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Production news round-up: October 12 to 18

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Plays
Damian Lewis is to star in a new production of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?. Directed by Ian Rickson, the play will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from March 24 to June 24, with press night on April 5.
News of the production comes after it was announced that Imelda Staunton will star in Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, opening next February.
Author: Edward Albee
Director: Ian Rickson
Producers: Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis and Nick Salmon for Playful Productions, with Tom Kirdahy and Hunter Arnold
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Battersea Arts Centre is to host a festival of stories written by migrants who have moved to the UK from elsewhere. London Stories: Made by Migrants will comprise 30 personal stories and will take place at BAC from November 4 to 26, with press night on November 9.
Producer: Battersea Arts Centre

A new double bill that explores America’s drone wars is to premiere at the Arcola in east London. Drones, Baby, Drone, comprises This Tuesday and The Kid, and runs from November 2 to 26. A press night will be held on November 7.
Author: Ron Hutchinson (This Tuesday), David Greig (The Kid)
Directors: Nicholas Kent (This Tuesday), Mehmet Ergen (The Kid)
Design: Lucy Sierra (set), Richard Williamson (lighting and video), Neil McKeown (sound)
Cast includes: Anne Adams, Joseph Balderrama, Sam Dale, Raj Ghatak, Tom McKay and Rose Reynolds
Producer: Arcola Theatre

Casting has been announced for Sandi Toksvig’s new play, Silver Lining. Sheila Reid, Rachel Davies, Keziah Joseph, Maggie McCarthy, Joanna Munro and Amanda Walker feature in the production, which opens at the Rose Theatre Kingston on February 8. It then tours to Portsmouth, Oxford, Cambridge, Ipswich, Keswick, York and Salford.
Author: Sandi Toksvig
Director: Rebecca Gatward
Design: Michael Taylor (set), Mark Doubleday (lighting), Mic Pool (sound and projection)
Producers: English Touring Theatre and the Rose Theatre Kingston

The cast for Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing at Live Theatre in Newcastle has been announced. Lizzie McInnerny, Amy McAllister and Deka Walmsley will lead the cast, alongside Kate Okello, Matt Jamie and Laura Jane Matthewson. The play, set in Tynemouth in 1844, runs from November 10 to December 3.
Author: Shelagh Stephenson
Director: Max Roberts
Design: Alison Ashton
Choreographer: Lee Proud
Music: The Unthanks
Producer: Live Theatre

Charlotte Ritchie is to star as Ricky Whittington, a satirical pantomime, at the New Diorama Theatre in north London. She will perform alongside Rob Carter, Omar Ibrahim, Rosa Robson and David Elms in the show, which runs from December 12 to January 17.
Authors: Liam Willians, Daran Johnson
Director: Alex Clatworthy
Design: Tom Kingsley
Musical director: Freddie Tapner
Producers: Fight in the Dog and the New Diorama

The programme has been announced for Sphinx Theatre’s second Women Centre Stage: Powerplay festival at Hampstead Theatre. The festival features new writing from Howard Brenton, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, April de Angelis, Vinay Patel, Charlene James and Winsome Pinnock, as well as performances by actors including Janet Suzman and Cecilia Noble. It takes place on November 20 on the final day of the six-day festival.
Producer: Sphinx Theatre

Musicals
The Wanted singer Tom Parker is to star in a new UK tour of Grease. The production, based on the original West End production, opens on March 10 next year at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.
Authors: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey (music and lyrics)
Director: David Gilmore
Design: Terry Parsons (set) Andreane Neofitou (costumes)
Choreographer: Arlene Phillips
Producers: Paul Nicholas and David Ian
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Casting has been announced for the production of Roald Dah’s Fantastic Mr Fox. Greg Barnett will play Mr Fox, with Richard Atwill, Raphael Bushay, Jade Croot, Sandy Foster, Lillie Flynn and Gruffudd Glyn. Kelly Jackson, Edward Hole, Tanya Shields, Patrick Burbidge, Anna Fordham and Richie Hart also feature. The music opens at Nuffield on November 22, where it runs until January 8, before touring.
Authors: Sam Holcroft (adaptation and lyrics), Arthur Darvill (music and lyrics), Al Muriel and Darren Clark (lyrics)
Director: Maria Aberg
Design: Tom Scutt (set), Lee Curran (lighting), Claire Windsor (sound)
Movement: Ayse Tashkiran
Music director: Richie Hart
Producers: Nuffield and Curve in association with Lyric Hammersmith

The Bunker is to stage a new musical over Christmas as an alternative to a pantomime. Muted runs from December 7 to January 7, with press night on December 9.
Authors: Tim Prottey-Jones, Tori Allen-Martin (music and lyrics), Sarah Henley (book)
Director: Jamie Jackson
Design: Sarah Beaton
Cast includes: David Leopold, Edd Campbell Bird, Tori Allen-Martin, Jos Slovick and Helen Hobson
Producer: Interval Productions

Family musical Mr Popper’s Penguins is to run in the West End for the first time this Christmas. The show, featuring puppets, runs during the day at the Criterion Theatre from December 15 to 31.
Authors: Luke Bateman (music), Richy Hughes (lyrics), Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater (book)
Director: Emma Earle
Design: Zoe Squire (set), Ric Mountjoy (lighting), Jason Barnes (sound), Nick Barnes (puppetry)
Producers: Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and TC Beech

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