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Production news round-up: December 7 to 13

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo: Tristram Kenton The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Plays
The National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is to close in the West End next year. It will give its final performance in London on June 3, 2017, having played in the West End for four years. it originally opened at the NT in September 2012, before moving to the Apollo Theatre in March 2013. It moved again, to the Gielgud Theatre, in July 2014. By the time of its closure, it will have run for more than 1,600 performances.
Author: Simon Stephens
Director: Marianne Elliott
Producer: National Theatre
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Mathew Horne will join Griff Rhys Jones and Lee Mack at the Garrick Theatre in The Miser.The full casting is announced for a revival production of The Miser, Moliere’s classic comedy, that will be performed at Bath Theatre Royal and Richmond Theatre in February before opening in the West End on March 13.
Authors: Sean Foley, Phil Porter
Director: Sean Foley
Cast also includes: Saikat Ahamed, Ryan Gage, Katy Six, Andi Osho, Ellie White, Simon Holmes and Michael Webber
Producer: Mark Rubinstein
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Douglas Booth and Tony Revolori are to star in Speech and Debate at Trafalgar Studios. The UK premiere of the play opens in the venue’s studio 2 on February 24, with previews from February 22. It runs until April 1.
Author: Stephen Karam
Director: Tom Attenborough
Producer: Defibrillator

Immersive show Alice’s Adventures Underground is to return to the Vaults in 2017, alongside children’s show Adventures in Wonderland. The production, which ran in 2015, return from April 15 to September 23, while Adventures in Wonderland runs from May 13 to September 3.
Producers: Les Enfants Terribles and ebp in association with Creature of London

Sherman Theatre is to stage seven world premieres as part of its spring/summer season, including Gary Owen’s Killology, which it is co-producing with the Royal Court. Sherman will also stage a large-scale production called Love, Cardiff, featuring a community cast an professional creative team, telling the stories of the city’s people. The lineup also includes Conor Mitchell’s The Moot Virginity of Catherine of Aragon, a Welsh language opera – Y Twr – and Alan Harris’ How My Light Is Spent, in a co-production with the Royal Exchange and Theatre by the Lake.

Full casting has been announced for Years of Sunlight at Theatre503. John Biggins, Bryan Dick, Miranda Foster and Mark Rice-Oxley will feature in the show, which runs from January 25 to February 18. Press night will be on January 30.
Author: Michael McLean
Director: Amelia Sears
Design: Polly Sullivan (set), Joshua Pharo (lighting), Elena Pena (sound)
Producers: Seared Productions in association with Theatre503

London fringe venue the Finborough Theatre has unveiled its spring season, including three news plays and three rediscoveries from Arthur Miller, BS Johnson and TW Robertson. The world premieres of Titas Halder’s Run the Beast Down and Carmen Nasr’s Dubailand will open the season, as well as the UK premiere of I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard.

Felix Scott has been cast in Dirty Great Love Story, alongside Ayesha Antoine. The play runs at the Arts Theatre from January 18, with press night on January 25.
Author: Richard Marsh, Katie Bonna
Director: Pia Furtado
Producer: Tim Johanson Productions

The Arcola Theatre in east London has unveiled its new season for early 2017, based around revolution. The season will mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution with productions including Maxim Gorky’s The Lower Depths and an English version of The Cherry Orchard, written boy Trevor Griffiths and directed by Arcola artistic director Mehmet Ergen. The line-up also includes The New Nigerians, a new play by Oladipo Agboluaje, directed by Rosamunde Hutt.

Casting has been announced for David K Barnes’ Birthday Suit at the Old Red Lion Theatre. Liam Bewley, Philip Honeywell, EJ Martin and Emily Stride will feature in the production, which runs from January 10 to February 4, with press night on Friday 13.
Author: David K Barnes
Director: Alice Malin
Design: Georgia de Grey
Producer: Pluck Productions

Ovalhouse is to stage Michael Morpurgo’s Why the Whales Came as the final show in its autumn/sinter season. The production, starring Danyah Miller, runs at the south London theatre from December 22 to 32, with shows at 11am and 2pm. Press performances will take place on December 22.
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Director: Dani Parr
Design: Kate Parr (set), Will Evans (lighting), Martin Thompson (sound), Cate Blanchard (video)
Producer: Wizard Presents

Musicals
John Owen-Jones is to join Frances Ruffelle in the upcoming London revival of The Wild Party. The musical is the first to be staged at the relaunched Other Palace – formerly the St James Theatre – under the management of Andrew Lloyd Webber. It runs from February 13 to April 1, with press night on February 20.
Authors: Michael John LaChiusa (music, lyrics and book), George C Wolfe (book)
Director: Drew McOnie
Producer: Paul Taylor-Mills, by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe
Cast also includes: Simon Thomas, Donna McKechnie, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Dex Lee, Ako Mitchell, Gloria Obianyo, Genesis Lynea, Melanie Bright and Lizzy Connolly
Producer: Paul Taylor-Mills
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Broadway Beatles tribute group Rain are to perform at the London Palladium next year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. The band will bring the entire album to life on stage with for seven performances at the Palladium in October.

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