Visit London Blog » HMV Hammersmith Apollo http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:11:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Thursday Theatre News: Legally Blonde, American Idiot, The Wizard of Oz and Jodie Prenger http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/01/thursday-theatre-news/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/01/thursday-theatre-news/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 21:39:50 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=25145 This week’s theatre news has been coming in twos: two shows leaving London; two extending; two award ceremonies; and two fantastic bits of cast news…

Firstly, sad news for a musical lover like me. Legally Blonde and Crazy for You are both leaving London in the near future. After three years at the Savoy Theatre, Legally Blonde will close on 7 April. And Crazy For You, which was booking until 28 July, is now going to tap dance off into the sunset on 17 March. If you love musicals, you’ll love these shows, so book your tickets now before it’s too late!

Next up, two shows that have extended their London runs. Green Day’s award-winning rock musical American Idiot is running for an extra week at the Hammersmith Apollo in December this year, due to an overwhelming demand for tickets. And The Leisure Society has also extended its run in London by a week: the cause for such high interest in this toxic comedy is surely the casting of model Agyness Deyn (alongside the lovely Ed Stoppard!)

It’s awards season in Theatreland, and the first of the bunch have already been given out. Congratulations to the National Theatre which scooped more than half the Critics Circle awards on offer, including gongs for Frankenstein (and its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller) and One Man, Two Guvnors. Other awards went to Sheridan Smith for her performances in Flare Path and Mike Leigh, for his direction for Grief. And there’s more awards coming: this week, it was announced that the Olivier Awards will be taking place in the Royal Opera House on 15 April: if you want to watch the action as it unfolds (with Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball hosting!), you can, as there’ll be a live stream of the ceremony on a big screen in Covent Garden. (Or you can listen on Radio 2; or watch on the BBC’s Red Button.)

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More next week.

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Visit London Asks: What’s Your Favourite Place in London to Hear Music? http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/01/visit-london-asks-whats-your-favourite-place-in-london-to-hear-music/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/01/visit-london-asks-whats-your-favourite-place-in-london-to-hear-music/#comments Mon, 17 Jan 2011 11:42:13 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=18741

Following last week’s announcement that The O2 is the world’s most popular music venue, we asked our Visit London Facebook fans What’s Your Favourite Place in London To Hear Music?

There was a big response. Plenty of you agree The O2 is excellent, and other large venues such as HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse and The Barbican were mentioned.

Smaller venue favourites include Ronnie Scott’s in Soho, Camden’s Electric Ballroom, Vortex Jazz Club in Hackney, Union Chapel Islington and The Archduke at Waterloo.

Lots of people rate London’s buskers, music outdoors in Covent Garden, Regent’s Park (in summer!) and Trafalgar Square, and several of you professed a love for candlelit concerts at St Martin in the Fields.

So what’s your favourite place in London to hear music? Leave a comment below…

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