Encore is to sell Rugby Tickets for the first time with special group offers for what promises to be one of the major clashes of the season.
TOP TICKET SUPPLIER IN NATIONAL COACH TOURISM AWARDS.
Major Award For Encore At Annual UKinbound Ceremony.
BBC Countryfile is to hold countryside event at Blenheim Palace this August and Encore is the exclusive ticket provider for groups.
Spot the one who can’t sing…
WTM Has Been Key To Exporting London’s Theatre Worldwide
Encore staff dress up in their wildest and wackiest outfits to raise money for Children in Need.
Kinky Boots the musical is taking London by storm.
Murder mystery group travel organisers and coach tour operators can now book the best seats for Monday to Friday performances for just £26 - reduced from £46.
Hamlet will play at the Barbican from 5th August 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet) and cast of Hamlet in rehearsal.
Martine Parnell, newly appointed Chief Marketing Officer of London’s leading ticket and attraction supplier: Encore.
IT’S GRADUATION DAY FOR ENCORE’S SUCCESSFUL ACADEMY STUDENTS
Encore has won a major tourism award at the National Coach Tourism Awards 2015.
In January 2015 Encore opened a brand new concession at Selfridges - voted the best department store in the world!
Jo Bachelor and Yasmin Estaitih from the Encore trade team meet Rachelle Ann Go
Group Travel Organiser Diane Grandison knows that, when it comes to Encore’s Loyal Circle loyalty scheme – points now mean even more prizes!
Loyal Circle, Encore’s rewards scheme for Group Travel Organisers has been revamped with a host of new awards that the company believes will see over 1,000 GTOs benefiting by the end of this year.
Encore is the tops for groups – and that’s official.
London’s biggest theatre and attraction ticket supplier has just won both the ‘Best Group Ticket Agency,’ for the third year running, and ‘Best Group Supplier’ in the recent Group Travel Awards.
CLASSIC SHOWS PROVED FAVOURITES WITH INTERNATIONAL & DOMESTIC AUDIENCES
John Wales nearly added: ‘Party on’. But there was no need. They already were….
The travel trade is set to earn £10m in commission from London theatre tickets sales in the coming year as a raft of new hit shows opens.
Diplomas all round!
Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer
We're very excited to be attending the Miss Saigon press night tonight. Be sure to check out the show and enjoy our fantastic Group Rates from £37.50 for groups of 10+
Our Education Training Academy graduates enjoyed watching War Horse after a great day of presentations and workshops
Encore, the capital’s largest supplier of theatre and attraction tickets has setup a new Training Academy to give education providers hands-on experience of the company’s wide range of workshops and bespoke master classes for students.
Our Retail Training Academy graduates receive their certificates
Last month, we held our first Training Academy specifically for retail agents here at Encore HQ. We completed the day with an auditorium tour of the Piccadilly Theatre, dinner at Prezzo and then back to see the fantastic show, Jersey Boys.
Our very own Mr Ashley Herman was the proud recipient of the lifetime achievement award
and one helluva standing ovation.
Jerry Mitchell meets Yasmin Estaitih, Travel Trade Sales Manager and Sergio Cicalo, Trade Sales Manager.
Encore is predicting a sell-out Summer for London's top rated West End shows as the combination of the optimism surrounding the buoyant economy is backed up by good long-range weather forecasts and several tourist-friendly new productions opening....
Sales Manager Sergio Cicalò meets Gerónimo Rauch from Phantom of The Opera
Encore:Is it easier or more difficult to perform for groups of young people?
Geronimo: We’re aware that we’re in front of young people, because they’re very enthusiastic and we love that. But during the show we don’t feel the young energy. We just deliver, and then afterwards we realise it. What we really love is a full house, and that’s what we have here. I come from a world where ‘sold out’ is something really weird. But here we have this blessing of a sold-out performance every night, and that’s really good. Just bring more!
Encore Why do you think people like to come in groups to the show, and what kind of groups do you most expect to see in the audience? Women? Kids?
Geronimo: There are college groups, groups from the rest of the UK and Ireland who are waiting and screaming outside the Stage Door. It’s part of a whole package of coming to London and seeing the city and going to museums and going to see Phantom. It’s a tourist attraction. We love the feeling, because they people who come are really looking forward to seeing the show, so the energy is good.
Encore: How do you keep the character fresh?
Geronimo: I just love my job. That’s the most important thing about keeping it fresh. I come to work with a smile, and what I really try to do is to let my feelings come out. If I’m not having a bad day then thank God I’m playing the Phantom because I can do whatever I want. If I’m happy I could do a joyful Phantom, if I’m sad I could be aggressive. It changes, it depends on the day. It also changes depending on the orchestra, sound – every show is different. The audience also; If we receive a ‘Bravo!’ suddenly it’s like, ah, this is beautiful. It’s part of our job to keep it fresh and to understand that even though this might be my hundredth performance, people are watching the show for the first time, and we need to make this show new, unique and refreshing for them.
Encore: If you could play a female character of your choice for one night only, who would you choose to play?
Encore: Actually, I have two. Elphaba, and the other one isn’t a woman, it’s a kid: Billy Elliot. I’m the worst dancer in the world, so if I could ever play Billy Elliot I would love to.
Phantom Of The Opera is now booking until 25 October 2014. Encore’s group rates are as follows:
10+ Group Rate is £39.50. Valid Monday – Friday evenings and Saturday matinee.
10+ Thursday Matinee Rate is £27.75. Valid Thursday matinees.
Trade Sales Manager Sergio Cicalò meets Joey from War Horse at Excursions
Sergio Cicalò catches up with the cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
ECI Partners, the growth-focused UK mid-market private equity firm has invested in Encore Group, the largest multi-channel ticket aggregator focused on the West End theatre market. They are backing founders Ashley Herman, John Wales and management in a secondary buyout from ISIS Equity partners.
Encore, the largest supplier of West End theatre tickets and the only true travel trade specialist, is to relaunch, MyEncore.co.uk, its password protected trade booking system at World Travel Market 2013.
Legendary musical Miss Saigon is back – and Encore has made its biggest ever pre-purchase of tickets for to ensure maximum availability for Group Organisers and Coach Operators.
Encore's CEO and Deputy Chairman, John Wales and Ashley Herman, take a ride in a pink Cadillac with a cast member from the Swedish production of Miss Saigon
When you're responsible for selling 3 million West End theatre tickets every year – it's not a bad idea to see what goes on in front of the footlights.
Encore's Sales Team is Wicked!
Encore, the largest independent supplier of West End theatre tickets has just launched a new series of detailed reports on West End theatre sales which predicts that London's Theatreland is heading for a record year.
Encore has announced the appointment of Sergio Cicalo as its new Trade Sales Manager.
Sergio Cicalò, Encore's new Trade Sales Manager
Staff working at key incoming tourism agencies will be giving foreign visitors a better informed view of in London's theatreland in future, thanks to a new training academy set up by Encore.
Encore's first Training Academy graduates with Travel Trade Sales Managers Yasmin Estaitih and Deborah Plet
When it comes to all out razzmatazz and upfront hype nothing is going to top 'I Can't Sing' in 2014.
Dirty Dancing – one of the West End's top group shows is back in town, and Encore has tickets from just £32.50.
Refreshing new musical Once has taken the West End by storm since it opened in March to four and five star reviews.
Adulis Tesfa, UK Group Sales Executive with Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić, the stars of new musical 'Once'
How's that for an encore… Encore has lived up to its name by just winning the 'Best Service Provider – Theatre and Venue Ticketing' at the UK Coach Awards.
Daniella Slyfield, Encore's Assistant Reservations Manager for UK Groups and Trade, collects the award for Best Service Provider – Theatre and Venue Ticketing
When it comes to method acting, Encore's CEO, John Wales, has a method of his own….
John Wales stars as 'Sir Not Appearing' in hit West End comedy Spamalot
London's theatreland is poised for a Spring boost in bookings according to Encore.
The Lion King in Edinburgh is now on sale and will open at the Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre in October 2013.
Best known for his role as Christian Clarke in East Enders, John Partridge returns to his musical theatre roots this month as imperious director/choreographer Zach in the hotly anticipated show A Chorus Line. The leading man took some time out from the intense and agonising (he tells us!) rehearsals to talk to Encore about the show.
With London's West End set to break records in 2013, Encore will be bringing the low down to BOBI in March, on all the top shows that will be keeping audiences happy during the year.
Coach tour operators could be earning more from taking groups to London's West End theatre than ever before in 2013.
Adding a meal to your booking has just got easier – as groups will no longer need to choose their meals in advance. Encore is delighted to announce that you can now choose your meal on the day at the restaurant.
Encore's annual World Travel Market party, held for the first time at Floridita in Soho, was a resounding success – and with the travel trade in best party form – could it have been anything else?
Following a quick and strong bounce back from the Olympics, Encore is to launch a major export drive for West End theatre tickets at this year’s World Travel Market.
Encore has kept up its winning ways having been presented with the Best Ticket Agency award at the Group Leisure Show.
Chris Rowney promoted to the position of UK sales manager in the same year Encore has triple Award Win.
The groups market has gone romantic for the first half of 2012 according to the latest sales figures from Encore.
The musical of Roald Dahl's famous Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will have its World Premiere in London June 2013 – and Encore has priority rates for groups on sale now. Sweet!
Encore are proud to announce they have won the Best Coach Industry Supplier for Theatre and Venue Ticketing for the fourth year in a row at the UK Coach Awards & Best Ticket supplier at the Coach Tourism Awards. They both are great achievements and true testaments to the hard work and dedication of the groups team and everyone at Encore who support them.
Richard Woolliss and Chris Rowney accept the Best Ticket Supplier at the Coach Tourism Awards.
Encore staff completed a customer service training course this month all passing with flying colours.
Encore MD John Wales and Kelly Strong of Strong Recruitment celebrate with staff
The Bodyguard is Now onsale through Encore. The Press Launch was held at the Savoy Hotel on Tuesday 1st May where Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen were announced as the two lead roles; Rachel Marron and Frank Farmer.
David Ian (producer), Heather Headley (Rachel Marron), Thea Sharrock (director), Lloyd Owen (Frank Farmer) and Michael Harrison (producer) at the Press Launch of Bodyguard the Musical
Society of Box Office Managers annual awards took place on Monday 5th March and Encore had the honour of being awarded Ticket Agent of the Year.
Platinum-selling Swedish recording artist and performer Peter Jï¿½back is the latest Phantom to grace Her Majesty's Theatre stage in Andrew Lloyd Webber's legendary musical The Phantom of the Opera. Encore went backstage to get an exclusive interview.
Encore: What are your best memories of the West End from your previous roles in musicals here?
PJ: I've only performed in two musicals in the West End before. When I was growing up in Sweden, my biggest dream was to perform in the West End; the last Swedish leading man to do so was Tommy Korberg in Chess - and I wanted to show that it was possible again. I was so determined to make it happen that I sent Cameron Mackintosh my audition tape - he later cast me as Chris in his production of Miss Saigon at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane; it was an amazing experience, and some of my best memories are from that time. I also have some incredible memories of creating the role of 'Michael' in Cameron Mackintosh's original production of The Witches of Eastwick.
Encore: The Phantom is a famous perfectionist. Do you have a similar approach to your music?
PJ: I am a perfectionist, yes. Sometimes, it's not always an advantage but it is what has got me where I am today!
Encore: I imagine you grew up with the Swedish version of The Phantom of the Opera. Is there any difference between that one and the English version?
PJ: Unfortunately I never saw the Swedish production. It was watching Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford singing The Phantom of the Opera on TV that gave me my first experience of the musical.
Encore: It was fantastic to see so many Phantoms, including yourself, perform at the 25th Anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall. Did you seek any advice and how are you preparing for the role?
PJ: Actually I did! I spoke to Colm Wilkinson who originated the role of the Phantom in Canada. He advised me to create my own version, be true to the part and find my own sound. It was great advice and such an honour to perform alongside him as well as Anthony Warlow, John Owen Jones and Ramin Karimloo.
Encore: Do you have a favourite song or moment in the show?
PJ: The Music of the Night is an amazing but challenging song to perform which makes it a favourite moment in the show for me. Sierra Boggess' performance of Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again was a particular highlight for me during the 25th Anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall. Its so exciting to see how different performers bring out different sections of the show.
Encore: Why do you think Phantom continues to be so successful after all these years?
PJ: I think the show's success is down to Andrew Lloyd Webber's amazing score as well as the story based on the original novel by Gaston Leroux. Since I started rehearsing I've realised how perfectly it is written. It's a beautiful love story, a classic.
Richard Woolliss UK Sales Manager meets Kaine Ward, the newest Billy Elliot to join the West End Cast.
After the success and popularity of the RHS shows last year Encore are delighted to announce they are now selling for the RHS shows again this year.
For more information click here
Encore's famous WTM party rocked all over the world on Tuesday night when the UK's number one ticket agency invited clients from around the world in the travel trade industry to celebrate alongside them at Cafï¿½ de Paris off Leicester Square ï¿½ and they were treated to a foot stompin'session of solid rock by the cast of hit musical Rock of Ages.
The cast of Rock of Ages including Shayne Ward (fifth from left) and Justin Lee Collins (second from left) with Encore's Ashley Herman, (sixth from right) and Richard Woolliss(far left) and Encore clients at the WTM Party.
Encore is celebrating 11 years at WTM this year.
Encore, the UK's leading independent supplier of theatre, restaurant and attraction tickets, has joined forces with West End Theatre Bookings in a historic deal that is great news for London's West End...
For the 3rd year in a row, Encore has won the prestigious UK Coach Award as the 'Best Service Provider - Theatre and Venue Ticketing' and our Managing Director John Wales and Uk Sales Manager Richard Woolliss were there to accept the award!...
We took home Best Service Provider of the Year and Hugo Roberts landed the Customer Welcome Award for fantastic longstanding service to the industry. Honoured doesn't begin to cover it!...
We are excited to announce a 2 week exclusive pre-sale for the new musical ROCK OF AGES, transferring to the Shaftesbury Theatre this summer. Tickets are available only through Encore until 21st of March so pick up that phone and dial 020 7492 1525 to book your groups!...
For the first time, Encore are now selling the Ideal Home Show at Earls Court from 11-27 March! With amazing group rates and availability for individuals, call us today to buy your tickets for this incredible exhibition complete with celebrity appearances and all the latest in home decor.
With group rates from ï¿½35 you can save over 40% on what we are sure will be the hit show of 2011; call for complete information.
For the first time ever, Encore are now selling the RHS Flower Shows in venues across the country.
Contact our helpful and friendly staff for more information on how to book 020 7492 1525.
On top of the UK Coach Award this year, Encore was awarded with the Coach Tourism Award for Best Ticket Supplier. "We believe we have won these award again thanks to the efforts of our great groups sales team headed by UK sales manager Richard Woolliss, and because of the innovative schemes for coach operators we have introduced, such as our indemnity scheme to buy back unused tickets and our offer to refund parking costs for any coach operator booking one of our dinner and show packages", said Managing Director John Wales.
To learn more about the amazing perks for Coach Operators, call our groups team for everything you need to know: 020 7492 1525.
Encore Groups Team show off: Richard Woolliss, Lucy Bailey, Gemma Mortimer, Andreas Papandreas and John Wales.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical, The Wizard of Oz set for the Palladium Theatre in March 2011, is now on sale. Call us today for complete information!
Encore has won the UK Coach Award for Best Service Provider 2010 for the 2nd year in a row. With our promise of risk free tickets and free coach parking, we strive to make sure you give you the best value when you book with us.
Managing Director John Wales and UK Sales Manager Richard Woolliss receiving the award
On March 11th, David Essex made a trip to Encore to meet staff and promote his new musical All The Fun Of The Fair coming to the Garrick Theatre at the end of April. David was a hit that day signing posters and cd's for clients and fans!
"All The Fun Of The Fair is a really different kind of musical that will definitely take you on a rollercoaster of a ride" says UK Sales Manager Richard Woolliss. We have amazing group rates and special offers available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about booking your own adventure at the fair!
UK Sales Manager Richard Woolliss poses with David Essex
After immense success with the sell out production of Varekai, Encore now brings you Saltimbanco, Cirque's longest running major touring show.
Selling exclusively for groups and individuals, this timeless opus hits the UK Arenas for the first time with a series of exclusive shows in Sheffield, Liverpool, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, and London!
Contact your group account handler today or for more information please email: email@example.com
Free Hotel Promotion Launched for Winter/Spring 2010. On Jan 1st 2010 Encore and the Daily Mail launched what has to be the Theatreland's best offer of the year, and its only January! Customers simply book a couple of tickets for a top West End show and Capital Breaks will give you an overnight hotel room completely free.
There's no catch ï¿½ customers who book two top price tickets for one of the 13 leading shows taking part in the offer before the end of March and Encore will give night's stay in a three star London hotel including continental breakfast.
And to make the offer even better customers can upgrade to a 4 star hotel for just ï¿½20, or a luxury 5 star hotel for ï¿½50, as well saving up to 40% on train travel to London.
Tickets including the free hotel night start at ï¿½45 per person, and the shows on offer include hits such as Grease, We Will Rock You, Wicked, Chicago, Dirty Dancing, Hairspray, Billy Elliot and Sister Act plus newcomers such as Dreamboat and Petticoats.
In anticipation of the opening of Love Never Dies. Encore have released thousands of tickets for general sale. "Love Never Dies is the biggest show opening of 2010 and we have secured a large allocation of tickets for our key customers to ensure they have access to as many tickets as possible" said Managing Director John Wales.
For more information on selling tickets for Love Never Dies contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Following another record year in 2008/9 with sales of over ï¿½50 million, Encore began the new financial year in style with best ever monthly sales of ï¿½5.2 million for October.
Encore celebrated the successes of the last 12 months with over 500 key travel industry figures at their annual World Travel Market party in the new Planet Hollywood.
"2009 has been a record year for us so far and to enjoy a record month just before World Travel Market is a great boost". Said Encore Managing Director, John Wales.
Another record breaking year for Encore. Following a record 2009 where sales exceeded 1.5 million tickets Encore is forecasting growth of 20% for their 10th anniversary year . "We have started the year strongly and have secured increased ticket allocations for a number of top West End shows. With more inventory and a raft of top new shows including Love Never Dies, The Wizard of Oz and Ghost all going on sale in 2010 we are looking forward to another bumper year" said Marketing Director Chris Ryan
Encore has built on a record breaking start to 2009 by winning 'Best Service Provider' at the newly launched Coach Industry Awards.
Presented during the new VisitBritain backed Best of Britain Show, the Coach Industry Awards celebrated excellence in all areas of the industry.
"We offer a unique professional service to coach operators and have helped to increase their profits by enabling them to bring more groups into London. We are delighted to have been recognised in this way". Said Encore Managing Director John Wales.
Legendary American TV reality show host Jerry Springer is about to take the British stage with a leading part in the smash hit musical Chicago.
He will be joining the cast of the show in the role of the smooth talking lawyer Billy Flynn in June. Earlier this month he took some time to visit Encore, the top selling ticket agent for the show. Pictured here with some of the Encore Sales Team Jerry spent time talking to staff about his role in the show and was also interviewed for Encore's own podcast and their in-house trade publication In Advance.
March 2009 proved to be a record sales month for Encore with sales in excess of ï¿½4.5 million. The great news for both Encore and the theatre industry in general is that the average ticket sale price was down by only three pence which means that despite the current economic outlook people are still willing to spend money on a great nights entertainment. With new shows such as Love Never Dies (the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera), Sister Act and Legally Blonde on the horizon the outlook is good for Encore, our clients and theatre-land in general.
Encore has been voted the Ticket Supplier of the Year at the 2008 Coach Tourism Awards on 5th June followed by ‘Best Ticket Agent’ at the 2008 Group Travel Awards on 20th June
At the Coach Tourism awards the company’s continuing contribution to the coach touring industry was recognized with the top award for the second year running. On being presented the award Richard Woolliss, Encore’s UK Sales Manager at the ceremony “We are very proud to have been voted the UK Coach Trades No.1 provider of ticket for the second year running. The coach market is highly important to London’s theatreland which is why we invest significant time and resources in nationwide sales visits, exhibitions, and exciting publication distribution. In the last year it has been our priority to build strong individual relationships with coach operators”
Two weeks later Encore was again delighted to have been voted ‘Best Ticket Agent’ 2008 by the readers of Group Travel Organiser. This recognizes Encore offers unique variety of options for the Groups market ranging from great availability on top West End shows to great value full and half-day packages. Their best selling package in 2008 has been the Seniors Grand Day Out, which combines a trip to Kensington Palace, a two-course Fish and Chip Lunch and a Top Price Ticket to one of eight great shows - from just £37.50.
In addition to a wide range of products Encore also offer customers an extremely popular incentive scheme. Not for profit GTO’s earn one point for every ten pounds they spend with Encore. Under the Encore ‘Loyal Circle’ scheme these points can then be redeemed against a variety of rewards including theatre tickets, short breaks and even flight to New York.
The UK’s favourite soprano, Lesley Garrett, who made her musical theatre debut in 2006 playing the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, will return to the West End stage later this year in another Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, Carousel. The show opens for a short UK tour in September and then opens at the Savoy in late November 2008.
Carousel is the poignant story of smooth-talking carnival barker ‘Billy Bigelow’ and his romance with innocent mill worker ‘Julie Jordan’. Of all their shows, this was Roger and Hammerstein’s personal favourite. Joining Leslie Garrett is Jeremiah James, from the internationally renowned recording group, TEATRO, as Billy Bigelow and Alexandra Silber, most recently at the Savoy Theatre in London in the award-winning production of Fiddler On The Roof, as Julie Jordan.
Eurovision spoof musical Eurobeat will transfer to the Novello Theatre from 4th September 2008 after a 17 venue regional tour.
Eurobeat assigns audience members to one of ten competing countries and invites them to vote for their favourite contestants via text message. The show, written by Craig Christie and Andrew Patterson, premiered at last summer's Edinburgh Fringe, where it won Best Musical Production in the inaugural Musical Theatre Awards.
Tickets are now on sale for Trevor Nunn's production of Margaret Mitchell's classic novel, Gone with the Wind. In a new musical adaptation of the classic love story with book and lyrics by Margaret Martin adapted by Trevor Nunn and Music by Margaret Martin, .Gone with the Wind will have its first performance at the New London Theatre on Saturday 5 April 2008, with press night on Tuesday 22 April and is initially booking until 27 September 2008. Set in 1860's Atlanta, Georgia, Gone with the Wind follows the story of the seventeen-year-old Scarlett O'Hara, the eldest of three daughters living a life of luxury on their father's plantation until the onset of the Civil War threatens their idyllic existence. Scarlett's incredible journey through both the war and the peace is mirrored in her turbulent relationship with Rhett Butler, whose actions always defy prediction. Their story spans ten years and mingles romantic ecstasy with tragic grief, as the life these people once knew disappears, for better or worse: gone with the wind. Gone with the Wind, published in 1936, is one of the best selling novels of the 20th century and won Margaret Mitchell the Pulitzer Prize. Three year's later in 1939, the film adaptation made box office history as the highest grossing film of all time and is still regarded as one of the greatest American classics.
The West End staging of The Phantom of the Opera, celebrates it's 21st Birthday on 9th October at Her Majesty's Theatre. Andrew Lloyd-Webber's phenomenal hit first continues to play to full houses nightly in London, New York and around the world. The Phantom of the Opera has been performed in more than 20 countries, including the USA, Japan, Canada, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Australia, Denmark, Hungary, Spain and Singapore. As Broadway's longest-running musical, the show has been honoured with over 50 major theatre awards, including seven prestigious New York Tony Awards, among them the Tony for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards and three Olivier Awards. The Phantom of the Opera has grossed more than S$5 billion, making it Lord Lloyd Webber's and the world's most successful musical. Recently the film of The Phantom of the Opera thrilled cinema-goers around the world and a newly opened Las Vegas spectacular continues to enthrall audiences.
Julian Clary and Amy Nuttall have joined the cast of the West End revival of Cabaret which recently celebrated it's 1st Birthday. Clary replaces James Dreyfus in the role of the Emcee. He was last seen in the West End when he starred in Taboo as Leigh Bowery in 2002. Known for his comedy writing and performing, Clary first gained recognition through his stand-up routines and quickly became a household name in British comedy. After appearing on Channel Four's Friday Night Live in the late 1980s, he co-wrote and starred in his own top comedy seriesï¿½Terry and Julian, Sticky Moments, & Sticky Moments on Tourï¿½as well as two series and a Christmas special called All Rise for Julian Clary. His stage work includes starring in various pantomimes such as Dick Whittington in Northampton and Cinderella in Bristol. Amy Nuttall (Best known as Chloe in Emmerdale) replaces Kim Medcalf as Sally Bowles. Her stage credits also include Boeing-Boeing, My Fair Lady and the recent West End production of Guys and Dolls.
Chicago celebrates it's 10th Birthday in the West End with a special charity gala performance at the Cambridge Theatre on Wednesday 5 December. Proceeds of the evening will be in aid of Breast Cancer Haven and the Breast Health Institute. The cast for the evening will include original London cast members Ute Lemper, Ruthie Henshall and Henry Goodman, along with Brenda Edwards, Jennifer Ellison, Duncan James, Kelly Osbourne, Gaby Roslin, Frances Ruffelle, Claire Sweeney, Denise Van Outen and many more. The London production of has played to an audience of over 4.5 million people at more than 4,000 performances. The smash hit West End musical transferred from the Adelphi Theatre to the Cambridge Theatre in April last year. Chicago opened at the Adelphi Theatre on 18 November 1997 to rave reviews and immediately became a sell-out hit, winning the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for 'Outstanding Musical Production' as well as the 1998 Critics Circle Drama Award for 'Best Musical'. In addition to London, Chicago is currently playing in New York, and on tour in America and the UK, with forthcoming productions planned in Korea, Japan and Denmark.
Following the huge success of "How do you Solve a Problem like Maria" in casting the role of Maria in The Sound of Music, Simon Cowell is mounting a new reality television show called "You're the One That I Want" which will cast the roles of Sandy and Danny in the West End revival of Grease which should open in the Summer at an as yet unconfirmed London Theatre.
The stage adaptation of Billy Wilder's 1959 Hollywood film classic Some Like It Hot will return to London later this year. Though exact dates and a venue have yet to be announced, the major new production, directed by Broadway's Jerry Zaks, is confirmed to open in the West End in autumn 2007.
Multi award-winning actress and recording artist Elaine Paige will return to the West End to take the title role in the Broadway smash hit musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, with music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, the five-time Tony Award winning musical will preview at the Novello Theatre from 14 May, with press night on 5 June and opening night on 6 June.
Theatergoers can once again don their legwarmers and leap on top of taxis as Fame re-opens at the Shaftesbury. A year after closing at the Aldwych Theatre to make way for Dirty Dancing, Eighties screen classic, it opens on 8 May 2007 (previews from 4 May) for a limited summer season at the Shaftesbury Theatre, its fifth West End home.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed he again considering writing a sequel to his hugely popular musical The Phantom of the Opera. Lloyd Webber mentioned the potential sequel when he appeared as a guest on his The Sound of Music co-producer David Ian's reality TV show to find the star of a Broadway production of Grease, You're the one that I Want. This is not the first time this has been mentioned as opera diva Kiri Te Kanawa performed a number from the Phantom 2 at Lloyd Webbers 50th Birthday some years ago but that was the last that was then heard of the idea.
After its premiere in Toronto, this new stage version of Tolkien's trilogy opens on 9 May 2007 in a new ï¿½10 million production at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
The show has collected over 50 awards including the 'Most Popular Musical Audience Award', voted by the public, in the 2002 Laurence Olivier Awards and is now the longest running show on Broadway; the 7,486th performance took place on 9 January 2006.
"The Tills Are Alive" as the first six months of the show are nearly sold out. Connie Fisher won the role of Maria and hearts of the public through the reality TV Show 'How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?'
On 8 October 2006, Les Misï¿½rables celebrates its 21st birthday and becomes the world's longest running musical. The record had previously been held by Cats.
The show has taken a record ï¿½11million in advance ticket sales, more than 240,000 tickets have been snapped up so far at London's Aldwych Theatre.