Visit London Blog » beverley knight http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:31:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 London Theatre News: Benedict Cumberbatch, National Theatre and Old Vic seasons, Alexandra Burke, Thriller Live, The Commitments, Olivier Awards http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/london-theatre-news-benedict-cumberbatch-national-theatre-and-old-vic-seasons-alexandra-burke-thriller-live-the-commitments-olivier-awards/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/london-theatre-news-benedict-cumberbatch-national-theatre-and-old-vic-seasons-alexandra-burke-thriller-live-the-commitments-olivier-awards/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:15:43 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38276

There’ve been rumblings about it for months, but we finally know for sure that Sherlock and The Hobbit star Benedict Cumberbatch will get all Shakespearean and give London his Hamlet. The production, which already looks to be one of 2015’s highlights, will play at the Barbican.

I know we’re barely three months into 2014 and already we’re looking forward to next year, but Cumberbatch fans aren’t the only people getting excited about 2015.

The National Theatre has looked that far ahead and announced a season including new plays by David Hare, Tom Stoppard and Richard Bean alongside an adaptation of Treasure Island and Helen McCrory starring in Medea.

Hit musicals Thriller Live and The Commitments have also cast their eyes that way and announced extensions to their popular runs taking them into 2015.

Kevin Spacey’s not thinking quite that far in advance. The Artistic Director of the Old Vic has only announced plans until the end of 2014. He’ll be taking to the stage in May to play ground-breaking lawyer Clarence Darrow in a one-man show, followed by a modern take on The Crucible and Kristin Scott Thomas starring in Greek tragedy Electra.

At the Adelphi Theatre, one British music mega star will replace another as X Factor winner Alexandra Burke takes over from soul sensation Beverley Knight as The Bodyguard’s Rachel Marron from 2 June. By all accounts Knight has made a big impression since making her stage debut in the Whitney Houston musical; let’s hope Burke can do the same.

Just one more thing, if you’re wondering what to do on the evening of 13 April, the answer is watch the Olivier Awards with MasterCard. The show’s fantastic performances have been announced and include all the nominated Best New Musical and Audience Award shows, Broadway star Bernadette Peters and ABBA’s Benny and Björn joining the cast of Mamma Mia! to celebrate the show’s 15th birthday. Tune in to ITV from 22:15 to see all the best bits.

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London Theatre News: Blithe Spirit, Shakespeare’s Globe, Mojo, The Bodyguard, Miss Saigon, Urinetown and I Can’t Sing http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/london-theatre-news-blithe-spirit-shakespeares-globe-mojo-the-bodyguard-miss-saigon-urinetown-i-cant-sing/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/london-theatre-news-blithe-spirit-shakespeares-globe-mojo-the-bodyguard-miss-saigon-urinetown-i-cant-sing/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:54:00 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36691

Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit

If the closest you’ve come to seeing Angela Lansbury live on stage is watching Murder, She Wrote on your iPad during an interval – I’m giving away too much about myself, aren’t I? – I have good news. The esteemed actress is returning to London theatre for the first time in almost 40 years to star in Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit in 2014. Downton Abbey’s Charles Edwards and Olivier Award winner Janie Dee will star opposite the five-times Tony Award-winning actress when the comedy opens in March.

Globe Theatre’s Summer Season

Speaking of murder, Julius Caesar is one of the Shakespearean offerings to be staged by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre next summer. The 2014 Arms And The Man season, as it is being called, will also include Antony And Cleopatra, The Comedy Of Errors and the return of the venue’s hit 2006 production of Titus Andronicus. New plays by Howard Brenton, David Eldridge, Richard Bean and Simon Armitage will also be included.

Extended Runs

If you were worried about being too late to catch star-laden drama Mojo, Punchdrunk’s immersive The Drowned Man, or Beverley Knight’s stage debut in The Bodyguard, you can breathe a little easier as all of them have extended their runs.

New Star for Miss Saigon

One star-to-be who won’t be breathing easier at the moment, I’d imagine, is American teenager Eva Noblezada who may be a little nervous as she has been cast as Kim in the West End’s new production of Miss Saigon. The high school singer was discovered at a concert in New York and has never worked professionally on the stage before. What a way to make your debut!

Urinetown and I Can’t Sing

In other casting news, former EastEnders star Marc Elliott has joined the cast of the eagerly awaited Urinetown, while West End regular Simon Bailey will play imagined X Factor host Liam O’Deary in the Harry Hill-penned I Can’t Sing.

This is a Guest Post by Official London Theatre, the premier website for London theatre. With the latest news, fantastic features, comprehensive listings & incredible offers it is your one-stop shop for everything about the theatre capital of the world.

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