Toby Marlow, one of the writers of smash-hit West End musical Six, saved the day at the weekend when he donned high heels and leather hotpants to play the sixth Queen Catherine Parr. With just a few hours notice, the two performances initially threatened by cast illness went ahead.
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the West End opening night of The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical at the Ambassadors Theatre. Described by one cast member as ‘the Pixar of British stage musicals’, Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary’s inspiring show gives Perry goosebumps so he is thrilled to catch up several members of the cast: both the grown-ups and children. Will the musical be a big hit? Perry thinks so!
It’s a special Royal announcement. Not only has the hit run of Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’ Six The Musical been extended by another six months to 5 July 2020 at London’s Arts Theatre, there are four new Queens standing by to ascend the throne(s).
The stagiest weekend of the year may be over, but don’t worry, you can relive West End Live 2019 all over again by checking out StageFaves vlogger Perry O'Bree’s selfies, backstage interviews & video excerpts. Just look at the line up: Rachel Tucker, Lucie Jones, David Hunter, Grace Mouat, Bonnie Langford, Oliver Tompsett, Alistair Brammer, Trevor Dion Nicholas, and that’s just a few!
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...
F Scott Fitzgerald's 1922 short story, set in Baltimore, was made into a 2008 Hollywood film starring Brad Pitt, set in New Orleans. Now this epic, reverse-ageing fantasy gets a British stage musical makeover set in Cornwall with an original Celtic score. It's performed by a five-strong ensemble cast...
Fresh from her success as a Strictly Come Dancing finalist, Steps star Faye Tozer is putting on those knockoff Jimmy Choos to play the part of Miss Hedge from 6 May to 3 August 2019 in the ever-popular London production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre. Will she be in a class of her own?
An unexpected hit when it originally opened on Broadway, COME FROM AWAY has flown the coop, finally landing in London's West End. Needless to say, this heartwarming new musical about the triumph of humanity in the face of tremendous evil stole the hearts of UK audiences as much as across the Atlantic. Nominated for a series of the biggest honours at this year's Olivier Awards, fans and critics alike would no doubt love to see it scoop some accolades. See what the critics are saying about it here...
The dedicated fans of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie have nothing to worry about as the show’s producers have announced that the London run has been extended to Jan 2020. Not only that, but Layton Williams is enjoying playing Jamie New so much that he has pledged to lead the cast – & wear those heels! – right through that time and help celebrate the show’s second West End birthday in November 2019.
Two years on from a workshop at Live at Zédel, Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees’ new British musical Fiver is having its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse in July 2019 and the cast so far – Daniel Buckley, Hiba Elchikhe and Kayleigh McKnight – has plenty of West End credentials. So if you have ever looked at a £5 note and wondered ‘Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?’, this is the show for you!
On 12 May 2019 at London’s Eventim Apollo there will be two concerts of The Best of… Rock Musicals for the benefit of The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and there are plenty of West End and international stars lining up to take part. They include Adam Pascal, Kerry Ellis, Judy Kuhn, Debbie Kurup, Rob Houchen, and that’s just a few. Are you trying out your air guitar in readiness?
Fans of Six, the concert-style hit musical featuring the six wives of Henry VIII as a girl group, are to get the chance to be Queen for a night at the show’s first Sing Along show in the West End on 6 June 2019. Are you willing to lose your head?
Where the drinks are free, there's fun and sunshine...enough for everyone. Yup, CLUB TROPICANA has arrived! This fun-packed trip back in time to the electric 80’s stars Joe McElderry and tours into the summer (where there might be some ACTUAL sunshine around, if we're lucky). If the winter blues are winning, remind yourself of better weather with the new trailer for this fun-loving show...
There will be high expectations for the RSC’s world premiere musical production of The Boy in the Dress, adapted from David Walliams’ first children’s novel. But if anyone can pull it off, Mark Ravenhill, Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers surely have a pretty good chance. Will it be the next Matilda? Time will tell…
New immersive nightclub musical CLUB MEX has just started performances at Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre, where it's booking until 10 February. Manchester-based contributor Glenn Meads rounds up his top five reasons you should be making a beeline to the dancefloor for this world premiere. Plus, have you seen the heart-thumping trailer yet? Watch here.
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!)
Get ready for the triumphant royal return of Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’ hit musical Six at the Arts Theatre in January 2019. Fifty thousand seats are on sale for a 16-week season and many dates are already sold out so you had better get booking. Just don’t lose your head…
From Monday 11 to Saturday 23 February 2019 MT Fest UK at The Other Palace will showcase emerging and established writers. The programme includes a Taster Menu series of eight new musicals alongside talks and concerts from some of the most celebrated industry figures currently working in musical theatre. Could this be just the boost new writers need?
It’s farewell Alfie Moon and hello drag artist Hugo/Loco for Shane Richie as he joins Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre from 28 January until 4 May 2019 alongside another new recruit, Layton Williams’ in the title role.