Opening: Million Dollar, Wizard of Oz & Sapphires
Date: 28 February 2011
Amongst the major London openings, in the West End and further afield, this week are:
OPENING TONIGHT, Monday 28 February 2011 (previews from 8 February), Broadway compilation musical Million Dollar Quartet - recreating a 1956 jam session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis - gets its London premiere at the Noël Coward Theatre.
ALSO TONIGHT (previews from 25 February), the Bush Theatre stages the UK premiere of Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan's Moment, which examines "how one terrible moment can change lives irrevocably". Directed by David Horan, it continues to 26 March 2011.
OPENING TUESDAY, 1 March 2011 (previews from 7 February), The Wizard of Oz opens at the London Palladium, with new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and starring Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Dorothy and Michael Crawford as the Wizard alongside Hannah Waddingham, Edward Baker-Duly, David Ganly and Paul Keating, with direction by Jeremy Sams.
OPENING WEDNESDAY, 2 March 2011, Australia’s "hippest soul sisters" perform Motown hits against the backdrop of the Vietnam war in former Neighbours actor Tony Briggs' musical The Sapphires, which runs at the Barbican until 12 March 2011.
OPENING THURSDAY, 3 March 2011 (previews from 1 March), the Finborough Theatre revives Caryl Churchill’s Fen, as part of a three month season of work by women playwrights. Directed by Finborough and National Theatre Studio resident Ria Parry, it runs until 26 March.
ALSO ON THURSDAY, Kneehigh's award-winning adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Red Shoes, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, arrives at Battersea Arts Centre for a run to 9 April 2011, as part of its final national tour.
OPENING FRIDAY, 4 March 2011, 'sexicological' comedy show A Guide to Sexual Misery returns for Friday and Saturday nights at the Arts Theatre, until 2 April.
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|Tim Rice to be honoured with Special Award at Oliviers - 16th Mar 2012 news|
|Danielle Hope is new Les Mis Eponine, Tam Mutu plays Javert - 9th Mar 2012 news|
|Russell Grant takes over from Michael Crawford as Wizard of Oz - 23rd Jan 2012 news|
|Sophie Evans takes over from Danielle Hope in Wizard of Oz from 7 Feb - 20th Jan 2012 news|
|Photos: Andrew Lloyd Webber's reality casting recruits - 18th Jan 2012 photos|
|Million Dollar Quartet to Close at Noël Coward, 14 Jan - 7th Oct 2011 news|
|Musicals Extend: Wizard, Mamma Mia! & Thriller Live - 4th Oct 2011 news|
|Cast: Tucker & Crawford Extend, Full CFT Sweeney - 2nd Aug 2011 news|
|Photos: Rod Stewart Meets Million Dollar Quartet - 14th Jul 2011 photos|
|Cats Prowls Back to West End in 2013, Oz Tour??? - 28th Jun 2011 gossip|
|WOS TV: Up Close With ... The Wizard of Oz's Danielle Hope - 6th Jun 2011 interviews|
|Photos: Evans Wears Ruby Slippers, Oz Extends - 4th May 2011 photos|
|Galas: Toto Winner in Wizard, Caird's Challenge - 19th Apr 2011 news|
|Musicals Extend: Thriller & Million Dollar Quartet - 5th Apr 2011 news|
|Blonde Natalie Casey, Seymour-Marsh Joins MDQ - 22nd Mar 2011 news|
|WOS TV: Up Close With ... Million Dollar Quartet - 14th Mar 2011 interviews|
|Review Round-up: Quartet Rocks the Critics - 4th Mar 2011 roundup|
|1st Night Photos: Caine & Co Off to Meet Wizard - 2nd Mar 2011 photos|
|The Wizard of Oz - 2nd Mar 2011 reviews|
|Review Round-up: Are Critics Friends of Dorothy? - 2nd Mar 2011 roundup|
|Show Pics: Hope & Crawford in the Emerald City - 1st Mar 2011 photos|
|1st Night Photos: Coward Looks a Million Dollars - 1st Mar 2011 photos|
|Million Dollar Quartet - 1st Mar 2011 reviews|
|WOS Rock 'n' Rolls with Million Dollar Quartet - 23rd Feb 2011 blog|
|Photos: Cast Prepare to Bring MDQ to West End - 19th Jan 2011 photos|
|Goddard, Hagen, Lyons & Malarkey Form Quartet - 6th Jan 2011 news|
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|Coronation Street Star Ward Confirmed for Quartet - 22nd Dec 2010 news|
|Waddingham Heads for Oz, Evans Wicked Fiyero - 25th Nov 2010 news|
|Million Dollar Quartet Opens at Noël Coward, Feb - 19th Nov 2010 news|
|Palladium Marks Centenary, Renovations & Tours - 12th Oct 2010 news|
|Hannah Waddingham Casts Another Spell in Oz??? - 27th Sep 2010 gossip|
|Michael Crawford Returns to Stage as Wizard - 24th Sep 2010 news|
|Million Dollar Quartet Seeks Elvis for 2011 Opening - 9th Sep 2010 news|
|Vote in WOS Poll: Next Musical for TV Casting? - 17th Jun 2010 news|
|Tim Rice Follows Yellow Brick Road to Oz??? - 25th May 2010 gossip|
|End of the Rainbow for Lloyd Webber & BBC??? - 25th May 2010 gossip|
|Danielle Wins Ruby Slippers in Rainbow Finale - 24th May 2010 news|
|Ex-Dorothy Steph Set Sights on Sister Act??? - 18th May 2010 gossip|
|Top Ten TV Contestants & Where to Find Them - 18th May 2010 features|
|Final Three Dorothys Named in Rainbow Contest - 17th May 2010 news|
|Public Booking Opens for Wizard with New Songs - 7th May 2010 news|
|TV-cast Wizard of Oz Moves into Palladium, 1 Mar - 28th Apr 2010 news|
|Ten Dorothys & Wild Card Battle Over the Rainbow - 29th Mar 2010 news|
|Lloyd Webber Searches for TV Dorothy from 26 Mar - 12th Mar 2010 news|
|Church & Hancock Improve BBC Rainbow Expertise??? - 19th Feb 2010 gossip|
|Can Lloyd Webber Find a Dorothy with 'Attitude'??? - 14th Jan 2010 gossip|
|Want to Go Over the Rainbow with the BBC??? - 17th Nov 2009 gossip|
|BBC & Lloyd Webber Cast West End Wizard of Oz - 11th Sep 2009 news|
|Lloyd Webber Cancels Oz TV Casting Show??? - 20th Jul 2009 gossip|
|Lloyd Webber & Slater Pen New Songs for Oz??? - 3rd Apr 2009 gossip|
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