Thursday, October 30

Gareth Gates Mad About the Musicals Tour

Gareth Gates and Michael Courtney will head the cast of the 10th Anniversary Production of Mad About the Musicals tour which  kicks off  at the Palace Theatre Redditch on 1 October, 2015.

Gareth Gates rose to fame in Pop Idol TV show in 2001/2 and more recently  has appeared in Les Miserables, Legally Blonde and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  He has now joined a band and become part of the second series of the Big Reunion, in 5th Story, with Dane Bowers, Adam Rickitt, Kenzie and Kavana. This newly formed boy band will play arenas across the country this autumn with Blue, 5ive, Damage and 3T.  Then in November Gareth will taking a totally different show on the road, with his acoustic band set up, playing all the old hits together with new songs.

Michael Courtney has produced and directed the UK tours ofMad About The Musicals, Waterloo, Shakin All Over, Its D’Lovely, A Night Of Musicals, over 30 UK Pantomimes and was nominated as the UK Producer of The Year by Encore Magazine. He is currently on tour in his show, Love Changes Everything and will direct a new stage comedy in 2015, 69 Shades of Black, starring ex-Steps singer and actress Faye Tozer.

Dates for the tour include: 1 Oct Palace  Redditch/2 Oct Octagon Yeovil/3 Oct Stockport Plaza/4 Oct Beacon  Greenock/ 7 Oct The Playhouse Whitley/8 Oct Baths Hall Scunthorpe/9 Oct Grove  Dunstable/10 Oct Wyvern Swindon/11 Oct Hall For Cornwall, Truro/14 Oct Webster Theatre Arbroath/15 Oct Rothes Hall, Glenrothes/16 Oct Palace Theatre Kilmarnock/17 Oct Forum Billingham/18 Oct Marlowe, Canterbury/20 Oct Dg One Dumfries/21 Oct Opera House Buxton/22 Oct Hamilton Town House Theatre/23 Oct Lyceum, Crewe/24 Oct Fairfield Hall, Croydon/28 Oct Pomegranate Chesterfield/29 Oct Towngate  Basildon/30 Oct Lighthouse  Poole/31 Oct Forum Theatre, Malvern/1 Nov  Lpac, Lincoln/2 Nov Oldham Coliseum/4 Nov Grand Theatre Porthcawl/5 Nov Floral Pavilion, New Brighton/6 Nov Barbican, York/7 Nov St. Albans Arena/8 Nov The Roses Tewkesbury


Tuesday, October 28

Peter Pan and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2015 Season

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has announced its summer season with J M Barrie's original stage play of Peter Pan opening  its 2015 season, running from 15th May to 14 June.  It will be co-directed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel.

This will be followed by  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (16 July-29 August), which reunites the team behind the 2013 award-winning production of The Sound of Music including director Rachel Kavanaugh and choreographer Alistair David.

Timothy Sheader's production of William Golding's Lord of the Flies will then return to the Open Air Theatre for a short run from 3 to 12 September to conclude the 2015 season, prior to a major UK tour.

Full creative team and casting is to be announced. Public booking for the season opens on 9th December 2014.


Sunday, October 26

Lucie Jones and Lauren Samuels Followspot Duets

West End on Sea Productions  are joined by TV and West End stars Lucie Jones and Lauren Samuels appearing in Proud Cabaret at 83 St George's Road Brighton on 2nd November (doors open at 7:00pm with the show at 8:00pm) and in London on 3rd November at Proud Cabaret City, 1 Mark Lane,EC3R7AH (Nearest Tube: Monument)

Lucie wowed The X Factor in Series 6 and has gone on to forge a successful career in theatre. She has played Cosette in Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre), Victoria in American Psycho (Almeida Theatre) and Meat in We Will Rock You (World Arena Tour).

Lauren was a runner up on BBC’s Over The Rainbow programme, launching a career which has seen her play Scaramouche in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre and World Arena Tour) and Sandy in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre). She has just finished playing the lead role of Jenny in Love Story.


Tickets are £20 (plus booking fee) and are available at

Saturday, October 25

Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance - Dangerous Games transferring to Dominion Theatre

Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance - Dangerous Games will transfer to the Dominion Theatre in London's West End from 9th March  to 5th  September 2015 ahead of a world tour. It will follow White Christmas starring Tom Chambers and Aled Jones which runs there from  12th November and  until 3rd January 2015.

The current production stars 40 young performers, alongside Michael Flatley and former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle. It is based on Irish folklore and  is the classic tale of Good versus Evil expressed through  dance. Little Spirit travels through time to help the Lord of the Dance protect his people from the challenge of the Dark Lord, Don Dorcha, . As his dark power challenges the hero, the adventure turns  into a mythical universe of love, danger, and desire, created by an orchestrated combination of precision dancing, state of the art lighting and pyrotechnics.

Lord Of The Dance - Dangerous Games features new staging including holographic-effect projections, new costumes and new choreography. The production is directed and choreographed by Michael Flatley, with new music by composer Gerard Fahy and combines the best of tradition with all the excitement of new music and dance.

The production will play its final performance at the London Palladium on 25 October 2014.

Tickets for Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance - Dangerous Games


Friday, October 24

Nathan Amzi, Julie Atherton, Gina Beck, Daniel Boys, Cynthia Erivo, Fra Fee, Nick Holder, Michael Matus, Jon Robyns and Jill Winternitz in West End Recast 2

West End Recast 2  is back in the West End  at the Phoenix Theatre on Sunday 9th November at 7:30pm.

Following a completely sold out premiere earlier this year, West End Recast returns with an  all new Musical  evening of  theatre madness where the Phantom might be female... Annie could be 65 years old... Grizabella might be a dog... and Sweeney Todd could be as nice as pie!

Directed by Adam Lenson with Musical Supervision & Arrangements by Daniel A. Weiss. Some of West End's biggest stars including Sabrina Aloueche, Nathan Amzi, Julie Atherton, Gina Beck, Daniel Boys, Rebecca Brewer, Cynthia Erivo, Fra Fee, Nick Holder, Cassidy Janson, Leon Lopez, Michael Matus, Jon Robyns, Katie Rowley Jones, Gareth Snook and Jill Winternitz have the unique opportunity to sing songs from roles they have always wanted to play but will NEVER be cast in presenting their unique renditions of songs from... Dreamgirls, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, Chicago, Oliver, Memphis, Matilda, RENT, Miss Saigon and many, many more.

Tickets for West End Recast 2


Wednesday, October 22

Tour of Oh What A Lovely War announced

Wendi Peters (Corrie's Cilla Battersby-Brown) is to join the ensemble cast of Oh What A Lovely War on its 2015 national tour. The show  will return to its spiritual home - Theatre Royal Stratford East - in January before embarking on its tour to  Richmond, Malvern, Manchester, Cambridge, Bath, Torquay, Guildford, Coventry, Brighton, Leicester, Aylesbury, Birmingham, Truro, Hull and Wimbledon theatres..

Peters' recent stage credits include White Christmas at the Lowry, Salford (which she is reprising at the Dominion Theatre ), The Mystery Of Edwin Drood at the Arts Theatre and Rutherford & Son for Northern Broadsides.

Oh What A Lovely War originally premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1963 whenJoan Littlewood adapted the play from Charles Chilton's work for radio through her company Theatre Workshop. It, transferred to the West End in June 1963, opening on Broadway in 1964 and receiving four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical.

This revival opened at Theatre Royal Stratford East in February 2014 with a cast including Caroline Quentin.

Killian Donnelly, Alistair Brammer, Gerónimo Rauch, Nadim Naaman and Gina Beck MAD Christmas Album

The West End Goes MAD For Christmas is  MAD Trust’s first official Christmas album produced by Auburn Jam Records due for  release on November 30th to coincide with Trust’s annual fundraiser, A West End Christmas at St Paul’s Actor’s Church, Covent Garden.

It is compilation album of Christmas songs by new writers performed bya host of West End stars.  The track listing is:

- Together We Can Make It written by Felix Hagan peformed by
Killian Donnelly & the cast of Les Misérables
- Home - Alistair Brammer; written by Gus Gowland & Alistair Brammer
- I Love Christmas - Chloe Hart; from The Bakewell Bake Off written by The Baking Committee- -This Christmas - written & performed by Stuart Matthew Price
- Reindeer Wives - Harriet Thorpe, Christopher Howell & Sophie Isaacs; written by Anderson & Petty
-A Soldier's Christmas - Gerónimo Rauch & Nadim Naaman; written by Nadim Naaman
-Praying For You - Gina Beck; written by Alexander Bermange
 -The Little Match Girl - Janie Dee; written by Tim Connor

Nikki & Joe Davison are the husband & wife team behind Auburn Jam Music production

 CDs at £10, are available to pre-order now.


Friday, October 17

New Musical Mrs Henderson Presents to open at Bath next Summer

Theatre Royal Bath is to  host to a try-out run of the new musical Mr Henderson Presents from 14th August 2015.

Based on Stephen Frears' 2005 film, which starred Bob Hoskins, Will Young and  Judi Dench as 'Laura Henderson', who created a vaudeville show featuring all-nude young women at the Windmill Theatre in London during "a time of great censorship," says producer Michael Harrison.

The film's producer Norma Heyman is a backing the musical alongside John Reid and Harrison with  music by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain with lyrics by Don Black and choreography by Andrew Wright. Terry Johnson will direct  from his own adaptation of Martin Sherman's screenplay.