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BWW Previews: The London Stage, June 2014

BWW Previews: The London Stage, June 2014

June is the time when the theatre fan's eyes typically turn to Broadway, what with the glamour and excitement of the Tony Awards.

So whatever's going on in the UK tends to fly under the radar a little. We have plenty of cast changes going on - the much-acclaimed Beverley Knight leaves The Bodyguard and is replaced by one-time X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. It remains to be seen whether Burke can maintain the ticket sales generated by Knight's star power and stunning performance.

Elsewhere, the ever-versatile Rebecca Lock joins the London cast of Mamma Mia!, joining Dianne Pilkington and Kim Ismay in the Dynamos. (And Niamh Perry - best known for creating the role of aerialist Fleck in Love Never Dies as well as her run in I'd Do Anything - returns to the show in the international cast, playing Sophie as it takes up residency in Blackpool for the summer.)

After the Apollo ceiling collapse before Christmas, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time moves along the road to the Gielgud Theatre, resuming its multi-award-winning run.

And veterans Nigel Havers and Martin Jarvis lead the cast of The Importance of Being Earnest, which opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre prior to an autumn tour of the UK.

Looking ahead, it's going to be an exciting summer at the Chichester Festival and in Edinburgh...but that's to be discussed next month.

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Carrie Dunn Carrie is the UK editor-in-chief for BroadwayWorld. After spending her formative years reading books and ending up with a Masters degree in English literature from King's College London, it was inevitable that Carrie should be a journalist. Her pure and simple delight in the art-form of musical theatre led to the Guardian asking her to be their West End Girl. Since then, she's picked up a PhD, and also written for many other UK publications, including the Times and the Independent. She has many eclectic loves, including sport, karaoke, reality television, MMORPGs, three-volume Victorian novels, the British seaside, embroidery and Veronica Mars.