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Production news round-up: Hull City of Culture final season and new musical version of An Officer and A Gentleman announced

A new play by Maxine Peake will premiere in Hull UK City of Culture's final season. Photo: Eliza Power
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This week Hull City of Culture 2017 announces its final season, which includes new plays from James Graham and Maxine Peake.  Other news includes a musical version of An Officer and a Gentleman at Leicester’s Curve.


Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins are to star in a revival of Bryony Lavery’s play Frozen. The psychological thriller runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End from February 9 to May 5, with February 21.
Director: Jonathan Munby
Design: Paul Wills (set), Jon Clark (lighting), Christopher Shutt (sound), Luke Halls (video)
Music: Rupert Cross
Producer: Jonathan Church Productions, TRH Productions and Scott Delman
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New plays by Maxine Peake and James Graham have been announced as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s final season. The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca, written by Peake, is a site-specific commission from Hull Truck Theatre that will take place at Hull’s historic Guildhall from November 3 to 18. Other highlights include the world premiere of Tanika Gupta‘s adaptation of the best-selling novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian.
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Tamsin Greig will replace Sarah Lancashire in James Graham’s Labour of Love in the West End. The production, also starring Martin Freeman, opens at the Noel Coward Theatre on September 27.
Director: Jeremy Herrin
Producers: Headlong and the Michael Grandage Company
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Christian Slater will star in a production of Glengarry Glen Ross at London’s Playhouse Theatre. It will run from October 26 to February 3, 2018.
Author: David Mamet
Director: Sam Yates
Cast: Robert Glenister (Hustle, Spooks), Kris Marshall (Death in Paradise, Love Actually, My Family), Stanley Townsend (Girl from the North Country, The Nether) and Don Warrington
Producers: ATG Productions, Act Productions and Glass Half Full Productions.
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Joe Pasquale is to star in a stage adaptation of 1970s TV comedy Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. He will be joined in the cast by Sarah Earnshaw and Susie Blake. The production opens at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on February 21, before touring the UK until June 30.
Author/director: Guy Unsworth
Design: Simon Higlett
Producer: Limelight Productions
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Douglas Henshall will join the cast of Network at the National Theatre, joining the previously announced Bryan Cranston and Michelle Dockery. It runs from November 4 until March 24 in repertoire.
Author: Lee Hall
Director: Ivo van Hove
Producer: National Theatre
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Maureen Beattie and Catherine McCormack are to join the cast of The Ferryman at London’s Gielgud Theatre. William Houston will also take on the lead role in the production, which is booking until January.
Author: Jez Butterworth
Director: Sam Mendes
Cast also includes: Charles Dale, Laurie Davidson, Sarah Greene, Ivan Kaye, Mark Lambert, Fergal McElherron, Glenn Speers and Niall Wright
Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions and Neal Street Productions
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Dominic West, Denise Gough and Mel Giedroyc are among the performers announced for the no-rehearsal, no-preparation Nassim Plays at the Bush Theatre. Nassim, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Blank, and Cook, all by Nassim Soleimanpour, run from September 7 to 16. Other cast members include Meera Syal, Tim Crouch, Paterson Joseph and Scottee.
Producer: Bush Theatre
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The Old Red Lion pub theatre in north London has announced its autumn/winter season, including new plays by Harrison Rose and Catherine Lucie. Rose’s Fox, directed by Rupert Hands, will open later this month, while Lucie’s The Moor, will run in early 2018, directed by Blythe Stewart. The season also includes the return of the London Horror Festival, a Christmas production of Great Expectations and Callum McGowan’s No Place Like Hope.
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A new production of The Tempest performed by a multi-racial cast of actors from Africa and the UK will run at London’s Greenwich Theatre from September 27 to October 29. It will then tour to locations including West Sussex, Poole, and Farnham.
Author: William Shakespeare, adapted by Kate Stafford
Director: Kate Stafford
Producer: Bilimankhwe Arts

Polka Theatre in London has announced its new season, which includes productions of the Snow Queen and My Brother My Sister and Me. Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns, for ages 6 – 12, and Why the Whales Came will both be visiting the main stage as will Half Moon’s Friends for All, which is a show all about being yourself.

Full casting has been announced for a revival of The Rise and Fall of the Little Voice at Theatr Clwyd in Wales, which will run from October 5 to 28.
Author: Jim Cartwright
Director: Kate Wasserberg
Cast: Catrin Aaron, Victoria John, Nicola Reynolds, Simon Holland Roberts, and Joseph Tweedale
Producer: Theatr Clwyd

Craft Theatre’s A Nazi Comparison, which explores how aspects of Nazi society are ingrained in today’s political climate, will run at London’s Waterloo East Theatre from October 3 to 29.
Author: Devised
Director: Rocky Rodriguez Jr
Producer: Craft Theatre

All the Little Lights, a play about three teenage girls threatened by sexual exploitation, will have its London premiere at the Arcola Theatre. It runs from October 10 to November 4.
Author: Jane Upton
Director: Laura Ford
Cast: Esther-Grace Button, Sarah Hoare, Tessie Orange-Turner
Producer: Corinne Salisbury

Lucy Light, a play about a 15-year-old girl who has a double mastectomy, will run at London’s Theatre N16 from September 19 to October 7.
Author: Sarah Milton
Director: Scott Ellis
Producer: Jamie Eastlake for Eastlake Productions/Theatre N16

Muvvahood, a production which challenges stereotypes of single mothers, will visit four London Venues including the Park Theatre and the Pleasance. It will run from November 3 to December 1.
Author and cast: Libby Liburd
Director: Julie Addy
Producer: Stratford Circus Arts Centre


Leicester’s Curve has announced it is developing a musical version of An Officer and a Gentleman, which will open at the theatre next year before touring. The musical will feature an 80s soundtrack – like the 1982 film it is based on – and will open at Curve on April 6, 2018, before touring until September.
Authors: Douglas Day Stewart, Sharleen Cooper Cohen (book)
Director: Nikola Foster
Design: Michael Taylor (set), Ben Cracknell (lighting), Tom Marshall (sound)
Choreographer: Kate Prince
Musical superviser: Sarah Travis
Producers: Curve and Jamie Wilson
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Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change will transfer to London’s Hampstead Theatre following a run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, with Sharon D Clarke reprising her role. The production, which is directed by Michael Longhurst, will run from March 12 to April 21, with press night on March 19. Hampstead Theatre has also announced the UK premiere of Sarah Burgess’ play Dry Powder, which will run from January 26 to March 3, with press night on February 1.
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West Yorkshire Playhouse has announced it will stage a new production of musical Sunshine on Leith next year. WYP will create a new version of the show, which features music by the Proclaimers. It runs from April 20 to May 19, 2018, with press night on April 26.
Author: Stephen Greenhorn
Director: James Brining
Design: Colin Richmond
Producer: West Yorkshire Playhouse
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West End musical An American in Paris will extend its run at the Dominion Theatre until April 2018. It was originally booking until January, but will now run until at least April 28.
Authors: George Gershwin (music), Ira Gershwin (lyrics), Craig Lucas (book)
Director/choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Producers: Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan, Roy Furman, Michael McCabe and Joshua Andrews
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Broadway musical Little Women is to get its European premiere at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. It runs at the venue from November 9 until December 9.
Authors: Jason Howland (music), Mindi Dickstein (lyrics), Allan Knee (book)
Director: Bronagh Lagen
Design: Nik Coral
Choreographer: Iona Holland
Producers: Knockhardy Productions and Aria Entertainment
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Ahsan Khan and Rasheeda Ali have been cast in the new multicultural Sufi musical ISHQ at Sadler’s Wells. ISHQ will run from September 7 to 9, with press night on September 7.
Authors: Mushfiq Murshed (book), Emu Fuzon and Ian Brandon (music), Farooq Beg, Owen Smith and Ian Brandon (lyrics)
Director: Farooq Beg
Producer: Huma Beg


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will be broadcast via National Theatre Live next year. The Young Vic’s production, which is running in the West End at the Apollo Theatre, will be broadcast to cinemas around the world on February 22, 2018.

The Rise and Fall of a Northern Dubstar, a new multi-media musical production by Intastella singer Stella Grundy, will tour to venues in the UK and USA. The show will open at Manchester’s O2 Ritz on October 24, and visit locations including Birmingham, Manchester, London, and Bristol, currently running until March 10, with further dates and venues to be confirmed.

Wilton’s Music Hall in London is to host a series of storytelling hours using gender fluid performers for children. Tales in Drag will feature drag kings and queens and performers who challenge expectations of gender telling familiar and new stories to children and their families. Upcoming events include Tales in Drag with drag king Fanta Le Mon on October 6 at 10am, and Tales in Drag with cabaret singer Tricity Vogue at the same time on September 13.


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