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BWW Review: THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, Royal CourtBWW Review: THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, Royal Court
by Marianka Swain - Mar 24, 2017

While An American in Paris captures the dreamy glamour of old Hollywood, Simon McBurney rivetingly evokes its seedy, cynical underbelly, from backroom deals to drug busts and mobsters. Yet it is, in its own way, just as dazzling - a paean to Tinseltown myth-making as well as a blackly comic deconstruction. (more...)

BWW Review: FUNNY GIRL, Bristol HippodromeBWW Review: FUNNY GIRL, Bristol Hippodrome
by Tim Wright - Mar 23, 2017

'I'm the greatest star, I am by far, but no one knows it' is the claim by aspiring vaudeville music show actress Fanny Brice at the top of Funny Girl.  Fanny is no ordinary showgirl- no 'Miss Atlantic City'. Her gift is to use that backstreet Brooklyn wit on the stage and tear up the rulebook set by the shows impresarios. (more...)

Lucy Kirkwood's THE CHILDREN Set to Transfer to Broadway This Fall with London Cast; ACTUALLY Will Open Off-BroadwayLucy Kirkwood's THE CHILDREN Set to Transfer to Broadway This Fall with London Cast; ACTUALLY Will Open Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have just announced two productions as part ofManhattan Theatre Club's upcoming 2017-2018 season. (more...)

Photo Flash: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Opens Tonight in the West EndPhoto Flash: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Opens Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Production photography and footage has been released today for the highly anticipated West End musical An American in Paris. The critically acclaimed and multi award-winning new musical has its official London premiere tonight, Tuesday 21 March at the beautifully restored Dominion Theatre. (more...)

BWW Interview: Archie Madekwe On THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?BWW Interview: Archie Madekwe On THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?
by Marianka Swain - Mar 20, 2017

Archie Madekwe's screen credits include Fresh Meat and films Legacy and Second Coming. He's now making his professional stage debut in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia, Edward Albee's darkly comic masterpiece about a successful family man who embarks on a shocking love affair. Ian Rickson's revival also features Damian Lewis, Sophie Okonedo and Jason Hughes, and begins previews at Theatre Royal Haymarket on 24 March. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Damian Lewis, Sophie Okonedo and More for THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Damian Lewis, Sophie Okonedo and More for THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2017

Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, a darkly comic play about a family in crisis, will run for a strictly limited 12-week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 24 March to 24 June 2017. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Hadley Fraser On His Tony Bennett/Bill Evans ShowBWW Interview: Hadley Fraser On His Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Show
by Marianka Swain - Mar 13, 2017

Hadley Fraser's work ranges from Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera to Coriolanus at the Donmar and The Winter's Tale at the Garrick. He's collaborated with pianist Will Butterworth on a show that imagines Tony Bennett and Bill Evans did a third album together; the result is a mix of jazz, Broadway and contemporary classics, performed at Zedel on 1 April. (more...)

BWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, Harold Pinter TheatreBWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, Harold Pinter Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Mar 10, 2017

Much has been written about the snack ban instigated by this Edward Albee revival at the behest of its star, Imelda Staunton. No problems on that score: with performances of such scorching intensity sustained over a shattering three hours, audiences will be unwilling to release a breath, let alone distract with a rustling crisp packet. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Declan Donnellan Talks THE WINTER'S TALEBWW Interview: Director Declan Donnellan Talks THE WINTER'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Declan Donnellan is the co-Artistic Director of Cheek By Jowl. He's helmed over 30 productions for the company, touring to nearly 400 cities across six continents, and has also directed productions for the National Theatre, the RSC, the Avignon, and the Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals, as well as opera, dance and film. Cheek By Jowl's The Winter's Tale is currently on the UK leg of a major international tour. (more...)

Animal Magic Goes Wild at the Lyceum Theatre with Michael Morpurgo's RUNNING WILDAnimal Magic Goes Wild at the Lyceum Theatre with Michael Morpurgo's RUNNING WILD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The award-winning adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel, Running Wild, is brought to life on the Lyceum Theatre stage from Tuesday 7 - Saturday 11 March.  This epic production, complete with spectacular life-size puppets, tells an emotional and moving story of love, loss and loyalty and of living for the moment. (more...)

Additional Dates Announced for Matthew Bourne's Production of THE RED SHOESAdditional Dates Announced for Matthew Bourne's Production of THE RED SHOES
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

???????New Adventures are delighted to announce further UK dates for the World Premiere tour of Matthew Bourne's production of THE RED SHOES. (more...)

BWW Review: THE COMMITMENTS,  Bristol HippodromeBWW Review: THE COMMITMENTS, Bristol Hippodrome
by Tim Wright - Feb 22, 2017

We're in Dublin and it's 1986. Jimmy and his musician friends are fed up of art school synth music and want to bring soul music back to the people. The Commitments is adapted from Roddy Doyle's novel of the same name (that in turn was made into a cult hit film). However, for a show that proclaims on countless occasions that soul is 'the music of the people' and eulogises about it's importance- it is evening strangely devoid of that very thing. (more...)

BWW Interview: Actress Amy Morgan Talks TRAVESTIESBWW Interview: Actress Amy Morgan Talks TRAVESTIES
by Marianka Swain - Feb 15, 2017

Amy Morgan's credits include Red Velvet and Hay Fever in the West End, The Beaux' Stratagem at the National Theatre, and, on screen, Father Brown and Mr Selfridge. She's currently starring as Gwendolen in Tom Stoppard's Travesties, which has transferred to the Apollo Theatre following a hit run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. (more...)

BWW Review: EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE, Crucible, SheffieldBWW Review: EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE, Crucible, Sheffield
by Ruth Deller - Feb 15, 2017

This new musical from Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae fizzes with energy and warmth - a must-see! (more...)

Ben Forster Extends His Run as 'The Phantom' in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERABen Forster Extends His Run as 'The Phantom' in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Ben Forster will extend his run as 'The Phantom' until Saturday 2 September in the smash hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical 'THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA'. Now in its 31st year at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End, the show also stars Celinde Schoenmaker as 'Christine Daae' and Nadim Naaman as 'Raoul'. (more...)

Sheridan Smith And Chris Peluso Star In FUNNY GIRLSheridan Smith And Chris Peluso Star In FUNNY GIRL
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2017

???????Sheridan Smith and Chris Peluso lead the cast of Funny Girl which comes to The Bristol Hippodrome from March 21st - 25th having enjoyed critically acclaimed and record-breaking sold-out runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: THE RED SHOES, Birmingham HippodromeBWW Review: THE RED SHOES, Birmingham Hippodrome
by Emma Cann - Feb 9, 2017

Based on the 1948 film of the same name, starring Moira Shearer, Matthew Bourne's production of The Red Shoes tells the story of ballerina Victoria Page and her tragic struggle between love and duty. Both the film and Matthew Bourne's production are inspired by Han Christian Andersen's fairytale of a young girl who defies conservative values by wearing her red shoes to church. These devilish shoes betray their owner, forcing her to dance to her death. (more...)

Photo Flash: Matthew Bourne's EARLY ADVENTURES Returns on TourPhoto Flash: Matthew Bourne's EARLY ADVENTURES Returns on Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Sir Matthew Bourne's 'EARLY ADVENTURES' returns as part of a year-long celebration of work to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of his company, New Adventures. The tour continues until 12 April 2017. (more...)

Animal Adventures at the Belgrade Theatre this February Half-TermAnimal Adventures at the Belgrade Theatre this February Half-Term
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

This February half-term, the Belgrade Theatre has an action-packed programme to keep families entertained during the holidays. From owls to elephants, the Belgrade will be taking audiences on an animal adventure with two incredible productions on its stages, plus plenty of extra activities for kids to get involved in! (more...)

BWW Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE, Duke of York's TheatreBWW Review: THE GLASS MENAGERIE, Duke of York's Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Feb 3, 2017

'I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion,' declares Tom Wingfield, the narrator of Tennessee Williams's exquisite memory play. Director John Tiffany has proved gloriously adept at handling both sides of the equation in the magical trick-filled yet emotionally authentic Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and here too, in this acclaimed production that comes to the West End via Broadway and Edinburgh, wonders rub shoulders with bruising truths. (more...)

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