Production news: May 11 to 17
Game of Thrones actor Natalie Dormer is to star alongside David Oakes in the West End premiere of Venus in Fur, which looks at the intense relationship between an actor and director during an audition. It will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from October 6 to December 9.
Author: David Ives
Director: Patrick Marber
Design: Rob Howell (set), Hugh Vanstone (lighting)
Producer: TRH Productions
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Colm Meaney will join the previously announced Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell to play Big Daddy in the Young Vic production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The production will run at the Apollo Theatre in London from July 13 to October 7.
Author: Tennessee Williams
Director: Benedict Andrews
Producer: The Young Vic
A stage adaptation of Dick King-Smith’s The Queen’s Nose and a new Burt Bacahrach musical called Some Lovers will be showcased as part of the From Page to Stage Summer Festival 2017. Held at the Other Palace Theatre in London and produced by Aria Entertainment, the festival is a showcase of new musical theatre, this year staging 11 productions. Other highlights include a one-off performance by Spring Awakening creators Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.
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Casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Hir, which tells the story of a marine who returns from war to find trouble at home. Hir will run at London’s Bush Theatre from June 15 to July 22, with press night on June 20.
Author: Taylor Mac
Director: Nadia Fall
Design: Ben Stones (set), Eliott Griggs (lighting), Elena Pena (sound)
Cast: Arthur Darvill, Griffyn Gilligan, Ashley McGuire, Andy Williams
Producer: The Bush Theatre
The full line-up of 140 shows has been announced for Summerhall at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. New strands for 2017 include a multinational programme of Middle Eastern theatre in the Arab Arts Focus season as well as work from Taiwan, Finland and Sri Lanka. Summerhall will also see regular collaborators return, including Northern Stage, Paines Plough, Big in Belgium and Rose Bruford College. Highlights include Mark Thomas’ A Show That Gambles on the Future, in which he tackles the ‘curse of 2016’ by inviting his audience to gamble on their predictions for the world’s future, an experimental opera about a mythical man-beast called Sasquatch, The Opera and the return of Richard Gadd’s comedy piece Monkey See Monkey Do.
New shows by Graeae Theatre and Selina Thompson feature in Northern Stage’s 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe line-up at Summerhall. Thompson’s show Salt looks at black-British identity, while other highlights include the return of RashDash’s Two Man Show and You’ve Changed from transgender artist Kate O’Donnell which will look at the process of transitioning.
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Paines Plough has announced its full season for Roundabout at Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe. In collaboration with London’s Orange Tree Theatre and Theatr Clwyd in Wales, there will be three world premieres from Brad Birch, Elinor Cook and Sarah McDonald-Hughes. Other highlights include All We Ever Wanted Was Everything by Luke Barnes, Monsay Whitney’s new play Box Clever, and the Royal Court Theatre’s Manwatching.
The Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch has announced a season of comedy and drama which includes the British premiere of farcical comedy A Fox on the Fairway, by Ken Ludwig, from August 25 to September 16. Other highlights include comedy The Ladykillers from October 3 to 21, and a new adaptation of HG Wells’ novella The Invisible Man.
Portsmouth’s King’s Theatre will be re-staging The Lost Plays of WW1, bringing plays which were lost during the war to life again. The project, which has received nearly £15,000 in funding from Arts Council England, will run on Wednesday July 12.
New Diorama Theatre has announced the premiere of The Secret Life of Humans at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Pleasance Courtyard from August 2 to 28, ahead of a London run.
Author: David Byrne, inspired by Yuval Harari
Directors: David Byrne, Kate Stanley
Producers: New Diorama Theatre and Greenwich Theatre
Disney’s The Lion King has announced 11 new cast members, including Janique Charles, Gary Jordan and Dominique Planter who take over the roles of Nala, Zazu and Shenzi. Now in its 18th year, The Lion King runs at London’s Lyceum Theatre.
Authors: Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics), Roger Allers, Irene Mecchi (book)
Director: Julie Taymor
Cast: Lila Anderson, Owen Chaponda, Deborah Dada, Deborah Godchaser, Brian James Leys, Nathan Louis-Fernand, Nonhlanhla Makthathini, Rutendo Mushonga, Luciano Santos Souza and Karlene Wray
Producer: Disney Theatrical Productions
Print Room at the Coronet in London has announced the world premiere of new musical Remnants, which is based on the true story of one woman’s experience of the aftermath of the Srebrenica massacre. Remnants will run from June 12 to July 1.
Author: Shelley Parker (music), Patrick Eakin Young (book)
Choreography: Jamila Johnson-Small
Director: Patrick Eakin Young
Cast: Emma Bonnici, Victoria Couper, Eugenia Georgieva, Fabiola Santana and Olesya Zdorovetska
Producers: Erratica and Print Room at the Coronet
Postcards Festival, a three week celebration of circus, cabaret and performance, will return to Jacksons Lane in north London from July 11 to 29. Highlights of Postcards, which is the only London festival where all shows are ‘pay what you decide’, include a satire from Two Tongue Theatre and circus company Tanter’s Vixen.