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Bah Humbug! A Christmas Carol comes to London
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It may have just turned September, but as the children go back to school, the nights begin to get darker and your summer holiday tan has faded away, all thoughts are now firmly on Christmas. Yes, that's right, with only 16 weeks to go the festive period is literally just around the corner, and Theatreland has already delivered one of the most exciting presents of the year... 

Autumn 2015 Preview
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As London's Summer (and its bipolar weather conditions) sadly comes to a close, I thought it might be a good time to look ahead to the shows I'm most looking forward to this Autumn, as the leaves fall in London's glitzy West End. That should put a smile back on our faces!

Kinky Boots and More Broadway imports
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Tonight marks the first preview performance of the West End premiere of Kinky Boots. The Broadway musical boasts a heavyweight creative team - Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Book), Grammy and Tony winner Cyndi Lauper (Music & Lyrics) and Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Direction & Choreography) - and garnered an impressive total of six Tony Awards (out of thirteen nominations) at the 2013 ceremony.

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London Gets Kinky!
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Last night we were lucky enough to be invited to watch an exclusive dress rehearsal of the West End's hottest new musical – the 2013 Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots. Based on the British film of the same name, this screen-to-stage musical features a score by Grammy Award-winner Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein, and is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, whose previous work in the West End includes 'Legally Blonde' and 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'.

Don't Rain on My Parade! 5 reasons you should be excited about 'Funny Girl'
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1.      The first London production since 1966

Brush Up Your Shakespeare – Hamlet quotes you didn't know you knew...
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Hamlet fever has certainly swept the country with early reports of Benedict Cumberbatch's star turn in Lindsay Turner's new production at the Barbican Theatre already circulating the internet.

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. 

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.