Two of the theatres on my doorsteps in south London are Southwark Playhouse and the Union Theatre. So when I planned my visits to two musicals I've been working on Featured Show campaigns for StageFaves, I couldn't resist taking my theatre-loving, octogenarian neighbour Dudley as my plus-one. Two memorable nights out for me and Dudley!
Did you catch the cast of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes giving a sneak-peek of this much-anticipated revival at the Theatre Cafe? Have a watch here... and then see them strut their stuff live. Performances start tonight (2 October 2019) at the Union Theatre, where the show is booking until 26 October.
Kirsty Findlay's last London stage outing, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, led to the Olivier Awards stage at the Royal Albert Hall. The Scottish actor now stars in another genre-busting transfer, Stewart Melton and Finn Anderson's ISLANDER, coming this week to London's Southwark Playhouse after its sell-out Edinburgh run. We caught up with her.
In Sasha Regan's upcoming revival of classic Broadway and Hollywood Golden Age musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which runs at the Union Theatre from 2 to 26 October, Abigayle Honeywill follows in the footsteps of Carol Channing, Marilyn Monroe and Megan Hilty to play bombshell gold-digger Lorelei Lee. She took a break from rehearsals to tell us more.
'Highly recommend', 'Amazing', 'Brilliant' - Midlife Cowboy audiences have been taking to Twitter to share their excitement about Tony Hawks' new British musical. Take a look at what they've been saying, then book your tickets.
Jeanette Bayardelle tells us about bringing her one-woman musical SHIDA, based on the redemptive story of her childhood best friend, and being overwhelmed by responses from London audiences at The Vaults. See some of those audience responses here... plus another of Jeanette's Broadway Shorts.
I'm so pleased I was able to see for myself two shows I've been working on recently on StageFaves, both UK premieres of lauded Off-Broadway musicals and now both recognised with multiple Offies nominations for their London runs. On-the-spot reactions and videos here for Shida and Preludes.
Broadway star Jeanette Bayardelle has made her London stage debut in her highly personal one-woman musical SHIDA. It's an "astonishingly powerful performance" of a "visceral and unapologetic examination of life derailed". We've rounded up review highlights to date. Time to get booking!
Two-hander musical ISLANDER, inspired by the wind-beaten coastline of the Western Isles, transfers from this year's Edinburgh Fringe to London on a wave of critical acclaim as well as a Best Musical Award from our friends at Musical Theatre Review. We've rounded up a selection of festival review highlights.
The UK premiere of Preludes has now opened at London's Southwark Playhouse. Alex Sutton's new production has won plaudits from the show's Tony Awards-lauded composer and lyricist. But what have UK critics made of this genre-busting piece?
Do gentlemen really prefer blondes? The Union Theatre seeks to answer the question as it revives the classic Broadway musical that also spawned the classic film. Who’ll play the blonde bombshell immortalised onscreen by Marilyn Monroe? Full cast announced.
Australian star Bernadette Robinson, Olivier Award-nominated this year for one-woman Songs for Nobodies, revisits the five divas from that show plus a few more 'surprise guests' as she returns to London with her new concert Songs of Bernadette. It's at The Pheasantry two nights only this month... when audiences will have a rare opportunity to be part of a new live recording.
With the Union Theatre's Hello Again, there are now two Michael John LaChiusa musicals running simultaneously in London. What makes the work of this American composer, lyricist and book writer so remarkable? Faves founder Terri Paddock discussed at her post-show Q&A with the company of Queen of the Mist...
New adult musical comedy TICKLE, based on an incredible true story and documentary produced by Stephen Fry, premieres at London's King's Head Theatre this autumn. Casting is now announced. Watch the trailer here!
Not long now until the UK premiere of Tony Award-nominated Dave Malloy’s musical Preludes – running at London’s Southwark Playhouse from 6 September to 12 October – but in the meantime we have an early peek at Keith Ramsay singing the track ‘Lilacs’ from the much-anticipated production.
Shane Richie’s BOOGIE NIGHTS heads back to the London stage during Camden Fringe, care of JR Theatre Company with a week-long run from 5 to 11 August 2019 at Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Time to return to the 1970s – and to get booking!
In the second of our two-part interview, Bare: A Pop Opera star Darragh Cowley shares his Shakespeare ambitions and dishes the dirt on co-star and drama school peer Lizzie Emery as well as director Julie Atherton.
In the first of our two-part interview, Bare: A Pop Opera star Darragh Cowley discusses playing ‘the golden boy’ and why 2019 is the right time to revive Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere's coming-of-age musical about Catholic school.
Have you forgotten why everyone fell in love with Queen of the Mist when it ran at the Jack Studio? Well, no, probably not. How could you forget?! But just in case check out the trailer for the upcoming transfer to the Charing Cross Theatre.
Were you blown away by THE VIEW UPSTAIRS' performance - and John Partridge's flares! - at West End Live this past weekend? Don't miss the opportunity to hear directly from the stellar cast of this European premiere production. Join Faves founder Terri Paddock for her post-show Q&A at the Saturday matinee on 3 August 2019 at Soho Theatre. Any questions?