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London Theatre News: Billy Elliot returns to the big screen and Tamsin Greig makes her musical debut

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Billy Elliot is coming to cinema screens! I know what you’re thinking, I’m a decade or so too late with this news; bear with me. The stage adaptation, Billy Elliot the Musical, will be live screened to cinemas around the world on 28 September. So if you haven’t seen the movie or the stage show, or even if you have, you can now see the theatrical spectacular as though it were a film. Have you followed me?

More musical news for you:

  • Olivier Award winner Tamsin Greig – the star of Episodes and Green Wing – is to make her musical theatre debut this winter, leading the cast of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown when it receives its UK premiere at the Playhouse Theatre.
  • Comedian Steve Furst, who previously appeared in Matilda The Musical, and West End regulars Mark Hadfield, Sophie-Louise Dann and Naomi Frederick will join Gemma Arterton in the musical stage adaptation of Made In Dagenham.
  • More of the West End’s finest – including Rolan Bell, Jason Pennycooke and Claire Machin – are set to join Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly in Memphis the Musical.

And in news of a musician who’s not actually in a musical, former Boyzone star Keith Duffy will make his West End debut in A Handful Of Stars at the Trafalgar Studio 2 later this month. The play, which was previously a hit at Battersea’s Theatre503, is the story of a man railing against the moral corruption that surrounds him.

Speaking of corruption, both moral and political, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies have been so successful in London that the shows’ run at the Aldwych Theatre has extended to 4 October, giving everyone an extra month to see why they have received so much acclaim.