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Millions of shoppers to flock to the West End over Easter

The Easter weekend is expected to provide a boost to the capital's economy, seeing shoppers flocking to the West End and spending £140 million in stores.

Oxford Circus (above), Regent Street and Bond Street are expecting to see an influx of shoppers Credit: Reuters

The figures, from the New West End company, predict that cooler weather won't put shoppers off. Saturday and Sunday are expected to be drizzly and cool with a little more sunshine due on Easter Monday.

Apollo Theatre set to re-open

The Apollo Theatre will officially re-open tomorrow night after a ceiling collapse shut it down for 3 months.

The Apollo Theatre in London's West End before the collapse Credit: Apollo Theatre

Heavy ornate plasterwork fell onto audience members during a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time in December injuring nearly 80 people.

Rehearsals at the Apollo Theatre of "Let the Right One In" opening on Monday Credit: ITN

Opening night will launch with a production of "Let the Right One In" adapted from

the Swedish novel and cult film by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

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Sneak preview of new musical ahead of opening night

A sneak preview of Robert Lindsay performing in new musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has been released ahead of tonight's opening performance at the Savoy Theatre.

Lindsay, who starred in hit sitcom My Family, appears alongside Rufus Hound in the stage adaptation of the hit film.

Read: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels set for West End debut

Alexandra Burke to join cast of The Bodyguard

Former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke is joining the West End musical The Bodyguard.

The singer will take over from Beverly Knight who currently plays the role of Rachel Marron - made famous by Whitney Houston in the film version - in June.

The singer beat JLS to the X Factor crown in 2008. Credit: PA Wire

"I couldn't be more excited about joining the cast of The Bodyguard and to play the iconic role of Rachel Marron will be a dream come true. I am a massive Whitney Houston fan so to be given the opportunity to play a role made famous by her every night will be a real privilege," the singer said.

"I start rehearsals very soon with my fellow cast mates and the brilliant creative team and, with a little trepidation, I am looking forward to our first performance in June."

The show, based on the hit 1992 film which starred Kevin Costner in the title role, runs at the Adelphi Theatre until the end of August.

The Apollo theatre is set to reopen

The Apollo Theatre will reopen today three months after a ceiling collapse injured 76 people. A chunk of plaster crashed in the audience during violent thunder storms in December 2013. The theatre has been closed since the incident.

Originally home to the production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, the Apollo will now show romantic horror Let the Right One In. The opening today will be the debut of a production by the National Theatre of Scotland

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'Exciting new production' to replace We Will Rock You

The Dominion Theatre's General Manager David Pearson said it had been a privilege to have hosted We Will Rock You for the past 12 years, adding:

"To have the show rocking the Dominion and seeing a standing ovation night after night has been quite amazing.

"We wish the show every success for the future, as we now prepare to accelerate our restoration and refurbishment programme ready to welcome an exciting new production in 2015."

Ben Elton, Robert De Niro, Roger Taylor and Brian May at the launch of We Will Rock You in 2002 Credit: Press Association

Queen musical to end after 4,500 standing ovations

We want to thank every one of the many hundreds of incredible musical theatre artists, musicians and crew with whom we've had the privilege of working at the Dominion since 2002.

And of course the incredible audiences who have rewarded them with over four and a half thousand standing ovations.

– Brian May, Roger Taylor and Ben Elton, creators of We Will Rock You

West End 'vibrancy' overcomes difficult economic climate

These figures pay testament to the quality, vibrancy and enduring popularity of the London stage, which, despite a difficult economic climate, continues to pull in the crowds thanks to the world-class entertainment on offer and inclusive pricing structures.

With the combined box office advance sales also reaching new heights in December, we are looking forward to another year of success stories for our theatres in 2014.

– Mark Rubinstein, Society of London Theatre
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