WHERE?: Phoenix Theatre WHEN?: 13/8, Ms Burke appearing until 14/10/18
RUN TIME: 2 hours and 20 minutes (including 20-minute interval)
This production won middling reviews when it opened earlier this year starring Hollywood’s Cuba Gooding Jr but it was only until the casting of Alexandra Burke, who debuted tonight, that we were persuaded through its doors.
Read on for reasons including all the opening night gossip featuring Martin Kemp as Billy Flynn
We saw the 24-year-old amputee win gold at the 2012 Paralympics and 2017 World Championships at the London Stadium. He’s a credit to his sport, athletes often do well in Strictly and, perhaps because of his obvious disadvantage, we’ll be rooting for him to win.
Read on for reasons including why a former Communard mustn’t leave us too soon
The Garrick Theatre had some success earlier this year with Griff Rhys Jones/Lee Mack comedy The Miser and this musical re-working of the Mel Brooks classic looks like it will be puttin’ on the Ritz with a cast including Ross Noble (see above) and Lesley Joseph. Runs 28/9 to February 2018. Tickets
Read on for reasons including Sir Ian McKellen, new Hurts and Strictly Comes Dancing does Annie
Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart inhabit No Man’s Land
Our most read content of the year so far was shared by Sir Ian on his Facebook page and was a Shakespeare BFI Q&A with him in April. We’ve seen him many times filming Vicious at ITV Studios on the South Bank but never on stage in the theatre – until now and this Broadway transfer. Runs 8/9 to 17/12 at Wyndham’s Theatre. Picture via No Man’s Land. Tickets here.
Read on for reasons including The Fall, Billy Joel and Inside No 9
Summer’s biggest blockbuster shows are arguably this very panto remake of the 1992 Disney musical and Harry Potter and The Cursed Child which open within days and a stone’s throw of each other in London’s West End.
Read on for details of the two big moments in this musical of the year so far