Theatre.London · 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 NEW PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR MAGIC MIKE LIVE https://www.theatre.london/news/new-performers-announced-for-magic-mike-live https://www.theatre.london/news/new-performers-announced-for-magic-mike-live Wed, 30 Oct 19 00:00:00 +0000 Channing Tatum and his co-producers are delighted to welcome new performers to Magic Mike Live. Matt Jordan from the United Kingdom, Mark Lace from New Zealand, Tylah Paterson from Australia, and Edson Juarez from the USA begin performances on Tuesday 1 October.

Conceived and co-directed by Channing Tatum, Magic Mike Live is a large-scale, live production show based on the hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, which opened at The Theatre at the Hippodrome Casino in London’s Leicester Square on Wednesday 28 November 2018, following previews from 10 November. 

Magic Mike Live is a complete evening of unparalleled entertainment for guests aged 18 and up.  Audience members enter Magic Mike’s mythical club and marvel as a group of extraordinary artists perform a 360-degree dance and acrobatic spectacular in front of, behind, and above them.  Sexy dance routines intertwined with one-of-a-kind acts, are presented by a diverse cast of performers from around the world.

The cast for Magic Mike Live in London also includes Samantha Baines, Courtenay Brady, Jake Brewer, Harry Carter, Ellie Clayton, Pip Hersee, Sophie Linder-Lee, Jack Manley, David Morgan, Ross Sands, Josie Scamell, Dean Stewart, Manny Tsakanika and Aaron Witter from the United Kingdom and Anthony Donadio from Italy.

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NEW CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG https://www.theatre.london/news/new-cast-announced-for-the-play-that-goes-wrong https://www.theatre.london/news/new-cast-announced-for-the-play-that-goes-wrong Wed, 16 Oct 19 00:00:00 +0000 The Play That Goes Wrong, the Olivier Award-winning box office hit, today announces the new cast at the Duchess Theatre from Tuesday 5th November 2019.

Awarded the 2014 WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Comedy, the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and a Tony Award for the Broadway transfer, The Play That Goes Wrong continues to delight audiences in the West End. The show’s success is a testament to the hard work and determination of a group of drama school graduates who became friends, set up a company under the name ‘Mischief’ and created an extraordinary body of work. The Play That Goes Wrong shows no signs of slowing down since its first performance at a London fringe venue with only four paying customers. Since then, it has played to an audience of over two million and now has productions in over 30 countries.

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NEW CAST ANNOUNCED FOR HAMILTON https://www.theatre.london/news/new-cast-announced-for-hamilton https://www.theatre.london/news/new-cast-announced-for-hamilton Tue, 15 Oct 19 00:00:00 +0000 Producers Jeffrey Seller and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce the new cast for the multi award-winning West End production of HAMILTON as the show enters its third year at the Victoria Palace Theatre.  Also announced is the release of further tickets with the show now booking in London to 28 March 2020.

From 18 November 2019, Karl Queensborough steps up to play the title role of Alexander Hamilton and Allyson Ava-Brown and Jason Pennycooke continue in their roles as Angelica Schuyler and Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson respectively.   They are joined by Emilie Louise Israel as Peggy Schuyler/ Maria Reynolds, Trevor Dion Nicholas as George Washington, Simon-Anthony Rhoden as Aaron Burr,Sharon Rose as Eliza Hamilton, Emile Ruddock as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, Carl Spencer as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton and from 4 November 2019 Gavin Spokes will play King George.  Nuno Queimado will play the role of Alexander Hamilton at certain performances. 

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the very foundations of the America we know today. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.

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EMILY ATACK BRINGS HER SELL OUT SHOW 'TALK THIRTY TO ME' TO SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL https://www.theatre.london/news/emily-atack-brings-her-sell-out-show-talk-thirty-to-me-to-shoreditch-town-hall https://www.theatre.london/news/emily-atack-brings-her-sell-out-show-talk-thirty-to-me-to-shoreditch-town-hall Fri, 11 Oct 19 00:00:00 +0000 Due to popular demand, Emily Atack is bringing her sell-out comedy show TALK THIRTY TO ME back to the stage – for five shows only! The limited run will celebrate the launch of her first memoir Are We There Yet? – which is set for release this autumn. 

Emily will be unravelling today’s anxiety-inducing world of scrolling through social media, swiping right, hellish hen do’s and the never-ending search for ‘the one’! Don’t miss out on this relatable, tongue-in-cheek look at ‘having it all’ and turning 30 in the millennial age.

Emily (known for The Inbetweeners, Dad’s Army and I’m a Celebrity) hit the road in Spring 2019 with her debut stand-up show Talk Thirty To Me, a live memoir of anecdotes, impressions and tales of a comedy actor in her twenties. Taking in venues up and down the country, the tour took in sell-out audiences and earned critical acclaim. 

For those who missed her in action earlier in the year, she'll be bringing the show to Shoreditch Town Hall on  Friday, 1st November. 

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL' AT THE OLD VIC https://www.theatre.london/news/casting-announced-for-a-christmas-carol-at-the-old-vic https://www.theatre.london/news/casting-announced-for-a-christmas-carol-at-the-old-vic Thu, 10 Oct 19 00:00:00 +0000 The cast of Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol returns on 4 December, with previews from 23 November. 

Paterson Joseph is to star as Ebenezer Scrooge. He will be joined by Melissa Allan, Kwêsi Edman, Hollie Edwin, Fred Haig, Nick Hart, Andrew Langtree, Myra McFadyen, Steven Miller, Maria Omakinwa, Gloria Onitiri, James Staddon, Samuel Townsend and Rebecca Trehearn. Rayhaan Kufuor-Gray, Lara Mehmet, Lenny Rush and Eleanor Stollery share the role of Tiny Tim. 

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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WILTON'S MUSIC HALL ANNOUNCE 2020 SPRING SEASON https://www.theatre.london/news/wiltons-music-hall-announce-2020-spring-season https://www.theatre.london/news/wiltons-music-hall-announce-2020-spring-season Thu, 10 Oct 19 00:00:00 +0000 Firstly Wilton’s welcomes the London International Mime Festival with a hilarious and deeply moving homage to two men that changed the world of comedy forever, The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel (14 –18 January). A Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth production, with Royal & Derngate Northampton and Unity Theatre, Liverpool, The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel plays fast and loose with the facts, boasting an original piano score played live every night.

The Watermill Ensemble, famous for their inventive and musical takes on Shakespeare classics, return to Wilton’s with two bold new productions performed in repertory by an exceptional ensemble cast. The company will bring an ethereal and magical A Midsummer Night’s Dream (28 January – 15 February) to the stage as they combine the intoxicating soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, performed live by the cast, with one of Shakespeare’s comedies to create a show fizzing with magic, love and a large dose of chaos… In blazing contrast is a powerful, passionate new interpretation of Macbeth (22 January – 8 February), using the fierce rhythms and reverberations of Johnny Cash, The xx and the Rolling Stones to tell the story of greed, ambition and desire.

Wilton’s Music Hall is delighted to welcome back Mark Bruce Company with their production of Return to Heaven (28 February – 14 March), an intricately choreographed, beautifully performed piece that draws on the mythology of Ancient Egypt. Two explorers searching the dark mysteries of the ancient world enter a land beyond time and death, and soon a perilous journey ensues as the couple must play their role in the resurrection of an ancient deity. Visceral, poignant and laced with dark humour, this visually stunning production creates a mythology and symbolism of its own.

Another triumphant return to the Wilton’s stage is OperaGlass Works, whose inaugural production ofThe Rake’s Progress at Wilton’s blew audiences away; now they bring to life Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (25 March – 4 April) with libretto by Myfanwy Piper and story by Henry James, conducted by John Wilson, directed by Selina Cadell and designed by Tom Piper. A mesmerising and compelling production set against the atmospheric backdrop of Wilton’s, it tells the tale of a housekeeper and two young orphaned children who welcome an eager new governess from London to their old English country house and a ghostly, eerie series of events unfolds.

It’s all aboard Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore (15 April – 9 May) as Regan De Wynter Williams Productions present their rollicking and joyous production with infectious tunes, a beautifully constructed libretto and a story dealing with the age-old conundrum of love between social classes. From the award-winning team behind The Pirates of Penzance, which took Wilton’s by storm earlier this year, this all-male cast will bring Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic tale to life.

Continuing with music, Artists Unknown (20 – 21 March) pairs the artists you’re yet to fall in love with the artists you’ve loved for years. The catch? Audiences won’t be told who is playing until they arrive at Wilton’s for a night of music they won’t forget. Whilst the ever-wonderful OneTrackMinds returns this spring (27 March & 2 April) with another vibrant selection of writers, thinkers and musicians, each presenting a thought-provoking story about a song that has changed their life. A legend of a different kind, former music hall singer-turned-rap star and Wilton’s favourite Ida Barr has thrilled listeners globally with her brand of Artificial Hip Hop and now she’s hitting up the East End’s dopest stage with her show Granarchist on 31 March. 

It’s science and silliness galore as magicians, time-travellers and – it turns out – legitimately qualified scientists Morgan & West bring their fun-filled, bonkers and mind-boggling extravaganza Unbelievable Science (7 – 9 April) to Wilton’s, for everyone from seven to 107!

The masters of spoken word entertainment, Poet in the City present three wonderful performances of live poetry, performance and discussion exploring the role of failure as a catalyst for change, focusing on the works of Samuel Beckett with Fail Better, The Little Green Notebook of Che Guevara and James Baldwin: Nobody Knows my Name (17 February, 16 – 17 March).

A phenomenal fusion of theatre, stand-up and cinematography, Walking to Jerusalem (18 – 19 March) tells the story of more than one hundred walkers who made the pilgrimage from London to Jerusalem in 2017, a year which marked the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Monasteries, mountain passes, Bedouin camps and desert wadis across Europe and the Middle East are brought to life in this playful and inventive blend of theatre and stand-up, written by playwright, actor, and musician Justin Butcher, most famous for his play Scaramouche Jones. Walking to Jerusalem is directed by acclaimed theatre maker Matilda Reith with a haunting and evocative soundscape by Jack C. Arnold and video montage created from live footage along the route, by award-winning artist Damian Hale.

Wilton’s prides itself on supporting emerging talent across the arts, and music is no exception. To celebrate, Wilton’s will be holding the first Wilton’s Music 4all Festival (11 – 16 May) where up-and-coming new talent are given the opportunity to be mentored by key industry experts, use rehearsal space, receive a commissioning fee and then perform at the festival itself, on the same stage as the likes of Duran Duran, Adam Ant, Kate Bush and Mumford and Sons.

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SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL ANNOUNCES 2020 CULTURAL PROGRAMME https://www.theatre.london/news/shoreditch-town-hall-announces-2020-cultural-programme https://www.theatre.london/news/shoreditch-town-hall-announces-2020-cultural-programme Thu, 10 Oct 19 00:00:00 +0000 Today Shoreditch Town Hall announces their 2020 cultural programme which opens with the London premiere of This Time by award-winning circus company Ockham’s Razor, presented as part of London International Mime Festival. In February, Tim Cowbury returns with his bold response to the migration crisis, The Claim, following its run in Edinburgh as part of the British Council Showcase; the piece is directed by Mark Maughan.

Brighton Fringe Award winner (2017) and Total Theatre Award nominee (2019) Harry Clayton-Wright will present Sex Education in March as part of And What? Queer. Arts. Festival., and The Wardrobe Ensemble will return to the Town Hall with the London premiere of The Last of the Pelican Daughters, a Wardrobe Ensemble, Complicité and Royal & Derngate co-production in association with Bristol Old Vic.

In April, Daniel Bye & Boff Whalley’s These Hills Are Ours, commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall and produced by ARC Stockton, will play in the Large Committee Room, and the London premiere of Scottee:Class, an unflinching commentary on social structures, will play for three weeks in the Council Chamber.

June will see the Town Hall’s fifth collaboration with LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre), this time on the UK premiere of Brooklyn-based Tina Satter / Half Straddle’s Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription. In September, the Town Hall will co-produce the world premiere of Charlotte Josephine’s FLIES, with Boundless Theatre.

Throughout 2020, the Town Hall will present an eclectic mix of one-off events in the Assembly Hall, harnessing the space’s original purpose for variety and music hall entertainment. Jo Fong will present Ways of Being Together in February, commissioned by Chinese Arts Now, and in May Clod Ensemble & Nu Civilisation Orchestra will present The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady. Choreographer, artist and innovatorIvan Blackstock and CRXSS PLATFXRM will present THE CULTURE in July. September will see the Town Hall partner with Dalston-based Rio Cinema to present 40th anniversary screenings of cult classics Fame and The Shining. Friday Night Dance Parties will take place with Dance Umbrella during October, and in November the Town Hall will present an all-night screening of the US Presidential Election, as well as UNFLOPPED Live – the podcast that resurrects forgotten pop classics.

2020 will see the return of the annual building-wide Great Shoreditch Easter Egg Hunt; the Town Hall’s festival by and for young people, Shoreditch Live; and the continuation of much-loved Tea Dance and Baby Loves Disco Mini Roadshow activity. The Town Hall will also enter into their second year of a partnership with Mountview on the MA in Site-Specific Theatre Practice led by Geraldine Pilgrim – the first course of its kind in the UK.

Looking ahead, Kneehigh will return to the Town Hall at the end of 2020, and in 2021 Shoreditch Town Hall and The Old Vic will work together on an exciting new partnership for the fifth year of The Old Vic 12. For the first time, following The Old Vic 12’s year-long attachment for artists to create and develop three brand new plays, the work will be presented in a three-week repertory season in the Council Chamber in March 2021, in a Shoreditch Town Hall and Old Vic co-production.

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FINAL CASTING UPDATE FOR GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS https://www.theatre.london/news/final-casting-update-for-goldilocks-and-the-three-bears https://www.theatre.london/news/final-casting-update-for-goldilocks-and-the-three-bears Thu, 10 Oct 19 00:00:00 +0000 The full cast for Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been announced. Janine Duvitski will play Mummy Bear, Sophie Isaacs will play the title role of Goldilocks and Lauren Stroud will play Baby Bear in the 2019 London Palladium Pantomime Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Performances begin at the London Palladium on Saturday 7 December 2019 for a strictly limited 5-week run until Sunday 12 January 2020.

They join the previously announced Paul O’Grady as Baron Von Savage, Matt Baker as Joey the Clown, season regulars Julian Clary as The Ringmaster, Paul Zerdin as Silly Billy, Nigel Havers as Daddy Bear and Gary Wilmot as Dame Betty Barnum and a series of speciality acts including internationally renowned illusionist Phil Hitchcock, The Skating Medini (Asia and Dylan Medini) - a dynamic high-speed roller-skating act from one of Italy’s oldest circus families, Sascha Williams and Stephanie Nock - ‘Rola Bola’, from the Belli Family Circus in Germany and Europe’s youngest stunt rider Peter Pavlov and the ‘Globe of Speed’.

Dame Betty Barnum and her daughter Goldilocks’ circus is under threat from an evil rival circus owner and, with the help of their madcap circus friends, they’re battling to rescue their Big Top from ruin. Will they succeed? All seems lost, until three brilliant Bears join the gang… Roll up, roll up to see panto join the circus, and be swept away by a London Palladium spectacular that’s just right, at the home of pantomime!

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KING’S HEAD THEATRE’S REVIVAL OF KEVIN ELYOT’S 'COMING CLEAN' RETURNS https://www.theatre.london/news/kings-head-theatres-revival-of-kevin-elyots-coming-clean-returns https://www.theatre.london/news/kings-head-theatres-revival-of-kevin-elyots-coming-clean-returns Thu, 10 Oct 19 00:00:00 +0000 Following a critically-acclaimed sell-out run, the King’s Head Theatre, Making Productions and RGM Productions are delighted to announce the smash-hit play, Coming Clean by Kevin Elyot will return to Trafalgar Studios 2. Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre, will direct the production, which will run for a strictly limited four week season from 8 January to 1 February 2020, with a national press night on Friday 10 January 2020.

In 2017, Adam Spreadbury-Maher directed the 35th anniversary production and the first London revival of Coming Clean, Kevin Elyot’s first play, which transferred to Trafalgar Studios 2 earlier this year.  The play premiered at the Bush Theatre on 3 November 1982. Coming Clean looks at the breakdown of a gay couple’s relationship and examines complex questions of fidelity and love.

The play is set in a flat in Kentish Town, north London, in 1982.  Struggling writer Tony and his partner of five years, Greg, seem to have the perfect relationship.  Committed and in love, they are both open to one-night stands as long as they don’t impinge on the relationship.  But Tony is starting to yearn for something deeper, something more like monogamy.  When he finds out that Greg has been having a full-blown affair with their cleaner, Robert, their differing attitudes towards love and commitment become clear.

 

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MAZZ MURRAY AND JÉRÔME PRADON COMPLETE THE CAST OF RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA IN CONCERT https://www.theatre.london/news/mazz-murray-and-jrme-pradon-complete-the-cast-of-rodgers-hammersteins-cinderella-in-concert https://www.theatre.london/news/mazz-murray-and-jrme-pradon-complete-the-cast-of-rodgers-hammersteins-cinderella-in-concert Thu, 10 Oct 19 00:00:00 +0000 Mazz Murray will play the role of Madam and Jérôme Pradon will play Sebastian in the UK premiere of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA in concert at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 20 October 2019.

They join the previously announced Christine Allado (Prince of Egypt, Hamilton and In The Heights) who will star as Ella with Jodie Jacobs (Unexpected Joy, Bananaman and Lizzie) as Charlotte, Dean John-Wilson (Cruel Intentions, The King & I and Aladdin) as Jean-Michel, Cedric Neal (Back To The Future, The View UpStairs and Motown The Musical) asLord Pinkleton, Dianne Pilkington (Only Fools and Horses, Young Frankenstein and Wicked) as Marie, Zoë Rainey (Kiss Me Kate, An American in Paris and MAMMA MIA!) as Gabrielle and Jac Yarrow (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Winner of the 2019 Stage Debut Award) as Prince Topher.

Mazz Murray is currently starring as Donna Sheridan in MAMMA MIA! at the Novello Theatre in the West End. Her previous theatre credits include nine years as Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Mama Morton in Chicago (Phoenix Theatre), Tanya in Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre), Mabel in Fame (Victoria Palace), Grandma Bertha inPippin (Bridewell Theatre) and Dusty Springfield in A Girl Called Dusty (Duke of York’s Theatre).

Jérôme Pradon has had a huge amount of success as an actor both in the UK and his native country, France. His UK theatre credits include Chris in the original production of Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Leon Czolgosz in Assassins (Derby Playhouse), Guillaume in the original production of Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre),  Aragorn inLord of the Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), the Man in Whistle Down the Wind (Aldwych Theatre) and Javert in Les Misérables (Palace Theatre).

 

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