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Dreamgirls celebrates its final Christmas in London Dreamgirls celebrates its final Christmas in London at the Savoy Theatre by going out on an all-time high. Actresses Marisha Wallace, Brennyn Lark and Asmeret Ghebremichael, who play The Dreams, serenaded visitors to the View from the Shard yesterday with the highest ever altitude performance in Western Europe of songs from Dreamgirls.
David O'Doherty review - delightfully daft tonic in troubled times From imagining Enya as president to a disappointing encounter with Leonardo da Vinci, the Irish whimsy merchant delivers oodles of soothing silliness.
'I check her catsuit for wet patches!' The funny, freaky world of comedy duos Sharing bedrooms and backstage nerves, Lazy Susan and Norris and Parker reveal the intertwined lives of the double act.
Nativity! The Musical - Review Hey, when else can you indulge in a cheesy, sparkly, feelgood, family show and emerge feeling utterly festive? I caught the show last week at Milton Keynes Theatre and the venue was packed with families.
'The idea is to find people with real potential': Accessible vocational training at Lyric Hammersmith It isn't every day I stumble across a strong new vocational training opportunity which is almost free to the participants. I refer to the Lyric Ensemble which piloted in the 2017/18 academic year and has just started work with its second group. Fifteen young actors, aged 18-25 are recruited to form an ensemble.
Wise Children UK Tour additional dates announced Wise Children has announced an additional date for the UK tour of Emma Rice's adaptation of Wise Children by Angela Carter.
'A delicious fairy-tale delight': LA CENERENTOLA - Touring Rossini's La Cenerentola makes for a refreshingly vibrant, light and comedic opera. Welsh National Opera's latest production is a festive treat indeed just ahead of December too, perfect timing.
'Bold, harsh & beautifully realistic look': SUPER DUPER CLOSE UP - Yard Theatre Made in China's latest piece at The Yard is a bold, harsh and beautifully realistic look at the fantastical world of existing in the digital age. Latowicki, writer and performer, delivers the vigour of being a 100% everything at all times. When you have access to everything, and everyone has access to you, what do you do but scroll?
Final Week Of Voting For The 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards; See The Current Standings! It's the final week of voting for the 2018 BroadwayWorld UK Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favourites. Voting closes this Friday at 5pm. All professional shows that opened in the UK in the past year were eligible in all categories.
Hadestown - Review Tragic, unapologetically romantic, funny, beautifully staged, it takes a classic Greek myth and transforms it into a passionate and heartfelt love story about doomed young love. The production is also remarkably prescient. It was written in 2006, long before that old devil, Donald Trump, became president.
'Never drags or fails to hold our attention': CUCKOO - Soho Theatre Exploring what it is to be young in Ireland today, Lisa Carroll's debut play Cuckoo comes roaring to life at Soho Theatre, leading us without preamble into the world of best friends - and social outcasts - Iona and Pingu.
Cuckoo, Soho Theatre Cuckoo by Lisa Carroll has all the elements of a wonderful coming-of-age story. Set in a small Irish town, this play packs many a punch, giving us a raw look at what it means to not fit in, to feel lonely in your hometown and how as a teenager, the need to be liked can seem more important than anything else.
UK talent agent Janie Jenkins dies aged 55 Here, assisted by Marina Campbell-Gray, she strengthened the acting department, which included Tom Conti, Gemma Whelan, Richard Glover and Jason Forbes. Janie stepped away from PBJ Management in 2017 to work as an independent agent.
The Show People Podcast: Chromatics, awards & masterclasses… The Show People Podcast is back! This special 'Show Peep' tells you what Andrew Keates has been up to in Ireland, how we've become an award-winning podcast and details of Arion's next masterclasses with Danielle Tarento and Cassidy Janson. The Theatre and Technology Awards Winners 2018.
Roxana Silbert to join Hampstead theatre as new artistic director My first job was as a Hampstead script reader. My career as director of new plays is almost entirely due to Hampstead theatre. It is very dear to my heart - so to be its new artistic director is just wonderful." Silbert also becomes Hampstead's joint chief executive alongside Greg Ripley-Duggan, who has been at the theatre since 2010.
Cinderella review - a lovingly made dessert of a panto The colour clash is par for the course in a show seemingly powered by E-numbers, one where designer Celia Perkins never lets a turquoise go by without pairing it with a lurid pink. In place of hats, the sisters have wafers as if they're a pair of upturned ice creams, colourful balls of confectionery cascading down their frocks.
Liza Sings Streisand transfers to the West End's Lyric Theatre for four 2019 dates After extensive touring, including dates at Wilton's Music Hall and Cadogan Hall, and most recently, sell-outs at The Other Palace, LIZA PULMAN SINGS STREISAND transfers to the West End's Shaftesbury Avenue for four new-year dates at the Lyric Theatre.
'Eighty emotional, tightly-choreographed minutes': EXODUS - Finborough Theatre Motherlode has been touring this short four-hander, written and directed by Rachael Boulton, round venues in Wales for its premiere. It's London's luck that it has rocked up at the Finborough Theatre next, to bring a bit of the Valleys to a part of the country that badly needs reminding not everyone has it this good.
NEWS: Roxana Silbert is announced as Hampstead Theatre's new artistic director & CEO Roxana Silbert has been announced as the new artistic director and joint chief executive of Hampstead Theatre and will join the theatre in spring 2019, taking over from Edward Hall. Her first season is to commence in September 2019 - kick-starting Hampstead's 60th birthday celebrations.
If the shoe fits: Killian Donnelly & Matt Henry return to Kinky Boots for filming The West End production of the award-winning Kinky Boots is being filmed later this month for future worldwide screening and from 26-28 November 2018 original cast members Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry are going to revisit their roles of Charlie and Lola.
'Painfully relevant & beautifully moving': HADESTOWN - National Theatre Folky, emotive, excellently performed and ever relevant, the National Theatre's production of Hadestown is a grand triumph. The folk opera by Anaïs Mitchell started life in 2006 as a small concert which then became an album and gained a cult following.
Sheridan Smith Lines Up March UK Tour Ahead Of London O2 Arena Show Sheridan Smith has announced a spring UK tour. Prior to her previously announced show at London's O2 Arena on March 30, the actress, singer and theatre star will head to Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester and Hull between March 21 and 28. Tickets go on sale at 9am on March 23, while tickets for London are already on sale.
'An enthusiastically warm-hearted show to watch': FANATICAL - Playground Theatre Matt Board and Reina Hardy's new musical Fanatical taps into the apparently unstoppable rise of comic-book culture, but takes a refreshingly uncynical slant on the subject, particularly where its fan-base is concerned.
Critics are raving about… Fanatical at the Playground Theatre Do you need reminding why you love musical - or whatever else you happen to be a fan of? Then, you've got to check out the premiere production of Matt Board and Reina Hardy's comic-book show FANATICAL. We've rounded up the reviews…
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