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?
With the new Mary Poppins film coming to cinemas this Christmas (starring ultimate StageFave and honorary Brit Lin-Manuel Miranda!) and a West End return announced for next year, we thought we'd go back in time to 2015 when the cast of the touring production performed at the Royal Variety Performance. It was practically perfect in every way...
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!
After a seven-month run at the Piccadilly Theatre, Drew McOnie’s staging of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, starring Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen and recent addition Matt Cardle, will play its final performance on Saturday 27 October.
X Factor winner and best-selling recording artist Matt Cardle can’t resist the woo of the West End as he takes over from Will Young as bandleader Wally Strand from 31 July in Strictly Ballroom The Musical.
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O'Bree at the West End premiere of STRICTLY BALLROOM, starring Jonny Labey, Zizi Strallen and Will Young at the Piccadilly Theatre (on 24 April 2018). Did you spot Baz Luhrmann in the house? And who'd Perry rhumba with at the after-party?
Strictly Ballroom the Musical has officially launched at the Cafe de Paris in London ahead of previews at the Piccadilly Theatre from 29 March. Love London Love Culture is excited… and gives five reasons why
Will Young, Jonny Labey and Zizi Strallen aren't the only ballroom beauties cast in Baz Luhrmann's screen-to-stage adaptation of his 1992 cult film hit. Find all the #StageFaves announced so far for Drew McOnie's West End transfer...
How often do you get to see all your favourite West End stars performing under one roof? Almost never! But this October, a host of StageFaves are coming together for one night only at The London Cabaret Club in an all-star charity cabaret show in aid of "Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis". StageFaves such as Zizi Strallen, John Partridge and Matthew Croke have already been confirmed, along with loads more Wesn End names...
Very rarely does a show come along that receives unanimous praise and adulation, after all, appealing to the wide ranging tastes of both audience and critics is a tough ask. The National Theatre's production of FOLLIES however, is one of those shows! It's been ages since we've seen such glowing reviews pouring in from far and wide and it's great to see the Sondheim classic 1971 musical still feels as fresh as ever! You can't be a true musical theatre lover without a bit of Sondheim, and we reckon FOLLIES is the perfect way to clock in a few hours of one of the greatest American composers...We've rounded up the best reviews and features so you can get your FOLLIES fix all in one place!
Stephen Sondheim's FOLLIES makes its National Theatre debut in September, care of director Dominic Cooke. Who'll be joining Imelda Staunton, Philip Quast, Janie Dee and other previously announced principals in the 37-strong cast...