14 Nov – Critics Choice – Top 10 West End Musicals

Natalie Mendoza in Here Lies Love at the Dorfman Theatre

What Musical should you see first in London’s West End? We have compiled this list to save you the trouble of working it out! It’s just our view – and everyone has one – based on our Reviewers’ thoughts. We will update the list regularly so new productions get on your radar and when original casts change that is factored in. Musicals which have been running for more than three years are not included – this is a list for new or relatively new productions running in the West End. So go see them! We’d like to know your thoughts. To vote for your favourite West End play and musical CLICK HERE 1. Here Lies Love – Imelda has done it again! ✭✭✭✭✭ 2. Urinetown ✭✭✭✭✭ 3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ✭✭✭✭ 4. Scottsboro Boys ✭✭✭✭✭ 5. Made In Dagenham ✭✭✭✭ 6. White Christmas ✭✭✭✭ 7. Once ✭✭✭✭✭ 8. … Read more

Great Savings On West End Theatre

Urinetown The Musical at the Apollo Theatre

There are some great savings to be had when booking theatre tickets this week in London’s West End. Just click on the name of the show then go to Buy Tickets to take advantage of the savings. URINETOWN – SAVE 50% Urinetown is one of the great new shows that has just opened in the West End with one of the most amazing casts that are ever likely to see. Don’t miss out on this great offer which sees top prices seats reduced to £29.99 (50% savings) EAST IS EAST – Top Price Tickets for £43.50 East Is East marks Jane Horrocks’ return to the West End as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season. If you enjoyed the film you’ll love the stage play. FORBIDDEN BROADWAY – Save up to 44% off tickets No show or theatre star is left unscathed as this merry quartet rip into musicals and the … Read more

REVIEW: Urinetown, Apollo Theatre ✭✭✭✭✭

Jenna Russell

Urinetown Apollo Theatre 5 Stars “What kind of a musical is this??!” cries Little Sally The good kind. Susannah Clapp (for the Guardian) described Miss Saigon as “a show that flaunts the notion of liberal sympathies, while cruising on commerce.” This got me thinking, Miss Saigon aside, about how this all too apparent paradox operates throughout theatre – bubbling at the very core of it, and of all art. Theatre, with its passionate, imaginative, liberal-minded practitioners with something important to say, is monopolised by those who can afford to produce the work in the first place, and then experienced by those who can afford the ticket prices. Theatre is reserved for the wealthy, particularly in the west end. But is the door permanently shut? Perhaps not. For me, there are two types of musical: commercial ones and less commercial ones. Most of the time, you know what to expect from … Read more

Urinetown Holds Charity Gala for Water.org

Jonathan Slinger in Urinteown

On Monday 20 October, Urinetown will hold a special charity performance gala to support Water.org. The gala will introduce a new collaboration with Water.org which aims to raise awareness about the real global water crisis that the world’s population is facing today. Urinetown is a musical comedy set in a dystopian future where there is a water shortage is so great that peeing is a privilege. Director Jamie Lloyd said: “The best sort of theatre engages directly with the world. It may be great fun, but it should also be vital and apposite, and perhaps, instigate a broader discussion. Urinetown’s dystopian future does not have to be a prediction unless we make it so. We are delighted that the production can assist the mission of Water.org whilst keeping its audience laughing along the way”. Water.org was co-founded by Matt Damon and aims to highlight the global water crisis. Water.org pioneers … Read more

Urinetown – Rehearsal Sneak Peek

Jonathan Slinger in Urinteown

With the opening of the West End transfer of Urinetown The Musical upon us, we thought we’d bring you this great behind the scenes peak at the rehearsals which are already underway for this great show. Urinetown was a sell-out smash hit when it opened at the St James’ Theatre earlier this year so don’t miss out on getting a ticket when it opens at The Apollo Theatre. Book tickets for Urinetown.

New Urinetown Trailer Released

Jenna Russell

In just a few short weeks Urinetown The Musical opens at The Apollo Theatre Jamie Lloyds acclaimed production enjoyed a sold out run earlier in the year at The St James Theatre. Casting for the production includes Jenna Russell, Jonathan Slinger, Chris Bennett and Cory English. Book tickets to Urinetown

Jenna Russell and Jonathan Slinger headline Apollo transfer for Urinetown

Jenna Russell

It was announced today that Jenna Russell will return to the role of Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown when it transfers to The Apollo Theatre this September. Richard Fleeshman, however will not be returning to the show. In postings to Twitter, Richard cited “other commitments” as his reason for not returning but wished the production well. Other cast members from the St James’ production returning will return, including RSC actor Jonathan Slinger who plays Officer Lockstock and Eastenders‘ Marc Elliott who plays Mr McQueen. Others cast members resuming their roles from the run at  The St James Theatre include Karis Jack (Little Sally), Cory English (Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry),  Jeff Nicholson (Tiny Tom/ Dr. Billeaux), Katie Bernstein (Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs. Millennium), Madeleine Harland (Soupy Sue), Rosanna Hyland (Hope Cladwell), Julie Jupp (Old Woman/ Josephine Strong), Aaron Lee Lambert (Billy Boy Bill/ UGC Executive), Mark Meadows (Senator Fipp), Joel Montague … Read more

Urinetown Transfers to West End in September

Urinteown St James Theatre

Following its success earlier this year at the St James Theatre, it has been announced that Jamie Lloyd’s production of Urinetown will transfer to The Apollo Theatre in September this year. The musical written by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotsis, Urinetown is set in a Gotham-like city of the future where a hero leads the people in a revolt against people using private toilets. Also represented in the West End by his productions of Richard III and The Commitments, Jamie Lloyd said earlier today “Having attracted a diverse audience of all ages at the St James earlier this year, I’m bursting to bring our production of this brilliantly off-kilter musical comedy to the West End, where I hope we’ll make an even bigger splash“. Casting for the transfer is still to be announced.  

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