My first visit to this flashy jukebox musical inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was in December 2019, so it was great fun to revisit recently.
Am I a couple of decades too late to sync up with the Be More Chill phenomenon?
Well done to the Be More Chill company. This new musical had just had its successful UK premiere and announced a lengthy extension at The Other Palace when Covid shut it down in March 2020.
‘Colourful & vibrant production’: BE MORE CHILL – Shaftesbury Theatre
While this musical has plenty for young people to relate to, Be More Chill could have gone into a lot more depth in exploring important issues such as body image and anxiety.
‘Playful, intriguing & thrilling’: Michael Pickering features in new musical Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Michael Pickering will be starring as gamekeeper Mellors in new musical Lady Chatterley’s Lover which plays at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 18 and 19 June 2021. I caught up with Michael to find out more about his latest role.
’An entirely seductive mixture’: ABBA MANIA – Shaftesbury Theatre
ABBA MANIA offers uncomplicated and undoubted pleasures with this effervescent tribute concert at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
NEWS: Be More Chill returns to the West End for the summer
Musical Be More Chill is set to return, this time at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 30 June to 5 September 2021. The limited 10-week run follows the show’s success on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at London’s The Other Palace until it was forced to close in March last year due to the pandemic.
NEWS: & Juliet producers plan a West End return in May 2021
It’s been announced that the West End production of the award-winning musical & Juliet at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre will return on 28 May 2021 (subject to social distancing restrictions being relaxed) and that bookings for the show have been extended into 2022.
Building up to the Olivier Awards 2020 – the virtual way
Do fill your glass, glam up and get ready to join host Jason Manford in saluting the Olivier Awards 2020 winners and nominees. Oh and why not take a look at the social media build-up to the big night too.
’An absolute ray of sunshine’: Hello, Harry! A Celebration of 40 Years at Stage Door (Online review)
Hello Harry!, an online concert celebrating the incredible 40-year career of Harry Gabriel, the Shaftesbury Theatre’s Stage Door Keeper, was an absolute ray of sunshine.
‘This is what theatre is’: HELLO, HARRY! (Online review)
Harry Gabriel is one of those unsung heroes in theatreland: the stage door keeper. Part surrogate parent, part nurse, part firm friend, they are the conduit between front and back of house, cast and crew, performer and fan.
In forty years at the Sha…
‘A beautiful & powerful musical experience’: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY – Broadway HD ★★★★ (Online review)
This musical, which made its world premiere in the West End in 2013, deserved a much longer run than it received.
Best of the Blogs: Dear Evan Hansen, & Juliet, Land Without Dreams & more
In our continuing series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre including Ben Dowell (for theatreCat) giving his verdict on the much-anticipated arrival of Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre.
‘Joyful to watch from start to finish’: & JULIET – West End
Lively and empowering new musical & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre is entertaining from start to finish.
‘You’re guaranteed to have a good time’: & JULIET – West End ★★★
& Juliet is a camp classic that’s perfect nostalgia hit for the children of the 90s, and a guaranteed hit for fans of the music – this isn’t the Shakespeare you’ll recognise from your schooldays…
Love London Love Culture’s Theatre Picks for November
Love London Love Culture selects seven of the best shows opening in the capital in November.
‘Something for everyone’: Paul Dabek, Yu Ho-Jin & James More bring their style of magic to The Illusionists
The magicians chatted to Emma Clarendon about being part of The Illusionists which begins performances at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 6 July 2019.
‘A brilliant opportunity to showcase fantastic new talent’: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★
At the end of Motown The Musical you will leave the theatre feeling a love of Motown music that you have never experienced before.
NEWS: Miriam-Teak Lee will star in new musical & Juliet featuring the work of songwriter Max Martin
Award-winning Miriam-Teak Lee is to star in the brand new musical & Juliet featuring the music of acclaimed songwriter Max Martin who has written some of the biggest pop anthems of the last 30 years. The production will play a limited season at Manchester Opera House from 10 September to 12 October 2019 before beginning performances at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre on 2 November (press night is 20 November).
NEWS: Magic spectacular The Illusionists returns to the West End with a brand new show in summer 2019
Magic spectacular The Illusionists – Direct From Broadway will return to London in summer 2019 with a brand new show from 6 July to 1 September at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The cast will be announced in the new year.
NEWS: Motown closes on 20 April ahead of Shaftesbury Theatre refurbishment
In advance of major refurbishments taking place at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Motown The Musical will conclude its run on 20 April 2019 having celebrated over 1330 performances since its London premiere over three years earlier in February 2016.
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