Tuesday, 18 December 2018

West End Shows

With thanks to my fellow blogger West End Wilma, here are details of upcoming West End shows:

COMPANY - Tickets from £12.50!

COMPANY features the award-winning songs Company, You Could Drive a Person Crazy, The Ladies Who Lunch, Side by Side and the iconic Being Alive.

REVIEW: COMPANY (Gielgud Theatre) ★★★★★

At Bobbie’s (Rosalie Craig) 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and Why can’t she settle down and have a family? 
Marianne Elliott’s ‘glorious’ (Evening Standard) production of COMPANY, is currently wowing audiences at the Gielgud theatre. In a ‘game-changing’ production (The i) - Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s legendary musical comedy about life, love and marriage, has been given a brand-new perspective and has now extended until March 2019.
With ‘a cast to die for’ (Time Out) and starring Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah, Jonathan Bailey as Jamie, George Blagden as PJ, Ashley Campbell as Peter, Richard Fleeshman as Andy, Alex Gaumond as Paul, Richard Henders as David, Ben Lewis as Larry, Daisy Maywood as Susan, Jennifer Saayeng as Jenny, Matthew Seadon-Young as Theo and Gavin Spokes as Harry.

Book now to save up to £39.50 on tickets. Offer valid on Mon - Fri performances until 15 Feb 2019. Book by 31 Dec 2018.

I'll drink to that!

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Stars of Dreamgirls and Kinky Boots join the cast!

Further casting has been announced for the original London company of Sara Bareilles’ Tony Award®-nominated musical WaitressMarisha Wallace will play Becky alongside Laura Baldwin as Dawn, with Peter Hannah as Earl and David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter. The four new principals will join the previously announced Katharine McPhee who will make her West End debut starring as Jenna, having played the role on Broadway earlier this year.
Waitress will begin preview performances on 8 February ahead of its official opening night on 7 March at London’s Adelphi Theatre. Currently playing its third year on Broadway, Waitress will bring with it an all-female lead creative team – a West End musical first.

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PLUS: Phantom/Joseph/Avenue Q

Dolly Parton is delighted to announce full casting for 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at the Savoy Theatre, London for a strictly limited season from 28 January – 31 August 2019. Bonnie Langford will play ‘Roz Keith’, joining the previously announced Louise Redknapp as ‘Violet Newstead’, Amber Davies as ‘Judy Bernly’, Natalie McQueen as ‘Doralee Rhodes’ and Brian Conley as ‘Franklin Hart’.

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL tells the story of three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss.
Read more ...

In the summer of 1993 renowned composer and jazz pianist Roy Budd’s score for Rupert Julian’s classic 1920s silent film The Phantom of the Opera was to set be performed in London. Then he had a brain haemorrhage. Nearly a quarter of a century later his widow, Sylvia, fulfilled his dream and Budd’s masterpiece was performed. Read more ...

Guess Q’s back! The naughtiest puppets in town will be coming to a venue near you as comedy musical Avenue Q returns next year to tour the UK with all of your favourite fuzzy friends, opening at Portsmouth Kings Theatre 25 January 2019. Read more ...

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the first major musical collaboration by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is to be re-imagined in a brand new production at the iconic London Palladium next summer. Keep reading ...

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1995. The Swiss Alps. Patricia Highsmith, the queen of the thriller, now ageing and ailing, hides away in her study, surrounded by her collection of books and antique weaponry, finding solace in her seclusion, her cats and cigarettes. Vitriolic, bigoted and alcoholic, her eccentricities are the stuff of legend. A polished young man turns up, sent by her New York publisher to persuade the great writer to pen one final instalment of her best-selling series featuring the master manipulator, Tom Ripley. But as day breaks over the mountains, it becomes clear that the charming stranger is set on a far more sinister mission.

Filled with razor-sharp dialogue, this chilling and sometimes hilarious two-hander unfolds into a gripping psychological thriller.

Phyllis Logan, who played housekeeper Mrs Hughes in Downton Abbey, was acclaimed for her extraordinary performance as Patricia Highsmith at Switzerland’s premiere at the Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio earlier this year.

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Tickets from just £15* using promo code WILMA2018
£52.50 reduced to £35.00* and £19.50 tickets reduced to £15.00*
for all performances to Saturday 22nd December 2018 when using the
promo code at
* please note a £2.50 transaction fee applies to telephone and online bookings.
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You are invited to a ‘truly virtuosic performance... a masterclass’
★★★★★ London Theatre 1) with Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf,
Billie Holiday and Maria Callas.
On stage for 90 minutes accompanied by live musicians and ‘performed with astounding
versatility’ (
★★★★ The Reviews Hub), Bernadette Robinson’s miraculous voice shifts from the
smoky blues of Billie Holiday to the thrilling soprano of Maria Callas, via Garland, Cline and
Piaf. With consummate ease, she breathes new life into the five legendary performers and the
five ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame
This ‘tour de force’ (★★★★★ Broadway World), performed by the uniquely talented Australian
singer and actor in her critically-acclaimed one-woman performance of a lifetime, is ‘a fabulous
story’ (
★★★★ The Times).
Returning due to phenomenal demand, Songs For Nobodies transfers
to the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre for a strictly limited engagement
from 9 January.
BOOK NOW for a ‘spellbinding solo performance’
★★★★ WhatsOnStage).

Monday - Saturday 7.45pm | Thursday & Saturday 3.00pm
020 7395 5405 www.songsfornobodies.co.uk
£25, £39.50, £55, £75
Band A ticket (usually £55) reduced to £39.50 for groups of 6+
valid Mon-Fri (excludes Sat)
West Street, London, WC2

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WIN tickets to

Join national treasure and celebrated broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson in conversation with his son and co-author Mike, on Tuesday 11 December 2018 at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, as they celebrate the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

In this very special edition of Sir Michael’s much adored evening with we mark the publication of his book, George Best: A Memoir.

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Following the 2010 and 2011 UK theatre tours and 2013 10th anniversary world arena tour, the Queen and Ben Elton musical, ‘We Will Rock You’ announces the show has been reimagined for 2019 and will embark on a brand new UK & Ireland tour, kicking off in September next year. Read more

Katharine McPhee will make her West End debut starring as Jenna in the UK premiere of Waitress, having played the role on Broadway earlier this year. The Tony Award-nominated musical will begin preview performances on 8 February ahead of its official opening night on 7 March at London’s Adelphi Theatre. Read more

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD will return for a UK tour in 2019, opening at Curve Leicester on 7 February. Read more

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Jump aboard a high-flying magical carpet headed for The Orchard Theatre, Dartford this Christmas and make tickets for Aladdin one of your three wishes.

The Orchard Theatre's spectacular pantomime is packed with all of the traditional ingredients audiences expect, Aladdin features laugh out loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Follow the evil sorcerer Abanazar, Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee and, of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure. This year’s Orchard Theatre Pantomime will see audiences transported to Old Peking on a thrilling 3D Magic Carpet ride.

Marti Pellow will lead the cast of this year’s spectacular family pantomime Aladdin  playing the role of the evil sorcerer Abanazar. The hugely talented performer Marti Pellow has achieved some of the UK’s biggest number-one singles, and has regularly featured in the UK charts throughout his career, both as a solo artist and as the frontman to Wet Wet Wet. Also starring Ricky K  (Britains got Talent) as Wishee Washee and David Robbins as Widow Twankey.

With generous discounts for groups, concessions and special rates for schools available for selected performances, you don’t want to miss out. 

Aladdin plays from Saturday 8 – Sunday 30 December.

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