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Back to the Future Announces New Cast and West End Extension

The West End production Back to the Future: The Musical welcomes some brand new faces to the cast.

The Award-winning show first opened in London in 2021 and was awarded the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2022. The musical adaptation of the classic film features music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard with a book by Bob Gale. The show also features songs from the 1985 film such as The Power of Love, Johnny B. Goode, and Back in Time as well as original music.

The new West End cast includes Vasco Emauz as Marty McFly, making his West End debut, Orlando Gibbs as George McFly, CJ Borger as Goldie Wilson and Marvin Berry, Alex Runicles as Biff Tannen, Talia Palamathanan as Jennifer Parker, Ellis Kirk as alternate Marty McFly, and Liam McHugh as Dave McFly. Ensemble members include Kofi Aidoo-Appiah, Billie Bowman, and Gracie Caine.

Current cast members staying on in the show are Cory English as Doctor Emmett Brown, Sarah Goggin as Lorraine Baines, Lee Ormsby as Strickland and alternate Doctor Emmett Brown, and Patricia Wilkins as Linda McFly. Ensemble members Ella Beaumont, Sia Dauda, Alexander Day, Helen Gulston, Matthew Ives, Connor Lewis, Adam Margilewski, Bryan Mottram, Anna Murray, Samuel Nicholas, Louis Quinn, Zachkiel Smith, Grace Swaby-Moore, and Alexandra Wright will also return.

The show has also announced an extension and is now booking until 27 July 2025. Book your Back to the Future tickets now online via the LSBO website or visit our box office in Leicester Square.

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Magic at the Musicals 2024

The musical theatre event returns to the Royal Abert Hall this September with performances from leading cast members and the most iconic shows for the West End.

This year the event will take place on Sunday 22 September and a huge amount of sparkling acts have already been revealed. Taking part in the event are smash hit musicals Disney’s The Lion King, Disney’s Aladdin, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, An Officer and a Gentleman, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, and Six.

New shows that have just been announced include Mean Girls, Operation Mincemeat, Calamity Jane, and Burlesque The Musical.

West End star and radio presenter Ruthie Henshall is returning as host for the event alongside presenter and comedian Jason Manford. In addition, theatre favourites Kerry Ellis and John Owen-Jones are scheduled to perform.

Keep an eye out for further announcements!

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Les Misérables Announces Additions to West End Cast

It has been announced that Les Misérables will welcome Jac Yarrow and Bonnie Langford to their West End cast for 4 weeks only before they star in the production’s arena tour.

Jac Yarrow is best known for his roles in Newsies, Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends, and for playing the title role in Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat at the London Palladium. He will be playing Marius from 15 July to 10 August 2024.

Star of both stage and screen Bonnie Langford will be taking on the role of Madame Thénardier also for the 4-week stint. She is best known for her TV appearances on Doctor Who, Eastenders, and a multitude of musicals both on the West End and Broadway.

They will join the current cast of the London production which is comprised of Milan van Waardenburg as Jean Valjean, Stewart Clarke as Javert, Katie Hall as Fantine, Amena El-Kindy as Éponine, Lulu-Mae Pears as Cosette, Luke Kempner as Thénardier, and Djavan van de Fliert as Enjolras. Will Callan and Claire Machin will return to their roles from 12 August 2024.

The company is completed by Annabelle Aquino, Hazel Baldwin, Brad Barnley, Michael Baxter, Emily Olive Boyd, Rosy Church, Ben Culleton, Matthew Dale, Matt Dempsey, Sophie-May Feek, Matt Hayden, Tom Hext, Christopher Jacobsen, Jessica Johns-Parsons, Yazmin King, Sam Kipling, Anouk van Laake, Harry Lake, Sarah Lark, Ellie Ann Lowe, Ben Oatley, Adam Pearce, Jordan Simon Pollard, Jonathan Stevens, Phoebe Williams and Ollie Wray.

Les Misérables is currently playing at the Sondheim Theatre and is booking through to 29 March 2025. Book your Les Misérables tickets now online via the LSBO website or at our box office in Leicester Square.

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The Phantom of the Opera Announces New West End Casting

The Phantom of the Opera has announced new casting for the West End production.

The show first opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1986 and is the second longest-running musical in West End history behind Les Misérables and the third longest-running show overall afer The Mousetrap. The show has played to over 160 million people, in 46 countries and 195 cities in 21 languages.

The cast welcomes Dean Chisnall, who recently played Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, as the Phantom, Joanna Ampil (Miss Saigon) as Carlotta Giudicelli, Martin Ball (Beauty and the Beast) as Monsieur Firmin, Helen Hobson (Come From Away) as Madame Giry and Millie Lyon (West End and professional debut) as Meg Giry.

Continuing their roles in the show will be Lily Kerhoas as Christine Daaé, Joe Griffiths-Brown as Raoul, Adam Linstead as Monsieur André and David Kristopher-Brown as Ubaldo Piangi. At certain performances the role of Christine Daaé will be played by Eve Shanu-Wilson, who is currently the understudy in the show.

Also joining the company are Anya Alindada, Lily Allen-Dodd, George Arvidson, Embla Bishop, David Burilin, Fergus Dale, Emily George, Molly Hall, Will Hawksworth, Nicholas Hepher, Mandy Kwan, Jess Michelmore and Johnny Randall.

The cast is completed by Leonard Cook, Colleen Rose Curran, Michael Colbourne, Hywel Dowsell, Connor Ewing, Serina Faull, Florence Fowler, James Gant, Melanie Gowie, Samuel Haughton, Eilish Harmon-Beglan, Janet Mooney, Tim Morgan, Zoë Soleil Vallée, Jasmine Wallis and Victoria Ward.

All new cast members will begin performances on 29 July 2024.

The Phantom of the Opera is based on the novel Le Fantôme de l’Opera by Gaston Leroux and features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart and a book by Richard Stilgoe.

Book your Phantom of the Opera tickets now online via the LSBO website or visit our box office in Leicester Square.

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West End Shows Closing This July

Heather The Musical (Closes 6 July)

Follwing two smash hit West End seasons at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, a sell-out run as the Other Palace Theatre and two national tours, Heathers The Musical returned to London in May for six weeks only.

Based on the 80s cult film starring Winona Ryder, Heathers The Musical is a dark comedy musical by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. The musical followd 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 is currently playing at the new @sohoplace and closes on 6 July 2024. Book your Heathers theatre tickets now, don’t be a loser! Book tickets online via the LSBO website or visit our box office in Leicester Square.

Marie Curie The Musical (Closes 28 July)
Charing Cross Theatre

A story of life and death, Marie Curie The Musical has already captivated audiences in Korea and Japan and you can now see it in London. Directed by Sarah Meadows (Ride), Marie Curie tells the story of a physicist, pioneer and parent.

In the new musical Marie dicovers the potential of radium to cure cancer ands sets out to change the course of science. She must wrestle with both the danger of her discovery as factory workers handling the substance succumb to radium poisoning.

This groundbreaking new production is now playing at the Charing Cross Theatre. With a hearbreakingly beautiful score, Marie Curie The Musical is not to be missed. Book your Marie Curie tickets now before the show closes on 28 July.

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West End Shows Opening This July

Hello, Dolly! (Opens 6 July)
London Palladium

London will be saying ‘Hello’ to Dolly this month when the classic musical Hello, Dolly! opens at the London Palladium.

Starring the legendary Imelda Staunton, Hello, Dolly! was first produced in 1963 and tells the story of socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi. We follow Dolly as she travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for an unmarried half-millionaire.

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 a book by Michael Stewart (42nd Street), Hello, Dolly! is not to be missed.

Book your Hello, Dolly! tickets now online or via the LSBO website. Playing from 6 July to 14 September at the London Palladium.

Shrek the Musical (Opens 19 July)
Eventim Apollo

Based on the hit animated film, Shrek the Musical follows the iconic ogre as he teams up with a talking Donkey to rescue Princess Fiona from a dragon and defeat the evil Lord Farquaad. Along the way he meets an abundance of fairytale characters and learns a lot about himself.

The show is currently embarking on a UK and Ireland tour and the principal cast will reprise their roles for the London run. Including Antony Lawrence as Shrek, Joanne Clifton as Princess Fiona, James Gillan as Lord Farquaad, Brandon Lee Sears as Donkey, and Cherece Richards as Dragon.

When the musical first premiered on Broadway it was nominated for 8 Tony Awards and the London premiere in 2012 received 4 Olivier Award nominations, including Best New Musical.

Shrek The Musical will play at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith for six weeks from 19 July 2024. Book your Shrek tickets now online or at our box office.

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Everything You Need to Know About Standing at the Sky’s Edge

Following on from a sell-out run at the National Theatre last year Standing at the Sky’s Edge transferred to the West End in February this year. Here’s everything you need to know about the new musical.

The musical has been hailed as a ‘love letter to Sheffield’ and follows the story of three families over six decades in a council estate in Sheffield. The story begins in 1961 and the musical spans over sixty years navigating universal themes of love, loss and survival.

Standing at the Sky’s Edge has a book by Chris Bush and music and lyrics by English singer-songwriter Richard Hawley. Featuring both new and existing songs by Hawley, the musical is named after Hawley’s 2012 album of the same name.

The show first premiered at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in March 2019 and was directed by Robert Hastie, designed by Ben Stones and choreographed by Lynne Page. Following on from the show’s success, the musical was then revived again at the Crucible Theatre from December 2022 to January 2023. This was before the production then transferred to the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre in February 2023. The short run at the National received a brilliant reaction from critics and the musical went on to win ‘Best New Musical’ at the 2023 Olivier Awards. Standing at the Sky’s Edge then transferred to London’s West End earlier this year, opening at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on 8 February 2024 where it is currently playing.

Standing at the Sky’s Edge tickets are available now.

The current West End cast stars Laura Pitt-Pulford (Aspects of Love/ Sunset Boulevard) as Poppy, Elizabeth Ayodele (Small Island) as Joy, Joel Harper-Jackson (Kinky Boots/ Jesus Christ Superstar) as Harry, Sharlene Hector (Hairspray/ A Strange Loop) as Grace, Mel Lowe (Orlando) as Connie, Lauryn Redding (Treasure Island) as Nikki, Samuel Jordan (Sex Education) as Jimmy, Baker Mukasa (Tina) as George, Alastair Natkiel (Shrek the Musical) as Marcus and Rachael Wooding (Pretty Woman/ Hairspray Original West End cast) as Rose. Jonathan Andre (The Lion King) as Max, Jonathon Bentley (From Here to Eternity) as Gary, Mya Fox-Scott (making her professional debut) as Jenny, Rachael Louise Miller (Les Misérables) as Cathy, Adam Price (Privates on Parade) as Charles, Nicola Sloane (Backstairs Billy) as Vivienne, Lillie-Pearl Wildman (Sunset Boulevard) as Justine and David McKechnie (Flowers for Mrs Harris) as Joe/Workman.

The company is completed by Monique Ashe-Palmer, Adam Colbeck-Dunn, Viquichele Cross, Jamie Doncaster, Caroline Fitzgerald, Jerome Lincoln, Sean McLevy and Karen Wilkinson.

Book your Standing at the Sky’s Edge theatre tickets now online via the LSBO website or visit our box office in Leicester Square.

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Everything You Need to Know About Mean Girls the Musical

Mean Girls the Musical has recently opened in the West End and the good news is ‘you CAN sit with us’. Here’s everything you need to know about the romantic comedy musical.

Mean Girls has become a cult classic and a pop culture phenomenon since the film was released in 2004. The teen comedy film was written by Tina Fey and inspired by Rosalind Wiseman’s 2002 book Queen Bees and Wannabes. The movie starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried. It is widely considered as one of the most quotable movies of all time and you can see the printed quotes and other imagery on clothing and merchandise all over the world.

The musical adaptation of the movie also has a book written by Fey with lyrics by Nell Benjamin and music by Jeff Richmond. The original production of Mean Girls the Musical opened on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre in 2018, following on from its pre-Broadway tryouts in 2017. The show was nominated for 12 Tony Awards including ‘Best Musical’ and the Original Broadway cast recording was released in 2018. A film adaptation of the musical was released in January 2024.

The smash-hit musical transferred over to the West End at the beginning of June and is currently playing at the Savoy Theatre. Mean Girls tells the story of Cady Heron, a student wh transfers to an American high school after years of homeschooling in Africa. There she quickly learns that the dangers of teenage girls could be worse than those of the African savanna when she encounters the school’s resident Mean Girls known as the plastics.

The current West End cast stars Charlie Burn (Les Misérables) as Cady, Georgina Castle (Dirty Dancing) as Regina, Elèna Gyasi (Six) as Gretchen, Grace Mouat (The Great British Bake Off Musical) as Karen, Elena Skye (We Will Rock You) as Janis and Tom Xander (The Book of Mormon) as Damian.

The cast also includes Daniel Bravo as Aaron Samuels, Lucca Chadwick-Patel as Kevin Ganatra, Ako Mitchell as North Shore Principal Mr Duvall, and Zoë Rainey as Ms Norbury, Mrs George and Ms Heron.

They company is completed by Tia Antoine-Charles, Georgia Arron, Liam Buckland, Shonah Buwu, Baylie Carson, Freddie Clements, Siobhan Diffin, Clíona Flynn, Fergie Fraser, Angus Good, Jenny Huxley-Golden, Holly Liburd, Corey Mitchell, Mervin Noronha, Aharon Rayner, Trézel Sergeant, Josh Singleton, Annie Southall, Lillia Squires, Tommy Wade-Smith and Holly Willock.

So Get in losers because we’re heading for London. You won’t want to miss this theatrical event of the summer; we know it is going to be ‘So Fetch!’

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

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Hercules the Musical is Coming to London

Disney’s animated classic Hercules is heading to the West End stage next year and we can’t wait!

The musical is based on the 1997 animated film produced by Walt Disney Animation for Walt Disney Pictures. The story is loosely based on the legandary hero known by his Roman name as Hercules, a son of Zeus in Greek mythology. It follows the young demigod who realises his incredible strength and must become a true hero to earn back his godhood and his place in Mount Olympus. All the while his evil uncle Hades plots his demise and he falls in love with a mortal named Meg.

The stage version has been in the works for many years, with the musical first premiering in the US in 2019 outdoors in New York, followed by a 2023 production in New Jersey, both directed by Lear DeBessonet. Hercules then opened in Hamburg, Germany earlier this year directed and co-choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon/ Aladdin). Nicholaw is set to do the same for the West End production.

The production has music and lyrics by Alan Menken and David Zippel, a brand-new book by Robert Horn and Kwame Kei-Armah and co-choreography by Tanisha Scott. Hercules will include many of the songs made famous by the film such as ‘Go the Distance’, ‘Zero to Hero’ and ‘I Won’t Say (I’m In Love)’. The original film earned an Academy Award nomination for the song ‘Go the Distance’.

Hercules is set to open at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in summer 2025. Specific dates, cast announcements and further details with be announced in due course. We’re sure it will ‘go the distance’!

Theatre Royal Drury Lane is currently home to Disney’s Frozen, which is closing on 8 September. Book your Frozen tickets here on the LSBO website or visit our box office in Leicester Square.

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The 39 Steps Announces West End Return

The award-winning comedy The 39 Steps is returning to the West End this Summer! Here’s everything you need to know about the comedy play.

The 39 Steps is a parody play, adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The original concept and stage production premiered in 1996 and was written by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon. This four-actor version of the story sees the entirety of the original film performed by a cast of only four. One actor plays the hero, one actor plays the three women he is romantically involved with and two actors play every other character in the show. Between the four actors, they take on a ridiculous number of 139 roles.

The first version of the play was seen before an audience of 90 people at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire before touring village halls across the north of England. Then in 2005, the script was re-written by Patrick Barlow and this re-adaptation premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in June 2005. The play then went on to premiere in London at the Tricycle Theatre in August 2006 titled John Buchan’s The 39 Steps.

The production then transferred to the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End in September 2006. The 39 Steps played at this theatre until 5 September 2015 after a 9-year run in the West End, making it the fifth longest-running play in West End history. The play went on to win the 2007 Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards for Best Comedy and then went on to win two Tony Awards the following year on Broadway.

The 39 Steps is currently on tour until 3 August and then the production is set to transfer to the West End this August. The cast for the West End run will remain the same as the touring cast. The cast will include Tom Byrne as Richard Hannay, Safeena Ladha as Annabella Schmidt / Pamela / Margaret, Eugene McCoy as Clown 1, and Maddie Rice as Clown 2 (the first time this production has cast a female-identifying actor as one of the Clowns), with Jacob Daniels and Hannah Parker as the understudies.

The 39 Steps opens at the Trafalgar Theatre on 16 August 2024 and will play until 28 September 2024. The 39 Steps tickets are on sale now.

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