TEDDY: Extended Run

The award-winning 1950’s rock’n’roll musical TEDDY has extended its run at The Vaults, London by four weeks. TEDDY will now play from 29 March to 3 June 2018. Set in the aftermath of the Blitz against a backdrop of austerity, it tells the story of Teddy and Josie, all dressed up and ready to hit the streets of London for an unforgettable night out, no matter how dangerous the consequences. TEDDY is the ultimate … Continue reading TEDDY: Extended Run

XPOSED: LGBTQ+ Writing Night

On Sunday 19th and Monday 20th November, Full Disclosure Theatre presents a new writing night at the Hen & Chickens Theatre. Featuring eight short plays by eight emerging writers, XPOSED​ reveals the naked and entertaining truths about queer life. Artistic Directors of Full Disclosure Theatre, Chris Davis and Sam Luffman are dedicated to uncovering new truths and providing a platform for artists to share, develop and collaborate. … Continue reading XPOSED: LGBTQ+ Writing Night

Big Fish the Musical: Casting

Clare Burt is today announced to star as Sandra Bloom alongside the previously announced Kelsey Grammer as Edward Bloom in a new production of John August and Andrew Lippa’s Big Fish the Musical. Based on the novel Big Fish by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Pictures film screenplay by John August, this new production will be the London premiere of the musical and also marks Kelsey’s first time on the … Continue reading Big Fish the Musical: Casting

Review: Edward II (The Tristan Bates Theatre) ****

‘Shocking’ and ‘surprising’ are two words you would probably not use to describe a history play. From school, we have history drilled into our heads: divorced, beheaded, died, we can recite English Kings and Queens and even their deaths. But Lazarus Theatre’s Edward II proves a shock to the system. Stunning audiences visually, this is one of few shows to genuinely surprise me on the London stage. King … Continue reading Review: Edward II (The Tristan Bates Theatre) ****

Interview: Caroline Buckley (Grab ’Em by the Pussy)

A certain president seems to be the hot topic on stage at the moment. And for once, I’m not talking about Thomas Jefferson, George Washington or anything Hamilton related. The now infamous Julius Caesar by The Public Theater featured the assassination of Donald Trump, just a few blocks away from Trump Tower. In the UK, the Donmar Warehouse’s Arturo Ui reworked Brecht’s original parable for the rise of … Continue reading Interview: Caroline Buckley (Grab ’Em by the Pussy)

News: The Other Palace Development Programme

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul Taylor Mills are delighted to announce details for The Other Palace Development Programme and first Work in Progress series until December 2017.  The Other Palace opened in February 2017 as a new home for musical theatre. The venue aims to discover, develop and reimagine musicals. The team want the spaces to be used to nurture the next generation of musicals, … Continue reading News: The Other Palace Development Programme

Review: Paper Hearts (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) ****

  Paper Hearts the Musical has seen various incarnations, playing at the 2016 Ed Fringe Festival and a sell out run at Waterloo East Theatre. The story continues, as the show returns off West End. Humorous, heartfelt and with a hugely talented cast, Liam O’Rafferty’s show takes a novel approach to storytelling. Would-be writer Atticus Smith has always surrounded himself with books. So much so, in fact, … Continue reading Review: Paper Hearts (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) ****

Review: Whisper House (The Other Palace) ***

Playing at the newly reopened The Other Palace, Whisper House is a rock opera meets ghost story. However, there isn’t much to shout or whisper about it. Perhaps the show is best described by its very name: a whisper house. There are some hauntingly beautiful melodies here, a ghost of a plot there but one which is neither corporeal nor substantial. Lily has lived at the light house since … Continue reading Review: Whisper House (The Other Palace) ***

Review: Junkyard (Rose Theatre Kingston) ****

Who would’ve thought that putting together bits and bobs could create something so beautiful? Of course, I’m talking about the playground, the centre point and home of the show Junkyard. But the same could be said of the show itself: pieces of wood and metal, drums and guitars, and a cacophony of profanities all combine to create something great. Currently playing at the Rose Theatre … Continue reading Review: Junkyard (Rose Theatre Kingston) ****

Review: The Weatherman (Basic Space) ****

Taking on big issues can seem a daunting task. Why are you telling this story? Who should be speaking it? How do you tread the thin line between being pertinent and being preachy? Such is an issue faced by Quirk in their green show: The Weatherman. But they needn’t worry. Like your carbon footprint, this show will leave a mark. It’s indelible and a highly personal and enjoyable experience. For as … Continue reading Review: The Weatherman (Basic Space) ****