What’s Up Wilma? Cats, Les Misérables and more theatre news

Hello dears!

Hope you’re all doing well this week. BIG NEWS! I think I’ve found a dress for this years Wilma Awards on 30 October at the Hippodrome Casino. I’ve been looking for the perfect outfit for months and then found one that I’d bought over 40 years ago in the back of the wardrobe. #Vintage! There are less than 10 tickets left for the awards ceremony, which will include performances from Gina Beck (Wicked), Frances Ruffelle (Les Misérables), Evelyn Hoskins (Carrie), Kieran Brown (Phantom of the Opera) and host Tim McArthur! This is one stagey afternoon ceremony you don’t want to miss so book now!

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With less than a month to go until Cats the Musical returns to London’s West End for it’s second Christmas season in a row, the full cast have now been announced. Playing the iconic role of Grizabella in this production will be soul sensation Beverley Knight. Previous stars to take on this role recently have been Nicole Scherzinger, Kerry Ellis and Jane McDonald. To see the full cast for this production click here.

The 2014 London Palladium cast of Cats, Photo credit Alessandro Pinna (2)

Photo: Alessandro Pinna

Billy Elliot, the musical by Ben Elton and Elton John has announced UK and Ireland tour dates starting in February 2016 (Plymouth) and playing all the way through to 6 May 2017 (Birmingham). The musical is currently booking in London until 17 December 2016 when it is then expected to close for renovation works to be done to the theatre. For full tour dates click here.

Billy Elliot

Photo: Alastair Muir

Les Misérables will celebrate 30 years in London’s West End on 8 October 2015. A special charity performance has been announced for that day featuring original company members and special guests including Colm Wilkinson, Roger Allam, Frances Ruffelle, Alfie Boe, John Owen-Jones and Geronimo Rauch. Proceeds from this show will go to help Save the Children Syria. A special lottery and auction has been set up to get tickets to this very special event. Visit for full details.

Les Miserables Queens Theatre

Finalist of this years The Voice, Lucy O’Byrne, has been announced to take on the lead role of Maria in the UK tour of The Sound of Music which starts in Peterborough on 2 December 2015 and is currently booking until 28 May 2016 in Birmingham (with further dates expected to be announced). This tour will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the film which is still the most successful movie musical in history!

The Sound of Music

Photo: Mark Yeoman

Tickets are now on sale to see Glenn Close play Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Sunset Boulevard. Glenn will be making her West End debut in the role she originated on Broadway. This semi-staged production will take place at ENO’s London Coliseum from 1 April – 7 May 2016.

Sunset Boulevard West End Ticketmaster

That’s all my news for this week I’m off to see Mamma Mia! and the new improvised musical ShowStoppers tomorrow; it’s another busy week but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Wilma xxx