Friday, July 24

Casting for Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert at Regent's Park

Casting has just been announced for the special concert staging of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar which will run at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre for 70 performances only from Friday 14 August for six weeks to 27th September. There will be  reduced capacity down to 390 seats.  
Many roles in the production will be shared with different performers taking on different dates with Declan Bennet and Pepe Nufrio sharing the title role with Anoushka Lucas and Maimuna Memon as Mary Magdalene, Tyrone Huntley Ricardo Alfonso and David Thaxton as Pilate, Shaq Taylor as King Herod, Ivan de Freitas as Caiaphas, Nathan Amzi as Annas, Phil King as Peter, Cedric Neal as Simon with Genesis Lynea, Rosa O'Reilly, and Elliotte Williams D'Nure as the Soul Sisters.

The cast will also feature Daniel James Bailey, Dale Evans, Rosie Fletcher, Joshua Zac Hawkins, Stevie Hutchinson, Billy Luke Nevers, Charlotte Riby, Tino Sibanda, Baranby Thompson and Tara Young. 

William Village, Executive Director said: "Following the government's announcement last week that outdoor theatres may re-open, we have been working around the clock to find a way to open in August and September this year. With social distancing, seating capacity has been dramatically reduced to 390 seats (down from 1,256). This makes producing any large-scale show economically extremely challenging, particularly as we are an unfunded organisation. Nevertheless, both for us as a venue, and the industry as a whole, we believe it is incumbent upon us to do everything possible to re-open this year, and we're delighted to announce this special concert staging of our award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar. 

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Friday, July 17

Frozen announces more casting and new opening dates

The West End premiere of Disney's Frozen the Musical  has just announced new opening dates and  additional cast members.

The production will now reopen the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with previews commencing April 2nd, 2021 and and official opening night on April 14th, 2021.

The production has also announced more cast members  joining  Pretty Woman and Les Miserables star Samantha Barks as ice Princess Elsa and  Stephanie McKeon as Princess Anna. They will be joined by Craig Gallivan as Olaf, Obioma Ugoala as Kristoff, Richard Frame/Lord Weselton, Oliver Ormson/Prince Hans with Ashley Birchall as Sven.

They will be joined by Mikayla Jade and Ashley Birchall alternating the role of Sven, ; with Jeremy Batt, Cameron Burt, Lauren Chia, Laura Emmitt, Emily-Mae (Bulda), Danielle Fiamanya (first cover Elsa), Hannah Fairclough, Matt Gillett, Joe Griffiths- Brown, Emily Lane, Justin-Lee Jones, Jason Leigh Winter, Jacob Maynard, Leisha Mollyneaux, Gabriel Mokake (King Agnarr), Sarah O'Connor (first cover Anna), Jemma Revell, Jacqui Sanchez (Queen Iduna), Jak Skelly (Oaken/Bishop), Jake Small, Isabel Snaas, Joshua St. Clair (Pabbie), Monica Swayne, and Anna Woodside. Further casting is to be confirmed.

Thursday, July 9

New Tour dates announced for My Best Friends Wedding Starring Alexandra Burke


Michael Harrison and David Ian have  just announced  rescheduled tour dates for the world premiere of MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING THE MUSICAL. Starring Alexandra Burke as Julianne Potter

Thr show will now  open at the Manchester Palace Theatre on 20 September 2021 ahead of an extensive UK an Ireland tour.

 
Further casting and more tour dates will be announced in due course.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella opening postponed to March 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber has delayed the opening of his new musical Cinderella to March 2021. It will now receive it  world premiere at London's The Gillian Lynne Theatre on Wednesday 7th April 2021, with previews from Friday 19th  March 2021.

Lloyd Webber said: "Whilst I continue to impress on the government that theatres can reopen safely based on The London Palladium model, it has become clear that we need to move the opening of Cinderella to next Spring. My teams have been working throughout lockdown to prepare the show and are raring to go, but there are key elements, not least casting and the building of sets and costumes, that take months of forward planning and can only start as we get further down the road to normal. So the show will absolutely go on, just a little later than I'd hoped."

Monday, June 29

Six the Musical Drive In Summer Shows Cancelled

Updated 5th July:  The drive-in tour of Six the Musical has been completely cancelled by organisers Live Nation Entertainment.

In a statement they said: "The latest developments regarding localised lockdowns mean it has become impossible for us to continue with the series with any confidence."

Six producers Kenny Wax, Wendy and Andy Barnes and George Stiles said: "This devastating news has come out of blue and hit us all for six. We are so sorry to disappoint the thousands of fans who have booked tickets and sold out many dates on the tour. It is also a sad day for our West End and UK Tour Queens who had already started rehearsals and our entire team of up to 60 people who were all working so hard to deliver a spectacular show.

"Despite the Government announcing stage three of Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden's road map permitting performances outdoors with an audience, the planned tour was due to visit 12 cities, several of which have since been identified as emerging Covid infection hot spots.

Full refunds will be issued directly to all ticket holders within the next seven days from Ticketmaster.



Updated 13th July: SIX the musical has just announced that it will be the first West End musical to perform again after lockdown. They will join the Utilita Live From The Drive-In summer shows to perform  8 shows a week this August and September at twelve  open air sites. The cast for the piece will be a mix of the West End and tour ensembles, with the drive-in show opening at Milton Keynes on 4 August before  visiting  Liverpool, Leeds, Bolton,Teesside, Lincoln , Cheltenham, Bristol , Edinburgh , Newmarket , Birmingham  and London's Colesdale Farm. A number of original tour dates have already sold out. 300 vehicles can attend each show with a maximum of seven people allowed in each car who  will be able to picnic and party while watching the festival-style full length show live from their own dedicated area next to their vehicle

The  production has just announced  three more performances at Birmingham Resorts World Arena, eight more performances at London's Colesdale Farm  and eight new performances in Milton Keynes. Tickets for the new dates will be released later this week.

Buy tickets for Six the Musical  in London which is booking until September 2021 

The  tour of SIX The Musical has announced rescheduled dates for 2021 which are now on sale .

Designed to comply with all official guidelines, Utilita Live From The Drive-In will deliver the UK’s premier drive-in experience, boasting concert quality sound from a live stage with a full state of the art sound system, lighting rig and high definition LED screens, creating an arena or stadium concert feel in a safe Drive-In setting adhering to the Government’s current social distancing rules to protect fans, artists, crews and staff at all times.



Friday, June 5

LATEST LISTING of rescheduled shows, concerts and tours

Updated 31st July: Here is the latest information available on West End musical shows and tours that have been postponed or rescheduled to future dates.

Sunday in the Park with George starring  Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford will be in the West End in 2021 with dates still  to be confirmed.

Singin in the Rain' – The Sadler's Wells run  has been moved to 2021, with tour dates staying the same.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat West End production starring Jason Donovan and Jac Yarrow at the Palladium has moved to next year with tickets now on sale

Hairspray the musical starring Michael Ball, Paul Merton, Rita Simons and Marisha Wallace  is now scheduled to  open on April 22nd, 2021 running for 19 weeks until 28th August

Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's has postponed its reopening until 2021 - new dates to follow

Mary Poppins  at the Prince Edward Theatre has postponed its reopening until 2021- new dates to follow

Hamilton the Musical has postponed its reopening until 2021- new dates to follow

Hello, Dolly! – The new West End production  has been postponed until 2022 due to Imelda Staunton's Netflix filming commitments on The Crown.

Moulin Rouge the Musical has bee postponed until late in 2021 with previews likely to take place in November.

Dear Evan Hansen reopening has been put back to 2021 - new dates TBA

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT has reopened ticket booking for an open-ended run from 2nd November 2020 to 4th September 2021. You  can now purchase tickets for the stage adaptation of the Dreamworks animated film  during that period at London's Dominion Theatre.

Sleepless The Musical  starring Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh will run at the  Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre from 25 August 2020 - 3 October 2020..

Hairspray the Musical Tour - postponed until 2021.  New dates now on sale.

Sister Act  has moved its dates to 2021 both on tour and in London with Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Saunders now at the Eventim Apollo next summer from 20th July.

The Addams Family tour postponed until 2021

There is a new tour of Rock of Ages starting in May 2021

Waitress Musical has  new dates on sale to the 2021 tour

My Best Friends Wedding has added new tour dates

Whitney – Queen of the Night  has rescheduled its West End date to 7 February 2021

Strictly Ballroom the new  tour of the Baz Luhrmann musical, starring Strictly Come Dancing's Kevin Clifton, has been postponed for a year.

Mamma Mia! has announced new tour dates

The Book of Mormon  has rescheduled tour dates to later in 2021.

We Will Rock You  has postponed its tour until 2021with new dates added.

The Lion King 20th anniversary tour of the show has added new dates extending into 2022

Six the Musical has rescheduled tour dates and has  now extended into 2021


Friends! The Musical Parody  has rescheduled some tour dates to 2021.

Bring it On  the Lin Manuel Miranda musical tour will now commence in  autumn 2021.

Footloose  tour  starring Gareth Gates and Darren Day will now begin in January 2021.
 
Grease the Musical has released rescheduled tour dates

The Commitments tour of the Roddy Doyle Musical will now begin in  2021
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9 to 5 the Musical second tour of Dolly Parton's  hit musical  now begins in   2021 with new dates on sale.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie tour dates have been rescheduled  with more to be confirmed for early 2021.

Thriller Live! the Michael Jackson musical has rescheduled some tour dates and added new ones to 2021

There is a new tour of Chicago the Musical due to start next March with tickets now on sale

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's entire summer season will now run in 2021, including the Carousel revival and new 101 Dalmations musical.

Chichester Festival Theatre has moved its 2020 season to next year

Jane McDonald has rescheduled her Leave a Light On  tour dates to 2021

David Essex has rescheduled his concert tour dates to 2021














Thursday, June 4

Chicago the musical to embark on a 2021 UK tour

It has just been announced that Chicago the musical will embark on a 2021 UK tour, opening at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham  on 12th March before visiting more UK venues currently up until October.  Tickets go  on sale in a week's time. with further dates and casting to be announced soon.

The last tour of he musical ended in December 2016 starring John Partridge, Mica Paris and Hayley Ta.maddon

Wednesday, June 3

Peter Pan musical with Christopher Walken to be streamed for free




The next instalment in "The Shows Must Go On" series has been revealed.

From 5th  June 2020 at 7:00pm BST, Peter Pan Live starring Allison Williams as Peter Pan, Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, Kelli O'Hara as Mrs Darling, Christian Borle as Mr Smee and Taylor Louderman as Wendy, with Minnie Driver acting as Narrator. will be presented for free – You watch it here from that date.

The 2014 televised version of the 1954 Broadway musical will be available for 48 hours. It has music by Moose Charlap and Jule Styne, with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The 2014 production added new numbers and restored a song that had been cut from the show before its Broadway premiere.


Monday, June 1

Singin' in the Rain postpones Sadlers Wells run to 2021

The upcoming revival of Singin' in the Rain has announced new dates for its postponed run at Sadler's Wells.

Directed by Jonathan Church, choreographed by Andrew Wright, designed by Simon Higlett and lit by Tim Mitchell, the piece now runs at Sadler's Wells from 30 July to 5 September 2021  with tickets now on sale.

The cast will be led by Adam Cooper, who returns to the role of Don Lockwood after starring in the show when it first ran in Chicester in 2011. Further casting is to be announced.

Friday, May 29

Hello, Dolly! starring Imelda Staunton postponed to 2022

Hello, Dolly! starring Imelda Staunton was set to begin performances this summer at the Adelphi Theatre, but producers of the show have today announced that the production has been postponed to 2022. The long delay is due to the fact that  Imelda Staunton is committed to shoot the 5th season of the Netlfix drama The Crown in 2021.

Ticket holders to the original dates will be contacted and issued a refund. New dates for the production to follow.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat now due to open at Palladium in 2021.

The West End return of the new  production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which was due to open his summer has been rescheduled to 2021.

Stars Jason Donovan and Jac Yarrow will return for the run, which is set to begin performances July 1st , 2021 at the London Palladium. Booking  reopens on 19th June 2020. Ticket holders for the original dates will be contacted to move their tickets to the new run.

Wednesday, May 27

New UK and Ireland Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” not reopening

Due to the current state of complete shutdown of the British theatre by the Government because of Covid-19, Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group must announce that their new UK and Ireland Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera”, which only played its opening date prior to a 14 month tour, will not re-open.


The great uncertainty around the duration of social distancing requirements and the perilous financial situation in which many regional theatres find themselves have conspired to make re-routing an entire major tour like Phantom impossible for some time as so many existing tours are needing to reschedule.


The production opened at Curve, Leicester at the beginning of March. Subsequent runs in Manchester and Dublin have already been cancelled. Following these dates, the tour was due to play Birmingham, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Cardiff, Plymouth, Southampton and Bradford.


Whilst it is heart breaking for us as producers as well as for our wonderful cast, orchestra and crew who had all worked so hard to create this truly spectacular but tragically short-lived reinvented staging of the original production, we are determined that the disappearance of the “Phantom” from the British regional stage will not be forever and that when theatre is back thrilling audiences  again the “Music of the Night” will soar once more from the orchestra pit.


Ticket holders will be contacted directly by their venue/point of sale in due course and we appreciate their patience in this unprecedented time.