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Tue 03 Mar 2015

Sweeney Todd ENO full cast announced
The full cast has now been announced for the English National Opera's production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
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The Book of Mormon extends booking
The Olivier and Tony Award winning Best New Musical, The Book of Mormon, has extended its booking period to 27 June 2015 at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End.
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Fringe & Other London...
Carmen Disruption cast announced
Casting has been announced for the Almeida Theatre's upcoming production of Carmen Disruption by Simon Stephens which runs at the north London venue from 10 April to 23 May 2015.
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Mon 02 Mar 2015

Further cast announced for Gypsy
Further casting has been announced for the eagerly anticipated Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy which will open at London's Savoy Theatre on 15 April 2015.
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Fringe & Other London...
Spend Spend Spend at the Union
The Union Theatre in Southwark have announced that they will revive the British musical Spend Spend Spend by Steve Brown and Justin Greene from 25 March to 18 April 2015.
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Fri 27 Feb 2015

Shakespeare's Globe Summer 2015 - cast
Shakespeare's Globe has announced further details for Richard II, King John & As You Like It. Highlights include Charles Edwards taking the lead in Richard II and Jo Stone-Fewings leading King John.
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Golem transfers to Trafalgar Studios
The 1927's production of Golem by Suzanne Andrade will transfer to the Trafalgar Studios 1 for a limited run, following a sell-out season at the Young Vic Theatre earlier this year.
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West End transfer for RSC's Oppenheimer
The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Oppenheimer, a new play by Tom Morton-Smith, transfers to the Vaudeville Theatre, from 27 March to 23 May 2015.
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Charlie & the Choc Factory - new Willy Wonka
Jonathan Slinger has been cast in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - The Musical at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. He will take over from Alex Jennings in the role of Willy Wonka from 4 May 2015.
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Fringe & Other London...
Michael Frayn's Matchbox at Hampstead
The Hampstead Theatre will present Matchbox Theatre: An Evening of Short Entertainments by Michael Frayn's at their north London venue from 25 April to 6 June 2015.
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Thu 26 Feb 2015

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical extends
The West End transfer of the Tony-Award nominated Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, has extended its run by eight months to 13 February 2016, at the Aldwych Theatre.
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Man and Superman review - National Theatre
Mark Shenton's review of Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman, starring Ralph Fiennes, directed by Simon Godwin, playing at the Lyttelton, National Theatre.
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Fringe & Other London...
Gods Are Fallen And All Safely Gone - Camden
Greyscale presents Gods Are Fallen And All Safely Gone, written and directed by Selma Dimitrijevic, at the Camden People's Theatre, from 12 to 31 May 2015.
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Wed 25 Feb 2015

Stephen Merchant in The Mentalists
Stephen Merchant will make his theatrical and West End debut in The Mentalists, a comedy by Richard Bean, at the Wyndham's Theatre, from 3 July to 26 September 2015.
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Beautiful - The Carole King Musical review
Mark Shenton's review of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, with Katie Brayben as Carole King and Alan Morrissey as Gerry Goffin, playing at the Aldwych Theatre.
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Tue 24 Feb 2015

The Nether review at the Duke of York's
Mark Shenton's review of The Nether by Jennifer Haley currently playing at the Duke of York's Theatre in a co-production by The Royal Court Theatre and Headlong.
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Closer review at the Donmar Warehouse
Mark Shenton's review of Closer by Patrick Marber currently playing at the Donmar Warehouse directed by David Leveaux and starring Nancy Carroll, Oliver Chris and Rachel Redford.
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Mon 23 Feb 2015

Bad Jews transfers to the Arts Theatre
The Theatre Royal Bath production of Bad Jews, by Joshua Harman, will transfer to the Arts Theatre for a limited eleven week run, from 18 March to 30 May 2015, with an opening night on 25 March.
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Cast announced for Royal Court's The Twits
The cast has been announced for the Royal Court Theatre's upcoming production of Roald Dahl's The Twits which runs at the west London venue from 7 April to 31 May 2015.
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Fringe & Other London...
Baby at the Hope Theatre in Islington
KiteHigh will present Baby, a new play by Effie Samara at the Hope Theatre in Islington, north London, from 14 April to 2 May 2015, with an official opening on 16 April 2015.
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Fri 20 Feb 2015

Di and Viv and Rose to close 6 weeks early
Hampstead Theatre's production of Amelia Bullmore's comedy, Di and Viv and Rose has posted early closing notices at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre, for 14 March 2015.
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Fringe & Other London...
The Generation of Z: Apocalypse - East London
An immersive theatre experience The Generation of Z: Apocalypse will begin performances at a purpose build venue in Whitechapel, east London from 4 April 2015, booking to 5 July 2015.
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Thu 19 Feb 2015

Miss Saigon extends booking to 19 Dec 2015
Cameron Mackintosh's revival of Miss Saigon, which is currently playing at the Prince Edward Theatre, has extended its booking period by three months to 19 December 2015.
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Fringe & Other London...
Shrapnel at the Arcola Theatre
The Arcola Theatre will present the World Premiere of Shrapnel: 34 Fragments of a Massacre by Anders Lustgarten at their east London venue from 11 March to 2 April 2015.
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Double Bill at the Old Red Lion
Aria Entertainment will present a double bill at the Old Red Lion Theatre, a revival of Portia Coughlan by Marina Carr and the premiere of new musical The Verb 'To Love' by Andy Collyer.
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Blog...
Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights Live
A new blog by Tom Millward inspired by his experiences at Peter Kay's 'Phoenix Nights Live,' a live adaptation of the popular Channel 4 comedy series, at the Manchester Arena.
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Wed 18 Feb 2015

Fringe & Other London...
The Lonely Soldier Monologues at the Cockpit
PMJ Productions in association with Liminal Space present The Lonely Soldier Monologues at the Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone, north London, from 6 to 31 May 2015.
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Tue 17 Feb 2015

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory extends
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - The Musical, based on Roald Dahl's classic story, has extended its booking period by seven months to 4 June 2016, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
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A View From The Bridge review
Mark Shenton's review of A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller at the Wyndham's Theatre where it has transferred from the Young Vic, starring Mark Strong directed by Ivo van Hove.
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Blog...
Top 10 Presidents in Musicals
To mark yesterday's Presidents' Day, Dom O'Hanlon shares his top 10 Presidents in Musicals, ranging from the old to the new, as well as the fictional. Which if your favourite?
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Mon 16 Feb 2015

Fringe & Other London...
The Devils at the Bridewell Theatre
SEDOS, an amateur theatre group based in central London will present a new production of The Devils by John Whiting at The Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street, from 17 to 21 March 2015.
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Vote For Me a Musical Debate - UK Premiere
The London Theatre Workshop will present the UK premiere of American musical comedy Vote for Me: a Musical Debate by Drew Fornarola and Scott Elmegreen at from 5 to 23 May 2015.
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The Moment We Met - Barons Court
RedNeedle Productions will present The Moment We Met written and directed by Ian Buckley at the Barons Court Theatre in West London from 10 to 29 March 2015.
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Fri 13 Feb 2015

Sinatra at the Palladium begins earlier
The previously announced Sinatra: The Man and the Music will begin performances at the London Palladium a week earlier than originally announced, beginning on 10 July 2015.
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Lead cast announced for High Society
The Old Vic Theatre in south London has announced casting for its upcoming revival of the Cole Porter musical High Society, which will run from 30 April to 20 August 2015.
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Lead cast announced for Elf the Musical
Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh will lead the cast of Elf the Musical alongside Ben Forster who plays the title role of Buddy the Elf in the upcoming production at the Dominion Theatre.
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The Audience announces full cast
Further casting has been announced for Peter Morgan's play The Audience which returns to the West End, opening at the Apollo Theatre on 5 May 2015 starring Kristin Scott Thomas.
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Fringe & Other London...
Lyric's Bugsy Malone cast announced
Casting has been announced for the Lyric Hammersmith's production of Bugsy Malone by Alan Parker and Paul Williams which runs at the west London venue from 11 April 2015.
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Telescope by Elchin at Testbed1
Aloff Theatre presents the world premiere of Telescope by Azerbaijani playwright Elchin at TESTBED1 in Battersea, south London from 25 February to 7 March 2015 .
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Carrie the Musical at the Southwark
The notoriously fabled musical flop Carrie: the Musical will make its long awaited London premiere at the Southwark Playhouse from 1 to 30 May 2015 directed by Gary Lloyd.
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Thu 12 Feb 2015

Fringe & Other London...
Rumpy Pumpy! - new musical comedy
New British musical comedy, Rumpy Pumpy!, by Barbara Jane Mackie, will run at the Landor Theatre, in south west London, from 14 to 19 April 2015.
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Jermyn Street Season April to June
The Jermyn Street Theatre, a fringe theatre in central London, has announced details of its season from April to June 2015, continuing their 21st anniversary year.
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Blog...
The Nether... A Glimpse of the Future?
A new blog by Tom Millward inspired by the West End transfer of The Nether, written by Jennifer Haley, currently playing at the West End's Duke of York's Theatre.
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Wed 11 Feb 2015

Thriller Live extends to April 2016
The West End production of Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre has extended its booking period by seven months to 17 April 2016. The show is now in its seventh year in the West End.
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The Book of Mormon extends booking
The Olivier and Tony Award winning Best New Musical, The Book of Mormon has extended its booking period to 30 May 2015 at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End.
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How to Hold Your Breath review
Mark Shenton's review of How to Hold Your Breath at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, written by Zinnie Harris and starring Maxine Peake, directed by Vicky Featherstone.
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Fringe & Other London...
Alexander McQueen Biopic - St James
The world premiere of Alexander McQueen biopic, McQueen will run at the St James Theatre, a fringe venue in Victoria, from 12 May to 6 June 2015 directed by John Caird.
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Sweeney Todd Pop Up Production Transfers
The Tooting Arts Club's site specific production of Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street has announced it will transfer to a pop up venue on Shaftesbury Avenue from 12 March 2015.
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Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London - King's Head
Hit of Lime Productions in association with The King’s Head Theatre will present Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London, a new drama written and performed by Alison Skilbeck at the King's Head Theatre.
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Tue 10 Feb 2015

Fringe & Other London...
Dogs of War at the Old Red Lion
Stage One Bursary Award recipient Robin Rayner in association with David Adkin will present and Dogs of War by Tim Foley at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington, north London.
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Mon 09 Feb 2015

Full cast announced for Hay Fever
The full cast has been announced for The Theatre Royal Bath's production of Hay Fever which transfers to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre starring Felicity Kendal as Judith Bliss.
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Elf the Musical at the Dominion
Elf the Musical will open at London's Dominion Theatre on 5 November 2015, following previews from 24 October, running for a limited 10-week period to 2 January 2016.
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Fringe & Other London...
Full cast announced for The Royale
The Bush Theatre in west London have announced full casting for their upcoming production of The Royale by American writer of 'Orange is the New Black' Marco Ramirez.
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Bathhouse the Musical - Above the Stag
The musical comedy Bathhouse the Musical will return to the Above the Stag Theatre in Vauxhall, south London from 25 Feb to 29 Mar 2015 with an official opening on 27 Feb 2015.
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Fri 06 Feb 2015

Kinky Boots set for West End premiere
The Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, written by Harvey Fierstein with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, will begin performances at Adelphi Theatre on 21 August 2015.
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Young Vic 2015 Season Announced
The Young Vic theatre has now announced full details of its new season for 2015, which will include revivals of classic plays as well as new writing by Simon Stephens.
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Shakespeare In Love review
Mark Shenton's review of Shakespeare In Love, which now has a new cast that includes Orlando James as Will Shakespeare, at the Noel Coward Theatre.
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Fringe & Other London...
The Habit of Art at the Bridewell
Tower Theatre Amateur Dramatic Company will present the London amateur premiere of Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art at the Bridewell Theatre in central London from 3 to 7 March 2015.
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A Question of Accents
A new blog by Dom O'Hanlon looking at the question of accents on stage and how important it is for actors to deliver a believable and effective accent for their character.
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Thu 05 Feb 2015

Beautiful Thing returns to the West End
Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing will return to London's West End to the Arts Theatre for a limited 6 week season from 3 June to 11 July 2015 as part of its UK tour.
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Fringe & Other London...
Charlie's Dark Angel at the Drayton Arms
Film and theatre critic James Christopher's debut play Charlie's Dark Angel will run at the Drayton Arms Theatre, a pub theatre in South Kensington, from 3 to 28 March 2015.
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CATS... Still a feline phenomenon!
A new blog by Tom Millward about the current revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1981 musical CATS, starring Nicole Scherzingern as Grizabella, playing at the London Palladium.
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Wed 04 Feb 2015

John Owen-Jones joins Sweeney Todd
John Owen-Jones has been cast as 'Pirelli' in the English National Opera semi-staged version of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
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Fringe & Other London...
Paper House at the Hen and Chickens
Sibling Productions Presents Paper House by Eliza Power at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, a pub theatre in north London from 24 to 28 February 2015, starring Mark Lyminster.
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Tue 03 Feb 2015

Fringe & Other London...
Loserville revived at the Union Theatre
The Union Theatre in Southwark, south London, have announced that they will revive the 2012 flop musical Loserville which features book, music and lyrics by Elliot Davis and James Bourne.
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Mon 02 Feb 2015

War Horse: new cast and booking period
The National Theatre's production of War Horse has extended its booking period to 13 Feb 2016 at the New London Theatre as a brand new cast prepares to join from 16 Mar 2016.
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The 39 Steps extends booking to 31 Oct 2015
Long running comedy The 39 Steps has extended its booking period to 31 October 2015 at the Criterion Theatre in London's West End where it has been playing since September 2006.
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The Curious Incident...extends booking period
The National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time has announced new tickets on sale, as it has extended its booking period to 24 Oct 2015.
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Sunny Afternoon extends booking period
The West End transfer of the Hampstead Theatre production of Sunny Afternoon, the biographical musical based on The Kinks, has extended its booking period to 24 October 2015.
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Ghost Stories to close 15 Mar 2015
The West End production of Ghost Stories has announced that it will play its final performance at the Arts Theatre on 15 March 2015, at the end of its current booking period.
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Wicked extends booking to 30 April 2016
The West End production of Wicked has announced its 19th booking extension at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, with 500,000 new tickets on sale from 10am on Monday 2 February 2015.
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My Night With Reg Review - Apollo Theatre
Mark Shenton's review of My Night With Reg which has transferred to the Apollo Theatre from the Donmar Warehouse starring Jonathan Broadbent and Julian Ovenden.
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Rumours & Gossip!
According to an interview with the Daily Mail, Gary Barlow hopes to bring his first foray into musical theatre - Finding Neverland on Broadway - to the West End in 2016...
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