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Hackney Empire Sets Full MOTHER GOOSE CastHackney Empire Sets Full MOTHER GOOSE Cast
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Today Hackney Empire announces the full cast of its much-anticipated 2014 pantomime, the return of Mother Goose starring Clive Rowe. For the first time in six years the casting reunites some of Hackney's most-loved performers. Director Susie McKenna will this year take to the stage as evil sorceress Vanity, alongside last year's Puss in Boots Kat B, who will play Billy Goose. They join previously announced grande dame of pantomime Clive Rowe, reprising his Olivier Award-nominated title role and marking his 10th appearance in the show and Olivier Award-winning Sharon D Clarke, playing the good enchantress Charity. (more...)

THE CURTAIN UP SHOW Returns to Resonance 104.4FM on September 19THE CURTAIN UP SHOW Returns to Resonance 104.4FM on September 19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

Stars of Evita, Urinetown, East is East, Sweeney Todd, Blockbuster, Love Story, Damn Yankees, You Should Be So Lucky, Before After, Flowers of the Forest, Into The Woods and many more join Tim McArthur and Nathan Matthews on the seventh series of The Curtain Up Show. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Rufus Bonds Jr, Nicola Hughes and More in Opening Night of PORGY AND BESS at Regents Park Open AirPhoto Flash: First Look at Rufus Bonds Jr, Nicola Hughes and More in Opening Night of PORGY AND BESS at Regents Park Open Air
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Last night, Monday 28 July, was the Opening Night of the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess which runs at Regents Park Open Air Theatre until 23 August. After the show, cast, creative team and invited guests enjoyed a summer drink of Canard Duchene Champagne on the lawn of Regents Park Open Air Theatre, accompanied by Belly Pork Croquettes with Roasted Corn Cream and Lemon Cone Trees. Check out the photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Rufus Bonds, Jr., Nicola Hughes and More in Open Air Theatre's PORGY AND BESSPhoto Flash: First Look at Rufus Bonds, Jr., Nicola Hughes and More in Open Air Theatre's PORGY AND BESS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Celebrated as a landmark piece of American theatre with iconic songs including 'Summertime', 'I Got Plenty of Nothing', 'I Loves You Porgy' and 'It Ain't Necessarily So', Porgy and Bess will be directed by Regents Park Open Air Theatre's Artistic Director Timothy Sheader, with a book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and a musical score adapted by Diedre L. Murray. Check out a first look at the production below! (more...)

Clive Rowe to Return to Hackney Empire in MOTHER GOOSE, Nov. 22Clive Rowe to Return to Hackney Empire in MOTHER GOOSE, Nov. 22
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Celebrated grande dame of pantomime Clive Rowe will make his much-anticipated return to Hackney Empire this Christmas in Mother Goose. Rowe will star in the title role, for which he received an Olivier Award-nomination in 2008. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with the Company of PORGY AND BESS at Regents Park Open Air TheatrePhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with the Company of PORGY AND BESS at Regents Park Open Air Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess will run at Regents Park Open Air Theatre from 17 July to 23 August with Opening Night for press on 28 July. Celebrated as a landmark piece of American theatre with iconic songs including 'Summertime', 'I Got Plenty of Nothing', 'I Loves You Porgy' and 'It Ain't Necessarily So', Porgy and Bess will be directed by Regents Park Open Air Theatre's Artistic Director Timothy Sheader, with a book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and a musical score adapted by Diedre L. Murray. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of PORGY AND BESS at Regents Park Open Air; Rehearsals BeginPhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of PORGY AND BESS at Regents Park Open Air; Rehearsals Begin
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Rehearsals have now started, for the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess which will run at Regents Park Open Air Theatre from 17 July to 23 August with Opening Night for press on 28 July. Celebrated as a landmark piece of American theatre with iconic songs including 'Summertime', 'I Got Plenty of Nothing', 'I Loves You Porgy' and 'It Ain't Necessarily So', Porgy and Bess will be directed by Regents Park Open Air Theatre's Artistic Director Timothy Sheader, with a book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and a musical score adapted by Diedre L. Murray. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BLUES IN THE NIGHT, Hackney Empire, April 25 2014BWW Reviews: BLUES IN THE NIGHT, Hackney Empire, April 25 2014
by Gary Naylor - Apr 26, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a show filled with songs from some of the last century's greatest singers - given full due by some of the West End's finest vocalists. (more...)

Follow Up to Queen Musical WE WILL ROCK YOU In the Works?Follow Up to Queen Musical WE WILL ROCK YOU In the Works?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

The musical WE WILL ROCK YOU, featuring the music of iconic rock band Queen, will take its final curtain call on May 31st at the West End's Dominion Theatre. However WhatsOnStage reports that a follow-up to the production may be in the works. (more...)

Almeida, MORMON and National Theatre Big Oliviers 2014 Winners!Almeida, MORMON and National Theatre Big Oliviers 2014 Winners!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 13, 2014

The winners of the 38th Olivier Awards with MasterCard, the most prestigious event in the UK theatrical calendar, were announced tonight (Sunday 13 April 2014) in front of a packed audience at a glamorous ceremony at London's Royal Opera House hosted by Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton. (more...)

OLIVIERS 2014: The Full List Of Winners And Nominees!OLIVIERS 2014: The Full List Of Winners And Nominees!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 13, 2014

The Olivier Awards 2014 are presented this evening - keep an eye on this page, updating live, for the results. Established in 1976, the Laurence Olivier Awards celebrate the world-class status of London's theatre and are Britain's most prestigious stage honours. (more...)

OLIVIERS 2014: Preview - Best Supporting ActressOLIVIERS 2014: Preview - Best Supporting Actress
by Carrie Dunn - Apr 13, 2014

Nominees are Sharon D Clarke (The Amen Corner), Cecilia Noble (The Amen Corner), Katherine Kingsley (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Sarah Greene (The Cripple of Inishmaan). (more...)

OLIVIERS 2014: Live Blog!OLIVIERS 2014: Live Blog!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 13, 2014

It's the biggest night in the West End theatre calendar - the great and the good are gathered in Covent Garden to celebrate the best stage work of the last year. Stick with us throughout the night for all the winners, as well as gossip from the Party in the Piazza, and a running commentary on the TV highlights show! (more...)

Nominations Announced for 2014 Olivier Awards! CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, ONCE, MORMON, MERRILY, Jude Law, Judi Dench & MoreNominations Announced for 2014 Olivier Awards! CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, ONCE, MORMON, MERRILY, Jude Law, Judi Dench & More
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 10, 2014

The nominations for The Olivier Awards 2014 with MasterCard - the most prestigious event in the UK's theatrical calendar - were announced today (Monday, March 10) by Nigel Harman and Leigh Zimmerman with the full list of nominations available below and online at www.olivierawards.com. (more...)

Sharon D. Clarke and Brian Kennedy Join Anton Stephans in FLIGHT at The Hippodrome Casino, March 16Sharon D. Clarke and Brian Kennedy Join Anton Stephans in FLIGHT at The Hippodrome Casino, March 16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

If there was ever an Artist with the power of FLIGHT, it is ANTON STEPHANS. (more...)

Benton To Star In HOBSON'S CHOICE; Clarke And Hughes In PORGY AND BESS At Open Air TheatreBenton To Star In HOBSON'S CHOICE; Clarke And Hughes In PORGY AND BESS At Open Air Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has confirmed lead casting for Hobson's Choice and the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. Mark Benton will play Henry Hobson in Hobson's Choice, with Jodie McNee as his daughter Maggie. Rufus Bonds Jr and Nicola Hughes play the title roles in Porgy and Bess with Phillip Boykin re-creating his Tony Award nominated performance as Crown, and Sharon D Clarke as Mariah. (more...)

JemmThree to Present SCROOGE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL & More Next WeekJemmThree to Present SCROOGE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL & More Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

JemmThree, the UK's first 24/7 radio station dedicated to musical theatre, is having a Musical Theatre Christmas by raising the curtain on nine musicals, with many narrated by the shows' own writing teams. (more...)

2013 Year In Review: Carrie Dunn's Best And Worst Of Theatre2013 Year In Review: Carrie Dunn's Best And Worst Of Theatre
by Carrie Dunn - Dec 9, 2013

The UK editor-in-chief reflects on the ups and downs of West End theatre in 2013. So, another busy year in the West End - and a busy year for BWW:UK. I've been the editor-in-chief of BWW:UK for nearly five years now, working closely with our US newdesk (and dealing with that inconvenient time difference), and overseeing our ever-expanding reviewing squad (as well as our London writers, we also have a team at the Edinburgh Festival every year, and regional reviewers in cities around the UK including Glasgow, Birmingham, Sheffield and Bristol). (more...)

BWW Reviews: PUSS IN BOOTS, Hackney Empire, December 6 2013BWW Reviews: PUSS IN BOOTS, Hackney Empire, December 6 2013
by Gary Naylor - Dec 7, 2013

Susie McKenna bites the bullet and gives a Puss in Boots that stays loyal to its complicated French story but still incorporates all the traditions of its madcap English format. It's a packed show, coming in at just over two and a half hours - fortunately the pace doesn't let up and the audience goes home well entertained having had their money's worth. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Sharon D Clarke and Josefina Gabrielle of Hackney Empire's PUSS IN BOOTS!BWW Interviews: Sharon D Clarke and Josefina Gabrielle of Hackney Empire's PUSS IN BOOTS!
by Carrie Dunn - Nov 28, 2013

'We're having such fun!' enthuses Sharon D Clarke. She sounds remarkably perky for someone who's just started the traditional gruelling British panto schedule. But then the Hackney Empire panto isn't your usual panto. (more...)

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