Tuesday, 2 October 2018

West End shows

With thanks to my fellow blogger WestEndWilma for the following information about upcoming London shows, top picks for the Edibnurgh Fringe Festival and more:

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Lerner and Loewe’s majestic Camelot, winner of four Tony Awards, returns to the West End for the first time in over thirty years. Packed with some of musical theatre’s best songs, LMTO’s concert version with full orchestra will celebrate the centenary of Alan Jay Lerner’s birth at the West End’s favourite theatre, the London Palladium. Camelot includes the songs “If Ever I Would Leave You”, “How To Handle A Woman”, “The Lusty Month of May” and “Camelot”.
This incredible concert also stars top west end talent including Sam Swann, Clive Carter, Celinde Schoenmaker, Matthew McKenna, Emmanuel Kojo, Oliver Savile and Raphael Higgins-Humes. The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is conducted by founder Freddie Tapner, who said: “I’m extraordinarily excited to have this sensational cast join LMTO at the London Palladium. Camelot hasn’t been seen in the West End for 30 years, and we can’t wait to share this glorious score with you on Saturday 6th October.”
*Subject to availability. Tickets must be booked by Saturday 6th October.

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London Palladium Saturday 6 October 7.30pm lmto.org


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The stagiest event of the year - 4 November



With just over a month to go until the fifth anniversary gala ceremony of the West End Wilma Awards takes place, now is the time to buy your tickets so you don't miss out on the stagiest event of the year!

We are close to selling out and so book fast if you want to be there with us to see the winners crowned on Sunday 4 November at the Arts Theatre in London. Click here for tickets.

The special 5thyear anniversary gala will feature incredible performances from previous Wilma Award winners from the past five years, David Hunter, Evelyn Hoskins and Alice Fearn and a drinks reception sponsored by crime fiction writer Martina Cole.
Tim McArthur will host the ceremony for the 5th year in a row. Also returning for the 5th year will be performer Kieran Brown, Musical Director Alexander Bermange and photography by Ollie Boito.
Tickets are priced £20/£25. 10% of every ticket sold will be donated to the National Autistic Society, helping to create Relaxed Performances of theatre shows, helping to make theatre accessible to all. 



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Liza Pulman Sings Streisand
15 Oct, 28 Oct & 11 Nov 
 
Fascinating Aida’s Liza Pulman celebrates the legend of Barbra Streisand with her fabulous band, in this hugely successful and critically lauded ★★★★★ triumph.

Having played to packed houses across the country and two sell-out performances at Wilton’s Music Hall during the summer, acclaimed singer and comedienne Liza Pulman returns to London due to phenomenal demand. The Other Palace gives fans another fantastic chance to see Liza’s incredible talents live on stage as she squeezes history, warmth and humour into this ‘world class show’ (Encore Radio).

 
Alongside her musical director Joseph Atkins, Liza ‘bewitches us with sheer vocal virtuosity and emotional expression’ (British Theatre), bringing not only her exceptional voice and compelling storytelling, but her own personal slant on Streisand’s life and music.

A must see for music lovers and Streisand fans everywhere, ‘get your tickets booked, I promise you won’t be disappointed’! (London Theatre)

 

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PLUS: Michelle Visage/Jodie Prenger/Samantha Womack




Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has announced that internationally renowned personality, Michelle Visage, will be making her West End musical debut playing the role of Miss Hedge from Thursday 18 October 2018.
Click here to read more

Jodie Prenger leads the cast in Abigail’s Party, Mike Leigh’s groundbreaking comedy classic which begins a major UK tour in Brighton on 10 January 2019 and tours until 20 April 2019 in Edinburgh.
Click here to read more

As rehearsals begin, full casting for the UK & Ireland tour of Victor Hugo’s classic novel Les Miserables has been announced. This production inspired the hugely successful movie version and is being called a Les Mis for the 21st century!
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Samantha Womack stars in a new production of The Girl on the Train, a gripping thriller based on the internationally acclaimed number one best-selling novel heading out on a UK & Ireland tour next year.
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The smash hit comedy play The Play That Goes Wrong is celebrating four years in the West End and we've got four tickets to give away to one lucky winner! 
Click here to enter now 

The smash-hit National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to London for a strictly limited season at Piccadilly Theatre, following an acclaimed UK and International tour. Tickets on sale now

The Strictly Come Dancing UK Arena Tour is waltzing back on the road from January 2019 for 29 shows across the country.  Strictly favourite Ore Oduba will be hosting the tour for a second time. Tickets on sale now






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HEATHERS THE MUSICAL announce full casting for it’s West End transfer
The three time West End Wilma Award nominated show Heathers the Musical transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket next month and is promised to be bigger and better than ever before!
Keep reading ...


Tickets are selling fast for the West End Wilma Awards on Sunday 4 November 2018 at the ARTS Theatre in London's West End. Book yours now here.

Nominees were announced this week (check them out here) and there is some amazing talent shortlisted and some incredible live performances being announced soon. Don't miss out, book now!






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Mark Cortale presents Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre

Olivier & Tony Nominated
RAMIN KARIMLOO
Star of Les Misérables, The Phantom Of The Opera & Love Never Dies

5 & 6 October

"With his soaring stunning gift of a voice and truly engaging banter, Ramin Karimloo is a humble and gifted showman." Doug Knight, Australian Stage

Co-starring SETH RUDETSKY as pianist & host

Leicester Square Theatre
020 7734 2222
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Book your tickets now!!!



Sunday 4 November 2018 marks exactly five years since the first West End Wilma Awards. This year, a special fifth anniversary gala ceremony will be held at The Arts Theatre in London’s West End and you can come too!

Tickets are on sale priced £20/£25. 10% of every ticket sold will be donated to the National Autistic Society, helping to create Relaxed Performances of theatre shows, helping to make theatre accessible to all. Click here to book now 


Best Solo Recording
Sponsored by Theatrical Rights Worldwide
Natasha Barnes(Real)
David Hunter (Silver Linings)
Carrie Hope Fletcher(When The Curtain Falls)
James Meunier(From The Heart)
Louise Dearman(For You For Me)

Best Supporting Cast Member in a West End Show
Sponsored by The London Cabaret Club
Danielle Steers(Bat Out Of Hell - Dominion Theatre)
Rachel John(Hamilton - Victoria Palace Theatre)
Jason Pennycooke (Hamilton - Victoria Palace Theatre)
Summer Strallen(Young Frankenstein - Garrick Theatre)
Lucy Shorthouse(Everybody’s Talking About Jamie - Apollo Theatre)

Best West End Show
Sponsored by SeatPlan
The Jungle (Playhouse Theatre)
Bat Out Of Hell (Dominion Theatre)
Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre)
Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre)


Best Understudy
Rhianne-LouiseMccaulsky(Bat Out Of Hell - Dominion Theatre)
Amy Manford(The Phantom of the Opera - Her Majesty’s Theatre)
Jordan Fox(Kinky Boots - Adelphi Theatre)
Steph Parry(42nd Street - Theatre Royal Drury Lane)

Best Off-West End Show
Sponsored by From The Box Office
The Woman In White(Charing Cross Theatre)
Heathers(The Other Palace)
Into The Woods(Cockpit Theatre)
Six(ARTS Theatre)

Best West End Ensemble Performer 
Sponsored by
 The MTA
Joseph Fletcher(Wicked - Apollo Victoria Theatre)
Nathan Elwick(Young Frankenstein - Garrick Theatre)
Jack Butterworth(Hamilton - Victoria Palace Theatre)


Best Performer In A West End Show
Sponsored by Becky Barrett Management (BBM)
Emma Hatton(Evita - Dominion Theatre)
Sharon Sexton(Bat Out Of Hell - Dominion Theatre)
Sarah Soetaert(Chicago - Phoenix Theatre)

Best Performer In An Off-West End Show
Sponsored by Martina Cole
Carrie Hope Fletcher(Heathers)
Eleanor Kane(Fun Home)
Caroline O’Connor(The Rink)


Rising Star
Sponsored by R&H Theatricals Europe
Florence Odumosu
Luke Bayer
Sophie Isaccs

Best Cabaret/Solo Performance
Sponsored by Royal Vauxhall Tavern
I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical(Live at Zedel)
Anna-Jane Casey(Pizza Express Live)
London Never Dies(London Cabaret Club)

Best Touring Production
Sunset Boulevard
The Band
Jersey Boys

Tickets are on sale priced £20/£25. 10% of every ticket sold will be donated to the National Autistic Society, helping to create Relaxed Performances of theatre shows, helping to make theatre accessible to all. Book tickets now
Public voting will open online 7 September 2018 at westendwilma.com for theatre lovers to vote for their winners.






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Book tickets now for the West End Wilma Awards!



Must see London Theatre shows this Summer!
Here are some of my ‘must see’ shows that either I have already seen this summer and highly recommend or shows that I am dying to see when I get there and don’t think should be missed! Read here

There is still time to enter our competition to WIN tickets to see THE JUNGLE at the Playhouse Theatre plus a bottle of Prosecco & show programme. It's one of the hottest tickets in town so enter now!

Next Friday (17 August), the shortlisted nominees for this year's West End Wilma Awards will be announced!

Tickets are already selling fast and so be sure to book your seats now if you are thinking if coming on Sunday 4 November 2018 at the ARTS Theatre in London's West End!

Click here for more information and to book tickets!





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The 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival kicks off this Friday in Scotland and runs for the entire month of August. Over the past few weeks, I've interviewed more than 200 acts who will be performing during the festival and today and tomorrow I'll be sharing some of my top picks of the fringe! Check them out!















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plus a bottle of Prosecco & show programme



WIN tickets to see
The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre
plus a bottle of Prosecco & show programme

 

Following universal critical acclaim and unprecedented audience response, the National Theatre and Young Vic co-production with Good Chance Theatre of Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s The Jungle, directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, is an extraordinary new way to experience West End Theatre.
Miriam Buether’s triumphant set transforms the traditional Playhouse Theatre auditorium, beyond all recognition, into the bustling Afghan Café at the heart of the Calais refugee and migrant camp, where a community forged from necessity shares unimaginable stories of hope against all odds. The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear and hope, of the Calais camp’s creation – and of its eventual destruction, and of the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK.
"The Jungle is probably the single most important theatrical production in London right now"
West End Wilma
Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of The Jungle – just across the Channel, right on our doorstep. The Jungle tells stories of loss, fear, community and hope, of the Calais refugee and migrant camp’s creation - and of its eventual destruction. Join the residents over freshly baked naan and sweet milky chai at the Afghan Café, and experience the intense, moving and uplifting encounters between refugees from many different countries and the volunteers who arrived from the UK.







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Until 18 August at London Coliseum



60 years after making his stage debut at the London Coliseum in 1958 starring in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the celebrated singer and actor Tommy Steele – Britain’s first Rock and Roll star – returns to this prestigious London stage to celebrate his idol Glenn Miller in a new musical production.
Glenn Miller was the best selling recording artist in the world from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands. In those four years, he scored 23 number-one hits – more than Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
The Glenn Miller Story features the journey the legendary big band leader took to find his unique sound, and his subsequent fame and untimely death. With the authentic sounds of In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Tuxedo Junction, Chattanooga Choo Choo, and many more era-defining favourites. It is produced by Bill Kenwright with choreography by Olivier Award Winner Bill Deamer and direction by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright.






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Coming to Hoxton Hall this September - join Iris Theatre on a voyage of discovery from Sinbad to Ali Baba, through the greatest stories ever told!

A young servant girl, Dunzayad, is to marry the powerful king Shahryar. But this isn’t her husband-to-be’s first wedding - every single night he marries a new girl, and every single morning he has her killed.

As she steps up to take her marriage vows, her sister Sharazad can’t stand aside and watch; defiantly facing danger, she bravely sacrifices herself in place of her sibling. With the feast drawing to a close and the end in sight, Sharazad starts to tell stories. And with every fantastical tale she stretches out the thread of their lives a little further, slowly but surely melting her new husband’s stoney heart.

Filled to the brim with music, puppetry and dance, Arabian Nights is the world premiere of a new play by Nessah Muthy, writer of The Host and Heorine. Based on the ancient library of texts, One Thousand and One Nights, it is a celebration of the artistic and cultural history of the ancient Middle Eastern world, with thousands of legends bounding across its pages.

Blending tales from ancient Arabic, Jewish, Greek, Indian, Persian and Turkish cultures together alongside a broad range of musical and puppeteering disciplines, this new production stretches across both borders and genre in an evening of storytelling that weaves a tapestry into the future.






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