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New Year, same old you? Except perhaps a little groggy and a few pounds heavier, thanks to the holiday season. Yeah, you’ve got January blues, but we’ve got just the thing to help you shake it off.    

Running strictly for a 12-week limited period and set in the atmospheric Charing Cross Theatre, The Woman in White is showing off its gothic side in a wonderfully intimate space. This is the premiere of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and David Zippel’s, albeit reread and revised, score. The set is masterfully simple and the singing, together with the harmonies, are sublime. Don’t be fooled into thinking you are in for an easy, peaceful night at the theatre, there will be lots of jumping in your seat. If you have a slightly nervy disposition, make sure you have someone to hang onto!

Oscar winning American actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is set to star as fast-talking, fast-footed lawyer Billy Flynn in the West End revival of Chicago.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has extended its run at the Apollo Theatre. The show has announced a new booking period from Friday, January 12th, 2018 to Saturday, October 6th, 2018.

The Grinning Man has announced an extension of its run at Trafalgar Studios until 14 April, 2018.

As Annie rapidly approaches the end of its scheduled run at the Piccadilly Theatre, it has been announced that new members of the kids cast will join the show for its last month of shows.

Rambert needs no introduction. They are an institution in UK dance and a byword for innovative, imaginative and seminal work. This programme was no exception; with a trio of pieces which revived A Linha Curva and showcased two new pieces: Symbiosis and Goat.

I saw Matilda: The Musical for the first time in previews and then I went and saw the show again back in September 2015 when the cast changed. When I saw the show for a second time, I posted a review on London Theatre Direct that I targeted at a certain demographic: children. My reasoning behind this was because I thought Matilda was great fun, but I didn’t have anything original to say about the show because I didn’t think much of it than it was a great show for kids. At the time, I was 16 years old and only a week into my time in sixth form, and while that may not feel like long ago, a lot has changed in my life since. I didn’t realise how fleeting childhood feels after you leave school and now, having seen the show with my 18-year-old eyes and having left school and now being in the workplace, I’ve come to realise that Matilda is as much a show for adults as it is for children

My Hart was in my mouth when I watched Miranda take a turn as Miss Hannigan. I Revelled in watching a 6’2 man in drag when Craig Revel-Horwood had a short residency at the Piccadilly. Now bringing another perspective to Annie, running until 18 February 2018 is the delightful Meera Syal fully at home in the character of Miss Hannigan.

Even though The Grinning Man is an adaptation of an old fairy tale, this British musical is an enchanting combination of new and old. As soon as you step into Trafalgar Studios, you are immersed in Victorian London and completely captivated until the final curtain. The preset of The Grinning Man’s hideous smile stretches over the audience, giving you an immediate flavour of what is to come and you are welcomed by musical performers, inviting you into the circus. To put it simply, as soon as you arrive, you are hooked.

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