News Archive

28th December 2012
Elsewhere, it is customary at this time to look back over the past year, and review triumphs and failures. Well we don't do that because we're more interested in the future than the past, so the tradition here is to look forward to what will happen in the West End - all based on ...
21st December 2012
The premiere of Fiesta, adapted by Alex Helfrecht and Sam Snape from Ernest Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises, the story of two expat American novelists in Europe in the 1920s, with Gideon Turner, Jye Frasca, Josie Taylor and Jack Holden, and featuring live jazz from the Trio ...
14th December 2012
The recent touring production of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, in a new adaptation by Jo Clifford, with Paula Wilcox, Paul Nivison, Grace Rowe, Jack Ellis and Chris Ellison, directed by Graham McLaren, will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre, opening on 6th February. The ...
7th December 2012
Booking is now open for the Society Of London Theatre's 12th Get Into London Theatre initiative, designed to encourage new and young theatregoers to experience the wealth of theatrical fare to be found all over London, running for selected performances from 1st January to 15th February...
30th November 2012
The premiere of Clive Exton's Barking In Essex, a black comedy about a gangster newly released from prison intent on retrieving the loot from his last job, with Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock, directed by Harry Burton, will open at Wyndham's Theatre on 16th September. The producer ...
23rd November 2012
The 1st 24 Hour Musicals Celebrity Gala will take place at the Old Vic Theatre on Sunday 8th December. A group of actors, writers and directors will come together on the evening of Saturday 7th December, and form teams to write and rehearse 4 short musicals to be performed 24 hours...
16th November 2012
The Society Of London Theatre's 12th Get Into London Theatre initiative, designed to encourage new and young theatregoers to experience the wealth of theatrical fare to be found all over London, will run from for selected performances 1st January to 15th February. Booking will open...
9th November 2012
The spring season at the Royal Court Theatre will include Anders Lustgarten's If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep, which criticises the ethos of austerity and offers an alternative, grappling with the complex question of national debt, directed by Simon Godwin, opening...
2nd November 2012
The National Theatre production of Simon Stephens's adaptation of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, about a 15 year old boy on the autism spectrum living in Swindon, with Luke Treadaway, Matthew Barker, Niamh Cusack, Sophie Duval, Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty...
26th October 2012
It's Official! As previously forecast here, a musical adaptation of From Here To Eternity, James Jones's novel set in Hawaii just before the Japanese invasion in 1941, book by Bill Oakes, music and lyrics by Stuart Brayson, with additional lyrics by Tim Rice, directed by Tamara Harvey...
19th October 2012
Shakespeare's Globe has announced its 2013 season, which will comprise Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Tempest; and Macbeth; the premieres of Che Walker's The Lightning Child; Jessica Swale's Blue Stockings; and Samuel Adamson's Gabriel, a celebration of the transporting...
12th October 2012
It has been confirmed that the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Once, adapted from John Carney's 2006 film about a struggling Irish street musician who makes music with an Eastern European immigrant, book by Enda Walsh, score by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, directed by John...
5th October 2012
The National Theatre's Annual Report for 2011/2012, reveals that it had a good year financially, with income of 80m, and attendances of 2.3m, which represented 92% of capacity, largely due to the West End transfers of War Horse (which achieved 99% capacity), and One Man, Two Guvnors...
28th September 2012
The Arcola Theatre, in Dalston, will stage the British premiere of the musical Sweet Smell Of Success, book by John Guare, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Craig Carnelia, based on the 1957 film about a powerful Broadway gossip columnist who uses his influence to scupper his sister...
21st September 2012
Peter Morgan's The Audience, which charts the Queen's relationships with her 12 Prime Ministers through their weekly meetings, with Helen Mirren, directed by Stephen Daldry, will open at the Gielgud Theatre on 5th March. The producers are Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert Fox and Andy Harries...
14th September 2012
The Doktor Glas, adapted by Allan Edwall from Hjalmer Soderberg's novel about a 19th century physician who falls madly in love with the beautiful young wife of a corrupt clergyman, with Krister Henriksson, co-directed by Henriksson and Peder Bjurman, will open at Wyndham's Theatre...
7th September 2012
The groundbreaking musical A Chorus Line, originally conceived, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, which charts the lives and dreams of a group of dancers as they audition for...
31st August 2012
The National Theatre has announced new productions, which will include in the Olivier: Arthur Wing Pinero's farce The Magistrate, the tale of a respectable magistrate engulfed in scandal by the behaviour of his wife and stepson, with John Lithgow, Nancy Carroll and Joshua McGuire...
24th August 2012
It has been confirmed that the West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the musical Loserville, by Elliot Davis and James Bourne, inspired by the Son of Dork album Welcome To Loserville, a story of everyday American misfit teenagers in 1971, with Aaron Sidwell, Eliza Hope Bennett, ...
17th August 2012
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has announced that it will revert to a 4 play repertoire next year, running from 15th May to 7th September. Productions will include the courtroom drama To Kill A Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee's novel about prejudice in ...
10th August 2012
Harold Pinter's Old Times, in which a couple are visited by an old friend and discuss incidents that may or may not have happened in their past, with Rufus Sewell, and Lia Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas alternating in the other roles, directed by Ian Rickson, will open at the ...
3rd August 2012
The National Theatre will stage the premiere of Lucy Prebble's The Effect, set in a clinic conducting the trial of a new drug, with Billie Piper, Jonjo O'Neill, Tom Goodman Hill and Anastasia Hille, directed by Rupert Goold, opening in November. Delegates at The Global Business...
27th July 2012
Forthcoming productions at the Gate Theatre, in Notting Hill Gate, will include Euripides's The Trojan Women, in a new contemporary adaptation by Caroline Bird, directed by Christopher Haydon, opening on 12th November; and the British premiere of Bruce Norris's Purple Heart, set ...
20th July 2012
Noel Coward's Volcano, about the decadent and scandal ridden life of British ex-pats in 1950s Jamaica, with Jenny Seagrove, Dawn Steele, Jason Durr, Finty Williams, Perdita Avery, Tim Daish and Robin Sebastian, directed by Roy Marsden, which is currently touring, will transfer to...
13th July 2012
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced its spring season in Stratford upon Avon. In the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: The Winter's Tale, directed by Lucy Bailey; Hamlet, with Jonathan Slinger, directed by David Farr; As You Like It, directed by Maria Aberg; and All's Well That ...
6th July 2012
Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking, involving mistaken identities and a misplaced marriage proposal, with Felicity Kendal, Kara Tointon and Jonathan Coy, directed by Lindsay Posner, will open a prospective pre West End tour at Malvern Theatres on 29th August. The autumn season...
29th June 2012
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the musical Viva Forever!, book by Jennifer Saunders, featuring the back catalogue of the Spice Girls, about a candidate on a television talent show and the ramifications of overnight fame, directed by Paul Garrington, with choreography...
22nd June 2012
It's Official! As previously forecast here, a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, the story of a boy who wins the chance to visit the mysterious Willy Wonka's idiosyncratic sweet manufacturing plant, book by David Greig, music and lyrics by Marc ...
15th June 2012
Michael Grandage has announced a year long season of plays at the Noel Coward Theatre that he will direct and produce. The musical Privates On Parade, book and lyrics by Peter Nichols, music by Denis King, set in a British entertainment troupe in 1950s Malaya, with Simon Russell ...
8th June 2012
The Society Of London Theatre is presenting the 15th Kids Week in the West End, designed to introduce young people to the theatregoing experience, with thousands of free tickets and special events. Once again this year it has been extended, and now runs for a whole month, from 1st...
1st June 2012
New productions at the National Theatre this autumn will include in the Olivier: Tirso de Molina's Damned By Despair, in a new version by Frank McGuinness, an adventure story embracing bandits and beautiful women between glimpses of heaven and hell, with Bertie Carvel, Sebastian ...
25th May 2012
The Royal Court Theatre has announced an addition to its West End transfer season at the Duke of York's Theatre. The Theatre Upstairs production of Nick Payne's Constellations, a romantic comedy centring on the relationship between a bee keeper and cosmology academic, with Sally ...
18th May 2012
The musical Soho Cinders, book by Anthony Drewe and Elliot Davis, music by George Stiles, lyrics by Anthony Drewe, which centres on an impoverished student who becomes romantically involved with an engaged Mayoral candidate, with Jenna Russell, Michael Xavier, Clive Carter, Suzie...
11th May 2012
Fuerza Bruta, the show combining physical theatre, acrobatics, music and audience involvement by the Argentinean company that created De La Guarda, will return to the Roundhouse at Chalk Farm for a 4 week season from 26th December. The Love Theatre/Soho Theatre production of A...
4th May 2012
New York TheatreNet: Once again there is a strong showing of British talent in the nominations for this year's Tony Awards. One Man, Two Guvnors leads the way with 7, including James Cordon - Actor (Play) and Nicholas Hytner - Direction (Play); followed by End Of The Rainbow with...
27th April 2012
English National Opera's 2012/2013 season at the London Coliseum will include new productions of Philip Glass's The Perfect American, based on Peter Stephan Jungk's novel Der Konig von Amerika, a partly fictionalised account of the final years of Walt Disney's life; Charpentier's...
20th April 2012
The Society Of London Theatre's Get Into London Theatre initiative, designed to encourage new and young theatregoers to experience the wealth of theatrical fare to be found in London, is making a second appearance this year. Discounted tickets are available now for over 40 shows, ...
13th April 2012
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatres has sold the Palace Theatre to Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer's Nimax Theatres for an undisclosed sum. The proceeds will be used in part to fund the refurbishment of the London Palladium and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Jesus Christ...
5th April 2012
This year's Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, which runs from 21st to 20th June, will feature procession, pyrotechnics and performance from major international companies, many free and taking place outdoors. Highlights include: Graeae Theatre Company and La Fura dels...
30th March 2012
Forthcoming productions at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Southwark will include Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, the story of a drag queen searching for love and acceptance, directed by Douglas Hodge, from 30th May; Brandon Thomas's Victorian farce Charley's Aunt, in which...
23rd March 2012
Self styled 'psychological illusionist' Derren Brown will bring his stage show Svengali, written by Brown, Iain Sharkey and Stephen Long, directed by Polly Findlay, back to the West End, playing at the Novello Theatre from 12th July to 11th August. The producers are Michael Vine, ...
16th March 2012
The nominations for this year's Laurence Olivier Awards, Britain's premier theatre awards, given by the Society Of London Theatre, are dominated by Matilda The Musical with 10 - every category for which it is eligible, including the four young actresses playing the title role; while...
9th March 2012
Paul Merton's new stand up show Out Of My Head, also featuring Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster, which is currently touring, will play at the Vaudeville Theatre from 1st to 20th October. The autumn season at the Barbican will include TR Warszawa's Nosferatu, inspired...
2nd March 2012
It's Official! The current Royal Shakespeare Company Stratford production of David Edgar's Written On The Heart, exploring the hazards faced and legacy left by the King James Bible's earliest translators, with Oliver Ford Davies, Bruce Alexander, Stephen Boxer and Jodie McNee, directed...
24th February 2012
The Space, the new Arts Council England/BBC online arts channel, which will broadcast new work, documentaries and filmed performances created by cultural organisations across the country, will launch on 1st May. Among the first commissions are: the Bristol Old Vic production of Arthur...
17th February 2012
David Seidler's The King's Speech, from which the film was adapted, about how a speech therapist helped King George VI to overcome his stutter, with Charles Edwards, Jonathan Hyde, Emma Fielding, Joss Ackland, Ian McNeice, Michael Feast, Charlotte Randle, David Killick and Daniel...
10th February 2012
Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its 50th Anniversary season. In the Festival Theatre: William Congreve's restoration comedy The Way Of The World, with Penelope Keith, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh; the premiere of Hugh Whitemore's A Marvellous Year For Plums, a political...
3rd February 2012
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys, the comedy in which a vaudeville double act that broke up in acrimony is reunited for a television special, with Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths, directed by Thea Sharrock, will open at the Savoy Theatre...
27th January 2012
The National Theatre has announced new productions, which will include in the Olivier: Sophocles's Antigone, in a version by Don Taylor, directed by Polly Findlay; Shakespeare's Timon Of Athens, with Simon Russell Beale, directed by Nicholas Hytner; Tirso de Molina's Damned For Despair...
20th January 2012
The spring season at the Soho Theatre will include A Walk On Part - The Fall Of New Labour, adapted from the diaries of former minister Chris Mullin by Michael Chaplin, with John Hodgkinson, directed by Max Roberts, from 21st March; Swamp Juice, written and performed by Jeff Achtem...
13th January 2012
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced its 2012/2013 winter season in Stratford-upon-Avon, comprising in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Russell Hoban's The Mouse And His Child, adapted by Tamsin Oglesby, about two clockwork mice thrown on a scrap heap who begin a dangerous quest...
6th January 2012
The Society Of London Theatre is looking for 14 enthusiastic and knowledgeable theatregoers to join one of the judging panels for next year's Laurence Olivier Awards. Panellists will receive a pair of free tickets for all shows playing in the West End for a whole year starting on...