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Fri 22 May 2015

The Three Little Pigs at the Palace
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe will premiere their latest musical, an adaptation of The Three Little Pigs, at the Palace Theatre for a limited summer season from 5 Aug to 6 Sep 2015.
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Review of Peter Pan at the Open Air Theatre
Our review of Peter Pan, the first production in the 2015 season at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre directed by Tim Sheader and Liam Steel, starring Hiran Abeysekera and David Birrell.
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A Land Without People - Courtyard
Palindrome Productions will present a new play about the creation of Israel by Brian Rotman A Land Without People at the Courtyard Theatre in Shoreditch, east London, from 9 Jul to 1 Aug 2015.
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Thu 21 May 2015

The Commitments posts closing notice
Producers of the West End production of The Commitments have today announced that the show will close at the Palace Theatre on 1 November 2015 following two years in the West End.
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Fringe & Other London...
Review of McQueen at the St James
Our review of McQueen at the St James Theatre, the new play by James Phillips directed by John Caird starring Stephen Wight as Lee McQueen and Dianna Agron.
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Wed 20 May 2015

Bad Jews extends to 11 July at the Arts
The Theatre Royal Bath production of Bad Jews by Joshua Harman, which is currently running at the Arts Theatre has announced a booking extension to 11 July 2015.
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Top Tony Award Best Musical Battles
With the Tony Awards just around the corner, Dom O'Hanlon evaluates the race for Best Musical and looks back at some of the best 'Best Musical' battles in Tony Award history...
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Tue 19 May 2015

Cast announced for 1984 at the Playhouse
Casting has been announced for George Orwell's 1984, adapted by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, which will return to the Playhouse Theatre in London's West End from 12 June.
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Beautiful Thing cancels West End run
The new production of Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing has cancelled its UK tour and the show will not return to London's West End where it was scheduled to run at the Arts Theatre.
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West End Interview...
Interview with Jonathan Slinger
Read Hayden Thomas' West End Interview with Jonathan Slinger, who is currently starring as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - The Musical at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
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Mon 18 May 2015

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 19 September 2015 at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End.
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Billy Elliot announces cast changes
The West End production of Billy Elliot, which last week celebrated its 10th anniversary at London's Victoria Palace Theatre, has announced new and continuing cast members for the production.
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Fri 15 May 2015

Motown the Musical at the Shaftesbury
Motown the Musical has finally announced that it will have its London premiere at the Shaftesbury Theatre beginning previews from 11 Feb 2016, with an official opening on 8 Mar 2016.
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Review of High Society at the Old Vic
Our review of High Society at the Old Vic Theatre - the Cole Porter musical directed by Maria Friedman starring Jamie Parker, Kate Fleetwood and Rupert Young.
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Fringe & Other London...
Three World Premieres at the Hampstead
The Hampstead Theatre in north London has announced three premieres in their upcoming season that will bring Roger Allam and Simon Russell Beale to the stage.
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Little Nell at the Theatro Technis
The Tower Theatre Company will present a new production of Simon Gray's drama Little Nell at the Theatro Technis in Camden, north London from 9 to 13 June 2015 directed by Simona Hughes.
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Thu 14 May 2015

Review of Death of a Salesman
Dom O'Hanlon reviews the RSC's revival of Arthur Miller's classic pay Death of a Salesman at the Noel Coward Theatre starring Anthony Sher and Harriet Walter, directed by Greg Doran.
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Fringe & Other London...
Bugsy Malone Extends to 5 Sep 2015
The Lyric Hammersmith's production of Bugsy Malone, the stage musical by Alan Parker and Paul Williams directed by Sean Holmes has extended to 5 September 2015 at the west London venue.
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Review of Communicating Doors
Mark Shenton reviews this new production of Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn at the Menier Chocolate Factory starring Lucy Briggs-Owen, Rachel Tucker and Imogen Stubbs.
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Throwback Thursday: The Card
In another Throwback Thursday blog post, Dom O'Hanlon looks at the forgotten musical 'The Card' which was last seen at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 1994 starring Peter Duncan.
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Wed 13 May 2015

Review of Billy Elliot - The Musical
Mark Shenton reviews Billy Elliot - The Musical on its tenth anniversary in the West End, at the Victoria Palace Theatre, where it has just extended its run until 17 December 2016.
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Peter Bowles leaves cast of STOP!...the Play
Hatch It Theatre have announced that actor Peter Bowles has stepped out of the world premiere of new comedy STOP! ... The Play by David Spicer, at Trafalgar Studios 2 from 2 to 27 June.
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West End Interview...
Interview with Jonathan Groff
Ahead of the concert production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Southbank, Dom O'Hanlon interviews star of stage and screen Jonathan Groff.
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Tue 12 May 2015

Review of Beyond Bollywood
Tom Millward's review of Beyond Bollywood at the London Palladium. The show is written by Rajeev Goswami, with lyrics by Irfan Siddiqui and features an original score by Salim-Sulaimanwhich.
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Man of Steal Magic Show Transfers
Following a run at the Menier Chocolate Factor, James Freedman brings his magic show Man of Steal to the Trafalgar Studios 1 for a limited run from 26 May to 4 July 2015.
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Billy Elliot extends to December 2016
The West End production of Billy Elliot, which today celebrates its 10th anniversary at London's Victoria Palace Theatre, has announced a booking extension to 17 December 2016.
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Review of Hay Fever with Felicity Kendal
Mark Shenton's review of Noel Coward's classic comedy Hay Fever which is currently playing at the Duke of York's Theatre starring Felicity Kendal directed by Lindsay Posner.
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West End Interview...
Interview with Ruthie Henshall
Marking the 10th Anniversary of Billy Elliot, our reporter Hayden Thomas interviews Olivier Award winner Ruthie Henshall, who is currently starring as Mrs. Wilkinson at Victoria Palace Theatre.
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Mon 11 May 2015

Curious Incident announces cast changes
The National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, which is currently booking to 24 Oct 2015 at the Gielgud, has announced major cast changes.
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Matt Cardle joins cast of Memphis
X Factor winner Matt Cardle will make his stage debut in Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 6 July 2015, as Beverley Knight extends her contract to October 2015.
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Cast changes announced for Les MisÚrables
Cameron Mackintosh has announced updated casting for his long running production of Les MisÚrables at the Queen's Theatre from 15 June 2015 to take the show into its 30th year.
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Fringe & Other London...
Silent - one man show at Soho Theatre
Fishamble: The New Play Company will present Silent, written and performed by Pat Kinevane, at the Soho Theatre (Upstairs) in central London, from 7 to 25 July 2015.
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Grand Hotel revived at the Southwark
Danielle Tarento will present a new production of the Tony Award winning musical Grand Hotel at the Southwark Playhouse, directed by Thom Southerland from 31 July to 5 September 2015.
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Review of Carrie: The Musical - Southwark
Mark Shenton's review of Carrie: The Musical, with music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford and book by Lawrence D. Cohen, based on the novel by Stephen King, at Southwark Playhouse.
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Iphingenia in Tauris at the Rose
The Rose Playhouse in Bankside, London will present a new production of Iphigenia in Tauris by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in an English translation by Roy Pascal from 16 June.
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Fri 08 May 2015

Script changes for The Audience
Peter Morgan's Olivier nominated play The Audience has added a new scene to the drama following the election news on 8 May 2015 - the day HMQ invites David Cameron to form a new Government.
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Magic Show Impossible at the Noel Coward
Impossible, a new production billed as "the biggest magic show in decades" will run at the Noel Coward Theatre for a limited five week season this summer following its world premiere on 24 July 2015.
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Steven Pinder joins cast of Wicked
Steven Pinder who is currently starring in the UK Tour of Wicked will join the London production as Doctor Dillamond from Monday 10 August until Saturday 19 September 2015.
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Full cast announced for The Trial
The Young Vic theatre in Southwark, south London, has announced full casting for its upcoming production of The Trial by Franz Kafka adapted by Nick Gill, which runs from 19 June to 22 Aug 2015.
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Thu 07 May 2015

Review of The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse
Mark Shenton's review of The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse, written by James Graham to be aired on television live on 7 May 2015 to coincide with the election.
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Fringe & Other London...
Just for Laughs Theatricals present Chef
Just for Laughs Theatricals will present Chef, performed by Jade Anouka, at the Soho Theatre (Upstairs) in central London, from 15 June to 4 July 2015, with an official opening on 17 June.
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The Dirty Talk at the Jermyn Street Theatre
Royal Row in association with Jermyn Street Theatre present the London Premiere of The Dirty Talk by Michael Puzzo at the Jermyn Street Theatre in central London from 2 to 6 June 2015.
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Stardust Road at the St James Theatre
New musical Stardust Road based on the songs of Hoagy Carmichael will have its world premiere at the St James Theatre, a Fringe venue in Victoria from 27 October to 21 November 2015.
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Second Soprano at the King's Head Theatre
The King's Head Theatre will present Second Soprano by Martha Shrimpton and Ellie Routledge at their pub theatre venue from 16 June to 4 July 2015 with an official opening on 18 July.
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Wed 06 May 2015

Mamma Mia! announces major cast changes
The ABBA jukebox musical Mamma Mia! has announced major cast changes from 8 June 2015 at the Novello Theatre in London's West End as Mazz Murray and Jo Napthine join the cast.
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The Audience Review
Mark Shenton's review of The Audience, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, directed by Stephen Daldry, at the Apollo Theatre.
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Fringe & Other London...
The Flannelettes - King's Head Theatre
The King's Head Theatre will present The Flannelettes by Richard Cameron at their pub theatre venue from 13 May to 6 June with an official opening on 15 May 2015.
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Southwark Playhouse 'Little Space' Season
Southwark Playhouse has announced the 2015 summer season for its 'Little Space', including the 50th anniversary production of Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs.
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Tue 05 May 2015

Fringe & Other London...
A Single Act at the Theatro Technis in Camden
Duelling Productions will present A Single Act, by Jane Bodie, directed by Jamie Manton, at the Theatro Technis in Camden, north London, from 16 to 20 June 2015.
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Fri 01 May 2015

Derek Jacobi joins Romeo & Juliet
Olivier Award winner Sir Derek Jacobi will star as Mercutio in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's production of Romeo & Juliet at the Garrick Theatre from 12 May 2016.
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Amelia Lily to star in American Idiot at Arts
The West End premiere of Green Day's American Idiot, starring X-Factor Finalist Amelia Lily and directed & choreographed by Racky Plews, will take place at the Arts Theatre from 17 July 2015.
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Fringe & Other London...
The Baker's Wife - Drayton Arms from 16 June
MKEC Productions present The Baker's Wife with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Joseph Stein, at the Drayton Arms Theatre from 16 June to 4 July 2015.
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Rumours & Gossip!
The Daily Mail reports that comedian Mel Brooks is looking at remounting his musical version of Young Frankenstein in London's West End alongside director and choreographer Susan Stroman. No dates or venue have been mentioned, but Brooks is confident he can make significant changes to the musical for a London audience and has already written a new song for the production.
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