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23 May
2016

If you love the Sherman Brothers, then you must check out the work of the family's next generation: Robert J Sherman. After his critically acclaimed Love Birds (about penguins and parrots) was a hit at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, Sherman's new musical BUMBLESCRATCH (about rats!) arrives in the West End, for one night only, on Sunday 4 September 2016...

20 May
2016

She's coming home! After wowing Broadway audiences, Rachel Tucker returns to the UK to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of WICKED in the West End. She'll reprise her role as Elphaba alongside Australian import Suzie Mathers as Glinda from 5 September. Also joining the cast is Anita Dobson as Madame Morrible and some other familiar names return to mark the milestone...

20 May
2016

Already a mega-hit in New York, Andrew Lloyd Webber's screen-to-stage adaptation of SCHOOL OF ROCK will receive its West End premiere in November at the New London Theatre, following the early closure of Show Boat...

18 May
2016

The Menier Chocolate Factory has made its name in the US by transferring acclaimed Sondheim revivals - including Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music - but the Sondheim traffic is coming the other way with Fiasco Theater's award-winning INTO THE WOODS...

13 May
2016

Two British talents spotted on rival British reality TV shows, The Voice and The X Factor, will cover American Glee star Amber Riley in DREAMGIRLS. Singer-songwriters Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will alternate as Effie White on Wednesday evening performances once the show commences at the West End's Savoy Theatre in November...

13 May
2016

After touring in Guys and Dolls and delivering Flowers for Mrs Harris in Sheffield, respectively, #StageFaves favourites Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford will return to the London stage, working very closely together... as conjoined twins in the UK premiere of Broadway musical SIDE SHOW in October at Southwark Playhouse...

12 May
2016

Sheridan Smith is taking a leave of absence from FUNNY GIRL over the next few weeks. We know there will be many Sherifans out there disappointed that they won't get a chance to see her in the show. But we're sending the stressed-out star all our best for a much-needed rest and speedy recovery. And in the meantime, we are cheering to the rafters Smith's understudy who has stepped heroically into the limelight...

10 May
2016

We've waited a long time to catch six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald's West End debut... and unfortunately, we're all going to have to wait a little longer. She and her husband, fellow Broadway star Will Swenson, have just announced their having a baby. So the summer transfer of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL has been unavoidably postponed...

10 May
2016

We are not happy. Mrs Henderson Presents announced its premature closure last week and now, just two weeks after opening to a new round of rave reviews, Daniel Evans Sheffield Crucible revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein classic SHOW BOAT has posted closing notices too.

09 May
2016

Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of HALF A SIXPENCE will introduce two young actors – Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps (replacing Bryan Dick*) and Devon-Elise Johnson as Ann Pornick – alongside three times Olivier-nominated actor Ian Bartholomew as Chitterlow, three times Olivier-nominated actress Emma Williams as Helen Walsingham, and Vivien Parry as Mrs Walsingham...

09 May
2016

Remember Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell falling in love over and over again in GROUNDHOG DAY onscreeen? They'll be brought to live - again and again - onstage in Tim Minchin's new musical adaptation by Broadway's Andy Karl and recent RADA graduate Carlyss Peer. And they'll be joined by several other regular #StageFaves in the full cast, now announced for Matthew Warchus' premiere production, soon opening at London's Old Vic Theatre.

06 May
2016

Not content with taking over Charing Cross Theatre and helming a season of major musicals there, director Thom Southerland and producer Danielle Tarento return to Southwark Playhouse with another major coup: the European premiere of Rodgers & Hammerstein's ALLEGRO, nearly 70 years after its Broadway premiere.

03 May
2016

We hate it when musicals post early closing notices, but we especially hate it when it happens to a homegrown British musical that we absolutely adore. Sad but true: Mrs Henderson Presents will close at the West End's Noel Coward Theatre on 18 June 2016...

03 May
2016

The UK premiere of THE SECRET GARDEN was a big-budget production, transferred to the West End care of the Royal Shakespeare Company. What will a 75-minute version of the same musical, performed by 300 kids be like? We can't wait to see...

25 Apr
2016

In its new season - which includes high-profile plays and big-name casting including Mark Gatiss and Hollywood's Anne Archer - Off-West End powerhouse the Park Theatre, in Finsbury Park, north London, has announced two new musical premieres, which follow hot on the heels of next month's premiere of Dougal Irvine's The Buskers Opera at the same address.

22 Apr
2016

The Tony Award-winning screen-to-stage adaptation of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS receives its West End premiere at the Dominion Theatre in March 2017, with its Broadway stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope recreating their roles in London.

20 Apr
2016

Linzi Hateley returns to the role of Donna Sheridan in the global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! at London's Novello Theatre from Monday 13 June 2016.  This is a role she has played twice before in London – from 2007-2009 and in 2010. 

15 Apr
2016

The full cast has been announced for the forthcoming new production of THE GO-BETWEEN at the West End's Apollo Theatre from 27 May 2016. Joining the previously announced Michael Crawford – with the multi Olivier and Tony-award winning star returning to London’s West End to play Leo Colston – will be Issy Van Randwyck, Gemma Sutton and Stuart Ward.

14 Apr
2016

JERSEY BOYS has extended its booking period at the West End's Piccadilly Theatre until 16 April 2017, with 250,000 tickets released today. JERSEY BOYS currently stars Matt Corner as Frankie Valli, Declan Egan as Bob Gaudio, Simon Bailey as Tommy DeVito and Matt Hunt as Nick Massi.

Kinky Boots, the huge-hearted, high-heeled hit, announces the opening of a new booking period, with tickets now available until Saturday 14 January. Since winning the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Kinky Boots is now the winner of every major Best Musical award.