Theatre.London ยท The official home of London Theatre | News https://www.theatre.london/ Discover the best of theatre in London from West End musicals, plays, opera, dance and kids theatre. Buy cheap London theatre tickets for the latest shows. en-gb Wicked releases new tickets for 2020 https://www.theatre.london/news/wicked-releases-new-tickets-for-2020 https://www.theatre.london/news/wicked-releases-new-tickets-for-2020 Mon, 25 Nov 19 00:00:00 +0000 WICKED, the West End musical sensation that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, today releases over 500,000 new tickets for all performances from Monday 25 May until Saturday 28 November 2020 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it continues an open-ended run.

Now in its landmark 14th year, the classic musical has already been seen by an incredible 10 million peoplein London alone and played over 5,500 performances. Winner of over 100 major awards, including three Tony Awards on Broadway and two Olivier Awards, WICKED is now the 9th longest running West End musical of all time (and the 13th longest running West End show of all time).

Tickets are also now on sale for the following 12 extra shows: Monday 23 December at 2.30pm, Friday 27 December at 2.30pm, Sunday 29 December at 2.30pm & 7.30pm and Tuesday 31 December 2019 at 2.30pm; Thursday 2 January at 2.30pm, Friday 3 January at 2.30pm, Thursday 20 February at 2.30pm, Thursday 9 April at 2.30pm, Thursday 13 August at 2.30pm, Thursday 27 August at 2.30pm and Thursday 29 October 2020 at 2.30pm.

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Full casting announced for Leopoldstadt https://www.theatre.london/news/full-casting-announced-for-leopoldstadt https://www.theatre.london/news/full-casting-announced-for-leopoldstadt Wed, 20 Nov 19 00:00:00 +0000 Sonia Friedman Productions today (20 November 2019) announces final casting for the world premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt to be directed by Patrick Marber.

Now booking to 13 June 2020, Leopoldstadt begins previews at Wyndham’s Theatre on 25 January 2020 with opening night on 12 February 2020.

Faye Castelow, Felicity Davidson, Avye Leventis and Sadie Shimmin join the previously announced adult cast - Sebastian Armesto, Jenna Augen, Rhys Bailey, Joe Coen, Mark Edel-Hunt, Clara Francis, Ilan Galkoff, Caroline Gruber, Sam Hoare, Natalie Law, Noof McEwan, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Jake Neads, Aaron Neil, Alexander Newland, Yasmin Paige, Adrian Scarborough, Griffin Stevens, Ed Stoppard, Luke Thallon, Eleanor Wyld and Alexis Zegerman.

Jarlan Bogolubov, Ramsay Robertson and Joshua Schneider join the previously announced children’s cast - Toby Cohen, Zachary Cohen, Olivia Festinger, Tamar Laniado, Maya Larholm, Daniel Lawson, Louis Levy, Libby Lewis, Jack Meredith, Chloe Raphael, Beatrice Rapstone and Montague Rapstone comprising three sets of five children.

Set designs are by Richard Hudson, with costume designs by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting by Neil Austin, sound and original music by Adam Cork, and movement by EJ Boyle. Casting is by Amy Ball CDG, with children’s casting by Verity Naughton.

Vienna in 1900 was the most vibrant city in Europe, humming with artistic and intellectual excitement and a genius for enjoying life. A tenth of the population were Jews. A generation earlier they had been granted full civil rights by the Emperor, Franz Josef. Consequently, hundreds of thousands fled from the Pale and the pogroms in the East and many found sanctuary in the crowded tenements of the old Jewish quarter, Leopoldstadt.

Tom Stoppard’s new play, directed by Patrick Marber, is an intimate drama with an epic sweep; the story of a family who made good. “My grandfather wore a caftan,” says Hermann, a factory owner, “my father went to the opera in a top hat, and I have the singers to dinner.”  It was not to last. Over the next fifty years this family, like millions of others, was to re-discover what it meant to be Jewish in the first half of the 20th century. Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, endurance and loss. It is Stoppard’s most humane and heart-breaking play.

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Theatre Royal Stratford East announce 'Red Riding Hood' as their pantomime for 2020/2021 https://www.theatre.london/news/theatre-royal-stratford-east-announce-red-riding-hood-as-their-pantomime-for-20202021 https://www.theatre.london/news/theatre-royal-stratford-east-announce-red-riding-hood-as-their-pantomime-for-20202021 Tue, 19 Nov 19 00:00:00 +0000 Theatre Royal Stratford East is delighted to announce its 2020/2021 pantomime will be Red Riding Hood, with book and lyrics by award-winning writer Bryony Lavery and music and lyrics by Robert Hyman. Directed by Robert Shaw Cameron, this year’s festive adventure will begin on 21 November 2020 and will close on 9 January 2021. 

See the classic fairy tale like you’ve never seen it before, reimagined with a twist or two, and follow the thrilling story of our red-cloaked heroine. 

Expect Stratford East’s much-loved mix of original music, belly-tickling gags and awe-inspiring magic. 

Theatre Royal Stratford East Artistic Director Nadia Fall said: 

“Panto is such a huge part of Theatre Royal Stratford East’s history and each year we tear up the rule book to provide something different to our loyal audiences – something that’s entertaining and fun, but also current and relevant. I’m thrilled to welcome Bryony Lavery and Robert Shaw Cameron into our panto family and to welcome back Robert Hyman for his 22nd Stratford East panto. We can’t wait to see the twists and turns this magic team will conjure up.” 

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Production shots released for 'Dear Evan Hansen' https://www.theatre.london/news/production-shots-released-for-dear-evan-hansen https://www.theatre.london/news/production-shots-released-for-dear-evan-hansen Tue, 19 Nov 19 00:00:00 +0000 Production images have been released for Dear Evan Hansen, now previewing at the Noel Coward Theatre. 

The cast includes Sam Tutty in the title role, with Lucy Anderson (Zoe Murphy), Rebecca McKinnis (Heidi), Doug Colling (Conor Murphy), Lauren Ward (Cynthia Murphy), Rupert Young (Larry Murphy), Jack Loxton (Jared) and Nicole Raquel Dennis (Alana).

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. 

Striking a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, Dear Evan Hansen is a six-time Tony Award-winning musical about life and the way we live it. 

Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

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First look at A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic https://www.theatre.london/news/first-look-at-a-christmas-carol-at-the-old-vic https://www.theatre.london/news/first-look-at-a-christmas-carol-at-the-old-vic Fri, 15 Nov 19 00:00:00 +0000 Rehearsal images have been released for The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol, starring Paterson Joseph as Ebenezer Scrooge. Returning for its third year, the show begins previews on 23rd November and opens on the 4th December.

Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic returns to The Old Vic, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and starring Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, Babylon) as Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol fills the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment. A unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story.

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Further casting announced for 'Endgame' at The Old Vic https://www.theatre.london/news/further-casting-announced-for-endgame-at-the-old-vic https://www.theatre.london/news/further-casting-announced-for-endgame-at-the-old-vic Fri, 15 Nov 19 00:00:00 +0000 Further casting has been announced for Richard Jones’ production of Endgame. Jane Horrocks and Karl Johnson will join the previously announced Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe. Endgame in a double bill with Rough for Theatre II will open at The Old Vic on 4 Feb 2020, with previews from 27 Jan. 

Richard Jones directs Beckett’s macabre comedy in which hope and cruelty are the last things to die. 

Nothing stirs outside. In a bare room, Hamm, an old, blind tyrant, is locked in a stalemate with his servant Clov. Interrupted only by the nostalgic musings of Hamm’s ancient, dustbin-dwelling parents, this bleakly funny double act cling stubbornly to their routine of casual savagery and mutual dependence. 

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SUZI RUFFELL TAKES NEW SHOW 'DANCE LIKE EVERYONE'S WATCHING' ON UK TOUR https://www.theatre.london/news/suzi-ruffell-takes-new-show-dance-like-everyones-watching-on-uk-tour https://www.theatre.london/news/suzi-ruffell-takes-new-show-dance-like-everyones-watching-on-uk-tour Mon, 11 Nov 19 11:39:58 +0000  

Following her month-long stint at the Edinburgh Fringe in August, the irrepressible Suzi Ruffell is taking her new show -  DANCE LIKE EVERYONE'S WATCHING - on tour around the UK.

The show, which plays at the Soho Theatre from Monday 24th to Saturday 29th February 2020, is all about Suzi being happy for a change! But before you go for the off button, fear not: there will still be a heady dose of anxiety and misery - all oozed out via a mix of storytelling, observations, a dash of social politics and a lovely routine about a smear test. This show has everything, it really does.

The last 18 months have been massive for Suzi Ruffell, with a smash-hit, sell-out UK tour, heaps of TV appearances (i.e Live at the Apollo and Mock The Week), and she’s even learnt how to make the perfect lemon cake. She is also a regular on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show, and co-hosts hit podcast Like Minded Friends with chum and fellow stand-up Tom Allen.  Other TV credits include Roast Battle, Ultimate Worrier, Hypothetical, Stand Up Central and Suzi Ruffell Live From The Comedy Store.

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JASON DONOVAN AND JAC YARROW TO REPRISE ROLES IN JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT https://www.theatre.london/news/jason-donovan-and-jac-yarrow-to-reprise-roles-in-joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolor-dreamcoat https://www.theatre.london/news/jason-donovan-and-jac-yarrow-to-reprise-roles-in-joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolor-dreamcoat Fri, 08 Nov 19 00:00:00 +0000 Jason Donovan will return to the role of Pharaoh and Jac Yarrow will wear the Dreamcoat once again next summer at the iconic London Palladium.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat enjoyed a completely sold-out season for the Palladium run in 2019, with audiences giving the new production nightly standing ovations. Critics were also unanimous in their acclaim for the legendary musical. 

Told entirely through song with the help of the Narrator, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat follows the story of Jacob’s favourite son Joseph and his eleven brothers. After being sold into slavery by the brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled showman, the Pharaoh. As Joseph strives to resolve Egypt’s famine, he becomes Pharaoh’s right-hand man and eventually reunites with his family.

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Bianca Del Rio and Preeya Kalidas joins cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie https://www.theatre.london/news/bianca-del-rio-and-preeya-kalidas-joins-cast-of-everybodys-talking-about-jamie https://www.theatre.london/news/bianca-del-rio-and-preeya-kalidas-joins-cast-of-everybodys-talking-about-jamie Fri, 08 Nov 19 00:00:00 +0000 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the award-winning feel good musical sensation, is delighted to welcome BAFTA and Olivier Award nominee actress, singer and radio presenter Preeya Kalidas from 17 November 2019 and thrilled to welcome back Roy Haylock, best known as his Drag alter ego, Bianca Del Rio, to reprises his West End debut role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle from 9 December 2019.

Preeya Kalidas is a stage and screen actress best known for playing Amira Masood in BBC’s EastEnders. Preeya also starred in the British smash hit film Bend it Like Beckham, and then later originated the role of Pinky in the original West End musical cast, for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Olivier Awards.

Roy Haylock, as Bianca Del Rio, was the season six winner of the hit TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race. A self-proclaimed "clown in a gown," he received the Best New Television Personality Award from NewNowNext in 2014 and made Variety magazine's list of Top 10 Comics To Watch for 2015.

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PRODUCTION IMAGES RELEASED FOR UNKNOWN RIVERS https://www.theatre.london/news/production-images-released-for-unknown-rivers https://www.theatre.london/news/production-images-released-for-unknown-rivers Thu, 07 Nov 19 00:00:00 +0000 Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Chinonyerem Odimba’s poignant and life affirming Unknown Rivers. This new play, directed by Daniel Bailey, is a testament to the extraordinary powers of female friendship - where there's turmoil, trauma and hardship, there’s also love, bravery and hope, making it possible to go with the flow… and live.  

Since her ordeal five years ago, nineteen-year-old Nene rarely leaves home. Secure within her mum’s embrace, Nene now keeps the outside world securely on the other side of her bedroom window.

But weekly visits from her best friend Lea start to fill the void and on one unexpected day, when she is finally beyond the walls of her sanctuary with her vibrant, funny, and spirited girlfriends, a long-forgotten spark is powerfully reignited in Nene, one which will change her direction forever…

The cast includes Renee Bailey as Lea, Doreene Blackstock as Dee, Nneka Okoye as Nene and Asiya Shah as Arun.

Unknown Rivers is part of Roxana Silbert’s inaugural season as Artistic Director, in Hampstead Theatre’s 60th anniversary year.

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