UPDATE: London Theatre Ceiling Collapse Under Investigation; 76 People Injured

By and | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 2:20am PST

apollo2ND UPDATE, FRIDAY AM: Following the ceiling collapse at London’s Apollo Theatre on Thursday evening, the Society of London Theatre released a statement on Friday morning. The cause of the incident at the Nimax Theatres-owned venue, which the BBC says injured 76 people, seven of them seriously, is still being investigated. One avenue to be pursued in the investigation, the BBC says, will be what effect a Thursday evening thunder- and lightning-storm may have had on the 100-year-old building. Performances of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, which is currently running at the Apollo, have been cancelled for Friday and Saturday. Here’s the full statement from the Society of London Theatre: Read More »

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Record Sales For ‘Book Of Mormon’ London Bow

By | Saturday March 23, 2013 @ 9:49am PDT
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BREAKING: The producers of The Book Of Mormon opened the Tony winning hit Thursday night at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. They’ve announced that the show set a record for the biggest single day of sales … Read More »

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Tom Cruise Moves On To London For ‘All You Need Is Kill’

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 3:31pm PDT
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Tom Cruise All You Need Is KillWarner Bros has given a green light to All You Need Is Kill, and that is why Tom Cruise has landed in London. He started prep on the Doug Liman-directed film … Read More »

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Miramax Bolsters World Sales Unit With New Topper And A London Office

By | Thursday September 8, 2011 @ 7:47am PDT

Miramax announced today that it is growing its worldwide sales organization by opening its first international office in London. As part of the initiative, former MGM Worldwide Television Group executive Joe Patrick has been promoted to run worldwide sales, … Read More »

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Ingenious Hires Weinstein Exec Lucas Webb To Run Fox Searchlight Deal

By | Wednesday March 30, 2011 @ 6:12am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Ingenious, the UK private-equity fund that backed Avatar, has poached Lucas Webb, The Weinstein Company’s man in London, to run its Fox Searchlight arm. The financier announced in January that it was going to make between two and … Read More »

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‘Bridget Jones’ Musical Gets Underway

By | Wednesday June 30, 2010 @ 4:01am PDT

Lily_AllenLily Allen is writing some of the songs for the new Bridget Jones stage musical, which has staged its first workshop reading. I’m told this was a rough assembly of Helen Fielding’s script and some songs with the Billy Elliot creative team — director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and associate director Julian Webber. Producer Working Title plans to bring the show to London’s West End next year. They’ll be crossing fingers Bridget Jones replicates the success of Billy Elliot, which has been seen by 4.5 million people worldwide and won 10 Tony awards, including Best Musical. Read More »

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Amex Signs BFI Sponsorship Deal

By | Tuesday June 29, 2010 @ 11:22am PDT

BFI_logo-782327Hurrah. Some good news for the British Film Institute in the wake of its merger with the UK Film Council being cancelled. American Express will be headline sponsor of this year’s BFI London Film Festival this October. The credit card company … Read More »

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SOLT Picks Julian Bird As CEO

By | Tuesday June 22, 2010 @ 7:40am PDT

Theatre CurtainsThe Tate’s current chief operating officer will replace Richard Pulford as chief executive of the Society of London Theatre in November. Right at the top of Bird’s in-box will be trying to get the Olivier theatre awards on TV. … Read More »

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Gemma Arterton To Star In Ibsen Tragedy

By | Friday June 18, 2010 @ 4:13am PDT

Gemma ArtertonThe Prince of Persia star will be treading the boards in November, starring opposite Stephen Dillane in The Master Builder. Travis Preston directs from Kenneth McLeish’s translation from the original Norwegian. Previews start at London’s Almeida Theatre on November … Read More »

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Murdoch Holds Annual Summer Bash

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 8:37am PDT

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha attended, as did rival Labour politicians Ed and David Milliband (they’re brothers and both competing to lead the Party). Peter Rice, head of Fox Broadcasting, was there, as was son-in-law Matthew Freud and daughter Elizabeth. Not many celebrities apart from comedian James … Read More »

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2 Film Directors To Lead London Olympics

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 3:05am PDT

Olympic CeremonyThe Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire Danny Boyle, and Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry, have been tapped as creative bosses of the London 2012 Olympics. Stephen Daldry will be in overall creative charge of the Olympics and Paralympics, while Danny … Read More »

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Kristen Stewart Eyes West End Debut?

By | Friday June 11, 2010 @ 4:58am PDT

kristen-stewart4Smashing story in today’s Daily Mail claiming West End theatre producers are trying to entice the Twilight star to tread the boards. Stewart has informally met one London producer and director, who presented the 20-year-old star with a list of possible … Read More »

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‘FlashForward’ Fans Stage Global Blackout

By | Friday June 11, 2010 @ 4:11am PDT

Supporters of the cancelled TV show converged on London’s leafy Wandsworth Common last night to stage a mass “blackout.” Pretend blackouts, lasting for 2 minutes and 17 seconds, mimicking the opening of the show, also took place simultaneously in Edinburgh, Dublin, Pisa, Italy. European fans linked up with US campaigners … Read More »

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Producers Say Restoration Levy Puts Off West End Theatregoers

By | Tuesday June 8, 2010 @ 8:44am PDT

Theatre CurtainsStage producers I’ve spoken to say the restoration levy charged by London theatre operators puts people off from going to the theatre. West End theatregoing is expensive enough, they say, without another charge being added on to the ticket … Read More »

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Warner Bros Snubbed London Over Harry Potter Theme Park

By | Tuesday June 8, 2010 @ 4:14am PDT

harry theme parkThe studio ignored London mayor Boris Johnson’s plea to site the Wizarding World of Harry Potter over here rather than Florida. Johnson has called for the public to write to Warner Bros, petitioning for a second theme park to … Read More »

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