News Archive

19th December 2014
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Chichester Festival Theatre production of the musical Gypsy, the story of the quintessential child star mother, and her daughter who became 'ecdysiast' Gypsy Rose Lee, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen ...
12th December 2014
David Mamet's American Buffalo, about a trio of third rate crooks in a Chicago pawnshop who plan the theft of a coin collection, with Damian Lewis, directed by Daniel Evans, will open at Wyndham's Theatre on 27th April. The producer is Playful Productions. The spring season at...
5th December 2014
Highlights of this year's Evening Standard Theatre Awards include: Best Actor - Tom Hiddleston - Coriolanus; Best Actress - Gillian Anderson - A Streetcar Named Desire; Best Play - The James Plays - Rona Munro; Best Musical - The Scottsboro Boys - David Thompson, John Kander and ...
28th November 2014
The National Theatre Of Scotland's 2015 season will include Compton MacKenzie's Whisky Galore, about Scottish islanders hiding the whisky they have liberated from a wrecked ship during the Second World War, adapted into Gaelic by Iain Finlay Macleod, from 9th April, a co-production...
21st November 2014
The 2015 season at the Globe Theatre will comprise Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice, directed by Jonathan Munby; As You Like It, directed by Blanche MacIntyre; Measure For Measure, directed by Dominic Dromgoole; and Richard II, directed by Simon Godwin; together with a contemporary...
14th November 2014
The recent Young Vic Theatre production of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge, the story of a Brooklyn longshoreman who has raised his orphaned niece, but becomes infatuated with her, and jealousy transforms him from a respected, honourable man to a virtual stranger, shamed and...
7th November 2014
The spring season at the Donmar Warehouse will comprise the previously announced production of Patrick Marber's Closer, about the relationships of two couples examining betrayal, sex and loneliness in London, with Nancy Carroll, Rufus Sewell and Oliver Chris, directed by David Leveaux...
31st October 2014
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the musical Bend It Like Beckham, book by Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayeda Berges, music by Howard Goodall, lyrics by Charles Hart, based on the 2002 film about a teenage Sikh girl in London infatuated with football but forbidden to play...
24th October 2014
The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Mark Hayhurst's Taken At Midnight, in which the mother of the anti-Nazi German lawyer Hans Litten confronts those who have imprisoned her son, with Penelope Wilton, Martin Hutson, Allan Corduner, Pip Donaghy, John Light, Mike Grady, David...
17th October 2014
The Royal Court Theatre/Headlong Theatre Company production of Jennifer Haley's The Nether, an intricate crime drama and a sci-fi thriller in an online virtual world, with Amanda Hale and Stanley Townsend, directed by Jeremy Herrin, will be remounted at the Duke of York's Theatre...
10th October 2014
The National Theatre's Annual Report for 2013/2014 reveals that it had a record breaking year financially, with income of 100m, giving 3,149 performances in Britain and internationally, partly thanks to the West End transfers of War Horse, One Man Two Guvnors and The Curious Incident...
3rd October 2014
The Theatre Royal York production of E Nesbitt's The Railway Children, adapted by Mike Kenny, directed by Damian Cruden, will return to London at King's Cross Station, from 16th December to 1st March. The audience sits on the platforms, with the action taking place on the platforms...
26th September 2014
The Victoria and Albert museum has acquired the personal papers of theatre director Peter Brook, which document his life and work from childhood and throughout his career. The papers include diaries, drafts of scripts and books, rehearsal and planning notes, photos, designs and drawings...
19th September 2014
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson will reprise their Lincoln Center New York concert performances in the English National Opera production of the musical Sweeney Todd, book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the Victorian...
12th September 2014
The winter season at the Almeida Theatre in Islington will include a revival of the 2011 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice, with Ian McDiarmid, Jamie Beamish, Rebecca Brewer, Susannah Fielding, Scott Handy, Caroline Martin and Emily Plumtree...
5th September 2014
The Royal Shakespeare Company's 2015 season in Stratford upon Avon will include in the Main House: Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman, with Antony Sher and Alex Hassell, directed by Gregory Doran; Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice, directed by Polly Findlay; and Shakespeare's...
29th August 2014
The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Tim Firth's Neville's Island, relating the misadventures of four out-of-condition, out-of-their-depth businessmen on an out-of-control 'team building' exercise, with Adrian Edmondson, Miles Jupp, Neil Morrissey and Robert Webb, directed...
22nd August 2014
The opening productions of the Print Room theatre company in its new home at the Coronet in Noting Hill Gate will be Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes From Underground, adapted by Harry Lloyd and Gerald Garutti, in which a man locked away from society by his own choosing explains why it...
15th August 2014
On The Casting Couch: Lucy Punch and Ben Mansfield will join Ross Boatman, Harriet Thorpe, William Chubb, Scott Karim, Nick Sampson, Joseph Wilkins, Robert Glenister, Rupert Vansittart, Andrew Woodall, Kellie Shirle, Iain Mitchell and Miles Mitchell in the transfer of the National...
8th August 2014
Hampstead Theatre will stage the British premiere of Theresa Rebeck's Seminar, a dark comedy about world famous novelist giving a seminar to four young aspiring writers, with Roger Allam, directed by Terry Johnson, opening on 1st October. The autumn season at the Union Theatre...
1st August 2014
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, a biomusical about the writer and singer, and her collaborators Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, directed by Marc Bruni, with choreography by Jason Howland...
25th July 2014
The Menier Chocolate Factory, in Southwark, will stage a new production of the show that put it on the map in 2004, Becky Mode's one man show Fully Committed, with Kevin Bishop as a struggling actor/reservation maker at Manhattan's most fashionable restaurant, directed by Mark Setlock...
18th July 2014
Patrick Marber's Closer, about the relationships of two couples examining betrayal, sex and loneliness in London, with Nancy Carroll, Rufus Sewell and Oliver Chris, directed by David Leveaux, will play at the Donmar Warehouse from February. J B Priestley's time play Dangerous ...
11th July 2014
The Society Of London Theatre has published the Box Office Data Report 2013, providing detailed analysis of attendance figures and box office returns in the West End, which includes the major commercial and grant aided theatres. 2013 was again a record breaking year for London theatre...
4th July 2014
The Tony Award winning musical Urinetown, book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, a comic parody about a futuristic society where people revolt about having to pay exorbitant fees to 'use the bathroom', written in a pseudo Brechtian style, directed by Jamie...
27th June 2014
The National Theatre production of Richard Bean's Great Britain, a satire about the tabloid press, the police and the political establishment, with Billie Piper, Oliver Chris, Harriet Thorpe, William Chubb, Scott Karim, Nick Sampson, Joseph Wilkins, Robert Glenister, Rupert Vansittart...
20th June 2014
A revised version of the musical Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, which ran briefly on Broadway in 2010, book by Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics David Yazbeck, adapted from Pedro Almodovar's 1988 Spanish comedy film, about a group of women whose relationships with men lead...
13th June 2014
The autumn season at The Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn will include a restaging of the 2013 Citizen's Theatre Glasgow production of Sam Shepard's True West, about the sibling rivalry between two brothers, one an achiever, the other a drifter, with Alex Ferns and Eugene O'Hare, directed...
6th June 2014
With 50,771 performances, of 3,193 shows (825 of which will be free), 1,789 premieres, from 47 countries, in 299 venues, the 67th Edinburgh Festival Fringe, running from 1st to 25th August, is once again bigger than ever, retaining its position as the world's largest arts festival...
30th May 2014
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the musical White Christmas adapted from the 1954 film, music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, book by David Ives and Paul Blake, from the screenplay by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, with Tom Chambers, Aled Jones, Wendi Peters...
23rd May 2014
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the current Almeida Theatre production of Mike Bartlett's King Charles III, a 'future history play' examining the royal family and the unwritten rules of British democracy, with Tim Piggott-Smith, Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam ...
16th May 2014
Shakespeare's Globe's second Wanamaker Playhouse season will include new productions of John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, a tale of incestuous lust and obsessive revenge, from 23rd October; Thomas Middleton's The Changeling, a ferocious story of madness and passion, from 15th ...
9th May 2014
Donmar Warehouse will stage the musical City Of Angels, book by Larry Gelbart, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel, set in Los Angeles in the 1940s, weaving together the tale of a writer trying to get his novel turned into a screenplay and the story of the film noir movie...
2nd May 2014
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys, book by David Thompson, music and lyrics by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, about the 1930s Scottsboro Case, in which a group of innocent African American teenagers in Alabama were unjustly accused...
25th April 2014
The 120th season of the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts takes place at the Royal Albert Hall between 18th July and 13th September. The world's greatest classical music festival centres on 75 main concerts (at least one every evening) with consistently low ticket prices, including...
17th April 2014
This year's Laurence Olivier Awards were dominated by the Almeida Theatre with Chimerica taking 5, including New Play and Director - Lyndsey Turner; and Ghosts winning 3, including Play Revival and Actress Play - Lesley Manville; and The Book Of Mormon taking 3, including New Musical...
11th April 2014
Shakespeare's Globe will celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday with a Free Family Open Day on 21st April from noon to 5pm, with traditional birthday party activities given a Shakespearian twist such as 'Pin the Ruff on the Bard'. As usual, there will be the traditional Sonnet Walks...
4th April 2014
The second Trafalgar Transformed season at Trafalgar Studios 1 will open with Shakespeare's Richard III, with Martin Freeman, directed by Jamie Lloyd, from 1st July. The producers are Jamie Lloyd Productions and the Ambassador Theatre Group. The Royal Opera's 2014/2015 season ...
28th March 2014
The Barbican's 2014/2015 season will include the Third World Bunfight production of Verdi's Macbeth, set in a post-colonial African landscape, adapted and directed by Brett Bailey; the Schaubuhne Berlin's contemporary production of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy Of The People, a version...
21st March 2014
The National Theatre has announced further productions. In the Olivier: Euripides's Medea, adapted by Ben Power, with Helen McCrory, directed by Carrie Cracknell, opening in July; the premiere of David Hare's Behind The Beautiful Forevers, based on the novel by Katherine Boo, a ...
14th March 2014
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the current Royal Shakespeare Company Stratford productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, adapted by Mike Poulton from the novels by Hillary Mantel, about the machinations at the court of Henry VIII, with Ben Miles, Nathaniel Parker...
28th February 2014
It has been confirmed that the National Theatre of Scotland production of Jack Thorne's Let The Right One In, adapted from the cult Swedish romantic horror film, about a lonely bullied teenager living with his mother on a housing estate in a neighbourhood that has experienced a spate...
21st February 2014
The Apollo Theatre will reopen on 26th March, with a production that is expected to be a transfer of the National Theatre of Scotland production of Jack Thorne's Let The Right One In, adapted from the cult Swedish romantic horror film, about a lonely bullied teenager living with ...
14th February 2014
Last year's Bath Theatre Royal production of Noel Coward's Relative Values, about the culture clash between Hollywood glitterati and the English aristocracy in the 1950s, with Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin, Rory Bremner and Ben Mansfield, directed by Trevor Nunn, will be remounted...
7th February 2014
Last year's Chichester Festival Theatre production of Julian Mitchell's Another Country, set in a public school in the 1930s and loosely based on the life of the spy Guy Burgess, with Julian Wadham, Will Attenborough, Cai Brigden, Rob Callender, Mark Donald, Dario Coates, Bill Milner...
31st January 2014
The recent Tricycle Theatre production of Moira Buffini's Handbagged, examining the relationship between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher, with Marion Bailey, Stella Gonet, Fenella Woolgar, Neet Mohan, Jeff Rawle and Lucy Robinson, directed Indhu Rubasingham, will be remounted at ...
24th January 2014
The National Theatre has announced further productions in its spring season: in the Olivier, Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business, an exposure of entrepreneurial greed, with Nigel Lindsay, Debra Gillett, Gawn Grainger, Amanda Hadingue, Amy Marston, Gerard Monaco, Samuel Taylor...
17th January 2014
Figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport reveal that the performing arts, music and visual arts sector was worth almost 4.6bn to Britain's economy in 2012, a 13% increase on the previous year. From 2008 to 2012 the performing...
10th January 2014
Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, a family drama that takes place over the course of a Christmas Eve, with a former matinee idol turned politician and his screenwriter wife joined by their novelist daughter, whose latest work is an explosive memoir, directed by Lindsay Posner...
3rd January 2014
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 ...