The London Palladium is a venue to which all performers aspire and has hosted more annual Royal Variety Performances than any other theatre. Designed by Frank Matcham it opened on Boxing Day 1910 and became famous, partly through television, as the “Ace Variety Theatre of the World”. Among the greats that have played here are Bob Hope, Judy Garlan...
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Oh to pluck a banjo string again: One dedicated fan's commitment to support Half a Sixpence #StageFaves
It's been six months since the curtain came down and the banjos were played for the very last time but the memories of HALF A SIXPENCE are still strong. Guest blogger Rebecca Wallis reminisces about her favourite show and follows through on a promise to keep championing the many #StageFaves performers she discovered through it. Have you?
The rain was never going to deter #StageFaves vlogger Perry O'Bree on the 2018 Olivier Awards red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall. In addition to this year's two-time nominee and all-round legend Imelda Staunton, he also caught up with stars from Hamilton, Everybody's Talking About Jamie and Bat Out Of Hell. See who you can spot!
HAMILTON was the night's biggest winner at this year's Olivier Awards, taking home seven prizes in total including Best New Musical. But in the performance categories, it split down the middle between men from Hamilton and women from Bob Dylan hit GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY. The National Theatre's revival of FOLLIES also took two awards, including Best Musical Revival.
One of our new guest vloggers makes her #StageFaves debut with this great throwback to this past year's pantomime season, including DICK WHITTINGTON at the London Palladium, which is now up for two Olivier Awards. Thumbs up to the merchandise love, Alexa! She also shares her top five all-time favourite musicals (to date). What are yours?
Could HAMILTON win as many Oliviers as it has Tony Awards? To add to its 11 Tony wins, Lin-Manuel Miranda's blockbuster dominates the Olivier Awards shortlists, announced today, with a record-breaking 13 nominations. Who else has got a shot in the musical categories? Full list of musical contenders and the live announcements, by Elaine Paige and Alexandra Burke, here...