and the cast popped by West End Live to treat punters to a little taste of what they would see if they came to the show. We dare you not to grin the whole way through!
A stream of A-listers including Paul McCartney, Bryan Cranston, Judi Dench, Henry Cavill, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Black, Steve Martin and more have contributed to a music video for ‘The Hero – A West End & Friends Tribute’ alongside stars of London’s West End (Charlie Stemp, Marisha Wallace, Cleve September, Kerry Ellis and oodles more #StageFaves). Everyone involved wished to pay thanks to servicemen and women around the world and to raise money for the UK charity, Help For Heroes.
What an incredible line-up there is once again for the Palladium panto Snow White, with Charlie Stemp back in London from his stint on Broadway alongside Danielle Hope, Dawn French, Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Gary Wilmot & more. Plenty of #StageFaves to look forward to seeing!
Fifteen years after its critically-acclaimed stage premiere, Mary Poppins is flying back to its original West End home, the Prince Edward Theatre, when Disney’s Aladdin ends its run in August 2019. We can't wait to see Zizi Strallen & Charlie Stemp step in time!
It's been six months since the curtain came down and the banjos were played for the very last time but the memories of HALF A SIXPENCE are still strong. Guest blogger Rebecca Wallis reminisces about her favourite show and follows through on a promise to keep championing the many #StageFaves performers she discovered through it. Have you?
One of our new guest vloggers makes her #StageFaves debut with this great throwback to this past year's pantomime season, including DICK WHITTINGTON at the London Palladium, which is now up for two Olivier Awards. Thumbs up to the merchandise love, Alexa! She also shares her top five all-time favourite musicals (to date). What are yours?
Tonight at the London Palladium has long been a British television tradition and this classic show has championed musical theatre from the beginning. Now it's a new year, StageFaves are launching a host of new segments and we decided that #PalladiumPicks would be one of our first! For our first #PalladiumPick, we decided to start 2018 off with one of 2017's best-loved West End shows...HALF A SIXPENCE.
West End superstar Emma Williams is playing Alice Fitzwarren in this year’s star-studded pantomime DICK WHITTINGTON at the London Palladium. Our friends at the Musical Theatre Review chatted to Emma about the magic of panto and reuniting with her HALF A SIXPENCE costar Charlie Stemp...
Panto season is coming round again and this year's big West End production is DICK WHITTINGTON with an all-star cast of StageFaves. Becky Wallis from our friends at the Musical Theatre Appreciation Society shares her excitement for the Christmas production at the London Palladium and talks about how celebrity casting is becoming as much of a tradition as panto itself!
Last night (17 September 2017), our vlogger Perry O'Bree attended the first-ever The Stage Debut Awards. Watch his full event takeover, including red carpet arrivals and interviews with stars including your #StageFaves musical winners: Miriam Teak-Lee, Samuel Thomas, Christina Bennington (collecting for Andrew Polec) and Everybody's Talking About Jamie composer Dan Gillespie-Sells.
STOP, PRESS!! Charlie Stemp is heading to Broadway! It's just been announced that the HALF A SIXPENCE star will join the cast of HELLO DOLLY! on the great white way next year!
What a reunion! HALF A SIXPENCE hasn't even closed yet and already its stars Emma Williams and Charlie Stemp are due to be reunited this Christmas. Emma Williams and Lukus Alexander complete the principal casting for the London Palladium Pantomime this Christmas playing the role of Alice Fitzwarren and Eileen the Cat respectively. The full principal cast has now been announced and it's full to the brim of classic StageFaves...
The Stage's inaugural Debut Awards has brand-new musical theatre talent categories including Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical and Best Composer. There's also a Best West End Debut category which includes some already very big names. How many of your #StageFaves are in the running?
It may be due to close in September, but HALF A SIXPENCE will live on in the hearts of its fans. Thousands of theatregoers of all ages have seen and fallen in love with this show during its West End run and many are mourning the news that it won't be running anymore. Becky Wallis is one of these superfans and she shares why she fell in love with the show and why she'll feel totally gutted when Charlie Stemp lays down his banjo for the last time...
We took an awful lot of photos ourselves at West End Live this year, and we looked at thousands more over the weekend. But as #WestEndLive trended globally, there was one snapper whose pics we were continually favouriting: Ollie Cole (a.k.a. @ProducerOllie). Check out some of his Twitter collections of your #StageFaves below...
Some sad news as we head into the weekend: HALF A SIXPENCE has posted West End closing notices for 2 September 2017. How many times do you reckon you can return to see Charlie Stemp do his thing in the next four months?!