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21 Mar

In a shock casting rumour, it's been suggested that 'Wicked' on Broadway has found their new green girl in international pop star Ariana Grande. Apparently current Elphaba, Jackie Burns (who has played the role on and off for 6 years), is ready to move on to pastures new so if you care to find her, be sure to look to the Western skies!

27 Jun

Forget Glastonbury, this weekend the only place to be was WEST END LIVE with amazing performances from all of our favourite shows! We’re rounded up 20 of our favourite tweets from performers and shows that capture some of the magic! You can find our full social media coverage, features and more on our dedicated WEST END LIVE page.

26 Jun

How do you measure success when it comes to one of Europe's largest free performing arts festivals? Check out these stats for West End Live, both in terms of what happened in Trafalgar Square, and how the event became a top trending topic across both Twitter and Facebook. We think the organisers definitely #GetSocial!

25 Jun

Did you make it back for Day Two of West End Live 2017 (25 June) in Trafalgar Square? In addition to several more top productions, fans were treated by special performances from West End stars as they may not have seen or heard them before, including Rachel Tucker, Kerry Ellis, Matt Cardle, Marisha Wallace, Ben Forster, Willemijn Verkaik, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Lucie Jones and John Partridge (in drag). Watch video highlights of Day Two below...

25 Jun

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...

25 May

It's less than a month until #WestEndLIVE 2017 begins and we can't wait to spend a day hanging out in the sun watching our #StageFaves perform the best showtunes in front of an audience of thousands - FOR FREE!! To whet our appetites, the lovely organisers have released the shows that will be taking part. One thing's for sure, it's going to be a star studded line-up, and it's going to be GREAT! So don't wait a second longer, see if your favourite show is going to be there...

We love it when an understudy steps fully into the spotlight so splendiforous congrats to Alice Fearn, who is a standby Elphaba no more. She's joined by Sophie Evans as Glinda and several other WICKED newbies from 24 July 2017 at the Apollo Victoria...

31 Jan

As WICKED welcomes cast changes this week - including Willemijn Verkaik returning to the role of Elphaba - yet-another new booking period for the long-running West End production at the Apollo Victoria Theatre...

14 Sep

When you know someone can do the job, why wouldn't you ask them back? After Rachel Tucker's current tenth birthday return run in WICKED, another popular former 'Elphaba', Dutch star Willemijn Verkaik, flies back into the show - along with 'Madame Morrible' returnee Sue Kelvin and new 'Nessarose' Sarah McNicholas - in the new year...