Production news round-up: Girl from the North Country to transfer to West End, and BBC King Lear casting
This week Girl from the North Country announced its West End transfer, and Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins are to lead the cast of King Lear for BBC2.
Matthew Kelly and Josefina Gabrielle are to star in the world premiere of The Box of Delights at Wilton’s Music Hall in London. The Christmas show will run from December 1 to January 6.
Author: Piers Torday adapted from John Masefield
Director: Justin Audibert
Cast includes: Mark Extance, Safiyya Ingar, Tom Kanji, Samuel Simmonds, Rosalind Steele and Alistair Toovey.
Design: Tom Piper
Producers: Wilton’s Music Hall and Hero Productions
Tessa Peake-Jones and Aden Gillett are to star in the forthcoming production of The Winslow Boy, which tours next year. The production will open at the Chichester Festival Theatre on February 8, where it runs until February 17, before touring until May 19, visiting locations including Oxford Playhouse, the Lowry in Salford, Belfast Grand Opera House and Richmond Theatre.
Author: Terence Rattigan
Director: Rachel Kavanaugh
Producer: Chichester Festival Theatre
Sheffield Theatres’ upcoming season is to include a regional premiere of Frost/Nixon, as well as a co-production with the Donmar Warehouse of Peter Gill’s the York Realist. Other productions to feature in the season include Chicken Soup, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Love and Information.
Producer: Sheffield Theatres
Comedy parody Graeme of Thrones has announced a West End transfer from September 20 to November 11 at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. The production tells the story of an avid Game of Thrones fan in his pursuit to recreate the show on stage.
Authors: Andrew Doyle, Dan Evan, Toby Park
Director: Sam Bailey
Cast includes: John-Luke Roberts, Nicola Lamont, Ross Spaine
Producer: Alex Jarrett for RIP Productions in association with Nick Brooke Ltd
Eclipse Theatre has announced the UK tour of Black Men Walking which will premiere on January 18 at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Locations it will show at include Coventry, Newcastle, Leeds and London.
Director: Dawn Walton
Producers: Eclipse Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre
The Way I Look, a production created using written testimonials of people with facial differences, will tour to locations including Bristol, London and Exeter from October 11 to 29.
Director: Igne Barkauskaite
Producer: O&O Theatre Company
Big Imaginations festival will tour the North West of England from October 19 to November 5, and will show at locations including Cheshire, Manchester and Merseyside. It will feature productions including Action Transport Theatre’s Happily Ever After and Bhuchar Boulevard’s Child of the Divide.
Producer: Z-arts Manchester
Four plays produced by Paines Plough will transfer to London’s Orange Tree Theatre next year. The productions include Brad Birch’s Black Mountain, Elinor Cook’s Out of Love, Sarah McDonald-Hughes’ How to be a Kid, as well as Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe.
Producers: Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre and Theatre Clwyd
Once Upon a Snowflake will be showing at the Chelsea Theatre from November 30 to December 22, with press night on December 1. The production will feature shadow puppetry and will be an interactive experience.
Director: Maria Litvinova
Designer: Nomi Everall
Music: Darren Clark
Producer: Paper Balloon
Callisto: A Queer Epic, following a run at the Forward Arena last year, will show at London’s Arcola Theatre from December 8 to December 23. The production explores the vast history of the queer experience with a collection of individual stories, all set in different time periods.
Author: Hal Coase
Director: Thomas Bailey
Composer and sound designer: Tom Stafford
Producer: Ellie Keel for Forward Arena
Girl from the North Country will transfer to the West End, following its run at the Old Vic in London. The play will show at the Noel Coward Theatre from December 29 to March 31, with press night on January 11.
Author and director: Conor McPherson
Music and lyrics: Bob Dylan
Producers: Tristan Baker, Charlie Parsons, Steven Lappin, Sony Music Entertainment UK and David Mirvish
Alice Barlow and Michelle Gayle to take over lead roles in the UK tour of Son of a Preacher Man in 2018. The production embarked on tour in September 2017 and will close on July 7, after visiting locations including Plymouth, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Brighton, Cardiff, and Liverpool.
Author: Warner Brown, Dusty Springfield (music)
Producers: Eclipse Live, Infinite Group, TBO Productions, Churchill Theatre Bromley and Dusty Touring Ltd
The Grinning Man is to transfer to the West End following its premiere at Bristol Old Vic last year. Based on the Victor Hugo novel The Man Who Laughs, the production will show at London’s Trafalgar Studios, beginning previews from December 5.
Author: Carl Grose (book), Tim Phillips (music)
Cast: Louis Maskell and Julian Bleach
Design: Jon Bausor
Puppetry: Gyre and Gimble
Producers: Trafalgar Entertainment and Bristol Old Vic
Musical Teddy will run at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury from January 11 to February 10, with press night on January 15, before embarking on a UK tour. The production was first shown in 2015 at London’s Southwark Playhouse and will tour from January 11 to May 5.
Author: Tristan Bernays, Dougal Irvine (music)
Director: Eleanor Rhode
Designer: Max Dorey (set), Holly Rose Henshaw (costume), Christopher Nairne (lighting), Max Pappenheim (sound)
Producers: Snapdragon Productions and the Watermill Theatre
Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins are to star in a new television adaptation of King Lear, which will air on BBC 2 and Amazon Prime Video in 2018.
Author: William Shakespeare
Director: Richard Eyre
Producer: Playground and Sonia Friedman Productions
Martin Freeman, Lee Evans and Bertie Carvel are among stars who will perform scenes from Shakespeare’s plays in order to raise funds for the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. The gala event will take place at the Harold Pinter Theatre on October 22.
Director: Jamie Lloyd
Producers: Ella Smith and Emma WestHome in Manchester have announced its Christmas line up of events, which includes cabaret Hot Brown Honey, one woman show Feline Intimate, and a reimagining of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.
Fear of Missing Out, Motherf***ers! is a new solo performance described as an ‘art exhibition come to life’ and will tour from October 6 to October 11. The production focuses on a woman who is lost in a digital labyrinth and explores the effects of social media and our increasing lack of privacy.
Author and performer: Mary Pearson
Producer: Leo Burtin