Great Britain Trailer Released

Great Britain trailer

A great new video trailer has been released today for the National Theatre’s production of Great Britain by Richard Bean. This comedy based on the relationship between media, the police and politicians has just transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Read Stephen Collins’ review for Great Britain Find out more about Great Britain and book tickets  

Wicked Extends Its Booking Period

Wicked tickets London

Now in it’s ninth year in the West End, Wicked has today announced that it is extending its booking period until 7th November 2015. Now the 10th longest running show in the West End, Wicked continues to be a global phenomenon having been seen by over 42 million people in 13 countries. The UK tour opens at the Liverpool Empire in 16th September. The London production currently stars Kerry Ellis (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Sue Kelvin (madame Morrible), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Paul Clarkson (Dr Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq) and Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose) Book your tickets to Wicked now.

Pre-Order The Miss Saigon 2014 Cast Album

Miss Saigon Live Recording CD

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil & Schönberg’s Miss Saigon opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in May 2014. Breaking box office records for the biggest single day of ticket sales in West End and Broadway history, this acclaimed new production has audiences leaping to their feet with adoration at every performance! This epic musical tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. The original production opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago where it ran for 10 years, it has since played 300 cities in 15 different languages and has been seen by over 40 million people. This definitive live recording evokes the sights, sounds and passion that are magnificently brought to life every night on stage and goes on … Read more

Ben Forster to appear in Evita as Magaldi

Ben Forster Evita

He shot to fame after winning the ITV show ‘Superstar’ which led him to front the UK arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock musical – and now Ben Forster is back and joining forces with musical theatre’s greatest partnership once again. Ben is to return to the West End stage to guest star in Evita in the role of Agustin Magaldi – Eva Peron’s first love – when it reopens the refurbished Dominion Theatre on September 16th. He will star alongside pop icon Marti Pellow, who plays Che, and rising star Madalena Alberto, who portrays Argentina’s iconic First Lady, for a limited run of 55 performances. “It is a huge privilege to take on such a fantastic part and in such a brilliant show!” Ben said. With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and the Oscar winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, … Read more

Jamie Lloyd Exits Back To The Future Musical

Back To The Future musical

It has been reported by Baz Bamingboye in the Daily Mail that Jamie Lloyd has withdrawn as director of the upcoming musical version of Back To The Future just as workshops of the show were due to be staged. Lloyd’s withdrawal is amicable and comes after disagreements with original screenwriter Bob Gale over the productions direction. Lloyd is reported as saying ” You absolutely have to believe in it or there’s not much point”. Originally expected to arrive in the West End in 2015, this development will push the project back until at least 2016. Watch this space for more developments. Read Baz Bamingboye’s Daily Mail Posting

The West End Goes Ice Bucket Mad

Judi Dench Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has become a viral fund-raising phenomenon being taken up by people around the world and the great and the good of the West End are no exception. Take a look at the casts and theatrical greats who have contributed. To support the challenge visit the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s Just Giving page or by texting ICED55 £5 (or any other amount) to 70070 (UK only). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm_XXA3K0gM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju5VxyM3S4o  

Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Gala Sells Out

Miss Saigon London

The Gala Performance to celebrate 25 years of Boublil and Schönberg’s “MISS SAIGON” on Monday 22 September, has sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale this morning, Tuesday 26 August. Over 18,000 people tried to buy tickets when booking opened at 10.00am; an unprecedented amount for a single performance in a theatre with just over 1700 seats. Fans who queued around the block at the Prince Edward Theatre managed to secure tickets at the original 1989 prices. Online demand was so overwhelming that it crashed the box office ticket system at 10.10am and the entire Delfont Mackintosh Theatre website shortly afterwards. The technical team restored the system as quickly as possible and the performance was sold out within minutes. The Gala Performance was announced last week to salute 25 years since the musical originally premiered. To celebrate this milestone the cast of the new production will be joined … Read more

Bakersfield Mist Announces Early Closure

Bakersfield Mist Duchess Theatre Kathleen Turner Ian McDiarmid

Bakersfield Mist which stars Kathleen Turner, currently playing at the Duchess Theatre is to close three week earlier due to poor ticket sales. The show will now close on August 9. In a statement, the producers said: ” the show did well until the school holidays, however it seems we haven’t captured the tourist audience, so we have decided to finish at 13 weeks instead of 16 and not play the tricky August weeks.” “We would like to thank all of the production team, and Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid for their acclaimed performances.” Book tickets now for the remainder of the season at the Duchess Theatre.