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From thrilling musicals to fantastic plays, our West End guide is always on hand to help you make the most of your next trip to Theatreland!
Here we round up the very latest news direct from London’s West End, including a first look at new musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, casting news for shows including Labour of Love, Annie and Matilda, and a truly Wicked playlist for you to enjoy!
There’s plenty more to discover too, so get exploring and find your next favourite show!
The Exorcist is coming to the West End
We all love to be scared right? Well, what’s scarier than The Exorcist? Largely considered to be the scariest movie ever made, a brand new stage production of the chilling tale is now making its way to the West End, and it’s guaranteed to thrill you with scares galore! We’ve got a presale for the show on sale now, so you can be among the first to possess (geddit?) tickets – get all the details right here. And don’t mind us, we’ll just be hiding in the stalls! [Tickets here]
Photos: Aladdin production shots with Matthew Croke
Disney’s Aladdin is currently celebrating not only its first anniversary in the West End, but also the arrival of new leading man Matthew Croke. There’s some amazing new production shots (which you can peruse right here) to get a flavour of how London’s newest Prince Ali is fitting in. And we don’t think he’ll mind us saying he certainly looks the part, especially in the pectoral department, if you know what we mean… [Tickets here]
First Look: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Written by The Feeling’s frontman Dan Gillespie Sells, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a brand new musical coming to the West End this November. The stunning music (Gillespie Sells’ concept album is already on Spotify for you to fall in love with) tells the story of Jamie New – struggling to overcome prejudice, beat his bullies and finally step out of the darkness and into the spotlight. Still need convincing? Watch the new trailer below (be warned, leading man John McCrea does a cheeky swear or two):
Matilda the Musical welcomes new adult cast
As the Olivier-Award winning musical enters its seventh year in London, a whole host of new cast members are joining the show in leading adults roles. The additions to the cast include West End superstar and Ticketmaster favourite Gina Beck, who has previously played Glinda in Wicked and was last seen starring the Daniel Evans’ stunning production of Show Boat at the New London Theatre. Get all the details about Gina’s appointment as Miss Honey and all the other casting updates right here. [Tickets here]
Everyone’s raving about Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell lead the cast in this incredible new production of the Tennessee Williams classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Set on a steamy night in Mississippi, it scorches and sizzles with secrets and sexual tensions, that have sent critics wild. Want to learn more about this hot production? Handily, we’ve rounded up all the reactions right here.
Full cast announced for Labour Of Love
With the previously announced Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire at the helm, James Graham’s latest play, Labour of Love, was always going to be in safe hands. Now the full cast has been confirmed, with the likes of Rachael Stirling, Kwong Loke, Dickon Tyrell and Susan Wokoma joining the production. Find out more here. [Tickets here]
Craig Revel Horwood confirmed for Annie
More cast announcements this week as it was unveiled that Strictly Come Dancing star Craig Revel Horwood will take over from comedy superstar Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan from September. Excited? You better be! Revel Horwdood’s acerbic tone and style will suit Miss Hannigan down to a T. It’s casting perfection! Get all the details right here.
Review: Evita at London’s Phoenix Theatre
Last week we headed to the Phoenix Theatre, London, to watch Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s classic musical Evita. Starring West End leading lady Emma Hatton, the production is only in London for 10 weeks, so make sure you see it. Read our full review here. [Tickets here]
Wicked is now the 16th longest running London show
Smash hit musical Wicked is now the 16th longest-running show in West End history after it surpassed Billy Elliot’s run at the weekend. Wicked is double celebrating as it also welcomed a brand new cast last week, including Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans as witches Elphaba and Glinda respectively. Get more info here. [Tickets here]
This week we’ve been listening to
To celebrate Wicked’s triumphant West End run, we’ve built a special playlist in honour of the show. Featuring original Broadway recordings of some of the soundtrack’s best-loved songs and musical numbers by cast members past and present, it’s an homage to Wicked throughout the years. Have a listen below:
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