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Sarah Earnshaw as Betty & Joe Pasquale as Frank Spencer

Joe Pasquale returns for new Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em tour

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em will travel the UK again, with Joe Pasquale returning as the accident-prone Frank Spencer and Sarah Earnshaw as his wife, Betty.

Whoopi Goldberg and Brenda Edwards

Jamie Wilson & Whoopi Goldberg announce new Sister Act production

Producers Jamie Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg have revealed that Brenda Edwards will star in a rewritten version of Sister Act, opening at the Curve in Leicester, on 21st April 2020.

Waitress the musical

Waitress the musical extends West End run

Producers of confirmed that Waitress the musical has extended its booking period until 7th December. 

An Inspector Calls Tour 2018 -19

An Inspector Calls reveals all-new cast for its latest tour

An Inspector Calls has announced a new cast for its latest UK and Ireland tour, beginning its run at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, on Friday 6th September. 

Touching The Void

Touching The Void to transfer to the West End

The producers of Touching The Void have announced that the play will transfer to London following successful runs across the UK and abroad.

Birthday boy with frame and Lord Right

Harry Potter stage actress joins the cast of A Right Royale Tea

Elizabeth Hill, former cast member of West End show Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, will join the cast of A Right Royale Tea in the lead role of Lady Right from 21st July.

Company of Girl From The North Country at The Old Vic

West End return for The Girl from the North Country

The Girl from the North Country will play at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End for an eight week season, running from 10th December until 1st February.

Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, London..  Credit Johan Persson

GLT goes behind the scenes of The Lion King musical which is celebrating its 20th year

We were invited backstage at London’s Lyceum Theatre to see first-hand how The Lion King has brought the African savannah to the capital so beautifully for two decades.

Six the musical

SIX the musical announces new dates and cast for its West End run

SIX the Musical has extended its run at the Arts Theatre in London until 5th July, 2020,with four new cast members also revealed. 

Anton and Erin Live

Strictly’s Anton Du Beke & Erin Boag announce national tour for 2020

Anton & Erin… Dance Those Magical Movies, will travel the UK from January next year, ‘performing cinema classics live on the dancefloor’.

Glen Joseph as Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly musical’s 30th anniversary tour

Buddy  - The Buddy Holly Story  will open at Harlow Playhouse on 28th August before travelling the UK following a successful six-month run of the USA and Canada. 

The Phantom of the Opera tour

The Phantom of the Opera to tour the UK and Ireland next year

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh have announced that the original production of The Phantom of the Opera will tour venues across the UK and Ireland in 2020.

The cast of Falsettos

Full casting announced for UK premiere of Falsettos

Falsettos the musical has revealed its all-new cast that will take to the West End stage for a limited season from 30th August to 23rd November.

The Cast of Saturday Night Fever

7 of the best: Upcoming theatre tours to have on your radar

There are so many fantastic shows touring the UK & Ireland this year and next, it’s hard to know where to start. We’ve selected 7 productions to look out for at a theatre near you.

Only Fools and Horses The Musical

Only Fools and Horses The Musical extends its Haymarket run

A further 100,000 tickets have been released for Only Fools and Horses The Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, following a “huge demand”. 

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen returns to the West End stage for 'mystery' show

Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others And You will transfer to the London stage from September this year.

Birthday boy with frame and Lord Right

A Right Royale Tea immersive experience comes to London

A new immersive and participatory comedy performance, A Right Royale Tea, is coming to London this summer, promising an ‘unexpected 1920’s elegance and a stiff-upper lip’.

Dear Evan Hansen

More tickets released for the West End's Dear Evan Hansen

Following a sell-out booking period, the London premiere of Dear Evan Hansen has gone on sale again, with tickets now available until Saturday 4th April 2020.

Cast of A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls to embark on a nationwide tour

Following its success at Bristol Old Vic, A Monster Calls will travel to 16 venues across the UK next year, beginning its run at Chichester Festival Theatre in February.

Disney's The Lion King

Disney's The Lion King announces cast for new UK & Ireland tour

Casting for The Lion King tour, which opens in Bristol this September, has been announced. 

Shakespeare's Rose Theatre at Blenheim Palace

Shakespeare's Rose Theatre is being recreated at Blenheim Palace

Group bookings are available for peformances at the pop-up Shakespeare Theatre staged at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire from 8th July – 7th September. 

Touring cast of The Worst Witch

Full cast announced for London production of The Worst Witch

The full cast for the West End production of The Worst Witch has been revealed, flying onto the stage at the Vaudeville Theatre in London from 24th July.

Waitress casting shot from the West End

Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison to join the cast of Waitress

Blake Harrison, best known as Neil Sutherland in The Inbetweeners will take over the role of Ogie in the West End production of Waitress on 17th June.

Captain Corelli playing his mandolin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin transfers to the West End

Following a succesful UK tour, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin will take to the stage at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End from 4th July to 31st August.

Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street to premiere as an immersive experience in London

The Wolf of Wall Street will make its world premiere as an immersive production in London this year, opening on 11th September.

Come From Away the musical

​Come From Away musical extends into 2020

The hit production, which tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded air passengers in the wake of 9/11, will now run in the West End until next year.

The Prince of Egypt artwork

DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt to run in the West End

Based on the DreamWorks Animation film, The Prince of Egypt will open in the West End for a 32-week run in February 2020. 

Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever

One for the kids: Peppa Pig latest tour is the 'Best Day Ever'

Stuck for ideas that will appeal to families with young children? Fear not as Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever will tour from the 18th October, opening at the Dartford Orchard Theatre. 

Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins in the 2015 tour performing Playing the Game

Interview: How Zizi Strallen landed her dream role as Mary Poppins

With the Mary Poppins stage musical returning to London’s West End in October, we talk to Zizi Strallen about what it will be like stepping into familar shoes, and whether she can actually spell supercalifragilisticdocious.

The Vikings ready for battle at Kynren - an epic tale of England

Kynren adds Viking drama to epic outdoor performance

The annual spectacle will return at the end of June for what is billed as the UK’s biggest outdoor theatre performance, with a 1000-strong cast adding The Year of the Viking to this year’s Kynren - an epic tale of England in County Durham.

Olly Dobson as Marty McFly in Back to the Future the Musical

Back to the Future the Musical to debut at Manchester Opera House next year

Back to the Future the Musical will debut on a 12-week run at Manchester Opera House on Thursday 20th February 2020, before moving to the West End.

Jay McGuiness as Josh Baskin in BIG

Further cast announcements made for Big the Musical

Who will be joining Jay McGuiness in the West End musical version of the hit 80s film?

The Nicest Kids in Town in 2017 Hairspray UK Tour

Hairspray the Musical to tour the UK from September 2020

Hairspray the Musical will begin a new UK tour in September next year, on its third run that will extend in 2021. 

Carole King Musical 2017 - 2018 Tour Cast. Photo Craig Sugden

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical to tour the UK and Ireland in 2020

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical will embark on a new tour of the UK and Ireland following a hugely succesful, sold-out run in 2017/2018. 

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Bishop’s Palace in Somerset to host Outdoor Theatre Season

The Bishop’s Palace in Wells, Somerset, is hosting its annual Summer Outdoor Theatre event, bringing some classic productions to the stage between July and August.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong Pirate Ship

Mischief Theatre's new Peter Pan Goes Wrong tour

Mischief Theatre has announced a new national tour of its hilarious Peter Pan Goes Wrong, a comical performance that will visit London’s Alexandra Palace on its run.

Falsettos

Broadway musical Falsettos will make UK debut at The Other Palace

The award-winning Selladoor Worldwide production of Falsettos will open in London this summer. 

Dear Evan Hansen

Bookings now open for Dear Evan Hansen musical

Tickets are now on sale for the musical, Dear Evan Hansen, which is opening in the West End later this year. 

Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ - The Musical

Classic tale of Adrian Mole comes to the West End

A musical adaptation of the popular novel, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾, is heading to London this summer.

Thriller Live

West End's Thriller Live extends into 2020

Thriller Live, the West End concert show, is extending its run to April 2020 with a new booking period announced.

9 to 5 The Musical

Look out for these top theatre stars in 2019

We round up some of the top theatre cast announcements to have on your group travel radar. 

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train tour extends with new venues added

The UK tour of the play, based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins, is now running until November 2019.

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery extends into 2020

Mischief Theatre’s slapstick comedy play has announced it will now be taking bookings into 2020.

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! musical celebrates 20th year with extension

ABBA musical, Mamma Mia! has announced its extension into next year, to mark its 20th anniversary in the West End.

Big the Musical

Big The Musical to come to West End

For a limited run from September, Big the Musical, based on the hit movie, will arrive at the Dominion Theatre in London.

White Christmas

Group tickets available for White Christmas musical

A new production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will open at London’s Dominion Theatre this November with group tickets now on sale.

Jac Yarrow

Exciting young actor debuts in Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat

A new star will be taking the lead role in the new West End production of Joseph at the London Palladium, which opens on 27th June. So who is Jac Yarrow?

Riverdance

Anniversary tour planned for Riverdance

Popular Irish dancing show, Riverdance, is set to tour the UK with a new 25th anniversary celebratory show in 2020.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

More tickets conjured up for Harry Potter play

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, staged at London’s Palace Theatre, is now taking bookings until January 2020.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical, adds more tour dates

The musical, touring the UK from this September has now revealed more dates, taking it into 2020.

Deen van Meer

Disney's Frozen musical to open in West End

Based on the popular Disney animated film by the same name, Frozen the musical will make its UK debut at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2020.

Club Tropicana the Musical

Interview: Kate Robbins on her part in the new Club Tropicana musical

Michael de Burća meets Kate Robbins to talk about her role in the new musical Club Tropicana the Musical.

Mary Poppins 2015 tour

Further casting revealed for upcoming Mary Poppins musical

Cameron Mackintosh and Disney have announced that Petula Clark and Joseph Millson will join the previously announced cast in the new production of Mary Poppins.

The Twilight Zone

London Theatre Review: The Twilight Zone

A bewitching experience that will leave you questioning alien existence and human imagination, says Laura Sexton after reviewing the show at The Ambassadors Theatre in London.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie the musical

Interview: Layton Williams on his lead role in the musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie

GLT speaks to the actor about performing his dream part in the hit musical which is currently playing at the Apollo Theatre in the West End. 

Magic Goes Wrong

Mischief Theatre announces new comedy show

Mischief Theatre, the Olivier award-winning company behind The Play That Goes Wrong, has announced its new comedy, Magic Goes Wrong

Calendar Girls The Musical

Lesley Joseph to join cast of Calendar Girls musical

The upcoming tour of Calendar Girls The Musical, by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, has revealed that Lesley Joseph will join the cast.

The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black celebrates 30th anniversary with new cast

A new cast has been announced ahead of the 30th anniversary of the London production. 

Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution extends into 2020

The Agatha Christie play, Witness for the Prosecution, has extended its run at London County Hall until 2020, with more tickets now released.

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! the musical returns for UK tour this year

The popular production based on the songs of ABBA will tour the UK again starting this September.

Come From Away the musical

London Theatre Review: Come From Away

GLT reviews Come From Away,  the musical based on the remarkable true events of 9/11. 

The cast of the UK and Ireland tour of Calendar Girls The Musical

New cast for tour of Calendar Girls The Musical

A new cast has been announced for the UK and Ireland tour of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical comedy, Calendar Girls The Musical.

Joe McFadden

Joe McFadden to star in upcoming Priscilla tour

The 2019/20 tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert will star actor and Strictly Come Dancing winner, Joe McFadden in the production.

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Tina musical welcomes new principal star

The musical, telling the story of rock and roll artist Tina Turner, has revealed its new lead actor.

Katharine McPhee in Waitress

Waitress extends its first West End run

The musical announced its extension news ahead of its first West End preview.

Matthew Croke as Aladdin and Trevor Dion Nicholas as Genie in Aladdin

Family friendly theatre shows to see this year

With so many shows coming up this year, here is a selection of family-friendly productions to add to your diaries.

Samantha Womack starring in The Girl on the Train tour

Theatre review… The Girl on the Train

It will have you guessing right until the last minute, says Shannon Clark after going to the opening night of The Girl on the Train’s UK tour.

Jaymi Hensley from Union J

Union J star cast as lead in upcoming ‘Joseph’ tour

Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat has revealed its lead casting.

The boy in the dress musical artwork

Royal Shakespeare Company to host premiere of The Boy in the Dress

David Walliams’ The Boy in the Dress will open at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre this November.

The cast of The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre

New mischievous cast announced for The Play That Goes Wrong

Mischief Theatre’s The Play That Goes Wrong, has revealed a new cast for its performances at the Duchess Theatre in London.

Alfie Boe

Star studded cast announced for Les Mis concerts at Gielgud

Whilst The Queen’s Theatre closes for refurbishments, a concert version of Les Misérables will open next door at the Gielgud, with a new cast announced.

Wicked London

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After more than 12 years and almost 10 million visitors at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, “this hit musical is still casting a spell over London” (Time Out).

Groan Ups

Mischief Theatre to open new show at Vaudeville Theatre

Mischief Theatre, the company behind The Play That Goes Wrong, has announced it will take over the Vaudeville Theatre with a season of new works from September 2019.

Oliver Farnworth and Samantha Womack in Girl on the Train

Interview: The Cast of The Girl on the Train

Simon Button speaks with Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth on their intense roles in The Girl on the Train.

Fiddler on the Roof

West End transfer for Fiddler on the Roof

The Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Fiddler on the Roof will transfer to the West End this year.

Austentatious

Comedy play Austentatious to have residency at Fortune Theatre

Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel will begin a Monday night residency at the Fortune Theatre from February 2019.

Cast of Mary Poppins.

Tickets for Mary Poppins now on sale

Tickets for the upcoming West End production of Mary Poppins have now gone on sale.

Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner.

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical to continue West End run

Over 200,000 new tickets will go on sale for the hit musical based on the iconic artist, Tina Turner.

Cast of SIX The Musical

SIX The Musical’s West End run extended until 2020

The producers of SIX The Musical have announced that it is extending to 5th January 2020.

West End cast of Annie

Full casting revealed for UK tour of Annie

The cast that will join Craig Revel Horwood and Anita Dobson in the UK tour of Annie, has now been revealed.

The Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - Credit John Wildgoose

Shakespeare’s Globe announces its summer season

Performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It are on the summer season line-up at Shakespeare’s Globe for 2019.

Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan in Annie

Big stars to look out for in Theatre Land this year

We look at some of the big shows opening this year, with big names.

The Cast of The Twilight Zone

Full casting announced for West End transfer of The Twilight Zone

Full casting has been revealed for the West End transfer of the Almeida’s sell out production of The Twilight Zone.

The Lion King

The Lion King to roar across the UK in new tour

The Walt Disney Company UK and Ireland has announced that the musical The Lion King will embark on a second UK and Ireland tour, commencing this September.

Les Miserables

Les Misérables to move to different London theatre

Popular West End Show, Les Misérables, will be moving to a different London theatre for four months whilst refurbishments are being done to its current home, the Queen’s Theatre.

Mark Williams

UK tour of Doctor Dolittle cancelled

It has been announced that the UK tour of Doctor Dolittle, starring Mark Williams, has been cancelled.

Jack McBrayer to star in Waitress

US TV star Jack McBrayer cast in Waitress

Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer, best known as Kenneth in 30 Rock, is set to make his West End debut in Waitress.

Mamma Mia! The Party

10 of the most read articles of 2018

Counting down to the most read article, here are the most popular news stories and features that caught your attention on the Group Leisure & Travel website in 2018.

Keith Jack in Fame the Musical

Interview: Fame The Musical’s Keith Jack

Keith Jack, who will star as Nick Piazza in the 30th anniversary tour of Fame The Musical, shares his insight into the show.

The King & I

The King & I set to tour the UK in 2019

Following its season at the London Palladium, comes the announcement that The King & I will embark on a major UK tour from Spring 2019.

Shane Richie

TV star Shane Richie to join cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

The West End show has revealed that EastEnders star Shane Richie will be joining the cast.

Nativity! The Musical

Nativity! The Musical to tour the UK again in 2019

The popular festive musical will once again tour the country, opening in Wolverhampton in October 2019.

Bonnie Langford

Bonnie Langford to star in 9 to 5 musical

Bonnie Langford, who is currently starring as Dorothy Brock in London’s 42nd Street, will take on the role of Roz in the upcoming Dolly Parton show, 9 to 5 the Musical.

Cast of Avenue Q

Comedy musical Avenue Q to return in 2019 with UK tour

The musical featuring puppets will be visiting venues up and down the UK in 2019 opening at Portsmouth Kings Theatre on 25th January.

Katherine McPhee

Principal role cast in new West End production of Waitress

Katharine McPhee will make her West End debut starring as Jenna in the UK premiere of Waitress, having played the role on Broadway earlier this year.

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery announces extension and new cast

The play will now be booking until November 2019, with a new cast set to join the show.

We Will Rock You UK and Ireland Tour

We Will Rock You returns for UK and Ireland tour

The smash hit Queen and Ben Elton musical will embark on a brand new tour in September 2019.

Shakespeare's Rose Theatre

Pop-up Shakespeare's Rose Theatre to come to Blenheim Palace in 2019

The Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will arrive at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on 8th July.

Wicked London Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans

Wicked extends West End bookings until November 2019

The West End production of Wicked has released 500,000 new tickets and is now booking until 30th November 2019.

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Disney’s The Lion King marks 20th anniversary with extra group dates

The musical is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary in the West End in 2019, with booking extended for groups.

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar to transfer to London's Barbican Theatre

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar will be returning to London in 2019.

Gwyneth Strong as Mrs Boyle

National tour of The Mousetrap to star Gwyneth Strong

The national tour of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery play The Mousetrap will star Only Fools and Horses’ Gwyneth Strong.

Alexandra Burke

7 great theatre tours to put in your diary for 2019

A round up of some of the top theatre productions that will be hitting the road in 2019.

Sir Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen to present 80 venue one-man tour

Sir Ian McKellen will be touring the country in 2019 on an 80-venue tour, visiting locations such as London, Northampton, Oxford and Norwich.

Cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie musical extended until September 2019

The West End show will now run for an additional six months at the Apollo Theatre, booking until September 2019.

Elliot Harper will play Miss Trunchbull

New Miss Trunchbull announced for Matilda The Musical

The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that Elliot Harper will play Miss Trunchbull in 2019.

Come From Away

What’s coming and going in Theatreland?

We look at shows entering the West End soon and those you won’t want to miss before they vacate their London home.

The Bodyguard

Full casting announced for UK and Ireland tour of The Bodyguard

The cast joining Strictly Come Dancing star Alexandra Burke on the UK and Ireland tour of The Bodyguard have been revealed.

Jake Quickenden and Daisy Wood-Davis in Hair the Musical

Star cast announced for 50th anniversary of Hair musical

The legendary rock musical is back in 2019 with a cast starring Jake Quickenden, Daisy Wood-Davis and Marcus Collins.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat returns to London

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns to London

A new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, will return to London in 2019.

Rain Man

New cast announced for extended Rain Man tour

The tour of Rain Man, which opened for a short-run in August has been extended until April 2019.

Exterior wall of Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic’s history brought to foreground in new experience

The new heritage experience will acknowledge the 252-year history of the Bristol Old Vic through a host of experiences and attractions.

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine to brighten stages across the UK

The Broadway musical, Little Miss Sunshine, will make its European premiere in London in March 2019, before touring the UK.

Aladdin (credit Disney)

London Theatre review… Aladdin

After readers voted Aladdin as their Best Theatre Production at the 2018 Group Leisure & Travel Awards, Laura Sexton went along to the West End to see what all the fuss is about.

Sharon D. Clarke in Caroline Or Change

Caroline, or Change extends until April next year

It has been announced that the West End production of Caroline, or Change is now booking until 6th April 2019.

Samantha Womack

The Girl on the Train play to tour until July 2019

The stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ novel, The Girl on the Train, will tour the UK from January 2019, starring EastEnders’ Samantha Womack in the title role.

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Sadler’s Wells announces spring 2019 season

The London theatre has revealed the spring season will feature three world premieres, more than 15 UK premieres and new partnerships.

Danielle Bird as Mildred

World premiere of The Worst Witch to open in Northampton

The show, based on the popular children’s novel, will open in Northampton this Christmas before embarking on a nationwide tour.

Amelie the Musical

Amélie the Musical to come to the UK in 2019

The stage adaptation of the award-winning film, Amélie, will premiere in the UK in April before embarking on a UK tour.

Layton Williams

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie to welcome new lead actor

The West End hit will be welcoming a new principal actor from January to take over the role of Jamie.

Agath Christie The Mirror Crack'd

Initial casting announced for premiere of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d

Casting announcements have revealed that Susie Blake and Simon Shepherd will star in the production.

The House on Cold Hill - Joe McFadden, Rita Simons, Peter James, Persephone Swales-Dawson, Charlie Clements - cHelen Maybanks

Cast announced for UK tour of Peter James’ The House on Cold Hill

The adaptation of the thriller novel will star Rita Simons, Joe McFadden, Charlie Clements and Persephone Swales-Dawson.

The Twilight Zone

Enter The Twilight Zone in London’s West End

The Twilight Zone will be transferring to the West End and will run an open-ended season at the Ambassadors Theatre from March 2019.

Witness for the Prosecution in The Chamber at London County Hall

Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution extends

The Agatha Christie play, Witness for The Prosecution has extended its booking period after a successful first year in London’s County Hall.

Ben Adams and Joanne Clifton are starring in The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show set to travel the UK

The Rocky Horror Show will be returning for a 12-month UK tour opening later this year in Brighton.

Come From Away Cast

Further details announced for UK and Ireland premiere of Come From Away

Details of the debut of Come From Away, arriving in London in January 2019, have been announced.

Cast of Only Fools and Horses Musical

Only Fools and Horses is coming to the West End

The iconic British television series Only Fools and Horses will be heading to the West End for a new musical adaptation.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London 2018-19

Group tickets on sale for the West End’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now taking bookings until July next year.

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GLT launches Theatre and Cruise newsletters

Group Leisure & Travel magazine now offers regular dedicated email newsletters for people interested in organising group trips to the theatre, and for those looking for cruise holiday ideas and offers.

Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour

Shearings Holidays unveils Strictly Come Dancing breaks

Shearings Holidays has launched its 2019 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour packages which include tickets to the live shows, as well as transport and accommodation.

Adele Anderson

Cast revealed for the UK tour of Doctor Dolittle

Further details have been announced about the cast for the UK tour of Doctor Dolittle.

The cast of Bat Out Of Hell

Bat out of Hell to leave the West End

The West End season of the Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical will draw to a close in January, 2019.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Photo by Sara Beaumont

The Royal Shakespeare Company announces 2019 season

Next year will see two Shakespeare plays, two restoration plays and a new play at Royal Shakespeare Company theatres.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

First production of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin to tour the UK in 2019

The first major stage production of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin will open its UK tour in April at Leicester’s Curve Theatre.

Wicked

5 thrilling shows that promise a fright for your group

As it’s almost Halloween, here are a selection of spine-tingling theatre productions to consider seeing with your group in the future.

Tobacco Theatre

Tobacco Factory Theatres to re-open in Bristol

Southville’s Tobacco Factory Theatres will re-open this October following a major development.

Adrienne Warren

Tina Turner musical to welcome audiences until July 2019

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical will now be taking bookings until next July, it has been announced, with reports of around 200,000 more tickets on sale.

Pierro Niel-Mee

Cast revealed for tour of Shakespeare in Love

The full casting for the tour of Shakespeare in Love has been announced with more dates to be revealed.

Peter Andre

Peter Andre to star in UK tour of Grease

Singer Peter Andre is set to take to the stage as the character Teen Angel in the upcoming UK and Ireland tour of Grease.

Thomas Dennis in War Horse

Interview: War Horse star, Thomas Dennis

Thomas Dennis, who stars as Albert in the record-breaking production, talks about being part of such an iconic show.

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Jason Donovan to produce new Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, musical

The new production of hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, will tour the UK in 2019.

Cast of Mary Poppins.

Aladdin will make way for West End run of Mary Poppins musical

The award-winning production of Mary Poppins will return to its original West End home for performances in 2019.

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Louise Redknapp will star in new Dolly Parton musical

Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical will play London’s Savoy Theatre from January to August next year.

Thriller Live

Thriller Live releases more tickets to mark tenth birthday

The concert style show, Thriller Live, will celebrate its tenth birthday in the West End in January and has announced the release of 190,000 more tickets.

A Russian State Ballet of Siberia performance of Swan Lake

Russian State Ballet announces UK tour

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia returns in 2019 for a 23-venue schedule, running from 2nd January until 16th March.

Edward Baruwa will play the leading role of Berry Gordy in the UK tour of Motown the Musical

Cast announced for UK and Ireland tour of Motown the Musical

The producers of Motown the Musical have revealed the cast for the UK and Ireland tour which opens in Birmingham.

Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan

Craig Revel Horwood to reprise role of Miss Hannigan in Annie tour

Strictly judge, Craig Revel Horwood will be returning to the role of Miss Hannigan in the upcoming UK tour of Annie.

Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner.

Interview: Adrienne Warren on playing Tina in the latest Tina Turner musical

GLT speaks to Adrienne Warren about playing the role of a lifetime Tina Turner, in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

42nd Street

The theatre productions voted as finalists for GLT Awards

Your votes have been counted and verified and for the first time ever, we are revealing the finalists for all of the categories in the Group Leisure & Travel Awards, ahead of the winners being announced at the ceremony in October.

The Inheritance

Modern classic, The Inheritance, to open in West End

New play, The Inheritance, surrounding the lives of a group of New Yorkers, will open in October at London’s Noel Coward Theatre.

Mamma Mia! The Party

Mamma Mia! dining experience to open at London O2

A dining experience, combined with the theatricals of the show Mamma Mia!, will be opening at The O2, London next spring.

Duncan James

TV’s Duncan James to star in West End’s Chicago

From this September, Duncan James of boyband Blue fame, will join the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, playing the role of Billy Flynn.

Waitress - Broadway cast

Broadway musical Waitress to charm West End audiences next spring

Waitress will be opening at the Adelphi Theatre in February 2019, with music by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

Jordan Luke Gage

Jordan Luke Gage taking on lead role in Bat Out of Hell

Former X-Factor contestant Jordan Luke Gage is raring to go after securing the lead role in the smash hit show Bat Out of Hell – The Musical next month.

Cast of Motown the Musical

Motown The Musical to leave West End ahead of tour

Motown The Musical will be leaving the West End next April before embarking on a UK wide tour.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular

11 pantos and shows to look forward to this Christmas

We round up some of the best pantomimes and festive performances that groups will love to see this winter season.

Alexandra Burke in The Bodyguard

Alexandra Burke returning for The Bodyguard UK tour

Former X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, will return to the starring role of Rachel Marron in the forthcoming tour of the musical The Bodyguard this December.

Hayden Tee

New Miss Trunchbull for London’s Matilda the Musical

Hayden Tee will take on the role of Miss Trunchbull for the first time this September in Matilda The Musical.

Danielle Hope

Lead casting revealed for UK tour of Rock of Ages

Danielle Hope and Sam Ferriday will join the cast of the musical Rock of Ages for its UK tour from September.

Saturday Night Fever

Star dancer to lead casting of Saturday Night Fever tour

Saturday Night Fever will begin a tour of the UK this month at New Wimbledon Theatre, and will star former Matthew Bourne dancer.

The Band Musical

Interview: Leading ladies in Take That’s musical The Band

Vicky Edwards meets the mostly female cast of smash-hit show The Band, co-produced by Take That – to talk about growing up obsessed with a boyband.

Tim Howar

New cast announced for The Phantom of the Opera

As The Phantom of the Opera heads into its 33rd year, Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Chris Mackintosh have announced a new cast for the show at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Haymarket, London.

London Theatre Review: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Emily Ansell Elfer left the Apollo dreaming of glitter and killer red heels after seeing Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

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Bat Out of Hell extends through to 2019

Due to popular demand, Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell the Musical, will be extending through to January next year.

Anton and Erin

Strictly Come Dancing favourites Anton and Erin to tour UK

Dancers, Anton and Erin, best known for performances on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing show, are set to tour the UK next year with a ‘musical’ themed production.

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing set to tour the UK again

A new tour of Dirty Dancing will open in Brighton this September before embarking on a UK wide tour running until July 2019.

Alexandra Burke

Alexandra Burke to lead Chicago cast ahead of extension

Chicago, playing at London’s Phoenix Theatre is now booking until January 2019 and will star pop singer Alexandra Burke from this August.

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery to tour UK

Mischief Theatre’s West End show The Comedy About A Bank Robbery has revealed details of its first UK tour.

The Full Monty

The Full Monty takes off on tour for the final time

The Full Monty – one of the most popular plays of all time – will begin its last ever UK and Ireland tour on 3rd September.

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Simon & Garfunkel tribute fills void after emotional farewell by superstar

The sound of silence following singer Paul Simon’s last ever performance in the UK won’t last for long.

Mamma Mia! cast

GLT’s top picks: musicals to lift your spirit

The sun may still be shining, for now, but if your group’s in need of a pick-me-up here are some toe-tapping musicals that are sure to have you on your feet.

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London Theatre Review: Witness for the Prosecution

You’ll leave the courtroom in a state of shock, both from finding out ‘whodunnit’ and from how impeccable the production is, says Laura Sexton after reviewing the Agatha Christie play at London County Hall.

The Pavilion - Winter Gardens

Blackpool’s legendary Pavilion Theatre to be restored to former glory

Plans have been announced to restore Blackpool’s historic Pavilion Theatre and turn it into a creative hub that will stage works accessible to northern audiences.

Bonnie Langford

Eastenders star Bonnie Langford to star in final run of 42nd Street at Theatre Royal

The star will join the cast of the musical 42nd Street for its final run.

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National Youth Theatre announces summer and autumn season

Details of the summer and autumn season by the National Youth Theatre (NYT) have been released including shows such as Victoria’s Knickers and Consensual.

Iwan Rheon

Game of Thrones star to lead cast in West End premiere of Foxfinder

Iwan Rheon will star in a revival of Dawn King’s play Foxfinder which is set to premiere at London’s Ambassadors Theatre.

Carrie Hope Fletcher

Heathers - The Musical to transfer to West End

Following its premiere at The Other Palace, Heathers - The Musical will transfer to the West End this September.

John Partridge

The Case Of The Frightened Lady casting revealed

A new cast has been announced for the autumn tour of The Case Of The Frightened Lady, led by John Partridge.

The team behind Pop Music

World premiere tour announced for new musical Pop Music

Tour dates have been announced for Pop Music, a world premiere which will open in Birmingham in September.

Young Frankenstein

7 upcoming theatre tours you won’t want to miss

We round up some of the UK’s upcoming theatre tours, from plays to musicals, and explain why you’ll want to get tickets.

Shakespeare in Love

Autumn start for Shakespeare in Love tour

Having previously shown in the West End in 2014, Shakespeare in Love will open for a new venture this autumn at the Theatre Royal Bath before touring a number of UK venues.

Come From Away

New musical Come From Away to open in West End

The UK and Ireland premiere of Come From Away will open in Dublin later this year, prior to its West End debut in 2019.

Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent to star in A Very Very Very Dark Matter

It’s been confirmed that actor Jim Broadbent will play Hans Christian Andersen in the world premiere of Martin McDonagh’s A Very Very Very Dark Matter.

Bristol Old Vic

Five of England’s oldest group friendly theatres

We take a look at some of England’s oldest theatres, which also happen to be great for groups.

Shakespeare's Globe

Winter season of plays announced for The Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe has revealed its 2018/19 winter season which opens on 7th November.

Kevin Kennedy

Corrie star to lead in new Rock of Ages UK tour

Kevin Kennedy, known as Curly Watts in Coronation Street, will star in a new tour of Rock of Ages.

An Inspector Calls

New tour of An Inspector Calls to start in York

An Inspector Calls will visit UK venues on a new tour opening at the York Theatre Royal in September.

The Swan

Swan Lake to embark on 32-week UK tour in September

Matthew Bourne’s production of Swan Lake will head on a 32-week tour this winter.

The Woman in Black

London Theatre Review: The Woman in Black

As The Woman in Black celebrates its 30th year on the West End, GLT’s editor Keeley Rodgers braves the stalls to see why it continues to attract audiences looking for a fright.

Mark Williams as Doctor Dolittle

Harry Potter star to lead in Doctor Dolittle tour

Mark Williams will star as Doctor Dolittle at the first ten venues of the new touring production from this autumn.

The Supremes in Motown

Motown the Musical now booking until November 2019

Almost half a million new tickets have been released for the West End production of Motown the Musical.

Interview: Chris Leask… The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Laura Sexton speaks to Chris Leask about making people laugh, playing multiple characters and why audiences will love The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.

Matilda the Musical

Regional Theatre Review: Matilda The Musical

Catchy songs, colourful set designs, and a cast you can’t help but fall in love with. Laura Sexton reports back after reviewing the UK touring production of Matilda The Musical at Milton Keynes Theatre.

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Dreamgirls to leave West End for UK tour

The final performance of Dreamgirls at London’s Savoy Theatre will be on January 12th 2019, prior to a UK tour, with full dates to be announced in due course.

Milton Keynes Theatre

5 regional theatre offerings for groups

We round up a selection of great group-friendly regional theatres that offer more than just discounts.

Matt Ford

Autumn tour dates released for Simply Sinatra

Simply Sinatra, a concert of music and songs made famous by one of the world’s most loved singer, Frank Sinatra, will tour the UK this autumn.

Matt Terry

X-Factor winner to star in Madagascar stage musical

A new touring production called Madagascar - The Musical is due to open at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 21st July.

Cast of Allelujah!

Bridge Theatre to host world premiere of Alan Bennett’s Allelujah!

The new Bridge Theatre in London, will present the world premiere of Nicholas Hytner’s production of Alan Bennett’s Allelujah!.

Edward Fox in An Ideal Husband

Shakespeare and Wilde plays to feature in Bath’s Theatre Royal summer season

The Theatre Royal’s summer season will feature a selection of both UK premieres and renowned classics.

On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

UK premiere revealed for On Your Feet!

On Your Feet! will play a limited season at the London Coliseum from 14th June to 31st August 2019.

Keith Jack

Casting revealed for 30th anniversary Fame tour

Keith Jack, Mica Paris and Jorgie Porter will star in the new UK tour of Fame opening at Manchester Palace.

Harold Pinter

Season of one-act plays to celebrate the work of Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter’s one-act play season will commence at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London this September, with a well-known cast.

The Mirror Crack'd

The Mirror Crack’d to be adapted for stage for first time in UK

Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d is to be adapted for the stage will premiere at Salisbury Playhouse next February before touring.

Passion Play

Passion Play: Tour operators selling group tickets announced

The historic Passion Play that takes place in Oberammergau, Germany every ten years will be releasing tickets later this year and expects to be more popular than ever among groups.

Mark Hawkins

Woman in Black to celebrate 30 years with new cast

The play, The Woman in Black, is set to celebrate its 30th birthday in the West End this June and will introduce a new cast at the Fortune Theatre in London.

Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter to extend in West End

Due to high demand, Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter has now been extended and is running until September at Empire Cinema Haymarket.

Hadley Fraser and Ross Noble in Young Frankenstein

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein to tour UK

It has been announced that Mel Brooks’ comedy musical, Young Frankenstein will have its last West End performance this August, before it embarks on a tour of the UK next year.

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery

GLT’s top picks: 5 West End shows to make you laugh

We round up five shows in London that are likely to make you and your group chuckle this summer.

Bat Out Of Hell

London Theatre Review: Bat Out of Hell The Musical

GLT editor Keeley Rodgers describes herself as nothing less than all revved up after watching as Bat Out of Hell, which has just returned to the West End.

Thriller Live

190,000 extra seats go on sale for Thriller Live

Thriller Live, a show that celebrates Michael Jackson’s musical legacy, has revealed a new booking period.

Dawn French

Dawn French to star in London Palladium’s Snow-White panto

Comedian and actress Dawn French will join other stars in this year’s London Palladium pantomime of Snow White.

Ian McKellen and Danny Webb

King Lear: More cast members announced to join Sir Ian McKellen

Further casting has been revealed for the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s King Lear.

Chicago

London Theatre Review: Chicago

Chicago will give you a much-needed dose of razzle dazzle, mixed with a welcome familiarity, says Laura Sexton after reviewing it at the Phoenix Theatre in London.

Les Miserables

Further dates and lead role announced for Les Misérables tour

Three more venues have been added to the forthcoming Les Misérables UK tour which is opening this November in Leicester.

2CELLOS

Full line-up revealed for Kew the Music

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has announced the final headline artist to join the much-loved Kew the Music.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

London Theatre Review: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

A tribute to a true star, by a true star: Adrienne Warren dazzles as pop legend Tina Turner, says Rachel Bailey.

Rufus Hound

Rufus Hound among cast for Dusty Springfield musical

Dusty, the new musical about the life of Dusty Springfield, will see actor, comedian and presenter Rufus Hound playing Dusty’s manager, Billings.

 Fantasia

Disney Fantasia to be celebrated in new immersive show

The Vaults, London’s home for immersive theatre and alternative arts, has created a new experience celebrating Disney Fantasia, opening this summer.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery extends into third year

The Mischief Theatre comedy play will enter its third year in the West End next year, extending until April 2019.

Still Alice

Tour confirmed for Lisa Genova’s Still Alice stage adaptation

The stage adaptation of Lisa Genova’s novel, Still Alice, will tour the UK from September 2018.

The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day to begin tour in Northampton

Residential organisation, Kingswood, has revealed its £1million investment in Grosvenor Hall adventure centre in Ashford, Kent.

Oxford Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare Festival to return to Oxford Castle

The Oxford Shakespeare Festival will return to Oxford Castle & Prison this summer for the fourth consecutive year.

Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical

Bat Out Of Hell announces new booking period

The producers of Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical have already announced an extension for the show, which officially opens at the Dominion Theatre later this month.

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Countdown begins to the opening of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre

A pop-up Shakespearean Theatre will make its debut in the historic city of York this summer.

A Christmas Carol

The Old Vic to welcome back A Christmas Carol

This December, Matthew Warchus’ rendition of A Christmas Carol, a play adapted from the Charles Dickens story, will return to The Old Vic Theatre in London.

Harry Reid

Witness for the Prosecution extends into 2019

The Agatha Christie play which is currently being staged at London County Hall has released more tickets, taking its booking up to 31st March 2019.

Motown the Musical

London Theatre Review: Motown the Musical

Keeley Rodgers reviews Motown the Musical to find out if it’s still one of the hottest shows in town.

Avenue Q

Avenue Q to return for a new UK tour

Comedy musical Avenue Q will hit the road again next year when it begins a new tour of UK venues.

Wicksteed Park

Wicksteed Park announces three new daytime shows for 2018

The theme park in Northamptonshire will welcome three daytime shows to its 2018 programme with themed of wartime and the sixties.

Cast of The Band with Take That

Take That musical, The Band, to have West End run

It has been announced that the musical, The Band, will have a six-week run in London following the success of its UK tour.

New London Theatre

West End welcomes first ever theatre named after a woman

Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that the New London Theatre is to be renamed in honour of the trailblazing choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne.

Chicago

Chicago extends booking period due to high demand

The show which is set to open in April at the Phoenix Theatre in London has extended its booking period until October.

The Full Monty

Last ever UK & Ireland tour of The Full Monty announced

The Full Monty will tour the UK and Ireland for the final ever time opening at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham.

Rock of Ages

Further tour dates announced for Rock of Ages

The show, opening at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley on 20th September, has now extended its running time, with more venues added to the tour for 2019.

Ammar Haj Ahmad

West End transfer announced for The Jungle

The show, a sell-out at the Young Vic theatre, will open this July at the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End with tickets on sale from Thursday (15th March).

The Bodyguard

Glasgow start for UK tour of The Bodyguard

A new tour for musical The Bodyguard will open at the Glasgow Theatre Royal on 3rd December.

Photo by Helen Maybanks

Regional theatre review: Fat Friends - The Musical

Although the show may not be as memorable as some of the greats, you’ll still have an enjoyable evening.

Wicked

2017 breaks record for West End show attendances

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has announced that last year was a record breaker for the capital’s theatre industry with attendances topping 15 million.

Les Mis%C3%A9rables

November start confirmed for Les Misérables UK tour

Almost a decade since its last tour, the musical Les Misérables will once again visit UK venues when it hits the road this autumn.

Lulu

Lulu to star as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street

Singer and actress Lulu will take over the role of Dorothy Brock, previously held by Sheena Easton, in the West End production of 42nd Street, it has been announced.

The Lovely Bones

World premiere for The Lovely Bones confirmed

The Lovely Bones, the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, has been adapted for stage and will premiere in Northampton this year.

The War of the Worlds

Jason Donovan to star in The War of the Worlds

Jeff Wayne’s musical version of H.G Well’s The War of the Worlds will return for a tour of the UK this year to celebrate its 40th year and will feature some big names.

Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals

Strictly professionals to take new tour around UK in 2019

Next year will see the professional dancers of the popular television show Strictly Come Dancing tour the country in their own show.

Studio 144

Theatre and arts complex opens in Southampton

Studio 144 is now open in Guildhall Square in Southampton and is home to a gallery and a theatre company.

Carl Spencer

Motown marks second birthday with new title casting

Motown the Musical is celebrating two years in the West End this month and will be introducing new cast members in the title roles.

Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen to star in West End transfer of King Lear

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s King Lear will be transferring to the West End this July and will star Sir Ian McKellen in the title role.

Mel Giedroyc

Mel Giedroyc to star in West End’s Company

The television presenter, actress and comedian, Mel Giedroyc will join the cast of Elliott & Harper’s new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Tony musical, Company.

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London run confirmed for The King & I

A new West End run for The King & I will run at the London Palladium from June until September.

Titanic The Musical

First UK tour of Titanic the Musical

The first tour of Titanic the Musical will open in Southampton in April, before visiting cities across the nation until August.

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Photo gallery: Julius Caesar opens at the Bridge Theatre

Julius Caesar has opened at the Bridge Theatre in London and the first production images have been revealed.

Adrienne Warren and Tina Turner at the Tina launch

Over 100,000 new tickets released for sale for Tina

A new booking period has been announced for the premiere of Tina, opening at the Aldwych Theatre on 17th April.

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Interview: The Ferryman’s Justin Edwards

Justin Edwards, who is currently starring as Tom Kettle in The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre in London, tells GLT about his return to the stage and tackling political issues in the show.

Calendar Girls cast

Fern Britton to star in UK tour of Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls the Musical will head out on a UK tour from August, opening at the Leeds Grand Theatre in Yorkshire.

Motown The Musical credit Tristram Kenton

October start for first ever Motown The Musical tour

The first UK and Ireland tour of Motown The Musical will begin this October at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre.

Matilda credit Manuel Harlan

Casting announced for UK and Ireland Matilda tour

The title casting for the first UK tour of Matilda The Musical has been revealed, ahead of the regional production opening in March in Leicester.

Fame - The Musical

Anniversary tour for Fame to mark 30 years of performances

Fame - The Musical is set to play at venues across the UK in a new 30th anniversary tour opening at Manchester Palace on 26th July 2018.

Ovo

UK tour for Cirque du Soleil’s OVO

OVO, Cirque Du Soleil’s latest production which is themed around insects has announced a UK tour commencing in August.

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Regional Theatre Review: War Horse

“A simply stunning and moving production”, GLT reviews War Horse at the New Theatre in Oxford.

Kinky Boots

Top shows to look forward to in 2018

To kick start the new year, we round up some top picks for theatre this year.

Bat Out Of Hell

Bat Out Of Hell to return to the West End in 2018

It has been announced that Jim Steinman’s musical will be returning to London’s West End next year, with performances beginning at the Dominion Theatre on 2nd April.

Chicago

Chicago to return to the West End

It has been announced that Chicago, the world’s longest American musical, will return to London in March next year.

Dorset

10 of the most read features of 2017

Counting down to first place, we look back at the most read articles on the Group Leisure & Travel website for 2017.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Full casting announced for tour of The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest will be heading on a tour of the nation, starring Wicked star Kerry Ellis.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Extension for The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

The Mischief Theatre production is now taking bookings until November 2018 at the Criterion Theatre in London and has welcomed new cast members for its new extended period.

Doctor Dolittle

New stage production of Doctor Dolittle to tour UK

The show will begin its tour in November 2018 as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the film.

Birdsong

Final UK tour for Birdsong

Birdsong, a play adapted by Rachel Wagstaff from the Sebastian Faulks novel of the same name, will be touring the UK for the last time next year.

Benidorm Live cast

Benidorm Live: Stage show to hit theatres next year

Benidorm Live is a new stage show based on the hit ITV comedy, and is due to premiere next year.

The Play That Goes Wrong - West End cast

Full casting announced for tour of The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong, currently playing at the Duchess Theatre in London, has revealed a UK tour for 2018 which has had its cast confirmed.

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic 2018: Chekov, Shakespeare and Dickens confirmed

The Bristol Old Vic has revealed that its upcoming year of entertainment will have a theme of the ‘Year of Change’.

Stephen Leask

Q&A with School of Rock's Stephen Leask

Group Leisure & Travel spoke to Stephen Leask about his new role as Dewey Finn in School of Rock the Musical.

Summer Holiday

New musical: Summer Holiday to tour UK

Summer Holiday, a 1960s film featuring the classic hits of singer Cliff Richard, has been adapted for stage and is set to tour the UK during 2018 and 2019.

Hadley Fraser and Ross Noble in Young Frankenstein

London Theatre Review: Young Frankenstein

“Spectacularly funny, insanely rhythmic, and horrifyingly good”; GLT reviews Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre in London.

Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution extends until September

Witness for the Prosecution will extend its run on London’s South Bank until 16th September 2018.

TV judge Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell, Susan Calman and Jonnie Peacock to join Strictly live tour

New names have been confirmed participate in the Strictly Come Dancing Live UK tour in 2018.

Flavia and Vincent

Regional Theatre Review: Tango Moderno

Jude Riley asks “What on earth did we watch on TV on a Saturday night before Strictly?” as she reviews Tango Moderno at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Hairspray UK tour

Regional Theatre Review: Hairspray

A truly entertaining night out that’s guaranteed to have you on your feet by the end.

Trioperas

Trioperas to have its world debut in London

Trioperas, a show described as ‘three operas in one evening’ will open in May 2018 for the first time, at the Peacock Theatre in London.

Mamma Mia cast

Mamma Mia! extends booking period

West End musical, Mamma Mia!, has announced another extended booking period, taking the run into its 19th year with performances now available until 20th October 2018.

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots announces first UK tour

The popular West End musical, Kinky Boots, has revealed that it will be embarking on its first ever UK tour from next September.

All Night Long

Strictly’s Brendan Cole to tour the UK

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer, Brendan Cole will embark on a UK tour from January with his show, All Night Long.

Theatre Royal Bath

Theatre Royal Bath announces spring season 2018

The Theatre Royal Bath has announced its programme for next spring, which will include three new in-house productions.

Marisha Wallace

Cast changes and extended run announced for Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls has announced a new cast and an extended run through to 2nd June 2018.

 Katherine Kingsley

Dusty Springfield musical: Tour dates announced

Dusty, a new musical charting the life of Dusty Springfield, will tour four cities in June and July next year.

Stomp London

Stomp to close in London

The Olivier Award-winning production of Stomp will end its 15 year run in London’s West End on 7th January 2018.

Meera Syal as Miss Hannigan

New Miss Hannigan announced for Annie

The role of Miss Hannigan in the West End’s production of Annie will be passed on to British comedian Meera Syal, as of 27th November.

Girl from the North Country

Girl from the North Country to open in the West End

After a critically-acclaimed run at The Old Vic theatre, Bob Dylan and Conor McPherson’s Girl from the North Country will be transferring to the West End for a limited run.

Artist impression of the new studio theatre

Tobacco Factory Theatres to build new studio theatre

The Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol will be adding to its existing theatre space, which includes the Factory Theatre, with a studio theatre within its compounds.

Tina Turner and Adrienne Warren

Broadway star to play Tina Turner in musical

Adrienne Warren has been announced as the actress set to play Tina Turner in the upcoming show, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

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More dates added to second tour of Jersey Boys

The popular musical, Jersey Boys, is embarking on its second UK and Ireland tour, and has added new dates and announced its lead casting.

Bridge Theatre

New Bridge Theatre welcomes first audience

The recently completed Bridge Theatre, situated on the river by Tower Bridge and City Hall in London, recently welcomed its first ever audience ahead of officially opening.

The Mousetrap cast

West End cast change and weekly matinee added for The Mousetrap

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, playing at St Martin’s Theatre in London, will see a cast change as of this month.

Catherine Steadman

Q&A with Catherine Steadman from Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution is running until March 2018 at London County Hall.

Madagascar - A Musical Adventure

Madagascar musical set to tour the UK in 2018

The popular 3D animated film, Madagascar, is being adapted into a stage production, which is set to tour the UK next year.

Flavia and Vincent

Q&A with Tango Moderno’s Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone

With Tango Moderno hitting the road this month, former Strictly stars Flavia and Vincent tell all why they love tango so much.

Matthew Kelly.

Matthew Kelly among cast announced for The Box of Delights

Olivier award-winning Matthew Kelly and West End actress Josefina Gabrielle are to star in The Box of Delights.

Gwen Taylor as Lady Bracknell

Lead casting revealed for The Importance of Being Earnest tour

The casting for the 2018 UK tour of the Oscar Wilde play will include Gwen Taylor and Susan Penhaligon.

Cinderella

10 pantos and festive shows to see with your group this Christmas

We round up some top pantomimes for you to take your group to this winter.

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady: Christmas musical confirmed for The Mill

My Fair Lady will be staged at The Mill at Sonning, Berkshire, from 23rd November until 27th January 2018.

Kara Lily Hayworth, Cilla The Musical

Regional Theatre Review: Cilla the Musical

A review of the UK tour of Cilla the Musical, judging leading lady, Kara Lily Hayworth, to be the show highlight.

Wendi Peters

UK tour of comedy show Quartet announced

The stage adaptation of the film Quartet will be staged at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre next February before embarking on a tour of the UK.

Andrew Penford

Nottingham Playhouse unveils show collection for 2018

The Nottingham Playhouse’s programme for 2018, which will be the first season under the new artistic director, Adam Penford, has been revealed.

Strangers on a Train cast

Strangers on a Train confirms casting for 2018 UK tour

A new production of Strangers on a Train will feature familiar faces from Mr Selfridge, Call The Midwife and Coronation Street.

Fat Friends the Musical.

Full cast announced for Fat Friends the Musical

Full casting for Kay Mellor’s new show, Fat Friends the Musical, has been revealed.

Peter Bowles

Casting revealed for The Exorcist

Jenny Seagrove, Peter Bowles, and Adam Garcia will star is Sean Mathia’s new stage production of The Exorcist.

Hamilton

Hamilton performances postponed until 6th December

Hamilton, a new musical due to re-open the new Victoria Palace Theatre in London, has announced a postponed opening date.

The Birthday Party

Casting announced for The Birthday Party

It’s been revealed that Pearl Mackie will join Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan and Zoë Wanamaker in a revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party.

Tina The Musical

London to host world premiere of Tina The Musical

The world premiere of Tina The Musical, a show that tells the story of musician, Tina Turner, will take place in spring 2018.

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Russian ballet troupe confirms UK tour

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia will return to the UK next year with its 16th tour of the nation.

Flavia and Vincent

Strictly’s Flavia and Vincent to go on new UK tour

Professional ballroom dancers and former stars of Strictly Come Dancing, Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone, have hit the road with a UK tour of their new show, Tango Moderno.

Alice Fearn in Wicked

Wicked extends booking period for 24th time

Around 500,000 more tickets have now been released for Wicked, which has announced it will now take bookings until December 2018, marking its 24th extension.

An American in Paris

An American In Paris announces second extension

An American in Paris has extended its booking for the second time, and will now run until April 2018.

Hairspray

Hairspray starts UK tour

Hairspray has started its UK tour, which will see it visit over 30 venues across the UK until June 2018.

Lily Hayworth as Cilla

Full casting announced for Cilla the Musical

The full casting has been revealed for the upcoming tour of Cilla the Musical which will star Kara Lily Hayworth in the title role.

Little Women

Little Women to debut at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre

Broadway musical Little Women will make its European debut at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, this autumn.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle to stage A Christmas Carol

This December Windsor Castle will become the backdrop for an immersive performance of the Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Group benefits and new shows for RPO 2018 season

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has revealed details and highlights of its 2018 season, including its benefits for groups.

English National Ballet%2C The Nutcracker

Christmas shows in London that groups can still get tickets for

Our top Christmas show picks in London for GTOS who haven’t booked tickets yet for the festive season.

The Exorcist

West End run confirmed for Exorcist stage adaptation

Horror novel and subsequent film, The Exorcist, has had a stage adaptation confirmed, which will run in London from this autumn.

Grease

Regional Theatre Review: Grease

You’ll leave the auditorium with a spring in your step and a smile on your face, says Laura Sexton who went to review Grease at MK Theatre.

Catherine Steadman from Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey star to lead Witness for the Prosecution

The new production of Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie has revealed Catherine Steadman and Jack McMullen in title roles.

Young Marx

Full casting announced for Young Marx

The full casting of the production of Young Marx, which will open at Bridge Theatre in London this autumn, has been revealed.

Matilda The Musical

London Theatre Review: Matilda The Musical

Keeley Rodgers went to see the show at London’s Cambridge Theatre, before it goes on its first UK tour.

London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra reveals details of group bookings

The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has unveiled its 2017/18 groups booking brochure which contains details of special rates and benefits for groups.

Aaron Sidwell.

Aaron Sidwell to join Wicked 2018 UK & Ireland tour

Wicked has announced that EastEnders actor Aaron Sidwell will join the production’s UK & Ireland tour in 2018, playing Fiyero.

School of Rock The Musical

Booking extension announced for School of Rock The Musical

The Andrew Lloyd Webber production, School of Rock The Musical, has just announced it is extending its booking period.

Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan

Craig Revel Horwood to star in Annie as booking extends

The West End’s production of Annie has extended its booking period, and revealed that Craig Revel Horwood will take on the role of Miss Hannigan.

Ben Lewis

Cast change for The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera will see a lead cast change this Autumn, as Ben Lewis steps up for the title role.

The Woman in Black

New cast announced for The Woman in Black

The West End’s production of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, is set for a cast change with two new lead actors.

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men to go on ten-week UK tour

Selladoor Productions has announced a UK tour of theatre adaptation Of Mice and Men, in association with The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury.

War Horse

Rehearsals Begin For National Theatre’s War Horse

The rehearsals for the UK tour of War Horse have now started, ready for the first performance in September.

Stomp London

London Theatre Review: Stomp

A crazed cacophony of bin-banging, stick-clanging, dustbin-lid smashing, plastic-bashing, metal-scraping glory: the West End run of Stomp shows no sign of quietening down.

Julian Clary

Julian Clary to star in black comedy, Le Grand Mort

Comedian Julian Clary, together with actor James Nelson-Joyce, will star in Le Grand Mort this autumn.

Peter pan.

Cast announced for LHK’s Peter Pan panto

Singer Dane Bowers, Britain’s Got Talent contestant Lewis Pryor and Radio City’s Claire Simmo will on Peter Pan panto this Christmas.

Andrew Pollard plays the perfect gentleman, Phileas Fogg

Regional Theatre Review: Around the World in 80 Days

The classic is bought to life with eight actors taking on an incredible feat with heaps of energy and ingenuity.

Motown the Musical

Motown the Musical extends West End run

Motown the Musical has announced that it will be extending its booking period until January 2019.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The West End: Uncovering London’s tourist hotspot for groups

We take a look at why you London’s West End has more to offer visitors beside the theatre.

Stomp

Stomp extends booking period in West End

The popular percussion ensemble show, Stomp, has revealed it will be extending its booking period in London until April 2018.

Ben Portsmouth

Elvis tribute act goes on world tour

Ben Portsmouth, described as ‘the world’s number one’ Elvis tribute act, is going on an international tour starting this month.

The Woman in White

First ever London revival announced for The Woman in White

Director Thom Southerland (Titanic, Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel) is to direct the first ever revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, The Woman in White.

Judgement

Cast announcement for A Judgement In Stone

Chris Ellison and Robert Duncan have been announced as the newest members of A Judgement in Stone’s cast.

Chamber in London County Hall

Agatha Christie play to run at County Hall on South Bank

A brand new production of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution will run at London County Hall on South Bank.

Yorke Dance Project

Yorke Dance Project to perform at The Royal Opera House

Dance company, Yorke Dance Project, will be joining up with five ballet companies this autumn for Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration at The Royal Opera House.

Sarah Millican

Storyhouse spring season: Sarah Millican and David Baddiel confirmed

Storyhouse in Chester has revealed its 2018 spring season, with headline names in comedy, opera and dance all making an appearance.

Things I Know To Be True

Things I Know To Be True embarks on new UK tour

The critically acclaimed Things I know To Be True will return to audiences in the UK from September until January.

Lily Hayworth

Lead role announced for Cilla - The Musical

Cilla - The Musical, which will be embarking on a world premiere tour this autumn, has announced the lead casting.

This House

This House embarks on first ever tour

The political drama, This House, which examines the 1974 hung parliament, will hit the road for the first time next February.

The Simon %26 Garfunkel Story

Regional Theatre Review: The Simon & Garfunkel Story

If you’re not a fan going in, you’ll soon forget a time when you weren’t, says Laura Sexton.

Evita

Evita to return to West End with 12 week run

Evita will make a return to the West End later this year, playing a 12 week run from 2nd August until 14th October.

Rufus Hound as Mr Toad

London Theatre Review: Wind in the Willows

Fast-paced and fun, GLT's Keeley Rodgers reviews the new musical at London’s Palladium Theatre.

Joanne Clifton who will play Alex Owens in Flashdance

Strictly's Joanne Clifton on landing her dream role in Flashdance

Joanne Clifton tells GLT’s Keeley Rodgers about quitting Strictly to pursue her childhood dream.

The Retreat

Winter premiere announced for The Retreat

London’s Park Theatre will host the premiere of new comedy drama called The Retreat from 2nd November until 2nd December.

/F Murray Abraham in The Mentor at the Vaudeville Theatre

Homeland star, F Murray Abraham, on life as an actor

F Murray Abraham speaks to Rachel Bailey about London show The Mentor, the importance of comedy and his passion for Shakespeare.

Wait Until Dark

Casting announced for tour of Wait Until Dark

The full casting for the national tour of Frederick Knott’s thriller, Wait Until Dark, has been revealed.

The Railway Children

The Railway Children embarks on a new UK tour

The Railway Children, adapted for the stage, has just begun a new UK tour that will run until November.

Elf%3A The Musical

Casting revealed for Elf: The Musical

Casting has been unveiled for Elf: The Musical which will head to Theatre Royal Plymouth and The Lowry, Salford.

Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff

UK tour of Fat Friends to star former cricket hero

A UK tour has been announced for Fat Friends, starring cricket star Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff will join the cast.

Joanne Clifton

Flashdance to return to UK with 11 month tour

Flashdance the Musical will begin an 11 month-long UK tour this summer, which will star Strictly contestant Joanne Clifton.

Matthew Croke as Aladdin

A Q&A with new Aladdin star, Matthew Croke

Matthew Croke has recently joined the London cast of Aladdin in the title role; here, he tells Rachel Bailey about how his West End debut is going.

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

Tour dates revealed for Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

The production company, New Adventures, has revealed that Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella will be going on a UK tour from December.

Follies

Casting for National Theatre’s Follies announced

The National Theatre’s production of Follies will star Imelda Staunton, Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee.

Diana Vickers

Lead casting revealed for Son of a Preacher Man tour

Diana Vickers, of X-Factor fame, will star in the 2017 national tour of the new musical Son of a Preacher Man.

The Band

Full casting announced for The Band

The full cast for the UK Tour of Tim Firth’s new musical, The Band, has been confirmed.

back Oliver Jackson Ned Schneebly front Gary Trainor Dewey Finn photo by Tristram Kenton

A Q&A with School of Rock star, Gary Trainor

Gary Trainor, who plays Dewey Finn in School of Rock the Musical, talks Robin Williams and playing in a one man band.

Pippin

Pippin revival to premiere in Manchester

It has been announced that Manchester will see a city premiere of the musical show Pippin this summer.

Lizzy Watts

Title role and UK tour announced for Hedda Gabler

The National Theatre’s production of Hedda Gabler will embark on a UK tour this October, starring Lizzy Watts.

Miranda Hart Miss Hannigan with the Orphans in Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre  Photo credit Paul Coltas

London Theatre Review: Annie

Does Miranda Hart shine in new West End musical, Annie? We went to see how the show measures up and if the hype was worth it.

Norman Pace (Wilbur Turnblad)

Casting revealed for Hairspray ahead of UK tour

The new regional tour of hit musical Hairspray will open on 16th August, and casting has been confirmed.

Lisa Palfrey%2C Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Further casting announced for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Lisa Palfry, Hayley Squires and Brian Gleeson are announced to be joining the Cat On A Hot Tin Roof cast.

Q Productions Aladdin

Jack and The Beanstalk: panto returns to Croydon

It has been announced that pantomime will return to Croydon’s Waddon Theatre this Christmas with Jack and The Beanstalk.

Sophie Evans and Alice Fearn

Lead cast changes for Wicked

It’s been announced that the lead London cast for Wicked, running at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, will undergo some changes as of 24th July.

Around the World in 80 Days

UK tour and London season for Around the World in 80 Days

The show Around the World in 80 Days will be embarking on a major UK tour this July.

Stewart Lee

Comedy Review: Stewart Lee - Content Provider

Should Stewart Lee’s tour be on your group’s schedule this year? Paul Maguire, former judge at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards finds out.

Joanna Riding in The Girls

The Girls announces West End exit and UK tour

The musical, The Girls has revealed that it will be closing in the West End on 15th July but will embark on a UK tour in August 2018.

The Girls musical

London Theatre Review: The Girls

Elena Dimama recommends a group trip to see West End musical The Girls – but you’ll have to be quick, as it closes in July.

Cast of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Final London dates set for Carole King musical ahead of UK tour

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will complete its West End run this August before embarking on a new UK tour.

Danny Mac

Strictly’s Danny Mac joins Sunset Boulevard cast

Danny Mac of Strictly Come Dancing fame will star as Joe Gillis in the UK and Ireland tour of Sunset Boulevard.

La Voix as Nursie

Casting revealed for Aylesbury Snow White panto

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre has confirmed the lead roles for its festive pantomime of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

War Horse tour

Cast revealed for UK tour of War Horse

The National Theatre has announced its production of War Horse will set off on a new UK tour this September.

La Cage Aux Folles

First UK La Cage Aux Folles tour commences

La Cage Aux Folles musical has begun its first UK tour, including at The Lowry at Salford and Milton Keynes Theatre.

Original cast for Our Ladies.

London Theatre Review: Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Eye-wateringly bad language and sexual references in abundance, audiences, you have been warned.

Alex Bourne

A Q&A with Annie star, Alex Bourne

Alex Bourne, who will play Daddy Warbucks in the upcoming West End production of Annie, talks rehearsals, Laurence Olivier Award nominations, and shaving his head.

Antony Costa

York’s Beauty and the Beast Christmas panto names cast

Beauty and The Beast panto, which will run this winter at the Grand Opera House in York, reveals cast.

Colm Meaney

Star-studded cast revealed for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Colm Meaney, Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell will star in the West End production of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

Peter Pan panto

Peter Pan panto to run at Blackpool Opera House

Selladoor has announced that its Peter Pan panto will be shown at Blackpool Opera House from 16th December until 7th January.

Spamalot!

Spamalot! to embark on new tour

Monty Python’s Spamalot! is set to tour the UK for nine months starting from this September.

John Barrowman

John Barrowman and The Krankies to star in Manchester panto

Manchester Opera House has unveiled the casting for this year’s Christmas pantomime, Dick Whittington.

King Kong

King Kong comedy confirms summer run at The Vaults

A new stage comedy based on King Kong will run at The Vaults in London from 22nd June until 27th August.

Lucie Jones

Legally Blonde to hit the road again in September

Legally Blonde the Musical will go on an extensive new UK tour this September, opening at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley.

Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in An American in Paris.

An American in Paris extends booking period

An extended booking period has been announced for musical, An American in Paris, which is currently playing at London’s Dominion Theatre.

The Terrible Infants

The Terrible Infants to celebrate tenth anniversary

A ten year anniversary production of The Terrible Infants will run at Wilton’s Music Hall in London this autumn.

The Kite Runner

West End extension and UK tour for The Kite Runner

The second West End run of The Kite Runner, opening in June, has revealed a month’s extension and a UK tour.

Trump - The Panto

Trump - The Panto to premiere at Leicester Square Theatre

Leicester Square Theatre has revealed its 2017 adult pantomime as Trump - The Panto.

Our House UK Tour

Madness musical, Our House, set for UK tour

Our House, based on the music of the band Madness, will embark on a UK tour starting from the 10th August.

Time of my life dance number

Regional theatre review: Dirty Dancing

An outdated show that’s clinging on to life, or a timeless and ever popular classic that still has its place in 2017? Rachel Bailey shares her thoughts on the new UK tour of Dirty Dancing.

The Marble Arch Theatre

Five Guys Named Moe to open in September in London

A new production of the musical Five Guys Named Moe will be at a pop-up theatre in Marble Arch, London.

Julius Caesar

Drama and comedy: first line-up announced for new Bridge Theatre

The Bridge Theatre has revealed the line-up for its opening this October, which will include Julius Caesar and Young Marx.

Jane Eyre cast

Regional Theatre Review: The National Theatre’s Jane Eyre

Sarah Holt reviews the National Theatre’s adaptation of Jane Eyre as is embarks on its UK tour.

Red Concepcion%2C who plays The Engineer

Miss Saigon UK tour: additional dates and casting announced

Further dates for the UK and Ireland tour of the new Miss Saigon musical announced, along with the principal casting.

Karina Jones will star in Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark national tour to open in Eastbourne

A UK stage tour of the thriller, Wait Until Dark, will open in Eastbourne on 24th August.

Storyhouse in Chester

New Storyhouse theatre announces autumn show line-up

The brand new theatre, Storyhouse, in Chester, has announced its autumn season of shows, which will include Blood Brothers and Footloose.

Matilda The Musical

Matilda The Musical announces first ever UK tour

The West End show Matilda The Musical will begin on its first UK and Ireland tour from March.

Bradley Walsh

Birmingham and Wembley to host Peter Pan panto

Birmingham and Wembley will both host Peter Pan – Christmas in Neverland as their Christmas pantomime offerings this winter.

Sara Poyzer

Mamma Mia! extends London booking period

Musical Mamma Mia!, which has just celebrated its 18th birthday, has announced a booking period extension for its London run.

A dance number in 42nd Street

London Theatre Review: 42nd Street

Laura Sexton left the theatre with dancing feet after reviewing 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, in London’s West End.

National Theatre

National Theatre announces summer and autumn season

The National Theatre in London has revealed its show line-up for the April to November season.

 Some Guys Have all the Luck

Some Guys Have all the Luck: Rod Stewart musical hits the road

A new musical celebrating the life and music of singer Rod Stewart has just began a tour of UK venues.

Take That with Dafydd Rogers and David Pugh

Details revealed for new Take That musical

The tour of new musical, The Band, featuring the music of Take That, will open in Manchester in September.

Brian Conley

Brian Conley to star in Milton Keynes’ Christmas panto

Milton Keynes Theatre has announced that Brian Conley will appear in this year’s family pantomime, Cinderella, in the role of Buttons.

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner to return to the West End

The Kite Runner will return to the West End this summer, playing an eight-week season at the Playhouse Theatre.

Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild in An American in Paris

London Theatre Review: An American in Paris

Laura Sexton left the West End in a dancing daze after reviewing An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre.

Richard Herring

Comedy review: Richard Herring: The Best

Should Richard Herring’s comedy tour be on your schedule this year? Paul Maguire, former judge at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, finds out.

Su Pollard as the Wicked Queen

Su Pollard to star in Waterside Theatre’s Christmas panto

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre has announced that actress Su Pollard will star in its Christmas pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan to take new show on the road

A new show called Jason and his Amazing Midlife Crisis is set for a 34 date UK tour.

The cast of Stepping Out

Stepping Out: London theatre review

“I anticipated an all-singing, all-dancing, showbiz-style production”, writes Laura Sexton, on Stepping Out. But did the new show meet her expectations?

Christina Bennington as Raven %26 Andrew Polec as Strat

Regional theatre review: Bat Out of Hell, The Musical

Sarah Holt explains why you don’t have to be a Meatloaf fan to enjoy Bat Out of Hell, The Musical.

Craig Revel Horwood

Son of a Preacher Man: new musical to hit the road

New musical Son of a Preacher Man, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, will begin a UK tour this September.

Althorp

Ever thought of… Northampton?

Who would have thought Northampton and the surrounding Northamptonshire area had so much on offer?

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys set for second UK and Ireland tour

The producers of Jersey Boys have announced that the musical will embark on a second UK and Ireland tour.

Beautiful- The Carole King Musical

Booking period extended for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

The booking period for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical has been extended until November 2017.

Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl

Regional theatre review: Funny Girl

Laura Sexton gives Funny Girl a standing ovation after going to review it at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Love Letters

Bath confirmed as first city for Love Letters tour

A 12-week long autumn tour of the play Love Letters will open at the Theatre Royal in Bath on 11th September.

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident begins 2017 UK tour

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time has just opened in Leeds, and will tour UK theatres until September.

Jonathan Pie

Regional theatre review: Jonathan Pie: Live at The Lowry Theatre

Political comedy isn’t always the first choice for a group trip. Paul Maguire former judge at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards – previously known as the Perrier Awards – explains why you might want to make an exception when it comes to Jonathan Pie.

Shirley Valentine

Shirley Valentine to embark on UK Tour

A new UK tour of the play Shirley Valentine has been announced in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

Cilla the Musical

World premiere for Cilla the Musical

Cilla the Musical – a show about singer Cilla Black – will premiere when it goes on a UK tour this year.

Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical announces second UK tour

Shrek The Musical has announced a second UK tour, and will open for a Christmas run in Edinburgh this December.

Jane Eyre

UK tour for new Jane Eyre theatre adaptation

A new theatre adaptation of Jane Eyre will tour the UK this year from April to September, opening in Salford.

 Oxford Shakespeare Festival

Line-up revealed for Oxford Shakespeare Festival 2017

Details have been announced for the Oxford Shakespeare Festival 2017; four popular Shakespeare plays including Macbeth will run over the summer.

Queen Anne

Queen Anne to run in the West End

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Queen Anne will be transferring to the West End this June.

La Cage Aux Folles

La Cage Aux Folles embarks on UK tour

La Cage Aux Folles is currently touring the UK, visiting venues including the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.

Caroline Flack will star as Irene in Crazy for You

Crazy for You to tour the UK

The musical Crazy for You is to open at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth this August as it embarks on a UK tour.

Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan

Annie set to hit the West End this May

The musical of Annie will open in the West End this May, and will star comedian Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan.

Graham Tudor will play Jamie in The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years musical returns to Liverpool

Broadway musical The Last Five Years will return to The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool for a second time this summer.

Motown the Musical

Motown the Musical; new tickets released

Motown the Musical has released over 200,000 new tickets, extending the booking period until 24th February 2018.

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein musical heads to the West End

A brand new musical comedy show based on Mel Brooks’ film Young Frankenstein is set to have its UK debut this September in the West End.

Bon Voyage

Greatdays Travel Group launches Cruise the World Musical Lunch

Greatdays Travel Group has added several new group-friendly lunch events to its collection of trips and tours, called Cruise the World Musical.

Ria Jones

Sunset Boulevard to tour UK and Ireland

A brand new tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard will open in Leicester on 16th September.

Dreamgirls

London Theatre Review: Dreamgirls

Group Leisure gives Dreamgirls five big gold sparkly stars after reviewing the production at the Savoy Theatre on the Strand.

Charlie Stemp as Arthur Kipps

London Theatre Review: Half a Sixpence

Group Leisure gives Half a Sixpence a big thumbs up after seeing it at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots extends booking until September

It has been announced that the booking period for the West End production of Kinky Boots is extending until 30th September.

Half A Sixpence

Half A Sixpence booking extended for West End

It has been announced that the booking period for the West End show Half A Sixpence has been extended until 2nd September.

Wicked

Wicked announces 2018 UK tour

Wicked, the musical that tells the ‘untold story of the witches of Oz’, will go on a new UK tour in 2018.

New Theatre Royal Lincoln auditorium.

New Theatre Royal welcomes coach parties

Groups and coach parties are being welcomed to the New Theatre Royal Lincoln by the theatre’s new management, which took over last year.

The Mikado

Group tickets on sale now for Gilbert and Sullivan Festival

Tickets to the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate are now available to purchase, and group rates are available.

Hope Mill Theatre

UK premiere of Yank! to be staged at Hope Mill Theatre

A new war time musical called Yank! will debut in the UK this spring at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.

Dinosaurs in the Wild

Dinosaurs in the Wild: new show for Birmingham and Manchester

An immersive theatre production called Dinosaurs in the Wild will visit venues in Birmingham and Manchester from June.

Improv theatre

New Bristol Improv Theatre to open in March

The new Bristol Improv Theatre – described as a first for the UK – will open on 3rd March.

The Braille Legacy

Charing Cross Theatre to stage premiere of The Braille Legacy

The Charing Cross Theatre will host the world premiere of The Braille Legacy from 10th April until 24th June.

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington panto announced for London Palladium’s 2017 festive season

Qdos Entertainment has announced that it will return to the London Palladium with the pantomime of Dick Whittington.

Buried Child

Buried Child extends West End run

The Pulitzer prize-winning play, Buried Child, is to extend its West End run until March 2017.

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic dates announced

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic will visit various arenas in 2017 to celebrate a century of Disney.

Wicked

Confessions of a Wicked virgin

Sarah Holt went along to watch a tenth anniversary showing of Wicked and discovered a production that’s acutely contemporary in light of the US election.

Half a Sixpence cast

Half a Sixpence extends booking period until April

West End newcomer Half a Sixpence has confirmed a run extension, taking the booking period into April 2017.

Alfie Boe

Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins to star in Carousel

Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins will star in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel in the West End next year.

Redeveloped Bush Theatre

Redeveloped Bush Theatre to open in March 2017

Bush Theatre is set to re-open in March, with the new season starting in April and finishing in November 2017.

Flashdance

New Flashdance tour to open in Glasgow

A new tour of Flashdance will tour the UK in 2017, opening on 7th August at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow.

Nativity! The Musical

Nativity! The Musical announces UK tour and London season

The world premiere of Nativity! The Musical will be staged in Birmingham next year and will be followed by a short tour and a season in London.

Samantha Womack

Sam Womack to head cast of The Addams Family

Casting for the UK tour of The Addams Family has been confirmed, and Samantha Womack of EastEnders fame will play Morticia.

School of Rock the musical

London Theatre Review: School of Rock

Sarah Holt finds out if Andrew Lloyd Webber manages to turn it up to 11 with his new West End musical School of Rock.

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows musical to open in West End in 2017

The new musical, The Wind in the Willows, will open at the London Palladium in 2017.

Lord of the Dance

Lord of the Dance celebrates its 20th anniversary with 2017 UK tour

The Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games will return in 2017 in a tour that will visit 23 UK cities.

2015 Hairspray cast

New Hairspray UK tour; over 30 venues confirmed

Hairspray has announced a new UK tour for 2017/18, which will visit over 30 locations including Sheffield, Dartford, Southampton and Nottingham.

Beautiful- The Carole King Musical

UK tour of Beautiful- The Carole King Musical announced for 2017

Beautiful- The Carole King Musical is set to tour the UK next year, beginning at Bradford Alhambra on 9th September.

Invincible

Torben Betts’s Invincible will tour the UK again in 2017

Torben Betts’s Play, Invincible, will tour the UK for a second time, commencing in January 2017.

Rainforest Cafe

6 of the best places for a pre-theatre meal

Pre-theatre dining inspiration for groups planning a trip to the West End.

Bat Out of Hell - The Musical

Bat Out of Hell to join West End next summer

Bat Out of Hell – The Musical will open in the West End next June for a limited season.

Mel Brooks

Young Frankenstein to premiere in Newcastle before West End run

Comedy musical, Young Frankenstein, will open at the Newcastle Theatre Royal for its UK premiere next August before joining the West End in autumn 2017.

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Throughly Modern Millie to tour UK in 2017

Musical comedy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, is set to tour the UK in 2017, beginning at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Tuesday 17th January.

Storyhouse

Storyhouse reveals details for first theatre season

Storyhouse, a brand new £37-million complex in Chester, has announced details for the new venue's inaugural theatre season.

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie to open in London

Tennessee Williams’s play, The Glass Menagerie, which has previously run on Broadway, will open in the West End in January.