Tuesday, March 31, 2020

West End Cast Recording from The Prince of Egypt musical to be released!

The Prince of Egypt musical had its West End premiere at London’s Dominion Theatre in February 2020, which was just last month! Sadly, like all the other shows, it had to cease performanc…

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Get your West End theatre fix with Lockdown Theatre [Direct]: LTD's new weekly Insta series

#StayHome, #SaveTheatre. SOLT and UK theatres may be closed for now due to the COVID-19 lockdown, but the spirit of the stage lives on! Satisfy your West End cravings with London Theatre…

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Victoria Hamilton-Barritt to play the evil stepmother in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella

Prominent musical theatre actress Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (The View UpStairs) is set to join the previously announced Carrie Hope Fletcher in the upcoming new musical, Cinderella. The An…

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Friday, March 27, 2020

West End musical Waitress announces early closing due to COVID-19

It had all the right ingredients, but sadly the London production of Waitress has announced that the diner will probably not be reopening. The musical was originally meant to run at the Ad…

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Sadler's Wells announces free "Digital Stage" screening of dance performances and workshops

Sadler's Wells invites theatre fans online to view full-length dance performances and workshops free of charge. The programme entitled "Sadler's Wells Facebook Premieres" will begin tonight…

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Refurbishment works on Theatre Royal Drury Lane halted, Frozen still expected to open as planned

A spokesperson for Lloyd Webber Theatres has stated that although renovation works at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane have been stopped, they still plan on opening Frozen The Musical…

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West End Theatre Through the Ages: From the Plague to COVID-19

London's West End is no stranger to coping with difficult times, and whilst COVID-19 is something new, the shutdown sure isn't. Over the centuries, London theatre has survived the buboni…

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Top 10 Feel-Good West End Songs to Help Get You Through Quarantine

The UK is in lockdown and most of us are doing our bit and staying home. It is quite a stark difference to the pace of life many are used to and with theatres closed, we’re all in need of …

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London's Royal National Theatre to stay closed until the end of June

The National Theatre will remain closed until 30 June 2020, it has been announced.

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London Theatre Direct COVID-19 refund policy

The West End coronavirus shutdown and your entitlement to a refund.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Pass the time in quarantine with this fun Come From Away word search!

Has quarantine got you down? Bored? Then why not pass the time with this new Come From Away word search created by the Come From Community?! The hit West End musical has been "deeply moved…

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2020 Olivier Award winners likely to be announced in a special broadcast this autumn

Following the announcement that the 2020 Olivier Awards were cancelled due to coronavirus, the society has announced new plans for the event.

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The Broadway League & unions announce relief package to pay Broadway employees during the coronavirus shutdown

The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG) together with The Broadway League have reached an agreement on an emergency relief fund to pay Broadway employees and provide health insur…

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Arts Council England announces £160 million relief package for organisations and individuals in need

The emergency fund package will be made available to all individuals or organisations who need help, the Arts Council has announced. The move is unprecedented as generally many theatre venue…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Sharon Sexton and Rob Fowler raise over £1000 with cabaret recording!

Many in the theatre industry are self-employed, freelancers and are currently not earning any support from the government. These people, including artists, who hold up the entertainment indu…

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West End Live 2020 postponed, new dates to be announced

This year's West End Live at Trafalgar Square has been cancelled. Featuring two days of free concerts performed by the casts of top London theatre shows, West End Live 2020 will no longer t…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Eugenius musical stream raises over £13,000 for Acting for Others!

On Friday night, 20 March, Eugenius! The Musical, that was a triumph with two runs at London’s The Other Palace in 2017 and 2018, released an online stream in order to raise money for cha…

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4000 Miles at The Old Vic postponed, all tickets remain valid for rescheduled run

Amy Herzog's play 4000 Miles starring Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Eileen Atkins (The Height of the Storm) has been postponed. The new production was due to open at The Old…

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How can I support West End and UK theatres during the COVID-19 crisis?

We were all rooting for 2020. But then the new decade brought us COVID-19, unleashing a whole wave of economic uncertainty for many people, especially those working in retail, travel,…

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Friday, March 20, 2020

London's Hampstead Theatre to stream "I and You" for free on Instagram for one week only

The Hampstead Theatre production of I and You will be made available to watch for free on Instagram whilst UK theatres remain on lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Jodie Prenger, Danny Mac, and others to participate in online charity project All the Web's a Stage for Shakespeare Day

All the Web's a Stage charity performance will be held on Monday, 23 April 2020. The fundraising event aims to help actors affected by the unexpected coronavirus outbreak. 

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Thriller Live's 11-year run in the West End finishes 1 month early

Originally meant to run until late April, Thriller Live has been forced to close one month ahead of schedule due to COVID-19, it has been confirmed. The hit jukebox musical featuring all the…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

SOLT and UK Theatres united leading charities to create support network site for the theatre industry

The new support network is expected to go live today to help create a united front amidst the COVID-19 crisis and mass theatre closures. UPDATE (23 May 2020): The site is now live here: …

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

STAR releases special statement amid COVID-19 corona crisis: "Please be patient and kind"

Secure Tickets from Authorised Retailers (STAR) have released the following message to West End and UK theatre ticketholders:

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2020 Olivier Awards cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The awards ceremony was due to be held on 5 April 2020 but has now been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis that has swept the world.

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The West End and UK Theatre venues shut down until further notice due to coronavirus

SOLT has issued a statement that West End theatres will now be closed, effective last evening (16 March 2020) and effective "until further notice." This is a developing story and informat…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

London's Arcola Theatre suspends all performances until further notice

London's Arcola Theatre has made the painstaking decision to shut down in order to prevent any further spread of COVID-19. Other theatres are likely to follow suit.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

London premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike postponed

The upcoming production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Charing Cross Theatre, co-produced by cast member Janie Dee, was meant to form a part of the first-ever London Climate…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

FAQ: Coronavirus, UK theatres, and the West End

As at the published date of this FAQ, it remains business as usual in the West End and the show must go on. Here’s what you need to know about if and how the current situation may affect y…

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Spotlight on Simon Stephens, playwright of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Not even a decade ago, the West End had a huge hit on their hands: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Having premiered at the Royal National Theatre on 2 August 2012, the p…

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Bring It On musical tickets now on sale for London run

Shake your pom-poms! Tickets for the new off-West End production of Bring It On The Musical are now on sale. Broadway’s smash-hit cheerleading musical is set to do a full-twisting layout a…

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