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London Theatre News for December 2010

Andrew Lloyd Webber to celebrate new year at London Palladium

Friday, 31 December 2010

Anyone heading to the West End tonight (December 31st 2010) may wish to look out for Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The theatre mogul is set to join in the new year festivities at the

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Avenue Q stars move to take on Ordinary Days

Friday, 31 December 2010

Two of the stars of the hit West End musical Avenue Q are to take on a new show in London next year.

Daniel Boys and Julie Atherton are to appear in Ordinary Boys at

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London theatre stars appear in New Year Honours list

Friday, 31 December 2010

Fans of London theatre may be pleased to see some familiar faces in the New Year Honours list announced today (December 31st 2010) by the palace.

Among the names are a host of stage performers, some of whom appeared in plays or musicals as..


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Love Never Dies alterations 'sharpen up the show'

Friday, 31 December 2010

The alterations made to Love Never Dies have helped to sharpen up what was already a very good show, according to one critic.

Charles Spencer of the Telegraph..


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Viewers see Matt Lucas taking a journey in Les Miserables

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Fans of Les Miserables were given a treat over the festive season thanks to a BBC programme showing Matt Lucas' role in the musical's 25th birthday..

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Those with London theatre tickets urged to check travel arrangements

Thursday, 30 December 2010

People with London theatre tickets for New Year's Eve have been urged to check their travel arrangements carefully in order to avoid missing any of the..

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The Lion King celebrates a milestone in New York

Thursday, 30 December 2010

The musical version of The Lion King in New York - which spawned the London production still running at the

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The Wizard of Oz 'has already sold £8.5m in London theatre tickets'

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Some £8.5 million worth of London theatre tickets have already been sold for the grand opening of The

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West End producers Children could be the future

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Continuing the trend for child-friendly shows in the West End could be the key to the future success of London theatres, it has been claimed.

A group of theatre producers have said that the recent increase in youngsters being taken to plays..


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London theatres 'made all things available to all comers'

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

London theatres have been praised by one critic for providing something for everyone during 2010.

Writing for the New York Times, Matt Wolf said the British stage "made available all things to all comers" over the past 12 months..


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War Horse given West End extension

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

People who have not yet seen War Horse may be pleased to know that it has been given an extension at the New..

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Dirty Dancing tickets now available for longer

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Dirty Dancing has extended its booking period in the West End due to continued high demand from theatregoers.

The musical will now be open at the

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Spider Man 'will probably not move to West End until 2012'

Friday, 24 December 2010

It has been suggested that Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark will not make it to London's West End until mid-2012 after being dogged by problems on Broadway.

According to the London Evening Standard, production sources have said the musical..


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Al Pacino 'seems to want to return to London theatre'

Friday, 24 December 2010

It has been claimed that Al Pacino is close to signing a deal that would see him return to London theatre next year.

According to the London Evening Standard, producers including Sir Cameron Mackintosh are persuading the veteran actor that..


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Wicked producers highlight best days to get London theatre tickets

Friday, 24 December 2010

The producers of Wicked have highlighted the best days to get London theatre tickets this festive season..

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Legally Blonde and After the Dance 'are 2010's best shows'

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Legally Blonde and the play After the Dance have been ranked as the best shows seen in the West End in 2010.

Matt Wolf of Broadway.com said he thought these..


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Four star review for new look Love Never Dies

Thursday, 23 December 2010

The new look version of Love Never Dies has received a four-star review from one impressed theatre critic.

David Lister of the Independent said the tweaks..


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Phantom of the Opera cellist 'could enter the record books'

Thursday, 23 December 2010

One of the cellists from Phantom of the Opera could enter the record books tonight (December 23rd 2010) as he plays his 10,000th performance in the long-running..

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Onassis posts closing notices

Thursday, 23 December 2010

The West End play Onassis has posted closing notices for the new year, it has been revealed.

According to Official London Theatre, the play will now shut its curtains for the last time at the

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Only a limited time left to get London theatre tickets for Birdsong

Thursday, 23 December 2010

London theatre tickets fans who still have not checked out Birdsong need to do so quickly if they want..

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Changes highlighted in Love Never Dies

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A theatre critic has been mulling over the changes made to Love Never Dies following the second press evening last night (December 21st 2010).

Michael Coveney..


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A Flea in Her Ear 'is an undiminished pleasure'

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Another positive review has been given for the farcical comedy A Flea in Her Ear, which is now showing at the Old Vic Theatre.

Writing for WhatsonStage.com, Michael..


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Children with London theatre tickets 'should be allowed to enjoy the show'

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A journalist has raised an interesting debate about children with London theatre tickets interacting with shows in the West End.

Writing for the Guardian, Natasha..


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People with London theatre tickets for Frankenstein to hear Underworld

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

People who buy London theatre tickets for the new West End version of Frankenstein will be able to take in the music of Underworld.

The dance duo have been brought..


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More safety measures have to be implemented for Broadway's Spider Man

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The potential London producers of Spider-Man the Musical may wish to take note after yet more safety measures had to be implemented in the show on Broadway.

On Monday (December 20th 2010), Christopher Tierney - who plays the superhero -..


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Not long left to get tickets for Flashdance!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

London theatre fans who still have not checked out Flashdance had better get their skates on.

There is now less than three weeks left in which to do so, with the..


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The Cherry Orchard to play two nights in London

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

The Noel Coward Theatre in London is set to host two performances of The Cherry Orchard in the new year by acclaimed Russian company Sovremennik Theatre.

Taking..


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London theatre critics to re review Love Never Dies tonight

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

London theatre critics are to be invited back to Love Never Dies tonight (December 21st 2010) in order to review it again following the implementation of some..

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We Will Rock You stars to hold charity concert

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Fans of We Will Rock You may wish to get hold of tickets to a special concert next year that aims to raise money for charity.

Anthems will be held at the Royal..


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A Flea in Her Ear 'is a brilliant night's entertainment'

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

A Flea in Her Ear has been highly recommended by a theatre critic who took in the show this week.

The author for the Londonist, referred to only as Zozo, said the play features as much festive fun as a panto thanks to its mania, farcical..


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London theatre critics 'should be able to talk about what performers look like'

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

A London theatre critic has argued that people who are paid to offer reviews of plays and musicals should be able to write what they like within reason, even if this makes reference to a performer's physical attributes.

Michael Coveney..


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London theatre tickets to be available for Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

It has been revealed that London theatre tickets are to be available for Showstopper! The Improvised Musical for a limited run next year.

The show will come to

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Former Coronation Street star to appear in Million Dollar Quartet

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

It has been announced that a former Coronation Street actor is to take one of the roles in the forthcoming musical Million Dollar Quartet.

Bill Ward, who may be recognisable to fans of the soap as love cheat Charlie Stubbs, will play the..


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Katherine Jenkins War Horse moved me to tears

Monday, 20 December 2010

Katherine Jenkins has revealed that she thoroughly enjoyed War Horse when she went to see it recently in London.

The soprano singer told the London Evening Standard..


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Young performer wins role in The Wizard of Oz

Monday, 20 December 2010

A young performer is celebrating after winning a role in the West End musical The Wizard of Oz.

Ava Merson-O'Brien, nine, impressed a panel of judges..


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Casting announced for West End musical Shoes

Monday, 20 December 2010

In good news for people who love footwear, the casting has been announced for the forthcoming musical Shoes.

The show will be arriving at the Peacock Theatre on February 8th 201,1 where it will stay until April 3rd following recent success..


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War Horse author given award for contribution to rural life

Monday, 20 December 2010

Michael Morpurgo, the children's author who wrote War Horse, has been given an award for his contributions to rural life.

The writer is now the proud owner of the..


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London theatre tickets for A Flea in Her Ear 'are a treat'

Monday, 20 December 2010

Getting London theatre tickets for A Flea in Her Ear has been recommended by one critic who went to see it this week.

Marion Marples, writing for community website..


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Reality TV winner enjoys appearing in Dirty Dancing

Monday, 20 December 2010

The winner of a reality TV show has been speaking of her delight at appearing in the lead role in Dirty Dancing in London.

Charlie Bruce, 20, had been an understudy..


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Olivia Williams starts to prepare for Vaudeville Theatre debut

Friday, 17 December 2010

Olivia Williams has said she has already started to prepare for her debut in the new play In A Forest Dark and Deep, which opens at the Vaudeville Theatre in March..

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Camilla Parker Bowles meets War Horse puppet

Friday, 17 December 2010

The Duchess of Cornwall met the puppet and the actors behind the West End play War Horse this week.

She was attending the London International Horse Show as patron of..


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Alan Cumming to appear in West End for one night only

Friday, 17 December 2010

Hollywood actor Alan Cumming is to make a return to the West End in a special one-off concert.

The X Men actor will head to the Garrick Theatre on January 30th 2011 to..


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London theatre tickets buyers at Love Never Dies sure to feel festive spirit

Friday, 17 December 2010

Anyone who has bought London theatre tickets for Love Never Dies may feel plenty of Christmas..

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Susan McFadden to take on lead role in Legally Blonde

Friday, 17 December 2010

It has been announced that Susan McFadden will take over the lead role in Legally Blonde from Sheridan Smith in January 2011.

The Irish actress is to play Elle..


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Suzanne Shaw I'd love to be in Wicked

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Emmerdale actress Suzanne Shaw has revealed she would love to return to the West End at some point in the future, with Wicked high on her list of ideal shows.

The former..


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Legally Blonde and Love Never Dies 'were part of 2010's theatre highlights'

Thursday, 16 December 2010

A theatre critic has rated the openings of Legally Blonde and Love Never Dies among the..

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Judi Dench voted best stage actor ever

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Dame Judi Dench has topped a poll carried out to find the best stage actor of all time.

The performer - who has appeared in shows such as The Royal Family and The Breath of Life during her distinguished career - received 21.5 per cent of..


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People 'should enjoy London theatre tickets for sweet family shows'

Thursday, 16 December 2010

A writer has encouraged families to buy London theatre tickets for sweet-natured family shows and enjoy them this festive season.

Vanessa Thorpe of the Guardian..


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A Flea in Her Ear 'is blissfully funny'

Thursday, 16 December 2010

A theatre critic has given an excellent review for A Flea in Her Ear, which opened at the Old Vic Theatre earlier this week.

Writing for the Independent, Paul Taylor said..


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Theatre groups taking part in Billy Youth Theatre 2011 announced

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

The schools and theatre groups taking part in an initiative organised by the producers of Billy Elliot the Musical have been announced.

Billy Youth Theatre 2011..


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Rehearsals begin for The Wizard of Oz

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

It has been revealed that rehearsals for The Wizard of Oz began this week ahead of its opening at the

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Les Miserables actors help to raise money for armed forces

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Four actors associated with Les Miserables are helping to raise money for British troops thanks to a new charity single.

The version of Bring Him Home that was..


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Tim Minchin's Matilda to transfer to West End soon?

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Individuals looking for London theatre tickets might want to keep an eye out for the RSC's new adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda.

Currently running at..


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London theatre tickets recommended for Love Story

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Anyone buying London theatre tickets for Love Story may be pleased to know it has been described as "restrained and genuine" by one publication.

The..


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Theatre pupils impress cast of Legally Blonde

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

A group of theatre studies pupils have impressed the London cast of Legally Blonde after recording a version of one of the show's songs.

Members of the Fusion..


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Kristen Bell spotted enjoying Birdsong in London

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Kristen Bell has been spotted taking in a spot of London theatre during her time in the UK.

The Veronica Mars actress is in town for the premiere of new movie Burlesque and headed to the

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Lauren Samuels Being in Grease is still really exciting

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

West End actress Lauren Samuels has said she really loves starring as Sandy in the West End production of Grease.

The former Over the Rainbow contestant, who came third in..


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People with London theatre tickets 'should leave Blackberries at home'

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

A theatre critic has argued that anyone who buys London theatre tickets for a play or musical should leave their Blackberry at home, or at least switch it..

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Theatre 'is enjoying a golden age'

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

A theatre expert has said he thinks that the industry is enjoying a golden age, despite the global economic downturn.

Writing for the Independent, Howard Panter, the manager of the Ambassador Theatre Group, said that theatres have not been..


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London theatre tickets for Ghost Stories now available for longer

Monday, 13 December 2010

London theatre tickets for the spooky play Ghost Stories will now be available for longer after..

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Sale of Andrew Lloyd Webber's theatres falls through

Monday, 13 December 2010

The sale of four West End theatres by Andrew Lloyd Webber has fallen through after he failed to agree a deal, it has been revealed.

His Really Useful Group had agreed in October 2010 to sell the Palace, Her Majesty's, the Cambridge and..


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New burlesque show to open at West End's Garrick Theatre

Monday, 13 December 2010

A new burlesque show is to open next year at the Garrick Theatre, fans of dance may be interested to hear.

The Hurly Burly Show is to transfer from the

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Not long left to get tickets for Yes, Prime Minister

Monday, 13 December 2010

London theatre fans have been reminded that there is not long left in which to get tickets for Yes, Prime Minister at the Gielgud Theatre.

It was announced last month..


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Critic gives four star review for Love Story

Monday, 13 December 2010

Another positive review has been given for Love Story, anyone thinking of going to see it soon may be interested to know.

Writing for the Express, Mark Shenton said he totally fell for the show when he went to see it this weekend at the

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Critic enjoys talk by Birdsong cast and producers

Friday, 10 December 2010

A theatre critic has said he enjoyed a talk by the people behind West End play Birdsong, which took place this week.

Writing for WhatsonStage.com, Michael Coveney..


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Should previews of plays and musicals be abandoned?

Friday, 10 December 2010

A theatre expert has sparked a debate over whether or not previews for London plays and musicals should be kept or abandoned.

Mark Shenton of the Stage said it is common practice these days for productions to open to paying customers days..


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Not long left to get London theatre tickets for Deathtrap!

Friday, 10 December 2010

Anyone who wants to get London theatre tickets for Deathtrap has been reminded that there is not long..

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David Jason and Billie Piper 'are being pursued for Pygmalion'

Friday, 10 December 2010

Individuals looking for London theatre tickets to the best shows in town might be tempted to head to the West End in the New Year if rumours regarding a new production of..

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Love Story 'is polished and pleasing'

Friday, 10 December 2010

Anyone hoping to find London theatre tickets for a polished and pleasing night out might like to take a trip to the

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Denise Van Outen Legally Blonde is the perfect job for me

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Denise Van Outen has said she couldn't be happier with her role in Legally Blonde, because it is the perfect job for her as a mother.

The performer told..


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Not long left to get London theatre tickets for Oliver!, fans reminded

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Anyone who has not yet had the chance to catch Oliver! in the West End or simply wants to see it again has been reminded that there is not long left in which to get

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Irish performer gets chance to become Phantom of the Opera

Thursday, 9 December 2010

A performer originally from Ireland got the chance to shine in The Phantom of the Opera this week after stepping in as the understudy.

Brian McCann told the..


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Grease 'will leave you full of nostalgia'

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Musical lovers have been reminded of the charm and catchy tunes of the worldwide smash hit Grease, which one writer named in his all-time top ten and hailed as a classic of its..

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Performances and melodies make Love Story satisfying and sad

Thursday, 9 December 2010

The stage adaptation of Erich Segal's Love Story - which was turned into a successful film 40 years ago - has continued to wow the critics in London's theatreland, with one praising the quality of its songs.

A recent article on..


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S Club 7 star to join Jersey Boys

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Jon Lee, one of the former members of pop group S Club 7, is to join Jersey Boys next year, it has been revealed.

The performer will share the lead role of Frankie..


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Quirky titled musical to make West End debut?

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

It has been reported that a musical with a quirky name could be set to make its West End debut after achieving success on Broadway.

[Title of Show] is a four-person production that was originally created for the 2004 New York Musical..


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Edinburgh wannabes hope to soon be selling Thriller Live London theatre tickets

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Two performers hope people will soon be buying London theatre tickets to see them in Thriller -..

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London theatre shows to open up special offers in New Year

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Some of London's top theatre shows have unveiled a series of special offers as part of a new initiative aimed at enticing visitors to the West End in the New Year, with prices cut for more than 50 productions.

The Get Into London..


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Love Story 'is elegant, tasteful and thoroughly rewarding'

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Howard Goodall and Stephen Clark's adaptation of Erich Segal's 1970 novel Love Story has earned fulsome praise from one critic, who implied that it is an improvement on the film.

Writing in the Hollywood Reporter, Ray Bennett..


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Love Story 'features much to be commended'

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The new West End adaptation of Love Story has been praised by a critic who went to see it on its opening night yesterday evening (December 6th 2010).

Paul Vale of the Stage said he enjoyed the play and found it to be cleverly..


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Sir Patrick Stewart West End productions are vital

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Sir Patrick Stewart has spoken out against the government's decision to cut funding for the arts, insisting that West End shows are vital for the economy.

In an interview with the Independent, the thespian said he does not think the..


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Tracie Bennett I've been preparing for Rainbow role all my life

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Tracie Bennett has said she is thrilled to be starring in End of the Rainbow, as it is something she feels she has been preparing for all her life.

The performer told the Express she is really enjoying appearing as Judy Garland at the

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London theatre tickets for Billy Elliot now available for longer

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Anyone who has not yet seen Billy Elliot the Musical may be pleased to know that London theatre..

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Could American Psycho musical come to London?

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Fans of London musicals could soon be watching a show based on American Psycho, if it proves to be a success on Broadway.

Producers David Johnson, Jesse Singer, Nate Bolotin and Aaron Ray have been developing a stage show adapted from the..


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Nominees announced for WhatsonStage.com Awards

Monday, 6 December 2010

The nominees have been announced for the WhatsonStage.com Awards, which are voted for by members of the public.

A shortlist was revealed on Friday (December 3rd 2010) night at the Cafe de Paris and read like a veritable who's who of..


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Critics react well ahead of Love Never Dies grand relaunch

Monday, 6 December 2010

Andrew Lloyd Webber is hoping that a grand relaunch of Love Never Dies will help critics and audiences to fall for it in the same way they did

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Love Story opens at the Duchess Theatre tonight

Monday, 6 December 2010

Anyone with tickets to Love Story is no doubt looking forward to its official opening at the Duchess Theatre tonight (December 6th 2010).

The play is based on the..


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London theatre tickets fans should look out for big screen Enron

Monday, 6 December 2010

Those who bought London theatre tickets for Enron when it was in the West End may wish to look out for the big screen version.

According to the Observer, George..


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Spider Man actor 'has been chosen for London'

Friday, 3 December 2010

The actor who would play Spider-Man has been chosen in anticipation of the musical coming to London, it has been claimed.

Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail stated that Matthew James Thomas flew over to New York last year to audition for the..


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Al Pacino could appear in London's West End next year

Friday, 3 December 2010

Fans of Al Pacino may be pleased to know that he could be coming to London's West End next year.

According to Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail, the actor is in talks to play Shylock in The Merchant of Venice in the UK again after..


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London theatre tickets raise money for equine charities

Friday, 3 December 2010

London theatre tickets bought for War Horse in November 2010 helped to raise money for a number of..

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo set for West End run?

Thursday, 2 December 2010

It has been suggested that theatre fans may soon be able to watch a West End adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The first of Stieg Larsson's Millennium novels is set to make its stage premiere in Copenhagen this weekend and..


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Sarah Lancashire 'thrilled' to be in Betty Blue Eyes

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Actress Sarah Lancashire has said she is very excited about appearing in the new musical Betty Blue Eyes next year.

The production will be Sir Cameron Mackintosh's first in a decade and is an adaptation of the 1984 film A Private..


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Critic recommends London theatre tickets for The Rivals

Thursday, 2 December 2010

A critic has recommended buying London theatre tickets for The Rivals to people who enjoy..

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Wicked announces new company from next February

Thursday, 2 December 2010

It has been revealed that the musical Wicked is to welcome an almost entirely new cast as of February 2011.

Mark Evans as Fiyero was announced last month as a replacement..


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Glee cast to head to West End's Deathtrap?

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

It has been reported that the cast of TV's Glee could be heading to the West End soon in order to watch Deathtrap at the

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Cynthia Nixon's West End stint 'has been cancelled'

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Cynthia Nixon's planned move to the West End has been cancelled due to financing problems, it has been reported.

According to the Daily Mail, As Bees in Honey Drown was due to start rehearsals in three weeks, but cashflow issues mean..


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Geri Halliwell to take inspiration from Jersey Boys?

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

It has been suggested that Geri Halliwell could be taking inspiration from Jersey Boys in a bid to relaunch her music career.

The Spice Girl is reportedly keen to get..


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Musicals 'need to take more risks'

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

The creators of musicals need to take more risks in order to ensure that their productions have something pertinent to say.

This is according to Boff Whalley of the Guardian, who argued that "super-sized" shows have priced smaller..


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Ruthie Henshall I jumped at chance to do Blithe Spirit

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Actress Ruthie Henshall has said she "jumped at the chance" to take on a role in Blithe Spirit when it was offered to her by director Thea Sharrock.

Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times, she revealed this is her first straight..


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