Following Boris Johnson’s statement regarding the coronavirus pandemic, advising the public that they should avoid non-essential contact including going to the theatre, it was announced on 16 March 2020 by SOLT and UK Theatre that all member venues would close with immediate effect. One after the other, from Les Misérables to Wicked, and right across the country, venues went dark, but if the Tweets below are anything to go by, the theatre community will come back fighting.
In the final instalment of our "Once is not enough" video series, we have to take another look at the official show trailer. ONCE is like the best pub lock-in ever - and this captures the mood perfectly. (Last chance to enter our competition by Friday 6 March!)
We continue our "Once is not enough" video series with this sampling of ONCE's 16-strong actor-musician cast in glorious all-playing, all-singing action onstage at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch. (You can still win tickets to see them all live in our competition by 6 March.)
We continue our "Once is not enough" video series with this recently released version of Dan Healy's Irish street busker Guy from ONCE imploring listeners "Say It to Me Now". There's much we want to say to him, starting with 'wow!'. (Don't forget to enter our competition by 6 March!)
Don't be too sad about WAITRESS finishing its run at the Adelphi Theatre in July. Producers have announced an extensive schedule for the musical's first-ever UK and Ireland tour, opening in November. And a London return?
We continue our "Once is not enough" video series with this recently released version of the haunting "If You Want Me" from ONCE, sung by acclaimed Guy and Girl, Daniel Healy and Emma Lucia. (Psst. Have you entered our competition yet?)
Casting for the return of Sister Act just keeps getting better, not least Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe. Watch what Whoopi Goldberg says about making her London stage debut in the hit adaptation of her film.
To coincide with ONCE's first UK tour - and our competition to win tickets - we're embracing one critic's sentiment that "Once is not enough" to celebrate this musical, with our new series of videos about the show. First up, watch, listen and swoon to two versions of the Oscar-winning song "Falling Slowly".
It's won Tony, Olivier and scores of other awards around the globe. Has it also been winning the hearts of critics on its first-ever major UK tour? Short answer: yes! We've rounded up the review highlights and there are a whole bunch of ★★★★★!
After the success of its transfer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, still running in the West End, Sheffield Crucible will bring another award-winning musical premiere to London next year. Standing at the Sky’s Edge will transfer to the National Theatre’s Olivier in January 2021, following a return to Sheffield this autumn.
John Partridge & Kara Lily Hayworth star in the new tour of Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret I’ve loved Rufus Norris’ multi-award-winning production of Kander & Ebb musical classic CABARET since seeing its first West End run at Shaftesbury Avenue’s Lyric Theatre in 2006....
The landmark revival of Howard Goodal's THE HIRED MAN, running at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch this month (before touring to Hull and Oldham) has announced a cast of fantastic StageFaves. This epic, heroic tale of love, betrayal and loyalty is one not to be missed...
Do biscuits inspire your creativity? Custard creams, Hob Knobs or pink wafers? Before he became a world-famous novelist (think Mortal Engines), Philip Reeve shared a spark of inspiration over a cup of tea in Brighton with Brian Mitchell. Terri Paddock talked to them about their collaboration 20 years on as The Ministry of Biscuits is revived...
Full casting has been confirmed for the UK tour of In The Willows – the explosive brand new musical retelling of The Wind In The Willows – from the award-winning Metta Theatre. Olivier award-winning actor Clive Rowe stars as Mr Badger will be teaming up with X Factor fave Seann Miley Moore (Duck), Let It Shine’s Matt Knight (Chief Weasel) and deaf street dancer Chris Fonseca (Otter). Will you be joining in the adventures?
Got a #FridayFeeling that you absolutely escape dreary January blues in Britain? We love the summer vibes radiating from these photos of the CLUB MEX cast and director Julie Atherton in holiday mode. They've just started partying properly at Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre...
The team behind brand-new immersive nightclub musical CLUB MEX have been counting down to tonight's opening with daily videos on social media this week, and we just can't get enough. So we've rounded them up for you here. Watch, including sneak-peek interviews in the rehearsal room with director Julie Atherton... and just try not to feel like dancing along. (Don't forget to enter our competition!)
CBBC regular Jade Johnson’s audition via Instagram must have been pretty successful because now she has a starring role in the world premiere of part-immersive, part-musical clubbing experience Club Mex at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre in early 2019. Plus there’s a chance to view that new song below…
Manchester to London is becoming a well-worn path for musical transfers from the Hope Mill Theatre. After Pippin in January, now another of director Jonathan O'Boyle's Hope Mill classic revivals comes to Southwark Playhouse, care of Aria Entertainment. Full London cast is now announced for this new take on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's ASPECTS OF LOVE. Have you seen who's who?
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...
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...