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Six The Musical. Photo: Pamela Raith

London Theatre News Today: Wednesday 14 June

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 14 July 2021, Last Updated 14 July 2021

Six to transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre from 29 September

Six The Musical. Photo: Pamela Raith

Electrifying musical phenomenon SIX by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss will move to it’s ‘forever home’ in the West End when it transfers to the Vaudeville Theatre on The Strand from Wednesday 29 September, 2021. Initial booking period to 1 May, 2022, with a Christmas schedule of performances also on sale.

SIX has been running at the Lyric since 21 May, where it has been playing to socially distanced
audiences since it moved from the Arts Theatre.

SIX will perform an 8-show week at the Vaudeville Theatre and will continue with its current cast until Sunday 14 November. An all-new cast (to be announced) will perform from Tuesday 16 November.

The musical simultaneously continues its sold-out UK Tour and reopens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway on Sunday 3 October.

SIX has become a global phenomenon since its early days as a student production in a 100-seat room at Sweet Venue during the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As the pandemic struck, SIX was playing to sold-out houses in London’s West End, across the UK and Australia, and had its opening night in New York on Thursday March 12, 2020 cancelled when the New York Governor shut down Broadway three hours before the show was due to open.

SIX was nominated for five Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. It won the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards, performed on the results show of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and has performed annually in front of thousands at West End Live in Trafalgar Square.

The studio album has clocked up more than 200 million streams making it the second highest streamed cast recording in the world, second only to the ‘Hamilton’ original cast recording.

The iconic show will be playing at the Lyric Theatre until 22 August, AND we’ve still got Kids Week tickets available so if you’re looking to treat your family with a buzzy musical, be sure to grab your tickets below.

& Juliet to reopen on 24 September with new cast announced

Oliver Tompsett (Shakespeare) & Cassidy Janson (Anne), Jordan Luke Gage (Romeo) & Miriam-Teak Lee (Juliet) and Melanie La Barrie (Nurse) & David Bedella (Lance).

This is the moment we’ve waited for…. & JULIET makes a joyous return to London’s West End!

The award-winning musical – which had been thrilling audiences before the closure of theatres last March – will return to the Shaftesbury Theatre from Friday 24 September.

Miriam-Teak Lee – who was awarded the Olivier Award for Best Actress in 2020 for her performance as Juliet – leads a cast including Cassidy Janson, who also won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Anne Hathaway, Oliver Tompsett as William Shakespeare, David Bedella, who also won an Olivier Award for his performance in the show as Lance, Jordan Luke Gage as Romeo, Melanie La Barrie as Nurse, and Tim Mahendran as Francois. Alex Thomas-Smith will be joining the principal cast in the role of May.

Tim Mahendran (Francois) & Alex Thomas-Smith (May)

The ensemble includes Roshani Abbey, Jocasta Almgill, Josh Baker, Ivan De Freitas, Rhian Duncan, Kieran Lai, Nathan Lorainey-Dineen, Jaye Marshall, Grace Mouat, Antoine Murray-Straughan, Billy Nevers, Kerri Norville, Christopher Parkinson, Kirstie Skivington, Alex Tranter, Sophie Usher and Rhys Wilkinson.

As well as the three Olivier Awards, throughout the last year & Juliet also won 6 Whatsonstage Awards – the most of any production in 2020 – and won further awards at The Black Theatre Awards and The Mousetrap Theatre Awards. The show also performed on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing in the coveted slot in ‘Musicals Week’.

Roshani Abbey (Lucy), Christopher Parkinson (Fletcher) and Rhys Wilkinson (Richard).

Romeo who?! With her bags packed and ready to escape Verona, Juliet recovers from heartbreak in the best way possible… by dancing the night away with her best friends by her side! But when the sparkle fades, the confetti falls and reality catches up, it’s clear that Juliet needs to face her past in order to find her future. Can she reclaim a story that has been written in the stars? Is there really life after Romeo… or could he be worth one more try?

Come along for the ride as the original Anne Hathaway takes on her husband William Shakespeare to remix his legendary play. As comedy meets tragedy, will Juliet get the ending she truly deserves? And most importantly, can their love survive this battle of wills?

Fabulously fresh and riotously funny, & JULIET explodes with dozens of pop anthems you already know and love by legendary songwriter Max Martin, including …Baby One More Time, Since U Been Gone, Roar, It’s My Life, I Want It That Way, and Can’t Stop the Feeling! The show also includes the brand new song One More Try, written especially for the show by Max.

Brought to life by an award-winning creative team, this vibrant, colourful and timely musical is directed by Luke Sheppard (In the Heights, Rent) with a story by David West Read (Netflix’s Schitt’s Creek), electrifying choreography from Jennifer Weber and stunning set design from Soutra Gilmour.

Max Martin and Tim Headington present & Juliet, which is produced by Martin Dodd, Tim Headington, Max Martin, Jenny Petersson and Theresa Steele Page. Grab your tickets to see this brilliant West End musical below!

Cast announced for ghost thriller When Darkness Falls

When Darkness Falls, Alex Phelps & Will Barton. (Credit: Michael Wharley)

Returning to Park Theatre, London after playing Boris Johnson in the sell-out run of The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, Will Barton will star as John Blondel and Alex Phelps as The Speaker in the spine-chilling ghost story, WHEN DARKNESS FALLS. The show will run for a limited season from Wednesday 18 August until Saturday 4 September, with a national press night on Monday 23 August 2021. Written by James Milton and Paul Morrissey, the production will be directed by Paul Morrissey.

The London run will then tour to Theatre Royal Winchester, MAST Mayflower Studios in Southampton and Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford.

On the small island of Guernsey, local history teacher, John Blondel, runs the Island’s only Historical Society. Tonight, as part of the Society’s weekly vlog, a young writer who has been researching the island’s mysterious and often frightening folklore, has been invited to give a talk. As his seemingly innocent stories unfold – many of which are based on true events – it isn’t long before they reveal dark pasts, disturbing truths and unforgettable terrors.

Will Barton’s most recent theatre includes the title role in The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson (Park Theatre & National Tour), The Libertine (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Toast (Park Theatre and New York).  He also played Boris Johnson in the 2017 BBC 2 drama Theresa V Boris.  Other television includes A Confession, Vanity Fair and two series of How Do You Want Me?.

Alex Phelps’s theatre work includes Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night and Reynaldo/Priest and understudy Hamlet in Hamlet (both Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre), Raleigh in Journey’s End for Mesh Theatre Company, and Dennis Dutton in The Vertical Hour, Bob Acres in The Rivals and Orestes in Elektra (all at Theatre By The Lake).

The show’s illusions will be designed by John Bulleid, an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star, whose other theatre credits include Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Palace Theatre, London – current Magic & Illusion assistant), The Ocean At The End Of The Lane (The National Theatre – associate to Jamie Harrison) and The Prince of Egypt (Dominion Theatre, London – associate to Chris Fisher).



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