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Peter Andre to guest star in Thriller Live

In perfect time to be a welcome early Christmas gift for Peter Andre fans, it’s been announced that the Australian star will join the cast of Thriller Live for just two weeks between 10th and 22nd December.

Andre is a huge international star, who has been consistently popular since his breakthrough in the 90s with the likes of “Mysterious Girl”. He boasts two Number 1 albums, a host of Number 1 singles and plenty of awards gained during his career, and now has over 6 million followers on social media.

Thriller Live, the musical tribute to Michael Jackson, is running at the Lyric Theatre until 26 April 2020, and after over a decade is still one of the most popular shows in the West End. Various popular names have joined the cast over the years, including Alexandra Burke and Layton Williams, but Peter Andre is perhaps the most widely recognised star to join the ranks of this popular production. He received a standing ovation when he performed during the 4,000th performance of the show last year, and so is sure to be a hit during his limited engagement in December.

Andre will be the first in a series of guest stars appearing over the next few months, before the show moves to a new West End venue. Producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol have assured audiences that Andre’s two weeks in the show will be  “an unforgettable experience for fans lucky enough to get a ticket.”

If you don’t want to miss out on seeing this huge star in one of London’s biggest shows, then you can see full details and book your tickets here.

two performers onstage in The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre, London

Is The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre good for kids? Here’s what parents have said

Something big, furry and monstrous has taken up residence in London’s Lyric Theatre. Tall Stories’ production of The Gruffalo, based on the best-selling children’s book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, has turned the Lyric stage into a mysterious forest, and invited kids and grown-ups in to meet its wild inhabitants.

This is not the first time that the Lyric has hosted this production. Of course, the most important question with a show like The Gruffalo is “will kids enjoy this?”

Mother and young son in a theatre audience
Does ‘The Gruffulo’ at the Lyric Theatre delight kids and parents alike?

To answer this question, we have taken a look at what popular parent bloggers have had to say about The Gruffalo in previous runs at The Lyric.

Monica Costa, founder of London Mum’s Magazine, reviewed the 2015 run of The Grufallo and called it:

“an enchanting production with the perfect combination of songs, laughter, physical theatre and just the right amount of scary fun”

Mummy, primary school teacher and blogger Emma Edwards, whose adventures with her son, Adam, form the basis for adventuresandplay.com, saw the The Gruffalo at the Lyric in 2016 and had the following to say:

“The show entertained both Adam and us. There were several pantomime gags and some humour that went over the children’s heads. It was certainly a show to remember and one that we would highly recommend.”

Parenting, travel and style blogger Scandi Mummy also reviewed the 2016 Lyric run and said:

“I highly recommend taking your children to see this show especially if they are already fans of The Gruffalo. The script and ad-libbing by the actors make it highly entertaining for adults as well.”

Mum of twin boys, Kelly, writing for mojomums.co.uk, wrote of the 2017 run at The Lyric:

“My sons were both captivated – sometimes one son in particular can become a little fidgety and bored, but not with this show, he loved it!  The show ran for around an hour, perfect time for little one’s and no toilet stops needed!”

It’s clear that kids love The Gruffalo!

The Gruffalo will be rumbling around the Lyric Theatre until 8th September. See full details and book your tickets here.

Oi Frog and Friends!

Oi Frog and Friends

FROG is looking for somewhere to sit at Sittingbottom school. CAT, however, doesn’t like this idea, and DOG is just doing what he’s told. But chaos is coming their way… how will things change when FROG is in charge?

Join Frog and Friends in this hour-long adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field’s Oi Frog! book series, full of original music, songs, and lots of laughs and rhymes. Oi Frog and Friends! hops into the Lyric Theatre London from November 29th.

Oi Frog and Friends! is produced by Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and is created by Emma Earle, Zoe Squire, Luke Bateman, and Richy Hughes.

Show Lengths & Times

Oi Frog and Friends! will play at the Lyric Theatre London from 29 November – 20 December 2019.
The show is 55 minutes long, straight-through

Suitable for Children?

The recommended age for this show is 3+

Tickets

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Reviews

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Liza Pulman Sings Streisand

Liza Pulman Sings Streisand

 

Five Stars

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Direct from a sell-out run at The Other Palace, Liza Pulman brings her five-star show to the Lyric, paying homage to the incomparable Barbra Streisand.

Liza Pulman Sings Streisand sees Liza bring her wit, flawless vocals, and storytelling to the theatre in a show which will take your breath away.

Accompanied by a stellar band, Liza will sing a variety of Streisand hits including ‘New York State of Mind’, ‘Evergreen’, ‘The Way We Were’, and, of course, ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’.

Perfect for lovers of musical theatre and Streisand, this show will surely put a smile on your face this spring.

Cast & Creative

Liza Pulman is a critically acclaimed comedienne who is also part of the Olivier Award-nominated cabaret group Facstinating Aïda. Pulman has also performed onstage in A Christmas Carol at Chichester Festival Theatre, and at the London Palladium in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She has most recently been seen in Midsomer Murders.

Musical direction comes from Joseph Atkins, a composer, arranger and musical director. Atkins’ work includes Josephine and I (Bush Theatre) and The Wedding Singer (Lowry Theatre, Manchester).

Show Length & Times

Liza Pulman Sings Streisand plays for a limited time at the Lyric Theatre, from 18th March – 15th April on Monday nights.
The show is 1 hour 50 minutes long including one interval.

Suitable for Children?

The show is suitable for those aged 11+

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Tickets

Tickets for Liza Pulman Sings Streisand are available and can be purchased by using the search form at the top of the page.

Reviews

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Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael

Relive the passion, the sensitivity and the unique showmanship of the legendary George Michael, with the UK’s finest tribute act. Playing a limited number of performances at London’s Lyric Theatre, Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael is a spellbinding theatrical experience that pays homage to one of the greatest musicians of all time.

Returning to the West End due to popular demand, Fastlove has taken the country, and globe, by storm, performing to thousands of audiences in sold-out venues across the UK. Packed with chart-topping crowd-pleasers, songs range from “Careless Whisper” to “Freedom”, “Faith” to “Jesus to a Child” and many, many more.

A night of pure entertainment, the respectful tribute show celebrates George Michael in a stunning stage show that has toured across Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Ireland and Sweden. Featuring renowned solo saxophonist Ed Barker, the London show of Fastlove is an extravaganza that simply cannot be missed.

Please note that this is a tribute show that is in no way affiliated with any original artists, estates, management companies or similar shows.

Cast and Creative

Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael is presented by entertainment company Entertainers, who represent shows including The Magic of Motown, Islands in the Stream and Big Girls Don’t Cry, plus many more.

Show Lengths and Times

Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael plays limited Monday performances at the Lyric Theatre London on 15 October, 5 November and 3 December 2018. Performances are at 7:30pm.

Show running time is 2 hours 10 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Fastlove is suitable for George Michael fans ready for a full-length concert!

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Reviews

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Room on the Broom Live

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After several national and international tours, Tall Stories’ Olivier Award-nominated adaptation of popular children’s book Room on the Broom returns to the West End! Room on the Broom Live is the thrilling stage show based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic picture book.

Join the Witch and her cat on an exciting mission to defeat a dragon, as they travel around on their magic broomstick. As they journey, the pair pick up a series of friendly hitch-hikers, including a dog, a lovely green bird and crazy frog. But the broomstick isn’t meant for five, and snaps in two – just as the scary, hungry dragon appears!

Tall Stories’ magical stage adaptation features a variety of fun to keep tiny theatregoers engaged. From interactive moments, to musical numbers and plenty of bright, colourful puppetry, this production is guaranteed to enthral audiences of all ages.

Playing a festive season at London’s Lyric Theatre, Room on the Broom Live is the vivid stage adaptation from the creators of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child. Packed full of songs, laughter and scary fun, this show is not to be missed!

Cast and Creative

Room on the Broom Live is the original novel by Julia Donaldson, with illustrations by Axel Scheffler, and is adapted for the stage by Tall Stories. The production is directed by Olivia Jacobs, with design by Morgan Large, lighting design by James Whiteside and music and lyrics by Jon Fiber, Andy Shaw and Robin Price, with puppets by Yvonne Stone.

Current casting includes Amy Harris as Witch, Emma Crowley-Bennett as Cat, David Garrud as Dog/Frog and Connor Bloom as Bird/Dragon, with Dale Wylde as Understudy.

Show Lengths and Times

Room on the Broom Live comes to the Lyric Theatre London for limited performances from November 23rd 2018 to January 13th 2019. Performances are at 10am, 11am and 12pm, and vary depending on the day.

Show running time is 1 hour, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

Room on the Broom Live is recommended for those aged 3 and up.

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Tickets

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Reviews

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

THIS SHOW HAS NOW CLOSED. YOU CANNOT BOOK TICKETS.

WE’RE GOING TO THE WEST END
WE’RE GOING TO SEE A BEAR HUNT
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLAY!
WE’RE NOT SCARED!

Following a smash-hit international and West End tour, Kenny Wax Family Entertainment Ltd present a colourful stage adaptation of popular children’s novel We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Returning once more to London, the vivid production plays a limited summer holiday season at the Lyric Theatre.

Based on Michael Rosen’s best-selling, award-winning book, which features iconic illustrations by Helen Oxenbury, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is the thrilling tale of an intrepid family determined to have a big adventure. Setting out on a quest to find a bear, accompanied by their special musical dog, the gang must journey through a host of climates, from gigantic grass to a splishy, splashy river and even big squelchy mud! Will they ever find the bear?

Featuring plenty of interactive fun, including a lively score and songs that everyone can sing, the exciting production promises to be the perfect treat for tiny theatregoers! Brought to life by director Sally Cookson, who has helmed previous West End children’s shows including Hetty Feather, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a hands-on adventure for modern audiences!

Cast and Creative

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is the original novel by Michael Rosen, with illustrations by Helen Oxenbury, and is adapted for the stage by Sally Cookson and the Original Company, with direction by Sally Cookson, set and costume design by Katie Sykes, lighting design by Tony Simpson and sound design by Jason Barnes. The production also features compositions by Benji Bower and puppet design by Marc Parrett, and is production by Kenny Wax Family Entertainment Ltd.

Casting includes Joseph Carey as Dad, Christopher Smart as Boy, Rebecca Newman as Girl and Benjamin Hills as Dog/Musician, with Jordan Turner as Understudy/ASM.

Show Lengths and Times

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt comes to the Lyric Theatre London for limited performances from July 4th to September 2nd 2018. Performances are at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 2pm, and vary depending on the day.

Show running time is 55 minutes, without an interval.

Suitable for Children?

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is recommended for those aged 3 and up.

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Tickets

Tickets for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at the Lyric Theatre London are now on sale and you can book them above, by using the search form on the right of the page.

Reviews

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All-Star Comedy Benefit for Jim Tavare

A stellar line-up of comedians join forces in an All-Star Comedy Benefit for Jim Tavare, the comedian who was recently involved in a serious car crash in Los Angeles. Playing a one-off performance at the Lyric Theatre London, twelve hilarious stand-ups get together for a riotous night of comedy!

Acts include the hilarious Harry Hill, best known for his television ventures, alongside Stewart Lee, Paul Chowdhry, Dave Johns, Arthur Smith, Zoe Lyons, Hal Cruttenden, Gina Yashere and the inimitable Jo Brand. Further acts are Mock the Week regulars Milton Jones and Dara O Briain, as well as QI and Jonathan Creek’s Alan Davies and Paul Zerdin, who recently starred in Cinderella at the London Palladium.

Jim Tavare is the English stand-up comedian and actor, well-known for his role as Tom in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. A regular Royal Variety performer, Tavare co-wrote and starred in the BAFTA-winning ITV show The Sketch Show, with further television appearances including The Jim Tavare Show, Californication and Pudsey: The Movie.

The London show follows similar fundraisers held in California and Manchester, with well-known comedians flocking to lend their support. Catch the hilarious All-Star Comedy Benefit for Jim Tavare at the West End’s Lyric Theatre for one night only, on Monday 12th June 2017.

Cast and Creative

Acts include Harry Hill, Stewart Lee, Milton Jones, Paul Zerdin, Alan Davies, Paul Chowdhry, Dave Johns, Arthur Smith, Zoe Lyons, Hal Cruttenden, Dara O’Briain, Gina Yashere and Jo Brand, with further acts to be announced.

Show Lengths and Times

The All-Star Benefit for Jim Tavare comes to the Lyric Theatre London for a one-off performance on Monday 12th June 2017 at 7:30pm.

Show running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The All-Star Benefit for Jim Tavare is recommended for those aged 18 and up.

Tickets

Tickets for the All-Star Benefit for Jim Tavare at the Lyric Theatre London are now on sale and you can book them by visiting NimaxTheatres.com.

Reviews

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The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Entertainment Focus

‘their energy is superb’

‘their tribute to the duo is excellent’

Theatre Bubble

‘beautiful performances involved’

After phenomenal success following a worldwide tour, international smash-hit The Simon & Garfunkel Story comes to London’s West End for strictly limited performances. As part of a 50th Anniversary Celebration of the incredible duo, the acclaimed musical show plays at the Lyric Theatre.

Originally forming in 1957 as Tom & Jerry, Simon & Garfunkel went on to become one of the most iconic folk rock groups in the world. The Simon & Garfunkel Story immerses audiences in the 1960’s, revealing the incredible journey of musicians Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, charting their monumental highs and heart-breaking lows. Rocketing from humble beginnings to worldwide superstars and reaching a difficult break-up, the story lets audiences in on the band’s astonishing backstory.

Culminating with their dazzling 1981 Central Park reformation concert, the show lets audiences relive the best of Simon & Garfunkel’s musical moments, justifying their incredible ten Grammy Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Tap along to chart hits including “Mrs Robinson”, “The Sound of Silence”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and many more!

The Simon & Garfunkel Story captures the duo’s legendary story and back catalogue of songs in a fantastic production originally directed by David Beck. With new direction by Dean Elliot, the show features a full live band, brass ensemble and actual video footage and newsreels, documenting the band’s journey.

Returning to London after an initial run at the Leicester Square Theatre in 2015, as well as a subsequent sold-out UK tour and shows in Sydney and Seattle, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is the internationally heralded production playing limited performances at London’s Lyric Theatre.

Cast and Creative

The Simon & Garfunkel Story is produced by Maple Tree Entertainment Limited and is originally directed by David Beck. The new production is directed by Dean Elliot (Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story), with musical supervision by Dean Elliot. The popular production also features sound design by Graham Penn and Chris Crowther (Electric Pulse Productions), lighting design by Nik Ryal and Dean Elliot and video design by Josh Woods (Feature Phonic Limited).The Simon and Garfunkel Story

Casting includes Adam Dickinson as Paul Simon and Kingsley Juddy as Art Garfunkel. The band features Leon Camfield (Bass), Adam Smith (Electric Guitar/Keyboards) and Mat Swales (Drums).

Show Lengths and Times

The Simon & Garfunkel Story plays at the Lyric Theatre London on limited Monday performances once a month.

Show running time is 2 hours and 15 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The Simon & Garfunkel is suitable for all ages.

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Tickets

Tickets for The Simon & Garfunkel Story at the Lyric Theatre London are now on sale and you can book them above, by using the search form on the right of the page.

Reviews

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WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards

Find out who will be crowned the winner of the esteemed WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards 2017, at a one-off ceremony at the Lyric Theatre! Following a series of competitive heats, the finalists take to the stage on April 10th to impress the judges.

Featuring only ten performers from an original group of 44, the night will see the finalists perform 8 minutes of their musical comedy acts, with a series of industry professionals voting for the winner. There’s also the opportunity to win the Audience Favourite Award for the act that received the best audience reaction, as well as a performance opportunity from the Best Newcomer.

Beginning in 2009 and founded by Ed Chappel, the MCA’s were set up to encourage and promote emerging talent in the musical comedy industry. Now entering its eighth year, the awards are recognised as one of the most prestigious outings of the year. The MCA’s have provided a platform for renowned acts such as Frisky & Manish, Abandoman and Jay Foreman.

Hosted by Tina T’urner Tea Lady, the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards will be a riotous celebration of the UK’s finest up-and-coming musical comedians! Expect to laugh until you cry at a night that is bursting with talent!

Cast and Creative

Confirmed acts for the finals are yet to be announced, but competitors include Thom Milner, Matt Hutson, Gwilum Argos, Daniel Fraser, Mr Spooky, Will Hislop, Isobel Roge, Professor Jack Darcy, Sarah Mills, Teresa Livingstone, Les Beaux Idiots, Jamie D’Souza, Charlie Partridge, Kirsty Mann, James Wilson-Taylor, Riona O’Connor, Vicky Arlidge, Rasputin’s Lunchbox, Kevin Davidson and Dan Attfield.

Additional performers include Gavin Milnthorpe, Fritz Frizzle, Ariane Sherine, ShitStorM, Tom Taylor, Vicky Gould, Thomas Hind, Harry Garrison, Two Plus Ones, Rosie Holt, Hassan Dervish, Jeff Japers, Luka Antony, Hurt & Anderson, Lolly Jones, MC Cashback, Katie Pritchard, Steve Whitely, Jason Simmons, David Hoare, Bennet Kavanagh, Barnaby Griffin, Danny Macleod and Jenny B Side.

Show Lengths and Times

The WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards plays one performance at the Lyric Theatre London on Monday 10th April 2017. This is the final round of the competition, with previous heats performing at other venues.

Show running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards is recommended for those aged 14 and up.

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Tickets

Tickets for the WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards at the Lyric Theatre London are on sale now. You can purchase tickets by using the search form at the top right of the page.

Reviews

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