A gem of classic musical theatre, The King and I is in top form as it embarks on a sparkling UK tour. Brimming with humour and character growth, Bartlett Sher’s production is a less menacing version of the show which still provides all you could ask for in a night out at the theatre.
’It’s sexy, dark & riveting’: PASSION – Manchester ★★★★★
Make no mistake, this is a world class Passion, and one which any Sondheim nut, or indeed anybody who wants to see a collection of remarkable talents at the top of their game, would be mad not to make the journey to the Hope Mill Theatre Manchester for.
‘Deserves to be seen in a full-scale production’: CINDERELLA – Cadogan Hall ★★★★★
Warmhearted and sincere, Jonathan O’Boyle’s concert production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical take on Cinderella is gorgeous to watch and listen to from start to finish.
‘Certainly worth travelling some distance to experience’: THE DISTANCE YOU HAVE COME – Cockpit Theatre
Not quite a musical, but somewhat more than a concert, song cycle The Distance You Have Come brings together some of the greatest hits from Scott Alan’s star-spangled songwriting career, performed by an equally glittering cast of West End talent.
‘Proves a curious enterprise’: THE DISTANCE YOU HAVE COME – Cockpit Theatre
A Scott Alan song cycle promises much but The Distance You Have Come doesn’t quite deliver at the Cockpit Theatre, despite its excellent cast.
‘Something wonderful indeed’: THE KING & I – West End ★★★★
Notwithstanding high expectations, together with The King & I’s difficult issues that are made even more complex in a modern world of evolving values, this transfer of the 2015 Broadway revival does not disappoint.
‘There is something extraordinary about how Kelli O’Hara sings’: THE KING & I – West End ★★★★
Kelli O’Hara trails a cloud of Broadway success and redefines the role of Anna in The King & I in a way that lays the ghost of previous incumbents and outshines all our homegrown talent.
NEWS: Japanese TV star Takao Osawa joins the West End cast of The King and I
Takao Osawa, the multi-award-winning actor and star of one of Japan’s most popular television series Jin, will join the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I to play Kralahome, trusted adviser to The King of Siam, when the smash hit musical transfers from Broadway to the London Palladium on 21 June 2018 (press night is 3 July).
NEWS: Dean-John Wilson & Na-Young Jeon join cast of The King & I as Palladium run is extended
Dean John-Wilson (who starred in the title role of Disney’s original West End production of Aladdin) and Na-Young Jeon (Fantine in Les Misérables in the West End and Gigi in Miss Saigon on world tour) join the West End cast of The King & I as the young lovers, Lun Tha and Tuptim.
CYNTHIA ERIVO in concert – Shoreditch Town Hall
There are few divas for whom you would queue an hour in the pouring rain on a cold night in January, but it was almost worth getting trench foot to witness the extraordinary, uplifting, generous and eclectic ‘comeback’ concert with which Cynthia Erivo chose to favour her loyal London mailing list.
Festive news #3 – West End Sings for Childline
And because things come in threes, here’s the news about West End Sings’ Christmas single ‘If We Only Have Love’ by Jacques Brel. Released to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Childline and all proceeds will go to the charity. The track was officially released on Friday 9th December.
NEWS: Aladdin extends West End booking until April 2017
The West End production of Aladdin the musical is now booking at the Prince Edward Theatre until 1 April 2017, it has been confirmed.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre
The hit Disney film finally reaches the London stage – but can it transport critics to a whole new world?
ALADDIN – West End
Guest reviewer: Dan Frost The long-awaited stage production of Disney’s Aladdin certainly gets an A for effort. Transferring from Broadway with much hyped attached, it’s an Arabian bazaar of stage-cramming song and dance numbers, effects wizardy, wise-cracking dialogue and innumerable costume changes. And it is, as you might have guessed, very American, full of swinging […]
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Press pass: All the Aladdin reviews, the biggest star on the purple carpet + show trailer
Judging by the overnight reviews, and despite the inevitable pantomime associations for British audiences, the Disney-scale spectacle has worked its magic on most critics. In addition to a round-up of overnight reviews, there’s also a dash of purple carpet glamour, with one very special guest in particular: title star Dean John-Wilson‘s girlfriend, also known as Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo.
ALADDIN – West End
Bright, lighthearted and fun, this is a great family show that has the power to enchant audiences of all ages. This latest Disney theatrical production has finally landed in the West End and what a show it is. Filled with plenty of glamour, fantastic songs and a great charm, you will leave the Prince Edward theatre with a huge smile on your face.
ALADDIN – West End
The moment you arrive at the Prince Edward Theatre it feels as if it has been “Disneyfied”. I mean that in the nicest possible way. All the staff are super-friendly and helpful. Now it might just be the Disney magic or extra training. Whatever the reason, by the time you take your seat you are already regressing to childhood and beaming from ear to ear.
PHOTOS: West End production shots released for Disney’s Aladdin
First production images for ALADDIN have been released today ahead of its official opening night at the Prince Edward Theatre on Wednesday 15 June 2016. Disney’s new West End musical began preview performances on Friday 27 May and tickets for the spectacular production are now on sale for performances up to and including 11 February 2017.
NEWS: Aladdin extends to Feb 2017 as previews begin tonight
Ahead of the very first performance in the UK, Disney Theatrical Productions has announced that Aladdin has extended its booking period into 2017. Tickets for the spectacular production are now on sale for performances up to and including 11 February 2017. Aladdin’s official opening night will be on Wednesday 15 June.
MISS ATOMIC BOMB – St James Theatre
Miss Atomic Bomb blasts onto the St James stage with a visually impressive bang. In a show that’s a chain reaction of spectacular dance work (including some delicious tap routines), choreographer Bill Deamer’s fingerprints (or rather footprints) are everywhere. Deamer, who also co-directs, has a consummate understanding of the spectacular and the dancing here is amongst the best in town.
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