Review: Sweeney Todd – English National Opera

Sweeney Todd sits awkwardly between genres: it is certainly not a populist jukebox easy-watching affair but is generally seen as a musical, nonetheless. Logically, however, it really should be an opera. Its plot is so melodramatic that it makesĀ Tosca seem positively gritty and realistic and is musically highly complex and symphonic. Continue reading

Grizabellis…. Kerry Ellis to replace Nicole Scherzinger?

Following good reviews for the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats at the London Palladium, rumours are circulating that producers are planning to extend the run beyond its current booking period which ends on 7 February. Continue reading

West End highlights of 2014 – Top 5

As 2014 draws to a close, we reflect on our favourite moments in the West End this year…

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West End vs West Ham – Season tickets for theatre?

As the football season kicks off in earnest with the Premier League’s first round of matches, we examine the main ticketing difference between the Premier League andĀ the West End: the season ticket.

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Review: Wicked with Kerry Ellis

Showbusinessinsights does not usually review shows, but Kerry Ellis’ return to Wicked prompted me to get tickets and watch the show again. I had not seen the show for a few years so was interested to see how it is getting on – in the week that it overtook Me & My Girl to become the 14th longest-running show in the West End.

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How do you solve a problem like an injured Elphaba?

When a show is hit by bad news, how do you react? Crises sort the wheat from the chaff and the inexperienced or timid can be overwhelmed. But the truly successful not only cope with it, but make a virtue of it.

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