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Production news round-up: December 16 to 22

Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley. Photo: Simon Annand
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PLAYS

Noma Dumezweni – who recently replaced Kim Cattrall in Linda at the Royal Court – has been cast as Hermione in the new Harry Potter play. She joins Jamie Parker as Harry and Paul Thornley as Ron. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins previews at the Palace Theatre on June 7, and opens on July 30. It is currently booking until May 27, 2017.
Author: Jack Thorne
Director: John Tiffany,
Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.
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The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that Tanya Moodie and Hiran Abeysekera are to join Paapa Essiedu in its forthcoming production of Hamlet, which opens next year. Cyril Nri will also feature in the production, which runs at the RSC’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from March 12 to August 13. Press night will be on March 22.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Sion Godwin
Design: Paul Wills (set), Paul Anderson (lighting), Christopher Shutt (sound)
Music: Sola Akingbola
Cast also includes: Bethan Cullinane, Marcus Griffiths, Theo Ogundipe, Natalie Simpson and Clarence Smith
Producer: Royal Shakespeare Company

Claire Skinner and Alison Steadman will lead the cast of Rabbit Hole at the Hampstead Theatre. They join Tom Goodman-Hill, Georgina Rich and Sean Delaney in the play, which will run from January 29 to March 5, with press night on February 4.
Author: David Lindsay-Abaire
Director: Edward Hall
Producer: Hampstead Theatre
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Helen George is to star After Miss Julie next year, which will tour ahead of a planned West End run. The play, which is an adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, will open at Theatre Royal Bath on May 24, before visiting theatre including the Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Theatre Royal Brighton, Richmond Theatre and Milton Keynes Theatre, where the tour is scheduled to finish in July.
Author: Patrick Marber
Director: Anthony Banks
Producer: Theatre Royal Bath Productions
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Michelle Terry and Matthew Tennyson have been cast in the National Theatre’s production of Sarah Kane’s Cleansed. The show runs from February 16 to April 2, with press night on February 23.
Writer: Sarah Kane
Director: Katie Mitchell,
Design: Alex Eales (set), Sussie Juhlin-Wallen (costumes), Jack Knowles (lighting, Melanie Wilson (sound)
Music: Paul Clark
Cast also includes: Graham Butler, Peter Hobday, Natalie Klamar and Tom Mothersdale
Producer: National Theatre
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Yael Farber will direct Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry at the National Theatre, which will feature Sheila Atim, Elliot Cowan, James Fleet and Anna Madeley. Les Blancs runs from March 22 to May 4, with press night on March 30.
Director: Yael Farber
Writer: Lorraine Hansberry
Design: Soutra Gilmour (set and costumes), Tim Lutkin (lighting)
Movement: Imogen Knight
Producer: National Theatre
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Two world premieres including one by James Graham will lead the new season at Theatre Royal Plymouth.
Graham’s new play, Monster Raving Loony, will be directed by TRP artistic director Simon Stokes and runs from February 6 to 27. A press night will be held on February 10.
Later in the season the Phil Porter-penned The Man with the Hammer will premiere at the theatre, directed by Justin Audibert. It runs from March 10 to 26, with a press night on March 15.
Jack Thorne’s play The Solid Life of Sugar Water will also be staged at the theatre in a co-production with Graeae, as part of a national tour. Directed by Amit Sharma, it will run from January 20 to 30.
Elsewhere, the theatre is also to co-produce a series of play readings in London about life in modern Russia. Four plays will be read over four nights at the Frontline Club from January 12 to 15.
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Niamh Cusack and Niamh Cusack have been cast in Shakespeare’s Globe’s new production of The Winter’s Tale.
The actors will star alongside John Light in the play, which is directed by Michael Longhurst and is one of the last four to be programmed by Dominic Dromgoole at the historic venue.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Michael Longhurst
Design: Richard Kent
Composer: Simon Slater
Cast also includes: Simon Armstrong, Jessica Baglow, Tia Bannon, Sam Cox, Steffan Donnelly, James Garnon, Dennis Herdman, Tom Kanji, Fergal McElherron, Ryan McKen, Daniel Rabin, Kirsty Woodward, David Yelland
Producer: Shakespeare’s Globe
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Elsewhere, Tim McMullan has been cast as Prospero in the Globe’s upcoming staging of The Tempest.
Pippa Nixon will join him in the production, which will be the last directed by Dominic Dromgoole as artistic director of the theatre.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Dominic Dromgoole
Design: Jonathan Fensom
Composer: Stephen Warbeck
Choreographer: Sian Williams
Producer: Shakespeare’s Globe

A pre-20th century play will be performed at the Old Red Lion Theatre for the first time in three years as part of the venue’s new season.
Barrel Organ’s Dan Hutton will direct 16th century text The Spanish Tragedy at the north London pub theatre, in a production that will run from February 9 to March 5.
The theatre will also premiere a new play by Lucinda Burnett, Correspondence, which will run from March 8 to April 2.
Later in the season, Felix Trench’s one-man show Radioman will receive its first full production, directed by Tom Crowley. It will run from April 5 to 30.
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Derby Theatre is to stage a new play alongside its production of Look Back in Anger that will provide a female insight into the iconic 50s drama.
Jinny, written by Jane Wainwright, is part of the theatre’s Retold series, which aims to “crack open” classic plays from the perspective of women.
The play will be staged directly before Look Back in Anger on certain days between March 7 and 23.
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MUSICALS

Annette McLaughlin and Martin Walsh will star in the touring production of Billy Elliot next year. They will be joined by Scott Garnham and Andrea Miller for the show, which opens at the Theatre Royal Plymouth on February 26 and tours throughout 2016 and 2017. Casting for the child roles has not yet been announced.
Authors: Elton John (music), Lee Hall (book and lyrics)
Director: Stephen Daldry
Producers: Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions
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Jamie Muscato is to star in a new one-man musical called Stay Awake, Jake. The one-act show is penned by Tim Gilvin and was the winning show of the S and S award in 2014. It will run as part of the Vault Festival in 2016, playing from February 3 to 7, and will be directed by Matt Ryan.
Author: Tim Gilvin
Director: Matt Ryan
Design: Lee Newby (set), Howard Hudson (lighting) a
Producer: Rachel Kraftman.
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