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Production news: April 13 to 19

Bertie Carvel will join the cast of Ink at the Almeida theatre
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Plays

Bertie Carvel, Pearl Chanda and Richard Coyle are to join the cast of Ink at the Almeida Theatre in London. The new play explores the birth of the Sun newspaper in the 1960s, with Carvel playing Rupert Murdoch. It runs from June 17 to August 5, with press night on June 27.
Author: James Graham
Director: Rupert Goold
Design: Bunny Christie (set), Neil Austin (lighting)
Casting: Anne McNulty
Producer: Almeida Theatre
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The Play That Goes Wrong has announced a new West End cast. Jack Baldwin, Leonard Cook, Katy Daghorn and George Haynes take over in the production from May 10, alongside Daniel Poyser, Lindsey Scott and Sydney K Smith. Current cast member Fred Gray will continue in the show, which is running at the West End’s Duchess Theatre.
Authors: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields
Director: Mark Bell
Producers: Kenny Wax and Stage Presence
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Theatre company 1927’s Golem is to return for a UK and international tour. Golem, which explores our misuse of technology, will open at Theatre Royal Plymouth on May 10, before touring to venues including Bristol’s Old Vic and the Oxford Playhouse until November 19.
Author/director: Suzanne Andrade
Music: Lillian Henley
Design: Paul Barritt (set, film and animation), Sarah Munro (costume), Laurence Owen (sound)
Producer: Jo Crowley

Theatr Clwyd in Wales has confirmed the casting for its production of The Importance of Being Earnest. The show will run in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre from May 4 to 27, with press night on May 9.
Author: Oscar Wilde
Director: Richard Fitch
Design: Lee Newby (set), Emma Chapman (lighting), Ben Ringham, Max Ringham (sound)
Cast: Melanie Walters, James Backway, Robyn Cara, Emma Denly and Nick Harris
Producer: Theatr Clwyd

Theatre company Tara Arts has announced its summer season, which includes the world premiere of Combustion, a comic drama which looks at the lives of British Muslims in the north. The play by Asif Khan will run from May 17 to 27 before transferring to London’s Arcola Theatre from May 30 to June 24 and then embarking on a UK tour. Other highlights from Tara’s new season include Labels, which tackles mixed heritage and immigration, and new comedy Octopus.

New production Trump – The Panto! has been announced to run at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. The adult pantomime, which is from the producers of David Blunkett the Musical, will run from December 12 to 30.
Author/director: Stuart Saint
Producer: Martin Witts

Living a Little, a play which explores what it means to be alive, will transfer from the 2017 Vault festival to the King’s Head Theatre in London. It will run from May 6 to 14, with press night on May 10.
Author: Finlay Bain
Director: Jordan Murphy
Producers: Riot House Theatre and In Your Face Theatre

Mikel Murfi will return to the Tricycle Theatre in London with two shows, including the The Man in The Woman’s Shoes from June 5 to 9. He will also present his new one-man show I Hear You and Rejoice, which will run from June 10 to July 1.

Casting has been announced for poet Siddhartha Bose’s No Dogs, No Indians, which will premiere at the Brighton Festival on May 17, before touring the UK until July 20.
Director: Russell Bender
Cast: Komal Amin, Archana Ramaswamy, Omar Khan, Navinder Bhatti
Producer: Penned in the Margins

Musicals

The touring production of Shout! The Musical has been cancelled after two performances. The musical opened at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley on April 13, however, the tour was pulled on April 15. It was due to tour to 18 locations, finishing on August 26.
Authors: Phillip George and David Lowenstein
Director: Racky Plews
Cast includes: Sonia, Helena Blackman and Niki Evans
Producers: Peter Frosdick, Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark for Shout Tour 2017 Ltd
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Casting has been announced for the UK tour of Miss Saigon, which will open at Leicester’s Curve on July 1. The production will tour to venues including the Birmingham Hippodrome, the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton and the Theatre Royal Plymouth, until September 15, 2018.
Authors: Claude-Michel Schonberg (music), Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby Jr (lyrics)
Director: Laurence Connor
Cast: Red Concepcion, Sooha Kim, Ashley Gilmour, Zoe Doano, Gerald Santos, Joreen Bautista, David Allwood, Randy Chien, Vinny Coyle, Kristine Mae Diaz and Michael James Eborall
Producer: Cameron Mackintosh

Other

A production of Currents by Israeli music and dance company Mayumana has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. The show, which uses a mix of dance, music and percussion to tell the story of the feud between inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, was scheduled to run at London’s Hackney Empire from April 18 to May 7.
Directors: Eylon Nuphar and Boaz Berman
Producer: Mayumana
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Underbelly has announced more than 90 shows for its Edinburgh Fringe line up, which include American shadow puppetry company Manual Cinema’s new show Lula del Ray, and the UK premiere of Fag/Stag, a new play exploring male friendship. The Underbelly Untapped programme, designed to support new writing, returns with new shows from Gracefool Collective and Yolanda Mercy, and a new musical called Prom Kween. Other highlights include the return of the Circus Hub, featuring Circa with their new show Humans as well as South American group Circolombia’s show Acelere, and Barely Methodical Troupe’s Kin.

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