News Archive

31st December 2015
The summer season at the Theatre Royal Bath will include Patrick Marber's After Miss Julie, which relocates August Strinberg's play - a sexual liaison between a footman and his master's daughter - to a country house in Britain on the night of the Labour party's groundbreaking General...
18th December 2015
School Of Rock - The Musical, adapted from the 2003 film about an out of work musician who pretends to be a substitute teacher and transforms his students into a rock band, book by Julian Fellowes, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, in addition to songs from the...
4th December 2015
The premiere of The End Of Longing, written by and featuring Matthew Perry, a dark comedy about four broken people searching for meaning in their lives who meet in a bar, directed by Lindsay Posner, will open at the Playhouse Theatre on 11th February. The spring season at the ...
27th November 2015
The recent Shakespeare's Globe production of Jessica Swale's Nell Gwynn, about the orange seller turned actress turned Charles II's mistress, with Gemma Arterton, directed by Christopher Luscombe, will be remounted at the Apollo Theatre, opening on 12th February. The National ...
20th November 2015
Shakespeare's Globe will celebrate of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death next year with a short film on each of his 37 plays, to be screened along the South Bank, between Westminster and Tower Bridges, from 10am to 10pm on 23rd and 24th April. Each of the 10 minute films...
13th November 2015
The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2016 season will comprise Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild, adapted by Samuel Adamson, about a boy whose ride on an elephant while on holiday in Indonesia turns into a fight for survival as a tsunami strikes, directed by Timothy Sheader and Dale ...
6th November 2015
Jean Genet's The Maids, in a new version by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton, a psychological thriller in which two maids dream up dangerous and sadistic ways in which they could kill their employer, with Uzo Aduba, Laura Carmichael and Zawe Ashton, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will...
30th October 2015
The forthcoming Menier Chocolate Factory production of the musical Funny Girl, book by Isobel Lennart, revised by Harvey Fierstein, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, charting the early life and career of 20th century American stage, screen and radio star Fanny Brice, with...
16th October 2015
It has been confirmed that the current Broadway adaptation of the film Aladdin, with a new book and lyrics by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, will open at the Prince Edward Theatre on 9th...
9th October 2015
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Tony Award winning musical Grey Gardens, book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie, inspired by the 1975 documentary film about the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, living in a crumbling...
2nd October 2015
The current Hampstead Theatre production of Ian Kelly's Mr Foote's Other Leg, a tale of comedy, tragedy and the establishment of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, involving Samuel Foote, the one-legged superstar of Georgian London, with Simon Russell Beale, Dervla Kirwan, Jenny Galloway...
25th September 2015
It's Official! As previously forecast here, a semi-staged production of the musical Sunset Boulevard, book by Christopher Hampton, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Don Black, adapted from the 1950 film about a faded silent film star dreaming of making a comeback, aided by ...
18th September 2015
The National Theatre has announced initial details of its 2016 season. In the Olivier: Lorraine Hansberry's Les Blancs, about an African who has been living in Europe who returns home for the funeral of his father, who had founded a resistance movement against colonial rule, directed...
11th September 2015
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced its spring/summer season in Stratford upon Avon next year, celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. It will include in the Main House: A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play For The Nation, directed by Erica Whyman, ...
4th September 2015
The Almeida Theatre will stage Henrik Ibsen's Little Eyolf, about a couple whose relationship suffers a crisis after the death of their son, with Lydia Leonard, Jolyon Coy, Sam Hazeldine, Eve Ponsonby and Eileen Walsh, directed by Richard Eyre, opening on 26th November; and Anton...
28th August 2015
Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr's commercial venture the London Theatre Company has announced plans for a purpose built flexible 900 seat theatre, designed by Steve Tompkins and Roger Watts of Haworth Tompkins Architects, to open in spring 2017, as part of the One Tower Bridge development...
14th August 2015
Edinburgh Fringe hit Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, created by Dylan Emery and Adam Meggido, in which the audience suggest titles, themes and ideas that contribute to the invention of a new musical at every performance, with a rotating ensemble of actors and improv artists, ...
7th August 2015
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the musical Funny Girl, book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, charting the early life and career of 20th century American stage, screen and radio star Fanny Brice, with Sheridan Smith, directed by Michael Mayer...
31st July 2015
The Almeida Theatre's recent contemporary production of Aeschylus's Orestia, adapted and directed by Robert Icke, with Lia Williams, Jessica Findlay Brown, Angus Wright, Lorna Brown, Annie Firbank, Joshua Higgott, Luke Thompson and Hara Yannas, will transfer to the Trafalgar Studios...
24th July 2015
Peter James's The Perfect Murder, adapted by Shaun McKenna, a dark comedy thriller about a man who plans to murder his wife but gets a nasty surprise, with Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace, directed by Ian Talbot, will open a national tour at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham on ...
17th July 2015
The autumn season at the Royal Court Theatre will include the premiere of Martin McDonagh's Hangmen, about the second best hangman in England on the day hanging is abolished, with David Morrissey, Reece Shearsmith, Sally Rogers and Johnny Flynn, directed by Matthew Dunster, opening...
10th July 2015
The National Theatre has announced two children's show in its Temporary Theatre. Ben Power's version of Shakespeare's The Comedy Of Errors, directed by Bijan Sheibani, will play from 21st October; and a musical, I Want My Hat Back, book and lyrics by Joel Horwood, music by Arthur...
3rd July 2015
The Theatre Royal Bath/Tricycle Theatre production of Florian Zeller's The Father, in a new version by Christopher Hampton, a dark comedy about the relationship of an aging man beginning to lose touch with reality and his daughter, with Kenneth Cranham and Claire Skinner, directed...
26th June 2015
The Royal Court Theatre's production of Nick Payne's Constellations, a romantic comedy centring on the relationship between a bee keeper and cosmology academic, with Joe Armstrong and Louise Brealey, directed by Michael Longhurst, will open a short season at the Trafalgar Studios...
19th June 2015
Cirque du Soleil will return to the Royal Albert Hall with a new show Amaluna, set on a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon, with a largely female cast and band, celebrating the work and voice of women, directed by Dianne Paulus, with choreography...
12th June 2015
Last year's Chichester Festival Theatre production of the musical Guys And Dolls, book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerlin, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, the 'musical fable of Broadway' based on Damon Runyan's short stories of colourful New York characters, with Jamie Parker and Sophie...
5th June 2015
The Donmar Warehouse has announced further production in its autumn season. Christopher Shinn's Teddy Ferrara, in which the chair of an LGBT students group and his friends encounter a dark and lonely world, with Nancy Crane, Oliver Johnstone, Luke Newberry and Ryan McParland, directed...
29th May 2015
The next season at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe, from November, will include Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest, directed by Dominic Dromgoole, all written by Shakespeare to be staged in the indoor Blackfriars Theatre, plus the return of ...
15th May 2015
The Broadway show Motown The Musical, a back catalogue musical based on the life and career of Berry Gordy, the record producer who founded the Motown label, book by Gordy, with Brandon Victor Dixon and Valisia Lekae, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, with choreography by Patricia...
8th May 2015
Forthcoming productions at Southwark Playhouse, at the Elephant and Castle, will include Austin Pendleton's Orson's Shadow, a comedy charting events backstage when Orson Welles directed Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright in a production of Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, directed by...
1st May 2015
Once again British talent is strongly featured in the nominations for this year's Tony Awards, headed by Wolf Hall/Bring Up The Bodies with 8, including New Play, Leading Actor - Ben Miles and Director - Jeremy Herrin; Skylight with 7, including Play Revival, Leading Actor - Bill...
24th April 2015
Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51, about Rosalind Franklin, the overlooked British scientist who helped to discover the structure of DNA by taking the photograph that revealed the double helix, with Nicole Kidman, directed by Michael Grandage, will open at the Noel Coward Theatre on 14th...
17th April 2015
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season at the Garrick Theatre will comprise Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, with Judi Dench and Branagh, playing in repertoire with Terence Rattigan's Harlequinade, a backstage comedy about a theatre...
10th April 2015
The Royal Shakespeare Company's current Stratford production of Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman, the story of a small time travelling salesman with a blind belief in the American Dream, who, despite his lack of success, tries to force his failed ambitions and values onto his ...
2nd April 2015
Garsington Opera, one of the 'alternative Glyndebournes', will stage its 26th season at the Wormsley estate, near Stokenchurch in Buckinghamshire, from 5th June to 18th July. Performances are in the spectacular 600 seat glass pavilion, encompassing stage and audience, designed by...
27th March 2015
The Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Shakespeare's Richard II, with David Tennant, Henry IV Parts I & 2, with Antony Sher, Alex Hassell and Jasper Britton, and Henry V, with Alex Hassell, directed by Gregory Doran, will play in repertoire at the Barbican Theatre from 7th...
20th March 2015
This year's Edinburgh International Festival will run from 7th to 31st August. Theatre highlights will include Complicite's production of The Encounter, inspired by Petru Popescu's book Amazon Beaming, directed by Simon McBurney; ExMachina's 887, a foray into the world of memory, ...
13th March 2015
The summer season at the Almeida Theatre in Islington will comprise Aeschylus's Orestia, adapted and directed by Robert Icke, with Lia Williams, opening on 5th June; Euripides's Bakkhai, in a new version by Anne Carson, with Ben Whishaw and Bertie Carvel, directed by James Macdonald...
6th March 2015
The current Shakespeare's Globe Sam Wanamaker Playhouse premiere production of of Claire Van Kampen's Farinelli And The King, set in 18th century Spain and Italy, about the world's most famous castrato who traded fame and fortune for a life of royal servitude, with Mark Rylance, ...
27th February 2015
The current Royal Shakespeare Company production of Tom Morton-Smith's Oppenheimer, revealing the personal cost of the development of the atomic bomb, with John Heffernan, directed by Angus Jackson, with movement by Scott Ambler, will transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre, opening on...
20th February 2015
English National Ballet's 2015/2016 season in London and on tour will include She Said, a triple bill of premieres by Aszure Barton, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Yabin Wang; plus the return of Rudolf Nureyev's production of Romeo And Juliet; Lest We Forget, a triple bill marking the...
13th February 2015
The Royal Shakespeare Company's next winter season at Stratford upon Avon will include in the Main House: Shakespeare's Henry V, with Alex Hassell, directed by Gregory Doran, opening on 22nd September; and the return of Wendy And Peter Pan, Ella Hickson's adaptation of J M Barrie...
6th February 2015
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the current Broadway musical Kinky Boots, book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, adapted from the 2005 film, about how a conservative British shoe factory was saved from closing by producing fetish footwear at the suggestion...
30th January 2015
David W Rintels's Clarence Darrow, recounting a selection of pivotal moments from the career of the pioneering lawyer, a one person play performed by Kevin Spacey, directed by Thea Sharrock, will return to the Old Vic Theatre from 3rd March. Jagged Fence Productions will stage...
23rd January 2015
It's Official! As previously forecast here, the current Broadway production of Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man, the story of a man disfigured by disease who rose from a Victorian travelling freak show to become the toast of London society, with Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson...
16th January 2015
Last year's Theatre Royal Bath production of Noel Coward's Hay Fever, the story of a weekend at the country retreat of a bohemian actress, her writer husband, and their two adult children, all of whom behave extravagantly badly in front of their mystified house guests, with Felicity...
9th January 2015
Beyond Bollywood, the 'Indian Riverdance' spectacular, music by Salim-Sulaiman, lyrics by Irfan Siddiqui, directed and choreographed by Rajeev Goswami, will play an 8 week season at the London Palladium from 8th May. The Landor Theatre, in Clapham, will stage the musical She Loves...
2nd January 2015
It's Official! As previously forecast here, Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest, the 'trivial comedy for serious people' with David Suchet as Lady Bracknell, directed by Adrian Noble, will open in the West End at a Nimax theatre yet to be announced on 24th June. The producers...