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Latest news from the West End and beyond.

Last updated: Wednesday, 17 October 2018 at 17:15

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Thriller Live will celebrate its 10th birthday in the West End on January 22.

On April 9 it will become the 13th Longest Running West End Musical in history.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Due to popular demand, Alexandra Burke and Duncan James will extend their runs in CHICAGO at the Phoenix Theatre. Alexandra Burke will play Roxie Hart until 10 November 2018 and Duncan James will play Billy Flynn until 17 November 2018. Laura Tyrer will play Velma Kelly until 20 October followed by Josefina Gabrielle who returns to the role of Velma Kelly from 22 October – 5 January 2019.

Please note: Alexandra Burke will not appear between 15 – 24 October 2018 and Duncan James will not appear between 6 - 12 November 2018. Sarah Soetaert will play the role of Roxie Hart between 15 – 24 October 2018.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

the production of Caroline, or Change at The Playhouse Theatre has now extended public bookings until Saturday 6th April 2019.


Wayward Productions, led by Judith Dimant, today announce their inaugural production of Enda Walsh’s adaptation of Max Porter’s award-winning novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Walsh also directs, reuniting him with Cillian Murphy, following the huge success of their past collaborations: Disco Pigs, Ballyturk and Misterman.


New Adventures announced today the world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s ROMEO AND JULIET opening at Curve, Leicester on Monday 13 May 2019, as part of a UK tour to 13 venues including a four-week summer season at Sadler’s Wells from Wednesday 7 August to Saturday 31 August 2019.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The West End season of the award-winning Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical must end at the Dominion Theatre on Saturday 5 January 2019. Meanwhile, the North American Tour opens in Toronto, Canada on 16 October 2018 and the German language premiere will open in Oberhasuen, Germany on 2 November 2018.

Monday, 8 October 2018

A musical based on the classic British sitcom Only Fools and Horses is set to premiere in the West End, written by and starring Paul Whitehouse.


The Almeida's theatre transfer of The Twilight Zone to the Ambassadors is now on sale on London Box Office.

Friday, 5 October 2018

The Ambassador Theatre Group just announced that the production of Caroline, or Change at The Playhouse Theatre has now extended public bookings until Saturday 6th April 2019. The new dates are now available on London Box Office.


As Robert Hastie’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens at Sheffield Theatres, he announces further programming to complete the current season.

Joining the previously announced co-production with Out of JointKate Bowen’s Close Quarters; the Christmas musical Kiss Me, Kate directed by Paul Foster; Caroline Steinbeis’ production of Rutherford and Son; debbie tucker green’s hang and the world première of Standing at the Sky’s Edge with book by Chris Bush and music and lyrics by the internationally acclaimed musician Richard Hawley;are the world première of a major new stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize winning Life of Pi by Lolita Chakrabarti,directed by Max Webster; and Third Angel’s The Department of Distractions – a co-production with Northern Stage, produced in association with Sheffield Theatres.


Producer Stacey Mindich announced today that the Tony award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen will open at the Noël Coward Theatre in Autumn 2019, reuniting the original Broadway creative team for this West End production.

Directed by Michael Greif and winner of six Tony awards including Best Musical as well as the 2018 Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre Album, Dear Evan Hansen features book by Tony award-winner Steven Levenson and a score by Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning composers Benj Pasek & Justin Paul.

Further information including on sale dates will be announced later this year.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Foxfinder, the Dawn King play currently running at the Ambassadors Theatre in London, will close early in the West End, playing its final performance later this month.

The play, which opened last month, was set to run until 5th January 2019. It will now close in the West End later this month, on 20th October.

Foxfinder received mixed reviews when it opened at the Ambassadors, despite the play receiving a positive response from critics when it premiered at the Finborough Theatre in 2011, and winning the Papatango Playwriting Prize.


Following numerous runs at The Other Palace, Eugenius! the Musical is set to transfer to the West End for a limited run over Christmas.

Produced by Warwick Davis, with a book, music and lyrics by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins, the musical tells the story of Eugene, a teenage boy and avid comic book fan with dreams of getting a superhero he’s created on the silver screen.

Eugenius! the Musical will run at the Ambassadors Theatre from 27th October to 5th January.


Wayne Sleep will lead the cast of its 2018 family pantomime, Aladdin, in the role of Abanazar from 29 November to 6 January 2019 at the Cambridge Arts Theatre.


Following three critically-acclaimed, sold-out seasons on stage in London’s West End, Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love) brings Charles Dickens’ beloved classic A Christmas Carol to the big screen in December 2018. On Tuesday 11 December the stage-to-film adaptation, reimagined especially for cinema, will be released in 444 cinemas across the UK and Ireland by leading event cinema distributors CinemaLive.


Come From Away makes its European premiere at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, before opening at London's Phoenix Theatre on 30 January 2019. The launch will be celebrated at Canada House on Trafalgar Square on Wednesday 10 October. By invitation only.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

The Almeida's The Twilight Zone is rumoured to transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre from March 2019.


The Press Night for Waitress has been changed from the 5th March 7.30pm to the 7th March at 7.30pm.

The 7.30pm performance on the 5th March has now been put on-sale at the Off Peak Preview pricing.

Please note, although the 6th March performances (matinee and Evening) are now classed as ‘Previews’, these will still be sold at the RUN prices.

Any individual bookings already made for the 7th March Press Night will be honoured and we hope to make some further seats available for sale in the next few days.


The National Theatre transfer of Nine Night will now play for an additional two weeks at Trafalgar Studios (11/02/2019 to 23/02/2019).

Schedule and pricing will remain exactly the same as the main run already set up.