News of the Week

In The Heights has press night at the Kings Cross Theatre
In The Heights officially arrived in London on Tuesday after having its press night and receiving rave reviews. The show had transferred to the West End for a limited (although recently extended) run until June next year after a sold out and highly acclaimed run at the Southwark Playhouse. 
Beverly Knight’s final week in Memphis

This was Beverly Knight’s final week as Felecia Farrell in Memphis. Knight is leaving Memphis, which itself is closing on the 31st of this month, to join the Cats cast at the London Palladium as Grizabella.

Rachel John is set to replace Knight for the rest of the show’s run in the West End prior to its UK tour.
Emma Hatton marks 350 shows at Wicked

Emma Hatton, London’s current Elphaba, celebrated 350 shows in Wicked on Tuesday. Wicked is currently playing at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and booking until November next year. 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory reaches the 1000 milestone and extends its run in the West End

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory celebrated 1000 performances at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Monday and also extended its booking period to 3rd Decemeber 2016.
Close to You opens officially

Close to You had its press night yesterday at the Criterion Theatre. Close to You transferred to the West End after a run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, called What’s it all about? at the time, and is a celebration of the music of Burt Bacharach.
American Idiot announces a UK Tour 2016

American Idiot currently playing at the Arts Theatre has announced a UK tour in 2016. Amelia Lily will be reprising her role as Whatshername. Further casting to be announced and some dates have been set. The tour starts 19th March.
Aladdin confirmed and first casting announced

Aladdin had been confirmed for June 2016 at the Prince Edward Theatre (currently home to Miss Saigon). Trevor Dion Nicholas will play the Genie. 
Full casting for Funny Girl announced 

Funny Girl, opening at the Menier Chocolate Factory on 2nd December, has announced full casting: Valda Aviks, Natasha Barnes, Emma Caffrey, Danis Campbell, Matthew Croke, Marilyn Cutts, Joelle Dyson, Rebecca Fennelly, Luke Fetherston, Leah Harris, Kelly Homewood, Sammy Kelly, Maurice Lane, Bruce Montague, Joel Montague, Stuart Ramsay, Sheridan Smith and Gay Soper.
Kinky Boots extends its run

Kinky Boots, currently showing at the Adelphi Theatre, has extended its booking period to May next year.

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