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November News Update

  • “Strictly Ballroom” – the producers have announced casting  for the  West End production of Baz Luhrmann’s  musical which will be directed by Drew McOnie and open at London’s Piccadilly Theatre on 11th April with Jonny Labey and Zizi Strallen leading the cast, while Will Young takes on a specially created role of a band leader.
  • “Heaven on Earth” a new arena tour musical starring Kerry Ellis, Hugh Maynard and Russell Watson as the Voice of God which was due to open next month has been cancelled; directed and choreographed by Racky Plews (American Idiot), it retold  the Bible story of Adam and Eve and was due to open at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham in December before touring the UK.
  • Moonfleet”  a major new musical based on classic adventure story is set to be one of the highlights of the spring/summer 2018 season when it premieres at the Salisbury Playhouse featuring a book and lyrics by the Playhouse’s artistic director Gareth Machin and music by Russell Hepplewhite the show will run from 19 April until 5 May.
  • “The Band” the Take That/Tim Firth musical goes from strength to strength, during its 2 week run at Southampton’s Mayflower the show played to more that 2300 people at most performances with many performances completely sold out including all the standing boxes across the three tiers; it’s international fame grows as one performance was attended by the principals of the Shubert Organisation who operate seventeen Broadway theatres, as well as Telecharge which handles tickets for 70 theatres.
  • “Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert” will be revived at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch from 27 April to 19 May as part of their 65th anniversary season,  it will be directed by the venue’s artistic director Douglas Rintoul, the musical is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott.
  • “Five Guys Named Moe” the new production of Clarke Peters’ Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, has extended its run at the custom-built Marble Arch Theatre into March 2018.
  • “Summer Holiday”  is being launched by  Now Spirit Productions as a feel-good stage musical next summer based on the legendary 1963 film starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows, opening at Liverpool Empire on 8th May.
  • “The Girls”, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical  is being renamed ahead of its UK tour which will set off from Leeds Grand on 15th August 2018, it will now be titled “Calendar Girls the musical”.
  • “Doctor Dolittle”, a completely new production of Leslie Bricusse’s musical  is set to tour the UK in 2018 and 2019 playing the Lowry in Salford for the 2018 Christmas season.
  • “2017 Royal Variety Performance” will be hosted by Miranda Hart at the London Palladium on 24th November, becoming the first-ever solo female presenter of the show, which will feature  performances featuring Kelsey Grammer and the cast of “Big Fish,” casts from   “Annie” and “42nd Street” as well as ‘The Leading Ladies’ – a  trio of West End divas Amber Riley, Beverley Knight and Cassidy Janson and together again, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball.
  • “The Christmasaurus” a new musical by McFly musician, performer and writer Tom Fletcher based on his first bestselling children’s novel  is coming to London’s Eventim Apollo from 21st-28th December; the book was nominated for the Children’s Book of the Year and follows the life of young boy’s  adventures across the North Pole.
  • “Girl from the North Country” which originally opened at the Old Vic earlier this year transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre from 29th December 2017 to 24th March 2018 and joining the production is Hannah Azuonye, Mary Doherty, David Ganly as Mr Burke, Adam James as Dr Walker, Karl Johnson as Mr Perry and Emmanuel Kojo.They will join the returning cast which includes Sheila Atim, Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Arinze Kene, Tim McMullan and Debbie Kurup.

NOVEMBER NEWS HEADLINES

  • Now Spirit Productions are launching “Summer Holiday” as a feel-good stage musical next summer based on the legendary 1963 film starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows opening at Liverpool Empire on 8th May.
  • Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical “The Girls” is being renamed ahead of its UK tour which will set off from Leeds Grand on 15th August 2018, it will now be titled “Calendar Girls the musical”.
  • A completely new production of Leslie Bricusse’s musical “Doctor Dolittle” is set to tour the UK in 2018 and 2019 playing the Lowry in Salford for the 2018 Christmas season.
  • Miranda Hart is to host the “2017 Royal Variety Performance” at the London Palladium on 24th November becoming the first-ever solo female presenter of the show which will feature  performances featuring Kelsey Grammer and the cast of “Big Fish,” casts from “Annie” and “42nd Street” as well as ‘The Leading Ladies’ – a  trio of West End divas Amber Riley, Beverley Knight and Cassidy Janson and Alfie Boe and Michael Ball.
  • McFly musician, performer and writer Tom Fletcher announced that his musical based on his first bestselling children’s novel “The Christmasaurus” is coming to London’s Eventim Apollo from 21st-28th December, the musical is based on Fletcher’s 2016 novel of the same name, which was nominated for the Children’s Book of the Year and follows the life of young boy’s  adventures across the North Pole.
  • “Girl from the North Country” which originally opened at the Old Vic earlier this year transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre from 29th December 2017 to 24th March 2018 and joining the production is Hannah Azuonye, Mary Doherty, David Ganly as Mr Burke, Adam James as Dr Walker, Karl Johnson as Mr Perry and Emmanuel Kojo.They will join the returning cast which includes Sheila Atim, Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Arinze Kene, Tim McMullan and Debbie Kurup.
  • Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has announced its 2018 season which will feature a musical version of “As You Like It” and a new production of “Little Shop of Horrors”.
  • The Hope Mill Theatre’s production of “Pippin” is to run in London at Southwark Playhouse between 23 February and 24 March 2018.
  • Emma Rice debuts her new musical “Romantics Anonymous” in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe this week.
  • Matthew McKenna has been unmasked as the star and handsome hero of “Bananaman the Musical” and will be attempting to save the world at London’s Southwark Playhouse this Christmas from 15 December 2017 to 20 January 2018.
  • The West End production of “The Grinning Man” which  runs at Trafalgar Studios from 18th  December to 17th February and previews from 6th December will feature four principal returning cast members: Louis Maskell: Julian Bleach:  Sean Kingsley  and Ewan Black.
  • Jerry Bock, Sherman Yellen and Sheldon Harnick’s musical “Rothschild & Sons” which runs  at the Park Theatre from 29th January to 17th February and previews from 24th  January will star Tony Award-nominee Robert Cuccioli and Glory Crampton reprising the roles they created in New York.
  • “Chess the Musical”, by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus will be revived by English National Opera in the West End for the first time in 30 years, for five weeks from 1st  May until 2nd June 2018 featuring English National Opera’s award-winning 48 piece orchestra and Chorus directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography by Stephen Mear and this production precedes a potential Broadway revival of the show.
  • Tony and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical, “Kinky Boots”, is to go on a UK  tour appropriately starting in  Northampton from September 2018 whilst the London production of “Kinky Boots” will continue.
  • Sting’s highly personal debut musical “The Last Ship” will launch a four-week season at Northern Stage in Newcastle, beginning on 12 March 2018, which will be followed by a major UK and Ireland tour that will include runs in Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Salford and York.
  • The Bishopsgate Institute will celebrate the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein with concert performances of his classic West Side Story next summer which will also mark the centennial of Broadway legend Jerome Robbins who directed and choreographed the original production over 60 years ago, the show will play The Great Hall, from 26 June until 1 July 2018.

News Update 23 October 2017

The first London revival in 20 years of  “The Rink” by the Tony and Olivier Award-winning John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics) will play at the Southwark Playhouse for a limited season from 25 May to 23 June 2018, with a national press night on Tuesday 29 May. “Miss Saigon” has added new dates to its current tour with visits to Bradford (Sept 19), Sunderland (Oct 24) before heading to Zurich where it will run from Nov 28 to Jan 13, 2019. The first dates and venues have been announced for the upcoming tour of “Dusty”, new musical about Dusty Springfield, starring Katherine Kingsley opening at Bath Theatre Royal on 23rd June 2018 it will then visit Sheffield, Newcastle and Salford. A new London cast for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “School of Rock” includes alternate Stephen Leask who will now lead the cast in the the role of Dewey Finn from 15th November with Alan Pearson playing Ned Schneebly, with current ensemble member Michelle Francis playing Patty Di Marco, Craig Gallivan will play the alternate Dewey Finn and Florence Andrews will continue as the school’s principal Rosalie Mullins. British comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress  Meera Syal will be taking over the role of Miss Hannigan from Craig Revel Horwood in the West End production of “Annie the Musical”. Amber Riley will make her last performance as Effie  in “Dreamgirls” at the Savoy Theatre on 18th November, with new Effies Marisha Wallace, Moya Angela, and Karen Mav alternating the role from 20th November – Angela played the role during its North American revival tour; Wallace joined the show earlier this year, while Mav made her professional debut as the character in London last year. Ray Fearon will appear in the UK’s first all-black cast production of “Guys and Dolls” at Manchester’s Royal Exchange from December 2 to January 27, 2018 also featured are Ashley Zhangazha, Abiona Omonua and Lucy Vandi (Could this pave the way for an all-white production of “Porgy and Bess”?). Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” will extend its run in the West End to September 2018, after opening at the Garrick Theatre last week. The UK and Ireland tour of “Matilda” will begin at Leicester Curve on 5th  March 2018 with  Craige Els in the role of Miss Trunchbull (a part he played in the West End for three years) Carly Thoms as Miss Honey, Sebastien Torkia as Mr Wormwood and Rebecca Thornhill as Mrs Wormwood, before travelling to Dublin, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Southampton.

What’s News Around Britain

Ray Fearon will appear in the UK’s first all-black cast production of “Guys and Dolls” at Manchester’s Royal Exchange from December 2 to January 27, 2018 also featured are Ashley Zhangazha, Abiona Omonua and Lucy Vandi (Could this pave the way for an all-white production of “Porgy and Bess”?). Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” will extend its run in the West End to September 2018, after opening at the Garrick Theatre last week. The UK and Ireland tour of “Matilda” will begin at Leicester Curve on 5th  March 2018 with  Craige Els in the role of Miss Trunchbull (a part he played in the West End for three years) Carly Thoms as Miss Honey, Sebastien Torkia as Mr Wormwood and Rebecca Thornhill as Mrs Wormwood, before travelling to Dublin, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Southampton. The UK premiere of the musical “Rothschild & Sons”, written by Broadway songwriters Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (creators of Fiddler On the Roof, She Loves Me) and Tony-nominated writer Sherman Yellen, will open the new season at London’s Park Theatre from 24 January until 17 February 2018. Pop legend Tina Turner has just announced that Adrienne Warren will be portraying her in “Tina the Musical” which starts  previews at the Aldwych Theatre next March; Warren’s previous credits include ‘Shuffle Along’ at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, for which she received a Tony nomination, ‘Bring it On the Musical; at St James Theatre, ‘Dreamgirls’ at the Apollo Theatre, which was followed by a National Tour, and ‘The Wiz’ at Encores City Centre. Following a third sell-out tour, “All Or Nothing – The Mod Musical”, based on the story of the Small Faces, will play a limited West End season at the Arts Theatre, London from 6 February to 11 March 2018 to coincide with the release of a 29-track cast recording, as well as a limited edition 15-track blue vinyl LP, available from venues hosting the show. “Madagascar” the Musical (based on the animated Dreamworks classic) is to tour the UK from next July starting at Wimbledon Theatre before moving on to Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Sunderland, Bridlington and Bristol. Hayley Tamaddon is to play  the lead role in the new tour of  “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, which starts at Richmond Theatre on 27th March next year and then plays Sunderland, Oxford, Torquay, Stoke and Wolverhampton. Casting has been announced for the new tour of “Jersey Boys” which kicks off in Birmingham on 16th December and tours throughout 2018 and currently set to finish in Southampton on 30th March 2019 – Michael Watson will be playing Frankie Valli, Simon Bailey will be Tommy De Vito, Declan Egan will be Bob Gaudio and Lewis Griffiths will be Nick Massi.  “Groundhog Day” is currently being revised with plans for a return to the West End with the addition of some new songs from Tim Minchin, and a re-writing Danny Rubin’s book. Producer Howard Panter has announced that The  Lincoln Center Theater’s production of “The King And I” starring  Kelli O’Hara  as Anna Leonowens and  Ken Watanabe as the King of Siam is heading to the  London Palladium next June for a limited 14-15 week run and that following the run in the UK he will take the show to Japan, Korea and Australia. 

October 9th – News Update

Producers of the Broadway-bound stage adaptation of Disney’s “Frozen” are  in the early stages of looking at  West End theatres for the musical with the Theatre Royal Drury Lane,  “of interest” for the show to re-open the theatre following extensive renovations through 2020. Alice Barlow and Michelle Gayle will be joining the cast of the tour of “Son of a Preacher Man” from the 16th January 2018 playing Kat and Alison, they will be taking over the roles from Debra Stephenson and Diana Vickers who are leaving the tour at the end of this year. Conor McPherson’s “Girl From the North Country”, which features the music of Bob Dylan will transfer to the Noël Coward Theatre from 11th January to 31st March with previews from 29th  December 2017. Musical theatre fans got their first glimpse of the UK and Ireland tour of Thom Southerland’s critically-acclaimed production of the multi award-winning Broadway show “Titanic The Musical” at a press launch at Southampton’s SeaCity museum where it will  begin its UK first tour; in the city where the RMS Titanic began its fateful maiden voyage. Michael Ockwell Chief Executive of Mayflower Theatre and co-producer announced that on the actual 106th anniversary of the sinking, on Saturday 14 April, the Mayflower will be holding a special evening performance commencing at 23.40, the time the ship actually hit the iceberg and the final curtain falling at the exact time the Titanic sank beneath the waves. The cast has been revealed for the European premiere of Little Women The Musical when it comes to Manchester this Autumn. “Little Women” will be staged at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre opening on Thursday 9 November and running to Saturday 9 December, marking the first time that the Broadway musical can be seen in Europe – another first for the continuing successful collaboration team of Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment and Joseph Houston and William Whelton of Hope Mill Theatre. Following a triumphant premiere as part of the Theatre’s 250th Anniversary season, Bristol Old Vic has announced the long awaited news that “The Grinning Man” will transfer to the West End for a run in Studio 1 at Trafalgar Studios beginning on Tuesday 5 December.

October News Stories

“Barnum” the musical playing at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 5th December will star Marcus Brigstocke as Phineas T Barnum, Laura Pitt-Pulford as his wife Charity (Chairy) Barnum and Celinde Schoenmaker as Jenny Lind with Tupele Dorgu as Joice Heth and Harry Francis as Tom Thumb. The London revival of British musical “When Midnight Strikes” runs from 17 October until 12 November with a press night on 24 October at the Drayton Arms in South Kensington, the production will star Simon Burr, Elizabeth Chadwick, Ellie Nunn, Victoria George, Stephinie Lyse, James Dangerfield, Marcia Sommerford, Georgina Nicholas, Marc Kelly, Matthew Boyd, Andrew Truluck and Victoria Waddington. The closing date of An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre has been brought forward from the end of April to Saturday 6 January 2018, ahead of an international tour that will take in Australia and Japan. Claire Sweeney is to take over from Caroline Flack in the touring production of Crazy for You, she will play the part of Irene in the musical from January 16, alongside continuing cast members Tom Chambers and Charlotte Wakefield. Casting has been announced for The Mill at Sonning’s Christmas production of Lerner and Loewe’s timeless My Fair Lady which will play the festive season at the distinctive Thames-side venue from 23 November until 27 January 2018, with Bethan Nash taking on the iconic role of flower girl Eliza Doolittle opposite Martin Fisher as the man who changes her life, Professor Higgins. Shuki Levy and David Goldsmith’s Imagine This will return to London next month, nearly a decade after its first performance in the West End, this production, will play the Union Theatre from 25 October until 18 November. Adam Penford’s first season as artistic director of the Nottingham Playhouse autumn season will see a new production of hit Broadway musical Sweet Charity, directed by Bill Buckhurst and featuring choreography from Alistair David, starring Marc Elliott, it will run from 31 August to 22 September 2018.

Latest News 26 September

Claire Sweeney is to take over from Caroline Flack in the touring production of Crazy for You, she will play the part of Irene in the musical from January 16, alongside continuing cast members Tom Chambers and Charlotte Wakefield. Casting has been announced for The Mill at Sonning’s Christmas production of Lerner and Loewe’s timeless My Fair Lady which will play the festive season at the distinctive Thames-side venue from 23 November until 27 January 2018, with Bethan Nash taking on the iconic role of flower girl Eliza Doolittle opposite Martin Fisher as the man who changes her life, Professor Higgins. Shuki Levy and David Goldsmith’s Imagine This will return to London next month, nearly a decade after its first performance in the West End, this production, will play the Union Theatre from 25 October until 18 November. Adam Penford’s first season as artistic director of the Nottingham Playhouse autumn season will see a new production of hit Broadway musical Sweet Charity, directed by Bill Buckhurst and featuring choreography from Alistair David, starring Marc Elliott, it will run from 31 August to 22 September 2018. Marianne Elliott is to direct COMPANY, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical comedy about life, love and marriage. Patti LuPone is to  star as Joanne’ opposite Rosalie Craig as Bobbi   when it hits the West End opening at the Gielgud Theatre on 26th September 2018 for a limited run. Alain Boublil’s new musical “Manhattan Parisienne”, will receive work-in-progress performances at The Other Palace between 10 October and 21 October, the new work follows two struggling artists – a French singer and actress and a Manhattan musician – as they embark on a journey through New York. Excerpts from songs by Jacques Brel, George and Ira Gershwin and Michel Legrand are included in the piece. Glam-rock musical “Rock of Ages” is set to return to the stage next year with a new UK tour looking likely. The first London revival of the musical version of the Fritz Lang movie “Metropolis” takes place at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre from 10-29 October starring Rob Heron, Miiya Alexandra, Gareth James, Kitty Whitelaw, Michael Levi, Alex Ely and Marc Mackinnon. “TINA – The Tina Turner Musical” will open in London on 21st March 2018 at the Aldwych Theatre.

This week’s British News – 19th September 2017

Alain Boublil’s new musical “Manhattan Parisienne”, will receive work-in-progress performances at The Other Palace between 10 October and 21 October, the new work follows two struggling artists – a French singer and actress and a Manhattan musician – as they embark on a journey through New York. Excerpts from songs by Jacques Brel, George and Ira Gershwin and Michel Legrand are included in the piece. Glam-rock musical “Rock of Ages” is set to return to the stage next year with a new UK tour looking likely. The first London revival of the musical version of the Fritz Lang movie “Metropolis” takes place at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre from 10-29 October starring Rob Heron, Miiya Alexandra, Gareth James, Kitty Whitelaw, Michael Levi, Alex Ely and Marc Mackinnon. “TINA – The Tina Turner Musical” will open in London on 21st March 2018 at the Aldwych Theatre. Clare Burt has just been announced to star as Sandra Bloom’alongside the previously announced Kelsey Grammer as ‘Edward Bloom’ in a new production of John August and Andrew Lippa’s “BIG FISH THE MUSICAL” which is directed by Nigel Harman, and will play at The Other Palace from Wednesday 1 November 2017 – Sunday 31 December 2017. Acclaimed Australian musical theatre star Anna O’Byrne will return to the London stage in November to star in the first revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony and Olivier-nominated musical “The Woman in White”, directed by the venue’s artistic director Thom Southerland, the production will also feature Chris Peluso, who appeared in the theatre’s European premiere production of Death Takes a Holiday and recently starred opposite Sheridan Smith in the touring production of Funny Girl and Carolyn Maitland (Ghost, Cabaret), Ashley Stillburn (Death Takes a Holiday, The Phantom of the Opera), Greg Castiglioni (Titanic, Fiddler On the Roof), and Sophie Reeves (Les Misérables). Based on the ’80s cartoon, Bananaman the Musical will have its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse from 4th to 20th January 2018, with previews from 15th December 2017, written and composed by Leon Parris (Wolfboy, Monte Cristo), the musical will be directed by Mark Perry (A Comedy of Arias, Little Shop of Horrors). The new tour of Shrek the Musical is again being directed by Nigel Harman and will  star Steffan Harri (Les Miserables) in the title role of the Ogre  with  Laura Main as Princess Fiona – (but due to filming commitments only at certain locations) – Marcus Ayton (The Rat Pack Live) as Donkey and Samuel Holmes (The Wedding Singer, Mrs Henderson Presents) as Lord Farquaad.

LATEST NEWS – 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017

“TINA – The Tina Turner Musical” will open in London on 21st March 2018 at the Aldwych Theatre. Clare Burt has just been announced to star as Sandra Bloom’alongside the previously announced Kelsey Grammer as ‘Edward Bloom’ in a new production of John August and Andrew Lippa’s “BIG FISH THE MUSICAL” which is directed by Nigel Harman, and will play at The Other Palace from Wednesday 1 November 2017 – Sunday 31 December 2017. Acclaimed Australian musical theatre star Anna O’Byrne will return to the London stage in November to star in the first revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony and Olivier-nominated musical “The Woman in White”, directed by the venue’s artistic director Thom Southerland, the production will also feature Chris Peluso, who appeared in the theatre’s European premiere production of Death Takes a Holiday and recently starred opposite Sheridan Smith in the touring production of Funny Girl and Carolyn Maitland (Ghost, Cabaret), Ashley Stillburn (Death Takes a Holiday, The Phantom of the Opera), Greg Castiglioni (Titanic, Fiddler On the Roof), and Sophie Reeves (Les Misérables). Based on the ’80s cartoon, Bananaman the Musical will have its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse from 4th to 20th January 2018, with previews from 15th December 2017, written and composed by Leon Parris (Wolfboy, Monte Cristo), the musical will be directed by Mark Perry (A Comedy of Arias, Little Shop of Horrors). The new tour of Shrek the Musical is again being directed by Nigel Harman and will  star Steffan Harri (Les Miserables) in the title role of the Ogre  with  Laura Main as Princess Fiona – (but due to filming commitments only at certain locations) – Marcus Ayton (The Rat Pack Live) as Donkey and Samuel Holmes (The Wedding Singer, Mrs Henderson Presents) as Lord Farquaad. Leslie Bricusse announces “Sunday Dallas”, a big musical, for London world premiere in 2019. His “Doctor Dolittle” is set for a West End revival next summer, utilising the puppetry skills of the ‘War Horse’ team. Emma Rice’s musical “Romantics Anonymous” runs at Shakespeare’s Globe from 27th  October to 6th January with previews from 20th  October, starring Carly Bawden, Dominic Marsh, Joanna Riding, Marc Antolin, Gareth Snook and Natasha Jayetileke. “Strictly Ballroom”, the Baz Luhrman musical take on his movie got the Drew McOnie treatment at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for a short run last Christmas and during the year had a try-out in Toronto; now after more work it is coming back to the UK and will open in London at the Piccadilly Theatre in March.

News Update – September 12th

Based on the ’80s cartoon, Bananaman the Musical will have its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse from 4th to 20th January 2018, with previews from 15th December 2017, written and composed by Leon Parris (Wolfboy, Monte Cristo), the musical will be directed by Mark Perry (A Comedy of Arias, Little Shop of Horrors). The new tour of Shrek the Musical is again being directed by Nigel Harman and will  star Steffan Harri (Les Miserables) in the title role of the Ogre  with  Laura Main as Princess Fiona – (but due to filming commitments only at certain locations) – Marcus Ayton (The Rat Pack Live) as Donkey and Samuel Holmes (The Wedding Singer, Mrs Henderson Presents) as Lord Farquaad. Leslie Bricusse announces “Sunday Dallas”, a big musical, for London world premiere in 2019. His “Doctor Dolittle” is set for a West End revival next summer, utilising the puppetry skills of the ‘War Horse’ team. Emma Rice’s musical “Romantics Anonymous” runs at Shakespeare’s Globe from 27th  October to 6th January with previews from 20th  October, starring Carly Bawden, Dominic Marsh, Joanna Riding, Marc Antolin, Gareth Snook and Natasha Jayetileke. “Strictly Ballroom”, the Baz Luhrman musical take on his movie got the Drew McOnie treatment at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for a short run last Christmas and during the year had a try-out in Toronto; now after more work it is coming back to the UK and will open in London at the Piccadilly Theatre in March. Charlie Stemp has pocketed his half a sixpence and will set off to Broadway where he will be part of the recast of “Hello Dolly!” replacing Taylor Trensch as Barnaby Tucker joining Victor Garber and Bernadette Peters. The London production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” will open two weeks later than originally planned on 21st  December  rescheduling 16 performances, totally down to the complexities of the theatre reconstruction. Olivier Award-winning cabaret troupe “La Soirée” will have its West End debut this winter at the Aldwych Theatre from 24 November. Bernadette Peters is set to takeover as Dolly Levi when Bette Midler leaves “Hello Dolly” in the New Year. “An American In Paris” has announced a three month extension to its booking period, the show is now scheduled to run through to the end of April, 2018.

The Latest News This Weekend

Leslie Bricusse announces “Sunday Dallas”, a big musical, for London world premiere in 2019. His “Doctor Dolittle” is set for a West End revival next summer, utilising the puppetry skills of the ‘War Horse’ team. Emma Rice’s musical “Romantics Anonymous” runs at Shakespeare’s Globe from 27th  October to 6th January with previews from 20th  October, starring Carly Bawden, Dominic Marsh, Joanna Riding, Marc Antolin, Gareth Snook and Natasha Jayetileke. “Strictly Ballroom”, the Baz Luhrman musical take on his movie got the Drew McOnie treatment at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for a short run last Christmas and during the year had a try-out in Toronto; now after more work it is coming back to the UK and will open in London at the Piccadilly Theatre in March. Charlie Stemp has pocketed his half a sixpence and will set off to Broadway where he will be part of the recast of “Hello Dolly!” replacing Taylor Trensch as Barnaby Tucker joining Victor Garber and Bernadette Peters. The London production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” will open two weeks later than originally planned on 21st  December  rescheduling 16 performances, totally down to the complexities of the theatre reconstruction. Olivier Award-winning cabaret troupe “La Soirée” will have its West End debut this winter at the Aldwych Theatre from 24 November. Bernadette Peters is set to takeover as Dolly Levi when Bette Midler leaves “Hello Dolly” in the New Year. “An American In Paris” has announced a three month extension to its booking period, the show is now scheduled to run through to the end of April, 2018. It had to happen…after “Dirty Dancing” prepare yourselves for the UK premiere at Leicester Curve  of a new musical “An Officer and a Gentleman” based on the 1982 Oscar winning film which has been adapted directly from the film and created in collaboration with original screenwriter Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen who wrote  the book (Need to point out that this is a completely new show and has nothing to do with the 2012 disastrous Australian production). “A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)” at the Pleasance Courtyard has won Musical Theatre Review’s inaugural Best Musical Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

NEWS HEADLINES – 4th September

Bernadette Peters is set to takeover as Dolly Levi when Bette Midler leaves “Hello Dolly” in the New Year. “An American In Paris” has announced a three month extension to its booking period, the show is now scheduled to run through to the end of April, 2018. It had to happen…after “Dirty Dancing” prepare yourselves for the UK premiere at Leicester Curve  of a new musical “An Officer and a Gentleman” based on the 1982 Oscar winning film which has been adapted directly from the film and created in collaboration with original screenwriter Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen who wrote  the book (Need to point out that this is a completely new show and has nothing to do with the 2012 disastrous Australian production). “A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)” at the Pleasance Courtyard has won Musical Theatre Review’s inaugural Best Musical Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. “9 to 5 The Musical” continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 1 October. London entertainment hub Live At Zédel will follow up the success of “After You”, the venue’s first full-length musical with a series of musicals written by new writers produced specifically for the popular venue. BBC tv’s Casualty star Suzanne Packer will be heading home to Cardiff to take on a leading role in the premiere of “Tiger Bay” the Musical at Wales Millennium Centre this November, where she will join the previously announced West End and Broadway actor John Owen and former Hear’Say singer and musical theatre star, local boy Noel Sullivan. Screen and stage actress Susan Penhaligon will join Louise Redknapp and Will Young in the new nationwide tour of Rufus Norris’ acclaimed revival of “Cabaret”. The star-studded principal cast for this year’s London Palladium pantomime “Dick Whittington” is complete with the additions of Lukus Alexander and Emma Williams playing Alice Fitzwarrren and reuniting with her Half a Sixpence leading man Charlie Stemp who takes on the title role, Williams will be returning to the theatre where she made her West End debut in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.