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NEWS: Donna McKechnie, John Owen-Jones & full The Wild Party cast announced

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Full casting is announced today for Michael John LaChiusa’s THE WILD PARTY, which receives its first major London production at The Other Palace, playing from Monday 13 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, with a press night on Monday 20 February. THE WILD PARTY will be the inaugural production at The Other Palace, formerly St. James Theatre, when it reopens in February …

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NEWS: Dr Seuss’s Cat in the Hat returns for second festive season at Pleasance

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Following a run at London’s Pleasance Theatre, Islington in 2014 and two sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the acclaimed stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’s The Cat In The Hat will return this festive season, running again at the Pleasance from Tuesday 6 December 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017.

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What were our Top 10 news stories in October 2016?

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As it’s the first of the month, we’re taking a brief moment to remind ourselves of the biggest news stories from the month just closed. What were the headlines that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 10 News stories from October 2016 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.

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NEWS: Frances Ruffelle stars in The Wild Party, TICKETS NOW ONSALE

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Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party will receive its first major London production at The Other Palace, playing from Saturday 11 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, with a press night on Monday 20 February. It’s directed and choreographed by 2016 Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie and stars Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle.

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NEWS: Andrew Lloyd Webber relaunches St James as Other Palace, announces first season

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Andrew Lloyd Webber today announces plans for The Other Palace, the newest addition to The Really Useful Theatres Group. The inaugural season, under new artistic director Paul Taylor Mills, will feature a range of musicals including: Michael John LaChuisa’s The Wild Party and premieres of Duncan Sheik’s Whisper House and Fellini adaptation La Strada.

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NEWS: Haydn Oakley, Jay Marsh & Dominic Hodson join Side Show, Full cast

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Full casting is announced today for Broadway musical Side Show, which will receive its UK premiere in a brand new production at Southwark Playhouse, opening on Wednesday 26 October with previews from Friday 21 October. The cast joining the previously announced Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford as conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton includes Haydn Oakley (ahead of his stint in the West End premiere of An American in Paris in the new year) as Terry Connor, Jay Marsh as Jake and Dominic Hodson as Buddy Foster.

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NEWS: Samantha Barks & Jonathan Bailey star in The Last Five Years at St James

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Tony Award-winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will helm a new London production of his acclaimed musical The Last Five Years, playing at St. James Theatre from Friday 27 October 2016, with a press night on Wednesday 2 November at 7.00pm. Tickets are on general sale at 10.00am on Saturday 25 June.

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NEWS: Paul Taylor Mills joins Andrew Lloyd Webber to programme St James Theatre

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Paul Taylor-Mills will join Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group as advisory producer. Whilst continuing to work independently on his own productions, Paul will also begin working on selected Really Useful Group titles, and supporting the programming and incubation of new work at the newly owned St James Theatre.

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NEWS: Pet Shop Boys musical Closer to Heaven returns to Union

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Closer to Heaven, the musical by Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys, will return to the Union Theatre following its sell-out run in April 2015, playing from Wednesday 21 October to Saturday 28 November 2015. Set against the backdrop of Soho’s pulsing clubland, Closer to Heaven tells the story of Dave, just off the boat from Ireland and determined to …

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NEWS: In the Heights returns to London, opening at King’s Cross on 3 Oct

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Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights will return to London this year following a critically acclaimed sell-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse in 2014. The production will transfer to King’s Cross Theatre on 3 October 2015 and is booking for a strictly limited four week period until 1 November 2015. Tickets go on sale at 10.00am on Friday 10 July 2015.

CARRIE – Southwark Playhouse

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Apart from almost soiling myself when Sissy Spacek’s hand reached out from the grave in the 1976 Brian de Palma movie, and knowing there’s a book about famous musical flops called ‘Not Since Carrie …’ I’d been pretty much unexposed to the show by writers of Footloose and Fame Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore. We’re […]

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