Monthly Archives: April 2014

Four Shows Begin Previews Plus More This Week #WestEndWeek

A busy week lies ahead in theatreland, with four big shows beginning previews!

Firstly 1984 begins previews tonight (Monday 28th April 2014) at the Playhouse Theatre. The play transfers to the West End fresh from a sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre, following in the footsteps of Ghosts and Chimerica.

New cast to join Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre

New cast members will join the West End production of Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre from Monday 9th June. The Abba musical, which recently celebrated its 15th birthday in the West End, has been seen by more than 54 million people in 39 productions in 14 different languages grossing more than $2 billion at the box office.

Kathleen Turner And Ian McDiarmid Star In Bakersfield Mist For Strictly Limited Season

International star of stage and screen Kathleen Turner returns to the West End in Bakersfield Mist, a new comedy by Stephen Sachs. The show, which is inspired by true events follows Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender, who has bought a painting for a few bucks from the thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she thinks it's a Jackson Pollock worth millions.

Uncle Vanya & Three Sisters Open, John Lloyd Young Leaves Jersey Boys & More This Week #WestEndWeek

Following the long Easter weekend, an unusually quiet week lies ahead in theatreland.

David Suchet To Play Lady Bracknell in Wilde Masterpiece

David Suchet, the seven-time Olivier Award nominee is set to return to the London stage for the first time since his acclaimed performance in 2012’s Olivier Award-winning revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. He will star as Lady Bracknell in a new production of Oscar Wilde's much loved masterpiece The Importance Of Being Earnest when it opens in the West End next summer.

Rave Reviews Continue For West End Transfer Of Handbagged

The ‘wickedly funny’ (Evening Standard) Olivier Awards-nominated Handbagged has transferred from a sold out run at the Tricycle last year to the West End where it continues to receive rave reviews!

Relative Values, Cool Rider And More This Week… #WestEndWeek

Theatreland celebrated the past year of London Theatre at the 38th Olivier Awards held at the Royal Opera House. However, while it’s lovely to look back it’s also important to look forward, and there is lots going on in theatreland this week!

​Feature: Olivier Awards 2014 – The Book of Mormon Triumphs

The 38th Olivier Awards took place last night (Sunday 13th April 2014) at The Royal Opera House. Hosted by Stephen Mangan (who recently starred in Jeeves and Wooster) and Gemma Arterton (soon to star in Made In Dagenham), the star-studded evening celebrated the past year in theatreland.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Celebrates Book’s 50th Anniversary In Stunning Display

The West End's Olivier-nominated production of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has created a full, 3D replica of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory made entirely out of biscuits. The chocolatey chocolate factory was created in honor of Roald Dahl's book upon which the musical was based and stands in the display window of Waterstones flagship shop in Piccadilly.

Full Cast Announced for Good People West End Transfer

The full cast has been announced for the highly anticipated West End transfer of David Lindsay-Abaire's play Good People, starring Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen.