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London Theatre News for April 2010

Oliver! star to take part in charity show
Oliver! star Amanda Henderson is to appear in a charity show.
Friday, 30 April 2010

A star of Oliver! is to take a break from her role in the Lyric Theatre Drury Lane..

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Billy Elliot star looking forward to appearing at Victoria Palace Theatre
A schoolboy is set to appear in the title role in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Friday, 30 April 2010

A schoolboy has said he is "really excited" to be appearing as Billy Elliot in the hit Victoria

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New Flashdance star 'sad to leave Hollyoaks'
The new star of Flashdance - The Musical has expressed his sadness to be leaving Hollyoaks.
Thursday, 29 April 2010

Gerard McCarthy, who will take up a role in Flashdance - The Musical later this year, has spoken of his sadness to be leaving Channel 4's teen soap opera..

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Davis 'could win Wizard of Oz slot'
The Wizard of Oz starring role could go to Stephanie Davis.
Thursday, 29 April 2010

Stephanie Davis is the current favourite to win BBC singing contest Over the Rainbow and take up the starring role in The Wizard of Oz.

The St Helens-born 17-year-old was praised by the show's creator Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber during last..


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Priscilla Queen of the Desert is Don Gallagher's dream job
Playing Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert had long been Don Gallagher's ambition.
Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Starring in Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the highlight of Don Gallagher's career.

The actor has a host of television roles under his..


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Simon Webbe joins Sister Act cast
Former Blue singer Simon Webbe is to join the cast of West End musical Sister Act.
Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Simon Webbe has joined the cast of West End musical Sister Act, which is based on the Whoopi Goldberg film of the same name.

The Blue singer will join his..


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Harriet Thorpe joins Mamma Mia! cast
West End regular Harriet Thorpe has been added to the cast of Mamma Mia!
Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Harriet Thorpe, a regular in the West End, has been added to the Mamma Mia! cast and will perform in the ABBA musical from June 14th.

She will play Tanya at the..


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Grease gets 12 more months in the West End
Grease's run in the West End is to pass the four-year mark.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Grease has had its run at the Piccadilly Theatre extended until September 3rd..

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All The Fun Of The Fair is 'a dark and edgy musical'
David Essex's musical All The Fun Of The Fair is very different from shows based on hit records.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010

All The Fun Of The Fair is far more than a run through David Essex's hits, according to the man himself.

Shows such as Jersey Boys and

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A Wicked week in store for Lee Mead
Lee Mead's Wicked debut is likely to coincide with the birth of his first child.
Monday, 26 April 2010

West End star Lee Mead may find that his first appearance in Wicked is just part of an exciting week.

Mead, who shot to fame when he won the BBC1 talent show Any..


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Ex Neighbours star Genevieve Lemon to join Billy Elliot cast
Australian soap star Genevieve Lemon is to become Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot.
Monday, 26 April 2010

Billy Elliot is set to become the next West End musical to benefit from an Australian soap star joining the cast.

Producers of the show at the Victoria

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The Real Thing a hit with West End theatre critics
A revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing has delighted London theatre reviewers.
Monday, 26 April 2010

The Real Thing is a fascinating revival of one of Tom Stoppard's finest plays, according to West End theatre critics.

When it was first performed in 1982, The Real Thing proved so successful that it won the Evening Standard Award for Best..


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The Bill star to join Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
TV star Ben Richards is to make the transition from screen to stage in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Friday, 23 April 2010

One of the stars of TV show The Bill is to join the cast of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, it has been revealed.

Ben Richards, who played PC..


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Legally Blonde and Sister Act get starry new cast members
Two recognisable faces from the world of showbiz are to join West End musicals.
Friday, 23 April 2010

It has been reported that two of the West End's hottest musicals are to get new cast members in the form of very famous faces.

According to theatre gossip reporter Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail, Richard Fleeshman of Coronation Street fame..


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Theatre insiders get preview of The Fantasticks
West End excitement builds as The Fantasticks is launched.
Thursday, 22 April 2010

Industry insiders were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of forthcoming West End show The Fantasticks last night (April 21st).

Although the musical does not officially open at the

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Hair a sensible message followed by a big party
Hair combines fun with common sense, one critic has said.
Thursday, 22 April 2010

Hair has been recommended to London theatre fans by one critic for its exuberant yet sensible plotline.

Tim Baros, writing for Here is the City, said that although..


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Daniel Radcliffe to return to West End?
London theatre fans could be welcoming Daniel Radcliffe again next year.
Thursday, 22 April 2010

It has been speculated that Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe could make a return to the West End next year following a run on Broadway.

The former child star is to appear in a musical in New York entitled How to Succeed in Business..


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Festival brings theatre fans a taste of London's West End
Get a taste of London's hit plays and musicals at a free festival this summer.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Anyone who has been considering buying theatre tickets for one of the West End's shows may be persuaded to do so by an event in June.

Leicester Square will again welcome West End LIVE, a festival of theatre which aims to give people a taste..


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Blood Brothers and Mamma Mia! welcome new cast members
Cast changes have been reported for two of London's biggest musicals.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Both Blood Brothers and Mamma Mia! are to welcome new or returning cast members soon,..

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Burn the Floor dances into the West End
Dance spectacular Burn the Floor is to come to London.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Hit Broadway show Burn the Floor is to dance its way into the West End this summer, it has been revealed.

The two-hour show features a range of different dances, including waltzes, swing, cha-cha and boogie-woogie and will arrive at the

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Home and Away's Alf to join Priscilla cast
A familiar face from Summer Bay will appear in London's West End later this year.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Fans of Australian soap Home and Away may want to get their hands on Priscilla, Queen of the Desert tickets for later this year.

Ray Meagher,..


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London musicals offer exchanges after volcano chaos
People who cannot make it to the West End because of the volcanic eruption have been offered a ticket exchange.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Anyone with theatre tickets for a London musical who has been affected by the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull has been advised that they may be able to get an exchange.

Thousands of British people are stranded in countries..


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London's West End 'has had an outstanding year'
The quality of London theatre productions in 2009 has been praised by one insider.
Monday, 19 April 2010

The quality of plays and musicals in London has been credited with the West End enjoying one of its most successful years yet.

Nica Burns, chair of the Society of London Theatre, told Reuters that 2009 was an "extraordinary year of..


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Hair 'is a buoyant revival'
A theatre critic has praised the new revival of Hair at the Gielgud Theatre.
Monday, 19 April 2010

Hair has been praised for its energy and nostalgic atmosphere by one critic.

Writing for the Independent, Kate Bassett said producer Cameron Mackintosh has scored a..


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Glee star to arrive in London's West End this summer
Gleeks may recognise a new West End star this summer.
Friday, 16 April 2010

One of the stars of US smash hit Glee is to appear onstage in London's West End this summer.

According to the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye, Jonathan Groff - Jesse St Clair in the TV show - will play Clifford in the dark comedy Deathtrap..


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The Saturdays get more than they bargained for at Hair
A scene in Hair stunned unprepared girl group The Saturdays
Friday, 16 April 2010

They are far too young to remember new musical Hair from the first time it hit the world's stages, so perhaps The Saturdays can be forgiven for being a little bit shocked by..

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Ghost Stories to transfer to London's West End
Ghost Stories has been such a hit that it is to receive a West End transfer.
Friday, 16 April 2010

Scary comedy Ghost Stories is to transfer to London's West End following a sell-out run at the Lyric Hammersmith, it has been announced.

The play will arrive at the Duke of York's Theatre from July 16th 2010 and is currently booking until..


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Glowing five star review given for Hair
Hair has been given a five-star review by one critic.
Thursday, 15 April 2010

New West End musical Hair has already received a glowing five-star review, despite only officially opening at the

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David Suchet 'considering Poirot's West End debut'
Could Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot be set for a stage appearance?
Thursday, 15 April 2010

Fans of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot may be pleased to know that a West End adaptation of one of his cases could be on the cards.

David Suchet, who has played the fastidious private eye created by Agatha Christie on TV since 1989, told..


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Next to Normal to be West End's newest transfer?
Rumours are rife regarding a West End transfer for Next to Normal.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010

It has been widely rumoured that the Broadway musical Next to Normal could be the next show to travel across the pond for a West End adaptation.

The show has won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the first musical to do so since Rent in..


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Wizard of Oz contestant I will make it to the West End
London theatre fans may soon see Bronte Barbe in a musical, even if it is not The Wizard of Oz.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010

One of the contestants already voted off the search to find a new Dorothy for the West End show The Wizard of Oz has vowed to achieve her ambition of becoming a performer.

Bronte Barbe, 18, made it through to the final ten on BBC One's Over..


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Hair See it at all costs!
Don't miss out on seeing Hair this spring, one publication has urged.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010

London theatre fans have been urged to buy Hair tickets as soon as they can in order to catch one of this year's biggest theatre events.

The musical opens tonight..


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Kim Cattrall I'm having the time of my life in Private Lives
The West End play Private Lives is proving to be a delight for lead actress Kim Cattrall.
Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Kim Cattrall has said she is enjoying appearing in the West End play Private Lives enormously.

The Sex and the City actress, 51, told MusicRooms.net that although she is battered and bruised from all the fight scenes in the Noel Coward..


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Sweet Charity 'is a fun filled romp'

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The forthcoming West End musical Sweet Charity has been recommended to theatregoers by one critic.

Writing for Theatre Guide London, Gerald Berkowitz said..


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Mrs Warren's Profession 'is a pleasure to watch'
Mrs Warren's Profession has been highlighted for its excellence by one critic.
Monday, 12 April 2010

The latest West End adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Mrs Warren's Profession has been recommended to theatregoers by one critic.

Writing for the Telegraph, Charles Spencer said it is a great play and is still relevant today, despite..


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Six month extension given for Dreamboats and Petticoats
Dreamboats and Petticoats is to stay in the West End a little longer.
Monday, 12 April 2010

Anyone who has not yet got around to watching Dreamboats and Petticoats in the West End may be pleased to know that it has been given another..

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New play from Rising Damp creator set for West End debut?
A new play written by Rising Damp's Eric Chappell.
Monday, 12 April 2010

It has been rumoured that a new play from the creator of TV sitcom Rising Damp could be making its way to London's West End soon.

Wife After Death was penned by Eric Chappell and is currently touring the UK, according to..


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EastEnders favourite to join West End's Chicago
A move to Chicago in the West End is next for former EastEnder Emma Barton.
Friday, 9 April 2010

It will be a case of east meeting west soon for Emma Barton, who is to join the cast of Chicago later this month.

The actress, who may be more familiar to TV..


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New version of Romeo and Juliet to hit the West End?
A very different version of Romeo and Juliet could soon be coming to London's West End.
Friday, 9 April 2010

It has been rumoured that a new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet could be heading to the West End next year.

According to WhatsonStage.com, an all-male musical version is in development named Romeo and Julian, which could open at a London..


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Mamma Mia! celebrates West End birthday with extension
Mamma Mia! has been given an extension after celebrating 11 years in London's West End.
Thursday, 8 April 2010

Mamma Mia! has celebrated another milestone year in London's West End with an extension to its booking period.

The hit musical recorded 11 years in theatreland..


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Full cast confirmed for Sweet Charity
The producers of Sweet Charity have announced the full cast ahead of its West End opening.
Thursday, 8 April 2010

The full cast list for forthcoming West End musical Sweet Charity has been released, those hoping to go and see it may be interested to hear.

Joining..


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Jerusalem and other theatre gems 'are a cause for celebration'
A critic has recently rediscovered her love of London theatre and is urging others to do the same.
Thursday, 8 April 2010

British people have been urged to go out and watch a play if they have not done so recently by one critic.

Writing for the Times, Minnette Marrin said she has recently rediscovered her love for plays and musicals and now remembers why..


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War Horse to be shown off at Wembley
War Horse is to be performed at Wembley later this month.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Anyone who has watched War Horse in the West End may be pleased to know that it is to reach a whole new audience later this month.

Selected scenes from the play..


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Survey reveals satisfaction with London theatre performances
London theatre trips are largely positive experiences, a new report has suggested.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010

A new survey has revealed that the majority of theatregoers are happy with their trips to the West End.

Research carried out by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has shown that 93 per cent of respondents thought the plays or musicals..


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Hair 'hums with vitality'
Anyone who buys theatre tickets for Hair is sure not to be disappointed, one critic has opined.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010

London theatre audiences are sure to connect with the new musical version of Hair because it is full of energy and nostalgia.

This is the opinion of the Daily Mail's..


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Bedroom Farce 'is skilful and hilariously bleak'
Those who enjoy dissecting other people's relationships might enjoy Bedroom Farce.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010

The West End adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn's play Bedroom Farce has been recommended to London theatre fans by one critic.

Writing for the Guardian, Michael Billington said the production demonstrates a "hilariously bleak view of..


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Wicked 'will change your perceptions of The Wizard of Oz'
If you think you know The Wizard of Oz, Wicked will make you think again.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Anyone who thinks they are familiar with all the characters in The Wizard of Oz may find that they have to reconsider after watching Wicked.

Writing for the Toledo..


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Celebrations for Les Miserables to get even bigger?
Could there be three versions of Les Miserables later this year?
Thursday, 1 April 2010

Fans of Les Miserables may be pleased to know that the show's 25th birthday celebrations are rumoured to be getting even bigger.

It was recently confirmed..


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Elton John wishes Billy Elliot a happy fifth birthday
The Billy Elliot reunion has been a success in London's West End.
Thursday, 1 April 2010

Composer Elton John was among the famous faces and theatre insiders who headed to the West End last night (March 31st) in order to celebrate the fifth birthday of Billy..

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