Monday, August 22

Earl Carpenter and Anita Louise Combe lead cast of Ragtime at Charing Cross

Earl Carpenter (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) and Anita Louise Combe (Gypsy, Chicago) will lead the cast in the revival of Ragtime at the Charing Cross Theatre which opens on 8th  October and runs for nine weeks to 10th December

The full cast for this new actor-musician production also includes: Cavin Cornwall (Jesus Christ Superstar), Valerie Cutko (Grand Hotel), Ako Mitchell (Grey Gardens) and Gary Tushaw (Allegro).Who are joined by Simon Anthony (, Anthony Cable (The Phantom of the Opera), Matt Devereaux (Hitler, My Part in His Downfall), Christopher Dickins (War Horse), Tom Giles (Muse of Fire), Joanna Hickman (Sweeney Todd), Rachel Knowles (Spamalot), Kate Robson-Stuart (Betty Blue Eyes), Jennifer Saayeng (City of Angels) and Jonathan Stewart (Guys And Dolls).

Bernadette Bangura, Lemuel Knights and Seyi Omooba
all make their professional debut in the show and the cast is completed by child actors Alana Hinge, Samuel Peterson, Ethan Quinn, Riya Vyas.

Based on the novel by EL Doctorow, Ragtime takes place in New York at the turn of the 20th Century and tells the story of three very different social groups in America. Coalhouse Walker Jr is a Harlem musician. Mother and her white, middle class family in New Rochelle. Tateh is a Jewish immigrant coming to America with his daughter in a search of a new life. Their lives become dramatically intertwined with one another, as well as with some real historical characters such as Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, Sigmund Freud, and Henry Ford.

Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty's musical will be directed by Thom Southerland, with choreography by Ewan Jones and musical direction from Jordan Li-Smith, the revival is produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams.

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Tuesday, August 16

Kerry Ellis, Wendi Peters and Dave Willetts to star in Wonderland Tour

West End leading lady  Kerry Ellis is to star as Alice in the 2017 UK tour of the new musical Wonderland!

She  will play the role in Edinburgh, Sunderland, Birmingham, Bromley, Woking, Manchester, Wimbledon, Bristol, Brighton, Liverpool, Stoke and Milton Keynes whilst continuing with concert commitments.  Carolyn Maitland will alternate the role at other venues.

Wendi Peters will star as Queen of Hearts with  Dave Willetts as White Rabbit. The cast will also include Stephen Webb as Jack/White Knight, Natalie McQueen as Mad Hatter, Kayi Ushe as Caterpillar, Dominic Owen as the Cheshire Cat and Ben Kerr as March Hare.They are joined by an ensemble members  Sharif Afifi, Toyan Thomas Browne, Divine Cresswell, Jessica Croll, Francesca Lara Gordon, Benjamin McMillan, Bree Smith, Benjamin Yates and swings Lewis Easter and Collette Guitart.

Lotte Wakeham directs with musical supervision by Jason Howland, choreography by Lucie Pankhurst, set by Andrew Riley, costume by Grace Smart and lighting by Nick Richings.

Thursday, August 11

Open auditions details for Cats 2017 international tour

Open auditions are being held for dancers for  the 2017 international tour of  the musical Cats. 
Experienced dancers, aged 21 and over, are invited to register to audition from 9:30 to 12:00 on Monday 15th August at Pineapple Studios in Covent Garden. Auditions will take place between 10:00 and 18:00. 
Auditionees should bring a current CV and headshot along with one musical theatre song which demonstrates  your vocal range. This is a one year contract and you must be available for rehearsals in London during November and December 2016 and for performances from January 2017. 


Alan Burkitt, Amelia Adams-Pearce & Landi Oshinowo to star in Kiss Me Kate Tour

Casting has been announced for the Welsh National Opera's production of Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter and Samuel and Bella Spewack.

Jeni Bern will star as Lilli Vanessi/Katherine alongside Quirijn de Lang as Fred Graham/Petruchio and Landi Oshinowo (Hattie),

The production goes  on a UK tour starting in October, visiting Liverpool Empire,
Llandudno Venue Cymru, Bristol Hippodrome, Birmingham Hippodrome, Wales Millennium Centre, New Theatre Oxford and Southampton Mayflower. 

The cast also includes  Alan Burkitt (Bill Calhoun/Lucentio), Morgan Deare (Harry Trevor/Baptista), Amelia Adams-Pearce (Lois Lane/Bianca),  David Peart (Harrison Howell), Joseph Shovelton (1st Gunman), John Savournin (2nd Gunman), Matthew Barrow (Hortensio), Jon Tsouras (Gremio), Joseph Poulton (Gregory), Louis Quaye (Phillip), Adam Tench (Nathaniel), Max Parker (Paul), Rosie Hay (Ralph the Stage Manager), Martin Lloyd (Stage Doorman) and Julian Boyce (Cab Driver). With Alex Christian, Flora Dawson, Andrew Gordon-Watkins, Ella Martine, Jamie Emma McDonald and Matthew John Gregory.

The production will be directed by Jo Davies, and conducted by James Holmes with set and costume by Colin Richmond, lighting by Ben Cracknell, choreography by Will Tuckett and associate choreography by David Hulston.


Tuesday, August 9

Cast Changes Announced for Tour of Rocky Horror

The Rocky Horror Show has announced its new cast for the autumn and winter venues  of its 2016 UK tour.

Charlie Condou, Philip Franks and Steve Punt will continue to share the role of The Narrator with Liam Tamne continuing as Dr Frank N Furter, Richard Meek as Brad, Dominic Andersen as Rocky, Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff and Paul Cattermole as Eddie/Dr Scott.

Haley Flaherty is returning to the production as Janet between 5th September to 26th November with
Georgia May Foote (Breakfast At Tiffany's/Strictly Come Dancing)  joining the musical in December, to play the role of Columbia for a special three week Christmas residency at the New Theatre in Oxford. Sophie Linder Lee, who currently plays Columbia, will take over as Janet for the run in Oxford.


Monday, August 8

Cast Changes at Into The Woods Menier Chocolate Factory

It has just been announced that Harry Hepple, Steffan Lloyd-Evans and Laura Tebbutt are taking over as The Baker, Wolf/Cinderella's Prince and Baker's Wife in Into The Woods at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 9th August, replacing Ben Steinfeld, Noah Brody and Jessie Austrian in Fiasco’s production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s classic musical.

Using ten actors and multiple musical instruments, Into The Woods runs until 17th September 2016. The rest of the company includes original U.S. cast members Paul L. Coffey (Mysterious Man), Andy Grotelueschen (Milky White/Rapunzel's Prince), Liz Hayes (Jack's Mother/Stepmother), Claire Karpen (Cinderella/Granny), Patrick Mulryan (Jack/Steward), Vanessa Reseland (Witch) and Emily Young (Little Red/Rapunzel).


Phantom Cast Changes from 5th September

Breaking news:  cast changes to The Phantom of The Opera have been announced with effect from 5th September.

As the show  heads towards its 30th Birthday at Her Majesty’s Theatre Ben Forster continues to star as ‘The Phantom’ alongside Celinde Schoenmaker as ‘Christine Daae’ and Nadim Naaman as ‘Raoul’.

 Joining the cast from Monday 5th September are Siôn Lloyd as ‘Monsieur Firmin’; Mark Oxtoby as ‘Monsieur Andre’; Paul Ettore Tabone as ‘Piangi’ and Daisy Hulbert as ‘Meg’. Also continuing their roles are: Megan Llewellyn as ‘Carlotta’ and Jacinta Mulcahy as ‘Madame Giry’. Harriet Jones returns as alternate ‘Christine Daaé’.

Siôn Lloyd is currently appearing in “Titanic” at the Charing Cross Theatre.  His other recent theatre credits include: “The Bodyguard” on tour; “The Pajama Game” at the Shaftesbury Theatre; “Avenue Q” at the Noel Coward Theatre and “The Full Monty” at the Noel Coward Theatre and UK tour.

Mark Oxtoby most recently appeared in “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. His other theatre credits include: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Adelphi Theatre; “A Model Girl” at the Greenwich Theatre; “Brighton Rock” at the Almeida Theatre and “Oh, What a Lovely War!” at the National Theatre.

Paul Ettore Tabone’s previous theatre credits include “Love Never Dies” at the Adelphi Theatre and at the Hamburg Stage Operettenhaus. In 2013 Paul was accepted as a ‘Young Artist’ in the prestigious Luciano Pavarotti Foundation of Modena; performing with Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli at the Arena in Verona, Italy. He made his professional operatic debut in 2014 in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” at the Opera Națională Bucureşti.

Daisy Hulbert made her West End debut in the corps de ballet in “The Phantom of the Opera”. Previously as a company member of the National Moravian-Silesian Ballet in the Czech Republic she performed in “The Nutcracker”, “Swan Lake” and “Snow White”.

Megan Llewellyn most recently performed the role of ‘Berta’ in “The Barber of Seville” for Welsh National Opera.  Her previous opera roles include Antonia in “The Tales of Hoffmann” for Guildford Opera; “Cosi fan Tutti” for Eastern Opera; “Ariadne auf Naxos” for St John’s Smith’s Square and “Scenes from the Savoy” for Opera Brava.

Jacinta Mulcahy’s previous theatre credits include playing ‘Baroness’ in the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and David Ian’s production of “The Sound of Music”. Her other theatre credits include ‘Cosette’ in “Les Misérables” in the West End.

Harriet Jones returns to The Phantom of the Opera having made her West End debut as ‘Christine Daaé’ in 2013. Her opera credits include: ‘Flora’ in “Turn of the Screw” at Grimeborn Opera Festival, ‘Zerlina’ in Woodhouse Opera’s “Don Giovanni” and Classic FM’s 20th Birthday Celebration concert. She has recently finished filming the role of ‘The Queen’ in the new Disney film of “Beauty and the Beast.”

 From 5 September 2016 the full cast will be: Matt Blaker; Bridget Costello; Maria Coyne; Scott Davies; Hadrian Delacey; Morven Douglas; Ben Forster; Lyndsey Gardiner; Lori Gilchrist; Ryan Goscinski; Philip Griffiths; Hettie Hobbs; Grace Horne; Lily Howes; Daisy Hulbert; Ellen Jackson; Harriet Jones; Richard Kent; Tim Laurenti; Adam Robert Lewis; Megan Llewellyn; Siôn Lloyd; Luke McCall; Leo Miles; Fiona Morley; Tim Morgan; Paul Morrissey; Jacinta Mulcahy; Nadim Naaman; Mark Oxtoby; James Roxby-Brown; Celinde Schoenmaker; Tom Sterling; Joanna Strand; Paul Ettore Tabone; Claire Tilling, Charlotte Vaughan; Victoria Ward and Georgia Ware


Friday, August 5

Gina Beck in Concert Staging of the Railway Children

Casting has been announced for a concert staging of Alex Parker and Katie Lam's musical adaptation of E. Nesbit's The Railway Children which  premieres in a concert reading at the Holy Trinity Church in Guildford on 2nd September 2016 as part of the Guildford Summer Chamber Music Festival.

Gina Beck (Show Boat/Wicked) will lead the cast as Bobbie with Deborah Crowe as Mother, David Birrell as Father, Edd Campbell Bird as Peter, Lauren Morris as Phyllis, Daniel Crossley as Mr Schpansky, Paul Baker as Mr Perks, Maggie Service as Mrs Perks, Jonathan Dudley as Jim, Jack Chissick as Old Gentleman and Jack McCann as Mr Connolly.

The Railway Children has music by Alex Parker, book & lyrics by Katie Lam and orchestrations by Martin Higgins. The cast will be accompanied by a twelve piece orchestra.

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