Full casting announced for CATS at the London Palladium

By | October 24, 2014

As previously announced, Nicole Scherzinger will make her West End stage debut as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats. Returning to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew… Read More »

Review of Memphis The Musical London West End

By | October 23, 2014

I knew nothing about Blues music, knew even less about its origins, and less than that about the New York production of Memphis which has just transferred to London. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I arrived at the theatre a breath before the first note of music sounded, with just time to throw my coat over the face of the enormous man next to me, and murmur ‘excuse me’ before I… Read More »

Canterbury Festival: Kent’s International Arts Festival

By | October 23, 2014

The West End may be the hub of the UK theatre scene, but it is not the be all and end all of the industry. Good quality theatre can be found anyway. There are hundreds of regional productions running at venues all around the country at any given time, not to mention the many touring shows entertaining audiences on the road, and numerous special events, concerts, cabarets, and so forth.… Read More »

5 Stars for The Scottsboro Boys: London West End Review

By | October 22, 2014

For those who like their reviews concise; let me just say that The Scottsboro Boys is a stunning piece of theatre. However, this latest musical collaboration by the veteran duo Kander and Ebb deserves a bit more background. The story deals with one of the most infamous episodes of American legal history. Nine African-American teenagers were arrested after being falsely accused of raping two white women on a train to… Read More »

Tribute to British actress Lynda Bellingham

By | October 21, 2014

Monday is not a favourite day with most people, especially those with 9-to-5 jobs for whom it signals the start of another working week. It was especially unfavourable this week however as many woke to the news that British actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham had passed away. Bellingham, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in July 2013, died ‘in her husband’s arms’ on Sunday 19th October 2014. She was 66… Read More »

Sunny Afternoon release Cast Recording Album tracks

By | October 21, 2014

Sunny Afternoon, the critically acclaimed new musical, which tells the story of the early life of Ray Davies and the rise to stardom of The Kinks, has released seven preview tracks from the official cast recording album, released later this month. Book Tickets for SUNNY AFTERNOON Harold Pinter Theatre All 29 tracks on the album are performed entirely by members of the company, with John Dagleish as Ray Davies, George… Read More »

War Horse’s Joey and Michael Morpurgo at Tower of London Poppies

By | October 20, 2014

Yesterday (Sunday 19 October 2014), best-selling author Michael Morpurgo was joined by Joey, the life-size horse puppet and star of the National Theatre’s production of War Horse visiting the poppies installation at the Tower of London. Joey walked amongst the poppies and Michael Morpurgo planted a poppy and then returned to read the Roll of Honour. The puppeteers were Sam Clark (Joey Head), Robin Guiver (Joey Heart) and Derek Arnold… Read More »