Sword fights, pirate shanties, adventures on the high seas and sinister spirits of pirates past are all to be found in the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s new family production of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island.
The Watermill Theatre production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard transfers to the West End in time for Christmas, opening at the Comedy theatre on 15 December, after previews from 4 December.
Former Pop Idol finalist Zoe Birkett and Hairspray’s Kate Gillespie have been cast in forthcoming show Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, which opens at the Palace theatre on 23 March (previews from 10 March).
As Disney’s The Lion King prowls into its 10th year in the West End’s theatrical jungle, it is marking the occasion with special appearances on the Royal Variety Performance and Radio’s 2 Friday Night Is Music Night, making musical theatre history in the process.
Hairspray was the hit musical of last year, winning several Laurence Olivier Awards and bringing a smile to the faces of curmudgeonly critics everywhere. In this most heartwarming of musicals, it is even fun playing the baddie, says new cast member Zoe Rainey.
Theatre fans who fancy helping to select 2009’s best work and seeing a year’s worth of free productions in the process, have just two weeks left to apply to be Laurence Olivier Awards judges. Applications close on 28 November.