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Hello, Sweet Prince! Benedict Cumberbatch to Lead London’s Hamlet in 2014

Hello, Sweet Prince! Benedict Cumberbatch to Lead London’s Hamlet in 2014

August: Osage County star Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the London stage in 2014 as Shakespeare’s most iconic and troubled prince (we'll give you one guess), USA Today reports. That's right, the British actor will play the title role in Hamlet in fall 2014—his first stage appearance since Frankenstein at the National Theatre in 2011. The ...

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American Mitchell Tobin Makes West End Debut as Billy Elliot

American Mitchell Tobin Makes West End Debut as Billy Elliot

The West End is about to get another American ballet boy! Mitchell Tobin from Florida is set to take the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical. Tobin becomes the 36th boy and eighth American to play the role in London. The 13-year-old dancer previously preformed as Billy in the North American tour and is making his West End debut ...

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National Theatre's King Lear, Directed by Sam Mendes & Starring Simon Russell Beale, to Hit Cinemas

National Theatre's King Lear, Directed by Sam Mendes & Starring Simon Russell Beale, to Hit Cinemas

The upcoming National Theatre production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes and starring Olivier winner Simon Russell Beale, will be presented in movie theaters worldwide. The show will be broadcast live from the Olivier Theatre on May 1, 2014. Screening dates will differ internationally with encore presentations to follow. The Bard play begins previews ...

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The Results Are In! West End's X Factor Musical I Can't Sing! Announces Full Casting

The Results Are In! West End's X Factor Musical I Can't Sing! Announces Full Casting

They've got the X Factor! Full casting has been announced for London’s new musical comedy and fictional X Factor spoof I Can’t Sing!. The show will feature Ashley Knight as boyband manager Louis, Victoria Elliot as pop queen Jordy, Simon Bailey as the host of X Factor and Billy Carter as Executive Producer. They will join previously ...

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Further Casting Announced for U.K. Premiere of Tony-Winning Musical Urinetown

Further Casting Announced for U.K. Premiere of Tony-Winning Musical Urinetown

Marc Elliott, best known for his role in the long running U.K. series Eastenders, is set to star in the U.K. premiere of Urinetown The Musical as Mr. McQueen. He joins the previously announced Richard Fleeshman (Ghost the Musical) and Tony nominee Jenna Russell (Sunday in the Park with George). The satirical musical by Mark Hollmann and Greg ...

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Sly Goes Solo! An Evening with Sylvester Stallone to Premiere at London’s Central Hall Westminster

Sly Goes Solo! An Evening with Sylvester Stallone to Premiere at London’s Central Hall Westminster

Film actor, writer, producer, director and Rocky the musical co-book writer Sylvester Stallone is adding a new credit to his resume: London theater star! He’ll be taking the stage at Central Hall Westminster for one night only to share stories about his career and answer fan questions in An Evening with Sylvester Stallone on January 11, 2014. We’ve ...

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Shakespeare’s Globe Announces 2014 Season, Including a Revisiting of Lucy Bailey’s Titus Andronicus and a World Tour of Hamlet

Shakespeare’s Globe Announces 2014 Season, Including a Revisiting of Lucy Bailey’s Titus Andronicus and a World Tour of Hamlet

This summer all the world’s their stage! Shakespeare’s Globe has announced that its 2014 season, entitled Arms and the Man, will be an homage to the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and the centenary of the First World War. Four Shakespeare plays, including a revisiting of Lucy Bailey’s Titus Andronicus, will be featured along with four ...

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Musical From Here to Eternity, Starring Robert Lonsdale & Siubhan Harrison, to Close in the West End

Musical From Here to Eternity, Starring Robert Lonsdale & Siubhan Harrison, to Close in the West End

The West End stage adaptation of From Here to Eternity, starring Robert Lonsdale and Siubhan Harrison, will close on April 26, 2014. The musical, featuring a book by Bill Oakes, music by Stuart Brayson and lyrics by Tony and Oscar winner Tim Rice, began previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre on September 30 and opened on October 23, directed by Tamara ...

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Donmar Warehouse Announces Full Cast for Peter Gill’s Versailles, Including Francesca Annis

Donmar Warehouse Announces Full Cast for Peter Gill’s Versailles, Including Francesca Annis

London’s Donmar Warehouse has announced the full ensemble for Versailles, its first play of the spring season. Francesca Annis, Christopher Godwin, Selina Griffiths, Edward Killingback, Adrian Lukis will round out the cast of the theater’s newest drama. Directed and written by Peter Gill, the limited engagement is slated to begin performances February 20, 2014 and play through April ...

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Let the Memory Live Again! Will Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats Prowl Onto the Big Screen?

Let the Memory Live Again! Will Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats Prowl Onto the Big Screen?

Those Jellicle Cats may be getting another life! It looks like Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats might make like Cameron Mackintosh's Les Miserables and get the silver screen treatment. According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, executives at Universal Studios Entertainment are considering adapting the Tony-winning tuner into a memorable movie musical.

"Universal has now got Cats out ...

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