What happened last week?
Kinky Boots Welcomed New Cast
Last week we welcomed the arrival of the new cast of Kinky Boots! The hit west end show has been running at the Adelphi Theatre since September 2015, with Olivier award winner Matt Henry as the incredible drag sensation Lola. Henry donned his heels for the last time on Saturday 8th July and passed over the sparkly red baton to his understudy Simon-Anthony Rhoden whose west end credits include Ash in Marianne (New Wimbledon Theatre); Devon in Married to the Game (Theatre 503) plus many more!
Elena Sky left alongside Henry on the 8th of July and the role of Lauren transferred into the capable hands of Emmerdale actress Verity Rushworth. On Monday 10th July the ensemble also welcomed Jordan Fox, Lauren Drew, Rosie Glossop, Keith Higham, Jed Berry, Momar Diagne, Antony Reed, Dale Evans, Ben Jennings, Georgia Louise, Emma Odell and Tom Scanlon.
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Disco Pigs opened at Trafalgar Studios
Twenty years since its British debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Disco Pigs starring Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter) and Colin Campbell (Dublin by Lamplight) has opened at the Trafalgar Studios.
The play follows two young friends as they figure out who they are outside of their intensely co-dependent relationship. Here is an exclusive look at what goes on behind the scenes.
Jarr my bes pal in da whole whirl.
Jarr my life, Pig.
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Wise Children, the new theatre company set up by the Globe's Artistic Director Emma Rice, is set to become the new company in residence at the Old Vic next year. The first production,also titled Wise Children, will be a stage adaption of Angela Carter's novel about twin chorus girls and their theatrical family. This move is part of the bicentennial celebrations at the theatre.
Happy Birthday Hammerstein!
July 12th marked 122 years since the birth of the renowned lyricist and theatre producer Oscar Hammerstein II. Known for his hugely successful collaboration with composer Richard Rodgers, Hammerstein won a total of eight Tony awards and two Academy awards. Some of his most famous works include Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music.
Coming up this week...
Extra! Extra! INK tickets on sale now!
Tickets have now gone on sale for INK
at the Duke of Yorks
Theatre in September this year. INK
tells the story of the young Rupert Murdoch as he determinedly releases the first issue of The Sun newspaper in 1969.
The play written by James Graham (This House) and directed by Rupert Goold (King Charles III) has recently had a successful run at the Almeida Theatre and features a hugely talented cast including Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Matilda) and Richard Coyle (The Associate, The Lover).
to get your hands on the best seats in the house!
Hamlet on BBC Radio 2
Tune in to BBC Radio 2 at 17:05 this Tuesday to hear Sherlock
superstar Andrew Scott
talking to Scott Mayo about his starring role in Hamlet
at the Harold Pinter Theatre
. Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Olivier Award-winning director Robert Icke
s new production of Hamlet
is now playing in the West End for a limited season.
There are also tickets priced £30 and under for under 30s
at every single performance, available at the Harold Pinter box office. Otherwise, click here
to book Hamlet
Philanthropist closes July 22nd
's production of The Philanthropist
is preparing to leave Trafalgar Studios
on the 22nd of July this year. The play has been described by the Sunday Times as a 'gloriously, gloriously funny play' and features incredible actors such as BAFTA award winning writer, actor and musician Matt Berry
, Simon Bird
), Lily Cole
(Ab Fab the Movie
), Charlotte Ritchie
(Call the Midwife
) and Tom Rosenthal
(Friday Night Dinner
Out in the real world the Prime Minister and his cabinet have been assassinated and Englands most treasured writers are being murdered one by one! Back in the cosy bubble of university life, a bachelor don anguishes over sex, marriage, anagrams, and the meaning of life. Did someone suggest academics were out of touch?
You have one week left to grab tickets
, don't miss out!
Elsewhere in London
Other picks for the coming week:
Skin is the emotional story of a young boy as he discovers his identity and embarks on the challenging journey of gender transition. Award winning choreographer Andrea Walker directs the small cast in a fast paced story that combines contemporary and urban styles with an original score.
Set in a Broadway theatre during auditions for a musical, A Chorus Line focuses on the performers hoping to make the cut. The original production in 1976 won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score.
follows the extraordinary journey of an egg through different sensory worlds, each bursting with a mesmerising blend of sights and sounds. With a sparkling musical score by Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale,
Polka and The Royal Opera bring you the perfect introduction to music and theatre. Recommended for ages 2-5 years. The Lion King
There will be a British Sign Language Interpreted performance of the Lion King at 2:30pm on Saturday 22nd July.
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