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Kate Fleetwood. Photo by Faye Thomas.

London Theatre News Today: Friday 21 February

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai Published 21 February 2020

Kids Week is back from 1-31 August 2020!

Every year, for the whole of August, we offer a fantastic opportunity where kids aged 16 or under can go to participating shows for free (where tickets are available) as long as they’re accompanied by a full paying adult. Adults can also buy up to two extra children’s tickets at half price AND there are no booking fees!

Kids Week includes a wide variety of London musicals, plays, comedies and children’s shows and is a brilliant way to introduce your family or friends to theatre over the holidays.

This year’s participating shows will be announced on 2 June with tickets on sale from 9 June. To find out more, visit our Kids Week website and keep up to date by signing up to our newsletter.

Kids Week 2018

Kate Fleetwood will play the iconic villain, Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmations opening at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 16 May.

Directed by the Open Air Theatre‘s Artistic Director, Timothy Sheader, the new screen-to-stage adaption is based on Dodie Smith’s original story and will play from 16 May to 21 June.

Kate previously starred in Medea (Almeida), King Lear (National Theatre), Lady Macbeth (Chichester Festival/Gielgud/ BAM/Broadway) for which she was nominated for a Tony Award and Life Is A Dream (Donmar Warehouse) for which she received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress for London Road (National Theatre).

You may also recognise her from the big screen with roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Negotiator, London Road, Philomena, Les Misérables and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

If you loved the classic animated adventure, you’ll definitely want to snap up tickets to see this show.

Kate Fleetwood. Photo by Faye Thomas.

The producers of Six today announced that its catchy showstopping songs have been streamed 100,000,000 times on Spotify and Apple Music.

Six is now second only to Hamilton as the most streamed Musical Theatre album in the world!

Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, who wrote the smash-hit British musical while still students at Cambridge University, said: “Our minds are completely blown at this incredible news! We are overjoyed that these 9 songs – our little babies – have become so popular. With six productions of ‘SIX’ playing simultaneously around the world, and Anne Boleyn’s song ‘Don’t Lose Ur Head’ shared over half a billion times on Tik Tok – well, we’re just feeling kinda overwhelmed and incredibly grateful!”

Having been nominated for five Olivier’s at the Olivier Awards 2019 – including Best New Musical and Best Actress In A Supporting Role In A Musical (for the Six Queens) – the musical phenomenon is showing no signs of stopping as its already previewing on Broadway to sold-out shows this month. 

If you’re yet to see this sensational pop-fuelled show that sees the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, click the button below to find out more info!

The Almeida Theatre announced today that Anne-Marie Duff will play the lead role of Constance in the forthcoming World Premiere of Beth Steel’s The House Of Shades. 

Directed by Blanche McIntyre, the new play spans five decades of the lives, and deaths of the Webster family. Inside their home, set against the ever-changing industrial landscape of working-class Britain, some chase dreams of a brighter future and others are haunted by the nightmares of the past.

Leading the cast will be Olivier and BAFTA award-nominated actor Anne-Marie Duff (Sweet Charity, Sex Education) who returns to the Almeida Theatre to play the Webster family matriarch.

With the Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards under her belt, we are sure Beth Steel’s The House Of Shades is one to add to the watch list! Visit Almeida Theatre’s website for more details!

Anne-Marie Duff on the Olivier Awards 2018 with Mastercard red carpet (Photo: Pamela Raith)Anne-Marie Duff on the Olivier Awards 2018 with Mastercard red carpet (Photo: Pamela Raith)

Donmar Warehouse announces Donmar Lates, a series of intimate evenings of music and song, curated by Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell.

The cabaret evenings will be performed in the iconic setting of the Donmar Warehouse from Wednesday 25 March to Saturday 28 March and will feature some of the best of musical theatre including songs by Stephen Sondheim (Sunday In The Park With George), Noël Coward (Blithe Spirit) Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) and more.

Special guests Hannah Waddington (Spamalot, A Little Night Music) and Giles Terera (Hamilton and The Book Of Mormon) will perform their favourite songs on alternative nights while accompanied by a three-piece band led by Theo Jamieson (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie).

To find out more, head to Donmar Warehouse’s website.

Frozen The Musical will reopen the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 11 November with public tickets on sale from 6 March.

If you loved the movie, this glittery new West End show is sure to please!


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