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New Faces at the Old Vic
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Despite what the weather thinks, we are now in the height of summer - which can only mean that the new theatrical season is almost upon us. Unlike Broadway which has an official theatre 'season', using the Tony Awards in early June as a marker, the 'season' in London is a lot more casual. New shows usually choose to open during periods of change, where the ticket buying public are more likely to be looking for 'new' things to do.

Is anyone ready to do the Time Warp again?
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Yes, folks! Just when you thought it was safe to head out into the sweet, family-friendly world of London's West End, Frank N. Furter, Riff Raff, Magenta, Columbia, and the rest of the motley crew are rocking up once more for some adult chaos, curves and cross-dressing! And to top it off, Rocky Horror Show creator Richard O'Brien will also be on board as The Narrator! Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch me... I think I'm dreaming!

Benedict Cumberbatch – a Theatrical Timeline, 2001 - 2015
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As Benedict Cumberbatch prepares to begin previews in Lyndsey Turner's production of 'Hamlet' at the Barbican, we decided to take a trip down memory lane by looking at the 'Sherlock' star's most acclaimed stage roles to date. 

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
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One of my highlights of London's theatrical calendar is always the annual musical produced by the Open Air Theatre at Regent's Park. There have been some wonderful offerings in years gone by, including 'The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess,' 'Crazy For You,' 'Into The Woods,' and 'Hello Dolly!', and this year is certainly no exception.

From The X Factor to the West End
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Despite the short-lived tenure of X Factor-themed musical 'I Can't Sing!' at the London Palladium, former X Factor contestants themselves have not shyed away from treading the boards in Theatreland.

Football-Mad in the West End!
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It seems as if England is once again being swept by a wave of Girl Power fever at the moment... And No, we're not referring to the Spice Girls' Viva Forever! We're talking about Womens' football! The sport is finally getting the recognition, respect and media attention it deserves, as the England team (aka 'The Lionesses') roars on over the pond at the World Cup in Canada.

Aladdin heading to the West End in Summer 2016?
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Broadway hit musical Aladdin, will be flying into the Prince Edward Theatre in summer 2016, according to Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail. The theatre is currently home to Miss Saigon. A West End transfer has long been rumoured for Disney's screen-to-stage musical, currently playing to sold out houses on Broadway night after night.

“A Handbag?” London's Latest Lady Bracknell
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Oscar Wilde's most famous play The Importance of Being Earnest is set to make a welcome return to London's West End this week, when performances begin at the Vaudeville Theatre. Subtitled “a trivial comedy for serious people” the play holds historic and cultural significances, especially with regards to Oscar Wilde's life in London.

The West End's Best Children's Shows this Summer!
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With the summer holidays on the horizon, anxious parents everywhere are looking for ways to keep their children entertained throughout the extended break. London's West End is famous for housing some of the most popular plays and musicals, but did you know that it is also home to some of the best children's shows in the country, offering a wide selection of productions that appeal to children of all ages?

The 69th Annual Tony Awards - The Best Bits
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The Tony Awards are the highlight of the theatrical calender in New York City, and celebrate the very best of the past Broadway season. Much like London's Olivier Awards, top musicals and plays compete in a number of categories that eventually see the Best New Play and Best Musical gain a box office boost that more often than not go on to become sell out hits.

The Curious Incident of the Broadway Smash!
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As the National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time approaches the first anniversary of its tenure at the Gielgud Theatre and the new additions to the cast are in rehearsal to assume their roles from the 22nd June on the West End stage, I thought I would briefly take a look at the play's overwhelming success on