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School of Rock at the New London Theatre

Following its triumphant Broadway opening, Andrew Lloyd Webber has opened the West End production of School of Rock – The Musical to rave reviews.

Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes.

Down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.

Important information

Running time2 hours 30 minutes (includes one interval)

Performance dates – Monday 24 October 2016 until Sunday 13 November 2017.

Child policy 5+ Recommended age 8+

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The Wind In The Willows at the London Palladium – 17th June to 9th September 2017

The major new musical based on Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved classic opens at the London Palladium from June 2017.

Starring Rufus Hound as the amazing Mr Toad in a spectacular new production reuniting Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

This riotous comedy follows the impulsive Mr Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall.

Featuring eye-poppingly beautiful design, exuberant choreography and a gloriously British score, The Wind in the Willows brings an explosion of anarchy, humour and heart to the world famous London Palladium.

Important information

Running time 2 hour 20 minutes (including an interval)

Performance dates – 17 June to 9 September 2017

Child policy – Recommended for everyone aged 5 and over

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The Girls at the Phoenix Theatre

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical, The Girls, based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls, has opened in London’s West End at the Phoenix Theatre.

The ‘Girls’ are played by Debbie Chazen as Ruth, Sophie-Louse Dann as Celia, Michele Dotrice as Jessie, Claire Machin as Cora, Claire Moore as Chris and Joanna Riding as Annie.

The Girls is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands, and have to date raised over £4 million for Bloodwise.

Running time – 2 hours 45 min with one 15 min. interval

Performance dates until 15 July 2017

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Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre

This new stage version of Half a Sixpence, the musical adaptation of H.G. Wells’s semi- autobiographical novel ‘Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul’, is a completely fresh adaptation which reunites book-writer Julian Fellowes with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

The score is inspired by and features several of composer David Heneker’s exhilarating songs from the original production, including ‘Flash Bang Wallop’, ‘Money To Burn’ and ‘Half A Sixpence’. The production transfers to London’s West End following a run at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Arthur Kipps, an orphan and over-worked draper’s assistant at the turn of the last century, unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society. His childhood companion, Ann Pornick, watches with dismay as Arthur is made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham. Both young women undoubtedly love Arthur – but which of them should he listen to? With the help of his friends, Arthur learns that if you want to have the chance of living the right life, you need to make the right choices.

Running time – 2 hours 35 minutes including interval

Performance dates 29 October 2016 – 2 September 2017

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Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre

Multi award-winning comedy writer, actor and author Miranda Hart, will make her West End Theatre debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie opening in the West End in May 2017. The production, directed by Nikolai Foster, will be produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.

Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family…

Annie’s book, by Thomas Meehan adapted from the comic strip Little Orphan Annie, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. The West End production will have sets and costumes designed by Colin Richmond, choreography by Nick Winston, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Richard Brooker and orchestration and musical direction by George Dyer.

Foster’s production arrives in the West End 40 years after the original Broadway production opened in 1977. The last West End production of Annie opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 1998.The much-loved score includes the classics It’s A Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow and Easy Street.

Running timeTBC

Performance dates 23 May 2017 to 6 January 2018.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30pm, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm

Child policy 5+

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Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is the hit musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Based on the best‐selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re‐imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’.

Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (whose name later changes to Glinda the Good Witch), who struggle through opposing personalities and rivalry.

The original production of Wicked premiered on Broadway in 2003, its success led to the long running West End production .

Already the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history, the London production premiere in 2006 and has already played over 4000 performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Wicked is already the 8th longest‐running show currently playing in West End. Around the world, Wicked has now been seen by 50 million people in 14 countries, and won over 100 major awards.

Important information

Running time – 2 hours 45 minutes including 1 interval.

Monday – Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday

Wicked is suitable for a general audience, it is recommended for ages 7+. Children under 3 years of age will not be admitted.

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Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre

Mamma Mia! Is written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA, composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band. Ulvaeus and Andersson, who composed the original music for ABBA, were involved in the development of the show from the beginning.

The musical includes such hits as “Super Trouper”, “Lay All Your Love on Me”, “Dancing Queen”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “Thank You for the Music”, “Money, Money, Money”, “The Winner Takes It All”, “Voulez-Vous”, “SOS” and the title track.

Set on a Greek island paradise, the show is a story of love, friendship and mistaken identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA.

Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget!

Since premiering in London more than 15 years ago, this irresistibly funny comedy has thrilled over 54 million people all around the world and there’s never been a better time to see this unforgettable musical in the West End, where it all began. It has become the ultimate feel good show.

Important information

Running time – 2 hours 35 minutes including interval

Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm. Thursday and Saturday at 3pm

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