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NEWS: The 39 Steps ends nine-year run at Criterion Theatre on 5 Sep

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On Saturday 5 September 2015, The 39 Steps will close after nine years at the West End’s Criterion Theatre. Based on John Buchan’s 1914 spy thriller The Thirty Nine Steps and adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow (Desmond Oliver Dingle/The National Theatre of Brent), The 39 Steps is directed by Maria Aitken, with design by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Ian Scott, sound by Mic Pool, and movement by Toby Sedgwick.

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NEWS: Full casting announced for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet at Barbican

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Rehearsals begin today (15 June 2015) for Lyndsey Turner’s production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Joining Cumberbatch are Barry Aird (Soldier), Eddie Arnold (Danish Captain, Servant), Leo Bill (Horatio), Siân Brooke (Ophelia), Nigel Carrington (Servant, Cornelius), Ruairi Conaghan (Player King), Rudi Dharmalingam (Guildenstern), Colin Haigh (Priest, Messenger), Paul Ham (Official), Diveen Henry (Player Queen, …

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NEWS: Chichester Guys & Dolls transfers to West End’s Savoy, 10 Dec

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The highly acclaimed and sell-out production of Guys and Dolls will transfer to London’s Savoy Theatre in December for a strictly limited 13 week run. Chichester Festival Theatre continue their triumphant musical successes with this exuberant revival which follows transfers of Singin’ in the Rain, The Pajama Game and, most recently, Gypsy. Sophie Thompson and Jamie Parker will reprise their roles, with further casting to be announced. Guys and Dolls will open at the Savoy Theatre on 6 January 2016, with previews from 10 December 2015.






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NEWS: Singer Pixie Lott makes West End debut in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Pixie Lott will star as Holly Golightly in a limited 12-week season of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End in 2016. [Editor’s note: A previous version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s ran at the Haymarket in 2009, starring Anna Friel.] This will follow the first UK and Ireland tour of Truman Capote’s classic tale brought …

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NEWS: Leicester Curve announces new artistic director Nikolai Foster’s inaugural season

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Leicester’s Curve theatre announces the inaugural season from new Artistic Director Nikolai Foster. Curve shows directed by Foster include a new production of Tennessee Williams’ seminal work A Streetcar Named Desire, opening on 20 October 2015, with previews from 16 October, and running until 8November. The production features Charlie Brooks as Blanche (recently seen in Curve’s production of Beautiful Thing, …

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NEWS: Beverley Knight to play Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats

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Beverley Knight is to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats to play the role of Grizabella. Returning to the London Palladium from 23 October 2015, Lloyd Webber’s record breaking Cats will run for a ten-week season until 2 January 2016. Tickets are from £20 with top price seats at £59.50 and children’s tickets at half price for Monday …

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NEWS: Father-son James and Jack Fox star in West End transfer of Roger Mortimer’s Dear Lupin

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Father and son James Fox and Jack Fox star in this brand new stage adaptation of the best-selling Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year Dear Lupin, Letters to a Wayward Son, in which renowned journalist and author Roger Mortimer’s brilliantly hilarious, often touching and always generous letters to his unruly son Charlie are now vividly brought to life. The production transfers to the West End’s Apollo Theatre following a successful UK tour, opening on 3 August 2015, with previews from 30 July, and runs for a strictly limited eight-week season until 19 September.






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NEWS: Departing Chichester boss Jonathan Church sets up new production company

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Following on from the announcement of his departure from Chichester Festival Theatre after the 2016 Season, Jonathan Church today announces that he will be establishing a new, independent production company, Jonathan Church Productions Limited (JCPL), as a platform to continue the development of both his producing and directing output in the future.






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NEWS: Donmar announces 2015 autumn season, including all-star Les Liaisons Dangereuses

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At the Donmar Warehouse, Artistic Director Josie Rourke today announces an autumn season of three plays by leading contemporary playwrights. Associate Director Robert Hastie directs Abi Morgan’s Splendour in its first major London run; Dominic Cooke returns to the stage with the UK Premiere of Teddy Ferrara by Christopher Shinn; Rourke herself will direct the thirty-year revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton.






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NEWS: Derren Brown brings latest live show Miracle to West End

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The multi-award winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion returns to the West End stage with his new one-man show DERREN BROWN: MIRACLE. Following a sell-out 105-date national tour, Brown brings his unique brand of uplifting, unsettling magical showmanship to the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave, 11 November 2015 to 16 January 2016. MIRACLE has a more philosophical flavour and invites audiences to look at ways of thinking that might make us all happier.