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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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Thu 30 Apr 2015

STOP! ... The Play - new comedy at Trafalgar
Hatch It will present the world premiere of Stop! ... The Play, a new comedy by David Spicer, at Trafalgar Studios 2 from 2 to 27 June 2015, with an official opening on 3 June.
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Review of Everyman
Read our review of Everyman, adapted by Carol Ann Duffy, which opened last night at the National Theatre. The play stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, and is directed by Rufus Norris.
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West End Interview...
Interview with Katie Brayben
Read our reporter Hayden Thomas' Interview with 2015 Olivier Award winner Katie Brayben, who is starring as Carole King in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre.
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Fringe & Other London...
The Picture of Dorian Gray at St James Studio
European Arts Company Ltd presents The Picture of Dorian Gray, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel by Merlin Holland and John O’Connor, at St. James Studio, from 15 to 20 June.
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Wed 29 Apr 2015

1984 returns to the Playhouse for limited run
George Orwell's 1984 returns to the Playhouse Theatre, opening on 18 June 2015, following previews from 12 June, for a limited twelve week season until 5 September 2015.
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Fringe & Other London...
Cast announced for Dusty - Charing Cross
The cast has been announced for Dusty, a new multi-media show celebrating the life and work of the 60s icon Dusty Springfield, at the Charing Cross Theatre in central London from 25 May to 22 Aug.
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Bugsy Malone Review
Mark Shenton's four star review of Bugsy Malone, a musical set in prohibition era New York, directed by Sean Holmes, at the refurbished Lyric Hammersmith in west London.
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Blog...
The Magic of Roald Dahl on Stage
A new blog by Tom Millward examining the appeal of Roald Dahl theatrical adaptations, including current West End shows The Twits, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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Tue 28 Apr 2015

American Buffalo Review
Mark Shenton's review of American Buffalo, by David Mamet, starring Damian Lewis, John Goodman and Tom Sturridge, at the Wyndham's Theatre.
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Stomp extends booking to 5 June 2016
The percussion and rhythm entertainment show Stomp, has now extended its booking period at the Ambassadors Theatre in Covent Garden through to 5 June 2016.
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Fringe & Other London...
Blind at the Soho Theatre in July
The Paper Birds will present Blind, performed by Grace Savage, at the Soho Theatre in central London, from 13 to 25 July 2015, with an official opening on 15 July.
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Mon 27 Apr 2015

The Lion King extends booking period
Disney's hit musical The Lion King, based on the 1994 film, has extended its booking period at the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End, with tickets now on sale to 3 January 2016.
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West End Feature...
Mark Shenton on Kenneth Branagh Season
Mark Shenton gives his take on the recently announced Kenneth Branagh Season at the Garrick Theatre, which is made up of five plays running at the venue from October 2015 to August 2016.
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Fringe & Other London...
The House of Mirrors and Hearts - Arcola
Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment & Perfect Pitch present The House of Mirrors and Hearts, a new British musical by Eamonn O'Dwyer & Robert Gilbert at the Arcola Theatre, from 02 July 2015.
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Review of The Generation of Z: Apocalypse
Read our review of The Generation of Z: Apocalypse, the new zombie-themed, immersive theatre experience, currently playing at Dept W, a few minutes walk from Whitechapel station.
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Fri 24 Apr 2015

Ah, Wilderness! Young Vic Review
Our review of Ah, Wilderness! by Eugene O'Neill at the Young Vic Theatre starring Janie Dee and George MacKay directed by Natalie Abrahami.
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Cats returns to the London Palladium
It has now been confirmed that Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical Cats will return to the London Palladium for a ten week season from 23 October 2015 to 2 January 2016.
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Cast announced for Kinky Boots at Adelphi
Casting has been announced for the London premiere of the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots which begin previews at the Adelphi Theatre on 21 August 2015.
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Nicole Kidman Returns to the West End
Hollywood icon Nicole Kidman will return to the West End in a brand new production for The Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre, Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler.
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Light Shining in Buckinghamshire Review
Mark Shenton's review of Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the National's Lyttelton Theatre, written by Caryl Churchill, directed by Lindsay Turner with set design by Es Devlin.
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Thu 23 Apr 2015

Dawn French's 30 Million Minutes - Vaudeville
Comedienne Dawn French will bring her one woman show 30 Million Minutes, directed by Michael Grandage, to the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited season from 11 Nov to 05 Dec 2015.
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Women On The Verge...to close early
It has been reported that Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown which is currently running at the Playhouse Theatre will close three months earlier than planned, on 23 May 2015.
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West End Interview...
Interview with Jon Jon Briones
Read our reporter Hayden Thomas' Interview with 2015 Olivier Award nominee Jon Jon Briones, who is starring as The Engineer in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre.
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Fringe & Other London...
Orson's Shadow at the Southwark
Jagged Fence Productions and Smith & Brant Theatricals present the European premiere of Orson's Shadow by Austin Pendleton at the Southwark Playhouse from 1 July to 25 July 2015.
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Blog...
#TBT: The Fields of Ambrosia
Dom O'Hanlon's first Throwback Thursday blog looking at forgotten musicals, and the 1996 flop The Fields of Ambrosia at the Aldwych Theatre.
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Wed 22 Apr 2015

Matilda Extends Booking to 29 May 2016
The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Matilda the Musical has extended its booking period - tickets are now on sale to Sunday 29 May 2016 at the Cambridge Theatre.
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Mamma Mia! Extends Booking to 2016
The ABBA jukebox musical Mamma Mia! has extended its booking period to 23 April 2016 at the Novello Theatre, taking the production into its 18th year in London's West End.
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Fringe & Other London...
Son Of Man at Bread and Roses Theatre
The Bread and Roses Theatre, a new pub theatre in Clapham, will present historical drama Son Of Man by Alexander Nye, directed by Alison Rockbrand running from 26 May to 13 June 2015.
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New Elvis Play at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, a fringe theatre in north London, will present There’s A Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis, devised and directed by John Plews from 16 May to 28 June 2015.
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Skin in Flames at the Park Theatre
StoneCrabs Theatre and Catalan Theatre Company Bots and Barrals will present Skin In Flames by Guillem Clua at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, north London, from 13 May to 6 June 2015.
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Tue 21 Apr 2015

Matthew Warchus announces Old Vic Season
The new Artistic Director of the Old Vic Matthew Warchus, today announced details of his 2015/16 season at the venue including details of new partnerships and outreach projects.
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An Evening With Lucian Freud
An Evening With Lucian Freud will run at the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge in central London from 19 May to 6 June 2015 starring Cressida Bonas as Laura.
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Fringe & Other London...
The Finborough Summer Season
The Finborough Theatre in West Brompton, west London has announced its Summer 2015 season which includes a mixture of original writing and unique rediscoveries.
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Mon 20 Apr 2015

Gypsy Extends Booking to Nov 2015
The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton which is currently running at the Savoy Theatre has announced a booking extension to 28 November 2015.
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Fringe & Other London...
Side By Side By Sondheim - Jack Studio
The AC Group will present a new production of Side By Side By Sondheim, a revue of Sondheim songs at the Jack Studio Theatre in Brockley, south London, from 8 September to 26 September 2015.
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Rumours & Gossip!
The Evening Standard reports that the Tony-nominated musical comedy Something Rotten!, which opened on Broadway on 22 April 2015, may premiere in the West End as early as 2016. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the show is set in the 1590's where two brothers - Nick and Nigel Bottom - attempt to outdo everyone's favourite celebrity, William Shakespeare, by creating the world's first... musical!
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