These days you need a star in a West End show to keep the box office busy. It wasn't always thus. Back in the 1980s producer Cameron Macintosh made the show itself the the main attraction with mega-hits like Les Miserables and it didn't particularly matter who was in it, the public were just excited to see Les Mis regardless of who happened to be playing Jean Vajean.
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Craig Revel Horwood to play Miss Hannigan in Annie
By Phil Willmott Sunday, August 6 2017, 07:29
Who and what to expect in the West End's CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
By Phil Willmott Wednesday, June 7 2017, 10:13
Full casting has been announced for Benedict Andrews’ production of Tennessee Williams’ steamy American drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof which opens at Opening at the Apollo Theatre in July.
The central characters are a young married couple whose relationship is under considerable strain due to his latent homosexuality and the alcoholism which he develops whilst trying to hide it.
Meet the new Wicked witches
By Phil Willmott Wednesday, June 7 2017, 09:57
It’s hard to believe it’s over a decade since Wicked first thrilled London audiences and that it’s now in its 11th year at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre.
It’s about to get a reboot as a fresh cast take over in the leads on 24th July. Here’s our guide to who plays who!
Oscar Winning Film, Stage and TV Star F Murray Abraham Comes to The West End
By Phil Willmott Monday, May 29 2017, 09:41
F Murray Abraham is heading to the West End and I can’t wait to see him perform live again.
He was virtually unknown to the wider public when he was cast as the lead in a Hollywood film of Peter Shaffer’s hit stage play Amadeus, which some of you may have seen revived recently at the National Theatre. With that title you’d be forgiven for thinking the big part would be composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and indeed the story does centre around the genius’s struggle to win respect, wealth and recognition during his life time.
Looking forward to star Cate Blanchett and director Ivan Van Hove teaming up for ALL ABOUT EVE
By Phil Willmott Wednesday, May 3 2017, 10:21
I don’t recall another director influencing London and New York Theatre quite as powerfully as Ivo Van Hove has done in recent years.
Ever since he took the capital’s theatre scene by storm with his radical cut and paste amalgamation of Shakespeare’s Roman plays, recently revived at the Barbican, producers have clamoured to sign him up to bring his starkly staged expressionistic perspectives on classics, new writing and even the David Bowie musical Lazarus.
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