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NEWS: Bailey, Tamaddon and Partridge to headline Chicago 2016 tour

X-Factor live finalist Sam Bailey will once again take control of a prison as she steps into the rôle of Mamma Morton in a newly announced UK tour of hit Kander and Ebb musical Chicago in 2016. Bailey will be joined by musical theatre star John Partridge as the suave lawyer Billy Flynn, while Dancing on Ice series five winner ...

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NEWS: Jonathan Larson celebrated in new West End gala concert

RENT composer Jonathan Larson will be celebrated in a new gala concert in London's West End on the 20th anniversary of his untimely passing. Seasons of Larson will be produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Guy James and be presented at The Lyric Theatre on Monday, 25 January 2016 and promises to "explore how Larson became a voice ...

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NEWS: Community focus for Royal Exchange season

Community is at the heart of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre’s Spring and Summer season, announced today [13th November]. Announced by the venue’s Artistic Director, Sarah Frankom, community, family and friendship will all be explored across the venue's stages. Highlights of the season include the return of Marianne Elliott to the venue with her critically acclaimed National Theatre co-production of Husbands ...

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NEWS: Landor takes to the ice for Christmas

London's Landor Theatre is treading new ground, or more accurately new ice this Christmas. For the first time ever in an Off-West End Venue, the Landor’s Christmas show, Bewitchment on Black Ice will feature professional skating on synthetic ice. Created especially for this production, Bewitchment on Black Ice tells the tale of a Princess who fell in love, had her ...

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NEWS: Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016 announce first acts

The first shows of the 2016 Norfolk and Norwich Festival have been announced today [5 November]. Acts today include the UK Premiere of White Nights from the contemporary circus company Race Horse, a world premiere from composer Kemal Yusuf and a revival of National Theatre Scotland &National Theatre production of Rona Munro’s critically acclaimed The James Plays at Norwich's Theatre ...

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NEWS: Stephen Jackson wins 2015 Verity Bargate Award

Having attracted over 900 entries and from a shortlist of six, Soho Theatre Artistic Director Steve Marmion today [5th November] announced first-time playwright Stephen Jackson as the winner of the 2015 Verity Bargate Award. Jackson’s play, Roller Diner, is a love story with songs, set in a 195’s style Roller Diner in Birmingham. In runner-up place was Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s modern ...

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NEWS: Mercury Theatre opens refurbished studio and announces ambitious plans

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre today [30October] officially re-opened its studio theatre after a major £580,00 renovation. The first major building work since the Essex venue opened in 1972, the studio venue had suffered from a lack of air-conditioning and lack of sound proofing from the neighbouring main stage. Combined, the two issues had limited the use of the venue, or necessitated ...

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NEWS: Sheridan Smith transfers to the West End with Funny Girl

The Menier Chocolate Factory’s production ofFunny Girlis to transfer to the West End, following a sold-out run at the Chocolate Factory, which begins later this month, it’s been announced today [30 October].Michael Mayer’s production, starring award-winning actressSheridan Smithas Fanny Brice, is to open at the Savoy Theatre on 9 April for a limited 12-week run until 12 July. David Babani, ...

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