Tickets for the smash hit musical Hamilton with book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, have sold out where ever the show is playing. Great news for investors but it’s a headache for the public as a black market in overpriced or even phony tickets has evolved.
News from London's Theatreland.
The War on Ticket Touts and all the Latest News from the Producers of HAMILTON
By Phil Willmott Monday, June 19 2017, 09:14
Last chance to catch the Beautiful BEAUTIFUL
By Phil Willmott Friday, May 26 2017, 14:25
I always like to celebrate a show whose primary purpose is to give pleasure and Beautiful which is about to end its time at the Aldwych Theatre after a very respectable run of over two years, is just such a show.
You also learn a lot too. Although I’ve loved songs like So Far Away, Take Good Care of My Baby and Locomotion but I had no idea that the same songwriter was behind them all. That song writer was Carole King and the show takes the form of a gentle autobiography, dramatising scenes from King’s life interspersed with musical numbers she’s written.
Fall in Love with Matilda
By Phil Willmott Thursday, May 18 2017, 07:06
Everybody loves the musical Matilda. When it opened at the Royal Shakespeare's home theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon even the most pompous critics were besotted calling it the greatest new musical of recent years. Actually it isn't, the musical numbers are fun but beyond the infectious kids song - When I Grow Up - there's nothing anyone will still be singing in ten years time but watching the show is a glorious experience and if you haven't seen it before you'll fall in love with it too. I paid a second visit the other night and fell for its charms all over again.
ANNIE’s on her way!
By Phil Willmott Friday, May 5 2017, 08:18
There's no bad news about the musical Annie. I absolutely love it so it’s exciting to learn that rehearsals have started and to learn a little about what we can expect when the vintage Broadway show is revived again at the Piccadilly Theatre, starring TV favourite Miranda Hart, who's best known for her role in drama Call the Midwife and for her own, much loved sit-com Miranda.
The West End’s Kite Flies On
By Phil Willmott Thursday, May 4 2017, 10:05
I didn’t see the recent West End production of The Kite Runner at the Wyndhams Theatre so I'm delighted to hear that not only is it to be revived at The Playhouse Theatre from 8th June but advance booking are so good that it’s extending its run there until 26th August.
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