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 UK tour of Grease to return in 2021 https://www.theatre.london/news/uk-tour-of-grease-to-return-in-2021 https://www.theatre.london/news/uk-tour-of-grease-to-return-in-2021 Tue, 21 Jul 20 00:00:00 +0000 The producers of the first new production in 25 years of Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey’s iconic musical GREASE, are delighted that the show will tour the UK and Ireland in 2021. The musical was due to tour in 2020 but had to be postponed due to COVID-19. 

The 2021 tour will begin at Theatre Royal Plymouth, running from 22 – 30 January, and will then play Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff from 1 – 6 February, Bristol Hippodrome from 8 – 13 February, Edinburgh Festival Theatre from 16 – 20 February, Norwich Theatre Royal from 22 – 27 February, Milton Keynes Theatre from 1 – 6 March, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin from 16 – 27 March, The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford from 29 March – 3 April, Liverpool Empire from 5 – 10 April, Sheffield Lyceum from 12 – 17 April, Churchill Theatre, Bromley from 19 – 24 April, Stoke Regent Theatre from 3 – 8 May, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from 11 – 15 May, Grand Opera House, Belfast from 18 – 22 May, Theatre Royal Nottingham from 24 – 29 May, Royal & Derngate Northampton from 31 May – 5 June, Palace Theatre Manchester from 7 – 19 June, The Orchard Theatre Dartford from 21 – 26 June, The Marlowe Canterbury from 28 June – 3 July, The Sands Centre, Carlisle from 6-10 July  and The Alexandra, Birmingham from 12 – 17 July. 

Following his success starring in the UK and Ireland tour in 2019, Peter Andre will star in the 2021 tour at certain venues. As well as reprising the role of Teen Angel, Andre will also play Vince Fontaine. Further casting to be announced, including who will be playing the role of Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine when Peter Andre is not performing. 

Peter Andre is currently scheduled to perform at certain performances in Plymouth, Cardiff, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Dublin, Liverpool, Bromley, Southampton, Nottingham, Manchester, Dartford, Canterbury and Birmingham. Customers are advised to check their local websites for specific dates.

GREASE is directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, with designs by Colin Richmond, orchestrations and musical supervision by Sarah Travis, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Tom Marshall and 2021 tour casting by Kay Magson CDG, with original tour casting by David Grindrod CDG.

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Theatre Support Fund and The Show Must Go On release face-masks https://www.theatre.london/news/theatre-support-fund-and-the-show-must-go-on-release-face-masks https://www.theatre.london/news/theatre-support-fund-and-the-show-must-go-on-release-face-masks Thu, 09 Jul 20 00:00:00 +0000 After tremendous success with ‘The Show Must Go On’ t-shirt, The Theatre Support Fund have designed a face mask of the same design which is now available to purchase from their website.

The Theatre Support Fund & ‘The Show Must Go On’ t-shirt was created in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. All profits from the project are split between Acting for Others and the Fleabag Support Fund who are providing financial aid to people working in the theatre industry who are experiencing hardship as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic. As well as the NHS COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. The team have now created a re-useable face covering to add to their list of merchandise which also includes a notebook, mug, badge and tote bag. 

The design is an amalgamation of the world-famous branding of 16 of the biggest musicals in the West End. Shows included on the design are & JulietCome From AwayDear Evan HansenEveryone’s Talking about JamieHamiltonLes Miserables, Mamma Mia!Mary PoppinsMatilda The MusicalSix The MusicalTina, The Tina Turner MusicalThe Book of MormonThe Prince of EgyptThe Lion KingThe Phantom of the Opera and Wicked

All ‘The Show Must Go On’ merchandise can be found on the website including face masks which cost £9.50. 

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella will now premiere in April 2021 https://www.theatre.london/news/andrew-lloyd-webbers-cinderella-will-now-premiere-in-april-2021 https://www.theatre.london/news/andrew-lloyd-webbers-cinderella-will-now-premiere-in-april-2021 Tue, 07 Jul 20 00:00:00 +0000 Producers The Really Useful Group announced today that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Cinderella will now world premiere at The Gillian Lynne Theatre in London on Wednesday 7 April 2021, with previews from Friday 19 March 2021.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said “Whilst I continue to impress on the government that theatres can reopen safely based on The London Palladium model, it has become clear that we need to move the opening of Cinderella to next Spring.  My teams have been working throughout lockdown to prepare the show and are raring to go, but there are key elements, not least casting and the building of sets and costumes, that take months of forward planning and can only start as we get further down the road to normal.  So the show will absolutely go on, just a little later than I’d hoped.”

Carrie Hope Fletcher will play Cinderella in the highly anticipated new production at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.  She has starred in Heathers (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Addams Family (UK Tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), and most recently played Fantine in Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre.  She is also a bestselling author and social media personality.

Cinderella will reunite Andrew Lloyd Webber with director Laurence Connor and choreographer JoAnn M Hunter, who previously worked on the Olivier Award winning international hit School of Rock and the recent, sold out production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium, which returns to the venue in Summer 2021.

The show’s lyrics are by David Zippel, a multi-award winner for Broadway productions including City of AngelsThe Goodbye GirlThe Woman in White and Liza at the Palace, as well as for work on film including Disney’s Hercules and Mulan, both of which received Oscar nominations.

The production, a complete reinvention of the classic fairytale, 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 and lyrics by David Zippel.

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Hamlet starring Sir Ian McKellen to begin rehearsals https://www.theatre.london/news/hamlet-starring-sir-ian-mckellen-to-begin-rehearsals https://www.theatre.london/news/hamlet-starring-sir-ian-mckellen-to-begin-rehearsals Fri, 26 Jun 20 00:00:00 +0000 A new production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Sean Mathias with Ian McKellen in an age-blind interpretation of the young Prince, will go into rehearsals on Monday 29 June.

Produced by Bill Kenwright, Hamlet will herald Sean Mathias’ inaugural season at Theatre Royal Windsor and will be followed by Martin Sherman’s adaptation of Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard, with McKellen as Firs the elderly manservant.

This is the first major UK production to begin rehearsals since theatres went dark in March in accordance with government guidelines to stem the spread of COVID-19.

However, rehearsals are now able to start with strict measures in place to ensure the safety of the company. The schedule, from 29 June, will be carefully choreographed around social distancing, screening, hygiene, and PPE, with close adherence to the latest government guidelines. There will be a daily review of the protection protocol based on practical considerations learnt in the rehearsal room. If the show can’t yet go on, rehearsals at least will.

 

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New Diorama Theatre and Incoming Festival present: work_from_home, an entirely online theatrical experience https://www.theatre.london/news/new-diorama-theatre-and-incoming-festival-present-workfromhome-an-entirely-online-theatrical-experience https://www.theatre.london/news/new-diorama-theatre-and-incoming-festival-present-workfromhome-an-entirely-online-theatrical-experience Wed, 17 Jun 20 00:00:00 +0000 work_from_home is an interactive play performed entirely by participants on a Zoom call, about when things stop working. It is an entirely new, digital, interactive adaptation of Nathan Ellis’ play work.txt, which was nominated for an Innovation Award at VAULT Festival 2020 and would have formed part of Incoming Festival 2020. 

You will log on, you will do nothing, you will contribute, you will be essential. 

Before Coronavirus, we were working all the time. We were worried about the gig economy and burnout, and now everything’s stopped. Now everyone is working on their sourdough starters, trying to be productive, feeling scared, trying to get going again. 

Presented by New Diorama Theatre and INCOMING Festival, this production is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Dates
22, 24, 26, 29 June
1 & 3 July 2020

Time
7pm & 8.30pm

Tickets
Free. BOOK HERE

Running Time
55 minutes

Performances will take place on Zoom.

Please visit www.zoom.us to download the free software you’ll need to take part. The morning of your booked performance you will be emailed a link to access the show. 

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MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN on Netflix from Friday 26 June https://www.theatre.london/news/mamma-mia-here-we-go-again-on-netflix-from-friday-26-june https://www.theatre.london/news/mamma-mia-here-we-go-again-on-netflix-from-friday-26-june Thu, 11 Jun 20 00:00:00 +0000 Having been stuck indoors on lockdown, binge-watching feel-good favourites and box-sets in a bid to keep ourselves occupied, Netflix have now confirmed that you can have the time of your life and escape to Greece in the comfort of your own home when the smash-hit romantic comedy based on the songs of ABBA, MAMMA MIA! Here We Go Again, becomes available for UK and Ireland users for the very first time from Friday 26th June 2020.

Ten years after MAMMA MIA! The MovieMAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN invites you to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi to continue the story’s emotional journey of family and friendship whilst discovering just how those life-changing relationships were formed and includes hit songs such as When I Kissed The Teacher, Why Did It Have to Be Me, Fernando and Dancing Queen.

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, a Littlestar/Playtone production, is produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, producers of the original film. Craymer is also the creator and producer of the worldwide smash hit stage musical. Ol Parker, writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, writes and directs the sequel from a story by Catherine Johnson, Richard Curtis and Ol Parker. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus return to provide music and lyrics and serve as executive producers.  The original cast members multi-award winner Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Oscar® winner Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried and Christine Baranski return alongside new additions Lily James, Oscar® winner Cher and Andy Garcia. 

Both a prequel and a sequel, the most successful live musical film sequel of all time, tells two stories: present day as Sophie Sheridan (Seyfried) prepares for the grand reopening of her mother Donna’s (Streep) hotel and 1979 when young Donna (James) first arrives on the island. Sophie learns about her mother’s exciting, fun-filled adventures with the young Dynamos, Tanya (Jessica Keenan-Wynn) and Rosie (Alexa Davies), and how young Donna first met her three possible dads Harry (Hugh Skinner), Bill (Josh Dylan) and Sam (Jeremy Irvine) all those years ago. 

MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN is filled with summer fun, joy and romance that allows audiences to tap into their inner dancing queens – now on Netflix from 26th June - in your own living rooms. 

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Important update regarding West End Theatre https://www.theatre.london/news/important-update-regarding-west-end-theatre https://www.theatre.london/news/important-update-regarding-west-end-theatre Wed, 03 Jun 20 00:00:00 +0000 Update for West End theatre audiences (Wednesday 3rd June 2020)

Statement from the Society of London Theatre (SOLT): 

London’s West End looks forward to welcoming audiences back into our theatres. We are working closely with the government to explore ways in which we can safely reopen.

To give our customers clarity and help us operationally, we have been cancelling performances across the West End on a rolling month by month basis since the start of lockdown.

Every show is now extending cancellations until Sunday 2 August, certain shows may decide to extend this cancellation period and producers will make their own statement as appropriate for their shows.

Ticketholders for affected performances do not need to do anything. They will be contacted by the organisation from which they bought their tickets to arrange a refund, credit note or exchange for a later date. 

This does not mean theatres will reopen on 3 August; and further cancellations will continue to be announced on a rolling basis. The decision to reopen theatres will be made based on government and scientific advice on gatherings and events. Different theatres and productions are likely to reopen at different times.

We are grateful to customers for the continued patience and kindness they are showing during this challenging time for our industry. With 300,000 people visiting West End theatres in a normal week, it remains a major undertaking to process refunds, exchanges and credit notes, particularly when many staff are working remotely. Please rest assured that we are all working as quickly as we can, and we appreciate the continued support and understanding of our audiences. 
 

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Eddie Izzard, Dara O’Briain and Robert Bathurst to host star-studded Riverside Studios’ Charity Quiz Nights https://www.theatre.london/news/eddie-izzard-dara-obriain-and-robert-bathurst-to-host-star-studded-riverside-studios-charity-quiz-nights https://www.theatre.london/news/eddie-izzard-dara-obriain-and-robert-bathurst-to-host-star-studded-riverside-studios-charity-quiz-nights Wed, 13 May 20 00:00:00 +0000 Riverside Studios, the newly re-opened multi-arts venue in Hammersmith, is continuing its star-studded series of online fundraising quizzes with a new set of hosts joining the already stellar line up. The quizzes have been set up to raise funds to ensure it can continue its current artistic offering beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

The series kicked off on 29 April with a quiz hosted by much-loved author and presenter Gyles Brandreth, with some well-known faces amongst the participants, including Stephen Fry, Jo Brand and even Dame Judi Dench joining in the fun. 

Tonight, Wednesday 13 May, will see legendary actor and presenter Stephen Fry taking on the role of quizmaster with comedian Jo Brand hosting on Wednesday 27 May, Eddie Izzard asking the questions on 10 June, Dara O’ Briain taking the helm on 24 June and much-loved actor Robert Bathurst on 8 July.

With questions curated by QI and Blackadder producer John Lloyd, participants answer 6 rounds of questions from the worlds of music, theatre, cinema, comedy, art and food and drink, with a chance to win some incredible luxury prizes. The winner will receive a dinner for 4 (value £300) at the beautiful brasserie Sam’s Riverside, with other prizes including subscriptions to healthy recipe box service Mindful Chef, online streaming service MUBI and for film lovers, 12 months’ worth of tickets for Riverside Studios’ brand-new state of the art cinema.

For more information, head to the Riverside Studios website

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Wicked Witches support the launch of the Make a Difference Trust's Emergency Assistance Fund https://www.theatre.london/news/wicked-witches-support-the-launch-of-the-make-a-difference-trusts-emergency-assistance-fund https://www.theatre.london/news/wicked-witches-support-the-launch-of-the-make-a-difference-trusts-emergency-assistance-fund Wed, 13 May 20 00:00:00 +0000 The Make A Difference Trust has launched a new fundraising initiative, reviving and repurposing their Emergency Fund in order to support those in the theatre community suffering hardship because ofthe Coronavirus crisis.

The Make A Difference Trust has always been about community; the theatre community coming together to help those in need. Today it is the theatre community that needs help. Inspired by theirclose friends at Broadway Cares, MAD has launched the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund to support those on stage and behind the scenes experiencing hardship during these unprecedented times. 

To support the Emergency Assistance Fund, 23 West End actresses who have played Elphaba or Glinda in the multi-award-winning smash-hit musical WICKED have joined together to perform a stunning rendition of the show’s ‘For Good’.  The track will be released on social media on Wednesday 13 May to support the Make a Difference Trust with a donation request at the end of the video.

The video can be viewed and downloaded here and will also be available on the MAD website:www.madtrust.org.uk

From their own homes, current and former WICKED cast members have recorded this very special version.  The Witches are: Gina Beck, Helen Dallimore, Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis, Sophie Evans, Alice Fearn, Ashleigh Gray, Emma Hatton, Jacqueline Hughes,  Alexia Khadime, SuzieMathers, Natalie McQueen, Rosa O'Reilly, Michelle Pentecost, Laura Pick, Dianne Pilkington, Amy Ross, Savannah Stevenson, Emily Tierney, Rachel Tucker, Willemijn Verkaik, Lisa-Anne Wood and Helen Woolf

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West End performers star in All the Web's a Stage 12 hour streaming fundraiser https://www.theatre.london/news/west-end-performers-star-in-all-the-webs-a-stage-12-hour-streaming-fundraiser https://www.theatre.london/news/west-end-performers-star-in-all-the-webs-a-stage-12-hour-streaming-fundraiser Wed, 22 Apr 20 00:00:00 +0000 All the Web’s a Stage is a streaming initiative consisting of 12 marvellous jam-packed hours of all your favourite performers from the West End and theatre to comedy, drag and magic!

It’s fitting that the free livestream will be held on Thursday 23 April, Shakespeare’s birthday and the date that theatres began their process of restoration after strict censorship in 1661, the last time British theatres were ordered to close for a prolonged period. 

Highlights include Stephen Fry reading Michael Rosen’s These are the Hands ahead of Clap for Carers at 8pm; songs from Musical Theatre stars including Joanne Clifton, Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis, David Hunter, and Marisha WallaceDon Warrington opens the event reading Shakespeare’s All the World’s a Stage monologue; a live Q&A with Danny Mac; poetry from Jade Anouka and Luke Wright; comedy from Ivo Graham and The Yes Queens, a multi-location dance choreographed by Chris Whittaker and closing the event is Evangeline Dickson reading a new monologue, All the Web’s a Stage.

Full schedule and list of performers taking part in this 12 hour event will be listed on the Theatre Together website

The livestream is raising money for our artistic comrades who have been severely impacted by Covid-19. Whilst we appreciate the government’s initiatives, and the support made available for many self-employed workers, there are still many freelance artists who fall through the cracks of these new government programs. As a result, thousands of artists who are now unable to earn an income are facing the coronavirus crisis with no available financial support.

You can watch the livestream on the Theatre Together website or on the Theatre Together Facebook page this Thursday at midday. 

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