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Midnight Q&A video: What would you do during Joseph Stalin’s Great Terror?

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So often with the news these days, parallels are drawn with our turbulent political times and the fascism that swept across Europe in the 1930s, and the question is asked: what would you do if…? Terri Paddock chaired a post-show Q&A with the writers and others from the company of new musical MIDNIGHT, set during Stalin’s Great Terror in Azerbaijan.

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Unexpected Joy Q&A video: Can this new musical build bridges instead of walls?

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Can musical theatre help us find common ground with those with whom we disagree? If so, Unexpected Joy is undoubtedly the musical to do it. Watch Terri Paddock’s post-show Q&A with the all-female cast, producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment and musical director Gareth Bretherton.

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Post-show Q&A video: How It Happened in Key West was nearly Love Never Dies

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Andrew Lloyd Webber came up twice in conversation at this week’s post-show for It Happened in Key West. The second pertained to the title of the show which, many years ago, when Jeremiah James was first inspired by a late-night television documentary about Count Carl von Cosel.

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FEATURED SHOW: Donnelly & Maltby’s The Masters of Mystery musical premieres this month at Canterbury Festival

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Theatre worth traveling for! Specially commissioned The Masters of Mystery, a thrilling new 1920s-set adventure musical, receives its world premiere this month at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre, where it runs from 19 to 21 October 2017 as part of this year’s Canterbury Festival. Watch our video of the 14-strong cast in rehearsal and hear some of the stunning new music.

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New post-show Q&A: Join Terri to talk to new Superhero musical’s creators

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As part of her post-show Q&A series, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the creators and star of new “one-dad” musical Superhero, premiering at London’s Southwark Playhouse, after the evening performance on Tuesday 11 July 2017. Got any questions? Book tickets to join her via the links below.

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NEWS: Caroline Sheen, David Thaxton & Neil McDermott star in Only the Brave musical

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This Easter, Wales Millennium Centre will premiere its first full-scale, original musical, ONLY THE BRAVE, produced with Soho Theatre, Daniel Sparrow Productions and Birdsong Productions. Based on the real lives of men and women caught up in the D-Day landings, this new production will star David Thaxton, Caroline Sheen and Neil McDermott, directed by Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of London’s Soho Theatre.

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NEWS: Catherine Tate & Dean John-Wilson lead Miss Atomic Bomb cast

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Award winning star of TV and theatre, Catherine Tate (Assassins, The Catherine Tate Show, The Vote, Doctor Who) and Dean John-Wilson (Aladdin, Here Lies Love), who takes lead role in Disney’s Aladdin this summer, will lead the cast in the new musical comedy Miss Atomic Bomb, alongside musical theatre stars Florence Andrews (A Little Night Music, Annie Get Your Gun), Simon Lipkin (The Lorax, Assassins, Rock of Ages, Avenue Q) and Daniel Boys (Any Dream Will Do, Avenue Q, Spamalot) as it explodes into the UK for its World Premiere at the St James Theatre, Victoria, in Spring 2016. The production will be running from 7 March for a strictly limited five week season, with press night on 14 March 2016.

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NEWS: Rosemary Ashe and Sara Crowe premiere new Crush musical

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New British musical CRUSH – starring Rosemary Ashe, Sara Crowe and Kirsty Malpass – premieres tonight (8 September 2015) at Belgrade Theatre Coventry, where it runs until 19 September 2015, and then transfers to Theatre Royal Brighton (22-26 September) and Richmond Theatre (29 September-3 October). The show is presented by a creative team whose hit stage and screen work includes Waterloo …

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NEWS: Nine shows announced for third From Page to Stage season of new musicals

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Aria Entertainment today announces the full programme of work for the third annual From Page To Stage season of new musicals. Tickets are now on sale ranging from £12.00 to £18.00. Nine shows have been announced as part of the season at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre. Readings include a new musical by Loserville writing duo Elliot Davies and James Bourne …

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Photos and podcast: The making of new British musical The House of Mirrors and Hearts

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The adage – usually attributed to Sondheim – that “musicals aren’t written, they’re rewritten” was central to the post-show discussion that I hosted last night at London’s Arcola Theatre. It was the final preview performance of The House of Mirrors and Hearts, the new British chamber musical by Eamonn O’Dwyer and Robert Gilbert, which faces critics this evening.