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Geoffrey Streatfeild (Daniel) and Julian Ovenden (John) in My Night With Reg

In case you hadn’t heard, The Hunger Games – that’s right, you heard me – is coming to a purpose-built theatre in London in 2016.

Have we recovered from that news? Good, then I’ll continue. Also heading to London is another production better known as a film – albeit this one features an invisible rabbit as opposed to a teenage battle for survival – Harvey. No dates have officially been announced, but the James Dreyfus-led production is expected in the West End next year.

What do we know specifics about? Well, we know that the Young Vic production of A View From The Bridge, which starred the remarkable Mark Strong alongside rising star Phoebe Fox, proved so popular that it will transfer to the Wyndham’s Theatre next February.

We also know that the Donmar Warehouse production of My Night With Reg, which starred Downton Abbey matinee idol Julian Ovenden (pictured), is pulling off a similar trick and will be seen at the Apollo Theatre in the new year.

Incidentally, that’s the theatre currently playing host to Urinetown The Musical in which, from 1 December, you can see comedian and actor Phill Jupitus playing a tyrannical toilet-owning millionaire bringing a loo-obsessed town to its gingerly crossed knees.

What else? Well 2015 will see the Donmar Warehouse stage election-based play The Vote, which will also be broadcast live across the UK on the night of the general election. And Shakespeare’s Globe will focus on Justice And Mercy next summer, so expect productions of As You Like It, King John, Measure For Measure, Richard II and, of course, The Merchant Of Venice.

And if you fancy saving a bit of money on your theatre tickets in the coming weeks – and who wouldn’t love that? – play Official London Theatre’s daily quiz to win Theatre Tokens, or snap up fantastic deals from Get Into London Theatre when tickets go on sale on 9 December.

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London Theatre News: The Voice Star Joins Phantom Cast, And Three Big Transfers Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:54:21 +0000

Billy Elliot The Musical

What a month July was for news of returning theatre stars.

Olivier Award-winning original star of Billy Elliot The Musical, Liam Mower, will pull on his ballet shoes at the Victoria Palace once more when he returns to the show for one night only on 28 September. Liam’s far too grown up to play Young Billy now. Instead he’ll play Older Billy. Why? Well, because on that night Billy Elliot is being screened live to cinemas, so you can see the stage adaptation of the film on the big screen.

Also returning to a show that helped to make her famous is Kerry Ellis, who’ll be greening up once more to play Elphaba in Wicked from 4 August. Ellis’ happy return comes as current Wicked Witch Willemijn Verkaik has had to withdraw from the production to have surgery.

Musical theatre star Liam Tamne, who was a hit on BBC talent show The Voice UK but didn’t quite win it, is coming home to the West End. He’s joining the cast of the show with the most iconic mask in theatre history, The Phantom of the Opera. Tamne fans need not fret, he won’t be covering half his face in the name of entertainment, he’ll be playing Raoul from 1 September.

After the World Cup, we’re in the heart of football’s transfer season, so it’s only fitting we have some transfer news of our own:

It’s going to be a busy September, isn’t it?

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Top West End Musicals to See in 2014 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:00:09 +0000 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Savoy Theatre

I don’t know about you, but when I’m wondering whether that last mince pie was a good idea and if I might not be able to leave my bed until Easter I like to give myself the incentive of a new musical to get moving. Luckily, there is a fine new selection in 2014.

There’s a treat of cheating and conniving coming to the Savoy Theatre, when Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opens in March. Adding the West End know-how of Robert Lindsay and Katherine Kingsley to the laugh-bringing abilities of former One Man, Two Guvnors lead Rufus Hound, the US hit is given a hefty helping of British quality.

At the St James Theatre, another American hit gets a UK premiere when Urinetown opens in February. The tale of a futuristic city suffering a severe drought, where the public toilets are harshly policed and offenders get a one-way trip to Urinetown, the show has a trio of Tonys to its name and boasts a London cast including Olivier Award-winner Jenna Russell and former star of Ghost The Musical, Richard Fleeshman.

If you love a classic rom com, The Pajama Game – with its tale of love threatened by a workforce argument at a nightwear factory – transfers to London in May after finding huge success in Chichester earlier this year. In the same month, Miss Saigon, with its more tragic tale of war-torn love, flies back into the West End with a new teenage star.

And if you’d like something brand new, I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical, which promises to take a very silly look at the TV phenomenon, opens at the London Palladium in March. With a story and lyrics by comedian Harry Hill and a leading lady, Cynthia Erivo – who was one of the emerging stars of 2013 – it promises to be as big a hit as Simon Cowell’s Saturday night show.olt-250

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London Theatre News: Blithe Spirit, Shakespeare’s Globe, Mojo, The Bodyguard, Miss Saigon, Urinetown and I Can’t Sing Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:54:00 +0000

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.

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London Theatre News: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Julie Madly Deeply, Fortune’s Fool, Urinetown The Musical, American Psycho & The National Theatre Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:00:35 +0000

Extended Run for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

If you’re a fan of both sugary treats and musical theatre, which happily I am, you ought to be delighted to hear that Charlie And The Chocolate Factory has released a glut of golden tickets and extended its booking period until next November.

Julie Madly Deeply for Christmas

While I’ve got musicals on the mind, which is often the case, one-woman show Julie Madly Deeply is heading to the Trafalgar Studios for Christmas. It’s surely the perfect time of year to catch a show delving into the life of Julie Andrews as either The Sound Of Music or Mary Poppins is bound to be on TV. It might even turn out to be, ahem, one of My Favourite Things…

Game of Thrones Star to Lead Cast in Fortune’s Fool

Over at the Old Vic, a very different Christmas show has been announced. Game Of Thrones star Iain Glen will lead the cast of Russian satire Fortune’s Fool, the tale of 19th century newlyweds whose celebratory lunch at their new home unearths a shocking revelation. It also stars Alexander Vlahos, the rising star who caught many an eye playing Mordred in TV’s Merlin.

New National Theatre Boss

Rufus Norris will take over

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from Sir Nicholas Hytner as director of the National Theatre in 2015. The role is considered to be the biggest job in British theatre. The multi-award winning theatre director has directed shows in the West End and on Broadway. The 48-year-old’s movie Broken premiered at the Cannes Film Festival before winning Best British independent film at the British Independent Film Awards.

Urinetown The Musical

Former Coronation Street star Richard Fleeshman, who led the cast of Ghost The Musical both in London and on Broadway, has signed up to lead the cast of Urinetown The Musical at the St James Theatre. The production, which was shrouded in secrecy when tickets first went on sale, is the London premiere of a musical that won three Tony Awards when it ran on Broadway. It will also star Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell.

American Psycho Musical

If you’ve been wondering what actor Matt Smith will do now he’s no longer Doctor Who, the answer is: star in the lead role of the musical adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis’ controversial novel American Psycho, which plays at the Almeida Theatre from December.

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London Theatre News: Billy & Matilda Extend, plus Urinetown, Duck House, and The Gruffalo Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Billy ElliotFirstly, news of extensions for some of London’s most popular theatre shows. You can now book to see Billy Elliot until 16 May 2015, taking the show into its 11th year; War Horse has extended its run at the New London Theatre to 27 October 2014 (its 7th year in the West End); and Matilda’s revolting children will continue to stomp and shine at the Cambridge Theatre until December 2014. If you’re a theatre fan and haven’t caught any of these three yet, I really recommend you do: they’re some of my favourite long-running shows on in London at the moment.

Second, the secrecy that has surrounded the St James Theatre’s latest project has finally been broken. Hit Broadway show Urinetown, an “exciting, innovative, edgy, modern, tuneful, funny satirical show” will make its UK debut from 22 February next year. A dystopian tale, Urinetown features book and lyrics by Greg Kotis and music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, is set in a city suffering a terrible drought, where a business tycoon has made his fortune by monopolising public toilets… Urinetown will be directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Another satire, of a very different nature, comes to the London stage this winter. The Duck House at the Vaudeville Theatre is the tale of a Labour backbencher, who is about to make the leap to the Conservatives to save his seat when the 2009 expenses scandal hits. It’s written by two of satirical television’s most prolific writers, Dan Patterson and Colin Swash and stars Ben Miller, the award-winning Nancy Carroll and X-Factor semi-finalist Diana Vickers.

The Gruffalo at Garrick TheatreFinally, two very different Christmas shows have been announced this week. Look out for the brand-new, very adult The Night Before Christmas, a musical by Anthony Neilson at the Soho Theatre from 29 November; or the tried-and-tested kid-pleasing The Gruffalo, which returns to the Lyric Theatre for a Christmas run from 20 November to 12 January.

London Theatre Cast News:

  • Former Les Misérables stars Fra Fee and David Thaxton will star alongside fellow London stage regulars Scarlett Strallen and Cassidy Jansen in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Christmas production of Candide
  • Colin Morgan, star of the BBC’s Merlin, joins the already-very-tasty cast of Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre, alongside Tom Rhys Harries, and the already announced Ben Whishaw, Daniel Mays and Rupert Grint.
  • Dawn King’s drama Ciphers at the Bush Theatre next year will star Bruce Alexander, Ronny Jhutti, Gráinne Keenan and Shereen Martin in the Out Of Joint and Northcott theatre co-production.
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