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Sarah Soetaert, Josefina Gabrielle and Ruthie Henshall will be leading the cast of Chicago at London’s Phoenix Theatre. They will join the previously announced Cuba Gooding Jr who is set to make his UK stage debut playing Billy Flynn.

Take the story of Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart. Make it relevant to a 21st Century audience. Flip a coin every night to decide who plays who. Currently at the Duke of York's theatre, Robert Icke's adaptation of Mary Stuart is fascinating, gripping, and perfectly executed by a flawless cast.

Girl From the North Country is the relentlessly melancholy story of a group of people living in America in the 1930s. The production (which feels like more of a play with music than a musical per se), is atmospheric and intimate, but ultimately misses the mark.

Writers, especially new writers, are often told write what you know, which must have been  Eugene O’Neill’s motto. The Irish-born American playwright of Long Day’s Journey Into Night clearly had no compunction about heavily mining his life experiences and those of his parents, as the play is very autobiographical. The quadruple Pulitzer Prize winning playwright doesn’t spare himself or any of the protagonists who are easily identified as his mother, father, a brother, himself, his son and wife. So why did he instruct his second wife not to allow it to be performed for 25 years after his death?

Do musicals hold a special place in your heart? You’re not the only one. We’ve put together a collection of musicals for you, some are classic and familiar and some are new and unexpected. Take a look at our Featured Musicals for February and don’t miss out on your chance to get some of the best seats at discounted prices in the West End.

Once, according to legend, there was a six-hour version of The Divide, Alan Ayckbourn’s belated entry, at 78, into the Young Adult dystopia genre. Some Edinburgh Festival attendees even claimed to have seen it. Watching this revised production, a mere three hours and forty-five minutes short, it’s hard to imagine the expansions.

All or Nothing – the Mod Musical is based on the music and story of Small Faces, one of the most influential bands of the 60’s. I am not entirely sure why I feel such a connection to their music, being just a little too young to be a fan at the time, but I found myself happily singing along.  There are many classic hits in the Small Faces repertoire that endure, and, I think, need to be heard again.

Motown the Musical recently finished its 2nd year at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre. They also announced the new 2018 cast which will take the stage from March 6th.

Mary Stuart is an imaginative interpretation of her and Queen Elizabeth 1’s lives using a stripped back set and contemporary 21st-century clothing. The addition of spinning a coin at the beginning heightens the tension and arguably the rivalry as no one knows whether Juliet Stevenson or Lia Williams will be Queen Elizabeth I or Mary Stuart.

There is always something exciting about the West End in the beginning of the year. With Christmas over and done with and there is a treat for all the lovers coming up very soon, something is needed to bridge the gap in theatreland. In situ for a spell at the delightful Noel Coward Theatre, Girl from the North Country is receiving rave reviews and leaving theatre-goers spellbound.

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