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Shaftesbury Theatre (London, )
Holborn end of Shaftesbury Avenue
London,

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Photo Flash: Eden Court Theatre presents THE RETURN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2018

Eden Court Theatre's new production, The Return, inspired by an old and still mysterious story embarks on a Scottish tour in February and March 2018. (more...)

BWW Review: ANON(YMOUS) but not unknown now playing at St. Edwards University in Austin, TX
by Amy Bradley - Nov 15, 2017

Creating a show as captivating as Homer's Odyssey is no easy task. Playwright Naomi Lizuka attempts to capture the adventure and concept of home, while reimagining the long journey home as told in Homer's Odyssey. ANON(YMOUS), now playing at St. Edward's Mary Moody Theatre, is inspired by this ancient Greek work of art than it is an accurate retelling. As in the original epic poem, Odysseus travels far, clashing with many monsters and adversaries along the way. Anon, a young refugee also searching for his home, represents Odysseus in Lizuka's fresh take on this long journey. There are stark differences between the classic and this new version. A few obvious changes involve a swap for a mother to son relationship versus the classic loving wife relationship in the original story. The timeline in Homer's Odyssey is not relative in Lizuka's new telling. Years passing add more passion and drive to Odysseus' journey as he makes his way back to his wife, Penelope. Anon, however, passes through scenes, and different characters pay homage to the monsters originally faced but with a more relatable modern twist. For example, the seductress is a bartender with patrons whom oink like pigs. This is a clear reference to the original telling, but as quickly as Anon enters this scene, he runs away as fast as he can - apparently, he did not want to dance. In the original story, Odysseus spends much more time being tempted. As the similarities occur to the audience during the show, the difference in relative subject matter makes the connection to the audience more powerful. Tackling immigration, cultural diversity and sorrow, much more meaning is added, and people can relate to and learn something from the story. (more...)

BWW Review: Rogue Machine Presents U.S. Premiere of DAYTONA
by George Brietigam - Sep 18, 2017

As you age, every wrinkle and liver spot on your face tells a story, and there are some stories you would rather just forget. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at DEATHTRAP Starring Paul Bradley and Jessie Wallace
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2017

Full casting for the UK tour of Ira Levin's Tony-nominated classic thriller Deathtrap includes Sam Phillips(Clifford), Beverly Klein (Helga ten Dorp) and Julien Ball (Porter). They join the previously announced TV starsPaul Bradley (Holby City and EastEnders) as Sidney Bruhl and BAFTA nominee Jessie Wallace (EastEnders andFings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be) as Myra Bruhl. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Open Fist's Epic 'GARY PLAYS' Series, Opening This Week
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

Fans of seminal playwright and Padua Hills Playwrights Festival founder Murray Mednick are in for a treat: Open Fist Theatre Company presents Mednick's entire 'The Gary Plays' series in one epic production beginning May 4 at Atwater Village Theatre. Longtime Mednick collaborator Guy Zimmerman directs. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Review: PUNK ROCK at The Odyssey Theatre Gets Top Marks for a Jolly Good Show
by George Brietigam - Mar 27, 2017

This show is the very definition of a slow burning candle. More aptly put, a slow burning candle whose wick winds up being connected to a thousand pounds of dynamite that blows your face off without any warning. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: TAILS OF BROADWAY- HAMILTON's Lexi Lawson Works it with Seven!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Oct 26, 2016

In this edition, meet Seven- the adorable pooch of HAMILTON's Lexi Lawson! (more...)

Photo Flash: World Premiere of Dashnight's CHOPS Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Dashnight Productions is delighted to present the World Premiere of CHOPS, running through August 14, with press opening last night, July 14 at 8 p.m. at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Dashnight Productions' World Premiere of CHOPS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Dashnight Productions is delighted to present the World Premiere of CHOPS, previewing July 7, running through August 14, with press opening on Thursday, July 14 at 8 p.m. at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: American Theater Company Presents XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

American Theater Company (ATC) opens musical comedy Xanadu, the final production of its Legacy Season, this Sunday, June 5. Presented as a tribute to ATC's late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli-a not-so-secret fan of this camp classic-Xanadu is directed by Lili-Anne Brown and runs at ATC now through July 17, 2016. The production has music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and a book by Douglas Carter Beane, based on the 1980 Universal Pictures film of the same title. (more...)

BWW Review: LEWISTON in New Haven
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - Apr 18, 2016

What a difference a day makes in Samuel D. Hunter's play, Lewiston, which is having its world premiere at the Long Wharf Theatre. (more...)

BWW Blog: Siobhan O'Loughlin - Los Angeles: A City for Experimental Theatre
by Guest Blogger: Siobhan O'Loughlin - Sep 17, 2015

It's honestly by circumstance that I decided to make LA the place for the US premiere of Broken Bone Bathtub. A long story, at that, but it will suffice to say this:  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Maureen Lipman, Harry Shearer and Oliver Cotton in DAYTONA at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer join Oliver Cotton in the West End transfer of his play, Daytona. Directed by David Grindley, Daytona began performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 30 June and will complete its strictly limited 8 week run on 23 August 2014. Press night is on 7 July 2014. Daytona received its world premiere at London's Park Theatre in 2013 and this production marks the Theatre Royal Haymarket's first collaboration with an off West End theatre venue. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Maureen Lipman & Harry Shearer in Oliver Cotton's DAYTONA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer join Oliver Cotton in the West End transfer of his play, Daytona. Directed by David Grindley, Daytona will begin performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 30 June and will complete its strictly limited 8 week run on 23 August 2014. Press night is on 7 July 2014. Daytona received its world premiere at London's Park Theatre in 2013 and this production marks the Theatre Royal Haymarket's first collaboration with an off West End theatre venue. Check out a first look below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Australian Theatre Company's LA Premiere of HOLDING THE MAN
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

Writer, actor and activist Timothy Conigrave's best-selling memoir (winner of the United Nations Human Rights Award for Non-Fiction and listed as one of the '100 Favorite Australian Books' by the Australian Society of Authors) is one of Australia's great love stories. The stage version by Tommy Murphy captures all its special magic. Producers Nick Hardcastle and Nate Jones launch their newly formed Australian Theatre Company with the Los Angeles premiere of Holding the Man, featuring an all-Australian cast and directed by veteran Hollywood acting coach Larry Moss. Opening night is May 10 at the Matrix Theatre. Scroll down to see some photos from the production! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of Pearl Theatre Company's YOU NEVER CAN TELL
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Sep 17, 2013

The Pearl Theatre Company kicks off its 30th anniversary season-the second season in its new home on West 42nd Street-with the first New York revival in 15 years of George Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tell in a co-production with the Gingold Theatrical Group that is directed by David Staller. Running September 3-October 13, the show's sumptuous costumes, elegant settings and Shavian wit will raise a champagne toast to a year of celebration at The Pearl, where Shaw, following Shakespeare, has been the second most produced playwright in The Pearl's history. The production is also the centerpiece of the Shaw New York 2013 festival. Below, check out photos from opening night! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Meet the Cast of Pearl Theatre Company's YOU NEVER CAN TELL
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Aug 7, 2013

The Pearl Theatre Company kicks off its 30th anniversary season-the second season in its new home on West 42nd Street-with the first New York revival in 15 years of George Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tell in a co-production with the Gingold Theatrical Group that is directed by David Staller. RunningSeptember 3-October 13, the show's sumptuous costumes, elegant settings and Shavian wit will raise a champagne toast to a year of celebration at The Pearl, where Shaw, following Shakespeare, has been the second most produced playwright in The Pearl's history. The production is also the centerpiece of the Shaw New York 2013 festival. The cast and creative team just met the press and you can check out photos below! (more...)

Anna-Jane Casey, Kevin Wathen and More Join West End's BILLY ELLIOT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2013

From 13 May 2013 Anna-Jane Casey will join the West End cast of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre to play Billy's dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson. Also joining the cast are Kevin Wathen as Billy's brother, Tony, Howard Crossley as George and Alexander Loxton as Older Billy. They join current cast members Deka Walmsley who plays Billy's Dad, Kay Milbourne as Dead Mum. Simon Ray Harvey as Mr. Braithwaite and Ann Emery who created the role of Grandma on stage when the show premiered in 2005. Now in its eighth year the internationally award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical is currently booking at the Victoria Palace Theatre to 21 December 2013 and last night welcomed its 4 millionth patron at the Victoria Palace Theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: Bobby Steggert & More in Westport Country Playhouse's HARBOR World Premiere!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2012

Westport Country Playhouse stages the world premiere of a new comedy, "Harbor," written by two-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin and directed by Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos, now through September 15. The cast includes Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert (Broadway's "Ragtime"), Emmy Award nominee Paul Anthony Stewart ("Guiding Light"), Kate Nowlin and Alexis Molnar. Get a first look at the cast onstage in the photos below! (more...)

Photo Flash: National Theatre's WAR HORSE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2011

The National Theatre's hit production of War Horse is currently taking bookings at the New London Theatre to 18 February 2012. (more...)