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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BGT star Jamie Raven heads up Broadway hit The Illusionists in London by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The record-breaking magic show, featuring an array of tricks from escapology to mentalism, heads to the West End this winterBritain’s Got Talent star Jamie Raven is to head up a London run…

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

The 39 Steps to close in West End after nine years by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The quick-changing comic adaptation of John Buchan’s spy thriller will reach the fifth-highest number of West End performances ever when it finally endsAfter nine years and hundreds of per…

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Alex Sharp and Helen Mirren head rollcall of British Tony awards success by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Previously unknown star of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time beats top theatre names to win best leading actor awardBritish talent came away well-rewarded at the biggest nigh…

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Cheers and The Brady Bunch to become stage shows by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Two much-loved American classics are to have theatrical spinoffs, with a Brady Bunch musical and a Cheers show replaying classic moments from the sitcomTwo all-American TV classics, Cheers a…

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Pixie Lott to star in theatrical version of Breakfast at Tiffany's by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The pop star will return to the West End for the first time since childhood, in a touring production of Truman Capote’s classic novella Continue reading...

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From Memphis to Memory: Beverley Knight to star in Cats by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The R&B singer turned West End star is to take her next role in the ongoing revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s feline musical Continue reading...

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Gillian Anderson to take A Streetcar Named Desire to New York by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

After her acclaimed performance as Blanche in London, Anderson will reunite with co-stars Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby for a New York production of A Streetcar Named Desire Continue reading.…

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London theatre revives Les Liaisons Dangereuses for autumn season by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Dominic West, Janet McTeer and Michelle Dockery star at Donmar Warehouse in play based on erotically charged French novel An erotically charged encounter between three of Britain’s most ce…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

All aboard! Immersive theatre show You Me Bum Bum Train returns by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The audience-of-one experience returns in a new venue, after a series of massively popular stagingsWith its deranged energy levels and euphoric audience interaction, You Me Bum Bum Train has…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Taye Diggs to star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The actor, known for romcom roles as well as the stage and film versions of Rent, becomes the first black lead in the cult musicalTaye Diggs is to take over from Darren Criss as the lead of …

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Friday, May 15, 2015

New David Hare play to dramatise the birth of Glyndebourne by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The Moderate Soprano will star Roger Allam as John Christie, the war hero and producer who aimed to lift the spirits of the nation by building an opera house on his own estateDavid Hare is t…

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Friday, May 8, 2015

The Audience updated with post-election scene of Cameron and Queen by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Peter Morgan’s play about the Queen’s meetings with prime ministers across history, currently in the West End starring Kristin Scott Thomas, has been rewritten to reflect the re-elected …

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dead funny: US museum to resurrect standups with holograms by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, upstate New York, will feature a comedy club that could host the likes of Bob Hope, George Carlin and Rodney Dangerfield “World’s Last Bob Hope F…

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Another dose of Viagra? Nicole Kidman to return to West End stage by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Nicole Kidman, whose West End debut in 1998 was described as ‘pure theatrical Viagra’, is to appear in a Michael Grandage production of Photograph 51Her briefly naked performance in Davi…

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Chris Rock documents series of detainments by police by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The comedian has posted Instagrams after being pulled over by police, while actor Isaiah Washington adds to the debate by saying black people “have to survive under extreme circumstances…

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Jason Alexander to take over from Larry David on Broadway by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The Seinfeld actor, who for years acted out Larry David’s baffled alter ego George Costanza, will take over the lead in the David-penned Fish in the DarkIn long-running TV sitcom Seinfeld,…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ruddy hell! It's the Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse tour by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The pair are set to roll out some of their most famous characters, as their fellow sketch comedians Vic and Bob announce more dates on their own tour Continue reading...

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sex, drink and death: Almedia annouces trio of ancient Greek tragedies by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Highlights of season throughout 2015 include a new Anne Carson translation of the Bakkhai starring Ben Whishaw, while Rupert Goold will direct Rachel Cusk’s take on MedeaFollowing three te…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Aziz Ansari teams with sociologist for relationship book Modern Romance by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The US standup comedian and Parks and Recreation star collaborated with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg to investigate online dating, drawn from hundreds of interviews Continue reading...

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Just like that: Dorset man breaks world record for most jokes told in a minute by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Clive Greenaway, a professional Tommy Cooper impersonator, managed 26 jokes in a minute, smashing the previous record of 21 Continue reading...

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Helen Mirren's regal turn in The Audience commands rave reviews by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Following her Olivier award-winning performance as Elizabeth II, Helen Mirren is now playing the Queen on Broadway Continue reading...

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Friday, March 6, 2015

TfL accused of antisemitism following ban on Bad Jews poster by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Joshua Harmon’s acclaimed play Bad Jews, a heated exploration of contemporary Jewish identity, has had its posters banned by Transport for London, to the outrage of its producersThe poster…

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BBC4 to screen Juliette Binoche and Ivo van Hove's Antigone by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The acclaimed Barbican production of Sophocles’ tragedy will be screened as part of an ancient Greece season on BBC4 Continue reading...

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Larry David's Broadway debut Fish in the Dark: reviews roundup by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The sardonic Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm star has made a mint in pre-orders for his old-fashioned comedy – but not everyone is convinced by his leap from the small screen Continue re…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Big nights out: Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer announce UK tour by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The pair behind Shooting Stars and new sitcom House of Fools are to go on a nationwide live tour entitled The Poignant MomentsVic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, the absurdist duo whose comedy care…

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Alive and loving it: Mel Brooks to perform first ever London solo show by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Comedy writer and performer behind The Producers and Blazing Saddles to bring ‘introspective retrospective’ to West EndMel Brooks, the writer behind some of Hollywood’s most raucous an…

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Nick Offerman to take lead in stage version of A Confederacy of Dunces by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The Parks and Recreation actor and woodworking enthusiast is to take on one of US fiction’s most well-loved comic creationsNick Offerman, the actor who gained fame as ultra-masculine moust…

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A star is reborn: Judy Garland to be played by daughter in new show by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Lorna Luft will take the lead in a jukebox musical about her mother, Judy Garland, authorised by the star’s estate and with Arlene Phillips as creative directorJudy Garland’s daughter Lo…

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Five-star RSC atomic bomb drama Oppenheimer splits for London by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The play, written by Tom Morton-Smith, follows the father of the atomic bomb and the fallout his creation had in his own life Continue reading...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stephen Merchant to make West End debut with The Mentalists by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Merchant will play opposite Gavin and Stacey’s Steffan Rhodri in the latest production from One Man, Two Guvnors writer Richard BeanStephen Merchant has hailed the chance to do some “pro…

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Alan Howard, mainstay of RSC and National Theatre, dies aged 77 by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The actor was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for 17 years, known for taking on the entire range of the playwright’s kingsAlan Howard, one of the most distinguished interpreters …

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