Monday, February 8

Ruthie Henshall & Lesley Garrett Some Enchanted Evening Concert

At the Cadogan Hall from Thursday 18 August - Saturday 20 August 2016 Lesley Garrett, Ruthie Henshall, with special guests and an ensemble from ArtsEd  special guests perform Some Enchanted Evening celebration of the Hits of Broadway Legend Richard Rodgers featuring classic songs including The Lady is a Tramp, My Funny Valentine, Climb Every Mountain, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’, Edelweiss, Shall We Dance?, There is Nothing Like a Dame, Do-Re-Mi, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered from his great musicals  Oklahoma!, The Sound Of Music, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, Babes In Arms, Cinderella, State Fair, Pal Joey, On Your Toes.  They will be  accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted  by Richard Balcombe

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Sunday, February 7

The Railway Children starring Shaun Williamson extends booking to October

The Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny’s stage adaptation of E Nesbit’s novel The Railway Children – Live on Stage has just extended its run for he fourth time at the King’s Cross Theatre to 30th October 2016.

The current cast of The Railway Children includes Shaun Williamson as Mr Perks, Caroline Harker as Mother, Sophie Ablett as Bobbie, Matt Jessup as Peter, Beth Lilly as Phyllis, Lindsay Allen as Mrs Perks, Peter Gardiner as Doctor/Butler, Mark Hawkins as Jim/District Super, Connie Hyde as Mrs Viney, Blair Plant as Father/Schepansky, and Moray Treadwell as the Old Gentleman, with Helen Brampton, Rebecca Brierley, Timothy George and Daniel Griffin, plus a children’s ensemble made up of three teams of ten children aged between 9 and 15.

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Friday, February 5

Michael Crawford back in the West End

Legendary performer Michael Crawford is due to return to the West End  this spring in a new musical.  He last appeared in the title role of the Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium in 2011/12.

He will star in a new musical, The Go-Between, based on the 1953 novel by L P Hartley. The production will begin performances on May 27th at the Apollo Theatre for a limited season until Saturday 15th  October

The Go-Between  has been adapted several times for stage and screen.  The musical's creative team includes composer Richard Taylor, writer David Wood and producers Joseph Smith and Bill Kenwright.

The story begins with the reminiscences of Leo Colston, an elderly man looking back on his childhood. Looking through his old things. He c omes across  a battered old red  box containing a diary from 1900 -  the year of his thirteenth birthday. He slowly pieces together his memory as he looks through the diary back to Brandham Hall, the luxurious country home of his school friend Marcus Maudsley where he spent the summer of 1900 as the guest of wealthy school friend, Marcus Maudsley. On his journey he recalls the events surrounding his original visit,  and became besotted with his friend’s older sister Marian, whose family hoped that she would marry local aristocrat Viscount Trimingham.. The young Leo,is a poor boy among the wealthy upper class with his comparatively humble background obvious to all and he does not really fit in there. His hosts do their best to make him feel welcome, treating him with kindness and indulgence and when Marcus falls ill, Leo becomes a secret "go-between" for Marian Maudsley, and nearby tenant farmer Ted Burgess. At first, Leo is happy to help Marian because she is kind to him and he has a crush on her. But he   eventually realises their significance and gets caught up in a sequence of events that he cannot not comprehend or control.   As an older man, everything that happened that summer become clearer. In a final twist to the story, 52 years later, Leo returns to Brandham. There he meets Marian's grandson and finds Marian  living in a cottage – the place she had always told people she was going when she was really having clandestine meetings with Ted.  Brandham Hall has been let out to a girls' school. Lord Trimingham married Marian, but died in 1910, and Marcus and his brother Denys were killed in the First World War. In the end, an elderly Marian Maudsley persuades Leo to act as a go-between for her once more.

The  first production was mounted in 2011 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, at the Derby Live! Theatre , E and at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton. It production was awarded Best Musical Production at the 2012 Theatre Management Association's UK Theatre Awards, held at the Guildhall in the City of London.

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Cast Announced for Tour of American Idiot

English singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner will play Johnny joining the UK tour of American Idiot at the New Alexandra Theatre on May 10th, taking over the role from Matt Thorpe who will open the tour at Leicester Curve on 19th March.  The production is also hoping for  a return to the Arts Theatre this summer.

Following on from its hugely successful and critically acclaimed London run, Green Day's  Tony Award-winning Broadway musical opens at the Leicester Curve on March 19 and is currently running to July 2016.

As previously announced, four more of the show's original London cast will be returning for the UK tour alongside Amelia Lily (Whatsername). Alexis Gerred (Tunny), Llandyll Gove (Gerard), Lucas Rush (St Jimmy) and Steve Rushton (Will) all reprising their critically acclaimed roles.


Dreamgirls to open in the West End

Some great breaking news this morning, the fabulous musical Dreamgirls is finally heading to London's West End.  Glee and The Wiz Live! star Amber Riley will play Effie when the musical makes its UK debut at the Savoy Theatre with previews in November and an openging shceuled for December. Tickets will go on sale in the  spring.

Riley performed the signature tunes "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and "I Am Changing" from Dreamgirls while playing 'Mercedes Jones' in Fox's Glee. She said working on the London stage is "a dream realized" and "I just feel like this is going to be something special!"

Producer Sonia Friedman told the Mail that when Riley auditioned she "was crying, because I was overwhelmed by the emotion and passion she put into the number. And also crying with utter excitement and pure joy, relief and happiness that this girl was going to be able to give this performance in the UK. Her voice is a gift from God!"

Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Something Rotten!) will direct and choreograph the production with award winning designers Tim Hatley & Gregg Barnes creating the sets and costumes

The London show will open more than 30 years after the original Broadway production, which was directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett and starred Jennifer Holliday as 'Effie'. It won six 1982 Tony Awards, for Best Book (Tom Eyen), Best Actor (Ben Harney), Best Actress (Holliday), Best Featured Actor (Cleavant Derricks), Best Lighting Design (Tharon Musser), and Best Choreography (Bennett & Michael Peters). Bill Condon's 2006 film adaptation featured Jennifer Hudson as 'Effie' with an all star cast including Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy

With music by Henry Krieger and book & lyrics by Tom Eyen and nspired by R&B music acts in 1960s America,  DREAMGIRLS charts the tumultuous journey of a young female singing trio, from Chicago, Illinois called 'The Dreams', as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous and features the fabulous classic songs "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "I Am Changing" and "One Night Only."



Wednesday, February 3

Graham Bickley, Mary Carewe, Alison Jiear and Emma Kershaw in the Songs of the 60's

This week's 'Friday Night Is Music Night' on BBC Radio 2 at 8:00 pm presents  The Songs of the Sixties,  hosted by Paul Gambaccini and featuring singers Graham Bickley, Mary Carewe, Alison Jiear and Emma Kershaw.

Among the song classics re-arranged for a sixty piece orchestra are: Downtown; MacArthur Park; I Only Want To Be With You; Always Something There To Remind Me; Something Stupid; It's Not Unusual; To Sir With Love and a special medley of classic TV hits including Thunderbirds, The Avengers, Mission Impossible and Star Trek.


Friday, January 29

Full casting for Cats UK & European tour

Full casting has been confirmed for the UK and European tour of Cats which opens at the Manchester Opera House on Saturday 30th January 2016.

Leading the cast as Grizabella is Anita Louise Combe who recently appeared as Tessie Tura in Gypsy at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Savoy Theatre. 

Reprising his performance from the musical's recent run at the London Palladium is West End Frame Award nomineeMarcquelle Ward as Rum Tum Tugger whilst Matt Krzancontinues as Munkustrap.

The full cast includes: Kevin Stephen-Jones as Old Deutoronomy, Greg Castiglioni as Bustopher Jones/Asparagus/Growl Tiger, Shiv Rabheru as Quaxo/Mistoffelees, Joe Henry as Mungojerrie, Emily Langham as Rumpleteazer, Lee Greenaway as Skimbleshanks, Celia Graham as Jellyorum/Griddlebone, Rebecca Parker as Bombalurina, Helen Turner as Demeter,Lucinda Shaw as Jennyanydots, Sophia McAvoy as Victoria/White Cat, Phoebe Lewisas Jemima, Danielle Cato as Cassandra, Gabrielle Cocca as Tantomile, Enric Marimonas Carbucketty, James Titchener as Coricopat, Javier Cid as Macavity/Admetus, Josh Andrewsas Alonzo/Rumpus and Aaron Hunt as Bill Bailey 

Completing the cast are Megan Armstrong, Alice Cornwell, Lucy Brushett, Oliver Ramsdale and Connor McAllister.


Wicked extends booking period into 2017

Wicked! the musical  has just announced the opening of its 21st  booking period on Monday 1 February 2016 at 10am, with over 500,000 new tickets going on sale for performances until Saturday 29 April 2017.

The long-running London production  is now in its 10th anniversary year and  continues to break Box Office records at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, most recently setting a new house record with a weekly gross of £1,030,379.00 (for the week ending Saturday 2 January 2016).

Acclaimed as “a magical story of friendship, love and growing up” ( and “a package of show-stopping songs and razor-sharp wit” (Metro), Wicked has now been seen by over 7 million people in London alone and is currently the 9th longest-running show in the West End* and already the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history

Wicked currently stars: Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Tom McGowan* (The Wizard), Sean Kearns (Doctor Dillamond), Daniel Hope (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).