West End

'Urinetown' Delivers Toilet Humour

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

At the beginning of Urinetown, you are told that this isn't your typical musical, and they're not kidding. After a three year run on Broadway, this unconventional toilet-based musical has arrived at the Apollo theatre; bringing it's host of odd characters and even odder storyline along with it.

Why I Walked Out of 'King Charles III'

Francesca Peak | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Francesca Peak

And then there was the ghost of Diana, wafting through the stage as delicately as like a drunk City worker on the train out to the suburbs. Intended as a surprise - maybe? - she was about as expected as regret after a one-night stand, and spoke in a faux-ghost voice that make several in the audience shift uneasily rather than lean forward with intrigue.

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.

Wingman Lands at Soho Theatre

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Wingman explores the relationship between father and son, in a two-man show laced with warmth, awkwardness and wit.

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.

London's West End LIVE

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 22.08.2014 | 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.

A Shortage of Ladies Loos Harms the Feminist Cause As Well As Our Bladders

Clare Finney | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

There were not enough ladies loos. There never are enough ladies loos, yet in this case it was particularly problematic. In this production of 1984, there would be no admission after the curtain rose.

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.

Could Jedward And Co Save Doomed X Factor Musical?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Entertainment

The X Factor musical 'I Can't Sing' seems destined to disappear only six short weeks after its highly-trumpeted West End premiere - unless one man has...

'Sherlock' Actor Martin Bags West End Role

Huffington Post UK | Rachel McGrath | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Entertainment

‘Sherlock’ actor Martin Freeman is determined not to let Benedict Cumberbatch have all the fun and has announced he’ll be treading the boards at...

Kickstarters v. Investors

Arvind Ethan David | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Arvind Ethan David

There's been much debate in the press recently about whether Kickstarter crowd funding campaigns offer backers a raw deal. If the rewards offered: previews, back-stage passes, special commemorative t-shirts, and premier invitations are really adequate compensation for early investment in a speculative project...

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?

'The Full Monty' West End Show To Close Early

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

‘The Full Monty’ West End show will close early in March due to poor ticket sales. The musical’s run was supposed to continue until 14 June,...

Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Nigel?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK

One of the Tories' most high-profile celebrity supporters, musician Sir Tim Rice, donated £7,500 to Ukip last year, according to the Sunday Times. ...

Review: 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' at London's Apollo Theatre

Adam Moscoe | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Moscoe

I am very hopeful that the run of Curious Incident will resume as soon as possible, as the show offers a meaningful depiction of autism and the impact of the condition on families around the world, as explored through the mind of a young boy - Christopher Boone (Jack Loxton, who gives an arresting performance) - in an innovative production that should not be missed.

Eyewitnesses Described 'Chaos And Panic'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

UPDATE: London Fire Brigade described 81 people as "walking wounded" with seven taken to hospital with "more serious injuries". Eyewitnesses have...

Apollo Theatre Collapse In London, Injuries Expected

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

UPDATE: London Fire Brigade described 81 people as "walking wounded" with seven taken to hospital with "more serious injuries". A rescue operatio...

The Ghosts of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Nigel Planer | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nigel Planer

Drury Lane is the oldest and most haunted theatre in London. In fact, some say it is the most haunted building in the world. So far, I haven't personally seen any ghosts since we opened in June, but other members of cast and crew claim to have.

'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.

20 Tips to Get Your Show on the West End in Under Six Months

Gemma Hurley | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Gemma Hurley

I am a producer, marketer, publicist, designer, video editor, stage manager, fundraiser, production manager, accountant, digital marketer, social media marketer, promoter, flyer-er, sound designer, and general tea maker.

An Open Letter to Kate Winslet

Michael P. Clarkson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Michael P. Clarkson

When you wrote to James Cameron every day asking to be considered for Rose, I bet you didn't imagine your own plan being used against you?

Trend: Ten Cube Hotels

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

The concept of the cube hotel first emerged in Spain, and has grown in popularity in recent years to spread to many diverse corners of the world, from the Swedish Lapland to the Australian Outback and the coast of Thailand.

Home at London's National Theatre

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

The National Theatre Shed is the perfect performance space for such a piece, and Ruth Sutcliffe's set looks as though it has quite literally been lifted from this East London Hostel.

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.