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 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella opens at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in September 2020 https://www.theatre.london/news/andrew-lloyd-webbers-cinderella-opens-at-the-gillian-lynne-theatre-in-september-2020 https://www.theatre.london/news/andrew-lloyd-webbers-cinderella-opens-at-the-gillian-lynne-theatre-in-september-2020 Fri, 10 Jan 20 14:06:44 +0000 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s highly anticipated Cinderella will open at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London’s West End, with performances beginning in September 2020.

The production, a complete reinvention of the classic fairy tale, is based on an original idea by Emerald Fennell, the Emmy Award-nominated lead scriptwriter of the second season of international smash hit Killing Eve, with a brand new score from the legendary composer.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “I have long wanted to write my own version of Cinderella but could never find a take on the classic story that really grabbed me. Emerald Fennell has written something truly exciting and original, and the moment I read her outline I knew I’d found my latest collaborator. I’m very pleased to be working with David Zippel, a hugely witty lyricist, once again.

I’m also excited to be reunited with Laurence and JoAnn, who I loved creating School of Rock with and who delivered a knock out Joseph last Summer at The London Palladium, where it rightfully returns in June.”

School of Rock The Musical will complete its run at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on Sunday, March 1, having played more than 1400 performances, before heading out on a major UK Tour in 2021. 

Seen by over 1.3 million people, the West End production of School of Rock, based on the hit movie comedy starring Jack Black, received widespread critical and audience acclaim when it opened in November 2016, going on to win both Olivier and Whatsonstage.com Awards. Since opening the show has also welcomed over 100 young actor-musicians to the kids cast of the show, who play their instruments live at every performance.

Following School of Rock’s departure from the Gillian Lynne Theatre, owners LW Theatres will carry out internal upgrade work to the building including the addition of more toilets, refurbishment to areas of the auditorium and Front of House, as well as the potential increase in seating capacity on the circle level of the theatre.

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Jenna Russell and Andy Nyman join Imelda Staunton in Hello Dolly! https://www.theatre.london/news/jenna-russell-and-andy-nyman-join-imelda-staunton-in-hello-dolly https://www.theatre.london/news/jenna-russell-and-andy-nyman-join-imelda-staunton-in-hello-dolly Fri, 10 Jan 20 13:30:31 +0000 Andy Nyman and Jenna Russell join the cast of Hello, Dolly! when the musical comes to the Adelphi Theatre this summer. The brand new production is headlined by Imelda Staunton, as she reunites with director Dominic Cooke, following the critically acclaimed production of Follies at the National Theatre.

Hello, Dolly! begins performances at the Adelphi Theatre in London on Tuesday 11 August 2020 for a strictly limited 30-week season 

Andy Nyman will play Horace Vandergelder. He is a multi-award-winning actor, writer and director. Most recently he won unanimous acclaim for his memorable portrayal of Tevye in the celebrated production of Fiddler On The Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory and its subsequent transfer to the Playhouse Theatre. Nyman’s acting credits include the Royal Court production of Hangmen and the West End hit Ghost Stories, which he also created and starred in the film adaptation. His various TV roles include Winston Churchill in Peaky Blinders and he has frequently collaborated with illusionist Derren Brown, co-writing and co-directing four of his stage shows.

Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell will play Irene Molloy. Jenna recently starred in the UK premiere of The Bridges of Madison County. She won an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2006 for her performance in Sunday In The Park With George at the Menier Chocolate Factory (a performance she later reprised on Broadway) and was nominated for her work in the Menier’s 2012 revival of Merrily We Roll Along. She also appeared in the acclaimed, London premiere production of Fun Home the Young Vic.

With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, Mame) and book by Michael Stewart (42nd Street, Mack and Mabel, Barnum), Hello, Dolly! is one of the most iconic musicals of all time. Jerry Herman’s timeless score includes Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By, Elegance, It Only Takes a Moment and of course, Hello, Dolly!

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Casting announced for 'Be More Chill' at The Other Palace https://www.theatre.london/news/casting-announced-for-be-more-chill-at-the-other-palace https://www.theatre.london/news/casting-announced-for-be-more-chill-at-the-other-palace Mon, 09 Dec 19 00:00:00 +0000 Casting for the UK premiere of Be More Chill, the mind-bendingly fun, smash hit Broadway musical has been announced. 

The leads roles of Jeremy Heere will be played by Scott Folan (recent credits include Mother of Him at Park Theatre, Damned By Despair at the National Theatre) and Michael Mell by Blake Patrick Anderson (previous musicals credits include Straight Dave in Pet Shop Boys’ Closer to Heaven and Starlight Express).

Two former Queens join the Be More Chill company in the shape of Renee Lamb and Millie O’Connell. They both starred in one of Britain’s most celebrated and popular new musicals: Six: The Musical.  Renee played Catherine of Aragon in the original Arts Theatre production, and Millie played Anne Boleyn at the Arts Theatre.

Also announced today are: Miracle Chance as Christine Canigula, Stewart Clarke as The Squip, Eloise Davies as Brooke Lohst, James Hameed as Rich Goranski, Miles Paloma as Jake Dillinger, Christopher Fry as Mr Heere and Mr Reyes and Eve Norris (swing) with further company members to be announced.

Be More Chill, which premieres at The Other Palace on Wednesday 12 February 2020, is based on the groundbreaking novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini.

This new production of Be More Chill will run at The Other Palace through until Sunday 3 May 2020, with a press night on Tuesday 18 February at 7:00pm.

Be More Chill tells the atypical love story of a boy, a girl....and the supercomputer inside the boy’s head guiding him every step of the way. The boy is desperately trying to fit in. The girl’s longing to be noticed. And the supercomputer just wants to take over the world.

The Tony Award-nominated score bursts with addictively catchy songs including More than Survive, Be More Chill and the hugely popular Michael in the Bathroom.

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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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