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Stranger Things: The First Shadow Extends West End Run


The Award-winning production of Stranger Things: The First Shadow has just announced that it has extended its current West End run into 2025.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow first previewed in November 2023, and officially opened in December 2023 at the Phoenix Theatre to rave reviews. The story acts as a prequel to the events of the hugely popular Netflix TV show and is brought to life by the multi-award- winning creative team. The stage play is produced by Sonia Friedman, directed by Stephen Daldry, written by Kate Trefry, and is based on an original story by the Duffer Brothers, Jack Thorne and Trefry.

The prequel is set in 1959 in the small town of Hawkins when a young 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 show was ‘Best New Play’ at the WhatsOnStage Awards this year and the Olivier Award for ‘Best Entertainment or Comedy Play’ as well as ‘Best Set Design’.

The current West End cast of Stranger Things: The First Shadow includes Shane Attwooll as Chief Hopper, Kemi Awoderu as Sue Anderson, Chase Brown as Lonnie Byers, Christopher Buckley as Bob Newby, Ammar Duffus as Charles Sinclair, Gilles Geary as Ted Wheeler, Florence Guy as Karen Childress, Max Harwood as Alan Munson, Michael Jibson as Victor Creel, Oscar Lloyd as James Hopper Jr, Louis McCartney as Henry Creel, Isabella Pappas as Joyce Maldonado, Matthew Pidgeon as Principal Newby, Calum Ross as Walter Henderson, Maisie Norma Seaton as Claudia Yount, Patrick Vaill as Dr Brenner, Ella Karuna Williams as Patty Newby and Alex Young as Virginia Creel.

The full company is completed by Anika Boyle, Lily Crawford, Faith Delaney, and Imogen Turner (alternating the role of Alice Creel); with Tricia Adele-Turner, Lauren Arney, Samuel Baxter, Reya-Nyomi Brown, Patricia Castro, Lydia Fraser, Isaac Gryn, Mark Hammersley, Benjamin Lafayette, Tom Peters, Kingdom Sibanda, Tiana Simone, Danny Sykes and Meesha Turner.

Stranger Things: The First Shadow expands on the TV show’s story and mythology with stunning visual effects and stagecraft, a show that is sure to wow fans of the show and newcomers to the world alike.

Book Stranger Things: The First Shadow theatre tickets and see the show at the Phoenix Theatre. Now booking through to 16 February 2025.


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Tina Turner Announces New West End Cast


Since opening on the West End in 2018 TINA: The Tina Turner Musical has become a global success with 8 productions now playing worldwide and the show is embarking on its first UK and Ireland tour in March next year. TINA has been entertaining audiences at the Aldwych Theatre for the last 6 years, making it the longest-ever show to play at that theatre. The Broadway production, which opened in November 2019, was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

TINA tickets are available now.

TINA is based on the life of the legendary artist Tina Turner, it celebrates both her incredible life and music as well as documenting her own personal struggles. From Tuesday 25 June 2024, TINA welcomes a brand-new cast who will step into the iconic roles in the show.

As previously announced Karis Anderson and Zoe Birkett will share the role of Tina Turner, with Rolan Bell joining as Ike Turner. It has also now been confirmed that Mark Anderson will continue as Record Producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten, as will Jonathan Carlton as record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach.

Grace Wylde joins the cast as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, while Irene Myrtle Forrester continues as Tina’s Grandmother, GG. Daniel Haswell joins as Tina’s father Richard Bullock, Harry Harrington continues in the role of Tina’s manager Roger Davies, Emma Hatton continues as Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Maddison Tyson joins as Tina’s first love Raymond Hill, and Carole Stennett continues as Tina’s mother Zelma. Charlotte St. Croix will join the show as Standby Tina Turner.

Ensemble members include Sarah Freer as Lorraine, Lloyd Gorman as Carpenter, Angelis Hunt as Tina’s son Ronnie, Joey James as Tina’s son Craig, and Ria Turner as Toni. The Ikettes will be played by Morgan Broome, Equiana Givans, and Ohaana Greaves. The swings are Jenna Bonner, Tré Copeland-Williams, Abiola Efunshile, Jordan Louis-Fernand, Marisha Morgan, Dan O’Brien, Curtis Scott, Ellie Seaton, Kirsty Anne Shaw, and Samuel J Weir.

The children’s cast includes Azalea Harris, Ezmai Robinson, and Elsa-Grace Waigo as Young Anna Mae Bullock, and Kennedy-May McLeary, Amira Skerritt, and Alaya Scotland Thomas as Young Alline Bullock and Young Craig.

TINA is currently playing at the Aldwych Theatre and doesn’t look to be going anywhere soon. Book your TINA theatre tickets now, to see for yourself why it’s Simply the Best!


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Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder! Announce West End Events and Workshops


Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder! is opening at the Ambassadors Theatre next weekend and they have just announced an extra special addition to the show.

They will be running a series of events, post-show discussions, and workshops alongside the show to celebrate and demystify the creative process behind new musicals like this one.

These events will be hosted by special guest hosts including Giovanna Fletcher, Anthony Horowitz, Rosie Jones, Nick Mohammed, Sarah Pascoe, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Kathy and Stella tickets are on sale now.

Highlights will include Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Francesca Moody (collaborators on Fleabag) in conversation about the journey from the Edinburgh Fringe to the West End. Bestselling crime writer Anthony Horowitz will be joined by Kathy and Stella writers Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones to talk about plotting the perfect crime.

Sara Pascoe, Nick Mohammed, Rosie Jones, and Giovanna Fletcher explore the creation of Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder! in separate post-show Q&As on writing, directing, and performance with writers Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones, co-director/ choreographer Fabian Aloise and actors Bronté Barbé (Kathy) and Rebekah Hinds (Stella).

The writers behind other new musicals such as Two Strangers Carry a Cake Across New York and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button also come together to discuss the abundance of new homegrown musicals that are currently playing in the West End.

The scheme will also include workshops on writing for musical theatre, led by Jon Brittain (Book & Lyrics/Co-Director of Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder! ) and Matthew Floyd Jones (Music & Lyrics) will lead workshops on writing for musical theatre.

Producer Francesca Moody said ‘Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder! has been made over the last four years in what some might consider to be an unconventional fashion. From the Edinburgh Fringe to the West End, an incredible team of creatives and actors have worked tirelessly to bring this show to life. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to demystify and share the process through a series of post-show discussions hosted by our favourite comedians, writers, and podcasters. Like us, they’ve made their names creating original work both on and off the Fringe – we’re so excited to welcome them to our stage!’

Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder! opens at the Ambassadors Theatre from 25 May – 14 September. Book your Kathy and Stella theatre tickets now online via the LSBO website or at our box office in Leicester Square.


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Hamilton Announces New West End Cast


Hamilton

Hamilton has revealed new West End casting for the current production, now playing at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Hamilton tickets are available now.

The title role of Alexander Hamilton will be taken on by Alex Sawyer (Girl from the North Country), having previously been the alternate. He will play opposite Jay Perry (Back To The Future, Motown the Musical,) as Aaron Burr, who returns to the show.

Joining them will be Nathania Ong (Les Misérables) as Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Vernal (Romeo
& Juliet) as George Washington, Jordan Castle (Guys & Dolls) as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, and Jordan Benjamin (The Little Big Things) as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton. At certain performances, the role of Alexander Hamilton will be played by Adam J. Bernard (The Drifter’s Girl, Dreamgirls).

Joining the ensemble is Richard Appiah-Sarpong, Turrell Barrett-Wallace, Roxanne Couch, Nicola Espallardo, Remi Ferdinand, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Jairus McClanahan, Jamai Robinson, and Paulo Teixeira.

Staying in their roles in the cast will be Jordan Frazier as Angelica Schuyler, Simbi Akande as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Lemuel Knights as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, and Joel Montague as King George III.

Continuing in the company are Gabriela Acosta, Elizabeth Armstrong, Alishia-Marie Blake, Manaia Glassey-Ohlson, Amie Hibbert, Sam Holden, Barney Hudson, Nicolais-Andre Kerry, Christian Knight, Ella Kora, Aaron Lee Lambert, Stacey McGuire, Kerri Norville, Samuel Sarpong Broni, and Hassun Sharif will continue in the company.

With a book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, and is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton is currently booking until 29 March 2025 with the new cast set to start on 17 Jun 2024. The show is also currently touring the UK and Ireland.

Book your Hamilton theatre tickets now online via the LSBO website or visit our box office in Leicester Square.

Manaia Glassey-Ohlson will perform the role of Aaron Burr from 17 June until 13 August, with Jay Perry taking over from 14 August.


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Heathers The Musical Announces New West End Cast


Heather

Following on from the musical’s smash hit West End season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, the sell-out runs at the Other Palace Theatre and two national tours, Heather The Musical is back!

Heathers The Musical will run at @sohoplace from 22 May for six weeks only and the full cast for the show has just been announced.

Jenna Innes ( Les Miserables ) will be reprising her role as Veronica Sawyer and she will be joined by Keelan McAuley (Grease) as the mysterious J.D.

The Heathers will be made up of Esme Bowdler (ITV’s I Have a Dream finalist) as Heather Chandler, Sedona Sky (professional debut) as Heather Duke, and Daisy Twells (Heathers) as Heather McNamara.

The ensemble is completed by Amy Miles (professional debut) as Martha Dunnstock, Lucy Sinclair (We Will Rock You) as Ms. Fleming/Veronica’s Mom, Iván Fernández González (Joseph) as Kurt Kelly, Jason Battersby (Just for One Day) as Ram Sweeney, Alexander Service (Heathers) as Kurt’s Dad/Big-Bud/Principal, Conor McFarlane (Once) as Ram’s Dad/Veronica’s Dad/Coach, Ben Fenwick (Pippin in Concert) as Beleaguered Geek, Madeleine Hargrave (Hairspray) as Midwestern Surfer Punk, Eliza Bowden (Heathers) as New Wave Party Girl, May Tether (Very Very Bad Cinderella) as Drama Club Drama Queen, Jasmine Cole (Crazy Coqs Cabaret) as Young Republicanette, Kelly Sweeney (Six (NCL)) – as Stoner Chick, Lewis Asquith (Heathers) as Hipster Dork and Bradly Doko (Sideshow in Concert) as Preppy Stud.

Based on the 80s cult classic starring Winona Ryder, Heathers The Musical is a dark comedy musical by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy.

Heathers The Musical will run @sohoplace from 22 May until 6 July. Book your Heathers
theatre tickets now loser!


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Cabaret Announces New Lead Casting


Cabaret

The award-winning production of Cabaret has announced two new leads that are set to take over from current stars Cara Delevigne and Luke Treadaway.

From 3 June 2024, the show will star Rhea Norwood as Sally Bowles and Layton Williams as the Emcee. They will remain in the production until 21 September 2024.

Rhea Norwood, best known for her role as Imogen Heaney in the Netflix series Heartstopper, will be making her professional stage debut in the musical.

Layton Williams’ stage credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Rent, Hairspray, Kiss Me, Kate, and Billy Elliot. His TV credits include Bas Education, Rocketman, and Benidorm. Layton also competed in the most recent series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Cabaret is currently playing in New York starring Eddie Redmayne and Gayle Rankin.

Book your Cabaret theatre tickets now online or visit our box office in Leicester Square. Cabaret is currently playing at the Kit Kat Club (Playhouse Theatre).


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Your Lie in April Announces West End Transfer


Your Lie in April

The musical Your Lie in April has announced a West End transfer this Summer. This is following on from its record-breaking sell-out concert at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in April this year.

Your Lie in April is one of the most popular romantic and poignant tales in Japanese manga. The musical adaptation follows the story of a young piano player who is unable to perform after the death of his mother. Everything changes when he strikes up a friendship with a talented violinist who slowly encourages him to perform again.

The manga was published in 2011 and since then has sold over 7.5 million copies and was adapted into an anime TV series in 2014 and a Japanese live-action film in 2016.

The stage adaptation of Your Lie in April includes music by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Bonnie & Clyde, Death Note). With lyrics by Carly Robyn Green and Tracy Miller, an English book by Rinne B Groff, and an original book by Riko Sakaguchi.

Due to phenomenal demand, a fully staged production of Your Lie in April will run for 12 weeks at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The musical will run from 28 June until 21 September. Further casting and creatives are yet to be announced.


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West End Shows Closing This May


The Picture of Dorian Gray (Closing 11 May)

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The ground-breaking production of The Picture of Dorian Gray returned to London in February starring Golden Globe winner Sarah Snook.

This witty and contemporary version of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale is adapted and directed by multi-award-winning Director Kip Williams. The Picture of Dorian Gray uses interplay of live performance and video to create this astonishing production.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is currently playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket but must close on 11 May 2024.

Harry Clarke (Closing 11 May)

80 minutes. 19 characters. 1 tour-de-force performance.

Tony and Emmy Award winner and star of The Morning Show Billy Crudup plays Harry Clarke in this one-man show. David Cale’s thriller transferred to the West End back in March this year, following on from sell-out runs in New York and Berkeley.

Directed by Leigh Silverman, Harry Clarke tells the story of one man’s thrilling double life. Harry Clarke is currently playing at the Ambassador’s Theatre until 11 May 2024.

Opening Night (Closing 18 May)

Opening Night

Starring the iconic Sheridan Smith, the new musical Opening Night has announced its closure this month.

Based on the 1977 film of the same name Opening Night opened at the Gielgud Theatre at the beginning of March. The production is adapted and directed by Ivo Van Hove (A Little Life) with music and lyrics by songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

The musical follows the story of an alcoholic actress who experiences a nervous breakdown right before the premiere of her next big Broadway play.

Opening Night is led by Sheridan Smith and the rest of the star-studded cast includes Hadley Fraser as Manny Victor, Shira Haas as Nancy Stein, Amy Lennox as Dorothee Victor, Nicola Huges as Sarah Goode, and John Marquez as David Samuels.

Opening Night is currently playing at the Gielgud Theatre. Don’t miss your chance to see this brand-new musical before it closes on 18 May.

Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical (Closing 19 May)

Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical

Based on the hit 1999 Hollywood film, Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical opened at the Other Palace Theatre back in January this year.

The musical version was a hit first in New York and Los Angeles and with over 40 5-star and 4- star reviews, it took London by storm. The musical came to the West End just in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original film.

Cruel Intentions includes an array of 90s classics that you know and love. The musical features hits from artists like Christina Aguilera, Natalie Imbruglia, The Verve, TLC, R.E.M, Boys II Men, *NSYNC and so many more.

Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical is currently playing at the Other Palace Theatre. Must End 19 May.


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West End Shows Opening This May


People Places & Things (Opens 3 May)

Trafalgar Theatre

People Places & Things

The award-winning production of Duncan Macmillan’s People Places and Things returns to the West End this month.

People, Places, and Things tickets are available now.

The play follows the story of Emma, an actor battling with addiction. Emma ends up in rehab after she breaks down during a performance on Chekhov’s The Seagull.

People Places and Things first opened at the National Theatre in 2015 and the production then went on to transfer to the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2016. Reprising her award-winning role as Emma is Denise Gough who took home the award for Best Actress at the 2016 Olivier Awards.

The play is directed by Jeremy Herrin, whose previous work includes Long Days Journey Into Night, A Mirror, and Best of Enemies.

People, Place and Things opens at the Trafalgar Theatre on 3 May and will run until 10 August 2024. Book your People, Places, and Things theatre tickets now. Playing for a strictly limited 14-week season.


Fawlty Towers The Play (Opens 4 May)

Apollo Theatre

Fawlty Towers The Play

One of the nation’s most loved BBC sitcoms of all time has now been adapted for the stage. John Cleese’s Fawlty Towers The Play is coming to the West End this May.

Fawlty Towers The Play tickets are on sale now.

Nearly 50 years after the original show hit our TV Screens, Fawlty Towers The Play is sure to take the West End by storm. The TV show was known for its clever writing, sharp wit, and comic timing, and we’re sure the stage adaptation will be no different.

Fawlty Towers The Play has been adapted for the stage by Cleese himself with direction by Caroline Jay Ranger who previously directed Only Fools and Horses: The Musical.

The production will incorporate three iconic episodes from the original TV series into a 2-hour long play. It will include ‘The Hotel Inspector’, ‘The Germans’ and ‘Communication Problems’, which will be adapted into one coherent storyline.

Fawlty Towers The Play will open at the Apollo Theatre on 4 May. Book your Fawlty Towers tickets now to see this brilliantly funny comedy.

Heathers The Musical (Opens 22 May)

Soho Place

Heathers The Musical

Based on the 80s cult classic starring Winona Ryder, Heathers The Musical is back but this time at the new Soho Place.

The dark comedy musical first entered the London theatre scene in 2018 at the Other Palace Theatre, before transferring to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. It then became a permanent fixture back at the Other Palace before closing in September last year. Since then the musical has been on 2 record-breaking national tours and is currently touring the UK.

Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy’s hit musical adaptation follows the story of Veronica Sawyer as she befriends the school’s most popular clique… The Heathers. However, when the rebellious JD enters her life she learns that although it may kill to be a nobody, it certainly murders to be a somebody.

Heathers The Musical will play at Soho Place from 22 May until 6 July 2024.
Book your Heathers theatre tickets now loser!

A View From The Bridge (Opens 22 May)

Theatre Royal Haymarket

A View From The Bridge.

BAFTA award winner Dominic West is set to star as Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s timeless masterpiece A View From The Bridge.

This West End transfer follows on from the production’s previous run at the Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Studio earlier this year, where the entire run sold out in under an hour.

Joining West is an all-star cast including Olivier and Tony Award nominee Kate Fleetwood (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows/ Macbeth) and BAFTA Cymru award winner Callum Scott Howells (It’s A Sin/ Romeo and Julie/ Cabaret).

Directed by Lindsay Posner, A View From The Bridge explores themes of jealousy and passion in the close-knit Italian-American community of 1950s New York.

A View From The Bridge will open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 22 May to 3 August.
Book tickets now!


Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder! (Opens 25 May)

Ambassadors Theatre

Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder

The murder mystery musical comedy Kathy & Stella Solve a Murder opens next month.

Written by Matthew Floyd Jones and Jon Brittain, the show follows two true crime podcasters who find themselves in the middle of an actual whodunnit when their favourite author is murdered.

Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder! tickets are on sale now

Produced by the multi-Olivier Award-winners behind Fleabag, Baby Reindeer, and The 39 Steps, Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder is not to be missed.

Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder! will open at the Ambassadors Theatre from 25 May to 14 September 2024.


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My Neighbour Totoro West End transfer


The stage adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved same-named 1988 animated film, My Neighbour Totoro has just announced a West End transfer!

The play will run for 34 weeks at the Gillian Lynne Theatre from 8 March to 2 November 2025 with opening night on 20 March. It is set to be the theatrical event of the year!


My Neighbour Totoro is set in 1950s Japan and follows the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, who move to the countryside to be with their ill mother. Their new house, in which they
live with their professor father, Tatsuo, is haunted by soot spirits, and there they encounter Totoro, a “forest spirit who looks like the result of an experimental breeding programme involving a chinchilla, a barn owl and a bean-bag sofa”. Totoro, the protector of the forest and a whole host of spirits, who takes the girls into a realm of comfort, magic, and wonder.


The award-winning film premiered in 1988, with a score by Joe Hisaishi, who also scores the stage adaptation. My Neighbour Totoro is brought to life on stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Executive Producer Joe Hisaishi.


My Neighbour Totoro is adapted by Tom Morton-Smith and it first premiered at the Barbican Centre in spring 2022. On 19 May 2022, the production broke the Barbican’s box-office record for ticket sales in one day. This record was previously held by the 2015 production of Hamlet, which starred Benedict Cumberbatch.


My Neighbour Totoro played at the Barbican from 8 October 2022 to 21 January 2023. This production went on to win a huge six Olivier Awards at the ceremony in 2023, including Best Entertainment or Comedy Play and Best Director. It also picked up the awards for Best Costume Design, Lighting Design, Set Design and Sound Design. The show then went on to play another season at the Barbican from 21 November 2023 to 23 March 2024.


The creative team includes production designer Tom Pye, costume designer Kimie Nakano, lighting designer Jessica Hung Han Yun, orchestrator Will Stuart, sound designer Tony Gayle, and video designers Finn Ross and Andrea Scott. Movement is by You-Ri Yamanaka, and puppetry design and direction are by Basil Twist.


My Neighbour Totoro is an enchanting coming-of-age story exploring the magical fantasy world of childhood and the transformative power of imagination. My Neighbour Totoro is set
to play a 34-week run at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. Casting is yet to be announced.


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