It's been reported that the current revival of Hello Dolly! playing at the Open Air Theatre is to get a West End transfer. The production, with Samantha Spiro in the title role will end its run in Regent's Park on September 12 after receiving rave reviews when opening earlier this month.
The Scotsman Newspaper have announced the second round of winners in the Fringe First Awards. Amonst the winnders is The Rap Guide To Evolution from rapper Baba Brinkman as well as The World Is Too Much: Theatre For Breakfast and The Interminable Suicide Of Gregory Church, which both have played at the Traverse Theatre. Productions at the Assembly have also been named Fringe Firsts with Morecambe and The Hotel being the final winners in round 2. Incidentally if you want to know more about Morecambe here's our review and for extra gossip on Baba Brinkman read Carrie's interview with him.
Ben Hur Live will play just five performances at the 360-degree O2 arena from September 17 through to September 20, it has been revealed by Variety. The show, celebrating the film's 50th birthday will feature 400 actors, 46 horses, two donkeys, five falcons, two eagles, two vultures and 120 doves. The multi-million dollar production has been devised over the last 15 years by German producer Franz Abraham. After its short stay in London it will go on to tour Europe.
Poet and performer Michael Rosen is to return to the Little Angel Theatre with another show for under-7s. We're Going On A Bear Hunt will take place on October 17 in order to raise funds for the theatre's education work.
Finally, a number of acclaimed shows have closed today. Helen, The Harder They Come, The Buddha My Body and The Tender Land have all ended their short runs.
Still want more? There's lots to look forward to this coming week, Carrie Dunn chats to Alexia Khadime, currently starring as Elphaba in Wicked, and talks to the Showstopper crew about their Fringe experiences and there's more from Edinburgh as Hazel Davis scouts out the best comedy and Clare Maddox keeps a close eye on top theatre.