Category: London Theatre News
Over the Summer there are various outdoor screenings of classic films in London’s parks and historical houses which can make a great evening out and a way to escape the heat in town. Now under full swing here is a list of some of the ones coming up for the rest of the Summer.
2nd August – Skyfall
3rd August – Casablanca
17th August – The Goonies
18th August – Top Gun
Opera Holland Park
8th August – ET
9th August – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
10th August – West Side Story
11th August – A night of silent films
Regents Park Open Air Theatre
25 August – Shakespeare in love
1st September – The Birds
26th August – Pretty Woman
8th August – Argo
19th August – This is Spinal Tap
12h September – Cinema Paradiso
13th September – Rocky Horror Picture Show
14th September – Dirty Dancing
For a full list and more information see The Luna Cinema
This year’s West End Live is going to be held in Trafalger Square this year:
Saturday 22nd 11pm until 6pm and;
Sunday 23rd 12pm until 6pm.
There will be performances from more than 25 of the capital’s hottest shows including West End musicals Wicked, Disney’s The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera, Les Misérables, Top Hat, Thriller Live, Jersey Boys, Monty Python’s Spamalot, We Will Rock You and the winner of this year’s BBC Radio 2 Audience Award Billy Elliot The Musical.
As well as more recent additions, as Burn The Floor, The Bodyguard, A Chorus Line, The Golden Voice, High Society, Once, Peter Pan: Never Ending Story, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, From Here To Eternity, Merrily We Roll Along, The Colour Purple and The Sound Of Music. All in all best value for money in Theatreland FREE!
There will be refreshments and other stalls there also.
Last night saw the prestigious Olivier Awards, where the great and good of British Theatre come together to honour the best in the business.
Best New Musical Olivier Award went to Top Hat, which is based on the 1935 film of the same name and nominated for a total of seven awards at this year’s ceremony. The Sunday Telegraph’s Tim Walker said it was “The most sublimely performed, choreographed, orchestrated and costumed musical I have seen in the past 25 years.” See more on Top Hat Here
While MasterCard Best New Play award went to The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, a tale about a 15-year-old boy who embarks on a mission to discover who murdered his neighbour’s dog. See more on The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time here
As of 6th April a government ban on excessive credit and debit card charges came into effect in the UK. From now on companies can only pass on legitimate charges that they themselves receive from banks.
Here are some examples of how much companies are charged to take credit cards:
- transaction of £50: £1.16
- transaction of £100: £2.10
- transaction of £250: £4.94
source: OFT, 2011
Debit cards are cheaper to process, due to the limited protection compared to credit cards, and should only cost between 50p and £1 no matter how large the transaction. This is good news for visitors as these charges often appear on hotel bills, travel tickets, theatre, sport and entertainment tickets as well as cinemas tickets, meaning that the cost of things should be a lot clearer.
Last weekend saw the award winning Wicked welcome it’s five millionth guest proving that the show is still drawing massive audiences after 7 years. The lucky couple attended the matinee and were from Fife.
UK Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “All long-running shows depend as much on audiences coming back for more as they do on first-time visitors, and Wicked is no exception. We have been swept along to the incredible milestone of 5 million visitors by passionate fans and incredible word-of-mouth that inspires new ticket buyers every day. We are truly grateful to everyone who continues to make Wicked such a popular and enduring success..”
It has been open less than a week however the Book of Mormon, by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and winner of 7 Tony awards including “Best Musical,” has set a West End record for single day’s sales racking up over £2m in tickets sales on the first Friday. Producers have released an additional 150,000 tickets, however this only seems to stem the flow as it is now sold out until June.
The Beatles tribute show Let It Be will transfer to the Savoy Theatre on 1 February 2013, where it is currently booking until 5 October 2013. Let It Be will play its final performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 19 January 2013.
Jam-packed with over twenty of The Beatles’ greatest hits, Let It Be documents The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through the heights of Beatlemania, to their later studio masterpieces. The show features live performances of their greatest pop hits including Yesterday, Hey Jude and, of course, Let It Be.
Let It Be opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre in September to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles.
Book of mormon show at Prince of Wales Theatre from 4 March 2013
Winner of a Grammy and nine Tony awards, the Book of Mormon is set for its premiere at the Prince of Wales theatre. Loaded with hilarious comedy, stupendous music, interesting storyline and impeccable star cast, the Book of Mormon is for theatre lovers of all genres.
It was announced this week that this Saturday’s performance of Willey Russell’s Blood Brothers will be the last, after a record breaking 24 years. Another victim of this years Olympic drought to hit london, the show joins a host of other shows closing it’s doors this year. It will be sadly missed as it stands out from the rest as a truly original piece with a classic storyline, rather than the newer breed of unashamedly brass tack shows that are all about the music. Be the last to see Blood Brothers here.