by dramaturgca


Hi everyone, I just stumbled across this community; how fantastic! I'm an American actor living and working in London and do my best to stay on top of what's going on in the business, but sometimes get too busy to manage. I see as much as I can (budget and time permitting) and it helps that I usher and work box office in 2 London theatres, the Shaw and New End.

Also, just want to plug the newish community I started for those of us working professionally in theatre in the UK in any capacity: uktheatrepros.

Duke of York's Theatre - Embers

Did anyone see Embers at the Duke of York's Theatre (London West End) last summer? It starred Jeremy Irons and was on from about March to June last year. 
I'm trying to get hold of programmes/anything similar from it so given that the production company has apparently already "destroyed" it all, I figured I'd ask you guys...

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Cast announcements!

Major cast changes for Mamma Mia from March 5th. Joining the cast are Linzi Hateley (Donna Sheridan), Jane Gurnett (Tanya), Steven Finch (Harry Bright), Hannah Robertson (Sophie Sheridan), Paul Shelford (Sky), Lucy Miller (Ali), Tanya Robb (Lisa), Kieran Jae (Eddie).

In Wicked news, Susie Blake is taking over the role of Madame Morrible from Miriam Margolyes.

SOURCE: Official London Theatre
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Bumper Year For West End

Report from BBC London News:

Hit shows like The Sound of Music and Dirty Dancing have helped boost theatre attendance in London's West End.
Ticket revenues in 2006 broke through the £400m barrier for the first time - up nearly 5% from 2005.

Advance ticket sales also reached an unprecedented £57m, more than double that of the previous year.

The Society of London Theatre supplied the figures. President Rosemary Squire said it gave the capital's theatres "great hope" for the future.

Theatre attendances enjoyed an upsurge in the last six months of the year, which saw the opening of Dirty Dancing, Spamalot, Wicked and The Sound of Music.

In total, theatres filled 12,347,153 seats during the year.

Dirty Dancing took £11m in advance ticket sales before it opened in September, while Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Sound of Music was given a boost by the BBC talent show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? which saw Connie Fisher win the lead role.

Ms Squire said: "At the six month mark, the industry was braced for a very tough 2006 with audience numbers and visitor numbers to London still depressed.

"That the industry has bounced back so spectacularly gives us great hope for the future and a great boost to the London economy."

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