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Enjoy the great outdoors in London this summer with these top five activities.

1. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a cultural highlight of every London summer. The outdoor, 1,250-seat amphitheatre in London’s beautiful Regent’s Park hosts a varied programme of plays, music and comedy each season including Shakespeare, musicals and newer works. The 2014 season includes a new version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night suitable for all ages from six upwards, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and the return of award-winning production To Kill A Mockingbird. 15 May–13 Sep

Rooftop Film Club

2. Cinema under the stars
Outdoor cinemas have become increasingly popular in London in recent years. From the grande dame of the Film 4 Summer Series at Somerset House to funky newcomers including Rooftop Film Club in Dalston and Peckham and Hot Tub Cinema (yep, you guessed it). There’s also Nomad Cinema, which pops up in parks and squares around London, Luna Cinema, screening films at stately homes in and around London such as Hampton Court Palace and Greenwich Park and the Floating Cinema – located on a canal boat and coming to London’s waterways again this summer.   

Black Sabbath headline British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park

3. Festivals
London is awash with awesome festivals this summer and there’s something for every taste, whether it’s the foodie heaven of Taste of London, one of the many summer music festivals, cultural conglomerations including Southbank’s Festival of Love, and family-friendly outdoor events such as the Mayor’s Thames Festival and the City of London Festival. Can’t decide? Here’s our pick of the Top 5 Summer Festivals

Prudential RideLondon

4. Ride London
London’s world-class festival of all things bike returns for a second year this August. The 2014 Prudential RideLondon will include all of last year’s favourites, of which there are events suitable for everyone from amateur cyclists right up to Wiggins-wannabes. Join the eight-mile Family Ride past some of London’s most iconic attractions or turn up to cheer the pros in the London-Surrey Classic. 9-10 Aug

Thames RIB Experience 5. Ice cream and water play
London has some fantastic lakes and lidos for you to enjoy this summer. Take a look at our list of recommended Lidos and Boating Lakes where you can turn up with your bathers or hire a boat to while away the hours. If you’re after something more adventurous, book yourself a speedboat tour of the Thames on a London RIB, or check out Lee Valley White Water Centre. Want more? Read our guide to action-packed activities for kids in London. Feeling exhausted? Chill out with one of London’s best ice creams!

What’s your top tip for outdoor fun in London this summer? Tell us in the comments below…

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London Theatre News: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot, Peppa Pig, Get Into London Theatre, Gemma Arterton, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Evening Standard Awards http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/london-theatre-news-dirty-rotten-scoundrels-spamalot-peppa-pig-get-into-london-theatre-gemma-arterton-regents-park-open-air-theatre-evening-standard-awards/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/london-theatre-news-dirty-rotten-scoundrels-spamalot-peppa-pig-get-into-london-theatre-gemma-arterton-regents-park-open-air-theatre-evening-standard-awards/#comments Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:00:26 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36049

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels To Open in 2014

A host of exciting new musicals have opened and are due to open in London this year. If you love your tuners as much as I do, you’ll be delighted to hear that the trend looks set to continue in 2014 with the arrival of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

The tale of conmen competing for the affections of an heiress brings Olivier Award winner Robert Lindsay back to the stage alongside comedian Rufus Hound and West End regular Katherine Kingsley. It plays at the Savoy Theatre from 10 March.

Child-friendly Musicals: Spamalot and Peppa Pig’s Big Splash

In more musical news, children’s TV stars Dick and Dom are leaving childish things behind – well, partly – to star in Spamalot. The kid-friendly double act will star as King Arthur and sidekick Patsy in the Monty Python-inspired musical from 2 December.

If the kids don’t fancy dancing knights, pre-school favourite Peppa Pig has announced a festive run of Peppa Pig’s Big Splash at the Criterion. The porky protagonist, who’s so popular she has her own theme park, will play during the daytime while comic thriller The 39 Steps continues in the evenings.

Discounted Theatre Tickets

Looking forward to the new year, annual discount ticket promotion Get Into London Theatre has revealed it will go on sale from 10 December for performances from 1 January to 13 February. More than 45 London shows are taking part, offering cut price tickets from £10 to £40.

As if all that news wasn’t enough, we’ve also heard:

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London Theatre News: War Horse, Grease 2, Dinosaur Zoo, The Pride, Versailles, Privacy, Fathers and Sons, The Only Way is Downton http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/10/london-theatre-news-war-horse-grease-2-dinosaur-zoo-the-pride-versailles-privacy-fathers-and-sons-the-only-way-is-downton/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/10/london-theatre-news-war-horse-grease-2-dinosaur-zoo-the-pride-versailles-privacy-fathers-and-sons-the-only-way-is-downton/#comments Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:22:19 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=35871

War Horse’s Joey on Display at V&A

If you’re in awe of the puppetry in War Horse, you can take a closer look at leading horse Joey at the V&A Museum as the original West End puppet is now on display, and boy does he look striking.

Theatre Awards

Joey has won his fair share of awards, and we’re getting near that season of prize-giving again. The Evening Standard Theatre Awards long list has just been announced and it reads like a who’s who of the London stage – or the most glamorous dinner party guest list you’re ever likely to see. Among the big names in the running are Judi Dench, Kristin Scott Thomas and Adrian Lester.

Donmar Warehouse Spring Season Revealed

Powerhouse play producer the Donmar Warehouse has announced its 2014 spring season, leading with two new plays. The first, the latest from writer/director Peter Gill, is called Versailles and is set around the signing of the famous post-WWI treaty. Its cast includes emerging star Tom Hughes, who was brilliant in TV series Dancing On The Edge, and Pat And Cabbage star Barbara Flynn. Privacy, the new play from Olivier Award-nominee James Graham follows, with the season concluding with a revival of Brian Friel’s Fathers And Sons.

Grease 2 Concert and Dinosaur Zoo

On a marginally less high-brow but no less exciting note, a stage version of Grease 2 will get a concert staging at the Lyric Theatre next year – the perfect night for all cool riders or girls for all seasons. Meanwhile, Dinosaur Zoo,which was a roaring success at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer, is coming to the Phoenix Theatre for Christmas.

The Pride Extends Season

If you’ve not seen Hayley Atwell and co in The Pride yet, don’t miss your chance. This award-winning play about prejudice and love has just extended its run at Trafalgar Studios to 23 November. At the venue’s smaller Studio 2, 2014 offers the chance to see a one-man impression show telling the story of what happens when the inhabitants of Downton Abbey have to turn to 2013’s celebrities to save their family home in The Only Way Is Downton.

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London Theatre News: The Sound of Music; Ghost Stories; Miss Saigon; and the Park Theatre http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/08/london-theatre-news-sound-of-music-ghost-stories-miss-saigon-and-the-park-theatre/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/08/london-theatre-news-sound-of-music-ghost-stories-miss-saigon-and-the-park-theatre/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 09:00:34 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=35265 Michael Xavier as Captain von Trapp and the children. Photo by Johan Persson

Good news for fans of The Sound of Music: the Open Air Theatre’s production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has extended to 14 September. Let’s hope the weather stays kind for the rest of the run.

It was a huge hit first time round, so I’m pleased to announce that Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s terrifying production of Ghost Stories is coming back to the capital. The spooky show will play from 13 February at Leicester Square’s Arts Theatre, four years after it first appeared in London.

If, like me, you’re eagerly awaiting more details about Miss Saigon returning to the West End, I’ve got some news for you. The Olivier Award-winning show will play at the Prince Edward Theatre from 3 May next year. Tickets go on sale on 9 September – put it in your diaries!

Finally, I’ve news of London newest theatre, the Park Theatre’s second season. Tim Pigott-Smith will star in the world premiere of a new play by Larry Belling; and Sean Holmes brings his production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night back to the capital. There’ll be another world premiere (Sarah Rutherford’s Adult Supervision); a run by the ever-brilliant Reduced Shakespeare Company; and a festive pantomime.

London Theatre Cast News

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London Theatre News: Open Air Theatre; Donmar Warehouse; A Doll’s House; Let It Be; and X-Factor The Musical http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/05/london-theatre-news-open-air-theatre-donmar-warehouse-a-dolls-house-let-it-be-and-x-factor-the-musical/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/05/london-theatre-news-open-air-theatre-donmar-warehouse-a-dolls-house-let-it-be-and-x-factor-the-musical/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 15:00:10 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=33339 Let It BeFirstly, congratulations to Let It Be – the show has extended its run at the Savoy Theatre until 18 January next year. More a concert than a story-and-script-led musical, Let It Be presents a chronological run-through of The Beatles best bits from the 1960s pop of Hard Day’s Night to the 70s psychedelia of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and everything in between. Let It Be will also become the latest show to introduce lower priced tickets: from 3 June, there’ll be seats available from just £15.

In other musical news, the highly anticipated X Factor Musical, called I Can’t Sing! will open at the London Palladium next year, with tickets going on sale today. Written by comedian Harry Hill and directed by Sean Foley, I Can’t Sing! begins previews at the Palladium on 27 February. The title sets the tone for the talent show-inspired musical, which features 19 original songs by Hill and Spend Spend Spend’s Steve Brown, and aims “an affectionate poke” at the popular ITV series, according to Hill and Brown.

A Doll's HouseAnother week; another West End transfer. The Young Vic’s acclaimed production of A Doll’s House will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre this summer, following two sell-out runs at the Young Vic. Hattie Morahan will reprise her Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Award-winning role as Nora in the production, which runs from 8 August to 26 October, alongside fellow original cast members Dominic Rowan, Nick Fletcher and Steve Toussaint.

London Theatre Cast News

  • Jane Asher will star as Lady Catherine de Bourgh in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Pride and Prejudice this summer. She’ll be joined by Jennifer Kirby, Imogen Byron, Yolanda Kettle, Eleanor Thorn and Leah Brotherhead as the five Bennet sisters, Timonty Walker and Rebecca Lacey as Mr and Mrs Bennet, David Oakes as Mr Darcy, Barnaby Sax as the charming Mr Wickham and Rob Heaps as wealthy bachelor Mr Bingley
  • Michael Xavier and Charlotte Wakefield will star as Captain Von Trapp and Maria in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music at the Open Air Theatre
  • Jessica Raine, Daniel Mays, Mark Gatiss and Tom Hiddleston are all to appear in the Donmar’s new season of plays from August this year. The season includes the premiere of Nick Payne’s new play The Same Deep Water As Me (with Daniel Mays); a revival of Arnold Wesker’s Roots (starring Jessica Raine and Linda Bassett); and Coriolanus (with Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss).
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Where To See Outdoor Theatre and Opera in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/05/where-to-see-outdoor-theatre-and-opera-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/05/where-to-see-outdoor-theatre-and-opera-in-london/#comments Fri, 17 May 2013 09:57:58 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=33041 Not only does London boast a world-leading range of theatres and opera houses, but you can also watch many fantastic productions in the great outdoors, at a variety of stunning venues around the city. Some of them are even completely free, but for many events it’s highly recommended that you book in advance.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

One of London’s most popular outdoor entertainment venues is the enchanting Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. This amphitheatre is completely exposed to the elements, and there are few more atmospheric places to watch theatre than in the dusky confines of the Regent’s Park, with London’s bright lights seemingly a world away. Productions this year include To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice and The Sound of Music, and pre-theatre dining options include pre-packed picnics and a barbecue. Until 8 Sep

The Scoop at More London

Situated just by London Mayor Boris Johnson’s office by Tower Bridge, this sunken theatre is host to a plethora of free entertainment during the summer. From Wednesday to Sunday you can see free open air theatre here in the evenings, and this year there will two short productions based on the ancient Greek city of Thebes. A family production of the Prince of Thebes takes place at 6pm, followed by a more adult staging of Oedipus and Antigone at 8pm. 7 Aug-1 Sep 

Opera Holland Park

Every summer a marquee is erected in front of the glorious Holland House, allowing visitors the chance to watch wonderful operas in the grounds of Holland Park without getting wet! As well as seeing productions such as Madam Butterfly, the Pearl Fishers and new family opera Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, you can also enjoy a pre-prepared picnic in their alfresco dining areas beforehand. 4 Jun -3 Aug

Fitzroy Square Opera

For one night a year, Fitzroy Square Opera brings the magic of traditional country house opera to London. This year, on 27 June, you can sit in this luscious square in Fitzrovia and enjoy a production of Bizet’s Carmen. You can also order a pre-prepared picnic (£22), enjoy freshly cooked paella in the interval or simply avail yourself of the cash bar.

Shakespeare’s Globe, Southbank

At this incredible reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre you can choose whether you have a fully outdoor or partially indoor theatrical experience! The stage is situated under the sky, but there are seats available within the covered theatre section if you don’t feel like standing in the exposed middle with the ‘groundlings’. Scheduled for 2013 are favourites such as King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, and you can buy standing tickets for just £5. Until 28 Sep

Theatre in the Square with Lyric Hammersmith

Watch live outdoor theatre for free in the Lyric Square, Hammersmith, thanks to a festival staged by five of the country’s most exciting theatre companies. A collaboration between HammersmithLondon, Lyric Hammersmith, Latitude festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Watford Palace Theatre, this festival is sure to offer innovative, enjoyable and eccentric entertainment. Keep an eye on the theatre’s What’s On section for more details. 12 Jun-5 Jul

BP Summer Screens

The BP Summer Screens bring one of London’s most exclusive indoor venues – Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House – to the great outdoors. Better still – screenings are free! You can see the ballet Mayerling (13 June) or operas La Rondine (11 July) and Tosca (18 July) in outdoor spaces such as Trafalgar Square, Canary Wharf and Woolwich.

Chiswick House and Gardens

You can watch both opera and theatre alfresco at the beautiful Chiswick House and Gardens, which stages a range of both as part of its excellent events programme. During July you can catch productions of Carmen, Gulliver’s Travels and A Little of What You Fancy! on the rear lawn of the House. Tickets are £30 and full details are available on the venue website.

Fulham Palace

On 7 July take the whole family to Fulham Palace for a theatre production of Babe: the Sheep Pig which is sure to delight both adults and children alike. Taking place in the Walled Garden, the production starts at 2pm and tickets cost £8 for children or £12 for adults.

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

London’s biggest festival of outdoor theatre runs from 21 to 29 June and brings performers to the parks and streets of Greenwich and the surrounding area. You can see everything from street dance to aerial theatre at the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival – take a look at our pick of the highlights here.

More London theatre

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Five New West End Musicals to Look Forward To in 2013 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/five-new-west-end-musicals-to-look-forward-to-in-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/five-new-west-end-musicals-to-look-forward-to-in-2013/#comments Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:00:42 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=30806 This year has been an exciting one for top West End musicals. From Top Hat to Kiss Me, Kate, with the brilliant Sweeney Todd, and The Bodyguard, not to mention Viva Forever, there have been some fantastic musicals on offer.

Here are just some of the great shows we have to look forward to next year:

A Chorus Line1. A Chorus Line, London Palladium from 2 Feb
Back in the West End for the first time since the 70s, the award-winning A Chorus Line comes to London’s Palladium in February, starring John Partridge and Scarlett Strallen as Zach and Cassie, with Leigh Zimmerman playing Sheila and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt playing Diana. Altogether now: “One… singular sensation, every little step she takes…”

2. The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre from 26 Feb
Another multi-award winning show, The Book of Mormon is the first of two Broadway imports to hit the West End in 2013. This first will make its UK premiere at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it’s the story of two teenage Mormon missionaries trying to convert a Ugandan village. As it contains explicit language, this is a show for over 18s only: time will tell whether UK audiences love it as much as their US counterparts.

3. Once, Phoenix Theatre from 16 Mar
This year’s Tony Award for Best New Musical went to Once; and from March we can see it on our side of the pond at the Phoenix Theatre. Based on the 2006 Irish musical film of the same name, Once features an ensemble cast of actor/musicians and tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant and their shared love of music.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal Drury Lane from 18 May
Hot on the heels of Matilda comes a new Roald Dahl-based musical. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features a host of musical stars including music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, a book by the award-winning playwright David Greig and choreography by Peter Darling, the chap behind both Billy Elliot and Matilda. It’s directed by Skyfall director Sam Mendes, and stars Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka, and plays at the wonderful Theatre Royal Drury Lane from May. Sounds like a perfect recipe for success…

5. The Sound of Music, Open Air Theatre from 25 Jul
Finally for musicals in 2013, I’m really excited about a new production of The Sound of Music at the Open Air Theatre. Opening in July, this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is sure to be a real treat: the past few musicals from the Open Air Theatre have been amazing, including three winners of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.

If you prefer your shows without all that lovely singing and dancing, check out my tips for the top London plays coming in 2013.

What musicals are you looking forward to seeing in 2013? Let us know in the comments below.

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London Theatre News: Happy Birthday War Horse, Welcome to From Here To Eternity, and The Open Air Theatre’s 2013 Plans http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/11/london-theatre-news-happy-birthday-war-horse-weclome-from-here-to-eternity-and-the-open-air-theatres-2013-plans/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/11/london-theatre-news-happy-birthday-war-horse-weclome-from-here-to-eternity-and-the-open-air-theatres-2013-plans/#comments Thu, 01 Nov 2012 18:11:53 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=29953

Firstly, there’s been another big birthday in Theatreland. Congratulations to War Horse, which celebrated its fifth anniversary on the London stage this week. The show’s been seen on stage by more than 1.6 million people in London, including the Queen, and remains one of London’s most popular productions.

From National Theatre long-runners to transfers: I’ve learnt that the National’s critically acclaimed production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time will transfer to the West End next year following its sell-out season at the Southbank venue. Adapted from Mark Haddon’s novel by acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time plays at the Apollo Theatre from 1 March with Luke Treadaway reprising his role as the 15-year-old autistic maths genius Christopher Boone.

And there’s news of another new West End show opening next year: From Here to Eternity features lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Stuart Brayson and is based on James Jones’ award-winning 1951 novel, rather than the classic film. I’ve no cast news yet, but the show will be directed by Tamara Harvey, and starts previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre in September next year

Finally, looking ahead to next summer, the Open Air Theatre has announced a new stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice and a re-imagining of The Winter’s Tale for children aged six and older for its 2013 season. These two shows join the previously announced productions of To Kill A Mockingbird and the first-ever Rodgers and Hammerstein production at the venue, The Sound Of Music. It sounds like we can look forward to another great summer at this ever-brilliant venue.

London Theatre Cast News:

  • Zoë Wanamaker returns to the West End next year to star in David Leveaux’s production of Peter Nichols’ black comedy Passion Play at the Duke of York’s Theatre
  • Jonathan Bonnici, Denton Chikura, Tunji Falana, Sandy Grierson, Éva Magyar, Itxaso Moreno, Adura Onashile, Tahirah Sharif, Harmage Singh Kalirai, Ony Uhiara and Hemi Yeroham will appear in Mary Zimmerman’s new play, The Arabian Nights at the Tricycle Theatre from 30 November to 12 January
  • Nadia Clifford, Geoffrey Freshwater, Eve Pearce and Timothy Watson will join Maureen Lipman and Tracy-Ann Oberman in Terry Johnson’s production of Old Money at the Hampstead Theatre from 29 November to 12 January
  • Joining Oliver Ford Davies in Goodnight Mister Tom are Louise Collins, Joanne Howarth, Aoife McMahon, Freya Parker, Georgina Sutton, Alan Vicary, Jonathan Warde and Emma Drysdale, as well as Elisa de Grey, Bradley Hall and Osmund Bullock
  • Gina McKee and Anna Maxwell Martin join Tamzin Outhwaite in the transfer of Hampstead Downstairs’ sell-out production Di And Viv And Rose to the venue’s main space from 17 January to 23 February
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Thursday Theatre News: Pop Goes The Musical, Hampstead Downstairs and the Open Air Theatre http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/08/thursday-theatre-news-pop-goes-the-musical-hampstead-downstairs-and-the-open-air-theatre/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/08/thursday-theatre-news-pop-goes-the-musical-hampstead-downstairs-and-the-open-air-theatre/#comments Thu, 16 Aug 2012 17:00:04 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=28616

A new charity initiative was launched this week that sees pop stars taking to the West End stage for special encores. Pop Goes The Musical raises money for Children in Need by offering special £80 tickets for fab West End shows, which are then followed by special performances by pop stars.

Tickets can be purchased exclusively at www.lastminute.com/pudsey and include a top price seat, signed programme, Pudsey bear toy, complementary drink and access to a VIP after show reception hosted by the famous bear himself.

Hampstead Downstairs has announced its autumn season this week. Three plays, Brain, Blue Sky and Ignorance will be produced by the theatre; both Brain and Ignorance are new shows, the first by writer Rona Munro; the second by Steve Waters. The space was created for new writers to showcase their work, so if you’re a fan of seeing and feeding back on new theatre, book now.

If you’re looking ahead to theatre production in London for the summer 2013, I’ve got some great news from the Open Air Theatre. Their summer season will contain a production of Harper Lee’s American classic To Kill A Mockingbird alongside the much-loved musical The Sound Of Music. Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Mockingbird will play from 16 May to 15 June. And the Von Trapp family will be encouraging you to Climb Every Mountain and consider your Favourite Things from 25 July to 7 September. These are just two of the four shows on offer at the venue next summer.

London Theatre Casting News:

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Thursday Theatre News: Matt Willis, Adam Cooper, Laurie Metcalf and the Gruffalo http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/09/thursday-theatre-news-matt-willis-adam-cooper-laurie-metcalf-and-the-gruffalo/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/09/thursday-theatre-news-matt-willis-adam-cooper-laurie-metcalf-and-the-gruffalo/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:30:00 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=22856 London’s theatreland is planning ahead for Christmas (please don’t groan!).

I’ve got three Christmassy announcements, the first from the Old Vic, which is reviving Michael Frayn’s hugely successful comedy Noises Off, directed by Lindsay Posner, over the festive period. Second, a new musical version of Swallows and Amazons will be produced by the National Theatre at the Vaudeville for Christmas; with music by Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy. And children’s favourite, The Gruffalo will be bringing its terrible tusks and terrible claws to the Lyric for morning and afternoon performances from November to January.

The other new shows announced this week are even further ahead. If you’re planning a theatre trip for next year, you can choose between Singin’ In The Rain at the Palace Theatre, starring Adam Cooper and Scarlett Strallen from February (a transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre hit); or She Stoops To Conquer at the National Theatre starring Sophie Thompson, Steve Pemberton and Katherine Kelly from January.

And reaching even further into the crystal ball of theatrical future, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has announced its plans for 2012. It’ll stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream and contemporary musical Ragtime from May to September next year. Book before the end of April 2012, and you’ll get a special ticket price of £20.12 on all performances during the Games themselves (25 July to 12 August).

This week’s casting news:

More next week…

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