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Business booming in London's West End theatres

The West End recorded record ticket sales last year with overall attendances up by 4% from the previous year to 14,587,276. Sales rose 11% to £585,506,455.

Dame Helen Mirren Credit: Press Association

The Society of London Theatre says sales were boosted by new musicals including The Book Of Mormon and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and plays such as The Audience, starring Helen Mirren as the Queen.

More than half a million people have been to see Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, which stars Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka.

Lansbury returns to London stage

Earlier this week Lucrezia Millarini met with Angela Lansbury to talk about the Oscar winning star's return to the London stage for the first time in nearly forty years.

The actress - who became world famous for her roles including playing Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote - is back in her home town to appear in Noel Coward's classic Blythe Spirit at the Gieldgud theatre:

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ready for the West End

The classic eighties film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels originally starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, has been adapted as a musical for the London stage for the first time.

It tells the tale of two crooks who compete to swindle thousands of pounds out of a rich heiress. Of course, things don't pan out as they'd planned.

It's a star-studded cast but Robert Lindsay, who plays Michael Caine's character, admits he's never seen the film, though he did once have breakfast with Steve Martin.

You can find out more about the production on the show's website.

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Man appears in court accused of Boxing Day shooting

A man has appeared in court accused of shooting a nightclub reveller dead on Boxing Day. Unemployed Danny Walker, 32, appeared at Thames Magistrates' Court charged with the murder of Hassan Mohammed Omer Isman in London's West End.

His case was sent to the Old Bailey, where a preliminary hearing is expected to take place on January 14, the Metropolitan Police said. Mr Isman, 31 from Poplar in east London, died in hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds at about 3am on Boxing Day

Hassan Mohammed Omer Isman. Credit: Metropolitan Police

It happened during a private function in the Avalon club on Shaftesbury Avenue.

He was 31. Dean Robinson, a 32-year-old barber, is charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs and concealing criminal property and is expected to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court later today.

A third man, 31, who was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs and assisting an offender, has been bailed to return to an east London police station in late February.

Three men also arrested in connection with the incident, aged 24, 31 and 34, remain on bail.

Read: Two due in court over Boxing Day club shooting in London

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Two men due in court over Boxing Day club shooting

Two men will appear in court today over the shooting death of a man in a London nightclub on Boxing Day.

Unemployed Danny Walker, 32, is charged with the murder of Hassan Mohammed Omer Isman.

Dean Robinson, a 32-year-old barber, is charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs and concealing criminal property.

Both would appear in custody at Thames Magistrates' Court, the Metropolitan Police said.

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Two men charged over Boxing Day nightclub shooting

Police have charged two men after a nightclub reveller was shot dead on Boxing Day.

Unemployed Danny Walker, 32, is due to appear in court tomorrow, charged with the murder of Hassan Mohammed Omer Isman.

Dean Robinson, a 32-year-old barber, is charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs and concealing criminal property.

Both are due to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court, Met Police said.

Mr Isman, 31 from Poplar in east London, died in hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds at around 3am on Boxing Day during a private function in the Avalon club on Shaftesbury Avenue, in London's West End. He was 31.

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New home on Shaftesbury Avenue after ceiling collapse

We are grateful to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres for providing us with another home on Shaftesbury Avenue for the show, which has played to full houses at the Apollo since it transferred there last March.

It will be a real wrench to leave that beautiful theatre, but sadly the closure of the gallery to enable its restoration means that the show no longer works economically there. We look forward to renewing our relationship with Nimax Theatres on another show in the future.

– Nick Starr, National Theatre Executive Director

West End show to move venue after ceiling collapse

West End play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is moving to a new venue after the ceiling collapse at the Apollo Theatre that injured members of the audience.

The play will resume its run at the Gielgud Theatre, just up the road from the Apollo on Shaftesbury Avenue, from June 24.

A firefighter speaking to police at the Apollo Theatre after the collapse Credit: PA Wire

Tickets go on sale on Friday January 17 and priority will be given to people who had bookings at the Apollo.

Victim of nightclub shooting named

31 year old Hassan Isman Omer died from gunshot wounds Credit: Metropolitan Police

The victim of a fatal nightclub shooting in London's West End has been named as Hassan Isman Omer. The 31 year old man from Poplar was shot at a private function inside the Avalon nightclub on Shaftesbury Avenue in the early hours of Thursday morning.

He was rushed to hospital but died from the gunshot wounds. A formal identification is yet to be made but police have released the victim's name and his next of kin have been notified.

Two men, aged 31 and 34, arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed until February, as inquiries continue. Police are urging any witnesses to come forward.

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