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Production news: April 6 to 12

Designer Chloe Lamford. Photo: Johan Persson Designer Chloe Lamford who created and programmed the Royal Court's temporary theatre season. Photo: Johan Persson
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Plays

Broadway production Oslo will premiere in Europe at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre in London from September 5 to 23, with press night on September 12. It will then transfer to the West End and run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from October.
Author: JT Rogers
Director: Bartlett Sher
Design: Michael Yeargan (set), Catherine Zuber (costume), Donald Holder (lighting), Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg (sound), 59 Productions (projections)
Producer: The Lincoln Center Theater
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Samuel West is to play Brutus in an upcoming production of Julius Caesar at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre. The production runs from May 17 to June 10, with press night on May 23.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Robert Hastie
Composer: Richard Taylor
Design: Ben Stones (set), Johanna Town (costume) and Emma Laxton (sound)
Cast: Elliot Cowan, Chipo Chung, Jonathan Hyde and Zoe Waites
Producer: Sheffield Theatres
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The National Theatre has announced a staged reading of All the President’s Men? – Scenes from the US Senate’s Confirmation Hearings, edited and directed by Nicolas Kent. It has also announced the return of Jane Eyre following a UK tour, which will open on September 26 and run until October 21, and the return of Queer Festival, a series of LBGT+ events, which will include readings directed by Stephen Daldry, Tarell Alvin McCraney and Polly Stenham.
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A play exploring the ‘post-truth’ era and a piece of live dream interpretation are among the programme of a new temporary theatre at London’s Royal Court. The Site, a 50-seat auditorium described as “an experiment in design, collaboration and process”, has been created and programmed by designer Chloe Lamford. It will feature work by EV Crowe, Stacey Gregg, Theresa Ikoko, Nathaniel Martello-White and Deborah Pearson, with each piece written in response to the temporary space.
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Royal and Derngate in Northampton has announced world premieres of The Jungle Book, adapted by Jessica Swale and directed by Max Webster, and The Singing Mermaid by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks as part of its Made in Northampton 2017 season. The Jungle Book will run from November 28 to December 31, and The Singing Mermaid will run from December 2 to January 13. The season also includes productions of The Grapes of Wrath and The Blue Road.

The Yard Theatre in London has announced the cast for its production of This Beautiful Future, a play about a Nazi soldier who falls in love with a French woman. The play runs from April 25 to May 20, with press nights on April 29, May 1 and 2.
Author: Rita Kalnejais
Director: Jay Miller
Cast: Hannah Millward, Bradley Hall, Alwyne Taylor, and Paul Hayley
Producer: The Yard Theatre

Les Enfants Terribles have announced an anniversary production of their show The Terrible Infants at Wilton’s Music Hall in London from September 27 to October 28. The production, which has a recorded narration by Judi Dench, is a collection of “twisted” short stories performed with puppetry and live music.
Authors: Oliver Lansley and Sam Wyer
Directors: Oliver Lansley and James Seager
Producer: Les Enfants Terribles

Paines Plough’s play Every Brilliant Thing will begin a European tour in May, opening at the Quarry Theatre in Bedford on May 2. It will run until July 21, touring to 25 venues across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France.
Author: Duncan Macmillan
Director: George Perrin
Producer: Paines Plough

Graduates from the Brit School have announced Landmines, a new commission which explores “the era of alt-right media”, in celebration of the school’s 25th anniversary. Landmines will run at the Brighton Fringe Festival from May 30 to 31 and at the Ovalhouse in London from June 6 to 24.
Author: Phil Davies
Director: Emma Higham
Design: Ryan Dawson Laight (set and costume), Ryan Joseph Stafford (lighting), Max Perryment (sound)
Producer: The Bridge Company

The Original Theatre has announced a national tour and revival of thriller Wait Until Dark. It will open in Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne on August 24 and run until December 2.
Author: Frederick Knott
Director: Alastair Whatley
Cast: Jack Ellis, Karina Jones and Oliver Mellor
Producer: The Original Theatre

Musicals

Glee star Matthew Morrison is to perform for a limited run of concerts in London next month. Morrison will play a series three of intimate concerts at the London Hippodrome on May 16 and 17.
Producer: Club 11 London
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Matilda the Musical has confirmed it will tour the UK and Ireland from March 2018. The musical will open at Leicester’s Curve on March 5, 2018 and it will then visit the Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Sunderland Empire, Milton Keynes Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Manchester Palace and Wales Millennium Centre, where it is due to finish on January 12, 2019.
Authors: Dennis Kelly (book) and Tim Minchin (music and lyrics)
Director: Matthew Warchus
Producer: Royal Shakespeare Company
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Opera North’s production of Kiss Me, Kate is to transfer to London for a run at the Coliseum in June 2018. The show will also run at Leeds Grand Theatre ahead of the London run.
Authors: Cole Porter (music and lyrics)
Director: Jo Davies
Conductor: James Holmes
Design: Colin Richmond (set and costume), Ben Cracknell (lighting)
Producer: Opera North

Mamma Mia! has extended its run at the Novello Theatre until March 2018, as it announces new principal casting. Sara Poyzer, Kate Graham and Jacqueline Braun will take on the roles of Donna, Tanya and Rosie from June 12.
Author: Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus (music and lyrics), Catherine Johnson (book)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producers: Judy Craymer, Richard East &and Bjorn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal

Principal casting has been announced for the European premiere of musical Working at the Southwark Playhouse. It will run from June 2 to July 8, with press night on June 7.
Authors: Stephen Schwartz (book and music), Nina Faso (book), James Taylor, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead (music)
Director: Luke Sheppard
Choreographer: Fabian Aloise
Design: Jean Chan (set), Gabriella Slade (costume), Nic Farman (lighting) and Tom Marshal (sound)
Cast: Gillian Bevan, Dean Chisnall, Krysten Cummings, Siubhan Harrison, Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne
Producers: Jack Maple, Ramin Sabi and DEM Productions

The first actor-musician production of A Little Night Music is to be staged at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury. The cast includes Josefina Gabrielle, Alastair Brookshaw, Fredrik Egerman and Dillie Keane, with more to be announced. It runs rom July 27 to September 16.
Authors: Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics), Hugh Wheeler (book)
Director: Paul Foster
Design: David Woodhead (set), Howard Hudson (lighting), Tom Marshall (sound)
Choreographer: Matt Flint
Music supervisor: Sarah Travis
Producer: The Watermill

Rock musical the Quentin Dentin Show will run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London from June 19 to July 29, with press night on June 23.
Authors: Tom Crowley (book), Henry Carpenter (book, music and lyrics)
Director: Adam Lenson
Choreographer: Caldonia Walton
Design: Lars Davidson (lighting), Iain Harvey (sound)
Producer: Hannah Elsy Productions

Other

Oliver Mears has announced his first season in charge of the Royal Opera, which includes the premiere of a new work by George Benjamin, directed by Katie Mitchell. Lessons in Love and Violence will have a book by Martin Crimp and run in May 2018. The season also includes five other new productions at the Royal Opera House, including La Boheme, directed by Richard Jones, Semiramide and Lohengrin, directed by David Alden, Barrie Kosky’s production of Carmen, and From the House of the Dead directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski. 4.48 Psychosis will also be revived at a venue to be confirmed.
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The Royal Ballet’s new season includes a new production of Swan Lake, choreographed by Liam Scarlett, in 2018. Scarlett, alongside Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon, will have works featured in a triple bill in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary. The Royal Ballet will also celebrate Kenneth Macmillan, 25 years after his death, with a programme that also features English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet and Scottish Ballet.

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