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Bobbie Little (Heather Duke) & Frances Mayli McCann (Heather McNamara)

London Theatre News Today: Thursday 17 June

Published 17 June 2021

Heather’s rehearsal images

Check out the amazing rehearsal photos from Heathers, opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 21 June.


Four making their West End magic debuts as guest stars Wonderville

5 photos of magicians appearing as guest stars at Wonderville

Today Wonderville reveal the final line up of exciting guest stars.

Kat Hudson (16 – 19 July & 25 – 30 August) appeared on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, is one of the top female magicians in the UK, and has had 40 million views for her online magic. Her Northern charm and witty banter help make her stand out from other magicians. She makes sure there’s always a real buzz in the air whenever she’s interacting with her magic.

Magic Singh (21 – 26 July & 11 – 16 August) began his magic career aged 11 on receiving a deck of trick cards. Today Magic Singh has over 2 million loyal followers on social media and transports his brilliantly unique and modern style of visual magic and mindreading to all corners of the globe.

Emily England (28 July – 2 August) A fourth generation circus performer, Emily was a semi-finalist with her rollerskating brother on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and competed on ‘America’s Got Talent – The Champions’.  The Birmingham-born siblings now headline in the hit Las Vegas show ‘Absinthe’ at Caesar’s Palace. After switching to magic and training at the celebrated Las Vegas Magic School, this is Emily’s West End solo debut creating stage magic.

Harry De Cruz (4 – 9 August) Everyone has a party trick. Harry has 374 and counting. As a pioneer within a new generation of creative magicians, Harry was Dynamo’s ‘Head of Magic’, he’s worked with Penn and Teller and has helped develop magic acts for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘America’s Got Talent’. You might not have heard of Harry (yet) but if you’ve seen TV magic in the last 10 years, you’ve seen his work. ‘King of party tricks’ – Dynamo  ‘The REAL Harry Potter’ – JK Rowling

The guest star line-up is completed by  2020 ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ finalist Magical Bones (18 – 23 August) considered to be the most exciting talent to have emerged from the magic industry in recent years. He was an unforgettable ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ finalist in 2020 and starred in ‘Impossible’ in the West End.

Curtain Call at the first night of J’Ouvert

“What people you know can party through all of the earth’s elements?”

Watch the curtain call of the first performance of J’Ouvert last night. The debut play of James Tait Black Award-winner Yasmin Joseph and directorial debut of actor Rebekah Murrell take us back to 2017 and the streets of Notting Hill are alive with history amidst the soca, sequins and endless feathers of Carnival. A timely echo of Caribbean resistance across centuries, J’Ouvert is a joyful and fearless story of two best friends, battling to preserve tradition in a society where women’s bodies are frequently under threat.

Watch our interview with star Gabrielle Brooks, who joined us on a recent episode of our Theatre Chat Live series. 

A must-see production in the Re:emerge season, which must end 30 July, so book now!

Menier Reopening Season plus new space

Woman stands with arm lifted to the air wearing a black dress

The Menier Chocolate Factory returns to live performances in September, reopening with the European première of Paula Vogel’s Tony Award-winning Indecent – the production was in previews at the time of national lockdown in March 2020.

Opening in the company’s new smaller studio space, The Mixing Room, is the world première of Brian & Roger – A Highly Offensive Play inspired by their hit podcast Brian & Roger, written and performed by Harry Peacock and Dan Skinner. Artistic Director of the Menier David Babani directs the production opening in October.

December sees the return of the previously announced much-anticipated production of Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus, directed by Patrick Marber.

David Babani said today, “We couldn’t open with any other production – Indecent was days into previews when we had to shut down in March last year, and we were determined to reunite our brilliant company of actors and share Rebecca’s beautiful production with audiences here in the UK; the themes of which could not be more timely and prescient for the moment we find ourselves in. It’s also a joy to also be able to reschedule Habeas Corpus which sees Patrick Marber return to the theatre after his recent success with Travesties. Opening our new smaller studio space, The Mixing Room, is the stage première Brian & Roger – A Highly Offensive Play, bringing a much-needed dose of comedy to our audiences.”

Patrons with existing bookings for Indecent and Habeas Corpus should contact the box office to  rebook for the new performance dates.


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