UK Musicals

The Emotional Exhaustion of a Kickstarter Campaign

Arvind Ethan David | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Arvind Ethan David

Some 72 hours ago, David Baddiel, Stratford East and I launched our Kickstarter campaign, for Infidel - the Musical! In the weeks before this decision was reached, long debates were had. Was it odd, unseemly even, to be asking strangers and fans for money?

'Infidel - The Musical' Or the Valentines Day That Changed My Life

Arvind Ethan David | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Arvind Ethan David

THE INFIDEL was an IMPOSSIBLY difficult film to get financed. It was the hardest I have ever worked on, as literally every studio, financier, and sales agent in town passed on it at least once, and several of them, just to be sure, did so multiple times. The reasons given were various and inconsistent, but lurking behind them all we detected the same issue: a vague but powerful fear of a broad comedy about Muslims and Jews.

Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus (MLGC) Premiere of "Canal St" at 'Spring Into Harmony' - Salford Lowry 30 March

Collette Walsh | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Collette Walsh

Love show tunes? Wondering what to do for Mothering Sunday? Fancy a trip over to Manchester (UK) - then bring along your mum or the 'mother figure' in your life for an afternoon of musical theatre classics at 'Spring Into Harmony' at Salford's Lowry Theatre.

Olivier Awards 2014 Nominations Announced

Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

New Musical ‘Charlie And the Chocolate Factory’ leads the way with seven nominations at the Olivier Awards 2014. The play’s nominations inclu...

16 Fun Facts About American Psycho and Matt Smith

Danae Mercer | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Danae Mercer

The musical version of American Psycho is fantastic. Starring Matthew Smith, the show is on until February 1 at London's Almeida Theatre. If you've got tickets, or if you're hoping to somehow find some, here are a few fun facts that might make your viewing more enjoyable.

Review: Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Stephen Ward', a Scandalous Musical on a Mission

Adam Moscoe | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Moscoe

Yes, it is an odd subject for a musical. And no, this is not the Phantom of the Opera - or Evita, for that matter. But Lloyd Webber's new musical is highly entertaining - perhaps the ultimate London guilty pleasure.

Arts Review: In Vogue, St James Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

I'll admit it - I'm a Madonna fangirl so the thought of spending an evening at a cocktail bar listening to her hits was a dream come true. Yet more than that, In Vogue, a one-man show from one of Australia's biggest music theatre stars, is entertaining, funny and surprisingly touching.

'Be Proactive, Always Seek To Better Yourself' - Meeting Chart-Topper Louise Dearman

Claire Meadows | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Claire Meadows

Last week, I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet Louise Dearman, the widely known British musical theatre actress.

The Commitments: A West End Review

Tom Ward | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Ward

My fears dropped away like the bag of revels I'd just spilt on the floor. As the broad Irish swearing continued, a few old people in the front rows began to shuffle and glance about nervously. It was clear The Commitments was going to be a show like no other.

Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette Is Being Made Into a Musical

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara McCorquodale

Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette is being turned into a musical and I'm kind of devastated. Why? Well, I was completely obsessed with the album when I was a teenager and remember buying it more clearly than bits of my wedding day (it makes sense - being 13, I wasn't blitzed on prosecco).

Theatre Review: The Scottsboro Boys, Young Vic Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The true story of The Scottsboro Boys is a harrowing and drawn out story of injustice that spanned decades. Yet from it, this truly brilliant, electric musical has been created.

Ivor Novello

Russell Grant | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Russell Grant

I became an Ivor Novello devotee from the first day of rehearsals from that moment on (I know, Kiss Me Kate!) avidly soaking up info on him as a movie star, composer (to me he is the British/Welsh Lehar and his waltzes as lilting as Strauss') and actor.

Why We Need More Health and Safety Officials / Sunshine on Leith

Alexander Rankine | Posted 05.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alexander Rankine

I have seen no better symbol of boundless consumerism than the giant horse statue in the middle of Leeds Trinity shopping centre. It buckles under a sack distended, I imagine, with the dubious harvest of a thousand Chinese factories, the poor beast's hooves scrabbling to stay upright upon its narrow plinth. Quite what the developers were thinking I do not know...

I'm No Fan of Musicals - but Could Amélie on Broadway Work?

Clare Wiley | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Clare Wiley

So. I hate musicals: my dirty little secret. They're too brash, too cheery. The overacting, injected with a fake sugary merriment, seems exhausting. I find myself pinning my face into the shape of a smile, and holding it there until the show's over.

A Chorus Line, One of Broadway's Finest Hours (or two) in London

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Being involved in musical theatre from a young age, the score of A Chorus Line has been circling around my head for the last decade at least.

Sob! Who's Leaving Strictly?

PA | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Entertainment

Four of Strictly Come Dancing's professional dancers are leaving the programme, the BBC confirmed. One of them - Erin Boag - has been dancing with ...

REVIEW: The Book Of Mormon - Holy Sh*t, It's Good

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Comedy

★★★★★ Hallelujah! Trey Parker and Matt Stone might just be the saviours of the modern musical Like an eager Mormon missionary, ‘The B...

The Man Behind Rocky Horror: An Interview with Richard O'Brien

Andrew Doyle | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Doyle

He's the very definition of a cult figure, from his bizarre antics on Channel 4's The Crystal Maze to his inimitable performances in films as diverse as Flash Gordon, Spiceworld, and Derek Jarman's wonderfully anarchic Jubilee.

Les Pretensions

Tom Harris | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Harris

In Les Miserables, two of the main characters just... well, die. No particular reason - it's just convenient to the plot. Something unnamed and mysterious. Ordained by God, perhaps. But fatal. And all this happens in the context of abject misery (Ah! Okay, now I get the reason it's called that...).

Matthew Tucker

'The World Economy Is My B*tch' | Matthew Tucker | Posted 07.02.2013 | Home

Musicians, six actors, a stage, no script and one hour and 45 minutes of comedy theatre. This sounds like a familiar nightmare for those who dr...

Sun, Sea and Scripts

Frances Ruffelle | Posted 05.04.2013 | Home
Frances Ruffelle

I am about to embark on one of the most challenging roles of my life: playing Edith Piaf. I have been learning nine of Edith Piaf's songs in French and languages have never been my forte. So the French is a challenge, let alone the fact that my role is in every scene.

Lift, A New Musical - Theatre Review

Chris Cox | Posted 04.04.2013 | Home
Chris Cox

There's always a glimmer of excitement when a new British musical arrives on the scene, we wonder if we'll discover the next Lloyd Webber and if we'll find a show to celebrate.

Dramatic Times for Theatreland - 2012 Reflections and 2013 Predictions

Adam Kenwright | Posted 18.03.2013 | Home
Adam Kenwright

Theatreland is (appropriately) always a dramatic place, but even by industry standards 2012 was a particularly eventful year. The Queen's Jubilee and the triumphant Olympics and Paralympics meant all eyes were on the UK, and of course London.

The New X Factor Course - Fast Track to Fame

Daniella Gibb | Posted 18.03.2013 | Home
Daniella Gibb

You can learn all the singing technique and confidence on offer but raw talent and star quality cannot be taught. This seemed to be the ethos behind the X Factor; an indefinable star quality that makes someone watchable. A 17-week course cannot teach somebody that.

Forget the Critics: If You Loved the Spice Girls, You'll at Least Like Viva Forever!

Jamie Tabberer | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Tabberer

The truth is, the vast majority of the allegedly professional critics in question wrote their Viva Forever! reviews based on the Girls' admittedly less than extensive back catalogue rather than the hard work of the Viva Forever! team