Saturday, July 4

In The Heights confirmed for London return

Producers have now  confirmed rumours that the smash-hit UK debut production of In the Heights is to return to a central London venue this autumn following its sell-out success at the Southwark Playhouse last year with a cast including  Sam Mackay, Nathan Amzi, David Bedella and Victoria Hamilton Barritt. The show won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical and was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Featuring music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, In The Heights is described  as "an exhilarating journey into Washington Heights, one of Manhattan's most vibrant communities".

The UK premiere  last summer was  produced by Runaway Entertainment and Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd, and  directed by Luke Sheppard with choreography from Drew McOnie.

Further details including the venue, dates and an exclusive booking period will be revealed on  Thursday 9 July.


Wednesday, July 1

Casting announced for Pinocchio at Greenwich

Casting has been announced for the UK premiere ofThe Adventures of Pinocchio which opens at the Greenwich Theatre on 7th August (previews from 5th August) and runs until 23rd August 2015.

The cast includes: Christian James/ Pinocchio, Martin Neely (Les Misérables/Mary Poppins) as Geppetto, Rachael Louise Miller (Les Misérables/Joseph) as Fairy/Storyteller, Ceris Hine (The Rocky Horror Show) as Cat/Puppet Master and James Charlton (The Light Princess) as Fox/Lampwick.

Based on Carlo Collodi's classic tale, Pinocchio tells the story of a wooden puppet yearning to be a real boy. Carved out of wood by the lonely toymaker Geppetto, Pinocchio tumbles from one disastrous situation to another in search of adventure — only to discover that, in the end, all he really needs is an unselfish heart and the love of his father.

Written by the Broadway and Disney writing duo Neil Bartram and Brian Hill (The Story of My Life, Bedknobs and Broomsticks), this family musical brings a new vision of the timeless story to the stage, springing to life with inventive and awe-inspiring puppetry, live musicians, singers and performers.

The production will be directed by Bronagh Lagan (Portia Coughlan, Girlfriends, Rags In Concert) with Musical Direction by Freddie Tapner (Girlfriends, Mr Swallow The Musical, The Sorrows Of Satan). It is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Guy James and Ilai Szpiezak for Szpiezak Productions in association with Greenwich Theatre.

Presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe

Tickets for The Adventures of Pinocchio


Cast changes for tour of The Jersey Boys

From 18th August, Matt Corner will play  Frankie Valli on the  tour of Jersey Boys. (He previously played the role at certain performances, which Michael Pickering is now joining  the cast to do).

Also joining the tour cast is Mark Heenehan as Gyp DeCarlo, Joel Elferink as Bob Crewe, Joe Maxwell as Norm Waxman and Samantha Hull(Francine), with Ste Clough, Tom Partridge and Amy West.

Sam Ferriday as Bob Gaudio, Lewis Griffiths as Nick Massi and Stephen Webb as Tommy DeVito  continue in their roles.

Continuing in their roles are Nathaniel Morrison as Barry Belson, Damian Buhagiar as Joe Pesci, Henry Davis as Hank Majewski, Leanne Garretty as Lorraine, Amelia Adams-Pearce as Mary Delgado, with Dayle Hodge


Monday, June 29

Kinky Boots Extends West End booking to February 2016

The mega hit Broadway musical  Kinky Boots has  today announced the opening of a new booking period, with tickets now available until Saturday 6th  February 2016. They  will go on sale from today (Monday 29th  June).

Winner of six Broadway Tony® Awards, Kinky Boots will open at London's Adelphi Theatre on 15th  September 2015, with previews from 21st  August 2015.

With direction and choreography by two-time Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Kinky Boots is the winner of six Broadway Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

Tickets for Kinky Boots 

Saturday, June 27

Cameron Mackintosh on Miss Saigon leaving UK for Broadway

Cameron Mackintosh has just been taking to Graham Norton on his BBC Radio2 Show and has again confirmed that Miss Saigon will be leaving the Prince Edward Theatre next year to go to across the pond to make way for Broadway hit show Aladdin to open in London's West End.

He is making an announcement in the next couple of weeks what Saigon's final booking extension will be (it is currently booking until 19th December 2015), but he currently plans to open it in NY in early 2017 with the UK set  and some of the current cast members (dates all dependent on when he can get the right theatre).


Friday, June 26

Aladdin to open at Prince Edward next summer

Baz in today's Mail reports that the hit Broadway show of Disney's Aladdin, originally thought to be opening  at the London Palladium or the Dominion, has finally settled  on the West End's Prince Edward Theatre.

This is provided Cameron Mackintosh's new version of Miss Saigon (which is currently booking to the end of this year) moves to Broadway next summer. Mackintosh told the Mail that the shows sets will be transferring with it to save money.

Meanwhile, designer Bob Crowley is modifying Aladdin's  sets and flying magic carpet for its new home in London's West End.

More news to follow.


Diana Vickers, Ben Freeman and Paul Cattermole cast in tour of Rocky Horror

Diana Vickers (Janet) ,  Ben Freeman  (Brad) and former S Club 7 member Paul Cattermole (Eddie/DrScott ) and Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff are to lead the cast of the new tour of the Rocky Horror Show which begins in Brighton in December and has just added more dates which go on sale today.

It  will mark Cattermole's professional theatre debut having shot to fame in the pop band S Club 7 in the 90's. Diana Vickers found fame on The X Factor before appearing in  West End theatre with credits including The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and The Duck House.  Freeman is best known for playing Scott Windsor in Emmerdale with theatre credits including Fiyero in Wicked and the Fonz last year's tour of Happy Days.

Richard O'Brien's cult classic musical tells the story of  two very clean cut American kids (Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss) who blow a tyre and go to get help at a house in the distance where they can see a light on. But it’s the home of Frankenstein, where Dr Frank'n'Furter is in the middle of one of his scary experiments.

Sweethearts Brad and Janet go on an adventure they’ll never forget, with Frank’n’Furter, Rocky, Riff Raff and Magenta.  Timeless classics help them on their way including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet and the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp.

More dates and casting news to follow.


Wednesday, June 24

Alison Jiear's Swingin' Christmas at St James Theatre

Alison Jiear recently reached the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent, and has just announced she is performing Alison Jiear's Swingin' Christmas solo show at the St James Theatre on 14th December.

At the show she sing   her wish list of festive favourites from anthemic carols to swingin' Christmas hits".

She is  soon be seen in the West End premiere of Stiles and Drewe's musical  Three Little Pigs at the Palace Theatre.

Tickets for Alison Jiear's Swingin' Christmas