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Production news round-up: Quiz to transfer to the West End and Bat Out of Hell to return

Gavin Spokes as Charles Ingram and Heir Charles as Chris Tarrant, photo: Johan Persson
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Plays

Quiz is to transfer to the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre and will run from March 31 to June 16. The production premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre earlier this year.
Author: James Graham
Director: Daniel Evans
Producers: William Village, Playful Productions and Chichester Festival Theatre

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Cillian Murphy is to star in an adaption of Max Porter’s Grief is the Thing with Feathers. The play will run at the Black Box Theatre in Galway, Ireland, from March 16 to 24, with press night on March 20.
Author/director: Enda Walsh
Producers: Complicite and Wayward Productions

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Kerry Ellis has been cast in the touring production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, which is to be her first professional non-singing role. The production will tour from January 24 to April 28.
Author: Oscar Wilde
Director: Alastair Whatley
Cast includes: Hannah Louise Howell, and the previously announced Gwen Taylor and Susan Penhaligon
Producer: Tom Hackney for the Original Theatre Company

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The Yard Theatre in London’s new season will feature Buggy Baby by Yard artistic associate Josh Azouz, which follows a baby and two adults in a damp east London flat. A New and Better You by Joe Harbot, directed by Cheryl Gallacher, will run from June 26 to July 14. The season also features a reimagining of Chekhov’s Three Sisters by RashDash, and a devised show by Company Three.

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Nina Wadia and Sara Stewart have been cast in the UK premiere of Collective Rage. They will lead an all female company which also features Lucy McCormick, Beatriz Romilly and Genesis Lynea. It will run at London’s Southwark Playhouse from January 24 to February 17.
Author: Jen Silverman
Director: Charlie Parham
Producers: Antic Face and Nik Holttum

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Artistic director Jackie Wylie has announced the National Theatre of Scotland’s 2018 season, which will celebrate “the brilliance of Scottish work”. The season will include David Greig’s and Gordon McIntyre’s Midsummer, Frances Poet’s Gut and immersive family theatre show Eddie and The Slumber Sisters.

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The Bunker Theatre in London has announced it’s spring 2018 season, which will include works by Terry Johnson and Izzy Tennyson. The new season will open with Johnson’s Ken and will also feature Kevin Armento’s the Devil With the Blue Dress.

Casting has been announced for the touring production Chip Shop Chips, which includes Josh Moran, Julie Edwards, Jessica Forrest and Mark Newsome. It is an immersive love story set to the soundtrack of Northern Soul which will tour from February 24 to locations including Lancaster, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Rochdale.
Author: Becky Prestwich
Director: Adam Quayle
Producer: Box of Tricks

Olivier award winning play The Weir has announced further dates for its UK tour, which will now run next year from January 23 to March 10. It will show at locations including Salford, Chichester, Edinburgh and London.
Author: Conor McPherson
Director: Adele Thomas
Producer: English Touring Theatre

Christmas show Miki is to return to the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead, Berkshire. It will run from November 21 to December 30.
Puppeteer: Peyvand Sadeghian
Producer: Slot Machine

Timothy Watson will join Tessa Peake-Jones and Aden Gillet for the touring production of The Winslow Boy. It is to open at Chichester Festival Theatre on February 8 before embarking on tour to locations that include Bath, Oxford, Salford and Brighton.
Author: Terence Rattigan
Director: Rachel Kavanaugh
Producers: Mark Goucher, Gavin Kalin and Birmingham Rep

Birdsong is to embark on its final UK tour next year. Based on the novel by Sebastian Faulks, the production marks the centenary of the First World War and opens at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds on January 31 and will close on July 17, 2018.
Author: Rachel Wagstaff
Director: Alastair Whatley
Producers: Anne-Marie Woodley and Jon Woodley for Birdsong Productions Ltd in association with The Original Theatre Company.

Musicals

Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical is to return to London’s West End for a run at the Dominion Theatre. It will show from April 2, 2018, with further details to be announced.
Author: Jim Steinman (book, music and lyrics), Jay Scheib (book)
Producers: David Sonenberg, Michael Cohl, Randy Lennox, and Tony Smith

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Lucy O’Byrne is to continue in her role in the touring production of The Sound of Music, and will be joined by Neil McDermott. The production will run at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin from December 19 to January 6, before embarking on a national tour from January 9 to March 17.
Author: Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Director: Martin Connor
Producer: Bill Kenwright

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An all-female cast has been announced for a new musical about Henry VIII’s six wives. Six will show at the Arts Theatre in London on December 18 and January 8, 15 and 22, with press invited on Monday 15 and 22.
Authors: Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
Director: Lotte Wakeham
Cast: Aimie Atkinson, Izuka Hoyle, Genesis Lynea, Renée Lamb, Christina Modestou and Natalie Paris
Producers: Kenny Wax and Global Musicals

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Rock of Ages is to embark on a national tour and will open at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley on September 20 2018 and will tour until November 26, with further dates to be announced. Set in LA the production will feature over 25 famous songs including We Built this City, The Final Countdown, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this feeling and I Want to Know What Love Is.
Author: Chris D’Arienzo (book) Ethan Popp (arrangements and orchestrations)
Producer: Dan Looney and Adam Paulden

Storyhouse theatre in Chester has announced its 2018 season, which will include Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. The season will also feature Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and an adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s book Swallows and Amazons.

Other

Joanna Lumley, who appeared in Absolutely Fabulous, has announced her first nationwide tour of her new autobiographical show It’s All About Me. It will run from October 6 to November 10 next year.
Producer: Phil McIntyre Entertainment

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Derek Jacobi and Diana Rigg will star in A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong by Mischief Theatre on BBC One.
Authors: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields
Producers: Alex Walsh-Taylor for BBC Studios, with executive producers Steven Canny for BBC Studios, Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage Presence Ltd

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So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs is to embark on a tour around the UK next year, opening at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on March 1 2018 and will close on April 14 at the Teignmouth Pavilions.
Author: Ben Garrod
Producer: Jo Sarsby

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