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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to Transfer to the West End

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is now a musical and is coming to London!

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button tells the story of Benjamin Button who is born as an old man in rather rare circumstances and takes place on the north coast of Cornwall. This musical production is following a sold-out run at the Southwark Playhouse last year, which received glowing reviews all round. The show is brought to life by a group of theatrical production companies including ATG Productions, GBA, Gavin Kalin Productions, Eilene Davidson Productions, and Jethro Compton Productions.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button opens at the Ambassador’s Theatre on 10 October 2024. Full cast and creative team are yet to be announced.

Hello, Dolly! Full Cast Announced

Helly Dolly

The full casting for Hello, Dolly! has been revealed. As we already know the show is set to star Imelda Staunton when it opens in the summer at The London Palladium.

She will be joined by Andy Nyman (Fiddler on the Roof) as Horace Vandergelder, Jenna Russell (Flowers for Mrs Harris) as Irene Molloy, Tyrone Huntley (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Barnaby Tucker and Harry Hepple (Follies) as Cornelius Hackl.

The cast will be completed by Emily Lane (Frozen, Starter for Ten) will play Minnie Fay, while the full company includes: Leo Abad, Craig Armstrong, Lindsay Atherton, Gemma Atkins, Alan Bradshaw, Jabari Braham, Kevin Brewis, Jenni Bowden, Daisy Boyles, Samara Casteallo, Olly Christopher, Brendan Cull, Hayley Diamond, Jacqueline Hughes, Ashlee Irish, Jodie Jacobs, Shirley Jameson, Paul Kemble, Emily Langham, Michael Lin, Amira Matthews, Laura Medforth, Matt Overfield, Tom Partridge, Wendy-Lee Purdy, Edwin Ray, Phil Snowden, Kraig Thornber, Gavin Wilkinson and Liam Wrate.

Hello, Dolly! was first produced in 1963 and tells the story of socialite turned matchmaker Doly Levi (Imelda Staunton). We follow Dolly as she travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the unmarried half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder (Andy Nyman).

This production follows on from Dominic Cooke’s critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre. With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Follies), and book by Michael Stewart (42nd Street), Hello, Dolly! is not to be missed.

Matilda Announced West End Extension

Matilda The Musical

The RSC’s award-winning production of Matilda The Musical is still going strong at the Cambridge Theatre. The show has just announced an extension through to December 2024. Based on Roald Dahl’s classic novel, Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary young girl with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind who discovers she has special powers. With original
songs by Tim Minchin and a book by Dennis Kelly, Matilda is a great night out for all the family.

Matilda first opened in the West End on 24 November 2011 at the Cambridge Theatre and has been playing there ever since. The show won seven Olivier Awards back in 2012, including Best New Musical and Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical.

The current London cast stars Victoria Alsina, Sophia Goodman, Laurel Sumberg, and Heidi Williams on rotation as Matilda herself.

The adult company consists of Lauren Byrne as Miss Honey, Rakesh Boury as Mr Wormwood, Elliot Harper as Miss Trunchbull, Landi Oshinowo as Mrs Phelps and Amy Ellen Richardson as Mrs Wormwood. The adult ensemble includes Felipe Bejarano, Angeline Bell, Oliver Bingham, Liberty Buckland, Thea Bunting, Michael Gardiner, Aaron Jenkins, Kate Kenrick, Sam
Lathwood, Connor Lewis, Dianté Lodge, Kira McPherson, Gemma Scholes, Alistair So and James Wolstenholme.

The young company includes Mia Atkinson, Florence Burt, Poppy Caton, Zuri-Michel Charalambou, Kylan Denis, Sekhani Dumezweni. Jude Farrant, Lily Hanna, Finley Harlett, Tia Isaac, Miley Kayongo, Shayla McCormack, Isabelle Mullally, Aidan Oti, Jasmine Nyenya, Raphaella Philbert, Jack Philpott, Riley Plummer, Jasmine Pottinger-Scott, Ashton Robertson, Leon Saunders, Joseph Sharpe, Andrei Shen, Noah Swer-Fox and Lucia Wratten.

A film adaptation of the musical was released in 2022 starring Emma Thompson and was also a huge success.

Matilda The Musical is now booking until 15 December 2024. Book your Matilda tickets online via the LSBO website or directly with our box office in Leicester Square.

Stranger Things Announces West End Extension

Stranger Things A First Shadow Tickets

Stranger Things: A First Shadow is currently playing at the Phoenix Theatre and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon.

The show, which is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and Netflix has just announced it is extending booking until 14 December 2024.

The brand-new stage adaptation made its world premiere in London last year and has since been a huge success. The show won Best New Play at this year’s WhatsOnStage Awards and has been nominated in five categories at this year’s Olivier Awards.

Based on the hugely popular Netflix TV show and brought to life by a multi-award-winning creative team, this gripping new adventure will take you right to the beginning of the Stranger Things story… and may hold the secret to the end.

Set in the small town of Hawkins in 1959, Jim Hopper’s car won’t start, Bob Newby’s sister won’t take his radio show seriously and Joyce Maldonado wants to graduate and get the hell out of town.

The cast stars Shane Attwooll as Chief Hopper, Isabella Pappas as Joyce Maldonado, and Louis McCartney as Henry Creel, who was nominated for his professional debut at the WhatsOnStage awards. The production will be directed by Tony-winning director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot), with co-direction from multi award-winner Justin Martin (Prima Facie). With stunning special visual effects and stage craft Stranger Things is sure to keep wowing audiences night after night. Book your Stranger Things tickets now, booking until December.

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