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NEWS: Audra McDonald back in the West End

By PAUL COUCH Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald is to return to London’s West End in April for four concerts at Leicester Square Theatre, where she sold out shows last year, it's been announced today [3 January 2017]. The Broadway legend will be joined on stage, this time by host and pianist Seth Rudetsky, who last month starred in ...

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Love – National Theatre, London

Writer and director: Alexander Zeldin Reviewer: Stephen Bates As Tina Turner once asked "what's love got to do with it?", and it takes a long time for it to dawn why Alexander Zeldin chose to give the title Love to his play about a loveless society. When we hear of homelessness at Christmas, we may think of people sleeping rough who we risk falling ...

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Dreamgirls – Savoy Theatre, London

Writer: Tom Eyen Director and Choreographer: Casey Nicholaw Composer: Henry Krieger Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s been 35 years since a show that revolutionised musical theatre, Dreamgirls opened on Broadway. Now it's finally opened in the West End. It was worth the wait. Loosely based on the meteoric rise of The Supremes, Tom Eyen's and Henry Krieger's show charts the rise ...

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NEWS: Stars of the West End sing out for Childline

By PAUL COUCH Some of the biggest stars of London's West End have re-recorded Jacques Brel’s If We Only Have Love in aid of Childline as the service celebrates its 30th anniversary. Among the array of West End stars singing on the release are Daniel Boys (The Boys in the Band, Spamalot) r (Phantom of The Opera); Cassidy Janson (Beautiful, The Carole King ...

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An Inspector Calls – Playhouse Theatre, London

Te cast of An Inspector Calls

Writer: JB Priestley Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Stephen Bates Twenty-four years after Stephen Daldry's legendary production first opened at the National Theatre, An Inspector Calls calls on London's West End yet again, having played somewhere across the globe for most of the interim period. This year also marks the 70th Anniversary of the first production in the UK of JB ...

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Amadeus – National Theatre, London

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Stephen Bates Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of taking residence at its Southbank home, the National Theatre is dipping into the treasure chest that holds its greatest hits to bring out this witty gem, give it a good polish and return it to the Olivier stage where it opened in 1979. The result is ...

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The Giant’s Loo Roll – The Arts Theatre, London

Writer:Nicholas Allan Adaptor : James Worthington Director: James Worthington Music by: Kate Lindsey Lyrics by James Worthington Reviewer: Deborah Parry Have you ever asked yourself what would happen if a Giant misplaced his loo roll? How the inhabitants of a village would react to having it dropped on their heads? No? Well…luckily for us, author Nicholas Allan has and luckily ...

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NEWS: Jersey Boys to leave the West End after nine years

By PAUL COUCH One of London’s best-loved musicals, Jersey Boys, will close at the Piccadilly Theatre on Sunday 26 March 2017 following nine amazing years in London. Jersey Boys is currently the sixth longest musical running in the West End. The producers say they are very proud that London has taken the show to its heart and have announced that ...

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