Monday, 3 August 2015

Full casting announced for Sweet Charity at the New Wolsey Theatre

Full casting had been announced for Sweet Charity at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich starring the previously announced Katie Birtill as Charity Valentine.

The cast will include: James Haggie as Oscar Lindquist, Dan de Cruz as Daddy Brubeck, Sophie Byrneas Helene and Nicola Bryan as Carmen.

Completing the cast are: Katia Sartini, Giovanna Ryan, Elisa Boyd, Lindsay Goodhand, Paul Kissaun, Sarah Scowen, Kieran Bailey, Rachel Nottingham, Christopher Fry, Matthew Hinchliffe, Greg Last and Jeffrey Harmer as film star Vittorio Vidal.

Watch Rachelle Ann Go & Carrie Hope Fletcher perform at Les Mis V Phantom

Yesterday (2nd August 2015), West End stars played alongside celebrities and professional footballers in the Les Mis V Phantom charity football match. The Phantom of the Opera beat Les Miserables 6-2.

Killian Donnelly (Kinky Boots), Kerry Ellis (Cats), Rachelle Ann Go (Miss Saigon), Carrie Hope Fletcher (Les Miserables), John Owen-Jones (Sweeney Todd), Gerónimo Rauch (The Phantom of the Opera) and Boys of the Barricade performed during the pre-match concert. Watch Rachelle Ann Go and Carrie Hope Fletcher's performances below.

Details confirmed for Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith at the Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier Chocolate Factory has confirmed details for their revival of Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice.

Directed by Michael Mayer, the show opens on 2nd December 2015 (previews from 20th November) and runs until 5th March 2016. The production is presented in association with Sonia Friedman Productions and Scott Landis.

Funny Girl returns to the London stage for the first time since its 1966 première. With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, the Broadway musical skyrocketed Barbra Streisand to stardom.

The score features numbers such as "People", "You Are Woman, I Am Man" and "Don't Rain on My Parade". Tickets go on sale to the Menier Chocolate Factory supporters at 9am on Monday 10th August, with public booking opening at 9am on Monday 17th August.

Review: Horrible Histories Barmy Britain - Part Three at the Garrick Theatre

Horrible Histories Barmy Britain - Part Three
Garrick Theatre
Reviewed on Wednesday 29th July 2015

Who knew rhinos used to roam the fields of Britain? Who knew 600 people in Soho died of cholera by drinking water from one mangy tap? I certainly didn't!

Praise the Lord! Sister Act to embark on new UK tour

Bless our show! It has been announced that Craig Revel Horwood will direct and choreograph a brand new production of Sister Act.

The revival will open at the  Leicester Curve on 30th July 2016 ahead of a UK tour which is currently booking to 17th December 2016. See dates below (further venues and casting to be announced).

Tickets go on sale from 5th August 2015. Musical supervision and arrangements  are by Sarah Travis.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Review: Impossible at the Noel Coward Theatre

Noel Coward Theatre
Reviewed on Thursday 30th July 2015

Taking us back to the good old days of variety, Impossible is a well constructed magic show perfect for the summer holidays. Showcasing the eight principles of magic - escape, transportation, penetration, prediction, levitation, transformation, vanish and production - Impossible had me screaming, covering my eyes and sitting on the edge of my seat thinking 'how on earth did they do that?'

Feature: July round-up

Star of the Month
Matt Cardle
Matt Cardle in Memphis / Photo Credit: Matt Crockett

Whoever succeeded Killian Donnelly as Huey Calhoun in Memphis The Musical was going to have a tough act to follow, but former X Factor winner Matt Cardle has made a triumphant West End debut as Huey and made the role his own. Matt showcases strong vocals and has fun with the role, growling and riffing his way through the score whilst highlighting the quirky and goofy side to Huey in his first acting role. Matt's 'Memphis Lives In Me' is impeccable and he has incredible chemistry opposite the insanely talented Beverley Knight throughout.  Read our 5* review of Matt in Memphis and read our big interview with Matt about joining Memphis.

Show of the Month
What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined
The cast of What's It All About? / Photo Credit: Nobby Clark

BGT winners Attraction to premiere new show in the West End

Britain’s Got Talent winners Attraction are set to premiere their new production The Box in the West End later this year.

Playing for one-night-only at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 29th November, Attraction will "absorb their audiences into a new dimension". They combine performance art and technology to inspire audiences, reinforce messaging and illustrate a story.

The Box will be the first show in the world to include shadow performance, black light theatre and video mapping in the same show. Attraction, the World’s leading Shadow and Black Light Theatre Company, won Britain’s Got Talent in 2013.