London Theatre News
by Best of Theatre Staff - Friday 24 March 2017, 11:22 am - West End News & Gossip
A brand new production of Ira Levin’s Tony-nominated classic thriller Deathtrap will embark on a 12-week national tour for the first time in 20 years, opening September 2017, with press night at the Theatre Royal Brighton on Thursday 14 September.
The production will star Paul Bradley (Holby City and EastEnders) in the role of Sidney Bruhl and BAFTA nominee Jessie Wallace (EastEnders and Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be) as Myra Bruhl.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Wednesday 15 March 2017, 11:30 am
As part of the Finborough Theatre’s celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday, Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill, “the hottest name in Canadian theatre”, will debut his play, Late Company, at the Finborough Theatre, for a strictly limited season from 25 April – 20 May 2017, with press nights on 27 April/28 April.
The full cast for Late Company are: Todd Boyce (Michael), David Leopold (Curtis), Alex Lowe (Bill), Lucy Robinson (Debora) and Lisa Stevenson (Tamara).
This production will be directed by Michael Yale, with set and costumes by Zahra Mansouri, lighting by Nic Farman and sound by Chris Prosho.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Sunday 19 February 2017, 8:10 pm - WhatsOnStage Awards
Gary Barlow and Tim Firth triumphed tonight, Sunday 19 February 2017, ahead of the opening of their musical THE GIRLS in London’s West End on Tuesday 21 February. At an awards ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre, they won the prestigious WhatsOnStage Award for Best Regional Production. Gary and Tim and the original Calendar Girls were given a rapturous reception from an audience made up of stars from all the West End shows after Gary, Tim and Joanna Riding performed Scarborough, a song from their musical.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Thursday 16 February 2017, 9:42 am - Cast Changes and Announcements
Multi award-winning comedy writer, actor and author Miranda Hart, will make her West End Theatre debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie opening in the West End in May 2017. Previews at the Piccadilly Theatre will begin on 23 May 2017 with opening night on 5 June 2017. The production, directed by Nikolai Foster, will be produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian. Further casting will be announced shortly.
by Kate Goldstone - Wednesday 15 February 2017, 9:58 am - Top London Shows
Now and again our top 12 West End shows list reveals a strong pattern. This is one of those times, and this time around it's a list of theatreland classics, some of the best loved favourites in town, legends in their own lifetime. Here they are, every one designed to put a spring in your step and perfect for this time of year. If you're planning to visit London's theatre district in the next few weeks, these exceptional shows are all on the cards and we sell quality tickets at great prices. What more can you want?
by Best of Theatre Staff - Thursday 9 February 2017, 3:28 pm - Upcoming and New Shows
Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - the new comedy musical based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit movie - will open in the West End on Thursday 28 September at the Garrick Theatre (Press Night: Tuesday 10 October). Tickets go on-sale tomorrow, Friday 10 February.
The production will open for a pre West End season at the Theatre Royal Newcastle from Saturday 26 August to Saturday 9 September.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Friday 3 February 2017, 11:47 am - Cast Changes and Announcements
Theatre6 and Catherine Schreiber are delighted to announce further casting for the UK Tour of Moira Buffini’s Gabriel, which opens in London at Richmond Theatre on Tuesday 28 March 2017, with a national press night on Friday 31 March 2017. This will be the 20th anniversary production of Gabriel and is only the second professional production since it was first staged at the Soho Theatre in 1997.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Friday 3 February 2017, 9:50 am - Cast Changes and Announcements
Joining the previously announced David Tennant who plays the title role, Adrian Scarborough as Stan and Gawn Grainger as Louis are Theo Barklem-Biggs (Pete), Mark Ebulué (Aloysius), Mark Extance (ensemble), David Jonsson (Col), Dominique Moore (Lottie), Emma Naomi (ensemble), Alice Orr-Ewing (Mattie and Ruby), Himesh Patel (Vagabond), Adrian Richards (ensemble), William Spray (ensemble), Danielle Vitalis (Elvira) and Eleanor Wyld (Dalia) who complete the cast for Patrick Marber’s Don Juan in Soho.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Wednesday 1 February 2017, 1:34 pm - West End News & Gossip
Due to an illness within the producer’s family and overwhelming unexpected circumstances, SLEEPLESS The Musical has been postponed. The producer hopes to have further news of the future of the production next year.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Friday 20 January 2017, 9:53 am - Cast Changes and Announcements
Nicholas Lyndhurst (Star Keeper) joins the previously announced Alfie Boe (Billy Bigelow) and Katherine Jenkins (Julie Jordan) in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the third production in the partnership between The GradeLinnit Company and English National Opera (ENO).
by Kate Goldstone - Wednesday 11 January 2017, 6:30 pm - Top London Shows
Welcome to 2017, a brand new year tipped to be one of the best ever in London's theatreland. Christmas was a wonderful thing to behold, with thousands of happy revellers flocking to the capital for a seasonal treat. The West End was full of drama and comedy, heartbreak, laughter and music, and we experienced enormous ticket sales for the full range of show types. Now we're taking 2017 by storm. Here are the top 12 shows our customers loved best last month.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Monday 9 January 2017, 2:35 pm - West End News & Gossip
Having recently twice smashed the house record at the New London Theatre, today, 9 January 2017, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End production of School of Rock - The Musical announces the show is extending booking for a second time since its official opening. Tickets are now available to 28 May 2017.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Thursday 5 January 2017, 10:50 am - Cast Changes and Announcements
Children’s Touring Partnership is delighted to announce the full cast for the first UK Tour of Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo in an adaptation by Samuel Adamson, beginning at Chichester Festival Theatre on 10 February 2017.
The lead role of Lilly will be shared by three young actresses, Jemima Bennett, India Brown and Annika Whiston. Dad/Red Bandana will be played by Kazeem Toisin Amore, Grandma by Liz Crowther, Mahout/Kaya by Stephen Hoo. Dr Geraldine by Corinna Powlesland, Mr Anthony by Jack Sandle and Mum will be played by Balvinder Sopal.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Friday 30 December 2016, 11:17 am - Theatreland News
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock - The Musical last week smashed box office records on both sides of the Atlantic. In the West End the production has broken the box office record at the 1000 seat New London Theatre (previously held by War Horse) and on Broadway, where the show is now in its second year, the production smashed its own house record at the Winter Garden Theatre. Both productions are set to break their own records again later this week.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Friday 23 December 2016, 10:43 am - Upcoming and New Shows
Qdos Entertainment today announces they will return to the London Palladium over the Festive Season in 2017 with Dick Whittington.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Monday 19 December 2016, 10:36 am - Cast Changes and Announcements
Fresh from the Final of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Danny Mac and West End leading lady Carley Stenson, will be playing the roles of Sam and Annie in the world premiere of SLEEPLESS the Musical based on the Tristar Pictures Inc. film Sleepless in Seattle. The new musical has a book by Michael Burdett, music by Robert Scott and lyrics by Brendan Cull.
by Kate Goldstone - Thursday 15 December 2016, 4:22 pm - Top London Shows
You turn your back for a minute and suddenly it's Christmas! No wonder we've been so busy. It feels like the whole world is looking for great value West End theatre tickets right now, as countless thousands of theatre lovers flock to the capital for a seasonal treat. Here are the shows our customers bought the most tickets for during November, revealing what's hottest for the coming festive season. Jingle those bells!
by Best of Theatre Staff - Thursday 8 December 2016, 10:46 am - Cast Changes and Announcements
Aria Entertainment and Music & Lyrics Limited are delighted to announce the full cast for the UK and Ireland tour of the musical comedy, The Addams Family.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Friday 25 November 2016, 10:09 am - Cast Changes and Announcements
Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins will star for the first time together in the West End as Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the third production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company.
Lonny Price will direct the strictly limited run of 41 performances at ENO’s London Coliseum. Beginning on 7 April 2017, with press night on 11 April 2017 at 7pm, the final performance in this strictly limited five week run takes place on 13 May 2017. ENO award-winning 40-piece orchestra and chorus will accompany the cast in this semi-staged production. Further casting will be announced shortly.
by Best of Theatre Staff - Monday 21 November 2016, 10:09 am - Upcoming and New Shows
FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL returns to the UK for the first time since 2011, and will arrive at Glasgow King’s Theatre on 31 July 2017 to start a UK tour, finishing in Milton Keynes on 21 July 2018.
Prepare to be blown away with an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score, including the smash hits "Maniac", “Manhunt”, "Gloria", “I Love Rock & Roll” and the award winning title track "Flashdance - What a Feeling".