Visit London Blog » x factor musical Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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: Open Air Theatre; Donmar Warehouse; A Doll’s House; Let It Be; and X-Factor The Musical Thu, 23 May 2013 15:00:10 +0000 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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