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

Fantasy Panto Cast 2015

As a bit of fun, we’ve been figuring out our fantasy cast for a pantomime -working with Simon Sladen, one of the country’s leading Panto experts (@simonsladen).

The brief… to sell out the Palladium for the 2015/6 Panto season.

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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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Sweating your assets, Rockettes-style

As a fan of live entertainment as well as a businessperson, I have long been conflicted by the economics of show business. Take asset utilisation, for example. How can we be surprised at the lack of profitability in an industry where hugely expensive assets like stadiums and theatres lie idle most of the time – in some instances, more than 98% of the time?

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Open House: Richmond Theatre opens its doors

As part of Open House London’s catalogue of buildings this year, Richmond Theatre opened its doors to the public. Showbusinessinsights was there to find out more about one of London’s finest Frank Matcham theatres.

The tour was given by excellent guides, Rob, Colin and Steve, aided by Adam, representing the Frank Matcham Society.

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The no-photos rule taken too far: intellectual property in the theatre

At a performance of Wolf Hall recently, I took a few photos of the cast during the curtain call. An usher ran over and shouted “no photographs!”, so I stopped. She then came up to me and said “I need to see you delete the photos all the way back to a photo that is not in this theatre”. As I had a dinner reservation only ten minutes later, I could not be bothered to get into a protracted argument and did what she demanded. I did, however, ask why I needed to delete the photos. She said “because they are the property of the Royal Shakespeare Company”.

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