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Richard Madden and Lily James's ROMEO AND JULIET Leads May's Top 10 New London ShowsRichard Madden and Lily James's ROMEO AND JULIET Leads May's Top 10 New London Shows
by Marianka Swain - May 2, 2016

London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From two buzzy Shakespeare productions and satirical opera to dance at the Old Vic, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews… (more...)

BWW Review: ELEGY, Donmar Warehouse, April 27 2016BWW Review: ELEGY, Donmar Warehouse, April 27 2016
by Laura Jones - Apr 30, 2016

Nick Payne's latest production Elegy is a short 70-minute piece, which raises complex and emotional issues. Following on from his previous work Constellations, which won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play, Payne's plot focuses on Lorna and her partner Carrie as they struggle with an unnamed disease which effects Lorna's brain. (more...)

Jane Horrocks, Hofesh Shechter, Louis Theroux and !Vamos Cuba! Lead LATITUDE FESTIVAL 2016Jane Horrocks, Hofesh Shechter, Louis Theroux and !Vamos Cuba! Lead LATITUDE FESTIVAL 2016
by Marianka Swain - Apr 29, 2016

Coinciding with International Dance Day, Latitude Festival has announced its dance line-up for this summer. Sadler's Wells returns to the Waterfront Stage for a ninth year, with highlights including an excerpt from !VAMOUS CUBA! and Hofesh Shechter's THE BAD. Latitude has also announced that the Jane Horrocks-starring IF YOU KISS ME, KISS ME joins the theatre line-up, and Louis Theroux will be in conversation with Adam Buxton. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for BLUE/ORANGE at the Young VicPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal for BLUE/ORANGE at the Young Vic
by Marianka Swain - Apr 27, 2016

David Haig, Luke Norris and Daniel Kaluuya star in the revival of Joe Penhall's BLUE/ORANGE at the Young Vic, directed by Matthew Xia. The production runs May 12 to July 2, and works from a slightly updated version of Penhall's Olivier Award-winning play. Blue/Orange, which centres on a man confined to a psychiatric ward, examines race, ethics, sanity and prejudice in a sharp state-of-the-nation examination. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.youngvic.org (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: April 16-22THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: April 16-22
by Nora Dominick - Apr 22, 2016

Still gushing over Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton winning a Pulitzer Prize? Didn't have time to check in on your favorite Broadway stars? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Lily James, Richard Madden & More for Kenneth Branagh's ROMEO AND JULIETPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with Lily James, Richard Madden & More for Kenneth Branagh's ROMEO AND JULIET
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company presents Romeo and Juliet, the fifth production in the inaugural Plays at the Garrick season. The production reunites the stars of Branagh's Cinderella, Lily James (Juliet) and Richard Madden. Romeo and Juliet will play at the Garrick Theatre from 12 May until 13 August with press night on 25 May. The production will be broadcast live to cinemas on 7 July. Check out a first look inside rehearsals below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at RUNNING WILD in Rehearsal at Regent's Park Open Air TheatrePhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at RUNNING WILD in Rehearsal at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's 2016 season begins with Samuel Adamson's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel, RUNNING WILD. A co-production withChichester Festival Theatre, RUNNING WILD previews from Friday 13 May (press night 19 May) and plays until Sunday 12 June. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

Review Roundup: Sheridan Smith-Led FUNNY GIRL Opens on the West EndReview Roundup: Sheridan Smith-Led FUNNY GIRL Opens on the West End
by Review Roundups - Apr 21, 2016

Theatre in the West End. The transfer follows a sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and the show is booking until October 8. Smith takes on Barbra Streisand's iconic role of Fanny Brice, the Brooklyn singer and comedienne who became a Broadway sensation under producer Florenz Ziegfeld. The cast also features Darius Campbell as Nicky Arnstein, Marilyn Cutts as Mrs Brice,Maurice Lane as Mr Keeney, Valda Aviks as Mrs Meeker, Gay Soper as Mrs Strakosh, Natasha J Barnes as Emma/Mrs Nadler, Bruce Montague as Florenz Ziegfeld, and Joel Montague as Eddie Ryan. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sheridan Smith Opens in FUNNY GIRL at the Savoy TheatrePhoto Flash: Sheridan Smith Opens in FUNNY GIRL at the Savoy Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Apr 21, 2016

Last night, the Sheridan Smith-starring revival of FUNNY GIRL opened at the Savoy Theatre in the West End. The transfer follows a sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and the show is booking until October 8. Smith takes on Barbra Streisand's iconic role of Fanny Brice, the Brooklyn singer and comedienne who became a Broadway sensation under producer Florenz Ziegfeld. The cast also features Darius Campbell as Nicky Arnstein, Marilyn Cutts as Mrs Brice, Maurice Lane as Mr Keeney, Valda Aviks as Mrs Meeker, Gay Soper as Mrs Strakosh, Natasha J Barnes as Emma/Mrs Nadler, Bruce Montague as Florenz Ziegfeld, and Joel Montague as Eddie Ryan. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber will return to Broadway this Fall in the Donmar Warehouse production of Les Liaisons Dangereusesby Christopher Hampton, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke. The production begins performances on Saturday, October 8, 2016 and will open on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Booth Theatre (222 W 45th St). This is a 15-week only engagement through Sunday, January 22, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Chris Peluso, Gina Beck and More in UK's SHOW BOATPhoto Flash: First Look at Chris Peluso, Gina Beck and More in UK's SHOW BOAT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Daniel Evans' sell-out Sheffield Crucible production of Show Boat has transferred to the West End and is now in previews, with press night on Monday 25 April 2016.  Show Boat is booking at the New London Theatre to 7 January 2017.  BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Director Michael Mayer Punches Up FUNNY GIRL Revival with Expanded Dance Numbers, Set PiecesDirector Michael Mayer Punches Up FUNNY GIRL Revival with Expanded Dance Numbers, Set Pieces
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

With previews in full swing at the Savoy Theatre, director Michael Mayer continues to polish the new revival of FUNNY GIRL, starring Sheridan Smith, which premiered at Menier Chocolate Factory. (more...)

Anna Ziegler's PHOTOGRAPH 51, Starring Nicole Kidman, to Open on Broadway Later This Year?Anna Ziegler's PHOTOGRAPH 51, Starring Nicole Kidman, to Open on Broadway Later This Year?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Nicole Kidman could be on the brink of a Broadway return. (more...)

OLIVIER AWARDS 2016: Jenny Ell's PicksOLIVIER AWARDS 2016: Jenny Ell's Picks
by Jenny Ell - Mar 31, 2016

In any awards ceremony, there is always one category that is almost a dead cert. Sometimes I resent the fact that this is the case and really feel for those others in the category who quite frankly don't stand a chance; even though they too worked their socks off to get the nomination. The category I'm referring to this year is Best Actress in a Musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS Opens In The West EndPhoto Flash: PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS Opens In The West End
by Marianka Swain - Mar 24, 2016

Transferring to the West End after a sell-out National Theatre run, Duncan Macmillan's PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS opened last night at Wyndham's Theatre. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the show is a collaboration between the National and Headlong. It's recently extended its run and is now booking to June 18. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Richard Fleeshman, Maxwell Caulfield, Louise Dearman and More in GUYS AND DOLLS UK TourPhoto Flash: First Look at Richard Fleeshman, Maxwell Caulfield, Louise Dearman and More in GUYS AND DOLLS UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Following critical acclaim at the Savoy Theatre, the Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Guys and Dolls transfers to the Phoenix Theatre whilst simultaneously touring the UK this spring. The West End production opened 19 March and is booking until 30 October, whilst the UK tour is running simultaneously, opening in Liverpool on 16 March and touring throughout the UK until 30 July, closing in Woking. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the tour cast in action below! (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: March 12-18THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: March 12-18
by Nora Dominick - Mar 18, 2016

Highlights from this week include Laura Osnes holds a BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY, SHE LOVES ME and THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM open, a first look at John Krasinski, Hank Azaria, and Claire Danes in DRY POWDER and SO much more! Check out all the photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon's THE PAINKILLER Opens at Garrick TheatrePhoto Flash: Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon's THE PAINKILLER Opens at Garrick Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Mar 18, 2016

Last night, Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon opened in THE PAINKILLER at Garrick Theatre, the fourth production in Branagh's resident season. The pair last joined forces for Sean Foley's adaptation of Francis Veber's classic French farce at the Lyric, Belfast in 2011. They're joined in the Garrick production by Claudie Blakley, Marcus Fraser, Mark Hadfield and Alex Macqueen, and the show runs until April 30. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.branaghtheatre.com (more...)

BWW Review: MARY POPPINS, Birmingham HippodromeBWW Review: MARY POPPINS, Birmingham Hippodrome
by Emma Cann - Mar 17, 2016

Everyone's favourite magical nanny, Mary Poppins, is back in this award-winning musical adaptation of the P.L.Travers novel and beloved Disney film. Featuring many of the most popular songs composed by the Sherman brothers, this blockbuster musical is, for many, a wonderfully nostalgic trip down memory to see a favourite childhood movie in the flesh. (more...)

BWW Review: I SEE YOU, Royal Court Theatre, March 5 2016BWW Review: I SEE YOU, Royal Court Theatre, March 5 2016
by Laura Jones - Mar 16, 2016

It's been an exciting few months for Noma Dumezweni. At the end of last year she stepped into the lead role of Linda at the last minute, replacing Kim Cattrell, it was announced that she would be playing the role of Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opening this summer and in I See You she makes her directorial debut. In the intimate setting of the Jerwood Theatre upstairs in the Royal Court Theatre, a gripping play by South African writer Mongiwekhaya. (more...)

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