UK Musicals

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

Emma Williams | Posted 22.07.2014 | 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 15.07.2014 | 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 08.07.2014 | 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 01.07.2014 | 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 23.06.2014 | 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.

London's West End LIVE

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

This year West End LIVE also returned to Leicester Square at the West End LIVE Spiegeltent, which contained an array of costumes, scripts and sets from shows such as Wicked and Matilda. It is a real rarity to see items like these up-close, and they even offered up the chance to try on some of the costumes yourself.

Cowboys and Coffee: 'Annie Get Your Gun' Opens in Stoke

Emma Williams | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

This week has been brought to you by coffee. Also the occasional Berocca and multiple bacon sandwiches from Stoke's Zest Cafe, but mainly coffee.

The Wild West Goes to the Seaside: 'Annie Get Your Gun' Opens in Sunderland

Emma Williams | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

Well, after our week long break, the audiences of Sunderland were an absolute delight! Despite the town seeming incredibly quiet, in fact almost deserted on the rare occasions I made it out and about, the responses in the theatre were rowdy, raucous and utterly roof-raising!

Emma Williams Will Talk About 'Annie Get Your Gun' Just About Anywhere

Emma Williams | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

The Annie Get Your Gun company have had a week long break from the show due to the scheduling of the various venues and I'm absolutely itching to get back on the stage and back with the team.

Travelling Theatre: 'Annie Get Your Gun' Leaves Manchester After Whirlwind Opening

Emma Williams | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

The first complete week of the Annie Get Your Gun tour is now under our belts and we're all off home for the well deserved, if somewhat surprising, holiday week that our schedule now provides.

Corsets, Cowboys and Coiffures Galore: 'Annie Get Your Gun' Heads for Manchester

Emma Williams | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

It's the end of a very long week in Manchester and I'm soaking in a very hot bath at 6pm because, well frankly because I can! This week the Annie Get Your Gun team hit the road and moved the production from our rehearsal rooms in North London to Manchester's Opera House Theatre.

The Pajama Game Steams Up The West End

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

For a 20 week limited run, The Pajama Game moves into London's West End, and boy is it a welcome visitor. With theatreland have a tricky time, and new shows not fairing so well, it's time to send in a classic to reignite what the West End is all about.

Guns, Trapezes and Suitcases: 'Annie Get Your Gun' UK Theatre Tour

Emma Williams | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Emma Williams

At my feet sits an empty suitcase. The yawning, zippered mouth seems cavernous right now but judging by the chaotic jumble of clothes around me, I have no doubt I'm about to put its capacity to the test as I attempt to cram my life inside it for the next five months. Ladies and gentleman I, Emma Williams, am a Tour Virgin.

Avenue Q - A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Avenue Q is hilarious. From beginning to end I probably laughed every couple of minutes. You know how usually in musicals there's a song or two that are sort of rubbish, or total time-wasters?

The Emotional Exhaustion of a Kickstarter Campaign

Arvind Ethan David | Posted 21.05.2014 | 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 18.05.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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.