It was early summer 1984, as producer Cameron Mackintosh remembers it, when the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber first called to suggest doing "The Phantom of the Opera'' as a musical. "I thought that…
Strands: The classics came calling in abundance during 2005, a London theater year in which the names on playgoers' lips tended to be Ibsen, Lorca, Schiller and countless more dead white men.
Call it an unlucky second outing for "Once in a Lifetime," the period American comedy that proved a sizable hit for the Royal Shakespeare Company a quarter-century ago. Revived at the National, the…
Diana Rigg will lead the West End premiere of Joanna Murray-Smith's "Honour," which opens Feb. 14 at Wyndham's for a 13-week run. The PW Prods. stand comes three years after the Australian scribe's…
"Wicked" has firmed up plans to bring its version of Oz to London. The hit tuner will start previews around Sept. 11 at the Apollo Victoria Theater for a Sept. 27 opening.
An unusually rich year for the classical canon in London comes to a triumphant close with "The Wild Duck." Play re-emerges in a new version from David Eldridge as a more disturbing piece than ever…
The dissolute John Wilmot, aka the second earl of Rochester, aka the 17th-century English libertine in the film of the same name, might seem an odd choice for Johnny Depp.
Some London neighbors of Bob Hoskins have for years been researching the story of the Windmill Theater, the Soho venue that famously kept its nude revue and song-and-dance vaudevilles going…
Judi Dench knew about London's Windmill Theater when she was growing up. So when she was taken to lunch at west London's elegant River Cafe and told of a proposed film about the Windmill, "Mrs…
Strands: The coming year looks set to be the one in which current and recent Broadway musicals reach Blighty en masse. Though deals are not yet confirmed in all cases, the year is likely to see the…