New shows in London and inside gossip


Extensions, news and rumours – It’s all happening in London’s West End
There’s plenty of news and rumours circulating in the West End at present. Luckily for theatre-goers, much of the news is related to extensions of both performances and bookings.

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Benedict Cumberbatch to play Hamlet in London
Perhaps the most exciting piece of theatre news is the confirmation that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Hamlet on the London stage in the autumn.

The Sherlock actor has announced he will fulfil a life-long dream to play Shakespeare’s tragic hero when he returns to the West End in 2014. When Cumberbatch plays Hamlet it will mark his first return to London theatre since he appeared in the West End starring alongside Jonny Lee Miller in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein in 2011.

There is little doubt that the autumn’s Hamlet will be one of the hottest West End tickets of the year. It is rumoured the performance will be directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman. Keep posted for venue details, dates and ticket sales.


The Book of Mormon extra shows at the Prince of Wales theatre
Having been dubbed by critics as being “Helplessly funny and terrifically entertaining”, the hilarious Broadway musical, ‘The Book of Mormon’ has arrived at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Written in collaboration with the Tony Award-Winning writer of Avenue Q, Robert Lopez and co- directed by the three-time Tony nominee, Casey Nicholaw and Mr. Parker, it’s not surprising this rude, lewd and thoroughly entertaining musical is generating great reviews.

Great news for fans of musical comedies as the Book of Mormon has extended its booking period at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Booking is now available from 10/03/14 until 20/09/14. Each booking period will however open in sections.
To book tickets for this award-winning yet controversial and delightfully outrageous comedy click here.


Handbagged transfers to the West End
Moira Buffini’s critically acclaimed production of Handbagged at the Tricycle Theatre is transferring to the West End. On April 10, 2014, with previews from April 3, the production will open at the Vaudeville Theatre and will run until August 2, 2014. Referring to the transfer, Indhu Rubasignham, artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre said:
“It’s thrilling to be transferring Moira Buffini’s wonderful new play to the Vaudeville Theatre after our sold out run at the Tricycle.”
Buy tickets to see “magnificent” and “wickedly funny” comedy at the Vaudeville Theatre here.


The Woman in Black extends at the Fortune Theatre
Enthusiasts of spooky theatre will be pleased to hear The Woman in Black has been extended until 10/01/15 at the Fortune Theatre. Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of the best-selling ghost novel has been widely acclaimed for its cinematic quality, power and intensity, inspired by the world of film noir.
Be sure to snaffle up tickets for a play that has been chilling and thrilling audiences in the West End for 23 year.


Stephen Ward extends at the Aldwych Theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical at the Aldwych Theatre about the Profumo affair has been praised for its “delightful tunes” and an “unexpected dash of mischief.” If you are keen to see the musical Steven Ward which boasts a reunited Sunset Boulevard team, you’ll be pleased to know the show has been extended at the Aldwych until the 31/05/14.

Pick up tickets for the musical about a scandal that rocked British politics in the 60s here.