‘On some marquee all twinkling lights – a spark to pierce the dark’: Cameron Mackintosh has revealed that the Queen’s Theatre in Shaftesbury Theatre will be renamed in honour of Stephen Sondheim when the refurbished venue opens with Les Misérables in December 2019. In the same year as the composer and lyricist celebrates his 90th birthday Sondheim becomes the only living artist to have a theatre named in his honour both in the West End and on Broadway.
Yes, it’s that time of year again and we can’t wait for the free theatre festival West End Live to return to Trafalgar Square on the weekend of 22 and 23 June 2019. Want to know which shows are performing at this year’s event, from old favourites to first-timers? Then read on…
As one of the most financially successful productions in the history of the West End, it's not surprising that LES MISERABLES doesn't want to take a break, so while its current home at the Queens Theatre undergoes a refurb, it will transfer to a new West End home at the Gielgud for four months from the end of July...
It was smiles all round as The Stage Debut Awards 2018 recognised breakthrough talent in the shape of Amara Okereke, the first actress of colour to play the role of Cosette, Louis Gaunt for his performance in Grange Park Opera’s Oklahoma! and composer Gus Gowland for his show Pieces of String at Mercury Theatre, Chichester. Have you seen any of their work?
Did Les Misérables make you miserable? Or did it inspire you? When Sarah Whitfield was a teenager, her dad frequently embarrassed her with his love of the musical above all others. So, after he was diagnosed with late-stage cancer, she set out to find out why the show meant so much to him and to its worldwide following. Here are some of the responses she received…
First it was the Victoria Palace Theatre in readiness for the opening of Hamilton, now Delfont Mackintosh Theatres is turning its attention to its other venues in need of a little TLC, and that includes the West End home of Les Miserables. Where do you think the musical will move to?
We thought vlogger Perry O'Bree had met a vast array of West End stars on Day One of West End Live 2018, but there was no let up on Day Two as you can see! Watch all his backstage video interviews with #StageFaves including Killian Donnelly, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Danielle Hope, Suzie Mathers and many others. There’s even a great view of performances from Heathers The Musical, Eugenius! and Killian singing with The Barricade Boys – to name a few!
West End LIVE 2018 is back – for an incredible 14th year – and we will be making sure you know everything there is to know about the event in Trafalgar Square on 16 and 17 June 2018. Starting with the packed list of shows queuing up to take part.
"More often than not, I tend to go to the theatre by myself. While it took a bit of getting used to at first, I am now perfectly happy rocking up solo for some theatre magic!" Sometimes it’s a buy-now-or-never ticket decision; sometimes it’s a weeknight; sometimes folks just aren’t free; sometimes you’re not sure who to invite ... learn to love yourself and go ON YOUR OWN! Here are some of our tips for heading to the theatre solo style!
There are changes in the roll call at Les Misérables from 11 June 2018 as the musical enjoys its 33rd record-breaking year. So who is joining Dean and Bradley?
Killian Donnelly will make history as the first Irishman to play the role since Colm Wilkinson in the original production. Watch him chat below about bringing the show home to Dublin…
When young people come together to create a musical it's amazing in itself, but the talent in the room here with the "Spirit Young Performers Company" is something else! What a talented bunch of young performers, watch out Les Mis, They're coming for you!
It’s nearly a decade since the last UK tour of Les Miserables sold out within days, but don't worry, the Broadway production is back on tour from November 2018.
It’s time to celebrate all things theatre on #LoveTheatreDay 2017 in association with The Stage! Ever wondered happens backstage at your favourite musicals? Now is your chance to find out with our top ten #Backstage tweets!
It must feel like coming home for David Thaxton, who has announced his return to LES MISERABLES in the role of Javert, which he first played back in 2014. The seasoned cast member will return to the longest running musical on the West End early next year...
We wouldn't be true Musical Theatre fans if we didn't love a good parody. This week we can't get enough of this video by Christina Wolfgram which sums up LES MISERABLES better than anything we've ever seen before! So take three minutes out of your busy schedule and laugh along with these funny women as they poke fun out of our fave musical...
With major cast changes at LES MISÉRABLES and MAMMA MIA! we thought it was time to catch up with some cast tweets! Here are 10 of our favourites!
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!
Musical Theatre is well loved by millions of women all over the world, but the gender balance and character exploration onstage seems to be firmly in favour of men. Frida Lindberg from our friends at the Musical Theatre Appreciation Society asks whether there should be more to female characters than simply pining for a man...
How do you keep the revolution going 33 years on? Impresario Cameron Mackintosh knows the answer: keep casting to the hilt. Direct from Broadway, Killian Donnelly makes his Les Miserables debut as Jean Valjean in a new cast that also features Carley Stenson and a whole bunch of other #StageFaves...