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Cavin Cornwall, Charlotte Gooch, Adam Cooper, Faye Tozer & Kevin Clifton. Photo: Oliver Rosser

London Theatre News Today: Wednesday 19 May

First Published 19 May 2021, Last Updated 20 May 2021

Kevin Clifton and Faye Tozer join the cast of Singin’ In The Rain at Sadler’s Wells

Kevin Clifton, Faye Tozer, Charlotte Gooch and Cavin Cornwall are to join Adam Cooper to lead the Chichester Festival Theatre and Stage Entertainment production of the Olivier Award-nominated musical Singin’ in the Rain.

The production will play a strictly limited run at Sadler’s Wells from Friday 30 July – Sunday 5 September 2021 (Press Night: Thursday 5 August), ahead of a 2022 UK tour (tour casting to be announced). 

Further casting includes Sandra Dickinson, who will appear as Dora Bailey, Michael Matus as Roscoe Dexter and Imogen Brook as Zelda Zanders. The ensemble features Briana Craig, Alistair Crosswell, Lavinia Fitzpatrick, Alex Given, Ryan Gover, Ashleigh Graham, Harriet Samuel-Gray, Molly Rees Howe, Thomas Inge, Robin Kent, Sam Lips, Joshua Lovell, George Lyons, Heather Scott Martin, Amonik Melaco, Ashleigh Morris, Peter Nash, Megan Spiers, and Ellie May Wilson.

Visit Sadler’s Wells’ website for more information.

Hit musical, Come From Away, extends booking until February 2022

The West End company in Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre 2020. Credit Craig Sugden

The Olivier Award-winning musical which will reopen on 22 July at the Phoenix Theatre has extended their booking period until 2022.

We know it’s a little early, but we’d be mad not to remind you that our Come From Away Theatre Tokens eGifts make a great Christmas gift!

Winner of every major Best Musical award when it opened in the West End in March 2019, Come From Away tells the remarkable and inspiring true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers during the wake of 9/11, and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but as uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

What goes into the making of Cruise

We caught up with writer and performer of Cruise, Jack Holden, and director Bronagh Lagan to chat all about bringing their ideas to life and the inspiration behind the scenes.

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Headline acts announced for the brand new Wonderment: Magic & Illusion

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Playing at the Palace Theatre from Friday 16 July – Monday 30 August, the brand new Wonderment: Magic & Illusion brings together some of the greatest entertainers live on stage to electrify, surprise and delight audiences.

Joining the previously announced Chris Cox (Chris Cox’s Mind Boggling Magic, CBBC) and Josephine Lee (Britain’s Got Talent, ITV) will be Young & Strange, Edward Hilsum and Amazi Olayiwola and Symoné (who will split the run with their hula hooping finesse).

Alongside live performance, Young and Strange’s Richard Young and Sam Strange create online video content to showcase original and exciting formats for magic. When the duo videobombed the background of a live Sky News broadcast, the clip went viral with over 20 million views across various platforms in just a few days. With credits including Penn & Teller: Fool Us and ITV1’s The Next Great Magician, the pair also headline the world’s largest international touring magic show Champions Of Magic.

For five years, Edward Hilsum starred alongside Young & Strange in the record-breaking Champions of Magic. His original shows have received acclaim from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to Las Vegas and he was invited to be part of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. In 2020, Edward Hilsum completed an unprecedented hat-trick by becoming the first person to win all three of The Magic Circle’s competitions and more incredibly, to hold all three titles at the same time!

Performing from 16 – 26 July and 18 – 28 August will be Amazi Olayiwola. An international hula hooper, she’s performed at the National Theatre, the Tate and Glastonbury Festival as well as for Children in Need and BBC’s Crackerjack. Symoné will take to the stage from 28 July – 16 August, combining hula hooping, roller skating and dance with psychedelic style. Her previous clients include Instagram, ASOS, Kate Nash, and Sun Ra’s Arkestra. They both currently hold a Guinness World Record with their hoop troupe, Marawa’s Majorettes.

These incredible acts join the multi-award-winning mind reader, Chris Cox, and the most talked about woman in magic, Josephine Lee. Chris Cox has sold out UK tours and runs at Fringe Festivals from Edinburgh to New Zealand, and is the only mind reader in history to have played the West End, Broadway and Sydney Opera House. Josephine Lee took the magic world by storm after her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent. Her dynamic, modern spin on illusion saw her act hit millions of views overnight.

Featuring breathtaking illusion and amazing acrobatics, Wonderment: Magic & Illusion will bring variety performance in the West End bang up-to-date with performances from artists at the cutting edge of their crafts.

Grab your tickets to see this one-of-a-kind West End show this summer!

Mischief Movie Night In To Be Streamed Live Around The World

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Today the Mischief team announce the return of Mischief Movie Night In, which will be streamed live this summer from 1 July – 1 August 2021 and for the first time tickets are also available to join the strictly limited studio audience at London’s Riverside Studios. Both streaming and in person tickets go on sale on Friday 21 May and are from £10.

You still decide the genre, the location, and the title – and remember, every performance is a completely different show! Book for a regular Pay-Per-View Pass, Participation Pass or join us in the studio for these hilarious nights-in (or out) wherever you are!

This new run will include Sequel Sunday on 18 July and a binge-worthy Trilogy Day on 31 July. After the 5.00pm movie, audiences can make suggestions for what happens in the sequel – Mischief will then improvise it that same evening at 8.00pm, and 11.00pm on the Trilogy Day.

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