UK Musicals

Club 24601: An Interview With Aussie Jean Valjean, Dan Koek

Jane Ireland | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jane Ireland

Les Mis has passed it's 30th anniversary date and we are continuing to celebrate Club 24601 with our series of interviews with former Jean Valjeans. Today, it's the turn of Australian Dan Koek who played the role in 2013-2014.

R&R on the King's Road, Spectre of a Glorious Summer

James Christie | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

You'd think a fiftysomething Asperger would be the worst possible choice for a job like this; but over the last seven years I've found that, autism or not, my late father's public speaking ability has been downloaded directly into me - I can socialize, cope with travel and talk to an audience at the drop of a hat - and I understand how the neuro-typical world works.

Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Landor Theatre

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 31.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

I didn't realise at the time, but Thoroughly Modern Millie seems to be a somewhat of a divisive show amongst critics. Some can't see past it's over-the-top exterior, and some love it for that very same reason. I can safely say that I'm from the latter way of thinking.

Bend It Like Beckham Musical Star Preeya Kalidas Talks Culture, Community and Career

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 01.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

After the show, I caught up with Preeya in her dressing room for a chat, and asked her how she thinks Indian themed musicals making more of their mark on the west end stage have faired recently?

Theatre Review, High Society, Old Vic Theatre 'Wonderful'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Oh, High Society at the Old Vic is a definite winner. Cole Porter's score is great, of course, and the book witty but sometimes taking on the classics is perilous. But this production is a success. The show is full of charm, characters are strong and the set design is ingenious.

London's West End Live 2015

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

As great enthusiast for London's theatreland, West End Live is a treasure trove filled to the brim with amazing performances, exclusive theatre experiences and all-round good fun. I go every year to see the shows I love, shows I need tickets for and maybe find out a few I don't.

Hopelessly Hollywood Book Review

Douglas McPherson | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

It's clear that Mike's problems were within himself. Hollywood was the backdrop to his downward spiral, not necessarily its cause. Mike's story nevertheless symbolises the fate of many Hollywood dreams.

Need A Doctor? Why A Comedy Musical Can Fill the Void for Whovians

James Brinsford | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Brinsford

We are currently in the midst of the barren lands where a series has finished some months ago and the next instalments will not be coming in to view on the horizon until the Autumn. So how does a Whovian get their fix until then? The answer has arrived in the shape of an award-winning musical...

John Owen-Jones: Rise - The Review

Jane Ireland | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jane Ireland

As you would expect from an established West End star, musical choices feature quite heavily on the album, although it is nice to see some less well known songs from shows like Pippin which I enjoyed a lot.

'Damn Yankees' Hit it Out of the Park

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

If you go down to Clapham North today, you're sure of a big surprise: in the form of multi Tony award winning musical, Damn Yankees. A show packed full of certifiable Broadway classics including "Whatever Lola Wants", "Heart" and "Six Months Out of Every Year".

Twenty-Five Years Later, The Heat Is Still On for 'Miss Saigon'

Daniel Welsh | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Welsh

Like any red-blooded 23-year-old male, musical theatre is one of my biggest loves, yet until last week I had managed to go my entire life without catching one of Cameron Mackintosh's most beloved shows, Miss Saigon.

The Final Curtain

Emma Williams | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

So with a wry smile I must go 'home and hang up my gun as I ain't the champeen no more', to paraphrase Ms Oakley. I have had the most superlative and remarkable time playing this sharpshooting woman

Coming Home to You

Emma Williams | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

Glasgow has also been one of the most distant venues that we've visited on this whistle-stop tour of the UK. With the impending Scottish referendum, it's possible that the next time any of us play this theatre it will be on entirely different grounds...

'Making the Century'

Emma Williams | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

Venue 13 on the Annie Get Your Gun tour and unlucky for some, you might say. This week we've been in beautiful Brighton, a cultural and theatrical mecca on the south coast and frequent keeper of my heart. I've lost count of the number of times I've considered moving here and, after some unscheduled extra time in the city, I'm understandably contemplating it once again.

Barbecues, Beaches and the Bournemouth Bandstand

Emma Williams | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

With only a few weeks left on the Annie Get Your Gun tour, there's a heady sense of excitement in the air, not least because we're finally properly hitting the beach! This week we've been in the beautiful town of Bournemouth, something of a delicious gem as far as I'm concerned and home to many wonderful surprises during our time here.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For...

Emma Williams | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

Press is one of the things that goes hand in hand with promoting a show, but it's always nice to shake it up from the usual tv, radio and newspaper interviews by taking a step out into the unusual.

Here, There and Everywhere

Emma Williams | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

I've mentioned before that one of the joys of touring is getting to explore new places that you may ordinarily never visit otherwise. The flip-side is that you also get to return to the venues and cities that you know and love well. You look forward to the familiar territory, however briefly you are able to tread it as it makes life on the road seem, well, less on-the-road!

Dessa Rose Enchants London's West End

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Dessa Rose is set in America's Deep South through the 1840s, telling the story of two young women who are on very different paths, that ultimately cross.

What Goes Up Must Come Down!

Emma Williams | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

It's been a week of ups and downs. Literally. This week the Annie Get Your Gun team have been in the beautiful, and somewhat hilly, town of Great Malvern at the Festival Theatre. It's one of the smallest venues we play on the tour...

An Emotional Day and a New Challenge

Emma Williams | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

This is the week that the Annie Get Your Gun girls have been anticipating/dreading for the past couple of months. Ever since the delightful Lorna Want asked during rehearsals if anyone would join her for the Race For Life, we've been sweating our backsides off in training during our spare time in preparation for today's 10k race around Hyde Park for Cancer Research UK.

Home Comforts in Bromley on the 'Annie Get Your Gun' Tour

Emma Williams | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

This is Jonathan Wilkes' first full week on the show and as such it's the first time he's done a tech session with us. I think he's suddenly very grateful to not have to do these normally as they're pretty long and intense. There is much to soundcheck plus two new Little Jakes to rehearse in and the Churchill Theatre proves a slightly odd space sound-wise.

Take a Seat in Edinburgh With the 'Annie Get Your Gun' Tour

Emma Williams | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

This week's blog comes from the top of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. Well not the very top, not the stone itself, but one of the little rocky groups literally six feet away from it. The actual top is pretty dinky and currently awash with a group of Spanish tourists - it seemed rude to hog it for long enough to write a blog!

A Little Give and Take on the First Leg of the 'Annie Get Your Gun' Tour

Emma Williams | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

The first 'leg' of our UK Tour of Annie Get Your Gun has drawn to a close at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. Six cities, 51 shows, 255 knife throws, 459 stage kisses, 561 balloons popped and a remarkable 2703 shots later, it's no wonder that the whole company are relishing a week away...

'Geeking Out': An Evening with Special Guests and Personal Heroes

Emma Williams | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

The New Theatre in Oxford has been home to our Annie Get Your Gun family this past week. A very hot and tiring week, smitten by some illness and injury that left everyone working harder than ever.

'Annie Get Your Gun' Leaves Edinburgh After a Hauntingly Good Time

Emma Williams | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

Edinburgh - a city of tremendous culture, stunning architecture, amazing views and incredible whiskies. Also home to one of the largest and most unusual theatres I've had the pleasure of playing - the Edinburgh Playhouse.