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Production news round-up: Aidan Turner to make West End debut and Rosalie Craig to join The Ferryman

Aidan Turner is to make his West End debut in The Lieutenant of Inishmore
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This week in production news Aidan Turner is to make his West End debut at the Noel Coward Theatre in London and Rosalie Craig is to join the cast of The Ferryman at London’s Gielgud Theatre.


Aidan Turner is to make his West End debut in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which will run at the Noel Coward Theatre in London from July 4 to September 8. The Michael Grandage Company has also announced a production of John Logan’s Red, which will star Harry Potter actor Alfred Enoch and will show at Wyndham’s Theatre in London from May 4 to July 28
Author: Martin McDonagh
Michael Grandage Comapny

Julie Hesmondhalgh and Norah Lopez Holden have been cast in the premiere of The Almighty Sometimes, which won a judges prize in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. It will run at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester from February 9 to 24.
Author: Kendall Feaver
Director: Katy Rudd
Producer: Royal Exchange Theatre

Rosalie Craig is to star in The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre in London. It is now booking until May 19, 2018.
Author: Jez Butterworth
Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Owen McDonnell, Justin Edwards, Stella McCusker, Sian Thomas, Declan Conlon, Dean Ashton, Terence Keeley, Sean Delaney, Francis Mezza, Kevin Creedon, Laurie Kynaston and Saoirse-Monica Jackson
Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Neal Street Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions

Brad Birch’s Tremor and Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Motherf**cker with the Hat are to feature in the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff’s 2018 season. Other productions included in the season are Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol and Liz Clarke’s Cannonballista.

London’s Finborough Theatre has announced its 2018 spring season, which will mark the theatre’s 150th anniversary. The season will feature Into the Numbers by Christopher Chen, Sue Healy’s Imaginationship, Henry Darke’s Booby’s Bay and Henry J. Byron’s Cyril’s Success.

New plays by Carl Grose and Christopher William Hill will feature in the Plymouth Theatre Royal’s 2018 season. Grose, whose credits include The Grinning Man, will premiere his new play 49 Donkeys Hanged in the Drum. William Hill’s play Clockwork Canaries, about “a cat of murderous disposition”,  will run from February 22 to March 10.

Comedy versions of The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet will play at the Leicester Square Theatre in London. With one drunken actor in each performance, The Merchant of Venice will run from April 18 to June 2 and Romeo and Juliet will run from June 20 to September 1.
Producers: Bastard Productions and Shit-faced Shakespeare productions

Fuel Theatre company has announced its 2018 season, which includes Racheal Ofori’s So Many Reasons, Danielle Pearson’s This Restless State, and David Greig’s adaptation of Joe Simpson’s memoir Touching the Void.

Mountains – The Dreams of Lily Kwok will embark on a UK tour from March 22 to June 2, visiting locations that include Manchester, Peterborough and Coventry.
Author: In-Sook Chappell
Director: Jennifer Tang
Producer: Black Theatre Live, Yellow Earth Theatre and the Manchester Royal Exchange

Following its run at the Edinburgh Fringe, From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads will be embarking on its second UK tour. In celebration of David Bowie the production follows a mentally ill young man’s obsession with the musician, and will tour from January 15 to March 10.

The Tragedy of Macbeth which is described as “Shakespeare for the Game of Thrones generation”, is embarking on an international tour from January to April 2018. The production is centred around a Macbeth who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Director: Max Lewendel
Designers: Curtis C Trout (set) Isabella Van Braeckel (costume)
Producer: Icarus Theatre Collective and Millennium Forum, Derry

Children’s show Snow-Pocalypse is to run at Greenwich Theatre in London from December 8 to 30. It tells the story of last two people on earth discovering Christmas.
Producer: SharkLegs


An interactive experience called The Hunt for the Cheshire Cat will take place in London from December 6, currently booking until February 5. Audience members will follow clues across the city, starting from the National Portrait Gallery, in order to find a cheshire cat.
Producer: HiddenCity

Ed Balls and Fiona Shaw are to feature in BBC Radio’s Christmas schedule. Balls will present a documentary celebrating musical theatre, while Shaw will explore how the illumination of stages has been of the great innovations in theatre. Balls’ documentary will be broadcast on January 1 at 3pm on Radio 2, while Illuminating the Stage will be broadcast on December 25 on Radio 3.

Dance production The Troth, which is based on Chandradhar Sharma Guleri’s Hindi short story Usne Kaha Tha, will premiere in the UK at Leicester’s Curve on February 21, before touring until March 16.
Choreographer: Gary Clarke
Producer: Akademi

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