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Stomp at last year's West End Live Credit: West End Live

Stars of the West End will gather in Trafalgar Square this weekend for the annual theatre and musical festival West End LIVE – a weekend of free entertainment from London’s topshows and the largest event of its type in the UK.

More than half a million people are expected to gather for live performances from West End favourites like Billy Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys, Disney’s The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Matilda The Musical, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, War Horse and Wicked.

There will also be an exclusive preview of new musical From Here To Eternity on Saturday introduced by the legendary lyricist Sir Tim Rice.

"Curious Incident" tops Olivier Award nominations

The nominations for this year's Olivier Awards have been published today - and leading the field is The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.

The National Theatre production, based on the hit murder mystery novel about a boy with Asperger's syndrome, has been named in eight categories, including Best Actor, New Play, and Director.

The toe-tapping new musical Top Hat follows in second place, with seven nominations, while the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Sweeney Todd is also in close competition with six.

The Olivier Awards are seen as the most prestigious awards in British theatre - and have even been dubbed the "Oscars" of the West End.

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Stars turn out for opening night of Book of Mormon

Damian Lewis arrives with his partner Helen McCrory for the opening night of the Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The hit Broadway show "The Book of Mormon" opened in London's West End last night.

Stars, including the cast of Downton Abbey and actor Damien Lewis, flocked to the Prince of Wales Theatre.

The no holds barred musical is from the creators of US TV show South Park.

Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern poses on the red carpet. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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