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Ruthie Henshall Set To Join Billy Elliot Cast!

Ruthie Henshall

Great news for musical theatre fans everywhere – superstar Ruthie Henshall will be joining the cast of Billy Elliot – The Musical in May to play Billy’s dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson, taking over from current Mrs Wilkinson, Anna-Jane Casey. Ruthie has recently been focusing on her solo performances on tour, and will now return to [...]

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Sir Tim Rice… No More?

Tim Rice

It has been rumoured within Theatreland that acclaimed lyricist, Sir Tim Rice, is set to retire from the musical theatre industry. This has come after claims that the public seem to prefer shows featuring well-known pop songs to original material in stage musicals. Rice grew to international fame following his longtime collaborative working with Andrew [...]

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All-night Macbeth

Rift Macbeth

Immersive theatre-makers Rift are set to stage a site-specific performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth that will take place overnight. Rift plans to stage the all-night Macbeth in east London tower block in an innovative move to put audiences to sleep – and then wake them up. The audience will be asked to go to bed [...]

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Rambert’s Curious Incident

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Britain’s oldest dance company, Rambert, is set to host community performances of the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the Olivier award-winning production. South London community groups, along with representatives of local employers and businesses, will have the opportunity to watch the production when it is performed in the round [...]

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Bourne’s Lord Of The Flies

Matthew Bourne

Matthew Bourne’s NEW ADVENTURES has announced the casting for its next dance theatre production, Lord of the Flies, based on William Golding’s classic novel. The production will be choreographed by Scott Ambler, and adapted and directed by both Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler. Matthew Bourne’s NEW ADVENTURES has produced some of the most successful dance [...]

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Cirque du Soleil launch theatrical branch

Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil, the renowned theatrical company famous for its incredible show performances, has announced it has formed Cirque du Soleil Theatrical, a New York-based division that will focus on developing new shows for Broadway, the West End and touring. This comes as exciting news for the UK capital, in the hope that Cirque du [...]

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West End Star To Launch Events Company

Louise Dearman

Renowned West End performer Louise Dearman is to start up a new events entertainment company with her partner Andrew Eastel and choreo­grapher Ian Stroughair, named Backslap. Backslap will initially offer four productions that can be performed at events including private parties, awards ceremonies and corporate events. The four shows being created by Backslap are a [...]

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I Can’t Sing! Casting Announced

I Can

Full casting has been announced for new Wet End production I Can’t Sing, The X Factor Musical which premieres in Spring 2014 at the London Palladium. Earlier this year it was announced that Olivier Award-winner Nigel Harman had been cast as X Factor supremo Simon and that Color Purple star Cynthia Erivo and Holby City [...]

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Neal Street Productions’ Original material

Neal Street Productions

Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions has revealed its next musical theatre projects will be completely original shows that are not based on existing source material. While this statement is irrelevant in terms of news, it is notable due to the fact a lot of musical theatre work in the capital alone is remaking originals and [...]

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The WhatsOnStage Awards

WhatsOnStage Awards 2014

The WhatsOnStage Awards are the only major theatre awards in which the audience are the judges. By voting the audience decide on the winners of my different theatrical categories. The WhatsOnStage Awards began almost by accident: in early 2001, the shortlists for that year’s Laurence Olivier Awards was published by accident, covering the 2,000 theatregoing [...]

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