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Highly anticipated new musical TINA, based on the life, times and music of legendary performer Tina Turner has made their first casting announcement. Tony Award-nominated American actress Adrienne Warren (Bring It On, Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed) is the first to join the cast in the title role. 

As someone who lost their Wicked Virginity recently I thought I would guide those who are undecided about whether they should go; whether it is because a friend/much-loved one is trying to drag you along or you are just unsure if it is your thing I will guide you through the dos and don’ts.

In David Ives’ critically acclaimed Broadway smash hit play Venus in Fur, Natalie Dormer and David Oakes star in a limited nine-week run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 6 October. This two-hander sees Dormer's Vanda Jackson arrive unannounced determined to audition for Oakes' director -Thomas Novachek - whose new production stars a character who shares her name. In this play within a play, characters are more layered than a bag of onions; but it is Dormer's Vanda(s) who steal the show.

Mel Brooks' musical Young Frankenstein, based on the film of the same name, has opened at the Garrick Theatre. Anyone familiar with Brooks' work will enter the theatre with a level of expectation and, boy, you won't be disappointed.

Seated in the surprisingly comfortable plush seats of the Royal Circle in the Piccadilly Theatre, I was very impressed by the intricate stage design, striking me as almost an echo of the current Matilda set. With two shows currently being performed on the West End, heavily featuring younger performers, I was hoping Annie would stand its ground.

If you are at a loose end for things to do this half term, take yourself and the family down to the Peacock Theatre and check out Cirque Eloize's Saloon which is running until 21st October. In its 11th run, Saloon takes traditional circus acts and weaves them together with music and a storyline to form a show.  As the name suggests, it is set in the Wild West and populated by recognisable character tropes. And what a show it is. The cast are an incredible bunch of acrobats, musicians and dancers: standouts are Félix Puliot’s Bartender, and Justine Methé Crozat’s The Ambitious.  

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