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NEWS: Glee’s Amber Riley stars in West End premiere of Dreamgirls

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Amber Riley will make her West End debut this year in the UK premiere of the Tony-Award® winning musical DREAMGIRLS. The American actress and singer best known for her role as ‘Mercedes Jones’ in the Golden Globe Award winning television musical comedy Glee, will play soulful singer ‘Effie White’ in the production which will open at the Savoy Theatre with performances from November 2016. Tickets will go on sale this spring with further dates, casting and creative team to be announced soon.

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Diary of a Theatre Addict: From New York to Edinburgh & Eastbourne, plus meeting Judi Dench

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I’ve not been here with my usual weekly diary of a theatre addict for a month now. 

So today I’m catching up, not on a week, but on an entire month — during which time I’ve been to Edinburgh, Barbados, New York, Eastbourne and of course London. I’ve interviewed Andy Nyman, Sheridan Smith, Joe McElderry, composer Lucy Simon, Janie Dee and Diana Rigg.

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NEWS: Sunny Afternoon launches UK tour, opening 19 Aug in Manchester

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As the West End multi Olivier award-winning hit musical continues to excite audiences into its second year, Sonia Friedman Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group are delighted to announce the national tour of SUNNY AFTERNOON. Recipient of four awards at the 2015 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music for Ray Davies, SUNNY AFTERNOON will open at the Manchester Opera House on Friday 19 August 2016.

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Sheridan Smith’s Funny Girl transfers direct to West End, 9 Apr

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UPDATED, Mon 16 November 2015: Tickets are now on sale for Funny Girl in the West End via your Mates! And to tantalise, we’ve added pictures below from the rehearsal room of Sheridan Smith, Darius Campbell and the cast in action… 30 October 2015: Due to unprecedented demand the Menier Chocolate Factory Production of Funny Girl transfers to the Savoy …

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NEWS: Booking opens next week for Harry Potter, artwork released

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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne will receive its world premiere in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and …

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NEWS: Jim Broadbent stars as Scrooge in new West End Christmas Carol

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Academy Award-winning actor Jim Broadbent makes his long-awaited return to the stage to play Scrooge in a new version of A Christmas Carol adapted by Patrick Barlow from Charles Dickens’ classic story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh-hour redemption. A Christmas Carol runs at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, from 30 November 2015 to 30 …

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Press pass: Critics finally (officially) get their say on Cumberbatch Hamlet

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As one critic stated upfront: the press night is a major anti-climax. Nevertheless, while the verdicts don’t make a blind bit of difference to the box office on a production that sold out in record time a year ago, it’s time to take pause and review the reviews for #HamletBarbican, a.k.a. the Benedict Cumberbatch show. […]

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NEWS: Sheridan Smith confirmed to play Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at Menier Chocolate Factory

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The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces that award-winning actress Sheridan Smith returns to the theatre to play Fanny Brice in a major new revival of Funny Girl. The multi award-winning Michael Mayer directs the production, which opens on 2 December 2015, with previews from 20 November, and runs until 5 March 2016. This production is presented in association with Sonia …

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NEWS: £10 tickets for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Barbican Hamlet now on sale

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Sonia Friedman Productions,in partnership with Sky Arts, has allocated 100 £10 tickets, spread throughout the auditorium for every performance of Lyndsey Turner’s production of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role at the Barbican Theatre from 5 August 2015. 60 of the Sky Arts £10 tickets will be sold in advance via the Barbican website in an on-line ticket …

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Charting The Stage 100: Who are theatre’s biggest influencers and why?

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In this new year gorgefest of lists, The Stage‘s annually compiled Stage 100 of the top influencers in theatre takes the cake. Launched in January 1997, The Stage 100 is now in its 19th year and always makes for fascinating reading – and, I’m sure, lots of behind the scenes disagreements on risers, fallers, inclusions and omissions. […]

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7 essentials needed for a show to score on the Hitometer

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Most review publications rate shows on a five-star basis. But even full fives across the board from every theatre critic in the country won’t guarantee a hit. So what does? Over his 30-odd years working in theatre – creating, building, running and marketing venues, shows and festivals – my friend Chris Grady has come up […]

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Review: King Charles III (Wyndhams Theatre)

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This is not so much a review, more a collection of Facebook updates. 15.25 Saturday: “I haven’t paid for a theatre ticket in quite a while, so why am I thinking “bugger me, £59.50 for KING CHARLES III” It sparked a lot of lively conversation about the rising price of West End theatre and some […]

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Review: King Charles III (Wyndhams Theatre)

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This is not so much a review, more a collection of Facebook updates. 15.25 Saturday: “I haven’t paid for a theatre ticket in quite a while, so why am I thinking “bugger me, £59.50 for KING CHARLES III” It sparked a lot of lively conversation about the rising price of West End theatre and some […]

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Tony trivia: Twelfth Night is officially a history play

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Twelfth Night is generally classified as one of Shakespeare’s comedies, but last week it officially became a history play as well, after its phenomenal haul in this year’s Tony Awards nominations. Mark Rylance is already something of a Tony legend. He has won Best Actor twice for two other London transfers –1960s farce Boeing-Boeing in […]