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Teddy and Josie are about to hit the streets o…

Teddy and Josie are about to hit the streets of London for a good time. Hair quiffed. Red lipstick. Dressed toe to head in the latest threads. So what if it’s pouring down, they’re totally skint, and someone wants them dead? A little trouble never stopped a Ted from having a good time. Desperate times call for rock ‘n’ roll.

From the writer-director team behind Boudica at the Globe and Frankenstein at The Watermill Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall in London comes Teddy, an

award-winning, punchy new musical that races through the dark and damaged world of post-war London: a brand new Britain bombed to bits by the Blitz, belts tight with austerity, but ripe and ready for revolution.

With electrifying original songs influenced by hits from the 1950s performed by the on-stage live band Johnny Valentine and the Broken Hearts, Teddy is the ultimate story of rebellious youth and the birth of a new musical era. Bursting with the energy of a live gig, this is theatre that leaves you on a high and jiving all the way home.

When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicke…

When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story. Gregory Maguire’s acclaimed 1995 novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, re-imagines the Land of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the familiar story written by L. Frank Baum and first published as ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ in 1900.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Acclaimed as “one of the West End’s true modern classics” (Metro), and already the 15th longest running show in London theatre history, Wicked has show-stopping songs by Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz and is adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman (My So Called Life).

Wicked is a three-time winner of the WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and a two-time winner of the Olivier Audience Award.  

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VAULT Festival was created in 2012 around a …

VAULT Festival was created in 2012 around a triangle of the audience, the artists, and the staff. With contributions from Silent Opera, future Fringe First-winners Katie Bonna & Richard Marsh and several others, an exciting artist-led programme began to emerge, playing to 7,500 people.

It is London’s biggest arts festival, and from January 24th, hundreds of new shows, events and performances will explode across our Waterloo home.

Eight undiluted weeks of entertainment for London. From top notch comedy to thrilling drama, from table-top stomping music to an eye-popping film selection.

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When the audience become diners in the ‘Faulty…

When the audience become diners in the ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant, pretty much anything can happen – because two-thirds of the show is improvised. The fun starts as guests wait to be seated. It then hurtles along in a 2-hour tour de force of gags and shambolic service as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a ‘70s-style 3-course meal together with a good dollop of mayhem. Expect the unexpected!

Internationally acclaimed, the show was born in Brisbane in 1997 as a loving tribute to the BBC’s best-loved sitcom. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have seen it since. Today, ten teams of cast working from England and Australia tour around 20 countries a year. The show is also into its fifth year in London’s West End, where it holds TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for three years running.

‘Faulty Towers the Dining Experience will feed your need for world-class comedy, nourish your soul with howling laughter and have you begging the hotel staff to extend your stay.’ Perth Now, Fringe World 2016

‘5* rollercoaster entertainment’ Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

* Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is a loving tribute to Fawlty Towers the TV series written by John Cleese and Connie Booth. Their original TV scripts are not used in Faulty Towers The Dining Experience.

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Winner of over 100 international awards, Wic…

Winner of over 100 international awards, Wicked has been casting its magical spell across the world for over a decade and continues to break records at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is already the 15th longest running show in West End theatre history. An ingenious and witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. This multi record-breaking production, acclaimed as ‘the ultimate Broadway experience for theatre audiences all over the UK’ (Northern Echo), flies back for a return engagement complete with all the spectacle and magic that make this spellbinding show an unforgettable experience
for audiences of all ages. 

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will be bringing…

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds will be bringing their incredible live show to East London’s Victoria Park to headline a UK Exclusive stand-alone APE Presents show alongside very special guests Patti Smith And Her Band.

Regarded as one of the most intense and exciting live acts on the planet, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ’ recent sold-out run of headline shows saw them step up another gear to become bona fide arena headliners, garnering some of the best reviews of their decorated career in the process.

Few songwriters have had the lasting legacy and impact as the iconic Patti Smith . A major voice in the emergence of the New York punk scene and a formative influence on legendary artists like The Smiths, Madonna, Sonic Youth and R.E.M., she remains a live force to be reckoned with. The singer, poet, author and visual artist will be bringing her band to APE Presents… next June.

Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent will be bringing her live band show and acclaimed recent album Masseduction to Victoria Park for what is sure to be one of the stand out moments of the day. Also joining the line-up is the vibrant Australian songwriter Courtney Barnett fresh from the release of her full length Kurt Vile collaboration Lotta Sea Lice.

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One of music’s greatest artists is next in lin…

One of music’s greatest artists is next in line for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018.

Eric Clapton is set to play a very special concert on July 8th 2018, continuing the legacy of all-time greats gracing the Great Oak Stage.

With a decades-long career and countless accolades to his name, Eric Clapton is also something of a local, having first played Hyde Park with Blind Faith on June 7th, 1969 alongside band mates Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Rick Grech to a 120,000 strong audience – it was the band’s debut.

He returned to the Royal Park in 1996, recording a classic live concert that raised money for The Prince’s Trust, again in 2008 and has played over 200 times at the nearby Royal Albert Hall.

“I have happy memories of performing in Hyde Park in the past,” says Eric, “and I’m really looking forward to playing there again – the whole atmosphere is very special.”

He is the only person to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame on three occasions – with The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist.

Eric Clapton truly stands alongside the likes of The Rolling Stones, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty and other legends who have played Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park since its inception in 2013.

The first special guests for the day are also announced with fellow guitar legend Santana heading the pack, alongside Clapton’s friend and Blind Faith partner Steve Winwood.

Young guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr will also join the lineup, a master musician from a new generation.

When Eric Clapton was becoming a global recording artist in London, Carlos Santana was making a name for himself in San Francisco and forging a sound entirely his own; an Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion that has sold 200 million albums and played to 100 million fans. His 1999 album Supernatural took him to a whole new audience around the world spawning hits like ‘Smooth’ and ‘Maria Maria’, winning record of the year at the Grammy Awards.

Steve Winwood was a teenage prodigy, exploding out of Birmingham into the pop charts in 1963 with the Spencer Davis Group at just 15 years of age with ‘Gimme Some Lovin’, ‘I’m A Man’ and ‘Keep on Running’.  He then formed Traffic in 1967 before joining Eric Clapton in Blind Faith in 1969 and then reforming Traffic for their classic albums. His solo career has produced global hits like ‘Higher Love’. He recently released his first ever solo live album ‘Winwood: Greatest Hits Live’ demonstrating his incredible and diverse career.

Gary Clark Jr was born in the music city of Austin, Texas and was inspired by a Michael Jackson concert to take up guitar when he was four years old. He has been hailed as the saviour of the blues, as well as channelling funk and soul influences through his vocals and virtuoso guitar playing. He is the young musician that the legends love and a natural addition to the line up, having also supported The Rolling Stones at the opening year of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time in 2013.

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Your favourite festive film is now a major n…

Your favourite festive film is now a major new musical adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films.

Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version! Only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film. Join him, his teaching assistant the crazy Mr Poppy, hilarious children and a whole lot of sparkle and shine as they struggle to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true.

Feel –good, funny and full of yuletide joy, Nativity! The Musical features all of the favourite sing-a-long hits from the films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth, One Night One Moment, She’s the Brightest Star and a whole host of new songs filled with the spirit of Christmas!

With the cast including West End favourites Daniel Boys (Avenue Q), Sarah Earnshaw (Wicked, Spamalot) and Simon Lipkin (Rock of Ages, Guys and Dolls), Nativity! The Musical is the perfect feel-good comedy for all the family.

So join us this Christmas for some MAYHEM in Bethlehem!

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Tipped to be London’s theatrical event o…

Tipped to be London’s theatrical event of 2018, the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I comes to London’s iconic Palladium in Spring 2018.

Starring the original Broadway stars; reprising her Tony Award-winning performance, Kelli O’Haraand Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe. Fresh from London’s critical smash hit production of Oslo, director Bartlett Sher reunites the original creative team of Catherine Zuber (Tony Award winner for Best Costume), set designer Michael Yeargan, lighting designer Donald Holder, sound designer Scott Lehrer and choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

With a superior score of treasured songs including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and Iis a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre.

The greatest musical from the golden age of theatre. A once in a life time opportunity – limited engagement booking until 4 August 2018.

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One of Britain’s best loved comedians, the multi award winning…

One of Britain’s best loved
comedians, the multi award winning actor, writer, director, author and producer
Peter Kay, is finally returning to his most successful hobby, stand-up.

His last tour in 2010, which
still officially ranks with the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest
selling comedy tour of all time, played to over 1.2 million people. So why a
return to stand-up now?

Peter says: ‘I really miss it. I
know how lucky I am to be making television series and have really loved these
past few years working on Car Share but I miss doing stand-up. As terrifying as
it is, when it works there’s nothing more fun and exciting. Plus, a lot has
happened in the last eight years, with Trump, Twitter and my Nan getting her
front bush trimmed at the age of 96. I can’t wait to get back up on stage’

Peter Kay’s new stand up tour starts April
2018 in Birmingham and visits all major UK and Ireland arenas right through to

for the tour go on sale Sunday 19th November at 10am and are available from