FIRST LOOK: Harry Potter Opening Gala

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child held an opening gala on 30 July 2016. Following rave reviews earlier this week Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, announced that a further 250,000 tickets will be released for sale next week on Thursday 4 August 2016 at 11am BST, booking through to 10 December 2017. The regular performance schedule is as follows – Monday – no performance, Tuesday – no performance, Wednesday – 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two, Thursday – 7.30pm Part One, Friday – 7.30pm Part Two, Saturday – 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two, Sunday – 1pm Part One & 6.30pm Part Two. Read our review of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Photo Credits: Dan Wooller  

REVIEW ROUND UP: Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre

Book now for Disney's Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre

So what did UK theatre critics and theatre bloggers think of Aladdin at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. Douglas Mayo,  ✭✭✭✭ Whilst the pantomime comparison is inevitable, this production of Aladdin, is a big hit show that is perfectly at home in London’s West End. It’s a fast paced, energetic and supremely satisfying night at the theatre, and I daresay one that people will want to return to such is the joy that it brings. Michael Billington, The Guardian ✭✭✭✭ Imagine a Christmas panto minus the dame and with a budget of zillions and you get some idea of this musical extravaganza. At first, I resisted the corporate zeal that has taken the 1992 Disney animated feature and turned it into a live show, but I gradually found myself won over by the blend of spectacle, illusion and a greater supply of corn than you will find in the Kansas … Read more

REVIEW: Rotterdam, Trafalgar Studios 2 ✭✭✭✭

Book now for Rotterdam at Trafalgar Studios 2

Nothing is conclusive in Rotterdam, but then again nothing is constant either. In this port city, where everyone is either arriving or leaving, the audience is simply given an insight into four people’s lives. Four people who don’t exactly want to change the whole world – just their little part of it. Hilarious and heartbreaking in turns, Rotterdam is a strong and highly enjoyable piece of theatre.

FIRST LOOK : Exposure The Musical, St James Theatre

Book now for Exposure The Musical

The St James Theatre is now home to a unique new musical Exposure – Life Through A Lens until 27 August 2016. Young photographer Jimmy Tucker faces the biggest and most exciting challenge of his life when a stranger commissions him to find and shoot the seven deadly sins alive and kicking in modern London. But in a break-neck race through the night, a series of extraordinary encounters involving girlfriends, family history and the intoxicating cult of celebrity begin to reveal that there’s a whole lot more at stake than just money. In a unique collaboration with Getty Images, the production features iconic images from one of the world’s largest collections. The book for Exposure – Life Through A Lens is written by Mike Dyer, with Quentin Russell as script consultant and dramaturgy by Phil Willmott, who is also directing this World Premiere. Mike Dyer has also written the lyrics … Read more

Rare Priestley Comes To The Old Red Lion

Book now for Benighted at the Old Red Lion Theatre

Following their success with the 2015 world premiere of Arthur Miller’s No Villian, The Old Red Lion Theatre has announced the world premiere of J B Priestley’s Benighted. Originally published in 1927 as a novel by a then unknown Priestley, it wasn’t until 1932 that the novel was adapted  by Universal into a film called The Old Dark House, which broke box office records across the UK. Set in the heart of wildest Wales on a treacherously stormy night where it seems the world itself is going to end, Philip and Margaret Waverton are left with no choice but to abandon their Austin Tourer and seek refuge in an old dark house. Soaked, hungry and exhausted from their ordeal, the Wavertons’ relief at finally being indoors rapidly slips away as it becomes devilishly apparent that their gracious hosts for the evening, the peculiar Femm Family (and indeed the house itself), … Read more

Casting Announced For Strictly Ballroom

Strictly Ballroom at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Get set to Samba this Christmas as the stage version of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom waltzes into the West Yorkshire Playhouse for it’s UK premiere. Based on the Australian hit film, Strictly Ballroom is the story of a championship balroom dancer who defies the rules to follow his heart. This bright, colourful and sometimes gawdy musical features great numbers like Love Is In The Air, Time After Time and Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, as well as new songs written by internationally acclaimed artsists like Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect. Leading the cast of Strictly Ballroom are Gemma Sutton (The Go Between, Gypsy), and Sam Lips (Broadway – Pippin & Wicked) who is making his UK debut. Starring alongside them are two familiar faces from West Yorkshire Playhouse’s 2015 production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Tamsin Carroll (Miss Saigon) and Stephen Matthews (The Lion King) who will play Shirley and … Read more

FIRST LOOK: The World Goes Round in Scarborough

The World Goes Round at Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough

Kander and Ebb’s The World Goes Round is now playing at The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Featuring songs from Kander and Ebb musicals including Chicago, Cabaret, The Rink amongst others, The World Goes Round is a wonderful review that stars Phoebe Fildes, Laura Jane Matthewson, Nigel Richards, Ashley Samuels and Shona White. The World Goes Round is directed by Lotte Wakeham, designed by Simon Kenny, lighting design by Jason Taylor and musical direction by Neil McDonald. The World Goes Round runs at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough until 3 September in rep. BOOK NOW FOR THE WORLD GOES ROUND