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The week in pictures: 14 - 20 January

Joanne Clifton opens Thoroughly Modern Millie, Patrick Stewart meets a racing legend and Gary Barlow attends The Girls rehearsals

Rufus Hound, Catherine Russell and Ria Jones were among those at the Leicester Curve season launch

Gary Barlow met the original Calendar Girls

Gary Barlow, Tim Firth and the original Calendar Girls
© Matt Crockett

And unveiled the new flowery front of the Phoenix for The Girls

Michelle Hopewell took on the role of Babkak in Aladdin

At 11am this morning I was sat on my bed eating a vegan cinnamon roll when my phone began to ring. It was company manager letting me know that the time had come. Babkeisha was getting her debut. The rest of the day is kind of a blur. I laughed, I cried, I winged it and I tried my hardest to sass it. One thing that wasn't blurry was the overwhelming amount of love and support that poured in from every direction! I could not be more grateful for the love and encouragement. Y'all make my life brighter. Sometimes, when I fly on autopilot, I forget how amazing it is that every single day I get to live a dream. If I never get another job, I can say that I did it! So I'm raising a cinnamon roll to all the people out there who think they couldn't or wouldn't! Our time is now! . . . . . . . . . . . . #aladdinlondon #westend #theatre #doubleshowday #debut #stagey

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Everybody tried to buy Hamilton tickets, including Rent's Lucie Jones

Amber Riley was on a bus

Mom! Dad! I'm on a bus!!!! Lol

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Joanne Clifton kicked off the Thoroughly Modern Millie tour

A stylish Patrick Stewart met F1 driver Lewis Hamilton

We got our fist look at Emma Hatton as Evita

First press shot I've seen! My beautiful soul of a costar, @gian.marcoschiaretti #Evita #Che

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The original Phantom Michael Crawford turned 75

We got a peak into rehearsals for Jamie Lloyd's The Pitchfork Disney

Jamie Lloyd (director) in rehearsals for The Pitchfork Disney
© Matt Humphrey