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Craige Els Takes Over As Matilda's Trunch In September
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Craige Els will lumber into the role of heavyweight headmistress Miss Trunchbull in Matilda The Musical at the West End’s Cambridge Theatre in September. He’ll replace Alex Gaumond, who’s stepping down from the role after a year of playing Crunchem Hall’s petrifying pedagogue.

U.S. Actor Bart Tipped For Doc Brown Role In Back To The Future Musical
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As previously reported back in January, a musical version of Robert Zemieckis’ classic '80s sci-fi movie comedy Back To The Future is coming to the West End in 2015. Now, a hot casting rumour suggests that the role of wacky scientist Doc Brown, portrayed by Christopher Lloyd in the movie, may be played in the new show by US actor Roger Bart.

Great Britain To Transfer To The Theatre Royal Haymarket
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Richard Bean’s new comedy Great Britain is transferring to the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 10 September. It will be Bean’s second National Theatre production to find a West End berth there, following One Man Two Guv’nors which closed earlier this year.

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Jenna Russell Returns As Penelope Pennywise In Urinetown Transfer
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Jenna Russell will reprise her role as Penelope Pennywise in the West End transfer of Urinetown. The offbeat musical moves in to Shaftesbury Avenue’s Apollo Theatre on 29 September following its hit three-month run at Victoria’s St James’ Theatre earlier this year.

Reporting For Duty: The Book Of Mormon Welcomes New Missionaries
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The Book of Mormon’s leading missionaries Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner will play their final shows at the Prince of Wales Theatre at the end of this month.

Miss Saigon Announces 2014 London Cast Recording
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The West End cast of Miss Saigon, currently performing the show at the Prince Edward Theatre, is to release a new cast recording for 2014.

Kerry Ellis Returns To West End's Wicked From August
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Former Wicked star Kerry Ellis (pictured) is to reprise the starring role of Elphaba at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre from 4 August. She will replace current Elphaba Willemijn Verkaik, who has been forced to leave the show on 19 July in order to have surgery for an ongoing back condition.

Broadway’s Hit Carole King Musical Beautiful Set For West End In 2015
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Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Beautiful is set to open at the West End’s Aldwych Theatre in early 2015. Directed by Marc Bruni, the biographical show about celebrated singer / songwriter Carole King premiered in New York this January to rave reviews.

At-A-Glance Guide To The Best Wines To Enjoy With Your Pre-Show Dinner
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If you’re like more-or-less all of us here at TP, your evening at the theatre just doesn’t feel complete without a pre-show meal set off by a really good wine. The wine should complement both the food and your mood, but making the right choice can be a confusing business for the uninitiated.

Tamzin Outhwaite To Star In Breeders At St James Theatre
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Tamzin Outhwaite is set to star in Ben Ockrent’s new comedy Breeders, which will open in London’s St James Theatre on 3 September under the direction of Tamara Harvey. She will star as Andrea, opposite Nicholas Burns as Andrea’s brother Jimmy and Jemima Rooper as his girlfriend Sharon. Further casting is yet to be announced.

Nicole Kidman Set To Return To The West End
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Nicole Kidman has revealed that she is in negotiations to return to the West End. The Oscar-winning actress is set to appear in a new adaptation of Turgenev’s A Month In The Country by Patrick Marber which will open next year. Further details and dates have yet to be confirmed. The last time Kidman appeared on a London stage was in 1998, when she starred in David Hare’s The Blue Room at the Donmar Warehouse.

Cats Press Launch Prowls Into The London Palladium
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The London Palladium threw open its doors to the press yesterday for the launch of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical Cats, which is returning to the West End at Christmas. I was there to find out about the production, which will run for 12 weeks from 8 December.