Donny Osmond will join celebrated pantomime royalty Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot, Jac Yarrow and Sophie Isaacs in Pantoland at The Palladium which will open at the West End theatre on 4 December 2021 and run until 9 January 2022 for a strictly limited five-week run.
’An absolute joy to watch’: DISENCHANTED – Stream.Theatre (Online review) ★★★★
As we trail along the roadmap slowly leading us back to theatres, let us not forget the incredible performances that are still coming to our screens, and Disenchanted is one not to be forgotten.
Mark Shenton looks to the future with his pick of the next generation of rising stars
In four previous episodes of my weekly #ShenTens podcast, and their accompanying columns here, I’ve chosen my top ten favourite leading ladies and leading men respectively in both Broadway and West End musicals. Now I turn to rising stars — the next generation of performers who are already making their mark in London. (I’ll get to Broadway when it returns to business itself).
‘A must-watch to get your musical theatre fix’: WEST END MUSICAL DRIVE-IN – Stream.Theatre (Online review) ★★★★
The second in the West End Musical Drive-In series has launched online and is a must-watch for any fans of the hit musical Six! The show sees 11 past and present Six cast members reunite for an entertaining outdoor concert.
’An easy informality that elevates this concert to the best kind of cabaret’: TOGETHER AGAIN – Thespie
Featuring the marvellous Sophie Isaacs, Jodie Steele and T’Shan Williams, Together Again might be Thespie’s best Reunited gig yet.
‘The show’s coup comes with a spine-tingling performance from Linzi Hateley’: The Theatre Channel – Episode Two (Online review)
Episode Two of The Theatre Channel takes its Halloween theme and has a ball with it, with brilliant performances from the likes of Linzi Hateley, Jordan Shaw, Bradley Jaden and Sophie Isaacs.
NEWS: Six extends booking as first West End birthday celebrations begin
A new West End booking period for the hit London production of Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’ musical Six will run until 31 January 2021, with over 90,000 extra seats going on sale on 17 January 2020 to mark the show’s first West End birthday at the Arts Theatre.
NEWS: Sophie Isaacs joins the West End cast of Six The Musical in January 2020
Sophie Isaacs will be crowned the new Katherine Howard in the West End cast of Six The Musical at the Arts Theatre, joining the production on 21 January 2020.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Goldilocks & The Three Bears at the London Palladium
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for the London Palladium’s 2019 festive offering.
NEWS: Janine Duvitski, Sophie Isaacs & Lauren Stroud join Goldilocks & the Three Bears at London Palladium
Final casting has been announced for the 2019 London Palladium Pantomime, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which runs for a limited five-week season from 7 December 2019 to 12 January 2020.
‘You’re guaranteed a good night out’: CRUEL INTENTIONS: The ’90s Musical – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★
Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical is unlikely to go down as a musical theatre classic but you’re guaranteed a good night out, even if you can’t quite believe what you’re watching.
‘There’s sure to be something for everyone’: CINDERELLA – Woking ★★★★
Cinderella is a festive treat for all the family that of course, uses panto tropes but doesn’t make them overbearing and instead brings a lighthearted show to life with ease, fun and energy.
‘Packed full of humour & memorable numbers’: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★
Following a sold-out run at The Other Palace earlier this year, there’s been a lot of hype surrounding Heathers the Musical, with a strong fandom out in force and social media buzzing with (mostly) glowing comments.
‘Wildly fun but disturbing musical’: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★
Every so often a show comes around which receives an exceptional amount of hype and has the West End buzzing. Heathers is currently that show and the good news is that it truly lives up to it.
‘What makes this show is the cast’: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★
The hype for Heathers The Musical is real, awards need to be nominated for and won. High School will never be the same again, it’s just ‘So Very’.
NEWS: Final casting & brand new song announced for West End transfer of Heathers the Musical
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.
NEWS: Jodie Steele, Sophie Isaacs & T’Shan Williams join the cast of Heathers – The Musical at The Other Palace
Joining the previously announced Carrie Hope Fletcher, playing Veronica Sawyer in the Uk premiere of Heathers – The Musical at The Other Palace (9 June to 4 August 2018) are Jodie Steele (Chandler), Sophie Isaacs (McNamara) and T’Shan Williams (Duke) – The Heathers, with Jamie Muscato playing the mysterious teen rebel Jason Dean (JD).
THE STORY OF BART – Mirth, Marvel and Maud
The script is sprinkled with as many songs as anecdotes – who knew for example that Bart could not write music? He would hum out a tune on his kazoo, while his good friend Eric Roberts (who was to score most of the Carry On movies) transcribed the melodies to written manuscript.
GREASE – Leicester
Crucially, Foster’s production doesn’t skimp on ambition or scope in its evocation of late 1950s Americana as Colin Richmond’s design uses the full width and height of the stage and Nick Winston’s choreography expands to fill the space.