There comes a point in every lifelong theatre lover’s career when you suddenly wake up and wonder: am I simply too old for this? Ben Brantley, former chief critic of the New York Times, hit this particular critical nail on the head when he ended his review of the 2018 Off-Broadway summer run of the cult musical Be More Chill (before it was propelled to Broadway in turn) by advising: “It may be helpful to think of this bounding, exhaustingly enthusiastic puppy of a show as the theatrical equivalent of one of those high-pitched dog whistles that only those under 25 can hear.”
Producers Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor-Mills have announced that Heathers the Musical will make its return to the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from 21 June 2021 for a strictly limited until 11 September, while simultaneously launching its new touring production from 28 July, opening at Leeds Grand Theatre for three weeks, before heading off across the UK.
Kander and Ebb’s Tony Award-winning musical CURTAINS, starring Jason Manford, will be streamed live on Tuesday 14 April 2020 at 7.15pm, with all profits going to Funds For Freelancers.
The McOnie Company has launched the first offerings as part of its Digital Dance Season. Hosted on the company’s social media channels, the season aims to connect the dance community and encourage collaboration during this period of social distancing and self isolation.
The Turbine Theatre has announced its spring 2020 season which includes the programming of a variety of new work and emerging talent from visiting companies, as well as the transfer of one of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s 2019 hit shows, #HonestAmy.
High Fidelity stomps along unmemorably with great goodwill and a three-piece band overhead, and moments of soul or hare-krishna pastiche are wittily done
The UK premiere of the new musical comedy High Fidelity, based on the acclaimed British novel by Nick Hornby (State Of The Union/About A Boy/Fever Pitch), is the second production in Paul Taylor-Mills’ inaugural season at the Turbine Theatre.
Presented by Bill Kenwright and founded and led by artistic director Paul Taylor-Mills, the Turbine Theatre is a brand new theatre on the banks of the Thames next to the iconic Battersea Power Station.
A brand-new production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ – the first London revival in almost 25 years – will play Southwark Playhouse from 19 April 2019 to 1 June, following its premiere at Mercury Theatre Colchester from 15-30 March. The Fats Waller musical will be directed by Tyrone Huntley, making his directorial debut, and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse.
Madcap musical whodunit Murder For Two has returned for a second run at The Other Palace this Christmas – and critics continue to be won over by the silliness of the two-hander parody and its “scarily talented” stars Jeremy Legat and Ed MacArthur. We’ve rounded up review highlights below. Time to get booking!
Paul Taylor-Mills has announced MT Fest UK, a two-week festival of new musical theatre at The Other Palace from Monday 11 to Saturday 23 February 2019.
We’re counting down to the London return of two-hander musical whodunit Murder For Two, which moves back into The Other Palace studio for five weeks from tomorrow night (Monday 10 December 2018). Have you seen the trailer yet for Jeremy Legat and Ed MacArthur in their detective duet? Watch below – and then get booking!
Did you miss the European premiere of musical whodunit Murder For Two in 2017 at the Watermill Theatre and The Other Palace? Good news for London theatregoers: it returns next week to The Other Palace for a five-week festive season with Ed MacArthur and Jeremy Legat reprising their piano duet, and thirteen roles between them. Check out our gallery of these musical detectives in action – and then get booking!
Following an immensely popular run at The Other Palace, Heathers The Musical – based on the 1980s film – has transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Here is what critics have said about it…
The creative team behind Heathers the Musical has announced a brand new song has been written into the show ahead of its West End debut at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (3 September to 24 November 2018), along with multiple re-workings to the script.
New musical Prom Queen will receive a workshop presentation at The Other Palace on 2 July, ahead of a planned Broadway run.
The Other Palace has announced changes to its management team and programming direction, including the departure of artistic director Paul Taylor Mills and the re-introduction of plays to its schedule. Previously the St James Theatre, the west London venue was rebranded and relaunched as a musicals-only house last February.
The email telling me about an upcoming West End Live Lounge concert is one I look forward to with excitement and anticipation as the night always proves to be a joyous, talent-filled one.
Be sure to also listen out for: which writing team has the best ‘how we met’ story; why the Germans don’t get Stephen Sondheim; Katy’s big new producing ambitions; and the challenges of translating musicals.
Not long left to see two Off-West End musicals I can recommend: The Wild Party at The Other Palace and The Sorrows of Satan at Tristan Bates Theatre. Here’s why I think you should.
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