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Production news round-up: Doctor Who star joins Apologia cast and Mary Stuart play transfers to West End

Freema Agyeman joins Stockard Channing in Apologia. Photo: Shutterstock

Robert Icke’s Mary Stuart adaptation will transfer to the West End next year, and casting has been announced for the first new show from director Marianne Elliot’s new theatre company. The latest production news round-up also includes casting for Apologia at London’s Trafalgar Studios and tour dates for Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella.


Mary Stuart, starring Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams, will transfer to the West End next year, before touring. It will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre from January 13, 2018, running until March 31, when it tours to Bath, Salford and Cambridge.
Authors: Friedrich Schiller, Robert Icke (adaptation)
Director: Robert Icke
Producers: Fiery Angel, Almeida Theatre, Gavin Kalin Productions and Howard Panter
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Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham are to star in the first West End show from Marianne Elliott‘s new theatre company. They will perform in Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, which runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from October 3 to January 9, with press night on October 9.
Author: Simon Stephens
Director: Marianne Elliott
Design: Bunny Christie (set), Paule Constable (lighting), Ian Dickinson (sound)
Movement: Steven Hoggett
Producer: Elliott and Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber
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John Heffernan is to star in new play Saint George and the Dragon at the National Theatre. Heffernan will take the lead in Rory Mullarkey’s play, which is directed by Lyndsey Turner and opens in October. The NT has also announced that Joe Idris-Roberts will play the lead role in the forthcoming musical adaptation of Pinocchio, which will be directed by John Tiffany.
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Doctor Who star Freema Agyeman will join Stockard Channing in family drama Apologia. Desmond Barrit and Joseph Millson also star. It runs at Trafalgar Studios from July 29 to November 18, with press night on August 3.
Author: Alexi Kaye Campbell
Director: Jamie Lloyd
Producers: Howard Panter for Trafalgar Entertainment Group, DB Productions and Broadway’s Dodger Theatricals
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Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre has announced its autumn season, which includes Headlong Theatre’s People, Places and Things, and a production of Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather. Other highlights include 1927’s Golem and Graeae’s punk rock musical, Reasons to be Cheerful.

A site-specific version of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution is to run in London. It will be staged in the chamber of County Hall on the South Bank, from October 6 to March 11, 2018, with press night on October 23.
Author: Agatha Christie
Director: Lucy Bailey
Design: William Dudley (set), Chris Davey (lighting), Mic Pool (sound)
Producers: Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions

Martin Shaw has been cast in the world premiere of political thriller The Best Man. The production will open at the Theatre Royal in Windsor on September the 12 and it will visit Brighton, Richmond and Bath before running in the West End at the Cambridge Arts Theatre from October 16 to 21.
Author: Gore Vidal
Director: Simon Evans
Producer: Bill Kenwright

A celebration of Latin American theatre will take place at London’s Cervantes Theatre from July 3 to 9. The Contemporary Latin American Writers Festival will include Mona and I by Brazilian writer Rogerio Correa, a production called Tales of Bed Sheets and Departure Lounges, and a tragicomedy called Turmoil.

Three plays from Paines Plough Roundabout including Black Mountain by Brad Birch will transfer to London’s Orange Tree Theatre. Out Of Love by Elinor Cook and How To Be A Kid by Sarah McDonald-Hughes will also run at the theatre in January 2018.

The Market Theatre Johannesburg’s production of The Suitcase will premiere at Hull Truck Theatre on August 30 before touring to Northern Stage, Derby theatre, the Dukes Lancaster and Liverpool’s Playhouse, where it will run until October 7.
Author and director: James Ngcobo
Producer: The Market Theatre Johannesburg


Debra Stephenson has been cast in the forthcoming Dusty Springfield musical Son of a Preacher Man. She joins the previously announced Diana Vickers. The show begins in September at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley before touring until July 2018.
Authors: Dusty Springfield (music and lyrics), Warner Brown (book)
Director/choreographer: Craig Revel Horwood
Producers: Brian Berg, John Sachs, Andrew Berg and Kimberley Sachs for Eclipse Live, Michael Park for The Infinite Group, Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark for TBO Productions, Churchill Theatre Bromley and executive producers Andrew Green and Ben White, all on behalf of Dusty Touring Ltd
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Nadim Naaman and Bill Champion are to star in a revival of musical By Jeeves at the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness-on-Windemere. The production runs from October 6 to November 4, with press night on November 9.
Authors: Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Alan Ayckbourn (book and lyrics)
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Roger Glossop (set), Jason Taylor (lighting), Caroline Hughes (costumes)
Choreographer: Sheila Carter
Musical director: Steven Edis
Cast also includes: Jamie Baughan, Katie Birtill, Howard Chadwick, Joshua Manning, Oliver Maudsley, Naomi Petersen, Nigel Richards and Melle Stewart
Producer: Old Laundry Theatre


The Teletubbies will be seen on stage for the first time ever this year, in a world premiere adaptation of the children’s TV show. A nationwide tour will begin on November 17 at Manchester Palace Theatre, before visiting locations including Birmingham, Dublin and Aberdeen, where it ends in March 2018.
Authors: Richard Lewis, Mani Svavarsson (music)
Producer: Fiery Light with DHX Brands
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Tour dates have been announced for the return of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, which will open at Sadler’s Wells in London on December 9, where it will run for seven weeks until January 27, 2018. Press night is on December 17. Cinderella will then play at venues including the Plymouth Theatre Royal, Birmingham Hippodrome, Theatre Royal Norwich and the Liverpool Empire, finishing at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking on June 22, 2018.
Author: Sergei Prokofiev (music)
Director/choreographer: Matthew Bourne
Design: Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Neil Austin (lighting), Paul Groothuis (sound)
Producer: New Adventures
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Women and War: Exodus
, an arts festival exploring the experiences of women and war, will take place at London’s Streatham Hill Theatre from July 4 to 30. Highlights include a solo performance piece from Rebecca Johannsen, a dance-drama show from Orzu Arts, and a circus production exploring the concept of home called Flowers that Float (On the Mediterranean Sea)