Wednesday, September 17

New Into the Woods Movie Poster

Due to be released at Christmas


Friday, September 12

Brian Gilligan taking over from Killian Donnelly in The Commitments.

Killian Donnelly leave  the Commitments at the Palace Theatre this weekend to join the cast of Memphis the Musical which starts previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 9th October. The role of Deco Deco" Cuffe lead singer of the band will be taken over by Brian Gilligan.

He trained at the Abbey School of Music and Drama, and is a self-taught instrumentalist.  Credits while training include: Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Mr Upfold in Albert Herring, Bill in A Hand of Bridge, Robert in The Drowsy Chaperone and Thisby/Flute and Bottom/Pyramus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Theatre includes: Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof (Jim Molloy Productions 2011), Man 1 in Songs for a New World (Mermaid Arts Centre, Dublin, 2011), The Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (Helix DCU, Dublin 2011), Robinson Crusoe in Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates pantomime (Gaiety, Dublin 2011-12), Anglo Boy 4 in Anglo the Musical (Olympia, Dublin 2013), Sean Og O Coileain in The Promise Musical (Irish premiere, Helix DCU, Dublin 2012), Curly in Oklahoma! (National Concert Hall 2012) and Michael Collins in Michael Collins a Musical Drama (Tivoli, Dublin 2013).

Opera and operetta include: Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance (Festival Productions 2008 and New Lyric Opera Productions 2010), Marco in The Gondoliers (Festival Productions 2009), Parpignol in La Bohème (Lyric Opera Productions 2009), Giuseppe in La Traviata, Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor and The Registrar in Madame Butterfly (Lyric Opera Productions 2010), Blink in Die Fledermaus (Loughcrew Garden Opera 2011), Camille in The Merry Widow and Un Messo in Il Trovatore (Lyric Opera Productions 2011) and Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte and Sam in Street Scene (Opera in the Open 2012).


Thursday, September 11

Ruthie Henshall at Last Night of Proms leading Mary Poppins Singalong

West End star Ruthie Henshall is currently starring as dance taher Mrs Wilkinson in the musical Billy Elliott, but it has just been announced she is performing at the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 13th September to lead the Royal Albert Hall and Proms in the Park audiences around the UK in a  Mary Poppins singalong. The specially arranged medley by Anne Dudley marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Disney film.

Ruthiesaid of making her Last Night of the Proms debut: "It's something I've always watched so to be a part of it is a total honour."


Friday, September 5

Beautiful Producers looking for British Carole King

The producers of hit Broadway musical Beautiful, based on the music of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, will preview at the Aldwych Theatre  on 10th February and open on the 25th with an all-British cast.

The show has made a star of Jessie Mueller, who created the King role on stage in New York. But she is not known in the UK. The show, featuring all the songs associated with King, is strong enough on its own and doesn’t require a big star. The producers and creative team will visit London this month to decide who to cast in the main role.


Tam Mutu Katherine Kelly & Peter Polycarpou join cast of City of Angels

As already announced Cy Coleman's musical City of Angels will be running at the Donmar Warehouse over Christmas and the New Year from 5th December to 7th February 2015

Joining the already announced cast of  Hadley Fraser as Stine the novelist who is adapting his novel City of Angels into a screenplay with Rosalie Craig is his wife Gabby/Bobbi who disapproves of his womanizing and eventually leaves him and Samantha Barks who plays Mallory/Avril is Katherine Kelly/Carla Haywood & Alaura Kingsley  (Mr Selfridge and Coronation Street ), Tam Mutu (recently Javert in LesMis) and Peter Polycarpou is movie mogul Buddy Fiddler (currently in Guys & Dolls at Chichester).

Over a quarter of the tickets for this production have been held back, allowing for more than 550 tickets to go on sale each week in December  including Barclays Front Row and Day Tickets.


Thursday, September 4

Cast announced for Evita at the Dominion

ITV’s Superstar talent contest winner, Ben Forster,  is to play Agustin Magaldi in the forthcoming West End run of Evita at the Dominion Theatre. The show  has  a limited run of just 5 performances opening  on September 16th , with a press night on September 22nd.

Forster joins the previously announced Marti Pellow/Che, and Madalena Alberto/ Eva and Matthew  Cammelle (Three Phantoms, South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera)) as Peron.  They will be joined by Sarah McNicholas, Michelle Pentecost, Amira Matthews, Olive Robinson, Verity Burgess, Gemma Atkins, Lizzie Ottley, Joe McCourt, Joe Maxwell, Joel Elferink, Ryan Pidgen, Anthony Ray, Chris Stoddart, Callum Fitzgerald, David Burlin, Stuart MacIver, Peter McPherson, Joseph Connor, Jamie Tyler and Christopher Palmer.

New trailer for Evita

Forster has appeared as Jesus in an arena tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar in both the UK and Australia followed by playing Brad Majors in the 40th anniversary tour of The Rocky Horror Show.

Tickets for Evita

Bonnie Langford and Gary Wilmot joining Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Samantha Bond is leaving Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre on 6th September.  The role of  Muriel Eubanks will tbe taken over by Bonnie Langford from 16h September.  Her musical theatre credits include  Cats, The Pirates of Penzance and Chicago and more recently  playing Lady of the Lake in Spamalot and the tour of the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5.

John Marquez (Doc Martin's PC Penhale) who plays Andre Thibault (Beaumont-sur-Mer’s Chief of Police) is also leaving and his role will be taken over by Gary Wilmot who is currently appearing in The Pajama Game.


Tuesday, September 2

New Tour of Anything Goes

Stage Entertainment, in association with Sheffield Theatres, has just announced  a new UK and Ireland tour of Cole Porter’s classic musical comedy, Anything Goes . Following its run at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield (28 November 2014 – 17 January 2015), the tour will open at the New Wimbledon Theatre on  29th January before visiting Aylesbury. Stoke, Bromley, Bradford, Liverpool, Eastbourne, Southampton, Manchester, Glasgow, Dartford,  Northampton, High Wycombe, Belfast, York, Plymouth, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Cardiff, Wolverhampton, Aberdeen, Dublin, Torquay, Bournemouth, Woking, Oxford, Birmingham,  Milton Keynes, Sunderland and Bristol Hippodrome where it currently ends on 10th October. Full  casting details to follow shortly.

 Directed by Daniel Evans and choreographed by Alistair David, this brand new production of Cole Porter’s classic, multi-award winning musical comedy,  transports you to the magical age of tap dancing and high society.When Billy Crocker discovers that his heart’s desire, debutante heiress Hope Harcourt is engaged to an English aristocrat, he stows away aboard the S.S. American to win her back. Aided by a string of eccentric passengers on board the luxurious transatlantic liner, can this web of love be untangled before they reach Southampton?

 Featuring  a live orchestra and a  cast of 26, Cole Porter’s uplifting masterpiece of song and dance features standard songs  I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top, It’s De-Lovely and Anything Goes.