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THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

by @ Stourbridge News | Blogs and reviews

Eastenders' Samantha Womack heads up the cast as a brand new musical take on the creepy and kooky Addams clan arrives in Birmingham for a week-long engagement at the City's Hippodrome theatre. I headed to press night to see if the new show was two clicking thumbs up or down...

DOREEN: RISE OF THE YAM-YAM - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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Everyone's favourite 'Lazy Cow', Doreen Tipton, has managed to pull herself out of bed for long enough to treat Wolverhampton to another of her one-woman shows. I headed over to the Grand to review Doreen's latest, and told her to 'Break A Leg'... just think of the disability benefits!

Break Mission receive £10K prize and are bringing free hip-hop classes to Brum ahead of B-Side

by Amy Stutz @ Birmingham Hippodrome

Hip-hop returns to Birmingham Hippodrome as we are working with Break Mission to help young people aged 14-25 increase their fitness and develop their break dance skills at AeroBreaks. Funded by Sport England, AeroBreaks offers free, weekly break dance lessons to young people to explore their interest in hip-hop culture. Professional artists from Break Mission […]

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Gerald almost lost his voice in 1st show of the Miss Saigon UK tour

Gerald almost lost his voice in 1st show of the Miss Saigon UK tour


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Something not-so-funny happened to Gerald Santos on opening night of Miss Saigon last July in Leicester, the first leg of the long-running Cameron Mackintosh mega-musical’s UK tour.

Preview: Alton Towers to give guests a terrifying new 'Welcoming' this Halloween!

by @ Stourbridge News | Blogs and reviews

“If you go down to the woods today…” is set to take on a terrifying new slant this October as an all-new forest-themed Scare Maze joins Alton Towers’ award-winning Scarefest celebrations for 2017.

The Importance of Being Earnest Tickets Vaudeville Theatre

by Admin @ London Theatre 1

Classic Spring is a new theatre company, formed by Dominic Dromgoole (former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) to celebrate the bold and groundbreaking work of proscenium playwrights in the architecture for which they wrote. ‘Launched with a flourish’ (The Sunday Times), Classic Spring’s Oscar Wilde Season promises to cast new light on Wilde’s ground-breaking work, […]

TANGO MODERNO - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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Celebrated 'Strictly' duo Vincent and Flavia's latest dance spectacular arrives in Birmingham… only missing one of its central duo. How well does the new show cope without one of its stars? I found out at the show's press night at the New Alexandra Theatre...

The Birthday Party Tickets London Harold Pinter Theatre

by Admin @ London Theatre 1

Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only lodger at Meg (Zoë Wanamaker) and Petey Boles’ sleepy seaside boarding house. The unsettling arrival of enigmatic strangers Goldberg (Stephen Mangan) and McCann disrupt the humdrum lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu, and mundanity soon becomes menace when a seemingly innocent birthday party turns into a disturbing […]

‘Exceptional’ Theatre Boss Announces Retirement at Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham.

‘Exceptional’ Theatre Boss Announces Retirement at Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham.

by philiplowe @ www.eastmidlandstheatre.com

‘EXCEPTIONAL’  THEATRE BOSS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT The Managing Director of the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham is retiring after… Read more ‘Exceptional’ Theatre Boss Announces Retirement at Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham.

HAIRSPRAY (UK TOUR) - Theatre Review

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After a somewhat disappointing 2015 tour, 'Hairspray' returns to Birmingham at the City's Hippodrome Theatre. I headed to press night to see if Tracy Turnblad's 'do has got back its bounce, or if its in need of some serious volume...

A Christmas Carol – Octagon Theatre Bolton

by Rob Stanway @ At The Theatre

We all know A Christmas Carol. The Charles Dickens novel that has become absolutely synonymous with Christmas – performed in theatres up and down the country every year in various formats. Rightly so too, because it’s absolutely wonderful. A heart warming tale of a bitter and selfish old man rediscovering his love for not just...

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Review: Thriller Live on tour. Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Review: Thriller Live on tour. Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

by philiplowe @ www.eastmidlandstheatre.com

There are many people in tonight’s audience at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall who will have made a pilgrimage to experience… Read more Review: Thriller Live on tour. Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

THE WEDDING SINGER - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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The Wedding Singer sets out its stall clearly from the off. As the audience take to their seats, a skewed, oversized video panel treats punters to a selection of decidedly 80s film trailers. The Goonies. Rambo. Back to the Future. Naturally. It’s a very welcome bit of flash and period curiosity, and if it may at first seem to suggest a slightly surreal hybridisation with 1950s drive-ins, a time warping video leap into the first number plants the audience firmly on 80s terra firma. 

Review: From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads. Derby Theatre.

Review: From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads. Derby Theatre.

by philiplowe @ www.eastmidlandstheatre.com

This final tour of From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads launches rather appropriately from the main stage of Derby Theatre.… Read more Review: From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads. Derby Theatre.

Child casting for first five venues of Matlida The Musical 2018/10 UK tour.

Child casting for first five venues of Matlida The Musical 2018/10 UK tour.

by philiplowe @ www.eastmidlandstheatre.com

Today, the Royal Shakespeare Company has announced the child casting for the first five venues of the Matilda The Musical… Read more Child casting for first five venues of Matlida The Musical 2018/10 UK tour.

Review: La Cage Aux Folles (UK Tour)

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'Eastenders' star John Partridge continues to wave his boa loud and proud that he is what he is, bringing the first ever UK Tour of the acclaimed 'La Cage Aux Folles' to Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre for a one-week only engagement. I sashayed over to the Grand for press night to check it out...

Lady Windermere’s Fan | Tickets for West End Shows from £18.00

by Admin @ London Theatre 1

Classic Spring is a new theatre company, formed by Dominic Dromgoole (former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) to celebrate the bold and groundbreaking work of proscenium playwrights in the architecture for which they wrote. Its first offering is an Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville, revolving around his four great Victorian plays, which shocked […]

New Dirty Dancing Tour!

New Dirty Dancing Tour!

by openingnightreviews @ Opening Night

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage will be returning to theatres in 2018! The all new tour will open at Brighton’s Theatre Royal on Thursday 20 September 2018 before touring to Dartford, York, Stoke, Hastings, Southend, Birmingham, Preston, London (New Wimbledon Theatre) Plymouth and Oxford – with further dates to be announced. Full of heartache, passion, […]

Cast Announced for Miss Saigon UK Tour

Cast Announced for Miss Saigon UK Tour


Upper Circle

Cameron Mackintosh has today announced principal casting and further dates for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of legendary musical Miss Saigon.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY: THE MUSICAL COMEDY - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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With just a couple of weeks to go until Halloween, the creepiest, kookiest clan around have moved in to the Wolverhampton Grand for a special week-long visit. I headed to press night to review Samantha Womack, Carrie Hope Fletcher and the rest of the 'Addams' clan in the new musical production...

CILLA THE MUSICAL - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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After a Nationwide search to find its leading lady, 'Cilla the Musical' arrives in Birmingham this week to dazzle audiences with the real-life story of the red-headed, big-lunged Liverpudlian. I headed to Press Night at the New Alex to see if newcomer Kara Lily Hayworth could do the late, great Cilla justice...

'Miss Saigon' set to tour the UK and Ireland in 2017

'Miss Saigon' set to tour the UK and Ireland in 2017


The Hollywood News

Cameron Mackintosh has announced today that his acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon – a recent smash hit in the West End – will embark on a major UK tour opening atCurve Leicester from Monday 3 July – Saturday 22 July 2017 before playing Birmingham Hippodrome (26 July – 23 September …

Miss Saigon returns to Manchester!

Miss Saigon returns to Manchester!


Opening Night

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s exciting Matilda announcement Cameron Mackintosh has today announced that Miss Saigon will land at Manchester’s Palace Theatre on 21th March 2018 and wil…

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StubHub!


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‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Third Murder’ Set for Theatrical Release in China

‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Third Murder’ Set for Theatrical Release in China

by Patrick Frater @ Variety

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” and “The Third Murder” are set for limited releases in mainland Chinese theaters. Both films are part of the slowly expanding lineup of foreign titles to be handled through the Nationwide Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas. The organization’s objective is to increase the diversity of what plays in Chinese theaters and […]

Full Casting Announced for Othello at The Unicorn Theatre

by Theatre Weekly @ Theatre Weekly

Ian Nicholson directs an all-black cast in Ignace Cornelissen’s cleverly distilled new version of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Othello in a translation by Purni Morell. The full cast is Okorie Chukwu as Othello, Lawrence Walker as Iago, Ricky Fearon as Brabantio, Ronald Nsubuga as Cassio and Ayoola Smart as Desdemona. Othello, the bold,

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Miss Saigon - UK Tour Review - At The Theatre

Miss Saigon - UK Tour Review - At The Theatre


At The Theatre

Following an extended West End run (and whilst running simultaneously on Broadway), Miss Saigon has embarked on a 14 month UK Tour to bring this critically acclaimed production to every corner of the UK. The sheer, spectacular scale of this production is truly jaw dropping. With a huge company of 60 performers and an incredible set... Read More

Jersey Boys – UK Tour

by Rob Stanway @ At The Theatre

The internationally renowned production JERSEY BOYS is back for a second UK Tour in 2018 owing to the success of the West End and International smash hit that the show has become. Based on the music and story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and told from each character’s separate angle, it includes all...

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Enjoy a feast of culture at your fingertips for just £30 this Spring

by Kate Evans @ Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham’s leading contemporary arts organisations have joined forces to create the second Culture Feast menu: a joint ticket that gives access to seven theatre, dance, music, film and art events all for £30 total. With a single purchase, art fans will get tickets for an exclusive launch event at Grand Union with a guided tour of […]

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New tour dates announced for Miss Saigon

New tour dates announced for Miss Saigon


WhatsOnStage.com

There are two new UK venues to add to the current tour of the show

Cast announced for UK Tour of TURN OF THE SCREW

by West End Wilma @ West End Wilma

This spring sees the world premiere of a dynamic new adaptation of Turn of the Screw embark on a UK tour, starring Carli Norris (Pygmalion, Read more

BRASSED OFF (Wolverhampton Grand) - Theatre Review

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Over 40 years since its last in-house production, the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre this week opened 'Brassed Off', based on the 1996 Brit Flick starring Ewan McGregor & Pete Postlethwaite. I headed to Press Night at the Grand to see how the theatre's first new production sizes up...

24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners In Full

by Paul Heath @ The Hollywood News

The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild awards winners have been announced. Leading the way in the film categories was the superb Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which picked up the Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor for Francis McDormand, Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role for Sam Rockwell, and the ensemble […]

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THE COMMITMENTS - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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The Commitments is a show that busies itself with ideas. Based on Roddy Doyle’s novel of the same name (the first in a trilogy, in fact) and the subsequent BAFTA-winning 1991 film adaptation, it’s something of a musical theatre curio. It isn’t based on any real life events, and mercifully carries no self-satisfied whiff of autobiography, and yet, in following a completely fictional formation of a working-class soul band in Dublin in the mid 1980’s, it strangely lacks in narrative.

The Selfish Giant Tickets London | Vaudeville Theatre

by Admin @ London Theatre 1

A Classic Spring Theatre Company and Royal and Derngate, Northampton co-production. The Selfish Giant has a beautiful garden, but he won’t let any of the children play in it. Winter comes and never leaves. The Giant looks over his garden from his tall window. What will he do? Don’t miss this limited run of a […]

We’ve broken our Relaxed Performance record!

by Nichole Cooper @ Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Hippodrome will have staged the most Relaxed Performances in the theatre’s history this year, after our recent performance of The Snow Dragon in the Patrick Centre Studio on Thursday 21 December. The Relaxed Performance programme also includes an extended pantomime offering over the festive period with two relaxed performances on Wednesday 24 January. The […]

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Motown The Musical announces UK Tour

by WestEndTheatre @ London theatre tickets

The Tony nominated musical kicks off the tour in Birmingham

Paul Bettany May Be The New Prince Phillip In ‘The Crown’

by Paul Heath @ The Hollywood News

The Crown season 3 may have found its new Prince Phillip in Paul Bettany. The source for the potential casting is none other than the Daily Mail in the UK who say that the Avengers and Solo: A Star Wars Story actor is in active negotiations for the part, played by Matt Smith in the […]

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Miss Saigon (Touring)

Miss Saigon (Touring)


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EVITA - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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Throw the question of which Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is his best offering into a ring of theatre enthusiasts, and you’d best brace yourself for tempers, if not outright violence. Even pushing aside the naysaying hipsters and Lin-Manuel obsessives, a consensus would be an unlikely thing to reach. For some, the irrepressible character and vignetted charm of Cats would claw out the competition, and in fairness there’s always an argument to be made for ‘Memory’ being his most iconic standard, whilst Phantom and Jesus have fans by the droves. Sunset Boulevard has enjoyed a renaissance of late, thanks in no small part to Glenn Close’s triumphant return to the role of Norma Desmond, and you’ll always have a merry handful of Love Never Dies or Starlight Express defenders.

Woman Before a Glass – 4 Stars

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Woman Before a Glass Jermyn Street Theatre Reviewed – 19th January 2018 ★★★★ “beautifully delivered as a one woman tour de force by a brilliant Judy Rosenblatt”   Jermyn Street Theatre is a tiny but perfect venue that I must have wandered past for years before I knew it existed. Once I did, I was … Continue reading Woman Before a Glass – 4 Stars

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MISS SAIGON Tour – Further Touring Dates Announced

MISS SAIGON Tour – Further Touring Dates Announced


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Cameron Mackintosh has announced further touring dates for his acclaimed production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical MISS SAIGON. Further to the previously announced dates, MISS SAIGON will now also play Bradford Alhambra (19 September – 20 October 2018), Sunderland Empire (24...

DANE BAPTISTE  G.O.D (Gold. Oil. Drugs.) Comedy tour preview.

DANE BAPTISTE G.O.D (Gold. Oil. Drugs.) Comedy tour preview.

by philiplowe @ www.eastmidlandstheatre.com

Dane Baptise is heading out on the road with his smash hit show G.O.D  (Gold. Oil. Drugs) The show has been… Read more DANE BAPTISTE G.O.D (Gold. Oil. Drugs.) Comedy tour preview.

Michael Coveney: John Barton punctured the myth that Shakespeare is difficult

by Michael Coveney @ The Stage

John Barton, who died last week aged 89, was the godfather of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The director’s sonnet classes formed the

FUNNY GIRL featuring NATASHA J. BARNES - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

by @ Stourbridge News | Blogs and reviews

The news of Sheridan Smith temporarily stepping down from the role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl’s limited London run last Summer was a nugget of theatredom that percolated out into the mainstream. The usual smorgasbord of rumours, speculation and hearsay often landed foul for Smith, fairly or not so, but amidst it all, as the West End experienced one of its rare high-profile intrigues, there was one irrepressible beacon of brightness and positivity radiating from the centre; the overwhelming response to Natasha J. Barnes, Smith’s understudy, who stepped into the role to rousing audience and critical acclaim.

Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical

by openingnightreviews @ Opening Night

Opening Night verdict ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Larger than life and visually stunning, Shrek the Musical arrived at Manchester’s Palace theatre this week for a two week stop as part of a new UK and Ireland tour. Based on William Steig’s children’s book and the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek (Steffan Harri) is the story of one seriously green […]

Review: Miss Saigon (touring UK and Ireland) Curve Leicester.

Review: Miss Saigon (touring UK and Ireland) Curve Leicester.


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Curve Leicester has the honour of being the theatre in which this new UK Tour of Miss Saigon is being launched. It is no surprise because this top class modern theatre has embraced the musical thea…

THE VERDICT - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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TV veterans Clive Mantle and Jack Shepherd bring Barry Reed's 'The Verdict' to Wolverhampton audiences this week. I headed over to the Grand for press night to pass the verdict on, well, The Verdict.

NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

by @ Stourbridge News | Blogs and reviews

Whilst the theatrical release of 2009’s 'Nativity!' may not have quite set the Box Office alight, the festive Brit-flick has subsequently garnered itself quite the cult Christmastime following in recent years, much akin to how, say, 'Hocus Pocus' found a whole new seasonal life for itself on home video and DVD at Halloween.

WELCOME TO DREAMLAND: Behind-the-Scenes with the 'Miss Saigon' UK Tour.

by @ Stourbridge News | Blogs and reviews

With Cameron Mackintosh's stunning new UK Tour of the legendary 'Miss Saigon' now playing at Birmingham's Hippodrome Theatre, I took a special trip backstage to peek behind the curtain and see how this musical theatre 'Dreamland' is brought to the stage...

Women in Rock – UK Tour

by Rob Stanway @ At The Theatre

An exciting new concert tour is touring theatres this year. Women in Rock is a celebration of female rock legends – from the originals right up until modern day. With something for every rock fan. A trio of female vocal power-houses front an authentic 4 piece rock band to create a stage show worthy of...

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ELECTRICITY AND DRIVE - Behind-the-Scenes with BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL at the Birmingham Hippodrome

by @ Stourbridge News | Blogs and reviews

Kyle Pedley takes a look behind-the-scenes of the first UK Tour of Stephen Daldry's hugely successful musical, and learns a bit more about the lengths its young talent go to for their 'Billy' experience...

6 Shows I'm looking forward to seeing in 2018

6 Shows I'm looking forward to seeing in 2018

by Emma Betty @ Upper Circle

I really just need to go and see The Book Of Mormon. 

I know, I know. I still haven't seen The Book Of Mormon. I think it's one of those things where I just don't really have any sense of urgency because I don't think it's going to leave the west end any time soon. I would like to make it my mission to see it in 2018, though. I think it's time. 

Alice Fearn in Wicked

Yes I've seen it a few times already. Yes I know the story. Yes I know the music. No I have not seen Alice Fearn and I would really really like to. I have plans. 

Young Frankenstein

The amount of praise this show has had means I would really love to see it as soon as possible. With such a well known, talented cast it does look like a real spectacle. 

Company

Patti LuPone and Rosalie Craig in one cast. That is all. 

Fun Home

Fun Home is coming to the Young Vic this year. Having been beautifully developed for Broadway and based on a true story, it is almost sure to be a hit. I bought my ticket in a flurry of excitement on TodayTix when they went on presale a little while ago, but I'll make sure to update how to get your hands on a ticket, for this one! 

Bring It On

I think we can all agree that anything that Lin Manuel Miranda has anything to do with is probably worth a visit.  

What else should I be adding to my 'must see' list, and what are you hoping to see this year? 


Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus comes to The Other Palace

by Theatre Weekly @ Theatre Weekly

Rock musical Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus, directed by Arlene Phillips and written by Sam Cassidy, will have 9 concert-style workshop performances at The Other Palace from Saturday 10 - Saturday 17 March 2018. The production will be semi-staged and performed by a live 6-piece band. The show, previously called

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Miss Saigon (Touring)

Miss Saigon (Touring)


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Casting announced for Miss Saigon tour

Casting announced for Miss Saigon tour


The Sweet London Life

Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce principal casting and further dates for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of his acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical …

Miss Saigon to tour the UK in 2017 | News | The Stage

Miss Saigon to tour the UK in 2017 | News | The Stage


The Stage

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Miss Saigon is to tour the UK next year. The Boublil and Schonberg musical, which completed a West End run earlier t

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane,’ Four Other Films Added to Berlin Lineup

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane,’ Four Other Films Added to Berlin Lineup

by Henry Chu @ Variety

Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming thriller “Unsane,” starring Claire Foy and Joshua Leonard, is among five more films added Monday to the competition lineup at next month’s Berlin Film Festival. “Unsane” joins “7 Days in Entebbe” and “Aga” as new additions that, though part of the competition slate, will not actually vie for the Golden and Silver […]

Dance Hub Birmingham announces second round of funding opportunities

by Nichole Cooper @ Birmingham Hippodrome

A further 4 Developing Practice Grants offered across the dance sector aimed at developing individual’s practice. Artistic Commissioning opportunities to invest in work created in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Both opportunities support Dance Hub Birmingham in amplifying and further developing the region’s position as an international centre of excellence for dance. Following the success […]

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MTA Nominations 2018

MTA Nominations 2018

by openingnightreviews @ Opening Night

Nominations for this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards have been announced, celebrating the best work on stage and off within the city in over 20 categories, with winners being announced at a red carpet event at the Lowry theatre on Friday 9th March which will be hosted by local funny man Justin Moorhouse. With some interesting […]

When the Hippodrome kept calm and carried on…

by Kate Evans @ Birmingham Hippodrome

Matthew Bourne has placed his production of the ballet “Cinderella” in London during WW2, with a romance set in the horrors of the Blitz. When war was declared on 3 September, 1939, by Government edict all places of public entertainment were forced to close down, including the Hippodrome. However, it was quickly realised that it […]

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'Miss Saigon' will open on Broadway, followed by national tour with Chicago stop

'Miss Saigon' will open on Broadway, followed by national tour with Chicago stop


chicagotribune.com

The new take on Boublil and Schonberg's Vietnam War-era love story will play Chicago in 2018.

Miss Saigon - Birmingham Hippodrome

Miss Saigon - Birmingham Hippodrome


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'Miss Saigon' Broadway Revival Set for Spring 2017

'Miss Saigon' Broadway Revival Set for Spring 2017


The Hollywood Reporter

The new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's 1989 musical will briefly jump to Broadway after its hit London run.

Walmart Wil Return to Oscars Ads, Enlisting Female Directors

Walmart Wil Return to Oscars Ads, Enlisting Female Directors

by Brian Steinberg @ Variety

Walmart wants to go to the movies again. The large U.S. retailer will advertise for the second consecutive year in ABC’s Oscars broadcast, refining a concept that sparked word of mouth in 2017. As it did last year, Walmart will run short 60-second films during the awards-show telecast, but this time each will be devised […]

‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Third Murder’ Set for Theatrical Release in China

‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Third Murder’ Set for Theatrical Release in China

by Patrick Frater @ Variety

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” and “The Third Murder” are set for limited releases in mainland Chinese theaters. Both films are part of the slowly expanding lineup of foreign titles to be handled through the Nationwide Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas. The organization’s objective is to increase the diversity of what plays in Chinese theaters and […]

Miss Saigon - UK Tour Casting News | thespyinthestalls.com

Miss Saigon - UK Tour Casting News | thespyinthestalls.com


thespyinthestalls.com

PRINCIPAL CASTING AND FURTHER DATES ANNOUNCED FOR THE FORTHCOMING UK AND IRELAND TOUR OF CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S SPECTACULAR NEW PRODUCTION OF BOUBLIL AND SCHÖNBERG’S LEGENDARY MUSICAL   OPENING AT CURVE LEICESTER ON 1 JULY 2017 FOLLOWING ITS RECORD-BREAKING LONDON RUN AND BRILLIANT BROADWAY OPENING   Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce principal casting and further dates … Continue reading Miss Saigon – UK Tour Casting News →

Cast announced for the London return of TRAINSPOTTING LIVE

by West End Wilma @ West End Wilma

The final cast is announced for the 2018 UK tour and London season of Trainspotting Live, the acclaimed no-holds-barred immersive, in-ye-face theatre staging of Irvine Read more

Walmart Wil Return to Oscars Ads, Enlisting Female Directors

Walmart Wil Return to Oscars Ads, Enlisting Female Directors

by Brian Steinberg @ Variety

Walmart wants to go to the movies again. The large U.S. retailer will advertise for the second consecutive year in ABC’s Oscars broadcast, refining a concept that sparked word of mouth in 2017. As it did last year, Walmart will run short 60-second films during the awards-show telecast, but this time each will be devised […]

THIS IS THE HOUR: The Music, Memories and Message of Miss Saigon (UK Tour Preview)

by @ Stourbridge News | Blogs and reviews

With Cameron Mackintosh's stunning new UK Touring production of 'Miss Saigon' opening at the Birmingham Hippodrome later this month, I spoke to the cast and crew of the show in rehearsal to discuss the legacy and impact of the fan favourite musical, as well as what's new in this latest UK Tour.

Miss Saigon (Touring)

Miss Saigon (Touring)


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Miss Saigon tells the story of young bar girl named Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with Chris, an American GI - but...

Watch This Space – George Mann discusses bringing Translunar Paradise to The Patrick Studio

by Kate Evans @ Birmingham Hippodrome

Later this month, Theatre Ad Infinitum’s wordless tale of life, death and enduring love will visit Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Studio on its first tour of the UK in seven years. Ahead of the show, we caught up with Writer/Director George Mann to find out more about the show’s origins and its enduring appeal… What inspired […]

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THE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS - Theatre Review (Birmingham REP)

by @ Stourbridge News | Blogs and reviews

As a production, 'The Hundred and One Dalmatians' is much akin to its titular puppet creations. Bursting with charm, character and invention, if a little rough around the edges, with the gaps and joins (mostly deliberately) on full display. Central Dalmatian Pongo’s (Oliver Wellington) temperamental right ear, misbehaving and flapping over the character’s head throughout, is a neat analogy for the various slightly over-ambitious action sequences which are similarly wobbly or not quite as tight as they aught be.

We’re off to USITT next week!

by admin @ Cobalt Studios

We hope to meet you in St. Louis at the USITT Conference next week! Visit us at our booth # 1233 Click here for more! We can’t wait to meet up with the Guild of Scenic Artists’  (GOSA)representatives who are spearheading the Scenic Artists’ Party!  Visit them at their booth # 1603.  

The Phantom of the Opera London Tickets | Her Majesty’s Theatre

by Admin @ London Theatre 1

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s incredible masterpiece The Phantom of The Opera, continues its unprecedented West End run. The Phantom of The Opera (in French Le Fantome de l’Opera) founded on Gaston Leroux’s gothic novel, is a haunting story of seduction and despair. Synopsis The Phantom of the Opera is set in the Paris Opera House during the […]

Theatremaker Kirsty Housley: ‘I’ve got this weird niche – the best work is often quite blurry’

by Lyn Gardner @ The Stage

Kirsty Housley navigates the fault line between devised work and playwriting. She tells Lyn Gardner about the industry divide, why she doesn’t

FUNNY GIRL - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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Star of stage and screen, Sheridan Smith brings her celebrated turn as Fanny Bryce to Midlands audiences this week, as 'Funny Girl' opens for a sold-out, week long engagement at the Hippodrome. I headed over to Press Night to see if Smith - and the show - were worthy of all the buzz.

Meet The Maggots! Child casting for the UK and Ireland tour of Matilda announced!

by Kate Evans @ Birmingham Hippodrome

The Royal Shakespeare Company has today announced child casting for the Matilda The Musical 2018/19 UK and Ireland Tour. The title role will be shared by Annalise Bradbury, Lara Cohen, Poppy Jones and Nicola Turner. The multi-award winning musical will visit Birmingham Hippodrome from Tue 3 Jul – Sat 8 Sep. Winner of over 85 international awards, including […]

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Review: ★★★ The Claim, Shoreditch Town Hall

Review: ★★★ The Claim, Shoreditch Town Hall

by Beth Pratt @ Upper Circle

The doors shut. The lights shift ever so subtly and a man in a rain coat walks to the front of the audience. He pauses and the silence stretches for what seems like hours, and so begins a very stressful seventy five minutes.

The Claim is an exploration of the process of seeking refuge in the UK, taking place inside an interview to determine whether an asylum seeker will be allowed to stay or be sent back to the DRC. The man in the raincoat swiftly becomes Serge, an immensely likeable, eloquent young man whose desperation to tell his story is only matched in intensity by the incompetence, hostility and suspicion of the bureaucrats he is attempting to tell it to.

The interview starts light-heartedly, as Serge and interrogator A attempt to reminisce about childhood favourite novels and share gummy snakes, but even here the gulf between them is obvious and misunderstandings abound. The entry of cold, detached interrogator B forces the interview into more serious territory and as it unfolds, Serge’s words are increasingly mangled with dire consequences.

The actors are excellent. Nick Blakeley and Yursa Warsama are very convincing as the two interrogators, with Blakeley in particular bringing many moments of humour to what would otherwise be an overwhelmingly tense production. However, it is Ncuti Gatwa as Serge who gives the standout performance, full of warmth and intelligence - the audience is firmly on his side within minutes.

Unfortunately the script itself is a little dense, and at times moves at a rather slow pace. Given that watching the interview unfold is painful, incredibly frustrating viewing, this threatened in places to tip the balance towards unbearable; and certain interludes between the two interrogators felt unnecessarily long. The sound design could also be a little intrusive at times; the ominous music of the scene changes trying to overplay a tension that, believe me, the audience was already feeling.

All in all though, The Claim is an imaginative and linguistically clever response to the stories of asylum seekers in the UK. It’s mission to provoke outrage and frustration at the bureaucratic system is very effective, and the fate of Serge and others like him is sure to be on your mind long after the play is over.


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Matthew Bourne's THE RED SHOES - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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Back by popular demand before departing for a trip to the US, Sir Matthew Bourne's 'The Red Shoes' returned to the Birmingham Hippodrome this week after a sell-out stop earlier in the year.

THE VAUDEVILLIANS feat. Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales - Theatre Review

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There’s a propensity amongst those only marginally familiar with Logo/VH1’s cult hit RuPaul’s Drag Race to lump its alumni into a singular niche box, often bracketing them in with other ‘reality’ winners in terms of talent and ability (or lack thereof). And whilst it is true that of the 100+ drag queens that the show has brought to public attention there’s more than a fair handful of middling deadwood or vacuous forgettables, there’s real, eclectic talent to be found, too.

More Competition Films Added To Berlinale Line-Up – New Works From Soderbergh, Lav Diaz, Padilha

by Paul Heath @ The Hollywood News

Another five films have been invited to take part in the Competition of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. 23 of the 24 titles in the Competition have already been selected, 19 of the 24 films will be competing for the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears. A further six films have been invited to participate in the Berlinale Special programme, which […]

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Interview | Brendan Cole

Interview | Brendan Cole

by openingnightreviews @ Opening Night

Brendan Cole’s spectacular production, All Night Long, returns to the stage this week after a hugely successful and critically acclaimed run in 2017. Manchester audiences can catch the Strictly favourite at the Bridgewater Hall on Friday 19th January as part of an extensive UK and Ireland tour. Created by Brendan himself the show takes audiences on […]

Thriller Live Tickets London | Lyric Theatre

by Admin @ London Theatre 1

Moonwalking into the West End after three UK tours and standing ovations across Europe, Thriller Live is a spectacular show celebrating the career of the brilliant Michael Jackson, and the Jackson 5. Thriller Live is fully backed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment UK, marking the first Jackson’s dedicated live theatrical experience! Bringing to stage the […]

Cast of 'Miss Saigon' tour making Pinoys proud

Cast of 'Miss Saigon' tour making Pinoys proud


ABS-CBN News

BIRMINGHAM - After the successful two-year run of the Cameron Mackintosh’s revival West End musical Miss Saigon in 2014, the UK and Ireland tour has officially started with a well-received opening in Curve, Leicester. The touring musical is currently at Birmingham Hippodrome, where ABS-CBN News had the chance to speak with the Pinoy principal cast. 

SUNNY AFTERNOON - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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Let’s face it; a show based on the songs of The Kinks was always going to have its music down pat. Throw in the customary rags to riches, bedroom to billboard true story and you’d have already had a decent shot at being the next Buddy or Jersey Boys. Yet Sunny Afternoon doesn’t rest on its laurels of imitation or playing it too safe.

WELCOME TO DREAMLAND: Behind-the-Scenes with the 'Miss Saigon' UK Tour.

WELCOME TO DREAMLAND: Behind-the-Scenes with the 'Miss Saigon' UK Tour.


Stourbridge News

With Cameron Mackintosh's stunning new UK Tour of the legendary 'Miss Saigon' now playing at Birmingham's Hippodrome Theatre, I took a special…

Gerald Santos, Red Concepcion join 'Miss Saigon' UK Tour

Gerald Santos, Red Concepcion join 'Miss Saigon' UK Tour


Rappler

Gerald and Red are set to join the UK cast tour as the Engineer and Thuy

West End Transfer for Good Girl

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Naomi Sheldon’s award-winning debut play Good Girl will preview at VAULT Festival from 28th February to 4th March prior to transferring to Trafalgar Studios 2 from 5th to 31st March. A bold, provocative and darkly comic coming-of-age tale that interrogates the experience of a young girl growing up in the 90s, Good

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LA CAGE AUX FOLLES - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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Despite only arriving as relatively recently as the early 1980’s, La Cage Aux Folles was a show decidedly ahead of it’s time. Sure, the early genesis of some of Harvey Fierstein’s later outings can be felt in this, his first major foray into musicals - few will be surprised to learn the likes of say, Kinky Boots, sprung from the same pen. But whereas Boots strutted into a mainstream already percolated with the likes of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Fierstein’s own Edna matriarch in Hairspray, amongst others, La Cage shimmered into focus at a very time. The depiction of a gay couple having raised a child and there being a degree of normality and authenticity to their years together was a relatively new and daring through-line for a mainstream musical at the time, and it sadly was not without its critics and deriders.

Shrek – UK Tour

by Rob Stanway @ At The Theatre

Closely based on the film and with all the characters that you know and love, Shrek The Musical is back touring the UK! It’s no surprise that the production spent it’s last tour breaking records and getting raving reviews – it’s the perfect family musical. Just like the film, it’s perfect for all ages. Shrek...

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BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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It’s still remarkable to consider the fact that the legacy of Buddy Holly comes from such a relatively brief time in the spotlight. In just over 18 months of unprecedented chart success before his untimely passing, he etched out an indelible impression in the history of not just rock ’n roll, but the music industry as a whole. That his music is still being celebrated today, both on stage and off, is a testimony to that legacy that is beautifully encapsulated in Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story.

The Heat is On! Miss Saigon Revival Will Bow on Broadway in 2017

The Heat is On! Miss Saigon Revival Will Bow on Broadway in 2017


Broadway.com

After much speculation, it has been confirmed that the London revival of Miss Saigon will land on Broadway in spring 2017. Directed by School ...

The Band – UK Tour

by Rob Stanway @ At The Theatre

A new musical based on the music of Take That has launched and more than lives up to the hype. Tim Firth has written a beautiful, thoughtful and relatable script that is sending audiences from tears to pure joy. Embarking on a new UK tour, this inspiring show has already been extended by one year....

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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane,’ Four Other Films Added to Berlin Lineup

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane,’ Four Other Films Added to Berlin Lineup

by Henry Chu @ Variety

Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming thriller “Unsane,” starring Claire Foy and Joshua Leonard, is among five more films added Monday to the competition lineup at next month’s Berlin Film Festival. “Unsane” joins “7 Days in Entebbe” and “Aga” as new additions that, though part of the competition slate, will not actually vie for the Golden and Silver […]

LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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Midway through the first act of Legally Blonde, rough-edged yet irrepressible hairdresser Paulette, played this time round by Eastenders alumni Rita Simons in a show-stealing turn, laments protagonist Elle Woods’ (Lucie Jones) wish to go from platinum blonde to ‘serious’ brunette in an attempt to win back ex-boyfriend Warner (Liam Doyle).

Miss Saigon UK Tour

Miss Saigon UK Tour


Theatre Weekly

Miss Saigon to embark on Major UK Tour Cameron Mackintosh announced today that his acclaimed new production legendary musical MISS SAIGON – a recent smash hit in the West End - will embark on a major UK tour opening at Curve Leicester from Monday 3 July – Saturday 22 July 2017 before

Motown The Musical London Tickets | Shaftesbury Theatre

by Admin @ London Theatre 1

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown The Musical uncovers the story of […]

SUNSET BOULEVARD - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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For a show that pivots around the intoxicating allure of the golden age of Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard deserves immediate kudos for so enthrallingly recapturing that essence of the silver screen on the stage. Like the fabled cinematic epics of its era, this is an extravagant, opulent delight of a touring production, one that surpasses the majority of its contemporaries in both ambition and execution, not least of all owing to the full, 14-piece orchestra that bring one of Lloyd-Webber’s most majestic scores to life to stunning effect.

Miss Saigon star Lea Salonga on song for Australian tour

Miss Saigon star Lea Salonga on song for Australian tour


The Sydney Morning Herald

The voice behind hit song A Whole New World from Disney's Aladdin returns to Australia in February.

JANE MCDONALD: HOLD THE COVERS BACK - Album Review

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It’s certainly been a red letter year for Jane McDonald. The former 'Loose Women' and 'The Cruise' star kickstarted 2017 with the first of what would become two series of the hugely successful - and equally entertaining - 'Cruising With Jane McDonald' (seriously, check it out on catch up or demand, it’s superb and gloriously down-to-Earth). There’s been the return of her equally popular ‘Making Memories’ tour taking in venues up and down the UK, whilst also busying away with preparations for next year’s celebrations of 20 years in the industry, including, naturally, another Nationwide tour.

Review: ★★★★ Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Apollo Theatre

Review: ★★★★ Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Apollo Theatre

by Emma Grimsley @ Upper Circle

his musical is the definition of feel-good, it has upbeat pop songs combined with an uplifting storyline and energetic dance numbers.

‘Miss Saigon’ to Return to Broadway in 2017

‘Miss Saigon’ to Return to Broadway in 2017


Variety

“Miss Saigon,” one of the wave of Brit-produced megamusicals that swept Broadway in the 1980s and early 90s, has set its sights on a Broadway return in spring 2017. The show, which ran …

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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On behalf of myself and the Midlands Newsquest papers, I would like to formally apologise that my review of Mischief Theatre’s ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ has suffered some minor setbacks...

GREASE - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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There’s no real secret ingredient, and there shouldn’t really be too much difficulty, in getting the likes of 'Grease' right. It rides into town on a wave of nostalgia as the kind of accessible, pulpy musical many of us grew up on, peppered with memorable tunes that have long since been memorised by ill-advised karaoke jaunts, and fun characters that rarely manage to step out of the shadow of, say, the iconic John Travolta and Olivia Newton John.

Miss Saigon confirms UK tour dates

Miss Saigon confirms UK tour dates


London theatre tickets

Cameron Mackintosh's show will tour from July 2017

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon


Eventful

View Miss Saigon's tour schedule at Eventful. If your city isn't on the tour, Demand it!

Miss Saigon To Tour UK

Miss Saigon To Tour UK


Encore Radio

The legendary Cameron Mackintosh show is coming to a town near you.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK - Theatre Review (UK Tour)

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Horror on stage is scarcely akin to that which we see on the silver screen, and perhaps rarely is this more apparent than with The Woman in Black. Where the 2012 Hollywood adaptation, fronted by Daniel Radcliffe, posited itself as a straight-up haunted house fable, this stage production (which preceded it) is a much savvier affair.

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