Thursday, 28 July 2016

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts 1&2)
Palace Theatre
Reviewed on Wednesday 27th July 2016

Fans had every right to be sceptical when it was announced that J. K. Rowling would tell the eighth Harry Potter story in a new West End play. The project could have gone either way but some wise choices have been made, making Harry Potter and the Cursed Child an unforgettable theatrical event.

Review: Some Girl(s) at the Park Theatre

Some Girl(s)
Park Theatre
Reviewed on Wednesday 20th July 2016

Some Girl(s) follows a man who travels around America in an attempt to make amends with four old flames before he gets married. It comes as no surprise that these encounters throw up various emotional turmoils for all involved.

Casting announced for Made in Dagenham revival

Casting has been announced for the upcoming actor-musician revival of Made in Dagenham.

Directed by Douglas Rintoul, the show will run at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch between 16th August and 17th September and at the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich from 21st September to 15th October 2016.

Daniella Bowen (Taboo/Mamma Mia) will lead the cast as Rita with the cast also including Angela Bain as Beryl, Dan de Cruz as Bill, Anthony Hunt as Monty, Steve Simmonds as Cortina Man, Loren O'Dair as Lisa, Sophie-May Feek as Sandra, Sarah Scowen as Clare, Alex Tomkins as Eddie, Graham Kent as Harold Wilson/Beckton/Chubby, Joey Hickman as Barry/Aide 2, Martina Isibor as Cass, Jeffery Harmer as Tooley, Wendy Morgan as Connie, Claire Machin as Barbara and Jamie Noar as Hopkins.

Steven Webb taking over as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon

Steven Webb is taking over as Elder McKinley in the West End production of The Book of Mormon from Tuesday 9th August 2016. 

McKinley takes over from Stephen Ashfield who, as previously announced, is transferring to the Broadway production. Ashfield plays his final performance at London's Prince Of Wales Theatre on 6th August 2016.

Webb joins Alexandra Ncube as Nabulungi, KJ Hippensteel as Elder Prince and Brian Sears as Elder Cunningham. The current cast is completed by Nicholas McLean, Delroy Atkinson, Richard Lloyd-King, Dean Maynard, Kelly Agbowu, Philip Catchpole, Joseph Davenport, Jonathan Dudley, Harry Francis, Lydia Fraser, Reece Kerridge, Alex Lodge, Joshua Lovell, Brianna Ogunbawo, Stephen Rolley, Jacade Simpson, Ellena Vincent, Rodney Vubya, T’Shan Williams, Oliver Ormson, Christopher Copeland, Brendan Cull, Tania Mathurin, David McMullan, Sean Parkins, David O’Reilly, Rhys Taylor and Kayi Ushe.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to release 250,000 more tickets

Producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have announced that 250,000 tickets will be released next week on 4th August 2016 at 11am, taking booking through to 10th December 2017. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, began previews in June 2016 at the Palace Theatre. 

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett. Set is by Christine Jones with costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe and casting by Julia Horan.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Who should be cast in the Wicked movie?

After years of rumours and speculation... innuendo... outuendo... last month a release date was finally announced for Universal's film adaptation of Wicked. 

With the right casting the film as potential to be huge and, although the release may be three years away, all sorts of names have already been thrown into the mix. It goes without saying that we'd love a cast of Broadway and West End stars, but we realise that isn't going to be the case. With some help from readers on social media, we've but together the following dream casting...

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Darren Day, Jessica Martin & Michael Xavier to star in Bumblescratch

First casting has been announced for a concert staging of Robert J. Sherman’s new musical Bumblescratch.

Directed and choreographed by Stewart Nicholls, the performance will take place at the Adelphi Theatre on 4th September 2016. 

Steph Parry brings solo show to Battersea Barge

West End actress Steph Parry is bringing her one-woman show to Battersea Barge for one night only this summer.

Entitled Rewrites and Delights, the performance will take place at 6.30pm on Sunday 21st August 2016.  The show is said to be "filled with comedy, music and fun". 

Musical direction will be by Chris Hatt. Tickets are on sale now. Parry is currently understudying Madame Morrible in the West End production of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. 

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