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Playhouse Theatre (London, )
Northumberland Avenue
London,

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2 hours and 20 minutes, with one interval

Monday through Friday at 7:30
Saturday at 4pm and 8pm

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In 1961 emotions run high as talented young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win the hearts of their adoring female fans - and more importantly, the gorgeous Laura. But when Laura shows that she's no slouch with the guitar, rock 'n' roll fame beckons. Featuring songs from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, Chuck Berry and many more.

Katie Brayben to Star in West End's BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, February
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Katie Brayben will play the title role in the West End production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musicalopening at the Aldwych Theatre in February next year. Alan Morrissey will play King's husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, with Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, King's mother, and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner. London previews beginning on 10 February 2015 and with the show currently booking to 13 June 2015. Press night will now take place on 24 February at 7pm. Final casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

Maitland, Brown, Colbourne & More In I WASN'T THINKING AT ALL - THE SONGS OF EYLES AND GOULD at The Pheasantry, October 11
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2015

BWW reports on I Wasn't Thinking At All, a concert of new song-writing by Rob Eyles and Robert Gould at The Pheasantry on October 11. (more...)

New Wolsey Theatre's SWEET CHARITY Begins Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich has today announced the cast of their new actor-musician production of SWEET CHARITY, which runs from Thursday 3 to Saturday 26 September 2015, directed by Artistic Director Peter Rowe. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the New Cast of SUNNY AFTERNOON in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2015

The first images of the new cast of SUNNY AFTERNOON, the multi-Olivier Award-winning hit British musical based on the music of The Kinks, have been released today. The original cast, including Olivier Award winners John Dagleish and George Maguire, will remain in the show until 3 October 2015. Scroll down to check them out! (more...)

Atherton, Maitland, Want and More To Perform At GIGGIN4GOOD: THE BEST OF BRITISH, Nov 15
by Robert Gould - Oct 18, 2015

Robert Gould reports on the upcoming Giggin4Good charity concert at the Actors' Church, which will celebrate the best of British musical theatre through the ages. (more...)

McIntosh Joins Brayben In BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL As Full Casting Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

Joining Katie Brayben playing the title role in the West End production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann. (more...)

Full Cast Announced in West End's BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, Feb. 2015
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

Joining Katie Brayben playing the title role in the West End production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann. As previously announced the leading cast members also include Alan Morrissey as King's husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, King's mother, and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 16, 2015
by - Oct 16, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on October 16 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW Reviews: DREAMBOATS & MINISKIRTS, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, October 13 2014
by Jenny Antill - Oct 14, 2014

Dreamboats and Petticoats has done the UK tour rounds on several occasions as well as having a very successful West End run. There has also been a massive franchise of CDs that have been released which have acted as another good marketing tool. Because of all this, Bill Kenwright along with his creative team have put a sequel on the road entitled Dreamboats and Miniskirts. (more...)

Dave Willetts Stars in LOVE BEYOND: A New Musical Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

Commissioned Limited present the official London cast of LOVE BEYOND, a new musical, playing for two special performances only today and tomorrow, 1 and 2 October 2014 at The SSE Arena, Wembley. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for MERLIN at Nuffield Southampton
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

This Christmas, Southampton's Nuffield will be transformed into the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot to tell the story of young MERLIN and his childhood friends Arthur and Gwen as they embark on an action-packed journey of a lifetime, encountering powerful magic forces, mystical characters and adventures beyond their wildest dreams. MERLIN will run 26 November 2015 - 3 January 2016, with press night set for Tuesday 1 December 2015. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal! (more...)

Atherton, DiNoia, Schoenmaker & More In GIGGIN4GOOD: A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, Union Theatre, December 7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2014

BWW reports on Giggin4Good's Christmas charity concert at the Union Theatre, Southwark on Sunday, December 7. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Nuffield's Christmas Show MERLIN
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

This Christmas, Southampton's Nuffield will be transformed into the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot to tell the story of young MERLIN and his childhood friends Arthur and Gwen as they embark on an action-packed journey of a lifetime, encountering powerful magic forces, mystical characters and adventures beyond their wildest dreams. MERLIN will run 26 November 2015 - 3 January 2016, with press night set for Tuesday 1 December 2015. (more...)

Cast Announced for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at King's Theatre Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and West End smash hit embarks on its first ever UK Tour, and reveals casting for the red-hot rock 'n' roll extravaganza. (more...)

Jason Donovan Joins Cast of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

?MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and West End smash hit embarks on its first ever UK Tour, and today reveals casting for the red-hot rock 'n' roll extravaganza. (more...)

Whodunnit REHEARSAL FOR MURDER Comes To Theatre Royal Glasgow
by Marianka Swain - May 25, 2016

From the pen of the legendary award-winning writing team Richard Levinson and William Link, the creators of the unsurpassable mystery series Murder She Wrote and the award-winning TV detective series Columbo, comes this classic 'whodunnit' murder mystery.  (more...)

West End's SUNNY AFTERNOON Now Booking Into October 2016
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Due to public demand, the multi-Olivier award-winning hit British musical SUNNY AFTERNOON has announced another extension to its West End run, until 29 October 2016. The extension will take the show's West End run past the two year mark. (more...)

Jon Lee, Keith Jack & More to Star in FOREVER PLAID Limited Run at St. James Theatre Studio
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Guy James present FOREVER PLAID, directed and staged by Grant Murphy, at St. James Studio, London from 5 - 24 April 2016. Press Performance: Friday, 8 April at 8pm. The full cast for three-week run of Forever Plaid at St. James Theatre Studio will feature Jon Lee alongside Keith Jack, Matthew Quinn and Luke Striffler. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of FOREVER PLAID at St. James Theatre - Jon Lee, Keith Jack & More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Guy James present FOREVER PLAID, directed and staged by Grant Murphy, at St. James Studio, London from 5 - 24 April 2016. Press Performance: Friday, 8 April at 8pm. The full cast for three-week run of Forever Plaid at St. James Theatre Studio will feature Jon Lee alongside Keith Jack, Matthew Quinn and Luke Striffler. Meet the cast below! (more...)

David Hasselhoff, JERSEY BOYS and More Headline 2015-16 Season at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

A brand new season of West End musicals, pantomime, hilarious comedy and one night concerts with TOMMY STEELE, DAVID HASSELHOFF, BARBARA DICKSON, JUDY CORNWELL, CERI DUPREE, THE CHUCKLE BROTHERS and JOHN ALTMAN. (more...)

'X Factor' Finalist, Lola Saunders Joins SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME UK Tour - Further Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Further casting has been announced for the UK tour of Save the Last Dance for Me. Lola Saunders, a finalist on The X Factor 2014, will make her theatrical debut in the role of Jennifer starring alongside previously announced Antony Costa as Milton, with Wayne Robinson as Curtis and Elizabeth Carter returning to the role of Marie.  (more...)

SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME with THE X FACTOR Finalist Lola Saunders Set for King's Theatre Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Final casting has been announced for the UK tour of Save the Last Dance for Me. Lola Saunders, a finalist on The X Factor 2014, will make her theatrical debut in the role of Jennifer starring alongside previously announced Antony Costa as Milton, with Wayne Robinson as Curtis and Elizabeth Carter returning to the role of Marie. (more...)

DREAMBOATS AND MINISKIRTS Coming to King's Theatre Glasgow This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

This summer, DREAMBOATS AND MINISKIRTS comes to the King's Theatre Glasgow to showcase the greatest hit songs of the 60s. (more...)

DREAMBOATS AND MINISKIRTS Coming to The Marlowe Theatre Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

SHOWCASING the greatest hit songs of the 1960s, Dreamboats And Miniskirts comes to The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, next month (July).  (more...)

Katie Birtill to Lead SWEET CHARITY at New Wolsey Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich is producing a new actor-musician production of the classic swingin' sixties musical SWEET CHARITY which runs from Thursday 3 to Saturday 26 September, directed by Artistic Director Peter Rowe. (more...)

West End's AMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Announces Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Full casting is announced for Green Day's explosive award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot as it blasts into the UK from 17 July, at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. The full cast are Luke Baker (Theo), Natasha Barnes (Heather), Alexis Gerred (Tunny), Llandyll Gove (Gerard), Raquel Jones (Extraordinary girl), Natasha Karp (Alysha) Robyn Mellor (Libby), Lucas Rush (St. Jimmy), Steve Rushton (Will), Aaron Sidwell (Johnny) and Ross William Wild (Joshua). They join the previously announced X Factor star, Amelia Lily who is playing Whatshername. (more...)

Houchen, Maitland, Naaman & More In MORE WORDS SHARED WITH FRIENDS, Leicester Square Theatre Lounge, Aug 10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

BWW reports on MORE WORDS SHARED WITH FRIENDS, an evening of new songwriting at the Leicester Square theatre Lounge, featuring songs with lyrics by Robert Gould performed by a cast of West End & Off West End vocalists. (more...)

AMERICAN IDIOT, Starring Amelia Lily, Opens Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Green Day's explosive award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot blasts into the UK, opening tonight 22 July at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. (more...)

Dave Willetts to Star in LOVE BEYOND: A New Musical, 1-2 October
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Commissioned Limited today announce the official London cast of LOVE BEYOND, a new musical, playing for two special performances only on 1 and 2 October 2014 at The SSE Arena, Wembley. Powerful and uplifting, LOVE BEYOND is a unique presentation of the greatest love story ever told, unfolding the entire story of the Bible as never before. A contemporary production, this epic musical re-tells the inspiring stories of lives touched by God, from Genesis to Revelation and puts the focus on their significance to mankind today. LOVE BEYOND promises a sensational production with a host of West End stars, accompanied by one of the biggest live orchestras of any musical theatre show in London, playing a dramatic and original brand new score. (more...)

I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE Comes to London, July 14-17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

A new production of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, which ran for more than 10 years in New York, where it holds the record as the second longest running musical in Off-Broadway history with 5,003 performances comes to the UK. (more...)

THE GREAT GATSBY to Play Blackeyed Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

Immersing you in the decadence of America's Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby is brought to life in this sizzling new stage adaptation from acclaimed Blackeyed Theatre. Commissioned to mark the 90th anniversary of the novel's publication, this production will embark on a 98 date tour across the UK from September 2015. (more...)

Anthony Costa to Lead SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

From the team that brought you the huge success that is Dreamboats and Petticoats, Save the Last Dance for Me will take you back through the 'music and magic' of the early 60's, a time when each passing week brought another Rock 'n' Roll classic. This nostalgic, feel-good journey will transport you back to music's golden era as we follow two teenage sisters through the summer of '63. The production will start its UK tour at New Wimbledon Theatre from 12th April. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 6, 2016
by - Jan 6, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 6 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Stage & Screen Stars to Appear at Belgrade Theatre in Spring 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

Coventry's Belgrade Theatre has today announced details of casting for five star-studded new shows touring to the venue in Spring 2016 which include a new UK tour of End of the Rainbow starring Loose Women's Lisa Maxwell, the UK stage premiere of Jackie The Musical starring Janet Dibley and a new touring production of the laugh-out-loud comedy, Menopause the Musical starring Irish pop icon Linda Nolan and Eastenders actress Cheryl Fergison. (more...)

END OF THE RAINBOW Announces New UK Tour; Set to Play at King's Theatre Glasgow, April 26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

A hit in the West End and on Broadway, End of the Rainbow will return in 2016, playing at the King's Theatre Glasgow from Tuesday 26 until Saturday 30 April as part of a major new UK tour, starring Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland. (more...)

First Look at Lisa Maxwell, Gary Wilmot and Sam Attwater in END OF THE RAINBOW
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

The first images were released today of Lisa Maxwell, Gary Wilmot and Sam Attwater rehearsing for hit West End and Broadway play End of the Rainbow, touring the UK in a brand new production from February. (more...)

New Wolsey Theatre Sets Cast of THE LAST FIVE YEARS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

As part of their 15th Birthday celebrations, the New Wolsey Theatre have today announced their cast of their upcoming production of The Last Five Years, directed by Artistic Director Peter Rowe, running from Thursday 25 February to Friday 11 March. (more...)

SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME to Play King's Theatre Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

From the team that brought you the huge success that is Dreamboats and Petticoats, Save the Last Dance for Me will take you back through the 'music and magic' of the early 60's, a time when each passing week brought another Rock 'n' Roll classic. This nostalgic, feel-good journey will transport you back to music's golden era as we follow two teenage sisters through the summer of '63. The production will start its UK tour at New Wimbledon Theatre from Tuesday 12 April, coming to the King's Theatre Glasgow from Tuesday 3 until Saturday 7 May. (more...)

Official: Newton Faulkner Joins Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour as 'Johnny', May 2016
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Double Platinum selling artist¬†Newton Faulkner¬†joins the cast of Green Day's explosive Tony Award ¬ģ winning musical,¬†American Idiot, on it's UK Tour. Newton will be taking on the role of Johnny from May 2016 after¬†Matt Thorpe, who will open the role from¬†19 March¬†at the Curve Theatre, Leicester until¬†7 May¬†at the New Theatre, Oxford.¬†¬†One of the UK's finest contemporary singer-songwriters, Newton's unique style of guitar playing and soaring vocals have made him a worldwide success since he burst onto the music scene back in 2007.¬† (more...)

Photo Coverage: Maxwell, Wilmot, Attwater In END OF THE RAINBOW!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

First images are released today of End of the Rainbow, which opens at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester this Thursday ahead of a 5-month UK Tour. The production features Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland, Gary Wilmot as Anthony and Sam Attwater as Mickey. (more...)

Lisa Maxwell to Star in END OF THE RAINBOW at Belgrade Coventry Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

?A hit in the West End and on Broadway, End of the Rainbow makes its awaited return to the stage, playing at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry from Tues 23 to Sat 27 Feb as part of a major new UK tour, starring Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland. (more...)

Katie Brayben Leads BEAUTIFUL, Beginning Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

London previews beginning at the Aldwych Theatre tonight 10 February 2015 with the show currently booking to 13 June 2015. (more...)

Lisa Maxwell to Star in END OF THE RAINBOW at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

?A hit in the West End and on Broadway, END OF THE RAINBOW will return to the stage in 2016, playing at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Mon 18 - Wed 20 April as part of a major new UK tour, starring Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland. A hit in the West End and on Broadway, END OF THE RAINBOW will return to the stage in 2016, playing at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Mon 18 - Wed 20 April as part of a major new UK tour, starring Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland. (more...)

END OF THE RAINBOW To Tour the UK, Starring Lisa Maxwell, Feb
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

A hit in the West End and on Broadway, End of the Rainbow will return in 2016, touring the UK in a brand new production opening at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester in February starring Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland. (more...)

DREAMBOATS AND MINISKIRTS Receives World Premiere Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

Tonight, a sensational new musical is set to showcase the greatest hit songs of the 60s. DREAMBOATS AND MINISKIRTS, the sequel to the sellout Dreamboats and Petticoats, receives its World Premiere tonight, Wednesday 6 August at the Theatre Royal in Windsor. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Stage Adaptation of TIPPING THE VELVET
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

Kirsty Besterman, David Cardy, Amanda Hadingue, Adelle Leonce and Andy Rush will join the previously announced Sally Messham and Laura Rogers in Laura Wade's new adaptation of Sarah Waters' bestselling novel, Tipping the Velvet, directed by Lyndsey Turner. They will be supported by a young ensemble. Tipping the Velvet will open at the Lyric Hammersmith on 28 September 2015, with previews from 18 September. (more...)

West End's SUNNY AFTERNOON to Welcome New Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2015

The multi-Olivier Award-winning hit British musical SUNNY AFTERNOON, which tells the story of the rise to fame of The Kinks, has announced the actors taking over from its award-winning original cast. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DREAMBOATS AND MINISKIRTS, King's Theatre, Glasgow, August 11 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Aug 12, 2015

t's 1963, and the world is changing. Bobby and Laura's single Dreamboats and Petticoats has not taken off. Norman and Sue have settled down to non-marital bliss - and a baby! But Ray and Donna seem blissfully happy¬Ö The advent of the Beatles and the Merseyside sound is inspirational. But will it inspire Bobby and Laura to have one more shot at stardom - Norman to "get off the drains" and find that singing voice he has longed for, and Ray to realise his ambition and manage a really top pop act!? (more...)

Christopher Biggins to Host WEST END HEROES 2015
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

Christopher Biggins, hugely popular star of musical theatre, screen comedies, panto dame extraordinaire and one of Britain's best-loved TV personalities, is announced today as the larger than life host of the 2015 West End Heroes gala concert. (more...)

Evelyn Hoskins, Kim Criswell to Star in London Premiere of CARRIE - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

Full casting is announced today for Carrie, which will receive its long awaited London Premiere in The Large atSouthwark Playhouse from Friday 1 to Saturday 30 May 2015, with a press night on Wednesday 6 May. Preview performances are now sold out, following the best on-sale week of any show in the venue's 22-year history. (more...)

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