December latest news

  • Leonard Bernstein – 25th August 2018 will mark the centenary of his birth – the BBC Proms will be celebrating with performances of two of his best known works to be led by John Wilson – “West Side Story” and “On The Town” will both be included in the Royal Albert Hall summer season.
  • “Dick Whittington” has been announced as the first pantomime that will play the newly refurbished Southampton Mayflower for the 2018-19 Christmas season with booking opening on Saturday 16th December 2017.
  • “Bat Out Of Hell” – Jim Steinman’s musical went on sale on Monday and has already broken box office records at London’s Dominion Theatre, taking £350,000 on the first day. It is currently running in Toronto until 7th January 2018. Andrew Polec, winner of the Joe Allen Best West End Debut in the Stage Debut Awards 2017, and Christina Bennington are looking to recreate their London lead roles.
  • QDOS censors its pantomimes – amid sexual harassment allegations within the theatre sector the producer of the UK’s biggest pantomimes is to remove a longstanding routine from its 30-plus shows. A routine based on an old Morecambe and Wise sketch – where a male character looks up a female performer’s skirt – has been removed from the company’s pantomimes; last Christmas it was in nearly every panto in the land, including the Palladium, and it got a massive laugh. This year it just feels wrong. Everybody is a little bit more mindful of that kind of thing a spokesman said.
  • “Teddy“ a revival of Tristan Bernays and Dougal Irvine’s musical which turns the clock back some 60 or so years to a postwar Elephant and Castle, is a game changer that pushes the integrated musical play forward and will run at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury from 11 January to 10 February, and then tour to Salford’s Lowry, Bury St Edmunds, NST Southampton, Chesterfield, Ipswich before opening at the Vaults, London.
  • “Blood Brothers” – Lyn Paul is to return to the role of Mrs Johnstone in the musical for the show’s 2018 tour. Paul performed the role in the final nights of the show’s run at the Phoenix Theatre in London. The tour includes return dates in Belfast, Edinburgh, Southampton and Manchester.
  • Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has backed plans for a £41 million development in the centre of the town that will include a 1,200-seat theatre, a civic centre, an underground car park, and new office space.
  • “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.