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Photo Flash: West End's LES MISERABLES Debuts 30th Anniversary PostcardsPhoto Flash: West End's LES MISERABLES Debuts 30th Anniversary Postcards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, Boublil and Schonberg's magnificent score of 'LES MISERABLES'includes the songs, 'I Dreamed a Dream', 'On My Own', 'Stars', 'Bring Him Home', 'Do You Hear the People Sing?', 'One Day More', 'Empty Chairs at Empty Tables', 'Master Of The House' and many more. Now in its 29th sell out year in London 'LES MISERABLES' originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on 3 April 2004 where it is still playing to standing room only. When'LES MISERABLES' celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World's Longest Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by 'Cats' in London's West End. In January 2010, the West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the legendary musical 'LES MISERABLES' made theatrical history with an international first - three different productions playing in London simultaneously. The Original Production at the Queen's Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, the acclaimed New 25th Anniversary Production at the Barbican (where the show originally premiered in 1985) and the celebratory concert at The O2. Seen by nearly 65 million people worldwide in 43 countries and in 22 languages, 'LES MISERABLES' is undisputedly one of the world's most popular musicals ever written, with new productions continually opening around the globe, with seven more currently scheduled. There have been 47 cast recordings of'LES MISERABLES', including the multi-platinum London cast recording, the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums, the live recording of the New 25th Anniversary Production and now the motion picture soundtrack which has sold over 1.5 million copies and has topped the iTunes charts. The DVDs of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert and the 25thAnniversary at the O2 Arena have sold millions of copies worldwide. (more...)

Review Roundup: English National Opera's 9/11 Opera BETWEEN WORLDSReview Roundup: English National Opera's 9/11 Opera BETWEEN WORLDS
by Review Roundups - Apr 13, 2015

Between Worlds is the highly anticipated operatic debut from composer Tansy Davies, who collaborates with director Deborah Warner and librettist Nick Drake on this world premiere from the English National Opera. (more...)

Earl Carpenter to Succeed Will Swenson in LES MISERABLES on BroadwayEarl Carpenter to Succeed Will Swenson in LES MISERABLES on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

Acclaimed British actor Earl Carpenter will return to the role of Javert in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil's LES MISERABLES beginning Tuesday, May 12 at Broadway's Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). Will Swenson will give his final performance as Javert Sunday, May 10. Carpenter performed the role on Broadway last summer while Swenson was on hiatus from the production for another project. (more...)

OLIVIERS 2015: SUNNY AFTERNOON And Young Vic's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Big Winners!OLIVIERS 2015: SUNNY AFTERNOON And Young Vic's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Big Winners!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2015

Hosted by acclaimed actor and comedian Lenny Henry, the ceremony featured a showstopping finale with Kevin Spacey and Beverley Knight performing a one-off version of Bridge Over Troubled Water with the full Oliviers Orchestra and the 90-strong Arts Educational Choir under Musical Director Larry Blank. Hampstead Theatre and the Young Vic are the big winners of the night, winning four awards each (more...)

Leo Bill, Sian Brooke, Jim Norton & More to Join Benedict Cumberbatch in West End HAMLETLeo Bill, Sian Brooke, Jim Norton & More to Join Benedict Cumberbatch in West End HAMLET
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2015

Joining Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the title role in Lyndsey Turner's production ofWilliam Shakespeare's Hamlet, are Leo Bill as Horatio, Sian Brooke as Ophelia,Anastasia Hille as Gertrude, Ciaran Hinds as Claudius, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith asLaertes and Jim Norton as Polonius. (more...)

Ciaran Hinds Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in HAMLET at the Barbican This AutumnCiaran Hinds Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in HAMLET at the Barbican This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

The Daily Mail writes that Ciaran Hinds will play 'Claudius' in Sonia Friedman Productions' upcoming staging of HAMLET, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role at the Barbican Theatre. (more...)

Benedict Cumberbatch-Led HAMLET Will Be Broadcast in US Cinemas Through NT Live This Fall!Benedict Cumberbatch-Led HAMLET Will Be Broadcast in US Cinemas Through NT Live This Fall!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

Fathom Events, in partnership with National Theatre Live and BY Experience, are pleased to present 'NT Live: Hamlet' on October 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of William Shakespeare's great tragedy directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions. Captured live earlier the same day, the event will be broadcast from London's Barbican Theatre to select U.S. cinemas. (more...)

Cast Set for Sketty Theatre's RESULT at Pleasance IslingtonCast Set for Sketty Theatre's RESULT at Pleasance Islington
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

Sketty Theatre today announces the cast for Result at the Pleasance Islington, a new play that confronts the image of glamour and wealth in football and exposes the hidden existence of depression and anxiety among young players. (more...)

LES MISERABLES Broadway Revival Celebrates One Year Anniversary With Fan Contest & New ImageLES MISERABLES Broadway Revival Celebrates One Year Anniversary With Fan Contest & New Image
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 23, 2015

One year more! (more...)

Sketty Theatre to Stage World Premiere of RESULTSketty Theatre to Stage World Premiere of RESULT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

Sketty Theatre presents the world premiere of Result, a new play that confronts the image of glamour and wealth in football and exposes the hidden existence of depression and anxiety among young players. Co-directed by brothers Toby and Alex Clarke, and inspired by the career of a Premier League sports psychologist, it will run at the Pleasance Theatre from 21 April to 17 May, with a press night on 23 April. (more...)

Broadway's LES MISERABLES Welcomes New Fantine, Eponine, Marius, Enjolras and Thenardiers TonightBroadway's LES MISERABLES Welcomes New Fantine, Eponine, Marius, Enjolras and Thenardiers Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Boublil & Schonberg's Les Miserables will welcome several new cast members for its second year on Broadway beginning tonight, March 3 at The Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). (more...)

LA Phil to Present West Coast Premiere of Unsuk Chin's ALICE IN WONDERLAND This WeekendLA Phil to Present West Coast Premiere of Unsuk Chin's ALICE IN WONDERLAND This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents the West Coast premiere of Unsuk Chin's daring Alice in Wonderland at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Friday and Saturday, February 27 and 28, at 8 pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Promotional Art for West End's HAMLET, Featuring Benedict CumberbatchPhoto Flash: First Look at Promotional Art for West End's HAMLET, Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title role in Lyndsey Turner's production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and presented by theBarbican. Today, 20 February 2015, it is announced that Hamlet will be broadcast to cinemas around the world on Thursday 15 October 2015 as part of National Theatre Live. Check out a first look at the promotional art for the show below! (more...)

Official: National Theatre Live to Bring HAMLET with Benedict Cumberbatch to Cinemas This FallOfficial: National Theatre Live to Bring HAMLET with Benedict Cumberbatch to Cinemas This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2015

Sonia Friedman Productions and National Theatre Live have announced an international broadcast of Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) in the title role in Lyndsey Turner's production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and presented by the Barbican, to cinemas internationally on Thursday, October 15, 2015. (more...)

Barbican Theatre's Benedict Cumberbatch-Led HAMLET to Screen via National Theatre Live This FallBarbican Theatre's Benedict Cumberbatch-Led HAMLET to Screen via National Theatre Live This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

The Daily Mail writes that the Barbican Theatre's summer 2015 production of HAMLET, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, will officially be broadcast via National Theatre Live on October 15 in the UK, Europe and the US, as well as later that same month in Japan (with subtitles), plus Brazil. Tickets go on sale March 16. (more...)

LES MISERABLES to Welcome New Crew of Young Revolutionaries for Second Year on BroadwayLES MISERABLES to Welcome New Crew of Young Revolutionaries for Second Year on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Boublil & Schönberg's Les Miserables will welcome five new 'MIZ Kids' for its second year on Broadway beginning Tuesday, March 3 at The Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). (more...)

GHOSTS AFTER IBSEN to Run 3/2-19 at the cellGHOSTS AFTER IBSEN to Run 3/2-19 at the cell
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

the cell in association with The Furies will present a newly adapted version of Henrik Ibsen's GHOSTS entitled GHOSTS AFTER IBSEN written by Thomas Kilroy and directed by Austin Pendleton. Previews begin Monday, March 2, 2015 and the production will run until Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the cell, 338W 23rd St. The official opening will be on Friday, March 6th at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Breaking News: LES MISERABLES Announces New Leads for Second Year on Broadway; Plus Tony Nominee Ramin Karimloo Extends!Breaking News: LES MISERABLES Announces New Leads for Second Year on Broadway; Plus Tony Nominee Ramin Karimloo Extends!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2015

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Boublil & Schonberg's LES MISERABLES will welcome several new cast members for its second year on Broadway beginning Tuesday, March 3 at The Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street). (more...)

UK's Critics' Circle Theatre Awards Are Announced - Mark Strong, Helen McCrory and More Among Winners!UK's Critics' Circle Theatre Awards Are Announced - Mark Strong, Helen McCrory and More Among Winners!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

The Critics' Circle Theatre Awards 2014 were hosted today, Tuesday 27th January 2015, by its Chairman, Mark Shenton, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. (more...)

Audrey Brisson, Joseph Drake & More to Star in ROMEO + JULIET at Rose Theatre KingstonAudrey Brisson, Joseph Drake & More to Star in ROMEO + JULIET at Rose Theatre Kingston
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2015

Executive Producer Jerry Gunn today announces full casting for the company's production of Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. Sally Cookson returns to theatre to direct Sharon D Clarke (Nurse), Matt Costain (Paris/Prince), Chris Bianchi (Friar Lawrence/ Montague), Audrey Brisson (Juliet), Joseph Drake (Romeo), Laura Elphinstone (Mercutio), Felix Hayes (Tybalt) and Javier Marzan (Peter). The production opens on 4 March, with previews from 28 February, and runs until 14 March. (more...)

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