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Duchess Theatre (London, )
3-5 Catherine Street London, WC2B 5LA


Running Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no interval

Monday through Saturday at 7:30pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 3pm

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Michael Ball makes his West End debut as a producer after falling in love with the enchanting new British musical, Love Story.

Now following a critically acclaimed sell-out season at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Love Story transfers to the West End for a limited season from 27 November 2010 Ė 26 February 2011.

Inspired by Erich Segalís best-selling iconic novel and one of the most romantic films of all time, this life-affirming musical is scored by the Emmy and BAFTA award winning composer Howard Goodall with lyrics by Stephen Clark.

Oliver Barrett IV went to Harvard and Jenny Cavilleri to Radcliffe. He was rich, she was poor. He was sporty, she played music. But they fell in love. This is their story. A celebration of love and life, Love Story will win your heart. And it might just break it.

Jackie Chan Stars in BLEEDING STEEL Coming to Blu-Ray and Digital This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2018

A special force agent is assigned to protect a scientist and his creation from a sinister gang in Bleeding Steel, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital August 21 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand.  (more...)

BAHR Productions Presents BEFORE WE'RE GONE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2018

BAHR Productions, the Hollywood-based Film, Television, and Digital production company behind the soon to open Off-Off Broadway play debut of BEFORE WE'RE GONE, by Jerry Small, has announced they intend to take their new play to Off- Broadway, with an eye on Broadway following the one-month run at the historic 13th Street Repertory Theatre, beginning July 5th, 2018. The theater, one of the longest operating theatrical venues in New York City, has seen a recent resurrection of sorts with a stronger line-up of productions in the last year, including several AEA-approved productions, is now the beneficiary of a newly reconstructed stage thanks to a major donation by Bahr Productions. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2018


Opera Philadelphia's World Premiere of SKY ON SWINGS launches O18 Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2018

O18, the second edition of¬†Opera Philadelphia's annual season-opening festival, launches on¬†September 20¬†¬Ė on the eve of¬†World Alzheimer's Day¬†¬Ė with the¬†world premiere¬†of¬†Sky on Swings. (more...)

The Warner Theatre Presents Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2018

The Warner Stage Company will present Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, sponsored by Torrington Savings Bank, on the Main Stage July 28-August 5, 2018. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. (more...)

BWW Review: IM WEISSEN R√ĖSSL (THE WHITE HORSE INN) at Renaissance Theater Berlin - The audience was happy, this critic, not so much.
by Mark Janicello - Jul 8, 2018

The Singspiel, like¬†the operetta, are precursors to the modern musical, where spoken dialogue is interspersed with musical numbers.¬† ¬†IM WEI√üEN R√ĖSSL (THE WHITE HORSE INN) boasts a simple Love Story and very good, memorable melodies from Ralph Benatzky, Robert Stolz, Robert Gilbert and Bruno Granischstaedten.¬† These are¬†the foundation that has turned IM WEI√üEN R√ĖSSL into the most-produced musical work of all time.¬† In the right hands and with the right cast, this show can be both entertaining and charming.¬† To be fair, the Berlin audience thoroughly enjoyed this production.¬† This critic, not so much.. (more...)

BWW Review: Cape Cod Theatre Company's Triumphant BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Is A Fable For Our Time
by Michele Clarke - Jul 7, 2018

Director Jane Staab's Beauty & the Beast is a fable for our time, emphasizing the humanity of its enchanted castle's "objects" (and even its titular beast) through costume and demeanor, while stressing the power of kindness and the promise of change. The themes run throughout this show - from its winning, broad comedy to its vivid, heartfelt moments. (more...)

Before She Walks Down the Street to Broadway, 5 Things You Should Know About PRETTY WOMAN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2018

PRETTY WOMAN is walking down the street... 41st Street. The new musical begins Broadway performances later this month on July 20, at the Nederlander Theatre, with an official opening night of Thursday, August 16, 2018. Before previews get started there are just a few things that you should know about the new musical! (more...)

FRANKENSTEIN Off-Broadway Extends Through Summer 2018
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2018

FRANKENSTEIN, the new musical based on Mary Shelley's novel, with book, music and lyrics by Eric B. Sirota and directed by Clint Hromsco has received an additional extension Off-Broadway. The production opened October 9, 2017, and now continues, on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. with tickets on sale through September 3, 2018. (more...)

VIDEO: SWAN LAKE Comes To Houston Ballet
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2018

One of the world's most iconic ballets returns to the stage right here in Houston as Houston Ballet presents Stanton Welch AM's Swan Lake. The much-anticipated final production of the 201718 season will wrap up Houston Ballet's Hometown Tour in venues across the city, with performances June 23-July 1 at Jones Hall, where Houston Ballet began performing in 1966 before moving to the Wortham Theater Center in 1987. (more...)

JACK Presents Amina Henry's HUNTER JOHN AND JANE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2018

In her third production at JACK, playwright Amina Henry shares a ghost story (with songs) about a homeless man who is approached in the park by the ghost of a murdered prostitute.  The ghost enlists him on a quest to find her remains so that her grieving mother can finally bury her and move past her mourning. Hunter John and Jane approaches trauma, mental illness and violence towards women in a whimsical way, giving the audience the opportunity to engage with difficult topics through poetic language as well as through a rich musical and visual landscape. With this work, Henry re-imagines what a Love Story can be, re-imagines what a musical can be, and proposes a world in which all lost or missing individuals are worthy of being found. (more...)

New London Barn Playhouse Announces SYLVIA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2018

The fun just keeps coming with the 2018 Summer Season and the New London Barn Playhouse wants to take you back to early '90's New York City for A. R. Gurney's howlingly hilarious Sylvia, running July 11 - July 15, 7:30PM with Wednesday and Friday matinee performances at 2:00PM and Sunday performances at 5:00PM. (more...)

Israel's Gesher Theatre Returns To NYC With Two New Productions
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2018

Maria Shclover and Irina Shabshis, Cherry Orchard Festival co-founders and producers, today announced Israel's celebrated Gesher Theatre will return to New York City in early October with its two leading productions The Dybbuk and In the Tunnel at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (524 West 59 Street).  Founded in 1991 in Tel Aviv by director Yevgeny Arye, these Gesher Theatre productions are being presented as part of a North American tour, which includes performances in Toronto and Pittsburgh. Performances are October 3 and 4 for The Dybbuk and October 6 and 7 for In the Tunnel. (more...)

FIDDLER To Be Celebrated in Audible Production AFTER ANATEVKA at the Minetta Lane Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2018

After Anatevka, an Audible Production at the Minetta Lane Theatre, will celebrate Alexandra Silber's novel about the characters in the musical Fiddler on the Roof. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at HEARTBREAK HOTEL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2018

Broadway In Chicago presents HEARTBREAK HOTEL, a musical premiere that ignites the stage of the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut). Get a first look below! (more...)

Photo Flash: WEST SIDE STORY to Open At Artisan Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2018

WEST SIDE STORY opens at Artisan Center Theater on Friday, July 20, 2018 and runs through Saturday, August 18, 2018. (more...)

Review Roundup: The Critics Weigh In On HEARTBREAK HOTEL in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2018

Broadway In Chicago presents HEARTBREAK HOTEL, a musical premiere that ignites the stage of the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut). Get a first look below! (more...)

Jack O'Brien Will Direct Stoppard's THE HARD PROBLEM Off-Broadway This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2018

Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Andre Bishop) has announced two new productions for this fall: THE HARD PROBLEM, a new play by Tom Stoppard, to be directed by Jack O'Brien, beginning performances Thursday, October 25 and opening Monday, November 19 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater; and the Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 production of PLOT POINTS IN OUR SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT, a new play by Miranda Rose Hall, to be directed by Margot Bordelon, which will begin performances Saturday, October 6, open on Monday, October 22, and run through Sunday, November 18 at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65 Street). (more...)

The Atlanta Lyric Theatre Presents AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2018

Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents this timeless musical Love Story August 17-September 2, 2018. Winner of 4 Tony Awards in 2000, AIDA is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal set against the back top of ancient Egypt. AIDA features music alive with passion by the great Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice as well as a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang, Linda Woolverton and Robert Falls. AIDA, performs at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2018

The musical, "Bridges of Madison County," is set on an old family farm in Iowa, which is pretty much exactly like the Berwick farm where the Hackmatack production of this 2014 Tony Award winning musical will take place. (more...)

MISS SAIGON to Launch North American Tour in San Francisco; Tickets on Sale Friday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2018

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schonberg's legendary musical MISS SAIGON will launch its North American tour in September 2018 and includes a highly anticipated engagement in San Francisco at the SHN Orpheum Theatre for 4 weeks from October 9 through November 4, 2018. (more...)

Richard Maltby Jr. to Direct Stevie Holland in LOVE, LINDA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2018

Tony Award-winning director Richard Maltby, Jr. will be directing a limited engagement run of LOVE, LINDA, the stunning, one-woman tour de force musical and theatrical adventure starring acclaimed vocalist and musical theater actress Stevie Holland October 17th - November 10th at the Triad Theater, 158 West 72nd Street. The production features a book by Stevie Holland with Gary William Friedman and music and lyrics by Cole Porter. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: STUPID FUCKING BIRD Sees Chekhov Adapted For A New Generation Whilst Heightening The Pretention OF The Work
by Jade Kops - Jul 16, 2018

Warwick Dodrell's (Director) presentation of Aaron Posner's adaptation of Anton Chekov's THE SEAGULL sees the work further deconstructed to deliver a very modern interpretation with STUPID FUCKING SEAGULL. (more...)

Open Book Theatre Company Announces Their 18-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2018

Open Book Theatre Company in Trenton gears up for another season of plays worth talking about (more...)

BWW Review: Well Executed CONSTELLATIONS at Epic Theatre Company
by Andria Tieman - Jul 16, 2018

Playwright Nick Payne is someone who asks a lot of his audience.  On its surface, CONSTELLATIONS is the story of the relationship between Marianne and Roland, in execution though, the play examines every possible iteration of that relationship a bit like if the movie Sliding Doors had 50 Gwyneths in it. The requires the two actors in this 75 minute play to become multiple different versions of their character with just a brief pause and audio signal to the audience that things are changing.  Thankfully, Epic Theatre regulars Hannah Lum and Christopher Crider-Plonka are up for the challenge and manage to create what feels like a masterclass in character creation. The wonderfully spare set design by Jillian Eddy serves the story and creates visual interest without distracting from the drama and humor of the Love Story. (more...)

BWW Review: LES MISERABLES at Leon Performing Arts
by Paula Kiger - Jul 15, 2018

The program for the Leon Performing Arts production of Les Miserables (School Edition) stipulates 'performed entirely by students,' but the 'student' part becomes an afterthought as the show proceeds. These performers brought a caliber of professionalism and expertise to the production that belies their years. (more...)

VESSEL By Laura Wyatt O'Keeffe Sets Old Red Lion Previews For Edinburgh Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2018

Prior to its month long residency at The Edinburgh Fringe Laura Wyatt O'Keeff's drama Vessel will preview at Old Red Lion Theatre on 20 and 21 August at 7pm. (more...)

A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS and MET AGAIN Return For Encore Performances at Hollywood Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2018

Theatre Unleashed had one of its most successful appearances at Hollywood Fringe ever, with the world premiere of Met Again, the comedic and cathartic Love Story by playwright and Co-Artistic Director Jacob Smith, earning both Top of Fringe and Fringe First nominations, and the wildly popular spoof A Very DIE HARD Christmas, bringing home the Best Comedy award! (more...)

OpticNerve Performance Group Presents POLYGRAPH
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2018

Theatre Works and OpticNerve present Polygraph by Robert Lepage and Marie Brassard, 17th July - 29th July. (more...)

by Rakaputra Paputungan - Jul 14, 2018

GEMINTANG is Teater Koma's 153rd production, the latest in a long line of theatrical entertainment combined with contemporary social commentary. The script, penned by Nano Riantiarno, is also one of the few original Indonesian plays incorporating science fiction elements. (more...)

Hong Kong Dance Company Announces WAITING HEART
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2018

Waiting Heart is a modern interpretation of the acclaimed Cantonese opera The Legend of the Purple Hairpin. To celebrate the 101st anniversary of the birth of the eminent playwright Tong Tik-sang, the Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC) and Utopia Cantonese Opera Workshop (UCOW) will stage this creative collaborative piece from 31st August to 2nd September at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre. (more...)

The Search Is On For Sharks And Jets In West Bromwich Operatic Society's WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2018

Following their production of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert in April, West Bromwich Operatic Society return to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 27 November - 1 December 2018 to celebrate their 80th Anniversary and Leonard Bernstein's Centenary with an electrifying new production of WEST SIDE STORY. (more...)

Bringing Up The House Presents LOVE, GENIUS AND A WALK
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2018

Mixing a modern Love Story with fact-based historical drama, Love, Genius and a Walk transfers from New York for a London pub theatre tour, with dates at the Rose and Crown and Rosemary Branch Theatres. Directed by Holly Payne-Strange and written by award-winning author and playwright Gay Walley, this new play examines the story of Gustav Mahler, his wife Alma, and how stories like theirs affect the world today. (more...)

IN A BOOTH AT CHASEN'S Comes to El Portal - Tickets On Sale Sunday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2018

???????On November 15, 1949, in Hollywood, California, an up-and-coming young actress met a handsome movie star for dinner -- a blind date that changed history. (more...)

Fort Worth Opera Announces World Premiere Opera COMPANIONSHIP & Full Casting For 2019 Festival Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2018

Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced today the casts and creative teams for the 2019 Festival season, including the world premiere of composer-librettist Rachel J. Peters's delightfully wicked opera, Companionship. Adapted from the short story by internationally bestselling author Arthur Phillips, this delicious dark comedy about an obsession with dough, mirrors our modern world, where what we consume becomes all-consuming. Selected as a winner of the 2018 FWOpera Frontiers showcase, the work will receive a fully staged production next spring at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, as part of FWOpera's alternative venue series, Opera Unbound. (more...)

Open Book Theatre Company Announces 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2018

???????Open Book Theatre Company is pleased to announce its fifth season.  The award winning professional theatre will present 5 plays, including a Michigan Premiere.  Two of the plays won Tony Awards for Best Play, and one of those also earned the Pulitzer. (more...)

Photo Flash: ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE Comes to Fountain Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2018

An unforgettable Love Story inspired by one of the most romantic movies of all time. Stephen Sachs directs Deaf actors Deanne Bray (Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Heroes) and Troy Kotsur (title role in Cyrano at the Fountain, Big River on Broadway) in Sachs' newest play, inspired by the screenplay for Noel Coward's Brief Encounter. The world premiere of Arrival & Departure will open on July 14 and continue through September 30 at the Fountain Theatre. The cast also features hearing actors Jessica Jade Andres, Adam Burch, Brian Robert Burns, Shon Fuller, Kyra Kotsur, Aurelia Myersand Stasha Surdyke. (more...)

At The Ridge Theatre Presents THE LITTLE MERMAID
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2018

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated Disney film, this musical is a hauntingly beautiful Love Story for the ages. Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including 'Under the Sea', Kiss the Girl' and 'Part of Your World'. (more...)

Brooklyn Opera Works At The Brooklyn Music School Presents A BROOKLYN CABARET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2018

???????Now in its sixth year, Brooklyn Opera Works (BOW), founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Lina Tetriani, proudly features emerging stars in opera, theater, and dance. During its Summer Vocal Arts program, BOW hosts three productions at the BMS Playhouse: a fully produced opera, an original work of music, theater and dance for children, and the annual A Brooklyn Cabaret. BOW is dedicated to making opera into a living art form that challenges and engages diverse contemporary audiences. (more...)

BWW Review: ALL SHOOK UP Has Appeal Despite Stumbling Blocks.
by Lacey Cannon Gonzales - Jul 12, 2018

All things considered, ALL SHOOK UP does possess a certain amount of appeal largely in part to the talent of the cast and musicians and the timeless music of Elvis Presley. The visually impressive spectacle created by the brilliant scenic artists and designers is also something the whole family will appreciate.  While the show isn't without its stumbling blocks, Zilker Theatre Productions should be commended for providing free, accessible theatre for sixty years. This incredible accomplishment is a gift to the Austin community and is sure to continue delighting families for many years to come. (more...)

Bobby Steggert Shares Essay on Why He Left Acting Career
by Stephanie Wild - Jul 11, 2018

Bobby Steggert has shared a personal essay on why he left his acting career to pursue a master's degree in social work. The piece, titled 'An Open Letter to the Artist,' was written for the digital platform Medium. (more...)

Linda Em Announces New LONDON IRISH EP, Previews WILD FIRE Single
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

London-based Irish-born songstress¬†Linda Em¬†has announced her new¬†'London Irish' EP,¬†to be released this fall via¬†Talking Elephant Records. Ahead of that,¬†'Wild Fire'¬†is the first single from this release ¬Ė a sultry song that is as much of an earworm as it is seductive. (more...)

Review Roundup: Circle Theatre Presents Chicago Premiere THE VIEW UPSTAIRS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, a musical by Max Vernon, whose musical KPOP won Best Musical honors in off-Broadway's Lortel Awards and was also nominated for seven Drama Desk awards, is inspired by real life events of the 1973 arson attack at the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant gay bar in New Orleans. Now accepted as a targeted anti-gay attack, the arson resulted in the deaths of 32 people and was, until the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, the deadliest assault on a gay club in U.S. history. The show is inspired by and pays tributes to many of the patrons that frequented the venue. (more...)

GREEN ACRES Musical Officially Takes Aim for Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

Producers Pam Laudenslager and Colleen Lober have just announced the launch of Center Stage Capital, Inc., a new entertainment company that will present a portfolio of productions including the world premiere of Green Acres the Musical; Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood; Empyrea and In the Room. (more...)

The Second Street Players Announce 2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

The Second Street Players are proud to announce the 2019 Season. 2019 will showcase some classic stories along with  some new shows that have not been preformed in the area yet. There will be 5 Main Stage Shows and 3 Children's Theater shows. With this announcement the Second Street Players are also putting out a call to Directors. Anyone that is interested in directing one of the shows should submit a letter of intent by August 31, 2018. (more...)

Photo Flash: Young Writers 2018 Opens Friday
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2018

MadLab's Young Writers Short Play Festival, featuring a collection of ten short plays written by 11 area high school students, will take place July 13 - 28, 2018 at MadLab, 227 N. 3rd St., in Columbus. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Samantha Barks and Andy Karl Strike a Pose for PRETTY WOMAN
by Stage Tube - Jul 10, 2018

Pretty Woman is coming to Broadway! Before she walks down 41st Street, catch a first look at Samantha Barks and Andy Karl in costume as Vivian and Edward below! (more...)

Ezra Knight Replaces Kingsley Leggs in PRETTY WOMAN; Performances Begin Next Week at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

Pretty Woman is about to strut its stuff on across the Broadway stage as it begins previews on July 20th at the Nederlander Theatre. Ezra Knight joins the cast as 'James Morse', replacing Kingsley Leggs who departed the production for personal reasons. Leggs is expected to return in September. (more...)

Peak Performances Kicks Off Season with Afro-Cuban-Yiddish Opera
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

Peak Performances kicks off its 2018-19 season with the world premiere of Hatuey: Memory of Fire, a rousing Afro-Cuban-Yiddish opera performed in English, Yiddish and Spanish, with music by Frank London, libretto by Elise Thoron, direction by Mary Birnbaum, and choreography by Maija Garcia. (more...)

Jackalope Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

Jackalope Theatre Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Gus Menary and Managing Director Nora Leahy, announces its 2018/19 season. The company's 11th season features two world-premiere productions and a Midwest-Premiere. The season begins with the world premiere of In The Canyon by Jackalope Theatre company member Calamity West, directed by Elly Green, then continues with the midwest premiere of Dutch Masters by Greg Keller, directed by Wardell Julius Clark, and concludes with the world premiere of Life On Paper by Kenneth Lin, directed by Jackalope Artistic Director, Gus Menary. (more...)

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