International Musical Theatre star Suzie Mathers announces solo concert at Live At Zédel this November. Best known to London audiences for playing Glinda in the 10th Anniversary cast of Wicked, her yellow brick road journey has included ten major cities in over six different countries around the world over the past ten years. This is a perfect opportunity for fans to see Mathers in an intimate setting, telling stories and singing the songs that have shaped her career so far.

Mathers with Willemijn Verkaik and Oliver Saville.

Suzie was most recently a special guest at Willemijn Verkaik’s solo concert at the Cambridge Theatre in which the pair sang a trio medley with former Glinda Savannah Stevenson. There is no indications yet whether Mathers will invite her fellow cast mates to guest perform with her on the night but it’s always nice to keep that element of surprise.

It’s no secret that this leading lady oozes with talent and this concert is guaranteed to be one not to miss. We’re very much looking forward to it and hope to see all of you there!


Suzie’s solo concert debut takes place on November 5th, 9:15pm
You can buy tickets here:


On Sunday May 28th, Giggin4Good is set to hold it’s tenth charity concert Songs4Soi. Taking place at the Actors’ Church in the heart of Covent Garden. The show, hosted by Benjamin-Vivian Jones and features a line-up of West End alumni including James Gillan (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Wicked) Savannah Stevenson (Wicked) and Emma Williams (Half A Sixpence, Mrs Henderson Presents).

Founded back in 2011, Giggin4Good is ran by a group of children’s nannies Hayley Guild, Karen Howe and Emma Howe. The purpose, to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital by putting on various concerts featuring West End stars. This has proven a real success and continues to go from strength to strength. Songs4Soi is the charities latest project produced by the trio with the help of Jordan Langford and Nathan Lodge and will raise money for the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand. After visiting the foundation in February, both Jordan and Nathan were touched by the amazing work and efforts of the organisation and therefore began plans to produce a concert to raise funds.

The cast for Songs4Soi include performances from: Christine Allado, Andrew Bateup, Adam Bayjou, Luke Bayer, Danny Colligan, Lloyd Daniels, Nicole Faraday, Harry Francis, Luke George, James Gillan, Chlöe Hart, Houston Girlband (Lauren Byrne, Holly-Anne Hull, Charlotte Steele), Danielle Irvine, Jordan Langford, Nathan Lodge, Robert McNeilly, The MTA, Mikaela Newton, Daisy Steere, Savannah Stevenson, Benjamin Vivian-Jones, Emma Williams. The MD on the night will be Jack Bennett and will be vocally accompanied by Phil Donnelly (Guitar), Alex Marshall (Cello), Peter Ashwell (Drums). (All of which are subject to availability). It’s expected to be a fabulous night raising money for such a great cause. Get down and join in with the action. Details below:

You can buy tickets for Giggin4Good presents Songs4Soi here:

(Actors’ Church, Covent Garden. 7pm May 28th 2017)

This afternoon, we popped down to Cafe De Paris for the Whats On Stage Awards nominations. In a room filled with press, West End stars and plenty of wine, the shortlist for the 17th annual awards were revealed. We were also lucky enough to be treated to a performance of “Seasons of Love” from the 20th anniversary touring cast of Rent (check out our twitter for a sneak peak).

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Here are the nominations:

Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Sponsored by Tonic Theatre)
Jenna Russell – Doctor Faustus
Meera Syal – Romeo and Juliet
Noma Dumezweni – Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Poppy Miller – Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Vanessa Redgrave – Richard III

Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Antony Boyle – Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Derek Jacobi – Romeo and Juliet
Freddie Fox – Travesties
Jonjo O’Neill – Unreachable
Paul Thornley – Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Sponsored by Newman Displays)
Amy Lennox – Lazarus
Emma Williams – Half a Sixpence
Rebecca Trehearn – Showboat
Sophia Anne Caruso – Lazarus
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt – Murder Ballad

Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Sponsored By Encore Radio)
Adam J Bernard – Dreamgirls
Ian Bartholomew – Half a Sixpence
Joel Montague – Funny Girl
Trevor Dion Nicholas – Aladdin
Tyrone Huntley – Jesus Christ Superstar

Best Choreography (Sponsored By Encore Radio)
Andrew Wright – Half a Sixpence
Casey Nicholaw – Aladdin
Casey Nicholaw – Aladdin
Drew McOnie – Jesus Christ Superstar
Peter Darling – Groundhog Day

Best Costume Design 
Gregg Barnes – Aladdin
Gregg Barnes – Dreamgirls
Katrina Lindsay – Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Matthew Wright – Funny Girl
Paul Brown – Half a Sixpence

Best Set Design
Bob Crowley – Aladdin
Christine Jones – Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Lez Brotherston – Show Boat
Miriam Buether – Wild
Rob Howell – Groundhog Day

Best Lighting Design (Sponsored by White Light)
Charlie Morgan Jones – Little Shop of Horrors
Hugh Vanstone – Groundhog Day
Jack Weir – The Boys in the Band
Natasha Katz – Aladdin
Neil Austin – Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Best Video Design (Sponsored by PRG XL Video)
Andrezej Goulding – Groundhog Day
Finn Ross and Ash Woodward – Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Finn Ross – The Tempest, RSC
Laura Perrett – Murder Ballad
Tai Yarden – Lazarus

Best Direction
Casey Nicholaw – Aladdin
John Tiffany – Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Matthew Warchus – Groundhog Day
Michael Mayer – Funny Girl
Rachel Kavanaugh – Half a Sixpence

Best Play Revival
The Boys in the Band
The Deep Blue Seas
The Dresser
No Man’s Land

Best Musical Revival (Sponsored by R&H Theatricals Europe)
Funny Girl
Jesus Christ Superstar
Show Boat
Sunset Boulevard

Best New Play (JHI Marketing)
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
The Flick
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
The Mother

Best New Musical (Sponsored by Shine Creative Solutions)
Groundhog Day
Half a Sixpence
School of Rock

Best Off-West End Production (Sponsored By Les Misérables)
The Boys in the Band
Grey Gardens
The Last Five Years
Side Show

Best Regional Production (Sponsored by MTI  Europe)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Flowers for Mrs Harris
The Girls
The Grinning Man

Best Actress in a Musical (Sponsored by The Hippodrome Casino)
Amber Riley – Dreamgirls
Carrie Hope Fletcher – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Devon-Elise Johnson – Half a Sixpence
Glenn Close – Sunset Boulevard
Sheridan Smith – Funny Girl

Best Actor in a Musical (Sponsored by The Umbrella Rooms)
Andy Karl – Groundhog Day
Charlie Stemp – Half a Sixpence
Michael C Hall – Lazarus
Michael Xavier – Sunset Boulevard
Ramin Karmiloo – Murder Ballad

Best Actress in a Play (Sponsored by Live at Zédel)
Billie Piper – Yerma
Helen McCrory – The Deep Blue Sea
Lily James – Romeo and Juliet
Michelle Terry – Henry V
Pixie Lott – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Best Actor in Play (Sponsored by Radisson Blu Edwardian)
Ian Hallard – The Boys in the Band
Ian McKellen – No Man’s Land
Jamie Parker – Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Kenneth Branagh – The Entertainer
Ralph Fiennes – Richard III

Best West End Show (Sponsored by Capezio)
Kinky Boots
Les Misérables
The Phantom of the Opera

Voting closes at the end of January. To ensure your favourite wins, vote now:







By Sophie Ross

The Orchard Theatre in the heart of Dartford’s town centre is the home to all of your theatre needs. They offer a wide range of entertainment from touring productions of West End musicals, top comedians, classical music, bands and their annual pantomime to name just a few. Originally opened in 1983, this hub of culture has enjoyed incredible success and opened it’s doors to some of the biggest and most respected names in the business.

On Sunday September 4th, they welcome you to a morning of fun and exploration. From 10am – 2pm the general public can have an access all areas experience and delve into the exciting world of theatre. The Theatre invites you to come backstage as they lift up the curtain allowing you to see the behind the scenes action. Activities on the day will include backstage tours, demonstrations, creative workshops and arts and crafts.

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Tickets to this event are FREE so don’t miss out.
Book your free ticket by calling 01322 220000 or book online at

Kerry Ellis is set to join the 2017 UK tour of Wonderland. She will play alongside Coronation Street’s Wendi Peters and theatre favourite Dave Willetts for selected dates during the show’s eight month run. Ellis, will play Alice with Peters playing Queen of Hearts and Willetts as the White Rabbit.

With music by Frank Wildhorn, Wonderland is a musical adaption of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Having sold out in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, this production has been Hailed by the New York Times as “inspirational”. It makes it’s UK premiere at the Edinburgh Playhouse on the 20th January before embarking on a tour around the country.

Here a timely and touching story of love in all its forms, it’s an adventurous exploration of who we are, who we want to be and the power of everyday magic in our lives.

Completing the principal cast are Stephen Webb as Jack / White Knight, Natalie McQueen as Mad Hatter, Kayi Ushe as Caterpillar, Dominic Owen as Cheshire Cat, Ben Kerr as March Hare and Carolyn Maitland as Alternate Alice / Mad Hatter. They are joined by an ensemble comprising Sharif Afifi, Toyan Thomas Browne, Divine Cresswell, Jessica Croll, Francesca Lara Gordon, Benjamin McMillan, Bree Smith, Benjamin Yates and swings Lewis Easter and Collette Guitart.

You can see the full list of tour dates below:

20 – 28 Jan Edinburgh Playhouse *
30 Jan – 4 Feb Sunderland Empire
6 – 11 Feb Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre *
13 – 18 Feb Southend Cliffs Pavilion
20 – 25 Feb Oxford New Theatre
27 Feb – 4 Mar Grimsby Auditorium
6 – 11 Mar York Grand Opera House
13 – 18 Mar Bromley Churchill Theatre *
21 – 25 Mar Derry Millennium Forum
27 Mar – 1 Apr Belfast Grand Opera House
3 – 8 Apr Woking New Victoria Theatre *
10 – 15 Apr Blackpool Opera House
18 – 22 Apr Southampton Mayflower
24 – 30 Apr Manchester Palace Theatre *
2 – 6 May New Wimbledon Theatre *
8 – 13 May Bristol Hippodrome *
16 – 20 May
Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre
23 – 27 May Lowestoft Marina Theatre
30 May – 4 Jun Brighton Theatre Royal *
6 – 10 Jun Torquay Princess Theatre
12 – 17 Jun Liverpool Empire *
20 – 24 Jun Dublin
26 Jun – 1 Jul Llandudno Venue Cymru
3 – 8 Jul Glasgow Kings Theatre
10 – 15 Jul Stoke Regent Theatre
17 – 22 Jul Milton Keynes Theatre
24 – 29 Jul Swansea Grand Theatre
14 – 19 Aug Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

(* Kerry Ellis will guest star as Alice in these venues)

By Charly Ralph

With the most recent revival of Cats now gracing the Broadway boards, Andrew Lloyd Webber currently has a trio of Broadway productions. The celebrated The Phantom of the Opera, the contemporary School of Rock – The Musical and the classic Cats are all running on Broadway indefinitely, highlighting Lloyd Webber’s unrivalled success in 21st century musical theatre.

And it’s not the first time the Lord himself has held such an accolade. The Phantom of the Opera and the original Broadway production of Cats played simultaneously with Aspects of Lovein the early 1990’s and then with Sunset Boulevard in the mid 1990’s.

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If that wasn’t enough reason to pop open the champagne, the latest data from Broadway revealed that Lloyd Webber has become the first ever British composer to have three musicals reach the top ten best-selling Broadway shows of the week. All three productions topped last week’s Broadway box office rankings of highest-grossing shows with School of Rock – The Musical in sixth, Cats in seventh and The Phantom of the Opera finishing in tenth.

With no signs of retiring his piano just yet and School of Rock – The Musical set to open in London’s West End this October, we look forward to welcoming Andrew Lloyd Webber home and hearing what’s next for the decorated composer.

By Charly Ralph

As a patron of the National Youth Ballet since 1989, it has been revealed that Joanna Lumley will host a special Memorial Tribute Gala performance on Sunday 4 th September. Taking place at the iconic performing arts venue, Sadler’s Wells, the event will celebrate the company’s Founder and Artistic Director Jill Tookey who sadly passed away in March of this year.

Since meeting Jill at one the company’s beautiful performances at Sadler’s Wells, over twenty five years ago, Joanna has become an avid supporter of the National Youth Ballet and has subsequently narrated two of their ballets. The celebratory evening will see Joanna joined on stage by many returning alumni who have gone on to dance for leading performance companies, including Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

For more than three decades, Jill Tookey quietly became one of the industry’s most influential dance leaders, inspiring generations of young dancers and choreographers, many of whom have embarked upon successful professional careers since their training with the National Youth Ballet. In recognition of her services to dance, Jill was awarded a CBE in the 2016 New Year Honours, and in June this was presented at Buckingham Palace to her ten-year- old granddaughter, and 2016 NYB company member, Gabriella Rummery.

National Youth Ballet involves talented young dancers aged 8 to 18 in every aspect of creating a ballet, from the conception of an idea through to performance on stage at a professional level. The Company inspires children from all walks of life to become involved with dance through schools and community workshops. It utilises the skills of students in associated arts and encourages the talents of young designers, costumiers, musicians and student teachers in the preparation and production of all their work.

Through the Beyond Ballet platform, the Company also nurtures young choreographic talent, supporting young choreographers in devising and showcasing their own works at professional level. This year 120 dancers from across the country were offered places with the Company, and will perform in the 2016 season.

The innovative Beyond Ballet platform will also return, showcasing young choreographic talents presenting their own works. The Memorial Gala performance at Sadler’s Wells will also include new commissions and performances from returning alumni including choreographer Andrew McNicol, West End performer Lucinda Lawrence and Birmingham Royal Ballet first artist Ruth Brill.

The 2016 programme, which includes performances at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August, will also showcase highlights from National Youth Ballet’s 29-year history through some of Jill’s favourite commissions. These include The Old Man of Lochnagar, a ballet based on the children’s book by HRH The Prince of Wales, choreographed by Olivier Award winner and NYB alumnus Drew McOnie.