Tickets are on Sale for Caroline O’Connor The Showgirl Within at Garrick Theatre

Following sell-out seasons in New York and Sydney, the international multi-award-winning musical star of stage and screen Caroline O’Connor returns to the UK in her one-woman show Caroline O’Connor: The Showgirl Within.

Caroline O’Connor: The Showgirl Within celebrates the culmination of Caroline’s years of stage and screen experience. A uniquely versatile performer whose triple threat talents in acting, song and dance transcend traditional boundaries, Caroline is joined by an exhilirating ensemble of dancers and her own on stage band for her first ever musical solo show in the West End.

Blaze makes its world premiere at the Peacock Theatre

Brand new street dance sensation Blaze makes its world premiere at the Peacock Theatre before commencing an international tour.

Mixing nightclub vibes with West End production values, combined with the raw impact of a music gig, Blaze is a high-energy theatrical show of non-stop dance from some of the world’s hottest DJs, B-Boys and street dancers.

Directed by top West End director and choreographer Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia!, Sister Act), Blaze features 14 of the best street dancers and breakers in the world and choreography from some of the brightest and hottest names in popular dance, plus stunning set designs by Es Devlin (set designer for Kanye West, Mika, Take That, Pet Shop Boys and the upcoming Lady Gaga tour).

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Strictly Come Dancing again in 2010 after its Phenomenal Success in 2009!

Strictly Come Dancing will take to the road again in 2010 after its phenomenal success in 2009!

Celebrities from the hugely popular BBC television series past and present will be joined by their world-class professional partners, to perform intricate dance moves and show stopping routines which are sure to dazzle audiences, along with the stunning costumes and fantastic live music. Audiences will be guided by those all important TV judges to vote for the couple that they think deserve the coveted Glitter Ball trophy.

Now is your chance to guarantee tickets to enjoy the glitz and glamour live!

Book Tickets for Strictly Come Dancing at O2 Arena!

Book Tickets for Strictly Come Dancing at Wembley Arena!

Thriller Live West End Run Extended!

Thriller Live opened on 2nd January 2009 at London’s Lyric Theatre and was originally slated to play until the 12th April. However, because of it’s great popularity, the production will be now be playing until 3rd of January 2010.

THRILLER – LIVE is a spectacular, high octane show celebrating the career of the world’s undisputed King of Pop – Michael Jackson, and the Jackson 5. Fully backed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment UK, THRILLER LIVE marks the first Jackson’s dedicated live theatrical experience ever!

Moonwalking into the West End after three acclaimed UK tours and standing ovations across Europe, THRILLER – LIVE opens at the Lyric Theatre on 2 January 2009.

To bring to life on stage the sensational dancing and distinctive sound of the Jackson’s greatest hits, THRILLER – LIVE includes eye-popping multi-media effects and dazzling choreography by the shows award-winning director Gary Lloyd (who has previously worked with artists including Leona Lewis, Will Young, Robbie Williams, Kelly Clarkson and Girls Aloud), plus additional choreography by 5 time MTV award-winning LaVelle Smith Jnr.

In a career spanning 40 years, Michael Jackson has sold an unparalleled 750 million records worldwide with the Thriller album still the world’s best-selling recording of all time. THRILLER – LIVE includes over two-hours of non-stop hit songs in a show that boasts the world-class spectacle that marked their legendary live performances.

Expect your favourite Jackson songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and live band, including the smash hits: I Want You Back, I’ll BeThere, Show You The Way To Go, Can You Feel It, Rock With You, She’s Out Of My Life, Beat It, Billie Jean, Earth Song and Thriller plus many more!

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Calendar Girls: Important Change of the Schedule from 25th of May 2009

Calendar Girls will no longer be performing a Monday evening performance but will instead play an additional matinee on Thursdays at 2.30pm. First Thursday matinee will be on 28th of May at 2.30pm.

A group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire WI, spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! As interest snowballs, the CALENDAR GIRLS find themselves revealing more than they’d ever planned…

A very British story, with a very British heart, CALENDAR GIRLS is based on an uplifting and very inspiring true story that is quirky, poignant and hilarious.

Starring Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge, Siân Phillips, Gaynor Faye, Brigit Forsyth, Julia Hills and Elaine C. Smith.

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Spring Awakening Announces Early Closure!

It has been announced by West End musical Spring Awakening is to close five months early on May 30. The show had originally been booking until October 31, having transferred to the Novello Theatre from the Lyric Hammersmith on March 21. It will have played for only ten weeks in the West End by the time it closes.

Frank Wedekind’s groundbreaking 1890s play was a daring exploration of teenage sexual awakening set against a backdrop of religious and parental repression. Acclaimed writer Steven Sater and songwriter Duncan Sheik’s new musical version retains the period setting of the original and introduces a superb collection of contemporary songs that serve to express the private anguish and ecstasy of the young characters. Stunning 21st century design and superb performances by the predominantly young cast combine to create an exhilarating energy that drives a remarkably compelling and timeless story.

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Billy Elliot Leads 2009 Tony Nominations

Billy Elliot has been nominated for a staggering 15 Tony Awards, equalling the record set in 2001 by Broadway smash The Producers.

Stephen Daldry (Director), Elton John (Music), Lee Hall (Lyrics), Peter Darling (Choreography) have all received nominations as have all three performers playing Billy Elliot: David Alvarez,
Trent Kowalik, and Kiril Kulish.  There are also nominations in the categories for Best Featured Actor / Actress in a Musical and Best Design for Scenery, Lighting, Costume and Sound as well as Best Orchestration.

The theatre industry equivalent to the Oscars, this year’s winners of the Tony Awards will be announced on 7 June.

Book Tickets for Billy Elliot at Victoria Palace Theatre!

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF – London Production Cast Announcement!

ADRIAN LESTER to join Broadway cast members JAMES EARL JONES and PHYLICIA RASHAD for Cat on a Hot  Tin Roof London run.

Producers of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof have announced that James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Adrian Lester will be starring in a London transfer of the sold out Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed again by Debbie Allen.

Venue for the London transfer have not yet been announced.

For updates you can register your details at, so you can be the first to get tickets.

Go now to www.catwestend.com and register!

Ghost The Musical Scheduled to Open in 2010

Matthew Warchus is to direct a musical version of the Academy Award winning film GHOST, scheduled to open in 2010. Music and lyrics are by Grammy® award winning Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, and Oscar® winning Bruce Joel Rubin will adapt his original screenplay for the stage and write lyrics. Set and costumes designs are by Rob Howell and the musical supervisors will be Christopher Nightingale and Tesse Gohl. GHOST is produced by David Garfinkle of New York’s Hello Entertainment and London producer Colin Ingram in association with Paramount Pictures. Further information about this production will be announced at a later date.

GHOST is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film of 1990, GHOST won numerous awards worldwide and is one of the biggest grossing films in the UK. It starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn and Whoopi Goldberg and was directed by Jerry Zucker. Bruce Joel Rubin’s script won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and Whoopi Goldberg won the Oscar® for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film’s iconic love scene at a potter’s wheel was famously performed to The Righteous Brother’s Unchained Melody.

Creative Team:

BRUCE JOEL RUBIN (Book and Lyrics)

DAVE STEWART (Composer and Lyrics)

GLEN BALLARD (Composer and Lyrics)

MATTHEW WARCHUS (Director)

ROB HOWELL (Set and Costume Designer)

CHRISTOPHER NIGHTINGALE (Musical Supervisor)

TEESE GOHL (Musical Supervisor)

DAVID GARFINKLE (Producer)

COLIN INGRAM PRODUCTIONS LTD (Producer and General Manager)

Colin Ingram has worked with some of the most successful theatre producers, directors and actors in the world. He spent six years with Cameron Mackintosh before heading up Disney Theatrical in the UK for over two years. Colin then became Executive Producer for the inaugural and second season of Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic Theatre Company and joined Sally Greene as her Executive Producer on the hit musical Billy Elliot. Colin formed Colin Ingram Ltd in 2005 to develop and produce new theatre productions and to offer general management services to other producers.

During his career, Colin has worked on the following productions as Executive Producer or General Manager: Billy Elliot, Movin’ Out, Les Misérables, Phantom Of The Opera, The Lion King, Beauty And The Beast, Oklahoma!, Witches of Eastwick, Vagina Monologues, Richard II, Hamlet, Philadelphia Story, Aladdin, National Anthems, Cloaca.

Colin graduated in Law and International Finance before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. His business training has been a huge asset in producing productions on budget and raising millions of pounds in investment from private investors.

Based in London, Colin Ingram Limited has acted as consultant to Old Vic Productions for the New York and Australian productions of Billy Elliot and co-produced Trevor Nunn’s Gone With The Wind along with investing in Swimming With Sharks with Christian Slater. In addition to GHOST, it is currently also producing a stage play adaptation by Samuel Adamson and directed by Sean Mathias for the West End.

For Ghost Tickets and Booking Information see www.key2theatre.co.uk

Rowan Atkinson Forced TO Take Three Weeks Off From Oliver!

Rowan Atkinson has sustained an indirect inguinal hernia.  His doctors advise immediate surgery to avoid exacerbating the condition.  They are confident that he will be well enough to return to the role of Fagin in Oliver! on the 27th April following a three week recovery period.  Rowan has been nursing the problem for a few weeks but it flared up badly whilst on a break with his family this week. He has cut short his holiday to fly back to have surgery immediately to speed the recovery process.  The condition, whilst neither serious nor dangerous, is extremely painful and prevents normal movement, making performing impossible. 

Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce that we have been lucky enough to get Russ Abbot to return to the role of Fagin for two weeks from 13th April.  Russ played the role to considerable acclaim at the London Palladium in 1997 and again triumphantly on tour around the UK and in Toronto the following year.  Cameron Mackintosh said today, “Our sympathy goes out to Rowan and all our best wishes for a speedy recovery and return to the production.  I regret the disappointment this will cause to many but I am delighted that Russ has so ably stepped into the breach.  He is a consummate all-round performer and had a personal triumph in this role when I last produced the show in London and on tour.”