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Chris Jarman (Doctor Dillamond) in Wicked (Photo: Darren Bell)

Chris Jarman (Doctor Dillamond) in Wicked (Photo: Darren Bell)

Exclusive performances, cast changes and more! This week in London theatre

Carly-Ann Clements

By Carly-Ann Clements First Published 20 July 2018, Last Updated 23 July 2018

This week, we’ve seen some cast shake-ups, some sneak peeks and one incredible exclusive amongst other news and events in theatre this week. If you missed anything from the world of the West End, we’ve got your back. Here’s the week in theatre all in one handy place for you.

An exclusive performance of a never-before-heard song from Dreamgirls

Asmeret Ghebremichael and Henry Krieger perform an exclusive song from Dreamgirls

Love the songs from Dreamgirls? Well, you can add one more to the list. We were fortunate enough to experience composer and creator Henry Krieger perform the never-before-heard song, I’m The New Girl, with the brilliant cast member Asmeret Ghebremichael. 

You can only hear the stunning performance here.

New casting announced for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Lee Ross and Rebecca McKinnis

This week, we said goodbye to Josie Walker and Phil Nichol who left their roles in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Sad times. But we’ve now said hello to Lee Ross and Rebecca McKinnis who have started performances at the Apollo Theatre!

To find out more, click here.

It was World Emoji Day

World Emoji Day

To celebrate World Emoji Day (because, why not?!) we put your theatre knowledge to the test with this quiz! Starting with London musicals then featuring London plays, we transformed many of the West End’s leading titles into emoji sentences. How many can you get right?

Test your theatre and emoji knowledge, here.

School Of Rock enrols a new cast

Craig Gallivan and the kids of School Of Rock. Photo credit Tristram Kenton

School may be out for most kids but for the kids of School Of Rock, term is just beginning. A brand new cast has just been announced for the Olivier Award-winning musical that’s moving into its third year in the West End.

Find out more, here.

First glimpse of David Witts and the new cast of Wicked

Sophie Evans (Glinda) and David Witts (Fiyero) in Wicked (Photo: Darren Bell)

They’ll have you Defying Gravity: the first images have been released of the new Wicked cast, with new cast members David Witts as Fiyero and Chris Jarman as Doctor Dillamond.

Get a sneak peek at the new cast, here.

Get Kids Week ready with this epic playlist

Michael James Scott as The Genie in Disney's Aladdin in the North American tour (Photo: Deen van Meer/Disney)

Kids Week is almost here! And the school holidays are even sooner. Fill those soon-to-be empty hours you’ve been stressing about AND get you and your family ready for your upcoming theatre trip by grooving on down to our ultimate Kids Week playlist.

Find your summer soundtrack, here.

Thriller Live is celebrating 4,000 shows with a charity gala performance

Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre - Book tickets today

It’s the show that Just Can’t Stop Loving You. The Michael Jackson musical, Thriller Live, will celebrate its 4,000th West End show with a very special performance at the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday 12 September. The gala performance will raise funds for The Prince’s Trust and will feature high-profile guest stars.

To find out more and how to book tickets, click here.

Mark Rylance joins Pinter At The Pinter Season

Mark Rylance on the Olivier Awards with Mastercard 2016 red carpet (Photo: Pamela Raith)

This week, it was announced that Mark Rylance will join the star-studded line-up of the upcoming Pinter At The Pinter season. He will appear in two special charity performances of Harold Pinter’s Art, Truth And Politics.

For more information, click here.

A Monster Calls opened at The Old Vic

A Monster Calls at The Old Vic

Patrick Ness’ children’s’ novel about a 13-year-old boy trying to cope with his mother’s illness was an instant success having won the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals in 2011. Now, Sally Cookson has put her signature style on the moving tale where fantasy and reality collide in this production aimed at young people at The Old Vic. We saw it this week and here are five reasons why you should see it, too.

Discover five reasons to see A Monster Calls.

First look at Sounds And Sorcery

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice featuring the Sorcerer and Brooms in The Vaults presents Sounds and Sorcery celebrating Disney Fantasia. Credit Hanson Leatherby

Sounds And Sorcery Celebrating Disney Fantasia is a magical show which plunges you into the mystical world of the classic Disney film. The immersive experience takes you on a journey through beautiful and enchanting landscapes while playing the score from the film. Can’t imagine what it will look like? Take a look at the production shots below and get ready to be transported to another world.

Get a proper eyeful of the spectacular event, here.

Loved the film? You’ll love the show

Ken Watanabe and Kelli O'Hara in The King And I

This Kids Week, treat your child to a trip to the theatre to see a brilliant stage version of a great movie. From bright, fun cult classics to moving tales about grief, inspiring true stories to an immersive concert experience, there’s something for every child – and you’ll love it, too.

See the full list here.

Little Shop Of Horrors let us suddenly see more

Jemima Rooper (Audrey) and Marc Antolin (Seymour) in rehearsal for Little Shop Of Horrors (Photo: Johan Persson)

The beloved musical Little Shop Of Horrors is coming to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre next month, and looks set to continue the theatre’s run of brilliant annual musicals.

Take a look at the first rehearsal photos.

There was plenty of other news this week. To see what else you missed, click here.


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