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London Datebook: A Beautiful Opening Night, New Mormon Missionaries, Monsters & More

London Datebook: A Beautiful Opening Night, New Mormon Missionaries, Monsters & More

Three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance returns to the playhouse he once ran, and the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon gets two new leads—these are just two of the highlights of a richly varied month in London. Plus, Patrick Marber’s era-defining play Closer is back on the London stage and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ...

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Wicked Hot Shot! Meet London’s Newest Elphaba, Emma Hatton

Wicked Hot Shot! Meet London’s Newest Elphaba, Emma Hatton

Get a glimpse of Wicked’s new Elphaba before she meets the Wizard! After serving as the Elphaba standby at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, Emma Hatton will succeed Jennifer DiNoia in the role of the green witch beginning February 2. Hatton will star alongside Savannah Stevenson as Glinda. Check out this gorgeous shot of the new Elphie by Matt Crockett ...

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Aaron Tveit Will Leave London’s Assassins Early for More Graceland; Michael Xavier in the Wings

Aaron Tveit Will Leave London’s Assassins Early for More Graceland; Michael Xavier in the Wings

Aaron Tveit will leave the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins on February 8. It was initially reported that the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner would star in the London production through March 7—when the show is set to end. Tveit bows out early due to a schedule change for his USA ...

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Lara Pulver & Peter Davison Will Join Imelda Staunton for West End Transfer of Chichester's Gypsy

Lara Pulver & Peter Davison Will Join Imelda Staunton for West End Transfer of Chichester's Gypsy

We're ready to let her entertain us. Lara Pulver will reunite with Imelda Staunton for the previously announced West End transfer of Gypsy, reprising her performance as Louise in the Chichester Festival Theatre production. Joining them is West End and Doctor Who alum Peter Davison, who will take on the role of Herbie. The Jonathan Kent-helmed staging will begin ...

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John Goodman & Tom Sturridge Set for West End's American Buffalo, Starring Damian Lewis

John Goodman & Tom Sturridge Set for West End's  American Buffalo, Starring Damian Lewis

John Goodman and Tom Sturridge will join the previously announced former Homeland star Damian Lewis in the West End revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo. Directed by Daniel Evans, the production will play a limited engagement at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre April 16 through June 27. Opening night is set for April 27.

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It's Official! Cast, Dates & Theater Confirmed for West End Transfer of Bradley Cooper-Led The Elephant Man

It's Official! Cast, Dates & Theater Confirmed for West End Transfer of Bradley Cooper-Led The Elephant Man

After Bradley Cooper revealed that the London transfer of The Elephant Man would play the Theatre Royal Haymarket, we now have official dates and casting. The show will play a limited engagement at the prestigious venue from May 19 through August 8. The U.S. cast, led by the Oscar nominee and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner along with ...

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Tony Winner Jim Dale Takes His Solo Show Just Jim Dale to London's West End

Tony Winner Jim Dale Takes His Solo Show Just Jim Dale to London's West End

Tony and two-time Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Jim Dale’s solo show Just Jim Dale is crossing the Pond! The production, which ran off-Broadway at Roundabout last year, will play the Vaudeville Theatre, where Dale made his West End musical debut in 1965. Directed by Tony winner Richard Maltby Jr., the show will begin previews on May 26 with ...

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Brian Gilligan on Unleashing His Inner James Brown in The Commitments & Why the West End Is Like ‘Little Dublin’

Brian Gilligan on Unleashing His Inner James Brown in The Commitments & Why the West End Is Like ‘Little Dublin’

Irish actor Brian Gilligan has been playing the defining role of Deco in the rock musical The Commitments at the Palace Theatre since September—meanwhile, the role’s originator, Killian Donnelly, has moved on to headline the U.K. premiere of Memphis a few streets away. Just a kid when the Alan Parker film was released in 1991, Gilligan has ...

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A New Season: Gary Watson & More Will Join West End's Jersey Boys

A New Season: Gary Watson & More Will Join West End's Jersey Boys

London’s got a new Nick! Stage and screen alum Gary Watson will join the cast of Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End beginning March 10. He takes over for Matt Nalton in the role of Nick Massi and joins a cast that includes Michael Watson as Frankie Valli, Edd Post as Bob Gaudio and Jon ...

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Chiwetel Ejiofor in Everyman, Premiere of Damon Albarn's wonder.land & More Set for New National Theatre Season

Chiwetel Ejiofor in Everyman, Premiere of Damon Albarn's wonder.land & More Set for New National Theatre Season

The U.K.'s National Theatre has announced its 2015 season—the first for newly appointed Artistic Director Rufus Norris. The season will include a reimagined take of Everyman starring Oscar nominee and Olivier winner Chiwetel Ejiofor, a new musical titled wonder.land with music by Blur frontman and Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn and a book and lyrics by Dying ...

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