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  • 2014 Olivier Awards

    2014 Olivier Awards

    Monday 10 March, 2014

    The Weir, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Wicked all receive nominations at the Olivier Awards 2014!

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  • Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies transfer

    Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies transfer

    Thursday 6 March, 2014

    Producers Playful Productions and the Royal Shakespeare Company announce that the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies will transfer to the West End.

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  • The Audience and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory triumph at the WhatsOnStage Awards 2014

    The Audience and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory triumph at the WhatsOnStage Awards 2014

    Sunday 23 February, 2014

    The Audience and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory both win awards at the WhatsOnStage Awards 2014.

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  • Alex Jennings named as new Willy Wonka

    Alex Jennings named as new Willy Wonka

    Friday 7 February, 2014

    Alex  Jennings will play Willy Wonka in the record-breaking West  End production of Roald  Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the role currently played by Douglas Hodge.

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  • WhatsOnStage Awards 2014 nominations announced

    WhatsOnStage Awards 2014 nominations announced

    Friday 6 December, 2013

    The Audience, The Weir, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Wicked all receive nominations for the WhatsOnStage Awards 2014.

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  • Blithe Spirit- Gielgud Theatre

    Blithe Spirit- Gielgud Theatre

    Friday 29 November, 2013

    Returning to the London stage for the first time in nearly 40 years the inimitable Angela Lansbury reunites with acclaimed director Michael Blakemore to reprise her Tony award-winning Broadway performance as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. Opening at the Gielgud Theatre on 18 March 2014, with previews from 1 March, this new production of Noël Coward’s sharp comedy of social mores will also star Janie Dee and Charles Edwards.

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  • The Audience triumphs at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards!

    The Audience triumphs at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards!

    Monday 18 November, 2013

    Congratulations to Helen Mirren and Bob Crowley for winning Evening Standard Theatre Awards for The Audience.

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  • Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2013 shortlist nominations announced

    Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2013 shortlist nominations announced

    Friday 8 November, 2013

    The Audience receives two nominations in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2013.

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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory extends booking period until 1 November 2014

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory extends booking period until 1 November 2014

    Monday 7 October, 2013

    The hit West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, announced today that it has extended its booking period by six months until 1 November 2014.

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  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory releases Official Cast Recording album

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory releases Official Cast Recording album

    Monday 7 October, 2013

    The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Official Cast Recording with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman isnow availabile on CD and for download.

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  • Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies announces cast

    Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies announces cast

    Tuesday 1 October, 2013

    The world premiere stage versions of Hilary Mantel’s multi award-winning novels about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn are now fully cast and will begin rehearsals soon. The RSC production of these two plays will preview in the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in December 2013 and will run until 29 March 2014.

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  • Shrek the Musical Announces Major Tour of UK and Ireland

    Shrek the Musical Announces Major Tour of UK and Ireland

    Friday 27 September, 2013

    SHREK THE MUSICAL® will open at the Grand Theatre in Leeds on Wednesday 23rd July followed by dates in Bristol, Nottingham, Belfast, Dublin, Oxford, Manchester, Aberdeen, Canterbury, Newcastle, Glasgow and Sheffield with further venues still to be announced.

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  • Wicked celebrates 7th Birthday

    Wicked celebrates 7th Birthday

    Friday 27 September, 2013

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of Wicked!

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  • Wicked Opens at Palace Theatre, Manchester

    Wicked Opens at Palace Theatre, Manchester

    Thursday 12 September, 2013

    WICKED is the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz. The major tour of the UK and Ireland opens at Manchester's Palace Theatre.

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  • Charlie & the Chocolate Factory celebrates 100th show

    Charlie & the Chocolate Factory celebrates 100th show

    Friday 23 August, 2013

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

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  • Playful Productions is moving

    Playful Productions is moving

    Thursday 11 July, 2013

    Playful Productions is moving to Covent Garden from Monday 15th July 2013.

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  • Wicked - new cast announced from 18th November 2013

    Wicked - new cast announced from 18th November 2013

    Monday 1 July, 2013

    WICKED, the long-running hit West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero); Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible) and Olivier award-winning actor Paul Clarkson (Doctor Dillamond) will join the previously announced international Wicked star Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba) in the new London cast at the Apollo Victoria Theatre from Monday 18 November 2013. Sam Kelly will return to play The Wizard, a role he previously played in 2009/2010. Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose) and Sam Lupton (Boq) will continue in their current starring roles. Emma Hatton will be Standby Elphaba and current ensemble cast member Sophie Linder-Lee will become Standby Glinda.

    Louise Dearman (Elphaba), Gina Beck (Glinda), Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Harriet Thorpe (Madame Morrible), Keith Bartlett (The Wizard), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond), Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba) and Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda) will all play their final performances on Saturday 16 November 2013.

     

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  • Wicked UK & Ireland Tour Announces Principal Cast

    Wicked UK & Ireland Tour Announces Principal Cast

    Tuesday 11 June, 2013

    We're delighted to announce Nikki Davis-Jones and Emily Tierney are to play Elphaba and Glinda in the upcoming Wicked UK & Ireland tour.

     

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  • NT Live presents The Audience around Cinemas Nationwide

    NT Live presents The Audience around Cinemas Nationwide

    Monday 10 June, 2013

    National Theatre Live will broadcast the highly-anticipated West End production of The Audience, with Helen Mirren reprising her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II, live from London's Gielgud Theatre on 13 June

     

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  • Charlie starts previews

    Charlie starts previews

    Wednesday 22 May, 2013

    Warner Brothers' world premiere stage musical, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, has opened at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, now booking until December 2013...

     

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  • Dirty Dancing returns to West End

    Dirty Dancing returns to West End

    Wednesday 15 May, 2013

    Dirty Dancing will make a triumphant return to the West End and opens at the Piccadilly Theatre on 13th July 2013.

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  • Playful triumphs at Olivier Awards!

    Playful triumphs at Olivier Awards!

    Monday 29 April, 2013

    Playful Productions scooped five awards for The Audience and Sweeney Todd at a star-studded award ceremony on Sunday evening.

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  • 2013 Olivier Awards

    2013 Olivier Awards

    Tuesday 26 March, 2013

    Playful Productions 'The Audience', 'Sweeney Todd' and Wicked together have been nominated for 12 Olivier Awards! 

    The 2013 Awards Ceremony will be held at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 28th April 2013.

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  • Five Star Ratings for The Audience

    Five Star Ratings for The Audience

    Sunday 17 March, 2013

    The Audience has received five star reviews from The Times and The Daily Telegraph, and excellent reviews in all other major national newspapers.

     

     

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  • Dirty Dancing UK Tour

    Dirty Dancing UK Tour

    Friday 1 March, 2013

    The producers of the smash hit show Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage are delighted to announce that a new tour of the UK will launch at the Bristol Hippodrome in March 2014, before setting pulses racing in Sheffield, Newcastle, Southampton, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Milton Keynes and Oxford, with further dates to be announced in September!

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  • Whatsonstage Awards 2013

    Whatsonstage Awards 2013

    Sunday 17 February, 2013

    Sweeney Todd scoops 5 awards for Playful!

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  • WICKED TO PREMIERE IN SCOTLAND

    WICKED TO PREMIERE IN SCOTLAND

    Friday 15 February, 2013

    WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will make its Scottish premiere at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow in May 2014. 

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  • Extra matinee performances scheduled for Stephen Daldry's production of Peter Morgan's The Audience

    Extra matinee performances scheduled for Stephen Daldry's production of Peter Morgan's The Audience

    Monday 21 January, 2013

    Two further matinee performances (16 and 27 February 2013 at 2.30pm) have been scheduled for Stephen Daldry’s production of Peter Morgan’s The Audience.

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  • Casting update for world premiere of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Casting update for world premiere of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Friday 11 January, 2013

    Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick today announced further casting for Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25th June 2013, directed by Sam Mendes.

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  • Yes, Prime Minister Tour 2013

    Yes, Prime Minister Tour 2013

    Sunday 9 December, 2012

    Casting is announced for the 2013 Spring tour of Yes, Prime Minister

    Michael Fenton Stevens will play Prime Minister Jim Hacker, Crispin Redman will play Sir Humphrey and Michael Matus will play Bernard

    Last chance to see the smash hit production of Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay’s play on its third regional tour

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  • Wicked announces major tour of the UK and Ireland

    Wicked announces major tour of the UK and Ireland

    Monday 5 November, 2012

    Tour premieres in September 2013 at Manchester at Manchester's Palace Theatre

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  • Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012 - Nominations announced

    Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012 - Nominations announced

    Friday 2 November, 2012

    Sweeney Todd, South Downs and The Browning Version and The King's Speech all up for nominations in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

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  • Douglas Hodge to play Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical

    Douglas Hodge to play Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical

    Thursday 11 October, 2012

    Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick today announced that Olivier and Tony Award®-winning actor Douglas Hodge will play Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25th June next year.

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  • The Audience

    The Audience

    Sunday 23 September, 2012

    Stephen Daldry to direct Helen Mirren in world premiere of Peter Morgan’s The Audience

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  • Production Co-ordinator Vacancy

    Production Co-ordinator Vacancy

    Monday 9 July, 2012

    This Position has now been filled.

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  • Charlie and The Chocolate Factory The Musical

    Charlie and The Chocolate Factory The Musical

    Monday 18 June, 2012

    Playful Productions will be General Managing Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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  • Yes, Prime Minister at Trafalgar Studios

    Yes, Prime Minister at Trafalgar Studios

    Monday 14 May, 2012

    Yes, Prime Minister makes a triumphant return to the West End, bringing politics back to Whitehall with an open-ended run at Trafalgar Studios – formerly the Whitehall Theatre.

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  • 2012 Olivier Award nominations announced

    2012 Olivier Award nominations announced

    Thursday 15 March, 2012

    The nominations have been announced for the 2012 Olivier Awards:

     

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  • Carley Stenson will take over the role of Princess Fiona in May

    Carley Stenson will take over the role of Princess Fiona in May

    Thursday 8 March, 2012

    Carley Stenson will take over from Kimberley Walsh in the role of Princess Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL® at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane from May 23, 2012

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  • South Downs/The Browning Version - Harold Pinter Theatre

    South Downs/The Browning Version - Harold Pinter Theatre

    Sunday 4 March, 2012

    Playful Productions, Neal Street Productions and Robert Fox are pleased to announce that following a critically acclaimed and sold out run as part of Chichester’s Festival 2011, the double bill of Terence Rattigan's one-act masterpiece and David Hare's specially commissioned companion piece will transfer to Harold Pinter Theatre from April 19 with a press night on April 24.

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  • The King's Speech - Wyndham's Theatre

    The King's Speech - Wyndham's Theatre

    Thursday 16 February, 2012

    Playful Productions and Michael Alden are delighted to announce that the highly acclaimed stage production of The King’s Speech will transfer to Wyndham’s Theatre on 22 March, with an opening night on 27 March.

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  • Whatsonstage Awards nominations announced
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  • New casting announced for The King's Speech

    New casting announced for The King's Speech

    Thursday 24 November, 2011

    Emma Fielding, Joss Ackland and Ian McNeice join Charles Edwards and Jonathan Hyde in the new stage production of The King's Speech directed by Adrian Noble and designed by Anthony Ward. 

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  • Wicked and Sheridan Smith are winners at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards

    Wicked and Sheridan Smith are winners at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards

    Thursday 24 November, 2011

    Wicked wins the first public voted award for 'Best Night Out' and Sheridan Smith walks away with the 'Best Actress' award for her role in Flare Path. 

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  • Sweeney Todd - Adelphi Theatre

    Sweeney Todd - Adelphi Theatre

    Monday 14 November, 2011

    Following sell-out success at Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Kent’s acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd transfers to London’s West End for a limited season from 10 March 2012.

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  • Dirty Dancing has become the most successful show of all time at the King's Theatre in Glasgow!

    Dirty Dancing has become the most successful show of all time at the King's Theatre in Glasgow!

    Thursday 10 November, 2011

    Dirty Dancing has taken over £1,835,000, making it the largest grossing show ever at the King’s Theatre Glasgow box office. It has sold 94% of all seats across its 4-week run, having made its Scottish premiere on Thursday 20 October 2011.

     

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  • Shrek The Musical announces 2012 casting

    Shrek The Musical announces 2012 casting

    Tuesday 8 November, 2011

    Dean Chisnall takes over the title role and Neil McDermott is announced as the new Lord Farquaard.


     


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  • Sheridan Smith makes shortlist in Evening Standard Theatre Awards

    Sheridan Smith makes shortlist in Evening Standard Theatre Awards

    Monday 7 November, 2011

    Flare Path star, Sheridan Smith has made the Natasha Richardson Best Actress Award shortlist. She is up against Kristin Scott Thomas for her performance in Betrayal and Samantha Spiro in Chicken Soup With Barley. 

     

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  • Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of  Fleet Street

    Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Friday 4 November, 2011

    The hit Chichester Festival Theatre production transfers to the Adelphi Theatre in March 2012

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  • Flare Path stars nominated for Evening Standard Awards

    Flare Path stars nominated for Evening Standard Awards

    Wednesday 26 October, 2011

    Sheridan Smith is nominated as Best Actress for her role as Doris in Flare Path, Harry Hadden-Paton as Best Actor for his role as Teddy and Trevor Nunn for Best Director. The shortlist will be published in the week beginning November 7 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Savoy on November 20.

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  • Playful to co-produce Noël Coward's Hay Fever

    Playful to co-produce Noël Coward's Hay Fever

    Friday 21 October, 2011

    For the first time since its renaming and refurbishment, one of Noël Coward’s most well known plays will be performed at the Noël Coward Theatre.  Howard Davies is to direct Lindsay Duncan in Coward’s Hay Fever, reuniting the director and actor who together received seven major international theatre awards for their 2001 collaboration on Coward’s Private Lives.  Duncan is joined by Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally and Olivia Colman in Coward’s sublime comedy of bad manners.

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  • Playful to co-produce the world premier of the play The King's Speech

    Playful to co-produce the world premier of the play The King's Speech

    Friday 7 October, 2011

    Playful Productions and Michael Alden Productions are delighted to announce that the world premier production of the original play of The King’s Speech by David Seidler will be brought to the stage next year in a production directed by Adrian Noble. David Seidler wrote The King’s Speech as a play before it became a film for which he won both the Academy Award© and BAFTA for Best Screenplay. Charles Edwards – who recently appeared at Shakespeare’s Globe opposite Eve Best in Much Ado About Nothing – will play George VI and Australian born Jonathan Hyde, who was recently seen in The Deep Blue Sea at Chichester Festival Theatre, will play speech therapist Lionel Logue.

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  • Wicked - full cast confirmed

    Wicked - full cast confirmed

    Monday 3 October, 2011

    WICKED, the smash hit musical that recently celebrated its landmark 5th birthday at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, is pleased to confirm it's entire new cast.

    From Monday 12 December 2011, the “hugely popular show” (The Times) will star:

    Rachel Tucker (Elphaba), Gina Beck (Glinda), Matt Willis (Fiyero), Desmond Barrit (The Wizard), Julie Legrand (Madame Morrible), Lillie Flynn (Nessarose), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond), Adam Pettigrew (Boq), Nikki Davis-Jones (Standby Elphaba), Chloe Taylor (Standby Glinda), Ashley Andrews, Gemma Atkins, Alex Louize Bird, Oliver Brenin, Kieran Brown, Andrew Bryant, Sophie Carmen-Jones, Nicholas Collier, Aileen Donohoe, Enobong Essien, Harry Francis, Emma Green, Chlöe Hart, Jacqueline Hughes, Robert Jones, Sophie Linder-Lee, Bonnie Parker, Sean Parkins, Soeli Parry, Michelle Pentecost, David Rudin, Charlotte Scott, Sam Taylor, Paulo Teixeira, Hannah Toy, Matt Turner and Oliver Watton.


     

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  • Happy 5th Birthday Wicked!

    Happy 5th Birthday Wicked!

    Tuesday 27 September, 2011

    WICKED recently played its 2000th performance and will celebrate its landmark 5th birthday tonight, Tuesday 27 September 2011. 



  • Yes, Prime Minister moves next door

    Yes, Prime Minister moves next door

    Tuesday 20 September, 2011

    Yes, Prime Minister opens at the Gielgud Theatre tonight for a final 8 weeks following an initial run at the Apollo Theatre.

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  • Gina Beck and Matt Willis to join Wicked and Desmond Barrit returns to play 'The Wizard'

    Gina Beck and Matt Willis to join Wicked and Desmond Barrit returns to play 'The Wizard'

    Wednesday 14 September, 2011

    WICKED, the smash hit musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that Gina Beck and Matt Willis will join the cast on Monday 12 December 2011 to star as Glinda and Fiyero respectively. Desmond Barrit is returning to the show to play The Wizard. They will be joined by Lillie Flynn (Nessarose), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond) and Adam Pettigrew (Boq).

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  • 'Smash hit musical gives us all the time of our lives' Bristol Evening Post

    'Smash hit musical gives us all the time of our lives' Bristol Evening Post

    Wednesday 7 September, 2011

    Dirty Dancing opens in Bristol!

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  • There's a new Princess in the swamp...

    There's a new Princess in the swamp...

    Friday 26 August, 2011

    As Amanda Holden shares her wonderful news...Shrek The Musical announces that Kimberley Walsh will play the role of Princess Fiona from October 5 2011. 

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