Blog / Anthony Drewe

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26 Jul

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.

13 Jun

Did you hear about who was named the 13th annual Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year (SSSSPOTY) and who took home the 12th annual Stiles + Drewe Best New Song Prize? Look no further than LAMDA’s Stuart Thompson and composer Theo Jamieson. Not forgetting, runners-up Bird College’s Paige Fenlon and RADA’s Jamie Bogyo.

21 Jan

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?

24 Dec

Lewis Cornay, Molly Lynch and Duncan Drury lead the actor-musician ensemble cast of Stiles and Drewe's JUST SO at the Barn Theatre. We caught up with them to discuss the biggest challenges and rewards of performing in an actor-muso production (and putting it all together in just three weeks!)...

18 Dec

What can you expect when you get yourself to Cirencester for the Barn Theatre's critically acclaimed new actor-musician revival of Stiles and Drewe's JUST SO? Watch this brilliant new trailer and check out what critics have been saying...

11 Dec

Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Stage Door Joe attending the opening night of JUST SO at the Barn Theatre, Cirencester, a festive treat that brings an incredibly successful first year at the venue to a colourful close. What a night Joe had seeing Stiles and Drewe’s creation brought to life by such a talented actor-muso cast. Catch up with all his animal adventures below…

06 Nov

It'll be hard to beat the actor-muso perfection of the Barn's inaugural production of The Secret Garden earlier this year, but the just-announced actor-muso cast for JUST SO look like they're up to it. Matthew Kelly is helping voice Stiles & Drewe's family treat. Who's bringing the animals to life onstage? Full company here...

04 Nov

After the success of its inaugural season, including the launch production of The Secret Garden and this summer's revival of The Rise & Fall of Little Voice, the new state-of-the-art Barn Theatre in Cirencester concludes its first year with another family-friendly musical; Kirk Jameson's much-anticipated revival of Stiles and Drewe's Just So. Watch the director interview legendary lyricist Anthony Drewe about the show...

14 Sep

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!

20 Jul

Bravo to the Playground Theatre for featuring two musicals in the venue’s first full autumn season, running from October 2018 to January 2019: the world premiere of Matt Board and Reina Hardy’s Fanatical the Musical and a jolly Christmas revival of Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer’s musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress.

05 Mar

Fresh from its season at the London Palladium, the musical adventures of Ratty, Toad, Mole & Badger in The Wind in the Willows will be enjoyed by a new audience at Easter with screenings across the UK & Ireland.

26 Jun

Who'd our vlogger Perry O'Bree catch up with at West End Live? Watch all his backstage video interviews from both days with West End stars including Ben Forster, Jade Ewen, Danny Mac, Cassidy Janson, Marisha Wallace, Kerry Ellis, Rachel Tucker, Tyrone Huntley, John Partridge (in drag!), Lucie Jones, Jason Manford and many others from Aladdin, An American in Paris, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Five Guys Named Moe, On the Town, The Lion King, Everybody Loves Jamie, Half a Sixpence and The Wind in the Willows - to name a few!

12 May

It's their time. The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Awards is a great annual event highlighting some of the best talent coming up through UK drama schools - and they're all singing Sondheim plus new music too. This year's gala will also be overseen by West End legends including Clive Rowe, Janie Dee, Julia McKenzie and Stiles & Drewe...

13 Apr

We hope Rhys Jennings and Darren Clark are feeling pretty special today. The pair not only won the first-ever MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award but their musical today receives a star-studded industry showcase at The Other Palace. When the likes of Clive Rowe, Rebecca Trehearn and Tyrone Huntley (all award winners in their own right) flock to appear in your show, you're doing something right...

28 Feb

Disney musicals are now a family favourite and a staple on both sides of the theatrical pond. Musical Theatre Appreciation Society's Charlie Reynolds looks back on some of the biggest hits and the biggest flops in the back catalogue...

06 Apr

How many #StageFaves performers can we get into this? The highly-anticipated major new musical theatre adaptation of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS will hold open auditions this month in London and Manchester, ahead of its world premiere in autumn 2016.