First News In December

  • “The Sound of Music” – a new tour of Bill Kenwright’s production opens at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin on 19th December with Lucy O’Byrne as Maria and Neil McDermott as Captain von Trapp.
  • Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 – view the full list of winners –https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2017/ferryman-triumphs-london-evening-standard-theatre-awards/
  • “White Christmas” – a brand new adaptation of Irving Berlin’s festive favourite will be the 2018 christmas musical at Leicester’s Curve working in partnership with Jamie Wilson and his team with the expectation that it will be seen around the UK for many Christmases to come.
  • “Hamilton” – theatregoers can apply for a maximum of two £10 lottery tickets each day via the Hamilton app or online. Each lottery opens at 4pm and closes at 2pm the following day. Within an hour of the lottery closing, winners will be notified via the app or by email.
  • “Bat Out Of Hell” – confirmation that the multi-award nominated musical will return to the West End opening at the Dominion Theatre on 2nd April 2018.
  • 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards – Nominations have been announced with Bat Out of Hell and 42nd Street each leading the shortlist with eight nominations, including Best Musical and Best Musical Revival respectively. The full list of nominations can be viewed at http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/whatsonstage-awards-nominations-18-annual-voting_45258.html . The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 25 February 2018 and public can buy tickets to attend the awards.
  • “Doctor Dolittle” – confirmation that the new stage adaptation of Leslie Bricusse’s film musical (he has distanced himself from the stage productions) will embark on a UK tour starting in Bromley next year, before touring to Salford, Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Hull, Aberdeen, Northampton, Nottingham, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Bradford, Dublin, Canterbury, Cardiff, Southampton, Blackpool and Birmingham, with further venues to be announced.
  • “The Little Match Girl” – opens at the London’s Tabard Theatre on 7 December, based on the Hans Christian Andersen story the musical tale will be directed by its composer Keith Strachan. First performed 40 years ago at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, the musical was famously adapted for television in 1986 in an HTV production that featured Twiggy and Roger Daltrey. The score includes the Ivor Novello Award-winning song ‘Mistletoe and Wine’ which went on to become a Christmas No.1 single for Cliff Richard in 1988.
  • “Finding My Voice” – the Tony Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Kathleen Turner is performing  her debut cabaret, at  The Other Palace for 3 weeks next Spring from 17th April-6th May.
  • “Rock of Ages” – a national tour of the musical  will open at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on 20 September 2018 and then visit Manchester Opera House (25-29 September), Wycombe Swan Theatre (2-6 October), Darlington Hippodrome (8-13 October), Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (16-20 October), Liverpool Empire Theatre (23-27 October), New Theatre, Cardiff (6-10 November), New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (13-17 November), Orchard Theatre, Dartford (20-25 November), and Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (26 November to 1 December).