Monday, November 23

Full cast announced for Disney's Aladdin

Casting has been announced for the  Broadway transfer of Disney's Aladdin. As previously announced leading the cast as Aladdin will be Dean John-Wilson whose theatre credits include in the UK tour of Sister Act, From Here to Eternity, Songs For a New World and the National Theatre's  Here Lies Love.

Starring as Jasmine will be former Sugababe Jade Ewen. Most recently seen in In The Heights. Her many theatre credits include The Lion King and Whistle Down The Wind.

They will be joined by Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas who will make his London stage debut as Genie, Don Gallagher (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sweeney Todd) as Jafar, Peter Howe, (originator of the role of Michael Wormwood in Matilda The Musical) as Iago, Irvine Iqbal (Bend It Like Beckham) as Sultan and Nathan Amzi (In The Heights) as Babka

The cast will be completed by Stephen Rahman-Hughes, Arran Anzani-Jones, Miles Barrow, Albey Brookes, Lauren Chia, Bianca Cordice, Leon Craig, Daniel de Bourg, Seng Henk Goh, Melanie Elizabeth, Kade Ferraiolo, Michelle Chantelle Hopewell, Fred Johanson, Mitch Leow, Oliver Lidert, Thierry Picaut, Alex Pinder, Briony Scarlett, Kyle Seeley, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Ricardo Spriggs, Katie Singh, Dawnita Smith, Marsha Songcome, Kayleigh Thadani and Jermaine Woods.

Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs the show, which will replace Miss Saigon at the Prince Edwards Theatre which is transferring to Broadway and due to close on 27th  February next year.

Aladdin will open at the Prince Edward Theatre on Wednesday 15 June 2016, with previews from Friday 27 May.Tickets go on sale at 8:00 am today. 


Friday, November 20

Cast announced for tour of Footloose starring Gareth Gates

Footloose: The Musical  is set to  tour again  next year with Gareth Gates playing the role of Willard.

The show will be premiering at the Spa Bridlington in January before embarking on a major UKtour.

The full cast has just been announced with Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore and Luke Baker as Ren McCormack. They will be joined by Hannah Price as Ariel Moore, Nigel Lister as Reverend Shaw Moore, Nicky Swift as Ethel McCormack, Joanna Sawyer as Rusty, Matthew Tomlinson as Chuck, Natasha Brown as Wendy-Jo, Miracle Chance as Urleen and Scott Haining as Bickie with Lauren Storer, Natalie Morton-Graham, Luke Thornton and Alex Marshall.


Friday, November 13

In the Heights extends run again

Initially booking for a limited 4 week run, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights has extended its run at King’s Cross Theatre for a second time, now booking for an additional 3 months until Sunday 10 April 2016. In The Heights returns to London following a critically acclaimed sell-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse in 2014.

 The first trailer is also released today (click here to view), featuring David Bedella (The Rocky Horror Show) as Kevin, Josie Benson (Sweeney Todd) as Camila, Vas Constanti (Flashdance) as Piragua Guy, Jade Ewen (Sugababes) as Vanessa, Lily Frazer (Cats) as Nina, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (A Chorus Line) as Daniela, Sam Mackay ( as Usnavi, Antoine Murray-Straughan (Cats) as Graffiti Pete, Sarah Naudi as Carla, Eve Polycarpou (Mother Courage and Her Children) as Abuela, Joe Aaron Reid (Ghost, Broadway) as Benny and Cleve September (professional debut) as Sonny. The cast also includes Jocasta Almgill, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Michael Cortez, Gabriela Garcia, Reiss Hinds, Alexandra Sarmiento, Spin and Philippa Stefani.

Tickets for In The Heights


Nutcracker! The Musical Casting

Casting has recently been announced for the world premiere of NUTCRACKER! THE MUSICAL where Tchaikovsky’s melodies from the traditional  seasonal ballet have been reworked with a modern twist using Musical Theatre lyrics and orchestrations.  It will premiere in a four-week season at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington,  North London  from Tuesday 8th December to Sunday 3rd  January.

Nutcracker! The Musical has  music by Tchaikovsky, Book and lyrics by multiple Emmy Award-winning Nancy Holson, Arrangements Bruce Kiesling and Paul Rigano.  It will be directed by Ollie Fielding;  Musical Director Robert Hazle; Designer Eleanor Field; Choreographer Alejandro Postigo.

The cast includes: Maria Coyne (Marie) Her West End shows include Wicked (Ensemble, U/S Glinda and Nessarose). She has just played Anne in A Little Night Music and Esmerelda in The Legend of Notre Dame.

Kris Webb (Drosselmier) played Torvald in the musical A Doll’s House, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors and Fatty Arbuckle in ThomSoutherland’s  production of Mack and Mabel.

Jamie Birkett (Mouseyrinks) was named Best Female Performance in the Off West End Awards for Cross Purpose and has just beennominated again as Charlotte in A Little Night Music. Her other starring roles include Joanne in Rent, and Jubilee Climax in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens.

Peter Nash (Christian Elias/The Nutcracker Prince) was Nathan in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Anne Marcuson (Dr Stahlbaum/Queen Wanda) was in the NT production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. She was Belinda in Thom Southerland’s production of Daisy Pulls It Off.

They are joined by : Henry Wyrley-Birch; Leigh Rhiannon Coggins; Samuel Haughton; Meg Matthews; Annabel Edwards; Helen Reuben; Matthew Ives; Ben Stacey and Matthieu Hauret.

Tickets for Nutracker! the Musical


Wednesday, November 11

Cast announced for revival of Loserville

Casting is announced for the revival of Loserville which has previews from 2nd December (opening 4th December)  at The Union Theatre, running to 20th December, 2015.

Loserville has Book, Music & Lyrics by Elliot Davis and James Bourne, and is directed by Michael Burgen, Choreography by Matt Krzan, Musical Direction by Dan Jarvis, Lighting Design by Tim Deiling and Produced by Sasha Regan.

It’s 1971. Michael Dork may be a computer geek but he’s invented something that could change the world. He’s also discovered girls: a prospect (almost) as exciting as his love of binary.
Holly is the girl: she has looks and brains and wants to be the first woman in space – well, this is 1971! But will she want Michael?
 Michael and his sci-fi obsessed, social-misfit friends, Lucas, Francis and Marvin are all set to change the course of history, fashion and dating – in no particular order, but just as soon as possible, especially the dating bit.

The cast includes:Joshua Wyatt (Matilda, West End) as Michael Dork: Holly-Anne Hull (Loserville, Union Theatre) as Holly Manson: Kate Leiper as Leia Dawkins:Shane Gibb as Lucas Lloyd: Max Panks as Marvin Camden: Gareth Evans as Francis Weir: James Sinclair as Eddie Arch: Leo Sene as Huey Phillips; Thomas Cotran as Wayne Pagoda; Kimberley Powell (Mamma Mia- International Tour) as Samantha Powden; Charlotte Reavey as Elaine Friend with  Christopher Tindai, Simon Gravino, James Wakeling, RemySweeney, Abby-Rose Bryant, Chantel Bellew, Sian Nathaniel-James, Katy Stephens. 

Tickets for Loserville


Just Announced: New 2016 Tour for Buddy The Musical

A new UK tour has been announced for the rock and roll musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, which will open in Harlow in August 2016.

The production originally opened in the West End in 1989 and enjoyed a successful 25th anniversary worldwide tour in 2013.

Buddy tells the tale of the musical icon's meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22.
The show features many of Buddy Holly's greatest hits, including "That'll Be The Day", "Peggy Sue", "Oh Boy" and "Rave On". Other songs include "Chantilly Lace" and "La Bamba".

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opens at Harlow Playhouse on 31st August ahead of a 14 week tour visiting Skegness, Chesterfield, Guildford, Watford, Portsmouth, High Wycombe, Hayes, Croydon, Swansea, Dartford, Bournemouth, Northampton, Crewe and Swindon.  Dates and booking links here.


Wicked! adds extra shows Over Christmas

Wicked! the musical has added four extra matinee shows this Christmas at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre on Monday 21 December, Thursday 24 December, Monday 28 December and Thursday 31 December 2015, all at 2.30pm

All performances throughout the holiday season are in high demand: for  the  best current ticket availability choose 30 December at 7.30pm or 31 December at 2.30pm.


Tuesday, November 10

Verity Rushworth sharing role of Holly Golightly with Pixie Lott in Breakfast at Tiffany's tour

It has just been announced that Verity Rushworth will be sharing  the role of Holly Golightly with Pixie Lott on the UK Tour of Breakfast at Tiffany’s from 2nd May to 11th June 2016, appearing at His Majesty’s Aberdeen, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Theatre Royal Bath, Glasgow Theatre Royal, King’s Theatre Edinburgh and Wycombe Swan.

Verity Rushworth played the role of Donna Windsor in Emmerdale for 11 years, a role for which she won a British Soap Award this year.

Her theatre creditsw include Velma Kelly in Paul Kerryson’s production of Chicago (Leicester Curve), Grace Farrell in Nikolai Foster’s production of Annie (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Maria in Jeremy Sams’s production of The Sound of Music (national tour) and Penny Pingleton in Jack O’Brien’s production of Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre, London).