Mark Oxtoby steps into Back to the Future: The Musical as Doc Brown for opening night

“This is dedicated to all the dreamers out there!” cries Doc Brown as he finally succeeds in his grand experiment: time travel.

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The Memory of Water, Hampstead Theatre

It’s a homecoming for Shelagh Stephenson’s play, which premiered at the Hampstead in 1996, and for her characters: three sisters who return to Yorkshire for their mother’s funeral. Though it won Stephenson an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, it’s really an old-fashioned melodrama – and a shaky one at that.

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Frozen, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Let it snow! The Broadway musical adaptation of the Disney film behemoth premiered back in 2018 and now, following Covid delays, a rejigged version finally makes its home in the West End – to the delight of the army of miniature Elsas in attendance.

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Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum with Expats, Soho Theatre

Rather than a spoonful of sugar, this canny performance-art duo are serving up free booze and well-honed comedy to help their political theatre go down a treat. 

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‘People want to be scared’: how online hysteria transformed Snakes on a Plane – and cinema

The great Samuel L Jackson starring in a B-movie with arguably the greatest title of all time? No wonder fans latched onto Snakes on a Plane – and persuaded its studio, New Line Cinema, to reconsider their minor project and throw serious money at it.

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The Top 20 New London Shows Opening In 2021

As theatre comes roaring back, this autumn and winter see plenty of exciting new productions, including big West End musicals and intriguing plays. Here are the shows that we’re most looking forward to seeing.

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Cinderella review

We have James Corden to thank for this. The unfathomably popular TV host decided we needed yet another “modern spin” on Cinderella, and – God help us – he also joins the cast as a mouse-turned-footman who’s obsessed with how his new human body pees. 

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New West End stars making major debuts on London stages right now

While the pandemic year was incredibly difficult for everyone who works in the arts, it was particularly tough for those just starting out in their careers. So, as theatre comes back to life, it’s really heartening to see some exciting emerging talent hitting the stage, including numerous West End debuts.

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Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, Garrick Theatre

Maggie has finally arrived in Soho. Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford’s satirical drag musical began at fringe venue Theatre503 in 2013 and quickly became an Edinburgh Fringe staple. Now, the production makes its West End debut.

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Ben Platt on the Dear Evan Hansen trailer backlash: ‘It was a shellshock moment’

Playing a chronically anxious teenager in the hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen made American actor Ben Platt a household name, winning him Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awards – one off the fabled ‘EGOT’.

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